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Loretta Caudill

Loretta Caudill


Loretta Castle Caudill, age 81, of Wittensville, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 in Lexington.

She was born in Johnson County in 1938 to Edgar Sr. and Lorena Daniels Castle. Loretta attended the Sugar Grove Baptist Church at Sitka, Ky.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ochal Caudill; one son, Richard Caudill; one daughter, Wilma Jean Jenkins; three brothers, Johnny Castle, Harry Ronald Castle and Bob Castle; and one sister, Lorena Mae Lyons.

Survivors include one son, William (Elizabeth) Caudill of Nicholasville; three daughters, Darlene Beam of Columbus, Ohio, Rebecca (Rusty) Preston of Paintsville, and Sharon Caudill of Wittensville; three brothers Edgar Jr. (Wilda Mae) Castle of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Arlie (Kay) Castle and Danny (Violet) Castle, both of Sitka; daughter-in-law, Judy Caudill of Lexington; sister-in-law, Imajean Castle of River; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren and an additional very special great-great-grandchild, Hadli Lemaster.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 28 at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. with Estill Adkins officiating. Burial followed at the Sparks Cemetery at Hood.

Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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Tony Ray Caudill

Tony Caudill


Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Tony  Ray Caudill, 51, of Van Lear, who died Saturday, Dec. 28 at Pikeville Medical Center.

Burial was in the family cemetery.

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

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Judith Delaney

Judith Delaney


Judith Ann McKenzie Delaney, age 76, formerly of Flat Gap, KY, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 in Lexington. 

She was born October 19, 1943 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late Walter “Buck” McKenzie and Harriet Edith Gearhart McKenzie.

Judith was a Special Vocational Education Teacher at Fleming County High School for over 36 years and was awarded Teacher of the Year during her career.

She is survived by one son, Lee Delaney and wife Melissa of Lexington; one brother, Francis McKenzie of Cumming, Ga.; one sister, Martha Jean McKenzie Wells and husband Tom of Cookville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Jessica Delaney Fletcher and husband Matt of Richmond; one grandson, Walter Logan Delaney and wife Emily of Lexington.

Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Harold Salyer officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.   

Jones-Preston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

This is a paid obituary.

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Marcella M. Haunhorst

Marcella Haunhorst


Marcella Mae Haunhorst, age 90, of Van Lear, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg.

She was born August 15, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Joseph and Norma McGahan of Paintsville.

She is the widow of Eugene “Sparky” Haunhorst, to whom she had been married almost sixty-eight years.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Marie McGahan and a brother, Harry Joe McGahan.

She is survived by one son, Ralph (Ruth) Haunhorst of Flat Gap; two granddaughters, Shelley (Jeuet, Jr.) Moss and Mary (Gary) Jennings; a grandson, Mark (Alicia) McKenzie; two great-granddaughters, Holley Haunhorst and Mary Ellen McKenzie; one great- grandson, Bobby Weighman McKenzie. Also several cousins, one very special, James (Shirley) Long of Haviland, Ohio.

Marcella was a retired employee of McGahan Feed Company, serving 51 years as secretary-treasurer of the corporation. She was a past president of the Business & Professional Women’s Club; a past member of the Kentucky Belles Bowling League; and the Johnson Central FFA Advisory Board.

She attended grade school at Middle Point, Ohio and high school at Paintsville City School.

Funeral services were held 11a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Mark McKenzie officiated. contacting the funeral home Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

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Patty J. May

Patty May


Patty Jean May, age 74, of Paintsville, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.

Patty was born March 1, 1945 in Daviess County, daughter of the late Elmer Hansford and Bernice Blair May. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one son, Roger Daryl Green; and three brothers, Franklin May, Tommy May and Wade May.

Patty was retired business owner of Patty’s Green Florist in Paintsville.

She is survived by one son, David Green and wife Lisa of Denver; one grandson, Joshua Daryl Green of Denver; one sister, Mary Edith May Armstrong of Lake City, Fla.; a special sister-in-law, Velma May of Hager Hill; one niece, three nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2019 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial followed in the Pete Bayes Cemetery, Swamp Branch.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with local funeral arrangements for Ms. Patty Jean May.

 This is a paid obituary.

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Scottie O'Brian

Scottie O’Brian


Scottie Patrick O’Brian, age 68 of Woodland Court, Paintsville, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his home.

He was born July 21, 1951 in Johnson County, Kentucky, son of the late Richard Lee O’Brian and Alma Blevins O’Brian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edgar, Wesley and Jimmy O’Brian; and one sister, Alma Mae Stambaugh.

He is survived by one daughter, Kim Blair of Prestonsburg; four brothers, Henry O’Brian (Brenda) and Nicky O’Brian both of Paintsville, Elbert O’Brian of Salyersville, Ricky O’Brian (Penny) of Stanton; three sisters, Sandra Bowens (Lee)of Staffordsville, Dona Poe (Todd Flowers) of Meally, and Beathel O’Brian of Paintsville; two grandchildren, Karissa Blair and Montana Blair; and special friend, Kim’s mom, Darita Daniel.

Funeral services were conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2019 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Carl Murray officiating.  Burial followed in the Jayne Cemetery, Persimmon Point, Staffordsville.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with all funeral arrangements for Mr. Scottie Patrick O’Brian.

This is a paid obituary.

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Betsy J. VanHoose

Betsy VanHoose


Betsy Jo Melnick VanHoose, age 94, of Paintsville died Saturday December 21, 2019 in Paintsville.

She was born August 3, 1925 in Paintsville to the late Ralph and Terie Blair Nelson. Also preceding her in death was her first husband, Rudolph Melnick and one brother, Wm. Howard Nelson.

Betsy was a self-employed merchant and attended the First Church of God.

She is survived by her husband, K. Douglas VanHoose, and one daughter, Nikki Barber.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in the chapel of the Preston Funeral Home with Dan Heaberlin officiating.

Burial followed in the Mayo Cemetery in Paintsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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