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James Castle

“Hog” Castle

1935-2020

James Ashland “Hog” Castle, 84, of Meally, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.

He was born August 18, 1935 in Johnson County, son of the late Jonah Castle and Edna Adams Castle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers; Jr. Castle, David Castle, Wilbur Castle, Billy Castle, one sister, Lobeta Spradlin, and one step great grandchild, Madilyn Walters. 

He is survived by two daughters, Monie Rose Mullins and husband Richard of Van Lear and Verronda K. Castle and Glenn Lewis of Holdenville, Oklahoma; two step daughters, Carey and Dennis Patel of Williamsport and April Chandler of Lexington; one stepson, Joey Stambaugh and wife Paula of Paintsville; five sisters, Mildred Faye Lyons of Nippa , Sandra Kaye Schmitt of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Brenda Rose Watson of Dayton, Ohio, Janice Bone of  Wabash, Indiana and Lorraine Castle of Lexington; two grandchildren, Casey Leonard and wife Ashley and J.J. Simmons; four great-grandchildren, Casey James Leonard, Cooper Dean Leonard, Jaxson Jaimes Simmons, and Jacey Jean Simmons; seventeen step grandchildren, Kayla Waller, Kelsie Hill, Alex Stambaugh, Jordan Walters, Anna Adams, Dustin Adams, Dylan Adams, Michael Adams, Ethan Adams, Jacob Patel, Cameron Patel, Caleb Patel, Whitney Ward, Brittany Blanton, Kyle Blanton, Lexi  Blevins and Breanna Blevins; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Taylor Walters, Isabella Walters, Jayden Sloas , Reagan Adams, Wyatt Johnson, Nevaeh and Mason Ward his beloved dog, Susie "Killer" Castle; along with a host of family and special friends that will miss him.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2020 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel. Bryan Ray Auxier and Amy Chapman officiated. 

Burial followed in the Castle Family Cemetery, Nippa. Auxier Chapter 18  DAV conducted full military honors on the day of service.

 Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements for James "Hog" Ashland Castle.  

This is a paid obituary.

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Cindy Collins

Cindy Collins

1971-2020

Cindy (Meek) Collins, 49, of Oil Springs passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Born January 17, 1971 in Paintsville she was the daughter of the late Millard Allen Meek and Mable (Adams) Meek.

In addition to her parents, Cindy was preceded in death by her husband, Larry David Collins; brother-in-law, Dr. Bradley Grant Collins; and father-in-law, Larry Grant Collins.

She is survived by her daughter, Louanna “Annie” Collins of Oil Springs; sister and best friend, Jenny (Witten) May of Sitka; honorary son, Zachary Salyers of River; three sisters, Deborah Meek of Paintsville, Lisa (and J.R.) Salyers of Staffordsville and Misty (Meek) Barker of Van Lear; mother in law, Anna Rose Collins of Oil Springs; brother in law, Johnathon Baretto of Simpsonville, South Carolina; nieces and nephews, Matthew Allen Barker, Chelsey Salyers Bray (and Tanner), Zachary Adams (and Katie) Salyers, Macey Salyers Stewart (and Jordan), Daniel Ray Greene (and Jessica), Mattison Greene Barnett (and Tyler), James Brandon May (and Brianna), Jared Mitchell May (and Kandyce) and Alexandria Elizabeth May.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. J.R. Salyers and Zachary Salyers will officiate.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Gary Jones

Gary Jones

1965-2020

Gary Dean Jones, 54, died Wednesday July 1, 2020 in Louisville. He was born September 6, 1965. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday July 4, 2020 at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel.

Preston Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Lorraine Mollette

“Renie” Mollette

1940-2020

Lorraine “Renie” Mollette, 80, of Prestonsburg, formerly of Van Lear, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 at Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg.

Born February 19, 1940 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Ali Wells and Sadie (Collins) Wells. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Everett Burchett; husband, Bob Mollette; and long time companion, Denver Harless; two brothers, Sammy “SJ” Wells and Frank Wells; six sisters, Emma Caudill, Eilene Martin, Mary Rider, Donna Rambo, Doris Fannin and Murl Collins.

Renie is survived by two sons, Bruce Blair of Van Lear and Michael Mollette of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Tamera Hunter and her husband, Ernie, of Van Lear, and Marla Potter and her husband, Barry, of Madisonville; one brother, Ali Wells, Jr. of Paintsville; one sister, Cindy Morris of Ashland; six grandchildren, Eric Hunter, Misty Caudill, Chanel Andrews, Erica Blair, Makayla Mollette and Caden Mollette; eight great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2020 in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Burial followed in the Wells Cemetery at Daniels Creek. Malcom Slone officiated.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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Ruel Osborne

Ruel Osborne

1930-2020

Ruel Nelson Osborne, age 89, of Wittensville, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday, June 24. 

He was born October 1, 1930, in Paintsville, and is the son of the late Walter and Ethel (Castle) Osborne. Ruel, a 20-year veteran with the United States Air Force, served during the Korean and Vietnam era. After his military career, he returned home, and worked for the Johnson County School System as a bus driver.

Ruel thoroughly enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his family, taking long country drives, riding his ATV well into his eighties, singing gospel songs, and bird watching.

Ruel is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Wanda (Tackett), one brother David (Willa Dean-deceased) Osborne, five devoted children: Kathy (Carl) Strout, Sherry (Larry-deceased) Blackburn, Mark (Julie) Osborne, Sheila Davies, Ruel (DeeDee) Osborne, and seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruel was preceded in death by his sisters Marie Osborne, Lula (John) Burns, Dorothy (Les) Rose, Goldie (Wallace) Adams, Hermalee (Junior) Murphy and brothers Walter (Dorothy) Osborne, and Buel (Norma) Osborne.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with James Kelly Caudill officiating.

Burial followed at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

This is a paid obituary.

“Bill” Powers

1941-2020

William Ray “Bill” Powers, age 78, of Ashville, Ohio, formerly of Van Lear, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his home.

Bill was born September 17, 1941 in Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 4, 2020 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel. Entombment followed at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangement.

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Willard Vanhoose

“Red” Van Hoose

1930-2020

Willard “Red” Van Hoose, 89, of Paintsville, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his home.

Born August 28, 1930 in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Joe Van Hoose and Flossie (Wilcox) Van Hoose.

He was retired from the Paintsville City Utilities after 30 years of service and a member of the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers, Joe Van Hoose Jr., Leroy Van Hoose and Phillip Van Hoose; and five sisters, Roberta Stanley, Ruby Daughtry, Lucille Gullett, Marie Case and Judy Spears.

Red is survived by is wife, Carol (Blair) Van Hoose; and one daughter, Sherri Van Hoose of Paintsville.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 4 in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Roger Hill, Gary Blair and Joe Keaton officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Phelps & Son Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses by calling, (606) 789-8989.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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