2012 Obituaries

Charles Lee Potter, age 73, of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday January 3, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on December 20, 1938, at Jackhorn, Kentucky, and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  He was a retired coal miner and was an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.  He had previously been a member of the Neon Lonesome Pine Lodge #884 F&AM.

 

He was a son of the late Isaac & Annie Little Potter, and was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Potter, on June 9, 2011.  Mr. Potter was also preceded in death by two sons, Gary Lee Potter and David Ray Potter;   a sister and a brother.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Rinda Vae Bentley, of Jackhorn;  a son, Michael Wayne Potter, of Jackhorn;  five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren;  a sister, Bessie Mae Day, oc Cowan;  two brothers, Sam Potter, New Lexington, Kentucky,  and Ruben Potter, of Whitesburg;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at the Carty Funeral Home Chapel, Neon, KY on Friday January 6, 2012, at 11:00 AM, with Delmar Isaac, officiating.  Interment was at the Ruben Potter Cemetery.

Eulis Alfred Adams, age 82, of Haymond, Kentucky, passed away Saturday January 7, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on August 29, 1929, at Haymond, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  He was a retired coal miner and had been a member of the United Mine Workers of America.  Mr. Adams was of the Presbyterian faith.

 

He was a son of the late Watson & Dora Kincer Adams, and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Stevens and Nancy Howard;  and three brothers, Carl Adams, B.J. Adams, and William G. Adams.

 

Survivors include three daughters, Eula Jean Sullivan, of Goose Creek, South Carolina,  Elizabeth Ann Peck, Simpsonville, South Carolina,  and Ruby Ann Phillips, of Payne Gap;  three sons, William G. Adams, Goose Creek, South Carolina,  Eulis Alfred "Al" Adams, Moorehead, Kentucky, and Eulis Alfred Adams II, Cromona;  a step-daughter, Pebblia Fluharty, Bean Blossom, Indiana;  a sister, Maggie Lee Perry, Benton, Illinois;  eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at the Carty Funeral Home Chapel, Neon, KY, on Monday January 9, 2012, at 11:00 AM, with Tommy Phillips and Lester Boggs, officiating.  Interment was at the Webb Cemetery, Mayking.

Norma G. Napier, age 80, of Seco, Kentucky, passed away Thursday January 12, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.  She was born on October 25, 1931, at Burdine, Kentucky, and lived nearly all of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  She was a mother and a homemaker and had worked as a grade school cook for the Letcher County School System.  Mr. Napier was of the Freewill Baptist faith.

 

She was a daughter of the late Ben & Martha Vanover, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Burchel Napier;  and two brothers, Kirby Vanover and Don Hughes.

 

Survivors include her children, Ernie Napier (Brenda), Lexington, Kentucky,  Carol Bentley (Stanley), Indianapolis, Indiana,  Douglas Napier (Joanna), Millstone, Kentucky,  and Judy Sparks (Rick), of Smithfield, Utah;  eleven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren;  a sister, Gleama Allmeyer, St. Louis, Missouri;  a brother, Carl Hixon, Lexington, Kentucky;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 PM on January 15, 2012, at the Seco Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Rocky Craft, officiating.  Interment was at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 

Carty Funeral Home of Neon, Kentucky, cared for the funeral arrangements.

Bessie Marie Cantrell, age 97, of Fleming, Kentucky, passed away Thursday January 12, 2012, at her home.  She was born on September 17, 1914, at Rockwood, Tennessee, and had lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  She was a mother and a homemaker, and was a member of Victory Temple Church, in Neon, Kentucky.

 

She was a daughter of the late Harold & Ada Simpson Isabell, and was the widow of Woodrow Cantrell.  She was also preceded in death by three daughters, Margaret Ann Kincer, Mable Kincer, and Audrey Franklin;  three sons, Robert Larry Cantrell, Ernie Wayne Cantrell, and William Randy Cantrell;  several grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  four sisters and a brother.

 

Survivors include a son, Harold "Lucky" Cantrell (Linda), Neon, Kentucky;  two daughters, Brenda Bevins, Jenkins, Kentucky,  and Betty York (Ernie), of Pineville, Kentucky;  twenty-seven grandchildren;  sixty-two great-grandchildren; forty-seven great-great-grandchildren;  two sisters, Pauline Icebee Cantrell, Haymond, Kentucky,  and Nola Holcomb, of Muncie, Indiana;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 PM on Sunday January 15, 2012, at the Carty Funeral Home Chapel, Neon, Kentucky, with Mark Wagoner, officiating.  Interment was at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

Ruth M. Raper, age 86, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Sunday January 15, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  She was born on July 15, 1925, at Moundsville, West Virginia, and made her home in several different areas before making her home in Letcher County, Kentucky, in 1979.  She was a mother and a homemaker, and was a retired Kentucky state employess, having worked in social services.  The wife of Rev. Bernard Raper who served as Pastor of the Neon First Church of God for twelve years, she was very involved in the church and touched the lives of many people.  Ruth played the piano, served as Sunday School teacher, and helped in any way that she could with the church.  She was given recognition by the state association of the First Church of God for her dedicated work in the church and was awarded a lifetime membership.  She was a member of the Neon Lions Club for over twenty-five years, and was also a member of the Boone Fork Senior Citizens and the Pine Mountain Co-Op.

 

She was the daughter of the late John Andrew Williams & Lillian Pollin Williams, and was also preceded in death by a half-brother, Harold Williams.

 

She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, Re. Bernard Raper, Neon, Kentucky;  two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin Lee Raper and wife Linda, of Neon, Kentucky,  and Timothy John Raper and wife Donna, of Mount Sterling, Kentucky;  a brother, Ralph Williams, of Arkansas;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday January 18, 2012, at the Neon First Church of God, with Pastor Mark Wagoner, officiating.  Interment was at 11:00 AM on Thursday January 19, 2012, at the Sardis Cemetery, Sardis, Ohio, with Rev. Kathy Harmon, officiating.

 

Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky, cared for the funeral arrangements.

Steven Lee Sexton, age 53, of Payne Gap, Kentucky, passed away Friday evening January 20, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born at Payne Gap, Kentucky, on April 14, 1958, and lived his whole life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  He was a heavy equipment operator, working in strip mining.  Steven loved to hunt and fish and work flea markets, but his favorite past-time was riding his Harley Davisdon motorcycle.  He attended the Haymond Freewill Baptist Church.

 

He was a son of the late Roddy Sexton & Clara Sue Whitaker Sexton, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Sexton;  two brothers, Roddy Sexton, Jr., and James Ricky Sexton;  and a niece, Tammy Gaye Sexton.

 

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Tackett Sexton, Payne Gap, Kentucky;  a daughter, Melody Stephens, Dalton, Georgia;  two step-sons, Glen Taylor and Christopher Robert Taylor, both of Jenkins, Kentucky;  a step-daughter, Denise Taylor, also of Jenkins, Kentucky;  two grandchildren and several step-grandchildren;  a sister, Rhonda Polly (Thomas), of Payne Gap, Kentucky;  a niece, Madison Brooke Polly;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 PM on Monday January 23, 2012, at the Haymond Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny Mullins, officiating.  Interment was at the Whitaker Cemetery, Payne Gap.

 

Carty Funeral Homes Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky, cared for funeral arrangements.

Muncy Huff, age 53, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday evening January 24, 2012, at his home.  He was born on December 4, 1958, at Appalachia, Virginia, was raised there, and then came to Letcher County, Kentucky, where he lived most of his life.  He worked for the Kentucky Division of Forestry as a fire fighter. He enjoyed riding four wheelers in his spare time.  Muncy was of the Baptist faith.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Huff;  and two brothers, A.P. Huff and Randall Huff.

 

Survivors include his wife, Roxanne McFall Huff, of Neon;  his mother, Easter Dixon Huff, of Neon;  four sisters, Virgia Mae Sturgill, Kings Creek,  Alice Faye Burke, of Big Cowan,  Lois Smith, of Sand Lick, and Macy Bowlen, of Floyd County, Kentucky;  five brothers, Truman Huff, of Big Cowan,  Darrell Huff, of Neon,  Archie Huff and Maynard Huff, both of Big Cowan,  and Roy Lee Huff, of Neon;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 PM on Friday January 27, 2012, at the Bethel Community Church, with Roger Bentley, officiating.  Interment was at the Huff Family Cemetery at Big Cowan.

 

Funeral arrangements were cared for by Carty Funeral Home of Neon, Kentucky.

Eddie Wayne Fields, age 43, of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away Thursday February 2, 2012, at his home.  He was born on December 19, 1968, at Whitesburg, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  He was a former employee of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Norton, Virginia.  Eddie loved guns and outdoor activities like riding four wheelers and fishing.  He was of the Freewill Baptist faith.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Dean Fields, and an infant sister, Patricia Ann Fields.

