Obituaries - February 23

 

Frances M. Dixon

   Frances M. Dixon, 68, of Ashland, widow of Michael T. Dixon died Monday morning, February 15  at Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   Fran was born December 5, 1952 in Boyd County, Kentucky; daughter of the late James E. and Betty S. Dyer Houck. 

   She is survived by a daughter, Tracy Dutton of Lexington, and two sons, Shaun Greene (Stephanie) of Ashland, and Ryan Dixon of Ashland; two sisters: Vicki Frye (Dan) of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Becky Perkins (Danny) of Ashland, as well as a brother, Steve Houck (Linda) of Greenup. She was grandmother to four grandchildren: Rett (Cassidy), Morgan, Allie, and Luke, and three great grandchildren: Juniper, Henry, and River. 

   Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation is Wednesday from noon until service time.

 

Norris Nash, Sr.

   Norris Gene Nash, Sr. 86, of Huntington, West Virginia, died peacefully at his residence, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

   He was born May 10, 1934, in Burnaugh, Kentucky, a son of the late James and Magnolia Cooper Nash. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rhoda Crofton.

   Norris was a graduate of Douglas High School and Cabell County Career Technology Center. At a young age, Norris worked as a nighttime Cameraman at W.H.T.N. He went on to retire following a long career as an Electrician at Marathon. He served honorably in the United States Army. Norris was a licensed pilot and enjoyed many years of flying in his spare time.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 67 years, Gloria Mae Mundy Nash of Huntington; daughter, Robin Nash of Huntington; son, Norris Nash, Jr. and wife, Barbara of Ft. Worth, TX; grandchildren, La”Shana Nash, Eddie “Bear” Thomas and Norris Nash III; six great grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A private graveside service will be held at Ashland Cemetery.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel.

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

 

Tracy York

   Tracy York, a social worker and resident of Florence, Kentucky, died after a brief illness on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

   Tracy was the daughter of the late Ronald Tamme and living mother, Ronda Tamme. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sons, Christopher Long and Matt Long; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; three close cousins; three grandchildren; two sisters and one uncle.

   Tracy was born on January 1, 1971. She graduated from Boyd County High School in 1989 and received her bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University in 1998. She was a social worker from 1998 to 2021.

   Tracy was a Christian, a devoted daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her grandbabies, reading, kayaking, and her 15-year-old dog, Charlie. She will be greatly missed.

   A private service will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Joed Rice officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.

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

 

William Frank Layman

   William Frank Layman, 80, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021.

   He was born September 13, 1940 in Ashland, a son of the late Benjamin Frank and Flora Layman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; brother, James Anford Kazee; and a sister, Isabell Songer.

   Bill retired following a 40-year career with the City of Ashland and attended Wildwood Baptist Church.

   Survivors include his brother, Charles Robert (Sharon) Layman of Ashland; and a host of nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Wednesday, at Ashland Cemetery.

   Online condolences may be sent to www. steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Robert Leo Stowe, III

 

   Robert Leo Stowe, III, 67, of Ashland, passed away at his residence on Monday, February 15, 2021.

   He was born November 9, 1953, in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late Robert Leo Stowe, Jr. and Elizabeth Kneer Stowe.

   Robert was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Ashland. He graduated from Holy Family Catholic School and Ashland Vocational School. He worked as a Draftsman at Calgon Corp., briefly at Walmart and was currently employed with Kroger Fuel Center.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his siblings, Carol Ann Stowe Hood (Joseph), James Patrick Stowe (Deb), Kathy Lee Stowe (Ann), Mary Elizabeth Stowe Columbus (James), and Michael Kneer Stowe (Catherine); two nephews, nine nieces, four grand nephews, two grand nieces; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A private entombment was held at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to your charity of choice.

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

 

Thelma Keeton

   Thelma Lorraine Johnson Keeton, 80, of Ashland, went to be with her Lord Sunday morning, February 14, 2020, at her residence.

   She was born on March 25, 1940, in Ashland, KY, a daughter of the late Frederick and Drusilla Elizabeth Bailey Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Freda Ann Farrow in 2012. 

   Thelma was a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in 1957, and attended Ashland Community College. She was a lifelong member of the Historic St. James A.M.E. Church, where she faithfully served in the following capacities: Secretary, Treasurer; Pro-Tem of the Steward Board; Missionary Society, and Choir. She worked in the catalog department at Penny's, and worked for over 25 years at PNC, serving in numerous capacities at the bank, retiring in 2002 as a Banking Officer.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 61 years, James E. Keeton, Jr., her children, daughter Lori Keeton (James) Johnson, sons James E.(Candy) Keeton III; of Lexington, KY, and Frederick (Charity) Keeton of Nicholasville, KY; grandchildren, Whitney Johnson (Keaton) Young, Austin K. Johnson, both of Lexington, KY, and Trajan K. Keeton of Nicholasville, KY.

   Additional survivors include niece Marsha Johnson (Dan) Underwood of Galloway, Ohio, and a host of extended family members and friends.

   A private funeral services will be held with the Reverend Leonard Curry officiating.

   Contributions in Thelma’s memory can be made to St. James AME Church, 333 Martin Luther King Blvd., Ashland, KY. 41101

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home, Central Avenue Chapel.

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

 

Stella Jane Willis

   Stella Jane Willis 86, widow of James O. Willis passed away on Thursday, February 18. Stella has lived in Lawrence County, Ohio for most of her life, and was an active member of the Coal Grove Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as church Treasurer and Church Sunday School Teacher for many years. 

   Stella is the daughter of the late Mabel G. Murdock Fuller and Irvin Rex Fuller. Siblings who also preceded her in passing are Irvin Rex Fuller Il, Audrey M. Fuller and Marcella J. Fuller. Stella's surviving sister is Jean butler, and brother-in-law, Douglas (Karen) Willis.

   Graduating from Dawson-Bryant High School in 1951, and working for a time, she married Jim and they moved to Cheyenne while he was in the Air Force. Stella Jane has made a home for her children whose names are: Kimberly (Mike) Whitman, Victor B. (Debra) Willis, Jim R. (Nazym) Willis, and Benjamin C. (Shawna) Willis; grandchildren, Kia (Cale) Jensen, Christopher L. (Abi) Willis, Eric J. Willis, Jordan O. Willis, Mary (Scott) Brown, Bekkah (John) Sheetz, Daryn Willis, Ryan M.(Heather) Whitman, Zachary F. Willis, Summer L Whitman and Abbey G. Willis. In addition to three nephews, Don (Patty) Butler, Andrew (Laura) Willis and Matthew (Michele) Willis, and one niece, Sonja Wheelis, Stella has 13 great-grandchildren as well as extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

   Stella enjoyed singing in the church choir and in the Ashland 3 Arts Club. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Ironton and sketched many pictures of her ancestors before cell phones were around to snap pictures.

