Obituaries- March 30



Joan Vaye Shelton

   Joan Vaye Shelton, 77, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away at Oakmont Manor on March 25, 2021. She was born on March 5, 1944 in Ashland, KY to the late Herbert and Lucille Hall Shelton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister Donna Shelton and a granddaughter Nicki Grubb.

   She was formerly a general manager at K-Mart and was of the protestant faith.

   Joan is survived by her children Charles B. Hickman and wife Kim of Rio Rancho, NM, Shelly Knopf and husband Mike of Zephryhills, FL and Penny Lares and husband Jose of El Paso, TX, grandchildren Heather Peters, Ashley Smith, Carlos Tarin and Jennifer Tarin, nine great grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

   Private family services will be held. Online condolences may be made to


Robert Adkins

   Robert Ray Adkins, 85, of Ashland, KY passed away at his residence on March 25, 2021. He was born in Ashland on August 2, 1935 to the late Jeff and Goldie Pack Adkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son Robert Jeffrey Adkins, brothers Jeff Adkins, and Wallace Adkins, and sisters Mary Fisher, Betty Highfield, Christine Wright and Diana Lester.

   He served proudly in the US Navy in the Korean conflict and was retired from the U.S. Postal service. He was a 65 year member of American Legion Post 76 in Ashland, Aerie 2329 Eagles Club, and was an avid UK and Dodgers fan. He was of the Baptist faith.

   Robert is survived by his wife Beverly Spradlin Adkins of Ashland, a son Randy Adkins and wife Missy of Grayson, step sons Johnny Rice and Michael Rice both of Ashland, daughters Debra Bailey of Ashland, Robin Little and husband Jim of Short Hills, NJ, and a step daughter Teresa Rose and husband Stephen of Ashland, brothers Jim Adkins and wife Louella of Columbus, OH and David Adkins and wife Marie of Rock Hill, SC, a sister Phyllis Dickerson of Lexington, KY, 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

   A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens with interment to follow and will be officiated by Chaplain Jimm Smedley.

   Online condolences may be made to


Steven Scott Sergent

   Steven Scott Sergent, 47, of Ashland, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021 at Community Hospice in Ashland.

   Steve was born March 6, 1974 in Ashland to Kenny and Sandra Stevens Sergent.

   He was a welder and former owner of Bluegrass Steel Erectors. and attended Faith Baptist Church.

   Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Shawn David Sergent, maternal grandfather, William Clyde Stevens, paternal grandparents, Bob and Helen Sergent, and cousins Jason VanHoose and Jeffery Bostick.

   Steve leaves behind his daughter, Katlyn Sergent (James Daniel) of Ashland; parents, Kenny and Sandy Sergent of Ashland; sister, Stephanie Castle (Bryan) of Ashland; his significant other, Denise King; two step-sons Michael and Blake Wiler of Ashland; two grandchildren, Stevie and Sophia Daniel; grandmother, Violet Stevens Bullion (John) of Ashland; uncles William “Bud” Stevens (Nina) and Rob Sergent, Randy Stevens (Janie); aunts, Pam VanHoose (Dave), Patricia Stevens and Vicki Smith (Mike); cousins Todd (Christy), Ben, Will, Carrianna (Joey), Emma (Jason), Angie, Bobbie, Nikita, Trinity, Bree, Jeremy, Camryn and Isaiah; nieces, Ariel Castle, DesaRae Castle, Bryanna Castle, and Kyra Castle; great nephew and niece, Maverick and Everly and a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Pastor Gary Newman. Burial will follow in Hutchinson Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services Tuesday.

   Online condolences may be left for the family at


Katherine Faye Jordan Cordle

   Katherine Faye Jordan Cordle, 74, of Waterloo, OH, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY.

   Mrs. Cordle was born on January 26, 1947, in Jackson County, OH, to the late George Allen and Rena Rose Jordan.

   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cordle was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Phillip Cordle; three brothers: Ralph, Virgil, and Johnny Jordan; twin sister, Esther Lee; and granddaughter, Tammy.

   Katherine was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden.

   Mrs. Cordle is survived by her six children, Donald Ray (Christine) Massie of Flatwoods, Tammy (Kenneth) Cade of Pedro, OH, Patty Massie of Waterloo, OH, Tina (Mark) Bowen of Waterloo, OH, Crystal Anderson of Willow Wood, OH, and Mildred (Charles) Bowen of Vinton, OH; 18 grandchildren: Donnie, Charles, Ryan, Rachel, Brandy, J.R., Kandie, Amanda, Allen, Billy Joe, Katerena, Anthony, Isaac, Josie, Brooklyn, Adam, Nikki, and Garret; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie (Elroy) Howard, Mildred Friend, Bertie Friend, and Cory Bloomfield; and extended family and friends.

   A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with Bro. Steve Stewart officiating. Burial will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup.

   Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday, at the funeral home. Condolences can be expressed at


Clarence A. "BB" Cooper

   Clarence Austin “BB” Cooper, 78, of Ashland, passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. BB was born July 26, 1942 in Pineville, WV, a son of the late Thurley Oswell Cooper and Lillian Mae Webb Cooper Swann.

