Jerry Arnett


Jerry Edwin Arnett, 76, of Van Lear, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Carolyn Bailey


Carolyn Davis Bailey, 81, of Mount Pleasant, S.Car., former longtime resident of Charlotte, N.Car., and wife of James Michael Bailey entered into eternal rest Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Carolyn was born July 28, 1941, in Paintsville, one of seven children of the late Walter Davis and the late Elizabeth Daniel Davis Mollett. She was a graduate of Paintsville High School and pursued a homemaking degree from Eastern Kentucky University. When she and Mike married in 1962, they started a family, and it was her great joy to be a stay-at-home mom. Later she owned and operated a clothing store named Mint Hill Loungewear Outlet, that evolved into Keleby's, the namesake of all three of her children. Carolyn was a wonderful seamstress and cook who also enjoyed playing tennis and walking. Before moving to Mt Pleasant, SC she was a faithful member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and Forest Hills Church in Charlotte, NC.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James Michael "Mike" Bailey; son, Jonathan Lee Bailey (Pam), of Charlotte, N.Car.; daughter, Kelly Bailey Kruse (Tom), of Mount Pleasant, S.Car.; son,  Michael Bryan Bailey (Keely), of Denver, N.Car.;  sister, Phyllis Stafford; brothers, Billy Joe Davis (Tammy) and Walter Davis, Jr.; grandchildren, Jackson Lee Bailey, Christian Davis Bailey, Davis Thomas Kruse, Coleman Dixon Bailey, and Bruce Allen Baldwin III and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Gene Davis; and sister, Charlotte Melvin.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.  A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., her service to follow at McEwen Funeral Home-Mint Hill Chapel, Charlotte, North Carolina. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter 2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130, Charleston, SC 29407.

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Clarence Meade


Clarence Meade, 74, of Paintsville, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

He was born March 6, 1948, in Paintsville, to the late Mitchell and Mary Lou Adkins Meade.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Meade.

On Nov. 26, 1970, in West Van Lear, he married Susan Watkins Meade who survives. Additional survivors include two sons: Brad Douglas Meade and Joseph Mitchell Meade; one daughter: Traci Leigh Meade and (Rebecca Thompson); one brother: Michael Meade; and four grandchildren: Beckham Mitchell Meade, Treyvor G. Pauley, Breiana R. Moore and Trenton M. Moore.

Clarence served his country proudly in the United States Navy and was a former heavy equipment operator for Rebel Coal.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at the Baker Branch Free Will Baptist Church with Venny VanHoose, JD Johnson and Hedgel Golden officiating. Entombment followed at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements were under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

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Dr. Thomas Smith


Dr. Thomas Allen Smith, 70, a resident of Walker Hill in Staffordsville, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at his residence, with family by his side.

Dr. Smith was born Oct. 21, 1952, in Macon, Ga., the son of Thomas Hilton Smith and the late Rebbie Johnson Smith.

Although he was rather a rambunctious youth, he eventually found himself in the halls of Emory University of Medicine, graduating with Honors in1985. He completed his residency at the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., in 1989. He worked as a family practice doctor for 33 years. He was also employed as a licensed minister for the Church of God of Prophecy for seven years. He enjoyed sci-fi movies, traveling, the beach, playing and composing Gospel music, and creating digital artwork.

Those left to mourn his passing include his wife of 35 years, Linda Childers Smith; his father, Thomas Hilton Smith; son, Brandon Smith (Brittany), of Irvine; daughters, Sarah Zometa, of Lexington, and Rebekah Smith, of Staffordsville; grandchild, Serena Zometa, of Lexington; sister, Nancy Murphy, of Douglasville, Ga.; brothers, Larry Smith, of Conway, S.Car., Randy Smith, of Loganville, Ga., Jerry Smith, of Cartersville, Ga., Ronnie Smith, of Kathleen, Ga., and Donnie Smith, of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; and a host of family and friends who love and miss him.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Church of God

of Prophecy in Prestonsburg. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Salyersville Funeral Home of Salyersville.

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Tessie Williams


Tessie A. Williams, 82, of East Point, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg.

She was born May 1, 1940, in Johnson County, to the late Walter Burke and Estelle Wells Burke.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Lee “Top” Williams; four brothers: William Burke, Chester Burke, Perry Burke and Estill Burke; and one sister, Goldie Burke.

Tessie is survived by four sons: Kester Williams (Kim), of Putnam County, W.Va., Floyd Williams (Lori), of Paintsville, Denny Williams (Tina), of Putnam County, W.Va., and Dexter Williams (Rebecca), of Williamsport; one daughter, Angela Meade (Tony), of East Point; one brother, Randall Burke, of Colorado; two sisters: Lena Daniels, of Louisa, and Mable Vicars, of Johnson County; 19 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren, also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at the Barnett Chapel Cemetery in Putnam County, West Virginia. Arrangements were under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

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