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Frona Sue Bryant (nee Maxey), 84, passed in the care of her loving family on August 10, 2022 in Maineville, Oh.

Preceded in death by her parents, Charles Maxey and Nora Bell Stephens, son Richard E. Bryant, and grandson Dakota Bryant.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Willie E. Bryant, her children Connie (Jerry), Roger (Patty), Catherine (Daniel), Renee (Charles), Katrina (Steve) and niece Shirlene (Danny). She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Frona loved to read the Bible and worship with her husband. She spent her years raising a family and enjoyed gardening and cooking. She also loved going to yard sales, spending time on the farm watching birds and animals. She was a devoted mother to her children and took care of so many other children in her life.

Service was held at McCreary County Funeral Home, 48 West Hwy. 700 Whitley City, KY on Saturday, August 20th. Family was invited at 12:00 pm and friends at 1:00 pm with funeral service followed at 3:00 pm in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Tyler Mark Chitwood, Age 24, son of John Quincey and Kimberly Ann Trammell Chitwood., died August 17, 2022.

He was born January 26, 1998, Tyler enjoyed motorcycle riding, working out at with his Gym family, but he most enjoyed spending time with his fiancé, children, family and friends. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé; Briana Rowe and her son Maverick Wallen, the mother of his children; Brittney Wilson, son; Mark Dewayne Chitwood of Pine Knot, daughter; Scarlett Tylor Chitwood of Pine Knot,, brothers; Zachery and wife Jordan Chitwood of Stearns, and Payton Chitwood of Whitley City, nieces; Emmaline and Clementine Chitwood, nephew; Logan Chitwood, cousins; Kyle and Leigha Watters who were more like brother and sister.

Visitation was Friday from 6:00 pm until funeral service at 8:00 pm in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brother Tim Corder officiating.  Burial was Saturday at 10:00 am at Silerville Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Tyler Mark Chitwood.

Ronnie Hamilton, age 63 years, 1 month, and 23 days, passed away Monday, August 15, 2022, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Ridener and Bro. Ronnie Decker officiating.  Burial was in the Logan Cemetery.

He was born June 23, 1959, in Jellico, Tennessee to Leslie Hamilton and Ida Ridener Hamilton. Ronnie enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include girlfriend, Mary Patrick, brothers, Ronald Hamilton, and wife, Rhonda, and Donnie Hamilton, nieces, Donna Smith, and Gracie Smith, and nephew, Daylan Smith. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ronnie Hamilton.

Kathy Linda Vaughn, age 62, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 in Somerset, KY.

She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, she enjoyed fishing, 4-wheeling, kayaking, crafts and her flower garden, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family whom she loved dearly.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents; Clifford and Savannah Trammell, husband; Stanley Vaughn brothers; Robert Hank Trammell, Ruben Trammell, Johnny Trammell, brother-in-law; Cash Gregory.

She is survived by her son; Stoney and wife Tamara Vaughn, daughter; Shelbia Phillips and fiancé Joshua Vaughn, companion; Charlie Gregory, brothers; Joebill Trammell, Ancil Woods, Charles Trammell, sisters; Anna and husband Lewis Myers, Barbara Gregory, Ruthy and husband George Gregory, Shirley and husband Jim Gibson, Mary Trammell, sister-in-law; Betty Trammell, Wencie Trammell, grandchildren; Dalton Vanover, Keadon Vaughn, Kolton Vaughn, and Kinley Vaughn.

Visitation service was Monday, August 22nd in the chapel of Cedar Grove Baptist Church from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with funeral services on Tuesday at 12:00 pm with burial followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Kathy Vaughn.

Katherine Maxwell, age 69, of the Wilson Ridge community, passed away Saturday in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with her wishes, no funeral services will be held.  Burial will be in the Daugherty Cemetery.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Katherine Maxwell.

Rachel Watters, age 78, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at her home.

She was a member of Beech Grove United Baptist Church, the owner, operator of Stearns Restaurant, she enjoyed riding motorcycles and her flower garden, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family whom she loved dearly.

Rachel is preceded in death by her parents; Sam and Hallie Ledbetter Crabtree, husband; John Watters and her first husband; Dillard Eldridge, son; Dillard “Buster” Eldridge, brothers; Ciscero Crabtree, Roy Crabtree, Coy Crabtree, Woodrow Crabtree, and an infant, sisters; Ruth French and Sadie Snyder, and grandson; Stephen Eldridge.

She is survived by her sons; Billy and wife Leslie Eldridge of Stearns, and Bobby and wife Shannon Eldridge of Stearns, daughter; Linda and husband Ronnie Wilson of Pine Knot, brothers; Walter D. and wife Sue Crabtree of Stearns, Wendell Crabtree of Williamsburg, sisters; Irene Watson of FL., Maryetta Lawrence of AR., Gloria M. and husband Darrell Spradlin of Somerset, Ruby Eagleton of IN., sister-in-law; Jenny Crabtree of Stearns, grandchildren; Tonya and husband Waylon Burton, David Matthews, Dustin R. Eldridge, Justin Eldridge, Aaron Eldridge, Kristian and husband Dustin Owens, Stephanie and husband Eddie Dick, along with numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation service was Monday, August 22nd in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home beginning at 6:00 pm until funeral service at 8:00pm, Brother Robert Blankenship, and Brother Robert Hatfield will be officiating and Jerry Tapley will read the eulogy.  Burial was on Tuesday at 10:00 am at Angel Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Rachel Watters.

Frona Sue Bryant, age 84 years, of Maineville, Ohio, wife of Willie Everett Bryant, died Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hayes Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 1pm Saturday 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.

Lisa Kay Bryant, age 57 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 2, 1965 the daughter of Herstle and Thelma (Manning) Bryant.  Lisa enjoyed watching TV.

Her parents and brother, Larry Bryant precede her in death.

Survivors include her brothers, Jerry Bryant of Pine Knot and Scott Bryant of Indiana; sisters, Wanda West of Stearns, Kentucky and Linda Kelly of Sidney, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held 3pm Friday, August 12, 2022 at the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Donna K. Genoe, age 61, daughter of Henry and Elsie Earls Bryant, passed from this life on Monday, August 8, 2022.  Donna was of the Baptist faith and attended New Liberty Baptist Church.  She enjoyed drawing, reading, and driving through the outdoors, but she most enjoyed spending time with her family, children, grandkids, nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sons; Jason D. Genoe of Russell Springs, KY., Edward L. Jones and wife Tiffany of Stearns, KY., and daughter; Jessica Genoe of Russell Springs, KY., brothers; Bill W. and wife Judy Bryant of Michigan and Donald L. Bryant, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Per Donna’s wishes, cremation was selected.  Her family is planning a memorial service to be announced at a later date.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with  arrangements.

Harley Edward Jones, 86, of Corbin, Kentucky and formerly of Louisville, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022, at his home.

A Corbin native, he was a son of the late Ed W. and Effie Howard Jones. Harley was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the General Electric Co.  He was a Baptist and had been a Mason.  He enjoyed the outdoors – especially hunting and fishing. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. McCowan Jones on December 23, 1990.  They were married on April 28, 1961.Harley is survived by a brother, R. Howard “Cotton” Jones and wife Betty of Pine Knot, a sister, Shirley Ann Howard of Louisville, and five nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was conducted Thursday, August 4th at Pine Hill Cemetery with Rev. Albert Jones officiating. Military honors were performed by the American Legion Post 88 Honor Guard.  

Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home is serving the Jones family.  Messages can be sent to www.vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com.

This Obit is a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

David Johnnie Morrow, age 64, husband of Deidra Morrow, passed away Friday, August 12, 2022 in Somerset, KY.  David was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed attending Grace & Truth Tabernacle Church, where he always felt very welcomed.  David was a volunteer fire fighter, service worker and instructor for McCreary County EMT, Deputy Sheriff for over ten years, he worked under Gibson and Swain, during their administration.  He loved Nascar Racing and was the personal assistant to JD Stacy.  David also was a self-employed Truck Driver, enjoyed travel, fishing, hunting, camping but his greatest joy was his family, children and grand-children.

David was preceded in death by his parents; Johnnie and Dova Coffey Morrow, brothers; Eugene and Ernie Morrow.

In addition to his loving wife of 36 years, Deidra, whom he married September 20, 1986, he leaves behind a son; Trever and wife Latasha Morrow of Pine Knot, daughter; Tiffani and husband Jonathan of Stearns, KY., brother; Scottie and wife Kim Morrow of Stearns, KY., sister; Joyce Borders of Pine Knot, grandchildren;  Raylyn, Maverick, Jeremiah and Noah who is on the way.

Visitation for David was Tuesday, August 16, beginning at 5:00 pm, with funeral services on Wednesday, August 17, at 12:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home.  Rev. William Kilby is officiating and burial will follow in Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of David Morrow.

Billie Ray (Uncle Bill)  Phillips, age 83 years, 10 months and 13 days, passed away, Thursday, Aug 11, 2022, at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehab, in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 15, 2022 at 1:00PM in the chapel of the Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was in the Angel Cemetery.

He was born on Thursday, Sept 29, 1938 in the Worley coal camp, to Osborn and Lucinda (Murphy) Phillips.  He married his wife of 63 years, Stella King Phillips. Their marriage was blessed by a daughter, Darla.

Bill earned his living as a carpenter/handy man and after his retirement worked for a time as a Walmart greeter. As a young man, Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing. In later years, he used his carpentry skills building bird houses and other crafts out of things like drinking straws and breakfast cereal boxes.

Bill is survived by his wife, Stella, daughter Darla Pearson, and her husband, Danny, and grandson, Daniel Pearson, all of Berea, his brother, Glenn Phillips and his wife, Marilyn, nieces and nephews including, Tim Phillips, Gregg Phillips, Heather Bell, Jessica Phillips, Tony Phillips, Denise Phillips West, Sherry Strunk, Lisa Kidd, Rick Garland, and Vicky King and many other nephews, nieces, great and great- great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded and death by his parents, his brothers, Hurstle and Edmond Garland, and Willard Phillips and two sisters, Christine  and Caroleene.

Bill was saved many years ago and was a Baptist. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man, always willing to help folks whenever he could.  He was well loved and respected in our community and his family who miss him terribly.  Because of his testimony of his faith in Jesus, our loss is his eternal gain.  

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Billie “Uncle Bill” Phillips.

Bro. Stanley Ray Sears, age 83, of Mt.Victory, Kentucky passed from this life Monday, August 15, 2022 at his home. 

Stanley was born August 7, 1939 to Ralph Sears and Sylvia Farmer Sears in Somerset, Kentucky. 

 He was the Pastor of Wesley’s Chapel and he liked to fish, hunt and work on his farm. Most of all he cherished his family.  

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Sylvia Sears, his wife, Charlotte Sears, son, Nigel Sears and a sister, Sue Sears, grandchildren, baby Burdine, Cate and Cade Gregory and Cheryl Burdine. 

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughters, Jeanetta (Greg) Burdine of Pine Knot, Ky; Rhonda Sears of Somerset, Ky; brother, Gary (Charletta) Sears of Cleveland, TN; sister, Sylvetta (Rodney) Cundiff of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Jordan Burdine, Addie Burdine, Dallas Massey, Jackie (Abe) Gregory, Jenny (Ashley) Mullins, Matthew (Tiffany) Burdine, Rachel Burdine, Gerald Burdine, Thomas Burdine, Daniel Burdine, Lee Burdine, Brooke Burdine, Nathan Burdine, Honey Dortch and Nathaniel Singer; along with great-grandchildren, Zander Cole Gregory, Cori Rayne Gregory, Colton Matthew Burdine, Lorelai June Burdine and fur grandbabies, Naomi and Lovey Lucy.  

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022 from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home with a funeral service to begin at 12 P.M. at the funeral home with Bro. Rodney Cundiff officiating. Burial will follow in Mills Springs National Cemetery.  

Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Honor Guard Post# 38. Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Bro. Stanley Sears.

Arlis Slavey, age 74, of Strunk, KY., son of the late Lester and Mary Basil Garland Slavey, passed from this life on Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Somerset, KY.  Arlis was a member of Roundtop United Baptist Church, he enjoyed life, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding but his family was his greatest joy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Mary Slavey, brothers; William and Ivan Slavey, sister; Shirley Johnson.  He is survived by his son; John and daughter Penny, brothers; Wayne and wife Barbara Slavey, Burl and wife Betty Slavey, step-grandchildren; Austin, William and Tristian Slavey, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at Roundtop United Baptist Church on August 14, 2022, Sunday evening beginning at 5:00 pm, with funeral service on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 12:00 pm, brothers Willis Troxell and Daniel Trammell officiating, burial followed in Smith Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Arlis Slavey.

Lester Doyle Tucker, age 69 years, of the Day Ridge Community died Monday, August 8, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 2, 1953 the son of Albert and Dorothy (New) Tucker.  Lester had worked in construction, member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church and North McCreary Fire Department.  He loved spending tome with his family and friends, deer hunting, spending time around the fire pit, setting on the porch watching the morning birds, spending time at the fire house, joking around, teaching new things, spending time with his grandkids, and building homes and working in the garage.

His parents; wife, Linda Gayle (Walden) Tucker; brothers, Alvin Tucker and Kenneth Tucker; sisters, Shirley Ann Sexton and Cherry Lynn Tucker; and granddaughter, Madison Grace Tucker precede him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Jon Frederick (Sheila) of Parkers Lake, Jason Tucker of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Steven Tucker (Victoria) of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Carie Spradlin (Eulis) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Dean Tucker (Shirley), Gary Tucker (Sharon), and Mickey Tucker; sister, Cleda Howard; grandchildren, Travis, Laura, Devan, Jerica, Gabby, Ryan, Ally, Matthew, Alyssa, Autumn, and Stashia; 7 great grandchildren, 1 great grandchild on the way; and a host of nieces and nephews that loved him.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Perry officiating.  Burial will follow in the Strunk Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Lucas Nathanial Worley, Age 22, son of Timothy Sean Worley and Candy Ann Neal, departed from this life on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

Lucas was extremely intelligent; he had a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security and was nearing the completion of a second bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, he was looking forward to starting his career with NSA.  Lucas was a genuine and caring person and enjoyed spending time with friends and family, he loved to make everyone laugh. He would drop everything if he thought his friends or family needed help. He enjoyed walking, music and working on his computer, He had a very inquisitive nature and enjoyed coming up with solutions to life’s most challenging questions.

He leaves behind to mourn him, his father; Timothy Sean Worley and wife Ashley Worley, mother; Candy Ann Neal, girl-friend; Kelsie Gilbert, brothers; Sean Christian Worley, of NC., Joshua Alexandar Braden and daughter Journey Faith Braden of Pine Knot, Timothy Alexander Worley of Sevierville, TN., Samuel Kaedence Worley of Pine Knot, Dalton Lee Worley of Stearns, Ransom Artist Worley of Stearns, sisters; Harper Evangeline Worley of Stearns, Destiny Lynn Worley of Stearns, Rosalie Sheila Worley of Louisville, KY., Ember Lynn Worley of IN., and best friends; Jonathan Ball and Caleb Jones.

A Celebration of Life services were Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed on Thursday morning at 11:00 am at McCreary Memorial Gardens.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisting the family of Lucas Worley.

Ronnie Carol Hamilton, age 63, of Parkers Lake, son of the late Les and Ida Hamilton, passed away Monday at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial followed in the Logan cemetery. The family received friends after 11:00 am Thursday at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ronnie Carol Hamilton.

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

Jason Charles Bryant, age 46 years, 3 months, and 28 days, resident of Cincinnati, Ohio passed from this life on Monday, May 30, 2022. He was born Monday, February 2, 1976, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles L. and Edna Irene (nee Clark) Bryant. He was the second son and the third child of their loving union. His big brother, Gary, and his big sister, Melissa have loved him from the very moment he was brought home. They cherish every childhood moment with him and the beautiful moments of laughter since.

On June 11, 2011, Jason married his sweetheart and friend, Michelle N. Wiedemann of Cincinnati, Ohio. In August of 2013, they joyously welcomed their precious baby girl, Janelle Charlee Bryant. Jason adored their daughter and loved being a Daddy to his “Nelly B”. She was his truest and best friend, in all the world. His genuine heart could be viewed clearest when seeing them together. Jason was bursting with pride and love for his little one. They spent days playing outside, laughing, and making lifelong memories together.

From a young age Jason loved to skateboard, spend hours honing his skating skills, and having fun with his friends. He enjoyed drawing and was offered a scholarship to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh after graduation from Taylor High School in 1994. He chose not to pursue the scholarship but to follow his aspiration of becoming an electrician. Jason was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 212 since 1999.

Jason is survived by his beloved Wife, Daughter, Mom, Brother, Sister, Brother-in-Law, and a special paternal Aunt as well as his family by marriage the Wiedemann/Rininger families. He will be deeply missed by numerous loving uncles, aunts, cousins, and many childhood/lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his Dad, paternal grandparents Oscar & Oma Bryant and maternal grandparents Chester Clark and Edna E. Coffey, and several dear aunts and uncles. 

A Memorial Service will take place at 1:00PM on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the LDS Fellowship Hall, 70 Crit King Road, Whitley City, McCreary County, Kentucky 42653. Procession to the cemetery will follow directly after. The interment of ashes will be near his Dad, Grandma Coffey and his Uncle James Clark at the Pine Knot Cemetery, McCreary County Kentucky.

Newcomer – West Side Chapel (513-661-7283) is assisting the family

David Scott Dunn, Sr. age 56 of Whitley City, Kentucky, formerly of Ohio, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

He was born November 25, 1965 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Earl Scott Dunn and Gloria (Barnett) Dunn. In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his sisters, Brenda Dunn, Earlene Zimmer and husband, William “Billy”, and Linda Dunn. 

Surviving family include his children, David Scott Dunn Jr. (and Cheyenne) of Whitley City, Isaiah Kenneth Lane Dunn (and CeCe) of Ohio, Brandy Day (and Anthony) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Alysia Bellomo of Ohio; and grandchildren, Riley Stephens, Donovan Day, Dylan Day, Skarlet Petrey, Lily Perry, Sitaly Drake, Justin Drake Jr., Jackson Drake, and Madilyn Dunn. 

Also surviving are David’s brothers, James “Jimmy” Dunn, Tony Dunn (and Jennifer Riley), and Donnie Murphy Dunn; sisters, Joyce Murphy, Deloris Dunn (and Greg Goodman), and Alice Carter (and James); a sister-in-law, Regina Washington; and several nieces and nephews. 

David loved to tinker. He enjoyed the challenge of taking things apart and putting them back together. He was a carpenter by trade, but also liked to mechanic and paint. David enjoyed being outdoors, taking hikes, and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He will be sadly missed. 

Funeral service were held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Burial followed in the Baltimore Pike Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting with local arrangements.

Mary Jane Frederick, age 81 years, 8 months, and 19 days, passed away Sunday July 31, 2022, at her home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Friday, August 5, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 3:00 pm (Mountain Time) at the Mountain View-Mount Calvary Cemetery in Pennington, South Dakota.

Born Tuesday, Nov 12, 1940, in Park River, North Dakota, to the late Gordon Bruce and Thelma Hendrickson Bruce.  Mary Jane worked in management with the Western Business Products and retired after many years of dedicated service. She enjoyed reading, traveling, attending Rock Springs Church, where she was a member.  She especially enjoyed her family time.  She was married to Richard Frederick, who in addition to her parents predeceased her.

Surviving family members include, 3 sons, Brad Frederick, and his wife Rhonda, of Loveland, Colorado, Mark Frederick and his wife Jessica, and John Frederick and his wife Cathy, all of Rapid City, South Dakota.

3 daughters, Carrie Jones and her husband Danny, and Mary “Maggie” Jones and her husband Tommy, all of Stearns, and Jennifer and James Jannicke, of Aurora, Colorado. A sister Florence Fischer, of Fargo, North Dakota, 13 grand grandchildren, and 15 great- grand children.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mary Jane Frederick.

Lester Doyle Tucker, age 69 years, of the Day Ridge Community, widower of Linda Gayle (Walden) Tucker, died Monday, August 8, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Perry officiating.  Burial will follow in the Strunk Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Amy La’Dawn Henson, age 40, of Lower River Caney Road, departed this earthly life Monday August 1, 2022. Amy was born on April 18, 1982 to Dan and Anita Fay Mason Henson. Amy is survived by her Husband; Shannon White of Lower River Caney Road, Father; Dan(Barbie) Henson, Mother; Anita Fay Mason Henson, Children; Shayna(Scotty) Thorpe of River Caney, Lydia White(Dillon Newberry), Kadan White, One Brother; James Henson, One Sister; Heather(John) Robertson, Mother-In-Law – Father-In-Law; Vaughn and Mollie White, Special Aunt; Deb White, Two Nieces; Olivia and Willow, Two Nephews; Parker and Owen, and a host of Aunts, Uncles and other relatives and friends to mourn her passing. Amy was preceded in death by Maternal Grandparents; Nona Wallen and David Mason, Paternal Grandparents; Dewey and Christine Henson. A Private Graveside Service will be held on Friday August 5, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at Shannon White and Amy Henson Family Cemetery in River Caney, Kentucky with BJ Henson Officiating and Family serving as Pallbearers.

Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Nolan Earnie Johnson, age 71 years, 4 months, and 18 days, of Stearns passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with his wishes, Nolan was cremated. Memorial services will be held at

a later date.

He was born March 18, 1951 in the Smithtown community to Charles Johnson and

Pearl Johnson. Nolan was a member of the Whitley City Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. In his spare time, he enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, and fishing. He was his happiest when spending time with his beloved family.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents that raised him, Maggie and Earnie Vaughn, his brother, Jesse Sims, his sister, Regina Tapley, and his biological parents, Charles and Pearl.

Survivors include his wife of forty nine years, Sondra Johnson, his daughter, Kelli Jackson and her husband, Chris, of Somerset, Ky., his son, James Johnson and his wife, Joy, of Revelo, Kentucky, 5 Grandchildren, Sydney Daugherty, Kylie’Ann Hayes, Westyn Hayes, Liam Johnson, and Bodhi Johnson, sisters-in-law, Barbara Mason of Stearns, Ky. and Cindy Strunk of Nancy, Ky., a nephew, Jared Strunk and a niece, Heather Strunk. and his Special Utah Mom, June Howard.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nolan Johnson.

Rita Belene Freels Jones passed from this life on August 4, 2022, at the age of 56.

She was born on October 3, 1965, in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Clifford and Ella Mae Freels.

Rita attended Davis Hill Church of God, she enjoyed crafting and collecting Coca Cola memorabilia, but most of all she loved her cat, Callie Mae, her dog, Shadow, and she loved her family. Rita was known for her caring heart, outgoing personality, and extreme love for everyone she knew.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Clifford and Ella Mae Freels, her beloved daughter, Andrea Belene Foster, her niece Amanda (Mandy) Carrie Freels, and nephew Timothy (Aaron) Freels.

She is survived by her son, Gregory Lee Foster of Pine Knot, one granddaughter, Adrianna (Taylon) Overton of Robbins, Tennessee, a special friend, Thomas McCarter of Pine Knot, Kentucky, brothers Adam (Janet) Freels of Henderson, Kentucky, Timothy (Sandra) Freels of Pine Knot, and Joseph (Kimberly) Freels of Somerset, Kentucky, many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that she held very close to her heart.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. at the Davis Hill Church of God with Bro. Clay Cook officiating.  The family received friends at the church from 6:00 p.m. until time for services at 8:00 p.m.  Burial was on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Freels Family Cemetery.

