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ADAMS, Arthur Ray
1929-1997
Arthur Ray Adams, 67, died Sunday, Jan 5 at Adena Medical Center. Mr. Adams was born Mar 5, 1929, in Columbus, OH, a son of the late Martin and Nellie Crabtree Adams. His wife also preceded him in death. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Jan 8 at the Hill Funeral Home in Kingston, OH. Burial was in Meade Cemetery. Surviving are 7 children. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

ADKINS, Arlie
1922-1997
Arlie Adkins, 74, of LaPorte, IN, died Wednesday, Jan 1 at Memorial Hospital, Michigan City. Mr. Adkins was born May 30, 1922, in Louisa, a son of the late Drew and Florence Hewlett Adkins. He was also preceded in death by one son, Wilber Adkins. He was a retired welder instructor for Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 4 at Carlisle Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Savage Adkins, a son, Daniel Adkins of LaPorte, a daughter, Patricia Staples of LaPorte, a sister, Mattie Gillman of Columbus, OH, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Carlisle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

AMOS, Gerrit Keith
1942-1997
Gerritt Keith Amos, of Brandon, Miss. died Wednesday, Jan 1 in River Oaks Hospital, following a sudden illness. Mr. Amos was born Jul 22, 1942, in Grand Rapids, MI, a son of Madeline Varney Setzer of Louisa and the late William Robert Amos. He was a plant manager with Jackson Business Forms and a Vietnam War veteran. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 6 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. John Simms. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Military graveside rites were performed by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Additional survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Amos; 4 sons, Brian Amos of Brandon, Gregory Amos of Ridgeland, Miss., Christopher Amos of Nashville, TN, and Eric Amos of Pearl, Miss. ; 2 brothers, Ben Amos of Riverside, CA and Ed Tingler of Louisa; and 5 grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

ARRINGTON, Norman
1909-1997
Norman Arrington, 87, of Blaine, died Friday, Jan 24 at Carter County Health Care Center. Mr. Arrington was born Sep 11, 1909, in Blaine a son of the late Walter and Josephine Swetman Arrington. He was a farmer. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 25 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mike Roberts and Rev. Randy Martin. Burial was in Castle Cemetery, Blaine. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Wheeler Arrington, a son, Harold James Arrington of Blaine. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

BELL, Orpha (Spurlock)
1923-1997
Orpha Spurlock Bell, 73, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 9 at her home. Mrs. Bell was born May 13, 1923, in Summit, a daughter of the late Sherman and Bunie Baugh Spurlock. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 11 at Young Funeral home by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Preece Cemetery, Louisa. Surviving are her husband, Ervin Bell, a daughter, Velva Lemaster of Louisa, 2 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

BRANHAM, Emma J. (Frazier)
1904-1997
Emma J. Branham, 92, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 16 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Branham was born May 20, 1904, in Clifford, a daughter of the late Martin and Mary Branham Frazier. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Branham in 1983. She was a United Baptist. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 18, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Roy Fluty. Burial was in Branham Cemetery, Glen Hayes, WV. Surviving are 5 daughters, Wanda Patton, Ann Lemaster, Sue Triplett, and Linda Roark all of Louisa and Mary Patrick of Webbville, a sister, Alta Stacy of Grove City, OH; a brother, John Henry Frazier of Mansfield, OH; 22 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

BUTLER, Marie (Cyrus)
1911-1997
Marie Cyrus Butler, 85, of Paintsville, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 16 at her home.  Mrs. Butler was born Jun 6, 1911, in Blaine, a daughter of the late Richard C. Cyrus and Grace Burton Cyrus. Her first husband, John L. Butler, preceded her in death in 1974; and her former husband, Thomas Butler, preceded her in death May 25, 1993. She retired as office manager and head bookkeeper from the Phoenix Hardware Wholesale Company in Phoenix, AZ, after 18 years of service in Dec 1977. She was a member of the First Church of God, Paintsville for 19 years, a fifty year member of Eastern Star #292, Louisa; and a fifty-two year member of Rebekah’s #295 Louisa. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 19 at the First Church of God in Paintsville. Surviving are one sister, Cora C. Lyon of Louisa; two stepsons, Dr. James E. Butler of Lexington and Col. David L. Butler of Lubbock, Texas; several nephews and nieces Phyllis Ann Welch of Columbus, OH, Jim Mac Cyrus and Anna Marie Sell of Allegan, MI, Sam Lyon and Harry Richard Cyrus of Louisa, Sue C. Diamond of Louisa and Laura J. Abrigo of Immokalee, FL; and 14 step- grandchildren, 26 step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

COFFEY, Chester
1931-1997
Chester A. Coffey, 65, of Columbus, OH, died Friday, Jan 10 at his home. Mr. Coffey was born Feb 1, 1931, a son of the late Dennie and Laura Murphy Coffey of Louisa. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Cecil, Henry and Walden Coffey; sisters, Ella Ward and Belva Fannin. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 14 at O. R. Woodyard Funeral Home in Columbus, OH. Burial was in Obetz Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Juanita Bowe Coffey; a daughter, Mary Neff, 3 sons, Gary, Larry and Steve Coffey, all of Columbus, OH, 6 grandchildren; one step granddaughter, 7 sisters, Wilda Frazier of Rush, Mary Hicks and Irene McCalvin, both of Ashland, Garnett Cooksey of Flatwoods, Lillie Bowling of Circleville, OH, Loraine May and Geneva Hughes of Columbus, OH; a brother, Bill brown of Rush, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

COMPTON, Mark Steven
1958-1997
Mark Steven Compton, 38, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 9 in East Lansing, MI. Mr. Compton was born Sep 18, 1958, in Louisa, a son of Glen V. Compton of Louisa and the late Maxine Carr Compton. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Diania F. Compton in 1986. He was a field technician for Nortel Telecommunications and a member of First United Methodist Church. The funeral was conducted Monday at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Rick Frazier and Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Compton Cemetery. Additional survivors include his wife, Barbara (Bobbi) Compton and a brother, Glen Curtis Compton of Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

COOK, Dalon Rhee
A gunshot wound that killed a 19 year old Lawrence County man last Wednesday was most likely an accident, Kentucky State Police said. Dalon Rhee Cook of Louisa, was found dead at his home by family members shortly before 11 a.m. Jan 1. Police said Cook was handling a .357 handgun when the weapon accidentally discharged, striking him in the face. Right now, it appears to be an accident, Sgt. Jeff Blanton of the Kentucky State Police said. Blanton said Cook was home alone at the time of the shooting, and the police were notified by a family member shortly after the incident happened. Blanton said they are not sure why Cook was handling the weapon. “We may never know,” he said. “The only one who knows for sure is Dalon Cook.” Although the investigation is still open, police said they do not suspect foul play. Cook was the son of Kendall Price of Louisa and Evelyn Sue Cook of West Virginia. He was also survived by paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edsel B. Price of Madison, WV, maternal grandfather, Donald Price of West Virginia, one sister, Essie Cook and 2 brothers, Lucian Price and Kalo Price. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1997

Dalon Rhee Cook, 19, of Cooksey Fork, died Wednesday, Jan 1 at his home. Mr. Cook was born May 29, 1977, a son of Kendall Price of Louisa and Evelyn Sue Cook of West Virginia. A private memorial service will be held at  a later date. Additional Survivors include paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edsel B. Price of Madison, WV, maternal grandfather, Donald Price of West Virginia, one sister, Essie Cook and 2 brothers, Lucian Price and Kalo Price. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1997

DOSS, Naida “Tucky”
1934-1996
Naida “Tucky” Doss, 62, of Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday, Dec 25 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Doss was born Aug 20, 1934 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Fern Weaver Harlon. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Kenneth Doss in 1992. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Dec 28 at Big Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Charles Thompson. Burial was in Doss Cemetery, Fort Gay. Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Calvin “Debra” Plummer, Teresa Cunningham, and Mrs. Melvin “Christine” Scott, Jr., all of Fort Gay, WV and Diane McIntosh of Ravenswood, WV; 3 sons, James Kenneth “Jimmy” Doss, David Lee Doss and Jeffrey Alan Doss, all of Fort Gay; 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 1, 1997

FRAZIER, John Y.
1907-1997
John Y. Frazier, 89, of Ashland, formerly of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 3 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Frazier was born Feb 2, 1907 in Louisa, a son of the late Bill and Mary Jane Marcum Frazier. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist church. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 5, at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Dean Pitman. Burial was in Frazier Cemetery, Clifford. Surviving are a brother, Frank Frazier, of Clifford, nieces, Brenda Branham of Ashland, Missouri Pigman, Edna Webb and Delsie Robertson, of Louisa, and one nephew, Sheridan Frazier of Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

GILPIN, Marie
1911-1997
Marie Gilpin, 85, of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 17 at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth. Mrs. Gilpin was born Jun 22, 1911, in Torchlight, a daughter of the late Sherman and Maude Vinson Parsley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William M. Gilpin in 1976. She was a member of Richardson Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 21 at her home by the Rev. William Teems. Burial was in Wallace Cemetery. Surviving are a son, William “Bill” Gilpin of Chulusta, FL, 3 sisters, Blanche Dilley of Louisa, Betty Sparks of Ashland and Arlene Rogers of Charlottesville, VA; a brother, Calloway Parsley of Ashland, 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

HALL, Jesse
1954-1997
Jesse Hall, 42, of Columbus, OH, died Friday, Jan 3 at Ohio State University Hospital. Mr. Hall was born Aug 3, 1954, in Floyd County, a son of Lulie Isaac Hall and the late Lacey hall. He was a maintenance worker at J. P. Barberque. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 8, today, at Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church at 12 p.m. by the Rev. Martin Gute. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery. Additional survivors include his wife, Christine M. Hall of Columbus, OH, 8 daughters, Jestine Hall, Brandie Hall, Martina Hall, Jessica Hall, Hollie Cocoa, Kelly Hall, Brittney Hall  and Roxanne Hall, all of Columbus, OH, 6 sons, Jesse Hall, II, Jonathan Hall, Stephen Hall, Brandon Hall, Jesse Dwayne Hall and Jesse Hall, Jr. all of Columbus; 3 brothers, Curtis Hall, David Hall and Lacey Hall, Jr., 4 sisters, Stella Clay, Marie Little, Jeanie Tackett and Irene Hall. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

HALL. Leeta Mae (Chapman)
1913-1997
Leeta Mae Chapman Hall, 83, of Chapman, died Monday, Jan 27, at the home of her daughter, Dorothy Senters, following an extended illness. Mrs. Hall was born Oct 3, 1913 in Chapman, a daughter of the late Joe and Nora Black Chapman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John William Hall in 1954, and 2 great grandchildren. She was a retired cook with the Lawrence County school system and a devout member of the Gallup United Methodist Church. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jan 30 at 2 p.m. at Gallup United Methodist church by the Rev. Jeff Lambert. Burial will be in the Pack family cemetery, Chapman. Surviving are 7 daughters, Jean Dean of Fort gay, WV, Rose Meek, Janet Rice, Judy Hall, Dorothy Senters, all of Louisa, Jo Lee of Ashland and Peggy Scarberry of Hilliard, OH; 2 brothers, Virgil Chapman of Louisa and James Chapman of Raceland, 3 sisters, Pauline Lycans of Louisa, Dorothy Burnett of Rittman, OH, and Betty Henson of Orange Park, FL; 28 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

HALL, Thomas Eugene
1948-1997
Thomas Eugene Hall, 48, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Jan 1 at his home. Mr. Hall was born Apr 2, 1948 in Columbus, OH, the son of Ellen M. Blackwood Barth of Pinellas Park, FL and the late Howard Eugene Hatcher. He was preceded in death by two step fathers, Harry L. Hall and Alfred F. Barth. He was a disabled truck driver. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 5 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Albert Horn and Rev. Roger Ross. Burial was in Moore family cemetery. Additional survivors include his wife, Christine Pack Hall; a daughter, Tina Thompson of Louisa, 3 sons, Gene Hall of Aurora, MO, Bill Hall of Fallsburg, and Randy Hall of Louisa, a sister, Susan Hall of Pinellas Park, FL; a brother, Bill Hall of St. Petersburg, FL and 7 grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

HAYES, L. B.
1905-1996\
L. B. Hayes, 91, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Dec 31, 1996, in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mr. Hayes was born Dec 1, 1905, in Mattie, a son of the late William and Priscilla Moore Hayes. He was retired from the C & O Railroad and a member of Belles Chapel Church and Brotherhood of Railroad Workers. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 2 at Belles Chapel Church by the Rev. Willie Gene Hayes and Rev. Harold Stevens. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Carmie Castle Hayes, a daughter, Frances Bryant of Columbus, OH, a son, Truman Hayes of Louisa, a sister, Monnie Castle of Urbana, OH, 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

HORN, Carl
1907-1997
Carl Horn, 89, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jan 19 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Horn was born Apr 7, 1907, at Turkey Creek, a son of the late Garfield and Elizabeth Mills Horn. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Velma Marcum Horn in 1974 and a son, Billie Garfield Horn in 1992. He was a farmer and minister. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Jan 22 at 1 p.m. at New Friendship United Baptist Church by Elder John Goble, Elder Jim Maynard and Elder Roy Fluty. Burial will be in Horn family cemetery. Surviving are 7 daughters: Lucille Alley and Dovie Edith Pack both of Louisa, Edris Kochensparger, Circleville, OH, Gracie Elizabeth Arellano, Oakwood, OH, Betsy Ann Coffey, Louisa, Monnie Faye Hudson, Vinton, LA, Bonnie Gaye Dalton, Cecil, OH; 7 sons: Carl Horn, Jr., Louisa, Billie Garfield Horn, died 1992, Claude Horn, and Donald Lee Horn both of Louisa, Everett Ray Horn and Homer Gene Horn both of Columbus, OH, Dwight David Horn, Louisa; 4 sisters: Iva Hammonds, Inez, KY, Dixie Crum, Mansfield, OH, Gladys Fitch, Margo, OH, Ruby Mills, Marion, OH; a brother: Clyde Horn, Inez, KY, 57 grandchildren, 88 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

HUTCHISON, Mary (Jones)
1910-1997
Mary Jones Hutchison, 86, of Fallsburg, died Tuesday, Jan 21 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Hutchison was born May 27, 1910, in Ligon, a daughter of the late Sylvester and Isabelle Reynolds Jones. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Hutchison. She was a member of Newcomb Church. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 23 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Robert Lee Hampton. Burial was in Harmon Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Cox of East Point, 3 sons, Bob Hutchison of Zephyhills, FL, Harold Hutchison of Webbville and David Hutchison of Indian river, MI; 3 sisters, Lily Osborne of Dorton, Lizzie Meade of Ligon and Martha Vaughn of Prestonsburg; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

KNAPP, Marion Jane (Carter)
1934-1997
Marion Jane Carter Knapp, died Monday, Jan 13, after a brief illness. Mrs. Knapp was born Aug 21, 1934, in Louisa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Pearl Carter Alley, a son, Gary Austin Knapp and grandparents, Marion Joseph and Eliza Jane Burchett Carter. She was a prize winning quilter, graduated from Louisa High School and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 14 at Emerson-Newkirk-Warehime Funeral Home, Kirkersville, OH by Pastor Robert Bryant. Burial was in Pataskala Cemetery. Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Stanford Austin Knapp of Pataskala, OH, children, Leonard Joseph Knapp of Pataskala, OH, Genetta Lynn Knapp of Newark, OH, Marion Joan (Victor) Rizzardi of Ashville, OH, a granddaughter, Jamee Lee Rizzardi of Ashville; a brother, Gary Joseph Alley of Springfield, VA; sisters, Linda Kay (William) Hensley of Adams, Mary Ann (Junior) Roberts of Columbus, step father, Sim Alley of Adams, aunt, Gypsie Pack, of Grove City, OH, special friend, June Carter Preece of Louisa, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends and loved ones. Emerson-Newkirk-Warehime Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wedesday, Jan 22, 1997

 

MAXIE, John William
1915-1997
John William Maxie, 81, died Tuesday, Jan 7 at his home following a long illness. Mr. Maxie was born Feb 10, 1915 in Martha, a son of the late Jackson and Sarah Barker Maxie. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Skaggs Maxie in 1991. He was a member of the Mazie Church. The funeral was conducted, Thursday, Jan 9 at the Elizabeth Church at Martha by Rev. John Pelfrey and Rev. Richard  Barker. Burial was in Barker Cemetery, Martha. Surviving are 3 daughters, Rinda Maxie, Darlene Maxie and Ada Rose Sturgill, all of Martha, a son, Martin A. Maxie of Martha; 2 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a sister, Hattie Caskey of Martha and 3 brothers, Woodrow Maxie of Louisa, Clyde Maxie and Ben Maxie, both of Martha. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

MCHENRY, Curtis Melvin
1929-1996
Curtis Melvin McHenry, 67, of Ashland, died Thursday, Dec 26 in the VA Medical Center, Huntington, WV. Mr. McHenry was born Oct 30, 1929 in Ashland, a son of the late Willie and Ruth Vaughn McHenry. He was a press operator with Martin Steel Corporation and attended Cannonsburg Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion and a Korean War Army veteran. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Dec 28 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Eddie Caudill. Burial was in Fairchild-Lemaster Cemetery. A military service was performed by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Evelyn Daniels McHenry, a daughter, Donna Bear of Vanceburg; a son, Jeffrey Curtis McHenry of Ashland; 2 sisters, Elsie Rose Hardin of Mansfield, OH and Bessie Senters of Ravenna, OH and one granddaughter. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 1, 1997

MOHLER, James William
1930-1997
James William Mohler, 66, of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 3 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Mohler was born Mar 15, 1930, in Glenford, OH, a son of the late Leroy and Mary Frances Mohler. He was a retied truck driver with 3C Trucking, Columbus, OH and attended Garden of Hope Church. The funeral was conducted Jan 5 at the Garden of Hope Church by the Rev. Darrell Ratcliff and Rev. Kimble Copley. Burial was in Spurlock Cemetery. Surviving are 2 daughters, Shirley Carr of Ohio and Angie Mohler of Louisa; a son, James Mohler, Jr. of Columbus, OH; 4 sisters, Louise Mohler, Mildred Mohler, Tony Wheeler, and Linda Hollands, all of Ohio; 5 brothers, Frank Mohleer, Dick Mohler, Omey Mohler, Charlie Mohler and John Mohler, all of Ohio, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

MOORE, Golda Iona (Woods)
1906-1997
Golda Iona Woods Moore, 90, of Winchester, formerly of Lawrence County, died Thursday, Jan 16 in Clark Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Moore was born Dec 29, 1906, at Tuscola, a daughter of the late Jesse Kelly and Iona Bradley Woods. Her husband, Frank Moore, also preceded her in death in 1977. She was a school teacher having taught at Fallsburg for 38 years before she retired. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Winchester, and a member of the Retired Teacher Association. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 18, at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Howard Reynolds. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Iona (Martin) Noger of Lexington, a son, Jessie Kelly Moore, Sr., of Crab Orchard, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Heston Funeral Hoe was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

MOORE, Hazel Ruth (May)
1920-1997
Hazel Ruth Moore, 77, of Cherokee, died Sunday, Jan 26 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Moore was born Jan 24, 1920 in Cherokee, a daughter of the late Hammond and Carrie Lucas May. She was a charter member of Cherokee Enterprise Baptist church. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 28 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Buell Webb. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, Henry H. Moore, 3 daughters, Nadine Holbrook of Grayson, Lucille Hylton and Elizabeth Kelly, both of Louisa, a brother, Harry May, of Ashland, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

MUNCY, William Riley
1918-1997
William Riley Muncy, 78, of Dunlow, WV, died Friday, Jan 17 at his home, following an extended illness. Mr. Muncy was born Feb 3, 1918 in Mingo County, a son of the late Joseph and Liddie Vance Muncy. His wife, Lily Daisy Workman, also preceded him in death. He was a retired farmer and member of the United Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 20 at Marrowbone Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Rugh Baisden and Rev. Joseph Johnson. Burial was in Muncy family cemetery in Marrowbone. Surviving are 4 sons, Jimmy Muncy of Genoa, and Daniel Muncy, Joseph Jr. Muncy and Johnny Ray Muncy, all of Kermit; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1997

PARSLEY, Lilly Belle (Crum)
1934-1997
Lilly Belle Parsley, 62, of Crum, WV, died Tuesday, Jan 21 in Coal Grove, OH. Mrs. Parsley was born Oct 12, 1934 in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of the late Thomas David and Fannie Music Crum. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 23 at Phelps-Sheridan Funeral Home by the Rev. Merle Wiggs. Burial was in Low Gap Cemetery, Crum. Surviving are her husband, Carl Parsley; 2 sons, Larry Parsley of Fort Gay, WV and Terry Parsley of Crum, WV; 5 daughters, Shirley Baisden of Fort gay, Lora Campbell and Jennifer Parsley, both of South Point, OH, Phyllis Thompson of Wayne and Rhonda Preston of Genoa, WV, a brother, Fred Crum of Orrville, OH; 6 sisters, Effie Grabowski of Mississippi, Verna Johnson of Bucyrus, OH, Virginia Johnson of Fort Gay, Ora Ellen Hinkle of Columbus, Phyllis Coburn of Orrville and Ethel Greer of Lansing, NC; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Phelps-Sheridan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

PRATT, Alex Howard
1914-1997
Alex Howard Pratt, 82, of Mill Creek Road, Radnor, died Sunday, Jan 2 at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Huntington. Mr. Pratt was born Jul 13, 1914, a son of the late James and Gussie Pratt. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Glen W. Pratt. He was a farmer and timberman and a Purple Heart veteran of World War II. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 15, today, at 10 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Damron Cemetery on Mill Creek Road, Radnor. A military service will be performed by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Surviving are 3 sisters, Ardith Carico and Elsie Ratcliff, both of Radnor and Virginia Sperry of Louisa, a brother, Walter R. Pratt of Fort Gay and several special nieces and nephews. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

PRATT, Lloyd
1929-1997
Lloyd Pratt, 67 of Marengo, OH, died Tuesday, Jan 7 at Morrow County Hospital. Mr. Pratt was born Apr 18, 1929, in Fort Gay, WV, a son of the late Willard and Elsie Moore Pratt. He was a section foreman for the N & W Railroad and was a member of the Church of God. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jan 10 at Salt Petre Church by Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Damron Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Wanda Damron Pratt, 2 daughters, Gloria McKenzie and Yvonne Rhinebolt, both of Marengo, 2 brothers, James W. Pratt and Willis R. Pratt, both of Mansfield, OH, a sister, Fay Kitts of Fort Gay, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

PRINCE, Morton S.
1935-1997
Morton S. Prince, 61, of Louisa, died Saturday, Jan 11 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Prince was born Feb 11, 1935 in Louisa, a son of the late Leslie and Jettie Spillman Pennington Prince. He was a retired truck driver and tire dealer and attended the Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 14 at Wilson Funeral Home by Brother Jack Savage and Brother Jake McCoy. Burial was in Woods Cemetery, Fallsburg. Surviving are his wife, Sue Vanhoose Prince, a daughter, Kimberly Hall of Louisa, a son, Morton David Prince of Louisa; 5 half sisters, Joyce Mazzie of Beaver Falls, PA, Virginia Wolfe of Midland, PA, Delores Mae Prince of Arizona, Joanne Prince of North Carolina and Jane Prince of Florida; two half brothers, Samuel Leslie Prince of Pennsylvania and Johnny Ray Prince of Colorado and 2 granddaughters. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

RATLIFF, Opal Faye (Perkins)
1935-1997
Opal Faye Ratliff, 61, of Chillicothe, OH, died Thursday, Jan 23 at her residence. Mrs. Ratliff was born Jan 26, 1935, a daughter of the late John and Flora Berry Perkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlin Ratliff in 1990, a brother, Jams Arthur Perkins, and a sister, Annie Walhs. She was a member of the Columbus United Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 26 at Vineyard United Baptist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Maynard and Rev. Woodrow Nichols. Burial was in Ratliff Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Joann (Mike) Staton of Chillicothe, OH, an adopted daughter, Tammy Szpak (Bill) of Reynoldsburg, OH; 3 sons, Randall Harlin (Christinia) Ratliff of Grove City, OH, Stanley Ray (Betty) Ratliff of Ashville, OH, and Danny Lee (Dee) Ratliff of Lovely; 12 grandchildren, Scott and Myranda Ratliff, Ray and Stacy Ratliff, Karen, Amy and Catrina May, Daniel and Denita Ratliff, Sandy and Shawna McLaughlin and Jerrica Szpak; 3 great grandchildren, Joshua and Kayla Paugh and Abby Edwards; 5 brothers, Leroy Perkins of Laurel, OH, Wayne Perkins, Paul Perkins, Melvin Perkins and Roger Perkins, all of Webbville, 3 sisters, Marie Blythe and Pauline Morgan, both of Columbus and Dorothy Comer of Ashville, OH. Phelps-Sheridan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Wednesday Jan 29, 1997

SALYER, Raymond
1923-1996
Raymond Salyer, 73, of Blaine, died Saturday, Dec 28 at his home. Mr. Salyer was born Jan 10, 1923, in Hannah, KY, a son of the late Roy Lee and Carrie Belle Edwards Salyer. He was a pipe welder and a member of the Blaine Freewill Baptist Church, a World War II Army veteran, P.O.W. and received a purple heart. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 31 at Blaine Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Mike Roberts and Rev. Raymond Osborne. Burial was in Edwards Cemetery, Cains Creek. A military service was performed by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Surviving are his wife, Delphia C. Salyer, a daughter, Evelyn Frances Justice of Blaine; 6 sons, Jerry Salyer of London, OH, Billy Salyer of Blaine, Roger Salyer of Cains Creek, Larry Salyer of Columbus, OH, Tim Salyer of Martha and Paul Salyer of Red Bush; 3 sisters, Georgia Justice and Edna Clark, both of Columbus, OH, and Loraine Spears of Blaine; 3 brothers, Kenneth Salyer and Vernon Salyer, both of Columbus, OH and Quenton Salyer of Grove City, OH; 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 1, 1997

SCARBERRY, Oscar
1931-1997
Oscar Scarberry, 65, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jan 5 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Scarberry was born Nov 17, 1931, in Lawrence County, a son of the late John M. and Madgie Scarberry. He was an equipment operator for Davis Logging. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 8, today, at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Clarence Thompson, Jr., Flem Allen Arrowood and Glen Penix. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Ethel Sue Scarberry, 2 sisters: Flotillia Reichert, Columbus, OH, Jewell Moore, Ohio; 2 brothers: Daniel Scarberry, route 2, Louisa and Paul Eugene Scarberry, Paintsville, KY; several nieces and nephews. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

SLOAN, Maggie (Burke)
1934-1996
Maggie Burke Sloan, 62, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Dec 24 at her home. Mrs. Sloan was born Sep 4, 1934, in Pinson Fork, KY, a daughter of the late James C. and Virlie Endicott Burke. She was a member of Dorchester-Waylyn Missionary Baptist Church, a Kentucky colonel and Rbekkas, and a former telephone operator for Ohio Bell and Mountain Bell. The funeral was conducted Friday, Dec 27 at Wilson Funeral Home by Brother John Goble and Brother Claude Horn. Burial was in the Sloan family cemetery, Louisa. Surviving are her husband, James D. Sloan, a daughter, Edna Sue Billups of Williamstown, WV, a son, Charles M. Sloan of Sacramento, CA; a brother, Ben Burke of Fort Gay, WV and 3 grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 1, 1997

SMART, Nannie (Childers)
1910-1996
Nannie Smart, 86, of Bridgman, died Tuesday, Dec 24 at Jordans Nursing home, Bridgman. Mrs. Smart was born Sep 18, 1910, in Louisa, a daughter of the late James and Lucy Coburn Childers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Smart, in Nov 1963; a son, James Smart, a sister, Elsie Rittenberry; and 7 brothers, Ed, James, Lindsey, Bert, John, Fred and Ernest Childers. The funeral was conducted Friday, Dec 27 at the Kerley & Starks-Smith Funeral Home, New Buffalo, MI by the Rev. James Andrews. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Frances (Pat) Tiner of New Buffalo, MI; stepchildren, Samuel Smart of Sebring, FL, Belle Churoski and Irene McKenzie, both of LaGrande, OR, Louise Drury of Pensacola, FL and Willie Lear of Hayesville, NC and 2 brothers, Paul and Laurence Childers both of Michigan City. Big Sandy news, Jan 8, 1997

SMITH, Janet (Holbrook)
1937-1997
Janet McCormick Smith, 59, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jan 26 at her home. Mrs. Smith was born Dec 18, 1917 in Logan, WV, a daughter of Ruby Smith Holbrook of Louisa and the late Woodrow Holbrook. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, John McCormick in 1985. She was a retied employee of Fallsburg Elementary School and was affiliated with the Burnaugh Baptist Church. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 29 (today) at 2 p.m. at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Pete Miller. Burial will be in Holbrook Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, Harry W. Smith, a daughter, Marda McCormick of Lexington, 2 sons, Kevin McCormick of Louisa and Kelly McCormick of Louisville; a sister, Romona Williams of Louisa; a brother, Allen Holbrook of Louisa; 4 grandchildren, Kayla, Kari, Sarah M. and Jon B. McCormick; 3 step daughters, and 12 step grandchildren, including Brandi and Amanda Stacy. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 29, 1997

SNIPES, Dixie (Blankenship)
1922-1997
Dixie Dorthulla Blankenship Snipes, 74, of Lancaster, SC, died Thursday, Jan 2 at the Springs Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Snipes was born Jan 7,1 922, at Martha, a daughter of the late Curtis Blankenship and Lydia Castle Blankenship Hilger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leeo Robert Snipes. She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, the Golden Oaks Senior Citizens and was retired from Springs Industries. A U. S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, and a member of the Stafford Graham American Legion Post 31. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 6 at Oak Hill Baptist Church by the Rev. Thurmond Johnson and the Rev. Carl Hunter. Burial was in Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Surviving are a son, Lake Snipes of Lancaster, 2 daughters, Brooker Laswell and Jody Blanton both of Lancaster, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Cauthen Funeral Home, Lancaster, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

SPENCER, Bernard
1914-1997
Bernard Spencer, 82, of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 3 in Three Rivers Medical Center, following an illness. Mr. Spencer was born Jul 17, 1914, in Buchanan, a son of the late Charley and Liza Jane Wilson Spencer. He was retired from C & O Railroad. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 7 at Young Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Lula T. Spencer, a son, Robert Lee Spencer of Columbus, OH and a granddaughter. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

TRIPLETT, Jessie
1921-1997
Jessie Triplett, 75, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jan 12 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Triplett was born Aug 15, 1921, in Webbville, a son of the late Troy and Martha Crabtree Triplett. He was a mechanic. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 15, today, at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Gordon Crisp and Ralph Hogston. Burial will be in Blankenship Cemetery, Webbville. Surviving are his wife, Nola E. Triplett of Louisa, 5 daughters, Martha Chaffin, Janie Burchett, Avonella Fitzgerald, all of Louisa, Shirley Burchett of Huntington and Arlene Thompson of Canton, GA; 3 sons, Eugene Triplett of Louisa, Jessie Allen Triplett and Thurman Triplett both of Webbville; a sister, Hazel Tussey of Rush, 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 15, 1997

VANHORN, Ralph Allen
1935-1997
Ralph A. Vanhorn, 61, of Louisa died Monday, Jan 27 at his home. Mr. Vanhorn was born Oct 26, 1935, in Louisa, a son of the late Brig and Georgia Muncy Vanhorn. He was a construction worker and a U. S. Army veteran. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 29, today, at 1 p.m. at Myrtle Chapel Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Margie Wellman Vanhorn, a daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Tammy) Lovely of Louisa, a son, Brigham Vanhorn of Louisa, 7 sisters, Mrs. Darrell (Peg) Fossom of Ashland, Mrs. Harvey (Emma Fay) Carter of South Point, OH, Mrs. Wilbur (Ruby) Johnson and Mrs. William (Dorothy) McLean, both of Louisa, Mrs. Virginia Hall of Portsmouth, VA, Mrs. Richard (Lucy Mae) Hines of Missouri, Mrs. Molly Davis of Sillwell, OK; 4 brothers, Tony Lee Vanhorn and George Vanhorn, both of Louisa, Billy Clay Vanhorn of Shelbyville and Benny Vanhorn of Bradnor, OH and 2 grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

WARD, Mary (May)
1904-1997
Mary M. Ward, 93, died Saturday, Jan 25 at Columbus Quality Care. Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Ward and a daughter, Roberta Adkins. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 28 at Jerry Spears Funeral Home by the Rev. Paul Johnson. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Surviving are children, Gladys Van Velzor, Ernie L. (Lois) Ward, Stanley (Sandra) Ward, and Carolyn Eastgate; 17 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jerry Spears Funeral Home, Columbus, OH, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 29, 1997

