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11-26-2014 Obituaries
Gusta Sparks
1912-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Gusta Sparks, 102, of Sunbury, Ohio, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 23 in Sunbury.
Mrs. Sparks was born Sept. 28, 1912 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Powell and Ollie Murray Sparks. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Othie Sparks; one son, Willard Sparks; four brothers, Hollie, Roy, Selcie and Richard Sparks; and four sisters, Ival Conley, Inis Corwin, Flora Davis, and Geneva Chapman.
Surviving are two sons, Darvin Sparks of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Russell Sparks of Sunbury; four daughters, Betty Evans and Anna Edwards, and Judy Lewis, all of Sunbury, and Merlyn LeMaster of Delaware, Ohio; 18 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Harold Salyer, with burial to follow in the Sparks Family Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Anna Louise Williams Sherman
1920-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church for Anna Louise Williams Sherman, 94, of Ridgeland, Miss., who passed away Thursday, Nov. 20.
Mrs. Sherman was born August 12, 1920 in Floyd County, daughter of the late Powell and Malta Stambaugh Williams. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Powell William Jr.; and two sisters, Nina Williams and Minnie Stricklin.
Surviving are four nephews, Bill Stricklin of Paintsville, David Stricklin of Madison, Miss., Forrest Roger Williams of Carmel Valley, Calif., and David Powell Williams of Houston, Texas; and one niece, Sandra Brody of Germantown, Tenn.
The service was officiated by Wesley Stedtefeld, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Gary Lyons
1958-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Gary Lyons, 52, of Staffordsville, who passed away Sat., Nov. 23 in Charleston, W. Va.
Mr. Lyons was born April 28, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of Frank Lyons and the late Lorraine Staniford Lyons. He was an electrician with Fannin’s Plumbing.
Surviving in addition to his father are, two brothers, Mike Lyons of Staffordsville, and Rick Lyons of Paintsville.
The service will be officiated by Lindsey Meade, with burial to follow in the family cemetery at Hager Hill.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Martha A. Slone
1942-2014

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 22, at 11 a.m. at Sitka Free Will Baptist Church for Martha Slone, 72, of Sitka who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19 at her residence.
Mrs. Slone was born March 27, 1942 at Nippa daughter of the late Roy and Elizabeth Grimm Meadows. She was a salesclerk; and a member of the Eastern Star.
She was also preceeded in death by her husband, Graden Slone.
She is survived by one son, Dennis Slone of Sitka; one daughter, Denise Moses of Sitka; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The service was officiated by Jim McKenzie and Binky Kretzer, with burial in the Slone Family Cemetery at Sitka.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


11-21-2014 Obituaries
Bobby Perkins
1957-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. at the Van Lear Enterprise Baptist Church for Bobby Perkins, 57, of Van Lear, who passed away Monday, Nov. 17 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mr. Perkins was born Aug. 21, 1957 in Johnson County, son of the late Frank and Ruby Ramey Perkins. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Larry, William Hayes and Charles Perkins; one sister, Irene.
Surviving are his wife, Lynn Perkins; one daughter, Kayla Fitchpatrick of Paintsville; two brothers, Jimmy Perkins of Wabash, Ind., and Roger Perkins of Morgon, Ga.; four sisters, Sue Steele of Wabash, Sheila Jefferson and Dorothy Ratliff, both of Oconee, Ga., and Lisa VanHoose of Pikeville; and 13 grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Roger Hill, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Earl Lee Castle
1951-2014

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 22, at 12 p.m. at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church for Earl Lee Castle, 63, of Lowmansville who passed away Monday, Nov. 17 at King’s Daughter Medical Center in Ashland.
Mr. Castle was born July 2, 1951 in Johnson County, son of Helen Juanita Ropp Francis of Springfield, Ohio, and the late Ralph Castle. He was a heavy equipment operator.
He is also survived by his wife, Cheryl Ann Castle; one son, Heath Bradley (Melissa) Castle, of Paintsville; two daughters Kelly Renee Dingess (Tanya) Castle, and Amy Leigh Castle, both of Paintsville; one brother Ralph Douglas Castle, of Moorefield, Ohio; and one grandchild.
The service will be officiated by James Kelly Caudill, with burial to follow in the Castle Family Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
Irene Slone
1929-2014