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

Wilda Fay Worley, age 82 years, 9 months, and 28 days, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 at her home in the Skull Bone Community.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery.   

She was born Sunday, October 8, 1939 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Everett Taylor and Elizabeth Ruth King Taylor.  Wilda was a homemaker her entire life, always taking care of her home and family.  She enjoyed raising beautiful flowers and spending time with her family.  Wilda was a devout Christian and a member of the Revelo Church of God.

She was married to Coy Worley and they were blessed with six children: Rick Worley and his wife, Janet, of Stearns, Mike Worley of Whitley City, Debra Allison and her husband, Benny, of Revelo, Linda Boyatt and her husband, Curtis of Winfield, Tennessee, and Tammy Smiddy of Pine Knot survive.  A son, Tony Worley, one brother, and three sisters precede her in death.

In addition, Wilda leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Coy Worley, a brother, Ronald Taylor and his wife, Virginia, three sisters, Rose Canada and her husband, Eugene, Doris Crabtree and her husband, Junior, and Janice Bryant, eleven grandchildren, and twenty great grandchildren.

Wilda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and for her Christian faith.  Our loss is her eternal gain.

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

Donna K. Genoe “Susie” age 61 of Williamsburg, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, August 8, 2022 at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital. 

In keeping with her wishes, Donna will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with  arrangements.

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

Lisa Kay Bryant, age 57 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, daughter of the late Herstle and Thelma (Manning) Bryant, died Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home.

Graveside services will be held 3pm Friday, August 12, 2022 at the Angel 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.

Dessel Ola (Coffey) Foster age 92 of the Wolf Ridge Community in Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at her home. 

She was born April 30, 1930 in the Wolf Creek Community of McCreary County to the late John H. “Johnny” Coffey and Rebecca F. Coffey. 

In addition to her parents, Dessel is preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest Foster whom she married September 17, 1951 and her first husband, Johnny Maxwell whom died shortly after they were married, a grandson, Jason Foster, daughter-in-law, Linda Foster, a sister, Myrtle New, and a brother, Frank Coffey. 

Surviving family include her sons, Ardell Foster (and Carolyn) of Stearns, and Gary Foster of Anna, Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Michelle Toulouse (and Troy), Christopher Foster (and Susan) and Michael Foster; 5 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kalee, Kenzie, Cody, and Brittany Foster; and 7 great-great-grandchildren, Raegan and Preston Foster, Ryland and Knox Hatfield, Rynlee Gilreath, Teagan Oda, and Bentley Smith.

Dessel had been a cook for the McCreary Central High School. She was a longtime member of the Mt. View Baptist Church. Dessel loved going to church. At home, she enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, quiliting, reading her bible and fishing. 

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Foster officiating. Burial followed in the Sammy New Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 5:00 pm at the funeral home. 

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

Mary Jane Frederick, age 81, of Stearns, Ky, Widow of Richard Frederick passed away Sunday at her home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 6th, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Mt. View-Mt. Calvary cemetery in Pennington, S.D. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mary Jane Frederick.

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

Jamie Todd Hamlin age 37 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2022 in Stearns, Kentucky.

He was born January 5, 1985 in Somerset, Kentucky to Randall Wayne “Randy” Hamlin and Lawanna (Baird) Hamlin Chesnut.

Preceding him in death is his father, Randy; a sister, Traci Lynn Adkins; grandparents, Bob & Joan Hamlin, James & Nina Baird, Granny Pauline Hamlin, and Granny Darlene Ball.

Surviving family include his wife, Tiffany (Wilson) Hamlin and their children, Allie, Kendall, and Kolton; his mother, Lawanna Chesnut and step-father, Fred; his big brother, Michael Hamlin; his granny, Jonell Greer; a special nephew, Cade Adkins; aunts and uncle, Linda & Gorman Bryant and Kathy Baird; and cousins, Junior, Beth, and Adam.

Jamie was a disabled Veteran of the United States Army who was proud to serve his country. During his enlistment, he toured in Afghanistan twice. Jamie loved being in the Army and following in the footsteps of the military men in his family.  Jamie loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, riding side by sides, and camping. He also enjoyed sitting by the fire with his family. Jamie was very funny and had the best laugh. He was always willing to help someone in need. But above all things, Jamie was proud of his children and being a father. He was a very special person and although he has left us on Earth, we have faith he has gained a peace that cannot be found here.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby and Bro. Craig Reed officiating. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 5:00 pm until service time. Burial was held on Friday at 1:00 pm at the Bledsoe Family Cemetery in Pennington Gap, Virginia with full Military Honors provided.

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

Harley Edward Jones, 86, of Corbin, Kentucky and formerly of Louisville, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 at his home. A Corbin native, he was a son of the late Ed W. and Effie Howard Jones.Harley was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the General Electric Co. He was a Baptist and had been a Mason. He enjoyed the outdoors – especially hunting and fishing.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. McCowan Jones on December 23, 1990. They were married on April 28, 1961.

Harley is survived by a brother, R. Howard “Cotton” Jones of Pine Knot, a sister, Shirley Ann Howard of Louisville, and five nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was conducted at 2:00pm Thursday, August 4th at Pine Hill Cemetery with Rev. Albert Jones officiating. Military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post 88 Honor Guard. There will be no visitation.

Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home is serving the Jones family. Messages can be sent to http://www.vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com.

This obit is a courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

George Earl Stewart age 67 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 

He was born on August 26, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Clement Stewart and Flora (Davenport) Stewart. George enjoyed hunting and reading books. He also liked watching Nascar and wrestling. 

Surviving family include his children, Justin Gilreath of Pine Knot, Ashley Thompson (and Dustin) of Helenwood, Tennessee, and Emily Williams (and CJ) of Somerset, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Andon, Jaylyn, Paylon, Gracelynn, Keirston, Connor, Benjamin, Flora, Austin, Ashton, Drayden, Dash, Dustin, Zack, and Hailey. 

Also surviving is a brother, David Stewart (and Marilyn) and special friends, Art Carroll, Ralph Carroll, Carman Yager, Crystal & Randy Ross, and Josh Gilreath. 

In keeping of George’s wishes, he was cremated. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later time. 

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

Melissa (Privett) Walker age 55 of the Meadows Grove Community in Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at her home. 

Born September 3, 1966, she is the daughter of the late (Ray) Riley and Melba (King) Privett.  

Surviving family include a daughter, Rachelle Waynette Walker Lee (Cameron) of Williamsburg, Kentucky, a sister, Sharon Gooch of Pine Knot and brother, Clellie “Bub” Privett (Sharon) of Pine Knot, two grandchildren: Riley Dell Lee and Walker Isiah Lee and a special friend, David Alaniz.

Melissa was a homemaker who loved her family dearly.  She enjoyed working outside in her garden and her yard.  She loved church and singing.  She sang in a group “The Gospel Tones”, with Sharon and Faye.  She was a dreamer and had several dreams that came true.  Her greatest joy in life was her grandbabies.

Funeral service were held on Wednesday at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the King-Meadows Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Tuesday at 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home. 

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

Anna Mary Baird, age 69 years, 8 months, and 24 days, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Baird and Bro. Schyler Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Jellico Creek Cemetery. 

She was born October 25, 1952, in Jellico Creek, Kentucky to Homer Scott Meadors and Retha Edna Chinn Meadors. She loved spending time with her family, loved the Lord with all her heart, and was an avid church member. 

Preceding her in death was her father, and nephew, Jeffery Scott Meadors. 

Survivors include her mother, husband, Gary Baird, daughters, Regina Hurd, and Carrie Elizbeth Jones, and husband, Mark, brothers, Donald Meadors, and wife, Emily “Cookie”, and George Meadors, and grandchildren, Benjamin Baird, Hannah Noel Baird, Eli Jones, Emry Bruce Jones, and Enoch Jones.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Anna Mary Baird. 

Brenda Lou Keith, age 75 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born in Robbins, Tennessee on January 23, 1947 the daughter of Arlie Rufus and Dovie Alice (Phillips) McCoy.  Brenda was a homemaker, and attended the White Oak Junction United Baptist Church. She enjoyed listening to Christian music, making Holiday Meals, spending time with her grandbabies, and watching Price Is Right, Let’s Make A Deal, and UK Basketball.

Her parents; husband, Lowell Sherman Keith; daughter, Beverly Sue Keith; brothers, Verlin McCoy, Ivan McCoy, Charles Wesley, and Ronnie Grundy; sisters, Ethel Thompson and Fronnie Princess Grundy; and Granddaughter, Joy Lyons Braden precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Tim L. Keith and wife, Kelly of Knoxville, Tennessee and Steve Keith of Stearns, Kentucky; daughter, Christie Jean Keith of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, Lonnie Grundy of Miami, Florida, Leon McCoy of Stearns, Kentucky, David Grundy of Florida, and Ricky Grundy of Florida; sisters, Zora Bechdolt of Vero Beach, Florida, Berdina Watson of Stearns, Kentucky, Charlene Cook of Somerset, Kentucky, Arleen Watson of Stearns, Kentucky, and Bonnie Grundy of Florida; grandchildren, Kayla Myers (Brandon Durham), Joshua Myers, Cameron Myers, Katie Myers, Brent Keith, Marissa Keith, Sierra Young, Crystal Barrier, and McKayla Watson; great grandchildren, Peyton Durham, Saylor Grace Durham, and Henley Keith; sister-in-law, Reba McCoy; friends she thought of as family, Eddie and Janet Clark; nephews, Jerry McCoy and Jim McCoy; nieces, Rita McCoy, Sue McCoy, Connie Hill, and Theresa Nelson.

Graveside services were held 10am Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery with Bro. Larry Coffey officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Jeffery Dee Taylor, age 64 years, 8 months, and 19 days, passed away Monday, July 18, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Friday, July 22, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

He was born October 29, 1957, in Somerset, Kentucky to Claude Francis Taylor and Edna Hester Shadoan. Jeffery enjoyed horseback riding and was a member of the South Fork Riding Club.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother, Jamie Claude Taylor, and sisters, Penny Kennedy, Joy Taylor, and Judy Corder. 

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Taylor, sons, Joe Hill, and wife, Crystal, Brandon Taylor, and wife, Brittany, Danny Walters, and wife, Kellie, and Daniel Vaught, and wife, Erica, daughters, Melanie Taylor, Sommer Hill, and Dixie Ross, and husband, George, brothers, Shawn Neal, Jerry Taylor, and Jacob Taylor, sisters, Cheryl Hill, Janet Taylor, and companion, Larry, JoEtta Taylor, and Jill Taylor, 16 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jeffery Dee Taylor.

Kenneth Eugene Taylor age 59 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at home.

He was born on March 21, 1963 in Strunk, Kentucky to the late George Arnold Taylor and Margie Marie (Coffey) Taylor. In addition to his parents, Kenny is preceded in death by a sister, Vonda Kidd and her husband, Carl; a brother, Linville Taylor; nephews, Wayne and Wendell Garland; and a brother-in-law, Orville Stephens.

Surviving family include his son, Justin William Taylor and 3 granddaughters, Addison, Jayden Marie, and Hannah Taylor.

Also surviving are his brothers, Alonzo Taylor, Conley Taylor (wife, Wanda), Coye Taylor (wife, Jean), and Charles Taylor (wife, Rhonda); sisters, Wilda Douglas (husband, Howard), Sharon Taylor, Katherine Stephens, Shirley Bryant (husband, Lawrence), Karen Watters (husband, Larry) and Betty Watson (husband, Larry); a sister-in-law, Eva Taylor; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins who will mourn his passing.

Kenny was a carpenter by trade and was known for his friendly and fun personality. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, listening to the radio, and being with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery of Round Top. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will include his son, Justin, and nephews, Wade Garland, Raymond Prewitt, Stanley Taylor, Bradley Taylor, Nick Taylor, and Randall Stephens. 

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

Jamie Todd Hamlin age 37 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2022 in Stearns, Kentucky.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday after 5:00 pm until service time. Burial will be held on Friday at the Bledsoe Family Cemetery in Pennington Gap, Virginia.

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.

Russell Lee (Rusty) Duncan, age 60 years, 5 months and 26 days of Covington, Ky, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at his home in Covington and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, 2022 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery. 

Rusty was born January 16, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Luther Duncan and Bonnie Tiddle. He enjoyed spending time with his family and listening to music. Rusty will always be remembered as a great father.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Bonnie Tiddle, and brother Luther Duncan. Jr.

Survivors include his father, Luther Duncan, sons Gary Duncan and fiancée Miranda Ellam, and Rodney Ferneding; daughters Tonya Duncan, Tessa Nickell, Samantha Webb, and Tiffany Ferneding and husband Charles Cole; brother Darrell Duncan, and sisters Cheryl Sue Spinelli, Tricia Troxell, Shirley Stamper, and Kimberly Duncan; and 16 grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Russell Lee (Rusty) Duncan. 

Brian Keith Redmond, age 51 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

He was born in Bloomington, Illinois on April 6, 1971 the son of Ronnie Redmond and Sandra (Gosser) Lawhorn.  Brian had worked as an Over the Road Truck driver and was a member of the North McCreary Fire Department, and had previously served on the Ferguson and Burnside Fire Departments. He enjoyed playing softball, cars, and motorcycles, but was known as the greatest father and grandfather to his family.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Connie (Perry) Redmond of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sons, Tyler Redmond (Angelica) of Bronston, Kentucky and Zachary Garland of Somerset, Kentucky; daughters, Casandra Wood (Kenneth) of Richmond, Kentucky, Haylee Bennett (Donna) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Savannah Redmond of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Tianna Redmond (Dylan) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Samara Sellers (Michael) of Stearns, Kentucky; brother, Chris Powell of Somerset, Kentucky; sister, Regina Redmond of Somerset, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Colton and Case Wood, Liam Wilson, Marci Bennett, Faithlynn Redmond, and Mason and Taylor Sellers.  

Funeral services were held 3pm Friday, July 15, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Perry and Bro. Derek Jones officiating.  Burial followed in the Chrisman Cemetery. The family received friends after 1pm Friday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

George Vestal Renfro, Jr., age 56 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Friday, July 8, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on December 20, 1965 the son of George V. Renfro, Sr and Thelma Joyce (Taylor) Renfro.  George had worked as a line tech for CTA Acoustics for 31 years and his co-workers he had taken in as his own family. He was the church clerk for the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church, he enjoyed going to church but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

His father; mother, Thelma Joyce Renfro Barnett and husband, Hurstle; and sisters, Carol Knowles, Susan Collins, and Valerie Renfro precede him in death.

Survivors  include his wife, Brenda (Branch) Renfro, whom he had spent the last 21 years of his life; children, Ashley Nicole Stephens (Jonathan) of Monticello, Kentucky, Amber Natasha Clark (Israel) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Kendra Lynn Nichols of Knoxville, Tennessee, Dylan Renfro (Chloe) of Albany, Kentucky, and William Renfro (Montana) of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Thomas Renfro (Beverly) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Clay Barnett of Sidney, Ohio; sisters, Catherine Bayer (Milton) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sharon Burnett of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joyce Barnett (Clayton) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Georgia Keith (Robert) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Reda Bennett (Ronald) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Susie Barnett of Tennessee; a special aunt, Marie Renfro; grandchildren, Jesse “Super Grandson” Stephens, Anabelle “Dewdrop” Stephens, Henry “Goat” Stephens, Hazel “Squirt Bottom Patterpoo” Clark, and Presley “Cotton Top” Stephens; mother-in-law, Glenna Watson, whom he loved as his own mother; cousin, Leslie “Bud” Jones that he reserved in his heart as a son;  and numerous other family and friends he held near to his heart.

Funeral services were held 4pm Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dewayne Perry and Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Eagle Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Michael Scott Tucker, age 51 years, of the Hilltop Community died Monday July 18, 2022 at his niece’s home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on January 20, 1971 the son of Charles Golman Tucker and Alma Fay (Roberts) Tucker.  Scott had worked in construction and was a member of the Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, his cars, and going jeep riding.

His parents; a daughter, Brittany Heath; and brothers, Gary Dean Tucker and Jackie Wayne Tucker precede him in death.

Survivors include his brothers, Jesse Charles Tucker (Tina), Joey Alan Tucker, and David James Tucker (Becky) all of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Kathy Sue Jones (Eddie) of Monticello, Kentucky and Phyllis Marie Stephens (Ray) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; a granddaughter, Kylee Heath; special nieces, Makenzie Tucker (Daniel) and Victoria Coffey (Brian); great great niece and nephew, Amelia and Jamison Perry; and special friends, Eddie Ray Phillips and Stephanie Terry.

Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ervin Foster officiating. Burial followed in the Nancy Grave Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Cletus Lee Slaven age 71 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky. 

He was born February 6, 1951 in Scott County, Tennessee to the late Andrew Charlie Slaven and Lola (Boyatt) Slaven. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant son, Cletus Andrew Slaven, a brother, Cleo Kidd, and sisters, Catherine Collins, Jo Kidd, and Veda Carol Watson. 

Surviving family include his wife, Glenna (Creekmore) Slaven; son, Larry Slaven (and Nakayla Higginbotham) of Parkers Lake; daughter, Jamie Ethridge (and Dale) of Pine Knot; brothers, Lonnie Slaven of Oneida, TN and Kenneth Slaven (and Kinzella) of Indiana; and sisters, Beatrice Whitehead (and Eddie) of Indiana, Helen Hicks of Oneida, TN, and Ann Slaven of Nashville, TN.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Isabella Watson, Aiden Watson, and Winter Ethridge; and several nieces and nephews. 

Prior to his illness, Cletus was a Logger by trade. He enjoyed mechanic work, going fishing and camping. Cletus also loved to spend time with his friends and his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial location is currently pending. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expense. You may donate in person, by mail (PO Box 550 Pine Knot, KY 42635), and/or by phone by calling our office, 606-354-9100. 

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

Luther “Luke” Ball age 69 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born on September 17, 1952 in Holly Hill, Kentucky to the late Andy Ball and Reba (Towe) Ball. In addition to his parents, Luke is preceded in death by brothers, Paul Daniel Ball, infant Freddie Ball, and Billy Ray Ball, sisters, Mary Alene Ball Meadows and infant Sarah Ball, and a grandchild, Krista Walker.

Surviving family include his wife, Imogene (Terry) Ball whom he married in April of 1979; children, Bobby Walker (and Jan) and Rita Baker (and Eddie); a brother, Gene Arthur Ball; a sister, Imogene Ball King; grandchildren, Eric Walker, Lisa Walker (and Caswell Sexton), and Sarah Walker; and great-grandchildren, Renee Pounder, Kaitlyn, Destiny, and Kadence Walker. 

Luke was a Logger before he was disabled. He enjoyed playing his guitar and visiting with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew and loved him. 

Funeral service were held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Wednesday after 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

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

Wilda B. Hazlett age 88 years, 6 months, and 14 days, of Revelo, Kentucky, passed away Monday, July 4, 2022, at Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home, in Whitley City, Kentucky. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 7, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. An Eastern Star service was held immediately before Christian funeral services. 

She was born December 20, 1933, in Revelo, Kentucky to James Willard Baker and Clara Strunk Baker. Wilda was a retired Registered Nurse and was the first graduate of the Somerset Community College Nursing Program. She was President of the 1952 Senior Class at McCreary County High School, a member of Laurel Heights Order of Eastern Star, appointed to the McCreary County Board of Health numerous times, and received recognition for excellence from the Kentucky State Board of Nursing in 1986. Wilda enjoyed traveling, baking, cooking, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers, William “Jocko” Baker and wife Brenda Stanley Baker, Teddy A. Baker, James Russell Baker and wife Dr. Sue Helton Baker, and Jesse Alan Baker and son Russell Baker.

Survivors include; one son, Randy Hazlett, of Revelo, Kentucky, two brothers, Mike Baker, of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Ralph (Marcia) Baker, of Henderson, Kentucky, one sister Alfreida (Mike) Daulton, of Nancy, Kentucky, one grandson, Tyler Hazlett, one granddaughter, Samantha (Eric) Stout, and three great grandsons, Riley and Bentley Arrington, and Tobias Stout and a host of host of family and friends. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wilda B. Hazlett.

George Vestal Renfro, Jr., age 56 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, husband of Brenda (Branch) Renfro, died Friday, July 8, 2022 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 4pm Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dewayne Perry and Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Sabra Troxell, age 34 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 3, 1988 the daughter Raymond Troxell and Debbie East.  Sabra had attended the Mill Creek Methodist Church, enjoyed Harley Davidson Motorcycles, guitars and playing music.

Her parents precede her in death.

Survivors include her children, Joshua Lawson, Mason, Bailie Gilreath, and Lydia Troxell; brothers and sisters, Jennifer Vanhook of Whitley City, Kentucky, Billie Jo Lowery (Steve) of Somerset, Kentucky, Billy Dean “Buster” Stephens of Stearns, Kentucky, Shannon Sullivan (Brandi) of Monticello, Kentucky, Randy Edward Strunk of Whitley City, Kentucky, Abagail Strunk of Somerset, Kentucky, Tyler Strunk (Mandy) of Nancy, Kentucky, Trevor Strunk (Kenzie) of Russell Springs, Kentucky and Brandon Ridener of Russell Springs, Kentucky; and grandmother, Sue Neal of Stearns, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, July 11, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Ridener officiating. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery.  The family received friends after 12pm Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sue Carol Wilson, age 68 years, of Fairfield, Ohio died Saturday, July 9, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 27, 1953 the daughter of Steve Loudermilk and Rebecca (Smith) Strunk.  Sue enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Her parents; husband, Randell Douglas Wilson; and brother, Otis Loudermilk precede her in death.

Survivors include her son. Roger Dale Howard, Jr of Enterprise, Alabama; daughter Sherry Ravenscraft (Ryan) of Fairfield, Ohio; brothers, Charles Loudermilk of Florida, Michael Loudermilk of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Steve Loudermilk of Cincinnati, Ohio; sisters, Margaret Tucker of Jellico, Tennessee, Evonne Watters of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Faye Greer of Mt Orb, Ohio; and grandchildren, Melissa Howard, Tyler Sweet, Hannah Sweet, Corbin Ravenscraft, and Tristan Ravenscraft.

Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Harold Rollins officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Wednesday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Brian Keith Redmond, age 51 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, husband of Connie (Perry) Redmond, died Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

Funeral services will be held 3pm Friday, July 15, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Perry and Bro. Derek Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chrisman Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 1pm Friday 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.

Alton “Hoss” Lee Cartwright, age 79 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Camden, Arkansas on August 14, 1942 the son of Rev. Howard and Betty (Langley) Cartwright.  Hoss had retired after 20 years and 6 months as a Warrant Officer from the US Army, during his military career he met the love of his life Marisue (Ball) Cartwright, whom he married August 6, 1979.  Upon retirement they moved to Virginia where he retired from Computer Sciences Corporation, they moved back to Kentucky to be close to family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing, golfing, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leslie Cartwright; and father and mother-in-law, Rev. Phillip H. and Myrtle Ball.

