Obituaries - November 24

 

 

Charley Adams

   Charley Adams, 96, of Flatwoods, KY passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.

   Mr. Adams was born July 3, 1924 in Shivley, WV, to the late Fred and Sally Adams.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Cox Adams and his second wife, Frances Waddle Adams; one granddaughter, Crissy Colegrove Perkins; a brother, Jude Farley; and two beloved son-in-laws, Ron Colegrove and Bob Moore.

   Those left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Sandra Adams Moore and Karen Adams Colegrove; three grandchildren, Ginger (Steve) French, David Baldridge, and Travis (Leah) Moore; six great-grandchildren: Adam (Angela) Woods, Amber (Tyler) Pennington, Erik (Erika) Woods, Jennifer (Chase) Woods, Cortanie Moore, and Robert Moore; five great great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends: Rick (Valerie) Waddle, Maggie (Ricky), and Waylon.

   Charley was a loving husband, parent, and grandparent. He was a Navy WWII Veteran and retired from ARMCO as a crane operator. Charley loved the Lord and served him through his ministry of preaching God’s Word.

   The family would like to thank those who brought food to the home and everyone who expressed condolences.

   During Charley’s life, he celebrated a large church family, who he loved and cherished. However, we ask they be with the family in spirit rather than in person due to COVID-19.

   There will be a private funeral service for family only.

Visitation was on Friday, November 20, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Community Hospice Care Center (2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland, KY 41101). Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Ray Marshall

   Ray Marshall, 81, of Grayson, Kentucky, died Saturday evening, November 21 at Carter County Nursing and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Kevin Jean Swift Frame

   Kevin Jean Swift Frame, 71, of Ashland, Ky., died peacefully Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

   She was born February 15, 1949 in Ashland to the late Walter G. “Frog” Swift and Dixie Lee Pruitt Swift.

   Kevin was a 1966 graduate of Paul Blazer High School and attended Morehead State University. She was a longtime member of Lifesong Church, Red Hat Society, Democratic Women’s Club, 66 Class Reunion Committee and was a Kentucky Colonel. Kevin retired as a social worker following a long career with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

   Kevin was a ray of positivity, optimism and was a bright spot to anyone who met her. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by those she loved most and she worked selflessly to care for them.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband whom she recently celebrated 50 years of marriage, Ed Frame of Ashland; daughter, Mindy Henson and husband, Brian of Ashland; sons, Ryan (Heather Moore) Frame and Nathan (Amber Leibee) Frame of Ashland; sisters, Leslye Mason and husband, Randy of Cold Spring, Ky., and Susan Reliford of Ashland; aunt, Judy (David) Hill; lifelong friend, Corrine Gearhart; grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as Nana, Emily (David McIntosh) Martin, Logan Martin, Chloe Frame, Adam Frame, Peyton Moore, Mollie Moore and Layken Roach; one great grandchild, Oliver “Ollie” McIntosh and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Kevin’s celebration of life was Saturday, November 21. Entombment followed in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kevin’s memory should be made to Lifesong Church, 438 Boyd St, Russell, KY 41169, or to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org.

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

 

Drexel Ford Skaggs

   Drexel Ford Skaggs, 84, of Greenup, passed away on Sunday, November 22, surrounded by his loved ones.

   Mr. Skaggs was born October 29, 1936, in Sandy Hook, KY to the late Joseph and Maudie Ison Skaggs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all his siblings.

   Drexel was a Bridge Superintendent for Vecellio and Grogan in Beckley and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Flatwoods.

   Mr. Skaggs is survived by his loving wife, Donna Faye Hamilton Skaggs, of Greenup; a son, Rodney Kevin (Becky) Estep of Kitts Hill, OH; a daughter, Kim (Chris) Duerk of Rockport, IN; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family has arranged a private funeral service with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor Marvin Boggs officiating. Mr. Skaggs will be laid to rest at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell. Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Darrel Hall

   Darrel Wayne Hall, 70, of Rush, Kentucky, died Monday morning, November 16, at his home.

   Darrel was born January 14, 1950 in Ashland, a son of the late Stanley and Nellie Bowling Hall. 

   He was a former employee of National Mines, Tri State Auto Auction, and the Boyd County Road Department. Darrel’s hobbies included building dirt track cars, auto restoration, and just hanging out in the garage. He enjoyed weaving on a loom and made hats and toboggans that he donated to the KDMC Oncology Floor and the Cincinnati Homeless Shelter. Darrel’s love for family and friends showed in everything he did, and everyone that knew him called him friend.

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Karen Krantz. Darrel was survived by two daughters: Sarah Hall and Kimberly Hall, both of Ashland; sister Donna Lunik and husband Andy of Covington, Kentucky; three grandchildren: Jordan and Aliyah Gibson and Natalie Hall, several nieces and nephews and extended family members, and his former wife and best friend, Cecelia Castle Hall.

   Darrel’s family would like to thank the Ohio State LVAD Clinic, Tech Medical, and the former OLBH Home Health Care.

   Funeral services were Saturday, November 21, at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery.

 

Deborah Lynn True

   Deborah Lynn True, 70, of Flatwoods, Ky., passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020.

   She was born in Ashland, Ky., on April 16, 1950, to the late Delmar Glen and Betty Thompson Sturgill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl True (2019) and brother, Glen Randall Sturgill.

   Deborah was a business owner of D. E. True Industrial Services and worked as a Cytotechnology Laboratory Supervisor at King’s Daughters Medical Center. She was a graduate of Ohio State University and Fairview High School. She attended First Baptist Church of Russell. Deborah loved her family and was known as “Hunny” by her six grandchildren. She was a caregiver to family, known for her willingness to serve others, and loved to give gifts.

   Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Andrew David (Erin) True of Seabrook, Texas; a daughter, Dr. Abbe (Phillip) Cassity of Russell; a sister, Judy (Randy) Scaggs of Westwood; a sister in law, Jo Sturgill of Ashland; grandchildren, Gabrielle (Luke) Cassity-Bailey, Gunner Cassity and Dean, Keenan, Aubrey and Brynn True.

   Funeral services were on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel and were officiated by Pastor Ken Gowin. Burial is in Ashland Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Deborah’s memory may be made to The Neighborhood, 2516 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Ky., 41101.

   To share a remembrance of Deborah or to express a condolence to her family, please visit; steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Michael Lee Wilson

   Michael Lee Wilson passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was a resident of Starke, Florida and formerly lived in Ponte Vedra, Florida for several decades.

   Mike, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Ashland, Kentucky on July 17, 1950. Proceeding him in death: his father Edward Wilson, his mother Doris Virginia Wilson, his grandmother Ethel Bowling, and daughter-in-law April Wilson.

