Obituaries - August 17

Evelyn Yates

   Evelyn Loretta Pruitt Yates, 95, passed away on August 8, 2021, in Vero Beach, Florida. The eldest of nine children of Herman and Martha Howard Pruitt, she was born on July 18, 1926, in Greenup County, Kentucky.

   Eve, as she preferred to be called, was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Yates, and siblings: Richard Pruitt, Mary Pruitt Powell, Donald Pruitt, Joy Pruitt Cumpton, and Janice Pruitt Boyles.

   Eve is survived by her two sons: Samuel Virgin (Debra) of Deland, FL, and Russell Virgin (Sally) of Sebastian, Florida; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by a sister, Norma Pruitt Cumpton of Appling, Georgia, and a brother, Darvin Pruitt of Taylor, Arkansas. Lastly, among the many places Eve lived or visited during her long life’s journey (Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, etc.), she leaves her beloved, extended family and her dear friends.

   Growing up in Kentucky, Eve married young (the late Russell B. Virgin), and raised two sons in the West Russell-Flatwoods area. A life-long Christian, she was loving and charitable, and active in her church. And she always worked hard her entire life. She once stated that the secret to her long life was simply, “I stayed busy.” As the eldest, she helped raise her younger siblings, right up until she had children of her own. She worked at various jobs until becoming a restaurant manager for many years. Eve was also an accomplished oil painter from an early age and continued to paint into her early 90’s. Always full of fun and willing to try nearly anything, Eve will be remembered for her love of singing, dancing, fishing, bowling, reading, cooking, and especially traveling--anywhere, anytime.

   Funeral services for Eve were held Saturday, August 14, 2021 with Frank Tate officiating at Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup. Burial followed services in Br ick Union Cemetery in Lloyd. Arrangements are under the direction of Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.


Lucille M. Baer

   Lucille M. Baer (Nana), 97, of Portsmouth, OH formerly Ashland, KY went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Charley Cade and Mayme Sharp Cade. She was born on July 21, 1924 in Pedro, OH. Lucille was a loving homemaker and enjoyed taking care of others. She was a lifelong member of Ashland Grace Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed singing and praising the Lord.

   Lucille was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Oliver in 1967. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Melvin A. Baer in 2009; whom she married August 21, 1969. She was preceded in death by her children Betty Carver, Charles Oliver, Robert Oliver, Judy Oliver, and her stepson Larry Joe Baer. Lucille was one of fourteen children and was preceded in death by 11 of her siblings: Mildred Ashworth, Nola Bolt, Marge Fetter, Violet Morgan, Rose Herdman, Charles Cade, Harold Cade, Kenneth Cade, Frances Cade, Cecil Cade, and Donald Cade.

   Lucille was survived by two siblings: Jim Cade (Elma) from Waverly and Betty Roark (Gaylord) from Columbus. Three stepchildren Tony Baer (Carolyn), Elizabeth Hall from Ashland and Sharon Castledine (Ed) from Idaho. Her Grandchildren: Darren Oliver (Lisa), Eric Oliver (Debbie) from Rosemount, Karl Rust (Kim) from Ironton, Crystal Dykes (Jimmy), Lana Brown (Clyde), Sherry White (Tom), Glen Medina (Christina), Chuck Medina from Lexington, Kenny Oliver, Teresa Oliver, Bobby Ray Oliver from Catlettsburg. Lucille was survived by sixteen great grandchildren: Drew Oliver (Megan), Caitlynn Eastham (Ian), Hannah, Kyleigh, Derick Oliver, Margie Caldwell, Troy, Molly Rust, Versie Fannin, Rhonda Keemle, Jeffrey Dykes, Jeremy Brown, Meagan Foster, Nikki Medina, Sierra, Selena Medina. She was also survived by twenty-two great-great grandchildren: Kaylee Oliver, Cayden McKenzie, Callie Eastham, Hayleigh, Jake, Katelyn Porter, Lexi, Abby, JJ Dykes, Riley, Jayden, Rachael, Reece, Aspen Brown, Alex, Elli, Addi, Josi, KK, Kendra, Kassie, Bellamy. Two great-great-great grandchildren: Courtney and Adalynn.

   Funeral services with Pastor Richard Suman officiating will be held at Steen’s Funeral home on Central Ave in Ashland on Monday, August 16, 2021, with burial at woodland cemetery directly following.


Marvyn Jon Sider

   Marvyn Jon Siders, 85, of Camden, NC, passed away August 4, 2021 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, NC, mainly after a battle with leukemia. Marvyn was born in Ironton, Ohio, in 1936. His mother was Thelma McCrimmon Snider, and his father, Marvin B. Siders, was a World War II veteran. He talked fondly about his childhood: He loved the Ohio River, and he had many childhood friends he talked about all his life—including his best, life-long friends Don and Maxine Hall. Don met Marvyn when they were 12 growing up in Ironton, and they stayed friends for their entire lives.

