3-10-20 Obituaries



Paul Thomas Allen

   CPT Paul Thomas Allen, Jr. (ret), 75, of Palm Coast, Florida, formerly Flatwoods, passed away on Saturday, February 29.

   Mr. Allen was born on January 27, 1945, in Kenova, WV, to the late Paul and Hazel Allen.

   In addition to his parents, Mr. Allen was preceded in death by the love of his life, whom he married in 1965, Carol Kay Roy.

   Mr. Allen was the 1963 Valedictorian of Ceredo-Kenova High School. He was an alumnus of Marshall University and West Virginia University, earning his Juris doctorate. Mr. Allen served his country in the US Navy Reserves and the US Army. He retired after giving 20 years to his country. After retiring, Mr. Allen served his community as an attorney. He was City Attorney of Catlettsburg, and a Public Defender before retiring from the State of KY. Mr. Allen was a KY Colonel, member of the American Legion Post 115, and the NRA. He belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

   Mr. Allen is survived by three daughters, Michelle Dawn (Kevin) Royalty of Florence, Alicia Renee (Michael) Clay of Palm Coast, FL, and Rebekkah Colleen (Jonathan) Dedman of Palm Coast, FL; two sons, Paul Thomas Roy (Monica) Allen III of Lexington, and Sean Aaron Roy (Amanda) Allen of Clarksville, TN; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and half-brother, James Allen.

   Graveside rites will be performed at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 10, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Phyllis Jane Frazier

   Phyllis Jane Frazier, 61, of Flatwoods, wife of David Frazier, died Saturday, March 7. 

   Phyllis was born April 1, 1958 in Russell, a daughter of the late Tom and Marjean Hughes Jackson. She was a former legal secretary with the McGinnis Law Firm, former receptionist with KDMC, and was formerly employed with American Envelope of Nashville, TN. 

   Phyllis was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers: Tommy and James Jackson. 

   Surviving, in addition to her husband, include two sons: David Joseph Frazier and Jeremy Keith Frazier, both of Flatwoods; two brothers: Billy Jackson, and her twin brother Phillip Jackson; sister: Nanny Hunnicutt, and two grandchildren: Jackson Keith Frazier and Shalynn Steele. 

   Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. by Brother Tom Jackson at Preston Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Plum Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time.


John A. Highley

   John Anthony Highley, 72, of Russell passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020. John was born July 23, 1947 in Ashland, a son of the late Jesse and Shirley Bush Highley. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother James Howard Highley.

   John loved laughter and was known as a “Jokester” amongst his friends. He loved to hang out with his breakfast group buddies. He retired with 30 years of service from AK Steel as an overhead crane operator and served his country with the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. 

   Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 49 years Ruth Ann Hopkins Highley of Russell, son Ashley Highley of Russell, daughter Angela Highley Fraley of Flatwoods, his grandchildren Caleb Highley, Jackson “Roscoe” Fraley, Vivian Fraley, nephew Phillip (Stephanie) Highley, his K-9 companion Prissy and a host of dear friends and neighbors who will deeply miss him.

   Funeral services were held Saturday at the Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel. Entombment with full military honors was at the Rose Hill Burial Park.

   In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to a favorite charity in John’s memory. To leave a condolence for the family or to share a memory of John, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.


Kevin Boyd Kelley

   Kevin Kelley, 62, of Ashland, died Saturday morning, March 7 in Ironton, Ohio.

   Kevin was born August 16, 1957 in Norwalk, California, a son of the late Jerry and Elizabeth ‘Penny’ Leake Kelley. He was a retired painter.

   Kevin is survived by a daughter, Amy Stewart, and husband Kevin, of Westwood; two grandsons: Keagen and Jensen Stewart, and sister Teresa Struckoff.

   A memorial service will be Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. by Brother Richie Gindlesperger at Preston Family Funeral Home. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 p.m. until service time.


Terry Edward Simpkins

   Terry Edward Simpkins, 48, of Wurtland, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 following an extended illness.

   Terry was born August 4, 1971 in Ashland to the late Loretta Savage Simpkins. In addition to his mother, Terry was preceded in death by a niece, Makayla Dawn Boggs.

   Terry formerly worked at Ashland Plaza Hotel; SuperQuik in Boyd and Greenup Counties and Lowes Home Improvement store before his health kept him from working. Terry was a longtime fan of Cincinnati Bengals & UK Basketball. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

   Terry is survived by his wife, Michelle Lee Simpkins of Wurtland; siblings, Tammy Helem, Ernie (Doretha) Simpkins, Kim Simpkins Arthur and Russell Simpkins; nieces and nephews, Casie Arthur, Cortney Culpepper, Caprix, Montoyia and Shania Peck-Helem, Kayla Simpkins, Sierra, Dylan and Brandon Boggs; great nieces and nephews, David, Amiyah and Haven; and extended family and friends.

   Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 9, 2020 at Caniff Funeral Home. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.

  Donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Caniff Funeral Home 528 Wheatley Road Ashland, Ky 41101, to help the family with funeral expenses.

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


Ruth A. Sizemore

   Ruth A. Sizemore, 85, of Greenup, KY, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones.

   Mrs. Sizemore was born September 6, 1934, in Worthington, KY, to the late Herb Hannah and Daisy Artis Hannah Sizemore.

   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sizemore was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold L. Sizemore; a son, Larry R. Sizemore; and two sisters: Minnie Belle Sizemore and Emogene Bailey; and special friends: Alice Scaggs, Paul Worthington, and Connie Plummer.

   Nelle was a homemaker and a caregiver to many. She was a 1952 graduate of Greenup County High School. She enjoyed gardening and canning. Nelle was a great cook and loved to cook for her family/friends. She enjoyed traveling and made it to every state except for two. Anyone that knew her, knew she loved her family. Nelle loved the Lord, and was a member at Worthington First Baptist Church, in Worthington, KY as well as The Order of the Eastern Star.

   Mrs. Sizemore is survived by two sons, Robert “Bob” (Tammy) Sizemore and Charles Jay (Jonda) Sizemore both of Greenup; a daughter, Cheryl Sizemore of Flatwoods; six grandchildren: Angela (Mike) Yondolino, Joseph Sizemore, Luke (Amy) Sizemore, Hannah (Colt) Royster, Thom Tetreault, LaTosha (Jeff) Hamm; extended grand-children: Megan Sizemore and Crystal Facchinetti; eight great-grandchildren: Scott, Nina, Simon, Addie Joe, Barron, Amberly, Jensen, and Sydney; two great-great-grandchildren: Bella and Lennon; one brother, Buck (Doris) Hannah; two sisters, Roxie Vanbibber and Orthella Frasure; family pet, Blu; special friends, Hazel Lee, Naomi Browning, JR Sizemore, Cheri Frasure, Judy Gayten, and Lois Worthington.

   In honor of Nelle’s wishes, there was a graveside service on Sunday, March 8, at Brick Union Cemetery in Lloyd, with Bro. Phil Stephens officiating.

   The family has entrusted Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with the arrangements.

   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Community Hospice (1480 Carter Ave, Ashland, KY 41101).

   Condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Barbara Lynn Friley Stiles

   Catlettsburg lost one of its proudest daughters March 7, 2020, with the passing of Barbara (Barb) Lynn Friley Stiles, age 75.

   Barb was born in Catlettsburg on March 21, 1944. She was the youngest of five children. Barb graduated from Thomas R Brown High School in Catlettsburg in 1962. After graduation Barb worked for Kentucky Electric Steel for the next 30 plus years.

   Barb was a member of the Oakland Avenue Baptist Church in Catlettsburg. She served as a member of the Catlettsburg Community Leadership Council, Friends of the Catlettsburg Cemetary Committee, and the Kiwanis.

   Barb is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years James Fredrick Stiles, her parents Robert and Nola Friley, brothers Paul (Mandy) Friley, Bobby (Juanita) Friley, Charles (Susan, still residing in Ashland) Friley, Donald (Ruth) Friley.

   Visitation will be at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel on Wednesday March 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a graveside service at the Catlettsburg Cemetary immediately following visitation, led by her great-nephew Jason Hanon.

   Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com


Mary Aker Ward

   Mary Aker Ward, 90, of Ashland, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. She was born on July 26, 1929 in Wytheville, VA to the late Charles and Evelyn Aker.

   In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Aker, Jr. and George Aker, and two sisters, Frances Riggs and Betty Wright, as well as sons-in-law Ron Corn and Pat Hurst. Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Roy Ward; children Peggy Corn, Barbara (Mike) Tackett, Susan Coy, Mary Jane Hurst, and David (Elizabeth) Ward; ten grandchildren, Patrick (Megan) Corn, Jessica (Preston) White, Elizabeth (Mason) Laird, Allison (Aaron) Beach, Jared (Kendra) Coy, Kelly Hurst (Daniel Thacker), Amy (Steven) Faulkner, David Hurst, Jane Anne Ward, and James Ward; and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Mary was a long-time member of Pollard Baptist Church, and a current member of Unity Baptist Church.

   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Steen Funeral Home, Central Avenue Chapel, with visitation from 12 - 2 p.m. the day of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, or Community Hospice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com