Obituaries - November 30

Georgia Kaye Welch Gumbert Bruce

   Georgia Kaye Welch Gumbert Bruce, 74, of Worthington, KY, always wanted to go home. She made her final journey to her Heavenly home on Friday, November 26, 2021, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

   Kaye was born on May 29, 1947, in Wurtland, to the late Jimmy and Marie Holt Welch. She was the ninth of ten children who also preceded her in death. Four brothers: John, Richard, David, and Paul Welch; and five sisters: Louise Newland, Betty Horn, Carolyn Horn, Glada Crum, and Donna Young.

   She loved to travel and go on long trips. She made friends with everyone she met. She enjoyed music, dancing, swimming, gardening, yard sales, and enjoyed cleaning house. She confessed Jesus Christ as her own personal Lord and Savior on January 30, 2005, and loved going to church. She was a member of the Wurtland Church of Nazarene in Wurtland.

   Kaye is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Lloyd Jeffrey Bruce of Worthington; three children: Tonya (Chris) Riffe of Worthington, Todd Gumbert of Wurtland, and Aaron (Becki) Gumbert of Flatwoods; four grandchildren: Gage Gumbert, JaLeigh Gumbert, Baille Riffe, and Macie Riffe; former husband and father to her children, Raymond “Doc” Gumbert of Wurtland; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held on Monday, November 29, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Pastor Scott Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Welch Cemetery in Greenup.

   Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Alta Louise Kazee

   Alta Louise Stapp Kazee, 79, of Ashland, Kentucky, wife of Larry E. Kazee, died peacefully at her home, Tuesday, November 22, while under hospice care. 

   Alta was born July 4, 1942 in Ft. Worth, Texas, a daughter of the late William Joseph and Alta Mae Fitzgerald Stapp.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg. 

   Alta was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother; William Joseph Stapp, III. Surviving, in addition to her husband, include a son, Jason Kazee and wife Brandi, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and two grandchildren: Caroline Kazee and Gabriel Kazee.  

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 30 at 12 p.m. by Brother Brent Keeton at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East.  Visitation is Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time. 

   Contributions may be made, in Alta’s memory, to First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg Building Fund, 11512 Midland Trail, Ashland, Kentucky 41102.

 

Dana ‘Dan’ Edgar Wells

   Dan Wells, 64, of Westwood, Kentucky, passed away Monday, November 22, at Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Dan was born June 24, 1957 in Ashland, a son of the late Jerry Wells and Ruth Lares Wells Perry, and stepson of the late Charles ‘Buck’ Perry. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by brothers Bill and Bob Rhodes. 

   Surviving include his loving wife of 40 years, Ruth Diane Hunt Wells; daughter Danielle (Anthony) Webb of Catlettsburg; son Daryl Wells (Ashley Sturgill) of Greenup; three grandchildren: Brody Wells, Brock Wells, and Kinsley Webb; brother Scott Wells of Ashland; many brother in laws and sister in laws; mother in law Betty Jean Hunt, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended relatives. 

   Dan had two special friends that he grew up with: Arby Rowe and Dean Walters. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, shooting pool, camping and boating. He was a 1975 graduate of Paul Blazer High School. Dan was a retired U.S. Army veteran and was retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 181. He was a member of the local Eagles, Elks, Moose, and American Legion. Dan was a lifetime member of the Ironton VFW Post 8850. He was a member of the Claybank Lodge #98 of Alabama, and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Dothan, Orient of Alabama. 

   Funeral services were Monday, November 29, at Preston Family Funeral Home by Brother Harold McCowan. Burial, with military honors, was in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East. 

 

Cynthia Morris

   Cynthia A. Wells Morris, 84, of Ashland, formerly of Johnson County, KY, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Oakmont Manor in Flatwoods. Cindy was born May 26, 1937 in Paintsville, KY, one of 11 children born to the late Ali, Sr. and Sadie Collins Wells. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Don Phillip Morris, her daughter Vicky, brothers Sammie and Charles, sisters Emma Jean, Eileen, Lorraine, Donna, Dorris, Mary and Murl.

   Cindy came to Ashland in 1963. She attended the Moore St. Tabernacle and was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Rho Chapter-Ashland. Cindy worked as a receptionist in the office of Doctor’s Malcomb H. & Malcomb A. King for 25 years.

   Survivors include her brother Ali Wells, Jr. Of Paintsville and many other surviving relatives.

   A memorial service to honor Cindy’s life will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum Chapel by Brother James Wells. Entombment will follow the service. Friends and family may gather for visitation after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Mausoleum Chapel.

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with services. To express a condolence to her family or to share a memory of Cindy, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Larry Eugene Williams

   Larry Eugene Williams, 69, of Westwood, went home to be with the Lord on November 25, 2021, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland surrounded by family.

   Larry was born December 7, 1951, in Willard, Ohio to the late Hayes and Leatha Russell Williams.

   In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by a brother James David Williams.

   Larry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a dedicated member of Ironton City Mission Church and loved the Lord. He was a retired construction worker. He enjoyed hunting, spending time with family, watching his favorite westerns, and taking George (his scooter) for rides around the block.

   Larry is survived by his loving wife, Mary Williams; daughter Tammy Leibee (Jim) of Columbus, Ohio; son Robert Williams (Amy); brothers Roy Arnette (Betty) of Salyersville and Ricky Williams (Brenda) of Westwood; sisters Janet Messer (Dallas) of Greenup, Debbie Sweeney of Cannonsburg, Connie Poplin of Greenup and Mary Poplin of Westwood; nine grandchildren Megan “Maggie Cole” Rose, Andrea “Annie Bannie” Newport, Brandon “Doon Bug” Leibee, Christian Williams, Cassandra Burton, Hayley “NayNay” Conley, Melody “Milly” Williams, Nick Stevens, and Brody “Bro” Stevens; six great-grandchildren Markus, Kyleah, Carson, Landon, Zander and Augustus; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were November 29, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with pastor Jeff Cremeans officiating. 

 

Connie Coburn Melvin

   Connie Coburn Melvin, 63, of Ashland, was born December 20, 1957 in Miami, Florida and passed away while surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas Ray Coburn, Sr. in 1972 and Beatrice Gibbs Coburn Queen in 2020; step father, Ronald Queen in 2016; and a brother, Douglas Ray “Bud” Coburn, Jr. in 2018.

   Connie was a 1975 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and retired following a long career with Ashland Child Development Center. She was of the Christian faith and her greatest joy in life was time spent with her family. She had a zest for life and was an amazingly strong woman who will be missed by many.

   Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Angie Melvin Massey of Ashland; son, David Melvin and wife, Tiffanie of Ashland; sister-in-law, Cindy Coburn of OK; her loving life companion, Lewis Wells of Ashland; nieces, Kelly Albers and Kim Reed; nephew, Beau Coburn; four grandchildren, J.D., Maggie, Aiden and Shaylee; and three children by love, Amy, Kenny and Joshua Gillespie.

   Services were Friday, November 26, 2021, at Rose Hill Burial Park with Marty Gute officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Connie’s memory should be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   To share a memory of Connie or to express a condolence, visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Steven Reeves

   Steven Ray Reeves, 53, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland after an extended illness. Steven was born September 4, 1968 in Ashland, a son of the late George and Emma Jean Ruggles Reeves.

