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2-25-2015 Obituaries
Peggy Blanton Vance
1939-2015

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Peggy Blanton Vance, 75, of Lexington, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Baptist Health in Lexington.
Mrs. Vance was born March 21, 1939 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Raymond and Fannie Meade Blanton. She was a banker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Palmer Gene Vance Sr.; and one sister, Christine Blanton Wheeler.
Surviving are two sons, Palmer Gene Vance II of Lexington, and Robert Scott Vance of Winchester; and one brother, Ronald Blanton of Oil Springs.
The service was officiated by Wes Stedtefeld, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Roger Keith Brown
1952-2015

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Paintsville for Roger Keith Brown, 62, of Lexington, who passed away Friday, Feb. 20 at the U. K. Medical Center in Lexington.
Mr. Brown was born March 18, 1952 in Dayton, Ohio, son of the late Proctor Sherman and Audrey Pauline Williams Brown. He was a retired car salesman.
Surviving are one son, Tyler (Megan) Brown of Somerset; one daughter, Audrey Brown of Lexington; two brothers, Michael Loy Brown of Staffordsville, and David Brown of Lexington; one sister, Deedra Brown of Lexington; and one grandson.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 25, 5-9 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. until time of service.
The service will be officiated by Wayne Cornett, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Kermit Grover Cook
1943-2015

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 22, 12 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Kermit Grover Cook, 71, of Meally, who passed away Friday, Feb. 20 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mr. Cook was born April 12, 1943, son of Walter and Maude Cook. He was a construction general laborer. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Minerva Meade Cook.
Surviving are one son, John C. Cook of Meally; and two daughters, Janie Daniel of Boons Camp, and Regina Williams.
The service was officiated by Dewey M. Mullins and David A. Baldwin, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Richard Harold Sharp
1928-2015

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Richard Harold Sharp, 86, of Bradford, Ohio, who passed away Friday, Feb. 20 at V. A. Hospice Facility in Dayton, Ohio,
Mr. Sharp was born Nov. 3, 1928 in Rochester, N. Y., son of the late Ervine Sharp and Bessie Dorothy Hochum. He was retired U. S. Army. He was also preceded in death by five brothers.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred Gambill Sharp of Bradford; two sons, Richard Allen and Ronnie Harold Sharp, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; one daughter, Vickie Lee Workman of Shelbyville; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Ronnie Spriggs and Larry Blair, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


2-20-2015 Obituaries
Billie Eileen Sublett Meade
1930-2015

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Billie Eileen Sublett Meade, 84, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 15 in Paintsville.
Mrs. Meade was born March 15, 1930 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Dallas and Jane Osborne Sublett. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Homer Meade; one daughter, Susan Meade Gay; four brothers, Walter, James T., Hobert and Wilbur A. Sublett; and three sisters, Leliah Wheeler, Dorothy Wyatt and Neva Louise Rothwell.
Surviving are one daughter, Karen (Michael “Bud”) Robinson of Paintsville; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Wes Stedtefeld, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Jace Rylan Curtis
2014-2015

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Jace Rylan Curtis, four months old, of Sitka.
Jace was born Oct. 27, 2014, son of Johnnie and Elizabeth Weddington Curtis of Sitka.
Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Matthew Tyler Curtis; maternal grandparents, Staci Rowland Meade and Joe D. Weddington Jr; paternal grandparents, Vivian and Gary Curtis; maternal great-grandmother, Rose Ann Rowland; and paternal great-grandparents, Johnny and Malta Curtis.
Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Josephine Owens Stacy
1947-2015

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. at the Pigeon Enterprise Baptist Church for Josephine Owens Stacy, 67, of Springfield, Ohio, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 14.
Mrs. Stacy was born May 23, 1947 in Oil Springs, daughter of the late Corbit and Nettie Meade Owens. She was a member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church and owner of Cooper Home for the Elderly.
Surviving are her husband Col. Boyd Stacy; and five brothers, Scott Owens of Akron, Ind., Bobby and Jessie Owens, both of Oil Springs, Troy and Mike Owens, both of Springfield.
The service will be officiated by Lindsey Meade, with burial to follow in the Cantrell Cemetery at Oil Springs.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


