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12-19-2014 Obituaries
Charles Keith ‘CK’ Belhasen
1944-2014

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, for Charles Keith “CK” Belhasen, 70, of Nippa, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Mountain Manor in Paintsville.
Mr. Belhasen was born Nov. 13, 1944 in Paintsville, daughter of the late Charles H. and Josephine Morgan Belhasen. He was a self-employed attorney.
Surviving are his wife, Olga Ruzhnikova Belhasen; one step-son, Evgeny Shatalov of Berkley, Calif.; two daughters, Anita Belhasen (Mark) Colvin, and Charlene Kemal Belhasen, both of Paintsville; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The service will be officiated by Wesley Stedtefeld, with burial to follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Alfred Castle
1935-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Alfred Castle, 79, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 11 at his residence.
Mr. Castle was born May 13, 1935 in Paintsville, son of the late Fonnie and Mollie Sherman Castle. He had been a security guard at Beech Fork Coal; a U. S. Army veteran; and a member of the Baker Branch Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Sherlene Mullins Castle; two daughters, Genana Breanner and Tina Bracht, both of Bluffton, Ind.; three half-brothers, Albert Cantrell of Cleveland, Ohio, and Vernon Cantrell of Indianapolis, Ind.; two step-brothers, Larry and Luther Daniel, both of River; one step-sister, Ora Ann Preston of North Carolina; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Jeremy Estep, with burial in the Evans Cemetery at Tutor Key.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Anita Johnson Stafford
1924-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m. at the Mayo United Methodist Church in Paintsville, for Anita Johnson Stafford, 90, of Paintsville, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mrs. Stafford was born March 11, 1924 in Pike County, daughter of the late James and Emma Compton Johnson. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Robert “Bob” Stafford; and one sister, Joy Damron.
Surviving are three sons, James Robert (Sue) Stafford Jr. of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Michael “Dip” Stafford of Paintsville, and Rickey Lee (Valerie) Stafford of Pikeville; one daughter, Linda (Greg) Pack of Paintsville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service.
The service will be officiated by John Hatton, with burial to follow in the Lakeview Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Dr. Gerald Ray Pratt
1949-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. at the Hickey & Son Funeral Home in Monticello, for Dr. Gerald Ray Pratt, 65, of Monticello, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center.
Mr. Pratt was born Feb. 14 in Johnson County, son of the late Frank and Lola Lovely Pratt. He was one of the founding physicians with Monticello Medical Associates, and a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Smith-Pratt of Monticello; one son, Robert (Jamie) Pratt of Lexington; one daughter, Martha Pratt of Monticello; and one sister, Judy Pratt of Paintsville.
Burial will be in the Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hickey & Son Funeral Home of Monticello.


12-17-2014 Obituaries
Edgar Eugene Pitts
1948-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. at the Big Mud Lick Church of God in Staffordsville, for Edgar Eugene Pitts, 66, of Van Lear, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 14 at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W. Va.
Mr. Pitts was born Oct. 25, 1948 in Floyd County, son of the late John L. and Delphia Johnson Pitts. He was a coal miner. He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Zachary Travis Mollette; and two sisters, Mearline Pitts and Delores Ann Pitts.
Surviving are his wife, Bonnie J. Bailey Pitts of Van Lear; one daughter, Sheila Kay Mollette of Boonscamp; one brother, Ronald Pitts of Kingsport, Tenn.; five sisters, Carol Akers of Ivel, Debbie Shell of Paintsville, Sharon Prater of Floyd County, Mary Adams of Prestonsburg, and Donna Jackson of Nicholasville; and one grandchild.
The service will be officiated by Phillip Keeton, with burial to follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Nannie Harris Rouse
1921-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 12 p.m. at the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home in Inez, for Nannie Harris Rouse, 93, of Hager Hill, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 13 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mrs. Rouse was born Aug. 30, 1921 in Snowville, Va., daughter of the late James Bennett and Hattie Roop Harris. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John B. Rouse; one sister, Emma Harris; and one brother, Elbert Harris. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kermit, W. Va.
Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Ellen (Joel) Nossoff of Albuquerque, N. M.; two sons, Thomas Bennett (Annette) Rouse of Hager Hill; one brother, J. B. (Margie) Harris of Vanceboro, N. C.; and three grandchildren.
The service was officiated by the Rev. Mark Tackett, with burial in the Warfield Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez.

