Obituaries - June 15

Billy Joe Allen

   Bill Allen, 75, of Ashland, Kentucky, died peacefully on June 8 at Community Hospice Care Center.

   Bill was born September 23, 1945 in Ashland, a son of the late William and Elizabeth Lafferty Allen. He was retired from Ashland Specialty Company and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Love Allen in 2014, and 10 brothers and sisters. 

   Surviving include a daughter, Cathy Lynn Groves and her husband Steven of Ashland; granddaughter Sidney Alcorn and husband Joey of Catlettsburg; two great-granddaughters: Parker Eloise Alcorn and Rory Jean Alcorn, and a brother, Ray Allen and wife Shirley of Ashland. 

   Graveside services with full military honors will be Tuesday, June15 at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast by Brother Tony Allen.  Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Todd Robert Brownson

   Todd Robert Brownson, 54, of Owensboro, Kentucky, formerly of Catlettsburg, passed away Sunday, June 6, at his residence. 

   He was born September 12, 1966 in Huntington, West Virginia to Terry Brownson and the late Mary Ann Holbrook Brownson Whetsel. Todd attended special education classes at Boyd County Schools and became a companion and friend to his grandmother and mother, with whom he lived most of his life. He enjoyed listening to gospel music, drawing, and visiting with family.  Todd was preceded in death by his mother and grandmother. 

   Surviving include his father, Terry Brownson and wife Patty of Owensboro; and half-sister Missy Brownson Ross and husband Brad of Georgetown. In addition, he is survived by aunts Carolyn (Gary) Bowling, and Brenda (Burf) Wheeler; uncles Gary (Margaret) Holbrook, and Rollin (Mary Ann) Brownson, and several cousins. 

   A private graveside service was held at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, Thursday, June 10 with arrangements by Glenn Funeral Home of Owensboro, Kentucky and Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Kay Barker

   Kay Yvonne Saunders Barker passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Kay was born March 27, 1937 in Logan, WV, to Margaret Bailey Saunders and H.L. (Jack) Saunders. The family moved to Ashland, where Kay graduated from Ashland High School in 1955. Higher education was completed at Ashland Junior College and Marshall College.

   Kay was an elementary school teacher at several schools including Pogue Elementary in Ashland. Kay and her sisters Gail Rous and Janet Payne enjoyed singing in their group “The Saunders Sisters.” Kay met her husband, John Paul through their love of music and were married on June 2,1957.

  She and John moved to the northern Kentucky area in the mid 1980’s where she was a real estate agent. Upon retirement, they returned to Ashland in 1992. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church Ashland and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ashland.

   Kay was organist and choir director at several churches including Ironton Presbyterian, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ashland, and Richwood Presbyterian Church in Walton. Kay loved gardening and enjoyed many years as a member of the Ironton Garden Club. She is especially remembered for her intense love for her family. She was a caring daughter, wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, loving sister, aunt and friend. 

   Survivors include her husband, John Paul Barker, daughter Rebecca (Lance) Vest; grandsons John Franklin and Benjamin Payne Vest; beloved sister, Gail (Richard) Rous, nephews Bruce and James Rous, David (Charlene) Ravencraft, Paul (Julie) Fugitt, Jeff Smith; nieces Mary Rous, Judy Fugitt, Melody Abdon, Teresa Ludwig.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the charity of your choice.

   The family will hold a visitation on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 11 a.m. until noon at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel and a memorial service to honor her life at noon with Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating.

   To share a remembrance of Kay or express a condolence to her family, please visit: www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Carrie Faye “Peggy” Kennard Woods 

   Carrie Faye "Peggy" Kennard Woods, 75 of Ashland, passed away Sunday, June 06, 2021, at Hospice of Central Ohio.

   Peggy was born June 02, 1946, in Rockhouse, Kentucky to the late Russell and Mollie Pack Kennard.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister Sarah Handy.

   Anyone who knew Peggy, would agree she was a leader, a survivor, and the foundation of everything she was involved with. She successfully raised two children as a teen mother, when the odds were against her. A self-proclaimed 'mean mom’, she used old school child rearing techniques and was not afraid of the kitchen spatula or fly swatter. One look and that is all it took, for everyone knew it was time to move. She aspired to be a hairdresser since her childhood, and she put herself through school to get her license and eventually own and operate a successful beauty shop for 30+ years. She worked early and stayed late to amass a huge following throughout her career. Most people who knew her, did not know she endured a life of pain with two forms of arthritis nearly crippling her, yet she never complained. Only the scars of surgery and joint replacements tell the tale. She loved God, her family, and her career just as it was. Peggy was an active member of Unity Baptist Church where she was a member of the sanctuary choir. She was a member of the Democratic Women's Club, and her favorite politician was JFK. She loved to paint, draw, sketch, sew, and travel. The RV was her chariot, and her greatest joy was entertaining her grandchildren where her call-name was 'Nana'. Her nurturing and caregiving were second to none, and she loved to cook for her family and friends.

   She leaves behind her loving husband Bobby Jack Woods; one daughter Suzie Cornwell (John) of Ashland; one son Dr. James 'Butch' Maze (Michelle) of Lake Charles, LA; two bonus children Justin Woods (Tawnya) and Laura Justice (Marty) both of Ashland; two sisters Nell Franklin of New Lebanon, OH; and Barbara Nickel of Grayson; seven grandchildren Tanner Crump, Hunter Crump, Wesley Maze, Mollie Maze, Charlie Maze, Clay Woods and Ian Justice; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, June 10 at Unity Baptist Church in Ashland with Pastor Gary Arrington officiating. Entombment followed at Ashland Cemetery.

   Services have been entrusted to Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood.

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com. 

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The James Fund for Life C/O The Ohio State University Foundation PO Box 710811 Columbus, OH 43271 or Unity Baptist Youth Group 2320 29th St, Ashland, KY 41101.

 

Janet G. Bowe

   Janet G. Bowe, 84, of Ashland, Kentucky died Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Janet was born June 5, 1937 in Ashland to the late Earl and Maude Vaughn Garvin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Bowe, one brother, Richard “Buddy” Garvin and one sister, Jo Ann Forrest Cyrus. 

   Janet was a long standing member of 1st Church of the Nazarene in Ashland since her childhood. Janet enjoyed crafting, singing with her husband Bill in the rest home ministry, roller skating, dancing, UK Wildcats, Nashville Predators Hockey, and the Chicago Bulls. She was formerly a Cub Scout Leader and a former flute player in the Ashland High School Band. 

   Surviving her are son William C. Bowe (Zita M.) of Live Oak, Fl., two daughters, Sandra G. Campbell (Mark) of Russell, and Pamela S. Knuckles (Kenneth) of Mt. Juliet, Tn.; a brother, Robert Garvin of California and eight grandchildren, Kyle Hale, Jessica Colegrove, Angelina Pace, Chris Campbell, Corey Campbell, Jeremiah Bowe, Courtney Bowe Smyers, Ryan Bowe, and 15 great grandchildren who she dearly enjoyed and loved. 

   Funeral services for Janet were held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home with Jim Forrest officiating. Burial followed services in Ashland Cemetery. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care Center 2330 Pollard Rd. Ashland, Ky 41101 Condolences may be offered at mfhfuneralhome.com.

