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Billy Blair

1942-2021

Billy Jay Blair, 79, of Urbana, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Billy was born April 9, 1942, in Denver, the son of the late Harlan and Bethel (Hitchcock) Blair.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1966-1968, earning two Purple Hearts. Billy retired from Siemens as a stock handler. Billy enjoyed taking pictures of “Mom’s Garden.” He loved spending time with his grandkids and watching all their sports and activities; as well as teasing his “favorite sister.”

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carolyn (King) Blair; daughters, Bethel Blair and Billie Green; sons, Doug Taylor and Tom Taylor (Jennifer); grandchildren, Andy, Jedidiah, Ely, Codey, Dorian, Hannah, Layne, Emily, Alex, Liam and Max; siblings, Bonnie Hurd, Jean Spears (David), Jackie Blair (Patricia), Janie Auxier, Jim Blair (Buckie), Tim Blair, Jerry Blair (Belinda), Tenia Ratliff, Dion Blair (Gladys), Lisa Murry (Keith) and Teresa Vanhoose (David); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Karen Louck and Kaylena Blair; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Phyllis King.

A gathering of friends and family was held Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, Ohio.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio. Military honors were provided by Pearce Kerns American Legion Post #120.

Memorial contributions may be made in Billy’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Funeral services were under the direction of Vernon Funeral Home of Urbana, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Timothy Boyd

Timothy Boyd, 69, of Ashland, formerly of Johnson County, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2021

Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Thursday,  at 1807 Euclid Avenue, Paintsville.

Mary Ferguson

1932-2021

Mary Oliver Ferguson, 88, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.

Funeral services were held Aug. 29, 2021, at the Old Paint Primitive Baptist Church on RT 172, Crockett.

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Walter C. Fitzpatrick Jr.

1944-2021

Walter C. Fitzpatrick Jr.,  76, of East Point, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.

He was born Nov. 26, 1944, in Johnson County, the son of the late Walter Fitzpatrick and Bessie Powers Fitzpatrick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada (Bentley) Fitzpatrick, in 2012.

Walter is survived by one son, Christopher Fitzpatrick (Maria), of Banner; three daughters, Tabitha Borkholder (Steve), of Nappannee, Ind., Marion and Jerry (Beverly), of East Point, and Marica Kidd (Bradford), also of East Point; four brothers, David, Roger, John and Charlie Fitzpatrick; two sisters, Diana Webb and Stella June Bentley; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and expecting another.

There will be no public visitation or funeral at this time. The family will have a memorial service at a later date. 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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“Chris” Haney

1950-2021

James “Chris” Haney, 71, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.  

He was born Jan. 2, 1950, in Johnson County, the son of the late Chester and Marie Gullett Haney.

In addition to his parents, Chris was preceded in death by four brothers, Allen Haney Sr., Wayne Haney, Chester Haney Jr. and Tom Haney; and two sisters, Mary Catherine Haney and Mable Blair.

He is survived by his wife, Bea Sturgill Haney; two sons, Ben Haney (Amanda), of Paintsville, and J.R. Haney (Nikki), of Wolfe County; one brother, Robert Haney, of Florida; one sister, Rebecca Warnock (Jack), of Thelma; two grandchildren, Bea Haney and Landon Haney; and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Chris proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam. He retired from the Paintsville Police Department and was the former Coordinator for Johnson County 911.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, with Harry Neal Frisby officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Fishers House Foundation (fishershouse.org), or, the Veterans Referral Center of Paintsville, 621 Euclid Avenue, Paintsville, KY 41240. Arrangements were under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

The guestbook may be signed at www.phelps-sonfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Jimmy Hobson

1963-2021

Jimmy Millard Hobson, 58, of Lexington, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

 

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Arnold Jackson

1930-2021

Arnold Jackson, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Miami Valley Hospital.

He was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Oil Springs, to the late Henry and Zella (Blanton) Jackson. In addition to his parents, Arnold was preceded in death by his brother, Ermal Jackson; and his sister, Gertrude (Arnold) Dixon.

He leaves behind his close cousins, Janet and Tim Todd and Pam Chester; his beloved companion of 20 years, Eleanor McGuire; his daughters, Jennifer Midgly and Joanna Horsley and their families; as well as his sister-in-law, Mary Jackson; and many more loving family members.