WELLMAN, Henry
1909-1996
Henry H. Wellman, 87, of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Dec 24 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Wellman was born Nov 1, 1909, a son of the late Ollie and Mamie Biggs Wellman. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Lee Roberts and a brother, Harold Wellman. He was supervisor of the Wayne County Office of Price Administration during World War II and rationing division, chairman of the Wayne County Selective System or Draft Board until it closed, as well as being active in politics in Wayne County. He was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by Governor Caperton in 1994. He was also a Kentucky colonel. He was a member and past master of Vinson Lodge No. 66 and received his 50 year pin in 1986. He was a member of Spruce Lick Baptist Church since 1932 and was a teacher of the adult Sunday School class. Presently he operated The Novelty Shop, a variety store on route 37. The funeral was conducted Friday, Dec 27 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Herman Wellman. Burial was in Wellman Cemetery, Fort Gay. Masonic rites were held at the gravesite. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Robinette Wellman, a daughter, Nora Jean Maynard of Forest Hills, 2 grandsons, Tony Roberts and David (Amy) Maynard of Forest Hills; 2 granddaughters, Donna (Bruce) Hager of Ranson and Kathy (Rick) Gannon of Forest Hills; 3 great grandsons; one great granddaughter, son in law, Ronnie Roberts of Fort Gay and a brother, Homer (Jean) Wellman of Xenia, OH. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 1, 1997

WILLIAMSON, Earlen
1912-1997
Earlen Paul Williamson, 84, of Catlettsburg, died Monday, Jan 6, in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Williamson was born Sep 27, 1912 in Catlettsburg, a son of the late Robeert and Mollie Beasley Williamson. He was retired from the C & O Railroad and was a member of Buchanan Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jan 9 at 11 a.m. at Buchanan Chapel United Methodist Church by the Rev. J. L. Moore. Burial will be in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Cartmel Williamson, a daughter, Patty Sharp of Catlettsburg, 2 sons, Robert Williamson of Catlettsburg and Charles Williamson of Rutland, OH; 2 brothers, Jack Williamson and Hark Williamson, both of Catlettsburg, 4 sisters, Doris Martin of Huntington, Evelyn Bryant, Ruth Puckett and Emma Jackson, all  of Ashland, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Wednesday, Jan 8,1997

WOOTEN, Mabel Ruth (Perry)
1911-1997
Mabel Ruth Wooten, 85, of Body County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died Friday, Jan 3 in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Mrs. Wooten was born Feb 25, 1911, in Jobe, a daughter of the late Wade and Mandy Justice Perry. Her husband, Joseph Arthur Wooten, also preceded her in death. She was a member of Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 5, at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Wanda Baugess of Tyler, TX, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1997

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BOGGS, Ethel (Berry)
1903-1997
Ethel Boggs, 93, of Glasgow, formerly of Webbville, died Sunday, Feb 23, in Glasgow. Mrs. Boggs was born Oct 11, 1903 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late James R. and Sarah Jane Spillman Berry. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John William Boggs, and a son, Glen Franklin Boggs. She was a member of the Mt. Chapel United Baptist Church. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Feb 26, today, at 2 p.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Chapel in New Carlisle, OH. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mary Jane Wheeler of Fort Worth, TX, and Loretta Vivian Day of Glasgow; a sister, Jettie Berry of Louisa; 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1997

CARCAMO, Sandra (Childress)
1956-1997
Sandra Jeannette Carcamo, 40, of Waynesboro, GA, died Sunday, Feb 9 in V.A. Hospital in Augusta, GA. Ms. Carcamo was born Jun 16, 1956 in Columbus, OH, a daughter of Amanda Childress and stepfather, the late Woodrow Childress. A local memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to her mother are a son, Saul Carcamo, II of Georgia; a daughter, Amanda Carcamo of Georgia and 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

CARTER, Roger Lee
1953-1997
Roger Lee Carter, 43, of West Jefferson, OH, passed away Tuesday, Feb 4 at his residence. Mr. Carter was born Jun 22, 1953 in Louisa, a son of Gene and Zella L. Cordle Carter. Carter formerly owned and operated Rogers Towing and Recovery. He was a member of the Madson Lodge #221 and Hywinders Car Club. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, Feb 8 at the Rader-McDonald Funeral Home, West Jefferson with Rev. Richard Stevens officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery, Alton, OH. Additional survivors are his wife, of 21 years, Judy K. (Templin) Carter, one daughter, Chrissy and one son, Michael, all of West Jefferson, a sister, Linda (John) Stickel of London, a brother, Harold (Connie) Carter of Galloway, nieces, Cindy, Michelle, Pam and Tracy, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Contributions made to Doctors Hospital Development Foundation, 1087 Dennison Ave., Columbus, OH, 43201. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

CLAY, Burl Thomas
1930-1997
Burl Thomas Clay, 66, of Louisa, died Monday, Feb 10 in Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington. Mr. Clay was born Oct 26, 1930, in Clifford, a son of the late William and Nora Cox clay. He was a construction worker and an Army veteran of the Korean War. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Feb 13 at Heston Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Patrick Cemetery in Louisa with military rites by W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Ward 6103. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Ford Clay; a daughter, Beverly Crabtree of Jackson, OH; 3 brothers, Bill Clay, Jim Clay and John Paul Clay, all of Louisa, and 2 sisters, Jane Pack of Wayne, WV and Dorothy Spurlock of Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1997

EDWARDS, Lonnie
1943-1997
Lonnie Edwards, 53, of Sandy Hook, died Friday, Feb 7, in a rural wooded area in Blaine. Mr. Edwards was born Mar 11, 1943, in Blaine, a son of Mae Robinson Edwards and the late Morton Edwards. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Johnny Edwards. He was a U. S. Army veteran and a retired telephone lineman. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Feb 11 at Edwards family cemetery with Carl Eldridge officiating. Military rites were conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11428 of Sandy Hook. Additional survivors include a son, Lonnie W. Edwards of Columbus, OH, and 7 sisters, Jenny Walker of Athens, OH, Sarah McDowell, Linda Collier and Sharon Salyers, all of Blaine, Roselee Rigsby, of Martha, Carrie Salyers and Karen Slayers, both of Sandy Hook. Eldridge Funeral Home, Sandy Hook, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 2016

FIELDS, Roy
1912-1997
Roy Fields, 84, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 9. Mr. Fields was born Apr 7, 1912, in Clifford, a son of the late Eldon and Fannie Wellman Fields. He was a laborer and a World War II veteran. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Feb 11 at Wellman Cemetery by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

GEORGE, Martha (Johnson)
1916-1997
Martha George, 80, of Ulysses, died Saturday, Feb 1, 1997. Mrs. George was born July 27, 1916 in Lawrence County, the daughter of Frank Johnson and Tory Cordial. She is preceded in death by, both parents, and husband, Icle George. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Feb 4 at Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Herald Stevens. Burial was in George family cemetery. Surviving are 2 daughters, Louise Hackney of Ulysses, Brenda Coffey of Van Lear; 2 sons, Robert George and Bruce George both of Springfield, Ohio; one brother, Mitchell Johnson of Louisa; 3 sisters, Jessie Howard of Louisa, Vada Ports of ,Springfield, Ohio, Jewell Borders of Ulysses; 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1997

GILLIAM, Mary Fern (Cook)
1921-1997
Mary Fern Gilliam, 75, of Radnor, died Tuesday, Feb 4, in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mrs. Gilliam was born Jul 9, 1921, in Radnor, WV, a daughter of the late Dot and Malta Lemaster Cook. The funeral was conducted Friday, Feb 7 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Chuck Thompson. Burial was in Cook family cemetery, Radnor, WV. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence Gilliam; a daughter, Linda Thompson of Radnor; a son, Russell Gilliam of Fallsburg; a sister, Lutie Slusher of Rittman, OH, 2 brothers, William Cook and Earl Cook, both of Fort Gay and a grandchild. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

HAMMONDS, George O.
1925-1997
George O. Hammonds, 71, of Shiloh, OH, died Friday, Feb 21 at his home. Mr. Hammonds was born May 9, 1925 at Clifford, a son of the late George Hammonds and Minerva Frazier Fitzpatrick. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ulysses Fitzpatrick and a sister, Roberta Pack. He was retired from Hearn’s Block Company and Southern Tank Lines. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Feb 27 at 1 p.m. at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Chuck Thompson. Burial will be in Fitzpatrick Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, of 52 years, Anna B. Hammonds; 9 sons: Bobby J. Hammonds, Ashland, KY, Glen C. Fields Hammonds, Mansfield, OH, Henry D. Hammonds, Shiloh, OH, Kenneth L. Hammonds, Rick L. Hammonds, and Johnny M. Hammonds, all of Shelby, OH, George A. Hammonds, Johnsville, OH, Guy M. Hammonds, Shelby, OH, Kevin L. Hammonds, Shiloh, OH; 2 daughters: Judy E. Hall, Bellville, OH, Mary A. Tackett, Mansfield, OH; 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Betty Fitzpatrick, Louisa and Gertrude Webb, Louisa; 3 brothers: Mark Fitzpatrick, Mansfield, OH, Doris Fitzpatrick and James Fitzpatrick both of Louisa. Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors and Young Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1997

HARDWICK, George Walter
1921-1997
George Walter Hardwick, 75, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Jan 27 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Hardwick was born Jun 16, 1921 in Fort Gay, a son of the late George and Rosa Crase Hardwick. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Hardwick. He was a retired construction worker, member of and superintendent of Bartram Chapel Church and V. F. W. Post 1021. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jan 31 by Brother Mack Ray Cyrus, Brother Bobby Daniels, and Rev. Richard Maynard. Surviving are his wife, Agnes Spears Hardwick, 2 sons, 2 sons: Carl Franklin Hardwick and Gregory Allen Hardwick both of Cardington, OH; 4 brothers: Ray Hardwick, Colonel Hardwick, James Hardwick, Scott Hardwick all of Fort Gay; 4 sisters: Belva Vinson and Beatrice Robinette both of Fort Gay and Wilma Coburn, Louisa, Verna Mae Wellman, Springfield, OH; 4 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and a special friend, Michael Hager. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Feb 5, 1997

HENSON, Jerry Wayne
1963-1997
Jerry Wayne Henson, 33 of Louisa, died Monday, Feb 10 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Henson was born May 6, 1963, in Louisa, a son of George Amos and Alice Scott Henson. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Feb 12 (today) at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. William Teems. Burial will be in Myrtle Chapel Cemetery. Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Britney Henson of Alabama and Megan Osborne of Nebraska; 2 sons, Justin Henson of Alabaman and Jaren Henson of Louisa, 2 brothers, Randy Henson of Louisa and Mark Henson of Richmond; several uncles and aunts; and 3 nieces. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

JORDAN, Gertrude (Chapman)
1909-1997
Gertrude Jordan, 87, of Blaine, died Saturday, Feb 8 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Jordan was born Mar 31, 1909, in Georges Creek, a daughter of the late John and Myrtle Preston Chapman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Schofield Jordan in 1971. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Feb 12 (today) at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Roberts and Russell Ball officiating. Burial will be in Sanders Cemetery, Blaine. Surviving are a daughter, Janie Carol Jordan, Blaine; 5 sons: Dean G. Jordan, Cardington, OH, Donald Leon Jordan, Hamilton, OH, Billy Joe Jordan, Kermit, WV, James Kenneth Jordan, Louisa, Roger Dale Jordan, St. Petersburg, FL; a brother: Garland Chapman, Mechanicsburg, OH, 2 sisters: Dimple Holtcamp, Springfield, OH, Christine Vanhoose, Dallas, TX; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 2016

KIDD, Ray P.
1914-1997
Ray P. Kidd, 82, of Fort Gay, died Thursday, Feb 13 in Salyersville Health Care Center. Mr. Kidd was born Dec 28, 1914 in Glen Hayes, WV, a so of the late Grey Sr. and Della Napier Kidd. He was a retired mechanic and carpenter and a member of Glen Hayes Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Feb 16 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Lynch Cemetery, Fort Gay. Surviving are his wife, Juanita Northern Kidd of Fort Gay, a daughter, Emmalee Kidd of Catlettsburg, a son, Michael Ray Kidd of Huntington, WV; a sister, Lexie James of Fort Gay, a brother, Mack Kidd of Louisa; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1997

LEVERING, Mary M. (Gobel)
1923-1997
Mary M. Levering, 73, of Lansing, MI, formerly of Lawrence County, died Wednesday, Feb 12 at her home, following an extended illness. Mrs. Levering was born Sep 22, 1923, in Paintsville, a daughter of the late Frank and Martha Gobel. Her husband, John H. Levering, also preceded her in death. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Feb 17 at Pine Hill Cemetery by Rev. Rick Frazier. Surviving are 2 daughters, Glroia Nostrant of Lansing and Judy Gonse of Nashville, MI; 4 sons, Larry Levering of Grand Ledge, MI, John Levering of Cincinnati, OH, Dewey Levering of Grand Rapids, MI, and Randy Levering of Grant, MI; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1997

LYON, Polly Sena (Thompson)
1922-1997
Polly Sena Lyon, 77, of Blaine, died Friday, February 7 1997  at Knox Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She was born September 3, 1922 in Keaton, the daughter  of Esta Rose Thompson and the late John Thompson. The funeral was conducted Monday Feb 10 at Young Funeral Home. Burial was in Sparks Cemetery, Blaine. Additional survivors include 4 daughters, Evelyn Sturgill Devolld of  Canal Winchester, OH, Belinda S. Boggs of Stanford, NC, Judith Sturgill Hitchens of Howard, OH,  and Sherry Lynn McDonald of Howard, OH; one son, Barry Lyon of Catlettsburg; one sister, Opal Bailey of Franklin, OH; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

MATIAS, Jemima Evelyn (Fluty)
1946-1997
Jemima Evelyn Fluty Matias, 50, died Thursday, Feb 6, in Enfield, CT. Mrs. Matias was born Oct 28, 1946 in Inez, a daughter of Polly Dillon Fluty of Louisa and the late Theodore F. Fluty. She was last employed by S.A.R.A.H. of Guilford as a group manager. She had also worked as a teacher at Cook Hill School in Wallingford and had been principal of Durham Hill School in Durham. Additional survivors include 2 sisters, Ethel Baumgarten of Waynesburg, OH, and Loretta Edkins of Mars, PA, a brother, Robert Douglas Fluty of Columbus, OH; a grandson, Chase Almeida at home; several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Mickey (Kevin) McGuire, of Wallingford and Lois (Charles) Snyder of East Lyme, cousins-in-law, Cheri and John Bartlett of Wallingford and Dawn McComes of Durham. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1997

MCCORMICK, Emogene (Webb)
1922-1997
Emogene Webb McCormick, 74, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 30, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. McCormick was born Feb 11, 1922 in Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Carmie and Inez Webb. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Loretta Webb. She was a retired employee of Louisa Elementary School and a member of Fallsburg Tabernacle. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Feb 3, at the McCormick Cemetery by the Rev. Charles Thompson. Surviving are her husband, Curtis McCormick, 4 sisters, Magalene Hamm of Mansfield, OH, Eula Spaulding of Fort Gay, Lovis Costagan of Norwich, CT, and Ruby Martin of Florida; and 2 brothers, Edgar Webb of Louisa and William David Webb of Washington Courthouse, OH. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Feb 5, 1997

MOORE, Clyde
1906-1997
Clyde H. Moore, 90, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Jan 29 at his home. Mr. Moore was born Jul 2, 1906, in Mattie, a son of the late Ruben and Monnie McKinster Moore. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Moore, in 1991. He was a former carpenter and a Kentucky colonel. He was a member of Cando Freewill Baptist Church and Jake Rice Masonic Lodge 606 and a former member of the Lawrence County Board of Education. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Feb 1 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Danny Saul and Rev. Ronnie Childers. Burial was in Moore family cemetery. Surviving are 5 daughters: Pauline Hayes, Grove City, OH, Verlina Pack, Adams, KY, Mattie Stratton, Janet Fraley, Norman Scarberry all of Louisa; 3 sons: Vincent Moore, Groveport, OH, Don Moore and Eddie Moore both of route 3, Louisa; 4 sisters: Wilva Ball and Roberta Ball both of route 3, Louisa, Evelyn Cordle,  Blaine and Ruby McCormick, Columbus, OH; 23 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1997

MOORE, Nannie (Cordle)
1904-1997
Nannie Cordle Moore, 92, of Louisa, died Saturday, Feb 1 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center, following an extended illness. Mrs. Moore was born Mar 19, 1904 in Blaine, a daughter of the late Jarret and Flora Arrington Cordle. Her husband, John W. Moore, also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Brushy Fork United Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 3 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Joe Cantrell and Rev. Lawrence Cordle. Burial was in Moore Cemetery. Surviving are a son, Ray Moore of Louisa, a sister, Terrie Cottom of Columbus, OH, a brother, Blaine E. Cordle of Columbus, 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Wednesday, Feb 5, 1997

NUNLEY, Patricia (Patton)
1940-1997
Patricia Patton Nunley, 56, of Catlettsburg, died Friday, Jan 31 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Nunley was born Jul 8, 1940, in Buchanan, a daughter of the late Ray and Mary Price Patton. She was a member of the United Methodist church. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 3 at Buchanan Chapel United Methodist Church at Zelda by the Rev. J. L. Moore. Burial was in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Surviving are 3 sons, Rodney Thompson of Ceredo, WV, Larry Thompson of Atlanta and Jimmy Ray Thompson of Woodstock, GA; a brother, John Douglas Patton of Catlettsburg; 2 sisters, Helen Copley and Ruby Hart, both of Catlettsburg and 4 grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 5, 1997

PACK, Elmer
1927-1997
Elmer Pack, 70, of Louisa, died Sunday, Feb 23, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Pack was born Feb 3, 1927, in Chattaroy, WV, a son of the late Charlie and Elector Gillispie Pack. He was a retired lineman for C & O Railroad and a member of New Friendship United Baptist Church. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Feb 26, today, at 1 p.m. at New Friendship United Baptist Church by the Rev. Brumley Marcum, John Goble and Claude Horn. Burial will be in Pack Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Dovie Horn Pack, 3 daughters, Sue Wells of Willard and Dianne Napier and Darlen Branham both of Louisa, 3 sons, Elmer Pack, Jr., Jerry Pack and Rickey Pack all of Louisa; 2 brothers, Dewey Pack of London and Glen Pack of Inez; a sister, Ellen Tatman of Clifford; 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1997

PARSON, Maxie Alva (Chapman)
1914-1997
Maxie Alva Chapman Parson, 82, of Randleman, NC, died Friday, Feb 21 at her home. Mrs. Parson was born Oct 28, 1914, in Lawrence County. She was retired from Laughlin Hosiery. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 24 at Pugh Funeral Home Chapel in Randleman, NC. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro, NC. Surviving are her husband, Drew Parson, 3 daughters, Nancy Harshe of Lima, OH, Sharon Treat of Yorbalinda, CA and Rosemary Younger of Randleann; 7 sons, Bill Parson and Kenneth Parson, both of Asheboro, NC, Gary Parson of Wallace, WV, Jimmie Parson of Franklinville, NC, Jerome Parson of Easley, SC, George Parson of Randleman, Johnny Parson of Stokesdale, NC, 2 brothers, George Chapman of Flatwoods, and James Chapman of Jacksonville, FL; 2 sisters, Lydia Franklin and Lenora Meridith, both of Catlettsburg; 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Pugh Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1997

PERRY, Bob
1937-1997
Monroe (Bob) Perry, 59, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Feb 11, following an extended illness. Mr. Perry was born Jun 25, 1937, in Grenada, Miss., a son of the late Monroe and Viola Carpenter Perry. He was a foreman and electrician for R. H. Bouligny Company, Withswville, VA, and a member of First Baptist Church, Local Union I.B. E.W. and Local 317, Huntington, WV. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Feb 13 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Billie Thompson Perry, a daughter, Debra Allen of Metter, GA; 2 sons, Mike Perry of Louisa and Bobby Perry of Flat Gap, a sister, Joyce Organ of Harvey, LA; 2 brothers, Willis Perry of Hattiesburg, Miss. and Claude Perry of Yazoo City, Miss., 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1997

SPENCE, Eula N. (Mollett)
1935-1997
Eula N. Spence, 61, of Tomahawk, died Wednesday, Feb 5 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Spence was born Aug 18, 1935 in Whitehouse, KY, a daughter of Addie Dixon Mollett of Tomahawk and the late Ked Mollett. She was a member of Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Feb 8 at Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Willie Goble and Rev. Jack Woody. Burial was in Spence family cemetery. Additional survivors include her husband, Luther Spence, 5 sons, Earl Luther Spence, of Inez, Robin Glen Spence, Mark Spence and Anthony Ray Spence all of Tomahawk, and Randell Spence of Paintsville; 3 sisters, Pauline Travee and Flora Hodge both of Florida and Jenny Sue Spence of Tomahawk; 7 brothers, Billy Eugene Mollett, Ked Mollett, Jr., Stanley Mollett, and Ronnie Mollett, all of Tomahawk, Edgar Mollett of Blaine, Elmo Mollett of Columbus, OH and Freddy Mollett of Paintsville. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

TACKETT, Ollie (Trimble)
1904-1997
Ollie Tackett, 92, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Feb 12, following an extended illness. Mrs. Tackett was born Jun 16, 1904 in Barnetts Creek, a daughter of the late Green V. and Sarah Ann Ealey Trimble. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse B. Tackett in 1987 and a daughter Pauline. She was a member of Eloise United Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Friday, Feb 14 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. David R. Maynard. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Surviving are 3 daughters, Marie Maynard and Audrey Ormandy both of Louisa, and Maxine (Ernest) Damron of Ohio; one son, James (Gloria) Tackett of Fallsburg; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 19, 1997

THOMPSON, Willis
1914-1997
Willis Thompson, 82, of Louisa, died Thursday, Feb 6, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Thompson was born Aug 13, 1914 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Amos and Bertha Spencer Thompson.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Watson Thompson. He was a retired farmer and Louisa Carpet Mill employee and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Feb 23 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Danny Saul, Rev. Ronnie Childers, and Rev. Rick Cordial. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery. A military graveside service was conducted by members of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6103. Surviving are his wife, Bessie Miller Thompson; a sister, Dorothy Thompson of Mt. Vernon, OH, and several nieces and nephews. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 26, 1997

WEBB, John N.
1914-1997
John N. Webb, 82, of Springfield, OH, died Thursday, Feb 6 in Community Hospital, following an extended illness. Mr. Webb was born Mar 4, 1914, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Isadore and Mary Jettie Davis Webb. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles and Scott Webb and 2 nephews. He was a crane operator at Navistar, retiring in 1979, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of UAW Local 402. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 10 at Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home by the Rev. John Long. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park. Surviving are his wife, of 50 years, Willa Jean (Gose) Webb, 3 children, Pauline (Garth) Waymire of Vandalia, Bob (Nancy) Webb of Springfield, and Carole (Bob) Grashel of Milford; 4 grandchildren, John, Travis, Jamie and Alex; a great granddaughter, Tamara; 6 sisters, Bernice Borders, Ethel (Charlie) George, Betty Lakin, Louise Moore, Olive Heffner and Helen St. Claire and numerous nieces and nephews. Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home, Springfield, OH, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 12, 1997

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BAYS, Bruce
1921-1997
Bruce Bays, 76, of Webbville died Saturday, Mar 1 in Paintsville following an extended illness. Mr. Bays was born Feb 22, 1921 in Webbville, a son of the late Younger Charles and Ilah Sturgill Bays. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Denver Lee Bays and a sister, Maude Bays. He was a retired farmer and carpenter, a member of the Dry Ridge Freewill Baptist Church, a Sunday School teacher, superintendent and a deacon for nearly 40 years, and also served as a missionary in Nevada. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Mar 4, at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Royce Daw and Rev. Douglas Thorpe. Burial was in Bays Cemetery, Webbville. Surviving are his wife, Ethel Young Bays, 4 daughters, Mrs. Bernard (Vivian) Swann of Bowie, MD, Mrs. Robert (Velsie) Hewlett of Louisa, Mrs. John (Virginia) Daw of Virginia Beach, VA, and Mrs. Charles (Velda Frances) Daniel of Paintsville; 2 brothers, Charles Hubert Bays of Webbville and John Willie Bays of Grayson, a sister, Anna Lois Bays of Webbville; 7 grandchildren, Angie Swann, Miranda Hewlett, Jason and Kristi Daw and Melissa, Charles and Ethan Daniel. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

BLACKBURN, Burgess
1934-1997
Burgess Blackburn, 62, of Louisa, died Sunday, Mar 9 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Blackburn was born Dec 11, 1934 a son of the late George D. and Rebecca J. Moore Blackburn. He was retired from the United States Air Force.  Surviving are his wife, Louise B. Betterley Blackburn, of Louisa, 2 step daughters, Carol Jean Steeves of Richmond, VA and Janis Ames of Bangor, ME; a step son, Donald Goodwin of Lawtonn, OK; 2 brothers, Delbert Blackburn and Hiawatha Blackburn, both of Rochester, NY, an aunt, Delores Hammond of Louisa; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

BRANHAM, Tom
1939-1997
James Thomas “Tom” Branham, 67, of Fort Gay, died Tuesday, Mar 4 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington. Mr. Branham was born Jun 22, 1939 in Glen Hayes, a son of the late Jim Frank and Jessie Sammons Branham. He was a former conductor with N & W Railroad, a Baptist, a member of Vinson Masonic Lodge, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Kay R. Branham; 2 daughters, Debra Holbrook of Pickerington, OH and Lorena Branham of Columbus, OH; a son, Joseph Branham of Fort Gay; 3 sisters, Francis Butterworth of Westerville, OH, Virginia Maynard of Fort Gay and Peggy Wilson of Boynton, Beach, FL; a brother, Douglas Branham of Fort Gay; 2 grandchildren and a great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Mar 6 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Jim Frank Branham Cemetery in Glen Hayes. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

BUTLER, Donald Edward “Eddie”
1956-1997
Donald Edward “Eddie” Butler, 40, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Mar 11 in Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. Mr. Butler was born Mar 28, 1956 in Louisa, a son of the late Raymond and Lexie Holton Butler. He was a vice president of Renlar Computer and Cardinal Health Inc. He was a member of Louisa United Methodist Church and the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, an officer with the American Cancer Society and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Xavier University. Surviving are his wife, Kimberly Ann Harless Butler; 2 daughters, Ashley Elizabeth Butler and Allison Blaine Butler both at home; a brother, James R. Butler of Ashland and his step mother, Elaine M. Butler of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Mar 13 at Louisa United Methodist Church by the Rev. Richard Held and the Rev. Lowell Langfield. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the University of Kentucky Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

CASTLE, Rev. Irvin
1915-1997
Irvin Castle, 81, of Paintsville died Thursday, Mar 20 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Rev. Castle was born Oct 28, 1915 in Johnson County, a son of the late Proctor and Pauline Sparks Castle. He was a retired minister and a member of the Thealka Freewill Baptist church. Surviving are his wife, Opal Price Castle; two sons, Dr. James Roger Castle of Paintsville and Michael Castle of Staffordsville, one daughter, Sharon Castle of Staffordsville; one brother, Johnie Castle of Paintsville; and 3 grandchildren. The funeral services were Sunday, March 23, at Baker Branch Freewill  Baptist Church of Paintsville with Rev. Venny VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville. Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

CHAPMAN, Mary (Frazier)
1917-1997
Mary Frazier Chapman, 79, of Louisa, died Saturday, March 8, in Meadowview Nursing Home, Berlin, PA. Mrs. Chapman was born Mar 15, 1917 in Gallup, a daughter of the late Mont and Mary Fannin Frazier. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Chapman in 1974. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are four daughters, Mary Ellen Hill of Somerset, PA, Donna Jean Williams of Cleveland, OH, Isabelle Johns of Louisa, and Emily Senters of South Shore; two sons, Clarence E. Chapman, Jr. of Somerset, KY and John Mont Chapman of Louisa; three sisters, Norma Webber of Port Samilac, MI, Opal Jordan of Fallsburg, and Rose Vaughan of Louisa; a brother, Mont Frazier of Crossville, TN; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 12 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bill Teems. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery, Chapman. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

COOK, William Samuel
1950-1997
William Samuel Cook, 46, of Louisa, died Monday, Mar 17, following a short illness. Mr. Cook was born Apr 1, 1950, a son of Lucille Senters Cook and the late Bert Cook. He was owner and operator of Willkare Inc., a member of First Baptist Church and taught Cross Roads Youth Sunday School class and was an Army veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Patty Ann Thompson Cook of Louisa; a daughter, Ashley Cook Sutherland of Louisa, a son, Bert Cook of Westchester, OH; 2 sisters, Brenda Gerber of Atlanta, GA and Gloria Moyer of Westchester, and one granddaughter. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Mar 20 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist church by Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. A military service will be performed by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

FULLER, Frances Catherine (Sharp)
1919-1997
Frances Catherine Fuller, 77, of Louisa, died Sunday, Mar 2 at the home of her daughter, Verla Stepp of Louisa. Mrs. Fuller was born Oct 19, 1919, in Vienna, IL, a daughter of the late Charles Sharp and the late Anna Evelyn Webster Sharp. She was a retired nurse attendant for Michigan State Psychiatric Hospital. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 5, today, at 1 p.m. at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Service in Milan, MI. Burial will be in Marble Park Cemetery. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Joey L. "Verla" Stepp, Mrs. Thomas "Evelyn" Mitchell; grandchildren: Dana Stepp, Joann Stepp, Matt Mitchell, Tracy Mitchell, Tina Mitchell, Shelly Houchins. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997


GOLLIHUE, Alberta (Caudill)
1909-1997
Alberta Hay Gollihue, 87 of Louisa, died Tuesday Mar 11 at her residence. Mrs. Gollihue was born Nov 24, 1909, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Will and Laura Murphy Caudill. Surviving are her husband, Will and Laura Murphy Caudill. Surviving are her husband, Clayton Gollihue of Louisa; 4 daughters, Helen Colley and Lorraine Cains, both of Mansfield, OH, Larna Peters and Phyllis Bailey, both of Louisa, 3 step daughters, Deloris Richards of Pennsylvania, Sue Smith of Arkansas and Gene Miller of Ohio; a brother, John E. Caudill of Mansfield, a sister, Marie McNeeley of Grayson; 7 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. the funeral was conduced Friday, Mar 14 at Malone Funeral Home, Grayson, with minister Michael Rice officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Hitchins. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

GRAYSON, Willa Faye (Preston)
1930-1997
Willa Fay Grayson, 66, of Louisa, died Monday, Mar 17, at J.J.Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Grayson was born Nov 24, 1930, in Johnson County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Monie Preston. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Everett Grayson. Surviving are a daughter, Monie Grayson McKinley of Louisa; a son, Paul Everett Grayson of Louisa; a sister Dorothy Castle of Wittensville; a brother, Kenneth Preston of Springfield, OH; two grandchildren; two step grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, March 20 at Belles Chapel Church by the Rev. Willie Gene Hayes and Rev. Jim Bevins. Burial will be in Grayson Family Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

HAMMOND, Earl Lee
1936-1997
Earl Lee Hammond, 60, of Pine Bluff, AR, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday, Mar 11 in Jefferson Regional Medical center in P{ine Bluff. Mr. Hammond was born Sep 1, 1936, in Louisa, a son of the late Grady and Cosby James Hammond. He was an employee with Cotton Belt Railroad and a Baptist. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Hammond; six sons, Gregory Lee Hammond of Ashland, Jeffery Allen Hammond of Ironton, OH; Carlos Scott Hammond of Fort Gay, WV, Wesley Brent Hammond of Knoxville, TN and William Len Adams and Robert Lee Hammond, both of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Anita Lynn Herring of North Little Rock, AR and Jo Carole Smith of Sheridan, AR; two sisters, Royetta Maynard and Wanda Jean Cox, both of Louisa; five brothers, Jerrod Hammond, Charles Edward Hammond, and Roger Hammond all of Louisa, and Lonnie Hammond and Johnnie Hammond, both of Dayton, OH; and several grandchildren. A graveside service was conducted Saturday, Mar 15 at Hammond Cemetery at Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