 

Survivors include his mother, Joann Hall Fields, of Jackhorn, Kentucky;  a daughter, Kayla Fields, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky;  three sisters, Karen Young, Jenkins, Kentucky,  Tina Davis and Angie Back, both of Jackhorn, Kentucky;  several nieces and nephews;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 PM Sunday February 5, 2012, at the Carty Funeral Home Chapel, Neon, KY, with Russell Hall and Derrick McCall, officiating.  Interment followed at the Fields Family Cemetery at Jackhorn.

Jesse Grover Burke, age 58, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Friday February 10, 2012, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee.  He was born on February 15, 1953, at Etty, Kentucky, to Hatton & Marie Bentley Burke.  He went to Fleming-Neon High School before he entered the United States Army.  He had twenty-three years of service before retiring in 1996.  Jesse married Dillie on July 29, 1974, and they had three children, Lisa, J.R., and Mikie.  He worked his whole life in and around the mines as an electrician and repairman.  Jesse was a huge U.K. basketball fan, and he loved to collect antiques, tell old stories and jokes.  He loved to spend time with his family, especially with his grandkids, Windy and Taylor.  He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met.  Jesse was also a Kentucky Colonel and was of the Church of Christ faith.

 

In addition to his parents, Hatton & Marie Bentley Burke, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Tompkins.

 

Survivors include his wife of nearly thirty-eight years, Dillie Burke, McRoberts, KY;  a daughter, Lisa Burke, McRoberts, KY;  two sons, Mikie Burke and J.R. Burke, both of McRoberts, KY;  two grandchildren, Windy and Taylor;  a sister, Nancy R. Fouts Burke, Potters Fork, KY;  three brothers, Lenville Burke, Brookwood, AL,  Granville Burke, Crafts Colley, KY,  and Ernie Burke, of Lexington, KY;  a special nephew, Jamie Fouts;  and a host of other nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

 Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday February 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Moore's Chapel Church, with Rev. Danny Quillen, officiating.  Interment followed at the McRoberts Cemetery.

 

Carty Funeral Home of Neon, KY, cared for arrangements.

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Madge Bentley, age 75, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away Sunday February 19, 2012.  She was born on April 20, 1936, at Jackhorn, Kentucky, lived many years of her life in Letcher County, and also lived many years in Indiana.  She was a homemaker and worked many years at Service Supply Company.  Madge was of the Church of Christ faith since 1949.

   She was a daughter of the late Hayes Little & Cynthia Johnson Little, and was the widow of J.P. Bentley.  She was also preceded in death by siblings, Cleda, Goma, Fern, Tommy, Johnny, and Bobby. 

   Survivors include her sisters, Lizzie Sloan and Frankie Potter;  a brother, Terry Little;  several nieces and nephews;  and a host of other friends and relatives.

    Visitation wason Thursday February 23, 2012, from 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, KY.  Funeral services were at 12:00 Noon at the funeral home chapel, with Hargus Hall, officiating.  Intermenfollowed  at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky

   Mary Elizabeth Tolliver, age 79, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday February 14, 2012, at the Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on December 11, 1932, at McRoberts, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of McRoberts. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had worked briefly as a substitute school teacher. For sixty-seven years, she was a member of the Freewill Baptist faith, and worked as youth director in the church. In earlier years, she was very active in the local PTA.

   She was a daughter of the late Porter & Bertha Webb Brewer, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Claudia Craft; a son, James Bruce Tolliver; a granddaughter, Brandy Craft; four sisters, Lillian Brown, Louise Sayers, Dorothy Brown, and an infant sister, Goldie Brewer; and six brothers, Oscar Brewer, Harry Brewer, Smith Brewer, Carl Brewer, Daniel Brewer, and David Ishmaiel Brewer.

   Survivors include her husband, Robert Tolliver, McRoberts, Kentucky; a daughter and son-in-law, Kenda & Ken Quillen, of Jacksonville, Florida; three grandchildren, James Craft (Michelle), Jonathon Quillen (Ashley), and Brittney Quillen; four great-grandchildren, Skylar, Claudia, Jadon, and Skylynn; a sister, Joyce King, of Charlotte, North Carolina; two special friends, Marie Bates and Linda Stines; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services were on Saturday February 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Carty Funeral Home Chapel, Neon, KY, with Willie Cantrell, officiating.  Interment at the McRoberts Cemetery.

 

 

 

  Virginia Pauline Mason, was born on April 5, 1927, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and entered into Heaven on March 5, 2012. She joined her husband, Otis Mason; four sons, Otis, Jr., Woodie, Pete, and Bill Mason; two sisters, Opal Mason and Dorothy Johnson; and many more family members and friends who are already in Heaven, welcoming her with open arms.

   She is survived by her children, James Adam Mason, Llewellyn Stone, Doris Yonts, Marsha’ Napier, and Sabrina Lawyer; seventeen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; three sisters, Net, Mary, and Brenda; five brothers, Bud, Bob, Don, Larry, and Emmitt; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Wednesday March 7, 2012, at the Millstone Methodist Church, with Rev. Harold Dean Kincer, officiating.  Interment followed at the Sergent Cemetery at Indian Creek.

   Carty Funeral home, Neon, Kentucky, cared for the arrangements,

Wallace Reid Williams, Sr., 84, of Pound, Va; passed-away March 3, 2012 at Putnam Health Care Center in Palatka, Fl.. Wallace was born in Jenkins, Kyon January 9, 1928 to George A. and China E. Williams (both deceased). Married in 1946 to Reva May Hay Williams who passed-awayMay-2011.  He had three brothers (all deceased): Ernest Williams- Greenville, SC; Lonnie Williams- Columbus, Oh; and Clyde Williams- Troy, Oh.. Wallace and Reva have three children: Wallace R Williams, Jr. and wife Judy-Homestead, Fl; Stephen Williams and wife Regena- Pomona Park, Fl and Patricia Ann Williams- Hillsville, Va. Grandson Glenn Wallace Williams, Granddaughter Melissa Williams McDonnough -(great-grand children: Morgan Ann and Benjamin West), step-grandchildren: Elease Tiderencel ( step-great grand children: Jayla and Jenna), James Michael, Timothy Michael- wife Ashley (step great grand children: Timothy, Jordan, and Alex).

                                                         

Wallace was a member of The First Baptist Church- Jenkins, Ky; a retired electrician and member of the UMWA, he owned several retail businesses, and he was an ordained Southern Baptist Minister - serving as a Lay Pastor and Interim Pastor to several churches in Southwestern Virginia andSoutheastern Kentucky. As a Servant of God, he loved to teach others about the Grace of God through Jesus Christ.

 

Wallace was loved and respected by his family and friends.

 

Services were  at  Polly and Craft Funeral Home in Jenkins, Ky; on Monday, March 12th with visitation at 6:30pm and funeral servicat 7:30pm.   Entombment will be on March 13th. The procession will meet at 10:00am at the funeral home, then travel from Jenkins to Powell Valley Memorial Gardens - Mausoleum where Wallace will be laid to rest beside his wife (of 65 years) Reva. 

Ada Lee Baker, age 82, of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, formerly of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away early Saturday morning, March 10, 2012, at her home. Although she had made her home in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, in recent years, she had lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had been involved in several area businesse’s with her late husband. For many years, Mrs. Baker was a member of the Burdine Church of God of Prophecy, Burdine, Kentucky, and she attended the Cathedral of Glory at Mt. Sterling.

   She was a daughter of the late John & Ethel Anderson Phipps, and was the widow of Verlin Baker. She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

   She is survived by a daughter, Glenda Richardson, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; a son, Timothy Baker, Lexington, Kentucky; a sister, Judy Johnson, Moss Point, Mississippi; six grandchildren, Wenda Hawks, Crystal Galasso, Dwaine Colvin, Tasha Hammond, Cristen Baker, and Bethany Baker; six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Andrew, Josh, Karrah. McKinzie, and Nicholas; two great-great-grandchildren, Ana Belle and Cameron; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Tuesday March 13, 2012, at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services were at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the funeral home chapel, with Pastor John Hobson, officiating.  Interment  followed  at the Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 

   Reuben Potter, age 81, of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away Monday March 12, 2012, at the Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on May 12, 1930, at Jackhorn, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky. He worked for many years as a coal miner, and also worked for Letcher County as a bridge crew worker. Mr. Potter was a Kentucky Colonel and was of the Church of Christ faith.

