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BELCHER, Hoyt Von
1915-1998
Hoyt Von
Belcher, 82, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Jan 12 at his residence. Mr. Belcher was born May 8, 1915, in Fort Gay, a son of the late Elihu and Josephine Wilson Belcher. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ozion Belcher and Gentry Belcher and 3 sisters, Gladys Belcher, Edith Belcher and Ethel Hall. He was a car salesman, served in the Army during World War II and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. Surviving are 2 sisters, Ruby Diamond and Opal Hall, both of Fort Gay, 3 brothers, Sam Belcher, Haskell Belcher, and E. P. “Pete” Belcher all of Fort Gay. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 14 today at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. John Cavins. A military service will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89, both of Louisa. Burial will be Christian Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

BOWEN, Emory
1911-1998
Emory Bowen, 86, of Crum, WV, died Sunday, Jan 11 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Bowen was born Feb 2, 1911, in Webb, WV, a son of the late John and Nan Bowen Music. He was a member of Webb Community Church. Surviving are several cousins. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 14, today at 11 a.m. at Webb Community Cemetery by the Rev. Kimble Copley. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

BOWLING, William S.
1930-1997
William S. (Bill) Bowling, 67, of Groveland, FL, died Wednesday, Dec 24 in Veterans Hospital, Tampa. Mr. Bowling was born Jun 3, 1930, in Lawrence County a son of the late William H. and Josie Bowling. Surviving are his wife, Rozellen Bowling, 5 daughters, Debbie Burgess of Flatwoods, Tami Sluss of Louisa, Joyce Bowling of Lexington, and Sarah Bowling and Lisa Castle, both of Ashland, 2 sons, Bruce Bowling of Lexington and Donald Bowling of Ohio; 3 step sons, Robin Glass, Rick Glass and Ronnie Drumonds all of Florida; 2 sisters, Zelda Wallace of Ulysses and Lois May of Monroe, MI, 3 brothers, Claude Bowling of Nitro, WV, Ernie Bowling of Wiggins, Miss. and Mart Bowling of Louisa, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 6 step grandchildren. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

BOYD, Curtis Ray
Curtis Ray Boyd, infant son of Charles and Edith Wiley Body, died at birth, Tuesday, Dec 29 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Additional survivors include a sister, Charley Marie Boyd at home, and maternal grandparents, Albert Wiley of Ulysses and Hattie Lowe of Louisa. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Dec 30 at Lyons Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

BURCHETT, Brenda
1966-1997
Brenda Kay Burchette, 31, of Webbville, died Thursday, Jan 1 in Webbville. Ms. Burchette was born Jun 22, 1966, in Louisa, daughter of Eugene Burchette and the late Ernestine Newsome Burchette. Additional survivors include a daughter, Nina Scholl of Webbville, a son, Joshua Triplett of  Webbville, 3 sisters, Frances Wright of Louisa, Mary Perkins of Webbville and Thelma See of Jasper, AL; 3 brothers, William Burchett and Stephen Burchette, both of Louisa and Ben Burchette of Webbville and a grandchild. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 4 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Dewey Hogston. Burial was in Burchette Cemetery, Webbville. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

Police are still piecing together their case against a Webbville man who faces murder charges following a New Year’s Day shooting. James “Matthew” Church, 19, was arrested Thursday, just 2 hours after police received a call about the shooting, which occurred at the Troy Triplett residence on Diamond Ridge 3 miles south of Webbville. He was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence Circuit Court, where a preliminary hearing was set for Jan 14. Police said they received a call at 5:38 p.m. advising them of the shooting. When they arrived at the Triplett residence, the body of 31 year old Webbville resident Brenda Kay Burchette was found lying on the living room floor with a .357 caliber gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Lawrence County Deputy Coroner Shawn Spears, with the time of death estimated at around 11 a.m. Thursday. Police said there was evidence of a physical altercation prior to the shooting. After talking with neighbors, police determined that both Church and Burchette had been at a New Year’s Eve party at the Triplett residence the night before. Church was later located by police in an abandoned house in Carter County off KY 1 at Lost Creek. When confronted, police said Church fled on foot and once apprehended got into a physical altercation with Kentucky State Police Sgt. Randy Bowen. Bowen sustained head and arm injuries and Church was not injured. He faces charges of murder, third-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Church was first held in the Carter County jail, but was later transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Johnson County where he is being held under a $100,000 bond. A motion for bond reduction was filed at the arraignment but denied by District Judge Daniels Sparks. The charge of murder carries a sentence of 20 years to life if he is convicted. Sparks said since the case did not involve capitol marcher at this point, the death penalty was not a possible sentence. Church declined comment about the case against him yesterday. Burchette’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy as police continue to piece together their investigation. “We haven’t had anybody come forth saying that they witnessed the murder.” Kentucky State Police Public Relations Officer Gary Kistner said Monday. Kistner also said a weapon has been recovered but police are not yet sure if it is the murder weapon. The autopsy results, which are due back any day, will provide police with a lot of needed clues. The murder was the first recorded in the state for 1998 and was the first in Lawrence Count since 1994. Funeral services for Burchett were held Sunday at Young Funeral Home in Louisa. The service was conducted by Rev. Dewey Hogston and she was buried in Burchette Cemetery in Webbville. Big Sandy News, Jan 8, 1998

COATES, Franklin Vernon
1908-1998
Franklin Vernon Coates, 89, of Blaine, died Tuesday, Jan 13 at his residence. Mr. Coates was born Aug 5, 1908, in Ironton, OH, a son of the late Edward and Margaret Coates. He was a retired Pinkerton Security guard. Surviving are his wife, Virgie Creech Coates, a daughter, Juanita Rogers and a son, Vernon Coates both of South Carolina, 3 step sons, Lowell Creech of Blaine, Sammy Creech of Catlettsburg and Lonnie Paul Creech of Isonville; one sister, Ora LeMaster of Huntington, WV and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 15 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Lenny Wheeler. Burial was in Harrison Cemetery in Huntington. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1998

COLLINS, Opal J. (Lyons)
1930-1998
Opal J. Lyons Collins, 67, of Cleveland, TN, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Jan 18 after an extended illness. Mrs. Collins was born Sep 14, 1930, in Lawrence County, the daughter of the late Harvey Lyon and Mary Liddie Hughes Adkins. She was also preceded in death by 6 brothers, Elmer, Dock, Owen, Ralph, Raymond, and Charles Adkins, Jr., and a sister, Vivian Adkins Preece. Surviving are a brother, Grover Adkins of Fort Gay, WV, many nieces and nephews and very special friends, Sue and Elmer Chambers of Cleveland. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 19 at Grissom Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Lake Walker. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Cleveland. Grissom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

COLLINS, Rilda (Wilson)
1918-1998
Rilda Wilson Collins, 79, of Fort Gay died Friday, Jan 23 at her residence. Mrs. Collins was born Mar 25, 1918, Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Millard Jackson and Mattie Matilda Akers Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Collins and children, Ray Lycan, Barbara Ann Cyrus, Roger Collins, Ted Cyrus and Betty Webb. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Gay and a retired merchant. Surviving are 2 daughters, Ruth Maynard and Faye Michael, both of Louisa, a son, Robert Collins of Huntington, 2 sisters, Alberta Bowman and Georgia Mae McCabe both of West Jefferson, OH; a brother, Carl Wilson of Alabama, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 26 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Bill Hayton and Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

COOKSEY, Dalton
1934-1998
Dalton Cooksey, 63, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jan 6 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Cooksey was born Nov 28, 1934 in Dennis, a son of the late Willard and Emma Hutchinson Cooksey. He was a farmer. Surviving are 3 sisters, Lou Ella Perkins of Webbville, Shelby Jean Hall of Elyria, OH and Eloise Griffith of Louisa; 5 brothers, Roland G. Cooksey, Estill Cooksey  and Benton Cooksey , all of Bellvue, OH and Earl Cooksey and Elwood Cooksey both of Elyria and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 8 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Gordon Crisp. Burial was in Hutchinson Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

COPLEY, Robert Jack
1935-1998
Robert Jack Copley, 62, of Fort Gay, died Saturday, Jan 3 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Copley was born Nov 2, 1935, in Fort Gay, a son of Stella Fluty Copley and the late Thomas Jackson Copley. He was a retired electrician with International Brotherhood of Electrical workers Local 317, a member of the Ceredo-Kenova VFW and a Korean War Army Veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Sherry St. Clair Copley, a daughter, Ada Copley of Fort Gay, 2 sons, Robert T. Copley of Groveport, OH and Michael J. Copley of Fort Gay; and a step daughter, Elizabeth Wilson of London. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 6 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Herman Wellman. Burial was in Fluty Lick Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

COX, Manly Ford
Manly Ford Cox, 82, of Sebring, FL, died Friday, Jan 2 at his residence. Mr. Cox was born in Louisa, and moved to Segring, FL from Ohio in 1979. He started working in the cola mines in Kentucky at age 16, eventually being promoted to coal mine inspector. He also worked on railroads in Paintsville. He worked for the Carpenter Local Strinko & Ruben Construction Co., and Armco System Contracting until they went out of business. He then established his own carpentry business in Florida. In 1954 he came to Middletown, OH moving to Sebring, FL in 1979, and worked at Highlands Regional Hospital for 6 years before retiring. He was a member of Eagle Lodge #528 for 40 years and a member of Moose Lodge #501 for over 30 years, as well as a Kentucky Colonel for many years. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Angeline Martina Cox, 3 daughters, Alice Sue Smith of Middletown, Janet Muriel Pannell of Louisa and Margaret Ann Fuller of Dallas, TX, step son, Richard L. Rice of Sebring, 9 grandchildren, one step grandson, one step great grandson, sister, Mex Bates and half sister, Edith George, both of Martin, KY and one half brother, Luther Cox of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 8 at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, Middletown, OH with Luther George Klein and Rev. Eric Brazelton officiating. Burial was in Butler County Memorial Park. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

DEBOARD, Doris Irene
1945-1998
Doris Irene DeBoard, 51, of Galloway, OH, died Tuesday, Jan 13 in Doctors West Hospital, Columbus, OH. Mrs. DeBoard was born Nov 9, 1945, in Rosedale, OH, a daughter of the late Roscoe and Minnie McKenzie DeBoard. She was a member of Amity Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are one sister, Mary Fugate of Columbus, 3 brothers, Russell DeBoard of Columbus, John DeBoard of Plain City, OH and Ed DeBoard of West Jefferson, OH and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jan 15 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Harold Collins. Burial was in the DeBoard Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1998

GEORGE, Gary Marie
1920-1998
Gary Marie George, 77 of Louisa, died Sunday, Jan 25. Miss George was born Mar 17, 1920, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Ed and Irma Hayes George. Surviving are several cousins. A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, Jan 29 at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Billie Boyd at Hayes Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

HAMMOND, Gordon
1916-1998
Gordon Hammond, 81, of Louisa, died Monday, Jan 26 at his residence. Mr. Hammond was born Mar 1, 1916, at Big Laurel, Clifford, a son of the late Jay and Nannie Hargis Hammond. He was a member of New Friendship United Baptist Church, a retired cook for C & O Railroad and a U. S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Deloris Cook Hammond of Louisa, 4 daughters, Delloris Pope and Nannie Mae Marcum both of Louisa, Ruby Adkins of Pikeville and Mary Ann Burgess of Inez, a son, Arthur Hammond of McArthur, OH a sister, Nettie Frye of Okechobie, FL; 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jan 29 at 1 p.m. at New Friendship Church by Brother Bromley Marcum, Brother, Sterling Marcum and Brother John Goble. Burial will be in Pope-Hammond Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

HAZLETT, Madline (Sturgill)
1935-1998
Madline Sturgill Hazlett, 62, of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 2 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Hazlett was born Jun 13, 1935 in Cordell, a daughter of the late Vernon and Addie Cordle Sturgill. Surviving are her husband, Raymond Hazlett, a daughter, Debra K. Hazlett of Louisa, 2 sons, Charles Raymond Hazlett, Jr. and Michael Hazlett, both of Louisa, 3 sisters, Evelyn Hazlett of  Louisa, Thelma Cone of Columbus, OH and Garnett Wallace of Adams, several half brothers and half sisters, and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday Jan 5 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

HUGHES, Mexia F.
1905-1998
Mexia F. Hughes, 92, of Busseyville, died Monday, Jan 5 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center, following a long illness. Mrs. Hughes was born Aug 18, 1905 in Busseyville, a daughter of the late David Clark and Emma Curnutte Hughes. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Louisa. Surviving are 2 sisters, Myrtle Meek of Busseyville and Madge Bays of Springfield, OH, and 20 nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Jan 7, today, at 11 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Donald Barnett. Burial will be in Hughes family cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

JENNINGS, Ruth (Copley)
1918-1998
Ruth Jennings, 79, of Catlettsburg, died Sunday, Jan 25. Mrs. Jennings was born Aug 31, 1918 in Zelda, a daughter of the late John and Minnie Bryant Copley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James C. Jennings in 1993. She was a member of Buchanan Chapel Church. Surviving are a sister, Charlene O’Daniel of Fair Hope, AL, a brother, John Roy Copley of Catlettsburg; several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Jan 28 at 2 p.m. at Buchanan Chapel by the Rev. Keith Workman and Rev. J. L. Moore. Burial will be in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

JOHNSON, Adamae (Wooten)
1914-1998
Adamae Wooten Johnson, 83, of Catlettsburg, died Saturday, Jan 3 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Johnson was born Jul 13, 1914 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Edward and Berta Nunley Wooten. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley Johnson and 2 grandchildren, Pamela Shortridge and Charles L. Johnson. She was a member of the Newcomb United Methodist Church, and was a retired school teacher in the Lawrence County school system. Surviving are 2 daughters, Carol Shortridge and Norma Bellomy, both of Catlettsburg; 4 sons, Charles Edward Johnson, Billy Ray Johnson and Bobby Lynn Johnson all of Catlettsburg and Johnny Johnson of Staffordsville; 2 sisters, Wanda Jean Lambert of Wilmington, OH, and Blanch Marie Tackett of New Holstein, WS; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 6 at Heston Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes and Rev. Larry Maynard. Burial was in Chaffin Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

JONES, Elliott “Coke” Jr.
1923-1998
Elliott “Coke” Jones, Jr., 74, of Louisa, believed to be the first African American elected to public office in Northeastern Kentucky died Thursday, Jan 8 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. Mr. Jones was born Mar 15, 1923 in Louisa, a son of the late Elliott “Coke” Jones, Sr., and Sarah Kate Allison Jones. The father’s nickname passed on to his son, came from his job at the original Louisa Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. He was a former operator with the Louisa Water Company, and was elected constable in 1965. Surviving are a brother, Curtis S. Jones of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 11 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Venny Vanhoose. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

KIDD, Ima Jean (Case)
1942-1998
Ima Jean Case Kidd, 55 of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 2 in Portsmouth, OH. Mrs. Kidd was born Dec 18, 1942 in New London, OH, a daughter of John Morgan Case and Essie Parsons Case. She was a member of Elizabeth Regular Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, F. B. Kidd, a daughter, Goldie Sabrina Newsome of Louisa; 4 sons, Osmund B. Kidd and F. B. Kidd, Jr., both of Louisa, Darrell B. Kidd of Catlettsburg and George B. Kidd of Fallsburg, a sister, Brenda Lee Roberts  of Otway, OH, 6 brothers, James D.Case of Cedar Mills, OH, Edgar Ray Case, Eddie Dean Case, John Morgan Case, Jr., Jeffery Case and Alroy Case all of Peebles, OH; 9 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan 6 at Elizabeth Old Regular Baptist Church by Virgil Fields and Darrell Kidd. Burial was in Kidd family cemetery, Fallsburg. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

KITCHEN, Shirley M. (Adams)
Shirley M. Kitchen, 85, of Columbus, OH died Friday, Jan 23. Mrs. Kitchen was born in Webbville, a daughter of Rube and Rebeckah Holbrook Adams. She was preceded in death by a son, Maxwell D. Kitchen, granddaughters, Debra Crane, Diana Kitchen and Patty Lynn Kitchen. She was a member of Hilock Fellowship Church. Surviving are sons, Michael E. (Bonnie) Kitchen and Elwood (Clara) Kitchen, of Columbus, Malcom E. (Sylvia) Kitchen of Mullins, SC, daughter, Flora J. (John) Kearns of Columbus, 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, sister in law, Ruby Adams of Webbville, step son, Dave Kitchen and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 26 at O. R. Woodyard Co., Chapel, Columbus by the Rev. Eddy Back. Burial was in Obetz Cemetery. O. R. Woodyard Co. was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

MARSHALL, Elizabeth (Burton)
Elizabeth “Betty” Burton Marshall,64, of Lawrence County, died Thursday, Jan 15, at her residence. Mrs. Burton was the daughter of the late Raymond and Maude Burton. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jay Burton and a sister, Edith Jahn. She attended Fernhill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Willard Marshall, a son, Wayne Marshall of Grove City, OH, grandchildren, David, Amy, Travis, Tyler, brothers, Frank Burton of Columbus, John Borders and Howard Burton, both of Kentucky, special niece, Thelma Burchett, other nieces and nephews and a sister in law. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 19 with Mark Burton officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Jerry Spears Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

MAYHAN, Challie "Chat"
1920 - 1997
Challie "Chat" Mayhan, 77, of Paintsville, died December 8, 1997, at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa. He was born August 16, 1920, in Paintsville, the son of Ernest Mayhan and Chole Blanton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife Lillian Mayhan. He was a World War II Army veteran.  Surviving are 2 sons, Jesse Mayhan, of Paintsville and Ronnie Mayhan of Hager Hill; 5 daughters, Bonnie O'Brian of Paintsville; Frances Henderson of Coca Beach, Fla.; Vicki Mayhan of Inez; Anna Cole of Sitka and Pam Ramey of Paintsville; 1 brother, Elmer Mayhan of Staffordsville; 2 sisters, Chlotine Kimbler of Staffordsville and Pearlie King of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were January 1, 1997, at the Fishtrap United Baptist Church with Rev. Matthew Boyles and Andy Adams officiating. Burial was at the Jayne Cemetery in Staffordsville. Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

MAYNARD, James Otto
1926-1998
James Otto Maynard, 71, of Radnor, died Monday, Jan 19 in Radnor. Mr. Maynard was born Nov 4, 1926 in Goody, KY, a son of the late Alvis and Jessie Maynard. His wife, Martha Maynard also preceded him in death. He was a farmer. Surviving are 2 sisters, Rosa Lee Stamper of Pataskala, OH, and Millie Ruth Copley of West Jefferson, OH; 2 brothers, Curtis Beck of Columbus, OH and Marcus L. Maynard of Medina, OH and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Jan 22 at Waller-Chaffin-Harmon Cemetery by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

MOORE, Herman G.
1926-1998
Herman G. Moore, 71, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jan 6 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mr. Moore was born Aug 1, 1926, in Louisa, a son of the late Dr. R. C. and Annie Vanhorn Moore. He was retired from Iron-workers Local 769 in Ashland and a member of Louisa United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Bessie Lee Workman Moore; a son, Ross Alan Moore of Louisa, a sister, Louella M. Brumfield of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 10 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Held. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Graveside services were conducted by VFW Post 6103, Louisa and American Legion Post 89, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

SOUSA, Bettie  Faye (Peters)
1940-1997
Bettie Faye Peters Sousa, 57, of Newport, KY, passed away Monday, Dec 29 at Saint Lukes Hospital in Fort Thomas, KY. Mrs. Sousa was born Jan 15, 1940 in Elliott County. She was a retied hair stylist and attended Louisa High School. Surviving are a son, J. Phillip Sousa, IV of Fort Thomas,  4 sisters, Floa Skaggs of Louisa, Viola Welch of Washington Courthouse, OH, Sarah Adkins of Cincinnati and Geneva Andrews of Bellefontaine, OH; 6 brothers, Herman Peters of Minford, OH, Murl Peters of Grayson, Eugene Peters of Columbus, OH, Eulene Peters of Grove City, OH, Gus Peters of Cape Corral, FL and Wayne Peters of Columbus, OH. The funeral was conducted at Fort Thomas Church. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery at Fort Thomas. Muchlenkamp Ersehall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

SUNDERLAND, Mary Victoria (Branham)
1911-1998
Mary Victoria Sunderland of  Grayson, died Friday, Jan 2 in the Elliott County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Sandy Hook. Mrs. Sunderland was born Jul 20, 1911 in Clifford, a daughter of the late Thomas and Izela Lycans Branham. Her husbands, William “Red” Thornsberry and Raymond Sunderland, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Whitt of Grayson, a step son, Raymond Vance of Orlando, FL; a step daughter, Doris Harm of Bardstown, 4 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jan 4 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. David Webb. Burial was in Thornsberry Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 7, 1998

THOMPSON, Charles Edward
1927-1998
Charles Edward Thompson, 70, of Webbville, died Friday, Jan 9 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Thompson was born Sep 20, 1927 in Leon, a son of the late Willie and Anna McDowell Thompson. He was employed with Franklin Electric and Louisa Carpet Mills and was a Freewill Baptist. Surviving are his wife, Wanda Triplett Thompson, 3 daughters, Floneta Welch of Bluffton, IN, Vivian Hill of Darbyville, OH and Michelle Gollihue of Willard, a son, Charles Edward Thompson of St. Cloud, FL, a step son, Dale Jobe of Flatwoods, 2 brothers, Robert Thompson of Louisa and Everett Thompson of Ormond Beach, FL; 6 sisters, Louise Sawyer, Beulah Murphy and Janet Klein Knight, all of Bluffton, Ruth Bailey of Graceville, FL, Peggy Bayes of Ashland and Bonnie Creamer of Plant City, FL, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Monday Jan 12 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Dewey Hogston. Burial was in Triplett Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

THOMPSON, Georgia (Moore)
1912-1998
Georgia Thompson, 85, of Johnstown, OH, died Monday, Jan 19 at St. Anns Hospital in Columbus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stroad Thompson, in 1981, and a son, Kenneth Wayne Thompson. She was born Aug 30, 1912, the daughter of Emma McCommis Moore and Thomas Moore. She was a housewife and a member of Carter Chapel Church. Survivors include 2 daughters, Ruth (Charles) Short of Thornville, OH and Maxine (Bill) Laney of Columbus; one son, Carl (Janie) Thompson of Johnstown; 5 sisters, Katie Crabtree of Grove City, OH, Roberta Bowers and Ida Curtis both of Columbus, Florence Roberts of Urbana, OH, and Wavie Newsome of Ashville, OH, 10 grandchildren, Sheri and Randy Martindale, Debbie and Mark Latimer, Billy and Caryl Laney, Carol Thompson Smith, Terry Thompson, Danny Thompson, Jeffery Thompson, Timothy Thompson, Brenda K. McLean and C. Michael Short; 14 great grandchildren, Angie and Craig Sippola, Shawn Weber,Bryan Martindale, Randall Martindale, Jeffrey Brookover, April Laney, Bryan Laney, Brian Alexander, Sarah Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Aaron Thompson, Jeffery Smith, Sara F. McLean and Hunter McLean and one great-great grandchild, Jarrett Sippola. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jan 22 at 11 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Venny VanHoose. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 21, 1998

WALLACE, Elwood E.
1923-1998
Elwood E. Wallace, 75, of Cincinnati, OH, died Sunday, Jan 25 at Blue Ash Nursing Home. Mr. Wallace was born Jan 13, 1923, in Louisa, a son of the late Laban E. and Roxie Bradley Wallace. He was an accountant for KDI Inc. and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Grace Shannon Wallace of Cincinnati, a son, Michael E. Wallace of Bloomington, IN; 2 sisters, Dove Chaffin of Louisa and Veryl Lycan of Lebanon, OH, a brother, Virgil Wallace of Louisa and 3 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jan 29 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Held. 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, Jan 28, 1998

WELLMAN, Wendine (Cain)
1925-1998
Wendine Wellman, 72, of Webbville, died Friday, Jan 9 at her home. Mrs. Wellman was born Aug 17, 1925 in England, Ark., a daughter of the late Victor and Ethel McGinty Cain. She was a member of Dry Fork Non-Denominational Church. Surviving are her husband, Paul Wellman, 2 daughters, Paula Johnson of Greenbrier, Ark and Pauline Music of Webbville; 2 sons, Bill Wellman and Ralph Wellman, both of Webbville, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jan 12 at Freedom Tabernacle in Webbville by Rev. Matthew Adams. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 14, 1998

YOUNG. Robert Ezra
1938=1998
Robert Ezra Young, 59, of Elizabethtown, KY died Saturday, Jan 24 at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Mr. Young was born Nov 29, 1938 in Kesgeville, PA, a son of the late Mark Young, Sr. and Emma Herssam Young. He was owner and operator of Elizabethtown Limb and Brace Company, a member of Severns Valley Baptist church and an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Damron Young of Elizabethtown, a son, Michael Young of Elizabethtown, a daughter, Michelle Young of Elizabethtown, 3 brothers, Willard Young of Phoenix, AZ, Albert Young and Mark Young, both of Gilbert, PA, a sister, Margaret Christman of Gilbert and father in law, Floyd Damron of Glen Hayes, WV. The funeral will be conducted Friday, Jan 30, at 11 a.m. at Glen Hayes Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Frank Hackworth. Burial will be in Damron Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jan 28, 1998

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FEBRUARY

BELCHER, E. P. “Pete”
1917-1998
E. P. “Pete” Belcher, 80, of Fort Gay, WV, died Thursday, Feb 12 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Belcher was born Oct 21, 1917, at Fort Gay, a son of the late Elihue and Josephine Wilson Belcher. He was a retired insurance agent with Appalachian Life Insurance in Huntington. He was a World War II Marines veteran and a member of Fort Gay Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Roberta Peters Belcher, a daughter, Reynette Lakin of Titusville, FL, a brother, Haskell Belcher of Fort Gay; 2 sisters, Ruby Diamond and Opal Hall, both of Fort Gay; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 16 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bill Hayton. Burial was in Christian Cemetery in Fort Gay. A military service was performed by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1998

BELCHER, Samuel Sanford
1907-1998
Samuel Sanford Belcher, 90, of Fort Gay, died Wednesday, Feb 11 at his home. Mr. Belcher was born Jul 15, 1907, at Fort Gay, WV, a son of the late Elihue and Josephine Wilson Belcher. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Ozion Belcher, Gentry Belcher and Hoyt Belcher; and 3 sisters, Gladys Belcher, Edith Belcher and Ethel Hall. He was a farmer and saved in the Army during World War II. Surviving are 2 sisters, Ruby Diamond and Opal Hall, both of Fort Gay and 2 brothers, Haskell Belcher and E. P. “Pete” Belcher, both of Fort Gay. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Feb 14 at Big Hurricane Baptist Church by the Rev. Jerry Workman. Burial was in Christian Cemetery. A military service was conducted by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89, both of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1998

CASTLE, Zelda M.
1926-1998
Zelda M. Castle, 71, of Cordell, died Saturday, Jan 31 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Castle was born Sep 19, 1926 in Lawrence County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Cora O’Brian Castle. She was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Lydia Lipp, Cinda Bryant and Carrie Justice. She was a member of the Cordell Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 sisters, Vessie Mae Castle of Ashland, and Lena Wellman of Baltimore, MD. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Feb 3 at the Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

CAVINS, Ruye, Jr.
1936-1998
Ruye Cavins, Jr., of Hudson, FL, formerly of Fort Gay, died Wednesday, Feb 11 at his home. Mr. Cavins, was born Jun 3, 1936, at Garret, KY, a son of the late Ruye and Sadie Banks Cavins. He was a retired Air Force veteran and served during Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the Fort Gay Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Betty Dyer Cavins, 2 daughters, Eugenia Kemp and Pamela Warring, both of Hudson, FL; a son, Chris Cavins of Hudson; 2 grandchildren, Sarah and Ross; 2 sisters, Linda LeForest of Fort Gay and Joyce Sexton of Dayton, OH; 3 brothers, Ronnie Cavins, Jimmy Cavins, and Johnny Cavins, all of Fort Gay and an uncle, James O’Dell Cavins of Hazel Green, KY. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Feb 14 at the Fort Gay Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Campbell Copley. Burial was in Cavins Family Cemetery. A military service was conducted by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 of Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

FAIRCHILD, Roger B.
Roger B. Fairchild, 63, of Huntington, WV, died Monday, Feb 2 at his residence. He was a sales representative for Quality Fruit and Produce. Surviving are his wife, Jean Fairchild, 2 daughters, Laura Wyant and Cinda McMasters, both of Proctorville, OH, 4 sons, Randall Hatfield and Kenneth Fairchild both of Huntington, Edward Fairchild of Walterboro, SC, and Dennis Fairchild of Sanford, NC; 2 sisters, Nell Cyrus of Louisa and Wanda Stone of Mansfield, OH; and 2 brothers, Jack Fairchild and Hager Fairchild, both of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Feb 5 at Chapman’s Mortuary. Burial was in Fairchild-LeMaster Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1998

GRIFFITH, Forest Allen
1962-1998
Forest Allen Griffith, 35, of Blaine, died Monday, Feb 9 at his residence. Mr. Griffith was born Sep 15, 1962, at Blaine, a son of Harmon and Jessie Barker Griffith of Blaine. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dixie Griffith. He was a farmer and carpenter. Additional survivors include his wife, Ruth Cordle Griffith of Blaine, 2 daughters, Amanda Griffith and Audreyanna Griffith, both at home; a son, James Griffith, at home; a sister, Mollie Hackney of Sitka, KY; 3 brothers, Charles Ernest Griffith of West Jefferson, OH, Randall Lee Griffith and Bill Griffith both of Webbville and maternal grandmother, Grettie Barker of Martha. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Feb 12 at 1 p.m. at Low Gap Enterprise Baptist Church by the Rev. Ralph Cordle and Rev. John Pelfrey. Burial will be in the Griffith Family Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1998

HACKER, Nancy E. (Sammons)
1912-1998
Nancy E. Hacker, 85, of Louisa, died Friday, Feb 13 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Hacker was born Oct 18, 1912, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Charles Sammons and Mary Coburn Sammons. She was also preceded in death by 7 brothers, Earl Sammons, John Wayne Sammons, Clarence Sammons, W. L. Sammons, Carl Sammons, Charles Sammons and Ed Sammons. She was a member of Emily Northup Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Wilma J. Lemaster of Louisa, a son, Lenox Hacker of Louisa, a sister, Lucy Moore of Irving, TX, 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Feb 15 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Ed Caudill and Johnny Maynard. Burial was in Franklin Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1998

HAGAMAN, George
1954-1998
George Brad Hagaman, 43, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jan 29 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Hagaman was born Feb 17, 1954, in Louisa, a son of George and Jean Preston Hagaman of Louisa. He was a truck driver with Rogers Petroleum in Pikeville and a member of First United Methodist church in Louisa. Additional survivors include his wife, Karen Castle Hagaman, 2 daughters, Kristi Hagaman Parks and Kelly Hagaman, both of Louisa, a son, Kyle Hagaman of Louisa, a sister, Karen H. Deaton of Winchester and a granddaughter. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 31 at First United Methodist Church by the Rev. Julia Hammonds. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

