Betty Burchett


Betty M. Burchett, EdD, age 84, of Demossville, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood.  She was born and raised in Johnson County, KY. She was baptized and taught school in Paintsville.  

In 1997, she retired, after 42 years of teaching, ending her career at the University of Missouri-Columbia (retiring as Professor Emerita).  Over the years, she was recognized for her dedication and excellence in education and received many awards including the AMOCO Outstanding Teaching Award (1976), College Education Advisor of the Year (1987 & 1990), National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award (1994), and the Council for Elementary Science International Distinguished Service Award (1996).  

After retirement, Dr. Burchett enjoyed traveling, reading, needlework, participating in local organizations, and visiting Berea College (where she attended undergraduate school) and eventually moved back to that community. 

Her parents, Eddie and Beaunie VanHoose Burchett; brother, Eddie Burchett, Jr.; and infant sister, Elda Burchett, all preceded her in death.  

She is survived by her niece, Melissa Burchett Basham; great niece, Allison Basham Moss (Tyler); great nephew, Matthew Tyler Basham; great-great nieces, Adalynn Rose, Ellanor Grace and Amelia Jo; and sister-in-law, Janice DePriest Burchett. 

A memorial visitation will be held for Dr. Burchett on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. at Jones and Preston Funeral Home, 807 S Mayo Trail, Paintsville, KY 41240. Private burial in the “Burchett Family Cemetery” located in Stambaugh, (Johnson County).  

Memorial donations are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Northern KY Chapter, 644 Linn Street, Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Arrangements under the direction of the Chambers & Grubb Funeral Home of Florence.

This is a paid obituary.

Wanda Jackson


Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m. at the Riceville-New Bethel Free Will Baptist Church, 7362 Ky. Rt. 825, Swamp Branch for Wanda Jackson, 63, of Riceville, who died Saturday, April 13 at UK Medical Center in Lexington.

Wanda was born July 31, 1955 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Everette and Velva Gibson Jackson. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by one son, Michael Brown; two brothers, Billy Joe Jackson and Tony Jackson; and three sisters, Mary Ann Jackson, Lillian Lynn Jackson and Virginia Sue Naylor.

Surviving are her lifetime companion, Dorton Brown; one daughter, Renee Brown (Brian) Pelphrey of Flat Gap; three brothers, James Jackson and Wayne Jackson, both of Riceville, and Keith Darrell Jackson of Paintsville; one sister, Hilda Jackson of Pikeville; four grandchildren, Andrea Brown, Brooke Ratliff, Alexis Ratliff, Keygan Pelphrey; and one great-grandchild, Amelia Rose Brown.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday, 3-9 p.m. and 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday.

The service will be officiated by Steve Rose, with burial in the Jackson Family Cemetery at Riceville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Carl Lemaster


Mr. Carl Edgar Lemaster, “Bud,” passed away after a brief illness in the hospital on January 28, 2019.  

Carl was born on January 9, 1942 in Sitka, to the late Carl E. Lemaster and Addie White.  

Carl graduated from Flat Gap High School in 1960.  Carl proudly served in the United States Army, spending one year in Vietnam.  After Carl’s discharge from the Army he married the love of his life, Judy Carpenter in 1964.  Carl and Judy moved to Essex, Md., where they started their family and he started working at General Motors, until his retirement 31 years later. In 1996 Carl and Judy retired to Ocean City, Md. where he could devote more time to his love of fishing with his children and grandchildren. Carl always had time for his family and friends, he was generous, compassionate and the best husband, father and grandfather. Carl worked various seasonal jobs in Ocean City, driving the tram on the boardwalk, bait and tackle shops, and the old fishing pier at “Shantytown.”  Carl also worked as a golf course marshal so he could also play for free.  

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Judy, Carl is survived by his three children, Carl Lemaster (Sandy) of Willards, Md., Carla Huth (Gary) of Harford County, Md., Cyndy Lemaster (Rob) of Raleigh, N.C.; and five grandchildren, Daniel Schofield of Baltimore, Md., Alex and Andrew Huth of Harford County, Md., Emily and Carl T. Lemaster of Willards, Md.; and his sister, Virginia Murray of Sitka.  

On February 1, 2019 at 1 p.m.  visitation was held at the Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service located at 504 Franklin Ave, Berlin, Md., followed by A Celebration of Carl’s Life at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Frank E. Harpster III of St Peter’s Lutheran Church officiating.  

Arrangements under the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, a division of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811.  Please visit to express condolences to the family.

This is a paid obituary.

Billie Luh


Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. at the Rome church of Christ in Proctorville, Ohio, for Billie Dawn Luh, 42, of Ashland, who died Wednesday, April 17 at UK Medical Center in Lexington.

Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Custer Picklesimer


Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Custer C. Picklesimer, 94, of Paintsville, who died Thursday, April 18 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.

Burial will be in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

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

Randall Spradlin


Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Randall C. Spradlin, 77, of Lexington, formerly of Johnson County, who passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital Tuesday, April 16 in Lexington.

Mr. Spradlin was born Feb. 6, 1942 to Raymond and Garcie Caudill Spradlin of Denver. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dottie Blair Spradlin, two sisters, Angie Preston of Fairborn, Ohio, and Ramona Webb of Oil Springs.

He is the loving father to his three sons, Donis Randall Spradlin of Lexington, Steven C. Spradlin of Frankfort, and David Alan Spradlin of Roanoke, Texas; and a proud grandfather to his 10 grandchildren, Samantha, Kesley, Katrina, Logan, Zachary, Halley, Luke, Cyrus, Samuel and Jude.

Never one for the dramatic, he was a simple and soft-spoken man who leaves behind a legacy of hard work, common sense and living out the Golden Rule.

Burial will be in the family cemetery at Lowmansville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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