Barbara Jean Ward
1945-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Barbara Jean Ward, 69, of Staffordsville, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 4.
Mrs. Ward was born March 14, 1945 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Walker and Loretta Blair Fairchild. She was also preceded in death by one son, Anthony W. Ward; two sisters, Patsy K. Ward, and Teresa Ward Parker.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald Ward of River, and Charles Brian Ward of Hager Hill; one daughter, Tammy Fairchild of Flat Gap; five brothers, Jerry Fairchild and Kenny Fairchild, both of Staffordsville, Bobby Fairchild of Ohio, Jerald Fairchild of Floyd County, and Ronald Fairchild of Flat Gap; two sisters, Sharon Tackett and Sandra King, both of Staffordsville; and 10 grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Kenny Pelphrey, with burial in the Fairchild Family Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Charles ‘The Can Man’ Whitaker
1919-2014

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Charles “The Can Man” Whitaker, 95, of River, who passed away Friday, Dec. 12.
Mr. Whitaker was born Nov. 15, 1919 at River, son of the late Henry and Gardia Preston Whitaker. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran; had worked at the ABC Package Spirits Store for the State of Ohio; and a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio.
Surviving is one daughter, Adrian Whitaker of Ireland.
The service was officiated by James Kelly Caudill and Jr. Womack, with burial in the Lakeview Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Darius Blair Jr.
1934-2014

Funeral servcies wer held Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Darius Blair Jr., 80, of Flat Gap, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 11 at Prestonsburg Health Care Center in Prestonsburg.
Mr. Blair was born May 17, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Darius and Norma Ramey Blair. He was a general laborer. He was also preceded in death by one son, Roger Blair; four brothers, Carl H., Robie F., Dow and William Blair; six sisters, Mayme Blanton, Cracie Ratliff, Mary Howard, Opal Conley, Sarah Fairchild and Lydia Justice.
Surviving are two sons, William “Bill” Blair of Magoffin County, and Timothy Blair of Tennessee; two daughters, Dianna Blair of Staffordsville, and Trena Cantrell of Flat Gap; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by John Fred Ramey and Tim Blair, with burial in the Blair-McKenzie Cemetery at Volga.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

James Ellis Scarberry
1930-2014

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for James Ellis Scarberry, 84, of Wittensville, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 11.
Mr. Scarberry was born April 8, 1930 in Johnson County, son of the late Alfred and Zelcia Scarberry. He was a coal miner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Scarberry; one brother, Randall “Doc” Scarberry; and two sisters, Evie Ellen Scarberry and Nannie Sue Scarberry.
Surviving are three sons, James Kenneth (Diana) Scarberry of Loveland, Ohio, Larry Keith (Donna) Scarberry of East Point, and Jerry Michael (Lea Ann) Scarberry of Prestonsburg; six daughters, Linda Jewell (Perry) Bentley, Deborah Lynn Heuser, and Teresa Rose Burgess, all of Wittensville, Brenda Sue (Lloyd) Lemaster of Lowmansville, Karen Fay (Freddy) Salyer of Staffordsville, and Marsheila Gaye (David) Baldwin of Leander; one brother, Ralph Scarberry of River; five sisters, Pansy Daniels and Ruth Ann Seaton, both of Elizabethtown, Lessie Stambaugh of Ashland, Limasouri “Jerri” Lynch of Georgia, and Mayhala Collier of Irvine; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Buddy McKenzie and Larry Blair, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Oakley Blanton
1922-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. at the Staffordsville Free Will Baptist Church for Oakley Blanton, 92, of Staffordsville, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 11 at his residence.
Mr. Blanton was born June 23, 1922 in Magoffin County, son of the late Grover and Cynthia Blanton. He was also preceded in death by one son, Scott Blanton.
Surviving are his wife, Ruby Meade Blanton of Staffordsville; one son, Tim Blanton of Burkesville; one sister, Louise Harris of Salyersville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The service was officiated by John Michael Blanton and Toby Wheeler, with burial in the Staffordsville Church Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Opal Conley Day
1925-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. at the Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union, Ohio, for Opal Conley Day, 89, of West Union, who passed away Friday, Dec. 12 at the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Unit at Seaman.
Mrs. Day was born Oct. 19, 1925 at Tomahawk, daughter of the late Leander and Carrie Swain Conley. She was a graduate of Morehead State University and Xavier University; and a member of the West Union Methodist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene E. Day, and two sons, Larry David and Morris Cecil Ward.
Surviving are one daughter, Melissa (Carl) Rogers of West Union; one son, William (Diana) Day of Wilmington, Ohio; one brother, Dr. Cecil (Dr. Naomi) Conley of Ft. Myers, Fla.; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Pastor Tim Carter with interment at the Cherry Fork Cemetery at Cherry Fork, Ohio.
Arrangements under the direction of the Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union.

