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4-16-2014 Obituaries
Gary Neil Conley
1956-2014

Gary Neil Conley, 58, of West Milton, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
He was born in Paintsville, to Jeff and Sue Pennington Conley. Gary was an animal lover and enjoyed breeding and showing many different dogs over the years. He was an active member of the Echo Hills Kennel Club, Briard Club of America, and the United States Australian Shepherd Association. Gary also enjoyed trail riding and was an avid UD basketball fan.
Gary is survived by his parents, two brothers, Perry and Jeff (Cindy); two daughters, Natasha (Todd) Chesnut and Colleen (Troy) Fowler; grandchildren, Anthony Chesnut and Grace Fowler; nephew, Zane Conley; and niece Courtney Conley, all of Springfield, Ohio. He is also survived by his fianceé, Jolene Kelley, and her children, Monica, Jillian and Andrew Culver, all of West Milton, as well as many loving aunts, uncles, and other friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 14, 11 a.m. at the Lighthouse Tabernacle, 5202 Valley Pike, Urbana, Ohio, with Pastor Rick Clos officiating. Burial was in the Terre Haute Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to the Alpha 1 Foundation or Briard Medical Trust.
Arrangements were handled by the Jones-Kenney-Zechman Funeral Home, Springfield, Ohio.
This is a paid obituary.

James Earl ‘Jim’ Pickle
1926-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 1, 12 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville, for James Earl “Jim” Pickle, 87, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, April 14 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.
Mr. Pickle was born Sept. 16, 1926 in Johnson County, son of the late Jim and Priscilla Blair Pickle. He was a Selective Service Agent; U. S. Army Corp. veteran; a member of the Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church, Paintsville Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Eastern Star. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Numia L. Bradley Pickle; one son, James Eric Pickle, and two daughters, Lynda Kay Pickle and Sherry Pickle Martin.
Surviving is one daughter, Deloris “Dodie” Pickle of Paintsville.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Paintsville Masonic Lodge #381 F & AM will conduct Masonic services at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The service will be officiated by Dr. John W. Hatton, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Auxier Chapter 18 DAV will conduct full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Virginia Sue Sparks Estep
1936-2014

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville, for Virginia Sue Sparks Estep, 77, who passed away Monday, April 14 in Lincoln, Ill.
Mrs. Estep was born Dec. 10, 1936 in Van Lear, daughter of the late O. D. and Sarah Hattie Castle Sparks. She was a homemaker; and an active member of the Southern Acres Christian Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Riley Estep Jr.; several siblings, Dr. O. D. Sparks Jr., Howard Sparks, Anna Sparks Colvin, and Richard E. Sparks.
Surviving are her son, James Riley (Karen) Estep Jr. of Lincoln; two sisters, Darlene Preston of Canton, Ohio and Dorothy Bradley of Kenova, W. Va.; brother-in-law, David (Marcie) Estep of Van Lear; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. up until the time of the funeral.
Arrangements under the di-rection of the Milward Funer-al Directors of Lexington.


4-11 Obituaries
Gary Neil Conley
1956-2014

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 14, 11 a.m. at the Lighthouse Tabernacle in Urbana, Ohio, for Gary Neil Conley, 58, of West Milton, Ohio, who passed away Wednesday, April 9 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Mr. Conley was born in Paintsville, son of Jeff and Sue Pennington Conley. He was an animal lover and a member of the Echo Hill Kennel Club.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Perry and Jeff (Cindy); two daughters, Natasha (Todd) Chesnut and Colleen (Troy) Fowler; two grandchildren; and his fianceé, Jolene Kelley.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the church.
The service will be officiated by Pastor Rick Clos, with burial to follow in the Terre Haute Cemetery in Ohio.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Kenney-Zechman Funeral Home of Springfield, Ohio.


4-9-2014 Obituaries
Elizabeth Ann
Holbrook Morris
1980-2014

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Elizabeth Ann Holbrook Morris, 33, of Lexington, who passed away Thursday, April 3 at U. K. Medical Center in Lexington.
Mrs. Morris was born Oct. 15, 1980 to Joyce Miller of Lexington, and Danny (Edna) Holbrook of Louisa.
Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Josie Beth Morris of Madisonville; and her grandfather, Doug Miller of Paintsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.


4-4-2014 Obituaries

Gerald T. Salyers
1940-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 4, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Gerald T. Salyers, 73, of Wittensville, who passed away Tuesday, April 1 at the Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Salyers was born Dec. 30, 1940 in Magoffin County, son of the late Tony and Lilly Cantrell Salyers.
Surviving are his wife, Justine Slone Salyers; one son Gerald Thomas Salyers Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Elizabeth Wade of Marion, Ohio; one brother, Earl Salyers of Ashland; one sister, Avonell Meade of Marion; and one grandchild.
The service will be officiated by Bruce Aaron Davis, with burial to follow at the Salyers Family Cemetery in Magoffin County.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Harold Campbell
1956-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 4, 2 p.m. at the Sitka Free Will Baptist Church for Harold Campbell, 57, of Sitka, who passed away Tuesday, April 1 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.
Mr. Campbell was born Dec. 14, 1956 in Paintsville, son of the late Bascom and Ada May Kimbler Campbell. He was a truck driver with Campbell Co.
Surviving are one son, Jarred Harold Campbell of Sitka; one daughter, Jessica Michelle Campbell of Sitka; two brothers, Darrell Campbell and Farrell Campbell, both of Sitka; three sisters, Beatrice Castle and Delia Janie Bunker, both of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and Roberta Castle of Wittensville.
The service will be officiated by Jim McKenzie, with burial to follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Joseph Sherman Allen
1970-2014

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Joseph Sherman Allen, 44, of Paintsville, who passed away Friday, March 28 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Allen was born Jan. 2, 1970 in Johnson County, son of the late Joseph Woodrow and Wanda Faye Castle Nelson. He was a laborer.
The service was officiated by Ronnie Spriggs, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Surviving are his fiancé, Misty Smith; and life-long friend, Stacy Underwood Trimble.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


4-2-2014 Obituaries

Bethel Bowling
1925-2014

Funeral services were held Monday, March 31, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Bethel Bowling, 88, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, March 27 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.
Mrs. Bowling was born Nov. 20, 1925 in Auxier, daughter of the late Frank Booth and Martha Whitaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Otis Bowling.
Surviving are three sons, William Bowling and Terry Bowling, both of Wabash, Ind. and Clayton Bowling of Marion, Ind.; seven daughters, Brenda Blankenship, Alice Hewlett, and Jackie Dollarhide, all of Van Lear, Bertha Henry of Florida, Lucille Webb and Ida Ann Sparks, both of Wabash, and Evelyn Hazelett of Hager Hill; one brother, Ellis Booth of Elk Hart, Ind.; three sisters, Mary Webb of Wabash, Ida Mae Thomas and Florence Stiltner, both of Columbus, Ohio; 21 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Manford Fannin, with burial in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Charles Kestner
1955-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Charles Kestner, 58, of Wittensville, who passed away Monday, March 31 at his residence.
Mr. Kestner was born May 1, 1955 in Johnson County, son of the late Alvis and Ruth Ray Kestner. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Debbie Evans.
Surviving are his wife, Donna VanHoose Kestner; one son, Charles “CJ” Kestner of Paintsville; one daughter, Nikki (Chris) Vaughn of Paintsville; and one sister, Sharon Hall of Hager Hill.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at the funeral home.
The service will be officiated by Larry Blair, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Charles Kenneth VanHoose
1934-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Charles Kenneth VanHoose, 79, of Huntington, W. Va., who passed away Saturday, March 29 at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.
Mr. VanHoose was born May 30, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Ruby and Della Mae Walker VanHoose. He was a U. S. Army veteran and had worked at Owens-Illinois Glass Factory. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Rudelle Woods VanHoose, and his second wife, Dorothy VanHoose.
The service was officiated by James Kelly Caudill, with burial in the Rice Family Cemetery at Nippa.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Danny William Pugh
1938-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 1, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Danny William Pugh, 76, of Paintsville, who passed away Saturday, March 29 at his residence.
Mr. Pugh was born Feb. 28, 1938 in Paintsville, son of the late Daniel William and Ester Marie Travis Pugh. He was the retired owner of Castle’s Jewelry.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Castle Pugh of Paintsville; three sons, David W. (Jennifer) Pugh and Douglas W. (Barbara) Pugh, both of Paintsville, and Darrell W. Pugh of Pikeville; two sisters, Charlene Williams of Flat Gap, and Judy Blake of Fresno, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
The service was officiated by John Hatton, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Eula B. Horne Sammons
1923-2014

