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4-29-2016 Obituaries
Dr. Joe Conley
1927-2016

Dr. Joe Conley, 88, of Paintsville, went to be with the Lord the morning of April 22, 2016. A native of Paintsville, Dr. Conley was an active member of the community where he touched the lives of everyone he met with his kind humor and loving presence.
Dr. Conley was a veteran of World War II during which he served as a Medical-Surgical Technician in the U. S. Army. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Dr. Conley went on to graduate from Southern School of Optometry in 1957 and was a lifetime member of the Kentucky Optometric Association. He practiced optometry in his hometown of Paintsville for nearly 60 years, continuing to care for patients until the time of his passing.
He was married to Jerry Daniels Conley in 1956 and had one child, Pam Conley Wright. Dr. Conley was an active member of First Baptist Church in Paintsville for almost 60 years, where he proudly served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Dr. Conley’s life revolved around being a devoted husband, a caring father, and being actively involved in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene F. and Mable Rice Conley, and by his brothers, Franklin P. Conley and Thomas Baldwin.
He is survived by his wife, Jerry; his daughter, Pam C. (Forrest) Wright; his brother, David Conley; two grandchildren Matthew (Christy) Wright and Emily Wright; and two great-grandchildren, Carter Lee Wright, and Conley James Wright.
Dr. Conley will be remembered as an exceptionally strong, humble man of God who exemplified Christ through his love for his family, his church, and his life’s work.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26, 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Baptist Church Missions Fund by contacting the Paintsville Funeral Home at (606) 789-5125 or the First Baptist Church at (606) 789-3168.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Herman Ray Skaggs
1935-2016

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home for Herman Ray Skaggs, 80, formerly of Terryville, who passed away Tuesday, April 26 at his residence in Flat Gap.
Mr. Skaggs was the son of the late Isaac and Louisa Skaggs. He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 28 years, Aileen Fannin; five siblings, Ford, Foster (Dean), Furl (Peggy), Ivory (Goble), Luther (Clotine); and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Maynard.
Herman left Kentucky in 1952 to work at Inland Steel in East Chicago, Ind., where he retired from the 80” hot strip as Maintenance Supervisor. After 31 years he returned to Kentucky.
He was a member of the Red Bush Enterprise Church, where he served as Clerk and Treasurer for 17 years. He was also a Master Mason at the Elk Fork Lodge. He had also achieved his 32nd Degree Scottish Rite in South Bend, Ind., and was a certified Kentucky Colonel. Herman was a God loving man, who loved his family, friends and life. He enjoyed playing his banjo with the gospel group Friends for Jesus. Also in his earlier years he also played with the Gospel Jewels.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Phyllis (Risby-Ison) Skaggs; one sister, Esta Kelly; one son, Phil (Sylvia) Skaggs; two daughters, Susie (Roger) Maynard and Jana (Steve) Chaney; six grandchildren, Brandon Maynard, Phillip Skaggs Jr., Timothy Skaggs, Brittany (Maynard) Robbins, Cameron Chaney, Cody Chaney; five great-grandchildren, Isaac, Kalei and Hunter Maynard, Julie and Allison Robbins; a host of nieces and nephews who he love dearly; and his loyal companion, Max the Border Collie.
Visitation will be Friday, April 20, 1-9 p.m. at the funeral home and until time of service on Saturday.
A Masonic service will be Friday, 7 p.m. in the chapel.
The service will be officiated by the Revs. James Wallin, Bob Williams, and Chris Baldwin, with burial to follow in the Hutchinson Family Cemetery in Elliot County.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Red Bush Enterprise Baptist Church.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary.

Roy Michael Burns
1969-2016

Roy Michael Burns was born Aug. 5, 1969 at the old Paintsville Hospital in Paintsville and departed this life on April 20, 2016 in North Canton, Ohio.
He is survived by his beloved family; his wife, Tonya Goforth Burns; his daughter, Alexandra Paige Burns; his father and mother, Roy Lee and Nancy Daniel Burns of Nippa; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lonnie and Karen Goforth of East Burnstat. He is also survived by three uncles, Bill Daniel and his wife, Barbara of Paintsville, John Daniel of Cathedral City, Ca., and Corbett Burns of Nippa; one aunt, Magdalene Burns of Harrodsburg; and several special cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as many other relatives.
He had a very special friend, Steve Burgess, who was like a brother to him.
Michael was preceded in death by two brothers, Mark and Aaron Burns; and his grandparents, Carl and Virgie Bolden Burns and Homer and Irene Meek Daniel.
He graduated with honors from Johnson Central High School, Class of 1987 and Big Sandy Community and Technical College. He worked in the gas and oil industry for The Enserca Land Services.
Michael was so loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by his beloved family, friends and co-workers.
Burial was in the A.R. Dyche Memorial Park in London.
Arrangements under the direction of the Bowling Funeral Home of London.
This is a paid obituary.

Ruby Lee Blanton
1927-2016

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29, 11 a.m. at the Staffordsville Free Will Baptist Church for Ruby Lee Blanton, 88, of Staffordsville, who passed away Tuesday, April 26 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mrs. Blanton was born Nov. 14, 1927 in Johnson County, daughter of the late George Clinton and Martha Williams Meade. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oakley Blanton, Dec. 11, 2014; one son, Scottie Lee Blanton, along with several brothers and sisters.
Surviving are one son, Tim Blanton of Burkesville; four grandchildren, Sammy (Chrissy Baldridge) Blanton, Megan Litteral, Timothy A. Blanton, Kailey Blanton; and four great-grandchildren, Lauren Paige Blanton, Braylan Reece Caudill, Joe Baldridge, and Sierra Baldridge.
The service will be officiated by John Michael Blanton, Toby Wheeler and Ronnie Spriggs, with burial to follow in the Staffordsville Church Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

John Paul Salyer
1934-2016

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for John Paul Salyer, 82, of West Van Lear, who passed away Thursday, April 21 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Johnson was born March 20, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Hodley and Maudie Johnson Salyer. He was also preceded in death by on son, Luke Salyer; one daughter, Tanna Meek; and two sisters, Pauline Preston and Marie Witten.
Surviving are his wife, Shelby Horn Salyer of West Van Lear; three sons, John Salyer of Florida, Mark and Matthew Salyer, both of Paintsville; two brothers, Edgell Salyer of Dayton, Ohio, and Brooksie Salyer of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
John was a United States Air Force veteran and proudly served in the Korean War. He was a retired minister and Law Enforcement Officer. In addition, he was a member of the DAV, Big Sandy Chapter 18, Auxier, Ky.
The service was officiated by Roy Penix, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Military Honors were conducted by the DAV, Big Sandy Chapter 18, Auxier, Ky.
This is a paid obituary.

Sandra Lee Conley
On April 13, 2016, Sandra Lee passed away peacefully and gently at her home surrounded by her loving, faithful friends and her devoted son, Rudy. She gravely struggled with adult lymphoblastic leukemia for the past year and she was valiant in her efforts. A proud Kentucky woman and educator, Sandra significantly touched the lives of all she met.
A memorial service was held at Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. She will be interred in her beloved hometown, Paintsville.
Funeral services were held April 27, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, with burial internment at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the charity or church of your choice.
Courtesy of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Charlene A. Conley
Charlene A. Conley, 94, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away April 20, 2016.
She was born in Van Lear and came to Florida in 2002. She was Church of Christ by faith; enjoyed reading and gardening and she was a good seamstress.
She is predeceased by her husband, Stewart Conley and daughter, Jeannine Zack.
She is survived by her grandson, David Zack of Spring Hill; son-in-law, Jerome Zack of Spring Hill; four great-grandchildren; loving family and friends.
Arrangements under the Brewer & Sons Funeral Home of Brooksville, Fla.
This is a paid obituary.

Edward Meeks
1958-2016

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29, 11 a.m. at the Coal Springs United Baptist Church, for Edward Meeks, 57, of Flat Gap, who passed away Saturday, April 23 at his residence.
Burial will follow at the Estep Family Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.


4-27-2016 Obituaries
John Paul Salyer
1934-2016

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for John Paul Salyer, 82, of West Van Lear, who passed away Thursday, April 21 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Johnson was born March 20, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Hodley and Maudie Johnson Salyer. He was also preceded in death by on son, Luke Salyer; one daughter, Tanna Meek; and two sisters, Pauline Preston and Marie Witten.
Surviving are his wife, Shelby Horn Salyer of West Van Lear; three sons, John Salyer of Florida, Mark and Matthew Salyer, both of Paintsville; two brothers, Edgell Salyer of Dayton, Ohio, and Brooksie Salyer of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
John was a United States Air Force veteran and proudly served in the Korean War. He was a retired minister and Law Enforcement Officer. In addition, he was a member of the DAV, Big Sandy Chapter 18, Auxier, Ky.
The service was officiated by Roy Penix, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Military Honors were conducted by the DAV, Big Sandy Chapter 18, Auxier, Ky.
This is a paid obituary.

Sandra Lee Conley
On April 13, 2016, Sandra Lee passed away peacefully and gently at her home surrounded by her loving, faithful friends and her devoted son, Rudy. She gravely struggled with adult lymphoblastic leukemia for the past year and she was valiant in her efforts. A proud Kentucky woman and educator, Sandra significantly touched the lives of all she met.
A memorial service was held at Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. She will be interred in her beloved hometown, Paintsville.
Funeral services were held April 27, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, with burial internment at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the charity or church of your choice.
Courtesy of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Clarence Arrowood
1930-2016

Clarence “Country” Arrowood, 86, of Greenup, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 18, 2016 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Arrowood was born Jan. 14, 1930 and raised in Johnson County, a son of the late Melvin and Etta McKenzie Arrowood. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Walter, Hansel, Lawrence, Douglas, John Troy and James Harold Arrowood; three sisters: Elsie Ward, Mary Preston, and Naomi Hager; and a grandson, Jason Bradley Arrowood.
Clarence was a US Army veteran with the 109th Transportation Co., where he served in the Korean War. He was awarded several metals and received an honorable discharge. Before being drafted into the Army, he was employed by the Coca-Cola Bottle Company in Louisa. After returning from the military, he attended the Mayo Vocational School, where he received his certification as a welder. He was employed by Hinkle Contracting Corp., George Tom Williams Company; Allied Chemical Semet Solvay Coke Plant, and retired from AK Steel Coke Plant as a maintenance leader and welder after 36 years of service. He was a member and helped established the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #350 of Ashland, member of the Ironton Moose Lodge #701, past Kentucky State Commander and District Commander of VFW post #1169 in Ashland, a life member of the Ironton V.F.W. post 8850, a former trustee for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Ashland, member of American Legion post 76 in Ashland, an honorary member of the military order of the cooties, the DAV, Commanders Club Bronze Leader, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the former Auxiliary Ashland Police, an avid gun collector and a member of the American Rifle Association. He was a pitcher for the Paintsville Baseball Team, where he held a record for pitching 23 strikeouts in a game. He was also a pitcher for the Semet Solvay fast pitch baseball team. He was a faithful and loyal donor for multiple charities, especially ones for veterans, children, and the Kentucky State Police.
He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, story telling, jokes and witty character, but above all the love for his family and accepting the Lord as his Savior. He was of the Baptist Faith.
He will be sadly missed by his family that he enjoyed spending time with.
He is survived by his son: Billy Ray Arrowood and his wife Robin of Cynthiana; a daughter, Connie Lynn Arrowood of Flatwoods, that resided with and cared for during his long illness until his passing. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Todd Wesley Arrowood and his wife Sandy Carper Arrowood, and Christina Lynne Withers; four grandchildren: Hunter Bradley Arrowood, Autumn Grace Arrowood, Shelby Lynne Withers, and Chelsea Ann Withers. He is also survived by a special friend and caregiver, Raymond Black of Greenup, and several special nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Minister J. R. Gullett officiating. Entombment will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. The pallbearers for Mr. Arrowood will be Billy Ray Arrowood, Todd Wesley Arrowood, Hunter Bradley Arrowood, Raymond Black, Danny Ward, and Johnny Hager. Military Rites will be performed by the US Army Honor Guard and the Greenbo Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
The visitation will be on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 6-9 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com

Randall Lee VanHoose
1969-2016

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26, 11 a.m. at the Van Lear Enterprise Baptist Church for Randall Lee VanHoose, 47, of Paintsville, who passed away Saturday, April 23, at his residence.
Burial was in the Lakeview Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


4-22-2016 Obituaries
Clarence Arrowood
1930-2016

Clarence “Country” Arrowood, 86, of Greenup, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 18, 2016 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Arrowood was born Jan. 14, 1930 and raised in Johnson County, a son of the late Melvin and Etta McKenzie Arrowood. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Walter, Hansel, Lawrence, Douglas, John Troy and James Harold Arrowood; three sisters: Elsie Ward, Mary Preston, and Naomi Hager; and a grandson, Jason Bradley Arrowood.
Clarence was a US Army veteran with the 109th Transportation Co., where he served in the Korean War. He was awarded several metals and received an honorable discharge. Before being drafted into the Army, he was employed by the Coca-Cola Bottle Company in Louisa. After returning from the military, he attended the Mayo Vocational School, where he received his certification as a welder. He was employed by Hinkle Contracting Corp., George Tom Williams Company; Allied Chemical Semet Solvay Coke Plant, and retired from AK Steel Coke Plant as a maintenance leader and welder after 36 years of service. He was a member and helped established the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #350 of Ashland, member of the Ironton Moose Lodge #701, past Kentucky State Commander and District Commander of VFW post #1169 in Ashland, a life member of the Ironton V.F.W. post 8850, a former trustee for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Ashland, member of American Legion post 76 in Ashland, an honorary member of the military order of the cooties, the DAV, Commanders Club Bronze Leader, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the former Auxiliary Ashland Police, an avid gun collector and a member of the American Rifle Association. He was a pitcher for the Paintsville Baseball Team, where he held a record for pitching 23 strikeouts in a game. He was also a pitcher for the Semet Solvay fast pitch baseball team. He was a faithful and loyal donor for multiple charities, especially ones for veterans, children, and the Kentucky State Police.
He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, story telling, jokes and witty character, but above all the love for his family and accepting the Lord as his Savior. He was of the Baptist Faith.
He will be sadly missed by his family that he enjoyed spending time with.
He is survived by his son: Billy Ray Arrowood and his wife Robin of Cynthiana; a daughter, Connie Lynn Arrowood of Flatwoods, that resided with and cared for during his long illness until his passing. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Todd Wesley Arrowood and his wife Sandy Carper Arrowood, and Christina Lynne Withers; four grandchildren: Hunter Bradley Arrowood, Autumn Grace Arrowood, Shelby Lynne Withers, and Chelsea Ann Withers. He is also survived by a special friend and caregiver, Raymond Black of Greenup, and several special nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Minister J. R. Gullett officiating. Entombment will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. The pallbearers for Mr. Arrowood will be Billy Ray Arrowood, Todd Wesley Arrowood, Hunter Bradley Arrowood, Raymond Black, Danny Ward, and Johnny Hager. Military Rites will be performed by the US Army Honor Guard and the Greenbo Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
The visitation will be on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 6-9 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com

Adam Keith ‘Boo’ Lemaster
2008-2016

Funeral services were held Monday, April 18, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Adam Keith “Boo” Lemaster, 8, of Flat Gap, who passed away Thursday, April 14 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Adams was born Feb. 23, 2008 in Johnson County, son of Adam Blake and Keisha Brooke Hall Lemaster of Flat Gap. He was a member of the Tutor Key Community Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandmother, Norma Curtis; maternal grandfather, Keith Hall; and paternal great-grandfather, Willis Lemaster.
Surviving in addition to his parents are maternal grandparents, Paul and Lenna Reed Hannah of Flat Gap; paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Mary Curtis Lemaster of Flat Gap; maternal great-grandparents, Howard and Carol Reed of Paintsville; paternal great-grandfather, Robert Curtis of Flat Gap; two aunts, Summer Williams of Flat Gap, and Lakin Hall of Michigan; two uncles, J. R. Lemaster and Joshua Hall, both of Flat Gap; and a host of other family member of many friends.
The service was officiated by Arthur Scarberry and Jason Auxier, with burial 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.

Bernard A. Blair
1931-2016

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Bernard A. Blair, 85, of Staffordsville, who passed away Wednesday, April 20 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Rita Tackett Compton
1947-2016

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 25, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Rita Tackett Compton, 69, of Ypsilanti Township, Mich., who passed away Tuesday, April 19 at Angela Hospice in Livonia, Mich.
Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

James Wilson Cantrell
1941-2016

James Wilson Cantrell, age 74, of Flat Gap, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 11, 2016 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.
He was born May 22, 1941 in Magoffin County, to the late Marion Cecil “Seadobber” and Clara Jane Castle Cantrell. James worked for many years as a carpenter and miner before retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Open Fork United Baptist Church in Morgan County.
Preceding him in death are his parents; one brother, Arnold Morris Cantrell; one infant sister, Martha Ann Cantrell; and one son-in-law, Brian Crawford.
On January 11, 1962, he married Katherine Lemaster. Together they shared 54 years and had six children; Greg (Tammy) Cantrell of Hager Hill, Terry (Gary) Hill of Flat Gap, Kenny (Tina) Cantrell of Flat Gap; Benny (Patsy) Cantrell of Flat Gap, and Joyce Crawford and Martha (Robert) Wright, both of Knoxville, Tenn.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Castle, Lonnie Wright, and Roger Jordan officiating. Burial followed in the Cantrell Family Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Sandra Lee Conley
1947-2016

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church for Sandra Lee Conley, 69, of Alexandria, Va., who passed away Wednesday, April 13 at her residence.
Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


4-20-2016 Obituaries
Adam Keith ‘Boo’ Lemaster
2008-2016

Funeral services were held Monday, April 18, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Adam Keith “Boo” Lemaster, 8, of Flat Gap, who passed away Thursday, April 14 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Adams was born Feb. 23, 2008 in Johnson County, son of Adam Blake and Keisha Brooke Hall Lemaster of Flat Gap. He was a member of the Tutor Key Community Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandmother, Norma Curtis; maternal grandfather, Keith Hall; and paternal great-grandfather, Willis Lemaster.
Surviving in addition to his parents are maternal grandparents, Paul and Lenna Reed Hannah of Flat Gap; paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Mary Curtis Lemaster of Flat Gap; maternal great-grandparents, Howard and Carol Reed of Paintsville; paternal great-grandfather, Robert Curtis of Flat Gap; two aunts, Summer Williams of Flat Gap, and Lakin Hall of Michigan; two uncles, J. R. Lemaster and Joshua Hall, both of Flat Gap; and a host of other family member of many friends.
The service was officiated by Arthur Scarberry and Jason Auxier, with burial 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.

Delores Sword Woody
1933-2016

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Delores Sword Woody, 82, of Tutor Key, who passed away Wednesday, April 13 at her residence.
Mrs. Woody was born Aug. 23, 1933 in Floyd County, daughter of the late Jim Bob Sword and Nola Blevins Sword. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Woody (Sept. 23, 2015); two brothers, Jim and Charles Sword; and one sister, Sylvia Six.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Keith Woody and (wife Katie) of Tutor Key; two sisters, Daphyne McNamee and (husband Ronnie) of Grove City, Ohio; Elsie Glandon and (husband Doc) of Chillicothe, Ohio; one grandson, Chad Woody and (wife Felicia); two great-grandsons, Logan and Dalton Woody; two sisters-in-law, Sue Sword and Midge Sword; two brothers-in-law, Darryl Woody and Charlie Six. A host of nieces and nephews also survive along with a special friend and caretaker Garnet Armstrong.
Delores was a member of the Wheelwright Free Will Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was retired from the Floyd County School System where she taught for 32 years.
A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the Chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Harry Neal Frisby and Louie Ferrari will officiate.
Friends may visit the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Appalachian Hospice by contacting the funeral home at (606) 789-8989.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Goldie Music Baldridge Collins
1928-2016

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church for Goldie Music Baldridge Collins, 87, of Prestonsburg, who passed away Friday, April 15.
Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Hester Esther Smith
1927-2016

Funeral services were held Monday, April 17, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Hester Esther Smith, 88, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, April 14 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Burial was in the Conley Family Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Willie Thomas Crabtree
1961-2016

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Willie Thomas Crabtree, 55, of Nippa, who passed away Sunday, April 17 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
Burial was in the Crabtree Family Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Windell ‘Nig’ Blanton
1923-2016

Funeral services were Friday, April 15, 11 a.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church on Third Street, Paintsville, for Windell “Nig” Blanton, 92, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, April 11 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Blanton was born Oct. 27, 1923 in Lawrence County, son of the late Dock and Verna Crace Blanton. He was a World War II veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was also preceded in death by one son, Bobby Blanton; one daughter, Sandra Abrams; two brothers, Jim Crace and Hershell Blanton; one sister, Juanita Horn; and one grandchild, Scotty Abrams.
Surviving are his wife, Blanche Holbrook Blanton; three sons, John Michael (Teresa) Blanton of Grove City, Ohio, Terry Windell Blanton of Paintsville, and Brian David (Amy) Blanton of Dayton, Ohio; four daughters, Debbie Blanton of Paintsville, Judy (Jimmy) Frazier of Staffordsville, Barb VanHoose of Paintsville, and Nikki (Jessie) McCarty of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one son-in-law, Sam Abrams; one brother, Robert Blanton of Paintsville; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Mike Blanton, with burial in the Staffordsville Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Community Hospice “In Memory of Sandra Abrams” by contacting the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, (606) 789-8989.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

James Wilson Cantrell
1941-2016

James Wilson Cantrell, age 74, of Flat Gap, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 11, 2016 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.
He was born May 22, 1941 in Magoffin County, to the late Marion Cecil “Seadobber” and Clara Jane Castle Cantrell. James worked for many years as a carpenter and miner before retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Open Fork United Baptist Church in Morgan County.
Preceding him in death are his parents; one brother, Arnold Morris Cantrell; one infant sister, Martha Ann Cantrell; and one son-in-law, Brian Crawford.
On January 11, 1962, he married Katherine Lemaster. Together they shared 54 years and had six children; Greg (Tammy) Cantrell of Hager Hill, Terry (Gary) Hill of Flat Gap, Kenny (Tina) Cantrell of Flat Gap; Benny (Patsy) Cantrell of Flat Gap, and Joyce Crawford and Martha (Robert) Wright, both of Knoxville, Tenn.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Castle, Lonnie Wright, and Roger Jordan officiating. Burial followed in the Cantrell Family Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Mabel Daniel
1919-2016

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 13, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Mabel Daniel, 96, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, April 10 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mrs. Daniel was born Dec. 30, 1919 in Logan County, W. Va., daughter of the late L. C. and Lena Carter Pack. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lafe Daniel; and one daughter, Janie Sue Daniel Dunn.
Surviving are one son, Donald E. (Gayle) Daniel of Paintsville; one sister, Grace (Willis) Daniel of Middletown, Ohio; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by James Kelly Caudill and Larry Smith, with burial in the Isom Daniel Family Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


4-15-2016 Obituaries
Delores Sword Woody
1933-2016

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Delores Sword Woody, 82, of Tutor Key, who passed away Wednesday, April 13 at her residence.
Mrs. Woody was born Aug. 23, 1933 in Floyd County, daughter of the late Jim Bob Sword and Nola Blevins Sword. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Woody (Sept. 23, 2015); two brothers, Jim and Charles Sword; and one sister, Sylvia Six.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Keith Woody and (wife Katie) of Tutor Key; two sisters, Daphyne McNamee and (husband Ronnie) of Grove City, Ohio; Elsie Glandon and (husband Doc) of Chillicothe, Ohio; one grandson, Chad Woody and (wife Felicia); two great-grandsons, Logan and Dalton Woody; two sisters-in-law, Sue Sword and Midge Sword; two brothers-in-law, Darryl Woody and Charlie Six. A host of nieces and nephews also survive along with a special friend and caretaker Garnet Armstrong.
Delores was a member of the Wheelwright Free Will Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was retired from the Floyd County School System where she taught for 32 years.
A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the Chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Harry Neal Frisby and Louie Ferrari will officiate.
Friends may visit the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Appalachian Hospice by contacting the funeral home at (606) 789-8989.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Windell ‘Nig’ Blanton
1923-2016

Funeral services will held Friday, April 15, 11 a.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church on Third Street, Paintsville, for Windell “Nig” Blanton, 92, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, April 11 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mr. Blanton was born Oct. 27, 1923 in Lawrence County, son of the late Dock and Verna Crace Blanton. He was a World War II veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was also preceded in death by one son, Bobby Blanton; one daughter, Sandra Abrams; two brothers, Jim Crace and Hershell Blanton; one sister, Juanita Horn; and one grandchild, Scotty Abrams.
Surviving are his wife, Blanche Holbrook Blanton; three sons, John Michael (Teresa) Blanton of Grove City, Ohio, Terry Windell Blanton of Paintsville, and Brian David (Amy) Blanton of Dayton, Ohio; four daughters, Debbie Blanton of Paintsville, Judy (Jimmy) Frazier of Staffordsville, Barb VanHoose of Paintsville, and Nikki (Jessie) McCarty of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one son-in-law, Sam Abrams; one brother, Robert Blanton of Paintsville; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Mike Blanton, with burial to follow in the Staffordsville Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Community Hospice “In Memory of Sandra Abrams” by contacting the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, (606) 789-8989.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Bill Burga
1923-2016