Survivors include his wife of almost 43 years, Marisue Cartwright of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Phillip Howard Cartwright of Whitley City, Kentucky and Clifton Cartwright of Germany; daughter, Bettina Birkicht of Germany; grandchildren, Eric Birkicht, Anna Birkicht, and Rebecca Cartwright; brothers and sisters-in-law whom Hoss loved dearly, Roger and Donna Ball of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Doris and Bill Woodward of Ohio, Ruth and Roy Vahle of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Ray and Trish Ball of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Lindell Ball of Corbin, Kentucky, Patsy and Ronnie Kidd of Strunk, Kentucky, and Jerry and Wanda Ball of North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friend, Colonel Jim Mourea.

Funeral services were held 7pm Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Darren Kidd officiating. Cremation followed. The family received friends after 5:30 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Kevin Joe Fultz Sr., age 56 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Center of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born August 15, 1965 in Monroe, Michigan to Luther J. Fultz and Patricia (Rice) Fortner. His wife; Dianna Rose Fultz, father; Luther, grandson; Christopher Fultz and a brother; Luther J. Fultz II precede him in death.

Surviving family include his Mother; Patricia (Rice) Fortner, children; Amy Wethington of Pine Knot, Kevin Fultz II, “Bear”, of Whitley City, and Carl D. Fultz, of Pine Knot; brother; Josh Fultz of Carleton MI, Sisters; Amy Lisa Fultz of Harrogate, TN, Melanie Fultz (Bob Begley) of New Tazwell, TN.

Also surviving are his stepmother; Reba Fultz of Carlton, MI, and 5 grandchildren, Emily Davis, Patricia Fultz, Stephanie Fultz, Makenzie Fultz, and Dylan James Fultz, that Kevin loved so dearly.

Kevin was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed his job of being a trucker, music was his life he loved singing and playing music. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post  115 and the American Legion Riders.

Funeral service were held Friday, July 1, 2022 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial was in the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens. The family received friends for visitation on Friday after 2:00 pm until service time.

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

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

Ashton Renee Goins, age 28 of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, wife of Marklos Goins, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in the Mill Creek Cemetery, burial followed. 

She was born May 23, 1994, in Somerset Kentucky to Vickie Jones Murphy. Ashton loved going swimming, spending time with family, and watching the Golden Girls.

Survivors include her mother, husband, Marklos Goins, sons, Marklos Alexander Goins, Elijah James Goins, and Isaiah Jacob Goins, daughter, Sophia Renee Goins, sisters, Deija Victoria Brown, and Destiny Faith Freels, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ashton Renee Goins.

Diane Lamona Jones, age 71 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Falmouth, Kentucky on March 21, 1951 the daughter of Ben and Wyona (Wright) Golden.  Diane had worked at the McCreary Health in Rehab as a CNA, Med Tech, and other various positions, and was a member of the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church.  She enjoyed her flowers, looking for Indian Artifacts, doing puzzles, and playing board games.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Benny Golden and Steve Golden; and son-in-law, Billy K. McClellan.

Survivors include her husband, Roger G. Jones of Stearns, Kentucky; son, Ronnie Jones and wife, Olivia of Stearns, Kentucky; daughters, Julie McClellan of Monticello, Kentucky and Regina Watson and husband, Jeff of Monticello, Kentucky; brother, Chris Golden of Stearns, Kentucky; sister, Francis Wiston of West Virginia; grandchildren, Jolene Hines, Jeanelle Kennedy, Nathan McClellan, Michael McClellan, Cheyenne McClellan, Jordan McClellan, and Jaden McClellan; and great grandchildren, Chancy Hines and Madison Hines.

Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, July 1, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Keith McKim officiating. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Arthur Dwight Vaughn, age 60 years, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away Friday, July 1, 2022 at his home.

He was born September 7, 1961, in Wayne County, Kentucky to Arthur and Joan (Hill) Vaughn.  HE accepted the Lord at an early age and served in the United States Army 101st Airborne.  He enjoyed reading, being in the woods and spending time with his family.

He married Sketter (Gregory) Vaughn on November 11, 1985 and together they raised two children.

Along with his parents and wife he leaves behind his children, Natasha (Landon) Owens of Whitley City, Kentucky and Trajan (Cheyanne) Vaughn of Monticello, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Cadence Owens, Mason Owens, Reagan Owens, Zander Vaughn, and Bennett Owens; one sister, Shanda (Jerry) Jones of Stearns, Kentucky; a special niece Lakeisha Jones; and several other beloved family members and friends.

Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Keith McKim and Bro. Silas Gregory officiating.  Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Howard Kennie Washam, age 94, of West Bend, Wisconsin, formerly of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away peacefully on June 30, 2022 surrounded by his family at his home.

He was born to the late Noble Walter Washam and Bessie B (Chitwood) on November 27, 1927 in Stearns, Kentucky, in what was then known as the new town area.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy May (Blatti) whom he married on June 28, 1952 in Manhattan, IL; son, Stephen Howard Washam; grandson, baby Andrew Krebs Jr.; his brother, James Charles and sister, Lucille.

Surviving family include his three daughters, Kathryn Sue (Mark) Steinberg, Elizabeth Ann (Don) Fagan, and Diane Washam.

Further survived by his beloved 12 grandchildren, Ben (Sonia), Danielle (Hugh), Rebecca (Joseph), Matthew (Semhar), Katerri (Hayden), Carolyn (Kevin), Joseph (Megan), Timothy (Amelia), Kimberly (Nathan), Jacob, Jaclyn and Madeline (Scotty); his 19 cherished great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, Dorothy’s family and many friends.

Howard lived in Stearns, KY until the age 18 and attended Stearns Independent Grade and High School. He was a member of the 1946 graduating class. After high school, Howard was a USMC, then worked for Stearns Lumber Co. in the Rock Creek, TN lumber camp. He left this area to attend Diesel Engineering School in St. Louis, MO.

In 1949 Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria, IL, hired Howard.  This was the start of a 38-year career with Caterpillar. He advanced through various management positions in plants in Illinois, Wisconsin and Gosselies, Belgium. Howard retired in 1987 from the Milwaukee, WI Caterpillar Plant where he was the manufacturing manager.

After retiring Howard wanted to live where the winters were not as harsh as those in Illinois and Wisconsin. His parents’ little farm was available though it was far from their children and grandchildren. In 1987 they moved to the farm on Bethel Road in East Pine Knot. Howard found the four seasons of this area a delight. You could find him actively working in his wood working shop, spending pleasant hours in his orchard, keeping watch over his bees and making delicious wines in his little bee house. He enjoyed genealogy research, was a member of the Literacy Council, McCreary County Library Board of Trustees and the Genealogy/Historical Society. He was chairman of a group that brought about the Folklife Exhibit on display in Stearns. He was an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church and then of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church of Whitley City.

He was an intelligent, hard-working man who loved and always provided plentifully for his family. He enjoyed reading, nature and many hobbies. In his later years, his gentle spirit and love for his great grandchildren was a blessing to behold.

He will be greatly missed but we rejoice that we will be reunited with him again one day in paradise.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.

May His Memory Be Eternal.

The family received friends for visitation at 12pm (noon) on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home followed by the Memorial Service at 2pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Military burial to follow directly at the East Chitwood Cemetery Winfield, Tennessee.

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

Wilda B. Hazlett age 88, of Revelo, Kentucky, passed away Monday, July 4, 2022, at Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 7, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home, at 12:00 pm. Eastern Star service will be held immediately before Christian funeral services. 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 Wilda B. Hazlett.

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

Mae Bryant, age 82 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, widow of Bobby Bryant, Sr., died Sunday, June 19, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Sandhill, Kentucky on January 31, 1940 the daughter of Leslie and China (Perry) Bryant.  Mae had worked as a cook for the McCreary County School System and was a member of the Whitley City Church of God.  She enjoyed doing crafts, that at one time she ran a Macramé Shop.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bobby Bryant, Sr.; brothers, Harold Bryant, Randy Bryant, and Arless Bryant; and sisters, Opal McHone and Penny Lakes.

Survivors include her sons, Bobby Bryant, Jr. (Caroline) of Lexington, Kentucky and Jeff Bryant (Liza) of Maryville, Tennessee; sister, Elva Perkins of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Cody Bryant, Mitchell Bryant, Alex Bryant, Jefferson Bryant, and Alliza Bryant.  

Funeral services were held 2pm Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Whitley City Church of God with Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating. Burial followed in the Whitley City Church of God Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Thursday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Alton “Hoss” Lee Cartwright, age 79 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Marisue (Ball) Cartwright, died Sunday, June 26, 2022 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 7pm Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Darren Kidd officiating. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends after 5:30 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Joseph E Crabtree, age 51, of the Marshes Siding Community passed away Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Center of Lake Cumberland and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with Joe’s wishes cremation was chosen.

He was born July 29, 1970, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Earl Crabtree and Eunice Taylor Crabtree. Joe was a retired 

R-Tec Driver. He enjoyed fishing, spending time outdoors, and watching MMA fights, but the greatest joy in his life was spending time with his children and family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and brothers, Woody Lynch, and Chuck Lynch.

Survivors include his daughters, Halia Crabtree, and fiancé, Austin, Bristol Crabtree, and Heather Cordell, sisters, Jennifer Thomas, and husband, Larry, and Janice Kennedy, and husband Gary, and grandchildren, Lorelei, Ethan, Zander, and Sophia.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Joseph Crabtree.

Naomi Canada Keith, aged 86 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, passed away June 17, 2022, at Hospice of Lake Cumberland, Jean Waddle Care Center.  She was born January 27, 1936, in Youngs Creek, Kentucky, to the late George and Rachel Rose Canada.  She married the late Freeman A. Keith on May 17, 1952.  

 Survivors include her children: Gary Dale (Kyu-Song) Keith, of Radcliffe, Kentucky;  Jeanette (Robert Lee) Sears, of Stearns, Kentucky; Ruby (Lester) Taylor, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky; and Jennifer (Michael) Wilson, of Stearns, Kentucky; seven grandchildren: Jerry (Deana) Keith, Cathy Sagne, Michael T. Keith, Serena Taylor (Eric Iseral), Sara (Joe) Poynter, Erin E.F. Wilson, and Evan M. Wilson; 10 great-grandchildren:  Ethan Iseral, Emily Taylor, Preston Keith, Addison Keith, Victoria Sagne, Jordan Sagne, Luke Poynter, Layne Poynter, Logan Poynter, and Landric Poynter; and her siblings, Mabel (Ray) Spradlin and Arlene (Dan) Dorrell of Brookville, Indiana, and Harold Canada of Harrison, Ohio. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, her infant daughter, Sherry Elaine Keith, her son and daughter-in-law, Donald (Sandra Baird) Keith, her grandson, David Keith Wilson, and her siblings Nadine Cochran, Darrell Canada, Ron Canada, and Wilburn Canada. 

Naomi was a member of Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church for fifty years.  Upon the passing of her husband, she worked as a cook with McCreary County Schools.  Naomi enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, and people who helped her were often rewarded with a dozen or so homemade cinnamon rolls. From an early age she loved being in the outdoors with her father, who often took her hiking and fishing, and yes, she could bait her own hook, thank you.  She fondly recalled fishing trips with her husband and family to Canada, one of which had to be shortened due to wolves gradually encroaching upon their campsite.  

Naomi leaves behind a long legacy of delicious food, joyful gatherings with family, and a heart of service for the Lord, honoring Him in song and in her heart’s generosity toward others. 

Funeral services were held Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Roger Bryant officiating. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Naomi Canada Keith.

Ricky “DeeDee” Lee Laxton age56 years, of the Worley Community died Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on September 1, 1965 the son of Delbert Dolen and Dorothy Daugherty. Dee had been a moonshiner and member of the First Otter Creek United Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching westerns, cookouts, gatherings, and spending time with his grandson, Gus.

His parents and a son, Kenny Lee Laxton precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Mona (Coleman) Laxton of Stearns, Kentucky; son, Justin Artie Laxton of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, Mike Bell of Stearns, Kentucky, Bill Laxton of Stearns, Kentucky, and Donnie Daugherty of Pine Knot, Kentucky; and a grandson, Augustus Laxton.

Visitation was held 10am-12pm Friday, June 24, 2022 at his home (200 Worley Rd, Stearns, Kentucky). Graveside services followed at the Douglas Cemetery with Bro. William Clark officiating. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Doris Mae Morgan, age 85 of Strunk, Kentucky departed this life on June 24, 2022 at the Williamsburg Health and Rehab Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  She was born to the late Rev.  Oscar Morgan and Cevil (Cornelius) Morgan on August 28, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her bother(s); Larry Morgan, Ralph Morgan, and Clyde Morgan.

She is survived by Brother Jim Morgan of Strunk, Kentucky and Sister Norma Smith and husband Harold of Somerset, Kentucky.   She is also survived by a host of other family and friends to mourn her passing. 

Doris was a retired Educator at the McCreary County Board of Education for over 25 years and worked at Avon in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years.

 Visitation was Tuesday June 28, 2022 from 12:00 until funeral hour at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.

Funeral service were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Kilby officiating. Interment followed at the T. Chitwood Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.croleyfh.com

Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg, Kentucky in charge of all arrangements, J.  Andrew Croley, Director.

Courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.

Joan Wilson Smith, age 76 years, 11 months, and 10 days passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 19, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. 

She was born July 5, 1945, in Stearns, Kentucky to Walter Wilson and Beatrice Strunk Wilson. Joan enjoyed walking, doing puzzles, reading, needle work, caring for animals, and loved children. She was saved and baptized into the Bethel Baptist church in Muncie Indiana. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, brother, Alfred Wilson, and sisters, Cora Smith, Lora Maxwell, and Mamie Daugherty.

Survivors include sisters, Alice Erbaugh, and Connie Kidd, and husband, Ronnie. 

Joan was a natural caregiver. What started as helping a friend care for her children turned into an extended family for us all. She played a large role in the upbringing of Jamie Arnett and James Ross, her love extended to Jamie’s children: David Rednour and Amber Raymer earning her the title of Granny, and continued to grow through their children Zackary, Shane, Riley and Ryan, and also Zacks daughters, Lola Rae and Mila Rose, and Shane’s daughter, Addison. 

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

Ashton Renee Goins, age 28 of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, wife of Marklos Goins, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in the Mill Creek Cemetery at 12:00 pm.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ashton Renee Goins.

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

Ronnie Wood, age 67 years, 7 months, and 9 days, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Monday, Junes 27, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Wood Family Cemetery.

He was born November 14, 1954, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harold Wood and Lorella Hamlin Wood. Ronnie retired from the United States Park Service. He was saved at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Independence, Kentucky. Ronnie was an avid outdoorsman, but his favorite past time was pestering his grandbabies.

Preceding him in death was his father, sister, Donna Wood, special friend, Abby Marler, and Crystal Marler whom he loved like a daughter. 

Survivors include his mother, son, Jonathan Marler, sister, Karen Trammell, and husband, Anthony, and grandbabies, Sierra, Jerry, and James. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ronald Wood.  

Diane Lamona Jones, age 71 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, wife of Roger G. Jones, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, July 1, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Keith McKim officiating. Burial will follow in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Friday 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.

Doris Lee Ball, age 78 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Day Ridge, Kentucky on April 14, 1944 the daughter of Loyd and Dollie Marie (Gibson) Tucker. Doris had served as Deputy Clerk in the McCreary County Clerk’s Office, enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family especially her grandbabies.

Her parents; brothers, Rev. Jimmy Tucker, Michael Tucker, Arnold Tucker, Jerry Tucker, and 3 infants; and a grandchild, Derek Shane Ball precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred Calvin Ball of Strunk, Kentucky; children, Calvin Ball (Amy) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Stephanie Ross (Dwight) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Johnny Ball (Sebrena) of Strunk, Kentucky; brothers, Ancil Tucker and Ron Tucker both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Stella Jean Newton of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Joyce Kidd (Steven) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Kimberly Tucker of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; grandchildren, Wesley Ball (Betti) who Doris helped to raise from a child, Conner Ball (Kelly), Elly Ball, Mason Ball, Cody Ross (Jera), Megan Gehring (Kyle), and Amber Ball; great grandchildren, Kylie Ball, Shane Ball, Tucker Gehring, and Jonthan Ball; and one great-great grandchild, Eli Perry. 

Funeral Services were held 6pm Monday, June 20, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis officiating. Burial followed in the Ball Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 4pm Monday at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Mae Bryant, age 82 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, widow of Bobby Bryant, Sr., died Sunday, June 19, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Whitley City Church of God with Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Whitley City Church of God Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12pm Thursday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Dessie June Grundy, age 78 years, 8 months, and 12 days, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 18, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

She was born October 1, 1943, in Barthell, Kentucky to Sedley King and Ester Boyatt King. Dessie enjoyed traveling, visiting, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She will forever be remembered as a mother and grandmother full of love. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, sisters, Betty Parson, Louise Johnson, and Helen Kidd, and 3 grandchildren. 

Survivors include sons, Jerry Grundy Sr., Terry Grundy, and wife, Misty, Larry “Rick” Grundy, and Justin Grundy, and wife, Michelle, daughter, Sherry Slavey, sisters, Judy Ridner, and husband, Lanny, and Georgia Alene Harper, 18 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Dessie June Grundy.

Sean Thomas Jones, age 52 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Sunday June 12, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 20, 1970 the son of Jerry Dwayne and Hazel B. (Phillips) Jones.  Sean had worked in the Custom Trim Packages for Cumberland Millworks; was a member of the Word of God Church in Jesus Name; and a member of the 88er’s Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, tending his chickens and dogs, but his greatest joy in life was his children and his momma.

His father, Jerry Dwayne Jones; wife, Dawn Denise (Clark) Jones; and brother, Brock D. Jones precede him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Hazel B. Jones of Stearns, Kentucky; children, Cassie Marie Clark (Chris) of Somerset, Kentucky, Jordan Jones of Stearns, Kentucky, Erica Denise Jones of Stearns, Kentucky, Jonathan Meer (Alexis) of Somerset, Kentucky, Samuel Jones of Stearns, Kentucky, and Tadessa Jones of Strunk, Kentucky; sisters, Cynthia “Sis” Troxell (Wayne) of Stearns, Kentucky and Sylvia Murphy (Wallace Simpson) of Monticello, Kentucky; grandchildren, Addison, Jeffery, Jonah, Annika, Jayden, Kanan, Kagan, and Bryson.

Funeral services were held 5pm Friday, June 17, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada and Bro. Damon Stevens officiating.  Burial followed in the Rock Springs Cemetery. The family received friends after 3pm Friday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Naomi Keith age 86, of Whitley City, Widow of Freeman Keith passed away Friday at Hospice of Lake Cumberland, Jean Waddle Care Center and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 24th, 2022, at 3:00 pm at the Flat Rock Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the Flat Rock Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 1:00 pm at the Flat Rock Baptist Church.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Naomi Keith.

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

Patsy Ellen Keith, age 75 years, of the Wolf Ridge Community died June 16, 2022 at the Big Southfork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

She was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on January 1, 1947 the daughter of Earl Troxell and Audrey (Tucker) Troxell Gregory.  Patsy was a member of the Wolf Ridge United Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed watching TV and her flowers but spending time with her family especially her grandbabies were her greatest joy.

Her parents; husband, Coy Keith, Jr., and brother, Elmer Troxell precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Coy Earl Keith of Wolf Ridge, Kentucky, Douglas Mart Keith (Jennifer) of Monticello, Kentucky, Michael Allen Keith (Jessica) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Edwin Brian Keith (Angela) of Science Hill, Kentucky, and Daniel Irvin Keith of Wolf Ridge, Kentucky; brother, Denny Gregory; sisters, Elvilie Strunk of Whitley City, Kentucky and Penny Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Natalie and Abby.

Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, June 20, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Steven Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Keith Cemetery.  The family received friends after 11am Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

Joan Wilson Smith, age 76, of Stearns, Daughter of the late Walter and Beatrice Wilson passed away Wednesday at her home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

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

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Joan Wilson Smith.

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

Cheryl Ann Vanover, age 65 of Wiborg, Kentucky passed from this life on June 15th, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Center in Somerset, Kentucky. 

She was born on June 3, 1967 in Jellico, Tennessee to Bravel Watson and Patricia Wright Watson. Cheryl was a member of Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from the Department for Community Based Services in 2008 after 22 years of employment. Cheryl loved being able to help people. She enjoyed researching genealogy, crocheting, quilting and music. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Cheryl is preceded her in death by her father; Bravel Watson. 

She is survived by her mother; Patricia Wright Watson of Whitley City, a son; Eric Vanover of Wiborg; a brother;  Rick (Rita) Watson of Somerset, nephews; Brian (Morgan) Watson of Pine Knot, and Jacob (Heather) Watson of Richmond,  great-nephew; Cayden Watson, and great-nieces; Myla Watson of Pine Knot, Amelia Watson and Hallie Watson of Richmond and a host of other relatives and friends. 

At her request she will be cremated at Somerset Undertaking with no memorial service.   

There will be a private inurnment in the Flat Rock Cemetery #2.  In Lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are suggested to one’s favorite charity in memory of Cheryl. 

You may offer condolences and sign the online register book here at www.somersetundertaking.com 

Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements for Ms. Cheryl Vanover. 

 

Dessie June Grundy, age 78, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Lower Hickory Grove 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 Dessie June Grundy.

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


Sean Thomas Jones, age 52 years, of Stearns, Kentucky son of Hazel B. (Phillips) Jones and the late Jerry Dwayne Jones, died Sunday June 12, 2022 at his home.

Funerals services will be held 5pm Friday, June 17, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Casada and Bro. Damon Stevens officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rock Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 3pm Friday 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.


Denise (Hatfield) Johnson, age 62 years, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of McCreary County, daughter of Donna Jean Bryant, died Monday, June 6, 2022 at her home.

Denise was the wife of Roy Johnson, and attended the Russell Cave Church of Christ, formerly the Taylor Ridge Baptist Church. She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Roy Hatfield and the late Donna Jean Bryant. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, riding, and relaxing. She loved spending time with her family.

Denise is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Annette Bolin; and her son, Lonnie Dewayne Bryant.

Denise is survived by a large host of loving family, which includes: sons, Michael Bryant (Jennifer), of Adairsville, Georgia, Steven David Fletcher, of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; her daughter, Kathy Jean Bray (Richard), of Dry Ridge, KEntucky; brothers, Danny Hatfield, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sherril Bolin, of Covington, Kentucky; sisters, Donna Kay Hatfield-Fletcher (Earl), of Cincinnati, Ohio, Deborah Kellem (Thomas), of Cincinnati, Ohio; and her grandchildren, Jacob Bryant, Joie Lynn Bryant, Kaitlyn Jean Bray, Kyson Dewayne Raines, and Keaden Michael Raines.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Kathy Ann Keith, age 65 years, 3 months, and 22 days, wife of George Keith, passed away Monday, June 6, 2022, at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 10, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Keith Morrow Cemetery.

She was born February 15, 1957, in Stearns, Kentucky to Homer Watters and Loise Ross Smith. She enjoyed spending time with family and raising a big garden.

Preceding her in death were her parents, siblings, Debra Sue Shackleford, Tony Ray Smith, and Gregory Lee Smith.

Survivors include her husband, George Keith, sons, Joshua Keith, and John Keith, daughters, Angela Keith, and Kimberly Ross, grandson, Ethan Keith, and siblings, Boneita Kay Worley, and husband, Roy, Lisa Rena Hendrix, and husband, Ron, and Mikell Dwayne Smith, and wife, Sarah.