   In 1956, Marvyn married Charlotte Kay (Johnson) Siders of Ashland, KY. Once Marvyn graduated from The Ohio State University and earned his commission as an officer in the USAF, he and Kay traveled extensively. After leaving Columbus, OH, they were sent to duty stations in Texas twice, California four times, Germany twice, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, and Dayton, Ohio. Marvyn was an Electronic Warfare Officer and an Acquisition Management Officer. Although he might not tell people, along with having a Master’s degree, he was a highly distinguished and decorated veteran, serving in Vietnam and retiring as a Lt. Colonel. While living in Germany, Marvyn and Kay adopted their son John who passed away in November of 2020, and after returning to the states, they adopted their daughter Sabrina, of Raleigh, NC. John and Sabrina had many memories of their father, but mostly they would and will always be grateful for the loving generosity, security, and support Marvyn provided for them throughout all of their lives—he did this with intention, purpose, and love. Marvyn also had 1 grandson, Sebastian James Robert Duffy, whom he cherished. Sebastian says he knows how to do many things because of his Papa Siders.

   Over the years of Marvyn’s life, he loved to go sailing and camping with friends, and he enjoyed traveling all around the USA. Prior to having children, Marvyn and Kay traveled all through Europe—enjoying skiing in the Alps and seeing many European sites. Once they had children, they traveled as a family all over the United States going to many beautiful places. In 2000, after moving from the San Francisco Bay Area, Marvyn and Kay retired in Camden, NC, where they met several wonderful friends. Marvyn always enjoyed reading his car and gun magazines; he liked talking politics (even writing a few articles for the local newspaper), and he really enjoyed living next to the water. He was even part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandson how to be independent and how to repair and build things. Later in life, after Kay passed away in 2014, he met Elizabeth Winslow of Wilson, NC. They enjoyed the last several years together, even taking a road trip a round a majority of the entire country!

   Marvyn is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother Jimmy. He is survived by his daughter Sabrina, grandson Sebastian, daughter-in-law Tara Siders, several nieces and a nephew, Elizabeth, and many wonderful friends and neighbors. All who knew Marvyn would speak about his generosity, strict adherence to the rules, and devotion to his friends and family.

   A memorial service was held Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home, 13th St. Chapel in Ashland. Burial with full military honors was at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Debra Frazier

   Debra Frazier, 49, of Westwood, Kentucky, daughter of the late Elmer and Pauline Christian Frazier, died Tuesday morning, August 10, at her residence. 

   Debra was born December 4, 1971 in Ashland, Kentucky. She is survived by two brothers: John Frazier and wife Wanda, of Powhatan, Virginia, and Mark Arwood of Huntington, West Virginia; three sisters: Lisa Willie and husband Richard, of Westwood, Janie Moore of Ashland, and Carol Clifford of Westwood; special nephew Casey Frazier (Jennifer), and two great nephews: Braden and Silas, and her pets. 

   Graveside services were Monday, August 16 at the Community Memorial Gardens, in East Lynn, West Virginia. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Doretha May

   Doretha May, a lifelong resident of Ashland, passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 at her home on her 91st birthday.

   Doretha was born August 12, 1930, in Ashland, a daughter of the late George and Bertha Chaffin Nolte.

   Mrs. May was an educator, teaching English at Russell High School for 10 years before a 25 year career and retirement from Boyd County High School teaching math.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 67 years Russell T. May of Ashland, her daughter Beka May (Tim Hosto) of Ashland, her sister Maxine Fitzer and nieces Kim (Greg) Ratliff and Sue (Charlie) McDowell all of Ashland.

   Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mrs. May’s memory to Thirteenth Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1700, Ashland, KY 41105 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with services.

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Wendella “Wendy” Karon Bowers

   Wendella “Wendy” Karon Bowers, of Ironton, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in Community Hospice.

   She was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Wendell and Mary Ellen Ison Osborn.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Sara Duvall (Kris); son, Evan Wilburn (Ray); and sister, Sharon Carpenter (Ken); grandson, Trace Elliott; great granddaughter, Sahara Wilburn; and a niece, Kendra Carpenter (John).

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Little Victories Animal Shelter, 3589 Wire Branch Rd, Ona, WV 25545 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Bill Darby

   William Ivan Darby, 75, of Catlettsburg, KY, went home to with the Lord on Sunday, August 8, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born April 8, 1946, in Ironton, Ohio, a son of the late Ivan and Thelma Kiser Darby who were residents of Russell, KY. In addition to his parents, Bill was also preceded in death by his brother Michael Darby.

