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Emma Blanton

Emma Blanton


Emma Gail Van Hoose Blanton went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Gail was born June 8, 1952 in Madison, W.Va., to Mick and Mary Louise Pickle VanHoose. She was preceded in death by her father, Mick Van Hoose, mother, Mary Louise, brother, Robert Michael; brother-in-law, John Hackworth; niece, Lisa Stallings; and her daughter, Mary Ann Hayden.

Survivors include her brothers, Wade Marion, wife Christy, Barry Keith, wife Joyce, Ronnie Allen, wife Marlene; sister, Karen Hackworth; grandson, Drew Hayden; and her companion, Doug Antrim; nieces and nephews, Lisa Deskins, Emily Ratliff, J.D. Hackworth, Tyler and Jarrod Van Hoose, Mickey and Robin Van Hoose, Austin Van Hoose, Wade D.Van Hoose and Mark Van Hoose; and numerous great -nieces and -nephews.

Words can’t express the wonderful person that Gail was. Gail spent most of her life in

Paintsville. She graduated from Paintsville High School in 1970. She gave most of her life caring for her mother until Mary passed. She cared for her nieces and nephews as well as being a single mother raising a daughter on a very limited budget. She enjoyed the last few years of her life caring for Charlie, her beloved companion, until his death. She met and fell in love again with Doug Antrim, who treated her like she deserved. He moved her to Texas and then with some encouragement they moved to Oklahoma to be close to her brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Christy. She was very happy the four years she was in Oklahoma and she had wonderful people around her. She struggled with her health, but had excellent doctors until they could do no more. Gail will be missed by those who knew her and truly loved her.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 10 from 5-6 p.m. for family and from 6-9 p.m. for friends. We will celebrate her life on Friday, October 11th at 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville.

Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Arrangements under the direction of the Crawford Funeral Centers of Edmond, Okla.

This is a paid obituary.

Carolyn Crozier


Carolyn Pacetti “CC” Crozier, age 82, stepped into the presence of her Savior on October 2, 2019.

She was born February 1, 1937 in Savannah, Ga. She moved to Paintsville in 2005.

Surviving are her daughters, Denise C. (David) Butler and Stacey C. (Bob) Studer; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A going away party will be held at 11 a.m. at the Mountain Community Fellowship Center, 219 Greentown Loop, Paintsville, KY 41240 on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Burial will be at a later date in Jacksonville, Fla.

In lieu for flowers, donations may be made to the Mountain Community Fellowship Missions Fund.

Robert Pelphrey


Robert Challie Pelphrey, age 88 of Staffordsville, passed away Monday, October 7th, 2019 in Lexington. He was born September 10th, 1931 in Johnson County, son of the late Challie Pelphrey and Malta Jewell Rice Pelphrey.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Agnes VanHoose, and one brother, Kelse Edward “Bud” Pelphrey

Surviving is one son, Robert Royce Pelphrey (Abby) of Lexington; two daughters, Teddy Warner (Michael) and Shannon Pelphrey, all of Lexington; one brother, Jack Pelphrey (Jennie) of Staffordsville; three sisters, Ruby Blanton of Van Lear; Betty McKenzie of Staffordsville; Mabel Hazlette of Hager Hill; six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Rylan Allen officiating.

Burial was in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Paul R. Pelphrey

Paul Pelphrey


Funeral services were held Friday, 1 p.m. at the Little Mud Lick Church of God for Paul Ray Pelphrey, 82, of Keaton, who died Tuesday, October 1 at his residence.

Mr. Pelphrey was born Feb. 14, 1937 in Boyd County, son of the late Garrett and Ella Kelly Pelphrey. He was also preceded in death by one son, William “Billy” Pelphrey.

Surviving are his wife, Leslee Gilliam; two sons, Kevin Ray (Jennifer) Pelphrey of River and Garrett David Pelphrey of Paintsville; one sister, Joyce Ann Wheeler of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; four grandchildren, Summer Hope Pelphrey, Garrett Pelphrey, McKenna Pelphrey and Morgan Pelphrey.

The service was officiated by Tobe Wheeler with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Military honors were conducted by the Auxier Chapter of the D. A. V.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Sandra Kay Salyer

Sandra Salyer


Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Sandra Kay Blanton Salyer, 76, of Paintsville, who died Wednesday, Oct. 2 at U.K. Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Sandra was born March 16, 1943 in Magoffin County, daughter of the late David Hassell and Sylvia Mae Meade Blanton. She was also preceded in death by her brother, David Cleveland Blanton; and one grand son, Bradlee Francis Blair.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Winford Salyer; two daughters, Sherry  Denise Conley and LeeAnn Blair; two grandchildren, Amiee Denise Conley and Patrick Allen Conley; one brother, Larry (Brenda) Blanton; two sisters, Linda Lou (Jerry) May and Donna Gail Fyffe; and several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to her niece, Teresa Lynn.

The services were officiated by Lindsey Meade, with burial to follow in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Mary Ward


 Mary Rose Castle Ward, age 92, of Paintsville,  passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 at Pikeville Medical Center.

She was born March 5, 1927 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Scott Castle and Golda Thompson Castle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Ward in 1992. Also preceding her in death are one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Scott Jarrell; one brother, Scotty Castle, Jr; three sisters, Ruby Snowden, Opal Black, Virginia Music; and one granddaughter, Tracey Michelle Collins. She is survived by one son, Randy Ward and wife Vikki of Pikeville, KY; one daughter, Judy Patrick and husband Bob of Seminole, FL and two grandchildren, Candice (Andy) Grace and Reese Ward.

 Mary Rose was a retired sales clerk for the Paintsville Sundry Store.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Harry Neil Frisby officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.   Friends may call at Jones-Preston Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 from 6–9 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Phyllis Chris Ward Fannin

Phyllis Ward


Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Phyllis Christine Fannin Ward, 79, of River, who passed away Monday, Oct. 7 at King’s Daughters Hospice House in Ashland.

Chris was born July 14, 1940 at Charley (Lawrence County), daughter of the late Charlie and Dorcas Clark Fannin. She was a retired prescription clerk with CAP.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Eugene “Legs” Ward (April 23, 1997); two sons, John Paul Johnson (1969) and Mark Allen Johnson (1960); and one brother, Robert Fannin.

Surviving are two sons, Sam (Sherry) Johnson of Bardstown and Lloyd Eugene Ward Jr. of Salyersville; three daughters, Anna (Kirby) Dutton and Amy Reneé Ward, both of River and Sonja Esther (Steve) Hahm of Bardstown; four brothers, Jack Fannin of Wurtland, Dan Fannin of Meades Branch, Chuck Fannin of Elizabethtown, and James Fannin of Charley; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

The service will be officiated by Terry Conley and Roger Sparks, with burial in the Ward Family Cemetery at River.

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

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