Stella Bowling


Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Stella Bowling, 88, of Paintsville, who died Thursday, Aug. 30 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.

She was born July 5, 1930 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Jessie and Minnie Conley Tackett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Delbie Bowling, and three brothers, Ed Tackett, Bill Tackett, and Clarence Tackett.

Surviving are two sons, Jimmy (Sandra) Bowling of Sitka and Mike (Pamela) Bowling of Churchville, Va.; two daughters, Marlene (James) Witten of Van Lear, and Linda (Lynn) Wheat of Louisville; one brother, Fred Tackett of Wabash, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The service was officiated by Mike Bowling, with burial in the Bowling-Tackett Cemetery at Van Lear. 

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

This is a paid obituary.

Franklin Burchett


Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Franklin “Frankie” David Burchett, 71, who died Sunday, Sept. 2.

Burial will be in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery at Auxier.

Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Lena Butcher


Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m. at the Boonscamp Free Will Baptist Church for Lena “Lois” Deloris Webb Butcher, 86, of Williamsport, who died Friday, August 31 at her residence.

Burial was in the Butcher Cemetery at Williamsport.

Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Regina McKenzie


Regina Hope Young McKenzie, 92, of Urbana, Ohio, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, went to meet her Savior on Sunday, September 3, 2018 at Springfield Regional Medical Center.  

Hope was born on December 8, 1925, in Van Lear to Thomas M. and Terie (Daniel) Young. She was the last of their 12 children to survive. She married Manis S. McKenzie on June 9, 1950 in Johnson County, Kentucky.  Manis and Hope migrated to Springfield in 1953 where they made their home and raised their family.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000 and her precious little girl, Janet in 1963. 

Hope is survived by her sons, Manis S. “Sam” (Barbara) McKenzie of Hilliard, Ohio, Gary (Pam) McKenzie of Springfield and Terry (Melanie) McKenzie with whom she made her home in Urbana; her grandchildren, Samantha McKenzie and Jed (Maggie) McKenzie of Hilliard, Brad (Melissa) McKenzie of Galloway, Ohio, Gary (Amber) McKenzie of North Lewisburg, Jennifer (Ricky) Stallard of Springfield, and Laura McKenzie of Urbana; eleven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Whether she was Mom, Grandma, Mamaw, Great Grandma, or Aunt Hope, she was dearly loved and cherished. 

Hope’s funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday in the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home with Brian Borton officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.

Arrangements under the direction of the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home of Springfield.

This is a paid obituary.

Lacy Puckett


Lacy Eugene Puckett, age 93, of Pikeville, Kentucky passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Pikeville Medical Center.

He was a Life Insurance Agent and served as manager for Commonwealth Life Insurance. He served on the Board of Directors of First National Bank and also Pikeville Medical Center. He was a member and Elder of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church of Pikeville. He served in the 41st Infantry Division of the United States Army where received three Bronze Service Stars, the Silver Arrowhead and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Lacy was born in Paintsville, Kentucky on December 13, 1924 the son of the late Lacy Eugene and Sola Boyd Puckett.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Belle Lyons Puckett, two sons, Gary E. Puckett (Debbie) of Pikeville and Michael Puckett (Dorsie) of Richmond, Ky.; and one daughter, Dianna Jean Harmon of Winchester, Ky.

He is also survived by sister, Emogene Burton Chandler of Paintsville; and seven grandchildren, Melissa Adkins, Amy Harmon, Solina Cole, Jeremy Puckett, Tyler Puckett, Jordan Puckett and Bryce Puckett and twelve great-grandchildren; also a host of great-nieces and great-nephews, including Dawn Stewart and Madison Stewart. And a special appreciation to Lacy’s caregivers Teresa Hopkins, Rella Jarrell and Shana Adkins.

Arrangements under the direction of the J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home of Pikeville.

This is a paid obituary.

Patsy Swisher


Patsy A. Swisher, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Kingston of Ashland, Ohio, at the age of 69.  She was born in Paintsville, the daughter of the late William Cochran and Ruth (Lemaster) Blanton. Patsy was a 1967 graduate of Oil Springs High School.  She had been a resident of Ashland the past 38 years where she was employed with Bill Harris Auto Center as a bookkeeper and receptionist. Patsy enjoyed making crafts, scrapbooking, gardening, antiquing, and spending time with her family, which included her “Sensational Six” grandchildren who affectionately referred to her as “TeTe.”

On June 21, 1969, Patsy married Jeff Swisher who survives. Throughout their marriage of 49 years, Patsy and Jeff were rarely apart in their free time, often visiting with family and friends. Also surviving are her son, Bret (Amber) Swisher; daughter, Jaime (Jeff) Honaker all of Ashland; her step-brother, David “Keith” (Sheri) Blanton; step-sister, Sherry Tierney; her grandchildren, Emma Swisher, Jenna Honaker, Jacob Swisher, Jocelyn Honaker, Madden Rosser, and Jordyn Honaker; her siblings, Ginger Williams, John (Karen) Cochran, Cathy (Bob) Cottle, Debbie (Ray) Keeton and Jeff (Nola) Cochran;  along with her 12 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Patsy was preceded in death by her daughter, Suzanne Swisher.

Funeral services will be held at Heyl Funeral Home in Ashland, Ohio on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. with Dr. John Jorden officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh.  

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Patsy’s memory to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation 3610 W. Market Street, Suite 110 Akron, Ohio 44333 or  Online condolences may be left for the family at

Arrangements under the direction of the Heyl Funeral Home of Ashland, Ohio.

This is a paid obituary.

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