Teddy G. Hurd
1955-2014

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Teddy G. Hurd, 59, of Williamsport, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Hospice House of Huntington, W.Va.
Mr. Hurd was born May 16, 1955 in Stark, Fla., son of the late Jackie Gene Hurd and Maxine May Walters. He was an auto body repairman.
Surviving are his wife, Delorise Butcher Hurd of Williamsport; one son, Michael Gene (Johnedda) Hurd of Salyersville; one daughter, Kayla Ann Hurd and one sister, Sharon Hurd, both of Williamsport; and two grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Kermit Gamble and Gary Bolen, with burial in the Bolen Family Cemetery at Salyersville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


12-12-2014 Obituaries
Danny Harrison VanHoose
1962-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Danny Harrison VanHoose, 52, of Richmond, who passed away Friday, Dec. 5 at V. A. Hospital in Lexington.
Mr. VanHoose was born Aug. 20, 1962 in Urbana, Ohio, son of Mitchell and Faye Prater VanHoose of Sitka. He was a carpenter, and a U. S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Debbra Howell VanHoose; one son, Mitchell VanHoose of Lexington; one step-son, Zachary Luczejko of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Faith VanHoose of Richmond; one step-daughter, Kristan Luczejko-Etchells of Anchorage, Ala.; and four grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Jim McKenzie with burial in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Vera Taylor
1942-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Vera Taylor, 72, of Salyersville, who passed away Monday, Dec. 8, at Salyersville Health Care Center.
Mrs. Taylor was born Feb. 13, 1942 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Ruben Ramey and Lexie Jane Dale. She was a homemaker.
Surviving is one sister, Betty (Lawrence) Henderson of Flat Gap.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. until time of service.
The service will be officiated by Ronnie Spriggs, with burial to follow at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


12-10-2014 Obituaries
Eugene Anthony Ward
1959-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Eugene Anthony Ward, 55, of Paintsville, who passed away Friday, Dec. 5 in Huntington, W. Va.
Mr. Ward was born Sept. 7, 1959 in Paintsville, son of the late Eugene and Garnet Necessary Ward. He was a security guard with Beiderman Mgf.
Surviving are his wife, Tammy Baldridge Ward; three sons, Joel Ward, Anthony Penix and Jacob Penix, all of Hager Hill; three daughters, Rebekah Stambaugh of Offutt, Jessica Ward of Warsaw, Ariz., and Sara Baldridge of Paintsville; two step-daughters, Julie Damron and Emily Baldridge; one brother, John Ward of Pikeville; four sisters, Patricia Gallione of Florida, Phoebe Del Boccio and Joan Daniels, both of New Jersey, and Lynn Ward of Paintsville; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. at the chapel.
The service will be officiated by David Keith Castle, with burial to follow at the Lakeview Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Orpha Childers
1934-2014