Arnold served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He never met a stranger and enjoyed walking around town with a smile on his face. He was the sole owner of Jackson's Automotive which kept him busy for over 40 years. Arnold was also active in the Masonic Boggs Lodge #292 in DeGraff, Ohio, as well as in the Shriners.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at Walter & Lewis Funeral Home from 4 until 6 p.m.

A funeral honoring his life by Pastor Bob Knox will follow on Thursday, Sept. 2, beginning at 1 p.m. Arnold will be laid to rest with military honors at Spring Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider making a donation to Shriners Hospital for Children in Arnold's honor.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walter Funeral Home.  

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.walterfunerals.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Sam Music

1940-2021

Sam Henry Music, 81, of Oil Springs, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Betty Watson

1965-2021

Betty Ann Horne Watson, 56, wife of William Blair “Billy” Watson, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at her home in Paris.

A native of Marion, Ohio, she was the daughter of Norma Lee Ulery Horne and the late Robert Lendell Horne.  

She was a member of the Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church. She graduated in 1983 from Johnson Central High School where she participated in the marching band all four years, as well as the concert band, was a member of the student council for one year and won the Woody Estep Award for Excellence in Mathematics. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Eastern Kentucky University where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi –International Honor Society for Education, then earned her Master’s of Education Degree from Morehead State University in 1997.

She was a mathematics teacher at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville for 27 years where she became the chair of the Mathematics Department. She was the cheerleading sponsor for two years and the academic coach for three years. She continued to teach for 3 ½ more years at Harrison County High School until her second cancer diagnosis. Her total years taught at time of her retirement was 30 ½ years. Betty returned to education as a substitute teacher in the Bourbon County School System at the high school level as a long term substitute in the Mathematics Department and stayed for three years.

Betty is listed in Who’s Who Among American teachers, Who’s Who Among American Women, named the Secretary of EKCTM-East Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics, member of EKCTM, KCTM-Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics and NCTM-National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from EKCTM, a recipient of the Community Hero Award on behalf of the AmeriCorps program, a Paris Kiwanis Board Member, an Honorary Kentucky Colonel and a 2021 inductee into the Johnson Central Hall of Fame.

In addition to her mom and husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kasi Paige Watson and Adrian Blair Railey (Isaiah); three brothers, Robert Lendell Horne Jr., Ralph Edward Horne and William David Horne (Teresa); one sister, Sandra Faye Blevins (Jonathan); several nieces, nephews and cousins; her mother-in-law, Pamela Mae Eades Rice (James Robert III); and her step mother-in-law, Kathy Watson.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Donald Lloyd Watson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home, 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville, by Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home of Paris. Officiating the service will be Rick Stone of the First Freewill Baptist Church of Lexington and Malchom Ratliff, a member of the Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church of Staffordsville. Burial will be in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris. There will be a second visitation from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville.

Pallbearers will be: Chris Horne, Jonathan Blevins, Ed Horne, Bob Horne, David Horne, Bob Eades, Shane Pelfrey and James Rice III.

In lieu of flowers, donations may take the form of contributions to one of the following: The American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington,Ky 40502, or, Bluegrass Care Navigators, 1317 US-62, Cynthiana, KY 41031, or, the Bourbon County High School Girls Basketball Team, c/o Wendy Mahanna, 3341 Lexington Rd., Paris, KY 40361.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris.

A 24-hour funeral information line can be reached by calling 859-987-4387.

The online guestbook may be signed at www.Lusk-McFarland.com.

 This is a paid obituary

Donna Webb

1961-2021

Donna Lou Sites Webb, 60, of Boons Camp, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville.

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Jesse Young

1962-2021

Jesse Young,  59, of River, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.

He was born Feb. 11, 1962, in Sandusky, Ohio. He was the son of the late Monroe Young and Garnett (Maynard) Young.

In addition to his parents, Jesse was preceded in death by two sons, Matthew Young and Justin Young.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa (Robertson) Young; one daughter, Jessi Cooper (Jason), of Tazwell, Tenn.; Justin Damron (Cheryl), who was like a son; daughter-in-law, Novella Young; two brothers, John Young (Sonja), of Norwalk, Ohio, and Jeff Young (Carrie), of Peru, Ind.; two sisters, Dera Shuler, of Peru, Ind., and Kim Gruesbeck, of Muncie, Ind.; and nine grandchildren, Austin, Madison, Alyssa, Isaac, Abby, Chloe, Xander, Remington and Gideon “Tater.”

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Robertson Family Cemetery in Ft. Gay, West Virginia. 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.