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As reported in the Floyd County Times dated

September 3, 1997

Billy Ray Blanton

Age 44, of Leander, died Friday, August 29, 1997, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born February 12, 1953 in Johnson County, he was the son of Willie E. Blanton and the late Geraldine Conley Blanton. He was a truck driver. Survivors include two sons, Billy Ray Tackett of East Point and Charles Blanton of Leander; one daughter, Billie Kay Blanton of Paintsville; one brother, Paul J. Blanton of Bonanza; three sisters, Linda May, Carolyn Sue Ward and Paul Kay Compton, all of Leander; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, September 1, at 1 p.m., at the Riceville Church. Burial was in the Blanton Family Cemetery at the head of Conley Fork, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Reginald "Reggie" Gene Owens Reginald "Reggie" Gene Owens, 64, a native of Floyd County and past resident of Isonville, died Friday, August 22, at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. Born January 28, 1933 at Lackey, he was the son of Elizabeth Lambert Owens of Sandy Hook and the late Miles M. Owens. He was a retired businessman. In addition to his mother, survivors include two sons, Thomas Joseph Owens of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Reginald Owens Jr. of Waverly, Ohio; one daughter, Linda Downing of Waverly, Ohio; two brothers, Miles L. Owens of Lake City, Tennessee, and Thomas Joseph Owens of Cambridge, Massachusetts; two sisters, Glenda Phyllis Waggoner of Sandy Hook and Bobby Ann Starnes of Mountain City, Georgia; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, August 25, at 1 p.m., at the Eldridge Funeral Home, with Reggie Dickerson officiating. Burial was in the Elliott County Memorial Gardens at Sandy Hook.

Peggy J. Oakley

Age 65, of Sidney, Ohio, formerly of Pike County, died Monday, September 1, 1997, at her residence. Born November 21, 1921 at Hellier, she was the daughter of Lonnie Cook Bowling of Martin and the late Ory L. Bowling. She was a retired school teacher. She taught six years in Kentucky and 25 years in the Faidawn School District in Ohio. She was a graduate of Alice Lloyd College and Morehead State University. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Weldon W. Oakley; one daughter, Kathryn R. Swallow of Arlington, Virginia; three brothers, Chester Bowling of Indianapolis, Indiana, Robert E. Bowling of Stone Mountain. Georgia, and Harold Bowling of Vandallia, Ohio; and three sisters, Veda Thornsberry of Lewisburg, Ohio, and Pina B. Click and Patricia Tackett, both of Martin. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 4, at 10 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with the clergyman Gary Allen officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Vanessa C. Conley Bilyeu

Of Middletown, Ohio, was killed August 18, 1997, in an automobile accident near Middletown. She was 34. She was the daughter of Barbara Schmidt of Mason, Ohio, and David E. Conley of Zenia, Ohio, and stepdaughter of Michael Schmidt of Mason. She was the granddaughter of Sylvia Warrix of Hueysville and the late Clyde Warrix. In addition to her parents and her grandmother, she is survived by her children, Andrew, Becky, Jennifer, Laura, and Chris Smith, all of the Middletown area; her sisters, Libby Landers and Carla Hempfleng, all of the Greater Cincinnati area; and her stepbrother and stepsister, Eric and Kelly Schmidt, both of Florence. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 6, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Hueysville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Vanessa Bilyeu Memorial Fund, .c/o Blue Ash Savings, P.O. Box 1, Mason, Ohio 45040.

Alma Mae Tackett

Age 69, of Melvin, died Friday, August 29, 1997, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born February 21, 1928 at Melvin, she was the daughter of the late Prophet Little and Ludema Hall Little. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Arnold Tackett, on June 29, 1994. Survivors include two sons, Danny Tackett and Eddie Tackett, both of Melvin; two sons of whom she was legal guardian. Jarvie Vance Jr. and Acy Vance, both of Huntington, Indiana; three daughters, Charlotte Branham of Melvin, Rim Campbell of Hueysville and Duwanna Johnson of Jackscreek; three daughters of whom she was legal guardian, Nelvie Hall of Wales, Alpha Hensley of Huntington, Indiana, and Rebecca Hensley of London, Ohio; one sister, Charlsie Tackett of Melvin; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, September l, at l l a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with the ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church offici- ating. Burial was in the Matthew Tackett Cemetery at Melvin

