Hobert Blair

1862-2022

Hobert “Hobie” Blair, 59, of Lower Twin Branch, Denver, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Jeremy Butcher

1978-2022

Jeremy Allen Adams Butcher “Daddy Daddy,” 42, of Wittensville, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.

He was born in Floyd County, Oct. 25, 1978, the son of Steve Butcher and Diana Adams Butcher, of Paintsville.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sons, Cody Butcher (Carrie), of Wittensville, Mason Butcher, of Sitka, and Jeremy Dawson Butcher, of Paintsville; one brother, Cecil Butcher, of Paintsville; two sisters, Lexie Staton (Don), of Paintsville, and Cheyanne Butcher, of Wayne, W.Va.; one grandchild, Cody Nelson Butcher, and one on the way, Madlyn Butcher; one niece, Willow Jade; and special companion, Nikki Butcher.  

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Chastity Nicole Butcher.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

Friends may visit the Phelps & Son Funeral Home until the time of service on Wednesday. Buddy Baldwin will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.phelps-sonfuneralhome.com.  

This is a paid obituary.

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Jearlean Donley

1941-2022

Jearlean “Jeri” Donley, 80, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa.

She was born in Johnson County, Nov. 8, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Wiley Blair and Eulah Hannah Blair.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Donley was preceded in death by her former husband, Roger Donley.

She is survived by two sons, Michael David Donley (Amy), of Peoria, Ill., and Gregory Scott Donley (Tammie), of Paintsville; one brother, Roger Blair, of Hager Hill, one sister, Thelma Murray, of Hager Hill; one grandson, Cory Donley, of Charleston, W.Va.; her extended family and friends; as well as the members of Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church, where she was a member.

She retired from American Standard.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Aaron Penix officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.phelps-sonfuneralhome.com.  

This is a paid obituary.

 James Lyons

1956-2022

James Michael "Mike" Lyons, 66, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

Rebecca Pack

1977-2022

Rebecca Nicole Pack, 44, of Hager Hill, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.  

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

David Puckett

1956-2022

David Puckett, 65, of Johnson County, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Judy Ratliff

1954-2022

Judy Ann Ratliff,  67, of Flat Gap, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 2022, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Ollie Southern

1953-2022

Ollie Ratliff Southern, 68, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Paintsville ARH.

She was born in Johnson County, Feb. 4, 1953. She was the daughter of the late Topsy Ratliff and Ruby Vanhoose Ratliff Sadler.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge “Art” Southern; one son, Tony Ray Southern; twin brother, Hollie Ratliff; sister, Ella Faye Ratliff; brothers, Topsy Ray Ratliff, Earl Thomas Ratliff, Clark Ratliff, Jay Ratliff, Lawrence Ratliff and Andy Ratliff.  

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Lee Southern (Linzie) Burgess Goble, of Flat Gap; granddaughter, Elena Faith Goble, of Flat Gap; grandson, Linzie Ashton Goble and fiancé, Morgan Hope Erwin, of Morehead; three sisters, Martha Kidd (Roscoe) Kidd, Mary Pennington and husband, Gary Pennington, and Ruth Ann (Starlin) Fitch.

Funeral services will be held 12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Topsy Ratliff Cemetery at Denver.

Friends may visit the Phelps & Son Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, and until the time of service on Thursday. Jason Adams will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.phelps-sonfuneralhome.com.  

This is a paid obituary.

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 Odra Stambaugh

1962-2022

Odra Mahan Stambaugh, 59, of Sitka, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at her residence.

She was born in Johnson County, May 22, 1962, to the late Herbert Mahan and Lucille Maynard Mahan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Angel Oiler; three sisters, Jane Fairchild, Carol Fairchild and Rena Fairchild; and three brothers, Roger Mahan, Farrel Mahan and Gary Mahan.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, James Walter Stambaugh; six daughters, Stephanie Fairchild (Kenneth), of Wittensville, Rebecca Tackett (Doug), of High Hat, Michelle Mahan (Matthew Honeycutt),  of Flat Gap, Margret Stambaugh (Sami Basir), of Sitka, Sara Stanley (James) and Pamela Stambaugh (Brandon Barnett), of Magoffin, County; one son, Phillip Mahan; siblings, twin sister, Olive Reynolds, of Hager Hill, Judy Staniford, of Tutor Key, Connie Mahan, of Paintsville, Mitchell Mahan, of Tutor Key and Tim Mahan, of Prestonsburg; and also a special grandson, Damion Fannin; 24 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; along with a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at the Living Waters Ministries Church on Route 3. Friends may visit the church after 9 a.m. Wednesday until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the Phelps & Son Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

Arrangements are under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.phelps-sonfuneralhome.com.  

This is a paid obituary.

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John VanHoose

1940-2022

John David VanHoose, 81, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Paintsville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.  

He was born in Paintsville, Sept. 23, 1940, the son of the late Gordon R. (Jack) and Edna Robinson VanHoose.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his grandson, John Willian Cook in 1997.

He served the Lord as a devoted member of the West Haven Baptist Church, for many years, as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and former Chairman of the Deacons and previous member of the First Baptist Church in Paintsville.  He retired from the City of Knoxville, as a plumbing inspector.  He served honorably in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea.  John was an avid sportsman and loved fishing and squirrel hunting.

John is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Prater VanHoose; a daughter, Jennifer Denise Ferdin (Jose), of Knoxville, Tenn., and grandchild, Carter Drew Cook, of Johnson City, Tenn.; brothers, James G. VanHoose, of Midway, and Robert B. VanHoose (Sharon), of Pensacola, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Weaver’s Chapel with the service to follow at 6 p.m., with Rev. Ed Cloud officiating. Burial will be in Paintsville on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at 1 p.m., at Upper Mayo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Haven Baptist Church, PO Box 12282, Knoxville, TN 37912.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with local funeral arrangements

The guestbook may be signed at www.jones-prestonfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Herbert Whitaker

1953-2022

Herbert Loyd Whitaker, 68, of East Point, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at his residence.

He was born in Paintsville, Jan. 20, 1953. He was the son of the late John Whitaker and Mildred Robinson Whitaker.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by one son, Herbert Wesley Whitaker; and one sister, Helen Boggs.

He is survived by his wife, Delorse Kaye Dotson Whitaker; one daughter, Becky Young (Chris), of East Point; two grandchildren, Emmaline Raeann Young and Ethan Sawyer Young; and a host of family and friends also survive.

Mr. Whitaker was a retired educator for Johnson Central High School and Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Whitaker Family Cemetery, East Point. Richard Greene officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

The guestbook may be signed at www.phelps-sonfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.