Obituaries

obituaries

Pauline Murphy Cordell age 93 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, widow of Ethred Cordell, passed from this life on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Sweetwater Hospital.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Silerville Cemetery. In keeping of Pauline’s wishes, no public visitation will be held.
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.

Wilma Lou Corder, age 86 years, 2 months, and eight days went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 9, 2017, with her family by her side at the Jean Waddell Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Gary Stephens officiating. Burial was in the Clear View Cemetery.
Wilma was born September 1, 1931 in the Smithtown Community. She was one of seven children born to Van Buren Duvall and Nannie Ota Morton Duvall. Upon graduating from high school, Wilma married Charlie Corder on March 9, 1951 and the couple began their life together raising a family and making a living. She worked for the McCreary County Health Department as a clerk until her retirement. A devout Christian, Wilma was a member of the Clear View United Baptist Church. Her faith and her family were the center of Wilma’s life. She enjoyed sewing and quilting, making each grandchild their own special quilt. She also treasured time spent with her family and friends.
Wilma is survived by her husband of over 66 years, Charlie Corder, of Smithtown, two sons, Doug Corder and his wife, Linda, of Whitley City, Joseph Buren Corder and his wife, Janet, of Somerset, a daughter, Janet Stephens and her husband, Gary, of Whitley City, nine grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, John Duvall Sr., Tommy Duvall, and Morton Duvall, and three sisters, Maxine Griffis Reynolds, Molly Duvall, and Cara Frances Duvall.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wilma Corder.

William Frye, age 69, of Mandan, North Dakota, husband of Shirley (Waters) Frye, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the CHI St. Alexius Health Center.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home . Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12:00 pm Saturday .
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of William Frye.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Elvaree “Dessie” Gentry departed from this life on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky, being 87 years, 6 months, and 28 days old. She was born on April 11, 1930 in Smithtown, Kentucky, to the late Charlie Hickman and Elizabeth Black.
Elvaree was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was a caretaker of the Hickman Cemetery, she was a sales person for Blair, and she owned and operated a shoe store called Bell Brothers in Slavans. She enjoyed going to the flea market in Revelo, canning food, gardening, sewing, and quilting. She loved animals, and talking on the CB (her handle was Grapevine).
She is preceded in death by her husband: Don H. Gentry whom she was married to for 47 years, son: James Gentry, daughter: Doreen Pendleton, brothers: Hubert Hickman, Hobert Hickman, Ruben Hickman, and Kenneth Hickman, sister: Anna Owen, special friends: Donnie Ingram and Eloise Violes.
Surviving family includes: sons: Joe Gentry of Stearns, Kentucky, Ray Gentry of Stearns, Kentucky, Luke (wife Terri) Gentry of Florence, Kentucky, Robert “Bob” (wife Lynn) Gentry of Augusta, Kentucky, Bruce Gentry of Stearns, Kentucky, Clay (wife Debbie) Gentry of Stearns, Kentucky, daughters: Alma Soards of Georgetown, Kentucky, Nona (husband Charlie) Hein of Alexandria , Kentucky, sisters: Glenna Tyree, Joyce Morrow, Louis Iseral, Ruby Yancey, Brenda Sue Hornback, Lenna Lou Dykes, 41 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, great niece: Carla Peters who was also her caretaker, special friends: Claymon and Ellen Marlow, and James Shepherd.
Funeral Services were Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder officiating. Burial: followed in Hickman Cemetery
McCreary County Funeral home entrusted with the arrangements.
Beverly Roxanne Hatfield Jones
Beverly Roxanne Hatfield Jones, age 58, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 at her home in Stearns, KY.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 11:00 until time for services 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.

Erstle “Dusty” Ray Keith, age 85, of Corbin Kentucky died Monday, November 6, 2017 at his home.
He was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on April 11, 1932 the son of Roy and Martha Leona (McCullah) Keith. Dusty had been a Leather Smith at his and Marie’s Keith’s Leather Shop. He was a member of the First Church of Jesus Christ, enjoyed playing and singing music, and had played the Sheriff in the gunfight scenes at Tombstone Junction.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Estes Keith and BJ Keith; and sister, Shelva “Jean” Brooks.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Linda Marie (Mason) Keith, of Corbin, Kentucky; sons, Jeff Keith of Mason, Ohio and Juan Keith of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky; daughter, Judy Smith of Carlisle, Ohio; brothers, ST Keith and wife, Irene of Florence, Kentucky, Hoyt Keith and wife, Mary Lou of Stanford, Kentucky, Ralph Keith and wife, Yvonne of Blanchester, Ohio, and Shirrel Keith and wife, Brenda of Louisville, Kentucky; sister, Carol Branscum of Whitley City, Kentucky; and 1 grandchild.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Etta Weaver Lay age 83 of the Holly Hill Community, passed from this life on November 8, 2017 at the Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by her husband, Delmer Lay, whom she married on April 10, 1955.
She was born on January 8, 1934 in Jellico, Tennessee to the late Gilbert and Bertha (Perkins) Weaver. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Curtis Weaver, a sister, Beulah Fry, infant brothers, Lester Kyle and Wendell Lee, and an infant sister, Elsie Cleo.
Surviving family include her children, Joy Ball and husband, Rick of Holly Hill, Delmer Jr. and wife, Jennifer of Georgetown, Derrick Lay of Holly Hill, and longtime companion, Angela Eldridge, her daughter, Kristen Eldridge and granddaughter, Peyson Rae, Jonathan Lay and wife, Teresa of Holly Hill, and Alecia Stephens and husband, Jason, also of Holly Hill; 6 grandchildren, Jon Jon, Joshua, Emma, Josiah, and Abby Lay, and Palace Stephens; a brother, Verlin Weaver and wife, Linda, of Tallmadge, Ohio; and sisters, Vivian Murray of Lafollette, Tennessee and Lola Benge of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Etta was a strong woman of faith. She was saved in 1955 and was a faithful member of the Hayes Creek Church of God for 42 years. She was also the Church Clerk for 30 years. Etta loved people and dedicated her entire life to caring for others, especially her family. She taught her children about God, taking them to church since they were infants. She served God, her church, her family and friends, and all who were blessed to have known her.
Etta leaves behind a wonderful legacy, as a true example of the Proverbs 31 woman. She was a follower of Christ who lived a wonderful life marked with hard work, humor, humility, and a heart full of love.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God with Rev. Harvey Logan, Rev. William Kilby, and Rev. Steve Perry officiating. Burial followed in the T Chitwood Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Pearl Miller, age 93 years 1 month and 28 days, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Crestview Center in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial was in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
Pearl was born in Parkers Lake, Kentucky on September 12, 1924 to Elmer Taylor and Zola (Lewis) Taylor. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. Pearl and Emmitt were married on February 20, 1946, soon after he returned from serving in WWII, and began building their life together. An excellent homemaker, Pearl took great pride in caring for Emmitt and their son, Gary. She loved to cook and take care of her family and faithfully attended church as long as her health permitted.
Pearl is preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Barney, Burton, Norman, Howard and Alva Taylor.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Emmitt Miller, their son, Gary Miller, and his wife, Janie, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, and two grandsons, Andrew and Brett Miller.
Pearl will be remembered for her dedication to her faith and her family. Let us take comfort in the promise of Jesus that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Hickman- Strunk was honored to serve the family of Pearl Miller.

Paul Dean Slaven, age 80, of Strunk, Kentucky, husband of Carlie Slaven, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Care Center.
In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Paul Dean Slaven.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Samuel “Glenn” Stephens departed from this life on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, TN, being 43 years, 8 months, and 28 days old. He was born in Somerset, KY, on February 16, 1974, to Jackie Stephens and the late Virginia “Jenny” (Richmond) Stephens.
Glenn graduated college with a bachelor’s degree and was a factory worker. He loved riding his motorcycle, 4-wheeler, driving his Jeep, and tinkering with vehicles. Glenn had a personality that you will never forget, and he loved to make you laugh.
He is preceded in death by his mother: Virginia “Jenny” (Richmond) Stephens, and two grandchildren.
Surviving family includes his father: Jackie Stephens of Stearns, KY, son: Brian (Tiffany) Stephens of Pine Knot, KY, sisters: Amber Chitwood, Stacey New, Brandi Douglas, all of Somerset, KY, Mary Wilson of Pine Knot, KY, and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Stephens officiating. Burial followed in Crabtree Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Phillip Ray Tucker departed from this life on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, being 69 years, 4 months, and 14 days old. He was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on June 23, 1948 to the late Harley and Lura (Jones) Tucker.
He was a member of the Revelo Church of God. He was a Coalminer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He loved tinkering with his Jeep. Phillip served our country in the United States Army, Vietnam War.
Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter: Jacqueline Ngo, and son: Jason Foster, brother: Boyce Dean Tucker.
Surviving family includes his wife Gloria Fay (Foster) Tucker, sons: Ryan Wade Tucker of Stearns, Kentucky, Christopher Foster of Murphy, North Carolina, brothers: Herman Lenville Tucker of Flora City, Florida, Leon Clyde Tucker of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Jeffery Tucker of Stearns, Kentucky, sisters: Sue Carol Wagner of Ocala, Florida, Janice M. Davis of Coopersville, Kentucky, Clotine Branscum of Columbus, Ohio, Sheila Gilreath of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and very special nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Leslie Gilreath officiating. Burial followed in Angel Cemetery
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements

Margaret Elizabeth Watson age 58 years. 3 months, and 4 days of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at her home. In keeping of her wishes, she was cremated.
She was born August 4, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Donald and Sharon (Ross) Broughton. Margaret was a homemaker and an animal lover. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies. Margaret loved God and enjoyed going to church.
Preceding her in death are her parents, a brother, Dave Broughton.
Surviving family include her children, Rosalee Garland, Joshua Davis, Christina Stanzak, Jonathon Stanzak, and Joe Broughton; a brother, Donald Broughton; and many grandchildren who loved her dearly.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Margaret Watson with arrangements.

Edward Lee Warman, 95 of Morrow, died Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Born to Joseph and Sarah (nee: Campbell) Warman on October 3, 1922 in Pulaski County, KY. Edward was a machinist for General Electric for 33 years, retiring in 1984. He was a veteran in the United States Army, member of the VFW post 8202, a Kentucky Colonel and a HUGE UK sports fan. He enjoyed collecting and dealing antiques and had a love for bluegrass music.
Edward is preceded in death by his parents, Laura Varin, wife, Ruth (nee: Renfro) Warman, son in law, Charles “Buddy” Trainer, one brother, Frank Varin Jr, and two sisters, Ann Harmon and Wilda Peponis.
He is survived by his three daughters, Sible Trainer, Lela (Ed) Copley and Judith (Roger) Neal, four grandchildren, Eric Smallenbarger, Katie (Michael) Zdinak, Charlie Trainer and Nellie Neal, one great grandchild, Erica Smallenbarger and one on the way and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was on Sunday, November 12th from 5:00-8:00PM at Vale-Hoskins Funeral Home, Morrow. A funeral service was on Monday, November 13th at 11:00AM also at the funeral home. Interment in Morrow Cemetery. Online condolences at www.hoskinsfh.com.
Hoskins Funeral Homes assisted with the funeral arguments.

Paul Watters, age 83 years, 11 months, and 23 days, of the Wolf Creek community passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Signature Health Care Center in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Earl Davis, Jr. and Bro. Terry West officiating. Burial was in the Corder Cemetery.
He was born November 18, 1933 in Wolf Creek to Elmer Watters and Dorothy Bryant Watters. Paul regularly attended Mountain View Baptist Church, Wolf Creek Baptist Church, White Oak Junction Baptist Church, and Hilltop Baptist Church and had worked as a logger with Watters Logging Company before his retirement. He was a hard worker and enjoyed his work. Paul also enjoyed hunting, fishing, ginseng hunting, and watching softball and UK sports.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother, Harold Watters, and sisters, Betty Jo Stephens and Lois Ann Burke.
Survivors include brothers, Bill Watters and his wife, Juanita, and Roger Carl Watters and his wife, Janice, sister, Glenna Mae Durkee, and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Paul Watters.

 

Thelma Nellie Cornelius, age 89 years, 10 months, and 18 days, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Monday 6, 2017 at 1:00pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro William Kilby officiating. Burial was in the Wood Cemetery.
She was born December 15, 1927 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to John Wood and Zola Meadors Wood. Thelma worked for Formica in Cincinnati, Ohio, and retired as a sheet inspector. She loved square dancing and sewing. Thelma also found pleasure in gardening and caring for family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers, Lawrence Wood, Harold Wood and Dean Wood, one sister, Dorothy Wood and a granddaughter, Amanda Cook.
Survivors include a son, Ritchie Cornelius, of Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter, Joan Cook, of Lancaster, Kentucky, a brother, John Chester Wood, of Walton, Kentucky, a sister, Anna Perkins, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Adams and Jayden Meade, step grandchildren, Rodney Watson and Trecia Rhodus, step great grandchildren, Dyllon Rhodus, Holli Rhodus, Dustin Sparks, Raelynn Watson, and Tristen Watson, step great great grandchild, Jackson Lee Sparks, a very special friend, Cora Wilson, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins.
The passing of Thelma 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 to you in your time of sorrow.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was Honored to serve the family of Edna Williams.

Geraldine Hicks departed from this life on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital being 74 years, 15 days and 1 months old. She was born in McCreary County on October 15, 1943 to the late Edwin Sumner and Nora Perry.
Geraldine was a member of the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church. She was a homemaker; enjoyed cooking, cleaning, shopping and her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death is her husband: Arivl Lee Hicks, daughter: Patricia Hicks, and brother: Donald Sumner.
Surviving family includes: sons: Scottie Hicks (wife Susie), Ronnie Hicks, brothers: Bobby Gene Sumner (wife Ruth), Richard Sumner, sister in law: Linda Sumner all of Whitley City, Kentucky, grandchildren: Tabitha Slaven (husband Kyler), Morgan Hicks-Stogsdill, Summer Hicks, great grandchildren: Noahlee Grace Slaven, and one on the way.
Funeral Services were 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home.
Burial was in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Eva M. Hill departed from this life on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at her home in Parkers Lake, Kentucky, being 92 years, 5 months, 16 days old. She was born in New River, Tennessee, on May 20, 1925 to the late Festus Lewis and Nary Stinnett.
Eva was of the Baptist faith, a homemaker; and loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed circle a word, puzzle books and her cat Penny.
Preceded in death by her husband: Joe H. Hill, son: Danny Joe Hill, daughters: Rebecca Lovell, Vonda Hill, brothers: Junior Stinnett, Roger Lewis, Leo Lewis, Estill Lewis, sister: Mildred Ward, son in laws: Mike Tucker, Holl Vanover, and Herman Adkins.
Surviving family includes daughters: Connie Tucker of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Kathy (Rodney) Goins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Joyce Adkins of Pine Knot, Kentucky, sister: Bernice Pemberton of Dayton, Ohio, daughter in law: Darlene Hill, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were Tuesday, November 7, 2016 in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey Officiating.
Burial was in Pine Knot Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Almereen Lay Tower, 85, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at home surrounded by family following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Almereen was an inspiration for those with Parkinson’s, as she continued to fight the progression of the disease by pushing herself to exercise when she had little fight in her. Even though her body didn’t win the battle, her fighting spirit and humor made everyone around her appreciate the challenges she endured.
She was born on November 13, 1931 in Creekmore, Kentucky, a daughter of the late George and Clema Gilreath Lay. Almereen’s love for reading made her Mother laugh, as she always had her nose stuck in a book and had a “can do” attitude. She loved the outdoors and working with her Father in the garden. She even learned to drive in a coal truck with a double stick shift and would drive it across the mountain to go to college. Her love for learning never stopped.
Almereen graduated from Pine Knot High School, Pine Knot, Kentucky in 1950 as the valedictorian of her class. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky in 1961 and her master’s degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana in 1979.
Almereen met the love of her life; Donald Tower as she was working in the family’s garden digging potatoes. This was a fond memory that she and Don shared with family and friends. One of the few things they disagreed on was who would win between Kentucky or Indiana. Through their lifetime they lived in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, and eventually settling and raising their children in Indiana. She and her husband of 64 years, Donald L. Tower, were married on October 2, 1953 in Jellico, Tennessee.
Almereen started teaching school before she received her bachelor’s degree and taught in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana for 40+ years. While in Kentucky, she would drive an old jeep up the mountain to pick up children so they could attend school. Even though she retired in 1994 after teaching 25 years at Wilbur Wright Elementary School in New Castle, she continued to read to their neighborhood children and volunteered at local schools in New Castle.
She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, delivered Meals on Wheels with her husband for a brief period, and had attended South Memorial Drive Church of God. She loved spending time with family (especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren), reading, cooking, having a vegetable garden, bean and corn parties and watching game shows (Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy were her favorites).
Survivors include her husband, children Chane (Karen) Tower, Connersville, IN, Chapel (Steve) Givens, Indianapolis, IN, Charity Bowling, New Castle, IN and Cheri (Greg) Bate of Fishers, Indiana. Six grandchildren Kevin Tower, Connersville, IN, Casey (Kevin) McClarnon, San Jose, CA, Kate (Mark) Hokanson, New Brighton, MN, Tyler Givens, Indianapolis, IN, Joshua (Whitney) Bate, Indianapolis, IN and Samuel Bate, Fishers, IN. Three great-grandsons, Jack and Ryan Hokanson, New Brighton, MN and Chancellor Bate, Indianapolis, IN. Two siblings, Delmer (Etta) Lay, Williamsburg, KY and Lowell (Lillian) Lay, Cincinnati, OH as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Almereen was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Boyd Lay, Nina Baird and Bonnie Jones.
The family would like to give a special thank you to their caregivers Allison Anderson, Michelle Garrett, and Amanda Mercer; as well as Kindred Hospice and other caregivers, family and friends that have assisted during the years and progression of Almereen’s disease.
Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Thursday November 9, 2017 and 1 hour before the funeral service at Macer-Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services in New Castle, IN. The funeral will be Friday November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am at Macer-Hall Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Chris Gammello officiating.
Burial will follow at South Mound Cemetery.
Almereen loved children and enjoyed reading so in lieu of flowers the family requests new or gently used books that can be donated to agencies/schools around New Castle. Donations of books can be made at the funeral home with the family distributing them at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to www.macerhall.com.
Macer-Hall Funeral Home | New Castle, IN served the family of Almereen Lay Tower.

Ittylene Trammell, age 86 years, 1 month and 12 days, passed away peacefully at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky on Thursday, November 2, 2107, with her family at her side.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 5,2017 at 1:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. William Kilby and Bro. Ron Griffin officiating. Burial was at T. Chitwood Cemetery.
She was born Monday, September 21, 1931 in Creekmore, Kentucky to Frances Creekmore and Lula( Gilreath) Creekmore. Ittylene grew up helping in her family’s general store and post office. An accomplished pianist, she learned to play the piano at an early age and enjoyed singing in church and at home with her family. She served as church pianist at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God for many years. Ittylene enjoyed making pottery and ceramics, gardening, crocheting, cooking and fishing. She also enjoyed hosting her famous 4th of July gathering of family friends, taking great pleasure in the music, food, and fellowship.
Ittylene was married to Cecil Trammell, on September 30, 1950 in Williamsburg. She and Cecil were blessed with six children. A Proverbs 31 woman, Ittylene took pride in caring for her husband and family, and everyone else she could. Her church and family were the most important things in her life.
Ittylene is survived by four sons, Roger Trammell, Bruce Trammell, Tony Trammell and his wife, Donna, Jerry Trammell and his wife, Kim, all of Pine Knot, two daughters, Charlotte Griffin and her husband, Ron, of Crossville, Tennessee and Cynthia Lynette Trammell of Somerset, one sister, Nadine Heth, of Pine Knot, a brother, Bob Creekmore and his wife, Jackie, of Pelzer, South Carolina , nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Ittylene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Norma Lawson and Pearl Anderson, and a daughter-in-law, Sandy Trammell.
Ittylene will be remembered as a kind, loving, Christian wife, mother and friend. We are comforted by how she lived out her faith and the certainty that she is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hickman-Strunk was honored to serve the family of Ittylene Trammell.

Judge Jerry Donald Winchester, age 76, of Hightop Road, Corbin, Kentucky departed this life on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin. He was born on December 4, 1940 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Arnold Pete Winchester and Willie Mae (Foster) Winchester.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nellie Lee (Lovett) Winchester of Corbin; son, Judge Paul Winchester and his wife Michelle of Corbin; daughter, Paula JeNell Winchester of Corbin; two grandchildren, Jerry Paul Winchester and Shelby Mae Winchester of Corbin; sisters, Sue Kidd of Pine Knot and Kay McCall of Rayne, Louisiana; brother, Eddie Winchester of Alamonte Springs, Florida; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing. He is also survived by his beloved dogs Big Mike and Little Bob.
He grew up in the coal camp of Cooperative, located in McCreary County, Kentucky. He graduated McCreary County High School and went on to attend Cumberland College where he majored in Mathematics and Chemistry. Upon graduation he returned to McCreary County, where he taught High School at the McCreary County High School. He applied for and was accepted into Law School at the University of Kentucky and upon graduation he became a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was a special agent with the FBI before settling in Corbin, Kentucky to begin his legal career. Upon moving to Corbin he practiced law for a few years before being elected as the Commonwealth Attorney for McCreary and Whitley Counties. In 1987 he was appointed and later elected as Circuit Judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit. He served the Commonwealth as Circuit Judge for over 25 years.
Jerry Winchester, was active in his community. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corbin, Kentucky. He worked with the youth, taught Sunday School, was a Deacon, and also served as a Trustee. He held the position of Trustee with the University of the Cumberlands. He was member of the Whitley-McCreary County Fraternal Order of Police. He was active in the Corbin Rotary Club for many years. He was a member of the Hugh Harris Masonic Lodge. He coached various little league teams, he attend many dance and piano recitals. He was a patron of the fine arts. He was proud of his Eastern Kentucky heritage.
Funeral Services were at the First Baptist Church of Corbin with Rev. Austin Carty, Rev. Alex Lockridge and Rev. Paul Sims officiating. Following the Service he will be laid to rest at Croley Edition Highland Park Cemetery in Williamsburg.
In Lieu of flowered please send donations to the Youth Fund of First Baptist Church, Corbin, Kentucky.
Obituary brought to you courtesy of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home .

Sherman E, Watson, age 64, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, November 02, 2017, at his home.
He was born April 3, 1953, at Marshes Siding, Kentucky to the late Virgil and Goldie (Bryant) Watson. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers: Ronald Watson, Dorman Watson, Donald Watson, and Arnold Watson.
Surviving family include his wife Glenna M. (Perry) Watson of Stearns, children: Micheal Crabtree (companion Loretta) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Brenda Renfro (husband George) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Becky Howard (husband Roger) of Owensboro, Kentucky, Billie Bryant (husband Luster) of Whitley City, and Tyler Branch (wife Amber) of Whitley City, a sister Brenda Bryant. There are 18 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a special sister-in-law Wilma Jones.
Sherman had been a log truck driver and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Israel Clark officiating. He was laid to rest at the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Jack D. West age 66 of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born on February 18, 1951 in Strunk, Kentucky to the late R.L. and Mable (King) West. Those who are awaiting to celebrate his homecoming in Heaven are his parents, a daughter, Kimberly Nicole West, a granddaughter, Makenzie Paige West, 3 sisters, Wanda Crabtree, Brenda Watters, and Katherine Soard, 2 brothers, Robert and Noble West, 2 sons-in-law, Troy Duncan and Gary Wilson, and his father and mother-in-law, Edd and Flonnie Burchfield.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 51 wonderful years, Pernie (Burchfield) West, whom he married March 13, 1967; 2 daughters, Sandi Lynn Bruce and husband, John, and Jacqueline West; a son, Shannon “Bud” West and wife, Tiffeny, all of Strunk, Kentucky and a granddaughter, Ashley West (and Phillip) who was like a daughter; 5 other grandchildren, Heather Tucker and Eric, Dee Dee Duncan, Jason Duncan and Carla, Brooke Duncan, and Whitney West; 7 great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Carson, and Weslyn Hill, Ashton, Khloe and Lil’ Jack Daugherty, and Sadie Jayne Tucker; sisters, Layne Wilson and husband, Rick, and Nevada Corder; a brother, Rockie West; two uncles, Walter King and wife, Betty, and Darel King; and an aunt, Mary Jo Wright. Jack also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Special friends, JC and Angie King, Adam Stephens, Eddie Stephens, and Rick Clark, who have always been there for him.
Jack was a member of the Trinity Temple Church of God. He was a car enthusiast and loved car shows where he met and made many friends, but the most enjoyment he got out of life was his family, especially the time spent with all his grandbabies.
Jack was the type of person who would literally take the shirt off his back and give it to a person in need. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. There wasn’t a lazy bone in his body. No matter how bad he felt, he couldn’t stand to sit around if he knew something needed done. He always done his job well and would go beyond what his employers expected of him.
Jack was a wonderful husband, always providing for his family. He was also a great father, papaw, and friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, but now we have one more reason to make Heaven our eternal home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor and Bro. Jeff Bryant officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Jack West with funeral arrangements.

 

Gerline Bryant age 77 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at her home.
She was born on February 1, 1940 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Elmer Spradlin and Clara (Garland) Spradlin. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sons, Bobby “Bert” Bryant, and Delbert “Shorty” Bryant, Jr., brothers Calvin Spradlin, Fred Spradlin, and 2 infant brothers, 2 infant sisters, and a brother-in-law, Stanley Lynch.
Surviving family include her sons, Darrell Bryant and wife, Naomi, of Revelo, Kentucky, and Jeff Bryant and wife, Mary, of Lockland, Ohio; daughters, Helen Watters and husband, Conley, and Marilyn Vanhook, and husband, Darriel, all of Whitley City; brothers, Roger Spradlin and wife, Sherry, of Sydney, Ohio, and Bois Dean Spradlin and wife, Connie, of Somerset, Kentucky; sisters, Diane Tucker of Marshes Siding, Tilda Lynch of Somerset, and Kay Robertson and husband, Charlie, of Russell Springs; 20 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and 2 on the way and one great great grandchild on the way.
Gerline enjoyed dancing, walking, canning, and working. But above all things, she loved the Lord and her family.
Funeral services were held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. John Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Gerline Bryant with funeral arrangements.

 

James Herman Elkins, age 82, of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Reba Barnett Elkins, son of the late Michael Herman and Shirley Sauls Elkins, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017.
He was born September 27, 1935 in Lyburn, West Virginia. John was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist of Whitley City. He worked as a butcher for Kroger Grocery.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons: James H. Elkins Jr., and Stanley Elkins, and Brother: Denver Elkins.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his brother: Michael H. Elkins of Pastaskla, Ohio and sisters: Magdeline and Odell Stone of Ashland, KY, Pauline Spencer of Pastaskla, Ohio and Christine and Pete Morrison of Letart, West Virginia and two granddaughers: Brooklyn Elkins, Columbus, Ohio and Darcy Jane Elkins, Akron, Ohio.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching West Virginia football.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Eddie Miller on Friday at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial was in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County funeral home entrusted with the arrangements for James Elkins.

 

Leamon Godsey, age 68 years, and 7 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Jean Waddle Hospice Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral Services were held Friday, October 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Bryant officiating. Burial was in the Mountain View Cemetery.
He was born October 17, 1949 in the Hill Top community of McCreary County, Kentucky to Robert Godsey and Lona Worley Godsey. Leamon was a retired custodian in the McCreary County School system, he also worked at Tecumseh for 24 years, and worked at Tombstone Junction in his younger years as an engineer. He was a member of Pleasant Run Church, Leamon was a dedicated family man who enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and flea marketing and an avid UK fan. Leamon especially enjoyed spending time with his grandbabies, family and friends.
Preceding in his death were his parents, and his brother, Austin Godsey.
Survivors include his wife, Ricki (Weaver) Godsey, of Stearns Kentucky, who married her “Honey Bunches of Oats” on February 9th, 1985, two daughters, Amanda Baird, and her husband, James, of Pine Knot Kentucky, and Lisa Jones, and her husband, Steven, of Stearns Kentucky, three grandchildren, Bethany, Tate and Emma, and three sisters, Theola Worley and her husband, Bob, of Pine Knot Kentucky, Molley Jones and her husband, Harold, of Stearns Kentucky, and Alice Neal and her husband, Danny, of Pine Knot Kentucky.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Leamon Godsey.

 

Nancy (Points) Gorman, age 93, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Signature Health Care of McCreary in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
She was born on October 27, 1923, in Falmouth, Kentucky, to the late Eugene and Bessie Mae (Jenkins) Points. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband and mother of her children, Bert Wilson and her second husband Jack Gorman, two brothers: Willie Points and Walter Points, two sisters: Frances Taylor and Mary Holts a grandson, Randall Wilson, and two infant brothers.
Surviving family include a son, Bert Wilson (wife Sharon) of Oneida, Tennessee, two daughters: Verna Crabtree of Strunk, Kentucky and Donna Lovitt Blevins of Williamsburg, Kentucky, a brother, Thomas Points of Falmouth, Kentucky, a sister: Mary Four, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and 7 great great great grandchildren.
Nancy was a homemaker and member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her family and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Burial was at the Silerville Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Barbara Mae Grace, 40, of West Chester, OH, died at home at 6:54 pm, Monday, October 23, 2017.
She was born March 7, 1977, in Revelo, KY, to Ed and Phyllis Grundy.
She is survived by husband, Kevin Grace whom she married on May 15, 1998.
Also surviving are her children, Noah, Seth, and Neila Grace of West Chester, OH; her mother Phyllis Grundy of Pine Knot, KY; 5 sisters, Kathy (Daryl) Hollon of Strunk, KY, Missie Jones of Pine Knot, KY, Linda Grundy of Muncie, IN, Joy Grundy of Strunk, KY, Debbie (Nathan) Hall of Richmond, KY; 3 brothers, Scott Grundy of Matamoros, Mexico, Eddie (Julia) Grundy of Pine Knot, KY, and David Grundy of Pine Knot, KY; and her beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, DJ (Ezzybelle and Ed) Hollon, Chris (Cristin, Bear, and Colton) Hollon, Lena (Ava Terry) Chitwood, Travis Chitwood, Robbie Caddell, Joe (Drew) Grundy, James Grundy, Sarah (Rebecca) Gibson, John Chitwood, Hayden and Harper Hall, Braydon Grundy, Kyle Huddleston, Reagan, Flynn, and Kara Grace.
Barbara’s father and one niece, Rebecca Grundy preceded her in death.
Barbara was a long-time resident of West Chester, OH.
Her childhood home was in McCreary County, KY. She graduated from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY in 1999 with a degree in Psychology and English.
She was a mom first and foremost. It was a mother’s love that gave her the will and strength to fight her cancer for over 2 years. She fought with a smile on her face and in her heart. Her life was devoted to her kids and every other child she encountered. She was affectionately known in the neighborhood as “Mama Grace.” She loved crafts, reading, and enjoyed planning and volunteering at a variety of school events. She spent many happy hours helping at Liberty Early Childhood School, Union Elementary, and Hopewell Jr School. She is already planning the most elaborate Book Fair Heaven has ever seen- complete with costumes, games, photo booths, and the most colorful banners and balloon sculptures one could imagine.
Visitation was held at Pine Knot Funeral Home on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm with a service followed at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Braxton King officiating. The burial was at the Grundy Family Cemetery in Pine Knot, KY.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to her son’s Relay for Life American Cancer Society Team at Relay for Life Noah’s Page.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.

 

John Frank Hammons age 71, of Barbourville was born there on July 25, 1946. He was the son of the late Orville John Hammons and Elsie Love Hammons. Frank died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Baptist Health in Corbin.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm, at the Hopper Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial was in the Glasscock Cemetery in Barbourville, Kentucky.
Frank was a member of the East Barbourville Baptist Church. He was a State EPA Engineer for thirty seven years before retiring. Frank served in the United States Army. He united in marriage to Gwindlen Kay Hamilton and to this union a beloved son and daughter were born. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Mollie and Robert Hamilton and Brother-in-law, Charles Moore.
Frank is survived by his wife,Gwindlen Kay Hammons of Barbourville, Son, Stephen Hammons and wife, Stacey of Pine Knot, Kentucky; Daughter, Whitney Hammons of Boston, Massachusetts; his dear grandchildren; Kelsie, Isabella and Bryce; his sister; Helen Hammons Moore and daughter, Mindy of Barbourville and many other relatives and dear friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Stephen Hammons, grandson, Bryce Hammons, brother-in-law, Ernest Sanders, friends, Johnnie Detherage, Shawn Smith, Michael Branstutter and Roy J. Branstutter.
Hopper Funeral Home will be in charge of all arrangements.
Obituary is courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Deemes C. Nevels, age 85 years, 4 months, and 24 days, of the Greenwood community, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at his home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 29,2017 at 7:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley, Bro. Roger Bryant, and Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery at 10:00 am Monday.
He was born June 2, 1932 in Nevelsville, Kentucky to William Hayden Nevels and Maggie Morrow Nevels. Deemes was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He had worked for LeBlonde Corporation and GE in Cincinnati. After returning home, he owned and operated Nevels’ Service Station. Deemes was a member of the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church and the North McCreary Fire Department, which he was instrumental in establishing. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother-in-law, Olin Stanton.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Nevels, whom he married April 19, 1959, son, David Nevels and his wife, Teresa, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a very special friend he considered a son, Danny Morrow and his wife, Beverly, of Monticello, Kentucky, brother, Gail Nevels, sisters, Geraldeen Chapman and her husband, Norman,of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and sister, Emmaline Stanton of Cleeves, Ohio, and his uncle, Silas Nevels, of Somerset, Kentucky.
Hickman-Strunk was honored to serve the family of Deemes Nevels.

 

Brooklyn Nicole Ross, age 19 years, 6 months, and 19 days, passed away Monday, October 23,2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Cassada and Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial was in the Stearns Cemetery.
She was born April 4, 1998 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Paul Ross and Michelle Warman Ross, she shared her birthday with her great grandmother, Viola Easter Warman, Brooklyn was a member of the Whitley City Second Baptist Church and was attending Somerset Community College. She had also attended Eastern Kentucky University. Brooklyn loved playing volley ball and rescuing animals. She also enjoyed watching Netflix and taking naps.
Preceding her in death was her father and her grandfather, Phillip Larry Ross.
Survivors include her mother, Michelle Ross Grundy and her husband Justin, her sister, Brittany Ross, grandparents, Frances Ross and Max and Sybil Warman, aunts and uncles, Larry and Teresa Wallen, Debbie Ross, Patrick Ross, Sr., and Phillip Chase Ross, her boyfriend, Dylan Shadoan, and several cousins and other relatives.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Brooklyn Nicole Ross.

 

Virginia Mae “Jill” Strunk age 68 years, 1 month, and 29 days of the Hill Top Community, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Somerset Nursing & Rehab Center.
She was born August 28, 1949 in Scott County, Tennessee to the late Lester Watson and Marie (Dixon) Watson. Her parents, a sister, Nancy Karen Watson, and brothers, Donald Ray, Ronnie Lester, Gary Eugene, and Darrell Wayne Watson precede her in death.
Surviving family include her brother, Jeff Watson and wife, Lisa, of Stearns, and her grandbabies, George Ricky Watson and Breanna Musgrove.
Jill was a member of the Hill Top Baptist Church. She enjoyed being outdoors, working in her garden and fishing, and her animals.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Watson Family Cemetery at Hill Top.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Virginia “Jill” Strunk with funeral arrangements.

 

Oma Collett Turner, age 87, of Somerset, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at her home with her loving husband, Buren, and her daughter, Bridgett, by her side.
Graveside funeral services were held Friday at 2:00 pm at the Turner Family Cemetery on Buren Turner Road with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.
She was born March 29, 1930 in the Poplar Log Fork community in Leslie County, Kentucky to Samuel Collett and Minta Brock Collett.
Survivors include her husband, Buren Turner, children, Lynn and Barbara Griffith, Dwight and Kathy Griffith, Tammy and Wayne Bastin and Bridgett Turner, also Rodney (Roddy) Turner, who preceded her, Bonnie Turner, Rick and Kathy Turner, Ronald (Rooney) and Bobbie Turner, Lana and Ish (Ishmael) Minix, Gerri Mounce, Paula and Beney Nicely, Marti and Terry Huff. She is also survived by a brother, Farmer Collett and a sister, Elizabeth Jones, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Oma Turner.

 

Virginia Ruth Wood, age 87, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life Monday, October 23, 2017, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
She was born on June 24, 1930, in Oneida, Tennessee, to the late Charles and Victoria “Toby” (Stephens) Wright. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Wood.
Surviving family include her daughter, Mary Perkins (husband Dwight) of Revelo, Kentucky, four grandchildren: Russell Perkins of Pine Knot, Jodina Cox (husband Christopher) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Paul Perkins of Litchfield, Minnesota, Ambrina Privett (husband Josh) of Pine Knot, seven great-grandchildren: Nicholas Cox, Addaleigh Cox, Naomi Perkins, Samuel Perkins, Miriam Perkins, Channer Cox and Noah Cox. She had two great grand dogs whom was dear to her: Reese Lynn Privett and Ember Perkins.
Virginia was a homemaker and member of the Pine Knot United Baptist Church (the white church). She enjoyed listening to gospel music, especially the Primitive Quartet. She loved going to church, picnicking in the park, watching old tv shows, and shopping at thrift stores. She enjoyed spending time with her loving family and cooking for them. Her cornbread and biscuits were the best.
Funeral services were Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Pine Knot United Baptist Church (the white church) at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Doug Sexton and Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Burial was at the Pine Knot Cemetery with committal service by Bro. Dillard Bryant.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting with funeral arrangements.

Cheri Ann Fritts, age 55, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017, in Huber Heights, Ohio.
She was born in Kettering, Ohio, on January 26, 1962, to Billy Ray and Ann (Lowden) Fritts. She is preceded in death by her mother and two sons: Jason David Brown and Danny Ray Brown.
Surviving family include her father, Billy Ray Fritts, two sons: Tyler Deaton of Nicholasville, Kentucky and Matthew Deaton (wife Kassie) of South Carolina, two daughters: Bobbie Chitwood (husband Randy) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Sarah Brown of Hendersonville, Kentucky, two sisters: Patty Barker (husband Greg) of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Susan Fritts also of Huber Heights, and a half- brother, Tony Letsche (wife Sara) of Palm Bay, Florida. She has ten grandchildren.
Cheri was a homemaker and had been a truck driver for Knight Transport. She enjoyed cooking, taking care of her family, reading, fishing and gardening.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Barbara Grundy Grace, age 40 of West Chester, OH, wife of Kevin Grace passed away at her home on Monday, October 23, 2017. She is the daughter of Ed and Phyllis Grundy of Revelo, Ky.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Grundy Funeral Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 noon until time of service at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Barbara Grundy Grace with Funeral Arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Leamon Godsey, age 68, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home . The family will receive friends after 10:00 am Friday at the Funeral Home until time for the service. Burial to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leamon Godsey.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Iva Sue Jones, age 76 years, 10 months, and 7 days of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Wayne County Hospital in Monticello, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Mountain View United Baptist Church with Bro. Stanley Tucker and Bro. Earl Davis, Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Ervin Jones Cemetery.
She was born December 11, 1940 in the Head of Wolf Creek community in McCreary County, Kentucky to Sylvester Shook and Goldie Gregory Shook. Iva Sue was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, reading, and cooking. Iva Sue found the most pleasure from spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Ervin Jones, and sisters, Shelby Jean King and Hazel Troxell.
Survivors include her son, William “Bud” Jones and his wife, Beverly, of Stearns, Kentucky, brothers, Edd Shook , Bill Shook and his wife, Jean, Bruce Shook and his wife, Joan, Jim Shook, Wayne Shook and his wife, Roxanne, and Dale Shook, sister, Ellen Coffey and her husband, Phillip, brothers-in-law, Denzil King and Jesse Troxell, grandson, Matthew Jones, great grandchildren, David and Jonathon , several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Iva Sue Jones.

Imogene Long, age 90, passed away October 20, 2017, at the Signature Healthcare Center in Pine Knot Ky. She was born August 2, 1927, to the late Thomas and Mary Meadows of Pine Knot, Ky. Both her parents precede her in death, also her loving Husband Hurstle Long to whom she was married to for 59 years. Her brothers, Leonard, Ed, Estel, and Ralph (an infant) Meadows and Sisters, Audra Morrow, Opal Meadows, Sophie Musgrove and Mae Meadows (an infant).
Imogene is survived by four children that were blessed to call her Mom: Anthony and wife Lori Long of Grove City, OH, Thomas and wife Kristine Long of Worthington, OH, Tammy and husband David Patton of Grave City, OH and Tonda and husband Milford Anderson of Strunk, Ky. Grandchildren, Tasha, Butch, Ashley, Kyle, Emily, Colleen, Colin, Justin and Joey. Four Great Grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Ayda and Corbin.
Imogene was born and raised in Pine Knot Ky. She attended and in 1946 graduated from Pine Knot High School. She worked at the post office, was a cook at the school, ran a store/restaurant along with Opal and Ed and was a in home caregiver. She Married Hurstle in 1950 and later moved to Columbus OH where they raised their family.
She was a longtime member of Southwest Baptist Church in Columbus, OH, where she served as president of Ladies Aide for many years. She loved sewing and cooking and big get togethers. She was best known for her cakes and pies. She had a heart of gold and was loved by many.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Signature Healthcare and a special thank you to Sandy for the love and care she gave our loving mother.
Pine Knot Funeral Home conducted the Services for Ms. Imogene Long. Funeral time was Monday, October 23, 2017 in the Chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home at 1:00 pm with Bro. Bill Baisden officiating, burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Billy Martin, age 73 years, 11 months and 21 days, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home in the Meadows Grove Community of Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Cassada, Bro. Robert Gilreath, and Elder Adamson officiating. Entombment was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Born on October 25, 1943 in Pine Knot, to Fred Martin and Truie Hamlin Martin, Billy grew up helping on the family farm and working in timber and the saw mill. He never lost his passion for the hard work and spent his life working his sawmill and farming. Billy was always happiest at his mill. He also enjoyed raising a big garden every year, and enjoyed sharing vegetables with his friends and neighbors.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Bob Martin, and sister, Anna Fay Rogers.
Billy is survived by his wife, Brenda Stephens Martin, son, Mike Martin and his wife, Colena, of Pine Knot, daughters, Melanie Cassada and her husband, Mike, of Stearns, Kentucky and Lisa King of Virginia, brother, Jimmy Martin and his wife, Connie, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, sister, Norma King and her husband, Willis, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, grandchildren, Tristian Martin, Hunter Martin, Chris Keeton, Andrea Jones, Dustin Keeton, Brianna Houchell, Rachael Cassada, Ryan Cassada, and Reece Cassada, and great grandchildren, Ryder, Bryson, and Teagean Marler, Brentley Phillips, Bella Ledbetter, and Breighlyn Jones.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Billy Martin.

Brooklyn Ross, age 19, of Stearns, KY passed away Monday, October 23, 2017. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Finalized arrangements will be on Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home’s obituary line 606-376-5334. Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Brooklyn Ross.