HILL, Ralph
1913-1997
Ralph Hill, 84 of Fort Gay, died Sunday, Mar 23 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Hill was born Feb 8, 1913 in Ivanhoe, VA, a son of the late Thomas and Minnie Holt Hill. He was a member of Vinson Lodge F & AM. Surviving are his wife, Samolene M. Hill, 2 daughters, Linda Damron and Brenda Lycan, both of Fort Gay, a son, Charles Hill of Fort Gay, 2 sisters, Ethel Lanham of Louisa and Louise Noe of Fort Gay; 4 brothers, Robert Hill of Savannah, GA, Herbert Hill of Florida, John Hill of Flatwoods, and Charles “Todd” Hill of Fort Gay; 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 26, today at 2 p.m. at Salt Petre Church, Fort Gay, by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

HOWARD, Betty Katherine
1962-1997
Betty Katherine Howard, 34, of Louisa, died Sunday, Mar 2 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Howard was born May 10, 1962, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Offutt and Belva Moore Howard. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sherleen Howard and a brother, Wilson Howard. She attended the Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 5, today, at 2 p.m. at Spencer Church by the Rev. Danny Saul and Rev. Harold Stevens. Burial will be in Judd Cemetery. Surviving are 4 sisters, Wanda Sue McKinster, Martha Thompson, and Mexie Ann Thompson, all of Louisa, and Fannie Triplett of Fallsburg; 4 brothers, Bennie Howard, of Mechanicsburg, OH, Offutt Howard, Jr, James Everett Howard, and Glen Howard all of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

HUGHES, James Earsel
1971-1997
James Earsel Hughes, 25, of Crum, WV, formerly of Fort Gay, died Tuesday, Feb 25 in an automobile accident. Mr. Hughes was born Dec 5,1 971, in Cabell County, WV, a son of John and Shirley Marcum Hughes. He was an employee of SBC Construction Company. The funeral was conducted Friday, Feb 28 at Wilson Funeral Home by Brother Jessie Spaulding and Rev. Dennie Brown. Burial was on Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Surviving are his wife, Tammy Spaulding Hughes of Crum, WV; parents, John and Shirley Marcum Hughes, of Fort Gay, paternal grandparents, Clifford Hughes of Fort Gay and Faye Hughes of Louisa; maternal grandparents, Earsel and Irene Marcum of Fort Gay; a sister, Sonya Marie Hughes of Fort Gay; a brother, John Shelby Hughes of Fallsburg; and a very special nephew, Alexander Cain Bragg of Crum. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

JORDAN, Shellie
1905-1997
Shellie Jordan, 91, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Feb 26 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Jordan was born Aug 5, 1905, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Robert and Ida McComas Jordan. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Mar 2 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Alley Cemetery, Louisa. Surviving are 3 daughters, Virginia Darlene Little of Fort Gay, Betty Lois Lowe of Versailles, and Carolyn Delores Moore of Louisa; 3 sons, William Robert Jordan, Elbert Carldean Carter and Cecil Jordan all of Louisa; 2 brothers, Leo Jordan and Clyde Jordan both of Columbus, OH and 20 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

JUSTICE, Claudia Mae (Short)
1915-1997
Claudia Mae Justice, 81, of Beckley, died Tuesday, Mar 4, in a Beckley hospital, following a short illness. Mrs. Justice was born May 10, 1915, in Yatesville, a daughter of the late Millard F. and Laura Leedy Short, Sr. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Justice, 5 brothers, Ray, Walter, Harlan, Millard, Jr., and Jim Short; 2 sisters, Ruth Little and Ollie Rinehart. She was retired from the banking industry, attended the United Methodist Temple, and was a member of Eastern Star—Tiskelwah Chapter #45. Surviving are 3 sisters, Martha Sparks, of Beckley, Frances Vivrett of Morristown, TN, and Ida Lou Kelly of Louisville and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Mar 8 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Rev. Daniel Johnson and Betty Lusk officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

MAY, Emeral (Doc)
1950-1997
Emeral (Doc) may, 46 formerly of Webbville, died Monday, Mar 17, a this home in McArthur, OH. Mr. May was born Jun 14, 1950, a son of Belva Moore May of Webbville and the late Charles E. May. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn A. May. Additional survivors include his wife, Connie Burke May of McArthur, OH; 3 children, Wendy Hutt of Lancaster, OH, Patricia Williams and David May of McArthur; 3 sisters, Linda Adams of Webbville, Liz Collier of Columbus, OH, and Anna Conley of Ashland; 6 brothers, Hershell May and Ershell May both of Grayson, James May of Chillicothe, OH, Charles May and Joe May, both of Webbville and J. T. May of Isonville; 4 granddaughters and a host of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 19, today at 11 a.m. at Blower & Garret Funeral Home at McArthur. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery, McArthur. Big
Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

NICHOLS, Louise
1948-1997
Louise Nichols, 49, died Tuesday, Mar 18, in Chicago, IL. Ms. Nichols was born Nov 28, 1948, in Martin County, a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Mullins Nichols. She was a member of Old Union United Baptist Church at Emily. Surviving are 3 daughters, D-Anna Davilla, Augustina Nater and Ta Ta Anna Nater, all of Chicago, IL; 4 brothers, Charles Nichols, Jr., Larry Nichols, and Ronnie Nichols, all of Columbus, OH and Ricky Nichols of Lenore, WV, 8 sisters, Dorothy Porter of Debord, Betty Vermillion of Hardy, Brenda Starr of Tennessee, Diana Gilman and Darlene Justice, both of Delbarton, WV, Tammy Owens of Columbus, OH, Annette Maynard o Louisa and Judy Salmons of Lovely. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Mar 22 at Old Union United Baptist Church by the Rev. Glen Ray Moore and Woodrow Nichols. Burial was in Muncy Cemetery at Pilgrim. Phelps & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

OSBORN, Anna B.
Anna B. Osborn, 76, of St. Albans, WV, died Wednesday, Mar 5 in Thomas Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. Mrs. Osborn was retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital where she was Nursing Supervisor over the operating room. She was a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, St. Albans and a 46 year resident of St. Albans. Surviving are her husband, Earl Osborn, a son, Joe C. Osborn of St. Albans, 2 sisters, Edna Deshong of Holidaysburg, PA and Geraldine Melzer of Cincinnati, OH; 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Saturday, Mar 8 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Rev. William Thompson, III officiating. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

PATTON, Edith Elaine (Dixon)
1942-1997
Edith Elaine Dixon Patton, 55, of Fort Gay, died Saturday, Mar 1 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Patton was born Dec 30, 1942 in Pike County, a daughter of the late Hurley and Louise King Dixon. She was a member of Tabors Creek Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Mar 4 at Tabors Creek Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Dennie Brown. Burial was in Brewer Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, James Patton, Jr., of Fort Gay; 2 daughters, Debra Elaine Leggo of Hartford, CT, and Emma Louise Pearl of Leesburg, FL; a son, James David Patton of Leesburg; 3 sisters, Emma Louise Dixon of Lookout, Sandra Adkins of Rockhouse and Linda Gillium of Johns Creek; 2 brothers, Frank Dixon of Lookout and David Dixon of Inez; and 6 grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

PERKINS, Joe E.
1915-1997
Joe E. Perkins, 81, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Feb 25, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Perkins was born Aug 1, 1915 in Gassaway, WV, a son of the late J. E. and Minnie Smarr Perkins. Preceded by La Rene Y. Perkins. He was manager of the Louisa Department Store, a member of First Unites Methodist Church, F & AM Apperson Lodge #195, and Odd Fellows. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Feb 27 at Greenlawn Cemetery by the Rev. Ric Frazier. Surviving are a son, Charles Jackson Perkins, of Louisa, a sister, Nancy Anight of Gassaway, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

PETERMAN, Jamie Sue
1997-1997
Jamie Sue Peterman, daughter of Keith and Brenda Lee Church Peterman of Catlettsburg died Tuesday, Mar 4 in Cabell Huntington Hospital. She was born Feb 16 in Huntington. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Tamera Lynntae Peterman, at home, a brother, Richard Lee Church, at home, a half sister, Tiffany Sue Peterman of Belle Center, OH, a half brother, Bryan Keith Peterman of Belle Center, her maternal grandmother, Bonnie Sue Church of Fallsburg and her maternal great grandfather, Walter Rickman of Bear Creek. The funeral was conducted Friday Mar 7 in Catlettsburg Church of God by the Rev. Tom Mullins. Burial was in Ogle Cemetery in Bear Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

PHILPOTT, Pauline (Moulder)
1912-1997
Pauline Moulder Philpott, 84, of Mansfield, OH, died Sunday Mar 23, in the Mifflin Care Center. Mrs. Philpott was born Aug 2, 1912 in Soddy, TN, a daughter of the late Kizzie P. and Sinnia Brewer Moulder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Philpott who died in 1991. She was retired from Peoples Hospital, Mansfield. Surviving are 3 sons, Terry (Helen) Philpott of Mansfield, OH, Larry Philpott of Orlando, FL and Michael (Donna) Philpott of Beavercreek, OH; 3 daughters, Judy (Lee) Collins of Mansfield, Janet (John) Schwarz of Milwaukee, WS, and Catherine Lux of Ft. Meyers, FL and 2 sisters, Madge Hunter of Austin, TX and Margaret Alderman of Beckley, WV. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 26, today at 10 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home. Burial will be in Philpott Cemetery in Fort Gay.  Contributions may be made to the North Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

RICE, Josephine (Newsome)
1913-1997
Josephine Newsome Rice, 83, of Louisa, died Monday, Mar 3 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Rice was born May 25, 1913, in Deep Hole, a daughter of the late James Franklin and Emma Jane Berry Newsome. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Ernest Rice in 1983. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Jenny Queen of Louisa, 2 sons, Pete Rice of Louisa and Alfred Rice of Webbville; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Mar 6 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Danny Saul and the Rev. Tony Grimm. Burial was in Short Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

ROBERTSON, Thursie
1928-1997
Thursie Robertson, 68, of Fort Gay, WV, died Thursday, Mar 20 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Robertson was born Oct 22, 1928 at Paddle Creek, a daughter of the late Freelin and Fannie Robertson. She attended Smith Chapel Church. Surviving are 2 foster sons, Arnold D. Watts of Merryville, IN and Greg Watts of Louisa, a foster daughter, Christina Davis of Louisa; a sister, Alice Thompson of Fort Gay; 2 brothers, Rev. Willard Robertson of Prichard and Jim Robertson of Fort Gay and 6 foster grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Sunday, Mar 23 at Guiding Light Freewill Baptist Church in Wayne by  Arnold Watts and Herman Dingess. Burial was in Robertson family cemetery on Paddle Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

SKAGGS, Harold
1924-1997
Harold Skaggs, 73, of Sandy Hook, died Wednesday, Mar 5 at the Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison, WV. Mr. Skaggs was born Feb 21, 1924 at Martha, a son of the late Rufus and Carrie McBrayer Skaggs. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Elvie Skaggs. He was a Christian, a retired machinist, and a U. S. Navy veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Inez Smith Skaggs of Sandy Hook, a son, Peter Skaggs of Deltona, FL, a daughter, Dianne Brannen of Jacksonville, FL; 6 stepsons, Donald Smith, Cecil Smith, David Smith and Johnny Joe Smith, all of Sandy Hook, Ray Glenn Smith of Hillsboro, OH, and Billy Smith of Grayson; 4 step daughters, Olvie Puckett, Martha Sue Turner, Linda Clevenger, and Betty Click all of Sandy Hook; 2 sisters, Ellarie White of Sterling Heights, MI and Freda Griffith of Columbus, OH; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday Mar 8 at the Eldridge Funeral Home by the Rev. Willie Ison Burial was in Elliott County Memory Gardens at Sandy Hook. Military rites were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11428 of Sandy Hook. Pallbearers were Ray Glenn Smith, Lyle Clevenger, Jr., Johnny Joe Smith, Billy Smith, Eldon Click and David Smith. Eldridge Funeral Home, Sandy Hook, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 12, 1997

SPENCE, Agnes Pauline (Bentley)
1922-1997
Agnes Pauline Spence, 75, of Fallsburg, died Sunday, Mar 23 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Spence was born Feb 13, 1922 in Collinsdale, WV, a daughter of the late John and Mona Casey Bentley. She was an assembly worker for Wilson Sporting Goods, Ironton, OH, and a member of Savage Memorial Methodist church. Surviving are her husband, John Spence, 2 daughters: Wanda Sue Stoneburner, Centerville, OH, Sandra Lee Cunningham, Spring Valley, OH; 2 sons: Richard Cecil Northup, Columbus, OH, Larry Milton Northup, Louisa, KY; a sister: Joyce Ponder, Xenia, OH, a brother: John "Junior" Bentley, Xenia, OH; 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 26 today, at 2 p.m. at Savage Memorial Methodist Church by the Rev. Jack Savage. Burial will be in Casey Cemetery in Fallsburg.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

SWANN, Rodney
1958-1997
Rodney Swann, 39, of Nicholasville, KY, died Monday Mar 10, in Woodford County, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Mr. Swann was born Feb 23, 1958 in Erlanger, OH, a son of the late Charlotte Rice Swann. He was owner of Swann’s Roofing. Surviving are his step father, Nelson Swann, of Louisa; his wife, Joyce Goodlett Swann; 2 sons, Levi Tucker Swann at home and Adam McDavid Swann of Atlanta, 2 sisters, Sharon L. Hoosten of Jacksonville, FL and Judy Dewire of Paintsville and 2 brothers, Sam L. Davis of Louisa and Jeffrey S. Bartram of Prestonsburg. The funeral was conducted Friday, Mar 14 at Young Funeral Home by Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 19, 1997

WELLMAN, Braddy
1921-1997
Braddy Wellman, 75, of Fort Gay, WV, died Thursday, Mar 20 in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Wellman was born Nov 27, 1921 at Irad, KY, a son of the late George and Minnie Berry Wellman. He was a former employee of Ashland Oil, a World War II Army veteran and a member of Open Bible Tabernacle. Surviving are his wife, Madelene Wellman, 2 daughters, Rita Pigg of Louisa and Phyllis Collins of Fort Gay and 4 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Mar 23 at Young Funeral Home by Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 26, 1997

WILLIAMS, Cartmal
1917-1997
Cartmal (Curt) Williams, 79, of Louisa, died Sunday, Mar 2 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Williams was born Mar 18, 1917 in Morehead, a son of the late George W. Williams and the late Beulah Fite Williams Bennett. He was also preceded in death by a son, George Williams in 1989. He was a retired cook for  C & O Railroad, an ordained Baptist minister and member of Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church, V.F.W. Post 6103 and U. S. Army veteran of World War II. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Mar 5, today, at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Kelly and Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. A military graveside service will be conducted by member of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Ward Post 6103. Surviving are his wife, Hattie Hensley Williams of Louisa; 4 daughters, Sandy Daniels of Paintsville, Judy Jarrell of Creston, OH, Bonnie Williams and Carolyn Salyers, both of Louisa; a son, Kirby Williams of Lexington, NC, 3 sisters, Lorena Barbour of Cincinnati, OH, Mildred Lewis of West Hamlin, WV and Joyce Porter of Orlando Lakes, FL; 2 brothers, Kenneth Williams of fort Lauderdale, FL and Homer Williams of Oak Hill, OH; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 5, 1997

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ARTRIP, Eugene
1916-1997
Eugene Artrip, 81, of Creston, died Sunday, Mar 30 in Barberton. Mr. Artrip was born Jan 28, 1916 in Fort Gay, WV, a son of the late Lindsey and Elizabeth Tonen Artrip. His wife, Dorothy Booth Artrip, died in 1987. He was a former pipe fitter, a World War II veteran and a member of Reimer Road Baptist Church in Norton. Surviving are a daughter, Bobbie Webb of Genoa, WV, a son, Terry Artrip of Norton; a step son, Dan Watts of Fort Gay; a sister, Margie Fluty of Ashland, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Apr 4 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Wilmer Napier. Burial was in Fort Gay Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

BARKER, Mary L. (Skaggs)
1908-1997
Mary L. Barker, 89, of Martha, died Monday, Apr 7, at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Barker was born Jan 8, 1908, in Terryville, a daughter of the late Jerry and Arinda Fyffe Skaggs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lundy Barker in 1986. She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Marie Sarfin and Agnes Tackett, both of Columbus, OH and Norma Vanover of Martha; 3 sons, Calis Moore of Glaster, OH, Paul Barker of Plain City, OH and Noah Barker of Columbus; 28 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Apr 9, today, at 11 a.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church by John Pelphrey and Emmett Barker. Burial will be in Barker Cemetery, Martha. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

BORDERS, Joy D. (Castle)
1956-1997
Joy D. Borders, 40, of Ulysses died Friday, Apr 18, due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Mrs. Borders was born Sep 11, 1956, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy Castle. Her husband, Samuel Donald Borders, also preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Dawn Marie Borders of Ulysses; a son, Samuel Donald “Sammy” Borders, of Ulysses; a step daughter, Teresa Borders of Ulysses; 3 sisters, Joanne Stevens and Linda Cavins, both of Ulysses and Tonya Dye of Lorain, OH; 2 brothers, Otto Castle, Jr. of Springfield, OH and Robert Castle of Ulysses; and a granddaughter. The funeral was conducted Monday, Apr 21 at Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Harold Stevens and the Rev. Dean Burchett. Burial was in Borders family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1997

CHAFFIN, Phil
1910-1997
Phil Chaffin, 86, of Louisa, died Sunday, Apr 13 at his home, following a long illness. Mr. Chaffin was born Oct 5, 1910, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Noah and Mary Isabelle Adams Chaffin. He was a retired pumper with Columbia Gas Company. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Myrtle Salyers Chaffin, a daughter, Phyllis Jean Blankenship of Pataskala, OHH, a son, Willis Dean Chaffin of Louisa; a grandson, Michael Blankenship, a great grandson, Ryan Blankenship; 2 sisters, Nola Lawson of Louisa and Hazel May of Dayton, OH; 2 brothers, Stanley Chaffin of Louisa and Lindsey Chaffin of Catlettsburg. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Apr 15 in Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Kenneth Wright and James Lemaster. Burial was in Phil Chaffin Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1997

CONLEY, Dorothy Lee (Elswick)
1920-1997
Dorothy Lee Elswick, 77, of Catlettsburg, died Sunday, Apr 20, at her home after a long illness. Mrs. Conley was born Feb 16, 1920, in Estep, a daughter of the late James Earl and Rozella Bellomy Elswick. She was a member of the Garrets Chapel Church. Surviving are her husband, Elmo Conley, a daughter, Toni Robinett of Zelda, a son, James Lee Conley of Zelda; 5 granddaughters, Stacee Palen of Kansas City, MO, Wendee Conley of Los Angeles, CA, Michael Priode of Louisa, Christie Lampert of Zelda and Jamie Robinette of Zelda, and a great granddaughter, Ashley Palen of Kansas City, MO. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Apr 23, today, at 2 p.m. at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Edgar “Pete” Miller. Burial will be in Ogle Cemetery, Buchanan. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1997

DAMRON, Suzi
1950-1997
Beverly “Suzi” Damron, 46, of Louisa, died Friday, Apr 18 at the home of her brother, Harry Damron, II, route 3, Louisa, after a short illness. Miss Damron was born Dec 22, 1950 in Louisa, a daughter of Helen Short Damron of Louisa and the late Harry Damron. She was the laboratory manager of Transformer Substation Supply, Huntington, WV. Additional survivors include her sister, Patricia Damron of Louisa, sister in lawn, Rita Damron and 2 nephews, Trent Damron and Caleb Farley. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Apr 20 at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Short family cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1997

EDWARDS, Harry B.
1920-1997
Harry B. Edwards, 76, of Ashland, died Tuesday, Apr 8. Mr. Edwards was born May 30, 1920, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Harrison M. and Debby Blanton Edwards. He was owner and operator of Edwards Grocery, a member of Central Baptist Church and a U. S. army veteran. Surviving are a son, Donnie Edwards of Sandringham, TX, a daughter, Carole Cox of Leesburg, OH; 3 sisters, Gloria Berg and Jewell Fields, both of Ashland and Mildred Fields of Franklin, OH, and 4 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Apr 1, at Lazear Funeral Home Chapel in Ashland by pastor Joed Rice. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park. Lazear Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1997

FLUTY, Richard Matthew
1980-1997
Richard Matthew Fluty, 17, son of Virginia Sue Bush and the late Rory Fluty, died Monday, Mar 24. He was born Mar 16, 1980, in Louisa. He was a cook at Pizza Hut in Louisville and a member of the Louisa Church of God. Additional survivors include a half brother, Theron Keene Stanley; maternal grandmother, Hazel Bush of Louisa; paternal grandparents, Roy and Lillian Fluty of Fort Gay; and several aunts and uncles. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Mar 27, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Danny Wallace. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1997

GOSE, Bessie (Adkins)
1910-1997
Bessie Adkins Gose, 87, of Ulysses, died Monday, Apr 1 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Gose and a daughter Maxine Bryant. Mrs. Gose was born Jan 21, 1910, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late John and Willa Belle Neace Adkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Gose and a daughter, Maxine Bryant. She was a homemaker and a member of Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Willa Jean Webb of Springfield, OH; 6 grandchildren, Pauline Waymire, Karen Castle, Bob Webb, Larry Bryant, Garry Bryant and Carole Grashel; 11 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Apr 5 at Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Willie Gene Hayes and Rev. Jim Bevins. Burial was in Bryant Cemetery, Ulysses. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

HESSE, Harriet
1907-1997
Harriet Hesse, 89, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Apr 9 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Ms. Hesse was born Jul 4, 1907, in Glasport, PA, a daughter, of the late Charles Hesse. She was retired from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Surviving is a niece, Geraldine Henry of Turtle Creek, PA. A private graveside service was held in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1997

HETRICK, C. Bernice (Ward-Thompson)
1910-1997
C. Bernice Ward Thompson, Hetrick, 86, of North Carolina, died Monday, Apr 21, in th Extended Care Facility at Morrow County Hospital. Mrs. Hetrick was born Jul 1, 1910, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Levasco and Gertrude Gilmore Ward. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Thompson in 1969; her second husband, Harold H. Hetrick in 1988; 2 sons, Chester “Lowell” and Arnold M. Thompson, a daughter, Hester Schultz, 2 grandchildren and 2 brothers, Robert and Lonnie Ward. She was employed by North Electric and later worked as a nurse’s aide at Morrow County Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of Mount Gilead Church of Christ and a former member of the Pythian Sisters. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters in law, Paul Thompson of Mount Gilead, Jim and Doris Thompson of Plain City, OH, Robert and Margaret Thompson of Edison and Ronnie Thompson of Dayton; 6 daughters and 3 sons in law; Alene Brown of Mount Gilead, Marie Price of Columbus, Melanie Stayner of Akron, Irene and Gary Garner of West Palm Beach, FL, Ernestine and Kenneth High of Cardington and Joan and Ron Cook of Tucson, AZ; 37 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren, a sister, Thresa Barch of Mount Clemens, MI and 3 half sisters, Mary Sanders of London, OH, Lottie Heston of West Jefferson, OH, and Madge Saylor of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Apr 24 at Mount Gilead Church of Christ by Doug Bryan. Burial was in Fulton Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 30, 1997

LOVINS, James
1928-1997
James Lovins, 68, of J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center, died Saturday, Apr 19 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Lovins was born Jul 28, 1928. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, Apr 23, today, at 12 noon at Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1997

MAYNARD, Roy Charles “Charley”
1955-1997
Roy Charles “Charley” Maynard, 41, of Columbus, OH, died Saturday, Mar 22 in Kobacker Hospice House in Columbus. Mr. Maynard was born Sep 3, 1955, a son of Glen Maynard, Sr., of Palm Bay, FL and Doris Lemaster Maynard and companion, Jackie Debord of Columbus. In addition to his parents, he is survived by 2 daughters, Sherry Maynard of Florida and Tammy Kirk of Columbus; 2 sons, R. C. Maynard of Florida and Charlie Maynard of Johnston; 2 sisters, Teresa Ann Schmidt and Alisia Fike, both of Columbus, 5 brothers, Carl Maynard, Bill Maynard, Jeff Maynard, Paul Maynard and Timothy Maynard all of Columbus; his paternal grandmother, Nelcie Maynard of Fort Gay. A graveside service was conducted Friday, Apr 4 in Hammond-Maynard Cemetery by Perry Brafford. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

MOORE, Ethel (Burke)
1909-1997
Ethel Burke Moore, 88, of Grove City, OH, died Monday, Apr 7 at Riverside Hospital. She was a retired teacher with Southwest City Schools. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Homer Moore, 2 daughters, Lois (Chester) Jones and Erma (Larry) Geddes; a son, Roger (Diana) Moore; grandchildren, Allen and Dan Jones, Renae Gddes and Valerie (Paul) Finley, great grandchildren, Michael, Michelle, Tiffanie and Travis Jones, Michaela Geddes, Cassie Spires, and Drew, Asa, Alyssa and Austin Finley, a sister, May Burke, a brother, Hibbard Burke, Jr., sisters-in-law, Opal and Edith Burke; and a host of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Apr 9, today, at 7:30 p.m.  at Schoedinger-Norris Chapel, Grove City, OH with Mr. Robert Burke officiating. Burial will be Thursday, Apr 10, at 1:30 in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

MOORE, Lindsey Earl
1942-1997
Lindsey Earl Moore, 54, of Irving, TX, died Monday, Apr 14 in Dallas. Mr. Moore was born Aug 6, 1942 in Louisa, a son of Lucy E. Sammons Moore of Irving, TX and the late Ray Moore. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Logan Ray Moore. Additional survivors include his wife, Patricia Kay Crum Moore; 2 children, Rhonda Moore Payne and Lynn Moore; 2 grandchildren, Michelle Ruiz and Bradley Lynn Payne; and a brother, Billy E. Moore of Irving. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Apr 16 in Irving, TX at Chism and Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Big Sandy news, Apr 30, 1997

MURPHY, Herman
1910-1997
Herman Murphy, 86, of Louisa, died Monday, Apr 14, following a long illness. Mr. Murphy was born Jun 7, 1910, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Arch and Barbara Auxier Murphy. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah E. Smith in 1993. He was a retired farmer and a member of Newcombe Baptist Church. Surviving are 10 daughters, Alma Preston, Naomi Scott, and Margret Bowen, all of Louisa, Herma Coons of Chillicothe, OH, Carrie Hill, Willa May Demming, and Lois Chaffin all of Columbus, OH, Lena Murphy and Kathy Bryant, both of Catlettsburg and Ruth Childers of Webbville; 4 sons, Delbert Murphy of Circleville, OH, Robert Murphy and Roger Murphy both of Louisa and Charles Murphy of Chillicothe, a brother, Sherman Murphy of Circleville; 83 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Apr 17 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home chapel by Danny Clarkson. Burial will be in Murphy Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1997

NEW, Elsie (Castle)
1912-1997
Elsie C. New, 84, of Fort Gay, died Friday, Apr 4 following a sudden illness. Mrs. New was born Aug 13, 1912 in Inez, a daughter of the late William and Mary Elizabeth Fluty Castle. Her husband, Jay C. New, and a daughter, Patricia King, also preceded her in death. She was a retired Wayne County teacher and a member of Fort Gay Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Edward Hedges of Logan, OH, a son-in-law, Wes King of Barboursville, WV; 3 sisters, Pauline Conn of Wheelersburg, OH and Blanche Stewart and Jackie Horn both of Columbus, OH, and 4 grandchildren, Barbara, David, Jon and Lynn. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Apr 6 at Young Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

PENNINGTON, Emma Faith (Nelson)
1930-1997
Emma Faith Pennington, 66, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Apr 1 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Pennington was born Jul 6, 1930, in Dennis, a daughter of the late John and Lula Jordan Nelson. She was a member of Isaac Park Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Ballard Pennington; 2 daughters, Joyce Isaac of Louisa and Nora Pennington Lemaster of Fort Gay, WV, a brother, Mont Nelson of Tullahoma, TN and 4 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Apr 4 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus and the Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial was in Pennington Cemetery in Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

PREECE, Clyde V.
Clyde V. Preece “Vic” died Friday, Mar 28 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Preece, a native of Louisa, a son of the late Malcolm T. and Fairy Blanche Preece of High Bottom. He was a honorary Kentucky Colonel, and a member of several service organizations such as Lions, the Elks, I.O.O.F. and Big Sandy Amateur Radio Club. He retired from the FFA in 1971 after 30 years of service. He was an active ham radio operator and was the primary force in beginning the NARF organization for retired federal workers in Hawaii. He was a prominent figure in his community and was recognized by U. S. Senator Akaka of Hawaii for his active role in local government as well as his wifely known humanitarian efforts. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Philomena Preece, daughters and son in law, Rowena and Herman Bolin of Lexington and Annetta Sue Martin of Minnie, 5 grandsons; 2 great grandsons, 5 sisters and brothers in law, Nellie Martin, Hazel Dubick, Ruth and Marshall Looney, all of Columbus, OH, Martha and Wesley Wilson of Charlotte, NC and Mary and Phil Coleman of Tucson, AZ, 2 brothers and sister in law, Mack and Marie Preece of Louisa and Paul Preece of Columbus. Big Sandy News, Apr 23, 1997

SHORT, Clarence “Doe Bud”
1919-1997
Clarence Short “Doe Bud” 77, of Thornsville, OH, formerly of Lawrence County and Webb, WV, died Sunday, Mar 23, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, OH. Mr. Short was born Aug 8, 1919, a son of Millie Dalton Short of Louisa and the late Taylor Short. Additional survivors include his wife, Ida Burke Short, 4 sons, one daughter, 3 brothers, Herman Short and Bill Jr. Short, both of Batania, OH and Robert Short of Lowmansville; 3 sisters, Dorothy Evans and Verna Spence both of Louisa and Cordie Evans of Waverly, OH, several grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Mar 27 in Columbus. Burial was in South Bloomfield, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 2, 1997

THOMPSON, Laura Belle (Jarrell)
1926-1997
Laura Belle Thompson, 70, of Genoa, WV, died Sunday, Apr 13, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Thompson was born Oct 19, 1926 in Glen Hayes, WV, a daughter of the late Wayne and Rebecca Whitt Jarrell. She was a member of Old Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church and a member of Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, Glen Thompson, Sr., 3 daughters, Laura Mae Henderson of Prichard, WV, Lucille Robinson of Louisa and Carolyn Sue Branham of Fort Gay; 3 sons, Glen Thompson, Jr. of Genoa, Dennis Thompson of Greenwich, OH, and Robert D. Thompson of Columbus, OH; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The funeral will be Wednesday, Apr 16, today, at 1 p. m. at Young Funeral Home by Brother Gary Howell. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1997

WELLMAN, Elva
1937-1997
Elva Wellman, 60, of Webbville, died Monday, Mar 31 in Vandalia, OH. Miss Wellman was born Mar 2, 1937 in Lawrence County, a daughter of Martha Cooper Wellman of Webbville and the late Leonard Wellman. She attended Smith Chapel Church. Additional survivors include a sister, Blanche Asberry of Dayton, OH. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Apr 3 at Smith Chapel Church by the Revs. Johnny Boggs and Byron Ray. Burial was in Wellman family cemetery in Webbville. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 9, 1997

WELLMAN, John David
1931-1997
John David Wellman, 65, of Fort Gay, died Monday, Apr 14, in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Wellman was born Jul 15, 1931 in Fort Gay, a son of Ethel Loar Wellman and the late Albert Wellman. He was retired from the Wayne County Board of Education and a member of Tabors Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Additional survivors include his wife,  Easter Vaughan Wellman of Fort Gay, a daughter and son in law, Pamela and Harold Bayes of Cannonsburg, a son and daughter in law, Doug and Sheila Wellman of Fort Gay; a sister, Doris Harris of New Jersey, grandchildren, Jeremy Wellman, Crystal Wellman, Joshua Wellman, Jason Wellman, Sara Wellman and Laura Bayes, and one great grandchild, Jordan Wellman. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Apr 17 at 2  p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Herman Wellman. Burial will be in Wellman family cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 16, 1997

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AKERS, Thomas, Sr.
1940-1997
Thomas E. Akers, Sr., 56, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Louisa and Hurricane, WV, died Saturday, May 24 in the University Hospital, Charlotte, NC. Mr. Akers was born Oct 15, 1940, in Freeburn, KY, a son of Jerry and Archie Kirk Dotson of Louisa. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Louisa, a U. S. Navy veteran of Vietnam War and manager of the Factory Mattress Outlet in Charlotte. Surviving are 3 daughters, Susan Nelson of Charleston, WV, Jennifer Akers of Charlotte and DeAna May of Barboursville, WV; a son, Thomas E. Akers, Jr. of Bowie, MD, a granddaughter, Shelby Akers, 3 sisters, Deloris Henson of Louisa, Jane Necessary and Jetta Melling both of Virginia, 7 brothers, Jim Dotson of Louisa, Bill Dotson of Franklin Furnace, OH, Richard Dotson of Fort Gay, Eddie Akers of Tennessee, Morris, Butch and Dennis of Virginia. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, May 28, today, at 2 p.m. at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Eugene Merrick and Rev. Julian Hammond. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1997