   Mike is survived by his son Christopher Michael Wilson, of Starke, FL; granddaughters Brieanna Wilson, of Lake City, FL and Madison Wilson, of Raleigh, NC; great-grandchildren Keizer Spaulding of Jacksonville, FL and Kinsley Wilson of Lake City, FL; brothers Sammy Crum of Virginia Beach, VA and Shane Wilson of Portsmouth, VA; sisters Teresa Galliher of Bryan, TX, Brenda Jarchow of Virginia Beach, VA, and Stacey McKenzie of Winchester, KY.

   Early in life, Mike ventured into welding and was a Boilermaker for some time. He later fulfilled his dream of owning his own business and opening up MD’s Sports Pub in Jacksonville Beach, FL. He even extended his business acumen into a lawn care service MLI Incorporated before retirement.

   He will always be remembered for his love of motorcycles and sports cars. Everyone that knew him respected his patriotism, passion for the 2nd Amendment, and enthusiasm for both antique and modern weaponry. He was a charismatic man who was well known for his story telling and jokes. Mike never met a stranger, and could easily strike up a conversation with anyone.

   On November 28, 2020 at 11 a.m., Steen Funeral Home will hold a Graveside Service at Golden Oaks Cemetery in Ashland, KY. Eulogy will be presented by his sister Stacey McKenzie.

 

Brenda Gail Brown Binkley

   Brenda Gail Brown Binkley, 67, of Argillite, KY, formally of Darbydale, OH, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Kingsbrook Life Care Center in Ashland, KY.

   Ms. Binkley was born July 5, 1953, in Ashland, KY, to the late George Lawrence and Betty Jean Adkins Brown.

   In addition to her parents, Ms. Binkley was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Ralph Binkley, Jr.

   Brenda was an office clerk for Nationwide Insurance and a member of Church of the Nazarene in Darbydale, OH. She was a beloved mother, wife, and friend.

   Ms. Binkley is survived by her two spectacular children, Commander Jeremiah Johnson(Jenifer) Binkley, USN of Omaha, NE and Dental Extraordinaire, Nora Jean Jaqueline (Steve) Wellman of Gahanna, OH; six grandchildren that she was super proud of: Haley, Stephen, Samantha, Emma, Sarah, and Hunter; two brothers, George Lawrence (Nancy) Brown Jr. of Ashland, KY and John (Becky) Brown of Wurtland, KY; two sisters, Cherri (Mike) Vint of Georgetown, KY and Linda D. (Richard) Hatchel of Greenboro, NC; and a host of extended family and friends.

   Due to COVID-19, there will not be no public services.

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

   Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Marshia Ann Kazee

   Marshia Ann Kazee, 68, of Ashland, KY was lovingly taken into the arms of Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY.

   Ms. Kazee was born September 7, 1952, in Ashland, KY, to the late James Owen Kazee Jr. and Virginia Mae Henry Kazee.

   Marshia was so full of life, laughter, and could always put a smile on the faces of her family and everyone she met. For years she was active in her church, First Pentecostal Church in Flatwoods, KY, and took great joy in helping with the youth group. Marshia loved the Lord, her family, and Kentucky Wildcats basketball.

   Left behind to cherish her memory is a loving family that consists of: four siblings, Judith Gentner of Dayton, OH, Pam Tolliver of Garrison, KY, Mike Kazee of Wurtland, KY, and Connie Nelson of China Grove, NC; along with many nieces and nephews who only have fond memories of their Aunt Marshia.

   The family has arranged a private service with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

   Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Kathy Lynn Lynch Taylor

   Kathy Lynn Lynch Taylor, 54, wife of Paul Taylor of Ona, WV, passed away Wednesday evening November 18, 2020 at her home.

   Kathy was born July 1, 1966 in Ashland. She was a 1984 graduate of Paul G Blazer High School and a graduate of Morehead State University. She was a Sales Representative with Daman Superior of East Brady, PA and attended Milton Baptist Church.

   Kathy enjoyed outdoor adventures with her husband and family, such as hiking, boating, kayaking, backpacking, and trips to the beach.

   Kathy leaves behind her loving husband, Charles Paul Taylor, Jr; mother, Judy Lynch; father, Tom Lynch (Kim); brothers, Jay and Greg Carney; sister Megan Taylor (Bryan); sons Chad Taylor (Crystal), Benji Taylor (Megan); daughter, Tiffani Stewart (Patrick); grandchildren, Makinley, Caspian, Colton, Finn, Naz, and Monroe; niece and nephew, Collin and Reagan; and many extended family and friends.

   Due to Kentucky’s Covid-19 mandated restrictions, funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, KY.

   Caniff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

   Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at canifffuneralhome.com

 

Fred R. Williams

   Fred R. Williams, 76, of Greenup, KY, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, KY.

   Mr. Williams was born November 24, 1943, in Russell, to the late Arnold and Lillian Faye Morgan Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Underwood.

   Fred really enjoyed his job at TNL for ARMCO in Ashland. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. He was of the Christian faith.

   Mr. Williams is survived by his daughter, Sheila (Tim) Miller of Flatwoods; two grandchildren, Amber (Nathan) Bentley of Raceland, and Chris (Carla) Stacy of Greenup; four great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

   The family has arranged a private burial with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY. Condolences can be made at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

John Frank Lyon

   John Franklin Lyon, 93, of Ashland, Ky. passed away Saturday morning, November 14, 2020 at Kingsbrook Nursing Facility in Ashland, Ky.

   Mr. Lyon was born December 17,1926 in Fielden, Ky, a son of the late William E. Lyon and Alma D. Brickey.

   In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Beulah Leatrice Lyon and son William Morton Lyon.

   Mr. Lyon is survived by a son, Erie Lyon of Inverness, Fl. and a sister Monnie Hoberg of Okanogan, WA.

   A private burial will take place at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, Ky.

   Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

   Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Bailey Family Funeral Home, 2110 Argillite Road, Flatwoods, KY 41139 to help with burial expenses.

   Online condolences may be left at “baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.”

 

Robert West

   Robert West, 73, of Catlettsburg, KY passed away Friday November 20 at Kings Daughters’ Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 8, 1947 in Ashland to the late Ernest and Bessie Myers West. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Ernest West and Bill West and sisters Pearl West, Jackie West and Anna May West.

   As a young man, Robert joined the Air Force and was stationed at Polk Air Force Base in North Carolina. He then spent 34 years working for General Motors in both Pontiac and Lake Orion, Michigan.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Pearlie West of Catlettsburg, his sons Robert West of Catlettsburg and Michael West of Oxford, MI, his daughter Robin West of Catlettsburg, two grandchildren Emily West and Conner West and one great-grandson Alucard West; two sisters Colleen Atkins and Patricia (Curtis) Livingston.

   A memorial service will be held in the Spring when all his family and friends can be together to celebrate his life.

   Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Arlene Faye Rucker

   Arlene Faye Rucker, 83, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, went home to her Lord, Friday, November 20, at Kings Daughters Medical Center.

   Arlene was born June 12, 1937 in Greenup County, a daughter of the late Cecil and Maude Conley Hutchinson. She attended New Beginnings Worship Center in Chesapeake, Ohio, and was a graduate of Boyd County High School.

