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.

Howard Coleman


Howard Coleman, age 84, of Paintsville, formerly of Pikeville, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville. 

He was born in Pikeville, April 26, 1934, the son of the late Joe and Hazel Adkins Coleman Thacker. Howard is a retired Crescent Coal tipple foreman and a Christian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Gaye Phillips Coleman, who he married December 26, 1952; two brothers, Harold Coleman, and Leonard Coleman; and a sister, Irene Spears.

Mr. Coleman is survived by his daughter, Donna Coleman Castle and her husband Roger W., of Paintsville; two grandchildren, Dr. Jason R. H. Castle and his wife Gwen, of Paintsville, and Whitney Castle Harris and her husband Dr. Andrew Harris, of Lexington; eight great-grandchildren, Isabella Grace Castle, Roger Willis Castle, Jacob Rubado, Gabriella Rubado, Caroline Elizabeth-McLain Harris, Chloe Vivian Harris, Rhett Coleman Castle Harris, and Remington Augustus Rick Harris, and a sister, Linda Crum, of Pikeville.

Pallbearers will be, Joe Spears, Mike Spears, Mike Justice, Jeff Crum, Brandt Spears, and Nicky Coleman.

The funeral service was at the funeral home Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. with Dr. Paul Potter officiating. Burial was in the Annie E. Young Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association --Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane STE 401-- Louisville, Kentucky 40205-3284.

Arrangements under the direction of the J W Call Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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.

Emma Murphy


Emma Grace Dalton Murphy went to her heavenly home on November 27, 2018 at 8:26 p.m. surrounded by her family and 91 years and a day after she first lit the world with her twinkling eyes and radiant smile. Her loveliness, both inside and out, was unmatched and will be dearly missed by everyone fortunate enough to know her.

Grace was born in Wayland on November 26, 1927, to Tomie and Icie Dalton. She spent her childhood in Ansted, W.Va., then she graduated from Fairview High School in West Virginia. Grace married the love of her life, David Paul Murphy Jr. on January 10, 1948, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Paintsville. His career on the railroad resulted in many moves over many years, which suited the “happy feet” she inherited from her ancestors just fine.

 Some of Grace’s greatest joys were family time, music, and traveling. She loved the mountains and greatly enjoyed her retirement years with her husband Paul in the Great Smoky Mountains. The grandchildren loved going to Granny and Paw Paw’s, having bonfires, picking berries, and exploring the glade.

Grace was proceeded in death by her husband Paul; a son, Samuel Martin Murphy; a great –grandson, Jarred Andrew Brock; daughter- in – law, Darcee Murphy; her parents; and four sisters, Mavoureen Nutter, Lorraine Saunders, Betty June Martin, and Mary Jane Minix. 

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Figert of Roann, Ind., Anne (Dave) Howard of Sevierville, Tenn., Jane (Wayne) Mannies of Peru, Ind.; and six sons, Dave (Beth) Murphy of Fort Wayne, Ind., Tim (Patty) Murphy of Kokomo, Ind., Pat Murphy of Brookville, Ind., Tom (Mark) Murphy of Louisville, Kevin Murphy and Jim Murphy, both of Brookville, Ind. 

She also leaves behind 29 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, but her steadfast love and strength of spirit endures in each far – reaching branch of the family she loved so deeply. 

She will be forever missed and forever loved.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main St., Peru, Ind.   

A Memorial Service, celebrating the life of Emma Grace Murphy, will be held at 12 p.m. on December 8, 2018 at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paintsville, with Father Terence Hoppenjans officiating.  Burial will be at the Davis Branch Cemetery, Paintsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made through the funeral home to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at 

Arrangements under the direction of the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home of Peru, Ind.

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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