   Steven graduated from Paul Blazer High School and retired from the delivery department for Big Sandy Superstores.

   Steven led a full life in this short time on earth. His humor and friendship will be deeply cherish by all who had the privilege to know him, he will be missed.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Teresa Hensley Reeves of Ashland, sister Sherri (Avery) Keelin, brother George Reeves, son Christopher Aaron Erwin of Ashland and many extended family members.

   Graveside services were held November 29, 2021 in the Lincoln section of Rose Hill Burial Park. His brother in Christ, Charles Nelson, officiated.

   To share a memory of Steven or to express a condolence to his family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Anna Lee McKenzie

   Anna McKenzie, 98, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Wednesday, November 24. 

   Anna was born November 8, 1923 in Johnson County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late James K. and Elizabeth Stambaugh Blanton.  She was a member of the Hoods Creek Enterprise Baptist Church. 

   Anna was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Hershel McKenzie in 2001. She was also preceded by two brothers: Doug and Harry Blanton, and a daughter in law, Linda McKenzie, and son in law Ronnie Miller. 

   She is survived by sons Danny McKenzie of Ashland, and Benjamin (Amaryllis) McKenzie of Ashland; daughters Janice (Ronnie) Whitt of Ashland, and Nola Miller of Flatwoods.

   In keeping with Anna’s request, there will be a graveside service Wednesday, December 1, at 11 a.m. at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Sammy Lee Carr

   Sammy Lee Carr, 75, of Ashland, passed away suddenly of a short illness at his residence, November 22, 2021. 

   Sammy was born July 21, 1946 in Ashland to the late Richard W. and Charlene Singleton Carr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kitty Lynn Vanhorn Carr in 1997 and grandson Jared Duran in 2015 and two siblings, Richard Carr and Sally Carr. 

   Sammy was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, retried from AK Steel, and coached girls’ softball ball for many years. Surviving Sammy are his three daughters, Samantha Carr of Nicholasville, Ky., Rebecca Carr of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Cynthia Carr of Placida, FL; brother, Gene Carr, two sisters, Katie Carr, Paula Carr, and five grandchildren, Katie Arthur, Tyler Arthur, Grace Arthur, Devon Duran, and Lauren Duran. 

   A celebration of life was held for Sammy on Saturday November 27, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Fisher House Foundation 12300 Twinnbrook Pkwy, Suite 410 Rockville, MD. 20852 Veterans organization. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

Penny Gatewood McKenzie Ershig 

   Penny Gatewood McKenzie Ershig, 73 was born September 3, 1948 and died November 21, 2021.

   Penny was preceded in death by her parents, Lawless & Phyllis McKenzie and son, Chad McKenzie Ershig. She is survived by her husband, Don Ershig; daughters, Mary Lawless Martin of Evansville, IN, Brook Eberline (Matt) of Henderson KY; siblings, Patsy Lentz (Don), John McKenzie (Debbie), and Lee Ann McKenzie Webster; granddaughter Kelly McKenzie Eberline, and many nieces and nephews. 

   Visitation will be held at Steen Funeral Home (1501 Central Ave in Ashland, KY) on December 4 between 1 – 2 p.m. Funeral services will follow at Calvary Episcopal Church (1337 Winchester Ave in Ashland, KY) on Saturday December 4 at 3 p.m. with burial following in Ashland Cemetery.

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Obituaries - November 23

 

Steven Scott Frye

   Scott Frye, 51, of Lithia Hills, Florida, formerly of Ashland, Kentucky and husband of Jacqueline Stubblefield Frye, died suddenly at his home, Friday, November 12. 

   Funeral services are scheduled for November 30 at Preston Family Funeral Home. 

 

J. Wesley Johnson, M.D.

   J. Wesley Johnson, M.D. passed away peacefully at his home November 12, 2021. He was born Oct. 3, 1933 in Williamsburg, Kentucky to the late Judge J.B. Johnson, Sr. and Edna Perkins Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Julia Blondell (David) and a brother Judge J.B. Johnson, Jr. (Becky), and a son-in-law Donald Dean Kelly (Sherri).

   He is survived by his wife Phyllis Neace Johnson, his children Sherri Johnson Kelly of Peoria, Arizona, Bryan Johnson of Lexington, J. Wesley Johnson, II, DVM (Lori) of New Market, Tennessee and Elaine Corbitt (Steve) of Ashland and his grandchildren Madeline Johnson of Auburn, Alabama, Kacie Kelly Kozman (Sam) of Peoria, Arizona, Stephen Corbitt, II (Lynn) of Hamilton, Ohio, Alexandra Johnson of Lexington, Kentucky, Lily Johnson of Denver, Colorado, Grace Johnson of Dandridge, Tennessee and a great grandson, Shiloh Kozman, Peoria, Arizona.

   Dr. Johnson graduated from Williamsburg High School IN 1951, the University of the Kentucky in 1956 and the University of Louisville College of Medicine in 1960. He completed his internship in General Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He joined the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict and completed his residency as a Captain at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. He was the first surgeon in Ashland board certified by the American College of Surgeons.

   Dr. Johnson and his family moved to Ashland in 1967 where he began his general surgery practice. During his 34-year tenure he held many offices and earned many distinctions, including Chief of Surgery through most of his career. After retiring from private practice, Dr. Johnson, later returned to the Department of Surgery at the request of KDMC, to improve OR throughput and operational efficiencies. His respected leadership and experience plus the esteem of his fellow surgeons made him a natural for these duties.

   Dr. Johnson had an intense commitment to his patients. He was known for his compassion and house calls anytime day or night. He had a great appreciation of the gifts and talents of his fellow physicians, nurses, and support staff. He valued work ethic and taught others the importance of their work.

   Dr. Johnson was an active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serving as an Elder, Board Chairman, and elementary school and church league basketball coach. He was dedicated supporter of the University of Kentucky and its athletic programs

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 20 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ashland, with Rev. Stephen T. Smythers officiating. 

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Johnson’s memory should be directed to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1930 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 or King’s Daughters Health Foundation Breast Cancer Services Fund, 2201 Lexington Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

   To share a remembrance of Dr. Johnson or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Roland Douglas "Chip" Miller

   Roland Douglas “Chip” Miller, 75, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away Friday evening, November 12, 2021 in Joanne’s Hospice House, Bonita Springs, Fl. 

   Chip was born November 22, 1945 in Ashland to the late J. Frederick Jr. and Dorothy Louise Spencer Miller. He was named in honor of his grandfather Roland B. Spencer and his uncle Harold Douglas “Dutch” Miller. His nickname “Chip” evolved from Chip off the old block, referring to his father when he was born.

   He loved sports, including basketball, baseball, softball, and football. He was an avid Tomcat fan and former co-captain of the football team. After high school he attended EKU and played football but was red shirted, so, he decided to pursue the only career he ever wanted, which was to follow in his father’s footsteps. He began to work part time with the family business “Miller Funeral Home” and soon knew that it would be a lifetime career. He attended Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1967. 

   He met his wife that same year, and on September 2, 1967 he married Janice E. Renfroe. In November of 1968, they were blessed with their first child, Stephanie. In January of 1972 they again were blessed with another daughter, Cheri. 

   He enjoyed golf from a young age and made friendships that have endured for many years. He was honored to represent Kentucky with three of his friends at WDW in a national golf tournament. Chip enjoyed horses, horse racing, boating, water and snow skiing. Traveling across the USA to snow ski with his family was enjoyed for many years. 

