Obituaries

obituaries

 

 

Thomas Frost, age 93 years, 3 months, and 21 days, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Memorial services were held Friday, January 14, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. In keeping with the wishes of Thomas he was cremated. 

He was born September 20, 1928, to Alexander Frost and Litha Angel Frost. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother, John Frost, granddaughter, Debra Kidd, and grandson, Jeff Anthony Shepherd.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Kidd Frost, sons, Larry Kidd, and wife, Kathy, and Richard Frost, daughters, Connie Shepherd, and husband, Jeff, and Cheyenna Tracy, and husband, Vandaris, 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Thomas Frost. 

 

Winfred Eugene Clark age 78 of Somerset, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at his daughter’s home. He was the widower of Clotine (Phillips) Clark.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Mt. View Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday after 10:00 am until service time.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Curtis Sloan Kidd, (Junior) age 67, of Stearns, Kentucky, husband of Madgedean Inman Kidd, passed from this life January 8, 2022 at his home, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Oneida, TN., on May 24, 1954 to the late Curtis Kidd Sr. and Wilma Worley.

In addition to his parents, Curtis is preceded in death by his grandparents Willis and Ollie Worley who raised him as their own, a brother, Wendell Jerry Kidd; Infant daughter Maydean Kidd; sisters, Sue Duncan, Eva Meadows and Ollie Kidd.

Surviving family include his wife, Madgedean Kidd; sons, Kenny Curtis and wife Dana Kidd of Stearns, Denny and wife Lyndsey Kidd of Whitley City, brother, Carl Kidd of Pine Knot; sister, Patricia and Scott Lovett of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Kennor, Keaton and Katrina Kidd.

Curtis worked as a coal miner for the Stearns Company and was a member of Mountain View United Baptist Church. He enjoyed bee keeping, hunting and being outdoors, spending time with Wife and old music especially Elvis and he was very proud of his kids and grandkids.

Funeral services were Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:00 pm, Brother Wayne Inman officiated. Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangement for Curtis Kidd.

 

Ottis Kidd age 97 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was the widower of Geneva Richmond Kidd.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Angel Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 115 of Stearns. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Lee E. Ridner, age 78, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, passed from this life January 8, 2022 at his home, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Marshes Siding, KY., on May 2, 1943 to the late Estle and Nola Hicks Ridner.

In addition to his parents, Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Toots Ridner, whom he married on May 1, 1963, sisters, Flossie Ridner and Roxie Mitchell; brothers, Ted, Ben, Finley and Danny Ridner.

Surviving family include his sons, Gary Ridner of Parkers Lake, Stacy Ridner of Parkers Lake and Steve and wife Julie Ridner of Stearns; Daughter, Lisa and husband Hudy Goins of Parkers Lake; brother, Michael and wife Debbie Ridner of Parkers Lake; sisters, Wilma and husband Roger Bennett of Parkers Lake, Mossie Ridner of Whitley City; grandchildren, Steven & Sandra Ridner, Aaron Wilson, Erica Perry, Travis and Patience Sharon, Josh & Amy Goins and Dustin & Katalyn Goins; great grandchildren, Annslee Ridner, Adeline Goins, Caleb Brown, Alyssa Goins, Ralston Hurd and Landry Goins.

Also, to mourn his loss, Lee leaves behind a special friend, Tom Perry and brother-in-law, Curtis Campbell.

Lee worked as a coal miner and in the logging industry. He enjoyed, fishing, hunting, playing poker, watching wrestling and UK basketball, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 1:00 pm at Mill Creek Methodist Church. Burial followed in Mill Creek Cemetery, with Brothers Dow and John Goodin officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangement for Lee Ridner.

 

Barbara Sue Marcum Strunk, age 80 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, wife of Gene Strunk, died Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at UK Hospital in Lexington, KY.

She was born in Vincent, Kentucky on November 9, 1941, the daughter of the late Sanford and Reba McIntire Marcum. She was a telephone operator for Cincinnati Bell and a homemaker. She loved attending and was a member of Marshes Siding Church of God. She enjoyed gardening, home canning, shopping and beach vacations with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gene Strunk; daughters, Kimberly Strunk of Richmond KY., and Angela and husband Eric Wireman of Lynchburg, Ohio; also her grand-children, Keegan and Aurelia Wireman.

In addition to her parents, Sanford and Reba Marcum; she is preceded in death by her brothers, Hughes, Paul and Ralph Wayne Marcum; and sister, Carolyn Brandenburg.

Funeral service for Barbara were Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home, with brother Harry Waters officiating. Visitation was from 11:00 AM until time for funeral service. Burial followed in Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the service for Barbara Strunk.

 

Ayden Andrew Inman Vanover, the newborn son of Jacob and Makayla (Norris) Vanover, was born at 9:32 am on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was 7 months and 4 days term.

Greeting him in Heaven were his Great-Grandma Bonnie Lou Swain & Great-Grandpa Leslie Anderson Swain, Great-Grandma Bobby Joe Sheets & Great-Grandpa Billy Dan Sheets, and a Great-Uncle George Swain.

Surviving family are his parents, Jacob & Makayla, his big sister, Amelia Ann Vanover, Grandparents Teresa & Inman Norris of Oneida, Tennessee, Grandparents Ralph & Fonda Vanover of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins also of Parkers Lake.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, January 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Ridener officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 12:00 noon until service time.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Ruth Ann VanOver, age 84 years, 6 months, and 27 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating.  Burial was in the Troxell Cemetery.

She was born June 10, 1937 in Strunk, Kentucky to Charles Newton King and Delphia Spradlin King.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, James William VanOver II, a daughter, Pamela VanOver, brothers, Lloyd and Coye, sisters, Virginia, Georgia, Delta, and Betty, and a great grandson, James William VanOver.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Dr. Gilbert VanOver, whom she married November 5, 1954, sons, Gilbert VanOver, III and his wife, Phyllis, and Vaughn Vanover and his wife, Suzanne, daughter, Sheila Joyner and her husband, Hector, daughter-in-law, Joyce VanOver, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, brother, Logan King and his wife, Sheila, and sisters, Myrtle Burkett and Wanda Gregory and her husband, Donald.

Ruth’s greatest accomplishment is the family legacy she created and will leave behind.  She loved having slumber and tea parties with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She taught each of them the importance of manners and etiquette from napkin on your lap to holding up your pinky!!  

Her hobbies were bird watching, reading Danielle Steele books, and working in her flowers. Ruth was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and the Laurel Heights Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was Past Worthy Matron.  She was also a dedicated member of the National Republican Committee. As another way to serve the county’s youth, Ruth had served as a member of the McCreary County School Board.

Her favorite pastime was as they call it, “junking” with her special niece and best friend, Kathy Waters.

She will forever be remembered for her kind heart, beautiful smile, advice giving skills (whether you needed it or not), and her political opinions.  Ask any person who ever visited her home, they will tell you; anyone would not be at her house for five minutes before you were being asked “do you want something to eat”?  Even if your answer was no, you ate anyway.  She always said “noone will ever leave my house hungry”.

As a military wife, she traveled the world with the love of her life.  During their travels she managed many military Officer Club’s.  After their many travels they retired in McCreary County in 1976 to be with family. 

Upon their return she worked at the Cumberland Falls Restaurant, Dupont Lodge, Whitley City Motel, and Woodson Bend Resort.  She decided she was ready to become an entrepreneur.  She wanted to give youth an opportunity for employment and help mold future business leaders, all while leaving her mark as a leading business owner of McCreary County. The first restaurant she owned was The Dipsy Doodle in Pine Knot, she went on to open the county’s first fast food chain restaurant Druther’s / Dairy Queen.  Not satisfied with all of her success as a business owner, Ruth began promoting into Executive Leadership positions.  She became the first female Area Supervisor, Regional Director, and finally becoming Vice President of the Druther’s Restaurant Company.  After retiring from Druther’s Executive Management, she increased her ownership of county businesses by purchasing The Blue Heron, and finally opened The Scott County Family Restaurant.

She was inducted into the National Food Service Industry Hall of Fame and the Who’s Who of the National Restaurant Association.

She finally retired to enjoy life with her best friend so they could enjoy each other and family.  Their life was filled with so much love, laughter, and loyalty to each other.  It was a true love story for all to remember.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ruth VanOver.

 

Theodore “Ted” Coffey, age 69, husband of Judy Grundy Coffey, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was in the Corder Cemetery Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 1:00 pm. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Theodore “Ted” Coffey.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Madgedean (Inman) Kidd, age 64 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, widow of Curtis Kidd, Jr., died Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the Big Southfork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Johnnie Wayne Inman and Bro. Eddie Inman officiating. Burial to follow in the Mt. View Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Brenda Sue Baker, age 79 years, and 1 day passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at St. Joseph Health in London, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 9, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Drew Baker officiating. Burial followed in McCreary Memorial Gardens. 

She was born January 3, 1943, in Oneida, Tennessee to Clyde Stanley and Ola Holloway Stanley. Brenda attended the Marshes Siding Church of God and was a past member of the American Legion Ladies auxiliary and past president locally, and on state level. After retiring from Walmart she opened Victorian Thymes where she made candles and soap. She loved her dog Bella and her flower garden, but above all she loved her family and spending time with them. She will be forever remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, William “Jocko” Baker, sisters, Jeanine Stanley, and Mary Riddle, brothers, Lewis Stanley, Billy Stanley, Clyde Stanley Jr., and Eugene Stanley and grandson, James Tucker.

Survivors include son, William Roger Baker II, and wife Grace Ann, daughters, Shonda Tucker, and husband, Rick, and Sherry Baker, brother, Roy Stanley, and wife, Sherry, twin sister, Martha Newport, grandchildren, Shawnna Hamlin, and (Tyson), McKenzie Hamlin, and (Jordan), Colton Baker, Bayleigh Baker, Joshua Tucker, Haley Tucker, Mickey Sutton, and (Presley), Jakeilla Ellis, and (Ronnie), Lakinzie Wallace, and (Cagen), 10 great grandchildren, and in-laws, Ralph Baker, and (Marcia), Alfreda Daulton, and (Mike), David Michael Baker, Wilda Hazlett, and Barbara Cravens Jackson.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Brenda Sue Baker.

 

Norma Lee Boyatt, age 91 years, 3 months, and 18 days, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022, at her daughters’ home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating.  Burial was in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.

She was born September 14, 1930, in McCreary County, Kentucky to Oscar Walker and Gertie Stanley Walker. Norma was a retired seamstress and a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church. She enjoyed taking walks, reading, sewing, and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, daughter, Gilda Owens, brothers, Estel Walker, and Curtis Walker, and sister, Lorene Shepherd.

Survivors include son, David Allen Boyatt, daughters, Crystal Boyatt, and Nona Boyatt Nevels, 4 grandchildren, Scotty, Felicity, Amy, and Steven, and 7 great children, Scotty, Bryce, Taelynn, Drake, Kendrick, Hannah, and Ethan.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Norma Boyatt.

 

James Ebb Clark, age 68, of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life January 2nd, 2022 at his home. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 16, 1953 to the late Chester Clark and Edna (King) Clark-Coffey.

In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his sister Glenna Clark, sister Dorothy (Clark) Lay, and brother-in-law Charles Bryant.

Surviving family include his siblings Edna Irene Bryant of Stearns, Kentucky, David Clark and wife, Jeanette, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tommy Clark and wife, Vicki, of Florida, Jeffery Clark and wife, Linda, of Strunk, Kenneth Coffey and wife, Teresa, also of Strunk, Kentucky, and Milford Coffey of Jacksonville, Florida; and brother-in-law, Joey Lay.

Also, to mourn his loss, James leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

James worked at a lumber yard in Cincinnati until he became disabled. He loved music and spent many hours standing over his CD and cassette player and loved to entertain others by playing them music. He loved to go out to eat and travel and enjoyed spending time with family.

Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Bryant and Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Pine Knot Cemetery. The family received friends after 1pm Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Shanda Clark, age 85 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, wife of the late Gene R. Clark and mother of Steven Clark, died Monday, January 3, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Stearns, Kentucky on October 23, 1936 the daughter of the late Lawrence R. and Vina Jane Foster Brown. She was a school teacher, and taught the students of McCreary County. She joined the Stearns First Baptist Church at 15 years of age and was a dedicated member for 71 years. She loved literature and was an avid reader who continued her education throughout her life. She also enjoyed hiking, finding wild flowers, listening to music and picnics with her family. 

Her husband of 62 years, Gene Clark, her parents, Lawrence and Vina Jane Brown; brothers, Billy Joe and Rev. Randal Brown; sisters, Betty Edwards, Burma Stephens, and Janet Mefford, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Steven and his wife Melinda Clark of Whitley City; brother, Tommy and wife Sharon Brown of Stearns; sisters, Patricia and husband Ralph Roaden of Corbin, Brenda Stanchfield of Smithtown and Pam and husband Don Douglas of Whitley City; grandchildren, Joshua Clark, Jessica and husband Johnny Roth, Katelyn and husband Brian Tisdale, Aaron Clark and Emily Clark; along with numerous great grandchildren.

Per her wishes, Shanda was cremated and a Memorial Services is scheduled at Stearns First Baptist Church with Rev. Hilton Duncan, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 15, 2022.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the services for Shanda Clark.

 

Karen Creekmore age 70 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

She was born April 13, 1951 in Barthell, Kentucky to the late Harvey Boyatt and Flora (Tapley) Boyatt. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Linda Strunk.

Surviving family include her husband, Jack Creekmore whom she married, July 16, 1970; a daughter, Amber Madden (and Robert) of London, Kentucky; a son, Justin Creekmore of Strunk; a special grandson, Jaxon Creekmore; and a granddaughter on the way.

Karen graduated from Cumberland College with a Rank 1 and became a teacher for the McCreary County Board of Education, having devoted 36 years. Karen also ran “Karen’s Furniture” in Whitley City. She enjoyed crafting and making floral arrangements, shopping, and attending shows. Lately, she had took interest in hunting with her husband, Jack. Karen was a devoted wife, mother, and a grandmother. She loved nothing more than helping others, caring for her family, and being with her grandson, Jaxon. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Pastor Malachi Barnett and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial followed in the East Pine Knot Memorial Gardens. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until service time.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

James “Jim” Hill Jr., 58, of Cowan, passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, January 1, 2022, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie following a brief illness. 

He was born July 10, 1963, in Muncie, Indiana, the son of James Hill Sr., and Priscilla (Privett) Hill. Jim was a 1981 graduate of Cowan High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 1988. He married the love of his life, Stacie Hutchinson, on October 7, 1989. Jim had worked for Warner Gear, Chrysler, Metaldyne and was a production supervisor for Magna Powertrain in Muncie. He was greatly loved and respected by those he led at work. He attended Glad Tidings Church. A dedicated family man, Jim loved being a part of his children’s sports activities and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. Several times each year, Jim and his family greatly enjoyed visiting their “home away from home” in Cumberland Falls, KY. 

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include his wife of 32 years, Stacie Hill; four children, Aubrey Elaine Hill of Muncie, James William “Trey” Hill III of Noblesville, Luke Edward (Crystal) Hill of Richland, and Noah Michael Hill of Muncie; his father, James Hill Sr., of Muncie; two sisters, Earline Fogleman of Noblesville and Katina (Michael) Roberts of Muncie, and several nieces. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Priscilla Hill. 

Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Monday, January 10, 2022, at Sproles Family Funeral Home in New Castle, with Pastor Scott Turner officiating. Burial at Woodlawn Christian Cemetery in Springport. You may send the family a personal condolence at www.sprolesfamilycares.com.

 

Marlo Lee Sumner, age 50 years, 10 months, and 29 days passed away Monday, January 3, 2022, at her home in Marshes Siding, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Memorial services were held Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Whitley City Church of God with Bro. Braxton King and Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating.

She was born February 5, 1971 in Somerset, Kentucky, to Larry Sumner and Charletta McDonald Sumner. Marlo graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a master’s degree in education and was also the co-owner of Larry’s Mini Mart. She had been employed by the McCreary County School District for twenty-six years. Marlo loved the University of Kentucky Athletics, her dog, Sassy, and playing high school basketball. She enjoyed boating, lake activities, and coaching girls’ softball. Marlo loved endlessly Taylor and Tyler and was totally devoted to them.

Preceding her in death were her parents, maternal grandparents, Clarence and Evelyn McDonald, paternal grandparents, Mark and Jean Sumner, and brother, Terry Wayne “Sputnik” McDonald.

Survivors include brother Mark Sumner, and wife, Stephanie, nephew, Larry Tyler Sumner, niece, Taylor Mae Sumner, nephews, Christopher Cole Jones, Jonathan Tyler Jones, and many aunts, uncles and cousins whom she loved.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Marlo Sumner.

 

Jesse Robert Troxell, age 80 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died January 3, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on November 10, 1941 the son of Rev. Willie and Clara (Godsey) Troxell. Jesse was a coal miner and a deacon of the Lower Wolf Creek United Baptist Church. He enjoyed his old car, gardening, squirrel hunting, but most especially his grandchildren.

His parents; wife, Hazel (Shook) Troxell; and brother, Charlie Troxell precede him in death.

Survivors include his children, Charles “Eddie” Troxell (Lisa) of Columbia, Tennessee, April West (Steven) of Franklin, Tennessee, Nickie Fugate (Brian) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Sue Bills (Greg) of Dickson, Tennessee, and Roger Troxell (Sharon) of Dickson, Tennessee; brother, Johnny Troxell of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister, Gladys Taylor of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Ashley, Brian, Jordan, Emmale, Baylee, Kaylee, Jake, Rodney, Brittany, Jessica, Brandon, Courtney, Lacie, Billy, Austin, and Jennifer; and 21 great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held 1pm Thursday, January 6, 2021 at the Troxell Family Cemetery with Bro. Israel Clark and Bro. Larry Coffey officiating. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Alice Marie (Watson) Upchurch, 65 years of age, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away on January 1, 2022, at Baptist Hospital Critical Care Unit, Corbin, Kentucky.

She was born July 4, 1956, in Muncie, Indiana, to Elmon and Ninnie (Smith) Watson.

Alice graduated McCreary County High School in 1976. She graduated Cumberland College of Williamsburg, Kentucky, with a BS degree in Elementary Education in 1980. She received her Master’s Degree and Rank I in Elementary Education from Union College of Barbourville, Kentucky, in 1985. In 1981, Alice began her career as a teacher for McCreary County School District. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade at Eagle Elementary for 15 years, three years at Pine Knot Pre-School and 18 years at Whitley City Elementary as Lead 2nd grade teacher. During her tenure with the McCreary County School System, Alice became a nationally certified (NBPTS) instructor. She retired in 2016, after 36 years of exemplary service having spent her entire career as a teacher.

Alice never let any child in her class do without supplies for the upcoming year and no child ever left her room in the evening without being told by Alice that she loved them. 

On September 3, 1982, she married her loving spouse of 39 years, Allan Upchurch of Oneida, Tennessee.

In 1983, she and Allan became foster parents for the State of Kentucky: a position they held for the next 15 years. During this time, Alice and her husband fostered about 75 children ranging in ages from new-born to 17 years. In 1991, the Upchurch home was awarded with Foster Family of the Year from the State of Kentucky. They adopted two of their foster children.

Alice Upchurch was an active member of the Whitley City branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, having been baptized and confirmed by Elders Brett Bidduph and Gabriel Boldt on July 4, 1995. She served as Relief Society President (ladies Auxiliary) for four years and Primary President (children’s classes) until her death.

In addition to being survived by husband, Allan Upchurch she leaves behind her children: Russell (Kristen) Upchurch, Jonathan (Debbie) Upchurch, Savannah Upchurch and Tessa Upchurch. She also leaves behind Brett (Hillary) Biddulph and Glenna (Devin) Fortney, whom she loved like they belonged to her. She also leaves the joy of her later years, grandchildren: Jazzelyn and Jonathan Upchurch, Jr. and Abbie, Caleb, and Avery Fortney as well as a special friend, Sharon (Sunshine) Moses. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Jean Leslie of Alabama; brothers, Troy Dean Watson of Stearns, James Eddie Watson of Florida, and Billy Ray Watson of Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Alice was preceded in death by an unborn child, her parents, Elmon and Ninnie Watson, her brothers, Kelly, Bobby, Roger, Jimmy and Ernie Watson.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Elder Harold Hansford officiating. Interment was at the Silerville Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky. Visitation was Monday from 12:00 noon until time for services.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

John Watters age 82 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born on May 21, 1939 in Barthell, Kentucky to the late Henley Watters and Lillie (Ledbetter) Watters. In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his brothers: Goldman Watters, Simon Watters, Phillip Watters, Dakota “Cody” Watters, Brent Watters, Dallas Watters, Bobby Watters, Flenor Watters, Ronald Coleman Watters, and Jimmy Waters; sisters: Laura Watters Gregory and Corina Watters Levell; and a step-son, Dillard “Buster” Eldridge.

Surviving family include his wife, Rachel (Crabtree) Watters; his sons, Michael Watters and Stephen Watters (and Ronett) of Clear Water, Florida; grandchildren, Stephen, Levi, and Shelby Watters; step-children, Linda Wilson (and Ronnie) of Strunk, Bobby Eldridge (and Shannon) of Stearns, and Billy Eldridge (and Leslie) also of Stearns; brothers, Don Watters (and Charlotte) and David Watters (and Wilma) both of Daleville, Indiana; and a sister, Louise Watters Spradlin also of Daleville, Indiana.

John was a member of the Beech Grove United Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing for the Lord and sharing his word. He was also a member of the Orie S. Ware Lodge in Stearns, Kentucky for nearly 50 years. For fun, he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson with his wife, Rachel. John was a carpenter by trade. He loved to do wood work and helping others. John was well known for his sense of humor and ability to always make others laugh. He truly enjoyed people and seeing them happy. John will be sadly missed.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral home with Bro. Jimmy Decker officiating. The family received friends for visitation on Friday after 6:00 pm until service time. John was laid to rest in the Angel Point Memorial Gardens in Stearns.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Elizabeth Ann Coffey, age 77 years, eight months and nine days, passed away December 26, 2021, at her home in St. Marys, Ohio.

She was born at Fork Ridge, Kentucky in Bell County, on April 19, 1944. She was the daughter of the late James Howard and Maryine Margie (Smith) Baker. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Albert Lee Coffey, a daughter, Rita Diane Roberts, three brothers: Charles Baer, James Earl Baker, an Arlie Baker and a sister, Stella Mae Napier.

Surviving family include three sons: James Edison Coffey (Terri) of Celina Ohio, Robbie Lee Coffey (Sherry) of St. Marys, Ohio, and Jonathan Eugene Coffey of Stearns, Kentucky. There are 12 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Elizabeth was retired from Huffy Bicycle Corporation in Celina, Ohio, and a member of the Pleasant Ridge United Baptist Church. She enjoyed crappie fishing and playing bingo, but mostly spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Ridge Church on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. with visitation at 11:00 a.m. Burial followed at the Spradlin Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

James A. Hessler age 58 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Payne, Ohio to the late William J. Hessler and Martha Elloise (Snyder) Hessler.

James is survived by his wife, Jean Babcock whom he married in 2012; 3 sons, Austin Hessler, Arie Hessler, and Aaron Hessler, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

At the age of 50, James retired from UPS delivery company. In his spare time at home, he enjoyed woodworking and being outdoors. He also enjoyed riding 4wheelers and was a member of the ATV club. James simply just enjoyed life.

Per his wishes, James was cremated. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

**Although floral arrangements are appreciated, the family has asked for no arrangements to be sent.**

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Lois Berthena Hickman Iseral, widow of the late John Ohmer Iseral, age 84 years, of Revelo, Kentucky, died Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on April 16, 1938 the daughter of the late Charlie Marshal and Elizabeth Mae Black Hickman. She was a homemaker, attended Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed visiting other churches. She enjoyed singing, and crafts, but her favorite was being surrounded by her family.

Her parents, Charlie and Elizabeth Black Hickman; sons, Charles Ohmer Iseral, Russell Lee Iseral, John Allen Iseral and Walter Edward Iseral; daughter, Tamara Sue Iseral Young, brothers, Ruben, Hobert, Hubert, Kenneth Hickman; sister, Anna Owens, Elverlie Gentry preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son; Dewayne and wife Dottie Iseral of Revelo, KY.; daughter, Glenda Jean and husband Danny Kidd of Tunnel Hill, GA.; sisters, Brenda Hornback of Butler, KY., Ruby Yancey of Whitley City, KY., Lenna Dykes of Indiana, Joyce Morrow of Tiffin, Ohio, Glenna Tyree, also of Tiffin, Ohio., Daughter-In-Laws, Joyce Iseral; 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, December 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church with visitation at 11:00 am until time for services.

Brother David Troxell officiated and burial followed in Hickman Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the services for Lois B. Iseral.

 

Linda Sue Keith, age 79 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, December 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Danville, Kentucky on November 14, 1942 the daughter of John Coleman and Lucy Lois (Crisp) Foster. Linda had worked as a cook at the Pine Knot Elementary School, but most of her time was being a Homemaker where she enjoyed cooking, sewing especially quilting.

Her parents; husband, Timothy Eugene Keith; brothers, Charles Foster and Johnny Junior Foster; and sisters, Beulah Meadows, Zula Hughes, Lula Laxton, Elsie Worley, and Thelma Jewelene Foster precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Timothy John Keith of Whitley City, Kentucky, Jerry Dewayne Keith of Georgetown, Kentucky, and Gene Allen Keith of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter Kara Annette Burke (Will) of Oneida, Tennessee; brother, Pearce Dean Foster of Whitley City, Kentucky; and grandchild, Tanner Burke.

Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Joanne (Ledbetter) Miller , beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and Gigi, age 79, passed away December 21, 2021, at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio.

Jo was a creative seamstress who enjoyed spending time at her sewing machine. She loved caring for her cats and her critters, especially the time she spent caring for Oliver the opossum. But the thing she most loved was spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and other family members.

Jo was born on October 5th, 1942, in Blue Heron (Mine 18), Kentucky to the late Luther and Gertie (Frady) Ledbetter. In addition to her parents Jo is preceded in death by a sister, Grace Watters and her husband, Lawrence Watters, brother, Lebert Ledbetter, and brother-in-law, Don Koon.

Surviving family include husband, James Miller, sons, Jeffrey Shoopman (Marissa), Damon Shoopman (Cathy), stepson, Mark Miller (Kaylee), 3 siblings, Evelyn Koon, Tommy Ledbetter, and Mack Ledbetter (Juanita), 5 grandchildren, Donnie (Becky), Daniel (Jessica), Koti, Sydney (Matt), Mae and 4 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind many other family and friends whom she loved dearly.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 28th, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home at 12:00pm with burial following at the Angel Cemetery in Stearns. Visitation will be held prior to services at 11:00am.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Davy Neal, age 64, passed away Thursday, December23, 2021, at his home in Strunk, Kentucky.

Born January 13, 1957, he was the son of the late Darrell and Magdeline (Lay) Neal. Besides his parents, he is preceded in by his wife Darlene (Brown) Neal whom he loved with his whole heart. Also preceding him in death are two sisters: Gail Neal and Eileen Marion and two brothers: Jack and Delmar Neal. They are all rejoicing in heaven now.

He leaves behind a sister, Ella Moore of Pine Knot, his daughter, Diana Rines of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, three biological grandchildren and three adopted grandchildren: Kadien, Robert and Shawn Rines, Jr, six nieces: Tina, Tammy, Angela, Bridget, Krystal, Lisa, and five nephews: Anthony, Jeff, Richard, Bradley, and Zeke whom he loved with all his heart and would move heaven and earth for them if he could.

Funeral services were held graveside at Hayes Creek Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021. The family received friends Thursday at 12:00 noon at the cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Phyllis Price, age 71 years, of Cincinnati, Ohio died December 28, 2021 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on September 18, 1950 the daughter of Caleb and Sadie (Perry) Strunk. Phyllis had worked as a receptionist for Skidmore Sales, was a member of the Living Waters Baptist Church in Maude, Ohio. She enjoyed shopping, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandson.

Her parents; husband, Benjamin Lewis Price; brothers, Donald Strunk, Harold Strunk, Darrell Strunk, Ronnie Strunk, and Clayton Strunk; and sister, Fontella Vanover precede her in death.

Survivors include her son, Matthew Price of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Lori Price of Cincinnati, Ohio; stepsons, Rodney Price of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Stoney Renfro (Ambra) of Sawyer, Kentucky; brother, Wendell J. Strunk (Phyllis) of West Chester, Ohio; sister, Brenda Whisman (Gary) of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandson, Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, December 31, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tabatha “Cha” Ridner, age 45 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died December 19, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 6, 1976 the daughter of Wayne Dale and Brenda (Ridner) Perry. Tabatha was a homemaker and member of the Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed being outdoors, but most especially being with her family.

Her mother and a daughter, Takyiah Ridner precede her in death.

Survivors include her father, Wayne Dale Perry of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; husband, Ricky Ridner of Parkers Lake; boyfriend, Tim Eli Patrick of Parkers Lake; daughters, Takelia Perry, Takayla Perry, and Kaylee Ridner all of Parkers Lake; brother, Dustin Ridner (Nicole) of Parkers Lake; and sisters, Wayna Mendoza, Melinda Perry, and Rebecca Staley all of Parkers Lake.

Funeral Services were held 2:30pm Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Church.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Randall B. “Painter” Roberts, age 52 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Sunday, December 19, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on January 20, 1969 the son of Von and Wilma (Foster) Roberts. Randall was a painter and carpenter and of the Baptist Faith.

His parents and sisters, Nedra J. Foster and Twanna Clark precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Jody (Watters) Roberts of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughter, Jessica Yancey of Strunk, Kentucky; brothers, Wayne Terry of Somerset, Kentucky, Bruce Foster of Stearns, Kentucky, Sherell Roberts of Bronston, Kentucky, and Gerald Roberts of Somerset, Kentucky; sisters, Jennifer Roberts of Stearns, Kentucky, Tammy Roberts of Lexington, Kentucky, Juwanna Sampson of Somerset, Kentucky, and Jeneane Foster of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Angel, James, Brislynn, and Raylen.

Memorial services were held 5pm Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. The family received friends after 3pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Denver Winchester, age 79, passed from this life on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born in the Blue Heron Community of Stearns, Kentucky, on April 14, 1942, to the late Clarence and Velva (Dobbs) Winchester.

Surviving family include his beloved wife Henrietta (Roberts) Winchester whom he married on July 31, 1972, a very special niece, Nakisha Ridner (Dwight) whom he thought of as a daughter, children: Darius Ridner, Isabella Claiborne and Camille Ridner whom he saw as his grandkids,

Brothers: Manford, Charles, Larry, Roger, and Ronnie Winchester, and sisters; Shirley Gibson, Janice Rose, Brenda Taylor and Barbara Berry.

Brothers-in-law: Eugene Roberts of Whitley City, Boyce Roberts of Knoxville, Tennessee, Dewayne Roberts (Sharon) of Knoxville, sister-in-law Wilda Foster of Knoxville, a special nephew, Kenneth R, Foster, and nieces Teresa Duncan and Falisha Ross.

Special friends: Harold and Joyce Gilmore of Monticello, Kentucky, 

Denver retired from South Fork Coal after 25 years. He enjoyed camping and outdoors and spending time with his family.

Graveside funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2022, at the McCreary Memorial Gardens.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Carla Ann Burchfield, age 50 of Strunk, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Tenova Turkey Creek in Knoxville.

Born in Somerset, Kentucky, on January 20, 1971, she is the daughter of the late Carl (Buddy) King, Jr. and Ina (Ball) King.

Surviving family include two sons: Braxton McCullough of Pine Knot and Trevin (Dana) McCullough of Stearns and four grandchildren: Emmaline, Chevelle, Jacob, ad Karla.

Carla had worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant and was of the Church of God faith. She loved her family and enjoyed being in the outdoors, sitting with her grandkids and loved animals, her favorites being Gennie Pig and Fat Baby. Her favorite hobby was discount shopping.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2021 in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Jones Cemetery. 

Visitation was Friday from 12:00 noon until time for services at 1:30 pm.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Carla Burchfield with funeral arrangements.

 

Mildred Daugherty, age 82 years, of Pine Knot Kentucky, wife of the late Ray Mitchell Daugherty, died Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky.

She was born in Bald Knob, Kentucky on October 2, 1939 the daughter of the late Fred and Flossie Waters Spradlin. She was a seamstress, employed at May & Company Mattress, and a member of Ross Grove United Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and quilting, but her favorite was being surrounded by her family.

Her parents, Fred and Flossie Spradlin; son, Gary “Jody” Daugherty; brothers, Elmon, Bob and Inman Spradlin; sisters, Dorothy Musgrove, Ora Bowman and Judy Spradlin preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Donald Daugherty and wife Peggy of Pine Knot, Georgia Troxell and husband Alan of Revelo, Ronnie Daugherty and wife Mia of Strunk, Larry Daugherty of Pine Knot, brothers, Tod Spradlin of Pine Knot, Lowell Buster Spradlin of Strunk; sisters, Flora Cox of Revelo, Janice Ross and husband Jimmy of Strunk; grandchildren, Skylar Daugherty Chocklett, Nikki Daugherty and husband, Shawn, Holly Troxell, Lendsey Daugherty, Chase Daugherty and Sydney Daugherty; great grandchildren, Mason and Raegan Daugherty, Nolan and Ethan Walters.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation at 11:00 am until time for services.

Brother Braxton King is officiating and burial followed in Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the services for Mildred Daugherty.

 

John E. Davis, age 72 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born in Blue Heron, Kentucky on February 15, 1949 the son of Paul L. and Mildred V. (Lewis) Davis. John had worked as a mechanic, was a member of the White Oak Junction United Baptist Church, had served his country in the US Army, enjoyed hunting, fishing, sightseeing, local history, but most especially his grandchildren.

His parents and sister, Donna Faye Strunk precede him in death.

Survivors include his son, Paul E. Davis (Megan) of Stearns, Kentucky; daughter, Georgetta Venette (Steven) of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; brother, Charles L. Davis of Somerset, Kentucky; sisters, Barbara Sue Davis (Delmus) of Stearns, Kentucky and Paulette Storie of Flemingsburg, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Caleb Clouse and Gabriel Davis.

Funeral services were held 2pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Anderson and Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jimi Dale Hatfield, age 45 years, of Batavia, Ohio, husband of Helen (Wallace) Hatfield, died Thursday, December 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 26, 1976 the son of James Dale Miller and Deborah (Hatfield) Kellam. Jimi was self employed as a HVAC Technician, he enjoyed fishing and deer hunting, but his greatest pleasure was fixing, building, or inventing anything.

His father precedes him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Marie (Wallace) Hatfield of Batavia, Ohio; mother, Deborah Kellam of Cincinnati, Ohio; step-mother, Linda Miller of Aurora, Indiana; sons, Jimi Dale Hatfield, Jr. and Jayden Miller both of Batavia, Ohio; daughters, Lindsey Pangallo (Nick) of Amelia, Ohio; Abigayle Hatfield of Batavia, Ohio, Desirea Biehn (Carson) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Josie Miller of Batavia, Ohio; sisters, Doniel Miller of Cincinnati, Ohio, Myriah Hatfield of Canton, Georgia, and Julie Patterson of Jeffersonville, Georgia; and grandchildren, Paislynn Pangallo, Knox Pangallo, Brayden Biehn, and Westley Biehn.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Austin Dixon officiating. Burial followed in the Blue John Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Wilma Jean Jones age 70 of Somerset, Kentucky, formerly of Whitley City, passed from this life on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on May 15, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Theodore Kenneth Roberts and Edna Waters.

In addition to her parents, Wilma is preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Jones; a daughter, Melissa Bruner; brothers, Frank, Billy, and Jimmy Roberts; and sisters, Mary Jones and Ruth Waters Galimore.

Surviving family include her son, Jeremy Jones (and Andrea) of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; grandchildren, Jasmine and Breighlyn Jones; and a sister, Jewel Stephens of Williamsburg.

Wilma enjoyed watching TV and spending time with her family. In past time, she enjoyed going to the hair and nail salon. The passing of Wilma will be mourned by all who knew and loved her. But as she would always say, “this isn’t goodbye. It’s just I’ll see ya later”.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial is to follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Monday after 12:00 noon until service time.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

John E. King, age 72, of Corbin, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, on June 3, 1949, he was the son of the late Marty Lucas and Addie (Yates) Lucas. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Terry Lucas and a sister, Barbara Deavors.

Surviving family include his wife, Sharon (Taylor) King whom he married on May 16, 1975. To this union was born two sons: Shawn King (Renee) of Lexington, Kentucky, and Shane King (Charmy) of Corbin.

Also surviving is a sister, Debbie Watkins (Darrell) of Latonia, Kentucky, and three grandchildren: Hannah King, Ethan King and Aidan King.

John was retired from the Fluor Daniel Fernald Corporation having received a 20 year dedicated service award, achieved the Evaluating Training Program, Basic Instructor Training, and Course Development Training. He also received Certificates for Asbestos Awareness Training, RCRA Core Training and Certificate for General Hazardous Waste and an award for continuous process improvement provided by Westinghouse Materials Company of Ohio. He also received the Excel Leadership Training

He served his country in the U.S. Army, having received a diploma for Military Police School, achieved certificates of appreciation for his faithful Performance of Duty and completion of advanced individual training. He had a certificate for the Allied Security Training, Awareness and Recognition Program. He also received completion for units of training in Radio and T.V. from the Northern Kentucky Vocational Technical School.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 20, at the Power Pack Ministries Church in Williamsburg. Visitation was from 11:00 a.m. until time for services. Burial was at the King Meadows Cemetery in Pine Knot.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of John King with funeral arrangements.

 

Lloyd Gerald Strunk, age 75, passed away December 13, 2021 in Somerset, KY. He was born on May 31,1946 in McCreary County, KY., to the late Artman L. and Geneva Compton Strunk.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Webb Strunk; daughter, Vickie Ross; brother, Jeff Strunk; and sister, Betty Dixon.

He is survived by his brothers, Danny Strunk and wife Georgia of Pine Knot, KY., and Roger Strunk and his wife Joyce of Stearns, KY., sisters, Ruth Hall and husband Jerry of Somerset, KY., Lela Lynch and husband Jerry of Whitley City, KY., Debbie Slaven and husband Tony also of Whitley City, KY., Jewel Kidd and husband Rick of Pine Knot, KY., and Ella Galimore and husband Scott of Pine Knot, KY., grandchildren Clark and his wife Abbie Ross and Chelsea Ross, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Lloyd worked as a butcher for Kroger grocery store and attended Marshes Church of God, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

Funeral service was Thursday, December 16, 2021, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home at 1:00 pm, with visitation at 11:00 am until time for funeral service. Brother Tim Corder officiated. Burial followed in Flat Rock Cemetery.

McCreary County funeral home entrusted with the service for Lloyd Strunk.

 

R .L. Terry age 88 years, and 17 days, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Worley and Bro. Doug Stanley officiating.  Burial was in the Hickman Cemetery.

He was born November 24, 1933, in Fidelity, Kentucky to Harvey Terry and Hattie M. Nichols. R. L. was a member of the New Haven United Baptist Church where he had been a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He operated Troxell Furniture in Whitley City for many years, but R L was probably best known for his ability to rebuild carburetors.  Many people in the county and surrounding areas saved hundreds of dollars due to his uncanny knowledge and talent.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Faye Winchester Terry, brothers, Paul Terry, Silas Terry, and J. T. Terry, and sisters, Helen Terry, and Mae Foster.

Survivors include his son, Dester Terry, and wife, Carol, daughter, Lynn Strunk, and husband, Gerald, sisters, Fayrene Roberts, and Wanda Phillips, grandson, Jason Creekmore and his wife, Mindy, great grandchildren, Kennedy and Maylee Creekmore, and special friend Danny Worley.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of R L Terry.

 

Larry Evan Wright age 74 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1947 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Oscar Wright and Mildred (Stephens) Wright.

Surviving family include his wife of 49 years, Nancy (Wilhite) Wright; a son, Nathan Evan Wright (and Jaime) of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Emily Joy Wright-Wintle of Melbourne, Australia; and grandchildren, Della Rose Wright-Wintle, Oscar Earl Wright-Wintle, Evan Jakob Wright, and Samuel James Wright.

Larry was a U.S. Army veteran having served his county from 1970 to 1984, both in the Army and Army Reserve. He had been a federal security officer, worked for Corning Glass, worked for 12 years for General Electric in three different states, worked for six years at Ford Motor Company and four years as a government contractor for Robbins Gioai. He enjoyed his work with aircraft and in the automotive industry.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Stephens officiating. Larry was laid to rest in the Pine Knot Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #115 of Stearns. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Charles Steven Baird, age 58, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Born in Jellico, Tennessee on October 28, 1963, he was the son of the late Millard and Betty (Lay) Baird. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister: Linda Baird, and six brothers: Jerry, Johnny, Dwight, Millard, Jr., Jimmy and Stanley Baird.

Surviving family include a son, Chad Stephens (Tiffeny) of Oneida, Tennessee and a daughter, Amanda Privitt (and Brad Hacker) of Ohio, a brother, Jerome Baird (Darlene) of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and four grandchildren: Landyn, Quentyn, Logan, and Addison.

Charles was a member of the Hayes Creek Church of God and enjoyed hunting and trading guns and other stuff. He loved his children and grandchildren and took great pleasure in spending time with them.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 13, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Bunch officiating. The family received friends Monday from 11:30 a.m. until time for services. He was laid to rest at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Charles Baird with funeral arrangements.

 

Donald Everett Ball age 88 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

He was born November 5, 1933 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late George Ball and Sadie (Stephens) Ball. In addition to his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his wife, Elva (Keith) Ball; an infant grandchild, Noelle; brothers Cleamon Ball and Leon Ball; a daughter-in-law, Doris; sisters-in-law, Roxie and Reba; and a brother-in-law, John Ponders.

Surviving family include his children, Donald Wayne Ball (and Kay) of Cobin, Kentucky, Norris “Tracey” Ball of Pine Knot, Brenda Ball of Michigan, and Tina Campbell (and Bryan) of Somerset, Kentucky; grandchildren, Justin, Jason, Brandon, Cozy, and Crystal; and great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Braden, Kennedy, Savannah, Noah, and Natalie.

Also surviving are brothers, Hobert Ball (and Christine) of Pine Knot, Leland Ball of Fairfield, Ohio, and Clem Ball of Williamsburg; and a sister, Helen Ponders of Williamsburg.

Donald was of the Baptist Faith. He had worked in Detroit in past time in an Auto Factory and continued to enjoy working on cars, lawn mowers, and tinkering with anything with a motor. Donald had also worked at Ward’s Manufacturing in Hamilton, Ohio in the 1960’s with his brothers. Donald also worked in construction and was extremely proud of the bridges he built in Erlanger, Kentucky. At home, Donald enjoyed hunting and animals, especially his dogs. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook officiating. Burial followd in the Keith Family Cemetery in Parkers Lake. The family received friends for visitation on Wednesday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to assist with the remaining funeral expense.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Larry David Bowen, age 78 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Oneida Nursing and Rehab in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 28, 1943 the son of Roy Belford and Lorraine (Sparks) Belford. He had worked in the auto industry painting and doing body work. Larry was a member of the Second Otter Creek United Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends.

His parents; wife, Betty Jean (King) Bowen; brothers, Carl Belford and Jim Sparks; and sister, Ida Mae Belford precede him in death.

Survivors include his son; Larry David Bowen, Jr. of Florida; daughters, Sherry Frierson and Melissa Harless (George both of Strunk, Kentucky; step-children, Kim Brooks of Whitley City, Kentucky, Beth Gulock of Somerset, Kentucky, and Gregory Jones of Louisville, Kentucky; sisters, Louetta Hayden, Betty Jo Gosser, Diane Bignes, and Berniece Berry all of Newport, Kentucky; grandchildren, Ellana Coffey-Strunk, Justin Strunk, Justin Kirilenko, Kalin Farthing, Cody Bowen, Dylan Bowen, Sierra Bowen, Savannah Kidd, Frank Brooks, Chelsea Felts, and Nikki Phelps; and numerous great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held 6pm Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. The family will receive friends after 5pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Randall Scott “Skeeter” Crabtree, age 60 years, of Revelo, Kentucky died Friday, December 10, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on October 3, 1961 the son of Isham Carroll Crabtree, Jr. and Maxine (Whalen) Crabtree Byrd. Skeeter had worked in construction, was a member of the Revelo Church of God, and enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing and 4-wheeling.

His parents; brother, David Allen Crabtree; and nephew, Adam Crabtree precede him in death.

Survivors include his companion of 15 years, Judy (Cox) Clark of Revelo, Kentucky; sons, Brian Allen Crabtree (Nicole) of Yosemite, Kentucky, David Allen Crabtree of Revelo, Kentucky, and Brian Neeley (Ashley) of Russell Springs, Kentucky; daughter, Ashley Dawn Crabtree of Revelo, Kentucky; step-sons, Roderick Crabtree and Kelly Crabtree both of Revelo, Kentucky; sister, Deborah Watson of Revelo, Kentucky; grandchildren, Bryan Adam Crabtree, Branna Lynn Crabtree, Gavin Scott Crabtree, Zach Conaster, Alexis Conaster, Krista Conaster, Nathan Neeley, Coleman Neeley, Emory McFarland, Ella McFarland, Avery Peply, Kylie Crabtree, Kristy Crabtree, Jaden Patton, Isaiah Crabtree, Jeremiah Crabtree, Delaney Jeffers, D. Jeffers, Ramsey Jeffers, Madison Crabtree, and Ryley Harness; and nephew, Brandon Crabtree.

Funeral services were held 1pm Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dean Spradlin officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Donald “Ray” King, age 68 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Monday, December 6, 2021 in South Carolina.

He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on January 3, 1953 the son of the late Herman L. and Bernice (Thompson) King. Ray retired from driving a school bus for McCreary County school system, he also owned and operated a wrecker service. Ray attended Hayes Creek Church of God, he enjoyed fishing, farming, riding his trike and spending time on his houseboat.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle King of Strunk, KY.; children, Donald Ray King Jr. and wife Jamie of Strunk, KY., Stephanie King and Michael of Strunk, KY., Cindy Mujahed and husband, Adam of McBee, SC., Roger “Boss” Dale King and wife, Angie of Helenwood, TN., and Brandon Laxton of Strunk, KY., sisters; Judy Privett-Bryant of Strunk, KY., and Barbara Sue Riley, also of Strunk, KY., Grandchildren; Hayden Stephens-King, Courtney Taylor, Lucas King, Dalton Vanover, Rayley King, Marley King, Alex Payton, Cassie Walker, Brittany Everett, Shaeley Isabel and Tyler Walcott, great-grandchildren; Zoe, Liam Emberland, Rinlee, Patience, Brooklyn, Nataline and E.J.

In addition to his parents, Herman and Bernice King, he is also preceded in death by his son; Timothy Wayne King, brothers; Junior King, Ronnie King, Roy King and Shannon King, sister; Brenda King.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 12:00 pm. Brothers Steve Perry and Shane Slaven will be officiating and burial was in the King Family Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Donna Jo Phillips Madden, age 60 years and 9 months, of Winfield, Tennessee passed away Friday, December 10, 2021 in Oneida, Tennessee.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating.  Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.

Donna was born March 10, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Don Phillips and Shirley Burke Phillips.  She had been employed by OVC as a seamstress.  Donna got great pleasure from spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies.  She also enjoyed social media and caring for her dogs.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother-in-law, Michael Todd Kidd.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Madden of Winfield, a daughter, Randi Creekmore of Russell Springs, a sister, Traci Kidd of Whitley City, grandchildren, Joseph Creekmore, Rhiannon Creekmore, and Stormie Goodin, and great grandchildren, Kaiden Creekmore, Alaya Creekmore, and Sophia Felix.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Donna Madden.

 

Charles Walter Maxey, age 57 of Lancaster, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington.

He was born March 20, 1964 in Hamilton, Ohio to Kenneth Maxey and Ethel (Luttrell) Maxey Blankenship.

Preceding him in death is his father, Kenneth and a sister, Libby Worley.

Surviving family include his daughters, Jennifer Maxey of Sidney, Ohio, Debra Maxey of Corbin, Kentucky, Sarah Maxey Musgrove of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Tayler Rae Maxey of Strunk, Kentucky; his mother and step-father, Ethel and Gary Blankenship of Quincy, Ohio; his step-mother, Etta Margaret Maxey of Revelo, Kentucky; his significant other of many years, Patricia Cecil and her sons, James Fobear (and Courtney), Michael Fobear (and Kyra), and Joshua Fobear, all of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Colton, Brooklynn, Abbie, Matty, Jasmin, Jocelyn, Broly, Fayla, Ethan, and Lilly; and the mother of his children, Lauralee Theis.

Also surviving are brothers, Michael Maxey, Billy Bowling (and Sharon), Sam Bowling (and Lenita), sisters, Lena Lovett (and David), Peggy Daugherty (and Donald), and a host of several nieces, nephews, and extended family that Charles loved dearly.

Charles was a member of Buck Master, the NHRA, and was an avid deer and turkey hunter. He loved to be outdoors, fishing and camping. Charles was full of spirit and loved to joke and make others laugh. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, making sure they always had a good time. Charles will be sadly miss by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service were held on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Ryan Family Cemetery in Gumfork, Tennessee. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday from 6:00 until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Glenn Wayne Stephens, age 68 years, of Monticello, Kentucky died Friday, December 3, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on January 13, 1953 the husband of Carolyn Bell Stephens and the son of Henry and Gladys Elmore Stephens. Glenn was of the Baptist faith and had worked in management for the Water Utility omission in Monticello, KY. He enjoyed anything outdoors, fishing, hunting, traveling, wood working, his family and his fur baby, Nuggett.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Hank, JB, Ronnie, Donnie; sister, Shirley Rowlette.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn of Monticello, Kentucky; son, Ryan Kinnett and his significant other, Rosanna Atkinson of Monticello, KY, brothers, Bill Stephens of Lexington, KY., Mike Stephens, James Stephens and Steve Stephens, all of Whitley City, KY., sisters, Donna of McCreary County an Debbie of Knoxville, TN., grand-children, Robert and Michael Kinnett and one great grand-child, Nova Lee Kinnett, and his special fur baby Nuggett.

Per his wishes, cremation was chosen, a memorial services will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Ingram/Coffey Cemetery, located on Hwy 92, with Bro. Henry Stringer officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Boyd Frank Coffey, age 74 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on January 22, 1947 the son of Elmer and Dorothy (Coffey) Coffey. Boyd served his country during the Vietnam War in the US Army, had worked for the Blue Diamond Coal Company, was a deacon and janitor of the Lower Wolf Creek United Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing, studying his Bible, and playing his guitar and singing.

His parents and brother, Dester Coffey precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Irene (Branscum) Coffey of Stearns, Kentucky; children, Steve Coffey and his significant other, Sylvia McGinnis, Deborah Slaven and husband, Gordon, Rodney Coffey and wife, Tonya, and Angela Coffey all of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers and sisters, Boyce Coffey and wife, Bessie, Jesse Coffey, Ganel Dressback, Sue Shoopman and husband, Orville Junior; Orville Coffey and wife, Bonnie, Norma Inman, and Darrell Coffey; grandchildren, Michael Coffey, Brian Coffey and wife, Katlyn, Ashlyn Slaven, Tristan Slaven, and Tanner Slaven; great grandchildren, Ivory Coffey, Astrid Coffey, and Magnus Coffey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Vaughn and Bro. Delbert David Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Christy Lynn Goodin, age 43 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on January 22, 1978 the daughter of Ruben “Short” Perry and Mossie Ridner. She was a homemaker and member of the Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church.

Her father; son, Artman Jay Goodin; and brother, James Fred Ridner precede her in death.

Survivors include her mother, Mossie Ridner of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter Natasha (Jose) Goodin of Monticello, Kentucky and Natasha’s father, Artie Jack; brothers, Jason Perry of Whitley City, Kentucky, Timothy Perry and wife Kimberly, Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sister, Letha “Boolou” Vanover and life partner Gen, Whitley City, Kentucky; grandchildren, Natalyah, Khloe, Trinidad, and Treyson; nephews, Dakota, JT, JB and niece, Martikka; god-children, Lyan Noel and special friends, Tiffany, Destiny and Andrés.

Funeral services were held 2pm Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tyler Longsworth officiating. Burial followed in the Eagle Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Rex L. Gosnell, age 83 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

He was born in Greenville, Tennessee on August 24, 1938 the son of Hubert Roosevelt and Volla (Steele) Gosnell. Rex had worked as a carpenter and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

His parents; son, James Gosnell; brothers, Ralph Gosnell and Leonard Gosnell; and Joyce Hall precede him in death.

Survivors include his son, Rex Gosnell, Jr. of Lafollette, Tennessee; daughters, Kathey Burke and Brandie Johnson both of Corbin, Kentucky; brothers, Larry Gosnell of Meadville, Pennsylvania and Billy Ray Gosnell of Somerset, Kentucky; sister, Zella Mae Bouley of Indiana; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

David Lenville Grant, Sr. age 58 of Winfield, Tennessee passed from this life on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the UK Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born December 1, 1962 in Scott County, Tennessee to the late James Edward Grant and Kathleen E. (King) Grant. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Columbus Wayne Anderson, Larry Wayne Grant, and Howard Edward Grant.

Surviving family include his sons, David Lenville Grant, Jr. of Morning View, Kentucky and Zachary Ryan Grant (and Alyssa) of Nashville, Tennessee; a brother, Ronald Grant (and Thelma) of Sparta, Kentucky; sisters, Beulah Fay Thomas (and Chris) of Taylormill, Kentucky, Sherrie Friedman of Crittenden, Kentucky, Dena Thomas (and Eric) of Morning View, Kentucky, Lena Grant of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Regena Kannady of Winfield, Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Teri Grant; and a host of nieces and nephews that David loved dearly.

David was a demolition supervisor specializing in hazmat removal. David was also proud to have been an Assistant Fire Chief in Kenton, Kentucky in past time. He enjoyed camping, carpentry, and spending time with family and friends. David will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service were held on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with words of comfort by David’s brother-in-law, Eric Thomas. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 5:00 until service time at the funeral home. David was laid to rest on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Ryan Family Cemetery in Gumfork, Tennessee.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Jack David Lynch, age 72 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on August 11, 1949 the son of Anna (Lynch) Hatfield. Jack had served in the US Air Force, was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, American Legion Post #115, and Disabled American Veterans.

His mother; wife, Jessica (Dixon) Lynch; and brothers, Robert Hatfield and Donnie Lynch precede him in death.

Survivors include his son, Jack Steven Lynch of Missouri; daughter, Nicole Lynch Watson of Missouri; and sisters, Arlene Hatfield, Ruby Hamlin (Greg), and Wanda Jones (Jody) all of Whitley City, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held 8pm Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home. The burial was in the Barren Fork Cemetery at 11am Thursday, December 2, 2021

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Ruben Cleo “Short” Perry, age 72, passed away Monday, November 29, 2021, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

Born in Parker’s Lake, Kentucky on November 27, 1949, he is the son of the late Willis Henry and Alene Ridner Perry. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Norman James “Fred” Ridner, a brother, William Perry, and a sister, Dora Strait (Orville).

Surviving family include two sons: Jason Perry of Whitley City and Timothy Perry (Kimberly) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, two daughters: Letha Vanover (Life Partner Jennifer) of Parkers Lake and Christy Goodin of Whitley City.

There are seven brothers: Doyle Boone Perry (Patricia), Lonzo “Didi” Perry (Pauline), Finley Perry (Becky, dec.), James “Tank” Perry, Lester “Check” Perry, and Vernon (Rossie) Perry (Carolyn), all of Parkers Lake and Harold Jones (Judy) of Whitley City,

There are six surviving sisters: Wanda Davis (Russ) of Fostoria, Ohio, Zada Perry (Tom) of Parkers Lake, Rosa Stephens (Jerry) of Parkers Lake, Amy Roth (Steve) of Tiffin, Ohio, Mary Ann Tucker (Rodney) of Parkers Lake and Nenia Tucker (Terry) of Whitley City.

There are five grandchildren: Dakota Vanover, Martikka Vanover, Natasha Goodin, James Bradley “J.B.”Perry, and James “J.T.” Ridner, and three great grandchildren: Landon Coburn, Korben Vanover and Natalyah Rosa Jayelynn China,-Rodriguez. Special people in his life are his ex wife, Mossie Ridener, and Benjamin and Melissa Goins and their six children: Brenton, Connor, Carlee, Baylee, Brookelynn and Jayden

Ruben had worked as a general laborer at Kingsford Charcoal Company in Burnside and worked for many years for McCreary Hardwood in Pine Knot. He enjoyed fishing and camping and took great pleasure in spending time with his family.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tyler Longsworth officiating. Burial followed at the Eagle Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 11:00 a.m. until time for services at 1:00 p.m.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Evelyn B. Schaade, age 71, of Somerset, Kentucky passed from this life Monday, December 6, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 

Evelyn was born May 14, 1950 to Arthur Blankenship and Mattie Spradlin Blankenship in Corbin, Kentucky. 

She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and enjoyed, quilting and browsing on her computer. She loved her family.  

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mattie Blankenship and a daughter, Brenda Sammons. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband of 44 years, Jerry Schaade; son, William Adkins (Toni) of Somerset; daughters, Mattie Sullivan (Dwayne) of Russell Springs; Linda Cook (James) of OH; brother, Raymond Blankenship (Donna) of Somerset; sister, Mary Perry of Monticello, Ky; special niece, Naomi Vanover of OH; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home with a funeral service to begin at 12 P.M. with Bro. David Spradlin and Bro. Dwayne Vanover officiating. Burial will follow in Higginbotham Cemetery in McCreary County, Ky.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Evelyn B. Schaade.

 

Patrick W. O’Regan age 68 of Winfield, Tennessee passed from this life on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at his home.

He was born November 24, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Patrick Bell O’Regan and Pauline (Stanfill) Chitwood. Patrick is preceded in death by his father and a sister, Sherri O’Regan.

Surviving family include his wife, Ellen (Ward) O’Regan; his mother, Pauline Chitwood; and a brother, Mike O’Regan.

Graveside Services were held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens. Patrick’s brother-in-law, Ralph Teegarden spoke on behalf of the family.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Dustin Tyler Watson, age 29 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, December 2, 2021 at his uncle’s home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on August 8, 1992 the son of Nancy Watson who is deceased then afterward adopted by Roy Watson. He loved to do mechanic work on cars, trucks, 4 wheelers, basically anything that had wheels.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Lekresha Nicole (Kidd) Watson of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Dustin Tyler Corder and Dustin Tyler Dee Watson both of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Layklynn Lee Nancy Rosanne Watson of Whitley City, Kentucky; uncle Bunt Watson (Sarah); aunt Deborah Stephens; brother-in-law, Jesse Privett of Strunk, Kentucky; cousin, Seth Goode of Stearns, Kentucky; and a sister by heart and children, Tabitha Corder and her husband, John Boy, Destiny, Abigail, and Keeairra, Whitney.

Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, December 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder, Bro. Johnny Corder, and Bro. Thomas Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Carlose Adam Canada, age 47 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Monday, November 22, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 15, 1974 the son of Arnold Canada, Jr. and Willena (Neal) Canada. Adam had worked as a master craftsman and carpenter. He enjoyed building anything from houses to furniture, loved being outdoors and spending time with his family.

His father precedes him in death.

Survivors include his mother Willena Canada of Whitley City, Kentucky; companion, Tammy Claxton of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sister, Vera Michelle Canada of Whitley City, Kentucky; stepson, Gary Claxton of Somerset, Kentucky; nephew, James Canada; and great nieces and nephew, Amber Canada, Dale Canada, and Courtney Canada.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder and Bro. Cody Canada officiating. Burial followed in the Holloway Cemetery. The family will received friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Glenn Clark, age 65 years, 10 months, and 6 days passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Jean Waddle Care Center Hospice Unit in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Monday, November 29, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery.  

He was born January 21, 1956, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Merwin Clark and Ruth Schroder. Glenn proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He was a musician who played with many different bands and made many friends doing so. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, and a special grandmother who raised him, Lola Clark.

Survivors include, his wife, Judy New Clark, and daughter, Sarah Megan Clark. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Glenn Clark. 

 

Tommy James Hughes, age 39 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on September 27, 1982 the son of James and Tina (Dixon) Hughes.

Survivors include his father, James Hughes of Whitley City, Kentucky; mother, Tina (Dixon) Hughes of Monticello, Kentucky; brother, Tony Gregory of Stearns, Kentucky, sister, Christy Gregory of Stearns, Kentucky; and special friend, Rhonda Perry of Whitley City, Kentucky.

Graveside Services were held 12pm Friday, November 26, 2021 at the Barren Fork Cemetery with Bro. David Troxell and Bro. Cody Canada officaiting.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jimmie Dale Keith, age 66 years, 4 months, and 6 days, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021, in Williamsburg, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 30,2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery.

He was born July 21, 1955, in Whitley City, Kentucky to Glennis Keith and Chola Smith Keith. Jimmie was a member of the Walkers Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed listening to music, working on electronics, burning photos to cd’s, editing photos, and auto mechanics.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include brothers, Tommy Keith, and wife, Paula, and Robert Keith, and wife, Lisa, sisters, Freda Harrison, and husband, Jerry, Mary Lou Corder, and husband, Rev. Hobert Corder, Margie Keith, and Cutis Miller, and Patricia Worley, and husband, Mike, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jimmie Dale Keith.

 

Silas Nevels, age 95 years, 6 months, and 3 days, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Ephriam McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Nevelsville Cemetery. 

He was born May 17, 1926, in Nevelsville, Kentucky to James O. “Hob” Nevels and Mattie Ann Young Nevels. Silas was a World War II Army Veteran and retired from Ford Motor Company. He was a member at UAW in Cincinnati. Silas was an avid golfer, bowler, and target shooter and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Violet Nevels, brothers, David Nevels, Hayden Nevels, Herman Nevels, George Nevels, and Coy Nevels, and sister, Clara Nevels Keith.

Survivors include wife, Wanda Nevels, son, Craig Nevels, and wife, Denise, daughter, Connie Howard, and husband, Brian, stepsons, Kevin Nevels, and Jeff Nevels, and wife, Sue, grandchildren, Stephanie, and husband, Andy, Jason, and wife, Laura, Kelly, and husband, Matthew, and Sean, and great grandchildren, Steven, Olivia, and Silas. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to DAV, American Kidney Fund, and Alzheimer’s Fund. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Silas Nevels.

 

Rhoda Lee Phillips, age 73, of Stearns, KY., passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at his home.

She was born in McCreary County.KY, on June 10, 1948 to the late Marion Kenny Waters and Nelsie Elizabeth King Waters. 

Rhoda is survived by her sons, Gregory Allen and Laura Phillips of Brunswick, Ohio and James Harold and Tammy Phillips of Grand Rapids, MI.; sisters, Vonda Techau of Richmond, KY., along with ten grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence Waters and Dester Waters; sisters, Maude Waters, Josephine Waters and Betty Thompson.

Per her wishes Rhoda was cremated. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Rhoda Lee Phillips.

 

Frona E. Tucker, age 84 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, November 21, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Ritner, Kentucky on June 18, 1937 the daughter of Emery and Dora (Jones) Maxwell. Frona was a homemaker and member of the Second Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, working word puzzles, listening to gospel music, but her greatest joy in life was watching children whether her own or one’s she considered her own.

Her parents; husband, Lawrence Tucker; brothers, Dolpus B. Maxwell and Ardell Maxwell; and sisters, Dovie Tucker, Emma Lee Maxwell, and Dorothy Haas precede her in death.

Survivors include her children, Ardenia Garland and husband, Rick of Whitley City, Kentucky, Sherry Woodall and husband, Chuck of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Larry Tucker and wife, Margaret of Jellico, Tennessee; sisters and a sister in law (respectively) , whom helped care for her, Tammie (Maxwell) Smith and husband, Ray of Spring Hill, Tennessee, Amy Ann (Maxwell) West and husband, Raymond of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Nona (Spicer) Maxwell, of Whitley City; grandchildren, Randy Garland (Amy), Aimee Reece (Stacey), Ashlee Woodall (Jon Stockton), Josh Woodall (Tiffany), Laura Richerson (Josh), and Larry Tucker (Sierra); and 11 great grandchildren..

Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, November 26, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins and Bro. Lonzo Tucker, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Frank Wisham, age 83, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

In keeping with his wishes Frank was cremated. 

He was born July 11, 1938, in Camilla, Georgia to Jesse Owen Wisham and Thelma Kelly Wisham. Frank was a United States Army Veteran. He enjoyed working on vehicles and fishing.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and brothers, Oren Wisham Jr., and Kenneth Edger Wisham.

Survivors include sons, Benjamin Joseph Wisham, and Frank Wayne Wisham J.R., sister, Carolyn Bozeman and caregivers, Ted and Jennifer West.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Frank Wisham. 

 

Stanley Steve Worley “Stan”, age 66, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital’s Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born December 14, 1954, in Stearns, Kentucky, to the late Hobert and Artie Mishie (Perkins) Worley. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, David Ray Duncan and a sister, Sharon Kay Vanover.

Surviving family include a step-son, James Williams of Tennessee, and James’s son Kenneth Williams also of Tennessee.

Brothers: Robert Darrell Worley of Stearns and Harlin Randal Worley also of Stearns, and a sister: Sarah Elizabeth Ridener of Stearns, a niece Tonya Anderson of Pine Knot along with several other nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Stan had been a coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers union. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, camping, riding thru the country and horseback riding. He deeply enjoyed socializing with his friends who will greatly miss him.

Graveside funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at Angel Cemetery in Stearns with Bro. George Coffey officiating.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Rodney Belcher, 80, went to his heavenly home early Friday morning, November 12, 2021, at the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on January 21, 1941 in Harlan, Kentucky the son of Leonard and Sara (Sizemore) Belcher. He married Brenda (Stacy) Belcher on June 7, 2010 in Virginia and she survives.

Rodney worked for Dayton- Walther Steel for approximately 28 years as a machine operator prior to his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Church of God and at one time had been on the revival circuit preaching and singing. He was also a member of the Steel Workers Union, enjoyed working on cars and being out doors working in his garden. He treasured the times he could spend with this family!

Besides his wife of 11 years, Brenda, he is survived by one son, Ottis Belcher (Jessica), Muncie; one daughter, Angela Johnson (Jeremy); Six grandchildren; Derrick Redman (Cayce), Columbus, IN, Justin Belcher(Morgan), Muncie, Keegan Gerber, Vivea, IN, Zachary Tyler Johnson, Hailee Adkins and Zoie Adkins, all of Muncie; one brother, Wylie Belcher (Berniece), Harlan, KY, one sister, Ilene Huston (Ed) Harlan, Kentucky; sisters-in-law, Toby Wachob (William), Anderson and Jean Seals (Bill), Beaver Creek, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Besides his first Wife Alice, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arnold and Elmer Belcher and one sister, Lillian Slucher.

Funeral services were held on Thursday evening, November 18, 2021, 6:00 P.M. at Parson Mortuary with Pastor Henry Adkins officiating. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 5:00 until service time at Parson Mortuary.

Graveside service were held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.

 

John Luster Lay age 89 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed from this life on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Mount Washington Care Center in Cincinnati.

He was born on July 12, 1932 in Pine Knot, Kentucky. He was of 12 children born unto the late Thomas Jefferson Lay and Mandy Ellen (Stephens) Lay. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Surviving family include his wife, Pauline (Braden) Lay of Cincinnati; children, Sharon Cliff and husband, Dennis of Cincinnati, Sheila Phelps of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and David Lay and wife, Karen of South Gate, Kentucky; a brother, James Randal Lay of Rockytop, Tennessee; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

John attended the Town Street Church of God in Cincinnati. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, and watching baseball, especially the Cincinnati Reds. John also loved music and could play many instruments by ear. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service were held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. James Lay officiaiting. The family received friends for visitation on Friday after 11:00 am until service time. No graveside service will be held.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Roger Joseph Monroe age 73 years, 3 months, and 23 days of Sellersburg, Indiana, formerly of Stearns, passed away Monday, November 8, 2021 at his home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King and Bro. Doug Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.

He was born July 16, 1948  in Somerset to Roger H Monroe and Lula King Monroe, who preceded him in death.  Joe was a loving and faithful son, husband, father, and uncle. He was all about family. He loved the Monroe, King, Hammond and Ross families and prayed for them often. He prayed with many family members and led them to Jesus. Joe loved the Word of God and was obedient to the Word. He was a faithful follower of Jesus and a faithful tither and generous giver. Joe was a member of Hope Church and a faithful member of the Body of Christ.

Joe was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Mercer University with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.  He was a hard worker, evidenced by the fact that by the age of thirty he had purchased and paid for Cooper’s Drugs in Oneida and built and paid for a home at Dogwood Acres Farm.  Joe was gifted for helping people.  If he knew your ailment and believed a natural remedy would help, it would be ordered and sent your way. During his long pharmaceutical career, he would often pay for the medication of patients who couldn’t afford it. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sheila Newport Monroe, and his daughter, Sarah Monroe. He was a loving “Unk” to Frank, David and Paige, who also survive him. When his dad, Dick Monroe, died, the Lord told Joe to read Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Joe was comforted, so we take comfort also knowing Joe was truly of one of God’s saints. He will be remembered and loved by many. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Joe Monroe.

 

Betty Jo Ball left this world on November 11, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center, she was 84. Betty Jo was a member of Pleasant Rock Baptist Church in Smithtown, Kentucky, and in her later years enjoyed visiting many churches in the area. We know she was welcomed into heaven by her savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday night and a crowd of open arms. Maybe her second hug was with Don L., her loving husband, who left us just a few years ago. Perhaps it was with her dad, Elmer, who passed away 67 years ago on Betty Jo’s 17th birthday. It could have been her mother, Gertie, who Betty Jo so lovely cared for in her final years. Her boys, Grant and Jerry, certainly ran to their mother, and got their first hugs from mom in 59 and 54 years. And there is no doubt that Aimee and baby Grant were there eagerly awaiting a cheek rub from mamaw, which all her grandkids will cherish and miss for the rest of their lives. 

Left with decades of fond and colorful memories are her children: Gregory Stewart Hughes of Strunk, Kentucky, Jeffery Wayne Hughes of Winder, Georgia, Tona Leslie Chitwood (Steve) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Teresa Idaera Bruce (Roy) of Andersonville, Tennessee, Michael Shane Ball of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Alex Shawn Ball of Somerset, Kentucky. Her siblings: Harold Swain (Jeanette) of Oxford, Ohio, and Carol Bowman of Sydney, Ohio. Her grandchildren: Jennifer, Kinsley, Nikki, Ashley, Autumn, Cody, Alyson, Josh, Joey; her great grandchildren: Morgan, Madyson, Meredith, Kayla, Ryan, Andrew, Vaeya, Kambree, Marleigh, Kyndrix, Ronan, Greyson, Legend, Jack, Avery, Kallen, Kylee, Tenlee, Hunter; and her great-great grandchild: Elena, as well as a lifetime of friends and chosen family including Dwayne.   

God definitely broke the mold when Betty Jo was born to the late Elmer Swain and Gertie Coffey Swain on February 7, 1937 in Whitley City, Kentucky. She was a feisty, unique, fun-loving, and endlessly caring woman who devoted her life to the betterment of her family and loved ones. During her 84 years, she gave birth to 6 children, Greg, Jeff, Tona, Grant, Teresa, and Jerry, and helped raised Shane and Shawn, and was blessed with many, many grandchildren. She would have given the world to them if she could; she loved, supported, and cheered them all until her final days.  

Betty Jo worked many jobs in her life, including stints at Scotty’s, the shirt factory, and Kroger, but by far her favorite “job” was babysitter and caregiver. Even as a young mother living in Washington and Oregon she found a calling for caring for the children around her. She was a trusted caregiver, who shaped the formative years of so many. Countless kids can recall their early years on Davis Hill with Betty Jo and Don L. where they played hard, learned to cook (or at least make snow cream), can vegetables, and maybe even learned a life lesson or two – but most of all they learned what love was and could be. Aside from spending time with her family, going to church, and babysitting, Betty Jo enjoyed quilting, raising gardens, canning, and cooking, watching Kentucky basketball; and of course, being the boss. She loved to offer you something to drink or eat, and then promptly telling you to ‘well, get up and get it!’  

A few short sentences could never fully capture the life and spirit of Betty Jo Ball. Like so many she lived a life full of trial and tribulations but more importantly she lived a life filled with love. She was of course a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend but that just scratches the surface of what she truly was. She was a provider, a teacher, a jokester, a creator, a beacon. She was the world to so many around her; an embodiment of pure love and with her death a hole in the hearts of so many exists and will never be filled. Betty Jo will always live on in the hearts and minds of her children, her grandchildren, and every single life she touched through the lessons she taught and the love she gave. Because she loved and was loved so deeply she will never be forgotten and she will never really be gone. To the world she was a mother, but to her family she was the world. 

Funeral services was held Monday, November 14, 2021 at the Hickman Strunk Funeral Home in Whitley City, Kentucky with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Tim Corder officiating, and Jeanette Sears playing piano singing hymns. Burial will follow in the Stearns Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to 

Hickman Strunk Funeral Home and Rose Mortuary Broadway for their help with service. 

 

Joyce Rena Branscum age 58 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born March 16, 1963 in Monroe County, Kentucky to Charles Cleary and Vivian (Harrison) Cleary.

Joyce was a member of the Hill Top Baptist Church. She enjoyed attending church services and reading her bible. Joyce was also a retired social worker. In her spare time, she enjoyed music, traveling, fishing, and movies.

Preceding her in death is her husband, Hayden Branscum, and brothers, Royce Kay and Dewayne Thomas.

Surviving family include her parents, Charles & Vivian Cleary; and a host of special friends and extended family that Joyce loved dearly.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky. The family received friends for visitation on Tuesday after 12:00 noon until service time.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Rocky Lee Owens passed from this life on November 13, 2021 at the age of 64. He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 3rd of 1957 to the late Patsy Leon Owens. He lived most of his life in the Beulah Heights community of McCreary County and was recently a resident at Signature Healthcare in Pine Knot.

Rocky is preceded in death by his mother, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.

He is survived by his sisters, Melanie Owens Taylor and Cathy Ball. His brother, Johnnie Owens (wife Karen). As well as his 8 nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews. Uncle Sheral Jones (wife Linda), Aunt Marilyn Sumner (husband Ray), and Aunt Peggy Gabbard. And several special cousins and countless friends.

Rocky was a member of the North McCreary Fire Department since 1980 where he was a dedicated lieutenant and volunteer. He was also a member of the Eagle/Sawyer Fire Department since 1991. He was team manager for the high school boys’ basketball team, which was the first team from McCreary County to play in the Sweet Sixteen. He also was team manager for many softball teams. It was during these special times that he gained lifelong brothers and friends.

He was a member at Indian Creek Baptist Church.

Throughout his life, Rocky enjoyed; fishing, camping, Kentucky basketball, porch sitting, family reunions, listening to music, cooking, spending time at the firehouse, playing cards, activities within the nursing home, spending time with his nieces and nephews, and most of all socializing.

Rocky has made an everlasting impact on everyone who knew him. He will be remembered as a great friend to countless people. Rocky had a heart of gold and such a pure soul. He was filled with so much life, love, and personality. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at the McCreary Funeral home. Funeral services were held at 1pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Burial followed at Barren Fork Cemetery. Bro. Bill Patrick  officiated.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Bobby Joe Sellers, 78, of Elizabethtown, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Robinbrooke Senior Living. He was a native of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and a member of Rineyville Baptist Church. He retired as the owner and operator of Custom Cornices Etc. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, where he served his Country for six years during the Vietnam Era. He will be remembered for his devotion and love for his family and friends. He will be missed by all those who were touched by his presence.