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


Virginia Lee Barnett, age 78 years, of Clinton, Tennessee died Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

She was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on May 20, 1944 the daughter of Rev. Ruthel and Maggie (Bryant) Lynch.  Virginia had worked for RCA, was a member of the Indian Creek United Baptist Church, the Square-Dancing Club, and enjoyed gardening.

Her parents; brothers, Fletcher Lynch and Stanley Lynch; and sister, Laura Louise Lynch precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Harris Barnett of Clinton, Tennessee; daughter, Shonda Renee Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee; brothers, Wes Lynch of Parkers Lake,, Kentucky, Gary Lynch of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Jerry Lynch of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Eddie Lynch of Parkers Lake, Kentucky;  sisters, Rema Perry of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Geneva Whittle of Gallatin, Tennessee; grandchild, Kameka Smith; and great grandchild, Eli Aaron Viloria.

Funeral services were held 2pm Friday, June 3, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmie Vanover and Bro. Mark Perry officiating.  Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Judy Kay Clark, age 61 years, of Revelo, Kentucky died Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 16, 1960 the daughter of Willie Elmer Cox and Clara Geneva (Ridener) Cox.  Judy had worked as a cook in the McCreary County School System, was a member of the Emmanuel Christian Fellowship, but her greatest joy in life was her family especially her grandchildren.

Her parents; grandparents, Rev. Levi and Elizabeth (Stephens) Cox and John T. and Ida Elizabeth (Slaven) Ridener; brothers, Willie Cox Jr., Lanny Cox, and Morville Cox; and sisters, Linda Ridener, Joy Watson, Mary Griffith, and Barbara Hollars precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Roderick Crabtree (Cindy) of Revelo, Kentucky, Kelly Crabtree (Becky) of Revelo, Kentucky, and DJ Crabtree of Florence, Kentucky; daughter, Ashley Crabtree of Florence, Kentucky; brothers and sisters, Jimmy Darrel Cox of Stearns, Kentucky, James Cox (Ivadean) of Stearns, Kentucky, Walter Cox of Sidney, Ohio, Mike Cox (Cathy) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Patricia Crabtree of Stearns, Kentucky, John Ridener (Rena) of Science Hill, Kentucky, Elizabeth Poe (Randy) of Bethel, Ohio, Cathy Gowin (Frank) of Stearns, Kentucky, Pamela Hatfield (Donnie) of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Mona Lisa King of Whitley City, Kentucky; grandchildren, Stevie Bradshaw, Isaiah Crabtree, Jeremiah Crabtree, D. Jeffers, Riley Harness, Madison Crabtree, Delaney Jeffers, Ramsey Jeffers, Jaden Patton, and Heidy Crabtree; great grandchildren, Weston Bradshaw and Elzorah Bradshaw; and special nephews that were raised as brothers, Jerry Watson of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and Christopher Cox (Jodi) of Stearns, Kentucky.

Funeral service were held 11am Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Ford officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Leon Hicks, age 69 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, died Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Bee Rock, Kentucky on September 22, 1952 the son of Jim and Audell (Vanover) Hicks.  Leon had worked as a Bus Driver for the McCreary County School System and an equipment operator for the McCreary County Road Department. He enjoyed mowing grass, walking, and being with family.

His parents; brothers, James Leonard Hicks and Donald Lee Hicks; and sisters, Maude Alma Hicks and Norma Jean Hicks precede him in death.

Survivors include his brother, Elmer Hicks and wife, Elva of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Oshie J. “Geraldine” Hicks and Ada Wila Dean Hicks both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; nephew and nieces Chester Hicks (Frannie), Rebecca Wilson (Shannon), Aliesha Wilson, Megan Kidd (Justin “Tater” Taylor), Cyndi Kidd, Jayden and Darien; companion, Cynthia Hicks; and Cynthia’s children, Sandra Kidd and Michael Wright (Lynn).

Funeral services were held 2pm Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmie Vanover officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Monday, June 6, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Denise Johnson, age 62 years, of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, daughter of Donna Jean Bryant, died Monday, June 6, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday 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.

Kathy Ann Keith, age 65, wife of George Keith of the Day Ridge Community passed away Monday at her home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

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

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Kathy Keith.

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

Robert Lee Lawson, age 78 years, 6 months, and 6 days of Williamsburg, Kentucky, widower of, Melissa Baird Lawson, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Monday, June 6, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. 

He was born November 26, 1943, in Tennessee to General Strunk and Daisy Lawson. Robert was a retired logger and enjoyed sitting outside and watching television. He loved his chewing tobacco, and he never met a stranger.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include son, Brandon Lawson, and wife Kasundra, daughters, Brandi Lawson, Ashley Collins, and husband, Chris, Angel Lawson, and Amy Treadway, sisters, Anna Lee Sexton, and Lelia Overton.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Robert Lee Lawson. 

Doris Perry, age 80, widow of James Perry, passed away on May 30, 2022 at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

She was born on July 22, 1941 in Pine Knot, KY to the late Noah Stephens and Artie (Lay) Stephens. Doris was a member of Log Cabin, Church of the Living God, she enjoyed crocheting, cross stitching, cooking, and quilting.  Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was the first person employed by the McCreary Health and Rehab where she worked in housekeeping and laundry.

In addition to her parents, Doris is also preceded in death by her husband, James, brothers, Noah Stephens Jr., James Calvin Stephens, Dennis Stephens, Claude Stephens and Clyde “Abe” Stephens; sisters, Orangalee Spradlin, Blanche Stephens, Beulah Wright, Betty Jo Stephens, Mary Egnor, and Rosella Murphy.

She is survived by her sons, JC and wife Debra Perry of Whitley City and Russell and wife Kathy of Berea, KY; two sisters, Lois Reeves and Molly Thompson of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Mariah Perry, Bryson and wife Andrea King, Jordan and husband Edmund Furphy, Brandon and wife Kate Perry and Mackenzie Perry; along with 5 great grandchildren and three wonderful caretakes, Milicia, Lisa and Amber.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery. Visitation was held on Wednesday from 6:00 until 9:00 pm at the fuenral home. 

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

Ray Merrell Stephens age 76 of the Meadows Grove Community in Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at his home.

He was born October 8, 1945 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Porter Stephens and Maudie (Gilreath) Stephens. In addition to his parents, Ray Merrell is preceded in death by his wife, Fayrene (Hamlin) Stephens; sisters, Edna Vanover, Pernie Ross, Shirley Hicks, Lois Goad, and Joyce Napier; and a sister-in-law, Carol Gilreath.

Surviving family include his sister, Ruth Ball of Pine Knot; a special sister, Velvie Byrd of Florida; brothers-in-law, Ronald Hamlin and wife, Shirley, Dale Hamlin, Dwayne Hamlin and wife, Brenda, and Steve Gilreath all of Pine Knot; sisters-in-law, Nadine Murphy and husband, Dean, Charollette King and husband, Bill, Sandra Neal and husband, Donald, all of Pine Knot; and special friends, Josh Jones and Sue Kelper.

Ray Merrell is also survived by a host of friends, special nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

In past time, Ray Merrell was a member of the Masonic Lodge #874 of Stearns. He had made a living as a Truck Driver for Hinkle Contracting for many years of his life. On his own time, he enjoyed travelling, yard selling, watching car racing, and helping customers at Big Blue Tire Shop. Ray Merrell will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, but we must trust that our earthly loss, is his eternal gain.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the King Meadows Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.

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

James Lloyd Wilson, age 76 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Baptist Health of Lexington.

He was born September 28, 1945 in McCreary County, Kentucky son of Lloyd and Elsie (Greene) Wilson. James had worked for the Shirt Factory, OVC, and LeSportsac and was of the Baptist Faith.

His parents; sons, James Lloyd Wilson II and Matthew Lynn Wilson; brothers, Morris Wilson and Phillip Wilson; sisters, Joyce Anderson, Wanda Faye Thompson, and Lois Childers; and nephew, Billy Anderson precede him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Walter Wilson (Kim) of Missouri and Jody Wilson (Sandy) of Strunk, Kentucky; mother of his children, Leota Wilson of Whitley City, Kentucky; brother, Jack Wilson (Charlotte) of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Tristan Wilson (Jacqueline), Caleb Wilson, Desrie Wilson, Alisha Wilson, Katelyn Wilson, Mayia Wilson, Haylee Wilson, Hannah Wilson, Wyatt Wilson, Chasity Allen, Alisa Allen, Miranda Allen, Tanner Wilson, Sammy Wilson, and Jimmy Wilson; great grandchildren, Avalynn Wilson, Paisley Wilson, Connor Taylor, Aiden Howard, Jackson Taylor, and Greyson Taylor; nieces and nephews, Linda Roe, Terry Thompson, Anna Ross, Thomas Trammell, Jennifer Freeman, Amanda Flarety, Larry Stevens, Timmy Stevens and Virginia; Larry Crabtree who was like a brother; Sandy Duncan who was like a sister; and numerous cousins and friends.

Funeral services were 12pm Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Israel Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery.  The family received friends after 6pm Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Lola Allie (Mason) Dick, age 70, of Science Hill, Kentucky passed from this life Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland.  

Allie was born May 16, 1952 to Isaac Mason and Annie Mae Mason in McCreary County, Kentucky.  She was of the Baptist faith and she enjoyed fishing, camping, cook outs and visiting the beach. She most of all cherished her family. 

Allie was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Annie Mason, daughter, Teresa Coffey, brothers, Herbert Mason, Arnold Mason, Bobby Mason, sisters, Margaret Richardson and Linda Corder.  

 She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband of 27 years, Bobby (Dink) Dick, son, Rodney Corder, daughters, Tammie Corder, Barbara Corder Partin, sister, Bertha Dick, grandchildren, Jon (Heidi) Perry, Jessica Collins, Lindsay (Cody) Randolph, Justin (Devin) Longmire, Zac Corder (Deana), Abby Coffey (David), Haley Partin (Ruslan), Josh Corder (Jen), Sarah (Brandon) Spradlin, great-grandchildren, Ayden, Ryker, Ellenor, Gavin, Kyntlea, Kashton, Carter, Lawson, Colton, Brynlee, Lincoln, Briella, Carson, Bailey Mae and one on the way Winnie “Pooh”. 

Visitation was held on Friday, May 27, 2022 from 6 to 8 P.M. in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home. Lola’s funeral service were  held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial followed in Beechgrove Cemetery in Science Hill, Kentucky.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland. 

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Lola Allie (Mason) Dick. 

Obituary Courtesy of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

Ms. Earlene (Howard) Loudermilk, age 85, passed away Sunday, May 29, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Born July 4, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Nevada (King) Howard.  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Clarence Loudermilk and two sons: Clarence Allen Loudermilk and Gregory Wayne Loudermilk.  She is also preceded in death by two brothers: Henry Howard, Jr. and Lloyd Howard, three sisters, Parthene Hunley, Josephene Bowman and Rama Jean Bays, and a son-in-law, Dick Epperly.

Surviving family include two sons: Anthony Ray Loudermilk (Ellen) of Lexington, Kentucky, and Darrell Loudermilk (Freda) of Pine Knot, and a daughter Charlotte Lynn Epperly of Richmond, Kentucky, one brother, Morris Howard (Connie) Blanchester, Ohio, and a sister, Madelline Hererra of Missouri.  There are ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren to cherish the memories of their grandmother.

Earlene had worked at the shirt factory (McCreary Manufacturing) and at American Bag Corporation as a machine operator.  She had been the assistant manager at Maloney’s in Whitley City before they went out of business.

She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Pine Knot and enjoyed quilting and canning and cooking for her kids.  She was a very good cook with biscuits being the family’s favorite.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating.  She was laid to rest at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 

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

Linda Gayle Tucker, age 70 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana on January 25, 1952 the daughter of Floyd and Katherine (Peterman) Walden. Linda was a homemaker, member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church and the North McCreary Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.

Her parents; first husband, Jonathan Frederick, Sr.; brother, Kenny Walden; sisters, Jackie Coffinberry and Kay Lyons; and grandchild, Madison Tucker precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Lester Tucker of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Jon Frederick (Sheila) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Jason Tucker of Whitley City, Kentucky, and Steven Tucker (Victoria) of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Carie Spradlin (Eulis) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Clyde “Buddy” Walden (Beverly) of Westwego, Louisiana, Butch Walden, Gretna, Louisiana, and Jerry Walden of New Orleans, Louisiana, sister, Mary Ann Cook (Charles) of St. Rose, Louisiana; 10 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren with 1 on the way.

Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Strunk Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Lloyd Wilson, age 76 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Friday, May 28, 2022 at the Baptist Health of Lexington.

Funeral services will be 12pm Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Israel Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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

Doris Perry, age 80, widow of James “Beady” Perry, passed away May 30, 2022, at her home in Pine Knot.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Stephens officiating.  Burial will be at the Barren Fork Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 :00 to 9:00

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

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

Virginia Lee Barnett, age 78 years, of Clinton, Tennessee, wife of Carl Barnett, died Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Friday, June 3, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmie Vanover and Bro. Mark Perry officiating.  Burial will follow in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, June 2, 2022 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.

Randle Ball, age 72 years, 7 months, and 1 day, passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, at his home in Williamsburg, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with his wished Randle was cremated.

He was born October 9, 1949, in McCreary County to Charlie Ball and Hazel Taylor Ball. Randle attended Pleasant Run Community Church. He enjoyed playing music, singing; he was in many bands over the years, being outdoors, and country living. 

Preceding him in death was his parents, brothers, Vasco, Roy, Boyd, and Hurstle, and sister, Mildred Campton.

Survivors include his wife, Marlane Wallace Ball, sons Randle D. Ball, and wife, Lisa, daughter, Kimberly Ball, brothers, Lewis Ball, Kenneth Ball, Delmer Ball, and wife, Wilda, sisters, Shirley Lee, Thressie Key, and husband, Jim, Kathy Ann Strunk, and Blanche Ball, and many nieces, nephews, and many musician friends. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Randle Ball. 

Leonard L. Jones, age 92 years, of Revelo, Kentucky died Monday May 23, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Revelo, Kentucky on March 24, 1930 the son of Louis Robert Jones and Loretta Jones.  Leonard retired from the Jet Engine Plant for GE, served his country in the US Army; and was a member of the Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge #874.

His parents; brothers, Roy Dean Jones, Walter D. Jones, Hubert Paul Jones, John Hobert Jones, William Ancil Jones, Doyle Edward Jones, and Kenneth Eugene Jones; and sister, Cora Lee Burke precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia (Morgan) Jones of Revelo, Kentucky; son, David Morgan Jones (Garth Politsch) Mount Juliet, Tennessee; daughter, Beth Ann Farrer (Matt) of Florence, Kentucky; and sister, Shirley Faye Stephens of Louisville, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 1:00pm with graveside to follow at Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. The family received friends after 12 noon on Wednesday at the funeral home with Bro. Eddie King officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangments.

Hugh David Meadows, age 64, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Baptist Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were  held Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church at 1:00 pm.  Burial followed in the Meadows Cemetery.

He was born October 30, 1957, to Hugh Preston and Norma Jean Laxton Meadows.

David confessed his hope in Jesus Christ.  He had many friends and always tried to be good to everyone.  David loved his little dog and enjoyed fishing, junking, and working on cars.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Roy Lee Meadows and Steven Wayne Meadows, and a sister, Shelby Genoe. 

Survivors include his children, Tosha Maxey of Pine Knot, Preston Meadows and his wife, Carrie, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mechelle Brock and Davy Brock both of Somerset, Kentucky, a very special partner, Charlene Doran of Pine Knot, seven grandchildren, brothers, Roger Meadows and his wife Angie, of Indianapolis, Jimmie Sumner and his wife, Wendy, Helenwood, Tennessee, sisters, Charlotte Coffey and her husband, Gary, of Stearns, Marilyn Garza and her husband, Jimmy, of Indianapolis, and Treasa Clark and her husband, Bill of Stearns, sister-in-law, Judy Meadows of Indianapolis, and brother-in-law, Allen Genoe of Pine Knot.

David will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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

Rev. Clarence Neal, who was the former Assistant Pastor of New Haven Missionary Baptist Church, and pastored Living Word Missionary Baptist Church, and Riverside Missionary Baptist church, who served in churches for almost 60 yrs, was called home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2022.

The husband to the love of his life Georgia Neal for over 61 yrs. and the father to Roger (Lynn) Neal Sr. and Jeff Neal, Grandfather to Roger (Sophia) Neal Jr., Chelsea (Todd) Brueggemann, and Bianca (Nick) Skipper.

Clarence led countless souls to the lord, mentored many young preachers, and spent his entire adult life, preaching the gospel! Clarence worked at General Motors in Norwood, and Dayton Ohio during his 31 yrs. with the car manufacturer.

Clarence was loved by his family, Clarence leaves behind brothers Alvin (Brenda) Neal of Somerset, Ky & Jerry Neal of Whitley City Ky. Two sisters Jean Barnett of Whitley City, Ky and Shirley Sizemore of Pine Knot, Ky. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of extended church family.

Clarence was born on September 28, 1941, in Whitley City, Ky to the late Estil and Macie Neal of Tateville, Ky. He had a total of 11 brothers and sisters.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents Estil and Macie Neal, brothers, Roy, Turner, Burt, Hershal, Johnny and David Neal and sisters Julie Roberts, and Versa Gingrich. Also, preceding him are his grandparents Pearlie and William Turner Neal, & Samuel and Ann Vanover. Clarence was loved by many people.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 17 at Grave Hill Cemetery, Burnside, KY..

Pastor Roger Grammer and Pastor Mike Raines will be the minister’s for Bro. Neal’s services.

Pallbearers for Rev. Clarence Neal are: Jeff Neal, Nick Skipper, Roger Neal Sr., Tim Barnett, Malachi Barnett, Roger Neal Jr., Darren Neal and Alvin Neal.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. Clarence Edward Neal.

 

Melinda Kay Perry, age 46 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Friday, May 6, 2022 in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 23, 1975 the daughter of Wayne Dale Perry and Brenda Mae (Ridner) Perry. Melinda loved spending time with her family and friends.

Her mother; son, Dalton Wade Perry; and sister, Tabitha Ridner precedes her in death.

Survivors include her father, Wayne Dale Perry of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; step-mother, Cathy Lee Perry of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; son James Tyler Ridner of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughter, Brandi Marie Perry of Somerset, Kentucky; brother, Dustin Ridner; sisters, Rebecca Ann Staley of Stearns, Kentucky and Wayna Mendoza of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Steven Ridner, Lettie Ridner, and Gemma Ridner.

Funeral services were held 3pm Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Pleasant Knob Untied Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Joseph J. Phillips, age 53 years, and 19 days, of Pine Knot, husband of Rebecca Phillips, passed away Tuesday May 10, 2022, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery. 

He was born April 21, 1969, in Oneida, Tennessee, to David Phillips and Alice Jones Phillips. Joseph loved woodworking and built their house, including the cabinets and dining room table. He built each child a rocking chair out of cedar. He also enjoyed gardening and working in the yard. He was an excellent cook and was known to bring his Coleman stove out in the yard and cook for the whole family. 

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Phillips, children, Ridge Phillips, (Tiffany), Joseph Phillips, Abigail Phillips, Chellie Phillips, (Andrew), Colby Phillips, Elain Phillips, (Gavon Gregory), and Joshua Bryant, (Natasha), sisters, Patsy New, Kathleen Gregory, (Keeland), and Tammy Bryant, (Tim), brothers-in-law, Tommy Bryant, and Davis Bryant, grandchildren, Olivia Vanover, Aleah Phillips, and Chrislynn Phillips, great grandchildren, Cheyann Bledsoe, and Jazmyne Bryant, special nephews, Eric King, Travis Bryant and Bub Bryant, special nieces, Sasha Bryant, Janie Bryant, Vanessa Fuller, and Nicole Golf, and numerous other family members. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Joseph J. Phillips.

Charles Curtis Ross, age 92, of Revelo, Kentucky found peace on May 12, 2022. He was surrounded by family, in his home, as per his last wishes.

Charles was born July 31, 1929. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, serving in the Second World War and two tours in the Korean War. As a young man, Charles worked for Blue Diamond in Mine 18 and Stearns Coal & Lumber Company. After returning from World War II, Charles worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad in California and GM Motors in Pontiac, Michigan. After returning to Kentucky from the service, he was a foreman for Blue Diamond Coal Company, and later became the sole proprietor for Ross Coal Company in Winfield, Tennessee. Charles was active in philanthropy as a Free Mason and honored as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Julian Carroll.

Charles was a jack of all trades from working on heavy machinery to gardening to negotiating any deal to his standard. He valued family above all else, and he honored his friendships with integrity. Charles, known by “Charlie” by those close to him, never missed an opportunity to enjoy a laugh. Those closest to him held him in the highest esteem.

Charles is preceded in death by his mother and father, Maude (King) and Ned Ross; his wife of 69 years, Marie Baird Ross, and son, Glen Charles Ross; his sister, Lillian Russell (nee Ross) Litton; his brothers: Wilburn K. Ross, Osburn Prince Ross, Conrad Ross, Louie “Logan” Ross, and Burdell Ross. He is survived by his sons Gene Roy Ross and Dwight Anthony Ross (wife Stephanie Ball Ross); one daughter Elaine Ross Clark; Five grandchildren: Joshua Clark (wife Heidi Smith Clark), Jessica Clark Roth (husband John Roth), Katelyn Clark Tisdale (husband Brian), Megan Ross Gehring (husband Kyle), and Cody Ross (fiancé Jera Dunbar); Seven great grandchildren: Dagan Smith, Alexandria Marie Clark, Colette Marie Roth, John Lincoln Roth, Landon Charles Tisdale, Thea Tisdale, Elodie Marie Tisdale, and Tucker Gordon Gehring; one brother, Rueben D. Ross.

Funeral services were held 2pm Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Troxell Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Sunday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Marilyn “Granny” Joyce Sumner, age 79 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Saturday, May 14, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on December 25, 1942 the daughter of Rev. France and Desda (Strunk) Jones. Marilyn was of the Baptist Faith being a member at the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, and she truly loved all her brothers and sisters in Christ.  She had worked as a machine operator in the Shirt and Tent Factories, but was known well for her cooking in multiple restaurants.

Her parents; daughter, Teresa Coffey; brothers, Mearle Jones and Ruthel Jones; and sisters, Lois “Sis” Vanover, Phyllis Vanover; and Patsy Owens precede her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Ray Sumner, whom she married April 29, 1961; sons, Jeffery Sumner of Whitley City, Kentucky, Kevin Sumner of Oneida, Tennessee, Scott Sumner and wife, Debbie of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Barry Sumner and wife, Cindy of Whitley City, Kentucky; brother, Sheral Jones and wife, Linda of Whitley City, Kentucky; grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Brandon, Jacob, Eleshia, Johnny, Seth, Annessa, Tyler, and Ryan; and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. John Goodin, Bro. Terry West, and Bro. Bill Patrick officiating. Burial follow in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Matthew Wilson age 39 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at his home. 

 He was born September 9, 1982 in Lexington, Kentucky to James “Jim” Wilson and Leota (Stevens) Wilson. Matthew was of the Baptist faith and was a truck driver for Triple J. Transportation, LLC. He loved trucking, especially 18-wheelers and if he wasn’t driving one, he could be found working on one. Matthew also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. 

