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Joshua Stewart

Joshua Ballard Stewart, 32, of Rush, Kentucky, passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2023, at his home. Josh “Stewy” was born on January 9, 1990 in Ashland, Kentucky, to parents, Ballard “Chip” and Donna Nickel Stewart. He was a 2008 graduate of Boyd County High School. Following graduation, Josh shared his talents with LR Daniels Transportation Co. and Manning Furniture where life-long friendships and experiences were made. Professionally, Josh worked 13 years with the Plumbers, Steamfitters, and HVACR Local 248. His work ethic, knowledge, and self-taught talents carried on once he clocked out, fixin’ anything that needed fixed for anyone who needed it. He selflessly offered any free time that he could find to the East Fork Fire Department as a Volunteer Fireman. However, no title compared to his role as a father. Being a father was his forte. In 2010, Josh met Amanda and the two began building the foundation of their family that was to come. Adventure, laughter, travel, music, some more hard work, and determination lead them down the aisle when they wed in 2012. The four years following brought two precious children, Jakob Ballard and McKinlee Katherine. Their children brought Josh and Amanda’s dreams, and personalities, full circle. Josh could be found in camouflage or Carhart and Crocs, if not in his welding cap and helmet. He was often mud-covered, as well as his beloved side-by-side. If not with his son, Jake, in the woods with a bow, at the water’s edge with a pole, or on some sort of all-terrain vehicle with a couple of wheels going way too fast, he was at home—the new home that he built to shelter and protect the ones he loved most. Josh’s Dad-strengths were innate and that was apparent in all the smiles, laughs, hugs, and love. When you think of Josh, smile as you remember the memories you share with him, make others laugh with one of his goofy jokes, squint your eyes as if you’re half-asleep, actually fall asleep sitting up in a recliner (snoring of course), and/or tell the ones you love that you love them before the chance passes you by. “Ya know what I mean?” Josh was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ballard O. and Mary Frances Fannin Stewart; maternal grandparents, Frances Fetters Nickel and Jim Nickel; and his uncle, Tom Nickel. He is deeply missed and will be forever remembered by his loving wife, Amanda Stewart. He was a proud Daddy to their two children, Jakob Ballard Stewart, and McKinlee Katherine Stewart. He is also survived by his devoted parents, Ballard “Chip” and Donna Nickel Stewart, whom he shared such a close bond with; father-in-law, James Traylor of Westwood, KY; in-laws, Michelle and David Gifford of Grayson, KY; brother-in-law, Jerry (Megan) Traylor of Erlanger, KY; sister-in-law, Sarah (John) Skinner of Grayson, KY; two nephews, Jackson and Trace; two cousins/brothers, Branden and Jared Hutchinson; aunt, Sandy Bowling; grandparents-in-law, Barbara Smith of Russell, KY, Judy Traylor Grayson of Palmetto, FL, and Phil (Melanie) Stemmer of North Port, FL; his loyal Lab, Grover; as well as numerous relatives and friends who are all grieving this great loss together. A funeral service to honor Josh will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Fairview Baptist Church, 2040 Main St. Ashland (Westwood) by Pastor Steve Owens and Pastor Bob Quillen. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be held Friday evening, January 13, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a GoFundMe fundraiser set up for the family via Facebook orhttps://gofund.me/03a0abfb. Arrangements are under the direction of PRESTON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.


Ross Simpson

Ross Simpson, 101, of Ashland, passed away at his residence on Monday, January 2, 2023.
He was born in Ashland, Kentucky on March 9, 1921, to the late Ross and Lorena Smith Simpson. In addition to his parents, a brother, James Simpson; and three sisters, Jean Williamson, Joey Pruitt and Freda Brammer preceded him in death.
Ross served in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 77 years, Ruby Koelling Simpson of Ashland; daughter, Gale Barton (John) of Florida; grandson, Ross (Ashley) of Charlotte, North Carolina; two great grandchildren and amazing caregivers that kept him happy and comfortable.
He operated Smith Brothers Plumbing and Heating from 1950 until his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was active in local organizations and proud to have served on the committee to plan and establish Greenbo State Park. Ross and Ruby enjoyed traveling, from the mountains of Tibet to beaches in Cuba and so many wonderful places in between. As an avid golfer, Ross played weekly into his later years. His penchant for “fixing” or improving things that were not broken never failed to produce amusement and often laughter!
Entombment will be held privately in Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial
Contributions should be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choosing.
Arrangements have been entrusted to STEEN FUNERAL HOME CENTRAL AVENUE CHAPEL.
To share a memory of Ross or to extend condolences to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

Gary Lee Banfield

June 24, 1961  –  December 1, 2022

Gary Lee Banfield, 61, of Ironton, OH, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY. Gary was born June 24, 1961 in Grayson, KY, a son of Elizabeth Faye Miller Banfield and the late Alfred Banfield. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his nephew, Shaun Banfield. He is survived by three daughters, Rachellee (Blair) Demetroules, Sara (John) Clark-Wiseman, Shellie Clark; three siblings, Carol Banfield, Margaret Banfield (Brian Morris), Alvina (Tom) Moore; 2 grandchildren, Ellowyn Wiseman and Everlee McGinnis; two nephews, Aaron Moore, Brandon (Alexis) Moore and many beloved friends. Gary was retired from Plumbers & Steamfitters local union 248 of Ashland, KY, a 1979 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School and Collins Career Center and enjoyed spending time outdoors and riding his motor cycle. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Wallace Family Funeral Home, South Point, OH with Brad Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at Community Cemetery, Deering, OH. Family and friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.wallaceffh.com.


Jessie Fraley

Jessie accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior on October 6, 1956 and accepted the calling to preach in 1958. He faithfully preached and served in the ministry for over 66 years dying on the battlefield for his Lord. He impacted many lives during his ministry and served as Pastor for many churches in the Enterprise Baptist Association including Waterhole Enterprise Baptist, Newcombe Valley, Ironville, Hoods Creek and Grassy lick. Most recently, Jessie was an active member of the Living Word Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty Township, Ohio. Jessie Fraley, age 93, formerly of Elliot County, Kentucky, and Dayton, Ohio went to be home with Jesus on Sunday October 30, 2022 in the comfort of his family at home.
He was born to Sally (Williams) and Ransom Fraley on February 6, 1929. Jessie was predeceased by his wife of 14 years, Norma Jean Hicks. He was also predeceased by his former wife of 48 years, Nellie Hicks, the mother of his children. In 1952, Jessie started as a pipe fitter and a member of the Local 248 in Ashland, Kentucky. He retired in 1984. Beside church, he loved spending time with his family, boating/fishing and trap shooting.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Jean Slavens and predeceased by his infant son, Leon, predeceased son Delbert and predeceased son in law, Donnie.

Jessie is also survived by his (4) Grandchildren: Jessica Williams, Ray (Brandy) Slavens, Kelli Lawrence and Anita (Zak) Bateman. Jessie also had (9) Great Grandchildren, and (4) Great great grandchildren.

His family would like to give a special thanks to his niece, Bernice Claxon for her care and support during this time and his church family at Living Word for all of their love, prayers and support. Also, many thanks to Nurse Loraine, Nurse Nate and all of the caring staff at Ohio’s Hospice.

Visitation for Brother Jess will be on Thursday November 3, 2022 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Living Word Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral will immediately follow at 6:00 pm. Burial will take place in Sandy Hook, Kentucky on Saturday November 5, 2022 with a visitation prior, times to be confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Living Word Missionary Baptist Church.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.andersonfunerals-franklin.com for the Fraley family.

Allen Jack Perkins

Allen Jack Perkins, 76, of Westwood, Kentucky, went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday morning, October 8th, surrounded by his loving family at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Jack was born October 4, 1946 in Ashland, a son of the late Jack and Della McFarland Perkins. He was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church who enjoyed the fellowship with his church family and was always eager to assist in any project there. Jack was retired from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 248, Ashland, Kentucky, and proudly served in the US Army. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by the love of his life, his wife, Nancy Ann Eskew Perkins in 2017. He was also preceded by a brother Darrell Perkins. Jack was a wonderful and proud husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, to a family who loved him very much. His family was the most important thing in this world to him, second only to his Lord and Savior. Surviving include a son; Allen Perkins, and wife Telisa, of Ashland, Kentucky. A daughter; Ann Hutchison, and husband Sean, of Ashland, Kentucky. A brother; Bob Perkins, and wife Shirlee of Ashland, Kentucky. 7 grandchildren; Connor, Katie, and Brian Hutchison. Alexis, Kaden, Canon, and Carter Perkins. Two special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Debbie and Will Cannoy, of Ashland, Kentucky. Frank and Garnet Eskew, of Ashland, Kentucky. He is also survived by a large extended family of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Tuesday evening, October 11th at 7:00 PM at Fairview Baptist Church by Brother Grant Cannoy and Brother Michael York. Visitation is Tuesday at the church from 5:00 PM until service time. Burial will be Wednesday at Rose Hill Burial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of PRESTON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.  
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Garland R Oliver

1933-2022 
A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw 
Garland R. Oliver, age 89 of Catlettsburg, KY, passed gently away at home with fond memories of his family on his mind, on September, 17th, 2022.  
Garland was born a happy baby boy on September, 13th, 1933 in Sandy Hook, KY. He was the blessing of the late Phoeba Jane Oliver. He was a graduate of Sandy Hook High School. Garland served his country in the United States Army and he worked for many companies as a pipefitter before his early retirement to take care of his grandkids in 1995. He was a Career Grandfather. Garland was a devoted family and stepped into a father role for his siblings at a young age. He continued to take care of them all his life. He was a doting father who thought the sun rose and set on his sweet girl. He acted as a caregiver for his elderly mother and was best known for being able to fix or build anything. His family says that he was the handiest man they ever had the blessing to know. He was a Husband, Brother, Father, and Friend. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.  
Garland is survived by his devoted daughter Phoebe Ann Cogan of Round Rock, TX; two precious grandchildren Michael David Cogan and Jasmine Bree Cogan bother of Round Rock, TX; one brother Winston Albert Oliver and his wife Vickie of Eaton, OH; two sisters Lola Florence Sparks of Portsmouth, OH and Martha Lake Watson of Camby, IN. Also surviving are many extended family members and friends.  
In addition to his mother, Garland is enjoying a Heavenly reunion with his wife of 37 years, Pearl Cooper Oliver; two brothers Jerry Ralph Oliver and William Manuel Oliver; two sisters Onnie Violet Ison and Viola Marie Brown; three brother-in-laws Hedguel B. Sparks, Walter R. Watson, and Allie-Lee Brown.  
A Funeral service to honor the life of Garland R. Oliver will take place Monday, September 26th, 2022 beginning at 1:00pm at Neal Funeral Home located at 2409 Center Street, Catlettsburg, with Jim Smedley officiating. Friends may call on the family prior to the service between the hours of 11am-1pm. Burial at Ashland Cemetery will follow the service on Monday. 