   BB retired from AK Steel after 34 years of service as an Electrician in the Electric Construction Department. He was a master mason of the Poage Lodge #325 F&AM in Ashland, a 52 year member of the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #350 and an honorary citizen of New Orleans.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 60 years Anna Gibson Cooper, a son JR Cooper (Marilee), daughters Angela Ramey Franklin (Marty), Tina Leighty (Pete), Stephanie Carter (Mike), grandchildren Heather Cooper, Josh Cooper, Matthew Rowe (Erin), Ericka Leighty, Michael Leighty (Noelle), Austin Kelley, Anna Carter, great grandchildren Avery Cooper, Maxwell Leighty, Noah Leighty, a brother Rannie Cooper (Charlene) and a host of extended family and good friends.

   A private service was held at Rose Hill Burial Park. BB was laid to rest in the Garden Terrace Mausoleum.

   In lieu of flowers, donations in BB’s memory may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. To share a memory of BB or to express a condolence to his family, please visit


Donna Mae Sparks

   Donna Mae Sparks, 68, of Ashland, died Friday afternoon, March 26, at Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Donna was born May 27, 1952 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Claude and Margaret Smith Hignite, Sr. 

She was retired from Kings Daughters Medical Center.   Donna was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a son, Paul Burkhart. 

   Surviving include her husband, William Sparks; son Stephen ‘Bo’ Burkhart of Ashland; stepson William Sparks III, and wife Tiffani, of Sandy Hook; brother Claude Hignite, Jr. of Ashland; six grandchildren: Stephanie Burkhart, Aleigh Hall, Dustin Burkhart, Star Hatten, Kyleigh Clark, William Sparks IV, and two great grandchildren: Amelia Mae and Joe Hicks. 

   A graveside service will be Tuesday, March 30, at 1:30 p.m. at Ashland Cemetery by Brother Roger Wireman. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12 until 1 p.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home.


Gloria Mae Nash

   Gloria Mae Mundy Nash, 84, of Huntington, West Virginia, died peacefully at her residence on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

   Gloria was born November 21, 1936 in Pikeville, Kentucky a daughter of the late Wilby D. Mundy, Sr. and Geraldine Bartram Mundy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Norris Gene Nash, Sr. on February 17, 2021; a grandson, Norris Nash, III on March 3, 2021; two brothers, Wilby D. Mundy, Jr. and Raymond L. Mundy; and two sisters, Helen Fish Williams and Esther L. Graham.

   Gloria was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Kentucky State University where she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Marshall University. She retired as General Manager following a 33-year career with WPBY Public Broadcasting. Gloria was a longtime member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where she served as Treasurer. She was a sports enthusiast and avid fan of the Marshall Thundering Herd.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Robin Nash of Huntington; son, Norris Nash, Jr. and wife, Barbara of Ft. Worth, TX; two sisters, Ann Fox of New Castle, Ind., and Bernice Henry of Ashland; two grandchildren, La’Shana Nash and Eddie “Bear” Thomas; and 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 Gloria or to express a condolence to his family, please visit:


Steven D. Burns 

   Steven D. Burns, 66, loving husband, father and grandfather has gone home to be with the Lord Friday, March 26. He was born in August of 1954 to the late Warren Douglas Burns and Edith Maxine (Gambill) Burns, and is survived by his younger brother, Jeff. Steve passed away from a brief battle with metastatic cancer at King’s Daughter’s Hospital.

   Steve was a lifelong Westwood resident. After graduating from Fairview High School in 1972, Steve held a variety of interesting occupations, but in the course of time started his career at GTE.

   Steve’s legacy began when he met his wife, Barbara. Working as phone operators, they fell in love. He advanced his career at GTE and they started a family. Over the course of 41 beautiful years of marriage, Steve and Barb raised three children: daughter Susan (husband Russ Lemaster, child Oliver); son Scott; and daughter Stacy (husband Rus Hamilton, children Joshua and Noah). Steve grew up in a nurturing home with a Christian background, and parents who prepared him to be the father and husband God intended. Together, they were always involved in raising the grandchildren. Steve was so patient in teaching them life lessons and took time to shape them into who they are. Steve and Barb were inseparable, and together, lived life to the fullest. They spent their time together sharing hobbies, and vacationing, and spending time with family.

   Although Steve was a reserved man, he was always full of life and quick witted. People gravitated to Steve at gatherings, at work, and everywhere in between. He was an engaging storyteller, and as much as he loved to tell of his experiences, everyone loved to hear what he had to say -Steve left a mark on every person he came in contact with.

   To Steve, life was an open door, every day was an opportunity to enjoy life, go on an adventure, or above all, spend time with his family. He was so precious to all of us. We grieve at our loss but rejoice at the assurance that we will be reunited again in Glory.

   Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with pastor Keith Menshouse officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 31, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mary Ann Whetsel

   Mary Whetsel, 71, of Catlettsburg, died Friday evening, March 26, at her home. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.