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As reported in the Floyd County Times dated

 

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003

Dinah Smiley

Age 74, of Attica, Michigan, formerly of Prestonsburg, wife of Ermon Smiley, passed away, Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mt. Clemens, Michigan. She was born September 15, 1929, in Prestonsburg, the daughter of the late Andy Boyd and Lizzie Akers Boyd. She was a manufacturing inspector for Interstate Manufacturing Company, Romeo, Michigan, and was a member of the Little Ida Old Regular Baptist Church, Ecorse, Michigan. In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by three sons, Ranold Smiley (Francis) of Utica, Michigan, Dean Smiley (Vanessa) of Lapeer, Michigan, and Ernie Smiley (Brenda) of Washington Township, Michigan; two daughters, Helen Willis (Ron) of Imlay City, Michigan; and Carolyn Sochor of Clinton Township, Michigan; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kessie Boyd and Kellie Boyd. Funeral services for Dinah Smiley were conducted Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Akers Cemetery, at Dana, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Micheal Willis, Mark Willis, Bryan Maddox, Paul Maddox, Dan Smiley, Joe Willis, Jeff Smiley, and Rick Maddox.

Bobby Mulkey

Age, 74, of Homer, Michigan, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2003, at his home. He was born December 2, 1928, in Floyd County, the son of the late Lee and Elizabeth May (Crum) Mulkey. He was twice married, first to Marie Cline Mulkey, who preceded him in death. On June 5, 1993, he married Betty Reynolds who survives. For 30 years he was a pattern die maker for Hayes Albion. Bobby was a member of Riverside Baptist Church in Homer, and he enjoyed his church, gardening, building things, and his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Verna and John Day, and Eva Mae and David Webb, all of Concord, Joan Holton and Janice Powers, both of Charlotte; three sons, Bobby Gene and Donna Mulkey, and Therman and Ruthann Crider, all of Concord; and Lois and Virginia Crider of Albion; two sisters; two brothers; 16 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers. Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 22, at 1 p.m., at the Riverside Baptist Church in Homer, with Reverend Jimmy Collins officiating. Interment followed in Maple Grove Cemetery in Concord. Visitation was at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion. Memorials are suggested to Riverside Baptist Church in Homer.

Brandon J. (B.J.) Bryant

Age, 21, of Wheelwright, died Sunday, September 21, 2003, following an auto accident on Ky. Rt. 466, at Melvin. Born December 21, 1981, in Pikeville, he was the son of Jessie and Margaret Tackett Bryant of Wheelwright. He was a 2001 graduate of South Floyd High School, and a Masonry worker for Sandy Valley Masonry. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Steven Collins of Wheelwright; one sister and brother-in-law, Stacy and Marty Little of Melvin; maternal grandmother, Bulah Boggs Tackett of Ashtabula, Ohio; three nieces, Kaitlan, Kelsie and Laken; nine aunts; five uncles, and several cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Luther Boggs, and paternal grandparents, Willie and Rose Johnson Bryant. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 24, at 1 p.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hall-Little Cemetery at Wheelwright, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church. Active pallbearers: Johnny Spears, Jeremy S. Tackett, Matt Tackett, Nick Compton, Chris Cole, Hobbie Little, P.J. Cox, Ryan Hall, Adam Tackett, Robin Little and Joe Platkus.

Susie Miller

Age, 70, of Warsaw, Indiana, died Saturday, September 20, 2003, at Kosciusko Community Hospital emergency room, Warsaw, Indiana. Born October 29, 1932, in Blue River, she was the daughter of the late Jim Henry Hughes and Ida (Marcellett) Hughes. She was a homemaker, and had been a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana, since July 1955. She was a member of the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, Warsaw, Indiana. She died surrounded by her family and friends. She was married June 22, 1955, to Green Miller, who survives. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include one son, Ronald Miller of Warsaw, Indiana; one daughter, Mary Miller of Warsaw, Indiana; three grandchildren; two sisters, Josephine Blackburn of Warsaw, Indiana, and Osie Holbrook of Salyersville; two brothers, Malcom Hughes of Warsaw, Indiana and Bill Hughes of Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 24, at 10 a.m., at the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, 125 Fawley Street, Warsaw, Indiana, with Reverend Glen Hughes and Reverend Robie Whitaker officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana. Visitation is at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana. Memorials may be made to: Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, 125 Fawley Street, Warsaw, Indiana, 46580.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003

Dr. Walker Porter Mayo Jr.