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. in the Phelps and Son Funeral Home chapel for Orpha Mae Childers, 80, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday Dec. 8 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Childers was born October 6, 1934 in Johnson County, daughter of George and Martha Pelphrey Salyer. She was also preceeded in death by her husband Paul Childers; one brother Vencil Pedro Salyer; two sisters Edna Williams and Emma Rowland.
She is survived by one son Bryan Douglas (Carolyn) Childers, of Flat Gap; four daughters Judy Montgomery and Paula Fields both of Paintsville; Cheryl (Wes) Blair, of Hager Hill and Martha Wells, of East Point; four brothers, Clarence Salyer, of Ashland, Louie Salyer, of Sunberry, Ohio; Wimpford Salyer, of Paintsville, and George Paul Salyer, of Volga; two sisters Ann Barber, of Paintsville and Helen Keaton of Middlesboro; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Roger Hill, Joe Adkins, and Terry Salyer at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.


12-5-2014 Obituaries
Isadore Tackett
1924-2014


Isadore Tackett,90, of Satffordsville passed away at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV November 30, 2014. Mr. Tackett was born August 20, 1924 to the late Samuel and Murial (Snow) Tackett. Mr. Tackett was a retired construction laborer and WWII veteran.
Mr. Tackett was preceeded in death by his parents, his wife (Rilda Barker), two brothers (Elmer and Gilbert Tackett), and three sisters (Thelma Meeks, Edna Tackett, and Isabelle Roberts). He is survived by his daughter (Rita Compton of Ypsilanti, MI), two grandsons (Terry Compton of Westland, MI and Jason Compton of Staffordsville), two great-gradchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 5 from 11-8 and Saturday, December 6 from 10-2 at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Service will follow on Saturday with burial at Highland Memorial in Staffordsville.
This is a paid obit.

Annetta Merle Baldwin
1942-2014

Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. at the Little Paint United Baptist Church for Annetta Merle Baldwin, 72, of Owenton, who passed away Monday, Nov. 17 in Owenton.
Mrs. Baldwin was born Feb. 9, 1942 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Guy and Maymie Fairchild Blair. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Lawrence Baldwin.
Surviving are one son, Mark Baldwin of Paintsville; one daughter, Melissa Lemaster of Owenton; one brother, Drew Blair of Asa Creek; two sisters, Retta Baldwin and Zuetta Scott, both of Asa Creek; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Elder James Rutherford Blair, with burial in the Baldwin Cemetery at Oil Springs.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Donna Lynn Daniel Castle
1961-2014

A Celebration of Life service was held Thursday, Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Donna Lynn Daniel Castle, 53, of Frankfort, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 30 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Castle was born July 14, 1961 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Gena Meek Chandler. She was an LPN.
Surviving are her husband, Frank Castle of Frankfort; one son, William Chat (Tonya) Yates of River; two daughters, Cecily Danielle (Kevin) Jennings of Van Lear, and Misty Michelle Wright of Thelma; one brother, Dale Daniel of Paintsville; one sister, Jenny Porter of Salyersville; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Robert Earnest Hamilton
1941-2014

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 12 p.m. at the Thealka Free Will Baptist Church for Robert Earnest Hamilton, 73, of Thealka, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26 at his residence.
Mr. Hamilton was born Oct. 26, 1941 in Johnson County, son of the late Claude Hamilton and Ruby Blair Hamilton. He was a retired truck driver and a U. S. Navy veteran. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Frank and Hollie Hamilton; and one sister, Claudette Conley.
Surviving are his wife, Winnie Lee Lyons Hamilton; one son, Robert Lee (Linda) Hamilton of Tutor Key; one daughter, Diane (Matthew) Owens of Moultrie, Ga.; five sisters, Helen Welch and Kaye Slone, both of Tutor Key, Dora Daniels of Paintsville, Ann Blanton of Stockdale, Ohio, and Margaret STroud of Charleston, W. Va.; and four grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Gary Blair and Red VanHoose, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.



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