Funeral services will held Monday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. at the Old Hood United Baptist Church at Blaine, for Irene Slone, 85, of Flat Gap, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.
Mrs. Slone was born Jan. 10, 1929 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Elbert and Oma Salyers Murray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ora Lloyd Slone; one son, Leon Slone; one daughter, Brenda Neal; four brothers, Elbert Jr., Cecil Douglas, Paul and Clarence Murray; and four sisters, Helen Jean Murray, Hermalee Ross, Nevalena Justo, and Maxine Ripley.
Surviving are two sons, Darrell (Karen) Slone and Ricky (Ruby) Slone, both of Lexington; one daughter, Roxann (Crawford) Akers of Flat Gap; four brothers, Thomas Murray of Hager Hill, Phillip Murray of Springfield, Ohio, Robert Murray of Dayton, Ohio, and Troy Ray Murray of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Lorraine Harris of Flat Gap; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Johnny Mollett, Gene May and Claude Mollett, with burialto follow in the Sparks Cemetery at Blaine.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.


11-19-14 Obituaries
Herma Lee Preston
1927-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. at the Baker Branch Free Will Baptist Church at Tutor Key, for Herma Lee Preston, 87, of River, who passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18 at her residence.
Mrs. Preston was born Sept. 29, 1927 in Paintsville, daughter of the late Irvin and Alafair Daniels Clay. She was an attendant with Preston Funeral Home, and a member of Baker Branch Free Will Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Willie Preston Jr.
Surviving are her son, Michael C. (Deborah) Preston of Paintsville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel.
The service will be officiated by Jeremy Estep and Gordon Ward, with burial in the Lakeview Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Manford Walton
1927-2014

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. at the Milward Funeral Home Chapel in Lexington, for Manford Walton, 87, of Lexington, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 8.
Mr. Walton was born in Johnson County, son of the late Chester Walton and Lucy Delong Walton Keel. He was a U. S. Army veteran; a life member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; and a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church of Lexington. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Rufus Kee; three brothers, Frank, Randell, and Alvin Keel; and one sister, Willa Dean Hamilton.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances Wells Walton of Lexington; two sons, Bradford (Katherine) Walton of Lexington, and Timothy A. (Nancy) Walton of Morgantown; one brother, Stanley (Judy) Keel; sister, Lorraine Newberry, both of Van Lear; and one granddaughter.
Arrangements under the direction of the Milward Funeral Home of Lexington.

Francis Paul Stambaugh
1929-2014

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. at the Richard, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home for Francis Paul Stambaugh, 84, of Springfield, Ohio, who passed away Monday, Nov. 10.
Mr. Stambaugh was born Dec. 9, 1929 in Paintsville, son of the late Winston and Pearl Stambaugh. He was a member of East High Street Church of Christ, Anthony Lodge #455 F & M; and was retired from Navistar. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Stambaugh; two brothers, Bill and Howard Stambaugh.
Surviving are two daughters, Tamera (Michael) Brookins and Kimberly (David) Brown; one brother, Theodore (Shirley) Stambaugh; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Phillip Grear.
Arrangements under the direction of the Richard, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home of Springfield.

Jerry Michael Rowland
1958-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Jerry Michael Rowland, 56, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 16 at his residence.
Mr. Rowland was born Aug. 21, 1958 in Johnson County, son of the late Creval and Ruth Gullett Rowland. He was also preceded in death by one son, Timothy Ray Rowland; three brothers, Glen, Johnny and Happy Rowland; and one sister, Alice Kestner.
Surviving are one son, James Michael (Crystal) Rowland of Prestonsburg; five brothers, Charles Rowland of Wheelwright, Richard Rowland and Clifford Rowland, both of Paintsville; and Gary Lee Rowland and William Henry Rowland, both of Hager Hill; one sister, Jenny Burkhalter of Hazard; and three grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Larry Blair and Shane Powers, with burial to follow in the Adams Cemetery at Hager Hill.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Rubbie “Rudy” Daniels
1917-2014

