Obituaries - November 24



Charley Adams

   Charley Adams, 96, of Flatwoods, KY passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.

   Mr. Adams was born July 3, 1924 in Shivley, WV, to the late Fred and Sally Adams.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Cox Adams and his second wife, Frances Waddle Adams; one granddaughter, Crissy Colegrove Perkins; a brother, Jude Farley; and two beloved son-in-laws, Ron Colegrove and Bob Moore.

   Those left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Sandra Adams Moore and Karen Adams Colegrove; three grandchildren, Ginger (Steve) French, David Baldridge, and Travis (Leah) Moore; six great-grandchildren: Adam (Angela) Woods, Amber (Tyler) Pennington, Erik (Erika) Woods, Jennifer (Chase) Woods, Cortanie Moore, and Robert Moore; five great great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends: Rick (Valerie) Waddle, Maggie (Ricky), and Waylon.

   Charley was a loving husband, parent, and grandparent. He was a Navy WWII Veteran and retired from ARMCO as a crane operator. Charley loved the Lord and served him through his ministry of preaching God’s Word.

   The family would like to thank those who brought food to the home and everyone who expressed condolences.

   During Charley’s life, he celebrated a large church family, who he loved and cherished. However, we ask they be with the family in spirit rather than in person due to COVID-19.

   There will be a private funeral service for family only.

Visitation was on Friday, November 20, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Community Hospice Care Center (2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland, KY 41101). Condolences can be expressed at


Ray Marshall

   Ray Marshall, 81, of Grayson, Kentucky, died Saturday evening, November 21 at Carter County Nursing and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.


Kevin Jean Swift Frame

   Kevin Jean Swift Frame, 71, of Ashland, Ky., died peacefully Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

   She was born February 15, 1949 in Ashland to the late Walter G. “Frog” Swift and Dixie Lee Pruitt Swift.

   Kevin was a 1966 graduate of Paul Blazer High School and attended Morehead State University. She was a longtime member of Lifesong Church, Red Hat Society, Democratic Women’s Club, 66 Class Reunion Committee and was a Kentucky Colonel. Kevin retired as a social worker following a long career with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

   Kevin was a ray of positivity, optimism and was a bright spot to anyone who met her. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by those she loved most and she worked selflessly to care for them.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband whom she recently celebrated 50 years of marriage, Ed Frame of Ashland; daughter, Mindy Henson and husband, Brian of Ashland; sons, Ryan (Heather Moore) Frame and Nathan (Amber Leibee) Frame of Ashland; sisters, Leslye Mason and husband, Randy of Cold Spring, Ky., and Susan Reliford of Ashland; aunt, Judy (David) Hill; lifelong friend, Corrine Gearhart; grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as Nana, Emily (David McIntosh) Martin, Logan Martin, Chloe Frame, Adam Frame, Peyton Moore, Mollie Moore and Layken Roach; one great grandchild, Oliver “Ollie” McIntosh and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Kevin’s celebration of life was Saturday, November 21. Entombment followed in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kevin’s memory should be made to Lifesong Church, 438 Boyd St, Russell, KY 41169, or to the National Kidney Foundation,

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Drexel Ford Skaggs

   Drexel Ford Skaggs, 84, of Greenup, passed away on Sunday, November 22, surrounded by his loved ones.

   Mr. Skaggs was born October 29, 1936, in Sandy Hook, KY to the late Joseph and Maudie Ison Skaggs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all his siblings.

   Drexel was a Bridge Superintendent for Vecellio and Grogan in Beckley and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Flatwoods.

   Mr. Skaggs is survived by his loving wife, Donna Faye Hamilton Skaggs, of Greenup; a son, Rodney Kevin (Becky) Estep of Kitts Hill, OH; a daughter, Kim (Chris) Duerk of Rockport, IN; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family has arranged a private funeral service with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor Marvin Boggs officiating. Mr. Skaggs will be laid to rest at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell. Condolences can be expressed at


Darrel Hall

   Darrel Wayne Hall, 70, of Rush, Kentucky, died Monday morning, November 16, at his home.

   Darrel was born January 14, 1950 in Ashland, a son of the late Stanley and Nellie Bowling Hall. 

   He was a former employee of National Mines, Tri State Auto Auction, and the Boyd County Road Department. Darrel’s hobbies included building dirt track cars, auto restoration, and just hanging out in the garage. He enjoyed weaving on a loom and made hats and toboggans that he donated to the KDMC Oncology Floor and the Cincinnati Homeless Shelter. Darrel’s love for family and friends showed in everything he did, and everyone that knew him called him friend.

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Karen Krantz. Darrel was survived by two daughters: Sarah Hall and Kimberly Hall, both of Ashland; sister Donna Lunik and husband Andy of Covington, Kentucky; three grandchildren: Jordan and Aliyah Gibson and Natalie Hall, several nieces and nephews and extended family members, and his former wife and best friend, Cecelia Castle Hall.