Dr. Walker Porter Mayo, Jr., a native of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, attended Eastern Kentucky University and Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy, and after receiving the M.S. degree in physiology from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, where he did respiratory physiology research, he took a general surgery residency in the V.A, Hospital, in Louisville and later a thoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan. His surgery practice in Lexington, Kentucky extended from 1954 to 1984. Dr. Mayo was the first thoracic surgeon to practice in Lexington. After his retirement from practice, he pursued a second career and received a Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Kentucky. He has served as Clinical Processor of Surgery and Director of the Problem-Based-Learning Program in the Department of Surgery at UK Medical Center and Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky. A Founding Member of both the Southern Thoracic Surgical Society and the Society of Thoracic Surgery, he has co-authored eighty scientific publications. In recent years, Dr. Mayo has devoted his writing to the history of medicine. He is the author of Medicine in the Athens of the West. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Helen Pat Mayo; four children, Camille Mayo (Gordon) Dunn, Charlotte, NC, Walker Porter Mayo, III, Lexington, Patrice Mayo (Sandy) Ligon, Franklin, TN, and Dr. Lionel Prevost (Karen) Mayo, Richmond, KY; one grandchildren, Chloe Mayo Ligon, Franklin, TN. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis Harkey Mayo and Dick Erwin Mayo. Services will be 10 AM Thursday at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, conducted by Dr. Billy Ray Jennings. A committal service will follow at 2:30 PM Thursday at the Mayo Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, KY. Visitation will be 4-7 PM Wednesday.

Mary Belle Childers

Age, 70, of Banner, died Friday, September 5, 2003, at her residence. Born December 4, 1932, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late James (Jim) and Rilda Bryant Clark. She was a homemaker and attended Old Regular Baptist Churches. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Childers. Survivors include an aunt, Pearlie Adams of Frankfort; three nephews, Rudy Robinette of Banner, Thomas Clark of Texas, and Bobby Childers of Virgie; two cousins, Jeanette Hall of Martin and Loretta Conn of Banner; and many friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Isaac Clark; and three half-sisters, Hazel Amburgey, Claudia Robinson and Fredia Robinette. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, September 7, at 11 a.m., at the Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church at Dana, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Akers Cemetery at Prater Creek, in Dana, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church, with nightly services at 7 p.m.

Georgie Hamilton

Age, 85, of Melvin, died Monday, September 8, 2003, at his daughter’s residence at (Abner Mountain), Melvin. Born October 30, 1917, in Teaberry, he was the son of the late Columbus and Liza Hall Hamilton. He was a retired coal miner, honorary member of the Sheriff’s Department, and a chairman for the Democratic party. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Moore Hamilton. Survivors include one son, Terry Conley of Troy, Michigan; one daughter, Christine Slone of Melvin; one sister, Hattie Tackett of Ligon; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Gratho Hamilton; one brother, William Hamilton; and one sister, Tilda Hamilton. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 11, at noon, at the Church of Christ in Melvin, with Orville Burke, John Burke, and Eddie Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery at Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the church.

Bobby Joe Click

Age 66, of Martin, husband of Pina Bowling Click, passed away, Friday, September 5, 2003, in Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. He was born June 4, 1937, in Manton, the son of the late Robert Click and Delilah Hale Click. He was a retired meat cutter for Cash Saver, at Martin. Survivors include his wife, Pina; two sons, Bobby Joe Click Jr., of Corinth, and Charles David Click of Kenner, Louisiana; two brothers, Edgel “Bide” Click of Martin, and Ezra “Jug” Click of Lexington; four sisters, Pauline Conley of Garrett, Madeline Deaton of Canyonville, Oregon, Parthena Martin of Prestonsburg, and Marcella Howard of Volga; three grandchildren, Amber Turner, Megan Click and Lucas Click; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Turner. Funeral services for Bobby Joe Click were conducted Monday, September 8, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Click Family Cemetery, at Martin, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Lucus Click, Richard Bowling, Bob Thornsberry, Randy Conley, Michael Click, Robbie Click, Steve Heck, Bill Bowling, Terry Ratliff and Kevin Mead.