 

 

 

Ruby Jewel Gregory Tucker, age 66 years, 3 months, and 28 days of Parkers Lake, Kentucky passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at her home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Day Ridge United Baptist Church with Bro. Allen Coffey and Bro. Hobert Corder officiating. Burial was in the Strunk Cemetery.
She was born June 21, 1951 in the Parmleysville community of Wayne County to William Riley Gregory and Betty West Gregory. Ruby was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Riley Gregory and Betty Gregory Davis, step father, Lee Davis, a great grandchildren, Paige and Colton Tucker, brother, Howard Gregory, half-brothers, Elmer and Raymond Gregory, half-sisters, Delcie Bell, Mae Huffaker, Della Gregory, and Lexie Davis and sister-in-law, Betty Gregory.
Survivors include her husband, Henry Tucker, Jr., whom she married January 10, 1968, son, Jeffery Tucker of Whitley City, daughters, Jennifer Corder and her husband, Kelly, of Stearns, Norma Phillips and her husband, Steve, of Wayne County, and Mary Perry and her husband, Matthew, of Nancy, grandchildren, Tyler Tucker, Jalynn Phillips, and Jazmin and Joey Perry, great grandchild, Jonah Tucker. brothers, Kenneth Gregory, Lonzo Gregory and his wife, Ina, and Woodrow Gregory and his wife, Ina, sister, Anna Ruth Bell and her husband, Ron.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Ruby Jewel Gregory Tucker.

Virginia Ruth Wood age 87, widow of James Wood, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Knot United Baptist Church (The White Church). Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Church.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Virginia Wood with Funeral Arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Carl Edward Bryant, age 75 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died October 12, 2017 at his home.
He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on December 19, 1941 the son of the late Ernest C and Gladys Bryant. Carl was of the Catholic faith and had worked in the Georgia carpet mills. He loved fishing, telling jokes, and hanging with the ladies.
He is proceded in death by his parents; wife, Sarah Myrtle (Nevels) Bryant; step-sons, Ricky Clayton Keith and Leslie Eugene Keith; and an infant brother.
Survivors include his son, Carl E. Bryant, Jr; daughter, Roberta Sue Davis; step-daughter, Joyce Ann Vanover all of Whitley City, Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12pm at the Flat Rock Cemetery with Bro. Jeff Bryant officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Hollis Carson, age 71 of Oneida, TN, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Oneida Nursing and Rehab Center. Born November 30, 1945, he was the son of the late William Henderson Carson and Dortha Mae Lewis Carson.
Hollis was the owner of Carson’s Budget Tires for over 30 years; a member of the New Haven Baptist Church, a Vietnam Army Veteran, lifetime member of the VFW, member of the American Legion Post #5669, and member of Masonic Lodge #695 F&AM where he was a 32nd Degree Mason.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: William Glen Carson.
Hollis is survived by his wife: Jannie Burress Carson; children: Theron Shane Chitwood and wife Stacey, Holly Carson Hood and husband Glen, and Hollin Deran Carson and wife Amy; brothers: Nathaniel Carson and wife Elinore Ann, Benny Curtis Carson and wife Euladean, and Teddy Ewell and wife Alice; sisters: Diane Burchfield and husband Jim, and Sharon Cross and husband, Dr. Danny W.; six grandchildren; 3 great grandsons; as well as a host of other family members and friends.
Friends visited with the Carson family on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 8:00 p.m. at the New Haven Baptist Church with Bro. Philip Kazee officiating. Music was be provided by the Singing Cousins.
Graveside service were held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Carson Memorial Park.
In Lieu of Flowers contributions may be made to: the Alzheimers Assoc – East TN Chapter, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919; or to the New Haven Baptist Church Food Pantry, 3301 Coopertown Rd., Oneida, TN 37841.
You may sign Mr. Carson’s online guestbook at www.jonesandsonfh.net.
Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Hollis Carson.

Russell Flynn, age 85, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017, at his home.
He was born April 11, 1932, at Wolf Creek, Kentucky, the son of the late John and Mollie (Tucker) Flynn. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Bias) Flynn, brothers: Jimmy Flynn, Willie Flynn, Fred Flynn, and Logan Flynn, and sisters: Eva Flynn, and Lonnie Coffey.
Surviving family include four sons: Michael Flynn of Whitley City, Timothy Flynn of Revelo, Thomas Flynn of Cincinnati, Ohio and Bobby Flynn (wife Patricia) of Cincinnati, two daughters: Karen Flynn Wright (husband Johnny) of Stearns, and Mollie Norris (husband Larry) of Pine Knot, a brother: J.D. Flynn (wife Robin) of Detroit, Michigan, and a sister: Fannie Morrow of Norwood, Ohio, grandchildren: Timmy, John, Madelian, Sofia, Mary Ann, and Rosa Lee Flynn and April Wright O’Regan, Brandy Norris Gilreath, Shannon Norris and Nickolas Norris.
Russell had been a coal truck driver and member of Old Beech Grove United Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He had been a member of the American Legion Post 115 of Stearns and was a Disabled American Veteran. He liked to sing and visit churches. He liked to go to auctions, yard sales, flea markets, and taking care of cemeteries; (cleaning and decorating them). He enjoyed traveling and eating out.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial was at the Sammy New Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 115.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

George Edgar Hayes, age 69, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Care Center at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Born April 7, 1948, in Pine Knot, he was the son of the late William and Flonnie (Barnett) Hayes. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by six brothers: Danny Hayes, Homer Hayes, Bruce Hayes, Harold Hayes, William Ray Hayes and Ronald Hayes and three sisters: Wanda Hayes, Mary Lou Hayes and Cosetta Ferguson.
Surviving family include his wife Barbara (Waters) Hayes, a son, Steven Hayes (wife Jerica) of Pine Knot, two daughters: Madonna Loudermilk (husband Tony) of Whitley City and Jennie Stephens (husband David) of Frisco, Texas, two sisters: Faye Moore of Pine Knot and Pearl Murphy (husband Ralph) of Stearns, and eight grandchildren: David, Kylie and Sam Stephens, Quinton, Emilie and Amelia Loudermilk, Noah and Grayson Hayes and one on the way.
George had been a roof bolter in the coal mines and enjoyed fishing, yard work and spending time with the grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bill Goodwin, Robert Hatfield and William Gilreath officiating. Burial followed at the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Gladys Marie Jackson, age 90, of Monticello, KY., departed this life on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Somerset Nursing and Rehab.
Gladys was born on August 20, 1927 in Stearns, KY., to the late John Godsey and Alma Lavender Godsey.
She is survived by two sons, Ralph (and Mimi) Jackson of Gloucester, VA; and Jimmie “Jr” (and Alice) Jackson of Burnside, KY; three grandchildren, Stacey (and Adam) Jackson Bloom of Atlanta, GA; Ben (and Jordan) Jackson of Atlanta, GA; and Jimmie Jackson II (and Andrea) of Villa Hills, KY; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey Jackson, Piper Jackson, and Emma Bloom, two step-grandchildren, Chris (and Mandi) Jones and Brianne (and Chase) White, five step great-grandchildren, Halle Jones, Hunter Jones, Madeline White, Kierson Cunningham, and Corinthia Cunningham; and one sister, Lois (and Jim) Holland of Florida.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Jackson, of whom she married on February 2, 1948 in Williamstown, KY; and three brothers, Paul, Bob, and Ken Godsey.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.
Her funeral service was held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Phelps officiating. Burial was in Mill Springs National Cemetery. Pall Bearers were Reggie Stringer, Eddie Phelps, Ben Jackson, Chris Jones, Jimmie Jackson II, and Chase White.
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 Gladys Jackson.

Ronald Wayne Jones age 48 years, 5 months, and 5 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky, departed this life on October 11, 2017 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
He was born on May 6, 1969 in Somerset, Kentucky to Foster Jones and Aileen (Stephens) Jones. His father, Foster, precedes him in death.
Ronnie was a graduate of the McCreary Central High School and had attended the Somerset Community College. He went on to receive a welding degree from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Ronnie was currently employed by East Kentucky Power and had previously been employed by the McCreary County Water District, DRW Trucking, Pine Knot Lumber, and Price Backhoe service.
Ronnie was a member of the Whitley City Church of God. He married his wife, Emily (Heath) Jones on October 19, 1996. They were looking forward to celebrating their 21st year of marriage that brought forth 3 children. Ronnie loved his wife and children dearly.
Ronnie will be remembered by his loving wife, Emily, and their children, Jeremiah, Rebekah, and Jacob, of Pine Knot; his mother and step-father, Aileen & Gene Daugherty of Whitley City; a sister, Debbie Sumner and husband, Scott, of Pine Knot; a brother, Skip Jones and wife, Angie, of Winfield, Tennessee; mother and father-in-law, Lonnie and Reba Heath of Stearns; sisters-in-law, Angela Loudermilk and husband, Bryson, also of Stearns, and Stephanie Sumner and husband, Mark, of Whitley City; and a host of nieces and nephews, Eleshia Sumner, Ali, Alea, Alexea, Alex, and AJ Jones, Taylor and Tyler Sumner, Noah, Daniel, and Megan Loudermilk.
Maternal grandparents, Elishia and Bertha Stephens and paternal grandparents, Henry and Linda Jones, all of Whitley City, also survive.
Ronnie enjoyed spending his spare time with his family and worshipping God. Ronnie loved his family and the traditions they have shared over the years. He believed that if you had a problem, “put it in God’s hands. It would be alright”. He leaves a host of friends that will also miss him dearly.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Carl Shepherd, age 90 years, 3 months, and 12 days, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel McFeeters officiating. Burial was in the Bruce-Shepherd Cemetery.
He was born June 29, 1927 in Stearns, Kentucky to John Shepherd and Stella Hickman Shepherd. Carl was a veteran of the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member and deacon at the Stearns Seventh Day Adventist Church where he served the church in many capacities, including holding home bible studies. Carl was a supporter of the Adventist missionaries, Danielle Simmons was the recipient of his kindness and giving, Carl also supported the church financially. He had served as chaplain of the American Legion Post 115 and volunteered as a van driver for many years, taking veterans to the VA hospital. Carl also had a ministry at the Job Corp and at the United States Penitentiary in Pine Knot. He touched many young lives while shooting pool at the spot, In his spare time he loved feeding the birds and squirrels.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Betty Irene Maxwell Shepherd, daughters, Carlene and Anna Lou, brothers, Dan, Noble, Jimmy, Granville “Bully”, and Elmer Shepherd, and sisters, Dot Casill and Louise Hamby, Doris Shepherd, June Rowe, and Margie Redden.
Survivors include daughters, Sue LaFavor and her husband, Dan, of Jacksonville, Florida, Gilda Long of Stearns, Kentucky, and Rita Christoff of Indiana, son-in-law, Tommy Carr of Jacksonville, Florida, Roger Tucker, and his wife Linda, of Whitley City, Kentucky, who he considered a son, sisters, Jenny Lee Leistman and her husband, Maurice, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Carl Shepherd.

Billy Martin, age 73, husband of Brenda Martin, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Monday.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Billy Martin.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Jay McKnight, age 58, husband of Beverly (Baird) McKnight of Strunk, Kentucky and formerly of Laurel County, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was the father of Sarah Jean McKnight of Somerset, Kentucky, and Amanda Kay McKnight of Strunk, Kentucky; the son of Minnie Esteen (Lewis) McKnight of London, Kentucky; the brother of Burnie Gambrel, W. Joe McKnight and wife Conitha all of London, Kentucky, and Claudia Fay Crum and husband Steve of South Shore, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard McKnight.
Funeral services for Jay McKnight were conducted Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in London Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor William Kilby and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial followed at Rough Creek Cemetery.
Obit courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home .

Vicki Miranda Taylor, age 57, of Whitley City, daughter of Eckle and Cleta Morgan Bryant, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at her home.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sons: Anthony Perry of Williamsburg, Aaron and wife Mindy Jones of Somerset, Charles New Neal of Whitley City, daughter: Rachael and husband Roy Dale Worley of Whitley City, step-daughter: Melanie Taylor, brothers: Jay and wife Carolyn Bryant of Parkers Lake, sisters: Doris Goins and husband Dave of Parkers Lake, Jennifer and husband John Butler of Junction City, grandchildren: Noah, Tessa, and Natalee Perry, Madison, Dylan, and Alexis Worley Kimberlyn Taylor and Riley Jones.
She is preceded in death by her sister: Becky Lynn Perry and brother: Allen Bryant. Vicki enjoyed sewing, watching Nascar racing and Wrestling on TV.
Brother Braxton King and Bro. Clay Cook will conduct the funeral service on Friday at 11:00 am with visitation Thursday from 6:00 till 9:00 PM in the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bryant Family Cemetery in Parkers Lake, KY.
McCreary County Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements for Vicki Miranda Taylor.

Francis Vanover, age 64, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset Kentucky.
He was the husband of Barbara Campbell Vanover whom he married June 17, 1978. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son: Steven Vanover and wife Amanda, daughter: Brittiany Ridner and husband Estle all of Parkers Lake, brothers: Luster and wife Winnia Vanover of Tiffin, Ohio, Charles and wife Wilma Vanover of Tiffin, Ohio, Fletcher Vanover of Parkers Lake, Doyle Vanover of Tiffin, Ohio and Arnold Vanover and wife Naomi Vanover of of Tiffin, Ohio, sister: Bertha Young of Parkers Lake, Brother-In-Law: Kenneth Campbell, Harold Campbell, of Parkers Lake, Darrell Campbell of Whitley City, Sister-In-Law: Doris Ridner of Parkers Lake, Grandchildren: Jacob, Adrian, Lydia, Aubri Vanover and Cassadee Ridner all of Parkers Lake.
His is preceded in death by his parents: Roman and Martha Katherine Morgan Vanover and Sister-In-Law: Nadean Vanover. The family would like to express their appreciation to all the family and friends for all their help through his long illness. Francis really enjoyed walking and playing pool.

Brother Daniel Perry conducted the service on Wednesday at 1:00 pm at Pleasant Knob Church. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery in Parkers Lake, KY.

McCreary County Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements for Francis Vanover.

 

Dolores Chitwood Campbell Brosseau of Clinton, Tennessee passed away on October 9, 2017. She had lived at The Courtyards in Oak Ridge since March of 2015. Dolores was born on September 16, 1935 in Co-op, Kentucky, to Dewey and Kizzie Chitwood. She graduated from McCreary County High School in 1953 and soon moved to Clinton,Tennessee. Dolores was employed by Club LeConte in Knoxville, TN for over 10 years and later served on the Board of Directors. She retired in 2013 from the Anderson County General Sessions Court where she served as Judicial Assistant to Judges Jennings Meredith and Ron Murch. Dolores was a member of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Fran Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Kim and Jerry Mantooth of Maryville, TN, Denise and Mark Nay of Keystone, SD, and Brenna and John Smith of Oak Ridge, TN. Grandchildren include Mollie Smith and Tucker Smith of Oak Ridge, TN, Pat (Kat) Nay of Denver, CO, Eric (Gina) Nay of Blair, NE, Dylan Nay of Blair, NE, Emily Mantooth of Macon, GA and Ellen (Sawyer) Hill of Maryville, TN. Great-grandchildren include Landon, Presley, Paisley and Jack Nay and Deacon Hill. Sister, Chloe Chitwood of Knoxville, TN. The family would like to thank The Courtyards of Oak Ridge, TN for their love and care for the past 2 ½ years.
The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church, Clinton, TN from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. Stan Elliott officiating. There will be a private family burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to The Pat Summit Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902 or www.patsummit.org. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

Terry W. Butler, age 73 years and 11 months, passed from this life Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Angel Cemetery. According to his wishes, he was cremated.
He was born November 10, 1943 in Stearns, Kentucky to Charles Henry and Roxie Martin Butler. He had been a resident of Indiana for the last 53 years. He was an Army veteran and a member of Landmark Missionary Church in Elkhart, Indiana.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Sue Butler, and sister-in-law, Lillian Davis Butler.
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Nancy Wilkinson Butler, three sons, Tim, Greg, and Scott, four grandsons, two great granddaughters, brothers and sisters, Bob, Rodney, Bruce (Brenda), Marty (Betty), Janice, Shelby, and Vicki (Mike).
Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Delmus Creekmore, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life on Monday, October, 9, 2017, at his home. He had attained the age of 95 years, 5 months and 15 days.
He was born April 24, 1922, in the Bethel Community of Pine Knot, to the late Finley and Sally (Kidd) Creekmore. He is preceded in death by his former wife, Laura Belle (Moore) Creekmore, 2 daughtes, Margaret Marion and Carolyn Belle Creekmore, a brother, Clellan Creekmore, and two sisters: June Braden and Theresa Creekmore.
Surviving family include his wife, Plessie Creekmore of Pine Knot, three sons: Arnold Creekmore of Pine Knot, Randall Creekmore of Pine Knot and Ricky Creekmore (wife Pam) also of Pine Knot, four daughters: Lula Bryant (husband Onel Dean) of Pine Knot, Barbara Lovett (husband Steve) of Strunk, Lorene Stephens of Whitley City, and Shirley Cooper (husband Michael) of Pine Knot, 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Delmus worked in the log woods and saw mill. He had served in the United States Army and had attended the Bethel Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing music and ginseng hunting.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. He will be laid to rest at the Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 noon until time of services.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Jay McKnight
Jay McKnight, age 58, husband of Beverly (Baird) McKnight of Strunk, Kentucky and formerly of Laurel County, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was the father of Sarah Jean McKnight of Somerset, Kentucky, and Amanda Kay McKnight of Strunk, Kentucky; the son of Minnie Esteen (Lewis) McKnight of London, Kentucky; the brother of Burnie Gambrel, W. Joe McKnight and wife Conitha all of London, Kentucky, and Claudia Fay Crum and husband Steve of South Shore, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard McKnight.
Funeral services for Jay McKnight will be conducted Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in London Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor William Kilby and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial will follow at Rough Creek Cemetery.
The family of Jay McKnight will receive friends on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God, McCreary County, Kentucky, and after 8:00 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2017 until service time at London Funeral Home.Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Donald Ray Spradlin, age 78 years, 2 months and 26 days, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Riverdale, Georgia. Funeral services were held Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating. Burial was in the Grigsby Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Don was born July, 7, 1939 in Smithtown, Kentucky, to Arnold Spradlin and Opal (Bell) Spradlin. Don was the last survivor among his siblings.
Upon graduation from high school, Don enrolled in business college in Knoxville, Tennessee to study accounting. This is where he met his wife of nearly 60 years, Billie Lovelace. The couple were married March 28, 1958.
They went on to have four children, Donald Ray Spradlin Jr. and his wife Deanne, of Hogansville, Georgia, Denise Hall, and her husband Robert, of Glen Allen, Virginia, Debra Johnson of Palmetto, Georgia, and Dale Holt, and her husband Kenneth, of Acworth, Georgia, and eight grandchildren each with a nickname Don called them by, Kenneth “Whistle” Hall, and his fiancée, Casey, Katie “Katy-did” Johnson, Shannon “Shady-did” Green, Carolyn “Baby Ruth” Hall, Rebekah “ Bud” Hall, Lee Johnson and his wife, Lynne, Kristy Rodgers and her husband, Zeb, and Dale C., five great grandchildren, Tanner and Ashlyn Johnson, Tyler and Alyssa Rodgers and Lucas “Baby Ray” Green. All of whom survive, along with his dear wife, Billie, sisters-in-law, Wanda Lovelace, who lived with Don and Billie for 36 years, and Kathalene Hurst, also many cousins and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Linda Lincoln, son-in-law, Kenneth Johnson “KJ”, and a niece, Dawn Lincoln.
Don was proud of his family and proud of his thirty five year career with Delta Airlines where he was a fleet planner with the L1011 aircraft team. Don was also a member of the Crouches Creek Baptist Church in Jellico, Tennessee. He and Billie enjoyed travelling and being with their family. Don also enjoyed keeping his lawn and garden.
Don was a one of a kind, good natured man that became friends with everyone he met. We treasure his memory and take comfort in the assurance of his testimony of being a born again Christian.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Donald Spradlin.

David B. West, age 71 years, 1 month, and 3 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Inman officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.
He was born September 2, 1946 in Stearns, Kentucky to Alfred West and Rita Sumner West. David had worked for Oscar Worley Enterprises in the construction industry before his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, cooking, laundry, and keeping house. But his favorite time was spent with family, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sons, Shawn Waters and Wayne West, brother, Danny West, and sisters, Wanda Stanford and Betty Colston.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa West, whom he married May 10, 1983, sons, Jeremy Hamlin of Stearns, Kentucky and Jamie West of Revelo, Kentucky, daughter, Shelly West of Pine Knot, Kentucky, sisters, Iva Dean Cox and her husband, Jim, and Pam Duncan and her husband, Jim, all of Stearns, Kentucky, and grandchildren, Tristan West, Alexandria West, Kaylee West, Bryson West, Shyann West, Austin West, and Jordan Wilson.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of David West.

Thomas Wayne Anderson died on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was born on June 26, 1967 in Somerset, Kentucky, son of Tommy Anderson and Alma Lois (Morrow) Dixon.
Wayne had worked as a trash collector for the local garbage company in Monticello, KY. He enjoying watching WLJC and Westerns on television, and he liked working Jigsaw puzzles.Proceeding him in death was his wife: Ruthie (West) Anderson.Surviving family includes: his mother: Alma Dixon of Monticello, KY, father: Tommy Anderson of Barrier, KY, brothers: Eddie Eugene Anderson of Monticello, KY, Danny Kay Anderson (wife Shelia Ann) of Celina, TN, sisters: Donna Jewell Rose (husband Doug) of Linwood, NC, Debra Michelle Anderson of Somerset, KY, a special grandson: Gage Coney, and numerous nieces and nephews.Graveside Services were conducted on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Mayfield Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Emery Frances Baird age 87 years and 28 days of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at his home.He was born August 30, 1930 in Creekmore, Kentucky to the late Walter Baird and Fronia (Ramsey) Baird. In addition to his parents, Emery is preceded in death by his brothers, Elmer, Estil, Leamon, and Freeman Baird; and sisters, Elizabeth Kangas, Edlene King, Sue Carol Baird, and Nina Stephens.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Wilson Baird, whom he married on August 4, 1951; sons, Jefferey Baird and wife, Sharon, of Pine Knot, and Dennis Baird and wife, Kathy, of Oneida, Tennessee; daughter, Kathy Perry and husband, Steven, of Stearns; sisters, Marie Ross and husband, Charles, of Revelo, Kentucky, Betty Craft of Louisville, Mary Magdalene Kenirem of Pine Knot, and Sally Baird of Marshes Siding; grandchildren, James David King II, Joseph Shane King, Heather Lynn Lebanion, Mykel Baird, Rusty Baird, and Paula Holland; and a host of great, great-great, and great-great-great-grandchildren.
Emery was a long time Deacon of the Hayes Creek Church of God. He spent his working life as a Coal Truck Driver. Emery was known for being a hard worker and enjoyed working around his home and gardening. He was proud of his tomatoes and his tractor, but most of all, his family.
Funeral services were held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God with Rev. Jerry Yancey and Bro. Ronnie Wilson officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mr. Emery Baird.

Arless Bryant, age 72 years, 8 months, and 4 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Jackson and Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
He was born January 25, 1945 in Whitley City to Leslie Bryant and China Perry Bryant. Arless was a member of the Sand Hill United Baptist Church and had worked in maintenance for Norfolk Southern Railroad, before his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers, Harold Bryant, Randy Bryant, and Gurther Bryant, and sister, Penny Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Bryant, whom he married August 19, 1978, sons, Tony Bryant and his wife, Rulanda, of Jacksonville, Florida, William Michael Bryant and his wife, Joanne, of Stearns, Kentucky, Scott Bryant and his wife, Cathy, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Michael Wayne Bryant and his wife, Heather, of Whitley City, Kentucky, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sisters, Elva Perkins of Stearns, Kentucky, Opal McHone, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mae Bryant of Marshes Siding, Kentucky.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Arless Bryant.

Ralph Lynn Cooper age 56 years, 8 months, and 9 days, of Frankfort, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Dale, Indiana.
He was born on January 12, 1961 to the late Marion “Buddy” Cooper and Dessie (Caddell) Cooper. Ralph enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle.
In addition to his parents, Ralph is preceded in death by his brothers, Marion Cooper and wife, Rose, and Tony Cooper; and a sister, Lillie Anderson.
Surviving family include his wife, Margie Cooper of Frankfort, Kentucky; a daughter, Alisha Cooper of Pine Knot; step-children, John Bowman and Cassie Mullins of Frankfort; brothers, Lester Caddell of North Carolina and Bobby Cooper of Whitley City; sisters, Mary Neal and husband, Eddie, of Pine Knot, Ora Mae Gray, and husband, Marcum, of Corbin, and Carol Jones and husband, George, of Whitley City; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, and Jacob Gregory; and a great-grandchild, Kason Dispain.
Memorial services were held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Troxell officiating.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mr. Ralph Cooper.

Theresa Lee Crabtree, fiancé of Sean Jones, age 46, of Stearns, Ketucky, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017, at her residence. She was born October 31, 1970 in Sidney, Ohio, daughter of Patricia Ann (Cox) Crabtree, and the late Oscar Leroy Crabtree. Theresa enjoyed camping, yard sales, riding motorcycles, and visiting Pigeon Forge, but above all she loved her family.
Surviving family includes: her sons: Roger Roe and fiancé Carrie of Oneida, Tennessee, Matthew and wife Martiuka Crabtree of Stearns, and Joshua New of Stearns, daughter: Brittany Stephens and her companion Blane Vanover of Whitley City, sisters: Melissa and husband Rick Murphy of Whitley City, Lisa and Manual Daugherty of Stearns, and Shelly and Kelly Bryant of Whitley City, grandchildren: Keyton, HaLey, Kenneth, Joshua, Bentley, Hunter, Lexus, Chaston, Megan, KaLee and Kenzlee.
She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar Leroy Crabtree.
Funeral services were Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home at 2:00 pm. Officiated by Bro. Scottie Corder. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the services of Theresa Lee Crabtree.

Maurice (Morris) Gene Gilreath, age 70 years, 11 months, and 7 days, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Murphy officiating.
He was born October 21, 1946 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to Elmer Gilreath and Mary Ruth King Gilreath. Maurice worked in many different fields during his life, he did construction work with his father and worked on the railroad for several years. He also was a truck driver for 27 years and had been in maintenance at the Lake Cumberland District Heath Department. He was a member of the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church. Maurice loved his Wildcats, both basketball and football, spending time with his dogs, and was passionate about wood working. He loved spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death was his father, and a son, Maurice Gene Gilreath, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Gilreath, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, his mother, Mary Ruth Gilreath, of Somerset, Kentucky, one daughter, Mona Lisa Haught, and her husband, Stan, of Columbus, Ohio, one sister, Judy Ferring, of Somerset, Kentucky, two grandchildren, Michael and Anna Haught, of Columbus, Ohio, and the mother of his children, Phyllis, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Maurice (Morris) Gilreath.

Carl Meadows, age 68 of Strunk, KY., passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his home.
He was born February 21, 1949 in Jellico, Tennessee to Arnold and Della Musgrove Meadows. Carl worked in the logwoods and loved all things outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his companion: Della Mae Meadows of Strunk, his son Chad Meadows and wife, Samantha, of Whitley City, brothers: Gary Meadows and wife Lana, of Strunk, Bob Meadows and wife Barbara, of Strunk, sisters: Barbara Stanfill and special friend Greg Heron of Strunk, Irene Meadows Luton of Strunk, Sandra and special friend Rhonda West of Strunk, brother-in-law: Frank Stanfill of Strunk, grandchildren: Makayla and husband Ricky Flannery of Strunk, Dylan and Luke Meadows of Strunk, great-grandchildren: McKinlee & Keeton Flannery also of Strunk.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers: Orville Lee, Paul, Roger, Kenneth, Larry and Ernest Meadows, brother-in-law: Rick Luton and nephew: Jamie Meadows.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM with Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial was held in the Meadows Cemetery on Osborne Creek.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

John Trim Smith Jr. age 38, of Corbin, Kentucky, husband of Martha Frazier Smith, son of John Smith Sr. and Faye Stevens and companion Wayne Rose, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017.
He was born February 26, 1979 in Polk County Florida. John was of the Baptist faith. He worked in construction building log homes.
He was preceded in death by his infant son John Trim Smith III. In addition to his parents and wife he is survived by his three daughters: Madison, Malorie and Faith Smith, step-daughter: Danielle Hill and husband Brian, brother: Adam Watson and sister: Crystal Smith both of Whitley City, and special grand-daughter: Bristol, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews who will mourn his passing. Andy Walker, Donnie Daugherty, Johnny Wilson, Waymon Perry, Tink Ross, Dillion Barnett, Cody Smith, Jacob Hamilton, Jonathon Wilson, Aaron Wilson, Malorie Smith and Adam Watson are honored to be the pallbearers.
John enjoyed trading, coon hunting, building log homes, but his greatest love was his family.
Rev. David Troxell conducted the service on Monday at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial was in Hart Cemetery in Corbin, KY.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the services.

Anna Belle Snow age 93 of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at her home.
She was born on July 28, 1924 in Redfield, South Dakota to the late Max Crossland and Anna (Kimble) Crossland. Her husband, Glen Morris Snow, a daughter, Ann Wooten, brothers, Emory, Robert, Herbert, Jimmy, and Harvey Crossland, sisters, Dorothy Dejaynes, Avis Dennis, and Ester Schimier, and a grandson, Gabriel also precede her in death.
Surviving family include her sons, Glen Snow and wife, Rita, of Pita, California, and Darryl Snow of Sterling, Illinois; a daughter Jean Duncan and husband, Mickey, of Strunk, Kentucky, grandchildren, Stacie and Justin of Springfield, Tennessee, Rachel Deuney of Danville, Kentucky, William Jumtumen of Whitley City, Glen and Lisa Jumtumen of Whitley City, Greg and Missy Klett also of Whitley City, Joshua and Gina Taylor of Pine Knot, and Hannah Stephens of Pine Knot; and great-grandchildren, Alecia, Bethany, Austin, Matthew, Kincade, Greg Jr., MaryAnn, and Christine.
Growing up, Anna was raised in Sterling, Illinois where she had served as choir director at the Mennonita Church and had volunteered as a nurse for the Amatuer Boxing Association. Anna had also worked at the Counsel House, a house for mentally handicap men as well as the Katherine Bethea Shaw Hospital in Dixon, Illinois where she retired as an LPN. She loved to garden, taking care of flowers and vegetables. Anna was an avid western book reader and enjoyed watching professional football, especially the Green Bay Packers. After moving to Kentucky with her daughter, she became a member of the Word of God Church in Jesus Name.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Murray Wilson Cemetery with Bro. Mitchell Bunch officiating.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Anna Belle Snow.

Charles E. Stephens, beloved husband, father, brother, grandpa, and great-grandpa passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 28th, 2017 at the age of 80 years.
He was born On October 15, 1936 in Revelo, Kentucky to the late Norman Stephens and Cordelia (Kidd) Stephens. Charles grew up in the Pine Knot area, raised by hands that never saw an easy year. He spent his childhood at the side of his father working in the timber, at the sawmill, and in the field.
In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by a sister, Ellouise Shepherd.
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army with his buddy Ledford Stephens. He always would tell the story that he had enlisted to get away from the log woods but he soon found out he would be stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. where his first assignment was on a cutting crew cutting trees with a cross-cut saw. He and Ledford teamed up on the saw because they knew what it would be like on their end of the saw if they were paired with someone who had never used one before.
In 1961 he married the love of his life Carol King. Shortly after their wedding he was sent to France and there his tour lasted two years. He returned to Kentucky to pack his belongings and reunite with his wife. They both took a scenic road trip catching up and building memories as they headed to Ft. Carson, CO, his next station. There they would have their first child, Charlotte.
His next station was Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Daughter Pam and son Norman were born. He made their home across the river on a farm in Weston, MO. where he raised tobacco and cattle.
In 1971 he was sent to Vietnam. Before he left he moved Carol and the children back to Pine Knot, KY to be with family. He would be gone for one year. He and Carol corresponded with each other through letters and cassette tapes. He often would sing songs for the children on the tapes. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. When he returned he was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, MO before orders to Fort Leavenworth came once again. His family lived in Weston, MO and raised 30 acres of tobacco.
After retirement his urge to travel and unwillingness to ever be in one place too long prompted him to start a second career as a truck driver. He would then travel the country for the next 26 years often bringing his family on road trips with him.
During his truck driving career he moved his family back to Pine Knot, KY one final time. There he would tend to the land and be with his family. He would enjoy spending time with grandchildren.
Charles lived an all-American life. He grew up with a hammer in his hand, defended our country, married a beautiful young lady, raised a family by the sweat of his brow, traveled the world, and created a legacy that will be forever remembered.
Surviving family include his wife, Carol (King) Stephens; a son, Norman Joe (Katrina Stephens) of Weston, Missouri; daughters, Charlotte Anderson (Kevin) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Pamela Stephens also of Pine Knot; brothers, Russell Stephens (Sharon) and John Arthur Stephens (Faye); sisters, Norma Jean King (Boyce) and Rosalean Stephens, all of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Matthew Stephens (and Taylor), Lucas Stephens, William Perry (and Shelby), Sarah Perry (and Jeffery), Patience Sharon (and Travis), Hope Anderson, and Tiffany and Amanda Stephens; and great-grandchildren, Waylon Stephens, Garrett Taylor, and Kaylee Perry.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery with full military honors.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mr. Charles Stephens.

Thomas “Wayne” Anderson, age 50, widower of Ruthie (West) Anderson passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Graveside Services will be conducted on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Mayfield Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Mr. Wayne Anderson.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

George Edward Lawson of the Bethel community passed away September 24th 2017. Mr. Lawson was a beloved dad and grandfather; he reached the young age of 93.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial was in the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
He was born January 4th 1924 in Rockholds KY to Martha Foley and Tom Henry Lawson. He grew up with sisters; Ethel, Ida, Hettie, Pruda, Mary, Thelma and a brother, Richard. He served in the Navy during WWII as a gunner. After leaving the military, he married Darlene Brown and had a son, Robert Lawson. While his son was still an infant he lost Darlene; he would never forget her. He would later meet what he would describe as a “red headed woman”, Norma Creekmore, they married and remained side by side for 60 years until her passing in April 2016. George and Norma had one daughter Hanna, who cared for him until the end.
He spent many years driving machinery in above ground mines, working night shift and running a farm in the daytime. Although he never completed school, he continued to educate himself in veterinary care of cattle, often helping others in the community with injured animals or delivering calves at all hours. He always said a lot of people don’t have the money to pay for help but if you are willing to help a farmer they will repay the favor. He worked hard to provide for his family.
Mr. Lawson lived to see three grandchildren Rhea Elizabeth Mahala Gilreath, Sheena LaShann Pitzer, and George Travis Lawson grow to adults. He sadly endured the death of his son, Robert, in 2008. He spent many years working and farming side by side with Rhea’s husband Ben Gilreath and loved him as a grandson. He watched his great grandchildren Maxwell Parker Gilreath, Lyla Mae Pitzer, and Wyatt Rush Pitzer run, play, and make mud pies and loved every minute of it.
On a good day George could be found sitting on his porch watching the cows graze and the garden grow. Hay season was his favorite time of year, he loved to see Ben and Donnie bringing loads of hay up the driveway. He strived to live and remain independent. He was a long time member of Hayes Creek Church of God and a Christian.
He will be missed as he is loved fiercely by his family that he leaves behind, Hanna Wright and Donnie Neal, Rhea, Ben, and Max Gilreath, Sheena, James, Lyla, and Wyatt Pitzer along with many other close family, friends, and church members.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mr. George Edward Lawson.

 

Jewelene (Winchester) Lavender 92, of Indianapolis, IN. passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born November 27, 1924 in Cooperative, McCreary County, Kentucky to Haney P. and Pearl M. (Bell) Winchester. She married Harold K. Lavender on August 1, 1942 in McCreary County, KY., who preceded her in death on April 5, 2004. She was a member of Whitley City Church of God in Whitley City, KY., where she was a member of the women’s ministry and prayer group. She had worked for Nilges Bakery and Bob’s Drug Store both on South East Street on Indianapolis’s Southside.
Survivors include her son Reverend Michael W. Lavender (Melinda) of Columbus, IN., daughters D. Elizabeth “Liz” McLaughlin (Robert “Bob”) of Indianapolis, IN. and Patricia M. Hoffman (Richard Jr.) of Fortville, IN., eight grandchildren Rebecca Johnson (Judd) of Ft. Wayne, IN., Reverend Dan McLaughlin (Denise) of Bargersville, IN., Timothy Cline (Mary) of Irvine, KY., Christopher Cline (Jeanna) of Greenfield, IN., Jason Lavender (Amanda) of Westport, IN., Robin Pate (Donnie) of Greenwood, IN., Stacy Avila of Trafalgar, IN., and Dana Selke (Audrey) of Evansville, IN., 23 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren, sisters Annabelle Gregory of Coopersville, KY., Helen Ross (Logan) of Revelo, KY., Jean Bloemker (Jim) of Versailles, IN., brother in law James Lavender of Indianapolis, IN. and sister in law Juanelle Cross of Indianapolis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Jimmy Winchester and Larry Winchester, sister Judy Braden, infant sister Carol Valda Winchester, and a infant great grandson Luke Selke.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Dixon officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Saturday till service time. Burial will be in Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with local funeral arrangements.

 

Ross Martin, 86, born to Canner Martin and Ethel Grant Martin on October 2, 1930 passed away September 6, 2017. Beloved husband of Georgia Lee Martin (nee Burke); loving father of Barbara L. Martin Tepe (Tim) and Ross Wayne Martin (Judi); cherished grandfather of Amy, Ross, Kate, Kieli, Chris, J.R. and Josh and numerous great-grandchildren; brother of Lonnie Martin. Preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
Ross was a member of Newtonsville Baptist Church, a Veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Scottish Rites of Cincinnati and a Mason in the Milford Lodge.
This wonderful man was a blessing to everyone who knew him and was an avid reader.
Masonic Service was in Milford Ohio on September 11, 2017. Burial followed with Military Honors at Graceland Memorial Gardens 5989 Deerfield Rd. Milford, OH.
Evans Funeral Home Milford, OH. entrusted with arrangements.

 

Donald “Don” Gene Pond, age 75 years, 7 months and 4 days, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 17, 1942, to the late Paul Edward and Lalah (Godbey) Pond. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by two step sons: Steve and Lanny Taylor and a step daughter, Debbie Stigal.
Surviving family include his wife, Midlred “Millie” (Taylor) Pond, of Stearns, whom he married July 16, 1977, six brothers: David Pond of Science Hill, Kentucky, Richard “Dick” Pond (wife Jo), of Hazel, Kentucky, Daniel Pond of Somerset, Paul Pond (wife Judy) of Eubank, Dennis Pond (wife Gay) of Liberty, Kentucky, and Doug Pond (wife Angela) of Liberty, two sisters: Linda Etters (husband Paul) of Burnside, Kentucky, and Jennifer Godbey of Eubank. Don and Millie had several grandchildren, several great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren with one on the way.
Don was a general laborer, working odd jobs. He loved reading, dancing, movies, walking, and gospel music. He was a very social person with lots of friends he enjoyed hanging out with. He loved people and never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial was at the Lower Cal Hill Cemetery in Pine Knot.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Ruth Slaughter, age 66, of Burnside, passed from this life on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born September 8, 1951 daughter to the late Willie Young and Angeline Spradlin Young in Danese, West Virginia. Ruth was a LPN. She attended Greenwood Baptist Church. Ruth obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business from Somerset Community College and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Somerset Community College. She loved spending time with family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her husband; Robert Bob Slaughter, two brothers; James Young and Floyd Young, two sisters; Nadine Jones and Rosie Lewis, and 10 half-brothers and half-sisters.
Ruth is survived by her sons; Rodney Abbott (Gina Brumley) of Science Hill and James Abbott of Burnside, step-daughter; Andrea (Jeff) Hammond, brothers; Robert Young of Burnside and Joe (Bernice) Young of Burnside, sisters; Dorothy Young of Burnside and Marty (Vic) Aloisio of Cincinnati, Ohio, grandchildren; Kris Abbott, Nick Blevins, Aaron Abbott, Gracie Brumley, Beverly Abbott, Cierra Purcell, Makenzie Abbott, Eric Dalton, and Adriana Warman, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 after 6:00 o’clock pm in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 1:00 o’clock pm in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Cooper Creek Cemetery in Greenwood, Kentucky.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Ms. Ruth Slaughter.

 

Anna Belle Snow age 93 of Strunk, Kentucky, widow of Glen Morris Snow, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at her home.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Murray Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday after 2:00 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Anna Snow with funeral arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Michael F. Bell, age 52 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died September 13, 2017 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the Methodist Medical Center.

He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on March 17, 1965 the son of Ernest and Rosie (Moore) Bell. Michael had worked making dye for paints. He was a member of the Gun Club in Ohio, and loved four wheeling, boating, and his motorcycle.

He is preceded in death by his father and wife, Patricia Bell.
Survivors include his mother, Rosie Bell of Pine Knot, Kentucky; brothers, Gary Bell and wife, Rose of Ohio, Sidney Bell of Winfield, Tennessee, and Robert Bell and wife, Beth of Ohio; a sister, Brenda Bryant of Williamsburg, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Bryant officiating. Burial followed in the Chitwood Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Ronald Joe Byrd, age 74, of Somerset, KY., departed this life on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at his residence.

Ronald was born on April 20, 1943 in Akron, OH, to the late Nathan C. and Martha Ruth Coker Byrd. He was a laborer at Ford Motor Company and loved woodworking, fishing, and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Sue Byrd, of whom he married on July 17, 1972 in Pine Knot, KY; three grandchildren, Jonathan Morgan, Allie Morgan, and Andy Morgan, his Mother-in-law, Willie Meadows of Whitley City, KY; one brother, Donald Ray (and Shirley) Byrd of Richmond, KY; one sister, Peggy Joan (Sylvius) Ferrell of Travis City, MI; one brother-in-law, Ron (and Lee) Meadows of Whitley City, KY; one sister-in-law, Debbie (and Gary) Gibson of Williamsburg, KY; many beloved nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Rose Byrd.
Private services will be held by the family at a later date.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
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 Ronald Byrd.

 

Arvil Lee Hicks departed from this life on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Lexington, KY. He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky, on December 7, 1943 to the late Earl D. Perry and Maggie (Perriman) Vanover. Having attained the age of 73 years, 9 months, and 6 days old.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his grandparents who raised him: George and Lula Hicks, daughter: Patricia Hicks, brothers: Lawrence Vanover Jr, Infant Jimmy Lee Vanover, and brother in law: Donald Sumner.

Surviving family includes: wife: Geraldine (Sumner) Hicks, sons: Scottie (Susie) Hicks, and Ronnie Hicks, brothers: Robert (Mary) Vanover, Billy Vanover, and Dale Perry, sisters: Joyce Keith, and Peggy (Allen) Ridner, brother in laws: Bobby Gene (Ruth) Sumner, and Richard Sumner, sister in law: Linda Sumner, grandchildren: Tabitha (Kyler) Slaven, Morgan Hicks- Stogsdill, and Summer Hicks, great grandchildren: Noahlee Grace Slaven.
Arvil worked in the log woods and in his free time when he was able he enjoyed fishing, and planting a garden. He loved watching westerns on television, classic cars, eating hamburgers and sitting on the front porch. He served his country in the United State Army and National Guard Army Reserves.

Funeral Services: McCreary County Funeral Home Chapel Monday, September, 18 2017 at 8:00 PM.

Graveside service: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Arvil Lee Hicks.

 

Autumn Lynn Soard, age 48, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017.

She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky, on May 10, 1969, to James and Katheryn (West) Soard. She is preceded in death by her mother, two brothers: Bruce Soard and Shawn Soard, and a special nephew, Shawn Helton.

Surviving family include her father, James Soard of Stearns, a daughter, Kari Mason (husband Naccona) of Corbin, Kentucky, two sons: Brandon Garland of Knoxville, Tennessee and Justin Garland of Stearns, four brothers: Scott Soard, Mike Soard, Mark Soard and John Soard all of Stearns, five sisters: Layne Wilson (husband Rick) of Pine Knot, Tammy Soard of Pine Knot, Crystal Sewell of Stearns, Sherry Rollins (husband Mike) of Pine Knot and Penny Stanton (husband Henson) of Whitley City, and three grandchildren: Trenton Mason, Kaylee Mason and Gage Garland.