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by three brothers: Max, Bert, and J.W. Hutchinson; sister Inez Collins, and a great grandson, Luis Rucker.

   Surviving include her husband of 63 years, Gilbert Rucke;. three sons: Wesley Rucker and wife Lucy Carol of Abilene, Texas; James Rucker and wife Suzanne of Covington, KY; Eddie Rucker and wife Alice of Catlettsburg; daughter Beth Brown and fiance’ Jeff Hart of Ashland; sister Geri Leonard and husband Glenn of Illinois; five grandchildren: Kimberly, Angela, Nicole, Megan, Marc; eight great grandchildren: Angel, Matt, Christopher, Ana, Amanda, Brianna, Brayan, Perseus, and one on the way; Alioth.

   Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 25, at 1 p.m. at Coalton Community Cemetery. Please observe all Covid regulations.

Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

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Obituaries - November 17

Paul Anthony Bellamy

 

   Paul Anthony Bellamy, 54, of Catlettsburg, KY, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, KY.

   Paul was born on October 4, 1966, in Ashland, to Charlotte A. Bayless Risner of Flatwoods, and the late Wesley Earl Bellamy. In addition to his father, Mr. Bellamy was preceded in death by a sister, Christy Risner.

   Mr. Bellamy was a mechanic at Sargent’s Wholesale Tires in Ashland.

   In addition to his mother, Mr. Bellamy is survived by his loving wife Juanita Sue Welch Bellamy of Catlettsburg; one son, Tony (Felicia) Bellamy of Raceland; three daughters, Amy Bellamy of Ashland, Brittany (Brandon Sanders) Vaughan of Huntington, and Ashley (Jason Boyd) Vaughan of Catlettsburg; eight grandchildren; one brother, Rocky Risner of Flatwoods; one sister, Kim Risner of Flatwoods; and a host of extended family and friends.

   There are no services scheduled at this time. The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with the arrangements.

   Donations can be made to Bailey Family Funeral Home (2110 Argillite Road, Flatwoods, KY 41139) to help the family with final expenses.

 

Stephen Ray Manning

 

   Stephen Ray Manning, of Ashland, passed away with family at his side Saturday, November 14, 2020.

   Steve was born April 29, 1957 in Ashland to the late Lester Ray and Ethel Spencer Manning.

   In addition to his parents he was preceded death by two brothers, Kenneth Manning and Paul Manning.

   Steve was a member of Gateway Church and formerly worked at Ashland Oil in the maintenance department. He loved to hunt, fish, and was an avid Ashland Tomcats football fan. He also enjoyed watching Westerns.

   He leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years, Linda Huff Manning; one son, Jason Manning of Ashland; one daughter, Sara Miller (Brian) of Ashland; sister Teresa Leonhart of Greenup; sister in law Mertice Manning; six grandchildren: Lexie Miller, Griffin Miller, Jonas Manning, Jossalyn Manning, Josiah Manning and Joyanna Manning; several nieces and nephews; along with extended family and friends.

   Funeral services will be held on 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Burial will follow at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday 12:30-2:30 p.m.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Gary Thomas Nelson

 

   Gary Thomas Nelson, 65, of Ashland passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020.

   Gary was born March 05, 1955 in Ashland to Walter and Bessie Arthur Nelson.

   He was preceded in death by his father Walter Nelson; one brother Mike Nelson; and one sister Carolyn Gussler.

   He was a Tankerman with Ashland Oil Marine Division.

   He leaves behind his wife of 32 years Lora Caddell Nelson; his mother Bessie Arthur Nelson; one daughter Courtney Nelson; two stepsons Butch Perkins and Josh Nelson; five brothers Danny Nelson, David Nelson, Charles Nelson, Rick Nelson and Billy Nelson; three sisters Linda Butcher, Brenda Craig and Roberta Cordle: four grandchildren Isabelle Nelson, Nathaniel Nelson, Nate Perkins and Megan Perkins; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Walter Kenneth “Ken” Baker

 

   On Friday, November 13, 2020, Walter Kenneth “Ken” Baker, went to be with the Lord at the age of 79.

   Ken was born July 8, 1941 in West Irvine, KY to Walter and Anna Ruth (Faulconer) Baker.

   He was a member of Unity Baptist Church, an avid Kentucky basketball fan, and a great friend to all who knew him, and he loved his family dearly.

   Ken is preceded in death by his father and mother, as well as several aunts and uncles.

   He is survived by one daughter, Lori (Alan) Stringer of Ashland; his two grandchildren, Leslie Stringer and David Stringer; his brother, Mike (Joyce) Baker of Lynchburg, VA, his sister, Becky Willis of Bartlett, TN, four nephews and a niece, an aunt, Margaret Whitaker of Richmond, KY, an uncle, James Baker of Cincinnati, OH, a host of cousins who he loved dearly, and his former wife and great friend Anita Baker.

   His memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 19, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Shamblin officiating. Burial will be at the West Irvine Cemetery in West Irvine, Ky.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Sandra Jean Robbins

 

   Sandra Jean Robbins, 65, of Ashland, formerly of Lincoln Park, Michigan, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Sandra was born November 19, 1954 in Lincoln Park, a daughter of the late Ernest “Jack” and Alice Saremba Dumond. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life Danny Robbins.

   Sandra was of the Christian faith. As a loving homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be remembered for her excellent cooking.

   She loved a good bargain, was an avid coupon user and loved her Detroit Tigers Baseball team.

   Her beautiful soul and loving kindness will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Sherry Krstovski and husband Kris of Novi, MI, Sarah Cassell and husband Jason of Catlettsburg, son Daniel Robbins of Ashland, brothers Hugh (Doreen) Dumond, Keith (Phyllis) Dumond, sister Kimberly (Mark) Scott all of Michigan, her grandchildren she adored Yasmeena, Jordana, Brooklynn, Bohdan, Yamila, and Vivienne. Sandra will also be missed be her dear friend Cathy Sherwood of Royal Oak, MI and her beloved K-9 companion Bear.

   Funeral services and burial were at the Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery in Flat Rock, MI on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home in Ashland.

   To share a condolence with the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Beatrice Ann Queen

 

   Beatrice Ann Queen “The Queen Bea”, was born April 25, 1936 in Ashland, Kentucky and passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at her residence.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Ronald E. “Ronnie” Queen in 2016; son, Douglas Ray “Bud” Coburn Jr. in 2018; parents, Kelly and Lessie Gibbs; sisters, Sharon Gibbs Manning, Lydia Gibbs Wallace and Thea Gibbs Adams.

