Obituaries - June 1



Ernest Dee Dryden & Marilynn Jill Keeton Dryden 

   Master Sergeant Ernest Dee Dryden and Marilynn Jill Keeton Dryden, both 68, of Ashland, passed away as a result of a car accident May 28.

   Ernie was born August 26, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Claude Thomas and Lola Louise Searcy Dryden. He retired from the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller after 24 years of proud service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only sibling, Claudia Lee Dryden.

   Jill was born September 28, 1952 in Ironton, Ohio to the late Charles Walter and Mary Lou Tackett Keeton. In addition to her parents, Jill was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Randy” Keeton. She is survived by one brother, Gregory Keeton (Linda) of Ashland, one sister, Ginger Rardon (Carl) of Ashland, one sister-in-law, Mary Alice McGlone Keeton of Louisville.

   Ernie and Jill were faithful members of Ashland First Church of the Nazarene. They were blessed to be married 48 years are survived by sons Casey C. Dryden (Christy) of Atlanta, GA, and Matthew E. Dryden (Stacey) of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Amanda Dryden Clary (Casey) of St. Petersburg, FL; five precious grandchildren, Keeton, Chloe, Bennett and Walter Dryden and Baby Girl Clary due soon.

   A Celebration of Ernie and Jill’s Life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home by Pastor Kevin Campbell. Military services will be conducted by Kenova American Legion Post #93 and U.S. Air Force.

   Online condolences may be left for the family at

   In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Benevolence Fund of Ashland First Church of the Nazarene 2201 Bath Ave, Ashland, KY 41101.


Norman Parsons

   Norman Parsons was born in Charleston, West Virginia on February 6, 1949 to Clifford Earl and Emma Jean Fowler Parsons. He was a truck driver with JRB for many years and a self-employed businessman. 

   Norman was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church for 44 years and with his wife, saved and baptized on Christmas Day, 1977.  

   Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 53 years, Janice Robinson Parsons, and three sons, Anthony S. Parsons of Lexington, Jared A. Parsons and his wife Cristy, of Grayson, and Timothy Webb and wife Toniqua, of Ashland. Grandchildren included Abbigail (Dalton) Fowler, Isabella Boggs, Jackson Brady Parsons, Gharan Thomas, Dustan Webb, and Haydan Webb; great-grandson Rylee Blake Fowler;  sisters Linda (Steve) Dalton; Nancy (Barry) Jackson; and sister in law; Joyce (Johnnie) Hall. 

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist Church by Dr. Matt Shamblin, Bro. Steve Evans, and Bro. Tom Stevens. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation was Monday at Preston Family Funeral Home and an hour before services at the church. Contributions, in Norman’s memory, may be made to Rose Hill Christian School, 1001 Winslow Road, Ashland, Ky 41102.


Maude Gussler

   Maude Ann Gussler, 101, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, May 23. Maude was one of 12 children born to the late James Mason and Ola Gallaher. In addition to her parents and siblings, she was also preceded in death by husbands Chester Henry and O.L. Gussler and daughter Carol Diane Griffith.

   Maude was a lifelong Ashland resident. She was a graduate of Ashland Senior High School and a loving homemaker to her family. She formerly attended Calvary Episcopal Church and held seamstress positions at both the former Star’s and Parson’s Department Stores.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Clarice Henry (Charles) Clark of Lexington, grandchildren John Anderson, Lisa Nichols, Stephanie (Matt) Booth; great-grandchildren Brittany (Cory), Jordan (Emily), Logan; great-great grandson Jack, special niece Kelly Branham, and extended family and dear friends.

   Services were held May 27, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Maude’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. To express a condolence, visit


Harold J. Donta 

   Harold J. Donta, 89, of Ashland, passed away with his family by his side Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

   Harold was born June 05, 1931, in Ashland to the late Harry Everett Donta and Bess Gillium Donta. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Shirley Ann Driver Donta; a son Harry Jay Donta; grandchildren Kelly Slone and Donald Wayne Griffith; and infant brother James Hershel Donta.

   Harold was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church. He was an accountant with ARMCO Steel where he worked until he retired. He was a former scout master and coached little league, minor league and Babe Ruth for many years. He was a past member of Poage Lodge also.

   He leaves behind three loving daughters: Beverly Slone of Ashland, Donna Griffith (Larry) of Niceville, FL and Teresa Slone (Mark) of Ashland; seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Services were held Thursday, May 27, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Pastor Jim Nichols officiating. Online condolences may be left at


Sylvia Clustine Boggs Bellamy 

   Sylvia Clustine Boggs Bellamy, 77, of Ashland, passed away Monday morning, May 24, 2021, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. 

   Sylvia was born February 8, 1944, in Blaine, Ky, a daughter of the late Delbert and Opal Edwards Boggs. In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Vernon Bellamy; sisters Inus Edwards and Bernice Stevens; brothers Ova, Ora, Janice, and Delbert Boggs, Jr; sister-in-law Linda Bellamy Reinhardt.