Johnnie Mullins

Age, 86, of Hueysville, died Thursday, September 4, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born March 6, 1917, at Ivel, he was the son of the late Gomer Stewart and the late Vickie Mullins. He was a disabled coal miner and a member of the Hueysville Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Jody Mullins of Hueysville, and Tony Mullins of Eastern; five daughters, Ann Thomas, Linda Chaffins, and Margie Chaffins, all of Garrett, Marie Gilbert of London, and Sandra Tucker of Oklahoma; three step-sons, Wayne Collins and Stanley Collins, both of Eastern, and Lewis Collins of Langley; three step-daughters, Judy Wright of Martin, Patricia Slone of Pyramid, and Kim Jones of Ohio; four sisters, Edna Greer of Salisbury, Ethel Hall of Martin, Lilas Mullins of Pikeville, and Rosemary Grose of Michigan; four half-brothers, Ed Kidd of Martin, Dewey Kidd of Michigan, and Nick Kidd and Andy Kidd, both of Florida; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Johnny Mullins Jr., and Earnest Mullins; and a daughter, Betty Jo Dempsey. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, September 7, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Buddy Jones and Jerry Manns officiating. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery at Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home, with nightly services at 7 p.m.

Samuel Jarrell

Age, 76, of West Portsmouth, Ohio, died Friday, August 29, 2003, at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born October 26, 1926, in Dana, the son of the late Epp Jarrell and Millie Rice Jarrell. Surviving are daughters, Mary K. Hall, Jennie Huff, Debbie Kazee, and Teresa Pierce; sons, Eppie Lee, Paul Randall, and Sammy Lee Jarrell; brother, Carl Lee Jarrell; sisters, Lillie Baker, Della Curtis, Ruby Scutchfield, and Emmel Wallen; and 16 grandchildren. Services were 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 2, at Don Wolfe Funeral Home in Sciotoville, with the Rev. Curtis Riley officiating, and interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Ralph Neil Clark

Age, 62, died Saturday, September 6, 2003, in Sugar Land, Texas. He was born in Houston, Texas, on September 28, 1940, and had lived in the Prestonsburg area for the past 15 years. He was a distinguished artist, art teacher, writer, inventor, and consummate story teller. Previously he had served in the Peace Corps in the Caribbean and New Mexico. Ralph is survived by his mother, Mary E. Buehring; his sisters, Cindy Gustin and her husband, Mike, and Bunnye Clark and her husband, Paul; a brother, Walter Buehring and his wife, Suzanne; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 9, at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., with Rev. Gene Vickrey officiating. The Ralph Clark Memorial Fund is being established to benefit youth art development in Prestonsburg. For more information, please write to: P.O. Box 131, Auxier, Ky. 41602.

Elder Jack Akers

Age, 64, of McDowell, died Friday, September 5, 2003, at his residence. Born September 27, 1938, in Floyd County, he was the son of Cloie Caudill Akers of Beaver, Ohio, and the late Pink Akers Sr. He was a retired carpenter and a member and elder of the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church of the New Salem Association, at McDowell. He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Adams Akers. Other survivors include a son, LeRoy Akers of McDowell; two daughters, Cindy Murrell of Garrett, and Lisa Strassburg of McDowell; three brothers, Talbie Akers of Michigan, Dewey Akers of Wooster, Ohio, and Pink Akers Jr., of Lancaster, Ohio; four sisters, Brenda Hicks of McDowell, Madis Siders of Ohio, Marie Brown of Michigan, and Betty Henson of Beaver, Ohio; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Akers and Charles Akers; a daughter, Tina Akers; two brothers, Jimmy Ray Akers and William Robert Akers; and a sister, Mildred Rings. Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 8, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Elder Red Alley, and other elders of the Old Regular Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Osborne Cemetery (Frasures Creek) at McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home, with nightly services at 7 p.m.