   The family greatly thanks Morning Pointe of Russell and Community Hospice of Ashland for making her journey loving and comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coal Grove Memorial United Methodist Church, 222 Memorial Street, Coal Grove, OH 45638.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at the Coal Grove Memorial United Methodist Church by Rev. Dr. Vic Willis. Public visitation is at the church from 10 -11 before the service. There will be live streaming on the church's facebook page as well. Steen Funeral Home of Ashland is assisting the family with arrangements.

   To offer the family condolences, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Jerry Allen Hicks, Jr.

   Jerry Hicks, 43, of Ashland. died Saturday, February 13, at University of Kentucky Medical Center. 

   He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Allen Hicks, and brother Kenneth Allen Hicks. 

   Surviving include his mother: Robin Justice Hicks of Ashland; sister Beth Ann Potter and husband Josh, of Ashland, and Jerry adored his seven nieces and nephews. 

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 23 at 12 p.m.  at Preston Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time.

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Obituaries - February 16

 

Cynthia Anne Judd

   Cynthia Anne Field Judd, 78, of Ashland, widow of Glenn Judd, died peacefully Thursday, February 11, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. 

   Cynthia was born June 29, 1942 in Ashland. a daughter of the late Hubert G. and Dorcas Field. She was a retired receptionist with Ashland Oil and was a former receptionist with the Ashland Town Center. Cynthia was of the Baptist faith and attended Rose Hill Baptist Church. 

   In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Patrick. Surviving include a daughter, Susan Obregon of Tampa, Florida; two granddaughters, Olivia Obregon of Chicago, Illinois and Madeline Obregon of Tampa, Florida; her beloved canine companion, Winston, as well as numerous friends. 

   Special thanks to Susan’s lifelong friend, Cathy Queen. Cynthia was an avid animal lover and enjoyed volunteering for Ashland Animal Rescue Fund during her retirement. 

   In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to AARF, P.O Box 2061, Ashland, KY 41105 in Cynthia’s honor. 

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

 

Thomas Allen Goble, Sr. 

   Thomas Allen Goble, Sr., 85, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at his residence.

   Mr. Goble was born March 16, 1935, in Grayson, KY, to the late Jerry E. and Naomi Whitt Goble.

   In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his loving wife, Judith Ann Marcum Goble and a brother, Johnny Goble.

   Mr. Goble was a retired salesperson for Martha White Foods and retired from A&P Grocery Store. Thomas was a people person and enjoyed socializing with family and friends. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 350 BPOE in Ashland, and served his country in the National Guard.

   Thomas is survived by his son, Thomas Allen (Dee Dee) Goble, Jr. of Worthington, KY; two daughters, Cathy Lynn (Barry) Gipson of Louisville, KY and Deborah (Paul) Helton of Ashland; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Willa Mae Miller of Flatwoods, and Cora Ann Marsh of Lexington, KY; and a special friend June Morrison of Ashland; and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family has made private arrangements with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

   Condolences can be made at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Walter Ross Miller

   Walter Ross Miller, 69, of Ashland, died Monday evening, February 8, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia, following a short illness.  

   Walter was born February 1, 1952 in Beckley, West Virginia, a son of the late Rosemary Farthing and Harry Miller.  He was owner of the former Summit Automotive, was a U.S. Army veteran, a 1970 graduate of Fairview High School, a former member of the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Ashland Moose and the Ashland Elks BPOE350.  

   Surviving include a daughter, Jill Newland and husband Ryan, of Flatwoods; three grandchildren: Cameron Miller, Kayden Newland, Emma Newland; brother Dennis Miller and wife Beverly Gail, of Westwood, and a sister, Gail Miller of Ashland. 

   Funeral services were Friday, February 12, 2021, by Brother Jim Smedley at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial, with full military honors, was in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast.  

   Contributions may be made in Walter's memory to the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department, 2039 Main Street, Ashland, Kentucky 41102.

 

Lillian A. ‘Peggy’ Hall

   Peggy Hall, 84, of Ashland, Kentucky, widow of Glenn E. Hall, died Saturday evening, February 13, in Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   Peggy was born August 17, 1936 in Ashland, Kentucky a daughter of the late Naylor and Jesse Fain Williams. She was of the Baptist Faith. 

   Peggy was preceded in death, in addition to her husband and parents, by a grandson: Kevin D. Hall II, and a sister, Connie Lucas. 

   Surviving include two sons: Kevin Hall and wife Lea Anne, of Westwood; Keith Hall and wife Susan, of Ashland; six grandchildren: Kourtney Hieneman (Chad), Katie Hall, Tiffani Osborn (Wes), Kristie Hall, Caroline Short, and Olivia Short; six great grandchildren: Emma Kate, Raegan, Dawson, Alandra, Jaycee, and Gavin. 

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 17, at 1 p.m. by Brother Jerry Fain at Preston Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until service time.

 

Tessa Lynn Boggs

   Tessa Lynn Boggs, 31, of Ashland, KY passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 6, 2021 at home. 

   Tessa was born January 10,1990 in Huntington WV to Leigh Ann Herubin France and Steven James Boggs, both of Ashland. Tessa was a loving mother of two. She loved crafting, taking care of animals, and spending time with her family. 

   She is survived by two sons, Cameron Olen Cordle and Conner Lee Herubin of Ashland; her mother Leigh Ann Herubin France and stepfather Sheldon France of Ashland; sister Taeler Miller of Tampa, FL; grandmothers Ginger Cole Chamberland and Marilyn Boggs of Ashland; uncle Dustin Herubin of Ashland; and a host of many other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her dad Steven Boggs and her great grandmother Phyllis Cole. 

   Due to Covid, memorial services for immediate friends and family were held Friday, February 12, 2021 at Preston Family Funeral Home, State Route 5, Ashland, with Pastor Edgar Nethercutt officiating. 

 

Timothy Wilson Sturgill

   Tim Sturgill, 63, of Ashland, Kentucky, husband of Pamela Ann Caraway Sturgill, died peacefully Thursday morning, February 11, at his home. 