   Bea leaves behind a family who loved her dearly. She is survived by a daughter, Connie Coburn Melvin of Ashland; daughter in law, Cindy Coburn of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Angie Massey and David S. Melvin (Tiffanie) of Ashland, Kelly Albers and Kim Reed of Tulsa, OK and Douglas “Beau” Coburn III of Mexico; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Sandy Gibbs Ferenz of Ashland; and a brother, Kelly Gibbs of Ashland

   Bea was of the Christian faith and greatest joy in life was time spent with her family. The family loved coming to Bea’s house for dinner. Boy could she cook! The love between Bea and Ronnie was the greatest for all to admire. She was considered as the anchor to the family due to her love for each of them and she will be deeply missed. Her positive spirit was contagious. She loved sharing stores of her 84 years. She had a zest for life and was an amazingly strong woman. She made sure each of her family members knew how much she loved them. Her family came first and foremost.

   A graveside service was held Friday, November 13, 2020 at Rose Hill Burial Park with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating.

   Friends may make contributions in Beatrice’s memory to Community Hospice.

   Condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Thomas A. Hilgendorf

 

   Thomas Allen Hilgendorf, 71, of Ashland, died peacefully Saturday morning, November 7, 2020, at his residence.

   He was born July 13, 1949 in Port Washington, Wisconsin, a son of Gloria Klug Hilgendorf of Cedarburg, WI and the late Norvin HIlgendorf. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Hilgendorf.

   Tom was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ashland. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for 31 years for Thrift Drug Store, was a small business owner and retired from G.E. Transportation. He was a train enthusiast and he enjoyed many extensive trips with family and friends while traveling the railways.

   In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife Pamela Burt Hilgendorf of Ashland; two daughters, Meagan Pinkston (Chris) of Ashland; Madison Hilgendorf of Seattle, WA; granddaughter, Allie Pinkston of Ashland; brother, Robert Hilgendorf (Nancy) of Germantown, WI; sister in law, Cindy Hilgendorf of Hubertus, WI; and his beloved fur baby, Sheldon.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Mark A. Kloha officiating. Burial followed in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East where military honors were provided by the United States Army and American Legion Kenova Post 93.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s memory should be made to Soldiers Helping Soldiers armyemergencyrelief.org or Disabled American Veterans Charity dav.org.

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

 

Vicki L. Kelly

 

   Vicki Kelly, 64, wife of Danny Kelly, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Tuesday morning, November 10 at Kings Daughters Medical Center.

   Vicki was born November 20, 1955 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Willis ‘Wick’ Blevins, Sr. and the late Bonnie Hall.

   She was also preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her step mother; Louise Potter Blevins, and a step brother; Willis ‘Les’ Blevins, Jr.

   Vicki was a former employee of Daniels Bakery and was the Secretary of Oakview Elementary School for 25 years. She attended First Baptist Church of Russell.

   Surviving, in addition to her husband, include a daughter, Cynthia Renee Kelly of Ashland; step brother Buford McCallister of South Point, Ohio, and a sister, Linda Parks of Ashland.

   Funeral services are  Tuesday, November 17 at 1 p.m. by Pastor Ken Gowin at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Blevins Family Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time. 

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in Vicki's memory, to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

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Obituaries - Week of Nov 3

 

Betty M. Hamilton Callihan

   Betty M. Hamilton Callihan, 88, of Flatwoods, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

   Ms. Callihan was born September 6, 1932, in Greenup to the late James and Martha Adkins Hamilton. In addition to her parents, Ms. Callihan was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tandy E. Callihan; a son, James “Buddy” Callihan; a granddaughter, Dr. Erin Brooke Dinsmore; a brother Ed Hamilton; and a sister, Charlene Cremeans.

   Betty was a homemaker and a wonderful mother. She was a member of Kenwood Baptist Church in Russell, KY.

   Ms. Callihan is survived by a son, Dennis and Susy Bailey Callihan of Wurtland; a daughter, Joyce Ann (Louie) Poduavac of Wurtland; a grandson whom she raised, Mike (Tammy) Caudill of Flatwoods; great-granddaughter that she loved, Emme Caudill; her precious dog, Buster; and extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Pastor Ken Gowin and Roger McCaleb officiating. Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Louis H. Kahne

   Louis Hills Kahne, 87, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020.

   He was born March 21, 1933, in Ashland, son of the late Robert Louis and Mary D Hills Kahne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ross Kahne; and two sisters, Bobbe Wolfe and Dorothy Doll.

   Louis was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Ashland. During his time there he served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Superintendent of Sunday School. Most recently he became a member of Wildwood Baptist Church which he enjoyed immensely. He was past president of Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, he volunteered with Kentucky Baptist Home for Children and Shelter of Hope. Louis retired from Armco Steel following a career as a Civil Engineer and served in the U.S. Army.

   Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Harry Kahne (Sande) of Louisville, Vince Kahne (Sherry) of Paducah; daughter, Rebekah Kahne Salyer of Ashland; grandchildren Robert Kahne, Ellen Frost, Leah Kahne, Jayme Hobson, Laura Salyer and Tyler Salyer; great-grandchildren Lana, Lynzie, Parker and Louisa.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Tom Leach officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery where military honors were provided by the U.S. Army and American Legion Kenova Post 93.

   In lieu of flowers, contribution may be directed to Wildwood Baptist Church, 3414 Charles Street, Ashland, KY, 41102. To share a remembrance of Louis or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Stasi M. Delvizis

   Stasi (Anastasios) Michael Delvizis of Ashland, a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Franklin, Tennessee.

   Born in Rochester, New York, on August 3, 1932, he is the son of the late Michael Delvizis and Olga [née Styliadis], immigrants from Greece. He and his beloved wife, Doris, moved to Ashland in 1971 where they raised their five children. He was a devoted and loving father. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, earning a degree in sociology, he began an administrative career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, retiring from the Federal Correctional Institution Ashland in Summit in 1984.

   He was a faithful member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Huntington, serving on the parish council for many years with two terms as president. Taking other leadership roles, he was instrumental in parish youth activities, Diocese camp director, advisor, and liturgical reader.

   Stasi is survived by his loving wife, Doris [née Jovan], of 65 years and four sons, Michael (Rebecca) Delvizis of Nashville, TN; Thomas (Teresa) Delvizis of Lexington; the Reverend Peter (Victoria) Delvizis of Westfield, NJ; and James (Maria) Delvizis of San Ramon, CA. He was preceded in death by his son, John Alexander Delvizis. He was the proud pappou of four grandchildren, Christopher (Haley) Delvizis; Kara (Andrew) Miller; Michael and Alexander Delvizis; and also five great-grandchildren Ella, Ava, and Michael Everett Delvizis; Luke and Lucia Miller. Additionally, he is survived by two sisters, Florence Dove of VA; Diana Johnston of SC; and by a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Angie.

   Stasi’s devotion to his family, friends, and faith never wavered. These were the foundation and building blocks of his life. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, sports enthusiast, coach, mentor, and a tremendous dancer.

   Funeral services were held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Huntington, WV on Saturday, October 31, with the Reverend Father Mark Elliott and Reverend Father Peter Delvizis officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum in Ashland, KY.