James Case

Age 83, of McDowell, died Monday, September 1, 1997, at Marion Manor Nursing Home ia Marion, Ohio, following an extend illness. Born April 28, 1914 at Honaker, he was the son of the late John Morgan Case and Polly Damron Case. He was a retired coal miner and member of Local No. 5899 at Wheelwright. He was a member of the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church at McDowell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Wright Case, on February 20, 1990. Survivors include two sons, Rogie Case of McDowell and Rikky Case of New Bloomington, Ohio; two daughters, Taunda White of New Bloomington, Ohio, and Iwana Chaffins of Westerville, Ohio; one brother, Hersel Case of Wellington, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, September 5, at 11 a.m., at Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with the ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery at McDowell

Magdelene Biliter

Age 65, of Pikeville, died Monday, September 1, 1997, at her residence. Bom January 19, 1932 in Pike County, she was the daughter of Rascoe Thornsbury of Kimper and Della Adkins Thornsbury of Kimper. She was a member of the Justiceville Bible Church. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Kermit Biliter Jr. of Chloe Creek; two sons, Glen Coleman of Pikeville and Jack Biliter of Millard; six sisters, Geraldine Justice of Powell Creek, Pauline Hampton of Prestonsburg, Glaudine Coleman and Eveleen Blackburn, both of Johns Creek, Christine Woreh of Michigan, and Betty Jean Hunt of Ohio; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 3, at 1 p.m., at the Morris Chapel of Justice Funeral Services, 'with Earnie Justice and Honsel Biliter officiating. Burial will be in the J. U. Thacker Mausoleum in the Annie E. Young Cemetery

Jack Shepherd

Age 63, of Gunlock, died Sunday, August 31, 1997, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born February 1, 1934 at Hueysville, he was the son of the late Willie and Susan Conley Shepherd. He was a disabled coal miner and member of the Salt Lick United Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Bolen Shepherd; one son, Sherman Shepherd of Hueysville; three daughters, Marilyn Koon of Middlesburg, Indiana, Carolyn Bufiew of Tucson, Arizona, and Beverly Amett of Salyersville; four brothers, Norman Shepherd, Mitchell Shepherd and Marvin Shepherd, all of Hueysville, and Max Shepherd of Indiana; five sisters, Madaline Patrick of Michigan, Mary Little of Topmost, Ruby Crager of Pippa Passes, Sharon Chaffins of Garrett, and Wanda Hutchinson of West Liberty; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 2, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel at Martin, with Bethel Bolen, Carlos Beverly and Claude Shepherd officiating. Burial was in the Jack Shepherd Cemetery at Gunlock

David Coleman

Age 71, of Robinson Creek, died Thursday, August 28, 1997, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following a brief illness. Born October 2, 1925 in Pike County, he was the son of the late Martha Phillips and Gilbert Coleman. He was a retired Pike County deputy sheriff. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Thornsbury Coleman; five sons, Dexter Coleman, Donnie Ray Coleman, Virgil Coleman and Dwayne Coleman, all of Robinson Creek, and Vernon Coleman of Pikeville; one stepson, David Short of Canada; two brothers, Gordon Coleman of Robinson Creek and William Lee Coleman of Pikeville; one sister, Virgie Collins of Robinson Creek; three half-brothers, Winford Coleman of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Reaford Coleman of Adrian, Georgia, and Arthur Coleman of Harold; one half-sister, Patty Rogers of Weeksbury; and 17 grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, August 31, at 11 a.m., at the J. W. Call and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with the Old Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Park

John C. Hall Sr.

Age 74, of Martin, died September 3, 1997. Born May 29, 1923 at McDowell, KY, son of the late Milford and Puss Martin Hall. In addition to his wife, Kathryn Osborne Hall, survivors include two sons, John C. Hall Jr., Tommy Hall; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Hall; two sisters, Pauline Alen, Verniece "Granny" Stamper; In addition to his parents in was preceded in death by three brothers, Wade Hall, Moses Hall, Birchell; one sister, Flotine Elam. Entombment is in Highlands Memorial Park in Paintsville, KY.

Thomas B. Thompson Sr.

Age 88, of Prestonsburg, died September 3, 1997. Born July 1 1909, at Ledoco Ky., son of the late George L. and Alma Justice Thompson. He was preceded in death by wife, Idola Hale Thompson. Survivors include two sons, Thomas B. Thompson Jr., Gary Dale Thompson, one brother, Paul Edgil Thompson; two sisters, Lula Spencer, Mary Thompson.