 

Marilyn Elizabeth McGuire Wells

   Marilyn Elizabeth McGuire Wells, 89, known affectionately as “Mickey,” passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021.    Mickey was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky to the late George R. and Neva J. Blankenship McGuire. She was a 1949 graduate of Ashland Senior High School. She retired from King’s Daughters Medical Center and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

   Mickey was sweet, kind, compassionate and devoted to her family. Her sense of humor brought joy to those around her and comfort to many who were sick, elderly or alone.

   Besides her parents, Mickey was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis F. Wells Sr., her brother, George R. McGuire Jr., and her best friend of 70-plus years, Carole J. Brewer.

   Survivors include her children Elizabeth A. Wells of Riviera Beach, Florida, James M. Wells (Molinda) of Louisville, Lewis F. Wells Jr. of Ashland and Rebecca J. Sparks (Jerry) of Ashland; her sisters Ellen Pruitt of Louisville and Neva McGuire of Ashland; her grandchildren, Amy Wells Gillespie of Crown City, Ohio, Chad A. Thacker of Chicago, and Julia Sparks Wheeler and Benjamin Sparks, both of Ashland; a great-grandson, Joshua Gillespie of Crown City, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

   Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home followed by services at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Michael A. McAlister of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. Entombment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

 

William D. (Danny) Estep

   William D. (Danny) Estep, 74, of Ashland, KY passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center. He was born on January 30, 1947 in Ashland, KY to the late William M. and Annis Day Estep.

   He was a graduate of Paul Blazer High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduation. He went on to work many jobs and was hired to Armco Steel where he was in the T & L Department and retired after many years as an engine operator. He loved life, his family and was always willing to help someone in need. He was an avid muscle car enthusiast and enjoyed taking his 1974 Nova to cruise ins.

   Danny is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 56 years Terri Griggs Estep, his sons Bryan Daniel Estep of Ashland, KY and William Travis Estep (Cammie Kersey) of Boyd Co. KY, a brother Keith Estep of Ashland, KY and grandchildren William Cody Estep, Bryanna Danielle (Adam) McHenry and Tyler Morrison.

   Graveside services were held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum and were officiated by Chaplain Jimm Smedley. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery. 

   Friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, 41101. Condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Donald Lee Lenarz

   Donald Lee Lenarz, 39, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Sunday morning, June 6, at his home. 

   Don was born February 4, 1982 in Ashland, Kentukcy, a son of John Lenarz of Ashland, and the late Sharon Lee Wright Lenarz. Don was a 2001 graduate of Boyd County High School and a self employed handyman. 

  Surviving, in addition to his father, include a son, Gordon Blake Lenarz and daughter Tori N’Shae Lenarz, as well as  brother Jeremy Lenarz.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

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James Robert (Bob) Martin

   James Robert (Bob) Martin, 90, of Ashland, KY passed away on June 3, 2021. He was born in Oxford, MS on January 1, 1931 to the late Burl Martin and Ola Kemp Austin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son James (Jim) Martin whose wife Sharon survives.

   He was an equipment operator and a lifetime member of the IUOE #181. He was also an active member of Unity Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and on various committees. He was a pilot, golfer and enjoyed boating, camping and woodworking, especially making dulcimers.

   James is survived by his loving wife Mary Robinette Martin of Ashland, son William (Bill) Martin of Ashland, grandchildren Beth (Andrew), Megan (Jason), Will, Sage and Sienna and great-grandchildren John, Ben, James, Emily, Abigail, Aaron and Caleb.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time. There will be a visitation on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, TN 37660 followed by burial at Oak Hill Cemetery with the committal service being held in the mausoleum chapel.

   Condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Eunice V. Carter

   Eunice V. Carter, 100, of Ashland, KY entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior Saturday morning, May 29, 2021. 

   Eunice was born August 10, 1920 in Westwood a daughter of the late Alex and Mary Newman Fisher. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Glenn A. Carter; a daughter, Pam Hess; a son Mark Carter; siblings and their spouses, Gerald and Jo Fisher; Theda and Gene Williams; Enid and Paul Holbrook; and daughter in law Liz Carter.

   Eunice attended Fairview schools and graduated from Ashland Sr. High School in 1938. She worked at the Ashland Home Telephone Co. During WWII, while her husband was service in the Navy, she worked at Clayton and Lambert. She was a beloved mother and homemaker. When her children were older, she volunteered with the children and the Cerebral Palsy school, the American Heart Association and the Cancer Society. She was also a caregiver for her own mother, Mary Fisher, in her later years.

   Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Charles Carter, Keith Carter, Danny Carter; daughters Linda (Mike) Wright, and Leigh Ann (Mark) Fielding; 17 grandchilren, 32 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel and were officiated by Reverend Leon Dalton.  Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Rosolene Rice

   Rosolene Evelyn Rice, 93, of Ashland, passed away Monday, May 31, 2021, surrounded by her family at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi.

   She was born June 1, 1927 in Ashland, to the late Elisha Charles Howard and Aliene Pemberton Howard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, George F. Rice; son, David D. Blair; sister; Helen Hinkle; and brothers, Harold Howard and Bill McGuire.

   Rosolene was a member of Second Baptist Church in Ashland and retired from the Ashland Independent Schools.

   Those left to cherish her memory include sons, George Jr. (Genea) Rice of Memphis, TN, Michael A. Rice of Ashland; and Danny (Barbara) Blair of Ironton, OH; daughters, Kimberly (Tyrus) Luther of Hickory Flat, MS; and Alison Rice of Ashland; sister, Elaine Ewals of Pt. Richey, FL; a host of loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family members and dear friends.

   The funeral was held Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Ed Caudill officiating. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

   Friends may contribute in Rosolene’s memory to Second Baptist Church, 4950 Williams Ave., Ashland, KY, 41101.

   To share a memory of Rosolene or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Michael Allen Hickman

   Michael Allen Hickman, 42, of Greenup, formerly of Ashland, Kentucky passed away June 3, 2021 at his residence. 

   Michael was born November 26, 1978 to the late Arnold Michael Hickman and Carol Kimbler Kinney (Jimmy) of Ashland, Kentucky. Also preceding him in death was his girlfriend, Mia Moore. 

   Michael professed that Jesus Christ is his savior and was a self employed tree trimmer and contractor. Surviving him in addition to his mother is one son, Christopher Adams of Ashland, one brother, Kenneth Kinney, three sisters, Michelle Hickman, Amber White (Aaron), Deanna Lacroix (Eddie), a special aunt Vonda Reffitt, two close uncles Paul Hickman and Ricky Kinney, and many beloved family and friends. 

   Funeral services for Michael will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021 with Pastor Mike Moore officiating at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow services in Old Fields Cemetery in Argillite. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Condolences may be expressed mfhfuneralhome.com.

 

Larry Joe Baer

   Larry Joe Baer, 81, of Ashland, died Thursday, June 3, 2021 at his residence.

   He was born October 21, 1939 in Ashland, the son of the late Melvin A. and Mildred Curry Baer.

   He was retired from Pipefitters Local #248, with 50 years service and a member of the Kentucky National Guard. He was a member of the Ashland Elks Lodge #350, lifetime member of Amvets Post #95, Poage Masonic Lodge #325 F &AM, El Hasa Shrine and Raceland American Legion Post #043.

