Obituaries - December 1


Hazel M. Caldwell 

   Hazel M. Caldwell 79, of Ashland, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 at Boyd County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

   Hazel was born June 25, 1941, in Sydney WV, a daughter of the late Ruben and Jessie Ballengee Cornwell. In Addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son Billie Joe Caldwell Jr. daughter Donna Kay Caldwell McCoy and five brothers and three sisters.

   She is survived by three granddaughters, Brandi Eitniear, Lacey and Larissa McCoy.

  Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic there will not be a service at this time.

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Edwin Albert Krajecki 

   Edwin Albert Krajecki, 74, of Ashland, formerly of Benton Harbor, Michigan, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Edwin was born September 14, 1946 in Benton Harbor, MI, a son of the late Edwin and Mary Ann Craft Krajecki. In addition to his parents, Edwin was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

   Edwin was raised in Benton Harbor and attended Saint John’s Catholic High School. He joined the military while in high school and served 17 years with the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam with numerous campaign ribbons, medals and decorations awarded. Edwin returned to Benton Harbor and became a chef. He was head chef for the Holiday Inn and Big Al’s Burgers & More, which was a joint venture he co-owned, both in Benton Harbor. He also operated Little Paw-Paws Bar & Grill in Coloma, MI.

   In his spare time, Edwin played in a bowling league, was a member of the DAV and the VFW in Benton Harbor, loved fishing and was a sports fanatic playing slow-pitch softball, always cheering on his beloved Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Melissa Luckey Krajecki of Ashland, son Edwin W. Krajecki of Ashland, daughter Samantha Krajecki of Ashland, brother Theodore (Renee) Krajecki of MI, sisters Kathleen (Mike) Martin of MI, Francis (Emery) Bittle of AK, his grandchildren Kirstyn Douglas, Joshua “JJ” Douglas, Jr. Arnold Douglas and a host of extended family and friends.

   A private celebration of Edwin’s life will be held Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Military honors will be held by the American Legion Post 93 and members of the US Army. Masks and social distancing are required.

   The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Community Hospice for the exceptional care Edwin received while in their care.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Edwin’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. To share a memory of Edwin or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit


Edward Earl Figgins

   Edward Earl Figgins, 59, of Ashland, Ky., was born July 15, 1961, in Fort Thomas, Ky., and returned to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 22, 2020.

   He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Carolyn Ann McAtee Figgins in 1981; and a brother, Jason Scott Figgins in 2018.

   Ed was a graduate of Bracken County High School and received his Master’s degree from Morehead State University. He went on to enjoy a long teaching career as a College Professor and Director of Theatre at Morehead State University, Georgetown College and Ashland Community and Technical College. He was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church in Ashland, where he was the founder and director of the Chocolate Church Players. He served as Sunday school superintendent, was a member of the staff-parish relations committee, member of lay leadership, was a member of the Chancel choir and many times a soloist. He was a past member of the M.S.U. Alumni Board where he served two terms, was a member of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Ashland; and was a longtime member of Kentucky Federation of Teachers.

   On December 31, 2015, Ed married his partner of 28 years, Holton Louden Eads. They enjoyed 33 wonderful years together. In addition to his husband, Ed is survived by his father, Robert Earl Figgins; brothers, Timothy (Sheila) Figgins, and Terry Dale (Michelle) Figgins; nephews, Daniel (Emily) Figgins, Paul (Jessica) Figgins, Tanner (Jaycee) Figgins; father and mother in law, Joe L. and Judith M. Eads; sister in law, Blair (Mike Durbin) Eads; special sister, Paula Krepsik; and a host of extended family and friends. 

   Due to the Covid19 pandemic and current mandates set forth by the Governor, services held in the funeral home will be private. There will be a public Celebration of Ed’s life at a later date. Following the service, Ed will be laid to rest in Ashland Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions in Ed’s memory may be directed to Morehead State University Theatre Alumni Scholarship Fund and First United Methodist Church Choir Fund.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. To express a condolence to his family, please visit:


David Roger Waugh

   David Waugh, 70, of Catlettsburg, husband of Gloria Jean ‘Jeannie’ Waugh, was called home by his Lord, Monday, November 23. 

   David was born February 27, 1950 in Boyd County, a son of the late Charles Edward and Anna Katherine Pennington Waugh, Sr. He was a U.S. Army veteran stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War, was a retired crane operator from AK Steel and also retired from the maintenance shop of John W. Clark Oil Company. 

   Dave was an accomplished guitarist and was a member of the Waugh Family Gospel Group. He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and loved his church family and being a part of the praise band.  

