Jack Conley


Jack Conley was born on August 22, 1934 in Flat Gap, and died on November 21, 2018, at the age of 84 years old. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan; son Greg; brothers, Junior and Jim, and parents Willie and Blanch. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Conley; step-children, Sarah (Dustin) White and Shawn (Ashley) Primm; step-grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Galen, Kayla, Evan, Aidan and Maren. The family wishes to thank Mount Carmel Hospice and the staff at Griswold Home Care for their love and support in caring for Jack. 

Services were entrusted to Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085. For complete service information please visit www. Schoedinger.com

Visitation and funeral were held on November 26, 2018.

Arrangements under the direction of the Schoedinger Funeral Home of Worthington, Ohio.

This is a paid obituary.

Anna Fitch


Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, for Anna Lois Fitch, 78, of Meally, who died Monday, Nov. 19 at her residence.

Mrs. Fitch was born May 31, 1940 in Johnson County, daughter of the late John R. and Dixie Mollett Branham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Narvil Mossie Fitch (March 14, 2016); one granddaughter, three brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are five children, Judy (David) Jennings of Beattyville, Tony (Jackie) Fitch of Boonscamp, Deonna (Seth Paul) Rice of Nippa, Danny (Teresa) Fitch of Meally, and Misty (Derek) Fields of Sitka; 11 grandchildren, Crystal (Tucker) Howard, Sara (Chris) Jennings, John (Kayla) Fitch, Mary (Derek) Adams, Seth Rice, Jessica Fitch, Anna Rice, Ellen Jennings, Luke Fitch, Ivy Fields and Isaac Fields; eight great-grandchildren, Thomas Howard, Ollie Howard, Jace Fitch, Allison Charles, Olivia Charles, Avery Fitch, Chet Adams and Westlyn Fitch; two brothers, and six sisters.

The service was officiated by Hubert Slone and Ronnie Spriggs, with burial in the Fitch Family Cemetery at Meally.

A special thank you to the staff of Community Hospice and three special caregivers, Conda Mollett, Laurie Scott and Linda Hinkle.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Matthew Heuser


Matthew Kevin Heuser, age 42, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Arrangements under the direction of the Ellis Funeral Home of Nashville, Tenn.

Thomas Hummer


Thomas Eldon Hummer died peacefully at his home in Hagerhill on November 20, 2018 at the age of 80.

Tom is survived by his son, Dr. Joel Hummer and daughter-in-law Dr. Terry Hummer of Buckhannon, W.Va.; grandchildren Ben and Sophie Hummer, both of Buckhannon; a sister, Kathylyne Cox, of South Bend, Ind.; and a brother, Harlan Hummer of Highlands, Ind. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn.

Tom was born in Huntington, Ind., on September 11, 1938 to Kenneth and Ruby (Skinner) Hummer. He was a graduate of Huntington High School, where he excelled in sports. Upon graduation from high school, Tom attended Morehead State College, where he would receive a degree in Education. It was while at Morehead that Tom would meet a young lady who would bring him to Eastern Kentucky to stay. Tom and JoAnn Price were married in 1960 and moved to West Van Lear that same year.

Tom soon began his teaching career, working at West Van Lear Elementary. He was also basketball and cross-country coach for the school. In the early 70’s Tom began working at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center. In 1973, Tom, David Gillespie, and Chalmer Howard, who would both become life long friends, began a pilot at a small greenhouse in Flat Gap. They worked diligently on obtaining grants for the program and later that same year moved to Auxier, where they had not only two greenhouses, but six! That program proved very successful and continues to thrive today. In 1980, Tom began working at Prestonsburg Job Corps and was Center Director until he made his final and most rewarding career move. In December 1983, Tom became Administrator at Salyersville Health Care Center, a 168-bed nursing home. Under his leadership, the facility became a successful home. Tom was a visionary and was always looking for programs and opportunities to benefit the people of Magoffin County and the region. He retired in 2001.

After retirement, Tom was able to spend time with his beloved JoAnn, whom he cared for until her death in 2013. Tom also loved their farm, Misty Meadows, where he enjoyed raising cattle and taking care of the dogs.

Tom was a member of First Christian Church of Paintsville, an avid UK basketball fan, and a wonderful friend and colleague to many.

Services were held at Phelps & Son Funeral Home. 

Funeral was on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Ben Stephens will officiate. The family would like to express their gratitude for the 

outpouring of support from family and friends.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Martha Kimbler


Funeral services was held Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. at the Tutor Key Community Baptist Church for Martha Evelyn Kimbler, 71, of Sitka, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.

Mrs. Kimbler was born May 9, 1947, daughter of the late Luther and Alta Blanton Cantrell. She was also preceded in death by husband, Eddie Kimbler; one son, Gary Kimbler; two brothers, Ben Cantrell and Jimmy Cantrell; and three sisters, Rosie Cantrell, Molly Gambill and Bonnie Cantrell.

Surviving are one son, Tony (Janie) Kimbler of Sitka; one daughter, Carla (Mike Perry of Sitka; one brother, Kelly (Dreama) Cantrell of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Della Pearl (Terry) Carrol of Ft. Myers, Fla., Hattie Burchett of Sitka, and Delilla Blanton of Tutor Key; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The service was officiated by Arthur Scarberry and Todd Scarberry, with burial in the Kimbler Family Cemetery at Sitka.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Jamie Lemaster


Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Jamie Suzan Lemaster, 58, of Hagerhill, who died Monday, Nov. 26 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 27, 1960 in Pikeville, daughter of the late James and Mildred Stewart Brooks. She was an instructor with the Tri-State Barber College. Suzan was also preceded in death by one brother, Mike Brooks.

Surviving are one son, Dr. William Blake Lemaster of Beverly Hill, Calif.; one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Carew of Lexington; and one sister, Jeanne Jasper of Punta Gorda, Fla.

Visitation will be 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

The service will be officiated by Clayton Case, with burial to follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tri-State Barber College for a scholarship in her name: 2132 Winchester, KY 41101, c/o Carol Blackburn.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Billie Morales


Billie Jean Butcher Morales, 80, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Friday, Nov. 9 in Florida.

Billie was born Nov. 29, 1937 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Herschell and Lorena Roberts Butcher of Williamsport. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two brothers, Herschell Butcher Jr., and Larry Keith Butcher, and one sister, Avonell Joseph.

She is survived by her husband, F. M. “Sonny” Morales of Florida; two sons, Ralph Gregory “Rusty” Morales of Texas and David Michael Morales of Florida; one brother, Charles W. Butcher of Catlettsburg; two sisters, Joan Music of Paintsville and Patty Stalnaker of Lexington; and several grandchildren.

Billie Jean will be sadly missed by family and friends.

A private service is planned for a later date.

This is a paid obituary.

Stella  Preston


Stella Vivian Preston age 77, of Paintsville, entered into rest on November 26, 2018. Stella was born on April 7,1941 in Paintsville to the late Henry Rice and Mae (Cantrell) Rice.

Stella is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Preston. She is survived by one brother Larry Jo (Sandra) Rice of Lexington; two sons, Marty (Ragan) Preston of Lexington and Rusty (Rebecca) Preston of Paintsville; one step-daughter, Suzy Sullivan; seven grandchildren, Jansen, Jack, Hagan, Ava, James, Abbygail; and two step-grandchildren, Patrick Sullivan and Courtney Sullivan; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 5 to 9 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home. Funeral will be held on Friday at 11a.m. in the Chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the Mayo Memorial Cemetery Paintsville. 

Arrangements under the direction of The Paintsville Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers the family has ask for contributions to be made to the Kiwanis Club by contacting the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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