He was preceded in death by mother, Lula Sellers Neal and a sister, Isabelle Poynter. 

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Saylor Sellers of Cecilia; five children, Robert Sellers, Bryant Bailey, Timothy (Doreen) Bailey, Tricia (Len) Risen, and Freeman (Christie) Sellers; a sister, Willina Canada; nine grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; cousins that were raised as brother and sisters, Ken West, Lena Spradlin-Barnett, and Dora Strunk and a host of family and friends. 

The funeral was Sunday, November 7th at 1:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Jerry Shacklett officiating. Burial followed in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens. Visitation was Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home and continues after 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Condolences may be expressed at brownfuneral.com.

Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Jerry Clayton Dople, age 67, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021, at Baptist Health of Corbin.

Born in Creekmore, Kentucky, on May 8, 1954, he was the son of the late Joe C. and Faye (Perkins) Dople. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers: Ricky Joe, Jessie Michael, Dwain, and Gary Dople, and a sister, Gail Dople Myers. A niece Layla Angel Dople and nephews Wendell Leon Dople Jr. and Donnie Paul Davenport.

He is survived by three children: Betty Perkins (Danny) of Loyall, Kentucky, April Wyatt (Tim) of Troy, Ohio, Jarrod Dople (Skyla) of Loyall, KY. Three sisters: Janet Roberts (Eddie) of Pine Knot, Donna (Dople) Ball of Parkers Lake, KY, and Barbara Dople of Pine Knot, six brothers: Jeffery, Wendell, Stanley, Connie, all of Pine Knot, Teddy (Hope) of Strunk, Charlie (Judy) of Strunk, and a sister-in-law: Wilma Dople. A host of nieces and nephews and also, the mother of his children Debi Buell.

Jerry had ten grandchildren: Danny Perkins, III, Lindsay Perkins, Charlie Wyatt, Nathan Wyatt, Jarrod Dople, II, Desmond Dople, Brantley Dople, Jayla Dople, Cash Dople, Greyson Dople, and three great grandchildren: Chloe Perkins, Sydnee Perkins and Bexlee Pace.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook officiating. Visitation was Tuesday from 12:00 noon until time for services at 2:00 p.m. Burial was in the T. Chitwood Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Jerry Dople with funeral arrangements.

 

Melissa Ann (Evans) Phillips age 42 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on November 7, 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late John Wayne Evans and Agnes Mae (Ellenberg) Davis.

Also preceding her in death is her infant son, Zackery Louis Dean Ross; infant brothers, James Carmel Evans and Robert Lee Evans; a sister, Karen Marie (Evans) Phillips; step-father, Clarence Davis; grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins she loved dearly.

Surviving family include her son, Justin Tyle Lee Ross of Strunk, that she loved with all her heart; a sister, Monica Bowling and Daniel, also of Strunk; a special niece, Michelle Phillips and great-niece, Olivia Bruce, of Pine Knot, Kentucky; special nephew, David “Anthony” Lee and Tiffany Phillips and a great-nephew, Hunter Phillips of Strunk; a brother-in-law, David Lee Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky; and a host of other relative that Melissa loved dearly.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder and Bro. Lucas Phillips officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Donnie Paul Davenport age 38 of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Donnie was born on February 3, 1983 in Somerset, Kentucky to Donny Ray Davenport and Donna Mae (Dople) Ball.

He enjoyed spending time with his sons, family, and friends. Donnie thrived off making people laugh; always wanting to see you smile, laugh, and have fun. He even enjoyed making his dad’s dog, Miley, play. He truly had a pleasurable personality that would make anyone feel better. Donnie had a smile that would light up any room. He was a carpenter by trade and was a hard-working father. This past year Donnie had devoted his life to God and was expecting his first grandbaby in 2022. Her name is Ember Rayne.

Donnie is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joe C. & Fay Dople; paternal grandparents, Paul & Joyce Davenport; a great-grandmother, Delia Lewis & Roy; uncles, Jessie Michael, Dewain, and Gary Dople; an aunt, Bertha Gail Dople; and cousins, Layla Angel Dople, Wendell Leon Dople Jr., and Joelle Lawson.

Surviving family include his sons whom he loved very much, Samuel Paul Davenport and Marcus Noyle Calvin Troxell; a brother, Dustin Davenport; a sister, Joyce Davenport; uncles, Jerry Jeff, Wendell, Standley, Connie, Teddy (and Hope), Charlie (and Judy) Dople, and Robert Davenport (and Sherry); and aunts, Janet Roberts (and Eddie), Barbara Dople, Wilma Dople, Joann Logue (and Harold).

Also surviving are special cousins that Donnie grew up with, Stacey Strunk (and Kyle), Tiffany Terry (and Jason), Tonya Perez (and Eric), Joey Dople, Mara Miller (and Silas), Aaron Stephens, as well as many other cousins; nephews, Jase Bess, Dustin, Dominic, Malachi, and Zachariah Davenport; and nieces, Madelyn and Jessie Davenport.

Donnie will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 11:00 am until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expense. You can make a payment by phone by calling, 606-354-9100.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Leslie Douglas Patterson II, age 55, of Gosport, IN., passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Indianapolis, IN.

He was born in Indianapolis, IN., on August 12, 1966, to the late Leslie Douglas Patterson Sr., and Regina Kay Patterson. Leslie served his Country by serving in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. 

Leslie is survived by his daughter, Megan Elise (Ed) Elmore; Sons, Leslie Douglas Patterson III, Drake Mitchell Patterson and Luke Dalton Patterson; sisters, Yolanda (David) Schrowe and Lisa (James) Wood; 3 nieces and 3 nephews; 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by; father, Leslie Douglas Patterson Sr. and Mother, Regina Kay Patterson.

Funeral Services for Leslie Douglas Patterson II were held Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Shangrila Chapel, 1444 W US Hwy 52, Fountaintown, IN., 46130. 

Graveside services were held Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Nevelsville Cemetery off the Day Ridge Road in Whitley City, Kentucky. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Leslie Douglas Patterson II.

 

Reverend Robert Granville Gilreath, age 90, died Friday, October 29th, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

Robert was born May 24th, 1931 in Bear Wallow, Kentucky to Leslie and Maudie Gilreath. Robert married Mable Jarvis on December 19th, 1956, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Together they were blessed with the lights of Robert’s life, his four daughters, Jeanie, Betty, Sherri, and Debbie. 

He joined the Army in 1952, and became a Corporal before being honorably discharged in 1960. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. Saved by God in 1959, Robert was a member of the Mountain Assembly Church of God for 60 years. He lived his life in service of the Lord and pastored at Revelo Church of God for some 40 years. 

In addition to preaching, he worked as a carpenter and contractor. Robert enjoyed spending time with friends and family, spreading his joy through jokes, stories from the past, and witnessing the love of God. He touched the lives of all who knew him with his unwavering faith, joy of life, and contagious sense of humor. 

He is survived by his wife, Mable Gilreath, his brother, Leslie Gilreath Jr., his daughters, Jeanie Wright (Donnie), Betty Kimbrell, Sherri Davis (Mark), and Debbie Gilreath, his grandchildren, Laina Wright Yocom (Jeremiah), Aaron Wright (Laura), Terah Kimbrell (Madison Wenzler), Saraya Hawkins (Hudson), and Brittany Price Mason, and his great-grandchildren, Judah, Jadah, and Jerah Yocom, and JJ Mason. 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Kay, and his siblings, Annalou Gilreath, Myrtle Holloway, Ernie Gilreath, Herman Gilreath, and Wanda Bryson. 

Robert will be remembered as a beacon of light in the church and communities he served. The family greeted friends from 12:00 noon until funeral service time at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021, at the Revelo Church of God in Revelo, Kentucky. Rev. Jay Walden will be officiating. Burial was at be King Cemetery on Pig Skin Road in Revelo.

McCreary County Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

 

Ester Ellen Goodin, age 76 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Saturday, October 30, 2021 at her home. 

She was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on August 9, 1945 the daughter of the late Lawrence and Lettie (Perry) Spradlin. Ellen was the owner of Goodin’s Discount, a member of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to church, singing gospel music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Her parents; two children she raised as her own, Ella Mae Goodin and Roy Goodin; siblings, Donald “Buddy” Perry, Lee Spradlin, Ray Spradlin, and Willa Mae Perry; great grandson, Riley “Brett” Patrick precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Bro. Dow W. Goodin; children, Jonathan Goodin (Mable) of Whitley City, Delbert Goodin (Sherry) of Stearns, Pamela Bryant (Raymond Clark) of Stearns, Greg Goodin (Donna) of Parkers Lake, Sebrina Campbell (Wayne) of Parkers Lake, and Dow Jr. Goodin of Monticello; grandchildren; Paula Sharon, Teresa Mitchell, Pamela Taylor, Susan Mink, Paul Allen Sharon, Joshua Miller, Paul Davis, Adam Davis, Tiffany Goodin, David Hastings, Estel Swain, Bobby Bryant, Shane Bryant, Kandra Bryant, Darah Troxell, Josh Goodin, Craig Goodin, Lindsey Goodin, Keshia Patrick, and Katalyn Mercer; 28 great grandchildren and 1 on the way; sister, Mila Sue Smith of Sawyer; and children whom Ellen and Dow raised, Carolyn Coleman, Daisy Loudermilk, and Linda Vanover.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Goodin and Bro. Ray Sumner officiating. Burial followed in the Marlar Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Eli Wilson, age 87, husband of Viola (McCarter) Neal Wilson, of Pine Knot, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Born in Pine Knot, Kentucky, on August 27, 1934, he was the son of the late Ezra and Dessie (Brannam) Wilson. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a step-son, Richard Frances “Rick” Neal two sisters: Evelyn Wilson Cooper (1968) and Patricia Ellen Wilson Jones (1983).

Surviving family include his wife, Viola Wilson whom he married November 13, 1984, three sons: Timothy Allen Wilson, James Ezra Wilson, Thomas Eli Wilson (Sherry) all of Pine Knot, three grandchildren: Timothy Howard Wilson (Kathy), Tiffany Danielle Wilson, James Eugene Wilson (Michelle), two step-grandchildren: Aaron Neal and Alicia Ulrich, six, great grandchildren and seven great, great-grandchildren. Eli had a special first cousin whom he talked to daily, Kathleen Marnhout.

Eli had been a truck driver having retired from Dixie Auto Transport. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of Hayes Creek Church of God. He loved the Lord and going to church. He very much delighted in his grand kids and great grand kids. He was a farmer and took great pleasure in his farm having said that the only thing more beautiful than new born calves was Viola.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Hayes Creek Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation Sunday after 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Kathy Carson, age 57 years, 9 months, and 6 days, widow of Kenny Carson, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Services were held Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was Thursday October 21, 2021, in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

She was born January 10, 1964, in Parkers Lake, Kentucky to Clyde Tucker and Gladys Keith Tucker. Kathy was a member of the Walkers Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters, going to Gatlinburg, crafts, lawn work, gardening, but spending time with her grandchildren brought her the most joy. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Kenny Carson, brothers, Eddie Tucker, Larry Tucker, and Melvin Tucker, and sister, Margaret Tucker. 

Survivors include her son, Kenny Nathaniel Carson, and wife, Whitney, daughter, Amanda Dugger, and husband, Randall, brothers, C.J. Tucker, and wife, Patsy, Roger Tucker, and wife, Linda, Willard Tucker, and wife, Cathy, and Rick Tucker, and wife, Shonda, sisters, Janice Jones, and husband, Dave, and Judy Ball, and husband, Bennie, grandchildren, Kennedy Carson, Abram Carson, and Mattis Dugger, and a special nephew, Travis Tucker, who helped care for her. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Kathy Carson. 

 

Judy Renea Hansford, age 46 years, 8 months, and 2 day, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Friday, October 22, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

She was born February 16, 1975, in Somerset, Kentucky. Judy was a member of the Whitley City Latter Day Saints Church. She enjoyed University of Kentucky sports, doing yard work, and tending to her ferns. 

Survivors include, her mother, Mary Cox, the father of her children, Tony Hansford, son, Creed Hansford, daughter, Chelsea Bradley, sisters, Rhonda West, and husband, Jason, and Lisa Cole, and two grandchildren, Lyric and Connor. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Judy Hansford.

 

Daphne Loze’s life didn’t come to an end with her death, but began her eternal life to worship the Lord. Daphne passed away on October 19, 2021, at the age of 49 after a courageous battle with pneumonia, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to carry her legacy of living their lives to honor the Most High.

Daphne was born to Larry and Loraine Loudermilk on December 28, 1971. Graduated from McCreary Central High School in 1989 and went on to earn her Batchelor’s Degree in Business and Early Childhood Education from University of the Cumberlands and Eastern Kentucky University respectively. She married the love of her life, George, in June of 2003, inheriting three bonus children: Britt, Shellee, and Mary. George and Daphne worked side by side, running Lighthouse Physical Therapy, located in Whitley City, KY for 20 years, and loved their community.

The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Daphne. She adored her grandchildren: Kenna, Collins, and Keegan Loze; Kayla, Norah, and Finlee Holt; Isaiah and Abby Bracken. Was enthralled watching her nephews Noah and Daniel, and niece Megan play sports and grow into amazing young people. She fawned over every animal she saw, had a passion for worshiping Jesus, pouring into young women’s lives, and had an uncanny ability to always have the right thing to say in any situation. Her laugh was infectious and loved spreading it amongst her family and friends. She will have a permanent spot in each of their hearts.

Daphne is survived by her husband, George Loze. Children and their spouses: Britt and Anna Loze, Shellee and Cory Holt, Mary and Jeff Bracken. Her father and mother: Larry and Loraine Loudermilk. Brother and spouse: Bryson and Angela Loudermilk. Grandchildren: Kenna, Collins and Keegan Loze, Kayla, Norah and Finlee Holt, Isaiah and Abigail Bracken. Nephews and niece: Noah and Daniel, and Megan Loudermilk. Daphne was preceded in her death by her Grandparents: Porter and Freda Watters and Mathew and Bernice Stephens, and her beloved fur baby, Chelsea.

Funeral services were held 3pm Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the Whitley City Church of God. Burial followed in the Whitley City Church of God Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12pm Saturday at the Church

In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make donations to the gofundme link attached to our website.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Betty Sue (Strunk) Spradlin, age 74, of Winfield, Tennessee, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

She was born in Winfield, Tennessee, on June 8, 1947, to the late Louie and Madeline (Chitwood) Strunk. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Willard Spradlin, a brother, Lloyd Strunk, two nephews: Donald Strunk and Carl James Strunk, Jr. and nieces, Patsy Strunk Stephens and Kenlee Duncan.

Surviving family include six brothers and sisters: Anna Lou Strunk of Strunk, Kentucky, Johnny Lee Strunk (Betty) of Strunk, Carl Strunk (Opal) of Winfield, Delmon Strunk (Phyllis) of Winfield, Elmon Strunk (Alene) of Winfield, and Benny Strunk (Jenny) of Strunk, and a sister-in-law, Anna Strunk of Strunk.

Betty was a homemaker and member of Isham United Baptist Church. She enjoyed feeding birds and all the animals that came to her house. She loved animals of all kinds and her pets, Lady and Snoopy.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Richard May and John L. Strunk officiating. She was laid to rest at the Silerville Cemetery. The family received friends on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until time for services at 2:00 p.m.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Mary Alice Musgrove, age 53, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

She was born June 20, 1968, in Oneida, Tennessee, to the late Eldred and Sophia (Meadows) Musgrove. Her parents precede her in death as well as two brothers: Richard Lee Musgrove and Edwin Musgrove.

Surviving family include a sister, Doris (and Costello) Wilson and two sisters-in-law: Beverly Musgrove and Karen Winchester (and James). Her nieces and nephews are: Teresa (and Ray) King, Missy, Tony, Jeffery, Connor, Ben and Sophia Wilson, Anthony (and Rhonda) Bryant, Derek (and Stacey) Musgrove, Dana (and Jacob) Sharp, Johnny, Dalton and Cody Ridner, Crystal (and Dale) Griffis, Casey (and Brittany) Musgrove, and Edwin (and Jessica) Musgrove.

Mary Alice was disabled but lived a good and happy life. She enjoyed her “work” which was coloring, drawing and scribbling, She enjoyed sitting on the porch with Beverly and playing with the kids.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Ryan Wells officiating. She was laid to rest at the Musgrove Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Friday after 12:00 noon until service time. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Donald Lee Perry, age 58 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died October 22, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on October 16, 1963 the son of Hiram and Goldie (Manning) Perry. Donald had worked in construction for Dana Phillips Construction and Wade Privett. He enjoyed watching wrestling, helping other, spending time with his family, but he greatest joy in life was spending time with his son.

His parents; grandparents, John and Lou Manning and Manuel and Mattie Perry; brothers, Hiram Perry, Jr. and Billy Spradlin; sister, Lena Smallwood; brother-in-law Jimmy Smallwood and father-in-law, Elmer Troxell and precede him in death.

Survivors include his fiancé, Audrey Goodlett; son, Brandon Perry of Whitley City; brother, Kenneth Perry (Ella) of Marshes Siding; sisters, Joyce Roysden ( Earnest) of Winfield, Tennessee and Ruby Stephens of Monticello; mother-in-law, Evelyn Troxell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1pm Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Monday, October 25, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Patricia Arlene Smith, age 56 years, of London, Kentucky died Thursday, October 21, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on November 4, 1964 the daughter of Thurman and Thelma (Taylor) Keith. Patricia had worked as a hostess at the Cumberland Falls State Park. Her greatest enjoyment in life were her grandchildren.

Her father, Thurman Keith; husband, Donald Larry Smith; and son, Clint Smith precede her in death.

Survivors include her mother, Thelma Keith of London, Kentucky; sons, Tyler Smith (Erica) and Ryan Smith (Brittany) both of London; brother, Donnie Keith (Holly) of Somerset; sisters, Sheila Keith and Sherry Keith both of London, and Jennifer Thomas (Paul) of Parkers Lake; and grandchildren, Mia Smith, Gracen Smith, and Jamison Smith.

Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, October 25, 2021 at the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church with Bro. Jim Cook and Bro. Joe Warman officiating. Burial followed in the Eagle Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Monday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Barbara Ann Stephens, age 60 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, wife of Mike Stephens, died Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born in Hamilton, Ohio on September 19, 1961 the daughter of John Frank and Lucy Ann (Young) Hill. Barb had been manager at the Dollar General Store in Huntsville, Tennessee, and her greatest joy in life was being with her grandchildren.

Her parents precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Mike Stephens of Whitley City; daughter, Madonna Bridges (Jamie) of Helenwood, Tennessee; brothers, Thomas Hill of Stearns, Kentucky and Johnnie Hill of Huntsville, Tennessee; sisters, Sherri Strunk and Terri Stephens both of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Michael Kinnett, Dani Vanover, Isaiah Bridges, and Hannah Bridges; great grandchildren, Nova Kinnett, whom was her pride and joy, Zoë Bridges, and Kohlson Bridges; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held 2pm Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Hill Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Bennie Jerald Stephens, age 55, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away at the UK Medical Center on Sunday, October 17, 2021, with his family by his side.

He was born March 13, 1966 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Geneva Kathleen (Stephens) Campbell. He was of the Baptist faith. He served in the United States Air Force and was employed at the Morgan County Correctional Complex for many years. 

In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by step-father Elmus Leroy Campbell, brother Ronald Lay, brother Kelly Dale Campbell, nephew Joseph Lay, niece Tina Genoe, brother-in-law Randy Bryant, and brother-in-law Bobby Genoe. 

Surviving family include: daughter Ashley Ellis(and Landon) of Cookeville, Tennessee; Sisters; Reva Bryant of Whitley City, Kentucky, Tammy Perry of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Joyce Howard of Pine Knot, Wanda Neal (and husband Earl) of Connersville, Indiana; and brother Danny Lay of Whitley City, and sister-in-law Linda Lay of Pine Knot. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends to mourn his passing. 

Bennie had a passion for singing, with a beautiful voice. He enjoyed karaoke and singing with all his friends and family. He never met a stranger and was a friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed helping others. He enjoyed sports related activities. His kindness and his powerful voice will be remembered and missed by all.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Ledford and Bro. Larry Fults officiating. Burial followed at the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Janice C. Stephens, age 78, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away peacefully October 14, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 13, 1943 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky, to the late Roy New and Clara (Vestal) New.

On September 30, 1961, she married Clarence Stephens who preceded her in death on February 26, 2018. Janice is survived by son Clarence (Sandy) Stephens of Sidney, daughter-in-law, Mellisa Stephens of Piqua, grandchildren; Jennifer, Roy, David, Lindsey, Clinton and thirteen great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, son Kevin Stephens, two brothers and five sisters.

Janice was of the Baptist faith.  She enjoyed attending to her vegetable and flower gardens.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and no one ever left her home hungry.  She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends visited on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney.  Funeral services were held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jerry Siler officiating. Burial followed at Shelby Memory Gardens, Sidney.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice in Janice’s memory.

Online memories may be made at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.

 

Richard Harold Sumner, age 73 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, son of the late Edwin and Nora (Perry) Sumner, died Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on July 15, 1948 the son of the late Edwin and Nora (Perry) Sumner. Richard was a member of the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church, had retired as a logger, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine Hicks; brother, Donald Sumner; nephew, Shawn Sumner; niece, Patricia Hicks; and brother-in-law, Arvil Lee Hicks.

Survivors include his brother, Bobby (Ruth) Sumner of Whitley City, Kentucky; nieces, Debbie Bell and Joyce Roberts; nephews, Michael (Donna) Sumner, Scotty (Susie) Hicks, Ronnie Hicks; sister-in-law, Linda Sumner all of Whitley City, Kentucky; 2 great nephews; 6 great nieces; 5 great-great nephews; and 9 great-great nieces.

Funeral services were held 12pm Monday, October 25, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Butler Eugene Waters, age 82, husband of Annemarie Rohrl Waters passed away October 23, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born March 27, 1939 at Whitley City, Kentucky, son of the late Butler J. Watters, and Margie (King) Watters, McCreary County, Kentucky.

Butler retired from U.S. Army, 20 years Honorable Service Combat Veteran with the Black Horse Regiment (11 A.C.R.). He graduated from college at a Certified Teacher in Kentucky, he taught Junior ROTC at Pulaski and McCreary Counties, coached varsity rifle team, earned several State Championships and one National Champion, that was awarded at West Point, New York, by N.R.A.

He was elected Magistrate for the #3 District of McCreary County, rebuilt and paved Hwy 478 to Whitley County Line, re-established three (C.C.C.) road as a Kentucky main priority road, began reconstruction and paving of Peal Dog Wood road into New Liberty, replaced many wooden bridges with concrete drainage structures. He also helped draw boundary lines for redistricting of county as mandated by 1990 census. He was a Director of McCreary County E.M.S. during time of financial crises and Commissioner with McCreary County Water/Waste Water District for 15 years. Over 55 million dollars in Grants and Loans spent for McCreary County improvements.

Butler was employed by Jim Barna Log Systems for 10 years, 2000 top sales person, #1 in units sold, #1 in monies earned, member of Million Dollar Club.

He was a born again Christian, made a new creation in Christ Jesus, the husband of a beautiful wife, Annemarie Rohrl Waters, for 61 years, had four wonderful god fearing children, James B. Waters and wife Sophia of Stearns, Kentucky, Thomas E. Waters of Clarksville, TN., Mary Lou Thomas and husband Donald of Stearns, Kentucky and Gabrielle Jones and husband Ken of Jacksonville, FL., nine special grand-children, nine precious great grand-children, nine brothers and sisters, with one brother preceding him in death, and he also leaves a group of family that he loved, cherished and thanked God for each day. He enjoyed a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bottom line, he is the great I am. I am all that I am because of His Grace and Love. Choices have consequences, as the Father leads, chose Jesus as Lord and Savior before it is eternally to late, avoid hell! It’s your choice, choose life in Jesus, or eternal hell with Satan the devil. John 3: 3-21; Ecclesiastes 12, 13 and 14.

A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.

McCreary County Funeral home entrusted with the arrangements for Cremation of his body as he requested. He hopes to see you in Heaven in his glorified body. All is well in Christ Jesus!

 

Timothy Lee West, age 46 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Saturday, October 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on December 10, 1974 the son of Richard West and Dora (Bryant) West. Tim had worked as a contract labor being able to do anything that was needing done. Hunting, fishing, ginseng, and anything outdoors was his enjoyment in life, but most especially his children. His son, Beau West precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Nickie (Douglas) of Parkers Lake; father, Richard West of Rockport, Kentucky; mother, Dora West of Pine Knot; son, Timothy West of Parkers Lake; daughters, Allison West, Jasmine West, Timberly West, and Caroline West all Parkers Lake; brother, Barry West of Pine Knot and David West of Rockport; sisters, Sammy West of Pine Knot and Tammy Littrell of Whitley City; and special friends, Bobby and Rosalie Creekmore.

Funeral services were held 3pm Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Douglas Cemetery. The family received friends after 1pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dillard Logan “Milky” Wright, Jr., also fondly called Nooner by family members,  age 92, died Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 8:07 am at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held at Stearns First Baptist Church with Pastor Hilton Duncan officiating. Mr. Wright was laid to rest in the Angel Cemetery, alongside his wife, Wilma, of 53 years, in Stearns. 

Born in Stearns, Kentucky, on May 23, 1929, he was the son of Dillard Wright and Sylvania Marlar Wright, and one of 13. 

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Shirley Nunn Wright, whom he married on June 23, 2007, a son, Daniel Wright of Stearns, and two daughters, Vickie Wright of Whitley City, Kentucky and Linda Wright Neal and her husband, Dan, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Wright was blessed with four grandchildren: Daniel Wright, Joshua Wright, Lauren Neal, and Henry Neal, and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Wright has one surviving sister; Belle Wright Murphy of Marble Falls, Texas.

Over the course of his life, Mr. Wright, or better known by his family, friends, and acquaintances as Junior, was a truck driver, a coal miner, a heavy equipment operator/foreman and, the occupation dearest to his heart, a farmer. He found joy and purpose in being with his cows, telling family stories from his childhood and above all else, he loved the Lord. 

Hickman Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Dillard Wright, Jr.. 

Obituary written by family.

 

Sheila Kaye (Pennicuff) Shane age 55 of Stearns, Kentucky passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, October 23, 2021, one day short of her 56th birthday.

Born on October 24, 1965 in Muncie, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Estel Ray Pennicuff and Calla Fay (Massengale) Watson. Also preceding her in death is her daughter, Ashlie Nikole Shane.

Sheila was a homemaker after working in several restaurants and factories in and around McCreary County. She loved spending time with her family and friends, music, and being outdoors. Sheila also loved animals of all kinds.

Those she leaves behind include her son, John Michael Wright of Indiana; her longtime companion, Jody Phillips of Stearns; her sister, Shanna (Watson) Jones of Stearns; brothers, Eugene Watson of Texas and Ernie Watson (wife, Darlene) of Louisiana; the man who raised her and whom she called “Dad”, Donald Dickman; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and many other friends and family who will always love and miss her.

In keeping of Sheila’s wishes, she will be cremated and buried with her daughter, Ashlie.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

George William Whitehead, age 80, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Baptist Health Corbin.

He was born in Worley, Kentucky, on February 2, 1941, to the late Denton and Ethel Ross Whitehead. George drove a garbage truck for Scott Solid Waste. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed being outdoors at Rock Creek and in the mountains, but his greatest joy was spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandson, Liam Worley, he loved them all dearly. He really missed his nephew Jimmy “Sam” Daugherty. 

George is survived by his former wife; Doris Jean Hall, the mother of his children and his best friend, Sons; Johnny Whitehead of Stearns, KY., Gary Whitehead and wife Becky of Stearns, KY., a special son; Lonnie Hall of Stearns, KY., daughter: Joyce Worley and husband Roy of Stearns, KY., brother; Ardell Whitehead and wife Judy of Stearns, KY., sisters; Alma Daugherty, Wilma Sterling and Audrey Jones all of Stearns, KY., Eleven grandchildren and Twelve great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Denton and Ethel Ross Whitehead, he is preceded in death by his brother; Rev. Glenn Whitehead and nephew; Jimmie “Sam” Daugherty.

Funeral Services for George Whitehead were held Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brother Ray Sumner and Brother David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Nancy Grave Cemetery. Visitation was from 11:00 am Wednesday, October 27th, until time for funeral service at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for George William Whitehead.

 

Irene Atkinson, age 54 years, 5 months, and 20 days, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating.  Burial was in the Wright Cemetery.

She was born April 26, 1967, in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, to Parker Dick and Neak Lowey Dick. Irene enjoyed going to the park and visiting with friends and family. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers, Robert Dick, Ricky Dick, and Richard Dick, and sister, Joyce Dick.

Survivors include her son, Johnny Bates, and wife, Katrina, brother, Junior Ray Dick, sisters, Rosie Vaughn, and husband, Jason, Susie Flynn, Linda Herald, and husband, Tommy, Wanda Dick, and Glenna Helton, and grandchildren, Rachel and Johnny III.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Irene Atkinson.

 

Shirley June Laxton Carson, age 85 of Huntsville, TN, passed peacefully at home on October 16th, 2021. Shirley was the heart of a loving family who are blessed with her memory and look forward to reuniting with her in Heaven.  In addition to her parents, Shirley is pre-deceased by her sister Evelyn Laxton King. 

She is survived by her husband, Arzo Carson (Director Emeritus, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation); daughter, Scarlett Wirt (Laurel, MD), son and daughter-in-law Jared and Michelle (Drinnon) Carson (Huntsville); grandson John Carson (Huntsville) and fiancé Emily Mays; granddaughter and son-in-law Merry (Carson) and Hughston Lay (Powell, TN); sister, Anna Ruth Clark (Oneida); many beloved nieces and nephews; and special caregivers Jessica Eads and Lisa Bryant.  

The family received friends on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Oneida, TN, with Rev. Philip Kazee officiating.  

Interment was held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the Carson Memorial Park in Oneida, TN.  

Condolences may be sent to the family at:  P.O. Box 235, Huntsville, TN  37756.

You may sign Shirley’s online guestbook at www.jonesandsonfh.net

Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Shirley June Laxton Carson.

 

Robin Scott Cordell, age 51, of Somerset, KY, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Robin was born on May 11, 1970 in Muncie, IN to the late Aubrey Cordell, Jr. and Wanda Duncan Cordell.  He loved his family above all else.  Robin was a longtime football coach for all age levels in McCreary County, Pulaski County and Scott County, TN.  He was of the Baptist faith and attended Dixie Freedom Baptist Church.  Robin loved the outdoors and yearly hunting trips with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya Bowden Cordell, whom he married on October 14, 2006 in Strunk, KY; his children, Rachel Cordell (and Josh) Ball of Somerset, Hunter Cordell of Somerset, Storm Cordell of Somerset, Tate Cordell of Somerset, McKenzie Cordell of Somerset and McKayla Cordell of Somerset; three grandsons, Atreyu Ball, Bastian Ball and Caelen Ball; one sister, Tina (and Adam) West of Winfield, TN; three nephews, Timmy West, Michael West and Brett Cordell; and one niece Adina West.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey Cordell, Jr. and Wanda Cordell.

Visitation was Monday, October 18, 2021 from 11:00am until 1:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

His funeral service followed on Monday at 1:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Corder officiating. 

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to the Robin Cordell Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1441, Somerset, KY 42502.

You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website:  www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Robin Cordell.

 

Judy Taylor Corder, born October 26, 1954, age 66 years, 11 months, 13 days passed away on October 13, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at her home. Judy is preceded in death by her mother and step-father Edna and James Sparks and her father and step-mother Claude “Toad” Taylor and Opal Taylor. Judy is also preceded in death by 2 beloved sisters, Francis “Penny” Kennedy and Joy Kay Taylor. Judy is also preceded in death by the father of two of her middle children and the love of her life, Jerry A Corder. Judy is survived by her oldest son, Chris Worley (Linda), Brandy N. Corder (Beau), Brad Corder (Samantha) and Tara Hensley (Trent). Brooke Doran (Corey), Living siblings, Wanda “Cheryl” Hill (Widowed, Bill Hill) Jerry Taylor, (Caroline), Janet Taylor (Squeak), Jeffrey Taylor (Cindy), Jo Taylor, Jacob Taylor, and Jill Doran. Judy is also survived by a special companion Jim Saylor.

Judy leaves behind a legacy of 6 grandchildren from Chris Worley (Linda): Colby Worley (Chelsea), Kelsey Worley (Rambo), Braxton Worley, Ethan Cox, Ricky Cox and Keaton Worley, Judy leaves a legacy of 4 grandchildren from Brandy N. Corder (Beau): Tyler Smith, Donovan Marnhout(Janelle), Isabella Marnhout, and Lily Marnhout, A legacy of 6 grandchildren from Brad Corder(Samantha):  Brandon Corder, Hunter Peters, Samuel Peters, Callie Corder,  Trinity Corder, Jackson Corder. A legacy of 5 grandchildren from Tara Hensley (Trent) Taegan Hensley, Kaiden Rains, Conner Hensley, Kamden Rains, and Kassidy Hensley. Judy is also survived by 7 very special great great-grandchildren, Tate Worley, Braelyn Worley, Jaxton Worley Brayton Worley, Brexton Worley, Liam Bennett Emah Bennett and 1 more is on the way!! Judy is also survived by a very special, dear friend of 40+ years, named Gwen Hamlin. To all who knew, and love Judy knew without any doubt that she was the most unconditionally loving, unconditionally caring and unconditionally forgiving woman her babies and many others have ever encountered. Judy had a lifelong career as a seamstress, 1st at The Shirt Factory then American Bag Co-operation who worked her way up to a supervisory role. Judy was always seeking to improve herself by completing her GED 1 year after her eldest daughter did and she also went to college for a while, always adding to her knowledge. Judy was Christian, strong believer in Jesus Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit. She sought to walk as closely to her values as she could, but to err is to be human. She worked so hard to do her best by all of us and we will live daily to do our best by her. Rest easy our Mom, Momma, and Momma Bear.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 16, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Judy Taylor Corder.

Obituary was written by family.  

 

Louise DeLaughter, age 62 of Whitley City, Kentucky, left this life, Tuesday, October 12 2021, at Corbin Medical Center.

She was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, on July 26, 1959. She is the daughter of Bonnie Lee Barber. She spent her life devoted to her family raising four sons and then raising four grandchildren. She loved cooking, reading, watching birds and spending all her time with her family. She loved being surrounded by her family and animals. She was kind and helped anyone that needed extra love.

She is survived by her loving husband, Terry DeLaughter of 44 years. Her sons; Chris DeLaughter of Whitley City, Jason and wife Victoria DeLaughter of Whitley City, Jeremy and wife Charli DeLaughter of Whitley City, and Billy and his wife Brittany DeLaughter of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her grandchildren; Natalia, Cheyenne, Cody, Jazmine, James, Blaze and Moon DeLaughter, Mother-In-Law; Betty and her husband Bill Summit, Niece; Margaret Racca and her best friend Vicki and her husband Mike Newman.

She joins in death her mother; Bonnie Lee Barber, sister; Sharon Corkern, sister; Ann and husband Mike Racca, and nephew; Will Racca.

She always quoted, “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all”.

Funeral service for Louise DeLaughter were Monday, October 18, 2021, in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home at 1:00 PM with Brother Bruce Dixon officiating, visitation was from 11:00 AM until time for the funeral service. Burial followed in the Whitley City Church of God cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the services for Louise DeLaughter.

 

Beverly Gwen Kidd, age 60 years, of Strunk, Kentucky, wife of Jeff Kidd, died Saturday October 9, 2021 at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

She was born in Stearns, Kentucky on July 25, 1961 the daughter of Euell and Norm Lee (Bruce) Hoskins. Beverly had worked for Papa’s Pizza for many years, was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, enjoyed doing crafts, but her grandchildren was the joy of her life.

Her parents; first husband, Rick Tucker; and sisters, Judy King and Myrtle “Lee” Gregory precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Kidd of Strunk, Kentucky; children, Kinsye Collins (Adam) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and Stuart Tucker (Taylor) of Cartersville, Georgia; siblings, Linda Worley of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, Sue Ford (Danny) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, Euell Hoskins, Jr. of Monticello, Kentucky, JC “Buddy: Hoskins (Shirley) of Monticello, Kentucky, Robin Smith of Helenwood, Tennessee, Ralph Hoskins of Arkansas, William A. “Bill” Hoskins of Whitley City, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Jacob Leger, Kinley Collins, Addyson Collins, Nashton Kirby, Brooklyn Cagle, and Hunter Sewell.

Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. Burial followed in the Whitley City Church of God Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Brenda Gail Lewis, age 66 of Stearns, Kentucky died Monday, October 11, 2021at the Medical Center Bowling Green, Kentucky.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on December 17, 1954 the daughter of Nelson and Alice (Richardson) Garland. Brenda was a homemaker, and her greatest joy in life were her grandchildren.

Her parents; son Raymond King; brothers, John Roscoe Garland, Donnie Gene Garland, and Alvis Mitchell Garland; sisters, Emma Joan Canada and Mary Delina Garland; and companion of 21 years, Raymond “Cub” Ball.

Survivors include her daughter, Crystal Marlow of Huntsville, Tennessee; brother, Curtis Nelson Garland of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Vonda May Courtney of Whitley City, Kentucky, Patricia Carol Jackson of Oneida, Tennessee, Peggy Sheila Douglas of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Beverly Phyllis Steele of Pine Knot, and Freida Leona Bryant of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Travis “PeeDad” Marlow, Shae “Blossom” Honeycutt, Tabitha “Pickles” King, Madison King, Gabrielle King, Haley Yancey, Everly Ball and Drayven Ball; and a special friend, Mike Ball.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial followed in the Douglas Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Christie Nicole Lay age 36 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Louisville.

She was born on December 27, 1984 in Somerset, Kentucky to Gary Poynter and Lisa Lay.

Christie loved her family first and foremost. She loved and enjoyed rescuing animals and helping them get well. Christie also enjoyed going to the game room and being with friends. Above of all her hobbies, Christie loved being outdoors, camping, hiking, and anything with nature. She loved nature.

Surviving family include her parents, Gary and Lisa; her companion, Joey Dople; her sons, Joseph Austin Dople, Isiah Justin Dople, and Jeremiah Calvin Dople; and brothers, Greg Poynter (and Heather) and Austin Poytner.

Also surviving are a host of special aunts, Kathy McKay (and Charles), Pam Holcomb (and Jeff), Linda Stevens (and Mike), and Lavonna Marlow, special cousins, Chris Holcomb, Shawn Holcomb, and Michael Privett, and a very special mamaw, Violet Keeton, whom Christie considered as her 2nd mother

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Tuesday after 12:30 pm until service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with expense.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Loyd Dawson Perry, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died October 10, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on September 20, 1946 the son of Charles and Laura (Cox) Perry. Loyd had worked for Cumberland Falls State Park in the warehouse and maintenance. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his family was his whole world and his grandchildren were the greatest light of his life.

His parents; brothers, Bradford Perry and Linville Perry; sisters, Gladys Altimar, Marilyn Covert, and Georgia Renfro; and great grandson, Coleman Cecil Ridener precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Rema Joyce (Lynch) Perry; sons, Steve Perry (Gayla) and Kevin Perry (Cynthia) both of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Sheila Frederick (Jon) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Stephanie Perry (Ruben) of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Norman Perry, Boyd Perry, and Charles Ray Perry all of Parkers Lake; sisters, Clara Lay of Cincinnati, Ohio and Sandra Tucker of Somerset, Kentucky; grandchildren, Travis, Laura, Dustin, Chase, Angel, Jordan, Lane, Matt, Abby, and Allie; and great grandchildren, Brayden, Hunter, Easton, Eli, Connor, Collin, and Nate.

Funeral services were held 3pm Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Beulah Heights Bible Missionary Church with Bro. Ivy Campbell. Burial followed in the Frederick-Perry Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Albert “Dag” Ardell Terry, age 56, husband of Mary Winchester Terry, of Whitley City, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021, at his home.

He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky, on December 5, 1964, to the late Albert J. Terry and Rosa Flynn Coffey. Dag was a welder for a boat manufacturer in Monticello, Kentucky and Truss builder for Lumber King in Whitley City. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, jeep riding, playing cornhole, but above all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Dag is survived by his wife; Mary Winchester Terry of Whitley City, KY., Son; Wesley and wife Stephanie Terry of Stearns, Kentucky, daughters; Ashley Terry and fiancé, Craig Chambers of Oneida, TN, Amy Terry of Casey County, KY., sisters; Vaunita “Nita” Vaughn and husband Bill of Stearns, KY., half-brothers; Joshua Terry and Jason Terry of Whitley City, KY., Grandchildren; Kade Chambers, Waylon Terry, Miley Slaven, McKenna Wilham, Kylie Sims and Teagan Kennedy, Special friend; Joe Vaughn of Whitley City, KY.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister; Patty Miller and very good friend Brian Gibson.

Funeral Service for Dag Terry were held Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brother Steve Stephens and Brother Rufus Hughes officiating, with Burial to follow in the Barren Fork Cemetery. Visitation is on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:00-9:00 PM.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Albert “Dag” Ardell Terry.

 

Elmer Allen Troxell, age 74 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Saturday, October, 16, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on January 1, 1947 the son of Earl Troxell and Audrey (Tucker) Troxell Gregory. Elmer worked 10 years as a coal miner, as a night watchman for Scotty Morris at Morris Grocery Store, and for 30 years at the Dollar General Store. He enjoyed fishing, listening to gospel music, car shows, playing his guitar and singing, but his greatest joy were his grandchildren. 

His parents, Earl Troxell and Audrey (Tucker) Troxell Gregory; step father, Junior Gregory; brothers-in-law, Junior Keith, Eddie Phillips, and George Strunk; and sister-in-law, Lee Gregory precedes him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Evelyn (Strunk) Troxell of Whitley City; children, Audrey (Donald Perry) of Whitley City, Mary (John Vanover) of Parkers Lake, and Elmer Allen Troxell, Jr. (Teresa) of Whitley City; sisters and brother, Patsy Keith of Stearns, Penny Phillips of Stearns, Elvilie Strunk of Whitley City, and Denny Gregory of Whitley City; grandchildren, Brandon Perry, Joshua Vanover, Beth Vanover, Samuel Vanover, Michael Troxell, and Selena Troxell; and a host of special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were  held 4pm Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 2pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Earl Dean Whalen age 76 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

He was born on May 30, 1945 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Dorothy Whalen Stephens. He was of the Baptist Faith and was a member of the Free Will Baptist of Plymouth, Michigan. He served in the United States Army. Earl was employed and retired from GM.

He is preceded in death by his his parents, Dorothy and Bill J. Stephens “Pops”, brothers, Billy Ray Whalen, Finley “Bleachie” Whalen, Jim Whalen, Donald Whalen, Thuman Whalen, and Jack Stephens, and sisters, Alma Sue Koger and Sybil Ann Stephens.

Surviving family include his sisters, Jean Jeffers and husband, Troy, of Oneida, Tennessee, and Alene Trammell and husband, Roy, of Strunk, Kentucky, 10 nephews, 13 nieces, and a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews, whom Earl loved dearly.

Also surviving are special friends, Jim and Ruth Ann Worley.

To know Earl was to love Earl. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend. He had a heart of gold and will be truly missed.

Funeral service were held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. David Burton officiating. Burial followed in the Holloway Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #115 of Stearns. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 11:00 am until service time.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Amy Koger Baird, age 41, daughter of Donald Koger and Debra Tucker Conaster, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky. She was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on June 18, 1980.

In addition to her parents; Donald Koger of Greenville, TN., and Debra Tucker Conaster of Pine Knot, KY., Amy is survived by her sons whom she loved dearly; Austin Baird of Pine Knot, KY., Noah Baird of Somerset, KY., Thaddeus Baird of Pine Knot, KY., daughters, Jasmine Lyons, Jayden Lyons, special nieces and nephews; Lenzie Cordell, Tyler Cordell, Star Burke and Stone Burke, great nieces; Kyleigh Stanton, Jennifer Burke, Daya Burke, great nephew, Micah Burke, brother; Donald Austin Koger of Glenville, WV., Companion; Monte Daughtery and the father of her children; Greg Baird.

Amy was preceded in death by her two sisters; Jennifer Burke and Heather Koger.

Amy worked as a waitress at Texas Road House, she was very artistic, her many talents included, painting, drawing, all types of art-work, and singing. She loved animals, but above all she cherished her family.

Keeping with Amy’s wishes, she was cremated. A memorial service was conducted in her honor on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 5:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home wiyh Bro. Braxton King officiating. The family received friends after 4:00pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Robert Glenn Carter of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away October 10, 2021 at his home. He was 94 years, 9months, and 10 days old.

Visitation was at the McCreary County Funeral Home Wednesday, October 13 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. A private service for the family was held at the Carter Family Cemetery with Bro. Harry Watters officiating.

Born December 24, 1926 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Fount Carter and Amy (Adkins) Cater, Robert had served in the US Navy during World War II on the USS Brooklyn and USS Honolulu the Blue Goose. He went to Cumberland College and graduated from Union College. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Whitley City, American Legion for 62 years, a Kentucky Colonel, and the Retired Teachers. He loved animals, going to Arby’s, the Senior Citizens, fellowshipping with everyone, and was a member of the Historical and Genealogical Society. He loved history, and like going to the County Museum.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Arthur, Ober, Floranzo, Warren Harding, James M. Carter; sisters, Betty Jane and Novella Carter; half-brothers, Lloyd, Claude, and Clarence; half-sister, Bessie Carter Heath; special niece, Louise Heath; and his wife, Virginia Griffith Carter.

Survivors include his stepson, John Griffith wife, Connie of Lenoir City, Tennessee; stepdaughter, Jennifer Ward of Palm Harbor, Florida; grandson, Sam; nephews Phillip Carter of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mike Carter wife, Cindy of Keavy, Kentucky, Larry Heath wife, Janie of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, nieces, Sue Kidd of Whitley City and Susan Carter Bahish of Knoxville, Tennessee; and many other family and friends.

He will be greatly missed by all.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Leo Dolen, age 80 years, and 9 months, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

He was born January 5, 1941, in the Bald Knob community, to Elbert Dolen and Pearl Ross Dolen. Leo was a retired coal miner, mechanic, and truck driver. He attended Old Beech Grove Baptist Church.  Leo enjoyed mowing, gardening, taking care of his place, and working on things. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Cloteen Watson Dolen, whom he married July 27, 1963, son, Jeff Dolen, brothers, Dennis Watson, and Jerry Watson, sisters, Norma Jean Dolen, Maxine Crabtree, and Sue Watters, and one grandchild, Veronica McCoy.

Survivors include his daughter, Sherri Dolen, sons, Chris Dolen, Anthony Dolen, and Steve Dolen, sisters, Joyce Gibson, and husband, Mart, Irene King, and Faye Watson, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leo Dolen. 

 

Tony Wayne Hall, age 60 years, of Bronston, Kentucky died Tuesday, October 4, 2021 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 23, 1961 the son of Lawrence Lecil Hall and Goldie (Watson) Massengale. Tony had worked at Tecumseh Factory on Lawn Mowers.

His father precedes him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Hall of Bronston, Kentucky; son, Eric Hall of BRonston, Kentucky; mother, Goldie Massengale of Indiana; brother, Lawrence Hall, Jr. of Beaver Dam, Kentucky; sisters, Linda Wesley (Gary), Wanda Cunningham (Brian), and Connie Gregory all of Indiana; aunt, Reba McCoy of Whitley City, Kentucky; uncle, David Hall of Beaver Dam, Kentucky; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Hall officiating. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Larry James Meadows, age 75 years, of the Sandhill Community died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 8, 1945 the son of Tea and Lona (Slaven) Meadows. Larry had worked as a machinist for Tecumseh, served his Country in the US Army and US Marine Corp, was a member of the Taylor Ridge United Baptist, American Legion Post #115, the VFW, and NRA. He enjoyed going to church, watching Nicolas Cage’s movies, listening to Elvis Presley music, and greatest joy was spending time with his family.

His parents; first wife, Rosa Lee Meadows; brothers, Lonnie Meadows, Junior Meadows, Edward Meadows, and Ernest Meadows; sisters, Wilma Hodge, Joyce Massengale, and Ilene Hammons precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife whom he married October 3, 1998, Janie (Duncan) Meadows of Whitley City; daughter, Sabrina Meadows of Whitley City; son, Gentry Meadows of Whitley City; Caden Bryant of Pine Knot and Gabriel Patton of Whitley City that he thought of as sons; brothers, Enos Meadows (Rose of Pine Knot, Bud Meadows (Debbie) of Whitley City; sister, Ina Mae Canada of Whitley City; two special Marine brothers, Malcolm Burkhart and Kenny Carson; several nieces and nephews who he loved very dearly; and a host of family and friends to mourn his passing.

Funeral services were held 11:30am Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Darren Kidd officiating. Burial followed in the Mill Springs National Cemetery at 1:30pm Tuesday. The family received friends after 6pm Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Glenda Sue Miller, age 58, of Pine Knot, passed away Friday, October 08, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky, On July 2, 1963, to Calvin Miller and Mary Lou Woods Slavey. She is preceded in death by her father and a brother, Thomas Miller.

Surviving family include her mother Mary Slavey of Pine Knot, husband Oliver (Al) Rexroat, a son, Christopher Slavey (Delilah) of Pine Knot, two daughters: Amy Perry and Daisy Perry both of Pine Knot, brothers: David Miller (Rita) of Stearns, Kentucky, Rick Miller (Jacklyn) of Whitley City, Kentucky, and William Miller of Stearns, and two sisters: Rose Hill (Richard) of Pine Knot, and “Twitty” Willa Miller also of Stearns,

There are five grandchildren: Jordan, Sariea, Anasazia, Brooklyn and Noah.

Sue was a homemaker and member of the Pine Knot United Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping and being outdoors, loved to bird watch and taking long walks. She loved her family and took great pleasure in being with her grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dewayne Perry officiating. She was laid to rest at the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family accepted friends for visitation on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until time for services.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Glenda Sue Miller with funeral arrangements.

 

Donald “Buddy” Cleo Perry, age 83 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Wednesday October 6, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky.

Donald was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on June 11, 1938. He joined the US Air Force in 1957 and retired after 22 years with military honors. He also worked for the US Forest Service and the Pine Knot Job Corps before retiring again in July 2000.

Donald was an elder of Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church and an active member of Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903. Donald was an avid carpenter and enjoyed building anything that would hold what-nots that he loved to collect.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Waymon Perry, Lettie (Perry) Spradlin, Claude Jack Perry, and Rhoda Sue Perry; brothers, Lee Spradlin and Ray Spradlin; and a grandson, Joshua Ross.

Donald is survived by his wife of 61 years Anna Marie (Spitzer) Perry of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; son, Michael Cleo Perry of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts; daughters, Tricia Horn (Jim) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; Priscilla Everman (Marc) of Forestdale, Massachusetts; and Phyllis Noble of Clarksville, Tennessee; brothers, Dick Perry of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Glenn Perry, Jr. of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Ellen Goodin of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; Sue Smith of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and Shirley Biehler of Clyde, Ohio.

Donald was proud of his children and his “hoard” of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, grandchildren Jim Horn, Jr., Melissa Kanozek, Catherine Horn, Gregory Horn, Jerred Ross, Jessica Steele, Olivia Perry, Amanda Williams, Jacob Perry, Jodi Howard, Tyler Howard, Natalie Noble, Noelle Noble, Shyanne Everman; and his 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 10am Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Perry and Bro. Dewayne Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family will received friends after 6pm Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Masonic Services were held Sunday at 7:30pm at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

 

Loyd Dawson Perry, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, husband of Rema (Lynch) Perry, died October 10, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Beulah Heights Bible Missionary Church with Bro. Ivy Campbell. Burial will follow in the Frederick-Perry Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Wednesday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Shirley Ann (Perry) Petrey, age 52 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Friday, October 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 13, 1969 the daughter of Fred and Joyce (Foster) Perry. Shirley had retired as a teacher from Southern Elementary School. She enjoyed shopping; but her passion was children, especially her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Her parents precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Petrey of Williamsburg, Kentucky; sons, Jarred Perry (Shelby), Jonathon Perry, and Markus Petrey (Chelsea) all of Parkers Lake; brother, Randall Perry (Janice) of Parkers Lake; and grandchildren, Izabella Perry, Naman Perry, Adam Petrey, Scarlett Petery, Ryan Petrey, and Paisley Petrey.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Sturdivant officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jimmy Waters of Strunk, KY, widower of the late Maxine (Crabtree) Waters departed from this life to his heavenly home on October 8, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital being 73 years and 4 months old. Jimmy was born June 6, 1948 in Blue Heron, Ky, to the late Henley and Lillie (Ledbetter) Waters.

Jimmy loved to sing; he started singing at the age of 3 in grade school. He gave his life to the Lord at 9 years old, and became a father to his only daughter at the age of 17. He attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana to obtain his associates degree in Mortuary Science for Funeral Directing and Embalming. He won the highest award, The Bill Pierce Award at Mid-America College. He was a Member of East Apple Tree Church where he served as Deacon from 1983- 2018. He loved the Lord with all of his heart.

Jimmy pursued his passion for singing and recorded 5 CD’s that blessed many people. He attended numerous benefit singings, served as Coroner of McCreary County for 4 years, and deputy Coroner since 1982. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1975.

Jimmy was a Kentucky Colonel bestowed upon him by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was a CPR instructor for 30 years, and an EMT for McCreary County Ambulance service for 40 years. Jimmy was a member of Performing Arts and played a big role in many plays, including “Hee- Haw”. He also stared in the movie “Bitter Blood”. He had a huge source of pride when his family photos were displayed in The National Park at Blue Heron. He started working as a dual licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at McCreary County Funeral home in 1993 and became Owner of McCreary County Funeral Home in 2002. He was also dual licensed in the State of Tennessee.

He had a true passion and love for serving his community. In 2014,Jimmy and his late wife Maxine (Crabtree) Waters sold the McCreary County Funeral Home to Jim and Debbie Murphy. He loved his work, and the service he was able to provide to the community. 

Jimmy had the biggest heart; he loved to laugh, he loved making others laugh and telling stories. After retiring he enjoyed the simple things in life; fishing, going out on his boat, riding his side by side, and spending time with his family. He cherished being able to take his great- grandchildren to church on Sundays. 

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Roberta (Nevels) Waters, his second wife Maxine (Crabtree) Waters, his brothers: Goldman Waters, Simon Waters, Phillip Waters, Dakota (Cody) Waters, Brent Waters, Dallas Watters, Bobby Watters, Flenor Waters, and Ronald Coleman Waters, his sisters: Laura Mae Waters, and Corina Waters. 

Surviving family includes: his daughter Kimberly (Waters) & Michael Crabtree of Strunk, KY, granddaughter: Gidget JimmiMarie (Crabtree) & Coleman Slaven of Strunk, KY, grandson: Cody & Shasta (Andrews) Crabtree of Strunk, KY, loving companion: Bonita Brown of Pine Knot, KY, Brothers: Don (Charlotte) Waters of Daleville, IN, David (Wilma) Waters of Daleville, IN, John (Rachel) Waters of Stearns, KY. Sisters: Louise (Waters) Spradlin of Daleville, IN. Great –great children whom he loved and adored: Skyler Meadows, Sidney Slaven, Shaelyn Slaven, Allyson Crabtree, Zoey Crabtree, Cole Crabtree, Isaiah and Brynlee Slaven. Jimmy will be sorely missed by all who knew, respected and loved him. 

Funeral services were held Monday, October 11, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Israel Clark and Dan Ridener officiating. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 6:00 pm until service time. He will was laid to rest at the Angel Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Reverend James “Edison” Watson, widower of Eskie (Roberts) Watson, age 89 years, 7 months and 12 days, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Edison retired from Lewis G Freeman & Company, where he worked as a machinist. After moving to Kentucky, Edison started his own business cutting and delivering firewood. He concluded his career working at Kroger where he loved meeting and talking to new people. He retired as pastor of Jellico Creek Church of God of the Mountain Assembly after 29 years of dedicated service. He loved the Lord and his church and served the elderly of the church well. After retiring as paster, he joined Revelo Church of God where he enjoyed the fellowship of his church family whom he cherished and loved dearly. 

Edison enjoyed being active, taking care of his chickens, multiple beautiful gardens and mowing his own lawn.

He was born February 19, 1932 in Co-op, Kentucky, Edison is preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Eskie Lee Watson, daughter; Shirley Ann Baker, grandson; Larry Matthew Watson and siblings; Kellie Watson, Jr., Edward Lee Watson, Edith Pennington, June Kay Ross and Jimmy Watson.

Survivors include his son; Larry Watson and wife Gloria, daughter; Glenna Gregory and husband Mike, and daughter; Stella Watson, grandchildren; Ronnie Allen, Candy, Chrissy, Brandon (Holly), Tony (Kayla), Christy, Daniel, Larry Dale and Jordan, siblings; Reba McCoy, Edgar Watson and Goldie Massengale. along with a host of great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren, 

He will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm in the chapel of Revelo Church of God, with visitation in the Pine Knot Funeral Home chapel on Thrusday from 6 pm – 9 pm with Brother Leslie Gilreath and Brother Mike Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Watson Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Reverend James “Edison” Watson.

 

David Lee Wilson, age 67 years, 11 months, and 13 days, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

David Lee was a little man in stature but a very strong man. He was extremely skilled in the trade of carpet installation, being self-employed for over fifty years. Everything David Lee did was to his best, whether it was carpet, carpentry or working on vehicles. While he never met a stranger, he would give the shirt off his back or his last dime to someone in need. When he was asked to help with something he was always willing. David Lee had a carefree and adventurous spirit that was humbled and in awe of God’s creation. His favorite things to do include being among family and friends, outdoors in the woods, riding four wheelers, lawn mowers or motorcycles, and being out on the lake in a boat or on a jet ski. He enjoyed watching Nascar, and being with his dog, Dixie. David Lee enjoyed playing guitar and singing with family. He loved to travel, and especially spending time in Gatlinburg. He enjoyed life and was full of adventure, always ready to go on the next trip. To know David Lee, was to always have a loyal and loving friend.

Preceding him death was his parents, Flora “Sis” Ross Crowe, and Earl D. Wilson, maternal grandparents, Pinkie Adina Hill Ross and Jasper Ross, paternal grandparents, Haley Jane Godsey Wilson and Rev. Cal Wilson, sister, Bonnie L. Johnson, and stepbrother, Thomas M. Crowe.

Survivors include a daughter, Krystal Michelle Wilson Coffey, and husband, Randy Dale, grandchildren, Meghan Danielle Coffey Dobbs, and husband, Ricky Lee, Carrie Nicole Coffey, and fiancé, Skyler DevonLee, sister, Colette Wilson Waters, and husband, Sheriff Randy, brothers, Craig Wilson, and wife, Wilma Watson Wilson, and Harold Crowe, and fiancé, Sally Webb, and stepbrother, Jerry Crowe and a very special brother-in-law Michael Bryon Jones

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of David Lee Wilson.

 

Louise Delaughter, age 62 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, wife of Terry Delaughter, died Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, October 18, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Whitley City Church of God Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 11am Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Pauline Barnett Richardson passed away October 10, 2021 in Hamilton, OH after a brief illness. Born in Stearns, KY on July 28, 1933, Pauline was the daughter of the late William Edgar and Millie Kathleen (Ball) Barnett, and the granddaughter of James A. and Rachael (Stephens) Ball, and Wes and Martha (Stephens) Barnett. She worked for US Playing Card in Norwood, OH before her retirement.

On June 28, 1975, Pauline married her soulmate, John Richardson. After John’s passing in 2001, she resided in Fairfield, OH. Surviving siblings are: Bob (Dorothy) Barnette, Doris Ann Snapp, and James W. (Janice) Barnette. Pauline also leaves behind her beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, a close circle of caring cousins and friends and her faithful furbaby companion, Molly. Pauline honored and faithfully supported her family and friends; she was particularly proud of her family’s military service and sacrifice.

Services were held October 14 at 2:00PM at Arlington Memorial Gardens Chapel, 2145 Compton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231, with burial following the funeral service. A visitation was from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM at Arlington, prior to the service. 

Online register book available at www.zettlerfuneralhome.com.

 

Patsy Lou Morrow, age 74 years, and 22 days, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021, at her home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. 

She was born September 19, 1947, to George Dewey Smith and Myrtle Sizemore Smith. Patsy worked for the ASCS for many years, co-owned Grandmas Hope Chest, managed Stearns General Store, and was co-owner of Milton’s Burger Hut. She enjoyed sharing about the Lord, crocheting and gave dozens of baby afghans, doing puzzles, and ceramics.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and brothers, Brent Albert Smith, and Richard Wayne Smith.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Milton Morrow, daughters, Charity Ryan, and husband, Kelly, and Crystal Burk, and husband, Gordon, son, Eddie Morrow, and fiancé, Jennifer Terry, brother, Taylor Melton “Teddy” Smith, sisters, Peggy Smith, and Judy Terry, and husband, Paul, sister in-law, Betty Smith, and 5 grandchildren, McKenzie Burk, Eldon Whitis, Elijah Morrow, William Morrow, and Emily Whitis.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Patsy Lou Morrow.

 

Judy Taylor Corder, age 66, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 11:00 am in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Judy Taylor Corder.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Delmar Zane Ball born July 10, 1959, in Jellico TN, passed from this life Sept 27th after succumbing to his battle with cancer.

He is proceeded in death by his brother Dewayne Anthony Ball.

Survivors include his parents Delmar and Wilda Ball Pine Knot KY, son Ray and Emma Ball, grandchildren Blake, Luke, Gracy of Cleveland GA, brothers Alan and Sarah Ball Ridgeville SC, Tim Ball, Pine Knot KY, Teddy Ball, Cummings GA, Mark Ball, Pine Knot KY, Sister Annette and Terry Roberts Radcliff, KY Numerous Aunts Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.

He worked in construction and loved his son.

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and will be layed to rest at Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.

Private memorial service to be held at a later date.

Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory

 

Denise Bowman age 64 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on October 27, 1956 in Somerset, Kentucky to the late Otis Kennedy and Beatrice (Helton) Kennedy. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, James Allen Kennedy, a grandchild, Angela K. Genoe, and sisters, Carol Procter and Debra Conrad.

Surviving family include her children, Logan “DeWayne” Conatser (wife, Shonda) of Whitley City and Angela Genoe of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Amilia Cordell, Keisha Genoe, and Gavin Genoe; and great-grandchildren, Kinsely Baird and Kennedy Cordell.

Also surviving are Denise’s brothers, John Kennedy (and Alicia), Andy Kennedy (and Vickie), Mike Kennedy (and Janice), and Wayne Kennedy; sisters, Pam Garland, Janice Bell (and David Ball), Sue Jones, Brenda Kennedy, Sharon Schoffner, Shelby Davis, Elaine Tucker, Becky Phillips, and Rita Garner; and several very special friends that Denise loved dearly.

Denise was a homemaker and a member of the Grave Hill Baptist Church. She loved people and enjoyed socializing. She was always wanting to help others in need by cooking and caring for them. Denise loved her family, especially her grandbabies.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Kenneth “Ken” Dale Clark, age 54 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on October 1, 1966 the son of Kenneth Alonzo and Wilma Lee “Sis” (West) Clark. Ken Dale was the owner of Ken’s Used Cars, a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, and enjoyed hunting, camping, shooting guns, 4-wheelers, fishing, and riding his pontoon, and hosting the Friday gun and knife trading.

His mother, Wilma Lee “Sis” Clark; son, Tommy Lorenzo Clark; aunt, Brenda West; and uncles, Clarence “Bud” West and Calvin Spradlin; and father-in-law, Eddie Lee Phillips precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Buffy Kay (Phillips) Clark of Marshes Siding; father, Kenneth Alonzo Clark of Marshes Siding; son, Douglas Alonzo Clark of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Courtney Clark and Kylie Clark both of Marshes Siding; brother, David Spradlin (Sheila) and Clifton Lynch (Donna) both of Marshes Siding; sisters, Kathy Troxell (Jerry), Carla Tucker (Kevin), Tammy Spradlin (Allen) and Sherry Coffey (Greg) all of Marshes Siding; uncles, Ken West and Harold Barnett; aunts, Lena Spradlin, Dora Strunk, Evelyn Parks, and Jewel Parks; mother-in-law, Penny Phillips; brother-in-law, Eddie Ray Phillips; sisters-in-law, Tracy Phillips and Joann Phillips; numerous nephews and cousins; and his special best friend, Yager.

Funeral services were held 6pm Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Steve Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the West Ridge Family Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Cecil Creekmore Jr., age 85, of the Marsh Creek community departed this life on Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Corbin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corbin, Kentucky. He was born on August 27, 1936 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Cecil Creekmore Sr. and Jewell (Neal) Creekmore. In addition to his parents, Cecil was also preceded in death by his wife of over 49 years, Fayrene (Hill) Creekmore and siblings, Georgie Wilson, Beatrice Burchett, and Ackmon Creekmore.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Strunk and husband Jim of Strunk, Kentucky; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends to mourn his passing. 

Cecil was a member of Silerville United Baptist Church. He was the devoted husband and caretaker of his wife Fayrene until her passing in March 2006. He enjoyed farming and gardening, which included planting 200 pounds of potatoes each year. Cecil was a jack of all trades which includes: carpenter, handyman, miner, and logger. He was an animal lover and took great care of his horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and cattle. Cecil’s farm and his cowbell collection were featured on the popular Kentucky traveling feature series “Sideroads”. Cecil will be remembered as a person who loved his family and friends and enjoyed visiting with them. 

Graveside service was held Friday, October 1, 2021 in the Jones Cemetery on Highway 779 in Strunk, Kentucky.

Obituary Courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

 

Dennis “Puddy” Ray Hardwick, age 63 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Stearns, Kentucky on September 13, 1958 the son of Robert and Mary (Cox) Hardwick. Puddy had worked as a mechanic and enjoyed shooting pool and going to cabin with all his friends to sit around the fire.

His parents; daughter; Rhonda Crabtree; brother, David Hardwick; sister, Sarah Stewart; and grandchild, JE Dakota Crabtree precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Cassie (Waters) Hardwick of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughter Sandy Wilson of Strunk, Kentucky; brother, Roger Hardwick of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Janice Wilson of Whitley City, Laura Whitehead of Whitley City, Barbie Hardwick of Pine Knot, Kathy Sumner of Pine Knot, Fay Dill of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Debbie Freeman of Strunk; grandchildren, Chasity Allen, Miranda Allen, and Alisa Allen; and great grandchildren, Conner Ray Taylor, Aiden Howard, Jackson Taylor, and Greyson Taylor.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Waters-Davis Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dylan Lowe age 9, of Pine Knot passed from this life on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born on October 19, 2011 in Somerset, Kentucky to Lacey Kilby and Dustin Lowe.

Surviving family include his parents, his brothers, Brokiah Kilby and Kycen Lowe, his grandmother, Phyllis Stephens and her fiancé, John Cloyd, his grandfather, Billy Lowe, and his best friend, Collin Sexton.

Dylan is preceded in death by his “poppy”, Robert Lee “Moe” Stephens and his grandmother, Judy Lowe.

Dylan was a 4th grade student at the Pine Knot Elementary School, where he enjoyed writing stories for his teachers. He loved music and was an avid ACDC fan. Dylan loved to play the guitar, write songs, sing songs, and perform. Music was his life. Dylan also enjoyed attending church with his family, especially his papaw. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Kilby Family Cemetery. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Delbert Gene Rollins, age 45 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on April 16, 1976 the son of Grover and Mary (Ridner) Rollins. He had worked for Fibrotech, and enjoyed watching football, riding around, but especially spending time with his children.

His parents; wife, Melissa (Phillips) Rollins; and brothers, Othel Ray Rollins and Randall Rollins precede him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Damon Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Brandon Reynolds of Somerset, Kentucky; daughter, Courtney Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and brother, Ronald Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky.

In accordance with his wishes cremation was chosen.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Earl Roger Stanfill, 76, of Norwood, Ohio died peacefully September 23, 2021, at his Norwood home. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Virginia (Foster) Stanfill. He is preceded in death by his beloved daughter Kathy Renee Stanfill (Braden). He is also survived by his beloved daughter Terri Stanfill (Terry Mayo) and included are his grandchildren Devin Braden (Monica Helton), Chase Braden (Stephanie Braden), Hunter Braden, Spencer Stanfill, Annslee Braden, and one great grandchild Ryland Braden. 

Funeral services were held Friday, October 1, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Roger was born April 11, 1945, to Ernest and Mossie Stanfill. He attended Pine Knot High School in Pine Knot, Kentucky with the graduating class of 1963. He continued his education at Cincinnati State in Ohio graduating with an associate’s degree in graphics design.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and volunteering in his home church (Love Divine Baptist Church). Some of his passions were playing basketball in his younger years and cheering on his favorite team University of Kentucky basketball. He dedicated the majority of his professional career to Ford Motor Company and then continued his career with Children’s Hospital.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Earl Roger Stanfill.  

 

Andy Tucker, age 46 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky on December 24, 1974 the son of Roger and Linda Marie (Wilson) Tucker. Andy had worked as a carpenter, was baptized at the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church and had been attending the Walker’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and T-Rex’s, building and welding, and racing late model cars.

Survivors include his parents, Roger and Linda Tucker of Whitley City; sons, Jakeb Andrew Tucker (Nikki Toomey) of Somerset, Kentucky and Evan Andrew Tucker of Winchester, Kentucky; daughter, Anastasia Beth Tucker of Somerset; brother, Allen Tucker (Heather) of Richmond, Kentucky; sister, Kala Ashley Jones (Brent) of Whitley City; girlfriend, Lisa Meadows; and grandchildren, Indie Ellis and Ripley Quinn Tucker.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Darren Kidd and Bro. Damon Stevens. Burial followed in the Strunk Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tony Allen Worley, age 55, husband of Samantha Dykes Worley of Parkers Lake, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Baptist Health Lexington.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on June 6, 1966, to Coy and Wilda Taylor Worley. 

Tony is survived by his son; Tony Shannon Lee Worley of Parkers Lake, KY., daughters; Tabitha Kendrick and husband William of Somerset, KY., brothers; Rick Worley and wife Janet of Stearns, KY., Michael Worley of Whitley City, KY., sisters; Linda Boyatt and husband Curtis of Winfield, TN., Debra Allison and Bennie of Stearns, KY., and Tammy Smiddy of Pine Knot, KY. 

Tony worked as a sales associate for Wal-Mart and was a member of the Hill Top Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, camping, and he was considered the grill king. The one thing that meant the most to Tony was spending time with his family.

A memorial service was held at Hill Top Missionary Baptist church on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm with brother David Troxell officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tony Wayne Hall, age 60 years, of Bronston, Kentucky, son of Goldie (Watson) Massengale and the late Lawrence Lecil Hall, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Rev. James Edison Watson age 89 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, widower of Eskie (Roberts) Watson, passed from this life on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Revelo Church of God. Burial to follow in the Watson Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 6:00 pm  until 9:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Leo Dolen, age 80, of the Worley Hilltop Community, widower of, Cloteen Dolen, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 8, 2021, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday at the funeral home. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leo Dolen.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Raymond “Cub” Noel Ball, age 88 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at his home. He was born in Worley, Kentucky on September 7, 1933 the son of Arnold “Bear” and Geneva (Pulliam) Ball. Cub had worked as a coal miner, was a deacon of the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church, a member of Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge #874, Laurel Heights Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #288, and Scottish Rite Valley of Covington. His parents; wife, Anna Louise (Ramsey) Ball; son, Danny Ball; sister, Doris Barrett; and grandson, Shawn Ball and Raymond King precede him in death. Survivors include his sons, Michael Ball of Stearns, Kentucky, David Ball (Janice) of Whitley City, Kentucky, James Ball (Gerald) of Stearns, Kentucky and Allen Ball of Williamsburg, Kentucky; brothers, Billy Ball of Burlington, Kentucky, Bobby Ball of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dean Ball of Mexia, Texas, and Jimmy Ball Burlington, Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Hensley of Burlington, Jean Hayes of Burlington, and Beulah McCarter of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, Brooklyn, Danny Lee, Bobby, Brian, Pam, Bridgette and Crystal; numerous great grandchildren; and companion and friend for 20 years, Brenda Lewis. Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, September 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officaiting. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home. Eastern Star and Masonic Services were at 12:30 pm Friday.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Freddie Cecil Dority, age 57 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the Big Southfork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 15, 1963 the son of Arthur and Lucy (Strunk) Dority. Freddie was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. His parents; brothers, Harold Daugherty, Estell Daugherty, and Leonard Sammons; and sister Truie Daugherty Strunk precede him in death. Survivors include his brothers, Burl Dority and Joe Daugherty (Renee) both of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister Madie Parriman of Whitley City, Kentucky; and several nieces, nephews, and other family. Graveside services were held 4pm Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Pat Coffey officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dennis “Puddy” Ray Hardwick, age 63 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, husband of Cassie (Waters) Hardwick, died Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Waters-Davis Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Eugene Heath Jr. Born in Fairfax County, Virginia to Columbus E. Heath Sr. and Shirley Ann Heath. He married his high school sweetheart Lisa Hobbs in 1984. They were married 36 ½ years. He joined the Air Force in early 1984, he was stationed in Austin, Texas until 1988. He was very patriotic and loved serving his country. He moved his family back to Kentucky in 1993. He was employed at TMMK in Georgetown for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Heath; son, Columbus Matthew Heath; daughter, Chelsea Mariah Heath, and coming soon grandson Luca. Also survived by his siblings; sister, Jennifer Jo West and brother Jimmy Duane Heath.  His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and kayaking, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Okaloosa Island was their happy place.  You are our heart and soul and are deeply missed. Until we are together again We love you, Lisa, Matthew, Chelsea A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

Dylan Lowe age 9, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, son of Lacey Kilby and Dustin Lowe, passed from this life on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Kilby Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday after 1:00 pm until service time. Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Jo Nevels, age 80 years, 1 month, and 5 days, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 at her home in Hamilton, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, September 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. She was born August 14, 2021 in Greenwood, Kentucky, to Oscar Worley and Gertie Keith Worley. Jo was a retired nurse and X-Ray tech. She was a member of the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting, reading, crafts, attending church, family time, and loved her grandpup. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Deemes Nevels, brothers, Cecil, Alton, and Herb, and sisters, Gladys and Estelle. Surviving her in death is her son, David Nevels, and wife, Teresa. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jo Nevels. 

 

Earl Roger Stanfill, age 76, husband of, Virginia Foster Stanfill, of Norwood, Ohio passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021, at his home and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 1pm. Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00pm Thursday at the funeral home. Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Earl Roger Stanfill. A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Linville Lee Taylor, age 79 years, 1 month, and 21 days, husband of, Eva Privett Taylor, went to be with his Lord and savior Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at his home in Strunk, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, September 24, 2021 in the Jess Privett Cemetery with Bro. Stuart Jones and Bro. Troy Watson officiating.  He was born July 31, 1942, in Strunk, Kentucky to George Arnold Taylor and Margie Marie Coffey Taylor. Linville was retired having worked for 30 years at Arvin in Oneida Tennessee and Outdoor Venture Corporation He was a member of the Paint Rock Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and family time; especially with his grandchildren, and working around the house. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Vonda Kidd, brother in-law, Alvis Privett, and two nephews. Survivors include his loving wife, Eva, whom he married July 24, 1964, two daughters, Tracy Jones, and husband, Daniel, Sherry Coffey, and husband, Curtis, his brothers, Conley Taylor, and wife, Wanda, Coy Taylor, and wife, Jeany, Charles Taylor, and wife, Rhonda, Kenny Taylor, and Alonzo Taylor, his sisters, Katherine Stephens, Wilda Douglas, and husband, Howard, Sharon Taylor, Betty Watson, and husband, Rev. Larry, Karen Watters, and husband, Larry, and Shirley Bryant, and husband, Lawrence, brother in-laws, Hurstle Privett, and wife, Cheryl, Ronnie Privett, and wife, Joan, sister in-law, Nancy Privett, 3 grandchildren, Jarrod Stephens, and wife, Stephanie, Cody Stephens, and wife, Samantha, and Christopher Coffey, 6 great grandchildren, Madison, Aytumn, Ava, Cameron, Hunter, and Matthew and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him. Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linville Taylor.