Memorial services were held in Georgia for Rubbie “Rudy” Daniels, 96, of Decatur, Ga., who passed away Thursday, Oct. 16.
Mr. Daniels was born Oct. 27, 1917 in Johnson County, son of the late Jasper G. and Virgie VanHoose Daniels. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Raymond, and Kenneth Daniels.
Surviving are two sons, Gary Daniels of New Hampshire, and Dorton Daniels.
Courtesy of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


11-14-2014 Obitauries
Virgie L. Ward
1938-2014

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Virgie L. Ward, 76, of Oil Springs, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 8 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mrs. Ward was born June 29, 1938 at Whitehouse, daughter of the late Hubert and Ruby Spradlin Price. She was a retired personal care aid in the health industry.
Surviving are two sons, Christopher A. Ward and David Ward, both of Oil Springs; one daughter, Misty Dulen of West Liberty; two brothers, Carl Douglas Price of Harold, and Jack Price of Wabash, Ind.; two sisters, Claudia Lyons of Staffordsville, and Jenny Wiley of Wittensville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by the Rev. Toby Wheeler, with burial in the VanHoose Cemetery at Thealka.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Lowell Homer King
1944-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m. at the Staffordsville Free Will Baptist Church for Lowell Homer King, 70, of Flat Gap, who passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Mr. King was born Oct. 25, 1944 in Johnson County, son of the late Joe and Josephine Crislip King. He was a school bus driver; and worked in the logging industry. He was also preceded in death by one son, John Mark King; three brothers, Wade King, Robert King, and Paul King.
Surviving are two sons, Phillip (Ruth) King and Matthew (Melissa) King, both of Staffordsville; one brother, Harold King; two sisters, Betty Jane King, both of Staffordsville; and Nancy Prater of Louisville; his life-long friend and companion, Dottie Ora Blevins King of Staffordsville; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by James Kelly Caudill, with burial to follow in the King-Blanton Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Ruel McClure
1927-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. at the Little Mud Lick Church of God, for Ruel McClure, 87, of Wittensville, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 8 at his residence.
Mr. McClure was born Sept. 13, 1927 in Thealka, son of the late Dewey and Wilda Lemaster McClure. He was owner and operator of McClure Vending before retiring. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Adams McClure.
Surviving are one son, Gary McClure of Paintsville; one sister, Billie Stinson of Wittensville; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by the Rev. Tobe Wheeler, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Shirlene Johnson
1965-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Shirlene Johnson, 49, of Staffordsville, who passed away Monday, Nov. 10 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Ms. Johnson was born Feb. 13, 1965 in Paintsville, daughter of the late Glady and Lola Gay Cantrell Estep. She was a cosmetology student.
Surviving are one son, Austin Cornett of Greenup; two brothers, Donnie Estep of Carmel, Ind., and Jimmy Estep of Oil Springs; five sisters, Yvonne Blair of Staffordsville, Jaime Hackworth of Georgetown, Linda Hall of Ashland, Teresa O’Bryan of Hager Hill, and Sabrina Waldrup of Swannanoa, N.C.; one step-sister, Tammie Bolin, Greenville, S.C.; three step-brothers, Johnny Bunyard of Dayton, Ohio, Tommy Bunyard of Flat Gap, and Allen Bunyard of San Bernadino, Calif.
The service will be officiated by the Rev. Tim Salyer, with burial to follow in the Estep Cemetery at Fuget.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Rusha Dae Nichols
1927-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 14 at Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Rusha Dae Nichols, 87, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, Nov. 10.
Mrs. Nichols was born Aug. 3, 1927 at Sitka, daughter of the late Thomas and Ruby Salyers Witten. She had worked as a supervisor with Princess Manufacturing, and a member of the Paintsville Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Doc” Nichols.
Surviving are two sons, Carl Edward Nichols of Yorktown, Va., and William Thomas Nichols of Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Rita Deloris Allen of Paintsville, and Dianna Carr of Frankfort; seven grandchildren, Scott (Sheila) McKenzie, Patrick Nichols, Kim Nichols, Andraya (Guthrey) Preston, Tommy Nichols, Daedra Kelly, and Alena Nichols, and four great-grandchildren, Tyler McKenzie, Rebecca and Dylan Preston, and Stormi Dae Nichols.
The service will be officiated by B. Joe Hill, Steve Trimble, and Stanley Blevins, with burial to follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Pallbearers will be Scott McKenzie, Tyler McKenzie, Patrick Nichols, Tommy Nichols, Dylan Preston, Guthrey Preston, and Chad Hughes.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