ALLEY, Sim
1902-1997
Sim Alley, 95, of Adams, died Sunday, May 11 at his home, following a long illness. Mr. Alley was born Feb 25, 1902 in Adams, a son of the late Joseph T. and Mary Frances Ward Alley. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Pearl Carter Alley in 1973 and a daughter, Marion Jane Knapp. He was a farmer and retired from Jefferey’s manufacturing Company in Columbus, OH. Surviving are 2 daughters, Linda (William) Hensley of Adams and Mary Ann (Elwood) Roberts of Columbus, a son, Gary J. Alley of Springfield, VA; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a son in law, Stanford Knapp. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, May 14, today, at 11 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Johnny Boggs. Burial will be in Ball Cemetery, Adams. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

BALL, Edison
1927-1997
Edison Ball, 69, of Columbus, OH, died Monday, May 5 in Columbus Community Hospital. Mr. Ball was born Nov 15, 1927, in Gladys, KY, a son of the late Andrew and Martha Webb Ball. He worked for Rockwell Int. Surviving are his wife, Velma Ball of Columbus, OH, a son, Gary Ball of Columbus, 4 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at Webb Chapel by the Rev. Gordon Crisp. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

BURCH, John L.
1912-1997
Rev. John L. Burch, 84, of Grove City, OH, formerly of Lawrence County, died Tuesday, May 13 in Arbors West Subacute Care in West Jefferson, OH. Mr. Burch was born Sep 5, 1912, in Lawrence County a son of the late John Lewis and Nora Sullivan Burch. He was a minister, bricklayer and sawmill operator. Surviving are his wife, Millie B. McKinzie  Burch, 5 daughters, Tina Moore of Webbville, Doris Cordle, Jean Forrest and Joyce Cordle, all of Blaine, and Nora Engle of West Jefferson, 2 sons, Warren Burch of Blaine and Lewie Burch of Jackson, OH; 3 stepsons, Wendell Barker of West Jefferson, David Barker of Westerville, OH, and Mike Barker of Orient, OH; a step daughter, Betty Rice of Hilliard, OH; 2 brothers, Woodrow Burch and Frank Burch, both of Oakdale, CA; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday May 17, at Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church by the Rev. Jim Holbrook. Burial was in the family cemetery. A military service was conducted by American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Wars 6103. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

BURTON, Dottie Dimple
1922-1997
Dottie Dimple Burton, 75, of Ohio, formerly of Lawrence County, died Saturday, May 10, following a sudden illness. Ms. Burton was born Apr 9, 1922, in Irad, KY, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy Burton. Surviving are a brother, Luther Burton of Ohio, 2 sisters, Emily Hicks of Canal Winchester, OH, and Bonnie Peters of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, May 13 in Ohio. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

CHAFFIN, Stanley
1913-1997
Stanley Chaffin, 83, of Louisa, died Thursday, May 1, following an extended illness. Mr. Chaffin was born Jun 11, 1913 in Lawrence County, a son of Noah and Mary Isabell Adams Chaffin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jane Sparks Chaffin in 1991. He was retired from Louisa Carpet Mill, a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are 7 daughters: Lena Marie Nelson, Louisa, Freda Mae Prince, Webbville, KY, Virginia Jane Wilks, Ashville, OH, Reba Chaffin, Mary Isabelle Wilks, Lois Jean Chaffin all of route 4, Louisa, Linda Kaye Moore, Greenup Co., KY; 5 sons: Noah Chaffin and Franklin Chaffin both of Plain City, OH, William Chaffin, Webbville, Owen Chaffin and Paul Tracy Chaffin both of route 4, Louisa; 2 sisters, Nola Lawson, Louisa and Hazel May, Cincinnati, OH, a brother: Lindsey Chaffin, Catlettsburg;  40 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild.  The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 3 at Fallsburg Tabernacle by Rev. Dean Pittman and Frank Copley. Burial was in Chaffin Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

COMPTON, James Milton
1940-1997
James Milton Compton, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, May 1 at his residence in Florida. Mr. Compton was born Aug 30, 1940, a son of Ronald and Virginia Hayes Compton of Louisa. He was a news editor and former member of Jaycees. Additional survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Compton Bellardo of Jamestown, NY, and 4 grandchildren, Tanya M. Ahlgren, Shawn M. Ahlgren, Ashley E. Ahlgren and Scott Bellardo, Jr. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, May 6 at the First Baptist Church in Louisa, by the Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations b made to Lawrence County Hospice. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

COOKSEY, Emma (Hutchinson)
1900-1997
Emma Cooksey, 96, of Louisa, died Saturday, May 3 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Cooksey, was born Oct 11, 1900, a daughter of the late Roland and Maggie Ramey Hutchinson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Willard Cooksey in 1982. She was a member of Dennis United Methodist Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Louella Perkins of Webbville, Eloise Griffith of Louisa, and Shelby Jean Hall of Elyria, OH; 6 sons, Roland G. Cooksey, Lawrence Benton Cooksey and Estill Cooksey, all of Bellevue, OH, Earl Cooksey and Willard E. Cooksey, both of Elyria, OH and Dalton Cooksey, at home; 4 sisters, Virginia Vanhorn of Cincinnati, OH, Mary Dowling of Richwood, OH, Essie Brainard of Kettering, OH and Ruth Prince of Louisa, a brother, Paul Hutchinson of Louisa, 22 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday May 6 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Gary Sparks. Burial was in Hutchinson Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

CURNUTTE, James L.
1930-1997
James L. Curnutte, 67, of Circleville, OH, died Monday, May 12 at his residence. Mr. Curnutte was born Feb 4, 1930 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Carlous and Caroline Murphy Curnutte. He was also preceded in death by a step son, David Haughey, and 2 sisters, Ethel Young and Bessie Wiler. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Shirley of Circleville, a daughter, Deborah (Dave) Fahner of Grove City, OH, 3 step sons, Danny (Ann) Lake and Jeff Haughey both of Columbus, OH, and Dan (Sharon) Haughey of Gahanna, OH; 3 step daughters, Clara (Larry) Smith of Grove City,  Barbara Haughey of Circleville and Mary Haughey of Williamsport; one grandson, many step grandchildren, one great granddaughter, several step great grandchildren, a brother, John Curnutte of Blaine, 3 sisters, Fannie Elswick and Lula May both of Blaine and Betty Kelly of California and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the Mader-Peters Funeral Home, Circleville with Rev. Dennis Back officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery, Grove City. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mader-Peters Funeral Home, Circleville, OH, is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

DANIELS, William Roy
1964-1997
William Roy “Bill” Daniels, 33, of Louisa, died Tuesday, May 27 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Daniels was born Feb 16, 1964 in Chillicothe, OH, a son of LeRoy Daniels, Jr. and Alma West Daniels of Louisa. Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, Darrin Daniels of Louisa, maternal grandmother, Juanita West of Franklin, OH, and paternal grandmother, Goldie Daniels of Kingston, OH. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Doug Wilhite. Burial will be in Frazier family cemetery, route 4, Louisa. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1997

JOHNSON, Eugene Cline
1935-1997
Eugene Cline Johnson, 61, of Rush, KY, died Thursday, May 1 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Johnson was born Nov 4, 1935, in Alexandria, OH, a son of William H. and Elizabeth Fannin Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wilks Johnson in 1994. Surviving are 2 daughters, Elizabeth Ann Vernon of Columbus, OH, and Lisa Gail Jarvis of Bolts Fork, 2 sons, Ronald Johnson of Hitchens and Melvin Johnson of Bolts Fork and a brother, Rev. Alfred Johnson of Logan, OH. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 3 at Webb Chapel Church by the Rev. Matthew Adams. Burial was in Bishop Cemetery, Webbville. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

MCGUIRE, Mary (Fraley)
1898-1997
Mary Fraley McGuire, 99, of Lawrence County, died Saturday, May 17 in Mountain Manor Nursing Home at Prestonsburg. Mrs. McGuire was born Mar 1, 1898, in Lancer, KY, a daughter of the late James and Lucy Reed Fraley. She was also preceded in by her husband, William James McGuire in 1959. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and a homemaker. Surviving are 2 daughters, Alta Steig of Powell, OH and Emma Baldridge of Beaver Creek, OH; a son, John McGuire of Louisa;  4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 7 step children, Hobert McGuire, James Darven McGuire, Tom McGuire, Sol McGuire and Jean Simpson, all of Prestonsburg, Faye Collins of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Fanny Smith of Kingsport, TN and several step grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, May 27 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Held. Burial was in the McGuire Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

MILLER, Ernie
Ernie Miller, 62, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Friday, Mar 7, at his home. He was a son of the late Dollie and Lina Miller. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Watson. He was retired from General Motors and a member of the U.A.W. Local No. 969. Surviving are his wife, Loretta; a daughter, Brenda (Jim) Bender of Westerville; a son, David (Jennifer) Miller and grandchildren, Callie Ann Miller and James David Miller, all of Columbus, OH; 2 brothers, Dan Miller of Charlie and Buster (Loveanna) Miller of Milford, OH; 2 sisters, Lina (George) Hodge and Lydia (George) Salyer of Milford; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Mar 11 at Schoedinger-Norris Chapel, Grove City, OH, by the Rev. Charles Newberry. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Schoedinger-Norris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

MILLS, Kellie
1911-1997
Kellie Mills, 86, of Fort Gay, died Friday, May 2. Mr. Mills was born Jun 24, 1911, in Hennon, KY, a daughter of the late John and Rebecca Gibson Mills. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Della Music Mills; a son, 5 daughters, and 5 grandchildren. He was a coal miner and carpenter and a member of the Isaac Park Free Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Cora Mills of Fort Gay; a son, Estel Mills of Louisa; 4 daughters, Myrtle Prince of Louisa, Tina Blackburn of Lakeland, FL, Phyllis Hensley of Lexington and Charlene Clark of Bandon, OR; stepson, Jay Napier, a brother, Lacy Mills of Florida; 44 grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Monday, May 5 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Jake McCoy. Burial was in Mills family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

MOORE, Arlie
1910-1997
Arlie Moore, 86, of Webbville, died Saturday, May 17, at VA Hospital in Huntington, WV. Mr. Moore was born Aug 24, 1910 in Elliott County, a son of the late Enoch and Louisa Grimm Moore. He was a retired coal miner and farmer, and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Tina Burch Moore, of Webbville; 3 daughters, Debra Hackney of Sitka, Carol Hicks of Webbville and Melinda Lemaster of Blaine; a son, John C. Moore of Blaine, a sister, Laura Keaton of Wabash, IN, a brother, Granville Moore of Elliott County, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday May 20 at Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church by Brother Elmer Burchwell, Brother Nelson Thompson and Brother, Rullie Wagoner. Burial was in Burch family cemetery. A graveside military service was conducted by W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6103. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

O’BRIEN, Vanessa Ti-Anne
1974-1997
Vanessa Ti-Anne O’Brien, 22, of Louisa, died Friday, May 9 in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Miss O’Brien was born Oct 13, 1974 in Louisa, a daughter of Dale and Rita Kay Pack O’Brien. She was preceded in death by a sister, Porsha Leanne O’Brien. Additional survivors include maternal grandparents, Freelin and Edith Pack of Louisa; paternal grandparents, Billy Joe and Anna Jean O’Brien of Fort Gay; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 11 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in O’Brien family cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

PADGETT, Sarah Elizabeth (Fain)
1946-1997
Sarah Elizabeth Fain Padgett, 50, of Louisa, died Saturday, May 24 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Padgett was born Nov 13,1946, a daughter of the late John Richard and Lilly Mae Minters Fain. Surviving are a daughter, Sherry Padgett at home; 3 sons, Robert Lee Padgett of Louisa, Travis Richard Justice of North Carolina and Rodney Greg McCoy of Louisa; 5 sisters, Annamae Everett of Vera Beach, FL, Delores Jean Sorbelli of Chesapeake, OH, Peggy Branstetter of Black Mountain, NC, Barbara Bowling of Tampa, FL and Marie Adkins of Marshall, NC; 4 brothers, George Fainn of Mississippi, Carl Edward Fain of Lakeland, FL, David Michael Fain of Ashville, NC and James Earl Fain of Swannonooa, NC. The funeral was conducted Monday, May 26 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Dyer Cemetery at Kiattsville, WV. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1997

PERRY, Violet (Branham)
1902-1997
Violet Branham Perry, 95, our beloved mother of Fort Gay, WV, widow of Fred C. Perry, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 12, 1997 at her home. Mrs. Perry was born Mar 14, 1902 on Mill Creek, the eldest child of Martin Luther and Arzella Porter Branham. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Arbie, Ondus and Milican Branham, her only sister, Dorothy Branham Wheeler and her grandchildren, Danny Joe and Amy Lynn Perry. She was a teacher in Wayne County Schools for more than 50 years, continuing to work as a substitute teacher and in adult education after her retirement. She was a devoted member of Missionary Baptist Church for more than 80 years, serving as church pianist for many years at the Fort Gay Baptist Church, as well as being church clerk for a time. She was a former recorder for the town of Fort Gay. Surviving are 8 children, Ray Perry, Joe Perry, and Kathryn McCloud of Fort Gay, Mary Madsen of Huntington, Helen Jameson of Doylestown, OH, Roy Perry of Sterling, OH, Phillip Perry of Huntersville, NC and Rhozella Arnold of Kooskia, ID. In addition to her sons and daughters, she is also survived by her sons in law and daughters in law; 27 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, May 14, today at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Perry Cemetery at the Harvey Memorial Church. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

PRESTON, Olga (Auxier)
1911-1997
Olga Auxier Preston, 85, of Ulysses, died Monday, May 12, in Paintsville after a long illness. Mrs. Preston was born May 14, 1911, at Whites Creek in Wayne County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Nathaniel Lincoln Auxier of Blockhouse Bottom in Johnson County, and Mary Borders Auxier of Borders Chapel in Lawrence County. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Francis Preston; two brothers, Roosevelt and John Glenn Auxier; sister, Dr. Gwen Auxier; stepdaughter, Martha Jo Crisp; and grandson, Stephen Ray Preston Brackett. A graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School, she attended Marshall University, Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, and received a B.S. degree in library science from Pikeville College.  A retired Betsy Layne Elementary High School librarian, she was also a merchant and farmer, custodian of Borders Chapel Cemetery and a benefactor of the Borders Chapel United Methodist Church. Past regent of John Graham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution of Prestonsburg, and past KSDAR Sixth District press chairman, she was a member of the Floyd County Retired Teachers Association and had been named a Kentucky Colonel. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Ella Faye Moore of Louisa; daughters and sons-in-law, Olga Frances and Ray Brackett of Allen and Mikell Ann and Knox Burchett of Virginia Beach, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, John David and Mary Avonne Preston of Paintsville; son-in-law, Ray Crisp of Allen; grandchildren, Laura Brackett Thrasher, Michelle Preston Weist, Sarah Ann Burchett and Ellen Marie Preston; step-grandchildren, Nancy Moore Albright, Howard Francis Moore, Thursa Crisp Williams, Margaret Crisp Hicks, Dr. Tim Crisp and Nancy Crisp Cantrell; great-grandchildren, Angela Frances Brackett and Eli Brackett Thrasher; and step- greatgrandchildren, Karen Renee Albright, Kevin Albright, Beverly Moore, Megan Moore, Beth Williams, Jeremy Hicks, Josh Hicks, Corey Cantrell, Rachel Crisp and Jennifer Crisp. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Revs. A.A. Frederick and Terry Reffett officiating. Burial was in Borders Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gene Price, Willis Boyd, George Herman Boyd, Dick VanHoose, Howard F. Moore, Howard Borders and Wallace Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Workman, Larry Hatten, Betty Greene, Luther Cox, Doug Borders, Ron Borders, T.J. Borders, Doug Borders, Jr., Ken Borders, Curtis Hatfield, Calvin Gray, Harry Wallace, Russell Boyd, Jerry Daniels, James B. Goble, Chester Porter, Gary Preston, Charles E. Allen, Dr. E.E. Musgrave, Mountain Manor nursing staff and John Graham Chapter DAR. Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

RAKOW, Joshua Lee
1997-1997
Joshua Lee Rakow, infant son of Scott Edward Charles and Lula Ellen Stevens Rakow of Fort Gay, died Friday, May 2 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Joshua was born Feb 18, 1997, in Huntington, WV. Additional survivors include 3 sisters, Joanna Rakow of Fort Gay, Rachel Mulkey and Wilma Mulkey, both of Louisa, a brother, Teddy Mulkey of Grundy, WV, paternal grandmother, Lorraine Rakow of Salem, OR and maternal grandmother, Rachel Stevens of Louisa. A graveside service was conducted Sunday May 4 at Long Branch Cemetery, Lovely, KY. Young funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

ROBERTSON, Charlie
1928-1997
Charlie Robertson, 69, of Elkhorn City, died Wednesday, May 14, in Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Mr. Robertson was born May 7, 1928 in Genoa, WV, a son of the late Evert W. and Molly Darnell Robertson. Surviving are a nephew, Millard Robinson of Prichard, WV, and a cousin, Dennie Robertson of Fort Gay. The funeral was conducted Friday May 16 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Randall Robertson. Burial was in Napier Cemetery in Genoa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

SCARBERRY, Estill “Whistle”
1940-1997
Estill “Whistle” Scarberry, 56, of Circleville, died Thursday, May 15 at his residence. Mr. Scarberry was born Aug 16, 1940, in Lockwood, KY, a son of the late Ed Scarberry and Wookie Castle Scarberry of Circleville. He was a retired farmer with Bowling Farms in 1976. Additional survivors include his wife, E. Frances L. Adkins Scarberry, whom he married Dec 5, 1959, a daughter, Kay (Rev. Robert) Marshall of Stoutsville; sons, Estill (Kimmie) Scarberry, Jr., of Circleville, George (Angie) Scarberry of Richmondale; 8 grandchildren, Rick, Josh, Estill “Dusty”, Rusty, Shanna, Kaci, Ashley and Dakota; sisters, Faye (Earl) Lindelof of Ladysmith, WS, Dorothy (Steve) Mumaw, Rachel (Dannie) Hettinger, Pauline (Jim) Roese, all of Circleville, brother, Carl (Jan) Scarberry of Columbus, several nieces and nephews; and special family friends, Robert and Audrey Johnson. The funeral was conducted Monday, May 19, at the Defenbaugh-Wise Funeral Home by the Rev. Margaret Robinson. Burial was in Forest Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1997

SHANNON, Zelphia (Lyons)
1921-1997
Zelphia Shannon, 75, of Louisa, died Thursday, May 8 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Shannon was born Jun 14, 1921 in Georges Creek, a daughter of the late Samuel Monroe Lyons and Tellie Borders Lyons. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Lee Shannon in 1976. She was a retired cook from Dee’s Drive Inn and Riverview Hospital and a member of Isaac Park Free Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert Price of Ulysses, 8 sons, Donald Lee Shannon, William Glen Shannon, Harold Keith, Shannon, Kenneth Ray Shannon, Paul Matthew Shannon, Bobby Joe Shannon and Ronald Dean Shannon all of Louisa and Phillip Shannon of Burnaugh, KY; a sister: Opal Church, Urbana, OH; 3 brothers: Hubert Lyons, Mitchell Lyons and Walter Lyons all of Sandusky, OH; 27 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 11 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Lemuel Little. Burial was in Shannon Family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

SMITH, Myrtle “Anna” (Spradlin)
1927-1997
Myrtle “Anna” Spradlin Smith, 69, of West Liberty, died Sunday, May 25 at her residence. Mrs. Smith was born Jul 18, 1927, in Magoffin County, a daughter of the lat Fred and Cynthia Ferguson Spradlin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Claude Smith on Jun 9, 1988; 2 sisters, one granddaughter, and 2 great grandchildren. She was a member of Williams Creek Elkfork Community Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Linda Cantrell of Volga, KY, Virginia Applegate of Tollesboro, and Janie Wright of Martha, a son, Carl Dean Smith of West Liberty, a step son, Rev. Jimmy Roger Smith of West Liberty; 3 sisters, Cora Walls and Sue Zerne, both of Cincinnati, OH, and Betty Anderson of Mt. Sterling; 2 brothers, Fred Spradlin, Jr., of Frankfort and Henry Spradlin of Carrabelle, FL; 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, May 28, today, at 11 a.m. at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel by Elder Eulas Adams and Rev. Jimmy Roger Smith. Burial will be in Nancy Ferguson Cemetery. Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 28, 1997

STEPP, Arlon “Bo”
1931-1997
Arlon Lee “Bo” Stepp, 65, of Ocala, FL, formerly of Warfield, died Saturday, May 10 in Ocala. Mr. Stepp was born May 19, 1931 in Martin County, a son of Sirilda Preece Stepp of Louisa and the late George Stepp. In addition to his mother, Mr. Stepp is survived by a son, George Stepp of Ocala and a sister, Faye Thompson of Columbus, OH. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, May 14 at Phelps & Son Funeral Home by the Rev. John Preece. Burial was in Dempsey Cemetery. Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Inez, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

STULL, Betty (Leedy)
1931-1997
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Stull, 65, of Louisa, died Tuesday, May 13 in Cabell-Huntington Hospital. Mrs. Stull was born May 25, 1931 in Georges Creek, a daughter of the late Mont and Irene Boyd Leedy. She was a Baptist. Surviving are her husband, John Granville Stull, a daughter, Donna Jean Cohen of Mount Prospect, IL, 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 17 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Larry Leedy. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

THOMPSON, Fred
1905-1997
Fred Thompson, 91, of Radnor, WV, died Thursday, May 1, following an extended illness. Mr. Thompson was born May 30, 1905, in East Lynn, WV, a son of the late W. H. and Mary Osborne Thompson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Berdie Pratt Thompson in 1991. He was a retired construction and saw mill worker and was a member of Fairmont United Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Vince (Lorene) Damron of Louisa, 4 sons, Wilburn Thompson, Archie Thompson of Fort Gay, Roy V. Thompson of Radnor and Kenneth Thompson of Wayne, WV, a brother, Birbon Thompson of Batavia, OH, 20 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 4 at Fairmont United Baptist Church by Elder Gid Marcum, Elder Jess Allen and Elder Elmer Bradley. Burial was in Damron Cemetery, Radnor. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

VAUGHAN, John Thomas
1938-1997
John Thomas Vaughan, 59, of Sharonville, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Friday May 9 in Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Vaughan was born May 6, 1938 in Lawrence County, a son of the late John A. and Laura Hanners Vaughan. He was a security guard. Surviving are 7 sisters, Mildred McGimpsey of Goshen, OH, Maude Hardwick and June Carter both of Louisa, Easter Wellman of Fort Gay, Mary Lammer of Zionville, IN, Virginia Booth of Marysville, TN and Maxine Morgan of Holbrook, AZ; a brother, Wayne Vaughan of Vero Beach, FL; 18 nieces and nephews and 18 great nieces and nephews, The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 11 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Truman Evans. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 14, 1997

WILLIAMSON, Lawrence
1925-1997
Lawrence Williamson, 71, of Louisa, died Saturday, May 3 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Williamson was born Aug 15, 1925, in Louisa, a son of the late Bill and Jenny Coleman Williamson. He was a coal miner,  member of the Freewill Baptist Church and World War II Army veteran. Surviving are a sister, Mary Dixon of Louisa; several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, May 6 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Kenneth Wright. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 7, 1997

WRITESEL, Charlotte (Kelly)
1923-1997

Charlotte Leigh Writesel, 74, of Mt. Sterling, OH, died Monday, May 19 at her residence. Mrs. Writesel was born Jan 29, 1923 in Buchanan, a daughter of the late Bascomb and Laura Curnette Kelly. She was also preceded in death by a son, William Writesel, 3 brothers and one sister. Surviving are 2 daughters, Margaret Hughes of Columbus, OH and Edwena Groves of Mt. Sterling, OH; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Geneva VanScooter of Ohio and Dixie Simmons of West Virginia and 2 brothers, Ted Kelly of Ohio and Joe Kelly of Kentucky. As was her request, Mrs. Writesel’s body will be cremated. Burial of her cremains will be at the convenience of the family. Porter Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling, OH is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 21, 1997

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ADAMS, Clyde C.
1916-1997
Clyde C. Adams, 81, of Circleville, OH, died Saturday, May 31 at his residence. Mr. Adams was born Jan 6, 1916, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Green and Easter Chaffin Adams. He was also preceded in death by a son, Charles (Bud) Adams, 5 brothers, and one sister. He was retired from Big Bear warehouse of Columbus, a retired minister and a veteran of World War II, where he served in Okinawa. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Wilks Adams, daughters and sons in law, Kathryn Sue (Lloyd) Shuttleworth of Lancaster, June (John) Crum and Barbara (Charles) Knaack, both of Circleville, sons and daughters in law, Urban (Carolyn), Harold (Vickie) both of Circleville, Loyd (Joyce) of Kingston and David (Toni) of Laurelville; 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and one brother, Woodrow Adams of Columbus. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jun 4 at Mader-Peters Funeral Home, Circleville, by the Rev. Mike Holbrook. Burial will follow with military honors in Forest Cemetery. Mader-Peters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

BLANKENBECKLER, Olen
1937-1997
Olen Blankenbeckler, 59, of Michigan, died Thursday, Jun 12 at his home. Mr. Blankenbeckler was born Aug 23, 1937 I Elliott County a son of the late James and Hazel Brown Blankenbeckler. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy and a brother, Willie Blankenbeckler. Surviving are 2 sons, Olen E. Blankenbeckler and Glenn A. Blankenbeckler both of Madison Heights, MI; a daughter, Loretta Brickey of Madison Heights, a brother, Bert R. Blankenbeckler of Morehead; 5 sisters, Ottie Skaggs of Clawson, MI, Bertalene Edwards of Blaine, Yvonne Reinholtz of Livonia, MI, Flora Walker of Olive Hill and Dorene Smith of Redford, MI and 4 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jun 17 at Eldridge Funeral Home in Sandy Hook by minister Owen Cox. Burial was in Skaggs-Wilson-Blankenbeckler Cemetery. Eldridge Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

BOWEN, Eddie
1961-1997
Eddie Bowen, 36, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Jun 1 at Grant Hospital in Columbus. Mr. Bowen was born Jan 12, 1961, in Lawrence County, a son of Lois Muncy Thompson of Louisa and the late Okley Bowen. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Danny Joe and Michael Bowen. He was a carpenter. Additional survivors include step father, Stanley Thompson, of Louisa; 3 daughters, Jessica Rena Bowen and Susan Marie Bowen, both of Inez, and Rachael Bowen of Louisa, a son, Jessie Bowen of Louisa; 2 sisters, Carolyn Bowen, Sallee and Brenda Lee Bowen Marcum, both of Inez; a step sister, Marsha Thompson Johnson of Ashland, 2 brothers, Wayne Keith Bowen and Randy Bowen both of Columbus. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jun 5 at 2 p.m. at Vineyard Church, Martin County, by the Rev. Bromley Marcum. Burial will be in Bowen Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

CARTER, Virginia Bell (Bradley)
1902-1997
Virginia Bell Bradley Carter, 94, of Louisa, died Monday, Jun 2 following an extended illness. Mrs. Carter was born Jul 13, 1902, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Sylvester David and Elizabeth Maud Wilson Bradley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Carter, in 1978. She was a retired driller for an airplane factory and a member of Smokey Valley Baptist Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Elizabeth Shirley Carter Fugitt of Louisa, G. Dorcas Carter Henderson McInturff of Jacksonville, FL and Virginia Sharon Carter Roberts of Flatwoods; 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jun 4, today at 2 p.m. at Smokey Valley Baptist Church by Brother Ed Cook. Burial will be in Bradley Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

CASSELL, Betty Jean
1933-1997
Betty Jean Cassell, 64, of Lockbourne, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Jun 12 in Lockbourne. Mrs. Cassell was born Apr 22, 1933 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Zona and Mae Borders Cassell. Surviving are a sister, Edna Francis Phillips of Lockbourne, OH; a brother, Bill Cassell of Louisa and nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 14 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Jason Cassell. Burial was in Borders Cemetery at Ulysses. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

CHAFFIN, Harold Lloyd
1936-1997
Harold Lloyd Chaffin, 60, of Webb, WV, died Sunday, Jun 15, at his residence. Mr. Chaffin was born May 2, 1936, in Webb, a son of the late Lawrence and Hazel Copley Chaffin. He attended Webb Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mary Louise Chaffin Webb; 3 daughters, Sue Blair and Lorrie Gannon, both of Lowmansville and Lois Messer of Crum; 7 sisters, Romaine Bowens of Louisa, Ruth Endicott of Lowmansville, Ethel Dalton of Ohio, Delsa Evans of Columbus, OH, Shirley Gartin of Fort Gay, Beulah Reynolds of Columbus, and Wanda Hodge of Fort Gay; 3 brothers, Charles Chaffin of Columbus, Wendell Chaffin and James Chaffin, both of Fort Gay, 3 grandchildren, William Messer, Madina Messer and Brandi Vaughan. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jun 17 at Webb Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Maynard, Burial was in Webb Community Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

ELKINS, Roland
1957-1997
Roland Elkins, 40, of Louisa, died Wednesday, May 28 at his residence. Mr. Elkins was born Jan 17, 1957 in Pike County, a son of the late Onda and Mary Elkins. He was a member of Bells Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 3 brothers, Jerry Elkins of Prestonsburg, Dallas Elkins of Stearns, KY and Jimmy Elkins of Pinson Fork, KY and one half brother, Curtis McPeeks of Middlesboro, TN. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 31 at Ashcamp Regular Baptist Church by ministers Richard Gibson and Oscar Damron. Burial was in Childers Cemetery. Bailey Funeral Home, Elkhorn City, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

GIBSON, Willa Christine (Hickman)
1916-1997
Willa Christine Gibson, 80, of Ashland, died Thursday, Jun 12 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Gibson was born Jun 22, 1916 in Elkhorn, WV, a daughter of the late John and Alice Norman Hickman. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisa. Surviving are her husband, Raymond H. Gibson; 2 daughters, Linda Carter of Ashland and Deborah Ratliff of Lexington, NC; 2 sons, Donald G. Gibson of Pineville, LA and Patrick hall of Kermit, WV; a sister, Louisa Poff of San Diego, CA; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 14 at Young Funeral Home  by the Rev. Jimmy Bevins. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

HALE, Darvin Ray
1935-1997
Darvin Ray Hale, 61, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jun 1 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Hale was born Oct 16, 1935, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Ira and Nancy Castle Hale. He was equipment operator for Ballards Mining Tebco and a member of Apperson Lodge #195. Surviving are a daughter, Shantelle Harmon of Louisa; 2 sons, John Ray Hale of Cape Coral, FL and Jimmy Hale of Victorville, CA, a sister, Thelma Wilson of Louisa; 2 brothers, Charles Arnold Hale of Louisa and Okey Hale of Ashland, 4 grandchildren; one step daughter, Deborah Clifford of Cape Coral, FL; and 2 step sons, William E. Clifford of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Jack V. Rowley of London, OH. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jun 5, today, a 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Roger Jordan. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

HALL, Margaret Grace (Bradley)
1917-1997
Margaret Grace Hall, 80, of Ashland, formerly of Louisa and Milford, DE, died Sunday, Jun 8 in a private nursing home in Ashland. Mrs. Hall was born May 22, 1917, in Roberts, MD, a daughter of the late Addison and Ella Mae Cornell Bradley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Causey Hall in 1994. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Frederica, DE. She was a retired employee at the Milford High School. Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth S. (Jack) Perkins of Louisa; 2 grandsons, Charles Jackson Perkins and Joseph Roland Perkins, both of Louisa. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Jun 10 at Greenlawn Cemetery by Rev. Ric Frazier. Donations may be made to the Hospice Community, 1908 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY, 41101. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1997

HILLYER, Lowell E.
1930-1997
Lowell E. Hillyer, 67, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jun 22. Mr. Hillyer was born May 31, 1930 in Mona, IL, a son of the late Claude and Clara Farbet Hillyer. He was a retired truck driver and manager of Five Forks Bait and Tackle, a member of American Legions Post 122 and a Korean War Army Veteran. Surviving are several nieces and nephews, 2 uncles and one aunt. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jun 25, today at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus and Rev. Roger Jordan. A military service will be performed by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Burial will be in Pennington Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1997