Ilene Ferrell Bertram Howell

Age 54, of Martin, died September 1, 1997. Born March 25, 1943 at Manton, daughter of the late Herbert and Mattie Sword Ferrell. Survivors include her second husband Jerry Howell; two sons, Albert Michael Bertram, Brian Keith Bertram; two daughters, Kimberly Renee Crace, Stephanie Lynn Pennington; one brother, Herbert Michael Ferrell; six sisters Jeanette Ladd, Johnnie B. Post, Terri Jean Hale, Billie Joyce Burke, Sharon Kay Jarrell, Deborah Lynn Slone. Burial is in the May Cemetery at Stephens Branch at Martin.

Gypsie Bell

Age 71, of Burbank OH, died September 1, 1997. Born March 17, 1926, daughter of the late Andy and Mary Stepp Rogers. Survivors include husband, Raymond Bell; three sons Danny Bell, Russell Adkins, Morman Adkins; three sisters, Olga Jessie, Elsie Moore, Ivalee Rogers; two brothers, Volley Rogers, Virgil Rogers. Burial is in the Jackson Cemetery.

Henry Branham

Age 76, of Lackey, died August 31, 1997. Born Jan. 21, 1921 in Knott Co., son of the late Joe and Laura Dudley Branham. Survivors include wife Gracie Branham; three sons, Wendell Branham, Charles Branham, Jackie Branham; one Brother, Oakley Branham; one sister, Nova Chaffins. Burial is in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, KY.

Easter Calhoun

Age 76, of Prestonsburg, died September 2, 1997. Born Jan. 4, 1921 at Allen, daughter of the late Henry and Jane Henton Porter. Survivors include her husband Wallace Calhoun; three sons, Dallas Calhoun, Don Calhoun, Darrell Calhoun; one daughter Josephine Plazek; four brother, Chester Porter, Harry Porter, Forest Porter, Clyde Porter; two sisters, Vina Mae Burchett, Minnie Canova. Burial is in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg, KY.

Edna Combs

Age 76, of Dwarf, died September 2, 1997. Born Sept 10, 1920 at Lotts Creek, daughter of the late Robert Lee and Eva Grigsby. Survivors include five sons, Alger Bart Combs, James R. Combs, Robert Combs, Arlis Combs, Paul Edward Combs; four daughters, Bonnie Sue Watts, Mary Jean Releigh, Deborah Ann Hollifield, Colleen Shelton; one brother, Alvin Grigsby; two sisters, Abbie Combs, Elizabeth Caughran. Burial is in the Martin Cemetery, at Clear Creek, Fisty, KY.

September 10, 1997

David N. Pelfrey

Age 57, of Albion, Michigan, died Saturday, September 6, 1997, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born February 27, 1940 in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late John and Rosa Hurd Pelfrey. He worked at the A&P Grocery Store, was a press operator at McGraw-Edison for ten years, and for the Home Laundry for several years. Survivors include his wife, Delores Pelfrey; two daughters, Joyce Dodes and Dawn Pelfrey, both of Albion, Michigan; seven sons, Ronnie Pelfrey of Beaumont, Texas, David Pelfrey and Jamie Pelfrey, both of Albion, Michigan, Kenny Pelfrey, Paul Pelfrey and Brian Pelfrey, all of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Frank. Pelfrey of Holland, Michigan; one sister, Verta Tackett of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; two brothers, Edward Pelfrey of Marshall, Michigan, and Earl Pelfrey of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 9, at 1 p.m., at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery

John C. Hall Sr.

Age 74, of Martin, husband of Kathryn Osborne Hall, died Wednesday, September 3, 1997, at Martin, from a sudden illness. Born May 29, 1923 at McDowell, he was the son of the late Milford and Puss Martin Hall. He was a graduate of McDowell High School, Mayo Vocational School, and later worked as a welder in Newport News, Virginia, prior to the war. He was a graduate of the Kentucky School of Embalming in Louisville, and returned to Floyd County to work for the former E. R Arnold Funeral Home in Prestonsburg. Being a licensed embalmer and funeral director since January 1949, he established Hall Brothers Funeral Home in Martin with his brother, Birchell C. Hall, and in 1979, Hall Funeral Home at Martin where at the time of his death, he was the owner and operator. He was a charter member of the John W. Hall Masonic Lodge No. 950 F&AM for 48 years, and served as a member of the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Kentucky. He was inducted into the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and was a U.S. Navy, World War II veteran. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John C. Hall Jr. and his wife, Gloria N. Hall, of Martin, and Tommy Hall and his wife, Dr. Burnetta Hall, of Martin; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Hall of San Rafael, California; two sisters, Pauline Allen of McDowell and Verniece "Granny" Stamper of Martin; and two grandchildren, Kara Kathryn Hall and Courtney Blair Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Wade Hall, Moses Hall, and Birchell Hall; and one sister, Flotine Elam. Funeral services for John C. Hall were conducted Saturday, September 6, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman Arnold Turner Jr. officiating. Entombment was in Highlands Memorial Park in Paintsville