James Lewis (Jimbo) Griffith

Age, 61, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, September 8, 2003, at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. Born April 11, 1942, in Garrett, he was the son of the late Wayne and Virginia Clay Griffith. He was a disabled coal miner, a U.S. Army veteran; and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Joyce Bradley Griffith. Other survivors include two sons, James Griffith Jr., of Whittensville and Herbert Steven Griffith of Martin; three daughters, Brandi Jo Griffith of Prestonsburg, April Dawn McCoy and Virginia Marie Griffith, both of Martin; three brothers, Hershel Griffith of Hampton, Ohio, Paul Frederick Griffith of Lima, Ohio, and Carlos Griffith of David; two sisters, Doris Slone and Gloria Shepherd, both of David; and four grandchildren, Martaia Griffith, Megan McCoy, Makayla McCoy and Xavier Dwayne Shell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Cletis Griffith, Robert Griffith, Dewey Griffith and Wayne Griffith; and a sister, Audrey Thomas. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 11, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Reverend Clifford Austin, and others, officiating. Burial will be in the Shepherd Cemetery at David, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Anna Belle Collins Howell

Age, 80, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, September 8, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born December 21, 1922, at Cliff, she was the daughter of the late Albert Collins and Maggie Spradlin Collins. She was a homemaker and member of the Community United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, John Scott Howell of Prestonsburg. Other survivors include one daughter, Glenna Kay Click of Prestonsburg; three sons, Tommy Hershel Howell, and Scotty Howard Howell, both of Prestonsburg, Wendell Ray Howell of Ashland; one brother, Haskell Glenn Collins of Kingston, Tennessee; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, John Edward Howell. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 11, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Steve Williams officiating. Interment will be at the Collins Family Cemetery, Spradlin Branch, Prestonsburg. Visitation is Wednesday, 5 p.m., until 9 p.m. Pallbearers: Jamie Howell, Anthony Howell, John Click, Norman Scott Howell, Andrew Howell, Jesse Chaffin, Matt Setser, Sam Chaffin, Johnny Webb, and Austin Shuck. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Howell family.

Loyd “Claude” Shepherd

Age 75, of Kendallville, Indiana, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 7, 2003, at the Cameron Hospital in Angola. He was born in Hueysville, Kentucky, on March 23, 1928, the son of the late Benjamin and Burlie Coburn Shepherd. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He started South Side Sewer Service in Kendallville in 1966. He then began A1 Plumbing in Kendallville and operated for many years. He retired in 1985 from Dana Corp in Fort Wayne, after 30 years. He also was a retired pastor for more than 25 years, and was a membr of the Independent Full Gospel Church in Ashley. He married Vada F. Edwards on January 29, 1951, in Agola, Indiana, and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, Loyd Shepherd Jr., Gene Shepherd and Michael Shepherd, all of Kendallville; one daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Ken Wisniewski of Kendallville; three sisters, Norma Lovely and Tillie Stevens, both of Kendallville, and Faye Shepherd of Hueysville; one brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Vivian Shepherd of Kendallville; eight grandchildren, Chad and Shawn Prince of Kendallville, Brittany, Summer, Tyler, Ben, Dustin and Austin Shepherd, all of Kendallville; one great-grandchild, Ethan Prince. He was preceded in death by his son, Brad Shepherd on May 29, 2003; two brothers, Coy and Owen Shepherd; and one sister, Phyllis Reed. Visitation is at Bethel Christian Baptist Church, at the corner of US 6 West and SR 9 North Kendallville. An evening service was held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 10, at 1 p.m., at Bethel Christian Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville. Preferred memorials are to Independent Full Gospel Church in Ashley. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville, Indiana, 260-347-1653.