 

Georgianna Lynn Vaughn, newborn daughter of MacKenzie Perkins and Branden Vaughn was born and died September 16, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Samantha Perkins of Lenoir City, Tennessee, Chris Perkins of Somerset, Kentucky, Kenneth and Kristie Vaughn of Strunk, Kentucky; and uncle and aunts, CJ Perkins (Dreama) Salina Perkins, Kalie Meadors, and Krista Meadors all of Somerset, Kentucky. Memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tony Allen Worley, age 55, of Parker’s Lake, Kentucky, passed away at Baptist Health Lexington hospital on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Tony was the husband of Samantha Worley (Dykes), and the father of Tabitha Kendrick (Worley) and Tony Shannon Lee Worley. Keeping with the families wishes, Tony will be cremated. A memorial service will be held by the family on Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 2:00pm EST at the Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. David Troxell officiating. McCreary County Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements of Mr. Tony Allen Worley. A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Rhonda Ann Jones West, age 63 years, 8 months, and 27 days, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, September 27, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. She was born December 28, 1957, to George “Gee” West and Mary Rowena Jones Ross in Worley, Kentucky. Rhonda was a fierce, independent and strong willed woman who was never afraid to speak her mind. She enjoyed being outdoors, trading and had many sports cars in her younger years. She had a laugh that was contagious. Rhonda had unbelievable strength, overcoming breast cancer twice in her lifetime. She was a fun and wild spirit who would grace the presence of anyone who was around her. To know her was to love her. Preceding her in death was her parents, maternal grandparents, Luther and Hattie Belle Jones, paternal grandparents, John and Laura West, and brother, Johnny West. Survivors include, her daughter, Krystal Michelle Wilson Coffey, and husband, Rhonda’s favorite son-in-law Randy Dale, brothers, Michael “Mike” Byron Jones, and Anthony “Tony” Kerwin Ross, and wife, Vickie Lynn, sister, Susan Rochelle Ross, grandchildren, Meghan Danielle Coffey Dobbs, and husband, Ricky Lee, and Carrie Nichole Coffey, and fiancé, Skyler Devonlee Coffey, a extremely special friend, Sandra Kay Meadows, and precious nephew, Lucas “Luke” Meadows. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rhonda Ann Jones West.

 

Kimberly Sue (Perry) Grundy, age 52 years, of the Worley Hilltop Community, died Monday, September 13, 2021 at her home. She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on March 22, 1969 the daughter of Austin Lee and Arlene (Wilson) Perry. Kim was a member of the Whitley City Church of Christ, and enjoyed camping at the creek and Bingo. Her parents precede her in death. Survivors include her son, Tylor Hill (Tammy) of Stearns, Kentucky; daughters, Roxie Sumner (Matt) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Nikki Cooper of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, Johnny Perry (Mindy) of Revelo, Kentucky, Jerry Wilson of Whitley City, and Elbert Perry (Shelia) of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Jenny Clark (Chan) of Revelo, Kentucky, Lena Perry (Robbie) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Vina Wilson (Jamie) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; a very special and dear friend, Tommy Hill of Stearns, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Bradley, Garrett, Dalton, Kemp, Coleman, Hunter, Bryson, Bella, Makayla, Kaitlyn, Preston, and Kaison. Graveside services were held 1pm Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Nancy Grave Cemetery with Bro. David Ball officiating. The funeral procession left the McCreary County Funeral Home at 12:15pm Thursday.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Vickie Lee (Walker) Luckadoo age 68 of the Round Top Community, in Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at her home. She was born November 4, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Clifford Walker and Emma (Padget) Walker. In addition to her parents, Vickie is preceded in death by her great-grandchild, Sam Perry, brothers, Thomas, Dennis, and David Walker, and sisters, Jacqueline Craft and Deloris Feltner. Surviving family include her husband, Leonard Luckadoo, Sr. whom she married, March 8, 1968; sons, Leonard Luckadoo, Jr. of Johns Island, South Carolina, Gordon Luckadoo, Jacksboro, Tennessee, and Joseph Luckadoo of Strunk, Kentucky; a brother, Clifford Walker of Stanford, Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Sizemore (husband, Woodson) of Southpoint, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Beulah Walker of Strunk. Also surviving are Vickie’s grandchildren, Courtney Perry (and Robert), Victoria Luckadoo (and Kevin), Ashley Schuller (and Jeramiah), Kelli Shipley (and Coty), Audrey Luckadoo, Jaiden Luckadoo, Joseph Luckadoo, Christopher Thompson (and Ashley), Leonard Luckadoo III, and Kaitlyn Luckadoo; and 16 great-grandchildren. Vickie was of the full gospel faith. She loved family time and being with her grandchildren. Her world revolved around family time and making memories. In her spare time, Vickie enjoyed sewing and always enjoyed the Christmas season. Her home was always the brightest and most cheerful around. Funeral service were held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Luckadoo Family Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Gary Sewell, age 73 years, 9 months, and 21 days passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. He was born November 25, 1947 in Muncie, Indiana to Elby Sewell and Lois Bell Sewell. Gary was a United States Army Veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was a retired signal maintainer for the Norfolk Southern Railroad and was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Gary enjoyed archery and bow hunting. He was a devoted father, husband, and grandfather. Preceding him in death were his parents. Survivors include his sons, Matthew Sewell, and wife, Valerie, and Brian Sewell, brother, Mark Sewell, and wife, Sherry, sister, Marilyn Casada, and husband, Roger, 3 grandchildren, Stephen, Veronica, and Jacob Sewell, and four great grandchildren, Kenlyn, Brecklyn, Mason, and Beckett.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Gary Sewell. 

 

Donnie Ray Smith, age 34 years, 10 months, and 11 days, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Private funeral services were held Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Logan Cemetery. He was born November 6, 1986, in Somerset, Kentucky to Donnie Ray Hamilton and Janie Smith Perry. Donnie was a United States Postal Service Mail Contractor and also spent time working as a deputy jailer. He enjoyed fishing, four wheeling, and spending time with his kids. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Leslie and Ida Hamilton, Lumer and Lola Smith, and his stepfather, Billy Joe Perry. He is survived by his loving wife, Dana Smith, father, Donnie Ray Hamilton, mother, Janie Smith Perry, daughter, Lillie Smith, sons, Bentley, and Daylan Smith, and sisters, Donna Smith, and Laura Smith. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Donnie Ray Smith. 

 

Frank Cheatham Strunk, Jr. was born July 28th, 1931, to Vessie Slaven and Frank Cheatham Strunk, in the town of Revelo, in the mountains of McCreary County, Kentucky, the fifth of eight children. Frank served the rank of PVT-2. Following the war, Frank returned to his beloved home and enrolled in Cumberland college and then attended the University of Kentucky where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1958.

On December 24, 1956 Frank married Barbara Jean Lay who predeceased him.  He is survived by their three children, Valerie Ann Shea, Vanessa Lynn Strunk. and Frank Strunk, III, a nephew, Hap Strunk, and a sister, Carol Shook. In 1960, following the birth of his first child, Frank and Barbara moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where Frank worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative. There, he worked with then Secretary of State Dean Rusk, taking electric co-ops to underdeveloped countries, traveling to Ecuador to start that country’s electrification. During this time, Frank also served as a speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Some of the materials written by him were recently donated to President Johnson’s presidential library in Austin, Texas. Following his work with the National Rural Electric Cooperative, Frank started his own printing and public relation’s business, Centurion Press and FCS Communications, which remained operating in Rockville Maryland for 60 years employing thirty employees during that time.  Frank was a multi-talented musician and a virtuoso at the guitar, mandolin, and other instruments. Self-taught from a young age, Frank played bluegrass his entire life and formed music groups in Kentucky, Maryland, and later Florida, where he moved in 1985. In addition to his loved of music, Frank was a prolific reader and writer.  While in Florida, he published four novels, “Jordans Wager,” “Jordans Shadow,” “Throwback,” and “Blood Personal.” At the end of his life, he returned to the northeast and was lovingly cared for by his three children, and his nephew, Hap Strunk.  Along with his parents and his wife, three brothers, Ottis H. Strunk, Robert Estill Strunk, and Kenneth Ray Strunk, two half-brothers, Douglas C. Strunk, and Jack Strunk, and one sister, Elizabeth Lou. precede him in death. Frank was buried in his beloved Kentucky, with graveside services held Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 1:00 pm in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.  

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Frank Strunk.

 

Linda Tapley, age 69 years, 10 months, and 29 days, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida Tennessee and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Troxell Cemetery. She was born October 19, 1951, in Bald Knob, Kentucky to Charlie R. Tapley and Pearly Winchester Tapley. Linda was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and was a member of the Old Beech Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, family time, especially with her grandchildren, and watching westerns. She was a breast cancer survivor and was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother’s in-law, Leonard Phillips, and Tom Ammon, sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Miller, brothers, Elbert Miller, and Billy Duncan, and wife, Betty, Harold, Edd, Paul, Bill, and Junior Tapley, sisters, Genell Holder, and husband, Joe Bill, Evelyn Watson Esmond, and Ruth Hollars, and husband, Glen. Survivors include sons, Stanley Charles Tapley, and fiancé, Julie Richardson, Daniel Brian Tapley, and wife, Jerica Tapley, daughter, Tonya Pearl Crabtree, and husband, Allen, brothers, James Henry Tapley, and Albert Miller, sister-in-law, Mrs. Elbert Miller, sisters, Volena Ammon, Dorothy Phillips, Imogene Sorrell, and husband, Bob, and Brenda Smith, and husband Larry, Donna Tapley Lowe, Goldie Tapley Baker, Gertrude Bunch Sams.  Grandchildren, Megan Pearl Tapley (raised as her own), Katelyn Tapley, Sarah Tapley, Dillan Smith, Kimberly Crabtree, and fiancé, Zach Phillips, Dustin Crabtree, and wife, Miranda, Hailey Crabtree, Derica Hanna Lynn Tapley, Asher Tapley, and Gunner Tapley. Great grandchildren, Jayden Crabtree, Camden Crabtree, Alexis Crabtree, and Zepplin Cole Tucker. She was like a second mother to, David, Susie, William, Wendy, Bobby, Robert, Little Henry, Nikki, and Shawn. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linda Tapley.

 

Stanley Wayne Troxell, age 58 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at his home. He was born August 12, 1963 the son of James Luther and Mary Jean (Wyatt) Troxell. Stanley had served his country in the US Navy, had worked as a driver for Schwan’s; was a member of the American Legion Post #115, and enjoyed old cars, playing guitar, and riding motorcycles. His mother, Mary Jean Troxell; brothers, David and Larry Troxell; niece Amanda Troxell; and nephew, Jimmy Troxell precede him in death. Survivors include his father, James Luther Troxell of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Nicole Troxell, Paige Pauley, Nina Troxell, and Rachel Kersey; brother, Jimmy Troxell of Whitley City; sisters, Faye Vaughn (Gene) of Whitley City and Linda Blanford (Scott) of Holy Cross, Kentucky; and several grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Ronald Clay Sutton, age 68 years, of Somerset, Kentucky died September 17, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky. He was born June 1, 1953 in Somerset, Kentucky the son of Clifford Clay and Martha Omega (Perry) Sutton. Ronnie had been a mechanic and truck driver and loved being with his family at every opportunity. His parents precede him in death. Survivors include his children, Marti Sutton Rosser of Oneida, Tennessee, Sarah Ann Anderson (Eric) of Corbin, Kentucky, Ronald Clay Sutton II (Courtney) of Somerset, Kentucky, and Holly Reynolds (Brandon) of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister, Sherry Sutton Raleigh of Whitley City, Kentucky grandchildren, AshLinn Wilford, Storm Rosser, Stone Rosser, Piper Rosser, Jett Rosser, Payton Butler, Courtney Griffis, Logan Burchfield, Lily Burchfield, Tessa Neal, Caden Spradlin, Bella Reynolds, Eythan Phillips, Mylei Sutton, Macie Sutton, and Henry Anderson; and great grandchildren, Aspyn Baggett, Alayna Baggett, Maverick Byrd, Jaxtyn Griffis, Parker Rosser, and Rain Rosser. Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, September 20, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens. The family received friends after 1pm Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Elmer Olson, age 88 passed away Friday, August 27, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Elmer Olson. 

 

Sally Angeline Baird age 83 years of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at her home.

She was born March 30, 1938 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Walter Baird and Frona (Ramsey) Baird. In addition to her parents, Sally is preceded in death by her brothers, Emery, Elmer, Estil, Leamon, and Infant brother Freeman Baird; and sisters, Elizabeth Kangas, Sue Carol Baird, Betty Anderson, Mary Magdalene Baltimore Knieriem, Edlene King, and Nina Stephens.

Survivors include her sister Marie Ross and husband Charles of Strunk, Kentucky; special nephews Ronald and wife Michelle King, Jackie and wife Donna Stephens; great nieces and nephews Ronnie King, Caitlin King, Coby Stephens, Keisha Sexton; and host of other nieces and nephews whom she loved. Also, very special friends Rose Braden, Kathy Strunk, Wilma Matthews, and Betty Daugherty.

Sally was a long time Member of the Hayes Creek Church of God (since 1954). She also attended church at the Marshes Siding Church of God and Hill Top Baptist Church. Her whole life was dedicated to her family; helping each and everyone she could. She loved cooking, her church, singing and sitting on the back porch. She loved everyone and loved being a caretaker.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Ms. Sally Angeline Baird.

 

Lester Ball Jr., age 74 years, 2 months, and 23 days, husband of Tammy Chitwood Ball, passed away Friday, September 10,2021 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery.

He was born June 18, 1947 in Stearns, Kentucky to Lester Ball Sr. and Nina Ledbetter Ball. Lester was a Vietnam Army Veteran and was awarded the bronze star during his service. He was a member of the Taylor Ridge Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling, watching drag racing, and spending time outdoors.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Louise Glover and Shirley Ball, and brothers, Kenneth, Clyde, Delbert, Bobby, and Roger.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Ball, two sons, Allan Ball, and wife, Jenny, and Roger Ball, two stepsons, Robbie Ball, and wife, Tammy, and Christopher Erbaugh, and wife, Chrissy, daughter, Rachaelle Manor, and husband, Michael, stepdaughter, Jami Dickerson, and husband, Joe, a brother, Clarence Ball, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lester Ball Jr. 

 

Charlie Corder, age 87 years, 7 months, and 7 days, passed away at his home in Stearns, Kentucky on Saturday, September 4, 2021 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday September 8, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Garred Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Clearview Cemetery

He was born January 28, 1934 to Hobert Corder and Mary Margaret Jones in Ritner, Kentucky. Charlie worked at Wrights Dairy Farm and also as a coal miner and a logger. He was a member of the Clearview Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Wilma Duvall Corder, son, Doug Corder, brothers, Virgil Corder, and Rev. Calvin Corder, and sisters, Ilene and Gladys.

Survivors include his son, Joe Corder, and wife, Janet, daughter, Janet Stephens, and husband, Gary, daughter in-law, Linda Corder, brothers, Rev. Harvey Corder, and Gary Corder, and wife, Ila, sisters, Corena Tucker, and Elizbeth Worley, 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Charlie Corder.

 

Roberta Sue Marie Davis, age 57 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky.

She was born in Jellico, Tennessee on July 23, 1964 the daughter of Carl and Sarah Myrtle (Nevels) Bryant. Roberta was a homemaker, and loved her grandchildren and cooking.

Her parents; brothers, Ricky Keith and Eugene Keith; and sister, Joyce Vanover precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Mark A. Powers of Whitley City, Kentucky and Adam Powers (Jennifer) of Bronston, Kentucky daughter, Melody McDonald of Stearns, Kentucky; brother Carl Bryant, Jr. of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Pat Lovett officiating. Burial followed in the Flat Rock Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gilmore Gilreath, age 65, of Pine Knot, KY, passed from this life on September 5, 2021 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  

He was born in 1955 in the Bethal Community of Pine Knot, KY.  Gilmore was preceded in death by his parents Eva Bryant Gilreath and Golden Gilreath. Gilmore is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sheila Tucker Gilreath as well as three children: David Aaron Tucker (wife Amy), Stewart Benjamin Gilreath (wife Rhea) and Amy Nichole Bruner (husband Jeff).  Gilmore was “Poppy” to three special grandchildren: Alexis Anne Tucker, Maxwell Parker Gilreath and Paul Westin Bruner.  

Gilmore was eight of nine siblings including Lawrence Gilreath, Linnie Miller, Jimmy Gilreath, Lloyd Gilreath, William Gilreath, Charlie Gilreath, Linda Meadows and Sandy Gilreath.  Gilmore was also very close with several nieces, nephews and extended family members.  The family would also like to recognize a special friend of the family, Sheena Pitzer.  

What can be said about a lifetime of memories during such a loss?  Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  While the family is deeply saddened by Gilmore’s passing, they ask that all family and friends pause to reflect on the happy personal memories shared with Gilmore and remember him in that way.  Gilmore should be remembered for his outgoing personality; strong-willed, outspoken, hardworking, dependable, unselfish and loving.  Gilmore recognized the value of hard work and instilled this value into his family.  Gilmore enjoyed the simple things in life and never met a stranger.  Gilmore was an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat fan.  Gilmore loved spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and ATV riding.  Gilmore enjoyed his retirement spending every moment with his family. 

Obituary was written by the family.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home as honored to serve the family of Gilmore Gilreath.

 

Cash William Gregory, age 81 years, 3 months, and 3 days, husband of Barbara Trammell Gregory, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Graveside service was held Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Bud Gregory Cemetery in Clark Hollow, Kentucky.

He was born May 29, 1940 in Clark Hollow, to Schyler and Dovie Gregory. Cash worked at Kentucky Hardwood Sawmill. He was a member of the Concord Baptist Church. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting and whistling. 

Preceding him death were his parents, five brothers, Bobby Gregory, Jack Gregory, James “Red” Gregory, Carl “Kool” Gregory, and Bill Monroe Gregory, 6 sisters, Dorthy Gregory, Minnie Gregory, Ellamae Gregory, Barbary Whitehead, Willma Lee Clark, and Elma Gregory.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Gregory, son, Cashman Gregory, and wife, Jessica Sue Fryman, daughters, Abby Strunk, and husband, Lowell, Helen Denise Gregory, and Angely Jones, and husband Jerry, grandchildren, Kayla “Kate”, John , Rachael , Rachelle, William, Carl, Stanley, Jacklyn and Dean, and two special nieces, Ginger and Samantha.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Cash Gregory. 

 

Charles Mehaffey II, age 62 years, 5 months, and 11 days, husband of Nancy Mitchell Mehaffey, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with his wishes Charles was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

He was born March 29, 1959 to Charles Mehaffey I and Carol Hooper Horseman. Charles was a United States Army Veteran and enjoyed being a mechanic, being around people and painting. 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Nany Mehaffey, 3 sons, one brother, Gary Mehaffey, two sisters, one uncle, Sam Hooper, and one grandchild. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Charles Mehaffey II.

 

Coy Lee Stephens, age 72 years, and 10 days, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021, at V.A. Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 10, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the East Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.

He was born August 25, 1949, to Elmer and Evelyn Stephens. Coy was a disabled Army veteran. He enjoyed listening to music, specifically old country.  He also loved watching comedy movies with Jimmy and reading his bible. 

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his son, James Robert “Jimmy” Stephens, and wife, Angela, a granddaughter, Abigail Stephens, and brothers, John Paul Stephens, and wife, Rose, and Larry Ray Stephens.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Coy Lee Stephens.

 

Krystal Carol Bryant Jakes was called to Heaven Thursday, August 26, 2021 to be with her father, Glenn Bryant, her brother, Kenneth Bryant, and sister, Chasity Bryant. She is survived by her mother Linda Henry, stepfather Larry Henry, husband Kristopher Lee Jakes and two daughters, Alyssa Bailey Hagewood and Maleigha Kaysee Hagewood.

Krystal was the devoted wife of Kristopher and loving mother of Alyssa and Maleigha Hagewood. Her family also included 6 dogs and 2 cats. At home with her family was Krystal’s happy place. As some of her animals aged and the health care problems mounted, she trained herself to be a proficient vet tech to keep them comfortable through their later years. As a talented photographer, Krystal was the mom to do everyone’s senior portraits and many friends and clients weddings. She had a gift for putting together beauty. She was also talented in cosmetology and went on to represent some of the make up lines she loved.

Krystal was known far and wide for being a true friend. She had a forgiving heart and an ability to look past her friends’ worst days. She helped many people get on their feet at down points in life. She was happy to provide a meal, a bed, and plenty of laughs to anyone she found in need, be they human or animal.

She will be forever missed by her family and friends.

A visitation for Krystal was held Friday, September 3, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. A visitation occured Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. A celebration of life service did occur Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ForestLawnFuneral-Goodlettsville.com for the Jakes family.

Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Wiley Randall Rose, 65, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, August 30, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with complications from Covid-19.

He was born on July 14, 1956 in Honey Bee, (Parkers Lake), Kentucky, son of the late Cye Jones Rose and Alma Ann Renfro Rose. In his earlier years, Randall had a passion for the outdoors and the logging business. But, he became a self-employed auto mechanic where he gained the friendship of many friends. Randall married the love of his life; Mary Ann Bolin on January 30, 1974 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky. This year they celebrated 47 years and 8 months of being together. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching western tv shows and caring for his animals especially his horses, pigs and dogs. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. “Ran” or “Wildman” as he was called by those who knew and loved him, will be greatly missed.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant brother, and three other brothers; Roger Rose, Jimmy Rose and Burnell Rose, a sister; Norma Faye Rose, his mother-in-law; Gustava Watson, two sisters-in-law; Norma Lee Rose and Beverly Rose along with a brother-in-law; Charlie Hurd.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife; Mary Ann Rose of Parkers Lake, two sons; Trampas Ray Rose and (Tammy Coffey), Christopher Riley (Chandler) Rose all of Parkers Lake, a daughter; Norma Faye (Donnie) Morgan of Stearns, two brothers; John “Bill” Rose and Carness Rose of Parkers Lake , four sisters; Wilma (George) Taylor, Glenda Hurd, Lena (Ralph) Stogsdill all of Parkers Lake and Verna (Jessie) Patrick of Whitley City, a sister-in-law; Shelby Rose of Parkers Lake, 12 grandchildren; Samantha (Tyler) Dobbs, Jessica Morgan, Donnilee Morgan, Lonnie Morgan, Lucas Rose, Christian Rose, Gracie Rose, Corban Rose, Cody Rose, Paxton Rose, Ava Rose and Eli Rose, and one on the way, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private celebration of Life Memorial Service and Inurnment will be held at the family residence on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

You may offer condolence and sign the online register book at www.somersetundertaking.com

Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Wiley Randall Rose.

 

Ralph Trammell, age 71, of Somerset, Kentucky went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. The family will receive friends after 4:00 pm at the church.

Ralph was born on December 25, 1949 to William M.”Bill” Trammell and Luvena Chinn Trammell in the Jellico Creek Community of Whitley County. The Trammell family moved to Pine Knot when Ralph was a youngster and he grew up there. He helped with the work on their farm and learned to trade on horses from his dad and inherited his love for fishing from his mom. After graduating from Pine Knot High School, Ralph entered the US Army, and served in Okinawa. He was decorated for his outstanding service. After being discharged from the service, Ralph went to Cincinnati to find work. He worked briefly in a shoe factory and for a time at Fischer Body in Norwood. Later he would take a job with Ford, where he would spend the next 30 years working his way up to gauge layout and repair inspector. After his retirement, he moved to Sebring, Florida where he pursued his passion for fishing. Ralph and Peggy were famous for their hospitality and hosting large fish frys. Ralph regaled his family and friends with his hilarious stories and comical mannerisms. Ralph also had a big heart. He was an active member of the Sebring Moose Lodge, where he worked tirelessly to help provide Christmas to the underprivileged children. He loved to play Santa Clause for them. Ralph was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, joining in Norwood, Oh and transferring to the Felicity Lodge #102. He was also a proud member of the United Auto Workers Union #863, the Felicity VFW Post 7496, VFW Post 4300 in Florida, and the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God, the church his father helped establish. Keeping with a long standing Trammell family tradition, Ralph and Peggy helped to establish a non denominational church in Sebring. Ralph was well known and loved around the horse sale barns and stockyards. He and his brother Larry Dale, were always in the thick of things, “trading and swapping” and making a dollar or two.

Ralph is survived by his wife Peggy (Walker), of Somerset, son, Michael Trammell and his wife, Angela, of Batavia, Ohio, daughter, Kindra Hill and her husband, Marc, of Cincinnati, Ohio, step-sons, Michael Kennedy and his wife, Kristen, of Kenner, Louisiana, and Mark Kennedy of Richmond, Kentucky, step-daughters, Diane Tipton and her husband, Jim, of Winchester, Kentucky , Dione Hagwood and her husband, Daniel, of Ft. Worth, Texas, twenty grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, one brother, Larry Dale Trammell, and his wife, Sheila, of Felicity, Ohio, five sisters, Betty Perry, of Pine Knot, Carol Meadors and her husband, Marvin, of Milford, Ohio, Jewell Dean Cobb, of Batavia, Ohio., Norma Meadors, and her husband, Ray, of Milford, Ohio, and Doris Faye Stephens and her husband, John, of Pine Knot.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William McKinley “Bill” Trammell and Luvena Chinn Trammell, step-daughters, Debi and Denise Kennedy, brothers, Cecil, Bob, and William McKinley “Little Bill” Trammell and sisters, Imogene Strunk and Lois Creekmore.

Ralph was larger than life in many ways. With his swagger and outgoing personality, he never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. New generations of Trammells will be telling Uncle Ralph stories and in our minds we will hear that laugh and see that sparkle in his eyes, as when he would tell a “whopper”. Our comfort comes as it always does in our family, from our faith In Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and Ralph’s testimony of being a born again Child of God.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph Trammell.

 

Jeanie “Susie” Vanover, age 52 years, 1 month, and 18 days, wife of Tim Vanover, passed away Friday September 3, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held September 7, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Sandhill Cemetery.

She was born July 16, 1969, in Pineville, Kentucky to Ray Cox and Betty White Cox. Susie was a homemaker and a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church. She loved sewing, making quilts, camping, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her father, Ray Cox.

Survivors include her mother, Betty Cox, husband, Tim Vanover, daughters, Samantha Cox, and Betty Cox, grandchildren, Nathan Neeley and Coleman Neeley, siblings, Bonnie Privett, and husband, Charlie, Sam Cox, and wife, Della, Janie Cox, and husband, Brian, and Peggy Cox, nephew, Bradley Cox, whom she raised, special friend, Lisa Tucker, many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Susie Vanover. 

 

Herbert Toney Warman, Sr., age 74 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on August 31, 1947 the son of William H. and Dora (Swain) Warman. Herbert had worked as a Journeyman Machinist for Tecumseh, and enjoyed being around people visiting.

His parents; brothers, James Calvin Warman, Glenn Warman, and John Ray Warman; and granddaughter, Megan Warman precede him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Herbert Tony Warman, Jr.. and Brian Edward Warman (Anita) both of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Angela Marie Hawn (James), Roberta West both of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Sheila Warman of London, Kentucky, Robin Rogers (Derek) of Louisville, Kentucky and Shana Stephens of Pine Knot; sister, Wilma Clark of Parkers Lake; grandchildren, Tanner Warman, Hannah Warman, Kaylee Warman, Jordan King (Brandon), Justin Hawn (Harley), Sarah Edwards, Brad West, Jr., Cage Redmon, Riley Warman, Tyler Tucker, Cheyenne Tracy, Brittany Bowling (Lonnie), Joshua Elam (Alexandria), Tara Elam, Kayleigh Wireman, Jake Rogers, Matt Rogers, and Zach Rogers; and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Warman officiating. Burial will follow in the Mill Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Billy Joe Brown, age 86, a resident of Harriman, died Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  Mr. Brown was born November 4, 1934, in Stearns, Kentucky which led to his love of all Kentucky Athletics. He served in the United States Army.  He retired from the Roane County School System having taught for 38 years at two schools, Elverton School for 4 years and Dyllis Elementary for 34 years. Mr. Brown touched the lives of many of his students and athletes over his distinguished career as an educator and coach.  He is a member of Mill Baptist Church, Harriman. He was a devout Christian and served many roles within various churches (Deacon, Choir Director and Sunday School Director).  He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lawrence Brown and Vina Foster Brown; his wifeof 56 years, Sandra Ann King Brown; sons, Billy Joe Jr. and Scott Brown, grandson, Chris Woods and sisters, Betty Brown, Burma Stephens and Janet Medford and brother Randall Brown.

Mr. Brown is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Crass (Ronnie) of Oliver Springs and Michelle Christopher (Buddy) of Clinton

Granchildren; Shannon Treadway (Calvin), Shawn Brown and Scott Brown, II, Tosha Moss (David), Devon Crass (Taleah) and Jill Crass, Kayla Rather (Wesley) and Kelsey Aytes (Dustin);

Great Grandchildren, Candice Woods, Calvary, Kinley and Kaisley Treadway, Azlynn and Arayah Brown, Brady, Kynzee, and Kylee Moss, Brecken and Remi Crass, Reese and Tatum Rather, Hadley and Henley “JoJo” Aytes;

Brother, Tommy Reed Brown (Sharon);

Sister in-law, Bonnie Brown;

Sisters, Shanda Clark, Brenda Stanchfield, Patricia Rhoden (Ralph), and Pamela Jane Douglas 9Donald);

Special Friend, Dennis Peters;

And a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.

The family received friends Sunday August 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00pm  at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.  Funeral Services followed at 4:00pm with Pastor Garvan Walls, Bro. Johnny Goldston and Bro. Eddie Neeley officiating.   Graveside Services were Monday, August 30, 2021at 10:00am in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 2811 Harriman Hwy, Harriman, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mill Baptist Church, 805 Siluria St., Harriman, TN, 37748

Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Maurice Wayne Bryant (Gil) November 29, 1947 – August 4, 2021

Maurice “Gil” Bryant, age 73, peacefully transitioned from Earth to Heaven on August 4, 2021 at his home in Miami Lakes, Florida.

Preceding him in death are his parents Maynard and Betty Bryant and a brother, Raymond Bryant, of Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Born on November 29, 1947, Maurice was the third of four children born to Maynard and Betty. He leaves to cherish his memory, his sister, Norma Smith, his brother, Marcus Bryant, his aunt, Gladys Bryant Bruce, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

No greater father and “poppa” than Maurice. He leaves to honor and cherish his memory, his daughters, Tiffany Bryant and Tina Bryant Ruff (and Stephen), and his beloved granddaughter, Bethany.

After graduating from Pine Knot High School in 1965, Maurice attended the University of Southern Mississippi, earning his BS in Education. Later he attended Florida International University where he earned his MS in Industrial Arts.

Maurice spent his life in service to others. During his 45-year career as a teacher and program director for the Miami Jackson Senior High Architectural/Design Magnet Program, Maurice mentored many of our country’s leading architects. As a member of Christ Journey Church (Coral Gables, FL), he served faithfully each Sunday as a greeter and usher and also spent many weekends and holidays supporting mission-related activities. Above all, Maurice loved God and he loved his family.

On the morning of August 4th, Maurice heard our Heavenly Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23)

In keeping of Maurice’s wishes, he was cremated. A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Higginbotham Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Timothy Allen Dixon, age 51, of Whitley City, Kentucky, son of the late James Lonnie Dixon and Betty Strunk Dixon, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021, at the UK Medical Center, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Jeffers and Bro. Cyrus Byrd officiating. Burial followed in the Flat Rock Cemetery. 

He was a member of the Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and local sports. Tim was a huge UK fan, and loved going to church and spending time with family.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include, his brother, Eddie Dixon, sister, DeVonda Vaughn, and husband, Robbie, nephew, Tyler Vaughn, and wife, Tori, and special friends, Cyrus Byrd, and Vernon Phillips.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Timothy Allen Dixon

 

Priscilla Alene Spradlin, age 55 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 21, 1966 the daughter of Archie and Lois Ann (West) Perry. Priscilla had worked as a waitress, was a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church, had attended the East Appletree United Baptist Church, enjoyed video games and sewing, but her greatest enjoyment of life was her Grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Newtie Spradlin and brother, Christopher Perry.

Survivors include her sons, Newtie Spradlin (Kristen) and Donald Lynch both of Whitley City; daughter, Jessica Spradlin and Julian Spradlin both of Whitley City; sisters, Carolyn King (Crandell) of Whitley City, Thelma Douglas (Starling) of Revelo, and Melinda Wallen (Mike) of Indiana; grandchildren, Paul Good Jr., Neatina Neal, Aaliyah Neal, Clara Lynch, Bella Lynch, Willow Spradlin, Hadlie Spradlin, Chrislyn Ellie Spradlin, and Patience Spradlin; and fiancé, Brian Bowman.

Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, August 30, 2021 at the East Appletree United Baptist Church with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Burchfield Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Monday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Janie Warman age 76, of Berea, Kentucky passed from this life Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital. 

Janie was born February 13, 1945 to the late Ardy O’Dell and Emma Warman O’ Dell in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

She was of the Baptist faith and liked to garden, can foods, knitting, handmade the families’ clothing, handmade quilts. She cherished her family. 

Janie was preceded in death along with her parents; her husband, Glenn Warman Sr.; daughter, Sharon Latham Johnson; sister, Ruth Brown.  

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, sons, Tim Kidwell-Warman of Berea; Glenn Warman Jr. (Jo) of Parkers Lake, Ky; Joseph Warman (Tammy), Rodney Warman, Preston Warman all of Parkers Lake, Ky; daughters, Wilda Vanover (Parker) of Parkers Lake, Ky; Janice Thomas of Berea; Felicia Strunk (James) of Whitley City, Ky; Amy Warman of Monticello, Ky; sister, Margie Caldwell of Somerset; brothers, George O’Dell of VA; Ardy O’Dell of Corbin; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  

Funeral service was held Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the church with Bro. Joe Warman and James Strunk officiating. Burial followed in Mill Creek Cemetery.  

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Janie Warman. 

 

Bobby Lowe Williams age 91 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Thursday, August 19, 2021 at The Gardens at Stevens in Stevens, Pennsylvania.

He was born in Englewood, Tennessee on June 19, 1930 the son of Chester and Ina (Derrick) Williams. His siblings were Chester Jack Williams, Wayne Lee Williams, Dennis Dean Williams, Prentice Cooper Williams, Billie Sue Michaels, Cherry Watson, Betty June Barton, Margaret Jo Whitehead, and Kathy Frances McWilliams. Bobby had worked as the manager for Thompson Painting; served his Country in the United States Marines, and was of the Baptist Faith.

Bobby married Aureadie (Newport) Williams on December 23, 1951 and they had sons; Danny Lowe Williams and Clyde Dale Williams; and daughters, Linda Parks, Brenda Oosterback, Connie Buchanan, and Michelle Hart (husband Dustin); and through Michelle he had two grandsons, Evan Hart, and Ian Lee. 

Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gary Stanley Bell age 81 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, August 20, 2021. He was the son of the late Murrell Bell and Pauline (Matthews) Bell. 

In keeping with Gary’s wishes, he was cremated. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Earl Edmond Ball age 76 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born June 18, 1945 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Earl Estus Ball and Pearl (King) Ball. Edmond enjoyed being outdoors coon hunting and horseback riding, but mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandbabies and great-grandbabies.

In addition to his parents, Edmond is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Loretta (King) Ball, a great-grandson, Rhylen Chase, brothers, Kelly Ball, Jimmy Ball, Denny Ball, and Robert Ball, and sisters, Sarah Lay and Ina King.

Surviving family include his son, Randall Ball (wife Melanie) of Strunk; his daughter, Rhonda Foster of Winfield, Tennessee; nine grandchildren, Amanda Ball, MaKayla Ball (and Cameron), Jazmine Reagan, Jordan Wilson (and Kameron), Tristan Ball, Karmon Ball, Jacob Bobbitt (and Chealtzie), Kristen Bailey (and Brian), and Emily Foster; and seven great-grandchildren, Weston Bobbitt, Rhyder Bobbitt, Zaylee Moore, Maddox Bailey, Knox Wilson, Jett Wilson, and Kolbie Bobbitt.

Also surviving are Edmond’s sisters, Phyllis Moore (and Bill) of Strunk and Nevada Bryant of Tennessee; and a host of special friends and extended family that he loved dearly. 

Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 5:00 pm until service time. Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Ann Victoria Bates, age 59 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

She is survived by three daughters, Virginia “Giny” Bates, Catherine Salinas, and Samantha Heizer.

A Private Burial was held at the Angel Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gary Stanley Bell age 81 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, August 20, 2021. He was the son of the late Murrell Bell and Pauline (Matthews) Bell. 

In keeping with Gary’s wishes, he was cremated. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Gilbert Clark, 94, Muncie, passed away Monday evening, August 16, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 18, 1926, in Whitley City, Kentucky, the son of Hulen and Ida (Jones) Clark. Gilbert worked as a machine operator at Chevrolet Muncie and retired in 1985. Gilbert honorably served his country in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Glenna (Burkes) Clark; several children; one brother, Dillard Clark; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304 with Pastor David Clark officiating. Burial followed in Elm Ridge Memorial Park.

Family and friends called from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday at Elm Ridge Funeral Home.

Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Alexandria Rayne Hayes, precious baby of David and Brooklyn (Stephens) Hayes was born into the arms of Angels on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

She was born at 32 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 17 inches long with a head full of hair. Although Alexandria never spent any time with us on Earth, she was very loved and touched many lives. Our little angel will never be forgotten.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Ryder Alexander Hayes, a grandfather, Tommy Ray Stephens, and great-grandparents, Chester Hayes, Edna Hayes, Vestal Conaster, and Royce Ridener.

She is survived by a large host of people who love her dearly, including her parents, great-grandparents, Maxine Conatser of Pine Knot, Charles R. Stephens of Pine Knot, Edna P. Stephens of Revelo; grandparents, Ray and Brenda Hayes of Pine Knot, Tonya Anderson of Pine Knot; uncles, Brandon and Ashley Hayes of Pine Knot, Matthew and Emily Whitehead of Strunk, Brandi and Tina Stephens of Pine Knot; cousins, Jonah, Austin, Braylie, Nolan, Logan, Madison, Alison, Bryce, Chloe, Lucus, Halleigh, Liam; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Brandon Hayes officiating. Burial is to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Charles Jason Ridener, age 50 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died August 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Corbin, Kentucky on September 10, 1970 the son of Kline and Audrey Joyce (Helton) Ridener. Jason had worked in carpentry.

His father precedes him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Audrey Joyce Ridener of Ohio; sister, Tarasa Honeycutt of Somerset, Kentucky; nephews and niece, Gaige Honeycutt, Alyssa Honeycutt, and Hunter Honeycutt.

Graveside services were held 3pm Monday, August 23, 2021 at the Angel Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Bobby Lowe Williams, age 91, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away at the Gardens at Stevens medical facility in Denver, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 1:00pm EST. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the funeral home. Interment is to follow the funeral services and will be in the Angel Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Jean Ann Saba, age 75 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Saturday, August 14, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Dillionville, Ohio on September 17, 1945 the daughter of George and Sophia (Malinoski) Horak. Jean was a landlord of the King Edward Apartment and a caregiver. She was devoted to Jesus Christ 100%, and enjoyed gardening, shopping QVC, and taking care of people.

Her parents and brother, Edward Horak precede her in death.

Survivors include her son, Jim Saba (Tami) of Lebanon, Tennessee; daughter, Lisa Hayes (Patrick) of Boynton Beach, Florida; sister, Carol Felaris of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Tina Travieso, Jimmy Saba, Patrick Hayes, Michael Hayes, Priscilla Saba, and Jesse Saba; and great grandchildren, Noah, Caleb, Lillian, Amelia, Destiny, and Jasmine.

A memorial gathering of family and friends was held 11am-12pm Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Buford Thomas, 79, passed away on Sunday October 9, 2016 surrounded by family.

He was born on December 9, 1936 in Stearns, Kentucky, to Robert Lee and Ollie Sarah Thomas.

Buford graduated from McCreary County High School and attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.  He married his high school sweetheart, Helen(Thompson)Thomas, in Cincinnati, OH.

He worked for General Motors (Delphi) for thirty-two years.  Buford was an avid animal lover, gardener and budding meteorologist.  He loved his family and was a doting grandfather.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of sixty years, Helen (Thompson) Thomas; his two children, Jeffery (Catherine) Thomas, of Fishers, Lisa (Andy) Schmidt, of Selma; and his three grandchildren, Lee (Courtney) Schmidt, of Noblesville, Emily (Tom) Schmidt-Ten Eyck, of Houston, TX, and Sarah Thomas, of Fishers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Private Memorial Service Celebrating his life will be held for family and close friends, with Pastor John Bunch Saturday August 28, 2021at Mountain View Cemetery.

Hickman Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Buford Thomas. 

 

Helen Thomas, 84 passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Parker Healthcare & Rehabilitation.  She was born on September 29, 1936 in Stearns Kentucky to Edgar and Ora (Jones) Thompson.  Helen married Buford Thomas in 1956 and they moved, first to Muncie, and then they settled in Selma.  Helen worked at Merchants Bank, Grants Department Store, and was a Book-Keeper at Osco Drugs at the Muncie Mall until a sudden illness prompted her retirement in 1983.  As a result of that illness, Helen became a quadriplegic, which she handled (mostly) with dignity and grace.  Helen began painting, as therapy, and over time, she developed her talent, gifting her paintings to family and friends who treasure them.

Helen is survived by her two children, Jeffery (Catherine) Thomas of Fishers, Lisa (Andy) Schmidt of Selma; her three grandchildren, Lee (Courtney) Schmidt (and grandson Thorin) of Noblesville, Emily (Tom) Schmidt-Ten Eyck, of Durham NC, and Sarah Thomas of Fishers.  Helen also leaves sisters Pauline Foust of Cincinnati, Ohio, Elizabeth (James) Foster of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Joan (Tom) Adams and Millie (Tom) Smith, both of Ligonier, Indiana, and brothers Lloyd (Evelyn) Thompson of Muncie, and Glen (Jeri) Thompson of Crittenden, Kentucky.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Buford, sister Viola Kelly of Cincinnati Ohio, and brothers Vernon Thompson and Richard Thompson, both of Stearns Kentucky.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Vicky, Josh, Holly, Brooklyn, Christy, and all of the dear people at Parker Health and Rehab, who cared for Helen so well, and treated her like family, as well as her roommate and dear friend Mary.

A private ceremony for family will be Saturday August 28, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery in Stearns, Ky.

Hickman Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Helen Thomas. 

 

Walter Bryan Ballou, age 62 of Harrison, Ohio passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Born August 23, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio the Son of Ben “Benny” and Okla (Gilreath) Ballou.

Walter is survived by his children Travis (McKenzie) Ballou, Tabatha Ballou and Tiffany Ballou.  Grandfather of Colton Koo and Liam Hauger.  Brother of Peggy and Parker Ballou.

Preceded in death by his parents Ben and Okla Ballou, son Michael Anderson Ballou and sister Yvonne Ballou Breeden. 

Visitation will be held Monday, August 16, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030.  Visitation was held Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:30 P.M. at Hickman Strunk Funeral Home 156 Main Street Whitley City, Kentucky.  Burial followed at Barren Fork Cemetery.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Walter Bryan Ballou.

 

Ella Mae (Marler) Bybee, age 78 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Friday, August 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on July 6, 1943 the daughter of Clarence and Rosa Lee (West) Marler. Ella Mae had worked on the 5 hole button machine at the Shirt Factory, was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, and enjoyed crocheting and reading and collecting books.

Her parents; husband, Ricky Bybee; and sisters, Alene Marler and Shirley Shelton precede her in death.

Survivors include her sister, Maxine Lawson of Whitley City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Ray Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family will received friends after 11am Sunday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Johnny Roscoe Cox, age 65 years and 10 months, loving husband of Rita Bryant Cox, passed from this life on August 12, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Healthcare Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Johnny was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on October 12, 1955 to the late Robert and Hallie Selvidge Cox. He was a farmer who really enjoyed raising cattle and putting up his own hay. Johnny attended East Stearns Church of God, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and spending time with his wife whom he married September 11, 1978, they had almost 43 wonderful years together.

In addition to his loving wife, Rita Bryant Cox, he is survived by nephews; Dale Cox and wife Destiny of Winfield, TN., Justin Cox of Oneida, TN., and Preston and wife Samantha Cox of Strunk, KY., brother; Virgil and wife Paulette Cox of Somerset, KY., sisters; Phyllis Myers of Strunk, KY., Marie and husband Roy Hale of Whitley City, KY., Betty and husband Loyd Stephens of Helenwood, TN., Barbara and husband Bob Meadows of Strunk, KY., along with many other special nieces and nephews who were dear to him.

In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his brothers; Roger Dale and Billy Ray Cox. 

Visitation for Johnny Cox was August 17, 2021, Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, the funeral service was Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with brothers Dennis Neal and Terry Myers officiating, burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Johnny Roscoe Cox with his funeral arrangements.

 

Robert “Rob” Wayne Dick Sr., age 63 years, 4 months, and 4 days, husband of Judy Taylor Dick, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at his residence in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 15, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Cemetery.

He was born April 7, 1958 to Parker Dick and Neak Lawery Dick. Rob enjoyed fishing, hunting, outdoors, and collecting knives. He loved getting to spend time with his family. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Ricky Dick, and Richard Dick, and sister, Joyce Dick.

Survivors include his wife, a son, Robert Wayne “Robbie” Dick Jr., daughter, Maneaka Dick, and fiancé, Scotty Boyatt, brother, Jr. Dick, sisters, Wanda Dick, Susie Flynn, Rosie Vaughn, and husband, Jason, Linda Hearld, and husband, Tommy, Irene Adkins, and Glenna Helton, 3 grandchildren Taelynn Goins, Scotty Boyatt, and Bryce Boyatt. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Robert “Rob” Dick Sr.

 

Pamela Dickinson, age 60 years, 4 months, 28 days, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 14, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Millcreek Cemetery.

She was born March 14, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Coyett Vanover and Ravina Alice Wilson. Pamela was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, painting, quilting, and cooking, but above all she loved her grandchildren and spending time with family.

Preceding her in death was her father, daughters, Tonya Lynn Taylor, and Melissa Dickinson, sisters, Barbara Moore, and Lori Vanover, and brother, Gary Vanover. 

Survivors include her mother, husband, Gary Lee Dickinson, sons, Jason Taylor, and wife, Gary Jr. Dickinson, and wife, Emily, Kris, Adam Johnson, and Bill Dickinson, daughter, Ashley Phillips, and husband, Kevin, and Christina Lins, and husband, Travis, brothers, Wayne Vanover, and wife, Shelley, and Larry Vanover, and wife, Debbie, sister, Michelle Coffey, special nephew, Timmy Moore, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Pamela Dickinson.

 

Andrew Gene Perry, age 38 years, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana died August 11, 2021 at the West Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on November 4, 1982 the son of Shirley Perry. Andrew had worked for CSI as a power coater, and enjoyed sports and fishing.

His grandfather, Clifford Perry precedes him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Perry of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; grandmother, Elsie Perry of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; uncle, Terry Perry and wife, Trish of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; aunt, Sharon White and husband, Frank of Rising Sun, Indiana; and cousins, Zach Israil of Lawrenceburg, Lindsey Wilson and husband, Kyle of Batesville, Indiana, Justin White and wife, Krissie of Rising Sun, Makayla White of Rising Sun, and Haley White of Rising Sun. 

Funeral services were held 12pm Monday, August 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

David Carroll Coleman, age 72 years, of Burnside, Kentucky died August 7, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Corinth, Kentucky on June 7, 1949 the son of Artie “Pete” Chester and Shirley Levern (Brown) Coleman. David had worked for the Cumberland Falls State Park and retired from the McCreary County Water District, he had served as Fire Chief of the Eagle-Sawyer Fire Department, was a member of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church. He loved old cars, race cars, and spending time with family.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Carolyn (Goodin) Coleman of Burnside; children, Marvin “Dee” Coleman of Carrollton, Kentucky, Angie Wheelen (Greg) of Newport, Kentucky, David “DJ” Coleman of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Willis Taylor (Pam) of Parkers Lake, Michelle Taylor of Burnside, and Krystal Clark of Burnside; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Connie Hardin (Greg) of Indiana, Mona Laxton (Dee) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Brenda Douglas of Pine Knot, Kentucky; and brother Wilbur Huddleston of Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held 11am Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. John Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Marlar Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Anthony Lee Crabtree, age 55, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2021, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, on December 11, 1965, he was the son of Charles and Verna (Wilson) Crabtree. He is preceded in death by his father.

Surviving family include his mother, Verna Crabtree of Strunk, Kentucky, a daughter, Victoria Crabtree of Richmond, Kentucky, two brothers: Charles Jesse Crabtree (Tina) of Florida and Bruce Crabtree of Indiana, and two sisters: Carol Zeigler (Richard) of Ohio, and Layne Wilson (Rick) of Pine Knot.

Anthony had been a mill worker for Barna Log Homes and liked doing carpentry and enjoyed going to concerts.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday from 12:00 noon until time for services.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Raymond King Jr., age 47 years, 7 months, and 8 days, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 6, 2021, at the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Douglas Cemetery.

He was born December 24, 1973, in Somerset, Kentucky to Raymond King Sr. and Brenda Garland Lewis Ball. Raymond was a disabled corrections officer. He enjoyed fishing, drawing, baking with his girls, and was also a tattoo artist.

Preceding him in death was his father, and grandparents, Nelson Garland, Alice Garland, and Aileen Oliver.

Survivors include his mother, grandfathers, Raymond “Cub” Ball, Riley Oliver, two daughters, Madison LeAnne King, Gabriella Michelle King, a half-brother, Matthew King, a sister, Crystal Marlow, a half sister, Tabitha Garland, a niece, Alexandera Shae Honeycutt, and a nephew, Travis Lee Marlow.

Donations may be made to the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Raymond King Jr.

 

Judy Kay (Gibson) Maines, 65, of Cincinnati, Ohio went to be with the Lord on February 2, 2021.  She was the life partner of the late Donnie Napier.

Preceding her in death are her parents Pauline Miller Williams and Denvil Gibson, brothers Mike Gibson, Dennis Williams, and Anthony Williams.

Loving sister to Bobby (Kae), Herbert (Brenda), Rick (Jill), Charles (Kim) Gibson and Greg (Laura) Williams, Judy is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Born on January 10, 1956, in Pine Knot, Kentucky, Judy was the fourth of 9 children and the only daughter.  Although the family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio shortly after Judy’s birth, she always referred to Pine Knot as her home.  Her faith was strong, loved listening to Christian music and getting together with family.

A Graveside service will be on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.

 

James Dwayne Murphy born July 11,1984 to James “Jim” Murphy and Sylvia (Jones) Murphy and departed this life on August 2, 2021 at the age of 37.

Best known as Jamy, he was a loving father, a precious son, loving brother, and wonderful uncle. Jamy enjoyed spending time with those he loved, and often showed it through acts of service. He was a mechanic by trade. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors when given the opportunity, and took great pleasure in sharing the fruits of his gardening with others.

Jamy attended Whitley City Church of God and enjoyed spending time with his family worshiping Christ. He leaves behind his fiancé Chasity Owens, his daughter Emma Murphy, very special niece Danielle, his parents: Jim Murphy of Williamsburg KY and Sylvia Murphy (Wallace Simpson) of Monticello, KY, sisters: Natasha Strunk (Kevin) of Somerset, KY and Courtney Murphy of Georgia, along with his nieces and nephew who adored him, and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon and Shawn Brunett officiating. Burial followed at the Pleasant Run Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Jamy Murphy with funeral arrangements.

 

Judy Lynn Jones Tate, age 77, widow of Raymond Tate Jr., passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Williamson, West Virginia, on July 16, 1944, to the late Edgar and Earnie Mae Crouch Jones. In addition to her husband she is also preceded in death by her brother; Bill Jones, sisters; Faye Hopton, Anna McIntosh, Lois Hibbits, Shirley Simpson and Jenny Fricker.

She is survived by her sons; Michael Ray Tate of Murfreesboro, TN., William Richard and wife Tricia Tate of Santa Clarita, CA., daughters; Victoria and husband Michael Newman of Pine Knot, KY., and Susan Tate and Neal of Westchester, OH., brother; Jack and wife Mary Jones of Cincinnati, OH., eleven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Judy worked as a store clerk and was a homemaker who cherished her grandchildren and family, she enjoyed traveling and baking, her specialty was carrot cake that everyone enjoyed.

Her service will be held at Spring Grove Chapel with burial to follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Obituary courtesy McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Margaret Francis Gordon Nutter, age 90 years, 5 months, and 24 days, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

She was born February 4, 1931, in Charleston, South Carolina to James Henderson Gordon and Jessica Virginia Salvo Gordon.  Margaret was a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church and had been a probation officer with the Salvation Army in Tampa, Florida before her retirement.  After retirement, she kept very busy and worked at the nursing home in Pine Knot, spending her days counseling residents, and partnered with the McCreary County School District and the McCreary County Public Library to read books to children at the local elementary schools.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, William A. Nutter, brother, James H. Gordon and twin brothers, Frank V. Gordon and Victor C. Gordon.

Survivors include sons, Michael David “Dave” Nutter and his wife, Suzanne, of Pine Knot, who lovingly cared for her for the last years of her life, and William A. Nutter, Jr. of Bradenton, Florida, a sister, Jacqueline Horn of Michigan, grandchildren, William Peters, Christina Nutter, Jackie Murphy, and Amanda Becker, and great grandchildren, Nathaniel Peters, Billy Rybenski, Jimmy Murphy, Dylan Nutter, Rosaline Ramistella, Lillian Ramistella, Michaell Liam Goodin, and Jolene Dawn Goodin.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Margaret Francis Gordon Nutter.

 

Mary Ruth Gilreath age 93 of Somerset, Kentucky went to be with her Lord Saturday July 24, 2021 at Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center. Mary was born on September 9, 1927 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Carl and Hazel Moore King.
Mrs. Gilreath was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years , Elmer Gilreath, whom she married November 27, 1943; son, Maurice Gene Gilreath; grandson, Maurice Gene “Geno” Gilreath Jr., son in law, Ralph Ferring.
Mary Ruth leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter Judy Ferring of Somerset; sister, Margaret Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Mona Lisa Cook Haught (Stan) of Columbus, Ohio, William Jason Perkins (Sherry) of Eubank, Kentucky, and Karen Lynn Beresh (Don) of Morrow, Ohio; great grandchildren, Micheal Haught, Anna Haught, Hunter Sadoff, and Cole Carter; daughter in law, Sandra Gilreath of Pine Knot, Ky; sister, Margaret Kidd Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio; She also leaves behind a host of friends and families, especially dear to her was her church families.
She was saved at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle on June of 1948, she later joined and was baptized there. Mary continued being active at the church until she came to live with her daughter in 2006, where she later joined Immanuel Baptist Church.
Services for Mrs. Gilreath will be held at East Pine Knot Tabernacle with Tim Moore, Harold Baird, David Perry and Malachi Barnett officiating on Sunday August 8th, at 2 P.M. Inurnment will follow at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or Gideon Bible Memorial Plan.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mary Ruth Gilreath.

 

Marlene (Budai) Hamblin age 79 of Williamsburg, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Louisville.
She was born June 19, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Joseph Budai and Dorothy (Schradbrun) Budai. Her brother, Lewis Budai also precedes her in death.
Surviving family include her husband, Glenn Hamblin whom she married, March 19, 1981; a daughter, Dawn Rahe Helton of Williamsburg, Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Charles Helton, Lacey Zugg, and Erica Helton; and great-grandchildren, Seth Anderson, Dylan Anderson, Nakyna Sala, and Kaleb Mueller.
Marlene was a member of the Eastern Star of McCreary County. In her spare time, she enjoyed making baskets and teaching class at the Kentucky Hills and Hollows. Marlene also enjoyed working at the food bank that the Pine Knot Fire Department held. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doyle Lester. Burial followed in the Bethel Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until Eastern Star Services at 12:30 pm.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Mary Elizabeth Shelton, age 40 years, of Dallas, Georgia, died Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Hiram, Georgia.
She was born in Mt. Clements, Michigan on August 21, 1980 the daughter of Walter J. and Marc J. (Diehl) Shelton. Mary had worked as the head bartender for St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, was a tennis player, enjoyed spending time with her friend’s children, animals, crafting, camping, fly fishing, and going to the shooting range with her Dad.
Survivors include her parents, Walter J. and Marc J. Shelton of Dallas, Georgia; brother, Walter J. Shelton, Jr. of Indiana; sisters, Crystal R. Shelton of Sandy Springs, Georgia and Stacey A. Hartigan and husband, Jeff of Naples, Florida; nieces, Hadlynn Aline Hartigan and Hensley Darcy Hartigan; and a family friend, Patrick O’Grady.
In accordance with Mary’s wishes she was cremated. A graveside Memorial Service will be held 3pm Monday, August 9, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob Cemetery in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Noble Tucker, age 88 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on November 25, 1932 the son of Henry and Alpha (Foster) Tucker. Noble was had worked in Masonry and was a member of the Freedom United Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
His parents; brothers, Denton Tucker, Edward Tucker, and Harley Tucker; and sisters, Gladys Phillips, Flora Jane Foster, Rachel Meadows, Zelpha Walls, Cora Mae Hines, Ollie Florence Slaven, and Laura Cordell precede him in death.
He is survived by a special nephew, Gary Tucker of Whitley City.
Funeral services were held 5pm Friday, July 30, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Aaron Tucker and Bro. Jerry Myers officiating. Burial followed in the Sammy New Cemetery. The family received friends after 3pm Friday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jacob Stephen Willett, age 33 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Monday, June 7, 2021 in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
He was born in Savanah, Georgia on February 17, 1988 the son of Ricky Allen Willett and Donna Jo (Koon) Williams. Jacob was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Chatsworth, Georgia. He was a DJ with his own Radio Show during his years at college.
His grandfather, Donald Koon precedes him in death.
Survivors include his father, Ricky Allen Willett and wife, Jane of Dalton, Georgia; mother Donna Jo Williams of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Nathanael David Willett and wife, Jacqueline of Seal Beach, California and Caleb Seth Willett of Somerset, Kentucky; sister, Abigail Bettyjoy Willett of Dalton, Georgia; grandmother, Evelyn Koon of Whitley City, Kentucky; grandfather, Eugene Willett of Colorado; and grandmother, Virgiline Willett of Michigan.
Funeral services were held 5pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Brian Branam. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 3pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Calla Fay Watson, age 87, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born on June 11, 1934, in Barthel, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Eva Matthew Massengale. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband: Bud Watson and second husband, Estel Pennicuff. She is also preceded in death by brothers: Ray, Clarence, and Arlie Massengale, and sisters: Elizabeth Massengale, Dorothy Massengale Cooper, Emma Massengale Watson, and Edna Massengale Dobbs, and a granddaughter Ashlie Shane.
Surviving family include two sons: Eugene (Pamela) Watson of LaPort, Texas, and Ernie (Darlene) Watson of Slidel, Louisiana, two daughters: Shanna Watson Jones of Smithtown, Kentucky, and Sheila Pennycuff Shane of Pine Knot, a sister: Virginia Massengale Lee, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Fay was retired from the McCreary County Schools as a bus monitor. She previously worked at H & M Machine Shop and Rock 10 Paper Company in Indiana. She had been a member of the 76ers Bowling League in Somerset and former member of the Happy Red Hatters Club.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Pine Knot Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Delbert Sexton age 67 of Winfield, Tennessee passed from this life on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
In keeping of Delbert’s wishes, a private burial was held shortly after his passing.
He was born February 9, 1954 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Albert James Sexton and Elma (Jeffers) Sexton. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Jean Sexton.
Surviving family include his wife, Shirley Phillips; daughters, Delecia Miller (husband, Dale) of Norma, Tennessee, and Danessa Dixon (husband, Dan) of North Carolina; and grandchildren, Jordan Dixon, Mazie Grace Dixon, and Meena Dixon.
Delbert was a member of the Lower Marsh Creek Church. He spent his life working as a truck driver and was a Police Officer in Knoxville for several years. Delbert also served as a guard at the Bushy Mountain Prison. During his personal time, he enjoyed playing spades, held a black belt in Karate, and was a Mason.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

William Thomas Perry, age 66 years, of the Eagle Community died Monday, July 19, 2021 at his home.
He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on June 17, 1955 the son of Walter Willie and Addie Mae (Higginbotham) Perry. Thomas enjoyed NASCAR and doing Find A Word Puzzles.
His parents; brothers; Warren Mahan Perry and Roger Eugene Perry, and sister; Violet Gerlene Perry precede him in death.
Survivors include his brothers; James Edward Perry (Betty) of Sidney, Ohio, Charles Everett Perry (Betty) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Clinton Paul Perry (Faye), and John Henry Perry, sisters; Joyce Hawk (Ken) of Virginia and Ina Willene Branscum (Ronnie) of Sidney, Ohio, sister-in-law; Doretha Ann Perry of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 11am Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmie Vanover officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Chester Finley Murphy, age 86, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Bethel Cemetery.
The family received friends on Monday from 12:00 noon until time for services.
Born in Pine Knot, Kentucky, on November 24, 1934, he was the son of the late Oda and Ada (Perkins) Murphy. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by Jewell (King) Crabtree (mother of Sandy, Michael, and Rick), two sons: Michael Chester Murphy and Rick Murphy, a grandson, Richard Scott Murphy and two brothers: Ralph Murphy and Estil Murphy.
Surviving family include a son, Shane Murphy of Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter, Sandra (and Allen) Ridener of Union, Kentucky, a daughter-in-law, Mary Murphy of Strunk, six grandchildren: Michael Christopher Murphy (and Holly), Heather Murphy, Regina Long (and Danny), Jessica Saner (and Doug), Elizabeth Ridener and Holly Murphy. There are 21 great-grandchildren.
Chester had worked for the Cincinnati Time Recorder making clocks. He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Tim Kidd, age 56, of Stearns, husband of Angie Kidd and son of the late Leonard and Madie Kidd, died Saturday, July 24, 2021 at his home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 11:00 am Tuesday at the funeral home.
Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Tim Kidd.

 

Nellie Jean Jones, age 85 years, 3 months, and 3 days, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 11:00 am at her residence in Sidney, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Rock Springs Baptist Church. Burial wasin the Rock Springs Cemetery.
She was born on April 15, 1936, in Jones Hollow, Kentucky to Ernie Roberts and Nannie Jones. Nellie was a member of Old Fashion United Baptist Church in Sidney. She was not only a home maker but a wife, mother, and grandmother who brought smiles to everyone who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jimmie L. Jones, two daughters, two great granddaughters, and her two brothers.
Survivors include her children, Mark W. Jones, and his wife, Mandy, Michael J. Jones, Marcella Huffman, and her husband, Kent, 11 grandchildren, Melinda, and husband, Josh, Tabitha, and husband, Phil, Derek, and wife, Tina, Nikki, Alisha, and husband, Dylan, Katie, and husband, Joseph, Devon, Haley, Macey, Samantha, and Addie, 9 great grandchildren, Patrick, Brenden, Elanor, Saleen, Kaleb, Wyatt, Shelby, Sophia, and Elias.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nellie Jean Jones.

 

Betty Lee Hammock, age 65 years, 7 months, and 3 days, of Whitley City, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Christian Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday July 24, in the chapel of the Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Neely’s Creek Cemetery.
She was born December 17, 1955 to Dewey Bryant and Martha Murphy Bryant. Betty had worked as a CNA with home health in Elk Valley, Tennessee and had been a baker at Kroger. Betty was fighter, having survived thyroid cancer twice, ovarian cancer, and a stroke that resulted in the loss of her legs. Her faith is what helped her overcome her struggles.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Leslie Hammock, and brothers, Marvin, Lewis, and Delmer Bryant.
Survivors include a son, Joshua Dustin Lee Hammock, brothers, Dillard Bryant, Bobby Bryant, Darrell Bryant and his wife, Judy, four stepchildren, numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Betty Lee (Bryant) Hammock.

 

Deborah “Debbie” Sue Gentry, age 61 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, died Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at her home.
Debbie was the wife of Clay Gentry Sr., and the daughter of the late Carl Lunsford and the late Virginia (Herring) Lunsford. She was born in El Paso, Texas on March 24, 1960. Debbie loved fishing, flower gardens, the Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival, and cooking. She has a special love for koala bears, and spending time with her family, specifically her grandkids. In addition to the bluegrass festival, she enjoyed 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s style music.
Debbie is survived by a large host of loving family, including: her husband, sons; Clay Gentry Jr., of Stearns, Kentucky, Dustin Gentry, of Huntsville, Tennessee, daughters; Christina Bell, of Whitley City, Tina McCoy (husband James), of Jabez, Kentucky, Mary Carroll (husband William), of Deer Lodge, Tennessee, brothers; Carl Lunsford Jr., of Ohio, David Lunsford, of Ohio, sisters; Brenda Clouser, of Ohio, Sharon Herman, of Ohio, grandchildren; Justina Bell, Tommy Ledbetter, Shyann Ledbetter, Logan McCoy, Raylynn McCoy, Makayla Carroll, Jonas Carroll, Kaylee Gentry, Karly Gentry, Karmen Gentry, and many special family members and friends.
Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, July 26, 2021, at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Monday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

It is with great sadness that the Duncan family announces that their beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother Thomas Emby “Tom” Duncan returned to his forever home on July 22, 2021.
Tom Duncan was born on June 5, 1926, in McCreary County, Kentucky, to the late Andrew Jackson Duncan and Sylvia Ann West Duncan. The cherished brother of Ralph (the late Jenny) Duncan and Eloise Duncan (Ed) Kidd, he was the adoring husband of the late Irene Vickery Duncan, whom he married in Covington, Kentucky, on July 16, 1948; the loving father of the late Deborah Sue Duncan Tompkins, the late Rebecca Adele Duncan Lavender, the late Karen Lee Duncan, Ann Thomas Duncan Cain, Stephanie Rose Duncan McDonald and her husband Mike, and Nana Beth Duncan Tripp and her husband John; the father of a special daughter-at-heart, Cindy Adair Sucharski (John); the proud grandfather of Michael Andrew Tompkins (Crystal), Margaret Irene Tompkins Dabney (Jackie), Ryan Matthew Tompkins (Tarin), Christian Thomas Foreman (Rebecca), Jeremiah Alexander Cain (Lisa), Richard Foreman, William Ross Lavender (Sharon), Emily Kate Lavender (Brent), Laura Christine Guy (Emmanuel), Morgan Elizabeth Talbot (Alex), Thomas Wilson Duncan (Jenny), Amanda Kristen Kargas (George), and Brandon Kyle (Mollie) Cross; the great-grandfather of A.J., Austen, Aaron, Aiden, Kylie, Abby, Jonathan, Jenna, Riley, Isabella, Lilly Rose, Lauren, Cannon, Matthew, Sarabeth, Cambri, Nicolette, Savannah, Cooper, and Penelope; and the companion of his faithful guard dog, Scooby.
Affectionately known as “Pap,” Tom was a longtime employee of Northfolk Southern Railway in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring as a switchman before moving briefly to Flagler, Florida, and then to Bronston, Kentucky, where he resided at the time of his death. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy who served during World War II aboard the USS Mispillion, and was a courageous patriot and devout man of God who believed in the Pentecostal faith. An avid John Wayne fan, a prodigious teller of stories, a lover of music whose singing voice held out until the final days of his life, and above all a generous human being of the first order who adored his wife and his children, our Pap will be missed by all who were lucky to have shared in his monumental and extraordinary life.
Visitation was held on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.
His funeral service was held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00am at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Grant Hardwick, Bro. Alex Talbot, and Bro. Dustin York officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Memorial Gardens.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Thomas “Tom” Duncan.

 

William “Pops” Davies age 83 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at his home.
He was born October 27, 1937 in Wildwood, New Jersey to the late James Davies and Annetta (Schmidt) Davies. In addition to his parents, William is preceded in death by his brothers, John Davies “Bud” and James Davies, a sister, Annetta “Sis” Gittle, and a granddaughter, Sarah Davies.
Surviving family include his wife Mary Lay Davies whom he married, January 6, 2005; sons, George Lay of Illinois and William Davies, Jr. (and wife, Amy) of Somerset, Kentucky; daughters, Connie Eisenach, and Diane Davies both of Illinios; grandchildren, Skylar Lay, Lucas Lay, Chandlar Lay, Kristopher Davies, Zachary Davies, Johnathon Davies, Susan Fernandez, Steven Eisenach, Colleen Ladde, Matthew Eisenach, Nicole Davies, and Jessica Davies; and 11 great-grandchildren.
William was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and was a Veteran of the United States Navy. William was also a member of the American Legion Post 115 in Stearns where he enjoyed helping other local veterans. At home he enjoyed watching sports, computer games, and being with his family. William will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Father Danny Taylor and Rev. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 115. The family received friends for visitation on Sunday after 12:00 noon until service time.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Karen Michelle Bell, age 58, wife of Ronald Bell passed from this life on July 23, 2021, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville Kentucky.
Karen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 25, 1963 to the late Roy Ancil and Sarah Ball Lay. She was a homemaker and a member of Hayes Creek Church of God, she enjoyed camping, traveling, but her grandkids were her greatest joy.
She is survived by her husband; Ronald Bell, her sons; Greg and wife Heather Bell of Stearns, Kentucky and Josh Bell of Pine Knot, brothers; Barry and wife Amanda Lay of Stearns, and Bryan Lay of Dana Point, California, grandchildren; Justin Bell, Jackson Bell, Brycen Bell and Brettley, along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Funeral services for Karen were scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Brothers Steve Perry and Harvey Logan officiated, Judy Redden, Alisha Stephens and Mike Collins provided the music. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Karen Michelle Bell with her funeral arrangements.

 

Barbara Gail (Duncan) Barnett, age 70, passed away Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was born on January 27, 1951, to the late Ale and Versie Spradlin Duncan. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by siblings: Casper Eugene Duncan, Opal Duncan Taylor, Rev. Ronald Wendell Duncan, Crawford Ale Duncan, Lenville Rodney Duncan, and Shirley Belle Duncan.
Surviving family include her husband of 46 years, Kelly Barnett, two sons: Kevin (Marcie) Barnett of Cincinnati an Eric (Lori) Barnett also of Cincinnati, two step-sons: Kelly Wayne Barnett of Lexington, Kentucky and John Allen Barnett of Madisonville, Kentucky, five grandchildren: Trey, Isaac, Jadin, Gavin and Jaxon Barnett all of Cincinnati, and four step-granddaughters: Katie Young, Emily Barnett, Diana Utley and Alicia Calder.
Her surviving siblings are: Edwin Luther Duncan of Strunk, Kentucky, A.Y. (Marilyn) Duncan of Strunk, and Bonnie (Morris) Stephens of Winfield, Tennessee.
Barbara was retired from the Cincinnati Public Schools where she had been a cashier and accounts payable clerk. She enjoyed yard work and gardening and decorating her home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Kingtown Cemetery. Bro. Robert Blankenship and Bro. Morris Stephens officiated and Tim Duncan and family sang.
The family received friends for visitation on Friday evening from 6:00 until 9:00 at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Barbara Duncan Barnett with funeral arrangements.

 

Donald A. Slaven of Harrogate, TN went home to be with The Lord on Thursday July 15, 2021. He lived a very blessed and long life, and enjoyed what is often called, The American Dream for 86 years. Don was born on February 8, 1935 in Co-Operative, KY and spent his entire childhood growing up in the Blue Heron Mining Community of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company, which is now a main attraction of The Big South Fork Scenic Railway. He was born to his loving parents Rev. Joseph C. Slaven and Betty Slaven, and loved every day with his 5 brothers, and 3 sisters: George, Cletus, Frank, Burman, Fred Lee, Janice, Jean, and Francis. Don often told stories about his childhood “on the Blue Heron”. His father was the mining superintendent as well as the community Pastor. His mother was a college graduate, which was very rare. In those days, summers were hot, the Cumberland river was cool, ice cream was rare, and he remembered his dad bringing home the first TV into the coal camp.
Don served our great country during the Korean War by enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1951. It was after his return from serving that he fell in love and married the girl of his dreams, Hazel Tapley. The Lord blessed Don and Hazel in every way possible and they built a life that started in the Blue Heron Mining area of KY but eventually settled in Harrogate, TN. It was during those years Don and Hazel were blessed with 3 children: Rick, Mike, and Renee and there wasn’t a birthday, or holiday, or a summer vacation that they didn’t miss together. If you knew Don, you know he enjoyed going to work but more than anything—he loved his family. Hazel preceded Don in death in 1990. Today, in addition to Don’s 3 children, he is blessed with 7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
In the days preceding his death, Don said, it was rewarding for him to be able to work and buy his family a home, cars for his children when they were old enough to drive, help pay a little on their first homes, and education. If you knew Don, then you know he had a work ethic that just wouldn’t stop. Don worked as a foreman in the coal mines for 30 years, and travelled all over the country working as a Federal Highway Inspector on several high-profile highway projects for 7 years, of which included the construction of the Tom Lantos Tunnels (Devil’s Slide Tunnels) in Pacifica, CA, a large section of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Natchez, MS, and even a year or so in beautiful Jackson Hole, WY. However, in terms of Don’s working accomplishments he is widely known as one of the most instrumental and influential minds responsible for the construction of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. Don worked as a Federal Highway Inspector on the construction of the Cumberland Gap tunnel for 17 years—he was there when the first small pilot bore was made through the mountain and had some part of every detail of its construction until its grand opening to the public. Don worked a total of 54 years until he finally retired in 2011 at 76 years old. A few weeks before Don passed, he voiced his last request and this is what he said, “I want my family to know that I love them… please tell everyone, that I love my family.”

Officiating: Rev. Trevor Bean, Obituary: Brock Allen, Pallbearers: Donald’s Sons, Son-in-Laws, and Grandsons

 

Wanda D. Neal age 77 of Winfield, Tennessee passed from this life on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Cleveland, Tennessee.
She was born May 28, 1944 in Sunbury, Ohio to the late Obie Phillips and Lelia Jane (Ball) Craig. Wanda enjoyed quilting and gardening.
Surviving family include her son, Kevin Neal of Mooreland, Indiana; daughters, Sheila McQueary (and Randy) of Houstonville, Kentucky, Ramona Bellowes of Greenfield, Indiana, Pamela Rutledge of Edmonton, Kentucky, and Patricia Hobein of Winfield, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are brothers, Wendell Phillips of Covington, Kentucky, Wayne Phillips of Texas, Wade Phillips of Covington, and Terry Phillips of North Carolina; and sisters, Wilda Ball (and Delmar) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Lelia West of Winfield, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Nola Diane Mullins, age 80 years, 7 months, and 3 days, wife of O.V. Mullins, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021 at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 16, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
She was born Monday, December 9, 1940 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to Herman Vickery and Maude Harman Vickery Jones. Diane was one of the founding members of the Avon Company ultimately retiring from the company. She enjoyed volunteering her time to the community in Pine Knot, doing crafts, and going camping.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Ralph Vickery, and wife, Gladys.
Survivors include her husband, O.V. Mullins, daughter, Vickie Ann Mullins, son, Kenneth Lee Mullins, and his fiancé, Michelle Laxton, Grandson Kenneth Lee Mullins II, and his fiancé, Kendra Gregory, great grandchildren, Branson Mullins, and Kenleigh Mullins, nephews, Larry Vickery, Nick Gentry, Ralph Vickery, Terry Vickery, Rock Vickery, and Rick Vickery, nieces, Anne Kate Warner-Peach, Tina Vickery, and Mona Vickery, and best friend Pearl Murphy.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral home was honored to serve the family of Nola Diane Mullins.