JOHNSON, Solomon
1932-1997
Solomon Jack Johnson, 65, of Louisa, died Monday, Jun 9 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Johnson was born Jan 18, 1932 in Greenbrier, a son of the late Ed and Susanna Salyers Johnson. He was a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 4 brothers, Bennie Johnson, Carl Johnson and Paul Ray Johnson, all of Louisa, and Bill Johnson of Catlettsburg, a sister, Rosa Mae Tucker of Vienna, WV and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jun 19 at 2 p.m. at Heston Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial will be in the Myrtle Chapel Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

JOHNSON, Virginia (Crum)
1925-1997
Virginia Crum Johnson, 71, of Fort Gay, died Friday, Jun 6 in Wooster, OH. Mrs. Johnson was born Jul 30, 1925 in Wayne County, a daughter of the late Thomas and Fannie Music Crum. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Johnson and a son, Earnest Russell Johnson. She was a member of Fort Gay Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Wanda Johnson Castle of Wooster, 2 brothers, Fred Crum of Orville, OH, and Jim Crum of Chesapeake, OH; 5 sisters, Ethel Greer of Lansing, NC, Effie Grabowski of Ocean Springs, MO, Verna Johnson of Bucyrus, OH, Ora Ellen Hinkle of Columbus, OH, and Phyllis Gay Coburn of Orville; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jun 8 at Young Funeral Home by Rev. Clayton Lynnwood Campbell. Burial was in Webb Community Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1997

JUSTICE, Clay Woodward
1914-1997
Clay Woodward Justice, 82, formerly a long time resident of Louisa, died Saturday, May 31 in LaQuinta, CA. He was born Nov 17, 1914, the son of John Samuel and Fanny Caperton Justice. He is survived by Janet Justice Williamson, Barbara Justice and Danny Justice, his brothers children whom he raised, and several great nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to Janet Williamson, 78805 Lowe Drive, LaQuinta, CA 92253. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1997

KIDD, Edith M. (Holt)
1908-1997
Edith M. Holt Kidd, 88, of Mansfield, OH, died Wednesday, May 28 at Mifflin Care Center, following a brief illness. Mrs. Kidd was born Jun 17, 1908, in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of the late Claude and Pauline See Holt. She was also preceded in death by 3 sons, Donald, Artie and Jimmy Kidd and 3 brothers. Surviving are her husband, James W. Kidd of Mansfield; 2 daughters and sons in law, Patty and John Hamilton of Ashland and Mae and Ed Seamour of Mansfield; a son and daughter in law, Iliff and Susan Kidd of Lakewood, CO; 23 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 5 sisters, Myrtle Vinson of Oklahoma, Maude Thompson, Lena Mae McCloud, and Bonnie Bellomy, all of West Virginia and Kathleen VanHoose of Kentucky and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 31 at Wappner Funeral Home by Pastor William Thurber. Burial was in Windsor Cemetery. Memorial contributions made be made to the Visiting Nurses Hospice, P.O. Box 1322, Mansfield, OH, 44901. Wappner Funeral Home, Mansfield OH, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

KITCHEN, Edward
Edward Kitchen, of Mt. Sterling, OH, died Tuesday, Jun 10. Mr. Kitchen was a son of the late Flem and Martha Kitchen. He was also preceded in death by 4 brothers and 7 sisters. He was retired from Battelle Memorial Institute, a Navy veteran of World War II and a former member of Frebis Avenue Church of God. Surviving are his wife, Lou Ann; 2 daughters, Donna Chesshir of Grove City, OH, and Clarice Kitchen of Columbus, OH, a son, Edward A. Kitchen of Columbus; 3 grandchildren, Brian, Kevin and Nicole Chesshir; 2 great grandchildren, Jason and Justin Chesshir; and nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 14 at O. R. Woodyard Co. Chapel by the Rev. James Whitt. Burial was in Green Lawn Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

MARCUM, Rebecca Ann
1948-1997
Rebecca Ann Marcum, 48, of Morehead, KY, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday, May 27 in St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead. Ms. Marcum was born Nov 23, 1948 at Omar, WV, a daughter of Andy Marcum and the late Bertha Hall Marcum. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jody Lee Robertson. She was a homemaker and an auxiliary member of American Legion Post 89, Morehead State University Alumni and a volunteer at St. Claire Medical Center. Additional survivors include a son, John David Robertson of Fort Gay; a sister, Elizabeth Wellman of Louisa, 4 brothers, Kelly Lee Marcum of Chapel Hill, NC, Alfred Rhyian Marcum of Pataskala, OH, Andy Joe Marcum and Jerry Neil Marcum, both of Webbville and one granddaughter, Ami McKae Robertson. The funeral was conducted Thursday, May 29 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Hall Cemetery at Fullers, KY. Donations may be sent o Wilson Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

MCDOWELL, Pauline (Holbrook)
1924-1997
Pauline Holbrook McDowell, 73, of Blaine, died Sunday, Jun 8 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. McDowell was born Jan 21, 1924 in Williamsport, a daughter of the late Keenis and Exer Ward Holbrook. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James “Buddy” Lowell McDowell in 1993. She was a member of United Baptist Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Johnetta Thomas, Blaine, Bobbie Thompson, Louisa, Tena Gillman, Isonville, KY; 5 sons: Thomas K. Childers, Coldwater, MI, John L. Childers, Nashville, MI, Frank M. Childers, Paintsville, KY, Glenninn D. Hopson, Blaine, and Jimmy C. Hopson, Blaine; 5 sisters: Dorothy Childers, Thelma, KY, Kathleen Daniels, Juanita Preston, and Gwen Williamson all of Williamsport, KY, Doris Lee of Parkersburg, WV; a brother: Keenis Holbrook, Jr., Marion, OH; 27 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren.  The funeral was conduced Tuesday, Jun 10 at Caines Creek Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Roger Ross, the Rev. Gary Sparks and the Rev. Joe Daniels, Jr. Burial was in Blaine Hill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1997

MOON, Bonnadelle (Kinner)
1910-1997
Bonnadelle Moon, 86, of London, died Tuesday, Jun 10 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center in Louisa. Mrs. Moon was born Aug 31, 1910 in London, a daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Epley Kinner. Her husband, Mose Moon died in 1980. Surviving are 3 sons, Bob Moon of Sarasota, FL, Joseph W. Moon of Farmington, MI, and Aaron R. Moon of Louisa, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A graveside service was conducted Thursay, Jun 12 at Kirkwood Cemetery in London by Erwin Baldwin. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave. Ashland, KY, 41101. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

MURPHY, Opal (Campbell)
1916-1997
Opal Murphy, 81, of Circleville, died Saturday, Jun 7, at Berger Hospital, Circleville. Mrs. Murphy was born Jun 5, 1916, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late John and Ethel Adams Campbell. She was also preceded in death by sons, Larry and Thurman Murphy, one grandchild, one great grandchild, 3 brothers, and one sister. She was a member of Commercial Point United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Sherman Murphy of Orient, daughters, Doris (Ron) Brannen of Columbus, Dova (Laurel) Meadows of New Lexington, Dolores (Mike) Smith of Circleville; sons, Ronald (Coraleen) Murphy of Orient, Lee (Patty) Murphy of Columbus, daughter in law, Mary Murphy of Columbus, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 13 grandchildren and `16 great grandchildren. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Jun 10 at Beckett Cemetery, Commercial Point with the Rev. James Corbitt officiating. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

SIZEMORE, Butler
1918-1997
Butler Sizemore, 78, of Louisa, died Friday, May 30 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Sizemore was born Aug 4, 1918 in Rockhouse, a son of the late Henry and Mollie Miller Sizemore. He was a farmer and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 3 sisters, Rebecca Robinette of South Shore, Rena Rader of Louisa, and Sally Goble of Prestonsburg, and a brother, Bill Sizemore of South Shore. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jun 2 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Eddie Caudill. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 4, 1997

SWEENEY, Tanny Kimberly
1965-1997
Tanny Kimberly Sweeney, 31, of Adairsville, GA died Saturday, Jun 21 in Floyd Medical Center, Rome, following a brief illness. Mrs. Sweeney was born Nov 14, 1965 in Louisa, a daughter of Russell and Barbara Thompson Lemaster. She was a cashier at Favorite Market. Additional survivors include her husband, James M. Sweeney of Adairsville, a daughter, Ashley Ramsey of Dallas, 2 sons James Michael Blackburn and Joshua Blackburn, both of Adairsvilel, a brother, James Lemaster of Louisa; 2 sisters, Tammy Sleasman of Alabama and Barbara Ann Ferguson of St. Albans, WV and nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jun 25, today, at the chapel of Barton Funeral Home with Dr. Ralph Wallen and Rev. Lamar Coker officiating. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Adairsville.  R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1997

THOMAS, Kiana DeShey
Infant Kiana DeShey Thomas, daughter of Gareth and Vicki Cox Thomas of Louisa, died Monday, Jun 9 in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Additional survivors include a sister Alisha Thomas of Louisa; her maternal grandparents, John and Ruth Trent of Salem, WV, her paternal grandmother, Virginia Thomas of Ripley, WV, and her maternal great grandmother, Irene Cox of West Union, WV. A graveside service was conducted Wednesday, Jun 11 at K.O.P. Memorial Park in Salem. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

THOMPSON, Luther
1919-1997
Luther Thompson, 77, of Genoa, died Saturday, Jun 21, in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center, following an extended illness. Mr. Thompson was born Jul 15, 1919, in Genoa, a son of the late Wayne and Sarah Elizabeth Parsons Thompson. He was retired from Erie Railroad. Surviving are 3 sisters, Hazel Fugett of Mansfield, OH, Stella Marcum of Fort Gay and Nella Damron of Genoa and 3 brothers, Glen Thompson of Genoa, Carmie Thompson of Fort Gay and Charles Wayne Thompson of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jun 23 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Cassidy Cemetery at Genoa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1997

THOMPSON, Nathan Edward
1941-1997
Nathan Edward Thompson, 56, of Cedar Key, FL, died Tuesday, Jun 16 in Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Thompson was born Feb 17, 1941 in Fort Gay, a son of Edd Thompson of Fort Gay and the late Goldie Jean Thompson Parsons. He was former owner of Nat’s Used Auto Parts in Mansfield, OH. Additional survivors include his wife, Josephine Zackefoose Thompson, 3 sons, Eathan Thompson of Mansfield, Allen Thompson of Gainesville, and Jonathan Thompson of Cedar Key, a daughter, Kimberly Bible of Lake City, FL; 3 brothers, Bobby Joe Thompson of Zephyr Hills, FL, Samuel A. Parson and David Ronald Parsons both of Genoa, a sister, Loretta Kitts of Fort Gay; step father, William Dave Parsons of Fort Gay and 4 grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 21 at Rush Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Genoa by the  Rev. Thomas Kitts and Rev. Wilburn Napier. Burial was in Parsons family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 25, 1997

THOMPSON, Wilma WowAnn (Turner)
1931-1997
Wilma WowAnn Turner Thompson, 65, of Louisa, died Monday, Jun 9, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Thompson was born Oct 19,1 931 in Morehead, a daughter of Iva Hogge Turner Evans of Morehead and the late Russell Turner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arlie B. Thompson, a sister, Ruth Barten and a grandson, Jason Holt. She was a member of Betsy Ross Rebekah Lodge #95, Eastern Star, Louisa Democratic Woman’s club and the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include 3 daughters, Debbie Henson and Barbara E. (Bobbi) Compton, both of Louisa and Vicki Painter of Cincinnati, OH; a sister, Edna (Tiny) Black of Morehead, a brother, James turner of Blue Ash, OH, grandchildren, Melinda Peterman, Melissa Henson and Kelli Painter, great grandchildren, Stephen Peterman and Miriah Peterman, and a very special friend, Betty Ryan. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jun 11, today, at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Vernon Barker, Rev. Ric Frazier and Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Betsy Ross Rebekah Lodge #95 held service Tuesday evening. Jun 10 at the funeral home. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 11, 1997

WEBB, Stanley Elwood
Stanley Elwood Webb, 76, of  Columbus, OH, died Jun 11 at his residence. Mr. Webb was a member of Lithopolis Lodge No. 169 F & AM, (Past Masgter in 1987 and served as trustee for 3 years), Walnut Chapter No. 172 Royal Arch Masons; Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus; Aladdin Shrine (Road Runner for Shrine Hospitals), Charter member of Kentucky Colonels, Aladdin Shrine Club, (President in 1980), Ross County Shrine Club, South East Shrine Club, Hillbilly Clan No 1 and & Shrine Club; Associate member of Willard Lodge No. 626 F & AM of Willard, Elhasa Shrine of Ashland, Elhasa Kentucky Colonel Shrine Unit, Charter County Shrine Club Kentucky; Honorary member of Pogue Lodge F & AM of Ashland, Ainad Shrine Temple of East Saint Louis, MO, Hejaz Temple of Greenville, SC, Reba Chapter O. E. S. No. 161, Horse Traders, Rush Kentucky, Kentucky Colonel and Kentucky Admiral.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Sells Webb, daughters, Sandra (Donald) Hedrick of Circleville, Madeline (Jerry) Haab of Santa Rosa, FL and Valarie Mather of Columbus, stepsons, Ronald and James Sells; grandchildren, Lennie (Mary) Weidner, Jerry (Mary Jo) Orme, Pati (Dennis) Palmentera, John (Robin) Hedrick, Jason (Karen) Mather and Jessica (Shawn) Morin; great grandchildren, D. J. and vinnie Palmentera and Lane Hedrick; brother, E. C. Webb, sister, Lucy Caldwell, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Webb, daughter, Patricia Orme, brothers, Chester, Lonza, Kenneth, Buchanan and Lee Webb and sisters, Jessie Enyart and Laura Moore. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jun 15 at Good Shepherd Community Church by the Rev William L. Snider. Burial was in Fernwood Cemetery. Graumlich & So Funeral Home in Columbus, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 18, 1997

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ADAMS, Leonard
1903-1997
Leonard Adams, 94, of Webbville, died Saturday, Jun 28. Mr. Adams was born Mar 26, 1903 in Irad, KY, a son of the late Ruben Franklin and Rebecca Ellen Holbrook Adams. He was a retired farmer and of the Baptist faith. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Kelley Adams, of Webbville, 2 daughters, Gail G. James of Ulysses and Karen J. Clemett of Catlettsburg, a son, Clyde D. Adams of Georgetown, a sister, Shirley Kitchen of Columbus, OH, 2 granddaughters and 2 step grandsons. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jul 1 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Ronny Harpe and Dewey Hogston. Burial was in Adams family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1997

ADKINS, Charles, J.
1920-1997
Charles “Bud” Adkins, Jr., 76, of Decatur, TN, died Tuesday, Jun 24 in Decatur. Mr. Adkins was born Sep 11, 1920, in Morgans Creek, Lawrence County, a son of the late Charlie and Mary Liddie Hughes Adkins. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Denten Adkins and 6 brothers. He was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are a son, James Earl Adkins of Decatur; a sister, Opal Collins of Cleveland, TN and a brother, Grover Adkins of Fort Gay, WV. The funeral was conducted Friday,  Jun 27 at Bowers Funeral Home Chapel at Decatur. Burial was in Decatur City Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1997

BLACKBURN, George Oscar
1906-1997
George Oscar Blackburn, 90, of Fostoria, OH, died Sunday, Jul 20, at the St. Catherines Care Center in Findlay, OH. Mr. Blackburn was born Aug 17, 1906 in Floyd County, a son of the late Wheeler and Martha Jude Blackburn. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Maggie Spears, 2 brothers, and one sister. He retired in 1971 from the Gray Printing Company in Fostoria and was a member of Fostoria United Sportsman Club. Surviving are his wife, Ella Fay Blackburn, 4 sons, James Blackburn of Bloomdale, Clarence, Richard, and Otto Blackburn, all of Fostoria; 2 daughters, Betty Jo Walker of Palmetto, FL and Lois Jean Byer of  Fostoria; a sister, Lula Jane Berchitt of Ironton, OH; 4 stepsons, Rev. Eugene and Ralph Bryant both of Norwalk, Curt Bryant of North Carolina, and Gerald Bryant of Louisa; 3 step daughters, Estill Bryant of Norwalk, Billie Salyer of Sandusky, OH and Carol Fann of Louisa, 29 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 13 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jul 23, today at 10 a.m. at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home in Fostoria by the Rev. Eugene Bryant. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home Inc, Fostoria, OH is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1997

CARTER, Golda Inez (Crabtree)
1908-1997
Golda Inez Crabtree Carter, 88, of Kingston, OH, died Wednesday, Jul 16 in Americare of Circleville. Mrs. Carter was born Dec 1, 1908, in Lawrence County, KY, a daughter of the late William and Ella Wright Crabtree. On Mar 9, 1929, in Louisa, she married Willard Carter who died Aug 10, 1990. She is also preceded in death by a son, Edward Carter and a daughter, Mildred Jewel. She was a member of First Circleville Church of Christ in Christian Union since 1959. Surviving are 3 daughters, Carol (Dale) Patterson of Kingston, Dorothy (Don) Coates and Delores “Suzie” (Robert L.) Fetherolf, all of Circleville, a son, Gene (Betty) Carter, of Kingston, OH; 4 sisters, Mildred Rice of Circleville, OH, Pluma (Bill) Bates and Jane Bailey all of Columbus, OH and Reba (Carl) Bower of Lancaster, OH, 5 sisters in law, Dora Belle Carter of Kingston, Dixie and Eloise Carter both of Catlettsburg, Rose Crabtree of California, Nita Crabtree of Columbus, 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday Jul 19 at Hill Funeral Home, Kingston with Rev. Mike Holbrook officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

COMPTON, Ronald
1917-1997
Ronald Compton, 80, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jul 20 at his residence. Mr. Compton was born Mar 5, 1917, in Louisa, a son of the late Leonard Sr. and Shirley Vinson Compton. He was also preceded in death by a son, James Compton. He was a retired employee of Piper Aircraft Vero Beach, FL. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Hayes Compton, 2 brothers, Jim Frank Compton and Leonard Compton, both of Louisa, one granddaughter and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday Jul 22 at the First Baptist Church in Louisa by the Rev. Ric Frazier and Joe Elam. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1997

CURTIS, Darby E. Sr.
1922-1997
Darby E. Curtis, Sr., 75 of Jackson, OH, died Wednesday, Jul 2 at his home. Mr. Curtis was born Mar 9, 1922, in Johnson County, a son of Elliott Curtis of Columbus, OH and the late Cora Salyers Curtis. He attended the Candy Run United Baptist Church, was a veteran of World War II and the retired owner of the Jackson Fabric and Sewing Center, which he and his late wife, Norma Wheeler Curtis operated for 25 years. He was also a dairy farmer and a retired employee of Goodyear Plant in Jackson. Additional survivors include a daughter, Deborah L. Cox of Jackson, OH, 3 sons, Darby Curtis, Jr., of Fallbranch, TN, Alvin Curtis and Sylvester Curtis, both of Jackson, 3 brothers, Raymond Curtis of Dayton, OH, Ova Curtis of Lancaster, OH and John Curtis of Columbus, OH; a sister, Marie Fields of Columbus; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jul 8 at Heston Funeral Home by David Thompson. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. A military service was conducted by American Legion Post #89 and V. F. W. Post #6103. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1997

DAVIS, Jeffery T.
1964-1997
Jeffery T. Davis, 32, of Clinton, KY, died Saturday, Jul 26 of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Mr. Davis was born Oct 2, 1964, in Louisa, a son of James Davis of Flatwoods and Joann Davis of Lexington. Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, James Davis, Jr., of Huntington, IN, a sister, Melissa Collett of Huntington, and his maternal grandmother, Ethel Mills of Inez. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jul 29 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Larry Frazier. Burial was in Davis family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

DOWDEN, John W.
1946-1997
John W. Dowden, 50, of Indianapolis, IN, formerly of Fort Gay was found death Jun 27 in Indianapolis. Mr. Dowden was born Dec 13, 1946 in Chattaroy, WV, a son of the late Kelly and Martha Davis Dowden. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Surviving are a daughter, Susan Louise Dowden of New Hampshire; 3 sons, James Roy Dowden and Jason K. Dowden, both of Florida and John W. Dowden, Jr., of Indiana; 5 sisters, Mruiel Nix, Lorena Nix and Elizabeth Fraley, all of Fort Gay; Bonnie Fry of Augusta, FL and Connie Martin of Waverly, OH, and a brother, Edward Dowden of Fort Gay. The funeral was conduced Monday Jul 14 at Hubbardstown Community Chapel by the Rev. Charles Starrett. Burial was in Robertson Cemetery, Fort Gay. A military graveside service was conducted by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89, both of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1997

EMMONS, Daisy W. (Wilson)
1894-1997
Daisy W. Emmons, 102, of Columbus, GA, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Jul 3, in Pine Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Emmons was born Oct 24, 1894, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Charles Jeff and Nanny Endicott Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, M. Arnold Emmons in 1967. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisa. Surviving are 2 sons, Robert S. Emmons of Columbus, GA and M. Arnold Emmons of Newport News, VA; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jul 9, today, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church by Rev. Rick Frazier. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1997

FANNIN, Charlie
1917-1997
Charlie Fannin, 80, of Louisa, died Monday, July 28, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Fannin was born Mar 24, 1917 in Charley, a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Corilda Pack Fannin. He was a timberman. Surviving are his wife, Dorcas Rebecca Clark Fannin, a daughter, Chris Ward of River, KY; five sons, James I. Fannin, Daniel Lee Fannin, Robert Ray Fannin, all of Louisa, Jack Fannin of Wurtland, and Charlie Michael Fannin of Elizabethtown; a sister, Dixie Fannin of Paintsville; 26 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, July 30 (today) at Mary United Baptist Church by Elder Frank Blevins and Elder Jake Crum. Burial will be in Mary United Baptist Church Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

FANNIN, Fred
1903-1997
Fred Fannin, 94, of Louisa, died Sunday Jun 29 at his residence.  Mr. Fannin was born February 2, 1903 in Martin County, a son of the late Tom and Alice Haney Fannin He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jocie Cochran Fannin, three sons, Fred R. Fannin, Arnold L. Fannin, and Hillard R. Fannin. He was a retired coal miner. Surviving are five daughters, Molly Penix, Vadie Penix, and Fay Delong, all of Akron, OH and Ina Cochran and Alice Meade, both of Louisa, two sons, James Fannin of Akron and Paul Fannin of Columbus, OH; 40 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday Jul 2 at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa by the Rev. Dean Pittman. Burial will be in Fannin Cemetery in Martin County. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1997

FYFFE, Clara Maxine (Nolan)
1928-1997
Clara Maxine Fyffe, 69, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jun 24, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Fyffe was born Feb 4, 1928 in Louisa, a daughter of the late John Burns and Maxie Carter Nolan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ed Fyffe, in 1983. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post 89. Surviving are a son, James Edward Fyffe of Kenova, WV, and 2 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jun 27 at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1997

HEWLETT, Cecil, Jr.
1918-1997
Cecil Hewlett, Jr., 79, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jul 20 at his home. Mr. Hewlett was born Jan 19, 1918 in Hewlett, WV, a son of the late Cecil and Garnet McComas Hewlett. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Thelma Farley Hewlett, a son, John William Hewlett, 2 brothers, John William Hewlett and Donald Hewlett; 2 sisters, Charlotte Hewlett Linnabary and Hazel Marie Hewlett Shaw and one grandson, Ken Hewlett. He was a retired brickmason and a Navy veteran. Surviving are 3 sons, Cecil Henry Hewlett of Waverly, OH, Kenneth Malcolm Hewlett of Pataskala, OH and Robert Renaurd Hewlett of Louisa; a sister, Gladys Hunter Hewlett Williamson of Columbus, OH; 4 grandchildren, Kimberly Jean Hewlett McLean, Mark Anthony Hewlett, Miranda Leigh Hewlett and Amanda Carrie Hewlett; 2 great grandchildren, Sheridan Page McLean and Hailey Madison Hewlett Gussler and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jul 23, today, at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by Brother Ric Frazier. Burial will be in Hewlett Cemetery. A graveside service will be conducted by members of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and VFW Post 6103. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1997

MILLS, James Lacey
1913-1997
James Lacey Mills, 84, of Louisa and Ocala, FL, died Wednesday, Jul 23 in Oakview Nursing Home in Ocala. Mr. Mills was born Apr 24, 1913, in Gulnare, a son of the late John H. and Rebecca Gibson Mills. His wife, Marie Smith Mills, died in 1963. He was a former coal miner with Lackey Coal Co., a Freewill Baptist and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are 5 daughters, Geneva Nelson of Reynoldsburg, OH, Jemima Daniels, Mary Dixon and Jenny Mills Lyons, all of Louisa,  and Mable Joe Jones of Columbus, OH; 4 sons, Wallace Mills and Eligah Mills, both of Louisa, William Walker Mills of Reynoldsburg, and Lacey H. “Bo” Mills of Thealka, 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jul 26 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Ray Church. Burial was in Henry Taylor Cemetery, Johns Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

NAPIER, Donna Lynn (Hager)
1967-1997
Donna Lynn Napier, 30, of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Jul 22 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington. Mrs. Napier was born Jun 28, 1967, in Williamson, a daughter of Zatto Hager of Hamlin and Phyllis Taylor Hager of Wayne. She was a member of Salt Petre Christian Baptist Church in Fort Gay. Additional survivors include her husband, Gregory A. Napier, a son, Gregory Alan Napier, Jr., of Fort Gay, and 5 sisters, Mayme Ann Jeffers of Milton, Roberta Robertson, Lisa Hager and Rosemary Hager, all of Fort Gay and Bridgett James of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jul 25 at Salt Petre Christian Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Maynard and Ray Church. Burial was in Napier Cemetery in Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

PERRY, Grace L. (McKinster)
1907-1997
Grace L. Perry, 89, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Jul 21, following an extended illness. Mrs. Perry was born Oct 28, 1907, in Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Jesse and Nannie Billups McKinster. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. Charles Perry, Gordan Lycan and J. Walter Thompson, a sister, Afylee Parsons, and a brother, Valca McKinster. She was a retired school teacher for the Wayne County Board of Education and a member of the Louisa United Methodist church. Surviving are a sister, Heloise Littleton of Sarasota, FL; 2 brothers, Frank McKinster of Wayne, WV and Mack McKinster of Cleveland, Miss.; 3 nephews, Charles A. McKinster of Arnold, MD, Col. Lowell McKinster of Augusta, GA and David McKinster of North Carolina; 2 nieces Paula McKinster and Diane Littleton both of Florida. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jul 24 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Held. Burial will be in Billups Gap Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1997

PIGMAN, Missouri
1932-1997
Missouri Pigman, 65, of Louisa, died Saturday, Jul 26, in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Pigman was born Jul 26, 1932, at Clifford, a daughter of the late Jarrett and Lola Webb Frazier. Her husband, Ernest Pigman, also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a brother, Sherdon Frazier of Ashland and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Jul 28 at Frazier family cemetery at Clifford by the Rev. Dean Pittman. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

PRESTON, Dolly (Hammonds)
1921-1997
Dolly Hammonds Preston, 76, of Louisa, died Sunday Jun 29, following an extended illness. Mrs. Preston was born March 14, 1921, in Big Laurel, a daughter of the late Colonel and Cora Webb Hammonds. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elliott Preston, Jr.,  in 1994. She was a member of the United Baptist church. Survivors include 3 daughters, Brenda Kay Branham and Barbara Sue Falls, both of Louisa and Hazel Marcum of Columbus, OH; 4 sons, Colonel Preston and Richard Scarberry, both of Louisa, and Ronald Ray Preston and Freddy Preston, both of Columbus; a sister, Marie Scarberry of Marion, OH; a brother, Colonel Hammonds of Circleville, OH; 20 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jul 2, today at Young Funeral Home in Louisa by Elders Sterling Marcum and Bromley Marcum. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery in Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1997

SAMMONS, Frank H.
1923-1997
Frank H. Sammons, 74, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Wednesday, Jul 16 in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chillicothe, OH. Mr. Sammons was born Jun 26, 1923, in Louisa, a son of the late Mack and Grace Maynard Sammons. He was a retired manager of the parts department at Rockwell International and also was retired from Gahanna Jefferson School He attended the Freewill Baptist Church and was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Helen York Sammons, a daughter, Deborah R. Murphy of Marietta, OH; 3 sons, James R. Sammons and Michael R. Sammons, both of Columbus, and Timothy L. Sammons of Byesville, OH; 2 sisters, Ann Hammond and Delores Hardin, both of Louisa, and 10 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jul 19 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. A graveside military service was conducted by V. F. W. Post 6104 and American Legion Post 89 of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1997

SKAGGS, Laura (Wilson-Stanfill)
1901-1997
Laura Wilson Stanfill Skaggs, 95, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jul 3 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center, following an extended illness. Mrs. Skaggs was born Aug 31, 1901, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Charles Jeff and Nannie Endicott Wilson. Her husband, Herbit Skaggs, also preceded her in death. She was a retired clerk and member of the First Baptist Church in Louisa, the Betsy Ross Rebekah Lodge #95, and the Louisa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Surviving are 2 sons, Don Stanfill of Severna Park, MD and Bob Stanfill of Delray Beach, FL; 6 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jul 7 at the Louisa First Baptist Church by the Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 9, 1997

THOMPSON, Homer
1906-1997
Homer Thompson, 91, of Fort Gay, died Wednesday, Jul 23 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Thompson was born Jan 20, 1906, in Fort Gay, a son of the late Steve and Belle c. Birchfield Thompson. His wife, Haley Thompson, died in 1995. He was a former employee of the Erie & Lakewanda Railroad. Surviving are 4 sons, Virgil Thompson, Robert Thompson, Homer Thompson, Jr., and Pearly Thompson, all of Fort Gay, a daughter, Edith Ann Thompson, of Fort Gay, 2 sisters, Elzie Thompson of Fort Gay and Edna Hunt of Mansfield, OH; a brother, Fred Thompson of Fort Gay, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jul 25 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Maynard and Ray Church. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery in Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

THOMPSON, Wilburn “Gravy”
1916-1997
Wilburn “Gravy” Thompson, 81, of Huntington, WV, formerly of Fort Gay, died Thursday, Jul 10 in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Thompson was born Mar 23, 1916 in Fort Gay, a son of the late Emery and Susie Dawson Thompson. He was a retired welder for the N & W Railroad, a staff sergeant in the 1521st Army Air Force in World War II and a member of the Vinson Masonic Lodge No. 66 A.F. & A.M. for over 50 years. Surviving are his wife, Anna Elizabeth Skeens Thompson of Huntington, a daughter, Susie B. Thompson of Huntington, a son and daughter in law, Samuel and Pamela Mitchem Thompson of Proctorville, OH; 3 grandchildren, Amy D. Thompson, Ashley A. Thompson and Niles A. Thompson, all of Huntington; a brother, Leonard Thompson of Fort Gay; 4 sisters, Corrine Smith and Estelle Baisden, both of Fort Gay, Dorothy L. Thompson of Genoa, WV, and Glenna Damron of Inverness, FL; 2 dear friends, Robert T. Thompson and Gary McClaskey. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jul 13 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Ford Price. Burial was in the Maple Hill Memorial Cemetery at Kenova where the Masonic Lodge had services. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1997

VANHOOSE, Reginald “Dick”
1916-1997
Reginald Gordon “Dick” VanHosoe, 80, of McKinney, TX, died Friday, Jun 27. Mr. VanHoose was born Dec 23, 1916 in Louisa, a son of the late Millard and Elizabeth Moore VanHoose. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Elmer, Lawrence and William Henry VanHoose. He was employed by the Ohio Steel Foundry as a Core Maker for 37 years, a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Mechanicsburg, OH and a member of the Champaign Masonic Lodge #525, Urbana, OH. Surviving are his wife, Lexie Christine Chapman VanHoose of McKinney, son and daughter in law, Rod and Janet VanHoose of McKinney, grandchildren, Rex VanHoose and his wife, Amy of St. Louis, MO and Holly VanHoose of McKinney, brothers, Randall VanHoose of Woodstock, OH and Hansel VanHoose of Cable, OH and sister, Roberta Daniels of Urbana. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jun 30 in Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. John Connor. Burial was in Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, TX. Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, of McKinney, TX was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 2, 1997

WATTS, George Ellis
1944-1997
George Ellis Watts, 52, of Radnor, WV, died Wednesday, Jul 16 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Watts was born Sep 15, 1944 in Indianapolis, IN, a son of the late Voling Howard and Elsie Mae Turk Watts. He was disabled. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Karen Watts, a son, George Ellis Watts, Jr. of Radnor, 2 sisters, Twylla Jean Hayward and Doris Ann Jackson, both of Radnor and 4 brothers, Jack Watts of East Lynn, WV, Allen Watts and Voling Watts, Jr., both of Indiana and Herbert Watts of North Carolina. A graveside service was conducted Saturday, Jul 19 in the Watts family cemetery, at Radnor by the Rev. Randy Smith. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 23, 1997