Douglas Clayton Clark


Douglas Clayton “Shorty” Clark, 79, of Ashland, went to be with his Lord Wednesday August 3, 2022. Shorty was born February 7, 1943 in Grayson a son of the late Clayton and Madge Isaac Clark.
Shorty was a Boilermaker/Pipefitter with the Local 248 for over 40 years. Shorty served his country honorably in the US Army. Shorty was a member of the Stinson Church of Christ. Shorty never met a stranger and had a contagious personality.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Glen Clark, Bob Clark, Earl Clark, Sr. and Ronald Clark; a son in-law, Larry Deerfield; and two brother in-laws, J.D. Miles and Ted Werb.
Shorty is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Stella Louise Harlow Clark of Grayson; three daughters, Jenny (Keith) Sergent, Rita Deerfield and Missy (Delmar) Kouns all of Grayson; a son, Tim (Leslie) Clark of Memphis, TN; seven grandchildren, Ashley (Josh) Gross, Brooke (Lamarr) Fox, Kassi Sergent, Whitney (Mark) Day, Ben Clark, Ally Clark and Will Clark; twelve great-grandchildren, Jace Gross, Coen Gross, Rhet Gross, Jayla Sergent, Cianna Fox, Scarlet Fox, Caleb Fox, Meila Fox, L.J. Conner, Ashlyn Sergent, Dylan White and Riley Herndon; three sisters, Helen Werb of Cleveland, OH, Karen Miles of Catlettsburg, KY and Evelyn (Ron) Peterman of Lexington, KY; five sister in-laws, Eunice Kouns Clark, Nettie Kouns Clark, Evelyn Greenhill Clark, Betty Harlow Ross and Letha Allen; and a host of friends and extended family who all mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be 6 pm Saturday August 6, 2022 with Bro. Keith Sergent officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 pm Saturday until service hour. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East. 

Jack Raymond Preston

Jack Raymond Preston, age 94, of Paintsville, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center.

Jack was born September 4 , 1927 in Johnson County, Kentucky, son of the late Glance and Fannie Hughes Preston. In addition to his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby “Tennie” Earnestine Wireman Preston on April 9, 2020. 

He is survived by one son, Ronald Keith Preston of Paintsville, Kentucky; one sister, Opal Lee Daniels of Grove City, Ohio; two grandchildren, Jennifer Preston and Shelly Preston; and one great-grandchild, Gunnar Preston.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Toby Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, Kentucky. Friends may visit the Jones-Preston Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022 and 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Paintsville Masonic Loge 381 F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic Rites on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home.


Jack R. Adams

Jack R. Adams from Oil Spring, KY, born on July 3, 1936, passed into heaven on June 27, 2022 at the age of 85.

Jack worked as a pipe-fitter for over 30 years, he was a charter member of the Oil Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and an avid outdoorsman.  He was lovingly devoted to his family, his friends, his church, his God and Savior, and was a member of Oil Springs United Methodist Church. A kind and generous man, Jack was quick to lend a helping hand, and slow to find fault.  His warm smile and humble heart will be greatly missed.

He is survived by:  his wife of 65 years, Peggy Adams; his sons, Doug Adams – wife Rosie of Whittier, California and Brent Adams – wife Leigh Anne of Circle Pines, Minnesota; his grandsons, Nathan Adams – wife Erica, Aaron Adams and Liam Adams; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet Sue and Ted Mejeur; his sister-in-law, Mary Sue Adams; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by: his parents Bruce and Pearlie Adams; his siblings, Gertrude Prater, Pauline Prater, Harmon Green Adams, Geraldine Conley, Barbara Spradlin, Cecil Adams.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2022 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with McCoy Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, Kentucky. Friends may visit the Jones-Preston Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2022.


Malcolm Donald Shepherd

Malcolm Donald Shepherd, 87 of Prestonsburg, KY, passed away February 7, 2022 in Highlands ARH. Born August 10, 1934 in Floyd CO. KY, he was the son of the late BB & Bertha Dotson Shepherd. Malcolm was a retired pipe fitter and a member of the House of Prayer, Prestonsburg, KY. He is survived by her children: Donald (Pamela) Shepherd, Wayne Shepherd & Amy Shepherd all of Prestonsburg, KY; grandchildren: Justin Shepherd & Tessa Wilson; great grandchildren: Sophia Shepherd & Declan Wilson & brother & sister: Charles Shepherd & Pauline Owens. In addition to his parents, Malcolm was preceded in death by one brother: John Ed Shepherd. Malcolm will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Visitation will be after 5pm Thursday (February 10, 2022) at Nelson Frazier Funeral Home, Martin Funeral services will be 1pm Friday (February 11, 2022) at the funeral home with Garfield Potter officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, KY


Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson, 88, of Greenup, Kentucky went home to be with the Lord and his beautiful wife Sue, Sunday, December 19, 2021, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
Tom was born January 28, 1933, in Blevins, Kentucky a son of the late Willie and Farbia Wells Jackson. He was a retired welder with Local 248. He was a member of the Argillite Church of the Nazarene and a United States Korean Conflict Army Veteran. Tom loved to restore and work on old cars. He loved telling stories about growing up. You never talked to him without hearing a story. He loved working outdoors, building onto homes that he lived in. He loved his family dearly. He had pastored and was very involved with many churches in the area. He preached many Revivals all over Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. He loved the ministry so much he bought a VW bus to go up hollows to get kids and families for church. He even upgraded to a suburban bus then to a small school bus. He helped build a Nazarene church in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and also, was a former caretaker of Mouth Hope Campground of the Nazarene. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Sue Ann Randsell Jackson; a grandson Justin Quintin Ashley Stewart; a brother Clifford Jackson; five sisters Sarah Young, Martha Estep, Ruby Estep Lula Row and Belva Jackson. He is survived by one son Thomas Leon Jackson of Kennesaw, Georgia; two daughters Kozetta Ann (Jeffery “Smo”) Jackson Stewart of Catlettsburg, Kentucky and Jackie Jackson Childers of Greenup, Kentucky; one brother Bill (Carol) Jackson of Ashland, Kentucky; one sister Roma (Bill) Fisher of Mansfield, Ohio; four grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends who will miss him dearly. Funeral services were held 12 pm, Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup by Bro. Lloyd Baldridge and Bro. Scott Hill. Burial is in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Greenup. Condolences may be made www.rlrfunerahome.com


James Bryan Fraley

James Bryan Fraley, 49 of Grayson, KY passed away Tuesday, Ct. 12, 2021 at Grayson, KY. He was born Nov. 6, 1971 at Boyd County, the son of James Ray Fraley and Linda Lois Harper.

He was a draftsman and a member of Pipefitters Union 248. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Fraley is survived by two children, Jessie Bryan Fraley of Georgetown, KY and Gracie Lynn Fraley of Morehead, KY.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Jeremy Fraley of Georgetown, KY; Terry Fraley of Gallatin, TN. His step brother and sisters:  Brandon Cox of Sandy Hook, KY; Shelly Lytle of Morehead, KY; Selina Crabtree of Sandy Hook, KY; Melissa McIntosh of Richmond, KY. Also, his step mother, Wilma Carter Fraley of Olive Hill, KY as well as a host of loved ones and friends who will sadly miss him.

Funeral will be conducted Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home at Sandy Hook, KY with Bro. Harley Sexton officiating. Friends may call 6:00 – 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Barker Cemetery at Mauk Ridge.


Noah C. Whisman

Noah Cegar Whisman, 93 of Grayson went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, June 15, following a long illness.

Noah was born September 2, 1928 in Elliott County, KY, a son of the late Jess and Jency Kegley Whisman. He was a retired Pipefitter from local #248 Ashland, an Army Veteran and of Christian faith.

Noah was preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Mark Whisman, three sisters, Fern Swanigan, Lucille Flannery and Maude Hunter and one brother, Seth Whisman. His survivors include his wife of 72 years, Martha Blackwell Whisman, three sons, Jonathan Whisman of Olive Hill, KY, Victor (Denise) Whisman of Richmond, KY and Willis (Pam) Whisman of Olive Hill, KY, six grandchildren, Shannon (Malayia) Whisman of West Liberty, KY, Amanda (Alvin) Hensley of Greenup, Miranda (Derek Ison) Miles of Grayson, Johnny Whisman of Olive Hill, Leanne Whisman of FL and Evan Whisman of Winchester, KY, ten grandchildren.


Funeral services will be Sunday, 2:00 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home with Bro. Marcus McCleese, minister. Burial will be in East Carter County Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday, 12 noon until service time. Serving as pallbearers will be, Ben Whisman, Evan Whisman, Cadey Hensley, Johnny Whisman, Alvin Hensley and Shannon Whisman.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.malonefuneralhome.com.


Larry Joe Baer

Larry Joe Baer, 81, of Ashland, died Thursday, June 3, 2021 at his residence.
He was born October 21, 1939 in Ashland, the son of the late Melvin A. and Mildred Curry Baer.
He was retired from Pipefitters Local #248, with 50 years service and a member of the Kentucky National Guard.
He was a member of the Ashland Elks Lodge #350, lifetime member of Amvets Post #95, Poage Masonic Lodge #325 F &AM, El Hasa Shrine and Raceland American Legion Post #043.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Robin Efta, grandson, Dale Jordan Jr., and a special friend, Sue Jordan.
Survivors include one son, Larry Joe Baer II and wife Diana of Ashland; two daughters, Tonya Phillips and husband Billy of Ashland and Kari Hunholz and husband Buddy of Lake Worth FL; one brother, Tony Baer and wife Carolyn of Ashland; two sisters, Elizabeth Hall of Ashland and Sharon Castledine and husband Ed of Nampa ID; eight grandchildren, Carrie Baer McAlister, Whitney Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Hilary Efta Brown, Quincy Efta, Joey Efta, Alexi Hunholz and Zach Hunholz, four great grandchildren, Max McAlister, Ava Jo McAlister, Beckham McAlister and Mila Phillips.
Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 PM Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens, with Military Honors conducted by the Kenova American Legion Post 93. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM till 12:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. The Ashland Elks Lodge will conduct an Elks service, at 11:45 AM Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ashland Elks, Children’s Christmas Fund, 900 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com


Paul C. Fannin

Paul C. Fannin, 73, of Jackson, Ohio, died April 23, 2021 in his home.

Born February 7, 1948 in Paintsville, Kentucky, a son of the late Gerald Fannin and Adaline Reed Fannin, he graduated Paintsville High School in 1966 and later became a pipefitter and member of the Pipefitters Local 248 in Ashland, Kentucky.

Paul devoted much of his time and energy to his love of music. Before his death, he had written hundreds of songs, had helped many others to record their own music in his recording studio (Studio 1), and had never found an instrument he couldn’t play. He was incredibly creative with an imagination that reached past the stars.

