Obituaries - January 19



Mary T. King

   Mary T. King, 94, of Ashland, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Oakmont Manor.

   She was born July 14, 1926, in Isaban, West Virginia, to the late John H. and Martha Hunt Tompert. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank King; brothers, James Tompert, Cecil Tompert and Bill Tompert; sisters, Emily Stewart, Grace Stewart and Johnnie Daniels; and a nephew, J. Allen Stewart.

   Mary retired following a 25-year career with General Telephone Company. She was a member of South Ashland United Methodist Church and the Ashland Oil Arcoettes.

   Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Kathy K. (Gregory) Hall of Ashland and Susan K. (William) Bowie of Lexington; grandchildren, Hayley (Robert) O’Donnell, Harrison (Jessica) Saturley-Hall, John (Bethany) Bowie and Michael Bowie; six great grandchildren, Nora, Erin, Molly and Cillian O’Donnell and Ellen and Finnegan Saturley-Hall; nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of dear friends.

   A private family service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at South Ashland United Methodist Church with Rev. Keith L. Katterheinrich officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Contributions in Mary’s memory are suggested to South Ashland United Methodist Church, 2203 29th Street, Ashland, KY 41101.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home. To share a remembrance of Mary or to express a condolence to her family, please visit:


Dr. Marilyn Daniels Rutledge

   Dr. Marilyn Daniels Rutledge, 83, of Lexington, KY passed away on January 13, 2021. She was born in Huntington, WV on May 27, 1938 to the late Charles Bishop Daniels, MD and Veronica Tierney Daniels DDS.

   Marilyn graduated from Holy Family School in 1956 and the University of KY in 1960. She went on to the University of Louisville Medical School and graduated with a MD degree in 1964, being one of four women in the medical class. She was a dedicated physician and practiced various places including 30 years in Smiths Grove, KY and Bowling Green, KY. She was a member of the AMA and a lifetime member of the Kentucky Medical Association. She was a member of Holy Family Church.

   She is survived by her beloved family who adored her and will miss her greatly, a son James Rutledge of Lexington, a daughter Dr. Heather L. Rutledge of Edgewood, KY and a brother Dr. Charles A. Daniels and wife Dr. Gail Walker of Atlanta, GA.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel with Father G. Marc Bentley officiating. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.  Online condolences may be made to


Elizabeth Keathley

   Elizabeth Forsyth Keathley, 99, of Ashland, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at Morning Pointe in Russell. Mrs. Keathley was born September 15, 1921 in Pikeville, KY, a daughter of the late Edward Ray and Miriam Harvey Forsyth. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Levi Keathley, her daughter Betsy Keathley McClain, brothers Thomas H. Forsyth, Virgil Forsyth and her sister Anna Margaret Roberts.

   Mrs. Keathley was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her son Harry F. Keathley and wife Brenda of Catlettsburg, two granddaughters Valerie Jean Keathley-Helil and husband Khalid of Lexington, Melissa (Tony) Downey, three great grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews and a host of family and friends.

   Graveside services were held Monday, January 18, 2021, at the gravesite at Rose Hill Burial Park. Minister Michael McAllister delivered words of comfort.

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with services. To share a condolence with the family, please visit


Hobert Marshall Dillon

   Hobert Marshall Dillon, 91, of Flatwoods, KY, passed on to his Heavenly reward, Monday, January 11, 2021, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

   Mr. Dillon was born October 14, 1929, in Willow Wood, OH, to the late Emory Franklin Dillon and Ines Hesson.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Dillon was preceded in death by his brother who is MIA in the Korean War, Emory Everett Dillon; stepmother, June Rouse Dillon; and two half-sister, Anna May Dillon and Nada O. Dillon Deborde.

   Soon after graduating from Russell High School in 1948, Hobert began working at Armco Steel in Ashland as a crane operator. In his free time, he could be seen riding his bicycle and walking around town. He also loved riding his motorcycle. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Christ in Flatwoods.

   Mr. Dillon is survived by two sons, Marshall S. Dillon of Flatwoods, and Jeffery A. (Kim) Dillon of Flatwoods; three grandchildren: Derek (Lindsay) of Fort Thomas, KY, Ashley Dillon of Louisville, Michael (Chelsea) of Flatwoods; four great-grandchildren: Norah, Stella, Grant, and Eva; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Bro. Bob Overton officiating. Burial followed at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell, KY.

   In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to the Community Hospice House (2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland, KY 41101).

   Condolences can be expressed at


Randall Lee Tilley

   Randall Lee Tilley, 73, of Russell, died peacefully Friday, January 15, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Randy was born June 9, 1947 in Glasgow, KY, a son of the late Iamon L. and Vada Jewell Basil Tilley. He was a member of the Brush Creek Freewill Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran, and was retired from Marathon Petroleum, Catlettsburg refinery. 