Autumn worked as a bid spotter for auctions and was a member of the Sunny Hill Church of God. She loved life and enjoyed making people laugh. She liked to cook and play with her grandchildren and took pleasure in rock hunting.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Leo Shelton officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Scott Soard, Mark Soard, Brandon Garland, Justin Garland, Josh Jones and Eric Webb.

Burial was at the Silerville Cemetery.

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

 

 

Carolyn Annette Bryant, age 78 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died September 4, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida on February 5, 1939. Carolyn had worked in a factory on assembly line and later years caring for seniors. She loved camping and fishing.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ira Wiley Bryant; son, Ralph McDonald, daughter, Mary Catherine Bryant; and sister, Carol Jeanette Kaufman.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn J. Barnett-Lynch and husband, Eddie of Parkers Lake, A. Diane Smith of New Jersey, Cindy McDonald of Ohio, and Christa Smith of Florida; sons, Robert McDonald and Joe McDonald both of Texas; brother, Wayne Wright of Ohio; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and special friend Lela Lynch.

Funeral service were held Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Pearl Bell Bryant age 86 years, 6 months, and 15 days of Williamsburg, Kentucky, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Signature Health of McCreary County.

She was born on February 21, 1931, in Harlan, Kentucky, to the late Edd Durham and Gladys (Reynolds) Durham. Pearl was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed caring for her family. Pearl also enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, working puzzles, and collecting Bible verses.

Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Claude Bryant, whom she married in 1948 in Harlan; sons, James E. Bryant, Hobert Bryant, and Claude Sargent Bryant; sisters, Bertha Estes and June Bryant; and a son-in-law, Raymond Meadows.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Bryant and wife, Alice, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Dennis Bryant and wife, Sharlet, of Williamsburg, and Lawrence Bryant and wife, Shirley, also of Williamsburg; a daughter, Brenda Meadows of Goshen, Ohio; a sister, Louise Estes and husband, George, of Detroit, Michigan; grandchildren, Adam, Wayne, Daniel, Joshua, and David Bryant, Jim Meadows, Cindy Hatfield, and Crystal Stopher; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pleasant Run Church with Bro. Johnny Perry and Rev. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Bryant Family Cemetery.

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

 

Rev. John H. Duvall, Sr., age 92 years, 9 months, and 27 days, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Somerset Nursing and Rehab. Facility, Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Harvey Corder and Bro. John H. Duvall, Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Clear View Cemetery.

He was born November 11, 1924 in Hill Top, Kentucky to Warren Van Buren Duvall and Nannie Ota Morton Duvall. John was an ordained Baptist Minister and a member of Clear View United Baptist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, he enjoyed studying his bible, John was a preacher’s preacher, an avid reader, and found enjoyment in organic farming. He worked briefly for the USDA Forest Service, and Soil Conservation district in the 60’s and was a book keeper for Gregory Lumber Mill. John was a Christian and loved spending time with his family, he was a family man.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Hettie Ilene Corder Duvall, whom he married October 19, 1950, and two brothers, Tommy Duvall, and Morton Duvall, three sisters, Maxine Duvall Griffis, Molly Duvall, and Cara Francis Duvall.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. John H. Duvall, Jr., and his wife Billie, of Stearns, Kentucky, Scott Duvall, one daughter, Jenny Burton, and her husband, Larry, of Somerset, Kentucky, one sister, Wilma Corder, and her husband, Charlie, of Smithtown, Kentucky, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. John H. Duvall, Sr.

 

Autumn Lynn Soard, age 48, of Stearns, Kentucky died September 11, 2017 at UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The daughter of James Soard and the late Kathryn (West) Soard.

Funeral service will be held 3pm Thursday, September 14, 2017 in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Silerville Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12noon Thursday at the Funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting the family.

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

 

Chuck Spice, age 40, of Frankfort, Kentucky, formerly of Whitley City, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017.

A Mass of Resurrection was held at 11:30 am Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church with Father Charles Howell officiating. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

A native of Mount Olivet, Kentucky, he was born May 4, 1977 to Rev. Charles Spice and Marlene Finchen Spice. Chuck was a Staff Sergeant for the Kentucky Army National Guard who had served a combat tour in Africa and a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Frankfort.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Wilbanks Spice, his children, Nia, Lara, and Charlie, his parents, Rev. Charles and Marlene Spice of Corbin, Kentucky, sisters, Catie Durst and her husband, John, of Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, Amy Townsley and her husband, Rick, of Barbourville, Kentucky, and Sarah Schwerin and her husband, Matthew, of Sorrento, Florida, and many other relatives and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post #4075 Honor Guard.

Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Carolyn Annette Bryant, age 78 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died September 4, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida on February 5, 1939. Carolyn had worked in a factory on assembly line and later years caring for seniors. She loved camping and fishing.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ira Wiley Bryant; son, Ralph McDonald, daughter, Mary Catherine Bryant; and sister, Carol Jeanette Kaufman.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn J. Barnett-Lynch and husband, Eddie of Parkers Lake, A. Diane Smith of New Jersey, Cindy McDonald of Ohio, and Christa Smith of Florida; sons, Robert McDonald and Joe McDonald both of Texas; brother, Wayne Wright of Ohio; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and special friend Lela Lynch.

Funeral service will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11am-1pm Friday at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Pearl Bryant age 86 of Williamsburg, Kentucky, widow of Claude Bryant, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Signature Health of McCreary County.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pleasant Run Church. Burial to follow in the Bryant Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6:00 until 9:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.

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

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

 

Woodrow Coffey, age 92 years 9 months, and 23 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on August 31, 2017 in Corbin, Kentucky at the Baptist Health of Corbin Hospital.

He was born in Wolf Creek, Kentucky on November 8, 1924 the son of James Perk Coffey and Clara (Correll) Coffey Phillips. In July of 1944, Woodrow joined the Lower Wolf Creek United Baptist Church and served as clerk and a deacon for over 70 years. After 23 years and 3 months, he retired from the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company where he had worked in the lumber yard, coal tipple, and the coal mines. Woodrow loved gardening, animals, singing with his wife Zelma, and playing his banjo and guitar. He was also an avid beekeeper and assisted several other keepers of the community to preserve and care for bees. Woodrow was well known for his kind and loving heart. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, telling stories of his life, spreading God’s word and coveting prayer from everyone.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Zelma (Jones) Coffey of 59 years; a grandson, Anthony “Bubba” Steward; brother, Theodore Coffey; and sisters, Jim Gilreath and Gertie Gilreath.
Survivors include his son, Bradley Coffey and wife, Joyce; daughters, Vicky Coffey, Tricia Steward, Gail Timperio and husband, Mike, and Amelia King and husband Joey; brothers, Forest Phillips and Gilson Phillips; and a sister, Gloria Jones. Woodrow is also survived by his grandchildren that he called his “shugs”, Bradley Coffey, Jr., Jennifer Martin, Ann Richmond, Christopher Troxell, Tia Steward, Vincent Timperio, Dominic Timperio, James “Bo” King, Stephanie Davis, and Jeremy King; 18 great-grandchildren; and several other children who called him papaw.

The family would like to give special thanks to Pat Coffey, brother-in-law, Lonnie Jones, Tasha Simpson, Baptist Health of Corbin, and Intrepid Home Health for the loving care that was given to Woodrow during his final years.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 10am in the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Carl “Cubby” Clark and Bro. Israel Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Stanley William Cossman, age 69 years, 2 months, and 24 days, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.

He was born June 3, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Stanley Peter Cossman and Beulah Mae Cornett Cossman. Stanley was a veteran of United States Army and a member of the Goshen United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Montgomery Lodge #94 in Cincinnati. Stanley loved old cars and motorcycles. He was known for his joke telling and loved to be the center of attention but especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his mother, his wife, Kathryn Coffey Cossman, and a sister, Linda Nelson.

Survivors include his father, sons, Samuel Cossman of West Chester, Ohio, Matthew Cossman of St. Louis, Missouri, and Daniel Cossman and Angie Meece of Loveland, Ohio, a daughter, Ashley Cossman of Loveland, Ohio, brothers, Greg Cossman of Deer Park, Ohio and Brett Cossman of Mason, Ohio, and fifteen grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Stanley Cossman.

 

Michael Duncan, age 57, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Care Center at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY

He was born March 14, 1960, at Bunker Hill, Indiana, to Clarence Edward Duncan and Roshelle (Martin) Duncan.

His father precedes him in death.

Surviving family include his mother, Roshelle Duncan of Pine Knot, Kentucky; his daughter, Miranda West and husband, Steve, of Stearns, Kentucky; his long time companion, Christi Williams of Pine Knot, Kentucky; special grandchildren, Gavin, Kylee, and Kendall West; brothers, Gary Duncan and wife, Rebecca of Pine Knot, Kentucky, David Duncan and wife, Rita, of Strunk, Kentucky, Bruce Duncan and wife Fran, of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sisters, Linda Duncan of Paintsville, Kentucky, Sheila Wilkinson and husband, Joe, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, and Karen Privett and husband, Lonnie of Sevierville, Tennessee.

Michael was a driller for M & W Drilling Company of Knoxville and a member of the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and watching sports. Mike also enjoyed working in the garage, tinkering with cars, and doing construction work. But above all things, Mike loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren and especially loved his Pug dog “Toby”.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 4, 2017, at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial followed in the King Meadows Cemetery.

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

 

Fred Norman Hill, age 55 years, 6 months, and 23 days, of Parkers Lake passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 2, 2017at 6:00pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Phillips and Bro. Steve Padgett officiating. Burial was in the Soloman Cemetery.

He was born February 7, 1962 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to Everett Dee Hill and Betty Combs Hill. Norman had made a living as a skilled builder and excellent auto mechanic. He enjoyed working on automobiles and repairing appliances as well as computers. Norman especially loved spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, a son Norman Lee Hill, and a daughter, Stacy Sue Hill.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Hill, a son, Bradley Adam Hill of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, brothers, Stanley Hill and his wife, Nancy and Ronnie Hill both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Donnie Hill and his wife, Tammy, of Somerset, Kentucky, and Curtis Hill and his wife, Tammy, of Stone Bluff, Indiana, sisters, Connie Swain of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Debbie Hill and her husband, Sherman Lawson, of Barbourville, Kentucky, and Karen Hatfield and her husband, Lonnie, of Whitley City, Kentucky, sisters-in-law, DeAnna Siple and Jill Walker, and brother-in-law, Leroy Bennett.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Fred Norman Hill.

 

Luther King age 95 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, father of Terry King and Fred Roger, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

In keeping of his wishes, he will be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall at a later date.

He was born December 12, 1921 to Sam King and Emma (Strunk) King. Luther is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Blanch, and a son, Danny Lee.

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

 

Cynthia Marie Rollins, age 81 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died September 2, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on June 11, 1936 the daughter of Luke and Mary (Goodin) Perry. Marie was a home maker and member of the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Basil Rollins; sons, Mitchell Rollins and Wayne Rollins; brothers, Leslie Perry, Lawrence Perry, and Thomas Perry; and sisters, Eva Jones and Loretta Prewitt.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Rollins (Janice) of Dandridge, Tennessee and Marshall Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughters, Lavada Rollins and Leshia Brown (Russell) both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; 5 grandchildren; and 8 great.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins officiating. Burial was at the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday from 12-2pm at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Clata Perkins, age 75 years, 5 months, and 10 days, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Burlington House in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby officiating, Burial was in the Pleasant Run Cemetery.

She was born March 16, 1942 in Elk Valley, Tennessee, Clata was a Pharmacy Technician and also was a server. She was a member of the Trinity Pentecostal Church in Norwood, Ohio. Clata found pleasure in reading her bible, sewing, gardening, working and she also enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her mother, Ollie Thurman Douglas, her husband, Benny Perkins, whom she married December 28, 1963, a son, Todd Perkins, a daughter, Tona Perkins Troxell, a brother, Bobby Baird, a grandson, Stephen Troxell, and a great grand-daughter, MacKenzie Leanne Troxell.

Survivors include a son, Tim Perkins, and his wife Kathy, of Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter-in-law, Chrissy Perkins, of Cincinnati, Ohio, son-in-law, Dennis Troxell, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, her step-father, Raymond Douglas, of Dundee, Michigan, three brothers, Donald Douglas, and his wife, Rochelle, of Dundee, Michigan, Bruce Douglas, and his wife, Irene, of Toledo, Ohio, Jimmy Baird, and his wife, Suzanne, of Carrolton, Kentucky, four sisters, Sue Woodson, and her husband, William, of Sparta, Tennessee, Connie Cochran of Temperance, Michigan, Barbara Komioes of Toledo, Ohio and Karen Jones, and her husband, Ed, of Cincinnati, Ohio, six grandchildren, Benjamin Troxell, Tyler and Michael Perkins, and Haley, Maggie and Grace Perkins, and three great grand-children, Landon and Wyatt Perkins, and Cora Troxell.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Clata Perkins.

 

Chuck Spice, 40, husband of Joy Wilbanks Spice, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017. A native of Carlisle, KY, he was born on May 4, 1977 to Rev. Charles and Marlene Finchen Spice of Corbin. He was a Staff Sargent for the Kentucky Army National Guard and a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his 3 children, Nia, Lara, and Charlie; his 3 sisters, Catie (John) Durst, PA, Amy (Rick) Townsley, Barbourville, and Sarah (Matthew) Schwerin, FL; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Mass of the resurrection will be held at 11:30am on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church with Father Charles Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post # 4075 Honor Guard.

Obit courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Coy R. Sumler, age 72 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the Methodist Medical Center.

He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on February 9, 1945 the son of Willie Oscar and Nancy M. (Stephens) Sumler. Coy had worked as a Roof Bolter in the coal mines. He was of the Baptist faith, member of the paraplegic’s of America and loved fishing.

Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Estes Sumler, Ray Sumler, Morris Sumler, and Bobby Sumler; sister, Christine Day; and 1 infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa Leora (Slaven) Sumler; children, Merkie Fay Sumler (Victoria) and Randle Preston Sumler (Crystal) both of Hazard, Kentucky; brothers, Paul Sumler and Roland Sumler both of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister, Wilma McHale of Whitley City, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Treston Sumler, Faith Sumler, Dalton Napier, Aaron Riley Sumler, Colton and Bryson Sumler.

Funeral services were Monday September 4, 2017 at 3pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Davis Family Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Kenna Sue Roberts Sumner, passed from this life on August 30, 2017, at her home in Strunk, Kentucky. She was 53 years old.

She was born in Osceola, Florida, on May 22, 1964, to the late Billie Kenneth and Martha Sue (Privett) Roberts. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas “Fuzz” Roberts.

Surviving family include her husband, Gary “Nig” Sumner of Strunk,, her only daughter: Alisha “Nickie” Tucker (companion Ryan West) of Berea, Kentucky, a step-son: Jarrod Sumner (wife Rebecca) of Somerset, Kentucky, step-daughters: Sheila Sumner of Somerset and Stephanie Tucker of Whitley City, two sisters: Angela Daugherty (husband Jim) of Strunk, Tina Haire (husband David) of Sanford, Florida, three brothers: Timothy Roberts(and Diana Crabtree), Scott Roberts (wife Sandra) and Jess Roberts (wife Felicia) all of Strunk, step grandchildren: Jase Sumner, Anastasia and Jakeb Tucker, one step-great-grandson, Indigo “Indie” Ellis.

Kenna had been a factory worker for most of her life and a homemaker for the last several years. She enjoyed sewing, reading and could always make others laugh.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell, Johnny Farmer and Royce Huddleston. Burial was at the Silerville Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

August 2017 Archives

 

Stanley Cossman, age 69, widower of Kathryn Coffey Cossman, passed away Sunday, at VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio .

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Thursday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Stanley Cossman.

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

 

John Frank Hill, age 76 years, 4 months, and 29 days, of the Hilltop community passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial was in the Hill Family Cemetery.

He was born March 25 1941 in Worley Hilltop to Bill Hill and Ruth Godsey Hill. Frank had been a mechanic before his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gathering ginseng, and keeping honey bees. He took most pleasure in spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Lucy Ann Young Hill, a brother, David Hill, and a sister, Kitty Freels.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Hill of Stearns, Kentucky and Johnnie Hill and his wife, Joy, of Helenwood, Tennessee, three daughters, Barbara Stephens and her husband, Mike, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Sherri Strunk and her husband, JR, and Terri Stephens and her husband, Rick, both of Stearns, Kentucky, brothers, Don Hill of Stearns, Kentucky and Steve Hill of Whitley City, Kentucky, sisters, Sue Hill and Fayrene Brunett and her husband, Chris, both of Stearns, Kentucky, Helen Foster of Winfield, Tennessee, and Sharon Staley and her husband, Dewayne, of Nancy, Kentucky, twelve grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

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

 

Johnny Wayne Lawson departed from this life on August 26, 2017 being 51 years, 2 months, and 6 days old. He was born in Williamsburg, KY, on June 20, 1966, son of Donald Ray Lawson and the late Shirley (Hamby) Lawson.

Johnny is preceded in death by his mother.
Surviving family includes: his father Donald Ray Lawson, daughters; Tequila Sue Lawson, Chardonnay Polly Lawson, Margarita Jean Lawson, brother: Michael Lawson, sister: Carol Ann Morris, two grandchildren: Elizabeth Lawson and Charlotte Siler, and a host of other family that will miss him dearly.
Johnny enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, grading, county music and his children.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the New Mt. Zion Cemetery in Williamsburg, KY.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Johnny Lawson.

 

Clata Perkins, age 75, widow of Benny Perkins, passed away Saturday, at Burlington House in Cincinnati, Ohio .

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Run Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Saturday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Clata Perkins.

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

 

Kenneth E. Perry, age 72 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died August 23, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on November 21, 1944 the son of Grant and Alice (Vanover) Perry. Ken had served his country in the US Army in Korea and was a tool and die maker for Johnson Controls. He enjoyed working on instruments, bluegrass festivals, and sitting on his front porch.

Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Bonnie Perry; brothers, Herbert Perry, Dewell Perry, Doyle Perry, Dester Perry, Maynard Perry, and Elzick Perry; sisters, Lois Perry and Ina Higginbothan; and two infant sisters.

Survivors include his companion, Paula Shannon of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; three inherited daughters, and six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Coy R. Sumler age 72 of Whitley City, KY, husband of Rosa (Slaven) Sumler passed away August 27, 2017 at Methodist Medical Center. He was a coal miner. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, September 1, 2017 at McCreary County Funeral Home with burial to follow in Davis Family Cemetery. Visitation 1 PM Friday until time of services at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Coy R. Sumler.

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

 

Kenna Sue Sumner age: 53, of Strunk, KY. Wife of Gary Sumner, Died: 08/30/17. Funeral: 2pm, Sunday at McCreary County Funeral Home. Visitation: 12pm, Sunday at McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial Place: Silerville 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.

 

Dennis Morgan “Pig” Yancey, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on August 27, 2017, at the Laurel Heights Nursing Home in London, Kentucky. He had attained the age of 66 years, two months and 20 days.

He was born in Oneida, Tennessee, on June 7, 1951, to the late Paul Vernon and Printy (Jeffers) Yancey. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers: Paul Yancey, Jr., Alonzo Yancey, Johnny Harold Yancey and Vernon Lee Yancey, and a sister: Dorothy Mae Yancey.

Surviving family include his wife, Gladys (King) Yancey of Stearns, a daughter: Cynthia Denise King of Stearns and step daughters, Pam Lynch (husband Gale) of Whitley City and Kimberly Strunk (husband Joe) of Stearns, a brother: Kenneth Yancey of Revelo, three sisters: Betty Ann Yancey of Pine Knot, Geneva M. Yancey, Stearns, Martha Ann Witzell, Georgia, a grandson: Gabriel King, step grandchildren: Joseph Strunk, Brittany Vaughn, Jessica Perry and Jordan Lynch, and step great grandchildren: Ethan Edward Swain and Samuel Grayson Perry.

Dennis had been a coal miner and had attended the Revelo Church of God. He had served in the United States Air Force and was a Disabled American Veteran. He was a member of the American Legion.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Leslie Gilreath officiating. Burial followed at the King Cemetery with Kinne Slaven, Post 115 of the American Legion providing honors.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Hayden Branscum age 63 years, 5 months, and 8 days of Stearns, Kentucky passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on March 6, 1954 to the late Joe Branscum and Osha (Dalton) Branscum Flynn. Hayden was a member of the Hill Top Baptist Church. In past time he enjoyed reading, fishing, cooking, and canning. Hayden also enjoyed working with chickens and gathering eggs.

Preceding him in death are his parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Surviving family include his wife, Joyce (Cleary) Branscum of Stearns, Kentucky; a brother, Forrest Flynn of Beaver, Ohio; and his father and mother-in-law, Charles and Vivian Cleary of Tompkinsville, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Ball officiating. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery.

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

 

James J. Conroy, age 84 years, died August 17, 2017 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

He was born in Butte, Montana on March 2, 1933 the son of James and Marie J. (Carter) Conroy. Jim was retired from serving his country in the United States Navy and had worked for years in his own Jim’s Lock Shop. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post #115 and enjoyed travelling.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Dora (Bryant) Conroy of Whitley City, Kentucky; children, Roy “Butch” Siekbert of Cincinnati, Ohio, Roger Siekbert (Shelly) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Susan Miller (Louis) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Dennis Siekbert (Joyce) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Terri Belanger (Randy) of Middlesboro, Kentucky, Barry Siekbert (Tracy) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Larry Siekbert of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Linda Conroy and Shirley Kay Tallon both of Butte, Montana; 11 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 2pm in the McCreary County

Funeral Home with Rev. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Bryant Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Patricia Mae Heath, age 63, of Winfield, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

She was born in Scott County, Tennessee on January 25, 1954, the daughter of the late Chester King and Gladys Davis King. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers: Donald Ray King, Gene King, Ronald Dean King and an infant brother: Arnold Dean King, and three sisters: Sandra Sue Chitwood, Shirley Chambers and Patsy Worley.

Surviving family include her husband Wilburn Heath whom she married April 6, 1971, their children: Mitzi Strunk (husband Michael) of Winfield, Tennessee, and Casey Bowling (husband Thomas) of Huntsville, Tennessee, brothers: Charles (wife Imogene) King of Pine Knot, Chester Lynn King (wife Darla) of Pine Knot, and Denvil King of Strunk, Kentucky, sisters: Sherry Gail King of Pine Knot, Kathy Crabtree (husband Richard) of Winfield and Gwenna (husband Anthony) Byrd of Huntsville and her precious granddaughter, Preslei Bowling.

Patricia was a homemaker and member of the Murphy Ridge Church of God. She loved her family and enjoyed being with them and cooking for them. She liked going to flea markets when she was able.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Burk officiating. Special music will be by Danny Neal. Burial was at the Silerville Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral is assisting the family of Patricia Heath with funeral arrangements.

 

Orangie Hickman age 81 of Harrison, Ohio passed away at her home on August 14, 2017. Born on October 19, 1935 in Stearns, Kentucky the daughter of the late William and Hazel (Bell) Smith.

Orangie married James Dallas Hickman on April 14, 1956 in Jelico, TN. She worked for Sperry Rubber, JTM and was a homemaker. Orangie was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Survived by her children Wendell (Bonnie) Hickman of Florence, KY, Donna (Daniel) Bunnell of Aurora, IN and Pam (Mark) Unwin of Harrison, OH. Mama of Scott, Joe, Michael, Tom, Rachel, Kelley, Deana and Travis. Great Mama of Cody, Dylan, Hailey, Karlie, Jake, Ashley, Brady, Cassidy, Lexi, Rickie, Tyler, Melody, Avery, Kinley and Kolton. Sister of Roy, Dwight, Fred, Robert and Anita Smith.

Preceded in death by her husband James Dallas Hickman, grandson Tony, great grandson Trey and brothers Arnold and Randall Smith.

Visitation was held Friday, August 18, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Smyrna Baptist Church.

Funeral services were Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 am with Pastor Chuck McMahan officiating at Smyrna Baptist Church, 4047 US HWY 52, New Trenton, IN. Burial followed at Glen Haven Cemetery Harrison, OH.

Memorials may be made to her church c/o Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, 215 E Broadway Street Harrison, OH 45030.

 

John Frank Hill, age 76, widower of Lucy Ann Young Hill, passed away Wednesday, at his residence in Whitley City, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hill Family 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 John Frank Hill.

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

 

Rhonda Lee King, age 52 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died August 19, 2017 in Oneida, Tennessee at the Big South Fork Medical Center.

She was born in Oneida, Tennessee on June 19, 1965 the daughter of Ronnie and Wanda (Ross) King. Rhonda was a diehard UK Basketball Fan who loved helping others and her nieces and nephews. She had worked at Rupp Arena for the Maintenance Crew.

Her parents and brother, Ronnie King, Jr. precede her in death.

Survivors include her sisters, Fay Murphy of Whitley City, Kentucky and Kristi King of Louisville, Kentucky; a brother, Jimmy King of Oneida, Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In accordance with her wishes cremation was chosen.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Lula King Monroe, age 102, went to be with the Lord on Thursday August 10, 2017. And we know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was in the Stearns Cemetery.

Lula was born August 22, 1915 in Stearns, Kentucky to Pete King and Bertha Turner King. She married Roger H. “Dick” Monroe on July 4, 1936. Two children were born to this couple, Joseph and Phyllis Monroe.

Along with her husband, Lula ran and managed the Stearns Hotel for many years. Lula was famous for her southern hospitality, her gracious manner as hostess, and her wonderful culinary ability. She loved to reflect on her time at the Stearns Hotel and share her memories. Lula was a member of Stearns First Baptist Church for many years and later was an early member of The Resurrection Life Christian Center. In her later years she loved to quilt, handcrafting each quilt with old world craftsmanship and love.

Lula is survived by her children, Joe (Sheila) Monroe, of Sellersburg, Indiana and her daughter, Phyllis, four grandchildren, Frank Hammond II, David Hammond, Paige Hammond Chaskelis, and Sarah Monroe, four great grandchildren, Jessica King, Megan Hammond, and Lindsey and Katie Chaskelis, and one sister, Maxine Clark.

Lula was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, and four sisters.

Lula was a shining example of a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, neighbor and friend. Our lives were enriched by knowing Lula and loving her, for to know her was to love her. We take comfort and peace in knowing she fought the good fight, and kept the faith, and that her faith ended in sight. We have every assurance that she heard well done thy good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of the Lord.

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

 

Betty L. Perry, age 78 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died August 18, 2017 in Pine Knot, Kentucky at Signature Health of McCreary.

She was born February 2, 1939 in Wiborg, Kentucky the daughter of Harold and Ethel (Martin) Wyatt. Betty was of the Baptist faith and loved sewing and cooking.

Her parents; her husband, Foist Perry, brothers, Roy Wyatt, Carl Wyatt, and Jim Wyatt; and sister, Norma Lee Maxey precede her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Angela Lynn Lykins of Whitley City, Kentucky; son, Ronald Wyatt of Nancy, Kentucky; brother, Lawrence Wyatt of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Judy Chitwood, Francis Terry, Wanda Roberts, Brenda Wyatt, and Mary Troxell all of Whitley City, Kentucky, Martha Wyatt of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Gladys Adkins of Bean Station, Tennessee; special friends the Gibson Family and Brandon Meece who was like a grandson; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11am in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Kenneth E. Perry age 72 of Parkers Lake, KY passed away August 23, 2017 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the McCreary County Funeral Home with burial following in Higginbotham Cemetery. Visitation services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM until time of services at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Elsie Jones Worley, age 89 years, 9 months, and 14 days, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Jasper, Alabama.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Harmon Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.

She was born October 29, 1927 in Ritner, Kentucky to George W. Jones and Susie Clark Jones. Elsie was a homemaker and a member of Plesant Rock United Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening and loved fishing and camping. Elsie was so proud of her family and loved spending time with them, and enjoyed going to church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Richard L Worley, whom she married July 6, 1942 , two brothers, Fordie Jones, and Noble Jones, four sisters, Nina Ross, Martha Phillips, Clara Burke, and Gracie Foster. and a son in law, Barry Lay.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Worley and his wife, Theola, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Danny Worley and his wife, Judy, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, two daughters, Faye Lay, of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Sandie Matthews, and her husband, Don, of Jasper, Alabama, one brother, George Jones Jr., of Monticello, Kentucky, and one sister in law, Norma Jean Jones, of Muncie, Indiana, four grandchildren, and two great grand children.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Elsie Worley.

 

Mr. Hayden Branscum husband of Joyce (Cleary) Branscum, age 63 passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Big South Fork Medical Center, Oneida, TN.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 17, 2017 in the Chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with bro. Larry Ball officiating. Burial followed in the Cooper 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.

 

Lula Monroe, age 101, mother of Joe Monroe, passed away Thursday, at Signature Healthcare in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Stearns Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Thursday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Lula Monroe.

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

 

Elsie Worley, age 89, widow of Richard L.Worley, passed away Saturday, in Jasper, Alabama. She is formerly of Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Elsie Worley.

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

 

Dean Arthur Chaney, age 65 years, 7 months, and 14 days, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

He was born December 26, 1951 in Somerset, Kentucky to Ralph P. Chaney, Sr. and Jean Chitwood Chaney. Dean was a member of the Pine Knot First Christian Church and had been employed with the Pine Knot Job Corps and in the office of family support of the Kentucky State DCBS before his retirement. After retirement he remained active and was currently working as a substitute teacher in the McCreary County School System. Dean was certified through KHSAA as basketball, baseball, volleyball, and football referee and umpire. He officiated countless games over a forty year period and was an inspiration to an immeasurable number of youth with his knowledge of sports and life in general.

Funeral services were held Sunday , August 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Helton officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Linda Chaney King, a granddaughter, Randi Elaine Chitwood, father-in law and mother-in-law, Earl and Beulah Braden, and brother-in-law, Gary Braden.

Survivors include his wife, June Chaney, whom he married May 13, 1972, sons, Greg Chaney and Lisa of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Doug Chaney and Amy of Richmond, Kentucky, brothers, Mike and Jan Chaney of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Phil and Judy Chaney of Stearns, Kentucky, grandchildren, Zach, Rosie, Lilly, and Rachel, great grandchildren, Riley, Hadley, and Declan, brother-in-law, Larry and Sharon Braden, sister-in-law, Judy Braden, several nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dean Chaney.

 

James Christopher Egnew, Jr. age 45 years, 4 months, and 18 days, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Moncreif and Bro. Scott Gregory officiating.

He was born March 18, 1972 in Knoxville, Tennessee to James C. Egnew and Azalie Favre Egnew. Chris was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and worked as a sales manager for Outdoor Venture Corporation. In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors, shooting sports, and continued to enjoy football after having played while in high school. Chris loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Coffey Egnew, his parents, J. C. and Azalie Egnew, a son, Nicholas Christian Egnew, stepchildren, Jared and Shannon Coffey, Brandon and Andrea Coffey, and Kyle and Natalie Coffey, a brother, Alexander Christian Egnew, his mother-in-law, Imogene Coffey, grandchildren, Emilee, Peyton, Gauge, Jaelynn, Taylor, and Chloe, niece, Savannah Egnew, and nephew, A. J. Egnew.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Chris Egnew.

 

Roy Hubert Flynn, age 75 years, 2 months, and 18 days, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. James Matthew Upchurch and Bro. James Fredrick Upchurch officiating. Burial was in the Flat Rock Cemetery.

He was born May 19, 1942 in McCreary County, Kentucky to William McKinley Flynn and Emmaline Cassada Flynn. Roy attended the Day Ridge Pentacostal Church of God. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and his vintage car. But his favorite times were spent with his family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Archie, Lloyd, and Arthur , and sisters, Adell, Zelma, and Nina.

Survivors include his wife, Susie Dick Flynn, a daughter, Sue May Flynn, both of Whitley City, a brother, Gene Flynn and his wife, Virginia, of California, and a sister, Esma Davis of Whitley City, Kentucky.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Roy Hubert Flynn.

 

Roxie Mae Mitchell, age 67, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died August 7, 2017 at her home.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on May 12, 1950 the daughter of Estle and Nola (Hicks) Ridner. Roxie was a homemaker and member of the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and canning.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lealon Mitchell and Edward Swain; brothers, Ben Ridner ,Norman Ridner, Finley Ridner, Denny Ridner;and sister, Flossie Swain.

Survivors include her sons; Ray Mitchell and wife, Teresa, Edward Junior Swain and wife, Brenda both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughters, Jo Mitchell (Glenn) , Lavonda Perry and husband, Daniel both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Leester Ridner, Mike Ridner, all of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Wilma Bennett and Mossie Goins both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; grandchildren, Kanesha Barnett, Rayvn Perry, Tambra Mitchell, Ambra Renfro, Brittany Perry, Josh Ridener, Cody Warman, Ceece Warman, Jelissa Mitchell, Aaron Mitchell, Byron Swain, Cole Swain, and J.B. Perry; and 22 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1pm in the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Dillard Bryant and Bro. John Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Mitchell Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Alice Renfro, age 86, formerly of Science Hill, KY., departed this life on Wednesday August 9, 2017 at Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, TN.

Alice was born on February 21, 1931 in Faubush, KY., to the late George and Lida Burton Anderson.

She is survived by three sons, Paul (and Wanda) Chumbley of Liberty, KY; Dallas Chumbley of Crestview, FL; and Roy (and Amy) Chumbley of Science Hill, KY; twelve grandchildren, twenty six great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; one sister, Margretta Baugh of Nancy, KY; and many other family members from her second husband Carl’s family.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband from her first marriage, Vertrees Dale Chumbley, her husband from her second marriage, Carl Edward Renfro, one son, Michael Chumbley, one daughter, Charlotte Ferrell, and an infant brother.

Visitation was held on Sunday August 13, 2017 after 5:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Her funeral service were held on Monday August 14, 2017 at 11:00am at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Vola Brown officiating. Burial was at Bradley’s Pleasure Cemetery in Nancy, KY.

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 Alice Renfro.

 

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Mrs. Wilma Inez Risden, age 98, of Somerset, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born January 06, 1919 in the Parkers Lake Community of McCreary County, Kentucky daughter to the late Elmer and Elizabeth Neal Childers. She was of the Methodist Faith and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Somerset. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, reading, traveling, and fishing. Wilma enjoyed playing the organ and piano, working in her flower garden, as well as spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Wilma is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband; Lewis Shepherd, her second husband; Milford Risdon, son; Ronald Edward Shepherd, sister; Virginia Foster, and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Risden is survived by son; Larry W. (Margaret) Shepherd of Dardanelle, Arkansas, a daughter; Phyllis Ann (Terry) Mann of Somerset, brother Raymond E. Childers of Atlanta, Georgia, six grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 2 to 3 o’clock pm with a celebration of life service following at 3 o’clock pm in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 99 South Central Avenue, Somerset, Kentucky 42501.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Wilma Inez Risden.

 

Scott L. Stephens, age 76 years, 7 months, and 10 days, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

He was born January 2, 1941 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Rosevelt Stephens and Jalie Watters Stephens. Scott was a retired electrician. He was of the Church of God faith. Scott enjoyed going to church, hunting and fishing and love to snake hunt. one of his favorite things was eating ice cream.
Proceeding him in death were his parents, one daughter, Jane Stephens, one brother, Carl Stephens and one sister, Norma Jean Hamby.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Stephens, of Whitley City, Kentucky, two daughters, Charlotte Fay Stephens, and Rachel Lee Anderson, and her husband, Joe. three brothers, Jack Stephens, and his wife Juanita, Robert Stephens, and his wife Cindy, and Phillip Stephens. four grand children, and lots of nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Hickman-Strunk was honored to serve the family of Scott Stephens.

 

Mavis F. Broome, age 84, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, departed this life on Sunday, August 6, 2017, surrounded by her family, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.

She was born on June 8, 1933, to the late Charlie and Cordelia (White) Farmer in rural Marion County, Mississippi. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Katie Farmer, two sisters Elmira Cooper and Roslie Bass, all of Columbia, Mississippi, and one brother Colbert Farmer of Jackson, Mississippi.

Mavis was a graduate of Bunker Hill High School, Pearl River Junior College, Mississippi College, Eastern Kentucky University, and earned additional credits from Tulane University and Cumberland College. She began her teaching career in New Orleans, Louisiana for seven years, followed by twenty-seven years in McCreary County, as well as teaching undergraduate evening courses in special education at Cumberland College for almost a decade.

She was a fifty-year member of First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, serving many years as chairperson of the daycare committee. She also headed up the church’s food pantry committee in its early days. She was a member of the same Sunday school class for over fifty years.

Mavis is survived by her husband John, her daughters, Kim White (Fred), Erica Harris (John), Shelleigh Moses (Ronnie), all of Williamsburg, grandchildren, Erin White Wells (Phillip), Katelyn Harris, Haley Harris, Amanda Moses, and Jake Moses, all of Williamsburg, Tyler Harris (Hannah) of Corbin, Kelsey White of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Richie Moses of Kodiak, Alaska. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Sarah Broom White of Marietta, Georgia. Mavis has a surviving sister, Ester Laird (Grover), of Fulton, Mississippi, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Williamsburg from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with funeral service beginning at 6:00 p.m. with Dr. John Broome and Rev. Ande Myers officiating. Burial followed at the Highland Cemetery in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a scholarship fund for special education majors at University of the Cumberlands.

Ellison Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.

 

Bill Lee Davis, age 87 years, 5 months, and 2 days, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his home in Marshes Siding.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Roger Bryant officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

He was born February 27, 1930 in Oneida, Tennessee to Charlie Davis and Azel Lovett Davis. Bill was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and was a retired signal maintainer for Norfolk Southern Railroad for over forty three years before his retirement. He was a member of the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church where he served as trustee. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and deer hunting, squirrel hunting, and mowing. He was also an avid UK sports fan.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Billie Jo Slaven Davis, brothers, Terry Davis, Jack Davis, Charles Davis, Mike Davis, and an infant brother, a sister, Lillian Carol Butler, and a great grandchild, Jolee.

Survivors include his son, Larry Davis and his wife, Becky, of Whitley City, his daughter, Betsey Jones of Whitley City, brothers, Arlis Davis of Rome, Georgia, Jim Davis and his wife, Kay, of Whitley City, Dave Davis and his wife, Chris, of Hopkins, Michigan, and Johnny Davis and his wife, Carolyn, of Grainger, Indiana, sisters, Patricia Fultz and Martha Coffman, grandchildren, Shannon, Kelli, Micki, Gabriel, Cheri, and Ian, and a great grandchild, Chelsey.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Bill Lee Davis.

 

James C. “Chris” Egnew, age 45, of Stearns, husband of Cindy Egnew and son of J. C. and Azalie Egnew, passed away Saturday.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 6:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

A private burial will be held at a later date in the Stearns Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the McCreary County Christian Care Center.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Chris Egnew.

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

 

Roy Flynn, age 75, husband of Susie Flynn, passed away Sunday in Somerset.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Flat Rock Cemetery.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Roy Flynn.

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

 

Joanne Crabtree King age 47 of Strunk, Kentucky passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on December 20, 1969 to Larry Crabtree and Pandora “Tiny” King. Joanne was a member of the Church of the Living God. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. In her spare time, Joanne enjoyed playing bingo, being outdoors, watching TV, and listening to classic rock music.

Her mother precedes her in death.

Survivors include her father, Larry Crabtree and wife, Renee; her husband, David “Dino” King; son, Dustin Crabtree (Tiffany) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Brittany Brock (Korey) of Strunk, Kentucky and Tiffany Toth (Tyler Brown) of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Derek Webb of Oneida, Tennessee, Gary Emby Crabtree (Hope) of North Carolina, and Dakota Crabtree (Amy Waters) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sisters, Jessica Blakley (Ryan) of Maryville, Tennessee, Chante Crabtree of Stearns, Kentucky, and Sandy Duncan (John) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Khloe Crabtree, Dylan Schull, and Ryker Douglas.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Joanne Crabtree King.

 

Roxie Mae Mitchell, age 67, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died August 7, 2017 at her home.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on May 12, 1950 the daughter of Estle and Nola (Hicks) Ridner. Roxie was a homemaker and member of the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and canning.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lealon Mitchell and Edward Swain; brothers, Norman Ridner, Finley Ridner, and Denny Ridner; and sister, Flossie Swain.

Survivors include her sons, Ray Mitchell and wife, Teresa and Edward Junior Swain and wife, Brenda both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughters, Jo Mitchell and Lavonda Perry and husband, Daniel both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Leester Ridner, Mike Ridner, and Ben Ridner all of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Wilma Bennett and Mossie Goins both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; grandchildren, Kanesha Barnett, Rayvn Perry, Tambra Mitchell, Ambra Renfro, Brittany Perry, Josh Ridener, Cody Warman, Ceece Warman, Jelissa Mitchell, Aaron Mitchell, Byron Swain, Cole Swain, and J.B. Perry; and 22 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1pm in the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Dillard Bryant and Bro. John Goodin officiating. Burial to follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, August 10. 2017 at the church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

With great sadness, the family of Roland “Wayne” Owens announces his passing after a brief illness, on August 4, 2017, at the age of 78. He was born October 12, 1938 to Earl Owens and Opal Rose Owens, and raised by Newman “Newt” Clark after his father’s untimely passing.

Wayne is survived by his sister, Sheila Brennan, and brothers, Earl Owens, Jr. and GC Clark, as well as his companion of recent years, Mary Sexton.

He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him as a generous, kind, gentle, and caring man whose appreciation of knowledge and passion for life were unmatched.

Those wishing to share memories are welcome at the interment of his ashes on September 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in memoriam can be made to: Berea College, In honor of Roland Wayne Owens, Attn: Teresa Kash Davis, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.

Courtsey of Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory.

 

Fred Perry, age 75, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Hicks Golden Years Nursing Home in Monticello, Kentucky.

He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky, on July 28, 1942, the son of the late Curtis and Virgie Leona (Canada) Perry. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers: Ronnie Perry, Ralph Perry, and an infant brother, Kenneth Perry, sisters: Grace Rollins, Anna ou Strunk, Reba Vanover, Bonnie Sue Perry, Betty Wears, Brenda Kay Royster, Freda Terell, and an infant sister, brothers-in-law: Gene Rollins, Harold Strunk, and a sister-in-law, Maxine Perry.

Surviving family include a daughter, Shirley Petrey (husband Mark), a son, Randall Perry (wife Janice), mother of his children, Joyce Perry, a sister, Beatrice Spradlin (husband Archie), a brother Donald Wayne Perry (wife Diadena), three brothers-in-law: Bob Vanover, Kenneth Perry, and Kenny Wears, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and sever nieces and nephews that will sadly miss him.

Fred had worked in the log woods and was a farmer. He was a member of the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church. He was a hard-working man who loved farming and his farm animals. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Harold Rollins and Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial followed at the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements

 

 

Aubrey Cordell, Jr., age 70, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, at his home in Strunk, Kentucky.

Born in Dean, Tennessee, on October 20, 1946, he was the son of the late James Aubrey, Sr. and Rennie Ree (Musgrove) Cordell. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Duncan) Cordell.

Surviving family include sons, Robin Scott Cordell (wife Tonya) of Whitley City, and Brent Tanner Cordell of Whitley City, Kentucky, two daughters: Tina Mae West (husband Adam) of ) Florence, Kentucky, and Rachel Shanice Cordell of Whitley City, three brothers: Louie Cecil Cordell, of the Beulah Heights community, Jackie Lee Cordell (wife Kay) of Oneida, Tennessee, and Glen David Cordell (wife Lena) of Strunk, a sister: Janice Louise Privett of Strunk, and six other grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Aubrey had worked as a foundry supervisor in Indiana and had been a licensed funeral director working for R.F. Neal Funeral Chapel and McCreary County Funeral Home. He was a member of the Hilltop Baptist Church and was a Kentucky Colonel. He enjoyed playing music and singing. He was a giver by nature and took pleasure in helping others. He also had a great sense of humor and liked to joke and cut up with those loved.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley and Cody Cox officiating. He was laid to rest at the Silerville Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.