Mr. Fannin is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Minigh (David), brother, Roger Fannin (La Vonne), granddaughter, Julia Cardot (Rich), and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Adaline Fannin, father, Gerald Fannin, and brother, Gerald (Jerry) Fannin.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, May 8th at Mountain Ridge Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio. Arrangements were under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford.


Anthony S Harrison

Anthony S Harrison “A retired UA Local 248 member who was initiated 6/11/1982, passed away on February 26 2021 at his retirement home in Gulfport Florida.  There was no obituary available for Brother Tony Harrison.


Harold Minix

Harold Minix age 76 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the Grand Haven Nursing Home in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He was born January 27, 1945 in Salyersville, Kentucky to the late Clyde and Icie Rowe Minix.   

Survivors include one son, David and wife, Sarah Minix of Richmond, Kentucky, one daughter, Elizabeth and Ricky Jason Tackett of Salyersville, Kentucky, four brothers, Lester and wife, Ruth Minix, Hagar and wife, Jeannie Minix, Donald and wife, Olive Minix, Doyle and wife, Marcella Minix, four sisters, Helen and husband, Jack Muholland, Iris Brown, Dorisanne Davis, Charlette and husband, Carlos Jackson, five grandchildren, Persephone Minix, Liam Minix, Elijah Minix, Caleb Ingram, and Jacob Ingram.

In addition to his parents, Harold is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Arnett Minix, one grandson, Jason Channing Tackett, one brother, Alvis Minix and one sister, Joyce Davis.

Harold was a United Sates Army Veteran, Pipefitter by trade and a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 248. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 06, 2021 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Derrick Meade officiating. Burial will follow in the Patrick Cemetery at College Heights, Salyersville, Kentucky.  Friends may visit the funeral home Monday, April 05, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. and anytime Tuesday prior to funeral services. 

Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Monday evening from the Magoffin County Funeral Home by the Salyersville Lodge #769 F&AM.

There will be military rites given by the Salyersville D.A.V. Chapter 15 the day of the funeral service.

Charles “Junie” Ward, Jr.

Charles “Junie” Ward, Jr., 93 passed away February 26, 2021 at Morning Pointe in Russell, KY. Charles was born in Sandy Hook, Kentucky on May 11, 1927 to Charley and Thelma (Adkins) Ward. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 70 years Lois (Rose) Ward and three children:  Steven Keith Ward, Renaye (Daniel) Sparks and William Craig (Donna) Ward and four grandchildren: Meleah Ward, Nicolas Reid Sparks, Carly Compton and Stevie Ward and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers:  Herbert Ward, Burl Ward and George Ward. He is survived by one sister, Lois Jean Wolfe of Vincennes, Indiana.

He was a proud veteran and served during World War II and the Korean War. Upon returning from the service, he worked as a Pipefitter and was a member of the Plumber and Steamfitters Local Union 248 for 73 years.

During his retirement he became a seasonal resident of Lehigh Acres, Florida and spent many years enjoying fishing, his favorite outdoor activity. A number of his friends and fishing buddies followed him to Florida which made his time there even more special. He was loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

At his request there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be conducted at a later date. Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook, KY is in charge of the arrangements. Messages to family and to honor his memory can he shared on their website at lewisandfergusonfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Rose Hill Baptist Church or a Veterans Organization of choice. The family would like to thank Morning Pointe of Russell and Ashland Area Hospice for their compassionate care.


Gary Wireman

Gary Ray Wireman 65 of Lloyd KY went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in Greenup County on August 4, 1955 a son of the late Russell & Betty Ratliff Wireman.

He was a retired Welder / Pipefitter for DuPont Chemicals in Wurtland KY and a member of the local pipefitters union.

He was preceded in death along with his parents by a brother, Gregory Wireman.

He is survived by a son, Jonathan Wireman and his wife Caryn of Teays Valley WV; two daughters, Amy West and her husband Robbie and Sara Hensley and her husband Jonathan both of Greenup; eight grandchildren, Aaron Wireman, Avery Wireman, Raegan West, Elizabeth Hensley, Jasmine Hensley, Jarrod Hensley, Judd Hensley and Johnathan Hensley; two brothers, Doug Wireman of Wheelersburg and Curt Wireman of Georgia along with a host of extended family, co workers and friends.

There are no services at this time.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Wright’s Funeral Home in Greenup KY has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.wrightsfuneralhome.com.     

Ronald Price

Ronald Eugene Price, 80, of Ashland, passed away December 29, 2020, in King’s Daughters Medical Center.
Ronald was born July 13, 1940, in Ashland, to the late Thomas Jeston and Elizabeth Artrip Price.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest grandson, Dakota Price, on Monday. He was also preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.


Ronald was a member of Thirteenth Street Free Will Baptist Church, where he faithfully attended and was a member of a singing Quartet; He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He worked as a pipefitter and was a member of Pipefitters and Steamfitters Local 248. He was also a member of Rush Masonic Lodge F&AM; 715 and Valley of Covington Scottish Rite.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Brenda Hale Price; two sons, James Price (Tammy) of Westwood and Steven “Travis” Price (Andrea) of Catlettsburg; one daughter, Shari Fann (Richard) of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Justin Pinkerton, Matthew Fann, Amber Floyd, Jessie Price, Kein Price, and Ciera Price; three great-grandchildren Sophia Pinkerton, Briana Pinkerton and Rylan Rogers; along with a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, January 03, 2020, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Pastor Chuck Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Homer “Bill Dod” May

Homer “Bill Dod” May age 84 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard, Kentucky. He was born May 01, 1936 in Salyersville, Kentucky to the late Homer “Dod” and Myra Arnett May. Survivors include one son, Kevin (Betty) May of West Liberty, Kentucky, five grandchildren, April (Matt) Hensley, Becki (Josh) Stevens, Stewart (Chasity) Patrick, Justin (Breann) Patrick, Billy Brian “Dod” May, seven great grandchildren, and one son in law Alex Patrick.

In addition to his parents, Bill Dod is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Arnett May, one son, Paul B. May, one daughter, Kimberly Jane Patrick, two brothers, J. C. May, Grover May, four sisters, Edith Jackson, Jean Adams, Nancy Conley and Pauline May Lovely.

Bill Dod was a pipefitter by trade, a member of the Burning Springs United Baptist Church, and he had a love for fishing.

A private graveside service for immediate family only will be conducted on Monday, December 14, 2020 from the Prater-May Cemetery at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, with John Blanton officiating.  


Jack Jerome Landreth

Jack Jerome Landreth, age 91, widower of Blandena Crawford Landreth, died on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Born August 3, 1929, in Pontiac, Michigan, he was the son of the late Cecil Leonard Landreth and Virginia Beatrice Gullett Landreth of Morehead, Kentucky.

He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Beth Landreth-Etherton, and son-in-law, David Mark Etherton.

Jack was a member and former deacon of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Morehead. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, was co-owner of C. L. Landreth Plumbing, Heating and Welding and was a former member of the Morehead City Council.

Jack was a member of #248 Steamfitters and Pipefitters Union in Ashland, Kentucky. He was also a 66-year member of #654 Morehead Lodge Free and Accepted Masons and a former member of the Morehead Volunteer Fire Department.

Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, Kentucky, is handling arrangements. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the “Mack Fund (Technology)”, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 227 East Main Street, Morehead, KY 40351.


Tommy Joe Caperton

Tommy Joe Caperton, 89, of Louisa, KY went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Tommy was born November 13, 1930 in Louisa, Kentucky to the late Grover and Minerva Marcum Caperton. In addition to his parents, he has been preceded in death by one grandson, Joshua Marcum.   

He is survived by his wife of more than 67 years, to whom he had unwavering love and devotion, Fannie Caperton; as well as one son, Steve (Shaye) Caperton; three daughters, Sherry (Roland) Gariepy, Libby (Robert) Marcum, and Elaine (David) Carmody; four grandsons, Jordan Pigg, Matthew Marcum, Andrew Carmody, and Evan Carmody; and one granddaughter, Casey Gariepy.                                       

Tommy was a master plumber and pipefitter.  A lifelong member of the Plumber’s and Steamfitter’s local in Ashland, KY.  Tommy’s work motto was “never turn down any hour of overtime.”  He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and bowler, even placing 10th  in the nation at a senior bowling tournament in Reno, Nevada.  Tommy dedicated his life to the Lord over 40 years ago.  

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Community Hospice of Ashland, the Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley care facility, and the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center for their compassionate care.   

A graveside service with full military rites will be conducted at 2pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the Maynard Family Cemetery in Louisa, KY with his son, Steve Caperton officiating. All care has been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. 


Gene R. Blevins, II

Gene R. Blevins, II, 60, of Catlettsburg, KY, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Hospice Care Center. He was born June 30, 1960 in Ashland the son of Nancy Childress Blevins of Ashland and the late Gene R. Blevins.

He was a retired pipe fitter for Plumbers & Steam Fitters Local Union 248.

In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his wife, Donna Spurlock Blevins of Catlettsburg; a daughter, Megan Rowe and husband Jake of Ashland; a sister, Brynn Fitzpatrick and husband Corbin of Catlettsburg; a granddaughter, Harper Rowe; and two nephews, Cavin Fitzpatrick and Chord Fitzpatrick.

Private services are scheduled. There is no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity of choice.


Roger H. Kazee

Roger H. Kazee, 86, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Monday Morning, April 27, at Kings Daughters Medical Center.
Roger was born August 24, 1933, in Elliott County, Kentucky, a son of the late Jefferson Davis and Fannie Adkins Kazee.
He was a retired pipefitter with Local 248 Steamfitters and Pipefitters Union and was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his first wife, Edna Patricia Moyer Kazee, second wife, Lucille Adkins Kazee; a son, Stephen Michael Kazee; 3 brothers, George, Thurman, and Ora Kazee; and a sister, Alice Williams.
Surviving include 2 daughters, Jo King, and husband Paul, of Ashland, Amy Wheeler, and husband Mark, of Salt Rock, W.Va.; a son, David Kazee, and wife Stephanie, of Ashland; a sister, Goldie Collier of Ashland; 8 grandchildren, Tara, Ashley, Matt, Zach, Amber, Dylan, Allison, and Luke; 7 great-grandchildren, Blake, Austin, Chase, Sophie, Madeline, Penelopie, and Matthew; several nieces, nephews, and close friends.
Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens with Brother Tom Jackson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of PRESTON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.


Ballard Theodore “Ted” Faulkner

Ballard Theodore “Ted” Faulkner, Jr., 66, of Ashland passed away on January 26, 2020 at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Ted was born on July 16, 1953 in Ashland, KY to the late Ballard and Lucille Wright Faulkner.

