Obituaries - January 5



Ronald Eugene 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 the 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, TX; 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 were Sunday, January 3, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Pastor Chuck Ferguson officiating. 

   Online condolences may be left at


Jack Samuel Ruggles Jr.


   Jack Samuel Ruggles Jr., 61, of Ashland, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020 at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

   Jack was born July 13, 1959 in Ashland to the late Jack Samuel Ruggles Sr. and Martha Virginia Mulholland Ruggles.

   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law J. D. Williams Jr.

   Jack was a former auto interior installer.

   He leaves behind two sisters, Virginia Williams and Jackie Adkins (Shannon), both of Ashland; nephew Anthony “Tony” Adkins (Kim) of Ashland; niece Jeanette Lynn Self of Ashland; great nephew Christian Wheeler; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   There are no services scheduled at this time.

   Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood have been entrusted with arrangements.


James Beck Blazer

   James Beck Blazer, 83, of Ashland, widower of Ann Blazer, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020 after a brief illness.

   Jim was born July 1, 1937 in Monmouth, IL to the late Herschel Janes and Katherine Emrick Blazer. After graduating high school, Jim proudly served his country in the US Army. He then worked for 15 years for his uncle and founder of Ashland Oil, Paul G. Blazer in the marketing department of Ashland Oil, Inc. He then opened Jim’s Market and Convenience Store in Ironville. He also owned and sold parts for Chevy Camaro models 1967-1969, was a member of the American Legion, proud member of the NRA, a Kentucky Colonel, member of Northeast Kentucky Fish and Game Association and a deacon and 53-year member of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte.

   In addition to his parents and his wife of 57 years, Jim was preceded in death by three sisters, Patricia (John) Hamilton, Laura (Paul) Behan and Sally (Bill) Bond.

   Survivors include three daughters, Julia Murray (Ray) of Woodland, MS, Beth Conner (Mark) of Chillicothe, OH and Susan Thomas (Eric) of Navarre, OH; four grandchildren, Zachary Thomas, Nathan Thomas, Virginia “Ginny” Conner and Katherine “Katie” Conner; along with several nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family would like to express their gratitude for the superior care given to Jim during his illness by Hospice of Huntington and his special caregiver, Charlotte Crites. They went above and beyond with the level of care provided.

   There was a private service honoring Jim Monday, January 4, 2021 at Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte. 

   Caniff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

   Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, 605 Bellefonte Princess Road Ashland Kentucky 41101.


Jeannine Meade Leake 


   Jeannine Meade Leake, 76, of Ashland, beloved wife of Paul Leake, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2020.

   A private graveside service was held at Meade Family Cemetery.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes.


William E. Pinson

   William Eugene “Bill” Pinson, 78, passed away at his home in Ashland, Kentucky on December 29, 2020. He joined the US Air Force in 1962 and retired in 1991 as a Chief Master Sergeant (E9) after serving 29 years of active duty service in the Civil Engineering Squadron. Bill was a decorated veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and travelled extensively in Europe, Middle East and the United States. He was a proud member of RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer). He loved serving his country and the brotherhood of service members.

   Bill was born on January 27, 1942 in Pikeville, Kentucky to the late Eugene Pinson and Elizabeth “Ruth” Jackson Pinson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Paul Lewis Pinson.

   Bill was a 1959 graduate of Ashland High School. He was an avid fan of the Ashland Tomcats/Kittens and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. While in the Air Force, he played and umpired softball, refereed basketball and was on a travelling team of referees for American football in Italy. He loved playing cards, mostly pinochle, which began while in the Air Force. He was always asking, “Do you play pinochle?”

   After the Air Force, Bill moved to Texas where he worked as Director of Maintenance serving 3 independent school districts. After almost 20 years in the school maintenance business, Bill retired and move back to Ashland, his hometown since the 5th grade.

