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Rita Baldridge

Rita Baldridge

1957-2019

Rita Faye Baldridge, 62, of Louisa, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Hope Sherman officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairchild Family Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.theprestonfuneralhome.net.

Lafe Daniels

1948-2020

Lafe Daniels, 71, of Boons Camp, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Facility, Prestonsburg.

He served our country proudly in the United States Marines.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Blair officiating. Burial will immediately follow at the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p..m and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until time of services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.theprestonfuneralhome.net.

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Denny Dorton

“Denny” Dorton

1947-2019

Former President of Citizens National Bank, Dennis Trigg “Denny” Dorton, 72, of Lexington, formerly of Paintsville, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at his residence.

Denny grew up in his beloved Paintsville in Johnson County, a son of O.T. “Trigg” Dorton and Betty Marie Reynolds Dorton.

After graduating from Morehead State University, Denny’s life was absorbed helping to continue his parent’s mission of building and supporting their family which included the people of Citizens National Bank; the First United Methodist Church of Paintsville; the City of Paintsville, Johnson County, Big Sandy Region and the State of Kentucky, as a whole. With his wife, Jeanie, by his side for 48 years, they poured their significant energy into these pursuits.

During this time, Denny graduated from National Trust School at Northwestern University, the National Investment School at the University of Oklahoma and the Leadership Kentucky Institute.

Believing that a strong community made a strong bank, and a strong bank made a strong community, Denny served on various boards and committees in a multitude of past roles including the Kentucky Bankers Association (Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer), Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (Chair), Morehead State University Foundation (Chair), the Rural Community College Initiative Economic Innovation Committee, Christian Appalachian Project (Chair), Big Sandy Community and Technical College, The David School (Chair), Junior Achievement, Mayo Technical College Residential Construction (Treasurer), Paintsville High School, Appalachian Artisan Center (Chair), Big Sandy Area Development District, Big Sandy Chapter American Red Cross (Chair & Treasurer), Big Sandy Hospice, Big Sandy Regional Industrial Development Authority, Big Sandy United States Prison Community Board, Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Highlands Regional Medical Center Foundation (Chair), Johnson County Health Department, Kentucky Friends of 4-H, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center (Chair), Mountain Economic Development Fund, Paintsville City Council, First United Methodist Church of Paintsville, Paintsville-Johnson County Industrial Authority, Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville Rotary Club, Paintsville Water and Gas Commission and others. Denny was also a member of his local Masonic lodge, the Paintsville Rotary Club and was a participant in Volunteers in Mission.

Denny received various honors over his lifetime such as the Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Award, Morehead State University Business Alumni of the Year, East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Private Citizens Award and many others.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Mollett Dorton; one son, Andrew Trigg “Drew” Dorton (Stephanie Stumbo), of Lexington; one sister, Lynn Dorton Mullins (William Charles), of Paintsville; two grandsons, Tristan Andrew Dorton and Ashton Warren Dorton, both of Lexington.

As his professional life came to a close, his passion for his family, folk-art, bluegrass music, sunshine, sand, faith and friends consumed his time and resources. He was filled with love and gave it freely and in-turn was loved by many.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Paintsville First United Methodist Church with Pastor Tyler Brumfield officiating. A time of reflection with family and friends will be held from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.,  Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at the Versailles United Methodist Church, 230 Payne’s Mill Road, Versailles, and 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Paintsville First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Paintsville First United Methodist Church, 505 Main Street, Paintsville, KY 41240; or the Betty M. Dorton Nursing Scholarship Fund, BSCEF, Inc., 1 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653.

The guestbook may be signed at www.jones-prestonfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.

“J.T.” Parker

1936-2019

Jay Taylor “J.T.” Parker, 83, of Flat Gap, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.

Graveside services will be held 12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at the Parker Cemetery, Flat Gap, with Tim Salyer officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.theprestonfuneralhome.net.

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Gerald Tackett

Gerald Tackett

1945-2020

Gerald Tackett, 74, of Hager Hill, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Mountain Manor of Paintsville.

Gerald was born in Johnson County, Jan. 15, 1945, the son of the late Oka Etchel Tackett and Jessie Myrtle Frazier Tackett.

Gerald was a member of the Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church and a truck driver for Med Com Company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Robert Dawson; his father-in-law, Chester Spriggs; four brothers, Danny, Bud, Donald and James; three sisters, Betty Jean Tackett, Charlotte Thacker and Virginia LeMaster; one nephew, Chris Tackett; and one great-niece, Katlin Daniels.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa Spriggs Tackett; one daughter, Vera Tackett Dawson, of Michigan City, Ind.; one brother, Roger Dean Tackett, of Flat Gap; four sisters, Peggy LeMaster (Darrell) and Frances Scott (Danny), both of Staffordsville, Judy Young (Joe), of Beattyville, and Patricia Sue Blair, of Springfield, Ohio; a special mother-in-law, Josephine Spriggs, of Meally; two grandchildren, Joseph Dawson and Jenna Dawson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church, Hager Hill, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial will follow at the Spriggs Family Cemetery, Boonscamp.  

Friends may visit the Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.jones-prestonfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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