He was a graduate of Paul Blazer High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Kentucky. He was formerly a pipefitter and a member of the Local 248 Pipefitters Union. Ted was a member of Ashland 350 Elks BPOE and served as a food committee co-ordinator and was an “Elk of the Year” recipient. He was also a member of Old Orchard Church of Christ.
Ted is survived by a sister Deborah (David) Compton of Poca, West VA and a brother Warren (Becky) Faulkner of South Point, OH, a niece, Caryn Compton of Washington, DC and a close cousin, Bill Faulkner of Cynthiana, KY along with a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel at 1:00 PM and will be officiated by Pastor Jerry Greenslate. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 until service time at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, West VA, SE OH and NE KY, 1221-A Ohio Avenue, PO Box 1115, Dunbar, WV 25064.
Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com


Henry J. Joseph May 05, 1941 – October 29, 2019

Henry Joseph age 78 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Tuesday evening October 29, 2019 at his home in Dixie. He was born May 05, 1941 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Luster and Liza Patton Joseph. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Joseph, two daughters, Paula Mann (Terry) Flora, Augusta Mann (Scott) Helton, two grandchildren, Dawson Helton, Chloe Helton, one adoptive granddaughter, Courtney Gambill, two sisters in laws, Priscilla Joseph and Jackie Joseph.

Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bill Joseph and Larry Joseph.

He was a member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitter Local Union #248, Salyersville Masonic Lodge #765 F&AM, Salyersville D.A.V. Chapter 15, District #3 Fire Department and was a dedicated member of the Salyersville First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 02, 2019 from the Salyersville First Baptist Church with Ben Martin officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dean Joseph Cemetery at Salyersville, Kentucky.  Friends may visit the church after 5:00 P.M. on Friday November 01, 2019 and any time prior to funeral services on Saturday.   

Masonic Rites will be given at 7:00 P.M. Friday by the Salyersville Masonic Lodge #765 F&AM

Military Rites will be given by the Salyersville D.A.V. Chapter 15 the day of service.

The District #3 Fire Department will serve as pallbearers and provide honors.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Salyersville D.A.V. Chapter 15 or Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in memory of Henry J. Joseph. 


Robert Lee “Bob” Hicks 1949-2019

Robert Lee “Bob” Hicks, 70, of Ashland, KY, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Hicks was born March 3, 1949 in Ashland, KY to the late Robert L. and Lillian Smith Hicks.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by three great-grandchildren and one sister, Caroline Hicks.

Mr. Hicks was a Pipefitter with Local 248 where he retired after 49 years of service. He was also a Deacon and Song Leader at Summit Missionary Baptist Church where his was a member.

Mr. Hicks is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Melodee Kaye McGlone Hicks of Ashland, KY; two sons, Jeffery Lee (Dana) Hicks and Wesley D. (Stephanie) Hicks, both of Ashland, KY; one daughter, Stephanie Richendollar of Ashland, KY; 8 grandchildren: Joshua (Brie) Howard, Brandon Howard, Kali (Mike) Hulett, Angel (Brian) Hannah, Lillian (Greyson) Richendollar, Alexis (Tyler) Richendollar, USMC RCT Ethan Sparks, and Garrett Hicks; 5 great-grandchildren: Jaden, Jaxson, Burklie, Parker, and Evelyn; one brother, John W. Hicks of Russell, KY; five sisters, Anna (Greg) Perkins of Ashland, KY, Sharon (Marvin) Warner of Russell, KY, Janice (Doug) Alexander of Ashland, KY, Nancy (George) Menshouse of Ashland, KY, and Cathy Gillum of Ashland, KY; and a host of extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with Pastor Kevin Meenach officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, KY.

Visitation will be from 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at the funeral home.


Randall Bascom Boggs, 67 of Grayson

Randall Bascom Boggs, 67 of Grayson went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at UK Bluegrass Hospice Center surrounded by his family. He was born June 2, 1952, a son of the late James A. and Hattie Sizemore Boggs. Randy was preceded in death by three brothers; Arlie Boggs, Roger Boggs and Jack Boggs; three sisters, Janice Boggs, Phyllis Boggs-Steele and Mildred Boggs-Williams. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jacqueline Slone Boggs; four daughters, Melanie (Bryan) Scott of Grayson, Miranda (Mark) Stamm of Lexington, KY, Sydney (Kerrick) Lawson of Louisville, KY and Courtney (Barrett) Bush of Grayson; two sons, Ryan (Miranda) Tussey and Kegan (Hannah) Tussey both of Grayson; one sister, Brenda Boggs Marshall of Gainesville, FL; eleven grandchildren whom were the love of his life and he supported in all their activities; Bryce Bush, Chaseton Tussey, Brady Bush, Jacob Stamm, Trey Scott, Treven Tussey, Natalie Stamm, Ty Scott, Tate Scott, Hudson Tussey and Haddox Tussey.
Randy was a retired Boilermaker from local 40 in Elizabethtown, KY. He was an avid dirt track racer. He drove late models and modifieds and won numerous trophies throughout the years including the World 100 in 1987. He was inducted in the Dirt Track Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 1988 was voted most popular driver in the Professional Racers Organization series. Randy raced as far west as Texas and North to Pennsylvania and Michigan, many times during speed week in Florida.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Malone Funeral Home with Bro. David Boggs and Josh Schmidt, ministers. Burial will be in East Carter County Memory Gardens. Friends may call Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and after 12 noon on Sunday. Memorial contributions are suggest to: Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40508. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.malonefuneralhome.com.


Ralph Richard Lewis Jr.

FEBRUARY 3, 1928 ~ JULY 23, 2019 (AGE 91)

On July 23, 2019, Rev. Ralph Richard Lewis, Jr., age 91 of Isonville, Kentucky, passed away in Winchester, Kentucky.  He was born February 3, 1928 in Elliott County to the late Richard Lewis and Della Adkins Lewis.  He was also preceded in death by his loving wife Juanita Conn Lewis; brothers James Lewis, Dallas Lewis, and Donald Lewis and grandson Michael Andersen.  June was an ordained minister and loved the Lord, he was a long time member of the Sandy Hook United Methodist Church.

Rev. Lewis is survived by son Ralph Richard (Ann Marie) Lewis III  of Isonville, daughters Anita (Marlin) Frederick of West Liberty and Lynn (Robert) Andersen of Utah; and ten grandchildren: Beth (Chris) Saenz, Drs. Shane (Catherine) Frederick, Dr. Marni (Lance) Davis, Lt. Aaron (Melissa) Frederick,  Kelly (Carlos) Valentine, Stephen (Danielle) Andersen, Dawna (Blake) Stadulis, Daniel Andersen, Corie (Matthew) Prater, and Emily (Shane) Warren.  

June valued education. He began school at four, and at 14 he received his first driver’s license, so he could drive the “school bus” which was really a flatbed truck that transported the Isonville high school students to Sandy Hook to attend school. He graduated from high school at 16 and shortly thereafter Pa put him on a train to Lexington where he began his engineering studies at the University of Kentucky. He was a pipefitter, welder and oil and gas prospector which provided a wonderful life for his family. He lived a life of service to his family, community and God. In his eighties he ministered to the senior citizens at the Elliott County Senior Citizens Center weekly.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, July 26 at 1:00 at Lewis and Ferguson Funeral Home with visitation starting at 11:00am.  


Elwood Estep, 91

Elwood Estep age 91 of Royalton Road, Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Thursday June 20, 2019 at his home.  Elwood was born September 1, 1927 to the late Omer and Emma Lykins Estep.  He was a dedicated member of the Salyersville First Baptist Church, Pipefitters Local 248 and the Salyersville Masonic Lodge.

Survivors left to morn his passing include children: Gwendolyn (Donnie) Patrick and Joseph F. (Rogetta) Estep both of Salyersville,  Grandchildren: Brian Patrick, Brad Estep, and Brooke Stephens.  Four great grandchildren: Ashlyn Patrick, Luke Estep. Tripp Estep, and  Jaxton Stephens. Two brothers: Paul Estep of Toledo, Oregon and Linvel Estep of Franklin, Ohio and a sister Phyllis Angelastri of Venice, Florida.

In addition to his passing Elwood is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth May Estep, four brothers, Elvin Estep, Oral Estep, Ivan Day Estep, Bobby Estep, four sisters Imogene Gaines, Ilant Green, Ina B. Estep and Elma Arnett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M.  Saturday, June 22, 2019 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Ben Martin officiating.  Burial will follow at the Sam J. May Cemetery, Mason Creek, Kentucky.  Friends may visit the funeral home after 5:00 P.M. Friday June 21, 2019 and anytime prior to funeral services.

Masonic Rites will be given at 7:00 P.M. Friday by the Salyersville Masonic Lodge.


Robert Allen Griffith, 57

Robert Allen “Rob” Griffith, 57, of Ashland, died Saturday, May 4, 2019 at U. K. Healthcare in Lexington.
He was born September 20, 1961 in Ashland, the son of Robert Griffith of Ashland and the late Paulette Evans Griffith.
He was a Pipefitter for Local 248.
In addition to his father, he is also survived by three sons, Joshua Griffith, Robert Jacob Griffith and Gerad Griffith all of Ashland; one sister, Jennifer (Danny) Barnes of Nicholasville, Ky.; one grandson, Joshua Allen Griffith II of Ashland; and one niece, Ashley Williams of Wilmore, Ky.
Memorial services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019 at Miller Funeral Home by Pastor Clell Lucas. The family will receive friends from 12 until 2 p.m. Friday. Online condolences may be sent to mfhfuneralhome.com.


Steven Mason (1956-2018)

Steven Lowell Mason, 62, of Ashland, passed away Friday, June 08, 2018, at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio surrounded by his loving family.

Steve was born February 10, 1956, in Ashland to W. Lowell Mason and the late Eva Lucille Ross Mason.
In addition to his mother, Steve was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Alan Mason.
Steve was retired. He previously was a pipefitter with the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248 and a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Left behind to cherish his memory are a devoted family including his loving wife, Carol Mason; one daughter, Cassie Dillow, both from Ashland; his father, W. Lowell Mason of Sandy Hook; his sister, Martyne Mason of Sandy Hook; his sister-in-law, Jolinda Dillow and husband, George Aitken of Ashland; and many extended family and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.


