Obituaries - March 2


Mary Margaret Conley Riggle 

   Mary Margaret Conley Riggle, 90, of Ashland passed away February 25, 2021.

   Mary was born December 13, 1930 in Wakefield, Ohio to the late Stanton and Ruby Ann Perry Conley.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Carl Henderson Riggle in 2009; four brothers Auty Conley, William Conley, Clyde Conley, and Teddy Conley; and one sister Lilah Montgomery.

   Mary was employed with the Ashland Independent School District where she worked as a Teacher’s Aide and Secretary for 22 years. Mary she served on the board of directors for the Ashland Women’s Bowling Association and State Association and was inducted into the FIVCO Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Mary also had a key to the city and the Mayor declare her birthday “Mary Riggle Day.” Above everything Mary loved her Lord and faithfully served him as a member of Pollard Baptist Church where she was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class and the Choir.

   She leaves behind her son Jeffery Scott Riggle of Waverly, Ohio; one daughter Marsha Harris and her husband Dan of Somerset; brother Charles Conley (Kay); three grandchildren: Chris Harris, Wade Riggle and Lance Riggle; great-grandchildren Caissy Chitwood and Savannah Riggle.

   Funeral services were March 1 at Caniff Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Arrington officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park. 

   Online condolences may be left at


Mary Irene Chandler

   Mary Chandler, 103, of Grayson, formerly of Ironville, died peacefully February 25, after a long and blessed life, with her loving family by her bedside. 

   Mary was born February 15, 1918 in St. Francesville, Illinois, a daughter of the late Edward and Leatha Gullett Adams. She moved to Eastern Kentucky in 1920. 

   Mary and her late husband, Paul Chandler, were charter members of Rose Hill Baptist Church where she served many years as church secretary and he church deacon. She dearly loved her family and her church family, but most importantly, she loved the Lord. 

   Mary was preceded in death, in addition to her parents and husband, by two sons: Glen Edward and William Joseph Chandler; daughter Mary Ann Chandler; brothers: Oscar and James Adams, and three sisters: Geneva Adams, Helen Adams Keese, and Kathleen Adams; and son-in-law Robert Cogan. 

   Surviving include a son: John Adams Chandler and wife Tammy, of Grayson; three daughters: Kitty Thompson and husband James, of Louisa; Nancy Chandler Cogan of Ashland; Paula Sue Short and husband Joe, of Jacksonville, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter. 

   Funeral services will be Thursday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist Church by Pastor Matt Shamblin. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be at the church, Thursday, from 11 a.m. until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Roberta "Birtie" Musser

   Roberta “Birtie” Bellomy Musser, 67, of Ashland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 22, 2021, at her residence.

   She was born May 1, 1953, in Boyd County, a daughter of the late Bennie and Louise Estep Bellomy. In addition to her parents, sister Lanis Restelli and brothers Paul, Tom, Bill and Russell Bellomy, preceded her in death.

   Birtie was a 1971 graduate of Boyd County High School. She attended Straight Creek Church of the Nazarene for 51 years and was a loving and devoted homemaker. She sang with the Straight Creek Trio and Crisp Family Singers for many years and was a former sales clerk with Hills Dept Store and Kmart.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 46 years, Kenneth Musser of Ashland; daughters, Angie Musser of Ashland; Erin (Jason) Scruggs of Russellville, KY and Lisa (Jay) Skaggs of Portsmouth, OH; two sisters, Betty Fields and Kay (Delbert) Vance; four brothers, Richard Bellomy James (Belvia) Bellomy, Darrell (Deanna) Bellomy and Ray (Sharon) Bellomy; four grandchildren, Kimberly Nunley, Jayden McKenzie, Caleb McKenzie and Tyler McKenzie; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A service celebrating her life was Thursday, February 25, 2021, with words of comfort provided by Rev. Jason Scruggs, Rev. Randy Biggs and Rev. Ray Bellomy. Burial followed in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

   Contributions in Birtie’s memory may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

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Sandra Lynn Riley

   Sandra Lynn Riley, 65, of Cannonsburg, Kentucky, wife of Roger Riley, died Monday morning, February 22, at Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   Sandy was born July 12, 1955 in Ashland, a daughter of Mary Salyers Pinkerton of Cannonsburg, and the late Glen Riley. She was a retired administrative assistant with Dr. Hazel Yang’s office, and was formerly with Dr. Gray and Dr. Stewart’s offices and was of the Nazarene faith. 

   Surviving, in addition to her loving husband, include two grandchildren she and Roger raised: John Arthurs and Brittney Arthurs; sister Jennifer Whildin of New Jersey, and many friends, relatives, and church family. F

   uneral services were Thursday, February 25 at Summit Nazarene Church. A private committal service was Friday. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Roger Emanual Dodson

   Roger Emanual Dodson, 85, of Pedro, OH, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.

   Mr. Dodson was born on September 2, 1935, in Baltimore, OH to the late Walter and Edna Phillips Dodson.

   In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Easterling Dodson, as well as several brothers and sisters.

   Mr. Dodson processed tile for Carlyle Tile and a self-employed painter. He was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

   Mr. Dodson is survived by sons Roger Emanual Dodson Jr. of Huntington, WV, William Earl Dodson of Pedro, OH, and John Burton Dodson of Ironton; daughters Melissa Faye Bellomy of Pedro, OH, Edna Elizabeth Dodson of Catlettsburg, Joyce Kay Dodson of Colegrove, OH, and Vicki Lynn Aldridge of Pedro, OH; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

   The family has made private arrangements with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY. Condolences can be expressed at


Donna Stambaugh

   Donna Stambaugh, 75, of Flatwoods, was born on June 29, 1945, in Ashland, and returned to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Cox.