   Sylvia was a devout Christian. After graduating from Blaine High School, she furthered her education at Morehead State and Marshall Universities and went on to have a successful teaching career that spanned 30+ years.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her two daughters, Rhonda (Mark) Horn of Salvisa, Ky and Laura (Scott) Hall of Ashland; four grandchildren, Austin Horn, Peyton Horn, Madison Hall, and Emma Hall; two brothers, James Boggs, and Johnny Boggs; five sisters, Leona Cooper, Eva Daphine Boggs, Geraldine Thornberry, Dottie Graham, Agnes Susie Slone, and Arlene Gilliam.; sister-in-law, Margret Bellamy Vance, and a special friend, Freddie Daniels; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Buchanan Chapel Cemetery in Zelda. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sylvia’s memory to Community Hospice Care Center 2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland, KY 41101.

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Linda Patton Stennett

   Linda Patton Stennett, 70, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021.

   She was born July 2, 1950 in Ashland, to the late Andrew J. Patton and Maxine Dean Steil Patton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Allison K. Stennett; and her loving husband of 43 years, Alan Keith Stennett.

   Linda was a 1968 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and currently worked as office manager at Kotalic Landscape. She was of the Baptist Faith and will long be remembered for her kind gentle spirit and words of encouragement.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Amanda Stennett and husband Shawn Russell of Waltham MA; brother, Randy Patton and wife, Anne; aunt, Ethel Kelley; grandson Asher Kane Russell; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Linda’s life was held Friday, May 28 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Chaplain Jimm Smedley. 

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to The Neighborhood, 2516 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101 or to Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 2061, Ashland, KY, 41105.

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Anthony E."Tony" Robinette

   Anthony E. “Tony” Robinette, 56, of Ashland, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021. Tony was born December 30, 1964 to Janet Nicola Justice Robinette and the late Jack E. Robinette of Ashland. Tony was a faithful member of Hyland Heights Baptist church in Catlettsburg. He was a devoted Christian who loved fellowship and serving in all capacities for God.

   He graduated in 1987 as a proud member of the United States Military Academy and Company E, 2nd Regiment (Go Dogs). Upon graduation he began active duty as a Second Lieutenant at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Tony completed his military career as a well-loved and highly respected Captain in the Army serving as “Deputy Chief of Protocol.” 

   Upon entering the civilian world, Tony began his career with AK Steel as a manager. He then moved on as a financial advisor and broker at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He continued to advance his career throughout the course of his life working as a Financial Investment Advisor, with his favorite job being with United Brokerage Services. 

   Surviving him, in addition to his mother are his faithful and loving wife of 31 years, Lisa Dawnette Ison Robinette of Ashland, his sister, Kristi Robinette Melek, his nieces and nephews, Sarah Smith (Derek), Lauren Ison (TJ), Rachel Kehr (Johnny) and Emma Ison. Also surviving are a special cousin who was like a sister, Donna Robinette (Bugsy Pauley), special aunts Rosie Osborne and Doris Vanhoose and fur babies Daisy and Tucker.

   Funeral services were Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church with Pastors Jeff Ferguson and CJ Adkins officiating, with visitation at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Burial followed services in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Military Rites were by Ceredo/Kenova American Legion Post 93. 

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hyland Heights Baptist Church Bible Fund. Condolences may be offered at


Judge Kelley Roger Asbury

   Judge Kelley Roger Asbury departed this life on May 26, 2021, following a heart attack.

   Judge Asbury was born on December 9, 1940 to the late Claude and Erma Adkins Asbury. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Annabelle Young Asbury, who was the mother of his daughters; an infant daughter, Kimberly Rae Asbury, and daughter Kathy Lynn Estepp. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Claude Johnson Asbury and Lucian Franklin Asbury.

   Judge Asbury began the practice of law in Catlettsburg, Kentucky in 1963 and was appointed Judge of the Boyd Circuit Court, Division I in 1979 where he served until the year 2000. He was among the first in the Commonwealth to employ a case management system and to implement the child support guidelines in Kentucky. He enjoyed sports, square dancing and Mexican Train Dominoes.

   Judge Asbury is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Bonnie Parsons Asbury, and three adoring daughters, Cheryl Black and her husband Scott; Angela Stethen and her husband, Mike; and Susan Thornton and her husband, James.

   Also left to cherish his memory are six grandchildren who were the apple of his eye, five grandsons, Michael Jones and his wife Courtney, Mathew Stethen and his wife Jacklyn, Dylan Stethen, Andrew Black, J. T. Thornton, a granddaughter, Kirstin Bullard and her husband, Chris and one great granddaughter, Emberly Kate Stethen, a sister, Patricia Ann Adkins along with a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends .

   A private funeral will be held on June 2, 2021 at the Rose Hill Mausoleum with interment to follow in the mausoleum.

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