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

Bill Lee Davis, age 87, of Whitley City, Widower of Jo Davis, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Roger Bryant officiating.

Burial Thursday at 11 am at the Pine Knot Cemetery, Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Bill Davis.

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

Joanne Crabtree King age 47 of Strunk, passed away Monday at the Cookeville Regional Hospital.

Funeral service will be held Thursday at 1pm in the Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Silerville Cemetery.

Complete obituary information will be available at www.pineknotfuneralhome.com.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Joanne Crabtree King.

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

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Opal Marie Patrick, age 71 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died July 22, 2017 at her home.

She was born in Scuddy, Kentucky on March 28, 1946 the daughter of Jacob and Cora Myrtle “Sego” Thomas. She had worked for the McCreary County School System as an office clerk. Opal was a member of the Whitley City Church of God. She enjoyed being a home body, spending time with children and grandchildren, reading, Facebook, NCIS, and computer games.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William Jake Thomas, Boyd Allen Thomas, Forest E. Thomas, and Jessie Aaron Thomas; and sister, Clara Mabel Elam.

Survivors include her husband, Carl David Patrick; children, David Patrick and wife, Tammi and Krystal Patrick and companion, Greg Owens; grandchildren, Corey Patrick, Lucas Waters, Kaitlin Waters, Shawna Wiggins, Becci Hinson, Brandi Higenbottom, and Michael Watkins; great grandchildren, Reily Patrick, Abel Tarter, Kayla Cobbler, Raeleigh Thompson, Jacob Higenbottom, Bryanna Tidwell, Braden Watkins, and Analeigh Watkins; sister in law, Dorothy Thomas; and a special sister, Brenda Payne.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10am in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. Burial followed in the Piney Grove Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

 

Phillip Larry Ross age 76 of Oneida, Tennessee, formerly of McCreary County, passed from this life on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center.

He was born July 29, 1940 in Revelo, Kentucky to the late Gertrude Ross. In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his son, Paul Ross, and Norma Ross, the mother of his son, Chase.

Survivors include his sons, Phillip Chase Ross of Oneida, Tennessee, and Patrick Ross of Revelo, Kentucky; daughters, Teresa Wallen and husband, Larry, and Debie Ross, all of Revelo, Kentucky; grandchildren, Chris Wallen, Patrick Ross, Jr., Brooklyn and Brittany Ross; great-grandchildren, Bryson, Breanna, and Brylee Wallen, Neveaeh, Kayden, and Joz’lynn Ross; Frances Ross, the mother of Patrick, Paul, Teresa and Debie; and Chad Duncan, a close family friend for many years.

Larry was a Veteran of the United States Army. He was also a member of the CB club, the McCreary Co. EMS and Rescue Squad, and the NRA. Larry enjoyed trading and tinkering with anything he could get his hands on.

In accordance to Larry’s wishes, he will be cremated.

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

 

 

Mary Belle Thompson, age 81, of Colerain Township, Ohio formerly of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born on December 20, 1935, in Whitley City, Kentucky, the daughter of Eli and Nerva (Owens) Tucker. She attended school in Whitley City and later married Wille E. Thompson. Mary Belle was employed in manufacturing for over 30 years. She was of Southern Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Willie E. Thompson, Sr.; three children, Wille E. Thompson, Jr. “Duke” (Ellen T.), Teresa Belle Harrell (Danny), and Bobby Dude Thompson (Carleen); nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; three brothers, Noah Reed Tucker (Esther), Dude L. Tucker, and Gary L. Tucker; two sisters, Nora Miller (Bill) and Margarett Ann Wong (Stan); and many other loving relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ruby Quimby and Lorita Mize.

Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 2 PM with burial following in Rose Hill Burial Park in Hamilton, OH.

Online condolences may be made at www.charlesyoungfuneralhome.com.

 

Bobby Wayne Duncan age 62 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home.

He was born December 4, 1954 in Scott County, Tennessee to the late James “Jim” and Augusta (King) Duncan. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death are his brothers, Ray, Don, Bill, and Moe Duncan, a sister, Wanda “Sis” Cook, a half-sister, Marcella Taylor, and a brother-in-law, Sam Carr.

Surviving family include his daughter, Emma “Frannie” Duncan Hicks, (Chester), of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sons, Kyle Duncan of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Maleha and Dalton Godvey; and sisters, June Hively (Jack) of Stearns, Kentucky, Sue Carr of Williamsburg, Joan Privett (Ronnie), of Strunk, Kentucky, and Doris Creekmore (Wayne) of Williamsburg, and Darrell Duncan of Williamsburg who was like a son and a brother to him.. Bobby also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and extended family who will mourn his loss.

Bobby was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He had many hobbies he enjoyed such as music, writing songs and singing, being outdoors, hunting, and attending car shows. Bobby also enjoyed watching tv shows and the company of his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to reminisce on past time and tell memories about his loved ones. His loss and unique personality will be mourned by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Landon Sexton and Bro. David Burton officiating. Burial was at the Kingtown Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.


Ernest Woodrow Jones passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 9,2017, at the age of 88. Interment: Ernest will be laid to rest on July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Mountain View Cemetery, Stearns Kentucky.

Ernest was born in Wolf Creek, Kentucky on January 29, 1929 to the late Richard and Laurie Jones. Ernest graduated from Berea College in 1952. He was in the U.S. Marine Corp and was a Korean War Veteran.

Ernest was proceeded in death by brothers; Ray Jones, Edwin Jones, Cullie Jones, and sisters Ora Thompson, Grace Crisp, and Clara Crisp.

Survivors: Daughter Ernestine Williams and husband David. Sons, William Jones, Allen Jones and his wife Rachelle. Grandchildren: Christopher, Katherine, and Caroline Guertler and Jennifer Turpin. Also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Berea College.

Obituary information courtesy of Neptune Society 3000 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75075.


Yvonne Yvette LaRoche, 77, of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away July 13, 2017
Obituary information courtesy of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000

 


 

Kenna King Lominac, age 91, of Knoxville, Tennessee formerly of Whitley City, passed away May 4, 2017.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after 12:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Kenna loved helping everyone and lived her life in service of others. She was a beloved aunt to her many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Wilse and Lola King, and siblings, Edward King, Elsie Litton, Lester King, Carrie May Jenkins, Leah Hamlin, Grace King, and Wilse King, Jr.

She is survived by twenty nieces and nephews and their families.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Cemetery Fund, C/O Larry Davis, P O Box 116, Whitley City, KY 42653.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Kenna King Lominac.


 

Vinson W. Tucker, age 79 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died July 11, 2017 unexpectedly in Whitley City, Kentucky.

He was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on May 1, 1938 the son of Grover C. and Easter Zella (New) Tucker. Vinson was a retired valve worker and a member of the Wolf Ridge United Baptist Church.

His parents; wife, Joyce A. (Tapley) Tucker; and sister, Wanda Moore precede him in death.

Survivors include his son Warren Dwayne Tucker and fiancé, Sandy Perry of Stearns, Kentucky; daughter, Lisa Ann Jackson and husband, Todd of Yorktown, Indiana; sister, Geraldine Turner of Florence, Kentucky; grandchildren, Kala Jackson and Ronald Eugene Rankin, Jr.(Rowdy); and great grandchildren, Xander Rankin and Mason Rankin.

Funeral services were held Saturday July 15, 2017 at 1pm at the Wolf Ridge United Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Sammy New Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Regal Bruner, age 69 years, 7 months, and 6 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Flat Rock Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. Burial was in Swiss Colony Cemetery in London, Kentucky.
He was born November 28, 1947 in the Oneida community of Clay County, Kentucky to O. D. Bruner and Ada Humfleet Bruner. Regal has served our country and community tirelessly. He was a member of the National Guard, served as a Kentucky State Police Officer for twenty three years, from 1974 until his retirement in 1997, and as Sheriff of McCreary County from 1998 until 2002. Regal attended Flat Rock Baptist Church. He was a licensed pilot and a certified AP instructor. In his spare time Regal enjoyed hunting, fishing, reloading ammo, shooting, playing guitar, flying, and aviation. But his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Danny Bruner and Bernie Bruner.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Bowling Bruner, whom he married November 6, 1970, sons, Jeff Bruner and his wife, Amy, and Jason Bruner, a brother, Tim Bruner and his wife, DeAnna, a sister, Bridgett Adams, and grandchildren, Kailyn Barnett and Paul Bruner.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Regal Bruner.


Mrs. Pauline Marie Sammons Cross, age 90 of Oneida, TN, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at her home. Born August 11, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Harvie Lonzo and Elizabeth Strunk Sammons. Mrs. Cross worked many years as the Manager of the Oneida High School Cafeteria; and was a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church, but attended the Oneida Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Ronald Cross; brother: James Sammons and wife Tava Anderson Sammons; and grandparents: James and Eppie Strunk and John Sammons.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Verna Adams of Hamilton, OH, Ronnie Sammons of Clayton, AL, Randy Sammons and wife Peggy of Cincinnati, OH, Patsy Creekmore and husband Lonnie of Pine Knot, KY, Jo Walker and husband Arnold of Independence, KY, Nancy Smith of Harrison, OH, Linda Hensley and husband Troy of Aurora, IN, Elois Seibert and husband Bill of North Bend, OH, Sharon Margeson and husband Brent of Liberty Township, OH, Jeffery Sammons and wife Kris of Cincinnati, OH, Teresa Bowling and husband Tony of Cincinnati, OH and Wanda Maddox and husband Curtis Wade of Sunman, IN; and many great nieces and nephews; many, many great-great nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral service were 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in the Chapel of the Jones & Son Funeral Home with John Polk officiating.
Burial followed in the Hazel Valley Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Randy Sammons, Arnold Walker, Troy Hensley, Logan Spivey, Noah Sammons and Hunter Sammons.
Obituary information courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.


Linda Chaney King, age 70, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center, in Somerset.
Linda was born in Pine Knot, on June 21, 1947, daughter of the late Ralph Phillip and Jean Chitwood Chaney. She was a retired school teacher with a Master’s Degree, having taught 32 years in the Scott County Tennessee and McCreary County School Systems. Linda loved reading, working crossword puzzles and playing Solitaire. She enjoyed watching UK basketball and baseball, staying in touch on Facebook and going on drives to look for deer. Linda was a Disciple of Christ in the Christian Church.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Michael, II, and Sherry Smith King, of Pine Knot; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Jan Chaney, Dean and June Chaney and Phillip and Judy Chaney, all of Pine Knot; her grandchildren, Ashleigh Burchfield (Tanner) and Darrell King (Kat); and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Linda in death are her husband, Jerry Michael King, I; her parents, Ralph and Jean Chaney; and her mother and father-in-law, Elenore and Butler King.
A Celebration of the Life will be held at 3:00 p.m., at the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church, on July 15, 2017. Receiving of friends will begin at 1:30 p.m., before the Celebration. Inurnment will be in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Pine Knot Cemetery, Hospice of Lake Cumberland or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospitals.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at www.somersetundertaking.com
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


J. W. “Jay” Perry, age 93 years, 11 months, and 7 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at his home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church, Whitley City with Bro. John Ditty and Bro. Roger Anderson officiating. Burial was in McCreary Memorial Garden.
He was born July 29, 1923 in the Chenoa community of Bell County, Kentucky to Arsbur Perry and Myra Hatmaker Perry. Jay was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Whitley City where he served as a deacon for over sixty years. In his early years, he worked as a television repairman. Jay is well remembered as the owner of Jay’s Discount in Whitley City for over thirty years. he had a passion for youth and volunteered many hours to serve the youth in our community. He coached Little League baseball, basketball, and was a scoutmaster. Jay was a member of the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, the DAV, having served as adjunct, and was a lifetime member of the Kinne-Slaven Post of the American Legion. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed the outdoors.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, A. E. “Gus” Perry, and sisters, Antha Alcorn and Omega Sutton.
Survivors include his wife of sixty seven years, Norma Jean Earls Perry, sons, David W. Perry and his wife, Carmen, of Whitley City, Kentucky and Phillip Perry of Inverness, Florida, daughters, Debbie Perry of Gainesville, Florida and Becki Perry of Whitley City, Kentucky, a sister-in-law, Wilma Dean Sampson Perry of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and two grandchildren, Ben Perry and Victoria Perry.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of J. W. “Jay” Perry.


Randal J. Stevens, Jr. passed away peacefully from this life on June 16, 2017 at his residence in Strunk, Kentucky.
He was born on December 27, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Randal Stevens, Sr. and Doris Stevens. Randy Served in the United States Army and worked as a truck driver and a welder. In his spare time he loved to hunt, fish and drive through the mountains.
Randy is survived by his parents; Randal and Doris Stevens of Whitley City, Kentucky, his wife of 33 years; Julie Stevens, a brother; Calvin Stevens of Pine Knot, Kentucky, a sister Rhonda Venables of Indiana, a sister; Carrie Matney of Corbin, Kentucky, a daughter Deandra Altimus of Whitley City, Kentucky, and a son; Randal Stevens of Strunk, Kentucky. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, four nieces, and three great-nephews.
He will be forever loved and missed by his family and friends.
A private service will be held for the family of Mr. Stevens at a later date.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Randal J. Stevens, Jr.


Pamela Ann VanOver, age 55 years, 4 months, and 17 days, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her home in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with her cousin, Bro. Braxton King officiating Burial was in the Troxell Cemetery.
She was born February 14, 1962 in Greenville, South Carolina, a Valentine’s gift to her parents, Dr. Gilbert VanOver, Jr. and Ruth Ann King VanOver. As a child, she travelled the world with her parents as her father was in the United States Air Force from South Carolina to Texas, Ohio, Okinawa, Japan, Illinois, Ohio, Hawaii, and her ancestral homeland of Holland. Pam was a graduate of McCreary Central High School where she was a star point guard on the girl’s basketball team. After high school she attended the University of Kentucky where she earned two masters degrees. Pam was an avid UK sports fan and was a Lady Cat season ticket holder.
For eighteen years she owned McCreary County DUI and was co-owner of Winds of Change, a substance abuse counseling service in Lexington, Kentucky. She was a member of Southland Christian Church and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Preceding her in death was a brother, James W. “Jay” VanOver, II.
Survivors include her parents, Dr. Gilbert VanOver, Jr. and Ruth VanOver of Stearns Kentucky, her beloved dog, Bonzo, brothers, Gilbert VanOver, III and his wife, Phyllis, and Vaughn VanOver and his wife, Suzanne “her lil sis”, a sister, Sheila Joyner and her husband, Hector, her babies, Penny, Nick, Dustin, Veronica, A. J., Alex, Matt, Heather, Elijah, Amber, Brooke, Cierra, Garrett, and Brandon, several aunts and uncles, Donald VanOver, Larry Bowen, Donald and Wanda Gregory, Garvis and Myrtle Burchett, Logan and Sheila King, Coye and Sudie King, Fay Mills, Jean and Scott Bryant, Anna Barton, Sue Money, Wilma Powell, Mertie and Gertie, a host of friends and loved ones including special friends, Peggy Lawson, Autumn and Chris Boggs, Leslie Brown, LeEtta Cummings, Carole Hamilton, James “DD” Mastin, Rachel Morgan, Yoshiko Nakamura, Mel Owens, Jackie Reister, Helen and Jean Gates, Susan Stephens, Jackie Thompson, Shelly Trammel, Cathy Waters, Louis Hager, Dawn Anderson Turcotte, Morgan “Moe” Turcotte, Polly Tabb Anderson and Alan Beatold.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Pam VanOver.


Paul Anton Worthington, 85, of Stearns, passed away on Sunday morning, July 2, 2017. Born at his family’s home on May 7, 1932, in Sherman, Kentucky, Paul was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, an avid hunter and fisherman, and loving husband and father and grandfather.
His service to our country in the U.S. Navy included two tours on the Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and one tour aboard the USS Badoeing Straight (CVE-119) as a Radioman during the Korean War. Paul was a dedicated member and leader in the American Legion for more than 60 years, holding numerous leadership positions over the decades at his local Post #115 (Stearns, KY) but also at the regional, state, and national levels. A champion of veterans and veterans’ rights, Paul was elected as the American Legion’s Department of Kentucky Commander for the years 2002-2003, an office he held with the highest regard and distinction.
Paul is preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Carolina Worthington, as well as his elder siblings: Robert, Frederick, Charles, and Elizabeth. Paul is also preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his six daughters, Phyllis Ann Worthington, and, most recently, Linda Worthington, his wife of 28 years and a loving step-mother to his adult daughters.
Paul is survived by his sister Louise Lloyd of Indianapolis, IN; daughters Stacy Brooks of Clinton, TN; Dana Worthington, also of Clinton, TN; Paula Anderson of Tucker, GA; Amy Pickle and husband Robert of Knoxville, TN; Nancy Worthington of Whitley City, KY; and Margaret Worthington of Dalton, GA. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 10, 2017 at the McCreary County Funeral home at 12:30 pm with burial to follow in the Mill Springs National Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the services for Paul Anton Worthington.


Regal Bruner, age 69, of Whitley City, husband of Judy Bruner passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete as of press time but may be obtained by calling 376-5334 as soon as they are made available.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Regal Bruner.

 

Kenna King Lominac, age 91, of Knoxville, passed away on May 4, 2017. She loved helping everyone and lived her life in service of others. She was a beloved aunt to her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, Wilse and Lola King; and siblings, Edward King, Elsie Litton, Lester King, Carrie May Jenkins, Leah Hamlin, Grace Helton, and Wilse King, Jr. She is survived by 20 nieces and nephews and their families. There will be a private graveside service at Methodist Cemetery in Whitley City, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Methodist Cemetery Fund (c/o Larry Davis P.O. Box 116, Whitley City, KY 42653). Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com.

 

Gerald Wayne Salyer, Sr., age 68 of Corbin, Kentucky, formerly of McCreary County, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born October 25, 1949, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Irene Salyer.  Besides his mother, he is preceded in death by his grandparents who raised him: Chester “Pappy” and Delia Salyer.

Surviving family include his wife, Wilma Dean “Deanie” (Canada) Salyer, of Corbin, whom he married August 5, 1969, a son, Gerald Wayne Salyer, Jr. (wife Lisa) of Corbin, two daughters: Mellisa Flynn (husband Jerry) of Whitley City and Denise Sullivan (and Benny McPherson) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky., nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Gerald had been a truck driver and had worked in construction.  He served his country in the U. S. Army. and served his God as a member of the East Stearns Church of God and attended Sandhill Baptist Church.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching movies and spending time with family.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating.   Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.

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

 

Douglas McArthur Smith age 73 years, 1 month, and 8 days passed from this life on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born on May 22, 1944 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late John Walker Smith and Alcie (Stephens) Smith. Doug made a living as a truck driver, driving a semi for most of his life. He enjoyed collecting guns and watching police stories and documentaries. Doug was a people person who enjoyed helping others. He also enjoyed visiting and spending time with people, especially his family and grandchildren, whom he loved so very much.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Smith and several brothers and sisters.

Surviving family include his wife, Barbara (Braden) Smith of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sons, Brian Smith and Thomas “Tom” Smith (wife, Tanya) all of Indianapolis, Indiana; a daughter, Kimberly Gibson (husband, Keith) also of Indianapolis; brothers, Loran Smith (wife, Pat) of Floral City Park, Florida, and Carl Smith of Indianapolis; sisters, Juanita McKnight of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Bonnie Haynes of Oxford, Ohio, and Janet Crabtree (husband, Ronnie) of Revelo, Kentucky; grandchildren, Mark Brazis, Lisa Vanderbilt (Randy), Makayla Phillips (Josh), Emily, Luke, and Katie Smith; one great-granddaughter; Barbara’s children and grandchildren whom he loved as his own, Wesley Daugherty (Vicki) and their son, Denver Maness, Debbie Darding, her daughters, Jennifer Bryant, and Stephanie Mealy, and grandchild, Julain; Henry Craig Daugherty (Jennifer), and their daughter, Olivia Braden Daugherty (Ryan), and Jeremy Daugherty and his daughter, Linzy Daugherty. Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends whom Doug loved very much.

In keeping of Doug’s wishes, he was cremated.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Mr. Douglas Smith.

 

Hobert Lee Strunk, age 68 years, 10 months, and 29 days, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Larry Watson officiating.  Burial was in the Angel cemetery.

He was born August 1, 1948 in Stearns, Kentucky to John Riley Strunk and Nannie Strunk. Hobert was a retired farmer from Tuggle Farms. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and just being outdoors. Hobert found pleasure in spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and three brothers, DeWitt, Grover and Deanie Strunk.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Hill Strunk, of Stearns, Kentucky, three sons, Joey, and his wife Devonna, of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, Hobert Lee Strunk, Jr., and his wife, Teresa, of Georgetown, Illinois, J.J. Strunk, and his wife, Tammy, of Shelbyville, Indiana, two brothers, Johnny Strunk, of Revelo, Kentucky, Charlie Strunk, and his wife, Hazel, of Stearns, Kentucky, three sisters, Karen Strunk, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Bronical Howard, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Sally Watson, of Revelo, Kentucky, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Hobert Strunk.

 

Fontella Vanover, age 71, passed from this life on Monday, June 26, 2017, at her home in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.

She was born in Parkers Lake, Kentucky on November 7, 1945, to the late Caleb and Sadie Perry Strunk.  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her infant daughter: Susan Victoria Vanover, brothers, Ronnie Gary Strunk, Harold Strunk, Clayton Strunk and one brother in-law: Benny Price.

Surviving family include her husband of 55 years, Archie “Johnny”  Vanover, of Parkers Lake, a son, Marcus Lee Vanover and wife Krista of Somerset, Kentucky, sisters: Phyllis Price of Westchester, Ohio and Brenda Whisman and husband Gary of Cincinnati, Ohio, brothers: Wendell and wife Phyllis Strunk of Westchester, Ohio, Darrell and wife Mary Lou Strunk of Whitley City, Kentucky, Donald and wife Myrtle Strunk of Whitley City.  She has two grandchildren: Riley and Hayden Vanover of Somerset, Kentucky.

Fontella was a member of Eagle Creek United Baptist Church and she taught school in the McCreary County School System, her greatest passions were education, gardening and spending time with her two grandchildren.  We trust our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Funeral for Fontella was Friday, June 30 at 11:00 am in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brothers Rufus Hughes and Billy Patrick officiating, burial at the Higginbotham Cemetery following funeral services.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Pam Vanover, age 55, daughter of Dr. Gilbert Vanover, Jr. and Ruth Vanover, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Pam Vanover.

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

 

Bonnie Juanita Wilson, 82, of Somerset died Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10 am at the Bernard Funeral Home Chapel in Russell Springs, Kentucky with Bro. Richard Ramsey officiating.  Burial was in the Square Oak Cemetery.

She was born March 3, 1935 in McCreary County to the late Enoch & Tilda Hughes Owens.

She was a homemaker and a member of New Beginnings Church of God of Prophecy in Somerset.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hermus “Jade” Wilson and 11 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Welton and her husband, David of Ontario, Ohio, two sons, Edwin Wilson and his wife, Sarah, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Randall Wilson and his wife, Tammy, of Newark, Ohio, five grandchildren, Stacy McMunn and her husband, Chris, Steven Welton and his wife, Stephanie,  Brandon Wilson, Ashley Wilson, and Ian Wilson, five great grandchildren, Taylor Clark,  Abby Clark, Emryn Weston, McKinley Welton, and Jack McMunn,  and a brother, Silas Owens and his wife, Wanda,  of Whitley City, Kentucky.

Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Cleo Wilson, age 74 years, 4 months and 29 days, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born January 31, 1943 in the Wilson Ridge Community of Stearns, Kentucky to Shelby Wilson and Julie Tucker Wilson. Cleo was a retired factory worker and jewelry designer. He was a member of the House of Prayer Church in Revelo. Cleo found pleasure in fishing, the outdoors, four wheeling, his dog, boating and spending time with family.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Cope officiating. Burial was in the Holloway Cemetery.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Wilburn Wilson and Donald Wilson and one sister, Evelyn Keeton.

Survivors include his wife, Pheobe Perkins Wilson, step children, Derek Burke, and his wife Glenda, Matt Sams, and his wife Pam, Jennifer Muir, and her husband Ron, Beth Kilburn, and her husband Lonnie, Jimmie Elaine Cope and her husband, Danny, one brother, Clyde Wilson, one sister, Charlene Watters and her husband Earl, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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

 

James Cleo Wilson, age 81 of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born at Bald Knob, Kentucky, on September 18, 1935, the son of the late George and Lula (Ross) Wilson.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children: Alma Ruth (Spradlin) Wilson, brothers: Clyde Wilson, Clifford Wilson, Carl Wilson, Carol Denton Wilson, George Edward Wilson, sisters: Marilyn Dobbs (and husband Elbert), and Mildred Wilson, and  great-grandchildren: Kenzley RaeLynn Bryant and Kayla Lee-Ann Wilson.

Surviving family include his wife of 31 years, Rachel (Keith) Wilson, children:  Kenneth (and Gidget) Wilson, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Rodney (and Diane) Wilson, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Thressa (and Wade) Baird, of Strunk, Kentucky.  Grandsons: Keith Wilson, Brandon Baird, Bradley (and Earldine) Baird, granddaughters: Hayley Alma Bryant, Kelli-Anne Baird, Ginger Snell, and special friend, Debra Tucker, great granddaughter: Destiny Snell, brother-in-law, Clifford (and Linda) Keith, sisters-in-law, Anna Six and Pauline Sumner, several nieces and nephews and many friends who will greatly miss him.

Cleo was retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked for 32 years.  He was a member of the Flat Rock Baptist Church.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, camping and his dogs.  Mostly, he loved being with his family whom he loved dearly.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley officiating and special music by Jeanette Sears.  Burial was at the Angel Cemetery in Stearns.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Paul Anton Worthington, age 85, of  Stearns, KY, Widower of Linda (Strunk) Worthington. Died 07/02/17 at Huntsville Manor. Funeral Time:  12:30 p.m., July 10th at McCreary County Funeral Home. Visitation Time:10:30 a.m., July 10th at McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial Place: Mill Springs National Cemetery (Nancy, KY)

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.

June 2017 Archives

 

Betty J. Crabtree, age 64, of Revelo, Kentucky, passed from this life on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 4, 1953, to the late Dorothy Wallace.  Besides her mother, she is preceded in death by her dad Walter Murphy and a brother, Walter Sydney Murphy, Jr.

Surviving family include her husband of 47 years, Charles David “Dave” Crabtree, of Revelo, a son, Robert David Crabtree of Bardstown, Kentucky, and daughter, Dee Dee Haycraft (husband Aaron) also of Bardstown. a sister Debra Lee Murphy of Galveston, Texas, grandchildren: Megan, Alexis, Tyler and Kaylee Haycraft, Kasey (and Chris) Brown, and Maria Crabtree.  She has one great grandchild on the way.  She has numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and in-laws as well as many special friends to mourn her loss.  The family extends a special thank you to Carolyn Burton for her help during this trying time.

Betty was a nurse and supervisor at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehab in Somerset, Kentucky, where she was loved by many and feared by few (lol).   She and Dave took great pleasure in raising miniature goats.  Their greatest passion is spending time with their grandchildren.  Betty enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, crafts, gardening and canning.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Fults and Bro. Billy Patrick officiating.  In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Jon Harlan Mills, aged 76 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Wayland, Kentucky, on January 15, 1941, the son of the late Henry and Delta Hoff Mills.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Lee Mills, Euian (Margie) Mills, Wayne (Ruth) Mills, and infant Robert Mills and sisters: Bonnie (Robert) Stewart and Helen Koontz (surviving husband Eugene).

Surviving spouse of 57 years, Zella Faye Vanover Mills of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; surviving daughter, Debbie Mills Weaver, granddaughter: Elyse Mills and grandson Matthew Weaver of Anthem, Arizona.  Surviving cousin: Patty Wilson (Keith) Sloan of Burnside, Kentucky, nephew, Tim (Cindy) Mills of Russell Springs, Kentucky, niece Cam (Gary) Bullock of Palm Harbor, Florida, and other family members and dear friends.  Also surviving is his beloved hound, Jilly and blue heeler, Smokey.

Jon retired from Ford Motor Company, Batavia, Ohio in 1995.  He has been a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge, Florence, Kentucky, since 1983.  Jon loved music and played the piano; his teenage rock’n’roll band had a program on Somerset Radio in the 50’s.  Jon enjoyed nature and the outdoors and he was an avid fisherman who loved boating on Lake Cumberland.

Jon had chosen cremation and will be buried at Mill Creek Cemetery, Mill Creek, Kentucky.  Family and friends will have a Celebration of Life graveside service at a later date.  All who knew and loved Jon will remember him as a loyal, honest man of integrity.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

 

Doshie Belinda Creekmore Phillips, wife of Roscoe Phillips, of Pass Christian, Mississippi passed away June 8, 2017 in Mississippi.

Belinda was born August 21, 1959 to James Vasco Creekmore and Bertie Garland Creekmore.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, David Allen Creekmore.

Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Phillips, three daughters, Miranda Kardeen Ankney and her husband, Patrick, Amanda Phillips Whitt and her husband, Tyler, and Ashley Phillips Gibson, a son, Jonathon Kardeen, five sisters, Willow Bowman, Betty Taylor, Martha Brewer, Imogene Creekmore, and Roberta Creekmore, a brother, Johnnie James Creekmore, eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated.  A celebration of life ceremony will be held at her home in Mississippi.

Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

 

Fontella Vanover, age 71, wife of Johnny Vanover, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at her home in Parkers Lake.  Funeral services will be held Friday, June 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home.  Burial will be at the Higginbotham Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 at the funeral home

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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

 

Randal J. Stevens, Jr. passed away peacefully from this life on June 1, 2017 at his residence in Strunk, Kentucky.

He was born on December 26, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Randal Stevens, Sr. and Doris Stevens. Randy Served in the United States Army and worked as a truck driver as well as a welder. In his spare time he loved to hunt, fish and drive through the mountains.

Randy is survived by his parents; Randal and Doris Stevens of Whitley City, Kentucky, his wife of 33 years; Julie Stevens, a brother; Calvin Stevens of Pine Knot, Kentucky, a sister Rhonda Venables of Indiana, a sister; Carrie Matney of Corbin, Kentucky, a daughter Deandra Altimus of Whitley City, Kentucky, and a son; Randal Stevens of Strunk, Kentucky. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, four nieces, and three great-nephews.

He will be forever loved and missed by his family and friends.

A private service will be held for the family of Mr. Stevens at a later date.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Randal J. Stevens, Sr.

 

Walter Ray Thomas, age 78 of the Grave Hill Community in Oneida, passed away June 13, 2017 at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Ray had worked hard all his life; while supporting his three children. He retired from Hartco Flooring (Armstrong) after 30 plus years of service.  He also worked at Plateau Hatchery, Ed Akers Cash Store, Jellico Grocery, and Arvin Industries. Ray was a graduate of Oneida High School Class of 1956.  He enjoyed going to auctions and flea markets. He loved the Lord and was a member of the Grave Hill Church.  One of his greatest joys was visiting and fellowship at other churches. He would attend different revivals throughout Tennessee and Kentucky.  Ray spent his childhood and much of his adulthood farming in the Grave Hill Community; which earned him the nickname of “Farmer” by his friends and co-workers.  He loved all his grandkids who called him “Papaw Farmer”.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Joyce (Barnett) Thomas; his parents, Walter and Rachel (Phillips) Thomas; brother, Richard Thomas and an infant brother, one sister Audrey Combs, brother-in-law’s Jack Laxton, Earl Combs, Lloyd Collier, and Samuel Barnett, sister-in-law Beverly (Barnett) Reid.

He is survived by his children Greg and Lisa (Boyatt) Thomas, Connie Thomas, and Evie Thomas all of Oneida; grandchildren: Michael Hamilton and girlfriend Tiffany, Rachael Thomas, and Hunter Thomas all of Oneida; great-grandchildren Blaze and Kambri; sisters: Alberta Collier of Arizona and Alma Laxton of Oneida; his twin brother, Roy Thomas and his wife Celia Joy (Reed) Thomas of Oneida; special great-uncle, John Marion Thomas; special friends: Rick Goodman and family and Clara Watters and family. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Graveside service were on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Marcum-Kidd Cemetery in Oneida.

In-lieu-of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

Grave Hill United Baptist Church, c/o Pastor Don Kidd, 1401 Pine Creek Rd. Oneida, TN 37841 OR Scott County Senior Citizen’s Center, 102 South Main Street, Oneida, TN 37841.

You may sign Ray’s online guestbook at www.westmurleyfh.net.

Obituary Information is courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.
Lena Faye Barnett, age 65 years, 9 months, and 9 days, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at her home  in Stearns, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. David Walker officiating. Burial was in the Higgenbotham Cemetery.
She was born August 29, 1951 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Harvey Watson, Sr. and Burnettie Smith Watson. Lena retired from McCreary Mfg. Textiles and attended Beech Grove Baptist Church. she found pleasure gardening and spending time with her family and pets.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Charlie Watson, three sisters, Nancy Watson, Bertha Watson and Cloteen Dolen.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Barnett, of Stearns, Kentucky, three sons, Loren Barnett, and his wife, Jean of Oneida, Tennessee, Bobby Barnett, and his wife, Stefani, of Stanton, Kentucky, Mike Barnett, of Stearns, Kentucky. one daughter, Carla Coffey, and her husband Johnny, of Stearns, Kentucky, four brothers, Sullivan Watson, Harvey Watson Jr. and his wife, Mary, LeRoy Watson, and his wife Rebecca, and Kenny Watson and his wife, Dorsalene, two sisters, Joyce Ross,  Reda Miller and her husband David, four grandchildren, Amber, Brandy, Conner Lee, Carlena Bernettie Faith.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lena Faye Barnett


Shelva “Jean” Brooks, age 79, beloved wife of Chester “Ed” Brooks, of Beulah Heights, Kentucky, passed away Friday, June  9, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on August 17, 1937, the daughter of the late Roy Keith and Martha Leona (McCullah) Keith.  Jean was a homemaker and caregiver, she enjoyed travelling, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader, but what she enjoyed most was her family and grandbabies.  Jean loved all children and enjoyed taking care of them.  Jean attended church services at the First Church of Jesus Christ.
She is preceded in death by her son: Earl Edward Brooks, brothers: Estes Keith and BJ Keith.
Surviving family include her husband: Ed Brooks; sons, Chester Ed Brooks, Jr of Lexington, Kentucky and Jack Brooks and wife, Stacie of Winfield, Tennessee; daughters, Jennifer Leona Stork and husband, Dean of Richmond, Kentucky, Nancy Hardy of Michigan, Jody Sedivi and husband, Nick of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, ST Keith and wife, Irene of Florence, Kentucky, Erstle Keith and wife, Marie of Corbin, Kentucky, Hoyt Keith and wife, Mary Lou of Stanford, Kentucky, Ralph Keith and wife, Yvonne of Blanchester, Ohio, and Shirrel Keith and wife, Brenda of Lousiville, Kentucky; sister, Carol Branscum; and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2pm at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dean Stork and Bro. Braxton King officiating.  Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Crystal Lee Canada, age 40, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday June 6, 2017, at the Baptist Health of Corbin Hospital.
She was born on December 28, 1976, in Monticello, Kentucky, to Sondra (Lovett) Waters and Jerry Lee Douglas.  She is preceded in death by her father.
Surviving family include two sons:  Cody Canada of Strunk, and Chase Canada also of Strunk, her mother: Sondra Waters of Pine Knot, and a host of special cousins and friends.
Crystal had worked as an emergency medical technician and was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God.  She enjoyed reading, music and watching television.
Funeral services were graveside at the Hayes Creek Cemetery on Monday, June 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


Lois Ann Clark, age 88 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died June 9, 2017 in Williamsburg Kentucky at  the Williamsburg Nursing and Rehab.
She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on March 13, 1929 the daughter of Roy Lee and Martha Leona (Hammock) Powell. Lois was a homemaker and member of the First Church of Jesus Christ. She enjoyed singing, playing music, yard sales, family, church, and cooking.
Her parents; husband, Clifford Clark; brothers, Ernest Powell and Paul Powell; and sisters, Mildred Powell and Joyce Dean Clark precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Cliff Tyrone Clark and wife, Nova of Richmond, Kentucky; daughters, Karen Lee Thomas and husband, Bobby of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Patsy Michelle Cox and husband Tim of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Ralph Powell and wife, Linda of Columbus, Ohio and Donald Powell and wife, Ruth of Revelo, Kentucky; sisters, Violet Boyatt of Columbus, Ohio, Loraine Phillips of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Onna Lee Martin and husband, Delynn of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Eric Cox, Tonya Wright, Jeremy Cox, Clifford Clark, Charity Clark, and Cynthia Clark; and great grandchildren, Ava Wright and Mya Wright.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 2pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Pat Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Bonnie Wandele Cox, age 95 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died June 7, 2017 at her home.
She was born February 8, 1922 in Hanging Rock, Ohio to Benjamin Harrison and Jennie Ethel (Gates) Bates.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Meadow Grove Baptist Church. Bonnie loved baking, grandkids, fishing, and gardening.
Her parents; husband, General Cox; daughters, Nancy Sharon Doyer and Bonnie Marie Wagner; brothers, George Allen Bates, Robert Lewis Bates, and William Douglas Bates; and sisters, Lillian Lang, Arminta Bates, Luella Ghrail, Katherine Conn, and Mildred Bates precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Everett Jack Thompson; brothers, Forest Lee Bates, Benjamin Harrison Bates, Jr., and Henry Thomas Bates; sister, Avenell Edith Parrish; 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; and 15 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1pm in the Chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Ford officiating. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Brittney Jacklene Strunk Foust, age 31 of Oneida, gained her angel wings in her heavenly home in the early morning hours of June 6, 2017 after a tragic car accident.  Born May 1, 1986 in Somerset, KY, she was the daughter of Roger and Michelle King Strunk; and a member of the Helenwood Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her 5 unborn babies that she called her angels; aunt:  Misty West Strunk; cousins:  Logan Reese Strunk, Brent Strunk and Miley King.

She is survived by her husband Bryce Foust; her two precious sons that were her pride and joy:  Jennings O’Brian Foust and Kru Jax Foust; parents:  Roger and Michelle Strunk; two brothers and their wives:  Brandon and Jennifer Reynolds, and Roderick and Andrea Strunk; grandparents:  Willard and Louise Strunk, and Wilda Stanley, Jack King, and Wanda Foust; her father and mother-in-law:  Tracy and Debbie Foust; sister-in-law:  Tyann Lawson; nieces:  Marli Strunk, Abby Reynolds, Lauren Reynolds, Syler Lawson,  Shya Lindsay, Leah Bowling and Jayleigh Bowling; nephews:  Raiden (Coot) Strunk, Elijah Strunk and Noah Strunk; uncles and their wives:  Wade and Cindy King, Eddie and Teresa Griffith,  Leo and Cindy Strunk, Steve and Connie Strunk and Chuck Yancey; aunts:  Sandy Bowling, Linda and Chuck Terry, Ann Patton and Wade Terry.  She leaves behind many other family, cousins and friends.
Celebration of Life service were June 10, 2017 at the Helenwood Baptist Church with Bro. Roger Cecil officiating.  Music was provided by the Helenwood Baptist Church Choir.

Burial followed in the Strunk Cemetery on Railey Lane in Huntsville, TN.  Pallbearers were:  Chad Patton, Brian Patton, Dusty Pace, Jonathan Griffith, Dustin King and Shawn King.
Obituary information courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.


Brian Scott Garland, age 36 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died June 10, 2017 at his home.
He was born in Covington, Kentucky on December 6, 1980 the son of Ronnie Garland and Sandra Perry. Brian enjoyed art, his guitar, and was very creative.
His parents and grandfather, James Garland precede him in death.
Survivors include his brother, James Klopfer of Louisville, Kentucky; grandmother, Barbara Garland of Stearns, Kentucky; uncles, Rick Garland, Randy Garland, Roy Garland and wife, Vicky, and Rob Garland; aunts, Debbie Montgomery and husband, Rodney and Amanda Strunk and husband, Derek; and numerous cousins also survive.
In accordance with his wishes cremation was chosen.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


James Dean Kidd, age 54 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died June 8, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born July 14, 1962 in Oneida, Tennessee the son of Ewell Dean and Betty Lou (Hughes) Kidd. James had been a truck driver for Southern Belle Dairy. He enjoyed playing with his grandbaby, street bikes, 4 wheelers, hunting, fishing, wrestling. He was a great husband, father, pappy, and friend.
His parents and sister, Peggy Lee Morrow precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Carol (Crabtree) Kidd; son, Robert Dean Kidd of Stearns, Kentucky, daughter, Stacie Rebecca Troxell and husband, Tyler of Marshes Siding, Kentucky; sisters, Pamela Lois Griffis and husband Tim and Patricia Lynn Kidd both of Stearns, Kentucky; and granddaughter, Kaylen Rebecca Troxell.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro, Jason Kates officiating.  Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.



Phillip Wayne, Lockhart, Sr., 79, of Louisville, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Wright cemetery.
Phillip was born in Stearns, Kentucky to the late James Andrew and Bess Ellen Wright Lockhart.  He was a member of the Jeffersontown Lodge #774, Kosair Shrine, Elks Lodge #8, and a Kentucky Colonel.  Phillip was a Kentucky Real Estate Broker for over 60 years, the proud owner of Louisville Marine and Minuteman Press in DuPont Circle and his beloved “farm” in Stearns, KY.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia Meredith Lockhart, four sons, Phillip, Lockhart Jr. and his wife, Tracey, Christopher Lockhart and his wife, Maureen, Andrew Lockhart, and John  Lockhart and his wife, Nikki, a sister, Rebecca Keith, a brother, Larry Lockhart; and ten grandchildren.  Phillip was loved by a host of life-long friends, nieces, nephews, and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kosair Charities.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Phillip Lockhart, Sr.


Shirley Jo Maxey age 66 years, of Winfield, Tennessee died June 7, 2017 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the Methodist Medical Center surrounded by her family.
She was born October 16, 1950 in Jellico, Tennessee the daughter of Ortel and Bertha (Jeffers) Duncan.  She was a factory worker for Tennier and a member of the Hayes Creek Church of God. Shirley enjoyed playing the piano, singing, spending time with grandchildren, quilting, sewing, flowers, gardening, and cooking for the family.
Her parents and granddaughter, Stephanie Anderson precede her in death.
Survivors include her loving husband, Willard Maxey, whom she married December 16, 1967; sons, Tony Maxey and wife, Bridget of Oneida, Tennessee and Tim Maxey and wife, Kim of Helenwood, Tennessee; daughters, Tina Strunk and husband, Mike and Tonya Winchester both of Winfield, Tennessee; sisters, Eva King of Winfield, Tennessee and Drenda Stephens and husband, Roscoe of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jordan Maxey, Cassidy Maxey, Raven Massey and husband, Robby, Brice Maxey, Nicholas Anderson and wife, Kristen, Gabriel Anderson, McKenzie Burk, and Destiny Winchester.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11am in the Hayes Creek Church of God with Bro. Harvey Logan and Bro. Harry Watters officiating.  Burial followed in the Ryan Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Doshie Belinda Creekmore Phillips, wife of Roscoe Phillips, of Pass Christian, Mississippi passed away June 8, 2017 in Mississippi.
Belinda was born August 21, 1959 to James Vasco Creekmore and Bertie Garland Creekmore.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, David Allen Creekmore.
Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Phillips, three daughters, Miranda Kardeen Ankney and her husband, Patrick, Amanda Phillips Whitt and her husband, Tyler, and Ashley Phillips Gibson, a son, Jonathon Kardeen, five sisters, Willow Bowman, Betty Taylor, Martha Brewer, Imogene Creekmore, and Roberta Creekmore, eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated.  A celebration of life ceremony will be held at her home in Mississippi.
Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.


