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1-20-2017 Obituaries
Brandon Lawrence Ratliff
1987-2017

Brandon Lawrence Ratliff, age 29, of Tutor Key passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Born to Lawrence “Shorty” Ratliff and Deborah VanHoose Ratliff, he was married to Megan Blanton Ratliff of Tutor Keyand survived by his son, Aiden Lawrence Ratliff of Puncheon, daughter Isabella Grace Ratliff of Tutor Key, brother Stanley Ratliff of Stambaugh and surviving maternal grandmother Marlene VanHoose of Tutor Key. He is preceded in death by his son Leeland Randall Ratliff.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Jones -Preston Funeral Home Chapel of Paintsville and officiated by Ronnie Spriggs and Larry Blair. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Ford Estep
1928-2017

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home in Fairborn, Ohio, for Ford Estep, 88, of Fairborn, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Burial will follow in the Bryon Cemetery in Fairborn.
Arrangements under the direction of the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home.

Eddie Michael Williams
1950-2017

Eddie Michael Williams, age 67, of Paintsville died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at his residence. Born to the late Kendrick and Edna Salyers-Williams. He is survived by his wife, Joan Ball-Williams; three sons: Brian Christopher (Becky) Williams of Holden Beach, N.C., Edward Matthew (Amy) Williams of Paintsville, and Michael Sean (Tammie) Williams of Pricetown; two brothers: Kenny (Della) Williams of Inez, and Ronnie (Daurice) Williams of Salyersville; two sisters: Charlene (Robert) Arms of East Point, and Dianna (Tom) Howard of Oil Springs; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be held Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9a.m. until time of service at the South Side Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11am at the South Side Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Price officiating. Burial followed in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville.
Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the South Side Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary.

Herma Lee Rice Andy
1924-2017

A private service was held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson, Fla., for Herma Lee Rice Andy, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 8 at her residence in San Diego, Calif.
She was born Dec. 15, 1924, daughter of the late William Dewey and Ola Mae Conley Rice in Johnson County.
Herma Lee was a loving wife, mother, grand-and great-grandmother. She has such a big heart. She was a kind and loving spirit and her family always came first. She was an amazing person and had many passions…such as travel, dancing, playing cards with family and friends and her Las Vegas vacations with her husband and daughters. She will truly be missed by ALL who knew her.
She was widowed from her husband of 34 years, Earnest M. Andy in 1990, New Port Richey, Fla., where they retired to from Columbus, Ohio in 1985.
Mrs. Herma Lee Andy is survived by two daughters, Linda L. Andy Fischer and son-in-law, John P. Fischer of Mantua, Ohio; and Tammy S. Andy-Rashidi and son-in-law Mohammad Rashidi of San Diego; one sister, Garnet Rice Moore of Vandalia, Ohio; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Seven brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Interment was at the Grace Memorial Gardens Cemetery followed by a sunset celebration.
This is a paid obituary.


1-18-2017 Obituaries
Eddie Michael Williams
1950-2017

Eddie Michael Williams, age 67, of Paintsville died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at his residence. Born to the late Kendrick and Edna Salyers-Williams. He is survived by his wife, Joan Ball-Williams; three sons: Brian Christopher (Becky) Williams of Holden Beach, N.C., Edward Matthew (Amy) Williams of Paintsville, and Michael Sean (Tammie) Williams of Pricetown; two brothers: Kenny (Della) Williams of Inez, and Ronnie (Daurice) Williams of Salyersville; two sisters: Charlene (Robert) Arms of East Point, and Dianna (Tom) Howard of Oil Springs; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 18, from 9 a.m. until time of service at the South Side Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11am at the South Side Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Price officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville.
Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the South Side Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary.

Herma Lee Rice Andy
1924-2017

A private service was held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson, Fla., for Herma Lee Rice Andy, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 8 at her residence in San Diego, Calif.
She was born Dec. 15, 1924, daughter of the late William Dewey and Ola Mae Conley Rice in Johnson County.
Herma Lee was a loving wife, mother, grand-and great-grandmother. She has such a big heart. She was a kind and loving spirit and her family always came first. She was an amazing person and had many passions…such as travel, dancing, playing cards with family and friends and her Las Vegas vacations with her husband and daughters. She will truly be missed by ALL who knew her.
She was widowed from her husband of 34 years, Earnest M. Andy in 1990, New Port Richey, Fla., where they retired to from Columbus, Ohio in 1985.
Mrs. Herma Lee Andy is survived by two daughters, Linda L. Andy Fischer and son-in-law, John P. Fischer of Mantua, Ohio; and Tammy S. Andy-Rashidi and son-in-law Mohammad Rashidi of San Diego; one sister, Garnet Rice Moore of Vandalia, Ohio; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Seven brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Interment was at the Grace Memorial Gardens Cemetery followed by a sunset celebration.
This is a paid obituary.

Larry Hayes
1949-2017

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 12 p.m. at the Cold Springs United Baptist Church at Flat Gap, for Larry Hayes, 67, of Flat Gap, who passed away Saturday, Jan. 14 at his residence.
Burial will be in the Estep Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Brandon Lawrence Ratliff
1987-2017

Brandon Lawrence Ratliff, age 29, of Tutor Key passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Born to Lawrence “Shorty” Ratliff and Deborah VanHoose Ratliff, he was married to Megan Blanton Ratliff of Tutor Keyand survived by his son, Aiden Lawrence Ratliff of Puncheon, daughter Isabella Grace Ratliff of Tutor Key, brother Stanley Ratliff of Stambaugh and surviving maternal grandmother Marlene VanHoose of Tutor Key. He is preceded in death by his son Leeland Randall Ratliff.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Jones -Preston Funeral Home Chapel of Paintsville and officiated by Ronnie Spriggs and Larry Blair. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Donna Lou Ratliff
1967-2017

