Obituaries - December 29

Ray H. Salyers

   Ray H. Salyers, 83, of Ashland, passed away at home on Saturday, December 19, 2020 with his family at his side.

   Ray was born January 5, 1937 in Catlettsburg, a son of the late Lawrence and Mae Robinson Copley. In addition to his parents, Ray was also preceded in death by sisters, Jackie Colliver and Clara Mae Greene and a brother Jim Salyers.

   After graduating from Thomas R. Brown High School in Catlettsburg, Ray went to work for Armco Steel Company and retired from AK Steel after 35 years of service. Ray also served his country with the KY Army National Guard and was a 50 year member of the Fred M. Gross lodge #953 F&AM in Ashland. He was an avid Ashland Tomcat and UK Wildcat Fan. Ray was a big supporter of area little league teams and all youth sports.

   Ray, along with many of his friends, worked tirelessly to restore the Catlettsburg Depot to its former glory.

   No passion was greater to Ray than that for his family. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 61 years Melinda Sammons Salyers of Ashland, daughters Mindy Pennington and husband Mike of Ashland, Jennifer Moore and husband Keith of Fallsburg, a son Steve Salyers and wife Teresa of Ashland, a sister Lila Wiley of Catlettsburg, grandchildren Wes (Holly) Hughes, Brandon (Bre) Pennington, Jordan (Kate) Salyers, Justin (Emily) Pennington, Jeff (Hannah) Moore, Emily (Michael) Adkins, great grandchildren Bryden, Carson, Kennedi, Logan, Addie, Archer, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. He cherished his time with his grandson’s dog Cass and his loyal K-9 companion of 12 years Max.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel by Pastor Chuck Allen. Entombment followed in the Ashland Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Catlettsburg Depot, P.O. Box 441, Catlettsburg, KY 41129

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Dale Stone Litchfield

   Dale Stone Litchfield, 81, of Ashland passed away December 18, 2020 at his residence.

   Dale was born November 13, 1939 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the late Forrest Emerson and Mary Ethel Davis Litchfield.

   In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lexy Litchfield; two brothers, Dean Litchfield and Rea Litchfield; and one sister, C. Frances Cipullo.

   Dale was a member of Unity Baptist Church. He was a long-time insurance underwriter with 42 years of service with Shand Morahan in North Brooke, Illinois. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army where he served six years with the US Army Reserves.

   He leaves behind his loving wife, Robyn Lynn Roy Litchfield; four sons, Derek Shane Litchfield (Cherie) and Darrell Scott Litchfield both of Avondale, Arizona, Damon Litchfield of Phoenix, Arizona and Dale Litchfield Jr. of Maricopa, Arizona; one daughter, Kelly Moore of Ashland; one brother, Dana B. Litchfield (Louise) of Londonderry, New Hampshire; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Abiding by Dale’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

   Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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John Justice

   John Justice, 57, of Bowling Green, KY, died Wednesday, December 23 in Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.


Ray McCoy

   Ray McCoy, 82, of Catlettsburg, died Saturday, December 26 at River Run Health Care in Coalgrove, Ohio. 

   Arrangements are pending with  Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland.


Morgan Stewart

   Morgan Stewart, 26, of Ashland, KY passed away on December 27, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Morgan was a beautiful spirit who touched many lives with her radiant smile. She taught many folks about how to live life to the fullest.

   She is survived by her parents David Michael and Cindy Allen Stewart of Ashland, KY; and her sister Andria Stewart. She was preceded in death by a sister Samantha Stewart, maternal grandparents Janet and Derald Allen and her paternal grandparents Roy L. and Elinor Stewart.

   The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

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