James Wendell Ison (1950-2018)

James Wendell Ison, age 67 of Flat Gap, Kentucky passed away Tuesday February 6, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Born August 31, 1950 in Moon, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Rufus Anthony Ison and Ida Mae Ferguson Ison. In addition to his parents, Wendell is preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Francis Ison.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue McKenzie Ison {Married, August 28, 1971}; one son, John and Trina Ison of Georgetown, Kentucky; one daughter, Valeri and Darrin Breeding of Flat Gap, Kentucky; one sister, Phyllis Skaggs of Flat Gap, Kentucky; and six grandchildren: Jacob and McKenzie Breeding, Kenley, Ian, Caleb and Sundari Ison.
Wendell was the Assistant Pastor at the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church. He began preaching in 1991 and served the Lord 54 years.
Funeral services will be 2:00pm Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens at Staffordsville. Friends may visit the Phelps & Son Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 9:00pm Friday, 12:00pm to 9:00pm Saturday, and after 1:00pm Sunday, one hour prior to the service at the Church. Jimmy Price, Larry Dale Ison, and Larry Blair will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Hands and Feet Ministry at Staffordsville by contacting the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, (606)789-8989. Arrangements are by the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.


David Stephens (1954-2017)

David Stephens age 63 of South East Licking River Road, Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home. He was born February 26, 1954 in Paintsville, Kentucky to the late Callie Stephens and Maxie Patrick Powers. He was the husband of Brenda Kay Wireman Stephens, who survives.

Survivors also include his step-mother, Juanita Stephens, one son, Nicholas David (Allyson) Stephens of Salyersville, Kentucky, one brother, Callie Smith “Bubby” Stephens of Salyersville, Kentucky, one sister, Brenda Stephens Russell of Salyersville, Kentucky, and two grandchildren, Aiden Keith Stephens, and Hunter Nicholas Stephens.

David was a member of the Pipefitters Local 248 of Ashland, Kentucky.

In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his step-father, Orville Powers, and one brother, Kenneth Stephens.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am Monday, January 1, 2018 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Ervin Allen Jr and Greg Minix officiating. Burial will follow in the Stephens Cemetery at Fredville, Kentucky. Friends may visit the funeral home after 5 pm Sunday, December 31, 2017, and anytime Monday prior to funeral services.


Ralph Wick Cooke (1924-2017)

Ralph Wick Cooke, 93 of Grayson went to be with his Lord on Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead KY. Ralph was born January 9, 1924 in Grayson, a son of the late William Marcus and Dora Bay Cooke. He was a retired pipe fitter in local 248 in Ashland, a member of the American Legion and he loved to hunt and fish. He proudly served in the Army in Germany during WWII. He was preceded in death by six brothers, Herchell, Claude, Garrett, Leslie, Lawrence and William Cooke; four sisters, Grace Lawson, Mabel Jaynes, Deloris Hammond and Vivian Steele. He is survived by a son, Donald (Kelly) Cooke of Grayson; two daughters, Debbie (Jim) Everman of Grayson and Donna (Tim) Chamberlin of Wheelersburg OH; two sisters, Charlotte Kelley of Grayson and Louise Knipp of Phoenix AZ; one brother, James Garfield Cooke of Cary NC; four grandchildren, Blake Cooke of Olive Hill KY, Sarah Everman of Nashville TN, Keelie Chatfield of Richmond KY and Breanna McDavid of Grayson; four great-grandchildren.
Services will be Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at East Carter County Memory Gardens with full military honors. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.malonefuneralhome.com.


Bobby Charles Rowe (1952-2015)

Bobby Charles Rowe of Isonville passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.
Bobby was born Aug. 31, 1952, to Brooks Rowe of Elliott County and the late Faye Rowe. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James A. “Jim” and Eliza Phillips; paternal grandparents Sam and Lena Rowe; and a nephew, Michael Mason.
He was a 1970 graduate of Sandy Hook High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in the Vietnam War. He was a Kentucky colonel and a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 248, Elliott County VFW Post 11428 and Phelps Lodge 482, F&AM. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a Shriner (El Hasa Temple in Ashland).
He had a charismatic personality and enjoyed time with friends and family. He spent his retirement caring for his garden and working on the family farm.
He is also survived by his brothers, Garry Rowe of Sandy Hook and Billy Rowe (Atonya) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sisters Marilyn Rowe Mason (Roger) of Grayson and Marsha Rowe Maggard (Shannon) of Skaggs Flat; three children, Alicia Dawn Rowe (Travis), Tina Kay Rowe (Dwane) and Lacie Marie Rowe (Dustin); eight grandchildren, Jason Crose, Aeriel Crose, Mitchell Kidd, Tiara Kidd, Jackson Kidd, Thomas Pennington, Delanie Kemplin and Mia Kemplin; and aunts and uncles Billie Joyce Pennington, Shirley Rowe Whisman, Carol Gaye Rowe Grigson, Mary Lou Rowe Greene, Dennis Phillips, Janet Aurand Phillips and Pauline Peters Phillips. Aunt Mavis Phillips Baker cared for him during his early years and thought of him as her own. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and friends who will sadly miss him.
The funeral was Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook by Brother Markie Howard and Brother Shannon Maggard. Burial was in King Cemetery at Newfoundland, with military graveside rites by Elliott County VFW Post 11428.
A Masonic service by Phelps Lodge 482, F&AM, was also held in 2015.


Wiliam Verner “Bill” Brickey (1927-2015)

William Verner “Bill” Brickey, 88, of Ashland, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
Verner, also known as Bill, was born Feb. 11, 1927, in Isonville, the son of the late Clarence V. and Lizze Phillips Brickey. He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Wayne Brickey.
Mr. Brickey was a Baptist and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a pipefitter with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248. He belonged to several organizations, including Fred M. Gross Masonic Lodge, the El Hasa Shrine Temple, the American Legion and the VFW. Bill enjoyed all sports, but was particularly fond of Kentucky basketball and the Cincinnati Reds.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Maxine Sparks Brickey; a daughter, Patricia and husband Bill Sparks of Ashland; a son, Gary and wife Judy Brickey of Ashland; granddaughters Brickael Sparks and Amber Brickey of Ashland; a sister, Fern and husband Wayne Fraley of Isonville; as well as nieces and nephews.


Ernest Renfroe Jr. (1929-2015)

Ernest Virgil Renfroe Jr., 86, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
He was born April 6, 1929, in Ashland, the beloved son of the late Ernest Virgil Sr. and Vivian Robinson Renfroe.
At age 15, during the depression years, Ernie began working on steamboats on the Ohio River. Soon he fibbed about his age, and joined the Navy serving on the USS Carolina. After the Navy, he worked for John Steen driving an ambulance until he learned the trade of a pipefitter for Local 248. He became the business agent for several years before his retirement.
Ernie was also preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Jo Renfroe Thacker; a sister Mary Lou Geyer; his mother and father-in-law Troy and Vera Lee Clemons; brothers-in-law Rodney Geyer and Troy Edward “Joe” Clemons; and sister-in-law Ann Renfroe.
Ernest is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Nellie Clemons Renfroe; a daughter, Kathy Lynn Adkins (Dave); a son, Ernest Virgil Renfroe III; granddaughters Lisa Malone (Clancy), and Jenifer Adkins; grandson David Adkins; great-grandchildren Brock Taylor, Mackenzie Malone and Jacob Lyndon Adkins; one brother, George W. “Bill” Renfroe; three sisters, Delores Pennington (D. Elwood), Mollie Geyer and Nancy White; brothers-in-law, Garis Geyer and Homer Lee Clemons; sisters-in-law, Anna Fox and Pat Boone; two surviving aunts, Lora Rose and Laura McCoy; nieces and nephews Mark Renfroe, Tim Renfroe, Amy Williams, Deanna Jones, Debbie Setser, Dean Pennington, Jill McGlone, Scott Geyer, Anita Huff and Julie Little; Great nieces and nephews, Alexander and Matthew Renfroe, Robbie and Haleigh Renfroe, Derek and Drew Jones, Amber and Eric Setser, Elizabeth and David Pennington, Chase and Allie McGlone, Caroline, Caleb, Charlie, Luke and Landon Geyer, Leland and Clark Huff and Evan and Emilie Little.
Ernie was known for his wit and his great storytelling ability. However, during his daughter’s illness, he became aware of his own need of a life beyond the grave. So he looked to Jesus and made the choice to serve him. He then turned his life around. A sweet, humble and gentle spirit developed. He began to read his bible, to pray and go to church. Those old bad habits disappeared.


Leon Louia Rigsby Sr. (1926-2015)

Leon Louia Rigsby Sr., 89, of Catlettsburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Rigsby was born July 11, 1926, in Ashland, a son of the late Elbert and Cora Hall Rigsby. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nell Juanita Rakes Rigsby; and three children, Evelyn Eastham, Mark Rigsby and Chuck Bentley.
Leon served his country honorably during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of University of Kentucky and employed by Pipefitters Local Union 248 for 55 years. He was a Mason, a member of El Hasa Shriners, a Kentucky colonel and he enjoyed horse racing.
Leon is survived by his children, Miriam Jenkins and her husband, Robert, of Flatwoods, Jennifer Slone and her husband, Bobby, of Flatwoods, and Leon Rigsby Jr. and his wife, Vada, of Flatwoods; grandchildren, Joshua, Aaron, Matthew, Chris, Leon III, Katie, Tosha and Tiffany; and eight great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Darlene Blevins Rigsby; and a special caregiver, Rena Caldwell Cisco.
Final resting place will be in Catlettsburg Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Post 93 of Kenova and the U.S. Navy.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolences may be left at kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.


John Lowell LeMaster

John Lowell LeMaster, age 92, of Paintsville, Kentucky, passed away Monday, April 29th, 2013 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville, Kentucky.
John was born November 18th, 1920 in Johnson County, Kentucky, son of the late Henry Bascom and Florence Harris LeMaster. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Ochal LeMaster, Virgil LeMaster, Roy LeMaster, and Raleigh LeMaster, and three sisters, Zaza LeMaster, Mayme Campbell, and Erma Lyons.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mabel LeMaster whom he married on August 4th, 1945. To this union were born two sons, Link Bascom “L.B.” LeMaster and wife Janie of Paintsville, Kentucky and Johnny Lee LeMaster and wife Debbie of Paintsville, Kentucky.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Bryant LeMaster and wife Shelli, Brandi Collins and husband Joe, Carrie Ratliff and husband Matt, and Amber Ratliff and husband Craig; and ten great grandchildren, John Braxton Craig Ratliff, Joseph Gunner Collins, Mattingly Jane Ratliff, Baron Maxwell Ratliff, Josiah Griffin Collins, Blair Lynn Ratliff, Chesa Grace Collins, Johna Grier Collins, Carrigan Grea Ratliff, and Link Barrett LeMaster.


Sgt. Boone “Trey” Cole III

Sgt. Boone “Trey” Cole III, 22, of Ky. 2, Greenup, passed away Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015, at his home.
Trey was born Sept. 12, 1992, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of Boone Cole II of Greenup and Janis Joplin Cole of New Vienna, Ohio.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant formerly stationed in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He served a six-month tour in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 8th ESB bulk fuel engineering support battalion. Semper Fidelis! He was a member of Pipefitters-Steamfitters Local 248 in Ashland and was a 2010 graduate of Greenup County High School.
He is also survived by his wife, Larisa Vale Cole; a daughter, Aubrey Cole, at home; a brother, David Allen Cole of New Vienna; and his paternal grandfather, Boone Cole of Greenup.


