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Pauline Allen

1926-2021

Pauline Hayes Allen, 95, of Wittensville, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at the Valley View Care Center in Frankfort, Ohio.

She was born July 31, 1926, in Floyd County. She was the daughter of the late Chester Arthur Hayes and Effie Morris Moss.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Bill Allen; one son, Sammy Allen; one daughter, Bonita Allen; two brothers, Clayborn Hayes and Thomas Edward Hayes; and one sister, Nell Calhoun.

She is survived by one son, Glen Allen (Tara), of Louisville; two daughters, Teresia Daniels, of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Toby Blanton, of Fairborne, Ohio; one sister, Carol Eifler, of Martinsville, Ind.; five grandchildren, Paul Blanton, Jerry Eugene Daniels, Melissa Jessie, Samuel Justin Allen and Kameron Audra Leigh Smith; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, also survive.

Pauline was a member of the Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at the John Allen Cemetery at Lancer with Steve Rose officiating. 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.

Connie Baldridge

1956-2021

Connie Baldridge, 65, of West Van Lear, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at 1701 Euclid Avenue, Paintsville.

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Maxine Blair

1928-2021

Maxine Taylor Blair, 93, of Van Lear, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

Maxine Taylor Blair was born in Floyd County, Oct. 7, 1928, the daughter of the late Enoch "Bob" Taylor and Evelyn Blackburn Taylor.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Blair, one son, Donald Ray Blair; and one grandson, Scottie Hackworth.    

She is survived by three sons, Marshall Blair Jr. (Sherrie), of Wabash, Ind., Greg Blair (Chanda), of Staffordsville, and Randy Blair (Jamie), of Van Lear; one daughter, Debbie Hackworth, of Van Lear; one special daughter, Lauren McCoart, of Van Lear; two sisters, Betty Davis, of Paintsville, and Joan Waters, of Colorado; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and host of nieces and nephews.     

A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in the Jones-Preston Funeral Home with Donnie Witten officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Van Lear Free Will Baptist Church or Van Lear Historical Society by contacting Jones-Preston Funeral Home at 606-789-3501. Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Paul Blair

1935-2021

Paul Dwayne Blair, 86, of Waverly, Ohio, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, surrounded by his wife and daughters at OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Paul was born in Paintsville, Aug. 17, 1935, the son of the late Dennis and Emma Myrtle (Webb) Blair.  

On May 14, 1960, he was united in marriage to Laura Lou (Williams) Blair, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Paula Tatera (Peter) and Nikki Benvenuti (Robert); three grandchildren, Kaylynn Tatera, Gianna Benvenuti and Nathan Benvenuti; three sisters, Betty June Baxter, Anna Lois Foster (Jerry) and Emma Faye Moreno (Elias); two brothers, Earl Dean Blair (Irma) and Dennis Michael Blair (Onedia); and one sister-in-law, Sue Blair.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth Lee Blair.

Paul served with the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and Pike Community Hospital in Waverly, Ohio. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waverly and the American Legion Post #142. Paul loved spending time with his family, working on classic cars, and meeting his friends at Tim Hortons for coffee. He was an avid runner until the age of 75. Many people of Waverly knew him as the “Clint Eastwood” of the neighborhood. He was an old school tough guy. He is loved and will be missed by his family.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly, Ohio, with Pastor Josh Remy officiating. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion Post #142, of Waverly, Ohio. Arrangements were under the direction of the Boyer Funeral Home of Waverly, Ohio.

Friends may sign the guestbook at www.boyerfuneral.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Virgil Castle

1948-2021

Virgil Castle, 73, of Thealka, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

Robert Hall

1961-2021

Robert Bryan Hall, 59, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

“Doc” Hitchcock

1934-2019

Raymond “Doc” Hitchcock, 84, of Oil Springs, died March 2, 2019.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Marie Kinslow

1925-2021

Marie Conley Kinslow, 95, of Nippa, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Della Spencer

1939-2021

Della Mae (Music) Spencer, 82, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.

She was born in Johnson County, July 17, 1939.  She was the daughter of the late Matthew Music and Gracie (Grim) Music.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Jasper Spencer; and one sister, Rose Jean Thacker.

She is survived by her son, Brian Keith Spencer, of Chillicothe, Ohio; two brothers, Rex Allen Music (Pauline), of Blaine, and Darl Music (Minerva), of Nippa; two sisters, Nella Faye Scarberry, of Paintsville, and Deborah Lynn McKenzie (Rick), of Nippa; and a host of nieces and nephews, also survive.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. She will be taken back to Washington Court House, Ohio, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, William “Bill” Spencer. 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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Monica Wallace

1937-2021

Monica Ann Wallace (nee Meade), 84, of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at Poets Walk in Fredericksburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emerald Earl and Beatrice Ann (Phelps) Meade; a granddaughter, Monica James; her brother, Edward Earl; and her husband of almost 52 years, Lt. Col. John Richard Wallace.

She is survived by one daughter, Lora Wallace James, of Stafford; two sons, John Richard Wallace (Gayla), of Dumfries, and Timothy Steven Wallace (Kelley), of Stafford; four grandchildren, Justin David Wallace (Mickie) of Murrells Inlet, S.Car., Ryan Matthew Wallace, of Woodbridge, Va., Austin David James (Elizabeth), of Manassas, and Matthew Dustin Wallace (Suzzanne), of City of Manassas; and five great-grandchildren.

Monica, whom her family called “Yaya,” was born and raised in Van Lear, Johnson County. She was an authentic coal-miner’s daughter. After her mom and grandparents died when she was twelve, her Uncle Stanley Whitman and Aunt Helen (nee Meade) took her in. They moved to Europe shortly thereafter, where she married John Wallace, July 2, 1955, in Salzburg, Austria. Monica and John lived in many places over John’s Army career, the last years of which were in Springfield, Va., from 1970 to 1984. They retired in Dumfries. Monica worked in home decorating for many years. She went to church at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford. Monica had many friends, neighbors, and family, and she will be greatly missed.  

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 29,2021, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford, Va., with Pastor John Cook officiating. Burial followed in Quantico National Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Mullins & Thompson Funeral Home of Stafford, Virginia.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mullinsthompsonstafford.com.

This is a paid obituary.