Billy Bowling


Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, 12 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Billy Lee Bowling, 69, of Oil Springs, who died Monday, Feb. 4 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.

Mr. Bowling was born Jan. 23, 1050 in Floyd County, son of the late Edgar and Josephine Dixon Bowling. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Bowling; and two sisters, Pauline Bowling and Lorene Ratliff.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Brown Bowling; one son, Shawn Lee Bowling of Van Lear; three daughters, Sheila Midora of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Shelly Bowling of Auxier, and Mae Meadows of Bambridge, Ohio; one step-son, Greg Davis of Paintsville; two step-daughters, Libby (Ed) Moore of Lexington and Brenda (Terry) Hatfield of McCarr; two brothers, Tommy Lee Bowling of Pikeville, and Cecil Ray Bowling of Ohio; three sisters, Dixie Wells of East Point, Juanita King of Ohio, and Carolyn Goble of Auxier; 13 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m-9 p.m.

The service will be officiated by Tommy Meade, Curt Howard, and Steve Rose, with burial in the Brown Family Cemetery at Oil Springs.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Roy Burns


Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Roy Lee Burns, 69, of Nippa, who died Monday, Jan. 28 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.

Mr. Burns was born Sept. 22, 1049 in Watergap, son of the late Carl and Virgie Bolden Burns. On November 30, 1068 in Paintsville, he married Nancy Wrae Daniel. He was retired from CSX Railway.

In addition to his parents, Roy is preceded in death by three sons, Roy Michael Burns, Mark Daniel Burns, and Aaron Smith Burns; seven brothers, Doug, Jimmy, Rex, Ray, Jay, Buck and Smith Burns; and two sisters, Emma Lee Burns and Mary Lou Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Burns of Nippa; one brother, Corbitt (Deborah) Burns of Nippa; one sister, Magdelene Blackburn of Harrodsburg; one daughter-in-law, Tonya Burns of East Bernstat; and one granddaughter, Alexandria Paige Burns of Lexington.

The service was officiated by Steve Rose and Joe Adkins, with burial in the Burns Family Cemetery at Nippa.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Emogene Chandler


Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. at the Hagerhill Free Will Baptist Church for Emogene Puckett Burton Chandler, 96, of Paintsville, who died Thursday, Jan. 31 at her residence surrounded by family and friends.

Emogene was born September 17, 1922 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Lacy and Sola Boyd Puckett.

She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Clifford “Boe” Burton and Escom “Eck” Chandler; one son, Roger Lee Burton, and one brother, Lacy “Buddy” Puckett.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Debra Preston Burton; one sister-in-law, Anna Belle Puckett; one granddaughter, Dawn (Michael) Burton Stewart; one great-granddaughter, Madison Kate Stewart; two nephews, Gary (Debbie) Puckett and Mike (Dorsie) Puckett; and one niece, Diana Puckett Harmon.

Emogene was very active in her community. Known to hundreds of students as Mrs. Burton, Emogene made her dream of becoming a teacher a reality by graduating from Morehead State University with an Elementary Education degree in 1975. She was the educational coordinator of the Big Sandy Head Start Program for two years and in 1977 started working for the Paintsville Independent School System as a 2nd grade teacher. She retired proudly in 1996 at age 74, after 19 years in the classroom. She continued to be involved in education with the Johnson County Christian School and as a substitute teacher for many years and was a Sunday school teacher for most of her life.

She was a member of the Apple Board, Kiwanis, Paintsville Alumni Association, KRTA, NEA, Women Active for Christ of Hagerhill, Senior Citizens of Paintsville, and the Big Sandy Council on Aging. Her proudest achievement was leaving a testimony for the Lord. She dedicated her life to Christ at the age of 14 at the Old Thealka Free Will Baptist Church in February of 1936. She was a faithful member of Hagerhill Free Will Baptist Church.

The service was officiated by Ronnie Spriggs.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to be made to the Paintsville High School Alumni Association or Women Active for Christ-Hagerhill Free Will Baptist Church by contacting the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

This is a paid obituary.

Harold Hall


Harold Gene Hall, 75, of Staffordsville, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville.

He was born Feb. 25, 1943, son of the late C. C. “Chick” and Gusta Williams Hall. He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Harold was a retired maintenance worker with the Kentucky Department of Highways and a member of the Ramey Branch Gospel Church. On December 21, 1978 in Clintwood, Va., he married Cathie McKenzie Hall, who survives. Also surviving is one daughter, Gina (Bill) Holbrook, and three grandsons, Ethan Wade, Mason Bryan and Jake Thomas, all of Paintsville; and two nieces, Stephanie Graf and Dionne Pittenger.

Harold was saved March 21, 1958 at Sitka Free Will Baptist Church and was baptized on March 23, 1958 by his father, C. C. Hall and Brother Ellis Hamilton.

Before Harold’s health started to decline, he was the piano player for Ramey Branch Gospel Church and played for several gospel groups.

Harold will be missed by family and friends, but we know that he is rejoicing in Heaven now.

This is a paid obituary.

Kenya Ratliff


Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. at the Elevate Church in Prestonsburg, for Kenya Louisa Adkins Ratliff, 62, of Nippa, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6 at her residence.

Burial will be in the Ratliff Cemetery in Paintsville.

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

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