   Bill was a 1964 graduate of Russell High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Kentucky School Of Pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist at Revco Pharmacy in Ashland, Reliable Drug in Flatwoods, and retired in 2003 from the Kroger Pharmacy in Ashland. Bill was one of the fortunate few who truly loved his job and genuinely cared for his customers.

   He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed watching stock car racing on Sundays. He loved Christmas, Hallmark movies and was a collector of pharmacy antiques. Bill had a gentle nature and a generous heart. He was a truly special person who touched the lives of everyone he met and his legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Gayle Robinson Darby of Catlettsburg, his sons William Darby and wife Cindy of Fayetteville, TN, Shawn Conley of Paintsville, his daughter Sarah Stephens and husband James of Greenup, grandchildren Brennen Stephens, Baylee Stephens, Addison Conley, Claire Conley, Brecken Conley and Brittany Rutledge. Papaw Bill loved his grandchildren and lit up with their every visit.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel by James Stephens. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.

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Zell Toppins Ison

   Zell Ison, 90, of Westwood, Kentucky, wife of the late Charles France Ison and daughter of the late Frank and Cadona Webb Toppins, passed away surrounded by loved ones, Tuesday, August 10, at her home.  

   Zell was born January 26, 1931, in Wayne, West Virginia. She is survived by two daughters: Gayle Fields and husband Rodney, of Westwood, and Debbie Lakin and husband Bob, also of Westwood; three grandchildren: Stephanie Krantz and husband John, of Westwood,  Randi Swanner and husband Josh, of Trenton, Ohio, Bobby Lakin of Westwood; three great-grandchildren: Morgan Krantz, Lakin Swanner, and Brody Lakin; four sisters: Jane Jaro of Waco, Texas, Stella Cook and husband Darrell, of Wayne, West Virginia, Dotty Williamson and husband Monroe, of Williamson, West Virginia, Pauline Kundera and husband Adam, of Bridgeton, New Jersey; three brothers: John Toppins and wife Juanita, of Cleveland, Ohio, Everett Toppins and wife, Shirley, of Huntington, West Virginia, Richard Toppins of Hickory, South Carolina; two sisters in law: Mary Toppins of Wayne West Virginia, and Clara Morgan of Dayton, Ohio. 

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her husband and parents, by four sisters: Gladys Toppins, Carie Southerland, Malinda Crawford, Nora Toppins, and two brothers: Walter Toppins and Roger Toppins. 

   Zell has several nieces, nephews, and cousins that she loved dearly. She was also very fond of her dog, Sophie. Zell was an extremely Kind and generous woman who was a faithful servant of Jesus. Her number one purpose in this world was to serve Jesus and to love her family. She did just that. If you were blessed to know her these three things you would have learned: she loved Jesus, loved her family, and loved sewing. She will forever be missed but always in our hearts. 

   Funeral services were Saturday, August 14 at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park. 


Everett Richard “Rick” Dennis 

   Everett Richard “Rick” Dennis, 67, of Argillite, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at his residence. Rick was born January 25, 1954 in Ashland, a son of the late Everett Allan Dennis and Alberta Lillian Vanhorn Blair. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Jeannie Pickett and his brother Shannon Dennis.

   Rick was a carpenter and a welder. He served his country honorably with the United States Army.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his son Shane Dennis and fiancé Amy of Ashland, daughter Summer Grubb and husband Aaron of Argillite, grandchildren Jaron Grubb, Ethan Dennis, Alexus Dennis, Caden Dennis, Chloe Dennis, Shane Dennis, Jr and Shannon Grubb.

   Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Danny G. Hensley

   Danny Gene Hensley, 70, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, in King’s Daughters Medical Center.

   He was born May 25, 1951 in Ashland, Kentucky to the late Sherman and Vada Blair Hensley. His siblings, John, Gradith and Genetta also preceded him in death.

   Danny attended First Church of the Nazarene in Ashland. He retired following a long career in construction. An avid sports fan, he was formerly the President of Russell-Flatwoods Little League.

   Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Ronald (Cheryl) Hensley of Pataskala, OH, and Jeffrey (Sherri) Hensley of Kenova, WV; daughter, Julie Hensley-Steele of Ashland; sister, Margie (Frank) Roberts of Columbus, OH; and two adoring grandchildren, Tanner and Katelyn Steele.

   A celebration of Danny's life was held Friday, August 13, 2021, at Ashland First Church of the Nazarene. Words of comfort were provided by Pastor Kevin Campbell.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions should be directed to Ashland First Church of the Nazarene, 2201 Bath Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

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Mary Louise White Davis

   Mary Lou Davis, 99, of San Benito, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 7, at Valley Baptist Regional Medical Center in Harlingen, TX.

   Ms. Davis was born November 13, 1921 in Huntington, WV, the daughter of James M. and Garnett M. McConnell White. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph C. Davis, a sister, H. Martha Marshall, and her brother James A. White.