   Tim was born June 9, 1957 in Ashland, a son of the late Curtis Ralph and Roberta Jo ‘Babe’ Wilson Sturgill. He was a retired manager with the Kroger company. 

   Tim was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a baby brother Clay Ralph Sturgill.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, include a brother, Creighton Rex Sturgill and wife Christie, of Ashland; four sisters: Mary Ann Bryant and husband Mike, of Ashland; Glenna Jean Rinehart of Troy, Ohio; Nancy Ross Allie and husband Clinton, of Catlettsburg; Cynthia Ross Sturgill of Ashland; stepson Devon Ross Thompson of Lubbock, Texas; stepdaughters Lynsie Shay Wilson of Conroe, Texas and Sierra Nicole Ludwig of Texas City, Texas; granddaughter Cambria Annalise Hernandez; sister-in-law Cynthia Cook of Sugar Land, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.  

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

 

Wanda Nell Gwinn

   Wanda Nell Gwinn, 96, of Winchester, KY, formerly of Raceland, KY, passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.

   Mrs. Gwinn was born on August 11, 1924 in Flatwoods, KY, daughter of the late Oscar and Stella Anderson Sowards. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Wesley Gwinn, Sr.; a son, Michael Paul Gwinn, and four siblings.

   Wanda was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Raceland. She had retired from C&O Railway as a clerk.

   Mrs. Gwinn is survived by two sons: Alfred W. (Joyce) Gwinn, Jr. of Winchester, KY and Danny (Vicki) Gwinn of Greenwood, SC; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Norma Clark of Flatwoods, KY and Donna Jeddie of Detroit, MI; and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family has arranged a graveside service with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY and will be held at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell, KY on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1 p.m.

   Due to government regulations concerning COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required at all times.

   Online condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Roy Eugene Ward

   Roy E. Ward died peacefully at his home on Saturday February 13, 2021, surrounded by his family at age 94. 

   Roy’s was an American story. Born in 1926, he grew up in Depression era Kentucky, the son of the late James Morton and Margaret Callahan Ward. Roy enlisted at age 17 in the U.S. Navy following early graduation from Ashland High School and served honorably in the Pacific theatre during World War II. 

   Returning to Kentucky after the War, Roy met and married the Virginia girl with whom he corresponded while overseas, the late Mary (Aker) Ward originally of Wytheville, Virginia. They were married 71 years and Mary was the love of his life. Their union produced five children, Peggy Corn, Barbara (Michael) Tackett, Susan Coy, Mary Jane Hurst, and David (Elizabeth) Ward, 10 grandchildren, and 13 (soon to be 14) great grandchildren.

   Roy was preceded in death by his brothers, James and William Ward, and his sons-in-law, Ron Corn and Pat Hurst. After repeated layoffs at the then-C&O Railroad, Roy obtained employment with the Federal Corrections System. He began employment as a Guard, but his carpentry skills led him to run the carpentry shop at FCI-Summit where he was also elected by his peers to serve as the Local labor union President. 

   Roy and his family loved boating with his best friend, Jim Smith, and family at Grayson Lake during the summer, as well as the occasional camping trip. A voracious reader, Roy was as comfortable discussing classic literature as he was roofing a house. He taught his children honesty, hard work, and self-reliance while always providing for and loving them. During Roy’s later years he rode his motorcycle from Harvard Square to the California Coast. He was a devoted member of Unity Baptist Church. His beloved Mary passed away in March of last year and it is the most sincere wish of his children that they are now together forever. 

   A private funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2021 with a public memorial and celebration at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Heart Association.

   Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Harold D. Saylor

 

   Harold D. Saylor, 83, of Catlettsburg, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Mr. Saylor was born May 19, 1937 in Scioto County, OH, one of nine children born to the late Hershel and Ethel Stanley Saylor. In addition to his parents, Mr. Saylor was also preceded in death by his first wife Barbara Grant Saylor, a son Kevin Saylor and several brothers and sisters.

   Harold served his country honorably with the United States Navy and retired from the Ashland School System as a bus driver.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Carol Saylor of Catlettsburg, sons Harold Saylor of Hazard, KY, Brian Saylor and wife Jennifer of Columbus, OH, also surviving are his twin brother several sisters and a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Monday, February 15, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Chaplain Jimm Smedley. Burial followed in the Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

   In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Harold’s memory to a favorite charity.

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

 

Gloria Sue Thacker

 

   Gloria Sue (Kinney) Thacker, 78, of Ashland, passed away at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center on Monday, February 8, 2021.

   She was born January 17, 1943, in Pikeville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Edward Isom Kinney and Willie Wick Ramsey Kinney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Douglas Thacker; brothers, Junior (Cora Lee) Kinney, Bobby E. (Trixie) Hobson, James George (Drucie) Hobson, sisters, Brenda Sue Kinney, Mary Magdalene (Virgil) Little, Elise Elizabeth (Bill) Cole, Joyce Avonelle (Ed) Damron and Lou Ann Gibson.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Steve (Renee), Wayne (Cynthia), Michelle (Mel) and Kevin (Kimberly); grandchildren, Lindzey (Billy), Jason, Jessica (James) Johnson, Jonah, Jared, Jailey, Johannah and Josiah; her brother, Eddie (Freda) Kinney; brother in law, Hager Gibson; sisters in law, June, Polly, Violet, Brenda (Gary), Kathy; and a host of nieces and nephews.

   The funeral service was held Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Rev. Frank Tate officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park.

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

 

Istvan (Steve) Kovacs

   Istvan (Steve) Kovacs, 73, of Ashland, KY ascended to heaven on 2/5/2021.

   Steve was born to Ilona Hart and Istvan Kovacs on April 9, 1947 in Budapest, Hungary. As a child of Christian faith, he actively participated in church services as an alter boy. He found his love for soccer at an early age and it was his greatest passion. He went on to play professional soccer in Hungary and later served in the Hungarian military. After fleeing Communist Hungary in the early 1970s to build a better life for his future family, he immigrated to California.

   Steve met his wife Katalin Zalay in 1981 while in Hungary to visit. They went on to have two children, Steven Kovacs (1983) and Christina Kovacs (1988). They moved to Ashland, KY in 1993 where they resided since then.