    He was a son of the late Isaac Potter & Annie Little Potter, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lois Potter; and three brothers, Estil Potter, Conley Potter, and Charles Lee Potter.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony & Rebecca Potter, Thornton, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Anthony Sean Potter and Luke Mac Kenzie; a sister, Bessie Day, Cowan, Kentucky; and a brother, Sam Potter, New Lexington, Ohio; several step-children and step-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

    Visitation waqs on Wednesday March 14, 2012, at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted at 12:00 PM Noon, at the funeral home chapel, with Delmer Isaac, officiating. Interment  followed at the Reuben Potter Cemetery.

   Larry Oliver Chuck Reed, age 56, of Payne Gap, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday March 13, 2012, at the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. He was born on October 4, 1955 at Jenkins, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He had worked for C & D Battery, and most recently worked for Shaw Carpet. He enjoyed UK sports, and greatly loved his dogs. Chuck was of the Church of God of Prophecy faith.

   He was a son of the late James D. Reed & Opal Johnson Reed, and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Nancy Potter, Nellie Baker, and Pina Bentley; and three brothers, James Reed, Dewey Reed, and Columbus Reed.

   Survivors include two daughters, Erica Peacock (Gary), of Stephens City, Virginia, and Kimberley Clegg (David), Front Royal, Virginia; three sisters, Carlene Tackett, McRoberts, Kentucky, Reba Hall (Danny), Jenkins, Kentucky, and Mary Ruth Wright (Don), of Craft Branch, Kentucky; a brother, Tony Reed (Mildred), of Mississippi; three grandchildren, Audrey Dingus, Logan Dingus, and Haley Clegg; three nieces, Cathy, Georgia, and Crystal; seven nephews, Tony, Danny Ray, Jamie, Jason, Matt, Josh, and Keaston; fifteen great-nieces and eight great-nephews; a dear friend, Rodney Williams; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Thursday March 15 & Friday March 16, 2012, at the Burdine Church of God of Prophecy.  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday March 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Burdine Church of God of Prophecy, with Pastor Jeff Slone, officiating.  Interment followed at Laurel Fork Cemetery.  Friends and relatives served as pallbearers. 

   Carty Funeral Homes -Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel cared for the funeral arrangements. 

    

  

   James Mack “Jimmy” Tucker, age 79, of Neon, Kentucky, son of the late James Walter “Bill” Tucker & Elsie Hall Tucker, passed away Wednesday morning March 21, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on January 5, 1933 at the Fleming Hospital, Fleming, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Neon. He was a graduate of Fleming High School, Class of 1951, and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Jimmy owned and operated Tucker’s Café for forty years and also worked for National Mine Supply for many years.

   Surviving family members include his wife of nearly fifty-four years, Janet Young Tucker, Neon, Kentucky; a son, William Tucker and his wife Dana Harden Tucker, Atlanta, Georgia; a daughter, Nancy Tucker Harbaugh and her husband Dave Harbaugh, of Hollywood, Florida; four grandchildren, Colin and Haley of Atlanta, Georgia, and Lauren and Cameron of Hollywood, Florida; his sister, Nancy Tucker Mullins, of Lapeer, Michigan; a brother-in-law, Lester Young and his wife Joyce Young, of Laurel, Maryland; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that mourn his passing.

   Visitation will be at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky, from 6-9 PM Friday March 23, 2012.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Fleming Baptist Church at 11:00 AM on Saturday March 24, 2012, with Rev. Edmond Bolen, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

Paul Tolliver, age 76, of Jackhorn, Kentucky passed away Friday evening March 23, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on March 19, 1936, at Jackhorn, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident. Paul enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, and just about anything outdoors. He played guitar and had been in several musical groups over the years, playing all different kinds of music. He had played basketball years ago in a league at Southeast Coal Company. Paul was a member of the Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church at Sassafras, Kentucky, since 1984.

   He was a son of the late Hillard & Ruth Meade Tolliver, and was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethyl Lynn Hall Tolliver on February 5, 1992. Other family members that preceded him in death were three sisters, Lucille Heath, Flora Ellen Tolliver, and Mildred June Tolliver; and a brother, Quinton Daniel Tolliver.

   Survivors include two sons, Robin Paul Tolliver and Mark Paige Tolliver, both of Jackhorn, Kentucky; three brothers, R.D. Tolliver, McRoberts, Kentucky, Claude Tolliver, New Lexington, Ohio, and Willis Tolliver, of Deane, Kentucky; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Sunday March 25, 2012, from 6-9 PM at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted on Monday March 26, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Merle Caudill, officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 

 

 

  Lorena L. Compton, age 82, of Pikeville, Kentucky, passed away Saturday March 31, 2012, at Pikeville, Kentucky. She was born on April 8, 1929, at Viareggio, Italy, lived most of her life in Alabama, and lived several years in Pikeville and Jenkins, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had worked as a department store clerk. She was of the Catholic faith.

   She was a daughter of the late Emilio & Rosa Landi.

   She is survived by a son Ronnie (Ellen) Compton, Jenkins, KY; a daughter, Lisa (Ronald) Dykstra, Pompano Beach, FL; a sister, Franca Landi, Viareggio, Italy; a grandson, Jonathan Dykstra; a great-granddaughter, Kirra Dykstra; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   There were no local services. Interment will be in Italy, at a later date.

 

Thomas M. “Tommy” Kern, also known as Yoggi Potter Kern, age 53, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky, passed away Sunday April 1, 2012, at his home. He was born on February 14, 1959, at Pikeville, Kentucky, and lived most of his life in Pike County, Kentucky. He loved working with and riding horses. Tommy enjoyed tinkering with things—taking things apart and putting them back together. He also loved hunting, fishing, and UK sports. He was of the Old Regular Baptist faith.

   He was a son of the late James Thomas Kern and Loretta Mullins Kern, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Mitchell Potter. He was also very close to the late Archie and Vera Potter.

   Survivors include three sisters, Sharon Kern Stamper, Pikeville, KY, Candy Potter, Alexandria, KY, and Claudette Potter, of Shelby Gap, KY; three brothers, Robert Lee Kern and James Michael Kern, both of Dover, TN, and Michael Potter, of Shelby Gap, KY; nephews, Cody Potter, David Potter, Travis Stamper, Mitchell Kern, Robbie Kern, and Corbin Kern; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Monday and Tuesday evenings April 2 and April 3, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday April 4, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Robert Kelly, officiating. Interment followed at the Potter Family Cemetery.

 

Aloma “Peco” Kiser, age 45, of Cromona, Kentucky, passed away Thursday April 5, 2012, at her home. She was born on Whitesburg, Kentucky, on December 22, 1966, and lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had been a teacher’s aid at McRoberts Elementary School, McRoberts, Kentucky. She was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church.

   She was a daughter of the late John Paul Kiser & Pearl Clifton Kiser, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Roberta Bentley.

   Survivors include two sons, Michael Brian Phillips and Joseph Allen Phillips, both of Fleming, Kentucky; a grandson, Hubert Michael Chase Phillips; three sisters, Teresa Kiser, Chatsworth, Georgia, Kathy Bolling, Pound, Virginia, and Lisa Carrier, of Cartersville, Georgia; five brothers, Larry Kiser, Somerset, Kentucky, Paul Kiser, St. Paul, Virginia, Johnny Kiser, Dalton, Georgia, Jerome Kiser, Chatsworth, Georgia, and Jonathan “Gumby” Kiser, of Panama City Beach, Florida; former husband, Donnie Phippils;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Sunday April 8, 2012 at Fleming Baptist Church after 6:00 PM. Funeral services were on Monday April 9, 2012, at the church with Rev. James "Tweet"  Johnson, officiating. Interment at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Mayking, Kentucky.

   Carty Funeral Homes, Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel, caring for arrangements.

 

   Lanna Gayle Dixon, age 70, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday April 10, 2012, at her home. She was born at Jenkins, Kentucky,on October 5, 1941, and lived nearly all of her life in Jenkins. She was a mother and a homemaker, and taught school for thirty-three and a half years, mostly at the Letcher County Vocational School. She graduated from Jenkins High School in 1959 and went to college at Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University. Lanna was a member of the NEA, the KEA, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a member of the Jenkins United Methodist Church since she was a child. She served as the church secretary for over forty years and participated in nearly any function that the church had. She loved being with and caring for her grandchildren, and she also loved to be in her kitchen cooking and baking.

   She was the daughter of the late Columbus Edgar Wright & Maxie Mullins Wright.