   Bill was a member of First Baptist Church of Russell and one of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 5:8. He was a proud Kentucky Colonel for many years. Bill loved golfing, camping, snowmobiling in Yellowstone and tubing down the Guadalupe River.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years, Silver Pinson of Ashland, a sister Virginia Tipton (Boyd) of Ashland, his aunt Helen Lazear of Lexington, a sister-in-law Sharon Pinson of Ashland, two nieces, two nephews, several great nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends.

   A graveside service with full military honors will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East. Pastor Ken Gowin will officiate. Due to Covid-19 there will be no visitation.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to Community Hospice, 1790 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 or to the Lew Body Dementia Association at

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with services. To share a memory of Bill or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit


Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Selvey


   Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Selvey, 47, of Ashland, KY passed away on December 29, 2020 at Kings Daughters’ Medical Center. She was born in Kokomo, IN on February 2, 1973 to Nancy Patterson of Florida.

   She is survived by her husband Abe Selvey; daughters Jewel Selvey, Starr Selvey Young and Cheyenne Selvey; brothers Michael Abney, David McKinney and Joe McKinney; a sister Jennifer Abney and a granddaughter Sarah Young.

   Private Services will be held at a later date.

   Online condolences may be made to


Marvin Eugene Little 

   Marvin Eugene Little, 80, of Ashland, KY passed away at the Community Hospice Care Center and went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2021. He was born on May 9, 1940 in Ashland to the late James A. and Lillian Craycraft Little.

   Marvin seldom met a stranger and greeted everyone with a big smile and firm handshake. He valued his friends and spoke of them often. His abundant energy led him in many directions in life and it was a life well spent. He started working in his early teens and never slowed down. After graduating from Ashland Sr. High School in 1958 he hired on at Armco Steel where he was a locomotive engineer and eventually moved up to foreman. He loved working with heavy equipment and had a homebased bulldozing business in his 30’s and gradually moved to trucks. He founded A.D. Little Trucking in the 70’s using dump trucks hauling coal and then industrial waste from Armco, Calgon and the ethanol plant in Ohio. After selling that business and retiring from Armco after 35 years, he drove 18 wheelers for Walmart and soon founded Indian Ridge Transport which consisted of 6 semis. He hauled all across the U.S. and northern Canada. After dissolving that company he worked for Local #181 Operating Engineers Union. He also loved to fly. He acquired his private pilot license and had his own small plane. He eventually went to work at KDMC as a medical transport driver where he finally retired for good.

   He was a workaholic but also loved to have fun with his family. When his daughter casually mentioned she wanted a horse he bought a farm, built a house and barn where the family boarded and rode horses.

   He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Arlene Whitlock Little, a son David E. Little and daughter Marlene (Billy) Enyart; three much loved grandchildren Dr. Joshua (Meghan) Enyart, Casey Ann (Jonathan) Darby and Austin Alan Little. He was also blessed with great grandchildren Ellie, Cooper, Colin and Kinley Enyart and Layla Jade Darby. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many others whom he was in contact with during his busy life. The family wants to give special thanks to those who have stood by them and prayed for them during this trying time, including his doctors and caregivers at KDH and Community Hospice.

   Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum and will be officiated by Roger Clark. Visitation will be at the mausoleum from noon until service time. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Due to the Covid restrictions, we ask that all attending wear a mask and observe social distancing.

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY. Online condolences may be made to


Sandra Kaye Carroll 


   Sandra Kaye Carroll, 72, of Ashland, died peacefully on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Community Hospice.

   She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Joseph Carroll of Ashland.

   In accordance with the families wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes.


Patricia Randolph

   Patricia Sue “Pat” Randolph, 82, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her residence. Pat was born August 22, 1938 in Little Fork (Elliott County), KY, a daughter of the late Clyde W. and Josie Myrtle Salyers Hayes.

