Obituaries: July 13


Herman Fred Manning
Herman Fred Manning, 91, of Westwood, passed peacefully at his home. Herman was born June 09, 1930, in Ezel, Kentucky to the late Murden and Manda Salyer Manning.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his loving wife Marcella Imo Roberson Manning; granddaughter Marci Manning; brothers Paul, Raymond and Donnie Manning; sister Margret Sutphin; and son-in-law David King.
Herman retired as the Body Shop Manager at Coggin-O’Steen Motor Company and was a member of New Beginnings Gospel Assembly.
He leaves behind his children, Fred Manning (Linda) of Ashland and Charlotte King of Catlettsburg; two brothers Charles Manning (Reba) and Emmett Manning (Johnna); sisters Juanita Holbrook and Marie Talmadge; two grandchildren Joseph Manning and Samantha Reeves; great-grandchild James Wyatt Reeves.
Funeral services were July 12, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with pastor Jackie Kackley officiating.
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In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or Community Hospice, 2330 Pollard Road Ashland, Ky 41101.

Aaron Ryann (Eryn) Woodyard
Aaron Ryann Woodyard, known to her family and friends as Eryn, passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021, at the age of 26.
She was born June 24, 1995, in Huntington, West Virginia, a daughter of Larry Dale and Hope Rakes Woodyard of South Point, Ohio.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Christine Rakes of Ashland; half-sister, Amy Moore; half-brothers, Aaron Dale Woodyard and Adam McComas; two special uncles, Charles (Terra) Nolen and Robert (Anita) Nolen and their children, Chad and Liam; special aunts, Jana (Jason) Blevins and their children, Michael, Alex and Laney, and Megan (Andrew Cleminson) Rakes and their children, Jonathan, George and Sophia.
Eryn enjoyed listening to music and online gaming. She loved to be surrounded by her family and friends. Her favorite saying was if it is pink and sparkly, I need it! A memorial gathering was Monday, July 12, 2021, at the home of her grandparents in Ashland.
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Drake Andrew Kelley
Drake Andrew Kelley, infant son of Belinda Houchin and Andy Kelley of Ashland, Kentucky, died July 6, at his home while under hospice care.
Drake was born June 24 in Kings Daughters Medical Center. Surviving, in addition to his parents, include a sister; Gabriella McKenzie. Maternal grandparents; Sheila Houchin and Charles Brace. Paternal grandmother; Judy Kelley.
A memorial service will be scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

Carl W. Rardon
Carl William Rardon, 85, of Ashland, went to be with the Lord, July 7, 2021, following a short illness. Carl was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Dessie Rardon, as well as siblings: Jean (Pat) Riggs, Lois (Shearl) Edler and Earl (Mary Ellen) Rardon. He will be missed by his family including: his loving wife Ginger (Keeton), his children Susan (Bob Rose), Kim (Phil Metzger), and Jason Rardon (Rachel); a brother Gregory W. Keeton (Linda), his grandchildren David, Lauren (Tony Brown), Joe, and Ethan; his great-grandchildren Olivia, Noah and Samuel; and nieces and nephews.
Carl was born in 1935, in Ravenswood, West Virginia. He graduated from Spencer High School where he earned All-State Choir honors. After attending Marshall University, Carl decided to begin a career as a barber at Ashland Barber College bringing him to Ashland, where he would meet his beloved wife, Ginger. He owned and operated Rardon’s Barber Shop in Russell from 1963 until his retirement in 2010. He was especially happy with the friendships made over the years, and the generations of families who became his customers and friends. He was also a member of Ashland First Church of the Nazarene, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and he was extremely proud of his military service.
Carl’s greatest joy was his family, and he loved spending time with them. After retirement, he and Ginger enjoyed traveling. They especially enjoyed vacationing in Gatlinburg, and Florida. In particular, Madeira Beach, Florida became a favorite spot for them. Carl enjoyed many hobbies. Some of his favorites were golf, Kentucky basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed many trips to Rupp Arena, and Riverfront Stadium/Great American Ballpark. One of his honored family traditions was the annual trip to Reds Opening Day with family. They attended every Opening Day game since 1983; it was a special event every Spring.
Carl’s life exemplified kindness and generosity. He was always prepared to lend a hand to a friend, and his generous nature was a hallmark of his life. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel and were officiated by Pastor Kevin Campbell and Pastor Luke McClean with burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park.
Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY or to Ashland First Church of the Nazarene at 2201 Bath Avenue, Ashland, KY. 41101. Online condolences may be made to