   Lanna is survived by her husband of almost forty-two years, Charles Dixon, Jenkins, Kentucky; a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick Shane Dixon & Lauren, of Henderson, Nevada; three grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew, and Dylon; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Wednesday April 11, 2012, from 6-9 PM at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel, Jenkins, KY. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday April 12, 2012, at 11:00 AM at the Jenkins United Methodist Church, Jenkins, KY, with Rev. Larry Penix & Rev. Graham Abbott, officiating. Interment followed at the Bull Creek Cemetery, Blackey, Kentucky. Family members & friends served as pallbearers.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jenkins United Methodist Church or The Jenkins Senior Citizens

c/o Charles Dixon PO Box 417 Jenkins, KY 41537

 

 

   Earl Ray Goodman, age 56, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Friday April 13, 2012, at the Pikeville Regional Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  He was born on November 20, 1955, at Fleming, Kentucky, and lived most of his life Letcher County, Kentucky.  Prior to his becoming disabled, he had worked as a coal miner.  Some of the things he enjoyed doing in his life was cooking, camping, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his beloved dog Baby.  He attended the People’s Fundamental Baptist Church at Dunham, Kentucky.

   He was a son of the late James Thomas Goodman & Geneva Young Goodman, and was also preceded in death by two brothers, William Goodman and Harold Goodman;  a step-sister, Viola Hampton;  four step-brothers, Andrew Goodman, William Goodman, James Goodman, and Sherman Goodman;  and a special niece, Dana Webb.

   Survivors include two daughters, Valerie Taylor, Millstone, Kentucky,  and Katelyn Goodman, of Jenkins, Kentucky;  a son, Scotty Ray Goodman, Haymond, Kentucky;  three  grandchildren, Dalton, Ethan, and Keaton;  his fiance’, Cynthia Spangler, McRoberts, Kentucky; four sisters, Wilma Mullins, Mayking, Kentucky,  Betty Webb, Whitesburg, Kentucky,  Elsie Webb, Louisville, Kentucky,  and Deranda Wyatt, of Cromona, Kentucky;  three brothers, Van Goodman, McRoberts, Kentucky,  Ricky Goodman, of Florida,  and Dennis Goodman, of Louisville, Kentucky; three step-grandchildren, Nick, Nate, and Noah; and  a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation Sunday April 15, 2012, after 6:oo PM at People’s Fundamental Baptist Church, Dunham, Kentucky.  Funeral services 11:00 AM Monday April 16, 2012, at the church, with Rev. Van Webb, officiating.  Interment at the Webb Cemetery, Mayking, Kentucky.

   Arrangements cared for by Polly & Craft Funeral Home.

 

 

   Paul Michael Ratliff, age 57, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Saturday April 14, 2012, at the Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  He was born on December 10, 1954, in Letcher County, Kentucky, and lived most of his life in Letcher County.  He had worked as a handyman, and most recently had been a coal miner.  His favorite past-times in life were playing with his granddaughter, fishing, and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  He attended Trinity Harvest Church.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Collins.

   Survivors include two sons, Scott Ratliff and his wife Sheena, of Pikevile, Kentucky,  and Cody Ratliff, of Jenkins, Kentucky;  a granddaughter, Gabriella Ratliff;  his mother, Alice Stollings, of Tennessee;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation 6-9 PM Sunday April 15, 2012, at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services Monday April 16, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Richard Holmes, officiating.  Interment at the Ratliff Cemetery.

 

   Terry Christley “Chris” Cantrell, Jr., age 55, of Burdine, Kentucky, passed away Saturday April 21, 2012. He was born in Jenkins, Kentucky, on July 16, 1956, and was a lifelong resident of the Jenkins area. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator in strip mining and other industries. Chris enjoyed life and made many friends. He had coached elementary school football and basketball. He was a big fan of the University of Kentucky sports programs. He was of the Old Regular Baptist faith.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Christley Cantrell, Sr.; and a brother, Kyle Edward Cantrell.

   Survivors include his mother, Carol Greer Cantrell, Burdine, Kentucky; a daughter, Kristen Cantrell, Norton, Virginia; a son, Terry Christley “Trey” Cantrell III, of Norton, Virginia; a granddaughter, Alyssa Hurley; a sister, Toni Jo Dalyer, Wise, Virginia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 6-9 pm on Monday April 23, 2012, at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, with Danny Belcher and others, officiating. Interment will follow at the Greer Family Cemetery.

 

 

Bernard Ray Sparks, age 71, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday April 24, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on December 20, 1940, at Letcher County, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of the county. He had worked at various jobs during his life, most recently as a security guard. He was an accomplished songwriter and poet, and greatly enjoyed fishing and being with his family and friends. Mr. Sparks attended the Neon Church of Christ.

   He was a son of the late Clayton & Mary Alice Burke Sparks, and was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Sparks, on June 14, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanie Lavonne Johnson; four grandchildren, David Blanton, Zoey Beth McLemore, Kayla Diane Johnson, and Alexis Diane Sparks; four sisters, Madeline Belcher, Peralie Sparks, Verlois Isaac, and Imogene Tackett; and a brother, E.J. Sparks.

   He is survived by five daughters, Guylene Fannon and Alice Feltner, both of Neon, KY, Melissa Brown, of Goose Creek, KY,   Anita Raider and Charity Sparks, both of Neon, KY; five sons, James Johnson, Busy, KY, David Johnson, Neon, KY, Joseph Johnson, Dolthan, AL, Arnold Johnson, McRoberts, KY, and Randal Johnson, of Neon, KY; thirty- eight grandchildren and fifty-one great grandchildren; two sisters, Brenda Carol Taylor, Pike County, KY, and Wanda Hudson, of McRoberts, KY; three brothers, Danny Belcher, of Ohio, Bobby David Belcher, McRoberts, KY, and Charles Belcher, Jenkins, KY; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation after 3:00 PM Thursday April 26, 2012, at the Neon Church of Christ. Funeral services at the church on Friday April 27, 2012, with Alfred Fields, officiating. Interment at the Johnson Cemetery.

   Carty Funeral Home of Neon caring for arrangements.

 

Mrs. Joyce Ann Collins, age 79, passed away Wednesday May 2, 2012, at Ridgecrest Manor, Duffield, Virginia. She was born on August 3, 1932, in Letcher County, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of the county. She was a mother and a homemaker, and was a retired school teacher.   Having taught thirty-two years for the Jenkins Independent School District, she touched the lives of many people. Her daughters described her as the best mother and grandmother in the world, and she closely followed the lives of her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Collins was a member of the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church.

   She was a daughter of the late Albert & Lora Pritchard Dingus, and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Bertha Carter and Frances DePriest; and a brother, Bobby Dingus.

   She is survived by her beloved husband of sixty-four years, Wayne Collins, Jenkins, Kentucky; two daughters, Sharon Bevins and Cathy Johnson & son-in-law, Mark, all of Jenkins, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Chris Puckett, Lora Carella, Logan Johnson, and Emily Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Puckett, Brook Puckett, Josh Puckett, and Brianna Carella; a sister, Mae Wright, Jenkins, Kentucky; a brother, Jack Dingus, Tipp City, Ohio; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Thursday May 3, 2012, after 7:30 PM at the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church, Burdine, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted on Friday May 4, 2012, at the church, with Rev. Bennie McCall, officiating. Interment  followed at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

   Funeral arrangements cared for by Polly & Craft Funeral Home, Jenkins, Kentucky.

   Betty Sue Greer, age 83, passed away Saturday May 5, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on October 15, 1928, at Benham, Kentucky, and lived most of her life in the Jenkins & Burdine, Kentucky, area. She was a mother and a homemaker, and worked for many years at the former Jenkins Community Hospital, and retired from Hardee’s restaurant in Jenkins. Mrs. Greer greatly enjoyed cooking, and loved playing bingo. She also really enjoyed being with people, which made her working years very enjoyable for her. She was a member of the Jenkins First Baptist Church.

   She was a daughter of the late Henry Clay Hall & Mildred Cannon Hall, and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Joyce Hall and Doris Saade; and a brother, Henry Hall, Jr.

   She is survived by her husband, Walter Cline Greer, Burdine, Kentucky; a daughter, Linda Krzak, Dunham, Kentucky; two sons, Jimmy Greer, Richmond, Virginia, and Johnny Greer, Burdine, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Joe Richard Krzak, Michael Krzak, Jennifer Williams, and Jason Greer; three great-grandchildren, Skylar Krzak, Carter Williams, and Henry Williams; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   A memorial service was held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday May 8, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bennie McCall, officiating.

 

 

 

Gladys Juanita Hall, age 82, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday May 16, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, ?Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on July 18, 1929, at Wise, Virginia, and lived in Letcher County, Kentucky, since she was fourteen years old. She was a mother and a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, growing flowers, and canning foods. She was a member of the McRoberts Church of Christ for many years.