   For the past 25 years, he enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his Florida condo, always enjoying golf with many old and new friends. He was always competitive and would be proud just winning 25 cents. 

   He was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, Elhasa Shrine, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, a Mason for 50 years belonging to Poage Masonic Lodge #325 F&AM, Life member of Elks B.P.O.E. #350, Kentucky Colonel, Bellefonte Country Club (formerly served as a director), and the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky. He has served on the church finance committee in the past and founded a scholarship fund in memory of his parents given annually to someone pursuing a career in health care. 

   In 2020, he knew his health was starting to decline and sold his business to a fine young man, Jimmy Music who he knew would carry on the Miller Family name and tradition of serving Ashland. On November 12, 2021, Chip passed away of complications due to metastasis renal cell cancer. 

   Chip is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Renfoe Miller of Ashland, two daughters, Stepanie Broering and her husband Tom of Fort Mitchell, Ky., Cheri Miller and her husband John Felty of Brevard, N.C., four grandchildren, Loie Felty, Luke Broering, Allie Broering, and Nora Felty. Also surviving are his brother, J. Fred Miller III, M.D., his cousins, Gary Layne of Lexington, Ted Miller (Pat), Gaynelle Spiegel, and many more family, and friends. 

   Chip was a hard worker who believed in family, God, and country. He did many acts of kindness and generosity within the community he so dearly loved. He never wanted accolades or recognition for these deeds. 

   A celebration of life for Chip was held Sunday, November 21, at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland with Reverend Jeff Bramel officiating. Burial followed services in Rose Hill Burial Park. 

   Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Ashland First United Methodist Church 1811 Carter Ave. Ashland, Ky 41101. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

Bernice Dixon

   Bernice Stapleton Dixon, 91, formerly of Ashland, passed away peacefully in Bowling Green, Ohio on Sunday, November 14, 2021. 

   She was born in Ashland on January 16, 1930 to the late Jay and Nancy Lemaster Stapleton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James Curtis "Curt" Dixon, Sr., brothers Earl Stapleton, Willard Stapleton and sisters Chattie Dent and Mae Miller.

   Bernice and Curt were married June 24, 1950 and co- owned Dixon Dry Cleaners in Raceland and Clean Rite Dry Cleaners in Ashland. She also worked at Hope's Laundry in Ashland. After her children were born she became a full-time homemaker. She loved making crafts and baking. She was a member of the 21st Street Tabernacle.

   She is survived by her children a daughter Janet Dixon Tallman and husband Frank of Louisville, KY; a son Jimmy Dixon and wife Susan of Bowling Green, OH; and granddaughter Gracen Taylor and husband Koby of Bowling Green, OH; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Will and Lynn Freeman of Lexington, KY; and Sean Freeman of Fort Collins, Colorado

   Funeral services were held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the 21st Tabernacle in Ashland with Pastor Rick Porter officiating. 

   Friends may make contributions to 21st Street Tabernacle, PO Box 1138, Ashland, KY 41105-1138. Online condolences may be made at www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Beulah Holbrook

   Beulah Burton Holbrook, 87, of Lexington, formerly of Flatwoods, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at her residence under hospice care.

   Beulah was born Sept. 5, 1934, in Carter County, a daughter of the late Harve Burton and the late Ruby Reeves Burton Baldridge. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Jack Holbrook, in 2016; an infant daughter, Cynthia; her sister, Phyllis Parsons; her brother, Harold Burton; and several other family members.

   Surviving are two sons, Blake (Pam) Holbrook of Ashland and Vincent (Susan) Holbrook of Kernersville, N.C.; a daughter, Ronda (Floyd) Taylor of Nicholasville; four grandsons, Ian Holbrook, OB-GYN (Catherine); Evan Holbrook, Pharm. D. (Selina, Ph.D.); Jack Holbrook, Esq.; and William Holbrook; four great-grandchildren, Jackson, Graham and Haddie and Faelynn (with brother Michael expected in March); several nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends.

   As a young woman, Beulah worked at the atomic plant in Ohio. Other employment was at Sears, the Russell schools' central office, Hill's Department Store and as manager of Castlewood Apartments. She was a founding and longtime former member of 13th Street Baptist Church in Ashland.

   Beulah had a generous spirit and was always ready to help others. She spent countless hours sitting with family members in hospitals and nursing facilities. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and shopping. Beulah was a survivor of both breast and kidney cancer.

   A graveside service was Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bibles from Him, 308 Etna St., Russell, KY 41169.

   Steen Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements. To express a condolence to her family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Nancy Teressa Vickers 

   Nancy Teressa Vickers, 61, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was promoted to her Heavenly home to be forever with her Lord Jesus, Wednesday, November 17, at her home while under hospice care. 

   Teressa was born August 7, 1960 in Paintsville, a daughter of the late Howard ‘Jack’ and Nancy Wells Vickers. She was a member of the Paintsville High School Class of ‘78 before moving to Florida and graduating from Hillsborough High in Tampa. She was a former member and standout of the Paintsville and Hillsborough High basketball teams. Teressa was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and received her Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She proudly served our country in the 2nd Battalion, 9th Field Artillery (Pershing II Missiles), 56th Field Artillery Command US Army, Europe, and Seventh Army. She was at the time her death a beloved health and PE teacher at Zephyrhills (Florida) High School. 

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by three sisters: Jacqueline “Jackie” Kay Vickers, Nieda Lee Preston McCallister, and Patricia Kimbler. 

   Surviving include two brothers; Larry (Lajeania) Vickers of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Garry (Helen) Vickers of Lancaster, Kentucky; two sisters: Debbie (Bill) Woolsey of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; Pam (Henry) Long of Raccoon, Kentucky. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 23 at 1 p.m. at Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church in Paintsville.  Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery. 

   In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made in Teressa’s memory to the Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, 325 Third Street, Paintsville, Kentucky 41240. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Michael Butler

   Michael Butler of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 12, 2021. He will be lovingly remembered for his kind heart and generosity.

   He was born in Ashland, Kentucky to Sam and Mabel Butler on December 28, 1951. After graduating from Russell High School, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and National Guard. He retired from Ashland Inc. after more than 35 years of service. Mike loved working outside, fishing, golfing, and following his favorite sports.

   Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 37 years, Karla, and their son, Nathan (Michelle) Butler. He is also survived by his siblings, Debbie Chittum and Larry (Vicki) Butler, many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Jack Chittum.

   A memorial service at Steen Funeral Home, 1501 Central Avenue, Ashland, was held Saturday, November 20, 2021. Burial followed at Ashland Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati online or mailed to P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, Ohio 45263.

   To share a remembrance of Michael or to extend condolences to the family please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Gurdeep Singh 

   Gurdeep Singh, 48, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Wednesday, November 17, 2021, in King's Daughters Medical Center.

   He was born December 10, 1972, in India to the late Avter Singh and Sumert Kaur.

   Gurdeep was an employee of Ramen Petroleum in Ashland.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Baljinder Kaur of Ashland; daughter, Mandeep Kaur of Ashland; and a brother, Ramendeep Singh of Ashland.

   Services for the family will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel, 3409 13th Street, Ashland, KY, 41102.