Preceding him in death is his brother, James “Jimmy” Wilson and his grandparents, Joe Lee & Lela Stevens, Lloyd & Elsie Wilson. 

Surviving family include his father, Jim Wilson; mother, Leota Wilson (and Oakley Merritt); children, Tanner Wilson, James Arron Wilson, and Samantha Jo Wilson, all of Whitley City, Kentucky; long-time companion, Cassandra Coffey, also of Whitley City; brothers, Walter Lee Wilson (and Kimberly) of Missouri and Jody Lee Wilson (and Sandy) of Strunk, Kentucky; grandmother, Glennis Stevens; a cousin that was more like a sister, Amanda Flaherty; and his special trucking family, (Triple J. Transportation) Owners, Jordon Sumler, Jason Brown, and Joshua & Laura Wesley and their children, Byron, Aleah, and Bryceson, and Supervisor, Chris Boggan. 

Also surviving are special nieces and nephews that Matthew loved dearly, Desirae, Aleisha Paige, Katelyn Paige, Mayia Jade, Hayley Faith, Hannah Jo, Chasity, Alisa, Miranda, Tristen, Caleb, Wyatt, Connor, Jackson, Aiden, and Greyson.

Funeral service were held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery of Round Top. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with remaining expenses. 

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

Cleta Bryant, age 87 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died May 2, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on July 24, 1934 the daughter of Joe Morgan and Telvis (Anders) Morgan Hamilton.  Cleta was a homemaker and member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church. Her enjoyment in life was cooking, quilting, gardening, and busting black walnuts in the winter time.

Her parents; husband, Eckle Bryant; son Allen Bryant; daughters, Becky Lynn Perry and Vickie Taylor; and brothers, Clarence Morgan, Green Morgan, Ray Morgan, and Harold Morgan precede her in death.

Survivors include her son, Jay Bryant (Carolyn) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughters, Doris Goins (Dave) and Jennifer Butler both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Gertrude Wilson of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Imogene Staley of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Mildred Warman of Somerset, Kentucky; a special sister, Pearlie Ridener; 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and many others who considered her a grandmother.

Funeral services were held 2pm Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook and Bro. Ronnie Decker officiating. Burial was in the Bryant Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bro. Dow William Goodin, age 80 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at his Home.

He was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on December 21, 1941 the son of Willis P. and Linda Evelyn (Ridner) Goodin.  Dow had retired from the McCreary County School System as a bus driver and was elected as District 1 Magistrate serving 12 years. He was currently Pastor of Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, but had previous pastored Sawyer Chapel, Morris Chapel, Rock Branch, Antioch Missionary Baptist Churches, he was a former member of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903 and former Chaplain of the Eagle-Sawyer Fire Department.

His parents; wife, Ester Ellen (Spradlin) Goodin; brothers, Claude Goodin, Willis Goodin, Jr., and Roy Goodin; sisters, Dorothy Ridner, Elsie Mae Goodin, Irene Ross, Ella Mae Goodin, and Janie Hurd; and a great grandchild, Riley “Brett” Patrick precede him in death.

Survivors include his children, Jonathan Goodin (Mable) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Delbert Goodin (Sherry) of Stearns, Kentucky, Pamela Goodin (Raymond Clark) of Stearns, Kentucky, Greg Goodin (Donna) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Sebrina Campbell (Wayne) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and Dow Jr. Goodin of Parker’s Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Howard Goodin (Joyce) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Kenny Goodin (Geneva) of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Carolyn Coleman of Burnside, Kentucky and Linda Sue Vanover of Pine Knot, Kentucky; grandchildren, Paul Sharon, Teresa Mitchell, Pamela Taylor, Susan Penington, Paula Sharon, Paul Davis, Adam Davis, Tiffany Goodin, David Hastings, Estel Swain, Bobby Bryant, Shane Bryant, Kandra Bryant, Darah Troxell, Josh Goodin, Craig Goodin, Lindsey Goodin, Keshia Patrick, and Katalyn Mercer; and 29 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 11am Friday, May 6, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Goodin, Bro. Ray Sumner, and Bro Jody Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Marlar Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Elmer Wade Smith, age 56 of Pine Knot, KY, passed away on May 3, 2022 at the Corbin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corbin, KY.

He was born in Oneida, TN on August 15, 1965. son of Shirley Caddell Smith and the late Elmer Smith.  He graduated from McCreary County High School and was a licensed machinist.

Elmer was preceded in death by his father; Elmer Smith.

Survived by his son; Keith (Jessica) Creekmore of Pine Knot, his mother; Shirley Caddell Smith, two granddaughters; Kinley Brianne and Jacey Leanne and other relatives and friends.

A Private Graveside Service and Burial will be held at the Bethel Cemetery.

You may offer condolences and sign the online register book at www.somersetundertaking.com 

Somerset Undertaking Company is entrusted with the arrangements of Elmer Wade Smith

Matthew Wilson age 39 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at his home. He is the son of James and Leota (Stevens) Wilson. 

Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Smith Cemetery of Round Top. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with remaining expenses. 

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.

Dennis “Roy” Hale, Age 78, husband of Marie Cox Hale of Whitley City, KY., passed away April 25, 2022 at his residence.

He was born September 18, 1943, the son of the late Edward and Effie Taylor Morris.  Roy was very proud to be retired after 22 years serving our Country from the US Navy with the Rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He enjoyed spending time with his loving wife, children, grandchildren and friends.  He was of the Baptist faith, a member of VFW, and the American Legion, he enjoyed reading, Reds baseball, Cincinnati Bengals football and talking about his days in the Navy.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother Ray Hale; brothers-in-law, Gary Howard and Dale Blanton.

Survivors include his wife Marie of 29 years; his sons, Sean Michael Hale and companion Kimberly Barnett of Somerset, KY., Wayne and wife Tracey Lay of Jacksboro, TN., Jerry Lay of Whitley City and Tyler Lay also of Whitley City; daughters, Kimberly Lawson and Hallie Lay of Whitley City; brother, Daryl and wife Denise Morris of Maineville, OH.; sisters, Jean and husband Tom Isacson of Maineville, OH., Sue Howard of Loveland, OH., and Phyllis Blanton also of Ohio; sisters-in-law, Betty and husband Loyd Stephens of Helewood, TN., Barbara and husband Bob Meadows of Strunk, KY., Phyllis Myers of Strunk, KY., Mary Hale, Lewisville, TX.; brother-in-law, Virgil and wife Paulette Cox of Somerset; grandchildren, Ashlynn Jones and companion Jacob Lambert, Nicholas Hale, Conner Lawson, Bentlee Lay and Jace Sexton.

Visitation was Friday from 10:30 am until funeral service at 12:30 pm in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Brother Tom Corder and Terry Myers officiating.  Full Military Honors were conducted at Mill Springs National Cemetery following the funeral service.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Roy Hale.

Terry Gayle Jones Hopper, age 60 years, of Sawyer, Kentucky died Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born in Lena Davis’s home in Whitley City, Kentucky on April 12, 1962 the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Hicks) and Earl Ridner. She was one of fourteen children. Terry enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and working in her flower beds and garden.

Her parents precede her in death.

Terry leaves behind her life partner of 45 years Larry Hopper and four children; sons, Jimmy Jack Jones (Chrissy), Daryl “Jig” Jones, and Johny Hopper; daughter, Crystal “Pooh” Jones Hopper (Finley “Squirrel”). She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and many family and friends.

As per her wishes, her life partner and children will lay her to rest in the family cemetery at her home. Terry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside services were held Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 3pm in the Hopper/Jones Family cemetery with Bro. Tyler Longsworth officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Terry Gayle Jones Hopper.

Rickie C. Perry, age 56 years, 9 months, and 2 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away at his home Thursday, April 28, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bryant Cemetery. 

He was born July 26, 1965, in Oneida, Tennessee, to Clarence Perry and Betty Sue Bryant Perry. He was a member of the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church and the North McCreary Volunteer Fire Department. Rickie enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being outdoors, but he loved spending time with his nephews. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, and wife, Alice K. Perry.

Survivors include sister, Sheila Angie Perry Wilson, and fiancé, Henry Lang, nephews, Tanner Wilson, and Charlie Lang, and many extended friends and family.  

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rickie Perry.

Jeffrey W. Troxell, age 58 years, and 22 days, of Somerset, Kentucky, husband of Robin West Troxell, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery. The family received friends after 11:00 am Saturday at the funeral home. 

He was born April 5, 1964, in Oneida, Tennessee, to Gary Troxell and Betty Meadows New. Jeffrey enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles. 

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Robin Troxell, sons, Thomas Brashears, and Cody Cantwell, daughters, Stacey Ball, and Casey Boyd, and husband, Jordan, brother, Jerry Troxell, and wife, Kathy, grandchildren, Tyson, Azlynn, Jacobie, Ryleigh, Kennedy, Corbyn, Reece, Creed, and Brody, nephews, Jeremy Troxell, and wife, Courtney, and Tyler Troxell, and wife, Stacie, great niece, Kaylen, and great nephews Evan and Tanner. 

The passing of Jeffrey is mourned by all who knew and loved him, but we know he leaves many wonderful memories behind. We hope these will be of comfort to you in your time of sorrow. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jeffery W. Troxell.

 

BMCM E9 James “Jim” Lyons, Vietnam Veteran

James Lyons, age 76, of the Beulah Heights community passed away from this life on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:50am at the Somerset Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was born on April 6 of 1946 in Pulaski County Kentucky to the late James Lyons and Thelma Marie Bolin Lyons.  In addition to his parents Jim is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Ann Brooks Lyons which he married September 5, 1964; brothers Danny Gene Lyons, Wayne Lyons; brothers-in-law Earl Edward Brooks and Pat Curry.

Surviving family includes his daughter Sheila Trock and husband Shawn of Knoxville Tennessee; brothers Bryce “Cotton” Lyons and wife Joan of the Beulah Heights Community, Kenny Ray Lyons and wife Linda Marshes Siding; a sister Debbie Gibson of the Beulah Heights Community; a brother-in-law Chester Ed Brooks of the Beulah Heights Community; sisters-in-law Kim Brooks also of the Beulah Heights Community and Brenda Curry of Jacksonville, Florida; an uncle Oscar “Bud” Bolin of Marshes Siding; nieces, Savannah “Winn” Kidd, Charlotte Lyons, Rendy Toy, Tammy Phillips, Kim Chislett, Carolyn Phillips, Kristee Sumner, Jennifer Stork, and Jodi Sedivi which was born the day Jim & Phyllis married. They said she was a wedding gift from Ed & Jean Brooks.  Nephews, Frank Brooks, Jack Brooks, Jamie Lyons, Jeff Lyons, and Jason Lyons; multiple great nieces, nephews & great-great nieces and nephews; as well as a grand fur baby Abby and his dog & best friend, Lucky.

Special people in Jim’s life – Ricky Stephens, Nick Sedivi, Gordon & Mary Douglas and Juanita Galinger.

Jim entered the United States Navy in 1963 with a career that spanned 27 years during which time he did three tours in Vietnam. He was offered a job to drive the Presidential Yacht which he ultimately declined due to family security concerns.  In Jacksonville he was stationed as the driver for the Admiral; taught mine warfare and inspected minesweepers all over the world. He was also a key player in the redesign of minesweepers and updated training manuals which, in many cases, are still used today.

Jim was a Mentor, a Friend, a Brother, an Uncle, and Father but most of all he was one of Americas Unsung Heroes. He was loved and respected by many who met him but, when asked, he would say ‘I’m nothing fancy I’m just treating people the way I would want to be treated.’

Anyone who knew Jim knew his purpose in life was his daughter Sheila. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his companion Lucky, gardening, fishing, working on cars, helping people and hanging out at the family ‘garage’.

Jim and his tan 1984 Nissan pickup truck were known throughout the community as the insurance man, the gas man, Uncle Jim or Dad to many.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Higginbotham Cemetery with Military Honors Provided. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.

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

Kimberly Powell age 54 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at her home.

She was born on January 17, 1968 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late James H. Davis and Jewel Dean (Stephens) Murray. In addition to her parents, Kimberly is preceded in death by a brother, James Davis, and a sister, Vanessa Ellen Davis.

Surviving family include her sons, Tivous Davis (and Elaine) of Pine Knot and Edward Davis (and Stephanie Montecalvo) of Pine Knot; a daughter, Bridgett Davis of Pine Knot; and grandchildren, Tajah Davis whom she raised as her own child, Halle Davis, Julia King, Jeffery Gilreath, and Tivous Davis Jr.; and a special daughter, Chloe Wagers.

Also surviving are sisters, Michele West of Pine Knot, Barb Bogard of Arizona, and Tish Davis of Jellico, Tennessee.

Kim was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed being outdoors, swimming and boating, going dancing, listening to music, and doing Karaoke. But most of all, Kim enjoyed being with her friends and her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral service were held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery. 

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

Dessie Ball Stewart, age 92, of Kingston, Tennessee passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022.

She was a Christian and a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Kingston, Tennessee.  She was born December 5, 1929 to the late Benjamin F. Ball and Elsie (Vanover) Ball. 

Beside her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Glen Stewart; infant son, Gregory Bruce Stewart; and daughter, Glenna Sue Stewart. 

Survivors include her son, William Ray Stewart and wife, Ann of Kingston, Tennessee; granddaughters, Kelli Michelle Jones of Ringgold, Georgia and Melody Rae Jones Owens of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; grandson, Jay Dalton Stewart of Lenoir City, Tennessee; great grandchildren, Dylan Stewart Owens and Parker Bryant Owens of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and Ava Newcomb of Ringgold, Georgia; sisters, Ruth Wright of Somerset, Kentucky and Barbara Sue Moody and husband Donald of St. Augustine, Florida; brothers, David Lee Ball of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Alfred C. Ball and wife, Doris of Strunk, Kentucky, Bennie C. Ball and wife, Judy of Whitley City, Kentucky, and James R. Ball and wife, Teresa of Stearns, Kentucky; Numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and a Special appreciation to Nakita and Ashley at Jamestowne Assisted Living, for the exceptional care given to Ms. Dessie. 

The family received friends 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Friday, April 22, 2022 at McCreary County Funeral Home in Whitley City, Kentucky with funeral service followed at 2:00 pm, with Pastor Rev. Randy Griffis officiating.  Interment followed the service at Holloway Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Harold David Clark departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 12, 2022 at the age of 82.  He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on February 26, 1940 to the late William and Ada Clark.  

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery.  

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Dean Clark and Howard Clark, and a sister, Carol Phillips.

Harold married the love of his life, Angeline Davis Clark, on June 19, 1964.  They were blessed with four children: Bridget and Jimmy Heath, Channing and Jennifer Clark, Mechelle and Ryan Tucker, and Shannon Clark; nine grandchildren: Shedara Heath, Natosha and Derek Morgan, Trista Heath, Tamara Heath, Nathaniel and Molly Clark, Zachary Clark, Osha Clark, Jacob Tucker, Joseph Tucker; and six great grandchildren: Jayden, Payton, Aurora, Lane, Ava, Lakelyn.  Survivors also include a brother, Gary Clark and a sister, Ruth King.

Harold was a carpenter who specialized as an electrician and cabinet maker.  He loved working on his farm and caring for his cattle.  Harold was never a man to sit still.  When he was not building, he was busy working in the yard or raising a big garden, where he was known to grow gigantic sweet potatoes and banana mush melon.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  But his biggest passion was for the Lord, he quoted scripture often and lived by the Word.

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

Mistina Perry, age 45 years, of Huntingdon, Tennessee died Saturday, April 16, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 28, 1977 the daughter of Ronnie Perry and Carolyn (Spradlin) Crabtree. Mistina enjoyed the outdoors.

Her father Ronnie Perry and Margaret Unsicker who raised her and Mistina called mom precedes her in death.

Survivors include a cousin who was like a sister, Beth Myers of Pine Knot, Kentucky; mother, Carolyn Crabtree of Cincinnati, Ohio; brothers, Brian Crabtree and Joey Crabtree; sisters, Cristal Crabtree and Melissa Jones; cousins, Rhonda Jones, Lori Wright, and Paula Stanley that were as sisters; special uncles, Gary Spradlin and Richard Dewayne Spradlin (Cheri); aunt, Selma Jeannie Lantz; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Graveside services were held 2pm Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the Howard and Tellina Spradlin Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made at the Funeral Home to help cover expenses.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

David Joseph Phillips, age 79, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the Rock Springs United Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery. 

He was born October 31, 1942, in Wayne County, Kentucky, to Ancil Phillips and Vina Jones Phillips. David had worked as a coal miner before his retirement and was a member of Rock Springs United Baptist Church. He enjoyed farming, fishing, raising a big garden, and going to church. But what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Alice Jones Phillips, four brothers, two infant brothers, and two infant sisters. 

Survivors include a son, Joseph Phillips, and wife, Rebecca, daughters, Patsy New, Kathleen Gregory, and husband, Keeland, and Tammy Bryant, and husband, Tim, 18 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of David Joseph Phillips. 

Galia Ann Stephens, age 75 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Sunday, April 17, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Scott County, Tennessee on December 14, 1946 the daughter of Roy and Mary (Ryan) Perkins. Galia was a retired School Teacher for the McCreary County School System and a member of the Whitley City Church of God.

Her parents and brother, Howard Ben Perkins preceed her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Garner Bradley Stephens (Jojo) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Roy William Stephens of Lexington Kentucky; sister, Peggy A. Perkins of Leesburg, Florida; grandchildren, Bradley Allison Lewis, George Riley Stephens, Casey Joe Stephens, and Josie Bette Stephens; and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Holloway Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 12pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bert Wilson Jr., age 76 of Oneida, Tennessee, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center. 

He was born on January 19, 1946 in Cinncinati, Ohio to the late Bert W. Wilson and Nancy (Points) Wilson Gorman. In addition to his parents, Bert is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Bush) Wilson; children David Bush and Sandy Reed; and a grandson, Randall Wilson. 

Surviving family include his daughter, Marie Chitwood (and Chris) of Oneida, Tennessee; grandchildren, Crystal Gray, Chad Reed, Raiden Chitwood, Kiana Chitwood, and Kailee Chitwood; and great-grandchildren, Alijah and Kaiden Reed. 

Also surviving are Bert’s sisters, Donna Lovitt of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Verna Crabtree of Strunk, Kentucky; a daughter-in-law, Margie Bush of Norwood, Ohio; and several friends and extended family that Bert loved dearly. 

Bert was a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church in Oneida and was a Veteran of the United States Army. After his service time, Bert began working with GE.  He had a love for music and anyone who truly knew Bert, knew how much he loved bluegrass music and attending bluegrass festivals. He would travel miles to see his favorite artist and attend their shows. He also enjoyed collecting knives and coins. Although Bert had many outside hobbies, loved nothing more than being a papaw. He loved his family, especially his grandbabies, more than anything. Bert will be deeply missed by all. 

Funeral service were held on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Kyle Keeton officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Run Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 115 of Stearns, KY. The family received friends for visitation on Friday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

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

Dessie Ball Stewart, age 92, of Kingston, Tennessee passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Friday, April 22, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Griffis officiating.  Burial will follow in the Holloway Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 1pm Friday 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.

Joy Danielle Braden, age 29, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Somerset on December 31, 1992, the daughter of Steve Keith and Stacey Lyons.  She is preceded in death by grandparents: Joyce Lyons and Danny Lyons.

Surviving family include her children: Gracelynn Braden Coffey of Whitley City, Melody Perry, Alijah Perry and Hunter Perry.  Her brothers are John Perkins of Richmond, Kentucky and James Perkins of Whitley City, Kentucky, as well as other brothers and sisters. Her mother is Stacey Lyons, and her aunt Tammy Phillips. She has one surviving grandparent, Shirley Argabright, special aunt, Lois Coffey, a special sister, Sierra Jones Young of Bronston, Kentucky, and a special friend Courtney Bowles.

Joy loved spending time with her family and friends and chatting with them on facebook and snap chat.

Graveside funeral services were held at Yancey Cemetery on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Pat Coffey officiating and special singing by Israel Clark.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

 

Harold D. Clark, age 82, husband of Angeline Davis, passed away April 12, 2022, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April16, 2022, at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Harold D. Clark.

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

 

Glenna Sue Coffey (Dobbs), age 68 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born on April 6, 1954 to Gurstle and Clovie Dobbs (Gregory) in Scott County, Tennessee. She loved working puzzles and making beautiful flower arrangements. She took time to read her Bible every night.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gurstle and Clovie Dobbs; a brother, Jimmy Dobbs; and a sister, Eveleen Coffey.

Survivors include her husband Donald Coffey of Stearns, Kentucky; a son, Jonathan Coffey of Stearns, Kentucky; two special nieces, Barbara Duncan (Hilton) and Beverly Terry (Raymond) all of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, Vic (Jean) Dobbs of Mishawaka, Indiana and Donald Dobbs (Kat) of Stearns, Kentucky; several close brothers and sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Cherokee United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Duncan officiating. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Saturday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Christopher Dolen, age 45 years, 8 months, and 26 days, son of the late Leo and Cloteen Dolen, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 8, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Perry and Bro. Tim Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

He was born July 10, 1976, in Somerset, Kentucky to Leo and Cloteen Dolen.  Christopher enjoyed tinkering with things, collecting knives, being outdoors, and a good meal.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and brother, Jeff Dolen.

Survivors include son, Dylan Dolen, and wife, Angel, daughter, Emilee Dolen, brothers, Steve Dolen, and Anthony Dolen, sister Sherrie Dolen, and grandchildren, Tayven and Zyren Dolen.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Christopher Dolen.

 

Arnold Lee Overton Perry, age 40 years, 4 months, and 3 days, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services were held Monday, April 11, 2022, in the Wright Cemetery.

Arnold was born December 4, 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He had worked as a supervisor in a factory and in restaurants.  He was a very good mechanic and was excellent at construction and carpentry.  Arnold enjoyed video games and technology, at which he excelled.

Survivors include his parents, Jim and Gloria Mills of Burnside, Kentucky, a son, Cody Perry and his wife, Kabrea, of Smithfield, North Carolina, a daughter, Rachel Lee Perry of Steinhatchee, Florida, a brother, James Robert Mills and his wife, Lena, and sisters, Anessia Avila and her husband, Frank, Timmi Mills, and Dorothy Marie Buchanan and her husband, Austin.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Arnold Lee Overton Perry.

 

Tracy Lynn Phillips, age 50 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on July 22, 1971 the daughter of Eddie Lee and Penny (Gregory) Phillips. Tracy had worked for ABC as a supply Clerk, was a member of the Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church, had served her country in the US Army during Desert Storm, and was a member of the American Legion Post 115. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, going on vacation, and watching the ocean.

Her father precedes her in death.

Survivors include her mother, Penny Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky; companion, Ricky Longmire of Stearns, Kentucky; sons, Nicholas Longmire (Sydney), Brandon Longmire (Taylor), and Tyler Longmire (Hannah) all of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Angel Longmire of Whitley City, Kentucky; brother, Eddie Phillips (Megan) of Stearns; sisters, Buffy Clark of Whitley City, Kentucky and Jo Ann Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Paisleigh, Peyton, Cohen, and Paxton Longmire.

