Marilyn Adams


Marilyn Jane Adams, age 86, of Paintsville died Jan. 4, 2021. Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 at Highland Memorial Park.

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“Grousie” Blanton

Leon “Grousie” Blanton, 91, of Van Lear, formerly of Flat Gap, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at Highlands ARH.

He was born in Magoffin County, June 9, 1929, the son of the late John and Leona Cantrell Blanton.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Brunton Blanton; his children, Sue Alltop (Rick)  and Romane Shaner (Lee), both of Springfield, Ohio, Jeffery Prugh of Southgate, Terry and Larry (Deceased) Maxwell, of Springfield, Ohio, and Cheryl Moore (Kenny), of Van Lear; his grandchildren, Gary Stevens (Brandy), of Springfield, Ohio, US Marine LCpl Jason Daniel (Deceased), Travis Maxwell (Michelle), of Medway, Ohio, Dylan Maxwell (Morgan), of Jamestown, Ohio, and Tehya Maxwell, of Springfield, Ohio; five great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Mervin (Deceased) and Connie Blanton, of Flat Gap, Della Francis and Kendrick Barker, of Jackson, Ohio, Lonza (Deceased) and Betty Blanton, of Flat Gap, Ersla and Harmon Barker, of Flat Gap, Elsie and Mary Ann Blanton, of Red Bush, Judy Carol and Eulas Adams, of Flat Gap, Ora Blanton (Deceased), Emma Jewel and Johnny Adams, of Flat Gap, Annith Harri, of Paintsville, and Bonnie Jean (Deceased) and Dan Sexton, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was married to Phyllis Blanton. He worked at US Steel as a boilermaker, then he was a logger.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by mail to the Cold Springs United Baptist Church: Roger Estep, 1942 KY RT 689, Flat Gap, KY 41219.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at

This is a paid obituary.

Paul Hackney


Paul Dean Hackney, 85, of Lowmansville died Jan.3, 2021.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Frances Henson


Frances Porter Henson, 77, of Ft Thomas, died Thursday, Jan. 7,2021, after a long illness.  She was born Sept. 18, 1943, in Paintsville, daughter of Paul and Zona Porter.  In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her partner of 28 years, Craig Jones.

Frances was a graduate of Paintsville High School and attended East Tenn. State University.  She worked as a telephone operator then a bookkeeper until her worsening vision led to early retirement. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother whose life revolved around her family. She was an avid reader who enjoyed all genres. In her later years she turned her love of books, music, pop culture and politics into an on-line discussion board with active members from around the world.  

She is survived by her son, Robert Henson (Sherry), daughters Cheryl Rapier (Jody) and Julianna Abdon (Daniel), grandchildren, William, Natalie, Ashlyn and Maverick, brother Bob Porter, niece Michelle Porter and nephew Todd Porter.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date when it is safe to gather.

Memorials in Fran’s memory are suggested to your local animal shelter.

This is a paid obituary.

Jack Pelphrey


Jack Daker Pelphrey, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.13, 2021, at First Baptist Church.

William Pennington


William David Pennington, 69, of Van Lear died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

Geneva Terry


Geneva Helen Hall Terry, 97, of Meally died Jan. 3, 2021.

Private funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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