   In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Stasi’s memory to: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 701 11th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701. Online condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Robert L. Smith

Robert L. Smith, 81, of Coal Grove, OH, passed away on Friday, October 29, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton, OH.

   Mr. Smith was born March 5, 1939, in Huntington, WV, to the late Thomas H., Sr. and Maudie Smith.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his son, Robert L. Smith, Jr.; two brothers, Thomas Herman, Jr. and Arnold Smith; and a sister, Frances Smith.

   Robert was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a Tow Motor Operator for Chrysler Corporation. Robert was a devout Christian and faithful Deacon at New Jerusalem Christian Center in Ironton, OH. He loved singing for the Lord.

   Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Julia M. Sarver Smith of Coal Grove, OH; two daughters, Kathy (Tim) Shea of Florida, and Carol Sue Smith of Ironton, OH; eight grandchildren: Alan (Kimberly), Johnathan (Tabitha), Steven, Bruce, Joshua, Boyd (Allyson), Wendi, and Joshua; five great-grandchildren: Zack, Zoey, Torrie, Aidon, and Austin; a daughter-in-law, Leslee Smith; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at New Jerusalem Christian Center in Ironton, OH with Pastor Bishop Isaac Glover officiating. Burial will follow at Haverhill Cemetery, Haverhill, OH. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday at the church.

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

   Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Evelyn H. Crawford

   On October 28, 2020, Evelyn H. Crawford, while surrounded by family went to tend an eternal garden.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie A. Crawford and son in law, Graham Johns.

   Born January 5, 1930 in Ashland, she was the daughter of late Herman Russell and Lena Berry Haggard. She was the oldest daughter and the last surviving sibling of her brothers and sisters; Paul, Herbert, K.B. , Russell and John Ray Haggard, Edith Bramblette and Ellinore Garner.

   She started working for General Telephone at a young age and was employed by the Ashland Independent School System as an aide for Head Start as well as Title 1.

   A lover of good books and sweet tea, her flowers were the envy of the neighborhood. She was an expert seamstress, devoted to her church and church family for over 80 years at South Ashland United Methodist Church. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and was a dedicated volunteer at the Hospice Care Center.

   She is survived by her children, Jana Crawford Maggard of Xenia, Ohio; Lisa Crawford Johns of Winchester, and Brent Crawford (Karen) of Ashland. She is the grandmother of Julianna Woodall (Terrance), Jonathan Maggard (Clarissa), Meredith Hall (Clarke), Ashley Crawford (Bryan Hartledge) and Zachary Crawford. She is the great grandmother to Lyla; Braydon, Jonathan; and Margaret. Additional survivors include her nephew, the Reverend Father D. Andrew Garner and Niece, Joy Garner Jobe (Shane), as well as a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Visitation was held Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel. A private family funeral was held on Sunday, with Father D. Andrew Canon Garner, KHS and Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating.    In lieu of flowers, contributions in Evelyn’s memory may be made to South Ashland United Methodist Church or Community Hospice.

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

 

Timothy Scott Imes

   Timothy Scott Imes, 63 of Ashland, passed away on October 25, 2020. He was born on August 9, 1957 to the late Wilford Maxwell and Lola Lucille Jordan Imes. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved fur baby Duke Beauregard.

   Tim was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer class of 1975, and was an electronics technician for AK Steel for 30 years and was a former President of Steelworkers Local 1865. He was also a lifetime member of Elks BPOE 350 and loved collecting sports memorabilia and baseball cards. He also had a passion for vintage cars.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years and love of his life, Dr. Susan Berry Imes of Ashland. They celebrated their wedding anniversary on the day he passed away. Tim is also survived by an uncle, William Griggs; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Stacy Keelin, and their children Jon and Ryan Keelin and great nephew Rylan; a nephew Jay Christopher Duvall (Kimberly) and their children Samuel, Jacob and Jenna; niece Rachel Duvall Morris (Jason) and their children Jackson, Owen, Seth and Evan; a niece Johanna Evans King and her children Gray, Linus, George and Henry; his precious fur baby Pandora Hope; longtime friend Robbie Brooks (Jackie) and their children Shawn and Alicia; best friend Jimmy Crooks (Faye); and other friends Mary and Steve Lester, Brandon Williams, as well as his AK Steel family and neighbors who were family.

   Graveside services were held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum with Pastor Tom Epperly officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers please make contributions to AARF, 12365 Kevin Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41102. Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Betty Jayne Turner Sinnette

   Betty Jayne Turner Sinnette, 92, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Woodland Oaks Health Care in Ashland.

   Betty was born August 1, 1928 in Ashland to the late Tom Turner Sr. and Irene Adams Turner.

   She was a graduate of Bethesda School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio and trained with Cadet Nurse Corp during World War II. She was employed at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, OLBH and retired working at KDMC, where she retired as a Registered Nurse in the Oncology Department. Betty was a long-time member of Rose Hill Baptist Church where she was active in W.M.U and taught an Adult Ladies Sunday School Class. She loved to quilt but above everything Betty loved her Lord and her family which she devoted herself to.

   Betty was a native of Ashland. Over her life she lived in 38 different places in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

   In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Sinnette; one son, Thomas Charles Sinnette; two daughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Hampton and Melanie Sue Sinnette; one brother Tom Turner Jr.; and a beloved sister Lillian “Tootise” Froderman.

   She leaves behind one son, Kevin Sinnette of Ashland; four grandchildren, Michael Scott McFarlin, Shannon McClung, Staci Schwingler and Joseph Hampton; four great-grandchildren Malloreigh, Levi, Madalynn and Logan; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a Celebration of Life for Betty will be held at a later date. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery.

   Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood has been entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Avenue Ashland, KY 41101.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com

 

Robert Wayne Reed

   Robert Wayne Reed, 40, of Ashland, Kentucky, husband of Jessica Kelley Reed, died Monday, October 26, 2020 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton, Ohio. 

   He was born September 3, 1980 in Houston, Texas, the son of the late Elva Wayne Reed and Brenda Whittaker Reed of Cynthiana, Kentucky. He is survived by, in addition to his wife and mother, two stepchildren, Hunter and Gracie.

   Services are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Charles Eugene Metz

   Charles Eugene Metz, 93, of Portsmouth, Ohio, died Friday, October 2, 2020 at SOMC Hospice Care Center in Portsmouth. 

   He was born November 3, 1926 in Cairo, West Virginia, the son of the late Albert and Sylvia Martin Metz.  Charles was a former technician in the United States Army.

   He is survived by three brothers, Willard Metz of Westwood, John Metz of Wheelersburg, and Glade Metz of Portsmouth.

   A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 4, at 11 a.m. at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast in Argillite with full military honors. 

Services are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Randall "Randy" F. Noble

   Randall "Randy" F. Noble, 70, formerly of Ashland, passed away Friday, October 23, 2020, at his home in Port Charlotte, Florida.