HARDWICK, Scott F.
1935-1998
Scott F. Hardwick, 62, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Feb 24 at his residence. Mr. Hardwick was born Jul 11, 1935, at Fort Gay, a son of the late George W. and Rosa Crace Hardwick. He was a carpenter for Vilcello-Grogan, Inc. at Charleston, WV and a member of Oak Grove Community Church, Paddle Creek, WV. Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Webb Hardwick, of Fort Gay, 2 daughters, Lois Browning of For tGay and Crystal Cavins of Prichard, WV; 4 sisters, Beatrice Robinett and Belva Vinson, both of Fort Gay, Wilma Coburn of Louisa and Verna Mae Wellman of Springfield, OH; 3 brothers, Ray Hardwick, Colonel Hardwick and James Hardwick all of Fort Gay, and a grandson, Hunter Cavins of Prichard. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Feb 12 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Community Church. Burial will be in Hardwick Family Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1998

HITCHCOCK, Haskell
1902-1998
Haskell Hitchcock, 95, of Paintsville, died Sunday, February 22, 1998, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. He was born November 6, 1902, in Johnson County, the son of Elijah Hitchcock and Alice McDowell Hitchcock. He was a retired employee of Ashland Oil and a member of the Methodist Church since 1950.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Carma Dixon Hitchcock, who died April 20, 1980.  He is survived by 2 sons, William G. Hitchcock of Paintsville; and Raymond C. "Doc" Hitchcock of Columbus, OH; 2 daughters, Virginia Blanton and Alice Belhasen, both of Paintsville; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be Wednesday, today, February 25, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home with Terry Reffett officiating.  Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Louisa. Jones-Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

MCKENZIE, Jordan
Jordan Danille McKenzie, infant son of Johnny and Melissa Borders McKenzie, died Thursday, February 19, at King's Daughter' Medical center. Additional survivors are maternal grandparents, John and Rosemary Borders; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Wilma McKenzie. A graveside service was conducted Saturday, February 21 at Childers Cemetery, Richardson by the Rev. Tommy Meade and the Rev. Charles Banks. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

MILAM, Mildred (Pauley)
1945-1998
Mildred (Marty) Pauley Milam, 52, of Columbus, OH, died Tuesday, Jan 27 in Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus. Mrs. Milam was born Jul 11, 1945 at Threeforks, KY, a daughter of the late John H. and Mary Blackburn Pauley. She was an office manager for an accounting service and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are a daughter, Lindsay Shaye Milam, of Columbus; 2 brothers, Lacy (Ruby) Pauley of Columbus and Hayes (Ruby) Pauley of Grayson; and a sister, Ruby (Ezra) Fraley of Louisa and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Feb 1 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Marty’s name to The American Cancer Society. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

MOORE, Sarah (Moore)
1916-1998
Sarah Moore, 81, of Louisa, died Sunday, Feb 8 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Moore was born Mar 1, 1916 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Lindsey and Martha Cordle Moore. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Moore in 1988. She was a member of the Cando Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Rosemary Sloas of Louisa, and 2 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Feb 11, today at 1 p.m. at Mattie United Methodist Church by the Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial will be in Moore Family Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 11, 1998

PACK, Sarah
1922-1998
Sarah Pack, 75, of Louisa, passed away, Friday, Feb 20, 1998, at Louisa, following a long illness. Mrs. Pack was born Dec 31, 1922, at Webb, WV, the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Short Pack. She was preceded in death by her husband, Auxier Pack, one daughter, Rebecca Stepp Dingess; one grandson, Tony Curtis Horn and one great grandson, Bryan Andrew Ward. She was a member of the New Friendship United Baptist Church for over 40 years and a homemaker. Sarah is survived by 3 daughters, Elector (Claude) Horn, Maddlene (Hugh) Roberts, and Debbie (Ronald) Young, all of  Louisa; 2 sons, Donald Lee (Florence) Pack and Sammie (Sherry) Pack, both of Louisa; one sister, Artie Whitt of Louisa; 20 grandchildren, James roy, Linda, Michael, Kenny, Clyde, Becky, Kim, Donna, Melissa, Jerry, Paul, Donald Lee, Jenae, Josh, Leonard, Tony, Sarah, Jessica, Stephanie and Ronald and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Monday, Feb 23 at New Friendship United Baptist Church by Bro. John Goble, Bro. Sterling Marcum and Bro. Jerry Pack. Burial was in Pack Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

PRESLEY, Harmie
1924-1998
Harmie Presley, 74, of Fort Gay, WV, died Saturday, Jan 31 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Presley was born Nov 2, 1924, in Wayne County, WV, a son of the late John and Ida Ball Presley. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Norma Hughes Presley in 1996. Surviving are 5 daughters, Norma Johnson and Debbie Endicott, both of Fort Gay, Shirlene Prince of Fallsburg, Willie Schilling of St. Albans, WV, and Darlene Presley of Arizona; 4 sons, Harmie Dale Presley and Elvis Presley both of Louisa, Danny Presley of Fort Gay and John Henry Presley of St. Albans, 4 sisters Lola Mae Peck and Louise Bowens both of Columbus, OH, Mrs. Eddie May of Ashland, Gertrude Marcum of Lexington, a brother, Clyde Presley of Huntington, WV; 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Feb 3 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Herman Wellman. Burial was in Presley Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

SALMONS, Clifford Charles
1916-1998
Clifford Charles Salmons, 81, of Soldier, KY, died Monday, Feb 16 at his home. Mr. Salmons was born Sep 6, 1916 in Clifford, a son of the late Lindsey and Emma Frazier Salmons. He was a retired steel worker. Surviving are a daughter, Donna L. White of Soldier; 4 grandchildren, Russell White, Rose White, Ruth White, and Rex Allen Salmons and 3 great grandchildren, Donna Rae White, William Dwayne White and Ashley LeeAnn Hunter. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Feb 19 at Frazier Cemetery, Yellowcreek, by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

SHAW, Mamie Lucille (Marshall)
1914-1998
Mamie Lucille Shaw, 83, of Louisa, died Monday, Feb 2, at Wheeler Family Care Home. Mrs. Shaw was born Mar 8, 1914 at Hickman, KY, a daughter of the late John M. and Bula E. McBurke Marshall. She was an inspector for the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, MI. Surviving are a grandchild, Blair Cremeens of New Baltimore, MI and special friends, James and Sackie Lemaster, with whom she made her home. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Feb 5 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Kenneth Wright. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

SKAGGS, Joseph Luther
1913-1998
Joseph Luther Skaggs, 84, of Springfield, OH, died Thursday, Feb 12 in Eaglewood Care Center in Springfield. Mr. Skaggs was born Mar 26, 1913 at Mazie, a son of John H. and Laura Bell Estep Skaggs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grettie Skaggs, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He was a retired construction welder and had been an ordained minister since 1950. Surviving are a daughter, Elnora Skaggs of Springfield; 2 sons, Wilbur H. Skaggs of Martha and Joseph H. Skaggs of Springfield; 3 sisters, Melissa Edwards of  Blaine, Corilda Lyon of Houston, TX and Cathy Renner of Nashville, TN; 2 brothers, John Skaggs of Centerburg, OH, and Darryl Skaggs of Columbia, SC;8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Cains Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Blaine on Monday, Feb 16. Burial was in Skaggs Cemetery, Blaine. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1998

THOMPSON, Cecil B.
1927-1998
Cecil B. Thompson, 70, of St. Paris, OH, died Thursday, Feb 12 at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana. He was born Jun 11, 1927, in Lawrence County, the son of the late Asbury and Delaney Mae Pack Thompson. He was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, and 5 sisters. He was a member of the First Church of God, St. Paris, served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and retired from Navistar Corporation, Springfield, in 1985. Surviving are his wife, Christine Fay Robinett Thompson, who he married on Dec 5, 1956, 3 sons and a daughter in law, Gary Dale and Carolyn Hamilton and Cecil Edward Thompson of St. Paris and Larry Gene Thompson of Troy; 2 daughters, Karen Avery of Tipp City and Lois McConnehea of DeGraff; 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; one brother, Bert Thompson of Urbana; one sister, Maxie Pack of Marysville and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 16 at First Church of God, St. Paris, by the Rev. James Fleming and Rev. Roger Childers. Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery. Richeson, Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

THOMPSON, Paul
1916-1998
Paul Thompson, 81, of Ashland, died Saturday, Feb 7 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Thompson was born Feb 20, 1916, in Ledocia, KY, a son of the late George Allen and Alma Justice Thompson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Garnet Elkins Thompson in 1997. For the last 22 yeas he has been a federal probation officer. He was a former teacher and football coach at Vinson High School, Ashland High School and Coles Junior High School, a former principal at Hager Elementary School and worked the Ashland YMCA. He was a graduate of Louisa High School, Morehead State
College and received his master degree at Marshall University. A member of the First United Methodist Church, he and his wife, were instrumental in the recently completed Paul and Garnet Thompson Building a the Rose Hill Christian School. Surviving is a sister, Lula Spencer of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Feb 10 at Miller Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles E. Stewart and Rev. Donald Young. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rose Hill Christian School, Winslow, Rd., Ashland, KY or First United Methodist church, 1811 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY. Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy  News, Feb 11,1998

TILSON, Emily Frances (Crutcher)
1907-1998
Emily Frances Crutcher Tilson, 90, of Louisa, died Friday, Jan 30 at her home. Mrs. Tilson was born Dec 8, 1907, in Louisa, a daughter of the late John Breckridge and Rose Castle Crutcher. Her husband, William Tilson, died in 1987. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Louisa and the Order of Eastern Star in Louisa. Surviving are a brother, Thomas Crutcher of Ashland, and several nephews. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Feb 1 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Held. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

VANOVER, Argielly (Whitt)
1933-1998
Argielly Vanover, 64, of Gahanna, OH, died Saturday, Feb 21 at Grant Hospital. Mrs. Vanover was born May 21, 1933, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Hence and Meddie Whitt. She was also preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a member of Gahanna Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Rev. Clovis W. Vanover, children, Eugene (Linda) Vanover, Diane (Ronnie) Bowen, Rick (Vicki) Vanover, Mary (Steve) Adkins, Priscilla (Mick) Samples, and Janet (Curtis) Mason; 15 grandchildren, a brother, J.D. Whitt; 2 sisters, Dorothy Vinson and Cynthia Bowen, many nieces and nephews and other family and friends. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Feb 25 at 11 a.m. at Gahanna Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Henry Litteral. Burial will be in Mifflin Township Cemetery. Schoedinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

WALLER, Charles Edward, Jr.
1935-1998
Charles Edward Waller, Jr., 62, of Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday, Feb 18. Mr. Waller was born Nov 9, 1935, in Webb, WV, a son of the late Charlie and Cora Bowen Waller. He was an employee with the N & W Railroad and a U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are a son, Charles Derrick Waller of Prichard, a sister, Helen Field of Las Vegas, NV; 2 brothers Dallas Waller of Louisa and James Waller of Prichard; 2 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was conducted Saturday, Feb 21 at Copley Cemetery by the Rev. Roy Fluty. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

WALTERS, Mary L. “Lucille”
1913-1998
Mary L. "Lucille" Walters, 84, of 2153 Mantz, St. died Thursday Feb 12 in Ashland. Miss Walters was born Aug 13, 1913, in Catlettsburg, a daughter of the late German W. and Lena Hager Walters. She was a retired private investigator with Air Technical Information at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, a graduate of Imperial Detective Agency in Cincinnati, a Kentucky colonel, and a member of the United Baptist Church in River. Surviving are five sisters, Patsy Blair and Louise Walters Chandler, both of Huntington, WV, Georgia W. Branham, Virginia Lemaster and Magdalene Preston, all of Ashland; two brothers, John H. Walters of Catlettsburg and German Walters, Jr. of Louisa; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Young Funeral Home in Louisa by the Rev. James A. Hager and Elder John Sparks. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa. Big Sandy News, Feb 18, 1998

WEBB, Samuel E.
1926-1998
Samuel E. Webb, 72, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Feb 10 at his home, after a long illness. Mr. Webb was born Aug 8, 1925 at Ironton, OH, a son of the late William Neal and Nancy Justice Webb. He was a member of the Blaine Freewill Baptist church, a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired worker at Allied Chemical Company. Surviving are his wife, Ethel Sparks Webb, a step daughter, Janet Wheeler of Louisa, 2 stepsons, Nelson Kelly and Allen Kelly, both of Louisa, a sister, Jane Taylor of Ironton, a brother, Charles N. Webb of Ironton, a step brother, Torrial (Skip) Thompson of Columbus, OH; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Feb 13 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 18,1998

WELLMAN, Lucian
1922-1998
Lucian G. Wellman, Sr. 76, of Columbus, OH, died Thursday, Feb 19 at Riverside/Grant Kobacker House, after a long illness. Mr. Wellman was born Feb 2, 1922 in Lawrence County, KY, a son of the late Jay and Flossie Wellman. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Kenneth and Earl “Jack” Wellman. He was retired from General Motors, a member of UAW Union Local 969 and a decorated World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, of 52 years Willie Burgess Wellman, children, Lucian Jr. “Glenn” (Alice) of Johnstown, OH, Charles Wellman and Shirley Clouse of Dublin, OH, Marion “Sissy” (Dan) Clark of New Bern, NC and Linda (Dave) Wycuff of Grove City, OH; grandchildren, Lucian G. III, Michelle, Kristina, Manda, Stephanie, Michael, Megan and Zachary; great grandchildren, Hayden and Aaron; sisters, Alice (Harris) Adkins and Mary Elsie (Gary) Blake, brothers, Buell (Maxine) Wellman, Loren (Esklene) Wellman and Lonzo Wellman, sister in law and caregiver, Marie Adams of the residence; also other sisters in law, Reva Wellman of Columbus and Mary E. Wellman of Kentucky; several nieces and nephews and dear friends. The funeral was conducted Monday, Feb 23 at the Long Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill Chadwick. Burial was in Northlawn Memory Gardens. Full military honors were provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gahanna Post #4719. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to Grant/Riverside Hospice in memory of Lucian. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

WELLMAN, Madelene (Lycan)
1922-1998
Madelene Lycan Wellman,75, of Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday, Jan 28 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mrs. Wellman was born Sep 24, 1922 a daughter of the late Zenas Lycan and Jennie Mae Rowe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Braddy Wellman in 1997. Surviving are 2 daughters, Phyllis Collins of Fort Gay, WV and Rita Pigg of Louisa, 2 sisters, Charlene Lycan of Fort Gay and Roberta Borders of Ashland, and 4 grandchildren, Kara Chandler of Alexandria, VA, Brandon Pigg of Louisa, Andrea Collins of Lavalette, WV and Chris Collins of Fort Gay, WV. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jan 31 at Young Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 4, 1998

WRIGHT, Emma Ruth
1928-1998
Emma Ruth Wright, 70, of Louisa, died Sunday, Feb 22 following an extended illness. Miss Wright was born Jan 24, 1928, in Prestonsburg, a daughter of the late Earl S. and Elizabeth Skeans Wright. Surviving are 2 sisters, Clara Maynard and Inza Wright, both of Louisa; 4 brothers, George Wright of Prestonsburg, Elmer Wright and Earl Scott Wright both of Indiana, and Carlus Wright of Ohio and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Feb 24 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Skeens Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Feb 25, 1998

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BAILEY, Escom
1912-1998
Escom N. Bailey, 85, of Mazie, died Sunday, Mar 15 at Martha. Mr. Bailey was born Aug 23, 1912 at Mazie, a son of the late Willie A. and Elizabeth Mae Kelley Bailey. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Opal Lester Bailey in 1993. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Skaggs, a granddaughter, Claudia Skaggs Ryan, a great-great granddaughter, Ashley Green, and a sister, Nellie Collie. He was a retired carpenter, a member of Carpenter’s Union Local 472 and Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha. He was also a U. S. world War II Navy veteran. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Billie Jean) Kelly of Martha and Mrs. Henry R. (Willadene) Creech of Catlettsburg, a son and daughter in law, Michael and Pat Bailey of Blaine; 2 sisters, Annie Stambaugh of Carroll, OH and Mary Leah Davis of Portsmouth, OH; a brother Mander Bailey of Grayson; 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Mar 18 at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. William Richard Barker and Rev. Wendell Ison. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1998

BARTRAM, James Bromley
1914-1998
James Bromley Bartram, 84, of Beaufort, SC, died Tuesday, Feb 24 at his residence. Mr. Bartram was born Oct 22, 1914, in Clifford, a son of the late Nile R. and Isabelle Sammons Bartram. He was a member of the Melrose Golf Club and Beaufort Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mae Cantley Bartram of Beaufort, a son, Donald Bartram of Huntinton, WV, a daughter, Janet R. Crabtree of Beaufort; 3 brothers, Nile R. Bartram of Atlanta, GA, Billie Bartram of Hammond, IN and Wendell Bartram of Virginia Beach, VA, 2 sisters, Ruth Moore of Proctorville, OH and Minerva Pine of Clifford; 2 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Feb 27 at Copeland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Beaufort Memorial Gardens. Copeland Funeral Home, South Carolina, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1998

BARTRAM. June (Fitzpatrick)
1920-1998
June F. Bartram, 77, of Hillsboro, OH, died Monday, Mar 2 at her home. Mrs. Bartram was born Jun 20, 1920, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Shelton and Myrtle Singer Fitzpatrick. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Keither Bartram, Mar 22, 1969, 2 daughters, Anna Frances Bartram and Pamela Newkirk, 3 sisters, Jessie Davis, Jewell Frazier and infant Elizabeth, 4 brothers, Ray, Ken, Alta Charles and Tom Fitzpatrick. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hillsboro Congregation. In the early 1980’s she had written a column in the Hillsboro Press Gazette entitled “Aunt Haney from the Hills”  and very much enjoyed writing poetry and painting in oils. Surviving are a daughter, Karen (Bob) Parks of Louisa, a son, Keither (Carla) Bartram of Carmel Community, 3 sisters, Ruby Kelley of Cannonsburg, Joyce Frazier of Waverly, OH and Jenny Salyer of Elkhorn City, 8 grandchildren, Jason and Kevin Newkirk, Andrea Young, Jennifer and Graham Bartram, Bobby Parks, Jr., Vanessa Kozlowski and Karen Lynn Marcum, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Mar 7 at Turner & Son Funeral Home in Hillsboro, with Michael Baker officiating. Burial was in Bainbridge Cemetery.  Turner & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1998

BLEVINS, Vaunda (Taylor)
Vaunda Taylor Blevins, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Ashland, KY, died Saturday, Feb 28. Mrs. Blevins was a daughter of the late Leon and Anna Gearheart  Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William D. Blevins, Jr., in 1962. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church, Ashland, and Eastern Star Mistletoe Chapter 144. Surviving are a daughter, Anna Blevins Francis of Charlotte, NC, a brother, Hubert D. Taylor of Louisa; a sister, Bobbie Thompson of Parkersburg, WV and a granddaughter. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Mar 2 at Greenlawn Cemetery by the Rev. Chuck Stewart. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1998

BUTLER, Mildred Irene
1921-1998
Mildred Irene Butler, 76, of Blaine, KY, died Tuesday, Mar 17 at Three Rivers Medial Center. Miss Butler was born on Nov 16, 1921 in Houckville, KY, the daughter of the late Raleigh and Martha Edwards Butler. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Raymond Butler and John Butler. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one sister, Loraine Burton of Blaine, one brother, Charles Butler of Blaine and 2 nephews, Harry G. Burton, III of Ashville, NC and James R. Butler of Cannonsburg, KY. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Mar 20 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Kenneth Sturgill, Rev. Emmitt Barker and Rev. Floyd West. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1998

COLLIER, Curtis Roy
1928-1998
Curtis Roy Collier, 69, of Martha, died Sunday, Mar 15 at his home. Mr. Collier was born Apr 26, 1928, a son of the late Emmerson and Della Sparks Collier. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Junior and Elmer Collier, and a sister, Junice Collier. He was a retired oil field worker. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Barker Collier of Martha; 3 sons, Freddie Collier of Blaine, Eddie Collier of Louisa and Michael Collier of Martha; 5 daughters, Sue Maggard, Betty Greene, and Lola Gollihue, all of Martha, Judy Boggs of Blaine, and Wanda Cantrell of West Liberty; a brother, Cratis Collier of Springfield, OH; 4 sisters, Maxine Wheeler of Dayton, OH, Pauline Kelly of Isonville, Brooksie Stevens of New Carlisle, OH and Dottie Nouise of Colorado Springs, CO and 17 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Mar 18 at 1 p.m. by Harold Keaton, Elmer Burchwell and Paul Preston, ministers, at the Eldridge Funeral Home in Sandy Hook. Burial will be in Sturgill Cemetery, Martha. Eldridge Funeral Home, Sandy Hook, is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1998

CROSON, Aurilla Belle (Dun)
1917-1998
Aurilla Belle Crosson, 80, of Webbville, died Thursday, Mar 12 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mrs. Crosson was born Apr 18, 1917, in Racine, WS, a daughter of the late Arthur and Maude Morris Dun. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Crosson in 1996. She was retired from the American Missionary Fellowship and was a former Missionary Bible teacher with Elliott County school system and a member of the Marantha Bible Church. Surviving are a daughter, Joy Thompson of Webbville and 2 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Mar 14 at the Maranatha Bible Church with Jesse Fyffe and Steve Owens, ministers. Burial was in Maranatha Church Cemetery. Malone Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1998

DANIELS, Laura (Green)
1914-1998
Laura Green Daniels, 83, of Louisa, died Monday, Mar 16 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland. Mrs. Daniels was born Jul 24, 1914 in Chandlersville, KY a daughter of the late Enoch and Liddy Margaret Salyers Green. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Bascom Daniels and a son, Richard Dale Daniels. Surviving are 4 sons, James Marvin Daniels, Harold David Daniels, Danny Roger Daniels all of Louisa and Melvin Eugene Daniels, Dublin, OH; 5 daughters: Earlene Webb, Miami, FL, Margaret Jane Adams, Flatwoods, KY, Mary Elizabeth Lemaster, Catlettsburg, KY, Carolyn Sue Jordan, Columbus, OH, Patricia Ann Lilly, Webbville, KY; 2 sisters: Alice Branham, Sitka, KY, Frona Spencer, Louisa; 4 brothers: Johnny Green, Elmer Green, both of Stambaugh, KY, Roman Green, Racine, WS, Bill Green, Plain city, OH, 16 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Mar 19 at 1 p.m. at Georges Creek United Baptist Church, Lowmansville by Denver Caudill, Clarence Mathis, Greg Lewis, and Glen Penix. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery, Hood, KY. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Mar 18, 1998

DEBRUIN, Oma Dale (Johnson)
1937-1998
Oma Dale Debruin, 61, of Crum, WV, died Friday, Mar 6. Mrs. DeBruin was born Jan 7, 1937, in Horse Creek, WV, a daughter of the late Hayden and Inez Bowden Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Debruin. Surviving are a daughter, Holley Carley of Crum, a brother, Wallace Johnson of Bucyrus, OH and 2 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Mar 9 at Webb Freewill Baptist Church in Webb, WV by the Rev. Kimble Copley. Burial was in Webb Community Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1998

ENDICOTT, Sherman
1914-1998
Sherman Endicott, 84, of Fort Gay, died Sunday, Mar 22 following an extended illness. Mr. Endicott was born Mar 3, 1914 in Martin County, a son of the lae Ezekiel and Sarah Dillon Endicott. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Magdalene Fluty Endicott. He was a retired carpenter for N & W Railroad. Surviving are his wife, Edith F. Endicott, of Fort Gay, a daughter, Juanita Bartram of Fort Gay, 3 sons, Charles Sherman Endicott and Gene Endicott, both of Fort Gay and Earnest Ray Endicott of Florida; 3 sisters, Flarnia Nida of Salt Rock, WV, Rosie Evans of Columbus, OH, and Mary Frazier of Fort Gay; a brother, Elmer Endicott of Louisa; 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several step grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Mar 25 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Chuck Thompson. Burial will be in the Endicott Family Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1998

FUGITT, Wendell Phillip
1931-1998
Wendell Phillip Fugitt, 66, of Ashland, died Thursday, Mar 12 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Fugitt was born Oct 14, 1931 in Alphoretta, a son of the late Paul Moffet and Pauline McClure Fugitt. He was a mechanic at P & S Service in Ashland, a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, and a U. S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Lena Marie Daniels Fugitt, a daughter, Joy Fugitt Hays of Milliken, CO, 2 sons, Jimmy R. Fugitt of Flatwoods and Wendell P. Fugitt, Jr. of South Point; 4 sisters, Frances Damron of Grove City, OH, Roberta Van Gundy of Gallipolis, Virginia Hylton of Louisa, and Estelene Webb of Effingham, SC; 3 brothers, Paul Jackson Fugitt of Liverpool, OH< Robert M. Fugitt of Proctorville and Glenn Fugitt of London; 6 grandchildren and a great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Mar 15 at the West Catlettsburg United Methodist Church by the Rev. Johney Little. Burial was in Gallup Cemetery. A military service was conducted by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Mar 18,1998

HARDIN, William Harrison
1917-1998
William Harrison Hardin, 80, of Wyandotte, MI, died Thursday, Mar 19 at his home. Mr. Hardin was born Aug 22, 1917 in Gallup, KY, a son of the late William and Lacreta Preece Hardin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Franklin Hardin in 1996, 6 brothers, Jack, John, Harvey, Phillip, Jasper, and Boone and 3 sisters, Eliza Jane Lambert, Gracie Sammons and Irene Taylor. He was a retired pipefitter in Michigan. Surviving are 2 sons, Robert Jasper Hardin and William Franklin Hardin, both of Michigan, a sister, Priscilla Cyrus of South Point, OH, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Saturday, Mar 28 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home with Eddie Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1998

HARRIS, James Anthony
1928-1998
HARRIS, Freda (Carter)
1925-1998
James Anthony Harris, 70, and his wife, Freda Carter Harris, 72, of Chiefland, FL, died Monday, Mar 9 in a traffic accident. Mr. Harris was born Mar 9, 1928, in Detroit, a son of the late Joseph and Helen Harris. He is survived by a son, Michael J. Harris of Canton, OH; a brother, Bill Harris of Chiefland and 2 grandchildren. Mrs. Harris was born Dec 15, 1925 in Fallsburg, a daughter of the late Charles and Ida Crank Carter. She is survived by a brother, James Harold Carter of Ashland. The couple were employed by United Telephone Company. Joint funeral services were conducted Monday, Mar 16 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Jerry Ginnan. Burial was in Woods Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1998

HAY, Arthur
1920-1998
Arthur Hay, 77, of Louisa, died Thursday, Feb 26, at his home. Mr. Hay was born Aug 18, 1920, in Mazie, the son of the late Sharon and Eplura Collier Hay. He was a retired heavy equipment operator with Ashland Oil Company, and a World War II Army veteran, a Kentucky Colonel. He was an elected magistrate for the 4th District form 1954 to 1957 and was county precinct ???? at Mazie for many years. He was the owner of the Hay Barn Gift Shop in Louisa. Surviving are his wife, Betty Hayes Remmele Hay, a son, Michael Remmele, of Canton, OH, a daughter, Joan Terry Remmele of Louisa; 2 brothers, Wallace Hay and Thomas Hay, both of Columbus, OH; 4 sisters, Sara Lemaster and Nora Jane Moore of Columbus, Zora Vanover of Ohio and Bessie Corsi of Johnstown, OH and 3 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica and Jason all of Canton. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Mar 1 at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Richard Held. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1998 

LYCAN, Charlene
1922-1998
Charlene Lycan, 75, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Mar 9 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Madelene Wellman. Miss Lycan was born Sep 24, 1922 in Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Zenas and Jennie Mae Rowe Lycan. She was a clerk and a member of Tabors Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are one sister, Roberta Borders of Ashland and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Friday, Mar 13 in the Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Mar 18, 1998

MILLER, Jerome
1917-1998
Jerome, Miller, 80, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Mar 17 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Miller was born Apr 24, 1917 in Charley, KY, the son of the late Levi and Florence Moore Miller. He was a retired farmer and logger, a U. S. Army WWII veteran, a member of Belles Chapel Church and Jake Rice Lodge 606 F& AM. Survivors include his wife, Edith Marie Miller, one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Emma) Maynard and one son, Jerome (Marshelia) Miller, Jr., 3 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, one step great granddaughter, all of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Mar 20 at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Willie Gene Hayes and Dr. James A. Hayes. A Masonic service was held Thursday, Mar 19 at Wilson Funeral Home by Jake Rice Lodge 606 F & AM. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1998

MOORE, Randall
Randall Moore, 65, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Feb 24 at his home. Mr. Moore was retired from Lennox Industries. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Moore of Louisa, a son, Timothy (Lisa) of Westerville, OH, 2 daughters, Terry Lynn Johnson of Columbus, OH, and Tabatha (Tom) Roberts of Mechanicsburg, OH; 2 brothers, Lawrence (Pearline) Moore and Herman Moore; 2 sisters, Barbara Jo Thompson and Bernette Cordel, special aunt, Phyllis (Mack) Hayes; 5 step children, 7 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Feb 28 at Graumlich & Son Funeral Home in Columbus by the Rev. Troy Ervin. Burial was in Obetz Cemetery. Graumlich & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1998

PACK, Emit
1906-1998
Emit Pack, 91, of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Feb 24 in Williamson Memorial Hospital. Mr. Pack was born May 20, 1906, in Fort Gay, a son of the late Ransom and Martha Hunt Pack. He was a farmer. Surviving are a half sister, Arietta Kirk of Kermit, several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Virginia Belle Baker of Fort Gay. The funeral was conducted Friday, Feb 27 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery in Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1998

PATTON, Irene Borders
1916-1998
Irene Borders Patton, 81, of Louisa, died Thursday, Mar 12 in Frankfort after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Patton was born in 1916, in Ulysses, a daughter of the late Roscoe and Nora Young Borders. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ward in 1990. She was a longtime member of the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Ulysses and attended the First Baptist Church in Louisa. She was also a member of the Louisa Chapter of the Eastern Star, the Lawrence County Democratic Women’s Club, the United Democratic Women’s Club of Lawrence county, Lawrence County Senior Citizens. Seniors of the First Baptist Church and the Community Friends of Three Rivers Medical Center. For 23 years she taught Sunday school for 4 year old children at Westmoreland Baptist Church, Huntington, WV. Surviving are 2 daughters, Jo Ann Stanfill of Severna Park, MD and Linda P. Erickson of Lake Oswego, OR, a son, Paul E. Patton, Frankfort; 2 sisters, Violet Bailey and Ruby Brown, both of Columbus, OH, a brother, Bernard Borders of Newark, OH, 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday Mar 14 at the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1997

PICKRELL, Leta A.
1905-1998
Leta A. Pickrell, 92, of Ashland, died Sunday, Mar 15 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Miss Pickrell was born Apr 27,1905 at Louisa, a daughter of the late Milton and Sophia Muncy Pickrell. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and a retired supervisor in mail and records with the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, Huntington. Surviving are 3 nieces, Elizabeth Smith of Edgarton, WV, Pauline Applegate of Yorktown, IN and Dorothy Slone of Ashland, and a nephew, James Wesley of Edgarton. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Mar 18 at the First United Methodist Church, Louisa by the Rev. Richard Held. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Mar 18, 1998

