Obituaries - August 31



Gloria A. Thacker

   Gloria A. Kinsbury Thacker, 81, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, wid aow of Cecil Thacker, died Sunday morning, August 29, at her home while under hospice care. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.


Carl Preston Church

   Carl Preston Church, 94, of Ashland, Kentucky, husband of Delphine Lane Church, died Monday morning, August 23, at Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   Carl was born October 1, 1926 in Adeline, Lawrence County, Kentucky, a son of the late Martin Rosevelt and Madge Jane Church. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, Clyde Church.

   Carl was a retired driver with the Yellow Cab Company. Surviving, in addition to his wife, include two sons: Carl Martin Church of Olive Hill; David Sylvester Church of Ashland; five daughters: Beverly Church of Ashland; Teresa Fugeman of Ashland; Marilyn Boxx of Stamping Ground, Kentucky; Carolyn Boxx of Stamping Ground, Kentucky; Melinda Brown of Ashland; brother Garland Church of Lynden, Washington; sister Betty Davidson of Ashland; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 

   Funeral services were Saturday, August 28 at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery.


Tammy Lynn Roberts McGuire

   Tammy Lynn Roberts McGuire, 57, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away Monday morning, August 23, 2021 in Kings Daughters Medical Center of an extended illness. 

   Tammy way born April 14, 1964, in Ashland to Eldridge Roberts of Ashland and the late Bessie Jane Carroll Roberts. In addition to her mother she was also preceded in death by a brother, Mark Roberts. 

   Tammy was a former caregiver of many and attended Grace Church of the Nazarene in Ashland. She thoroughly enjoyed watching her children in all their sports events and her grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. 

   Surviving Tammy is her mate Emmett Gregory of Ashland, two sons, William A. McGuire of Ashland, and Anthony Roark and his fiancé Shelby Beam of Ashland; one daughter, Ashley McGuire and her fiancé Shawn Owens of Ashland; brother Timothy Roberts and his wife Jill of Ashland; sister Teresa Sexton of Ashland, and six grandchildren: Kaliee Richart, Laiden Owens, Brayden Owens, Braxston Roark, Addison Roark, and Jacob and nieces and nephews, Joshua Roberts, Mark Roberts, Josie Roberts, Noah Roberts, and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, and friends. 

   Funeral services for Tammy were held Friday, August 27, 2021 at Grace Church of the Nazarene with Pastor James Webster officiating. Burial followed funeral services in Ashland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

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Dorothy Lewis Douglas

   Dorothy Lewis Douglas, 90, of Flatwoods, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.

   Mrs. Douglas was born May 30, 1931, in Elliott, KY, to the late Elisha and Gretta Cassell Lewis.

   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Douglas was preceded in death by grandsons David Antis and Elijah Kirk; two brothers: John L. and Hobert Dewey Lewis; and two sisters: Della Scott and Elizabeth Garris.

   Mrs. Douglas was a wonderful mother and housewife. She enjoyed gardening and had a love for sewing and attending TOPS in Flatwoods. Dorothy was of the Christian faith.

   Dorothy may have been born in 1931, but her life began in 1977 when she married the love of her life, Louis Douglas of Flatwoods.

   In addition to her husband, Dorothy is survived by her two sons, William (Cathy) Reed of Port St. Lucie, FL and Jeffrey Douglas of Wheelersburg, OH; five daughters, Connie Antis of Winchester, Kathy (Patrick) Beyler of Madison, WI, Neva Kirk of Flatwoods, Dena Reed of Flatwoods, and Cynthia Franz of Ashland; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elisha Lewis, Jr. of Greenup, and Atlee “Ike” Lewis of Greenup; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Rev. Jason A. Bailey officiating. Burial followed at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell.

   Condolences can be expressed at


Hazel Weinfurtner

   Hazel Weinfurtner, 36, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Monday, August 23, at Kings Daughters Medical Center. 

   She was born July 2, 1985 in Ashland, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Walter Fred and Brenda Roark Weinfurtner. Hazel is survived by a brother, Fred Juseph Weinfurtner of Ironton, Ohio; sister Rebecca Potter of Ashland, and nephew Joshua Potter. 

   A private service will be held with burial in the O'Brien Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.


Phyllis Fields Caniff Davis 

   Phyllis Fields Caniff Davis, 80, of Flatwoods, passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

   Phyllis was born November 20, 1940, in Flatwoods to the late Sherman A. Fields Sr. and Pearl M. Fairchild Fields. She retired from Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Cardiology Department after 29 years of service. She was a member of AmVets Post #95 Auxiliary, American Legion #325 Auxiliary, and Moose #701 Auxiliary in Ironton.