   He is survived by his loving wife, Myra Hawkins Tilley; two daughters: Megan Tilley of Flatwoods and Alicia Tilley of Flatwoods; son Brandon Reffitt of South Shore; sister Sharon Tilley of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and a granddaughter, Brooklynn Tilley. 

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 19, at 4 p.m. by Pastor Joe VanMeter at Preston Family Funeral Home. 

   Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 p.m. until service time.  Burial will be Wednesday, January 20, at 2 p.m., with full military honors, at Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville, Indiana.


Barbara Hall

   Barbara D. Hall, 71, of Raceland, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Hall was born May 27, 1949 in Sarah Ann, WV, a daughter of the late Delbert and Helen Headley Sargent. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister Brenda Lyons.

   Barbara was a loving homemaker to her family, she loved fishing, cheering on the UK Wildcats, reading about Amish, cooking and visiting Amish country. She loved spending time in her garden and posting photos of wildlife and foods that she made for all of her friends on Facebook.

   Barbara also worked at the former Steckler’s Department Store in Ashland and for Dr. Phillip Maroudis Eye Care.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Wendell Hall of Raceland, son Jeffrey Allen Frazier of Ashland, daughters Sandra Duvall and husband Timothy of Ashland, Jodi Ayres and husband Denzel of Ashland, sisters Linda Fields and Pamela Sargent Parsons, grandchildren Gaje Ayres, Landen Duvall, Kyndall Duvall and a host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Community Hospice in Barbara’s memory, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

   To share a memory of Barbara or to send a condolence to the family, please visit


Joshua Shane Cooksey

   Joshua Shane Cooksey, 44, of Westwood, Kentucky, son of Donald and Debbie Allen Cooksey, died Thursday, January 14, in Frankfort, Kentucky. 

   Josh was born October 15, 1976, in Ashland. He was a self employed carpenter. Josh was preceded in death by a brother, Jeremy Cooksey. 

   Surviving, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Jessica Lozano of Westwood; two nephews: Jason Tanner Winfield and Johnathan Bailey Winfield.  

   A family graveside service will be Tuesday, January 19, at 12 p.m. at Rose Hill Burial Park.  

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Randy Lyons

   Dr. Walter Randolph (Randy) Lyons, Jr., 65, died January 9, 2021 in Ashland.

   He was born August 12, 1955, in Ashland, to his parents Walter and Jessie (Carty) Lyons. His father has preceded him in death.

   Randy has left behind his loving wife Sandra Lyons, along with his two children who he adored, Amber Leigh Lyons and Walter Kewin Lyons, four stepchildren Marvin “Russell” Marney Jr., Angela Carios, Rachel Trimble, and Marie Trimble, and two grandsons Kobe Lyons and Walter Benjamin Lyons. Randy is also leaving his three siblings whom he was very close with, Christie K. Commella and her husband, Sam, Richard K. Lyons and his wife, Susan, and Robin L. Ison, and one niece and two nephews.

   Randy graduated Boyd County High School in 1973. He then went on to Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in 1977. Randy completed his Masters from Marshall University in 1985. He was a successful Chemist for decades before finding his true passion in teaching. Randy graduated with his Doctorate of Science in 2013. He continued teaching until retiring from Brevard Public Schools in 2018. His achievements ranged from patents to Educational Leader and Mentor to US Physics Team and so much more. Randy was also a member of the American Legion.

   Randy enjoyed riding horses and playing the guitar. Although he resided in other places, such as Florida and Texas, Ashland was his home. He will be missed by many.

   Services were Thursday, January 14 at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel. Pastor Joey Kennedy officiated, and burial followed at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Randy’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

   To share a memory of Randy, or to leave a condolence to the family, please visit


Karen Kanouse Holbrook

   Karen Jean Kanouse Holbrook, 74, transitioned from her earthly home in Nicholasville, Ky., to her eternal one with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Jan. 11, 2021, after a prolonged illness.

   She was born July 9, 1946 in St. Louis, Mo. as the first child of the late Fred and Velma Kanouse, and became big sister to Steve Kanouse, and the late John and Tom Kanouse. Raised in Ashland, Karen was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and went on to a 38-year career as an executive secretary at Ashland Oil.

   “The prettiest girl in Ashland,” Karen instantly stole the heart of Thomas I. Holbrook, who has since enjoyed nearly 47 years of marriage with her. Together they raised three children—Robert Steven Bell of Louisville.; Leigh Ann (Rob) Daniel of Omaha, Nebr.; and Tonia (Aaron) Johnson of Louisville, and now have six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

   Upon her retirement Karen enjoyed reading, car rides around Nicholasville with Tom and family trips full of adventure and laughter. Her family rejoices that Karen is safe and whole in God’s presence and that we have a lifetime of sweet memories with such a loving person to cherish. 

   We would like to thank Mindy Conrad of Lexington, for the faithful, loving care she gave Karen. Your kindness is worth more than we could express.

   Services were January 15, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home’s 13th Street Chapel, officiated by Reverend Don Young. Karen was interred at Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Online condolences may be made to