   Gladys was a daughter of the late James Ballard Baker & Mary Arizona Masters Baker, and was the widow of George Hall. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, George Alvin Hall; a sister, Sarah Steffey; and four brothers, Jimmy Harold Baker, Gordon Baker, Eugene Baker, and Bill Baker.

   She is survived by a daughter, Juanita Bevins, of Neon, Kentucky; two grandchildren and their spouses, Debra Lynn & Shawn Bowman, and Sheryl Yvonne & Paul McVay; two sisters, Leora Gardner and Alice Livesay, both of Wise, Virginia; a brother, Junior Baker, of Wise, Virginia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 7-9 PM Sunday May 20, 2012, at the Carty Funeral Home Chapel, Neon, Kentucky. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Monday May 21, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Chris Fleming, officiating. Interment will follow at the Yonts Cemetery, Neon, Kentucky.

   Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky, caring for funeral arrangements.

  

  Mr. W. Cline Greer, age 89, of Burdine, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday June 6, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on September 27, 1922, at Myra, Kentucky, and lived most of his life in Burdine, Kentucky. He was a retired coal miner, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a United States Army Veteran, and was a member of the American Legion. Cline was a great husband and father, and was a good friend to many people. He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing and searching for dryland fish. He also really enjoyed playing cards and was a big University of Kentucky basketball fan. Cline was of the Baptist faith.

   He was a son of the late Noah & Belva Johnson Greer. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-four years, Betty Sue Hall Greer, on May 5, 2012. Also preceding him in death was two sisters, Bessie Cable and Irene Hounsell; and a brother, Gene Greer.

   Survivors include a daughter, Linda Krzak, Dunham, Kentucky; two sons, Jimmy Greer, Richmond, Virginia, and Johnny Greer, Burdine, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Joe Richard Krzak, Michael Krzak, Jennifer Williams, and Jason Greer; three great-grandchildren, Skylar Krzak, Carter Williams, and Henry Williams; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm on Monday June 11, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel in Jenkins, Kentucky. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Bennie McCall, officiating. Military rites will be given by the Pound, Virginia, VFW Post 9600.

Mrs. Audrey S. Baker, age 88, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday June 13, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on July 30, 1923, at Blackey, Kentucky, and lived nearly all of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had worked for over fifty years at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She enjoyed traveling and attending bluegrass festivals. Mrs. Baker was of the Baptist faith.

   She was a daughter of the late John & Ellen Morgan Sizemore, and was preceded in death last July by her husband, Kenneth Baker. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, John Michael Baker; and a sister, Leatrice Griffin.

   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Baker, Jr. & wife Holly, of Grove City, Ohio, and Johnny Lee Baker & wife Debbie, of Jenkins, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Allisa Feazel, Kenny Bill Baker, Jesse Baker, Brian Baker, and Rachel Bartlett; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Candus Boggs, Dandridge, Tennessee; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation Saturday June 16, 2012, from 6-8 pm at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday June 17, 2012, at 1:30 pm, with Rev. Russell Hall, officiating. Interment will follow at the Jenkins-Payne Gap Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

The American Heart Association

Post Office Box 15120

Chicago, Illinois 60693

Larry Chandis “Chan” Fleming, age 60, of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away Sunday June 17, 2012.  He was born on October 29, 1951, at Neon, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of the Neon area.  Chan was a disabled coal miner, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.   He enjoyed spending his time four- wheeling in the woods, riding horses, hunting, operating his rollback truck, and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a member of the Lonesome Pine Masonic Lodge #887 and the Mountain Shrine Club.  He was of the Church of Christ faith.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Sol Fleming, and a brother, Ricky Fleming.

   Survivors include his wife, Starla Jackson Fleming, Jackhorn, Kentucky;  two daughters, Chandala (Markus) Richardson, Neon,  Tomeka (Richard) Brashear, Jackhorn, Kentucky;  two sons, Brandon (Jeannie) Fleming and Jody (Scott) Fleming, all of Jackhorn, Kentucky;  five grandchildren, Channing, Cameron, Hunter, Hayden, and Holden;  his mother, Deloris Johnson Fleming, Jackhorn, Kentucky;  a brother, Gary (Vanessa) Fleming, Corbin, Kentucky;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was at the Neon Church of Christ on June 19-20, 2012.  Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 pm at the church, with Johnny King & Frank Fleming, officiating.  Interment was at the Silas Johnson Cemetery.

   Carty Funeral Home of Neon, Kentucky, cared for the arrangements.

Charles Dewayne Potter, age 59, of Fleming, Kentucky, passed away Friday June 22, 2012, at his home.  He was born on July 2, 1952, at Fleming, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  He had served in the United States Army, and had worked as a coal miner. 

   Survivors include his wife, Melissa Stamper Trotter, Fleming, Kentucky;  a daughter, Crystal Brown, Kona, Kentucky;  a son, Steve Wayne Williams, Harlan, Kentucky;  seven grandchildren;  his father, Charles Trotter;  two brothers, Tommy Trotter, McRoberts, Kentucky,  and John Elish , Rockhouse, Kentucky; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   There were no services planned.

   Carty Funeral Homes Neon Chapel cared for the arrangements.

   Shelia Lorraine Breeding Back, age 51, of Isom, Kentucky, passed away Sunday June 24, 2012, in Sevierville, Tennessee. She was born on March 28, 1961, at Fleming, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had operated a small crafts business. She had attended several churches in the area.

She was a daughter of the late Roy Breeding & Magdalene Banks Breeding, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Breeding Wright.

She is survived by two daughters, Heather Back, Jenkins, Kentucky, and Brittney Back, of Little Colley; a son, Terry Back, of McRoberts, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Dalton, Seth, and Aerial; a sister, Jodi Breeding, Jenkins, Kentucky; four brothers, Bobby Breeding, Thornton, Kentucky, Ernie Breeding, Little Colley, Kentucky, Jeffery Sizemore, Hindman, Kentucky, and Mike Adams, of Dalton, Georgia; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday June 29, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00-7:00 pm, where a memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 pm, with Rev. Bobby Stamper, officiating. Interment will be private at a later date.

 

  

 

Billie Morrislean Wright, age 83, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Saturday morning, June 30, 2012, at her home. She was born on October 24, 1928, at Pound, Virginia, and was a lifelong resident of Jenkins, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and along with her husband, owned and operated Wright’s Market for many years. She was of the Christian faith.

   She was a daughter of the late Henry Morris Dotson & Oma Kaye Short Dotson, and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Norma Dotson, Irene Gibson, and June Dotson; and a brother, Paul Dotson.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Ralph Wright, Jenkins, Kentucky; two daughters, Rebecca Kaye Swindall, Franklin, Kentucky, and Teresa Kurtz, Lexington, Kentucky; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Monday July 2, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Graveside services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday July 3, 2012, at the Dotson Cemetery, Pound, Virginia, with Chaplain Francis Truman, officiating. The funeral procession to the cemetery will leave the funeral home at 10:30 am.

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Shirley Taylor Rose, age 61, of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, formerly of Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away Thursday July 5, 2012. She was born on March 15, 1951, in Letcher County, Kentucky, and left the area in 1970, and lived most of the rest of her life in northern Kentucky, near Cincinatti. She was a mother and a homemaker, and enjoyed growing flowers, sewing, and Facebook. She was of the Baptist faith.

   She was a daughter of the late Lillburn & Hannah Taylor, and was also preceded in death by a sister and four brothers.

   She is survived by her husband, Jesse Rose, Dry Ridge, Kentucky; three sons, Jesse Rose, Jr., David Paul Rose, and Timothy Allen Rose, all of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Shane, Patricia, Sophia, Paige, Shelby, and Hailey; three sisters, Vina Taylor, Van Wert, Ohio, Wanda Dean, Moultrie, Georgia, and Lucy Smith, of Sandy Hook, Kentucky; a brother, Robert Taylor, Jenkins, Kentucky; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Saturday July 7, 2012 and Sunday July 8, 2012, from 6-9 pm at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at the Carter Cemetery at Bill Moore Branch.

Nora Jan Webb Sowards, age 53, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday July 17, 2012, at her home. She was born on June 14, 1959, at Whitesburg, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky. Nora was a mother and a homemaker, and was of the Christian faith.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest C. Webb; a son, Marcus Keith Sowards; and a brother, Dock Franklin Webb.