   In addition to being a dedicated and loving father, Steve also had a passion for building things with his hands. Steve had a deep love for coaching his favorite sport, soccer. He coached at middle school, high school, and collegiate. This was one of his greatest talents, and he had a passion to help anyone perfect the sport. Throughout his entire life he held an unwavering faith in God, which sustained him and guided his family. His Hungarian heritage was very special to him, and he had a gift for telling stories about his grand adventurous life and his family’s time in the monarchy.

   Steve joined his mother, father, and grandparents in Heaven. He is survived by his wife Katalin, his two children, Steven and Christina, and his sister Suzanna Taylor.

   A celebration of his life will be held at a later time due to family constraints. Please contact anyone in the family if you would like to be notified for the service.

   “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steve’s memory should be directed to King’s Daughters Health Foundation, 2201 Lexington Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel

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

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Obituaries - February 2

 

 

Berna Dean Compston

   Berna Dean Compston, 89, of Ashland, KY, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021, at Kingsbrook Life Care Center in Ashland, KY.

   Mrs. Compston was born May 16, 1931, in Wurtland, KY, to the late Fred and Ada Marie Heaberlin Compston.

   In addition to her parents, Berna Dean was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Dean Huffman; two brothers, Delbert and Fredrick Compston, and a sister, Wilma Dickens.

   Berna Dean worked in the administrative department at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. She loved attending Saturday meetings at the local Senior Citizens’ building and was a member of Blackburn Avenue Baptist Church.

   Mrs. Compston is survived by her loving husband, Bankie Gene Howard of Ashland, KY; two grandchildren, Christopher Dale (Jerrie Lynn) Utz of McKee, KY and Lisa Marie Blake of Richmond, KY; seven great-grandchildren: Noah J. Huffman, Naomi Grace Mullins, Olivia Caryn Mullins, Marlee Marie Rucker, Moses Dean Blake, Jacob Dale Utz, and Angela Apking; a sister, Reva Ruthruff of Covington, KY.

   A graveside service will be held at Heaberlin Cemetery in Wurtland, KY, with Pastor Ron Riley officiating.

   The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with the arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Kenneth Chapman Morriss

   Kenneth Chapman Morriss, 96, of Ashland, KY passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Trinity Station in Flatwoods, following an extended illness.

   Kenneth was born April 30, 1924 in Hinton, WV to the late Richard Macfarlane and Bessie Rogers Morriss.

   Kenneth began work on the C&O Railroad at 17 years old as a summer employee on the bridge and building force in Hinton. A few months later he began service with the Army Air Force during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to work for the C&O Railroad (later CSX Transportation) where he retired as Executive Vice President of Transportation ands Chief Operating Officer after 44 years of service.

   In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his first wife Theodocia Plaster Morriss and his second wife, Virginia Bush Morriss; one brother, Robert Fielding Morriss and one sister, Elizabeth Carrington Morriss.

   Survivors include two sons, Robert Morriss of Silver Spring, MD and Raymond Morriss (Brenda) of Cumberland, MD; a step-daughter, Leslie Phillips (Mark) of York, PA; two grandchildren, Regina Christiansen (Sam) and Katherine Phillips; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Services will be private with burial in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood has been entrusted with the services.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Deloris Faye  Depriest

   Deloris Faye  Depriest, 86, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at her residence.

   She was born June 11, 1934, in Ironton, OH, a daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Jaynes Koster. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Depriest in 2004; a son in law, Johnny Cochran; and several siblings.

   Survivors include sons, Randy (Rosemary) Depriest, and Steve (Beth) Mineer; daughters, Mary Jane (Robert) Castle and Kathy Ann Cochran; sisters, Karen (Fred) Knipp, Betty Washburn, Stephana Jenkins, and Joyce (Kenny) Lawson; grandchildren, Becky (Steve) Tucker, Randy Lee Depriest, Jr.; and Allison Mineer; four great grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner and Brady Depriest and Savannah Tucker.

   A graveside service was held Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Rose Hill Burial Park.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes. 

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

 

Ronald Theodore Litteral 

   Ronald Theodore Litteral, 80, of Ashland, passed away, Wednesday January 27, 2021 at Kings Daughter’s Medical Center following a brief illness.

   Ron was born July 24, 1940 in Ashland, KY to the late Kennia and Katherine Jaynes Litteral.

   He was a retired electrician with AK Steel and was a member of Steelworkers Local #1865.

   Ron leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn Lemaster Litteral of Ashland; one son, Gregory Bryan Litteral of Ashland; one daughter, Susan Lynn Hatten of Coal Grove, OH; five grandchildren, two of which they raised, Korey Ward and Kasey Ward, both of Ashland.

   Graveside services were conducted Friday, January 29, 2021 at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating.

   Caniff Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

Karen Sue Baker

   Mrs. Karen S. Baker, 77, of Ashland, Ky, formerly of Huntington, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  She passed at home after a brief illness, with her loving hus-band of 59 years, James H. (Doc) Baker, and family by her side. 

   Karen was born on October 3, 1943, in Huntington, WV.  She was preceded in death by her parents Alton & Anna Lee Perry of Huntington, WV, and brother Roger Perry (Beverlee) of Chattanooga, TN.  She leaves behind her husband, Doc, son, Jay (Margaret) Baker, daughter, Rhon-da (David) Cullop, daughter Kelly Thomas, grandchildren including Nick (Ashley) Thomas, Heath (Brittany) Thomas, JD Cullop, Sydney (Logan) Salow, Jacob Baker, Carley Cullop; great-grandchildren; Terell, Jordan, Dajyn and Lincoln and a host of other family and friends. 

   Karen was a claims examiner at the Veteran’s Administration Regional Office in Huntington, WV for 41 years, retiring in 2007. She was a member of Wildwood Church of God, where she served in the children’s ministry. Her favorite role was Nana to her grandchildren, whom she traveled to watch play sports in Huntington, Ashland, and Boyd Co.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the Wildwood Church of God in Ashland. Pastor Steve Harris officiated. Burial was at Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington, WV.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Karen’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101

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

 

Betty L. Smith

   Betty Lou Smith, 90, a lifelong resident of Boyd County has passed away. Betty was born February 23, 1930 in Boyd County, a daughter of the late Leonard and Gladys George Cooksey. In addition to her parents, Betty was also preceded in death by her son Barry Smith, brothers George, Ralph, Howard and Harold Cooksey, her sister Wilma Sawyer, great granddaughter Emmersyn Leigh Smith, and son-in laws Phil Derifield and Dave Neiffer.

   Betty was a member of the Cannonsburg Trinity United Methodist Church. She was active in the Food Pantry Ministry and with the United Methodist Women. Betty was a 1948 graduate of Boyd County High School. She was a past member of the Rush lodge of the Eastern Star and of the Boyd County Homemakers. Betty loved to work in the garden. She always had a harvest of fresh vegetables and beautiful roses. Her canned green beans were the best. Betty was also a supporter of her grandchildren’s sporting and dance events. She will be deeply and sadly missed by her loving family.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 67 years Bobby Smith of Boyd County, daughters Becky Derifield, Beverly Neiffer, grandson Dustin (Ashleigh) Smith, great granddaughters Lilian Smith, Norah Kate Smith, daughter-in-law Cynthia Smith, nephew Keith (Sandy) Cooksey and a host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services were Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Pastor Bruce Lee. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Betty’s memory to the Food Pantry of the Cannonsburg Trinity United Methodist Church, 11620 Midland Trail Road, Ashland, KY 41102

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

 

Patrick Wesley Mayo

   Patrick Mayo, 32, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Tuesday, January 26, in UK Medical Center, following a short illness.  

   Patrick was born November 29, 1988 in Ashland, a son of Rita Conn Mayo of Westwood and Michael Mayo of Westwood.  

   He was a 2007 graduate of Boyd County High and was employed with Clark’s Pump-n-Shop in Westwood. Patrick was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing. 

   He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Gaynelle Davidson Conn, and paternal grandmother, Betty J. Ison. 

   Surviving, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Michael A. Mayo and wife Alyssa, of Cynthiana, Kentucky; a sister, Sonya Danielle Mayo of Westwood, and a nephew, Abel James Mayo. 

   Funeral services were Saturday, January 30 by Brother Jim Smedley at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. 

 

Patricia Ann Mays

   Patricia Ann Mays, 72, of Ashland, passed away as a result of Covid-19 on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

   She was born April 26, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA, a daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude Denk Zgainer.

   Patti retired following a long career with AK Steel and enjoyed spending summers at Dreamland Pool with friends.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Joey Brian Mays; step sons, Joey Brian Mays II, Jason Earl (Tara) Mays and Jeremy Mays; sisters, Sharon (Larry) Rees and Becky (Mike) Crews; sister in law, Brenda (Lawrence) Keating; brother in law, Robert Mays; grandchildren; Landry, Brycen and Carlie Mays; nieces, Megan (Nick) Catalogna, Sarah (Tyler) Smith and Jennifer Mays; nephews, Donald Alan (Jessica) Rees, Larry Keating, Shannon Mays, Greg Mays and Jonathan Mays; great nieces and nephews, Gabrielle and Isabel Catalogna, Laiken Keating, Vanessa, David, Jared and Bridget Smith.

   The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 with words of comfort provided by Rev. Paula Sergent. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

   To express a condolence, visit steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Paulina Christine Kinney Hamilton 

   Paulina Christine Kinney Hamilton, 64, of Ashland, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

   She was born June 20, 1956, in Ashland, Kentucky, to the late William Douglas and Christine Henley Kinney.

   Paulina was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. She was a member of Ashland Baptist Church; an avid UK fan; and loved her animals immensely.

   Survivors include her daughter, Shavonna Kinney-Johnson and husband, Jeffrey; her partner of 15 years, Joawan Ellis; two beloved grandchildren, Jalen Douglas Hamilton and Gabriel William Johnson; half-brother, Al Blake and a half-sister, Donna Burris. 

   A celebration of Paulina’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. 

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

 

Michael Keith Kifer

   Michael Keith Kifer passed away on January 28, 2021. Mike was born and raised in Monaca, PA to the late Owen and Norma Kifer. He was a brother to Doc and Dean, and nephew to Wilda Knisely (Iames) and the late Alton Iames. For over 30 years, he made trips to visit the family farm in Bedford, PA. 

   Mike was transferred with Ashland Oil in 1985. For over 33 years, he literally worked night and day at the refinery in the “dubbs” unit as an operator and shift foreman. 

   He attended Advance United Methodist Church in Flatwoods, and was a beloved member of the Anchor class. 

   His true passion was being with his two children, Bradley and Allison. Whether it be the driveway basketball court, a school field trip, or coaching a soccer game, you could count on Mike being there with his kids. 

   He is survived by brothers Veryl “Doc” Kifer (Betty) and Dean Kifer (Joyce), a son Bradley Kifer (Courtney) and daughter Allison Avsar (Cihangir), grandchildren Quinn Michael and Silas Brill Kifer and Musa Michael and Reyhan Everett Avsar, an aunt Wilda Knisely (Harold), god-daughter Hilary O’Toole and extended family.

   Visitation will be Friday from 1-3 p.m. with a service following at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. 

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Obituaries - February 9

 

 

Della Kaye Porter 

   Della Kaye Porter, 71, of Ashland, passed away Friday Morning, February 5, 2021 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Kaye was born October 5, 1949 in Ashland, a daughter of the late William L. “Pete” and Estella June Horton Porter.

   Born and raised in Ashland, Kaye is a graduate of Boyd County High School. With a move to Louisiana, Kaye was an Instructor at the Moler Beauty College in New Orleans, LA. Kaye lived there for 20 years working and raising her family. After returning back home to Ashland, Kaye was an instructor with the Ashland School of Beauty Culture for many years.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her son Tommy “Joey” Keeney II and wife Leah of Mt. Sterling, daughters Monica Keeney of Ashland, Lisa Lucas and husband Derrick of Ashland, Tiffany Lykins of Salt Lick, KY, a brother William (Betty) Porter of Ashland, grandchildren King, Jodi, Nicole, Alex, Abby, Dakota, Sierra, Brian, Noah, Emma and Wyatt, her great grandchildren Ashlynn, Avereigh and Raelyn and a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel. Burial will be in the East Carter Memory Gardens in Grayson.

   Visitation will be held prior to services from noon till service time at 1 p.m.

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

 

Richard L. Mullins

   Richard L. Mullins, 59, of Catlettsburg, KY passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on February 4, 2021. He was born on November 12, 2961 in Ashland, KY to the late Harry Mullins and Eunice Evelyn Stringer Mullins of Grayson, KY. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Bill Sexton.

   He was a welder by trade and a shift supervisor at Engines Inc. and also worked for Trailblazers. He was a member of BPOE 350 in Ashland.

   Richard is survived by his loving wife Sheri Rucker Mullins of Catlettsburg; children Mariah (Austin Miniard) Mullins of Olive Hill, Kayla Mullins, Ashley (Josh) Carver, Coty (Alyssa) Terry all of Catlettsburg; a grandchild Emerson Kate Terry; siblings Connie (Tim) Barnett of Ashland, Jerry (Mina) Mullins of Sterling Heights, MI, Pam (BJ) Mullins of Rush, Marsha (Tom) Dallaire of Clarkston, MI, Dexter (Sandi) Mullins of Crosby, TX and Carole Sexton of Rush; and a host of nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel. 

   The family has asked that any donations in his memory be made to Steen Funeral Home, 1501 Central Avenue, Ashland, KY. Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Sheila Jane Federer

 

   It is with great sadness that the family of Sheila Jane Federer (Scarberry) announce her passing on February 3, 2021. Janie, as she was called by all, was 76 years old and born on March 7, 1944 in West Virginia. She lived the last 45 years in Cannonsburg and is lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, Billy Joe Federer.

   Janie was preceded in death by her parents, Denver and Vesta Collins Scarberry and her precious grandson Ben Flannery.

   Janie was from a large family of 10 children, the late Junior Scarberry, Richard Scarberry, Stevie Scarberry, Janet Keyser, Francis Fry, Deloris Lily and Debbie Fry. She is survived by her sister Linda (Art) Green and Curtis Scarberry.

   Even though she was taken too soon, she lived her life surrounded by people who adored her. Her three daughters and her favorite son-in-laws: Robin (David) Flannery, Karen (Bobby) Evans and Michelle (Steve) Kelly. She was also the beloved Mamaw of five grandchildren and the heart of her world. Billy (Brianna) Flannery, Faith (Brandon) Louthan, First Lieutenant Blake (Keriann) Kelly U.S. Army, and Brayden Kelly. She was loved by many nieces and nephews who loved their “Aunt Jane” dearly.

   Janie’s laugh was contagious and filled a room wherever she was. She loved her close friends deeply. Janie will be dearly missed by her friends. She was kind to all, if she met a stranger they were soon her friend. If you were lucky enough to sit at her table and share her biscuits, you felt the warmth of her love.

   Due to COVID, the private family service will be led by Pastor Bruce Lee. She will be laid to rest at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East. There will be a Celebration of Life, at a later time.  

   In lieu of flowers the family would ask donations to be sent to her little church on the hill, that she loved, Cannonsburg Trinity UMC, 11620 Midland Trail Road, Ashland, KY 41102. To share a memory or to express a condolence to the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Aster Carl Hayes

   Aster Carl Hayes, 90, of Ashland, KY passed away at his residence on February 5, 2021. He was born on July 27, 1930 in Fleming Neon, KY to the late William and Lula Mae Spencer Hayes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruby Sowards Hayes in 2018, siblings Gene Hayes, Oscar Hayes, Irene Stephens, Mildred Wright and twins Chuck and Irene Hayes.

   He was a customer service manager for International Harvester and served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Some of his passions were ballroom dancing with his beloved Ruby, boating, working in his yard, listening to music and making his trips to Florida where he loved walking on the beach. His time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren was most precious to him.

   He is survived by a son Carl Alan Hayes and wife Marty of Memphis, TN; a daughter Pamela Perkey and husband Sam of Ashland, KY; grandchildren Stacey Cassity, Matthew Earls, and Lindsay Spencer; great grandchildren Samantha Stafford, Tyler Stewart, Savanna Cassity, Christian Spencer, Hailey Cassity and Chloe Spencer and lifelong friends, Rheta and Jim Loy.

   Private funeral services will be held at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Matthew Earls officiating. Burial will follow in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast.

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky 41101. Online condolences may be made to www.steefuneralhome.com

 

Phillip Lee Wiley

   Phillip Lee Wiley, 47, of Midkiff, WV, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021, in Huntington, WV.

   Phillip was born July 16, 1973, in Huntington, WV to his biological mother who he loved deeply, the late Janet Lou Bellomy.

   In addition to his biological mother, Phillip was preceded in death by his biological father, Bruce Paro Sr.; his wife, Kimberly Wiley; a sister and most loved person in his life, Dorothy Elizabeth “Ginger” Staley Cooper; and a brother, Watson Edgar “Timmy” Wiley.

   Phillip is survived by his two daughters, Elizabeth Faye Wiley of Hurricane, WV and Kaitlyn Marie Wiley Adkins of Alto, Georgia; six grandchildren; his parents, Watson V. and Alice Faye Bellomy Wiley of Barboursville, WV; sisters, Kathy Ann Bellomy (Mark) Hess of Raceland, KY and Inez B. (Ronnie) Wiley Kirk of Barboursville, WV; brother, Curtis Paul (Lisa) Wiley of Milton, WV; sisters, Dana and Cindy Paro both of Arkansas; brother, Bruce Paro of Indiana; many nieces and nephews who loved him including Dillon Paro of Indiana and a very special nephew and friend, Eddie Allen (AJ) Cooper of Ranger, WV; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A graveside service at Franklin Cemetery in Branchland, WV will be scheduled at a later date with Evangelist Ronnie Kirk officiating.

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

 

Michael Ray Robinson

   Michael Ray Robinson, 64, of Worthington, KY, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

   Mr. Robinson was born January 23, 1957, in Madison, WV to the late Perlo and Sadie White Robinson and was raised in Lake, WV. In addition to his parents, Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by his three brothers, Donald, Larry, and Harold Robinson.

   Michael was a retired coal miner who liked to spend his spare time fishing, working in his outbuilding on little projects, and spending time with his family.

   Mr. Robinson is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 14 years, Susan Denise Coffman Robinson of Worthington; three sons, Michael Don Robinson of Huntington, WV, Aaron Ray Robinson and his wife Brittany of Charleston, WV, James Ronald Fields III of Winona, MN; three daughters, Tabatha Carol Rakes and her husband Adam of Chapmanville, WV, Veronica Denice Carter of Worthington, and Malissa Fields Duty and her husband Joshua of Flatwoods; six grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family has made private arrangements with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

   Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Da-Juan Malika Hord 

   Da-Juan Malika Hord, infant son of Darshea Hord and Christina Hickle was stillborn at Kings Daughters Medical Center on February 3, 2021.

