Gary Blanton


Gary Dean Blanton, age 68, of Staffordsville, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Gary was born March 25, 1950 in Johnson County, son of the late Mitchell and Frances Hamilton Blanton. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Ashley Christopher Blanton.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ward Blanton; one sister, Sandra Blanton Roberts and husband Joe of Lexington; mother-in-law, Arlene Ward Castle of Paintsville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with John East, Danny Ward, Larry Vickers, and Todd Ward officiating. 

Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the Johnson County Animal Shelter by contacting Jones-Preston Funeral Home at 606-789-3501.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Jack Conley


Jack Conley was born on August 22, 1934 in Flat Gap, and died on November 21, 2018, at the age of 84 years old. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan; son Greg; brothers, Junior and Jim, and parents Willie and Blanch. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Conley; step-children, Sarah (Dustin) White and Shawn (Ashley) Primm; step-grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Galen, Kayla, Evan, Aidan and Maren. The family wishes to thank Mount Carmel Hospice and the staff at Griswold Home Care for their love and support in caring for Jack. 

Services were entrusted to Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085. For complete service information please visit www.

Visitation and funeral were held on November 26, 2018.

Arrangements under the direction of the Schoedinger Funeral Home of Worthington, Ohio.

This is a paid obituary.

Sherletta Fairchild


Sherletta Fairchild, age 54, of Flat Gap, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at her home.

Sherletta was born March 17, 1964 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Alton and Phyllis Jean Davis Fairchild.

She is survived by two sons, Carl Doderer and Nathan Doderer both of Paintsville; one brother, Alton Douglas Fairchild of Thelma; and two sisters, Joyce Ann VanHoose of Paintsville and Debra Lynn Galovics of Flat Gap.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Harry Neal Frisby and Roger Thornsbury officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Jamie Lemaster


Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Jamie Suzan Lemaster, 58, of Hagerhill, who died Monday, Nov. 26 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 27, 1960 in Pikeville, daughter of the late James and Mildred Stewart Brooks. She was an instructor with the Tri-State Barber College. Suzan was also preceded in death by one brother, Mike Brooks.

Surviving are one son, Dr. William Blake Lemaster of Beverly Hill, Calif.; one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Carew of Lexington; and one sister, Jeanne Jasper of Punta Gorda, Fla.

The service was officiated by Clayton Case, with burial in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tri-State Barber College for a scholarship in her name: 2132 Winchester, KY 41101, c/o Carol Blackburn.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Billie Morales


Billie Jean Butcher Morales, 80, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Friday, Nov. 9 in Florida.

Billie was born Nov. 29, 1937 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Herschell and Lorena Roberts Butcher of Williamsport. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two brothers, Herschell Butcher Jr., and Larry Keith Butcher, and one sister, Avonell Joseph.

She is survived by her husband, F. M. “Sonny” Morales of Florida; two sons, Ralph Gregory “Rusty” Morales of Texas and David Michael Morales of Florida; one brother, Charles W. Butcher of Catlettsburg; two sisters, Joan Music of Paintsville and Patty Stalnaker of Lexington; and several grandchildren.

Billie Jean will be sadly missed by family and friends.

A private service is planned for a later date.

This is a paid obituary.

Stella Preston


Stella Vivian Preston age 77, of Paintsville, entered into rest on November 26, 2018. 

Stella was born on April 7,1941 in Paintsville, to the late Henry Rice and Mae (Cantrell) Rice.

Stella is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Preston. 

She is survived one brother Larry Joe (Sandra) Rice of Lexington; two sons, Marty (Ragan) Preston of Lexington, and Rusty (Rebecca) Preston of Paintsville; one step-daughter, Suzy Sullivan; six grandchildren, Jansen, Jack, Hagan, Ava, James, Abbygail; two step- grandchildren, Patrick Sullivan and Courtney Sullivan. three special nieces, and host of great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Wednesday 5-9 p.m. and Thursday 5 to 9 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home. 

Funeral was Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home, with burial in the Mayo Memorial Cemetery in Paintsville. 

Arrangements under the direction of The Paintsville Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked for contributions to be made to the Paintsville Kiwanis Club by contacting the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

Harlie Sturgill


On the morning after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2018, Harlie Sturgill came to the end of his life here on Earth and journeyed on over Jordan as the words of his favorite song aptly put it, . . . . I’m only going over Jordan, I’m only going over home.” He was a loving father, brother, grandfather, father-in-law, veteran and friend. He was converted late in life at the age of 62 and has now gone on to that glorious home that God has prepared for those who love Him and who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We rejoice in that eternal hope but grieve in his passing.

Harlie was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who served proudly on board the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. He was a former Commander in the DAV and served that organization faithfully for 31 years.

He was born September 20, 1924, the son of Henry and Exer Sturgill. He was married to Wilma Sturgill, July 2, 1947. Out of that union four wonderful children were born: James of Maryville, Tenn., Johnny of Miami, Fla., Lana Rovinelli of Lexington, and Kevin of Lutz, Fla. Harlie was also blessed with eight sweet and caring grandchildren, Chris Sturgill, Candice Brooks, Ashley Rovinelli, David Rovinelli, Josh Sturgill, Tara Sturgill, Danielle Sturgill, Jordan Sturgill and 11 loving great-grandchildren, Richard, Harlie, Abby, A.J., Ethan, Clayton, Brandon, Haleigh, Maggie, Olivia, Hunter and Ryleigh all who survive him. 

He was a member of the United Baptist Church.

He was dearly loved by all who knew him. He was an honest, hard working, role-model of a man and will be sorely missed. We will meet you on that Beautiful Shore!

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Friends may visit the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

Full military honors will be conducted by Auxier Chapter 18 D.A.V.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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