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8-26-2016 Obituaries
Ralph Scarberry
1934-2016

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Ralph Scarberry, 81, of River, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.
Mr. Scarberry was born Nov. 30, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Alfred and Zelka Scarberry. He had been a construction worker with Fishel Company in Ohio. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Sparks Scarberry; one daughter, Joann Griffith; two brothers, James Ellis and Randall Scarberry; and a half-sister, Katherine Mae Reed.
Surviving are his wife, Sophie Davis Scarberry of River; three sons, Homer Eugene Scarberry of River, Sammy Michael Scarberry of Ashland, and Robert Lee Scarberry of Paintsville; one daughter, Jawanna Miller of Staffordsville; one half-brother, David Scarberry of Sitka; five sisters, Jerry Lynch of Georgia, Pansy Daniel and Ruth Ann Seaton, both of Elizabethtown, Lessie Stambaugh of Ashland, and Mahala Collier of Irvine; three half-sisters, Connie Cantrell of Georgetown, Alma O’Bryant and Cathy Sadler, both of Paintsville; four grandchildren, Christine Conley, Jennifer Cantrell, Tanya Yates and Derrick Griffith; and seven great-grandchildren, Braydon Conley, Bryston Conley, Braner Conley, Caiden Yates, Kelson Yates, Ryker Yates and Karson Cantrell.
The service will be officiated by Gail Music and Bruce Aaron Davis, with burial to follow in the Scarberry Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Peggy Sue Hall Tackett
1950-2016

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Peggy Sue Hall Tackett, 66, of Sitka, who passed away Saturday, Aug. 20 at her residence.
Mrs. Tackett was born February 1, 1950 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Earl King and Goldie Katherine Tackett King. She was retired school cook with Johnson County school system. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil King, Hobert King, and Robert King; and one sister, Ruby Fairchild.
Surviving are her husband, David Tackett of Sitka; one son, Gene Anthony (Tammy Jean) Curtis of Paintsville; three daughters, Tammy Sue (Kenny) Stapleton of Sitka, Pamela Sue (Scotty) Burchett, and Katherine Marie (Jason) Meade of Wittensville; four step-sons, David, Brian, Darrin, and Loren Tackett; one brother, Mitchell King of Nippa; two sisters, Brenda Lemaster of Paintsville and Opal Farley of Springfield, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and 11 step-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Roger Hill and Red VanHoose, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
This is a paid obituary.


8-24-2016 Obituaries
Earl ‘Junior’ Ratliff, Jr.
(1949-2016)

Junior Ratliff, age 67, of Little Mud Lick Road, Staffordsville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.
Junior was born May 23, 1949, son of the late Earl and Mattie Ward Ratliff. He is preceded in death by one brother, Frank Ratliff; and four sisters, Hattie Castle, Cora O’Bryan, Clara Fraley, and Janice Wright.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Selvage Ratliff; one daughter, Carrie Ratliff (Greg) Fairchild of Staffordsville; three brothers, Clyde and Wayne Ratliff of Paintsville, and Jimmy Ratliff of Barnetts Creek; one sister, Shirley Kretzer of Winchester; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19 at the Little Mud Lick Church of God, Little Mud Lick Road, Staffordsville.
The service was officiated by Tobe Wheeler and Norman Roberts Jr., with burial following in the Staffordsville Church at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Peggy Sue Hall Tackett
1950-2016

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Peggy Sue Hall Tackett, 66, of Sitka, who passed away Saturday, Aug. 20 at her residence.
Mrs. Tackett was born February 1, 1950 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Earl King and Goldie Katherine Tackett King. She was retired school cook with Johnson County school system. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil King, Hobert King, and Robert King; and one sister, Ruby Fairchild.
Surviving are her husband, David Tackett of Sitka; one son, Gene Anthony (Tammy Jean) Curtis of Paintsville; three daughters, Tammy Sue (Kenny) Stapleton of Sitka, Pamela Sue (Scotty) Burchett, and Katherine Marie (Jason) Meade of Wittensville; four step-sons, David, Brian, Darrin, and Loren Tackett; one brother, Mitchell King of Nippa; two sisters, Brenda Lemaster of Paintsville and Opal Farley of Springfield, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and 11 step-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Roger Hill and Red VanHoose, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
This is a paid obituary.


8-17-2016 Obituaries
Roger Burton
1943-2016

Roger Burton 73, of Wittensville died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born to Emogene Puckett-Burton and the late Clifford Burton. He is survived by his wife: Debbie Preston-Burton of Wittensville; one daughter, Alyssa Dawn (Mike) Stewart of Pikeville; one granddaughter: Madison Kate Stewart; and a host of family and friends.
Mr. Burton was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paintsville; an alumnus of Paintsville High School; and also attended Morehead State University. Roger was a radio sports announcer for Burton Broadcasting, and was also on a talk show on WKLW with CK Belhasen as the “Moron Brothers”. Roger was the original sound technician for Jenny Wiley Theater; and a member of the Paintsville Auxiliary Police and Fire Department.
Roger was a man of many talents and was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14 in the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Reverends McCoy Taylor and Ronnie Spriggs, Dr. Wayne Cornett officiating, with burial at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary.

Douglas R. Pruitt
1946-2016

Douglas R. Pruitt, age 69, of North Middletown, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016.
He was born Oct. 5, 1946 in Bartley, W. Va., the son of the late Dewey and Ora Nellie Brooks Pruett. He was a coal miner, veteran, and an electric engineer. He was a member of the DAV and American Legion.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Beverly Mullins Pruitt of North Middletown; one daughter, Tabitha K. Pruitt-Mason of North Middletown one son, Douglas R. Pruitt Jr. of Johnson County; three grandsons, Tyler D. Pruitt of Morehead, Matthew N. Bowling of Van Lear, Kent W. Mason of North Middletown; two granddaughters, Courtney C. Pruitt of Paintsville, Roselyn “Rose” Mason of North Middletown; two great-grandsons, Noah T. Pruitt of Morehead, Brody N. Bowling of Van Lear; one great-granddaughter, Leah M. Pruitt of Morehead; siblings, Charles “Bud” Pruett of Chesterfield, Va., Richard “Dickie” Pruett of Princeton, W. Va., Nancy Church of Seminole, Fla., Sandra Allen and Barbara “Babs” Williams, both of Sanford, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Lula “Petie” Pruett, Betty “Picky” McKee, Lois Bellomy, Dennis “Denny” Pruitt, James “Randy” Pruett, Juanita Pruett, unnamed baby boy.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 11-4, at 202 Main Street, North Middletown, KY 40357, at the home of his daughter, Tabitha K. Pruitt-Mason. His ashes will be buried in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W. Va. with his wife’s ashes upon her death.
Arrangements under the direction of the Care Cremation and Funeral Service of Lexington.
This is a paid obituary.

James Chandler
1921-2016

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for James Chandler 94, of Springfield, Ohio, formerly of Lowmansville, who passed away Friday, July 29 at his residence.
Burial was at the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

John Patrick Ousley
1963-2016

John Ousley, age 53, of Martin, husband of Mary Plummer Ousley, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his residence. He was born on May 29, 1963 in Martin, son of Loretta Frasure Ousley and the late Jason Ousley. He was a diesel mechanic.
Surviving in addtion to his wife, are four daughters, Ashley (Brent) Rowe, Dwale, KY, Audrea (Nicholas) Akers, Dana, KY, Allison Taylor, Paintsville, and Elizabeth Taylor, Berea; one brother; Sean (Stacey) Ousley of Martin; one sister; Clara Jean (Eddie) Hartgrove, Martin; and five grandchildren; Jacob Akers, Brooklynn Akers, Ava Grace Akers, Zoey and Lilli Meek.
Mr. Ousley was preceded in death by his Father.
Funeral service were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6 in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Penix officiating. Burial was in the Jason Ousley Family Cemetery at Martin.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home of Martin.
This is a paid obituary.

Delphine Little
1956-2016

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. at the Beechwall United Baptist Church at Denver for Delphine Little, 60, of Marion, Ohio, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Kindred Nursing Home and Rehabilitation of Marion.
She was born Feb. 14, 1956 in Findlay, Ohio, daughter of the late Junior Dyer and Sylvia Jean Spradlin Dyer. She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael Joe Dyer; grandparents, Kay and Alma Spradlin; brothers, Donnie Kay Dyer, David Dyer and Darrel Prendon Dyer.
Surviving are her daughter, Heather (Phillip) Steiger of Marion; her grandchildren, Alexis Steiger and Parker Hannah Ray Steiger; one sister, Darlene (Willie) Hill of Marion.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m.
The service will be officiated by Pastor Rutherford Blair.
Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the Richland Road Church of Christ in Marion.
Local arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Geneva P. Hamilton
1932-2016

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Geneva P. Hamilton, 83, widow of Ford Hamilton, of Red Bush, passed away Friday, Aug. 12 at Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington.
She was born Nov. 8, 1932, daughter of the late Lonnie and Mrytie Blanton Ferguson of Morgan County. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ford Hamilton, and one brother, Manford Ferguson of Indiana.
Surviving are three daughters, Carol VanHoose of Lexington, Becky (Ronnie) Fyffe and Betty (Wade) Castle, both of Flat Gap; four brothers, James (Estene) Ferguson and Charley (Thelma) Ferguson, both of Indiana, Kenneth (Sissy) Ferguson and Raymond Ferguson, both of West Liberty; three sisters, Emogene Ferguson of Hazel Green, Mary Manda (Marion) Lewis of Indiana, and Ethel Castle of Red Bush; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
The service was officiated by Delbert Music, John Estep and Paul Preston, with burial in the Milt Williams Cemetery at Red Bush.
Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Lexington or Point Pleasant Church in Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary.

Gene Lawrence Herholz
1940-2016

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. at the Caines Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Blaine, for Gene Lawrence Herholz, 76, of Blaine who passed away Friday, Aug. 12 at his residence.
Burial was in the Edwards Cemetery at Blaine.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


8-12-2016 Obituaries
Douglas R. Pruitt
1946-2016

Douglas R. Pruitt, age 69, of North Middletown, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016.
He was born Oct. 5, 1946 in Bartley, W. Va., the son of the late Dewey and Ora Nellie Brooks Pruett. He was a coal miner, veteran, and an electric engineer. He was a member of the DAV and American Legion.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Beverly Mullins Pruitt of North Middletown; one daughter, Tabitha K. Pruitt-Mason of North Middletown one son, Douglas R. Pruitt Jr. of Johnson County; three grandsons, Tyler D. Pruitt of Morehead, Matthew N. Bowling of Van Lear, Kent W. Mason of North Middletown; two granddaughters, Courtney C. Pruitt of Paintsville, Roselyn “Rose” Mason of North Middletown; two great-grandsons, Noah T. Pruitt of Morehead, Brody N. Bowling of Van Lear; one great-granddaughter, Leah M. Pruitt of Morehead; siblings, Charles “Bud” Pruett of Chesterfield, Va., Richard “Dickie” Pruett of Princeton, W. Va., Nancy Church of Seminole, Fla., Sandra Allen and Barbara “Babs” Williams, both of Sanford, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Lula “Petie” Pruett, Betty “Picky” McKee, Lois Bellomy, Dennis “Denny” Pruitt, James “Randy” Pruett, Juanita Pruett, unnamed baby boy.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 11-4, at 202 Main Street, North Middletown, KY 40357, at the home of his daughter, Tabitha K. Pruitt-Mason. His ashes will be buried in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W. Va. with his wife’s ashes upon her death.
Arrangements under the direction of the Care Cremation and Funeral Service of Lexington.
This is a paid obituary.

John Patrick Ousley
1963-2016

John Ousley, age 53, of Martin, husband of Mary Plummer Ousley, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his residence. He was born on May 29, 1963 in Martin, son of Loretta Frasure Ousley and the late Jason Ousley. He was a diesel mechanic.
Surviving in addtion to his wife, are four daughters, Ashley (Brent) Rowe, Dwale, KY, Audrea (Nicholas) Akers, Dana, KY, Allison Taylor, Paintsville, and Elizabeth Taylor, Berea; one brother; Sean (Stacey) Ousley of Martin; one sister; Clara Jean (Eddie) Hartgrove, Martin; and five grandchildren; Jacob Akers, Brooklynn Akers, Ava Grace Akers, Zoey and Lilli Meek.
Mr. Ousley was preceded in death by his Father.
Funeral service were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6 in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Penix officiating. Burial was in the Jason Ousley Family Cemetery at Martin.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home of Martin.
This is a paid obituary.