   She was a graduate of Logan High School, Class of 1939, and subsequently relocated to Ashland, KY with her sister where they both were employed by Ashland Oil Refining Company. In 1974, her husband, Ralph Davis, also Ashland Oil Employee in the Marine Transportation Division, was transferred to Baton Rouge, LA, where she and their son Roger followed. In Baton Rouge, Ms. Davis worked as a real Estate Agent for a premier local Real Estate Firm, C.J.Brown where she retired in 1994.

   In 2008, She and her husband relocated to Decatur, GA, to be near her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. In 2016, she relocated again to San Benito, TX and lived with her son and his family.

   Survivors include her son, Roger E. Davis, a 1974 graduate of Paul Blazer High, a daughter-in-law, Dr. Arden Dingle, two granddaughters, Addison Denise Davis and Amaris Devon Davis. A niece, Anita Brumfield and her family, nephews Robert “Skip” Davis and his family, Scott Davis and his Family, nieces Debbie Petit and her Family and Linda Williams and her family.

   A viewing and service were at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel Saturday August 14 followed by a brief graveside homage at Rose Hill Burial Park.


Tammy Slone

   Tammy Cheri Slone, 58, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Community Hospice, while surrounded by her family.

   She was born September 28, 1962, in Milton, West Virginia, a daughter of Donnie Jim Hartman and Phyllis Sue Steele Hartman of Ashland.

   Tammy was a very involved member of Wildwood Church of God. She was a 1980 Graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and graduated from Ashland Community College. Tammy was a dedicated Office Manager at Bill Cole Automall. She was happiest in church and spending time with her daughter and family.

   In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter, Heather Slone (Drew) of Catlettsburg; brother, Donnie Hartman, Jr. of Ashland; sisters, Carolyn Sharp (Ernie) of Ashland, and Lisa Wilson (Adam) of Westwood; special niece, Jennifer Hartman; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Tammy’s life was held Thursday, August 12, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor Steve Harris. Entombment followed in Rose Hill Burial Park.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tammy’s memory should be directed to Wildwood Church of God, 3500 South 29th St. Ashland, KY, 41102; or to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

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Walter V. Stevens

   Walter V. Stevens, 97, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Community Hospice Care Center.

   Walter was born June 14, 1924 in Kenova, WVa. to the late Fred and Goldie Mae Lester Stevens. In addition to his parents Walter was preceded in death by his wife Marcella Bryan Stevens, three brothers, Buck Stevens, Ishmel Stevens, Bernie Stevens, and three sisters, Jackie Smedley, Inez Bolymer, and Jean Howell.

   Walter was of Christian faith and an Army WWII Veteran where he began service in the fighting Eighth Air Corps and finished in the third infantry division under General Patton. He was a crane operator for Armco Steel for 40 years until retiring in 1990. He thoroughly enjoyed his family and was a car fanatic.

   Surviving are two sons, Tim Stevens and LaRae Travis of Ashland, Darren Winn & Suzanne Stevens of Flatwoods, one sister, Iris White of Ashland, four grandchildren, Stacy & Eric Snyder, Stephanie & Eboni Monroe, Mason Straw , Brandon Stevens, and two great grandchildren, Summer Snyder and Braxton Snyder and a special caregiver who he considered his family, Sandy Brown.

   Funeral services for Walter were held Friday, August 13, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Burial followed services in Stevens Family Cemetery in Durbin.

    In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Condolences may be offered at


Edward Lee Caudill

   Edward Lee Caudill, 70, of Catlettsburg, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Ed was born August 21, 1950 in Kenova, West Virginia, a son of the late Homer and Imogene Gullett Caudill. In addition to his parents, Ed was also preceded in death by siblings Jeffery Samuel Caudill, Sandra Frush, Keith Caudill and Karen Caudill.

   Ed retired after many years of service at the Big Sandy Power Plant. He was a School Bus Driver with Boyd County Schools and most notably a beloved Friend and Pastor to many as the Pastor of the Second Baptist Church.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 49 years Markita Hagans Caudill of Catlettsburg, a son Andrew Lee Caudill and wife Megan of Ashland, a daughter Sara Caudill Venable and husband Brian of Georgetown, KY, brothers, Ronald (Jo Ann) Caudill of Chickasha, OK, Richard (Nancy) Caudill of Catlettsburg, Robert Dale (Nora) Caudill of Catlettsburg, sisters Sharon (Terry) Smith of Ashland, Lisa (Jerry) Pinkerton of Kitts Hill, OH grandchildren Haley Carinn Brown, Avery Drew Caudill, Elliot Grae Caudill, Silas Emerson Caudill, Ava Grace Daniel and host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Bro. Ron Caudill and Bro. Pete Miller. Committal services were in the Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens with Bro. Lonnie Laney officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Second Baptist Church, 4950 Williams Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101

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