   To share a remembrance of Gurdeep or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Gloria Jean Runyons Smith

   Gloria Jean Runyons Smith, 66, of Ashland, KY passed away on November 17, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center. She was born in Ironton, OH on January 26, 1955 to the late Charles Edward and Helen Skaggs Adkins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother James Rodney Runyons.

   She was a commercial insurance agent and worked for Accordia Insurance. Gloria had a great love for music and was a singer/performer having made recordings at 9 Lives Record and 2 Cat Studios, singing in the choir of Salt and Light Church as well as Cliffside Worship where she was a member. She was also a writer of poetry.

   Gloria is survived by her loving husband Richard Smith of Ashland, and a son William Charles Smith of Lexington.

   There was a memorial service on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel and was be officiated by Pastor Dwayne Young. 

   Friends may send condolences to www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Gary Stephen Borders 

   Gary Stephen Borders, 61, of Florida, formerly of Ashland, KY, passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, November 16, 2021 at his home following a brief illness.

   Gary was born October 20, 1960 in Ashland, Kentucky to the late Harold Borders and Ava Weis Borders Geyer.

   In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by three brothers, David Borders, Joel Borders and John Borders.

   Shortly after graduating high school, he moved to Florida to help his brother with a family-owned carpet cleaning business. In 1980, he began his career with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and obtained his Corrections Officer Certification through the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission in March 1981. He quickly promoted through the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant and was selected as the Assistant Jail Administrator at the young age of 24.

   In 1989, Sheriff Borders was hired by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to supervise the Lake County Jail. He served in the capacity of Major and Chief Deputy in the Criminal Justice Operations Bureau until his appointment as the Sheriff of Lake County in 2006. In his first election in 2008, the citizens of Lake County elected him in a landslide victory to remain serving in this capacity; he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2012.

   In addition to his law enforcement duties, the Sheriff also spent a great deal of time serving on numerous boards such as Commissioner for the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Board of Directors for the Florida Sheriffs Association, Educational Foundation of Lake County, Central Florida Crimeline Board of Directors, as well as the Institute of Public Safety Advisory Board. He was also a member of the West Central Florida Police Chief’s Association and Lake County Conservative Founder’s Club.

   Sheriff Borders received many awards throughout his career to include the Florida DARE Sheriff of the Year, 2008; Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council, Golden Eagle Honoree, 2009; Eustis Elks Lodge, Citizen of the Year, 2009; Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce, Public Service Award, 2009; Lake County Community Service, Leadership Award, 2010; and the Leadership Lake County, Leader of Distinction, 2012.

   Sheriff Borders retired from office in 2017, at which time he remained a resident of Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. He enjoyed playing sports, was a huge fan of the KY Wildcats and Orlando Magic and loved spending time with family.

   Gary is the proud father of one son, Jason D. (Jennifer) Borders of St. Cloud, FL; niece, Jennifer Gilchrist (Keith) of Hoover, AL; great nieces, Brittany Beard, Natalie Beard; cousin, Betty Caudill of Ashland, brother Jeff Welch of Minneola, FL; extended family, Baby Ann Irvin, Reginald Irvin, Lindsey Irvin, Tia Irvin, Erica Irvin, Ke'Laura Irvin, Anaysia Irvin, Drayden Dobbson, Trey Irvin and Close family friend, Linda Allen of Ashland.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

   Funeral Services were Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Jensen officiating. Burial followed in Dixon Cemetery. 

   Online condolences may be left at www.canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Kamron Michael Paul Arnold

   Kamron Arnold, infant of Paul and Kelli Morgan Arnold, was born into the arms of Jesus, Wednesday, November 17 at Kings Daughters Medical Center. Kamron is survived, in addition to his parents, by a half brother, Peyton Michael Morgan.  

   Arrangements entrusted to Preston Family Funeral Home. 

 

Sharon Kay Lake

   Sharon Kay Lake, 75, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Thursday, November 11, at University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. 

   Sharon was born October 15, 1946 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Albert Harrison and Ada Ethyl Conley Lake. Sharon was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother and five sisters. She is survived by a sister, Jennie Neal of North Olmstead, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. 

   Graveside services were Thursday, November 18 at Dixon Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Brandon Matthew McKenzie

   Brandon Matthew McKenzie, 32, of Ashland, Kentucky, passed away Thursday evening November 18, 2021 in UK Medical Center. 

   Brandon was born January 24, 1989 in Huntington, West Virginia to Homer and Beulah Dalton McKenzie of Ashland. Brandon was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, Homer McKenzie Sr. 

   Brandon enjoyed hunting, fishing, video gaming, and especially his family and friends. Brandon is survived in addition to his parents by one sister, Ashley (Spencer) Williams of Chesapeake, Oh., his paternal grandmother, Janet McKenzie of Kitts Hill, Oh., his maternal grandparents, Pete and Flora Dalton of Catlettsburg, a special niece Abby “Pebbles” Williams of Chesapeake, and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Brandon will be forever missed by all that knew him. 

   Funeral services for Brandon will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home with Elder A.J. Williamson officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to service time at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Autism Speaks 1060 State Rd 2nd Floor Princeton, NJ 08540 in Memory of Brandon. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

Pamela Conley Stevens

   Pamela Denise Conley Stevens, 46, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, died peacefully in her sleep Monday morning, November 15, 2021, in the comfort of her residence following an apparent heart attack.

   “Pammie” as she was known to her family and friends was born February 4, 1975 along with her twin sister in Ashland, to Tim and Guynell Greene Conley of Catlettsburg. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Clara Greene and Orville and Ella Conley and a brother-in-law, Jeff McCalvin.

   She was a 1993 graduate of Boyd County High School and received her degrees from Ashland Community College. Pammie started her working career at K-Mart, then went to Stone & Thomas/Elder Bearman, later she worked for Fifth Third Bank and was currently a call center specialist with Members Choice Credit Union. Pam was a faithful and dedicated member of Twin Fork Church of the Nazarene where she worked with the children and teens, worked the soundboard, was involved with Nazarene Missions International, and was the Sunday school secretary.

   Pam loved all holidays, especially Christmas. She collected Santa Claus, Snowmen and Snoopy memorabilia.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Tim and Guynell Greene Conley; her identical twin sister, Missy Conley McCalvin and sister, Breanna Maynard all of Catlettsburg, sister, Chelsey Maynard of Ashland; brother, Josh Maynard of Ohio and extended family and friends.

   A celebration of Pam’s life was held Thursday, at Twin Fork Church of the Nazarene with words of comfort provided by Rev. James D. Muncy and Rev. Charles Bayless.    Tokens of love will be proudly accepted. However, if you choose contributions, those that were close to her heart include, Winter Wonderland of Lights or the Backpack Program both c/o Ashland Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 830, Ashland, KY, 41105.

   To share a memory of Pam or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Obituaries: November 9

 

 

Joseph Carl Warman

   Joseph Carl Warman "Butch", age 74 of Catlettsburg, Kentucky formally of Elkhart, Indiana left this world October 28, 2021. Joseph was born March 26, 1947 to Haskell Warman and Betty O'Dell in Montgomery, West Virginia.

   He was married to the love of his life Ceci Warman (Yesberger) on July 20, 1980 in Elkhart, Indiana.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steve, and Father-in-law Charles.

   Joseph didn't know a stranger, seems every where he went he could talk for hours. He loved tinkering in the garage and loved sitting back listening to his favorite bluegrass songs.