Lum Gayheart

Age 85, of McDowell, died Saturday, September 6, 1997, at South Williamson ARH, following an extended illness. Born June 6, 1912 at McDowell, he was the son of the late Day and Betty Gayheart. He was disabled. Survivors include one brother, Whitsel Gayheart of McDowell. Funeral services were Monday, September 8, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Rufford Howell and Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery at McDowell

Noma Jean Allen Patton

Age 61 of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, September 6, 1997, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born February 17, 1936 at Risner, she was the daughter of the late Claude C. and Bertha Bradley Allen. She was a former office manager for J. M. Monitoring Inc. at Pikeville. She was a member of the First (Irene Cole Memorial) Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. Survivors include her husband, Billy Joe "Corky" Patton; one daughter, Leigh Ann Patton Collett of Louisville; one son, James A. Patton of Pikeville; two sisters, Nola Slone of Blue River and Bee Nunnery of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Dr. William G. Allen of Ashland and Hon. James R. Allen of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 9, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with the ministers of the Pikeville Freewill Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Allen Family Cemetery at Pyramid

Anna Jessica Gillespie

Known as Jessie Tussey, 74, of Martin, died Friday, September 5, 1997, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Prestonsburg, following a brief illness. Born July 1, 1922 in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Jessie David Picklesimer and Cynthia Rose Riddles. She was a member of the Free United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Calvin Tussey. Survivors include her husband, Jim Gillespie; two sons, Robert Calvin Tussey and Billy Tussey, both of Martin; one daughter, Ruth May Miller of Prestonsburg; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grand- children. Funeral services were Monday, September 8, at I1 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Willis Adkins officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery at Prestonsburg

Thelrna Dobson Wallen

Age 79, of North Wales, Pennsylvania, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, September 6, 1997, at Gwynedd Square Nursing Center in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, following an extended illness. Born May 26, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John Barter and Goldie Combs Dobson. She was a member of the Prestonsburg Woman's Club and volunteer at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She had lived in Prestonsburg for 44 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.W. "Bill" Wallen, on April 30, 1970. Survivors include one son, John David Wallen of North Wales, Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 11, at 11 a.m., at Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Quentin Lockwood officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Essie Schrader Nickles

Age 84, of Auxier, died Monday, September 8, 1997, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg, following a long illness. Born October 6, 1912 at Dema, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Betty Little. She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Schrader. Survivors include four sons, Kelly Schrader of Willard, Ohio, Eddie R. Schrader of Auxier, Jim Schrader of Jeffersontown, and Bill Schrader of Plymouth, Ohio; two daughters, Betty Mosley of Shelby, Ohio, and Mary Simmons of Shelbyville; two sisters, Lula Bates of Pikeville and Lona Green of Thelma; and 17 grandchildren. Funeral services will be September 11, at 11 a.m., at the Caney Fork Regular Baptist Church at Raven, with the Old Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Turner Cemetery at Dema

Elberta Holt

Age 84, of Grethel, died Friday, September 5, 1997, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born July 15, 1913 at Grethel, she was the daughter of the late Tapley and Catherine Martin Tackett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Taulbee Holt. Survivors include one daughter, Marie Tackett of Grethel; two half-brothers, Earl Tackett of Harold and Kenneth Ray Sexton of Ohio; one half-sister, Ruthie Hall of Grethel; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two step- great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, September 8, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with the Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial was in the Roberts Cemetery at Grethel

September 12, 1997

Mack Denzil Kidd Jr.