   Donna was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Ashland. She retired following a long career as a mail carrier in Pontiac, Michigan.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Mary M. Greening of Ashland; sons, Randy (Brandi) Stambaugh of Crossville, TN, David (Carol) Stambaugh of Metamora, MI, and Patrick (Jennifer) Stambaugh of Knoxville, TN; brother, Eugene “Gino” (Michelle) Cox; sisters, Margie Strother, and Angie (Jeffrey) Slone; grandchildren, Sarah and Jason (Kristen) Camargo, Zachary, Nicholas, Emily, Elizabeth and Evan Stambaugh; and; two great grandchildren, Finnian and Mason; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m, with Father D. Andrew Canon Garner, KHS presiding and Father G. Marc Bentley concelebrating.

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James Robert Qualls, Jr.

   James Robert “Jimmy” Qualls, Jr., 70, Of Argillite, KY, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Jimmy was born July 17, 1950 in Kenova, West Virginia, one of six children born to the late James Robert, Sr., and Betty Jean Smeltzer Qualls.

   Jimmy graduated from Paul Blazer High School and attended Ashland Community College. He worked in the Huntington Division of CSX as a pipefitter and welder in the Locomotive Shop and he also worked in the Raceland Car Shops. Jimmy loved hunting, fishing and working on his farm. He always had a good story to tell. Everyone always had to ask Penny “is that true” as his stories went on and on. 

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 47 years Penny McDowell Qualls of Argillite, brothers Gregory Alan Qualls, Michael Curtis Qualls (Charlene), Timothy Brian Qualls (Linda), sisters Carmen Marie “Sis” Hankins (Anthony) and Kimberly Jean Jones (Billie). Additional survivors include his close friend, Gary Love, who helped on the farm and many nieces, nephews, co-workers and good friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Paul Badgett.

   Jimmy was given the gift of life with organ donation and in return he gave the gift of life upon his passing. Please consider a donation in Jimmy’s memory to the American Diabetes Association at

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Justin Hood

   Justin Michael Hood, 37, of Ashland, KY passed away on February 21, 2021 at his residence. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on July 15, 1983 to Michael Hood of Florida and Kathy Riggs Hood of Ashland.

   He spent most of his adult life in sales. He was of the Christian Faith, and an avid Miami Dolphins fan, enjoyed working out and was a great storyteller. Justin was a fun loving person who enjoyed life, loved to laugh and dreamed big. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and we know that he is smiling down on us from Heaven.

   In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister Brittany Hood and her fiancé Shawn Smith of Ashland, and her children Taylor Hood and Willow Smith; aunts and uncles Janet and Rick Hatfield and Danny and Donna Riggs, and grandmothers Shirley Himes and Clara Cook. He is also survived by several cousins, dear friends and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Donnie Riggs and Emanual Castellano.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to


Ronald G. Holbrook

   Ronald G. Holbrook, 81, of Rush, passed away in the arms of Jesus, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

   Ron was born July 30, 1939 in Boyd County, son of the late Ortie and Carrie Hutchinson Holbrook. In addition to his parents, Ron was also preceded in death by siblings Doug, Max, and Bonnie Sue Holbrook and grandson Chase Holbrook.

   Ron retired from Armco Steel Company as a Foreman in Basic Oxygen and Caster. He traveled overseas to Germany and Japan to learn the “ins & outs” of the caster process.

   Ron loved to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors. Family was everything to Ron, it was the most important thing in his life. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 63 years Dorothy Fannin Holbrook, his daughters Sherry (Chuck) McKnight, Rhonda (Ron) Canfield all of Rush, his grandchildren, Tiffany Johnson, Tara (Jason) Jones, Chad (Maddie) Johnson, great grandchildren, Mia Johnson, Ava Johnson, Brogan Jones, Degan Jones, sister-in-law Garnet Hammond and numerous nieces, nephews and good friends.

   Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, February 28, 2021 at the Ross Cemetery by his nephew Brent Hutchinson.

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Vivian Estelle Henry Riffe 

   Vivian Estelle Henry Riffe, 92, of Ashland passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Woodland Oaks in Ashland.

   Estelle was born November 10, 1928 in Ashland to the late Dave Marion and Lula Belle Wells Henry.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers Woodford Henry, Chester Henry, Homer Henry, Jesse Henry, Leonard Henry and Donald Henry: two sisters Bethel Boyd and Dorothy White.

   Estelle was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

   She leaves behind her daughter Patricia Ann Primot (Didier) of Lexington; grandchild Tristian Primot; a sister-in-law Brenda Henry; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A private graveside service will be conducted Monday.

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


Dalbert Lee "Dale" Barker

   Dalbert Lee “Dale” Barker, 41, of Greenup, KY passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in Ashland, KY.

   Dale was born on April 22, 1979, in Ashland, to Carol Ann Barker Bullion, and stepfather, James Milton Bullion of Greenup.

   He was a waiter at Denny’s in Catlettsburg, and had attended the Wurtland Church of God in Greenup.

   In addition to Carol and his stepdad, Jim, Dale is survived by his children: Trenton Joseph Barker, Gavin Lemaster, Ridley Grace Cole, and Layne Andrew Barker; as well as two children Dale was helping to raise, Candice Vanover and Tobias Kilgore; a sister, Amanda Dawn Coffee of Flatwoods, KY; a stepbrother, Carl (April) Bullion of Marion, OH; a stepsister, Teresa Bullion of Bucyrus, OH; and a host of extended family and friends who loved Dale very much.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Wurtland Church of God in Greenup. Burial will follow at Bullion-Barker Cemetery in Greenup.

   The visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.   Due to COVID-19 please adhere to the mask mandates and social distancing.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods has been entrusted with the arrangements.