11-12-2014 Obituaries
Deidra G. Music-Thomas
1961-2014

Deidra G. Music-Thomas, age 53, of Lewisburg, Ohio, departed this life on November 6, 2014 after a short stay at Hospice.
She was born July 15, 1961 in Paintsville, daughter of Jack and Patty Nelson Music of Lewisburg. She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Clyde E. and Nell Music, and maternal grandparents, John and Ann Nelson.
Surviving in addition to her parents are, one brother, Brent (Jennifer) Music and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.
This is a paid obituary.

Gary Dwayne Clay
1958-2014

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. at the Sitka Free Will Baptist Church, for Gary Dwayne Clay, 55, of East Point, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.
Mr. Clay was born Dec. 11, 1958 in Paintsville, son of Clustena McKenzie Clay Hall and the late Ollie Clay. He was a operations manager with Daughtery Petroleum. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Janet VanHoose.
Surviving are his wife, Sherry Lee Fannin Clay; two sons, Jeremy Dwayne Clay of East Point, and Matthew Zachary Clay of Oil Springs; one daughter, Codi Allyece Meek of Thelma; one sister, Regenia Lemaster of East Point; one brother, Varnell Clay of Wabash, Ind.; and two grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Jim McKenzie with burial in the Mantfred Castle Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Elaine Ann Welch
1947-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Elaine Ann Welch, 66, of Ulysses, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 9 at her residence.
Mrs. Welch was born Nov. 25, 1947 at Crum, W. Va., daughter of the late William and Florence Hensley Little.
Surviving are her husband, Mart Ray Welch; one son, Rosco Spaulding Jr., of Richardson; three step-sons, Michael Ray Welch of Whitehouse, Marty Welch of Paintsville, and Ben Welch of Van Lear; one daughter, Kim Welch of Inez; two sisters, Pam Allen and Brenda Williamson, both of Kermit, W. Va.,; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Jesse J. Spaulding, with burial in the Little Cemetery at Crum.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Dolores V. Witten
1925-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Dolores V. Witten, 89, of Paintsville, who passed away Friday, Nov. 7 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home.
Ms. Witten was born Oct. 19, 1925 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Hoy and Minnie McKenzie VanHoose. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by one son, James C. Witten Jr.; one brother, Hoy VanHoose; two sisters, Ida Mae Grimm, and Helen Frances Gray.
Surviving are two sons, William D. “Bill” (Sharon) Witten and Robert W. (Debbie) Witten, both of Sitka; one brother, Harry Thomas VanHoose of Paintsville; one sister, Emma Jean Blanton of Staffordsville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by James Kelly Caudill, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Earletta Meade
1951-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Earletta Meade, 63, of Van Lear, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 8 at Community Hospice in Ashland.
Mrs. Meade was born Oct. 24, 1951 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Earl and Margaret Welch Booth.
Surviving are her husband, Tommy Meade of Van Lear; one son, Tim (Karen) Meade of Van Lear; one brother, Darrin Spears of Florida; five sisters, Londa Meade of Van Lear, Darla Stroud of Catlettsburg, Lisa Shockley of Florida and Marta Montoya, both of Florida, and Bridget Yusef of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The service was officiated by Roger Music, with burial in the Butcher Cemetery at Whitehouse.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.



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