Obituaries- Week of Oct 20


Thomas Stafford

   Thomas Allen Stafford, 85, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

   Thomas was born March 29, 1935 in Ashland, a son of the late Ishmael and Beatrice Criswell Stafford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Virginia Lee Price and his most recent wife Leatrice Stafford, a son Robert Allen Stafford, brothers Jerry Stafford, Herbie Criswell and Bill Criswell.

   Mr. Stafford was a member of the United Ironworkers Local 769. He served his country honorably with the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Carla Settlemyre and husband Blair of Lincolnton, NC, sons Gregory Stafford and fiancé Rettie Skeen of Ashland, Darrin Lee Stafford of Ashland, a brother J.C. Stafford of Oklahoma, a sister Betsy Stafford of Atlanta, GA, grandchildren Shane Stafford, Hunter Cyrus, Cindy Michelle (David) Anders, Bradley (Ronda) Laber, great grandchildren Brooklyn (Tommy) Wurth, Emily Anders, Leah Anders, Meliah Potter, a great-great grandson Samuel Wurth and a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Randy Skaggs. Burial was in the Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

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Christopher C. Barr, Jr.

   Mr. Christopher C. Barr, Jr. 90, of Ashland, Kentucky, was called to his Heavenly home on Saturday, October 17, 2020. He was at home with his loving family by his side.

   Mr. Barr was born December 13, 1929 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Christopher C. Sr., and Ida Bradley Barr. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter Cynthia Barr and a sister and her husband, Mrs. Jannie and Arthur Davis.

   Mr. Barr was a member of the St. James African Episcopal Methodist Church in Ashland. He was president and a very active member of the Boyd-Greenup County Branch of the NAACP. He also served his country honorably with the United States Army during the Korean War.

   Mr. Barr was transferred to the Ashland Area from his home in Buffalo, NY after a move with Ashland Oil, Inc. He retired after 45 years of service as a Lab Technician.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 61 years Mrs. Ruby N. Bryant Barr of Ashland, his son Christopher C. Barr, III and wife Mozella of Jacksonville, FL, his daughters Sharon Holmes and husband Alphonso of Buffalo, NY, Marjorie Barr of Ashland, KY, Crystal Green and husband Clayton of Buffalo, NY, Tracy Beach and husband Bruce of Jacksonville, FL, his grandchildren Kadisha Johnson, Shrie Barr, Angela Green, Sade Barr, Gregory Beach, Jena Barr, Michele Hudson, Mariah Barr, Brittney Holmes, Christopher Barr IV, Darious Green, Alphonso Holmes. Jr., twelve great grandchildren and a host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Reverend Leonard Curry. Burial will immediately follow services at the Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland.

   Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home prior to services from 11 a.m. till service time at 1:00. We ask that you please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask if attending services.

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Michael Lee Ratliff

   Mike Ratliff, 73, of Westwood, husband of Carol Felty Ratliff, died Sunday afternoon, October 18, in Kings Daughters Medical Center from complications of Covid-19.

   Mike was born April 15, 1947 in Boyd County, , a son of the late Oscar Alvin and Hazel Holmes Ratliff. He was retired from the coating department of AK Steel.

   Mike was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by two brothers: Clyde Edward Ratliff and Clarence D. Ratliff. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include two stepsons: Robert Felty, and wife Debra, of Westwood, and Garland Stacy, and wife Betsy, of Shelbyville; three brothers: William Oscar Ratliff of Westwood; John Alvin Ratliff and wife Pam, of Westwood; Homer E. Ratliff, and wife Sarah, of Westwood; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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


Donald Ray Salyers

   Donald Ray Salyers, 76, of Ashland, died peacefully October 12, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

   He was born June 6, 1944, in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late Cecil and Blanche McCalvin Salyers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Thelma Ann Rucker Salyers in 2002; and an infant son, Matthew Ray Salyers.

   Don was a 1963 graduate of Boyd County High School. He served honorably in the Army National Guard and was a Christian. He enjoyed farming, fishing and being surrounded by his family and friends.

   Those left to cherish his memory include a sister, Rita Haney of Ashland; niece, Cecilia Keffer of Grayson, and her children whom Don considered grandchildren, Christopher and Maggie Keffer of Grayson. He is also survived by a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   The funeral was held Friday, October 16, 2020, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Rev. Gary Salyers officiating. Burial followed in Coalton Cemetery.

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Evelyn "Bill" Houck Wheeler

   Evelyn “Bill” Houck Wheeler, 91, of Ashland, passed away on Wednesday October 7, 2020 in King’s Daughters Medical Center.

   She was born in Athens, Ohio to the late John Henry and Easter Goldie Darnell Houck. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ray Wheeler, two daughters Sharon Kay Wheeler and Dinah Rae Wheeler; brother, Henry C. Houck; and sisters, Mary Morris, Lucille Blankenship, Emma Rogers, Betty Jo Crooks, Elizabeth Selby and Elva Kathleen Bailey.

   She was a loving homemaker and was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church.