 

Janie Lohoma Hurd, age 77 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Thursday, july 15, 2021 at her home.
She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on March 7, 1944 the daughter of WIllis P. and Linda Evelyn (Ridner) Goodin. Janie was a homemaker, a member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church, and enjoyed singing and gardening.
Her parents; husband, William Paul Hurd; son, Michael Hurd; brothers, Claude Goodin, Willis P. Goodin, Jr. and Roy Goodin; and sisters, Dorothy Ridner, Elsie Mae Goodin, Irene Ross, and Ella Mae “Grace” Goodin precede her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Bobby Hurd, Tony William Hurd (Rachel), Nathan Paul Hurd, and Joseph Hurd (Samantha) all of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughter, Rosetta Hurd of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Rev. Dow Goodin (Ellen), Howard Goodin (Joyce) both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Kenny Goodin (Geneva) of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Carolyn Coleman (Dave) of Burnside, Kentucky and Linda Sue Vanover of Pine Knot, Kentucky; grandchildren, Anthony, Shelia, Tiffany, Brittany, Tony Ray, and Ralston; and great grandchildren, Ruben, Krystal, Angie Kylie, Kendal, and Bretlee.
Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Mill Creek Methodist Church with Bro. John Goodin and Bro. Ronnie Decker officiating. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 5pm Friday, July 16, 2021 at her home, 480 Hurd Ridge Rd, Parkers Lake, KY 42634.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Raymond “Buddy Boy” Junior Griffis, age 80 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, died Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on July 23, 1940 the son of Raymond and Geneva (Worley) Griffis. Buddy had worked in the stock room for American Standard Plumbing.
His parents; sisters, Linda (Griffis) Hollingsworth and Patricia Griffis; daughter, Melissa Bowling; and son, Rick Griffis precede him in death.
Survivors include his long time companion, Kathy Cooper of Stearns, Kentucky; sons, Tim Griffis (Pam) of Stearns, Kentucky, Raymond Griffis and David Griffis (Sherry) both of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, Curtis Griffis (Jeanna) of Somerset, Kentucky, and Dale Griffis (Crystal) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Lesley Terry (Bill) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Connie Ross (Randal) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Anna Arview (Barnard) of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Toby Griffis of Revelo, Kentucky; sisters, Shelby Watters of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Rita Winchester of Smithtown, Kentucky; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, July 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Meadows officiating. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Joyce Ann Clark, age 77 years, of the Rattlesnake Ridge Community died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Lima, Ohio on June 13, 1944 the daughter of Raymond Harrison and Ruth (Brown) Cale. Joyce was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and making clothes for her doll collection.
Her parents; husband, Fred Clark; son, Jonathan Lee Clark; daughter-in-law, Twanna Roberts Clark; and grandchildren, David Wayne Murphy and Skyler West Clark precede her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Raymond B. Clark of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Fred Clark, Jr, William De-Lin Clark, Ronald West Clark all of Stearns; daughters, Linda Gregory (Scott) of Stearns, Kentucky and Sarah Ruth Woodrum of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Harold Franklin Cale of Covington, Kentucky, Donald Lee Rothschuh of Florence, Kentucky, and Marc Thorn Mathes of Frankfort, Tennessee; sisters, Florence Leoma Rhorer of Brookville, Kentucky and Nona Marie Brown of Somerset, Kentucky; 17 grandchildren including a special granddaughter Tammy Lanter; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, July 19, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Monday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tenna L. Canada, age 64 years, of Bronston, Kentucky died Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on July 1, 1957 the daughter of Bernard and Lena (Hill) Haynes. She was a saleswoman for Avon and had been a dog breeder for 14 years, was a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church, and enjoyed the swimming pool, going to the beach, traveling, flower gardening, and her grandchildren.
Her parents and brothers, Stanley Haynes and Otis Haynes precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Barry Canada of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Rhonda Whittaker of Hustonville, Kentucky and Sheila Stephens (Rocky) of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Jerry Haynes and Billy Haynes both of Greenwood, Kentucky; sisters, Magedelna Ballou of Burnside, Kentucky, Marie Gregory of Monticello, Kentucky, Louise New of Vanover Ridge, Kentucky, Catherine Sullivan of Somerset, Kentucky, and Lois Beatty of Eubank, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Rachel, Dylan, Wesley, Skyler, Courtney, Emily, and Kameran.
Funeral services were held 7pm Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Perry officiating. The family will received friends after 4pm Saturday at the Funeral Home. Graveside services were held 2pm Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Sloan’s Valley Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Sheila (Wright) Perry, age 74 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at her home. In keeping of Sheila’s wishes, she was cremated. Full obituary information was requested to remain private.  Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Evelyn Shepherd went home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2021, on her 95th Birthday, at her residence in LaGrange, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 8, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens. She was born July 5, 1926 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Luther and Dillie Tucker. Evelyn was a member of the Stearns seventh day Adventist church and a beloved former employee of the McCreary County Schools for over 42 years where she kept generations of kids at Whitley City Elementary School happy and fed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Granville Shepherd, her son, Bill Shepherd, her parents, Luther and Dillie Tucker, her brothers Hubert, Junior, and James Tucker, her sister, Tammie Walker (Estle), and her son in law, Milford Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Davis, her son, Randall Shepherd (Pat), her grandchildren, Darla Glazebrook (Craig), Gary Shepherd (Kimberly), Paula Shepherd (Meredith), Jason Davis (Karen), Samantha Bennett (Andy), a brother, Ralph Tucker (Barb), 10 Great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, close friends, and grand-dogs.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Evelyn Shepherd.

 

Phyllis A. Phillips age 79, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland, Jean Waddle Care Center.
Phyllis was born February 15, 1942 to the late Ernest Vestal and Minnie Jones Vestal New in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed playing bingo at 27 Bingo Hall, Animal Protection League, she enjoyed rides through the mountains to enjoy the scenery. Phyllis painted Bob Ross style paintings in which she had won an award for.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alonzo Phillips, daughter, Kimberly Kay Hawkins-Grantland, brother, Kenneth, sisters, Corrina Henry and Sharon Anderson. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, son, Eric Hawkins (Denada Knight) of Pine Knot, brother, Ernest Lee Jr. (Sue) of Sidney, OH, sisters, Georgie Kendrick (Derwood) of Chattanooga, TN, special sister, Shirley Farrow of Fayetteville, NC, brother in law, Larry Henry, special nieces, Brandy Stephens and Barbara Gonzalez, grandchildren, Kimberly Hawkins of Sidney, OH, Dustin Hawkins of Sandy Hook, Rhonda Kay Coffey (Alan) of Parkers Lake, KY and Leslie Stevens.
A Memorial Service was held at the Phillips residence, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 6 P.M. with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Phyllis A. Phillips.

 

Shannon Gail Miller passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at her home in Strunk, Kentucky. She was 46 years, one month and three days old. Born June 3, 1975, in Somerset, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Beverly Taylor and step-father Tom Richardson of Strunk.
Preceding her in death is Mildred Pond whom she called Mom and Charles Taylor whom she called Dad. Also, uncles: Steve Taylor and Lanny Taylor, aunt, Debbie Stigall, brother, Scotty Taylor and mother-in-law, Wilma Miller.  Surviving family include her husband of 31 years, Charles “Chuck” Miller whom she married on April 11, 1990, sons: Randy (and Charlsie) Miller of Oneida, Tennessee and Dustin “Duck” (and Megan) Miller of Strunk. Grandchildren: Greyson, Brett, and Kenzlee Miller, brother, Tommy Richardson (fiancé Erin Jones), and sister, Amanda Richardson (fiancé Jason Kidd), father-in-law, Charlie Miller and sister-in-law, Brenda Miller.
She also has a special aunt, Denise Bowman. Shannon was a stay at home mother and grandmother. She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held graveside at the Miller Family Cemetery in Strunk, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021, with Randy Miller officiating. Music was provided by Israel Clark and Cody Canada.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Linda Lynch, age 72 years, 11 months, and 7 days, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Friday, July 9, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
She was born September 27, 1948, in Bell Glade, Florida to James Gilbert Wilson and Dean Swain Wilson. Mrs. Lynch worked in the mental health service for 25 years, as the regional director for Adanta in Whitley City for 22 years and retired in July 2001. During her time working at Adanta she received awards of special recognition for services in 2001 and employee of the year in 1986. Linda enjoyed reading, traveling, and listening to music. Most of all she loved being with her family.
Preceding her in death was her loving husband Woodie Lynch, her parents, a brother, Silas “Sonny” Wilson, 2 sisters, Hilda Ross, and Shirley Warren, and 2 grandchildren, Holly Smith and Dustin Cole.
Survivors include her children, Robert Allen Cole, Sharon Snyder, and Karen Jones, her sister, Barbara Wilson, her grandchildren, Terra, Brittany, Brandon, James, Austin, Brian, Desaree, Jason, Joey, Jonathan, Shania, and Catie, and 21 great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linda Lynch.

 

Bill Monroe Gregory age 69 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky at the UK Medical Center.
In keeping of his wishes, after a private family gathering, Bill was cremated.
He was born February 28, 1952 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Schylor Gregory and Dovie (Vaughn) Gregory. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by a daughter, Shanda Gregory; a granddaughter; brothers, Bobby, Carl, James Ellard, Cash, and Jack Gregory; and sisters, May Gregory, Minnie Gregory, Wilma Clark, Barb Whitehead, and Dorothy Gregory.
Surviving family include his children, Scottie Gregory (and Sue) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Schylor Gregory of Pine Knot, Savannah Jones (and James Gilmore) of Pine Knot, and Samantha Godsey of Stearns; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Bill was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and cutting wood. Bill also enjoyed watching Nascar and basketball. But above all things, he mostly enjoyed being with his family, friends, and especially his grandbabies.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Douglas “Doug” Corder, age 67 years, 10 months, and 5 days, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 10, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Clearview Cemetery.
He was born August 31, 1953 in Oneida, Tennessee to Charlie Corder and Wilma Duvall Corder. Doug was a member of the Old Beech Grove United Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and repairing things. Doug loved to cook and was a master griller.
Preceding him in death was his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Corder, his father, Charlie Corder, a son, Derrick Corder, and wife, Rachel Boillot, a daughter, Angela Corder, and fiancé, Lindell Privett, a brother, Joe Corder, and his wife, Janet, a sister, Janet Stephens, and husband, Gary, two grandchildren, Tierra Upchurch, and Brandon Corder, two great grandchildren, Emma and Ella Upchurch, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Doug Corder.

 

Elva Alberta Ball, age 73, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, Tennessee.

She was born in Parkers Lake, Kentucky, to the late Virgil and Ethel (Perry Keith) on January 19, 1948.  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Keith (wife Thelma lives in London, Kentucky), sisters: Nora Patrick (husband Vestle lives in Parkers Lake) , Vertie Clontz), Pearl Smith, Mary Grubbs (husband Gerry lives in Cincinnati, Ohio), and Margaret Keith (infant). Surviving family include her husband Donald Everett Ball whom she married April 4, 1967, a son, Norris Tracey Ball (wife Doris, deceased), a daughter, Tina Campbell (husband Bryan) of Somerset, Kentucky, step-children: Donald Wayne Ball (wife Kay) of Corbin, Kentucky, and Brenda Ball of Michigan.Her brothers are: Russell Keith (wife Tammy) of Somerset, Larry Keith (wife Donna) of Somerset, Robert Keith (wife Georgia) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Terry Dewayne Keith (wife Gidget) of Parkers Lake.Her sisters are Myrtle Strunk of Pine Knot (husband Donald, deceased), Pauline Parton of Cincinnati, Ohio (husband James, deceased), and Kay Ball (husband Donald) of Corbin, Kentucky. There are two grandchildren: Cozy and Crystal and three step-grandchildren: Justin, Jason and Brandon.Elva was a homemaker and attended the Eagle Creek Church.  She enjoyed searching out family history, writing songs and poems and doing word search puzzles.Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook officiating.Expression of sympathy may take form of donations to the family.Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Elva Ball with funeral arrangements.

 

Margaret Carol Hurd, age 61 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

She was born July 26, 1959 the daughter of Samuel and Jean (Johnson) Hurd.  She was a member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church, loved spending time with family and friends, going to yard sales and hiking. Her parents; and sister, Donnie Hurd precede her in death. Survivors include her brothers, Ronnie Hurd and Charles Hurd (Tina) both of Sawyer, Kentucky, and James Hurd of Hamilton, Ohio; sister, Regina Schrul of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; 16 nieces and nephews; 32 great nieces and nephews, 4 great-great nieces and nephews; and special friends at the Greene Pointe Apartments. Funeral services were held 11am Friday, July 2, 2021 at the Mill Creek Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jesse Leon Sims, age 55 years, of Revelo, Kentucky entered into his heavenly home on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 8, 1965 to the late Pearlie Mae Vaughn and Jim Sims. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Gena Tapley. Jesse is survived by his wife of 32 years, Eve; brother, Nolan Johnson and wife, Sondra; son, Garrett and daughter in law, Amanda; son, Dustin and daughter in law, Tiffany; daughter, Jonie and son in law, Alex; grandchildren, who were the light of his life; Skylar (Parker), Daniel, Nevaeh, Olivia, Zachery, Bentley, Caleb, Brooklyn, Colton, Amara, Logan, and Michal; close friends who were like family, Donnie Daugherty, Andy Walker, and the Wilson Family. He also leaves behind many other relatives and friends who he loved dearly, including his children’s friends who he claimed as sons and daughters.Jesse was a kind, compassionate man, who never met a stranger. He would help anyone in need. He lit up any room he entered with his big smile and one of a kind laugh.  He was a true joy to be around. Jesse will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Beulah Marie Smith, age 95 years, of Milford, Ohio died Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the Loveland Healthcare Center in Loveland, Ohio. She was born in Griffin, Kentucky on April 14, 1926 the daughter of James B. and Mary Ann (Dobbs) Gibson. She had worked as a home style cook in a restaurant, and was a member of the Branch Hill Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her parents; son, Paul Sargent; and daughter, Joyce Fay Wood. Survivors include her son Herstle Smith and wife, Susan of Loveland, Ohio; and daughter, Barbara Sue Moore of Middletown, Ohio. Funeral services were held 1pm Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Cody Canada officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Wilma “Ruth” Taylor went home to be with her Lord and Savior.  She was born on the 19th day of May, 1934 to Charlie Plezzie and Mary Lou Vernon.

She was the loving wife of Charles Fred Taylor, and the mother of Mary Lucille Flinchum, Leonard Garvey Vernon, Carol Estelle Powell (Connor), Paula Lorraine Taylor (Gene Johnson), Frank Vernon Taylor (Laurel), and Joy Adaline Slebos (Jon). She was predeceased by her parents, husband, daughter, Lou, and son, Leonard. She had 20 grandchildren,  16 great-grandchildren and  5 great-great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly. She was a member of the Dixie Bend United Baptist Church for many years. Ruth was a very precious gem who loved her family more than life, always taking care of others above her own wants and needs. Over the years, Ruth enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, canning, singing, raising flowers, fishing; but mainly, just being with her family. She was a Teacher’s Aid for the McCreary County School Board for many years after raising her children.  This beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend and Christian woman has gone where the soul never dies, nor feels sorrow or pain. As Ruth was an angel that walked on the earth, she is now with her beloved Savior and husband in the glorious kingdom of heaven. Funeral services were held 11am Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Mike Hammond officiating.  Burial was in the Mill Springs National Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements. Wilma “Ruth” Taylor.

 

Richard Dawayne Longmire, age 47 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky.
He was born in Sidney, Ohio on October 8, 1973 the son of Gaines W. Longmire and Nadean (Crabtree) Lewis. Richard had worked for Menzer Hardword on the Paint Line, was a member of the Whitley City Church of God, and enjoyed fishing, camping, cards, but most especially NASCAR Racing.
His parents precede him in death. Survivors include his wife, Sunshine (Gosnell) Longmire of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Tyler Longmire (Hannah) of Strunk, Kentucky, Arron Longmire (Hannah) of Somerset, Kentucky, Nathanael Longmire of Somerset, Kentucky, Anthony Slavey of Whitley City, Kentucky and Dylan Stephens of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Isabella Longmire of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Ricky Longmire of Whitley City, Kentucky, Christopher Longmire (Phoebe) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Timothy Junior Crabtree (Dominique) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, Denny Longmire (Terre) of Tampa, Florida, and Ronnie Longmire (Jenny) of Sidney, Ohio; sisters, Lindy Lou Smith of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Tammy Pemberton (Tony) of Robbins, Tennessee, Marti Ann Lewis of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, and Lavon Maynard (Walter) of Edgewater, Florida; grandchildren, Paisleigh, Peyton, and 1 on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held 4pm Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Patricia “Patty” Ann Maxey, age 70, departed from this life on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at her home in Hebron, Kentucky.
She was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on April 8, 1951 to the late Epheriam and Gladys Strunk Williams. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Mark Maxey Sr., whom she was married to for 53 years, sisters, Shirley Barger and Rosealee Williams, and brother, Sam Williams.
She is survived by her sons, Mark Maxey Jr., and Mark Maxey III of Hebron, KY, daughter, Theresa and “Ole Lady’s Son-in-law, Scott Carlton of Burlington, KY., grandson, Steven Day Jr., and his wife Jacklyn Day of Ludlow, KY., granddaughter, Ginger and her husband Tyler Hand, great grandchildren, Khloe “Little Bitch” Carlton, Mariah Arnold, Steven Day III and Jammers Hand, along with numerous great uncles and aunts, brothers, Charles Williams (and Beth), Ed Williams and companion Teresa Moore, Bo Williams, Bobby Williams, Rick Williams, Alan Williams and Epheriam Williams, sisters, Bertha and husband Jim Smith, Kathy and husband Steve Davis. Many loved nieces and nephews. Patty went to work in Ohio at the Dozer Candy Company in 1976-1977 and for a photo service “Qualex” 1977-2003 developing pictures.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Ryan Cemetery at Gumfork, Tennessee.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Patricia Ann Maxey.

Tiffany Joyce Renfro, age 32 years, of Somerset, Kentucky, died Monday, June 21, 2021 in Whitley City, Kentucky.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on August 19, 1988 the daughter of Darrell Stigall and Marcella (Rose) Barnes. Tiffany enjoyed fishing, hiking, but most of all spending time with her son. Her son, Jase Renfro precedes her in death.
Survivors include her father, Darrell Stigall of Winfield, Tennessee; mother, Marcella (Rose) Barnes of Odenville, Alabama; son, Jackson Renfro of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Angel Stanfill of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Mary Beth Stigall of Somerset, Kentucky; fiancé, Dean Ledbetter of Somerset, Kentucky; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Graveside services were held 1pm Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Rose Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Willard “Bill” Jean Sumner, age 74 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died June 24, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on May 22, 1947 the son of Jerome and Nellie (Bryant) Sumner. Bill had worked as a Sawyer in Logging, and enjoyed watching Westerns and the Outdoors.
His parents; brother, Donnie Sumner; and sisters, Reba Faye Sumner, Myrtle Tucker, Minnie New, and Mary Murphy precede him in death.
Survivors include his brothers, Troy Sumner of North Dakota, Roger Sumner of Walton, Kentucky, Earl Sumner and Lonnie Sumner both of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sisters, Lorena “Peanut” Reason of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina and Peggy Sumner of Pine Knot, Kentucky; 17 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Monday, June 28, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Sumner officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

David “Red” Russell Vanover, age 56 years, of the Worley Hilltop Community died Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his home.
He was born November 22, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Goman and Kinzella (Keith) Vanover.
His father, Goman Vanover; and brother, Goman Dwayne Vanover precede him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Kinzella Vanover of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, James Robert Vanover and Allen “Jabo” Vanover both of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Rita Gail Coffey of Whitley City, Kentucky and Madge Deloris Vanover of Stearns, Kentucky; and a special friend, Leona Lyons.
Graveside services were held 11am Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Wright Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Oscar Hinkle, age 93 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky.
He was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on July 6, 1927 the son of John and Rachel (Collins) Hinkle. Oscar was a Coal Miner and of the Christian Faith. His favorite past times were reading, doing crossword puzzles, and being Mr. Fix It, and he loved his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sylvia (Perry) Hinkle; son Wayne Hinkle; and brothers, Archie Hinkle and Aubrey Perry.
Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Hinkle of Whitley City; and grandchildren, Rachel Hinkle, Cody Koger, Aaron Hinkle and wife, Jacie; and 1 great grandchild.
Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Cloa L. Jones, age 83, of Corbin, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Baptist Health Corbin.
Born in Spann Hill, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Willie Jones and Vina Hardwick. Cloa was a homemaker and spent much of her life in Whitley City before moving to Corbin. She had a love for painting and poetry.
In addition to her parents, Cloa was preceded in death by her sister, Ella Mae; and children, Brenda Ball and Doug Ball both of Whitely City, KY.
She is survived by five children, Troy Ball of Etowah, TN, Larry Ball of Winfield, TN, Velda Ball of Corbin, KY, Wayne Ball of Whitmire, SC, and Jean Ball of Vancouver, Canada; and siblings, Kaye Kidd of Pine Knot, KY, Lillie Roysdon of Attica, IN, and Hurstle Jones of South Carolina.
There are no services scheduled at this time; However, messages may be written to the family at www.vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com

Gail Nevels age 76 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born January 21, 1945 in Greenwood, Kentucky to Levi Claude Davis and Gracie Lee (Corder) Davis.
Her parents, brothers, Paul Davis, Claude Davis, Jr., and Burton Davis, and sisters, Nellie Cash, Maxine Davis, and Geneva Brown precede her in death.
Surviving family include her husband, Charlie Litton Nevels, whom she married, September 11, 1965; a son, Jeff Nevels of Whitley City; daughters, Debbie Tucker of Whitley City and Missy Richardson of Stearns; and a sister, Jane Polston (and Richard) of Greenfield, Indiana.
Also surviving are Gail’s grandchildren that she loved so dearly, Chris Richardson (and Brittany), Amber Gregory (and Lucas), Whitney Sorensen (and Dustin), Kayla Moser (and Alex), Justin Richardson (and Chloe), and Elijah Tucker; and great-grandchildren, Preston, Alex, Eli, Sophia, Sam, Andrew, Autumn, Elizabeth, Easton, and Lily.
Gail was a faithful member of the Freewill Baptist Church where she attended faithfully with her husband, Litton. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. Gail also enjoyed working in the garden and with her flowers. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe and Bro. Cody Canada officiating. A graveside service was held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Nevels Family Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Patrice Madden Petrie, age 68, beloved wife of Michael Petrie of Whitley City, KY., passed from this life on June 16, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of the late John and Lillian Molnar Madden.
Patrice is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Michael Petrie of Whitley City, KY, brother, John Madden of Davidson, MI., sisters, Laura Wischmeyer of Waterford, MI., and Madonna Madden of Flint, MI., nephews, Eric Wischmeyer and Brandon Wischmeyer, Uncle, Donny Madden of Fl., cousins, Kelly Madden and Vikki Hudson of Bradenton, Fl., along with her special friends, Liz Chatfield, Renee Fleming and Marge Martin of Colorado who loved her dearly and will miss her. She also leaves behind her fur babies, her dog, Lily Petrie and her cat, Groucho Petrie, they are lost without her.
She and her husband, Michael were homebodies, they enjoyed watching TV together and she liked playing mind-game on her computer and keeping up with her loved ones on facebook.
Patrice was of the Catholic faith and per her wishes she was cremated.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Judy Ann (Creekmore) Salyer age 69 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
She was born October 19, 1951 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Lawrence Wood and Connie Mary Creekmore. In addition to her parents, Judy is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Salyer; a brother, James Ray Creekmore; sisters, Angela Joan Lamb and Doris Roselee Allen; and daughter-in-law, Sarah Delap.
Surviving family include her children, Melissa Raeline Bradley (Lee) of Somerset, Stanley Gordon Salyer Jr., (Tasha) of Indiana, Eric Ray Creekmore (Danielle) of Florida, Anthony Dale Delap of Whitley City, and James Oral Salyer of Somerset; a brother, Michael Creekmore (Linda) of Williamsburg; sisters, Martha Sharon Creekmore of Indiana, Mary Karen Jones of Stearns, and Darlene Creekmore of Whitley City; and a special niece, Patricia Lynn Stephens.
Also surviving are Judy’s grandchildren that she loved dearly, Kayla Wolfe, Brittany Delap, Josh Bradley, Malachi Creekmore, Bryson Delap, Destiny Delap, Jerrick Norris, and Stoney Creekmore; and great-grandchildren, Peyton, Korbin, Holden, Xavier, Ayden, Avary, Piper, Aiden, Kaiden, and Alaya.
Judy was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. She loved to bargain shop, especially at the flea-market and good will. Judy enjoyed playing games and slot machines. She also enjoyed music. Her favorite song was Amazing Grace and she loved to listen to anything by the Singing Cooks. Judy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Fultz and Bro. Michael Creekmore officiating. Graveside service was held Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Rubin Worley Jr., age 67 years, 10 months and 3 days, passed away Monday, June 21, 2021, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky.
He was born August 18, 1953, in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, to the late Rubin Worley, Sr. and Olivia Worley. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers: Darrell Worley, Robert Taylor, James Worley and Jerry Worley and sisters: Thelma Worley and Velma Jean Carter.
Surviving family include his wife of 44 years, Janet Diane Worley, their children: Rubin G. Worley of Stearns, Jessica Diane Wilson (husband Nick) of Stearns, Robert Clayton Worley (wife Amy) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Jennifer LeAnn Worley of Stearns. There is one surviving sister: Georgia Ruth Worley of Wiborg, Kentucky.
Rubin and Diane was blessed with 11 grandchildren: Jake (fiancé Ashyn), Taylor (and husband Jesse), Zackary, Summer, Livy, Lily, Brandi, Kali, Aubree, Toni, and Ava.
He also leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces he loved very much as well as a sister-in-law Debbie Taylor.
Rubin was a retired truck driver of 50 years having traveled all across the country. He last worked for McCreary Hardwoods. He liked guns and enjoyed shooting and liked race cars.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 25, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. David Dial and Bro. Rick Wilson officiating. Burial will be at the Cooper Cemetery at Hilltop. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until time for services.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Rubin Worley with funeral arrangements.

Garland Burke Jr., of Stearns, Kentucky, departed this life on June 11, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Garland and Clara Jones Burke.
Junior was loved by all his family very much. What’s more notable is how much he loved his family. He was family oriented and active in all their lives. He especially loved his great nephew Dante Joe Burke. His favorite pass time was playing with Dante, especially ball and guns. He spent his life enjoying playing with all his nieces and nephews.
Despite being special needs, he was a independent man almost all his adult life. He took care of maintenance and mowing for his beloved church, Pleasant Rock Baptist. He overcame being special needs in many ways, but the most important was all the ways he helped his family and was always there for them.
His very first niece, Jessica Burke, spent a lot of time visiting and stating near his bedside while in the hospital, so he never felt alone.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Burke, and sister, Tammy Payne.
He is survived by his brother, Timmy Burke and wife Jeanine of Stearns, Ky., sister, Ginger Wallen of Pine Knot, KY, sister-in-law, Loretta Burke of Stearns, Ky., very special niece, Jessica Burke and a very special great nephew, Dante Burke along with several other nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Garland was a member of Pleasant Rock United Baptist Church, and really enjoyed attending his church. He liked boating and fishing, being around children and watching Sci-Fi shows.
Funeral services were Monday, June 14, 2021 at 8:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 6:00 PM until time for his service. Brothers Larry Coffey and Garred Corder officiating. Burial followed on Tuesday at 6:00 PM in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Garland Burke Jr.

Elmer E. “Shorty” Clark, age 81 years, of the Sandhill Community, died Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on April 30, 1940 the son of Luther Clark and Gladys Pauline (Sumner) Clark. Elmer had worked as a truck driver and was a Deacon of the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church.
His parents; daughter-in-law, Nancy Clark; brother-in-law, Lonnie Meadows; and grandchildren, Stacy Clark and Amy Combs precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna L. (Canada) Clark; children, Larry Clark (Sandra), Gary Clark, Ricky Clark (Judy) all of Whitley City, and Shirley Gregory (David) of Somerset; brother, Alfred Clark (Bobbie) of Whitley City; sister, Linda Meadows of Whitley City; grandchildren, Jennifer Hamlin, Lindsey Ball, Barbara Jean (BJ) Bryant, Jamie Clark, Heather Clark, Lucas Gregory, and Sarah Creekmore; 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, June 11, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Wendell “Jesse” Coffey, age 76 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
He was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on May 27, 1945 the son of Harley and Carrie Catherine (Strunk) Coffey. Jesse had worked as a carpenter, and enjoyed sitting with the Barren Fork men, eating at Milton’s Burger Hut, hunting, fishing, ginseng, and spending time with his grandchildren.
His parents and sister, Naomi Ruth Coffey precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Gale (Vanover) Coffey; daughters, Stephanie New (James), Angie Creekmore (Bert) both of Whitley City, and Tammy Johnson (Christopher) of Lexington; siblings, Joyce Keith, Bill Coffey (Phyllis), Harley Coffey, Jr (Pauline), Larry Coffey, Tommy Coffey all of Whitley City; Stanley Coffey (Loretta) of Lancaster, Jerry Coffey of Ohio, and Starlin Grover Keith (Fay) of Whitley City; and 7 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Monday, June 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis officiating. Burial was in the Wiborg Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Shannon Dixon age 55 of Pine, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born March 11, 1966 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Steve Dixon and Betty (Slaven) Dixon. Shannon enjoyed working on old cars and trucks. He loved to be outdoors, fishing, and going to dirt track racing. Shannon will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving family include his children, Jonathan Dixon and wife, Amy, of Stearns, and Casey Ridner and husband, Benji, of Pine Knot; brothers, Anthony Slaven and wife, Sheila of Strunk, Wendell Steve Dixon and wife, Tammy, of Pine Knot, and Bill Dixon and wife, Therese, also of Pine Knot; one sister, Deborah Buell of Loyal, Kentucky; and a special friend, Darlene Chitwood.
Also surviving are Shannon’s grandchildren that he loved dearly, Shyanne Ridner, Lucas Ridner, Alexis Wilson, and Kyson Dixon.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Slaven-Dixon Family Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Everett Lee Jarvis age 68 of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Lexington.
He was born July 8, 1952 in Akron, Ohio to the late Lanty Jarvis and Vesta Elizabeth (Matheny) Jarvis. In addition to his parents, Everett is preceded in death by an infant brother.
Surviving family include his wife, Elaine (Duncan) Jarvis whom he married February 13, 1998; sons, Billy Jarvis and Brian Jarvis; daughters, Tami Paul (and Jimmy) and Kay Phillips (and John); a step-son, Golvin Edens; sisters, Marie Gray (and Keither) and Glenna Davis; 7 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Everett enjoyed being outdoors. He liked to hunt and go fishing. He also enjoyed music, playing the guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Everett like to trade guns, but mostly he always liked to help people. He was a good man overall and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In keeping with Everett’s wishes, he was cremated.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Vincent Neal King, age 53, of Crossville, TN, formerly of Sawyer, Kentucky, departed this life on June 9, 2021 in Rockwood, Tennessee. He is the son of Faye Muse Collins and the late James Alvin King.
In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Perneida Joyce Goodin King, and an infant son, Shawn Goodin and brother-in-law Earl Vanover.
He is survived by his children, Preston Warman, Jeremy Young both of Kentucky, daughters, Melissa Goodin of Somerset, Kentucky and Kimberly Hollon and husband Chris also of Somerset, KY., sisters[G1] , Linda King, Vickey King, Teresa Pitts and husband Andrew all of Crossville, Tennessee, sister-in-laws, Shonda Diaz of Monticello, Kentucky and Cora Goodin of Michigan, brothers, Tommy King and wife Renee of Tunnel Hill, GA., Frank King and wife Adriana of Greenville, South Carolina, Matthew King and wife Sheila of Rockwood, Tennessee, and 10 Grandchildren.
Vincent enjoyed Nascar Racing, listening to music and watching action and western movies. He loved spending time outdoors but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Funeral services were Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until time for his service. Brother Joe Warman officiating with Burial in the Marlar Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Vincent King.

Robert Alan Schultz of Wiborg, Kentucky, departed this life on June 10, 2021 at his home. He was the son of the late Roger and Wilma Yancey Schultz.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his nephew, Chad Schultz.
He is survived by his daughters, Aleah Schultz and companion Steven Dungan of Somerset, KY., Tesa Stephens of Whitley City, his former wife, the mother of his children, Lorie Chitwood Dungan, sister, Carrie Nichols and husband Terry of Richmond, KY., grandchildren, Blake Canada, Lucas Dungan, Nora Dungan, Kaelyn West, nephew, Brandon Wright and one great niece.
Robert was of the Christian Faith, he enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, but his greatest love was spending time with his family.
Funeral services were Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial followed in the Yancey Cemetery
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Orvil Lee Stephens age 72 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life Friday, June 11, 2021 at his home in Strunk, Kentucky.
He was born July 25, 1948 in Winfield, Tennessee to the late Thomas Melvin Stephens and Dorothy Opal (Perry) Stephens. In addition to his parents, Orvil is preceded in death by his grandson, Devon; brothers, Edward and Kenneth Stephens; infant sisters, Debra Ruth and Phyllis Ann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law that he loved dearly.
Surviving family include his wife, Katherine (Taylor) Stephens whom he married, December 25, 1968; a son, Randall Stephens (wife, April); a daughter, Lisa Hutson, all of Strunk; brothers, Roscoe Stephens (wife, Drenda), Burtis Stephens, TIm Stephens (wife, Carolyn), Phillip Stephens (wife, Terri) all of Strunk, and Tommy Stephens (wife, Gertie), of Jellico, Kentucky; and sisters, Wanda Johnson of Pine Knot, and Judy Baird Campbell (husband, Bill) of Jamestown, Kentucky.
Also surviving are Orvil’s grandchildren, Brandon (wife, Tawnie), Kaylee, Aleyah, Kenzlee, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Kason.
Orvil was of the Baptist faith and was a carpenter of trade. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, but above all things, he enjoyed being with his family. Orvil will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Trammell and Bro. Dennis Neal officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Shawn Ray Sumner, age 43 years, of the Sandhill Community, son of Linda (Spradlin) Sumner and the late Donald Ray Sumner, died Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on March 28, 1978 the son of Donald Ray and Linda (Spradlin) Sumner. He had been a manager at ZZ’s Pizza, and was a member of the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church. He loved to take care of his chickens and goats.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Linda Sumner of Whitley City; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial was at the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was after 12pm Saturday at the Church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Patrick Thomas died on June 6, 2021 at 75 years in Houma, Louisiana where he was living for over 20 years. His death was from kidney and heart complications. He was born January 7, 1946, attended Stearns Elementary School and graduated from The McCallie School in Chatanooga, Tennessee. He also attended Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee. His vocation was journalism, publishing articles in Rolling Stone and local newspapers. His love and interest in McCreary County led him to publish the 1989 “Lore and Legend” magazine of “Stearns Pioneers: An Era Recaptured in Original Writings and Unseen Photos.”
He is the son of Dr. Frank Thomas and Mary Veach Thomas. He is survived by his sisters Cathy Thomas and Carol Littlejohn.
Funeral arrangements are private. All prayers are welcomed.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Douglas Wade Vanover, age 69, of Whitley City, Kentucky, departed this life on June 12, 2021 at his home. He is the husband of Wanda Corder Vanover and the son of the late Alonzo and Anna Belle Abbott Vanover.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Justin Vanover, brothers, Richard, David and Gary Vanover, and an infant grandson, Keelyn Birchfield.
He is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Corder Vanover of 21 years, children, Shane Gibson, Jenny Ann Correll, Laura Jo Vanover, Shedara Gibson, and Tammie Emerson-Johnson, brothers, Greg Vanover and wife Sheila, and Mike Vanover, sisters, Sharon Adkins and husband Dwayne, and Sherry Terry, and 8 grandchildren.
Douglas was a member of Clearview United Baptist Church where he was a clerk for 16 years. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran and a member of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until time for Masonic service beginning at 2:00 PM . Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Steven Jones officiating with burial in the Higginbotham Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #115, Stearns.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gail Elizabeth (Baltimore) Wingo who attained the age of 73 years, 10 months, and 21 days. She died peacefully at Melech Hospice House in Tampa FL after a long battle with Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. She was surrounded by her three daughters, whom she treasured dearly.
Born in Pine Knot KY, Gail grew up as the youngest of eight siblings. She spent her early life in Kentucky, then many years in Ohio, where she met and married the love of her life, Kenneth Wingo. The couple subsequently moved to Florida and devoted their lives to family, choosing to adopt a daughter, shortly before leaving Ohio, Danielle Elizabeth Wingo, who gained siblings Jeanna, Tammy, and Jody Swain.
Gail is remembered as a very kind and giving person who worked as a bank teller, childcare provider, and homemaker. She was feisty, funny, beautiful inside and out and loved shopping, frogs, windy days, country music and cooking for family. Her best days were spent in the company of her 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gail leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Kenneth Wingo of Valrico FL, and her three daughters, Jeanna Swain of Riverview FL, Tammy Hight (Robert) of Lithia FL, and Danielle Elizabeth Wingo Skiver of Riverview FL, Sisters Anna Kidd of Pine Knot KY, and Judy Clark of Temperance MI.
She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Robert, Shannon, Ashley, Ryan, Joshua, Jaiden, Caden, Hunter, and Haleigh Hight, as well as Timothy, Greg, Kelly, and Zachary Swain and Michael, William, Bella, Samantha, Aidan, Julian, and Riley Skiver.
Left to treasure Gail’s memory are her six great-grandchildren, Madison, Alijah, Adriona, Ellie, Emily, and Olivia.
She is predeceased by her parents, Nancy Gilreath Baltimore and Lonnie Baltimore of Pine Knot KY, as well as her son Jody Swain, and her siblings Norma, Patsy, Maybeline, Bob, and Rodney.
A viewing is taking place at Pine Knot Funeral Home on Friday, June 18, 140 East Cal Hill Spur, Pine Knot, KY 42635. Immediate family only from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services are also at Pine Knot Funeral Home, scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m., with a short graveside service and burial following at T. Chitwood Cemetery, 2737 Kentucky Hwy 92 East, Pine Knot KY.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Jessie Lee (Neal) Braden, 82, of Cambridge, passed away Sunday (May 9, 2021) at SEORMC.
She was born February 7, 1939 in McCreary County, KY daughter of the late Hobert Esler and Fleda (Moses) Neal.
Jesse was a homemaker, spending time with her family and friends, bingo and peanut butter milkshakes.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Scott Braden and a sister, Beulah Davidson; a daughter, Earlene Sanderson.
She is survived by one son, Jack Lee Braden; two brothers, Dennis and Ralph Neal; two sisters, Judy Redden and Mavis Hughes; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; good friend Carlos Hrinko; her beloved dog, Tubby; and a special niece, Debbie.
As per Jessie’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services.
Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Charlene Bryant, age 51 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Whitley City.
She was born in Sommerville, New Jersey on June 5, 1969 the daughter of Raymond Leslie and Dorothy Marylea (Hammock) Bryant.
Her parents; brothers, Cody Ray Bryant and Daniel Kelly Bryant; and sisters, Caroldine Bryant and Loretta Marie Bryant precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Joshua Hammock of Whitley City; niece and nephew, Michelle Marylea Bryant and Darrell Raymond Bryant.
Funeral services were conducted by the family with burial in the New Liberty Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Jonathan Dwight Cooper, age 35 years, of Strunk, Kentucky, died June 3, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 23, 1986 the son of Kathie Cooper. Jonathan was a landscaper and was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed video games, movies, fishing, getting in his chair and going, and most of all his family.
His grandmother, Ruby Cooper; and uncle, Norbert Lorn Cooper precede him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Kathie Cooper of Strunk; very special uncle, Carl “Boo” Cooper of Strunk; uncles, Noble Lawrence Cooper, Jr. of Georgia; Denzil Denver Cooper of Strunk, and Kenny Joe Cooper, Sr. of South Carolina; aunts, Georgia Carol Watson, Mildred Louise West, and Janet Susan King all of Pine Knot; a very special man her called Daddy, Bobby Ross; uncle and aunt, Eddie and Sharon Inman; cousins, Una Louise Cooper and Ruby Erin Cooper; and a very special step-sister, Rayven Ross.
Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Rev. Hurstle Daugherty age 77 of the Marshes Siding Community, passed from this life on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at his home.
He was born March 16, 1944 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Lawrence Daugherty and Virginia Mae (Branham) Daugherty. In addition to his parents, Hurstle is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Bryan Daugherty, a brother, Steven Daugherty, and sisters, Thelma Daugherty and Leona Barrett.
Surviving family include his wife, Betty (Worley) Daugherty whom he married, October 23, 1964; daughters, Paula Daugherty Jones and husband, Tim, of Marshes Siding and Michelle King and husband, Ronald, of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Ronald “Ronnie” King, Caitlin King (fiancé, Ryan Branham), Dawson Lynch, Garrett Jones, and Timothy Allen Jones; and a great-grandson, Memphis Jones.
Also surviving are Hurstle’s brothers, Henry Daugherty of Whitley City, Terry Daugherty of Arizona, Randy Daugherty, Jerry Daugherty, Bernard Daugherty, and Walter Edward “Eddie” Daugherty, all of Oregon, and sisters, Ann Sigler and Mildred Kidwell also of Oregon.
At the age of 31, Hurstle dedicated his life to the Lord and shortly after, he began preaching God’s word. Hurstle served as the Pastor of the Marshes Siding Church of God for 30+ years. Hurstle was proud to serve the Lord and be a light to others. He loved nothing more than sharing his faith to everyone.
Hurstle was a Veteran of the United States Navy. In addition to Pastoring, Hurstle was well known for “Marshes Corner Market”, which he and wife, Betty, owned and operated for 37 ½ years. At home, Hurstle enjoyed wood working and being in the garden, especially with his roses. He also enjoyed going fishing and being with his family. Hurstle will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Marshes Siding Church of God. Burial followed in the Worley Family Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #115 of Stearns, KY.
The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 6:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Louie Cecil Jones Sr. (82) of Butler, KY passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his home. He was born in Sterns, KY on November 7, 1938 to the late Olath and Goldie Duncan Jones.
Louie was a Mason and attended Antioch Mills Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Nelly Pauline Caldwell Jones brother Kenneth Jones, sisters Helen Ross and Sue Leach
Survivors include sons Chip (Rita) Jones and Chris (Jennifer) Jones, daughters Brandi (Tony) Gosney, Patsy Caldwell, Vivian Gail Jones and Cecilee Watson McComas, brother Ronald (Joyce) Perkins, sister Janice (Mike) Ingram, a half brother and sister in Michigan, grandchildren Chip (Megan) Jones, Holly (John) Wrightsman, Isaiah Jones, Savannah Gosney, Bethany (Isaac) Bentley and 5 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 10am-2pm, Saturday June 12, 2021 at Peoples Funeral Home in Butler. Funeral Service will immediately follow at 2pm also at the funeral home. Louie’s final resting place will be in the Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital 8280 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236

Kay Sewell, age 68 years, 7 month, and 5 days, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
She was born October 25, 1952, in Tennessee to Raymond “Honk” Flynn and Clara Jones Flynn. Kay was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed caring for her family, her coffee and smokes, and camping with family when she was younger. Her favorite thing was family gatherings.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Sewell, two sons, Matthew Sewell, and wife, Valerie, and Brian Sewell, three brothers, Ray Flynn, Jerry Flynn, Johnny Flynn, and wife, Mindy, three grandchildren, Stephen Sewell, Jacob Sewell, and Veronica Sewell, and four great grandchildren, Kenlyn, Mason, Beckett, and Brecklyn.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Kay Sewell.

James Arnold “Jimmy” Stephens, age 81, passed away while surrounded by family on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Jimmy was born in Jellico, Tennessee to the late Arnold Stephens and the late Grace (Creekmore) Stephens on March 12, 1940. He was a member at the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Jimmy was a teacher and retired from the Job Corps, in addition to that he ran his own wrecker service and car lot in McCreary County. He loved his family, his wrecker service, and his car lot. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Elizabeth (Stephens) Davis; one granddaughter, Randi Elaine Chitwood; and one great-grandson, Grant Nolan Daniel Torkelson.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his wife of 57 years, Jean Stephens; one son, Randy Stephens (wife April); one daughter, Lisa Stephens; one brother, Charles Stephens; grandchildren, Ashley Torkelson (husband Jesse), Alyson Johnson (husband Micheal), Rachel Strunk (husband Matt), Tristin Stephens, Zachary Chaney, Tevon Stephens, Jerica Stephens, Allyson Tucker, Caden Stephens; and great-grandchildren, Riley King, Vaeya Torkelson, Ronan Torkelson, Kambree Johnson, Kyndrix Johnson, Hadley Strunk, Declan Strunk, and Everly Strunk.
Funeral Services were conducted at 1:00pm EST on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in the Chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Neal officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the funeral home. Interment followed the funeral service and was in the Pine Knot Cemetery. Funeral services were directed by two of Jimmy’s grandchildren, Zachary Chaney and Ashley Torkelson.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Robert R. (Bob) Trammell passed away at Lake Cumberland Medical Center June 2, 2021. He was born in Revelo, KY, September 30, 1931. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years Betty Gwendoline Siler Trammell (their honeymoon never ended), and his children Robert K. (Kenny) Trammell (Debbie) and Sharon Kaye Baird (Jeff), grandchildren: Mykel Baird, Rusty Baird, and Siler Trammell, and great grandchildren, Alayna Baird, Carys Baird, and Ruger Baird.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Veenie Trammell, brothers Cecil and “Little Bill”, and sisters, Imogene Trammell Strunk and Lois June Trammell Creekmore. Surviving siblings include Betty Perry, Jewel Dean Cobb, Carol Meadors, Norma Meadors, Faye Stephens, Ralph Trammell, and Larry Trammell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and an extended family reaching into the hundreds!
Bob’s focus was on God, family, and country. Bob was a faithful member of East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God where he served as a trustee and his immediate and extended family meant the world to him. As a proud former member of the United States Marine Corps he was one squared away Marine, having served from 1951 through 1953. He was honored as a Kentucky Colonel in 1992. One of his special memories was a personal tour, arranged by his son, of the Marine Corps Maintenance Center Albany where he was presented with a special plaque in the shape of the State of Georgia and dedicated to “Colonel Trammell”. Bob was a truck driver for many years hauling coal and cattle as well as a heavy equipment operator.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed the annual Trammell squirrel hunting trip to Shut-In Branch on Jellico Creek. His tales along with those of Cecil and Harold Dean Chinn always kept everyone laughing. He always baked the cornbread and it was no doubt the best you could ever eat!!
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. Burial followed in the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
Bob will be sorely missed by family and friends but all should remember the last line in the Marine Hymn:
“If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”
Private First Class Bob Trammell has reported for duty!
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Bob Trammell.

Wendell Waters, age 70 years, 1 month, and 22 days, passed away Monday, May 31, 2021 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
In keeping with his wishes Wendell was cremated. A memorial gathering was held in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home Friday, June 4, 2021.
He was born April 9, 1951 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Ray Waters and Nellie Clark Waters. Wendell enjoyed mechanic work, computer repair, HAM radios, and all types of electronics.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and one brother, Donnie Waters.
Survivors include two brothers, Sam Watters, and Orlando Watters, three sisters, Phyllis Cook, and husband, Jim Sarlanis, Mary Waters-Harris, and husband, Larry, and Freda Sullivan, and husband, Merle.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wendell Waters.

Gerald Kenny Wilson Passed away on 30 May 2021 after a valiant battle against metastatic melanoma. He was born 11 September 1941 to the late Marion Andrew and Emma Myrtle Chitwood Wilson of Co-Operative, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ann Nevels Wilson, his parents, and siblings Denzil Allen Wilson, Mary Joyce Wilson Dobbs, Norse Eugene Wilson, and Barbara Lou Wilson, and grandson, David Keith Wilson. He is survived by his sons Michael David Wilson (Jennifer) of Smith Town, Kentucky, and Douglas Wayne Wilson (Maribel) of Randolph, New Jersey; two brothers, Thurston D. Wilson (Wanda) of Daleville, Indiana, and Doyle M. Wilson (Mona) of New Castle, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Irene Crisp Wilson, of Ocala, Florida; and his grandchildren Erin Elizabeth Faith, Kara Lou, Emma Kate, and Evan Michael.
After graduating in 1959 from McCreary County High School, he earned a BA in history and math from Cumberland College. He worked for the McCreary County Board of Education for 34 years, teaching at Co-Operative for a year, then instructing students in math at McCreary High, and finally serving as Director of Pupil Personnel at Central Office until 1997.
He had many simple joys in this life, like the sweet richness of Queen Anne cherries long after Christmas had passed; the swirls of colors in a Peace hybrid tea rose, unspoiled by Japanese beetles; the laughter of cousins taking turns cranking an ice cream churn on a blazing day in August; the achingly beautiful, lonely sound of a steel soaring above the strums of rhythm guitars; the thrill of watching the Kentucky Wildcats (but only on recorded playback, and only if they won); the comfort of a bowl of homemade vegetable soup and steaming slice of buttered corn bread on a bleak winter afternoon; the feeling of home rekindled by sharing hilarious stories over the phone with his brothers and sisters; and the cold refreshing taste of a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, sometimes three times a day.
He only expressed two regrets: that he did not ask the workmen he watched dismantling K&T Engine #1 for a souvenir, and that he did not take more days off from work to go fishing with his sons.
He believed in the trans-formative power of Jesus Christ and in the importance of education. He appreciated music education, scientific discovery, and American history.
He did not truly grow old until July 5, 2020, when the cancer that would take his life manifested in a brain tumor. He fought bravely. He will live on in the hearts of all those who love him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Methodist Cemetery.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Gerald Kenny Wilson.

Glyn David Cordell age 69 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born, February 23, 1952 in Grants Pass, Oregon to Aubrey Cordell and Rennie (Musgrove) Cordell. David was of the Baptist faith and a member of the O.S. Ware Lodge #874 in Stearns, Kentucky. He was also a member of the Eastern Star. David was self-employed and a UK Wildcat fan. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death is his parents, Aubrey and Rennie, a son, James David Cordell, and brothers, Aubrey Cordell and Jack Cordell.
Surviving family include his wife, Lena (Moore) Cordell whom he married, December 24, 1968; Glyn Daniel Cordell and wife, Tabatha of Strunk, Kentucky and Dustin Cordell and wife, Tiffany, of Robbins, Tennessee; daughters, Donna Goodin and husband, Greg of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Shawnda Waters and husband, Chad also of Parkers Lake, Janet Smith of Strunk, and Juanita Cooper, also of Strunk; a brother, Louie Cordell; and a sister, Janice Privett, both of Strunk, Kentucky.
Also surviving are David’s grandchildren that he loved dearly, Tiffany Bennett, Sheila Trammell, Tony Hurd, Lindsey Goodin, Josh Goodin, Craig Goodin, David Cody Garrison, Amy Coffey, Jordan Carson, Madessa Cordell, Conner Cordell, Logan Cordell and Colton Cordell, and Riley Bryant; and great-grandchildren, Angie, Krystal and Ruben Trammell, Kylie, Kendal, and Bretlee Bennett, Denver Staley, Jordan and Jaylynn Patrick, Maxton Daniel Ruley, and Paisley Goodin.
In keeping of David’s wishes, he was cremated. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 beginning at 6:00 pm until Masonic and Eastern Star services at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Michael Wayne Gibson, age 66 years, 3 months, and 8 days, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery.
He was born February 14, 1955 in Sidney, Ohio to Porter Gibson and Dorothy Upchurch Toler. Michael was an owner operator truck driver and a member of Morning Star Cowboy Church in Umatilla, Florida. He was a firefighter in Apopka, Florida and various places for over 20 years. Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, landscaping, guns, and Pepsi, which he called octane. But his greatest joys in life were his family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a son, Michael Jr., two brothers, Darrell and Charles Gibson, and one grandchild.
Survivors include his wife, Linda “Linn” Gibson, sons, Christopher Gibson, Jerry Broxton, and Joseph Richardson, daughters, Michelle Gibson, Kristy Gibson, Jeannie Gibson, Amy Gibson, twins Nicki Tracy, and Renee Riggins, and Teresa Minnich, step daughters, Karen New, Goldie Byrd, Mandy Foster, and Millie Weaver, sisters, Patricia Cox, and Shelia Maxwell, 45 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Michael Gibson.

Patrick Greene, age 68, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.
Born October 31, 1952, in Tokyo, Japan, he was the son of the late Jimmie W. Greene and Kyoko Yamamoto.
Surviving family include two sons: Tyler Greene and Samantha, Brian Greene and Kendra, three daughters: Nicole Bryant and Michael, Tashia Roe and Cody and Kayla Bruce and Jacob. He has one brother: Jimmie W. Greene II, “Bevo” and Pat, 14 grandchildren, and two special friends: Sgt. Dan and Charlotte Petrey.
Patrick was disabled and had been a U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam. He enjoyed reading the Bible, painting, drawing and writing. He loved the Lord and loved life.
Per his wishes, he was cremated.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Gloria Ann Jones, age 79 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, died Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on August 28, 1941 the daughter of Otto and Clara (Correll) Phillips. Gloria was a homemaker and a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God. Her favorite past times were crocheting and sewing, but most especially her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Joe Jones, sons, Danny Joe Jones and Tommie Jones; daughter, Millie Mason; brothers, Woodrow Coffey and Theodore Coffey; sisters, Gertie Gilreath and Jim Gilreath; and a grandson, Donald Bolin.
Survivors include her sons, Jeff Jones of Stearns, Kentucky and Tim Jones and wife, Paula of Marshes Siding, Kentucky; brothers, Forrest Phillips and wife, Susie and Gilson Phillips both of Sidney, Ohio; grandchildren, Vanessa Miles, Terri Pierce and husband, Danny, Carri Mason, Jeremy Jones and wife, Andrea, Dylan Jones and wife, Kelsea, Timothy Allen Jones, Dawson Lynch, Garrett Jones, Jamie Wright, Dusty Jones, and Breona Foster; and 8 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Hurstle Daugherty and Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sharon Lee Meadows, age 64 years, of the Bear Waller Community passed peacefully from this life Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin.
She was born in Columbus, Ohio August 6, 1956 to Betty Jean (Calhoun) Stephens and Welman Ray. Sharon was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, had worked in accounting and was a member of the American Legion. She loved her animals, especially her horses, Buddy and Toby, and enjoyed sewing.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Anthony Wayne Meadows.
Survivors include her children, Tammie (Kiki) Nazario of Somerset, Kentucky, Jennifer (Donnie) Daugherty of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Matthew Meadows of Stearns, Kentucky; as well as her grandchildren who were her World, Codi Duncan, Dalton Daugherty, Devon Daugherty, Sophia Meadows, Ansel Meadows, and Tiffany Stephens, brother, Dennis Stephens of Stearns, Kentucky, sister, Amanda McQueary of Stearns, Kentucky; and She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great grandchild, Eliana Duncan.
Her drive and kindness will be remembered by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held 2pm Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial followed in the Bear Waller Family Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

GraceLynn Spradlin age 6, of the Sawyer Community passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at her residence. GraceLynn was born on October 30, 2014 in Somerset to DJ and Anna Rollins Spradlin.
GraceLynn is preceded in death by her Paternal Great-grandparents, Lee and Patricia Spradlin; and her maternal Great-grandparents, Mary and Grover Rollins; paternal great grandparents, Sylvester and Josie Privett and maternal grandfather Randall Rollins.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, mother Anna Rollins Spradlin; father, DJ Spradlin; maternal grandmother, Chasity Head (Billy Ray) paternal grandparents, Donald and Patricia Spradlin of Sawyer; brothers, Garrison Spradlin; Maternal Great-Grandparents, Lee and Edna Roberts of Whitley City; aunts, Jessica (AJ) Miller, Melanie Spradlin, Keshia (Chuckie) Hurd; uncles, James Rollins (Jade Hickman), Christopher (Ronda) Spradlin; along with numerous other family members.
Services for GraceLynn Spradlin were held Tuesday, June 01, 2021 at 3 P.M. at Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Sawyer Church Road, Whitley City, KY with Bro. Daniel Ridener and Bro. Tyler Longsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Saywer Cemetery.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for GraceLynn Spradlin.

Connie Swain, age 62 years, 5 months, and 14 days, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Phillips officiating. Burial followed in the Swain Cemetery.
She was born Thursday, December 11, 1958 in Somerset, Kentucky to Dee Hill and Betty Combs Hill. She was baptized at the Greenwood Baptist Church at the age of 13 and worked for the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office and McCreary County Jail for over 25 years. She enjoyed feeding hummingbirds, reading, plants, and sewing.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, McArthur Swain, and two brothers, Donnie, and Norman.
Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Horne, and husband, Joe, and Jennifer Swain, three brothers, Stanley Hill, and wife, Nancy, Curtis Hill, and wife, Tammie, and Ronnie Hill, two sisters, Karen Hatfield, and husband, Lonnie, and Debbie Hill, and husband, Sherman Lawson, seven grandchildren, Siera, Riley, Gavin, Hailey, River, Carra, and Kyndle, and two great grandchildren, Bentley, and Kambreigh.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Connie Swain.

Larry “Jig” Troxell, age 77 years, 5 months, and 18 days, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 31, 2021 at the Hilltop Baptist Church with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery.
He was born December 9, 1943 to Clyde Troxell and Juanita Benson Troxell. Larry worked for Schulte Corp. where he retired. He enjoyed watching nascar and in his early years he excelled at hunting and fishing.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife, Pauline Troxell, two brothers, Dorman Troxell, and Ronnie Troxell, two sisters, Bonnie Dean Troxell, and Brenda Jones, and one grandchild, Brittany.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna Troxell, two sons, Michael Troxell, and wife, Maggie, Jessie Jay Coleman, and Tracey, three daughters, Michelle Troxell, Linda Turner, and husband, Kyle, and Sandy Cordell, and husband, Larry, five Brothers, David Troxell, Dennis Troxell, and wife, Betty, Jeff Troxell, and wife, Connie, Bruce Troxell, and wife, Gloria, and Eddie Troxell, one sister, Kathy Strunk, three grandchildren, Courtney, Jacklyn, and Josh, two great grandchildren, Hudson, and Hensley, and two sidekicks, Margie Strunk and Tammy Lyons.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Larry “Jig” Troxell.

Rhoda Williams, age 93 years, 9 months, and 13 days, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 at her home in Strunk, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 31, 2021 at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. Dennis Bryant and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial followed in the Jellico Creek Cemetery.
She was born August 15, 1927 in Rose Bud, Kentucky to Lewis Creekmore and Nevada Webb Creekmore. Rhoda operated a boarding house, worked as a clerk, worked for Human Resources, and in a general store. She attended the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. She enjoyed raising flowers and vegetables, crocheting, and family gatherings. In her 80’s she crocheted eight sleeping mats for homeless people from plastic bags, and in her 90’s she crocheted over one hundred potholders.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Carl Williams, a son, Jim Williams, two brothers, W.M. Creekmore, and Garry Creekmore, two infant brothers, R.D., and C.B., and two sisters, Juanita Shelly, and Betty Rose Trammell.
Survivors include her daughter in-law, Doris June Williams, a brother, Jack Creekmore, and wife, Karen, two sisters, Anna Ruth Baird, and husband, Harold, and Garcia Moore, two grandchildren, Chris Williams, and Richard Williams, a granddaughter in-law, Angie Williams, and three great grandchildren, Cole Williams, Rileigh Williams, and Drew Williams.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rhoda Williams.

Gerald Kenny Wilson Passed away on 30 May 2021 after a valiant battle against metastatic melanoma. He was born 11 September 1941 to the late Marion Andrew and Emma Myrtle Chitwood Wilson of Co-Operative, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ann Nevels Wilson, his parents, and siblings Denzil Allen Wilson, Mary Joyce Wilson Dobbs, Norse Eugene Wilson, and Barbara Lou Wilson, and grandson, David Keith Wilson. He is survived by his sons Michael David Wilson (Jennifer) of Smith Town, Kentucky, and Douglas Wayne Wilson (Maribel) of Randolph, New Jersey; two brothers, Thurston D. Wilson (Wanda) of Daleville, Indiana, and Doyle M. Wilson (Mona) of New Castle, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Irene Crisp Wilson, of Ocala, Florida; and his grandchildren Erin Elizabeth Faith, Kara Lou, Emma Kate, and Evan Michael.
After graduating in 1959 from McCreary County High School, he earned a BA in history and math from Cumberland College. He worked for the McCreary County Board of Education for 34 years, teaching at Co-Operative for a year, then instructing students in math at McCreary High, and finally serving as Director of Pupil Personnel at Central Office until 1997.
He had many simple joys in this life, like the sweet richness of Queen Anne cherries long after Christmas had passed; the swirls of colors in a Peace hybrid tea rose, unspoiled by Japanese beetles; the laughter of cousins taking turns cranking an ice cream churn on a blazing day in August; the achingly beautiful, lonely sound of a steel soaring above the strums of rhythm guitars; the thrill of watching the Kentucky Wildcats (but only on recorded playback, and only if they won); the comfort of a bowl of homemade vegetable soup and steaming slice of buttered corn bread on a bleak winter afternoon; the feeling of home rekindled by sharing hilarious stories over the phone with his brothers and sisters; and the cold refreshing taste of a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, sometimes three times a day.
He only expressed two regrets: that he did not ask the workmen he watched dismantling K&T Engine #1 for a souvenir, and that he did not take more days off from work to go fishing with his sons.
He believed in the transformative power of Jesus Christ and in the importance of education. He appreciated music education, scientific discovery, and American history.
He did not truly grow old until July 5, 2020, when the cancer that would take his life manifested in a brain tumor. He fought bravely. He will live on in the hearts of all those who love him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Gerald Kenny Wilson.

Gladys Hicks, age 95 years, 10 months, and 4 days, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were Monday, May 24, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Born July 15, 1925 in Barthell, Kentucky to Frank Cooper and Kizzie Winchester Cooper. Gladys worked with her husband Reuben Hicks in their law practice for over 50 years and knew as much law as anyone. She was a member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church. In her younger years, Gladys enjoyed boating on Lake Cumberland. But always enjoyed family gatherings, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
Preceding her in death was her parents, her husband, Ruben Hicks, and 10 siblings.
Survivors include many nieces, nephews, and extended family members, Special friends Wade and Thressa Baird, and their daughter Kelli-Anne, who was like a granddaughter to Gladys.
Gladys was a learned, classy lady. Her quiet lifestyle and her faith in Christ, inspired everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Gladys Hicks.

Glenna Lee New, age 79 years, 1 month, and 25 days, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at her residence in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery, with Bro Chris Rules and Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.
She was born March 24, 1942 in Mill Creek, Kentucky to Charles Tinch and Viola Roy Fuson. Glenna worked as a cook for Cumberland Falls Resort and later was a healthcare worker for Adanta. She was a member of the Parker’s Lake Missionary Baptist Church; and enjoyed growing flowers, reading, watching T.V., and family gatherings.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Logan New, whom she married, on January 3rd, 1956, three brothers, Wayne Fuson, Doyle Fuson, and Lanny Fuson, and one sister, Wanda Campbell.
Survivors include, four sons, Ronnie New, Ricky New, Robert New, and his wife, Sonya, and Randy New, and his wife, Sherry, one daughter, Karen Elam, and husband, Mike, one brother, Billy Fuson, five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Glenna is remembered as a very sweetly disposed lady who never met a stranger. She was well read and took pride in providing a loving home for her family. She will be greatly missed.
The Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Glenna New.

Effie (Watson) Neal, age 94 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Bald Knob, Kentucky on April 19, 1927 the daughter of Sherman and Rebecca (Dolen) Watson. Effie was an avid homemaker, member of the Hayes Creek Church of God, had served 15 years as President of the Big South Fork Art Club, and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, painting, and gardening.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everett J. Neal; son, William “Bill” Neal; daughter-in-law Linda Neal; son-in-law, Cliff Crabtree; brothers, Daniel Webster Watson, Oscar Watson, Mitchell Watson, Darris Watson, William Peter Watson, Charlie Watson, and Kenneth Watson, a granddaughter, Rebecca Dawn Snider, and a son-in-law, George Moore.
Survivors include her children, Ronnie E. Neal (Lydia) of Sidney, Indiana, Larry D. Neal of Helenwood, Tennessee, Kathy Moore of Strunk, Kentucky, Barbara Zimmerman (Chuck) of Waynesville, North Carolina, Linda Crabtree of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Bruce Neal (Cynthia) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Chris Neal of Strunk; sister, Lois Larson of Waynesville, North Carolina; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 2:00pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Duncan and Bro. Steve Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Effie (Watson) Neal.

Gavin Cole Sexton, age 19, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at his home on Carolina Beach.
Gavin is the son of Daphane and Mark Merriman and Scott Sexton. He was born on December 8, 2001 at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. Gavin and his family moved to Carolina Beach in 2008. The beach was his home.
Gavin was a caring son, brother, boyfriend, and friend. He had a beautiful heart, was compassionate, understanding, and genuine to everyone around him. He was incredibly smart, goal oriented, and quick witted. Gavin was always making everyone laugh and enjoyed being surrounded by others.
Gavin graduated from Eugene Ashley High School in May of 2020. He had so many friends whom he loved and in turn, loved him. Some of his favorite things were music, sports, fishing, clothing, and shoes. Gavin and his girlfriend Olivia Paplham had plans to start their life together in Chicago later this year. He was planning to attend trade school to become an electrician.
Gavin loved nothing more than being with friends and family. He and his mom shared a bond like no other – he was her rock. Gavin loved football, especially the New England Patriots. He and his dad Mark loved attending or watching any sporting event together. Gavin and his sister Ana enjoyed hanging out, shopping, eating ice cream, listening to music, and enjoying the beach. He also enjoyed visiting his family in Kentucky and riding four wheelers with his grandpa and grandma.
Gavin is survived by his mom and dad, Daphane and Mark Merriman; his father, Scott Sexton; siblings, Ana Merriman, Devon and Jocelyn Sexton; girlfriend, Olivia Paplham; grandparents Doug and Kathy Musgrove, Doug and his late wife, Shirley Sexton, Theresa and Dean Nardi, Don and Joyce Merriman, and Wilma Walls; aunts, Erika (Dennis K) Merriman, Ashley (Joshua) Shepperd, Emily (C.J.) Williams, Rebecca (Ronnie) Clark, and Valerie Graham; uncles, Doug Musgrove, Andrew (Angelica) Sexton, and Greg (Rhonda) Sexton; as well as great-grandparents, Betty Ellis and Imogene Walls; and a host of special family and friends who adored him.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Sexton officiating. Gavin was laid to rest in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements..

Freddie Ray Shelton, age 85 years, 1 month, and 8 days, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Baptist Health Care in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Marshes Siding Church of God with Bro. Harry Watters, and Bro. Hurstle Daugherty officiating. Burial was Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the Barrenfork Cemetery.
He was born April 4, 1936 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Sam Shelton and Dora Alice Black Shelton. Freddie was a retired carpenter and a deacon at the Marshes Siding Church of God. He enjoyed playing his mandolin in church and enjoyed riding four wheelers.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Shirley Marler Shelton a sister, three brothers, Bonnie, Earl, and Willard, and a son, Ricky Bryan Shelton.
Survivors include a son, Jeffery Ray Shelton, and Tracey Brooks, two sisters in-law, Ella Mae Bybee, and Maxine Lawson, and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Freddie Ray Shelton.

Paula Renee Wainscott, age 57, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Paula was the wife of Harry Wainscott. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 15, 1964 to the late Richard King and the late Juanita (Dipman) King. As a child Paula attended the Trinity Luther Church in Toledo. Paula loved her family deeply, especially her grandkids and nieces and nephews. She loved to prank people and loved her dog, Scout. Paula loved to sit on the riverbank with her husband while he was fishing. Paula loved life, and she lived to the fullest extent possible.
Paula is survived by: her husband; daughters, Cassandra Miller, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Sequoia Huebner (husband Keith), of Toledo, Ohio; a son, Jeffery Huebner (wife Amanda) of Moatsville, West Virginia; a step-daughter, Sierra Williamson (husband Daniel) of Toldeo, Ohio; her best friend, Bridgette Lantz; one brother, Jeffery King (wife Julie), of Memphis, Tennesee; one sister, Sandra Van Derske (husband Edward), of Las Vegas, Nevada; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation was chosen. A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 3:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Stephens officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Jude Childrens Hospital at www.stjude.org or by calling 1-800-478-5833.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Arlena Sue Waters, age 65 of Resaca, Georgia, peacefully passed away Wednesday May 12, 2021 in the comfort of her home with her loving family with her as she crossed into Heavens gate. She was born March 4, 1956 in Muncie, Indiana, a daughter of the late Dillard and Pearlie Ross Watson. She was also preceded in death by her husband Leamon Waters, brothers, Carroll Dennis Watson, Jerry Watson, sisters, Jean Dolen, Maxine Crabtree.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Chastity and Robert Pelfrey of Resaca; son and daughter-in-law, Jonah and Jenny Waters of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Brandy Waters of Resaca, GA; grandchildren, Jessica, David and Mila Cervantes, Bryce Pelfrey, Cole Pelfrey and Ashton Ensley, Noah, Leamon, Cade, and Will Waters; brother, Leo Dolen of Strunk, KY; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene King of Strunk, KY, Joyce and Mart Gibson of Whitley City, KY, Faye and Jimmy Watson, Misty Beaty of Jamestown, TN, Roger Crabtree of Revelo, KY; several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Arlena Sue Waters will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am from Sugar Valley Baptist Church with Reverend Mitch Phillips officiating. Mrs. Waters’ grandson, Cole Pelfrey, will provide music and her granddaughter Jessica Cervantes will give a memorial. Following the service she will be laid to rest at Sugar Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Jonah Waters, Robert Pelfrey, Cole Pelfrey, David Cervantes, Scott Bartenfield, and Michael Crabtree will all serve as pallbearers.
The family received friends on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Sugar Valley Baptist Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by, Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolly Rd Calhoun GA 30701
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Gloria Chaffin, age 86, of Canton passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at her residence.
Funeral services were scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. William McClanahan officiating. Interment followed in Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Mrs. Chaffin was a homemaker and caregiver. She loved being a grandmother and cooking for those she loved.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marion Edward Cook; second husband, Floyd Chaffin; and two sons, Eddie Cook and Johnny Cook.
Gloria is survived by her two daughters, Peggy Hendrix and Linda Cook; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister; and one beloved daughter-in-law.
Serving as pallbearers are Dan Sawyer, Paul Sziber, Jason Ryan, Aaron Miller, Danny Dwyer and Mark Bell.
Obituary Courtesy of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

Bobby Ray King, age 49, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, on September 6, 1971, to the late David J. and Anna L. (Stephens ) King.
Surviving family include three daughters: Sandra Ray King of Whitley City, Carolyn Anna King of Whitley City and Grace Stephens, a brother, David Denny King (and Tammy) of Whitley City, and three sisters: Tasha Dolen (and Tad) of Monticello, Veronica Williamson (and Terry) of Whitley City and Portia Grundy of Revelo, Kentucky.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, at the Pine Knot Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Darrell Stanley “Gidge” Ramey, age 59 years, 6 months, and 29 days, passed away Monday, May 2, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
He was Born Tuesday, October 3, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles Ramey and Joyce Blalock Ramey. Gidge enjoyed working on cars, fishing, and being a painting contractor, but spending time with his family and his beloved dog Poob was his greatest joy.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Susan Ramey, two sons, Justin Ramey, and Terry Patton, four sisters, Cheryl F. Ramey, Helen Zink, Vicki Ramey, and Joetta Ramey, two brothers, William Tuff Ramey, and Clarence Morrow, and one grandchild, Victoria Patton.
Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl E. Ramey, and husband, Dominic Strunk, one son, William Patton, brothers, Glen Tindle, and David Ramey, sisters, Anita Ramey, Glanda Ramey, grandchildren, Megan Meeks, Derek Meeks, Tiffany Goins, Michaela Weinel, Marissa Weinel, Madison Weinel, Ethan Strunk, Malachi Strunk, Nate Strunk, Leah Runyon, Morgan Patton, Kelsey Patton, Irie Perkins, and Selena Teegarden, great grandchildren, Aria and Daelin Meeks, Levi Smith, Haylee and Kaylee James, and David Jr.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Darrell “Gidge” Ramey.

Nelda Jones of Whitley City, Kentucky, widow of Robert Larry jones departed this life on April 29, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Lester Boyatt and Jewel Watters Boyatt.
In addition to her parents, Nelda is preceded in death by one brother, Jim Boyatt and two sisters, June Herring and Wanda Boyatt.
She is survived by one son, Scott Jones of Whitley City, Kentucky, four brothers, Ronald Boyatt of Michigan, Louis Boyatt of Dalton, GA., Rev. Gary Boyatt and wife Lee Etta of Huntsville, Tennessee and Brian Boyatt of Oneida, Tennessee, two sisters, Norma Jean Rubio and husband Charlie of Chicago, IL., Melba Cross of Oneida, Tennessee and a host of relatives and friends.
Nelda was a member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church, an avid reader who enjoyed her flower garden and watching UK Basketball games.
Private graveside services were held at 11:00am EST on Monday, May 3, 2021 in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

William Steven “Bill” Maki age 69 years, 7 months, and 29 days, of Amelia, Ohio passed away Thursday April 22, 2021 at Clermont Mercy Hospital in Batavia, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Christian funeral services were held Saturday May 1, 2021 at the Hilltop Baptist Church. The family received friends after 11:00 am Saturday May 1 until service time at 1:00PM at the church. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
Bill was born on August 26, 1951 in Groton, Massachusetts to Niilo Maki and Bertha (LeBlanc) Maki. He retired as a welder from the Polymet company and later drove a school bus for the Clermont County school system. He was a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Amelia Ohio. In his leisure time, Bill enjoyed camping, boating and hunting. But family gatherings were his favorite thing.
Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years, Debra (Troxell) Maki, son, Derek Maki, step-son, Nicholas Martin, daughter, Kimberly Maki, step-daughters, Misty Vanover and Kimberly Martin, sisters, Mary Warpula and Carol Maki, grandchildren, Madeline Minton, Keshia Vanover, Stacey Vanover, Peyton Martin, whom he helped raise, Bailey Martin, and Dallas and Alyssa Tucker, great grandchildren, Maverick Vanover and Gregory Louthern. His parents, a son, Wayne Maki, a brother, Wayne Maki, and a grandson, Blake Polley preceded him in death.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of William Bill Maki.

Stephanie Nicole Perry Sellers, age 35 years, and 6 days, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 at her residence in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
She was born April 18, 1986 in Somerset, Kentucky to Steve and Patty Hamlin Perry. Stephanie was a stay home mom and had previously been a Certified Nursing Assistant for Signature Health. She attended Hayes Creek Church of God and Black Oak Church of God. Stephanie enjoyed baking, spending time with family, listening to Christian radio, and watching Donovan play baseball. She loved her family, had a giving heart, and always placed others before herself.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 2:00 pm Wednesday at the church.
Preceding her in death, her grandparents, Rev. Leamon Perry, Archie Hamlin, and Elsie Hamlin.
Survivors include her parents, her grandmother, Mrs. Betty Perry, a son, Donovan Sellers, a daughter, RaeAnna Marie Perry, two sisters, Amy Sears, and Angie Barnett, nieces, Morgan, Megan, and Madison Barnett, and Nashay Tucker, a great nephew, Rowen Keathley, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Stephanie Perry Sellers.

