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Kenny Blair

1942-2021

Kenny Blair, 79, of Oil Springs, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at his residence.

He was born in Johnson County, March 11, 1942, the son of the late Ervin and Mildred Rice Blair.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Lou Baldwin Blair; five brothers, Leon, Mervel, Elzie, Arnold and Lloyd Thomas Blair; and one sister, Eleanor Fairchild.

He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Kevin Blair (Patty), of Oil Springs, and Kenneth Wesley Blair (Lisa), of Piketon, Ohio; one daughter, Janie Blair, of Oil Springs; two brothers, Larry Blair, of Sitka, and Wendell Blair, of Summit; one sister, Carolyn Chitwood, of Ashland; and two grandchildren, Tanner and Kenny Blair.

Funeral services were held 12 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2021, in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Randy Haney officiating. Burial followed at Blair Family Cemetery, Oil Springs. 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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Frank Delzer

1935  -  2021

Frank X.R. Delzer, 85, died April 1, 2021, at Highland A R H, Prestonsburg.

He was born in Zeeland, N.D., Dec. 6, 1935, the son of Rhinee and Madeleine Levesque Delzer.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Bitsey Delzer.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise Reynolds Delzer; one brother, Lewis Carroll Delzer, of Long Beach, Cal.; one sister, Jeanne Larita Haney, of Durham, N.Car.; two sons, Francis Warren, of Camillus, N.Y., and Timothy Delzer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; two daughters, Julianne Burgess, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Susan Raye Knight, of Paintsville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

After graduating from University of N.D. and completing his Fulbright studies in Germany, he worked for U S Steel in South America for 18 years and later in Canada.   Then in coal, gold and silver operations in the United States before taking the position of Land Manager and Chief Engineer of Elkhorn Coal Corporation in Wayland and Prestonsburg. He worked for Staff Engineering of Cross Lanes, W.Va., in their international operations in China and Myanmar. He later served as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals.

Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the St. Michaels Catholic Church on Washington Avenue, Paintsville, with Rev. Terrance Hoppenjans, Pastor officiating. 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.

Jackie Jayne

1948-2021

Jackie Jayne, 72, of Frankfort, formerly of Johnson County, died Friday, March 26, 2021. Graveside services were held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the Jayne Family Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Larry Kelly

1955-2021

Larry Joe Kelly, 65, of Flat Gap, died Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 1701 Euclid Ave., Paintsville.

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Janet Lilly

1947-2021

Janet S. Lilly, 73, of Syracuse, Ind., died Monday, March 15, 2021, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Indiana.

She was born in Hager Hill, July 20, 1947, to Ted and Evelyn (Music) DeLong.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Doug DeLong.

She grew up in Kentucky, attended Johnson County Public Schools, but lived most of her life in the North Webster / Syracuse area. She retired from Syracuse Rubber Company after 30 years and was a member of the United Methodist Church in North Webster.  She was a loving and caring woman, who always put everyone else’s needs above her own. She left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Family meant everything to her.  

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Terry, of Kentucky; her son, Timothy Lilly (Amber), of Anderson; four granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, JoAnn Adkins (Ronnie), of Paintsville, and Judy Daniels (John), of Hager Hill; four brothers, Mike DeLong (Mary), Jim DeLong, Bill DeLong (Judy) and Teddy DeLong (Judy), all of Hager Hill; her sister-in-law, Frankie DeLong; her special friend, Armando Vuittonet, of Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews.     

Cremation will take place at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, 4356 N. St. Rd 15, Warsaw, Indiana.

A Celebration of Life service will take place in Hager Hill at a later date. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Hager Hill. Arrangements are under the direction of Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, Indiana.

Preferred memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, 7822 E. Epworth Forest Rd., North Webster, IN 46555.  

Obituary courtesy of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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Carol McCarty

1942-2021

Edith Carol McCarty, 78, died Saturday, April 10, 2021, at her residence in Oil Springs, following an extended illness.

In her last days she exhibited the tenacity and strength that has helped her build a long and full life. Carol was a retired bookkeeper of the family business, Ray McCarty Builders, and spent her later years making quilts for her grandchildren and tending her roses in the summer.

Carol was born in Johnson County, Aug. 11, 1942, in a home that stood on the family farm where she died. She was the daughter of the late Walter Curtis and Emma Blanton Curtis.  

