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 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 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.