Mary Frances Keith-Baird, age 77years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born April 7, 1944 in Yamacraw, Kentucky the daughter of Mose Walter and Lillie (Hines) Tucker. Mary had worked as a Post Master Relief for the US Postal Service, was a member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church. She had a true Christian servant’s heart, she dedicated her time to always taking care of others, whether it be cooking, driving, sewing clothes, or just helping in anyway possible to those in need. She was famous for her fried pies, candies, and breads she gave to people in the community, and in the last year she had sewn mask for various people to help protect them from COVID-19.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Jimmy R. Keith and Edward Kan Baird; brothers, Glenn Edd Tucker, Ralph Gene Tucker, and Junior Lee Tucker; and sister, Leatrice Joyce Clark.
Survivors include her brothers, Reed Allen Tucker of Tullahoma, Tennessee and James Estle Tucker of Batavia, Ohio; sister, Virginia Sue Canada of Strunk; stepson, Timothy Baird; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held 1pm Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Peters officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Irene Adkins Cassada age 97 passed away at her home in Deer Park, OH., on April 24th. 2021. Irene was born in Winfield TN on June 2, 1923 to the late Sadie (Braden) and Harvey Adkins. She came to Cincinnati in 1941 and began working as a waitress and soon went to work in a factory for the war effort. Irene met her husband the late Jim Cassada in Washington Park and they were married in Whitley City KY on April 3rd. 1945. They were the parents of three children: Carol and Donnis Singleton, the late Sherry Gragg, and Daryl and Sheila Cassada all of Cincinnati. 6 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 7 step great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Irene is survived by a brother Morris and Ann Adkins of Winfield, TN, 2 sister-in-laws Jackie Adkins of CO and Janet Cassada of Sidney, OH. She has the following deceased brothers, Franklin Adkins, Floyd & Irene Adkins, Rueben & Maxine Adkins, and Sterling Adkins. The following sister-in-law and brothers-in-law are deceased; Beulah and Oscar Worley, Hubert Cassada, Ernie Cassada, Clarence and Clara Cassada, and Tommy and Hettie (Cowan) Cassada.
Irene retired from Whiting Manufacturing and had previously worked at Bendex Corp. for many years. Jim and Irene loved to travel and had visited 45 states. She continued traveling until Covid 19 restrictions. She enjoyed time with her family and friends and her home was a favorite weekend and holiday destination for great food. Irene was a long-time member of the Bethel Baptist Temple.
Visitation was Wednesday April 28th at 5:00 pm with funeral following at 6:00 pm with Pastor Larry Cornett presiding at Staley Funeral Home 7140 Plainfield Rd Deer Park, OH 45236. Graveside services will be on Saturday May 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Worley Family Cemetery at Marshes Siding, KY in McCreary County. Guest book at www.staleyfuneralhome.com
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with local arrangements.

Vina Hilda Duncan of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Friday, April 23, 2021 at the age of 94 years. She was born on August 18, 1926 in Marsh Creek Community in McCreary County to the late James Garner and Lottie Jane Kidd.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband of 33 years, Roe Odlin Duncan, her only grandson, Ronnie Monroe Duncan, Jr., and her five siblings, George Kidd, Bernice Kidd, Dester Kidd, Edward Kidd, and Laura Stephens.
Surviving family include her two sons, Ronnie Duncan (and Loretta) of Scott County, Kentucky and James Conley Duncan (And Deb) of Lima, Ohio, her granddaughter, Meghan Obermeyer (and Jason), and her great-grandson, Benjamin Wright, all of Scott County, Kentucky.
Vina was a special friend to many and enjoyed being a host to friends and family alike. Full of grit and determination, she worked from sun up to sun down tending to her garden, her home on Cal Hill Road, and baking the most delicious banana pudding anyone this side of Heaven has tasted. A life-long member of Sulfur Springs Baptist Church as well as a life-long resident of Pine Knot, Vina outlasted the many changes in McCreary County over the years, calling it her home until the end.
The Duncan Family wishes to thank Teresa Wethington and her team of caregivers, Glenda, Loretta A., Lori, Maxine, Molly, and Faith Ann for caring for Vina and giving her the dignity and respect due to her, in those last few years. Our family is grateful for all your kind hearts, honor of the human spirit, and respect of family.
Due to the current COVID regulations, the family chose to have a private burial on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Kidd Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association Bluegrass Chapter, in memoriam of Vina’s grandson, Ronnie Monroe Duncan, Jr.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Nicholas Keith Kates, age 26, passed away April 19, 2021, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Monticello, KY. He was born December 13, 1994.
Nicholas was a graduate of Madison Southern High School class of 2013; he had been working for Hendrickson Manufacturing in Pulaski County.
Nicholas was preceded in death by his grandmother Mary Katherine Lynch, and his aunts Karen Kates and Charlotte Cole.
He is survived by his parents Lloyd and Veronica Wilson Kates of Somerset, his sister: Olivia Kates, his maternal grandparents Lloyd and Wanda Kates, Sr., and maternal grandparents: Ronnie (Linda) Wilson and Karen (Robert) Hatfield, his aunts and uncles: Chuck (Dovey) Chambers, Sherry Hatfield (Frankie) Ball, Paula J. Wilson (Geoff) Bruce, Lindsey Hatfield Gilreath, Sidney (Wendy) Lynch, and Johnny Cole, and many cousins.
Funeral services were Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Willis Troxell and Bro. Dwayne Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Herbert McCulley age 66 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in Corbin, Kentucky.
He was born on June 13, 1954 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Lonus McCulley and May Evelyn (Stephens) Jackson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his step-father whom he always called dad, James Durham, his brothers, Gary Blakely and Elmer “Peanut” McCulley, and his sisters, Retha Sexton “Sis” and Wanda McCulley.
Surviving family include his daughters, Treatta Gearing (and Thomas) of Pine Knot and Delisa Howard (and Eli) of Stearns; wife & mother of his children, Patricia McCulley; a special son, Daniel Taylor “Bubba” and family; a special sister, Sheila McCulley; and a special friend, Wanda Dick.
Also surviving are Herb’s grandchildren that he loved so dearly, Shaina Jones, Christian Longmire, Christopher, Devan, Dedra, and Treyton Gearing, Nate and Lily Howard, and Kaylee Stephens; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Kenley, and Kaylyn.
Herb was of the Baptist faith. He retired from the McCreary County Board of Education after 30+ devoted years as a bus driver. He enjoyed flea marketing, yard sales, and playing cards. Herb also loved being on the go and traveling, especially to Pigeon Forge. He loved everyone, especially his family and his grandbabies. Herb will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Nate Howard and Rev. David Troxell. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Wilma Jean McHale, age 80 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
She was born February 12, 1941 in Beulah Heights, Kentucky the daughter of Willie and Nancy (Stephens) Sumler. Wilma was a homemaker, member of the Beulah Heights Church of God, loved quilting, and was an avid St. Jude’s Donor.
Her parents; husband, Thomas McHale; brothers, James Estes Sumler, Morris Sumler, Ray Sumler, Bobby Sumler, and Coy Sumler; sister, Christine Day; and grandchildren, Amanda Wyatt and Michael Paul Wyatt precede her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Wanda Lay (Clayton) of Whitley City; and Mary McHale of Dalton, Georgia; brothers, Roland Sumler of Pine Knot and Paul Oscar Sumler of Stearns; grandchildren, Barry Staley, Jr., Jason Staley, Kenny Wyatt, Eric Wyatt, and Amanda Staley; great grandchildren, Andru Ridener, Alex Wyatt, Cheyenne Staley, Thomas, Courtney Thomas Graham, Katielynn Stephens, and Shawn Staley; and a great-great grandchild, Braylee Thomas.
Visitation will be held 2-3pm Friday, April 23, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery with Bro. Danny Staley officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Arnold Snyder age 81 of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed from this life on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home. He was born July 9, 1939 to the late William H. Snyder and Irene (Feasel) Snyder.
In addition to his parents, Arnold is preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Sadie Snyder; a grandson, Timothy Snyder II; brothers, Bill, Chester, and Percy Snyder; and sisters, Dorothy Hill, Pauline DeWalt, Donna Jean Saxton, and Betty Kerr.
Surviving family include his children, Kathy Watters (and Roy) of Whitley City, Dorsey Synder (and Sandy) of Hernando, Florida, Tim Snyder (and Lois) of Whitley City, and Richard Snyder (and Pam) of Stearns; brothers, Willard “Woody” Snyder (and Betty) and Donald “Doc” Snyder; sister, Barbara Schaffer; 10 grandchildren, Jody, Amy, Latoya, Chad, Shelly, Bud, Misti, Rosa, Terrance, and Dakota; 29 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Arnold was a Veteran of the United States Navy, having served his country for 9 years. He was a Deacon of the Bethel Baptist Church where he enjoyed teaching bible classes. Arnold also enjoyed helping others when he could and attending the organizations at the senior citizens center. In his own time, he enjoyed cooking, reading, and just caring for others. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Sexton officiating. Burial to follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday after 1:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Richard Dale “Catfish” Vanover, age 65 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his home.
He was born November 29, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Alonzo and Anna Belle (Abbott) Vanover. Rick had worked as a machinist in Indianapolis, was a member of the Indian Creek United Baptist Church, and served his country in the US Army, enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle and his biking friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David Vanover and Gary Vanover.
Survivors include his son, Eric Vanover of Whitley City; brothers, Doug Vanover (Wanda), Greg Vanover (Sheila) both of Whitley City; and Mike Vanover of Bronston; sisters, Sharon Kay Adkins (Dwayne) of Stearns and Sherry Terry of Huntsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held 2pm Friday, April 23, 2021 at the Higginbotham Cemetery with Rev. Hobert Corder officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Anna Mary Creekmore age 98 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Somerset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born to Thomas Arthur Creekmore and Dora Ellen (Neal) Creekmore on May 15, 1922, in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
She graduated from Pine Knot High School in 1938 and went on to complete 2 years at Cumberland College. She started her teaching vocation in one of the area’s mining schools and later became a college professor of clothing and textiles. She lived and taught in Tennessee, Iowa, Florida, Oregon, and Michigan during her career; however, she always considered Kentucky her home and the best place on earth to live. She also traveled around the world twice and was a guest lecturer at the University in Cairo, Egypt.
In addition, Anna Mary authored books on clothing and textile history. When she retired, she returned to Strunk, Kentucky. She volunteered for many years at the McCreary County Museum and was active in various community organizations, as well as the Creekmore and Neal family reunions.
She is preceded in death by both her parents and her 3 siblings: Jasper Campbell Creekmore, Thomas Willard Creekmore, and Dora Edna (Creekmore) Carman.
Anna Mary is survived by her niece Kathy Henderson and her nephews Scott Carman, Paul Carman, and Roger Creekmore. She is also survived by many great and great-great nephews and nieces.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until service time.
In lieu of flowers, Anna Mary has requested that donations be made to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns, Kentucky
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Boyce Dean King, age 87 years, 9 months, and 14 days, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. William Kilby, Bro. Steve Perry, and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
He was born Thursday, June 29, 1933 in Bald Knob, Kentucky to Crit King Sr. and Bethena Spradlin. Boyce retired from the United States Army after serving 21 years, 4 months, and 8 days. During this time, he served four tours in Vietnam, two tours in Korea, and a tour in Thailand, as well as stateside at several different bases. For his service he was highly decorated, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in ground operations against hostile forces, a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat action, 5 Air Medals for 5 different incidents of distinguished meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and operational land combat, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 6 Good Conduct Medals, several National Defense Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and a US Service in Vietnam War Medal with 3 battle stars. After retiring from the Army, he taught at McCreary Central High School. Boyce was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. He was also a member of Gideons International and an active supporter of St. Jude. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, hunting, fishing, and watching the turkeys in his yard.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Norma Jean King, brothers, Theo King, Leon King, Estil King, and Wilburn King, sisters, Ruby McElfresh, Christina Buelhman, and an infant sister, and granddaughter, Paige Duff.
Survivors include his son, Curtis Webb King, and wife, Melissa, his daughter, Sonia Denise King, a brother, Crit King Jr., and wife, Lisa, sisters, Donna Roberts, Maxine Snow, and Shirley Skidmore, grandchildren, Makayla King, and Matthew Ezekiel King. and two special nieces, Patricia Gregory, and Pam Duncan.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Boyce Dean King.

Kenneth Eugene Wood, age 64 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at the V. A. Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Born April 17, 1957, in Douglas Wyoming, he was the son of Kenneth F. Wood and Dorothy Ann Smothermon. He is preceded in death by his father.
He is also preceded in death by a daughter, Tyegene Wood, two brothers: Tim Smothermon (and his wife Burta), Jerrell Wayne Wilkerson and a step-brother: Jimmie Wilkerson.
He is survived by his mother Dorothy Smothermon who lives in Oregon, his wife of 42 years, Debbie (Morris) Wood whom he married October 4, 1980, a son: Kenneth Eugene Wood, Jr. (and Casandra) of Richmond, Kentucky and a daughter: Lacy Marie Roberts (and Travis) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Also surviving are two brothers: Dewayne Smothermon (and Charlotte Puckett) of Lind, Washington, and Robert Smothermon of Portland, Oregon, and four sisters: Karen Ward (and Jeffrey) of Norwalk, Ohio, Charlene Smothermon (and Mike Reese) of Maupin, Oregon, Carol Ann Weston (and Marshall) of Madera, California, Diane Yancey (and Dewayne) of Reno, Nevada, and five grandchildren: Hope Munn, Colton Wood, Case Wood, Amelia Roberts, and Oliver Roberts.
Kenneth had worked in construction and served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He enjoyed wood working and whittling, but most of all he loved spending time with his five grandchildren and adoptive grandkids.
Per his wishes, he was cremated and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Helen J. Ball, age 90 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, wife, of David L. Ball, died April 8, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Woodford County, Kentucky on November 10, 1930 the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Chapman) Wilson. Helen was a superior homemaker and lover of children, and she worshiped with the Church at the Whitley City Church of Christ.
Her parents; brothers, Edward Wilson, Jr. and Marion Wilson; sisters, Mildred Hartley, Ella Deeringer, Constance Priddy, and Betty Wilhoit; and a granddaughter, Alicia Ball-Jeffers precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, David L. Ball; children, Michale Ball (Jeannie) of Whitley City, Terri L. Shelton (Robert) of Parkers Lake, and David A. Ball (Sally) of Stearns; a sister, Clara Crews of Virginia; 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
A visitation was held from 1-3pm Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Shelton Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Billy Ray Cox, age 67, of Pine Knot, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Tennova Health Care Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He was born in McCreary County on December 13, 1953, to the late Robert and Hallie (Selvidge) Cox. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Roger Cox.
Surviving family include his wife of nearly 49 years, Edith Ann (Kidd) Cox whom he married April 20, 1972. Billy and Edith had three children: Timothy Cox (and Tonya) of Pine Knot, William Cox (and Christina) of Whitley City, and Patricia Slaven (and Paul) of Whitley City.
There are two surviving brothers: Johnny Cox (and Rita) of Strunk and Virgil Cox (and Paulette) of Somerset, and four sisters: Marie Hale (and Roy) of Whitley City, Phyllis Myers of Strunk, Betty Stephens (and Loyd) of Helenwood, Tennessee, and Barbara Meadows (and Bob) of Strunk.
Billy and Edith were blessed with seven grandchildren: Amber Cox, Trenton Cox, Calob Cox, Makenzi Cox, Elton Stephens, Calvin Corrigal and Hunter Bryant, and one great grandchild: Kinley Bryant.
Billy had been a bus driver for the McCreary County Schools. He was with the Pine Knot Fire Department for 25 years and served as a commissioner and a dispatcher. He worked with the McCreary Search and Rescue Squad and was a McCreary County Hunter Education instructor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Neal and Bro. Terry Myers officiating. The Pine Knot Fire Department was serving as pallbearers and ushered him to his place of rest at the Hayes Creek Cemetery with firemen’s honors.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Tracey Annette Jones age 50 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Signature Healthcare of McCreary.
She was born January 25, 1971 in Somerset, Kentucky to Donnie Gene Jones and Mary Louise (Gilreath) Jones.
Tracey is preceded in death by her mother, her maternal grandparents, Herman & Mary Jane Gilreath, and her paternal grandparents, Ed & Eva Jones.
Surviving family include her father, Donnie Jones; a son, Joshua Ryan Wilson; a grandson, Joel Wilson; brothers, Donald G. Jones and wife, Teresa of Stearns, and Robert Wayne Jones of Pine Knot; a niece, Melody Jones; nephews, Matthew Canada, Tyler Phillips and wife, Carmen, Dylan Phillips and wife, Cheyanne, and Hunter Phillips; and great-nieces and nephews, Kilee, Carter, Zaiden, Emma, Walker, Tracey, Braylan, Brighlie, Dylan Jr., Wyatt, and River.
Tracey was a member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church and was a graduate of the McCreary Central High School, class of 1989. After high school, she went on to college and obtained her Master’s Degree, becoming a Respiratory Therapist. In past time, Tracey had worked for the Scott County Hospital in Oneida, Tennessee as well as the McCreary County Health and Rehab. She enjoyed music, going out on the lake on fishing trips, and being with her family.
Funeral services was held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Duncan officiating. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Brandon John Probus, age 31 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Saturday April 10, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 22, 1989 the son of Duane Ray Probus II and Kimberly (Nelson) Probus. Brandon had worked in the Telecommunications with Ronnie Shelley, was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington, Ohio, served his country in the US Navy, and loved his kids, motorcycles, video games, golfing, archery, target practice, wrestling, hunting, fishing, boxing, and mechanics.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Duane Probus III; and a sister, Kristy Nelson.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Duane Probus II and Diane of Wilmington, Ohio; mother Kimberly Probus of Whitley City; sons, Cameron Probus and Corbin Probus both of Iowa; daughters, Gabriella Probus of Whitley City and Madison Corey of Ohio; brothers, Jeremy “Jump” Nelson (Adriana) of Whitley City and Matthew Probus (Zornitza) of Lexington; sisters, Jacqui Jensen (Eric) and Alyssa Jensen both of Iowa; and partner, Courtney Bowles.
Funeral services will be held 8pm Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Thelma Joyce Walker, age 64 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday April 11, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born January 19, 1957 the daughter of Jennings and Mary Madeline (Strunk) Walker. Thelma enjoyed her pets, watching TV, and listening to music.
Her parents; brother, Johnny Michael Walker; and sister Ruby Rose precede her in death.
Survivors include her brothers, Wilburn Walker (Barbara) of Winfield, Henry Walker (Cathy) of Mt. Sterling; and sisters, Juanita Billiter of Kentucky and Diane King of Winfield.
Graveside services were held 2pm Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the New Light Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Aleisha Fay (Rollins) Baird, age 31 years, of Berea, Kentucky, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the UK Chandler Medical Center.
She was born June 23, 1989 in Somerset, Kentucky the daughter Gene and Paula (Turner) Rollins. Aleisha had attended the Silerville United Baptist Church, was a homemaker, had worked as a 911 Dispatcher for Whitley County, and was the life of her family.
Her grandmother, Fay Barnett; and father and mother-in-law, Paula and Anna Baird precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Derek Baird; sons, Jackson Baird and Jason Baird, daughter, Jaiden Baird all of Berea; brother, Tyler Rollins (Hailey) of Winchester, Kentucky; sisters, Kasey Pelfrey (Anthony) of Dayton, Tennessee and Jessica Dobbs (Jarred) of Whitley City; grandparents, Harold and Shirley Rollins of Parkers Lake; special nieces, Izzy and Danni Rollins; and numerous other nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.
Funeral services were held at 1pm Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins and Bro. Todd Miracle officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Glen Lee Ball age 86 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky.
He was born September 29, 1934 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Lark Ball and Mary (Hamblin) Ball.
Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers, Everett Ball, Arthur Ball, Bobby Ball, and Don L. Ball, and sisters, Fay Ball, Lora Ball, and Lois Ball.
On December 23, 1955 he was united in marriage to his wife, Bonnie June (Neal) Ball. The marriage brought forth two sons, Gary Ball (and Shellie) of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Gregory Ball (and Debbie) of Louisville, Kentucky, and two daughters, Donna Ball Keith (and Fitz) of Strunk, Kentucky and Gina Ball Morris (and Kevin) of Louisville, Kentucky.
Glen and Bonnie were also blessed with 16 grandchildren, Tonya Neal, BJ Johns (and Courtney), Joshua Keith (and Jessica), Michelle Keith Wright (and Andrew), Avie Keith, Jada Keith, Jeremy Ball (and Kristin), Nikki Ball Irvin (and Ben), Leah Ball Jones (and Ken), Michael Ball (and Nicole), Matthew Morris (and Christina), Adam Morris (and Candis), Miya Ball, Hannah Ball, Desi Ball, and Shayna Ball; several great-grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, Jace and one on the way.
Glen is also survived by his brothers, Archie Ball of Waycross, Georgia, Ronald Ball (and Reva) of Pine Knot, and Leamon Ball (and Linda) of Williamsburg; sisters, Betty Ball Filipovich (and Jim) of Western, Kentucky, Virgie Ball King of Pine Knot, Dorella Ball Watters of Stearns, and Bonnie Sue Ball Marcum (and Ralph) of Pine Knot; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends that he loved so dearly.
Glen was a man of integrity. He loved his Heavenly Father and was at church every time the doors were open, if at all possible. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. Glen loved his family and loved their get togethers playing games and talking about the Bible. Glen will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. We can only imagine what a joyous reunion when he walked through those pearly gates.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Ussery, Bro. Carl Brock, and Bro. Ralph Marcum officiating. Burial will follow in the Ball Family Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Allie Irene Duncan, age 75, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital.
She was born February 7, 1946, in the Mine 18 community of Stearns, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Lena Irene Stevens. Besides her mother, she is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Billy Joe Duncan.
Surviving family include a daughter, Lana Stanley (and Douglas) of Oneida, Tennessee, a son Joe Duncan (and Laura) of Revelo, Kentucky, five grandchildren: Crystle Duncan, Jessica Stanley, Brittany Lowe (and Randy), Ashely Sargle and Rashiede Stanley. There are four great-grandchildren: Ava Barnes, Paizleigh Lowe, Emma Barnes, and Delanie Lowe. She has a special daughter Jennifer Cooper and her baby, Keeton, and a special son, Levi, as well as a special friend: Charlotte Sumner.
Irene had worked as a seamstress at McCreary Manufacturing (shirt factory) and was a member of the Dixie Freedom Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and working with flowers. She loved singing in church and had been since she was a child.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Stanley and Bro. Randy Lowe officiating. She was laid to rest at the Stevens-Foster Cemetery.
The family of Ms. Irene thanks all for adhering to the CDC guidelines by wearing masks while attending services.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Donald Leroy Koon, age 88 years, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.
Donald was born on July 28, 1932 in Marion, Indiana to the late Francis Earl Koon and Francis Madelyn Milner Koon. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Whitley City, he retired from the US Army, where he was a combat construction engineer. In addition to spending time with his wife, Evelyn, the love of his life for 70 years, he also enjoyed listening to music and playing the piano and organ. He loved children, elderly people, and any and all animals. Donald was an excellent marksman with a gun or bow and a member of VFW.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his children; Lawrence Edward Koon, Randy Koon, Mary Ann Koon and Melissa Koon.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his wife; Evelyn Lucille Ledbetter Koon, his sons; Luther Earl Koon of Spring City, TN, James Roy Koon of Bethune, SC, his daughter, Donna Jo Koon Williams of Whitley City, KY and daughter-in-law; Pamela Kay Koon of Spring City, TN. Nine grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren with one on the way and 1 great-great grandchild with one on the way.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday. April 9, 2021 at 12:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home. Interment will follow the services and will be in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 8, 2021 after 6:00pm EST at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Floyd Richardson age 72 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born August 23, 1948 in Alabama to the late James and Margaret Richardson. He enjoyed listening to southern rock music and playing his bass guitar. Prior to his illness, Floyd loved riding motorcycles and loved anything Harley Davidson.
In addition to his parents, Floyd is preceded in death by his wife, Linda Gail (Stout) Richardson, children, Shawn Richardson and Chasity Atwell, and a grandson, Joseph Wayne Richardson.
Surviving family include his nephew, Jimmy Richardson and wife, Deanna, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky and his special family at Signature Health Care of McCreary, who will miss him dearly.
In keeping of his wishes, Floyd was cremated.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Kimberly Fern Stephens, of Houston, Tx, passed away peacefully at her home on April 1st, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Kimberly was born on August 6, 1964 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Arthur Anderson and Joyce Ann Anderson. She grew up in McCreary County, Kentucky with her sisters and brother whom she adored.
Kimberly graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education. After moving to Houston, she began teaching for Alief Independent School District. While teaching at Alief, she strived to be the best teacher for her student by furthering her own education and earning her Master’s Degree at Rice University. Kimberly’s pride was in her students at Chancellor Elementary where she shared her passion for learning with hundreds of children for over 23 years. With a warm heart, she embraced her students and loved them as her own. She inspired them with her love for teaching, kindness and nurturing personality.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
Kimberly was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her boys and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Mamaw. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Kimberly, she loved to be silly with her sons and grandchildren; always singing and dancing with her family. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. If she wasn’t celebrating someone, she was hosting a party for friends and family. Her door was always open; she welcomed new and old faces with open arms and loved with a heart so big it filled the room. When you arrived at Kim’s house you better be hungry as she loved cooking and baking for everyone who visited. Her family and friends had favorites such as Chicken-n-Dumplings and banana pudding; she was a great cook and made it all with love.
Kimberly was an avid fan of her Texan teams, including the Houston Texans and Astros. She loved attending the games, tailgating and cheering for her boys. In addition to attending sporting events, Kimberly enjoyed being outdoors, family vacations and above all else spending quality time with her family. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Kimberly’s light shined for not only those who loved and knew her, but to those she came across throughout her life. She loved the Lord her God with all her heart, following her passions, teaching and loving her family was her God given talent.
Kimberly is the loving and devoted mother and grandmother, survived by son Steve Coffey and wife Kara; grandchildren, Charlotte, Callie, son Mike Coffey and wife Kristin, grandchildren, Kaden, Grayson, Lily Beth and Lane; mother, Joyce Ann Anderson; brother Arthur Anderson Jr.; sisters, Peggy Coffey, Donna Duncan, Sharon Anderson, Amanda Anderson and many nieces and nephews. Kimberly was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband, Ron Stevens; father, Arthur Anderson; grandparents, Fount and Flossie Perry.
Kim will always be remembered for her continued and unconditional love for those around her. A devoted wife, mother, mamaw, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend. An angel who gained her wings, we will forever be grateful for the joy she brought us all.
“And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:5
The family will receive friends at 2pm on April 10th, 2021 for visitation, followed by the Memorial service at 3pm at Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, in Katy, Texas with Pastor Mitch Peairson officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at SchmidtFuneralHome@comcast.net
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1344 W. Grand Parkway South Katy, Texas, 77494 (281) 391-2424.

Judge Ronald Blaine Stewart passed from this life into the presence of the Savior whom he loved on April 3, at the age of 87. All who knew Stewart knew him to be a man of extraordinary kindness and integrity, intelligence and fairmindedness.
Stewart’s long judicial career, both in military and civilian service, earned him many honors and recognitions. Stewart retired from a 30-year career in the U. S. Army having served in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps as a trial lawyer, then military judge, where he tried cases on three continents and across the United States.
Stewart was named “The Outstanding Trial Judge in the United States” for special courts in May 1984 when he was awarded the Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award presented by the National Conference of Special Court Judges of the American Bar Association, an honor viewed as the “Pulitzer Prize” among judges in courts that are special, or limited jurisdiction. He was the only military judge and the only Kentucky judge to ever receive the honor.
The Flaschner Award came during Stewart’s final year of military service as he neared 14 years on the bench, making him at that time, the Army’s most experienced judge. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnam Service Medal (two Campaign Stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal (60 devices), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm), two Combat Service Bars, and was inducted into the Ancient Order of St. Barbara.
Following his retirement from the Army, Stewart returned to his hometown of Williamsburg, where he was born and raised, and served the people of Kentucky as a District Court Judge, 34th District, for Whitley and McCreary Counties, for three terms. Stewart saw the District Court as “the people’s court” and devoted time in each case making sure defendants understood the deliberating process and the law.
Throughout his career, Stewart helped others grow in appreciation for the law and the judicial process. As a military judge, he developed a series of courses helping train Army trial lawyers for the courtroom, and as a district judge, he held “Kids Court’ each year sharing his experiences with local youth and explaining court procedures.
Stewart earned degrees from then Cumberland College, and two degrees, including a law degree, from the University of Kentucky. The post-graduate thesis he produced during his studies at the University of Virginia JAG School was published.
Known for his devotion to God, his country, and his family, Stewart saw each as an important part of his life. A long-time member of Main Street Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Stewart served many years as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher, and was an active member of the Gideons International for 20 years. Stewart never tired of helping others, often providing pro bono legal work for others after his retirement. Stewart was an avid skeet shooter and coached many in the sport.
Stewart was devoted to his wife of almost 65 years, Carolyn Archer Stewart, and often spoke of her to others as a faithful and supportive companion who enriched his life.
Stewart was preceded in death by his mother Edna M. Stewart and father Walter Stewart. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and two sons, Robert Stewart (Marilyn), Professor of Philosophy and Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Don Stewart (Janie), Senior Director of Security Operations and Intelligence, Core Civic, of Springfield, Tn., five grandchildren: Raymond Blaine Stewart, Bethany Stewart Neal (Paul), Rebekah Stewart Melendez (Mario), Julia Stewart, and Sarah Stewart Brunson; and two great-grandchildren, Thomas Wyble and Noella Neal.
The Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Croley Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service were held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jerry Lowrie and Rev. Billy Carpenter officiating. He will be laid to rest following Military Graveside Honors at 2:30 P.M. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention or to Gideons International.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.croleyfh.com
Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg, Kentucky in charge of all arrangements, J. Andrew Croley, Director.

Ricky Cleveland Vanhook, age 50 years, of Helenwood, Tennessee died Saturday, April 3,
Visitation will be held 11am-12pm Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Clinton Gay gained his Heavenly Wings on Friday, March 19, 2021 in Ft. Pierce, Florida with his loving wife Fran, son Scottie, and grandson Ryland by his bedside. He was 73 years, 1 month, and 1 week old.
He was born February 12, 1948 in Hyden, Kentucky to Delbert Gay and Anna Lea (Begley) Gay. In a few years, he became a big brother and protector to 3 sisters, Sandy Gay, Judy Gay Hall, and Kathee Gay. Then later in life, Cathy Taylor whom he loved like another sister.
In 1965, Clinton graduated from Oneida Baptist Institute and to this day, he loved the school and was proud to tell everyone that he had graduated from OBI. For a while, Clinton worked for the CIA in Washington, D.C. He carried many secured documents from the White House to Andre’s Air Force Base. Later he joined the military (Army) and followed in his father’s footsteps. After enlisting, in 1967 he was sent to Vietnam where he served his country for 13 months. He was a Sargent-E5 in the 101st Airborne 3/506 infantry. He received the Combat Infantry badge, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Metal, and 5 Presidential Unit Citations. He was very proud of serving his country, even though some people were not.
When he came home, he enrolled in college; receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts, Physical Education, and Driver’s Education. Clinton loved sports and his heart was set on coaching. He went on to become an Assistant Coach and Head Coach at Oneida Baptist Institute, as well as schools in Leslie County, Powell County, and ended up staying in McCreary County.
In 1985, Clinton, along with Norman Parson and Louie Cordell, started football at the McCreary Central High School. Their first official football season was in 1988. Clinton coached McCreary Central Football at two different intervals. At McCreary, he had the first winning season, won the first district game, and was the first coach to take a team to a district play-off game. He will forever be known as “Coach Gay”.
In August of 1988, he met Fran Branscum at a Professional Development In-Service at McCreary Central High School. She thought he was the most egotistical man she had ever met. Their first date, he invited her to a football game that Friday night. Afterwards, he cooked her supper and made a homemade peach pie. Love at first bite! Later that year, the two had planned a wedding for the first weekend of December, but due to football state playoffs, the wedding was rescheduled to December 17. From that day forward, the two were inseparable. Fran who was also a teacher, had her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, so they decided to go back to school and get their Master’s Degrees together.
To this union Clinton brought three children and Fran brought one; Joel Combs, Scottie Bell, Elizabeth Gay, and Laura Gay. Also included was a very special niece, Teresa Borizilleri, that he loved so very much.
Later on, the grandchildren arrived, Destiny Jones, Katie Combs, Kaylee Flannery, Garrett Combs, Madison Combs, Natalie Smith, Mckenzie Ball, Gavin Hendrix, Tyson Williams, Jordan Williams, and Ryland Bell. Clinton enjoyed following his grandkids in whatever sport they played. He also knew education was very important and he was very proud of all their accomplishments.
They also have 10 great-grandchildren; Keramiah Hall, Makkah Hall, Greyson Gregory, Gabriel Worley, Kenlee Heath, Keeton Flannery, Kason Flannery, Jonah Slemp, Kallen Morgan, and Xavier Williams. Clinton loved everyone of them and knew each one had a bright future.
Clinton enjoyed cooking for his extended family; mother-in-law, Donna Branscum, brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Sol Branscum, Robert and Rebecca Branscum, and Thomas and Sherry Branscum. No one ever turned down a home cooked meal that Clinton made. If you have eaten his cooking, you know why.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his father-in-law, Roger Branscum, a sister, Judy Hall, and his nephew, Jeffery Roberts.
Clinton was a good husband. He and Fran were married 32 years, 3 months, and 2 day. He was a good father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. But mostly, he was a child of God. With that, comes a great blessing because we know that we will see him again. There will be no covid and no sickness. He will be whole and his body will be brand new.
Per Clinton’s wishes, he was cremated. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:30 am until service time.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to: United Cumberland Bank C/O Clinton Gay Scholarship Fund (PO Box 160 Whitley City, KY 42653).
Honorary Pallbearers are Johnathan Gay, Ray Martin, Artie Winchester, Joe Waters, James Payne, George Hatcher, Jesse Siler, Vernon Gay, Ronnie Gay, Cecil Roberts, Brent Collins, and John Tudor.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Ruth Ann Jones, age 81 years, and 5 months, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Mike Casada officiating.
She was born Friday, October 27, 1939 in Caryville, Tennessee to Hoover Keith Sr. and Mildred Smith Keith. She Attended Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church. Ruth Ann, along with her husband John, owned and operated Jones Grocery and the Stearns Restaurant for many years. During that time they also opened a roller rink, upstairs in the old Stearns High School gym in 1978. In 1980 they opened Skateland Skating Rink, and operated it until 2005. She was also a cook with the McCreary County School system for almost 20 years. She loved to keep busy and enjoyed crocheting, raising flowers, being outside, and spending time with her family and grandchildren and great grandchildren
Preceding her in death were her parents, and two infant sisters.
Survivors include her loving husband, John Jones, her high school sweetheart whom she married on Nov. 8, 1958. A son Don Jones, and wife, Lisa, two daughters, Diana Stanley, and husband, Tunney and Beth Stephens, and husband, Wayne, three brothers, Hoover Keith Jr., and wife, Judy, Mike Keith, and wife Barbara, and David Keith, and wife, Judy, six grandchildren, Marlainna Herron Terry, Valerie Herron, Zack Jones, and wife, Megan, Leanze Kuhnapfel, and husband, Justin, Macee Lyons, and Ethan Stephens, 5 great grandchildren, Hughston Terry, Deegun Terry, Zane Jones, Baylee Lyons, Luka Kuhnapfel, and one great grandchild on the way.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ruth Ann Jones.

William King, age 90, passed away peacefully March 2, 2021 at home with his family by his side in Jupiter, FL. He was born on April 25, 1930 in Revelo, KY to Dunham and Lola King. He was a graduate of McCreary County High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic and reached the rank of Sargent. He married Grace Taylor on March 5, 1955. He worked as an instrumentation machinist at General Electric in Evendale, Ohio, for 38 years. He was a 33° Mason, and a 60+ year member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite, Oola Khan Grotto, Kentucky Colonels, American Legion and a honorary member of the Cincinnati Police Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Grace B. King (Jupiter, FL), son, Gordon W. King (Jupiter, FL), daughter, Lisa A. King (Lebanon, OH), and granddaughter, Brittany A. McCormick (Denver, CO).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dunham and Lola King, seven brothers – Charles, Herbert, Lewis, Dunham Jr., Dean, Morris and Roger, and seven sisters – Beulah Minton, Agnes Smither, Edith Cory, Betty Clemons, Doris Koger, Donna Carroll, and Sandra Brown.
He was a good man who loved his family, his community and his country. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Stanley Dale Tucker, age 51 years and 11 months, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Whitley City, Kentucky.
Stanley was born on April 20, 1969 in Somerset, Kentucky to Julie Bell (Jones) Tucker and the late Walter J. Tucker. He was a self employed carpenter and loved riding around listening to the radio, specifically Christian music. He also loved kids, his pets, watching western movies, and he could commonly be found aggravating people. Just a few days before his death, Stanley accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and will live eternal life in Heaven where he awaits his loving family.
Stanley is preceded in death by: his father; one brother, Tommy Dean Tucker; and one brother-in-law, Ronald Lay.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his mother; his son, Josh Tucker, of Whitley City; his daughter, Taylor E. Tucker, of Strunk; his fiancé, Sheila Terry, of Whitley City; brothers, Walter Edward (Buck), and wife Cristy, of Whitley City, Crawford Wayne Tucker, and wife Lisa, of Marshes Siding; sisters, Donna Jean Morgan, and husband Tim, of Marshes Siding, Sharon Inman, and husband Eddie, of Strunk, Linda Lay, of Pine Knot; and the mother of his children, Sherri Hammock, of Strunk.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday. March 26, 2021 at 1:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. Interment followed the services and was in the Carter Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements

Mrs. Barbara Sue (Winchester/Fisher) Wingate, passed away peacefully near the beach on Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by family. She was born January 27, 1942, in Cooperative, KY to Maudie and Wilburn Winchester. She had three sisters: Patsy (Brock) Jones, Shirley (Brad) Waters, Brenda (Bill) Caudill and a brother, Sonny. Barb enjoyed girl’s trips, Wendy’s Frosties and milkshakes. She loved time near the water, whether it was the lake, beach or pool. She took great pleasure in being with her family (especially her sisters) and friends from high school, Knoxville, Cincinnati, and Walkertown. Barbara is preceded in death by parents, her brother, Sonny, her sister, Patsy, and three brothers-in-law. Also by her daughter’s father, Rick Fisher, and by Jim Wingate who she will rest next to in eternal peace.
After moving to Cincinnati and attending Felicity Franklin High School she married Richards D. Fisher, Jr. They had two daughters, Terri (Chris) Wrenn, and Polly (Duane) Linenkugel. There are five grandchildren: Bryan (Niki) West, Craig (Melissa) West, Hailey and Hannah Linenkugel, and Josh Wrenn; and seven great-grandchildren: Owen, Faith, Cody, and Alex West, and Lexxy, Abigail, and Landon Wrenn.
Later in life Barbara married James Wingate and gained three step-sons: Mark, Jim, and David (Sandra). She enjoyed Jim’s grandkids: Nikki, Brian, Chrissy, and Wilson. Together Barb and Jim loved to travel and see the world, especially the Caribbean and Virgin Islands. They were lucky enough to enjoy life together, and make friends in Cincinnati, OH, Lexington, KY, Decatur, AL, Mayaguez, PR, Wilson, NC, and Knoxville, TN.
Family and Friends will meet Saturday, April 3, 2021, 10:30 A.M. at Walters Funeral Home for an 11:00 A.M. Funeral Service. Interment to follow at Norris Memorial Gardens in Clinton, TN. The family will receive friends Friday, April 2, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Barb’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Online condolences for Mrs. Wingate may be made at www.waltersfuneralhome.net. Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Barbara Sue (Winchester/Fisher) Wingate.
Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Danny Wayne Bryant, age 70 years and 6 days, of Whitley City, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Waynesburg, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
He was born March 11, 1951 in Whitley City to Holys Bryant and Lydia Parks Bryant. Dan graduated from Somerset Community College and had worked as a lab technician for Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana before his retirement. He attended First Baptist Church in North Vernon, Indiana. Dan was an avid gun and knife trader with a special love for military weapons. He enjoyed UK football and basketball, corvettes, NASCAR, and especially liked one eared teddy bear cakes. But his favorite thing to do was spend time with his family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Holys “Jack” Bryant, Bob Bryant, and Harold Dean Bryant, and a sister, Shirley Jean Cooper.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Meadows Bryant, whom he married March 29, 1974, brother, Jim Bryant and his wife, Georgia Sue, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Betty Barth, also survived at the time of Dan’s passing, but has since passed away.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Danny Wayne Bryant.

Eddie Lee Davis age 50 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky died March 11, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on March 7, 1971 the son of Arnold Davis and Debra (Watson) Stephens. Eddie was a logger, member of the Beulah Heights Church of God and attended the Dixie Freedom Baptist Church. He enjoyed Mud Riding, Fishing, but most especially his Grandchildren.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Debra Stephens of Marshes Siding, son, Eddie Lee Davis, Jr. (Skye) of Whitley City; daughters, Angel Parriman (Gary), Ashley Garland (James) both of Pine Knot, Tammy Hill (Tylor) of Smithtown, and Tiffany Canada of Whitley City sisters, Jennie Smith (Charles) of Pine Knot and Tabitha Corder (Johnny) of Revelo; grandchildren, Gracelynn, Kaylee, Olivia, Shadara, Daegan, Caenyn, Zaedryn, Bladryx, Makayla, Jesse, Kyleigh, Kaitlyn, Preston, Kaison, Kloee, and Kyrin.
Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, March 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Corder and Bro. Thomas Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Ernest “Eddie” Edward Douglas, age 46 years, of the Worley Hilltop Community, died Friday, March 12, 2021 at the UK Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 12, 1974 the son of James Estel and Corita (Ross) Douglas. Eddie was a member of the Pleasant Rock United Baptist Church, enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and also going to Bingo.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Corita Douglas of Stearns; son, Jamison Parker Douglas of Parkers Lake; daughter, Anessa Nicole Douglas of Parkers Lake; and brother, James “Jimmy” Estel Douglas, Jr. (Erica) of Winfield; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A gathering of family and friends was held from 11am-12pm Tuesday, March 16 , 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Graveside services followed in the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Isaiah Wilson officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Lorenzo Ralph Jones, age 65 years, of Slavans Community, died March 9, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Wayne County, Kentucky on January 16, 1956 the son of Levi Crabtree and Hazel (Burke) Vaughn. Lorenzo was a farmer, and a member of the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, ginseng hunting, wrestling, and his family.
His parents, and brother, Timmy Vaughn precede him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Lorenzo Ralph Jones, Jr and Joseph Jones both of Stearns; daughter, Melissa Jones (Jerry) of Stearns; brothers, Donald Jones (Patsy) of Stearns, Ronald Jones (Dovie) and Jimmy Vaughn both of Monticello; sisters, Jana Vaughn of Stearns, Jennifer Flynn, and Peggy Roysden both of Monticello; grandchildren, Jacki Gregory (Michael) and Amber Jones; and great grandchildren, Blake Gregory, Conly Gregory, and Jayden Gregory.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Clark Hollow United Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Bud Gregory Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Freida June Staley, age 82 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Monday, March 8, 2021 at her home.
She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on September 15, 1938 the daughter of Finley and Mae (King) Bryant. Frieda was a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church and Laurel Heights Chapter 200 Order of the Eastern Star. She had worked in the cutting department in the Shirt Factory, a machine operator for the Spring Milling Factory, but the most important job was being a Homemaker.
Her parents; husband, Hoyet Staley; daughter, Nancy Clark; brother, Carl Bryant; and a granddaughter, Amy Combs precede her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Barry Dale Staley and Gregory Hoyet Staley both of Whitley City; sisters, Reba Keith, Barbara “Peggy” Strunk, and Nina Tucker all of Whitley City; grandchildren, B.J. Clark Bryant, Laura Hope Clark Bryant, Barry Staley, Jr., Jason Allen Staley, Corey Richard Michael Dale Staley, Devin Dakota Staley, Gregory Harley Staley, and Amanda Gail Staley; 12 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 8pm Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ben Jones, Bro. Rusty Spradlin, and Bro. Mark Perry officiating. Burial was in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery 10am Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Eastern Star Services was held Tuesday at 7:30pm.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

David Calvin Stephens age 60 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, husband of Anissa (Petty) Stephens, passed from this life on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born November 27, 1960 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Hobert Stephens and Allie (Phillips) Stephens. In addition to his parents, he is preceded ind eath by his brothers, Arnold Davis and Hobert Stephens.
Surviving family include his wife, Anissa (Petty) Stephens; sons, James Lanter and wife, Tammy, Jacob Lanter, and Jared Petty, all of Pine Knot; a daughter, Bobbie Stephens also of Pine Knot; brothers, Ray Davis and Doyle Davis and wife, Beulah; and one grandchild, Peyton, Lanter.
David was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed spending time with his children and picking on his granddaughter, and watching TV. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service were held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Corder and Bro. John Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Kathy Wilke
Kathy Wilke age 65 of the Hayes Creek Community in Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of Ralph Darby and Annie (Mosely) Darby.
Per the family’s wishes, cremation was chosen.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Wilda Lois Foster Bryant age 77 years, 3 months, and 6 days passed away Monday, March 1, 2021 at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Private graveside service was held in the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed.
She was born November 25, 1943 in Smithtown, Kentucky to Raymond Foster and Emma Hill Foster. Wilda had worked as a dietician at a hospital in Michigan before returning to Kentucky. She enjoyed reading, watching animals outdoors, and shopping. Wilda also loved to watch soap operas, especially The Young and the Restless, and interacting with her Alexa. But she found the most enjoyment from spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Tommy Ray Foster, and a sister, Wilma K. Foster Roberts.
Survivors include, her daughter, Karen Lynn Bryant, and her beloved pet, Kelsey.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wilda Lois Foster Bryant.

Mr. Les Calhoun, son of the late James H. and Ethel Gibson Calhoun, was born in Somerset, KY on August 27, 1948 and he departed this life on February 27, 2021 having attained the age of 72 years.
Les was united in marriage to Mary Betty White Calhoun, she survives.
Other survivors include; two sisters, Linda Carol Calhoun Grider, who is Les’s twin sister, and Barbara Sue Cassidy Tomlinson; three brothers, Lloyd Calhoun, Leman Brent Calhoun and Larry Wayne Calhoun as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by a very special cousin, Larry “Todge” Calhoun; three sisters, Lola Campbell, Lily Mae Davison and Ladora Dean Buxton; and five brothers, Lindsey, Linville, Leonard & Lynn Allen Calhoun, and Arnold Gene Gibson.
Les was a United States Air Force veteran having served in the Vietnam war. Upon getting out of the military, he shortly thereafter joined the Kentucky State Police where he served from 1971 until retirement in 1991.
He was greatly involved in a number of different projects over the years, but, one he was most proud of was the placement of the Cross just outside of Burnside. He was a Christian person who will be deeply missed by his family and his multitude of friends.
A funeral service for Mr. Les Calhoun was held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Parkers Mill Road Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Mill Springs National Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Christians 4 the Cross c/o Citizens National Bank 6385 S. Hwy 27, Somerset, KY 42501 or the Sloans Valley Cemetery Fund, 17 Windy Hills, Somerset, KY 42501
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Frances Carroll Thompson Cann, 88 years old of Plantation, Florida passed away on March 3, 2021. She was born on July 27, 1932 in the mining town of Co-operative, Kentucky where her father worked in the mines. Frances was the second of nine children and her memories of early life in Co-op and growing up “down home” in Whitley City influenced her life eminently.
Frances attended McCreary High School and Cumberland College where she studied Education; she completed student teaching in a one room schoolhouse in Kingston, Ky. Following school, Frances moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she married and raised a family while working in administration for elementary schools in the Cincinnati Public School System.
Frances spent decades tracing her family’s genealogy and assisting others with research. She amassed an impressive collection records, photographs and artifacts, and met hundreds of individuals through her research. She was an insatiable reader who passed on the joy of books to her three children. Frances was a talented gardener, loved playing the piano and cards, and binged vintage TV westerns. She coveted her independence and continued driving into her 80s with both feet – the left on the brake, and the right on the gas pedal – the way she was taught more than 60 years ago. Frances loved gatherings of neighbors, family and friends, most especially the 1950 Class Reunions of McCreary High School. She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mt. Healthy, Ohio.
Frances is survived by her three children A. George Cann (Carla), Carolyn Cann (Woody), and Carrie Hof; three cherished grandchildren: Elliott Hof, Carly Hof and George Henry Cann-Gudat; loving sister-in-law Patricia Cann; and many nieces and nephews to whom she relished her role as aunt. “Franny” is also survived by her dearest friend, advocate, and care provider Bibi. The family is immensely grateful to Bibi for the immaculate care and loving companionship she provided to Frances for more than four years.
Frances was preceded in death by her devoted husband Alan C. Cann of Cincinnati, Ohio, parents William and Elsie Thompson of Whitley City, Kentucky and siblings Bob Thompson, Eleanora Waters, Geraldine Kidd, Willene Robbins and Woodson Thompson.
Like so many seniors, the isolation and lock-downs Frances endured during the pandemic greatly impacted her quality of life, but she was strong-willed and recuperated from several health setbacks during this period, including a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Isolation and physical idleness took a great toll on Frances which is why the care and kindness provided to her by care professionals was so important. The family is forever grateful to those who could be with Frances when family and friends could not, including Bibi, Mariutza, and caregivers from Alternative Home Health Care.
Funeral Service to be held at Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, on Saturday, March 13, 2021, 2pm and can be viewed live at https://youtu.be/ZrHuJXDN1lE .
Arrangements provided by Spring Grove Funeral Homes. We invite you to share condolences online at www.springgrove.org .

Shirley Marlow age 78 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the Signature Health and Rehab of McCreary.
She was born in Hayes Creek, Kentucky to the late Elmer Litton and Emma (Myers) Litton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Marlow; brothers, Clarence, Charles, Junior, J.D., and Bobby Litton; sisters, Hazel Stephens, Linda Burchell, Ruth McCarter, and Goldie Norman.
Surviving family include her sister, Sally Brown of Cleveland; brothers, AZ Litton and wife, Brenda, and Roy Litton of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews that she loved as her own, especially a great-nephew Zachary.
Shirley was a member of the Davis Hill Church of God. She enjoyed staying home and being with her family. Shirley also enjoyed shopping when she was out and even though she never had any of her own, she loved children very dearly. Shirley will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook officiating. Burial was at the Hayes Creek Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 12:00 noon until service time.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Myra J. Tucker age 64 years, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, died Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the Vanderbilt-Harton Hospital in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 16, 1956 the daughter of George W. and Kathenia Mae (Conner) Sheppard. Myra was a retired bank officer for First Vision Bank in Tullahoma, of the Baptist Faith, life member of the Harley Owners Group, and enjoyed doing crafts.
Her parents; brother, George William Conner; sister, Donna Lee Johnson and brother, Charles Ray Sheppard precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband Reed A. Tucker, whom she married August 10, 1990; son, Christopher Lee Barrett (Jennifer) of Lavergne, Tennessee; step daughter, Dhonn Carmichael (Billy) of Macon, Georgia; sister, Ruth Ann Cook of Nashville, Tennessee; and grandchildren, Abby Carmichael and Zoe Pearl Barrett.
Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Peters officiating, Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Judy Ann Barnett, age 72, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born in Muncie, Indiana, on April 8, 1948, the daughter of the late James Booth and Irene Coffey Todd. Surviving family include her husband, Virgil Jim Barnett of Whitley City, their two sons: Jimmy Barnett of Whitley City and Johnny Barnett and wife Amy also of Whitley City. There is a sister, Robin Todd who lives in Florida.
Judy loved her precious grandchildren and spending time with them: Derrick Barnett, Alex Barnett, Aaron Barnett, and Ben Barnett and two dear great grandchildren: Gracie and Lainey Barnett. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed gardening.
She was employed at Outdoor Venture Corporation for over 30 years.
Gathering of family and friends toke place on Monday, March 1, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.at McCreary County Funeral Home with the sons and grandsons as pallbearers. Burial was at the Barnett Family Cemetery on Sandhill Road.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Milford Coffey, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. He has attained the age of age 74 years, four months and two days.
He was born on October 22, 1946, the son of the late Leroy and Flora Branscum Coffey. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Randy Ray Coffey and a sister Rosalee Coffey.
Surviving family include four brothers: Bobby Coffey (wife Judy) of Pine Knot, Melvin Coffey, Alfred Coffey and Othel Ray Coffey all of Stearns, five sisters: Merk Smith of Whitley City, Hazel Strunk (husband Charlie) of Stearns, Martha Taylor (husband William) of Whitley City, Betty Coffey of Stearns, and Opal Mae Coffey of Somerset as well as several nephews and nieces.
Milford had been a coal miner and member of the East Appletree United Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and working on cars.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Clark officiating. He was laid to rest at the Corder Cemetery in Stearns.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Rev. John H. Duvall, Jr., age 62 years, 7 months, and 6 days, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 from the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 25, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home, with Bro. Kenneth Thompson officiating. Burial followed in the Clearview Cemetery.
He was born July 16, 1958, in Somerset Kentucky to Rev. John H. Duvall, Sr. and Hettie Ilene Corder Duvall. Upon graduating from high school in 1976, John Jr. served his country in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement officer, and later a deputy sheriff. He also worked as a welder and over the road truck driver. At the time of his death John was a purchasing agent with Great Dane. He was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1997, and had pastored both the Day Ridge United Baptist Church and the Silverville United Baptist Church. He also was a very busy evangelist, holding countless revivals. John enjoyed fishing, shooting, and spending time with his family, but church was his passion. He loved the Lord and loved to sing and proclaim the gospel.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Billie Bauer Duvall, of Stearns, Kentucky, his son, John Wesley Duvall, and wife, Tiffany, of Pine Knot, and granddaughters, Katelyn and Emily Duvall.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. John H. Duvall, Jr.

Kenneth “Cefe” Roger Hill II, age 45 years, of Whitley City, died Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Hartford, Kentucky on November 28, 1975 the son of Kenneth Roger and Linna G. (Davis) Hill. Kenny was a certified welder for 25 years, and a member of the White Oak Junction United Baptist Church, and his favorite past times were fishing, hunting, and camping.
His father, Kenneth Roger Hill; and grandparents, Rev. Earl and Grace Davis and Henry and Dyreda Hill precede him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Linna G. (Davis) Hill of Whitley City; brother, Adam Hill of Whitley City; several aunts and uncles; numerous cousins; and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Cathy Lynn Perry, age 52 years, 8 months and 14 days, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died February 19, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
She was born in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 1968 the daughter of the late Roy and Jeanette (Adams) Stuart. Cathy enjoyed her pets, camping, playing cards, flower gardening, cross stitching, and spending time with her family.
Her parents precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin Wayne Perry; daughters, Haley Willett of Lexington, Kentucky, Samantha Willett of Austin, Texas; son, Hunter Willett of Austin, Texas; sisters, Susan Price (Allen) of Austin, Texas and Dawn Stuart; brothers, Glen Stuart of Louisville, Kentucky; father and mother in law, Loyd and Rema Perry of Parkers Lake; brother in law, Steve Perry (Gayla) of Whitley City; sisters in law, Sheila Frederick (Jonathan) of Parkers Lake and Stephanie Perry (Ruben) of Whitley City.
Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Bible Missionary Church with Bro. Robert Anthony officiating. Burial followed in the Frederick-Perry Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert “Bob” E. Smith, age 76 years, of Helenwood, Tennessee, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at his home.
Bob was born in Oneida, Tennessee on February 13, 1945, the son of the late Rev. William Lee and Mable Stephens Smith. He was a Maintenance Supervisor for Hartco Flooring for 43 years. Robert was a member of New River Baptist Church, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on March 5, 1954 at Tunnel Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a son; Robert Scott Smith, his brother; James Smith, sisters; Shirley Fancher, Judy Smithers and Linda Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Robin Elaine (Hoskins) Smith, daughters; Michelle Kixmiller and husband David of Franklin, TN., Jenniffer Newsome and husband Will of Helenwood, TN., sisters; Barbara Chitwood of Oneida, TN., Mary Lou Foster of Dalton, GA., grandchildren; Andrew “Drew” Bell and Ryan Elizabeth Trosper.
Funeral services for Bob were 1:00 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the New Haven Baptist Church in Oneida, Tennessee, with brother George Asbury officiating. Music was provided by the Kathy Moore. Burial followed in the Cooper Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Larry Lee Wood, age 64, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born August 6, 1956, to Lodia Boyatt and Lois Jeannette Wood. He is preceded in death by his father, Lodia Boyatt, his adoptive parents: Virgil and Reba Boyatt Wood, his wife, Christina Roberts Wood, three brothers: Theo Wood, Timothy Wood, and Paul Brooks, and two sisters: Willa Jean Ferrier and Shirley Fay Young.
Surviving family include his mother Lois Jeannette Wood of Corbin; five brothers: Ancil Wood of Amelia, Ohio, Bruce Allen Stephens of Whitley City, Lonnie Wood of Pine Knot, Lenville Carter (and Judy) of Winfield, Tennessee, and Steve Allen Carter (and Janice Walker) of Whitley City; four sisters: Gail Taylor of Oneida, Tennessee, Willa Faye Lay (and James) of Pine Knot, Vickie Chitwood (and John Lesh) of Georgia, Mary Slavey, and Wanda Diane Myers of Pine Knot; special nephews, Dustin Lay, Troy Wood; and a special brother-in-law, James Lay. There are special nieces and nephews: Kyle, Lucas, Lindsey, Kayla, and Adreanna Jones, Liz Taylor, Crystal Boyatt, Tommy Ray Chitwood, Theo Chitwood, Rebecca Jones, Sandra Wood, and several other nieces and nephews that Larry loved dearly, and a special friend, Rick Taylor.
Larry was a member of the Pine Knot United Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing video games and cards, building and tinkering with things, and mowing the yard and riding the lawn mower. He had a good sense of humor and liked to play jokes on people.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dewayne Perry and Bro. James Lay officiating. Burial followed in the Wood Family Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Bradley Dobbs, age 55 years, of the Slavens Community, died February 10, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on February 19, 1965 the son of Dester and Wilma Jean (Jones) Dobbs. Bradley had worked as a timber cutter in the log woods, was of the Baptist Faith, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all his nieces and nephews.
His parents and sisters, Zora and Nora Dobbs precede him in death.
Survivors include his sisters, Carolyn Abbott (Tom) Kathy Dishman (Wayne), both of Stearns, Irene Ard (Mickey) of Monticello, Julie Smith (Charles), Sandy Lowe (Shane), and Janie Adkins (Jason) all of Stearns; brothers, Frank Dobbs (Donna), Thomas Dobbs (Dillie Strunk), Randy Dobbs (Lynn) all of Stearns, David Dobbs (Kim) of Monticello, and Timothy Dobbs (Misty) of Stearns; Bradley will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and all the family.
Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bud Gregory Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bill Duncan age 87 of the Round Top Community of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at his home.
He was born June 29, 1933 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Travis Duncan and Pearl (Winchester) Tapley. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou (Winchester) Duncan, brothers, Elbert and Delbert Miller, and sisters, Ruth Hollars, Genelle Holder, and Evelyn Grubb.
Surviving family include his children, William Duncan (Teresa) of Somerset, Kentucky, David Duncan (Melissa) also of Somerset, and Susie Albano; a brother, James Henry Tapley; and sisters, Volene Ammon, Dorothy Phillips, Brenda Smith (Larry) Imogene Sorel (Robert), and Linda Tapley.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Tammy Colbaugh, Mathew Duncan and Candy Runyon, Ashley (and Michael) Stonecipher, Breanna (and Fiance’ Tyler Walker), Kahlan Duncan, Lucas King, and Courtney King-Taylor (Courtney); 8 Great grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Bill enjoyed the outdoors in every way you could imagine. He loved hunting, fishing, digging ginseng, and just sitting on his porch watching wildlife. He served as a pillar of his community in many, many ways. Bill was a member of the Pine Knot Fire Department for 16 years where he held the title engineer. 14 years on the rescue squad where he held the title of 1st Lt. He spent 18 years as a firearms instructor for the hunters educations courses. He was part of the feed the children program for 10 years where he helped feed hundreds of children. And shortly before he passed was honored with the title of Kentucky Colonel by Governor Beshear. Bill will not only be missed by his family, but the countless other people from our community that he lended his helping hand.
Funeral service were held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Reynolds. Burial followed in the Nancy Grave Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Della Mae McKee age 78 years and 8 days of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born February 6, 1943 in Honeybee, Kentucky to the late Estes Perry and Dema (Ridener) Perry). In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Leroy McKee.
Surviving family include her daughters, Sherry Sims (Justin) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Kathy King (Othel) of Stearns; a son, Brian McKee also of Stearns; brothers, Clarence Perry and Donald Perry of Cincinnati, Ohio; and sisters, Wilma Dean Anderson of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Lorene Branscum of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Ashley Corder Bruce (Josh), Allison Corder Hamlin (Craig), Christopher King (Kellie), Cody King (Yasmine), Spencer and Connor Sims; and Great-Grandchildren, Kallen and Avery Bruce, MaKeena and Miles Hamlin, Waylon Heath, Ivan Vanover, Easton and Rylee King.
Della was a member of the Walkers Chapel Baptist Church. After retiring from the McCreary County Board of Education as a Teachers Aid, Della worked at OVC. In past time, she and husband, Leroy, owned and operated small businesses in McCreary County. Della will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral Service were held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. The family received friends for visitation after 12:00 noon until funeral service time at the funeral home. Eastern Star services was held on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Della will be entombed alongside her husband, Leroy at the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Logan Ross, age 86 years, 8 months, and 5 days, of Strunk passed away February 8, 2021 in Cincinnati.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
He was born June 3, 1934 in Strunk, Kentucky to Ned Ross and Maude King Ross. Logan was always a hard worker and started at an early age. At the age of 14 or 15 he and his brother, Rubin, started their own sawmill. He later moved to Oregon working in the timber industry for 18 months. Logan was a truck driver, driving for Dixie Transport and then moving to Cincinnati where he drove for Roadway Express. He was a member of the Ross Grove Baptist Church, a member of the Orie S. Ware Lodge #874 F&AM in Stearns, Scottish Rite and Syrian Shrine of Cincinnati. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing softball in his younger days, raising cows, and making jokes and telling stories to anyone who would listen.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Wilburn, Osborn, Burdell, and Conrad Ross, and a sister, Lillian Litton.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen Ross, a son, Jon (Sherry) Ross, daughters, Kim Robards and Amy (Bob) Zbacnik; grandchildren: Erin (Ryan) Hayhow, Timothy (Loren) Ross, Jordyn King, Susan Robards (Lee Croft), Sarah Robards, Daniel (Lindsay) Robards, Mary (TJ) Hizer and Melissa (Quentin) Russell, great grandchildren: Mya, Brooke, Ben, Nora, Logan, Cori, Claire, Nolan, Nico, Jocelyn, and Eric, and brothers, Charles Ross and Rubin Ross.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Integrated Community Ministries, 4837 Rattlesnake Ridge Road, Stearns, KY 42647 or Shriners Hospitals at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Logan Ross.

Carl Phillip Stephens, 79 of Whitley City, Ky, passed away February 14, 2021 at UK Medical Center due to an extended illness, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.
Carl is survived by his wife Monte Watters Stephens, daughter Kim Stephens Morgan (Stewart) of Lexington, KY, and three sons Carl P. Stephens II (Lana) of Denniston, KY, Tim Stephens (Mitzi) of Pine Knot, KY, and Shawn Stephens (Jessica) of Whitley City, KY. Brother Noel Stephens, sisters Betty Coffey, Shirley Daunhauer, and Linda Keith. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his Father, Luther B. Stephens, Mother, Charleen Hembree Stephens, brothers Val Stephens, Allen Stephens, and sisters Bonnie Stephens Sampson and Carrol Stephens.
Carl was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on July 7th, 1941 (to Luther and Charleen Stephens). He graduated from McCreary County High School in 1960 and on June 1, 1960 married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Monte Watters, with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 1st of 2020. He was a veteran of the US Air Force where he served from 1961-1964.
He was a devout Christian and family man, having served as a deacon at Stearns First Baptist. His passion for woodworking served to lead him into a job a Jim Barna Log Homes Systems of Oneida, Tn. where he retired in 2008. His passion and commitment to his wife, children, and grandchildren are a legacy of love that will never be forgotten.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Carl Phillip Stephens.

Mel Stephens, age 81 years, 9 months, and 3 days, passed away Wednesday, February 10,2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. William Kilby and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial was in the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
She was born Sunday, May 7, 1939 in Salyersville, Kentucky to Langley Arnett and Martha Risner. Mel was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle. She enjoyed going to church, vacations, her houseplants, and playing cornhole and horseshoes. Mel loved caring for children and ran a nursery in her home for quite some time. She kept in touch with some of those children.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her stepmother, Ruth Morris Arnett, a brother, Marvin Arnett, a sister, Ella Mae Reed, and stepsisters, Carol Mae Murray, and Mary Lynn Arnett.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Glenn Stephens, a son, Mark Stephens, stepchildren, Ronnie Stephens, and his wife, Leslie, Karen Lee Shields, and her husband, Steve, and Teri Townsend, a brother, Morris Arnett, sisters, Marie Roberts, Martha Jean Bryant, Joyce Laverne Howard, and Kay Bandy, grandchildren, Lacey, Sonia, Todd, Matthew, Sierra, Kristen, Chelsea, Charlie, and Joshua, great grandchildren, Ben, Aiden, Kaylee, Jaicee, Macie, Jaedyn, Flora, Olivia, Tatum, Marlon, Messiah, Layla, Blake, and Carter, and a great great grandchild, River Dean.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mel Stephens.

Doris Nevels Wilson, age 80 years, 1 month, and 15 days, passed away February 7, 2021 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Nichols and Bro. Mike Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery.
She was born December 23, 1940 in Nevelsville, Kentucky to CD Nevels and Dovie Ballou Nevels. Doris worked as a nurse for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department early in her career but decided to stay home and raise her children until they were ready for school. While working with the health department she worked in the community providing prenatal and postnatal care in the homes and was profiled in an article in the Courier Journal. After returning to the work force, she worked as a school nurse for the McCreary County School District and later taught Health Occupations at McCreary Central. During her time with HOSA, she was proud to have a student win in state competition and compete at the national level. Doris was a member of the Whitley City United Methodist Church where she had served as Sunday School Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoyed basket weaving, quilting, crocheting, and painting. Doris was an excellent cook and loved cooking for her family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and a grandson, David Keith Wilson.
Survivors include the love of her life, Gerald Wilson, whom she married November 24, 1965, two sons, Michael Wilson, and wife, Jennifer, of Stearns, and Douglas Wilson, and wife, Maribell, of Randolph, New Jersey, a brother, Ralph Nevels, two sisters, Alma Faye Sexton, and her husband, Landon, of Pine Knot, and Patricia Neil McCracken, and her husband, William, of Fountaintown, Indiana and four grandchildren Kara, Emma, Erin, and Evan.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Doris Nevels Wilson.

Brenda Bryant Winchester age 74 of Williamsburg, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at her home.
She was born May 12, 1946 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to the late Virgil Watson and Goldie (Bryant) Watson. In addition to her parents, Brenda is preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Travis Bryant; infant sons, Sherman Bryant and Dwayne Bryant; brothers, Dorman, Donald, Ray, Sherman, and Ronald Watson; and a granddaughter, Tommie Lynn Bryant.
Surviving family include her husband, Ronnie Winchester; her sons, Davis Bryant and wife, Melanie, of Somerset, Timothy Bryant and wife, Tammy, of Pine Knot, Tommy Bryant and wife, Thelma of Pine Knot, and Michael Winchester of Pine Knot; her daughters, Kathy Bryant of Pine Knot and Rebecca Phillips and husband, Joe, of Pine Knot; a special sister-in-law, Glenna Watson; and brothers-in-law, Denver Winchester and wife, Henrietta, of Whitley City and Roger Winchester and wife, Sandy.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Alison Bryant, Joshua Bryant, Jessie Bryant, Timothy Bryant, Sasha Bryant, Janie Bryant, Travis Bryant, Rochelle Bryant, Brenda Bryant, Ridge Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Abigail Phillips, Chelly Jennings, Elaine Phillips, and Colby Phillips; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Brenda was a member of the Beulah Heights Church of God. She was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for her family and things at home. Brenda had many hobbies such as quilting, gardening, working with her flowers, and taking rides through the country, sight seeing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service were held on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Old Pigeon Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy Delap, age 39 years, wife of Anthony “Tony” Delap and Daughter of the late Donald and Francis Taylor Kennedy, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky. Sarah was born in Lorraine, Ohio on June 8, 1981.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed swimming, reading the bible and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband; Anthony “Tony” Delap of Whitley City, KY., daughter; Destinee Delap and son; Bryson Delap also of Whitley City, and a brother; Donald F. and wife Michelle Kennedy of Whitley City.Per the family wishes, cremation was chosen.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Alice Marie Murphy, age 78 years, Daughter of the late William Jessie and Betty Lou Griffis Murphy, died Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Hospital in Somerset, KY.

Alice was born in Robinson, Tennessee on February 6, 1942.  She was a homemaker and a member of Meadows Grove Baptist church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her  brothers; Ed Murphy, Willard Murphy and Jesse Murphy and sister; Laura Murphy and one infant daughter.

Survivors include her sons; Eric Murphy of Somerset, KY., Danny Murphy of Whitley City, KY., Clevey Murphy and wife Ida of Chatsworth, GA., Benny Higgenbotham and wife Tammy of Berea, KY., daughters; Darlene Stephens of Whitley City, KY., Tandra Dople of Strunk, KY., Sheila Brewster of Stearns, KY., and Connie Baird and husband Orel of Pine Knot., KY.. sister; Georgia Ridener of Whitley City, 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews all of whom will miss her greatly.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Owen D. “Butch” Rowe, Jr., age 69 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, husband of Faye (Keith) Rowe, died Monday, February 8, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Garden City, Kansas on August 4, 1951 the son of Owen D. and Elsie (Bradenburger) Rowe. Butch had been plant manager at ABC, owner of The Roost, and was of the Methodist Faith. He enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting just to be in the outdoors for the comradery, Poker Runs, but most especially spending time with his family.

His parents, second mother, Maudie Rowe; brother, Craig Rowe; and sister, Joyce Hole precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Faye (Keith) Rowe, whom he married  January 15, 1984; son, Michael DeWayne Rowe (Jacqueline) of Colorado; daughters, Connie Marie Tendler (Mitch) of Colorado, Elizabeth Ashley Slaven (Victor) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Rachel Kathleen Rowe (Sean) of Colorado; special daughter, Maike Brassel of Germany; brother, Bruce Rowe (Rose) of Oklahoma; sisters, Janice Herndon (Tim), Penny (Rowe) Andrasek) and JoDe Apple (Jim) all of Kansas, and Beverly Yeager (Curtis) of Missouri; grandchildren: Braydon Rowe, Emma Grace Rowe, Sarah Tendler, Slade Slaven, Daxton Slaven, June Murphy, and Jolie Murphy; and special nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, February 12, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Eagle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Pauline Keith Sumner, age 73 of Whitley City, KY gained her heavenly wings on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.  Pauline was born on February 22, 1947 to Reverend Charlie and Evelyn Owens Keith.

She married Bobby Lee Sumner on October 30, 1965 and on the corner of Williamsburg Street they raised their family and became incredible pillars of the community.

Bob and Pauline have owned Bob’s Auto Sales for 49 years. She had also been a bus driver for the past 19 years.  She found so much joy transporting kids to and from various events, but ball games were probably her favorite as she thought she should have been coach. (Just ask the girls)   

The thing she will be most remembered for is tending to others. She would say, “You take care of people and God will take care of you”. Pauline loved the Lord and was a lifetime member of Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church and spent a lot of time restoring the church and bringing the work of the Lord to that community, hosting Bible School and Sunday School there for many years.

She loved singing, going to the beach, and spending time with her family, especially watching all her great grandbabies grow up.

Pauline never met a stranger, never hesitated to voice her opinion, and she could make you mad as quickly as she made you laugh. Her kids and grandkids will miss this the most about her. She had an infectious smile, quick wit, and a huge heart that she shared with her family and everyone around her.

Pauline was met at the heavenly gates by her husband Bob, her parents Charlie and Evelyn, her sister Betty, and a big crew of special family and friends who have gone on before her. Still on earth to celebrate her life are her three siblings, Ann Six, Rachel Wilson, and Clifford (Linda) Keith; her children: Rick (Connie) Sumner of Williamsburg, KY; Cindy (Wayne) New of Stearns, KY; Teressa (Larry) Brown of Stearns, KY; and Bobby Lee Sumner, Jr (Crystal) of Whitley City, KY; her grandchildren: Brandon (Opal) New, Jessica (Nathan) Mason, Chaz (Chelsey) Duncan, Charli (Jeremy) DeLaughter, Chadden Duncan, Kelsie Brown, Bree Brown, Natalie Sumner, Stevie Gibson, Derrick Sumner, and Dustin Sumner; and 18   great grandchildren who she loved to spoil.

Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Staley officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Lawrence Vanover, Jr., age 60 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, son of the late Lawrence and Elva (Patrick) Vanover, died February 3, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on November 15, 1960 the son of Lawrence and Elva (Patrick) Vanover. Lawrence had worked in the log woods, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing with the kids.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Vanover and Lawrence Edward Slaven; and sisters, Clara Vanover and Mary Vanover.