   In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her first husband, Mike Rollin Caniff in 1979; a son, Timothy Michael Caniff in 2009; and two brothers, William Earl “Bud” Fields in 2014, and Sherman “June” Fields, Jr; and one sister Dorothy Lillian Fields Spiers.

   Survivors include her husband, William “Bussy” Davis of Flatwoods; two sons, Jeffrey Caniff (Susan Justice) and Brian Caniff, both of Flatwoods; and two daughters, Cindy Avila and Susie Caniff, both of Russell; three grandchildren, Michael Caniff, Race Caniff and Tarah Matthews, special niece Norma Spiers Allen; numerous friends at Aqua Loop Campground along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Services were conducted by Pastor Jimm Smedley on Friday, August 27, at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Online condolences may be left at Caniff Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


Jordan Andrew Parks

   Jordan Andrew Parks, 32, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, August 23, 2021, at UK Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, KY.

   Jordan was born on November 30, 1988, in Huntington, WV, to his loving parents, W. Mark and Julie (Jordan) Parks of Flatwoods.

   Jordan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Earnest and Oddesty (Brinegar) Jordan and paternal grandparents, Walter L. and Mary (Thomas) Parks.

   Jordan spent most of his career as a meter tech with an interstate natural gas pipeline company. He had a tremendous love of the outdoors and spending time in nature. Jordan was the happiest while camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking and being outside with friends and loved ones. One of his favorite seasons of life was working as a whitewater rafting guide on the New River in West Virginia.

   He graduated from Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland with an Associate Degree in Industrial Maintenance. Jordan was a member of the Flatwoods Church of Christ in Flatwoods.

   In addition to his parents, Jordan is survived by his pride and joy, his son, Connor Wade Earnest Parks; a brother, Nathan (Davonne) Parks of Argillite, and their children: Lily, Grace, and Noah; a sister, Anna (Corey) Bean of Alexandria, VA and their daughter Emma; a sister, Michelle (John) Barnhart of Tecumseh, MI and their children: Owen, Chase, and Sophia; someone dear to his heart, Amber Carper of Grayson, and her daughter Ava Kate; Connor’s mother, Skyler Earnheart of Flatwoods; and a host of extended family and friends. Jordan never met a stranger and was beloved by all who knew him.

   A funeral service was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Flatwoods Church of Christ in Flatwoods, with Minister Mark Day officiating. Burial followed at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Russell.

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Ian Thomson Carr

   Ian Thomson Carr, 77, of Ashland passed on Monday, August 23, 2021 following a brief illness.

   Ian was born on February 15, 1944 in Greenock, Scotland. Son of the late John and Agnes (Cameron) Carr. He studied mechanical engineering at James Watt Memorial College and the University of Paisley.

   Ian immigrated to Canada in 1973, and to the U.S. in 1979 seeking greater opportunity for his growing family. Ultimately, Ashland, is the place where he found his home in the States.

   Arriving in 1982, Ian established a reputation as an expert engineer in the field of mining machinery. He served as Director of Engineering for multiple companies (Addcar High Wall Mining, Appalachian Fuels, and others). He enjoyed a career that spanned nearly six decades and took him to places all around the world.

   Ian loved soccer (Greenock Morton F.C.), throwing darts, betting horses, and he was a blue-blooded Kentucky basketball fan. Those who knew him will remember Ian, not only for his unmistakable Scottish brogue, but for his generosity, humor, and seemingly endless supply of stories to share. He was always the life of the party. And party he did.

   Ian was preceded in death by his parents and his first love, Aileen (Tully) Carr, wife and mother to his four children. He is survived by his wife, Kaye (McDavid) Carr; two step daughters, Morgan Withrow and Megan Mounts; step son, Greg (Cara) Mounts; mother-in-law, Belva McDavid; step grandchildren, Addy and Gavin Mounts and Cameron Randall; two daughters, Selina (Patrick) Hughes and Wendy (Eric) Williams; two sons, Ian (Julie) Carr and Charles (Stephen) Carr; six grandchildren, Sarah Curtis, Ian and Lucille Carr, Keigan Hughes, Emma Williams, and Sydnee Carr; great granddaughter Maggie Curtis; and his loving sister Lorna (John) McKerrache.

   A memorial service was held on Saturday,  August 28, 2021, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ian’s memory should be directed to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1930 Winchester Ave, Ashland, 41101. To share a remembrance of Ian, please visit:


Karen Sue Poore

   Karen Sue Poore, 74, of Catlettsburg, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in St. Mary’s Medical Center.

   She was born February 16, 1947, in Menifee County, Kentucky, a daughter of Ada Sorrell Botts of Catlettsburg, and the late James O. Botts. In addition to her father, her daughter, Jennifer Linville Coburn, preceded her in death.