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Paintsville Funeral Home for Donna Lou Ratliff, 50, of Oil Springs, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Burial was at the Ratliff Cemetery in Denver.
Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Jarvis James Meade
1947-2017

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 16 at the House of Worship in Prestonsburg for Jarvis James Meade, 69, of Prestonsburg, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Burial was at the Blair Crace Cemetery in Paintsville.
Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Johnny Ray LeMaster
1951-2017

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Johnny Ray LeMaster, 65, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 15 in his home.
Burial was at the Dennie Pigg Cemetery in Boons Camp
Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


1-13-2017 Obituaries
James ‘Debuck’ Scarberry
1936-2017

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for James “Debuck” Scarberry, 80, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, Jan. 9 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Scarberry was born Aug. 27, 1936 in Johnson County, son of the late Arnold and Rachel Elizabeth Music Scarberry.
Surviving are his wife, Alene Castle Scarberry; one son, Phillip D. (Beverly) Scarberry of Wittensville; one sister, Jearlene Preston of Tutor Key; one grandson, Jeffrey D. (Nicole) Scarberry; and two grandchildren, Lexie Scarberry and Chloe Scarberry.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1-9 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.
The service will be officiated by Paul Wayne Browning, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


1-11-2017 Obituaries
Leta Jo Nelson
1935-2017

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home in Paintsville, for Leta Jo Nelson, 81, of Paintsville, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Mrs. Nelson was born Oct. 11, 1935 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Kermit Patterson and Effie Davis Spradlin.
Surviving is her lifelong companion, Zeberum Campbell of Prestonsburg; one brother, Roger (Vera) Spradlin of Churchill, Tenn.; nephews, James Spradlin of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Michael Campbell of Prestonsburg; five nieces, Paula Spradlin Ferrell, Kelli Campbell Billiter and Deanne Burke, all of Prestonsburg, Saundra Massie of Jackson, Mich., and Jennie Spradlin Ekleberry of Churchill; and several great- and great-great-nieces.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 6, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 7 until time of service.
The service will be officiated by Keith Horn and Bill Campbell, with entombment in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Martin Childers
1923-2017

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Martin Childers, 93, of Thelma, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 8 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Thelma.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

James ‘Debuck’ Scarberry
1936-2017

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for James “Debuck” Scarberry, 80, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, Jan. 9 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Scarberry was born Aug. 27, 1936 in Johnson County, son of the late Arnold and Rachel Elizabeth Music Scarberry.
Surviving are his wife, Alene Castle Scarberry; one son, Phillip D. (Beverly) Scarberry of Wittensville; one sister, Jearlene Preston of Tutor Key; one grandson, Jeffrey D. (Nicole) Scarberry; and two grandchildren, Lexie Scarberry and Chloe Scarberry.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1-9 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.
The service will be officiated by Paul Wayne Browning, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Garfield Burchett Jr.
1936-2017

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m. at the Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church for Garfield Burchett Jr., 80, of River, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


1-4-2017 Obituaries
Elisha Arlene Fannin Sublett
1936-2016

Elisha Arlene Fannin Sublett, 80, passed away on December 25, 2016 at Rosedale Nursing Home in Covington, after an extended illness.
She was born in Auxier on March 7, 1936 to Hayes and Bessie Fannin. Mrs. Sublett was the eldest of nine children, all of whom survive her. She lived in Paintsville and graduated from Van Lear High School.
In 1955, Elisha married Wilbur Allen Sublett. She lived in Marion, Ind., Lexington, Barstow, Calif., Las Vegas, Nevada, and Heltersberg, Germany. She owned and operated Jolene’s Dress Shop in Paintsville, and worked at the airport in Las Vegas for 20 years before retiring in 2006.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Surviving are her children, Chester (Betsy) Sublett of Edgewood, and Stephania (Barry) Burns of Boerne, Texas; eight siblings, Delmadge (Gerri) Fannin, Trudy (Bill) Wilkins, and Norman (Sharon) Fannin, all of Van Lear, Sue Clark and Marie Wells, both of Daniels Creek, Vencil (Naomi) Fannin of Riceville, Raymond (Carole) Fannin of Hyden Branch, and Rhonda (Donald) Slone of Port Charlotte, Fla.; four grandchildren, Amber Handley and Sherry Malone, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lauren Sublett of San Francisco, Calif., and Jack Burns of Boerne, Texas; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sublett donated her body to the University of Kentucky Medical School.
Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Drive, Englewood, KY 41017.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
This is a paid obituary.

Ralph Leroy Ward
(Columbus, Ohio)

Ralph L. Ward, World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and lifetime member of the VFW of West Jefferson, Ohio, Post 7005, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the age of 94.
Born in Johnson County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Asbury and Mabel Ward; wife, Peggy; and sisters, Wilma Moore and Marie Pelphrey.
Ralph is survived by his son, Jerry Ward of Ohio; his sister, Iris Blair of West Van Lear; and four nephews, Ronnie Dee Blair of Paintsville, James Blair of Staffordsville, and Mark and Gary Pelphrey, both of West Jefferson.
Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society/Redman-Snyder Memorial Center.
Online condolences may be made at www.ohiocremation.org.
This is a paid obituary.

Herschel Denver Lawson
1941-2017

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Herschel Denver Lawson, 75, of Melvindale, Mich., who passed away Friday, Dec. 30 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Burial was in the Daniels Cemetery at Boonscamp.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Roberta Price Nickerson
1939-2016

Graveside services were held Friday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m. at the Price Family Cemetery at Oil Springs, for Roberta Price Nickerson, 77, of Hickory, N.C., who passed away Saturday, Dec. 24 in Martinsville, Va.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.



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