Anna Fitch


Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, for Anna Lois Fitch, 78, of Meally, who died Monday, Nov. 19 at her residence.

Mrs. Fitch was born May 31, 1940 in Johnson County, daughter of the late John R. and Dixie Mollett Branham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Narvil Mossie Fitch (March 14, 2016); one granddaughter, three brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are five children, Judy (David) Jennings of Beattyville, Tony (Jackie) Fitch of Boonscamp, Deonna (Seth Paul) Rice of Nippa, Danny (Teresa) Fitch of Meally, and Misty (Derek) Fields of Sitka; 11 grandchildren, Crystal (Tucker) Howard, Sara (Chris) Jennings, John (Kayla) Fitch, Mary (Derek) Adams, Seth Rice, Jessica Fitch, Anna Rice, Ellen Jennings, Luke Fitch, Ivy Fields and Isaac Fields; eight great-grandchildren, Thomas Howard, Ollie Howard, Jace Fitch, Allison Charles, Olivia Charles, Avery Fitch, Chet Adams and Westlyn Fitch; two brothers, and six sisters.

The service was officiated by Hubert Slone and Ronnie Spriggs, with burial in the Fitch Family Cemetery at Meally.

A special thank you to the staff of Community Hospice and three special caregivers, Conda Mollett, Laurie Scott and Linda Hinkle.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Nancy Hackworth


Nancy Marshall Hackworth, age 78, passed away peacefully in the company of her two sons on Nov. 16, 2018.

She was born Dec. 30, 1939 in Ashland, Ky., daughter of the late Oliver and Lois Clark Marshall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest, who passed away in 2005. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Marshall.

Surviving are her children, Jerry (Gina Davis) Hackworth, Robert (Donna Kwon) Hackworth; grandchildren, Haley Hackworth and Sophie Hackworth; and her brother, Roger Marshall.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. at the family cemetery in Prestonsburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bluegrass Hospice Care, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504 or The Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Ste. 401, Louisville, KY 40205.

Arrangements under the direction of the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home of Lexington.

This is a paid obituary.

Thomas Hummer


Thomas Eldon Hummer died peacefully at his home in Hagerhill on November 20, 2018 at the age of 80.

Tom is survived by his son, Dr. Joel Hummer and daughter-in-law Dr. Terry Hummer of Buckhannon, W.Va.; grandchildren Ben and Sophie Hummer, both of Buckhannon; a sister, Kathylyne Cox, of South Bend, Ind.; and a brother, Harlan Hummer of Highlands, Ind. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn.

Tom was born in Huntington, Ind., on September 11, 1938 to Kenneth and Ruby (Skinner) Hummer. He was a graduate of Huntington High School, where he excelled in sports. Upon graduation from high school, Tom attended Morehead State College, where he would receive a degree in Education. It was while at Morehead that Tom would meet a young lady who would bring him to Eastern Kentucky to stay. Tom and JoAnn Price were married in 1960 and moved to West Van Lear that same year.

Tom soon began his teaching career, working at West Van Lear Elementary. He was also basketball and cross-country coach for the school. In the early 70’s Tom began working at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center. In 1973, Tom, David Gillespie, and Chalmer Howard, who would both become life long friends, began a pilot at a small greenhouse in Flat Gap. They worked diligently on obtaining grants for the program and later that same year moved to Auxier, where they had not only two greenhouses, but six! That program proved very successful and continues to thrive today. In 1980, Tom began working at Prestonsburg Job Corps and was Center Director until he made his final and most rewarding career move. In December 1983, Tom became Administrator at Salyersville Health Care Center, a 168-bed nursing home. Under his leadership, the facility became a successful home. Tom was a visionary and was always looking for programs and opportunities to benefit the people of Magoffin County and the region. He retired in 2001.

After retirement, Tom was able to spend time with his beloved JoAnn, whom he cared for until her death in 2013. Tom also loved their farm, Misty Meadows, where he enjoyed raising cattle and taking care of the dogs.

Tom was a member of First Christian Church of Paintsville, an avid UK basketball fan, and a wonderful friend and colleague to many.

Services will be held at Phelps & Son Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23 from 5-9 p.m. 

Funeral is

 scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Ben Stephens will officiate. The family would like to express their gratitude for the 

outpouring of support from family and friends.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Martha Kimbler


Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. at the Tutor Key Community Baptist Church for Martha Evelyn Kimbler, 71, of Sitka, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.

Mrs. Kimbler was born May 9, 1947, daughter of the late Luther and Alta Blanton Cantrell. She was also preceded in death by husband, Eddie Kimbler; one son, Gary Kimbler; two brothers, Ben Cantrell and Jimmy Cantrell; and three sisters, Rosie Cantrell, Molly Gambill and Bonnie Cantrell.

Surviving are one son, Tony (Janie) Kimbler of Sitka; one daughter, Carla (Mike Perry of Sitka; one brother, Kelly (Dreama) Cantrell of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Della Pearl (Terry) Carrol of Ft. Myers, Fla., Hattie Burchett of Sitka, and Delilla Blanton of Tutor Key; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and until time of service on Sunday.

The service will be officiated by Arthur Scarberry and Todd Scarberry, with burial in the Kimbler Family Cemetery at Sitka.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Jerry Simpson

Nov. 2, 1946 – Nov. 1, 2018

On Nov. 2, 2018 at 5:15 p.m., the Vietnam War claimed another soldier. Jerry Simpson was released from his battle by the Almighty God. He has taken his final steps into the Wall. He is now at peace. Jerry was very proud of his service to his country and helped many veterans get the benefits they deserved.

Jerry Simpson, age 71, of Hagerhill, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. He was born Nov. 2, 1946 in Williamson, W. Va. His father, Charles Simpson preceded him in death.

Jerry loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Kay Simpson of Hagerhill; two sons, Chris (Kathy) Simpson of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Kevin Todd (Rebecca) Simpson of Taylorsville, Ky. He leaves behind his four precious babies, three grandson, Brock, Ty, and Tanner; one granddaughter, Joslyn; and a host of family, friends, nieces and nephews.

Jerry was a 1965 graduate of Wheelwright High School. He was a disabled Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a mortician for 30 years; coal miner for 21 years; worked in the Johnson County School 4 years; and was self employed for 10 years.

He was a member of the Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church; a member of the Van Lear and East Point Masonic Lodges; Shriner’s Temple of Ashland; Big Sandy Shrine Club, Paintsville; York Rite, Hillbilly Clan #1; Big Sandy Scottish Rite, Sandy Valley Scottish Rite; and he was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Jerry loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was always eager to help other people. He will be missed by his family and all those who loved him.

Pall Bearers: James Ward, Roger Russell, Luther “Jr.” Russell, Gary Rose, Charles Green, Gary Howell, John Adams, Jerry Hall, Clarence Thornsberry, Brock Simpson and Ty Simpson.

Honorary (DaNang Brothers) Pall Bearers: James Beecher, William Grafe, Marshal Bennett, Lars King, Joseph Carbonneau, John Mastandrea, John Donovan, George McKeathen, Jerry Davis, and Donald Falk.

Honorary Pall Bearers: Luther Daniel, Danny Joe Daniels, Larry Betts, David Wells, Johnny Shephard, Tom Crider, Cecil Adams, Gary Preston, Kyle Adams, Phillip Scarberry, David Kelly, Jim Davis, Tucker Howard, Charlie Cox, Tom Cook, Bill Scurlock, and Jimmy Johnson.

This is a paid obituary.

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