Obituaries - September 21



Annabelle Hackworth

   Annabelle Hackworth, 91, of Pedro, Ohio, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 13, 2021.

   She was born May 25, 1930, in Pedro, Ohio, to the late Earl E. Carmon and Lillian J. Layne Carmon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John J. “Buss” Hackworth; two brothers, Charles and Donald Carmon; and a sister, Gladys Kelley.

   Before becoming a devoted mother and loving homemaker, Annabelle worked for S.S. Kresge Department Store in Ironton.

   Annabelle was a faithful and dedicated member of Campbell Chapel Free Will Baptist Church where she was the oldest member. She served as a Sunday school teacher and for 31 years, she served as Sunday school secretary.

   Those left to cherish her memory include two sons, Stevan R. (Sherry) Hackworth, and Tim E. (Kim) Hackworth of Pedro, OH; and two grandchildren, Ryan Hackworth and Irina Hackworth.

   Homegoing services were Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Calvin Ray Evans. 

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Estle Bowen, Jr.

   Estle Bowen, Jr., 76, of Ashland,, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021.

   Mr. Bowen was born on March 7, 1945, in Logan, WV, to the late Estle Bowen, Sr. and Grettle Newsome Bowen.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Bowen was preceded in death by three sons, Estle Wayne Bowen, Robert Charles Bowen, and Kenneth Ray Bowen. Estle was a carpenter for Carpenter Local Union.

   Mr. Bowen is survived by his loving wife Kathy Griffith Bowen of Ashland; two sons, Jeffrey Allen (Keschia) Bowen of Ashland, and William R. (Andrea) Bowen of Columbus, OH; a daughter, Kathy Lynn (Tony) Akers of Greenup; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five brothers and five sisters.

   There are no services scheduled at this time.

   The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with the arrangements. Condolences can be expressed at


Kathleen Hays Saults 

Kathleen Hays Saults, 90, of Portsmouth, Ohio, formerly of Worthington, passed away peacefully Friday September 17. 

   Kathleen was born, May 9, 1931 in Worthington to the late George Washington and Lilly Pearl Hamm Akers. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Benjamin, and Clayton Akers, two sisters, Lorena Bolton and Oma Jewel Akers. 

   Kathleen was a self-employed Beautician for 50 years owning her own shop (Kathleen’s Beauty Shop), a licensed minister, and was a member of the Raceland Assembly of God. She enjoyed spreading the word everywhere she could especially with the jail ministry and hospital and home visits. 

   Surviving her are three sons, Glen (Mary) Scaggs of Portsmouth, Tim Scaggs of Raceland, Chris (Keisha) Hays of Phoenix, four daughers, Linda (Ed) Melvin of Worthington, Anita (Gary) Middleton of Worthington, Nina (Tucker) Floyd of Proctorville, Regina (Doug) Raybourn of Phoenix, brother Clyde Akers, sisters Anna Katherine Kelly, Betty (Dubb) Rayburn, Grace Large, Lois Adams, and Faye Hartman; 12 grandchildren, Joe (Tara), Kathy (Brian), Staci, Doug (Jami), Todd, Mindy, Rusty, Michael (Melissa), Christina (Ryan), Shaela, Doug, Cody, and great and great great grandchildren and a friend to the end, Sue McNeil. 

   A memorial celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Raceland Assembly of God. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

    In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Portsmouth Community Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Music Family Funeral Home in Greenup.


William A. 'Bill' Holbrook 

   Bill Holbrook, 91, of Russell, Kentucky, died Friday evening, September 17, at his home while under hospice care. 

   He was born August 8, 1930 in Denton, Ky, a son of the late Millard and Maud Stewart Holbrook. Bill was a retired carman with CSX and a proud member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen. He was of the Baptist faith. 

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by brothers J.T., Clinton, and Jack Holbrook, and sisters Ruth Lykins, Gladys Shelton, and Joyce Ann Brock. 

