Sharon Conley


Sharon K. Conley, age 71, of Oil Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 21, 2019. 

Sharon was born October 18, 1947, daughter of the late Paul and Pink Picklesimer Prater of Johnson County. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Paul Michael Prater; and one sister, Linda Sue Dyer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Conley; and two sons, Mike (Rebecca) Conley and Greg (Linda) Conley; and one step-son, Larry (Tracy) Conley; one sister, Mary Carol (Johnny) VanHoose; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home, with burial in the Conley Family Cemetery at Oil Springs.

Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

Lynda Pelphrey


Lynda Faye Frasier Pelphrey was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Lynda was born to Albert “Jack” and Ruby Bumbalough Frasier on Dec. 19, 1949 in Tennessee. The family later moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Lynda met her husband-to-be, George “Butch” Pelphrey. They were married on Feb. 14, 1969, after he finished his period in the US Army. She was the mother to four beautiful girls. She was a loving, faithful, and kind Christian woman who attended church every time she was able. She was also a cancer survivor. She was a strong woman who took care of her family first, but never failed to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Lynda was preceded in death by both of her parents, Albert and Ruby Frasier; her step-mom, Wilene Frasier, and her husband, George Pelphrey; and her sister, Diana Frasier Marion.

Lynda is survived by her daughters, Donna Gayle Pelphrey and Louie Stambaugh, Katherine Marie Pelphrey and Jimmy Dick, Rebecca Karen Pelphrey and Ed Gorman, and Killie Ilene Pelphrey Blackburn; and eight grandchildren, Joseph Wayne and Katie Butcher Stambaugh, Ava Marie Pelphrey-Dick, Michael Xander Blackburn, Brandon Clark Blackburn, Nathaniel Franklin Gorman, Anna Marie Wolfe, William Zachary Wolfe; one great-grandchild, Aubrey Lashea Stambaugh; three brothers, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and aunts and uncles.

Linda was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone she knew. She will be missed by all that loved her.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 23, 12 p.m. at the Ramey Branch Church, with Denvil Mollette officiating. Burial was in the Johnson County Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

Melissa Pridemore

1992 – 2019

Funeral services were held Friday in the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Melissa (Meek) Pridemore, 27, of Boonscamp, who passed away at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington on Feb. 25.

Burial followed in the Meek Family Cemetery in Boonscamp.

Arrangements are under the care of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Janet Salyer

Janet Conley Salyer, age 78, walked in faith from April 17, 1940, until she departed us and entered Heaven on February 18, 2019. Born to the late Ollie Blanton Conley and Ralph Conley. She was a long-time member of the Eastside Free Will Baptist Church. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Anita (Jody) Picklesimer. 

She leaves behind her husband, Raymond; his son, David Wren (Cheryl), Janet and Ramond’s children, Tony Salyer and Lisa Lannon (Dustin); and grandchildren, Karina, David, Logan, Lariah, and Seven. Also survived by her siblings, Karen Sue Duncan, Sharon (Wade) Cantrell, Larry (Jean) Conley, Norvan Conley and Paul (Connie) Conley; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Janet will be missed by everyone who knew her, and will hold on to all the special memories forever.

Graveside services were held Friday, Feb. 22 at the Jayne Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Arrangements under the direction of the Jackson Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center.

This is a courtesy announcement by the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Hansford Stapleton


Memorial services will be held at a later date for Hansford Ray “Hank” Stapleton, 63, of Summersville, W. Va., who died Wednesday, Feb. 20 at his residence.

Mr. Stapleton was born June 10, 1956 in Johnson County, son of the late Curtis and Hazel Williams Stapleton. He was also preceded in death by one brother, James A. Stapleton.

Surviving are his wife, Mary of Summersville; three children, James Stapleton of Paintsville, Tina Stapleton of New Orleans, La., and Hansford Stapleton Jr., of Summersville; two brothers, Frank Stapleton of Florida and Curtis  Stapleton and Calvin Stapleton of Tutor Key; three sisters, Nina Hall of Paintsville, Amanda Reeseman of Georgetown, and Letha VanHoose of Berea; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Courtesy of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

This is a paid obituary.

Fred Wheeler


Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. at the First Free Will 

Baptist Church in Paintsville, for Fred M. Wheeler, 80, of Salyersville, who died Wednesday, Feb. 27 at his residence.

Mr. Wheeler was born Feb. 25, 1939 in Pikeville, son of the late Glen Marshall Anna Ruth Vanhoose Wheeler. He was also preceded in death by Charles Mitchell and Wendell Ray Wheeler.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Alice Penix Wheeler; one daughter, Michelle “Micki” Wheeler Goodman and her husband, Robert, of Salyersville; three granddaughters, Andrea (and BJ) Blair, Leah Goodman, Lana (and Keith) Barnett; five great-grandchildren, Barron Blair, Cameron Blair, Syndi Pennington, Shelby Pennington and Gabriel Barnett; one brother, James (and Judy) Wheeler of Winchester; two sisters, Glenda (and Earl), Lucy and Myra (and Charles) Townsend, both of Winchester; one sister-in-law, Ingrid Wheeler; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The service will be officiated by Larry Blair, with burial 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.

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