   Survivors include her mother, Maxie Pratt Webb, Jenkins, Kentucky; a son, Michael Shawn Sowards, of Alabama; three grandchildren, Reanna, Enzo, and Maya; three sisters, Trillis Carol Webb, Jenkins, Kentucky, June Webb Holbrook, Fleming, Kentucky, and Crystal Lynn Webb, of Jenkins, Kentucky; two brothers, Ernest Junior Webb and Keith Webb, both of Jenkins, Kentucky; also, Amber May Webb, Kansas City, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Thursday July 19, 2012, at Polly & Craft Funeral Home, Jenkins, Kentucky. Graveside services will be on Friday July 20, 2012, at the Haven of Rest Cemetery, with Ernest Webb, officiating.

 

 

   Mrs. London Craft, age 90, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Sunday July 23, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on August 8, 1921, at Shelby Gap, Kentucky, and lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and was a member of the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church, Burdine, Kentucky.

   She was a daughter of the late Elbert & Callie Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband John W. Craft, on June 1, 2011, and was also preceded in death by several sisters and brothers.

   Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Sexton (Mike), of Jenkins, Kentucky, Pat Bartlett (John), Lexington, Kentucky, and Monett Elkins, of Ohio; a son, Goebel Craft (Sherry), of Lexington, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, including special granddaughter Andrea Johnson; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Myrtle Venters, Jenkins, Kentucky, and Prentiss Dry, of Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday July 24, 2012, at Polly & Craft Funeral Home. Funeral services at 7:00 pm in the chapel, with Rev. Bennie McCall, officiating. Entombment will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday July 25, 2012, at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky. Family members and friends will meet at the cemetery.

 

 

   Norlene Lowe, age 79, formerly of Burdine, Kentucky, passed from this life on July 28th, 2012 at Hospice House in Sun City Center, Florida. She and her soul mate, Don Webb, moved to Florida 10 years ago to be near her beloved family.

   Norlene was the daughter of Jerome Tackett  and Stella Crawford Tackett and was born in Dorton, Kentucky, on April 17th 1933.  She was preceded in death by her son Paul Keith Lowe; her mother, Stella Tackett Dotson; her father, Jerome Tackett; two brothers, Remus Tackett and James Tooney Tackett; one sister, Emogene Stanley.

   Norlene was the owner of several food establishments. She was loved by many friends in our town and was known for her kindness and generosity.  She never turned anyone away that was hungry, regardless of their ability to pay. She also provided free coffee to the police department.

   Norlene is survived by the love of her life, Donald Webb; a daughter, Ginger Gibson; a brother, Edgel Tackett; two grandchildren, Misty Dawn Sampson Guillemette and Clinton Paul Gibson; two great grandchildren, Nicholas Keith Sampson and Kameron Daniel Guillemette, all residing in Florida; many nephews and nieces.  Everyone knew her and she will be missed by all, especially by her loving family.

   Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Wednesday August 1, 2012, at Polly and Craft Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday August 2, 2012 at 2 pm in the funeral home chapel, with Bobby Fleming officiating.  Interment will follow at the Payne Gap Cemetery in Jenkins.  

 

   Kevin Shawn Fleming, age 36, passed away Friday evening, August 10, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg. Kentucky. He was born on April 21, 1976, at Whitesburg, Kentucky, lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky, and for the last two years, had lived in Fayette County, Kentucky. He was employed as a precertification co-ordinator for the University of Kentucky. He had participated in the Relay For Life program in Letcher County, and was an active participant in the R.A. Foundation. Kevin was of the Pentecoastal faith.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Sue Fleming Toler.

   He is survived by his partner, Gary Rose, Clintwood, Virginia; father, Stevie Toler, Burdine, Kentucky; two sisters, Stephanie Carter, Wise, Virginia, and Linda Collins, Burdine, Kentucky; two nieces, Robin Faith Toler and Angelica Hope Collins; special friend, Mother Isaacs; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Monday August 13, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel from 6-9 pm. Memorial services will be conducted on Tuesday August 14, 2012, at the funeral home chapel.  

  Charles Wayne “Sarge” Sergent, age 65, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday September 4, 2012. He was born on January 16, 1947, at McRoberts, Kentucky, and other than two years that he lived in Michigan, spent his life in Letcher County, Kentucky. He worked for thirty-five years in coal mining as an electrician, foreman, and repairman. He also taught electrical re-certification to other miners. For the last eleven years, he has worked for the Neon Water Company. Sarge was an avid computer tech and enthusiast. He loved to ride his motorcycle, often riding for worthwhile causes, recently riding for autism, foster-children, shoes for children, and others. He enjoyed his trains, and playing guitar, which he often played in church for a number of years. He was a member of the Neon Area Lions Club for eight years.

   He was a son of the late John & Ersel Bates Sergent, and was also preceded in death by his wife of thirty-four years, Linda Bentley Sergent; two sisters, Margie Kiser and Phyllis Wyatt; and two brothers, Steve Sergent and Estil Sergent.

   He is survived by his wife of eight years, Vivian Burke Sergent, of McRoberts; two daughters, Shannon (Arnold) Bentley, of Yoder, Indiana, and Jessica (Breman) Slone, of Hindman, Kentucky; a son, David (Joanna) Sergent, of Humboldt, Tennessee; a grandson, Adam Wayne Bentley; a sister, Linda Cook, og Glasgow, Kentucky; a brother, Arthur Sergent, of Deane, Kentucky; a step-son, Steven Meeks; two step-daughters, Karen Wilder and Susan Fields; nine step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was held at the Neon First Church of God on Thursday September 6, 2012. Funeral services were conducted on Friday September 7, 2012, at the church, with Pastor Mark Wagoner, officiating. Interment followed at the John Bentley Cemetery, Deane, Kentucky.

   Carty Funeral Home of Neon, cared for arrangements.

   Douglas Lee Sehorne, age 86, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Sunday September 9, 2012, at the   Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore, Kentucky. He was born on January 22, 1926, at Fleming, Kentucky, lived most of his life, and had made Lexington, Kentucky his home for about the last nine years. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Philippines during World War II. He had worked as a coal miner for thirty-five years, and later spent quite a few years as a cross-country truck driver. He enjoyed golfing and was very talented at home construction work. Mr. Sehorne attended the McRoberts Missionary Baptist Church.

   He was a son of the late Barney & Glenna Sparkman Sehorne, and was also preceded in death by a half-sister; two half-brothers; three step-sisters; and one step-brother.

   Survivors include his wife of nearly sixty-six years, Irene Sehorne, Lexington, Kentucky; four sons, Paul Sehorne, Denton, Texas, Douglas Sehorne, Jr., Lancaster, South Carolina, Mark Sehorne, Cape Coral, Florida, and David Sehorne, Winchester, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, with another expected to arrive on September 15, 2012.

   Visitation was at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky, on Tuesday September 11, 2012, from 6-9 pm. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday September 12, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Douglas Sehorne, Jr., officiating. Interment followed at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

 

Larry Wayne Johnson, age 47, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky, passed away Saturday September 8, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He was born on April9, 1965, at Jenkins, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky. He had worked as a security guard. He enjoyed going fishing and going camping. He was of the Baptist faith.

   He was a son of the late Eugene & Justine Wyatt Johnson.

   Survivors include three children, Candace Johnson, Christopher Johnson, and Kendra Polly, all of Jenkins, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Seinna Polly, Tyra Johnson, and Shyanna Johnson; a sister, Chris Adams, Jenkins, Kentucky; his former wife, Karma Johnson, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky; a nephew, Wesley Fleming, Jr.; a great-nephew, Kevin Fleming; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be at the New Beginnings Church, Jenkins, Kentucky, on Tuesday September 11, 2012, and Wednesday September 12, 2012, after 6:00 PM each night. Funeral services will be conducted from the church on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Caudill Cemetery at Little Cowan.

Polly & Craft Funeral Home, Jenkins, KY, caring for funeral arrangements.

 

 

 

Frances Campbell, of Lowell, Indiana, formerly of Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012. She was a member of Lowell Southern Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Campbell; children, Buddy and Margaret Conner, and infant Nancy; five sisters and two brothers. Survivors include children, Steve (Barb), Letha (Mark) Mehl, Evelyn (Jim) Wren, Kay (Russell) Brownfield, all of Lowell, Jerry (Ann) of McRoberts, KY; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   There were services at Sheets Funeral Home in Lowell, Indiana. Visitation locally was on Friday September 14, 2012, from 10:00 – 2:00 pm at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, Kentucky. Graveside services followed at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

   Carty Funeral Home cared for local arrangements.

Wanda Belcher-Hudson, age 60, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Friday September 21, 2012, at the Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky. She was born on August 28, 1952, at McRoberts, Kentucky, lived away from Letcher County for a number of years, and returned to Letcher County about ten years ago. She was a mother and a homemaker, and worked as a registered nurse for over twenty-five years. She had been a member of the Neon Volunteer Fire Department, and enjoyed growing flowers, watching hummingbirds, cooking, and spending time with her family.

