Obituaries - August 24



Betty Jo Sexton Fannin 

   Betty Jo Sexton Fannin, 92, of Westwood, went home to be with her Lord, Monday evening, August 16, 2021, with her family by her side.

   Betty was born May 25, 1929, in Boyd County to the late Henry and Nellie Gallion Sexton. She was a homemaker and was a faithful member of Tunnel Hill Free Will Baptist Church and Tunnel Hill Ladies Auxiliary. She adored spending time with her family and church family.

   In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Oswald Fannin; two daughters, Liza Wilson and Doris Fannin; son-in-law, Sam Wilson; three sisters, Myrtle Sperry, Gladys Conley, and Mae Hall; seven brothers, Allen, Dow, Howard, Ernest, Bert, Charles, and Ike Sexton.

   Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Hund (Ed) of Westwood; a son, Charles Edward Fannin (Jackie) of Talking Rock, GA; one brother, Estil Sexton; one sister, Jean Fannin; 10 grandchildren, Angela Munn, Valerie Hund, Cindy Mayes, Michelle Boyd, Cheryl Ortis, Mike Hund, Tim Hund, Charles Lee Fannin, Gary Wilson and Shawn Wilson; 26 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren, along with extended family and friends.

   Funeral Services were conducted by Pastor Bill Oakes on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Tunnel Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed at Dixon Cemetery. 

   Online condolences may be left for the family at


Ruby Sherry Brown

   Ruby Sherwood (Sherry) Brown passed away at her residence in Bridgeton, Missouri on August 17, 2021. She was born November 16, 1934, in Ashland, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Henry C. Kelley and Thelma Ratliff.

   Sherry was a very loving, caring and talented Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She was a gifted seamstress, singer, award-winning oil painter and doll maker.

   Sherry is survived by her husband: Keith Brown Sr. and their three sons: Keith Jr. (Cindy Brown), Gregg and Keenan; grandchildren: Heather, Nicole, Shannon, and Kristopher; great-grandchildren: Ethan, Chloe, Madelyn, Tyler, Austin and Caitlin.

   A viewing will be held for Sherry on August 24, 2021, at Miller Funeral Home, 1941 Carter Ave. from 4:00pm to 8 p.m. with funeral services held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow funeral services in Rose Hill Burial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Condolences may be offered at


Deborah Kaye Ferris Hornburg

   Deborah Kaye Ferris Hornburg, of Summit, was promoted to the alto section of her Heavenly Father’s Choir on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

   Debbie was born November 29, 1951, in Nitro WV, to the late Orville B. Ferris and Ruby May McCune Ferris. In addition to her parents, Debbie was preceded in death by one brother, Steve Ferris.

   Debbie graduated from Nitro High School in 1969 and went to Appalachian Bible Institute for two years, then transferring and graduating from Southland Bible Institute. Upon graduation from SBI She became the school secretary. When SBI moved to Ashland, Debbie continued as school secretary and began teaching and directing music. In 1979 Debbie became a member of Temple Baptist Church, in Flatwoods. She was a Sunday school teacher, church pianist, church secretary, worked in VBS and camp. She started and directed the Patch the Pirate Club for almost 30 years, but Debbie’s biggest joy was directing the church choir. Debbie was given one of the highest honors a person could receive in this lifetime when one of her choir members stated “We so appreciate what Debbie has done for the choir. You never had to worry about the music you were going to be singing, because it was all going to be God honoring music.”

   Those left to cherish Debbie’s memory are her husband of 45 years, Gary L. Hornburg; daughter Maribeth (Shannon) Hausey; four sisters, Shirley (Jim) Harkness, Denise–Ferris (HC) Vick, Dorcas (Steve) Losh, Dorthea Wyant; sister-in-law, Janice (George) Givens; and nieces and nephews.

   A celebration of Debbie’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at Temple Baptist Church with words of comfort provided by Rev. Jim Pridemore. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

   In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Temple Baptist Church Camp Fund, 124 Reid St, Flatwoods, KY, 41139; or to Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY, 41101. 

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes. To express a condolence, visit:


Robert Thomas McCoy

   Robert Thomas 'Bob' McCoy, 86, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Saturday morning, August 14, at Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Bob was born June 25, 1935 in Tiffin, Ohio, a son of the late Earl and Willimenia Fisher McCoy. He was a retired supervisor with Allied Signal/Honeywell Corporation. 

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother and sister. Surviving include his wife, Lee Ann Gall McCoy, and a daughter, Linda McCoy Spencer of Houston, Texas. 

   Arrangements under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Thelma Louise Quade

   Thelma Louise Quade, or “Toots” as she was known to her family and friends, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021, at the age of 87.

   She was born July 27, 1934, in Coal Grove, Ohio, the only daughter of the late William and Pansy Louise Howell Pauley. Her beloved husband, James L. Quade; son, William Russell Craft; granddaughter, Andrea Che’ Evans; and siblings, Ralph, Wilburn, Lee Roy, and William F. “Ditty” Pauley, preceded her in death.

   Thelma was a longtime member of Ashland First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Ambassadors Sunday School Class, Mary Martha Circle of which she was once President and contingency fund keeper and had formerly been a member of the Administrative Board.

   Thelma worked as a Community Relations Representative for the local McDonalds franchisee. She worked tirelessly with area schools, banks, and law enforcement agencies. She arranged for poster contests, Christmas decorations and visits to schools and nursing homes by Ronald McDonald. She worked as Community Liaison as part of the DARE program. She was a member of the founding board of directors for Rivers Cities Ronald McDonald House, and was a local representative to the Governor’s Highway Safety Committee.