2-13-2015 Obituaries
Barbara Fern May
1940-2015

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Barbara Fern May, 74, of Denver, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10 at her residence.
Mrs. May was born Sept. 28, 1940 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Carl and Ella Louise Horn Blair. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Cherish Lavana Barrows.
Surviving are her husband, Hobert E. “Gene” May of Denver; one daughter, Cheryl Legena Ratliff of Hager Hill; nine brothers, Francis Blair, Phillip Blair, Eldon Blair, John Blair and Rick Blair, all of Staffordsville, Robie Blair of Denver, Carl Blair Jr. of Asa Creek, Neal Blair of Wittensville and Gerald Blair of Cleveland, Ohio; four sisters, Kathy Meade of Flat Gap, Cheryl Johnson of Staffordsville, Jean Dawson of Hager Hill, and Polly Adams of West Van Lear; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at the chapel.
The service will be officiated by Bros. Cecil Adams, Gerald Preston, Elders Gene Burnett and David Baldwin, with burial to follow in the Blair Family Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Wade Douglas Tackett
1944-2015

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Wade Douglas Tackett, 71, of East Point, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11 at his residence.
Mr. Tackett was born Jan. 31, 1944 in Johnson County, son of the late Earl Frank and Bessie Mae Hammonds Tackett. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Lee Conley Tackett; one daughter, Rhonda Reneé Tackett Gratz; and one sister, Gerry Mae Tackett.
Surviving are three sons, Wade Douglas Tackett Jr. of Arizona, Brian Douglas (Barbara) Tackett of East Point and David Anthony Tackett of Inez; two daughters, Pamela Lynn Tackett of East Point, and Tessie Mae Tackett of Paintsville; one brother, Claudus Earl Tackett of Ohio; 21 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Harry Neal Frisby, with burial to follow in the family cemetery at East Point.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


2-11-2015 Obituaries
Michael D. Webb
1952-2015

Michael A. Webb, Ph. D., 62, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church in Cincinnati.
Memorials to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Hospice of Cincinnati.
Michael was a 1972 graduate of Keller High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois. He was a professor at the University of Kentucky beginning in 1979 and had been a professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, since 1997. He served as dean of the Williams College of Business from 1997 to 2003.
He was the loving husband of Shelly Eldridge Webb, Ph.D.; beloved father of Brennan and Matthew Webb; devoted son of Samuel and Marilyn Webb; and dear brother of Judy Webb and Lisa Webb.
This is a paid obituary.

Betty Keel
1948-2015

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Betty Keel, 66, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 8 at her residence.
Mrs. Keel was born March 5, 1948 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Florine Daniels. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Keel; four brothers, Doug Daniels, Wayne Hughes, John Michael Hughes and Rick Hughes; and two sisters, Izora Ruth Hill and Kathy Ward.
Surviving are one daughter, Tammy Keel of Van Lear; one son, Timothy Keel of Eddyville; two sisters, Deidra Hughes and Patricia Gaye Justice, both of Paintsville; and six grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Roger Hill, with burial to follow in the Keel Family Cemetery at Van Lear.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Scarlett M. Collins
1963-2015

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Baileyton in Greeneville, Tenn. for Scarlett M. Collins, 51, of Greeneville, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville.
Mrs. Collins was born June 13, 1963, daughter of Sandra Lynn Price and the late Freddie L. Epperley. She was an employee of Laughlin Health Care and a member of the First Baptist Church of Baileyton. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Tara M. Branham; and maternal grandparents, Rev. William Wardy and Gladys May.
Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Steve Collins; step-father, Eddie Ray Price; two sons, Warren Craig (Ashley) Branham and Casey Alexander (Kristi) Branham; step-children, Stephanie (Mark) Looney, Jason Randall (Amy) Collins, and Joshua Lee Collins; two sisters, Ambre Thacker and Debbie (Dermot) Ryan; and two step-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by the Rev. James Roberts, with interment at the Cross Anchor Cemetery in Greeneville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home of Greeneville.

Diana Sue Ratliff Ward
1944-2015

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Diana Sue Ratliff Ward, 70, of Auxier, who passed away Friday, Feb. 6.
Mrs. Ward was born May 15, 1944 in Paintsville, daughter of the late Mason and Margaret Spradlin Ratliff. She was a member of the Southland Christian Church in Lexington; and a convenience store clerk.
Surviving are her husband, Charles Ray Ward; two sons, Dennis Ward of Acworth. Ga., and David Ward of Auxier; one sister, Patsy McClure of Paintsville; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Manford Fannin, with burial in the Lakeview Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Earl Dean Borders
1940-2015

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Earl Dean Borders, 74, of River, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 5 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Borders was born April 20, 1940 at Georges Creek, son of the late Jesse and Marie Chandler Borders. He was a self-employed truck driver, a U. S. Army veteran, and attended Walnut Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Jewel Johnson Borders; and one brother, Douglas Borders.
The service was officiated by Jimmy VanHoose, with burial in the Borders Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Joann Burchett Cantrell
1962-2015

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Joann Burchett Cantrell, 52, of Van Lear, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 5 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mrs. Cantrell was born March 12, 1962 in Wabash, Ind., daughter of late John and Maggie Spears Dollarhide. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, David Burchett.
Surviving are her husband, James Cantrell of Van Lear; one son, Michael David Burchett of Van Lear; one brother, Billy Dollarhide of Van Lear; and two sisters, Mary Mitchell and Clara Booth, both of Wabash.
The service was officiated by Richard Music and Manford Fannin, with burial in the Burchett Family Cemetery in Prestonsburg.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.