Survivors include his brothers, Darryl R. Vanover (Diane Keith) of Whitley City, Larry Vanover and Parkers Lee Vanover (Wilda) both of Parkers Lake, and Michael Wayne Vanover (Renee) of Pine Knot; sisters, Carol Vanover, Pearly Vanover, and Elva Mae Hicks (Elmer) all of Parkers Lake, and Louise Stouffe of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Anna Ruth Chitwood age 74 of Morrisonville, Illinois passed from this life on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at her home.
She was born November 27, 1946 in Scott County, Tennessee to the late Sidney Watters and Freida (Davis) Watters. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Max Dewey Chitwood Sr., a son, Mark Chitwood, grandchildren, Brittany Morell and John Tyler Morell, and sisters, Thelma Gibson and Brenda Watters.
Surviving family include her sons, Max Dewey Chitwood, Jr., (Bev) of Taylorville, Illinois, Michael Chitwood (Pam) of Owaneco, Illinois, Anthony Chitwood (Shelly) of Taylorville, Illinois, and John Chitwood (Kim) of Whitley City, Kentucky; her daughters, Melissa Morell of Morrisonville, Illinois and Terri Rickman (Rex) of Taylorville, Illinois; grandchildren, Andrea Adams, Ashley Chitwood, Sean Chitwood, Jordan Chitwood, Tiffany Rickman, Zachary Chitwood, Colton Rickman, Jerrica Remlinger, Tyler Chitwood, Payton Chitwood, Haley Chitwood, and Hannah Chitwood; and great-grandchildren, Emmaline, Logan, Clementine, Scarlett, Kaylee, Mark, and Carter Chitwood, Sawyer Adams, Barrett and Oakleigh Remlinger.
Also surviving are Anna Ruth’s brothers, Reuben “JuneBug” Watters, Billy Ray Watters, and Roy Lee Watters; and sisters, Emma Lucille Watters, Carolyn Watters Davis, and Patty Wyatt.
Anna Ruth enjoyed music and dancing, but above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Cody Canada officiating. Anna Ruth was laid to rest in the Silerville Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Robert Mitchell Hatfield, age 67 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 16, 1953 the son of Leslie Mitchell Hatfield and Annie (Lynch) Hatfield. Robert was a retired Electronic Technician for the US Army, member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoors, watching movies, but his greatest joy were his children.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Brenda (Canada) Hatfield; sons, Robbie Hatfield and Jeremy Hatfield; brothers, Carl, Archie, Paul, Leslie Jr., and Donnie; and sisters, Alberta, Evelyn, Helen, Betty, and Francis.
Survivors include his son, Adam Hatfield and wife, Stacey of Parkers Lake; daughter, Angela King and husband, Trevor of Stearns; brother, Jack; sisters, Ruby and Arlene; grandchildren, Bailey Wood, Kayla Hatfield, Korbin Hatfield, Nick Schelske, and Ava Baker.
Private Funeral services were held. Burial was in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bro. Estel Jones, age 72 years, of the Wolf Ridge Community, of Stearns, Kentucky, husband of Ruth (Branscum) Jones, died Monday, February 1, 2021 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 19, 1948, the son of Edward Robert and Ova (Phillips) Jones. Bro. Estel was saved at an early age and joined the Rock Springs Baptist Church. He started preaching in 1970, and was ordained a Baptist minister on July 14, 1973. Bro. Estel was currently pastor at Rock Springs Baptist Church and New Haven Baptist Church, and over the years had pastored several churches throughout McCreary and Wayne Counties.
He married Ruth (Branscum) Jones on December 31, 1966. To this union were born 3 children. The couple made their home in McCreary County. Bro. Estel worked at Stearns Coal Company and retired from Parkland Motel. Upon retirement his favorite past time was reading the Bible and studying the Word of God. He enjoyed visiting and talking with people about the Bible, and while he was able he enjoyed gardening and farming.
Bro. Estel served in the United States Army during Vietnam from March 1968 through March 1970. He was a charter member and Chief of the West McCreary Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Jones; 2 daughters, Kay Keith and husband Tim and Teresa Coffey and husband, Mark; one son, Robert Edward Jones all of Stearns; grandchildren, Denise Keith, Ronnie Keith, Whitney Coffey and Wyatt Coffey; and an aunt, Hazel Jones of Stearns.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wilburn Stanley Jones.
Bro. Estel will be missed and remembered by a host of family and friends. We are comforted knowing that his Faith has ended in sight.
Funeral services were held at 11am Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the Rock Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Steven Jones and Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Rock Springs Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Lola Worley Jones, age 81 years, 10 months, and 2 days, of the Mountain View community went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Mountain View Baptist Church with Bro. Stuart Jones and Bro. Steve Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Ray Jones Cemetery at Mountain View.
She was born March 25, 1939 in Stearns to the late George W. Worley and Frona C. Coffey Worley. Lola was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church and attended Rock Springs Baptist Church. She retired from the McCreary County Board of Education after serving many years as a bus driver. Lola enjoyed gardening and sewing. She loved cooking for everybody and especially her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Homer Worley, and sister, Lona Gibson, and Carrie Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, Herstle M. Jones whom she married on August 29, 1963 four children, Vicky (Tyra) Weber, Patricia (Kenneth) Bray, Scotty (Valarie) Jones, and Herschel Jones, grandchildren, Leslie, Whitney, Megan, Rusty, Corey, Monica, Katherine, Jay, Chelsey, Conley, and Matthew, great grandchildren, Bryson, Blake, Lynnzee, Gracie, Andrew, and KC, brothers, Ronzo (Hazel) Worley, and Arnold (Shirley) Worley, sisters, Thelma (Kenneth) Jones, Evelyn Gibson, and Elsie (Bobby) Crisp, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lola Jones.

Calvin Leon Snyder, 66, of Kansas, Ohio died at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Tiffin, to Willard and Betty (Biller) Snyder on Sept. 23, 1954, and they both survive. He married Sharon Cole April 20, 2014, in Kentucky and she survives.
Other survivors include, two brothers, James (Bonnie) Snyder and Daniel Snyder, and a sister, Deborah (Steve) Weber all of Tiffin.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorsey and Irene Matthews, and Frank Biller.
Calvin was a 1973 Bettsville High School graduate. He retired from Concordance Health Care Solutions. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter, gardener, bee keeper and he loved spending time with his family.
There will be no visitation or funeral service at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Health-Tiffin Cancer Center.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419)447-3113.
To offer condolences to the family, go to: www.traunerofuneralhome.com

Pauline Sumner, age 73 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, widow of Bob Sumner, died Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Ralph Lee Worley, age 51 years, and 9 months, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at his residence in Russell Springs, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 29, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery.
He was born Sunday, April 27, 1969 in Oneida, Tennessee to Harlan Worley and Lora Brooks Worley. Ralph enjoyed writing and loved the Dukes of Hazard and The Incredible Hulk.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Harlan Lynn Worley, and three sisters, Jewelline Daniel, Freda Roy, and Rita Harvey.
Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Roy, a special nephew and caregiver, Brandon Roy, four nephews, and four nieces.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ralph Lee Worley.

Thomas Franklin Cox, 72, of Fayetteville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Continental Nursing Home.
He was an Army Veteran and proudly served in the Vietnam War. He loved coon hunting and basketball, but most of all, he loved his family.
Thomas was the beloved father of Tomi (Kevin) Tapley and stepfather of Danny White; proud grandfather of Mallory and Benjamin Tapley; dear friend of Rose Holt; brother of William Cox, Earl Cox, Elwanda Evans, Lily Cox, Anita Lewis, and Audrey Cox; uncle of many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Martha Mae (Neal) Cox; sisters, Hazel and Nancy.
A funeral service was held at 1pm on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home, 120 W. Main St., Blanchester, Ohio, where friends were received from 11am until the time of service.
Interment took place at Tipton Cemetery in Irvine, Kentucky.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Betty Jean Dixon, age 81 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Monday, January 25, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky
She was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on April 20, 1939 the daughter of Ezra and Dora (King) Slaven. Betty was a homemaker, of the Baptist Faith, enjoyed word search puzzles, crafts, and going to the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center.
Her parents; brother, Lenville Slaven; sisters, Vella Agnes Slaven, Arlene Chitwood, Lorene Slaven, Thela Louise Slaven, Martha King, Flora Tabitha Slaven, Wanda Joyce Thompson, and Edna Bernice Daugherty; and son-in-law, Frank Buell precede her in death.
Survivors include her children, Anthony Slaven and Wife, Sheila of Strunk, Deborah Buell of Loyall, Kentucky, Wendell Steve Dixon and wife, Tammy of Pine Knot, Bill Dixon and wife, Theresa of Pine Knot, and Shannon Dixon of Pine Knot; sister-in-law, Barbara Slaven of Louisville; 18 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11am Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Josh Wilson Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Carol (Hamlin) Gilreath, age 72, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born August 10, 1948, in Jellico, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Leatha (Ball) Hamlin. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister Fayrene Stephens.
Surviving family include her husband of 55 years, Stephen Gilreath, a son, Daran Gilreath (wife Janet) of Georgia, two daughters: Dara Gilreath Horton of Tennessee and Rhonda Gilreath Pippin (husband Don) of Georgia, three brothers: Ronald Hamlin (wife Shirley) of Pine Knot, Dale Hamlin of Pine Knot, and Dwayne Hamlin (wife Brenda) of Pine knot, three sisters: Nadean Murphy (husband Dean) of Pine Knot, Sandra Neal (husband Donald) of Pine Knot, and Charlotte King (husband Bill) of Pine Knot, one grandson, Stephen Dale Gilreath, a brother-in-law Ray Merrell Stephens of Pine Knot and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Carol was a homemaker and member of the Hayes Creek Church of God. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her flowers. She loved to cook and go camping and fishing.
Funeral services were held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Loudermilk and Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Carol was laid to rest at the King Meadows Cemetery in Pine Knot on Tuesday morning at 10:00am.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ronald Godsey, age 63 years, of Winfield, Tennessee, husband of Sherri Godsey, died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Park West Medical Center.
Ronald was born in Oneida, Tennessee on February 25, 1957, the son of the late Goldman and Lillie Coffey Godsey. He was a self-employed carpenter and machinist. Ronald was a member of Pioneer Baptist Church. He was a prankster who enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, but his greatest joy was his family.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brothers; Edward Godsey, Melvin and wife Carolyn Godsey and an infant brother; Willard Godsey, sisters; Leona Dixon, Melva Ross and an infant sister; Stella Godsey, father-in-law; Robert Hasten, brother-in-law; Oliver Bryan Duncan, Donald Ross, Eugene Dixon, William Stephens and Rev. Albert Clark.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife Sherri of 33 years, daughter; Brittany Godsey and fiancé, Eric Rose of Lafayette, TN., son; Brennan Godsey of GA., brother; Arnold and wife Janice Godsey of Whitley City, sisters; Linda Stephens of Flatrock, KY., Della West of Glen Mary, TN., Velva Dean Clark of Muncie, IN., mother-in-law; Wanda Stephens of Winfield, TN., sister-in-law; Charlene Godsey of Stearns, KY., Crystal and husband Shelton Bertram of Robbins, TN., Shelley Duncan of Winfield, TN., brother-in-law; Anthony and wife Michelle Stephens of Winfield, TN., and several special nieces and nephews, he loved as his own children.
Funeral services for Ronald were1:00 PM on Monday, January 25, 2021 in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Pastor David Chambers and brother William Chambers officiating. Music was provided by the Pioneer Baptist Church choir and Israel Clark. Burial followed in the Mt. View Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Ryder Alexander Hayes, 3 month old infant, was called to Heaven on January 21, 2021.
He was born on October 27, 2020 at Baptist Health in Corbin to his loving parents, David and Brooklyn (Stephens) Hayes. Ryder was the most loving and precious little baby. He had a beautiful soul that lit up many lives while here on earth.
Ryder is preceded in death by: great grandparents, Chester Hayes, Edna Hayes, Vestal Conatser, Royce Ridener; and grandfather, Tommy Ray Stephens.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his parents, great grandparents, Maxine Conatser of Pine Knot, Charles R. Stephens of Pine Knot, Edna P. Stephens of Revelo, Robert and Brenda Cline of West Virginia, Elizabeth Ridener of Strunk; grandparents, Ray and Brenda Hayes of Pine Knot, Tonya Anderson of Pine Knot; uncles, Brandon and Ashley Hayes of Pine Knot, Matt and Emily Whitehead of Revelo, Kyle and Kelsey Anderson of Alaska, Brandi and Tina Stephens of Pine Knot; cousins, Jonah, Austin, Braylie, Nolan, Logan, Madison, Alison, Bryce, Chloe, Lucus, Halleigh; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:00pm at the Whitley City Church of God with Bro. Brandon Hayes officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Ryder Alexander Hayes with funeral arrangements.

Kimberly Justus Marlow age 57 of Stearns, Kentucky went to her Heavenly home on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born March 14, 1963 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Estel “Dick” Justus and Lola Jean (Vanover) Justus. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a special son, Tyler Robertson.
Surviving family include her husband of 34 years, Joseph Marlow: a son, Cole Marlow; a daughter, Madison Marlow: a brother, Tim Justus (wife, Ann) of Stearns; a sister, Brenda Carol Bailey (husband, Joel) of Trenton, Ohio; nieces, Tanna Justus, and Kristen Ballard (and Jason); and many others that called her “mom”.
Kim was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Before retirement, Kim was an educator for the McCreary County School District for 29 years. Teaching was her passion. She touched the lives of many children during her career and kept each child a special place in her heart. She enjoyed photography, cross stitching, reading, playing bingo, and spending time with those she loved most. She will be missed by all those who loved and knew her.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Rollie Sizemore age 83 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, January 19, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was the father of Randy Sizemore.
Per Rollie’s wishes, he will be cremated and laid to rest in the Locus Grove Cemetery in Keavy, Kentucky.
Rollie was born on March 21, 1937 in Keavy, Kentucky to the late Jesse Sizemore and Dallie (Baker) Sizemore. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Rita Taylor Smith age 91 of Eaton, Ohio, (formerly of Stearns, Kentucky) went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2020.
She was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on August 14, 1929 to her parents Jasper Taylor and Ona (Golden) Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hurstle I. Smith; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers.
Rita is survived by her 4 children, Donnie H. (Florence) Smith, Roger N. (Ann) Smith, Patricia Ann (John) Czeiszperger, and Robert H. (Pamela) Smith; brother, Larry Taylor; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great children.
Rita enjoyed sewing, canning, and cooking especially when she was younger. She even won several blue ribbons for her quilts. She was a member of the Farmersville Eastern Star. She was a good Christian mother and above all loved her kids and grandkids. “It’s shoutin’ time in Heaven”
Special thank you to Florence Smith for her loving care of Rita for the last few years.
Funeral services were held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Wallace “Wally” Bryan Sullivan, MD, 88, passed away October 15, 2020. Survived by his wife, Wynona (Ridener) Sullivan; daughters, Bambi Dawn Sullivan (Ken) Lee, Kelli (Kelly Vidana) Sullivan, Ashley (Leroy) Valdez, Allison (Jerry) Butkovich; son, Lad (Shelly) Sullivan; grandchildren, Josh (Emily) Sisneros, Fallon Vannoy, Jonpaul Ursick, Brittni Ursick, Bryan Butkovich, Amy (Adam) Shannon, Gentry Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Layla, James, Kayden, Jameson, Calleigh and Jethro. Preceded in death by his parents, Foster and Margarete Sullivan and brother, John T. Sullivan.
Wallace was born October 13, 1932, in Stearns, Kentucky. He graduated with his medical degree in 1964 from the University of Kentucky Medical School. In 1965, the Sullivan family moved to Pueblo, Colorado where Wallace served as the base physician at the Pueblo Army Depot. Wallace began his family medicine practice in Pueblo in 1968 and served at Parkview Medical Center for the next 48 years before retiring in 2010.
An avid Kentucky Wildcat fan, Wallace’s love of college basketball would find him listening to his UK Cats just about anywhere he could find a radio signal to hear the game. You could always find him at the YMCA bright and early every morning to get in a work out before making rounds at the hospital. On Thursdays he would walk the grounds of his favorite hotel, The Broadmoor, and then hike at Glen Eyrie Castle or the Garden of the Gods in the afternoon. His family affectionately called him “The Gardener” as he loved tending to the property of the family home, building numerous trails to walk and gardens to visit.
Wallace was a mentor to many and will be greatly missed. His love for God, family, friends, patients and community were evident to all that knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated and may be made to the Pueblo YMCA, 3200 E. Spaulding Ave., Pueblo, CO 81008 or Care and Share of Southern Colorado, 100 Greenhorn Dr., Pueblo, CO 81004. A memorial celebration of Wallace’s life will be held at a future time. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

Sister Nancy Sutton (Sister Mary Terence), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry, passed away on January 24, 2021, at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. Born on October 15, 1930, of the late Charles Edward and Florence Catherine (Quinn) Sutton, Sister Nancy entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1949, celebrating her Profession of Vows on August 24, 1955. At the time of her death, she was 90 years of age and in her 72nd year of Religious Life.
Sister Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Diocesan Sisters College, West Hartford, and a Master of Science from Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Her studies also included advanced work in Administration/Supervision at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Sister spent several years teaching at various Catholic schools in all three Connecticut Dioceses before being named principal at St. Francis Xavier school in Waterbury. While at St. Francis Xavier, Sister Nancy accepted an invitation to be the Waterbury Federal Funding Committee of Administrators Association’s chairperson.
Responding to an inner call to immerse herself in direct ministry with the poor, Sister Nancy moved to Whitley City, Kentucky, in 1974 and helped create a new Sisters of St. Joseph mission, one that continues today at the hands of capable laypeople. Along with other community members who were teachers and nurses (affectionately named the ‘Catholic Ladies’), Sister Nancy helped establish Good Shepherd Chapel for local parishioners. Also created were a food pantry and a secondhand clothing store in an offshoot room of the Chapel known as ‘Lord and Taylor’s’ (named for the Chapel and the last name of the woman who ran the store). Eventually, a healthcare clinic became part of the Good Shepherd endeavor. Many trips navigated through the ‘hollers’ of the McCreary County to serve neighbors who found it difficult to get to the clinic. Sister Nancy taught courses at McCreary County College and started GED classes in a room in the convent for McCreary County’s families. Well-respected as an innovative educator, she eventually invited to be a Board Member of the Mental Health Association of Lake Cumberland, KY, the Christian Care Center, and the McCreary County Housing Development. In 1985, Sister Nancy was the recipient of the Peace and Justice Award of Louisville, KY.
Always one to champion the others’ needs, Sister Nancy called upon friends in Darien, CT, and in other parts of the country on her ‘mission days up north’ to raise awareness and funds for those whose homes needed repairs or a complete overhaul. Over the years, with funds and large groups of summer adult, high school, and college volunteers, Sister Nancy and her crew built more than 38 houses in the County, keeping new owners supplied with whatever was needed to make a house into a real family home. As of her passing, two more homes are in different construction stages, a testament to the mission she instilled in others to serve the least among them. Christmas at Good Shepherd Chapel was a well-loved event in the parish, with children receiving new clothes and toys provided by local parishioners, other parishes, and volunteers.
A dedicated missionary at heart, her love for all returned to her through the good wishes expressed by her students, friends, and parishioners as she left Good Shepherd. Sister Nancy’s generosity of time, energy, and spirit were hallmarks of her mission. While leaving Whitley City was not her choice, her health began to challenge her boundless energy and she realized it was time to let others take over the mission. She returned to the Provincial House in West Hartford, never relinquishing her need to keep up with her many Kentucky friends. Her keen mind and quick wit served her well as she engaged in intense card playing with her religious sisters. A contagious laugh belied her presence wherever she was. The Sisters of St. Joseph would like to thank the administration and staff at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor for their kind and compassionate care given to Sister Nancy in her declining years.
In addition to her Sisters in Community, Sister Nancy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary M. and Vincent M. Cunningham, a niece, Kelly Spangler and her family of Maine, and her nephew, Mark Cunningham and his family. She is predeceased by her brother, Charles Quinn Sutton, her twin baby sisters, and a nephew, Kevin Sutton.
Due to the current COVID-19 health conditions and restrictions, a simple graveside service will take place Thursday, January 28, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Mask-wearing and social distancing will be maintained. The celebration of Sister Nancy Sutton’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a memorial donation to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Office of Mission Advancement, 650 Willard Avenue, Newington, CT 06111. Fisette-Batzner Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington, has care of the arrangements.

Ellis Ray Taylor, age 72 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, January 12, 20221 at the Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tennessee.
He was born in London, Kentucky on January 7, 1949 the son of Ellis and Arizona Taylor. Ellis was a truck driver and had served his country in the US Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing and watching TV.
His parents precede him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Jared Petty of Pine Knot and Troy Taylor; daughter Nicole; and sisters, Carol, Kathy, and Mary.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Kentucky with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 115 of Stearns, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ralph Worley, age 51, son of Harlan and Lora Brooks Worley passed away Wednesday at his home in Russell Springs and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Cooper Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday at the funeral home
The CDC requests that all guests wear masks and practice social distancing.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph Worley.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Patricia Ann (Martin) Baker, age 68 years, and 8 days, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Patricia was born on Saturday, January 3, 1953 in Jellico, Tennessee to Robert Martin and Betty (Smith) Martin Clouse. She was of the Christian faith, more specifically, Church of God. She enjoyed shopping and cross stitching. Patricia loved her family deeply, as she could commonly be found sitting on the porch with her mother, sister, or just spending time with her grandchildren.
Her father precedes her in death.
Patricia is survived by a large host of loving family, including: her mother, Betty; her sister, Loraine Stephens, her daughters, Tonia Martin (husband Tom), of Loxahatchee, Florida, Melissa Eberwine (husband Scott), of Oxford, Ohio, Michelle Gregston, of Hamilton, Ohio, Bridget Stevens (husband Terry), of Oneida, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Katie, Tommy, Timmy, Kelli, Emily, Gregory, Elizabeth, Gracelyn, Taylor, Jonathon, Ben; two great-grandchildren, Remington, Roxanne; and two special nieces, Sharon Neal, and Stacey Boyatt.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Woods officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Willard “Bill” Crabtree age 80 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Signature Health of McCreary.
He was born May 9, 1940 in Mud Cut, Kentucky to the late Crit Crabtree and Mary Bell (Kidd) Crabtree. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Margie “Faye” (Richmond) Crabtree; an infant daughter, Pamela Dawn Crabtree; an infant granddaughter, Lillyann; brothers, Ernest, Chester, Walter, and Frank Crabtree; 2 infant brothers; and sisters, Dory Crabtree, Nory West, and Irene Burkes.
Surviving family include his sons, Kenneth Lee Crabtree, Michael Willard Crabtree, Jeffery Lawrence Crabtree of Pine Knot, and Mark Wayne Crabtree (wife, Jennifer) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Maxine Crabtree of Oneida, Tennessee, Lorene Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Gidget, Cody, Kendra, Courtney, Chelsea, Stephanie, Shelby, Marcus, Heaven, Justin, Kyle, Kaitlyn, and Kacie; and 26 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Bill was a heavy equipment operator for 40+ years, first in the coal strips and later in logging. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially riding his four-wheeler. Bill loved spending time with his friends and family. He always enjoyed playing the guitar and singing for them. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service was held at graveside on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Crabtree Family Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Sandra L. Hickman, age 67 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 11, 1953 the daughter of George and Ethel (King) Crabtree. Sandy had worked for OVC, the Cumberland Manor and was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove United Baptist Church.
Her parents; and brother, Don Crabtree precede her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Georgia Troxell, Becky Waters (Todd), Judy Dople (Charlie), and Amanda Renfro (Jake); special nephew/son, Donald Crabtree (Carol); sister, Shirley Quick (Kenny); brothers, Jim Crabtree (Linda), David Crabtree and Rick Crabtree; grandchildren, Bree and Josh Sumner, Matthew Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Madison King, Harley and Justin Hawn, Jordan and Ricky Triplett, Taylor and Derrick Barnett, Morgan G. and Rodney Winchester, Whitlee Waters, Erica King, Aaron and Rachel King, Charlie Renee Dople, Dalton Troxell, Logan Grundy, Samuel Renfro, Kaylee Renfro, and Marci Renfro; 12 great grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11am Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Fultz officiating. Burial followed in the Sandhill Cemetery. The family received friends after 10am Saturday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made in her memory to the funeral home to help with expenses.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Darrell K. Hollars, age 67 years, of the Beech Grove Community, died Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Wayne County, Kentucky on September 19, 1953 the son of Glen and Ruth (Duncan) Hollars. Darrell had worked for the McCreary County Road Department, attended the Old Beech Grove Baptist Church, and enjoyed drag racing, and fixing cars.
His parents precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Joan (Gibson) Hollars; daughter, Carrie Perry and husband, Gary of Stearns; brothers, Jimmy Hollars and wife, Barbara and Donald Hollars and wife, Deborah both of Monticello; sister, Glenda Winchester and husband, Roger of Stearns; grandchildren, Preston Shoopman and wife, Rhonda and Trevor Perry; and great grandchildren, Collin Shoopman and Joseph Shoopman.
Graveside services were held 3pm Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Hollars Family Cemetery with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Leroy McKee age 78 years, 1 month, and 4 days of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday, January 15, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Beulah Heights Kentucky on December 11, 1942 to the late Steve Jr. McKee and Pauline (Lynch) McKee.
Leroy was a United States Air Force Veteran, having served his country in the Vietnam War. After his service in the US. Air Force, he returned home and worked 32 years for the United States Forest Service at the Pine Knot Job Corps. Leroy also was a businessman in McCreary County; he once owned a cabinet shop In Whitley City and McKee Country Kitchen in Revelo. Leroy also had numerous retinal properties.
Brother Leroy was a member of Walkers Chapel Baptist Church where he and his wife, Della and son Brian, attended regularly. Leroy also served his duty in many organizations in the county. He was a past Commander of the American Legion Post #115 in Stearns Kentucky, a member of the OLEKA Shriners, and belonged to the Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903, being a thirty-five-year member of the Masonic Order.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Larry and Eddie.
Survivors include his loving spouse of 49 years, Della Mae (Perry) McKee of Stearns; daughters, Sherry Sims (Justin) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Kathy King (Othel) of Stearns; a son, Brian McKee also of Stearns; a sister, Diane Stephens of Beulah Heights; sisters-in-Law Carolyn McKee of Corbin, Kentucky and Joan McKee of Pine Knot, Kentucky;
Also surviving are grandchildren, Ashley Corder Bruce (Josh), Allison Corder Hamlin (Craig), Christopher King (Kellie), Cody King (Yasmine), Spencer and Connor Sims; and Great-Grandchildren, Kallen and Avery Bruce, Makeena and Miles Hamlin, Waylon Heath, Ivan Vanover, Easton and Rylee King.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Fletcher and Bro. Daren Kidd officiating. Leroy was entombed in his mausoleum at the Pine Knot Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 115.
Serving as pallbearers were Damon Stevens, James Taylor, Terry McKee, Ronnie Meadows, Ivan Vanover, Spencer Sims, and Connor Sims.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ron Meadows, age 75 years, 10 months, and 14 days, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021, at his residence in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery at 1:00 pm with Bro. George Allen Coffey officiating.
He was born Wednesday, February 21, 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky to Bill Meadows and Myrtle Black Meadows. Ron was a retired security officer for Kentucky Community and Technical College System at the McCreary Campus. He enjoyed taking rides through the mountains and nature. Ron loved history, genealogy, and visiting old cemeteries.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a daughter, Melissa Meadows, and a half-brother, Wendell Meadows.
Survivors include three sons, Matt Meadows, Jonathan Meadows, and Brian Lee Meadows, two daughters, Nancy Bolin, and Rhonda Dishman, four brothers, Billy Meadows, and wife Glenna, Jerry Meadows, and wife Karen, Jack Meadows, and Scott Meadows, five sisters, Faye Byrd, and husband Jr., Sharon Kidd, and husband Melvin, Debbie Perry, and husband J.C., Pat Stephens, and Lisa Meadows, three half-brothers, Bobby Meadows, John Meadows, and Tommy Meadows, one half-sister, Jessie Lovett, and husband Randall, and several grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ron Meadows.

Lois Bell Sewell, age 92 years, 9 months, and 27 days, of Whitley City, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Signature Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pine Knot and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Sewell and Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
She was born March 19, 1928 in Wayne County to Marion Bell and Nancy Jane Ross Bell. Lois was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church and was very active as long as she was able to be. She was the personification of the Proverbs 31 woman in everything she did for her family. Lois was a very strong woman and loved caring for her late husband and her children, teaching them about Jesus and her love for Him and His love for them. She enjoyed quilting in her spare time and gardening.
Preceding her in death were her father, Marion Bell, her mother, Nancy Jane Bell Phipps, her stepfather, Ephraim Phipps, her husband, Elby Sewell, whom she married December 7, 1945, brothers, Vernon Bell and Arnold Bell, sisters, Velma Gregory, Clona Black, Beulah Edwards, Sylvia Winchester, and Kay Crisp, and a grandchild.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Sewell and his wife, Kaye, of Pine Knot, and Rev. Mark Sewell and his wife, Sherry, of Whitley City, a daughter, Marilyn Casada and her husband, Roger, of Greenwood, brothers, Doyle Bell and his wife, Lavonne, of Eaton, Indiana and Andrew Phipps and his wife, Shirlene, of Muncie, Indiana, six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lois Bell Sewell.

Rita Taylor Smith age 91 of Eaton, Ohio, (formerly of Stearns, Kentucky) went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2020. She was the widow of Hurstle Smith.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 10:00 am until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Charles Gary Strunk, age 74 years, 6 months and 10 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Doris M. Lanning Strunk, died Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Charles was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on June 16, 1946 the son of the late Earl and Gracie Strunk. He had worked as an electrician and served his Country in the US Army, was a member of American Legion, VFW and Am Vets.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brother; James D. Strunk and sister; Lois Donovan.
Survivors include his wife; Doris, son; Charles Strunk and wife Lisha of Cincinnati, Ohio, and step-daughter; Marlene and husband Danny Young of Whitley City, Kentucky, and 4 grandchildren.
Per his wishes, cremation was chosen.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sherri Lynn Wright age 60 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born March 21, 1960 to Carrol Nelson and Lois (King) Nelson Carter. Upon the early passing of Carroll, Sherri was raised by the man she knew as her father, Phillip Carter.
Her parents precede her in death.
Surviving family include her husband, Daniel Wright, whom she married on October 7, 1978; sons, Daniel Wright (and Lainie) and Joshua Wright, both of Stearns; brothers, Chip Nelson and Matt Carter; sisters, Tammy Nelson and Carolyn Hagy; grandsons, Logan and Nathanial Wright; and special friends, Rhonda and Tracy.
Sherri was a member of the Flat Rock Baptist Church. She enjoyed attending reenactments at Camp Wildcat, where she also volunteered to work to continue these reenactments. Sherri also enjoyed being home, caring for her flower gardens, floating and swimming in the pool, and cooking. She especially enjoyed baking desserts. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Per Sherri’s wishes, she will be cremated. Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Monday after 12:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Edward Reed Yancey, age 60 years, of the Day Ridge Community, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on October 29, 1960 the son of Arvell Reed and Cassie Geraldine (Owens) Yancey. Edward was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, an avid fan of Dodge vehicles, and loved to fish.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Christopher Yancey; and sister, Debbie Yancey.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann (Keith) Yancey; daughters, Ashely Yancey of London, Kentucky and Jessica Yancey of Toledo, Ohio; step-sons, Jesse Parks of Cincinnati and Dillon Parks of Indiana; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Owens Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Sunday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Wilda Irene Burchfield, age 93 years and 12 days, of Strunk, Kentucky passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Private funeral services were held Thursday, January 7, 2021, in the Josh Wilson Cemetery with Bro. Norman Burke officiating.
Irene was born December 24, 1927 in Strunk, Kentucky to Maynard Daugherty and Essie Strunk Daugherty. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. She was a very talented potter who made and sold beautiful hand thrown pottery through Kentucky Hills Industries. Irene enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and homemaking. She loved spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Travis Burchfield whom she married December 27, 1946 in Rossville Georgia, a son, Garry Dean Burchfield, her daughter, Donna Foster, a brother, Lenville Daugherty, a sister, Agnes Daugherty, and sisters-in-law, Bernice Daugherty and Beatrice Daugherty.
Survivors include sons, David Burchfield and his wife, Diane, and Freddie Burchfield, both of Strunk, a son-in-law, Haskell Foster of Winfield, a brother, Aaron Daugherty, grandchildren, Davy Burchfield and his wife, Mikki, Treresa White and her husband, Tony, and Travis Crabtree and his wife, Linda, and great grandchildren, Daniel and Hannah Burchfield, and Matthew, Josh, and Kassidy White.
Irene will be missed by so many people who loved her.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Irene Burchfield.

Harold Dean Chinn, age 84 left his earthly home in Speedwell to enter into his heavenly home and woke in the arms of Jesus on January 8th, 2021. He was born in Revelo, Kentucky on May 11th, 1936 to the late Thurman and Exie Chinn.
Harold was employed for 31 years at General Motors and retired in 1996. He went on to buy the Pro-Angler Shop, where he still worked and ran at the time of his home going. Harold worked six days a week and encountered many people both saved and unsaved. Any time you would go into the Pro-Angler you would find him reading his bible and concentrating on God’s Word. Harold has witnessed to many people and prayed with numerous people right there at that cash register, in the place he loved so dearly, The Pro-Angler Shop. There was never a time that a child would come into the store that they didn’t leave without bubble gum, candy, or a lollipop. When those same children would return to the shop, there was an expectation of that same treat. You see, Harold was saved on February 23, 1986 and he became a new man in Christ. The salvation he received made him have a love for others and to let God’s light shine through him. He was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in which he had a great part in building.
In addition to his parents, Harold is preceded in death by his brother, Duel Chinn; his sisters, Delores Dalynis, Geneva Crawford, and Wanda Ping; his infant granddaughter, Blake Kinsler.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Joann Chinn of Speedwell; sons, Tim Chinn and wife Rene of Elgin, Illinois, and Darrell Chinn and wife Faith of Cadiz, Kentucky; daughters, Dottie Cordle of Nashville, Janet Leist and husband, Joe of Cincinnati, and Jennifer McGhee of LaFollette; brother, Richard Chinn and wife Shirley of Oak Ridge; sister, Nina Amenta of Louisville, Kentucky; grandsons, Justin, Dylan, Jacob, Matthew, Luke, and John; granddaughters, Tiffany, Hope, Jasmine, and Jaden; four great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family received friends from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at Liberty Baptist Church in Speedwell. The funeral service for Harold was on Friday, January 15th at 11:00 A.M. at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Russell, Rev. Kemit Phillips, his son Rev. Tim Chinn, and his son, Darrell Chinn officiating. Harold’s interment followed at Liberty Cemetery in Speedwell.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Liberty Baptist Church, 1843 Doaks Creek Road, Speedwell, Tennessee 37870.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Dillon Skyler Creekmore, infant son of Codie Creekmore and Sandra Crabtree, died January 2, 2021 at the Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.
He was born in Corbin, Kentucky on January 2, 2021.
His grandmother, Lois Crabtree precedes him in death.
Survivors include his parents, Codie Creekmore and Sandra Crabtree both of Pine Knot; grandparents, Michael Crabtree of Stearns, Jesse Creekmore of Pine Knot, and Kimberly Greene of Pine Knot; uncles and aunts, Mikey Crabtree of Pine Knot, Timothy Crabtree of Mt. Vernon; Wayne Casada of Stearns, Grace Stephens of Whitley City, Sandra and Carolyn King both of Stearns, and Dominic Crabtree and kids.
Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Teresa Lynn Collins, age 47 years, of Somerset, Kentucky, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida TN.
Teresa was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 17, 1973 the daughter of Danny Collins and Joyce Taylor. She had worked as a machine operator for Outdoor Venture Corporation in Stearns, KY.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandmother, Lois Collins; brother, Jeremy Collins; and sister, Lisa Collins.
Survivors include her son, Eric Bryant of LaGrange, Kentucky; daughters, Brittany and husband Jordan Meadows of Somerset, Kentucky, and Heather and husband Christopher Pendery also of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Shannon Kidd, Jesse Hargis, Dylan Collins and Chris Collins; sisters, Hannah Morgan, Tammy Coffey, Dana McCullough and Crystal Collins; and several grandchildren.
Burial was in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Chester (Harold) Douglas, formerly of Revelo, KY, age 77, born May 30, 1943, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at his home in Mossy Head, FL. Harold was the son of the late Phillip and Lois (Davis) Douglas. Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Brenda (Wilson) Douglas. He was survived by four children: Melissa Ricketts, Shawn Douglas, Josh Douglas, and Alex Douglas; seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren: six siblings, Roger Douglas, Edna Stephens, Don Douglas, Mary Douglas, Roy Douglas, and Carl Ned Douglas; and a special friend and neighbor DeAlba Fausto. He was a retired Diesel Mechanic/HVAC Technician of the US Air Force, having served two hitches in the Vietnam Conflict as well as tours in Alaska. There was no formal funeral service, only viewing for the family and friends at the Heritage Funeral Home, Panama City FL on December 22, 2020 at 1PM; cremation followed and burial at a later date.

Dorothy Lay age 76 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on January 6, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin, Kentucky. She is survived by her husband, Orvilee Lay, whom she married on August 25, 1962.
She was born on November 16, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Henry Leroy McVay and Mary Isabelle (Fulton). In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Mark Alan Lay, a sister Louise Malone, and one grandson.
Surviving family include her husband Orvilee Lay of Pine Knot, son Daniel Lay and wife Amy Meadors of Pine Knot, daughters Maranda Soard of Louisville, Carla Strunk and husband James of Strunk, and Elizabeth Lay of Pine Knot, a brother Jerry Manz and wife Penny of Springfield, Ohio, and a sister Sandra Bayne of Springfield, Ohio. She also had 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren
Dorothy was a member of the Davis Hill church of God. She loved working with her hands, sewing, crocheting, quilting, and anything else she could find. She loved and enjoyed being with her family.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Clay Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Ray Neal, age 83 years, 1 month, and 10 days, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Graveside services were held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the Neal Family Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.
He was born Wednesday, November 24, 1937 in Stearns, Kentucky to Anthony Neal and Fannie Morton Neal. Ray was a retired welder from Lear-Siegler. He attended Stearns Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed making replica native American artifacts, fishing, hunting, flowers, and gardening. He loved tinkering and working on lawn mowers.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and daughter, Rhonda Carol Reynolds.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Neal, four sons, Carson Neal, and wife Ruthie, Randy Neal, and wife, Martha Jill, Nick Neal, and wife, Jamie, and Willie East, one daughter, Francina Sparks, and three grandchildren, Gwen, Leann, and Fiona.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ray Neal.

Charles Gary Strunk, age 74 years, 6 months and 10 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Doris M. Lanning Strunk, died Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Charles was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on June 16, 1946 the son of the late Earl and Gracie Strunk. He had worked as an electrician and served his Country in the US Army, was a member of American Legion, VFW and Am Vets.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brother; James D. Strunk and sister; Lois Donovan.
Survivors include his wife; Doris, son; Charles Strunk and wife Lisha of Cincinnati, Ohio, and step-daughter; Marlene and husband Danny Young of Whitley City, Kentucky, and 4 grandchildren.
Per his wishes, cremation was chosen.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Barbara Vanover, age 58 years, of the Sawyer Community, widow of Francis Vanover, died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on April 17, 1962 the daughter of Lincoln and Flora (Spradlin) Campbell. Barbara was a homemaker and enjoyed her flower gardening.
Her parents; husband, Francis Vanover; and sister, Naydean Vanover precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Steven Vanover and wife, Amanda of Parkers Lake; daughter, Brittany Ridner and husband, Estle of Parkers Lake; brothers, Darrell Campbell and Harold Campbell both of Whitley City, and Kenneth Campbell of Parkers Lake; sister, Doris Ridner of Parkers Lake; grandchildren, Jachob Vanover, Adrian Vanover, Lydia Vanover, Aubri Vanover, and Cassedi Ridner.
Graveside services were held 11am Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Taylor Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Martha Dean Thomas, age 70, of Whitley City, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2020, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Martha was born on April 28, 1950, in Somerset, daughter of late Walter Thomas and Louise Thomas-Garrett. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Cumberland College, in Williamsburg, and taught in the McCreary County School System. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitley City. Martha loved tending her flowers, playing with her animals and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Jody Dugger, of Whitley City; her brother, John Thomas (and Junko), of Shiloh, Illinois; her sisters, Shellah Warner, of Hartford City, Indiana, Jan Chaney (and Mike), of Pine Knot, and Brenda Shelley (and David), of Stearns; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Martha in death are her parents; her brother, Jimmy Thomas; her brother-in-law, Ralph “Sonny” Warner; and her mother and father-in-law, Peggy and Gene Dugger.
A Celebration of the Life of Martha Dean Thomas will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Protection League of McCreary County, P.O. Box 284, Stearns, KY 42647 or call 606-354-3647.
You may view the obituary and send condolences to the family at www.somersetundertaking.com
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Roger Dale Watson, age 72 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, died January 4, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on September 29, 1948 the son of Elbert and Nancy (Loudermilk) Watson. Roger had worked as a coal miner and was of the Church of God faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delena Faye (Spradlin) Watson; brothers, Delmer Pete Watson, Lloyd Don Watson, James Watson, Roy Watson, David Watson, Henry Watson, and 2 infants; sisters, Mary Daugherty, Wilma Allen, Barbara Vanover, Nancy Watson, and Evelyn Otten.
Survivors include his sons, Jerry Watson of Mt. Vernon, and Samuel Crabtree of London; daughters, Rhonda Perry of Marshes Siding, and Deloris Dunn of Irvine; brother, Gorman “Bunt” Watson of Marshes Siding; sister, Debra Stephens of Marshes Siding; grandchildren, Carley Perry, Dewayne Crabtree, Samantha Crabtree, Brandon Perry, Cody Perry, Tabitha Dunn, Jacob Dunn, Taylor Farrow, and Wyatt Farrow; and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, January 8, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Eddie Ray “Trader” Waters, age 64 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died January 2, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on December 24, 1956 the son of Hollis Waters and Lora Mae (Slaven) Waters. Eddie had worked as a car salesman, enjoyed working on mowers, 4-wheeling, and hot rods.
His parents; step father, Dewey Davis; and brothers, Hollis Waters, and Danny Wilson precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa (Phillips) Waters of Pine Knot; sons, Cody Waters and wife, Miranda, Dustin Wilson, Michael Lyons, Rocky Martin, and James Martin all of Pine Knot; daughters, Tammy Longmire of Tennessee and Venise Cornett of London; sister, Cassie Hardwick of Pine Knot; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Spradlin officiating. Burial followed in the Waters-Davis Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Willard “Will” Williams Jr., age 63 years, and 13 days, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at his residence in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.
He was born December 23, 1957 in Jackson, Kentucky to Willard Williams Sr. and Rose McIntosh Morris. Willard had very strong faith, loved the Lord, and carried his Bible with him as he travelled around the country. As a youth, Will enlisted in the Army. He made his living as a trim and finish carpenter and was excellent at his craft. He loved fishing and the ocean. Throughout Will’s life, he travelled in search of adventures. He panned gold in California, worked fiberglass on yachts, and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed cooking and was a great cook. Will was eager to learn and enjoyed watching the Discovery and History channels. He had a kind heart and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand.
Preceding him in death were his parents and other loved ones.
Survivors include the many family and friends who loved him dearly including Eugenia Jones, his caregiver and best friend.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Willard “Will” Williams Jr.

Edward Reed Yancey, age 60 years, of the Day Ridge Community, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on October 29, 1960 the son of Arvell Reed and Cassie Geraldine (Owens) Yancey. Edward was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, an avid fan of Dodge vehicles, and loved to fish.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Christopher Yancey; and sister, Debbie Yancey.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann (Keith) Yancey; daughters, Ashely Yancey of London, Kentucky and Jessica Yancey of Toledo, Ohio; step-sons, Jesse Parks of Cincinnati and Dillon Parks of Indiana; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Owens Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Sunday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Patricia Ann Martin Baker, age 68, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:00pm EST in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Woods officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation after 12:00pm EST on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the services and will be in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Sidney Wayne Bell age 66 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, December 25, 2020 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born June 5, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Ernest S. Bell and Rosie Lee (Moore) Bell. In addition to his parents, Sidney is preceded in death by his brother, Michael “Mike” Bell.
Surviving family include his children, Donnie Wayne Bell (Regina Walker) of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Misty Lynn Stephens (Larry) of Strunk, Kentucky; brothers, Gary Bell (Rosie) and Robert Bell (Beth) of Ohio; a sister, Brenda Bryant of Williamsburg, Kentucky; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 special nieces; and Sidney’s longtime companion, Karen Lee Ellis.
Sidney enjoyed playing cards, especially poker. In past time he had worked in construction building log homes. Sidney took much pride in caring for his home, always keeping a clean house and a home cooked meal on the table. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral service were held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Chitwood Cemetery in Winfield, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to assist with remaining funeral expense.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Edsel Ford Blevins, one McCreary County’s most beloved citizens, passed away on Thursday December 31, 2020 at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm graveside at the Blevins-Kidd Cemetery on Peters Mountain.
Edsel was born November 12, 1937 in Bell Farm, Kentucky, to Birdell and Arzona (Kidd) Blevins. He was the last of three children born to his parents, a daughter, Betsy Jane Blevins, and son, Warren Harding Blevins, died in infancy. Edsel remained close to his parents and devoted his life to caring for them. The years rolled by and Edsel never married.
Edsel was the custodian at Smithtown School for many years and was loved by the students and faculty alike. He was always quick with an encouraging word, a hug, a joke or a novelty song. A renowned old time banjo picker, Edsel also spent many years with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway in Stearns, Kentucky as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador for the community. November 5, 2010 was proclaimed Edsel Blevins week in his beloved McCreary County.
Edsel was a devout Christian, and often travelled seven nights per week to play music in church services. He played for several gospel groups over the years and also played on the Friday Night Frolic on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thanks to the efforts of his many friends, Edsel was given the opportunity to share his talent and banjo style with other area musicians and popular venues in the area. Notably, the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his vast contributions to old time music.
Edsel leaves a legacy of music, friendship, service to others and a wonderful example of what it really means to be a Christian.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Edsel Blevins.

Wanda Lou Braden, age 72 years, 6 months, and 24 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm at the Bethel Cemetery.
She was born May 23, 1948 in Parkers Lake to Raymond and Maxine Davis. Wanda was a member of the Upper Marsh Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed going to church and visiting with her church family. She loved birdwatching and was always mindful to keep her bird feeders full. In her spare time, Wanda enjoyed word search puzzles and listening to bluegrass gospel music. The thing she most enjoyed was spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Lois.
Survivors include her husband, J.D. Braden, whom she married June 10, 1967, sons, Tim Braden and his wife, Christine, of Whitley City and Allen Braden of Pine Knot, daughters, Regina Smith and her husband, John, of Winfield and Pamela Dick and her husband, Bobby, of Bronston, a brother, Eddie Davis of Somerset, sisters, Anna Keith of Somerset, Lana Helton and her husband, Pete, Carol Wood and her husband, Gene, and Norma Swegman, all of Indiana, eleven grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wanda Braden.

Johnny Lee Coffey, age 33 years, of the Rattlesnake Ridge Community, died Monday, December 28, 2020 at the UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 8, 1987 the son of Randle and Josephine (Gregory) Coffey. Johnny had worked as a carpenter, was a member of the Hilltop Baptist Church, and enjoyed working as a mechanic and on electronics.
His mother precedes him in death.
Survivors include his father, Randle Coffey; son, Connor Lee Barnett Coffey of Pine Knot; daughter, Carlena Faith Barnettie Barnett Coffey of Pine Knot; fiancé, Robin Roberts of Stearns; brothers, Randy Allen Coffey (Gloria) of Stearns, sisters, Loretta Kaye Clark (Israel) of Stearns, Rebecca Lynn King (Charles) of Burnside, and Jeanette Coffey of Dayton, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Israel Clark, Felicia Clark, Isaac Clark, Hazel Clark, Raesean Dowell, Summer Dowell, Raeahna Dowell, Charles King, Jr. Charles King III, Brooke King, Jamie King, Richard King, Leia King, Erica King, Lydia Davis, Elaina King, Coleman Coffey, Chelsey Coffey, Huntleigh Swain, Damon Coffey, Kyle Coffey, Riley Coffey, Clark Bryant, Ellamae Bryant, Tyson Bryant, and Xavier Potter.
Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. George Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Shirley Crabtree, age 71 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, died Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
She was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky the daughter of Thurston and Zora (Waters) Whitehead. Shirley was a homemaker, enjoyed painting, cooking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, but most especially her family.
Her parents; husband, Minister Andy LD Crabtree; a brother and sister precede her in death.
Survivors include her children, Ricky Allen Crabtree and wife, Lisa of Strunk, Beverly Sue (Crabtree) Risner and husband Larry of Stearns, and Andy Paul Crabtree and wife Debbie of Stearns; grandchildren, Michkel Don Anderson and wife Jennifer, Justin Matthew Crabtree, Tony Allen Crabtree, Cassondra Kay (Anderson) Corder and husband Andy, Kaylee Lashea Crabtree, and Cynthia Renee Crabtree; great grandchildren, Haiely Dawn Anderson, Weston David Crabtree, James Andrew Corder, Justin and Raylon Anderson, Bree West, Andi Crabtree, Allison Corder, and Enslee Crabtree; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held 1pm Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery. The family will received friends after 12pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Gregory Alan Dobbs age 38 of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday, December 25, 2020 at his home.
He was born January 1, 1982 in Springfield, Illinois to the late Donald Lee Dobbs and Connie Sue (Dennis) Dobbs. In addition to his parents, Gregory is preceded in death by his brother, Jason Dobbs.
Surviving family include his wife, Amanda (Watson) Dobbs and their children, Tristan Alan Dobbs and Jacob Andrew Dobbs; a brother, Richard Brian Dobbs (Carol); sisters, Melissa King (Bryan) and Vicki Dobbs, all of Stearns, Kentucky; and 7 very special nieces and nephews.
Gregory had worked as a butcher for Earl Anderson’s Grocery as well as IGA and Save-A-Lot. He also enjoyed carpentry work, having worked for Monticello Flooring as well. In his spare time, Gregory enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on Chevrolet Trucks. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Delmus Watson officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with remaining funeral expenses.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Bobby Carl Hamlin, age 85 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, died January 3, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on March 11, 1935 the son of Oscar and Dorothy Darlene (Roundtree) Hamlin. Bob and wife, Joan, helped to build the South Pine Knot Church of God. Bob had become a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God on July 1, 2018. In the past, he had been an equipment operator for the Gatliff Coal Company and had also worked for the Sunshine Biscuit Company. Bob was a member of the Lincoln-Mercury Club in Detroit, loved fishing, socializing, and attending church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Joan (Bledsoe) Hamlin; son, Randall Wayne “Randy” Hamlin; brothers, Donald Hamlin and Raymond Hamlin; and a granddaughter, Traci Lyn Hamlin Adkins.
Survivors include his brother, Eddie Hamlin of Williamsburg; grandchildren, Michael Hamlin of Williamsburg and Jamie Todd Hamlin (Tiffany) of Pine Knot; and great grandchildren, Cade, Allie, Kendall, and Kolton
Funeral services were held at 12:00 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Bledsoe Cemetery in Pennington Gap, Virginia. home. Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Bobby Carl Hamlin.

James Lowell “Buddy” Jones, age 82 years, 2 months and 19 days, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Tenova Health Care in Knoxville, Tennessee and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Anderson and Bro. James Upchurch officiating. Burial was in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
He was born Sunday, September 27, 1938, in Whitley City, Kentucky to Henry Jones and Linda (Foster)Jones. After graduating high school, Buddy served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1959. He had worked as a dorm supervisor for Pine Knot Job Corps before his retirement. Buddy was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing, yard work and watching TV.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson James Tucker, and three brothers, Ken Jones, Foster Jones and Wiley Jones. Survivors include his daughter, Regina Weber, and husband, Chris, grandchildren, Joshua and Haley, and four sisters, Eula Duncan, Peggy Lair, Barbara Sanders and Shirley McCloskey.
Buddy left a lifetime of memories to enjoy and find comfort in.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Buddy Jones.

Ralph Delynn Jones, age 82 years, 3 months, and 10 days, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany Indiana and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Saturday, January 2, 2021, in the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky, with Bro. Braxton King officiating.
Ralph, born September 14, 1938 in Revelo Kentucky, was one of nine children born to George Dewey and Crecy Jane (Ryan) Jones, both deceased. He was born in to a quickly changing world. His two older brothers entered WWII when he was four and two older sisters left for nurses training at almost the same time. The world was just settling down in 1950 when his father suddenly died in a coal mining accident and Ralph, age 14, saw everything change again. He graduated from high school and moved to Indianapolis where a sister was living and went to work for Chevrolet, retiring after 30 years. Ralph loved the outdoors, exploring the mysteries that were waiting for him. He loved to fish, hunt, and tell big stories about his adventures. It did not matter if he was in the hills of Kentucky, or out west in New Mexico, there was always a story to tell with that sly grin of his. Ralph enjoyed entertaining his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews with his animal calls and big bear stories. He never met a stranger and will be missed by all who knew him.
Brothers who preceded him in death are James, Carl, Dale and Roland Jones and a sister, Juanita (Jones) Griffing.
He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 48 years, two daughters Kimberly Brooks and Elizabeth Ann Gulock (husband Jim), two sons Gregory (wife Kristen) and David (wife Linda), four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He is also survived by a brother Paul Jones and two sisters, Genevieve Nettles, Geneve Lawson, sister in laws Cordelia and Janet Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ralph Delynn Jones.

Delmer Lay age 95 of the Holly Hill Community passed from this life on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Williamsburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on December 4, 1925 in Creekmore, Kentucky to the late George and Clema (Gilreath) Lay. Delmer was married to the late Etta (Weaver) Lay on April 10, 1955. Born to this union were their children, Joy Ball and husband, Rick, of Holly Hill, Delmer Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Derrick Lay of Holly Hill and longtime companion, Angela Flynn and her daughter, Kristen Owens and granddaughters, Peyson Rae and Emery Jayne Owens, Jonathan Lay and wife, Teresa of Holly Hill, and Alecia Stephens and husband, Jason, also of Holly Hill; and 6 grandchildren, Palace Stephens, Jon Jon, Joshua, Emma, Josiah, and Abby Lay.
Delmer is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Lillian Lay of Cincinnati, Ohio, Vivian Murray of Lafollette, Tennessee, and Lola Benge of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by brothers, Boyd and Lowell Lay; and sisters, Nina Baird, Almereen Tower, and Bonnie Jean Jones.
Delmer hauled cars in his early years and then drove a coal truck for many years, while also farming. He was a heavy equipment operator in the Strip Pits till 1976. He was a strong man of faith and was highly respected. Delmer was saved in 1957 and was baptized by Rev. Ledford Perry. He attended Hayes Creek Church of God faithfully throughout his life, training up his children in church. Delmer would mention the Lord to nearly everyone he met. He lived a life of hard work and always willing to pray for anyone. He will be greatly missed, but we rejoice that one day, we will be reunited with him again in paradise.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God. Delmer was laid to rest at the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Mallie Murphy
Mallie Murphy, age 84 years, 11 months, and 2 days, of Winfield, Tennessee, wife of Jackie Murphy, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
She was born January 23, 1936 in Manchester, Kentucky, to Albert Craft and Emma Clark Craft. In keeping with her wishes she was cremated.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, a son, Jackie Murphy Jr., and all but two of her siblings.
Survivors include her husband, Jackie Murphy, sisters, Georgia and Ollie, and grandchildren, Cameron Murphy, Brodie Murphy, and Jacklyn Murphy Wilson.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mallie Murphy.

Wanda Faye Owens, age 81, 4 months and 28 days, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Coffey officiating. Burial was in the Owens Family Cemetery.
She was born July 19, 1939 in KayJay, Kentucky, to Edward Yancey and Cana (Vanover) Yancey. She met and later married Silas Owens on December 24, 1959 and made their home together and raised a family. Wanda was of the Baptist faith, and enjoyed raising a big garden for as long as she was able. But most of all, she loved caring for and spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her son, Curtis Douglas Owens, her daughter, Etta Lynn Owens and a granddaughter, Felicia Johnson, brothers, Doyle Yancey, Clellan Yancey, and her brother Arvel Reed Yancey, who passed away just hours after Wanda, sisters Alene, Wilma , Edda Rose, Lenna Ruth and Joyce, special uncle, El Vanover, special aunt, Hazel Helton Vanover, and special first cousin, James Helton.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Silas Owens, sons, Wymon Owens and his wife Angela, Silas Euell Owens and his wife Kathy, and Oliver Owens, grandchildren, Latosha Owens, W.L. Wymon Owens Jr., and Mason Owens, great grandchildren, Logan Owens, AJ Owens, Mason Owens, Bryana Owens and Madison Owens, sisters Glenna Mae Stanton, Lois Coffey and her husband, Pat, and Elva Hughes and her husband, Charlie and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wanda Owens.

Michael “Mike” Perry age 61 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
He was born July 12, 1959 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late George Perry and June (Berry) Perry. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant son, Rodney Perry.
Surviving family include his wife, Rhonda (Duncan) Perry whom he married, October 24, 1982; daughters, Nikki Perry (Curtis Crabtree) of Pine Knot, Jennifer Vaughn (Eric) of Whitley City, Amanda Hellweg (Jason) of Whitley City, and Tabitha Cox (Don) of Pine Knot; a son, Kyle Perry (Kayla) of Whitley City; brothers, Eddie Perry of Pine Knot, Rick Perry (Brenda) of Stearns, Gary Perry (Cathy) of Whitley City, and David Perry of Whitley City; sisters, Linda Sellers (Gary) of Pine Knot, Brenda Perry of Pine Knot, and Charlotte Sumner (Lonnie) of Pine Knot; and special friends, Doc and Portia Winchester, George “Buddy” Wilson, and Terry “Tank” Lawson.
Also surviving are Mike’s grandchildren, whom he loved more than they know, Zac Perry, Aden Vaughn, Hunter Vaughn, Trenton Helbert, Weston Cox, Ryleigh Hellweg, Paxton Cox, Colton Vaughn, Jacob Perry, Braelynn Hellweg, Hannah Perry, Emma Perry, Rebecca Crabtree, and Kholson Crabtree.
Mike was a longtime member of the Marshes Siding Church of God. He was very active within the church, always lending a helping hand and taking a large role in vacation bible school. At home, he enjoyed fishing, taking walks, and working. Mike loved his family and was the most proud of his children and grandchildren. He took much pride in playing a major role in their lives, always wanting the best for them and letting them know they are loved so dearly.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Hurstle Daugherty, Bro. Finley Vaughn, Bro. Harry Waters, and Bro. Cody Canada officiating. Burial followed in in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Patricia Ann Phillips, age 65 years, 7 months, and 8 days, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Perry and Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.
She was born May 6, 1955 in Lincoln Park, Michigan to Lawrence Vanover and Edna Stephens Vanover. Pat was a member of the Meadows Grove Baptist Church but was attending Whitley City Second Baptist Church. Pat enjoyed gardening and had an amazing green thumb, her ability to grow flowers and ferns was astonishing and was envied by many. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who loved cooking for her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. But above all she loved the Lord and would witness to others about His amazing grace.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, David Vanover, a sister, Linda Sue Vanover, and a great grandson, Jancetun Waters.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Phillips, whom she married October 16, 1970, sons, Mark Phillips and his wife, Melissa of Pine Knot, and Roger Phillips and his wife, Christi, of Stearns, daughter, Lisa Ball and her husband, Phillip, of Whitley City, sisters, Velvie Byrd and her husband Joe, of Cape Coral, Florida and Kathy Richardson and her husband, Bill, of Michigan, sister-in-law, Thelma Jean Phillips of Stearns, grandchildren, Trevor Phillips, Taylor Phillips, Trey Phillips, Lauryn Phillips, Molly Phillips, and Isabella Ball, and many, many friends who she loved and who loved her.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Pat Phillips.

Scotty Dean Rollins, age 56 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, died Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born on Marshes Siding, Kentucky on July 30, 1964 the son of Denver “Pig” and Dorris Jean (Vanover) Rollins.
His mother precedes him in death.
Survivors include his father, Denver “Pig” Rollins; brother, Ricky J. Rollins; and sister, Sharon Rollins all of Parkers Lake; and niece, September Smith-Rollins.
Funeral services were held 2pm Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins officiating. Burial followed in the Marlar Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Sunday at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Anthony Cooper Ross age 53 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at his home.
He was born on April 1, 1967 in Somerset, Kentucky to Lanney Ross and Willa Catherine (Daugherty) Ross Pierce. In addition to his mother, Anthony is preceded in death by a sister, Holly Nicole Ross.
Surviving family include his sons, Bronson Ross (Hailey Stephens) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Devin Ross (Felicia) also of Whitley City; his father, Laney Ross (Sue) of Robbins, Tennessee; grandchildren, Leelyn Ross, Brooklyn Ross, and Kason Duncan; and many extended family members.
Anthony loved music. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and fishing. He was also very interested in antique cars and wolves. Anthony will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial followed in the Kingtown Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Marvina Silverman, age 75 years, 4 months, and 16 days passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Huntsville, Tennessee and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated.
She was born July 30, 1945 in South Dakota. Marvina was of the Jewish faith and had worked as a legal secretary. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, watching sports, and playing video games.
Preceding her in death were her husbands, Joseph Zemitis and Bernie Silverman, a daughter, Patricia Lamb, and a sister.
Survivors include a daughter, Pennie Miller, a son-in-law, William Lamb, a special sister-in-law, Bertha Benjamin, four grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Marvina Silverman.

Rita Taylor Smith age 91 of Eaton, Ohio, (formerly of Stearns, Kentucky) went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2020.
She was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on August 14, 1929 to her parents Jasper Taylor and Ona (Golden) Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hurstle I. Smith; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers.
Rita is survived by her 4 children, Donnie H. (Florence) Smith, Roger N. (Ann) Smith, Patricia Ann (John) Czeiszperger, and Robert H. (Pamela) Smith; brother, Larry Taylor; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great children.
Rita enjoyed sewing, canning, and cooking especially when she was younger. She even won several blue ribbons for her quilts. She was a member of the Farmersville Eastern Star. She was a good Christian mother and above all loved her kids and grandkids. “It’s shoutin’ time in Heaven”
Special thank you to Florence Smith for her loving care of Rita for the last few years.
Funeral service information is currently pending at this time and will be announced when it becomes available.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Donna Dianne Stephens, age 68 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, died Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born on March 21, 1952 the daughter of Donald Larry and Uneeda Mae “Penny” (Hutson) Price. She was a retired school teacher for the McCreary County School System.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Darrell R. Stephens of Pine Knot; daughter, Jamie Eubank and husband Steven of Eubank, KY; step-sons, Chris Stephens and Eric Stephens, brothers, Craig Price of Whitley City and David Price and wife, Lisa of Stearns, KY; sister; Robin Reagan and husband, Steve of Sevierville, TN; grandchildren, Thomas Eubank, Joseph Eubank and Jeremiah Perry; nieces, Stacy Waters, Angela Perry, Laquia Anderson and Tara Chaney.
Dianne was a dedicated teacher who also volunteered at her grandsons school, was the Academic Coach, did after school tutoring, and was the KEA President. She enjoyed quilting, painting, crafts, canning and was a wonderful cook. Her biggest joy was spending time with her grandsons.
Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the Pleasant Run Church with Bro. Dennis Bryant officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Run Cemetery. The family will received friends after 11am Thursday at the Church
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Francis Alene Terry, age 73 years, 9 months, and 9 days, of Whitley City passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in the Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 28, 2020 in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
She was born March 14, 1947 in Wiborg, Kentucky to Harold Wyatt and Ethel Martin Wyatt. Francis attended Whitley City Church of God while she was able. She enjoyed raising chickens, gardening, and caring for her children.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Albert Joshua Terry, brothers, Jim Wyatt, Carl Wyatt, and Roy Wyatt, and sisters, Betty Lou Perry, Martha Wyatt, Norma Lee Maxey, and Mary Jean Troxell.
Survivors include sons, Josh Terry of Whitley City and Jason Terry, brother, Lawrence Terry of Whitley City, and sisters, Gladys Adkins of Bean Station, Tennessee, Judy Chitwood of Marshes Siding, Wanda Faye Roberts of Whitley City, and Brenda Wyatt of Whitley City.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Francis Alene Terry.

Cleda Faye Vanover, age 76 years, 3 months, and 19 days of Whitley City, passed away Friday, December 18, 2020 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman -Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada and Bro. Jimmie Vanover officiating. Burial was in the Sandhill Cemetery
She was born August 29, 1944 in Whitley County, Kentucky to Rev. Arnold Canada and Mary Martha Bell Canada. Faye was a member of the Taylor Ridge Baptist Church. She loved tracing her family roots through genealogy and working jigsaw puzzles. Faye also enjoyed cooking and caring for her family and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Toby Vanover, a daughter, Terri Vanover Smith, a brother, Arnold Canada, Jr., and a sister, Nancy Todd.
Survivors include her husband of many years and father of her children, Hoyatt “Sonny” Vanover, a son, Tim Vanover and his wife, Susie of Whitley City, a daughter, Melissa Phillips and her husband, Mark, of Pine Knot, brothers, Jim Canada of Whitley City, Gary Canada and his wife, Darlene, of Whitley City, and Robert Canada and his wife, Wanda, of Ragland, Alabama, sisters, Glenna Clark and her husband, Elmer, Ruth Sumner and her husband, Bob, and Jane Bryant, all of Whitley City, grandchildren, Dustin Smith, Samantha Cox, Betty Cox, Dylan Smith, Kayli Gregory, Lauryn Phillips, and Molly Phillips and great grandchildren, Nathan Neely, Coleman Neely, Maddison Smith, Lukas Smith, Evy Smith, and Nash Gregory.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Faye Vanover.

Gary Vanover, age 61 years, 2 months, and 14 days passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at his residence in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
In keeping with his wishes, Gary was cremated.
He was born October 16, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Coyett Vanover and Alice Ravina (Fickey) Vanover. Gary was a retired truck driver for Super Service. He enjoyed billiards and played in tournaments. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his father, and two sisters, Barbara Moore, and Lori Vanover.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Ravina Wilson,his fiancé, Cheryl Canada, a son, Gary Vanover II, and his wife, Amanda, a daughter, Amanda Rutherford, stepdaughters, Chayann Vanover and Kala Vanover, two brothers, Wayne Vanover, and his wife, Shelley, Larry Vanover, and his wife, Debbie, two sisters, Pamela Dickenson, and her husband, Gary Lee, and Michelle Coffey, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, a special friend Leon Hatfield, and a special nephew Timmy Moore.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Gary Vanover.

Shelia Kaye Vanover, age 57 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, died Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her niece’s home in Parkers Lake.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 2, 1963 the daughter of Howard and Opal (Clark) Vanover. Shelia was a homemaker, of the Baptist Faith, enjoyed sewing, camping, puzzles, art, crafts, but most especially her grandchildren.
Her parents; brother, James Vanover; sister, Helen Perry; and niece, Elizabeth Perry precede her in death.
Survivors include the children to whom she was a second mother, Dylan Perry (Whitney Taylor), Taylor Perry (Erik McCoy), and Rusty Perry (Allyson Tucker) all of Parkers Lake; brothers, David Vanover (Jill Watson) of Parkers Lake and Howard Vanover (Pat) of Mooresville, Indiana; grandchildren, Peyton Perry, Traceyn Perry, and Chloe Perry; a brother-in-law, Gary Perry; and nieces and nephews, Lance Vanover, Jesse Vanover, Lance Vanover, Jr., Donnie Hill, Brittany Richardson, Terry Perry, Gary Perry (Carrie), Steven McCoy, Harley Hill, Trevor Perry, Preston Shoopman, Collin Shoopman, Joseph Shoopman, Ariyah Perry, and Marissa Perry.
Funeral services were held 12pm Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Solomon Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

Dallas Henley Watters, born February 20, 1943, of Whitley City, KY, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky.
Dallas was born in Blue Heron, McCreary County Co., Kentucky, the son of the late Henley Waters and Lillie Ledbetter Waters. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sons, Dewayne and Tony Watters, brothers, Flenor, Ronald, Dakota, Goldman, Simon, , Arnold, Phillip Waters and Bobby Watters, sisters, Laura Pennington and Corina Hubble, one granddaughter and one grandson.
Survivors include his son; Scott and wife Denise of Indianapolis, IN., daughter, Christy and husband Darrell Hammond of Indianapolis, IN., five Grandsons and numerous Great Grandchildren, brothers, Don Watters of Daleville, IN., John and wife Rachel Watters of Stearns, KY, David and wife Wilma Watters of Daleville, IN., and Jimmy Waters of Strunk, KY , sister, Louise Spradlin of Daleville, IN.
Dallas worked for twenty-five years for General Motors in Anderson, IN., before retiring, his favorite pastimes were singing and visiting churches, he was of the United Baptist faith. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite 32nd Degree, Eastern Star and Shiners of Indianapolis, IN.
Visitation was Friday, December 18, 2020 from 1:00 PM until funeral service at 2:00 PM, with Brother Tim Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Waters Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Dallas Watters.

James “JD” Dewey Witt
James “JD” Dewey Witt, age 86 years, 10 months, and 14 days, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
JD was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on January 6, 1934 to the late Dewey Witt and the late Jane (Ashton) Witt.
JD was a graduate of the McCreary County High School. He continued his education at Eastern Kentucky University and obtained his Master’s Degree in Education. He was a teacher for 30 years at the Miami Springs Senior High School. During his teaching career he specialized in woodshop and he was the head of the Industrial Arts department.
JD was the widower of Betty (Lovett) Witt, whose ashes will be placed with him and they will be laid to rest near the Pleasant Run Baptist Church where he attended. He loved to spend time outdoors, whether it was hunting and fishing, or spending time on the farm.
JD is survived by: two sons, Rusty Witt, Allen Witt (Diane); and one granddaughter, Cristy Witt.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:00 am with Bro. Dennis Bryant officiating. JD was laid to rest in the Pleasant Run Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

James Richard “Rick” Witt, age 71, passed away at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
James was born in Germantown, Ohio to the late William Wallace Witt Sr. and the late Dora Dean (Metcalfe) Witt on November 15, 1949. He made a career out of welding, but before that he served as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corp from 1969-1972. James enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved to shoot the bull, as he could commonly be found in the ear of anyone who would listen.
He is preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Ronald Witt, Bill Witt Jr.; and one sister, Mary Steele.
James is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his wife of 24 years, Johnia Witt; sons, Robert “Bobby” Witt, Travis Witt (Magen); one step son, Mike Chapin; step daughters, Michelle Chapin, Jeanna Azbill; brothers, Orvil Witt, Randy Witt, George Witt; sisters, Von Sams, Sarah Abner, Connie Rice, Margie Wallce; eleven grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service were held on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 11:00 am until service time. Cremation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, it has been requested to make donations to the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Nancy Ann Worley, age 75 years, 2 months, and 22 days, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was follow in McCreary Memorial Gardens.
She was born September 21, 1945 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Ralph Bruce and Treacia Helton Bruce. Nancy was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God. She was a hairdresser and late became a Walmart Associate. She enjoyed quilting, cross stitching, embroidery, and sewing. Nancy loved spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and an infant brother, Robert Bruce.
Survivors include a son, Jeff Worley, a daughter, Tracey Strunk, and husband, Richard, the father of her children, Jim Worley, three grandchildren, Nicholas Duncan, Zachary Worley, and Chloe Strunk, a sister, Sylvia Mazzia, and husband, Ferd, a niece, Kandee Swift, and a dear friend, Cheryl Russell.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nancy Worley.

Arvell Reed Yancey, age 85 years, of the Day Ridge Community, died Friday, December 18, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Reed was born in Kayjay, Kentucky on June 25, 1935 the son of Edward and Cana Vay (Vanover) Yancey. He had worked for the Chrysler Corporation in the Stamping Division.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine (Owens) Yancey; son, Christopher Yancey; daughter, Debbie Yancey; brothers, Clell Yancey and Doyle Yancey; and sisters, Wanda Owens, Alene Sumner, Etta Vay Rose, Ruth Hickman, Joyce Lyons, and Wilma Choates.
Survivors include his son Edward Yancey and wife, Barbara of Whitley City; sisters, Glenna Stanton of Mt. Vernon, Lois Coffey of Whitley City, and Eva Dean Hughes of Parkers Lake; grandchildren, Ashley Yancey and Jessica Yancey; and 8 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, December 21, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. John Duvall, Jr. and Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Owens Family Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Houston Byrd, affectionately called “Byrdi” by friends, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at his home. Houston was born December 17, 1994 in Oak Ridge Tennessee. He was the son of Mark E Byrd and Trina Lawson Byrd.
Houston was a graduate of Oneida High School class of 2013, received his BS degree from Tennessee Tech University in 2020 and was employed by the Oneida Special School District as a Special Education teacher at Oneida Middle School. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Houston was a football player at Oneida all of his middle and high school years. He enjoyed boating, golfing, travel, and was also the biggest LSU fan around and proud of it. To know him was to love him. He was a protector, a mentor, and a great friend.
Houston is survived by his daughter Marklee Mae Byrd, who was the true love and light of his life; his parents Mark and Trina Byrd; sisters Ashton and Triston Byrd; grandparents Eugene and Mary Byrd & Earshel Lawson and Bonnie Blevins; and uncle Dale Byrd. Houston also leaves behind too many friends to list, his students that he had grown so fond of, Paige Cooper who has been like a sister, and Bob the cat who has been his companion for 7 years.
Friends visited with the Byrd family on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 5 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 8 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Heath Sexton, Josh Sharp and Bro. Delyn Phillips officiating. Music was provided by Ashton Byrd, Dallas West and Marcy Thomas.
Committal service were Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. in the Byrd Family Cemetery in the Pine Hill community. Serving as pallbearers are Dannon West, Trevor Allen, Tyler Bankston, Tyler Carson, Jordan Barnes, Logan Miller, Jacob Lambert, Dakota Baker, Adam Young, Christian Lawrence, Dylan Myers, Jarrett Lay, Cory Lay, Josh Crowley, Dylan West, and Joshua Sharp.
In-Lieu-of flowers the family requests donations be made to:
The Oneida Middle School Playground Project
With the Health Guidelines in place at this time, we ask that you be mindful of the social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Masks are required.
Obituary courtesy of the McCreary County Funeral Home for Marcus “Houston” Byrd.

Jerry L. Jones, 62, of Colona, passed away, Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.
Cremation rites have been accorded. No services will be held at this time. Memorials may be made to Gift of Hope or Heart Association. Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd., Moline is assisting the family.
Jerry was born on February 24, 1958, in Somerset, KY, the son of Herbert and Alma (Crisp) Jones. He married Angela Lynn Calhoon on June 17, 2000 in London, KY. He worked for NAPA Auto Parts for over 40 years, the last 20 years he has worked as a manager at NAPA Auto Parts, Geneseo until he retired in October 2019. Jerry loved traveling and enjoyed watching Kentucky Wildcats Basketball. He loved spending time with the family, especially his grandchildren. Jerry was an organ donor through Gift of Hope. His selfless last act will help many in need.
Survivors include his wife, children, Jessica (Russ) Wright, Bethpage, TN, Jade (Shawn) Cotton, Le Clair, IA, Joe (Melody) Jones, KY, Luke Davis (East Moline), Samantha Copeland, Denver, CO; grandchildren, Layla Davis, Charlie Wright, Leola Cotton, Archer Cotton, Percy Wright; siblings, Trish Roy, Pine Knot, KY, and Herbert (Ruth) Jones Jr., Sarasota, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Boyce Jones, Harold Jones, and Jim Roy.
Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

John Lawson, age 83 years, 7 months, and 5 days, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home, with Bro. Braxton King officiating.
He was born Friday, April 30, 1937 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Frank Lawson and Mima Hinkle Lawson. He was a member of the Taylor Ridge Baptist Church. John was a coal miner for Blue Diamond and worked 30 years at Michigan Plating and Stamping. He enjoyed fishing, working, and staying busy. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Johnny Lawson, one daughter, Linda Clay Lawson, three brothers, Harold Lawson, James Lawson, and George Lawson, and one sister Juanita Lawson.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Joyce Lawson, one son, Dan Lawson and wife, Pam, two daughters, Ella Phillips and husband, Victor, and Lisa Jones and husband, Don, four grandchildren, Alisha McGee and husband, Greg, Lesley King and husband, Cody, Zack Jones and wife, Megan, Leanze Kuhnapfel and husband, Justin, and four great grandchildren, Priscilla McGee, Maddox McGee, Zane Jones, and Luka Kuhnapfel.
The Hickman Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of John Lawson.