RICHARDS, Thelma Marie
1912-1998
Thelma Marie Richards, 85, of Greenbelt, MD, formerly of Louisa, died Monday, Mar 9 in Magnolia Gardens Nursing Home in Lanham, MD. Mrs. Richards was born Jul 6, 1912 in Loveland, WV, a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Elizabeth Ward Edwards. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jiles Emmitt Richards, Sr. She was a member of the Four Square Church in Brentwood, MD. Surviving are 3 daughters, Roberts Elizabeth Wible of Greenbelt, Beatrice Eloise Damron of Hemet, CA, and Mary “Lou” Lucille Daugherty of San Jacinto, CA; 3 sons, Paul Emerson Richards of Lost River, WV, Jiles Emmitt Richards, Jr. of Richmond, VA, and Alton Leonard Richards of Culpepper, VA; 2 brothers, Gilbert Edwards of Portsmouth and Warren Edwards of Franklin, OH; 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Mar 13 at Young Funeral Home by Paul E. Richards, minister. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1998

ROBERTS, Braiden McDonald
1931-1998
Braiden McDonald Roberts, 66, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Mar 17 at King’s Daughters’ Medical center. Mr. Roberts was born Sep 1, 1931 in Louisa, a son of the late Ulysses Grant and Artie Mae Holbrook Roberts. He was a retired driver, member of Apperson Masonic Lodge #195 F & AM, El Hasa Temple, Lawrence county Shrine, Valley of Dayton Scottish Rite Bodies, American Legion Post #345, Fort Recovery Ohio VFW Post #6515 and Odd Fellows, and a U. S. Air Force Korean War veteran. Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline Roberts, a step daughter, Kathleen D. Rivera of Trenton, NJ, a son, Terry Dale Roberts of Chapman, a sister, Violet (Jean) Roberts of Louisa, 2 grandsons, and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Mar 21 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Kelly. Burial was in Roberts Cemetery. A Masonic graveside service was conducted Friday, Mar 20 and a 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, Mar 25, 1998

SALYERS, Madge (Carter)
1929-1998
Madge Carter Salyers, 68, of Louisa, died Monday, Mar 9 at her residence. Mrs. Salyers was born Apr 12, 1929, in Cherokee, KY, a daughter of the late George R. and Gertrude Gilmore Carter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Otchel Salyers, and a son, Joseph Salyers. She was a retired registered nurse. Surviving are a granddaughter, Kimberly Prince of Louisa, a grandson, Christopher Salyers of Louisa, 2 great grandsons, Alex Prince and Keagan Salyers, 2 sisters, Mary Sanders of London, OH and Lettie Heston of West Jefferson, OH; and a half sister, Leah Ward Barch of Roseville, MI. the funeral was conducted Saturday, Mar 14 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Darrell Priode. Burial was in Myrtle Chapel Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 18, 1998

SCARBERRY, Curtis Edward
1930-1998
Curtis Edward Scarberry, 67, of Louisa, died Sunday, Mar 8 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Scarberry was born Oct 19, 1930 in Lawrence County, KY, a son of Millie Lou Thompson Sammons of Louisa and the late Garfield Scarberry. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Perry Scarberry in 1986. He was a member of Richardson Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Lennox Industries, Columbus, OH. Additional survivors include a daughter, Beverly Maynard of Louisa, 5 sisters, Gretchen Childers and Lillian Rowe, both of Louisa, Bess Rowe, Marysville, OH, Bonnie Sue Blackshire, Cross Lanes, WV, Ruby Price, Jacksonville, FL; 2 brothers: John Scarberry and Scott Scarberry both of Hilliard, OH; 2 grandsons: Joey Maynard, Louisa and Keith Maynard, China Grove, NC.  The funeral will be conducted, Wednesday, today, Mar 11 at 3 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by John Maynard. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1998

SKAGGS, Carl William
1916-1998
Carl William Skaggs, 81, of Martha, died Friday, Mar 20 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Skaggs was born Sep 22, 1916 in Terryville, KY, a son of the late Hunter and Lizzie McKenzie Skaggs. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Elzie Skaggs. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Lillian V. Skaggs, a daughter, Lois Ann Skaggs of Flatwoods, 2 sons, Carl Skaggs of Flatwoods and John H. Skaggs of Westerville, OH, a sister, Lois Skaggs of Martha, 4 brothers, Escom Skaggs and Hunter Skaggs both of Columbus, Hurl Skaggs of Blaine and Wilbur Skaggs of Martha, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Mar 23 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Paul E. Keaton and John Pelphrey officiating. Burial was in Skaggs family cemetery. A graveside military 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, Mar 25, 1998

SKAGGS, Elma (Fyffe)
1915-1998
Elma Skaggs, 82, of Martha, died Wednesday, Feb 25 in Louisa. Mrs. Skaggs was born Oct 17, 1915, in Martha, a daughter of the late Robert P. and Mae Terry Fyffe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul T. Skaggs, in 1956 and a daughter, Paula Jean Skaggs. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Surviving are 2 daughters, Gwen Constable of Columbus, OH, and Carol Skaggs Austin of Lake Alfred, FL; 2 sons, Robert Dickie Skaggs and Terry Skaggs, both of Martha, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Feb 28 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Elders John Wheeler and Danny Craft and Rev. Paul E. Keaton. Burial was in Skaggs family cemetery, Martha. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 4, 1998

SMITH, Louise (Grant)
1916-1998
Louise Grant Smith, 81, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, Mar 3, at her home, after a long illness. Mrs. Smith was born Dec 22, 1916, a daughter of the late Charles Elliston and Laura Wellman Grant. She was a member of the First United Methodist church, Frankfort and a member of the Betsy Ross Rebekah Lodge #95 of Louisa for 49 years. Surviving are her husband, Dr. James M. Smith, a daughter, Sharon Pauley of Louisa, 3 sons, Dr. James M. Smith, JR., of Frankfort and Sherrill Grant Smith of Frankfort and professor Gary R. Smith of Atlanta, GA; 10 grandchildren, James Campbell Smith, Melissa Louise Smith, William Charles Pauley, Laura Lynn Pauley, David Michael Pauley, George Harlan Grant Smith, Grant Smith, Morgan Smith, Sophia Smith and Parker Smith and 2 great grandchildren, Melissa Ann Smith and Libby Sircy. The funeral was conducted Friday, Mar 6, at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Held. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Louisa. Donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1998

SWAN, Julius, Jr.
1929-1998
Julius “Pete” Swan, Jr., 68 of Jackson, OH, died Friday, Mar 6 at his home. Mr. Swan was born Jun 28, 1929, in Charley, a son of the late Julius and Crosbey MvGrannahan Swann, Sr. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Tom and James and a sister, Rose Emmy. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Korean War, awarded the Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Staten Swan,  2 sons, David Swan of Richmond, VA and Brian Swan of Port William, OH; 3 daughters, Rebecca Rockwell of Pataskala, Brenda Wood of Wellston and Barbara Fogle of New London, and special granddaughter (thought of as a daughter)  Julie Coffey Moble, who is the mother of his only great grandchild, Jacob, 3 brothers, Smith Swann, Wayne Swann and Charles “Doc” Swann, all of Oak Hill, 3 sisters, Jettie Moore of Charley, Goldie Mooney of Columbus, and Phyllis June Evans of Jackson and 10 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Mar 8 at Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home, Jackson, with Rev. Danny Boggs, officiating. Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 25, 1998

WEBB, Obie (Houck)
1902-1998
Obie Webb, 95, of Blaine, died Tuesday, Mar 3 in South Shore Health Care in Greenup. Mrs. Webb was born Aug 13, 1902 in Cherokee, a daughter of the late Samuel and Bethany Parker Houck. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lafe Webb in 1970. She was a member of Cherokee Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Norma Jean Anderson of Fresno, CA and Ivory Wheeler of Columbus, OH, a sister, Lacie Montgomery of Logan, WV, 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Mar 7 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Kelly. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Mar 11, 1998

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AGAPI, Edwin
1927-1998
Edwin Michael Agapi, 70, of Clermont, FL, died Friday, Apr 3 in Clermont. Mr. Agapi was born Dec 16, 1927 in Cleveland, OH, a son of the late Michael and Angela Musto Agapi. He worked for Reliance Electric in Cleveland, OH and was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Ann Kidd Agapi of Clermont, a daughter Kim Croyle of Caracas, Venezuela, a son Steven Agapi of Fort Myers, FL, a sister, Norma Coy of Brecksville, OH, mother in law, Roberta Kidd of Louisa and 6 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Apr 8 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Ric Frazier. A military service will be performed by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 both of Louisa. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

BEVINS, Lucille (Bryant)
1936-1998
Lucille Bryant Bevins, 61, Louisa, died Friday, April 24. Mrs Bevins was born Oct 14, 1936 in Sugar Plum, KY, a daughter of the late Liss and Zelphia Lyons Bryant. She was a member of Belles Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband, Bob Bevins of Louisa; two sons, Jim Bevins of Ulysses and Jerry Bevins of Louisa; four sisters, Lexie Bush and Bertha Davis, both of Louisa, Dot Adams of Ulysses and Mae Castle of Paintsville; seven brothers, Verlin Bryant of Ulysses, Roy Bryant of Bloomfield, Liss Bryant, Jr. of Pickney, MI Curt Bryant, Earl Bryant and Larry Bryant all of Columbus, OH and Harkless O’Bryant of Thealka; three grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, April 27 at the Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Homer Lyons, Willie Gene Hayes and Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in the Bevins Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1998

BRANHAM, Pansy (Dillon)
1913-1998
Pansy Dillon Branham, 85, of Beauty, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Apr 16 at the home of a sister, Shirley McCoy of Beauty. Mrs. Branham was born Mar 20, 1913 in Buffalo Horn, a daughter of the late Riley and Elizabeth Dalton Dillon. Her husband, Strother Branham died in 1983. She was a member of Temple Bell Church. Additional survivors include 2 other sisters, Maxie Branham of Inez and Lorena Evans of Crum, WV, and 2 brothers, John Paul Dillon of Glen Hayes and Ottis Dillon of Crum. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Apr 19 at New Friendship United Baptist Church. Burial was in Branham family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

CHILES, Ruby Lee (Price)
1918-1998
Ruby Lee Price Borders Chiles, 80, of Lexington, died Thursday in Tates Creek Nursing Home in Lexington. Mrs. Chiles was born April 4, 1918 at Georges Creek, a daughter of the late Seymour and Clara Evans Price. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Hobert Borders in 1962 and James Chiles in 1992. Surviving are s son, Delbert L. Borders of Lexington, two daughters Regena Linemann of Eureka, CA and Tammie Chiles of Cincinnati, 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Young Funeral Home in Louisa by Rev Roy Fluty. Burial will be in Price Cemetery at Georges Creek. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

COOK, George William
1929-1998
George William Cook, 68, of Louisa, died Monday, Apr 13. Mr. Cook was born Aug 6, 1929, at Louisa, a son of the late William and Rhoda Vinson Cook. Surviving are 2 sons, George Kenneth Cook of San Francisco, CA, and Tommy Ray Cook of Marion, CA, and 3 brothers, Forest Cook of Westland, MI, Russell Cook of Moore, OK, and Tom Cook of Louisa. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Apr 16 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Elder Ted Asbury, Elder Burnard Johnson and Elder Bill Scarberry. Burial will be in Fairchild-Lemaster Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

CYRUS, Shirley M. (Thompson)
1922-1998
Shirley M. Cyrus, 75, of Fort Gay, WV, died Wednesday, Apr 8 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Cyrus was born May 30, 1922 in Wayne County, a daughter of the late Aley and Dolly Thompson. Surviving are 2 daughters, Lucille Robertson of Fort Gay and Lolla Anderson of Columbus, OH, 2 sons, John B. Cyrus, Jr. and Aley Edward Cyrus both of Fort Gay; 2 sisters, Ruth Ferguson of Fort Gay and Opal Burrows of Columbus, 23 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Apr 11 at Smith Chapel Church by Noah Robertson. Burial was in Robertson Cemetery in Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

DANIELS, Mexie (Miller)
1910-1998
Mexie Miller Daniels, 87, of Louisa, died Monday, Apr 13 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Daniels was born Dec 15, 1910, at Norris, KY, a daughter of the late Hez and Julia Ann Thompson Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Daniels, and a daughter, Doris Ann Primavera. She was a retired clerk, farmer and a Freewill Baptist. Surviving are several cousins and a host of friends. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Apr 16 at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

JACKSON, Clarence
1916-1998
Clarence Jackson, 81, of Louisa, died Thursday, Apr 2 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Jackson was born Apr 12, 1916 in Pike County, a son of the late Jake and Hannah Rose Jackson. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Smokey Valley Enterprise Church and a member of the United Mine Workers Union. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Ann Lee Jackson; 2 daughters, Sherla (Arovel) Triplett of Obetz, OH and Lucille (Danny) Diamond of Catlettsburg, 8 sons, Homer Jackson of Grove City, OH, Donald (Joy) Jackson of Carroll, OH, James Earl (Gwinn) Jackson, Millard (Donna) Jackson, Elmer (Tammy) Jackson, Clarence Jr. (Angie) Jackson, Cleve Edward (Patricia) Jackson, Harold Butch (Debbie) Jackson, all of Louisa, a sister, Dora Blankenship of Phelps, 22 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Apr 4 at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Bobby Workman and Rev. Steve Snider. Burial was in the Jackson family cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

JORDAN, Carrie (Boggs)
1934-1998
Carrie Jordan, 64, of Louisa, died Friday, Apr 17 at Vencor Hospital in Louisville. Mrs. Jordan was born Feb 27, 1934 at Prestonsburg, a daughter of the late John and Virgie Blair Boggs. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Victoria Pigg. Surviving are her husband, Bill Jordan of Louisa, 2 daughters, Sheri Smith and Debra Moore, both of Louisa, a son, Bobby Jordan of Lowmansville, a sister, Elena Caudill of Blue Ridge, GA; a brother, John H. Boggs of Hilliard, OH and 5 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Apr 20 at Wilson Funeral Home by Brother Billy Boyd and Brother Joe Moore. Burial will be in Loar-Jordan Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

JORDAN, Curt
1917-1998
Curt Jordan, 80, of Louisa, died Friday, Mar 28 at his home. Mr. Jordan was born Mar 14, 1917 in Louisa, a son of the late Cora Jordan. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Legion and D.A.V. Surviving are a cousin, Nancy Bowling of Waverly, OH, and a special friend Joe Wells of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Monday, Mar 30 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Burgess Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1998

LANHAM, Ethel (Hill)
1906-1998
Ethel Hill Lanham, 91, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Apr 20, in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Lanham was born Dec 9, 1906 in Marion, NC, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Minnie Holt Hill. She was a retired school teacher and taught in the Wayne County School system for 42 years and was a member of Retired Teachers Association. Surviving are a sister, Louise Noe of Fort Gay, 4 brothers, Robert Hill of Savannah, GA, Herbert Hill of Titusville, FL, John Hill of Ashland and Charles Tod Hill of Fort Gay. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Apr 23 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Maynard and Rev. Mack Cyrus. Burial will be in the Hill Cemetery, Fort Gay. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

LEMASTER, Marvin Dale
1955-1998
Dr. Marvin Dale Lemaster, 43, of Decatur, IL, died Wednesday, Mar 18 in Rochester, MN. Dr. Lemaster was born Feb 5, 1955, a son of James T. Lemaster of Louisa and the late Margaret E. Lemaster. He was a psychiatrist practicing in Quincy and Centrailina, IL before opening his own practice in Decatur in 1996 and an Army and Air Force veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Vickey Grindley Lemaster of Decatur; 2 daughters, Amee Davis of Spokane, WA and Erin Lemaster of Decatur; a son, Brian Farthing of Spokane; a granddaughter, Emma Loraine Davis and a sister, Pam Sharmon of Louisa. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1998

LEVERETT, Ralph
1910-1998
Ralph “Red” Leverett, 87, of Louisa, died Sunday, Apr 5, following an extended illness. Mr. Leverett was born Nov 26, 1910, in Anderson, SC, a son of the late Thomas Leverett. He was a retired U. S. Army staff sergeant and was a World War II and Korean War veteran. He was retired military police officer a the Nuremburg war trials and served in Alaska, Germany, France, Hawaii and Japan. Surviving are his wife, Edna Fraley Thompson Leverett, 3 daughters, Peggy Nelson, Patty Cook and Bessie Chandler, all of Louisa, a son, Jimmy Leon Thompson of Loveland, CO; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Apr 7 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Herman Wellman and Danny Saul officiating. A military service was performed by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89, both of Louisa. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

LOWE, Betty (Jordan)
1946-1998
Betty Lowe, 51, of Versailles, KY, formerly of Louisa, died Saturday, Apr 18, at UK Medical Center, Lexington. Mrs. Lowe was born Jul 13, 1946 in Lawrence County, the daughter of the late Fred and Shellie Jordan. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Herman Lowe, 5 daughters, Susan Spears of Blaine, Lois Huff, Dixie Lowe and Earlene Lowe, all of Versailles, and Donna Huff of Fort Riley, KS; one son, Herman D. Lowe of Versailles; 2 sisters, Virginia Darlene Little of Fort Gay, WV and Carolyn Moore of Louisa; 2 brothers, William Jordan and Elbert Carter both of Louisa and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Apr 23 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Loar-Jordan Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1998

MAY, Kenneth
1918-1998
Kenneth May, 79, of Cincinnati, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Mar 22 in Cincinnati. Mr. May was born Apr 11, 1918, in Louisa, a son of the late Saul and Elizabeth Adkins May. He was a former machinist with General Electric in Evendale, OH, and an Army veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Hazel Chaffins May, a son and daughter in law, Kenneth Wayne and Wanda May of Cincinnati, 2 sisters, Virginia Martha Bradley and Effie Louise Short, both of Louisa and a brother, Dennie Ross Chaffin of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Mar 27 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Paul Ray Diamond. Burial was in Chaffin Cemetery in Morgans Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1998

MAYNARD, Ethel (Fitzpatrick)
1912-1998
Ethel Maynard, 85, of Louisa, died Thursday, Apr 9 at her home. Mrs. Maynard was born Jul 31, 1912 in Clifford, a daughter of the late James and Kathryn Farr Fitzpatrick. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alvis Maynard in 1977. She was a member of New Friendship United Baptist Church. Surviving are 5 daughters, Virginia Frazier, Betty K. Horn both of route 5, Louisa, Shirley Whiting, Jackson, OH, Marie Frazier, Louisa, Hazelene Harrison, Grove City, OH, a son: Chester Armstrong, Louisa; 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Apr 11 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Fitzpatrick Cemetery. Young Funeral Home  was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

MOORE, Beulah Magdalene (Meuth)
1903-1998
Beulah Magdalene Meuth Moore, 94, of Louisa, died Friday, Apr 24, after a long illness. Mrs. Moore was born Jun 5, 1903, at the family farm in Henderson, KY, a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Annie Gerlach Meuth. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Frederick Moore, in 1988, and 2 brothers, Charles and John Meuth. She was a retired school teacher, and taught in the Lawrence County school system for 1954 to 1968. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky State Normal College and University of Kentucky. She also taught in Flat Gap, KY, North Carolina, and Barboursville, KY. She was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church, Louisa Women’s Club and Lawrence County Homemakers Club. Surviving are 2 sons, Dr. James F. (Donna) Moore of Mountain Grove, MO and Dr. John A. (Becky) Moore of Midway, KY; 3 grandchildren, Gina Marie Moore of Parump, NV, Joseph F. Moore of Springfield, MO and Leah Anne Yagodich of Cincinnati, OH. The funeral was conducted Monday, Apr 27 at the Louisa United Methodist Church by Dr. Richard Held. Burial was in Cyrus Cemetery, Whites Creek, WV. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 29,1 998

MOORE, Ruby Clara Cathlene (McKinster)
1915-1998
Ruby Clara Cathlene Moore, 82, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Mar 25 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Moore was born Sep 9, 1915 in Adams, a daughter of the late John and Sarah Moore McKinster. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mont Moore in 1963; and 2 sons, Bobby Dean Moore and Billy Levahn Moore. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mary Francis Moore Adkins of Louisa and Julia Irene Wycuff of Orlando, FL, a son, James Donald Moore of Columbus, OH; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday Mar 28 at Young Funeral Home by Joe McKinster. Burial was in McKinster Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1998

NORTHRUP, Larry
1948-1998
Larry Northrup, 49, of Fallsburg, died Tuesday, Apr 14, following an extended illness. Mr. Northrup was born Oct 6, 1948 at Dayton, OH, a son of the late Cecil T. and Pauline Bentley Northrup. He was a member of Savage Memorial United Methodist church. Surviving are 2 sisters, Wanda Sue Stoneburner of Centerville, OH, and Sandra Lee Cunningham of Spring Valley, OH, and a brother, Richard Cecil Northrup of Columbus, OH. The funeral will be conducted Friday, Apr 17 at 11 a.m. at Savage Memorial United Methodist Church by Rev. Jack Savage. Burial will be in Casey Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

PECK, Mary (Asher)
1921-1998
Mary Asher Peck, 76, of Spartanburg, SC, formerly of Louisa, died Wednesday, Apr 22. Mrs. Peck was born May 27, 1921, in Leslie County, KY, a daughter of the late Elige and Della Coots Asher. She was a member of Peace Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Frank Peck of Spartanburg; 2 daughters, Gladys Scaggs of Phoenix, AZ and Sally Moore of Monroe, MI; a son, Forrest Peck of Chesnee, SC; 2 sisters, Rose Asher and Nancy Sizemore, both of Cinda, KY; 2 brothers, Rufus Asher and Levi Asher, both of Cinda, 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Apr 26 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 29, 1998

PHELPS, Bonnie Jean (Witten)
1928-1998
Bonnie Jean Phelps, 70, of Ft. Myers, FL, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at South West Regional Medical Center in Ft. Myers, Fl. She was born February 24, 1928, in Johnson County, the daughter of late Chester Witten, Jr. and Virginia Welch Witten. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death, her husband, Denzel Phelps, who died the same day in the same hospital; one brother, James Witten; and one sister, Hermale Witten. Surviving are 1 son, Ronnie Stambaugh of Lake Placid, FL; 2 daughters, Sherolyn Howard of Louisa; Denise Nelson of Ft. Myers, Fl; one brother, Harold Witten and Chester Witten, Jr. both of Sitka; 3 sisters, Jackie Arrowood of Thelma; Betty McKenzie of Cannonsburg; and Joan Witten of Sitka; 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The funeral for the couple was Monday April 6, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel by Minister Dave Flannery. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

PHELPS, Denzel
1925-1998
Denzel Phelps, 72, of Ft. Myers, Fl, died, Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at South West Regional Medical Center in Ft. Myers, Fl. Mr. Phelps was born November 11, 1925, in Johnson County, the son of Laura Webb, who survives and the late Bruce Phelps. His wife, Bonnie Jean Phelps, died the same day in the same hospital. He was the district manager for the Southland Corporation and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Surviving are a daughter, Denise Nelson of Fort Myers, a step daughter, Sherolyn Howard of Lousia, 2 sons, James Phelps of Indianapolis, IN; David Phelps of Richmond; and one step son, Ronnie Stambaugh of Lake Placid, Fl; one brother Bruce Alvis Phelps of South Shore; 2 sisters, Martalene Preston of Williamsport and Ernestine Blair of Clarksville, TN; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild.  The funeral for the couple was conducted Monday April 6, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Dave Flannery officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

ROBERTS, Benjamin Leroy
1927-1998
Benjamin Leroy Roberts, Jr., Greencove Springs, FL died Thursday, Apr 16. Mr. Roberts was born Jan 3, 1927 in Louisa, a son of the late Benjamin Harrison and Mary Adams Roberts. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mildred L. Calton and a brother, Melvin Keith Roberts. He was a member of Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church. He was retired from General Motors, Delco products of Dayton, OH and a World War II Air Force veteran. He was a member of Alpha Lodge #729 F & AM, a member of Antioch Shrine, Past Patron of Belmont Chapter O.E.S. of Dayton, OH, also a life member of York Rite, Palatka, FL, honorary member and Tyler Emeritus of Cabul Lodge #116 of Greencove Springs, FL. Surviving are his loving wife, Kelsa Roberts of 49 years, 2 sisters, Anna K. Scarberry and Edith Baker, both of Louisa, 3 brothers, Marvin B. Roberts and Wendell P. Roberts, both of Louisa, and Victor Eugene Roberts of St. Augustine, FL; several nieces and nephews, and other family and friends. The funeral was conducted Monday, Apr 20 by the Rev. Charley Hunt at Helm Funeral Home Chapel, Greencove Springs. An O.E.S. service was conducted Sunday, Apr 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Masonic graveside rites were held at the cemetery. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery in Greencove Springs. Helm Funeral Home, Greencove Springs was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

SAMMONS, Emogene (York)
1929-1998
Emogene Sammons, 68, of Gahanna, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday, Apr 7 in Columbus, OH. Mrs. Sammons was born Aug 24, 1929, in Louisa, a daughter of Mont and Cora Roberts York. Her husband, Harlon I. Sammons, died in 1996. Surviving are 4 daughters, Barbara L. Carleton, Anna L. Rookstool, Dorothy K. Micacchion all of Gahanna, OH, Patricia T. Jenkins, Goodyear, AZ; a brother, Clifford York, Seattle, WA, 3 sisters: Virginia Bailey, Louisa, Helen Sammons, Pataskala, OH, Dorothy Frye, Logan, WV; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Apr 11 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.  Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

SENTERS, Baxter G. Jr.
1935-1998
Baxter G. Senters, 62, of Ashland, died Sunday, April 4 in Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, OH. Mr. Senters was born May 18, 1935, in Ashland, the son of the late Baxter G.  and Esta Miller Senters. He was a retired foreman from Armco with 32 years of service and a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include his step mother, Julia Thompson Senters of Louisa; his wife, Shirley Browning Senters of Ashland; a son, Roy Brett Senters of Springfield, OH; a daughter Baxcetta Jean Senters of Springfield, OH; three brothers, Lon Senters of Louisa, Jack Senters  and Herman "Curt" Senters, both of South Shore; two sisters, Helen Perry of Cape Coral, FL and Geraldine Hardin of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Tuesday April 7 at Steen Funeral Home-Cannonsburg Chapel by Dr. Michael Routt and Dr. Charles Stewart. Burial was in Rose Hill Mausoleum. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

SHEELEY, Celia Gladys (Webb)
1919-1998
Celia Gladys Webb Sheeley, 78, died Sunday, Mar 29 in a nursing home in Columbus, OH. Mrs. Sheeley was born Aug 19, 1919, in Webbville, a daughter of Lafe and Vina Ward Webb. She was preceded in death by 2 husband, Joseph Kennedy and Eugene Sheeley and 2 brothers,  Roscoe Allen Webb and Martin Virgil Webb. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara June Kennedy, a son, Eugene Sheeley, 3 sisters, Ruth Webb Carter of Columbus, OH, Thelma Webb Young of Catlettsburg, and Anna Jean Webb Price of Ohio and a step sister, Ivory Wheeler. The funeral was conducted in Columbus, OH at Evans Funeral Home. Burial was in Glen Rest Cemetery at Reynoldsburg, OH. Big Sandy News, Apr 8, 1998

SMITH, Ruic
1912-1998
R. O. Ruic Smith, 85, of Louisa, died Saturday, Mar 28, in the Hospice Care Unit at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. He had made his home with his daughter, Jannie Lynn Merritt of Lexington. Mr. Smith was born Oct 24, 1912, in Johnson County, a son of the late Winston and Jannie Lynn Cantrell Smith. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Irene Wheeler Smith in 1994. He was the owner and manager of R. O. smith Sunoco Service Station in Louisa. He was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of the Apperson Masonic Lodge 195 F & AM, Louise Chapter 292 O.E.S., Louisa and El Hasa Temple AAONMS, Ashland, Additional survivors include 2 grandchildren, Teresa Lankous of Bremo Bluff, VA and Kevin Merritt of Arlington, VA and a sister, Sophronia Crisp of Kissimmee, FL. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Mar 31 at Heston Funeral Home by Dr. Richard Held. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. The Apperson Lodge held a service Monday, Mar 30. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1998

SPEARS, Roy Everett
1962-1998
Roy Everett Spears, 36, of Blaine, died Sunday, Apr 18, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mr. Spears was born Mar 15, 1962, at Columbus, OH, a son of Loraine Salyers Spears of Blaine and the late Walker Everett Spears. He was a farmer. Additional survivors include his wife, Suzanne Lowe Spears of Blaine, 2 daughters, Renee McKinster of Louisa and Santeena Spears of Blaine; 4 sons, Joseph Lee McKinster of Louisa, Zachery Spears, Brandon Spears and Matthew Spears, all of Blaine, 2 sisters, Della Fay Vanover and Elizabeth Fyffe both of Blaine and one grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Apr 22 at 10 a.m. at Blaine Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Joe Daniels. Burial will be in Edwards Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

SPENCER, Ardela (Hayes)
1889-1998
Ardela Spencer, 108, of Louisa, died Friday, March 27 in Wheeler Family Care Center. Mrs. Spencer was born Aug 11, 1889, at Mattie, a daughter of the late Matthew and Julie McKinster Hayes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Spencer in 1950.  She was a member of Spencer Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are three sisters, Emma Galone of California, Tina Webber of Columbus, OH, and Jewell Blackburn of Louisa; and a brother, Ottis Hayes of FL. The funeral was conducted Monday, March 30 at Spencer Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Danny Saul and The Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Judd Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 1, 1998

STEWART, Omar “Van”
1922-1998
Omar “Van” Stewart, 75, died Feb 6 at his home. Mr. Stewart was born May 12, 1922 in Webbville, KY, to the late Homer and Lottie Ward Stewart. He lived and worked in Columbus, OH, following his marriage to his beloved wife, Lucille Ohlinger Stewart on Feb 20, 1949. An active and charismatic man, Omar had a wide range of interests and activities. He was a respected lay minister and gifted gospel music artist who hosted his own WCVO radio prayer program for many years. He was an avid gardener and also traveled frequently visiting family and friends from Florida to Alaska. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who was fond of spending hours cataloging his many pictures, letters and mementos of his five children and 11 grandchildren. He was a Bible scholar as well as  a studious recorder of his family’s history. In addition to his membership in the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Omar served in World War II as a Naval Chief Petty Officer aboard several warships in the Pacific theater. An active member of V.F.W. Post 6065, his outgoing and personable charm made him a popular speaker at various prayer breakfasts, business luncheons and young people’s conventions. He was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church, a graduate of Hilliard High School Class of 1940, and a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife, of 49 years, Lucille Stewart, one daughter, Janet (David) Sperbeck, Alaska, 4 sons, Donald (Carol) Stewart, Florida, James Stewart, Texas, and John Gail Stewart, Hilliard, OH, David (Vickey) Stewart, Powell, OH; and 11 grandchildren, Aaron, Laurajane, Max, Ben, Nicole, LeAnne, Amer, Amy, Alisha, Paige, and Jeffery. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb 11 at the Faith Assembly of God Church in West Jefferson with Pastor Jerry Poff officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