2-6-2015 Obituaries
Angie Ellen Keel
1942-2015

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Angie Ellen Keel, 72, of Paintsville, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Ms. Keel was born May 10, 1942 in Prestonsburg, daughter of the late Hubert Rowland and Goldie Fitch Rowland Lemaster. She was a retired nurse with Highlands Regional Medical Center, and a member of the House of Refuge.
Surviving are three daughters, Teresa Stambaugh of Lake City, Fla., Tommigene Tackett of Paintsville, and Kelly Carter of Prestonsburg; three brothers, Larry Lemaster of Wilmore, John Lemaster of Paintsville, and David Lemaster of Martin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.
The service will be officiated by Doris Blevins, with burial in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Henry Lewis Mayo Jr.
1929-2015

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg, for Henry Lewis Mayo Jr., 85, of Hager Hill, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 5 in Richmond.
Mr. Mayo was born Nov. 24, 1929 in Prestonsburg, son of the late Henry Lewis and Maude Salisbury Mayo. He was a self-employed entrepreneur-banker; a member of the First United Methodist Church; charter member of the Prestonsburg Rotary Club/present member Paintsville Rotary. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Mayo.
Surviving are one son, Jason (Paige) Mayo of Richmond; three daughters, Kathy (Mitch) Kinner of Staffordsville, Debby (Steve) Long of Old Hickory, and Jeanne O’Bryan of Paintsville; one sister, Ruth Lucille M. Goebel of Prestonsburg; and four grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by the Rev. Jerri Williams, with burial in the Mayo Family Cemetery at Prestonsburg.
Arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.

Herbert Blevins Jr.
1965-2015

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Herbert Blevins Jr., 49, of Paintsville, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Blevins was born March 14, 1965 in Paintsville, son of Herbert Blevins Sr. and the late Elizabeth Whitt Blevins. He was employed by Shannon Reclaiming Co.
Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Emma Smith Blevins of Paintsville; three sons, Herbert Blevins III, Jason Ray Blevins, and Johnathon Fairchilds, all of Paintsville; four daughters, Jennifer Blevins and Emma Lee Blevins, both of Salyersville, Michelle Blevins of Paintsville, and Brittany Blevins of Louisiana; one brother, Ernest Blevins of Offutt; and two sisters, Teresa Daniel of Hager Hill, and Patricia Ferguson of Keaton.
The service will be officiated by Hedgel Golden, with burial to follow in the Old Friendship Memorial Gardens at Williamsport.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Imogene Robinson Osborne
1930-2015

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville, for Imogene Robinson Osborne, 84, of Lady Lake, Fla., formerly of Paintsville.
Mrs. Osborne was born May 10, 1930 in Johnson County, daughter of the late John Walter and Rosa Alice Collins Robinson. She was a former account clerk with Johnson County Board of Education. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Osborne; one brother, John Robinson Jr.; and four sisters, Bertha Lee Williams, Anna Louise Meadows, Edna Mae VanHoose, and Irene R. Patrick.
Surviving are two sons, William Anthony Osborne of Plano, Texas, and Tracy Walter Osborne of Lady Lake; one daughter, Tami (Jerry) Rice of Oil Springs; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2 - 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home and 9 a.m. until time of service at the church on Saturday.
The service will be officiated by Larry Blair, Ethan Rice and Bryce Osborne, with burial to follow in the Mayo Cemetery in Paintsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Wanda McCarty
1940-2015

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Wanda McCarty, 74, of Oil Springs, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 1 at McAuley Center Nursing Home in Urbana, Ohio.
Mrs. McCarty was born June 23, 1940, in Meally, daughter of the late Robert and Vina Spriggs Williams. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband, Joe McCarty of Oil Springs; one son, Mark Anthony McCarty of Ann Arbor, Mich.; one daughter, Barbara Plaisance of Houston, Texas; three sisters, Shelby Muncie of Enon, Ohio, Betty Powers of Springfield, Ohio, and Terri Joan Williams of Meally; and two grandchildren.
The service was officiated by the Revs. Roger Hill and Ronnie Spriggs, with burial in the McCarty Cemetery at Oil Springs.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.



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