WHEELER, Billy Ray, Jr.
1967-1997
Billy Ray Wheeler, Jr., 30, of Margate, FL, died Sunday, Jul 27. Mr. Wheeler was born Jan 5, 1967, in Ashland, a son of Bill Wheeler, Sr., of Grove City, OH and Olivia Diane Hall of Lexington. He was a police officer. Surviving in addition to his parents are 3 daughters, Jessica Wheeler, Sara Wheeler and Lauren Rae Wheeler, all of Versailles, a sister, Trina Davies of Redondo Beach, CA, a brother, Steven Wheeler of Grove City and paternal grandparents, Leonard and Pauline Wheeler of Ashland. The funeral will be conducted Friday, Aug 1 at 1 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Father Pratt and Rev. Edd Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery, Blaine. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 30, 1997

WILLIAMSON, Lora (Thompson)
1915-1997
Lora Williamson, 81, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jul 15 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Ms. Williamson was born Nov 2, 1915 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Marion and Belle Bates Thompson. Surviving are a sister, Thelma Maynard of Louisa, 2 brothers, Ray Thompson of Louisa and Everett Thompson of Mansfield, OH and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jul 17, at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Thompson Cemetery, route 2, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 16, 1997

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BEVINS, Gomer
1921-1997
Gomer Bevins, 76, of Louisa, died Sunday, Aug 17 at his residence. Mr. Bevins was born Aug 13, 1921, in Georges Creek, a son of the late Willie and Martha Jane Castle Bevins. He was also preceded in death by a son, Marcus William Bevins and a daughter, Janet Nadene Bevins. He was a retired mail carrier and truck driver, a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and an United Baptist. Surviving are his wife, Gusta Burchett Bevins, a son, Jeffrey Keith Bevins, and a sister, Kathleen Castle all of Louisa. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Aug 20, today, at 1 p.m. at Locust Grove United Baptist Church at Stambaugh by Elder John G. Pelphrey, Elder J. D. Rice and Elder Lonnie Terry. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery at Blaine. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1997

BOWEN, Troy
1917-1997
Troy Bowen, 80, of Genoa, OH, formerly of Job, died Friday, Aug 22 in St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, OH. Mr. Bowen was born Jul 31, 1917 in Martin County, a son of the late Zattoo and Rosa Bell Bowen. He was retired from Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and a member of the Firemen and Oilers Union. Surviving are a half sister, Mrs. Joshua (Leona) Castle of Columbus, OH, several nieces and nephews and a great niece, Anna Sue Ray, with whom he resided. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Aug 27, today at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bowen Cemetery, Martin County. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1997

CALDWELL, Dova “Dovie” (Kitchen)
1908-1997
Dova “Dovie” Caldwell, 89, of Marysville, OH, died Monday, Aug 4, in Milcrest Nursing Home, after a long illness. Mrs. Caldwell was born Feb 2, 1908, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Cecil and Josephine Moseley Kitchen. She married Dock Caldwell Feb 7, 1925, and he died May 8 1975. She was also preceded in death by 2 sons, Hysel Caldwell in 1973 and Doc Jr. in 1994 and 2 brothers, Hartman and Ballard Kitchen. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Plain City. Surviving are 5 sons, Homer (Susan) Caldwell, Ova Caldwell, Jack (Anita) Caldwell, and Elwood (Ann) Caldwell all of Marysville, and Bobby (Theresa) Caldwell of Mount Victory; 2 daughters, Kay  (George) Whitt of Marysville and Patty Lingrel of Mount Victory; 3 daughters in law, Betty Caldwell, Peggy Bailey and Virginia Sparks, all of Marysville; 28 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Beulah “Butch” (Bob) Booth of Huntington, WV and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Aug 7 at the Mannasmith-Hale Funeral Home by the Rev. Fred Evans. Burial was in Union Township Cemetery in Milford Center. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1997

CRAWFORD, Joe
1918-1997
Joe Crawford, 79, of Louisa, died Sunday, Aug 3 at his residence. Mr. Crawford was born Sep 18, 1918, in Hazard, a son of the late Dan and Martha Crawford. He was retired from Gulf Gas Company and was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are 3 sons, Tony Crawford of Louisa, Chester Crawford of Chapman and Brent Crawford of Huntington, WV, and 5 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Friday, Aug 8 at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens with a military graveside service conducted by members of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post #89 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6103. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

DAVIS, Garnetta Gail
1978-1997
Garnetta Gail Davis, 19, of Lowmansville, died Thursday, Aug 7 in Ashville, NC. Ms. Davis was born Jan 16, 1978, in Louisa, a daughter of Joe Allen Davis and Marcella Harmon Skaggs of Lowmansville. Additional survivors include a step father, Paul R. Skaggs of Lowmansville; maternal grandparents, Gardner and Cora Harmon of Louisa and a brother, Joseph Allen Davis of Lowmansville. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 16 at Chestnut Grove Enterprise Baptist Church by the Rev. Terry Conley. Burial was in Harmon Cemetery in Martin County. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1997

DEMPSEY, Juanita (Gross)
1944-1997
Juanita Gross Dempsey, 53, of Naugatuck, WV, died Friday, Aug 15 at Oil Springs. Mrs. Dempsey was born Apr 6, 1944, in Cincinnati, OH, a daughter of the late Hubert and Mable Gross. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lee Dempsey, one son, Michael Dempsey; and 4 brothers, Donald, Harold, Paul and Hubert Gross. She was a member of The Lords House Community Church at Holden, WV. Surviving are 3 daughters, Violet Duncan of Belo, WV, Kathy Mitchell of Oil Springs, and Ginger Dentro of West Virginia; 3 step children, Ricky Sheppard, and Sandra Sheppard, both of Ragland, WV, and Thelma Flemming of Dingess, WV; 3 sisters, Genova Wagers and Wanda Isaacs, both of Cincinnati, OH and Darleen Williams of Bright, IN; 4 brothers, Ronald, Barney, Rodney and Lonzo Gross, all of Cincinnati; and 5 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 18 at the Faith Outreach Church at Lenore, WV by the Rev. Tommy Canterbury, Rev. Robert Wooten and Rev. Jaquine Ooten. Burial was in Duncan Fork Cemetery at Duncan Fork, WV. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1997

DIXON, Mary Katherine (Foster)
1928-1997
Mary Katherine Dixon, 68, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 11 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Dixon was born Oct 26, 1928 in Lawrence County, a daughter of Viola Kelly Foster of Springfield, OH and the late John Foster. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Freeland Dixon of Louisa, 2 daughters, Sherry Smith of Cordell and Rosalee Griffith of Blaine; a son, Larry Dixon of Louisa; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Minnie Miller and Arizona Bush, both of Springfield, OH, and 2 brothers, Gene Foster of Roseville, OH and David Foster of Piqua, OH. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 14 at 2 p.m. at the residence of Rev. Rick Cordell. Burial will be in Dixon family cemetery. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1997

FOSTER, James Ralph
1923-1997
James Ralph Foster, 74, of Aiken, SC, formerly of Fort Gay, died Saturday, Aug 2, at his home. Mr. Foster was born in 1923 in Crum, WV, a son of the late Thomas Jones and Malinda McGlone Foster. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mary See Foster. He was a retired computer engineer, a member of the First Baptist Church, taught school at Fort Gay High School and worked in the computer industry for 30 years and was a veteran of Army Air Force in World War II. Surviving are a daughter, Mary Lee Foster McQuinn of Aiken, a son, Tom Adin Foster of Aiken, 5 sisters, Ruth Branham of Fort Gay, Alice Crabtree of Kenova, Kathryn Luman of Patriot, OH, Sally Miller of Johnstown, PA and violet Nance of Greenville, NC; a brother, Jack Foster of Fort Gay; and 5 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Aug 6, today, at 11 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Rick Frazier. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hitchcock Rehalitation James Ralph Foster Fund, 690 Medical Park drive, Aiken, SC, 29801. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

HALL, Charlotte Frances (Thompson)
1954-1997
Charlotte Frances Hall, 43, died Wednesday, Aug 13 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Hall was born Feb 26, 1954 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Edgar and Sarah Elizabeth Cox Thompson. She was a member of Richardson Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Charles W. (Buck) Hall of Louisa; 2 sons, Edward Lee Hall of Barboursville, WV, and Kenneth W. Hall of Louisa, 2 sisters, Nora Bell Moore of Charley and Stella F. Burgess of Louisa; 4 brothers, Harvey D. Thompson of London, OH, Graden Thompson of Lowmansville, Levi Thompson of Louisa and Walter Lee Thompson of Tutor Key, and 2 grandsons. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 16 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. William Teems. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery at Charley. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1997

JORDAN, June Olive (Adkins)
1913-1997
June Olive Jordan, 83, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Aug 5 at her home. Mrs. Jordan was born Sep 28, 1913 in Logan County, WV, a daughter of the late John and Cora Marcum Adkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jennings Bryan Jordan in 1965. She was a Baptist. Surviving are 2 daughters, Virginia Phelps of Nashville, TN and Sue Litton of Louisa; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 9, at Young Funeral Home by Gordon Crisp. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1997

JUSTICE, Charles Leslie
1938-1997
Charles Leslie Justice, 59, of Catlettsburg, died Wednesday, Aug 13 in Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Mr. Justice was born Aug 9, 1938 in Pikeville, a son of the late Carl and Martha Ramey Justice. He was a retired self-employed truck driver and a member of Grassland United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Janet Helen Wiley Justice; 3 daughters, Sandra Justice Harper, Cheryl Flaming and Debra Justice, all of Buchanan, 2 sisters, Alberta Bowen of Circleville, OH and Lorena Lamb of Warfield, 3 brothers, John David Justice of Blaine, MI and Bobby Ray Justice and Carl Clayton Justice both of Dandridge, TN and 4 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 16 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Weyman McGuire. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1997

LYONS, Martha Ellen (Edwards)
1931-1997
Martha Ellen Lyons, 66, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 25, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Lyons was born Mar 24, 1931 in Ulysses, a daughter of the late George and Nolda Charles Edwards. She was a retired nurse aide and a member of the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Everett “Ebb” Lyons of Louisa; a son, Everett (Cynthia) Lyons, Jr., of Charley; 2 sisters, Mae Patrick of Sandusky, OH and Murel Castle of Horsepicture; 5 grandchildren, Michelle Dillon, Jessica Lyons, Everett Lyons, III, Robin Lyons, and Rachel Lyons, and a great grandchild, Victoria Dillon. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 28 at 2 p.m. at Charley Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Ronnie Childers and Rev. Jeff Hayes. Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1997

MCCOY, Mary Louise (Hazlett)
1953-1997
Mary Louise Hazlett McCoy, 43, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 25 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. McCoy was born Dec 3, 1953, in Louisa, a daughter of Charles Raymond Hazlett, Sr and Madline Sturgill Hazlett. She was a member of Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Phillip Ray McCoy of Louisa; 2 brothers, Charles Raymond Hazlett, Jr. and Michael Hazlett, both of Louisa and a sister, Debra K. Hazlett of Louisa. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 28 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Doug Kelly. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1997

MOORE, Luther
1914-1997
Luther Moore, 82, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jul 31, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Moore was born Nov 14, 1914 in Gallup, a son of the late Crissley and Minnie Preston Moore. He was a farmer. Surviving are a sister, Emma Lou Lemaster of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Aug 3 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Paul Merryman. Burial was in Peck Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

MOORE, Otto
Otto Moore, 84, of Columbus, OH, died Thursday, Aug 7 at his residence. Mr. Moore was a former letter carrier for the U. S. Postal Service in Kentucky, delivering mail by pack mule, then later retired after many years of service from Marble Cliff Quarry. He was a member of the United Stone and Allied Products of America, Local #23, and the Westside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna. Surviving are a daughter and son in law, Ruth A. and Kenneth Hampton of Columbus; 2 sons, Otto Moore, Jr., of South Vienna, OH, and Gary L. Moore of Alton, OH, grandchildren, Linda and Kenny Hampton, Sheryl Estep and Julianne Moore, great grandchildren, Jacob Estep, Janie, Jennifer and Kenny Hampton, V; a sister, Sarah Moore, nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 11 at Westside Baptist Church, Columbus, with Rev. Charles G. Willeford officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Rutherford Shroyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1997

MULKEY, Blanche (Blythe)
1915-1997
Blanche Mulkey, 81, of Martha, died Friday, Aug 1 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Mulkey was born Dec 20, 1915, in Cains Creek, a daughter of the late Henry and Virgie Wells Blythe. Her husband, Levi Mulkey, also preceded her in death. She had been a member of the Elizabeth Enterprise Baptist Church for 40 years. Surviving is a sister, Mallisa Jane Sparks of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 4 at the Elizabeth Enterprise Baptist Church by the Rev. Roger Jordan and the Rev. Emmett Barker. Burial was in Sturgill Cemetery, Martha. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

PRITT, Edith
1917-1997
Edith Pritt, 80, of Eskdale, died Thursday, Aug 7 in Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital, following an extended illness. Mrs. Pritt was a member of the Kayford Baptist Church and a former store clerk for Carbon Fuel Company. Surviving are 3 daughters, Jo Faye Angel of Charleston, SC, Rebecca Rogers of Edgemoon, SC, and Susan Ann Pritt of Charleston, 3 sons, Rev. Richard Maynard of Fort Gay and Steven Pritt and Jack Pritt, both of Leewood, a sister, Faye Conley of Fort Gay; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 11 at the Pryor Funeral Home at Eastbank by the Rev. Janet Williams and the Rev. Bill Williams. Burial was in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1997

RATCLIFF, Jessie (Lycan)
1916-1997
Jessie Lycan Ratcliff, 81, of Fort Gay, died Sunday, Aug 10 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. Mrs. Ratcliff was born Apr 3, 1916 in Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Goodwin and Ida Meredith Lycan. She was a member of Tabors Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Eastern Star of Wayne and White Shrine of Kenova. Surviving are a daughter, Christina Castle of Huntington, a son, Goodwin Michael Ratcliff of Fort Gay; a brother, Dempsey Lycan of Kenova, WV; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at Young Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, Aug 13, today at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Jeff Lycans. Burial will be in Christian Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1997

RUNYONS, Phyllis Ann (Grace)
1946-1997
Phyllis Ann Runyons, 50, of West Chester, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 4 in Middletown Regional Hospital. Mrs. Runyons was born Sep 15, 1946, a daughter of Marie Sartin of Louisa and the late Lucian Grace. She was a registered nurse at Middletown Regional Hospital. Additional survivors include 2 brothers, Johnny R. Grace of Columbus, OH and Lucian Grace, Jr. of Lexington; a sister, Lula Mae Rose of Sunman, IN, a daughter, Donna Sue Naugle of West Chester, a son, Bryan Leonard Runyons of West Chester; and a grandson, Kyle Thomas Naugle of West Chester. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 7 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

SKAGGS, Larry G.
1948-1997
Larry G. Skaggs, 49, of Sandy Hook, died Sunday, Aug 3, at his home. Mr. Skaggs was born Jan 29, 1948, in Springfield, OH, a son of the late John Henry and Angie Ellen Doolin Skaggs. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Vaughn Skaggs, and 3 half sisters, Minnie Sparks, Edna Hubbard and Okie Skaggs. He was of Baptist faith and a Vietnam Army veteran. Surviving are 2 brothers, Darrell Eugene Skaggs of Columbus, SC and John James Skaggs of Centerburg, OH; 2 sisters, Corilda Lhyon of Houston, TX and Polly Catherine Renner of Millington, TN, a half brother, Luther Skaggs of Springfield, OH, and a half sister, Melissa Edwards of Louisa. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 7 at 1 p.m. at the Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home at Sandy Hook by the Rev. Paul E. Keaton and Rev. Garland Lyon.  Burial will be in Skaggs family cemetery in Lawrence County. Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

SPARKS, Paul, 1928-1997
Paul “Pete” Sparks, of Columbus, OH, died Aug 6, 1997, after a brief illness. Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his uncle and aunt, Dan Sparks and Nettie Sparks Wellman and in laws, Jesse and Mary Kelley, all of Webbville. He was retired from Commercial Motor Freight and the Whitehall Public School System. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Myrtle Kelley Sparks, 4 children, Mary Van Gruny-Romine, Janice (Rick) Reinhold, Paul Sparks, Jr., all of Columbus, and Richard Sparks of Chicago, IL; 2 grandchildren, Lori Van Grundy of Ashland, OH, Ryan Romine of Columbus and 1 great granddaughter, Tara Cousin, William Carl Sparks of Columbus, a sister, Helen Hamilton of Zephyr Hills, FL, sister in law, Betty Wellman-Kitchen of Dayton, OH and numerous Nieces, nephews, and friends. Big Sandy News, Aug 27, 1997

THOMPSON, William Jennings Bryan
1909-1997
William Jennings Bryan Thompson, 87, of Waverly, OH, died Friday, Aug 8 in Pike Community Hospital. Mr. Thompson was born Sep 12, 1909, in Norris, a son of the late Henderson Borders and Julia Ann McKinster Thompson. He was also preceded in death by a son, Henderson Levi Thompson, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was a retired steel worker, railroad and a part time farmer and a member of the McKibban Memorial Church of Christ and Masonic Lodge #321. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Lillian Strettenberger Thompson; 4 sons, Kenneth Edward Thompson, and Williams Delano Thompson both of Waverly, Robert Nolen Thompson of Powell, OH and Dennis Ray Thompson of Lucasville, OH, a daughter, Bonnie Lee (James) E. Magaw of Mt. Vernon, OH; 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 11 at McKibban Memorial Church of Christ by the Rev. Mark Polley and Rev. James E. Magaw. Burial was in Evergreen Union Cemetery. Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly, OH was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 13, 1997

UMSTOT, Vada Gertrude (Watkins)
1907-1997
Vada Gertrude Watkins Umstot, 90, of Glen Hayes, WV, died Tuesday, Aug 12 in Glen Hayes. Mrs. Umstot was born Jan 6, 1907, in Rowlesburg, a daughter of the late Alva and Ida Schaffer Watkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Umstot. She was a member of Silver Creek United Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Dorotha Walker of Glen Hayes and Eloise Noll of Wildwood, FL; 2 sons, Rickie Strawser of Louisa, and Charles Strawser of Rowlesburg; a brother, Roy Watkins of Corning, OH; 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday Aug 14, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev Roy Fluty. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Aug 20, 1997

VANOVER, Mertie (Gilliam)
1906-1997
Mertie Vanover, 91, of Martha, died Wednesday, Jul 30, at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Vanover was born Mar 14, 1906 in Elliott County, a daughter of the late Mart and Mary Gilliam. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Vanover in 1987; 2 sons, Murl and Paul Vanover, 4 brothers, Rufus, Ulysses, Claud and William Gilliam and a sister, Rinda. She was a member of The Old Paint Primitive Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Earl Vanover of Worthington, OH, a daughter, Eva Lee Sheets of Martha, 2 sisters, Anna Mae Skaggs of Marysville, OH and Pearlie Skaggs of Woodstock, OH. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 2 at the Old Paint Church by ministers, Elmo Ferguson, Elmer Burchwell and Jerry Brown. Burial was in Vanover Cemetery. Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home, Sandy Hook was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 6, 1997

WILKS, Joseph Eugene
1949-1997
Joseph Eugene Wilks, 48, of Westwood, died Thursday, Aug 14 at his residence. Mr. Wilks was born Mar 13, 1949, in Webbville, a son of Albert and Shirley Mae Jordan Wilks of Webbville. He was a retired bus driver with Lawrence County schools, a member of Bradley Gap Freewill Baptist Church and an Army veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Zora Mae Quizenberry Wilks, 2 daughters, Glenda Rae Wilks and Shelly Bradley, both of Westwood, 3 sons, Michael Wilks, Shannon Wilks and Sheridan Wilks, all of Westwood; 4 sisters, Geneva Humphrey of Indiana, Hazel Chaffins of Webbville, Ruth Hatfield, of Columbus, OH, and Ruby Leibee of Ashland, 6 brothers, Charles Wilks, Noah Wilks, Donald Wilks, Elisha Wilks, John Wilks and Albert Wilks, Jr., all of Louisa and one grandchild. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Aug 17 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Noah Wilks and Matthew Adams. Burial was in Wilks family cemetery in Webbville with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 89 of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 20, 1997

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BARTRAM, Lea Edith (Palm)
1924-1997
Lea Edith Bartram 73, of Fort Gay, died Sunday, Sep 7 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Bartram was born Jun 10, 1924 in Mansfield, OH, a daughter of the late David Banks and Helen Beatrice Grumbling Palm. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mary Alvirda Webb of Webbville, Julia May Kitts of Fort Gay and Helen Pauletta Peck of Louisa; 6 sons, David Claude Bartram, Daniel Lee Bartram, James R. Bartram and Douglas Earl Bartram all of Fort Gay, William Dale Bartram of Left Hand, WV, and Milton E. Bartram of Orrville, OH, one half sister, Helen Mae Thompson and one half brother, Ralph L. Rand, both of Mansfield, 22 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Sep 9 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Frank Copley and Rev. Lemual Little. Burial was in Copley Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1997

CHARLES, Leona Bell (Howard)
1924-1997
Leona Bell Charles, 74, of Louisa, died Saturday, Sep 20 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Charles was born Apr 23, 1924 in Brushy, a daughter of the late Tommy and Emma Morgan Howard. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Charles in 1981. She attended the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Emma Ellen Skaggs, Hattie Garnet Lowe and Linda Lou Thompson, all of Louisa, a son Thomas Edward Charles, Sr., of Louisa, a step son, I. b. Charles of Lowmansville; 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Sep 23 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Thompson and Rev. Noah Robertson. Burial was in Thompson family cemetery.  Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1997

COMPTON, Glen V.
1923-1997
Glen V. Compton, 74, of Louisa, died Monday, Sep 1 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Compton was born Mar 20, 1923, in Logan, WV, a son of the late W. D. and Laura Vanhorn Compton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Carr Compton in 1984, a daughter, Diana Compton and a son, Mark Compton. He was a retired employee of Monroe Steel Casting Company, Monroe, MI, a World War II Armv veteran and a member of First United Methodist Church, Louisa. Surviving are a son, Glenn Curtis Compton of Louisa, 2 daughters in law, Vickie Compton and Barbara E. (Bobbi) Compton, both of Louisa, 7 sisters, Avis Foley, Edris Fern Short, Maris Lucas, Corlis Barnette, all of Louisa, Inis Freelander of Long Beach, CA, Joy McComas of Cincinnati, OH, and Janis Hayes of Batavia, OH; 4 brothers, Jack Compton, David Compton, and Ned Compton all of Louisa and Nick Compton of Weston, OH; and one grandson Jeffrey Curtis Compton. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Sep 3, today, at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes, Rev. Julian Hammond, and Rev. Don Barnett. Burial will be in Compton Cemetery, Louisa. A military graveside service will be conducted by members of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6103. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 3, 1997

DIAMOND, Elmer
1913-1997
Elmer Diamond, 83, of Louisa, died Sunday, Sep 7 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Diamond was born Oct 8, 1913 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Miles K. and Mollie Young Diamond. He was also preceded in death by a daughter. He was a retired farmer and merchant. Surviving are his wife, Esta Riggs Diamond of Louisa, a sister, Elva Jobe of Louisa, a brother, Eldon Diamond of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Sep 9 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Dean Pittman and Rev. Paul Ray Diamond. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1997

FITZPATRICK, Willie A.
1936-1997
Willie A. Fitzpatrick, 60, of Green Springs, OH, died Tuesday, Sep 9 at his residence. Mr. Fitzpatrick was born Oct 27, 1936, in Louisa, a son of the late Jerry and Bernice VanHoose Fitzpatrick. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Joe and Clifford Fitzpatrick. He was a maintenance worker for Arbor Plastic in Fremont, OH. Surviving are his wife, Shella Patricia Dale Fitzpatrick; 2 daughters, Bernice (Jerry) Phillips and Linda (Jack) Frazier, both of Bellevue, OH; 3 sons, Jerry K. Fitzpatrick of Sycamore, OH, John W. Fitzpatrick and Lowell (Gomer) Fitzpatrick both of Green Springs, 5 sisters, Wanda (Virgil) Boyd, Elizabeth (John) Borders, Frances (Henry)Boyd, and Helen (Fred) Blankenship all of Louisa and Emaline (Frank) Boyd of Marysville, OH; 2 brothers, Jerry Fitzpatrick of Louisa and Loyal Fitzpatrick of Pikeville and 12 grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, Sep 11 at 2 p.m. at Butternut Ridge Cemetery. Mitchell-Auxier Funeral Home, Clyde, OH is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1997

HAY, Ethel F.
1911-1997
Ethel F. Hay, 85, of Williamstown, formerly of Louisa, died Monday, Sep 1 in Grant Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Hay was born Sep 21, 1911 in Elliotsville, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ella Porter Bryant Fraley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burbage Hay. She was a member of the Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church and Eastern Star Lodge #292 Louisa Chapter. Surviving are 2 daughters, Jean Langston of Potomac, MD and Doris Strilka of Union, KY, a sister, Anna Bryant Whitt of Wheelersburg, OH; a brother, Audy Fraley of Dayton, OH, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Sep 4 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Ric Frazier and Rev. Doug Kelly. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 3, 1997

JORDAN, Cecil
1933-1997
Cecil Jordan, 64, of Louisa, died Saturday, Aug 30. Mr. Jordan was born Feb 22, 1933, in Adams, a son of the late Shellie Jordan. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Martha Loar. He was a carpenter. Surviving are 3 sisters, Virginia Little of Fort Gay, Betty Lowe of Versailles, and Carolyn Moore of Louisa; 2 brothers, William Robert Jordan and Elbert Carter, both of Louisa; several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Sep 2 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Loar-Jordan Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 3 1997

KOUNS, Virginia (Queen)
1905-1997
Virginia Kouns, 91, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Aug 26 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. She was born Dec 4, 1905 at Louisa, the daughter of the late Bascome and Maude Unk Queen. Mrs. Kouns was a housewife, and a member of the United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, George Kouns and a nephews, Gene Queen both of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Aug 29 at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Warren Vanover. Burial was in Kouns Cemetery, Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1997

MCCOY, Pearl V. (Cassady)
1911-1997
Pearl V. McCoy, 86, of Inez, died Monday, Sep 15, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. McCoy was born Sep 10, 1911, in Preece, KY, a daughter of the late Garfield and Mary Belle Cornett Cassady. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vernal McCoy in 1992. She was postmistress at Preece. Surviving are 2 daughters, Ruth Young of Obetz, OH and Betty Sue Haughey of Gahanna, OH; a son, Russell McCoy of Inez; a brother, Earl Cassady of Inez; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday, Sep 16 with Trigg McCoy officiating. Burial was in Cornett Cemetery, Coldwater. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1997

PERRY, Lola Dean (McKinney)
1933-1997
Lola Dean Perry, 64, of Louisa, died Sunday, Sep 14 at her residence. Mrs. Perry was born May 30, 1933, in Logan, WV, a daughter of the late Ezra and Vada Meeks McKinney. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, James Orville McKinney and Ezra “Bo Bo” McKinney. Surviving are her husband, William C. “Bill” Perry, of Louisa, a daughter, Vickie Gayle Perry of Louisa; 2 sons, Terry Scott McKinney and William Joseph Perry, both of Louisa, a grandson, James Charles Perry of Louisa; a brother, Terry L. “Pete” McKinney; 3 sisters, Kay Maynard, Rosetta Perry and Leola Hammond, all of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Sep 16 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Dr. James Hayes. Burial was in Maynard Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1997

PHILLIPS, Frances (Hinkle)
1911-1997
Frances Phillips, 85, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Sep 17, in King’s Daughters’ Medical center.  Mrs. Phillips was born Dec 28, 1911, in Pennington Gap, VA, a daughter of the late Anderson and Lottie Coal Hinkle. Her husband, Floyd Phillips, died in 1981. She was a member of Cannonsburg Church of Christ. Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Estep of Elizabeth, TN; 4 sons, Charles Phillips and Gerold Phillips both of Louisa, Roy Phillips of Flint, MI and Selvester Phillips of Columbus, OH; and several grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Sep 20 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by J. W. Holcomb. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1997

PICKRELL, Margie (Hughes)
1920-1997
Margie Hughes Pickrell, 76, of Busseyville, KY, died Monday, Sep 1 at her home. She was born Sep 28, 1920, at Busseyville, the daughter of the late Davis and Emma Curnutte Hughes and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Louisa and the Louise Chapter of O.E.S. Surviving are 3 daughters, Merle Lee Stein, Lynn Heaven, FL, Magalene Ruth Fairchild, of Louisa, and Edith Faye Fuller of Holbrook, AZ; 2 sons, Kenneth Pickrell of Louisa and Jerry Mack Pickrell of Bethel, OH; 3 sisters, Mexie Hughes and Myrtle Meek both of Louisa and Madge Bayes of Springfield, OH; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sep 4 at the Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial was in the Hughes Cemetery at Busseyville. Big Sandy News, Sep 10, 1997

RATCLIFF, Minnie Rose
1944-1997
Minnie Rose Ratcliff, 53, of Crum, WV, died Sunday, Sep 14 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mrs. Ratcliff was born Aug 19, 1944, in Webb, WV, a daughter of Fred and Florence Marie Copley Ratcliff. She was a member of Webb Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Charlene Ratcliff and Eva Ratcliff, both of Webb; 4 sons, Donald Ratcliff, Elmer Ratcliff, Ronnie Ratcliff and Brandon Ratcliff all of Webb, 2 sisters, Jessie Ratcliff of Kermit, WV, and Dicie Bowen of Fort Gay; 4 brothers, Lewis Ratcliff, Lloyd Ratcliff, and Fred Ratcliff, Jr. all of Webb and Lester Ratcliff of Kermit and 5 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday Sep 17, today, at 2 p.m. at Webb Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Kimble Copley. Burial will be in Webb Community Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 17, 1997

WELLMAN, Earle (Kelley)
1913-1997
Earle Wellman, 83, of Louisa died Sunday, sep 21 at her residence. Mrs. Wellman was born Dec 2, 1913 in Belles Trace, KY, a son of the late Alonzo Roscoe and Mary Martha Rigsby Kelley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Proctor Wellman in 1976. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Bobby Wellman of Louisa; a daughter, Jewell Patrick of Louisa, a sister, Murel Wright of Ashland, 2 brothers, Arvil J. Kelley and Alva Glen Kelley, both of Denton, KY. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Sep 24, today, at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home chapel by Rev. Howard Fritz and Rev. Jake McCoy. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 24, 1997

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BALL, Daniel D.
1922-1997
Daniel D. Ball, a local attorney, and one time county judge executive, died Saturday at his home on Lady Washington Street. He was 75. Mr. Ball was born at Fallsburg on Feb 18, 1922, a son of Blaine G. and Martha Short Ball. During his lifetime, Mr.  Ball served both his county and his country, being judge executive, county prosecutor and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Ball attended Ashland Junior College, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor of law degree I 1948. After being admitted to the bar he served Lawrence County as judge from 1950 to 1954 and as county attorney for 24 years. Mr. Ball’s service in World War II earned him the rank of first lieutenant in the United States Air Force and he was a pilot of a B-24 liberator bomber. He was selected to serve in the U.S.A.F  as a secret agent. He has also received a distinguished flying cross, an air medal and 3 oak leaf clusters, an EAME Theater ribbon and 3 oak leaf clusters, a Presidental Citation, a good conduct medal and a victory medal. Mr. Ball is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Wilson Ball of Louisa, 2 daughters, Dana Lou May of West Liberty and Teresa Gail Martorana of Gaithersburg, MD; 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He has 2 sisters, Thelma Roberts and Jacqueline Ball, both of Louisa and 2 brothers, Mont W. Ball of Xenia, OH and Blaine Ball of Louisa. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Louisa. Rev. Ric Frazier conducted the service. Mr. Ball was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Louisa. Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1997

BARKER, Martha (Sparks)
1918-1997
Martha Barker, 79, of Martha, KY, died Monday, Sep 29 at the home of her son, Rev. Emmitt Barker, in Louisa. Mrs. Barker was born in Elliott county, Jun 9, 1918, a daughter of the late Alvin and Permilia Branham Sparks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Barker. Mrs. Barker was a homemaker, a member of the Blaine Order of the Eastern Star #202 and had been a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha for over 50 years. Survivors include 2 sons, Rev. Emmitt and wife, Carol Barker of Louisa and Estill and wife, Mary Barker of Fairchild, OH; 3 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, and a brother, Elmer Sparks of Kettering, OH. The funeral  was conducted Thursday Oct 2, by Elder Claris Adkins and the ministers of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Martha. Pallbearers were Donnie Sturgill, Mike Dotson, Jerry Sparks, Clark Evans, Roger Skaggs, Keith Sturgill and Mark Stevens. Honorary pallbearers were Mont Evans, Jr., Howard Skaggs, Lenny Wheeler, and Andy Wheeler. Burial was in Elliott County Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Elizabeth Baptist Church or Lawrence County Hospice. Lewis and Ferguson Funeral Home of Sandy Hook, KY was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Oct 8, 1997