WALLER, Helen M. (DeOca)
1932-1998
Helen M. Waller, 65, of Warrenton, VA, died Tuesday, Apr 14 in Warrenton Hospital. Mrs. Waller was born Oct 3, 1932 at San Antonio, TX, a daughter of the late Manuel Montez and Delfine Vasquea DeOca. Surviving are her husband, Jack E. Waller, Jr., of Warrenton, 2 sons, Jack E. Waller, Jr. and Steve Anthony Waller both of Warrenton, a brother, Manuel Montez DeOca of Boise, ID and 2 sisters, Estella Perez and Alice Aguilar, both of San Antonio. The funeral will be conducted Saturday, Apr 18 at11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Jack E. Waller officiating. Burial will be in Wellman Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 15, 1998

WILKS, John Henry
1938-1998
John Henry Wilks, 60, of Webbville, died Thursday, Apr 16, at his home. Mr. Wilks was born Mar 15, 1938, in Webbville, a son of Albert and Shirley Mae Jordan Wilks of Webbville. He was preceded in death by a son, John Henry Wilks, Jr., and 2 brothers, Joe Wilks and Charles Wilks. He was a carpenter with Gibbs Quality Home Improvement. Additional survivors include his wife, Phyllis Wilks, 7 daughters, Deborah Presley of Webbville, Patricia Wright of Summit, Jonda Elkins of Huntington, WV, Kathy Britton of Key Stone, FL, Teresa Crabtree of Obetz, OH, Angie Worstell of Circleville, OH and Sandy Caudill of Ashland; 3 sons, Jerry Wilks of Louisa, Wayne Wilks of Columbus and Danny Wilks of Webbville; 4 sisters, Geneva Humphrey of Indiana, Hazel Chaffins of Webbville, Ruth Hatfield of Columbus; and Ruby Leibee of Ashland, 4 brothers, Donald Wilks, Noah Wilks, Elisha Wilks, and Albert Wilks, Jr., all of Louisa, 24 grandchildren and a great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Sunday Apr 19 at Webb Chapel by the Rev. David Henderson and the Rev. Ralph Hogston. Burial was in Wilks family cemetery in Webbville. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Apr 22, 1998

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BAILEY, Mary Tressie (Sparks)
1906-1998
Mary Tressie Bailey, 92, of Martha, died Monday, May 25 at Elliott Nursing and Rehab Center at Sandy Hook. Mrs. Bailey was born May 18, 1906, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Charles F. and Virgie Sparks. She was a retired merchant and a member of the Mazie Union Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Charles (Frances) Ishmael Bailey of Martha, 2 granddaughters, Mary Janis Green of Westchester, OH, and Pamela Elizabeth Holbrook of West Liberty, 4 great granddaughters, Kristi Huff, Rebecca Adkins, Regan Allen and Megan Allen, and 2 brothers, Russell Sparks of Sacramento, CA and Rev. Kenneth Sparks of Anderson, IN.  The funeral will be conducted Thursday, May 28 at the Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home at Sandy Hook by the Rev. Emmitt Barker and Rev. Kenneth Sparks. Burial will be in Elliott County Memory Gardens. Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home, Sandy Hook, is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1998

BUTLER, Harold R.
Harold R. Butler, 53, of Frankfort, formerly of Lawrence County, died Monday, May 4. Mr. Butler was the son of Louella Young Butler Crabtree of Louisa and the late Robert L. Butler. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James R. Butler. He was a CPA for 33 years and owned and operated Butler and Associates for 20 years. He was a graduate of Louisa High School and the University of Kentucky, a member of the UK Alumni Association, American Society of CPA’s, Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and was a former president of the Kentucky Society of CPA’s. He attended Crestwood Baptist church. Additional survivors include his wife, Sandra K. Polly Butler of Frankfort; 2 sons, Steven R. Butler and Michael T. Butler  both of Frankfort, a brother, Samuel K. Butler of  Ashland and 2 sisters, Betty L. Vanhorn of Shelbyville and Janice Webb of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, May 7 at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wallace Kent officiating. Burial was in Frankfort Cemetery. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

CATON, Dorothy (Branham)
1919-1998
Dorothy Ann Caton, 78, of Coshocton, OH, formerly of Warsaw, died Saturday, May 2. Mrs. Caton was born May 4, 1919, in Clifford to the late Drew J. and Lizzie Jane Maynard Branham. She was also preceded in death by her first husband on Jan 2, 1969, Bernard “Pud” Foster, who she married Nov 4, 1950. She was a member of New Friendship United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Edward Caton, Jr., whom she married Jun 11, 1977, a daughter, Diana (Jack T.) Jones of Newcomerstown, grandson, Jason Andrew Bookless of Coshocton, OH, a sister, Thelma Jean (Richard E.) Huges of Canal Winchester, OH and many friends. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, May 6 at 1 p.m. at Fischer Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Rev. Ron Davis officiating. Burial will be in South Lawn Cemetery, Coshocton. Fischer Funeral Home, Warsaw, OH is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, May 6, 1998

CYRUS, Elbert
1931-1998
Elbert (Tick) Cyrus, 66, of Brodax VA, died Tuesday, May 5 at his home. Mr. Cyrus was born Sep 16, 1931, a son of the late Everett and Nolda Cyrus of Fort Gay, WV. He was a war veteran and retired from Teck Form Inc. of Shelby, OH. Surviving are his wife, of 45 years, Phyllis Jean Hinkle Cyrus, formerly of Louisa, a son, Mitchell (Beth) Cyrus of Greensboro, NC, 3 daughters, Betty Lee (Hugh) Debury of Virginia Beach, VA, Virginia Ann (Ron) Roub and Helen Faye (Mike) Miller, all of Sandstone, VA; 2 brothers, Alvis Cyrus of Doyline, LA and Ed Cyrus of Lavalette, WV; 6 sisters, Dorothy Chafin of Chesapeake, OH, Dora Taggart of Wooster, OH, Katheryn Ratcliffe of Fort Gay, Judy Ellis of Michigan and Jean Tobler and Carolyn Zollinger, both of Columbus, OH; 5 grandchildren, 2 granddaughters, and one step granddaughter. The funeral was conducted at Crowder-Hite Crew Funeral Home, South Hill, VA by Clergy Buddy Cyrus. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1998

DOBSON, John Lewis, Sr.
1927-1998
John Lewis Dobson, Sr., 70, of Bloomingdale, GA died Tuesday, Apr 27 in St. Joseph Hospital. Mr. Dobson was born Jul 29, 1927, in Hampton County, SC, a son of the late William F. and Ruth J. Hadwin Dobson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Lee Dobson in 1986, and a daughter, DeAnna L. Dobson. He was a 3rd Degree Mason and retired from the U. S. Air Force. Surviving are 2 sons, John Lewis Dobson, Jr., and James Lee Dobson, both of Bloomingdale, GA, 2 brothers, William F. Dobson of Statesboro, GA and Ralph Dobson of Conway, SC; 2 sisters, Betty Dubberly of Jacksonville, FL and Alberta Bennett of Savannah, GA and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Saturday May 2 at Buchanan Chapel by the Rev. Keith Workman. Burial was in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1998

DOTSON, Garley
1938-1998
Garley Dotson, 60, of Louisa, died Friday, May 15 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Dotson was born Feb 2, 1938, at Pikeville, a son of Rant Dotson of Ransom and the late Nellie Coleman Dotson. He was a retired coal miner with the Eastern Coal Company. Additional survivors include his wife, Jane Ann Dotson, 2 daughters, Shelva Dotson of Sprigg, WV, and Linda Pilkin of Lowmansville; 7 sons, Jerry Dotson of Phelps, Garley Dotson, Jr. of Salyersville, Carl Dotson of Lenore, WV, Walter Dotson of Paintsville, Brian Dotson, Allen Dotson and Larry Dotson, all of Louisa, 2 sisters, Alice Combs of Hazard and Julia May of Hardy; 3 brothers, Dallas Dotson of Ransom, Donald Dotson of Ohio and Ronald Dotson of Ashland; 5 half sisters, 2 half brothers, and 15 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, May 18 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Damron Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

DUNFORD-Rumfield, Anna Louise (Hayes)
1920-1998
Anna Louise Dunford-Rumfield, 77, of Louisa, died Tuesday, May 19 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Dunford-Rumfield was born Jul 11, 1920 in Jenkins, a daughter of the late B. Zeal and Bessie Johnson Hayes. Her husband, Ralph Rumfield, died in 1970. She was a former laborer with Federal Glass in Columbus, OH. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Friday, May 22 at Cando Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Hayes Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1998

EDWARDS, Jewell (Hale)
1921-1998
Jewell Edwards, 76, of Blaine, died Monday, May 18 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Edwards was born Aug 2, 1921 at Stambaugh, a daughter of the late Willie and Julia Edwards Hale. Surviving are 2 sons, Billy J. Edwards and Roger Lee Edwards, both of Blaine. A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at Edwards family cemetery by the Rev. Bondie Salyers. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

HANNAH, Hollie Josephine (Sperry)
1929-1998
Hollie Josephine Hannah, 68, of Crum, WV, died Friday, May 1. Mrs. Hannah was born Jun 18, 1929, in Marrowbone, WV, a daughter of the late Dewey Sperry and Mary Jane Evans Sperry Dillon. Surviving are her husband, James “Yogi” Arnold Hannah of Webb, 3 daughters, Barbara Romans of Columbus, OH, and Ruth Johnson and Joyce Carley, both of Webb, 3 sons, Earnest Hannah and Donald Earl Hannah both of Crum, WV and James Russell Hannah of Matewan, WV; 3 half sisters, 4 half brothers, 16 grandchildren, one step grandchild, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1998

HARDWICK, Ray J.
1918-1998
Ray J. Hardwick, 80, of Fort Gay, died Friday, May 1 at his residence. Mr. Hardwick was born Mar 25, 1918 in Grassy, WV, a son of the late George W. and Rosa Crace Hardwick. He was a World War II Army veteran, a retired employee of the Wayne County School System, and a member of American Legion Post 89 of Louisa. Surviving are his wife, Marie Wellman Hardwick; 4 daughters: Anna Wellman, Webbville, Rosa Moore, Waverly, OH, Donna Cox, Cardington, OH, Mary Salyer, Blaine, KY; 4 sons: Joseph R. Hardwick, Salyersville, KY, Charles L. Hardwick, Fort Gay, George E. Hardwick, Radnor, WV, Harold E. Hardwick, Huntington, WV; 2 brothers, Colonel E. Hardwick, and James V. Hardwick both of Fort Gay; 4 sisters: Verna Mae Wellman, Springfield, OH, Beatrice Robinett and Belva Vinson both of Fort Gay and Wilma Coburn of Louisa; 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren.  The funeral was conducted Monday, May 4 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus and Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Charles Hardwick Cemetery. A military graveside service was performed by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89, both of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1998

JANES, Grace Marie (Branham)
1918-1998
Grace Marie Branham Janes, 79, of Mansfield, died Friday, Feb 27 a the Cleveland Clinic after a sudden illness. Mrs. Janes was born in Louisa, on Mar 1, 1918, a daughter of the late Samuel and Frances Derifield Branham and had resided in the Mansfield area since 1948. she was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Janes; 2 sisters, Ann E. clay, Erie B. Wireman and one brother, William D. Branham. She attended Morehead University, Marshall College, graduated from Ashland University with a B. S. in Education and later earned her Masters Degree in Education from the Ohio State University. She began her teaching career at age 18 in Kentucky, with continued service in the Chillicothe, Lucas, and Mansfield City Schools. In 1967, she became the Principal at Raemelton Elementary School, retiring from there in 1976. She served as past president of the Mansfield Education Association, Past President of Mansfield Women’s club, a former member of Ruth Chapter #17 Order of Eastern Star, Cosmopolitan Club, Lucas Garden Club and was a member of First Congregational Church. She is survived by 2 daughters and sons in law, Jody and Don Nash and Ellen and Ken Haring; 3 grandchildren, Olivia and Ardath Nash and Cameron Haring, all of Mansfield, one sister and her family, Blanche Burns and Sondra and Bill Asher along with a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the First Congregational Church with Rev. Cliff Schutjer officiating. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

LASSITER, Carlotta (Hensley)
1943-1998
Carlotta Hensley Lassiter, 55, of Louisa, died Saturday, May 23 at her home. Mrs. Lassiter was born Mar 20, 1943, at Roanoke, VA, a daughter of Virginia Kirk Pennington of Louisa and the late Grayson Hensley. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Denise Dietz, and step father, James Elmer Pennington. She was a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 sons, David Lassiter of West Liberty and Mike Lassiter of Louisa, a brother, Charles Eddie Hensley of Louisa; a sister, Deborah Pennington of Louisville; 2 nieces, Jenny Dietz and Kimberly Hensley Fraley and a nephews, Eddie Hensley. The funeral was conducted Monday, May 25 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Vinnie Vanhoose. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1998

MAHON, Jenny (Vinson)
1938-1998
Geneva “Jenny” Mahon, 59, of Fort Gay, died Friday, May 22. Mrs. Mahon was born Oct 17, 1938, in Logan County, WV, a daughter of the late Monzola and Alice Smith Vinson. She was the owner and operator of Jenny’s Snip-Kurl and a member of the Isaac Park Church of Louisa. Surviving are her husband, Jessie Mahon, 2 daughters, Shaunna Mahon of Fort Gay and Mrs. Keith (Gail) Perrin of Nicholasville; 2 brothers, William J. Vinson of Fort Gay and Jim B. Vinson of Logan; 5 sisters, Zella Phifer of Logan, Tootsie Brewer of Wharncliffe, WV, Creasey Mahon of Belo, WV, Helen Kavulick of Lenore, WV and Barbara Baisden of Logan and 2 grandchildren, Kimberly Perrin and Allyson Perrin, both of Nicholasville. The funeral was conducted Monday, May 26 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bob Daniels and Rev. Paul Finley. Burial was in Vinson family cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1998

MATOVICH, Pauline (Lakin)
1912-1998
Pauline Lakin Matovich, 85, of Prichard, WV, died Thursday, Apr 30 at her residence. Mrs. Matovich was born Sep 22, 1912 in Prichard, a daughter of the late Cornea “Doc” and Erie Christian Lakin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Matovich in 1994; 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She was a member of the Big Hurricane Baptist Church for 75 years and a retired school teacher for Wayne County School System. Surviving are a sister, Mary Lakin Frazier, of Fort Gay; a sister in law, Muriel Lakin of Grants Pass, OR, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and relatives. The funeral was conducted at Big Hurricane Baptist Church by Pastor Jerry Workman. Burial was in Matovich Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1998

MAYNARD, B. W.
1928-1998
B. W. Maynard, 70, of Louisa, died Friday, May 8 in Louisa. Mr. Maynard was born Apr 15, 1928 in Gulnar, a son of the late Delmar and Maudie Sesco Maynard. He was  a retired foreman with Duffy Motts and a member of Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Ellen Mae Maynard, 5 daughters, Melinda Christian, Ruth Fissler, and Bonnie Russell, all of Fallsburg, Mildred Newsome of Owenton, and Fonnie Elliott of Verona, a son, Donnie Maynard of Independence, 2 sisters, Eunice Smith of Brockport, NY and Loy Cline of Michigan, 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 10 at Young Funeral Home by J. W. Holcomb. Burial was in Maynard family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, My 13, 1998

MAYNARD, Nelcie (Hammonds)
1910-1998
Nelcie Maynard, 87, of Fort Gay, WV, died Thursday, Apr 30 at her home. Mrs. Maynard was born May 12, 1910, in Clifford, a daughter of the late Garrett and Tella McKenzie Hammonds. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Maynard and 2 grandchildren, Glen Maynard, Jr. and Roy C. Maynard. She was a United Baptist. Surviving are a daughter, Goldie Taylor of Rising Sun, IN, 3 sons, Glen Maynard of Palm Bay, FL, Jack Maynard and Harold E. Maynard, both of Fort Gay, a sister, Elsie Senters of Yatesville, 23 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 3 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Hammonds family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 6, 1998

MONTGOMERY, Shirley Ann (Griffey)
1925-1998
Shirley Ann Montgomery, 72, of Wayne, WV, died Monday, May 11 in the Wayne Continuous Care. Mrs. Montgomery was born Dec 22, 1925 in Isban, WV, a daughter of the late Phil and Mammie Cockran Griffey. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband, Charles Montgomery, 4 daughters, Linda Chaffin of Red Jacket, WV, Tracy Altrice of Astor, FL, Paula Peatross of Lavalette, WV and Elizabeth Ann Murray of Ormond Beach, FL; a son, Phil Montgomery, of Wayne; a brother, John Boyd Maynard of Dayton, OH, 4 sisters, Sally Wright, Gloria Salyers, and Patricia Carpenter, all of  Dayton, OH, and Mildred Curry of Princeton, WV and 6 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Fred Peatross. Burial will be in Lynch Cemetery, Salt Petre, WV. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1998

MUNCY, Hazel Faye (Taylor)
1931-1998
Hazel Faye Taylor Muncy, 66, of Lovely, died Monday, May 4 inn Highlands Regional medical Center. Mrs. Muncy was born Sep 12, 1931, in Lovely, a daughter of the late Perry and Wilda Blackburn Taylor. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ivon Taylor and a sister, Ora Anderson. Surviving are a son, David (Tracy) Muncy of Lowville, NY, 5 daughters, Paula (Brad) Muncy Conners of West Bloomfieild, MI, Pamela Muncy Henry of Louisa, Priscilla Muncy (Jesse) Stevens of Crum, WV, Trisha Muncy Kirk of Wittensville, Phelicia Muncy (Donnie) Evans of Lovely; one brother, J. B. Taylor of Lavalette, WV; 2 sisters, Bertha Mills of Tomahawk and Mary Moore of Inez; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, May 7 at Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Warfield with Lonnie Smith officiating. Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Warfield, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 13, 1998

SPILLMAN, Willie
1909-1998
Willie Spillman, 88, of Webbville, died Wednesday May 13 at his home. Mr. Spillman was born Aug 28, 1909, at Twin Branch, a son of the late James Wylie and Victoria Berry Spillman. He was also preceded in death by 3 sons, Freddie Spillman, Willie Spillman, Jr., and Rev. Frank Spillman. He was a retired foreman at the Pittsburg Crucible Steel Company, a Baptist, a Kentucky Colonel, and a farmer. Surviving are his wife, of 62 years, Shirley Kitchen Spillman, a son, David and his wife, Peggy Spillman, of Columbus; 2 daughters, Patricia Adcock of Grove City, OH and Katheryn and her husband, Charles Chaffin of Bellville, OH; a daughter in law, Diana Spillman of Lexington; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 16, at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. David Boggs. Burial was in East Carter Memory Gardens, Grayson. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

TERRY, Eva Mae (Wiley)
1947-1998
Eva Mae Wiley Terry, 51, of Louisa, died Monday, May 25, at her residence. Mrs. Terry was born Apr 25, 1947, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Virgil and Shirley Mae Moore Wiley. She was a member of Garden of Hope Primitive Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, William D. Terry of Louisa, a step mother, Melvina Wiley of Louisa, 2 daughters, Vina Lou Terry and Susy Mae Terry both of Louisa; 2 sons, William Virgil Terry of Oil Springs and Bobby Carter Terry of Louisa; and 2 granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Terry and Jenny Loraine Terry. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. at Garden of Hope Primitive Baptist Church by Elder Darrell Ratliff, Elder Brad Dutton and Brother Tommy Meade. Burial will be in Fitch Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 27, 1998

WHITE, Donna Lou (Salmons)
1947-1998
Donna Lou White, 50, of Olive Hill, died Wednesday, May 13, following an extended illness. Mrs. White was born Jun 19, 1947, at Clifford, a daughter of Cordia Frazier Triplett of Olive Hill and the late Clifford Salmons. Additional survivors include 2 daughters, Rose White of Olive Hill and Ruth White of Grayson; 2 sons, Russell White and Rex Salmons, both of Olive Hill and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, May 17 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Frazier Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

YOUNG, Johnie
1907-1998
Johnie Young, 90, of Webbville, died Saturday, May 16, at his home. Mr. Young was born Aug 3, 1907, at Webbville, a son of the late Mart and Martha Pollie Holbrook Young. He was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Young, in 1983, and a daughter, Loretta Young in 1956. He was a farmer and served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Selena Wellman Young, 2 sons, Arnold Young of Louisa and Arlie Young of Webbville; 2 daughters, Loraine Young Adams of Grayson and Stella Mae Copley of Fort Gay, WV; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday May 19, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Matthew Adams and the Rev. Ralph Hogston. Graveside military rites were conducted by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Burial was in Young family cemetery, Webbville. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, May 20, 1998

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BAER, David Edward
1935-1998
David Edward Baer, 63, of Columbus, OH, died Thursday, May 28 at the University of Columbus Hospital. Mr. Baer  born Feb 8, 1935 at Ashland, a son of Alene Lambert Baer Bentley of Louisa and the late James R. Baer. He was a former employee of Lux Air of Elyria, OH. Additional survivors include a step father, Ray C. Bentley of Louisa, 2 daughters, Diana McClelland of St. Petersburg, FL and Marsha Griffith of Mount Vernon, KY; a step brother, David Bentley of Louisa, a sister, Deloris Ratliff of Ashland, step mother, Ann Baer of Ashland, a half brother, James Baer of Ashland, 5 half sisters, Violet Davidson of South Point, OH, Eleanor Davis of Rush, Judy Stidham of Brunswick, OH, Gloria Howard of Lawrenceburg and Barbara Baer of Ashland and 5 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jun 2 at the Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Starcher officiating. Burial was in Waddell Gilliam Cemetery, Carter County. Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1998

BLANKENSHIP, Faye (Wheeler)
1920-1998
Faye Wheeler Blankenship, 78, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jun 16 at the Wheeler Home Care, Louisa. Mrs. Blankenship was born May 14, 1920, in Blaine, a daughter of the late Tip and Tennie Skaggs Wheeler. Surviving are her husband, Arthur Blankenship, 2 sons, James L. Beard of Springfield, OH and Russell A. Beard of Springville, AL, and a brother, Russell T. Wheeler of Paragould, AR. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 20 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Paul Ray Diamond. Burial was in Myrtle Chapel Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1998

BOGGS, Ruben
1910-1998
Ruben J. Boggs, 87, of Blaine, died Thursday, Jun 18 in Elliott Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Boggs was born Nov 15, 1910, in Blevins, a son of the late Ed and Bertha Gambill Boggs. His wife, Edith Ellen Bogs, also preceded him in death. He was a farmer, a World War II veteran and a member of Cains Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 5 daughters, Imogene Browning of Russell, Jessie Lee Robinette of Cherokee, Phyllis Louise Salyers of Blaine, Wilma Ilene Pennington of Webbville and JoAnn Salyers of Sandy Hook; 3 sons, John Boggs of Sandy Hook, Gary Douglas Boggs of Flemingsburg and Ruben Stanley Boggs of Blaine; 19 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jun 21 at Cains Creek Freewill Baptist Church by Russell Griffith. Burial was in Boggs Cemetery in Cains Creek with military rites by V. F. W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 both of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1998

BROWN, Blanche Marie
1918-1998
Blanche Marie Brown, 79, of Paintsville, formerly of Lowmansville, died Sunday, May 31, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Brown was born June 28, 1918, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the  late Lewis and Rosa Castle Brown. She was a homemaker and member of Georges Creek United Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Gilbert and Robert Brown; one half-brother, Bill Brown; 2 half-sisters, Beulah Conley and Gus Akers. Surviving are one sister, Lillie Mae Brown of Vanceburg. The funeral will be Wednesday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Georges Creek United Baptist Church by Brother Paul Castle and Brother Carlos Preston. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery at Lowmansville with Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa in charge of arrangements.  Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1998

CAMPBELL, Arnold
1930-1998
Arnold Campbell, 67, of Louisa, died Saturday, Jun 6 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Campbell was born Jun 11, 1930, in Cherokee, KY, a son of the late Roscoe and Molly Holbrook Campbell. He was a service representative for the Baxter Company and a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association and Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis (Tiny) C. Campbell, of Louisa; 2 daughters, Connie Seely of Plain City, OH and Karen Smith of Freemont, OH; 3 sons, Mark Harber of Columbus, OH, Wes Harber of Kingston, OH and Derron Harber of Circleville, OH and 5 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, June 9 at the Louisa Church of God by Rev. John Simms. Burial was in Campbell Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1998

CASTLE, Jimmy Dean
1957-1998
Jimmy Dean Castle, 41 of Louisa, died Monday, Jun 8 at his residence. Mr. Castle was born January 7 1957, in Lawrence County, a son of Herbert Jr. and Kathleen Bevins Castle of Louisa. Additional survivors include special aunts, uncles, and cousins. The funeral was conducted Thursday June 11 at the George's Creek United Baptist Church, with Elders Carlos Preston and Paul Castle officiating. Burial was in the Sparks Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

COOK, Ronald T.
1947-1998
Ronald T. Cook, 50, of Springfield, MO, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Jun 11 in Springfield. Mr. Cook was born Nov 13, 1947, in Louisa, a son of Thomas Cook and the late Velma Lemaster Cook Horner. Additional survivors include his wife, Fredericakia Black Cook, a son, Troy Cook, of Detroit, MI, a brother, Donald Cook of Lancaster, OH; a sister, Mary Lou Thompson of Piketon, OH. Greenlawn Funeral Home in Springfield was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

COX, Madge Kathleen (Roberts)
1914-1998
Madge Kathleen Roberts Cox, 84, formerly of Webbville, died Monday Jun 8 at Boyd County Nursing Home. Mrs. Cox was born Apr 8, 1914, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late William Riley and Elba Riffe Roberts. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dan Cox, in 1962 and by one son, Paul Ray Cox, in 1954. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grayson. Surviving are 5 daughters, Betty Lou Vanhorn of Louisa, Joyce Williams of Cannonsburg, Kaye McDavid, Charlotte Thompson and Dinah Bustetter all of Grayson; 2 sons, James Cox of Hitchins, and Jackie Cox of Willard; 16 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Thursday, Jun 11 at Malone Funeral Home, Grayson, with minister, Gary Sparks officiating. Burial was in Riffe family cemetery, Willard. Malone Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

ENDICOT, Opal (Hammonds)
1929-1998
Opal Endicott,69, of Louisa, died Saturday, Jun 6 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Endicott was born Jan 20, 1929, in Martin County, a daughter of Oma Asher of Inez and the late Charles Hammonds. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Additional survivors include her husband of 50 years, Clifford Endicott, 2 sons, Clifford Dale Endicott of Louisa, and Richard Lee Endicott of Lauton, OK, 6 grandchildren, Buddy Endicott and Tim Endicott, both of Dallas, TX, Brandon Endicott of Lafettette, IN, Jacob Endicott of Michigan, Jessica Endicott of Kentucky and Kimberly Endicott of Lauton, OK; 3 brothers, Charles Hammonds, of Phoenix, AZ, Herman Hammonds, of Inez, and Don Hammonds, of Magadore, OH; 2 sisters, Helen Graham of Irving, TX; and Emma L. Horn of Columbus, OH. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Jun 10 by Brother Kenneth Wright and Brother Roy Fluty. Burial was in Fluty Lick Cemetery, Buffalo Horn. Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Inez, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

EVANS, Patty
1935-1998
Patty J. Evans, 62, of Webbville, died Tuesday, Jun 2 at her home. Mrs. Evans was born Dec 3, 1935, in Sandy Hook. Her husband, Lecester Evans died in 1994. She was a member of Watterson Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Ricky Lewis of Sandy Hook; 3 sisters, Plaine White of Ashville, OH, Ruby Lewis of Arizona and Sue Whitt of Sandy Hook; 3 brothers, Woody Lewis of Clarksburg, OH, Marion Lewis of Fairfield, and Eugene Lewis of Arizona; 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jun 5 at Webb Chapel by the Rev. Dewey Hogston and the Rev. Ralph Hogston. Burial was in Evans Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Jun 10, 1998

GRIFFITH, Mollie (Cantrell)
1911-1998
Mollie Cantrell Griffith, 87, of Martha, died Wednesday Jun 3 at her home. Mrs. Griffith was born Feb 11, 1911, in Flat Gap, a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin and Emily Josephine McDowell Cantrell. Her husband, Allen T. Griffith, also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Cordell Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Marie Kelly of Martha and Tera Evans of Louisa; 2 sons, Beecher Griffith of Catlettsburg and Billy Griffith of Ashville; 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jun 5 at Young Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Johnny Boggs and the Rev. Byron Ray. Burial was in Howard Skaggs Cemetery, Martha. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1998

GRUBB, Arville
1910-1998
Arville Grubb, 87, of Louisville, died Wednesday, Jun 3 in Louisville. Mr. Grubb was born Oct 24, 1910, in Ellen, a son of the late Willie Albert and Hester Anna Wellman Grubb. He was a retired teacher in Jefferson County school system and a member of the Beechmont United Methodist church in Louisville. Surviving are his wife, Amanda Rittenberry Grubb, 2 sons, William Arnold Grubb of Marietta, GA and Dr. Larry Keith Grubb of Silver Springs, MD, a daughter, Mrs. Conrad Selle of Louisville, a sister, Goldie Harmon of Georgia, and 6 grandchildren. A graveside service was conducted Friday, Jun 5 at Greenlawn Cemetery by Rev. Richard Held. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1998

HAZLETT, Lydia Evelyn (Sturgill)
1930-1998
Lydia Evelyn Hazlett, 67, of Louisa, died Saturday, Jun 20 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Hazlett was born Jul 17, 1930, in Blaine, a daughter of the late Vinson and Addie Cordle Sturgill. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William C. Hazlett in 1988. She was a member of Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Paulette Newsome and Jo Thornsberry both of Louisa, a son, Roy Hazlett, of Louisa; 2 sisters, Garnett Wallace of Louisa and Mary Thelma Mills of Columbus, OH, several half brothers and half sisters, 7 grandchildren, 2 step  grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jun 23 at Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist church by the Rev. Bobby Workman and Rev. Doug Kelly. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1998

KISE, Cora (Chapman)
1911-1998
Cora Kise, 86, of Meades Branch, Louisa, died Saturday, Jun 20 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Kise was born Nov 11, 1911, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Sylvester and Dora Miller Chapman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charley Kise in 1988. She was a member of the Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Hazel Cooper of Indianapolis, IN, and Kathy West of Louisa, 5 sons, Raymond Kise and Eugene Kise both of Louisa, Donald Kise and Billy Kise both of Indianapolis and Bobby Kise of Toledo, OH; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jun 22 at Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Kise Cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Jun 24, 1998

KISE, Edgar
1912-1998
Edgar Kise, 85, of Meades Branch, died Saturday, May 30 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Kise was born Dec 7, 1912 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Chance and Elizabeth Travis Kise. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Eureke Blackburn Kise, in 1985. He was a retired truck driver with the Kentucky Department of Highways. Surviving are a son, Arlie Kise of Louisa; 2 grandchildren, James Kise and Arlena Boling both of Louisa, 2 great grandchildren, a brother, Buster Kise of Louisa and a sister, Nan Hartley of Springfield, OH. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jun 2 at the Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1998

