Obituaries - June 15

Billy Joe Allen

   Bill Allen, 75, of Ashland, Kentucky, died peacefully on June 8 at Community Hospice Care Center.

   Bill was born September 23, 1945 in Ashland, a son of the late William and Elizabeth Lafferty Allen. He was retired from Ashland Specialty Company and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Love Allen in 2014, and 10 brothers and sisters. 

   Surviving include a daughter, Cathy Lynn Groves and her husband Steven of Ashland; granddaughter Sidney Alcorn and husband Joey of Catlettsburg; two great-granddaughters: Parker Eloise Alcorn and Rory Jean Alcorn, and a brother, Ray Allen and wife Shirley of Ashland. 

   Graveside services with full military honors will be Tuesday, June15 at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast by Brother Tony Allen.  Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Todd Robert Brownson

   Todd Robert Brownson, 54, of Owensboro, Kentucky, formerly of Catlettsburg, passed away Sunday, June 6, at his residence. 

   He was born September 12, 1966 in Huntington, West Virginia to Terry Brownson and the late Mary Ann Holbrook Brownson Whetsel. Todd attended special education classes at Boyd County Schools and became a companion and friend to his grandmother and mother, with whom he lived most of his life. He enjoyed listening to gospel music, drawing, and visiting with family.  Todd was preceded in death by his mother and grandmother. 

   Surviving include his father, Terry Brownson and wife Patty of Owensboro; and half-sister Missy Brownson Ross and husband Brad of Georgetown. In addition, he is survived by aunts Carolyn (Gary) Bowling, and Brenda (Burf) Wheeler; uncles Gary (Margaret) Holbrook, and Rollin (Mary Ann) Brownson, and several cousins. 

   A private graveside service was held at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, Thursday, June 10 with arrangements by Glenn Funeral Home of Owensboro, Kentucky and Preston Family Funeral Home.


Kay Barker

   Kay Yvonne Saunders Barker passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Kay was born March 27, 1937 in Logan, WV, to Margaret Bailey Saunders and H.L. (Jack) Saunders. The family moved to Ashland, where Kay graduated from Ashland High School in 1955. Higher education was completed at Ashland Junior College and Marshall College.

   Kay was an elementary school teacher at several schools including Pogue Elementary in Ashland. Kay and her sisters Gail Rous and Janet Payne enjoyed singing in their group “The Saunders Sisters.” Kay met her husband, John Paul through their love of music and were married on June 2,1957.

  She and John moved to the northern Kentucky area in the mid 1980’s where she was a real estate agent. Upon retirement, they returned to Ashland in 1992. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church Ashland and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ashland.

   Kay was organist and choir director at several churches including Ironton Presbyterian, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ashland, and Richwood Presbyterian Church in Walton. Kay loved gardening and enjoyed many years as a member of the Ironton Garden Club. She is especially remembered for her intense love for her family. She was a caring daughter, wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, loving sister, aunt and friend. 

   Survivors include her husband, John Paul Barker, daughter Rebecca (Lance) Vest; grandsons John Franklin and Benjamin Payne Vest; beloved sister, Gail (Richard) Rous, nephews Bruce and James Rous, David (Charlene) Ravencraft, Paul (Julie) Fugitt, Jeff Smith; nieces Mary Rous, Judy Fugitt, Melody Abdon, Teresa Ludwig.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the charity of your choice.

   The family will hold a visitation on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 11 a.m. until noon at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel and a memorial service to honor her life at noon with Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating.

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Carrie Faye “Peggy” Kennard Woods 

   Carrie Faye "Peggy" Kennard Woods, 75 of Ashland, passed away Sunday, June 06, 2021, at Hospice of Central Ohio.

   Peggy was born June 02, 1946, in Rockhouse, Kentucky to the late Russell and Mollie Pack Kennard.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister Sarah Handy.

   Anyone who knew Peggy, would agree she was a leader, a survivor, and the foundation of everything she was involved with. She successfully raised two children as a teen mother, when the odds were against her. A self-proclaimed 'mean mom’, she used old school child rearing techniques and was not afraid of the kitchen spatula or fly swatter. One look and that is all it took, for everyone knew it was time to move. She aspired to be a hairdresser since her childhood, and she put herself through school to get her license and eventually own and operate a successful beauty shop for 30+ years. She worked early and stayed late to amass a huge following throughout her career. Most people who knew her, did not know she endured a life of pain with two forms of arthritis nearly crippling her, yet she never complained. Only the scars of surgery and joint replacements tell the tale. She loved God, her family, and her career just as it was. Peggy was an active member of Unity Baptist Church where she was a member of the sanctuary choir. She was a member of the Democratic Women's Club, and her favorite politician was JFK. She loved to paint, draw, sketch, sew, and travel. The RV was her chariot, and her greatest joy was entertaining her grandchildren where her call-name was 'Nana'. Her nurturing and caregiving were second to none, and she loved to cook for her family and friends.