   Randy was born April 19, 1950, in Hinton, WV, to the late Barbara Milburn Noble and James Fred Noble.

   A graduate of Boyd County High School, Randy served 10 years in the Army National Guard and retired after 30 years of service as a Kentucky State Trooper. A devout member of First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg and then Murdock Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, Randy was known for his generosity of spirit and constant willingness to help anyone in need. Randy was always giving his money, time, and talent to the people and communities he cared about. He spent the last 19 years with the love of his life, his wife Terri. They enjoyed traveling, particularly their trips to the Holy Land. An avid fisherman and kayaker, Randy often rode his bike up to 20 miles a day. His loved ones will miss his huge smile and warm hugs.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife, Teresa “Terri” Thornbury Noble, of Port Charlotte; sister Julie (Joe) Parker of Az.; brother Terry (Pam) Noble of WVa.; daughter Andrea (Jason) McGuire of Lexington; and son Brandon (Heather) Noble of Carmel, In.; stepdaughters Kristen (Jeff) Abney and Tressa Preston of Norfolk, Va.; and grandchildren: Carter and Grant McGuire; Presley and James Noble; and Evan, Kate, and Liam Abney. Randy is also survived by one niece, two nephews, three sisters-in-law, and countless dear friends.

   A service took place at Steen Funeral Chapel on 13th Street in Ashland Saturday, October 31.

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Randy's memory can be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 495126, Port Charlotte, FL 33949, or First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg at 606.928.8582.

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Obituaries - November 10

Ivan D. Stewart

 

   Ivan Donald “Beans” Stewart, 70, of Ashland, passed away at his residence on Monday, November 2, 2020. Mr. Stewart was born December 5, 1949 in Ashland, a son of the late Ivan J. and Annabelle Porter Stewart.

   Beans was employed at AK Steel and Steel of West Virginia with 45 years of service in the steel industry. During his employment he was involved in many activities, and he managed and played for the Steelworkers state championship softball team. He also helped organize the Q plus program, a grassroots Labor & Management Program. He set on the Steering Committee with members of the top management and union leaders, that was a successful program that gave workers a voice in the company. Later he accepted a position in the Quality Department until the downsizing of AK. He then became a successful salary employee of Steel of West Virginia until his retirement.

   Mr. Stewart was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church. He loved to play golf and was an avid UK sports fan. He also served as past president of the former Aquabears swim club. Ivan and his brother, Philip, were also instrumental in the organization and development of Ashland’s Poage Landing Days for many years.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Nancy Booth Stewart of Ashland, his son Sean Stewart and wife Tiffany of Ashland, a brother Philip (Lora) Stewart of Ashland, sisters Anna Jean (Jerry) Brown of Ashland, Lisa (Ed) Bures of Florida, Rhonda Stewart Howard of Ashland, his grandsons Braiden Stewart and Bentley Stewart, and a host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel by Rev. Jim Nichols. Burial is in the Rose Hill Burial Park.

   To share a memory of Beans, or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Maxine Mullins Meade

 

   Maxine Mullins Meade, 90, of Ashland passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Woodland Oaks Healthcare Facility with her loving family at her side.

   Maxine was born August 28, 1930 in Westwood to the late Heskie Roland Mullins Sr. and Louise Mae Holbrook.

   In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two grandchildren Jeremy Meade and Tracy Cumpton; three brothers Virgil Lee Mullins, James William Mullins and Heskie Roland Mullins Jr.; and one sister Bernadine Jackson.

   Maxine was a member of the Democratic Women’s Club and a former member of the Road Runner Club. She loved quilting, but above all she loved her family and was a devoted mother.

   She leaves behind her loving children; two sons Michael Meade (Adrianne) of Centerville, Ohio and Ron Meade (Kathy) of Greensboro, North Carolina; two daughters Vicki Cumpton (Gene) and Melinda Risk (Tom) both of Flatwoods; three grandchildren Rocky Cumpton, Mitchell Meade and Tony Meade; seven great-grandchildren Dave Lovins, Haley Shoraga, Will Meade, Lauren Meade, Miles Meade, Mila Meade and Kaelyn Meade; a very dear friend Linda Caines; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 1. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic we ask all those attending the services please wear a mask and adhere to social guidelines.

   Online condolences may left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Sandra Jean Robbins

 

   Sandra Jean Robbins, 65, of Ashland, formerly of Lincoln Park, Michigan, passed away Sunday, November 8. Sandra was born November 19, 1954 in Lincoln Park, a daughter of the late Ernest “Jack” and Alice Saremba Dumond. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life Danny Robbins.

   Sandra was of the Christian faith. As a loving homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her excellent cooking. She loved a good bargain, was an avid coupon user and loved her Detroit Tigers Baseball team.

   Her beautiful soul and loving kindness will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Sherry Krstovski and husband Kris of Novi, MI, Sherry Cassell and husband Jason of Catlettsburg, son Daniel Robbins of Ashland, brothers Hugh (Doreen) Dumond, Keith (Phyllis) Dumond, sister Kimberly (Mark) Scott all of Michigan, her grandchildren she adored Yasmeena, Jordana, Brookyln, Bohdan, Yamila, and Vivienne. Sandra will also be missed be her dear friend Cathy Sherwood of Royal Oak, MI and her beloved K-9 companion Bear.

   Funeral services and burial will take place at the Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery in Flat Rock, MI. Date and time will be made known at a later date.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home in Ashland. To share a condolence with the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Waska Bush Kersey

 

   Waska Bush Kersey, 91, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at the Community Hospice Care Center.

   She was born August 30, 1929, in Carter County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Thomas H. and Cynthia Williams Bush. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Jack Kersey in 2019; a great granddaughter, Kate Parsons; six brothers and one sister.

   Waska was a member of Grace Church of the Nazarene. She was a loving and devoted homemaker.

   Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Pat (Gary) Ingram of Ashland; son, Keith (Cheri) Kersey of Ashland; grandchildren, Amanda (Marty) Brennaman, Kelly Ingram (Jeremey Lewis), Brandon (Vanessa) Kersey, and Aaron (Sarah) Kersey; great grandchildren, Jack Parsons, Madison Kersey, Asher Kersey, Scarlett Kersey and Everett Kersey; two step great grandchildren, Cade and Abby Lewis. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Rev. Jim Webster officiating. Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

   Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Waska’s memory should be made to Grace Church of the Nazarene, 2413 South 29th Street, Ashland, KY, 41102 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   To share a remembrance of Waska or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

David Michael Newsome

 

   David Michael Newsome, 80, of Ashland, husband of Judy May Newsome, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at UK Chandler Hospital.

   He was born July 2, 1940, in Ashland, a son of the late Delbert and Opal Ison Newsome. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Hughes in 2006, and sister, Faye Adams and her husband Lowell Adams, of Ashland.