Foster C. Skaggs

Foster C. Skaggs, 93, of Lexington, formerly of Ashland, husband of Willadene Bailey Skaggs, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Lexington.
He was a welder with the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union and retired from Ashland Oil Inc. Foster was an Army veteran of World War II, where he served as a staff sergeant in the 31st Infantry Division and was awarded three Bronze Stars.
Foster answered God’s call in 1952 and joined Keaton Fork United Baptist Church, where he served as clerk. He was also clerk for the Blaine Union Association. Most recently, he was a member of Fayette Chapel United Baptist Church in Paris. Foster enjoyed traveling, reading, spending time with his family and friends and going to church.
He is also survived by two brothers, William Luther (Clotine) of Plymouth, Ind., and Herman (Phyllis) Skaggs of Flat Gap; a sister, Esta Faye Kelly of Martha; 12 nieces and nephews; and a special great-niece-in-law, Morgan Celeste Dawson of Lexington.
The family expresses special appreciation to the staffs of the American Red Cross Wheels Program and Dialysis Clinic Inc. on Venture Court for their kindness and care since 2008.


Bill G. Bradshaw Sr. (1931-2015)

Bill G. Bradshaw Sr., 83, of Flatwoods, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 14, 2015, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell.
He was born May 31, 1931, in Ashland, a son of the late George Scott Bradshaw Sr. and Viola Bush Bradshaw. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorena Runyon Bradshaw, in 2008; two brothers, Joe and Scott Bradshaw Jr.; and a sister, Joyce Bradshaw Price.
Bill was a member of American Legion Posts 76 and 325. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired after many years of service from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 248.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Gene Bradshaw Jr. and friend Karen and Gary Lee Bradshaw of Flatwoods; two grandsons, Nathan and Jason Bradshaw; two great-grandchildren, Landyn and Kylie Bradshaw; and a host of extended family members and friends.
Bill now rests at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.


Cecil Robert Whitley (1924-2014)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 11:58 pm
South Point Slack and Wallace Funeral Home
Cecil Robert Whitley, 90, of South Point, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky.
He was born April 28, 1924, in Ashland, a son of the late Coy and Margaret Adams Whitley. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dora May Stevens and Thelma Jean Reeves; a brother, Hubert Whitley; and two nephews, Jimmy Stevens and Charles Stevens.
Cecil retired as a welder with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248 in Ashland. He was a lifelong member of Sunrise Church of the Nazarene and attended Ashland public schools and Ashland Vocational School. He and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who was stationed on a battleship in the Pacific Theater.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Delores “Dutch” Davidson Whitley; a daughter, Delores “Pug” Sloan of Ironton; two grandsons, Joseph Christian (Julie) Sloan of Fisherville, Ky., and their sons, Connor, Caiden and Caleb, and Matthew Raymond (Kelli) Sloan of Ironton and their children, Jacob, Benjamin, Nathaniel and Mattilyn Rose; and a niece, Linda Spear of Venice, Fla.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point by the Rev. Lenny Campbell and the Rev. Gary Henry. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and after noon Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Austin, Tom Blake, Joe Sloan, Matt Sloan, Jacob Sloan, Jack Pemberton and Robert Davidson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Davidson and Ron Davidson.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cecil’s honor may be sen to Sunrise Church of the Nazarene.


Jackie Lee Arnett

November 3rd, 2014
Jackie Lee Arnett, 74, of Salyersville, died Friday, October 3rd.
The funeral was held at Magoffin County Funeral Home in Salyersville.


Winfield Lemaster


May 26, 2014
Young Funeral Home
LOUISA — Winfield “Windy” Lemaster, 83, of Louisa, died Saturday at his residence.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Young Funeral Home in Louisa is in charge of arrangements.


Paul Edward Arnett

January 21, 2014
SALYERSVILLE — Paul Edward Arnett, 86, of Salyersville, died Sunday, January 19th.
The funeral was held at Magoffin County Funeral Home in Salyersville.


Jack Austin Allen (1930-2014)

February 17, 2014
Magoffin County Funeral HomeThe Independent
SALYERSVILLE — Jack Austin Allen, 83, of Salyersville, died Sunday at his residence.
He was born March 3, 1930.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Arnet Allen.
The funeral was held at Magoffin County Funeral Home in Salyersville. Burial in Arnett Family Cemetery in Salyersville, with military rites by Salyersville DAV Chapter 15.


In loving memory of Harry Holbrook (1924-2013)

Harry Holbrook
Date of Birth
November 1, 1924
Date of Passing
August 30, 2013
Place and Time of Services
Lewis & Ferguson Chapel
Monday, 1:00 PM
September 2, 2013
Ofîîciating
Pastor Warren Vanaver
Place of Interment
Elliott County Memory Gardens
Sandy Hook, Kentucky


In Loving memory of Gerald Fannin, 89

Gerald C. Fannin, 89, of Jackson, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Holzer
Assisted Living in Jackson. Born Feb. 2, 1924, in Johnson County, Ky., a son of the late Charles Vencill and Donna C. Rice Fannin, he was a pipefitter, a member of Pipefitters Local 248 in Ashland, Ky., a member of Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465, and a member of Lucasvìlle Order of the Eastern Star. He was a deacon and member of Candy Run United Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by two sons, Roger (LaVonne) Fannin-of Columbus, Paul Fannin of Jackson; five granddaughters, Penelope, Priscilla, Patience, Jennifer, Reed; eight great grandchildren, Timothy, Courtney, Symon, Brandon, Emily, Natalie, Derick, Julia; three great great grandchildren, Jeremy, Trinity, Paitynn; two sisters, Donna Martin, Phyllis Wells and one brother, Frank Fannin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Adaline Reed Fanning one son, Gerald David Fannin; four brothers, Bryant W. Fannin, Charles Fannin, John Fannin, Granville Fannin and one sister, Mary Ealey. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Candy Run United Baptist Church with Brother Zane Murray and Elder Arvil Murray, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Ridge Cemetery in Jackson. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5 to 8 p.rn. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Masonic services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday by Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. Online condolences may be sent to www.edaih.com


In loving memory of Ellis B. Ison, 95

of South Shore, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
He was born May 15, 1917, at Newcombe (Elliott County), to the late John A. Ison and Pricy Stephens Ison.
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Della Eggenspiller Ison; a son, Gene Ison; two sisters; Ethel Keaton and Bessie Cook; and three brothers; Earl, Ben and Emery Ison.
Mr. Ison was a retired pipefitter with Local 248 of Ashland.
He is survived by a son, Ben (Rometta) Ison of Crestwood; a daughter, Anna (Mark) Huffman of Wheelersburg, Ohio; four grandchildren, Dan Ison, Kellie Fields, Misty Brough and Aaron Huffman; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Daisy Stephens.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Morton Funeral Home in South Shore by Tom Jackson. Burial will be in Ison Cemetery at Newcombe.


In Loving memory of Herbert C. May

Herbert C. May, 84 of Wheelersburg, went to be with the Lord Thursday Feb. 7, 2013, at home. He was born Oct. 22, 1928, in Salyersville, Ky., a son of the late Prater May and Vernie Reed May.
He was a Marine Veteran, a member of Rubyville Community Church, a member of Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465 and a retired Pipfitter with Local 248 in Ashland, Ky. He was married October 3, 1949, in Paintsville, Ky. to Dorotha Marsh May, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Steven L. May and wife Dottie, of Wheelersburg; one daughter, Susan E. Craft and husband Archie, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two brothers, Roger May and wife Helen of Corbin, Ly.; Michael May and wife Susie, of Fairfield, Ohio; two sisters, Juanita Whitt, of Blanchester, Ohio; Wilma Jean Dunaway and husband Larry, of Loveland, OH; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by brothers Bob May, Haskell May and a sister, Anna Lou May. Funeral services were held at 10a.m. Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 at Rubyville Community Church with Cal Ray Evans and Brian Baer officiating, with burial at Memorial Burial Park, with military rites by James Irwin Post No. 622, and Lucasville Post No. 363.


In loving memory of James Richard Garthee Sr., 91

of Greenup, who passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell.
He was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Greenup County, to the late Clarence and Hattie Johnson-Garthee.
Mr. Garthee was a 1939 graduate of Greenup Independent School and was a veteran of the U.S. States Army having served honorably during World War II as a staff sergeant of the 1st Calvary Division, Troop C, 7th Regiment. James was a pipefitter with Local 248 of Ashland and was an original member of the FIVCO Area Development District. He was a longtime member of Greenup Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder.
He leaves behind a devoted and caring family to mourn his passing, including his loving wife of 72 years, Florene Cox-Garthee of Greenup; three children and their spouses, James R. and Christie Garthee Jr. of Greenup, Susan A. and Herb Doty of Russell and Gary L. and Jamie Garthee of Greenup; a brother, Cleo Lee Garthee of Lloyd; a sister, Garnett Louise Bowen of Greenup; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him dearly.
Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods has been entrusted to handle funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Greenup Presbyterian Church, 208 W. Main St., by the Rev. Jack Edwards. Burial will be in Brick Union Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be after 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Greenup Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be sent to carmanfuneral.com.


In loving memory of Arbie Arnett

Arbie Arnett, age 89, a resident of Route 40 in Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Arnett was born August 21, 1923, in Salyersville, Kentucky, the son of the late Warnie and Audie Allen Arnett. Also, proceeding in death are sisters, Amanda Arnett, Maxie Holbrook, and brothers, Forest, Arville, Kenneth, Warnie Jr., and Russell Arnett.

Mr. Arnett was a retiree from the Pipefitters Union 248 of Ashland, Kentucky. He served his country in the US Army during World War II until he was honorably discharged.

Those left to mourn includes wife, Dollie Rose Arnett, sons, Carson Arnett and wife Erleen of Georgetown, Kentucky, Gregory Arnett of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and sister, Arcie Conley of Lancaster, Kentucky. Also, surviving are three grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services of Arbie Arnett will be conducted Monday, December 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM from the chapel of the Salyersville Funeral Home. Clergy Beecher McCarty Jr. and Lindsey Meade will deliver comforting words on the day of the service. Burial will follow the service at the Beecher McCarty Family Cemetery on Lakeville Road in Salyersville, Kentucky.

The family will welcome friends Sunday, December 9, 2012 after 5:00 PM and anytime prior to funeral services. Military Rites will be given by the Magoffin County Chapter 15 DAV on the day of the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Salyersville Funeral Home in Salyersville, Kentucky.


In loving memory of Patricia A. Buchanan Smith, 54, of Catlettsburg

Patricia died Friday, November 2nd in King’s Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland.
She was born Feb. 19, 1958.