   Surviving include his wife; Joyce Slusher Holbrook; two daughters: Tonia (Jerry) Davis, of Russell, Denise (Philip) Ashcraft of Georgetown, Ohio; brother Charles (Jewell) Holbrook; sisters Kathleen Price, Janet (Larry) Zeger; five grandchildren: Scott Davis, Jeff Davis, Ashley Davis, Jason Ashcraft, and Trent Ashcraft; great-grandchildren Ryleigh, Kylie, Owen, and Marley. 

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 22, at 1 p.m. by Brother Bobby Joe Hooper at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time.


Johnny F. Enyart 

   Johnny F. Enyart, 71, of Ashland, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Thursday, September 16, 2021.

   Johnny was born January 29, 1950, in Carter County to the late Homer and Lena “Mim” Moore Enyart.

   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Dan and Bobby Enyart: and one sister Mary Stapleton.

   Johnny was a retired Cartographer and Engineer with Addington Coal Company. He was an accomplished poet, having wrote several books of songs and poems. He also loved taking photos and visiting cemeteries. He attended Oakview Baptist Church. Family was everything to him, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandkids.

   He leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years Deborah Workman Enyart; two sons Tim Enyart (Jackie) of Ironton and Jason Enyart (Danielle) of Mannington, WV; brother Bill Enyart; sister Tillie Bayes; eight grandchildren including his grandson who he raised Josh, Alex, Drew, Jayden, Gracie, Bailyn, Reagan, and Asher Enyart; and one great-grandchild Brooklyn.

   Funeral services were Monday, September 20, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home with Brother Kenny Conn officiating. Burial followed at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. 

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Noah Douglas Vanover

   Noah Douglas Vanover, 3 years old, of Ashland, Kentucky, son of Warren Douglas and Samantha Jo Brown Vanover, died Monday, September 13, at 11:45 a.m. in Children’s Hospital Cincinnati, Ohio.  Noah was born March 25, 2018 in Ashland. 

   Surviving, in addition to his parents, include three brothers: Ian and James Rodabaugh, and Kamryn Vanover; two sisters: Amber Rodabaugh and Miyah Vanover; maternal grandmother Maxine Hupp of Ashland; maternal grandfather Todd Brown and wife Jessica, of Ashland, and paternal grandmother Melody Vanover. 

   A memorial service for Noah was Saturday, September 18, by Pastor Michael York at Preston Family Funeral Home.


Ralph Campbell

   Ralph E. Campbell, 70, of Ashland, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021. Ralph was born November 7, 1950, in Ashland, a son of Don (Linda) Campbell of Ashland and the late Maxine Greene Quesinberry.

   Ralph was a 1968 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. He was a 39 year member of First Baptist Church in Ashland and served as church deacon, church shepherd, Sunday School Teacher and Bible Study leader. His hobbies included bowling and he was proud of his “20 perfect games.” He was a former member and chaplain of the Fred M. Gross Masonic Lodge and a former El Hasa Shrine chaplain and 33rd degree Scottish Rites.

   Ralph started a career with Ashland Oil and retired from Marathon’s Catlettsburg Refinery as Supervisor of the electric shop. He served his country honorably during the Vietnam War with the United States Navy aboard the USS Midway.

   Those left to cherish his memory in addition to his father include his loving wife of 53 years Cathy Davis Campbell of Ashland, his daughter Crystal (Jim) Newkirk of Catlettsburg, a son Brian Campbell of Raleigh, NC, a brother David (Darlene) Campbell of Hazard, KY, a sister Donna Blanton and her son Michael of Wendell, NC, grandchildren Cayla Campbell, Emma Newkirk, several cousins and extended family.

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Hazel Pehylien Mullins

   Pehylien Mullins, 80. Of Ashland, Kentucky, died Wednesday, September 15. 

   She was born July 9, 1941 in Perry County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ora and Asenatha Melvin Young. Pehylien was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Claude Edward Mullins; grandson Joseph Herman Cantrell IV; brothers Curtis, James, and Carl Young, and sisters Martha Alice Norris and Lola Mae Daley. 

   She is survived by five daughters: Sondra Adkins of Ashland, Anita Hollo of McCordsville, Indiana, Jeannie Davis of Peoria, Illinois, Elisa Lambert of Westwood, Jane Newsome of Ashland; sister Carol Barber; special niece Tammy Lynn Conley, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 21 at 11 a.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Bellefonte Memorial Gardens.