   She leaves behind her loving husband Bobby Jack Woods; one daughter Suzie Cornwell (John) of Ashland; one son Dr. James 'Butch' Maze (Michelle) of Lake Charles, LA; two bonus children Justin Woods (Tawnya) and Laura Justice (Marty) both of Ashland; two sisters Nell Franklin of New Lebanon, OH; and Barbara Nickel of Grayson; seven grandchildren Tanner Crump, Hunter Crump, Wesley Maze, Mollie Maze, Charlie Maze, Clay Woods and Ian Justice; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, June 10 at Unity Baptist Church in Ashland with Pastor Gary Arrington officiating. Entombment followed at Ashland Cemetery.

   Services have been entrusted to Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood.

   Online condolences may be left at 

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The James Fund for Life C/O The Ohio State University Foundation PO Box 710811 Columbus, OH 43271 or Unity Baptist Youth Group 2320 29th St, Ashland, KY 41101.


Janet G. Bowe

   Janet G. Bowe, 84, of Ashland, Kentucky died Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Janet was born June 5, 1937 in Ashland to the late Earl and Maude Vaughn Garvin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Bowe, one brother, Richard “Buddy” Garvin and one sister, Jo Ann Forrest Cyrus. 

   Janet was a long standing member of 1st Church of the Nazarene in Ashland since her childhood. Janet enjoyed crafting, singing with her husband Bill in the rest home ministry, roller skating, dancing, UK Wildcats, Nashville Predators Hockey, and the Chicago Bulls. She was formerly a Cub Scout Leader and a former flute player in the Ashland High School Band. 

   Surviving her are son William C. Bowe (Zita M.) of Live Oak, Fl., two daughters, Sandra G. Campbell (Mark) of Russell, and Pamela S. Knuckles (Kenneth) of Mt. Juliet, Tn.; a brother, Robert Garvin of California and eight grandchildren, Kyle Hale, Jessica Colegrove, Angelina Pace, Chris Campbell, Corey Campbell, Jeremiah Bowe, Courtney Bowe Smyers, Ryan Bowe, and 15 great grandchildren who she dearly enjoyed and loved. 

   Funeral services for Janet were held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home with Jim Forrest officiating. Burial followed services in Ashland Cemetery. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care Center 2330 Pollard Rd. Ashland, Ky 41101 Condolences may be offered at


Marilyn Elizabeth McGuire Wells

   Marilyn Elizabeth McGuire Wells, 89, known affectionately as “Mickey,” passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021.    Mickey was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky to the late George R. and Neva J. Blankenship McGuire. She was a 1949 graduate of Ashland Senior High School. She retired from King’s Daughters Medical Center and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

   Mickey was sweet, kind, compassionate and devoted to her family. Her sense of humor brought joy to those around her and comfort to many who were sick, elderly or alone.

   Besides her parents, Mickey was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis F. Wells Sr., her brother, George R. McGuire Jr., and her best friend of 70-plus years, Carole J. Brewer.

   Survivors include her children Elizabeth A. Wells of Riviera Beach, Florida, James M. Wells (Molinda) of Louisville, Lewis F. Wells Jr. of Ashland and Rebecca J. Sparks (Jerry) of Ashland; her sisters Ellen Pruitt of Louisville and Neva McGuire of Ashland; her grandchildren, Amy Wells Gillespie of Crown City, Ohio, Chad A. Thacker of Chicago, and Julia Sparks Wheeler and Benjamin Sparks, both of Ashland; a great-grandson, Joshua Gillespie of Crown City, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

   Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home followed by services at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Michael A. McAlister of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. Entombment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.


William D. (Danny) Estep

   William D. (Danny) Estep, 74, of Ashland, KY passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center. He was born on January 30, 1947 in Ashland, KY to the late William M. and Annis Day Estep.

   He was a graduate of Paul Blazer High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduation. He went on to work many jobs and was hired to Armco Steel where he was in the T & L Department and retired after many years as an engine operator. He loved life, his family and was always willing to help someone in need. He was an avid muscle car enthusiast and enjoyed taking his 1974 Nova to cruise ins.

   Danny is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 56 years Terri Griggs Estep, his sons Bryan Daniel Estep of Ashland, KY and William Travis Estep (Cammie Kersey) of Boyd Co. KY, a brother Keith Estep of Ashland, KY and grandchildren William Cody Estep, Bryanna Danielle (Adam) McHenry and Tyler Morrison.

   Graveside services were held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum and were officiated by Chaplain Jimm Smedley. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery. 

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, 41101. Condolences may be made to


Donald Lee Lenarz

   Donald Lee Lenarz, 39, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Sunday morning, June 6, at his home. 

   Don was born February 4, 1982 in Ashland, Kentukcy, a son of John Lenarz of Ashland, and the late Sharon Lee Wright Lenarz. Don was a 2001 graduate of Boyd County High School and a self employed handyman. 

  Surviving, in addition to his father, include a son, Gordon Blake Lenarz and daughter Tori N’Shae Lenarz, as well as  brother Jeremy Lenarz.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.