Roy Glen Adkins, 74

of Catlettsburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at his home.
Roy was born Aug. 5, 1938, in Elliott County, the son of the late Guy and Juanita Flannery Adkins. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Lewis.
Roy was a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg. He was a pipefitter with Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 248. He served as the business agent for the local for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Rush and was a Shriner.
Roy is survived by his wife, Laura Alice Blanton Adkins; four children, Valerie Adkins of Catlettsburg, Vonya Whorton of Union Star, Mo., Ricky Adkins of Huntington, W.Va., and Glen Dale Adkins of Flatwoods; and two grandchildren.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook by Brother Stan Williams and Brother Charles Skaggs. Burial was in Elliott County Memory Gardens.


Joyner Robert “Bob” Dameron, 83

of Farmers, died Thursday September 13th, 2012 in St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead
He was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Bath County.
Graveside services were in the Jones Cemetery in Midland.
Condolences may be left at lanestuckygray.com.


Carl Sterling Johnson, 85

of Sugarloaf Mountain, Morehead, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at his residence. Born July 27, 1927, in Rowan County, he was the only child of the late Carl S. and Louise Havern Harris Johnson.
His wife, Doris Marie Zimmerman Johnson, whom he wed April 16, 1948, preceded him in
death on August 30, 2005.
Mr. Johnson is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Wanda Johnson and Scott and Starlet Johnson of Morehead; one daughter, Joni Johnson of Lexington; six grandchildren, Brian Sterling Johnson, Amy Johnson Cradduck, Kathryn Johnson Wilde, Paige Cummings Johnson, Carl Samuel Johnson and Hannah Catherine Johnson; and two great grandchildren, John Sterling Cradduck and Ainsley Marie Cradduck.
Sterling was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired home builder. He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 248, Ashland, and Morehead Masonic Lodge No. 654. Sterling worked in numerous Democratic campaigns, enjoyed UK basketball and was an avid bird hunter. A longtime member of the Morehead United Methodist Church, Sterling served on the Board of Trustees for a number of years and twice served as chairman. A devoted family man, he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
Visitation is Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals. Masonic services will be at 1:45 p.m. by Morehead Masonic Lodge No. 654 and funeral services at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jack Ellis and Dr. J. D. Reeder officiating.
Interment will follow in the Johnson Family Cemetery with full military honors by Morehead American Legion Post No. 126.
Pallbearers will be Johnnie Fryman, David Saxon, Samuel Johnson, Brandon Bond, Don Lamb, John Hughes, Gene Duncan and John Collis.
Arrangements are under the direction of Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, Morehead


Clarence Richard Stewart Sr. (1923-2012)

March 7, 2012
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals The Independent
MOREHEAD — Clarence Richard Stewart Sr., 89, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Morehead, died Friday in Bishops Glenn Hospice Center in Daytona Beach.
He was born July 10, 1923.
His wife, Thelma Trent Stewart, preceded him in death.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to northcuttandson.com.


Bill Wheatley (1932-2012)

February 9, 2012
Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel The Independent
CATLETTSBURG — William Hobert “Bill” Wheatley, 79, of Catlettsburg, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, following an extended illness.
Bill was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Boyd County, to the late Charles Hobert and Willa Mae Montgomery Wheatley.
He retired from Pipefitters Local 248, working as a plumber and pipefitter in the building trades.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Michael Wheatley; a daughter, Kimberley Renah Wheatley Meeks; and three brothers, James, Buck and David Wheatley.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Phyllis Kay Wheatley of Ashland; two sons, James “Jim” Wheatley of Ashland and Jaun Anthony “Tony” Wheatley of Ashland; a daughter, Penny Wheatley Smith of Ashland; three sisters, Madolyn Tucker of Flatwoods, Isabelle (Dewitt) Purdon of Lexington and Matilda Zeller of Flatwoods; a special grandchild who he called his “Baby,” Candace Nichole Smith, and eight other grandchildren, Jaclyn Wheatley, Ryan Edward Cumpston, Rachael Ann Cumpston, William Christopher Wheatley, Angela Meek, Tonya Whitt, Rick Meeks and Carlyn Lusk; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.
At the family’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral services.
Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood is in charge of arrangements.


Nathaniel Scott Collins (1920-2011)

December 4, 2011
Reed Funeral Home The Independent
GREENUP — Nathaniel Scott Collins, 91, of Greenup, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Mr. Collins was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Greenup, a son of the late William and Juliet Hockadey Collins.
He was a member of Greenup Christian Church. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a retired pipefitter.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Evelyn “Sis” Callihan Collins, several brothers and a sister.
He is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Bob) Plank of Glide, Ore., Patsy Jamison of Florence and Carolyn (Mike) Meek of Greenup; a sister, Carolyn Williams of Greenup; two grandchildren, Marian Jamison and Taylor (Jaclyn) Meek, both of Louisville; and a great-grandson, Jackson Ray Meek.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Greenup Christian Church by Pastor Bob Hine. Burial will be in Siloam Cemetery in South Shore.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup and an hour before services Thursday at the church


Keith Mulvaney 1954-2011)

Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel The Independent
CATLETTSBURG — Gregory Keith Mulvaney, 56, formerly of Catlettsburg, died Sunday morning at his home in Flatwoods in the presence of his loving family.
With the support of his family and friends, Keith won his 21⁄2-year battle with pancreatic cancer by never allowing the disease to damage his faith or dim his smile. In the face of tremendous odds Keith remained positive, confident and inspirational to everyone he met through strength of character and the power of prayer.
Keith married Cecelia Anne Coleman, his best friend, on June 1, 1974. For 37 years she was the love of his life, the mother of his children and the boundless source of energy and strength that carried him through life. Keith is also survived by his three children: daughter Anne Nicole “Nikki” Layne and her husband, Fred Layne, and their four children, Case, Keegan, Taylor and Ky Layne; son John Kirk Mulvaney and his wife, Jessica Mulvaney; and daughter Patricia Caitlin White and her husband, Daniel White. Keith also leaves behind his father, Terry Mulvaney, and mother, Willa Mae Hale Mulvaney; brother Tim Mulvaney and his wife, Lorrie Mulvaney; and seven nieces, five nephews and countless friends.
Keith joins his beloved older sister, Terri Ann Chatfield, who passed eight years ago.
A dedicated husband, loving father and generous friend, brother and son, Keith was always ready with a hug and a joke for anyone who needed one. Keith was a proud member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 248 for 35 years. His grandfather helped start the union in 1916, and Keith was very proud of the nine Mulvaney men who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps.
Keith was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Keith loved to spend his days hunting and fishing and swapping stories with anyone who would listen. The only thing that made him happier than spending time outdoors was sharing that passion with his children and grandchildren. He loved spending his time with the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
His family would like to thank everyone who prayed, laughed, cried and cared for Keith during his fight with cancer. He became a shining light to everyone who shared in his difficult journey. He loved to meet strangers and make them instant friends through his story of faith and perseverance. His family sends a special thank you to the doctors and nurses who cared for him and became his cherished friends.
In his personal journal, Keith offered these words of comfort to his family in June 2009: “Don’t blame God. Just try and accept his will. You don’t have to understand it, just accept it!”
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel.
Visitors may spend time with the family during a Tuesday visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring a smile and a story for a celebration of Keith’s incredible life. You are encouraged to wear purple to support those still fighting pancreatic cancer.


Jonah “Joe” Castle Jr. 1929-2011

Jones-Preston Funeral Home The Independent The Daily Independent Wed Aug 31, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT
ASHLAND — Jonah “Joe” Castle Jr., 81, of Cottageville, Jackson County, W.Va., departed this life Aug. 30, 2011, in  Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, Charleston, W.Va., following a brief illness.
He was born Oct. 11, 1929, a son of the late Jonah and Edna (Adams) Castle. His brothers, Wilbur and Billy, and a sister, Loberta, also preceded him in death.
He was a retired pipefitter and a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248 of Ashland. He was a volunteer at the Resource Connection Outreach Center and attended the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Leon, where he was the song leader. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and being with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Martha “Marty” (McKenzie) Castle; sons and daughters-in-law Owen and Tammy Castle of Ripley, W.Va., and Mike and Kim Castle of Oil Springs; daughters and sons-in-law Judy and Charles Hartley of Cottageville, Carol and Tony Mamone of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Sue Castle of Lexington; brothers David of Swamp Branch and James of Van Lear; sisters Brenda Watson of Dayton, Ohio, Faye Lyons of Nippa, Kaye Schmidt of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jan Bone of Leesburg, Tenn., and Lorraine Castle of Lexington; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville by the Rev. Jim McKenzie. Burial will be in McKenzie Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 1, 2011, at Casto Funeral Home in Evans, W.Va., and from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to castofh@gmail.com.


Vester W. “Bus” Holbrook

of Palm City, Florida, formerly of Ashland, passed away Saturday July 16, 2011 in Vero Beach, Florida.
He was born on December 10, 1932 in Catlettsburg and lived in Boyd County until moving to Florida in the late 1980’s.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Korean War, in combat with both with the Navy and the United States Marines. He received the National Defense Service Medal. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 1996 and was of Christian faith, attending churches in Ashland and Florida. He was a 56-year member of Local Union 248 Plumbers and Steamfitters, Ashland, Ky. and was also involved in many engineering, inspection, and construction projects. After retiring from construction, he was involved in real estate sales in Palm City, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Willadene Holbrook, sons Rick Holbrook (Anna) of Grayson, Ky., Jerry Holbrook (Lizanne) of Phoenixville, Pa., Greg Holbrook (Terrie) of Ashland, Ky., daughters Tamie Graham (David) of Ashland, Ky., Lori Kibler (Tony) of Okeechobee, Fl., and two brothers, Randy Crace of Scott Depot, Wv. and Dennis Crace of Cartersville, Ga. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Saturday July 30, 2011 at Lake Road Freewill Baptist Church in Grayson, KY. with Pastor Grant Sammons officiating.


William M. Daniels

William M. Daniels, 78, of Tavares, Fla., formerly of Flatwoods, died Tuesday.
He was born in Blaine.
His wife, Janet Daniels, survives.
A memorial service was at Mid-Lakes Christian Church. Burial is now in Florida National Cemetery.