   Throughout her lifetime, she was involved with numerous boards, civic groups and clubs including, Paramount Women’s Association, Festival of Trees where she chaired the Hospitality Committee and the Door Decoration Division; Friends of Music Administrative Board; Artists in Concert; Ashland Area Art Gallery; Ashland Area American Red Cross; Safe Harbor; Ashland Lions Club; Vice President of American Business Women’s Association; former Crabbe School PTA President, Ashland Council PTA, KY Ninth District PTA Treasurer and received a lifetime membership to Kentucky PTA. She was a Kentucky Colonel and was instrumental in having others awarded. She was awarded a key to the city of Ashland by then Mayor Richard Martin, and July 24, 2014 was declared Thelma Quade Day in the City of Ashland by then Mayor Chuck Charles.

   Those left to cherish her memory include a son, A. Timothy Quade and partner Jonathan Skiver; daughter, Cheryl Ann VanHorn; daughter-in-law, Patricia Craft; grandchildren, Beth A. Renie Kirsch and husband, Tom, Heather Louise Craft and James Russell Craft; two great grandchildren, Alexandra Kirsch and Brooklyn Garland; and a host of nieces and nephews.

   The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of Kingsbrook Lifecare Center for the loving care they gave “Toots.” A celebration of Thelma’s life was Thursday, August 19, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel, with words of comfort provided by Rev. Jeff Brammel. 

   Memorial contributions in Thelma’s memory may directed to First United Methodist Church Decorating Fund, P.O. Box 1670, Ashland, KY, 41105. To share a remembrance of Thelma or extend condolences, visit


James Kouns

   James G. Kouns, 71, of Ashland, died Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   He was born March 3, 1950, in Ironton, Ohio the son of the late Glen and Uldene Willis Kouns.

   He was a retired service technician at Osram Sylvania Co. a member of the Bridges Cristian Church and a U S Army veteran, during the Vietnam War.

   Survivors include his wife, Deborah Cordle Kouns; one daughter, Traci Hunt and husband, Christopher of Coal Grove, Ohio; one son, James Dustin Kouns of Nicholasville, KY; one brother, Glen Kouns Jr. and wife, Tina of Ft. Myers, FL; four grandchildren, Sarah Nickel, Hannah Nickel, Desiree Kouns and Kiley Noble.

   Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 25 at the Kentucky Veteran Cemetery NE with military rites, conducted by the Kenova American Legion Post 93. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at


Robert R. Clark

   Robert R. Clark, 53, of Ashland, KY, went home to be with his Lord on August 17, 2021, after a brief illness.

   Robert was born on November 25,1967, in Landstuhl, Germany, the beloved son of Joseph R. Clark and Helga Clark (Wustrack). He was a 1985 graduate of Heidelberg American High School and graduated from Marshall University. He loved the Thundering Herd.

   Robert enjoyed playing golf with his friends, watching college football, rafting the New River, and cheering on the Cincinnati Reds. He was a Tomcat Soccer coach, and loved watching his children compete in soccer and volleyball. Most of all, Robert cherished time with his family, especially on family game night. His caring and nurturing nature won him Ashland Rotary Club’s Father of the Year. His eternal optimism and charm endeared him to everyone who knew him. He was loved by so many.

   In addition to his parents, Joseph and Helga Clark, those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Shelly Clark; his favorite son, Jacob Heishman; and three beautiful daughters, Kelly Heishman, Sydney Clark, and Sophia Clark. He also leaves behind a sister, Yvonne (Mark) Kempf; uncle David (Pam) Clark; honorary grandmother, Eva “Nanny T” Totten, and a host of extended family. He was “Uncle Robert” to Conner, Kyle (Rachel), Keegan, Sarah, Kevin, Brittany, and Evan.

   He was a member of First Baptist Church of Russell. Services will be held at the church on August 29. The visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. with a celebration of life immediately following.

   To share a memory of Robert or to express a condolence to his family, please visit:


Daryl Scott Moore

   Daryl Scott Moore, 47, of Ashland, died Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at his residence.

   He was born September 10, 1973 in Frankfort, KY the son of Jimmy Gayle Moore of Frankfort, KY and Sally Tru Dyer of Smyrna, TN.

   He was a music booking agent. He enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, family and music, especially the Grateful Dead.

   In addition to his parents, he is also survived by two daughters, Isabel Moore of Murfreesboro, TN and Raven Roberson of Little Rock, AR; one son Jaxon Moore of Warner, SD; his fiancée, Stacey Lyons of Ashland; two brothers James “Jed” Moore and wife, Cheri of Nashville, TN and Stephen Moore and wife, Julie of Ironton, OH.

   A celebration of Life, was conducted Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Lawco Lake, Pedro, OH. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at


Roscoe Miller

   Roscoe Miller, 74, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away Monday evening, August 16, 2021 in Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. 

   Roscoe was born September 13, 1946 in Owensville, Ky to the late Roscoe Sr. and Ruth Cunningham Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Duran Morris and a brother, Roger Miller.

   Roscoe retired as a welder from Special Metals in Burnaugh and also worked 26 years for Calgon Carbon. Surviving him, are his wife Debbie Morris Miller of Ashland, one son, Chris Morris of Ashland, two daughters, Tasha Morris of Ashland, and Lee Ruth (Eugene) Cunningham of Tampa, two brothers, William Miller of Ashland, Nathan Miller of Lexington, two sisters, Carolyn Sue Thomasson of Ashland, Brenda Allen of Huntington, and two grandchildren, Terrance and Marissa Cunningham. 

   Funeral services for Roscoe were held Friday, August 20, 2021 with Phillip Morris officiating at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, Ky 41101. Condolences may be offered at Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

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