John Fitzgerald Vaughn, age 52 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died June 10, 2017 at his home.
He was born in Slavens, Kentucky on January 28, 1965 the son of Milford and Novella (Vaughn) Vaughn.  John was a fork lift driver in the Saw mill. He enjoyed the outdoors, animals, classic rock and roll, 4 wheeler, kids and his granddaughter.
His parents and brothers, Bobby Vaughn and Jimmy Vaughn precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Kay Wilson; daughters, Ashley Cooper and husband, Billy of Strunk, Kentucky and Kimberly Vaughn of Ohio; brothers, JC Vaughn and Robert Vaughn both of Stearns, Kentucky; and sister, Brenda Vaughn also of Stearns; and granddaughter, Alyssa Cooper.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12, 2017 at 4pm in the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Estil Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Bud Gregory Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Luke Keith, Jr., husband of Margaret Dyche Keith, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Hazard. Born June 15, 1944, to Luke Keith, Sr., and Audrey Ballou Keith, he was the father of Kathryn Keith Henry (Michael), Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Karlyle Keith Young (Justin), London, Kentucky, and the grandfather of Margaret Lane Young, Audrey Madison Henry, Dyche Douglas Young and Ella Grace Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bobby and William Keith.
Luke and Margaret purchased her family’s newspaper in London, The Sentinel-Echo, in 1974. In 1981, they moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where they owned The Pelican Deck, Ltd., a men’s clothing store. He was also a broker and sales associate at Sea Pines Real Estate and a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Club and Salesman of the Year twice. In 1991, he returned to London to build and operate a motel. He was named publisher of The Hazard Herald in 2006.
A graduate of Madison Central High School and Eastern Kentucky University, Luke served in the United States Army in Saigon, Vietnam.
His Memorial Service was Saturday, June 3, at First Presbyterian Church, Hazard with the Rev. Ellen Peach officiating.
The family requests remembrances be sent to the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center Veterans Program Fund, 200 Veterans Drive, Hazard, KY 41701.
Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.


James Thomas Miller, age 79 years, 7 months and 7 days, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017, in Somerset, Kentucky.  Jim was born on November 26, 1937 in Monticello, Kentucky, to  Toney Miller and Lucy (Matthews) Miller.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Baker, Bro. Roger Bryant, and Bro. Mark Sewell officiating.  Burial was in the Elk Springs Cemetery in Monticello, Kentucky.
After graduating from high school, Jim worked various summer jobs to put himself through the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy.  In 1962  Jim took a position with Burgess Drugs and moved his young family to Whitley City, he served a total of 38 years with the drug store.
In 1963 Jim helped organize the Whitley City Volunteer Fire Department. At the time the fire department consisted of one old truck and whoever he, Jimmy Burgess, and Bon L. Bybee could get to help them.  Jim’s passion to serve his community, his vision, leadership and strong work ethic are evident in the fire department today.  Many of the firefighters credit Jim for helping them become better men and citizens. At the time of his death he was serving as the administrative chief of the Whitley City Volunteer Fire Department.
Jim was also a very benevolent man, many times he would secretly meet the needs of others without anyone knowing he was involved.  Accolades were not important to him.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Gene Miller, Jack Miller, and Little Toney Miller.
Jim is survived by his wife, Pam Miller, son, Tony Miller and his wife, Mary Beth, daughter, Christy Lewis and Buck Tucker, Margie Miller, the mother of his children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Helen Slaven, sisters-in-law, Lora Miller, Carol Miller and Beverly Crabtree, brothers-in-law, Mike Slaven and his wife, Paula, and Doug Slaven, and a infinite number of friends.
He made his rounds everyday checking on things in town.  Few people leave their community better than they found it, but Jim has left a wonderful legacy for his family, his community and his fellow man. He will be remembered fondly and missed greatly.
Donations are suggested to the McCreary County Christian Center or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jim Miller.


Eugene Everett Strunk, age 63, of Allard, Tennessee, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
He was born in Pickaway, Ohio, on September 17, 1953, the son of the late Bonnie Eugene and Dorothy Ellen (Gilreath) Strunk.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Strunk and a sister, Ruthie Barnett.
Surviving family include four sons: Eugene Strunk, Jr., of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Dominic Strunk (wife Cheryl) of Pine Knot, Derek Strunk (wife Amanda) of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Ruben Trammell of Pine Knot, and a step-daughter, Samantha Smith of Jamestown, Tennessee.
He has four brothers:  Tom Strunk of Whitley City, Whip Strunk of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Roy Strunk of Jamestown, Tennessee, and Larry Strunk of Pine Knot.  There are four sisters: Gracie Strunk of Flat Rock, Kentucky, Kathy Strunk of Jamestown and Betty Slavey of Pine Knot.
Eugene enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.  He liked to cut firewood and dig ginseng and other root.  He enjoyed laughing and making people laugh.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at the Roundtop United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Trammell officiating.  Burial followed at the Smith Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


Kenneth Lee Tucker, age 62 years, 2 months, and 27 days, of the Day Ridge community passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Whitehead and Bro. Clyde Strunk officiating. Burial was in the Strunk-Tucker Cemetery.
He was born March 6, 1955 in Somerset, Kentucky to Albert Tucker and Dorothy New Tucker.  Kenneth was a retired auto mechanic who could build and repair most everything.  In his spare time, he loved being outdoors, restoring old cars, and growing things in his vegetable and flower gardens.  But his favorite thing to do was spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Alvin Tucker, and sisters, Shirley Sexton and Cherry Lynn Tucker.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Tucker, daughters, Brandie Perry and her husband, Charles, of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Amanda Baird and her husband, Joshua, of Somerset, Kentucky, brothers, Carl Dean Tucker and his wife, Shirley Mae, Lester Tucker and his wife, Linda, Gary Tucker and his wife, Sharon, and Mickey Tucker, all of Whitley City, Kentucky, sister, Cleda Howard of Jefferson, Georgia, grandchildren, Dillon, Brandon, Tavvie, Alexis, Cameron, Bailey, and Mason.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Kenneth Lee Tucker.


Novella Yancey, age 98 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died June 1, 2017 at her home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon and Bro. Scott Yancey officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery. She was born in Starts, West Virginia on March 3, 1919 the daughter of F.M. and Patty (Stephenson) Creekmore. Novella was a homemaker, member of the Whitley City Church of God, enjoyed sewing, crafts, gardening, cooking, church, family, and friends.
Her parents; husband, Clyde Yancey; son, Clifford Yancey; a daughter: Rosella Yancey, brothers, Francis Creekmore, Paul Creekmore, Leon Creekmore, and Theodore Creekmore; sisters, Anna Pearson, Mary Westley, and Vivian Owens; and three grandchildren precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Merrill Itdus Yancey of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Freida Stephens of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Velma Sue Dennison of Glasgow, Kentucky, Judy Lee Simmons of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Adrienne Marcella Head of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Patricia Helton of Greenwood, Kentucky; 31 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Beatrice Burchett, age 83 years, 13 day, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Peters officiating.  Burial was in the Murton Wilson Family Cemetery.
She was born May 10, 1934 in Strunk, Kentucky to Cecil and Jewel (Neal) Creekmore. Beatrice was retired from American Bag Corporation and  cared for children in her own daycare, she was a member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church. Beatrice found pleasure in gardening, sewing, quilting and spending time with her family, friends and pets.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and a brother, Ackmon Creekmore.
Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Burchett, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Rachel Kikendall, of Lexington, Kentucky and Patricia Crabtree, of Monticello, Kentucky, one son, Freddie Burchett, of Lexington, Kentucky, one brother, Cecil Creekmore, Jr. of Strunk, Kentucky, two sisters, Mary Strunk, of Strunk, Kentucky,  Georgie Wilson, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and four grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Beatrice Burchett.


 

Wynter Alexandria Janeau Smith-Clark, infant daughter of Shyanne Smith and Brandon Clark, was born and died Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Survivors include her parents, Shyanne Smith and Brandon Clark of Strunk, Kentucky, grandparents, Steve and Shana  Smith of Strunk, Kentucky and Tim and Miranda Clark of Whitley City Kentucky, and great grandparents, Darlena Smith, Ken Clark, and Vernon Strunk.
In keeping with her parents’ wishes, Wynter was cremated.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Wynter Smith-Clark.


 

Jimmie (Too Tall) Gibson parted from this life on Saturday, May 27,2017 at home after a long illness.
He was born in Tiffin, Ohio on October 31, 1954 to Jack and Gracie Gibson.
He was preceded in death by his Parents and two brothers; David (Carolyn) Gibson of Tiffin,Ohio and Donald (Lena) Gibson.
Jimmie was married to Donna Stephens Gibson in 1974 and to this union was born three sons: Jason and Timothy (Amy), both of Whitley City, Kentucky and Jeremy (Kate) of Louisville, Kentucky. Also blessed with three daughters: Shannon (Walter)  Schenck  of Oneida, Tennessee, Jamie Gibson (Keith) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Sandi (Brian)  Stephens of Somerset, Kentucky. From these Six Children came 12 Grandchildren.
Other Survivers are a sister; Louise Gibson of Stearns, Kentucky and a  brother; Leonard (Corena) Gibson of Pine Knot, Kentucky
Jimmie made a living at first by playing guitar in a little band called Freedom from McCreary County,  Kentucky.
In later years he served the public working as a EMT for several years and from that to a 911 Dispatcher. .He loved his work was most proud to have these jobs serving the citizens of his county.
Jimmie battled lung disease until his last day. He will be so missed by all.
His wish was to be cremated but no service at this time. Memorial  at a later date.
Four Oaks of Oneida is in charge of arrangements for the family of Jimmie Gibson.


 

Ella Mae Goodin was born on October 2, 1957 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late J. E. and Truie Perry Patrick.
She was united in marriage to Albert Goodin who survives. She is also survived by two children, Albert Cody Goodin and wife Nicole and Zachary Tyson Goodin both of London, three sisters, Norma Barnett and Retha Thackston of Parkers Lake, Faye Rowe and husband Butch of Stearns, Kentucky, one brother, Freddie Patrick and wife Pam of Whitley City, Kentucky, two grandchildren, Bentley Tyson Goodin and his mother, Amy Smith Goodin and Emily Danielle Goodin, plus a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Violet Renee Goodin and a grandchild, Aubree LaRae Goodin.
She was a former employee at Levi Jackson State Park and was a member of the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church.
Ella Mae departed this life on Saturday, May 13, 2017, being 59 years, 7 months and 11 days of age.
Funeral service were at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Bowling Funeral Home with Nate Jones and Billy Patrick officiating. Burial followed in the Mud Lick Cemetery in Knox County.
Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.


 

William Henderson Ross, age 68, of Pine Knot, KY passed from this life on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Jean Waddle Hospice Care Unit.
He was born on March 13, 1948 in Pine Knot, KY, son of the late Jess and Ella Mae Murphy Ross.
William was a member of Beulah Heights Church of God and loved taking care of his garden.
He is survived by his sons; Kenneth Goodin, Willis (and Pam) Taylor, Freddie Goodin and Anthony Goodin, brother; Bobby Ray Ross, and sisters; Estellella Watson and Mamie Watson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Irene Ross, brother; Lewis Dean Ross and sister; Betty West.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 beginning at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with funeral services followed at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. Johnathan Goodin officiating.
Burial will follow in the Ross-Goodin Cemetery in Pine Knot, KY.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


 

Richard Lee Wood age 77 of Strunk, Kentucky, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed from this life on Friday, May 26, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.
He was born on October 14, 1939 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Samuel Francis Wood and Verla (Wilcoxon) Wood.  Richard was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wood is preceded in death by a daughter, Sonja Diane Wood Agee, a brother, and two sisters.
Surviving family include his wife of 58 years, Patricia Ann (Ross) Wood of Strunk, Kentucky; children, Brian David Wood and wife, Beverly of Dayton, OH, Richard Michael Wood and wife, Deborah of Wilmington, OH, Franklin Ross Wood and wife, Tammy of Xenia, OH, and Dawn Lee Wood and fiancé, Jimmy King of Oneida, TN; a son-in-law, Clyde Agee of Asheville, North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Darrin Ross officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


 

James Edward Bryant, age 66, of C. Bryant Road, Williamsburg, Kentucky departed this life on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home. He was born on January 16, 1951 in Kenver, Kentucky to the late Claude Bryant and Pearl (Durham) Bryant. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Sargent Bryant and Hobert Bryant and a brother-in-law, Raymond Meadors.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bryant of Williamsburg; mother, Pearl Bryant of Williamsburg; three brothers, Michael Bryant (Alice) of Pine Knot, Lawrence Bryant (Shirley) of Williamsburg and Dennis Bryant (Sharlet) of Williamsburg; sister, Brenda Meadors of Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing.
Funeral Services were Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Pleasant Run church with Rev. Johnny Perry officiating. He was laid to rest in the Bryant Family Cemetery.
Obituary information is courtesy of the Pine Knot Funeral Home.



William Denton “Doc” Coffey, age 77 years, 7 months, and 24 days, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at his home in Stearns, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Bryant and Bro. Danny Staley officiating.  Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery.
He was born September 27, 1939 in the White Oak Junction Community in McCreary County, Kentucky to Dudley Coffey and Gertie Taylor Coffey.  Doc was a member of the Flat Rock Baptist Church where he served as deacon.  He had worked for Stearns Coal and Lumber which later became Blue Diamond Coal and later Southfork Coal where he retired as general superintendent. In his spare time Doc enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, and UK sports.  But he had special passion for McCreary Central sports and had served as assistant coach for the girls basketball team and statistician for many teams.  He not only was a valuable assistant to the teams but was a positive role model for many of the youth of our county, giving them life lessons and letting them know that they were important.  Doc was a devoted Christian who loved his church and his family beyond words.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Mary Cook Coffey, brothers, Bennie and Kenneth Coffey, and a sister, Jewelene Dobbs.
Survivors include his daughters, Carol Jones and her husband, Scott, and Aimee Strunk and her husband, Jason, both of Stearns, Kentucky, brothers, Hoyt Coffey and his wife, Betty, of Muncie, Indiana and Larry Coffey of Stearns, Kentucky, sister, Phyllis Coffey and her husband, Peter Ferrara, of Stearns, Kentucky, grandchildren, Ashley Anderson and her husband, Eric, Allyson Morgan and her husband, Mark, Lucas Strunk and Logan Strunk, and great grandchildren, Reis Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Maddox Morgan, and Braxton Morgan.
HIckman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Willian “Doc” Coffey.



Jimmy “Sam” Dale Daugherty, age 55, died suddenly Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on July 30, 1961, the son of Alma Whitehead Daugherty and the late Verlin “Bud” Daugherty.
In addition to his father, Sam was preceded in death by his sister: Delores Daugherty and aunts and uncles: Glen Whitehead, Emma Douglas, Dorothy Daugherty, Zella Lee Daugherty, Starlin Daugherty, William Sterling, and Dallas Elkins.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his brother: James “Pete” Daugherty, uncles: George Whitehead, Ardel Whitehead and Ale Daugherty, aunts: Jewel Whitehead, Judy Whitehead, Wilma Sterling, Judy Casada, Doris Hall and Audrey Jones, nephew: James “Jamie” Daugherty, along with numerous cousins he also leaves two special friends: Doyle Morgan and Bill Stephens.
Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family and friends.  He was exceptionally gifted musically and could play stringed instruments of any kind.  He loved to listen to music and Hank Williams was his favorite. Sam will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, we trust our loss is heavens gain.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. He was laid to rest at Nancy Grave Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.



Donald Earl Kennedy, age 67 years, 3 months, and 11 days, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at UK Medical Center, in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born February 3, 1950 in Hazard, Kentucky to Arthur Kennedy and Mary Yancey. Donald enjoyed his family, meeting new friends, watching Joseph Prince Ministries, fishing and trading and bartering.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Penny Taylor Kennedy, one brother, Allen Kennedy and one sister, Lisa Baisden.
Survivors include two sons, Donald F. Kennedy and his wife, Michelle, of Whitley City, Kentucky, David Sands and his wife, Wanda, of Lorraine, Ohio, daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Delap and her husband, Anthony, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Jessie Lynn Summers, and her husband Tony, of West VA., Casaundra Doran of Georgia, one brother, Kenny Kennedy, of Ohio, and one sister, Sheila Jones and her husband of Monticello, Kentucky, ten grandchildren,  many other family members and many friends.
In keeping with Donald’s wishes, he was cremated, Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Donald Kennedy.



Tonie “Tom” A. Tucker age 72 years of Stearns, Kentucky died May 16, 2017 in Howard, Ohio at his daughter’s home.
He was born in Co-operative, Kentucky on June 27, 1944 the son of Claude and Ethel (Duncan) Tucker.  Tom was a carpenter, member of the American Legion Post #115. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His favorite things were watching Nascar, sitting on his front porch, and fishing.
His parents; wife, Dillie (Corder) Tucker; brothers, Ken Tucker and James Tucker; and sisters, Lois Pennycuff and Doris Marlow precede him in death.
Survivors include his daughter, Tonya Schrienk and husband, Dan of Howard, Ohio; sons, Tonie Tucker and wife, Tina of Hillard, Ohio and Jeffrey Lee Dixon of Oneida, Tennessee; sisters, Fay Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joan Hall, Phyllis Smith, and Lorene Scott all of Harper City, Indiana, and Connie Polly of Montana; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Cox officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.



Donnie Upchurch, age 76, wife of Earl (Hondo) Upchurch, passed away Friday, May 19,2017 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, KY.
In addition to her husband, Earl, she is survived by: One son, Shawn Upchurch Three daughters, Scarlett Upchurch, Autumn Upchurch, and Shannon King One brother, Dan Parmley Three sisters, Faye Gregory, Glenna Harris, and Sandy Bell Eight grandchildren One special great grandchild- Savannah Grace
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1 pm at the Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Elk Spring Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or the Alzheimer’s Association
Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home of Monticello, KY. in charge of the arrangements.
Obituary information provided as a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.



Clara Watters age 86 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born January 1, 1931 in Slavens, Kentucky to the late Bollie Jones and Millie (Gregory) Jones. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Randy Lee Jones; brothers, Teddy and Theodore Jones; and sisters, Mary Young, Bessie Vaughn, and Josie Jones.
Surviving family include her sons, Michael Ray Watters and James Steven “Bubba” Watters; daughters, Linda Gail Byrd and Tammy Renee Watters; a sister, Alice Phillips; grandchildren, Clarissa Burris, Jennifer Dixon, Angela Rodriguez, Eric Ray Watters, Kara Watters, Rickey Swiger, Jessica Spradlin, and Adam Swiger; and great-grandchildren, Jereth, Josh, Caleb, Hallie, Braydin, Haleigh, Clorina, Dreven, Shantara, and James.
Clara was a homemaker. She enjoyed caring for her family and cooking meals. She also enjoyed music and being outside gardening and fishing. Her loss brings many tears to our eyes and sorrow to our hearts, but we have faith that our loss, is her eternal gain.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Bro. David Vaughn officiating. Burial to follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Clara Watters.



Lena Faye Cook Wells, age 59, of Somerset, passed from this life on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center.
She was born on April 14, 1958 in Whitley City, KY, daughter of the late William McKinley and Mary Estine Branscum Cook.
Lena was a member of Cotter Avenue Church of God. When she was a child, she loved singing in church. She still found enjoyment in singing throughout her life, especially while tending to her flower garden. She enjoyed cooking for her family, but most of all, she loved and adored her grandbabies.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Lee Wells, sons; William Cook of Science Hill, Danny (and Brittany Cassidy) Cook, of Science Hill, Dennis Cook of Nancy, and Douglas (and Stephanie) Cook of Somerset, daughters; Doris Lowe of Somerset and Robyn (and Jeremy) Singleton of Somerset, brothers; Bruce Cook, Andrew Cook, Curtis (and Tina) Cook and Glenn (and Dean) Cook, all of Somerset, sisters; Eillen Perkins of Somerset and Eutta Cook of Eubank. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Nathanial Lee Wells, daughter; Samantha Lee Wells; sisters; Wanda Hair, Doris Meece and Eva Church.
Funeral service was on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 beginning at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Burial was in Neely’s Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Lena Faye Cook Wells Memorial Fund, C/O Southern Oaks Funeral Home.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ms. Lena Faye Cook Wells.

 

William “Ken” McKinley Bryant, age 77 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died May 14, 2017 at his home.
He was born December 7, 1939 the son of Johnnie B. and Mattie (Strunk) Bryant. Ken was a deacon of the Taylor Ridge Untied Baptist Church, a Kentucky Colonel, Ambassador to State Parks, and member of the Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge #874. He also loved to fish and hunt.
His parents; wife, Margaret “Sue” (Perkins) Bryant; brothers, Clarence Bryant, Billy Bryant, Bobby Bryant, and 1 infant brother; sisters, Ruby Bryant, Ella Mae Davis, Irene Vanover, Lois Sumner, and 1 infant sister precede him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Kathy Litton and husband, Steve of Stearns, Kentucky, Kenna Young and husband, Frankie of Strunk, Kentucky, Karen Meadows and husband, Jerry of Muncie, Indiana, and Lisa Soard of Stearns, Kentucky; brother, Ray Bryant Lawrenceburg, Indiana; sisters, Ruth Price of Aurora, Indiana and Elsie Perry of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; grandchildren, Axel Litton, Chelsea King, McKenzie Meadows, Brian Bryant, and Michael Soard II; and great grandchildren, Hunter Bryant, Ava Bryant, and Lukas Bryant.
Funeral service were held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Lenville Maxwell and Bro. Earl Davis, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrngements.

 

Ella Mae Goodin age 59 of London, KY formerly of McCreary County, daughter of the late J.E. and Truie (Perry) Patrick  passed away 5/13/17. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Bowling Funeral Home in London, KY. Burial followed in Mud Lick Cemetery in Barbourville, KY.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice

 

Cora Marie Roberts, age 96 years,, 1 month, and 29 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Ford and Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating.  Burial was in the Powell Cemetery in Wayne County.
She was born March 10, 1921 in Gregory, Kentucky to George Harrison Powell and Nannie Ethel Cox Powell.  Cora was a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church.  In addition to caring for her own family, she had cared for the homes and children of other members of the community including the Robert Gable family, the Frank Thomas family and the Dwayne King family.  Cora was a very independent, hard working woman with a wonderful sense of humor who was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors.  She enjoyed sewing and crocheting and has made countless quilts.  One of her great joys was cooking for her friends and family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her first husband, Luther Coffey, her second husband, Thomas Ed Roberts, two sons, Tracy Coffey and Dean Roberts, a daughter, Wilma Jean Roberts Dobbs, brothers, Hubert Powell, Isaac Powell, and Hobert Powell, and a sister, Ora Thompson.
Survivors include a son, Eddy J. Roberts and his wife, Sharon, of Huntsville, Tennessee, daughters, Wanda Lee Coffey of Strunk, Kentucky, Alma Faye Tucker of Hilltop, Kentucky, Phyllis Ann Williams of Stearns, Kentucky, and Glynna Sue Hatfield and her husband, Gordon, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, daughter-in-law, Jewell Roberts, sister-in-law, Lois Powell, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Cora Roberts.

 

Nancy Carol Canada Todd, age 59, of Somerset, passed from this life on Monday, May 15, 2017 in the quietness of her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on October 13, 1957 in Marshes Siding, McCreary County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Arnold Canada, Sr. and Martha Bell Canada.  Nancy was married to Jim Todd on May 1, 2010 in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  She was the owner and operator Nancy’s Classy Trends, Nancy was a dedicated Christian and lived her life to its fullest.  She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as her boutique of Floral Designs and sales.  She loved the splendor of nature and outdoors and participated in Relay for Life to be an inspiration to others while finding solace for herself.  She was a loving and kind person who was always willing to help others, she will be greatly missed by those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Arnold and Martha Bell Canada, sister; Lois Ann Canada, and a brother Arnold Canada, Jr.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband; Jim Todd of Somerset, three daughters; Brandy and (Mike) Montgomery of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Jamie and (Bryant) Miller of Christiana, Tennessee, Lindsay and (Alex) Hornback of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Three brothers; Jim Canada, Gary and (Darlene) Canada all of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Robert and (Wanda) Canada of Ragland, Alabama, four sisters; Glenna and (Elmer) Clark, Ruth and (Bob) Sumner, Faye Vanover, and Jane Bryant all of Whitley City, Kentucky, four grandchildren; Jordon Sumler, Zachary Montgomery, Gracie Miller and Abbie Miller and one great-grandchild; Addie Sumler
Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.  The Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 P. M. in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Brother Scott Corder and Brother Jerry Meadows officiating, Pallbearers will be David Thacker, Jordan DeBorde, Jordon Sumler, Dewayne Canada, Steve Canada and Josh Wilson, the Honorary Pallbearers will be Zach Montgomery, Jimmie Wilson, Abby Miller, Gracie Miller and Addie Sumler.
Interment will be in the Southern Oaks Cemetery, Somerset, Kentucky
In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Nancy to Relay for Life.
Southern Oak Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Nancy Carol Canada Todd.

 

Tonie (Tom) Tucker age 72 of Stearns, KY, widower of Dillie (Corder) Tucker passed away 5/16/17. He was a carpenter and an Army Veteran of Vietnam. Funeral services 1:00 PM Saturday, May 20, 2017 at McCreary County Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Jim Cox officiating. Visitation 11 AM Saturday until time of services at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrngements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Clara Watters age 86 of Stearns, Kentucky, daughter of the late Bollie and Millie (Gregory) Jones, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Cedar Grove 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.

 

Wilburn Kirby Ross was born May 12, 1922 in Whitley City, KY to Ned and Maude (King) Ross . He passed away May 9, 2017 in Tacoma, WA.
He is survived by his two sons, Gregory Ross, Paul Ross; four daughters, Michelle Shaw, Maureen Scheffler, Carla Duruh, Susan Ross; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Funeral Ceremony and Visitation were held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:00 pm at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood. Graveside was held the following day, Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:30pm at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com.
Obituary Courtesy of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

James “Jimmy” Lloyd Wilson, Jr. age 40 of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born January 7, 1977 in Somerset, Kentucky to James Lloyd Wilson and Leota (Stevens) Wilson. Jimmy spent his life working as a mechanic, which he loved to do. He also enjoyed watching Westerns and caring for animals.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe Lee and Lela Stevens, Lloyd and Elsie Wilson; a father-in-law, Frank Walters, and nephew Joshua Adam Walters.
Surviving family include his parents James Wilson, Leota Wilson (companion, Oakley Merritt); his wife, Rebecca (Hicks) Wilson and their daughter, Aleisha Paige Wilson; children,  Tristan Wilson (fiancé, Jaclyn and a grandchild on the way), Caleb Wilson (girlfriend, Makayla), and Desirae Wilson; mother of his children, Sharon Wilson King; brothers, Walter Lee Wilson (Tonya) of Low Gap, TN, Matthew Lynn Wilson (Casey Crabtree) of Whitley City, KY, Jody Lee Wilson (Sandy) of Strunk, KY; grandmother, Glennis Stevens of Oneida, TN; aunts and uncles, Cathy Stevens of Strunk, KY, Joe Stevens (Paula) of Robbins, TN, Larry “Dan” Stevens (Alice) of Harrogate, TN; a special cousin, Amanda Flaherty; and a host of several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Bro. Larry Ellis officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery at Round Top.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

 

Glen Edward Bryant, age 59 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died May 1, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Jean Waddle Care Center. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Sexton officiating.  Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.

He was born March 8, 1958 the son of Rev. Donald Bryant and the late Lois (Stephens) Bryant. Glen was a member of the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church and attended the Bethel Baptist Church. He loved hunting and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his mother; son Kenneth Bryant; and brothers, Wayne L. Bryant and Steve Bryant.

Survivors include his daughters, Krystal Jakes and husband, Kristopher and Chasity Bryant both of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; father, Rev. Donald Bryant of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister, Deanie Perry and husband, Otis (Hot Shot) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Alyssa Hagewood, Maleigha Hagewood, Charisma Brown, Ava Brown, and Michael Brown.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Donnie Ray Canada, age 51, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

He was born in Oneida, Tennessee, on January 13, 1966, the son of Robert Eugene and Rose Lee (Taylor) Canada.  He is survived by his parents and four children: Justin Canada of Whitley City, Natasha (and Dustin) Gentry of Stearns, Dalton Canada of Stearns and Shayna Canada of Marshes Siding, Kentucky.  He has one sister; Pam Barnett (husband Scott) of Marshes Siding and two brothers: Robert Canada (wife Debra) of Corbin and Greg Canada (wife Regina) of Whitley City.  He has nine grandchildren including Kaylee, Karly, and Karmen Gentry and Blake Canada, Sarah Troxell, Adriana Canada, Jayvian Canada and Jillian Canada.

Donnie had been a foreman for Phillips Tree Service.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, but mostly spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Meadors officiating.  He was laid to rest at the Taylor Family Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements for Donnie Ray Canada

 

Lillian Gilreath, age 65, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky, on February 8, 1952.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Connie (Stephens) Duguid and grandmother, Della Stephens.

Surviving family include her husband Lloyd Gilreath whom she married February 2, 1970, a son, Bryan (and Hazel) Gilreath of Pine Knot, a daughter: Tammy (and Mike) Troxell of Pine Knot, two grandchildren: Dakota Gilreath and Aaron Gilreath, a brother: Richard Duguid of Georgia, two sisters: Bridgette Duguid and Roenia Owens both of Georgia, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

Lillian had been a secretary for the McCreary County Schools and a member of Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church.  She had been a member of the South McCreary Fire Department and the McCreary Search and Rescue Squad.  She enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, scrapbooking and other crafts.  She also enjoyed camping and jeep riding.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and socializing with her friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating.

She was laid to rest at the Pine Knot Cemetery on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

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

 

Glenn Edward Hamilton, Jr, age 36 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died May 6, 2017 in Whitley City, Kentucky unexpectedly.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on December 21, 1980 to Glenn Edward and Deborah (Young) Hamilton. Edward was a member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors, building, digging ginseng, and his kids.

He is preceded in death by his brother, William Hamilton and sister, Geneva Ann Hamilton.

Survivors include his father, Glenn Edward Hamilton, Sr. and companion, Linda Ross of Parkers Lake; mother, Deborah (Young) Meadows and husband, Roscoe of Whitley City; son, Jacob Hamilton of Whitley City; daughters, Kaitlyn Hamilton of Whitley City, Kimberly Hamilton, Taylor Hamilton, and Emily Perry all of Parkers Lake; Grandmother: Ann Young, Parkers Lake, sisters: Jessica Trammell and husband, Mark of Parkers Lake and Tiffany Howard of Stearns; and 1 grandchild on the way.

Funeral service were held Wednesday at 1:00 PM, May 10, 2017, at his Mother’s Home (90 Hoot Owl Holler Rd Whitley City) with Bro. Dow Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Hamilton Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Ronald Lee Moore, age 71, of the Beech Grove Community in Lake City, Tennessee, went home to be with his heavenly father on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Ronald was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on August 8, 1945 to the late Matt and Hazel Marie Sprandlin Moore. Ronald loved his church, tinkering in his shop, driving the church bus, watching Westerns, and spending time with his grandkids. Ronald was a member of Coal Creek Masonic Lodge 492 F&AM. In addition to his parents, Ronald is preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Moore, brothers: Jr., Edward, Lendell, and Ode Mike Moore, and sister Martha Lou Duncan.

Survivors include: Wife, Charlotte Ann Moore, Beech Grove Community. Children: Tony Moore of  Knoxville, Hope and husband Jason Phelan of Caryville, Jesse McCoy and wife Debra of Clarksville, Andy McCoy and wife Teresa of  Lake City, Amanda and husband Bryan Vowell of Beech Grove Community. Grandchildren; Kristen, Kayla, and Kimmie McCoy, Abby McCoy, Alexis and Noah Vowell. Great Grandchildren Ally, Ryan and Layna McCoy, and Haley Laws. And many other relatives and friends.

Masonic Service were 12:45 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Laurel Branch Baptist Church in Briceville.

Funeral Service was  1:00 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Laurel Branch Baptist Church in Briceville with Rev. Joey Cagley and Rev. Archie Seiber officiating.

Interment followed funeral service at the Beech Grove Cemetery in Lake City.

You can also visit Ronald’s Guestbook at : www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com

Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, TN is in charge of arrangements.

 

Nancy Alene Perry, Alene, as she was known to her family and countless friends, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday May 6, 2017 at the McCreary Health and Rehab Center.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Rev. Landon Sexton, Bro. Scott Corder and Bro. Thomas Branscum officiating. Burial was in Boyatt Cemetery.

She was born on November 11, 1928 in Smithtown, Kentucky to  H.C. Columbus Perry and Hattie King Perry.  Alene along with her sister, Maxine, worked as a cook for the McCreary County School System for 57 years and was well loved and respected by many students she fed every day. Alene was a  Christian and of the Baptist Faith. She enjoyed crocheting , embroidery,  cooking and singing with her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, Edward and a sister, Anna Gertrude Helton.

Survivors include her sister,  Tressie Maxine Perry,  Alvilda Burke, who she raised from childhood and considered a daughter, grandchildren, Sherry Branscum,  and William C. Stephens, great grandchildren, Sheena Keeton, Breanna Branscum and William Branscum, along with countless friends and other family members.

Alene will be remembered for her selfless sprit and total devotion and support of her family and most of all for her steadfast faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May her memory and testimony comfort you now and always.

Condolences may be left for the family at strunkfuneralhome.net

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Nancy Alene Perry.

 

Norma Fay Ross, age 63, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

She was born in Greenwood, Kentucky, on September 20, 1953, to the late Roy Roberts and Kathryn (Ballou) Roberts.  She is preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters: Linda Queen and Pauline Musgrove.

Survivors include three sons: Roy (and Angela) Wilson of Oneida, Tennessee, Robert (and Lynn) Wilson of Oneida, and Phillip Chase Ross of Stearns, two grandchildren: Robert Noah Lance Wilson and Summer Lynn Wilson, and one sister: Rama Wilson of Revelo, Kentucky, and Larry Ross of Oneida.

Norma was a L.P.N having worked for Bluegrass Oakwood in Somerset.  She had previously worked for Huntsville Manor Nursing Home and Scott Appalachian Industries.  She loved working, reading, going to flea markets and dining out.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Stephens officiating.  Burial will follow at the Keith Morrow Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until time for services.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Carlos C. “Todd” Watson McHenry, 59, passed away April  13, 2017 under the care of Ohio County Hospice at his home surrounded by his family.

Carlos was born Sept. 30, 1957 in Scott County, TN to Christine Waters Watson of Beaver Dam and the late Willis Watson.

Carlos was a member of Broadway General Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his sister Rosalee Moore.

Carlos loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his friends and family.  He loved all his grandchildren and had just became a great grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Janet Riger Watson, his daughter Angel (James) Lowery, son Jonathon Todd Watson, stepson James (Mellany Reed) Jones, Jr., and stepdaughter Kelsey Jones. Two grandsons Austin Lowery and Ryan Lowery and a step granddaughter Benlee Jones.  His great grandson Abel Jace Lowery.  His mother Christine Waters Watson, three brothers Randall (Carol) Watson, Willard (Wanda) Watson and Willis Watson, Jr. two sisters Brenda (Jerry) Moore and Vivian (Pat) Embry.  Sisters in laws Diania (Chuck) Topper, Joanie (the late Timbo) Goff, Joyce (Larry) Jones, Fredia (Gary) Ferguson, Five brother in laws Michael (Misty) Riger, Cleo Junior Ferguson, John M. Riger, Jesse Riger and Ray (the late Karen) Ferguson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services was 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with Bro. Jerry D. Moore, Jr. officiating.  Burial followed in Render Memorial Cemetery in McHenry.

Online condolences may be sent to: bevilbrosfuneralhomes.com

Bevil Bros. Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, KY entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Glen Edward Bryant age, 59 of Parkers Lake, KY son of Rev. Donald  Bryant and the late Lois (Stephens) Bryant passed away 5/2/17. Funeral services 1 PM Thursday at  McCreary County Funeral Home, burial in

Higginbotham Cemetery. Visitation 11 AM  Thursday until time of services at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Mrs. Ruby Jean (nee Clark) Fryman, 86, of Foster, Kentucky passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the River Valley Nursing Home in Butler, Kentucky. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 46 years, Shirley Alford Fryman.

Ruby was born September 6, 1930 in Bee Rock, Kentucky to her parents, the late George A. and Dovie J. Hughes Clark. She was a homemaker and member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cold Spring, Kentucky.

She was the beloved mother of Ronald (Linda) Bonapfel, Kevin (Sheila) Bonapfel, Steven (Patricia) Bonapfel, Cheryl Lynn Bonapfel, and stepmother of Shirley Fryman Jr. and Gary (Phyliss) Fryman. She is also survived by her brothers, Arthur Clark and Lonzo Kenneth Clark, and her sisters, Jewel Parks, Dezil Clark, and Evelyn Parks. Survivors also include 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Ruby was preceded in death by her son, Donald Richard Bonapfel, two stepsons, Larry Fryman and Danny Fryman; several brothers and sisters, and her grandson, Ronnie Bonapfel II.

Funeral services were at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Metcalfe-Hennessey Funeral Home in Augusta, Kentucky with Bro. Jim Tarkington presiding.

Interment followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Bracken County, Ky.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be sent through www.mhfuneralhome.com.

 

Lillian Gilreath, age 65, of Pine Knot, wife of Lloyd Gilreath passed away Monday, May 1, 2017.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating.

She was laid to rest at the Pine Knot Cemetery on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

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

 

William Carter “Bill” Henry, age 90 years and 5 days, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Signature Health Care Center in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral Services were held Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Decker officiating. Burial was in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

He was born April 20, 1927, in Revelo, Kentucky to Joseph H. Henry Sr. and Pearl Carter Henry. Bill retired from National Cash Register where he was employed for 28 1/2 years. He was a member of Green Hills Baptist Church in Monticello, Kentucky. Bill found pleasure playing music, and was a skilled guitarist. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and was a master story teller. He was a Kentucky Colonel and served in the U.S. Navy in WWII on the Minesweeper YM 58 among his other duties.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his wife, Mildred Edwards Henry, three brothers, Joe Henry, Clinton Henry, Edwin Henry, and six sisters, Rova Harman, Chloe Spencer, Mildred Strunk, Wilma Godsey, Rosemary Orme, and Madeline Wright.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be left for the family at StrunkFuneralhome.net

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of William C.”Bill” Henry.

April 2017 Archives

 

Israel “Izzy” David Carey, 19, of Stearns, formerly of Boyle County, KY, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017. Born June 30, 1997, he was the son of Freda Southerland Carey Shepherd and the late Amos Lee Carey, Jr.

Israel was a 2015 graduate of McCreary Central High School. He was very athletic. Israel had served in the US Marine Corp. He loved basketball and anything outdoors. He was known for his smiles and charming personality.

Survivors include his mother, his foster parents, Jon and Karena Howard of Stearns; maternal grandmother, Delois Southerland of Junction City; two sisters: Ashley Carey of Michigan and Alexis Carey of Perryville; four brothers: Eric (Nicole) Carey of Junction City, Eddie (Deanna) LaCroix of Ashland, Mikey Carey of Danville and Caleb Carey of Lexington foster brothers, Matthew Howard, Mario Lopez, Eli Rupe; and special aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1pm in the Trinity Temple Church of God.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

LaRue Hatfield age 85 of Gray, Kentucky, passed from this life on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born October 4, 1931 in Stearns, Kentucky to the late Everett Green and Grace (Stephens) Green.  In addition to her parents, LaRue is preceded in death by her husband, Herman Hatfield who passed in September of 2016, and a brother, Eddie Green.

Surviving family include her children, Michael Hatfield of Berea, Kentucky, Timothy Hatfield of Centerville, Ohio, and Melissa Edwards of Gray, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jason Hatfield, Rebecca Hatfield, Jennifer Hatfield, and Meganne Chumbly; and great-grandchildren, Michael Hatfield, Michael Neely, and Karlie Queen.

LaRue was a member of the Hazel Valley Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed needle work, reading, and spending time with her family.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating.

Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.

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

 

William C. “Bill” Henry, age 90, of Monticello, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, at Signature Health Care, Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:00 am, visitation will be Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00pm, at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of  William C. “Bill” Henry.

 

Carlos C. “Todd” Watson McHenry, 59, passed away April  13, 2017 under the care of Ohio County Hospice at his home surrounded by his family.

Carlos was born Sept. 30, 1957 in Scott County, TN to Christine Waters Watson of Beaver Dam and the late Willis Watson.

Carlos was a member of Broadway General Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his sister Rosalee Moore.

Carlos loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with his friends and family.  He loved all his grandchildren and had just became a great grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Janet Riger Watson, his daughter Angel (James) Lowery, son Jonathon Todd Watson, stepson James (Mellany Reed) Jones, Jr., and stepdaughter Kelsey Jones. Two grandsons Austin Lowery and Ryan Lowery and a step granddaughter Benlee Jones.  His great grandson Abel Jace Lowery.  His mother Christine Waters Watson, three brothers Randall (Carol) Watson, Willard (Wanda) Watson and Willis Watson, Jr. two sisters Brenda (Jerry) Moore and Vivian (Pat) Embry.  Sisters in laws Diania (Chuck) Topper, Joanie (the late Timbo) Goff, Joyce (Larry) Jones, Fredia (Gary) Ferguson, Five brother in laws Michael (Misty) Riger, Cleo Junior Ferguson, John M. Riger, Jesse Riger and Ray (the late Karen) Ferguson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services was 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with Bro. Jerry D. Moore, Jr. officiating.  Burial followed in Render Memorial Cemetery in McHenry.

Online condolences may be sent to: bevilbrosfuneralhomes.com

Bevil Bros. Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, KY entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Forrest Lendle Moore, age 77 of Pine Knot, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Signature Healthcare of McCreary County.

He was born on May 18, 1939, in Pine Knot, Kentucky, the son of the late Mat and Hazel (Spradlin) Moore.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister: Martha Lou Duncan, and two brothers: George Jr. Moore and James Edward Moore.

Surviving family include a daughter, Nikki Gilreath, a son, Thomas Moore, and two brothers: Arnold Moore of Pine Knot and Ronnie Moore of Lake City, Tennessee.

Mr. Moore had been a state highway employee and worked in the saw mills.

Funeral services were held graveside at the T. Chitwood Cemetery at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, with Bro. Scottie Corder officiating.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Patsy E. Winchester, age 81, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tennessee

She was born in McCreary County on October 10, 1935, to the late Everett and Maude (Lawson) Thompson.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands Charles King and Jack Winchester, two sisters: Flora Opal Morgan and Imogene Thompson, and three brothers: James Ralph Thompson, Dairl McKinley Thompson, and Rondal Thompson.

Surviving family include a son, Glen King of Strunk, a grandson Jonathan King also of Strunk, and two brothers: Willie E. Thompson, Sr. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Bobby Gene Thompson of Stearns.

Ms. Winchester was a homemaker and member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Peters and Bro. Ervin Foster officiating.

Burial was Thursday morning at 10:00 at the Lower Cal Hill Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Dora Coffey, age 96 years, 6 months passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held, Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. George Allen Coffey and Bro. Delmus Watson officiating.