   Pat was a longtime member of the Bashford Baptist Church in Louisville. She was an administrative secretary with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington DC. She served as a hostess with the USO helping entertain the men and women of our nation’s military. She also did administrative work for Delta Dental and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

   Pat was a loving mother grandmother and great grandmother. She was from a loving family and will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to know her, including her friends from the Blairwood Apartments in Louisville where she lived for more than 40 years.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Nina Bechtol (Wayne) of Louisville, Carla Ball (Harry) of Elyria, OH, brothers, Clyde Hayes, Jr. (Helen) of Georgetown, KY, James Hayes (Teri) of Flatwoods, sisters Joyce Carol Wood of Louisville, Alice May (Bill) of Hattiesburg, MS, Billie Jean Byer of Lexington, grandchildren Alicia Dirda (Roman), Christina Gatz (John), David Shawn Deen (Brandy), Brittany Miller, Corey Whitney (Kali), Joshua Randolph, Jeremy Klinect, Nicholas Paschall and Steven Paschall, 17 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel. Entombment followed at Rose Hill Burial Park.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at

   To share a condolence with the family please visit


Shirley Jean Jackson

   Shirley Jackson, 81, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Friday morning, January 1 in Wurtland Health and Rehabilitation Center.

    Shirley was born October 5, 1939 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Sterling and Darcus LeMaster Williams.  She was of the Baptist Faith and retired from the Kings Daughters Medical Center bakery. 

   She was preceded in death, In addition to her parents, by four brothers: Ernest, Elvie, Bob, and Sterling, Jr. Williams; and four sisters: Katherine Williams, Margaret J. Blair, Doris Copas, and Valerie Williams. 

   Surviving include two sons: Tony Williams of Grayson, and Forrest Jackson and wife Tammy of Lexington; brother Gary Williams of Catlettsburg; three grandchildren: Megan Enyart (Josh), Audrianna Jackson, Brent Jackson (Morgan); four great-grandchildren: Kenley Kouns, Logan Jackson, Nolan Wellman, Colin Enyart. 

   Graveside services were Monday, January 4 at Dixon Cemetery by Brother Perry Young. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


John Justice


   John Justice, 57, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died December 23 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. 

   John was born November 27, 1963 in Ashland, a son of the late Edgar Ray and Easter Marie Justice, Sr.  He was a self employed carpenter and former warehouse manager with J.C. Penney. 

   Surviving include a daughter, Ashley Justice of Ironton, Ohio; brother Carl Justice of Nitro, West Virginia; and two sisters: Robin Hicks and Paula Engles, both of Ashland.  

   Funeral Services were Monday, January 4 at Preston Family Funeral Home.


Ray H. McCoy

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

   Ray was born July 3, 1938 in Boyd County, Kentucky, a son of the late Ernest Jack and Emma McCoy.  Ray was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister; Debbie Crites. 

   He was a retired operator with the City of Catlettsburg and was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church. 

   Surviving include a daughter, Maurice Smith and husband Larry of Rush, Kentucky;  two brothers: Bill McCoy and wife Rita of Ashland; and Gary McCoy and wife Lorraine of Nebraska; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  

   Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Harry E. Gibbons, Jr.

   Harry E. Gibbons, Jr., 72, of Ashland, KY passed away at the Hospice Care Center on December 30, 2020. He was born on January 28, 1948 in Ashland to the late Harry E. and Dorcas Richardson Gibbons.

   He served proudly in the U.S. Navy and was retired from CSX. He also enjoyed playing golf in his leisure time.

   Harry is survived by his twin daughters Tracey Bone and husband Jeff of South Point, OH and Stacey Fairchild and husband Jeff of Franklin Furnace, OH; a sister Belinda Brumfield and husband Bill of Russell, and grandchildren Nicole Smith, Dylan Smith, Michael Hern and Kristina Hern.

   A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel at 12 p.m. with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time. Due to Covid restrictions we asked that those attending wear a mask and observe social distancing.

   Online condolences may be made to


Glen Edward Wise

   Glen Edward Wise, 79, of Rush, Kentucky, passed on Sunday, December 27 at his home.  

   Glen was born March 9, 1941 in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late Joseph Fredrick and Lorraine Sparks Wise. He was a heavy equipment operator in the T&L Department at AK Steel, retiring after 33 years. He was a former member of the Kentucky National Guard. 

