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


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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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