   In addition to his parents he is survived by sisters Lily Hord, Rylee Hinkle and Roxy Hinkle and brothers Kareem Hord and Darshea Hord, Jr.

   A memorial service will be held at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3 p.m. and will be officiated by Chaplain Jimm Smedley. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m.

   Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Marion ‘Redwood’ Hogsten

   Redwood Hogsten, 81, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, husband of Vicki Young Hogsten, died Monday evening, February 1, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Redwood was born March 5, 1939 in Boyd County, Kentucky, a son of the late Roy and Myrtle Mullins Hogsten. He was a self-employed carpenter and owner of the former Redwood’s New and Used Furniture Store. 

   Preceding him in death include his first wife; Barbara Traylor Hogsten; three brothers: Kenneth Dale Hogsten, Robert Hogsten, and James Hogsten, and two sisters: Freda Martin and Linda Hogsten. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, Anita Church and husband Kenneth of Catlettsburg; two sons: Marion ‘Woodie’ Hogsten, Jr. and wife Debbie of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Russell Hogsten of Catlettsburg; stepson Derek Castle of Ashland; brother John Hogsten of Lexington; five grandchildren: Joshua Church of Catlettsburg, Brian Church of Ashland, Wesley Hogsten of Port St. Lucie, Trevor Hogsten of Port St. Lucie, Lydia Castle of Greenup, and five great grandchildren. 

   Graveside services were Friday, February 5 at Kirby Flats Cemetery by Brother Tim French. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

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Obituaries - January 26

Henderson Herald “Henny” Selby

   Henderson Herald “Henny” Selby, 80, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

   Henny was born September 9, 1940 in Greenup to the late Charles Lee and Marcella Grace Herald Selby.

   He was a member of Second Free Will Baptist Church and retired as a Steel Worker at AK Steel.

   He leaves behind his loving wife Saundra Loar Selby; a son David Selby (Laureen) of Conway, NH; a daughter Suzanne Selby Barker of Lexington; four grandchildren: Madisyn Selby, Shaelyn Selby, Hannah Barker and Cade Barker; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   A private graveside service was conducted Saturday at Ashland Cemetery with military honors provided by the US Navy and Kenova American Legion Post #93, with brother Gary Loar officiating.

   Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood have been entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Community Hospice Care Center 2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland, KY 41101.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Tony Pasco Versey, Jr

   Tony Pasco Versey, Jr, 79, of Ashland, husband of Doris Wells Versey, passed away Tuesday, January 19.

   Tony was born April 4, 1941 in Ashland, KY to the late Tony Pasco, Versey SR. and Nancy West Hunt. Tony proudly served his country with 3 years of service in US Army and 3 years in the US Army National Guard. He retired from Tremco in Cleveland, OH after 35 years of service.

   In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by sister Geraldine Rye; brother-in-laws, Bill, Fred, and Ike Wells and sister-in-laws, Lorraine Kirk, Linda Ray, and Rita Devaney.

   Tony is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Doris Wells Versey of Ashland; one son, Tony Pasco Versey, III (Tamassa) of Ashland; three brothers, Theodore Hunt, Vernal Salyers, Bruce Salyers; one sister, Delores Bentley; two grandchildren, Tony Pasco Versey IV (Chelsey Hall) and Ashley Ferreyra (Alejandro); one great grandchild, Tony Pasco Versey V; brother-in-law Danny Wells (Chattie); sister-in-law Janet Mullins (Milton), and a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home by Pastor Shawn Rose. Military Services were provided by US Army and Kenova American Legion Post #93. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park. 

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneral.com. 

 

Robert Allen Triplett, Sr.

   Robert Allen Triplett Age 71 of Ashland, Kentucky passed away January 16, 2021 at his residence.

   He was born January 22, 1949, in Ashland, a son of the late Dr. Harold and Phyllis Triplett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Allen Triplett II, in 2020.

   Robert retired from AK Steel, proudly served his country in the US Army National Guard, was a Mason and longstanding member of Elks Lodge 350 BPOE. Robert was an avid skier, loved gardening, hunting, and fishing. He was a loving father who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Misty Kay Triplett; brother Harold Bruce Triplett; sister Amy Triplett Morgan; two grandchildren, Willow Grace Triplett, and Lennon Jude Maxwell Triplett; as well as a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Services will be announced at a later date. To express condolences to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com

 

Ronald David Cole

   Ronald David Cole, 73, of Ashland passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

   Ronald was born October 11, 1947 in Ashland to the late William Green Cole and Lula Hicks Cole Hugenot.

   He was preceded in death by his father, William Cole, sister Donna Cole, wife, Sandra Murphy Cole, and daughter, Christy Carroll. Ronald was a retired electrician with IBEW #317. He was a member of Fred M. Gross Lodge F&AM #953 and was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church.

   He leaves behind children Larry Cole (Heather), Alan Ringrose, and Nicki Ringrose Morrison (Rick), all of Ashland; mother Lula Cole Hugenot of Ashland; significant other Debbie Knipp of Ashland; brother Tim Cole (Tammy); sister Teresa Cole Crisp (Ronald); 12 grandchildren, Trace and Garrett Cole, Rodney Johnstone, Justin, Ryan and Leo Eldridge, Jesse Carroll and Allie Flake, Christopher, Brynleigh and Landen Ringrose, Kolten Tussey; great-grandchildren Aubree, Grayson, and Myles; and a host of extended family and friends.

   Services will be private with Tom Stephens officiating. 

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Richard Shawn “Rick” Gipson

   Richard Shawn “Rick” Gipson, 47, of Ashland, passed away at UK Medical Center Thursday, January 21, 2021 following an extended illness.

   Rick was born November 16, 1973 in Ashland, KY to the late Charles Edward Gipson Sr. and Malvie Wilson Gipson.He was a self-employed carpenter and of the Pentecostal faith.

   In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Gipson, Jr and Jeffery Scott Gipson.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Sherri Jackson Gipson; four children, Kyle Lee Gipson, Shawn Bradley Gipson, Catrina Lynn Gipson, and Devin Cole Gipson, all of Ashland; three brothers, Clinton David Gipson of Birmingham, AL, Jonathan “Johnny” Gipson of Ironton, OH and Jason Gipson of Ashland; four sisters, Elizabeth “Libby” Hunt of South Point, OH, Peggy Adams of Ashland, Shirley “Robin” Mullins and Autumn Whitt, both of Ashland, along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Visitation will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Graveside funeral services will follow at Whitt-Westpfahl-Gipson Cemetery in Ashland with Brother David Gipson officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to Caniff Funeral Home, 528 Wheatley Road, Ashland, KY 41101 to help the family with funeral expenses.