Monday, Sept. 8, 2003

Samuel Jarrell

Age, 76, of West Portsmouth, Ohio, died Friday, August 29, 2003, at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born October 26, 1926, in Dana, the son of the late Epp Jarrell and Millie Rice Jarrell. Surviving are daughters, Mary K. Hall, Jennie Huff, Debbie Kazee and Teresa Pierce; sons, Eppie Lee, Paul Randall and Sammy Lee Jarrell; brother, Carl Lee Jarrell; sisters, Lillie Baker, Della Curtis, Ruby Scutchfield, and Emmel Wallen; and 16 grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, September 2, at Don Wolfe Funeral Home in Sciotoville, with the Rev. Curtis Riley officiating, and interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Glenna Brown

Age, 60, of Garrett, died Thursday, September 4, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born June 24, 1943, in Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Guy (Serge) and Mary Hicks Daniels. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rock Fork Regular Baptist Church at Garrett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgel Brown. Survivors include two sons, Christopher Brown and Tyler Devan Brown, both of Garrett; three daughters, Kathy Brown, Heather Brown and Kari Brown, all of Garrett; daughter of the heart, Shonda Lawson of Lexington; a brother, Freddie Daniels of Garrett; five sisters, Charlotte Holbrook of Kendallville, Indiana, Doralene Whitehead of Warrensburg, Missouri, Nadine Hackett of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Kay Poling of Chilicothe, Ohio, and Clotine Conley of Lackey; and five grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Guy Brown. Funeral services will be Sunday, September 7, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jerry Manns and others officiating. Burial will be in the Guy Brown Cemetery at Garrett, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Friday, Sept. 5, 2003

Edward Howell

Edward Howell, of Detroit, Michigan, passed away, August 27, 2003. He was born in McDowell, Kentucky, on July 5, 1917, to Hobert and Tildy (Osborne) Howell, both now deceased. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Gerald Howell; and two brothers Reed Howell, and Claude Howell; three sisters Ruby Howell, Georgia Hampton, and Lacie Pratt. He lived most of his life in Detroit, Michigan. He retired from the Cadillac Division of General Motors. He is survived by three sons, Rudolph, Roger, and Donald Howell; and one brother Crit Howell. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-children, nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on September 5, 2003 at Byron Cemetery in Fairborn, Ohio.

Peter Lalich

Age, 68, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at Bethesda Warren County. Born January 10, 1935, in Wheelwright, the son of Eli and Irene (nee;Rasphovich) Lalich, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Voss Chevrolet in 1996, after fifteen years of service as a mechanic. He was a member of the Lebanon American Legion, and he also worked at James Service for many years, and the Lebanon Raceway for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Paul Lalich. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rozelia (nee:Lawson) Lalich of Lebanon; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Debbie Lalich of Springboro, Ohio; and James Lalich of New York City, NY; one brother, Nicholas Lalich of Richmond, Virginia; one sister, Dorsen Dowell of Louisville; one sister-in-law, Pauline Lalich of Orleans, Indiana; three grandchildren, Kyle, Matthew, and Stephen Lalich, all of Springboro; and one great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Lalich of Springboro. A graveside service, under the direction of Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, will be held on Friday, September 5, at 1 p.m., at the Lebanon Cemetery, with Reverend Douglas Steinke and Reverend Mark Shimer officiating. Visitation is at the funeral home, in Lebanon. Local announcement: Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Harry Edward Bartuka