Age 34, of Salyersville, formerly of Honaker, died Tuesday, September 9, 1997, following an auto accident on the Mountain Parkway in Salyersviile. Born September 21, 1962 at Martin, he was the son of Mack Denzil Kidd and Lola Mae Hunter Kidd of Salyersville. He was a tree trimmer for Asplundh. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Esther Fogle Kidd; paternal grandmother, Della Kidd of Honaker; four sons, Mack Denzil Kidd III, George Anthony Rosel Kidd, Gordon Lee Kidd and Dustin James Kidd, all of Salyersville; one daughter, Tiffany Michelle Kidd of Salyersville; four brothers, Craig R. Kidd, Mack Christopher Kidd, Mark Anothy Kidd and George Grover Kidd, all of Salyersville; and four sisters, Drema Lawson of Tram, Jackalene Hall of Teaberry, Tanis Elizabeth Anderson of Robinson Creek, and Lola Ann Stanley of Racoon Creek. Funeral services will be Friday, September 12, at l0 a.m., at the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church at Grethel, with the ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

September 17, 1997

Bertha Slone Triplett

Age 80, of Wayland, died September 6, 1997, at McAllen, Texas. She was born in Knott County on April 17, 1917, to Irland Slone and Nancy Huff Slone. She is survived by three sons, Merl Tripleu of Plymouth, Ohio, Victor Triplett of Hollybush, and Paul Triplett of Litt Cart; four daughters, Betty Joe and Deloris Dale Thornsberry of Hollybush, Janice Ann Lackey of Texas, and Nancy Louise Smith of Frenchburg; three brothers, Curliss Slone of Ohio, Elmer and Chad Slone of Prestonsburg; 30 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 l a.m. Wednesday, September 10, at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel with Jimmy Halt, Bill Tackett and others officiating. Burial was made in the Huff Cemetery at Raven.

Birdie Boyd Jarrell

Age 82, of Dana, died Sunday, September 14, 1997, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. She was born December 14, 1914, in Dana and was a daughter of the late Lewis and Huldie Howell Boyd. She was a member of the Salem Regular Baptist Church at Harold. Her husband, Bruce Jartell, preceded her in death. She is survived by five sons, Clifford, Gary and Troy Jarrell, all of Dana, and James Jarrell of Cleveland, Ohio, and Charles Jarrell of Detroit, Michigan; four daughters, Anna Ray Boyd, Lowana Bearden, and Margaret Boyette, all of Dana, Uvon Frnciano of Detroit, Michigan; one brother, Earnest Boyd of Banner; five sisters, Jenny Jartell of Banner, Mousie Boyd and Hazel Boyd, both of Dana, Rosie Owens of Hindman and Nancy Wojtowicz of Detroit, Michigan, 25 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and five great- great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 16, at 11 a.m. in the Little Salem Regular Baptist Church at Dana, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was made in the Jarrell Family Cemetery at Dana

Hazel Damron George

Age 81, of Ivel, died Sunday, September 14, 1997, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Curtis George. Born November 9, 1915, in Dwale, she was a daughter of the late James and Georgia Hall Damron. She was a retired school teacher and had taught for 42 years in the Floyd County School System, including schools at Ivel, Betsy Layne Elementary and Allen Elementary. Additionally, she taught for ten years in Florida at the Pleasant Grove Elementary in Pensacola. She was a member of the Innerarity Point Church of Christ in Pensacola, a Kentucky Colonel, UOA Pensacola, Florida, Chapter No. 50 Ladies Auxiliary and the Fleet Reserve Association, Pensacola. Survivors include one son, Jimmie Douglas George of Ivel; one daughter, Georgianna "Kandi" Gaskins of Catlettsburg; one foster sister, Bertie Crum of Grundy, West Virginia; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 17, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel with ministers James Harmon and Mike Hammonds officiating. Burial will be made in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Ada Osborne Martin

Age 65, of Drift, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born July 10, 1932, in Floyd County, she was the d/o the late Canterberry and Alice Moore Osborne. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Martin; four sons, Wade Martin and Denzil Martin, both of Drift, Tanzil Martin of Allen, and Merlin Martin of Martin; three daughters, Donna Castle, Reba Martin, and Freda Martin, all of Prestonsburg; three sisters, Phyllis Lafferty of Fostoria, Ohio, and Imogene Althoff and Rhoda Caudill, both of Dayton, Ohio; several grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, September 19, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home with James Johnson officiating. Burial will be made in the Martin Cemetery at Drift

Jesse J. O'Bryan

Age 73, of Martin, died Friday, September 12, 1997, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident near Martin. He was born September 16, 1923, in Glo and was the son of the late Fred O'Bryan and Ruth McPeek O'Bryan. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He had served two terms in the Navy during World War II and had participated in the Pacific Theater campaign. He is survived by two sisters, Thelma Osborne of Hunter and Elsie Reynolds of Huntington, West Virginia.