   In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Robin Efta, grandson, Dale Jordan Jr., and a special friend, Sue Jordan.

   Survivors include one son, Larry Joe (Diana) Baer II of Ashland; two daughters, Tonya (Billy) Phillips of Ashland and Kari (Buddy) Hunholz of Lake Worth FL; brother, Tony (Carolyn) Baer; sisters, Elizabeth Hall and Sharon (Ed) Castledine; eight grandchildren, Carrie Baer McAlister, Whitney Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Hilary Efta Brown, Quincy Efta, Joey Efta, Alexi Hunholz and Zach Hunholz, four great grandchildren, Max, Ava Jo, Beckham and Mila.

   Funeral services will be conducted 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Ashland Elks Lodge will conduct an Elks service at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ashland Elks, Children’s Christmas Fund, 900 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com

 

Kay Stewart Wheeler

   Kay Stewart Wheeler, 81, of Ashland, Kentucky, wife of Danny Wheeler, died peacefully at her home, Tuesday morning, June 1, while under hospice care. 

   Kay was born November 7, 1939, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Lonnie and Bertha Baldridge Stewart. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a grandson, Josiah Keith Wheeler and a great granddaughter, Neaveh Goodrich; two brothers: Burgess and Jack, and two sisters: Garnett Sexton and Ann Burnem. 

   Surviving, in addition to her husband, include two sons: Rev. Stuart (Mary Anne) Wheeler of Phoenix, Arizona, and  Keith (Rhetta Ann) Wheeler of Rapid City, South Dakota; daughter Vicki Lynn (Bradley) McLean of Elizabethtown; nine grandchildren: Lewis Wheeler, Caleb Wheeler, Elizabeth Goodrich, Morganne Pickett, Grace Wheeler, Elena Wheeler, Charity Letonek, Luke McLean, Mark McLean, and 13 great grandchildren. 

   Funeral services were Friday, June 4 at Preston Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Kay’s memory to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 34714 Bartlett, TN 38184.

 

Mary Frances Haner Lewis

   Mary Frances Haner Lewis, 89, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away on June 3, 2021, at Kingsbrook Life Center in Ashland, KY.

   Mrs. Lewis was born November 4, 1931, in Gallipolis, OH to the late Russell Lee and Frances Neal Haner.

   In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by four brothers: Junior, Jim, Wendell, and Jerry Haner; and a sister Hilda Barcus.

   Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker who loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and planting flowers and was a fantastic cook. Mary was of the Baptist faith.

   Mrs. Lewis is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Elisha Lewis Jr. of Flatwoods, KY; two sons, Ray (Juda) Lewis of Ashland, and Roy “Newt” (Patricia) Lewis of Worthington; two daughters, Mary “Cathy” (Steve) Smith of Flatwoods, and Bendetta (Scott) Lanham of Flatwoods; two grandchildren, Shawn Smith and Sophia Looney; two step grandchildren, Emily Wells and Corey Maggard; three great-grandchildren, Maddox Smith, Willow Smith, and Stella Looney; two step great-grandchildren, Kennedy Sterling and Caleb Cooksey; two great-great grandchildren, Harlen and Addy Maggard; three brothers, Buddy (Gladys) Haner, Kenny (Marsha) Haner, and Bob (Carolyn) Haner all of Gallipolis, OH; two sisters, Harriett Martin of Gallipolis, OH and Josie Mowery of Springfield, OH; and a host of extended family and friends.

   The family has arranged a private graveside service with Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Jason A. Bailey officiating.

   Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Margaret Ardella Carmichael Moore

   Margaret Ardella Carmichael Moore, 93, of Bellefonte, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, following a brief illness.

   Margaret was born February 28, 1928, at Russell, Kentucky to the late Thomas E. and Alma Ethridge Carmichael.

   In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by 3 husbands, the father of her children, Thomas L. Moore in 1993, her 2nd husband, Garland Mowery in 2011 and Ray Hunt; one son, Thomas L. Moore, Jr. and four sisters, Edwina Christian, Vivian Peek, Dorothy Oxnard, and Olive McGuire.

   Margaret was a retired schoolteacher with the Greenup County School System, having worked at McKell Elementary and Greysbranch Elementary. She also owned and operated Moore’s Merryland Kindergarten and had many jobs at the family restaurant, The Outpost. She was a 2-time delegate to the Republican National Convention. She was a past president of the Greenup County Republican Women’s Club and volunteered for over 30 years at Kings Daughters and Sons Home for the Aged in Ashland.

   Survivors include 2 daughters, Carrie Vallance (Gary) of Bellefonte, Mary Lane Wise of Oak Island, NC; two sons, Michael L. Moore of Ashland and John E. Moore of Corinth, KY; daughter in law, Cindy Moore of Morehead; eight grandchildren, Ginger Sly, Damon Caskey, Tony Vallance, David A Vallance, Calvin Moore, Phillip Thomas Moore, Tanner Moore and Camiran Moore; 11 great-grandchildren, Tucker and Tillman, Connor and Caydence, Jordan, Toni, Zoe and Lylly, Kris, Claire and Callen, and great-great grandchild, Carter.

   Services will be conducted Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ by Minister Stephen Smythers. Burial will follow in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Caniff Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church.

   Online condolences may be left for the family at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

David Allen Harman II

   David Allen Harman II, 55, of Navarre, FL formerly of Ashland, KY, passed away Tuesday, May 25 at his home. 

   David Allen was born June 11, 1965 in Ashland, a son of David Allen Harman and Margaret “Peggy” Justice Harman of Ashland. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, David Austin Harman of Navarre, FL, former spouse, Elizabeth Cline Harman, brother, Dale Austin Harman (Misty), nephew Dylan Avery Harman. 

   David Allen was a 1983 Boyd County graduate and University of Kentucky Alumni. He was the president of Harman Environmental and was a passionate UK fan and avid fisherman. He was known for his love of family and humor. 

   In lieu of flowers he would like donations made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Friends and family are invited to attend a service at Preston Family Funeral Home, Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m. Friends can begin arriving at 12 p.m. Friends and family are invited to join later that day at the Flatwoods City Park in Flatwoods, KY, shelter #1 from 5-9 p.m.

 

Charles Robert Hart

   Charlie Hart, 86, of Ashland, Kentucky, died May 30.  

   Charlie was born February 2, 1935 in Ashland, a son of the late Homer and Lillian Carr Hart. He was retired from the rigger shop at AK Steel, was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, a former member of the KY National Guard, and was an avid Ashland Tomcat and UK Wildcat fan, always having his transistor radio tuned in at the right time. Charlie was known to get just as excited as the play by play announcers. 

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his loving wife, Donna J. ‘Ree’ Hart in 2008. He was also preceded by a grandson; Ryan Hart in 2003, and two sisters: Janet Jones and Jean Fraley. 

   Surviving include three sons, Jeff Hart, and fiance’ Beth, Greg Hart, and wife Tonya, and Jon Hart and Jennifer, all of Ashland;  four grandchildren: Ashley Riley, Aaron Hart, Amy Skaggs, and Jacob Hart; nine great-grandchildren; Kahlan, Kimber, Wyatt, Beckett, Molleigh, Murphy, Gavin, Garrett, and Gracen.  

   Funeral services were Thursday, June 3, by Pastor Michael York at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park.  Contributions in Charlie’s memory, may be made in lieu of flowers, to Fairview Baptist Church, 2040 Main Street W, Ashland, Kentucky 41102.

 

Joyce Lively

   Joyce Lively, age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Joyce was born and raised in Middlesex, North Carolina, and was the youngest of 5 children.

   In 1960, Joyce relocated to Ashland, where she settled to raise her family, and lived a very full life. She filled her days with music, dancing, reading, traveling, and learning to play the piano. Joyce worked as an accounts receivable analyst for Aristech Chemical until retirement, at which time she devoted her days volunteering at Hager Elementary, reading to children.

   Joyce is survived by her husband, Danny E. Lively, their two daughters Terri Lynn Cravens (Ken Cravens), and Danielle Lively, four grandchildren, Christa Lynn (James Hutton), Brooklyn Kent (Hannah Cravens), Kathryn Paige Lively (Chris Hall), and Nathan Joshua Lively, as well as three great-grandchildren, Jaxton and Colton, and Carson.

   In lieu of funeral services and in loving memory of Joyce, we ask that all who wish to participate make a donation to www.lbda.org (Lewy Body Dementia Association), The Humane Society, or any charitable organization of your choice. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

 

Paul Glenn Reliford

   Paul Glenn (Daddy Paul) Reliford, 84, of Ashland, passed away May 29, 2021. 

   Paul was born April 7, 1937 to the late Charles and June Ison Reliford. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Germaine Lemaster Reliford in 2012, sister Marlen Eckhart and a brother, Charles Reliford. 

   Paul was of Baptist faith, an Army MP During the Cold War, and was a retired Superintendent from Fairview Independent School District after 35 years of service. Paul enjoyed golfing, coaching football, was former man of the year with Elks Lodge BPOE 350, and former member of Bellefonte Country Club. 

   Surviving him are two sons, Christopher Paul Reliford (Donna) of South Carolina and Glenn Reliford (Christy) of Ashland; sister Barbara Faulconer; grandchildren Tanner, Tristan, Logan, Kendale, and Shelby Reliford, Andrew Sallie, Adam Sallie and great-grandchildren, Giovanni and Maya. 

   A memorial service was held Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Fairview Independent School System. Condolences may be offered at mfhfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

John W. Centers

   John W. Centers, 85, of Ashland, passed away Tuesday morning, June 1, 2021. 

   John was born January 27, 1936 to the late Jesse and Talitha V. Gallaher Centers. In addition to his parents John was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ann Coburn Centers in 2014 and three brothers and one sister. 

   John was a United States Navy Veteran, Retired as an electrician from CSX, enjoyed wording jigsaw puzzles, and was member of Crum Chapel Church. 

   Surviving John is one son, John Randall Centers of Somerset, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

   Gravesite rites were held for John Friday, June 4, 2021 at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens with Military Rites performed by Ceredo/Kenova American Legion Post #93. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice. Condolences may be sent to www.mfhfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.

 

Joyce Lynn Thompson

   Joyce Lynn Thompson, 61, of Greenup, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021. 

   Joyce was born December 19, 1959 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Rushianna Franklin Barber and Clayton (Lynn) Barber of Gaston, South Carolina. In addition to her mother she was also preceded in death by a brother, Tim Barber.

   Joyce was a 1978 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 44 years Dennis Thompson of Greenup, her children she loved Kevin (Jamie) Thompson of Greenup, Steven (Autumn) Thompson of Greenup, brothers Randy (Monica) Barber of Lexington, Brian (Sam) Barber of Westwood, her grandchildren she adored Kalob Thompson, Cristopher Thompson, Allison Thompson, Luke Thompson, Kadaynce Thompson, special nieces Amy Hawkins and Lori Beth Stewart, close friend Connie Hobbs, sister-in-law Donna Thompson, brother-in-law Danny (Steph) Thompson, mother-in-law Betty Thompson and a host of extended family and friends.

   Graveside services were held Monday, June 7, 2021 at the Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Pastor Edgar Nethercutt officiated.

   Those wishing to extend a condolence to the family or to share a favorite memory of Joyce may do so at www.steenfuneralhome.com

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Obituaries - May 25

 

 

Bonnie Kay Broughton

   Bonnie Kay Broughton, 71 of Ashland, KY, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

   Bonnie was born February 11, 1950 in Floyd Co, KY, to the late Tom and Doris Ann Patrick. Bonnie was the widow to her beloved husband, Bill Broughton. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and husband, was a sister, Jenny Crace; grandson, Jason Broughton II; and in-laws, Russell and Billie Jo Broughton.

   Bonnie retired from Diversicare Nursing and enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Bonnie was a member of Kenwood Baptist Church, and before falling ill, was an active volunteer in local nursing homes. Bonnie’s greatest joy in life were her children and grandkids.

   Left behind to cherish her memories is her granddaughter, caretaker and best friend, Jessica (Charles) Caudill with whom she lived.

   She will be lovingly missed by her children, Patricia Blankenship, Anna Boyd, Tommy (Robin) Broughton, Jason Broughton; grandchildren, Shelby Johnson, Larisa Blankenship, Jennifer Blankenship, Dalton Broughton, Charlee Jo Broughton, Bailey Broughton, and Carter Broughton; great grandchildren, Andrew and Molly, Jacob and Becca Jo; great-great grandson, Carson and grand-doodles Hero and Miss. Honey; siblings, Joe (Jean Ann) Patrick, Buddy (Penny) Patrick, David (Ruby) Patrick, Bill (Dolly) Patrick, Anna (Bruce) Hampton, Irma (Kenny) Evans, Dottie Young, Sally Patrick, and a host of other family and friends.

   In lieu of flowers, her family ask you make donations to Boyd County Little League.

   A graveside service was held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Dixon Cemetery with words of comfort provided by Jim Daniels.

   To share a memory of Bonnie or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Jeffrey P. Stutler

   Jeffrey Perry Stutler, 63, of Ashland, passed away Friday, May 14, 2021 at his residence surrounded by those he loved. Jeff was born February 6, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio. Jeff was preceded in death by brothers Eddie Stutler and Scott Lee Stutler, and a sister Kim Stutler Evans.

   Jeff attended Gospel Lighthouse in Ashland. He retired from Columbia Gas after 27 years of service. Before that, Jeff worked briefly with the C&O Railroad.

   He loved Tomcat football and was a “proud Tomcat fan.” He was a 1976 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and was nicknamed “Tank” by his friends and coaches. His love of football carried through to the Ashland JFL during the 80’s & 90’s as a supporter and coach to countless young boys in the Ashland area including his own children. He also loved his Alabama Crimson Tide, “Roll Tide.”

   Those left to cherish his memory include his parents Edmond and Barbara Arledge Stutler of Summit, his loving wife Sheila Blair Stutler and their daughter Jadyn Stutler of Ashland, his sons Jeffrey Perry Stutler, II and companion Rickey Carpenter of Ashland, Wesley Scott (Kelly) Stutler of Ashland, Ryan J. (Tiffany) Stutler of Ashland, their mother and best friend to Jeff, Tamra Perkins Stutler of Ashland, his grandchildren Jordan Leigh, Gavin, Tanner, Emaleigh and Laney Stutler, Molly Griffith, Amber Parks and Jacob Whaley, great grandchildren Harley and Hudson; brother Barry Stutler; sister Cindy Stutler Runyon and companion Greg Stoess and extended family and friends.

   A private memorial service will be held at Crum Chapel in Ashland. Chaplain Jimm Smedley will honor the family with words of comfort.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Community Hospice in Jeffrey’s memory at 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.

   Steen Funeral Home- Central Avenue Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To share a memory of Jeff or to express a condolence to his family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Tina Hill Johnson

   Tina Hill Johnson, 64, of Ashland, passed away Friday morning, May 22, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Tina was born July 19, 1956, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Harold Dean and Helen Harmon Hill. In addition to her parents, Tina was preceded in death by a daughter Megan Rhea Johnson and her stepmother Kathy Hill.

   Tina was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ashland. After graduating college, Tina chose a career in education teaching world history at Greenup County High School for 20 years.

   Over many years, Tina taught many rifle and majorette teams. She was an accomplished baton twirler, using that as her talent to win Miss Ashland.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her son David Maxwell Johnson of Lexington, sisters Deanna (Andrew) Ballard, Melanie (Larry) Sennett, stepsister Melissa (Jerry) Slone, the father of their children David L. Johnson of Ashland, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

   Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Larry Sivis. Burial will be in the Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon till 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tina’s memory to the Dementia Society of American at https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate

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

 

Pamela Lundy

   Pamela Jean Lundy, 66, of Ashland, passed away, Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Pam was born September 1, 1954 in Russell, a daughter of the late Daniel and Leona Douglas Price. In addition to her parents, Pam was also preceded in death by her brother Daniel Jacob Price, Jr., a sister Alice Jane York Case and her husband Jerry Lundy.

   Pam was part owner and operator of the Tackle Shack in Catlettsburg. She was a loving homemaker to her children and family, she will be deeply missed.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her longtime companion and best friend Steve Hensley of Ashland, her daughter Felicia Dawn Lundy of Ashland, her son Anthony Shawn Lundy of Pennsylvania, stepson Jerry Dwayne Lundy, brothers James David Price of Wurtland, John Thomas Price of Greenup, her grandchildren she adored Kennedy Skylar Lundy, Hunter Wyatt Browning, Dylan Lundy, Vander Lundy, Breanna Lundy, Brandon Lundy, her dearest friends Felicia Cole and Nedra Gibson, and a host of extended family and good friends.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. To express a condolence to her family or to share a memory of Pam, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Hazel Marie McCalvin

   Hazel Marie McCalvin, 87, of Ashland, formerly of Olympia, Kentucky, died peacefully, Thursday, May 20, in Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Hazel was born October 19, 1933 in Ashland, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Plina R. Ratliff Fields and the late William Fields. She was a faithful member of the First Church of God. Hazel was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her loving husband, Rev. Albert McCalvin, and two children: Barbara Sue McCalvin and Randall Dwayne McCalvin. She was also preceded by two sisters: Virginia Slone and Louella Artis, and five brothers: William Arnold Fields, Eldon Fields, John Fields, Gerald Fields, and Charles Fields. 

   Hazel is survived by three children: sons Albert Wendell McCalvin and Anthony E. McCalvin, both of Olympia, Kentucky; daughter Janet Marie (Donald) Hendricks of Ashland; grandchildren Angie Dawn McCalvin and Steven Wendell McCalvin; four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Zachary, Victoria, Gracie, and four brothers: Ralph, Ellis, Fred and Gerome Fields, and extended loving family.  

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 25, by Rev. Lowell Rice at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation is Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.

 

Ruby 'Lee' Freeman

   Ruby Elizabeth (Lee) Freeman passed away peacefully on Friday, May 14, 2021 surrounded by loving family. 

   Lee was born in Ashland, on October 14, 1946. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank Freeman and Ruby Nelson Freeman. She is survived by brother Robert Dale (Barbara Sue) Freeman, and sister Lenora (Charles) Kelly. Also surviving include nieces and nephews Leigh Ann (Billy) Conn, Rob (Nichi) Freeman, Cari (Tiffany) Freeman, Andy (Becky) Freeman, Erin Kelly, and Kayla (Tristan) Dalton. 

   Lee co-owned "The Hair Loft" where she enjoyed working as a hairstylist for over 30 years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She also loved to travel and often generously brought family and friends along for many cherished memories. Lee was a big fan of Kentucky basketball and never turned down a trip to the casino. 

   Services were held Friday, May 21 at Preston Family Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland Kentucky.

 

Maurice Hall, Jr.

 

 

  Maurice Cline Hall, Jr., 64, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021. Mr. Hall was born December 8, 1956 in Ashland, a son of Carolyn Morman Hall Moore of Ashland and the late Maurice Cline Hall, Sr.

   Maurice retired from AK Steel after 40 years of service. Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters Mindy (Michael) Rogers of Ashland, Missy Stone of Ashland, his brother Marc (Cindy) Hall of Ashland, his niece Emme Rogers and his best friend Jimmie Nibert.

   No services are planned at this time. Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Maurice’s memory to Boyd County High School Baseball, 14375 Lions Lane, Ashland, KY 41102. For those wishing to express a condolence to his family or to share a remembrance of Maurice, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Joseph Matthew Howard

   Joseph Matthew Howard, 48, of Flatwoods passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

   Matt was born May 20, 1972 in Ashland to Joe David and Shelia Dean McGlone Howard.

   He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Joe D. Howard; maternal grandparents Charles “Pete” McGlone and Virginia McGlone Stewart.

   Matt was a 1990 Fairview High School graduate and attended Morehead State University. He was employed with SuperHeat for 18 years. Matt loved fishing and camping. He was an avid University of Kentucky sports fan. He enjoyed rooting on the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals and listening to his favorite band The Grateful Dead. He also looked forward every year to attending the McGlone family reunion.

   He leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years Robin Booth Howard; his son Greyson Matthew Howard; his parents Joe David and Shelia McGlone Howard of Westwood; his paternal grandmother Loretta Howard; brother John David Howard (Heather); sisters Kelli Joell Stevenson and Lori Nicole Bone (David); his nieces and nephews Jozie Taylor, Mckensey, Madison, Micah, Harper, Rhys, Danielle, Audree, Nathaniel and Madeline; his mother-in-law Kathryn Richard Elkins; two brother-in-laws Christopher Elkins (Jessica) and James Booth (Patty) along a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Trey Parsons and Danny Goins officiating. Burial will follow in Howard Cemetery. 

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.In lieu of flowers donations in Matt’s memory, may be made to AARF 12365 Kevin Ave, Ashland, KY 41102.

 

Robert L. Hart

   Robert (Bob) L. Hart, 95, was born May 21, 1925, in Ashland. Bob passed away May 18, 2021. 

   He is survived by Barbara Irwin Hart, his loving wife of 61 years, his four children: Heather E. (Joe) Wright, R. Edward (Anne) Hart, Matthew I. (Kimberly) Hart, and Dr. Timothy S. (Karen) Hart; eight grandchildren: Amber (Jeremy) Diamond, Katherine (Blake) Rehberg, Erin (Cory), Bob, Laci, Chloe, Zach, and Abigail Hart, and his three great-grandchildren: Jack Rehberg, Davis Rehberg, and Harlow Diamond.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Jessie McKnight Lathram, father Hobart A. Hart, and first wife Leslie Lyons Hart. 

   During his life of many twists and turns he always kept a positive attitude. Most notably, he was one of the few survivors of the TWA Flight 128 in November 1967 at Greater Cincinnati Airport. He served as a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. during WWII and earned his wings as a navigator and bombardier. After the war ended, he earned an accounting degree from Marshall College. He worked as an IRS agent and as the Business Manager for the Ashland schools. He was a past member of Lions Club, Jaycees, and served on the guidance board for the construction of Paul Blazer HS. He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church and in recent years enjoyed the Ashland Senior Center. 

   In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to First United Methodist Church, Ashland Senior Center, or Community Hospice. Bob will be missed by his family and friends.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 21, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Jeff Bramel officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.

   To share a remembrance of Bob or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com

 

Gregory "Scott" Robinson

   Gregory Scott Robinson, 58, of Ashland, went home with Jesus on Thursday, May 20, 2021 while surrounded by his loving family at Community Hospice.

   He was born November 17, 1962, in Ironton, Ohio a son of the late Sherman Elihue Robinson and Thelma Jean Fraley.

   He was a 1980 graduate of Boyd County High School. Scott was a member of Second Free Will Baptist Church and loved his church family dearly. He spent many years as a Piping Designer with C & I Engineering, where he met some of his closest friends. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and traveled to many parts of the country with his bike buddies. Scott loved riding horses and being outdoors and often said that was where he felt closest to God.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Lydia Branham Robinson; daughter, Brittany (Seth) Christian; step son, Trevor (Emily) Lindsey; step daughter, Katie (Chris) Dillon; brothers, Steven (Nellie) Fraley and Dean (Teresa) Robinson; sister, Sherrie (Kevin) Meenach; special sister in law, Lisha (Lois) Branham; grandchildren, AJ Christian, Savannah and Ace Dillon, and Harper and Blake Lindsey; many nieces, nephews; and a group of very special friends who were like brothers to him.

   A celebration of Scott’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor James Lindsey. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Scott’s memory may be made to Second Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund or Community Hospice.

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

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Obituaries - June 1

 

 

Ernest Dee Dryden & Marilynn Jill Keeton Dryden 

   Master Sergeant Ernest Dee Dryden and Marilynn Jill Keeton Dryden, both 68, of Ashland, passed away as a result of a car accident May 28.

   Ernie was born August 26, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Claude Thomas and Lola Louise Searcy Dryden. He retired from the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller after 24 years of proud service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only sibling, Claudia Lee Dryden.

   Jill was born September 28, 1952 in Ironton, Ohio to the late Charles Walter and Mary Lou Tackett Keeton. In addition to her parents, Jill was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Randy” Keeton. She is survived by one brother, Gregory Keeton (Linda) of Ashland, one sister, Ginger Rardon (Carl) of Ashland, one sister-in-law, Mary Alice McGlone Keeton of Louisville.

   Ernie and Jill were faithful members of Ashland First Church of the Nazarene. They were blessed to be married 48 years are survived by sons Casey C. Dryden (Christy) of Atlanta, GA, and Matthew E. Dryden (Stacey) of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Amanda Dryden Clary (Casey) of St. Petersburg, FL; five precious grandchildren, Keeton, Chloe, Bennett and Walter Dryden and Baby Girl Clary due soon.

   A Celebration of Ernie and Jill’s Life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Caniff Funeral Home by Pastor Kevin Campbell. Military services will be conducted by Kenova American Legion Post #93 and U.S. Air Force.

   Online condolences may be left for the family at www.canifffuneralhome.com.

   In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Benevolence Fund of Ashland First Church of the Nazarene 2201 Bath Ave, Ashland, KY 41101.

 

Norman Parsons

   Norman Parsons was born in Charleston, West Virginia on February 6, 1949 to Clifford Earl and Emma Jean Fowler Parsons. He was a truck driver with JRB for many years and a self-employed businessman. 

   Norman was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church for 44 years and with his wife, saved and baptized on Christmas Day, 1977.  

   Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 53 years, Janice Robinson Parsons, and three sons, Anthony S. Parsons of Lexington, Jared A. Parsons and his wife Cristy, of Grayson, and Timothy Webb and wife Toniqua, of Ashland. Grandchildren included Abbigail (Dalton) Fowler, Isabella Boggs, Jackson Brady Parsons, Gharan Thomas, Dustan Webb, and Haydan Webb; great-grandson Rylee Blake Fowler;  sisters Linda (Steve) Dalton; Nancy (Barry) Jackson; and sister in law; Joyce (Johnnie) Hall. 

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist Church by Dr. Matt Shamblin, Bro. Steve Evans, and Bro. Tom Stevens. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation was Monday at Preston Family Funeral Home and an hour before services at the church. Contributions, in Norman’s memory, may be made to Rose Hill Christian School, 1001 Winslow Road, Ashland, Ky 41102.

 

Maude Gussler

   Maude Ann Gussler, 101, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, May 23. Maude was one of 12 children born to the late James Mason and Ola Gallaher. In addition to her parents and siblings, she was also preceded in death by husbands Chester Henry and O.L. Gussler and daughter Carol Diane Griffith.

   Maude was a lifelong Ashland resident. She was a graduate of Ashland Senior High School and a loving homemaker to her family. She formerly attended Calvary Episcopal Church and held seamstress positions at both the former Star’s and Parson’s Department Stores.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Clarice Henry (Charles) Clark of Lexington, grandchildren John Anderson, Lisa Nichols, Stephanie (Matt) Booth; great-grandchildren Brittany (Cory), Jordan (Emily), Logan; great-great grandson Jack, special niece Kelly Branham, and extended family and dear friends.

   Services were held May 27, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Maude’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. To express a condolence, visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Harold J. Donta 

   Harold J. Donta, 89, of Ashland, passed away with his family by his side Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

   Harold was born June 05, 1931, in Ashland to the late Harry Everett Donta and Bess Gillium Donta. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Shirley Ann Driver Donta; a son Harry Jay Donta; grandchildren Kelly Slone and Donald Wayne Griffith; and infant brother James Hershel Donta.

   Harold was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church. He was an accountant with ARMCO Steel where he worked until he retired. He was a former scout master and coached little league, minor league and Babe Ruth for many years. He was a past member of Poage Lodge also.

   He leaves behind three loving daughters: Beverly Slone of Ashland, Donna Griffith (Larry) of Niceville, FL and Teresa Slone (Mark) of Ashland; seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Services were held Thursday, May 27, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Pastor Jim Nichols officiating. Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Sylvia Clustine Boggs Bellamy 

   Sylvia Clustine Boggs Bellamy, 77, of Ashland, passed away Monday morning, May 24, 2021, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. 

   Sylvia was born February 8, 1944, in Blaine, Ky, a daughter of the late Delbert and Opal Edwards Boggs. In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Vernon Bellamy; sisters Inus Edwards and Bernice Stevens; brothers Ova, Ora, Janice, and Delbert Boggs, Jr; sister-in-law Linda Bellamy Reinhardt.

   Sylvia was a devout Christian. After graduating from Blaine High School, she furthered her education at Morehead State and Marshall Universities and went on to have a successful teaching career that spanned 30+ years.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her two daughters, Rhonda (Mark) Horn of Salvisa, Ky and Laura (Scott) Hall of Ashland; four grandchildren, Austin Horn, Peyton Horn, Madison Hall, and Emma Hall; two brothers, James Boggs, and Johnny Boggs; five sisters, Leona Cooper, Eva Daphine Boggs, Geraldine Thornberry, Dottie Graham, Agnes Susie Slone, and Arlene Gilliam.; sister-in-law, Margret Bellamy Vance, and a special friend, Freddie Daniels; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Buchanan Chapel Cemetery in Zelda. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sylvia’s memory to Community Hospice Care Center 2330 Pollard Rd, Ashland, KY 41101.

   To share a memory of Sylvia or to express a condolence to her family, please visit www.canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Linda Patton Stennett

   Linda Patton Stennett, 70, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021.

   She was born July 2, 1950 in Ashland, to the late Andrew J. Patton and Maxine Dean Steil Patton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Allison K. Stennett; and her loving husband of 43 years, Alan Keith Stennett.

   Linda was a 1968 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and currently worked as office manager at Kotalic Landscape. She was of the Baptist Faith and will long be remembered for her kind gentle spirit and words of encouragement.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Amanda Stennett and husband Shawn Russell of Waltham MA; brother, Randy Patton and wife, Anne; aunt, Ethel Kelley; grandson Asher Kane Russell; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Linda’s life was held Friday, May 28 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Chaplain Jimm Smedley. 

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to The Neighborhood, 2516 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101 or to Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 2061, Ashland, KY, 41105.

   To share a memory of Linda or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Anthony E."Tony" Robinette

   Anthony E. “Tony” Robinette, 56, of Ashland, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021. Tony was born December 30, 1964 to Janet Nicola Justice Robinette and the late Jack E. Robinette of Ashland. Tony was a faithful member of Hyland Heights Baptist church in Catlettsburg. He was a devoted Christian who loved fellowship and serving in all capacities for God.

   He graduated in 1987 as a proud member of the United States Military Academy and Company E, 2nd Regiment (Go Dogs). Upon graduation he began active duty as a Second Lieutenant at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Tony completed his military career as a well-loved and highly respected Captain in the Army serving as “Deputy Chief of Protocol.” 

   Upon entering the civilian world, Tony began his career with AK Steel as a manager. He then moved on as a financial advisor and broker at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He continued to advance his career throughout the course of his life working as a Financial Investment Advisor, with his favorite job being with United Brokerage Services. 

   Surviving him, in addition to his mother are his faithful and loving wife of 31 years, Lisa Dawnette Ison Robinette of Ashland, his sister, Kristi Robinette Melek, his nieces and nephews, Sarah Smith (Derek), Lauren Ison (TJ), Rachel Kehr (Johnny) and Emma Ison. Also surviving are a special cousin who was like a sister, Donna Robinette (Bugsy Pauley), special aunts Rosie Osborne and Doris Vanhoose and fur babies Daisy and Tucker.

   Funeral services were Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Hyland Heights Baptist Church with Pastors Jeff Ferguson and CJ Adkins officiating, with visitation at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland. Burial followed services in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Military Rites were by Ceredo/Kenova American Legion Post 93. 

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hyland Heights Baptist Church Bible Fund. Condolences may be offered at www.mfhfuneralhome.com.

 

Judge Kelley Roger Asbury

   Judge Kelley Roger Asbury departed this life on May 26, 2021, following a heart attack.

   Judge Asbury was born on December 9, 1940 to the late Claude and Erma Adkins Asbury. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Annabelle Young Asbury, who was the mother of his daughters; an infant daughter, Kimberly Rae Asbury, and daughter Kathy Lynn Estepp. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Claude Johnson Asbury and Lucian Franklin Asbury.

   Judge Asbury began the practice of law in Catlettsburg, Kentucky in 1963 and was appointed Judge of the Boyd Circuit Court, Division I in 1979 where he served until the year 2000. He was among the first in the Commonwealth to employ a case management system and to implement the child support guidelines in Kentucky. He enjoyed sports, square dancing and Mexican Train Dominoes.

   Judge Asbury is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Bonnie Parsons Asbury, and three adoring daughters, Cheryl Black and her husband Scott; Angela Stethen and her husband, Mike; and Susan Thornton and her husband, James.

   Also left to cherish his memory are six grandchildren who were the apple of his eye, five grandsons, Michael Jones and his wife Courtney, Mathew Stethen and his wife Jacklyn, Dylan Stethen, Andrew Black, J. T. Thornton, a granddaughter, Kirstin Bullard and her husband, Chris and one great granddaughter, Emberly Kate Stethen, a sister, Patricia Ann Adkins along with a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends .

   A private funeral will be held on June 2, 2021 at the Rose Hill Mausoleum with interment to follow in the mausoleum.

   To share a remembrance of Judge Asbury or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

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Obituaries - May 18

 

 

Brenda Lee Brown

   Brenda Lee Brown, 54, of Ashland, was born January 19, 1967 and returned to her Heavenly Father on May 7. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Brown.

   Brenda was a 1985 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and a 1989 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. A devout Christian, she was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church where she volunteered with Operation Christian Child. She was the owner of Brown Advertising Specialty Company, and in her spare time she enjoyed tennis, pickle ball, hiking and traveling.

   Brenda raised her son Cameron, with love and dedication. Caring for her son was Brenda’s passion and her commitment was always on display. She always had his best interests at heart. A fiercely loyal, dedicated, and loving woman, Brenda will be missed by her family and friends.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her adoring son, Cameron Lee Brown; mother Margaret Brown; sister, Angie (Brad) Pennington; niece and nephew Laney and Drew; special friend Tom Leach; and extended family and friends.

   A celebration of Brenda’s life was held May 15 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Brenda’s memory may be made to the Cameron Brown Go Fund Me https://gofund.me/b65be0f9 or to Evangelistic Outreach.

   To share a remembrance of Brenda or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Amanda Cloteen Yang Bugg

   Amanda Cloteen Yang Bugg, 41, of Ashland, lost her battle with cancer on May 8, 2021. She was born in Huntington, WV on June 25, 1979 to Randall Yang and Vonda Johnson McGinnis. She was of the Methodist faith and was a homemaker.

   In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband Christopher Bugg of Ashland; daughter Bella Grace Bugg of Ashland; brother Justin Yang and wife Michel of Lexington,  nephew Alden and niece Lily whom she adored, Aunt Sandy (Jim) Taylor, Uncle Vigor (Dorothy) Yang and several beloved cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel and were officiated by Pastor Roger Wireman. Burial followed in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Jennie Lynn Lowder

   Jennie Lynn Lowder, 75, of Ashland, died May 13 at Community Care Hospice Center in Ashland. 

   Jennie was born April 13, 1942 in Catlettsburg, a daughter of the late Clarence and Goldie Weltha Nolan. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers: Terry Barker and James Nolan. 

   Surviving include a daughter, Leona Cabrera of Sonoma, California; brothers Milton Barker and Danny (Mary) Barker; sisters Barbara Nolan and Rita (Steven) Andrieux; four grandchildren: Javier Cabrera Jr, Jeremy Cabrera, Justin Cabrera, and Stephanie Archundia, and great-grandchild Devolin Cabrera. 

   Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Betty Lou Brown

   Betty Lou Brown, 85, of Ashland, passed away at U.K. Medical Center on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

   She was born February 21, 1936, in Wilson, North Carolina to the late Lonny and Mattie Turner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son Daniel Terry; granddaughter, Amber Terry; a brother and three sisters. 

   Betty was a member of South Ashland United Methodist Church and was a loving and devoted homemaker.

   Survivors include her loving husband, Edgar Marion Brown; son, Michael (Doris) Terry; a brother, Robert (Bernice) Turner; stepdaughters, Sherry (Avery) Keelin, April (Anthony) Stati and Marina Brown; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   The funeral will be begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Rev. Keith Katterheinrich officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

   To share a memory of Betty or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Margaret Ann Sturgill

   Margaret Sturgill, 82, of Ashland, Kentucky, wife of John Mason Sturgill, died May 13 in Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Margaret was born September 10, 1938 in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Oliver Wendell and Lake Erie Blair Shockey.  She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers and three sisters.  

   Surviving, in addition to her husband, include two sons: Mason (Joy) Sturgill of Parkersburg, WVa, and John Alexander Sturgill of Oldsmar, Florida; two daughters: Johnda (Ray) Ribble of Oldsmar, Florida, and Jill Lee Pollard of Oldsmar, Florida; grandchildren Stephanie Sturgill, Galen (Josefina) Ribble, and Logan Ribble; great-grandchildren Makayla, Samantha, Aidan, Liam and Owen. 

   Services were Monday, May 17 at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel by Pastor Scott Wight. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Sharon Elaine Walters Queen 

   Sharon Elaine Walters Queen, 68, of Westwood passed away with her family by her side Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

   Sharon was born August 27, 1952 in Cabell County, West Virginia to the late George Raymond and Joy Montgomery Walters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebekah Jo Queen in 2010.

   Sharon was a 1970 graduate of Fairview High School, and a graduate of Ashland Vocational School where she earned an associate degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1981. She would go on to work at several nursing homes and retired from Kingsbrook Life Care Center in 2016. She was a former Boy Scout den mother and Girl Scout troop leader. Sharon loved to travel and crochet, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

   She leaves behind her loving husband of over 50 years, David Keith Queen; one son, Dakota Jonathan Queen, of Westwood; two daughters, Paula Rae Slavens (Chad) and Trista Shea Tackett (Matthew) both of Westwood; three brothers, Steven Walters (Ann) and John Walters (Naomi) both of Greenup and Michael Walters (Benita) of South Shore; one brother-in-law, John Queen (Gail); six grandchildren Steven Casey Smith, Lonnie David Smith, Caleb Allen Slavens, Natalie Jade Tackett, Marista Noelle Tackett and Conlin Bryant Slavens; several nieces and nephews, along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Friday, May 14, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Pastor Michael York officiating. Burial followed at Dixon Cemetery in Westwood. 

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue Ashland, KY 41101.

 

Jean Ann Fulks Cooksey 

   Jean Ann Fulks Cooksey, 84 of Westwood, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

   Jean Ann was born February 19, 1937, in Logan, West Virginia to the late Dallas and Nell Gallagher Fulks.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Bill and Jim Fulks, and sister Wanda Howard.

   Jean Ann was a 1955 graduate of Russell High School, where she met the love of her life, and married Rex. She was a lifelong member of Raceland First Assembly of God where she played piano and met lifelong friends. Her favorite activity was sitting on her front porch enjoying a cup of coffee and her flowers. Above everything, Jean loved her family and devoted herself to taking care of them.

   She leaves behind her loving husband of 66 years, Rex F. Cooksey; two sons Rex David Cooksey (Lisa) and Kevin Cooksey, both of Westwood; one daughter, Kelly White (Russ) of Richmond; six grandchildren, Derek Cooksey, Brett Cooksey, Brooke Knipp (Ryan), Allyson Engle (Tyler), Meredith Floyd (Jon), and Landon White; nine great-grandchildren, Kaleb Ryan Cooksey, Leah Knipp, Jonah Knipp, Norah Engle, Ella Engle, Olivia Engle, Gareth Floyd, Delaney Floyd and Teagan Floyd; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Private services were held Thursday with her nephew, Dallas McCoy, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Larry David Watts

   Larry David Watts, 68, was born November 21, 1952, in Floyd County, Kentucky and went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   His parents, Richard A. Watts, Sr. and Annie Laura Dixon Watts as well as a brother, Richard A. Watts, Jr. preceded him in death.

   Larry served honorably in the United States Navy.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Jo Carol Houston Watts; sisters, Wanda Gibbs and Ruth Yvonne Watts; stepsons, Wendell Adams, Jr., Jason Lawrence Brown, Paul Dartanian Brown, Demetrius Adams; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel.

   To share a remembrance of Larry or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Billy Wayne Bocook

   Billy Bocook, 79, of Westwood, husband of Josie Whitt Bocook, died Monday afternoon, May 10. 

   Billy was born January 2, 1942 in Ashland, a son of the late Russell and Ethel Helton Bocook. He was a former employee with Canteen Services. Bill was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by two brothers, Tom Bocook and Jerry Bocook, and two sisters, Patricia Hudzinski and Sandra Stevens. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include a son, Thomas Bocook of Westwood; two daughters, Billie Stanley of Westwood, and Amanda (Billy) Fry of Westwood; two brothers, Eugene Bocook of Ashland, and Lonnie (Joan) Bocook of Fairborn, Ohio; sisters Diane (Randall) Blevins of Ashland, and Ethel (Lonnie) Castle of Dearborn, Michigan; grandchildren Chaise Stanley, Kyle Stanley, Kaleb Fry, and Kameron Fry; and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were Friday, May 14 at Preston Family Funeral Home with Pastor Lonnie Bocook.

 

Ruby Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Freeman

   Ruby ‘Lee’ Freeman, 74, of Westwood, Kentucky, died Friday afternoon, May 14, at KDMC. 

   Lee was born October 14, 1946 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Frank and Ruby Freeman. Lee was co-owner of “The Hair Loft” where she was a hairdresser until she retired. 

   She is survived by a brother, Robert Dale Freeman and wife Sue of Sarasota, Florida; sister Lenora Kelly, and husband Charles, of Chillicothe, Ohio. Also surviving include nieces and nephews Leigh Ann Freeman Conn, Robert Dale Freeman, Jr., Cari Freeman, Andy Freeman, Erin Kelly, and Kayla Kelly Dalton. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Jack Michael “Mikey” Copley 

   Jack Michael “Mikey” Copley, 61, of Independence, Kentucky passed away peacefully Friday, May 7, 2021.

   Mikey was born May 20, 1959 in Ashland to the late Jack and Anna Mary Gamble Copley.

   Mikey loved anything to do with the Cincinnati Reds and was an avid University of Kentucky Wildcats Fan. He enjoyed spending time working crossword puzzles and Jigsaw puzzles. Above everything he loved spending time with his family.

   He leaves behind two sisters: Cheri Caudill of Florence and Lori Shaw (James) of Independence; nephews James Yates (Amy Lafferty), James A. Shaw (Britni), Chandler Caudill and Austin Shaw; nieces Courtney Tucker, Alicia Yates and Kaitlyn Shaw; great-nephews Xander Shaw, Easton Shaw and Matthew Troy; great-niece Laycee Shaw; along with a host of extended family friends.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating. Entombment followed at Rose Hill Burial Park. 

   Condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

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