   Joseph loved his country and was a Vietnam War veteran and was honorably discharged from the Army after three years. He was with the 1st Infantry Division, Big Red One.

   Joseph is survived by his loving wife Ceci, three boys: Tony (Jessica) Warman, Josh Warman, and Matthew Warman (Indiana); grandsons: Brett, Gaven, and Brayden; mother-in-law Phyllis Yesberger (Indiana); sisters Marth Hill, Joyce (Clair) Kelly, and Stephanie (Ronnie) Young, also many cousins and friends.

   Funeral service were Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Bear Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church, 18730 Bear Creek Rd. Catlettsburg, Kentucky. Burial followed in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East with full military honors provided by the United States Army and American Legion Kenova Post 93.

   To express a condolence to his family or to share a memory of Butch please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Barbara Gearhart

   Barbara Marie Jackson Gearhart, 82, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, November 4, 2021 due to medical complications in King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. 

   Barbara was born at home on December 28, 1938 in downtown Ashland. She was a part of Ashland Senior High’s graduating class of 1957. She was a career homemaker. 

   Barbara is survived by three daughters; Tammy (Kenny) Dillow of Raceland, Terry (Jack) Cavins of DuQuoin, Illinois, and Rebecca Gearhart of Ashland; four grandchildren: Nicholas Joseph Dillow, Hallie Morgan Marie Huff, Cody Alan Cavins, and Rachael Danielle Fritz; one great-grandchild: Isabelle Dillow; sister Phyllis Ann Weis Farris and two cousins: Patsy Lewis and Sandra Greene all of Ashland. 

   She is preceded in death by her husband, Wendell “Rex” Gearhart with whom she spent many years together in Southern California; her father and mother, Howard William Jackson and Jeanette (Fred) Weis; sister Linda Sue Brumfield. 

   Funeral services were Monday, November 8, 2021 at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel.  Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Patricia Ann Whitney McIntyre

   Patricia Ann Whitney McIntyre, 88, of Ashland, widow of Richard A. McIntyre, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2021 following a brief illness.

   Pat was born April 3, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Herbert J. and Edythe E. Litz Whitney.

   Pat proudly served her country in the Women’s Air Force, serving in Japan, during the Korean War. She volunteered and served on the Ladies Auxillary for the Boyd County National Little League for 10+ years during the 1980s and 1990s. She retired from Ashland Oil/Super America as an executive secretary after 25+ years of service.

   Survivors include, one son, Vernon McIntyre of Raceland; one daughter, Marlene (Larry) Gonzalez of Winchester; four grandchildren, Deven Gonzalez, Taylor McIntyre, Emma McIntyre, Anna McIntyre; one great grandchild on the way that she didn’t get to meet; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home. Military services were conducted by Kenova American Legion Post #93 and the US Army.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Charles Edward Newkirk

   Charles Edward Newkirk, 85, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

   Charles was born September 24, 1936, in Ashland to the late Homer and Mattie Salyers Newkirk.

   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Wanda Martin Newkirk in 2018; a son Charles Sandford “Chucky” Newkirk; one sister Bunnie Scott; and one grandchild David Jobe.

   Charles was retired from AK Steel where he worked as an electrician. He was a member of New Buckley Free Will Baptist Church. He was also an avid fisherman. Above all Charles loved his family and was was known to all for his kindness and big heart.

   He leaves behind his daughter Shari Jobe of Ashland; two grandchildren Amanda Jobe and Stephen Jobe; two sisters Bertis Cascio (Horace) of Olney, Maryland and Sharon Chandler (Jack) of Summit; five great-grandchildren Nicholas Jobe, Katelyn Jobe, Shaylee Howard, Joseph Howard, and Myles Jobe; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Services were Sunday, November 7, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Jimm Smedley Chaplain officiating. Burial followed in Martin Cemetery in Hopewell. 

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Calvin "Gene" Eugene Jeffers

   Calvin “Gene” Eugene Jeffers, 74, of Raceland, Ky, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

   Gene was born on July 22, 1947, in Glenwood, WV to the late Orville Calvin and Beulah Knapp Jeffers. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Jeffers.

   Gene was a crane operator at AK Steel, and later in life worked as a Valet at KDMC. He was a member of Christian Faith Outreach in Ashland, and helped support the homeless ministry there, through time and donations. Gene will be remembered for his generosity, willingness to help others, and his pleasant and unchanging demeanor. He loved bluegrass music, deer hunting, and cherished spending time with his family and grandchildren.

   Gene is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sharon Kay Gillum Jeffers of Raceland; their daughter Sharon (James) Jarrell and grandchildren Kennedy and Jamerson Jarrell of Wurtland. Gene also has two sons: Emerson (Marsha) Hart of Gainesville, TX, Garron Hart of Staunton, VA, and his daughter, Angie (James) McIntyre of O’ Fallon, Illinois, and several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; four sisters, Wanda Smith, Joyce (Danny) Arthur, Debbie (Glenvill) Shull, and Sandy (Dale) Lucas; one brother, Doug Jeffers. He was a second dad to his nieces “the girls” and has a host of extended family and close friends.

   Funeral service were Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Pastor Gene Easterling officiating. Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com

 

Harry Milton “BJ” McNurlin IV 

   Harry Milton “BJ” McNurlin IV, 29 of Ashland, passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021.

   BJ was born July 15, 1993, in Alabama. BJ was preceded in death by his father, Harry Milton “Buddy” McNurlin III, great uncles, Homer Adkins and Cecil Adkins, and a great aunt, Betty Blevins.

   He was a Boilermaker in Cleveland, Ohio and worked in construction.

   BJ leaves behind his grandparents who raised him, Harry Milton McNurlin, Jr. and Phyllis Adkins McNurlin of Westwood; his mother, Cassandra Ghioto of Anniston, Alabama; one son, Robert Daniel McNurlin of Westwood; an Uncle, Rob McNurlin of Westwood; three great aunts, Sondra Andrews (Fred) of Central, South Carolina, Georgia Ray of Michigan, Linda Felty (Carl) of Westwood; two great uncles, Bob Adkins (Myla) of Westwood, Fred Adkins (Nancy) of Summit, along with a host of extended family and friends.

   A graveside service was conducted Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Dixon Cemetery in Westwood with Paul McNurlin officiating.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Dixie Compton McGuire

   Dixie Compton McGuire, 99, of Catlettsburg, KY, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 5, 2021, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

   Dixie was born December 27, 1921, to the late John R. Compton and Maude Crank Compton on Cooksey Fork of Big Cat Lawrence County, Kentucky.  She married in 1939 to Milton McGuire who passed away April 14, 1988.

   In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. McGuire was preceded in death by sons-in-law, Pete Sparks, Carl Kittle and Joe Nunley; five sisters and one brother.

   She was a member of Cannonsburg Trinity United Methodist Church of Ashland, and employed by the Boyd County School System in the cafeteria at Cannonsburg Elementary School.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Andrea Sue Sparks, Jerri Kittle of Ashland, Frances Ross, Kathy Nunley of Catlettsburg, Robert McGuire and wife Imogene of Ashland, and John McGuire, and wife Pam of Catlettsburg; 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ernie LeBlanc of Englewood, FL; and a host of extended family and friends.

   Special thinks to Peg Brickey and Pam McGuire for meals prepared weekly and for the many desserts made by Imogene McGuire.