   Those left to cherish her memory include loving nieces and nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

   Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 14, at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum with Dr. Matt Shamblin officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park.

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Liam Michael Clark

   Infant Liam Michael Clark opened his eyes in the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Baptist Health Louisville in Louisville.

   He was the son of Cody Michael and Kayla Gillum Clark of Louisville, KY.

   Liam was preceded in death by a sister, Vera Kay Clark and great-grandparents, Stanley Gillum and Betty and Roy Stapleton.

   In addition to his parents, Liam is survived by his sister, Kinslee Jo Clark; grandparents, Greg and Sandy Gillum of Raceland, Rhonda (John) Jarvis of Louisville, and Michael (Carla) Clark of Campbellsville; great-grandparents, Patty Gillum of Greenup, Raymond and Marlene Clark of Campbellsville, and Deborah (Randy) Garrett of Campbellsville.

   A graveside service was held on Monday, October 19, at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell, with Pastor Steve Stapleton and Pastor Brandon DePriest officiating.

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


Tommy Lee Counts

   Tom Counts, 73, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Wednesday evening, October 14, in Community Hospice Care Center.

   Tom was born October 27, 1946 in Carter County, Kentucky, a son of the late Louis and Dell Hignite Counts. He distributed bakery goods for many years to businesses around the Tri State area. 

   Tom was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by two brothers: Don and Merle Counts, and a precious sister, Jo Ann Counts Mullins. 

   Surviving include his local family of nieces and nephews: Robin Davis, Jeff "Meaux" Mullins, Kevin Mullins, Pam Robbins, Lynn Porter; brother Ray Counts of Tennessee, and other extended out of town nieces and nephews, and brother in law Ercel Mullins of Summit, Kentucky. 

   Visitation was Saturday, October 17 at Preston Family Funeral Home. A graveside service followed at Counts Cemetery in Carter County, Kentucky.


Jessie Imogene Miller Kimberlain

   Jessie Imogene Miller Kimberlain, 94, of Russell went to be with her Lord on Monday, October 12, 2020 at her residence.

   Imogene was born October 10, 1926 in Russell to the late Lindsey and Vada Potter Miller.

   In addition to her Parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children Rev. Bill McDowell in 1962, husband, Richard “Dick” Smith in 1977 and husband, Jack Kimberlain in 2007; a son, Larry McDowell; a son-in-law, Bob Salmon; a granddaughter, Melissa Salmon; a grandson, Dean Moody; five brothers and three sisters.

   Imogene was retired from the Stores-Purchasing Department of AK Steel with 20 years of service. She was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church and was a part of the Outreach Sunday School Class. She also was a 50 plus year member of the Westwood Chapter #569 Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Hillbilly Auxiliary, a member of the White Shrine, Armco Girls Bowling League and former member of the ARMCO Girls Club.

   Imogene leaves behind her four loving daughters Sharon Conroy (Bill) of Clayton, NC, Linda Salmon of Russell, Brenda Salyers of Russell and Sandra Adams (Greg) of Flatwoods; a daughter-in-law, Patricia McDowell of Virginia; one sister Wanda Lee Caudill of Russell; 12 grandchildren, Jamie McDowell, Sherri Brown, Mark Salyers, Teresa Clevenger, Richie Conroy, Jeremy Conroy, P.J. Adams, Brandon Reffitt, Niki Adams, Trish Hurley, Daryl Moody, and Carol Daley; 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and her fur baby Spanky; a special caregiver from Right at Home, Jennifer; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Imogene, loved her Lord above everything and was a strong positive influence by all who knew and loved her. She devoted her life to her family and even during hard times stayed strong in her faith. She never gave up on anything that she thought was important and gave whatever task at hand, her all. She lovingly passed these traits and values on to her beloved children. Imogene was an avid seamstress and quilter. She was extremely meticulous about everything she did, from her appearance to sewing/quilting, to her art. While in high school, she did the cartoons for the school newspaper. She was blessed to be able to travel the world over the course of her life, having visited Hawaii three times, Greece, and Germany, to name a few.

   Funeral services were Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Fairview Baptist Church in Westwood with Jimm Smedley officiating. Entombment followed at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens.

   Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Randolph DeWayne Spradlin

   Randolph DeWayne Spradlin, 92, of Ashland, Kentucky, passed away at his home on Friday, October 16, 2020.

   He was born October 29, 1927, in Lackey, Kentucky, a son of the late Marcus Spradlin and Allie Collins Spradlin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Kate Withrow.

   Randolph was retired from Barney Williams Company. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church of Ashland and was a former member of the Army National Guard.

   Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Deloras Fugitt Spradlin; daughter, Randi Jane Hogue (Matt) of Ashland; son, Dr. Glenn D. Spradlin (Kelly) of Russell; brother, Ben Spradlin of Lexington, KY; sister, Sina Boggs of Colorado; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   There will be a private family service held at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum with Dr. Jeremy Couture officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Unity Baptist Church, 2320 29th Street, Ashland, KY, 41101; or to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home. To share a remembrance of Randolph or to express condolences to his family, please visit: