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5-26-2017 Obituaries
Joe Russell Music
1955-2017

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, 2 p.m. at the Auxier Free Will Baptist Church for Joe Russell Music, 61, of Van Lear, who passed away Tuesday, May 23 at his residence.
Mr. Music was born Dec. 20, 1955 in Floyd County, son of the late Frank Music and Dorothy Wells Music. He was also preceded in death two brothers, Dexter and Rex Music.
Surviving are his wife, Melinda McKenzie Music of Van Lear; one daughter, Kerri Nuccio of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, James David Music of Van Lear; one sister, Vivian Spencer of Leesburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Elio Marcano and Emmalyn Nuccio.
The service will be officiated by Bobby Joe Spencer, 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.

Martha Jane Saylor Lyons
May 11, 1938 - May 24, 2017

Martha Jane Saylor Lyons, 79, of Staffordsville, passed away Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at her home.
Martha was born May 11, 1938 to the late Grant and Bessie Blair. Also, preceding her death is her late husband, Melvin Saylor; three brothers, Manuel, Merkel and Marvin Blair; two sisters, Maggie Saylor and Margaret Burgess; one daughter, Christine Zometa; one special granddaughter, Katlin Elizabeth Daniels.
She is survived by husband, Clarence E. Lyons; three sons Allen (Phyllis) Saylor of Flat Gap, Ray (Crystal) Saylor of Staffordsville, and Kenny Lyons of Staffordsville; one son-in-law, Felix Zometa of Richmond: 15 grandkids, Janet (Vince) Skaggs, Jessica (Richard) Bentley, Cheyanne Castle, Bradley Saylor, Zoey Saylor, Kenny (Maranda) Lyons, Jeffrey (Megan) Lyons, Karlyn Forseca, Justin Zometa, Genna Zometa, and Kalena Zometa; 11 great grandkids, Lee Skaggs, Apryl Skaggs, Alexis Bentley, Kelsey Bentley, Sabastian Lyons, Kadence Lyons, Katie Lyons and Savannah Lyons, Jaylen Fonseca, Xander Fonseca and Kayden Fonseca; and a great, great grandchild due June 2017. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews along with many special friends she considered family. Martha was a loving wife, mother and granny. She was a faithful Christian for 50 plus years and a member of Pigeon Enterprise Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing and listening to many church programs, she had numerous notebooks filled with Christian songs she had written down over the years. Along with the date and time she completed them. Martha Jane nursed many during her life and would always put the needs of others before her own. She was so strong in her Faith, her love for the Lord and her family. She loved having all her family together for holidays, dinner or just a slice of her famous homemade apple pie. She had a big heart and a smile that would brighten anyone’s day.
Visitation for Martha will be held at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Thursday, 5-9 p.m. for the public and Friday, May 26th, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with burial to follow at the Blair/Saylor Cemetery on Grassy Creek, Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Jack D. May
1938-2017

Jack D. May, 78, of Carey, Ohio, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:22 a.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay, Ohio.

Born on August 2, 1938 in Carey, he was the son of the late Curtis James and Donnie (Conley) May, Sr.
Jack married Monrovia Grimes. She preceded him in death in May, 2004 after 39 years of marriage.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth J. Blanton, of Carey, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Jack was a graduate of Oil Springs High School. He was a drywaller by trade for many years.
He was a veteran the U.S. Marine Corps.


A private graveside service will be held at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Home Health & Hospice in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 West Findlay Street, Carey, Ohio 43316-1169

Online condolences may be sent to: StombaughBatton.com.
This is a paid obituary.

Lola Collins
1933-2017

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, 11 a.m., at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Lola Collins, 83, of Van Lear, who passed away Saturday, May 20 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home of Paintsville.
Ms. Collins was born Dec. 14, 1933 in Scioto County, Ohio, daughter of the late Thomas Delong and Gertrude Messer. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Edith Carver.
Surviving are three daughters, Karen Cantrell of Paintsville, Sharon Daniels of Merritt Island, Fla., and Teresa (Bano) Campbell of Banner; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by B. Joe Hill and Roger Hill, with burial to follow in the Goble Cemetery at Van Lear.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


5-24-2017 Obituaries
Daniel Keith Nealy
1961-2017

Memorial services were held Saturday, May 20, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Lake State Park for Daniel Keith Nealy, 56, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, May 11.
Mr. Nealy was born Feb. 2, 1961 in Fort Gay, W.Va., son of the late John and Alma Dawden Nealy. He was a laborer with Paintsville Rent-A-Tool. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Karen Nealy Spears.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Gillespie Nealy; one son, Benjamin (Jessica) Nealy of Canton, Ohio; one daughter, Amy Nealy Scott of Springfield, Ohio; one sister, Penny Nealy Nessel of California; six grandchildren; maternal grandmother, Martha Dawden; and many special cousins.
The service was officiated by Larry Blair.
Arrangements under the direction of the Nealy family.
Courtesy of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

John Graham Turner
1948 – 2017

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 21, 12 p.m., at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for John Graham Turner, 68, of Paintsville, who passed away Tuesday, May 16 at Riverview Health Care.
Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Jack D. May
1938-2017

Jack D. May, 78, of Carey, Ohio, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:22 a.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay, Ohio.

Born on August 2, 1938 in Carey, he was the son of the late Curtis James and Donnie (Conley) May, Sr.
Jack married Monrovia Grimes. She preceded him in death in May, 2004 after 39 years of marriage.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth J. Blanton, of Carey, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Jack was a graduate of Oil Springs High School. He was a drywaller by trade for many years.
He was a veteran the U.S. Marine Corps.


A private graveside service will be held at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Home Health & Hospice in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 West Findlay Street, Carey, Ohio 43316-1169

Online condolences may be sent to: StombaughBatton.com.
This is a paid obituary.

Lola Collins
1933-2017

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, 11 a.m., at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Lola Collins, 83, of Van Lear, who passed away Saturday, May 20 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home of Paintsville.
Ms. Collins was born Dec. 14, 1933 in Scioto County, Ohio, daughter of the late Thomas Delong and Gertrude Messer. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Edith Carver.
Surviving are three daughters, Karen Cantrell of Paintsville, Sharon Daniels of Merritt Island, Fla., and Teresa (Bano) Campbell of Banner; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by B. Joe Hill and Roger Hill, with burial to follow in the Goble Cemetery at Van Lear.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Betty Lenore Newsom
1937-2017

Betty Lenore Newsom, 80, of Leander, Friday April at Pikeville Medical Center. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Forrest Roger Williams
1933-2017

Graveside services were held Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. at the Dan Gambill Cemetery in Thelma for Forrest Roger Williams, 83, of California, who passed away Dec. 12, 2016 in California.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

George E. ‘Grub’ Melvin
1939-2017

Funeral services were held Monday, May 22, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for George E. “Grub” Melvin, 78, of Paintsville, who passed away Saturday, May 20 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Nikki Cheryl Cavins Palmer
1960-2017

Funeral services were held Monday, May 22, 3 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Nikki Cheryl Cavins Palmer, 56, of East Point, who passed away Saturday, May 20 at her residence.
Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


5-19-2017 Obituaries
John Calvin Walters II
1952-2017

John Calvin Walters II, age 64 of Hammond, died Friday May 5, 2017. John was born December 8, 1952 in Paintsville, to the late John Calvin & Betty Ward Walters. John was a veteran of the United States Army and a retired factory assembler for General Electric.
John is survived by five sisters: Rebecca Fountain of Gahanna, Ohio, Judy Huff of Dougspur, Va., Deanna Hobson of Williamsport, Rhonda Blanton of Flat Gap, and Marcia Harmon of Stanton. Also surviving are five nephews, one niece, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation was Sunday, May 7, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday May 8 in the Preston Funeral Chapel with Jimmy Price and Mike Amos officiating, with burial in the Ward/Walters cemetery at Williamsport. Military services were conducted by the Louisa VFW.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Mariam Marietta Morrison
1938-2017

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 17, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Mariam Marietta Morrison, 78, of West Van Lear, who passed away Sunday, May 14 at Salyersville Nursing & Health Care.
Mrs. Morrison was born May 27, 1938 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Earl and Elsie LeMaster Spears. She was born May 5, 1938 in Johnson County. She was owner/operator of Fire Protection Service Co. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Debra Lynn Morrison Johnson, and one son, Brian Quinn Morrison.
Surviving are her husband, Robert R. “Bob” Morrison; one son, Ronald Glenn (Debra) Morrison; one brother, Lowell Spears of Florida; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m., and up until time of service at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel.
The service will be officiated by Aaron Davis.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Nell Hamilton Jayne
1924 – 2017

Nell Jayne, age 92, of Flat Gap, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at her home.
Nell was born in Floyd County on June 7, 1924 to the late Baslis Hamilton and Flossie Hale Hamilton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest “Jim” Jayne, three brothers, Paul, Ray, and Ralph Hamilton, and one sister, Beatrice Hamilton.
She is survived by one son, John Jayne and wife Gena of Flat Gap, and two grandchildren, Johnsey Jayne and Julia Jayne.
Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with burial in the Jayne Family Cemetery, Rt. 1092, Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Shirley Mammen
1928-2017

Shirley Marie Stivers Mammen, 89, of Shelbyville, died on Sunday, the 14th day of May, 2017, at her residence. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Stanley and Marie Lucas Stivers. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and worked as an interior designer. A former resident of Paintsville, she was a former member of the Paintsville Rotary Club. For many years she was the owner and operator of Lucci Kitchens and Bath Designs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Retiring to her cabin in North Carolina, she became a published author, writing Amberstone and Return to Amberstone. At one time, painting was one of her favorite hobbies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Mammen of Durham, N.C., her husband, Sigmond Lucci of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and her husband, Mark R. Maggard of Paintsville.
Her survivors include her sons, Jim S. Maggard and his wife, Belinda, of Paintsville, Bob M. Maggard and his wife, Bonnie of Shelbyville, and Mark A. Maggard of Grants, New Mexico; her sister, Bobbye Maggard and her husband, Bob, of Frisco, Texas; her four grandchildren, Brad Maggard and his wife, Kristi, of Lexington, Amy Maggard of Shelbyville, Adam Maggard of Louisville, and Katy Maggard also of Shelbyville; and her great-grandson, Kaden Durham of Shelbyville.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., CST, Thursday, the 18th day of May, 2017, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah, with Rev. Mike Maggard officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Paducah. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m., until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 17 May 2017, at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and online condolences may be expressed at www.halltaylorfuneralhomes.com.
This is a paid obituary.

Daniel Keith Nealy
1961-2017

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 20, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Lake State Park for Daniel Keith Nealy, 56, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, May 11.
Mr. Nealy was born Feb. 2, 1961 in Fort Gay, W.Va., son of the late John and Alma Dawden Nealy. He was a laborer with Paintsville Rent-A-Tool. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Karen Nealy Spears.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Gillespie Nealy; one son, Benjamin (Jessica) Nealy of Canton, Ohio; one daughter, Amy Nealy Scott of Springfield, Ohio; one sister, Penny Nealy Nessel of California; six grandchildren; maternal grandmother, Martha Dawden; and many special cousins.
The service will be officiated by Larry Blair.
Arrangements under the direction of the Nealy family.
Courtesy of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


John Graham Turner
1948 – 2017

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 21, 12 p.m., at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for John Graham Turner, 68, of Paintsville, who passed away Tuesday, May 16 at Riverview Health Care.
Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


5-17-17 Obituaries
Joan Pelphrey
1932-2017

Joan Pelphrey, age 84, of Franklin, Ohio, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Hillspring Health Care Center. She was born in Denver, on July 11, 1932 to Walter and Ruie (Arms) Spradlin. Joan was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was an avid UK basketball fan, enjoyed gardening and crocheting. She was employed with Wright Patterson AFB for 10 years and retired in 1962. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Spradlin, mother, Ruie Spradlin, sisters, Judy York and Ruth Conley. Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joe Pelphrey; two daughters, Marcia (William) Lamb, Melissa (Mark) Murray; son, Timothy (Anna) Pelphrey; grandson, Travis (Summer) Lamb; granddaughter, Ashley (Rick) Howard; two great grandsons, Nicholas Lamb, Colt Howard; sister, Neva Billiter; two brothers, Roy (Ruby) Spradlin and Joe (Anita) Spradlin. Funeral services were held 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church 820 Central Avenue Carlisle, Ohio with Rev. Jeff Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Springboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Dayton. Please visit www.anderson-fh.com to send an online condolence.
This is a paid obituary.

Joseph Duke ‘Joe’ Taylor
1931-2017

Joseph Duke “Joe” Taylor was born in Tampa, Florida on April 7, 1931. The son of Edgar M. & Callie Sheffield Taylor, Joe grew up in the Jackson Heights community of Tampa. He graduated from Hillsborough High School and attended classes at the University of Tampa.
Joe was a talented member of a competitive, fast pitch softball team in Tampa, which resulted in his being hired by the fire department in 1954. Not only did he play second base on their softball team, he also served the community of Tampa as a firefighter for 24 years, responding to many residential and commercial fires and vehicle wrecks, as well as assisting in controlling racial rioting and delivering three babies during his tenure. Joe was an avid athlete with a wide variety of sports interests. He was a barefoot waterskiing champion and a certified swimming and waterskiing instructor and was also a bicycling enthusiast, even cycling roundtrip from Tampa to Asheville, N. C. He volunteered at two Tampa area high schools as an assistant coach to their football, basketball, and baseball teams and he served in the youth ministry at two churches in Tampa, North Gate Church and Oak Grove United Methodist Church. After retiring from the fire department, Joe was hired by the New York Yankees as third base coach for their Appalachian League team in Paintsville. He coached with the Yankees from 1979 to 1982 and remained in Paintsville even after his coaching stint. He became very active in local sporting events in Johnson County and was hired by Johnson Central in 1987 as athletic trainer and swimming instructor, but he also served as trainer for the school’s swimming, wrestling, track, football, basketball, and baseball teams. Joe retired from Johnson County Schools in 2002, but remained a staple at Johnson Central athletic events, as well as at the JCHS cafeteria for many years. During his life, Joe continually spent his time, energy, resources, and love on others, especially students.
Joe passed away on May 5, 2017, at his residence at Buckingham Place. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Paintsville. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edgar James Taylor and Vernon Taylor, and his nephews Alvin Taylor and Tim Taylor. Joe is survived by his nephew Daryl Taylor (wife Pam) of Tampa, Fla.; niece Heidi Taylor of Tampa; niece Shelby Witter (husband Mike) of Tampa; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Johnson Central High School Gymnasium. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Aaron Davis will officiate. Friends may visit at the Johnson Central High School Gymnasium from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13 and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joe Taylor scholarship fund (make checks payable to the Johnson County Board of Education, earmarked “Joe Taylor Scholarship”). Arrangements are by the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

John Calvin Walters II
1952-2017

John Calvin Walters II, age 64 of Hammond, died Friday May 5, 2017. John was born December 8, 1952 in Paintsville, to the late John Calvin & Betty Ward Walters. John was a veteran of the United States Army and a retired factory assembler for General Electric.
John is survived by five sisters: Rebecca Fountain of Gahanna, Ohio, Judy Huff of Dougspur, Va., Deanna Hobson of Williamsport, Rhonda Blanton of Flat Gap, and Marcia Harmon of Stanton. Also surviving are five nephews, one niece, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation was Sunday, May 7, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday May 8 in the Preston Funeral Chapel with Jimmy Price and Mike Amos officiating, with burial in the Ward/Walters cemetery at Williamsport. Military services were conducted by the Louisa VFW.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Nell Hamilton Jayne
1924 – 2017

Nell Jayne, age 92, of Flat Gap, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at her home.
Nell was born in Floyd County on June 7, 1924 to the late Baslis Hamilton and Flossie Hale Hamilton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest “Jim” Jayne, three brothers, Paul, Ray, and Ralph Hamilton, and one sister, Beatrice Hamilton.
She is survived by one son, John Jayne and wife Gena of Flat Gap, and two grandchildren, Johnsey Jayne and Julia Jayne.
Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with burial in the Jayne Family Cemetery, Rt. 1092, Flat Gap.

Mariam Marietta Morrison
1938-2017

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 17, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Mariam Marietta Morrison, 78, of West Van Lear, who passed away Sunday, May 14 at Salyersville Nursing & Health Care.
Mrs. Morrison was born May 27, 1938 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Earl and Elsie LeMaster Spears. She was born May 5, 1938 in Johnson County. She was owner/operator of Fire Protection Service Co. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Debra Lynn Morrison Johnson, and one son, Brian Quinn Morrison.
Surviving are her husband, Robert R. “Bob” Morrison; one son, Ronald Glenn (Debra) Morrison; one brother, Lowell Spears of Florida; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m., and up until time of service at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel.
The service will be officiated by Aaron Davis.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Shirley Mammen
1928-2017

Shirley Marie Stivers Mammen, 89, of Shelbyville, died on Sunday, the 14th day of May, 2017, at her residence. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Stanley and Marie Lucas Stivers. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and worked as an interior designer. A former resident of Paintsville, she was a former member of the Paintsville Rotary Club. For many years she was the owner and operator of Lucci Kitchens and Bath Designs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Retiring to her cabin in North Carolina, she became a published author, writing Amberstone and Return to Amberstone. At one time, painting was one of her favorite hobbies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Mammen of Durham, N.C., her husband, Sigmond Lucci of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and her husband, Mark R. Maggard of Paintsville.
Her survivors include her sons, Jim S. Maggard and his wife, Belinda, of Paintsville, Bob M. Maggard and his wife, Bonnie of Shelbyville, and Mark A. Maggard of Grants, New Mexico; her sister, Bobbye Maggard and her husband, Bob, of Frisco, Texas; her four grandchildren, Brad Maggard and his wife, Kristi, of Lexington, Amy Maggard of Shelbyville, Adam Maggard of Louisville, and Katy Maggard also of Shelbyville; and her great-grandson, Kaden Durham of Shelbyville.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., CST, Thursday, the 18th day of May, 2017, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah, with Rev. Mike Maggard officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Paducah. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m., until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 17 May 2017, at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and online condolences may be expressed at www.halltaylorfuneralhomes.com.

Gloria Rowe Whitt
1945- 2017

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. following a visitation beginning at 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Pikeville for Gloria Rowe Whitt, 72, of Nicholasville, formerly of Pikeville, who passed away Monday, April 24 at Baptist Healthcare in Lexington.
Gloria was born February 27, 1945 to the late Ollie Rowe and Mary Louise Rowe Ramsey of Pikeville. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by an infant son, Christopher Lee Whitt and a beloved granddaughter, Shaina Leigh Whitt.
She is survived by her husband, Ertel L. Whitt Jr.; a son, Shane (Tina) Whitt of Richmond; a daughter, Paula (Steven) Halm of Hagerhill; a grandson, Ethan Halm; two granddaughters, Avery Halm and Emma Whitt; cousins, nieces and more friends that can be counted.
Gloria had an infectious smile and a trademark laugh. She married the love of her life and soul mate after meeting on a blind date at the age of 17 to Ertel and they shared 54 years together. Gloria graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in education and continued her education at Morehead State University receiving a master’s degree in English. She went on to teach fifth grade in Flatwoods and finished her career in administration at Prestonsburg Community College, Pikeville Campus.
She was a current member of the Providence Christian Church in Nicholasville and a former member of the First Christian Church in Pikeville. She loved her church and loved her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Gloria’s celebration of life will be officiated by Carol Devine, minister of the Providence Christian Church.
The family is asking that donations be made in Gloria’s memory to Providence Christian Church, 101 Providence Way, Nicholasville, KY 40356 or to the First Christian Church, 313 Chloe Rd, Pikeville, KY 41501 in lieu of flowers.


5-12-17 Obituaries
Joan Pelphrey
1932-2017

Joan Pelphrey, age 84, of Franklin, Ohio, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Hillspring Health Care Center. She was born in Denver, on July 11, 1932 to Walter and Ruie (Arms) Spradlin. Joan was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was an avid UK basketball fan, enjoyed gardening and crocheting. She was employed with Wright Patterson AFB for 10 years and retired in 1962. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Spradlin, mother, Ruie Spradlin, sisters, Judy York and Ruth Conley. Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joe Pelphrey; two daughters, Marcia (William) Lamb, Melissa (Mark) Murray; son, Timothy (Anna) Pelphrey; grandson, Travis (Summer) Lamb; granddaughter, Ashley (Rick) Howard; two great grandsons, Nicholas Lamb, Colt Howard; sister, Neva Billiter; two brothers, Roy (Ruby) Spradlin and Joe (Anita) Spradlin. Funeral services were held 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church 820 Central Avenue Carlisle, Ohio with Rev. Jeff Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Springboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Dayton. Please visit www.anderson-fh.com to send an online condolence.
This is a paid obituary.