Funeral services were held 5pm Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial followed in the Keith Cemetery. The family received friends after 3pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Laura Renee Smith age 38 of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, departed this life on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after a long battle with renal failure. She went peacefully with her loving mother by her side.

She was born on December 7, 1983 in Somerset, Kentucky to Donnie Hamilton and Janie (Smith) Perry.

Prior to her illness, Laura had worked at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehab as a CNA. She had a great love and passion for caring for others. As hobbies, she loved to fish and camp and anything that involed family gatherings. Laura was of the Christian faith and loved the Lord. She never stopped praising him and she never stopped praying, even through the toughest moments of her life. Laura will be missed by so many hearts so touched.

Laura is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lummer & Lola Smith, paternal grandparents, Leslie & Ida Hamilton, a loving brother, Donnie Smith, and a step-father, Billy Joe Perry.

She is survived by her parents, Janie Smith Perry and Donnie Hamilton; a sister, Donna Smith; step-brother, Dewayne Perry; step-sister, Jennifer Adkins; two nieces, Gracie and Lillie; and two nephews, Daylan and Bentley Smith.

Also surviving are many uncles, aunts, and cousins who meant the world to her; and boyfriend, Harvey Wight.

Funeral service were held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Perry and Bro. Dewayne Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Logan Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Wednesday after 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

 

Daniel Roscoe Vanover, age 37 years, of Elyria, Ohio died Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on August 29, 1984 the son of Carl and Teresa (Goodin) Vanover. Daniel had worked in Tree Service, was a member of the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church, enjoyed cutting wood, hanging with his friends, but his son was his world.

His father, Carl Vanover; grandparents, Elva and Lawrence Vanover, Kenneth Earl Goodin, and Rebecca (Spradlin) Stevenson; uncles, Larry Vanover and Lawrence Vanover, Jr; and aunts, Clara Vanover and Mary Vanover precede him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Teresa Johnson (Kenneth) of Somerset, Kentucky; son Daniel Roscoe “DJ” Vanover, Jr. of Elyria, Ohio; companion, Missy Joyce of Elyria, Ohio; brother, Carl Andrew Vanover of Wiborg, Kentucky; sister, Melissa Goins (BJ) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky;  uncles, Parker Vanover, Darryl Vanover, Michael Vanover, Wayne Goodin, Greg Goodin, Jody Goodin, Timothy Goodin, and Rodney Goodin (Donna); aunts, Elva Mae Hicks, Pearlie Vanover, and Carol Vanover; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many friends in Ohio.

Funeral services were held 3pm Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at the Pleasant Knob United Church with Bro. Doyle “Boone” Perry and Bro. Daniel Ridener officiating.  Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family receive d friends after 6pm Monday, April 11, 2022 at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Sally Loretta Watson, age 82 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Friday, April 8, 2022 at the UK Bluegrass Hospice Care Center.

She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on August 25, 1939 the daughter of John Riley and Nannie Strunk.  Sally was a homemaker and a member of the Ross Grove United Baptist and The Laurel Heights OES #288. She loved reading but her greatest joy was being a caregiver to not only her family but everyone around her.

Her parents; husband, Robert “Rob” Watson; sons, Willie Crabtree and Michael Watson; brothers, Dewiit Strunk, Woodrow Strunk, Grover Strunk, Hobert Strunk, and Eugene Strunk; one infant sister; and a granddaughter, Carrie Ann Koger precede her in death.

 Survivors include her sons, Danny Crabtree (Patty) of Monroe, Tennessee and Larry Watson (Betty) of Chatsworth, Georgia; daughters, Diana Koger (Bobby) of Chatsworth, Georgia and Robin Watson of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Charlie Strunk (Hazel) of Stearns, Kentucky and Johnny Strunk of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Karen Strunk (Rocky West) of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Bronical Howard (Cecil Perkins) of Whitley City, Kentucky; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and special friends and neighbors, Lois Vaughn, Phyllis Hall, and Teresa Boyatt.

Funeral services were held 12pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at the Ross Grove United Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Clark and Bro Joe Whitehead officiating. Burial followed in the Ross Grove Cemetery with Rev. Conley Garland officiating. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Eastern Star services were held 7pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Teresa Gail West, age 65 years, 6 months, and 24 days of Stearns, passed away Friday at her home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Baird and Bro. Malachi Barnett officiating.  Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. 

She was born September 15, 1956, in Jellico, Tennessee to Arless Lawson and Geneva Cornelius Lawson. Teresa was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. She enjoyed going to church, reading her bible, and listening to King of Kings Radio.  Teresa also enjoyed tending to her flowers. She spent her life caring and doing for others and always put others before herself.  Teresa and David were well known for their talent for painting homes and businesses in the area, she had many hobbies and jobs throughout her life but her favorite one of all was being a mother.  She loved spending time with her beloved family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, David West, son, Shawn Waters, stepson, Wayne West, brothers, Robert Lawson and Jimmy Lawson, and sisters, Sandy Trammell and Opal Lawson.

Survivors include son, Jeremy Hamlin, stepson, Jamie West, stepdaughter, Shelley West, brother, Dale Lawson, sister in-law, Margie Lawson, sisters, Brenda Lawson Murray, and Glenda Franks, and step grandchildren, Jordan, Bryson, and Cheyenne.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Teresa Gail West.

 

Irene Stephens Becker, faithful Christ-follower and loving mother and grandmother, passed away on March 28, 2022.  Irene was the daughter of the late Hobson and Ethel Thomas Stephens, of Whitley City.  Irene’s parents instilled in her a deep love of God and all people, as well as the importance of education.  Irene lived out those values, and she passed them on to her daughters and their children.  Irene devotedly studied God’s Word and strove to live out its message every day.  She was active in her church community, and loved her time singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and leading children’s choirs.  Irene also took great joy in fellowship with her dear friends in the Dorcas Sunday School class at Richmond First Baptist Church. 

Following in her father’s footsteps as an educator, Irene received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky University.  She was an elementary school teacher for 36 years, in Cincinnati, Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, and her hometown of Whitley City.  Even after her retirement, she continued to educate students by tutoring in underserved communities.  Irene influenced countless students’ lives, and she was incredibly proud of the great things accomplished by her former students, who went on to become educators, doctors, lawyers, business owners, and community leaders.  Irene made it her mission to help each child realize and develop to their fullest potential.  She took the time to organize and accompany students on field trips all over the country—from our nation’s capital, to NASA’s Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama—and to coach students in various gifted and talented competitions.  Irene’s former students recognized the significant effect she had on their lives, and many of them stayed in close contact with her over the years. 

Irene felt that her greatest purpose was influencing her children and grandchildren to be successful in life, and to always strive to improve themselves and the communities they serve.  She provided her daughters with an incredible example of selfless love and perseverance—always putting their needs above her own—and modeled Christlikeness on a daily basis.  Her legacy lives on with her two daughters, Karen (Mike) Cox and Kim (Mark) Butler; her four grandchildren, Alyson (Danny) Yates, Phillip Cox, Matthew (fiancée, Kelly Thompson) Butler, and Morgan (Sam) Berger; and her great-granddaughter, Isabella Rose Berger.  She is also survived by a brother, Judson (Earlene) Stephens; a sister, Gail (Sherrill) Owens; and many other family members and beloved friends.  Besides her parents, Irene was preceded in death by two brothers, Chester Stephens and Ray Stephens (infant), and a sister, Reva Dean Draughn.  Irene will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, but her family and friends find peace in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Visitation was held on Sunday, April 3, 2022, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, 1110 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, KY 40475.

Graveside services were held 11am Monday, April 4, 2022 at the Methodist Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Betty Louann Cox, age 32 years, 1 month, and 2 days, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Cumberland Nursing and Rehab Center in Somerset, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Sandhill Cemetery. 

She was born February 27, 1990, in Corbin, Kentucky, to Tim Vanover and Susie Cox Vanover. She was a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church. Betty enjoyed watching television, listening to music, and spending time with her nephews.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Susie, grandfather, Ray Cox, and grandmother, Cleda Faye Vanover.

Survivors include father, Tim Vanover, grandfather, Sonny Vanover, grandmother Betty Cox, sister, Samantha Cox Massey, and husband, James aunts and uncles, Melissa Phillips, and husband, Mark, Bonnie Privett, and husband, Charlie, Sam Cox, and wife, Della, Janie Cox, and Peggy Cox, nephews, Nathan, and Coleman Neeley, and many special cousins. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Betty Louann Cox.

 

Christopher Dolen, age 45 years, 8 months, and 26 days, son of the late Leo and Clotine Dolen, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday, at the funeral home. 

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

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

 

Dearld “Buckeye” Helbert, age 80 years, 1 month, and 30 days, father of Leslie Eldridge and Shane Helbert, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Pineville, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating. 

He was born February 3, 1942, in Dayton, Ohio, to Harry Lee Helbert, and Treva Alberta Rhinehart Helbert. Buckeye was a member of the Somerset Baptist Church and retired from Tecumseh Corp. He enjoyed listening to Elvis, working outside, taking care of his automobiles, and a good cup of coffee. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his half-brother, Richard Wayne Johnson. 

Survivors include son, Eric Shane Helbert, daughter, Leslie Eldridge, and husband, Billy, the mother of his children, Carolyn Helbert, grandchildren, Andrea Bruce, Trenton Helbert, Jaxon Miller, and Lily Anne Helbert, and special aunts, Helen Wolfe, Phyllis McNay, and Ruth Rasor.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Dearld “Buckeye” Helbert. 

 

Lynn Jones, age 72, passed away Friday, April 1, 2022, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky.

Born in Slavens, Kentucky, on October 2, 1949, he was the son of the late Beatty and Ethel (Vaughn) Jones.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers: Roy Allen Jones, Roger Wendell Jones and George Amos Jones and a sister, Doris Ann Jones.

He is survived by a brother, Daniel Jones of Pine Knot, nieces and nephews: Chris Jones, Scott Allen Kennedy, Jessica King, Jonathan Jones, Cathy Adkins, Holly Phillips, and Alex Vaughn, and numerous great nieces and nephews, and his best friend, Eddie Gregory.

Lynn had made his living as a steel worker and was of the Baptist faith with Cedar Grove Baptist Church being his church in the community.  He enjoyed being in the great outdoors and loved to hunt deer, grouse and especially squirrel hunting.  He also enjoyed gardening.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Silas Gregory and Lucas Phillips officiating.  Burial followed at the Roberts Cemetery. 

Visitation was Monday from 12:30 p.m. until time for services at 2:00.

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

 

Charles Dewayne Stephens age 42 of Winfield, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 16, 1979 the son of John and Debra (Reed) Stephens. Charles enjoyed fishing, video games, and his family.

He is preceded in death by his great grandparents, Clessie Crabtree and Rudolph and Nellie Couch; grandparents, Mary Bentley, Bill Stephens, and Robert and Sue Reed; and a special nephew, Jonathan James Stephens.

He is survived by his parents, John and Debra Stephens of Winfield, Tennessee; his children, Kelsey Stephens and boyfriend, Nathan Pergram and Jonathan Stephens of Winfield, Tennessee; brother, John Stephens, Jr. and wife, daen of Iowa; sisters, Susie Riseden of Oneida, Tennessee and Renee Kiser and husband, Matt of Oneida, Tennessee; nieces, Jessica Celvenger, Athena Stephens, Alyssa Stephens of Ohio, and Phoenix Stephens of Iowa; nephews, Wade and Ethan Kiser of Oneida, Tennessee, Ricky Riseden of Oneida, Tennessee, and Aiden Stephens of Iowa.

Per the family’s wishes, he was cremated. Family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.

A Celebration of Life Service were held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at the Senior Citizens Center in Whitley City, KY, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

 Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Tracy Lynn Phillips, age 50 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, companion of Ricky Longmire, died Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 5pm Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial will follow in the Keith Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 3pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

Marie Wilburn, 68, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond, Kentucky. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, on July 16, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Leatha Jane Ridenour Wilburn. Marie was a Baptist. Survivors include three brothers, Charles Wilburn, Marshall Wilburn, and Larry (Casandra) Wilburn all of Sidney, OH; two daughters, Malena Kay (Ernest) Abbott of Whitley City, KY, and Kimberly Gail Higginbotham of Whitley City, KY; grandchildren, Tasha, Tiffany, Trey, Deanna, Tyler, Zachary, NaKayla, Keaton, and Aireonna, ; great grandchildren, Zander, Ellie May, Gunner, Zoey, Chevy, Scarlett, Bentley, KamBreigh, Junior, Kinley, Hunter, Lylah, and Conner; partner, friend, and soulmate, Larry Abney; several extended family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Loretta, Judy, and Delbra; brothers, Miles, and Millard; and sister-in-law, Ruby Wilburn.

Services were held at 2:00PM, Monday, April 4, 2022, at Scobee Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Winchester Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers.

To sign the online guestbook visit www.ScobeeFuneralHome.com.

 

Michael Alcorn age 55 years, and 21 days, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Big south Fork Medical Center in Oneida Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 24, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial was Friday, March 25, 2022, in the McCreary Memorial Gardens. He was born February 27, 1967, in Louisville, Kentucky, to George Alcorn and Lois Hopkins Alcorn. Michael was a member of the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, dune buggies, painting, and being outdoors. He is preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, brothers, James Alcorn, and David Alcorn, aunts, Jane Garman, and husband, Grant, and Shirley Landen, and friends, Teresa King, Serenity King, Ryland King, Mike Hickman, and Mark Bowman.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Michael Alcorn.

 

George W. Jones Jr., age 92, of Stearns, Kentucky, widower of, Evelyn Worley Jones, passed away Monday, March 21, 2022, at Signature Health Care in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 25, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

He was born January 25, 1930, in Jones Hollow Community, in Stearns, Kentucky to George Washington Jones Sr. and Susie Clark Jones. He served in the United States Army and upon returning he worked for Stearns Coal and Lumber Company until the last mine closed in 1987. George enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and was the last of 19 siblings. 

Preceding him in death were his parents and 18 siblings.

Survivors include sons, Ronald Jones, and wife, Sheila, and Warren Jones, and wife, Cindy, daughter, Donna Craft, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of George W. Jones Jr.

 

Sue Carol Murphy Noe was taken into her Lord and Savior’s gentle embrace on March 19th, 2022, surrounded by family at Life Care Center in Sparta, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home in Whitley City, Kentucky on Wednesday, March 23rd, with Pastor Dennis Bryant officiating. Entombment followed service at Carson Memorial Gardens.

Sue was born in Strunk, Kentucky on April 18th, 1940, to Doyle and Ruby (Wright) Murphy, who preceded her in death. She retired from Delco Electronics in Oak Creek, Wisconsin as an assembly technician. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Sue is survived by her husband of 64 years Jim (Bob), sons Rick (Amy) Noe of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Terry Noe of Wallis, Texas, and daughter Sandi Mendini (Kelly) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She leaves 8 grandchildren – Kirstin Yeado, Kylie Fields, Nick Noe, Corey Noe, Chris Noe, Sarah McCullough, Matthew Mendini and Katelyn Mendini, two great-grandchildren – Max Yeado and Charley Noe, brother- Dean Murphy and his wife Nadine and sister- Patricia Ball and her husband Ray all of Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Sue Carol Murphy Noe.

 

Eunice Ann Ramsey, age 85, of Somerset, Kentucky passed from this life Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at her home. 

Eunice was born March 26, 1936 to Frank Boyer and Orpha Taylor Boyer in McCreary County, Kentucky. 

She was a member of Pitman Creek Baptist Church and loved reading, watching TV and gardening. 

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Orpha Boyer, husband, Eugene Ramsey, brothers, Ansel Boyer, Frank Boyer Jr., Charles Boyer, William Boyer, Jack Boyer, Harold Boyer, sisters, Hazel Boyer, Mary Mounce and Ruth Boyer.  

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughters, Norma (Dennis) Blevins of Somerset; Barbara Welch of Somerset; Regina (Barry) Bray of Somerset; Lois (Steven) Ware of Scottsburg, IN; Billie Jean (Johnny) Douglas of Shopville, Ky; brother, Darryl (Gloria) Boyer of El Paso, TX; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; along with a host of friends, nieces, nephews and extended family. 

Visitation was held on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home with a funeral service held at 1 P.M. at the funeral home with Bro. David Baker officiating. Burial followed in Southern Oaks Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Eunice Ramsey Funeral Fund. 

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Eunice Ann Ramsey.

 

Leslie Stephens age 73 of London, Kentucky, formerly of Pine Knot, passed from this life on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the North Knoxville Medical Center in Tennessee. He is the son of the late Arthur and Flossie (Cox) Stephens. 

Per the family’s wishes, he will be cremated. 

Leslie was born on January 27, 1949 in Pine Knot, Kentucky. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his children, John Wesley Stephens and Angie Stephens; and his brothers, Alford, Arlis, Ellard, and Ralph Stephens. 

Surviving family include his wife, Jewell (Hatfield) Roberts; a brother, Arthur Stephens and wife, Sandy; sisters, Peggy Meadows and Patsy Storms; and grandchildren, Joey and Christy. 

Prior to his sickness, Leslie enjoyed playing cards and bingo and watching ball games. During the warmer weather seasons, he loved to grill out and be with friends and family. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements

Michael Joseph Alcorn, age 55, of Whitley City, Kentucky, son of Mrs. Lois Alcorn and the late George Alcorn, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 7:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will be in McCreary Memorial Gardens at 11:00 am Friday, March 25, 2022. The family will receive friends after 6:00 pm until service time Thursday at the funeral home. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael Joseph Alcorn. 

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

 

Randall Edward Gilreath, beloved father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend departed this life on March 20, 2022.  As a retired military veteran and member of the Mountain Warrior 1st Battalion, 149th Regiment in the Calvary Scout Platoon in Somerset, Kentucky, he served as a squad leader and exhibited a love for God, his country, family, and friends that was projected throughout his life.  He was born in Dayton, Ohio to Edward “Buster” Gilreath and Beulah Estep Gilreath on January 17, 1959. He is preceded in death by his parents, as well as two Sisters Diane Gilreath, Betty Staton, and nephew, Tyler Gilreath and niece Caitlin Moore. 

He is survived by his children, Ashley Thompson (Dustin) of Helenwood, TN, Joshua Gilreath of Strunk, Kentucky, Jason Gilreath of Oneida, Tennessee and Justin Gilreath of Strunk, Kentucky, a brother, Ronnie Gilreath (Linda) of Pine Knot, KY, Sisters, Patricia Garrett (Clarence) of Somerset, KY, Mitzi Stephens (Tim) of Strunk, KY, and Paula Gilreath of Strunk, KY.  He also leaves behind special nephews Jeff Gilreath (Vicky) of Somerset, KY, Edd Gilreath (Karen) of Strunk, KY, Mike Gilreath (Teri) of Pine Knot, KY and nieces, Niki Gilreath of Glasgow, KY, Daphne Banks (Ray) of Middletown, OH, and Amy Gilreath of Pine Knot, KY.

There are 13 grandchildren: Austin, Ashton, Drayden, Dash, Dustin, Zack, Hailey, Rosas, Andon, Jaylen, Paylen, Gracelynn and Keiston.

Randy served honorably in the Kentucky Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Sargent before he retired. Among his awards and decorations were the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.  He was an avid hunter, Ham Radio operator, and photographer, and a former member of the McCreary County Search and Rescue. He was also a proud Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) operator, a worldwide emergency communications program that was a combined Army and Air Force volunteer group of over 3,000 dedicated and skilled amateur radio operators.  This network provides worldwide auxiliary emergency communications during times of need.  He also retired from Jim Barna Log Home Systems after 20 years as a machinist.  Best known as G.I. Joe and Bondo to those closest to him, he leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, strength of heart and patriotism that will never be forgotten.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Hodges and Bro. Braxton King officiating.  He will be laid to rest at the Pine Knot Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until time for services at 3:00 p.m.

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

 

George W. Jones Jr., age 92, of Stearns, Kentucky, widower of, Evelyn Worley Jones, passed away Monday, March 21, 2022, at Signature Health Care in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 25, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday, at the funeral home until service time. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of George W. Jones Jr.. 

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

 

Sue Carol Murphy Noe, age 81, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in the Carson Memorial Mausoleum, in Oneida, Tennessee. The family will receive friends after 12:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the Family of Sue Carol Murphy Noe. 

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

 

Wiley Vander Spradlin, age 90, widower of Christine (Watters) Spradlin passed away Sunday March 20, 2022 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 

Wiley was a retired shop foreman for K & T Railroad.  He had his engineer’s license and was a certified diesel mechanic on trains and steam engines.   He began working at the railroad at Stearns during the time when diesel engines replaced steam engines (1964 – 1988).  He worked on the last of the steam engines.  Prior to his railroad career, he worked at Kidd Motor Company in Revelo, while he attended school to become an auto mechanic.  He also drove a truck for Dixie Transport Company. 

He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army where he became a good cook.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was of the Baptist faith and was baptized at Fidelity.

Wiley was born April 18, 1931, at Bald Knob in McCreary County, the son of the late Alice Spradlin.  Besides his mother, he is preceded in death by his parents who raised him, Mack and Ernie Spradlin, his wife, Christine (Watters) Spradlin, two sons, Clarence Edward and Roy Lee Spradlin, a daughter-in-law, Patricia Spradlin and a son-in-law, Darrell Jones.

Surviving family include four sons: Wiley Spradlin, Jr. of Whitley City, Paul Spradlin (Karen) of Whitley City, Roger Spradlin (Tanra) of Whitley City, and Jerry Spradlin (Beverly) of Stearns.  There are five daughters: Mary Keith (Kelby) of Marshes Siding, Betty Keith (Dale) of Pine Knot, Loretta Jones of Stearns, Linda Spradlin Ball (Eddie) of Stearns, and Brenda Bryant (Gerald) of Marshes Siding.  There 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Roger Bryant officiating.  Burial followed at the Nancy Grave Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 115 of Stearns.  Visitation was Tueday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 at the funeral home.

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

 

Carl Lee Canada age 78 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky. 

He was born July 21, 1943 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Cleo Canada and Lois Mary (Bryant) Auel. In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by his wife, Joan Emma (Garland) Canada; his companion, Betty Sue Perry; and sisters, Donna Middleton, Jenny Boisdert, and Shirley Jones. 

Surviving family include his son, Guy Daniel Canada (and Heather) of Whitley City; his daughters, Carla Sue Canada (and Roy Bryant) of Whitley City, and Mikayla Coffey (and Coleman) of Somerset; grandchildren, Kemisha Bryant (and Mario), Jacob Taylor, Donovan Buis (and Gabby), and Devon Buis; and great-grandchildren, Khloe, Trinidad, Treyson, Oakland, Mercedes, and a baby girl on the way. 

Also surviving are Carl’s sisters, Deannie Sayler, Sharon Webber (and Mike), and Arleen Fleetwood (and Bruce); a great host of nieces and nephews; and his little dog, Scrappy, that he loved dearly. 

Carl was a long time member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church where he served as song leader and Sunday School Teacher.  He certainly enjoyed reading his bible, attending services, and witnessing to others. God was first above all things. Carl also enjoyed fishing and hunting. In an earlier life, Carl worked as a carpenter in past time, building log homes for Jim Barnes. He enjoyed working and providing for his family that he loved beyond compare. 

Funeral service were held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Ben Jones. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Wednesday after 12:00 noon until service time. 