Larry N. McKee, age 76 years, of Corbin, Kentucky, died Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 9, 1944 the son of Steve Jr. and Pauline (Lynch) McKee. Larry had been a heavy equipment mechanic for Wayne Supply, enjoyed hunting, drag racing, and cars, but his greatest joy in life were his family and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Eddie McKee.
Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Carolyn (Harris) McKee of Corbin; son, James Taylor (Brandal) of Stearns; daughters, Becky Woods (Scott) and Michelle Hammons (Mike) both of Corbin; brother, Leroy McKee (Della) of Stearns; sister, Diane Stephens of Whitley City; sister-in-law, Joan McKee of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Sierra Woods Rose (Camron), Braxton Hammons, Morgan Woods, Alexis Hammons, Ashley Taylor, Cristin Childers, Caitlin Hammons; and special friends/ hunting buddies, Estill Swain, Carl “Bino” Rains, David Taylor, Jerry Vanover, Jerry Ridener, and Jim Curry.
Graveside services were held 12pm Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the Thomas Cemetery in Rockholds, Kentucky with Dale Lewis officiating. The pallbearers were Braxton Hammons, Jim Ed Harris, Jonathan Harris, Adam McKee, Jeff Wilder, Terry McKee, Brian McKee, Dewey Harris, and Dean Harris.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Patricia Ann Phillips, age 65, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, wife of Harold Phillips, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020, at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am at the funeral home until service time. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery.
Family and friends are reminded to adhere to current CDC guidelines and masks are required.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Patricia Phillips.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Marcella A. (Kidd) Ryan, aged 86 years, 5 months, and 15 days, passed away peacefully, while surrounded by family, on Friday, December 11, 2020 in Elizabethtown. Kentucky.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:00pm EST in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby officiating. Visitation was at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 12:00pm until the funeral hour. Burial followed the services and will be in the T. Chitwood Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Marcella was the widow of Albert J. Ryan. She was born on June 26, 1934 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Jessie Earl Kidd and Madge Lee Stephens. She was a member at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God, which is a part of the General Assembly Church of God. Marcella enjoyed quilting, embroidery, crocheting, ceramics, and spending time with her family. She cared deeply for her family, and she knew exactly how to keep her grandchildren in line, as she told them that if they got around the pond without an adult “the fish would come out and bite their toes” or that they weren’t allowed in the basement alone because “her porcelain dolls would get them”.
She is preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; brothers, Gene Kidd (Ruth), Dean Kidd (Glenna), Robert Kidd, Gary Kidd; sisters, Joyce Juroska (Raymond), and Eileen Baird (Fred).
Marcella is survived by a large host of loving family, including: one son, Jerry W. Ryan (Susan) of Milford, Ohio; two daughters, Charolette Taylor (Dewayne) of Stearns, Kentucky, Leanna Marie Roberts (Kerry) of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; one brother, Lonnie Kidd (Janie) ; one sister, Sue Tribble (Danny); two sisters-in-law, Judy Kidd, Jewell Kidd; ten grandchildren, Sarah Wolfe, Jason Kidd, Tori Taylor, Madison Taylor, William Taylor, Damon Coffey, Kyle Coffey, Riley Taylor, Amber Roe, Devin Roberts, Jesse Roberts, Miranda Keeton, Ashley Ryan, Brandon Ryan, Jessica Smith, Erica Spiva; and numerous great grandchildren.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements for Mrs. Marcella Ryan.

Dale “Dynamite” Smith, age 74, of Indianapolis, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 at the Pine Knot Cemetery in Pine Knot, KY. Mr. Smith received military honors at the cemetery.
He was born May 22, 1946 in Stearns, Kentucky to Harold Smith and Rachel Shearer Smith. Dale retired from General Motors after 30 years of service, after serving in the US Army, during Vietnam. He married the former Jean Strunk, on November 15, 1969, recently celebrating 51 years together. He was also a member of Grace Fellowship, in Plainfield. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports, especially UK basketball, watching Jeopardy, and visiting with friends. Dale found the most enjoyment in family and church activities.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, David Smith, and brothers-in- law, Cookie Joe Williams and Louis Moseley.
Survivors include his wife, Jean, a son, Steve Smith and his wife, Betsy, grandchildren, Brock Smith and Gracie Jane Smith, a daughter, Susan Smith, sisters, Barbara Moseley, Genny Williams, and Sue Wright, and her husband, Cecil, and sister-in-law, Rachel Smith.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral, Whitley City, KY served the family of Dale Smith.

Mary Jean Troxell, age 76 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on August 31, 1944 the daughter of Harold and Ethel (Martin) Wyatt. Mary was a member of the Whitley City Church of God, a homemaker, and enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers and working puzzles.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; two son, David and Larry Troxell; 1 grandson, Little Jimmy Troxell; brothers, Jim Wyatt, Carl Wyatt, and Roy Wyatt; and sisters, Betty Lou Perry, Martha Wyatt, and Norma Lee Maxey.
Survivors include her husband, James Luther Troxell of Whitley City; two sons, Stanley Troxell and Jimmy Troxell both of Whitley City; two daughters, Faye Vaughn (Gene) of Whitley City and Linda Blanford (Scott) of Holy Cross, Kentucky; brother, Lawrence Wyatt of Whitley City; five sisters, Gladys Adkins of Bean Station, Tennessee, Judy Chitwood of Marshes Siding, Frances Terry of Pine Knot, Wanda Faye Roberts of Whitley City, Brenda Wyatt of Whitley City; 17 grandchildren, Christopher Troxell, Nicole Troxell, Paige Pauley (Husban), Nina Troxell, Holly Acker, Rachel Horton, Amanda Troxell, Jacob Troxell, Jackie Troxell, Jessica Troxell, Daneille Bolin, Kelsey Vaughn, Chelsea Bryant (Oscar), Larry Sammons (Terri), Teia Green (Jared), Serena Blanford, and Mason Blanford; and 36 great grandchildren.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order private funeral services were held. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert James Dewey Witt, age 86, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 19, 2020 in the Pleasant Run Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Bryant Officiating.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Nancy Worley, age 75, of Somerset, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman Strunk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Thursday at the funeral home.
Family and friends are reminded to adhere to current social distancing guidelines and masks are required.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy Worley.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

James “Buddy” Jones, age 82, of Whitley City, Kentucky, father of Regina Weber, passed away at Turkey Creek Medical Center, Tuesday, December 16, 2020 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in McCreary Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends are reminded to adhere to current CDC guidelines and masks are required
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James “Buddy” Jones.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Harley Gene Dobbs, infant son of Jarred Wayne and Jessica Rollins Dobbs, passed from this life on November 29, 2020 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born October 2, 2020, he was a joy to his parents, sisters, Bethani Rollins and Danni Hope Rollins of Parkers Lake and brother, Eli Wayne Dobbs of Whitley City.
In addition to his parents and siblings, he is survived by his grandparents; Gene & Paula Rollins of Parkers Lake and Phillip and Phyllis Dobbs of Whitley City, aunts, Kasey and Anthony Pelfrey, Aleisha and Derrick Baird, uncles, Tyler and Haley Rollins and Phillips Dobbs.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order, funeral services will be private with burial to follow in the Old Pigeon Cemetery. A private service has been scheduled for Harley in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with his Great Grandfather, Brother Harold Rollins officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Harley Gene Dobbs.

Anna Lee “Ann” Nicholas, age 94, of Somerset, KY, passed away from this life on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the home of her daughter.
Ann was born on September 26, 1926 in Mill Springs, KY., to the late Clay and Reva Neal West. She married her husband, Cecil “Boof” Nicholas on April 24, 1945 and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2003. She was retired from Palm Beach Company and enjoyed her time there and still talked about “the girls”. Ann was a quiet, kind hearted person. She enjoyed doing things for others and was always ready to lend a helping hand. When she was able, she stayed busy. She insisted on having a vegetable garden and spent endless hours canning and freezing the bounty of her work, knowing her children would reap the benefit when winter came. She loved cooking and baking and making quilts. Many people enjoyed the quilts she gave them. She was most happy outdoors. Wherever Cecil was or whatever he was doing, you would find Ann working by his side. She liked sitting on her porch watching the birds. Ann especially enjoyed her flowers, her favorite was the yellow rose.
Along with her parents, Clay and Reva West, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Cecil Nicholas, a son, Ronnie Wayne Nicholas, three brothers, Russell West, Bob West, and David West who died in infancy.
Ann is survived by a son, Larry (and Barbara) Nicholas of Nancy; two daughters, Brenda (and Bill) Lay of Ferguson and Sandy Coffey of Somerset; a step-son, Donald (and Betty) Nichols of Stearns, KY; her grandchildren; Marty Nicholas, Micah Nicholas, and Brooke Coffey; a great-grandchild, Cheikh Nicholas Beye; her step-grandchildren, Barbara Wilhelm, David Nichols, James Nichols, and Deidre Kidd.
Ann was of the Baptist faith. She was saved at a young age. In her late years, she kept her bible by her side and talked to the Lord regularly. She missed being in her own home. We are assured she is home today with Cecil, Ronnie, and her Mama. She has grieved the loss of her Mama for 68 years. Ann will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a private visitation for the immediate family will be held at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.
Her funeral service will follow at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will be Grave Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gregory Sherry for the excellent care he gave their Mother.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Grave Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 1441 Somerset, KY 42502.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Ann Nicholas.

Alice Irene Poynter, age 87 years, 11 months, and 3 days, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at her residence in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside Services were held Saturday, December 5, 2020 in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery with Bro. Joe Poynter officiating.
She was born December 29, 1932 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Walter Clark and Cora Taylor Clark. She held various jobs throughout her life. She worked at Cumberland Falls State Park, Hillcrest Nursing Home, and the Elliton Corporation. Alice loved her dogs, cats, and other animals and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were he parents, her stepfather, Joe Neal, her husband, Roy Poynter, 1 brother, Junior Clark, 1 sister, Anna Etheridge, and one great granddaughter, Haven Rose.
Survivors include a son, Lonnie Poynter, and wife, Debbie, 2 daughters, Lisa Poynter, Della Kelly, 6 grandchildren, Carolyn Poynter, Herb Hood, Beverly Poynter, Joe Poynter, Stephanie Hobbs, and Cassidy Poynter, 15 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Alice Irene Poynter.

Diane F. Sellers, age 67 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 13, 1953 the daughter of Willie Everett and Mary Ellen (Helton) Bryant. She loved making fudge and had became know as the Candy Lady, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Myron Lee Sellers.
Survivors include her daughter Ashley Bryant and husband, Dustin of Whitely City; sisters, Linda King of Memphis, Tennessee and Billie Griffis and husband, Eric of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Bentley Bryant, Kaiden Bryant, and Meadow Bryant; nieces and nephews, Jason King, James Burton, Jessica King, Sherri Pottin, Jennifer Whitaker, and Randy Bolin; and numerous friends.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Wiborg Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Jason Wade Spradlin, age 42 years, of Strunk, Kentucky, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He was born in Muncie, Indiana on March 17, 1978 the son of Leamon and Jureda (Posey) Spradlin. Jason was a member of the Upper Marsh Creek United Baptist Church, was Office Manager at Modern Vending where he had worked for 24 years, enjoyed mud riding, boating, family, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Stephanie Leann (Crabtree) Spradlin; father Leamon Spradlin; and brother, Brian Spradlin.
Survivors include his daughter, Jaden Paige Spradlin of Strunk; mother, Jureda Spradlin of Strunk; sister, Yvonne Minton and husband, Billy of Horse Cave, Kentucky; nephews and nieces, Jordan Posey and wife, Shea, Jessca Posey and fiancé, Mike, Alison Canada and husband, Cody, Rian Spradlin and Aryanna Spradlin; and great nieces and nephew that made Jason light up as they entered the room, Rosslyn, Aurelia, and Levi.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Jesse Privett Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Daniel Waters age 43 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
He was born May 4, 1977 in Somerset, Kentucky to James Waters and Rosetta (Kilby) Waters. He was a member of the Revelo Church of God. He worked as a mechanic and enjoyed working on cars, but above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Daniel is preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Rosalie Kilby, Harold and Edith Waters; and his father and mother-in-law, Virgil and Betty Gibson.
Surviving family include his wife, Ginnie (Gibson) Waters and their children, James Harley Waters (girlfriend, Skylar Everhart), and Ali Chevelle Waters (boyfriend, Ethan Tucker); his parents, James and Rosetta Waters of Pine Knot, Kentucky; a sister, Carrie Rose Yancey of Wartburg, Tennessee; a special brother, Tony White (Teresa) of Strunk, Kentucky; and several special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that loved Daniel dearly.
In keeping of Daniel’s wishes, he was cremated. A Celebration of Life service will be held privately in accordance with the Governor’s recent mandate.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Charles Dunsmore Jr., age 90 years, 3 months, and 12 days, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 at the Williamsburg Health and Rehab in Williamsburg, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating. Burial was in the Holloway Cemetery.
He was born August 6, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio to Charles Dunsmore Sr. and Etta Stephens Dunsmore. Charles worked at Hickman Chevrolet and McCreary Motors until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed gardening, working on cars, tinkering around on different projects, and fly fishing on Rock Creek, where he tied his own flies.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Lena Dunsmore, whom he married September 17, 1949, and an infant son, Charles Dunsmore III.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Wright, and husband, Allen, and Wanda Meadows, and husband, David, three grandchildren, Derrick, Kaitlen, and Tristan, and three great-grandchildren Samantha, Madelyn, and Charlotte.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Charles Dunsmore, Jr.

Lawrence E. Jones, age 75 years, 4 months, and 4 days, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Wayne Inman officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.
He was born Tuesday, July 24, 1945 in Yamacraw to Johnnie Jones and Ada Inman Jones. Lawrence served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he earned the rank of Corporal. He enjoyed family gatherings and being outdoors.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Oscar Jones, and sisters, Imogene Perry, and Phyllis Jones.
Survivors include two brothers, Clarence Jones, and wife, Shelia, and Arnold Jones, and wife, Barbara Sue, four sisters, Ella Mae Matthews, and husband, Cecil, Pat Strunk, and husband, Dale, Judy Morgan, and Karen Bruce, and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lawrence Jones.

Alice Poynter, age 87, mother of Lonnie Poynter, passed away Wednesday at her home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Due to COVID restrictions, funeral services will be private.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Alice Poynter.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Diane F. Sellers, age 67 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, widow of Myron Lee Sellers, died Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order funeral services will be private. Burial will follow in the Wiborg Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Jason Wade Spradlin, age 42 years, of Strunk, Kentucky, widower of Stephanie (Crabtree) Spradlin, died Monday, December 1, 2020 at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Jesse Privett Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Stephanie Leann Spradlin, age 41 years, of Strunk, Kentucky, died Saturday, November 21, 2020.
She was born September 20, 1979 in Somerset, Kentucky, the daughter of Leroy and Patty (Branscum) Crabtree. Stephanie was a loan officer for World Finance, enjoyed family, friends, partying, boating, and mud riding.
She is preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Leamon Spradlin, and bother-in-law, Brian Spradlin.
Survivors include her husband, Jason Wade Spradlin of Strunk; daughter, Jaden Paige Spradlin of Strunk, brothers, Frank Crabtree and Steve Crabtree both of Somerset; sisters, Jenny Ross of Georgia and Cheryl Reynolds of Stearns; mother-in-law, Jureda Spradlin of Strunk; sister-in-law, Yvonne Minton (Billy) of Horse Cave; special aunt, Kathleen Marnhout-Foley of Whitley City; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Jesse Privett Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Walter McKinley Stephens, Jr, age 63 years, of Winfield, Tennessee died November 6, 2020 at the Tennova Turkey Creek in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on August 20, 1957 the son of Walter McKinley and Jeanette Gertrude (Douglas) Stephens. Walter was a carpenter, in addition to supervising the building of log homes and FHA homes, he owned his own business, Nationwide Log Home Building, Inc., he is a member of the Hayes Creek Church of God, but attended the Gumfork Community Baptist Church, loved working on cars, mud riding, and building.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Allen Ray Stephens; daughter, Daisy Laura Clark; brothers, William Oliver Stephens, Buddy Ray Stephens, William Leroy Stephens, and Matthew Stephens; sisters, Patsy Ruth Stephens, Vicky Ann Stephens, Geneda Irene Stephens, Shirley Marie Underwood, Carol Dean Privett South, and Rebecca Leona Stephens; and grandchildren, Livy-Libby Lou Higgins and Dylan Dayson.
Survivors include his wife, Tonya Lynn (Jones) Stephens of Winfield, sons, Raymond Sumler, Walter Leroy Stephens (Susan) of Williamsburg, Steven August Bodenstein (Angel) of Cincinnati, Walter Stephen Winchester of Stearns, Mark Bodenstein of Cincinnati, Robbie Godsey (Tonya Maxey) of Winfield, Jerry Taylor (Ginger) of Winfield, Scott Jones of Winfield, and Scott Jones (Sharyl); daughters, Jennifer Lynn Chambers (Jeff), Tanya Wyanette Anderson (Buck), and Charlotte Jones all of Winfield, Jamie Terry (Sean), Marci Navarro (David) and Chrystal Williams (David), Carrie Chitwood; brother, D. Avery Douglas, Charles Samuel Stephens of Winfield, Thomas Gary Stephens of Winfield; sister, Mary Elizabeth Hill of Winfield; grandchildren, Ginaeve Stephens (Carl), Jimmie Stephens (Brittany), Annie Stockton, Michael Chappelear, Justin Chappelear (Taccaria), Brandy Paul, Kelsey Powers, Heaven Bodenstein, Michael Bodenstein, Christopher Bodenstein, Gracie Bodenstein, Kola Winchester, Kyle Strunk, Noah Bodenstein, Jason Clark, Justin Clark, Jackson Clark, Jakoda Taylor, Jaden Stephens, Jedidiah Stephens, Courtney Taylor, Kirsten Duncan (CC), William Taylor Duncan (Courtney), Paul Chambers, Taylor Ridenour, Patimae Taylor, Tiffany Elliott, Keasha Jones, Thomas Dayson, Nicholas Dayson, Karissa Anderson, Kaylee Anderson, Hunter Anderson, Katelynn Anderson, Daniel Dodson, Bethany Dodson, Robert-RJ McGee, Wesley-Wesimo Ooten, Kasee Ooten (Kelvin), Phillips Ootn (Brittany), Tiffany Elliot (Jesse), Leon and Kinley Barry, Jazimin Hill; and great grandchildren, Daniel, Kalie, and River Nunn, Karter and Karsyn Stockton, Walker Duncan, Clayton, Claire, Chloe, Camber, and Cayson Duncan, Xiadriana Taylor, Zoiee King, Tiffany and Tafton Grant, Ameila and Abigail Elliott, WaTosha, LaRaya, KayLee, JaKara, Levi Chappelear, Zaelaeh and Taelynn Perdue, Mehki Stephens, Mary Chappelear, Kloee Young, Kylee Young, Tagen Ooten, Jackson Ooten, Montaina Chitwood, Neveda Chitwood and 2 on the way; special friends, David Grant, Brenda Carson, Virginia and David Cecil, Bob Muse, Troy and Monica Shafter along with many other special friends and family.
In accordance with Walter’s wishes cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be held by the family at a later date.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Rebecca Strunk, age 86 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky entered into eternal life on Monday, November 23, 2020 surrounded by her beloved family.
She was born in Whitley City to Clyde and Margaret (Bryant) Smith on June 27, 1934.
She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Wayne Strunk; six children, Steve (Lynn) Loudermilk, Sue Wilson, Charles (Becky) Loudermilk, Margaret (Larry) Tucker, Michael (Kandy) Loudermilk, and Evonne (Steve) Watters; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her son Otis Loudermilk; two brothers, Pete Smith and Clifford Smith; and one sister, Gertie Bowling.
She was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church, and she enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her many grandchildren.
Due to the Governor’s Executive order Private services will be held. Burial will be in the Holloway Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Dorothy May Washam, age 90, of West Bend, Wisconsin, formerly of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away peacefully on November 18, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home.
She was born to the late Lewis E. Blatti and Mary Moria (Corbett) on June 27, 1930 in Clinton, Missouri. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son, Stephen Howard Washam; grandson, baby Andrew Krebs Jr.; her brothers and sisters, Paul, Dolly, Deloris, James, Donna, Jack, Charles, Doug, Audrey, Mary Jane, Diane and Don.
Surviving family include her husband Howard Kennie Washam, whom she married June 28,1952; her three daughters, Kathryn Sue (Mark) Steinberg, Elizabeth Ann (Don) Fagan, and Diane Washam.
Further survived by her beloved 12 grandchildren, Ben (Sonia), Danielle (Hugh), Rebecca (Joseph), Matthew (Semhar), Katerri (Hayden), Carolyn (Kevin), Joseph (Megan), Timothy (Amelia), Kimberly (Nathan), Jacob, Jaclyn and Madeline (Scotty); her 18 cherished great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, Howard’s family and many friends.
In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Dorothy was a devout Christian and a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church of Whitley City. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in Jesus. She was blessed with the gift of hospitality and loved cooking and baking for her family. She enjoyed sewing, singing, entertaining friends, playing scrabble or dominoes and watching old reruns of Andy Griffith shows. She volunteered her time and was a generous, giving woman. She was an accomplished artist and painter and a member of the Big South Fork Art Club. Most days you could likely find Dorothy in her art room working on her latest masterpiece. Her quick wit and contagious personality always made people smile and laugh. Not a day would go by that she wouldn’t be sharing a joke from the comics or one that she had read on Facebook.
Most of all, Dorothy’s greatest joy was her family. She was ever-present and loved them dearly. If anyone of her children or grandchildren were ever in need, she would always make sure their needs were met. She will be greatly missed but we rejoice that we will be reunited with her again one day in paradise.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints. May her memory be eternal.
Per the recent orders by the Governor, a private funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Father Joseph VonHandorf officiating. Dorothy was laid to rest in the East Chitwood Cemetery in Winfield, Tennessee.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Richard G. Boyatt, Jr., 86, husband of 59 years to Iva Dean Wright Boyatt, died Nov. 17, 2020 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Born June 14, 1934 in Stearns, KY, he was the son of the late Richard G. Boyatt, Sr. and Hattie Lee White Boyatt. Mr. Boyatt was a U.S. Army veteran, a mechanical engineer of 30 years with IBM, a Kentucky Colonel and a member and Deacon of Anchor Baptist Church. In retirement Dick enjoyed golf, fishing, woodworking, UK football & basketball, and traveling.
Other survivors include a daughter, Kristi Boyatt (Dino) Lancianese; a son, Rick (Laura Lee) Boyatt; six grandchildren that he loved spending time with, Nicholas, Christian and Nathan Lancianese and Danielle, Jonathon, and Joseph Boyatt; a sister, Janice Worley; and several nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19, private funeral services will be held at Anchor Baptist Church, 3601 Winthrop Dr., Lexington, KY 40503 by Dr. Carl Peters and was viewed on Facebook Live at 2:00pm, Friday, November 20 at http://www.Facebook.com/AnchorLexington or at a later time on the church’s website, www.anchorbaptistchurch.org.
Entombment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Anchor Baptist Church Building Fund or Bluegrass Hospice Care, 1733 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, KY 40504. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. handling arrangements.
Obituary Courtesy of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral home

Darla Jo Ball Combs, age 74, of Pine Knot, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at the Jean Waddle Care Center of Somerset.
Darla was born on December 22, 1945, in Oneida, Tennessee, daughter of the late Virgil and Velma Jones Ball. She graduated from Cumberland College with a degree in English and worked as a social worker for many years. Darla married John Combs in Clintwood, Virginia. She was of the Christian faith.
She lived a life in service to others, both professionally and personally; devoting her life to children. Darla always did what she thought was right. She valued family connection and was very proud of her heritage. She felt a deep connection with “Uncle Pete’s” Land and with her Bethel Road family.
Darla’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.
She is survived by her husband, John Combs, Sr.; her sons, Ronald Paul Cooper, of Lexington, Joel Wayne Combs, of Pine Knot, and John Alonzo Combs, of Whitley City; her brother, Eldon Ball, of Fairfax, Virginia; her sisters, Julie Gay, of Pine Knot, Susan (and Eb) Vanover, of Pine Knot and Teresa (and Dudley) Bottoms, of Shelbyville; her grandchildren, Katie Combs, Kaylee (and Ricky) Flannery, Garrett Combs, Madison Combs, John Thomas Combs, Lave Strunk and Bailey Strunk; and her great-grandchildren, Makinlee Grace Heath, Keeton James Flannery, Kason Reid Flannery, Greyson Jack Gregory, John Gabriel Allen Worley and Jonah Ryan Slemp.
Preceding Darla in death are her parents; and her son, Joshua Lee Combs.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 11: a.m., in the Holliday Cemetery, in Ary, Kentucky, near Hazard.
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Diane Davis “Cookie” age 68 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
In keeping of Hazel’s wishes, she was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date and she will be laid to rest in the Angel Cemetery.
Hazel was born on April 13, 1952 in McCreary County to the late James and Dorothy Davis. However, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Ester and Arnold Ross from the age of 3 weeks old.
Surviving family include her cousin who loved and cared for Hazel like a sister, Shirley Young; a brother, Gene Davis (Sherry); and sisters, Bobbie Davis Perry (Donald) and Sharon Davis Ross (Roger). Also surviving are friends, Cindy, Carla, Johnny, Steve, Aaron, and a special friend, Debbie, who cared for Hazel through her sickness.
Hazel gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized in 1992. She loved life and spending time with her family during the holidays. We know that Hazel is gone home to live with the Lord and we will all miss her deeply.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Rev. Chester A. Morgan, known to his friends as Sheriff, age 97 years, 6 months, and 21 days, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Park West Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.
He was born in Smithtown, Kentucky April 28, 1923. He was married to his beloved wife, Jessie Lee Morgan of Stearns, Kentucky for 56 years. He served as Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church for 29 years.
Survivors include Ted Morgan and wife, Patti, Sue Davidson and husband,d Earl, Jim Morgan and wife, Shelia, Fran Morgan, Breyn Reynolds and husband, David.
Preceding in death was a son, James Arlon Morgan, grandchildren, Laura Ann Morgan and Phillip Lee Morgan, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.
He had 10 grandchildren, Daniel Morgan, David Morgan, Doug Morgan, Jenny Morgan, Warren Davidson, Robin, Karen, John Rich, 14 great-grandchildren Isa Morgan, Gabriel Morgan, Alexandra Morgan, Nicholas, Maddy Renner, Finley Renner, Zackory Davidson, Rachel Davidson, Taylor Godwin, Caleb Stapleton, Baylee Delbridge, Bryson Delbridge, Devon Reynolds, and Ty Blankenship. Chesters Best friends were Doyle Morgan and Hubert Duncan.
Chester was a loving husband and father. He loved his family. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid golfer for many years. He loved to be on the go all the time. Chester was an outgoing person who never met a stranger and loved people.
He was a WWII Veteran serving in North Africa. He worked for Dixie Transport in Whitley City, NU Car Drive in Detroit, Michigan, Stearns Coal Mine, and worked many other jobs to provide for his family.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. Chester Morgan.

Lizbeth Staffey, age 69 years, 10 months, and 13 days, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 10 pm at the Hickman-Strunki Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating. Burial was in the Barrenfork Cemetery.
She was born January 5, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles Meeks and Thelma Boyatt Meeks. Lizbeth was an art teacher for 15 years in the McCreary County School System. She enjoyed painting, nature, and she truly loved what God created. She also worked as a floral designer and owned her own flower shop. She was very creative and had a wonderful, sweet spirit.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Chuck Meeks, and a sister, Margie Meeks Mason.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Staffey, a niece, Amy Pennington, and a nephew, Charles Doug Meeks.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lizbeth Staffey.

Woodrow Crabtree, age 83, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky.
He was born at Pickett County, Tennessee on October 9, 1937, to the late Sam and Hallie Mae (Ledbetter) Crabtree. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Gary Lee Crabtree, three brothers: Coy Crabtree, Roy Crabtree, and Ciscero Crabtree, two sisters: Sadie Snyder, and Ruth French, and two grandsons: Michael Curtis Dean and Ronnie Allen Dean.
Surviving family include his wife, Norma Jean (Foster) Crabtree of Stearns, four daughters: Betty Lou Dean (Curtis) of Jonesville, Virginia, Sherry Hatfield (Jessie) of Stearns, Trish Perry (Terry) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Vanessa Barnett (John) of Madisonville, Kentucky. There are two surviving brothers: Wendell Ray Crabtree of Williamsburg and Walter D. Crabtree of Stearns and five surviving sisters: Ruby Eagleton, Irene Watson of Florida, Mary Lawrence of Arkansas, Gloria Mae Spradlin of Somerset and Rachel Watters of Stearns. There are 11 grandchildren: Amanda Michelle Qualls, Elizabeth Dean, Jessica Hatfield, Zachery Israel, Diana Utley, Alicia Calder, Benjamin Crabtree, Shepherd Crabtree, Mitchell Brook, Carson Brook and Walker Brook, 6 great grandchildren, Alex Dean, McKenzie Cradic, Daejeon Dean, Payton Qualls, Conner Calder, and Noah Utley; and one great-great grandchild, Dallas Dean.
Woodrow had been a sandblaster for Harrison Steel Castings Company in Attica, Indiana and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed camping and fishing when he was younger and watching tv in his later years.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements for Woodrow Crabtree.

Renee Michelle Coffey Hicks, age 38 years, and 24 days, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020 at her home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. George Allen Coffey and Bro. Tom Abbot officiating. Burial was in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.
She was born October 12, 1982 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to Norman Coffey and Pamela Marie Coffey. Renee was a member of the Pleasant Ridge United Baptist Church. She enjoyed going shopping, going on family getaways, and going to church.
Preceding her in death was her mother.
Survivors include her father, a son, Joshua Wayne Hicks, two brothers, Ronnie Johnson and Joshua Coffey, a sister, Heather Coffey, Noble Cooper, six nieces and nephews, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Renee Coffey Hicks.

J.B. Johnson, Jr. of Corbin, Kentucky passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020. He was born on August 31, 1936, at his parents’ residence in Williamsburg, Kentucky. His parents were J.B. Johnson, Sr. and Edna Perkins Johnson, both natives of rural Whitley County Kentucky. He was baptized and admitted into membership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He spent his formative years in Williamsburg but graduated Harlan High School. He later graduated from the University of Kentucky and then obtained a Juris Doctor degree from its College of Law in 1961. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and Phi Delta Phi. As an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, he was an intramural wrestler for two years, in which he was the champion in his weight division one year and finished as runner-up a second year.
After graduating from law school, he entered the United States Air Force as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the rank of first lieutenant, and was promoted to the rank of captain, which he held for two years before he was honorably discharged in November of 1964. He then returned home to Williamsburg and began practicing law with his father, then a retired Commonwealth Attorney and two-term Circuit Judge. The father and son later formed a law partnership with G.G. Teague, Jr., and W.M. Cox, Jr. until J.B. Jr. was elected to fill the unexpired term of Circuit Judge Pleas Jones, who had become a member of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
Judge Johnson was re-elected, without opposition, to a new eight-year term commencing in January of 1976. His total service as circuit judge for Whitley and McCreary Counties was slightly over ten years, November of 1974 to the end of 1984. He then rejoined his former law firm, followed by time as a sole practitioner. He was a two-time President of the Williamsburg Optimist Club. He was an active trial lawyer, in both the criminal and civil fields, in addition to representing two banks,, two rural electric cooperatives, the Board of Directors of East Kentucky Power Cooperative, being general counsel for Cumberland College (now University of the Cumblerlands), and numerous private clients. During that period he also was selected as the first full-time Magistrate Judge based in London, Kentucky, with primary jurisdiction over twenty-six eastern Kentucky counties. He held this position until retirement on his 70th birthday August 31, 2006.
For the next five years, Judge Johnson taught constitutional law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, criminal law, and business law at both The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg and Somerset Community College, London campus. In all, his practice of law exceeded 50 years.
During his half century of law practice, he was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association for five consecutive years. He also served as Chairman of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Education Committee, and as a Faculty Advisor to the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno. Further, he served on two separate Kentucky Bar Association Committees which were responsible for revising both the Kentucky civil and criminal rules of procedure. Early in his career he served as Williamsburg City Attorney, and was an initial member of the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys (KATA), a member of the American Judicature Society, and an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney. He was a Life Member of the Kentucky Bar Association, a member of the American Bar Association, a Life Member of the Kentucky Historical Society, and a member of the Whitley County Historical & Genealogical Society. He was a long-time director of the Williamsburg branch of Farmers National Bank (Now Community Trust Bank), also serving as its corporate board secretary and attorney. He was a certified mediator and arbitrator. At his retirement in 2006, his colleagues honored him as a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation.
Judge Johnson was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing whitewater rafting, and morel mushroom hunting. He routinely fed birds and enjoyed watching them and animals commune with nature. He also loved University of Kentucky athletics and he was a life member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He enjoyed traveling, having visited in all fifty states and several foreign countries. Most of all, he loved his home state of Kentucky. Judge Johnson is survived by his wife, Rebecca L. Douglas Johnson, the daughter of Willard and Maymie Douglas of Williamsburg, two daughters, Courtney Scheben (William Lee) of Union, Kentucky, Kendall Woltenberg (Rick) of Austin, Texas, son, Nathan Johnson of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, a step-daughter, April Gibson (Matt) of Andersonville, Tennessee, his sister, Julia Blondell (David) of Lexington, Kentucky, his brother, Dr. J. Wesley Johnson (Phyllis) of Ashland, Kentucky, and by six grandchildren, Sydney Allen Cooney (Seun), Summer Elizabeth Scheben, Zachary Logan Gibson (Annabelle), Tristan Blaine Gibson, Ryder Jennings Woltenberg , and Skylar Catherine Woltenberg.
Pursuant to the wishes of the decedent, there will be no public visitation or funeral. He will be laid to rest in the Highland Cemetery in Williamsburg after a family service there.
Croley Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of J.B Johnson.

Sheila Faye Walker age 51 of Helenwood, Tennessee passed from this life on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Big South Fork Medical Center.
She was born May 3, 1969 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Dester Phillips and Molly (Wilson) Phillips. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Walker, Jr., a sister, Melissa Rollins, and a sister-in-law, Vela Davidson.
Surviving family include her children, Lonna Siler (Travis) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Jeremy Grundy (Kaitlyn Dishman) of Monticello, Kentucky, and Molly Grundy of Whitley City, Kentucky; her loving companion of over 11 years, James “Bud” Lackey and his children, Jamie Lackey of Helenwood, April Calhoun of Somerset, Kentucky, and Jennifer James of Helenwood; and her grandchildren, Addison Sumler, Callie Siler, Weston Siler, Rayley Grundy, Kaitley Joe, Rielyn Joe, Kaiten Joe, Paisley Phillips, Jeremiah Stephens, Hailey Walker, and Noah Walker.
Also surviving are Sheila’s brothers and sisters, Dester Phillips, Vickie Wilson, Cassandra Perry (Bill), Lisa Waters (Eddie), Julie Helton (Greg), Angie Edwards, and Savannah Phillips; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sheila Walker, Lela Stewart, Bet Rose, Leonard “Andy” Lackey, and Rebecca Phillips; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Sheila enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies. She also loved to work and when she wasn’t, she enjoyed bowling, mud riding, and playing cards and board games. When she was home, she liked to mow grass and plant flowers. Sheila will be sadly missed by all she knew and loved.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Brian Keith Back, age 46 years, 7 months and 25 days, passed away Wednesday, November 04, 2020, in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 10, 1974, he was the son of Donald and Mary Jo (Morgan) Back.
Surviving family include his mother, Mary Jo Morgan Back of Parsons, Tennessee, his father and step-mother Donald and Charlene Back of Louisville, Kentucky, his daughter, Hannah Jo Back of Pine Knot, a sister, Dawn Taylor (husband Ricky) of Darden, Tennessee, his girlfriend, Tawnya Norris of Pine Knot, and two nephews: Jordan Taylor and Joshua Taylor.
Brian loved being a daddy to his beautiful daughter above anything else in the world. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral service was held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. David Morgan officiating. Cremation followed the service.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Billy Ray Ball, age 74, passed away Monday, November 2, 2020, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born May 15, 1946, in McCreary County, he was the son of the late Andy Oscar and Reba Elizabeth (Towe) Ball. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Paul Ball and Freddie Ball and sisters: Mary Alene (Ball) Meadows and Sara Ball.
Surviving family include his wife of 53 years, Lena (Martin) Ball, daughter, Regina Duncan, sons; Tim (and Jackie) Ball and Michael (and Kim) Ball. Brothers: Arthur Ball and Luther Ball, sister, Imogene (Ball) King. Grandchildren: Frannie (and Chester) Hicks, Tiffany Ball, Taylor Ball, Kyle Duncan and Travis Ball. Great-grandchildren: Dalton Godbey, Maleha Godbey, and Spencer Smith.
Bill was a logger who loved the outdoors, hunting, and going to church. He enjoyed playing his guitar. He was a devoted husband, and loving father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Perry and Bro. Bill King officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Run Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Bill Ball with funeral arrangements.

Nelda Gilreath, age 78 years, 1 month, and 6 days, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Private funeral services were held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Simmons, Bro. Braxton King, and Bro. Jack Fletcher officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
She was born September 28, 1942 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to Dewey Spradlin and Lola King Spradlin. She married the love of her life Vernon Gilreath November 10, 1966. Nelda was a member of the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church and was very active there as long as she was able. A graduate of Cumberland College with a BA in education, Nelda loved teaching and taught in the McCreary County School system for 32 years. After retirement, she served on the school board for 12 years and was just re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term. In her spare time she loved making dolls, jewelry, sewing, and decorating for Christmas. She always enjoyed dressing as Mrs. Clause and Mother Goose to read to the children at school. She enjoyed listening to music, her animals at Vernsway farm, especially her baby goat, but her family time was her joy.
Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant daughter, Pamela, a brother, Chester Spradlin, two sisters, Kizzie Owens and her husband, Floyd, and Bessie Loyd and her husband, Don, and a brother-in-law, JD Meadows.
Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Jeanna Lynch and her husband, Scott, Lisa King and husband, Adam, all of Richmond. Three sisters, Geraldine Hankala of Atlanta, Betty Jones and husband, Cotton Jones, of Pine Knot, and Carolyn Meadows of Somerset, four grandchildren, Tylan and Max King, and Isaiah and Savannah Lynch, a sister in law, Lula Davis, several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nelda Gilreath.

Martha (Taylor) Neal age 89 of the Round Top Community in Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Strunk, Kentucky to the late Calvin Taylor and Nancy Jane (Daugherty) Taylor. In addition to her parents, Martha is preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Ottis Neal, brothers, Arnold and Norman Taylor, and a granddaughter, Shirley Lynn Cooper Coffey.
Surviving family include her daughters, Stella Cooper (Thurman) and Dianna Lawson (Elmer); 4 grandchildren, Michelle King, Wilma Hale, Lena Haygood, and Jason Lawson; 9 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends that Martha loved dearly.
Martha was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church and attended the Round Top United Baptist Church faithfully. She loved listening to music and preaching. It was no surprise to visit her at home and find her with the radio turned up playing gospel music or preaching. Martha loved the Lord. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and working in her garden. Martha was also a homemaker and enjoyed caring for her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all, but we know that our earthly loss is Heaven’s Eternal gain.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Round Top United Baptist Church with Chaplin Keith McKim and Bro. Edd King officiating. Music was provided by the Round Top Church Choir. Martha was laid to rest in the Smith Cemetery.
Pallbearers assisting were Wade Garland, Brian Hughes, Jason Lawson, Cody Haygood, Dylan Haygood, and Zachary Hale.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Milford Stanley, age 86 passed away on October 25, 2020 in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Tom is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Stanley, and his son Steven and wife Myrna Stanley of Lexington, Kentucky, and his extended family comprising of the Mays, Brooks, Upchurch, and Bowling families, all of Oneida, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Sue Stanley, and his parents Dr. Milford Stanley and Zona Stanley, his in-laws Willie and Agnes Mays, a special uncle Ted Q. Wilson, and many other loved and missed relatives.
Tom was born on July 13, 1934 in Oneida, Tennessee to parents Milford Stanley and Zona Stanley. He graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. He began his practice in 1956 and worked with his father Dr. Milford Stanley in Whitley City, Kentucky for many years. Tom retired in August 2004.
Tom was a loving husband and father. Dr. Tom, as he was known by his patients, enjoyed his many years of practice and the patients in his care. He enjoyed working around his home doing carpentry work and his time spent on his John Deere mower. He was also an active member of the community and served as a housing commissioner for the housing board of McCreary County for over 40 years as well as on several other community boards and activities. He was also a member of the Army Reserve in his youth.
His family, friends, and patients will always remember his wit and sense of humor and remember him as a healer and a loving, caring person.
A private family service will be held with a public memorial to be announced at a later date.
You may sign Dr. Stanley’s online guestbook at www.jonesandsonfh.net.
Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Dr. Thomas (Tom) Milford Stanley.

Walter McKinley Stephens, Jr, age 63 years, of Winfield, Tennessee died November 6, 2020 at the Tennova Turkey Creek in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on August 20, 1957 the son of Walter McKinley and Jeanette Gertrude (Douglas) Stephens. Walter was a carpenter, in addition to supervising the building of log homes and FHA homes, he owned his own business, Nationwide Log Home Building, Inc., he is a member of the Hayes Creek Church of God, but attended the Gumfork Community Baptist Church, loved working on cars, mud riding, and building.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Allen Ray Stephens; daughter, Daisy Laura Clark; brothers, William Oliver Stephens, Buddy Ray Stephens, William Leroy Stephens, and Matthew Stephens; sisters, Patsy Ruth Stephens, Vicky Ann Stephens, Geneda Irene Stephens, Shirley Marie Underwood, Carol Dean Privett South, and Rebecca Leona Stephens; and grandchildren, Livy-Libby Lou Higgins and Dylan Dayson.
Survivors include his wife, Tonya Lynn (Jones) Stephens of Winfield, sons, Raymond Sumler, Walter Leroy Stephens (Susan) of Williamsburg, Steven August Bodenstein (Angel) of Cincinnati, Walter Stephen Winchester of Stearns, Mark Bodenstein of Cincinnati, Robbie Godsey (Tonya Maxey) of Winfield, Jerry Taylor (Ginger) of Winfield, Scott Jones of Winfield, and Scott Jones (Sharyl); daughters, Jennifer Lynn Chambers (Jeff), Tanya Wyanette Anderson (Buck), and Charlotte Jones all of Winfield, Jamie Terry (Sean), Marci Navarro (David) and Chrystal Williams (David), Carrie Chitwood; brother, Charles Samuel Stephens of Winfield, Thomas Gary Stephens of Winfield; sister, Mary Elizabeth Hill of Winfield; grandchildren, Ginaeve Stephens (Carl), Jimmie Stephens (Brittany), Annie Stockton, Michael Chappelear, Justin Chappelear (Taccaria), Brandy Paul, Kelsey Powers, Heaven Bodenstein, Michael Bodenstein, Christopher Bodenstein, Gracie Bodenstein, Kola Winchester, Kyle Strunk, Noah Bodenstein, Jason Clark, Justin Clark, Jackson Clark, Jakoda Taylor, Jaden Stephens, Jedidiah Stephens, Courtney Taylor, Kirsten Duncan (CC), William Taylor Duncan (Courtney), Paul Chambers, Taylor Ridenour, Patimae Taylor, Tiffany Elliott, Keasha Jones, Thomas Dayson, Nicholas Dayson, Karissa Anderson, Kaylee Anderson, Hunter Anderson, Katelynn Anderson, Daniel Dodson, Bethany Dodson, Robert-RJ McGee, Wesley-Wesimo Ooten, Kasee Ooten (Kelvin), Phillips Ooten (Brittany), Tiffany Elliot (Jesse), Leon and Kinley Barry, Jazimin Hill; and great grandchildren, Daniel, Kalie, and River Nunn, Karter and Karsyn Stockton, Walker Duncan, Clayton, Claire, Chloe, Camber, and Cayson Duncan, Xiadriana Taylor, Zoiee King, Tiffany and Tafton Grant, Ameila and Abigail Elliott, WaTosha, LaRaya, KayLee, JaKara, Levi Chappelear, Zaelaeh and Taelynn Perdue, Mehki Stephens, Mary Chappelear, Kloee Young, Kylee Young, Tagen Ooten, Jackson Ooten, Montaina Chitwood, Neveda Chitwood and 2 on the way; special friends, David Grant, Brenda Carson, Virginia and David Cecil, Bob Muse, Troy and Monica Shafter along with many other special friends and family.
In accordance with Walter’s wishes cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be held by the family at a later date.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Myrtle Brooks, age 90 years, 10 months, and 16 days, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Fair Haven of Shelby County in Sidney, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Higgenbotham Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Saturday at the funeral home.
She was born Sunday, December 15, 1929 in the Hill Top Community in Stearns, Kentucky to George Troxell and Allie Roberts Troxell. She spent many years in Sidney Ohio. Myrtle enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, and crocheting. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, John Brooks, whom she married August 15, 1953, a daughter Judy Sharp two brothers, Clyde Troxell and Doyle Troxell, and a sister Jewel Brooks.
Survivors include three sons, Frank Brooks, Tim Brooks and Scott Brooks all of Sidney Ohio, three daughters, Wanda Brooks of Sidney, Sandra Stephens and husband Clarence of Sidney and Carol Brooks of Russell Springs. Twenty-one grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren.
The passing of Myrtle is mourned by all who knew and loved her, but we know that she leaves many wonderful memories behind. We hope these will be of comfort in your time of sorrow.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Myrtle Brooks.

Bro. Silas Coffey age 75 years, 7 months and 29 days, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 30, 2020 from the Hospice of Lake Cumberland, in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Rock Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Estel Jones and Bro. Larry Coffey officiating. Burial was in the Rock Springs Cemetery.
He was born March 1, 1945 in the Mountain View Community of Stearns, Kentucky to Beecher Coffey and Oma (Young) Coffey. Bro. Silas was saved at an early age and joined the Mountain View Baptist Church. He was ordained a Baptist minister in March of 1981 and at his passing was a member of the Old Fashioned Baptist Church in Sidney, Ohio.
He married Christine Jones on August 22, 1964. The couple moved to Sidney, Ohio and remained there for many years. Bro. Silas worked in a foundry for many years and retired from American Trim. Upon his retirement, Bro. Silas and Christine moved back to the Mountain View Community where his favorite past time was reading his bible, studying the word of God, and learning more about Jesus. His joy was witnessing and telling people about Jesus and the need to be born again at every opportunity. He wanted everyone to be saved and serve the Lord in spirit and in truth. Bro Silas favorite saying was on a plaque found at his grandfather’s home, “Only one life twil soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”. He believed this to be true and lived his life in this manner, always striving to do the will of the Father no matter where he was.
He is survived by, his wife of 56 years, Christine Coffey, two sons, Kirk Coffey and his wife, Laurie, and Terry D. Coffey and his wife, Tammie, a daughter, Kimberly D. Baldwin and her husband, Chuck, brothers Cleadus Coffey and his wife, Juanita, Larry Coffey and his wife, Mildred, Gary Coffey and his wife, Charlotte, and Curtis Coffey and his wife, Sherry, sisters, Mildred Bray, Margaret Welsh, and Nina Hatfield and her husband, Duane, grandchildren, Blaine Coffey and his wife, Allison, Brandie Lynn Hoekzema and her husband, Jon, Joseph and Jared Baldwin, Hannah Yancey and her husband, Jonathan, Caleb, Erin, Jillian, Karen, and Seth Baldwin, and Josiah Coffey and three great-grandchildren, Wyatt Acey, and Maverick and Austin Hoekzema.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Sandra Gresham and Myrtle Coffey, and two brothers, Nixon and James Coffey, and a brother-in-law, Paul Welsh.
Bro Silas will be remembered as an old time Christian, who freely shared the word of God and who worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He is sorely missed, but we are comforted in knowing his faith has ended in sight.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Bro. Silas Coffey.

Paul Holliday, age 89 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, October 29, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Perry County, Kentucky on March 19, 1931 the son of Hiram and Flora (Grigsby) Holliday. Paul was retired from the US Navy and US Army, was of the Baptist Faith, and loved farming.
His is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed Holliday, Elbert Holliday, John Holliday, and Samuel Holliday; sisters, Alice Holliday Wallace Combs and Ary Holliday Taylor; and nephew Michael Holliday.
Survivors include his brothers, Victor Holliday of Miles City, Montana and Dennis Holliday of Cheyenne, Wyoming; nieces and nephews, Myron Conley Taylor of Parkers Lake, Jane Ary Taylor Powell of Stearns, Robert Wallace, Mary Ann Holliday, Judy Combs, Charles Holliday, John Anthony “Ace” Powell (Brianna), Karen Shoda, Bruce Holliday, Brian Holliday and Diane Holliday.
Funeral services were held 11am, Monday, November, 2, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Entombment followed in the Holliday Cemetery in Perry County, Kentucky. The family will received friends after 6pm Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sara Lee Jones was born February 8, 1985 in Somerset, KY. to Royce Stephens and Patty Ann Shelton and entered into her Heavenly Home on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, KY., being 35 years, 8 months and 16 days old.
Sara had obtained her Certified Registered Nursing Aide degree and had worked for Somerset Nursing and Rehab, Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, and Signature Healthcare of McCreary County. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Stearns, KY. Sara loved camping, enjoying the great outdoors, and she especially loved to spend time with her family.
She is preceded in passing by her parents: Royce Stephens and Patty Ann Shelton; her grandparents: Mary Smith and John Archie Smith; father and mother-in-law: Rev. Charlie and Wanda (Paul) Jones; a step-daughter: Justina Marie Jones; brothers and sister-in-law: Andy Simon Jones, Melton Berry Jones, and Mary Ann Clark, and her nephew Kevin Emmanuel Jones.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband Timothy Edward Jones, whom she married February 8, 2006; their children: Amy Marie Jones, Andy Lee Jones, Theresa Ann Jones, Kevin Anthony Jones (Colleen) and William Edward Smith (Kendrailynn), all of Somerset, KY; Darren Michael Jones (Dakota), and Jacob Allen Jones (Niesja), of Russell Springs, KY; Charlie Edward Jones (Allie) of Stearns, KY.; Wendell Scott Jones, Timothy “ TJ” Jones, and Mary Jones, of Greenwood, KY; grandchildren: Richard, Tanner, Justina Elizabeth, Sophia, Wyatt, Charles, Carson, and Morgan. Two Brothers: Johnny Smith (Lois), and Archie Smith, both of Somerset, KY; and her step-father: Walter “ Walt “ Kelly, of Somerset, KY.
The surviving brothers and sisters-in-law are: Mary Karen Jones of Stearns, KY, David Jones (Tosha) of Pine Knot, KY, Delphi Stephens (Sonny) of Dry Ridge, KY, Carolyn Privett (Jeff) of Somerset, KY, and Joseph Clark of Greenwood, KY, as well as a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished, many other friends and loved ones to mourn her passing.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints, and we know that our loss is Heaven’s eternal gain.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday November 7, 2020 at 2:00pm at New Hope Baptist Church in Stearns, KY with Rev. Michael Creekmore officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday beginning at 12:00 noon until the funeral hour at the church.
Obituary information courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.

Karen Lynn Phillips, age 54, passed away at her home in Stearns, Kentucky, on October 29, 2020.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on May 14, 1965, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Wilma Sue (Ross) Thompson. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Richard Anthony Thompson.
Surviving family include two sons: Christopher Sullivan (wife Sara) of Stearns and Brandon Phillips (fiancé Tristian Martin) of Pine Knot, four grandchildren: Alexandria Sullivan, Bella Phillips, Brentlee Phillips and Ellie Phillips, as well as her ex-husband Tony Phillips.
Karen was a homemaker and a proud mother who cherished her boys and grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them.
She will be sadly missed by those she loved and that loved her.
Graveside funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020, at the Angel Cemetery in Stearns, with Bro. Tim Corder officiating.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Linda Perry Ross age 63 of Parkers Lake, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, October 29, 2020 near her home.
She was born on September 2, 1957 to the late Thomas Perry and Lena Mae (Rollins) Perry. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Ross, Jr.
Surviving family include her sons, Jasper Ross (Troylena) of Parkers Lake, Timothy Ross of Parkers Lake, Shane Ross (Mary Jane) of Whitley City, and Dustin Ross of Revelo, Kentucky; her significant other whom she loved dearly, Glen Hamilton of Parker Lake; a brother, Starlin Perry of Parkers Lake; sisters, Beatrice Vanover and Janie Jones (William) all of Parkers Lake; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Linda loved to be outdoors. She enjoyed planting flowers, sightseeing, and riding four-wheelers. She was a homemaker and loved nothing more than caring for her family. Linda will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Ridener officiating. Burial followed in the Farris Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Lorene G. Stephens, age 81 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Fonde, Kentucky on December 16, 1938 the daughter of Luther and Annetta (Engle) Gibson. Lorene was a homemaker, member of the Riverside Church of God Mountain Assembly, loved attending church praising the Lord, bird watching, and UK Basketball.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lonnie Brown Stephens; son, Dennis Eugene Stephens; brothers, Harold Gibson and Clay Gibson; and sisters, Verde Sue Gibson and Joyce Gibson.
Survivors include her sons, Lonnie Dale Stephens of Pine Knot and Larry Wayne Stephens of Whitley City; daughters, LaRhonda Sue Crabtree and husband, Chris of Revelo and Lanetta Ann Crabtree and husband, Randy of Pine Knot; brother, Merle Gibson and wife Betty of Michigan; sisters, Agatha Costella of South Carolina and Thelma Thompson of Sidney, Ohio; grandson, Christopher Lee Crabtree and wife, Kathrine; and great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Crabtree.
The family wants to send a special Thank You to the Lifeline Nurses, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, and Hospice of Lake Cumberland for being so kind and attentive to their Mother.
Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, October 31, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Halcomb officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Friday, October 30, 2020 at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Manuel Wallen, Jr., age 86 years, 4 months, and 25 days, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Wallen and Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Manuel was born May 31, 1934 in Revelo, Kentucky to Manuel Wallen, Sr., and Ollie Wilson Wallen. He was a member of Marshes Siding Church of God. He will be remembered as a loving, hard-working husband and father. He loved the outdoors and was always happy to take his sons fishing, hunting, and camping on the river. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening and spent many hours sitting on the porch with his wife watching the wildlife, especially birds. For the last two years of his life, he was a resident of Williamsburg Health and Rehab, where his favorite activities were people watching and teasing the nurses and staff. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his two sons Gary Wallen, and wife, Linda, of Oneida, Tennessee, and Larry Wallen and wife, Teresa, of Revelo, a grandson Christopher Wallen and wife, Jessica, of Whitley City, and great grandchildren Bryson, Breanna, and Brylee Wallen of Whitley City, and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Cox Wallen, a daughter Judy Fae Wallen, his parents, three brothers, Hillary, James, and Robert, five sisters, Evelyn, Zora, Maxine, Mary Ruth, and Lorene.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Manual Wallen, Jr.

Lincoln Walls went home to be with his Lord on Friday, October 30, 2020. Lincoln was born in Co-operative, Kentucky on January 20, 1928 to the son of a coal miner Ernest Walls and Myrtle (Logan) Walls. In 1953, he married Glenys (King) Walls.
Private graveside services were Monday, November 2, 2020 at 2:00pm held at the Pine Knot Cemetery with Bro. Darrell Waters and Bro. Landon Sexton officiating.
Link was a brick layer who laid his bricks with perfection. He was a building contractor and built many homes and businesses in McCreary and Scott Counties. Early in his career, he laid the block foundation for the church house in the Blue Heron Community. Later on, he owned and operated two different coal mines and had a fleet of coal trucks and lastly, he owned a carpet business.
As a young man Link served in the army during the Korean Conflict. In his early years he enjoyed playing a fiddle and a guitar with his father and with his friends. Link was an avid fisherman. He loved to ride horseback in the woods with his friends. In recent years, he loved riding in the woods in his truck. Link had many stories about these outdoor adventures and about the people who were part of these adventures.
Link was a natural born cook, and had many specialties including pinto beans, potato soup, and fried fish. Anybody who ate his corn bread said it was the best they had ever eaten!
Link had the gift of hospitality. He was very fond of everyone of his many friends. One friend described him accurately by saying “he had a big heart.”
Link loved his family. He was a Christian and loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Link is survived by a brother William Walls AKA “Pheb” and one granddaughter Amanda Walls. Other family members; Patricia Walls, Jean Christenson, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He is proceeded in death by his wife Glenys of 43 years, his son Robert Walls, his parents, a sister Reba Jean Walls, and a brother Rondal Walls.
Honorary friends include Noble Smith, Sherill Owens, Logan Ross, Charlie Ross, Warren Logan, Larry Wallen, Tim Dixon, Steve Hall, Lee Armstrong, Charles and Edna Bryant, and Phil Miller.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lincoln Walls.

James Bradley Waters, age 88 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born at Worley Hilltop, Kentucky on May 9, 1932 the son of Frank A and Leevadie (Slaven) Waters. Brad was McCreary County Constable District 2, a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church, a retired Truck Driver, former Chief of Police for McCreary County and Deputy Sheriff. He was also a member of the Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge #874 and the Dixie Transport Club.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Buddy W. Waters, Harold Waters, Hasten Waters, Hollis Waters, and Onvie Waters; sisters, Edna Gibson and Minnie Keith; and great grandson Jancetun Wayne Waters.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Winchester) Waters of Strunk; sons, Jack R. Waters, and wife, Janice of Somerset, Steven W. Waters and wife, Jean of Stearns, and Timothy L. Waters of Strunk; grandchildren, Jeremy Waters (Rebecca), Jennifer Cecil (Chris), James Waters (Amber), Stacy Kidd (Dustin), Steven W. Waters II (Taylor), Kristin Seidelman (Dan), and Brett Kidd (Heather); and great grandchildren, Jacob Cecil, Addison Cecil, Isaac Waters, Emma Waters, Abigail Kidd, David Waters, Brooklyn Kidd, Bradlee Waters, Ella Seidelman, Caleb Kidd, and Audrey Kidd
Funeral services were held 12pm Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Timothy L. Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Brad and Shirley Waters Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Saturday, October 31, 2020 at the funeral home. Masonic Services were at 7pm Saturday.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Billy Ray Ball, age 74, husband of Lena Martin Ball, passed away Monday, November 2, 2020, at his home in Pine Knot.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Pleasant Run Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Bill Ball with funeral arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Nelda Gilreath, age 78, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, wife of Vernon Gilreath, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 6, 2020 after 6:00 pm at the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church. The family requests everyone please follow CDC guidelines and masks are mandatory. Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is Honored to serve the family of Nelda Gilreath.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Sherry (Marion) Crawford, age 51, of Winfield, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 15, 1968, she was the daughter of the late Richard David and Mary Eileen (Neal) Marion. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Leslie Kelly Marion and a sister, Jennifer Lynn Marion.
Surviving family include her fiancé Eric Buttram of Winfield, her daughter, Jordi Ball (and John) of Pine Knot, her son, Joey Watters of Pine Knot, her brother, Richard Darrell Marion, a step-son, Justin Stewart of Oneida and step-daughters: Taelyr Buttram of Winfield and Kyra Buttram of Memphis, Tennessee, as well as other step-children. She has a special niece, Kodie Kidd and nephew, Dakota Jennings.
Sherry loved seeing and spending time with her grandchildren: Logan, Joselyn, Jonah, Jayden, and Keilynn.
Sherry was a homemaker and she enjoyed fishing and gardening and being outdoors. She will be missed and remembered by all that she loved and that loved her.
The family is seeking donations to help offset the cost of the funeral.
Funeral services were held at Pine Knot Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 4:00 pm. Sherry was laid to rest at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Garry Wayne Creekmore, age 69 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from death to life on October 20, 2020 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada and Bro. David Troxell officiating. Entombment was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
He was born September 4, 1951 in Ayers, Kentucky, the son of Lewis and Nevada Webb Creekmore.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Stephens Bradley Creekmore, of Whitley City, a son, Paron Creekmore of Somerset, daughter, Brandy Perkins and husband, Jason, of Strunk, stepsons, John Bradley and wife, Nina, of Whitley City, Dirk Bradley and his wife, Lois, of Whitley City, and David Bradley of Whitley City, a brother, Jack Creekmore, sisters, Rhoda Williams, Anna Ruth Baird of Strunk, and Garcia Moore of Pine Knot, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, W.M. Creekmore, and two sisters Juanita Shelley and Betty Rose Trammell.
Garry was a Walmart truck driver for 29 years. He was also an avid farmer and cattle producer. Garry enjoyed working his farm, having cookouts with his family, giving and receiving gag gifts at Christmas, and talking with his many friends. But the most important thing was when he turned his heart over to his heavenly Father.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Garry Creekmore.

Jason Jay Greenfield, age 43 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Big Southfork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Seattle, Washington on August 13, 1977 the son of Ronnie Roland and Sherry (Page) Roland. Jay was an over the road truck driver and a member of the Truck Drivers of America. He enjoyed his family, fishing, and meeting new people.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Tina E. Jones of Pine Knot; boys he loved as his own sons, J.T. and Payton Jones both of Stearns; sister, Amy Knight of Missouri; special friend, William “Mike” Helring of Michigan; 8 nieces and nephews; and 7 great nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes cremation was chosen.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Dale Kidd, age 69 years, and 21 days, passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky, and was taken into the care of the Hickman- Strunk funeral home.
Christian Funeral Services were held Thursday October 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Silerville Cemetery.
He was born September 28, 1951 in Revelo, Kentucky to the late Roosevelt Kidd and Anna Mae Angel Kidd, but was raised by Cloy and Katherine Taylor, whom he also considered parents. Dale was a member of Kinne-Slaven Post 115 American Legion. He was an excellent musician and song writer who enjoyed playing classic rock and classic country. He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially antique clocks and restoring them. An excellent mechanic, he once built a motorcycle from miscellaneous parts. He attended Taylor Ridge Baptist Church and New Liberty Baptist church. He loved spending quality time with his family.
Survivors include a son, Brandon Kidd and his wife, Chandal, of Strunk, Kentucky, two daughters, Lisa Smith and her husband, Jimmy, of Stunk, Kentucky and Crystal Jones and her husband, Stuart, of Oneida, Tennessee, two brothers, David Kidd of South Carolina and Wayne Kidd and wife, Debbie, of Morgantown, Kentucky, the mother of his children, Kay Kidd, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Cloy and Katherine Taylor, and grandparents, George and Hazel Angel.
Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Dale Kidd.

Oscar Lee Kidd, age 87 years, of the Bethel Community died Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Bethel, Kentucky on March 30, 1933 the son of Emby and Flora (West) Kidd. Oscar was a retired truck driver and member of the Saddle Club. He enjoyed riding horses and rabbit hunting.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Lou (Anderson) Kidd; and brothers, Dillard Kidd, Edward Kidd, Charles Kidd, James Kidd, Andrew Kidd, Donald Kidd, and Everett Kidd.
Survivors include his sons, Ronald Kidd and wife, Barbara, Keith Kidd and wife, Sharon, and Kenneth Kidd and wife, Linda all of Pine Knot; daughter, Sharlet Bryant and husband, Dennis of Williamsburg; grandchildren, Alicia Kidd, Dana Kidd, Daniel Bryant, Kristy Redden, Rhonda Smith, and Mark Kidd; and a host of great and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 12:00 pm Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the Pleasant Run Church with Brother Johnny Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Run Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends after 6:00 pm Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. He layed in state from 11:00 am until funeral service time Sunday at the Church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Manuel Wallen Jr., age 86, of Revelo Kentucky, Widower of Elsie Wallen, passed away Monday, October 26th, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 28th, at 7:00 PM in the chapel of the Hickman Strunk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after 5:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be Thursday October 29th, in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery at 10:30 AM.
Friends and family are reminded to adhere to current CDC guidelines and masks are required.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral home is honored to serve the family of Manuel Wallen Jr.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Robert Dean Allen, age 59 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18, 1960 the son of Virgil Greene and Wilma Jean (Watson) Allen. Robert was a member of the Beulah Heights Church of God. Had worked as warehouse manager for the Cumberland Falls State Park, enjoyed fishing, and playing his guitar, but his greatest joy in life was time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ricky Lane Allen.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Annette (Hickman) Allen of Whitley City; daughters, Sarena Allen of Parkers Lake, Katrena Chitwood (Ricky) of Stearns, and Courtney Burchfield (Jeremiah) of Parkers Lake; sister, Kathy Honeycutt (Mark Caldwell) of Union, Kentucky; grandchildren, Shantay, Shayla, and MaKayla Fry, Kaylee Kyla, and KaLeah Chitwood, and Shayna, Jaylen, Zayden, and Jazzlyn Burchfield; nephew that felt like a son, Ricky Allen; cousin that was like a brother, Willie Watson (Rena); and special friends the Honeycutt family.
Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder, Bro. Thomas Corder, and Bro. Johnny Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sherry (Marion) Crawford, age 51, of Winfield, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville. She was the daughter of the late Richard David and Mary Eileen (Neal) Marion.
Funeral services was held Wednesday, at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Randall Joe Goodin, age 47 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Sunday, October 11, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Corbin, Kentucky on August 19, 1973 the son of Artman and Offie (Ridner) Goodin. Randall enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping, also had worked as a machine operator for OVC.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother Offie Goodin of Parkers Lake; brothers, Delmer Goodin and wife, Marlena and Artie Goodin both Parkers Lake; sisters, Cathy Perry and husband, Wayne and Leatha Rose both of Parkers Lake; nieces and nephews, Wayna Medoza, Dustin Ridner, Nikki Goodin, Shay Goodin, KC Goodin, Shainna Goodin, Natasha Goodin, Kloe Cummins, Latitia Rose, Lucian Thompson, and Joslin Thompson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11am at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. Dewayne Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends after 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at his home, 3056 Hwy 896 Parkers Lake, Ky 42634.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

Boyce Edward Jones, age 79 years, 4 months, and 21 days, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 5, 2020 from his home in Smithtown and was placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday October 8, 2020 at 1 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. John Duvall and Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Interment was in the Mountain View Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.
Boyce was born May 14, 1941 in the Mountain View Community, to Herbert Jones and Alma (Crisp) Jones. Boyce was a well-known, well respected businessman in our community. At the time of his passing he had owned B and H Auto Parts since 1972. He had also owned a Chrysler dealership and had been an over the road truck driver and owned and operated his own gravel truck. He was a longtime, faithful member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for over 45 years.
Boyce married Norma Ross, on May 16, 1961 and they began their life of 59 years together. They raised three children, Donna, Debra, and Steve. Boyce was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. His family was precious to him and he loved spending time with them, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Norma, children, Donna West of Oneida, Debra Carver, and her husband, Joe, also of Oneida, and Steven Jones, and his wife, Felicia of Smithtown, six grandchildren, Jacob Carver and his wife, Carissa, Rachel West, Lacey Massengale, and her husband, Adam, Griffin West, Noah and Luke Jones, great-grandchildren, Sadie Belle and Oakleigh Massengale, two brothers, Herbert Jones Jr, and wife, Ruth, of Florida and Jerry Jones and wife, Angie, of Illinois, sister, Patricia Roy and husband, James, of Pine Knot and a couple Boyce considered family, Murton and Phyllis Wilson.
Boyce was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Harold Jones, a son-in-law, James “Randy” West, and brother-in-law, James Roy.
Boyce’s faith has ended in sight. We find comfort in his testimony and the exemplary Christian life he lived.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Boyce Jones.

Dale Kidd, age 69, of Whitley City, passed away Monday Oct. 19, and was placed in the care of Hickman- Strunk funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday Oct. 22, at 2:00Pm in the chapel of the Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home, burial will be in the Silerville Cemetery.
The Family of Dale Kidd will receive friends from 11:00 am until funeral service time at 2:00PM at the Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please help with funeral costs.
The Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home, is honored to serve the family of Dale Kidd
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Oscar Lee Kidd, age 87 of Bethel Community, widower of Betty Lou (Anderson) Kidd passed away October 19, 2020 at Jean Waddle Care Center.
Funeral service will be 12pm, Sunday at Pleasant Run Church. Visitation is at 6pm, Saturday at McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pleasant Run Memorial Cemetery.
He Will Lie In State At The Church From 11Am Until Funeral Time Sunday At The Church.
Friends are reminded to practice social distancing if attending the services, as requested by the CDC.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Luther G. “Luke” Morrow, passed from this life on October 11, 2020 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born January 27, 1947 the son of Elmer and Geneva (Ledbetter) Morrow and was of the Baptist faith. Luke enjoyed gardening, but his greatest joy was his children. He had worked for the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Sheriff, and as a coal miner and truck driver, and served his country in the US Army.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister; Mary Etta Morrow.
Survivors include his children; Belinda Morrow of Clinton, TN., Liddie Bruce and Son Seth of Somerset, KY., Paul Rogers and wife Melissa of Georgia, Paula and husband Maurice Williams also of Georgia, brother; David and wife Sharon Morrow of Stearns, KY., the mother of his children, Sandy Morrow of Pine Knot, KY., numerous grandchildren, along with friends who loved him dearly and will miss him.
Visitation for Luke was Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 12:00 noon until time for funeral services at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brother Damon Stevens officiating. Per his wishes, he will be cremated with his ashes to be buried in the Wright Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Luther G. “Luke” Morrow.

Mrs. Shirley Lea Phillips, age 83 years, and 18 days, passed away at her home in Stearns, Kentucky on Monday, October 12, 2020 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.
Shirley was born in Stearns, Kentucky on September 24, 1937 to the late Leo Burke and the late Jessie Bryant Burke. She was a supervisor at McCreary Manufacturing, a former Board Member at the McCreary County Board of Education and was a member at the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. During her free time, Shirley enjoyed camping, spending time outdoors, cooking, shopping, and traveling, as she spent every winter in Florida.
She is preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Don Phillips, whom she married on May 11, 1956; her father and mother-in-law, Carey and Opal Prichard; a son-in-law, Todd Kidd; one brother, Cleston Ted Bryant; one sister, Betty Couch; and one sister-in-law, Sue Dykes.
Shirley is survived by a large host of loving family, this includes: two daughters, Traci Kidd of Whitley City and Donna Madden of Winfield, Tennessee; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Shirley Phillips.

Jackie Danielle Ross, 24 years old of Stearns, KY., died Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Baptist Health Corbin surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on January 19, 1996 in Somerset, KY., Jackie was a sales clerk and was employed by both Wal-Mart and Kroger. Jackie enjoyed driving around, and watching movies. She loved decorating and celebrating her favorite holiday, Halloween, but spending time with her family was her greatest joy. In addition to her father, Patrick Ross, she is also preceded in death by her grandparents; Kathleen & Harold Ross and Mary & Willard Murphy.
She is survived by her mother; Elizabeth Murphy Ross, soul mate; Nicki Davidson of Stearns, KY., sister; Mary Adkins and husband Cody of Rockholds, KY., her name sake and niece; Danielle Adkins, nephew; Brandon Adkins and her best friend; Emmett Carrendar.
Per her request, cremation was selected with a memorial services held Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM at her home located at 3832 West Hwy 92, Stearns, Kentucky.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Betty Rose Tankersley, 87, of Williamsburg passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center, two days shy of her 88th birthday.
Betty was born October 11, 1932 in Parkers Lake, KY, but spent most of her life in Marshes Siding before moving to Williamsburg in 1981. Betty became a resident of the Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center in 1995 where she received exceptional and compassionate care by the devoted staff until her death. Many felt Betty was remarkable. She never failed to say I Love You and Thank You to those who cared for her.
In her early years at the center, she was an active community member. Most notably for over a decade, she authored a column in the News Journal that explored the lives of her fellow residents. Additionally, she wrote two short stories and her memoirs, all accomplishments that took several years to complete since she was only able to type with her right index finger. Betty’s passions included writing, the Kentucky Wildcats, and being an Elvis Presley super fan. Although Betty spent her entire life in a wheelchair, she had a cheery disposition and smile on her face at all times. She happily spent time with those who stopped in to visit, especially her longtime friends Larry Davis and Sharon Shelton. While she struggled her entire life with complications of her Cerebral Palsy, those that knew her saw that she didn’t let anything stand in between her and the life she wanted.
Betty is survived by her loving nieces, cousins, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Eva (Ballou) Tankersley; and siblings, James Matthew Tankersley, Alma Ruth (Tankersley) Faulkner, and Roscoe David Tankersley.
A private burial was held by the family in the Holloway Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Juanita Waddle, age 78 years, 9 months, and 18 days, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 18, 2020, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was in the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Kentucky.
She was born December 26, 1941 in Jellico, Tennessee to Estil Stephens and Pauline Farmer Stephens. Juanita was a member of the Langdon Street Baptist Church and of the Laurel Heights Chapter of the Order of the Easter Star for over fifty years, where she had served as Grand Worthy Matron. She spent her life in service to others, beginning her career at Murphy’s Furniture and Appliance and later working at Big M Discount. Juanita was well-known for her smiling face and exceptional customer service as she worked for Lumber King for twenty four years before her retirement. She always enjoyed spending time with her family. Juanita loved fishing and Conway Twitty.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her first husband, Ancil Jones, her second husband, Noah Waddle, a brother, Owen Stephens, and sisters, Yvonne Cornet, and Sue Davis.
Survivors include brothers, Ray Stephens and his wife, Mindy, of Edmonton and Ronnie Stephens of Pine Knot, sisters, Linda Grimes and her husband, Bruce, of Burlington, and Doris Pryor of Pine Knot, a childhood lifelong friend, Willa Mae Davenport, special daughter, Goldie Byrd, and special friends, Bill and Mary Singleton.
The passing of Juanita is mourned by all who knew and loved her. But we know that she leaves many wonderful memories behind and we hope these will be of comfort to you in your time of sorrow.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Juanita Waddle.

Garry Wayne Creekmore, age 69, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Husband of Carol Stephens Creekmore, passed away Tuesday October 20, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1:00PM in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00PM Thursday October 22, 2020 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
The Hickman-Stunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Garry Wayne Creekmore.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Chuckie Clinton Duncan, age 58, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed from this life on Sunday, October 4, 2020.
He was born November 18, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Clinton Bain Duncan and Wilma Jean (Canada) Duncan. In addition to his parents, Chuck is preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry Luckie Duncan, Billy Duncan, and Norman Canada; sisters, Geneva “Nevie” Duncan, Brenda Duncan Brown, and Vonda Duncan Martin.
Surviving family include his longtime life partner, Tammy Messer; sons, Clinton C. Duncan and wife, Kirsten, and Spc. William E. Duncan and wife, Courtney; a daughter, Donna Kelly and Mitchell Smith; 6 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, and 2 grandbabies arriving next year as well as his first wife Lorene Hancock Duncan of Whitley City.
Also surviving are brothers, Kelly Duncan and wife, Pat, and Larry Mangus and wife, Sheila; sisters, Virginia “Jenny” Abrams and husband, Bruce, Bonnie Duncan Hursong, Wonda Duncan, Rhonda Duncan Perry and husband, Mike, and Connie Duncan Clippert and husband, Eric; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends that loved Chuck dearly.
Chuck was a special friend to many and always enjoyed making others laugh and smile. He was an outdoorsman who liked to hunt and fish, work on cars, basically anything he could do outdoors. Chuck also volunteered for the Wiborg (North McCreary) Fire Department. Chuck was also involved in x-box gaming where he made many friends from all over. He had many hobbies in his life, but his main focus was on his family, especially his grandchildren who he loved so much. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in the Chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Derrick Phipps officiating. Burial was at the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Leonard Weaver Ridener, age 74 years, 6 months, and 9 days, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his home in Marshes Siding, Kentucky and was placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were conducted in the South chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Ridener officiating on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:00pm EST. Interment was in the Carter Cemetery on Lick Creek Road in Marshes Siding, Kentucky.
Leonard was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on Monday, April 1, 1946 to the late Wiley “Yank” Ridener and the late Elsie May (Perkins) Ridener. Leonard attended college at the Michigan State University and was a retired truck driver. He also owned Leonard’s Appliance Repair and had worked in management at Kingsford Charcoal. Leonard was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God. He enjoyed antique cars and playing music, as he was an accomplished guitar and banjo player.
He is preceded in death by: his parents; one son, Wayne Ridener; one granddaughter, Allison Hope Coffey two brothers, Cecil Ridener and Karl Ridener; two sisters, Cindy Ridener, and Geneva Ridener.
Leonard is survived by a large host of loving family, including: one daughter, Rhonda Coffey (husband Tony) of Whitley City; the mother of his children, Sue Ridener; four grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mr. Leonard Weaver Ridener.