Madolan Smith

   Madalon Jaye “Billie” Kouns Smith 78, of Ashland, passed away Monday evening, September 13, 2021 at her residencs. 

   Billie was born November 9, 1943, in Ashland to the late Gerald Elwood and Francis Ethel Kouns. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Danny Joe Kouns. 

   Billie was an Army veteran, enjoyed gardening and crafting and formerly worked with High Tech Lighting Co as a Union Steward and Coordinator. 

   Surviving her are a son, Jeffrey Robert Smith and his wife Sherrie of Waynetown, In; four brothers, John Anthony “Tony” Kouns, Charles Perry Kouns, Gerald Bryan Kouns, Richard Henderson Kouns; three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Fultz, Connie Lucille Lambert, Sabra Jan Back, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in the Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum. Condolences may be off ered at Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.


Tommy Ray Edmonds 

   Tommy Ray Edmonds, 81, of Ashland, husband of Virginia Clay Edmonds, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center.

   Tommy was born November 11, 1939, in Jefferson City, Tennessee, a son of the late Glenn Roscoe and Arie Edith Purkey Edmonds.

   Tommy was former policeman with the City of Ashland, former member of Ashland FOP Lodge #1; former service advisor with Sym Fryson Motor Company and was a faithful member of 13th Street Free Will Baptist Church. Tommy loved gardening and enjoyed playing golf.

   In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Click Edmonds; a great grandchild, Lucas Williams; two brothers, Glen R. Edmonds, Jr. and Kyle C. Edmonds and one sister, Barbara Ann Morrison.

   Survivors include his wife Virginia Eskew Clay Edmonds of Ashland; three daughters, Janetta Rose Edmonds Salyers of Ashland, Ginger Dawn Walker (Gary) of South Point, Ohio, and Mellody Ann Johnson-Hicks (Jerry) of Ashland; three step-daughters, Becky Clay of Westwood, Tammy Raney (Jim) of Westwood, and Rhonda Marsh (Garry) of Lexington, KY; one stepson, Jason Clay of Ashland; one brother, Kenneth Wayne Edmonds; one sister, Betty Lou O’Neal; five grandchildren, Jennifer Michelle Williams (Billy), Ashlee Dawn Walker, Gary Thomas Walker, J.C. Kinney, and Landon Johnson; seven step-grandchildren; two great grandchildren, Alicia and Fenix Valdez; and 12 step great-grandchildren; special neighbors, Danny Cline and Mikey Spreacker and Sarah and Kat Pugh; and a host of extended family and friends.

   Services will be conducted Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Caniff Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.  Online condolences may be left for the family at


Fredrick James Tackett

   Frederick James Tackett was born, January 29, 1941 to the late Mark & Belle Tackett of Ashland and went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 

   He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 59 years to Donna Shingleton Tackett, as well as a sister, Alta Foster; brothers Granville, Grathel, Hillard, Millard, Donald, and Lewis. 

   Fred served in the Kentucky Army National Guard and was employed by Firestone, General Telephone (where he retired) and Tri Co Electric. 

   Fred was a loving father to Tina (Tim) Sparks of Russell, Cristy (Greg) Martin of Ashland, Michael (Michelle) Tackett of Boyd Co., Kimberly (Dave) Clark of Parrish, Fl., and Stacey (Randy) Vanover of Ashland. In addition to his children, he is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Brandon Martin, Brittni (Nate) Lewis, Jessica (Gerod) Whitt, Emmalee and Alex Clark, Jacob and Rachel Tackett, Randi, Rilee, and Reyce Vanover and three great grandchildren. 

   Fred was an active member of Second Baptist Church where he gave of his time and talents working by his wife’s side and maintaining the church vans. He also volunteered for the First United Methodist Church food pantry and food baskets at Second Baptist Church. Fred will be missed by many family and friends. 

   Funeral services for Fred were Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating. Entombment followed in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Ave Ashland, Ky 41101 or Second Baptist Church 4950 Williams Ave. Ashland, Ky 41101. Condolences may be sent to