Elder Willie Rice

Age 75, of Pikeville, died Monday, September 15, 1997, at his residence following an extended illness. Born August 1, 1922, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Samuel L. Rice and Lucretia Boyd Rice. He was a retired pipe fitter and a veteran. He was a member of the New Life United Baptist Church at Banner. Surviving him are his wife, Maxie Newsome Rice; a son, Samuel Rice of Burkesville; two stepsons, Orville E. Adkins and Kenis Gene Adkins, both of Pikeville; two daughters, Mary Conn of Dana and Marsha Maynard of Pikeville; three sisters, Olga Allen of Grayson, Sina Blanton of Prestonsburg and Madge Mauk of Jeffersonville, Indiana; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 19, at 11 a.m. at the New Life United Baptist Church at Banner, with Albert King, Elbert Howard and Jim Estep officiating. Burial will be made in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Shane Michael Mullins

Age 18, of Pikeville, died Sunday, September 14, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center from injuries he received in an accident. He was born in Pikeville on May 22, 1979 and was the son of Donna Little Howard and Gary Mullins of Prestonsburg, and stepson of Robin Mullins of Prestonsburg and Michael Shawn Howard. He was a student at Northern Kentucky University and was a member of the Crossroads Youth Program at the First Baptist Church in Pikeville. In addition to his parents and step-parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Jeanette Little of Virgie; his paternal grandparents, Stella Mullins of' Dorton; his maternal great-grandmother, Lucille Hamby of Pikeville; and two brothers, Seth W. Mullins of San Diego, California, and Christopher Charles Mullins of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 17, at the First Baptist Church in Pikeville with Steve Ross officiating. Burial will be made in the Annie E. Young Cemetery at Shelbiana

Opal Marie Isaac

Age 81, of Bypro died Monday, September 15, 1997, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness. Born on September 14, 1916 in Bevinsville, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Louisa Bell Hopkins Hall. She was a member of the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Isaac. Survivors include three sons, Gary Isaac of Virginia, Basil Isaac of Cody, Wyoming, and Terry Isaac of Bevinsville; eight daughters, Nina Howell of Bevinsville, Marie Johnson of Wayne, Michigan, Jennie Ward of Flint. Michigan, Betty Holbrook of Grand Blanc, Michigan, Karen White of Southgate, Michigan, Patricia Burke of Bevinsville, Sharon Hoffman of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Pamela Hall of Grayson; one sister, Beulah Rice of Flint, Michigan; and several grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 18, at 11 a.m. at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro with the Rev. Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be made in the W.R. Hall Cemetery at Bevinsville

September 19, 1997

Susan Martin Wells

Age 39, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997 at Highlands Regional Medical Center following an extended illness. She was the daughter of Richard E. Martin and Nancy Vaughn Martin, of Prestonsburg, and was born November 8, 1957, in Prestonsburg. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. She was assistant to the president at Highlands Regional Medical Center; administrator of Consolidated Health System's Scholarship Fund; chairman of the advisory board for the Southeast Area Health Education Center; a member of the American College of Health Care Executives; director of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Diabetes Association; a member of P.E.O.; and a graduate of the Leadership Kentucky pro- gram. A member of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Wells previously served on the Chamber's Board of Directors. She was inducted into the Chamber's Hall of Fame in May. Wells was a graduate of Prestonsburg High School and Transylvania University where she received a bachelor's degree in Biology. She was awarded a master's degree in Public Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Frank A. Wells Jr. of Prestonsburg; a daughter, Kathryn Ann Wells of Paintsville; and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Martin of Union. Funeral services will be con- ducted at 11 a.m. today, Friday, at the First Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. Burial will be made in Highlands Memorial Park in Paintsville under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home

Margie Wright Caudill

Age 70, of Salyersville, died September 1, 1997 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville following an extended illness. She was born on February 1, 1927 in Floyd County, and was a daughter of the late Brice and Bessie Patrick Wright. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ishmael Caudill, in 1985. She was an owner and operator of Caudill Funeral Home and a former employee of Preston Funeral Home. She was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Magoffin Chapter No. 562. She is survived by a son, Larry Joe Caudill of Lexington; one brother, Isom Wright, of Royalton; one sister, Ethel May of Salyersville; one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. Funeral services were conducted September 4 at the Dunn-Kelley/Prater & Dunn Funeral Home with Joe Carroll, Roy Coffey and Junior Womack officiating. Burial was made in the Bluegrass Cemetery in Salyersville