   Dave was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister: Myrtle Price. Surviving, in addition to his wife, include four children: David Matthew (Kristin) Waugh of Lexington; Stacy (Drew) Hill of Ellicott City, Maryland; R. Michael Greene of Louisville; Mark (Rhonda) Greene of Summit; two brothers: Charlie (Charlotte) Waugh, Jr; Danny (Debbie) Waugh; eight sisters: Carol Ball; Linda Craig; Marie (Gerald) Daniels; Marilyn (Fred) Smith; Norene (Jimmy) Skaggs; Kathy (Jack) Field; Elizabeth (Gilbert) Baker; Lillian Sue Beckett; seven grandchildren: Austin, Morgan, Erin, Marly, Karson, Cortney, Ally. 

   A private funeral services will be at Preston Family Funeral Home by Brother Neil Wilks. Burial will be at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.


John Robert Sherman

   John Robert Sherman, 77, of Flatwoods, husband of Brenda Martin Sherman, passed away Saturday evening, November 28, 2020, at his residence.

   He was born April 5, 1943, in Chicago, a son of the late Leroy and Betty Jean Walker Sherman.

   A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2020, at Bevil Cemetery in Paris, Tennessee.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home.

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Donna Lee Wilson Robinson 

   Donna Lee Wilson Robinson, 79, of Ashland passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020.

   Donna was born February 26, 1941 in Ashland to the late Roland T. Wilson and Violet T. Wilson Meadows.

   In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Charles Robinson; a son Charles “Chuck” Robinson.

   She worked for Columbia Gas for 32 years and attended Unity Baptist Church.

   She leaves behind sons Jeffrey Robinson (Sheila) of Georgetown and David Robinson (Reginia) of Ashland; a brother Roger T. Wilson; one sister Vicki Meadows; five grandchildren Matthew Robinson (Mary), Ashley Woods (Adam), Bradly Robinson, Kyle Robinson and Cole Robinson (Heather); nine great-grandchildren Alexis Robinson, Mykasa Robinson, DeVaunte Robinson, Khia Robinson, Kenleigh Woods, Whitleigh Woods, Shane Robinson, Corrin Robinson and Colton Robinson.

   Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Ina M. Yates 

   Ina M. Yates, 90, of Rush, Kentucky, widow of Bobbie Lee Yates, died Friday afternoon, November 27 at Kings Daughters Medical Center.  

   Arrangements are pending with Preston Family Funeral Home.


Danny Ray Clarkston

   Danny Ray Clarkston, 70, Collins Road, Catlettsburg, husband of 52 years to Linda Carol Bartley Clarkston, took possession of his Heavenly Home on November 26 following complications brought on by the Coronavirus.

   He was born November 6, 1950 in Ashland and was the son of the late Ray Clarkston and Perlina Bowling Fry.

   Danny was a dedicated employee of the Cannonsburg Water District and retired in 2015 after 36 years of service. He was also an ordained minister of more than 35 years and most recently served as the pastor of the Huff Run Church, Grayson.

   In addition to his wife, Danny is survived by four daughters: Tammy (Rob) Galloway of Crown City, OH, Kim (David) Waddell of Sanford, NC, Michelle (George) Houston of Catlettsburg, Deanna (Bryan) Schweickart of Catlettsburg; 10 grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Victoria, Kasey Jo, Michael, Holly, Danny, Jaime, Sydney, and Summer; two great-grandchildren, Silas and Simon; one brother, Paul; a half-brother, Bob Fry; a special niece Diana Sexton, along with a host of other nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Carrie Sexton; stepfather, Jim Fry, and a great granddaughter Eliza Grace Scarberry.

   A private graveside service will be held Thursday, December 5, 2020, at Bowling Cemetery by Brother Tim Porter. Due to strict restrictions, we ask that only immediate family attend.

   As an expression of sympathy, the family asks that memorial contributions be sent to Danny’s wife Linda in order to assist with financial obligations. A gofundme link has been established at or may be sent directly to the family.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes.

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Gloria Parsons Ferguson

   Gloria Parsons Ferguson, 64, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

   Ms. Ferguson was born July 12, 1956, in Urbana, OH to the late Harvey Parsons and Anna Rae Robinette.

   In addition to her parents, Ms. Ferguson was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

   Gloria was a homemaker whose passion was taking care of her family.

   Ms. Ferguson is survived by her loving husband of thirty-nine years, David M. “Mike” Ferguson of Flatwoods, KY; three sons, Joshua (Lamista) Huff of Westwood, KY, Matthew (Erin) Ferguson and Jesse (Coy) Ferguson both of Sacramento, CA; three sisters, Abbey Frazier, Virginia Maynard, and Lela Caudill, all of Louisa, KY; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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

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