Obituaries - April 27

 

 

Dairus "Butch" Stewart

   Dairus “Butch” Stewart, 77, born to the late Leda and Harold Gauze passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his residence.

   He is survived by his faithful and loving wife Edna; children, Jimmy Stewart (Edna Meadows), Terri Prince, Daphne Sanders and special son in law, Brandon Sanders; three grandchildren, Mandi Hamm, Rikki Picklesimer and Brooke Prince; seven great grandchildren, and a host of friends.

   At his request, no service or visitation will be held.

   Butch was a longtime Ashland Moose Member. In his final days, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior who lovingly welcomed him home.

   Psalm 31:14 (But I Trust In You, O’Lord; I Say, “You Are My God.”)

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel.

   To share a memory of Butch or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Bertha May Boyd Howard

   Bertha Mae Boyd Howard, 93, of Ashland, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   She was born March 29, 1928, in Boyd County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Ernest and Fannie Miller Boyd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Cecil Howard, Sr.; daughter, Paula Howard Hill; son, Claude Cecil Howard, Jr.; sister, Loretta Nelson; and brothers, Marshall Boyd, Curtis Boyd and Charles Boyd.

   Bertha worked for many years at King’s Daughters Medical Center and Elmwood Village.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Pat Baldridge, Lottie (Randy) Wallace, Kenneth (Rhonda) Howard, Tim (Pam) Howard and Ed (Angie) Howard; a granddaughter she raised, Sabrina Stone; a great-granddaughter she raised, Savannah (Chris) Nunley; daughter in law, Rebecca Howard; sister, Ernestine Boyd Berner; 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were Monday, April 26, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Trey Parsons officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.

   To share a memory of Bertha or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Paul Wamsley

   Paul Carlton Wamsley, 83, of Ashland, passed away at Oakmont Manor on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

   He was born April 23, 1937, in Ashland, a son of the late William Oliver and Lila Ellis Wamsley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine siblings, Clarence, William, Elwood, Raymond, Robert, Ruth, Hazel, Betty and Mary.

   Paul retired following a long career with Armco Steel and served honorably in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed sports and spent many years coaching Little League, Babe Ruth and Stan Musial Baseball. He was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds and UK Basketball. Paul was a devoted family man and often worked midnight shifts so he could attend activities of his children and grandchildren.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Bonnie Lee Stevens Wamsley; two sons, Herb (Anita) Wamsley and Scott (Denise) Wamsley; sister, Anna Mae (Bob) Fugett; grandchildren, Scott (Christina) Wamsley, Jr., Jennifer (Travis) Lewis, Dylan (Amy Elswick) Wamsley, Taylor Eden, Kyle (Kristy) Puckett, Andy Puckett, C.J. (Sarah) Wamsley, Catie (Steven) Hunt; and 10 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. April 27, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from Noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

   Paul was very generous and believed in helping others in need. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shelter of Hope, 2944 Winchester Ave, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   To share a memory of Paul or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Victor Lee Kersey

   Victor Lee Kersey, 66 years old, died peacefully at home in Ashland KY on Friday April 16, 2021. Victor was born December 14, 1954 to the late Virgil and Jacqueline White Kersey. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jamie McKenzie Kersey, two sons Justin Kersey (Dorinda Drake) and Victor R. Kersey, daughter Christy L. Meade (Matthew Davis) two grandsons, Grant Kersey and Jackson Davis, brother Allen Kersey (Carolyn Kersey) and sister Wanda Kersey.

   Vic graduated from Marshall University and retired as Director of Technology at Valvoline Inc. after 41 years of service. Vic loved his job and co-workers and considered many as part of his extended family. Additionally, he was very proud of his thirteen years as firearms instructor and patrolman for both the Boyd County Sheriffs and Police departments. Jamie would ask, what are your weekend plans? He would respond with, “protecting the peace and dignity of the commonwealth.”

   Vic had a passion for all things outdoors, that included a variety of competitive shooting sports. His proficiency in these areas brought an assortment of accolades and awards. Mr. Kersey enjoyed his retirement years to the fullest that were occupied with hunting, bass fishing and travel with family. Vic was a friend of many, and frequently made contributions to the community.

   Arrangements will be held at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel (1501 Central Avenue Ashland). Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 11 a.m.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Vic’s memory may be made to Shop with a Cop F.O.P #3, P.O. Box 27, Ashland, KY, 41105; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

   To share a memory of Vic or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

   Vic will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

Jane Ann Hale Smith

   Jane Ann Hale Smith, 89, of Greenup, KY, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021, at Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wurtland, surrounded by her loved ones.

   Mrs. Smith was born on July 30, 1931, in Burlington, OH, to the late James A. and Ada Margaret Walker Hale.