   Darrel’s family would like to thank the Ohio State LVAD Clinic, Tech Medical, and the former OLBH Home Health Care.

   Funeral services were Saturday, November 21, at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery.


Deborah Lynn True

   Deborah Lynn True, 70, of Flatwoods, Ky., passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020.

   She was born in Ashland, Ky., on April 16, 1950, to the late Delmar Glen and Betty Thompson Sturgill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl True (2019) and brother, Glen Randall Sturgill.

   Deborah was a business owner of D. E. True Industrial Services and worked as a Cytotechnology Laboratory Supervisor at King’s Daughters Medical Center. She was a graduate of Ohio State University and Fairview High School. She attended First Baptist Church of Russell. Deborah loved her family and was known as “Hunny” by her six grandchildren. She was a caregiver to family, known for her willingness to serve others, and loved to give gifts.

   Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Andrew David (Erin) True of Seabrook, Texas; a daughter, Dr. Abbe (Phillip) Cassity of Russell; a sister, Judy (Randy) Scaggs of Westwood; a sister in law, Jo Sturgill of Ashland; grandchildren, Gabrielle (Luke) Cassity-Bailey, Gunner Cassity and Dean, Keenan, Aubrey and Brynn True.

   Funeral services were on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel and were officiated by Pastor Ken Gowin. Burial is in Ashland Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Deborah’s memory may be made to The Neighborhood, 2516 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Ky., 41101.

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Michael Lee Wilson

   Michael Lee Wilson passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was a resident of Starke, Florida and formerly lived in Ponte Vedra, Florida for several decades.

   Mike, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Ashland, Kentucky on July 17, 1950. Proceeding him in death: his father Edward Wilson, his mother Doris Virginia Wilson, his grandmother Ethel Bowling, and daughter-in-law April Wilson.

   Mike is survived by his son Christopher Michael Wilson, of Starke, FL; granddaughters Brieanna Wilson, of Lake City, FL and Madison Wilson, of Raleigh, NC; great-grandchildren Keizer Spaulding of Jacksonville, FL and Kinsley Wilson of Lake City, FL; brothers Sammy Crum of Virginia Beach, VA and Shane Wilson of Portsmouth, VA; sisters Teresa Galliher of Bryan, TX, Brenda Jarchow of Virginia Beach, VA, and Stacey McKenzie of Winchester, KY.

   Early in life, Mike ventured into welding and was a Boilermaker for some time. He later fulfilled his dream of owning his own business and opening up MD’s Sports Pub in Jacksonville Beach, FL. He even extended his business acumen into a lawn care service MLI Incorporated before retirement.

   He will always be remembered for his love of motorcycles and sports cars. Everyone that knew him respected his patriotism, passion for the 2nd Amendment, and enthusiasm for both antique and modern weaponry. He was a charismatic man who was well known for his story telling and jokes. Mike never met a stranger, and could easily strike up a conversation with anyone.

   On November 28, 2020 at 11 a.m., Steen Funeral Home will hold a Graveside Service at Golden Oaks Cemetery in Ashland, KY. Eulogy will be presented by his sister Stacey McKenzie.


Brenda Gail Brown Binkley

   Brenda Gail Brown Binkley, 67, of Argillite, KY, formally of Darbydale, OH, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Kingsbrook Life Care Center in Ashland, KY.

   Ms. Binkley was born July 5, 1953, in Ashland, KY, to the late George Lawrence and Betty Jean Adkins Brown.

   In addition to her parents, Ms. Binkley was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Ralph Binkley, Jr.

   Brenda was an office clerk for Nationwide Insurance and a member of Church of the Nazarene in Darbydale, OH. She was a beloved mother, wife, and friend.

   Ms. Binkley is survived by her two spectacular children, Commander Jeremiah Johnson(Jenifer) Binkley, USN of Omaha, NE and Dental Extraordinaire, Nora Jean Jaqueline (Steve) Wellman of Gahanna, OH; six grandchildren that she was super proud of: Haley, Stephen, Samantha, Emma, Sarah, and Hunter; two brothers, George Lawrence (Nancy) Brown Jr. of Ashland, KY and John (Becky) Brown of Wurtland, KY; two sisters, Cherri (Mike) Vint of Georgetown, KY and Linda D. (Richard) Hatchel of Greenboro, NC; and a host of extended family and friends.

   Due to COVID-19, there will not be no public services.

   The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with the arrangements.

   Condolences can be expressed at


Marshia Ann Kazee

   Marshia Ann Kazee, 68, of Ashland, KY was lovingly taken into the arms of Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY.

   Ms. Kazee was born September 7, 1952, in Ashland, KY, to the late James Owen Kazee Jr. and Virginia Mae Henry Kazee.

   Marshia was so full of life, laughter, and could always put a smile on the faces of her family and everyone she met. For years she was active in her church, First Pentecostal Church in Flatwoods, KY, and took great joy in helping with the youth group. Marshia loved the Lord, her family, and Kentucky Wildcats basketball.