She was born October 9, 1920 in Co-Operative, Kentucky to Thomas Dobbs, and Julie Jones Dobbs. Dora was a charter member and the oldest member of Cherokee United Baptist Church. She enjoyed church, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Clyde Estill Coffey, whom she married January 11, 1940, and one son, Harold Coffey, and two daughters, Helen Panko, and Kathryn Cossman, six brothers, Sherdie, Parker, Josh, Perk, Jacob “Job” Dobbs, and an infant brother, five sisters, Mary and Bessie Dobbs, Lillie and Ester Coffey, and Edith Dobies, and one great-grandson, Joshua Keith Jones.

Survivors include a son, Norman Coffey, of Stearns, Kentucky, one daughter, Opal Stewart, of Stearns, Kentucky, one son in law, Stanley Cossman, fourteen grandchildren and twenty seven great-grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Dora Coffey.

 

Israel “Izzy” David Carey 19 of Stearns, formerly of Boyle County, KY, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017. Born June 30, 1997, he was the son of Freda Southerland Carey Shepherd and the late Amos Lee Carey, Jr.

Israel was a 2015 graduate of McCreary County HS. He was very athletic.  He loved basketball and anything outdoors.  He was known for his smiles and charming personality.

In addition to his mom, he is survived by his step-father, Thomas Kim Shepherd of Perryville; maternal grandmother, Delois Southerland of Junction City; two sisters:  Ashley Carey of Michigan and Alexis Carey of Perryville; four brothers:  Eric (Nicole) Carey of Junction City, Eddie (Deanna) LaCroix of Ashland, Mikey Carey of Danville and Caleb Carey of Lexington and special aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for friends and family will be held at 1 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017 at Junction City First Baptist Church by Bro. Choe Sergent.  A Memorial Service will be held in McCreary County at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Junction City First Baptist Church Building Fund or toward his final expenses at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home, PO Box 140, Hustonville, KY 40437.

A guestbook is available at www.wlpruitt.com

 

Donald Lee Dobbs, age 66 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died April 14, 2017 in Monticello, Kentucky at the Wayne County Hospital.

He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on June 11, 1950 the son of Sherdie and Mattie (Phillips) Dobbs.  Donald was a janitor for the McCreary County School System, loved dogs, especially his border collies, outdoors, family, picnics, listening to old classic country and gospel music Hank Williams.

His parents; son, Jason Coy Dobbs; brothers, Willard Dobbs, Dester Dobbs, Estil Dobbs, Leslie Dobbs, Stanley Dobbs, and Carl Dobbs; and sisters, Kathleen Dobbs and Doris Dobbs precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Connie (Dennis) Dobbs, sons, Richard Dobbs and wife, Carol, Greg Dobbs and wife, Amanda; daughters, Melissa King and husband, Bryan, and Vicki Dobbs; sister Betty Jones and husband, Leamon; and 9 grandchildren all of Stearns, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 17, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Estel Jones and Bro. Delmus Watson officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Marilyn Gail Duncan, age 58 years, 24 days, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:30pm at the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery with Bro. David Troxell, and Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial was in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.

She was born March 21, 1959 in Winter Garden, Florida to Allen Duncan and Mary Quattlebaum Duncan. Gail was a Christian and attended Hill Top Baptist Church. She found pleasure in decorating her home and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and one half sister, Margie Gonzales.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Dolen of Stearns, Kentucky, sons, Jeff Caldwell, Jeremy Caldwell, Justin Caldwell, Aaron Caldwell, and Eean Foster, daughters, Kim McKee, Tonya Caldwell, Tesia Caldwell, and Jessica Foster, brothers, Larry Duncan, Alden Duncan, and Farrell Duncan, sisters, Debra Valdez and Annie Marie, twenty one grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Condolences may be left for the family at Strunkfuneralhome.net

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Gail Duncan.

 

Emily Thompson Gable, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at her home in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Born May 16, 1933 Emily was the daughter of Daniel Garrison Brinton Thompson and Anne Harrison Bigelow Thompson. Born in New York City, she lived there for 14 years, before moving to Hartford, Connecticut, spending summers in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was proud to be a direct descendant of James Chilton, a passenger on the famous Mayflower voyage.

She attended the Spence School and the Chapin School in New York, the Oxford School in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1955. Thereafter, she worked for a time in Boston and in New York City for American Airlines.

After her marriage in Bar Harbor to Robert E. (Bob) Gable on July 5, 1958, the couple moved to Kentucky, where they resided first in Stearns, McCreary County, and later in Frankfort. Summers were spent at the Epworth Heights summer community in Ludington, Michigan.

In Stearns, where her husband was active with his family’s coal and lumber company, she raised their three children and was busy in the community. She organized a kindergarten at her church, helped “Head Start” get underway in the county, and became the first President of the McCreary County Jaycettes. Twice, Emily and her family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee for three months to help with the U.S. Senate campaigns of their friend Howard H. Baker, Jr.

In 1968 the family moved to Frankfort, where Bob became involved with Republican politics. Emily was a member of the Kentucky Heritage Commission, and in 1970 began a one year term as President of the Parents Council of Capital Day School. A life-long Episcopalian, she was active with the Episcopal Church Women, both locally and as a Regional Vice President in the Diocese of Lexington. She also served on the diocese’s Finance Committee and its Ministry Board. A member of the local Republican Women’s Club, she became the local President and later state Secretary. Emily was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1984 (Dallas), and attended others in New Orleans and Kansas City.

At various times, she was a member of many groups in Kentucky, including Midway College, Kentucky’s only women’s college (Trustee, for more than 30 years), Episcopal Church Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Kentucky Art & Craft Foundation, Lexington Philharmonic Board, Blue Grass Charity Ball (President 1981), Kentucky Federation of Republican Women (State Secretary 1978), Planned Parenthood of Lexington (Board of Directors), and Eastern Kentucky representative of the Washington National Cathedral Association. Between 1999 and 2006 she was twice appointed as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 48th Judicial Circuit and District (Frankfort).

Emily was a member of the Sulgrave Club in Washington D.C., and with her husband, various other clubs in Kentucky and elsewhere including, at one time or other, Louisville (River Valley, Pendennis, Jefferson), Lexington (Lexington Club, Thoroughbred Club, Keeneland Club), Frankfort (Frankfort Country Club); Washington DC (Capitol Hill Club); Bermuda (Coral Beach and Tennis Club); and Ludington, Michigan (Lincoln Hills Golf Club).

Emily and her husband, travelled extensively in the United States and throughout the world. Favorite destinations included Bermuda, the Caribbean, England and France, Africa and the Mediterranean, Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

Known among her friends as a skilled needlepoint enthusiast, she proudly displayed a total of more than 60 framed works or cushions in her Frankfort home and Michigan cottage.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, and their three children: James Stearns Gable (Lisa Guillermin) and granddaughter Helen-Anne Stearns Gable, of Upperville, Virginia; Elizabeth Gable Hicks, of McLean, Virginia; and John Stearns Gable (Virginia Escher Harris) and grandson, Robert Escher “Bo” Gable, of San Francisco, California.

Memorial services were held at The Church of the Ascension in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Tuesday, April 18th at 11 am. A reception will follow immediately at the church. Interment will be conducted this summer in Ludington, Michigan. Kentucky arrangements are under the supervision of Rogers Funeral Home. Michigan arrangements are being handled by Beacon Funeral Home in Ludington.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Emily Thompson Gable to Church of the Ascension, 311 Washington St., Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.

An online tribute is available at www.rogersfrankfort.com.

 

Forrest Lendle Moore, age 77 of Pine Knot, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Signature Healthcare of McCreary County.

He was born on May 18, 1939, in Pine Knot, Kentucky, the son of the late Mat and Hazel (Spradlin) Moore.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister: Martha Lou Duncan, and two brothers: George Jr. Moore and James Edward Moore.

Surviving family include a daughter, Nikki Gilreath, a son, Thomas Moore, and two brothers: Arnold Moore of Pine Knot and Ronnie Moore of Lake City, Tennessee.

Mr. Moore had been a state highway employee and worked in the saw mills.

Funeral services will be held graveside at the T. Chitwood Cemetery at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, with Bro. Scottie Corder officiating.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Edward Artman Perkins, age 88 years and 22 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Corbin, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 17, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Barrenfork Cemetery.

He was born March 24, 1929 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to Elzic “Buck” Perkins and Amanda Stephens Perkins.  Ed was a retired machine operator, having worked for Doer Corporation for forty years, and was a member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church.  In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Homer and Dewey, and sisters, Myrtle, Flora, and Della.

Survivors include his wife, Elva Perkins, of Stearns, Kentucky, sons, Larry Perkins and his wife, Brenda, of Oneida, Tennessee, Russell Perkins and his wife, Martha, of Revelo, Kentucky and Gary Perkins of Walton, Kentucky, daughter, Sharon Perkins of Stearns, Kentucky, four grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be left for the family at Strunkfuneralhome.net

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Edward Perkins.

 

Morris Perkins, age 74 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died April 14, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born October 9, 1942 in Stearns, Kentucky to Marion Rufus and Lydia Florence (Black) Perkins. Morris was a retired machinist.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cleada (Messer) Perkins; step son, Tony Kidd; and sister, Margaret Sue Bryant and Ruth Fay Perkins.

Survivors include his step son Roy Kidd and wife, Barbara of Ohio; step daughters, Cathy Hammonds of Ohio and Rita Hardin and husband, Jim of Alabama; brother, Bobby Wendell Perkins and wife, Elaine of Elaine; sisters, Judy Anderson of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Patsy Perkins of Revelo, Kentucky, and Brenda Gilreath and husband, Leslie of Revelo, Kentucky; special step grandchild, Heather Breeze and numerous other step grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Cyrus Byrd officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Becky Lynn Perry, age 59, wife of Finley Perry, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017, at UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born on July 4, 1957, the daughter of the Eckle and Cleta (Morgan) Bryant.  Becky was a nurse since 1991, she enjoyed fishing, camping, working in her flower garden, UK Basketball and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandbabies and great-grandbabies.  Becky attended church services at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her brother: Allen Bryant.

Surviving family include her husband: Finley, her parents: Eckle and Cleta Bryant, her sons: Roy Bryant and his companion Christy of Parkers Lake, Doyle and wife Natasha of Parker Lake, Greg and wife Jessika Perry of Tooele Utah.  Daughters: Shanda Perry and Martikka Vanover also of Parkers Lake. Brother: Jay and wife Carolyn of Parkers Lake.  Sisters: Vickie Taylor of Whitley City, Doris Goins and husband Dave of Parkers Lake, Jennifer Butler and husband John of Junction City, Kentucky. Grandchildren: Kemisha Bryant, Natasha Goodin, Dakotia Witt, Danikia Worley, Brian Lyons, Wyatt Perry, Aaron Perry, Cheyenna Perry, Jarod Perry, Brayden Perry, Jakob Perry and one on the way.  Great-grandchildren: Khloe Bryant, Trinidad Bryant, Treyson Bryant.

Becky was a very giving person, will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, we trust our loss is heavens gain.

Funeral services will be Friday at 12:00 PM at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Clay Cook and Bro. Joseph Warman officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Becky Lynn Perry.

 

Martha Lou Richmond, age 80, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Pine Knot, on February 27, 1937, to the late Harley and Susie C. (King) Taylor.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Jay Richmond, and a son, Britton Richmond.

She had six children: Teresa (and James) Ball of Whitley City, Kentucky, Liz (and Wayne) Shannon of Pine Knot, Calvin (and April) Richmond of Pine Knot, Beth (and Lonnie) Gibson of Pine Knot, and Brock (and Ann) Richmond of Pine Knot.

She had a very special friend, Deola Shannon whom she considered her sister.  She had 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and one on the way.

Martha was a homemaker and worked as a cook for the McCreary County Schools.  She made many friends while she worked at the school.  She loved the Lord and her family was her greatest accomplishment.  She loved each one of her children in her own special way.  She was kind, feisty and could keep them all in line with that “look” that they will never forget.  She was an awesome mom who encouraged her family to go to school and make the most of their lives.   She was the happiest when preparing her huge meals.  She loved cooking, fishing, quilting, painting, and crocheting.  She loved her country and was a dedicated supporter of the military.

Martha will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.  They are blessed to have such wonderful memories to cherish.  Our loss is heaven’s gain.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating.  She was laid to rest at the King Meadows Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Neil Wayne “Doc” Aldredge, age 65, of Oneida, Tennessee, passed from this life on April 4, 2017. It was a beautiful, warm spring evening when he ended his fight with lung cancer.
Born July 11, 1951, in Wilmington, Ohio, he was the son of the late James “Jack” Richard and Wilma Jean (Engle) Aldredge.
Surviving family include his cherished wife of 32 years, Karen Gayle (Carroll) Aldredge whom he married December 22, 1984, at Cumberland Falls State Park. Neil was father to two treasured daughters, and father-in-law to their dear spouses: Miranda Keeton (husband Ryan) of Oneida, Tennessee and Erica Spiva (husband Brett) of Knoxville, Tennessee, and was an adored ‘Poppy’ to five precious grandchildren: Madi, Caroline, and Abby Keeton, and Eva and Isaac Spiva, who all still think he hung the moon. He was also ‘American Dad’ to two “daughters of his heart,” Lena Müller of Berlin, Germany, and Vanessa Celulari of Florianopolis, Brasil.
Brothers and sisters are: Pamela Nickell (husband Bob) of Hillsboro, Ohio, Martin Aldredge of Springfield, Ohio, Asa Aldredge (wife June) of New Carlisle, Ohio, Lonnie Aldredge (wife Connie) of Springfield, Ohio, Nancy Warren (husband Roger) of Urbana Ohio, and Ken Aldredge of Springfield, Ohio. He was an admired uncle to many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Neil served his country in the United States Army from June 1971 thru May 1974, during the Vietnam War. He served as a veterinary technician, which well suited his love of animals. He helped build an orphanage while serving in Korea, where he also received his orders to Vietnam. He would never set foot in country, however, as he was discharged before those orders began.
A serious back injury introduced him to chiropractic and quickly ended his pursuit of becoming a veterinarian. He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa on December 15, 1979. Neil was a beloved Doctor of Chiropractic and owned and operated his practice – Chiropractic Health Services, in Oneida from 1992-2017.  He took the greatest pride in helping his patients, and when asked, was known to say, “I’m not going to ‘work,’ I’m going to see patients.” When his children were young he regularly volunteered his time as team doctor for many school athletic teams. In the short time Neil was not practicing at the end of his life, he missed his patients immensely.
He was a lover of all animals, and while he treated a variety of animals over the years, he was trained as an equine chiropractor. He helped horses recover from injuries and aches, and return to showing, working, and being enjoyed again by their owners.
He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Tennessee.
He was a beautiful storyteller, emphasized by his excellent speaking voice. Whether he was reading a children’s book or narrating the Christmas Cantata, his audience received his very best. He was also an avid reader, and if the Oneida Public Library is missing any books, they should consider looking through his things. He rarely attended a dinner or event without a book in hand, much to the chagrin of his company, and was known to read several different books at the same time.  He was clever and quick-witted, creative and had a special way with words. He was fast to offer help, and slow to ask for it.
He was exceptionally knowledgeable in many things, and at one point served as an adjunct professor of Anatomy at Roane State Community College. His lectures, professional and otherwise, will be deeply missed.
To say Neil was a nature lover is an understatement. He greatly enjoyed the peace of the outdoors, hiking, landscaping, and gardening. At its peak, his home garden rivaled those highlighted in magazines featuring homes and gardens and the like. He had many special pets over the years, especially dogs Stryder and Kody, and raccoon Chatter. Most recently his affections were devoted to dogs Floyd, Lizzy, and Sophie, many koi and goldfish at home and at his office, and Mama Cat.
He was loved and respected by all who knew him, and to simply say he will be missed is vastly inadequate. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, generosity, kindness, and most importantly, love.
His most cherished pastime was spending time with his grandchildren. He seldom missed a sporting event, recital, or other event they were involved in.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Tennessee.
Interment was at the Pine Knot Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.

Dora Coffey, age 96, widow of Clyde Estill Coffey,  passed away Sunday.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Sherd Dobbs cemetery.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

 

James Henry Head, age 83 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Monday April 10, 2017 at his home.
Funeral service were held Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:00am at the Sawyer Baptist Church with Bro. Wade Heath and Bro. Jeffrey Brown officiating. Burial to followed in the Sawyer Church Cemetery.
He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on January 7, 1934 the son of the late James William and Ida (Vanover) Head.  James was a member of the Sawyer Baptist Church. He enjoyed, fishing, singing gospel music and ginseng digging.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara Faye (Hicks) Head; daughter, Charlene Head; brothers, Wesley Head, Luther Head, and Oscar Head; and sisters, Bessie Head, Carrie Wilson, Gertie Walters, Ella Head, Amanda Spradlin, and Dora Jones.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (Owens) Head of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; son, Jimmy Head of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughters, Reida Taylor and husband, Gary of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Freida Gilreath and husband, Tim of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Kathalene Privett and husband, Wade of Strunk, Kentucky; step-children, William Vanover and wife, Donna of Whitley City, Kentucky, Norman Vanover and wife, Rebecca of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Kenneth Vanover and wife, Kate of Whitley City, Kentucky, Ralph Vanover and wife, Fonda of Parkers Lake, John Vanover and wife, Mary of Parkers Lake, and Andrea Roysdon and husband, Eric of Winfield, Tennessee; sister, Elizabeth Jackson of Michigan; 7 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 4 step-great grandchildren; and special friends, James and Barbara Warman.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Charles Brandon Kennedy, age 28, of Waynesburg, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on December 20, 1988, the son of Gerald Wayne Kennedy and the late Rachel (Haynes) Kennedy.  He was a Res-Care worker and attended the Community Worship Church of God.
He is survived by his wife, Cassie Rutherford, a daughter, Kali Jean Rose Kennedy, his father, Gerald Wayne Kennedy, a brother, Ronald Wayne Kennedy; his mother-in-law and special friend: Melissa Thompson, nieces and nephew: Alissa Whitson, Breanna Cooper, Cierra Back, Asten Holder and Harley Dewayne Holder.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rachel Kennedy and a sister, Amy Rose Kennedy.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Stephens officiating.  In accordance with the family’s wishes, cremation followed after the funeral service.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Bonnie L. Pierce, age 58 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died April 5, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on August 12, 1958 the daughter of Billy Dean and Lora Mae (Cox) Taylor.  Bonnie was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, friends, family, and craft making.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard Pierce; and a brother, Jimmy Taylor.
Survivors include her son, Charles Andrew Pierce and wife, Wendy of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, William “Bill” Taylor and wife, Kathy and Robert Taylor and wife, Lisa both of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister, Pearlie Chitwood and husband, Junior of Stearns, Kentucky; granddaughters, Charli and Chantay Pierce of Whitley City, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her wishes she was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Craig Allen Smiddy age 55 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 10, 2017 at his home.
He was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on November 29, 1961 to the late Homer Smiddy and Irene Partin Smiddy. He was huge fan of Kentucky basketball. Craig enjoyed listening to music, especially Lynyrd Skynyrd and Michael Combs and attending concerts.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Dexter Smiddy.
Surviving family include his wife, Tammy Worley Smiddy; a son, Daniel Worley and wife, Tanya, of Whitley City; a daughter, Tuesday Ball and husband, Opey, of Strunk; a brother, Homer Smiddy and wife, Janie, of Middlesboro, Kentucky; sisters, Carol Smiddy of Pine Knot, and Debbie Summers and husband, Fred, of Oneida, Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews; and several special friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the T Chitwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday from 6-9pm at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

 

James Roosevelt Garland, age 77, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born at Yamacraw, Kentucky, on January 9, 1940, the son of the late Edgar and Lizzie (Miller) Garland.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Garland, and two sisters: Loretta Schuck and Louise Perry.
Surviving family include his wife, Barbara (Schmidt) Garland of Stearns, a daughter, Debbie Montgomery (and Rodney) of Whitley City, Kentucky, four sons: Randy Garland of Whitley City, Roy Garland (and Vickie) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, Robert Garland, of Stearns, and Rick Garland of Whitley City.
He has one surviving sister: Aileen Leonard of Cincinnati, Ohio, three brothers: Jerry Garland, Johnny Garland and Edward Garland all of Pine Knot, 19 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.
James had been a painter by trade and of the Baptist faith.  His favorite hobby was fishing.  He will be truly missed by his numerous family and friends.
Funeral services were Monday, April 3, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home.  Burial was at the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Lana Jo Haynes, age 65 years, 5 months, and 5 days, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Darren Kidd and Bro. Damon Stevens officiating.  Burial was in the Spradlin Cemetery.
Born in Whitley City, Ky. October 23, 1951, to Howard and Lois (Bryant) Sumner, Lana grew up in a very close, loving family with hard working, Christian parents. Lana was a lifelong member of the Taylor Ridge Baptist Church. She graduated from McCreary County High School in 1968 and took a job at the Spot Restaurant where she met the love of her life, Ronnie Joe Haynes. The couple was married August 16, 1969 and began their life together. Melissa was born and their family was complete.  Always a hard worker, Lana worked at the local shirt factory for a time, and then she and Joe went into the service station business where she worked hard every day.
Lana enjoyed travelling, having visited 48 states. But the thing she enjoyed most was caring for Joe, Melissa, and Tera, her very special granddaughter. Lana loved being a grandmother.
In addition to Joe, Melissa and Tera, Lana is survived by her brothers, Paul Sumner and his wife, Jewel, of Whitley City, Larry Sumner and his, Debbie, Helenwood, Tennessee, and James Sumner and his wife Rhonda, Whitley City, her sisters, Betty Hughes and her husband, Rufus, Brenda Maxwell and her husband, Lenville, all of Marshes Siding, Barbara Neal of Somerset, Phyllis King, Doris Choate and her husband, Charlie, all of Whitley City, Wilma Coffey and her husband, Lonnie, of Somerset, Janice Ridener and her husband, Bill,  of Sawyer, brothers and sisters in law, Boris and Sharon Haynes, Gay and Randall Hill, Bruce and Debbie Haynes, Janet Haynes, and Ebon Vanover, and numerous other family members and friends.
Lana is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Clifford, Doyle and Garry Summer.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Lana Haynes.

 

Bobby Wilson, age 70, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at his home in Strunk, Kentucky.
He was born in Oneida, Tennessee, on July 26, 1946, the son of the late Richard Franklin Wilson and Nevada Sauls Wilson Bowling.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers: Jimmy and Benny Wilson, Woodrow, Bill, Harry, Grover, Richard “Dick”, and Eddie Wilson, and sisters: Frankie Nesbitt, Rosellan Gilreath, and Betty Lou Anderson.
Surviving family include his wife, Judy Kay (Hutson) Wilson, of Strunk, two sons: Charles Richard “Richie” Wilson (and Tonya), of Strunk and Dustin Bobby Wilson (and Laura) of Strunk, three daughters: Buffy Evonne Wilson (and Wes Chitwood) of Winfield, Tennessee, Brandy Nichole “Nikki” Wilson (and Gary Moore) of Strunk, Kentucky, and April Dawn Wilson Ross (and Wayne) of Oneida, Tennessee.
Brothers and sisters are: Costello Wilson (and Doris Ann) of Pine Knot, Drucilla Voss (and Charlie) of Port Charlotte, Florida, Patricia “Pat” King of Pine Knot, Goldie Stephens (and Joe) of London, and Faye Baird (and Emory) of Strunk.
Bob had eight grandchildren: Justin Wilson, Coty Dople, Megan Massengale, Kirby Ross, Kavan Wilson, Cierra Ross, Sydney Wilson, and Prayleigh Wilson, and four great grandchildren: Bray Wilson, Brayden Massengale, Kyson Massengale, and Ella Dople.
Bob had been a truck driver and member of the Davis Hill Church of God.  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969.  He enjoyed basketball and get- togethers and cookouts with family and friends. He loved visiting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2;00 pm at Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. David Carr, Bro. Cyrus Byrd and Bro. Clay Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Murray Wilson Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky. Serving as pallbearers are Justin Wilson, Coty Dople, Kirby Ross, Kavan Wilson, Jess Crabtree, Tony Wilson, Stephen Wilson, and Shane Stephens
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting with funeral arrangements.

 

Jay Ryan Wilson, age 46 years, 11 months, and 3 days, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at his residence in Marshes Siding, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Hickman-Strunk Home with Bro. Lenville Maxwell officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Ryan was born April 28, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky to Mary Liz Wilson. He had worked for the Kentucky Department of Transportation and also had been a truck driver. Ryan attended Whitley City Church of God. He enjoyed fishing, Kentucky Basketball and spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death were his his grandparents, J. Earl and Lois Ryan Wilson.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Liz Wilson,  two sons, Joshua Ryan Wilson, of Strunk, Kentucky and Jesse Wayne Rose, of Winfield, Tennessee, a grandson, Joel Ryan Wilson, a very special uncle Jay Dudley Wilson, of Whitley City, Kentucky, also many cousins and a host of friends.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Ryan Wilson.

 

March 2017 Archives

Danny William Bryant age 56 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home.
He was born February 13, 1961 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to Ambrose Bryant and Pauline (Bryant) Stephens. Besides his father, he is preceded in death by a step-father, Carl W. Stephens; a nephew, William Ambrose Jacobs; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Ball.
Surviving family include his mother, Pauline Stephens of Pine Knot: his companion, Rita Perry and her son, Matthew, of Pine Knot, daughters, Danielle Bryant of Boyd, Texas and Metis Bryant of Washington St.; brothers, Wesley Stephens (and Betty) of Whitley City, Warren Stephens (and Trish) also of Whitley City, Wallace Stephens (and Tonya) of Pine Knot, and George Stephens (and Vicki) of Jellico, Tennessee; sisters, Diane Watters (and Joey) of Strunk, Tina Jacobs (and Brent) of Lexington, Janie Hunt (and Paul) of Monticello, Edna Stephens of Pine Knot, Rosalee Stanton (and Roger) of Eubank, and Wanda Lay (and Joe) of Whitley City; and 5 grandchildren.
Before he became ill, Danny made his living as an auto mechanic. He enjoyed tinkering with vehicles and refurbishing small engines. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Danny Bryant.

 

Arnold Carl Canada Jr. age 67, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.
He was born in McCreary County on June 20, 1949, the son of the late Rev. Arnold Carl Canada and Mary Martha (Bell) Canada.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Ann Canada.
Surviving family include his wife, Willena Canada and children: Adam Canada, Michelle Canada both of Whitley City, brothers: James Canada of Whitley City, Gary W. Canada and wife Darlene of Whitley City, Robert Canada and wife Wanda of Ragland, AL., sisters; Glenna Clark and husband Elmer of Whitley City, Ruth Sumner and husband Bob of Whitley City, Faye Vanover of Whitley City, Mary Janie Bryant of Whitley City, Nancy Todd and husband Jim of Somerset, Kentucky, a grandchild: James A. Canada and great-grandchildren: Amber, Dale and Courtney Canada, along with Special friends: Danny Strunk and Jerry McCoy.
Arnold enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.  He was a member of the Sandhill Baptist Church.  Arnold will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, we trust our loss is heavens gain.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Corder officiating. He was laid to rest at Holloway Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Mary Jewell Hail age 65 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born in Winfield, Tennessee on March 27, 1951 to the late Oscar Maxey and Goldie (Ryan) Maxey. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her sons, Teddy Joe Maxey and Rodney Joe Hail; brothers, Roger, Mark, Frank, and Ed Maxey; and sisters, Betty Duncan and Ruth Wilson Lynch.
Surviving family include her son, Ronald J. “Baldie” Hail Jr. of Bromley, Kentucky; a daughter, Bridgett Vance (and Alan Ritch) of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Krystal Roberts, Megan Adkins, Stacy Hail, Kendall Vance, Tyler Sizemore; great-granchildren, Savannah Roberts and Keilah Smith Roberts; a son-in-law, Randy Vance; and a special cousin, Alice Ross of Oneida, Tennessee.
Mary adored her family, especially her grandchildren. She always enjoyed spending time with them. Mary also enjoyed gameshows, playing cards, and bingo.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Ryan Cemetery at Gum Fork, Tennessee.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mary Hail.
Lana Sumner Haynes, age 65, wife of Joe Haynes, passed away Tuesday in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Spradlin Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Friday at the funeral home.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Lana Haynes.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

 

Raymond Matthews Jr. age 48, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on September 18, 1968, the son of Harvey and the late Mabel Inman Matthews.
Surviving family include his father Harvey and wife Wilma Matthews of Stearns, son: Corey Matthews of Stearns, two daughters: Amber Ball and husband Trey of Whitley City and Paige Taheny and husband Louie of Whitley City, two grand-children: Jackson and Layla Ball and two on the way, two brothers:  Danny Joe Matthews and wife Fran of Whitley City, Donald Matthews and wife Sandie of Dora, AL., sisters: Teresa Shannon and husband Lonnie Ray of Stearns, Debbie Worley and husband Roger of Oneida, TN. and Rita Matthews the mother of his children.
Harvey enjoyed wood working, fishing, camping, amusement parks, the beach and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.  He was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, we trust our loss is heavens gain.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. He was laid to rest at Roberts Chapel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Marie Grundy Richter, age 95, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born on May 11, 1921, the daughter of the late Hal Bryant.  Marie was a homemaker who spent her life servicing and helping others.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother: Kelly Bryant, grand-daughter: Twila.
Surviving family include her husband: Stanley Richter, Whitley City, son: Ronald Grundy, Whitley City, grandchildren: Ronnie and Tabitha.
Marie enjoyed reading the Bible, vegetable and flower gardening and fishing, but her passion was helping people, she was a member of the Revelo Church of God.  Marie will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, we trust our loss is heavens gain.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home on Friday, March 31, 2017.  Family will receive friends Friday at 11:00 am until time for funeral services at the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home.  She will be laid to rest at Lower Cal Hill Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements for Marie Grundy Richter.

 

Lena Jean Ross, age 87 years, 1 month, and 25 days, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at her residence in Oneida, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Hatfield and Bro. Wayne Inman officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
She was born January 25, 1930 in the Revelo community of McCreary County, Kentucky to    William Virgil King and Hazel Luella Lovett King. Lena worked for the K & T Railroad cleaning coaches with her sister when they were teenagers and later worked at the Country Kitchen Restaurant. Lena worked as a seamstress inspector at the McCreary Manufacturing  from 1962 until August 19, 1986, and was a member of the East Stearns Church of God. Lena found pleasure in crocheting and quilting.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband John Al Ross, whom she married July 20, 1968, and her brothers Harley King, Doyle King, Troy King, Donald King, and Virgil King Jr, and a nephew Carl Allen King.
Survivors include her sister, Norma Stephens and her husband Elmer, of Revelo, Kentucky, her nieces,  Janet King Linniman, and her husband Phillip, Norma Sparks King, Brenda Gail Sexton, five great nieces, Shelly and Nicole Linniman, Faye and Charolotte King, and Teresa Foster Branham, and one great nephew, Vern Foster and his wife, Dawn, four great- great nephews, Scott and Tyler Creekmore  Gavin and Ryan Foster, one great-great niece, Nicole Branham, two great-great-great nephews, Braxton and Marcus Creekmore, two great-great-great nieces, Kay Lynn Creekmore and Raiden Rowe, and many cousins and close friends.
Condolences may be left for the family at Strunkfuneralhome.net
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Lena Ross.
Rebecca Dawn Snider, age 43, of Stearns, passed away Saturday, March  25, 2017, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Even though Rebecca was disabled she enjoyed photography, drawing, scrap-booking, reading and writing songs, poems and short stories.  She most enjoyed camping and spending time with her family especially her grandbabies.
She was born in Oneida, Tennessee on April 5, 1973, to Larry and Kathy Neal Moore.
Rebecca was preceded in death by her father; Larry Moore and brother: Daniel Perry.
Surviving family include her mother: Kathy Moore, a son: Travis and wife Lacy Roberts of Stearns, KY., a daughter: Rachel and husband Christipher Perry of Stearns, KY., long-time companion: Jody Phillips, grandchildren: Amelia Leanne Roberts and Shiloh Paxton Ann Perry with one on the way.
Funeral services for Rebecca were held Monday at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Brother Tommy Tapley .
Pine Knot Funeral Home is entrusted with the service for Rebecca Snider.
William “Billy” South, age 63, of Pine Knot, passed away Saturday, March  25, 2017, at his home.
Billy was of the Baptist faith, he loved hunting, fishing and loved all animals especially his dogs.  He truly enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was born May 4, 1953, to the late Rev. Dode Ross and his wife Myrtle King Ross.
Surviving family include the mother of his children, Judy Ross of Oneida, TN, son, Wayne Ross and wife April of Oneida, TN., daughters: Angelia Ross of Oneida, TN., Anita Spradlin and husband Jimmy of Strunk, KY. a sister, Virginia C. Hotton, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, grandchildren: Megan Massengale, Kirby Ross and Cierra Ross, great-granchildren: Brayden and Kyson Massengale.
Billy will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned for a later time.  The family has asked that anyone wanting to donate to help with the expenses to please make donations at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is entrusted with the service for Billy South.

 

Betty R. Witt passed away on March 20, 2017, loving wife of J.D. Witt. Born Betty Lovett on January 17, 1935, she was 82.
Betty grew up in Pine Knot, Kentucky and married her high school sweetheart in August of 1954. After J.D.’s graduation from Eastern Kentucky University they moved to Hialeah, Florida.
Mrs. Witt went on to graduate from University of Miami and received her Masters in Mathematics from Nova. She went on to teach mathematics at Hialeah High School for over 30 years.
Mrs. Witt is survived by her husband J.D., sons, James “Rusty” Witt, Allen Witt, daughter-in-law Diane, granddaughter Cristy Witt and sister, Lenette West Webb.
In accordance to Mrs. Witt’s wishes, she was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Betty Jo Cook, age 69 years, died March 21, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Jean Waddle Care Center.

She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on January    , 1948 the daughter of Ernest and Gertie (Gregory) Roberts. She was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Betty loved her dog, Lucky and camping with family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Shelvie Phillips and Wayne Cook; son, Gerald Phillips; brothers, Starlin Roberts, Estel Roberts, Paul Roberts, and Dan Roberts; and sister, Wilda Crabtree.

Survivors include her sons, James Phillips (Rhonda) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Ray Phillips (Bobbie) of Somerset, Kentucky, Crandle Phillips of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Mike Phillips of Monticello, Kentucky; and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday March 24, 2017 at 1:00pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder officiating.  Burial to follow in the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6:00pm Thursday March 23, 2017 at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Darrel Dobbs, age 68 years, 8 months, and 6 days, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. George Allen Coffey officiating.  Burial was in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.

He was born July 8, 1948 in Scott County Tennessee to Jacob “Jobe” and Lexie (Gregory) Dobbs. Darrel worked in the maintenance department at Oak Wood in Somerset, Kentucky, he had also worked in the steel mills and the coal mines. Darrel was a member of the Cherokee Baptist Church. He found pleasure playing his guitar, building things, fishing, hunting and spending time in the outdoors. Darrel truly loved caring for his family.

Preceeding him in death were his parents, his wife, Brenda Sue (Black) Dobbs, and two brothers, Larry Dobbs and Billy Joe Dobbs. one sister,  Zula Mae Dobbs.

Survivors include a son, Darrel Ray and his wife Nina, of Stearns, Kentucky, two daughters, Pam Barnett, of Whitley City, Kentucky and Miranda Waters and her husband Nathaniel, of  Morgantown, West Virginia, three brothers, Jerry Dobbs and his wife Kathy, Glenn Dobbs  and Roger Dobbs and his wife Connie,  five sisters, Betty Jean Koger and her husband Roger,  Charlene Godsey , Polly Young and her husband, Dwaine, Beverly Jones and her husband, Bud and Margie Coffey and her husband, Jeffery all of Stearns, Kentucky. two grand-daughters, Laura Barnett and Macy Waters, three step-grandsons, Aaron Griffis, Ryan Griffis and Byron Griffis, and one step-great-grandson, Aiden Griffis.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Darrel Dobbs.

 

Rondal “Steve” Reynolds, age 29, died suddenly Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky.

He was born on December 27, 1987, the son of Charles and Vicki  (Askins) Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents: Tom and Ramona Askins and Grandfather: Dexter Reynolds.

Surviving family include his wife, Holly (Sutton) Reynolds and their children: Caden Spradlin and Bella Reynolds of Stearns, Ky., grandmother, Joann Reynolds of Rockholds, Kentucky; Sister: Jennifer and husband Billey of Barbourville, KY, Mother and Father-In-Law: Joyce and her husband Steven Kidd of Stearns, Kentucky and Ronnie Sutton of Winfield, Tennessee., Niece: Tori Reynolds, Nephew: Shane Stephens of Barbourville, Kentucky, along with Special friends: Shaine and Amanda Corder, Ryan Lynch, and Chris Knell.

Steve was a nurse with The Heritage Nursing Home in Corbin, Kentucky.  He enjoyed knife making, watching football, spending time with his family and friends, but he was most passionate about fishing.  He was a member of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis and Bro. Allen Coffey officiating.

He was laid to rest at the McCreary Memorial Gardens.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Steven Wayne Meadows, passed away at his home in Williamstown, Kentucky, on Friday, March 17, 2017, being 57 years, 9 months and 15 days old.

Born May 30, 1959, he was the son of Hugh Preston and Norma Jean (Laxton) Meadows who precede him in death.  Also preceding him in death is a sister, Shelby Jean Genoe and a nephew, Joseph Lay.

He is survived by three children: Stevie Meadows (and Krissy), Sara Elizabeth Meadows (and Ernie Meza) both of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Karrie Diane Meadows (and Kyle Robinson) of Walton, Kentucky.   He has five grandchildren: Serena, Kiara, Jayre (J.D.), Everly, and Raelyn.

Steve has four brothers: Roy Lee (and Judy) Meadows, Roger Dale (and Angie) Meadows, both of Indianapolis, Indiana, David Meadows of Pine Knot, and Jimmy (and Wendy) Summers of Huntsville, Tennessee, and three sisters: Charlotte (and Gary) Coffey, Teresa (and William) Clark, both of Stearns, Kentucky, and Marilyn (and Jimmy) Garza of Whitley City, Kentucky.

He also had a special companion, Mary Miller and leaves behind a host of family that he loved very dearly, especially his grandchildren.  He was a long time carpenter having worked for many different companies.  He loved his work, his family and his friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. William Kilby officiating.  He was laid to rest at the Meadows Cemetery on Osbourne Creek.

Pine Knot Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Mary Loreen Shepherd, age 95 years, 2 months, and 21 days, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

She was born December 22, 1921 in Stearns, Kentucky to Oscar Walker and Gertie Stanley Walker.  Loreen worked at McCreary Manufacturing before her retirement.  She was a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church where she had volunteered her time with the Vacation Bible School and Awanas programs.  Loreen was an avid reader and enjoyed quilting, embroidery, and caring for her family.  She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Clyde Shepherd, and three brothers, Estil Walker, Mitchell Walker, and Curtis Walker.

Survivors include sons, Jim Shepherd and his wife, Susie, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky and Forrest C. Shepherd of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, daughters, Brenda Herp and her husband, Jim,  and Gloria Perkins both of Hudson, Florida, Anna Stephens of Oneida, Tennessee, and Donna Prater of Richmond, Kentucky, a sister, Norma Lee Boyatt of Whitley City,  Kentucky, twelve grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and eleven great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Loreen Shepherd.

 

Rickie James Tucker, age 56 years, of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky formerly of McCreary County, died March 18, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky at the UK Medical Center.

He was born August 4, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Kenneth and Carolyn (Caudill) Tucker. He was a truck driver and loved fishing and his grandchildren.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Beverly (Hoskins) Tucker of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky; sons, Stuart Tucker (Brittany) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and Charlie Corder of Stearns, Kentucky; daughters, Kinsye Collins (Adam) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, Desirae Cox (Chris) and Gabrial Lynch both of Revelo, Kentucky; brothers, Kenneth Tucker of Cincinnati, Ohio and Ronnie Tucker of Florida; sisters, Tina Tucker of Stearns, Kentucky, Sue Tucker of Kingsport, Tennessee, Letha Tucker of Stearns, Kentucky, and Michelle Clines (Brian) of Revelo, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jacob, Kinley, Reagan, and Addyson.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Marshes Siding Church of God with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. Burial  followed at the Whitley City Church of God Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Linda Worthington, age 74, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Baptist Health of Corbin, Kentucky.

She was born on December 10, 1942, the daughter of the late Albert and Nina Roberts Strunk.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son: Dexter Keith, brother: James Strunk, sisters: Gloria Taylor, Betty Tucker, Becky Bryant and Alma Ruth Perry.

Surviving family include her husband: Paul Worthington of Stearns, daughters: Melissa Marlar, Jamestown, KY., Nancy Worthington, Pine Knot, KY., Margaret Lansford, Jackson, GA., Paula Anderson, Jackson, GA., Dana Worthington, Clinton, TN., Amy Pickle, Knoxville, TN., grandchildren: Marshall, Rachel, Ana, Isabel, Ed, Maya, Carly, Cooper, Cody, Kevin, Ally, Annie, Greg, Gary, Eric, great-grandchild: Gracie.

Linda enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and entertaining, she was of the Baptist faith and a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary. Linda will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, we trust our loss is heavens gain.

Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m., in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

She was laid to rest at Mill Springs National Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements for Linda Worthington.

 

Stanley Baird age 54 years, 8 months, and 11 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
He was born June 30, 1962 in Jellico, Tennessee to the late Millard Baird and Betty (Lay) Baird. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Linda Baird; and brothers, Jerry, Johnny, Dwight, and Millard Jr., and Jimmy Baird.
Stanley is survived by his children, Heather Baird, Matthew Baird, and Zachery Brown; grandchildren, Taylor and Kaylee Clark; and brothers, Jerome Baird (and Darlene) and Steve Baird.
Stanley enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. He also enjoyed trading and tinkering with lawn mowers. But most of all, Stanley enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God with Bro. Dennis Neal officiating. Burial to follow in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Noneda Barnett age 92 years, 6 months, and 21 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born August 13, 1924 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Floyd Stephens and Myrtle (Rowe) Stephens. Noneda was a member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church. She devoted her time worshiping the Lord and attending church services.
In addition to her parents, Noneda is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Barnett; daughters, Marilyn Alcorn, Goldie Neal, Pamela Lay, and Eula Phillips; brothers, Donald, Richard, Ledford, and Herman Stephens; and sisters, Eva Moore, Cathleen Campbell, Reva Stephens, and Georgie Farmer.
Surviving family include her sisters, Marie Bradley of Sidney, OH, Irene Kidd and Edna Wright, both of Pine Knot; a son-in-law, Tearl Neal also of Pine Knot; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial is to follow in the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Noneda Barnett with funeral arrangements.

 

Linda Burchfield age 67, of Winfield, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home.
Born in Claiborne County, Tennessee on September 9, 1949 she was the daughter of the late George and Betty Rutherford King.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Kolo, Leonard, Buck, and Ruvon King; sister, Wilma Jones and Eunice King.
She is survived by the father of her children, Conrad Burchfield; children, Eddie Burchfield and wife Mary, Pam Russ and companion, Greg Johnson all of Winfield; grandchildren, Brittany Bowling and husband Brandon of Low Gap Community, and Coby Johnson and girlfriend, Kira Richardson of Winfield, TN; sisters, Geneva Christie, Opal Miller, Catherine Frazier, and Elaine Glisson; brothers, Jerry King and Don King; special caregiver, Patricia Davis. Linda also leaves and host of nieces, nephews and extended family. A special thank you to Quality Private Duty Staff and Quality Hospice Staff.
Graveside service were conducted on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Burchfield Family Cemetery in the Kingtown Community.
Serving as pallbearers: Gary Spradlin, Jon Terry, Darby Laxton, and Jeff Stephens.
Obituary information courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.