   Surviving include a sister Sandy Fraley, and husband Randy, of Ashland; two sons: Mike Newsome and wife Dianna, of Catlettsburg; Jeff Newsome and wife Kathy, of Summit, along with six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   David was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church where he served the Lord avidly and enjoyed worship and fellowship with friends and family. He delighted most in serving the youth ministry and working with the kids at the Boyd County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

   Funeral services were held Friday, November 6  with service time by Brother Jason Porter at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Summit. Burial is in the Rose Hill Burial Park. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Billy Gene Kinner

 

   Billy Gene Kinner, 81, of Ashland, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loved ones.

   Mr. Kinner was born January 21, 1939, in Louisa, to the late Greenville and Lucille Ross Kinner. In addition to his parents, Mr. Kinner was preceded in death by several siblings.

   Billy was an operator for Calgon Corporation in Catlettsburg, and a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Cannonsburg.

   Mr. Kinner is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Betty Lou Fryer Kinner of Ashland; four sons, James Kinner of Portsmouth, OH, Billy Jay Kinner of Flatwoods, Michael Kinner of Ashland, and Jason (Natalie) Kinner of Winchester; two daughters, Cheryl Lewis of Grayson, KY and Lenora Bradley of Ashland; thirteen grandchildren: Elizabeth Kinner, Jordan Kinner, Allyson Kinner, Aiden Kinner, Andrea Hensley, Chandler Kinner, Linkin Kinner, Brittany Mickalls, Crystall Mickalls, Dova Christian, Candace Bradley, Robin Kearns, and Sandra Jarvis; ten great-grandchildren: Bryson, Cayson, Logan, Raven, Shania, Lou Ann, Jacob, Arron, Sammy, and Paul; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland.

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

   Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Robert Fletcher McKee

 

   Robert Fletcher McKee, 86, went home to be with Jesus Saturday, November 7, 2020 with his family by his side.

   Robert was born September 14, 1934 in Wallingford, Kentucky to the late George T. and Chloe Lee McKee, who preceded him in death.

   He proudly served his country in the US Army. He retired from Verizon after 34 years of faithful service.

   In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one son, Lannie Gene McKee and two brothers, George McKee, Jr. and Virgil McKee.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Janice Hamilton McKee of Westwood; a son, Robert F. McKee Jr. (Pam) of Summitt; a daughter, Sandra Lena McKee of Westwood; a sister, Betty Gulley of Wallingford; grandchildren, Kristen McKee, Gina Brown, Caleb Collins, Jacob Christian and Tiffany “Nikki” McKee; two great grandchildren, Mason and Aurora, along with a host of family and friends.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Grace Church of the Nazarene by Pastor James Webster. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be on Thursday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast. Those wishing to attend the graveside must meet at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood to line up for the funeral procession.

   Due to Covid-19, we ask all those attending please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing guidelines.

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

 

Camron Scot Wilson

 

   Camron Scot Wilson, 18, of Ashland, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020.

   Camron was born October 7, 2002 in Ashland, Kentucky to Scot Wilson. He was a senior at Paul G. Blazer High School and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Camron played football, was a member of the Ashland track team, and wrestled with the Ashland Mat Cats. Camron was a very happy guy and an extremely good sport.

   Camron is survived by his father, Scot Wilson and his wife Heather; sister, Skylar Rae Wilson; Paternal grandparents, Darren and Page Wilson; Great Grandparents, Fred and Susan Runyon; Aunt, Holly Daniels; cousins, Noah Reese Daniels and Corbin Wyatt Lands and siblings by marriage, Kylee May and Waylon May all of Ashland, along with a host of extended family and friends.

   To help the family during this extremely difficult time, please share a fond memory or your favorite story of Camron, for the family to keep, at canifffuneralhome.com

   Funeral services will be private.

   The family has entrusted Caniff Funeral Home with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Camron’s memory to Ashland MatCats OR Ashland MomCats, c/o Paul G. Blazer High School, 1500 Blazer Blvd. Ashland, KY 41102.

 

Randall Ray Fairchild

 

   Randall Ray Fairchild, age 43, son of Harold Lloyd Fairchild, and the late Joanne Robinson Fairchild, passed away in the early morning Saturday, October 31, 2020.

   In addition to his father, he is survived by his four children: Jacob Hall age 22, Jeremy Fairchild age 18, Lexi Fairchild age 13, and Sophia Fairchild age 5. He was the beloved husband of wife, Levenna Fairchild, who he had been with for over 20 years. Randy had two brothers who will miss him, Steve Fairchild and Joseph Fairchild.

   Randy worked hard throughout his life and many who knew him knew he was a good soul.  Randy fought a long hard battle and is finally at peace.

   A funeral service was held at New Beginnings Gospel Fellowship (1818 Main St W, Ashland) on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

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Obituaries 10-27-20

 

Beth Lowe

   Beth Ann Lowe, 49, of Westwood, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

   Beth was born September 10, 1971 in Ashland, a daughter of Gerald (Carolyn) Lowe of Ashland and Linda Hoffman Franz of Ashland. Beth was preceded in death by her stepfather William Franz.

   Beth was a 1989 graduate of Boyd County High School and earned her Associates degree from Ashland Community and Technical College. She worked for several years with Cintas in the public relations department.

   In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her brothers Matt Lowe of Quebec, Canada, Chris Franz and wife Vanessa of Tampa, FL, nephews Kyle and Derrek Lowe, her uncle Gene Hoffman, special friends Amanda Fannin, Lori Miller, Tina Arthur, Kelli Peters and Angie Delong. The family would also like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to the staff of OSU Medical Center and her nurse Katie Bishop for the exceptional care provided to Beth during her illness.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel by Dorothy Lehman and Laurell Zinn. Burial is in the Rose Hill Burial Park.

   To share a memory or a condolence for the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Thomas E. Wellman

   Thomas Edwin Wellman, 78, of Ashland, KY returned to the arms of His Lord on October 22, 2020 while his family was by his side. Tom was born on December 30, 1941 in Ashland, KY to the late Paul and Venus Wellman. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sister, Paula Nichols.

   Tom was saved by the grace of God in 1952 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando, FL, graduated from Ashland Senior High School in 1959, attended Cameron University in Oklahoma and graduated in 1973 from Georgia State College. Tom entered the US Army in 1960 and retired in 1982 with rank of Chief Warrant Officer. During his service, Tom traveled around the world from the Far East (Korea) to the Middle East (Iran) with many stops in between. Tom was a war Veteran of Vietnam. His wife and children accompanied him on assignments to Europe (Germany) and Iran. After retiring from the military in Colorado Tom worked for the Orange County, FL government Sheriff’s department as Plans and Operation officer. Prior to fully retiring, Tom owned a landscaping company in Orlando, FL.

   Tom’s passions include being an avid baseball and fast pitch player and fan. He was a member of Ashland’s first Babe Ruth league established in 1956. He further played many years of fast pitch softball while in the military. Another passion included NASCAR, attending many races with his wife, children and friends. His favorite tracks were Bristol, TN and Dover, DE. Antique vehicles was another of Tom’s passions. Over the years he owned many cars and trucks such as a ’67 Nova, ’67 Chevy truck, ’72 Cadillac, ’67 MGB and ’64 Oldsmobile Jetstar 88.