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

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

 

Patricia Sue (Kennedy) Jones age 69 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. 

She was born on July 24, 1952 in Somerset, Kentucky to the late Otis Kennedy and Beatrice (Helton) Kennedy. In addition to her parents, Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Roy “Sug” Jones, sisters, Carol Proctor, Debra Conrad, Denise Bowman, and Brenda Kay Vanover. 

Surviving family include her sons, Scott Kennedy (and Diana) of Monticello and Chris Jones (and Terri) of Pine Knot; grandchildren, Scott Kennedy Jr.(and Tasha) and Trevor Kennedy; and great-grandchildren, Kyson Tyler and Kenleigh Grace.

Also surviving are Patricia’s brothers, Michael Kennedy (and Janice), John Kennedy (and Alicia), Andy Kennedy (and Vickie) and Wayne Kennedy; and her sisters, Pam Garland, Janice Bell (and David Ball), Sharon Schoffner, Shelby Davis, Elaine Tucker, Becky Phillips (and Marty), and Rita Garner. 

Patricia was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Prior to her illness, she enjoyed going fishing, playing bingo, and had worked many years at the shirt factory. Although Patricia had hobbies outside of the home, she loved nothing more than being a homemaker and caring for her family, especially her grandbabies and great-grandbabies. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Funeral service were held on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Roberts Cemetery of the Slavans Community. The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 11:00 am until service time.

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

 

Donna Kay Meadows, age 68 years, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away peacefully at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 with her son, Jonathan and special niece and nephew, Heather and Brian Yancey by her side.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on January 24, 1954 the daughter of Joel and Eula (Roberts) King. Donna was passionate about flower gardening. She was known for having a green thumb, and could grow almost anything. She also loved feeding all the wild animals and stray animals in her neighborhood, going on drives and spending time with her family.

Donna retired from the McCreary County School System after 26 years of service, and was a member of the New Haven United Baptist Church.

Her parents; sisters, Janice Kidd (Donald Lee) and Judy King; brother, Gayle King; and father of her children and dear friend, Ron Meadows precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Jonathan Meadows of Stearns, Kentucky, and Matthew Meadows of Marianna, Florida; special niece and nephew, Heather and Brian Yancey of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, Noel King (Ella Mae) of Stearns, Kentucky and Tommy King (Dianne) of Beaver Dam, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends were held 2-4pm Sunday, March 13, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Tim Corder officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Lendle “Jimmy” Lee Ridner, age 75 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Friday March 11, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on September 30, 1946 the son of Thomas Leonard Ridner and Emma Jean (King) Ridner.  Jimmy had retired as a truck driver was the assistant Pastor of Greenwood Freedom Worship. He enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling, riding motorcycles, going to church, but especially his grandchildren.

His parents; wife, Betty Irene (Kidd) Ridner; son Russell Leon Ridner; brother, Graylon Ridner; and sisters, Carolyn King and Marilyn Rose Ridner precede him in death.

Survivors include his daughters, Gail Sexton (Joe) of Chatsworth, Georgia, Amanda Stephens of Whitley City, Kentucky; and Jenny Ridner of Pine Knot, Kentucky; step-daughters, Ann Swain (Randy) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Wendy Slavey (Amp) of Strunk, Kentucky; brothers, William (Ducky) Ridner (Rhonda), Johnny Ridner (Dana), Freddie Ridner, and Scotty Ridner all of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sisters, Retha Creekmore of Strunk, Kentucky, Faye Garland of Lexington, Kentucky, and Sherry Kidd of Pine Knot, Kentucky; grandchildren, Kaylee Crabtree, Cameron Ridner, Cynthia Crabtree, Blaine Stephens, Dylan Sexton, Stephanie Sexton, Kelly Stephens, Autumn Watters, Dawson Swain, Colton Sexton, Tryntin McCulley, Tanner McCulley, and Kally Slavey; and great grandchildren, Brettley Crabtree, Ambreona West, Maverick Strunk, Andi Crabtree, Kyra Watters, Piper Watters, Enslee Crabtree, Drake Stephens, Brycen Bell, Lexus Strunk, and Ace Cooper.

Funeral services were held 2pm Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the Greenwood Freedom Worship with Bro. Russell Keith officiating. Burial followed in the Keith Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Tuesday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Clora Faye Winchester, age 90 years, and 10 days, formerly of Stearns, Kentucky, widow of James Allen Winchester, passed away Friday, March 11, 2022, at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Graveside services were held Monday, March 14, 2022, in the Stearns Cemetery, with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.  

She was born February 29, 1932, in Oneida, Tennessee, to Mack Burchfield and Lizzie Burke Burchfield. Clora enjoyed reading, attending church, and spending time with family. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, James Allen Winchester, brothers, Clyde Burchfield, Milford Burchfield, MacArthur Burchfield, and Charles Burchfield, sisters Mildred Burchfield Dexter, and Virginia Burchfield Bilbrey.

Survivors include son, Wayne Allen Winchester, and wife, Barbara, daughter, Janet Jacobs, and husband, Robert, sister, Alma Duvall, and husband, Charles, grandchildren Amanda Allen, and husband, Tyler, Vanessa Fehr, and husband, Rob, and Brandon Jacobs, and wife, Megan, great grandchildren, Claire Allen, James Allen, and Oliver Jacobs.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Clora Faye Winchester.  

 

Ronzo George Worley, age 92 years, of the Mt. View Community, died March 5, 2022 at the Harlan Appalachia Regional Health in Harlan, Kentucky.

He was born in Wolf Creek, Kentucky on March 27, 1929 the son of George Washington and Frona Catherine (Coffey) Worley. Ronzo was a retired Coal Miner; deacon at the Cherokee United Baptist Church where he served until his health no longer allowed him to attend, and had served as deacon of the Mt. View United Baptist Church before for many years.  He enjoyed gardening, farming, tending his cattle and chickens, reading and listening to the Bible. He had a great love for the Word of God.

His parents; wife, Hazel (Thompson) Worley; brother, Homer Worley; and sisters, Lonie Godsey, Carrie Phillips, and Lola Jones precede him in death.

Survivors include sons, Darrell R. Worley of Stearns, Kentucky and Ricky Allen Worley (Lisa) of Bledsoe, Kentucky; daughter, Jeannie Taylor (Coy) of Strunk, Kentucky; brother Arnold Worley (Shirley) of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Thelma Jones (Kenneth), Evelyn Gibson, and Elsie Crisp (Bobby) all of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Heather Brandy Greer and Lisa Dawn Worley; and great grandchildren, Tristan Greer and Hunter Greer.

Graveside services were held 11am Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the Mt. View Cemetery with Bro. Larry Coffey officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

William Larry Braden age 72 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee. 

He was born June 9, 1949 in Strunk, Kentucky to the late Earl Braden and Beulah (Cooper) Braden. Along with his parents, Larry is preceded in death by his grandparents, Oda & Pearl (Stephens) Cooper and Marshall & Pernia (Blankenship) Braden; a brother, Gary Braden & wife, Judy, his sister, Wilma “June” Chaney & her husband, Dean; his father-in-law, Ralph Stephens; his first wife, Donna K. Wilson and her parents, Richard “Dick” & Pauline “Toot” (Miller) Wilson. 

Leaving behind to cherish his memory is his wife, Sharon (Stephens) Braden; children, Stephanie Norfleet & husband, Larry, of Kokomo, Indiana and Joseph “Joey” Braden & wife, Whitney, of Pine Knot, Eric Murphy & Christina of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and Jason & Kelly Murphy of Indian Trail, North Carolina; his mother-in-law, Mary Stephens; a special niece, Jennifer Bailey; and special nephews, Barry Braden, Greg Chaney, and Doug Chaney. 

Larry also leaves behind the joys of his life, his grandchildren, Tristen Norfleet, Sophie Norfleet, Alyssa Norfleet, Kolton Braden, Carter Braden, Madison Murphy, Ava Murphy, and Mason Murphy; and his dogs his loved, BJ & TT. 

Larry was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Army from September 1969 until September 1970 in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. During his enlistment, he received several medals. Twenty years ago, Larry suffered 2 debilatatering strokes. Prior to that, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, traveling, and going to Bluegrass Festivals. After his stroke, he enjoyed watching westerns and going to his son’s and grandson’s baseball games. Larry also enjoyed listening to his son-in-law and grandson, Tristen, play bluegrass music and his daughter, Stephanie, sing. Regardless when or where, Larry always loved to be with his family and spend time with them, especially his grandbabies. Larry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Funeral service were held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 115 of Stearns.

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

 

Deloris Cisco, age 76 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Friday, February 25, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Revelo, Kentucky on December 12, 1945 the daughter of Lee and Mae (Lynch) Watson.  Deloris had worked as a caregiver, was a member of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed attending Horizon, being with family, going on picnics, riding around, and working puzzle and coloring books.

She is precede in death by her parents; husband, Curby “Carbide” Cisco; brothers, Buddy Ray Watson, Gurnie Watson, Garron Lee Watson, and Jay Earl Watson; and sisters, Gloria Sue Bryant, Elizabeth Hook, Lena Thomas, and Marjorie Collins.

Survivors include her youngest daughter, Michelle Walstrom of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; son, Dale Ray Bryant of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughter, Lori Ann Slaven of Pine Knot, Kentucky; grandchildren, Keith Walstrom, Cheyenne Walstrom, Cherokee Walstrom, Brittany Salla, and Mary Beth Stephens; great grandchildren, Matthew and Madyson Salla and Isabella and Destiny Stephens; many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly; a daughter by heart, Linda Collins and husband, Russell; Tristen Collins, Kyle Collins, and Justen Collins who were more like grandchildren than nephews; and many more loved ones that mourn her loss.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Warman officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dora Bryant Conroy, widow of James Conroy, age 93 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Hens Nest, Kentucky on November 15, 1928 the daughter of the late Elmer and Truie Vanover Bryant.  Dora enjoyed cooking, and sewing but her pride and joy was her nine children and grandchildren.

Her husband, James Conroy; her parents, Elmer and Truie Bryant; brothers, Lloyd and Floyd Bryant; sisters, Dorothy Kitchens and Kathryn Raike; sister-in-law, Ann Bryant all preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Roy “Butch” Siekbert of Cincinnati, OH., Roger Siekbert of St. Petersburg, FL., Barry Siekbert and wife Tracy of Cincinnati, OH., and Larry Siekbert of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters,  Susan and husband Louis Miller of Whitley City, KY., Terri and Randy Belanger of Middlesboro, TN; eleven grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren and numerous great great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service for Dora was 1:00 PM, Monday, March 7, 2022 in the Chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home. Brother Rufus Hughes officiated. Burial followed in the Bryant Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Dora Conroy.

 

Jackie C. Mobley, age 66, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Friday. March 4, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

A gathering of friends and family was Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. untile 7:00 p.m.  Per his wishes, he will be cremated.

Jackie was born in Abbeville, South Carolina, on August 9, 1955, to the late Eddie and Verna (Morris) Mobley. 

Surviving family include two sons: Eddie and Tommy Mobley, both of Stearns, five daughters: Deborah Trammell (Jason) of Pine Knot, Jamie Hammond (Johnny) of Richmond, Kentucky, Mollie Mobley of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Verna Mobley of Revelo, Kentucky, and Keisha St. John (Carl) of Stearns.  The mother of his children is Cynthia Mobley of Stearns.

There are two brothers: John Garner (Gloris) and Bobbie Mobley (JoAnn) both of Abbeville, South Carlina, and two sisters: Alma Parker of South Carolina and Deborah Worley (Olin) of Abbeville, South Carolina. 

Jackie was blessed with 22 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Jackie had been a truck driver for many years and enjoyed camping and watching television.  He loved his grandchildren and spending time with them.

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

 

Dr. Ralph Waldo “Wally” Nevels, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 7, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Nevelsville Cemetery. 

He was born at home in Nevelsville, Kentucky on October 21, 1938. He is preceded in death by his parents, C.D. “Dave” and Dovie Nevels; his wife, Phyllis Stewart Nevels; and his brother-in-law and sister, Gerald and Doris Wilson. He is survived by two sisters, Patricia McCracken (William) and Alma Fay Sexton (Landon); three children, Joety Nevels (Carol), Lisa Kintzele, and Nick Nevels (Jennifer); and five great grandchildren, Tyler Nevels, Shawn and Trevor Kintzele, and Asher and Anaya Nevels.

Ralph began his education at his mother’s Knee, moving on to his first two years of formal education under the guidance of his father. He spent the remainder of his elementary education under the guidance of Adrian Stephens, his teacher at Parker’s Lake. He finished elementary school in 1951 and moved on to McCreary County High School where he would spend the next four years. He applied and was accepted to Berea College in 1955, during Berea’s celebration of their 100th anniversary, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1959. Ralph went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1972 and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Kentucky in 1984.

Dr. Nevels’ career spanned 32 years, serving in positions of teacher, principal, finance officer, and superintendent. He served as a mentor to many outstanding personnel. It was under his leadership as the Superintendent of McCreary County School System that Pine Knot High School and McCreary County High School Merged to form McCreary Central High School. Dr. Nevels held fast that merging the two schools was in the best interest of students in order to provide them with access to the best resources available. One feature of the blueprints that Ralph insisted upon was the addition of an auditorium for the presentation of concerts and plays. The final project was notably one of the finest buildings in the region, and the consolidation paved the way for decades of learning and success. Almost 45 years later, the building is still referred to by many locals as “the new school”

On October 21, 2018, Dr. Nevels was honored by having the Dr. Nevels Transition Center at MCHS dedicated to him. This center helps students prepare for their future and serve our great community. He has also been honored by having a math classroom at Somerset Community College, McCreary Center, named for him. 

Dr. Nevels’s work for the McCreary County education system was the best exemplified by the talents and achievements of its students throughout his career.

Ralph was baptized into membership at the Whitley city United Methodist Church, where he attended regularly, serving as the Administrative Council Chair for many years. 

Ralph leaves behind a rich legacy of academic excellence, community service, and an appreciation for University of Kentucky basketball and the fine arts. His family and friends are blessed to have been able to call him one of their own, and McCreary County is a better place because of his efforts.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Dr. Ralph Waldo “Wally” Nevels.

 

Larry Ray Stephens age 70 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center. 

He was born August 30, 1951 in Jellico, Tennessee to the late Elmer and Evelyn Stephens. In addition to his parents, Larry is preceded in death by a daughter, Kim Whitehead and a brother, Coy Stephens. 

Surviving family include his wife, Patricia Diane Morrow; children, Shawndra Spradlin (and Rusty) of Sawyer, Jennifer Louise Kidd (and Chad) of Whitley City, and James Lindell Ray Stephens (and Rebecca) of Pine Knot; step-children, Chrissy Brown and Eric Morrow (and Tammy); a brother, John Paul Stephens (and Rose) of Pine Knot; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and “mamaw”, Ruth Ball. 

Larry was of the Church of God faith. In past time, he worked as a Truck Driver for D.H. Campbell and Malco. With his free time, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding four wheelers, and playing rook with his friend. He was never a stranger to anyone, so Larry had many friends. But above all things, he loved his family and being with them.

Funeral service were held on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor and Bro. Jerry Neal officiating. Burial followed in the East Pine Knot Memorial Gardens. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Ronzo George Worley, age 92 years, of the Mt. View Community, widower of Hazel (Thompson) Worley, died Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Harlan Appalachia Regional Health in Harlan, Kentucky.

Graveside services were held 11am Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the Mt. View 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.

 

Rev. David Allen Troxell, age 66 years, and 17 days, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Hill Top Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Tapley, Bro. Shane Slavey, and Bro. Larry Ball officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. 

He was born February 13, 1956, in Hill Top Community, to Clyde Troxell and Juanita (Benson) Troxell. David was a United States Air Force Veteran and retired coal miner. He served as pastor at Hill Top Missionary Baptist Church for over 30 years. During this time, the church experienced tremendous growth. He enjoyed camping and grilling at Rock Creek; and being outdoors especially in the fall. He will always be remembered for his tireless soul winning and sharing Christ. His greatest passion in life was leading the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Larry “Jig” Troxell, Dorman Troxell, and Ronnie Troxell, and sisters, Bonnie Dean Troxell, and Brenda Jones.

Survivors include son, Dr. Christopher Troxell, and wife, Dr. Candice Goh Troxell, daughter, Ann Richmond, and husband, Brock, brothers, Dennis Troxell, and Betty, Jeff Troxell, and wife, Connie, Bruce Troxell, and wife, Gloria, and Eddie Troxell, sister, Kathy Strunk, grandchildren, Riley Richmond, Caroline Richmond, Cooper Troxell, and Charlee Troxell, special friends, Janice Privett and Brandon New, and the family is grateful for his caregivers, his nieces Tammy Lyons, Debbie Maki, and his sister, Kathy Strunk.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. David Troxell.

 

Betty Waters, age 65, of Whitley City, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home.  Burial followed at the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.

Born in Somerset, Kentucky, on May 1, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Perry and Ann (Richmond) Bryant.  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Perry.

Surviving family include daughter, Carla Canada (Roy Bryant) of Burnside, Kentucky, also Mikayla Coffey (Coleman) whom she thought of as a daughter, a son, Daniel Canada (Heather) of Whitley City, three brothers: Steve Perry (Shirley) of Williamsburg, KY, Larry Golden of Florida, and Ray Golden of Georgia, two sisters: Debbie Perry Shelley (Ronnie) of Stearns, and Jackie Stephens of Burnside, and companion, Carl Canada of Whitley City.

There are three grandchildren: Kemisha Mendez (Mario), Donovan Buis (Gabby Tucker), and Devon Buis, and four great grandchildren: Khloe Bryant, Trinidad Bryant, Treyson Bryant and Oakland Buis, and one on the way.

Betty had been a member of the Sand Hill United Baptist Church and had worked at McCreary Manufacturing (shirt factory).  She enjoyed fishing and camping, going to yard sales, and coloring with her daughter.  She loved her family dearly and her dog Cricket. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Chester “Boots” Wilson, age 73 years, of Monticello, Kentucky died Monday, February 28, 2022 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Kentucky.

He was born in Honeybee, Kentucky on June 27, 1948 the son of Luther Wilson Jr. and Morene (Bryant) Wilson.  He had worked as a molder in a foundry, was of th4e Baptist Faith, enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, and his car’s 1957 Chevy and Road Runner.

His parents; brothers, Dave Wilson and Roger Wilson, and sister, Shirley Lovell precede him in death.

Survivors include his brother, John Wilson of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Tenna Hardwick and husband, Terry, Connie Wilson, and Polly Wilson all of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Timothy Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Manford Winchester, age 81 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died March 3, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Beech Grove, Kentucky on August 29, 1940 the son of Clarence and Velva (Dobbs) Winchester. Manford had worked as a truck driver, was a member of the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church, enjoyed mowing his yard and fishing.

His parents; daughter, Penny Winchester; and brother, Denver Winchester precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine (Berry) Winchester of Pine Knot, Kentucky; children, Manford Junior Winchester (Brenda) of Whitley City, Teresa Duncan of Whitley City, Pam Bryant of Whitley City, Mary Terry of Whitley City, Doris Gilreath (Clay) of Pine Knot, and Tony Winchester (Sug) of Whitley City; brothers, Charles Winchester of Pine Knot, Larry Winchester (Darlene) of Pine Knot, Roger Winchester (Cindy) of Stearns, and Ronnie Winchester of Williamsburg; sisters, Shirley Gibson of Stearns, Janice Rose (Gary) of Parkers Lake, Brenda Taylor (Mike) of Stearns, and Barbara Berry (Mike) of Stearns; step children, Eric Glancy (Tonya), Jon Glancy (April), TyAnn Chotinanda (Kan), and Angela Goble (William); grandchildren, Samantha Hill, Jimmy Joe Strunk, James Strunk, Ashley Terry, Wesley Terry, Victoria Crabtree, Nakisha Ridener, Falisha Ross, Clarence Ryan Winchester, Calijah Winchester, Tony Wayne Genoe Winchester, Jacob Genoe and Tiffany Taylor; 23 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; also friend and caregiver Shay Goodin.

Funeral services were held 12pm Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Virgil Gibson and Bro. Calijah Winchester officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Donna Kay Meadows, age 68 years, of Stearns, Kentucky passed away peacefully at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 2-4pm Sunday, March 13, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Graveside services to follow at the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Tim Corder officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

Velma Jo Anderson, age 87 years, of Corbin, Kentucky, widow of David Zane Anderson, died February 21, 2022 at the Signature Health of Hartford.

She was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on August 14, 1934 the daughter of Earnest and Geneva (Shepherd) Bertram.  She was of the Baptist Faith.

Her parents; husband, David Zane Anderson; brother Gerald Bertram; and sister, Anna Ruth Ross precede her in death.

Survivors include her nephews, Jerry and wife Radena Ross, Dru and wife Jamie Ross, Greg Bertram; niece, Robin and husband Troy Burden.

Graveside services were held 1pm Friday at the Pine Knot Cemetery with Bro. Eddie King officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Deloris Cisco, age 76 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, widow of Curby “Carbide” Cisco, died Friday, February 25, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Warman officiating. Burial will follow in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Friday, March 4, 2022 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.

 

Dora Conroy, age 93 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, widow of James Conroy, died Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Monday, March 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in the Bryant Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 11am Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

Beverly Ann (Simms) Cornett, age 79 of Sweetwater, Tennessee and formerly McCreary Co., Kentucky passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville. Strong, humble and kind with a servant’s heart. That was Beverly, or as all the kids called her, “Gon-Gon”. She smiled often and her laugh was pure. She appreciated her blessings and the simple joys in life that the rest of us take for granted. We tend to compare our lives to those around us and we become envious of what we don’t have. You would never get that impression from her though, because she had a grateful spirit. She never worried or complained about the things she did without, because she was thankful for all that she had. She was content, as we all should be. 

Whether it was her family, her friends, the kids she babysat or her many animals throughout the years, she was always loving and caring for others. She loved being a wife and mother and she was very good at it! She enjoyed solving word searches and puzzles and watching Gunsmoke. In earlier years she and husband “Lovie” were on a bowling league and were members of the local Moose Lodge. She was happily married to her best friend for 51 years.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Francis “Bud” Simms and Laura Virginia “Ginny” Worsdell McLeary; her husband, James C. “Jimmy” Cornett; son, Jimmy Cornett, Jr. and brother, Marion Francis Simms.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Jackie Amos, Strunk, KY, Penny and Billy Barrett, Sweetwater, TN; siblings, Patricia McLeary Deloach Kahl (Michael), Essex, MD, Bryan Simms (Dotti), Baltimore, Brenda Scruggs (Bob), Lake City, FL; sisters-in-law, Jeannie Simms, Canon City, CO and Molly Leydig, Strunk, KY; grandchildren, Derek Amos, Eddie Bailey, Jackie Ball (Jesse), Nicole Rogers (Jon); great grandchildren, Damian, Malichi, Drake, Charlie, Jaxon, Jazlyn, Jace, Gage, Alexis, Grayson, Grant, Brooklyn, Camden and Kenleigh.

Services honoring and remembering Beverly Cornett will be held 11:30 AM Tuesday, March 1, graveside in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Baltimore, MD. If you desire, you may make a memorial contribution remembering Beverly to benefit Alzheimer’s Research or stop by your favorite Knoxville Arby’s location and buy a coupon book supporting the same research. McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Hwy 72 N, Loudon. Online condolences may be left at www.mcgillclick.com.