Age, 76, of Hardy, Virginia, formerly of Wheelwright, Kentucky, died at his home on Wednesday, September 3, 2003. He was born December 23, 1926, in Coretta, West Virginia. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army, and saw action in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Following his discharge, he lived in Wheelwright, Kentucky, where he worked as a mechanic for Inland Steel. He also worked as a shop mechanic for Island Creek Coal Company in Wheelwright, Kentucky and Oakwood, Virginia. He was a lifelong member of the UMWA. He was an outdoor enthusiast and hunter with a special gentleness toward animals. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Alice Butterworth Bartuka; two brothers, Frank Albert and John Jasper Bartuka; and three sisters, Cora Hurt, Virginia Cooley, and Frances Cramer. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marlene Deal Bartuka of Hardy, and son, Kenneth Edward Bartuka of Ogunquit, Maine. Other survivors include three sisters, Evelyn Hornbarger of Rockville, Maryland, Geraldine Smith of Hardy, Virginia, and Mary Lee Hill of California. His in-laws include Mary Lee and Richard Shockley of Marion, Illinois, Patty and Paul Collins of Florence, Kentucky, Nancy and Rodney Hunter of LaGrange, Indiana, Gwynne and George Katzenbach of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, Bill Cramer of Anderson, South Carolina, Freda Bartuka of Wheelwright, Kentucky. Special people in his life, Denver Osborne of Hi Hat, Kentucky, (first friend), Deb “Angel Girl” Dimmick of Ogunquit, Maine, the entire Lewis Huff family, especially Megan, of Hardy, Virginia, Connie Genet of Norwood, Ohio, Foster Corbin of East Point, Georgia, Josephine Dickerson of Vinton, Virginia, and Marion Anderson of Vinton, Virginia. Funeral services will be held at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel on Saturday, September 6, at 12 noon, with his brother-in-law, Richard Shockley officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. Friends may call at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel all day Friday, where the family will be, from 2 to 4, and 7 to 9 p.m., to receive friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3825 Electric Road, SW, Suite A, Roanoke, VA 24018, or Hardy Rescue Squad, Hardy, VA 24101. Arrangements by Oakey’s Vinton Chapel (982-2221).

Lelia Justice

Age 92, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, formerly of Prestonsburg, passed away, Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at her home at Franklin Furnace, Ohio, following an extended illness. She was born July 30, 1911, at Endicott, the daughter of the late James F. (Tobe) and Rosie Hamilton Sellards. She is survived by her husband, Charles Justice. Other survivors include two sons, John McCoy of Greenup, and Bill Justice of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; and one daughter, Sue Dabe of Columbus, Ohio; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews of the Prestonsburg area. Entombment services will be held Friday, September 5, at 2 p.m., at Rose Hill Chapel at Rose Hill Cemetery, at Ashland, Kentucky, with Rev. Dave Mcgranhan officiating. Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Hettie Messer Lucas

Age, 78, of Garrett, died Wednesday, September 3, 2003, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin. Born February 5, 1925, in Wayland, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Ada Hicks Knox. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Baptist Church at Salt Lick. She is survived by her husband, Elder Chester Lucas. Other survivors include four sons, Larry Wayne Shipley of Garrett, Vandell Shipley (Carla) of Dowheic, Michigan, Arthur Jack Shipley (Christa) of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Ron Lucas (Paula) of Shreveport, Louisiana; two daughters, Wanda Anderson (Ravin) of Kite; and Twilla Frasure (Martin) of Hindman; three brothers, Earnest Knox, Arvin Knox, and Arnold Ray Knox, all of Kendallville, Indiana; three sisters, Hattie Hicks and Bertha Mae Compton, both of Kendallville, Indiana; and Brenda Faye Conley of Jackson, Mississippi; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Coet Messer, and five brothers, Burnis Knox, Curtis Knox, Otis Knox, Anthony Wayne Knox and one infant; and one sister, Maudie Cordial. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 6, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with United Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. Visitation is at the funeral home, with services held nightly at 7 p.m.

Cecil Bert Hall

Age 65, of Ivel, husband of Marlene Hall, passed away, Wednesday, September 3, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born March 29, 1938, in Banner, the son of the late Charlie Hall and Alice Hall. He was an oil distributor for CB Hale Heating Oil Company, and was a member of the Tom’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church, at Ivel. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Jimmy Neff Hall of Winchester. Funeral services for Cecil Bert Hall will be conducted Saturday, September 6, at 11 a.m., at the Tom’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church, at Ivel, with Clergymen Chuck Ferguson and James Harmon 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, and after 10 a.m., Saturday, at the church.