   She was a daughter of the late Clayton & Mary Sparks and Arthor & Madolene Belcher, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hudson; two brothers, E.J. Sparks and Bernard Sparks; three sisters, Pearlie Sparks, Verlois Sparks, and Imogene Tackett.

   Survivors include a son, Clayton Sexton, of McRoberts; a daughter, Elizabeth Collier, McRoberts; a grandson, Jonathon Tackett; two special daughters, Tracy Tackitt, of Jenkins, KY, and Brandi Hall, Wise, VA; a sister, Brenda Taylor, Pikeville, KY; three brothers, David Belcher, McRoberts, Charles Belcher, Jenkins, KY, and Danny Belcher, of North Carolina; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on September 23-September 24, 2012, at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, KY. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday September 25, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Alfred Fields, officiating. Interment followed at the Sparks Family Cemetery.

Jessie Carol Lee Johnson Hall of Jackhorn, KY passed away at her residence on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born in Jackhorn on June 25th 1932, the daughter of the late Gad Johnson (Wilma) and the late Anna Leona Perry Cornett. Carol Lee was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was baptized in to the Church of Christ at the age of 14.

   Carol Lee is survived by her children; two sons: Gaddy Hall (Linda) and Albrow Hall Jr., four daughters: Patricia Wright (Jay), Teresa Cyphers (Barry), Martha Robbins (Randy) and Pricie Young (David). Fourteen grandchildren: J.J., Jessica, Phillip, Natashia, Marika, Laura, Brandy, Seth, Adam, Amanda, Chelsea, Hannah, Abigail, and Courtney. Twelve great-grandchildren: Joshua, Savannah, Caraleigh, Laci, Breauna, Sarah, Bradon, Tegan, Natalie, Peyton, Greyson, Briley and (one on the way, Avery). Two brothers: Harry Johnson and John L. Johnson and one Sister: Yvonne Bentley. Several Cousins, nieces and nephews and many others who call her Mamaw and friend.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years: Albrow Hall; a sister, Margie Rice and a great-grandson: Caleb James Wright.

   Visitation on Monday October 1, 2012, at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, KY. Funeral services Tuesday at 1:00 pm at the funeral home chapel, with Gaddy Wayne Hall, officiating. Interment at the Gad Johnson Cemetery.



   Phyllis Ann Wright, age 76, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Saturday evening September 29, 2012, at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on January 14, 1936, at Beefhide, Kentucky and had lived most of her life in the Jenkins area. She had worked for Wrights Market for many years as a deli cook. Mrs. Wright was of the Church of Christ Faith.

   Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late Lonnie Mullins & Pearl McCown Mullins, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Leon Mullins; three granddaughters, Karen Rose, Phyllis Ann Mullins & Brandy Mullins; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Mullins; three brothers, Freeman Mullins, Louie Mullins & Casey Mullins.

   She survived by her children, three daughters, Debbie Rose (Delmar), Jenkins, Kentucky, Sherry Mullins (Wendell), Jenkins, Kentucky, & Terri Johnson ( Johnny) Williamsburg, Kentucky; two sons, Jerry Wright, Knoxville, Tennessee, & Michael “Bone” Wright, Jenkins, Kentucky; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thurman Mullins, Nancy, Kentucky & Ralph Mullins, Carrollton, Georgia; two Sisters; Lois Wright, Norwood, Ohio & Lucy Turner, Cairo, Georgia; Several nieces and nephews and host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation on Monday October 1, 2012 at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel from 6-9 pm. Funeral services on Tuesday October 2, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Bennie McCall, officiating. Interment at the Bill Mullins Cemetery.

Ruth Ellen Stewart, age 77, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Saturday October 27, 2012, at the Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  She was born on February 8, 1935, at Jenkins, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Jenkins.  She was a mother and a homemaker, and was a member of the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church, Burdine, Kentucky, where she had been active in the Ladies Auxillary.

   She was a daughter of the late Oaker & Martha Mullins Vanhoose, and was the widow of Kernie Stewart.  She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Carl Eugene Stewart;  a grandson, Bryan Dabney;  four sisters, Alma Bentley, Mona Embry, Marie Sargeant, and Wanda Fairchild;  and three brothers, Richard Vanhoose, Roy Vanhoose, and Buford Vanhoose.

   She is survived by five daughters, Ruby Baker, Jenkins, Kentucky,  Nina Dabney, Richmond, Virginia,  Naomi Rose, Sadieville, Kentucky,  Luann Thomas, Richmond, Virginia,  and Joan Akers, of Jenkins, Kentucky;  two sons, James Kyle Stewart and Rodney Stewart, both of Jenkins, Kentucky;  thirteen grandchildren;  twelve great-grandchildren;  a sister, Juanita Anderson, of Richmond, Virginia;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Betty Jane Bentley, age 78, of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday October 30, 2012, at her home.  She was born on October 28, 1934, at Myra, Kentucky, moved to Jackhorn, Kentucky, in 1954, and lived the rest of her life in Jackhorn.  She was a mother and a homemaker.  She was a member of the Church of Christ at Goosecreek.

   She was a daughter of the late Francis Marion Mullins & Louanza Elkins Mullins, and was the widow of Douglas “Banks” Bentley.  Mrs. Bentley was also preceded in death by five sisters, Goldie Johnson, Eva Berger, Bonnie Bentley, Louise Johnson, and Carol Mullins;  and two brothers, Edward Mullins, and Jack Mullins.

   Survivors include a daughter, Anita Isaac, Jackhorn, Kentucky;  five sons, Travis Bentley, Nancy, Kentucky,  Chuck Bentley, Russell Springs, Kentucky,  Michael Bentley, Deane, Kentucky,  Roy Bentley and Tim Bentley, both of Jackhorn, Kentucky;  sixteen grandchildren;  sixteen great-grandchildren;  a brother, Orville Mullins, Virgie, Kentucky;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation was on Thursday November 1, 2012, at Carty Funeral Home, Neon, KY.  Funeral services were conducted on Friday November 12, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Kenneth Holbrook, officiating.  Interment followed at Green Acres Cemetery.

 

Roger Wayne Johnson “Blues Man”, age 57, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Monday November 5, 2012.  He was born on April 14, 1955, at Norton, Virginia, and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  He was a wonderful dad, brother, and friend.  He was known for playing country music and blues music.  He lived life to the fullest and never took a breath of life for granted.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

   He was a son of the late Jack Henry Johnson & Cynthia Baker Johnson, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Joe Hylton.

   He is survived by two daughters, Selena Johnson (Jake), Burdine, Kentucky,  and Joanna O’Brien (Steven), of Jenkins, Kentucky;  two sisters, Barbara Johnson Turnmyre, Jenkins, Kentucky,  and Eunice Hylton Clark, of Norton, Virginia;  two brothers, James “Buddy” Hylton and Jerry Hylton;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation at Polly & Craft Funeral Home on Saturday November 10, 2012, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with funeral services at 1:00 PM, James Hall, officiating.  Interment at the Carter Cemetery, Burdine, KY.

Bobby Ray Thompson, age 71, of Cromona, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday November 13, 2012, at the Pikeville Medical Center, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born March 9, 1941, at Big Show, Kentucky, and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky. He had worked as a supervisor at Adams Construction Company. Bobby was of the Protestant faith. He was a big fan of products made by Ford Motor Company.

   He was a son of the late Chester Thompson & Kathrine Smith Thompson, and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Evalyne Wilson, Peggy Furr, and Ernestine Baker; and a brother, Paul Thompson.

   He is survived by his companion of sixteen years, Barbara Cantrell; three daughters, Donna Desimone Marvelli, of Florida, Diane Caudill (Glenn), of McRoberts, Kentucky, and Beth Gibson (Avery), also of McRoberts, Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Derrick, Darren, Amber, Erin, David, and Kaylee; nine great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Nevaeh, Kayla, Isabella, Tyler, Zachary, Emily, Julee, and Jonathan; three sisters, Linda Statzer, Michigan, Anna Roberts, California, and Lucy Stanley, of Pound, Virginia; two brothers, Floyd Thompson, Pound, Virginia, and Ronnie Thompson, Cromona, Kentucky;

and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Wednesday November 14, 2012, from 6-9 pm at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday November 15, 2012, at the funeral home, with Pastor Frank Holbrook, officiating. Interment will follow at the Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 

Jerry Neal Webb, age 61, of Cromona, Kentucky, passed away Friday November 16, 2012, at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tennessee. He was born on August 21, 1950, at Jenkins, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Apex Mining Company. Jerry was of the Freewill Baptist faith, and attended the Haymond Freewill Baptist Church.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Webb, and two infant daughters.