LILLY, Edna (Hill)
1906-1998
Edna Lilly, 92, of Louisa, died Thursday, May 28 at her residence. Mrs. Lilly was born Mar 30 1906 in Borderland, WV, a daughter of the late Charlie and Virginia Preston Hill. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Lilly in 1990. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Logan, WV. Surviving are 3 sons, John Lilly of Sacramento, CA, Frank Lilly, Jr., of Webbville and Charles Lilly of West Logan, WV; 5 daughters, Marie Caudill and Bea Taylor, both of Louisa, Jane Shurbet of Waco, TX, Grace Banks of Winter Haven, FL, and Elsie Hite of Kalamazoo, MI; 24 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 30 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with David Boggs officiating. Burial was in Mount Everest Cemetery, Kalamazoo. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 3, 1998

MAY, Bobby
1929-1998
Bobby May, 68, of Louisa, formerly of Phelps, KY, died Friday, Jun 5 in Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Mr. May was born Jun 22, 1929, at Pond Creek, KY, a son of the late Fred and Nancy Jane May. He was a retired coal miner. Surviving are 2 daughters, Deborah (Troy) Bryant of Charley and Linda Kay (David) Smith of Matewan, WV, a son, Bobby Joe (Glenna) May of Louisa; 4 sisters, Fonnie Workman of Beechcreek, WV, Betty Smiht of North Matewan, Fannie Casey of Phelps and Anna Winters of Fort Lauderdale, FL; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jun 9 at the Church of God in Jesus Name at Phelps by the Rev. Opie Harris and Rev. Daris Casey. Burial was in Harris Cemetery, Thacker, WV. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1998

PAYNE, Elva (Short)
1914-1998
Elva Payne, 83, of Louisa, died Sunday, Jun 14. Mrs. Payne was born Oct 15, 1914 in Ledocia, KY a daughter of the late John and Savahanna Etta McKinster Short. Surviving are 2 daughters, Annie Bayles of Louisa and Rachel King of Sitka; a son, Sterling Hayes of Louisa; 2 sisters, Ina Harrison of Florida and Pauline Van Grundy of Columbus, OH; 3 brothers, John Milton Short, Elsie Short and Shelby Short, all of Ohio; 13 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Jun 17 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Joseph McKinster. Burial will be in Short Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

PRICE, Chester Lee
1924-1998
Chester Lee Price, 74, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jun 11 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Price was born Jan 10, 1924 in Lawrence County, a son of the late John and Martha Fitch Price. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Julia Cochran Price, in 1993. Surviving are 3 daughters, Betty Coleman of Pikeville, Hester Pack of Columbus, OH, and Sherry May of Elkhorn; 3 sons, John Price, Cecil Price and Donald Price all of Louisa; a sister, Missouri Sluss of Louisa, a brother, Cecil Price of Louisa; 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 13 at Richardson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in Price family cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

SHANNON, Clara Elouise (Wellman)
1913-1998
Clara Elouise Shannon, 84, of Catlettsburg, died Thursday, Jun 11 at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Shannon was born Sep 8,1913 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Ruben and Mary Caperton Wellman. Surviving are her husband, William G. Shannon of Catlettsburg, a niece, Alice Toler of Oceana, WV and a nephews, Jimmy Wellman of Toler. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jun 14 at Wilson Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

SMITH, Ernest
1927-1998
Ernest H. Smith, 70, of Huntington, WV, died Thursday, Jun 11 in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington. Mr. Smith was born Aug 11, 1927, in Louisa, a son of the late Homer and Goldie Rice Smith. He was a farmer, member of American Legion Post 89 and a World War II and Korean War veteran. Surviving are a daughter, Rose Marie Smith of Louisa; 2 sons, Richard Mark Smith and Earl David Smith both of Louisa and a brother, Clyde L. Smith of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jun 14 at Young Funeral Hone Chapel. A military service was performed by V. F. W.  Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Burial was in Watson Cemetery in Webbville. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

SMITH, Fred
1916-1998
Fred Smith, 82, of Louisa, died Saturday, Jun 13, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell. Mr. Smith was born Apr 7, 1916, in Louisa, the son of the late Dock M. Smith and Ann Roberts Smith. He was a retired machinist for Armco Steel, where he worked for 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Geraldine Levering Smith of Louisa; 2 daughters, Michal Smith Mello of Frankfort and Sheryl Destephano of Delaware, OH, a sister, Ruby Holbrook of Louisa, 2 brothers, Ed Smith of Grayson, and Randle Smith of Louisa; 6 step daughters, Eva Newsome of Blancher, Ruby Farris of Fallsburg, Linda Wright of Webbville, Kim Childers of Burnaugh, and Doris Parks and Carol Webb, both of Louisa, 3 step sons, David Burchett, Glenn Burchett and Mike Burchett, all of Fallsburg; one grandchild, 15 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Jun 17 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

SMITH, Randle
1921-1998
Randle Smith, 77, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jun 16 in Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington. Mr. Smith was born Jan 24, 1921, in Tuscola, a son of the late Dock M. and Ann Roberts Smith. He was a retired farmer and a World War II veteran. Surviving are his wife, Wanda Hammonds Smith, 3 daughters, Jackie Ray and Robin Boggs, both of Louisa, and Jill Prince of Boyd County, 2 sons, Roger Smith of Fallsburg and Jeff Smith of Webbville, a sister, Ruby Holbrook of Louisa, a brother, Ed Smith of Grayson and 8 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jun 18 at Young funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Johnny Boggs and Brother Byron Ray. Burial was in Smith Cemetery with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Ward Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 both of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1998

SOUTHERS Shelby
1931-1998
Shelby Southers, 67, of Meades Branch formerly of Mingo County, WV, died Sunday, May 31 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Southers was born Feb 13, 1931 in Logan, WV, a son of the late Ermel and Birdie Tomblin Southers. He was also was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Isom Southers, Okey Southers, and Harley Southers and a sister, Marzetta Daniel. He was a retired coal miner with Island Creek Coal Company in Holden, WV. For many years he was a little league baseball coach, umpire and referee. He was a member of the Belo United Baptist Church, a veteran of the Korean War and member of V.F.W. Post 6153. Surviving are his wife, Janice Southers, a daughter, Christy V. Southers of Louisa, a son, Dwayne R. Southers of Louisa, 2 sisters, Clara Belle Daniels of Paintsville and Marie Gillman of Delbarton, WV and a brother, Jeff Southers of Holden. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Jun 3 at Little Dove United Baptist Church, Belo. Burial was in Estepp Cemetery, Mingo County, WV. Honaker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 10, 1998

SPARKS, Ruth (Edwards)
1917-1998
Ruth Edwards Sparks, 81, of Blaine, died Wednesday, Jun 17 at his residence. Mrs. Sparks was born Feb 27,1917, at Blaine, a daughter of the late Meredith and Della Boggs Edwards. Surviving are her husband, Russell Sparks of Blaine, a daughter, Gertrude Barker of Dayton, OH, 5 sons, Kenneth Sparks of Blaine, Larry Sparks of LaPorte, IN, Arnold Sparks of Milton, Lincoln Sparks of Grayson and Michael Sparks of Columbus, OH; 3 sisters, Becky Griffith and Sarah Norris, both of Ashland, and Irene Coonrod of Greenfield, OH, a brother, Arnold Edwards of Blaine, 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. the funeral was conducted Saturday, Jun 20 at Cains Creek Church by the Rev. Roger Jordan and Rev. Gary Sparks. Burial was in Sparks Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1998

WATTS, Kenny
1921-1998
Kenny Watts, 77, of Mansfield, OH, formerly of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Jun 9 in Mansfield. Mr. Watts was born Dec 20, 1921 in Wayne County, a son of the late Ezra and Georgia Watts. His wife, Bertha Mae Watts, died in 1993. He was a former trackman with Conrail and a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are 4 daughters, Patricia Love of Spencer, Elizabeth Vanhoose and Lanie Rose Bartram, both of Fort Gay, and Rilda Burchfield, of Mansfield; 10 sons, Paul Cyrus if Nankin, OH, Duane Picklesimer of Taylorsville, NC, Daniel Picklesimer of Radnor, George Watts, Marion Watts, and E. J. Watts, all of Mansfield, Leon Watts and Norman Jack Watts both of Newton, NC, John Paul Cyrus of Ashland, OH and Jimmy Watts of Wayne; a brother, Woodrow Watts of Fort Gay; 2 half brothers, Bill Fry and John Fry both of Huntington; 41 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jun 12 at Oak Grove Church in Fort Gay by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus. Burial was in Watts Cemetery, Radnor. Young funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 17, 1998

WEBB, L. D.
1929-1998
L. D. Webb, 69, of Little Catt, died Wednesday, Jun 17, at his residence. Mr. Webb was born Jan 13, 1929, in Glenwood, a son of Raymond C. Webb of Florence, SC and the late Thelma Lunsford Webb. He was a member of the Baker Chapel Church, a retired Armco employee, a member of Willard Masonic Lodge F & AM, a member of Louisa Chapter #95 RAM, an Army veteran of the Korean War and Kentucky Colonel. Surviving are his wife, Doris Jordan Webb, 2 daughters, Sharon W. Stein and Karene W. Lewis both of Louisa, 2 sons, Mike Webb and Terry Webb,  both of Louisa, 6 grandchildren, 4 sisters, Clara Revel, Roberta Allen, and Betty Harrelson, all of South Carolina and Jean McCasky of North Carolina and a brother, Raymond C. Webb, Jr. of South Carolina. The funeral was conduced Saturday, Jun 22 at Heston Funeral Home by the Rev. Gordon Crisp and Rev. Dewey Hogston. Burial was in Jordan Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 89 and V. F. W. Post 6103 Willard Lodge held Masonic rites Friday evening. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jun 24, 1998

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AKERS, Evalena (Delong)
1916-1998
Evalena DeLong Akers, 81, a resident of Berea Health Care Center, formerly of Ogg Lane, Berea, died Wednesday, Jul 15 at the Berea Hospital. Mrs. Akers was a Welch, WV native born Oct 22, 1916, a daughter of the late Ephrim and Alta Setser DeLong. She was also preceded in death by 3 sisters and one brother. Akers had been a Madison County resident since moving from Louisa in 1975. She was a homemaker, farmer, former employee of Louisa Carpet Mill and a member of Van Lear Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, Marvin Akers, 3 sons, Alvin Akers, of LaGrange, Albert Akers of Nicholasville, Gaylord Akers of Nashville, TN, a brother, Warren DeLong of Louisa, a sister, Elsie Hyden of Prestonsburg, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jul 18 at Reppert Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Radosevich officiating. Burial was in Berea Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1998

BELCHER, Haskell
1904-1998
Haskell Belcher, 94, of Prichard, WV, died Thursday, Jul 2 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mr. Belcher was born Apr 12, 1904 in Fort Gay, a son of the late Elihue and Josephine Wilson Belcher. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Chaffin Belcher in 1982. He was a retired self-employed auto body repairman. Surviving are 2 daughters, Joann Sutton of Fort Gay and Betty Igram of Evansville, IN, a son, E. K. Belcher of Prichard 2 sisters, Ruby Diamond and Opal Hall, both of Fort Gay, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jul 5 in Young Funeral Home Chapel with Rancie Fetherolf officiating. Burial was in Christian Cemetery in Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1998

CARROLL, Barbara Jane (Thompson)
1936-1998
Barbara Jane Thompson Carroll, 62, of Louisa, died Friday, Jul 17, at her residence. Mrs. Carroll was born Apr 16, 1936, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Otha and Ivory Hayes Thompson. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andrea Tackett. She was a member of Charley Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Glenn E. Carroll, 2 daughters, Glenda Tackett of Louisa and Sheila Lyons of Charley; 4 sons, Sam Collins of Prichard, WV, Glen E. (Buck) Carroll and Roger Dale Carroll both of Louisa, and Jeffrey Lee Carroll of Charley; a brother, Gordon Thompson of Louisa, a loving friend, Cora Jean Newman of Ashland and 9 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Jul 18 at Charley Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Jeff Hayes and Rev. Ronnie Childers. Burial was in Lyons-Tackett-Carroll Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1998

DAMERON, Mac C.
1923-1998
Mac C. Dameron, 75, of Huntington, WV, formerly of Glen Hayes, died Tuesday, Jun 23 at Pulley Health Care Center. Mr. Dameron was born Jun 10, 1923, in Williamson, WV, a son of the late Cloister and Hessie Meade Dameron. He was a disabled veteran. Surviving are 3 brothers, Harold L. Damron and Dannie Damron, both of Huntington, WV, and Billie Lee Damron of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jun 25 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Dick Maynard. Burial was in Damron Cemetery. Glen Hayes, WV, Graveside military rites were 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 1, 1998

DANIELS, Oley
1923-1998
Oley Daniels, 75, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jul 23 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mr. Daniels was born Apr 5, 1923 in Van Lear, a son of the late Forest and Beatrice Foster Daniels. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Beatrice Sue Daniels. He was a member of the Newport Community Church, Newport, MI, a World War II Army veteran and a retired truck driver with Cassin Transport Company. Surviving are his wife, Nell Carr Daniels; 2 sons, Ronnie Lee Daniels of Monroe, MI and Kenneth Ray Daniels of Pontiac, MI; a grandson, Andrew Lee Daniels and one brother, James Foster Daniels, of Louisville. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jul 26 at Heston Funeral Home by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Wallace Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1998

DEAN, Charles
1940-1998
Charles C. “Chuck” Dean, 58, of Glendale, AZ, formerly of Fort Gay, WV, died Saturday, Jul 11. Mr. Dean was born Apr 24, 1940, a son of the late Robert Lee and Mellie Newcomb Dean. Surviving are his wife, Suzanne D. Dean, 2 daughters, Jennifer Jackson of Ventura, CA and Sandy Finley of Phoenix, AZ, 2 sisters, Rose Winland of Crossville, TN and Linda LaBern of Chicago, IL; 2 brothers, John Dean of Glendale and Benton Lee Dean of Marion, IL and 4 grandchildren. The funeral will be Friday, Jul 17 at 11 a.m. at Tabors Creek Missionary Baptist church by Rev. Herman Wellman. Young funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1998

FITZGERALD, Mary Jean (Penix)
1922-1998
Mary Jean Fitzgerald, 76, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Jul 7 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center, following an extended illness. Mrs. Fitzgerald was born Apr 14, 1922 in Owingsville, KY, a daughter of the late Jim Penix and Bertha Penix Skaggs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William R. “Bill” Fitzgerald in 1983. Surviving are 4 daughters, Billie Jean Adkins, Linda Groves and Marsha Lynn Fitzgerald all of Louisa and Janet Sue Murphy of Cleveland, OH, 3 sons, James Albert Fitzgerald, of Finley, OH, and John David Fitzgerald and Michael Dale Fitzgerald, both of Louisa, several grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jul 9 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Bobby Workman. Burial will be in Preece Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1998

GOOSLIN, Jesse
1913-1998
Jesse Gooslin, 84, of County View Court, Campbellsville, died Friday, Apr 24 in Elgin, IL, due to an illness.  Mr. Gooslin was born Jul 7, 1913 in Pikeville a son of the late Thomas Gooslin and Elizabeth Blackburn Gooslin. He was also preceded in death by one daughter and one son, Jean Dotson and Arnold Gooslin. He had professed faith in Christ and was of the Pentecostal faith and attended the Jesus Name Church. Surviving are his wife, Goldie Gooslin, 7 daughters and 3 sons. Shirley Mae Freund of Ingleside, IL, Tommy Gooslin of Saltillo, TN, Margaret Sherman of Wonder Lake, IL, Ralph Edward Gooslin of McHenry, IL, Delores Overstreet of Huntley, IL, Dottie Ruth Roberts of Hebron, IL, Jesse Gooslin, Jr. of Columbus, OH, Blanche Marie Staten of Woodstock, IL, Nannette Norris of Columbus, OH, and Shannon Rae Preece of McHenry, IL; 31 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers, Vic Johnson of Deloren, WV, Alice Williams of Red Jacket, WV, and Leonard Gooslin and Charlie Gooslin, both of Beckley, WV, and several other relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted Monday, Apr 27 at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville by Brother Larry Shemwell. Burial was in Parrott-Turner-Dabney Addition , Brookside Cemetery. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1998

HAZLETT, Pearl V. (Stewart)
1903-1998
Pearl V. Hazlett, 95, of Prichard, WV, died Thursday, Jul 9 at her residence. Mrs. Hazlett was born Jun 13, 1903 in Prichard, a daughter of the late Maxie and Emma Perry Stewart. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dency D. Hazlett, one daughter, Shirley Wheeler, and 2 sons, Elmer Black and Harold Hazlett. She was a lifetime member of Smith Memorial Church of Prichard and a lifetime member of Whites Creek Chapter 159 Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are 6 daughters, Beulah Carroll of Sarasota, FL, Martha Roberts, Naomi Hall,  Gloria McKenzie, and Maxine Richmond, all of Prichard; and Sharon Sturgill of Staffordsville; 2 sons, Arnold Hazlett of Prichard and Maxie Hazlett of Santa Fe, NM; 23 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday Jul 13 at South Memorial Church in Prichard by the Rev. Lafayette Vinson. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery at Docks Creek, WV. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1998

HAYTON, Irma (Thompson)
1929-1998
Irma Hayton, 69, of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Jul 21 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Hayton was born Feb 11, 1929, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Charlie W. and Inez Webb Thompson. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Weaver. She was a member of Smith Chapel Community Church. Surviving are her husband, Joe Fred Hayton of Fort Gay, a son, Anthony Marvin Johnson of Port St. Lewis, FL; 5 sisters, Leotia Rowe of Huntington, WV, Lenoa Josephine Wilson, Brenda Johnson, and Gladys White, all of Mansfield, OH, and Sue Bittinger of Ashland, OH; 3 brothers, Ralph Edward Thompson of Wattsworth, OH, Johnny Thompson of New Knoxville, OH and Charlie Thompson of Fort Gay and 5 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jul 24 at Smith Chapel Community Church by Pastor Wilmer Napier. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1998

JOHNSON, Judith Carol (Webber)
1945-1998
Judith Carol Johnson, 53, of Richardson, died Monday, Jul 20, in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Johnson was born Mar 30, 1945, in Detroit, MI, a daughter of Norma Frazier Webber of Port Sanilac, MI. She was raised by the late Norris and Nell Frazier McKenzie. She was a member of Southside Missionary Baptist Church. Additional survivors include her husband, Rondel Johnson, 2 daughters, Kristie K. Daniel and Nicole (Candi) Fitch, both of Richardson, a son, Rondel Mathew Johnson of Richardson, 2 sisters, Treva Brock and Sandra Lawrence both of Michigan, a brother, Jerry Miles of Michigan and 3 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Jul 23 at 3 p.m. at the residence of Rondel Johnson by the Rev. William Teems. Burial will be in Johnson family cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 22, 1998

LAWSON, Pearlie M. (Adkins)
1914-1998
Pearlie M. Lawson, 83, of Louisa, died Monday, Jun 29 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Lawson was born Dec 14, 1914 in Carter County, a daughter of the late Alvie and Elizabeth Fisher Adkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Estil Lawson, Sr., in 1968. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Jewell Howell, Maxine Hammonds and Arnolee Wellman, all of Huntington, and 2 sons, Fred Craft, Jr. of Flatwoods and Edison Lawson of Biloxi, Miss., a sister, Eva Lee Grace of Louisville, 17 grandchildren including Estil Lawson of Louisa, whom she raised, 20 great grandchildren, and a niece whom she raised, Ina Dean Grace of Elkhorn, IN. the funeral was conducted Thursday, Jul 2 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Dewey Hogston and Matthew Adams officiating. Burial was in Lawson family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 8, 1998

MARCUM, James V.
1925-1998
James V. Marcum, 72, of Louisa, died Monday, Jul 27, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Marcum was born Aug 30, 1925 in Louisa, a son of the late Martin L. and Zelda Moore Marcum. He was a VP and General Tax Counsel with Ashland Oil, retired in 1984, and a member of the First Christian Church of Louisa, Disciples of Christ, attended First Baptist Church of Ashland, American Bar Association, KY Bar Association, Boyd and Greenup County Bar Association, graduated first in his class at the University of Kentucky Law School Class of 51, Editor of Chief of the Law Review, member of The Order of The Coif, Commissioner of Revenue under Governor Bert Combs from 1961 to 1963 and active in AA since 1963. He was also past president of the KY Alcoholism Council and recently received an award from the Kentucky Bar Association for volunteering his legal services to people who could not afford an attorney and filed several class action law suits on behalf of the Citizen of the Commonwealth. Surviving are his wife, Clara See Marcum, 3 daughters, Catherine Waits of Shelbyville, Debra Massengale of Paintsville and Linda Goldberg of Athens, GA; a brother, Martin “Bud” Marcum of Daytona Beach, FL; 2 aunts, DaDana Sisson and Laura Marcum both of Louisa and 6 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Friday, Jul 31 at Steen Funeral Home Ashland Chapel by Dr. Bill Messer. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Steen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1998

MAYO, John Henry
1935-1998
John Henry Mayo, 63, of Richardson, died Thursday, Jul 3 at his residence. Mr. Mayo was born May 20, 1935, in Inez, a son of the late Oscar and Anna Roop Mayo. He was a United Baptist Church member, a U. S. Army veteran and a retired welder. Surviving are his wife, Joann Jude Mayo; 4 daughters, Dena Harmon and Carolyn Hurley both of Pikeville, Dottie Mayo and Melissa Mayo, both of Louisa, a son, John K. Mayo of Richardson and 6 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jul 25 at Emmanuel Baptist church at Meades Branch by Brother Albert Jude and Brother Johnny Ray Stapleton. Burial was in Roop Cemetery, Milo. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1998

OLSON, Hazel Marie (Adams)
1926-1998
Hazel Marie Adams Olson, 72, of Liberal, KS, formerly of the Oak Hill section of Lawrence County, died Thursday, Jun 18 in Kansas. Mrs. Olson was born Apr 26, 1926 in Chatteroy, WV, a daughter of the late James Millard and Lucy Belle Adams. Surviving are her husband, Arthur Olson of Liberal, a daughter, Linda Sawcedo of Moscow, KS, 3 sons, Jim Olson, Ronald Olson and Jerry Olson, all of Liberal; 3 sisters, Madge Simpson of Enon, OH, Helen Chaffin of Blaine and Permelia Rogers of Liberal, 3 brothers, Chester Adams of Wurtland, Bernard Adams of Columbus, OH, and Fred Adams of Liberal, several grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Jun 24 at South C… Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1998

PALACIOS, Pablo
Pablo Palacios, 74, of Blaine, died Friday, Jul 24. Mr. Palacios was born Jun 19, 1924 in Rio Grande, TX. He was a retired laborer and a Korean War veteran. Surviving are his wife, Ivory Palacios of Blaine. The funeral will be Wednesday, today, Jul 29 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Castle family cemetery, Red Bush, KY. A military service will be performed by V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Hoe was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1998

PERRY, Blanche A. (Sparks)
1911-1998
Blanche A. Perry, 86, of Fort Gay, died Saturday, Jul 25 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Perry was born Dec 10, 1911, in Radnor, WV, a daughter of the late John and Mary Porter Sparks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Andrew M. Perry in 1941. She was a member of Big Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are 4 daughters, Alta McKenzie, Mary Jo Damron, and Andarena Noe, all of Fort Gay and Karan Borders of Georgetown, 2 sons, Frank Perry of Waverly, OH, and Archie Perry of Fort Gay; 2 sisters, Betty Sherman of Louisa and Juanita Humphries of Pomeroy, OH, 2 brothers, William Sparks of Cleveland, OH and Charlie Sparks of Proctorville, OH; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jul 27 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Jeff Damron. Burial was in Lynch Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29,1998

PREECE, Madeline (Napier)
1915-1998
Madeline Preece, 82, of Columbus, OH formerly of Louisa, died Saturday, Jul 11 at the home of her daughter, Minnie Wright. Mrs. Preece was born Oct 1, 1915, in Radnor, WV, a daughter of the late William and Mary Lemaster Napier. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Preece in 1978, a daughter, Mary Chaffin and a grandson, Doug Ross. She was a member of Bradley Gap Freewill Baptist Church, Columbus. Surviving are 2 daughters, Minnie Wright (Dick) of Columbus, and Rhonda Ross (Leonard) of Marysville, OH, a son, Harvey Preece of Catlettsburg, a sister, Violet Beatty (Doris) of Kirklin, In, 3 brothers, Bill Napier (Pearl) of Mansfield, OH, Pat Napier of Radnor, WV, and Joe Napier of Huntington, WV, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. the funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Jul 15 at 11 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. John Beverly. Burial will be in the Preece family cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1998

RATLIFF, William “Sweet Pea” Walker Ratliff, 59, of Louisa, died Mar 20. Mr. Ratliff was born Apr 5, 1938 in Patrick, a son of the late Walker and Syble Conley Ratliff. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ellen Terry Ratliff in 1994, and a son, William “Monty” Ratliff. He was a security employee with Richardson Fuel. Surviving are a daughter, Susan Endicott of Louisa; 2 sons, Matthew Ratliff and Christopher Ratliff both of Louisa; 2 sisters, Margaret Booth of River and Pauline Tipton of Whitehouse and 2 grandsons. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Jul 23 at the Garden of Hope Primitive Baptist church by Elders Daryl Ratliff and Lonnie Ratliff. Burial was in Fitch Cemetery. Young Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 29, 1998

ROBERTSON, Floyd, Jr.
1937-1998
Floyd Robertson, Jr., 61, of Louisa, died Thursday, Jul 23 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Robertson was born Jun 18, 1937 in Fort Gay, WV, a son of the late Floyd Sr. and Opal Spears Robertson. Surviving are his wife, Brady Robertson, 7 daughters, Phyllis Derefield of Blaine, Toni Cantrell of Flat Gap, Diane Young of Webbville, Kimberly Cantrell of Louisa, Rebecca Robinson of Huntington, WV, Melissa Marcum of Fort Gay and Tina Fannin of Columbus, OH; 2 sons, James Robertson and Gary Robertson both of Louisa and 3 sisters, Ann Laney of Louisa, Linda Blair of Catlettsburg and Betty Fitzpatrick of Mansfield, OH and 2 brothers, Jack Robertson of Charley and Tommy Robertson of Phoenix, AZ and 6 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jul 26 at Young Funeral Home by Rick Cordial and Ronnie Childers. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Jul 29, 1998

SALTZMAN, Joyce M. (Hayes)
1935-1998
Joyce M. Saltzman, 63, of Bryan, OH, died Friday, Jul 10 at her home, following an extended illness. Mrs. Saltzman was born Jun 21, 1935, in Cincinnati, OH, a daughter of the late John H. Hayes and Lydia M. Moore Hayes Kruse. She was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Willis, Marvin, John, Jr., and Carl Hayes, one sister, Ann Leigninger and one grandson, Patrick Berry. She was retied from Community Hospital and a member of Wesley United Methodist church. Bryan Chapter Order of Eastern Star #248, Bryan Moose Auxiliary #1064 and Bryan Eagles Auxiliary #2233. Surviving are her husband, William (Bill) Saltzman, 3 sons, Donald E. Berry of Swanton, OH, Alan M. Berry of Napoleon, OH, and Bradley A. Saltzman of Virginia Beach, VA; 8 grandchildren and 2 sisters, Virginia Compton of Louisa and Mary Heckers of Napoleon. The funeral was conducted Monday, Jul 13 at Wesley United Methodist church with Rev. Casey Wilson officiating. Burial was in Shiffler Cemetery. Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, OH, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 15, 1998

STEPP, Flarnie (Short)
1916-1998
Flarnie Stepp, 81, of Beauty, died Friday, Jun 26 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Stepp was born Aug 22, 1916 in Martin County, a daughter of the late Grover and Alice Endicott Short. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Matthew Stepp in 1975, and a sister, Delma Whitt. Surviving are 4 sons, George Herman Endicott and Franklin D. Endicott, both of Louisa, Billy Joe Hickman of Columbus, OH, and Benny Ray Marcum of Beauty, 4 daughters, Thelma Maynard of Beauty, Clara Mae Marcum and Pearlie Jean Goble, both of Louisa, and Dreama Gail Jude of Waverly, OH; 4 stepsons, Henry J. Stepp of Ohio, Glenn Allen Stepp of Louisa, James Stepp of Miamisburg, OH, and Grady Stepp of Texas, 29 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jun 28 at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez by John Horn. Burial was in Buffalo Horn Cemetery. Phelps and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Jul 1, 1998

THOMPSON, Haskie
1910-1998
Haskie Thompson, 87, of Louisa, died Friday, Jul 10 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Thompson was born Nov 15, 1910, in Louisa, a son of the late Clayton and Cora Fraley Thompson. He was a member of Spencer Freewill Baptist Church, VFW Post 6103, American Legion Post 89 and an Army World War II veteran. Surviving are 4 sisters, Lula Prater of Indian, Myrel Daniels of Belleview, OH, Lena Robinette of Columbus, OH, Corine Childers of Ashland, a brother, Kay Thompson, Jr. of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Jul 12 at Spencer Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Rick Cordial and Rev. Roger Jordan. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. A military 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 15, 1998

WAYBRIGHT, Brenda Kaye (Henry)
1945-1998
Brenda Kaye WayBright, 52, of Louisa, died Monday, Jul 6 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. WayBright was born Jul 25, 1945 in Peach Orchard, KY, a daughter of Molly Cleo Parks Henry and the late Earl Vaughn Henry. Additional survivors include a son, Sturl Robert WayBright of Louisa; 4 sisters, Janice Henry of Louisa, Sandra Lyons and Gwen Scott both of Florida and Linda Faye Fleming of Columbus, OH; 4 brothers, Harold Henry of Louisa, Bill Henry  and Jimmy Henry both of Florida and Larry Henry of Zanesville, OH; and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jul 10 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel with William Steele officiating. Burial was in Henry Cemetery, Richardson. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big
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ALLEY, Lucille (Horn)
1930-1998
Lucille Horn Alley, 68, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 24, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Alley was born Jan 9, 1930 in Buffalo Horn, KY, a daughter of the late Carl and Velma Marcum Horn. She was a member of New Friendship United Baptist Church. Surviving are 4 sons, Dorse Crum of Continental, OH, Charles Alley of Neopolian, OH, Oral Dean Alley of Louisa and James Alley of Lima, OH; 6 sisters, Dovie Pack and Betsy Ann Coffey, both of Louisa, Edris Kockenspargen of Circleville, OH, Bonnie Dalton of Cecil, OH, Monnie Hudson of Vinton, LA and Gracie Arellano of Oakwood, OH; 6 brothers, Carl Horn Jr., Claude Horn, Donald Lee Horn, and David Horn, all of Louisa, Everett Horn and Homer Horn both of Columbus, OH, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 27, at 1 p.m. at New Friendship United Baptist Church by Elder John Goble and Elder Sterling Marcum. Burial will be inn Horn family cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

BLOEBAUM, Judy Carrol (Vipperman)
1947-1998
Judy Carrol Bloebaum, 50, of Raceland, died Monday, Jul 27, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Mrs. Bloebaum was born Oct 11, 1947, in Ashland, a daughter of Taylor and Mary Copley Vipperman of Catlettsburg. She was a member of Russell High School
Band Parents and attended Worthington Church of the Nazarene. Additional survivors include her husband, Gary Bloebaum, a son, Roger Dean Bloebaum of Ashland, a daughter, Apryl Bloebaum at home, a brother, Jim Vipperman of Catlettsburg, 2 sisters, Brenda Thorpe of Catlettsburg and Lola Opell of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, Jul 29 at Neal Funeral Home in Catlettsburg by the Rev. Greg Hostutler and Paul Ray Diamond. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park. Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1998