In 1960, she graduated from Oil Springs High School, and that summer married her husband, Granville Ray McCarty. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in August 2020.

They joined the Low Gap United Baptist Church on January 26, 1964, after she was saved on Dec. 31, 1963. They were baptized together. She remained a faithful member of the church throughout her life.

Their first child, Timothy Ray, was born and died in 1963. Soon after, they moved to Columbus, Ohio, where they lived until 1975, when they returned to the family farm to start a construction business. Along the way, they had three additional children, enjoyed taking trips to warm, sunny locations, spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and attending church nearly every weekend.

In addition to her parents and her son, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Eloise Curtis, Genevieve McCarty and Mabel Long; two brothers-in-law, Jimmie McCarty and Don Laferty; and one sister-in-law, Pam Curtis.

She is survived her husband, Granville Ray McCarty; their three children and spouses, Patti and Brian Clark, of Frankfort, Randy and Karla McCarty, of Paintsville, and Emma and John Fairchild, of Staffordsville; four grandchildren, Samantha Whelan (Johnathan), of Elizabethtown, Emily Clark (fiancé, Nathan Rasmussen), of Louisville, Jerry Austin McCarty, of Charlotte, N.Car., and John Brandon Fairchild, of Staffordsville; and two great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Elliott Whelan of Elizabethtown.

She is also survived by a brother, Walter Curtis Jr., of Tutor Key; one sister-in-law, Etta Mae Laferty, of Oil Springs; three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Robert McCarty (Faye), of Lexington, Fred McCarty (Stella), of Nippa, and Kanawaha Long, of Kermit, W.Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, friends and neighbors.

Visitation for Carol was held from 5 p.m. until 8p.m., Monday, April 12 and 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Low Gap United Baptist Church with Bros. Frank Blevins, Jeff Carroll, Perry Moore and Frank Williams officiating. Interment followed at the family cemetery at Win.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Kentucky/Indiana Chapter, 225 South East Street, Suite 280, Indianapolis, IN 46202; or, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, P.O. Box 23415, Lexington, KY 40523-3415, or, kentuckysuicideprevention.org.

Arrangements were under the direction of 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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Wauleta Ward

1928-2021

Wauleta Grace (Williams) Ward, was born April 21, 1928, to Ransom Bee Williams and Grace Catherine Dotson Williams, in Asa Creek. She left for her Heavenly home Monday, April 5, 2021, while at her daughter's home in Oil Springs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Ward, whom she married on Jan. 17, 1948; her son, Duane Ward; two sisters, Mary Ann Williams and Mabel Williams Scott; and four brothers, Orville, Paul, Ken and Bobby Joe Williams.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandie Blanton (Michael), of Oil Springs, Brenda Powers (Gary), of Edison, Ohio, and Suzie Ratliff (Raymond Earl), of Paintsville; two sons, Jack Ward (Julie), of Meally, and Bobby Ward (Janie), of Denver; two sisters, Sue Green, of Toano, Va., and Linda Snelling, of Newport News, Va.; three brothers, Jack Williams, of New Carlisle, Ohio, Richard Williams, of Englewood, Ohio, and Billy Gene Williams, of Tipp City, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was a faithful member of the Pentecostal Church for 55 years. She is now at rest with her Saviour, her husband and her son. What a reunion!!!!

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m.,Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the Resurgence Outreach Church (the old Paintsville Funeral Home location). Burial will follow at the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, with Gerald Fairchild, Joe Scott, Jimmy Price and Darin Blanton officiating.

Friends may visit the church after 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, and anytime prior to the service on Thursday. 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.

Jessica Wilder

1983-2021

Jessica Erin Wilder, 37, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 136 Main Street, Paintsville.

Kenneth Wyatt

1938-2021

Kenneth Lee Wyatt, 83, of Canton, Mo., died Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Pin Oaks Living Center, in Mexico, Missouri.

He was born in Putnam County, Mo., April 7, 1938, the son of the late Kermit Branson Wyatt and Emma Ruth (Little) Wyatt.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Kenny Wyatt.

He is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Arms (Doug), of Hager Hill, Alma Osborne (Kevin), of Grayson, and Ruth Wyatt, of Ohio; one son, Dennis Wyatt, of California; one brother, Robert Wyatt, of Canton, Mo.; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Tom Bowman and Glen Kirk officiating.. Burial will follow at the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Friends may visit the Phelps & Son Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the service. 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.