 

Arnold Lee Massengale, age 59, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Arnold was born in Jellico, Tennessee, on March 5, 1958 to Ray and Joyce (Meadows) Massengale. After the death of Ray, Arnold and his siblings were raised by Arlie and Cordelia (Watson) Massengale. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray, Joyce, and Arlie Massengale.
Surviving family include his mother, Cordelia Massengale of Pine Knot, a daughter, Randi Creekmore of Russell Springs, Kentucky, a son Dustin Stewart  of Dalton, Georgia, four brothers: Bobby (and Sheila) Massengale of Pine Knot, Kenneth (and Brenda) Massengale of Pine Knot, David (and Katrina) Massengale of Chatsworth, Georgia, and Tyson (and Ella) Massengale of Pine Knot, four sisters: Brenda Murphy of Stearns, Kentucky, Betty (and Denny) Pierce of Indianapolis, Judy (and Bobby) Coffey of Pine Knot, and Deletta (and Danny) Simpson of Falmouth, Kentucky, and four grandchildren: Stormie Goodin, Rhiannon Creekmore, Malachi Creekmore and Braylen Stewart.
Arnold was a general laborer and member of East Appletree United Baptist Church.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and fishing.  He dedicated his time to watching after Cordelia and loved to aggravate and play with kids.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Hatfield and Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating.  He will be laid to rest at the Pine Knot Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations please be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Rondal Steve Reynolds age 29 of Stearns, KY, husband of Holly (Sutton) Reynolds passed away March 14, 2017 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday at McCreary County Funeral Home with burial to follow in McCreary Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be 6:00 PM Thursday. Masonic Services 7:30 PM Thursday.
McCreary 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.

 

Elsie Wallen, age 81 years, and 23 days, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor and Bro. Christopher Wallen officiating. Burial was in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
She was born February 17, 1936 in the New Liberty community of McCreary County, Kentucky to Henderson Cox and Bell Zora (Bryant) Cox. Elsie worked as a cook in the McCreary County School System for 15 years and was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God. Elsie found pleasure in gardening, and was excellent at embroidering, and fishing. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her daughter Judy Faye, and her sisters Katheryn Taylor, and Cynthia King.
Survivors include her husband Manuel Wallen Junior, of Revelo, Kentucky, two sons Gary Wallen and his wife Linda, of Oneida, Tennessee, Larry Wallen and his wife Teresa, of Revelo, Kentucky, one grandson, Christopher Wallen and his wife Jessica, of Whitley City, Kentucky, and three great grandchildren Bryson, Breanna, and Brylee.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Elsie Wallen.

 

Noneda Barnett, age 92, of Pine Knot, passed away Monday, March 6, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Allen Keith Braden, 47 of McKinney passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  Born December 24, 1969, he was the son of Willie “Jr” and Peggy Sue Bowen Braden of Georgetown.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Michelle “Missy” Adams Braden; daughter, Brooklyn Braden of McKinney; three sons:  Allen Braden, Jr of Pine Knot, Tyler Braden of Corbin and Blake Braden of Danville; grandmother, Marie Braden of Pine Knot and step grandmother, Shirley Braden of TN; mother-in-law, Frances Adams of McKinney; two sisters:  Kristi Tackett and Tuesday Roxanne Anderson, both of Georgetown; three grandchildren:  Gracie Braden, Kyleigh Braden and Tyler Braden, Jr; nephews, Jordan Ross and Hunter Tackett; nieces, Avah Tackett and Lylah Tackett; and a host of aunts and uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Julie Goins and a grandfather, Lethal Braden.

Allen loved the Lord and faithfully attended New Hope Baptist Church.  He loved woodworking and especially loved helping people.  He was an extremely happy person.  You never saw him without a smile on his face.

Services were 11 am, Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church in Moreland (60 Roman Road, Stanford, KY 40484) by Bro. David Fralix with burial in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Allen, Tyler and Blake Braden, Scotty Tackett, Robert Anderson and Jordan Ross.

W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home  is in charge of his arrangements. Guestbook is available at www.wlpruitt.com.

 

Abbie Campbell, age 95 years, of Parkers Lake. Kentucky died February 28, 2017 in Pine Knot, Kentucky at the Signature Health Care of McCreary.

She was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on May 6, 1921 the daughter of William Harrison and Sarah Ethel (Morgan) Rose.  Abbie was a homemaker, member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church, loved coloring, sewing, especially quilting.

Her parents; husband, James Curtis Campbell; daughters, Etta Wyonna Ridner, Shirley Maedean Ridner, and Ethel Irene Allen; brothers, George Rose, Luster Rose, and John Arlis Rose; sisters, Ruby Minnick, Manda Keith, Ella Privett, and Josephine Rose; and grandchildren, Jesse James Ridner, Curtis Earl Campbell, Valerie Ann Ridner, and Dennis Evan Ridner precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Hershel Eugene “Bill” Campbell and wife, Judy and James Curtis Campbell and wife, Patricia both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughter, Pearlie Wilma Lee Ridner and husband, Lee Ester of Parkers Lake; brothers, Euel Rose of Parkers Lake and Hobert “Hoby” Rose of Whitley City; sister, Pearlie Ridner of Parkers Lake; 12 grandchildren; and a host of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11am at the Mill Creek Methodist Church with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. John Goodin officiating.  Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Judy Mae Coffey age 69 years and 26 days of Somerset, Kentucky, formerly of McCreary County, passed from this life on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born on February 1, 1948 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Carl Tisdale and Chloe (Coffey) Tisdale. In addition to her parents, Judy is preceded in death by a son, Joe Coffey, and a brother, Butch Tisdale.

Surviving family include her lifelong companion and the father of her children, Cruize Trimble; daughters, Zoe Slaughter, and Elizabeth Wright; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Judy enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In past time, she spent a lot of her time outdoors going camping and fishing. Before she became ill, she had worked for the Blue Diamond Coal Mines as a Miner. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Phillips Cemetery.

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

 

Willie Lee Duren, 87, of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Henry Jackson Duren entered into eternal rest Friday, March 3, 2017. Her Funeral Service were held on Monday, March 6, 2017 in Pinecrest Baptist Church, 1285 Ashley Hall Road, at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed in Live Oak Memorial Gardens.

Willie was born October 19, 1929 in Stearns, Kentucky, daughter of the late Matthew Ross and Georgia Cox Ross. She was a retired South Carolina State Fire Marshall Assistant. Willie was a member of Northbridge Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Watters Allen of Charleston, SC, two granddaughters, Ashley Heather Maxwell, Aspley Brooke Allen both of Charleston, SC; great-grandson, Jackson Dwight Maxwell; two step-grandchildren, Haley Desirae Maxwell, Jesse Newton Maxwell, III. She is predeceased by a son, Roger Allen Watters.

Memorials may be made to Northbridge Baptist Church, 1160 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Chapels & Crematory is in charge of his arrangements.

 

Sheri Kaye McDonald, 54, of Orange Park, Florida, formerly of Stearns, Kentucky took her heavenly flight the morning of February 25, 2017 from Orange Park Medical Center.

She was born January 26, 1963 in Albuquerque, NM. to Emma Irene Chitwood McDonald and Donald Dean McDonald. Preceding her in death were two of her three brothers, Lyle and Michael McDonald; and sweet Chihuahua Sebastian, who died of a broken heart only 3 days after Sheri’s death.

In 1981, Sheri graduated from McCreary Central High School, in Stearns, Kentucky, then went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman Second Class (RM2) from 1986 to 1996, retiring in Jacksonville, FL. She received a masters in Psychology from Columbia College of Missouri, and a masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. She became a professor and administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville, as well as teaching at NAS Jax and Jones College. She was a Guardian ad Litem, and a generous volunteer for seniors. Sheri became an American Express representative in 2009, and spent her free time mystery shopping, reading, and being an immensely talented poet.

Survivors include her mother, Emma Irene Revels; one daughter, Rachel Kaye Sawyer; one son, John Robert Osment; their father, John R. Osment; her granddaughter, Indi Joy Sawyer all of Jacksonville, Florida; brother, Jeff McDonald and his wife, Sherry, of Stearns, Kentucky; as well as her loving uncle John W. Chitwood and his wife, Judy, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky; and dear aunt Cathy Chaney of  Dayton, Ohio.

She was a smart, devoted, and giving woman who put others before herself, was a veteran, friend, a helper, and loving mother, grandmother, and daughter. She will always be remembered for how tenacity she took the motherhood role on, how hard she fought in sickness, and her stubbornness to never let her children fall behind their potential that she herself knew they would eventually reach. Though she is gone, she will never be forgotten, and her words will provide much needed motherly aid throughout our lives forever.

In lieu of flowers or material possessions, a trust fund has been created for her beloved granddaughter Indi Joy at Vystar Credit Union, account #2722338.

Obituary information courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Steve C. Newton, age 65, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Steve was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, on June 3, 1951, the son of the late Charles Edward and Margie Lee (Riley) Newton.  He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Mike Newton and two grandchildren: Bradley Dewayne Newton and Austin Edward Rae Newton.

He is survived by his wife, Stella Jean (Tucker) Newton whom he married October 11, 1969.  They had three sons: Len Newton (wife Cindy), Dewayne Newton (wife Kim), and Darrell Newton (wife Shannon) all of Parkers Lake, six grandchildren: Braxton Newton, Bailie Monday, Brayden Newton, Gavin Newton, Drew Newton and Kylen Newton.    He has four surviving brothers: Skip Shroder, Larry Wagner, Mark Newton and Benjamin Newton and three sisters: Carol O’Connor, Donna Mercer and Vicky Hawthorn, as well as a host of friends and other family.

Steve was in the floor covering business for most of his working career.  He enjoyed working in the yard and his flowers.  He loved going to Florida for vacation with his family.  He was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan and he enjoyed music.  He was most passionate about spending time with his family and grandchildren whom he loved dearly.  He will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Coffey officiating.  He was laid to rest at the Jimmy Tucker Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Relda Lee Perkins, age 66 years of Whitley City, Kentucky died February 28, 2017 in Corbin, Kentucky at the Continued Care Hospital.

She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on October 11, 1950 the daughter of Lander and Katherine (Murphy) Bryant. Relda was a seamstress at LeSportSac, member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church, loved watching wrestling, Chuck Norris, sewing, and Grandkids.

Her parents: husband, Delmer Perkins; brother, Everett Bryant; and sister, Georgia Bryant precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons: Christopher Perkins (Karen) of Monticello, Kentucky and Rodney Perkins (Krystal) of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter: Samantha Perkins (Chris) of Lenior City, Tennessee; brothers: Roger Bryant of Whitley City, Arnold Bryant (Brenda), Lonnie Bryant, Wayne Bryant all of Monticello, and Howard Bryant (Roberta) of Jamestown, Tennessee; sisters: Lena Bryant of Whitley City and Laura Vaughn (Max) of Monticello, Kentucky,  grandchildren: Mackenzie, CJ, Rodney, Salina, Jacinda, Amber, Jessica, Adam, Abigail, Alexis, Madison, Colby, and Jordan.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11am in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Rufus Hughes officiating.  Burial followed in the Bryant Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dorothy E. “Dot” Smith (Manning) of Boca Raton, Florida, age 92, passed away on March 2, 2017. Dorothy was born on March 22, 1924 in Barren Fork, Kentucky to Charley (d 1931) and Myrtle (d 1974) Manning.

Dorothy married Odie Smith (d 1998), a World War II, 82ABD, veteran, on May 2nd, 1947. Together, they lived and raised their family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Odie and Dorothy later lived in Boca Raton, Florida.

To her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, adopted fur-grandchildren, and friends, she will forever be remembered as kind, loving, eternally optimistic, and the best apple pie maker east of the Mississippi, arguably the universe.

In addition to her late husband, Dorothy is predeceased by her two younger sisters, Thelma Bryant, (d 2004) and Gloria Alean Holloway (d 1996), and one of her grandchildren, Jerod Finkes (d 2007).

She was a devoted wife and loving mother to five daughters: Brenda J. Sommer (spouse Jay) of Boca Raton, FL; Wilma June Chatman (spouse Robert) of Las Cruces, NM; Joyce Ann Tolliver (spouse, James, d. 2016) of Cincinnati, OH, Beverly Gail Lim (spouse Robert), of Boca Raton, FL, Iris Suzette Smith of West Palm Beach, FL, and step-daughter Peggy-Jo Parker (spouse Alan) of Burbage, Leicestershire, England.

Dorothy is survived by her grandchildren: Andrea Chatman, Adrienne Messer (spouse Ben), Michael Chatman (spouse Brittany), Shon McCall (partner Melissa), Sarah Melissa Lim (partner Matthew), Adam Anthony Lim (spouse Meredith), Rachel Iris Lim, Chrisi Givens (spouse Danny), Angie Finkes (spouse Nick), Amberlee Finkes (Jerod’s spouse), and two step-grandchildren, Sharon De Mott (partner Dick) and Deon (spouse Bev) Parker.

She is also survived by fifteen great-grandchildren: Kade and Kelsey Messer, Hudson and Audrey Chatman; Kaia Lim, Landon and Leah Lim; Eva and Ethan Finkes, Kiara Marshall, Trinity and Eden Givens, Rebecca, Kylee, Gwynedd, and Fianna Finkes. And three step-great grandchildren: Ellie and Todd Parker; Ashleigh-Deanne Parker.

Memorial fund established with Alzheimer’s Association at www.alzfdn.org/donate.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 11th, at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial to follow at the Pine Knot Cemetery, Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Arrangements entrusted to the McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Arnold Lee Massengale age 59 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, son of Cordelia (Watson) Massengale and the late, Arlie Massengale, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 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 on Friday from 6-9 pm 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.

 

Abbie “Granny” Campbell, age 95 of Parkers Lake, widow of James Curtis Campbell, passed away February 28, 2017. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4th, at 11 am at the Mill Creek Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Mill Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday after 6 pm at the McCreary County Funeral Home. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

Danny D. Hayes age 66 years, 1 month, and 25 days of Dayton, passed away February 16, 2017.

He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on December 22, 1950 to the late William and Flonnie Hayes. Danny retired as a SMSGT in the United States Air Force after 25 years of service. He proudly served during the Vietnam War. In his free time, he enjoyed playing guitar, singing and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Danny was preceded in death by his siblings, Homer Hayes, Bruce Hayes, Harold Hayes, Wanda Hayes, Mary Lou Hayes, Ronald Hayes, Cosetta Ferguson, and Ray Hayes.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna Hayes; sons, William (Wendy) Hayes, David (Amanda) Hayes; daughter, Victoria (Jason) Engling; grandchildren, Miranda, Marissa, Ashley (Jordan), Danielle, Hailey, Lilly, Avery, Liam, Sean, Ava, Saida; great grandchild, Allie; brother, George (Barbara) Hayes; sisters, Faye Moore, Pearl (Ralph) Murphy; and several other relatives and special friends.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Goodwin officiating. Burial followed in the T Chitwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Danny Hayes with memorial services.

 

Janice Carol Hines, age 68 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at her home.

She was born in Stearns, Kentucky on July 6, 1948 the daughter of George and Georgia (Dolen) Owens. Janice had been a caretaker for Quest, was a member of the New Liberty United Baptist Church, and enjoyed crocheting and fishing.

Her parents and a son, Joe Hines precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas “Peanut” Hines and wife, Tamara of Monticello, Kentucky and Michael Scott Hines and wife, Marsha of Oneida, Tennessee; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth Thompson and Bro. John Duvall, Jr. officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gary Reed “Skip” Howell age 67 years, 4 months, and  15 days, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 at his home in Nancy, Kentucky.

He was born October 5, 1949 in Floyd Co., Kentucky to the late Reed Howell and Sally Grace (Gibson) Howell Armstrong. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, James Russell Nichols.

Skip was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and he fought in the Vietnam War. He attended the Okalona Baptist Church. Before he became ill, Skip was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed collecting coins, baseball cards, and watching sports. Skip loved his family and spending time with them. But above all things, he loved Jesus Christ most of all.

Surviving family include his wife, Betty Lue (Hill) Howell; a son, Gary Reed Howell, Jr., both of Nancy, Kentucky; brothers, Bill Howell of Texas and Larry Howell of Ohio; and a sister, Lucy Thompson of Ohio.

Funeral services were held  Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Moore officiating. Burial  was at the Hill Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Relda Lee Perkins, age 66 years of Whitley City, Kentucky died February 28, 2017 in Corbin, Kentucky at the Continued Care Hospital.

She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on October 11, 1950 the daughter of Lander and Katherine (Murphy) Bryant. Relda was a seamstress at LeSportSac, member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church, loved watching wrestling, Chuck Norris, sewing, and Grandkids.

Her parents: husband, Delmer Perkins; brother, Everett Bryant; and sister, Georgia Bryant precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons: Christopher Perkins (Karen) of Monticello, Kentucky and Rodney Perkins (Krystal) of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter: Samantha Perkins (Chris) of Lenior City, Tennessee; brothers: Roger Bryant of Whitley City, Arnold Bryant (Brenda), Lonnie Bryant, Wayne Bryant all of Monticello, and Howard Bryant (Roberta) of Jamestown, Tennessee; sisters: Lena Bryant of Whitley City and Laura Vaughn (Max) of Monticello, Kentucky,  grandchildren: Mackenzie, CJ, Rodney, Salina, Jacinda, Amber, Jessica, Adam, Abigail, Alexis, Madison, Colby, and Jordan.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11am in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Rufus Hughes officiating.  Burial to follow in the Bryant Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Larry Dale Sims, 61, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Clark Regional Medical Center. He was born in Tennessee on July 11, 1955, to Mary (Julian) Harris and the late William Sams. He was a United States Army Veteran and previously worked as a machinist for General Electric.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Joey Sams; two brothers, Alan (Kathy) Sams and Steven Sams; sister, Karen Sams; two step brothers, Chris (Jamie) Harris and Mitchell (Shelley) Harris; uncle, Ronnie Brooks; fiance’, Debbie McConnell; special niece, Elaine Davis; several friends and family members.

Graveside services were held Saturday at the Carter Cemetery.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family.

 

Irene Strunk, age 79, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

She was born on February 11, 1938, the daughter of the late Anthony Melvin and Oda Mae (Davis) Tucker.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Dean Strunk; her daughter, Diane Strunk Stephens; brothers, Louie, Lloyd, Clyde, Winfred and Peanut Tucker; sisters, Glenna Bloodworth, Stella Tucker, Zella Tucker and Corena Tucker.

Surviving family include her husband, Vernon Strunk of Whitley City; sons, Darren Strunk of Whitley City, Tim and wife Betty Strunk of Burnside; daughters, Robin Strunk, Whitley City, Miranda and husband Tim Clark of Whitley City; grandchildren, Shannon Sumler, James Strunk and wife Felicia, Jimmy Joe and wife Kim Strunk, Samantha and husband, Larry Hill, Coy Strunk, Danyelle Strunk, Shiana Strunk and wife, Tracy Stephens,  Brandon Clark, Breanna Clark; great-grandchildren, Bradley Sumler, Jacey Strunk, Zander Strunk, Emah Ross, and Kellin Clark.

Irene was a member of Day Ridge United Baptist Church and a home maker who loved spending time with her family and camping.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017, Day Ridge United Baptist Church with Bro. John Duvall Jr. and Bro. Alan Coffey officiating.

She will be laid to rest at the Irene Strunk Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements for Irene Srunk.

 

February 2017 Archives

Grover Cline Abbott, age 70 years, and 4 days, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Stearns, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Rock Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Estil Jones and Rev. Stephen Jones officiating.  Mike Heth, Keith Heth, Joe Anderson, Brett Miller, Justin Anderson, and James Jones served as pallbearers.  Burial was in the Rock Springs Cemetery.

He was born February 12, 1947 in Smithtown, Kentucky to George and Mertie Jones Abbott. Cline at one time worked in a factory in Detroit, and as an auto body mechanic and what he loved most was playing music with family and friends. He was a member of the Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two infant brothers, Leon and Jerry Lynn Abbott, one sister, Fay Ashbrook, brother in law Charles Nelson Simmons and a very special cousin, Ina Lee Jones.

Survivors include a son, Victor Abbott and his wife Paula of Monticello, Kentucky, two brothers, Glenn Arnold Abbott and his wife Shane, of Coopersville, Kentucky, David Reed Abbott and his wife Thelma, of Strunk, Kentucky. three sisters, Wanda Abbott Heth and her husband Jim of Lexington, Kentucky, Jean Simmons of Little River, South Carolina, Janie Miller and her husband Gary, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, and brother in law Henry Ashbrook of Stearns, Kentucky.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Cline Abbott.

 

Rachel May Ball, age 52 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died February 17, 2017 at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Kentucky.

She was born in Oneida, Tennessee the daughter of Ronald Ball and Mary Lou (Roberts) Ball. Rachel loved coloring, Mickey Mouse, dolls, cats, and aggravating her brothers. She celebrated every day as her 17th birthday.

Her mother precedes her in death.

Survivors include her father, Ronald Ball of Pine Knot, Kentucky; brothers, William Wesley Ball of Pine Knot, Kenneth Andrew Ball of Chatsworth, Georgia, and Ronnie Ball-Shelley of Pine Knot; many aunts, uncles, cousins,and very special friends: Sherry and Will Dixion.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Burke and Bro. Jay Barnett officiating.  Burial followed in the Lower Cal Hill Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Cheryl Lynn Burdine, age 23, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Cheryl Lynn was a 2014 graduate of McCreary County High School and attended the Adanta Tenco Adult Day Treatment Center.  She attended the Hayes Creek Church of God and was an avid Kentucky Wildcats Basketball fan.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on July 9, 1993, the daughter of Gregory and Jeanetta (Sears) Burdine.  She is the granddaughter of Larry and Irene Glover of Somerset and Stanley and Charlotte Sears also of Somerset.  She is the sister of Donald Lee Burdine of Somerset, Matthew (and Tiffany) Burdine of Strunk, Kentucky, Jordan Burdine of Pine Knot, Jackie (and Abe) Gregory of Stearns, Kentucky, Jenny Burdine (and Ashley) Mullins of Louisville, Kentucky, and Rachel Burdine of Pine Knot.  She is the aunt of Cole Gregory, Colton Burdine and Cori Gregory. In addition, she has many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Cheryl Lynn Burdine with funeral arrangements.

 

Jeffery Lee Ellis age 57 years, 8 months, and 4 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born June 11, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Elmon Ellis and Agnes (Stephens) Ellis. Along with his parents, Jeffery is preceded in death by his brother, Allen Ellis.

Surviving family include his aunts, cousins, and friends at the Pine Knot Manor.

A private graveside service was held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting with arrangements.

 

Jimmie Walker Greene, one of McCreary County’s most prominent and respected sons, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2107 after a long and distinguished life of honorable service to God, our nation, our commonwealth and our county. He was 88.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Walkers Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Darren Kidd officiating.  Burial was in the Walkers Chapel Cemetery.

Born May 21, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, to Rease Greene and Pearl Walker Greene, his family returned to Parker’s Lake when Jimmie was only 2 months old. He grew up especially close to his maternal grandfather, P. P. Walker, also a prominent resident of McCreary County.  Jimmie graduated from McCreary County High School in 1946, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps; later know as the US Air Force.  His first assignment was in Japan during the Allied Occupation, he later served in Korea and Viet-Nam, where he flew recon, weather observation, and cargo missions. Jimmie retired from the Air Force in 1971, as a master sergeant with 24 years of service.  Upon his retirement he came home to McCreary County, and served as postmaster at Honeybee until the post office closed in 1977.  Also in 1977, he married Lois Renfro and they raised their family in his beloved Parkers Lake.  Jimmie was an active member of the Walkers Chapel Baptist Church, where he had taught Sunday School and had served as Sunday School Superintendent.

Jimmie entered the political arena in 1978 by visiting with almost every household in McCreary County, talking with and listening to the people he met as to what they wanted to see their local government doing for them. His campaign was successful and he became McCreary County’s first judge executive. A position he would hold for a total of 17 years.  Two of his priorities were better roads and new bridges in the more remote areas and clean water for every household.

Jimmie was also known as an author. He wrote a newspaper column, The Light Side of Parker’s Lake, for many years and also published, “Come Fly With Me to Honeybee”, and his memoir “Bridge Builder”, a look back at his first term in office. He also penned the forward to the official McCreary County Centennial Commission’s “A balance of Providence -Reflections of McCreary’s County’s Past”.

Upon retiring from the judge’s office, Jimmie remained active in service to the community. He served as president of the McCreary County Chamber of Commerce, commander of the Charles Moore VFW Post 5127, in Whitley City, was a lifetime member of the Kinne-Slaven Post 115 of the American Legion, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, the Disabled Veterans Association, and remained active in local Republican politics.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Walker, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, sons, Patrick Walker Green of Whitley City, Kentucky and Jimmie W. Greene II “Bevo” and his wife, Pat, of Stearns, Kentucky, stepchildren, Dixie Hamblin and her husband, David, of Corbin, Kentucky and Wally Disney and his wife, Angie, of Gray, Kentucky, a sister, Bobbie Kennedy of Sidney, Ohio, twelve grandchildren, and twenty great grandchildren.

Few people leave the positive footprint in their community as did Jimmie Greene.  He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Jimmie W. Greene.

 

Thelma Louise Hubbard, age 85 years, 7 months, and 3 days, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Pine Knot Cemetery with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.  Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

She was born July 9, 1931 in Fentress County, Tennessee to Grover C. and Lela Hale Geer. Thelma worked at Pine Knot Job Corp. Center. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. Thelma found pleasure in quilting, reading, cooking for others and going to Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her son, Charles Edward Owens, four brothers, Powell Geer, Kenneth Geer, Grover C. Geer Jr., and Hubert Geer. and also two sisters, Josephine Simpson and Geneva McGlasson.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann Strunk, of Revelo, Kentucky, Helen Elaine Hill and her husband, Joseph “Butch”, of Decatur, Alabama  and Janice K. Johnson and her husband, Martin of Birmingham, Alabama, two special nieces, Betty Barrick and Charlotte Shirley, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Thelma Hubbard.

 

Gary Lyons, age 60 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Winfield, Tennessee.

He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on May 20, 1956 the son of Doris Albert and Diane I. (King) Lyons. Gary enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, and 4-wheeling.

His parents; daughter, Darby Lyons; and brothers, Doris Lynn Lyons and Glenn Lyons precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Retia (Fancher) Lyons; step father, Darel King; sons, Tyler Lyons of Collierville, Tennessee, Cody Lyons and Dylan Lyons both of Oneida, Tennessee; brother, Clay Lyons (Sherri) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky; grandchildren, Kaden Lyons, Ruger Lyons, Isaiah Carroll, and Bentley Carroll; special friends, Jim Daugherty, Sonny Vanover, and Doc Gilreath.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 8pm in the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating.  Burial to followed Sunday 1pm in the Cooper Memorial Gardens.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Helen Marie Perry, age 82 years, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at her home in Hustonville, Kentucky.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 20, 1935 the daughter of Warnie and Jeanie (Frazier) Sparks.  Helen had owned a clothing store, was of the Pentecostal Faith, loved yard sales, flea market, family, and church.

Her parents; husband, Joseph Perry; brothers, Joe Sparks and Charlie Sparks; sisters, Minnie Gentry, Betty Voigt, Nancy Grimes, and Libby Malone precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Darrie Ray Perry of Stanford, Kentucky and Joe Perry of Junction City, Kentucky; daughters, Doretha Ann Perry of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Patricia Parker of Eubank, Kentucky, Uneida Perry Johnson of Hustonville, Kentucky, Debbie Helton of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and Cynthia Mastalka of Danville, Kentucky; brothers, Frank Sparks of Georgia, Kenny Sparks and Jerry Sparks both of Ohio; sisters, Dorothy Roseberry, Shirley Van De Pas (Bill), Barbara Watkins, Diane Walls, Mary Neal all of Ohio, Stella Hinkle of Florida, and Alice Johns of Texas; 19 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren;; and 3 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11am in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Sis. Diane Wright and Bro. Dean Spradlin officiating.  Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Ailene Stephens, age 79 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born March 30, 1937 the daughter of Lawrence and Charlene Morgan.  Ailene was of the Baptist Faith, loved her Spring flowers, reading, and the UK Wildcats.

Her parents and brother, Gary Morgan precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Stephens, whom she married January 6, 1984; son, Darrell Stephens of Stephens, Kentucky; daughter Sherrie Burk (Anthony Sims); brothers, Eugene Morgan of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Doyle Morgan of Stearns, Kentucky, Tommy Morgan of Somerset, Kentucky, and James Morgan of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Virginia Jones of Revelo, Kentucky and Sue Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughter, Nicole Kidd and husband, Sam; and 1 great grandson on the way.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 20, 2017 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King and Bro. Hilton Duncan officiating.  Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Irene (Tucker) Strunk, age 79 of Whitley City. Died 2/21/17. Funeral: 1pm, Thursday at Day Ridge United Baptist Church.

Burial Place: Irene Tucker 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.

 

Paul P. Walker, age 81 years, 7 months, and 29 days, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Walker officiating.  Burial was in the Walkers Chapel Cemetery.

He was born June 16, 1935 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky to Oscar Ray Walker and Sally Cook Walker.  Paul was a retired veteran of the US Navy.  After leaving the military, he was employed by the US Forest Service as a surveyor and a firefighter.  He was a member of the American Legion Kinne Slaven Post and of the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.  Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and working puzzles in his spare time.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his former wife, Lois Walker, brothers, Oscar “Shad” Walker and Ray Lowell Walker, and sisters, Marcella Perry, Geraldine “Jerri” Hunt, and Rayma Del Walker.

Survivors include a son, Phillip Walker and his wife, Loni, of Richardson, Texas, a daughter, Allyson Bassett and her husband, Todd, of Lexington, Kentucky, a brother, Cecil Walker and his wife, Elaine, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, a special nephew, Roger Owens, who was raised like a brother, and two grandchildren, Zain Walker and Aiden Walker.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walker Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Paul P. Walker.

 

 

Deborah Kennedy Conrad, age 59, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Whitley City, Kentucky.

She was born in Jellico, Tennessee, on October 27, 1956, to the late Otis and Beatrice (Helton) Kennedy.  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Michael Conrad, two daughters: April and Carolyn Maggard, and a sister, Carol Proctor.

She is survived by Travis Patrick whom she raised as a son, five brothers: Michael Kennedy, Gerald Wayne Kennedy, Anderson Kennedy, John Kennedy and Gary Kennedy, and ten sisters:  Patricia Sue Jones, Brenda Vanover, Shelby Davis, Sharon Ridley, Denise Bowman, Janice Bell, Pam Garland, Rita Garner, Becky Phillips and Elaine Tucker.

Debbie had been a farmer and worked in tobacco.  She was a member of the Blue John Baptist Church.  She enjoyed playing horseshoe, puzzles and puzzle books, bingo, camping, and she loved her cats.

Funeral services were Monday, February 13, 2017, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Lucas Phillips officiating and Ann Richmond and Israel Clark singing.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting with arrangements.

 

Millard Estil Cox, age 91, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2017, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

He was born on March 1, 1925, the son of the late Walter and Margaret (Ball) Cox.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nannie M. Cox (Taylor), his son: Donald Estil Cox, brothers: Leslie and Mitchell Cox, sisters: Jessie, Maudie, Jane, Flossie and Edna.

Surviving family include his daughter, Carol Knight of Sarasota, FL., four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Estil logged timber and owned and operated a saw mill.  He enjoyed gardening, horses and being outdoors but he most enjoyed spending time with his wife of 68 years and his family.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dillard Bryant officiating.  He will be laid to rest at the New Liberty Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Thelma Hubbard, age 85, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, mother of Ann Strunk, passed away Sunday.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Pine Knot Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Friday at Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Thelma Hubbard.

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

 

Geneva Lawson, age 94 years, 8 months, and 7 days, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Landon Sexton and Bro. Steve Perry officiating.  Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.

She was born May 31, 1922 in the Hayes Creek community to Ben Cornelius and Mae (Goodin) Cornelius. Geneva was a member of the East Stearns Church of God. She found pleasure in playing the organ and harmonica. She also enjoyed adult coloring books, singing in church, sewing, and testifying to everyone she saw.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Arlis Lawson, a son, Jimmy Lawson, two daughters, Sandra Trammell and Opal Harris, her brothers Herman Cornelius, Lansford Cornelius, Hubert Cornelius and Hobert Cornelius, her sisters, Cevil Morgan, Thelma Lay, Hazel Baird, Desel Anderson, Myrtle Cornelius, Evelyn Cornelius, Opal Neal, and her grandchildren, Shawn Waters, Paul Harris, Anthony Lawson, Tina Lawson and Robin Lawson.

Survivors include two sons, Robert and Margie Lawson of Rising Sun Indiana, Dale and Brenda Lawson of Dillsbourgh Indiana. three daughters,  Brenda Murray of Bethel Ohio, Glenda Franks of Ervin Texas, and Teresa and David West of Stearns Kentucky,  two sons-in-law, Bruce Trammell and Peter Harris, eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Geneva Lawson.

 

Sheila Jean Pendergraft, age 56, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

She was born on February 12, 1960, the daughter of the late Corene and Franklin Boyd Long.

She is preceded in death by her parents and grandmother, Lucille Pendergraft.

Surviving family include her companion of 17 years, Cecil Hollars and their daughter Krista Hollars of Whitley City, son: Randall Pendergraft, of Bradfordsville, Kentucky, special aunt Sue Pendergrass of Whitley City and special cousin Peggy Hill of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky whom she grew up with and they and were like sisters, special aunt Lucy Weston, Nabb, IN., brother: Gary Long and his wife Jessica of Willisburg, Kentucky, Step-sisters: Chris and husband Armon Portwood of Georgetown, Kentucky, Jodi and Larry Salmons of Corinth, Kentucky, special neice: Courtnei Long of Willisburg, Special friends: Alan and Mary Hollars of Whitley City, along with numerous cousins,

Sheila was a member of Bradfordsville Christian Church and a home maker who loved spending time with her family, camping, going to yard sales and shopping.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ervin Foster officiating.  Serving as pallbearers are: Cody Gibson, Ty Gibson, Daniel Phillips, Gary Long, Michael Murphy, Alan Hollars and Aaron King.  She will be laid to rest at the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

William Lester Perry, age 73, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the University of Kentucky Healthcare in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born March 1, 1943, at Whitley City, Kentucky, to the late Frank C. and Ola (Bryant) Perry.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, William Eddie Perry, 2 brothers, Roscoe and Clarence Perry, two sisters, Irene Brooks and Vicky Stephens, and two infant brothers.

Surviving family include a son: William Cecil Perry of Whitley City, Kentucky, a daughter, Wilda Ross of Stearns, Kentucky, a brother, Melton Estes Perry, of Whitley City, a sister, Ethel Sargent, of Harrison, Ohio, and Idella Loudermilk of Pine Knot, two grandchildren, Jeremy Ross and Tyler Perry and a great grandchild, Jerrica Ross.

Mr. Perry had been a truck driver and had attended the River Road Church of God in Canada Town.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services and he will be cremated.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Edna Lucille “Lou” Shoopman, age 75 years, of Monticello, Kentucky died Monday February 13, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Jean Waddle Care Center surrounded by family and friends.

She was born March 1, 1941 in Fidelity, Kentucky to Arnold Clayton and Geneva (Wright) Shoopman.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Hickory Knob United Baptist Church and attended the Meadows Grove Baptist Church.  Lou loved going to church, listening to gospel music, bird watching, watching Margaret on WLJC-TV, and jigsaw puzzles.

Her parents and brother, Archie Shoopman precede her in death.

Survivors include her brothers, Roger Shoopman and wife, Lois of Revelo, Kentucky, James Roy Shoopman and wife, Glenda of Berea, Kentucky, Robert Shoopman and wife, Debbie and Jerry Shoopman and wife, Carolene both of Stearns, Kentucky, and Paul Shoopman of Loudon, Tennessee; sisters, Delois Jones and husband Glen of Monticello, Kentucky, Faye Jones and husband, Lonnie of Stearns, Kentucky, Lena Jones and husband, Bronnie of Monticello, and Kathy Jones and husband, Howard of Winfield, Tennessee; special friends, Viola and Dennis Freeman of Somerset, Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews and friends; and special niece, Erma Herrmann of Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Howard Slagle officiating.  Burial  followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Edna “Lou” Shoopman.

 

Alton Slaven, age 79 years and 12 days, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Maurice Branscum officiating.

He was born January 29, 1938 in Worley, Kentucky to DeWitt Slaven and Janell Duncan Slaven.  Alton served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1959 and later provided well for his family as an employee of the Dana Corporation in Marion, Indiana, from which he retired.

In his spare time, Alton loved to fish and spend time with his family. Raised at Worley, a mining camp, he loved the river. Of all his accomplishments, and there are many, Alton was most proud of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his only sister, Billie Jo Davis, and his brothers, Jack, Jim, June, Merrill, and Gene, and sister-in-law, Valda Slaven.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sue Branscum Slaven, of Whitley City, Kentucky, sons, Michael Joseph Slaven of Winfield, Tennessee, Mendle Carland Slaven, and his wife, Dee, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Merrill Tyrone Slaven of Columbus, Ohio, Matthew Shelby Slaven, and his wife, Jenni, of St. Louis, Missouri, his brothers, Don Slaven, of Stearns, Kentucky, Paul Slaven and his wife Carly, of Strunk, Kentucky,  and Gary Slaven and his wife, Brenda, of Somerset Kentucky, grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew ,Daniel, Lily, Emma, Colton, and Sydney Slaven, and great grandchildren, Kaden, Adriona, and Sophia.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Alton Slaven.

 

Paul P. Walker, age 81, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, son of the late Oscar and Sally Walker, passed away Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Walkers Chapel Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Saturday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Paul P. Walker.

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

Floyd Lee Adkins, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on January 30, 2017. He was born to the late Harvey and Sadie Braden Adkins on January 14, 1931 in Winfield, Tennessee.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Adkins; his beloved daughter, Delores Ann Adkins; grandson, Dwayne Allen Adkins; and great-great-grandson, Jayden Allen Blevins.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Irene Adkins; sons, Dwayne Adkins and wife, Sharon, of Stearns, Kentucky, and David Adkins and wife, Judy, of Winfield; grandchildren, Robbie Adkins of Stearns, Stacy Marlow and husband, Chris, of Stearns, and Jason Adkins and fiancée, April, of Winfield, Renee Trammell, and Penny Bean; great-grandchildren, Dwayne Aaron Adkins, Jordan Adkins, Raysa Lay and husband, Corey, Christian Blevins and husband, Matt, Logan Marlow, and Jaylee Adkins; great-great-grandson, Levi Adkins; brothers, Sterling Adkins and wife, Jackie, Reuben Adkins, Hillary Adkins and wife, Georgie, Morris Adkins and wife, Ann; sister, Irene Cassada; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Clark and husband, Carrol, and Shirley Taylor; brother-in-law, Jerry Perkins and wife, Judy; special caregiver, Joy King; and many more family members and friends to mourn his passing.

Funeral service were conducted on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Strunk and Bro. Lee Strunk officiating.

Interment followed in the Adkins Family Cemetery in Winfield. Pallbearers will be Jason Adkins, Dwayne Aaron Adkins, Robbie Adkins, Chris Marlow, Logan Marlow, and Matt Blevins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Perkins and Carrol Clark.

You may sign Mr. Adkins online guestbook at www.westmurleyfh.net.

West-Murley Funeral Home is serving the family of Floyd Lee Adkins.

 

Lara Chestnut Baird, age 59 years, 3 months and 30 days, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Jean Waddell Hospice Center in Somerset Kentucky.

She was born October 4, 1957 is Somerset Kentucky, to Bennie Chestnut and Allene Marcum Chestnut.  Lara was a retired health care worker.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Lara is survived by her daughters, Kristen Faith Reed, and Katie Hope Price, both of Somerset, Kentucky , grandchildren, Kaiden Wesley Reed, Kailee Hope, Khole Alexis,  and Jaxon Cole , and her brother, Tim Chestnut, and his wife, Margie, of Stearns, Kentucky.

In keeping with Lara’s wishes, her remains were cremated.

Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Lara Baird.

 

Gayle D. King, age 70 years and 9 days, of Strunk, Kentucky passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services were held Monday February 6th 2017 at 1pm at the Black Oak Baptist Church in Oneida Tennessee with Bro.  Kyle Keeton and Bro. Crestin Burke officiating. Burial was in the Angel cemetery.

He was born January 24, 1947 in the Cooperative community of McCreary County, Kentucky to Joel King and Eula Roberts King.  Gayle was a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church in Oneida, Tennessee and had been a coal miner before his retirement, having worked for Stearns Coal and Lumber and West Coal.  In his spare time he enjoyed making jellies and candies, hunting, fishing, and harvesting walnut kernels.  He was also an avid reader.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and two sisters, Janice Kidd and Judy King.

Survivors include his wife, Florence King, whom he married June 8, 1968, sons, Christopher Allen King, and his wife, Teresa of Murray, Kentucky and William Chester King and his wife, Amber, of Somerset, Kentucky, a daughter, Cassandra Michelle King of Strunk, Kentucky, brothers, Noel King and his wife, Ella, of Revelo, Kentucky and Tommy King of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, sister, Donna Meadows of Revelo, Kentucky, and three grandchildren Ethan Futrell, River Elizabeth, and Briar Kathryn.

Hickman - Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Gayle D. King.

 

Geneva Lawson, age 94, of Stearns, Kentucky,  passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Williamsburg Health and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Friday, at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Geneva Lawson.

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

 

Paul E. Murphy, Sr. age 85 years, 9 months, and 3 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Thomson-Hood VA Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born May 3, 1931 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Charlies and Anna (Thompson) Murphy. Besides his parents, Paul is proceeded in death by his wife Rosella (Stephens) Murphy of 37 years, an infant son, William Harold Murphy, a daughter, Donna Lee Breeden, brothers, Dallas and Gerald Murphy, and a sister, Virginia Lay.

Surviving family include his sons, Paul Murphy, Jr. (and Ellen) of Georgia and David Murphy (and Amy) of Virginia; a granddaughter, Jennifer Breeden of Missouri; brothers, Bobbie Murphy (and Donna) of Ohio, and David Murphy (and Jean) of Kentucky; a sister, Dorothy Chambers of California; son-in-law, Clyde Breeden of Missouri;  a paternal uncle, Hansford Murphy (and Edith) of Somerset, Kentucky; step-sons, Ronnie Wright (and Penny) of Maryland, and Wayne Neal (and Lisa) of Indiana; 5 step-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

Paul was a Korean War Veteran and was very supportive of Veteran organizations. After the war, he became an Audiovisual Specialist for the Industrial College Armed Forced at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. After retiring from Civil service and moving back to Pine Knot, he went to work for the McCreary County School system as a bus driver and working in the audio-visual department. Paul recorded church, family, and school functions, including the high school graduation ceremony, for many years. Paul was a member of the Meadows Grove Baptist Church where he was also a recorder and conducted the Sunday Service Broadcast faithfully until he was no longer able.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 11:00 am the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Perry officiating. Burial is to follow in the East Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.

Paul will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. But we trust that our loss, is his eternal gain.

Pine Knot Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

 

Hazel Vaughn Perry, age 73 years and 6 days, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating.  Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.

She was born January 23, 1944 in the Bald Knob community of McCreary County to Hobert Vaughn and Truie Waters Vaughn.  Hazel was a retired waitress and a member of the East Appletree United Baptist Church.  Hazel enjoyed crafting at the Horizon Adult Day Center and attending functions at the Senior Citizens Center.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a son, Steven Lawrence Perry.

