Obituaries - April 13



Vicki Legg

   Vicki Kay Legg, 78, of Catlettsburg, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021, at her residence.

   She was born September 11, 1942, in Washington, DC, to the late Manna Lucas. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, C. Dale Legg in 2008.

   Vicki retired following a 17-year career with Ashland Oil and was the former owner and operator of Spare Time Ceramic Shop. She attended England Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Catlettsburg KY.

Vicki was a member of Diamond Art Club. She loved being outdoors. She enjoyed camping, mowing grass and planting flowers.

   Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Kimberly Woodard of Kenova, W.Va., Deann Carr and husband Chris of Austin, Ark., and Heather Legg (Tracey Thompson) of Summit; half-brother, Kent Sheets; grandchildren, Robert Boggs, Michael Carr, and Jessica Carr (Cliff); great grandchildren, Kaydin Legg, Tristan Carr, and Charlotte Carr; special friend, Dana Hicks and a crazy cousin, Janie.

   Funeral Services were Friday April 9, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Pastor Willie May officiating. Burial followed in the Milton Cemetery in Milton, W.Va.

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Paul P. Williams

   Paul Preston Williams, 96, of Ashland, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 surrounded by those he loved.

   Paul was born January 18, 1925 in Flat Gap, KY., a son of the late Dewey and Numa Hitchcock Williams. In addition to his parents, Paul was also preceded in death by a sister Lorrain Baldridge.

   Paul’s mother died when he was just a toddler. He lived most of his younger years with his grandparents Caleb and Abbie Gail Hitchcock on their farm. Paul often reminisced about his wonderful grandmother “maw” and of his farm life memories.

   After finishing high school, Paul took a job as a Locomotive Fireman on a steam engine in 1944. He then passed his promotion to Locomotive engineer in 1947 with the C&O Railroad and retired with CSX in October 1985. While in high school he served with the ROTC. Paul was also a mason of the Poage Masonic Lodge #325, F&AM and the York Rite Bodies in Ashland. He later joined the El Hasa Shriners (Patrol). Paul often spoke of many things but always said that when he became a Christian that was the best life of all. He was able to tour the Holy Land of Israel many times and several other countries.

   Paul was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church and volunteered at KDMC for over 25 years.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters Diana Ruth Whitt and husband Michael of Russell, Paula Sue Clifton of Paris, KY, his brother Charles Williams and wife Pam of Paintsville, his sister Loretta Conley (the late Charles) of Ashland, his grandchildren Abbie Jayne Whitt, Sean (Rebecca) Whitt, Allison Clifton, Andrea Tracy, Angela Clifton, Marvin Clifton III, James (Bree) Clifton, ten great grandchildren, family friend Anna Harris and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

   Funeral services were April 12 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Dr. Robert Parsons. Burial is in the family plot of Johnson County Memorial Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. To share a memory of Paul or to express a condolence, please visit


Susan Elaine Abshire Click

   Susan Elaine Abshire Click passed to her heavenly home on Thursday, April 8 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky after an extended illness. 

   She was born in Montgomery, WV, July 6, 1953, a daughter of the late Johnny and Messel Spangler Abshire. 

  Susan was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother, John Terry Abshire, and nephew Scott Rankin. 

   She leaves behind her children: Kristen Click Sanders; Kelli Click (Jason) Aliff; and Patrick (Ashley) Cochran; grandchildren: Olivia Sanders, Grant Sanders, Landon Aliff, Corey Cochran and Emily Cochran; sisters Peggy Rankin and Ginger (Jerry) Clark; brothers Christopher Abshire and Mark (Donia) Abshire; and nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts. Susan also has a host of close friends.

   She was a 1971 graduate of Boyd County High School and a former employee of Ashland Petroleum and RAM Technologies. Susan retired from Ashland Fabricating. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and was a longtime Christian.  

   Funeral services were Monday, April 12 by Pastor Michael York. Pallbearers were Steve Ward, Randy McDowell, Brian Mattingly, Danny Hammond, David Clark, Steve Rankin, John Bills, and John Withrow. 

   In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Susan’s memory to Preston Family Funeral Home.


James W. Lyon, Sr. 

   James W. Lyon, Sr. was born September 17, 1931 and went to eternal rest on April 10, 2021.

   Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years, Jean, two sons, James Lyon Jr. and his wife Beverly and Dr. Ben Lyon and wife Tracee. He also leaves five grandchildren, Andy Lyon and wife Shelby, Mitch Lyon, Claire Lyon, Jenna Ward and husband Palmer, and Grace Lyon, a sister-in-law, Pat Frese and brother-in-law, Ron Foster.