Robert L. Bays

Robert L. Bays of 122 Taylor St., Findlay, Ohio, died Thursday, August 28, 2003, at his residence. He was born December 29, 1937, the son of the late Joseph and Eunice Wright Bays. In 1971 he retired from Centrex Corporation, where he worked as a machine operator and truck driver. He formerly belonged to Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2118, and Disabled American Veterans Buddy Chapter No. 43. Bob married Dorothy L. Gibson in 1956, and they later divorced. He is survived by one son, David Marshall of Dahlonega Georgia; three daughters, Tammy S. (William A.) Metzger of Findlay, Ohio, Deborah L. Bays of Ellijay, Georgia, and Ginger R. (Nathan B.) Dirmeyer of Dunkirk; and three sisters, Okie (Dale) Dillon of Findlay, Ohio, JoAnn (Bob) Akers of Prestonsburg, and Barbara Breeding of Dallas, Texas; and grandchildren, Greg and Paul Bays, Holly, Austin, and Dustin Duvall, and Quinton Dirmeyer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Bays. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 2, at 11 a.m.,in the Pentecostal Church of God, 1701 Blanchard Ave., Findlay, Ohio, with pastor John Faisant officiating. Bob was loved and will be sadly missed by his children, sisters, nieces, and nephews. Memorial may be given to donors choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Colden-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, Ohio. Visitation was at the church.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003

Flossie Hall McGuire

Age, 89, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, September 1, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Feburary 17, 1914, on Johns Creek (Floyd County), she was the daughter of the late Willie R. Hall and Ella Burchett Hall. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Hobert McGuire. Other survivors include one daughter, Ella Elizabeth McGuire of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Louella Buskirk of Inez, and Geneva Perry of Tampa, Florida; one half-brother, Albert Lee Hall of Cleveland, Ohio; four grandchildren, Emma Juanita Burchett of Lexington, Jeffery Hobert Burchett (Nancy) of London, Marla Ann Zondervan (Dan) of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Mary Elizabeth Burchett of Lexington; three great-grandchildren, Devon Elizabeth Burchett, Erika Paige Burchett and Cody Perkins of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 3, at 2 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Jim Sherman officiating. Burial will be at Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jeff Burchett, Harold Randell Buskirk, Bill Music, Kimber McGuire, Frank McGuire Jr., and William Kendrick. Carter Funeral Home is serving the McGuire Family.

Gustava Dean Alley

Age 85, of Trenton, Michigan, formerly of Grethel, wife of Edward Alley, passed away Friday, August 29, 2003, in the Applewood Nursing Home, Trenton Michigan. She was born February 23, 1918, in Harold, the daughter of the late Henry Moore and Nannie Hunter Moore. She was a member of the Little Ida Old Regular Baptist Church, Ecorse, Michigan. She was owner and operator of Alley Grocery Store, Ecorse, Michigan, for 16 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Ronald (Carol) Alley of St. Paul Minnesota and Gary (Icie Marie) Alley of Lincoln Park, Michigan; one daughter, Phyllis (Richard) Nemeth of Trenton, Michigan; one brother, Henry (Kathryn) Moore Jr., of Whitley City; seven grandchildren, Richard and Jenifer Nemeth, Samantha and Scott Olson, Jason and Jenifer Nemeth, and Hugh Alley, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Gustava Dean Alley were conducted Tuesday, September 2, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church, at Grethel, with Elisha Branham, Ralph Caudill and Arvid Blevins officiating. Burial was in the Lee Alley Cemetery, at Grethel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Ron Alley, Gary Alley, Richard Nemeth, Rick Nemeth, Phil Riggs, Michael Martin, Andy Martin, and Carmel Newman. Honorary: Gil Bolton.