   Glen is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by two brothers: Fredrick Leroy Wise and Donald Lee Wise. 

   He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Gladys Irene Hall Wise and a daughter, Deborah Ann Wise-Smith (Staci). He also leaves behind a sister, Doris Prince of Morehead; a special niece, Frankie Chapman (Tim) of Morehead; a special nephew that he thought of as a son, Joseph Wise (Mandy), and two granddaughters: Sara Wise and Hailey Wise. 

   Graveside services were Wednesday, December 30, at the Hall Family Cemetery in Rush, Kentucky. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Jackie Coburn

   Jacqueline Jo Coburn, 84, a resident of Ashland, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. 

   Jackie was born April 26, 1936 in Ashland. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob) L Coburn and her parents Arbie and Lucille Allen. She is survived by her brother Donald Allen (Patty) of Lexington, and sister Linda Fennell (Don) of Florida; daughters Debbie Taylor (Gary) and Karen Crawford (Brent) Ashland, and her son, Major General (Retired) Chuck Anderson (Tammy) of Colorado Springs. Her grandkids include Ashli Taylor (Moshe Castle), Stacy Taylor, Robert and Sara Anderson, Ashley Crawford (Bryan Hartlage), and Zachery Crawford, and several nieces and nephews. And of course, Buddy (Yorkshire Terrier).

   Jackie was known as a humble, caring, and world-class lady who cherished every moment in being a mother, spouse, and a friend. She was a kindergarten teacher, an Ashland Tomcat cheerleader, Ms. Ashland, and was proud of her hometown. Jackie loved children, which was a large part of why she chose to become a teacher. Helping kids discover a passion for learning was her true joy in life.

   Jackie loved her caregivers, the family would like to extend a special thank you to Sheila Bowan, Missy Layne and Melody Myers for the excellent care provided.

   Jackie attended Morehead University where she received a Masters and Rank 1 in Education. She taught kindergarten in Catlettsburg, and later became the founder and Operations Officer of the Boyd County Early Childhood Learning Center. Additionally, Jackie would teach evening classes at the Ashland Community College. She was the President of the United Way, a Board member at both the Ashland YMCA, the Tree Board for the Ashland Park and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland.. She enjoyed being with her husband, Bob Coburn, as they both enjoyed traveling across the United States and Canada. Their all-time favorite place to frequent was Florida.

   For all who knew Jackie Coburn, we loved her every day. And now, we will all miss her every day.

   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Pastor V. Rev. D. Andrew Canon Garner, KHS, will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. prior to funeral services.Mask and social distancing will be required.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foundation for Tri State, Ashland Beautification Fund, P.O. Box 2096, Ashland, KY 41105-2096


Jefferson James Edward Matney

   Jefferson James Edward “Jeff” Matney, 82, of Kitts Hill, Ohio, husband of Bernice Huff Matney, died Saturday morning, January 2.  

   Jeff was born December 26, 1938 in Waterloo, Ohio, a son of the late John and Dosha White Matney. He was a U.S. Army veteran, attended Westwood Freewill Baptist Church, and was retired from Pennco.

   Jeff was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, John Matney, and two sisters: Wanda Lyall and Mae Matney. 

   Surviving, in addition to his loving wife of 60 years, include 2 sons: Christopher Dean Matney and wife Wendy of Kitts Hill, Ohio; and Jeffrey Dewayne Matney of Hackensack, New Jersey; four sisters: Ruth Pemberton, Mary Wagner, Cecilia Matney-Herrell, and Frances Worley, all of Ironton, Ohio; brother Michael Pemberton of Ironton, Ohio, and two granddaughters: Kristen Wilds and husband Michael Shayne, and Hannah Matney (Alex Joiner), and was so loved by many nieces and nephews. 

   Graveside services will be Friday, January 8, at 1 p.m. at Kirby Flats Cemetery by Brother Ivan Asbury. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jeff’s memory to Westwood Freewill Baptist Church, 1820 Hoods Creek Pike, Ashland, Ky 41102.