   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert L. Smith; two granddaughters, Trina May Smith and Brittany Nicholson; a great-grandson, Elisha O’Ryan Smith; and her three brothers: John, Thomas, and William Hale.

   Jane Ann was a retired housekeeper for Knights Inn and a long-time member of the Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle. She was a Sunday School Teacher for the primary class for over 30 years. She loved to read and her interests were peaked by various subjects. She was a very giving and compassionate person who was loved by many.

   Jane Ann is survived by her two sons, Rev. Jeffery E. (Donna) Smith and Steven R. (Deanna) Smith both of Greenup; a daughter, Stephanie L (Russ) Thompson of Cannonsburg; six grandchildren, Tiffany (Michael Sheron of Lexington, Jennifer Smith of Russell, Mariah (Kevin) King of Milwaukee, WI, Joshua (Rosalee) Smith of Flatwoods, Valerie Lewis of Greenup, and Tabitha Mullins of Greenup; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary E. Cordle of Flatwoods; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle with Pastor Lloyd L. Bailey officiating. Burial followed at Rosehill Burial Park in Ashland. 

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be to Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle (P.O. Box 163, Flatwoods, KY 41139). 

   The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with the arrangements. Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Sherri Sparks

   Sherri Lynn Sparks, 60, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, died Friday, April 16, at Kings Daughters Medical Center.  

   Sherri was born November 6, 1960 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Cecil and Helen Sparks.  

   She is survived by a sister, Elaine York of Catlettsburg, and a brother Cecil Sparks of Ashland. 

   Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Robin Lynn Broughton

   Robin Lynn Broughton, 56, of Ashland, returned to her heavenly home on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   She was born October 28, 1964, in Ashland, Kentucky, to Sally Morrow Broughton of Ashland, and the late Roger Broughton. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Christopher Jaros.

   Robin was a lifelong member of Wildwood Baptist Church and was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. She enjoyed bowling, shopping and traveling. She loved dolphins and had the opportunity to swim with Hope the dolphin during a Make A Wish trip to Florida. Robin brought light, happiness, laughter and most of all unconditional love to all she met.

   In addition to her mother, those left to cherish her memory include two brothers, Ronald Gene Broughton and wife, Deborah of Ashland, and Roger Allen Broughton and wife, Irene of St. Croix. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, along with several nieces, nephews and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Robin’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor Jim Nichols and Pastor Tom Leach. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

   For those who wish, live streaming of the service will be available by clicking the link on Robin’s tribute at steenfuneralhome.com. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

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

   To share a memory of Robin or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Michael Wayne Bocook

   Mike Bocook, 55, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Friday, April 16, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Mike was born July 12, 1965 in Ashland, a son of the late Cecil Bocook and Johanna Lemaster Bocook of Ashland. 

   Mike was of the Christian faith, enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle and hanging out with his buddies at Jolly Pirate Doughnut Shop. He enjoyed fishing and special time with his family. 

   Surviving, in addition to his mother, include Carrie Bocook; son Michael Bocook and wife Bo, of South Shore; four daughters: Candace Kozee of Leslie County; Courtney Hall of Greenup; Cayla Bocook of South Point, Ohio; Courtney Cox of London, Ohio; two bonus children: Misty Lacy of South Shore, and T.J. Moore of Ashland; brother Allen Bocook and wife Robin of Ashland;  seven grandchildren: Bella Kozee, Alex Hubbard, Addison Hall, Cayson Moore, Cayleeona Haddox, Jayce Bocook, and Kennedy Bocook.  

   Funeral services were Thursday, April 22 at Preston Family Funeral Home by Pastor Kevin Fraley. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery. 

 

Palestine Moore Horn

   Palestine Moore Horn, 88, of Flatwoods, formerly of Prestonsburg, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Mrs. Horn was born April 10, 1933 in McDowell, KY, (Floyd County), a daughter of the late John Moore and Rilda Lambert Moore Mosley.

   Mrs. Horn was an Assistant Manager of the Food City Grocery in Prestonsburg for many years. She was a member of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Order of the Eastern Star, Adah Chapter #24, Prestonsburg, KY. She was also a member of the Bridges Christian Church in Russell.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Deanna Robinson and husband Michael of Ashland, a sister Delma Hambrick of Waverly, OH, and her granddaughter she adored Kathryn Anne Robinson of Cincinnati, OH.

   A private memorial service will be held Wednesday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, KY.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel, Ashland.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mrs. Horn’s memory to her church, Bridges Christian Church, 1402 Kenwood Drive, Russell, KY 41169.

   To share a memory of Palestine or to express a condolence to her family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.


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