Goldie Irene “Janie” Shelley, age 98 years, 2 months, and 6 days, passed away at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky on Friday, October 9, 2020 and was placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
A celebration of life was held at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:00pm EST with Bro. Braxton King, Bro Larry Ball, and Bro. Bill King officiating. Interment was in the Lower Cal Hill Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Janie was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late James Andrew Ball and the late Rachel (Stephens) Ball on Thursday, August 3, 1922. An original GI Jane, she worked in a munitions factory in Michigan during World War II. Janie was a member of the Meadows Grove Baptist Church, for which she taught Sunday School and sang in for years. She was very competitive, as she played on the Revelo Fumblers softball team, and the Southern Belles softball team. She enjoyed reading and jigsaw puzzles.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, William C. Shelley; sisters, Julia Ball Estes, Millie Ball Barnette; brothers, Richard Ball, Darrel Ball, Hoyt Ball, Ralph Ball, Norman Ball, Mark Ball, James Ball Jr., Estes Ball, Carl Jack Ball, Claude Ball; granddaughter, Jonnie Rae Shelley.
Janie is survived by a large host of loving family, including: two sons, Dave Shelley (wife Brenda) of Stearns, Ronnie Shelley (wife Debbie) of Stearns; one brother, Ronald Ball of Stearns; grandchildren, Brandi Shelley, Janie Lynn Shelley, Billy Shelley, Haley Shelley; great grandchildren, Garrett Russell, and Sunny Coates.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Goldie “Janie” Shelley.

Charles Lewis Bryant, 74 years, 2 months, and 21 days, resident of Stearns, Kentucky went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 1, 2020. He was born Thursday, July 14, 1946 at the Oneida Clinic in Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee to Oscar L. and Oma S. (nee Canada) Bryant. He was eternally devoted to his high school sweetheart Edna Irene (nee Clark) for 54 years. They began their journey through life together on August 20, 1966. Together they prayed, loved, learned, laughed, and grew. He was the supportive and loving Dad of Gary L. Bryant of Stearns, Melissa K. (Dave) Haerr of Cincinnati, & Jason C. Bryant of Cincinnati. He was the adoring Pawpaw of Janelle Charlee Bryant of Cincinnati. He is also survived by his beloved sister Glenna S. Wright of Cincinnati, numerous loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a multitude of caring family & friends.
Graveside funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 sisters – Gladys Holbrook, Dorcus Gooch, Judy Ashby, Eliza Opal Bryant, Sarah Louise Bryant, Brenda G. Bryant, 2 brothers – George Millard Bryant & James Dillard Bryant, mother-in-law Edna E. Coffey, father-in-law Chester Clark, brothers-in-law Ed Holbrook & Ivan Wright, sisters-in-law Glenna M. Clark & Dorothy J. Lay.
Charles loved cars, tools and woodworking. He was our top mechanic and our home repair man. He always found a solution for every problem. If he didn’t know how to fix something, he didn’t stop until he had taught himself how. He was curious about how things worked and enjoyed the adventure of figuring it out. Those who knew Charles knew he was happiest when he was with his family and making people laugh.
“He was a respected father who taught his children the importance of being devoted & loyal to God & Family. Our Dad was a man with simple old fashion values and modesty.” ~ Gary
“Our talks, that were straight from the heart and heard in the heart, are truly one of my greatest life’s gifts. He always had time for his children and loved us with all of his heart.” ~ Melissa
“I’m going to miss his real talks. He was the coolest Dad ever to me. He was a very loving Dad and truly a great man.” ~ Jason
During a sweet moment with his precious granddaughter, she looked up at him and said, “Pawpaw, you’re my masterpiece.” ~ Janelle.
Yes, sweet little one, he was truly a masterpiece.
This obituary was written by the family
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Charles Bryant.

Fred Clark Sr., age 85 years, 4 months, 7 days, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. George Allen Coffey officiating. Burial was in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.
Fred was born in the Slavans Community of McCreary County on May 26, 1935 to the late John Bolen Clark and the late Luvada Vaughn Clark. He married his wife of 59 years, Joyce (Cale) Clark, on February 6, 1961. Fred was a former coal miner and was a retired custodian. Fred enjoyed fishing, watching westerns on TV, and spending time with his beloved family, especially his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter in law, Twanna Sue Roberts Clark; several siblings; and grandchildren, David Wayne Murphy and Skyler West Clark.
Fred is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his wife; sons, Raymond B. Clark of Parker’s Lake, Fred Clark Jr. of Stearns, William Delyn Clark of Stearns, and Ronald West Clark of Stearns; daughters, Linda Gregory (husband Scott) of Stearns and Sarah Ruth Woodrum of Whitley City; a special granddaughter, Tammy Lanter; sixteen grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Fred Clark, Sr.
Paige King, 29, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020. She was born 2/14/1991 in Richmond Ky.
She is survived by her parents, Curtis and Melissa King; sister, Makayla King; brother, Matthew (Zeke) King; Granny, Janie Bowling, Booneville, Ky., Aunt Deborah and Uncle Doug Ledonne; Uncle Wes and Aunt Sena Bowling, Davison,Mi., Aunt Denise King, Pine knot, Ky., Grandpa Boyce King, Pine Knot, Ky., and numerous cousins including; Beth Weber, Erlanger, Ky., Peyton Bowling, Davison, Mi., Casey Lawson, Crestwood, Ky., and Joey Lawson, Jacksonville, Fl.
She is preceded n death by Granny Norma King of Pine Knot, Ky.; Grandpa Danny Bowling, Booneville, Ky., and Uncle Danny Fred Bowling.
Service were Saturday at 1:00 pm with close friends and family.
Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tracy Dale King, son of Malcum and Gloris (Boyatt) King, passed from this life on September 23, 2020 at his home in Russell Springs, Kentucky.
He was born August 22, 1961 and is of the Baptist faith. Tracy enjoyed drawing, reading, collecting comic books, watching and listening to old mystery show, but his greatest joy were his nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother; Malcum King Jr., niece; Justina Marie Jones, sister-in-law; Jewelene King, special friends; Scotty Stephens and Karen.
Survivors include his brother; Bruce G. King and wife Sheila of Oneida, TN., sisters; Lois Jeffereson of Russell Springs, KY., and Nellie Faye King of Oneida, TN., numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and also great great nieces and nephews, special friends; Wilma Stephens and her family, Doc & Lou Hall, Mary & Steve Hall and family, along with friends who loved him dearly and will miss him.
Funeral services were Friday, October 2, 2020 in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brother Norman Burke officiating. Burial followed at the Kingtown Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Tracy King.

Adaline Faith Perry, born in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, September 25, 2020 to Arron Perry and Brittany Swain, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:00am EST at the King Cemetery on Pig Skin Road. Interment followed the service.
Adaline is preceded in death by: her maternal great grandparents, Douglas Strunk, Gladys Yancey; her paternal great grandparents, James E, Wyatt, and Mary Joyce Wyatt.
She is survived by: her parents; her maternal grandparents, Joe and Kimberly Strunk; her paternal grandparents Gary and Cathy Perry; one brother, Ethan Swain; one uncle, Joseph Strunk, one aunt, Chasity Meadows (husband Randy); two cousins, Courtney and Abby Meadows; maternal great grandmother, Grace Strunk; and many more special aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Adaline Faith Perry.

Justin Lowell Ramey, age 38 years, 6 months, and 14 days, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Justin was a resident of Pine Knot, Kentucky and was the son of Darrel Ramey and the late Susan (Patton) Ramey. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on Saturday, March 20, 1982. He loved fishing, tattoos, and especially loved his dog, whose name was Moo-Moo.
He was preceded in death by: his mother; and his brother, Terry Shawn Patton.
Justin is survived by a host of loving family, including: his father; his special companion, Jodi Teegarden; his stepdaughter, Selena Teegarden; two brothers, William Patton, Stanley Ramey; two sisters, Rosa Weinel, and Cheryl Ramey.
In keeping with his wishes, Justin was cremated.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Justin Lowell Ramey.

Lola Smith, widow of Lummer Smith , age 100 years, 4 months and 19 days, of Sawyer, Kentucky died Monday, September 28, 2020 at her home surrounded by her love ones.
She was born on May 11, 1920 in Honeybee, KY., the daughter of the Jasper and Allie (Vanover) Hicks. Lola was a homemaker and she attended Sawyer Baptist Church, she enjoyed going to church, but spending time with her family was her greatest joy. In addition to her husband, and parents, she is also preceded in death by her daughter; Pearlie Virginia Smith, brother; Hobert Hicks, and sisters; Nola Ridner, Ruth Ridner, Elizabeth Ridner and Clara Head, grandchildren; Bob Smith, Andy Smith and Ranzy Ridner.
She is survived by her sons; Archie Cecil Smith and wife Arlene of Tiffin, Ohio, Arthur Murel Smith of Port Clinton, Ohio, Andrew Jackson Smith and wife Anna of Bucyrus, Ohio, Jerry Ray Smith and wife Sue of Parkers Lake, KY., Clyde Mitchell Smith and wife Cathy of Tiffin, Ohio, Tom Duane Smith and wife Wanda of Marshes Siding, KY., Jasper Odell Smith of Revelo., KY., daughters; Rose Marie Sue Griffis and husband Eugene of Stearns, KY., Phyllis Irene Ridner and husband Ranzy of Sawyer, KY., Janie Arlene Smith Perry of Parkers Lake, KY., Forty six grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 39 great great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brothers Dow Goodin and Brother John Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Eagle Creek Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

JoAnn (Gibson) Watson, age 75 years, 11 months, and 8 days, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Stunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating. Interment followed the services and was in the Corder Cemetery.
JoAnn was born in Smithtown, Kentucky on Thursday, October 19, 1944 to the late Joe Gibson and the late Edna (Jones) Gibson. JoAnn was a member of the Pleasant Rock Church in Smithtown, Kentucky. She loved fishing, puzzlebooks, and most of all, spending time with her beloved family.
She is preceded in death by: her first husband, James Vaughn; her second husband, Arnold Watson; one son, Brian Gibson (wife Thelma); four brothers, Rob Gibson (wife Stella), Porter Gibson (wife Edna), Virgil Gibson (wife Betty), Bill Gibson (wife Tiny); brother in law, Frank Noe; two grandchildren, Megan Gibson, and James Earnie Logan Vaughn.
JoAnn is survived by a large host of loving family, including; her partner, Donald Vanover of Stearns; two sons, Joe Vaughn (wife Beverly) of Stearns, Jimmy Vaughn (partner Becky Creekmore) of Whitley City, Ernie Vaughn (wife Amanda) of Parker’s Lake; A special son, Rodney Goins of Parkers Lake; one sister, Linda Noe of Sydney, Ohio; four grandchildren, Joe Vaughn Jr., Brandon Watters, William Vaughn, James Vaughn; and 15 great grandchildren.
The passing of JoAnn is mourned by all who knew and loved her, but we know she leaves many wonderful memories behind, and we hope these will be of comfort to you in your time of sorrow.
The Hickman-Stunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of JoAnn Gibson Watson.

Rev. Wade Heath, age 45 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Somerset Kentucky the son of Clarence and Shelby (Kennedy) Heath. Wade was a carpenter, member and Pastor of the Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, telling people about Jesus, taking care of people, but especially kids.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Alene (Perry) Heath; parents, Clarence Health of Alpine, Kentucky and Shelby Davis of Ferguson, Kentucky; son, Jacob “Jake” Bolt; daughters, Anastasia “Annie” Bolt and Michelle “Ellie” Bolt all of Whitley City; Daniel Brian Heath and wife, Amy of Parkers Lake; sisters, Heather Roberts of Whitley City and Danielle Heath of Ferguson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held 12pm Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Sawyer Church Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Adaline Faith Perry
Adaline Faith Perry, age 2 days old, passed away suddenly at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington and has been placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Adaline was the daughter of Brittany Swain and Arron Perry. Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:00am in the King Cemetery on Pig Skin Road.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Adaline Perry.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Norma Lee Rose, age 72 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died September 21, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on April 28, 1948 the daughter of Robert and Lucy (Vanover) Rollins. Norma enjoyed quilting and working in her flower garden, but the greatest joy in life was her family. She had worked for Tecumseh and was of the Baptist Faith.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Darrell Rollins, William Rollins, James Rollins, Mintford Rollins, and Amos Rollins; and sisters, Dorine Ohler and Mary Zeller.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Carness Ray Rose; sons, Jason Ray Rose and wife, Melissa and Cye Bradley Rose and wife, Crystal all of Parkers Lake; brothers, Harold Rollins and wife, Shirley of Parkers Lake, Roger Rollins and wife, Ruth of Freemont, Ohio, and Dale Rollins and wife, Julie of Florida; and sister Wanda Perry and husband, Pete of Parkers Lake; grandchildren, Hailey Rose, Brooklyn Rose, Taylar Rose, and Cloe Rose.
Funeral service were held 11am-Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Rollins and Bro. Harold Rollins officiating. Burial followed in the Eagle Creek Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Christina Ann Slaven, of Whitley City, age 41 years, 1 month, and 16 days, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:00pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Sexton officiating. Burial was in the Strunk Cemetery on Day Ridge.
Christina was born on Wednesday, August 8, 1979 in Oneida, Tennessee to Gary Tucker and Sharon (Corder) Tucker. She was a member at the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, and she enjoyed drawing, arts and crafts, and playing pool. She loved animals, children, and spending time with her beloved family.
Christina is survived by a large host of loving family, including: her parents; her husband, Ronald Lee Slaven of Pine Knot; her son, Michael Lee Slaven of Strunk; her daughters, Chelsy Bone of Whitley City, Brittany Elaine Slaven of Marshes Siding; one grandson, Ryan Allen Petrey; and one granddaughter, who has yet to be born.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Christina Slaven.
Lola Smith
Lola Smith, age 100 of Sawyer, Kentucky, widow of Lummer Smith. Passed away September 28, 2020.
Funeral services were held at 11am, Thursday at McCreary County Funeral Home.
Burial followed in Eagle Creek Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

JoAnn Gibson Watson
JoAnn Gibson Watson, age 75, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Corder Cemetery.
Hickman-Stunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of JoAnn Gibson Watson
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Robert “Bobby” Allen Brooks, age 49 years, of Science Hill, Kentucky died Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Lexington, Kentucky on August 2, 1971 the son of Robert and Zelphia “Irene” (Perry) Brooks. Robert had been a machine operator for Crane, Fiat, and Sany Metal, and member of the Davis Hill Church of God. He enjoyed model cars, classic cars, fishing, animals, flea marketing, but the dearest to his heart was his grandchildren.
He is preceded by his parents; two sisters, Melisa “Lisa” Parriman and Pamela Brooks; and many aunts and uncles.
Survivors include his wife, Frances A. (Sage) Brooks; son Josh Brooks of Williamsburg; daughters, Amanda Brooks (Geoffrey Newton), Andrea Brooks, and Alice Brooks all of Science Hill, and Avery Brooks (John Bolt) of Burnside; sister, Danita Coffey and husband, James of Richmond; brother-in-law, Donald Parriman; grandchildren, Jasmine Irene Brooks, Oliver Clark Payne, Anastasia Rose Bolt, Jacob Allen Bolt, and Michelle Marie Bolt; nieces and nephews, Robert, Kayla, Donald Jacob (“DJ”), Nakeesha, Destiny, and Jessica; aunts, Della Loudermilk of Pine Knot, Ethel Seargent of Ohio, and Mary Connelly of Crittendon; uncle, Thomas Brooks of Kenton County.
Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, September 21, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Clay Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Bryant Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bernice “Burnis” Dean Epperson age 80 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville, Ohio.
She was born October 5, 1939 in Flossie, Kentucky to the late Claude Branscum and Mattie (Jones) Branscum.
In addition to her parents, Bernice is preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Epperson; a daughter, Shirley Valentine; brothers, James Oval Branscum and wife, Iva, Arley Branscum and wife, Josephine, Cordus Branscum and wife, Joyce, Leonard Branscum, Grove Thomas Branscum, and Paul Branscum and wife, Marjorie; and sisters, Esteen Cook and husband, McKinley, Ottie Vaughn, Opal Branscum, and Alma Branscum.
Surviving family include her sons, Hobert Epperson and wife, Rhonda, of Covington, Ohio, Mike Epperson and wife, Rita, of Sidney, and George Epperson and wife, Marilyn of Russia, Ohio; daughters, Deb Schilling and husband, Jay, Covington, Martha Dulaney and husband, Larry, of Southhaven, Mississippi, and Sarah Coffey and husband, Jason, of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters-in-law, Juanita Branscum of Houston, Ohio, and Brenda Branscum of Somerset; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Bernice was a member of the Lower Wolf Creek United Baptist Church. She loved nothing more than caring for her family, always cooking and feeding anyone she could. Bernice also enjoyed sewing and quilting, gardening, and canning. She touched many lives along her way and will be sadly missed.
Funeral service were held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Coffey and Bro. David Vaughn officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Union Cemetery in Tateville, Kentucky.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Rev. Wade Heath age 45 of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Laura (Perry) Heath. Passed away September 22, 2020.
Funeral service were held Wednesday at Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Sawyer Church Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Norma Lee Rose, age 72, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky. Wife of Carness Ray Rose. Passed away September 21, 2020.
Funeral service will be held at 1am, Thursday at McCreary County Funeral Home.
Burial followed in Eagle Creek Cemetery with Bros. Roger and Harold Rollins officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Jewelene Hayes Calhoun, age 77 years, of Revelo, Kentucky died Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Blue Heron, Kentucky on June 6, 1943 the daughter of Hence and Nova (Watters) Dobbs. Jewelene was a homemaker and member of the Old Beech Grove Baptist Church. The joy of her life was visiting, family reunions, and taking care of her family, friends, but especially her great grandchildren as their granny taxi.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, Maynard Hayes and Wendell Calhoun; daughters, Brenda Ann Hayes, Betty Jean Hayes, and Lisa Renee Hayes; brothers, Estle Dobbs, Ellard Dobbs, Elbert Dobbs, Elzie Dobbs, Gilbert Watson, Doyle Watson and Clifford Watson; sisters, Mary Jo Stephens, Evelyn Wright, Velva Winchester, Edith Anderson, and Alfie Watson; daughter-in-law, Dora Hayes; son-in-law, Gene Delk; and grandson, Bruce Hayes, Jr.
Survivors include her son, Bruce Denver Hayes of Revelo; daughter, Belinda Bowling and husband, Charlie of Helenwood, Tennessee; step-daughters, Julie Capley of Whitley City, Bridgett Dixon of North Carolina, and Roberta Davis of Revelo; brother, JB Watson and wife, Joyce of Indianapolis, Indiana; brother-in-law, Henry Stephens also of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Jessica Jones (Donnie Maynard), John Derek Bowling (Nicola), Brandon Bowling (Kayla), and Scottie Delk (April); and great grandchildren, Emma, Alex, Joe, Brianna, Jayden, and Autumn Maynard, Maddy, Noah, Faith, Eli, and Aiden Bowling, Teegan and Addie-Jo Bowling, Trevor, Trace and LeeAnn Hayes; and Chloe, Asher, and Maggie Delk; and numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. George Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Margaret Helen (Hinkle) Corder, age 69, passed away unexpectedly at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:00pm EST in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Visitation was Saturday from 11:00am EST until the funeral hour. Interment was in the Roberts Chapel Cemetery on Beulah Heights Road.
She was born on August 26, 1951 in the Beulah Heights Community of McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Clellan Hinkle and the late Hazel (Lynch) Hinkle. In her early years, she worked as a babysitter and a waitress. Margaret was a member of the Church of Christ in Whitley City.
She is preceded in death by: her infant brother, Larry Lee Hinkle; her brother, Jess Hinkle; and her stepson, Allen Waters.
She is survived by: her significant other, Burt Watters, of Whitley City; two sisters, Janice Hinkle, of Beulah Heights, Jeanette Taylor, of Cincinnati; her brother, Ray Hinkle and his wife, Wallena, of Whitley City; her sister in law, Golda Hinkle, of Russel Springs; her daughter, Amy Perry and her husband, Don Perry, of Strunk; two sons, Chad Corder, of Beulah Heights, Christopher Tucker, of Strunk; grandchildren Kobe Perry, Gunner Perry, Alexis Tucker, Megan Tucker, Abbygale Tucker, Caitlyn Corder, Zeppelin Tucker; the mothers of her grandchildren, Amber Tucker, Misty Corder, Megan Tapley; a special cousin, Joyce “Tiney” Thompson; her best friend from when they attended a one room schoolhouse, Carol (Staley) Gerros of Dayton, Ohio; nieces, Lisa Thomas of Beulah Heights, Lynelle Medecke, of Norwood, Ohio, Jeanene Jasper, of Russel Springs; nephews, David Taylor, of Cincinnati, Mark Hinkle, of Russel Springs; stepdaughters, Kathy Neal, Jody Waters, Tracy Waters; and many more family and friends.
Margaret enjoyed watching TV and was an avid reader. She joked about being able to multitask by reading and watching TV at the same time. She liked to look at magazines and shop through her catalog books. She was very generous with her gifts. Margaret was a wonderful cook and loved doing it. She learned at an early age from her mother how to cook the best home cooking around. It did not matter if she knew when you would be coming to her house, she always had a meal cooked and you did not leave hungry.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Margaret Corder.

Dennis C. Egnor age 65 of Dayton, Ohio went to be with his parents and other family members on Thursday, September 10, 2020 after a long illness.
He was born July 22, 1955 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Oscar Egnor and Mary (Stephens) Egnor. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Armstrong; granddaughter, Alyssa; a sister, Brenda Burchett and husband, Jack; a brother, Kenneth Egnor; and two nephews, Brian Lee Egnor and Geoffrey Burchett.
Surviving family include his sister, Debbie Burchett Stankiewicz and husband, Frank, of Dayton, Ohio; brothers, Jack Egnor and wife, Mary, of North Carolina, and Denny Egnor of Dayton; eight grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
Dennis was a Veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed helping others, serving as a Neighborhood Assistance Officer for over 10 years, as well as working as a Policeman. Dennis also worked as a manager at a store. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and raising dogs, especially Chihuahuas.
Although he was a bit mischievous and stubborn through out life, he was a jokester and had a big heart, and never hesitated to help a stranger in need. Dennis will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him, especially his sister.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ethel (Maxwell) Hughes, age 78, of Sidney, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020 at her residence after a long battle with cancer. She was born on January 6, 1942 in Wayne County, KY to the late Powers and Margaret (Dick) Maxwell. On August 23, 1997, she married Richard J. Hughes and he survives.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children: Sharon Hodge of Ashtabula, Larry (Sherry) Hughes and Richard E. (Deborah A.) Hughes, both of Sidney; siblings: Lillian New, Tuley Maxwell and June Baker, all of Sidney and Ruby (Jay) Barlage of Ft. Loramie; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends of Ethel and the family: Rose, Lisa and Angela. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son: Larry Robbins; and one brother: Luther Maxwell.
Ethel was a member of Sidney Baptist Church. She worked at Copeland and later at Sidco, where she retired. Ethel loved to read, especially enjoying the newspaper. She also enjoyed doing puzzles.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Sidney Baptist Church with Pastor John Butts and Chaplain Angela Barfield officiating. Burial was in Shelby Memory Garden in Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice or Sidney Baptist Church.
Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

James Edward Strunk, age 66 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Monday, September 7, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 1, 1954 the son of Emby Strunk and Nell (Pryor) Bryant. James loved playing his drums, helping at the Dairy Bar with the girls who became like family, and playing his guitar. He was a member of the Dixie Freedom Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his stepmother, Jewell Strunk; sisters, Betty Ann Strunk and Donna Bryant; brother, Danny Bryant; niece, Crystal Strunk; and nephew, Dewayne Strunk.
Survivors include his son, Ricky Lee Strunk; brothers and sisters, Bobby Taylor and wife, Patricia of Marshes Siding, Pete Strunk and wife, Margie of Pine Knot, Dale Strunk and wife, Patricia of Marshes Siding, Melissa Threet and husband, Arnold of Whitley City, Mike Strunk and wife, Marea of Strunk, Tina Bryant of Somerset, Joseph Bryant of Indianapolis, Tammy Bryant Mayson of Ocala, Florida, Teresa Bryant Turpin, Treva Bryant, and Tracy Bryant all of Danville, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 2pm Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Lois Anderson, age 87 years, 5 months, and 3 days, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Miller officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery.
She was born March 26, 1933 in Sawyer, Kentucky to Franklin Gayle Taylor and Anna Clark Taylor. After graduating from CumberlandCollege with a B.S. in education, Lois began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse and taught for thirty-nine and a half years in the McCreary County School System before her retirement. She was a longtime member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church and active in many church activities. Lois was widowed at a young age and was very devoted to her daughters. She enjoyed UK basketball, church and spending time with her family and friends. She loved teaching and doing for others.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Dorman Kenneth Anderson, sisters, Eva Clark and Edna Borgwardt, and brothers, Glen Taylor and Doyle Taylor.
Survivors include her daughters, Kim Anderson and Gayla Anderson, and a sister-in-law, Joyce Anderson.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lois Anderson.

Jeremy Aaron Chambers age 29 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born January 28, 1991 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Jeffery Chambers and Rhonda (Sharp) Childers Rowe.
Surviving family include his wife, Ashley (Newsom) Chambers and their daughter, Taylor, of Pine Knot; his father, Jeffery Chambers and wife, Kristy of Knoxville, Tennessee; his mother, Rhonda Rowe; a brother, Nathan Chambers of Knoxville; his grandmothers, Collie Chambers Potter and Faye Lloyd; step-brothers, Douglas Crow of Benton, Tennessee, and Dustin Crow of Knoxville; a step-sister, Lindsay Crow of Knoxville; his mother and father in law, Lisa and Mark Herrmann; and several other special family members and friends that Jeremy loved dearly.
Jeremy was attending the Bethel Baptist Church and had worked as a supervisor at Walmart prior to his illness. He enjoyed playing video games and fishing. But above all things, Jeremy loved his family, especially his wife, daughter, father, and his in-laws.
A family graveside service was held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm at the Newsom Family Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Zola Holloway, age 90 years, 4 months, and 8 days, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Annville, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Wright Cemetery.
She was born April 24, 1930 in Whitley City, Kentucky to William Dick and Minnie Phillips Dick. She enjoyed music and taking walks and caring for her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, William Henry Holloway, grandson, Ronnie Lee Ridner, son-in-law, Clifton Ridner, brothers, Porter Dick, Johnny Dick, and Parker Dick, and sisters, Connie Dick, Gracie Wallace, Nina Staffey, Angie South, and Pearl New.
Survivors include a daughter, Dora Mae Ridner, and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Zola Holloway.

Blaine Phillips was born on November 20, 1952 in the Mountain View section of McCreary County. He spent his last moments at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 67.
Blaine was a 1970 graduate of McCreary High School and a 1974 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He met Kathy Bruce from the Stearns area. The two were married on January 25, 1975 at Mountain View Church and were married 45 years.
Blaine began his teaching career in 1974 at Revelo Elementary School and was a basketball coach for 7th and 8th graders. He taught several different subjects and several different grades during his 27 years of teaching. Blaine was also a magistrate, first sworn in by Floyd Frasure on January 5, 1982. He was also with McCreary Flower Shop for 23 years with his sister Micky Maxwell and wife Kathy Phillips. He later became County Judge Executive on December 19, 2002 and was sworn in by Judge Winchester. He was elected for a second term on December 15, 2006 and sworn in by Judge Kathy Prewitt. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and an Honored Kentucky Colonel. Blaine and Kathy also ran SouthWay Stop and Go in Strunk for almost 11 years.
Blaine was baptized at a young age and was a member of Mountain View Church for many, many years. He recently moved his membership to Walkers Chapel in Parkers Lake where Darren Kidd is the pastor. He sang in church often with his brothers and sisters and was a devoted Christian man. They also sang at numerous homecomings, funerals, and many church events.
He loved family reunions and get togethers on the family home on Rattlesnake Ridge. He was an excellent Rook Player and a fierce competitor at Horseshoes. But, most of all he just really loved spending time with his family and loved ones. He was also known for being quite the prankster with his sister Laura. He came into this world with his twin brother Wayne and has been inseparable ever since. He loved having a farm and raising animals and planting a garden.
Survivors include his wife Kathy Phillips, one daughter LeighAnn (Brandon Blois) of Louisville and one son Dustin (Rachel Phillips) of Corbin. Five grandchildren – Hayden Fineisen, Hunter Fineisen, Taylor Phillips, Rex Phillips and Brynlee Phillips. His twin brother Wayne Phillips (Patsy Lee) of Stearns. Two sister in laws Julie Phillips of Stearns and Debbie Phillips of Muncie, IN and a brother in law Winfred Clark of Somerset. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins on the Phillips and Crisp side of his family.
Blaine is preceded in death by his parents Luther and Ethel Phillips, six sisters Zora Myers (David), Dora Adkins (Wendell), Laura King (Denzil), Imogene Watters (Merle), Pat Hill (Ron), Cora Alma “Mickey” Maxwell (Donald Lee) and Clotine Clark. Four brothers- Alonzo Phillips, Eugene Phillips, Luther Phillips Jr. and Carlos Phillips.
Blaine Phillips was known for his big heart and kindness and for always thinking of others before himself. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help everyone. He was a loving husband and an amazing father and “pappy” and everyone truly felt so blessed to have him in their life. He will be greatly missed and his memory will be cherished always.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Mountain View Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Casada and Bro. Mike King officiating. Blaine will be laid to rest in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Mathew Phillips, Brian Maxwell, Othel King, Josh Bruce, Randy Maxwell and Andy Jones
Honorary Pallbearers include Tony Jones, Jo Kidd, Gus Skinner, Peggy Lawson, Sue Kidd, Phil Chaney, Michelle Wilson, Donna Ross, Wayne Simpson, Roger Phillips, Stan Cox, Coy Taylor, Scott Jones, and Judy Redden.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Blaine Phillips with funeral arrangements.

James Edward Strunk
James Edward Strunk, age 66 of Whitley City, Kentucky. Son of the late Emby Strunk and Nell (Pryor) Bryant. Died September 7, 2020 at LCRH.
Funeral will be 2pm, Thursday at McCreary County Funeral Home Visitation will be 12pm, Thursdayat McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Taylor Cemetery with Bro. David Troxell officiating.
Friends are reminded to practice social distancing if attending the services, as requested by the CDC.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Joyce A. Keith Vanover, daughter of the late Paul Keith and Sarah Nevels Bryant, age 60 years, 4 months and 19 days of Whitley City, KY., died Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY.
She was born on April 12, 1960 in Jellico, Tennessee, Joyce was a homemaker, she enjoyed singing, camping and fishing, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and loved ones. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brothers; Eugene and Ricky Keith, granddaughter; Ashley Smith and step-father; Carl Bryant.
She is survived by her son; David Andrew Knasel and wife Debbie of Ajo., AZ., daughters; Jessica Santoyo and husband William of Tunnel Hill, GA., Destiny McDonald of Somerset, KY., brother; Carl Bryant Jr. of Pine Knot, KY., sister; Roberta Davis of Stearns, KY., grandchildren; Austin and Patrick Smith, Joshua and Brooklin Santoyo, and Savanah Knasel.
Graveside service were held Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Flat Rock Cemetery, 1:00 PM, with Brother Russell Keith officiating. The family has requested that in Lieu of flowers to please make donations to the funeral expenses at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Joyce Vanover.

Mrs. Lois Anna Anderson, age 87, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and has been placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:00pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery.
Visitors are reminded to adhere to CDC Guidelines for social distancing and to please wear a mask.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the Family of Mrs. Lois Anna Anderson.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Albert William Blankenbach, Jr. age 69, of Taylor, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
He was born October 11, 1950 The son of Albert William Louis Blankenbach, Sr and Mary (Slezinger) Blankenbach.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He was a Loving Husband, Partner and Soul Mate to Susan for 40 years; adoring Brother to Maryann Walters, of Pine Knot, Kentucky; cherished Father to April, Daniel and Kayla; caring Grandfather and Great-Grandfather to Ellese, Zachary, Calista, Austin, Xander, Layla and Kinslee; devoted Doe to Danny (Bubba) and Annalee and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends whom survive him.
Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Ledford Bryant, age 92 years, of Cincinnati, Ohio died August 24, 2020.
He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on January 11, 1928 the son of Eddy and Josie (Patrick) Bryant. Ledford had served his country in the US Army.
He is precede in death by his parents; wife, Ernie Bryant; brothers, Eckle Bryant, Fred Bryant, Lander Bryant, and Clyde Bryant; and sisters, Ola Perry, Nola Carter, Carrie Cook, and Mary Bryant.
Survivors include his children, Connie Wilson, Cammie (Lanny) Bryant-Spears, Tim (Annette) Bryant and Pam (Terry) Wagers; 10 grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held 12pm Friday, August 28, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 10am Friday at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Gertie Marie Clark, 89, of Monrovia, passed away August 26, 2020. Marie was born April 24, 1931, in McCreary County, Kentucky, to the late Lloyd and Dorothy (Nevels) Patterson.
Marie was a member of Gasburg Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, camping, traveling, crafts, but most of all spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Clark; a sister, Anna Rice; and brothers, W.C. and Doug Patterson.
Survivors include her daughter, Beverly (Scott) Sears of Monrovia; a brother, Luster Patterson of Corbin, Kentucky; sisters, Patsy McDowell of Alpine, Kentucky, Lavonne (Hoss) Hamlin of Corbin Kentucky, and Yvonne (Douglas) Harrison of Corbin, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jill (Jimmy) Jenkins and Brock (Melody) Sears; great grandchildren, Dallas, Emma, Jenna, Riley, Audrey, and Eli.
Graveside service were held Saturday, August 29, 2020, 11 a.m., at White Lick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gasburg Baptist Church.
Obituary for Gertie Marie Clark compliments of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Albert “Al” Andrew Faulkner, husband and life-long companion of Teresa Gail Swain Faulkner, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at his home in the Paint Creek community of Williamsburg, Kentucky. He was of the age of 61 years, 9 months and 26 days.
He was born October 31, 1958, the son of Olaf Faulkner and the late Thelma Nadine Rains Faulkner.
Al had a great sense of humor, he loved riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, shooting his bow, listening to music and picking his guitar. Next to enjoying a good meal, his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends and his wife, Teresa of forty-four years. Al retired from Ford Motor Company where he was a machine tech. In the last few years he had become somewhat of a farmer.
In addition to his mother, Thelma Nadine Rains Faulkner, he is preceded in death by his brother; Olaf Faulkner Jr.
Survivors include his father, Olaf Faulkner, the love of his life, Teresa, his daughter, Christina Faulkner of Ohio and son; Shannon Faulkner and wife Christie also of Ohio, grandchildren; Brock and Aiden Bennett, along with numerous friends and relatives who loved him dearly and will miss him greatly.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 3:00 pm at Grace Christian Fellowship Church located at 2233 KY-92 in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with Brother Gerald Mullins officiating. Burial followed in the Jellico Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Zola Holloway, age 90, of the Wiborg community, mother of Dora Ridener, passed away Tuesday and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Wednesday at 10:00 AM at the Wright Cemetery.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Zola Holloway.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Chester Ronald Morrow passed away unexpectedly at home on August 29 of apparent heart failure. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret “Peggy” Green of 56 years who also passed away suddenly in April 2020. Many who knew him did not expect him to survive long without her.
Chester (or Ronald for those who knew him as a boy) was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on May 17, 1943 to Chester and Charity Keith Morrow. He is predeceased by his brother Arnold and survived by his remaining brothers and sisters JC (Betty), Milton (Patsy), Boyce “Dean” (Anne), Florence King and Kay. He was the father of Kate, Beth (Tommy) Lonn, and the grandfather of Sarah Lonn, who was his pride and joy. He was proud to be the great-grandson of the infamous train robber, Jerry Morrow.
Chester attended Berea College where he met and married Peggy. They made their home together in Sidney, Ohio where Chester worked for many years at Ross Aluminum Foundries. He retired from Ross as VP of Sales and Marketing and always counted his former co-workers amongst his closest friends. After retirement he and Peggy returned to Berea, just as he always promised her they would.
Chester loved golf, travel, and telling a good story. He was a Shriner and as such a member of the Scottish Rite of Dayton as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge of Port Jefferson. His love of history led to him serving on the board of the Shelby County Historical Society. He had many Jeopardy championships to his credit, although from his own living room. He will be best remembered as a person who could engage in fierce debates while simultaneously making those around him laugh. He had a wicked sense of humor and strong, vocal opinions on every topic under the sun.
Chester was an ardent Democrat. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Biden for President Campaign at www.JoeBiden.com or by mail to Biden for President, PO Box 58174, Philadelphia, PA 19102, making checks payable to “Biden for President.” He also supported the McCreary Christian Care Center, donations can be sent to PO Box 363 Whitley City, KY 42653.
Joint funeral services for Chester R. and Margaret “Peggy” Green Morrow were 7:00PM EST Tuesday September 1, 2020 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Gilbert officiating. Masonic Rites for Chester performed at 6:30PM.
Davis & Powell Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.

Homer Herbert Thomas, age 87 years, of Whitley City, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020 at his home.
He was born April 9, 1933 in Hot Springs, North Carolina the son of Luther Herbert Thomas and Cora Della (Stephens) Thomas. Homer was a truck driver, member of the South Pine Knot Church of God and attended the Whitley City Church of God, and had served his Country in the US Army. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, auctions, hiking, boating, hunting ginseng, but he dearly loved driving his truck which he returned to driving 4 times after retirement.
His parents; wife, Rev. Thelma (Watson) Thomas; son, Dale Wayne Thomas; daughter-in-law, Vicki Thomas, son-in-law, Rick Murray; brothers, Robert Thomas, Earl Thomas, and Ronald Eugene Thomas; and sisters, Pearl “Estel” Thomas, Lucy Perry, Virginia Hirschfield, and Joyce Rose precede him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Larry Dale Thomas of Livingston, Tennessee and Gary Wade Thomas of Stearns; daughters, Sharon Kay Coy and husband, Richard of Andersonville, Tennessee and Kathie Lynn Thomas of Whitley City; brother, Bobby Ray Thomas and wife, Karen of Pine Knot; sisters, Beatrice Harding and husband, Claude of Indiana, Della Kreitzman and husband, Gary of Georgia, and Barbara Watson and husband, Estel of Indiana; grandchildren, Katie Scarlett Marsh and husband, Sean, William Herbert Thomas and wife, Nanette, Heidi Marie Carrow and husband, Chris, and Sharon Renae Clark and husband, Mark; great-grandchildren, Michael Marsh, William Tyler Thomas and wife, Caroline, Preston Thomas, Alex Thomas, Kayla White, Kinsey White, Braelyn Carrow, Dustin Clark, Lucas Clark, and Sophia Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon and Bro. Ryan Wells officiating. Burial followed in the Kidd Cemetery at Rock Creek.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Shirley Vanover, age 80 years, 1 month, and 25 days, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Perry officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery.
She was born June 30, 1940 in Wise County, Virginia to Fred Vanover and Dessie Ball Vanover. Shirley spent many years as a production worker at several different factories. She enjoyed being outdoors and found pleasure in serving others. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed making people happy.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her lifelong companion, Ronald Lee Spradlin, a brother, Goman Vanover, a special nephew, Dwayne Vanover and a grandson, Chris Stephens .
Survivors include a son, Crawford Vanover of Pine Knot, a daughter, Linda Spradlin and her husband, James, of Pine Knot, three grandchildren, Lora Anderson and her husband, Chris, Timothy Spradlin and his wife, Gwen, Julie Hall and her husband, Paul, nine great grand children, a sister in-law , Kinzella Vanover of Smithtown, special friends, Winnie Hatfield, and Kay Sanford, and several special nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Shirley Vanover.

Joyce A. Vanover, age 60 years, of Whitley City, died August 30, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Graveside services were held 1pm Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Flat Rock Cemetery with Bro. Russell Keith officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Chasity Jean (Richardson) Atwell, age 48, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
In accordance with her wishes, Chasity was cremated.
She was born in Sidney, Ohio on April 11, 1972 to Floyd O. Richardson and Linda Gail (Stout) Schultz.
Preceding her in death is her mother; her son, Joseph Wayne Richardson; grandmother, Bobby Jean Smith; a brother, Floyd Sean Richardson; and nephew, Christopher Ray Trammell.
Surviving family include her father, Floyd Richardson; a sister, Michelle Renee Richardson; aunts, Barbara Lindley and Sheila Stevens; an uncle, Gary Stout; nieces, Lakeysha Slaven, Ashley Wilson, Lindsey Smith, and Rashall Marie Crabtree; 9 great nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Georgette Clark.
Chasity loved her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed listening to music and coloring. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Ledford Bryant, age 92 years, of Cincinnati, Ohio died August 24, 2020.
He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on January 11, 1928 the son of Eddy and Josie (Patrick) Bryant. Ledford had served his country in the US Army.
He is precede in death by his parents; wife, Ernie Bryant; brothers, Eckle Bryant, Fred Bryant, Lander Bryant, and Clyde Bryant; and sisters, Ola Perry, Nola Carter, Carrie Cook, and Mary Bryant.
Survivors include his children, Connie Wilson, Cammie (Lanny) Bryant-Spears, Tim (Annette) Bryant and Pam (Terry) Wagers; 10 grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held 12pm Friday, August 27, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 10am Friday at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Clifton Marion Jeffers, 85, of Harlan went to his heavenly home on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at the Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center. Clifton was born May 20, 1935 in Highsplint, KY to the late Starling Jeffers and Sadie Neal Jeffers. He graduated from Evarts High School in 1955. After high school he moved to Detroit, MI where he worked and retired from General Motors. He married the late Helen Pace Jeffers in January 1956. After Clifton retired, he and wife moved back to Kentucky, where he worked a number of years for First Image in London. They later moved back to Harlan where they lived at the time of Helen’s passing in 2011.
In addition to his wife and his parents he is preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ada; seven brothers, Cornelius, Curtis, Costa, Clovis, Virgil, Clyde and Charles.
Clifton accepted Christ at the early age of 11. He has always remained faithful to God and the church as long as he lived.
Clifton is survived by one sister, Jean Baird, Pine Knot, KY; and one sister-in-law, Margie Jeffers, Rockport, KY; several nieces and nephews; two specials friends, who were good to take him to church, Teddy Pace and Virgil Sargent; and one very special friend who has been like a son to him, Larry Long and wife, Carolyn of Rosehill, VA.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at the Cawood Pentecostal Holiness Church with funeral services starting at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Jerry Collins, Reverend Richard Long and Reverend Terry Baker officiating.
Burial followed in Resthaven Cemetery with Mitchell Long, Wesley Long, Teddy Pace, Frank Pace, Berry Baird and Allen Baird served as pallbearers.
Harlan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Courtesy of Hickman Strunk Funeral Home.

Arnold James Marlow, age 89 years, 10 months, and 25 days, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at his home in Strunk, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Burial was in the Ross Grove Cemetery.
He was born September 23, 1930 in Worley to Herman Marlow and Bessie Wilson Marlow. Arnold retired from General Motors and was a member of the East Stearns Church of God. He enjoyed fishing, collecting guns, and going to flea markets. He also loved reading his bible and spending time with family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Rose Marie Marlow, a daughter, Tina Day, brothers, Jesse Miller, Delmar Matthews, and Alfred Marlow, sisters, Ethel Foster, Lori Privett, and Betty Lou Miller, and one grandchild.
Survivors include sons, Greg Marlow and Michael Marlow, brothers, Roy Miller and Clayton Marlow, a sister, Goldie Gilreath, and eleven grand children.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Arnold Marlow.

Elizabeth Helen Miller, age 55 years, 8 months, and 22 days, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
In keeping with her wishes, Elizabeth was cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born November 28, 1964 in New York, New York.
Survivors include husband William Miller, sons, Christian and Junior, daughters, Victoria and Arayah and step daughter, Jennifer, brothers Jerry, Steve, and Joey and sisters, Barbara, Dorothy, and Robin and six grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Elizabeth Miller.

Kathie Sue Garland Sexton, widow of Richard Theodore Sexton, age 58 years, of Oneida, Tennessee died Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, TN.
She was born on July 31, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio., Kathie was a homemaker, she enjoyed watching movies, but her greatest joy was her family and loved ones. In addition to her husband, and parents, John Roscoe Garland and Sue Tucker, she is also preceded in death by her brother; Tim Garland, and sister; Wanda Garland.
She is survived by her sons; Jonathon Upchurch and Daniel Ray Tucker of Whitley City, Bobby Phillips and wife Chasie, and Michael D. Phillips of Oneida, Tennessee. grandchildren; Lyric, Azeriah and Uziah Tucker, Jazzlyn and Jonathon A. Upchurch, Salena and Alexis Phillips, brother; Roscoe Garland, Parkers Lake, sister; Trish Garland of Whitley City, KY.
Per her wishes, Kathie will be cremated.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

Norman Dean Waters, age 79 years, companion of Sondra Waters, of Stearns, Kentucky, died Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Jean Waddle Cancer Center in Somerset, KY.
He was born November 2, 1940 the son of the late Mitchell and Hilma Muriel )Phillips) Waters. Norman was the former manager of the Kentucky Mountain Trio, he loved fishing, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother James Waters.
Survivors include his daughter; Kimberly and husband Rodney Hensley of Portland, IN., sons; Mickey and wife Patty Waters of Portland, IN., David and wife Cheri of Hartford City, IN., Keith and wife Joann Waters of Portland, IN., and Jay Waters of Winfield, TN., brothers; Denton and wife Karen Waters of Muncie, IN and Patrick Waters of Park City, IN., along with 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A Graveside service was held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Robert “Bob” Waters, husband and life long companion of Mary Hutchinson Waters, passed from this life on August 20, 2020 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.
He was born January 24, 1935 the son of the late Mark L. and Dora Helen Richmond Waters. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, and 4-wheeling, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. Bob was well loved and a father figure to the many who called him Pappy. He was a mechanic and logger, he also had worked in the coal mines of Oregon.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother; Rudy Waters.
Survivors include the love of his life, Mary, he is also survived by his daughter; Cheryl and husband Larry Dunkin, step-daughter; Areatha and husband David Weaver., step-sons; Johnny and Gregory Hutchinson, all of Whitley City, brothers; Ronnie Waters, Whitley City, Ken and wife Diane Waters, Whitley City, Charles “Chuck” and wife June Waters, Somerset, George “Tweety” and wife Geneva Waters, Whitley City, sisters; Markie Waters Nevels, Cincinnati, OH., Jean Waters Ross, Whitley City, Becky Waters Gregory and husband David, Burlington, KY., grandchildren; Teiara Sizemore, Brianna Weaver, Dannille Shepherd, Maxi Cortez, Shawn Young and Kody Young, 11 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly and will miss him.
Visitation for Bob Waters funeral services were Monday at 1:00 PM with Darrell Waters officiating in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Laurel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the services for Robert “Bob” Waters.

Shirley Vanover, age 80, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bethel Cemetery.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Shirley Vanover.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Christine (Hollis) Burton, age 61, wife of David Lee Burton, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born on May 12, 1959, in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Pearl (Williams) Hollis. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandchild, Mike Bradley Garland and three sisters, Geraldine Williamson, Marie Hollis and Mollie Manning.
Surviving family include sons: David Burton (wife Toshia) of Pine Knot, Wendell Hollis (wife Ann) of Stearns, Alvis Garland of Pine Knot, and step-son Carlos Burton (wife Stephanie) of Somerset, Kentucky, daughters: Judy Burton of Pine Knot and Christie Garland of Bronston, Kentucky. She has one brother, Robert Hollis of Stearns and half-sister, Diane.
She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Christine was a homemaker and member of the Church of the Living God. She loved going to church and spending time with her family. She enjoyed flea marketing and going to yard sales. She had many friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Burton and Bro. Dennis Neal officiating and special music by Israel Clark and Cody Canada. Burial followed at the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Marthajean Claire Heineman, age 79 years, 7 months, and 26 days, passed away from this life at the Oneida Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oneida, Tennessee on Monday, August 10, 2020 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Whitley City First Baptist Church. Burial wasin the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
Jean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 15, 1940 to the late Reverend Benjamin Franklin Meney and Martha (Whiting) Meney. Jean attended the Appalachian Bible Institute in Beckley, West Virginia and later went on to attend the Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Jean married her husband, Frederick Louis Heineman, on May 27, 1967. She settled in the McCreary County area in 1974 and got a job with the McCreary County School District, for whom she worked over 30 years. Jean was a Christian and a member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church since she moved to the area. She was deeply passionate and active in her church by singing, teaching Sunday school and GA’s, driving the church bus, and overseeing the children’s program. She was a member and a counselor at the Emmanuel Bible Camp in Barbourville, Kentucky. During her free time, she enjoyed singing, playing piano, watching western shows, and spending time with her beloved family.
She is preceded in death by: her parents; and one sister, Priscilla Ann Meney.
Jean is survived by a large host of loving family, including: her husband; two sons, Richard Nelson Heineman and wife, Vicki, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, John Louis Heineman and wife, Wendy, of Franklin, Tennessee; two daughters, Robin Michelle Strunk and husband, John, of Whitley City, Heidi Jean Hedges and husband, Eric, of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; three brothers, Benjamin Meney and wife, Barbara, of Georgia, George Meney and wife, Michelle, of Delaware, and John Timothy Meney and wife, Sue, of Kokomo, Indiana; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jean Heineman.

Melisa “Lisa” Gail Parriman, age 53 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died August 10, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born in Grant County, Kentucky on February 6, 1967 the daughter of Robert and Zelphia “Irene” (Perry) Brooks. Lisa had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Somerset Nursing and Rehab, was a member of the Zion Baptist Church, enjoyed crocheting, reading, puzzles, adult coloring books, and flea marketing. Her greatest joy in her life was her family above all else.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Pamela Brooks; and many aunts and uncles.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Parriman of Whitley City; sons; Robert Gibson and wife, Brandi of Pine Knot, and Donald Jacob Parriman and wife, Chelsea of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter, Kayla Parriman of Whitley City; brother, Robert A Brooks and wife, Frances, of Science Hill, their children, Josh, Amanda, Avery, Alice, and Andrea; sister, Danita Coffey and husband, James of Richmond, their children, Jessica, Nakeesha, and Destiny; grandchildren, Emily Crabtree, Zander Terry, Isaac Parriman, and Kade Parriman; nephews and niece, Patrick Parriman, Richard Parriman and wife Melissa, and Alexis Jones and husband, James all of Whitley City; aunts, Ethel Sargent of Harrison, Ohio, Idella Loudermilk of Pine Knot, and Mary Connlley of Crittenden, Kentucky; uncle, Thomas Brooks of Crittenden; cousin, Jay Bryant and wife, Carolyn of Parkers Lake; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Friday, August 14, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook and Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Bryant Family Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Clifford McKinley Perkins age 93, of Royal Oak, Michigan passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020. Clifford was born in Stearns, Kentucky on Saturday, May 7, 1927 to Retta and McKinley Perkins.
He was the loving father of Stephen (Lesa) Perkins, Sue (Mike) Perkins-Grigg, Lisa (Teo Rojas) Perkins; the cherished grandfather of Nichola (Justin) Hagans, Rachelle (Joe) Gill, Zachary Lutz, Michelle Grigg, Andrea Grigg, Gavin Sparkowski, Zoe Perkins-Rojas, Joshua Griffith, Jacob Griffith; the proud great-grandfather of many great-grandchildren; and the dearest great-great-grandfather to his great-great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents Retta and McKinley Perkins, his former wife Jean Goerke, his daughter Rosemary Perkins, his sisters Edith (Ernest) Stephens and June (Meredith) Downs, and his brother Ronald (Joan) Perkins.
A graveside service is being held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Oakview Cemetery (1032 N. Main St. Royal Oak, MI 48067). We will be meeting near the front gate and then processing to the graveside.
Donations can be made in Clifford’s honor to:
Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 164, Dayton, OH 45409 https://mvso.org/support/
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, Berkley, Michigan entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Faye Marie Thomas, age 93 years, 2 months and 26 days, widow of Donald Thomas, went to be with the Lord, on Saturday August 15, 2020 from the Christian Care Center in Corbin, Ky.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Faye was born on May 20, 1927, in St. Charles in Lee County, Va. to Finley Hicks and Nola Anderson Hicks. She married Donald Thomas on Jan. 3,1947 and they began their family soon afterward.
Faye earned her living as a rural mail carrier from the Strunk, Ky. post office for 37 years. She was especially proud that she took the route over from her mother, who began carrying the mail on horseback. Faye was loved by the folks on her route, always going over and above to serve them. Faye attended Upper Marsh Creek Church.
She was well know as a skilled, meticulous seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her family.
Faye is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother, Ruben Hicks, sister, Edna Hicks Hoover, and brothers-in-law, Eugene and Arnold Thomas.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Thomas Darabant (Richard), her son Bruce Thomas (Regina), her grandchildren, Dustin Petrey, Colleen Darabant, Ryan Thomas (Teresa), Brittany Thomas Downing (Derek), her great grandchildren, her nephews Gary Hoover (Sarah) and Bob Thomas (Carrie), sisters-in-law, Carolyn Thomas Young, Gladys Hicks, and Sylvia Thomas, step siblings, Jimmy Meadows, Julie Meadows Spradlin, and Roberta Meadows Ledbetter.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Faye Thomas.

Michael Allen Jones, age 55, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, August 05, 2020, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Michael was born in Oneida, Tennessee, on September 21, 1964, to the late Roy and Marie Privett Jones.
Surviving family include his fiancé Angela Smith of Stearns, a son Shawn Smith (and Amy) of Stearns, a sister, Judy Crabtree (and Jim) of Pine Knot, and two grandchildren: Brooklyn Smith and Joshua Smith, and other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.
Michael was a driver for RTEC for 18 years. He was a member of the East Stearns Church of God. He enjoyed working on cars and electronics and loved classic rock music. He took great pleasure in spending time with his family and his precious grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Chester New officiating. Burial followed in the Jess-Privett Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Norma Jean (Stephens) King, age 87 years 4 months and 1 day, went to be with the Lord on Saturday August 8, 2020, from her home with in Pine Knot, Kentucky with her family by her side.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 10, 202 at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Norma Jean was born April 7, 1933, in Revelo, Ky. to Norman Joe Stephens and Cordelia (Kidd) Stephens. After graduating high school, she attended Cumberland College and majored in education and began teaching at the Bald Knob School. Her teaching career lasted 39 years and was a positive role model for countless students. She was well respected by her students and fellow educators.
She met and later married Boyce Dean King on July 17, 1965 and they built a life together of 55 years. Norma Jean was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. She loved to read and crochet, often making gifts of snowmen and table cloths for her friends and family. She loved to garden, can, and preserve her harvest. But mostly enjoyed church, family gatherings and caring for her family.
Norma Jean is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Virginia Elouise Shepherd, a brother, Charles Stephens, and a special niece, Keshia Stephens. She is survived by her husband, Boyce Dean King and daughter Sonia Denise King, both of Pine Knot, son, Curtis King and his wife, Melissa, grandchildren, Paige, Matthew, and MaKayla, all of Winchester, two special nieces, Patricia Gregory, of Pine Knot, and Pam Duncan of Whitley, City, a sister, Rosalene Stephens, two brothers, Russell Stephens and his wife, Sharon, John Arthur Stephens and his wife, Doris Faye, and a sister-in-law, Carol Stephens, all of Pine Knot, numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
Norma Jean was a faithful Christian lady who honored Christ and her family by her shining example of faith and character. She is profoundly missed and fondly remembered.
Hickman-Strunk Funefral Home was honored to serve the family of Norma Jean King.

Lee Rose Anderson age 91 of Dayton, Ohio, widow of Hurstle Anderson, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
She was born September 8, 1928 in Pulaski County, Kentucky to the late William Virgil Howard and Laura Virginia (Barrett) Howard.
In addition to her parents, her son, Joseph Anderson; brothers and sisters, Herbert, Mary Lou, Elsie, and Mildred Howard precede her in death.
Surviving family include her daughters, Beverly Rochow and Karen Supper; grandchildren, Clint, Angie, Josh, Jeremy, and Chris; great-grandchildren, Gage, Logan, and Jenson Wayne; brothers, Jimmy, Carl, and Grover Howard; sisters, Helen Sue, Freida, Alvina, Flonnie, and Ruth: and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family that loved her dearly.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pleasant Run Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Stephanie “Nene” Elaine Ball, age 54 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Wednesday July 29, 2020 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on August 31, 1965 the daughter of Mearle Jones and Geraldine Cox. Stephanie was a homemaker, member of the Whitley City Church of God, loved motorcycles, Kentucky Basketball, but especially her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Barry Wright.
Survivors include her daughter, Samantha Jordan Helton and husband, Jake of Parkers Lake; brother, Terry Allen of Stearns; sisters, Cynthia Neal and husband, Bruce of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Natalie and Jacob Goins; companion, Chuck Ball of Pine Knot; very best friend, Molly Spanovich; and nieces and nephews, Taylor Paige Neal, Justin Gilreath, Josh Jones, and Stacey Baird.
Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, August 3, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Perry and Bro. Gary Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sondra Batson Cordell, age 62, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away on August 3, 2020 at the CHI St. Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky.
Sondra was born in Claymont, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1958 to the late Sophia Batson.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Cordell.
In keeping with her wishes, Sondra was cremated.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Sondra Cordell

Fred Lansford Murphy, Jr of Stearns, KY passed from this life Sunday August 2, 2020 at LCRH Jean Waddle Hospice. He was born on July 26, 1951 in Pine Knot KY, the only son of Fred Lansford (Lance) Murphy and Clara Irene (Dotty) Webb Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his only son Fred Lansford (Lance) Murphy III.
Surviving Fred are his wife, Peggy Marler Murphy, daughters Stacy Hoskins of Lexington, KY and Heather (Justin) Martin of Henderson, and grandchildren, Jack Hoskins, Alea Martin and Asher Martin. His only sister, Beverly Murphy of Stearns, KY and a niece, Ann (Doug) Watson of Menomenee Falls, WI and nieces Emma (Zach) Bender and Clara Vowels. One great niece, Charlotte Bender. There are four stepchildren: Rhonda Sumner, Mona King, Toby Holt and Lindsay Dixon [Jerry] as well as a sister-in-law, Linda Ball and a brother-in-law, Wayne Marler. He also leaves many cousins from both the Webb and Murphy families as well as step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Fred was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed reading the Bible and history related to the Bible and religions of the world. He also enjoyed studying the history of the United States. He worked at the Justice Mine and later for Blue Diamond Coal Co. After the mines closed, he was an over the road trucker and trainer. Fred and his side kick Tina (a Jack Russell) logged over 2 million miles before Peggy joined them and together they trucked coast to coast before Fred’s retirement He traveled the lower 48 states and had friends in every state. He was a Blue Water Navy veteran and served in Vietnam. He saw a great deal of the world while in the Navy. His best friends of 48 years were Rod (Kathy] Spittle of Tremont, PA, Marlin (Nancy) Pedersen of Gillette, WY and Wayne Dehne of Alexandria, MN who served in the Navy with him and their friendship continued all of Fred’s life..
Fred will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
According to his wishes he will be cremated and no service at this time. A celebration of life will be arranged at a later date
Somerset Undertaking Company is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Allen Jones age 55 of Stearns, Kentucky, father of Shawn Smith and fiance of Angela Smith, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Jess-Privett Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 11:30 am until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Seth Edward Cordell, age 37, born on November 17, 1982, of Revelo, Kentucky, passed away from this life on July 9, 2020 at Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Memorial services were held Monday, July 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home
He is preceded in death by his parents Edward A. “Eddie” Cordell and Regenia Davis Cordell, a brother Mathew Nelson Cordell, and maternal grandparents Nelson and Kathleen Davis and paternal grandparents Lloyd “Pete” and Sadie Cordell.
He is survived by a brother Nathaniel Allen Cordell and a host of loving family and friends.
Seth enjoyed rafting, swimming, fishing, the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Seth Cordell.

Caroline “Carol” L. (Morrow) Gregory, 77, on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7:28 p.m. stepped on the beautiful shore of home at her daughter’s home in Columbus, IN, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, sisters and many nephews and nieces.
Carol was born to humble and loving parents in CO-OP, KY on July 2, 1943. Carol was the first born of six children to Marvin and Stella (Whitehead) Morrow. Carol has four sisters, Wilma Allen Byerly, Crawfordsville, IN; Janie (Larry) Heath, Marshes Siding, KY; Judy (Junior) Keith, Stearns, KY and Joan Cotton, Oneida, TN; a brother, Curtis (Pearl) Morrow, Hilltop, KY.
On October 20, 1962, Caroline married the love of her life, Rondal Eugene Gregory in Jellico, TN and then moved to Attica, IN where they built a happy life and home together. Where there two children, Rhonda Jean and Debora Lynn were raised. Carol supported as a help mate and companion, her husband Rondal, who was a pastor and preacher, for many years in the work of the Lord in many churches, including to help found and establish and later pastor the Old Fashioned United Baptist Church of Independence, IN and supported Rondal in pastoring the Talbot Missionary Baptist Church of Talbot, IN, where she was a member at her passing. Later, after the passing of her beloved , she married James Wilson who also preceded her in death.
She gave her heart to the Lord on November 19, 1979 and actively and purposely loved Christ till the end of her days. Carol was an excellent seamstress, making many of her own clothes as a young lady and as an adult she won a competition at the Fountain County fair for making matching outfits for her husband, herself and her children, earning the right to compete at the Indiana State Fair. She had a reputation as an excellent cook and has fed so many at her table the number cannot be counted, blessing them all with her ability but more importantly her love.
Carol also enjoyed hand quilting and traveling with her sisters. They enjoyed many wonderful trips together. Carol loved her daughters, Rhonda (David) Lang, of Rob Roy, IN and Debbie (Scott) Harper, of Columbus, IN; four grandchildren, Keith (Leann) Gregory, Laiken Harper, Dalton Lang and Isaac Harper; seven great-grandchildren, Karsyn, Jayden, Kara, Caydence, Ben, Tyler and Hunter along with many others she loved like they were her own.
Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Saturday, August 1st from 12:00 p.m. until the celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. with Elder Scott Harper officiating.. She will be laid to rest by her beloved husband, Rondal, in the Riverside Cemetery, Attica, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Carol’s name. A reminder to wear a mask during your attendance to her visitation and services.
Courtesy obituary provided by Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Coye Dean King, age 81 years, 3 days of London, Kentucky, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020, at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in London, KY, on August 8, 2020, at 2:00 pm with visitation beginning at noon. Officiating will be Bro. Braxton King and Pastor Sean Ryan.
Coye was born July 10, 1939, in Stearns, KY, to Charles Newton King and Delphia Savannah (Spradlin) King.
Coye was married for 61 years, 4 months and 12 days to Barbara Sue (Stephens) King. Coye worked for many years for National Cash Register (NCR) but in 1974 created his own business, along with Barbara – Cash Registers, Inc. (CRI). Through his remarkable business talents, CRI grew to become the largest cash register company in the state of Kentucky and at the time of his retirement in 1996 had 7 offices, in three states, with over one-hundred employees. During these years, Coye made countless friends in the business community and was well liked and respected. Coye was instrumental, along with a few other local business men, in the founding of what is now the Laurel-London Optimist Club and he served as the first president of that organization. He also served on many boards and committees for various businesses and organizations. Coye’s favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, working with his hands and golf. He was known by many as a man that could build and fix anything. But what he enjoyed most was to spend time with his family and friends. Coye will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend.
Preceding him in death are his parents; infant brothers, Wilburn and Forest King; a brother, Loyd King; and sisters, Georgia Ross, Virginia Baird, Betty Bowen and Delta Tucker.
Survivors include: wife, Barbara; son Steve King and wife Mary King; son Andrew D. King and wife Aleatha King; grandchildren Andrew Curtis King and wife Ashley King, Carson King, Ethan King, Cameron King; great granddaughter Ansley Jo King; brother, Logan King and wife, Sheila, of Somerset, Kentucky; sisters, Ruth Vanover and husband, Gilbert Jr., of Stearns, Kentucky, Myrtle Burkett of Somerset, Kentucky, and Wanda Gregory and husband, Donald of Covington, Indiana; and a great host of other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the First United Methodist Church of London in memory of Coye Dean King.
Courtesy Obituary by the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Lloyd Wesley Lewis, age 100 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Oneida Nursing and Rehab Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born January 17, 1920 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky the son of Roy W. and Artie (Hamblin) Lewis. Lloyd had been the owner of a restaurant and pool hall, and was a member of the Whitley City Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wives, Mary Margaret (Shields) Lewis and Ella (Robertson) Lewis; brothers, Floyd R. Lewis, Morgan M. Lewis, Louie O. Lewis, and Estes G. “Gas” Lewis; sisters, Illa Shaver and Mary Jo Runion; and stepdaughter, Betty.
Survivors include his sister, Shirley Ann Bryant of Whitley City; brother, Morris Lee Lewis; stepdaughters, Joan and Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Ball officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary County Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Larry Wayne Myers, age 24 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
He was born April 16, 1996 the son of Jamie Meadows and Carol Sue Myers. Larry was a laborer in the sawmill, he was of the Church of God faith and he enjoyed being with his family and working with his hands, working on cars, fishing and playing with children.
He is preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Ernest Meadows & Jackie Myers.
Survivors include his mother, Carol Sue Myers, and the man he knew as his father, Rocky Martin both of Pine Knot; daughter, Isabella Faith Myers of Jellico, TN; his fiance, Alicia McDonald; brothers, Matthew Baird (Harmony Terry) of Jellico and Little Rocky Martin of Corbin, Ky; a sister, Chelsea Parriman and her husband, DJ of Colorado; grandparents, Peggy Meadows of Pine Knot, Larry and Kathy Myers of Alabama, and Lena White of Pine Knot; Special nephews, Isaac Parriman, Kade Parriman and Mason Myers; Special aunt, Venise “Nene” Cornett and husband, Chris and Kim Baird and husband, Paul; and Special friends thought of as brothers, Ronald Sellers, Josh Smart, and Thomas Colwell.
In accordance with the family’s wishes cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Larry Wayne Myers.

Kelly Ray Wright, age 73 years, 1 month, and 3 days, passed away in his hometown of Somerset, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4:00pm in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Kelly was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 22, 1947 to the late Rev. Harold Wright and the late Madeline (Stephens) Wright.
He is survived by: his brother, Bruce Wright of Somerset; his sister, Sharon King and husband Kelly of Whitley City; and nieces and nephews, Stephen Wright, Malissa Wright, Kristi King, and Chantay Dixon.
The family of Kelly would like to give a special thanks to Billy and Susan Stigall.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Kelly Wright.

Delbert L. Casada, age 86, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada and Bro. Carlie Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Delbert was born in Keno, Kentucky on January 3, 1934 to the late Lorenzo Casada and the late Sadie (Tuttle) Casada. He later settled in the Pine Knot community of McCreary County, Kentucky. He was a coal miner and a commercial construction employee. During his time off, he enjoyed woodworking.
He is preceded in death by: three brothers, Harley, Leroy, and Ronald; and two sisters, Elizabeth Worley, and Verdie Howell.
Delbert is survived by his loving family, including: his son, Jason Casada, of Strunk, Kentucky; his former wife, Judy Casada: a brother, Roger Casada and wife, Marilyn, of Whitley City; a sister, Rachel Ann Childers and husband, Frank, of Somerset; a grandson, Kyle Casada; and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Delbert Casada.

Leuna Elam, age 85 years, 1 month, and 3 days, passed away Monday July 13, 2020 at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, Tennessee and was placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 16, 2020 at 11:00am in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. Burial was also in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
She was born on June 10, 1935 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Charlie Vanover and the late Elsie (Crabtree) Vanover. Leuna was the widow of Rev. Nathaniel “Kenneth” Elam and was a long-time member of the East Appletree United Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend who enjoyed camping, fishing, crocheting, and reading her bible. She loved spending time with her family, whether it was playing board or video games or just a simple gathering.
She is preceded in death by: one brother, Larry Vanover; and four sisters, Lola Hansford, Ruby Griewe, Wilma Stephens, and Mildred Bryant.
At the time of Mrs. Elam’s passing she was survived by her sister, Jean Justus. Sadly, Mrs. Justus passed away only 12 hours later.
Leuna is survived by a large host of loving family including: one son, Kenneth “Mike” Elam and his wife Karen, of Stearns, Kentucky; one daughter, Cathy Darlene King and her husband Jerry, of Stearns; one brother, Bill Vanover and wife Carla, of Somerset, Kentucky; two sisters, Vivian Turner and her husband Lonnie, of Bethel, Ohio, and Pat Terry, of Bronston, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Kenneth Michael Elam Jr. and wife Nicole, Jerry King, Trevor King,and Jaimee King; and great-grandchildren, Hallie Strunk, Garret Strunk, Samuel Elam, Rylee King, Taylor King, and Preslee King.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Leuna Elam.

Clonia (Staley) Hale, age 79 years, of Cincinnati, Ohio formerly of McCreary County, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
She was born May 22, 1941 in Beulah Heights, Kentucky the daughter of Pal and Dovie (Taylor) Staley. Clonia had worked as a machine operator, enjoyed bingo, crocheting, and cooking.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James B. Hale; and brothers, Calvin Staley, James Staley, Edd Staley, Wilburn Staley, Cecil Staley, Arvel Staley, Hoyet Staley, Thurman Staley, Richard Staley, and Earnest Staley.
Survivors include her sons, Jeff Ball (Oyuna) of Fairfield Township, Ohio and Jonathan Ball of Smyrna, Georgia; brothers, Leroy Staley of Williamsburg and RC Staley of Michigan; sisters, Geneva Taylor of Connersville, Indiana and Carol Gerros of Vandalia, Ohio; grandson, Craig Ball; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. RC Staley officiating. Burial followed in the Keith-Morrow Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Jean Justus, age 81 years, 5 months, and 1 day, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020 at her home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm at the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating.
Jean was born on February 12, 1939 in McCreary County to the late Charlie Vanover and the late Elsie (Crabtree) Vanover. She was the widow of Estel “Dick” Justus and a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Jean worked for the McCreary County School District and was a secretary at the Eagle Elementary School. She loved computers, pictures, and spending time with her beloved family.
She is preceded in death by: one brother, Larry Vanover; and five sisters, Lela Hansford, Wilma Stephens, Ruby Griewe, Leuna Elam, and Mildred Bryant.
Jean is survived by a host of loving family, including: one son, Tim Justus and wife, Ann, of Stearns; one daughter, Kimberly Marlow and husband, Joe, of Stearns; one step daughter, Brenda Carol Bailey and husband, Joel, of Trenton, Ohio; two sisters, Pat Terry of Bronston, and Vivian Turner and husband, Lonnie, of Bethel, Ohio; a brother, Bill Vanover and his wife, Carla, of Somerset; four grandchildren, Tanna Justus and Chad, Kristen Ballard and husband, Jason, Cole Marlow, and Madison Marlow; and six great-grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jean Justus.

Betty Lee Sellers, age 80 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, July 12, 2020 at her son’s home in Waco, Kentucky.
She was born May 26, 1940 in McCreary County, Kentucky the daughter of Fount and Flossie (Bryant) Perry. Betty was a homemaker, member of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed puzzles books and Crafts.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Thomas Sellers, Sr.; son, Larry E. Sellers; brothers, Ray Perry and James Roy Perry; and sister, Lenna Cox.
Survivors include her sons, James T. Sellers (Shannon) of Tuscumbia, Alabama, Gary Sellers (Linda) of Pine Knot, Ralph Sellers (Lindy) of Stearns, and Thomas Sellers, Jr. (Karen) of Waco, Kentucky; sister, Joyce Anderson of Somerset; 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service were held 1pm Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dow Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Wiborg Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

William “Bob” Robert Vanover, age 86 years, of Pleasant Plains, Ohio formerly of McCreary County died Monday, July 13, 2020.
He was born September 19, 1933 in Honeybee, Kentucky the son of Everett and Laura (Bolton) Vanover. Robert had worked as a machine operator for US Playing Cards, was a member of the Riverside Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed bluegrass festivals, sports, hunting, and fishing.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Reabble (Perry) Vanover; daughter, Nancy Lynn Vanover; brothers, Hubert Vanover, Herbert Vanover, and Levi Vanover; and sisters, Eva Perry, Alpha Reed, and Elizabeth Sloane.
Survivors his son Rick Vanover of Pleasant Plains, Ohio; brothers, Archie Vanover of Parkers Lake and Herl Vanover of Goshen, Ohio; sisters, Flora Stauder of Pleasant Plains and Wanda Cole of Clarksville, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, July 17, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rusty Spradlin officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Friday at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Joyce Ann Adkins, age 72, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
She was born in Dayton, Tennessee, on October 25, 1947, to the late Joseph Henry and Eva Mae (Lewis) Hill. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Herman Adkins, a brother Danny Hill, and two sisters: Becky Lovell and Vonda Hill.
Surviving family include her daughter, Crystal Colyer (husband John) of Somerset, two sons: Phillip Adkins of Ohio County, Kentucky and Damon Adkins (wife Rosemary) of Pine Knot, two sisters: Kathy Goins (husband Rodney) of Parkers Lake, and Connie Tucker of Parkers Lake, grandchildren: Joseph Adkins, Valerie Adkins, Jacob Adkins Virginia Adkins, Dustin Adkins, Abigail Adkins, Vonda Griffin, John Colyer, and Matthew Colyer and several great grandchildren.
Joyce was a homemaker and enjoyed staying home and shopping online. Her favorite pastime was hanging out with her friends at the Huddle House.
The family has chosen direct cremation with a memorial service at a later date.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Albert L. Coffey, 78, of Saint Marys, Ohio, and formerly of Stearns, Kentucky, died Friday, July 3, 2020, at his home.
He was born July 28, 1941, in Eagen, Tennessee, the son of Earl and Mary (Spradlin) Coffey. Albert retired from New Idea Corporation in Coldwater, Ohio, after many years of service as a tow motor/crane operator. He had worked in the coal mines of Kentucky in his youth. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He was a Little League baseball coach for many years in Saint Marys.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by a daughter, Rita Roberts; by his siblings: Barbara Coffey; Janice Coffey; Shirley Coffey; Kenneth Coffey; Pete Coffey; Sterling Eugene Coffey; a sister-in-law, Joy Coffey.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Baker) Coffey, whom he married on June 4, 1960 of Saint Marys; sons, James (Terri) Coffey of Celina, Ohio; Robbie (Sherry) Coffey of Saint Marys, Ohio; Jonathan (Ashley) Coffey of Stearns; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Reba Kidd of Stearns; Charlotta “Lot” Kidd of Kentucky; Mary Theresa Coffey of Tennessee; Jerry (Brenda) Coffey of Oneida, Tennessee; Eddie Coffey of Eagen, Tennessee. He is survived by his sisters-in-law: Geraldine Coffey of Cincinnati; Fannie Coffey of Stearns; Paula Coffey of Hamilton, Ohio; Louise Baker of Saint Marys; his brother-in-law, Bob Coffey; a son-in-law, Bob Roberts.
Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the Pleasant Ridge United Baptist Church with Bro. Tom Abbott and Bro. George Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Spradlin Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Diana Joan Cordell, age 61 years, 3 months, and 2 days, passed away at her home in Stearns, Kentucky on Thursday, July 9, 2020 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Monday, July 13, 202 at 1:00pm at the Mountain View United Baptist in Stearns, Kentucky with Bro. George Coffey officiating. Burial was in the Sherd-Dobbs Cemetery.
Diana was a homemaker and the wife of Jimmie Cordell. She was born on April 7, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Edward Wright and the