   Karen was a 1964 graduate of Rowan County High School. She studied Elementary Education at Morehead State University and graduated in 1967; she received a Master of Arts in Education in 1971 and later received her Rank 1. She retired following a long teaching career with the Boyd County School System; she worked for the State Department of Education for a few years and later retired as Facilitator of Adult Literacy at Ashland Community and Technical College.

   Karen was an active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She enjoyed reading, UK Basketball and geocaching. Karen took great pride in her grandchildren and was overjoyed when they visited.

   In addition to her mother, Ada, those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 27 years, Bob Poore of Catlettsburg; grandson, Beau Coburn and son-in-law, Andy Coburn, of Billings, MT; stepson, Robert (Jennifer) Poore of Huntington, WV; stepdaughters, Tina Church of Coldwater MI, and Joy Shelton of Ashland; granddaughter, Holly Shelton of Ashland; sister, Sharon (Nathanael) Hall of Catlettsburg; niece, Tonia Hall (Josh) Wade of Ashland; and a great niece, Hannah Wade of Louisville.

   A celebration of Karen’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum Chapel with words of comfort provided by Rev. Stephen Smythers.

   In lieu of flowers, gifts in Karen’s memory may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1930 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, 41101; or to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

   To share a remembrance of Karen or to express a condolence to her family, please visit:


Janice Broughton Hennecke

   Janice Hennecke, 87, of Argillite, Kentucky, died Sunday, August 22, at her home while under hospice care.  

   She was born February 28, 1934 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Grant and Maggie Dillow Broughton. Janice was a member of Brush Creek Freewill Baptist Church and was retired, after 19 years, from Pathways. She enjoyed attending church and spending time with her family.  

   She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Charles Elwood Hennecke in 2019,  six brothers and five sisters. 

   She is survived by two sons: Terry (Patty) Hennecke of Brunswick, Georgia. Randy (Dana) Hennecke of Naples, Kentucky; three daughters: Sheila (Ron) Riffe of Argillite; Cindy (Paul) Sandhop of Trenton, Ohio; Nita (Jim) Coffee of Naples; 12 grandchildren: Chris Riffe, Kevin Riffe, Shawna Shannon, Brandon Sandhop, April Ramsey, Jeremy Hennecke, Jessica Winchell, Natalie Fultz, Matthew Fultz, Teria Hennecke, Phillip Coffee, Bridget Prichard; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  

   Funeral services were Thursday, August 26 at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. 


Neldin Nahin Murillo Sarmiento

   Neldin Murillo, 36, of Long Beach, Mississippi, husband of Karla Yessenta Morales Castro, died August 1 in Gulfport. He was a carpenter with Rite Construction in Long Beach. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include two brothers: Ivan Murillo and Orlando Murillo, both of Lexington, Kentucky. 

   Funeral services were Monday, August 30, by Pastor Carlos Rodriguez at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park. 


Florence Rice Back

   Florence Rice Back, 95, of Ashland, went home to be with the Lord at her residence on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

   She was born July 6, 1926, in Boyd County, Kentucky, to the late Fred and Kathrine Owens Rice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Vernon Robert Back; son, Keith Back; son-in-law, Ronald Damron; and all of her siblings; Doug, Junior, Bobby, Smith, Minnie, Leona, Pauline, Juanita, and Mary.

   Florence was the oldest member of Moore Street Tabernacle and was a devoted homemaker.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Patricia (Robert) Williams, Twila (Ron) Patterson, Kathy Damron, and Ronald Dean Back; daughter–in-law, Pam Back; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchild.

   A celebration of Florence’s life was held Friday, August 27, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor Danny Pancake. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park.

   In addition to flowers, contributions may be made in Florence’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480, Carter Ave., Ashland, KY, 41101.   To share a memory or to express a condolence, please visit:


Kyle Ramey

   Kyle Ramey, 54, of Ashland, passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

   He was born March 17, 1967, in Ashland, Kentucky, to the late Charles Robert “Bob” Ramey and Jo Ann Pruitt Ramey. In addition to his parents, a brother, Grant Ramey, preceded him in death.

   Kyle was a 1985 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. He worked with Parsons Construction as a painter. He was an avid fan of UK Basketball and Cincinnati Reds Baseball.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved daughter, Sydney Ramey of Ashland; brother, Charles Robert “Chuck” Ramey, II of Huntington, WV; and a host of extended family members and friends.

   A service was held Saturday, August 28 at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be directed to the Sydney Ramey Scholarship Fund c/o Peoples Bank.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Homes. To share a memory of Kyle, please visit: