Obituaries - May 11

 

 

Phyllis Lewis Profitt 

   Phyllis Lewis Profitt, 85, of Westwood, passed away peacefully, May 5, 2021.

   Phyllis was born December 2, 1935, to the late Foraker and Elma Parker Lewis and was a lifelong resident of Westwood.

   The eldest of six children, two of which are still living, Charles Lewis and Kay Manning, Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Earl Profitt, Jr., brothers Foraker Lewis, Jr., Harold Lewis, and James Lewis.

   Surviving is son David E. (Pamela) Profitt; grandchildren David L. (Leanna) and Lesley-Anne Pennington (Lance), and three great-grandsons: Miles, Lincoln and Fischer. 

   To those of her generation, Phyllis and husband, Earl, will always be remembered for their years of owning the Dollhouse Restaurant in Westwood in the 1950s and 60s. Providing a safe haven primarily for teenagers, the Dollhouse offered a unique variety of entertainment, pinball machines, shuffleboard, a jukebox, dancing, and miniature golf. 

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 11 at Caniff Funeral Home, Westwood, with Brad Profitt officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m, Tuesday, prior to service. Burial will follow service at Dixon Cemetery, Westwood.

 

Charles G. Grant

   Charles G. Grant, 83, of Sebring, FL., formerly of Ironton, OH, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday May 1, 2021 in Lake Wales, FL. Charlie was born June 2, 1937 in Huntington, WV, a son of the late Ira and Velva Jewel Washington Grant. In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years Betty Grant, a son Ron Grant, a son-in-law Steve Davidson, brothers Clay Grant, Jr, Paul Grant, Tom Grant, sisters Joyce Chaney, Doris McDaniel and Betty Gillespie.

   Charlie owned and operated various Giovanni’s Pizza Restaurants. He attended Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Sebring and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Ironton. Charlie was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. He loved to play cards and dominos. He served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps. Those who knew Charlie will forever remember how he loved to pray and his powerful testimony, he surely will be missed by many.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his children Gary Grant of Boynton Beach, FL, David (Debbie) Grant of Ironton, Chuck Grant of Kings Mountain, KY, daughters Lynne (Art) Shea of Surprise, AZ, Laura Grant Davidson of Ashland, Lisa (Rob) Richardson of Lexington, his wife Sherolyn Daniels Grant of Sebring and her children Barry Daniels, Frank Daniels, Deana Probisco, his brother Jack Grant, his sisters Nancy Lemaster, Charlotte Roach, Judy Clatworthy, Marian Harrah, Sharon McCaw, 12 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a host of extended family and good friends.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel by Pastor Matt O’Bryant. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, WV, with full military honors by members of the American Legion Post 93 and the United States Marine Corps.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Charlie’s memory to a Hospice organization of choice.

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

 

Kathy Barnett

   Kathy Ann Barnett, 65, of Ashland, was born on March 10, 1956 and returned to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Her parents, Herbert and Maxine Stewart White as well as brother Curtis White, preceded her in death.

   Kathy was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church. She spent her life in dedication to her family. Her favorite memories were of the many family get togethers for holidays and events. Kathy was a great wife, mother, sister, and grandmother to her family.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 43 years, Danny Barnett of Ashland; sons, Danny Barnett, II, of West Palm Beach, FL, and Aaron (Misty) Barnett of Ashland; daughter, Nina Crum of Ashland; brothers, Timothy White, Wendell White and Jeff White; sister, Linda Jarvis; grandchildren, Shelbi, Andrew, Ema, Troy, and Tristan Barnett; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor Tom Leach. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Following the burial on Tuesday, there will be a Celebration of Kathy’s life at Wildwood Baptist Church, 3414 Charles Street, Ashland, KY, 41102.

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

 

Terri Lynn Brewer

   Terri Lynn Brewer, 59, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones.

   Ms. Brewer was born on July 9, 1961, in Russell, to Sonja Chaffin Brewer of Flatwoods, and the late Charles Armco Brewer. In addition to her father, Ms. Brewer was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Anthony Brewer.

   Terri worked in the food industry for years. She was employed at Russell Primary School as a cook as well as FoodFair and Giovanni’s Pizza. Terri enjoyed crafts and loved collecting carousels. She attended Shawnee Church of God in Flatwoods.

   In addition to her parents, Ms. Brewer is survived by her two loving daughters, Samantha Jane Howell and Sarah Lynn Howell, both of Flatwoods, and their father, David Samuel Howell of Westwood; a brother, Charles “Greg” (Ruth Ann) Brewer of Flatwoods; and sister Kathy (Gary) Dyer Wenneker of Ohio.

   A funeral service was held Monday, May 10, 2021, at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor James Stamper officiating. Condolences can be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

Christopher Nelson Brewer 

   Christopher Nelson Brewer, 26, of Westwood passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021.

   Chris was born January 19, 1995 in Ashland to Jeff Nelson Brewer and Sherry Lynn Jenkins Brewer.

   Chris was a 2013 graduate of Fairview High School. At Fairview, he excelled at football and was a member of the 2012 state runner up football team. He was one of the all-time rushers in school history, having rushed more than 4,200 yards. He was a member of the 2012 All-State team, All-Region and All-Area teams both in defense and offense. He loved to draw, play video games and was also a talented musician and could play any instrument he picked up. He even wrote songs with his best friend, David LaReau. 

   He was preceded in death by grandparents Carolyn Jenkins and Don and Carol Brewer and a son, Bentley Nelson Brewer.

   He leaves behind his parents, Jeff Nelson Brewer of Greenup and Sherry Lynn Jenkins Brewer of Westwood; daughter Serenity Rainn Brewer; and brothers Jeffrey Brewer and Travis Scarberry.

   Funeral services were May 7 at Caniff Funeral Home. Burial followed at Brewer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions in Chris’ memory may be made to Caniff Funeral Home 528 Wheatley Road, Ashland, KY 41101 or online at canifffuneralhome.com. to help defray the cost of the funeral expenses.

 

Katherine Marie Collins

   Katherine Collins, 61, of Ashland, wife of Gale Collins, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 5. 

   Katherine was born December 28, 1959 in Ashtabula, Ohio, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Arlene Fenton Hughart. She was a member of Clyffeside Worship in Ashland and dearly loved her church family. 

   Katherine was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother, Donald Hughart, Sr., and sisters Janet Coy and Florence ‘Cookie’ Cedoz.  Surviving, in addition to her husband, include a daughter, Elizabeth (Dee Jay) Hicks of Ashland; stepson Jeff (Barbara) Hopkins of Hiram, Ohio; brother Lloyd ‘Junie’ Hughart of Ohio; three grandchildren and a great grandchild. 

   Funeral services were Monday, May 10 at Preston Family Funeral Home by Rev. Dwayne Young. 

 

Norman Carl Eggleston

   Norman “Norm” Eggleston, 83, of Ashland, KY, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, May 5. 

   Norm is survived by his wife Carolyn of 64 years, daughter Gina Dickens, daughter Kelly (Chuck) Bustetter, son Todd (Julie) Eggleston, and daughter Jaime (Bradley) Daugherty, grandchildren Lee, Malina, Alivia, Max and Reese, and great grandchildren Liam, Nora and Mila. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith and Alvin Eggleston, his twin brother Eugene and brother Robert Mascal, and his infant daughter, Kimberly Ann. 

   Norm was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1957-1963. He spent the majority of his professional career with Owens Brockway Illinois. Norm loved golf and spent his “retirement” working as a greenskeeper on the golf course at The Oaks in Ashland. Norm loved the outdoors and he shared that love with his children and grandchildren.He liked to fish but he loved to hunt and the only thing that made him happier than taking a buck was when his son, sons in law or grandson got to take one. 

   Funeral services were at Preston Family Funeral Home on Sunday, May 9. Memorial donations may be made to the National Military Family Association, 2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

 

James "Bud" Lemaster

   James “Bud” Lemaster, 75, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021. Bud was born December 10, 1945 in Louisa, son of the late Ben and Irene Caudill Lemaster. In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his sister Elaine Messer, brother Ben Donald Lemaster and stepson Steve Vanhorn.

   Bud worked at the Nickel Plant before a long career as a lineman. He worked for Hinkle & McCoy, H&H Communications of Somerset and GTE, Alltel and Verizon. Bud attended Catlettsburg South Side Nazarene Church.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 44 years Hope Jacobs Lemaster, his daughter Amanda (Jeremy Baldridge) Lemaster and son Eli of Ashland, his son Billy Joe (Katelyn) Jacobs of Ashland, a stepdaughter Brenda Webb of Catlettsburg, brothers Harold (Pat) Lemaster, Dewey (Karen) Lemaster, sisters Benetta Pack, Phyllis (the late Bill) Sturgill, grandson Mason James Lemaster and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

   Funeral services were held May 6, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel by Brad Salyers. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. To share a memory of Bud or to express a condolence to his family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Brian Ray Thompson

   Brian Thompson, 56, of Ashland, formerly of Westwood, died Thursday, May 6, at his home. 

   Brian was born November 4, 1964 in Ashland, a son of the late Elmer and Wilma Ritchie Thompson.  He was a construction laborer and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting. 

   Brian was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by siblings Wayne Thompson and Rhonda Copley. He is survived by two sisters: Kathy Gilbert and Marilyn Lucas. 

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

 

Bobby Slone

   Bobby Gordon Slone, 80, formerly of Ashland, currently residing in Palm Bay, Florida, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 27th in the VITAs Hospice House. Bob was born October 27, 1940 to the late Benjamin “Frank” Slone and Rosie Middleton Slone.

   Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carole Ann Slone. Surviving are his two sons, Robert (Kasey) Slone of Florida and Michael (Deanna) Slone of Georgia. Grandchildren: Erin (FL), Brooke (FL) and Chase Slone (GA.) Great Grandchildren: Colton and Laila; and Sister, Phyllis Jean Armstrong of Ashland. Bob spent his career working as a Crane Operator for Armco Steel and was an avid sports fan.

   Funeral Services were held Friday, May 7, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Entombment followed in Ashland Cemetery.

   To share a condolence with the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Marty Andrew Rogers

   On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Marty Andrew Rogers, of Ashland, loving father, son and brother passed away at the age of 41.

   He was born October 16, 1979, in Revenna, Ohio a son of Leneva Spears Rogers of South Point, Ohio and the late Wallace Carl Rogers.

   Marty was a “jack of all trades” and was involved in many different occupations. His life and love of sports was known by everyone. He especially enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Stealers, Cincinnati Reds, UK Basketball and Ashland youth sports. His greatest pride were his children. He loved nothing more than spending time with them.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his three children, Shelbi Barnett, Andrew Barnett and Emaleigh Barnett; his mother, Leneva Rogers; siblings, Matthew Rogers, Michael Rogers, Mark Rogers and Michelle Rogers.

   A celebration of Marty’s life will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Wildwood Baptist Church, 3414 Charles Street, Ashland, KY, 41102. To express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Wanda Jean Maynard

   Wanda Jean Maynard, 93, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Friday morning, May 7, at Woodland Oaks while under hospice care. 

   Wanda was born July 16, 1927 in Ironton, Ohio, a daughter of the late Burlin and Cleo Smith Oney.  She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband; Norwood Maynard; daughter Elizabeth Nealis; and son William Maynard. Surviving include son Robert Maynard of Chesapeake, Ohio.

   A private burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

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Obituaries - April 27

 

 

Dairus "Butch" Stewart

   Dairus “Butch” Stewart, 77, born to the late Leda and Harold Gauze passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his residence.

   He is survived by his faithful and loving wife Edna; children, Jimmy Stewart (Edna Meadows), Terri Prince, Daphne Sanders and special son in law, Brandon Sanders; three grandchildren, Mandi Hamm, Rikki Picklesimer and Brooke Prince; seven great grandchildren, and a host of friends.

   At his request, no service or visitation will be held.

   Butch was a longtime Ashland Moose Member. In his final days, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior who lovingly welcomed him home.

   Psalm 31:14 (But I Trust In You, O’Lord; I Say, “You Are My God.”)

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

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

 

Bertha May Boyd Howard

   Bertha Mae Boyd Howard, 93, of Ashland, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   She was born March 29, 1928, in Boyd County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Ernest and Fannie Miller Boyd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Cecil Howard, Sr.; daughter, Paula Howard Hill; son, Claude Cecil Howard, Jr.; sister, Loretta Nelson; and brothers, Marshall Boyd, Curtis Boyd and Charles Boyd.

   Bertha worked for many years at King’s Daughters Medical Center and Elmwood Village.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Pat Baldridge, Lottie (Randy) Wallace, Kenneth (Rhonda) Howard, Tim (Pam) Howard and Ed (Angie) Howard; a granddaughter she raised, Sabrina Stone; a great-granddaughter she raised, Savannah (Chris) Nunley; daughter in law, Rebecca Howard; sister, Ernestine Boyd Berner; 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were Monday, April 26, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Pastor Trey Parsons officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.

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

 

Paul Wamsley

   Paul Carlton Wamsley, 83, of Ashland, passed away at Oakmont Manor on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

   He was born April 23, 1937, in Ashland, a son of the late William Oliver and Lila Ellis Wamsley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine siblings, Clarence, William, Elwood, Raymond, Robert, Ruth, Hazel, Betty and Mary.

   Paul retired following a long career with Armco Steel and served honorably in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed sports and spent many years coaching Little League, Babe Ruth and Stan Musial Baseball. He was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds and UK Basketball. Paul was a devoted family man and often worked midnight shifts so he could attend activities of his children and grandchildren.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Bonnie Lee Stevens Wamsley; two sons, Herb (Anita) Wamsley and Scott (Denise) Wamsley; sister, Anna Mae (Bob) Fugett; grandchildren, Scott (Christina) Wamsley, Jr., Jennifer (Travis) Lewis, Dylan (Amy Elswick) Wamsley, Taylor Eden, Kyle (Kristy) Puckett, Andy Puckett, C.J. (Sarah) Wamsley, Catie (Steven) Hunt; and 10 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. April 27, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from Noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

   Paul was very generous and believed in helping others in need. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shelter of Hope, 2944 Winchester Ave, Ashland, KY, 41101.

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

 

Victor Lee Kersey

   Victor Lee Kersey, 66 years old, died peacefully at home in Ashland KY on Friday April 16, 2021. Victor was born December 14, 1954 to the late Virgil and Jacqueline White Kersey. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jamie McKenzie Kersey, two sons Justin Kersey (Dorinda Drake) and Victor R. Kersey, daughter Christy L. Meade (Matthew Davis) two grandsons, Grant Kersey and Jackson Davis, brother Allen Kersey (Carolyn Kersey) and sister Wanda Kersey.

   Vic graduated from Marshall University and retired as Director of Technology at Valvoline Inc. after 41 years of service. Vic loved his job and co-workers and considered many as part of his extended family. Additionally, he was very proud of his thirteen years as firearms instructor and patrolman for both the Boyd County Sheriffs and Police departments. Jamie would ask, what are your weekend plans? He would respond with, “protecting the peace and dignity of the commonwealth.”

   Vic had a passion for all things outdoors, that included a variety of competitive shooting sports. His proficiency in these areas brought an assortment of accolades and awards. Mr. Kersey enjoyed his retirement years to the fullest that were occupied with hunting, bass fishing and travel with family. Vic was a friend of many, and frequently made contributions to the community.

   Arrangements will be held at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel (1501 Central Avenue Ashland). Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 11 a.m.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Vic’s memory may be made to Shop with a Cop F.O.P #3, P.O. Box 27, Ashland, KY, 41105; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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

   Vic will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

Jane Ann Hale Smith

   Jane Ann Hale Smith, 89, of Greenup, KY, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021, at Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wurtland, surrounded by her loved ones.

   Mrs. Smith was born on July 30, 1931, in Burlington, OH, to the late James A. and Ada Margaret Walker Hale.

   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert L. Smith; two granddaughters, Trina May Smith and Brittany Nicholson; a great-grandson, Elisha O’Ryan Smith; and her three brothers: John, Thomas, and William Hale.

   Jane Ann was a retired housekeeper for Knights Inn and a long-time member of the Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle. She was a Sunday School Teacher for the primary class for over 30 years. She loved to read and her interests were peaked by various subjects. She was a very giving and compassionate person who was loved by many.

   Jane Ann is survived by her two sons, Rev. Jeffery E. (Donna) Smith and Steven R. (Deanna) Smith both of Greenup; a daughter, Stephanie L (Russ) Thompson of Cannonsburg; six grandchildren, Tiffany (Michael Sheron of Lexington, Jennifer Smith of Russell, Mariah (Kevin) King of Milwaukee, WI, Joshua (Rosalee) Smith of Flatwoods, Valerie Lewis of Greenup, and Tabitha Mullins of Greenup; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary E. Cordle of Flatwoods; and a host of extended family and friends.

   A funeral service was held Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle with Pastor Lloyd L. Bailey officiating. Burial followed at Rosehill Burial Park in Ashland. 

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be to Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle (P.O. Box 163, Flatwoods, KY 41139). 

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

 

Sherri Sparks

   Sherri Lynn Sparks, 60, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, died Friday, April 16, at Kings Daughters Medical Center.  

   Sherri was born November 6, 1960 in Ashland, a daughter of the late Cecil and Helen Sparks.  

   She is survived by a sister, Elaine York of Catlettsburg, and a brother Cecil Sparks of Ashland. 

   Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Robin Lynn Broughton

   Robin Lynn Broughton, 56, of Ashland, returned to her heavenly home on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Community Hospice.

   She was born October 28, 1964, in Ashland, Kentucky, to Sally Morrow Broughton of Ashland, and the late Roger Broughton. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Christopher Jaros.

   Robin was a lifelong member of Wildwood Baptist Church and was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. She enjoyed bowling, shopping and traveling. She loved dolphins and had the opportunity to swim with Hope the dolphin during a Make A Wish trip to Florida. Robin brought light, happiness, laughter and most of all unconditional love to all she met.

   In addition to her mother, those left to cherish her memory include two brothers, Ronald Gene Broughton and wife, Deborah of Ashland, and Roger Allen Broughton and wife, Irene of St. Croix. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, along with several nieces, nephews and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Robin’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with words of comfort provided by Pastor Jim Nichols and Pastor Tom Leach. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

   For those who wish, live streaming of the service will be available by clicking the link on Robin’s tribute at steenfuneralhome.com. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

   Contributions in Robin’s memory may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101.

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

 

Michael Wayne Bocook

   Mike Bocook, 55, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Friday, April 16, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Mike was born July 12, 1965 in Ashland, a son of the late Cecil Bocook and Johanna Lemaster Bocook of Ashland. 

   Mike was of the Christian faith, enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle and hanging out with his buddies at Jolly Pirate Doughnut Shop. He enjoyed fishing and special time with his family. 

   Surviving, in addition to his mother, include Carrie Bocook; son Michael Bocook and wife Bo, of South Shore; four daughters: Candace Kozee of Leslie County; Courtney Hall of Greenup; Cayla Bocook of South Point, Ohio; Courtney Cox of London, Ohio; two bonus children: Misty Lacy of South Shore, and T.J. Moore of Ashland; brother Allen Bocook and wife Robin of Ashland;  seven grandchildren: Bella Kozee, Alex Hubbard, Addison Hall, Cayson Moore, Cayleeona Haddox, Jayce Bocook, and Kennedy Bocook.  

   Funeral services were Thursday, April 22 at Preston Family Funeral Home by Pastor Kevin Fraley. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery. 

 

Palestine Moore Horn

   Palestine Moore Horn, 88, of Flatwoods, formerly of Prestonsburg, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Mrs. Horn was born April 10, 1933 in McDowell, KY, (Floyd County), a daughter of the late John Moore and Rilda Lambert Moore Mosley.

   Mrs. Horn was an Assistant Manager of the Food City Grocery in Prestonsburg for many years. She was a member of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Order of the Eastern Star, Adah Chapter #24, Prestonsburg, KY. She was also a member of the Bridges Christian Church in Russell.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Deanna Robinson and husband Michael of Ashland, a sister Delma Hambrick of Waverly, OH, and her granddaughter she adored Kathryn Anne Robinson of Cincinnati, OH.

   A private memorial service will be held Wednesday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, KY.

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

   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mrs. Horn’s memory to her church, Bridges Christian Church, 1402 Kenwood Drive, Russell, KY 41169.

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

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Obituaries - April 13

 

 

Vicki Legg

   Vicki Kay Legg, 78, of Catlettsburg, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021, at her residence.

   She was born September 11, 1942, in Washington, DC, to the late Manna Lucas. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, C. Dale Legg in 2008.

   Vicki retired following a 17-year career with Ashland Oil and was the former owner and operator of Spare Time Ceramic Shop. She attended England Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Catlettsburg KY.

Vicki was a member of Diamond Art Club. She loved being outdoors. She enjoyed camping, mowing grass and planting flowers.

   Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Kimberly Woodard of Kenova, W.Va., Deann Carr and husband Chris of Austin, Ark., and Heather Legg (Tracey Thompson) of Summit; half-brother, Kent Sheets; grandchildren, Robert Boggs, Michael Carr, and Jessica Carr (Cliff); great grandchildren, Kaydin Legg, Tristan Carr, and Charlotte Carr; special friend, Dana Hicks and a crazy cousin, Janie.

   Funeral Services were Friday April 9, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Pastor Willie May officiating. Burial followed in the Milton Cemetery in Milton, W.Va.

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

 

Paul P. Williams

   Paul Preston Williams, 96, of Ashland, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 surrounded by those he loved.

   Paul was born January 18, 1925 in Flat Gap, KY., a son of the late Dewey and Numa Hitchcock Williams. In addition to his parents, Paul was also preceded in death by a sister Lorrain Baldridge.

   Paul’s mother died when he was just a toddler. He lived most of his younger years with his grandparents Caleb and Abbie Gail Hitchcock on their farm. Paul often reminisced about his wonderful grandmother “maw” and of his farm life memories.

   After finishing high school, Paul took a job as a Locomotive Fireman on a steam engine in 1944. He then passed his promotion to Locomotive engineer in 1947 with the C&O Railroad and retired with CSX in October 1985. While in high school he served with the ROTC. Paul was also a mason of the Poage Masonic Lodge #325, F&AM and the York Rite Bodies in Ashland. He later joined the El Hasa Shriners (Patrol). Paul often spoke of many things but always said that when he became a Christian that was the best life of all. He was able to tour the Holy Land of Israel many times and several other countries.

   Paul was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church and volunteered at KDMC for over 25 years.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters Diana Ruth Whitt and husband Michael of Russell, Paula Sue Clifton of Paris, KY, his brother Charles Williams and wife Pam of Paintsville, his sister Loretta Conley (the late Charles) of Ashland, his grandchildren Abbie Jayne Whitt, Sean (Rebecca) Whitt, Allison Clifton, Andrea Tracy, Angela Clifton, Marvin Clifton III, James (Bree) Clifton, ten great grandchildren, family friend Anna Harris and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

   Funeral services were April 12 at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Dr. Robert Parsons. Burial is in the family plot of Johnson County Memorial Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. To share a memory of Paul or to express a condolence, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com

 

Susan Elaine Abshire Click

   Susan Elaine Abshire Click passed to her heavenly home on Thursday, April 8 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky after an extended illness. 

   She was born in Montgomery, WV, July 6, 1953, a daughter of the late Johnny and Messel Spangler Abshire. 

  Susan was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a brother, John Terry Abshire, and nephew Scott Rankin. 

   She leaves behind her children: Kristen Click Sanders; Kelli Click (Jason) Aliff; and Patrick (Ashley) Cochran; grandchildren: Olivia Sanders, Grant Sanders, Landon Aliff, Corey Cochran and Emily Cochran; sisters Peggy Rankin and Ginger (Jerry) Clark; brothers Christopher Abshire and Mark (Donia) Abshire; and nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts. Susan also has a host of close friends.

   She was a 1971 graduate of Boyd County High School and a former employee of Ashland Petroleum and RAM Technologies. Susan retired from Ashland Fabricating. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and was a longtime Christian.  

   Funeral services were Monday, April 12 by Pastor Michael York. Pallbearers were Steve Ward, Randy McDowell, Brian Mattingly, Danny Hammond, David Clark, Steve Rankin, John Bills, and John Withrow. 

   In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Susan’s memory to Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

James W. Lyon, Sr. 

   James W. Lyon, Sr. was born September 17, 1931 and went to eternal rest on April 10, 2021.

   Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years, Jean, two sons, James Lyon Jr. and his wife Beverly and Dr. Ben Lyon and wife Tracee. He also leaves five grandchildren, Andy Lyon and wife Shelby, Mitch Lyon, Claire Lyon, Jenna Ward and husband Palmer, and Grace Lyon, a sister-in-law, Pat Frese and brother-in-law, Ron Foster.

   Jim was born without arms and with only one leg. His life was not defined by his disability but by what he did in spite of it.

   Jim was raised in Raceland by his mother, Valla and father, Benjamin Lyon. He had two loving brothers, Dr. Paul Lyon and Earl “Buck” Lyon, both deceased.

   Jim graduated as salutatorian from Raceland High School in 1949 and went on to the University of Kentucky to acquire his law degree. Upon graduation, he started his practice in Raceland, soon moving his office to Greenup.

   Upon moving his office to Greenup, a young lady from the office of the County Clerk, Jean, became his secretary. They later married in 1960.

   During the 23 years in his law practice, he was known for a quick courtroom wit and persuasive way of speaking. He loved the people he represented and the communities he served. Aside from his law practice, he also served as Master Commissioner of the Greenup Circuit Court for 18 years and as Probation and Parole Officer for 20 years. In addition, he served two terms in the Kentucky Legislature.

   In 1978 he was elected as the first District Judge to serve Greenup and Lewis County. He later fulfilled his dream and was elected as Circuit Judge in 1983 and a second term in 1991. He retired in 1994 as Circuit Judge.

   Aside from his professional work, Jim enjoyed being active in many community organizations and causes. He was a charter member of the Raceland Lions Club. He was past president of the Greenup County Easter Seal Society and Greenup County Chapter of the American Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors of OLBH. He was active in the El Hasa Shrine and in the Greenup Masonic Lodge. He was past president of the Greenup County Bar Association. He was also Past President of the Raceland Little League and the Russell Jr Football League, as well as the Russell High School Band Parents Association.

   Although Jim never considered himself disabled, in 1990 he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities. He was also inducted into the Russell High School Hall of Fame in 2012.

   Jim’s family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses and caregivers who have preserved and enriched his life. His was an example of a life well lived, enhanced by his family and friends who loved him.

   The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic prevents what would normally be a great time of gathering and fellowship. The family would like to thank you for the outpouring of love and support. In lieu of flowers, they request donations to the charity of your choice in honor of Jim.

   Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Masonic Services will be conducted by officers and members of Greenup Masonic Lodge at 1 p.m. Scottish Rite Services will he held at 1:15 by officers and members of Ashland-Russell Scottish Rite Club. Funeral services will follow.

   Services have been entrusted to Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood.

 

Sherman Ray Owens

   Sherman Ray Owens, 73, of Ashland, Kentucky, husband of Gaile Williams Owens, died peacefully Friday morning, April 9, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Sherman was born January 24, 1948 in Morehead, a son of the late Melvin and Beulah Gregory Owens. He was a retired Operator out of Local 181 from the Marathon Refinery in Catlettsburg. He was a member of the Ashland Moose Lodge 892, former member of the Brothers of the Wheel, and past president of the Kentucky Bikers Association Northeast Chapter. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include a son, Anthony (Nancy) Owens of Ashland; daughter Samantha (Nick) Craft Greenup; grandchildren Steven Craft and Casey Owens; 10 great-grandchildren, and four sisters: Carolyn Akers, Scotty Patterson, Linn Ferguson, Barb Smithers. 

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. by Brother Jim Smedley, at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Owens Family Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until service time.

 

Ronald Eugene Withrow

   Ronald Eugene Withrow, 83, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Friday evening, April 9. 

   Ronald was born March 5, 1938 in Premier, West Virginia, a son of the late Samuel Everett and Flossie Belle Morrison Withrow. He was a heavy equipment operator and retired from Local 181 Operating Engineers. 

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by eight brothers and sisters. Surviving include two sons: Ron Withrow and wife Tamara of Ashland; and Carl Withrow and wife Nancy of Olive Hill; two daughters: Beverly Dogoda and husband Mike of Alexandria, Virginia; and Tonya Sinclair and husband Joe of Ashland;  brother Roger Withrow and wife Fern of Summit; sister Sue Fryer of Westwood; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kirby Flats Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.

 

Vickie G. Lyons 

   Vickie G. Lyons, 73, of Ashland, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at her residence. Vickie was born September 20, 1947 in Ashland, a daughter of the late James E. and Violet Kazee Lyons. In addition to her parents, Vickie was preceded in death by a daughter Jamie Lyons Gee and a brother Melvin Lyons.

   Vickie retired from Kentucky State Government as a clerical assistant.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her grandsons Cody Gee and Parker Gee both of Ironton, OH, brothers Tom Lyons of Oak Hill, OH, Les (Rhonda) Lyons of Ashland, Troy Lyons of Lexington, KY, sisters Kathy (Maureen) Lyons of Lexington, KY, Julie (Frank) Edwards of Ashland, many dear friends and extended family members.

   A memorial service is planned for a later date.

   Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Obituaries - April 20

 

 

Mary Kathryn Ventura

   Mary Kathryn (Orr) Ventura of Russell, Kentucky, died Thursday, April 8, 2021 at age 79. 

   She was born July 10, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of the late Grover L. and Theodora (Dora) C (Reuter) Orr. She is also preceded in death by her husband Michael H. Ventura and half siblings Lucille, Dorothy, Norman and Lois. 

   She is survived by daughters Beth Ann (Carpenter) Boswell of Columbus, Ohio, and Ann Marie (Ventura) Morrissey, and husband Ron, of Flatwoods; granddaughter Rebecca Ventura, grandson William Baker, great-grandson Nicholas Swoyer, great-granddaughter Peyton Ventura, and several nieces and nephews. 

   Mary graduated from Bexley HS, earned her BA at Capital University and her MA and PhD at Ohio State University. She held teaching positions at Reynoldsburg High School, Otterbein College, Ohio University, Lancaster High School, Ohio State University and Salem-Teikyo University. 

   Mary was extremely proud of her family and her students and took great pride in their accomplishments. She was an avid painter and loved singing. In later years she enjoyed sharing her swimming pool with all the neighborhood children. She saw every stray cat as a new friend and she deeply loved all her many pets. 

   Donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Alley Cat Allies or ASPCA. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Charles Curtis Smith 

   Charles Curtis “Bucketthead” Smith passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

   Chuck was born February 16, 1953 in Ashland to the late Charles Herman and Thelma Louise Graham Smith.

   Chuck was retired from CSX Transportation where he held many positions and retired as a Conductor. He had many hobbies including fishing, hunting, tending to his garden, cooking and smoking meats. Chuck always loved to put smiles on peoples faces and had a great sense of humor. One of Chuck’s greatest loves was riding motorcycles. He was a 30-year member of the Seventh Son’s Motorcycle Club, where he also served as a past president of the Ashland Chapter.

   He leaves behind his loving wife of almost 40 years Leshie Wallace Smith; four sons Jonathan Wallace of Lexington, Kurtis Smith of Westwood, Charles Smith (Shania) of Ashland and Drake Smith of Westwood; one brother Bruce Smith of Ashland; two sisters Juanita Tague of Ashland and Sue Meyer of Hanging Rock, Ohio; one grandson A.J. Smith; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were Thursday, April 15 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Military honors were provided by the United States Air Force and Kenova American Legion Post #93.

   Online condolences may left at canifffuneralhome.com.

 

Tony Walker

   Tony Walker, 71, of Ashland, passed away, at his residence on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

   He was born March 12, 1950, in Newport, Rhode Island, a son of the late James Walker and Lorraine Pementale Walker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Walker.

   Tony served honorably in the United States Air Force and retired from Ashland Walmart. He loved gardening and working in his flowers. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, but loved nothing more than spending time with his granddaughter.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving companion of 40 years, Sandy Patton of Ashland; step son, Jimmy Patton of Flatwoods, and granddaughter, Autumn Patton; step daughter, Tina Patton (Gary Dillon) of Coal Grove, OH; brother, Gerald Walker and wife, Janet of Ashland, half-sister, Debbie Swartz of Virginia Beach, VA., and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   A celebration of Tony’s life was held Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel with words of comfort provided by Thorney Artrip. 

   Burial will take place at a future date at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, North East.

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

 

Deloris Ann Hetzer 

   Heaven became even sweeter on April 17, 2021 as Deloris Ann Hetzer, 81, went to reunite with her loved ones and The Lord, her Savior.

   This morning, she bakes her famous apple pies with her respected mother and father and sends greeting cards from beyond the Pearly Gates to everyone who had the treasurable gift of knowing her. That’s just who she was.

   Mrs. Hetzer, a forever resident of Westwood, died last Saturday at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland after a short, yet hard-fought battle against ovarian cancer. She was born in Ashland on Nov. 5, 1939. After a full life of spiritual triumph, she met Jesus with her adored and cherished family at her side.

   As friends called her “Doe,” she was as natural and free-spirited as her Westwood home, brimming with pureness, benevolence, and sincerity. Whether mailing her favorite Hallmark card to a sister in need or sharing a warm supper with the constant flow of young police officers who patrolled her neighborhood, Doe was always thoughtful and first to share her heart. Her door was open.

   These traits were taught by her much-loved parents Fred Fitch Jr. and Thelma Irene Kelly Fitch, community activists who helped found the Westwood Boys Club and Westwood Volunteer Fire Department. Their daughter was imparted with the same giving and compassionate essence and soul.

   Mrs. Hetzer is survived by her sweetheart and soulmate of 61 years, Ellis “Pat” Hetzer, of Westwood; her children, Jeff Hetzer (Denise), of Kingsport, TN, Tammie Hetzer-Womack (Tony) of Bellefonte, her darling granddaughters Kennedy Peyton Womack and Delaney Elizabeth Hetzer, and many beloved nieces and nephews. The eldest of the four Fitch children, she is survived by her brother Roger Fitch (Bunny) of Naples, FL, and preceded in death by her brothers, Fred Fitch III and Robert “Lee” Fitch.

   Doe was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who was a graduate of Ashland High School and Fairview Junior High, where she was a smart, energetic, and lively majorette, twirling baton and rooting on the home team. Following graduation, she entered cosmetology school, where she graduated and opened her own business “Deloris’s Corner,” a highly-successful beauty salon in Westwood. In her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering for the American Cancer Society annual community crusade and offered her will to the Westwood Boys Club Auxiliary. She was a dedicated member of the Westwood Women’s Club, who coordinated the long-time Westwood Christmas Parade, and worshipped at Fairview Baptist Church.

   A private funeral service for close family and friends is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. A short visitation shall proceed the ceremony from 12-1 p.m. Pastor Elder John “JD” Crockrel of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church will officiate. Graveside services shall follow.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Kentucky State Police Shop with a Trooper Christmas Giving Program for underprivileged children.

 

Thomas Milton Thompson

   Thomas Thompson, 73, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, husband of Lana Miller Thompson, died Sunday, April 11, at his home. 

   Tommy was born January 9, 1948 in Beaumont, Texas, a son of the late Carsie and Charlene Day Thompson.  He was retired from Insulators Local 112, Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Tommy was a retired pastor and enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all his family was his life and his love for the Lord his priority. 

   He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a son, Mike Thompson; brother, Larry Thompson, and a sister, Ruby Davis. 

   Surviving, in addition to his wife, include three sons: Thomas Thompson, Jr. and wife Kristina, of Olive Hill; Keith Thompson and wife Kelly, of Golden Meadow, Louisiana; Chris Thompson and wife Jenny, of Catlettsburg; two daughters, Kathy Thompson of Ashland and Lacey Holley and husband Aaron, of Flatwoods; daughter-in-law Janie Thompson; two brothers, Lynn Thompson of Talladega, Alabama, and Carl Thompson of Evans, Louisiana; sister, Sharon Nash of Evans, Louisiana; 13 grandchildren: Justin Thompson (Jackee), Travis Thompson (Carissa), Tashanda Johnson (Jon), Kelsey Duncan (Mickey), Charley Martin, Angie Watson, Michelle Medley (Keith), Brennen Thompson, Bailee Thompson, Kylie Thompson, Cayden Thompson, Cameron Thompson, Berklee Holley, and 13 great grandchildren. 

   Funeral Services were Saturday at Preston Family Funeral Home. 

 

David Panchot

   David Wayne Panchot, 67, of Westwood, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Kings Daughters Medical Center.

   David was born in Ashland, KY on March 7, 1954 to the late James and Audrey Pigman Panchot. David was a musician and an artist.

   He helped fundraise for Veterans and was employed by Diversified Assessments in Kenova.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Crisp Panchot and an aunt, Barbara Pigman of Ashland, along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Caniff Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Abiding by David’s wishes, there will be no services.

   Contributions may be made to a reputable Veterans Organization.

 

Goldie Boyd

   Goldie Mae Boyd, 80, of Ashland, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 while under hospice care. Her granddaughter Ashley (Kevin) Caskey had been her caregiver.

   She was born November 25, 1940, in Paintsville, Kentucky, to the late Virgil and Lula Blanton Spradlin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Anthony Daniels; brothers, Ralph and Everett Spradlin and sisters, Virginia Preston and Margie Prater.

   Survivors include three daughters, Tanzy (Estil) Hurn, Ann (Scott) Cron and Ginger Daniels; brothers, Fred, Clarence, Larry and Wayne Spradlin; sisters, Mary Beagle, Christine Young, and Brenda Laws; two special friends, Tom and Pat Cooksey; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were Friday at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating. Burial followed in Ashland Cemetery.

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

 

Wanda Hogan

   It is with great sadness that the family of Wanda Jean Hogan (Boggs) announce her passing on April 13, 2021. Wanda, was 73 years old and born on August 24, 1947 in Rush. She left us while sleeping peacefully at her residence of 40 years in Cannonsburg, and surrounded by her family.

   Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Hogan, and her parents, Wayne and Juanita Hamilton Boggs. Wanda was from a loving family of five children, the late Clyde Reddicks and Donald Boggs. She is survived by her sisters Maye Hammonds and Bonnie Lucas.

   Even though she was taken too soon, she lived her life surrounded by people who adored her. She is the loving and devoted mother of two daughters and one son, Angela (Mark) Hensley, Krista (Josh) Rogers and Bobby (Karen) Evans. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, whom lovingly called her Nana, Caleb (Jessica) Rogers and Faith (Brandon) Louthan, in addition to her three great grandchildren and the light of her world, Emmalynn Grace, Blakelynn Hope, Madalynn Faith. She is survived by many nephews and nieces she loved and touched deeply.

   Wanda enjoyed working in the food pantry and helping the community thru the Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church of Rush, where she attended. The family would be honored to have donations made to the Mt. Olive Food Pantry at 21610 State Rt. 3, Rush, Ky 41168. 

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 16, 2021 at Steen Funeral Home 13th St. Chapel with provided by Pastor Keith Crum officiating. Entombment followed in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.

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

 

Christopher Scott Swiney

   Chris Swiney, 40, of Danville, West Virginia, formerly of Wurtland, Kentucky, died Thursday, April 15, at his residence. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home. 

 

Michael Wayne Bocook

   Mike Bocook, 55, of Ashland, Kentucky, husband of Carrie Bocook, died Friday, April 16, at his home while under hospice care. 

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home. 

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Obituaries - April 6

 

 

Carol Sue Baker 

   Carol Sue Baker, 80, of Ashland, died peacefully, at St. Mary’s Medical Center on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

   She was born November 20, 1946, in Delbarton, West Virginia, a daughter of the late James E. and Mabel Carey Blevins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Arthur Eugene “Gene” Baker in 2006.

   Carol retired from the Boyd County School System following a 30 plus year career as a science teacher. She understood that when you teach science you are teaching life skills because science is everywhere. She taught her students to gather resources, collaborate with others, schedule their time wisely and most of all consider an alternative plan for improvement. She instilled creativity, curiosity and confidence. Her legacy will continue to live on in the countless lives she’s touched.

   Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, James William “Bill” (Nadine) Baker of Ashland, Wesley (Melissa) Baker of Goshen, KY, and Jeffrey Baker of Ashland; daughter, Theresa (Steven) Porter of Catlettsburg; brother, James Ronald (Nancy) Blevins of Montgomery, WV; sister, Robertha Ann Lester of Lenexa, KA; grandchildren, Andrew Porter, Sarah Baker Perkins, Mikayla Baker, Heath Baker, Myriah Porter Albrecht, Brennan Baker, Arden Baker and Nicole Baker; two great grandchildren, Jada Porter and Levi Baker; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

   Visitation was Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel.

Because of Carol’s love of education, the family requests that in lieu of any flowers, contributions in Carol’s memory may be made to Brad Elliott Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Commercial Bank, Main Street, Grayson, KY, 41143.

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

 

Dale Lewis

   Dale E. Lewis, 86, of Ashland, Kentucky, died peacefully Saturday morning, February 3, at his home. 

   Dale was born April 11, 1934 in Ohio, a son of the late Clella and Sylvia Hamm Lewis. He was a retired sales clerk with Sears. Dale was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife, Marguerite Browning Lewis. 

   Surviving include three daughters: Deidre James and husband Bill, of Ashland; Cheryl Starkey and husband John, of Ashland; and Tami Whitt of Ashland; five grandchildren: Joe Whitt, Jeremy Whitt, Becki James, Tammy Fennimore, Katie Sammons, and 12 great grandchildren. 

   A private entombment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park.  Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Robert M. Conn

   Robert Matthew Conn, 49, of Ashland, went Home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at his residence.

   He was born September 1, 1971, in Ashland, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. Conn in 1996, Annabel Peters Conn in 2011. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Laura Conn Blackard in 1990; and a brother, James A. Conn in 2019.

   Rob was a 1989 graduate of Paul Blazer High School and graduated from Morehead State University. He was a lifetime member of Centenary United Methodist Church where he was a longstanding board member and served in various other capacities. He served on the board of Hillcrest-Bruce Mission and was a proud member of the Emmaus Community. Rob was a devout Christian and was happiest when he was at church. He will long be remembered for his infectious smile and loving personality.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Judy A. Conn of Ashland; brother, John A. (Cynthia) Conn of Danville; nephews, Christopher A. Blackard, Blake Edwin Traylor, Spencer Allen Conn, Ethan S. Rucker and Eli Roush; and nieces, Audra Gabriella Conn, Abigail Roush and Emily Qualls Barney; great nephews, Easton and Elliot Barney; great niece, Zoey Barney; and chosen sisters, Beth Qualls and Martha Rucker.

   A celebration of Rob’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Centenary United Methodist Church with Rev. John Carwell Officiating.

   Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the church.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Centenary United Methodist Church, 2901 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY, 41101; or to Hillcrest-Bruce Mission, 1819 Eloise St, Ashland, KY, 41101.

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

 

Sydney A. Wright 

   Sydney A. Wright, son of the late Evelyn Nichols Wright and Everett Wright, passed away March 31, 2021 at Hospice in Ashland, Kentucky.

   He is survived by his loving wife Genevieve (Genny) Wright and special nephew Sean McDowell of Kansas.

   He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg. Upon Mr. Wright's request, there will be no services.

 

Cathern Sanchez

   Cathern Nikolov Sanchez, 60, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Saturday morning, April 3, in Community Hospice Care Center. 

   Cathern was born February 24, 1961 in Ironton, Ohio, a daughter of the late Carl and Shelba Daniels Larsen.  

   She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey ‘Bodene’ Mayse of Ashland; son Jason Nikolov of Ashland; and two daughters: Myria Kitts of South Point, Ohio, and Veronica Nikolov of Ashland. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three brothers: Steve Larsen, Gary Larsen, and Danny Larsen.  

   Arrangements are pending at Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Mary Ann Whetsel

   Mary Ann Holbrook Brownson Whetsel, 71, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, died Friday, March 26 at her residence. 

   She was born July 19, 1949 in Kenova, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Arvel and Betty Robinette Holbrook. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her grandparents, Calvin and Minnie Holbrook and Ernest and Lillian Robinette, and nephew Steven Holbrook. 

   Mary was a 1967 graduate of Boyd County High School, was a former employee of Ashland Oil and a 27 year employee with Marshall Health. She was a member of Christ Temple Church in Huntington, West Virginia. 

   Surviving include her son, Todd Robert Brownson; sisters Carolyn Bowling and husband Gary, and Brenda Wheeler and husband Burf; and brother Gary Holbrook and wife Margaret. 

   She was loved by many nieces, nephews, and cousins and will be dearly missed by all. Graveside services were Thursday, April 1 at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

 

Katherine Mary Bozora Staten 

   Katherine Mary Bozora Staten, aged 79, of Russell, KY passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 2, 2021. She was born February 28, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Joseph and Dorothy Hayett Bozora. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Joseph Bozora and Michael Schoen, and one sister Patricia Bozoara.

   Katie was a fierce, loving, and protective wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. Her family always was her first priority. She was a loving and kind woman, whose home and arms were open to all. She loved her pets and all animals with the same passion. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and always had a loving and war hug for everyone.

   Katie had a loving marriage with her husband John for 43 years. They loved to laugh, travel, and just spend time with their children and grandchildren.

   Katie is survived by her loving husband John Harper Staten; one son Tom Riley (Tonya) of Clinton Township, MI; four daughters, Cheryl O’Connor (Joe of Chestefield, MI, Carol Neal (Jeff) of Austin, TX, Elizabeth Flachsmann (Jim) of Hamburg, MI and Mistye Fenner (Jason) of Macomb, MI; one sister Geraldine George of Palm Springs, CA; 16 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; along with a host of extended family and friends.

   Funeral services will be 12 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until service time. Following the services, the family would like to invite friends to a gathering at Russell Senior Center 520 Bellefonte St. Russell, KY 41169.

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.   

   Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

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