OBITUARIES: July 26

Marsha Ann Jones

   Marsha Ann Marcum Jones, 81, of Ashland, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 surrounded by her loving family, at Oakmont Manor.

   She was born December 17, 1939 in Ashland, the daughter of the late Ballard and Betty Cox Marcum. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Allison J. Jones Jr.

   She was a former seamstress at Parsons and Stecklers Department stores and attended the Ashland Assembly of God.

   Survivors include two sons, Allison J. “Chuck” Jones III and wife Debbie and Jeffrey Wayne Jones, both of Ashland; one daughter, Angela Wagoner and husband Roger, of Westwood; one brother, Steve Marcum and wife Sandy, of Ft. Wayne, IN; five grandchildren, Adam Jones of Nashville, Taylor Jones of Nashville, Kayla Frye and husband Jerry, of Ironton, Brad Dooley of Ashland and Shane Wagoner of Ashland; three great grandchildren, Abby Frye, Parker Jones and Charlie Jones.

   Funeral services were Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home, by Pastor Charles Shields. Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be offered at mfhfuneralhome.com.

 

Thomas William McKnight, Jr.

   Tom McKnight, 96, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Monday morning, July 19, 2021 in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

   Tom was born November 24, 1924 in Westwood, a son of the late Thomas William and Rilda Cox McKnight. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from AK Steel. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife, Ellen Kretzer McKnight in July of 2012.

   Tom was the youngest, and last surviving, of 10 children.  He is survived by two sons: Gary McKnight of Tennessee and Thomas McKnight III and wife Ginger, of Ashland; daughter Diana Frasure and husband Eddie, of Rush; four grandchildren, two great granddaughters, and a great-great grandson.

   Funeral services were Thursday, July 22 at Prston Family Funeral Home by Brother Philip Zimmerman. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park.

 

Barbara Ann Jenkins Jacobs

   Barbara Ann Jenkins Jacobs, 73, of Greenup, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday morning, July 21, 2021 at her residence.

   Barbara was born August 24, 1947 in Celina, Tn., to the late Charlie and Elma Hatcher Jenkins. Barb retired from the Martin Post Office in Martin, Kentucky where she met many people over the years. She ministered to everyone that she came in contact spreading the good news, “The Word of God” and praying that all would accept Him as their savior. She also ministered in the Jail Ministry for 24 years bringing many to repentance sharing the gospel. She was also a Sunday School teacher for 27 years, a member of the Church of God Affiliation since 1977 and was a faithful member at Wurtland Church of God. Barb was a delight to be around always smiling and showing the Light of Jesus in her life.

   Surviving Barb is one daughter, Melissa Renee Keathley and her husband Pastor Chester Keathley; brother Tony Jenkins and his wife Brenda of Red Boiling Springs, Tn.; two grandchildren: Aaron Keathley and Chelsea Hunley and her husband Cody, and one great grandson, Cashton Hunley.

   Funeral services for Barb were Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Wurtland Church of God with Pastor Chester Keathley officiating. Burial followed on Monday in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Red Boiling Springs, Tn.

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Wurtland Church of God 3361 Ky 503, Wurtland, KY. 41144. Services are under the direction of Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.

 

Clay Goble

   Clayton Don “Clay” Goble, 23 of Dayton, KY formerly of Ashland, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at his residence. Clay was born November 14, 1997 in Lexington, KY. He is the son of Jerry Goble (Mendi) of Richmond and Missy Young Salyers (Mark) of Ashland.

   Clay was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Faye Conley and his uncle Kyle Goble.

   Clay was a 2016 Paul G. Blazer graduate. He excelled in football as the starting center. He loved to golf with family and friends and in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He was the general manager of Captain’s Cove Marine in Cincinnati. All that knew him personally know that he was an avid LSU Fan. Clay attended the Meade Station Church of God and the First Baptist Church in Richmond.

   In addition to his parents, Clay is also survived by a loving extended family, including his paternal grandparents Elder and Ellie Goble of Richmond, his maternal grandparents Don and Shirley Young of Ashland, his brothers Conner Goble of Richmond, best friend and identical twin brother Chase Goble of Richmond, Taylor (Beth) Davis of Richmond, Aaron Salyers of Shelbyville, his sisters Grace Conley of Ashland, Tori (Kaleb) Epperson of Richmond, his step-dad David Conley of Ashland, Aunt Sheri and Uncle Scott Henry, cousins Caleb (Bobbi) Henry, Caroline Henry, James Kyle Goble, Ryliegh Goble and a host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services were Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Meade Station Church Of God, 10255 Cedar Hill Drive, Ashland, KY. Pastor Rob Jordan officiated. Burial will be in the family cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Clay’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

William Martin Boyd

   William Martin “Billy” Boyd, 58, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Kings Daughters Medical Center.

   Billy was born December 17, 1962 in Ashland, a son of Sherry Jo Harrington Boyd of Ashland, and the late William John Boyd.

