Prudence Bailey


Prudence Virginia Bailey, a longtime resident of Flat Gap, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 13th, at the age of 101.

She was born in Thealka, November 11, 1917, to the late James and Sarah Sparks Cottle.  Most of her young years were spent living in that area, where she attended school at the Muddy Branch Coal Camp.  While working at the Paintsville Clinic, she met the love of her life, Arville Bailey. They were wed in 1940 and moved to Flat Gap, where he taught school and she proudly “went to housekeeping,” raising their three children. After her husband’s untimely death at the age of 43, Prudence looked toward expanding her education so as to better provide for her family.  She attained her 8th Grade and High School Equivalency diplomas from Johnson Central High School in her early fifties. Successful completion of a typing course led her to begin her professional secretarial career with the Johnson County Soil Conservation District at the age of 51, where she worked until her retirement at 75.

During Prudence’s post-retirement years, she was actively involved in her community. She served in the Chair of Electa in the Order of Eastern Star for over 20 years. She was a member of the Red Bush Busy Bees Homemakers Club and enjoyed the fellowship of the Ladies Circle at the United Baptist Church of Paintsville. In 1992 she was commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Prudence has been a proud and faithful member of the Flat Gap Baptist Church since 1946. Her sincere testimony and beautiful prayers will long be remembered by any who heard them.  

Prudence was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arville; and devoted daughter Brenda Joyce Collins. She was also preceded by three brothers, Henry, James (Junior) and Harry Cottle, and her sister, Vivian Grunewald.

She is survived by her two sons, Wade Marion Bailey (Katherine Nicholas) of Richmond, and James Arville Bailey (Glenda Reed Bailey) of Lexington; son-in-law, Michael Collins of Flat Gap; six grandchildren, Kristen Bailey Preston, Kelly Collins-Johnson, Jami Bailey, Charles Bailey, Erin Collins-Buchanan and Nicholas Hertelendy; six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and many dear neighbors and friends who called her their sister in Christ.

Funeral services were held at the Flat Gap Baptist Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 with Brother Robert Blanton, Pastor, officiating.  Burial was in the Skaggstown Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Bailey, Brad Buchanan, Adam McKenzie, Andrew McKenzie, Alex McKenzie and Charles Preston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Skaggstown Cemetery Trust, by contacting the Preston Funeral Home at 606-789-4212.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Kathy Fyffe


Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Kathy Pennington Fyffe, 67, of Flat Gap, who died Sunday, Nov. 18 at Pikeville Medical Center.

Burial was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap.

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

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.

Jerry Simpson


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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