Bill Burga, of Hager Hill, Ky., age 92, passed away on March 18, 2016, after a brief illness. Bill was born Oct. 9, 1923, the son of Thomas Monroe Burga and Polly Morgan Clark Burga, who resided on John’s Creek, in Floyd County, Ky.
Bill has nine siblings, being Tom, Ollie, Myrtle, Lucy, Robert, Reca, Minnie, Mary Gertrude, and William. Both parents and all siblings preceded him in death. Especially grievous was the death of his mother in 1924, while Bill was still an infant. His father never remarried.
Bill was a veteran of World War II, wherein he saw combat beginning in Italy, and then in the south of France. He served with both valor and suffering as part of 142d Infantry Regiment of the U. S. Army. He was first wounded in some of the most violent combat of the war in Italy; recovered from his wounds and was returned to the front line with his regiment, which was then in the south of France.
There, he would again be wounded in combat; receiving such injuries to his body that he required may surgeries to save his left leg and to sustain his life. His injuries brought him much pain, which he fought to overcome every day of his life. He reached the rank of Sergeant, Company B, 142d Infantry Regiment of the United States Army.
For Bill’s wounds, our nation awarded him two purple hearts and for his valor in combat, our nation awarded him both the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. He was officially discharged honorably on August 25, 1945.
Bill was twice married, his first marriage ending in divorce. By first wife, Alta Osborne Burga, he had three children who were raised by their mother in her home in Wheelwright, Ky., being Billy Burga Jr. (Kathy) of Grand Forks, ND, Thomas D. Burga (Dreama) of Beach Park, Ill, and Elizabeth Ann Burga Turner (Arnold Jr.) of Prestonsburg. By those children he has five grandchildren, Arnold Brent Turner, James Ryan Turner, Rhonda Rena Burga Molinaro, Carrie Elizabeth Burga Kidder, and Jeffrey Thomas Burga, as well as five great-grandchildren, Arnold William Blake Turner, Angelique Celeste Turner, Adeline Hope Turner, Isaiah James Turner, and Stefanie Lee Molinaro.
In 1952, he married Estelle Ward George, who at that time had eight children of her own. Bill took them and raised them as his own, giving them both support and love. Estelle and two of those step-children, Patricia Ann Lowe and Ray George preceded Bill in death.
He is survived by four step-sons, William George (Ann Mae) of Laura, Ohio, Roger George (Ramona) of Covington, Ohio, Jimmy Douglas George (Karen) of Brazonia, Texas, and David George (Rhonda) of Bradford, Ohio; step-daughters, Clara Jean Howard (Dean) of Jamestown, Ohio, and Kay Grosnickle of Springboro, Ohio; as well as 19 step-grandchildren, and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
Bill’s working years were as a coal miner and foreman, primarily for Inland Steel and Bailey Mining Company of Wheelwright, Ky.
He was a member of the Shriner’s and most importantly a member of the Auxier Free Will Baptist Church of Auxier, Ky. He loved his church and leaves behind hundreds of brothers and sisters in Christ that loved him and also mourn his passing but rejoice in that he is now with his Lord.
Officiating his funeral serves at the church on March 23, 2016 were the Reverends Bobby Joe Spencer and Arnold Turner Jr. Burial followed at the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky.

Paul Edward Caudill
1938-2016

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Paul Edward Caudill, 77, of Hager Hill, who passed away Thursday, April 7 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
Mr. Caudill was born July 23, 1938 in Johnson County, son of the late Monroe and Alta Blair Caudill. He was Leadman at America Standard.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Sturgill Caudill; three brothers, Robert, Randolph, and Raleigh Caudill; and one sister, Alice Arms.
Surviving are one son, Christopher (Terina) Caudill of Hager Hill; and grandchild, Ashley (Adam) Butler of Hager Hill; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The service was officiated by Christopher Caudill, Adam Butler and Delmar Hall, with burial in the Caudill Cemetery at Denver.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Mabel Daniel
1919-2016

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 13, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Mabel Daniel, 96, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, April 10 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mrs. Daniel was born Dec. 30, 1919 in Logan County, W. Va., daughter of the late L. C. and Lena Carter Pack. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lafe Daniel; and one daughter, Janie Sue Daniel Dunn.
Surviving are one son, Donald E. (Gayle) Daniel of Paintsville; one sister, Grace (Willis) Daniel of Middletown, Ohio; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by James Kelly Caudill and Larry Smith, with burial in the Isom Daniel Family Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Fannie Castle White
1939-2016

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. at the Castle Family Cemetery at Thealka, for Fannie Castle White, 76, of Spokane, Wash., who passed away recently in Spokane.
Courtesy of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Lonnie Dixon Jr.
1944-2016

Funeral services were held 12 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Lonnie Dixon Jr., 71, of Volga, who passed away Sunday, April 3 at his residence.
Burial was in the Dixon Family Cemetery at Volga.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.



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