Leonard Martin Grizzle (1928-2011)

Leonard Martin Grizzle, 82, was called home to be with his Savior on Friday, March 18, 2011.
He was born Nov. 2, 1928, to the late Samuel Malcolm Grizzle and Lelia O’Brien Grizzle of White Oak, Flatwoods.
Mr. Grizzle was famed as the “Front Porch Philosopher” by the Daily Independent newspaper, writing frequently about local issues and his musings on nature. He was an author, having published his autobiography, Growing Up In the Hills of Kentucky and Memories, a book of poetry. Another book Eli and Ezra, was in the works, but was never finished.
Leonard loved sitting on the front porch of the Clyffside neighborhood home, feeding the wild birds by hand on hot summer afternoons. He was a wooden toymaker, enjoyed gardening, tinkering on old cars, and doing home repairs. He also loved listening to old-time Bluegrass music.
Leonard was a WWII veteran, proudly serving in the U.S. Army as an MP in Germany. He was a 50-year member of United Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 248 and was a Kentucky colonel.
He will be missed by his loving wife of more than 60 years, Beatrice Hickman Grizzle; his children, Dale (Suzanne) Grizzle of Gainesboro, Tenn., Debra (Russell) Holland of Norfolk, Va., and Daryl Grizzle of Ashland; and his sisters, Minnie Chandler of Flatwoods and Frances Grizzle of Anaheim, Calif.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Heather Holland (James) Coulter of Norfolk, Valerie Holland (Rahim) Akbar of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Aaron Grizzle and Laura Grizzle of Ashland; stepgranddaughter, Julie Price and great-granddaughter, Hannah Renee Coulter.
Mr. Grizzle was predeceased by his stepmother, Ruth Grizzle; brothers, Lawrence and Samuel Grizzle of White Oak and sisters, Marguerette Mullins, Nina “Beatrice” May of Flatwoods and Sylvia York of A


John M. Blanton

September, 13, 2010
Born January 25th, 1934, John died at age 86 and now rests at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, KY.


Dennis Herman Brickey

September, 13, 2010
Born April 9th, 1931 in Elliot County, Kentucky, Dennis now rests at Holbroo-Roe Cemetary in Newfoundland, Kentucky.


Orville Stephens
November, 18, 2010

Born: Friday, November 25th 1921
Floyd County, Kentucky

Died: Thursday, November 18th 2010
Scioto County, Ohio
Orville is at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, Kentucky


Niebert Noe

May 2, 2010
FORT GAY — Niebert Noe, 88, of Shelbyville, Tenn., formerly of Fort Gay, W.Va., died Saturday in Glen Oaks Convalescent Center in Shelbyville.
His wife, Dorothy Lee Reid Noe, survives.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Young Funeral Home in Louisa. Burial will be in Fort Gay Cemetery.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Carl Wayne McDavid – (1927-2010)

Carl Wayne McDavid, 82, husband of Jeanetta Ingles McDavid, went home to join his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
He was born June 13, 1927, in Boyd County, to the late Hughie and Rose Oney McDavid.
Carl Wayne graduated from Hitchins High School in 1944, joined the Army and served as an MP in Europe at the end of World War II. He was the youngest member of Mount Chapel United Baptist Church when he joined in May 1952, and was the oldest member at the time of his passing. He was a licensed pipefitter with Local 248 and opened McDavid Plumbing and Heating in Grayson more than 50 years ago. He later became a developer and was the proud builder of more than 250 homes in the Carter County area. He was passionate about his hobby of collecting antiques, especially hanging lamps. He conducted all of his business and personal affairs with a commitment to honesty, integrity and fairness. He will be remembered for his wonderful smile, great sense of humor, joy for life and people and most of all, for his deep faith in the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delphia Colley McDavid; his son, Lonnie Charles; and a brother, Harold Gene McDavid.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanetta Ingles McDavid, whom he married on Oct. 11, 1980. Other survivors are two daughters, Karen McDavid of Lexington and Paula (Garry) Ledford; a stepdaughter, Linda Ingles; a stepson, Larry Ingles; his adopted family, Robert “Bo” and Carol Mayo and children, all of Grayson. He also leaves to cherish him seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, who lovingly called him Poppy; sisters Mary (Charles) Parsons, Syble Sue Morris and Barbara (David) Burgess; brothers Chester (Belva) McDavid and David (Kay) McDavid; a sister-in-law, Elsie McDavid; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Carl Wayne was well loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Malone Funeral Home in Grayson with J.D. Riggs, Lewis Baier and Eury Barker, ministers. Burial will be in East Carter County Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Joey Ledford, Levi Ledford, Bennie Gee, William Gee, Bub Mayo, Charlie Mayo and Jeremy Howerton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101


Orrin McLeod (1944-2010)

Orrin G. McLeod, 65, of Ashland, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 13, 2010, in Community Hospice Care Center.
Mr. McLeod was born Nov. 30, 1944, in Sumter, S.C., a son of the late Edward and Jane Gresham McLeod. Orrin was a United States Army veteran who served honorably during the Vietnam War and was a pipefitter with Local 248 in Ashland, retiring in 2000.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin C. McLeod and his wife, Melissa, of Catlettsburg and Michael G. McLeod of Ashland, sisters Mary Ellen Towles and her husband, Jim, of Summerville, S.C., and Jane Siegling and her husband, Henry, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; five grandchildren, Taylor J. McLeod, age 16, Brandon C. McLeod, age 15, Jessica L. McLeod, age 10, Natalie R. McLeod, age 4, and Aiden R. McLeod, 6 months; and sisters-in-law, Shirley G. McLeod of Manteno, Ill., and Glenda McLeod of Summerville.
Orrin was also preceded in death by brothers Edward B. McLeod and William R. McLeod.
A memorial service honoring the life of Orrin G. McLeod was held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Catlettsburg Church of God. Pastor Steve Mays offered a message of inspiration to family and friends. Final rest of Orrin is in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Summerville.
Arrangements and services were conducted by Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home on Panola Street in Catlettsburg, Ky.

Cards may be sent to his sons, Mike and Kevin McLeod, P.O. Box 694, Ashland, Ky 41105


Ora Kazee (1938-2009)

Ora Kazee, 71, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 19, 2009, in the Boyd County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland.
A funeral service to honor Mr. Kazee’s life will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at noon at Neal Funeral Home, Center Street in Catlettsburg. Rev. Tom Jackson will offer comforting words to those in attendance. Final rest will be in Rose Hill Burial Park with full fire fighter grave rites.
A visitation for family and friends is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time.
Ora was born May 19, 1938, in Isonville, Ky, a son of the late Jeff and Fannie Adkins Kazee. He was an active member of the Cannonsburg Fire Department for 37 years, a graduate of Fairview High School class of 1958, enjoyed working on cars or anything mechanical and sand drag racing, and a member of Local 248 pipefitters retiring in 1998 following a 36-year career.
Left behind are his loving wife of 48 years, Gertrude Sparks Kazee; a son, Mark Kazee of Ashland; a daughter, Robin Kazee of Ashland; a brother, Roger Kazee of Ashland; two sisters, Goldie Collier of Catlettsburg and Alice Williams of Flatwoods, Ky.; and granddaughter, Ava Bailey.
Also preceding him in death is a brother, Thurman Kazee.


Jerry Rice, 65

December 13th 2009
Jerry Rice, 65, of Salyersville, died Sunday.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday December 17th at Salyersville First Baptist Church.
Magoffin County Funeral Home in Salyersville is in charge of arrangements.


Walter “Joe” Howard

died November 24th, 2009 at age 65.
Funeral services were held at Magoffin County Funeral Home
on November 29th, 2009.

He now rests at Howard Family Cemetery in Salyersville, Kentucky.


Harold Conley (1925-2009)

November 10th 2009
Harold David “HC” Conley, 83, of Westwood, husband of Betty Conley, passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2009, at Community Hospice Care Center following an extended illness.
Harold was born Nov. 14, 1925, in Ashland, Ky., to the late Daniel Boone and Ivory Coffee Conley.
Harold was a veteran of the US Navy, having served on the USS Walker off of the coast of Pearl Harbor. He was a retired pipefitter with Local #248 and had 65 years of service. He, along with his wife, was co-owner of Harold Conley & Sons Plumbing, Harold Conley Mechanical Contractors, Inc., The Dairy Hut Restaurant and Westwood KVD Hardware, all located in Westwood.
He was a 48 year member of Poage Lodge #325 F&AM, Valley of Covington Scottish Rite Mason, El Hasa Shrine, Charter Member of the Clown Unit, Life Member of Ashland Post VFW Post, Member of Clarence Fields Post #76 American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by a son, Joe David Conley; two brothers, Roy Conley and Mickey Conley; and a great-grandson, Connor James Walkup.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty Jo Morris Conley of Westwood; a son, Marty Daniel Conley of Westwood; a brother, Marvin Conley of Rush, Ky.; four grandchildren, Marty Conley, Matt Conley, Joe Conley and Danielle Walkup; and seven great-grandchildren, Jake Conley, Marley Conley, Kaylee Conley, Maddie Conley, Karley Conley, Jay David Walkup and Julianna Jo Walkup.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood by the Rev. Fred Miles. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening and one hour before services Monday at the funeral home. Scottish Rite services will be conducted by Ashland-Russell Scottish Rite Club Members at 6:45 p.m. this evening. Masonic services will follow by officers and members of Poage Lodge #325. Military graveside services will be conducted by Kenova American Legion.


Bobby Jack Faulkner Sr., 74

of Ashland, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, surrounded by family and friends in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland after an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 13, 1935, in Ashland, a son of the late Fred and Ethel Ball Faulkner.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Leslie Faulkner. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl, George and Harry and his sister, Ethel Kate Keeton.
He is survived by his brother, Bill and sisters, Sue Holbrook and Betty Hayes.
Bob was adored and deeply loved by his four children, Bobby Jack (Janet) of South Point, Ohio, Hope Daniels (Dean) of Martinsburg, W.Va., Ronnie (Joyce) of Ashland and Robin Faulkner (Jim Moore) of Pittsburgh, Pa. His six grandchildren brought him great joy and laughter, Rose-Linda Stafford (Justin), Scott Daniels (Stephanie), Amy Berry (Craig), Sarah Williams (Rob), Katelyn Faulkner Moore and Jimmy Faulkner Moore. One of his greatest pleasures was watching his five great-grandchildren, Makayla Daniels, Natalee Daniels, Jacob Williams, Kathryn Berry and Jude Stafford.
Bob was a plumber and pipe fitter for Local 248 for 57 years. He was also a member of Brush Creek Baptist Church. Bob was a Hometown Hero for his generosity in making wooden angels and sharing them throughout the community and beyond.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by Frank Hackworth, Tom Jackson and Elwood Henecke officiating. Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Joseph Easton (1954-2009)

Joseph William Easton, 54, of Ashland died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home. He was born Aug. 13, 1954, in Maysville, the son of the late Charles D. and Elizabeth N. Wells Easton. He was retired from Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 248 and was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Survivors include one son, Jason Easton of Ashland; two brothers, James (Rebecca) Easton of Ashland and Raymond (Kim) Easton of New Orleans, La.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland with the Rev. Ike Nicholson officiating.
Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


Stonewall “Stoney” Mason, 85

Monday, May 18th 2009
Stonewall “Stoney” Mason, 85
Elliott County native, retired with 57 years of service to the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 248.