Funeral services were held Monday, March 31, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Eula B. Horne Sammons, 90, of Meally, who passed away Friday, March 28 at her residence.
Mrs. Sammons was born June 3, 1923 in Johnson County, son of the late Norman and Myrtle McCloud Horne. She was a registered nurse. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Sammons; one son, Jerry McCarty; one daughter, Nellie Ratliff; three brothers, Gene, Robert, and Leo Horne; one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.
Surviving are one son, John (Barb) McCarty of Meally; one daughter, Jackie (Everett) Crum of Williamsport; two brothers, Harold Lloyd (Nancy) Horne of Enon, Ohio and John W. Horne of Staffordsville; one sister, Minerva (Nathan) Castle of Dayton, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Richard Williams with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Jess Wakefield Songer
1919-2014

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 2, at the First Christian Church in Paintsville, for Jess Wakefield Songer, 95, of Paintsville, who passed away Saturday at his residence.
Mr. Songer was born Jan. 14, 1919 in Johnson County, son of the late Jess Ballard and Edna Gertrude Wakefield Songer. He was a U. S. Army veteran; retired owner/operator of S & S Shoe Store; and a deacon at the First Christian Church. He was also preceded in death by one son, David Alton Songer; and his sister, Mary Fern Stafford.
Surviving are his wife, Zona Daniel Songer of Paintsville; one son, Dr. Jess (Karen) Songer of Paintsville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Wes Stedefeld, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Luther S. Safriet, Jr.
1917-2014

Luther S. Safriet Jr., died at the age of 97 on March 28, 2014 in Sebring, Fla. Luther, son of Luther and Pearl Green Safriet was born on January 21, 1917 in Williamsburg, Ky. He graduated from Cumberland College Academy and Morehead State University in Kentucky. He was a teacher and Director of the Harlan (Kentucky) Area Vocational Education School for eight years, and Coordinator of the Mayo State Vocational School in Paintsville, for 22 years until his retirement in 1975. Following his retirement, he lived in Stewartstown, Penn. for eight years, and then moved to Sebring in 1983.
Luther married the love of his dreams, Wilma Selvey in June, 1943, and enjoyed 64 years of exploring life with her until her death in 2007.
They had two daughters, Judith Ann Daugherty of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., and Barbara Jean Safriet of Orcas Island, Wash.
Luther was very active in promoting educational opportunities for all, having served as the President of the Kentucky Vocational Association, the Kentucky Industrial Education Association and the Eastern Kentucky Educational Association, as well as an accreditation consultant for the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. He also was a life-long active supporter of may civic organizations; Rotary International (serving as a member, club president and District Governor, and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow), the Girl Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, and the Lions Clubs International (honorary life member). Luther was an active member of the Open Door Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Sebring (for which he sold truckloads of apples, and cooked thousands of pancakes and hundreds of gallons of spaghetti sauce for their fundraisers).
Luther is survived by his brother, Irvin Safriet of Sebring; daughter, Judith and son-in-law, Edward Daugherty; daughter, Barbara; grandson, Brian Daugherty, and great-granddaughter, Dylan Mia of San Diego; grandson, Michael Daugherty and his wife Melissa, and great-grandsons, Chase and Miller of Winter Park, Fla.; brother-in-law, Earl Killian; sister-in-law, Mary Hensley Wagner; and several nephews and nieces.
A memorial service is being planned for later in the spring.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Morris Funeral Chapel of Sebring, Fla.
This is a paid obituary.



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