Alta Cornett Mullins
1929-2016

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Alta Cornett Mullins, 87, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, Aug. 8 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Paul Lemaster
1930-2016

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Paul Lemaster, 85, of Lexington, who passed away Monday, Aug. 8 at his residence.
Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Arnold Lee Blair
1939-2016

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Arnold Lee Blair, 77, of Oil Springs, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Blair was born Jan. 5, 1939 in Johnson County, son of the late Ervin and Mildred Rice Blair. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd Thomas Blair, Mervil Blair, Leon Blair and Elzie Blair; and one sister, Eleanor Fairchild.
Surviving are three brothers, Kenneth Blair of Oil Springs, Larry Blair of Sitka and Wendell Blair of Catlettsburg; one sister, Carolyn Sue Chitwood of Ashland; and several nieces and nephews.
The service will be officiated by Randy Haney, with burial to follow 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.

Bobby G. Picklesimer Sr.
1930-2016

Bobby G. Picklesimer Sr., 85, of Milford Center, Ohio, died Sunday evening, August 7th, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was retired and former owner of Picklesimer’s Garage in Milford Center. He also worked for Bob Chapman Ford in Plain City for 10 years. After an 8 year stint in the United States Air Force, he left the service as a Staff Sergeant and had served during the Korean War, and held memberships with the VFW Post #3320, American Post #79, and the Air Force Association. He loved vacationing, for many years, at their home in Myrtle Beach with his family and grandchildren enjoying the sun and sand and riding his golf cart on the beach “exercising.”
Bob was born August 24, 1930 in Johnson County, to the late Charles Wayne and Fanny Hitchcock Picklesimer. He was also preceded in death by a son, Charles “Chuck” Picklesimer; brothers Otis, Willard “Odell” and Phillip Picklesimer; and a son-in-law Philip Harbold.
He married the former Deloris Marlene “Tootie” Williams on September 17, 1955 in Auxier. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Tootie; their children Mary Lou Harbold, Bobby G. (Stephanie) Picklesimer Jr., Cindy A. (Randy) Thomas, all of Milford Center, Ohio; grandchildren Matt (Ashley) Harbold, Christy Picklesimer, Niki (Zach) Eickhoff, Ben (Amber) Harbold, Bobby Gene (Anne) Picklesimer III, Rachel (Aaron) Haynes; 12 great grandchildren; siblings Phyllis Roberts of Irwin, Charles A. (Patsy) Picklesimer of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Mary (Steve) White of Springfield, Ohio, Frances (Audney) Combs of Milford Center, Nina Fairchild and Karl W. (Margaret) Picklesimer of Marysville, Ohio; a sister-in-law Georgia Picklesimer of Milford Center; many nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
Funeral services were held 11 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 11, with the Rev. Ed Beeson officiating. Burial was at the Milford Center Cemetery, where the Union County Honor Guard provided full military honors.
Pallbearers were Karl Picklesimer, Matt Harbold, Zach Eickhoff, Ben Harbold, Bobby Gene Picklesimer III, and Aaron Haynes.
In Bob’s memory, contributions may be made to the Union County Cancer Society or The ViaQuest Foundation in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.ingramfuneralservices.com.


8-10-2016 Obituaries
Arnold Lee Blair
1939-2016

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Arnold Lee Blair, 77, of Oil Springs, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Blair was born Jan. 5, 1939 in Johnson County, son of the late Ervin and Mildred Rice Blair. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd Thomas Blair, Mervil Blair, Leon Blair and Elzie Blair; and one sister, Eleanor Fairchild.
Surviving are three brothers, Kenneth Blair of Oil Springs, Larry Blair of Sitka and Wendell Blair of Catlettsburg; one sister, Carolyn Sue Chitwood of Ashland; and several nieces and nephews.
The service will be officiated by Randy Haney, with burial to follow 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.

Shelby Slone Jr.
1943-2016

Shelby Slone Jr., 72, of Paintsville passed away Sunday, Aug. 7 at his residence.
There will be no service.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.



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