   Left behind to cherish her memory is a loving family that consists of: four siblings, Judith Gentner of Dayton, OH, Pam Tolliver of Garrison, KY, Mike Kazee of Wurtland, KY, and Connie Nelson of China Grove, NC; along with many nieces and nephews who only have fond memories of their Aunt Marshia.

   The family has arranged a private service with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

   Condolences can be expressed at


Kathy Lynn Lynch Taylor

   Kathy Lynn Lynch Taylor, 54, wife of Paul Taylor of Ona, WV, passed away Wednesday evening November 18, 2020 at her home.

   Kathy was born July 1, 1966 in Ashland. She was a 1984 graduate of Paul G Blazer High School and a graduate of Morehead State University. She was a Sales Representative with Daman Superior of East Brady, PA and attended Milton Baptist Church.

   Kathy enjoyed outdoor adventures with her husband and family, such as hiking, boating, kayaking, backpacking, and trips to the beach.

   Kathy leaves behind her loving husband, Charles Paul Taylor, Jr; mother, Judy Lynch; father, Tom Lynch (Kim); brothers, Jay and Greg Carney; sister Megan Taylor (Bryan); sons Chad Taylor (Crystal), Benji Taylor (Megan); daughter, Tiffani Stewart (Patrick); grandchildren, Makinley, Caspian, Colton, Finn, Naz, and Monroe; niece and nephew, Collin and Reagan; and many extended family and friends.

   Due to Kentucky’s Covid-19 mandated restrictions, funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, KY.

   Caniff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

   Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at


Fred R. Williams

   Fred R. Williams, 76, of Greenup, KY, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, KY.

   Mr. Williams was born November 24, 1943, in Russell, to the late Arnold and Lillian Faye Morgan Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Underwood.

   Fred really enjoyed his job at TNL for ARMCO in Ashland. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. He was of the Christian faith.

   Mr. Williams is survived by his daughter, Sheila (Tim) Miller of Flatwoods; two grandchildren, Amber (Nathan) Bentley of Raceland, and Chris (Carla) Stacy of Greenup; four great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

   The family has arranged a private burial with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY. Condolences can be made at


John Frank Lyon

   John Franklin Lyon, 93, of Ashland, Ky. passed away Saturday morning, November 14, 2020 at Kingsbrook Nursing Facility in Ashland, Ky.

   Mr. Lyon was born December 17,1926 in Fielden, Ky, a son of the late William E. Lyon and Alma D. Brickey.

   In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Beulah Leatrice Lyon and son William Morton Lyon.

   Mr. Lyon is survived by a son, Erie Lyon of Inverness, Fl. and a sister Monnie Hoberg of Okanogan, WA.

   A private burial will take place at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, Ky.

   Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

   Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Bailey Family Funeral Home, 2110 Argillite Road, Flatwoods, KY 41139 to help with burial expenses.

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Robert West

   Robert West, 73, of Catlettsburg, KY passed away Friday November 20 at Kings Daughters’ Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 8, 1947 in Ashland to the late Ernest and Bessie Myers West. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Ernest West and Bill West and sisters Pearl West, Jackie West and Anna May West.

   As a young man, Robert joined the Air Force and was stationed at Polk Air Force Base in North Carolina. He then spent 34 years working for General Motors in both Pontiac and Lake Orion, Michigan.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Pearlie West of Catlettsburg, his sons Robert West of Catlettsburg and Michael West of Oxford, MI, his daughter Robin West of Catlettsburg, two grandchildren Emily West and Conner West and one great-grandson Alucard West; two sisters Colleen Atkins and Patricia (Curtis) Livingston.

   A memorial service will be held in the Spring when all his family and friends can be together to celebrate his life.

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Arlene Faye Rucker

   Arlene Faye Rucker, 83, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, went home to her Lord, Friday, November 20, at Kings Daughters Medical Center.

   Arlene was born June 12, 1937 in Greenup County, a daughter of the late Cecil and Maude Conley Hutchinson. She attended New Beginnings Worship Center in Chesapeake, Ohio, and was a graduate of Boyd County High School.

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by three brothers: Max, Bert, and J.W. Hutchinson; sister Inez Collins, and a great grandson, Luis Rucker.

   Surviving include her husband of 63 years, Gilbert Rucke;. three sons: Wesley Rucker and wife Lucy Carol of Abilene, Texas; James Rucker and wife Suzanne of Covington, KY; Eddie Rucker and wife Alice of Catlettsburg; daughter Beth Brown and fiance’ Jeff Hart of Ashland; sister Geri Leonard and husband Glenn of Illinois; five grandchildren: Kimberly, Angela, Nicole, Megan, Marc; eight great grandchildren: Angel, Matt, Christopher, Ana, Amanda, Brianna, Brayan, Perseus, and one on the way; Alioth.

   Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 25, at 1 p.m. at Coalton Community Cemetery. Please observe all Covid regulations.

Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.