   He was an Audio/Video Technician with the Orlando Civic Center in Orlando, Florida. Surviving, in addition to his mother, include a son, William Jeffrey “Bill” Boyd of Youngstown, Ohio. 

   A memorial service was Friday, July 23, at Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Vivian S. Williams

   Vivian S. Williams, 83, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away July 22, 2021 in St. Marys Hospital in Huntington.

   Vivian was born January 24, 1938, in Clinch Co, Va. to the late Benjamin and Wanda Greene Stanley. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald M. Williams, a brother, Donald Stanley and a sister, Jeanette Cantrell. Vivian was a member of Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church and Retired form Penningtons Pic Pac as a Produce Manager.

   Surviving her are one son, Micah Williams and his wife Dee of Flatwoods, one daughter, Mitzi Carroll and her husband Gary of Ashland; brother Jimmy Stanley of Ashland; sister, Mary Newcomb of Mechanicsville, Va., seven grandchildren: Michael (Beth) Schafer, Ryan Williams, Zachary Williams, Brett Carroll, Derek Carroll, Heather (Corey) Conley, Tristan Carrroll; nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

   A graveside service for Vivian will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

Douglas B. Stevens

   Douglas B. Stevens, 90, of Westwood, Kentucky, passed away Friday, July 23, at his home after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

   Doug was born January 22, 1931, in Ashland, a son of the late Bill and Ruth Branham Stephens. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Rosemary Runyon Stevens, and two sons; William Arthur Stevens and Douglas Kevin Stevens.

   Doug served his country proudly in the Unites States Army. Serving towards the end of WWII, he changed his birthday and the spelling of his last name to enlist at the age of 15 where he served in C Company, Sixth Infantry Division Engineering Combat Battalion. He re-enlisted during the Korean War in A Company, 1st Infantry Division, 1st Engineering Combat Battalion, and also served during the Cold War, 100th Kentucky Reserve Division, Europe Command in Darmstadt, Germany. He was honorably discharged from all.

   Doug spent his working career at Armco Steel Corporation electric power department as substation operator, retiring in 1992 after 42 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles FOE 3229 earning a 35 year service pin and serving as trustee for most of that time.

   He leaves behind 2 daughters: Paula Sergent and husband Jim, of Bellefonte, and Debbie Stewart and husband Charlie, of Summit. Also surviving include seven grandchildren: Chip (Samantha) Arnett, Heather (Derrick) Jordan, Will (Sabrina) Stevens, Kayla Stevens, Douglas Kevin Stevens, all of Ashland; Jenny (John) May of Louisville; Elizabeth Blevins of Nicholasville, and Danny (Johnna) Stewart of Lexington. He also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren that were all special to him. 

   Doug was a gentle giant with a tender heart. We will miss the war stories, the tender touch, and his loving heart. He was loved beyond measure and will be missed the same. 

   A military graveside service will be Thursday, July 29 at 1 p.m. at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens by the Kenova American Legion Post 93 and the U.S. Army. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Kathy Lynn Melvin

   Kathy Lynn Melvin, 60, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Friday morning, July 23, at Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Kathy was born September 10, 1960 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Raymond and Betty Blevins Clevenger.  Kathy was also preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Clevenger, and two sisters: Sheila Stafford and Libby Rice.

   Surviving include a son, Mark “Jake” Morris and wife Sheena, of Westwood; daughter Shianne Justice and husband Bradley, of Westwood; three brothers: John Clevenger, Steve Clevenger, and Paul Clevenger, all of Ashland; two sisters: Connie Preston of South Point, Ohio and Sandy Adams of Ashland; and five grandchildren: Brayden Justice, Landen Justice, Aspen Justice, Mia Justice, and Thaddeus Morris.

   Memorial services will be Wednesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. at Prston Family Funeral Home by Brother Jimm Smedley.  Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until service time.

 

John Kennedy Wilburn

   John Kennedy “Kenny” Wilburn, of Raceland, Kentucky, died suddenly Tuesday, July 20, at home. He went to be with the Lord at the age of 61 years.

   Kenny was born January 23, 1960 in Ashland, Kentucky a son of the late Sheridan and Ruby May Ferguson Wilburn. He was also preceded in death by his eldest brother Bartha Lee Wilburn, his youngest brother Henry Oliver Wilburn, childhood brother Bobby Wilburn, and a sister, Sharon Kay Wilburn Coon.

   Surviving include his loving wife of 39 years, Cynthia Baldridge Wilburn.; two sisters: Ebbie Marie Delawder and Roxanne Payne; three children: Sarah Nicole Wilburn, Brandon Michael Wilburn, and Jacob Lee Wilburn; grandchildren Dakota Workman, J.J. Stevens, and Cheyenne Eastham. 

   A memorial service will be Tuesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. by Brother Harold McKenzie at the Apostolic Church of Flatwoods, Kentucky.

   Arrangements under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


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