   He is survived by his best friend, lover and wife of 59 years, Carole. His children are his proudest treasure. Sons Robert (Robin) Wellman and Matthew (Christina) Wellman of Florida, his beautiful daughter Julie (Tyson) Conrad of Ashland, grandchildren Summer Wellman of Colorado Springs, CO and Tristen and Robert Conrad of Ashland.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memory Gardens, Lexington, KY with military rites. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY or the Boyd County Animal Shelter, 1025 Bob McCullough Drive, Ashland, KY. 41102.

   Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Wanda Willis Hicks

   Wanda Willis Hicks left this earth Thursday October 15 at KDMC following a brief illness. Wanda was born November 9, 1943 to the late Herbert Willis and Deva Crowe Willis also deceased. Wanda  celebrated a second birthday in March every year and insisted on cake for both.

   Wanda was deep rooted in her Christian beliefs and was a member of Westwood Christian Baptist Church.

   Wanda is survived by three children. Paul E Howard of Newport News Va. Joseph (Joe) H Howard and wife Laurie. William (Butch) D Scarberry and wife Lory. And a special cousin Claude Brown and wife Debbie. She had 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

   Wanda would do anything for what she loved. Especially her grandchildren or a Pepsi.

   Steen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Due to COVID 19 a celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a meal to the hard working team on 2H at Kings Daughters Medical Center or a donation to Ashland Active Day where Wanda spent some of the best days of her life. Attn: Toby Francoeur/Sandy Crites, located at 6938 US 60 Ashland, Ky 41102.

 

Nancy Sue Roberts Kloha

   Nancy Sue Roberts Kloha fell asleep in Christ in the early morning hours of October 21, the day after her 67th birthday, having died of natural causes.

   She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Rev. Mark A. Kloha of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, as well as her daughters Rachel (Nathan) Hooker, Rebecca (Ryan) Strand, and Ruth (Lyman) Stone, and five grandchildren: Kaleb and Kiersten Hooker, Isla and Harriet Strand, and Suzannah Stone, with two more on the way.

   Nancy was an accomplished nurse and educator, with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville, Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky, where she was faculty for over two decades. At various times, Nancy taught and practiced nursing in universities, hospitals, rural health clinics, and schools across several states, and was even a commissioned Coast Guard nurse.

   She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, the church choir, and loved to help her family achieve their dreams. Throughout her life, Nancy never missed a summer at the cottage in Michigan, where she raised her children and grandchildren to love family, appreciate beauty, and walk with the Lord.

Visitation for the public was October 24 at the Steen Funeral Home on 13th St. and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on October 25 with a funeral service officiated by Rev. Kevin Wilson following. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.

   Condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Betty Cogan

   Betty Irene Childers Cogan, 99, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center.

   She was born December 16, 1920, in Ashland, a daughter of the late John W. Childers and Bessie Conley Childers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Cogan in 1999; two brothers, John W. Childers and Frank Richard Childers; and four sisters, Martha Hill, Mary Ellen Walsh, Margaret Childers and Peggy Heaberlin.

   Betty was a longtime member of Beech Street Christian Church and was a loving homemaker. She had formerly served as Leadership Trainer with the Girl Scouts. She was a former member of the Eastern Star where she served as Deputy Grand Worthy Matron and was a member of the Ashland White Shrine. Betty loved crafts and was a seamstress.

   Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Ann Cogan (Ralph) Young of Springfield, VA, and Billie Cogan of Ashland; two grandchildren, Serena Taylor and Robert Young; four great grandchildren; a great-great grandson; nieces and nephews and special friends Tom and Nora Felty. She was Granny Betty to Lance, Jennifer, Kyle and Zach McComis.

   A celebration of Betty’s life was held October 26, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Ministers Joey Kennedy and Rob O’Lynn officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory should be directed to Beech Street Christian Church, 1627 Beech St. Ashland, KY, 41102 or Old Orchard Christian Church, 3600 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   Betty’s family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Kingsbrook Lifecare Center for the excellent care she received during her stay. To share a remembrance of Betty or to express condolences to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Doris Jean Reffitt

   Doris Jean Reffitt, 83, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Friday, October 23, 2020 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. 

   She was born May 9, 1937 in Ashland, the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Margaret Holley Hall.  Doris was retired from the food service department of Ashland Community Technical College.

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Donald Eugene Reffitt in 2010, two sons: Mark Reffitt in 1992 and David Reffitt in 1964; brother Charles Hall; three sisters: Lucille Shelton, Gladys Fleming, and Erma Sparks; and a grandson, Chad Reffitt.

   Doris is survived by a son, Greg Reffitt, and wife Mary, of London, Kentucky; two daughters: Sherry Young and husband Steve of Westwood;  Angela Newman and husband Terry of Ashland; nine grandchildren: Scott Young, Chris Young, Dylan Reffitt, Devan Reffitt, Mark Grubb, Justin Newman, Jordan Newman, Colby Reffitt, and Jeremy Kindall; 12 great grandchildren: Jacob Young, Caleb Young, Madison Young, Cody Young, Callie Young, Camron Young, Christopher Young, Kylie Young, Brayden Young, Addison Kindall, Nevaeh Reffitt, Lillian Grace Reffitt; two great-great grandchildren: Gage Harper and Taisley Young. 

   A graveside service will be held Tuesday, October 27, at 12 noon at Dixon Cemetery in Westwood by Brother Jim Smedley.

   Services are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Steven Davidson

   Steven Eric Davidson, 56, of Ashland passed away Friday, October 23, 2020 at his residence. Steven was born April 24, 1964 in Ironton, OH, a son of the late Jane Ann Lutz Davidson. He was a 1982 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He played high school basketball and coached little league sports. Steve loved his Ohio State Buckeyes and enjoyed fishing with his boys.

   Steven was a laborer with Dow Chemical in Franklin Furnace, OH. Prior to joining Dow, he was a truck driver with SuperAmerica and previously was co-owner of D&M Carwash in Coal Grove, OH.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Laura Grant Davidson of Ashland, his sons Eric Davidson and wife Shelby of Patriot, OH, Mark Davidson and wife Abbigail of South Point, OH, his brothers Mark Davidson and wife Carla of Belton, MO, Christopher Davidson and wife Jan of Draper, UT, a grandson Briggs Davidson, his aunt Martha Osborne of Flatwoods, KY. Steven is also survived by a niece, two nephews and many friends.

   Graveside services were Monday, October 26, 2020 at the Calvary Cemetery in Ironton. Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiated.

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

   The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and nurses of Community Hospice for all of the love, support and exceptional care provided for Steven during this difficult time.

   To share a memory of Steven or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

   Please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask if attending services.

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