Dirk Nicolson Nall
Dirk Nicolson Nall, 60, of Florida, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Monday, July 5, 2021.
Dirk was born February 20, 1961, in Ashland to Jack Marshall Nall and Beverly Louise Vannatter Nall.
Dirk was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a licensed kinesiologist at Hillside Health and Wellness in Westwood and worked in management in the hospitality industry.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Debbie Nall; his father, Jack Marshall (Shirley) Nall of Bedford; his mother, Beverly Nall of Westwood; three sons, Zach Nall of Kauai, Hawaii, Chris Correll and Michael Correll, both of Orlando, Florida; two daughters, Myranda Boyd (Justin) of Danville, and Afton Carroll of Russell; four brothers, Bobby Bailey (Jen) of Florida, David Nall (Kim) of Shelbyville, Rodd Nall (Kim) of Russell and Chad Nall (Brian) of Texas; two sisters, Missi Fisher (Roland) of West Virginia, Rachelle School (Mario) of the Netherlands; six grandchildren Titus, Tatum, Abram, and Julius Boyd, Amalie and Ayris Carroll; along with a host of extended family and friends.
Memorial services were Saturday, July 10, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Russell with Bishop Sven Berg officiating.
The family has entrusted Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
In lieu of flowers donations in Dirk’s memory may be made to the Vannatter Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Kentucky Farmers Bank 6313 US 60 Ashland, KY 41102.

Holly Odette Selvage
Holly Odette Selvage, 49, of Flatwoods, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021. Holly was born February 8, 1972 to the late Leslie E. Clarke and Stella Faye Adams Jones. Holly was a homemaker and of Christian faith. She enjoyed her life and family to the fullest.
Surviving her are two sons, Alex Carey of Flatwoods, John Selvage IV of Raceland, one daughter, Ashley (Joseph) Jenkins of Russell, two brothers, Les “Bub” (Ann) Clarke of Catlettsburg, Kelly (Anna) Clarke of Raceland, one sister, Colleen (Jack) Short of Ashland, and her precious grandchildren, Kamryn, Baylee, and Myles Selvage, Brayden and Tatum Carey, Mhea and Marlee–Jo Jenkins.
A memorial service for Holly was Saturday, July 10, at Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.
Arrangements are under the direction of Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.

Tony Lee Mosser
Tony Mosser, 53, of Ashland, went to the mothership on Friday, July 2 but not before blessing this world with many tales to tell. With his jokes and pranks, he could captivate the entire room, filling it with his infectious laugh and stories of his wild youth.
Tony was known for his master skills of procrastinating, but would always seem to make it to the party with his BBQ and secret sauces- habitually late- but everyone knew they were worth waiting for. It was known he left a slew of dirty dishes in his wake and could never be counted on in the clean up crew. In true awkward fashion, he relied on his only sibling, Myra (Sandy) Mosser, to help him find his true love in the early 90s on the world wide web.
It was there he met and coerced his match to leave NY and live in the wilds of Kentucky with him. His wife, Krista, complimented his personality and nurtured his whimsical nature in every chapter of his life. Some whimsies included: reading, drawing, painting, stained glass, vinyl cutting, glass etching, and handyman skills. Although retired from the City of Ashland, that didn’t slow him down in the slightest. He worked on his latest hobby (beer brewing) and was to become the Assistant Brewer for Eridanus Brewing. In addition to all the many hobbies and talents he picked up throughout his life, he developed a love of martials arts, which he practiced on his daughter and nieces at every family gathering. His parents (Juanita and David) hoped that this would instill patience and discipline in an otherwise free fall through life. He took pride in the fact that he was known as the “old man” at his dojo.
He was the best dad to his “princess” Raven (Chris) Workman, and father figure to Taulara (Matthew) Jones, Kristen (Justin) Matthews, Kyrie (Brandi) Litteral, and Kelsey (Billy) Purnell. Not only did he have head scratches and forehead kisses for all of his big girls, he had a lap big enough for all of his grandbabies (Bella, Chris, Jocelyn, and Alex).
Tony would not want us to be saddened by his early departure from the party, but instead, celebrate the many stories you have with him at Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures on July 24 at 11 a.m. This will be a potluck picnic organized by his church family (Centenary UMC), so please bring your favorite dish, beverages of your choice, and a camp chair. Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures is located on 550 Treasure Cove Rd, Greenup, KY, 41144. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

