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10-22-2014 Obituaries
Kimberly Gay McCarty Griffith
1964-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. at the Riceville New Bethel Free Will Baptist Church for Kimberly Gay McCarty Griffith, 49, of Riceville, who passed away Sunday, Oct. 19 in Salyersville.
Mrs. Griffith was born December 3, 1964 in Johnson County, daughter of Joan Little McCarty of Hager Hill, and the late Manford McCarty Jr. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frankie Griffith; and one sister, Cammie Lee Bass.
Surviving in addition to her mother are, two sons, Chester Franklin (Melissa) Griffith II and Samuel Colton Griffith, both of Paintsville; two daughters, Amanda Marie (Tony) Allen of Salyersville, and Chessi Erin (Justin) Price of Paintsville; one brother, Barry Leon McCarty of Paintsville; and four grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Joe Scott, with burial to follow in the Patrick Family Cemetery at Riceville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Cora Lillian Fairchild
1925-2014

Memorial services were held Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. at the Southside Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville, for Cora Lillian Fairchild, 88, of Barboursville, W. Va., formerly of Johnson County, who passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Mrs. Fairchild was born Nov. 25, 1925 in Van Lear, daughter of the late John and Ethel Jennings Davis. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hershell Fairchild.
Surviving are one son, John Fairchild of Texas; two daughters, Pam Huck of Huntington, W. Va., and Sandra Waltz of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Jean McLaughlin of Milton, W. Va. and Arbutus Music of Chicago, Ill.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Rev. Wayne Price, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Dearl Wright
1944-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Dearl Wright, 70, of Flat Gap, who passed away Sunday, Oct. 19.
Mr. Wright was born Sept. 13, 1944 in Morgan County, son of the late Johnnie and Geraldine Williams Wright. He was in the logging industry.
Surviving are his wife, Dollie Pennington Wright of Flat Gap; two sons, Donnie Wright of Sitka, and Anthony Wright of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Pamela Wright of Paintsville; three brothers, Earl Wright of Sitka, Jimmy Wright of Stambaugh, and Billie Joe Wright of Flat Gap; three sisters, Loretta Smith of Lebanon, Tenn., Garnett Branham of Virginia and Ruth Cisco of Martha; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m. and after 9 a.m. until time of service on Thursday, Oct. 23.
The service will be officiated by Tim Salyer, with burial to follow in the family cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Ernest Barker
1929-2014

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Ernest Barker, 85, of Van Lear who passed away Thursday, Oct. 16 at his residence.
Mr. Barker was born October 5, 1929, in Van Lear, son of the late Jarrett and Julia Carroll Barker. He was a U.S. Army veteran earning a Bronze Star. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patty May Barker; three brothers, Walter, Earl, and Emery Barker; and one sister Ina Barker Lemaster.
He is survived by three sons Michael Barker and Lundy Barker, and Martin (Tammie) Barker, all of Van Lear; three daughters Jackie (Darell) Sicely of Paintsville; Bernadine Mims of Pikeville; April (Richard) Blakenship of Thelma; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Roger Hill, with burial in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Military honors were conducted by the Auxier Chapter 18 DAV.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

James T. Franklin
1947-2014

James T. Franklin, 67, of Staffordsville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18 at his residence.
Mr. Franklin was born March 5, 1947 in Johnson County, son of the late James Harold and Doris Ann Harris Franklin. He was a self-employed real estate developer; and a U. S. Navy veteran. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Linda Franklin Morgan.
Surviving are his wife, Janie Hill Franklin of Staffordsville; and two sons, James Tyler and John Franklin, both of Staffordsville.
Courtesy of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Marie Ross
1933-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Marie Ross, 81, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, Oct. 16 at her residence.
Mrs. Ross was born April 19, 1933 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Vencil and Georgia D. Golden Nelson. She was a nurse’s aide. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Anna VanHoose.
Surviving are four sons, James E. Lemaster of Manistique, Mich., Roy V. Lemaster of Las Vegas, Nev., David T. Lemaster of Paintsville, and Billy Lemaster of Thealka; two daughters, Belinda Potter of Largo, Fla., and Carol Miller of Taylor, Mich.; one brother, Vencil Nelson Jr. of Lexington; one sister, Blanche Castle of Thealka; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Edgel Golden, with burial in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Stoney Dean Blanton
1957-2014