BARTRAM, Claude
1919-1997
Claude Bartram, 78, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Oct 21 in the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mr. Bartram was born Mar 12, 1919 in Fort Gay, a son of the late Willie and Mary Copley Bartram. He was a former steel mill worker and a Freewill Baptist. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mary A. Webb of Webbville, Helen Peck of Louisa, and Julia Kitts of Fort Gay; 8 sons, David  Bartram, Daniel Bartram, James R. Bartram, and Douglas Bartram, all of Fort Gay, William Dale Bartram of Left Hand, WV, Michael Bartram and Walter Bartram, both Ashland, OH, and Milton E. Bartram of Orville, OH; 2 sisters, Emma Thompson of Fort Gay and Irene Hudson of Frankfort; a brother, Alvis Bartram of Cleveland, OH; 34 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Oct 24, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Everett Maddings and Roy Fluty. Burial was in Copley Cemetery at Trace Branch, WV. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 29,1997

BOYCE, David Lee
1967-1997
David Lee Boyce, 30, of KY 2, died Tuesday, Sep 23 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Boyce was born Feb 16, 1967, in Ashland, a son of Willard and Maudie Sparks Boyce of Catlettsburg. He was a factory worker with Rollyson Aluminum Products. Additional survivors include his wife, Sherry Lynn Boyce, 3 daughters, Evertt Boyce, Tabetha Boyce and Chelsaiy Boyce, all at home; 2 sons, Cody Boyce and Trey Boyce, both at home; 2 sisters, Janice Blankenship and Nora Caudill, both of Catlettsburg; 3 brothers, Willard Boyce, Jr. and Stephen Boyce both of Catlettsburg and Jeff Boyce of Point Pleasant, WV and his paternal grandparents, Simon and Nora Williams of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Sep 26 at Durbin Church of the Nazarene by the Rev. Everett Stevens. Burial was in Harmon Cemetery in Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1997

CARTER, Billy
1906-1997
Billy Carter, 91, of Blaine, KY, died Oct 14 at Blaine. He was born in Lawrence County on Mar 9, 1906, the son of the late James Columbus and Eliza Thompson Carter. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Opal Hackney Carter. Mr. Carter was a farmer and a retired employee of the Lawrence county Road Department and a member of the Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Abrams of South Shore, KY; 2 sons, James Carter and Thomas Carter both of Blaine; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Oct 16 at Cordell Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Rick Cordial and Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial was in Castle Cemetery at Blaine. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1997

CONDRA, Gladys (Preston)
1911-1997
Gladys Condra, 86, of St. Albans, formerly of Louisa, died Monday, Sep 22 in Thomas Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. She was a member of Healing Stream Baptist Church. Surviving are daughters, Dorothy Drenner and Gwen Higginbotham, of St. Albans and Alice Atkinson of Charleston, sisters, Legotha Short of Louisa and Clotine Stewart of Racine, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Sep 24 at Healing Stream Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Nicholas and Rev. Hilda Perry officiating. Burial was in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Big Sandy news, Oct 1, 1997

HAYES, Charles
1933-1997
Charles Hayes, 64, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Lawrence County, KY, died Thursday, Oct 9 in Grant Hospital, Columbus. Mr. Hayes was born Mar 6, 1933 in Webbville, a son of the late Lando and Opal Adkins Hayes. He was a retired machinist and attended Parsons Ave. Church of God, Columbus, OH. Surviving are his wife, Virginia L. Kitchen Hayes, a daughter, Lisa Hayes of Columbus, a son, Steven Hayes of Columbus; 5 sisters, Dora Castle, Hazel Ford, Velma Ball and Sue Hoffman, all of Columbus; and Jewell Sprouse of Webbville and 2 brothers, Vinson Hayes of Circleville, OH and George Hayes of Webbville. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Oct 12 at Webb Chapel Church by the Rev. Gordon Crisp. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

HICKS, Roy Conard
1924-1997
Roy Conard Hicks, 73, of Fort Gay, died Wednesday, Oct 15 in Mariner Health Care in Huntington, WV. Mr. Hicks was born Sep 2, 1924 in Logan. He was a retired coal miner. Surviving are friends, Vivian Hooser and Mack Fetherolf. A graveside service was conducted Friday, Oct 17 at Frasher Cemetery in Fort Gay by the Rev. Mack Fetherolf. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1997

JOHNS, Hiram (Hi), Jr.
1918-1997
Hiram (Hi) Johns, 79, of Louisa, died Friday, Sep 26 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Johns was born Jul 30 1918, a son of the late Hiram Johns, Sr. and Lessia Hall Johns. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Preece Johns. He was a retired electrician, member of IBEW 183 and F & AM Masonic Lodge and a World War II veteran. Surviving are his wife, Clara Henson Johns, of Louisa, a step daughter, Emma Seldomridge of Huntington, WV and one grandson. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Sep 28 at Young funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Doug Kelley. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1997

KAMINSKI, Ersie H. (Justice)
1919-1997
Ersie H. Kaminski, 78, of Louisa, died Thursday, Oct 2 in Omaha, NB. Mrs. Kaminski, was born Jan 11, 1919, in Pike County, KY, a daughter of the late William and Minnie Justice. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Hall and Dr. Henry Kaminski. Surviving are a son and daughter in law, Gary and Kimberly Hall of Omaha; 2 daughters and sons in law, Sue and Ray Smith of Omaha and Judy and Roy Dismuke of Oak Park, GA; one sister, Gladys Williamson of Hilliard, OH; 11 grandchildren, Owen Bird, Joshua and Erica Hall, Michael Shelia and Cheryl Smith, Dwayne Damron, Tony, Robin, Candice and Todd Dismuke and 5 great grandchildren, Erin Evans, Joe Kitchen, Sara and Sherri Welniak, Mikey Smith. The funeral was conducted Oct 6 at Rogers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Mt. View Memory Gardens, Huddy, KY. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1997

KING, Sam
1955-1997
Sam King, 42, of Blaine, died Saturday, Oct 11. Mr. King was born Sep 29, 1955 in Johnson County, a son of the late John M. and Goldie Curtis King. He was a former employee of Ashland Oil Inc. Surviving are his wife, Debbie Jordan King of Blaine; s sons, Rodney King and Jonathan King, both at home, 3 sisters, Mary Jordan of Martha, Martha Whitt of Marysville, OH and Delilah Clay of Springfield, OH; and 5 brothers, James King and David King, both of West Liberty, Johnny King and Joseph King, both of Sunbury, OH and Paul King of Marysville. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Oct 15 at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Bobby Workman and Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

LEMASTER, Teela Lynn
1992-1997
Teela Lynn Lemaster, 5, daughter of Bobby Joe Jr. and Teresa Lynn Lawson Lemaster of Ulysses died Wednesday, Oct 8 in Cabell-Huntington Hospital. She was born Apr 30, 1992 in Paintsville. Additional survivors include 3 brothers, Donald Joe Lemaster, Timmy Lemaster and Matthew Lemaster, all at home; her paternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Lemaster of Louisa; her maternal grandparents, Mayo Lawson of Hammond and Earlene Lawson of Blaine and her paternal great grandmother, Elmina Lovely of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Oct 11 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Kenneth Wright and Terry Conley. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

MOORE, Paul David
1954-1997
Paul David Moore, 42, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Oct 7. Mr. Moore was  born Nov 30 1954 in Martin County, a son of Rebecca Ann Delong of Louisa and the late Charles Kirk. He was a farm laborer. Additional survivors include 2 sisters, Janetta Barfield of Thomasville, GA and Sheila Rae McCullough of Jacksonville, Ark., and 4 brothers, Douglas Arnett, Clinton Delong and Jerry Delong, all of Jacksonville and Denzil Delong of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Oct 9 at Stony Point Baptist Church at Cumberland, VA by the Rev. Bob Phelps. Burial was in Stony Point Cemetery, Cumberland. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

NOE, Walter Daniel
1935-1997
Walter Daniel Noe, 62, of Radnor, WV, died Thursday, Oct 2 at University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mr. Noe was born Feb 13 1935 in Wayne County, WV, a son of Avie Fitzpatrick Noe and the late Martin Luther Noe. He was a retired welder for the Gorman-Rupp Company. Additional survivors include 4 sisters, Hazel Ferguson and Violet Noe, both of Johnstown, OH, Marie Smith of Radnor and Bertha Skeens of Ashland, OH; 2 brothers, Roy E. Noe of Radnor and Franklin D. Noe of Sidney, OH and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Oct 5 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Brother Randy Smith and Johnny Bailey. Burial was in Martin Luther Noe Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 8, 1997

NOFSINGER, Clara Edris (Childers)
1942-1997
Clara Edris Nofsinger, 55, of Strasburg, VA, died Wednesday, October 8 at her home. Mrs. Nofsinger was born August 16, 1942, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Jessie and Julia Davis Childers. She graduated from Louisa High School, class of 1960. She was the manager of the JC Penny styling salon in Winchester and a member of the Salem Church of the brethren, Mauertown. Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Nofsinger; one son, Robert E. Nofsinger of Centerville; three sisters, Ruth Lemaster of Louisa, Ruby Clark of Ocala, FL and Sue Nunamaker of Herndon, VA.  A graveside service was conducted Saturday, October 11 at the Panorama Memorial Gardens with Rev. Richard Carver officiating. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

PACK, Bertha (Sparks)
1905-1997
Bertha Sparks Pack, 92, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Oct 15 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Pack was born Aug 16, 1905 in Richardson, a daughter of the late Mascom and Leona Meade Sparks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucian E. Pack in 1965, and 2 sons, Willie Pack and Ransome Pack. She was a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Russell. Surviving are 7 daughters, Ethel P. Mills and Lorene P. Mills both of Inez, KY, Jean Kelley, Ashville, NC, Wanda Dye, Southgate, MI, Annette Perry, Raceland, KY, Jewell Endicott, Ft. Myers, FL, Eleanor Klaiber, Flatwoods, KY; a son: David Pack, Columbus, OH; 38 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Oct 19 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1997

PARKER, Betty Jane (McKenzie)
1929-1997
Betty Jane Parker, 68, of West Portsmouth, died Wednesday, Sep 24 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Mrs. Parker was born Jul 19, 1929, in Torchlight, a daughter of the late John and Rebecca Rittenberry McKenzie. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles McKenzie and Norman McKenzie, and 2 sisters, Nellie Riffe Ellis and Myrtle Young. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Everette E. Parker, whom she married Oct 14, 1953, in Catlettsburg, a son, John (Lana) Parker; 2 grandchildren, Joslyn and Kenton Parker, all of Marble, NC, 2 brothers, Earl McKenzie of Maumee, OH and Homer McKenzie of Texas, 3 sisters, Ruth Holt of Chillicothe, Ethel Marple of Canal Fulton, OH and Alleyne Shall of Cuyahoga Falls, and close friends, Helen and Arthur Arnold of Marysville, OH. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Sep 27, at Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth, with Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Burial was in Scioto Burial Park. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1997

PRIDEMORE, Willis Ray
1923-1997
Willis Ray Pridemore, 74, of Richardson, died Sunday, Oct 26 in Vencor Hospital, Louisville. Mr. Pridemore was born Jul 26, 1923 in Gallup, a son of the late John and Mae Meade Pridemore. He was retired from the railroad. Surviving are his wife, Betty Maynard Pridemore of Richardson; step mother, Lucille Pridemore of Louisa; 5 daughters, Brenda Wellman, Rita Wellman and Kathy Pridemore all of Louisa; Mary Johnson and Betty Wallace; both of Columbus, OH; 5 sons, Jessie Pridemore of Prichard, WV, Frank Pridemore, Roy Pridemore, Randy Pridemore and Earl Junior Pridemore, all of Louisa; one half brother, Walter Moore of Louisa; 24 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Oct 29, today at 11 a.m. at his residence at Richardson by Brother Albert Horn. Burial will be in Pridemore Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Oct 29, 1997

SAMMONS, Auxier
1907-1997
Auxier (Butch) Sammons, 89, formerly of Glen Hayes, WV, died Sunday, Sep 28. Mr. Sammons was born Sep 29, 1907, in Clifford, a son of the late Lindsey and Minta Williamson Sammons. He was a member of Glen Hayes Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Sammons, a daughter, Nancy Mitchell of Plain City, OH, a brother, Clifford Sammons of Louisa and 2 grandsons. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Oct 2 at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Roy Fluty. Burial will be in Ratcliff Cemetery in Glen Hayes. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1997

SAYLOR, Gurvin
1923-1997
Gurvin Saylor, 74, of Fort Gay, died Tuesday, Oct 7 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Saylor was born Feb 9, 1923 in Paintsville, a son of the late Arthur and Virgie Salyer Saylor. He was a former brakeman with Penn Railroad and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Sarah McKenzie, Saylor, 3 daughters: Alice Spriggs, Beaver, OH, Fay Ann Pratt, Louisa and Maryann Heater, Fort Gay; 2 sons: John Saylor, Pike Co., OH, Paul B. Saylor, Louisa; 16 grandchildren; 1 brother: Grady Saylor, Marengo, OH, 4 sisters: Ducie Saylor, Arizona, Agnes Salyor, Donny Blanton, and Mae Burton all of Urbana, OH. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Oct 11 at Young Funeral Home by Kenneth Wright. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

SPEARS, Effie Mae “Tootie” (Dolen)
1941-1997
Effie Mae “Tootie” Spears, 56, of Proctorville, OH, died Saturday, Sep 27, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mrs. Spears was born Mar 2, 1941, a daughter of Ethel Adkins Dolen and the late Richard Dolen. Additional survivors include her husband, Howard T. Spears, a daughter and son in law, Kimberly Dawn and Danny Guffrida of Cucamonga, CA, a son, Jeffrey Scott Hazlett of  Huntington, a brother and sister in law, Bill and Oleta Dolen of Huntington, a sister, Helen Hazlett of Huntington; 3 stepsons, David Spears and Les Spears both of Huntington, and Shawn Spears of Louisa; 5 grandsons, Nicholas, Samuel, James and Andrew Guffrida of California and Jacob of Huntington; 3 step grandchildren, Michael, Nikki and Tyler Spears of Huntington and 2 very special friends, Barbara Morrison and Judy Meeks. Friends may call from 12 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 1, today, in the Chapel of White Chapel Memorial Gardens. A brief ceremony will follow with the Rev. Joe Dolen officiating. Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1997

SPILLMAN, Lonnie
1921-1997
Lonnie Spillman, 76, of Louisa, died Thursday, Oct 23 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Spillman was born Jan 28, 1921, in Louisa, a son of the late Carl and Effie Spillman. His wife, Dorothy Moore Spillman, preceded him in death. He was a retired night watchman and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are 5 daughters, Kathy Scott and Ruthie Spillman, both of Louisa, Alma Daniels of Seed Tick, Effie Marcum of Stepptown, WV, and Doretha York of Archdale, NC, 2 sons, Lonnie R. Spillman and Arthur Spillman both of Louisa; 2 sisters, Nannie McCormick of  Huntington, WV, and Rutha Adkins of Louisa; 2 brothers, Joseph Spillman and Carl Spillman, both of Ohio, 20 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Oct 25 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Buck Hogston. Burial was in Spillman Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1997

SWORD, John Rueben
1922-1997
John Rueben Sword, 75, of Radnor, died Monday, Oct 13 in Fort Gay. Mr. Sword was born Sep 13, 1922 in Radnor, a son of the late Fred Rick and Ida Mae Damron Sword. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Fredia Katherine Noe Sword in 1987. He was a former conductor on the River Terminal Railroad in Cleveland, OH, a World War II Army veteran, and a member of American Legion and Radnor Church of God. Surviving are a daughter: Beverly Ann Masterson, Cleveland, OH, 3 sons: John L. Sword, Michael D. Sword and Greg Sword all of Cleveland, OH; 3 sisters: Grace Kazee, Fort Gay, Imogene Harless, Kermit, WV and Gertrude DeBoard, Fort Gay; a brother: Tom Sword, Sterling, OH; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  The funeral was conducted Thursday, Oct 16 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. John Simms. Burial was in Sword Cemetery. A military service was conducted by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 22, 1997

WAGNER, Evelyn Lucille (Sprecher)
1910-1997
Evelyn Lucille Wagner, 87, of Michigan, formerly of Huntington, WV, died Saturday, Oct 25 at the Huron County Medical Care Facility. Mrs. Wagner was born Sep 18,1910, in Burlington, OH, a daughter of the late James A. and Mae Walters Specher. She married Major R. Wagner Nov 30, 1929 in Huntington. Mr. Wagner preceded her in death Feb 15, 1967. She was also preceded in death by an infant son and daughter, David and Donna Wagner and one sister, Dorothy Brumfield. She was a member of the Bad Axe Free Methodist church and the Jackson Avenue Church of God, served as Sunday School statistician and was a member of the Women’s Missionary Association. She had lived in the Bad Axe vicinity the past 22 years and was employed at a dress factory and the Cabell County School system as a cook for 7 years. She retired in 1975. Surviving are 2 sons, Lloyd L. Wagner and his wife, Margaret of Huntington and Charles Wagner and his wife, Susan of Bad Axe, MI; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, Oct 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Spring Valley Memory Gardens by Pastor Patrick Elliott. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 29, 1997

WALKER, Larry T.
1925-1997
Larry T. Walker, 71, of Blaine, formerly of Tifton, GA died Tuesday, Sep 30. Mr. Walker was born Nov 1, 1925 in Tampa, FL, a son of the late Steve and Peggy Carson Walker. He was a retired police officer at Tifton,  a member of the Masons, Baptist Church at Florence, SC and a World War Ii veteran of the US Air Force and US Marines. Surviving are 2 daughters, Theresa Walker and Sheri Walker Blackburn, both of Louisa and a granddaughter, LeeAnn Johnson of Florence, SC. The funeral will be conducted Thursday Oct 2 at 1 p.m. at Charley Freewill Baptist Church with Homer Lee Lyons officiating.  A military service will be conducted by members of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6103. Burial will be in Judd Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 1, 1997

WELLMAN, Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Doss)
1928-1997
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wellman, 69, wife of Herbert Wellman, Sr., died Tuesday Oct 7 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Wellman was born Apr 24, 1928, in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of the late Fred Doss, Sr. and Tennie See Doss. She was a member of Spruce Lick Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Elizabeth Bellomy of Kenova, WV, Susie Ratcliff, Penny Cyrus and Harriet Perry, all of Fort Gay, 7 sons, Herbert Wellman, Jr., Jackie Wellman, Melvin Wellman, Doug Wellman, Terry Wellman and Matthew Wellman, all of Fort Gay; and Frank Wellman of Barboursville; 25 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Corene Frazier and Julie Pratt, both of Mansfield, OH, and 6 brothers, David Doss of Mansfield, Roger Doss, Dickie Doss, Eugene Doss and Fred Doss, Jr., all of Fort Gay, and Leonard Doss of Lavalette, WV. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Oct 9 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Mack Ray Cyrus officiating. Burial was in Wellman Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 15, 1997

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AKERS, Emmett
1927-1997
Emmett Akers, 70, of Louisa, died Sunday, Nov 9, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Akers was born Feb 26, 1927 in Floyd County, a son of the late Ardath Hill. He was a World War II veteran. Surviving are 3 sons, Jed Akers, Stephen Akers and Charles Akers, of Owensboro; 2 daughters, Jessie and Ardath of Owensboro; 5 half sisters and one half brother. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1997

BRYANT, Nolda (Borders)
1928-1997
Nolda Borders Bryant, 69, of Ulysses, died Saturday, November 1, 1997 at her home, following an extended illness. Mrs. Bryant was born June 9, 1928, in Ulysses, the daughter of the late Roy Borders and Elta Edwards. She was preceded in death by  two brothers, Roy Jr. and Melvin Anderson Borders; and five sisters, Geneva McGraw, Emogene Powers, Anne Lou Borders, Frances Lemaster and Rebecca Borders.  She was a member of Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Verlin Bryant of Ulysses; five daughters, Elta Jean Cordial and Carolyn Lemaster, both of Ulysses; Wanda Sue Gibson and Judy Oldham, both of Catlettsburg; and Ann Stone of Louisa; two sons, Verlin Bryant, Jr. of Louisa and Lee Roy Bryant of Ulysses; two sisters, Virginia Davis and Freda Brechet, both of Springfield, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted, Wednesday, today,  November 5 at 11 a.m. at the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Francis Rice officiating. Burial will be in the Bryant Cemetery in Ulysses. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

BURCH, Dorothy
1948-1997
Dorothy Lavada Burch, 49, of Adams, KY, died Sunday, Oct 26 at Louisa. Mrs. Burch was born in Wrightsville, GA on Jan 5, 1948, the daughter of Leroy Criswell and the late Berniece Smith Criswell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church. Additional survivors include her husband, Warren Burch of Adams, 6 daughters, Barbara Ann Winston and Darlene Winston, both of Ashland, Ollivene Keaton and Sherry Webb both of Webbville, Carol Parker of Lake Placid, FL and Linda Osborne of Blaine; 2 sons, Richard Prater of Sidney, NB and Harvey Leon Prater, Jr. of Tampa, FL; one brother, Wilfred Criswell of Wrightsville, GA and 25 grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, Oct 30, by Bro. Mike Sparks and Bro. Ralph Cordle at Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church. Burial was in the Burch Cemetery at Brushy, KY. Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

COFFEY, Edith Evelyn (Ball)
1921-1997
Edith Evelyn Coffey, 76, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Oct 28. Mrs. Coffey was born Jan 2, 1921 in Long Branch, a daughter of the late Robert Callahan and Ardilla Belle Vanover Ball. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walden R. Coffey, in 1989; and a daughter, Ada Ruth Coffey Cline. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Linda Layne of Rush; 3 sons, Robert E. Coffey of Deerfield, MI, James E. Coffey of Chelsea, MI and Paul R. Coffey of Louisa; a sister, Elizabeth Ball Coffey of Louisa; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov 1 at Young Funeral Home by Rev. Gordon McCoy and Rev. Roger Alford. Burial was in Paul Coffey Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

COOKSEY, Roland “Bud”
1914-1997
Roland “Bud” Cooksey, 83, of Louisa, died Thursday, Oct 30 in Three Rivers Medical Center, following an extended illness. Mr. Cooksey was born Jul 6, 1914, in Dennis, a son of the late Grant and Patsy Combs Cooksey. He was a housekeeper at Cabell Huntington Hospital and a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Sue Cooksey of Salt Lake City, UT; and a sister, Este Moore of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov 1 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. James A. Hayes and Rev. Venny VanHoose. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

DIXON, Warren L.
1899-1997
Warren Lee Dixon, 97, of  East Fork, died Monday, Oct 27, at his home. Mr. Dixon was born Dec 3, 1899, in Lewis County, KY, the son of the late Robert and Grace Beard Dixon. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Garnett Jordan in 1970. He was a farmer, a former Standard Oil distributor, a dry cleaner in Catlettsburg, director of the Catlettsburg Building and Loan, a member of the First Methodist Church of Catlettsburg, associate member of Garrett Chapel Church, a member of the Elks Lodge 942 and a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Syrilda Miller Dixon; 2 step sons, Harold Miller and David Miller of Louisa, KY, one step daughter, Mary Emily Rahall of Huntington, WV, 2 brothers, Roy S. Dixon and Lenard Dixon, both of Portsmouth, OH, one sister, Edith Hines of Fort Thomas, KY; 4 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted Thursday Oct 30 by Rev. Howard Fritts and Rev. Kate Dilley at Heston Funeral Home. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery.  Donations may be made to Hospice of Louisa or to the Garrett Church, route 4, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

FITZGERALD, Charles William
1930-1997
Charles William Fitzgerald, 67, of Louisa, died Saturday, Nov 1. Mr. Fitzgerald was born Jul 8, 1930 in Louisa, a son of the late Harrison and Bracie Wilson Fitzgerald. He was a construction worker and a member of Cherryville Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Nancy E. Fitzgerald; 3 daughters, Portia L. Murphy and Tammy I. Jackson, both of Louisa and Barbara D. Lowe of Johnson County; 3 sons, Charles Richard Fitzgerald, Norman Allen Fitzgerald and Kelly E. Fitzgerald, all of Louisa; 2 brothers, George E. Fitzgerald of Columbus, OH and James E. Fitzgerald, of Catlettsburg; a sister, Louise Reagan of Gallion, OH; 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Nov 4, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Homer Burchett. Burial was in Myrtle Chapel Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

FRAZIER, Carl D.
1952-1997
Carl D. Frazier, 45, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Nov 18 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Frazier was born Nov 15, 1952 in Louisa, a son of Gussie Frazier of Louisa and the late Richard Frazier. Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Carla Frazier and Gussie Frazier, both of Paintsville, 6 brothers, Elmer Frazier, Donald R. Frazier, Walter C. Frazier, Kenneth Frazier, and Aulta Frazier, all of Louisa, and Burgess Frazier of  Grove City, OH; 2 sisters, Rebecca Shannon and Wilma Shannon both of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Nov 21 at Young Funeral Home by Rev. Kenneth Wright and the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Frazier Cemetery, Five Forks. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1997

GEORGE, Homer
1922-1997
Homer George, 74, of Urbana, OH, died Monday, Nov 17 at his residence. Mr. George was born Dec 22, 1922, at Georges creek, KY, the son of the late Elias and Mary Castle George. He was also preceded in death by 5 half brothers, Jim, Dan, Nath, Elias and Lundie George, 7 half sisters, Grace Beasley, Mary Chandler, May Hall, Vergie Meadows, Madgie Castle, Pearlie Castle and an infant Castle sister. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, did farm work and retired from the Howard Paper Company in 1978. He attended the Mechanicsburg Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Alma Burton George; 4 daughters, Phyllis Engle, Shirlene Turner, Christine Stegner and Carol Forhan; one son, Kenneth George; 6 grandchildren, Shelly Engle Smith, Terry Engle, John Engle, Sean Hitchcock, Kristina Flohr and Jessica N. Forhan; one sister in law, Sophia George of Louisa; 7 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Jesse Walters and Rev. Lucian Mounts on Thursday, Nov 20 at 1 p.m. at the Walter-Schoedinger Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Dale Cemetery. Walter-Schoedinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1997

GRACE, Lois June (Moore)
1950-1997
Lois June Moore Grace, 47, of Lexington, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Nov 6 in Lexington. Mrs. Grace was born Jun 17, 1950, a daughter of Calvin and Nora Belle Moore of Adams. She was a nurse’s aide at Humana Hospital in Lexington and a member of Lexington Baptist Temple. Additional survivors include her husband, Lucian Grace, Jr., 3 step daughters, Jennifer Gibbs of Mt. Sterling and Shaunna Grace and Robyn Russell, both of Melbourne, FL; a brother, Bobby Moore of Louisa; and 2 sisters, Joy Cooley and Judy Mace, both of Prestonsburg. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov 9 in Young Funeral Home Chapel by Earl Smith. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1997

HOGSTON, Robert
1950-1997
Robert “Bob” Dewayne Hogston, 47, of Webbville, died Sunday, Nov 16 at his residence. Mr. Hogston was born Oct 26, 1950 in Cherokee, KY, a son of the late Luther and Vinta Brythe Hogston. He was a heavy equipment operator for O.M.C. in Calhoun, GA and a member of Watterson Community Church. Surviving are his wife, Vicki Hewlett Hogston of Webbville, a daughter, Bobbi Jo Hogston of Fairmount, GA; 3 sons, Michael Edward Hewlett of Fairmount, Luther Curtis Hogston and Richard Warren Hogston both of Webbville, a sister, Cloie Nixon of Calhoun, GA, and 3 brothers, Dewey “Buck” Hogston of Webbville, Arnett Hogston of Blaine, and Lincus Hogston of Fallsburg. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Nov 19, today, at 11 a.m. at Fallsburg Tabernacle Church by the Rev. Ronnie Childers and the Rev. Rick Cordial. Burial will be in Hogston Cemetery, Fallsburg. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1997

HOLLEY, Robert H.
1929-1997
Robert H. Holley, 67, of Louisa, died Friday, Nov 7 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. Mr. Holley was born Nov 25, 1929, a son of the late Elwood and Carmen Holley. He was retired from the Northeast Program in Lawrence County. Surviving are his wife, Jo Ann Robinette Holley, 3 sons, Buck Holley, Leo Holley and Carl Holley, all of Louisa; 6 daughters, Diane Thompson, Barbara Fugitt, Teresa Dunn, Sally Keesee and Virginia Chaffin, all of Louisa and Linda Keene of Fort Gay, WV, a brother, Jim Holley of Logan, OH, a sister, Ruth Woods of Columbus, OH; 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Monday, Nov 10 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Rick Cordial. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1997

JONES, Lillian Jean (Ewing)
1909-1997
Lillian Jean Jones, 88, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Nov 5 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Jones was born Oct 4, 1909, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Fred and Neville Reed Ewing. Surviving are her husband, Curtis S. Jones, a daughter, Anna Jean Atkinson of Louisa; 2 sons, Fred Jones and Bill Jones, both of Louisa; a sister, Helen Katherine Sullivan of Englishtown, NJ; 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday Nov 7 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. James A. Hayes, the Rev. Dick Maynard and the Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1997

JUSTICE, Georgia Mae (Salyers)
1920-1997
Georgia Mae Justice, 77, of Blaine, died Tuesday, Nov 4 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Mrs. Justice was born Apr 10, 1920, in Pollard, a daughter of the late Roy Lee and Carrie B. Edwards Salyers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Sherman Justice in 1985. Surviving are a daughter, Carrie M. Anderson of Columbus, OH, a son, Roy H. Justice of Columbus; 2 sisters, Edna Clark of Columbus and Loraine Spears of Blaine; 3 brothers, Vernon Salyers and Kenneth Salyers, both of Columbus and Quentin Salyers, of Grove City, OH; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Nov 6, at Blaine Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Roger Ross and the Rev. Billy Salyer. Burial was in Wheeler Cemetery in Blaine. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Nov 12, 1997

LESTER, Rosemary
1938-1997
Dr. Rosemary Lester, 58, of Warminster, PA, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday, Oct 28 in Warminster. Mrs. Lester was born Nov 4, 1938 in West Virginia, a daughter of Shirley Rose Lester of Louisa and the late Dr. Hobart Lester. Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Anne Alstott of New Haven, CT and Jane Alstott of Los Angeles, CA. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov 1 at Wilson Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 5, 1997

MAXIE, Woodrow
1925-1997
Woodrow Maxie, 72, of Louisa, died Friday, Nov 21, at his home. Mr. Maxie was born Jul 17, 1925, in Martha, a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Sarah Alice Barker Maxie. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Avery Buel Maxie. He was a former heavy equipment operator with Addington Inc. and a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Imogene R. Maxie, 2 daughters, Avis Jane Morgan of Louisa and Avalee Joan Adkins of Dehue, WV, 3 sons, Anthony Woodrow Maxie and Alex Buford Maxie, both of Martha and Alger Ray Maxie of Louisa, a sister, Hattie Cassidy of Mazie; 2 brothers, Clyde Maxie of Martha and Ben Maxie of Mazie; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov 23 at Elizabeth Baptist Church by Emmett Barker and Kenneth Sturgill. Burial was in Maxie Cemetery in Cam Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1997

MCKENZIE, Lydia Bell (Burton)
1907-1997
Lydia Bell McKenzie, 90, of Blaine, died Monday, November 24, 1997 at the home of her son, Jesse McKenzie of St. Albans, West Virginia. Mrs. McKenzie was born July 21, 1907, in Blaine, a daughter of the late David and Rosa Salyers Burton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oak McKenzie in 1992. She was a member of Old Hood United Baptist Church. Additional survivors include, a son, Albert McKenzie of South Charleston, West Virginia; a sister, Irene Burdette of South Charleston; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, November 26 (today) at 1:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Marvin Sparks Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Big Sandy News, Wednesday November 26, 1997