Survivors include her children, Jeannie Echo Perry of New York and Gordon Wilson Perry of Pine Knot, brother, Rev. Samuel Vaughn and his wife, Debbie, of Sebring, Florida, sisters, Ella  Mae King and her husband, Noel, of Revelo, Kentucky, Lois Ann Rapp and her husband, Ken, of Richmond, Kentucky, and Jeanette Worley and her husband, Willard, of Stearns, Kentucky, grandchildren, Brandy Annette Moore, William Perry, Jonathon Perry, Patience Perry, Sarah Perry, Jesse Perry, and Jason Perry and several great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Hazel Perry.

 

Shirley Ann Grundy Woods, age 70 years and 2 days, passed away, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Stephens officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Jeffery Murphy, James Dick, Ronnie Wilson, Brian Murphy, Jonathon Chitwood, and Phillip Goodman.  Burial was in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

She was born January 29, 1947 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to Earl Grundy and Goldie Mae Stephens Grundy.  She was homemaker and enjoyed reading her bible, listening to gospel music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Michael Blanton, sister, Bonnie Grundy Troxell, and brothers, Junior Grundy, Ralph Grundy, Roger Grundy, Ed Grundy, Arnold King, Arvil King, and Donald King.

Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Woods of Pine Knot, Kentucky, daughters, Sheila Bolin and Stevie of Stearns, Kentucky, Debi Slaven of Stearns, Kentucky, Beth Chitwood and her husband, Greg, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Teresa Carpenter and Tom of Stearns, Kentucky, sisters, Betty Wright and her husband, Sonny, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Judy Coffey and her husband, Theodore, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Barbara Watson of Stearns, Kentucky, grandchildren, Nathaniel, whom she considered as one of her own children, Keaton, Jonathon, Chelsei, Heaven, Casey, Ashley, April, Jeffery, Lora, Brian, and Claraina, very special great granddaughter, Reagan, and several other great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Shirley Grundy Woods.

 

Tracy Rose Alcorn, age 47, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at her home in Oneida, Tennessee.

She was born on August 25, 1969, the daughter of Shelby (Evans) Rose and the late Roger Rose.

Surviving family include her mother: Shelby Rose of Parkers Lake, sons: Dakota and Josh Alcorn of Oneida, Tennessee, daughter: Casey Alcorn Palmer (husband Jason) of Richmond, Kentucky, her fiancé: Waylon “Tater” Jeffers of Oneida, two brothers: Terry Rose (wife Cathy) of Whitley City, and Tom Rose of Parkers Lake.

Tracy was a Respiratory Therapist for the Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. She really enjoyed her profession, and it extended into her everyday life. She was a giver to all who knew and loved her.  She enjoyed photography, hiking, bird watching, nature, traveling, and she especially loved going to the beach. Tracy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Melvin Stephens.  She will be laid to rest at the Eagle Creek  Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Shirley Faye Ellis, 74, of Lake City, Florida passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017. Shirley was born in Stearns, Kentucky to the late Ale & Etta Faye [Tappley] Spradlin. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and spoiling the grandkids. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Junior, Lee, Glenn, Roy, & Arnold and her daughter, Teresa Looper.

Survivors include her devoted husband of 60 years, John Ellis of Lake City, FL; sons, Preston (Laura) Ellis of Lake City, FL, and Johnny M. (Sandy) Ellis Jr. of Maryville, TN; daughters, Valerie Ellis-Hodson of Anderson, IN and Angela “Angel” Fowler of Interlachen, FL; step mother, Louise Waters-Spradlin; half-sisters, Donna Slaven, Lisa (Bill) Walters, & Amy Spradlin; half-brother, Chandus (Dana) Spradlin all of Delaware County, IN. ; grandchildren, Crystal, Magdalyne, Bradley, Blake, Jessica, Emily, Brittany, Kalie, Kimberly, and Christina and several great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Lake City, Florida. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a future date for family and friends.

Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3596 South US Hwy 441, Lake City, Florida. 32025. (386) 752-1954. Online at www.gatewayforestlawn.com

 

Edna Hoover, age 92 years, 7 months, and 29 days of Lexington, Kentucky passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 in Lexington.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm graveside at the Pine Knot Cemetery with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.

She was born May 25, 1924 in Virginia to Finley Hicks and Nola Anderson Hicks.  Edna was a member of the McCreary County Church of  Christ.  She taught in the McCreary School System before her retirement, having taught at Smithtown Elementary for around 40 years.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Ora Hoover, and brother Ruben Hicks.

Survivors include her son, Gary Hoover and his wife, Sarah, of Lexington, Kentucky, a sister, Faye Thomas, sister-in-law, Gladys Hicks, nephew Bruce Thomas, and niece, Barbara Darabant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Edna Hoover.

 

L. D. “Crowbar” Koger, 79 years, 10 months, and 12 days old, of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Kenny Vanhook officiating.  Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

He was born March 14, 1937 in Stearns, Kentucky to Roscoe Koger and Matilda Ross Koger.  Crowbar worked as a machinist with International Harvester before his retirement.  He had owned a cigarette store and the Cozy Inn.  In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, playing golf, playing poker, and watching UK basketball.  But he found the most enjoyment from spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his longtime companion, Dorothy Clark.

Survivors include his children, Linda Strunk and her husband, Bobby, of Stearns, Kentucky and Darrell Koger of Revelo, Kentucky, grandchildren, Susie Thompson and her husband, Sean, Cynthia Jones and her husband, Matt, Rachel Whitehead and her husband, Gary, and Daryn Gartner, and four great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of L. D. “Crowbar” Koger.

 

Hazel Perry, age 73, of Pine Knot, passed away Sunday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feburary 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Angel Cemetery.   The family will receive friends after 11:00 am  Friday until time for the service  at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of  Hazel Perry.

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

 

Billy Joe Perry, age 71 years 4 months and 23 days, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 23, 2017.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Rev. Daniel Perry and Rev. Bill Patrick officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Bill Hale, David Spradlin, Doyle Boone Perry, Tim Perry, Luster Bryant, and Josh Goodin.  Burial was in the Eagle Creek Cemetery.

He was born August 31, 1945, in  Honeybee, Kentucky to Bruce Perry and Lola Perry. Billy was a retired machinist, having worked with the Chrysler Corporation for over 27 years. Upon his retirement he moved back to Parkers Lake where he operated Perry’s Food Mart and Dairy Freeze for a number of years. Billy loved Bluegrass and Gospel Music. He was the host of his own radio show on WEKC radio in Williamsburg and promoted bluegrass and gospel music events. In his early years, he sang with the group, The Gospel Land Travelers.  Always looking for ways to serve his church and community, Billy was a member of both the Eagle-Sawyer and North McCreary volunteer fire departments and was well liked and respected among the other firefighters. He was also a Member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church. Billy also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping  and spending time with his family.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 47 years, Rhoda Sue Perry, an infant child, and sisters, Bessie Perry and Truie Patrick.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Janie Smith Perry, of Parkers Lake, son, Dewayne Perry, and his wife Nancy, of the Eagle Creek Community, daughter, Jennifer Adkins, and her husband, Scott, of  Streetsboro, Ohio, his brother, James Matthew Perry and his wife, Betty, of Somerset,  step children, Donnie Smith, and his wife Tracy of Pine Knot, Laura Smith, and companion Harvey, of Middlesboro, and  Donna Smith of Parkers Lake, and eight grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Billy Joe Perry.

 

Gary Lee Roberts, age 40, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

He was born on June 29, 1976, the son of Boyd “Can-Man” and Alfreda (Jones) Roberts.

Surviving family include his parents, Boyd and Freda Roberts, Pine Knot; brother, Kelly Roberts, Pine Knot;  daughters, Kristin and husband Jerad Barnett, Pine Knot, and Madilyn Roberts, Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Brantlee and Baylee Barnett and his nephew, Cody Roberts.

Gary worked in construction and recycling. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on cars.  Gary loved spending time with this family and playing with his grand-babies.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services for Gary were held Monday, January 30, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Gary Lee Roberts.

 

Lucy Pauline “Toots” Wilson age 85 years, 2 months, and 20 days of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at her home.

She was born in Strunk, Kentucky on November 6, 1931 to the late Wilburn “Red” Miller and Alsie Wright Miller.

Toots was a member of the Silerville Baptist Church for over 60 years. She enjoyed gardening, working with her flowers, and crocheting. Toots, along with her husband, Dick Wilson, were well known in the community for Wilson’s Grocery and their famous bologna sandwiches. Toots grew up working in her father’s store and continued the tradition for over 65 years. She was family oriented and enjoyed spending her Sunday afternoons cooking and making memories with her family.

Besides her parents, Toots is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Dick Wilson, Jr. who passed in October of 2011; her daughter, Donna Kaye Wilson; brothers, Lonnie Walker, Earnest Miller, Walter Miller, and Buster Miller; and sisters, Betty Todd, Sally Murphy, Allie Baker, and Lora Mae Murphy.

Surviving family include her sons, Ronnie Wilson (and Linda) and Trennis Wilson (and Patty Young), all of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, PJ Bruce (and Geoff), Veronica Kates (and Lloyd), Danny Phillips (and Gretta), Chuck Chambers (and Dovie), Carolyn Roach, Richard Weldon Wilson (and Lindsey), Zachary Lee Wilson, Stephanie Norfleet (and Larry), Micah Shaffer (and Alex), Steven Young, Austin Young, and Tonya Matthews Burton; and great-grandchildren, Nick and Olivia Kates, Marshall, Mitchell, and Mary-Beth Wilson, Ryan and Alexa Bruce, Tristen, Sophie, and Alyssa Norfleet.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home entrusted with services.

 

Shirley Ann Grundy Woods, age 70, of Pine Knot, passed away Tuesday at her home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Thursday until time for service at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Shirley Ann Woods.

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

 

January 2017 Archives

Edna Hoover, age 92, mother of Gary Hoover, passed away Monday in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 4:00 pm Graveside at the Pine Knot Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Edna Hoover.

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

 

Shawn Carlin Lawson, age 47, of Stearns, Kentucky, passed unexpectedly from this life on Friday, January 13,  2017, at his home in Stearns Kentucky.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 11, 1970, to the late Carl Lawson and Sue Ann Helton.

He is survived by his two sons: Jeremiah Chase Lawson and Joshua Carlin Lawson of Stearns, Kentucky.  Two sisters: Carla Lawson of Lore, Ohio and Ruby Kosco of Zanesville, Ohio.  Also survived by a special aunt Donna Helton Prater, several additional aunts and uncles, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brother: Collin Lawson.

Shawn loved spending time with his family, especially his two sons, who were his whole world, he was an excellent father. He enjoyed taking them to the river, 4-wheel riding and just spending time outdoors with them.  He also enjoyed working around home and shooting pool.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home.  Burial followed in the Methodist Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with services for Shawn Lawson.

 

Billy Joe Perry, age 72, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, husband of Janie Smith Perry and father of Dewayne Perry and Jennifer Adkins, passed away Monday in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Eagle Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Billy Joe Perry.

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

 

Gregory Sterling Stephens, 65, passed away January 17, 2017, at home.

Greg was born in Strunk, Kentucky, May 10, 1951, to Prince L. and Nancy T. Stephens.  He was the 9th child of 11, Lillian Johnson (Herbert), Betty McDavid  (Mack), Yvonne Wells (Ron), Kelly Stephens (Gina), Polly Spradlin (Don),  Myrtle Berding (Tom), Elvis Stephens (Vel), Gaylon Stephens (Diane), Greg, Reda Garland (Conley) and Bonnie West (David).  He grew up in McCreary County and attended McCreary County High School where he was a star athlete; he loved basketball and baseball, and was great student.  He was well liked and admired by his school mates and teachers and remained friends with many throughout the years.

After graduating from high school he moved to Hopewell, Virginia, where he met and married Debra Bentzoni.  They had 3 daughters, Melissa Hosey (Chris), Cindy Belcher (Paul), and Tanda Estep (Brian).  In 1972 he joined the Army and traveled the world, sometimes playing baseball for the US Army in faraway places.  During these travels he met and married Georgia Tortorelli and became a loving stepfather to her children, Shannon Abken-Rowland (Gary) and Richard Abken (Dana).   After retiring from the US Army he and Georgia moved to the Tri-Cities where he became a Federal Employee (GSA), retiring in 2013.

He was Grandfather to, Michael Abken, Cameron Stephens, Sabrina Belcher, Alexis Barthman, Joshua Abken, Shelly Estep, Seth Meredith, Elizabeth Desrosier, David Estep, Sophia Desrosier, and Roxanne Hosey and Great-grandfather to Alyssa Derryberry, Isaac Barthman and Jacob Barthman.  He had numerous nieces and nephews, he loved dearly.

Greg loved his family, sports, reading, and floating in his pool.

Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at www.einansatsunset.com

Einan’s at Sunset, Richland, WA entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Lawrence E. “Sack” Vanover, Jr., age 62, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born November 9, 1954, in McCreary County, Kentucky.   He was the son of the late Lawrence E. “Slab Catron” Vanover, Sr. and Maggie Loretta (Hicks) Vanover.  He was a member of the Crossroads Community Baptist Church. Lawrence enjoyed fishing, cliff exploring, computer games, and wrestling.

His parents; an infant son; a brother, Jimmy Lee Vanover; and a sister, Geneva Henderson precede him in death.

Survivors include his fiancé, Robin Fulton of Whitley City, Kentucky; son, Francis Fulton, III of Ohio; daughters, Maggie McDonald of Stearns, Kentucky, Roxanna Vanover, Virginia Gregory, Amanda Wells all of Whitley City, Kentucky, Katie Crabtree of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Tiffany Barnett of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Robert Vanover, Billy Joe Vanover, and Arville Lee Hicks all of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Peggy Ridener of Whitley City, Kentucky and Joyce Ann Keith of Nicholasville, Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 20, 2017, at 2pm at the Vanover Cemetery with Bro. Grant Hasty officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Daniel Lewis Cassada, age 59, of Somerset, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  He was born on November 17, 1957 in Sidney, OH to the late Clarence Cassada and Clara Keith Cassada.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Martha William Cassada; one son, Joshua Cassada (Billie Black) of Sidney, OH; one daughter, Aleih Clincher (Verle) of Somerset; brother Larry Cassada (Patricia) of Monticello, KY; sisters, Mary Strunk (Darrell) of Whitley City, KY; Brenda Jones (Allen) of Stearns, KY; and five grandchildren, Silas Clincher, Levi Clincher, Haylee Cassada, Logan Cassada and Riley Cassada.

You may sign the online register book or leave expressions of sympathy to the family at somersetundertaking.com

Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

 

Ruth (Thomas) Cordell age 89 years and 18 days, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017, at her home in Stearns, Kentucky.

She was born at Swain, Kentucky, on December 27, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles Everett and Mattie (Hill) Thomas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 71 years, William Bradley “DieHard” Cordell, a son, William Bradley Cordell, Jr., two brothers: Howard Thomas and Charles E. Thomas, Jr., four sisters: Reba Little, Valda Douglas, Mabra Cox and Alma Thomas, a granddaughter: Renee’ Tribell a son-in-law, Maurice Tribell and daughter-in-law, Kandi Campbell Cordell.

Surviving family include a son, Tony Cordell of Pine Knot, two daughters: Ruth Diane Cordell-Tribell of Middlesboro, and Lisa Ann Huddleston (husband Eddie) of Stearns, two sisters: Glenna Ball of Somerset and “Marjorie” Jane Gilreath of Somerset, six grandchildren: Alisha Cordell, Amity Cordell, Thomas Young, Dusty Cordell, Rachel Tribell Denny, and Roxanne Tribill Davis, nine great-grandchildren: Kemily West, Joshua Denny, Alexia Denny, Annabelle Davis, RayWilliam Hughes, Jacob Hughes, Aaron Hughes, Aaliyah Hughes, Kason Young.

Ruth and DieHard ran their own trucking company (Cordell Trucking, Inc.) for 38 years.  She also owned and operated The Village Center at Revelo (where Papa’s Pizza is now).  When she was young, she worked with her parents at the Greyhound Bus Station at Pine Knot.  Her father opened one of the first hardware stores (old Williams Hardware store) in Whitley City where she started keeping the books at the age of 14.  She was a founding member of the Davis Hill Church of God.  She taught Sunday School for many years.

She has family members scattered across the United States and been blessed with the ability to share memories and pictures with everyone on Facebook.

Funeral services were, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interment:  Bethel Cemetery

Pine Knot Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Carolyn Dewbre, 68, of Crosbyton went to be with her Lord Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  Carolyn came into this world on February 24, 1948, born to Fred and Josephine Phillips Stevens in Scott County, Tennessee.  She was married to Eddie Dewbre on December 31, 1966 in Crosbyton.  Carolyn worked for the Crosbyton Clinic Hospital as a Registered Nurse for over forty years.   She was a loving mother and wife and will be deeply missed.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her father, two brothers Olen Stevens, David Stevens and one sister Dian Stevens.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Eddie of Crosbyton, two daughters, Christie Garcia of Lubbock and Amy Miller of Tellico Plain, Tennessee, her mother Josephine Stevens of Strunk, Kentucky, one brother, Archie Stevens of Strunk, Kentucky, two sisters, Barbara Stevens of Strunk, Kentucky, and Freda Nilblack of Onieda, Tennessee.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Crosbyton.

Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can  be made at www.adamsfuneral.com.

 

Rachel Kennedy age 56 years, 1 month, and 13 days of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home.

She was born November 27, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles R. Haynes and Lula Belle (Wallace) Kennedy. Besides her parents, Rachel is preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Rose.

Surviving family include her husband, Gerald Wayne Kennedy of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Ronnie Kennedy (and Heidie) of Somerset, Brandon Kennedy (and Cassie) of Waynesburg, and Harley Holder of Whitley City; a granddaughter, Kalie Kennedy; and great-grandson, Aspen Brian Kennedy.

Rachel was a member of the Sloans Valley Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her church family, visiting friends, and loving her grandchildren. Rachel will be missed by many for the joy she brought to their lives.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm a the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Lucas Phillips and Bro. Mike King officiating.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Rachel Kennedy.

 

Shawn Carlin Lawson, age 47, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2017. Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Shawn Lawson.

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

 

Lowell Dennis Ledbetter, age 73 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died January 13, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 11:00am in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Waters and Rev. Rusty Spradlin officiating.  Burial was in the Bud Gregory Cemetery.

He was born in Blue Heron, Kentucky on December 24, 1943 the son of Cecil and Edna (Dolen) Ledbetter.  He was a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church.  Lowell enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His parents; son, Lowell Delynn Ledbetter; daughters, Melanie Hill and Sonya Fulton; brothers, Ronnie Noble Ledbetter, Jerry Wayne Ledbetter, and Wilborn Ledbetter; sister, Jeweline King; and daughter in law Susan Ledbetter precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Linda (Vaughn) Ledbetter of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Kenneth Scott Ledbetter of Nancy, Kentucky and Joshua Lowell Ledbetter and wife, Crystal of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Michelle Lehman of Somerset, Kentucky and Melinda Kidd and husband, Dennis of Oneida, Tennessee; brothers, Cecil Ledbetter, Jr of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Dean Ledbetter of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Dorman Ledbetter of Modock, Indiana; sisters, Irene Hill of Muncie, Indiana and Charlene Garland of Pine Knot, Kentucky; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Geredia “Maxine” Phillips (nee Jones), 83, was a resident of Oberlin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin. She was born September 17, 1933 in Stearns, Kentucky.

Maxine had made her home in Oberlin for over 64 years. Her greatest love was her husband, children and grandchildren and nothing brought her greater joy than the time she spent with them. Maxine was employed as a nurses aid at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin for 25 years before retiring in 1998. She was a member of Grace Old Fashioned Church in South Amherst, where she and her late husband served the Lord with her musical abilities and sang with the Sun Rise Gospel Quartet. Maxine considered the Rock Springs United Baptist Church in Kentucky as her “home church”. Her hobbies included gardening, painting and quilting.

Survivors include her daughter, Geredia “Carol” Clark (Ken) of Oberlin; her grandchildren, Leesa Clark, Jaynee Clark, Tamee Forthofer, Jordan Phillips and Brendon Phillips; her great-grandchildren, Alleya Johnson, Donald Johnson and Tony Forthofer; her great-great-grandchildren, Kingston Gaines and Sophia Stevenson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Reverend France Andie Phillips on March 21, 1993; her son, Christopher Phillips on July 7, 2016; her brothers, Marvin, Lester and Roland; her sisters, Addie Jones, Carrie Jones, Leary Copper and Gertie, Bonnie Abott and Mertie Abott; and her parents, George Clinton and Hette Lee Jones.

Services were held Thursday at noon at the Rock Springs United Baptist Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Maxine Phillips.

 

Clayton Larry Renfro, 70, of rural Clyde, died at Stein Hospice, Sandusky on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Clayton was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on June 9, 1946 to the now deceased Kelly and Georgie (Perry) Renfro.

He attended Thompson High School, then entered the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he received his GED.

Mr. Renfro retired from the Whirlpool Corp after 36 years of service.

On March 27, 1967, he married Kathryn Mae Carter. She survives, along with their children, Duane Eugene Renfro, Oklahoma; Clayton Larry, J.r (Angela) Renfro, Clyde and Genine Renfro, Florida. Nine grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. Two sisters, Geneve Dunlap and Valda Johnson both of Kentucky, survive as well.

Graveside military services were held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM at McPherson Cemetery, Clyde, Ohio. The Clyde VFW and American Legion will provide the service.

Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main Street, Clyde, Ohio is assisting the family with the service and arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.auxterfuneralhomes.com

 

Lawrence E. (Sack) Vanover, Jr., age 62, died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  Funeral Services will be conducted graveside on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2pm at the Vanover Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 1:00pm until funeral time at the Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Lawrence Vanover, Jr.

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

 

Leamon Baird, age 76, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born at Strunk, Kentucky, on July 3, 1940, to the late Walter and Frona (Ramsey) Baird.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Eurceline (Vahle) Baird, two sons: Rick Baird and Scott Baird, four sisters: Edline King, Nina Ruth Stephens, Elizabeth Kangas, and Sue Carol Baird, and three brothers: Elmer Baird, Estel Baird and his twin brother, Fremon Baird.

Surviving family include his wife Ethel King Baird of Pine Knot, whom he married February 15, 2006, a son, Allen Baird of Whitley City, two daughters: Melissa Lawson (husband Robert) of Strunk, and Shawna Sammons (husband Glen) of Whitley City, a step-daughter, Cindy Brown of Falmouth, Kentucky, a brother, Emory Baird (wife Faye) of Strunk, sisters: Marie Ross (husband Charles) of Revelo, Betty Craft of Louisville and Mary Magdalene Canary (husband Harry) of Louisville, and Sally Baird of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, grandchildren: Brandon Lawson (wife Kasundra), Brandy Teeters (husband John), Ashley Collins (husband Chris), Trenton Baird, Leisha Sammons and step-grandson, Aaron Baltimore,  He has three great-grandchildren: Alexander Lawson, Blakelyn Collins and Jazlyn Collins.

Leamon worked as a bus driver for 22 years for the McCreary County Schools.  He also worked in the log woods.  He enjoyed fishing and especially gardening.  He loved people and enjoyed teasing and joking with people.  He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Harvey Logan and Bro. Steve Perry officiating.  He was laid to rest at the Silerville Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting with arrangements.

 

Hettie Ilene Corder Duvall, know to all as Ilene Duvall, was born on June 9, 1929, in Ritner, McCreary County, Kentucky. She was a resident of McCreary County, Kentucky almost all of her life.  She departed this life on January 5, 2017, at Fair Oaks Health Systems in Jamestown, Russell County, Kentucky,  where she had been a patient since September 26, 2016. She was 87 years old.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth Thompson officiating.  Jason Burton, Trevor Trucker, Keegan Tucker, Dustin Shannon, John Wesley Duvall, and Kevin Tucker served as pallbearers.  Burial was in the Clear View Cemetery.

She was married to John H. Duvall, Sr. on October 19, 1950, in Smithtown, McCreary County, Kentucky.  They had three children, Virginia Duvall Burton (and Larry T. Burton), of Somerset, Kentucky; John H. Duvall, Jr. (and Billie Duvall) of Stearns, Kentucky; and Warren Scott Duvall.

She is survived by her husband, her three children, four grandchildren; Kimberly Burton Denney (and Mark Denney) of Somerset, Kentucky; Jason T. Burton (and Kelly Burton) of London, Kentucky; John Wesley Duvall (and Tiffany Duvall) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; and Adam Duvall, of Austin, Texas.

She also leaves seven great-grandchildren: Connor Denney and Clara Denney of Somerset, Kentucky; Andrew Burton of London, Kentucky; Katelyn Duvall and Emily Duvall of Stearns, Kentucky; and Gavin Duvall and Owen Duvall of Austin, Texas.

She also leaves four brothers, Calvin Corder, Charlie Corder and Gary Corder all of McCreary County, Kentucky, and Harvey Corder of Pulaski County, Kentucky, and two sisters, Elizabeth Corder Worley of Jacksboro, Tennessee, and Corena Corder Tucker of McCreary County, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobart Corder and Margaret Jones Corder;  two brothers, Virgil Corder and Winfred Corder, and two sisters, Gladys Corder Worley and an unnamed baby girl.

She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and other family members and many friends to mourn her passing.  Our loss is Her Eternal Gain!

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Ilene Duvall.

 

Emmanuel Paul Perkins, age 77 years, 7 months, and 11 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.  Lucas Meadows, Chris Perkins, Josh Parsons, Brock Perkins, Jacob Genoe, and Byron Perkins served as pallbearers.  Burial was in the Wood Cemetery.

He was born May 25, 1939 in the Holly Hill community to Elmon Perkins and Amanda Campbell Perkins.  Paul was a retired machinist with Central Kentucky Tool and Die.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and brothers, Benny Perkins, Hobart Perkins, and Dempsey Perkins.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Perkins of Pine Knot, Kentucky, sons, Anthony Perkins and his wife, Lisa, of Somerset, Kentucky and Terry Perkins of Pine Knot, Kentucky, brothers, R. L. Perkins of Williamsburg, Kentucky and Harvey Perkins and his wife, Betty, of the Holly Hill community, sisters, Loretta Duncan and her husband, Ronnie, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Artie Douglas and her husband, Kenneth, and Toni Lawson and her husband, Gorman, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Paul Perkins.

 

Bonnie Lou Perry, age 70, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Signature Health Care of McCreary in Pine Knot.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 30, 1946, to McKinley and Tava (Meadors) Bryant.  She is preceded in death by her parents and a son William Eddie Perry.

Surviving family include a daughter: Wilda Ross of Whitley City, three sons:  Billy Perry, Brian Perry and Kenny Wilson, all of Whitley City, a sister: Connie Stephens (husband Ronnie) of Ohio, three brothers: Gorman Bryant (wife Linda) of Whitley City, Dorman Bryant (wife Kathy) of Whitley City, and Norman Bryant (wife Pam) of Pine Knot, two grandchildren: Jeremy Ross and Tyler Perry and two great grandchildren.

Bonnie had worked at the Outdoor Venture Corporation, she was a member of the CB Club with her handle being “Yellow Rose”.  She enjoyed bird watching and loved people.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 9, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Rufus Hughes officiating.  Burial was at the Bryant Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Darvin Perry, age 83 years, 10 months, and 24 days passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Haynes officiating.   Matt Montgomery, Chad Baird, Christopher Frey, Grady Wilson, Mark Perry, and Isaac Baird served as pallbearers. Burial was in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.

He was born February 10, 1933 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Virgil Perry and Hattie Watson Perry.   Darvin was a veteran of the US Army and had been a trainmaster for B & O Railroad before his retirement. After retirement,  he became a licensed funeral director and was a former employee of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home and McCreary County Funeral Home.  Darvin served the community as a member of the McCreary County School Board and was very active in the Whitley City Lions Club where he had served as President, Secretary and District Governor.  He was a fifty year Mason, having served as Past Master and Secretary of Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge and a member of the Laurel Heights Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Darvin was also commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Joanne Perry, a son, Steve Perry, brother, Clifford Perry, and sisters, Linda Vanover and Nora Sumner.

Survivors include his children, Mark Perry and his wife, Allyson, of Centennial, Colorado, Debbie Mongtomery and her husband, Danny, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Denise Baird and her husband, Jeff, of Somerset, Kentucky, grandchildren, Kim, Matthew, Shane, Shelby, Shelley, Nicholas, Chad, and Joshua,  great grandchildren, Christopher, Carter, Brayden, Brooke, Blake, Ethan, Samantha, Alex, Brittany, Tyler, Hannah, Kayden, Jonas, Jacob, Isaac, Abigail, Andrew, Jeremiah, Elijah, and Mason, brothers, Starlin Perry and his wife, Della, Carl Perry and his wife, Kathryn, and James Perry, and his wife, Mary, sister, Wanda McCullah and her husband, Ray, brothers-in-law, Darrell Vanover , Ed Sumner and Buddy Wilson, and sisters-in-law, Elsie Perry, Pat Cole, Pam Wilson, and Kathy Wood.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Darvin Perry.

 

Ervin Walker, Jr, age 85 years, 7 months and 23 days passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Bryant officiating.  Burial was in the Walker Cemetery.

He was born May 13, 1931 in the Pleasant Run community to Ervin Walker, Sr. and Bertha Ross Walker.  Junior was a veteran of the US Army and had made his living in the log woods and sawmills of our area.  In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, mowing, fox hunting, and riding his four wheeler.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, George Walker, Fred Walker, Hobert Walker, and Arthur Walker, and sisters, Nora Cox, and Mary Jackson.

Survivors include his daughter, Paula Ray Martin of Pine Knot, Kentucky, a special niece, Ethel Rios, grandchildren, Stephanie Cothron, and her husband, Danie,  and Christopher Baird, and several nieces and nephews.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Ervin Walker, Jr.

 

James Wayne “Jimmy” Whicker, age 50 years, 7 months, and 29 days of Franklin, Ohio passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born May 5, 1966 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late, Shirrell D. Whicker and Nannie Lou (Haney) Whicker.

Survivors include his fiancé, Cheryl Dalton of Franklin, Ohio; a son, Travis Dalton (and Kimberly) also of Franklin; a daughter, Shawnda Dalton (and Todd Jones) of Germantown, Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Carson, Jackson, and Reese; and numerous family and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm at the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Home in West Alexandria, Ohio. Burial followed in the Preble Memorial Gardens, also in West Alexandria.

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

 

Adell Whitehead, age 83 years, 2 months, and 22 days,of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Lenville Maxwell officiating.  William Baird, Bobby Baird, Michael Walters, Jamie Walters, Adam Hatfield, and Chris Fox served as pallbearers.  Burial was in the Corder Cemetery.

She was born October 10, 1933 in the Ritner community of McCreary County to Ralph Jones and Rhoda Maxwell Jones.  Adell was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church.  In addition to being a homemaker, she enjoyed camping, quilting, reading, and visiting with friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Leamon Whitehead, brothers, Orvil Jones and George Jones, and sisters, Randy Corder and Nora Parks.

Survivors include her children, Bobby Whitehead and his wife Gloria, of Revelo, Kentucky, Jimmy Whitehead and his wife, Laura, Ronnie Whitehead, Ruby Whitehead Walters, Rhoda Whitehead, and Linda Whitehead Thompson, all of Whitley City, Kentucky, a brother, Earl Jones of Whitley City, Kentucky, twelve grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Adell Whitehead.

 

Rachel Kennedy, age 56, wife of Wayne Kennedy, of Whitley City, Kentucky passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Thursday after 12:00 noon until time of services.

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.

Donald E. Hammonds age 84 years, 8 months, and 24 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Signature Health Care of McCreary.

He was born March 28, 1932 in Hazard, Kentucky, the son of the late Hobert Hammonds and Mae (Burkhart) Hammonds. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Edith Hammonds; a step-daughter, Sharon Painter; brothers, Delmar Strong, Charles Strong, and Marion Burkhart; and a sister, Lavada Adkins.

Surviving family includes his son, Ronald Earl Hammonds (and Sandy), of Franklin, Ohio; a daughter, Cheryl Dalton (and James Whicker), of Franklin, Ohio; a step-son, Roger Ross (and Sharon) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; a step-daughter, Beverly Smith of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Joyce Adkins of Florida; 6 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Donald enjoyed working. For over 25 years, he worked at Walmart in Oneida, Tennessee as a greeter and other various positions throughout the store. In his younger years, he had worked as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, and watching Nascar and dirt track racing.

Burial was held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the Hazel Green Cemetery in Hazel Green, Kentucky.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting the family of Mr. Donald Hammonds.

 

Dennis Lynn McDonald of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, departed this world on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.  He was 62 years, four months and 19 days old.

He was born on August 9, 1954, to the late Albert and Beatrice McDonald.  He is also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his companion Betty Catron, special friends who helped care for him on his last days on earth, Elmer and Sue Messer.  He is also survived by a son and three daughters and numerous friends to mourn his passing.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church in Parkers Lake, with Bro Daniel Perry officiating  He was laid to rest at the Pleasant Knob Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to help offset funeral expenses in lieu of flowers.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Mr  Darvin Perry, age 83, formerly of  Revelo, widower of Joanne Perry, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in  Lexington at The VA Med Center.

Funeral services will be held  Saturday at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Memorial Gardens, in Whitley City.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Friday. Masonic services will be conducted Friday at 7:30 pm by the Orie S Ware Lodge.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of  Darvin Perry

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

 

Benjamin Lewis Price, age 65, of West Chester, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at the Hospice of Cincinnati.

He was born October 28, 1951, in Hamilton, Ohio, to the late Edwin and Ruby (Gregory) Price.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers: Clarence Price, Gary Price, David Price, and two sisters: Linda Foster and Teresa Cassada.

Surviving family include his wife Phyllis (Strunk) Price of West Chester, Ohio, three sons: Rodney (and Debbie) Price of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Stoney (and Ambra) Renfro of Sawyer, Kentucky, and Matthew Price of West Chester, a daughter, Lori Price of West Chester, a brother: Austin (and Darlene) Price of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, two sisters-in-law: Patty Price of Pulaski County, Kentucky, and Martha Price of Parkers Lake, two brothers-in-law: Gary Foster of Sidney, Ohio, and Lewis Cassada of Parkes Lake, six grandchildren: Brittany, Andrew, Ethan, Taylor, Riley and Lincoln, a special uncle: Burdell Gregory of Erlanger, Kentucky, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Benny worked in construction and enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 31, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins and Bro. Gary Marshall officiating.  Burial was at the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements for Benjamin Price.

 

Russell Leon Ridner passed from this life on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the North Tennova Hospital in Knoxville, TN, being 45 years old. He was born in Somerset, KY, on January 12, 1971 to Jimmy Lendle Ridner, and the late Judy Rose.

Surviving family includes:his father, Lendle “Jimmy” Ridner of Whitley City, a godson: Simeon Garland, sisters: Gail Sexton and husband Joe of Chatsworth, GA, Amanda Stephens and husband Allen of Pine Knot, KY, Jenny Ridner of Stearns, KY, special uncle: David and wife Barb Rose,  nephews: Cameron Ridner, Allen Stephens, Dylan Sexton,  nieces: Kaylee Crabtree, Cynthia Crabtree, one great niece: Ambreona West,  step-mother: Betty Ridner, step-sisters: Ann and husband Randy Swain of Whitley City, KY, Windy and Anthony Slavey of Pine Knot, KY, lifelong best friend: Elizabeth Mansfield of Oneida, TN and her children: Windy, Cortney, and Corey.

Preceded in death by his mother Judy Rose.

Russell was a member of the Davis Hill Church of God. He was such a wonderful person to be around, he treasured everyone and loved his family dearly. He had the most contagious laugh, and heart of gold. He loved to be in charge and enjoyed watching horses graze. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral Services were Monday, January 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Russell Keith officiating, and special singing by the Keith and Whitehead family.

Burial followed in Holloway Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Deborah Carol Slaven passed from this life on Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital being 59 years, 11 months, 19 days old. She was born in Marshes Siding, KY on January 7, 1957 to the late Jimmie and Alma (Strunk) Perry.

She is preceded in death by: one brother: Kenny Perry, two sisters: Tammy Slaven and Infant Wilda Lee Perry.

Surviving family includes: one son: Jordan Slaven of Revelo, KY, three daughters: Tara Cooper and husband Chance of Stearns, KY, Amy Bray and husband Neil of Mt. Vernon, KY, Brady Byrd and husband Jason of Anna, Ohio, two brothers: Rodney Perry of Virginia, Jimmie Perry and wife Melissa of Ridley Park, PA, one sister: Donna Spears and husband Burl of Virginia, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Deborah was a member of the McCreary Church of Christ. She was passionate about quilting, reading, and listening to the scanner. She loved spending time with her family and friends, and adored her grandbabies. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral Services were conducted on Wednesday, evening December 28, 2016, at 7:00 PM, in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Arnold officiating.

In Lieu of flowers the family ask that you please make donations toward the funeral expense. Deborah’s wishes were to be cremated after her service.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements of Ms. Deborah Slaven.

 

Bobby Lee “Bob” Sumner, age 77, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the V.A. Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Whitley City, on September 16, 1939, to the late Paul Sumner and Alice (King) Sumner Patrick.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pauline (Keith) Sumner, sons: Bobby Sumner, Jr. and Rick (wife Connie) Sumner, daughters: Cindy New (husband Wayne) and Teressa Brown (husband Larry), grandchildren: Jessica Mason, Brandon New, Chaz Duncan, Charli DeLaughter, Chadden Duncan, Kelsie Brown, Bree Brown, Derrick Sumner, Dustin Sumner, Natalie Sumner, Steven Gibson, Jerry Cox and 16 great grand children.

He has two sisters: Pat Phillips and Maxine (husband Lee) Hyden, and one brother: Ron (wife Florida) Sumner.

Bob was a member of Taylor Ridge Baptist Church.  He served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was a well-known member of the community as the owner of Bob’s Auto Sales for the past 45 years.  He loved going to church, jeep riding and spending time with his family.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Lenville Maxwell officiating.  He was laid to rest at the Old Pigeon Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

Clifford John Trammell age 60 years, 6 months, and 19 days of Strunk, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center.

He was born June 9, 1956 in Hamilton, Ohio son of the late, Clifford “Red” James Trammell and Savannah (Stephens) Trammell. Besides his parents, he is proceeded in death by his grandparents, William Calvin Stephens, also known as “Wild Bill”, and Rose Gibson; and brothers, Charles and Ruben Trammell.

Surviving family include his wife, Wencie (Ball) Trammell of Strunk, Kentucky; daughters, Tammy Watters and husband, Tim, of Stearns, Kimberly Chitwood and husband, John, of Whitley City, and Amy Worley and husband, Clayton, also of Whitley City; brothers, Robert Hank Trammell and wife, Betty, of Slavens, Kentucky, Willard Joe Trammell of Pine Knot, and a half-brother, Ansel Woods; sisters, Anna Fay Myers and husband, Lewis, of Pine Knot, Shirley Gibson of Somerset, Ruthie Gregory and husband, George, Mary H. Gregory, Barbara Gregory and husband, Cashmen, and Kathy Vaughn, all of Slavens, Kentucky; grandchildren, Zachary Chitwood and wife, Jordan, Tyler and Payton Chitwood, Aubree Worley, Leigha and Kyle Watters; and great-grandchildren, Emmaline and Logan Chitwood.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Round Top United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Trammell officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mr. Clifford Trammell.

 

Sandra Yvonne Trammell, age 61 years, 11 months, and 9 days, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Corbin, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Wednesday December 27, 2016 at 11 am at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. William Kilby and Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial was in T. Chitwood Cemetery.

She was born January 15, 1955 in Jellico, Tennessee to Arless Lawson and Geneva Cornelius Lawson.  Sandy was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God and had worked as a sales clerk at Earl Anderson’s Grocery for thirty years.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, antiquing and collecting, and watching UK basketball.  But what she loved most of all was spending time with her family and caring for them.

Preceding her in death were he father,  a brother, Jimmy Lawson, a sister, Opal Harris, and her father-in-law, Cecil Trammell.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Trammell, whom she married July 19, 1975, her mother, Geneva Lawson of Stearns, Kentucky, two daughters, Jessica Leggette and her husband, Jay, of Raymond, Mississippi and Janelle Trammell of Pine Knot, Kentucky, grandchildren, Hunter and Adelyn Leggette,  brothers, Dale Lawson and his wife, Brenda, of Dillsboro, Indiana, and Bobby Lawson and his wife, Margie, of Indiana, and sisters, Brenda Murray of Bethel, Ohio, Teresa West and her husband, David, of Stearns, Kentucky, and Glenda Frank of Irving, Texas.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home served the family of Sandy Trammell.

 

Lois S. Walker, age 80, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky,

Funeral services were held Monday, December 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Walker’s Chapel Cemetery.

Lois was born September 8, 1936 in Petersburg, Virginia to Daniel T. Jones, Sr. and Eleanor Turner Jones.  She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky and had been an administrative assistant with the Pulaski County Health Department before her retirement.  She enjoyed studying her bible, gardening, playing cards, and doing crossword puzzles.  She also loved spending time with her friends and was known for being helpful to everyone.

Survivors include her children, Phillip Walker and wife, Loni, of Richardson, Texas and Allyson Bassett and husband, Todd, of Lexington, Kentucky, grandchildren, Zain and Aiden Walker, former husband, Paul Walker of Whitley City, Kentucky, brother, Gordon L. Jones of California, and sister, Shirley Taylor of Hopewell, Viginia.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home, Whitley City, Kentucky served the family of Lois Walker.

 

Adell Whitehead, age 83, widow of Leamon Whitehead, of Whitley City passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Corder Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Adell Whitehead.

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

 

Mrs. Rachel Ann (Harris) Crisp went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 2, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, at Henry County Memorial Hospital.

Rachel was born March 7, 1930 to Lou Gates Harris and John Harris at the family home in Selma, Indiana. The youngest of ten children, Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Dale, Robert, Joseph, John, Emmett, Gordon, and sisters Louise, Virginia and Rosemary.

She graduated from Center School and attended Olivet Nazarene College. Rachel was married to Carl Crisp on April 20, 1951 in Selma, Indiana. They are the parents of four daughters; Carla (George) Hankins of Laurel, DE; Diane (Stephen) Merki of La Plata,MD; Debbie Vierk of Richmond, IN, and Jana Anderson of Springboro, OH; grandchildren Courtney Hankins of Rochester, NY; Jennifer Parker of New York, NY; Aaron Merki of Baltimore, MD; Amanda Molinar of Nashville, TN; Andrew Merki of Los Angeles, CA, Alyson Merki of Nashville, TN, Michael Vierk of Carlsbad, CA, Emily Vierk of Chicago, IL, and Katelyn Vierk of Richmond, IN. Little great-grandson Oceanus Parker was born June 3, 2016.

A talented and award-winning seamstress and an excellent cook and baker, Rachel was known for her pies and rolls and Ho-ho cake. She made beautiful custom-fitted clothing for her four daughters as they were growing up. She selflessly served others by visiting them and taking food to shut-ins and church functions. In past years she served as a Sunday School teacher and youth worker at First Church of the Nazarene in New Castle. Proficient in math, she was employed as a bookkeeper and also worked as a teachers’ aide in New Castle schools. She loved children and babies. More recently she was employed in accounting for anesthesiology at Henry County Memorial Hospital. Rachel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She cared about people and always remembered her grandchildren’s birthdays and special occasions. She was especially close to her nieces and nephews, too. She loved her flowers and had a beautiful display every summer. Despite a battle with cancer for many years, Rachel was an inspiring role model and a wonderful Christian lady who will forever leave a void in the lives of those around her. Her positive attitude and love for others kept her going.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7 at First Church of the Nazarene, New Castle at 12 noon, preceded by calling from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5250 Vogel Rd, Suite A, Evansville, IN 47715-7814 or First Church of the Nazarene, 1727 Grand Ave, New Castle, IN 47362. Condolences and memories of Rachel may be shared at www.hinsey-brown.com.

 

 

 


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