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Stoney Dean Blanton, 57, of Tutor Key, who passed away Friday, Oct. 17 at his residence.
Mr. Blanton was born July 15, 1957 in Paintsville, son of the late Andy Blanton and Edith Fraley Blanton Reed. He was an equipment operator with Branham and Baker Coal.
Surviving are his wife, Regenia Carol Caudill Blanton; two sons, Bradley Blanton and Brandon Blanton, both of Tutor Key; two daughters, Dena Carol Bentley and Melissa Dawn Baldridge, both of Lexington; three brothers, Danny Blanton and Michael David Blanton, both of River, and J. C. Blanton of Paintsville; four sisters, Wesley Sue Combs of Hager Hill, Janie Castle and Patricia Gay Lemaster, both of Thelma, and Andrea Lynn Hayden of Van Lear; and four grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Harry N. Frisby, with burial in the Blanton Cemetery at River.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


10-17-2014 Obituaries
June LeMaster McCarty
1928-2014

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Ashland, for June LeMaster McCarty, 86, of Ashland, who passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.
Mrs. McCarty was born March 25, 1928 in Win, daughter of the late George and Effie LeMaster. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joe Kendall McCarty; one daughter, Eva June Meenach; one granddaughter, Shonda Lynn Kearns; and three brothers, Eustace, Carl, and Gayle LeMaster.
Mrs. McCarty and her husband brought the first Dollar Store to Ashland (M & M Dollar Store), owner of McCarty’s Market; a member of the East Fork United Baptist Church; and a previous member of Fishtrap United Baptist Church.
Surviving are five sons, Sheran Kendall (Sharon K.) McCarty of Flatwoods, Ishmael Neil (Licia) McCarty of Winchester, Terry Dean (Dot) McCarty of Ashland, Calvin Dwight (Wendy) McCarty of Nicholasville, and James Allen “Bo” (Lucinda) McCarty of Grayson; one daughter, Patty Jo (Scott) Sennett of Ashland; one brother, Garner (Shelva Jean) LeMaster; three sisters, Gwennith Adams, Faye Blair, and Esther Amburgey; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
The service will be officiated by Elder Dewey McCarty, with burial to follow in the Bellefonte Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements under the direction of the Steen Funeral Home of Ashland.

Paul Bryan Ratliff
1930-2014

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m. at the Southside Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville, for Paul Bryan Ratliff, 84, of East Point, who passed away Monday, Oct. 13 at his residence.
Mr. Ratliff was born Jan. 11, 1930 in Johnson County, son of the late Milt and Grace Collins Ratliff. He was a truck driver with Liquid Transporters, Inc.; a member of the Southside Free Will Baptist Church; and a U. S. Army verteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Vertrice McKenzie Ratliff; and two brothers, Fred and Roger Ratliff.
Surviving are one daughter, Paula Clark of Munfordville; one sister, Margaret Fitch of Paintsville; one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.
The Auxier Chapter 18 DAV conducted military honors.
The service was officiated by Wayne Price, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


