Wonnie Curtis


Wonnie (Toddy) Curtis age 84 of Flat Gap, Kentucky passed away at Paul B. Hall Medical Center on August 16, 2018. Toddy was the son of John and Eulah Cantrell Curtis of Johnson County.

Toddy was preceded in death by his wife, Lunna Mae Curtis; two sons, James Curtis & Cecil Curtis of Flat Gap; one daughter, Sandra Sexton of Paintsville; and one brother, Bobby Curtis of Flat Gap.

He is survived by six sons, Mike (Glenda) Curtis of Staffordsville, Johnny (Anita) Curtis of Sitka, Tony Curtis of Flat Gap, Carl (Lola) Curtis of Keaton, Matthew (Kay) Curtis of Martha, and Bryan (Michelle) Curtis of Ohio; five daughters, Barbara (Arthur) Castle of Nippa, Patricia (Rick) Moore of Ashland, Donna (Scotty) Lemaster of West Van Lear, Rachael Curtis (Chris) Adams of Salyersville, and Paula Stumbo of Stambaugh; two sisters, Edna Clark of Texas and Eugena Foster; 36 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 

Toddy was an ordained Minister and Assistant Moderator at the Cold Springs United Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11a.m. at the Cold Springs United Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Patty Flat Cemetery in Fuget, Kentucky.

All arrangements are in the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Cold Springs United Baptist Church by contacting the Paintsville Funeral Home at (606) 789-5125.

This is a paid obituary.

Mertie Hamilton


Mertie Belle Hamilton, age 91, of Paintsville, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

 Mertie Belle was born September 24, 1926 in Boyd County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Link Fyffe, Sr. and Stella Wright Fyffe. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin (Jack) Hamilton; siblings Link Fyffe, Jr., Billy Joe Fyffe, Mary Fyffe Trimble, Dorothy Fyffe Salyer and Mabel Fyffe LeMaster.

Mertie is survived by two daughters, Patricia Hamilton McKenzie (Larry) and Edwinna Hamilton Baldwin, both of Paintsville, Kentucky; one sister-in-law, Joan Dorton Fyffe of Lexington, Kentucky.

Additionally, she is survived by three grandchildren, Laura Baldwin Criner (Michael) of Lebanon, Indiana, Josh McKenzie (Stamie) of Vincennes, Indiana and Timothy Baldwin of Paintsville, Kentucky; five great grandchildren, Logan and Olivia Criner, Dimitri Hensley, Harold Hensley and Emma McKenzie; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends also survive.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Jones Preston Funeral Chapel with Jerry Scott and Dan Heaberlin officiating. Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, Kentucky. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Freewill Baptist Building Fund by contacting the funeral home at 606-789-3501.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Lorraine Ward


Lorraine Ward, a beloved Johnson County resident from time to time throughout her life, died Saturday, July 14, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she had resided since 2010. Lorraine was a teacher for forty-two years in Johnson County Schools, Waynesville and Columbus, Ohio schools, and also New Orleans, Louisiana, Orleans Parish Public Schools.

Lorraine was born at Boon’s Camp on June 24, 1931, to the late Russell and Willa Mae Wells Ward. Her sisters, Bonnie Castle of Marion, Ohio, Linda (Roy) Watkins of Florence, S.C., and Wanda Parrott of Cincinnati, Ohio, survive her. She was preceded in death by William O. (Bill) and Russell Jackson (Jack) Ward.

After graduating from Meade Memorial High School in 1949, she attended Asbury College, Pikeville College, Morehead State University and Ohio State University. She graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross University in New Orleans, and she earned two masters degrees from Loyola University.

Lorraine achieved many of her goals in life and she received multiple awards throughout her years of education and her teaching career. In college, she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. In 1974, she was chosen to appear in Who’s Who Among Elementary Education and she was selected by her peers as Teacher of the Year in 1976. Today, her peers call her one of the greatest teachers they ever had the pleasure to work beside. She was loved and cherished and will be missed by her family as well as her many friends.

Funeral services were held at Preston Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 17 with burial at Highlands Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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