Juanita Mosser
Juanita Mosser, 83 of Ashland, was a tiny slip of a woman with loud outfits (matching hat and fanny pack) and a strong sense of self.
She was born in Greenup on December 4, 1937 and did everything in her power to improve her status and move to the “big city” (Ashland). It is there, she became a member of Centenary UMC and where she met her sweet jokester of a husband, Harry David, who had a penchant for being early to everything. She has been disgruntled that he departed this world before her and that she has been left to her own devices these past few years.
Juanita left a legacy for large family dinners and the love of finding a bargain in all of her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her two children, Myra (Sandy) Mosser and Tony (Krista) Mosser of Ashland; grandchildren Kristen (Justin) Matthews, Kyrie (Brandi) Litteral, Kelsey (Billy) Purnell, and Raven (Chris) Workman. She taught them much needed skills like how to do your hair in pin curls, how to win at Chinese Checkers, how to sew, and how to cook. When her great grandchildren came around, Ian, Bella, Chris, Alex, Jocelyn, Emerson, and Avett.
Juanita would not want any tears shed for her recent trip, as she is finally where she always wanted to be. Instead, she would want you to celebrate the life you still have surrounded by the ones who love you. A celebration of life will be held July 24 at 11 a.m. at Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures, 550 Treasure Cove Rd, Greenup, KY, 41144. There will be a potluck lunch organized by her sweet friends from Centenary UMC- so please bring your favorite dish and come. Bring your favorite beverages and a camp chair and help us celebrate her life!
Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

Carolee Busch
Carolee Luther Busch, 85, lifelong resident of Ashland, passed away Tuesday at Woodland Oaks in Ashland. Carolee was born January 19, 1936 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Merle C. and Arbutus Roberson Luther. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Lloyd E. Busch, and brother-in-law, Ronald Lewis.
Carolee was a charter member of 13th Street Baptist Church. She served in many capacities including church pianist for many years. She was a graduate of Ashland Business College and worked for several years as a secretary with Kentucky Power Company.
Surviving are her sons Brian (Babby) Busch of Spring, TX, Brent (Lisa) Busch of Ashland, sister Martha Lewis, grandchildren Brittney, Branden, Sarah, Dan, and Scott Busch.
A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Friday, July 9, 2021 at the 13th Street Baptist Church by Pastor Jim Byrd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 13th St. Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1700, Ashland, KY 41105 or to Woodland Oaks Activities Fund, 1820 Oakview Road, Ashland, KY 41101.
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John Paul Collins
John Paul Collins, II, 53, of Flatwoods, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. John was born December 18, 1967 in Ashland, a son of Violet Darlene Cyrus Collins Jenkins and husband Earl of Catlettsburg and the late John Paul Collins.
John was a 1985 graduate of Russell High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and his MBA from Mississippi State University. John had an extensive career in sales in the manufacturing industry throughout the tri state area and in Tampa, Florida. He was a proud patriot of the U.S. and served his country honorably with the U.S. Air Force. Those who knew John will always remember his infectious smile.
Those left to cherish his memory in addition to his mother include his son David Andrew Collins of Flatwoods, his daughter Amber Nicole Collins of Russell, the children’s mother Elena Collins, brother Michael (Laura) Collins of Aurora, IL, a sister Terri Collins Moran of Huntington, his granddaughter Kya Tayo.
Visitation was Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland. Burial was held at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East at a later date. To share a memory of John or express a condolence to his family, please visit
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.