   The special care provided by her caregivers, Jean Crites and Jo Rita Bandy along with Community Hospice Home Health and Care Center.

   Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Pastor Bruce Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Visitation will be from Noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cannonsburg Trinity United Methodist Church, 11620 Midland Trail Rd., Ashland, KY, 41102; or to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   To share a memory of Dixie or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Donald Wayne Howes

   Donald “Don” Wayne Howes, 87, a life long resident of Ashland since the age of 3, prior to that of Flatwoods, Ky passed away Monday, November 1, 2021 in Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   Don was born October 28, 1934 to the late Henry Dexter and Irma Jean Ishmael Howes. In addition to his parents Don was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Lynn Howes. 

   Don was 1952 graduate of Ashland Senior High School “Home of the Tomcats,” a school with a proud history of excellence in both academics and athletics. He began employment soon after graduating high school with C&O Railroad in Raceland as a Carman Apprentice. Employed with C&O from 1952 to 1957 and from January of 1961 to August of 1961. He also worked one Christmas season with the United States Postal Service delivering mail in the neighborhood where he lived. 

   Don began employment with Armco Steel in February of 1959 which later became AK Steel. He served his country proudly in the United States Army Reserve from January of 1958 to December of 1963 with a rank of Sergeant. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Ashland serving on different committees. He was a proud Democrat, Union Man, Kentucky Colonel, family man, and most of all a Christian. 

   Surviving Don in addition to his wife, are, three sons, Timothy “Tim” Wayne Howes and his wife Debbie of Shepherdsville, Ky., Jerry Lee Howes of Coeburn, Va., John Alan Howes and his wife Brandy of Minford, Oh., one sister, Janet Gayle Howes Salyers and her husband Larry of Christmas, Fl., four grandchildren, Amber Dawn Howes, Matthew Wayne Howes, Zoe Elise and Skylar Howes, six great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

   Funeral service for Don were Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home with Pastor John Carwell officiating. Burial followed services in Rude Cemetery in Flatwoods. 

   Condolences may be offered at www.mfh funeralhome.com Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

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Obituaries - November 16

 

 

Teresa Johnson Gibson

   Teresa Johnson Gibson, 50, of Ashland, was born June 2, 1971 in Ashland, Kentucky and returned to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, while under the care of Community Hospice.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Judith Ann Bailey Johnson in 1992.

   Teresa was baptized and received Christ as a child at Wayside Baptist Church. She was the former Family Readiness Leader for 201st Engineer Battalion U.S. Army Nation Guard. She worked for several years as a sales associate at Kmart in Ashland and the Dollar General Store in Westwood. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, cooking and was known for making her hard crack candy.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her father, Ronald H. Johnson and mother by love, Dorothy; a son, Austin Fannin (Alex Virginia Fields); two daughters, Judy Moore (Joshua Becker) and Carol Moore (Gary Peet); brother, Norman Johnson (Vanessa); sisters, Judi Ann “Annie” Johnson, Jillanna Johnson Gillum (Lional) and Jonna Johnson (John)Allen; birth siblings, Tracie Feeney, Tammi Moffatt and Brittany Brewer; special friend, Becki Potter; a beloved grandson, Jaxson Trace Allen, who loved his “Memaw Teresa”; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

   A celebration of Teresa’s life was Friday, November 12, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Chaplain Jimm Smedley.

   Contributions in Teresa’s memory should be directed to Community Hospice. To share a memory of Teresa or to express a condolence, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Jeremy Evan Griffith 

   Jeremy Griffith, 42, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, formerly of Westwood, died Thursday morning, November 11, at his home.  

   Jeremy was born May 23, 1979 in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of Larry and Anita Evans Griffith. He was a 1996 graduate of Raceland High School and attended Fairview High School. Jeremy was a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in plant and soil science. He was of the Baptist Faith. 

   Surviving, in addition to his parents, include his wife; RaeAnn Blevins Griffith; son Wyatt Alton Griffith, and a stepdaughter, Isabella Blevins. 

   Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 16 at 1 p.m. by Brother Delmaine Griffith and Brother Jesse McDavid at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Waggoner Cemetery in Elliott County, Kentucky. 

 

Sharon Lake

   Sharon Lake, 75, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Thursday afternoon, November 11, at University of Kentucky Medical Center. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Judith Pennington

   Judith Pennington, 71, of Ashland, Kentucky, died peacefully, Thursday evening November 11, at Woodland Oaks Health Care Facility. 

   Judith was born December 9, 1949 in Pike County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Larry and Lou Anna Brown Pennington. She spent her younger years in Pike County and spent most of her adult life in Ashland. Judith was a retired administrative assistant from Ashland Community College, a member of Christ United Methodist church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.  She had a beautiful voice and was invited to sing at many local events. 

   Judith was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers: Greg and Doug Pennington. She is survived by her sister: Linda Pennington of Ashland; neice and nephew Lacy and Jordan Fannin of Olive Hill. She is also survived by her special little dog; Sophie. 

   She had so many wonderful and caring friends. Her family wishes to thank the North Side Staff of Woodland Oaks Nursing Home, she could have not had better care. 

   Contributions may be made, in Judith’s memory, to Christ United Methodist Church, 2335 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. 

   A private burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are  under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Christopher Stephen Campbell

   Christopher Stephen Campbell, 45, of Ashland, KY passed away Sunday afternoon, November 7,2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Chris was born May 6,1976 in Ashland to the late Cindy Gallaher and Mark Campbell of Russell. Chris was a true free spirit who loved art, music and spending time with friends and family.

   In addition to his father, Chris is survived by a daughter Darby Campbell of Russell, a son, Damien Cole of Lexington, his fiancée, Toni Bobbitt and her daughters, Raycee and Adara, stepmother Sandra Bowe Campbell of Russell, stepfather Mike Ward (Pat) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, two brothers Luke Ward (Ashley) of Kenova, WV and Corey Campbell (Rachel) of Austin, TX, two nephews Tobias Campbell and Japhy Circelli and an abundance of friends and family. In addition to his mother, Chris was preceded in death by Darby and Damien’s mother, Angela DiMarco.

   A memorial service was held Saturday, November 13,2021 at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. 

   Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

Georgia N. Slone

   Georgia Slone, 85, of Ashland, Kentucky, died peacefully Wednesday evening, November 10. 

   Georgia was born November 27, 1935 in Carter County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late John and Damie Carroll Tackett. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, John Slone in 2003; a brother, James ‘Lefty’ Tackett; sisters Juanita Loudenback and Peggy Lambert, and grandchildren Matthew and Erin Elam. 

   Georgia is survived by a son, Robert Slone and wife Jennifer, of Flatwoods;  four daughters: Margaret Maynard of Ashland, Jerry Slone of Flatwoods, Jo Alice Hickman and husband Paul, of Westwood, Ramona Campbell of Ashland; brother Johnny Tackett and wife Barb, of Westwood; sister Jackie Cannoy and husband Bob, of Westwood; seven grandchildren: Dennis Maynard, Robert Barnett, Matt Elam, Christopher Slone, Michael White, Amanda Caskey, and Tiffany Slone; 17 great grandchildren: Skylar Barnett, Tara Barnett, Austin Barnett, Damien Maynard, Erin Maynard, Lexxus Elam, Nevaeh Elam, Kyrah White, Dawson Slone, Dillon Slone, Emma-Kate Slone, Scarlett Slone, Levi Slone, Miranda Caskey, Madison Caskey, Sophia Hobbs, and Emma Hickman. 