Joseph Duke ‘Joe’ Taylor
1931-2017

Joseph Duke “Joe” Taylor was born in Tampa, Florida on April 7, 1931. The son of Edgar M. & Callie Sheffield Taylor, Joe grew up in the Jackson Heights community of Tampa. He graduated from Hillsborough High School and attended classes at the University of Tampa.
Joe was a talented member of a competitive, fast pitch softball team in Tampa, which resulted in his being hired by the fire department in 1954. Not only did he play second base on their softball team, he also served the community of Tampa as a firefighter for 24 years, responding to many residential and commercial fires and vehicle wrecks, as well as assisting in controlling racial rioting and delivering three babies during his tenure. Joe was an avid athlete with a wide variety of sports interests. He was a barefoot waterskiing champion and a certified swimming and waterskiing instructor and was also a bicycling enthusiast, even cycling roundtrip from Tampa to Asheville, N. C. He volunteered at two Tampa area high schools as an assistant coach to their football, basketball, and baseball teams and he served in the youth ministry at two churches in Tampa, North Gate Church and Oak Grove United Methodist Church. After retiring from the fire department, Joe was hired by the New York Yankees as third base coach for their Appalachian League team in Paintsville. He coached with the Yankees from 1979 to 1982 and remained in Paintsville even after his coaching stint. He became very active in local sporting events in Johnson County and was hired by Johnson Central in 1987 as athletic trainer and swimming instructor, but he also served as trainer for the school’s swimming, wrestling, track, football, basketball, and baseball teams. Joe retired from Johnson County Schools in 2002, but remained a staple at Johnson Central athletic events, as well as at the JCHS cafeteria for many years. During his life, Joe continually spent his time, energy, resources, and love on others, especially students.
Joe passed away on May 5, 2017, at his residence at Buckingham Place. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Paintsville. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edgar James Taylor and Vernon Taylor, and his nephews Alvin Taylor and Tim Taylor. Joe is survived by his nephew Daryl Taylor (wife Pam) of Tampa, Fla.; niece Heidi Taylor of Tampa; niece Shelby Witter (husband Mike) of Tampa; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Johnson Central High School Gymnasium. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Aaron Davis will officiate. Friends may visit at the Johnson Central High School Gymnasium from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13 and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joe Taylor scholarship fund (make checks payable to the Johnson County Board of Education, earmarked “Joe Taylor Scholarship”). Arrangements are by the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


Clarence Salyer
1921-2017

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 10, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Clarence Salyer, 96, of Flat Gap, who passed away Saturday, May 6 at Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.
Mr. Salyer was born April 9, 1921 in Johnson County, son of the late George and Martha Jane Pelphrey Salyer. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was an automotive body repairman. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Vencil “Pedro” Salyer; three sisters, Edna William, Emma Faye Rowland, and Orpha Mae Childers.
Surviving are three brothers, Louie E. Salyer of Sunbury, Ohio, Winford Salyer of Paintsville, and George Paul Salyer of Flat Gap; three sisters, Anna Lee Barber of Paintsville, and Helen Keaton of Middlesboro.
The service will be officiated by Sam Reed and Danny Williams, with burial in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.


Lawrence ‘Shorty’ Ratliff
1957-2017

Funeral services were held Monday, May 8, 1 p.m. at the Hagerhill Free Will Baptist Church for Lawrence “Shorty” Ratliff, 59, of Tutor Key, who passed away Friday, May 5 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mr. Ratliff was born June 19, 1957 in Johnson County, son of the late Topsy and Ruby VanHoose Ratliff. He was a vendor, member of the Hagerhill Free Will Baptist Church and the W. R. Castle Fire Department. He was also preceded in death by one son, Brandon Lawrence Ratliff; five brothers, Jay, Earl Thomas, Topsy Ray, Hollie and Clark Ratliff; and one grandson, Leeland Randall Ratliff.
Surviving are his wife, Deborah VanHoose Ratliff of Tutor Key; one son, Stanley Ratliff of Stambaugh; five sisters, Ella Ratliff of Hagerhill, Ollie Southern, Martha Kidd, and Mary Pennington, all of Denver, and Ruth Ann Fitch of Meally; two grandchildren, Aiden L. Ratliff and Isabella Grace Ratliff; and a special niece, Teresa Brackett of River.
The service will be officiated by Ronnie Spriggs, 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.


Rhonda M. Jones
Rhonda M. Jones, age 47, died May 7, 2017 at Swamp Branch.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Linda Hackworth, and one stepbrother, David Hazlette.
She is survived by her father, Phillip Conley (step-mother, Phyllis Conley) of Oil Springs; one son, Nathan Puckett; three daughters, Courtney (Joseph) Young, Kyona (Johnny) Messer, and Katie Turner; one sister, Lisa Stapleton; one brother, Phillip Conley II; two step-brothers, Gary Combs and Robert Combs; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held May 9, 6-9 p.m. and May 10, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Funeral service will be May 11, 11 a.m. in the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow at the Conley Cemetery at Oil Springs.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary.

Jack Estep
1934-2017

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 10, 1 p.m. at the Concord United Baptist Church for Jack Estep, 82, of Thelma, who passed away Monday, May 8 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Burial was in the Community Cemetery at Thelma.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

John Calvin Walters II
1952-2017

Funeral services were held Monday, May 8, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for John Calvin Walters II, 64, of Paintsville, who passed away Friday, May 5 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Burial was in the Ward-Walters Cemetery at Williamsport.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.



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