10-15-2014 Obituaries
Paul Bryan Ratliff
1930-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 15, 5 p.m. at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church for Paul Bryan Ratliff, 84, of East Point, who passed away Monday, Oct. 13 at his residence.
Mr. Ratliff was born January 11, 1930, in Johnson County, son of the late Milt and Grace Collins Ratliff. He was a truck driver for Liquid Transporters, Inc; and a U.S. Army veteran
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vertrice McKenzie Ratliff; and two brothers, Fred and Roger Ratliff.
He is survived by one daughter Paula Clark, of Munfordville; one sister Margaret Fitch, of Paintsville; one granddaughter; and one great granddaughter.
The service will be officiated by Wayne Price, with burial to follow in Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville.
Military honors will be conducted by the Auxier Chapter 18 DAV.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Ronnie Lee Cantrell
1967-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. at the Sitka Free Will Baptist Church for Ronnie Lee Cantrell, 46, of Sitka, who passed away Sunday, Oct. 12 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mr. Cantrell was born Dec. 6, 1967 in Johnson County, son of Tommy and Mildred Salyer Cantrell.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Belinda Kimbler Cantrell of Sitka; one son, Chad Leighton Cantrell of Sitka; one daughter, Latoya Leigh Austin of Tazwell, Va.; three brothers, Thomas Cantrell and Dickey Cantrell, both of Sitka, and Michael Cantrell of Meally; one sister, Betty Ann Herron of North Lewisburg, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Clora Cantrell of Sitka; and one grandchild.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, after 4 p.m., and all day Wednesday, Oct. 15.
The service will be officiated by Jim McKenzie, with burial to follow in the family cemetery at Sitka.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Arlene Conley Adams Blair
1924-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 16, 2 p.m. at the House of Refuge for Arlene Conley Adams Blair, 89, of Paintsville, who passed away Oct. 13 at her residence.
Mrs. Rice was born November 6, 1924, in Oil Springs, daughter of the late Charley and Elva Rice Conley. She was a sales clerk with T G & Y.
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Adams and second husband, Ross Blair.
She is survived by one son, Glenn Adams of Carey, Ohio; five daughters, June Litteral of Urbana, Ohio; Stella Blair of Medway, Ohio; Loretta Blair and Edna Ross Montgomery, both of Oil Springs; and Pauletta Burke of Prestonsburg; one brother, Richard Conley of Staffordsville; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by William Perkins, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Gary Stephen Rice
1946-2014

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 7, 11 a.m., at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Gary Stephen Rice, 68, of Oil Springs who passed away Sept. 30 at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg.
Mr. Rice was born April 22, 1946 in Paintsville, son of the late Wade and Leona Miskimmins Rice. He was a mechanic.
He is survived by several cousins.
The service was officiated by Elder J.D. Rice with burial in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Judy Geneva Johnson
1936-2014

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville United Baptist Church for Judy Geneva Johnson, 78, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, Oct. 12 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.
Mrs. Johnson was born Oct. 3, 1936 in Paintsville, daughter of the late Willis and Edith Elva Salyers Hamilton. She was office manager with Johnson Law Offices. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Johnson.
Surviving are one son, J. D. Johnson of Paintsville; one daughter, Susan (Jimmy) Spradlin of West Van Lear; two brothers, William L. Hamilton of Staffordsville, and James Kelly Hamilton of Hager Hill; two sisters, Roberta Dials of Van Lear, and Dixie Hitchcock of Waynesville, Ohio; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
The service will be officiated by Chris Rowland, Roger Goble, and John Blanton, with burial to follow in the Johnson Cemetery at Thelma.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.