Edna Dean Handshoe

Age 75, of Hueysville, died Wednesday, September 17, at her residence. She was born on March 3, 1932 in Knott County, and was the daughter of the late Benny Bolen and Evalene Sparkman Bolen. Survivors include her husband, Virgil Handshoe; seven sons, Curtis, Marlin E., Bee, Roy, Attalee David and Virgil Handshoe, all of Hueysville, and Wilson Wade Handshoe of Hazard; three daughters, Lola Fay Case and Betty Sue Napier, both of Kendallville, Indiana, and Pauline Amburgey of Pippa Passes; two brothers, Manis Bolen of Angola, Indiana and Herbert Bolen of Missouri; two sisters, Carrie Handshoe of Plymouth, Ohio, and Minnie Colburn of Wolcott, Indiana; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 20 on the Wilson Handshoe Cemetery on Laurel Fork at Quicksand

Ed Paige

Age 55, of McDowell, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness. Born on November 19, 1941, in Whitesburg, and was the son of the late Ervin and Donia Reynolds Paige. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Shepherd Paige; four sons, Ed Paige Jr., Jason Paige, Keith Paige, and Benny Paige, all of McDowell; four brothers, Charles Paige and Bobby Paige, both of McDowell, Wid Paige of Whitesburg, and Ellis Paige, of Portsmouth, Ohio; four sisters, Diana Collins of Martin, Bertha Dye of McDowell, Margaret Caudill of Whitesburg, and Vernie Jones of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 19, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church at McDowell with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be made in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery at McDowell

Troy Lee Branham

Age age 93, of Harold, widower of Stella Tackett Branham, died Saturday, September 13, 1997, at the residence of his son Emmitt Branham. He was born July 27, 1904, in Grethel, and was the son of the late James Branham and Anzie Sword Branham. He was a carpenter, and mail carrier for 12 years, and he had been a member of the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church since 1936. He is survived by four sons: James A. Branham, A. Elisha Branham, Emmitt E Branham, and Ellis V. Branham, all of Harold; five daughters: Wanda Carroll, and A. Judy Hamilton, both of Grethel, Gladys Mitchell of Betsy Layne, Priscilla Maxine Collins of Flatrock, Michigan, Ruth Laferty of Teaberry; one sister, Ethel Hamilton of Grethel; 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, September 15, 1997 at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church at Grethel with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was made in the Troy L. Branham Cemetery at Grethel

Geneva Clemons Case

Age 68, of Palestine, Indiana, formerly of Hunter, widow of Eugene Case, died Thursday, September 18, 1997, at her residence in Indiana. She was born October 21, 1928, in Hardburly, the daughter of the late Clark and Sarah Ellen Gibson Clemons. Mrs. Case was a retired restaurant owner (Big "C" Restaurant, Hunter), and a member of the Free United Baptist Church, Packerton, Indiana. Survivors include five sons, Rodney Case, Michael Case, and Kenneth Case all of Hunter, Clive David Case of Price, Roy Daniel Case of Mentone, Indiana; two daughters, Glendeane Gayheart of Claypool, Indiana; Eugenia Case of Mentone, Indiana; 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, James Paul Case; two grandchildren, Shelia Shepherd and Timothy Paul Case and one great-great-grandchild, Woody Dean Shepherd. Graveside services for Geneva Clemmons Case will be conducted Sunday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m., at the Case Family Cemetery at Hunter

Ruby Jean Reffett

Age 69, of David, widow of Elmer Reffett, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, following a short illness. She was born April 16, 1928 in David, the daughter of the late Malcom and Kathryn Miller Reffett. She was a member of the Cold Springs Old Regular Baptist Church at Caney. Survivors include two sons, Billy Eugene Reffett and Dexter Dale Reffett, both of David; two daughters, Brenda Kay Watson and Donna Faye Reffett, both of David; two brothers, Carson Reffett of David, and Taylor Reffett of Winchester; one sister, Ruth Pitts of Manton; ten grand-children and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted today, Friday, September 19, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with the clergymen Jerry Manns and Ted Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the Malcom Reffett Cemetery at David

Ronald Harold Neeley

Age 34, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, September 17, 1997, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. He was born February 6, 1961, in Hampden, Virginia, and was the son of Lonnie C. and Lois Thompson Neeley of Prestonsburg. He was an auto mechanic for Mighty Muffler in Prestonsburg. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Linda Sue Strickland of Milan, New Mexico; one brother, Lonnie D. Neeley of Zolfo Springs, Florida; and his maternal grandmother, Margie Thompson of Lima, Ohio. Funeral services will be con- ducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Carter Funeral Home with Clergymen Bobby Joe Spencer and Calvin Setser officiating. Burial will be made in the Richmond Cemetery

