Steven Blair


Steven Manis Blair, age 45, of Paintsville, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville.

Mr. Blair was born Aug. 31, 1973 in Paintsville, son of Herbern Manis Blair of Salyersville and the late Carolyn Rose Hitchcock Blair. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Timothy Wayne Blair; one sister, Tammy Ann Haney Blair; paternal grandparents, Herbern and Melba Blair; and his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Avanell Blair Hitchcock.

Surviving in addition to his father is, fiancée, Dimple Howard of Paintsville; three nieces, Jessica Hope Blair of Denver, Kayla Renea Jones and Destiny Danielle Haney, both of Paintsville; two aunts, Virginia Ann Ratliff of Paintsville and Wilma Blair; and a host of cousins and friends. 

He will be sadly missed.

There will be no services per Steve’s wishes.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Michael Castle


Michael Dean “Mike” Castle, age 57, of Thealka, passed Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at his home.

Mike was born December 11, 1960 in Johnson County, son of the late Henry and Alfair Smith Castle. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Eugene Castle and Gary Lee Castle.

He is survived by his wife, Angie Hicks Castle; two sons, Mitchell Henry Castle and wife Kaydee of Louisa, and Zackery Michael Castle and wife LeeAnn of Flat Gap; one brother, James Henry Castle and wife Mary Beth of Stambaugh; one sister, Patricia “Trish” Fannin and husband Roger of Thealka; and three grandchildren, Emma, Ella and Parker Castle.

Mike was a long-time employee of Paul B. Hall Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Larry Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville. Friends may visit the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Ethel Melvin


Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. at the Meally Church of Christ, 3910 Ky. Rt. 40 E, Meally, for Ethel Melvin, 74, of Hagerhill, who died Saturday, Sept. 8 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.

Mrs. Melvin was born July 8, 1944 in Johnson County, the daughter of the late Earl and Polly Music Childers. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild, Noah Christopher Melvin; one brother, Lindsey Childers; and three sisters, Deloris Childers, Wanda Childers and Addie Kretzer.

Surviving are her husband, Brian Melvin; one son, Mark (Marlena) Melvin of Meally; and one granddaughter, Hannah Grace Melvin.

The service was officiated by Brett McKenzie, Wayne Short and Jerry Arthur Hall, with burial in the J. H. Short Cemetery at Meally.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Brenda Williams


Brenda Sue Williams, age 71, of Oil Springs, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at U. K. Hospital. 

Brenda was born on September 4, 1947 in Johnson County to the late Lowell and Betty Blair Stambaugh.  She is survived by her husband, Frankie Williams; two daughters, Kim Williams and Sandy (Brad) Ward, all of Oil Springs; one brother, Lowell Eugene Stambaugh of River; three sisters, Oneida Blair of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Robin Fairchild of Paintsville, and Becky Wright of Flat Gap; and two grandchildren, Quade Ward and fiancée Chelsey Smith, and Bailey Ward.

 Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Low Gap United Baptist Church, Oil Springs, with burial in the Williams Family Cemetery, Oil Springs.   

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

This is a paid obituary.

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