Alice Preston Bourne


Alice Preston Bourne, age 88, of Ashland, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at her residence in Paintsville.

Born Aug. 4, 1930 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lille May Witten Preston. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Norvin Bourne.

Alice is survived by one sister, Patricia Preston of Paintsville; two sisters-in-law, nephews and several close cousins also survive.

She was a retired school teacher, a long-standing member of the Southern Garden Club, Ashland Tree Board, and a member of the First Methodist Church in Ashland.

Funeral services were  held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs.

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

This is a paid obituary.

David Lee Conley


David Lee Conley stepped into his eternal home on December 22, 2018.  David was born on March 4, 1933, in Paintsville, to Eugene F. and Mabel Rice Conley.  He was preceded in death  by brothers, Franklin P, Conley,  Dr. Joe R. Conley, and  Thomas Baldwin, and niece, Paula Conley Wallen.

David was a graduate of Paintsville High School and Mayo State Vocational School.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Afterwards, he was employed by Pratt Fruit Company, and then served the people of Johnson County as deputy sheriff and court bailiff until his retirement.  David will be fondly remembered for his love of the outdoors, his love of Bluegrass music, and for his generous spirit.  Always ready with a joke or an amusing story, David brought a smile to everyone he encountered. 

He is survived by niece, Pamela Conley Wright and husband Forrest; great-nephew, Matthew Wright and wife Christy, great-niece, Emily Wright, great-niece, Ashley Trusty, and great-great nephews, Carter Lee and Conley James Wright. 

Visitation was Friday, December 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Jones Preston Funeral Home, with the service at 12:00 noon, officiated by Rev, Larry Blair. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Third St. Freewill Baptist Church or the Christian Appalachian Project by contacting Jones-Preston Funeral Home at 606-789-3501. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Community Hospice, and to Scott Hazlett and family for their extraordinary help, care, and support.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both Honored and Privileged to be Entrusted with all funeral arrangements Mr. David Lee Conley.

This is a paid obituary.

Pauline Adams Jaynes


Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Paintsville First United Methodist Church for Pauline Adams Jaynes, 76, of Salyersville, who died Dec. 3, 2018 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.

Mrs. Jaynes was born April 3, 1942 at Flat Gap, daughter of the late Mart Lloyd and Novia Cantrell Adams. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eulas Lee Jaynes, whom she married on June 16, 1962; two sisters, Lestia Adams and Vestia Christine Adams Meade; and one brother, Willard Adams, all of Johnson County.

Surviving are two daughters, Dianna L. Jaynes of Salyersville, and Stacy Nicole Jaynes Kiskaden of Clay City; two sons, Eulas Lee Jaynes Jr. of Johnson County, and Cody Allen Jaynes of Huron, Ohio; one brother, James (Pauline) Adams of Barnetts Creek; three sisters, Linda Adams Mollette of Columbus, Ohio, Esta Adams Penix and Edna Carol Adams, both of Johnson County; four grandchildren, Kyle M. Casebolt, Michael Allen Summers, Shelby Lee Summers and MacKenzie Ryleigh Jaynes; one adopted grandchild, Anna Jaynes.

The service was officiated by Bruce Lee and Lonnie Wright, with burial in the Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

Helen Marie LaPointe


Helen Marie LaPointe, age 83, of Sitka, died Wednesday, Dec. 26 at her residence.

Born May 2, 1935 in Pike County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Mason Swiney and Dolly Mullins. In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon Sanders; and three sons, William Clayton Sanders, Mason R. Sanders, and Randolph Sanders.

Surviving are one son, Marlin (Linda) Maulo of Newark, Del.; one sister, Fay (Mike) Jenkins of Sitka; three brothers, Ray Swiney of Newark, Lee Douglas Allen of Orlando, Fla.m and Jessie M. Allen of Hemic, Calif.; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, with Steve Rose officiating. Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Jewell Wiley Tussey


Jewell Wiley Tussey of David, was promoted to glory on Dec. 21, 2018.

She was born April 12, 1923 in Paintsville to Amby McCloud Wiley and Carl Wiley.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 43 years, Joe Wheeler Tussey; two sisters, Edythe Wiley Branham and Marie Wiley Stevens; two brothers, Robert Wiley and Paul Wiley; and a great-granddaughter, Erin Paige McQuire.

She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Tussey Shepherd, Prestonsburg; two sons, Ira Joe Tussey (Shirley), Daniels, W. Va., and Steven Douglas Tussey (Rebekah A.), Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren , Sean David Shepherd, Prestonsburg, Jessica Paige McGuire, Berea, and Samantha Jo Allen (Jeremy), Lexington; a great-granddaughter, Kyla Paige McGuire; and great-grandson, Keadon Sean Shepherd. She is also survived by one brother, Virgil Wiley, Lexington; three sisters, Carlene Wiley Burchett, Prestonsburg, Roberta Wiley Dixon, Prestonsburg, and Nell Ruth Wiley Conley, Paintsville.

One of the last members of America’s greatest generation and a true Steel Magnolia, Jewell became a born again Christian in May 1947 and faithfully served the Lord since that time. She became a member of Highland Avenue Freewill Baptist Church  June 1973 and took an active role in the church. No task was too small or too daunting for her. She was always ready to lend a hand. She loved the church and was loved by the church as well. A devoted wife, Jewell helped her husband, Joe, in his tool dressing business after a mining accident left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair for most of his life. She was an accomplished baker and cake decorator. Her Sunday dinners were legendary and she would say, “I can cook for an army, if I know the army is coming.”

As well as her family, she leaves behind a host of friends to mourn her passing.

Visitations are at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Thursday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m. and all day Dec. 28. Funeral services will be held at Highland Avenue Freewill Baptist at 1 p.m., Dec. 29.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy P. Allen, Sean D. Shepherd, Frank DeRossett, Jr., Franklin D. Fitzpatrick, Dr. Rudolph Ousley and Gabriel Shepherd.

Interment will follow at Davidson Memorial Gardens.

This is a paid obituary.

Francis Gene



Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. at the Tutor Key Community Baptist Church, for Francis Gene “Barbwire” VanHoose, 71, of River, who died Saturday, Dec. 22 at his residence.

Mr. VanHoose was born Jan. 3, 1947 in Johnson County, son of the late Glen VanHoose and Jeanetta Gertrude Isaac VanHoose. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters, Gladys VanHoose, Ova Lee VanHoose, James Glen VanHoose, Sarah Louise VanHoose, James Matthew VanHoose, Kenneth Paul VanHoose and Hazel Irene VanHoose.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Butler VanHoose; one son, Kirk Douglas (Cindy) VanHoose of Huntington, W. Va.; one daughter, Andrea Gene (Tod) Scarberry of River; one brother, Ralph VanHoose of Paintsville; two sisters, Janetta Mae Larick of Ohio and Deloris Gene Hayes of Louisa; five grandchildren, Eric Scarberry, Jonathan (Paige) Scarberry and Adam Scarberry, James Andrew VanHoose and Cali Mae Scarberry.

The service was officiated by Tod Scarberry, Arthur Scarberry, and Jason Auxier, with burial to follow in the VanHoose Family Cemetery at River.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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