BOGGS, Ossie Nelson
1923-1998
Ossie Nelson Boggs, 75, of Magnetic Springs, OH, died Sunday, Aug 2 at the Arbors in Delaware, after suffering a stroke on Jul 20. Mr. Boggs was born May 16, 1923 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Eccleston and Belva Ross Boggs. He was also preceded in death by step father, W. A. Riley and brother, Oliver Boggs. He retired in 1985, as a master mechanic at Miller Implement John Deere in Delaware. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Janette C. Lyon Boggs, of Magnetic Springs, daughters, Barbara J. Kuenkele of Deltona, FL, Bethel L. (Michael) Temple of Richwood, OH, Bonnie R. (Jim) Pandora, Dublin, OH; sons, Johnny N. (Kathy) Boggs of Columbus, OH, William Rick (Pam) Boggs of West Virginia and Kippy R. (Jackie) Boggs of Marysville, OH; a brother, Watson A. Boggs of Plain City, OH, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Aug 5 at the Union Baptist Church in Richwood with pastor Tim Peria officiating, assisted by Kip Boggs. Burial will be in Mapledell Cemetery. Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, OH is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1998

BRANHAM, Maxie (Dillon)
1915-1998
Maxie Dillon Branham, 83, of Louisa, died Friday, Aug 14 at her home. Mrs. Branham was born Jan 24, 1915, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Riley and Elizabeth Dalton Dillon. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Sammie Branham in 1984. She was a member of New Friendship United Baptist Church. Surviving are 4 daughters Deloris Begley of Inez, Elsie Grizzle of Flatwoods, Wanda Bowen and Ellen Bowen, both of Louisa, 7 sons, L. C. Branham, Floyd “Bo” Branham and David Branham all of Louisa, Sammie E. Branham of Inez, Darrel Branham of Sandusky, OH, Freeman Branham of Kenova, WV and Gary Branham of San Diego, CA; 2 brothers, John Paul Dillon of Glen Hayes, WV and Ottis Dillon of Crum, WV; 2 sisters, Shirley McCoy of Beauty and Lorena Evans of Crum; 34 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Aug 16 at New Friendship United Baptist Church by John Goble and Sterling Marcum. Burial was in Branham Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1998

DIAMOND, Esta (Riggs)
1914-1998
Esta Riggs Diamond, 83, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Aug 25. Mrs. Diamond was born Dec 14, 1914 in Cains Creek, a daughter of the late Wilford and Fannie Riggs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Diamond in 1997. She was a member of Yatesville Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, Aug 27 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Dean Pittman and Rev. Paul Ray Diamond. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

FERRELL, Lillian
1918-1998
Lillian Lorene Ferrell, 80, of Louisa, died Friday, Aug 14. Mrs. Ferrell was born May 9, 1918, in Irad, a daughter of the late Harrison and Maude Clarkson Ferrell. She was a worker at North American Aviation. Surviving are 3 sisters, Violet L. Ferrell of Louisa, Dorothy Nell “Nellie” Osborn of Westerville, OH, and Lois Sasser of Columbus, OH, and a brother, Jack G. Ferrell of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 17, at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Danny Saul. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1998

GRANT, Charles T.
1915-1998
Charles T. Grant, 83, of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Aug 18, at his home. Mr. Grant was born Mar 11, 1915, in Mill Creek, WV, a son of the late Charles Thomas and Elizabeth Thompson Grant. He was also preceded in death by 2 sons, Jolliff D. Grant and Denver L. Grant. He was a retired electrician in the coal mines and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Surviving are his wife, Okey Webb; a daughter, Joyce (Glen) Frazier of Fort Gay, WV, a son, Tom (Rosemary) Grant of Huntington, WV, a brother, William McKinley Grant of Fort Gay; a sister, Jewell Dawson of Columbus, OH, 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Aug 20, at the Salt Petre Community Church by Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Wellman Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

KISE, Lucille (Miller)
1928-1998
Lucille Kise, 70, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Aug 4 at Martin County Home Health Care Center. Mrs. Kise was born Jan 22, 1928, in Columbus, OH, a daughter of the late Jarrett and Claudia Judd Miller. Surviving are her husband, Buster Kise of Louisa, 4 half sisters, 3 half brothers, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Friday Aug 7 at Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Willie Gene Hayes. Burial was in Kise Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Aug 12, 1998

MARTIN, Joel David
1925-1998
Joel David Martin, 73, of Fallsburg, died Thursday, Aug 20 at his home. Mr. Martin was born Mar 14, 1925 in Edgar, KY, a son of the late Thomas and Josephine Cornett Martin. He was owner of Fallsburg Grocery, a retired employee of Ashland Oil Company’s computer division, a former teacher in the Lawrence-Floyd County schools and a teacher at Morehead University. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Jake Rice Masonic Lodge #606 at Blaine. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Virginia Collins Martin, 3 daughters, Londa (Nelson) Duncan of Wheelersburg, OH, Virginia Lynn (Jim) Birdsell of Augusta, KS and Melloydee (Robert) Waugh of Fallsburg, a son, Lloyd Thomas (Linda) martin of Westwood, KY; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 22 at Heston Funeral Home by Paul Prince and Rev. Henry McCoy. Burial was in Martin Cemetery, Fallsburg. Masonic rites were conducted Friday, Aug 21 at the funeral home and the American Legion Post 89 and VFW Post 6103 conducted graveside rites. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

MARTIN, Nellie R. (Preece)
1910-1998
Nellie R. Martin, 88, of Columbus, OH formerly of Louisa and Ashland, died Friday, Aug 21 in Pickerington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Martin was born May 12, 1910 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Malcolm T. Sr. and Fairy Blanch Back Preece. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Clyde Victor, Malcolm, Jr. and William (Bill) Preece, and a former husband, John Harlan Martin. She was a former elementary school teacher, a member of the O.E.S. Chapter 292 of Louisa, and a member of the Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Gahanna, OH. Surviving are 2 daughters, Joan (Maxwell) Sidner of Athens, GA and Frances (Bill) Scurlock of Columbus, OH, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a brother, Paul Preece of Columbus, 4 sisters,  Martha (Wesley) Wilson of Belmont, NC, Mary (Phil) Coleman of Tucson, AZ, Hazel Dubick and Ruth (Marshall) Looney of Columbus, sisters in law, Philamenia Preece of Honolulu, Hawaii and Marie Preece of Louisa and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Aug 25 at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. Marshall Looney. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

MARTIN, Rachel Dawn
1989-1998
Rachel Dawn Martin, 9, daughter of Jackie Hubert Young of Ashland and Geneva Moore Copley of Louisa, died Wednesday, Aug 12 in Cabell Huntington Hospital. She was born Feb 17, 1989 in Morehead. Additional survivors include 2  brothers, Brandon Martin and Leonard Copley, both of Louisa; half sisters, Michelle Young, 2 half brothers, Jackie Young, Jr. and Mike Young both of Grayson and her maternal grandmother, Willie Rachel McCoy of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 15 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Kenneth Wright. Burial was in Berry Cemetery in Sand Branch. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1998

MOORE, Everett Elwood
1928-1998
Everett Elwood Moore, 70, died Thursday, Aug 6 in Louisville. Mr. Moore was born may 30, 1928 in Cordell, a son of Sylvia Moore of Louisa and the late Dewey E. Moore. He was an engineer for Bell South for 38 years, an Army veteran and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fern Creek United Methodist Church. Additional survivors include his wife, the former, Betty J. Ball, children, Roger E. Moore and Brian L. Moore, both of Louisville, David W. Moore of Bardstown, Kathy J. Tatum of Oldham County, 3 sisters, Lillian Edwards of Franklin, OH, June VanHorn of Midlothian, VA, and Avanelle Moore of Louisa and 8 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. James Lyle. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1998

PACK, George
1923-1998
George Pack, 75, of Marysville, died Saturday, Aug 1 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. Mr. Pack was born May 10, 1923, in Louisa, a son of the late Merdy and Gypsie Thompson Pack. He was also preceded in death by 5 brothers and one sister. A farmer, he was a retired tool and die maker with Ranco of Delaware from 1950-1984 and a farmer. He was a longtime member of the Old Union Church of Christ, a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in World War II from Mar 17, 1943 to Oct 15, 1945, and was a member of the Marysville VFW Post 3320 and the Marysville American Legion Post 79. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Surviving are his wife of nearly 53 years, Mexie Thompson Pack, a son, Harold (Bernie) Pack of Worthington, a daughter, Shirley (Harold) Gilliam of Jackson, 6 grandchildren, Dean (Kim), Terry and Brian Parish, Joe (Cara Holt) Pack, Jenni (Marc) Ernst and Chase Dawkins; 4 brothers, Ray (Rose) Pack, Arnold (Pauline) Pack and Escom (Imogene) Pack all of Marysville, and Willis (Robbie) Pack of Missouri, a sister, Mary Lou (Bob) Fessler of Pataskala and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Aug 5 at 11 a.m. at the Old Union Church of Christ, Marysville with Gary Howard officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at the church cemetery. Mannasmith-Hale funeral Home, Marysville is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1998

PERRY, Chester W.
1923-1998
Chester W. Perry, 74, of Mansfield, OH, died  Saturday, Aug 15 at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Perry was born Aug 17,1 923, in Louisa, a don of the late Ernest and Agnes Thompson Perry. He was retired from Tappan Company after 23 years of service and had also worked at Westinghouse Corp.. for 19 years. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army and participated in the Normandy Invasion. He also received 5 Battle Stars and an expert M1 Rifle badge. He was a life member of the VFW Post 7651 in Ontario, and a member of United Steelworkers 8576. Surviving are his wife, Vivian Baldridge Perry of Mansfield, a daughter and son in law, Deborah and Larry Bassine of Kinston, NC, a son and daughter in law, Douglas and Linda Perry of Mansfield, 4 grandchildren, Brian and Ashley Brassine, Corie and Cody Perry; a brother and sister in law, Everett and Helen Perry of Cape Coral, FL; 3 sisters, Irene Poe, Verna Chaffin and Elizabeth Roberts, all of Mansfield, and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Aug 18 at Wappner Funeral Home by Pastor David Heffern. Burial was in Mansfield Memorial Park. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

ROBINSON, Gay Andrew
Gay Andrew Robinson, 81, died Tuesday, Jul 28 at Columbus Community Hospital. He was a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Surviving are his wife, Verlena, a daughter, Joyce, sons, Joseph and Garold, sisters, Chloe Hurlow, Thelma Frazier, and Wilma (Eugene) Everetts, close friends, Elaine and Delmar Murifield and Mary Burton, many nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral was conducted Friday, Jul 31 at Reece Chapel by the Rev. Ronald Everetts. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery. O. R. Woodyard was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1998

SALYERS, Phyllis Louise (Boggs)
1944-1998
Phyllis Louise Salyers, 54, of Blaine, died Thursday, Aug 13. Mrs. Salyers was born May 13, 1944 in Blevins, a daughter of the late Ruben J. and Edith L. Butler Boggs. She was a member of the Willard American Legion. Surviving are her husband, James Everett Salyers, a daughter, Eva Sue Liming of Blaine, a son, James Valentine Salyers of Blaine; 4 sisters, Jessie Robinette and Wilma Pennington, both of Webbville, JoAnn Salyers of Sandy Hook and Imogene Browning of Russell; 3 brothers, Ruben Stanley Boggs of Blaine, Gary Douglas Boggs of Flemingsburg and John Boggs of Sandy Hook and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug 15 at the Blaine Trace Freewill Baptist Church in Webbville by the Rev. Roger Ross. Burial was in Salyers Cemetery, Webbville. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1998

SHANNON, Geraldine (Lemaster)
1941-1998
Geraldine Shannon, 57, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Aug 18 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mrs. Shannon was born Jun 22, 1941 in New  Plymouth, OH, a daughter of the late Albert and Myrtle Mae Gullett Lemaster. Surviving are her husband, Bill Don Shannon and a son, James Brooks Shannon of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Friday, Aug 21 at Young Funeral Home by Rev. Eddie Caudill. Burial was in Childers Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

SHORT, Raymond Wilson
1920-1998
Raymond Wilson Short, 77, of Louisa, died Thursday, Aug 6 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Short was born Sep 8, 1920 in Columbus, OH, a son of the late Oscar and Bessie Hayes Short. He was retired from Federal Paper Board, Columbus, and a World War II U. S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Jane Glass Short of Louisa, 3 sons, Mark T. Wheeler of Killeen, TX, Oscar W. Short of Ft. Benning, GA, and Harold Ray Short of Columbus; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Aug 9 at Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Danny Saul. A military graveside service was conducted by members of W. O. Johnson American Legion Post 89 and Veterans of Foreign Ward Post 6103. Burial was in Short Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1998

SLUSS, Vernon
1921-1998
Vernon Sluss, 76, of Louisa, died Sunday. Mr. Sluss was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Clintwood, VA, a son of the late Johnny and Emma Senters Sluss.  A son, Curtis Eugene Sluss, preceded him in death.  He was a retired coal miner and a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Missouri Price Sluss; 3 daughters, Emma Jane Boyd and Connie Sue Boyd, both of Louisa and Colleen Hawkins of Elkhorn City; 3 sons, Hershell Edward Sluss of Catlettsburg and Carter Lester Sluss and Vernon Sluss Jr., both of Louisa; a stepsister, Eveliane Mullins of Clintwood, VA; 2 stepbrothers, Elmyers Mullins and Tenniel Mullins, both of Clintwood; 12 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa by the Rev. William Teems.  Burial will be in Sluss family cemetery in Richardson with military rite by 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 26, 1998

THOMPSON, Carl J.
1933-1998
Carl J. Thompson, 65, of Johnstown, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Friday, Aug 7 in Mt. Carmel Hospital East, Columbus, OH. Mr. Thompson was born Mar 16, 1933 in Louisa, a son of the late Stroud and Georgia Moore Thompson. His first wife, Ruth Ford, died in 1973. He was a member and elder of The Joy Christian Fellowship Church, New Albany, OH, a Korean Army veteran, a retired owner of J & J Custom Drapes in Johnstown and a member of VFW Post 3097. Surviving are his wife, Janice Cochrane, a daughter, Carol Smith of Milton, FL; 4 sons, Terry J. Thompson and Danny Lee Thompson both of Columbus, Jeffery Thompson of London, OH and Timothy D. Thompson of San Francisco, CA, and 2 step daughters Ann Piper and Marsha Lockwood, both of Johnstown, OH; 2 sisters, Ruth Short of Thornsville, OH and Maxine Laney of Columbus; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Aug 10 at Heston Funeral Home by Rev. William Stephens. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 12, 1998

VINSON, Dorothy Mae
1928-1998
Dorothy Mae Whitt Vinson, 69, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 17 at U.K. Medial Center. Mrs. Vinson was born Aug 25, 1928, in Buffalo Horn, a daughter of the late Hence and Meddie Cain Whitt. She was a member of the Louisa Church of God. Surviving are 2 daughters, Toni Vinson Armstrong and Brenda Kay Vinson Isaac, both of Louisa, 3 sons, Lawrence E. Vinson, James W. Vinson, and Charlie L. Vinson, all of Louisa, a sister, Cynthia Bowens of Louisa, a brother, J. D. Whitt of Catlettsburg, 10 grandchildren, Charles E. Vinson, Jamie L. Vinson West, Rebecca E. Vinson, Phillip Vinson, Lawrence Arthur Vinson, Mary Anne Vinson, Charles Taylor Vinson, Jackie N. Isaac, Jason D. Vinson, and Gregory Todd Isaac, and 3 great grandchildren, Jessalyn West, Jacob West and Austin B. Vinson. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Aug 19 at 1 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. John Simms. Burial will be in See Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 19, 1998

VINSON, Myrtle (Holt)
1910-1998
Myrtle Holt Vinson, 88 of Noble, OK, formerly of Fort Gay, WV, died Friday, Jul 31 at Noble Health Care Center, Noble, OK. Mrs. Vinson was born Mar 17, 1910 in Fort Gay, WV a daughter of the late Claude and Pauline Copley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elka Vison in 1964. She was a member of Fort Gay Methodist Church and a former cafeteria worker at Fort Gay Elementary School. Surviving are a daughter, Martha Montgomery of Noble, OK, a son, L. K. Vinson of Mansfield, OH; 4 sisters, Lena Mae McCloud and Bonnie Bellomy, both of Kenova, WV, Dimple Thompson of Fort Gay, and Kathleen Vanhoose of Catlettsburg, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, Aug 4 at Salt Petre Christian Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial was in Wellman Cemetery. Young funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 5, 1998

WALLACE, Ollie Elizabeth (Kelly)
1911-1998

Ollie Elizabeth Wallace, 87, of Fort Gay, WV, died Sunday, Aug 23. Mrs. Wallace was born Mar 20, 1911, in Lost Creek, WV, a daughter of the late George Washington and Inez Wallace Kelly. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gid Wallace, a daughter, Elizabeth Rosalyn Meade; and a sister, Lillie Kelly. She was a retired cook for the Wayne County School System, a member of Fort Gay Women’s Club, Fort Gay Homemakers and Cedar Heights Bingo Club. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Roy “Frances” Whipple of Orient, OH, a son, Greg Wallace of Clifford; 5 brothers, Grady Kelly and Herman Kelly both of Fort Gay, Bill Kelly of Cannonsburg, George Kelly of Huntington, WV, and James Kelly of Sumersfield, FL, special granddaughter, Sherry Meade Preece of Fort Gay; 2 grandsons, Roy Whipple, Jr., of Gahanna, OH and Scott Whipple of Reynoldsburg, OH; 9 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Aug 26, at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Richard Maynard. Burial will be in Wallace Cemetery, Clifford. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Aug 26, 1998

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ADKINS, Billie Jean (Fitzgerald)
1944-1998
Billie Jean Adkins, 54, of Louisa, died Saturday, Sep 26. Mrs. Adkins was born Sep 10, 1944 in Louisa, a daughter of the late William and Mary Jean Fitzgerald. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Cecil Adkins in 1991. Survivors include 2 sons, James Cecil Adkins, Jr., of Louisa and James Elbert “Jimmy” Fitzgerald of Findlay, OH; 3 daughters, Cindy Hounshell and Jennifer Moore both of Louisa and Janelle Fitzgerald of South Point, OH; 3 brothers, Michael Fitzgerald and David Fitzgerald, both of Louisa and Jimmy Fitzgerald of Findlay; 3 sisters, Marsha Boggs and Linda Groves, both of Louisa and Jan Murphy of Painesville, OH and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Sep 28 at Young Funeral Home by Claude Horn. Burial was in Adkins Cemetery at Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1998

BARKER, Richard, Sr.
1917-1998
Richard Barker, Sr., 81, of Prescott Valley, AZ, died Thursday, Sep 10 in Prescott Valley. Mr. Barker was born Jan 1, 1917 in Indianapolis, IN, and moved to Arizona from Indiana 53 years ago. He worked in sales and service of television and appliances for many years. He was a volunteer worker for the Disabled American Veterans in Prescott and for Court Appointed Special Advocate in Mayer. Surviving are his wife, Genny Barker, daughters, Danette Barker of Prescott Valley and Darlene Spreier of Phoenix, sons, Daryl Barker and Darrin Barker, both of Prescott Valley, Richard Barker of Louisa, Don Barker of Phoenix, Dan Barker of Mayer and David Barker of Bremerton, WA and 10 grandchildren. The funeral was conduced Saturday, Sep 12 at Sunrise Funeral Home, Prescott Valley. Burial was in Prescott Valley. Sunrise Funeral Home helped with the arrangements. Big Sandy news, Sep 16, 1998

BAUGH, Warren H.
1931-1998
Warren H. Baugh, 66 of Hamilton, IN, died Tuesday, Sep 15 at his residence. Mr. Baugh was born Dec 22, 1931 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Tom and Cora Newsome Baugh. He was a retired Auburn Gear employee and attended Buchanan Chapel Church. Surviving are his wife, Alfretta Pickens Baugh of Hamilton, a daughter, Vickie Norton of Pleasant Lake, IN, a son, Daniel W. Baugh of Edon, OH; a sister, Mary Reed of Louisa, 3 brothers, George Baugh of Catlettsburg, William Baugh of Waverly, OH, and Alonzo Baugh of Hamilton and 6 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Sep 19 at Buchanan Chapel Church. Burial was in Buchanan Chapel Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1998\

BRADLEY, Mabel (Fugitt)
1917-1998
Mabel Fugitt Bradley, 81, of Betsy Layne, died Friday, Sep 25 at her home. Mrs. Bradley was born Jun 13, 1917 in Adams, a daughter of the late Roscoe and Violet Hayes Fugitt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Sol Bradley, and a son, Jackie Solomon Bradley. She was the former owner of the B & H Gas Company at Betsy Layne and former owner/operator of the Bradley Store at Price. Survivors include 3 sons, Gomer Lee Bradley and Homer Dean Bradley both of Ashland, and Johnny M. Bradley of Stanville, a daughter, Deborah Lynn Hunt of Stanville; a brother, Guy Fugitt of Mansfield, OH, 3 sisters, Eldora Smith of Sacramento, CA, Pauline Adams of Waco, TX and Mildred Goins of Cincinnati, 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Sep 28 at Young Funeral Home by Belmont Johnson. Burial was in the Bradley Cemetery at Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Sep 30, 1998

BURCHETT, Violet (Hylton)
1921-1998
Violet Hylton Burchett, 77, of Morgans Creek, died Sunday, September 27, at King's Daughters' Medical Center, Ashland. Mrs. Burchett was born August 5, 1921, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Louvina Thompson Hylton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lee Burchett, in 1987. She was a  homemaker and a member of Morgans Creek Freewill Baptist Church.  Survivors include five daughters, Edna (Troy) Webb, Mary (Charles) Fannin, Cynthia (Donald) Horn, Loraine (Timothy) Hackney, and Joyce Burchett, all of Louisa; four sons, Leroy Burchett, Eddie (Linda) Burchett, Arnold (Sheila) Burchett, and Odis (Jonni) Burchett, all of Louisa, two sisters, Mary Ward of Louisa and Zelda Burchett of Oak Hill, Ohio; one brother, Willison (Bill) Hylton of Louisa; sixteen grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.      The funeral was conducted Tuesday, September 29, at Wilson Funeral Home by Bro. Paul Cox, Bro. Rick Cordial and Bro. Ronnie Childers. Burial was in the Burchett Family Cemetery, Morgans Creek. Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1998

BURKE, Phillip Kevin
1968-1998
Phillip Kevin Burke, 30, of Clifford, died Friday, Sep 11 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Burke was born Jul 5, 1968, in South Williamson, a son of Gayle Burke of Clifford and the late Macke Burke. He was a heavy equipment operator for M & J Trucking, Inc. Additional survivors include 2  brothers, Mike Burke of Louisa and Joe Burke of Catlettsburg. The funeral was conducted Monday, Sep 14 at Wilson Funeral Home by Brother Dean Pittman. Burial was in Hammond Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1998

CASTLE, Hesie Dean
1928-1998
Hesie Dean Castle, 70, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug 24 in Louisa. He died from injuries suffered in a house fire. Mr. Castle was born Jun 26, 1928, in Charley, a son of the late Fred and Virgie Hannah Castle. He was a former well operator with Kentucky & West Virginia Gas Co., a Korean War veteran and a member of Belles Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Michael Dean Castle of Blaine, 2 daughters, Karen Hagaman of Louisa and Sharon Chambers of Greenville, IN; 3 sisters, Carmie Hayes, Dorothy Moore and Daisy Castle, all of Louisa, a brother, Freddie Castle of Louisa, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Aug 27 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Ronnie Saul and Rev. Ronnie Childers. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1998

CHAFFIN, Chelsea Breanna
1993-1998
Chelsea Breanna Chaffin, 5 year old daughter of Virginia Lee Holley Chaffin, of Adams, died Thursday, Aug 27 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was born Jun 29, 1993 in Huntington, WV, and a student at Louisa Elementary School. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sherla Rae Chaffin. Additional survivors include a sister, JoAnn Chaffin of Adams, a brother, Shade Raymond Chaffin of Adams, and maternal grandparents, Robert and JoAnn Holley. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Aug 30 at Young Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Rick Cordial. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1998

DALTON, Saul David
1949-1998
Saul David Dalton, 49, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Sep 23 at Vencor Hospital in Louisville, KY. Mr. Dalton was born Oct 23, 1949 in Lawrence County, a son of the late Allen and Polly Moore Dalton. He was a disabled steel worker and a member of Temple Bell United Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Irene Gamble Dalton of Salyersville, 2 daughters, Rebecca Dalton of Columbus, OH and Loretta Montgomery of Salyersville; one son, David Scott Dalton of Columbus; 5 sisters, Ruby Bowens of Circleville, OH, Bonnie Bowen and Geneva Maynard, both of Louisa, Susie Caudill of Oil Springs, and Donna Stacy of Inez; 5 brothers, Chris Dalton of Louisa, Claude Dalton of Martin County, Johnny Dalton of Cecil, OH, Dan Dalton of Inez, and Mack Dalton of Martin County and 3 grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Sep 26 at Calf Creek Church, Martin County, by Bro. Virgil Moore and Bro. Elmer Harris. Burial was in Dalton Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 30, 1998

DAVIS, Roy
1932-1998
Roy Davis, 66, of Prichard, WV, died Wednesday, Sep 2 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Davis was born Jun 24, 1932, in Morehead, a son of the late Arlie and Lillian Davis. He was a laborer with Dearman’s Moving & Storage and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Ann Lemaster Davis, 2 step daughters, , Twatha Sparks and Trevia Carrington; both of Phoenix, AZ, 2 stepsons, Louie Ray Carrington and LeRoy Richard Carrington both of Mansfield, OH; 3 brothers, Arlie Davis and Coy Davis both of Mansfield, and Robert Davis of Columbus, OH and 6 step grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, Sep 6 at Young Funeral Home with John Cavins officiating. Burial was in Lemaster Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1998

FANNIN, Dixie
1920-1998
Dixie Fannin, 78, of Route 1, Louisa, died Friday, Sep 25 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville. Ms. Fannin was born Feb 28, 1920 in Charley, the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Corilda Pack Fannin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mary United Baptist Church. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Dorcas (Dorothy) Fannin of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, Sep 27, in Mary Church Cemetery at Charley by Bro. James Daniels, Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa was in charge of arrangements.

JAMES, Nancy (Nunnery)
1910-1998
Nancy Nunnery James, 88, of Louisa, died Friday, Sep 11 at her home. Mrs. James was born May 3, 1910, at Endicott, a daughter of the late James and Cynthia Baker Nunnery. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley James in 1988. She was the retired owner of James Grocery Store at Allen and a member of Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Don James of Louisa; 2 daughters, Jacqueline Jenkins of Ashland and Bobbie Jean Phillips of Allen, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Sep 14 at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church by Dr. James A. Hayes. Burial was in Davison Memorial Gardens at Ivel. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Sep 16, 1998

KEATON, Hasten
1921-1998
Hasten Keaton, 86, of Blaine, died Saturday, Sep 12, in Elliott County Nursing Home. Mr. Keaton was born Mar 31, 1921 in Morgan County, a son of the late John Will and Nella Blanton Keaton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Meade Keaton in 1970. He was a retired coal miner and farmer. Surviving are a son, James Rodney “JimBob” Keaton of Webbville; 4 daughters, Diane May of Grayson, Geneva Keaton and Sharon Lee both of Blaine and Della Berry of London, OH; a sister, Marilee Keaton of California; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday, Sep 14 at Low Gap Enterprise Church at Blaine by the Rev. Ralph Cordle. Burial was in Keaton family cemetery, Abb Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1998

LYONS, James Edgell
1917-1998
James Edgell Lyons, 81, of Louisa, died Saturday, Sep 5 at Presbyterian Health Center, Phelps, KY. Mr. Lyons was born Aug 28, 1917, in Martha, a son of the late Oscar Hubert and Ella Estie Diles Lyon. He was a retired carpenter and a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are a daughter, 2 sons and 2 brothers, A graveside service will be conducted Friday, Sep 11 at Greenlawn Cemetery at 11 a.m. A military service will be conducted by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1998

MATHIS, Mary (George)
Mary George Mathis, 78, of Lexington, widow of Basil Mathis, died Friday Sep 18 at Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home in Lexington. Mrs. Mathis was born in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Joe and Stella Baker George. She was a retired bookkeeper. Surviving are one brother, Jim George of Huntington, a brother in law, Dan Hammond and his wife, Jackie of Lexington, 2 nephews, Joe Lee George of Huntington and Dan Hammond, Jr., of Arlington, TX. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Sep 22 at Greenlawn West Cemetery by O. C. Morrison. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Lexington was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1998

MCCLOUD, Clyde F.
1925-1998
Clyde F. McCloud, 72, of Kenova, WV, died Saturday, Aug 29 at Morris Memorial Nursing Home. Mr. McCloud was born Sep 8, 1925, a son of the late Pearly and Haney Napier McCloud. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jake McCloud. He was a retired engineer with N & W Railroad, a World War II Navy veteran and was of the Baptist Faith. Surviving are his wife, Lena Holt McCloud, 3 daughters, Rita Pigg of Louisa, Phyllis Collins of Fort Gay, WV, and Joan Carter of Kenova, a brother, Dan McCloud of Martha, KY; 2 sisters, Ruby Dooley and Susie Ailiff, both of Fort Gay and 4 grandchildren. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Sep 1 at Billups Gap by Pastor James E. Blevins. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1998

PARSONS, Carolyn Rose (Rice)
1932-1998
Carolyn Rose Parsons, 65, of Irving, TX, formerly of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Aug 25 at Baylor Medical Center, following an extended illness. Mrs. Parsons was the daughter of the late William and Sara LaFon Rice. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Benton Parsons. Surviving are 3 sons, Toney Benton Parsons, Harry Victor (Inez) Parsons, Patrick Newton (Teresa) Parsons, all of Grand Prairie, TX, 3 daughters, Rice Lovell of Huntington, WV, Bonnie (Jim) Robinette of Grand Prairie and Rhonda Parsons of Garland, TX, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral was held Saturday, Aug 29 at the Old Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Howell officiating. Regar Funeral Hoe was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1998

PRICE, Flora (Bryant)
1920-1998
Flora Price, 78, of Louisa, formerly of Obetz, OH, died Friday, Sep 4 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Mrs. Price was born Mar 23, 1920, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Harrison and Alma Hayes Bryant. She was retired from Federal Glass, Columbus, OH, and a member of Heritage Temple Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Harry (Wilda) Price of Obetz, 2 sisters, Allene Venske and Estelene Venske, both of Wausaw, WS, 2 brothers, Earnest Bryant of Lowmansville and Charles Bryant of Lady Lake; 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Sep 9 at 2 p.m. at Graumlich & Son Funeral Home, Columbus, OH by Dr. Billy Sharpston. Burial will be in Beckett Cemetery Commercial Point, Columbus. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 9, 1998