   Funeral services were November 13 at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. 

 

H.B. Perkins

   Harry B. “HB” Perkins, Jr., 78, of Catlettsburg, passed away Sunday, November 7. HB was born September 25, 1943 in Catlettsburg. He was the son of the late Harry B. Sr. and Mary Fornash Perkins. In addition to his parents, HB was preceded in death by daughter Katrina Cornett and several brothers and sisters.

   HB was a lifelong resident of Catlettsburg. He served his country honorably with the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Post 93 in Kenova. He had a long and rewarding career with the railroad and retired as lead machinist with 31 years of service from the Huntington Division of CSX. He loved fishing and watching his favorite sporting events on TV.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 58 years Beulah Kiser Perkins of Catlettsburg, daughters Tara Perkins and fiancé James McCalvin of Argillite, Natasha McCoy and husband Chris of Grayson, brother John (Bobbi) Perkins of Ashland, sister Garnett (James) Fitzgerald of Catlettsburg, grandchildren JP, Kyle, Braidan, Ashton, Billy, Brooke, Isaac, Calob, Cadaynce and Gunner, great grandchildren Jayla, Kenadi and baby on way. Additional survivors include many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

   HB was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Funeral and burial services will be held privately. Full military honors will be provided by the US Army and the American Legion Post 93.

   To share a condolence please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Ramona Gail Crislip

   Ramona Crislip, 83, of Ashland, Kentucky, wife of Cecil Crislip, Jr., died Tuesday evening, November 9, at Community Hospice Care Center.  

   Ramona was born March 11, 1938 a daughter of the late James Andrew and Rosie Emily Cartmell Kirk.  She was a retired food service supervisor from Woodland Oaks Health Care Facility. Ramona was a member of the Rockdale Freewill Baptist Church. 

   Surviving, in addition to her husband, include a daughter, Tammy Thomas and husband Greg, of Greenup; two grandchildren: Heather Woods and husband John, of Cannonsburg, and Melissa Suttles and husband Derrick, of Raceland; three great grandchildren: Emily and Josie Woods, and Brody Suttles; five brothers and two sisters. 

   Graveside services were Friday, November 12 at Dixon Cemetery by Brother Johnny Stapleton. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Jimmy Grant Roberts

   Jimmy Grant Roberts, 75, of Ashland, went home on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, to be with his Lord and Savior whom he had spent his entire life longing to see.

   He was born July 3, 1946, in Paintsville, Kentucky, to the late Norman “Payday” Roberts and Isabelle Tackett Roberts.

   Jimmy retired following a 38 1/2 year career with AK Steel. He was a devoted member of Wildwood Baptist Church where he attended the Seekers Sunday school class. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, yardwork and spent countless hours volunteering at his church and visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, Judy Blair Roberts of Ashland; three children, Missy (Tracy) Hillman of Russell, Jerry Grant (Kelli) Roberts of Raceland and Stephanie Roberts of Ashland; brother, Norman “Gene” (Malta) Roberts, Jr. of Ashland; grandchildren, Tiffany (Adam) Gaskin, Morgan (Tony) Arthur, Kayla (Tyler) Gill and Autumn (Matt) Jones; and seven great grandchildren, Grace, Emmie, Willow, Evalynn, Addyson, Ella and Owen.

   A celebration of Jimmy’s life was Friday, November 12, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor Tom Leach and Steve Evans. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Although flowers are welcome, contributions in Jimmy’s memory may be made to Wildwood Baptist Church or Community Hospice.

   To share a memory of Jimmy or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Danny Eugene Boyles

   Danny Eugene Boyles, 73, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY.

   Mr. Boyles was born on December 22, 1947, in Ironton, OH to the late Paul Boyles and Bonnie McKenzie Rayburn.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Boyles was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila Woodall Boyles and grandson, Brennan Haggard.

   Mr. Boyles was a foreman and machinist at CSX Transportation. He enjoyed playing the role of Santa Claus for his grandchildren and local community. He loved to sing on the worship team at Flatwoods First Pentecostal Church in Flatwoods, KY where he was a member.

   Mr. Boyles is survived by his two daughters, Dr. Amy Kathleen (Christopher) Midkiff of Lexington and Mary Elizabeth (Chad) Haggard of Wurtland; five grandchildren: Matthew Haggard, McKenzie Haggard, Lindsey Midkiff, AJ Haggard, and Jack Midkiff; a brother, Earl “Shorty” Boyles of Lexington; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Flatwoods First Pentecostal Church (1110 Bellefonte Rd, Flatwoods, KY 41139) with Pastor Shane Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Garden in Russell. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.

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

   Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries - October 26

 

 

Bernice Ann Williams 

   Bernice Ann Williams, 66 passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021, of Brain Cancer, peacefully at her home in Crestview, FL. surrounded by her family. 

   She was born in Ashland, KY, on March 19, 1955. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlie L. Williams Sr. and Bernice Whitt Williams and four brothers, Michael, Carlie Jr., Larry, and Jeffery Williams. 

   She was a 1973 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. She moved to FL in 1974 where she met Vince Barrera and they married the same year. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 1979 and was medically retired in 1981.  She married J. J. Wright in 1987. 

   She is survived by two brothers, Eddie Williams of Flatwoods, Paul Williams and wife Connie of Sedalia, MO., two sisters Patricia and husband Eddie Griffith of Ashland, and Jerrie Moore and niece Ashleigh Moore and nephew Austin Moore all of Crestview, FL., along with numerous other nieces and nephews.  Bernice (Berni) enjoyed dancing and any types of sweets. 

   A funeral service to honor Bernice’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel followed by entombment in Ashland Cemetery.

   Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2021, at the funeral home.

   To share a memory of Bernice or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Sheila K. Smith

   Sheila K. Smith, 77, of Ashland, Ky., passed away October 19, 2021 in Kingsbrook nursing home followed by an extended illness. 

   Sheila was born August 13, 1944 in Ashland. Preceding her death was her husband James G. Smith “Snuffy.” 

   Surviving are three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

   A graveside service was held Monday, October 25, 2021 at Rose Hill Burial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com

 

Ronald D. “CoCo” Hensley 

   Ronald D. “CoCo” Hensley, 87, of Flatwoods, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his residence after an extended illness. 

   Ron was born August 9, 1934 in Danleyton to the late John David and Lucille Owens Hensley. Along with his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his spouse Virginia “Jenny” Thornbury Hensley in 2019, three children, Elizabeth Hensley, Donald Hensley and Ronald Hensley, one brother, Kenneth Ray Hensley, and three sisters, Olive Gertrude Bledsoe, Barbara Ann Tackett, and Patty Kay Melvin. 

   Ron was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Flatwoods and retired from CSX as a conductor. Ron evangelized the virtues of hard work and financial responsibility, and spent a lifetime practicing what he preached.  This discipline allowed him to be a dutiful provider, ensuring that his family’s needs were met and so much more.  

   Ron was strong and tough, yet with age, those characteristics gave way to reveal the caring, loving man that he was.  The birth of his granddaughters helped with this change.  In addition to helping raise those girls, Ron enjoyed gardening, golfing, trips to Florida, visiting with his family. He was a songbird, and if you passed by his house, you probably heard him singing a tune on his front porch swing.  In his final days, he said that if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t change a thing.  Neither would we.  

