Stella Bowling


Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Stella Bowling, 88, of Paintsville, who died Thursday, Aug. 30 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.

She was born July 5, 1930 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Jessie and Minnie Conley Tackett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Delbie Bowling, and three brothers, Ed Tackett, Bill Tackett, and Clarence Tackett.

Surviving are two sons, Jimmy (Sandra) Bowling of Sitka and Mike (Pamela) Bowling of Churchville, Va.; two daughters, Marlene (James) Witten of Van Lear, and Linda (Lynn) Wheat of Louisville; one brother, Fred Tackett of Wabash, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The service will be officiated by Mike Bowling, with burial in the Bowling-Tackett Cemetery at Van Lear. 

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

This is a paid obituary.

James Lauffer


James Brown “Jim” Lauffer, age, 88, of Paintsville, Kentucky widower of Nancy (Mclaughlin) Lauffer, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.

Mr. Lauffer was born in New Matamoras, Ohio on September 20, 1929 to the late James H. and Mary Brown Lauffer. He served as a corporal in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. Mr. Lauffer attended Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana majoring in Accounting and Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio with a bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering, also attended the University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business Administration. He was a Petroleum Engineer promoted to Superintendent and Division Manager of the southern production and gas measurement division of Columbia Gas Transmission for 20+ years. He obtained a patent in 1967 from the United States Patent Office for air cementing of gas wells. After retiring in 1975 from Columbia Gas, Mr. Lauffer founded his own consulting company, Eastern Kentucky Oil and Gas, Inc., later founded Lauffer Well Service, Inc., and JML Oil and Gas Company, along with his two sons, James Michael and Walter S. Lauffer. The Lauffer Family has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 100 years.

Mr. Lauffer was a member of the AIME Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the East Kentucky Petroleum Branch of AIME, where he served as treasurer and chairman, also a member of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association. He loved coaching little league and was a strong supporter of the Little League Program. He was a Paintsville Independent School Board Member in 1969. Mr. Lauffer held a great passion for Thoroughbred horses. He was a shareholder in the 2011 Preakness Winner, Shackleford, and had horses to win races at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. He was a supporter and Alumnus of the UK Wildcats and a member off the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Mr. Lauffer was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

James Brown Lauffer is survived by two sons, James Michael Lauffer, wife Kimberly (Melvin) Lauffer, of Paintsville, and Walter S. Lauffer, wife Jennifer (Archer) Lauffer, of Sarasota, Fla.; six grandchildren, James Seth Lauffer (Stacey), William Turner Lauffer (Brittane), Clara McVey Lauffer (Trent), and Amanda L. Haney (Ben), all of Paintsville, Justin Martin Lauffer, of Glendale, California and Christy Lauffer of Gaithersburg, Maryland; and 10 great- grandchildren, along with a host of many wonderful friends and caregivers.

Visitation was held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home, 807 South Mayo Trail, Paintsville, KY 41240. A private graveside service will be held with burial at the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by contributing to the First United Methodist Church, 505 Main Street, Paintsville, KY 41240; Paintsville Little League, P.O. Box 1467, Paintsville, KY 41240, Appalachian Hospice at 1520 State HWY 1428, Hager Hill, KY 41222 or Encounter Missions, 509 Depot Rd, Paintsville,  KY 41240.

Jim will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Jennifer Upthegrove


Jennifer Lynn Bocook Upthegrove, 47, of Versailles, died August 26, 2018.

She was born Nov. 19, 1970 in Huntington, W.Va.

She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994 with a degree in Interior Design. She was employed with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., of Lexington.

Jennifer is survived by her children, Preston M. Upthegrove, 19, and Macy N. Upthegrove, 18, both of Versailles; her mother, Priscilla Bocook of Versailles; her father, Dewey L. Bocook, Jr. of Paintsville; her sister, Terra Bocook of Lexington; her brother, Bo Bocook of Paintsville; and numerous loving friends, who continually demonstrated their compassion by helping to provide for her care until her final day.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Leo’s School in Versailles, Our Lady of the Mountains School in Paintsville, or the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Clark Legacy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

This is a paid obituary.

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