   Online condolences may be left for the family at canifffuneralhome.com. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required.

 

Stanley Thomas Lewis

   Stanley Thomas Lewis, known to his friends as Tom or Tommy, passed away very suddenly on January 16, 2021. 

   Tommy was born on December 17, 1962 in Ashland, KY, a son of the late Walter David Lewis and Faye Etta Thompson. He is preceded in death by his sister Paula May of Ashland, and his brother Walter David Lewis Jr. of Roanoke, VA. 

   Tommy was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and furthered his education at Ashland Vocational School with a degree in machine shop technology. Tommy was an accomplished machinist and he won awards for his exceptional skills. On top of his machinist skills, he was an exceptional woodworker and carpenter.  It seemed that Tommy could “fix” anything. Tommy and his wife Jo also loved to ride his Harley.  He loved to go fishing at Joe’s Fish Camp and he loved to play cards with his buddies at camp on the river. He was simply up for an adventure. Especially if the adventure allowed him to take his boat, his motorcycle, or if he could absorb any kind of historical facts on the journey or at the adventure’s destination.  

   Tommy is survived by his wife Jo Simons, and his daughter Nikkiah (Jamie) Simons. He is also survived by his sister, Kathy Lewis Cook of Akron, OH and her three sons, a nephew in Prestonsburg, KY, three great nieces and a great nephew. 

   There was a private service to celebrate Tommy's life on Sunday, January, 24, 2021 by Brother Jim Smedley at Preston Family Funeral Home. 

 

Leslie Martin "Buddy" Voiers

   Leslie Martin “Buddy” Voiers, 83, of Ashland, KY went to his Heavenly home at Woodland Oaks Health Care Facility on January 18, 2021. He was born on September 26, 1937 in Vanceburg, KY to the late Harlan and Thelma Davenport Voiers.

   He was retired from Ashland Oil Refinery and was also a broker and owner of Ashland Realty. He and his brother Kelly owned and operated the Grayson Lake marina for 35 years. He was a long time member of Old Orchard Christian Church but attended First Baptist Church of Ashland for many years.

   Leslie is survived by his loving wife Lana Alexander Voiers of Ashland; daughter Melissa Carol Stewart of St. Petersburg, FL; brother Kelley Voiers and wife Robin of Ashland; sister Theresa Litteral; grandchildren Holly, Kyle and Staci Stewart, great grandchildren Madeline Tackett and Jayce Franklin, sisters in law Carole Johnson and husband Norvin, and Sheila Fraley and husband Mike, and dear friend Janet Cross.

   Due to Covid restrictions, private family funeral services will be held at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum and will be officiated by Reverend Marty Voiers. Entombment will follow in Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum.

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 or to their favorite charity.

   Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Michael Ray Sammons

   Michael Ray Sammons, 67, of Catlettsburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at U.K. Medical Center.

   He was born July 19, 1953, in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late Grant and Barbara Jean Wright Sammons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings, Belva Lynn Sammons and Guy Bryan Sammons.

   Mike was the proprietor of Lube Equip. Inc. in Ashland. He served honorably in the US Navy during Vietnam. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and attending his grandkids activities.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 49 years, Dottie Sammons of Catlettsburg; son, Grant (Tammy) Sammons of Ashland; daughter, Lisa (Billy) Moore of Ashland; brother, Stan (Karen) Sammons; grandchildren, Brant Sammons, Lexie Sammons, Michael Sammons and Natalie Moore; and extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street with words of comfort provided by his son, Pastor Grant Sammons. Burial will follow at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

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

 

Ronald "Possum" Evans

   Ronald “Possum” Evans, 69, of Catlettsburg, died peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2021.

   He was born May 9, 1951, in Ashland, KY, a son of the late Emmer and Pauline Lewis Evans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Emmor Evans, Jr.

   Possum retired following a long career with Ashland Oil. He was a member of Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 350. He enjoyed golfing, playing his guitar and deep sea fishing.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Bodo Evans; son, Joshua (Sherri) Evans; grandchildren, Caleb and Hunter Evans; niece, Carrie, and nephew Justin; sisters in law, Catherine B. Spencer and Lisa (Terri) Bodo-Saunders, their children, Marian Turner, Rachel Saunders and Amelia Turner; and a host of dear friends.

   A celebration of Possum’s life was held on Saturday, January 23, 2021, with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Possum’s memory should be made to the Elks Lodge, 900 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

 

Mary Beth Bowen

   Mary Beth Bowen, 60, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, died Tuesday, January 19, at Kings Daughters Medical Center following a sudden illness.  

   Mary Beth was born December 17, 1960 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Mark and Faye Price Patrick. She was a homemaker and loved her family and her grandchildren. 

   Surviving include two sons: Jimmy Bowen of Flatwoods, and Daniel Bowen of Ashland; two daughters: Amanda Bowen and Jessica Bowen, both of Flatwoods; sisters Nancy Jacobs of Lloyd, and Lisa Stevens of Flatwoods; four grandchildren and many friends. 

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

 

Norma James Ritter

   Norma James Ritter, 88, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at her residence.

   Mrs. Ritter was born September 19, 1932, in Carter County, KY to the late Irdle and Bethel Forrest James.

   In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen C. Ritter; son Fredrick Ritter; brothers Verlin and Billy James; grandchildren Erin Steward and Jesse Lee Ritter; great-grandchildren Rodney Eugenie and Luke Aaron Dunn; and son-in-law, Robert Powell.

   Mrs. Ritter was a Unit Secretary at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, and a member of Russell First Baptist Church.

   Norma is survived by a son, Douglas Lora Ritter of Flatwoods; a daughter, Marilyn Powell of Flatwoods; two grandchildren, Aubrey Greeding and James Ritter; three great-grandchildren, Alex Breeding, Sarah Dunn, and Megan Dunn; two brothers, Vernon and Jackie James both of Grayson; seven sisters, Olive James Culver of Flatwoods, Violet Wolfe of Gainesville, TX, Joy Bricker of Mansfield, OH, Evelyn Cartee and Geneva Coltville both of Cleveland, OH, Margie Meenachs of Olive Hill, and Doretha Albright of Grayson; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held on Monday, January 25, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor Ken Gowin officiating. Burial followed at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell.

   Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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