   Surviving Ron are daughter, Vickie Pitts and her husband Gary of Flatwoods, two brothers: Warren William Hensley of Flatwoods, John Paul Hensley of Worthington; sister Helen Rose Medley of Flatwoods, granddaughters Mandy Ruth and her husband T.D., Veronica Hale and her fiancé Ben Hunt, and two great grandchildren who he loved and cherished, Ellie Ruth and Wells Ruth. 

   His family would like to express their gratitude to caregivers Audra McReynolds, Kathy Blake, and DeeDee Wallace, who worked around the clock to ensure he was comfortable in his final days, and hospice nurses Kim, Blake, and Nanny, who went above and beyond to meet his needs.  

   Funeral services for Ron were held Friday, October 22, 2021 at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Marvin Boggs officiating. Burial was in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.

 

Dennie A. Crisp, Sr.

   Dennie Alford Crisp, Sr., 89, of Ashland, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   He was born August 12, 1932, in Greenup County, Kentucky, to the late Thomas and Lucinda Moore Crisp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Ann Wilson Crisp; son, Dennie Alford “Bud” Crisp, Jr., stepson, David Greene and 11 siblings.

   Dennie was a member of Cannonsburg Church of Christ and was the owner of Crisp Service Center for 61 years. He was a talented musician. He opened shows for Mel Tillis, Loretta Lynn, Little Jimmy Dickens and many others. He performed at Coalton Jubilee, Sunshine Valley, Wright Shopping Center, Rockdale Jubilee and traveled overseas to perform for the U.S.O. He once beat Patsy Cline in a talent contest.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nellie Sparks Crisp; sons, Ronald (Teresa) Crisp and Rodney Crisp; daughters, Jody (Joe) Whitlock and Amber (Luke) Martin; step-daughter, Tammi Greene Walters; grandchildren, Shasta Stephens, Sarah McPeek, Samantha McDavid, Seth Whitlock, Brandon Crisp, Brittany Leader, Ryan Crisp, Chelsea Seagraves and Jessica Hart; step-grandsons, Joshua David Greene and Nicholas Greene; 19 great grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

   A funeral service was held October 21, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Sam Meek officiating. 

   To share a memory of Dennie or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Christopher Allen Dillow 

   Christopher Allen Dillow, 44, of Ashland, husband of Melanie Stewart Dillow, passed away Friday, October 22, with his family by his side.

   Chris was born November 25, 1976, at Ashland, KY to the late Delbert Allen Dillow and Patricia Wright Dillow. Chris attended Boyd County Schools and had previously worked as a laborer in the manufacturing industry.

   Chris was a very proud Trump Supporter and never let a day pass that he did not share his love for Trump and the Trump Administration and Policies.

   Chris is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Melanie Dillow; two daughters, Peyton Collins and her husband, Mike of Brandenburg, KY and Clara Dillow of Ashland; one brother, Jeffery Dillow and his wife Margie, of Kenova, WV and an “adopted” daughter, Randi Greene, along with several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

   A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of the service on Saturday.

   Online condolences may be left for the family at Canifffuneralhome.com

 

Terry Layne Callihan

   Terry Layne Callihan, 66, of Flatwoods, Ky. passed October 21, 2021 of a brief illness. 

   Terry was born September 25, 1955 in Huntington, WVa. to the late Harlod E. and Vivian Juanita Cunningham Callihan. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Callihan, and his extended family, Mac Callihan, Connie Hamilton, Leonard Hamilton, Ginger Callihan, John Callihan, and Andy Cochran. 

   Terry retired from CSX as a pipefitter and was a member of the Wurtland Church of God where he enjoyed playing guitar for many years. 

   Surviving him are his wife Denine Callihan of Flatwoods, one son, Terry Callihan and his wife Betsy of Raceland, one daughter, Ramona Alvarado and husband Genaro of Flatwoods, two brothers, Tim Callihan and his wife Bonnie of Flatwoods, Michael Callihan and his wife Misty of Lloyd, one sister, Brenda Johnson and her husband Lee of Westwood, three sisters-in-laws, Denise Cochran Vaughn of Wurtland, Jeri Brown and her husband Mike of Ashland, Edna Ray Callihan of Flatwoods, and five grandchildren: Cullen Callihan, Rylie Hale and her husband Bobby, Jayden Callihan, Gabbi Alvarado, and Quinn Alvarado and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

   Funeral services for Terry will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Wurtland Church of God with Pastor Chester Keathley and Johnny Callihan officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.

 

Helen Marie Jones 

   Helen Marie Jones, 96, of Rush, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born July 1, 1925 in Carter County, KY. She was a daughter of the late Bert and Martha Lucas Davis. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Jones, her brothers Edward and Howard Davis and her granddaughter Mary Louise Jones.

   Helen was affiliated with the Rush Baptist Church. She worked in sales with Pollock’s Jewelers and the former Star’s Fashion World. She loved to travel, especially on girl trips, and enjoyed tending her beautiful flowers around her home. She also loved fishing with her late husband Clyde.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Betty (Eddie) Kress of Nicholasville, Jan (Doug) Blevins of Summit, her son Thomas G. Jones of Rush, her grandchildren she adored Mark Blevins, Tommy (Sara) Jones, Tony (Kathleen) Jones, great grandsons Colin and Morgan, her sister-in-law Carolyn Davis of Lexington, and a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home, 13th Street Chapel. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

   To share a memory with Helen’s family or to simply express a condolence, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Debra Leigh Martin

   Debra Leigh Martin, 67, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation.

   She was born August 14, 1954 in Ashland, the daughter of Nancy See Turman of Ashland and the late William McDowell Turman.

   She was a former supervisor at Ashland Federal Savings and Loan and a phlebotomist for the Red Cross. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

   In addition to her mother, she is also survived by her husband, Stephen Martin; two sons, Jason W. (Leigh Ann) Martin of Russell Springs, KY and Justin T. Martin of Lafayette, LA; two brothers, William Jeffrey (Kate) Turman of Terrace Park, OH and Timothy Ray (Laura) Turman of Taylors, SC; one sister, Beth (Jeff) Palmeter of Kingsport, TN; four grandchildren, Savannah Martin, Mariah Martin, Colton Martin and Austin Martin.

   Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 22, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home, Central Ave. Chapel by Rev. Steven Smythers. Burial followed at Ashland Cemetery. 

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101.To share a memory or to express a condolence to her family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Creighton Lee Hill

   Creighton Lee Hill, 73, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Sunday evening, October 17, at Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   Creighton was born September 19, 1948 in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late William “Bill” and Helen Kazee Hill. He was retired from the Kentucky Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole. Creighton was also a former steelworker at AK Steel. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Ora Hill, and a brother, Jimmy Gates. 

   He is survived by a very special significant other: Joyce Howard; son Robert Hill and wife Cheryl of Huntington, West Virginia; brother Cranston Hill and wife Cathy of Westwood; sister Kim Grant and husband Dennis of Wurtland; sister in law Linda Gates, granddaughter Madison Hill, and several nieces and nephews. 

   Memorial services were Friday, October 22 at Preston Family Funeral Home by Michael Greene. 

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