Rhoda Jane Herald Hall

Age, 44, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, August 31, 2003, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital Born December 7, 1958, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Arnold (Tige) and Phyllis Hyden Herald. She was a campground supervisor at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, and a member of the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Gregory Hall. Other survivors include one daughter, Brandie Lowe of Prestonsburg; two step-daughters, Amanda Bailey of Ivel and Robin Burchett of Martin; one brother, John Herald of Paintsville; one sister, Clora (Sissy) Morgan of Prestonsburg; and grandchildren, Madison Lowe, Blake Lowe and Mason Burchett. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 3, at 11 a.m., at the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with Nathan Lafferty officiating. Burial will be in the Hyden Cemetery in West Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers: Ralph Frazier, Trint Combs, Roy Compton, Gerald Clark, Mike Conn and Stevie Little.

Myrtle Burchett

Age, 85, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, August 31, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born February 2, 1918, at Bays Branch (Floyd County), she was the daughter of the late Elmer Burchett and Lula Horn Burchett. She was a retired teacher from the Floyd County school system, having taught for 36 years. Survivors include one sister, Goldia Burchett of Prestonsburg, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 3, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. John Boyd officiating. Interment will be at Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Burchett family. Active pallbearers: Donnie Baldridge, Ernie Baldridge, Robbie Kestner, Todd Miller, Jason Roberds, Jeff Roberds, Tony Skeans, Matthew Skeans, and Scott Walker. Honorary: Lloyd Blackburn, Bob Burchett, Gary Burchett, Joe Burchett, Norman Conn, Roger Jurich, Jerry Martin, Fred Roberds, and Barney Walker.

Monday, Sept. 1, 2003

Virgil E. Triplett

Age, 80, of Bevinsville, died Wednesday, August 27, 2003, at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. Born February 15, 1923, in Wayland, he was the son of the late Robert Allen and Elizabeth Mosley Triplett. He was a retired school teacher, a U.S. Army World War II veteran, and a life member of D.A.V. Chapter 128, at Garrett. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Hall Triplett. Other survivors include two sons, Craig Triplett and Chris Triplett (Mary), both of Bevinsville; five daughters, Beverly Meade, Felicia Crank (Rusty) and Melissa Branham, all of Bevinsville, Kathleen Triplett of Ashland, and Penny Cook (Jason) of Lexington; four step-daughters, Elliouse Branham (Laryl) of Wheelwright, Evelena Osborne (Stewart) of Prestonsburg, Pauline Smith (Mike) of Bevinsville, Patricia Burke (Ronald) of Weeksbury; a brother, Eyvind Triplett of Bevinsville; three sisters, Juanita Slone of Van Lear, Emogene Combs of Topmost, and Beulah Anderson of Bevinsville; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, friends and students. In addition to his parents, his first wife, Opal Meade Triplett, and his second wife, Marie Moore Triplett, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Willie Triplett; two sisters, Melda Messer and Wyona Mullins; and a grandson, Brandon. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 30, at 1 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louis Ferrari, Ellis Holbrook and Monroe Jones, officiating. Burial was in the Mullins-Triplett Family Cemetery (Jacks Creek) at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church, with services being held nightly. Active pallbearers: Laryl Branham, Mike Smith, Jason Cook, Rusty Crank, John Meade, John Lee Hall, Adam Branham, Tony Branham, Marty Johnson, Brian Meade, and Justin Hall.


Minnie Lawson Newman

Age 71, of Hi Hat, wife of Orby Newman, passed away, Wednesday, August 27, 2003, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, McDowell. She was born February 19, 1932, in Orkney, the daughter of the late Henry “Hob” Lawson and Julia Mae Gearheart Lawson. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Hi Hat. She is survived by her husband; three sons, Cecil Ray (Leann) Newman, Roy Douglas (Robin) Newman, Troy Lee (Debbie) Newman, all of River Rouge, Michigan; four daughters, Freda Mae (Ted) Burke and Lois Bentley Newman, both of Hi Hat, Betty Ann (Ray) Johnson of Taylor, Michigan, Tammy Lynn (Robert) Elliott of Alilene, Texas; three sisters, Inis Hall of Topmost, Ruby Wells of Westerville, Ohio, Kathryn Gardner of Columbus, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Minnie Lawson Newman will be conducted Saturday, August 30, 2003, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the Clergyman Glenn Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the James Newman Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.