Barry Lind Combs II

Age 20, of Garrett, the son of Barry L. and Linda R. Cornett Combs, died Tuesday, September 16, 1997 in Prestonsburg, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was born March 3, 1977, in Pikeville, and was currently attending Hazard Community College, where he was in the radiology program. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Andrew McCay Combs of Garrett; one sister, Emily Roshelle Combs also of Garrett; his maternal grandmother, Grace Combs of Garrett; and his paternal grandmother, Eula Cornett of East Point. Funeral services will be conducted today, Friday, September 19, at Il a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel at Martin, with Greg Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Bolen Cemetery at Garrett

James Conley

Age 82, of Nicholasville, died Sunday, August 31, 1997, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was born in Johnson County on November 3, 1914, and was the son of the late Charlie E and Rose McFarland Conley. He was a retired C&O Railroad conductor. He is survived by his wife, Ava Geraldine Moles Conley; three children, Lowell C. Conley of Nicholasville, Harry M. Conley of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Dianna Lynn Conley Lucas of Valparaiso, Indiana; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held September 4, at 2 p.m., in the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was made in Highland Memorial Park.

Ruby Dike

Age 61, of Taylor, Michigan, died September 6, 1997. She was the daughter of Hassel Hampton of River Rouge, Michigan, and the late Dessie Johnson Hampton and was born July 18, 1936 at Weeksbury. An avid gardener, Mrs. Dike was recognized for her skills with the City of Taylor Beautification Award in 1992. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Richard Dike; her son, Terry Lee Dike of Dearborn Heights, Michigan; her daughter, Jerri Devonia Kamin of Taylor, Michigan; two sisters, Ola Mae Hampton and Pauline Tackett, both of Virgie; two brothers, Leo Hampton of River Rouge, Michigan and Robert Hampton of Virgie; and one granddaughter. Information regarding the funeral arrangements were unavailable Thursday.

Ellis Little

Age 60, of Bypro died Wednesday, September 17, 1997, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born February 15, 1937 in Floyd County and was the son of Aggie Johnson of Martin and the late Bill Little. He was a disabled coal miner. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Ellis Little Jr. of Melvin; four stepsons, Clark Slone of Hindman, Leon Slone of Melvin, Reon Slone of Hager Hill, and Rush Slone Jr. of Wayland; five stepdaughters, Jenny Cole of McDowell, June Smith of Louisville, Shirley (Nan) Newsome of Martin, Lily Stumbo of Ivel and Lisa Stumbo of Melvin; two brothers, Bill Jr. Little 9f Martin and Carlos Little of Martin; two sisters, Liza Smallwood of St. Mary's, Ohio and Shirley Hall of Wheelwright; one grandchild and 12 step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m. in the Upper Burton Free Pentecostal Church of God at Bypro with Bobby Isaac and other ministers officiating. Burial will be made in the Buckingham Cemetery

September 26, 1997

Oliver Hall

Age 80, of Printer, died September 23, 1997. Born Oct. 14, 1916 at Honaker, son of the late Robert and Rebecca Harvey Hall. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Mae Spencer Hall; one daughter, Shirley Parsons, one brother Robert "Bob" Hall. Burial is in the Harvey Cemetery at Honaker, KY.

 

Zetta Tackett

Age 48, of Pikeville, died September 24, 1997. Born April 8, 1948, in Pike County, daughter of Marie Martin Adkins and the late Jesse Adkins Jr. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jimmy W. Tackett; one son, Wendell Tackett; one daughter, Lavonda Tackett Meade; two brothers, Billy Adkins, Kenneth Ratliff; six sisters, Tena Spears, Audrey Clevinger, Betty Smith, Edith Owens, Robbie Damron, Sherry Elswick. Burial is in the Davivson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, KY.

Tramble Tackett

Age 76, of Hi Hat, died September 24, 1997. Born Nov. 23, 1920, at Teaberry, son of the late George and Mary Hamilton Tackett. Survivors include wife Ruth Howell Jones Tackett; one son, Kermit Tackett; one stepson, Leroy Jones; three daughters, Daisy May Hamilton, Sharon Kay Parsons, Eva Reyuon Hamilton; one stepdaughter, Phyllis Tackett; five sisters, Wanda Hamilton, Hilda Bishop, Kelma Chase, Dasiy Mitchell, Lucreasy Spencer. Burial is in the A. J. Cemetery at Teaberry, KY.