SANER, Heather
1974-1998
Heather Lorene Saner, 24, of St. Albans, WV, died Monday, Sep 14 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Ms. Saner was born Sep 21, 1974 in Columbus, OH. She attended school in Columbus and St. Albans and was a graduate of Charleston Career College. Surviving are a son, Caleb Saner, mother and step father, Debbie and Matt Guthrie of St. Albans, father, David Saner of Columbus, OH, a brother, Sam Saner of Fayetteville, NC, grandparents, Sam and Lorene Self of Louisa, uncle, Steve Self of Fayetteville, NC and great grandmother, Lou Thompson of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Thursday, Sep 17 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home in St. Albans. Burial was in Thornton Moore family cemetery, Mattie. A graveside service was conducted by Ronnie Childers. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1998

SAVAGE, Essie (Mann)
1905-1998
Essie Mann Savage, 92, lifelong resident of Fallsburg, died Wednesday, Aug 26 at her home. Mrs. Savage was born Sep 9, 1905 at Fallsburg, a daughter of the late Joseph Cecil and Gussie Burke Mann. Her husband, William “Ted” Savage died in 1976. She was a member of Savage Memorial Methodist Church, a Sunday school teacher, youth director and past president of WSCS. She was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #292, Louisa. Surviving are a daughter, Lavonna Wray Fugitt of Fallsburg, 3 grandchildren, Michael Fugitt and Shauna Jones, both of Ashland and Lisa Fugitt of Lexington, 3 great grandchildren, Tiffany and Amanda Fugitt and Katlyn Jones; one sister, Lucy Curnutte of Friendship, OH, and a special friend, Alesia Rice. The Eastern Star conducted services at the residence Friday, Aug 28 with graveside services conducted Saturday Aug 29 at Savage Cemetery, Fallsburg by Dr. James A. Hayes. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 2, 1998

SHORTEN, William
1916-1998
William Leslie Shorten, 82, of Milan, IN, died Wednesday, Sep 16 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Shorten was born Apr 30, 1916, in Ripley County, IN, a son of the late Nora Kritzer and Mary A. Helton Shorten. He was a retired truck driver. Surviving are 2 daughters, Phyllis Kirk of Louisa and Wilma Robbins of Milan, IN, 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, Sep 19 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan, by the Rev. Jim Pittman. Burial was in Mud Pike Cemetery, Osgood, IN. Local arrangements were conducted by Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Sep 23, 1998

SPARKS, Mary Lou (Branham)
1909-1998
Mary Lou Sparks, 88, of Louisa, died Monday, Sep 14 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Mrs. Sparks was born Sep 24, 1909, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late John and Martha Belle Roberts Branham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, W. D. Sparks and a daughter, Bertha Dellajane Roberts. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Louisa First Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Martha Kiser of Louisa; 2 sons, Bill John Sparks and Daniel Reid Sparks both of Louisa, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, today, Sep 16 at 2 p.m. at Louisa First Baptist Church by the Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery, Hood, KY. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1998

VARNEY, Samuel M.
1922-1998
Samuel M. Varney, 76, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Monday, Sep 14 at Columbus Community Hospital. Mr. Varney was born Mar 12, 1922 in Silver Creek, WV, a son of the late John B. and Lucinda Hearld Varney. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Gail Varney. He was a roll trucker for Columbus Coated Fabric and a member of Columbus United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Ivory “Tommy” Dillon Varney, a daughter, Julie Ann Bowens of Columbus, 3 sons, Samuel F. Varney, Thomas J. Varney, and Dwight D. Varney all of Columbus; 2 sisters, Pearl Browning of Glen Hayes, WV, and Tinnie Evans of Columbus, a brother, Franklin Varney of Pataskala, OH; 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The funeral will be Thursday, Sep 17 at 2 p.m. at Friendship United Baptist Church by the Rev. Joe Sparks and Rev. Stan Ratcliff. Burial will be in Fluty Lick Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Sep 16, 1998

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ADAMS, Josephine (Hedrick)
1922-1998
Josephine Valena Adams, 76, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Webbville, died Tuesday, Oct 20 in Columbus. Mrs. Adams was born Jun 7, 1922 in  Charleston, WV, the daughter of the late Charles F. and Emma Findling Hedrick. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Adams in 1979. She was a retired nurse at the Columbus State Hospital. Survivors include a sister in law, Mary Jordan of Columbus and a special friend, Allen T. Berry, also of Columbus. Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct 24 at the Leonard Adams Cemetery, Blaine. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

BLANKENSHIP, Russell
1971-1998
Russell (Rusty) Wayne Blankenship, 27, of Louisa died Monday, Oct 19 in an automobile accident. Mr. Blankenship was born Feb 23, 1971 in Louisa, a son of Oscar (Buck) and Brenda Chambers Blankenship. He worked for Toyota Motors in Georgetown, KY. Additional survivors include one son, Jonathan Derek Morrow, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services  will be conducted by Rev. Jeff Lambert Wednesday, today, Oct 21 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Blankenship Cemetery, Pinehill in Louisa. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1998

BOYES, John Austin
1950-1998
John Austin (Jack) Boyes, 48, of Fort Gay, WV, died Sunday, Oct 25 in Three Rivers Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Boyes was born Jan 7, 1950, in Wadsworth, OH, a son of John Ralph Boyes of Warsaw, OH, and the late Helen Marie Wightman Boyes. Additional survivors include one sister, Deborah Nelson of Fort Gay and one brother, Daniel Lee Boyes of Medina, OH. Graveside funeral services took place Tuesday, Oct 27 at Trent Cemetery, Spruce Lick, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

CARTER, Tommy J.
1943-1998
Tommy J. Carter, 55, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Oct 7, at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, OH. Mr. Carter was born Aug 31, 1943 in Louisa, a son of the late Hobert and Eba Rice Carter. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Stella Chaffin Carter in 1993. He was a coal miner retired from Beckley Coal Company. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Debbie Burke of Louisa, 3 sons, James Carter and Tommy Joe Carter, both of Louisa, and Clyde Carter of Columbia, SC; 4 sisters, Francis Adams of Columbus, OH, Edana Spencer of Nashville, TN, Lola Elam, also of Nashville and Mrs. Louisa Humphrey of Cherokee, NC, one brother, Glen Carter of Columbus, 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jerry Hughes and Rev. Paul Cox on Saturday, Oct 10 at Morgan’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Carter family cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1998

CHAPMAN, Thelma (Erwin)
1914-1998
Thelma (Erwin) Chapman, age 84, at Lutheran Village of Columbus. Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, was called Home by her Heavenly Father on Oct 13, 1998 after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease. Mrs. Chapman was born in Louisa, KY on Oct 7, 1914 to the late A. W. and Ella Blackburn. She retired from General Motors in 1975 after 28 years and was a member of Grace Memorial Church of Christ in Christian Union. She was preceded in death by husband, Jim Erwin and Chappy Chapman, 6 brothers, Cecil, Canada, Harmon, Edgel, Clint and Payton Blackburn; 2 sisters, Eva Moore and Pearl Short. She is survived by her loving and caring daughter, Mickey (Danny) Clinger of Obetz, 3 grandchildren, Mike (Lorraine) Clinger of Douglasville, GAm Gary (Lisa) Clinger and Tamie (Jaime) Gourno, all of Grove City; 7 great grandchildren, Eric, Chad, Matt, Lewis, Shawn, Tim and Danielle; 6 sisters, Ethel (Rev. Bert) Miller, Maxine (Wayne) Yinger, Louisa, (Bill) Elkins, Phyllis (Mack) Hayes, all of the Columbus area; Mary Sowers and Gwendolyn (Carl) Sanger of Oak Hill, WV; 4 sisters in law, Ruby, Hazel, Kay and Edna, host of nieces and nephews. Service was held at Grace Memorial CCCU, with Dr. Robert L. Sayre officiating. Graumlich & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1998

COPLEY, Fred
1911-1998
Fred Copley, 87, of  Louisa died Monday, Oct 26 in J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center, Louisa. Mr. Copley was born Mar 15, 1911 at Saltpetre, WV, a son of the late Russian and Viola Crabtree Copley .He was also preceded in death by his wife, Delores Waller Copley in 1984. Survivors include a sister in law, Mary Copley of South Point, OH, 4 nephews, Bob Copley and Birch Copley both of Proctorville, OH, Junior Copley of South Point, and Jimmy Copley of St. Louis, MO and one niece, Dollie Gillen of Chesapeake, OH. Graveside services will be conducted by Dr. James A. Hayes Thursday, Oct 29 at Greenlawn Cemetery. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

DAVIS, Magline (McCoy)
1927-1998
Magline McCoy Davis, 71, of Louisa, died Wednesday, Oct 14 in Louisa. Mrs. Davis was born Sep 7, 1927 in Beauty, a daughter of the late Ed and Nerva Jane Fitzpatrick McCoy. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Felix (Bob) Davis in1996. She was a member of Bethel Church. Survivors include 5 daughters, Marlene Rakes of Logan, WV, Linda McCoy of Branchland, WV, Brenda Dotson of Louisa, Melissa Lyons of Charley and Carol Pack of Adams, 4 sons, Billy Thomas of Portland, OR, Tommy Munson of Artesia, NM and Bobby Davis and Jasper Davis, both of Louisa; 2 sisters, Marie Munson of Artesia and Virgie Potter of Cleveland, OH; a half brother, Robert Faire of Cleveland; 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Randy Martin and Rev. Ronnie Childers, Sunday, Oct 18 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Davis Cemetery, Charley. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1998

DAWSON, Lossie (Vanhoose)
1927-1998
Lossie Dawson, 71, of Fort Gay, died Monday, Oct 26, in Cabell Huntington Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Dawson was born May 30, 1927 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Perry and Mary Edwards Vanhoose. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Dawson, Jr. She was a housewife, and a member of Fort Gay Baptist Church. Survivors include 4 daughters, Pam Blair of Columbus, OH, Marilyn Stanley of Roanoke, VA, Diane Rice of Louisa and Deb Ryland of Chesapeake, OH; one son, Perry Dawson of Fort Gay; one brother, Billy Joe Vanhoose of Flatwoods, KY; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, today, Oct 28 at 2 p.m. in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Dawson family cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

DOSS, Timothy Darrell
1969-1998
Timothy Darrell Doss, 28, of Fort Gay, WV, died Saturday, Oct 3 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. Mr. Doss was born Nov 3, 1969 in Louisa, a son of Richard J. and Judy Ratcliff Doss. He was a ceramic welder for Fosbel, Inc. and attended Prichard Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include his wife, Sue An Shepard Doss of Fort Gay; 2 daughters, Amanda Denay Doss and Holly Michelle Doss, both of Fort Gay; one son, Timothy Darrell Doss, Jr., of Fort Gay and 3 brothers, Richard Doss, Mark Doss and Jeremy Doss, all of Fort Gay. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct 6 in Young Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Darrell Brewer and Rev. Coffee Workman. Burial was in Doss Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1998

EVANS, Mont J., Jr.
1923-1998
Mont J. Evans, Jr., 75 of Martha, KY, died Thursday, Oct 1 after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leola Hay Evans in 1994. Mr. Evans was born Aug 20, 1923 in Flat Gap, a son of the late Mont and May Thomas Evans. He worked at Ashland Oil Inc. for 33 years, a member of Jake Rice F & AM Lodge II and was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church for 49 years. Survivors include one son, Clark Evans of Catlettsburg; one daughter, Edwina Young of Louisa; 2 sisters, Pauline Patrick of Goldsboro, NC and Hazel Hamilton of Galena, OH; 2 brothers, Fred Evans of Delaware, OH and Donald Evans of Sunburg, OH; 3 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral service were conducted at Elizabeth Baptist Church on Oct 3 by Rev. Emmett Barker, Rev. Floyd West and Rev. Dan Patrick. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1998

HENSON, Gary Gene
1949-1998
Gary Gene Henson, 48, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, Oct 22 in Grant Hospital, Columbus. Mr. Henson was born Dec 30, 1949, in Louisa, a son of the late Tom and Hattie McKenzie Henson. He was a carpenter and a former employee of the Louisa Water Company. Survivors include a daughter, 3 brothers, Jeff Henson and Larry Gene Henson both of Louisa and Thomas Henson of Columbus, 3 sisters, Katherine Cantrell of Louisa, Nancy Henson and Doris Justice both of Columbus and 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct 25 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

HOLBROOK, Nola H. (Young)
1915-1998
Nola M. Holbrook, 83, of Columbus, OH, died Sunday, Oct 10 at Mount Carmel West. She was born May 30, 1915 in Lawrence County, KY the daughter of the late James M. and Dobie Pinkerton Young. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis, daughter, Janna Chapman, one grandson, a sister, Elizabeth Holbrook and a brother, Watson Young. She was a member of Enterprise Baptist. Survivors include 2 daughters, Beatrice (Bill) Gartin of Columbus and Maxine Bainter and her husband, Wallace Southworth of Chillicothe, 4 sons, Clifford Holbrook and Thomas (Jeanette) Holbrook both of Columbus, Bernard (Maxine) Holbrook of Laurelville, and Wayne (Charlene) Holbrook of Williamsport, 5 sisters, Edna Smith, Eileen McGiffin, Barbara Stump, Donna Stump and Joyce Jones, 8 brothers, Ray, Gilmer, Earsel, Robert, Roy, Rick, Steve and Roger Young and 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Oct 14 by Rev. Mike Holbrook at the Circleville First church of Christ in Christian Union. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery. Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville, was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1998

HOLZ, Concetta A. (Testa)
1935-1998
Concetta (Connie) A. Holz, 63, of Frankfort, NY, died Saturday, Oct 24 in Rome Hospital, New York. Mrs. Holz was born Sep 26, 1935, a daughter of Antoinette Sutch Testa and the late Samuel (Angelo) Testa. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edward Holz. Additional survivors include 5 sons, Carl James Holz, John Raymond Holz, Robert Anthony Holz, James Michael Holz and Charles William Shortridge; one sister, Dolores Chuff; one brother, Simon Testa; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Graveside services will be conducted the later part of the week at Collinsworth Cemetery, Fallsburg. Arrangements are incomplete and under direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

KELLEY, Toral Vernon
1929-1998
Torla Vernon Kelley, 69, of Weaverville, NC, died Sunday, Sep 13 at St. Joseph Hospital. Mr. Kelley, was born Sep 9, 1929, in Fallsburg, a son of the late Damer and Effie Maude Queen Kelley. He was also preceded in death by a son, Brian Kelley. He worked for Ford Motor Company and was an Army World War II veteran. Surviving are his wife, Imogene Pack Kelly of Weaverville, 3 daughters, Bonnie Perkins of Morganton, NC, Beth Hill of Farmington Hills, MI, and Brenda Pulver of  Deltonia, FL; a sister, Irene Moore of Columbus, GA, a brother, Gerald Kelley of Taylor, MI, and 17 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Saturday, Oct 3 at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1998

LEDFORD, Curtis
1935-1998
Curtis Burton Ledford, 62, of Pikeville, KY, died Thursday, Oct 1 in Cincinnati, OH, after a brief illness. Mr. Ledford was born  Oct 29, 1935 in Louisa, a son of the late Kash and Laura Burton Ledford “Cordial” Seeber.  He was a retired electrician, a veteran of the Marine Corp, a member of Masonic Lodge #656, Maytown, KY, Shrine Temple, Cincinnati, and Sheperd Temple, Gravitt, Ark. Survivors include a son, Robert Ledford and wife, Michele, one granddaughter, Lacy Ledford, all of Palacios, TX; a brother, William James Ledford of Ashland; 3 sisters, twins Ann McConnell and Jane Salyer of Pikeville and Jackie Doerflein of Cincinnati and a cousin, Bill Ledford of Pomeroyton, KY. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct 4 at Pomeroyton Union Church by Rev. Terry Wells with special singing by the church choir. Active pallbearers were Jesse Salyer, Jr., B. J. Ledford, Benny Ledford, Curt Ledford, Joseph Doerflein II and Hargis Stone. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Ratliff, Wayne Handy and Tunney Amburgey. Burial with Masonic rites, was in the Catron Cemetery, Pomeroyton. Menifee Home for Funerals, Frenchburg, KY was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1998

LYON, Lorna (Curnutte)
1913-1998
Lorna Lyon, 85, of Ashland, KY, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday, Oct 6 in Three Rivers Medical center. Mrs. Lyon was born Aug 20, 1913, in Irad, KY, a daughter of the late David M. and Sue Adams Curnutte. She was also preceded in death by 5 brothers and 4 sisters. She was a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church for 60 years, a member of the Louise Chapter 292 Order of Eastern Star and Betsy Ross Rebekah #95 Louisa. Survivors include her husband, Jesse D. Lyon, 2 daughters, Anna Sue (Kelly) Patton of Columbus, OH, and Joyce (Richard) Wilson of Tallahassee, FL, 2 sons, Jim Paul (Patsy) Lyon of Bellfonte, KY and Charles (Agnes) Lyon of Ashland; 7 grandchildren, 1 step grandson, 14 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Oct 8 by Dr. James A. Hayes at Heston Funeral Home. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1998

MAYNARD, Jimmy Rogers
1942-1998
Jimmy Rogers Maynard, 55, of Clifford died Thursday, Oct 1, at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mallie Mae Maynard and 4 brothers, Henry Maynard, Charley Maynard, Wendell Maynard and Joe Maynard. Mr. Maynard was born Nov 22, 1942 in Clifford, a son of the late Charles Lindsey and Dolly Elizabeth Lemaster Maynard. Survivors include 2 sisters, Fannie Caperton of Louisa and Geneva Cadle of Sheffield Lake, OH; 4 brothers, Lester Maynard of Elmore, OH, Joe Maynard, Wayne Maynard and Paul Kenneth Maynard all of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday Oct 4 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Maynard Cemetery in Clifford. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 7, 1998

MULLETT, John J.
1914-1998
John J. Mullett, 85, of Galion, died Friday, Oct 9. Mr. Mullett was born Mar 25, 1914 in Saltpetre, WV, a son of the late Widd and Mary E. Scarborough Mullett. He was a welder with Perfection-Cobey Company in Galion. Survivors include an adopted son, Don Hurley of Galion; 2 daughters, Marie G. Newkirk of Indianapolis and D. Jean Yoder of Daleville, IN; 5 step children, Ira, Edna Mae, Frank, Jim and Linda, a brother, Journal Mullett of Apple Valley, special friend, Daisy Sloan of Galion; 5 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday Oct 13 by the Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus at Saltpetre Community Church. Burial was in Lynch Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1998

PRESTON, Frank Bryant
1932-1998
Frank Bryant Preston, 66, of Fort Gay, WV died October 25, 1998. He was born February 29, 1932, a son of Norman Chapman and Leta Jarrell Preston. Survivors include his wife, Glenna Jean Sword Preston; one son and daughter in law, Timothy and Jo Ann Preston; three daughters and sons in law, Cheryl and Gary Porter, Diana and Danny Frasher, and Angela and Rodney Stroud; four sisters, Anita Porter, Jean (Walter) Perry, Louise (Albert) Perry and Wilma (Max) Wetherall, 9 grandchildren, Sarah, Erin, Amanda, Alicia, Marc, Lucas, Heath, Jared, and Katie and many special nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct 27 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Preston Family cemetery at Fort Gay, WV. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 28, 1998

PRICE, Bascom William
1929-1998
Bascom William Price, 69, of Chatteroy, WV, died Sunday, Oct 11 after an extended illness. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Price in 1994. Mr. Price was born Jun 10, 1929, in Williamson, WV, a son of the late Jesse and Helen Burke Price. She was also preceded in death by 5 brothers, and 4 sisters. He was retired from the Air Force, a World War II veteran and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include several step children, one sister, Bonnie Price of Fort Gay, WV; 2 brothers, Jack Price of Fort Gay and John Price of Williamson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Johnny Adkins, the VFW and the American Legion Wednesday, Oct 14, today, at the Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Trent Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1998

RICHARDS, Arthur B.
1925-1998
Arthur B. Richards, M.D., 72, of Louisa, died Friday, Oct 9 at his residence. Dr. Richards was born Dec 30, 1925 in Boston, Mass., a son of the late Carl A. and Maria Tholander Richards. He was a graduate of Tufts University College of Medicine and moved to Louisa in 1963 to start his medical practice, which he continued until his death. Dr. Richards was a member of the Fellow American Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Association, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the Hospital Committee of the Kentucky Medical Association, the Lawrence County Health Department and was a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Examiners. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corps (1944-1946), a Kentucky Colonel and served as Louisa mayor from 1973 to 1975. Survivors include his wife, Janet Ferguson Richards, of Louisa; a brother, Carl A. Richards, Jr., of Maumelle, AZ, 3 children, Beryl (Richards) Johnson of Louisville, KY, Curtis A. Richards of Lexington, KY, and Marty James of Louisa and 2 grandchildren, Ashley N. Johnson and Hunter V. James. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct 11 by Rev. Ric Frazier in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1998

SEE, Cosby  (Frasher)
1921-1998
Cosby Frasher See, 76, of  Louisa, died Monday, Oct 19 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. See was born Oct 20, 1921 in Fort Gay, WV, a daughter of the late Neal and Jennie Akers Frasher. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband, Wallace See of Louisa and one sister, Lucy Miller of Louisa. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, today, Oct 21 by Rev. Ric Frazier at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1998

SMITH, James Cline
1922-1998
James Cline Smith, 75, of Blaine, died Wednesday, Oct 14 at his home. Mr. Smith was born Nov 16, 1922 in Lawrence County, a son of the late George and Della Bryant Smith. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Luther Smith and Clyde Smith and one sister, Clotine Smith. He was a former road foreman in Lawrence County, a World War II Army veteran and a member of Cordell Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Julia Alice Rittenberry Smith, 2 daughters, Landonna Kay Ratliff and Lyndella Ann Smith both of Blaine, 2 sons, James Roger Smith and George Anthony Smith, both of Blaine, 4 sisters, Mary Adams of Florida, Clara Young of Columbus, OH, Willia Slone of London, OH, and Francis Lyon of Blaine; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roger Jordan and Rick Cordial, Saturday, Oct 17 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery in Louisa with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars 6103 and American Legion Post 89 both of Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 21, 1998

TACKETT, Gerrell Jackie
1939-1998
Gerrell Jackie “Jack” Tackett, 59, of Fallsburg, died Saturday, at his home after a four year battle with cancer. Mr. Tackett was born May 22, 1939, near Fallsburg, a son of the late Edward Lee and Josephine Roark Tackett. He was also preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers and 2 sisters. He was a retired maintenance mechanic with Calgon Carbon and a member of the Newcomb Chapel Church in Lawrence County. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Regina Diamond Tackett, one daughter and son in law, Jennifer T. and James Bentley of Fallsburg and one son and daughter in law, Kenneth D. and Christy Tackett of Fallsburg; one sister, Doretha Lambert of Wurtland; 2 granddaughters, Alicia Paige and Haley Rebecca Bentley and one grandson, Ethan Thomas Tackett. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct 12 by the Rev. Gordon Crisp and Rev. Mike Cox at Young Funeral Home Chapel in Louisa. Burial was in Harmon Cemetery, route 707, near Fallsburg. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Oct 14, 1998

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BELLOMY, Ella (Cartmel)
1921-1998
Ella C. Bellomy, 77, of Fort Gay, died Monday, Nov 9 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Bellomy was born May 27, 1921 at Morgan’s Creek, a daughter of the late Rev. James and Mary Workman Cartmel. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bellomy in 1992, and a son, Ralph Edward Bellomy. She was a housewife and a member of Community Chapel Church, Hubbardstown, WV. Survivors include 4 daughters, Bonnie Jean Smith of Prichard, WV, Lotus Irene Marcum of Asheboro, NC, Judy Ann Jarrell and Diana Hill, both of Fort Gay, one sister, Rosie Kirk of Ashland, one brother, Bert Cartmel of Prestonsburg; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wally Smith and Robby Smith on Thursday, Nov 12. Burial was in Community Chapel Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1998

BERRY. Custer
1917-1998
Custer Berry, 81, of Sand Branch, KY, died Saturday, Oct 31 in Woodland Oaks Nursing Home after an extended illness. Mr. Berry was born Sep 22, 1917 in Sand Branch, a son of the late Jim and Laura Adams Berry. He was a farmer and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include 2 sisters, Myrtle Blankenship of Catlettsburg, and Margie Caudill of Louisa, 2 brothers, Jack Berry and Russell Berry both of Louisa and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Buck Hogston and Rev. Noah Wilks at Young Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, today, Nov 4 at 2p .m. Burial will be in Berry cemetery, Sand Branch. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1998

BUTLER, Charles
1923-1998
Charles Butler, 75, of Blaine, died Wednesday, Nov 11 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Butler was born Jan 19, 1923, at Houckville, KY, a son of the late Raleigh and Martha Edwards Butler. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Irene Butler and 2 brothers, Raymond Butler and John Butler. He was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, Jake Rice Lodge F & AM and Eastern Star. Survivors include one sister, Loraine Burton of Blaine and 2 nephews, Harry G. Burton, III of Ashville, NC and James R. Butler of Cannonsburg, KY. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Sturgill, Rev. Emmit Barker and Rev. Buck West on Saturday, Nov 14 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1998

CASTLE, Tony R.
1922-1998
Tony R. Castle, 76, of Columbus, died Thursday, Nov 5 at Regency Manor in Columbus. Mr. Castle was born Feb 28, 1922, a son of the late Tony and Mary Wright Castle. He was a steelworker with U. S. Steel and a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Dora I. Hayes Castle, one daughter, Deborah S. Boggs of Franklin, TN, 5 brothers, Billy Castle, and Jimmy Castle, both of Columbus, Phillip Castle of Berlin Heights, Lawrence Castle of Wyoming and Matt Castle; 6 sisters, Betty Castle, Bessie Castle and Betty Bowdy all of Columbus, Everlyn Castle, Angelina Legg and Ester Castle and 2 grandchildren. Graveside services were conducted Saturday Nov 8 by Rev. Gordon Crisp at Shady Grove Cemetery at Webbville. Military graveside rites were performed by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1998

COBURN, Silas Junior
1932-1998
Silas Junior Coburn, 66, of Louisa, died Tuesday, Nov 17 at his home. Mr. Coburn was born Mar 23, 1932 in Greenup County, a son of the late Leonard and Verna Gilliam Coburn. He was also preceded in death by a son, Darrell Coburn. He was a retied street service employee with Columbia Gas, a member of Catalpa Freewill Baptist Church and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Hardwick Coburn; 3 sons: Deron Coburn, Louisa, Danny Coburn and David Coburn both of Pulaski, VA; a daughter: Diane Frasure, Blacksburg, VA; 7 sisters: Lucy Mae Robinson and Karen Rogers both of Ashland, KY, Kattie Sallie, Willard, KY, Jean Hensley, Etorvah, TN, Minnie Carter, Grayson, KY, Donna Isaacs, Hitchens, KY, Linda Tussey, Johns Run, KY; 5 brothers; Paul Coburn, Reliance, TN, James Coburn, Ashland, KY, Arnold Coburn, Johns Run, KY, Earvan Coburn, McGill, NV, Larry Coburn, Davy's Run, KY; 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Mike Cox and Larry Maynard Thursday, Nov 19 at 1 p.m. at Catalpa Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Coburn family cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1998

DIAMOND, Jack
1928-1998
Jack Diamond, 69, of Elyria, OH, died Tuesday, Nov 2 after an extended illness. Mr. Diamond was born Dec 13, 1928, in Nolan, WV, a son of the late John Lee and Ida Nelson Diamond. He worked for U. S. Steel for 27 years and was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Childers Diamond, Elyria, OH; 4 daughters: Debbie Hiler, New Washington, OH, Donna Bortner, Elyria, OH, Linda York, Harlan, KY, Mary Matovich, Oberlin, OH; 2 brothers: John Lee Diamond, Jr., Ransom, KY and Glen Diamond, Bell Co., FL; 2 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. bob Nelson Thursday, Nov 5 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Blackburn Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1998

DIAMOND, Tula D. (Rose)
1924-1998
Tula D. Diamond, 74, of Southgate, MI, died Sunday, Nov 1 in Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. Mrs. Diamond was born Oct 19, 1924 in Pikeville, KY, a daughter of the late Philip Lee Rose and Liza Whicker Rose. She was a baker and a member of the Christ the King Church. Survivors include her husband, Ira L. Diamond of Southgate; one daughter, Linda Caudill, also of Southgate, 2 sisters, 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Bro. Ric Frazier Friday, Nov 6 at 11 a.m. in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1998

DILLEY, Blanche (Parsley)
1917-1998
Blanche Parsley Dilley, 81, of Clifford, KY, went to rest in peace Sunday, Nov 8, after an extended illness. Mrs. Dilley was born Sep 10, 1917, at Kermit, WV, a daughter of the late Sherman and Maude Vinson Parsley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Dilley. She was a member of the Friendship United Baptist Church and a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Robert Earl Dilley and his wife, Kate of Clifford; 2 sisters, Ruby Arlene Rogers of Louisa, VA and Betty Jo Sparks of Ashland; 2 granddaughter, Katherine Carreen Arrington and her husband, Chuck and Christina Elizabeth Dilley, one great granddaughter, Madison Arrington and one God son, Travis Good and his wife, Michelle. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Don Barnett and Travis Good, Wednesday, today, Nov 11 at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa. Burial will be in Wallace Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Nov 11, 1998

FANNIN, Gloria Gray (Collins)
1926-1998
Gloria Gray Fannin, 72, of Monroe, MI, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Nov 22 at her home after an extended illness. Mrs. Fannin was born July 18, 1926 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Rush and Elizabeth Fraley Collins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Haskell Fannin i 1979. She was a secretary at Monroe High School. Survivors include one son, James M. Fannin of Monroe, two brothers, Robert Collins of Louisa and Phillip Collins of Columbus, OH; and two grandchildren, Cory Fannin and Christopher Fannin. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Ric Frazier, Wednesday (today), Nov 25 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1998

HUTCHINSON, Gay Marie (Fannin)
1923-1998
Gay Marie Fannin Hutchinson, 75, of Louisa, died Monday, Nov 2 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center of a sudden illness. Mrs. Hutchinson was born Jun 30, 1923 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Allen and Carrie Boggs Fannin. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Hutchinson in 1981. She was a homemaker and a member of Garrett Chapel United Methodist Church, Louisa; and a member of the Democratic Women’s Club. Survivors include her husband, Glen Hutchinson of Louisa; one son, Doug (Gabriele) Hutchinson of Louisa; 2 brothers, Roy Fannin of Louisa and Charles Fannin of Catlettsburg; one step brother, Joe Boggs of Cincinnati, OH; 3 sisters, Evelyn Patrick of Glendale, AZ, Garnet Hammond of Ashland, KY, and Dorothy Holbrook of Bolts Fork, KY, 2 step sisters, Sue Blair of Michigan and Patty Speaks of Atlanta, GA, and 3 grandchildren, Brent, Brian and Caryn Hutchinson. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Howard Fritts Thursday, Nov 5 at 2 p.m. at Garrett Chapel United Methodist Church, Louisa. Burial will be in Hutchinson family cemetery. Steen Funeral Home of Cannonsburg is in charge of the arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1998