NOE, Fred
1913-1997
Fred Noe, 83, of Cedar Heights, Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday, Nov 19 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Noe was born Dec 1, 1913 in Radnor, WV, a son of the late John S. and Ida Pratt Noe. He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Gracie Hampton, Louary Parsley and Nannie Baker and 2 brothers, Pat and S. B. Noe. He was a self-employed farmer and a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Louise Hill; 2 sons, Jim and Doug Noe, both of Fort Gay, 2 granddaughters, Kimberly Ann Noe of Huntington and Jennifer Noe Hillman of Fort Gay; one grandson, Jonathan D. Noe of Fort Gay; one great grandson, Andrew Hillman of Fort Gay; 2 brothers, Raymond Noe of Orlando, FL and Nebert Noe of Shelbyville, TN; one sister, Tennie Christian of Ceredo, WV and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Friday, Nov 21 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Maynard and Brother Kenneth Wright. Burial was in Noe family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1997

PHILLIPS, Anna Mae (Ferguson)
1913-1997
Anna Mae Phillips, 84, of Martha, died Wednesday, Nov 12 at St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead, KY. She was born May 9, 1913, in Elliott County, the daughter of the late Lewis E. and Mary Bays Ferguson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Cecil Phillips, Sr.; 2 sons, Herbert and Hobert Phillips and 4 grandchildren. She was a retired postmaster and of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include one son, James Cecil Phillips, Jr., of Martha; 3 daughters, Charolene Phillips of Sandy Hook, Carol Jean Lewis of Martha and Mary Karen Skaggs of Isonville; a brother, Curt Ferguson and a sister, Faye Whitley both of Sandy Hook; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov15 at the Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha by the Revs. Emmitt Barker, Cork Sturgill and Richard Barker. Burial was in the Phillips family cemetery. Donations may be made to Elizabeth Baptist Church, Martha. Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home Inc, Sandy Hook was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1997

PREECE, Charles Osborne
1928-1997
Charles Osborne Preece, 68, of Dayton, OH, died Sunday, Nov 16 at Dayton VA Medical Center. Mr. Preece was born Aug 24, 1929, in Peach Orchard, KY, a son of the late Uriah and Pearl Borders Preece. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the V F W.  A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Nov 18 at Preece Cemetery, Louisa. Surviving are two sons, Charles Preece and  Corky Preece, both of Columbus, OH; five sisters, Fannie Mae Meek and Glenda Leah Chenoweth, both of Columbus, Lena Victoria Hunter of Woodstock, GA, Gwendolyn Nadine Hall of New Whiteland, IN and Nellie Preston of Hamilton, OH; a brother Claude Arthur Preece of Metarie, LA and several grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 19, 1997

PRINCE, Bertha J. (Adams)
1944-1997
Bertha J. Prince, 53, of Adams, died Sunday, Nov 9, at her residence. Mrs. Prince was born Jul 22, 1944 in Adams, a daughter of Thelma Payne Adams and the late Albert Adams. She was a Freewill Baptist. Additional survivors include her husband, Wilson Lee Prince, mother: Thelma Payne Adams, Mays Lick, KY; a daughter: Connie Carter, Louisa, a son: Wilson Lee Prince, Jr., Adams; 2 sisters: Joyce Priode, Louisa and Dorothy Hayes, Jonesboro, TN; 5 brothers: Jr. Adams, Mays Lick, KY, Fred Adams, Columbus, OH, Donald Adams, Louisa, Ronnie Adams, Webbville, James Adams, Mays Lick, KY; 3 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Nov 12, today, at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial will be in Prince Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1997

SKAGGS, Ruth (Cantrell)
1921-1997
Ruth Skaggs, 76, of Columbus, OH, died Tuesday, Nov 4. Mrs. Skaggs was born on Sep 14, 1921 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Hubert and Nancy Berry Cantrell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ben Skaggs on May 23, 1980; a sister, Shirley and a brother, Marvin. She was a cook at Florentine Restaurant. Surviving are 2 sons, Arbie J. Skaggs of Grove City and Danny Skaggs of West Jefferson, 4 daughters, Sue Barker of West Jefferson, Linda Amburgey of Columbus, Brenda Dials of Tampa, FL and Kimberly Skaggs of Grove City; 3 sisters, Elva Elder of Columbus, Audrey Sparks of Portsmouth and Verlissa VanHoose of Nippa, KY; 3 brothers, Fred Cantrell of West Jefferson, Orville Cantrell and James Cantrell, both of Plain City; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov 8 by Rev. Fred Kinne at the Rader-McDonald Funeral Home in West Jefferson. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery, Galloway, OH. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH, 43221. Rader-McDonald Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 12, 1997

THOMPSON, Mildred (Fraley)
1929-1997
Mildred Marie Thompson, 67, of Ashville, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Nov 20 in Americare Health Care Center in Ashville. Mrs. Thompson was born Dec 29, 1929 in South Charleston, OH, a daughter of the late Coney and Maggie Travis Fraley. Her husband, Bradley Thompson, died in 1994. She was a member of Millport Chapel Church and the Mary Emily Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 5 daughters, Dixie Burchett of Sciotoville, OH, Cathy Ramey and Diane Love, both of Louisa, Debbie Patrick of Ashland, and Margaret Moore of Mansfield, OH; 2 sons, Robert Thompson and Larry Thompson, both of Ashville; 2 sisters, Edna Brown and Ruth Helms, both of Urbana, OH, 5 brothers, Raymond Fraley of Louisa and Jimmy Fraley, Don Fraley, Herbert Fraley and Clyde Fraley, all of Urbana and Clyde Fraley of Urbana, OH; 21 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov 23 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Ervin Kirk, the Rev. Roger Jordan and the Rev. Mike Cordle. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1997

WILSON, Marie (Webb)
1907-1997
Marie Webb Wilson, 90, a 65 year resident of High Bottom, Louisa, died Wednesday, Nov 19 at her home. Mrs. Wilson was born Feb 1, 1907 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Millard and Gertrude Webb. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jay Wilson in 1958, and 2 daughters, Dorothy Louise Wilson and Ina Wilson Lambert. Surviving are 6 daughters, Frances Chapman, Phyllis Waller and Linda Hardin, all of Louisa, Thelma Van Zant of Xenia, OH, Tennie Carolyn Lemaster of Fairborn, OH, and Phoeba Fannin of Lucasville, OH; a son, Robert Woodrow Wilson of Allons, TN; 4 sisters, Thelma Borders and Hazel Creasey, both of Las Vegas, NV, Garnette O’Daniel of Catlettsburg and Gladys Mullins of Flatwoods; a brother, Leon Webb of Louisa; 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov 23 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Venny Vanhoose and Dr. James A. Hayes and grandson, Scott VanZant. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 26, 1997

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ADKINS, Robert G.
1917-1997
Robert G. “Bob” Adkins, 80, of Point Pleasant, WV, died Saturday, Dec 6 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant. Mr. Adkins was born Feb 7,1 917, at Letart, WV, a son of the late John Thomas and Ina Mae Fry Adkins. He was also preceded in death by 5 brothers, Clarence Adkins, William “Boone” Adkins, Carl “Babe” Adkins, George “Gravy” Adkins and Virgil “Tater” Adkins, and a sister, Virginia Holland. He was a Mason County football legend, civic leader and educator, and was well known in the state of West Virginia for his football career at Marshall University and with the National Championship Green Bay Packers. He was a 1936 graduate of Point Pleasant High School, a 1940 graduate of Marshall University where he excelled in four years of football and was a member of the undefeated 1937 Thundering Herd team that won the Buckeye Conference. He was a charter member of the Marshall University Football Hall of Fame. He went on to play 5 years with the National Championship Green Bay Packers, under Coach “Curley” Lambeau. He also served in the U. S. Army during World War II, in the South Pacific and was a former head coach and teacher at Point Pleasant High School. He served as a member of the Mason County Board of Education for 18 years and retired from Foote Mineral in New Have, WV. He was a member of the American Legion, Mason County Post 23, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 731, Point Pleasant; and Hidden Valley Country Club. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Point Pleasant. Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane Vansickle Adkins; 4 daughters, Janet Garrison of Auburndale, FL, Juanita Riffle of Point Pleasant, Barbara Wallis of Louisa and Brenda West of Crown City, OH; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 9 at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, by the Rev. Louisa A. Hussell and Rev. Donald Johnson. Burial was in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

BEVINS, Grovie Gene
1926-1997
Grovie Gene Bevins, 71, of Versailles, died Sunday, December 7 at the Hospital. Mr. Bevins was born March 21, 1926, in Louisa, a son of the late Grover C. and Bessie Preston Bevins.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise English Bevins in 1980.  He was a retired trucking contractor and a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in World War II in the Asiatic Pacific.  He was also a member of the Disabled Veteran of America, Richardson Lodge #699 F & AM, a 32 Degree Mason at the Lexington Consistory, a Shriner and member of the Oleika Temple, and a Kentucky Colonel. Surviving are a brother, Bobby Bevins of Louisa, and a very close friend, Darlene Merritt English of Versailles. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, December 11 at Young Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Willie Gene Hayes officiating. Burial was in the Bevins Family Cemetery.

BLEVINS, Farrell Hobson
1926-1997
Farrell Hobson Blevins, 70, of Webbville, died Wednesday, Dec 3 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Blevins was born Dec 10, 1926 in Elliott County, a son of Vesta Creech of Blaine Trace and the late Hobson Blevins. He was a retired crane operator with Capitol Tunneling in Columbus, OH, attended Freewill Baptist Church, was a member of Jake Rice Masonic Lodge, Operating Engineers Local 18 of Columbus and Laborers Local 1445 of Catlettsburg and a World War II Navy veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Juanita Kelley Blevins, 4 daughters, Charlene Williams, Connie Sammons, Matilda Hewlett, and Diane Martin, all of Louisa; 2 sons, Thomas Farrell Blevins of Louisa and Henry Ellis Blevins of Webbville; a sister, Bonnie Pack of Blaine Trace; 3 brothers, Lloyd Blevins and Darrell “Tiny” Blevins, both of Blaine Trace and Raymond Blevins of Blaine and 12 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Dec 6 at Young Funeral Home by David Boggs. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Ward Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. A Masonic service was held. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1997

BOWENS, Louise (Meade)
1928-1997
Louise Bowens, 69 of Columbus, OH, died Saturday, Dec 20 in Park Medical Center, Columbus. Mrs. Bowens was born Oct 11, 1928 in Webb, WV, a daughter of the late Luther and Ada Copley Meade. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Bowens. She was a member of Lockbourne Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 sisters, Lorene Perry and Janie Salyers, both of Columbus, OH, 2 brothers, Walter Meade and Eugene Meade, both of Columbus, and a sister in law, Berta Delarino of Columbus. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, Dec 24, today, at Webb Community Church. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

BRYANT, Willie
1915-1997
Willie Bryant, 82, of Sandusky, OH, died Wednesday, Dec 17 at his home. Mr. Bryant was born Oct 19, 1915 in Cordell, KY, a son of the late Jay and Nora Young Bryant. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Arrington in 1990, a sister, Ethel Barker and a brother, James. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from the Diamond Fertilizer Company. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Doris) Crittenden of Douglasville, GA; 4 sons, Ralph H. Bryant of Sandusky, Mitchell L. Bryant of Lathia Springs, GA, and William L. Bryant of Douglasville, and Michael L. Bryant of Sandusky; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one brother, Fred Bryant of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Dec 20 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Leonard Little and Michael Cordle. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

BUCHANAN, Harvey
1941-1997
Harvey M. Buchanan, 56, of London, OH, died Saturday, Dec 20 in Mount Carmel West Medical Center. Mr. Buchanan was born Jan 22, 1941 in London, a son of Margaret Elizabeth Carpenter Buchanan and the late Seymore Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister. He was employed at Core Material Corporation, was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles London Aerie #950, where he was currently serving on the Board of trustees, member of the American Legion Post #105, London, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Ward Post #1176. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Judy Caudill Buchanan; a daughter and son in law, Kerri and Tim Dicken of London, a son and daughter in law, Richie and Teresa Buchanan; a step father, Lloyd Stonerock of Florida; stepdaughters, and sons in law, Laura and Steve Roberts and Amy and Jim Hoose, all of Louisa and Megan J. Smith at home; a step son, Keith Smith ofLouisa and grandchildren, Josh and Krystal Dicken, Tyler and Kylee Buchanan and step  grandchildren, Morgan and Miranda Roberts. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 23 at Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home, London. Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home, London was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

CANTRELL, Charles Whipple
1935-1997
Charles Whipple Cantrell, 62, of Louisa, died Saturday, Dec 20. Mr. Cantrell was born Sep 3, 1935 in Sandlick, KY, a son of the late John Ed and Madge Elswick Cantrell. He was a painter and member of Spencer Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Evalena Rentora Faye Hayes Cantrell of Louisa; a daughter, Gloria Faye Wilks of Webbville; 2 sons, Timothy Charles Cantrell and Gary Kennedy Cantrell, both of Louisa; a sister, Judy Hamilton of Fairborn, OH, a brother, Cove Cantrell of Louisa; a half sister, Nettie Cordle of Columbus, OH; a step sister, Vera Herring of Michigan; 2 half brothers, Joe Cantrell of Paintsville and Tom Cantrell of Michigan; a step brother, Charles Cockern of Columbus; 3 grandchildren and one step grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Dec 24, today, at Young Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Roger Jordan and Rev. Ronnie Childers. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

CARTER, Marie (Lambert)
Marie L. Carter, 81, of St. Cloud, FL, formerly of Lawrence County, died Monday, Nov 24 in St. Cloud Hospital. Mrs. Carter was the daughter of Allen and Rosa Moore Lambert. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Chester Carter. She was an Avon representative and a Baptist. Surviving are a son, Paul Carter of Coppermill, TN; 2 daughters, Dorothy Whittington of Liberty, Miss., and Ruth Davis of Kissimmee, FL; 2 brothers, John H. Lambert of  Wurtland, KY and James C. Lambert of Wilmington, OH; a sister, Mary Moore of Louisa; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Wednesday Nov 26 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon, FL. Burial was in Sunset Memory Garden, Tampa, FL. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1997

CHAFIN, Ernest
1942-1997
Ernest Chafin, 55, of Louisa, died Monday, Dec 8 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Chafin was born Apr 10, 1942, at Nolan, WV, a son of the late Frank and Alice Lucas Chafin. Surviving are his wife, Thelma Sartin; 6 sons, Roy Jude and Daniel Ray Chafin, both of Louisa, Ernest James, Robert and Jeffery Chafin, all of Pike County; 2 daughters, Sheila Manard and Pam Chafin, both of Pikeville and 5 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Dec 11 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. William Teems. Burial was in Fluty Lick Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

CORNWELL, Gary L.
1943-1997
Gary L. Cornwell, 54, of Catlettsburg, died Monday, Dec 29. Mr. Cornwell was born Feb 18, 1943, in Lawrence county, a son of Belva Bryant Cornwell Tapp and the late Gilbert Cornwell. He was a route salesman for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Franklin Furnace, OH and a member of Clarence Fields 76 of American Legion. Additional survivors include his wife, Faye Stewart Cornwell of Catlettsburg, step father, James Tapp of Catlettsburg; 4 sons, Gary D. “Punkin” Cornwell of Catlettsburg, John Ed Cornwell of Flatwoods, Daniel Cornwell and
Garry “June Bug” Cornwell, Jr. both of Ashland, 4 daughters, Tammy Pendleton and Lee Anna Nelson, both of Catlettsburg, Susan Cornwell and Brittani Cornwell both at home; 2 brothers, Robert Cornwell and Charles Cornwell both of Catlettsburg, a sister, Sue Rakes of Catlettsburg and 7 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jan 1 at 1 p.m. at Lazear Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. John Walters and Brother Dan Wallace. Burial will be in Bash Cemetery, Catlettsburg. Lazear Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1997

CYRUS, Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Zornes)
1902-1997
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Z. Cyrus, 95, of Fort Gay, died Thursday, Dec 11 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Cyrus was born Mar 15, 1902, in Flat Branch, a daughter of the late Jerry and Nancy Jane Bowe Zornes. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Cyrus in 1973 and a son, Willie Cyrus. She was a member of Oak Grove Methodist Church. Surviving are 4 daughters, Louisa Hutchins, Lutie Copley and Florida Pauley, all of Fort Gay and Lucy White of North Ridgeville, OH; 4 sons, James Cyrus of Cleveland, OH, Charlie Cyrus and Jay Cyrus both of Mansfield, OH, and Arlin Cyrus of Fort Gay; one brother, Fred Zornes of Delbarton, 27 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Dec 14 at Young Funeral Home with the Rev. John Simms. Burial was in Cyrus family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

DEREFIELD, Tommy
1947-1997
Tommy Derefield, 51, of Louisa, died Sunday, Dec 28. Mr. Derefield was born Dec 26, 1946 at Irish Creek, a son of the late Mont and Osie Young Derefield. He was a member of the Masons F & AM Lodge #626. Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances Derefield, 2 daughters: Machelle Stratton and Sherry Mosley both of Louisa; a son: Tommy Darrell Derefield, Louisa; 4 sisters: Betty Jo Campbell and Norma Jean Fannin both of Columbus, Carolyn Sue Adams, Flemingsburg, OH, Brenda Kay Hinds, Columbus; 3 brothers: Carl E. Derefield, Sunbury, OH, Mont Derefield, Columbus, William E. Derefield, Blaine, KY; 2 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Dec 31, today, at 11 a.m. at Watterson Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Dewey Hogston. Burial will be in Derefield Cemetery.  Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1997

GEORGE, Charlie
1905-1997
Charlie George, 92, of Jeffersonville, died Saturday, Dec 20 in Mary Chiles Hospital, Mt. Sterling. Mr. George was born Apr 13, 1905 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Eliase and Fannie Lemaster George. He was also preceded in death by a son, Earl George; a brother and a sister. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Ethel Webb George; a daughter, Edith Wells of Franklin, OH; 5 sons, Glenn George of Mt. Sterling, Chester George of Orlando, FL, Kenneth, Oscar and Morris George, all of Jeffersonville; 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 23 at Herald & Stewart Home for  Funerals. Burial was in Machpelah Cemetery. Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals Inc was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

KITCHEN, James Kennith
Lt. Col. James Kennith Kitchen, U. S. Army (retired), 78, of Hopewell, VA died Sunday, Nov 30. Mr. Kitchen was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kitchen of Dennis, KY. He served his country valiantly during both World War II and the Korean Conflict and was the recipient of the Bronze Star along with numerous other medals. He retired from both the U. S. Army and the Defense General Supply Center in Richmond, VA. Surviving are his wife, Irene Thompson Kitchen; a son, James Dale Kitchen, and daughter in law, Ruth Taylor Kitchen of South Boston, VA; 2 grandchildren, Kaitlin Rondolph Kitchen and James Cody Kitchen of South Boston. The funeral was conducted, Wednesday, Dec 3 in the Memorial Chapel at Fort Lee, VA. Burial with military honors was conducted in Southlawn Memorial Park in Prince George, VA. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

KOUNS, George
1906-1997
George Kouns, 91, of Louisa, died Sunday, Dec 14, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Kouns was born Oct 10, 1906 in Boyd County, a son of the late Theodore and Loula Kouns. He was  also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Kouns. He was retired from Armco of Ashland and a member of the United Methodist Church. Surviving are one son, Gene Queen of Louisa; one brother, Theodore Kouns of Columbus, OH, and 2 sisters, Haley Stirr and Mary Ester Diamond both of Catlettsburg. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Dec 17 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Howard Fritts. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

LEMASTER, Lundy
1901-1997
Lundy L. Lemaster, 96, of Louisa, died Friday, Dec 26. Mr. Lemaster was born Apr 6, 1901, in Lawrence County, a son of James Harvey and Fannie Almonda Kimbleton Lemaster. His wife, Dixie Prince Lemaster, died in 1984. He was a retired farmer and a United Baptist. Surviving are 2 daughters: Alma Etta Marcum, Louisa and Sadie Littleton, Mansfield, OH; 6 sons: Paul Lemaster and J. R. Lemaster both of Columbus, OH, Glen Lemaster, Harold Lemaster, James Lemaster all of Louisa, Bill Lemaster of Lakeland, FL; 33 grandchildren, several great grandchildren. The funeral was conduced Sunday, Dec 28 at Young Funeral Home. Burial was in Lemaster Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1997

MCGUIRE, Fonnie (Weddington)
1923-1997
Fonnie McGuire, 74, of Prichard, WV, died Thursday, Dec 11 at her home. Mrs. McGuire was born Aug 28, 1923 in Pikeville, a daughter of the late Don and Laura Blankenship Weddington. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ballard, in 1981. She was a member of Little Hurricane Baptist Church, Prichard, and was an airplane worker at Ford Motor Company. Surviving are 3 daughters, Dianna Blevins of Prichard, Glenda Stearns of Holt, MI, and Theresa Turner of Fort Gay; 3 sons, James McGuire of Prichard, Ballard McGuire of Holt and Gary McGuire of Kenova, WV; one foster son, Vernon Adkins of Bath, MI; 19 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 5 sisters, Magaline Edmonds, Maxie Tibbs and Bonnie Edmonds, all of Pikeville, Ellen Compton and Alma Ratliff, both of Scottsmore, FL; and one special nephew, Doug O’Bryan of South Gate, MI. The funeral was conducted Monday, Dec 15 at Little Hurricane Baptist Church by the Rev. John Cavins. Burial was in McGuire family cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

MILLER, Charles Wayne
Charles Wayne Miller, 75, of Columbus, OH, died Tuesday, Dec 9 at Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Columbus. Mr. Miller was the son of the late Noah and Olive Miller. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Noah, David and James Miller and grandparents, James P. and Laura Shannon. He owned and operated barber and styling shops for 38 years and served in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He was also an amateur radio operator and member of West Gate Lodge #623 F & AM. Surviving are his wife, Winifred (Wendy) Miller, a sister, Mary (Bob) Leonard, a sister in lawn, Mildred Miller, nephews, Jim (Rita), Mark Miller and David Leonard, nieces, Kathy (Scott) Brown and Debbie (Wade) Hugh, 12 great nieces and nephews, and mother in law, Joan Bolton age 101. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Dec 13 at Jerry Spears  Funeral Home, Columbus, OH with Rev. Willie Gene Hayes officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Jerry Spears Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

MOORE, Juanita (Conley)
1930-1997
Juanita Conley Moore, 67, of Anaheim, CA, died Wednesday, Nov 19 in Anaheim. Mrs. Moore was born May 9, 1930, in Kentucky, a daughter of the late Walter and Liz Conley of Columbus, OH. Surviving are her husband, Monroe Moore, formerly of Abb Creek in Lawrence County, a son, James Walter Moore of Anaheim, a daughter, Lois Ann Shauffer of Niceville, FL; a sister, Violet Cramer of California; 3 grandchildren and one great grandson. The funeral was conducted Nov 22 at McAulay and Wallace Chapel, Fullerton, CA by the Rev. Cliff Samson. Burial was in Lama Vistal Memorial Park, Fullerton. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

PACK, Ova
1933-1997
Ova Pack, 64, of South Point, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Wednesday, Dec 10 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. Mr. Pack was born Aug 8, 1933 in Martin County, a son of the late Acie and Eliza Marcum Pack. He attended Elizabeth Regular Baptist Church and was retired from CSX Railroad. Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Castle Pack of South Point, 2 daughters, Wanda (Richard) Parsley of Greenup and Marsha (Tim) Calvert of Columbus, OH, 3 sisters, Shelvie Crum of Louisa, Bertha Savage of Yatesville and Linda Pack of Junction City, OH; 4 brothers, Freelin Pack, Ted Pack, Arthur Pack and Melvin Pack, all of Louisa; and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conduced Saturday, Dec 13 at Elizabeth Regular Baptist Church with Brother Tommy Dials, Brother Sebert Nichols and Brother Wayne Harold officiating. Burial was in Castle Cemetery, Fort Gay, WV. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17,1997

PENNINGTON, Ernest
1920-1997
Ernest Pennington, 77, of Kingston, died Wednesday, Dec 3 while visiting in Florida. Mr. Pennington was born Sep 18, 1920, in Louisa, a son of the late Oscar and Vergie Cooksey Pennington. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice Hartranft Pennington in 1987, and 2 brothers, Willard and Clyde. He worked at the Pickaway County Children’s Home, Berger Hospital and was a World War II POW Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Anne VanHorn Pennington, 2 daughters, Mary (Kenneth) Williams, of Circleville and Lake Alfred, FL and Maxine (Robert) Vince of Naples, FL; a brother, Walter Pennington of Greenfield; 3 sisters, twin sister, Myrtle (Howard) Beavers, of Kingston, Elizabeth Allman of Frankfort and Bertha Mae (Glen) Blevins of Louisa; grandchildren, Shannon (Jeff) Lewis of Germany, Dan (Sandra) Hosler of Pinckney, MI, Marcy Hosler of Circleville, Kimberly Chesser and Robert Vince both of Naples, FL; 5 great grandchildren, 8 step children, 8 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Sunday, Dec 7 at Hill Funeral Home, Kingston, OH, with Rev. Jim Pollard officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Circleville with military honors. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

PETERS, Jarret A., Jr.
1927-1997
Jarret A. Peters, Jr., 70, of Huntington, WV, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Dec 14 in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Peters was born Nov 4, 1927, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Jarret Peters, Sr., and Jewell Damron Peters. He was the retired owner of Louisa Reality and Insurance, retired from the U. S. Postal Service, a deacon at First Baptist Church, Louisa and former Sunday school superintendent and teacher. He was a member of Apperson 195 F & AM, Royal Arch Mason #95, York Rite Bodies of Ashland, Scottish Rite, Covington, KY, Odd Fellows, El Hasa Shrine, Order of Eastern Star 292, past president and secretary Louisa Rotary Club, Lawrence County Democrat Club, Trustee Yatesville Memorial Gardens, member VFW Post 6103 and a Kentucky Colonel. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Fizer Peters of Huntington, a son, Bill Peters, of Huntington, 3 grandchildren, Kori, Lindsey and Jessica and a sister. Claudine Dimtroff of Del Ray Beach, FL. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Dec 17, today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Louisa, by the Rev. W. A. Ferguson and Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Masonic rites were held Tuesday, Dec 16 at the funeral home. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

PREECE, Gladys (Johnson)
1906-1997
Gladys Preece, 91, of Louisa, died Saturday, Dec 13 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Preece was born Jun 19, 1906, in Inez, a daughter of the late U.G. and Julia Stepp Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, W. H. Preece in 1970. She was a member of Big Elk United Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Gwendolyn Maynard of Londale, WV and Nevada Maynard of Louisa, 2 sons, Shirley Maynard, Jr. of Delbarton, WV and Charles Preece of Louisa; a brother, Paul G. Johnson of Warfield, 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Dec 15 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Pearley Frazier and C.O. Lemaster. Burial was in Preece Memorial Gardens, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

PREECE, Malcolm T., Jr.
1917-1997
Malcolm T. “Mack” Preece, Jr., 80, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Dec 10 in the Veterans Medical Center, Huntington, WV. Mr. Preece was born Aug 25, 1917 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Malcolm T. Sr. and Fairy Blanch Back Preece. He was a retired grocer and operated the former City Market in Louisa, was Louisa City Police Judge for 20 years, an U. S. Army Veteran of World War II, a life member in the American Legion W.O. Johnson Post 89, Paralyzed Veterans of America, disabled American Veteran, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Bass Club. Surviving are his wife, Marie Skaggs Preece, a son, Malcolm T. “Bud” Preece, III of Louisa; 2 daughters, Carole J. McCoy of Louisa and Judy S. Parks of Fort Gay, WV; 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, one brother, Paul Preece of Columbus, OH, and 5 sisters, Nellie Martin, Hazle Dubick and Ruth Looney all of Columbus, OH, Martha Wilson of Belmont, NC and Mary Coleman of Tucson, AZ. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Dec 13 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Kelly and Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Hay & Muncy Cemetery, Smokey Valley. Military service was conducted by American Legion Post 89 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 6103. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 17, 1997

RUNYON, Margie
1921-1997
Margie Runyon, 76, of Louisa, died Sunday, Dec 21 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Miss Runyon was born Apr 26, 1921 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Oscar and Mary Fitch Runyon. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 23 at the home of Ruth Ann Rowe by the Rev. Albert Horn. Burial was in Runyon Cemetery, Peach Orchard, KY. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

STITT, Ruby Mildred (Barnett)
1911-1997
Ruby Midlred Stitt, 85, of Kokomo, IN, died Saturday, Dec 6 in Three Rivers Medical Center, after a short illness. She was visiting her son, Thomas Retherford in Fort Gay, WV. Ms Stitt was born Dec 15, 1911 at Kokomo, IN, a daughter of the late Reamulus J. and Della Ridgeway Barnett. Additional survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Johnson of Whittier, NC. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Dec 9 at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Kokomo, IN. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1997

STONE, Arnada (Dodd)
1926-1997
Arnada Jane Dodd Stone, 71, of Louisa, died Sunday, Dec 21. Mrs. Stone was born Jun 10, 1926 in Harlan Co., KY, a daughter of the late Carl Henderson and Susie Seals Dodd. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Stone. She was a retired cook and a member of the Isaac Park Church. Surviving are a daughter, Penny Church of Louisa; a son, Berley Howard of Big Island, Hawaii, 3 sisters, Lorine Pace of Tampa, FL, Margaret Miller of Fort Meyers, FL and Carlyne Holland of Moscow, OH; a brother, Estell Dodd of Blanchester, OH; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 23 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Francis Rice  and Rev. Jimmy Bevins. Burial was in Isaac Park Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 24, 1997

STURGILL, Fred
Fred Sturgill, 71, of Box Springs, GA, died Monday, Dec 1 in Decatur, GA. Mr. Sturgill was born Sep 14, 1926 in Wayne County, WV, the son of Rev. William Henry and Grovie Loar Sturgill. He had lived in Box Springs for the past 14 years and was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a diver for North American Van Lines. Surviving include his wife, Sadie C. Sturgill, a daughter, Donna Wilson of New Smyrna Beach, FL, 3 sisters, Ethel Roberts of Box Springs, Florence Mygdal of Duluth, GA and Louise Dudding of Waynesville, NC; a brother, James Sturgill of Mauk, GA; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Dec 10, 1997

THOMPSON, Cora E. (Skaggs)
Cora E. Thompson, 89, of Columbus, OH, died Saturday, Nov 29 in Huntington, WV. Mrs. Thompson was born in Louisa, a daughter of the late Lee and Stella Nichols Skaggs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Thompson in 1993; 2 daughters, Rosalee in 1934 and Betty Bellomy in 1997. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church and retired from Montgomery Ward Co. Surviving are a son, Paul (Doris) Thompson of Croton; 2 daughters, Doris (Sam) Wellman, of West Virginia and Jan (Harold) Perry of Reynoldsburg; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mary Kathleen Craig of California and Faye Shouse of Cincinnati. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Dec 2 at Miller Funeral Home in Grove City by Rev. William Raper and Rev. Dan Lambert. Burial was in Concord Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1997

THOMPSON, Howard
1905-1997
Howard Thompson, 92, of Louisa, died Friday, Dec 26 at his home. Mr. Thompson was born Sep 11, 1905, at Ulysses, a son of the late William and Dora Borders Thompson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Emma Boyd Thompson and daughter, Willa Delllinger. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired mining engineer with U. S. Steel, a Kentucky Colonel, member of the Apperson Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Lexington, El Hasa Temple, Ashland, and the Louisa Chapter of Eastern Star. Surviving are a daughter, Geraldine McComas of Coperas Cove, TX, 3 grandchildren, Sherry Wade of Dallas, TX, Bill McComas of Kemper, TX and Sharon Dellinger of Lowmansville; 2 great grandchildren, Melissa Wade of Dallas and Bryan Wade of Temple, TX; a brother, Everett Thompson of Portsmouth, OH, and 3 care givers, Linda Clark, Charlene Blake and Grady Driver. The funeral was conducted Monday, Dec 29 at the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church by the Revs. Venny Vanhoose. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Apperson Masonic Lodge conducted a service Sunday evening Dec 28 at the funeral home. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 31, 1997

WARD, Nina (Butcher)
1936-1997
Nina Ward, 61, of Chester, WV, died Sunday, Nov 20 at East Liverpool City Hospital. Mrs. Ward was born Nov 8, 1936, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Randall and Nena Pack Butcher. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Carson Ward in 1991. She was a member of Chester First United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Michale Ward of Calcutta, OH; 2 daughters, Pamela Hill and Cathy McGeehan, both of Chester, and 3 grandchildren, Nathan McGeehan, Jessica McGeehan and Ivan Hill. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Dec 3 at 1 p.m. at Chester First United Methodist Church by Rev. Sherman Davidson. Burial will be in Columbiana County Memorial Park. Arner Funeral Chapel, Inc. Chester, WV, is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 3, 1997

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