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Clara Banks

Clara Banks


Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Clara Lucille Banks, 80, of Van Lear, formerly of Kokomo, Ind., died Wednesday, July 17 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.

Mrs. Banks was born June 24, 1939 in Union County, Tenn., daughter of the late Lester and Alma Slaughter Damewood. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie and Terry Damewood; five sisters, Georgia Sue Culbertson, Charlotte Porter, Brenda Reeseman; and one granddaughter, Maranda Leigh Burt.

Surviving are three children, Darlene (Ervin) Ramey and Darrell (Karen) Banks, both of Van Lear, and Randy (Mary) Banks of Thelma; seven grandchildren, Sydney Samuel Reeseman, Rusty Banks, Joshua Banks, Jeremy Banks Jeff Ramey and Robin Berezansky; 10 great-grandchildren, Jaxton and Jenson Banks, Peyton and Landon Berezansky, JT and Jacob Banks, Cassidy and Alexandria Ramey, Connor and Alaina Banks; and one sister, Patricia Fouch of Kokomo; and a hose of nieces and nephews.

Clara was loved and will be missed by all.

The service was officiated by Paul Wayne Browning and Roger Hill, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Frank Caldwell

Frank Caldwell


Funeral services were held Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Frank Caldwell, 72, of Wittensville, who died Thursday, July 18 at Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Caldwell was born April 27, 1947 in Johnson County, son of the late Elliott Culwell and Mary Lou McKenzie Culwell. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Charlott Caldwell; three brothers, James Larry Culwell, Randall J. Culwell and Elliott Leon Culwell; and one sister, Carolyn Castle. He was a retired coal miner.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Scarberry Caldwell; two sons, Frankie Caldwell of Prestonsburg, and Earl Caldwell of Wittensville; two daughters, Susie Caldwell Gish of Louisville, and Sharon Caldwell May of South Williamson, Ky.; one brother, Ricky Caldwell of Tutor Key; four sisters, Nancy Brown of Ohio, Connie Fitch of Flatwoods, Rita Ann VanHoose of Ohio and Alice June VanHoose of Van Lear; and eight grandchildren.

The service was officiated by Jimmy Brown, with burial in the Scarberry Family Cemetery at Lindy Branch.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Gwen Stambaugh

Gwendolyn Stambaugh


On July 15, Gwen Stambaugh, age 80, of West Palm Beach, Fla., received the message from God to “come home” and in an instant she left to be with the Lord.

Gwendolyn Lee Preston Stambaugh was born on September 27, 1938, to the late Ernest Ray and Alta Lee VanHoose Preston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Burns and Bernice Byrd VanHoose; her paternal grandparents, Cyrus M. and Mary Belle Cunningham Preston; and an uncle, James C. Preston.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gar, of West Palm Beach; son, Joey and Russell, of Louisville; two first cousins, Jerry and Judy, both of Port Ritchie, Fla.; three nieces, four great-nephews, three great-great nieces and two great-great nephews.

Funeral services were held at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m.

Pastors Bill Browning of Louisville, and Tim Hamilton of Dayton, Ohio officiated, with burial in the Johnson County Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Graveside services were officiated by Dwight Smith of West Palm Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital by contacting the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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