10-10-2014 Obituaries
Ronald Burge
1931-2014

Ronald (Ron) Burge, 82, passed away October 6, 2014 at Woodside Village Care Center following a lengthy struggle with advancing dementia.
Ron was born December 22, 1931 in Bladen, Nebraska to the late Margaret (Andersen) and Lester Burge. On April 13, 1951, Ron married the love of his life, Sharon Rogers, in Ayr, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1997.
A 1949 graduate of Roseland High School in Nebraska, Ron served in the U.S. Army from March 1952 until his honorable discharge in November 1953. During his proud service to his country, Ron was attached to the 822nd engineering aviation battalion EAB, which was a special category of Army with Air Force. He attained the rank of Corporal and served at the K-2 airbase in Teague, Korea.
He is survived by his daughter Rona (Greg) Young of Mt. Gilead and four sons, Mark (Lora) Burge of Cardington, Ohio; Rory Burge of Mound Ridge, Kansas; Jeff Burge and Ruby Ingram of Marysville, Ohio, and Scott Burge of Flat Gap.
Also surviving are a brother, Cal (Ardyce) Burge; sisters, Shirley Allen and Wanda (Lee) Wright both of Blue Hill, Nebraska; his special sister-in-law Edwina (Lou) Girard of Stafford, Kansas, and his precious grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ron was preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law Marcelyne and Eugene Coutts and Donna and Paul Goedert all of Hastings, Nebraska; brother-in-law Vern Allen of Blue Hill; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law William (Bill) and Joyce Hardwick of El Dorado, Kansas; Robert (Babe) and Norma Smith of LaMar, Colorado, and brother-in-law LaVern (Curly) Girard of Stafford, Kansas.
Ron relocated his family from El Dorado, Kansas to Cardington in 1966 and resided in the Cardington area until becoming a resident of Woodside in January 2012.
Ron primarily worked in oil field-related jobs from 1957 to 1969 in Kansas and Nebraska and from 1969 to 1986 in Ohio, including serving as plant manager of SII Drilco in Marion, Ohio. The epitome of a true work alcoholic, Ron worked long hours at his regular job and worked side jobs to support his family. In his early oil field work days, Ron would frequently work 24 to 48 hours with no sleep and then sleep so soundly when he returned home that his children could feed him popcorn (he really chewed and swallowed it) or ask him important questions to which they knew they would get the answers they wanted. Following the downsizing and eventual closing of Drilco, Ron worked for several years as an independent roofer and security guard with Marion General Hospital, retiring from Marion General in 2006. Ron cherished his many special friends from throughout his long work life.
Ron was the consummate handyman with an innate ability to fix anything and everything from automobile engines to washing machines to plumbing and much, much more. He was also talented in constructing items such as car luggage racks, lawn furniture, etc. Ron was known for these very well-constructed items - - his philosophy was why use one nail when ten nails will work better. While Ron thoroughly enjoyed life and all the wonderful things it offered, he especially enjoyed his family and attending annual large family reunions in Nebraska and Kansas. He also took delight in caring for his 2.5 acres south of Cardington, swimming with his grandchildren and removing dead trees from his property to burn in his handcrafted wood burner.
The family will host calling hours Saturday, October 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a service at the Gompf Funeral Home, 440 South Center Street, Cardington, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Morrow County Hospice, 228 South Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338 or the Marion General Hospital Foundation, 278 Barks Road West, Marion, Ohio 43302.
This is a paid obituary.

Marlene Lemaster Gibbons
1937-2014

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington, for Marlene Lemaster Gibbons, 76, of Lexington, who passed away Monday, Oct. 6.
Ms. Gibbons was born Dec. 18, 1937 in Flat Gap, daughter of the late Virgil and Rebecca Lemaster.
Surviving are one daughter; one son; two brothers, Bobby Lemaster of Indiana and Dallas Lemaster of Flat Gap; and four grandsons.
Courtesy of Preston Funeral Home.


10-8-2014 Obituaries
Bonnie Auxier Hager
1932-2014

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Paintsville, for Bonnie Auxier Hager, 81, of Hurricane, W. Va., formerly of Paintsville, who passed away Friday, Oct. 3 in West Virginia.
Mrs. Hager was born Nov. 26, 1932 in Johnson County, daughter of the late John Brown and Stella Grace Robinson Auxier. She was a retired teacher with the Paintsville Independent School system. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bob Hager; one brother, George Auxier, and one sister, Betty Jewel Auxier.
Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Kaye Hager of Louisville, and Karen Reneé Hager (Kenny) Daniel of Hurricane; two brothers, John Alden Auxier of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and David Auxier of Ohio; and one grandchild.
The service will be officiated by Wes Stedtefeld and Julie Hager Love, with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Betty Jo Borders Gullett
1930-2014

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Betty Jo Borders Gullett, 84, of Spring Hill, Fla., who passed away Friday, Sept. 26.
Mrs. Gullett was born April 8, 1930 in Salyersville, daughter of the late Manuel and Margie Howard Borders. She was a member of the Southside Free Will Baptist Church; and a teller with GTE.
Surviving are two sons, Gerald Roger (Mary) Gullett of Warner Robins, Ga., and Randy Neil (Brenda) Gullett of Spring Hill; two brothers, Basom “Bub” (Lou) Borders of Ocala, Fla., and Basil (Ellie) Borders of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Mary (Norman) Coleman of Columbus, Ohio, and Edna Johnson of Pikeville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The service was officiated by Larry Blair, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.



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