   He is survived by his wife, Rosetta Cook Webb, of Cromona, Kentucky; a daughter, Jerri Lynn Dugan, of Dunham, Kentucky; his mother, Allie Evenoff Webb, Wise, Virginia; granddaughter, Makayla Lynn Dugan; three sisters, Sandy Webb, Columbia, South Carolina, Teresa Webb, Atlanta, Georgia, and Hazel Boone, Columbia, South Carolina; six brothers, Jimmy Webb, Wise, Virginia, Joel “Tuffy” Webb, Blackey, Kentucky, Tommy Webb, Richmond, Kentucky, David Webb, Pound, Virginia, and Steven Webb, of Lexington, Kentucky; two step-children, Jim Forester and Jamie Ann Brown, both of Pennsylvania; step-grandchildren, Megan Brown, Natalee Brown, and Whitney Brown; a step-great-granddaughter, Leah Brown; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Monday from 6-9 pm at the Haymond Freewill Baptist Church, and also anytime Tuesday at the church. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday November 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the church, with rev. James “Tweet” Johnson, officiating. Interment will follow at the Baker Cemetery, Payne Gap, KY.

Mrs. Rita Kay Graff, age 61, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away Friday December 7, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Lexington. She was born on July 7, 1951, at Burdine, Kentucky, spent the earlier part of her life in Burdine, ans lived most of her life in Lexington. She was a mother and a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Graff enjoyed traveling and shopping, and spending time at the lake.

   She was a daughter of the late Frank Edward Kelly & Hylma Hendrix Kelly, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Carole Wiseman.

   Survivors include her husband, David Robert Graff, Lexington, Kentucky; a daughter Christa Hurst, Lexington, Kentucky; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Lynn (Wendy) Wright, Paris, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Luke, Alex, Bonnie, Kayla, Marissa, Aubrey, Kaylynn, and Kiley; two sisters, Edna Wright, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Judy Howell, of St. Louis, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Monday December 10, 2012, from 6-9 pm at Polly & Craft Funeral Home, Jenkins, Kentucky. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 11:00 am, at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Bennie McCall, officiating. Interment will follow at the Kelly Cemetery. Friends and relatives will serve as pallbearers.

  

Donnie “Duck” Hodges, age 64, of Payne Gap, Kentucky, passed away Monday December 10, 2012, at his home.  He was born on August 2, 1948, at Jenkins, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of the Payne Gap community.  He drove trucks for many years, and retired from Bizzack Construction Company, where he had been a heavy equipment operator.  Donnie was a member of the United Steel Workers of America, Local #14581.  He greatly enjoyed fishing and camping.  He was of the Baptist faith.

   He was a son of the late John Hodges, Sr. & Ruth Nadine Belcher Hodges, and was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kelsey Ray Haley;  and a sister, Nancy Hodges.

   Survivors include his wife, Paula Johnson Hodges, Payne Gap;  three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Inez Hodges Breeding & husband Ernie, of Isom, Kentucky,  Debra Marcille Hodges Taylor & husband Robbie, of Jefferson City, Tennessee,  and Sandra Donelle Hodges Hayley & husband Jared, of Whitesburg, Kentucky;  seven grandchildren, Johnathan, Kayse, Ashley, Brittany, Madison, Kensley, and Emilee;  a great-grandson, Jaxon;  a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Louise Bevins & husband Rev. Hollis Bevins, Pound, Virginia;  and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation Tuesday December 11, 2012 from 6-9 pm at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel, Jenkins, KY.  Funeral services at 1:00 pm Wednesday, at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Hollis Bevins, officiating.  Interment at Whitaker Cemetery, Payne Gap.

 

   Mr. Joseph Robert Desimone, age 84, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Thursday December 13, 2012, at the Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky. He was born on December 8, 1928, at Jenkins, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.He retired from Beth Energy Corporation after thirty-seven years of employment, and was a general mine foreman.   He was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. Mr. Desimone was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Jenkins. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He very much enjoyed gardening.

   He was a son of the late Vinzenso and Anna DeSidora Desimone, and was also preceded in death by four sisters and five brothers.

   Survivors include his wife, Ramond Rife Desimone, of McRoberts, Kentucky; a daughter, Teresa Desimone, Hilton Head, South Carolina; four sons, Gregory Joseph Desimone and Geoffrey Jerome Desimone, both of Lexington, Kentucky, Steven Anthony Desimone and Michael Raymond Desimone, both of Hilton Head, South Carolina; thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will on Sunday December 16, 2012, from 6-9 pm at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home, Jenkins, Kentucky. A funeral mass will be held on Monday December 17, 2012, at the St. George Catholic Church, with Father Santosh Madanu, officiating. Interment will follow at the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Norton, Virginia. Military rites will be given by the Pound, Virginia VFW Post #9600.

 

 

  

 

 



Nina Jane Wright Hobbs, age 87, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Friday December 14, 2012, at the Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Whitesburg, Kentucky. She was born on September 21, 1925, at Eolia, Kentucky, and lived nearly all of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was a mother and a homemaker, and co-owner with her husband, of Wright’s Jewelry Store. She was a member of the Neon First Church of God. She loved quilting and gardening.

   She was a daughter of the late Troy & Mattie Sturgill Engle, and was also preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Wright; her second husband, Charles Hobbs; a daughter, Linda Muncy; a grandson, James Wesley Muncy; a sister, Olga Hampton; and two brothers, Troy Engle, Jr., and Chalmer Engle.

   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Frances & Bill Howard, of Lexington, Kentucky; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mae Sowards, Pound, Virginia, and Jean Hunsuker, Eolia, Kentucky; two brothers, Willie Howard Ingle, Lorain, Ohio, and Charles Ingle, of Jenkins, Kentucky; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Sunday December 16, 2012, from 4-7 pm, at the Neon First Church of God. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday evening at 7:00 pm at the church, with Pastor Mark Wagoner, officiating. Interment will be at 10:30 am on Monday December 17, 2012, at the Reynold’s Cemetery, Seco, Kentucky. Family and friends may meet at the church by 10:00 am and travel in procession to the cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the:

WCG of Neon First Church of God

Post Office Box 575

Neon, Kentucky 41840

 

Carty Funeral Home of Neon, Kentucky, caring for arrangements.

Mrs. Peggy Ruth Sergent, age 81, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away early Monday morning on Monday December 24, 2012, at her home. She was born in Jenkins, Kentucky, on June 18, 1931, and lived her life there except for twenty-six years that she lived in Tennessee. She was a mother and a homemaker, and had worked as a lab technician at Jenkins Community Hospital and also for a. Mrs. Sergent was a member of the Jenkins Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed sewing and gardening, especially growing flowers.

   She was a daughter of the late Frank & Nola Wampler Conley.

   Survivors include her husband of sisty-two years, Bill Sergent, of Jenkins, Kentucky; a daughter, Kathy Lynn Sergent, of Jenkins; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike & Debbie Sargent, of Jenkins; two grandchildren, Michael Ryan Sergent, of Jenkins, and Jared Woods Sergent, Georgetown, Kentucky; two great-grandchildren, Camryn Grace Sergent, Georgetown, Kentucky, and Chandler Ryan Sergent, of Jenkins; a brother, Truman Conley, of Jenkins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be from 6-9 pm on Wednesday December 26, 2012, at the Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday December 27, 2012, at the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Danny Mullins, officiating. Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

James Monroe Hawkins, age 71, of Haymond, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday December 26, 2012, at his home. He was born on June 29, 1941, at Crab Orchard, Kentucky, lived most of his life in northern Virginia. And had made his home in Letcher County, Kentucky, for the last fifteen years. Prior to becoming disabled, he had worked as a carpenter. He was a member of the American Legion and was of the Baptist faith.

   Mr. Hawkins was a son of the late Christopher Columbus Hawkins & Mae Potter Hawkins, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Delphia Floyd and a brother, Jerry Hawkins.

   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie & Nickey Bentley, of Jenkins, Kentucky; a son and daughter-in-law, James Allen & Marlene Hawkins, Dandridge, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Chris, Nickey, Jr., Amanda, and Joshua; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Gorham, Corbin, Virginia, Buretta Boyd, Lorton, Virginia, and Easter Ruth Duckett, of Spotsylvania, Virginia; two brothers, Charles Hawkins, Neon, Kentucky, and Christopher Hawkins, Fredricksburg, Virginia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Visitation on Friday December 28, 2012, at Polly & Craft Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services on Saturday December 29, 2012, at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Rev. Van Webb and Rev. Danny Craft, officiating. Burial at the Hawkins & Hibbitts Cemetery, Dickenson County, Virginia.