Ralph Edward “Eddie” Smith

   Ralph Edward “Eddie” Smith passed at his Ashland home on September 16, 2020. Eddie was born on October 16, 1957 in Ashland to the late Loretta W. and James A. Smith. He was also preceded in death by brothers James “Jimmy” Smith and William David Smith.

   Eddie is survived by a sister, Lora (Philip) Stewart and two brothers Mike (Dixie) Smith and Randy (Patty) Smith. Eddie’s nieces include Jessica Smith, Brittney (Adam) Bowen, Allison (Ben) Jenkins, Kelly (James) Smallwood, Julie (Joe) Thacker, and Kim (Edgar) Melendez and nephews Jason (Kimberly) Smith and Tyler Smith.

   A true blue Kentuckian, Eddie loved his community almost as much as he loved the Kentucky Wildcats. The neighborhood will never be the same without his smile and helping hand. Ed was always there to assist a friend in need, and served many years helping with all of the behind-the-scenes work at Summer Motion and Poage Landing Days. He was always ready with a smile, a laugh, and a goofy joke for the kids. He could often be found at a local ball field cheering on his nieces and nephews while they played.

   Services were held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Steen Funeral Home - 13th Street Chapel with speaking by Adam Bowen and Jason Smith.

   To offer condolences or remembrance of Eddie, please visit steenfuneralhome.com.

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Ephraim Kendall Felts

   Ephraim Kendall Felts, often referred to as Captain Ready by his children and affectionately known as Bop to his grandchildren, passed away at the age of 86 on September 14, 2020 at his home in Catlettsburg. He was born on July 23, 1934 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

   Kendall attended Forest Hill High School and graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-1956 where he returned home as a Sergeant. Shortly after coming home, he married his high school sweetheart. He adored taking care of his wife. She noted that not a day would go by in the last few years of his life that he would go to Walmart without bringing her home a new bouquet of flowers to brighten her day.

   Kendall worked in the garment manufacturing industry and retired from Corbin at age 62. He enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be camping, hunting, woodworking or simply going for walks.

   Kendall is preceded by his parents, Elbert and Lois, and his sister Annie Evelyn Frazier. He is survived by his adoring wife, Christine Felts; two sisters, Faynell Neely and Dot Shanks; sons Rex Felts of Lexington, Will Felts (Deanna) of Louisville, Gary Felts of Madison, Wisconsin, and his daughter Krysti Klaiber (Tim) of Catlettsburg. He’s also survived by six grandchildren, Macey Felty (Kade), Collin Felts, Madison Klaiber, Ethan Felts, and Cristina and Tyler Felts. Kendall had one great grandchild, Selah Felty, adopted from Uganda, Africa.

   Kendall embodied countless tremendous qualities, being recognized by many as the most honest man they knew. Kendall’s life left a deep impact on those he came across throughout his years. In the words of his beloved wife, “to hurt deeply means to love deeply.”

   Funeral services were Thursday, September 17 by Pastor Kyle Vanover at Preston Family Funeral Home with full military rites by Post 93 American Legion.

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Janet Shull

 

   Janet Gayle Shull, 80, of Flatwoods, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday evening, September 15, 2020.

   She was born October 23, 1939, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Haskell and Rosa Kegley Adkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gary L. Shull; an infant daughter, Shawn Lyrae Williams; and a sister, Charlotte Kay Shrewsbury.

   Janet retired following a long career as a postal carrier in Ashland and was a member of Boyd County Homemakers. Janet was a beloved mother, grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Shane (Tracy) Williams of Ashland, Tracy (Stephen) Anderson of Edmond, OK, Stephanie (Edward) Ting of Cortland, OH, Troy (Cindy) Shull of Cincinnati, OH and Margery (Frank) DiCesare of Chandler, AZ; sister, Elizabeth “Libby” (Roy) Cline; grandchildren, Alexandra (Dominic) Carusone, Zachary Anderson, Jordyn Ting, Ashton Anderson, Eric Williams, Hope Shull and Grace Shull. Janet is also survived by a host of extended family and dear friends.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Janet’s memory should be directed to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101. To share a remembrance, visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

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Shannon Leigh Rice

 

   Shannon Leigh Rice, 23, of Lexington, formerly of Ashland, passed away Monday, September 14, 2020 at her residence.

   Shan was born October 20, 1996 in Ashland to Raymond and Samantha Rice. She was preceded in death by a special grandmother, Wilhelmina Hatfield.

   Shan was a 2015 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and was employed with Humana as a Pharmacy Representative. Shan was a very selfless and caring person who always put others above herself and helped anyone she saw that was in need. She understood the importance of prayer and never failed to remind people to pray and that Jesus loves them.

   Shan leaves behind her loving parents, Raymond Michael Rice and Samantha Lee Rowe Rice both of Georgetown; a brother, Aaron Michael Rice of Georgetown; a sister, Cassie Marie Helms (Cody) of Flatwoods; her paternal grandparents, Robert and Pamela Hatfield of Ohio; her niece and nephew, Kaesar and Isabella Helms; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Friday, September 18, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home with Chris Hammond officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park. Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

   In the words of Shannon, “Remember to Pray” and “Jesus Loves You!”

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Mary Elizabeth Wolfe

   Mary Elizabeth Wolfe, 100, of Lexington, formerly of Ashland, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020, in the comfort of her residence.

   She was born May 10, 1920, in Carter County, a daughter of the late Byron and Minnie Stewart Hereford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Delbert Timothy Wolfe; daughter and son in law, Karen and Donald Frailie; brothers, Frank and Bill Hereford; sisters, Thelma Bates, Grace Tufts, Nell Hereford, Alma Easterling, Margaret Hereford and Jeanne Walker.

   Elizabeth was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church in Ashland and attended Tates Creek Christian Church in Lexington. Her life’s work was being a devoted homemaker. She was an avid reader, loved to bake and cook and to do crossword puzzles.

   Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter and son in law, Jan and Gregory Kasten of Nicholasville; four grandchildren, Jennifer Kasten, Andrea (Matt) Edin, Mary Beth (Nick) Blankenship and Michael (Ashley) Kasten; seven great grandchildren, Jian Edin, Olivia Edin, Antoine Nahas, Cassia Nahas, Julian Nahas, Margot Kasten and Ellis Kasten. Elizabeth is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Brother Terry Edin. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Visitation will be held from Noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and masks will be required.

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth’s memory should be directed to Karen W. Frailie Christian Education Fund, P.O. Box 829, Ashland, Kentucky, 41105; Lexington Rescue Mission, 444 Glen Arvin Avenue, Lexington, KY, 40508; The Salvation Army or to your favorite charity.

   To share a remembrance of Elizabeth or to view the service via livestreaming, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

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