JUDE, Easter
1948-1998
Easter Jude, 50, of Ulysses died Monday Nov 9 at her residence. Ms. Jude was born Mar 27, 1948 in Pike County, a daughter of Charlie Jude of Martin County and the late Truly Jude. She attended Faith Batpist Church and was a homemaker. Additional survivors include her husband, Wilburn Osborne of Ulysses, 2 daughters, Marlena Farmer of Ulysses and Loretta Moore of Lowmansville; 4 sons, Johnny Osborne of Ulysses, Teddy Jude of Pikeville, Charlie Jude of Warfield and Clinton Jude of Verona, 5 sisters, Madgie Collins of Three Forks, Ruby Fletcher of Deboard, Loura Belle Blackburn of Inez, Victoria Carter, also of Inez, and Mary Mollette of Chapman; 2 brothers, George Jude and Jeff Jude, both of Inez, and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Miford Lowe, Thursday, Nov 12 at Sidney Old Regular Baptist Church, Martin County. Burial was in Osborne-Jude Cemetery, Ulysses. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1998

LIMINGS, Marie (Rule)
1913-1998
Marie Limings, 85, of Fort Gay, WV, formerly of Louisa, died Saturday, Nov 14 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Limings was born Aug 18, 1913 in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late John and Ella Wells Rule. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lonie, in 1975. She was a homemaker and a member of the Guiding Light Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include 3 sons, John Limings of Fort Gay, Walter Limings of Bellevue, OH and Leo Rule of Nashville, OH; 2 daughters, Loretta Clemmer of Las Vegas, NV and Lou Prater of Columbus, OH; a step daughter, Pauline Fowler of Cleveland, OH,  one sister, Victoria Justice of Grayson, KY, 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Luther Dingess, Monday, Nov 16 at Heston Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1998

PECTOL, Emma Jean (Coffey)
1931-1998
Emma Jean Coffey Pectol, 67, of Reading, OH, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday Nov 3 of cancer. Mrs. Pectol was born Sep 21, 1931 at Louisa, a daughter of the late C. Arther and Belva Jane Johnson Coffey. She was also preceded in death by one half sister, Bethel Mae Moorman, one sister, Ethal Mae Coffey, and 3 brothers, Willard Coffey, Willis Duke Coffey and James Wilbur Coffey. Survivors include 3 daughters, Linda (Samuel) Nutley of Cincinnati, OH, Patricia (Andrew) Power of Toronto, Canada, and Vicki Haggard of Cincinnati, one brother, Jeffrey (Amanda) Pectol of Cincinnati, 3 half sisters, Kathy (Darrell) Hawes of Springfield, OH, Lillie (Kip) Vinson of Louisa, Rachel (Ron) Hackler of Richmond, KY, one half brother, Edford (Tootsie) Coffey of Louisa; 8 grandchildren, Barry Nichols, Jr., Mark Nutley, Norbert, Grant and Tamara Power, Dylan, Ryan and Andy Haggard and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Nov 5 in Vale Hoskins Funeral Home at Morrow, OH. Burial was in Crosson Cemetery in Warren County. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1998

SALYER, Delphia (Cox)
1927-1998
Delphia Cox Salyer, 71, of Blaine, died Monday, Nov 23 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Salyer was born Mar 30, 1927 in Flat Gap, KY, a daughter of the late Elzie Cecil and Murzie Murray Cox. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Salyer in 1996 and a son, Richard Michael Salyer in 1985. Mrs. Salyer was a housewife and a member of Blaine Freewill Baptist church. Survivors include one daughter, Evelyn Francis Justice of Blaine; 6 sons, Jerry Salyer of London, OH, Billy Salyer of Blaine, Roger Salyer of Cains Creek, Larry Salyer of Columbus, OH, Timothy Salyer of Martha, and Paul Salyer of Red Bush; one sister, Lovinia Salyer of Columbus and 2 brothers, James Cox and Charles W. Cox both of Cardington, OH, 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, today, Nov 25 by Rev. Mike Roberts at 2 p.m. at Blaine Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Edwards Cemetery, Cains Creek. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1998

STEPHENS, Myrtle (Boggs)
1936-1998
Myrtle “Kay” Kathleen (Boggs) Stephens, 62, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Blaine, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct 31. Mrs. Stephens was born Aug 24, 1936, a daughter of the late Ora and Effie Boggs. She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Elwood Boggs. She was a retired General Motors employee, graduated from Blaine High School in 1955, was a U.A.W. committee woman and was actively involved in United Way, March of Dimes, and the Cancer Research Fund. Survivors include her husband, John Stephens, 3 sons, Johnny Mark (Melody) Stephens, Kevin C. Stephens (Tammy Herman), and Tommy C. (Shirley) Stephens, all of Columbus; 4 sisters, Pauline Webb of Logan, Jewell Hatton of Spring City, TN, Maxine Compton of Ashland, and Clotine Ciccone of Columbus; one brother, Jesse Boggs of Columbus; 3 grandchildren, Michelle L., Isaac A. and Tyler c. and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday (today) Nov 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Warren F. Kauber Funeral Home, Inc. Pataskala, OH. Burial will be in Pataskala Cemetery. Warren F. Kauber Funeral Home Inc is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1998

SMITH, Fred, Jr.
1933-1998
Fred Smith, Jr., 65, of Fort Gay died Friday, Nov 13. Mr. Smith was born May 7, 1933 in Wayne County, a son of Maggie Walker Smith and the late Fred Smith, Sr. He was a retired custodian for the Wayne County school system. Additional survivors include his wife, Wanda Robertson Smith of Fort Gay; one son, Zandell Smith of Fort Gay; one daughter, Loretta Smith of Fort Gay; 2 brothers, Robert Smith of Louisa and Howard Smith of Webb and 5 sisters, Anna Mae Bowens of Fort Gay, Betty June Hale of Louisa, Lucille Rhodes of Dunbar, Beulah May York of Huntington and Ruby Sabo of Cleveland, OH. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov 17 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Smith Family cemetery at Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1998

SPENCER, Audrey
1914-1998
Audrey Spencer, 84, of Huntington, died Monday, Nov 9 in Huntington. Miss Spencer was born Mar 23, 1914 in Louisa, a daughter of the late John T. and Otha Berry Spencer. She was a former secretary at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, a member of Big Hurricane Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include one sister, Dorothy Belcher of Fort Gay and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. E. McCabe Saturday, Nov 14 at 2 p.m. in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Christian Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Hone was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 18, 1998

THOMPSON, Hazel (Thompson)
1918-1998
Hazel Thompson, 80, of Huntington, died Thursday, Oct 29 in Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Mrs. Thompson was born Mar 3, 1918 in Mill Creek, a daughter of the late Frank and Jenny Hunt Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Thompson in 1996. She was a member of New Life Outreach Church in Fort Gay, WV. Survivors include a son, Charles Preston Thompson of Huntington, a brother, Bud Thompson of Fort Gay and a grandson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Nov 1 by Pastor Ray Church of New Life Outreach Church, Fort Gay. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 4, 1998

WEBB, Gertrude (Fitzpatrick)
1938-1998
Gertrude Fitzpatrick Webb, 60, of Louisa died Thursday, Nov 19. Mrs. Webb was born Feb 1, 1938, in Clifford, KY, a daughter of the late Dan and Minerva Frazier Fitzpatrick. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Gartin. She was a housewife,. Survivors include her husband, J. D. Webb of Louisa; one son, Walter David Webb of Louisa, one sister, Betty Jane Fitzpatrick of Louisa; 3 brothers, Doris Fitzpatrick, Jim Fitzpatrick, both of Louisa, and Mack Fitzpatrick of Mansfield, OH and one granddaughter, Melissa Gail Webb. A graveside funeral service was conducted Saturday Nov 21 by Claude Horn at Fitzpatrick Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 25, 1998

WOODARD, Dennis Robert
1947-1998
Dennis Robert Woodard, 51, of Webbville died Sunday, Nov 8 at Ohio State University Hospital after an extended illness. Mr. Woodard was born Feb 2, 1947 in Michigan, a son of Dennis Robert Woodard, Sr. and the late Virginia Brown Remenapp. He was a retired jeweler, a Vietnam Army veteran and a member of Christ Center Ministry. Additional survivors include his wife, Leila Frazier Woodard of Webbville; one daughter, Denise; 2 sons, Dennis Robert Woodard and Richard Robert Woodard of Huntington, WV; 2 step sons, Brian Scott Dunn and Shane Michael Dunn of Conroe, TX; one half sister, Anna Marie Remenapp of Maryland, 2 half brothers, Henry Remenapp of Maryland. Funeral services will be conducted by Robert Thomas Fletcher, Thursday, Nov 12 at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Nov 11, 1998

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BECK, Virginia Maxine (Back)
1921-1998
Virginia Maxine Beck, 77, of Louisa died Thursday, Dec 3, at her residence. Mrs. beck was born Jan 22, 1921, in Griffin Creek, a daughter of the late Coleman and Mary Vaughn Back. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Reed Beck of Louisa; five daughters, Mary Louise "Marty" Miller, Faye Huston, and Doris Ann Larson, of Arnold, MD, Grace Beck of Melbourne Beach, FL and Jane Tomczak of Lowmansville, KY; two sons, Kenneth V. Beck of Louisa and Ellsworth Reed Beck ; one brother, David Back of Ashland; one sister Ethel McGuire of Flatwoods; ten grandchildren, David Reed See, Marguerite Fischler, Rachel Fischler, Cassie Huston, Stephen Huston, Mike Beck, Shawn Beck, Donna Belcher, Kristen Larson and Kemberly Larson; and six great grandchildren, Brittany Beck, Coty Beck, Levi Beck, Kyle Huston, Kalye Huston and Aryton Burgess. Funeral services were conducted by Ric Frazier Tuesday, Dec 8 at First Baptist Church, Louisa. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

BLYTHE, Willie Elmer
1929-1998
Willie Elmer Blythe, 69, of Columbus, OH, died Nov 4 at Columbus Community Hospital. Mr. Blythe was born May 18, 1929, in Blaine, KY, a son of the late Edward and Cora Ross Blythe. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine May Blythe, in 1975, and 2 sisters, Vinnie Hodgston and Lottie Wallice. He was employed at Federal Glass Company for 29 years, retired from Franklin International and was a charter member o f Hi Lock Community Fellowship Church for 33 years. Survivors include his wife, Marie Perkins Blythe, 3 stepsons, James (Sue) French of Willard, Larry (Sherry) French of S. Bloomfield, OK and Martin (Patty) French of Webbville, 5 step grandchildren, several step great grandchildren, one son, Larry Wayne (Cindy) Blythe of Ohio; one daughter Marcia (Gene) Disinger also of Ohio; 3 grandchildren, one brother, Omer (Jay) Blythe, 2 sisters, Betty Myrtle Jordan of Columbus and Marie Cordle of Logan, OH, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clyde Ferrell and Rev. Eddie Back on Saturday Nov 7 at O. R. Woodyard County Chapel, Columbus. Burial was in Obetz Cemetery, Obetz, OH. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

BURGESS, Jackie Eugene
1938-1998
Jackie Eugene Burgess, 59, of Louisa died Sunday Nov 28 at his residence. Mr. Burgess was born Dec 24, 1938 in Nolan, WV, a son of the late Dora Castle. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivor include his wife, Eunice Wallace Burgess of Louisa, 2 sons, Joseph Burgess and Bill Pridemore, both of Louisa and one half sister, Linda Castle of Columbus; 3 step sisters, Dorothy Clifton of Ashland, Louise Vanhoose of Middletown, OH and Esta Cochran of Logan, WV; one step brother, Dennis Castle of Portsmouth, OH; and one granddaughter, Caron Elizabeth Burgess. Funeral services will be conducted by Bro. Tommy Meade Wednesday, today, Dec 2 at 11 a.m. at the Richardson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will be in Fitch Cemetery, Nats Creek. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1998

CASTLE, John
1920-1998
John “Bud” Castle, 78, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Dec 7. Mr. Castle was born Aug 16, 1920 in Van Lear, KY, a son of the late John Sr. and Beulah Daniels Castle. He was retired from the West Virginia Highway Department and attended Elizabeth Regular Baptist Church. Survivors include Mavis Bartram Castle; 1 son and daughter-in-law,  Larry S. and Connie Castle; 1 sister, Eula Caudill; 1 brother, Bascom Castle, 2 grandchildren, Jamie and Tiffany Castle, Fort Gay.  Funeral services will be conducted by Elders Richard Staton and Gabe Lowe, Thursday, Dec 10 at 1 p.m. in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Castle Cemetery.  Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

CYRUS, Billie Jean (Dawson)
1932-1998
Billie Jean Dawson Cyrus, 66 of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Nov 30 after an extended illness. Mrs. Cyrus was born Feb 4, 1932 in Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Taylor and Alta Robertson Dawson. She was a housewife and a member of Oak Grove Church, Fort Gay. Survivors include her husband, Delbert Cyrus, Fort Gay; 2 daughters: Delores Pennington and Lottie Kelly both of Fort Gay; 3 sons: T. D. Cyrus, Mack Ray Cyrus and King Cyrus all of Fort Gay; a sister: Dorothy Hill, Fort Gay and Cecil Dawson, Fort Gay; 29 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Herman Wellman and Rev. Richard Maynard at 2 p.m. Wednesday, today, Dec 2 at Oak
Grove Church, Fort Gay. Burial will be in Walker Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1998

CYRUS, John, Sr.
1923-1998
John B. Cyrus, Sr., 75, of Fort Gay, died Wednesday, Dec 2 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Cyrus was born Feb 28, 1923, in Fort Gay, WV, a son of the late Boyd and Pernie Ball Cyrus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley M. Thompson Cyrus. He was a farmer. Survivors include 5 daughters, Lolla Anderson, Crystal Copley and Leah Copley, all of Columbus, OH, Lucille Robertson of Fort Gay and Angelia Quintero of Marysville, OH; 4 sons, John B. Cyrus, Jr., and Aley Edward Cyrus, both of Fort Gay, Johnny Ray Cyrus of Huntington and David Copley of Columbus; one stepson, Richard Burrows of Fort Gay; one brother, Elwood Cyrus of Grove City, OH; 5 sisters, Gladys Earl of Indiana, Susie Newsome of Fort Gay, Loretta Robertson and Georgia Rowe both of Genoa and Roberta Watts of Prichard; 24 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Noah Robertson Saturday, Dec 5 at Smith Chapel. Burial was in Cyrus Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

DILLON, Lillian (Evans)
1932-1998
Lillian Evans Dillon, 66, of Fort Gay, WV, died Sunday, Dec 27, at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Mrs. Dillon was born Oct 4, 1932 in Webb, WV, a daughter of the late Harless Sr. and Grace Chaffin Evans. She was a housewife, and a member of Silver Creek United Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Otis Dillon of Fort Gay, one son, Otis Lynn Dillon of Fort Gay, 2 daughters, Kay Sartin and Brenda Smith both of Fort Gay, 3 sisters, Lucille Millsa dn Maxine Fordham, both of Columbus, OH and Pauline Edwards of Titusville, FL, 5 brothers, Harless Evans, Jr. of Crum, WV, Curtis L. Evans of fort Gay, Clyde Evans and Jackie Evans, both of Columbus, and Larry Evans of Kermit, WV, and 3 grandchildren, Gabriel Smith, Kelly Sartin and Jamie Blair. Funeral services were conducted by James Ray Spaulding and Steve Rames, Tuesday, Dec 29 at Silver Creek United Baptist Church. Burial was in Dillon Cemetery, Webb. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1998

DIXON, Mary (Williamson)
1915-1998
Mary Dixon, 83, of Louisa, died Thursday, Dec 3. Mrs. Dixon was born Sep 26, 1915 in Griffith Creek, a daughter of the late Bill and Jenny Coburn Williamson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Dixon in 1968. She was a member of Isaac Park Free Baptist Church and Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include 7 daughters: Louise Roberts, Columbus, OH, Ruth Hinkle, Wanda Graves and Kay Dixon Nelson all of route 1, Louisa; Sue Steel, Chillicothe, OH, Dorothy Brown, Catlettsburg, KY, Betty Whalen, Louisa; 3 sons: Bill Dixon, Ray Dixon, and Raymond Dixon, Jr., all of route 1, Louisa; 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Bevins, Sunday, Dec 6 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

GRAYSON, James H.
1928-1998
Rev. James H. Grayson, 70, of Inez, KY, died Friday, Dec 4 in Leestown Veteran Center, Lexington, after an extended illness. Rev. Grayson was born Jan 28, 1928, in West Jefferson, NC, a son of the late Thomas Brackett and Josie Campbell Grayson. Hew as also preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Price Grayson. He was a minister, pasturing several churches throughout eastern Kentucky, including Louisa First Baptist Church and southeastern West Virginia, a Master Mason, a licensed barber and a WWII U. S. Army veteran. Survivors include one son, Mark Grayson of Inez, and one daughter, Jamalyn Trivett, also of Inez; 2 sisters, Oral Dockery and Ina Ruth Grayson, both of High Point, NC; 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Schmidt, Rev. Bob Jones, Rev. Jim Smith and Rev. Carl Mullins, Sunday, Dec 6 at Inez First Baptist Church. Burial was in Fannin Cemetery, Tomahawk, KY. Phelps and Son Funeral Inc was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

HAMMOND, Kathleen (Woods)
1914-1998
Kathleen Hammond, 84, of Ashland, formerly of Grayson, died Monday, Dec 28 in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center, Ashland. Mrs. Hammond was born Jul 4, 1914 at Webbville, KY, a daughter of the late Harlan and Martha Riffe Woods. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Boston Hammond in 1996. She was a retired teacher with the Carter County school system. Survivors include one daughter, Ilene Rose of Nashville, TN, one brother, Hubert Woods of Ashland, 2 sisters, Mary Coburn of Ashland and Eloise Thornsbury of Westwood, KY, 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. John Sergent Wednesday, today, Dec 30 at 1 p.m. at the Malone Funeral Home, Grayson. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Louisa. Malone Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1998

HAYTON, Ella Carrie (Gilkerson)
1914-1998
Ella Carrie Hayton, 84, of Fort Gay, WV, died Tuesday, Dec 22 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Hayton was born Feb 6, 1914 in Prichard, WV, the daughter of the late Wade and Edna Rickman Gilkerson She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Hayton. She was a retired restaurant owner. Survivors include 2 daughter, Joetta Hatfield and Sherri May both of Fort Gay, 4 sons, Joe E. Hayton and James D. Gilkerson both of Fort Gay, Dick Loveday of Rittman, OH and Joseph Hayton of St. Petersburg, FL; one brother, Ted Gilkerson of Fort Gay; 5 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Richard Maynard, Thursday, Dec 24 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Gilkerson cemetery, Prichard, WV. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1998

JOHNSON, Norma Jean (Presley)
1951-1998
Norma Jean Johnson, 47, of Fort Gay, WV, died Friday, Dec 25 in Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Mrs. Johnson was born Sep 25, 1951, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Harmie and Norma Hughes Presley. She was a member of Church of God in Christ Jesus at Crum, WV. Survivors include her husband, Ishmael L. Johnson, Fort Gay, a daughter: Norma Jean Johnson; 2 sons: Ishmael C. Johnson, and Wesley J. Johnson all of Fort Gay; 4 sisters: Debbie Endicott, Fort Gay, Darlene Presley, Arizona, Charlene Prince, Fallsburg, KY, Willie Ann Schilling, St. Albans, WV; 4 brothers: Dale Presley, Louisa, Danny Presley, Fort Gay, John Henry Presley, St. Albans, WV and Elvis Presley, Louisa; 1 grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by pastor Joseph Johnson on Monday, Dec 28 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery on Webb Branch Road, Fort Gay.  Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 30,1998

JORDAN, Zella Mae (Thompson)
1903-1998
Zella Mae Jordan, 94, died Tuesday, Nov 24, at the Carter Nursing and Rehab Center in Grayson. Mrs. Jordan was born Nov 28, 1903, in Lawrence County, a daughter, of the late Lafayette and Susan Webb Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Authur Jordan, in 1963, and one stepson, Wilbur Jordan. She was a lifelong member of Brammer Gap Methodist Church, Webbville. Survivors include one stepson, Jerry Jordan of Ashland, 2 step daughters, Naomi Horsley of Sarasota, FL and Ruth Parsley of Warfield, WV, 11 nieces and nephews, 9 step grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Jesse Fyffe, Friday, Nov 27 in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Jordan Cemetery, East Fork. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 2,, 1998

KEIFER, R. Bruce
1909-1998
R. Bruce Keifer, 89, of Charleston, WV, died Wednesday, Dec 2 at his residence. Mr. Keifer was born Jun 7, 1909 in Jacksonburg, WV, a son of the late Dr. Bruce and Louise Stewart Keifer. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Dickson Keifer in 1973. He was a retired assistant vice president of the four C & P Telephone Companys, Washington, D.C. and a member of The Christ United Methodist Church, Charlesto. Survivors include one son, R. B. Keifer, Jr. of Ashland, one daughter, Mary Anna McNabb of Louisa, 6 grandchildren, Peggy Mucci of Frankfort, KY, Tammy McNabb of Berkeley, CA, Dawn Haynes of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Rob Keifer of Louisville, KY, Kevin Keifer of Richmond, VA and Scott Keifer of Philadelphia, PA and 7 great grandchildren, Mary Beth Mucci, Amanda Haynes, Abigail Haynes, Erin Marie Keifer, Kristen Keifer, Caroline Keifer and Joseph Keifer. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ric Frazier Saturday, Dec 5 at the Louisa United Methodist church. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy news, Dec 9, 1998

LESTER, Shirley (Rose)
1913-1998
Shirley Rose Lester, 85, of Louisa died Friday, Dec 11 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Lester was born Nov 7, 1913 in Keaton, KY, a daughter of the late J. M. and Ida Ferguson Rose. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Hobart Lester. She was a homemaker and a member of Louisa  Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include 2 granddaughters, Annie Alscott and Jane Alscott. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. James A. Hayes Sunday, Dec 13 at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1998

MAYNARD, Zelpha (Conn)
1913-1998
Zelpha Maynard, 85, of Tompkinsville died Wednesday, Dec 2, in Jewish Hospital, Louisville. Mrs. Maynard was born Jul 25, 1913 in Louisa, a daughter of the late James and Paradine Prince Conn. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lindsey Maynard. She was a member of Elbow Bend Church of Christ. Survivors include 2 daughters, Sharon Ogg of Tompkinville and Linda Lagg of Westland, MI; one son, Roger Love of Louisa; one sister, Mae Cook of Westland, 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A graveside service was conducted by Shelton Peeler Saturday, Dec 5 at Wallace Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

PHELPS, Leonard Lynn
1932-1998
Leonard Lynn Phelps, 66, of Buchanan died Friday, Dec 11 in St. Mary’s Hospital at Huntington, WV. Mr. Phelps was born Nov 7, 1932, at Dorothy, WV, a son of the late Cecil W. and Margaret Bradley Phelps. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Randall Phelps and Averil Eric Phelps and 2 sisters, Ethelyn Townsend and Janet Phelps. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for AK Steel Coke Plant in Ashland, a U S Army veteran of the Korean War, a lay minister of United Methodist church and a member of Buchanan Chapel Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Dale Phelps, Buchanan, KY; 4 sons: David L. Phelps, Buchanan, Joseph F. Eugene Phelps, Knoxville, TN, Larry E. Phelps, Buchanan, KY, Paul L. Phelps, route 2, Louisa; 3 sisters: Gypsy Stacy, South Lebanon, OH, Francis Walker, Sarasota, FL, Reva Robinson, Dorothy, WV, 4 brothers: Ira Phelps, Florida, Carl Phelps, Conway, SC, Ralph Phelps, Charleston, SC, A. D. Phelps, Conway, SC; 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Dec 13 by Rev. Frank Wallace and Rev. Keith Workman in Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Phelps family cemetery, Buchanan. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1998

RODRIGUEZ, Betty Jane (Lemaster)
1961-1998
Betty Jane Lemaster Rodriguez, 37 of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Dec 7 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Rodriguez was born Jun 6, 1961 in Louisa, a daughter of Bural and Jane Workman Lemaster of Fort Gay. Additional survivors include one son, John Edward Aldridge of Fort Gay and one half brother, Jon Jenkins of North Carolina. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Heston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

ROSE, Dirl
1929-1998
Dirl Rose, 69, of Louisa, died Friday, Dec 4 in Three Rivers Medical Center. Miss Rose was born Apr 14, 1929 in Pike County, a daughter of the late Lee and Liza Wicker Rose. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Tula Diamond. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one sister, Marie Perry of Louisa; 4 nieces, Linda Caudill, Sonja Keyse, Betty Ailes and Tammy Dean, one nephew, Freddie Perry and several great nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Mark Burton Monday, Dec 7 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

SMITH, Corinne (Thompson)
1906-1998
Corinne Smith, 92, of Fort Gay, WV, died Monday, Nov 30 in J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center, Louisa, after an extended illness. Mrs. Smith was born Feb 24, 1906 in Fort Gay, a daughter of the late Emery and Susie Dawson Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband. She was a retired teacher who worked for the Wayne County School system for 33 years and a member of First Baptist Church, Fort Gay. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Pete (Peggy) McQueen of Columbus, OH and Mrs. Karen Myer of Fort Gay, 3 sons, David E. Smith of Cincinnati, OH, Edwin S. Smith of Butler, AL, and Gordon R. Smith of Thornville, OH; 3 sister, Glenna Damron of Inverness, FL, Estelle Baisden of Fort Gay and Dorothy Thompson of Genoa, WV, one brother, Leonard Thompson of Fort Gay, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Bill Hayton Thursday, Dec 3 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fort Gay. Burial will be in Billups Gap Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1998

SPROUSE, Thelma L. (Hayton)
1945-1998
Thelma L. Sprouse, 53, of Louisa, died Monday, Nov 30 at her residence. Mrs. Sprouse was born Jul 2, 1945 a daughter of the late Levi Thomas and Thelma Smith Hayton. She was also preceded in death by 2 sons, Vondon Sprouse, Jr. and Levi Thomas Sprouse. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. Survivors include her husband, Vondon Sprouse of Louisa, 2 sons, Jackson Sprouse of Webbville and Paul Sprouse of Louisa, one sister, Stella Graham of Sidney, KY, and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Curt Russell at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec 3 at Webb Chapel Church. Burial will be in Carter Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1998

THOMPSON, Sheridan (Steve)
1952-1998
Sheridan (Steve) Thompson, 46, of Mechanicsburg, died Thursday, Dec 3 at his residence. Mr. Thompson was born Jun 7, 1952 in Louisa, a son of the late Joe and Pauline Daniels Clark. He worked for Dixie Distributing of Springfield. Survivors include one daughter, Rachel Thompson of Mechanicsburg, one son, Michael Thompson of Mechanicsburg, the mother of the children, Patricia (Flora) Thompson of Mechanicsburg; one brother, Darrell Daniels of Louisa, one sister, Dianne (Roland) Coleman of Liberal, KS, 2 step children, Brenda (Allen) Parker and Stephanie Bradley, both of Mechanicsburg, 5 step grandchildren, 4 nephews and one niece. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Linden Good Thursday, Dec 10 at Skillman McDonald Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. Big Sandy News, Dec 16, 1998

VAN CULIN, Madeline (Salyer)
1939-1998
Madeline S. VanCulin, 59, of Piqua, OH, died Friday, Nov 20 in Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Columbus, OH. Mrs. VanCulin was born Jan 25, 1939 in Adams, a daughter of the late Minyard and Beulah Mae Williams Salyer. She was formerly employed by Hartzell Fan Company in Piqua, a member of Piqua Baptist Church and Diamond Chapter 84 Order of Eastern Star in St. Paris, OH, where she served as worthy matron. She attended Morehead State University. Survivors include her husband, Bruce E. VanCulin of Piqua; 2 daughters, Melinda Mae Bolin and Lori Eileen Hutton, both of Piqua, one son, Duane Elden Van Culinof Piqua, 4 brothers, Robert Salyer, or Orlando, FL, Marcum Salyer of Grove City, OH, and Ralph Salyer and Marvin Lee Salyer, both of Louisa; 3 sisters, Veva Hylton and Faye DeLong both of  Louisa and Lydia Batsakis of Cincinnati, OH and 6 grandchildren. An Eastern Star service was held Tuesday, Nov 24 at Richeson-Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home, St. Paris. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Donald Wells Wednesday, Nov 25 in Piqua Baptist Church. Burial was in Beechwood Cemetery, Lockington, OH. Big Sandy News, Dec 9, 1998

VANHOOSE, James L.
1940-1998
James L. VanHoose, 58, of Louisa, died Friday, Dec 25 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. VanHoose was born Apr 14, 1940 in Paintsville, a son of the late  Edgar”Tootie” and Flemia Melvin VanHoose.  He was owner and operator of the Louisa Flower Shop, mayor of Louisa and a member of Louisa Freewill Baptist Church, Apperson Lodge #195 F & AM, El Hasa Shrine in Ashland, Elks of Catlettsburg, American Legion, FIVCO, Louisa Rotary and an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Dinah L. Sparks VanHoose; 2 brothers: Ed "Teenie" VanHoose, Nashville, TN, Albert J. VanHoose, Paintsville, a stepson: Johnny E. Webb, Prestonsburg, KY, a step daughter: Angela Judd, Prestonsburg; 2 step grandchildren, 1 nephew, 3 nieces. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Venny VanHoose, Rev. IJ.A. Hayes, and Rev. Ric Frazier, Sunday, Dec 22 at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Graveside military services were conducted by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89 both of Louisa. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1998

WILKS, Shirley May (Jordan)
1915-1998
Shirley May Jordan Wilks, 83, of Webbville, died Friday, Nov 27 after an extended illness. Mrs. Wilks was born May 22, 1915 in Gladys, KY, a daughter of the late James and Luncinda Adams Jordan. She was also preceded in death by 3 sons, Charles Wilks, John Wilks and Joseph Wilks. She was a housewife and a member of Old United Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Albert Wilks, 4 daughters, Hazel Wilks Chaffin of Webbville, Ruby Leibee of Ashland, Ruth Hatfield of Obetz, OH, and Geneva Humphrey of Hamilton, IN, 4 sons, Noah Wilks of Webbville, Donald Wilks, Elisha Wilks and Junior Wilks all of Louisa, one brother, Milt Jordan of Fort Gay, WV, 48 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. David Henderson and Rev. Matthew Adams, Monday, Nov 30 at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa. Burial was in Wilks Cemetery, Webbville. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News, Dec 2, 1998

WRIGHT, Alvin S. “Bud”
1933-1998
Alvin S. “Bud” Wright, 65, of Washington Court House, OH, died Tuesday, Dec 22 in Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House. Mr. Wright was born Apr 8, 1933 in Louisa, a son of the late Epp and Dolly Allbright Wright. He was a retired building maintenance worker and Korean War Army veteran. Survivors include a son, Scott Wright of Washington Court House, 4 daughters, Belinda Jill  Leet of Bellbrook, OH, Robin I. Wright of Xenia, OH, Kim S. Sharp of Frankfort, IN and Amber Wright of Washington Court House; 2 sisters, Barbara (Bob) Sammons and Charlotte (Tiny) Davis both of Ashland, one aunt, Marie Albright McDowell of Louisa and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert Miller, Sr., Saturday, Dec 26 at Morrow Funeral Home, Washington Court House. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Gardens, Beaver Creek, OH. Big Sandy News, Dec 30, 1998

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