   Jim was born without arms and with only one leg. His life was not defined by his disability but by what he did in spite of it.

   Jim was raised in Raceland by his mother, Valla and father, Benjamin Lyon. He had two loving brothers, Dr. Paul Lyon and Earl “Buck” Lyon, both deceased.

   Jim graduated as salutatorian from Raceland High School in 1949 and went on to the University of Kentucky to acquire his law degree. Upon graduation, he started his practice in Raceland, soon moving his office to Greenup.

   Upon moving his office to Greenup, a young lady from the office of the County Clerk, Jean, became his secretary. They later married in 1960.

   During the 23 years in his law practice, he was known for a quick courtroom wit and persuasive way of speaking. He loved the people he represented and the communities he served. Aside from his law practice, he also served as Master Commissioner of the Greenup Circuit Court for 18 years and as Probation and Parole Officer for 20 years. In addition, he served two terms in the Kentucky Legislature.

   In 1978 he was elected as the first District Judge to serve Greenup and Lewis County. He later fulfilled his dream and was elected as Circuit Judge in 1983 and a second term in 1991. He retired in 1994 as Circuit Judge.

   Aside from his professional work, Jim enjoyed being active in many community organizations and causes. He was a charter member of the Raceland Lions Club. He was past president of the Greenup County Easter Seal Society and Greenup County Chapter of the American Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors of OLBH. He was active in the El Hasa Shrine and in the Greenup Masonic Lodge. He was past president of the Greenup County Bar Association. He was also Past President of the Raceland Little League and the Russell Jr Football League, as well as the Russell High School Band Parents Association.

   Although Jim never considered himself disabled, in 1990 he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities. He was also inducted into the Russell High School Hall of Fame in 2012.

   Jim’s family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses and caregivers who have preserved and enriched his life. His was an example of a life well lived, enhanced by his family and friends who loved him.

   The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic prevents what would normally be a great time of gathering and fellowship. The family would like to thank you for the outpouring of love and support. In lieu of flowers, they request donations to the charity of your choice in honor of Jim.

   Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Masonic Services will be conducted by officers and members of Greenup Masonic Lodge at 1 p.m. Scottish Rite Services will he held at 1:15 by officers and members of Ashland-Russell Scottish Rite Club. Funeral services will follow.

   Services have been entrusted to Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood.


Sherman Ray Owens

   Sherman Ray Owens, 73, of Ashland, Kentucky, husband of Gaile Williams Owens, died peacefully Friday morning, April 9, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Sherman was born January 24, 1948 in Morehead, a son of the late Melvin and Beulah Gregory Owens. He was a retired Operator out of Local 181 from the Marathon Refinery in Catlettsburg. He was a member of the Ashland Moose Lodge 892, former member of the Brothers of the Wheel, and past president of the Kentucky Bikers Association Northeast Chapter. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include a son, Anthony (Nancy) Owens of Ashland; daughter Samantha (Nick) Craft Greenup; grandchildren Steven Craft and Casey Owens; 10 great-grandchildren, and four sisters: Carolyn Akers, Scotty Patterson, Linn Ferguson, Barb Smithers. 

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. by Brother Jim Smedley, at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Owens Family Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until service time.


Ronald Eugene Withrow

   Ronald Eugene Withrow, 83, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Friday evening, April 9. 

   Ronald was born March 5, 1938 in Premier, West Virginia, a son of the late Samuel Everett and Flossie Belle Morrison Withrow. He was a heavy equipment operator and retired from Local 181 Operating Engineers. 

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by eight brothers and sisters. Surviving include two sons: Ron Withrow and wife Tamara of Ashland; and Carl Withrow and wife Nancy of Olive Hill; two daughters: Beverly Dogoda and husband Mike of Alexandria, Virginia; and Tonya Sinclair and husband Joe of Ashland;  brother Roger Withrow and wife Fern of Summit; sister Sue Fryer of Westwood; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kirby Flats Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.


Vickie G. Lyons 

   Vickie G. Lyons, 73, of Ashland, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at her residence. Vickie was born September 20, 1947 in Ashland, a daughter of the late James E. and Violet Kazee Lyons. In addition to her parents, Vickie was preceded in death by a daughter Jamie Lyons Gee and a brother Melvin Lyons.

   Vickie retired from Kentucky State Government as a clerical assistant.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her grandsons Cody Gee and Parker Gee both of Ironton, OH, brothers Tom Lyons of Oak Hill, OH, Les (Rhonda) Lyons of Ashland, Troy Lyons of Lexington, KY, sisters Kathy (Maureen) Lyons of Lexington, KY, Julie (Frank) Edwards of Ashland, many dear friends and extended family members.

   A memorial service is planned for a later date.

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.