 

Michael Glenn Cottrell age 61 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born October 15, 1960 in Chase City, Virginia to the late Thomas and Nola (Meadows) Cottrell. 

Surviving family include his aunts, Doris Gaertner of Strunk, Beverly Wilson (and Merrell) of Stearns, and Nancy Meadowd of Pine Knot; an uncle, Floyd Meadows of Strunk; and several cousins and extended family who loved Michael dearly. 

Michael loved life, his family, and his friends. He was an avid music lover and enjoyed attending concerts, especially to see Black Berry Smoke. Michael also enjoyed watching the UK Wildcats play basketball. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing as well. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Per his wishes, Michael will be cremated. A Memorial Gathering will take place at a later date. 

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

 

Colleen Garland was born in Greenwood, Ky January 16,1929 to George and Susie May Bryant. She went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 25, 2022 at the Neighborhood. She married D.J. Garland on July 15,1950. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jimmy Bryant and her husband. She is survived by her brother Roger Bryant (Glynda) and her two children, Dan and Charlene Garland, Becky and Jeff Whitis; her three grandchildren Jason and Heather Whitis, Jillisa and Bill Hawk, and Christy and Andy Hale; by her five great grandchildren Mary Beth Hawk, Brenton Hawk, Lillian Grace Whitis, Sydney Hannah Hale and Emery Ann Hale and several nieces and nephews.

She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Somerset, KY and a long-time librarian at the Burnside Branch Library.

She was dearly loved by her family and friends who will miss her smile, love and kindness.

Services were on Sunday, February 27 at 3 PM in Somerset. Burial was in the Burnside Cemetery, with Dr. Dan Garland and Bro. Jeff Whitis officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Pulaski County Public Library and/or to Hospice of Lake Cumberland in her memory.

Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

James Edward Hurd, Age 55, of Hamilton, Ohio passed away February 21, 2022 at his residence.

He was born January 19, 1967, the son of Samuel and Jean Johnson Hurd.  He loved spending time with family and friends and doing carpentry work.

His parents and sisters, Donnie Hurd, Margaret Hurd precede him in death.

Survivors include his children, Tambra Mitchell, Jennifer Stidham, John Hurd, Devin Stidham, His sister, Regina Schrul, brothers, Ronnie Hurd, Charles (Tina) Hurd and 10 grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Kenneth Jones, age 88, passed away January 29. 2022, from complications of COVID. He was born to Esther Keith Jones and Theo Jones in McCreary County, Kentucky in 1933 and was the second of six children. 

He graduated from McCreary County High School and enlisted in the US Army. While in the Army he was trained as a medic and was a participant in a human biological warfare testing program known as Operation Whitecoat. After he was honorably discharged from the Army, he graduated from radiology school in Akron, Ohio, where he met his wife of 61 years. 

He worked in the X-Ray field for many years and started the first mobile x-ray service in San Diego, California. Later, he realized his dream of starting his own construction company and was eventually licensed as a building contractor in three states. He retired as a building superintendent from Southeastern California Conference of SDA.

He enjoyed road trips with his wife and during the yearws 2009-2019 traveled 64,500 miles around the United States. During these travels, they visited all but one Presidential Library. 

Ken is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sue, and his children, Kenna, Jane (John), and Keith (Julie). He is the brother to Haskell Jones (Georgia, both deceased), Vienna Stone (Bill), Betty Sullivan (Larry, deceased), Ava Blackburn (Frank), and Theo Jones (Martha).

Military Honors and Interment at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside CA, March 10, 2022.

Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

 

Pamela Sue Jones age 65 of Mount Orab, Ohio passed from this life on Monday, February 21, 2022 at the Mercy Hospital in Fairfield. 

She was born June 15, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late James Moore and Francis Marie (Mullins) Moore. Upon the early passing of her mother, Pamela was raised by her second mother, the late Juanita Earls. A brother Raymond Moore and a sister, Connie Moore also preceed in death. 

Surviving family include her daughters, Ann Hollis (and Wendell) of Stearns and Sherry Jones of Whitley City; a brother, James Moore of Indiana; granchildren, Kyle Lawhorn, Wendell Hollis Jr., (and Megan), Alycia Parrish, Donnie Hollis, and Alexis Garland; and great-granchildren, Remi, Haislee, Preslee, and Kaisyn. 

Also surviving are her special brothers and sisters, Bernice, Tammy, Robin, Bobby, Greg, Pete, and Johnny; special grandchildren, Jess, Greg, Chelsea, and Amiyah; and special nieces and nephews, Sarah, Vanessa, Millie, and Jim Bo. 

Pamela had worked as a waitress in past time. She enjoyed cooking, drinking coffee, playig bingo and video games, and watching the UK Wildcats and Cincinnati Reds. At home she enjoyed keeping house and caring for her grandbabies. They were her life. Pamela will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Funeral service were held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery at Round Top. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home. 

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

 

Velta Jo (Val) Keith born in Yamacraw, McCreary County, KY March 15, 1931 died in Winchester, KY January 16, 2022.  She was the daughter of Vincent and Rose Keith.  Her family moved to Texas when she was young then returned here to KY for a short time before making their home in Burbank, CA.  Val retired from the Showlow Hospital, in Showlow, AZ where she was a data input clerk.  In 2006 she moved to North Hollywood, CA to live with her brother and sister-in-law, Cheryl.  In the last few years she has been living with her sister-in-law, Ann in Winchester.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Norma and brother, Curtis.  She is survived by her sister, Janis and many nieces and nephews, as well as, many cousins.  She enjoyed photography, family gatherings and a good joke.

Her interment will be in McCreary County, KY at a later date.

Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

 

Ralph Nevels, age 83, of Whitley City, widower of Phyllis Nevels, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services are incomplete at this time. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph Nevels. 

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

 

Thelma Marie Lyons, age 92 years, of the Wiborg Community, widow of James Lyons, passed away Friday, February 18, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Alpine, Kentucky on February 1, 1930 the daughter of Elmer and Florence (Souleyrette) Bolin. Thelma had worked as a cook at the McCreary Central High School, was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God and enjoyed working in her flower garden.

Her parents; husband, James Lyons; sons, Danny Lyons and Wayne Lyons; sisters, Louise Lyons and Opal Boyers; and grandchildren, James Daniel Lyons and Scotty Gene Lyons precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Jim Lyons of Whitley City; Cotton Lyons of Whitley City; and Kenny Ray Lyons of Marshes Siding; daughter Debbie Gibson of Whitley City; brother, Oscar “Bud” Bolin of Marshes Siding; sister, Pam Simon of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Sheila, Tammy, Stacy, Charlotte, Rendy, Sherry, Jamie, Jeff, Jason and Kristee; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 6pm Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. The family received friends after 4pm at the Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Neely’s Creek Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Judy Kay Godsey Murphy, age 60 years, passed from this life Saturday, February 19, 2022 at her home in Somerset, KY.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 28, 1961, the daughter of the late Cline and Mossie Geneva King Godsey.  She was employed as a Unit Secretary for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, she enjoyed softball and her dog chewie, but her greatest joy was her family and grandkids. 

She is survived by her son, Adam and Lilly Musgrove of Virginia Beach; daughter, Maranda K. Majors of Somerset, KY.; companion, Albert Perish; sisters, Brenda J. Henderson of Somerset, KY., grandchildren, Hannah and husband Dalton Applegate, Kainan Musgrove, Kayden Musgrove and Speciale Sanders; great-grandchildren, Zaylin and Kyrie Applegate; special niece, Christie Sanchez; nephew, Michael Sanchez; uncles, Starlin Perry and Charles and his wife Kathy Fraley; great niece, Bryana Sanchez; nephew, Trey Sanchez and cousin, Michael Ryan.

In addition to her parents, Cline and Mossie Geneva King Godsey, she is preceded in death by her sister, Jean Bryant.

Graveside service were at Pine Knot Cemetery, Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm with Brother Nate Howard officiating. 

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the service for Judy Murphy.

In Lieu of flowers, family has requested donations be made to funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

 

John C. Pyle, age 76 years, and 24 days passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with his wishes cremation was chosen.

He was born January 31, 1946, in Oneida, Tennessee to William Lee Pyle and Laura Mae Slaven Pyle. John was a woodsman who loved to fish, hunt, and be outdoors.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and sister, Mary Hicks.

Survivors include sister, Ruth Ann Pyle, and uncle, Jack Slaven.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of John C. Pyle.

 

Jerry Dale Strunk, age 63, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away  Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, on  November 16, 1958, he was the son of the late Jerry Dale Strunk, Sr. and Mary Ellen (Owens) Strunk.  Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a special companion, Vanessa Daugherty and two nephews: Jacob Davis and Jimmy Lee Strunk. 

Surviving family include his wife, Lisa (Stephens) Strunk, two sons: Jon Strunk (Sarah) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Gerald Strunk of Pine Knot, a daughter, Sally Strunk of Pine Knot, a brother: Jimmy Strunk (Carla) of Pine Knot, three sisters: Dianne Tucker (Kenneth, deceased) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Mary Warf (Willie Myers) of Pine Knot, and Susie Davis (Kirby Adams) of Somerset, grandchildren: Destiney  Penney (Dillan), Desiree Rose (Christopher), Courtney Bryant and Cody Bryant, great grandchildren: Brayden Penney, Brinsley Penney, and two on the way: Brexlyn Penney and Liam Rose.  Also, there are four nephews: Tom Strunk (Tasha), Billy Joe Strunk (Brittany), Richard Stephens (Tiffany), and Travis Warf (Alyssa), and two nieces: Amanda Baird (Josh) and Brandy Perry (Charles).

Jerry enjoyed fishing and working on vehicles.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed life to its fullest and liked teasing people and making them  laugh.

Funeral services were held at the Round Top United Baptist Church on Tuesday March 1, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Daniel Trammell officiating.  Burial followed at the Smith Cemetery.  Visitation was Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the church.

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

 

Chester “Boots” Wilson, age 73 years, of Monticello, Kentucky, son of the late Luther Jr. and Morene (Bryant) Wilson, died Monday, February 28, 2022 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Timothy Corder officiating. Burial will follow in the Higginbotham Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

Patsy Sue Tucker, age 73 years, of Somerset, Kentucky died Friday, February 25, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Huntsville, Tennessee on May 16, 1948 the daughter of Lawrence Jeffers and Christine (Yancey) Duncan.  Patsy had been a homemaker, attended the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed cooking, grocery shopping, going to the beach, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Her parents; husband, Clyde “CJ” Tucker, Jr.; sister, Wanda Duncan; and 11 other brothers and sisters precede her in death.

Survivors include her son, Jack Tucker of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Karen Tucker Spradlin (Kevin) of Somerset, Kentucky; brother, Herman Yancey of Scott County, Tennessee; sister, Wilma McGhee of Scott County, Tennessee; grandchildren, Josh King (Michelle), Whitney Tucker (James), Katlyn Brown (Matt), Gavin Spradlin, Makayla Redden, Jackson Tucker, Emily Tucker, and Zoey Tucker; great grandchildren, Kaden and Rilee Ray, Rayden and Janson Bolin, Karma and Alyssa Brown, and Knox King.

Funeral services were held 4:30pm Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Damon Stevens officiating. Burial followed in the Strunk Cemetery. The family received friends after 3:30pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Brenda Kay (Kennedy) Vanover age 68 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at her home.

 She was born November 12, 1953 in Jellico, Tennessee to the late Otis Orville Kennedy and Beatrice (Helton) Kennedy. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Curtis Ray Ballou; sisters, Carol Proctor, Debra Conrad, and Denise Bowman. 

Surviving family include her daughter, Rita Kay Genoe of Monticello; grandchildren, Kenneth Genoe, Maranda Young, Nicholas Edward Stephens, and Dylan Ballou; and a great-grandchild, Marcos Popche. 

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

 Brenda was of the Baptist faith. In past time, she had worked at the Pine Knot Nursing Home as a housekeeper and later at the OVC factory. Brenda enjoyed Bingo and being with her friends. This was a big thing in her life. At home she enjoyed caring for her family and take care of the elderly. Many joke that Brenda loved to keep everyone in line. She will be sadly missed. 

In keeping of her wishes, Brenda will be cremated. The family plans to have a Memorial Gathering at a later date. 

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

 

William Larry Braden age 72 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee. He is the husband of Sharon (Stephens) Braden.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor officiating. Burial is to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 115 of Stearns. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday after 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Larry Ray Stephens age 70 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center. He was the husband of Patricia Diane Morrow.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Taylor and Bro. Jerry Neal officiating. Burial to follow in the East Pine Knot Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

 

Glenna D. (Trammell) Anderson, age 84 years, 9 months, and 20 days, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, February 18, 2022, to her eternal home with her Savior and Lord. Glenna was the light of her home and a blessing to everyone who knew her. She was laid to rest following graveside services on Sunday, February 20, 2022, in the Jones Cemetery, Strunk, Kentucky. 

Glenna was born April 29, 1937, in Strunk, Kentucky, to Paul M Trammell and Rose (Jones) Trammell. As a little girl, she always loved school and dreamed of becoming a teacher. After high school graduation, she pursued her dream by earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Cumberland College and began her reaching career at Silerville School, a one-room schoolhouse where she taught multiple grades. Next in her career, Glenna was incited to teach at the newly constructed Pine Knot Elementary School, and there, Glenna taught second grade for 27 years. “Mrs. Anderson” had great influence upon her hundreds of students over the years, and in recent years she marveled that many of the little boys grew up to be ministers of the Gospel. All of her pupils were given generous lessons in love, a scholarly education, and, in the spring of the year, unforgettable servings of her famous strawberry pies.

Glenna was a member of Upper Marsh Creek Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years and helped lead many youngsters to a faith in Jesus Christ. She was also talented in singing at church and played the piano for nearly 70 years. Glenna was known for her kindness and ability to see the good in everyone. She never had a harsh word to say about anyone, and she was cherished as a prayer warrior. It was not uncommon for her to receive phone calls anytime of the day from fir4neds or family asking her to help them pray about a burden, a trial, or a sickness. She was a great cook; she was everyone’s favorite aunt, teacher, friend; she was a goldy Christian Lady.

Glenna and Gary W. Anderson were happily married in 1956, and they were an inspiration to many young couples through the years. They showed others what it meant to be the best of friends throughout their 66 years of marriage. Their marriage was blessed with daughter Kimberly Trammell and husband Jerry; grandson Jacob Trammell and wife Megan; and the apples of Glenna’s eye, great-grandchildren, KayLynn, Oliver, Emersyn, and Amelia. Glenna adored their grandbabies with all her heart. She often remarked that watching those precious little ones frow was what she and Gary were living for. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; Paul and Rose; and infant son; and her brother, Jim Trammell whose recent passing was extremely hard for Glenna to bear. Rest assured that Glenna is enjoying  her homecoming with those dear ones in Heaven now. If she could, she would invite everyone to make ready to join them too. 

Glenna is survived by her loving husband; Gary W. Anderson; precious daughter Kimberly Trammell (& husband Jerry) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sister June Strunk of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; grandson Jacob Trammell (& wife Megan) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Great grandchildren, KayLynn, Oliver, Emersyn, and Amelia; Gary’s little sister whom she helped raise, Debi VanHoose (&husband Larry) of Somerset, Kentucky; and a host of cherished other nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces: and beloved relatives near and far, as well as many precious friends. 

In the last few years, Glenna loved to sing at church “I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You,” thought her voice was growing weak. No doubt, she is joyfully singing with a pure and strong voice in Heaven today.

Obituary was composed by family. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral home was honored to serve the family of Glenna D. Trammell Anderson.

 

Marie Edna (née Baird) Ross, age 93, of Revelo, KY passed from this life at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY on February 20, 2022.

Marie was a homemaker, a devoted wife of 69 years, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting, and celebrating life with her family. Marie was known for her generosity, compassion, and humble spirit. She never met a stranger; all were welcome at her table. Marie’s life was a testimony to her Savior, Jesus Christ, and she lived by His example.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents: Walter and Mary Fronia (née Ramsey); son, Glen Ross; brothers: Estel, Elmer, Fremon, and Leamon; sisters: Sue Carol Baird, Elizabeth Kangas, Edlene King, Betty Craft, Nina Stephens, Sally Baird, and Mary (Baltimore) Knierien.

Marie is survived by her husband, Charles Ross; sons: Gene Ross and Dwight (and Stephanie) Ross; daughter, Elaine Clark; five grandchildren: Joshua (and Heidi) Clark, Jessica (and John) Roth, Katelyn (and Brian) Tisdale, Cody (and fiancé Jera) Ross, Megan (and Kyle) Gehring; eight great grandchildren: Dagen Thomas and Alexandria Marie Clark; Colette Marie and John Lincoln Roth; Landon Charles, Elizabeth “Thea” Monique, and Elodie Marie Tisdale; Tucker Gordon Gehring.

Funeral services were Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at McCreary Country Funeral Home.  Visitation was at 10:00 AM to noon. Funeral service was at noon, burial followed immediately. Pastor Mark Sewell officiated.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Robert “Hank” Trammell, age 67 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, February 17, 2022 at the Tri-Star Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 19, 1954 the son of the late Cliffard and Savannah (Stephens) Trammell Gregory. Hank had worked as a loader for Kentucky Hardwood and was a member of the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church.

His parents and brothers; Charles, Johnny and Rubin Trammell precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife Betty (Gregory) Trammell of Stearns, whom he married on October 10, 1972; son Rob (Sindy) Trammell of Monticello, Kentucky; daughter, Marie (Roger) Dobbs of Monticello, Kentucky; brothers, Joe Trammell and Ancel Woods; sisters, Anna Fay (Lewis) Myers, Ruthy (George) Gregory, Kathy (Stanley) Vaughn, Mary (Bill) Gregory, Barb (Cash) Gregory, Shirley (Jim) Gibson; Grandchildren, Brian (Nikki) Scott, Kellie Trammell, Austin Trammell, Tristan Dobbs, Taylor Dobbs and Madison (Brian) Ball; also 7 Great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 12pm Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church with Bro. Silas Gregory and Bro. David Vaughn officiating. Burial followed in the Bud Gregory Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

 

Clyde “CJ” Tucker, age 74 years, of Somerset, Kentucky died Thursday, February 17, 2022 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on September 25, 1947 the son of Clyde and Gladys (Keith) Tucker. CJ had worked as a coal miner, enjoyed riding around, being outdoors, visiting people, and his grandchildren.

His parents; brothers, Eddie Tucker, Melvin Tucker, and Larry Tucker; and sisters, Kathy Carson and Margaret Tucker precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife Patsy (Yancey) Tucker of Somerset, Kentucky; son Jack Tucker of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Karen Tucker Spradlin (Kevin) of Somerset, Kentucky and Zoey Tucker of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Roger Tucker (Linda) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Willard Tucker (Kathy) of Somerset, Kentucky, and Ricky Tucker (Shonda) of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Judy Ball (Bennie) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Janice Jones (David) of Whitley City, Kentucky; grandchildren, Josh King (Michelle), Whitney Tucker (Jamie), Katlyn Brown (Matt), Gavin Spradlin, Makayla Redden, Jackson Tucker, and Emily Tucker; and great grandchildren, Kadan and Rilee Ray, Rayden and Janson Bolin, Karma and Alyssa Brown, and Knox King.

Funeral services were private and burial followed in the Strunk Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Betty Jo Walker, age 94 years, of Hamilton Ohio died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the Butler County Care Facility in Hamilton, Ohio.

She was born in Alpine, Kentucky on March 6, 1927 the daughter of Herbert and Effie (Hoff) Beatty.  Betty had been an office worker for IBM and Proctor and Gamble, was a member of the Hartwell Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, enjoyed flowers, crafts, cooking, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and quilting.

Her parents; husband, Ralph Walker; sons, Lynn Harding and David Allen Walker; sister, Shirley Beatty; and brothers, Jack Beatty and Norman Beatty precede her in death.

Survivors include her daughter Jean Gumm (Gary) of Hamilton, Ohio;  grandchildren, Jennifer, Greg, Kyle, Rachel, Chris, and Amy; and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, February 21, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Ardilla Faye Baird, widow of Emery Baird, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the Signature Health Care facility in Pine Knot.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2022, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial at the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

 Born May 22, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Richard F. and Ardilla (Brown) Wilson. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Emery Frances Baird, brothers: Bill Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Harry Wilson, Grover Wilson, and Richard Wilson, and half brothers: Bennie Wilson, Bobby Wilson, and Jimmy Wilson and three sisters: Rosellen Gilreath, Betty Lou Anderson and Frankie Nesbitt.

Surviving family include a daughter, Kathy Perry (Steven) of Stearns, Kentucky, two sons: Jeffery Baird (Sharon) of Pine Knot, and Dennis Baird (Kathy) of Oneida, Tennessee, three half sisters: Drucella Wilson, Patty King and Goldie Stephens, and a half brother, Costello Wilson.

There are six grandchildren: James David King, II, Joseph Shane King, Heather Lynn King, Mykel Baird, Rusty Baird and Paula Holland, and a host of great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Faye had worked as a factory worker and had been a member of the Hayes Creek Church of God since 1956.  She enjoyed cooking and working and loved her family, children and grandchildren.  She will most definitely be missed by all who knew and loved her.

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

 

Paul Slaven, age 43, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. 

Per his wishes, Paul will be cremated.

Born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, he was the son of Paul Benjamin and Rebecca Gay (Watson) Slaven.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Slaven, two children: Calvin Corrigall of Whitley City and Elton Stephens of Pine Knot.  He has two sisters: Karen Knox (Mike) of Cincinnati, Ohio and Barbara Webster, also of Cincinnati.  He has a special nephew, Alex Watson and a special uncle: Steve Watson.

Paul was an outdoorsman who loved to deer hunt and fish.  He liked games and music and enjoyed being with his family and friends.

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

 

Jonathan Eugene Hearld, age 47 years, 4 months, and 12 days passed away Thursday, February 10, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center, in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Hill Top Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

He was born September 29, 1974, in Harlan, Kentucky to Thomas Woodrow Hearld and Zona Smith Hearld. Jonathan was a member of the Hill Top Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, attending church, reading his bible, watching sports, and sending time with his family. 

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include brothers, Thomas Hearld, (Linda), Dino Hearld, (Ellen), Blaine Hearld, (Diane), Lance Wade Hearld, (Linda), sister, Dottie Israel, (Dewayne), many nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jonathan Hearld.

 

Darrell Matthew Keith, 75, husband of Judy Kay Keith passed away February 10, 2022, at his home. 

He was born in McCreary County on September 7, 1946 to the late Russell and Minnie (Waters) Keith. He was retired from Corman and Associates, enjoyed wood working but, most of all picking guitar and playing music with friends. 

He is survived by his sons, Eric Keith (Debbie) of Danville, Bryan Keith (Becky) of Nicholasville, one grandson, Levi Keith (Brittany) of Nicholasville, one sister, Kenzella Vanover of Stearns, Kentucky, one sister-in-law, Joyce Keith of Nicholasville and a dear friend and buddy Mike Willis.

 In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Willard, Austin, D.W., and Charles Keith, sisters, Marcella Ross and Madge Helton. 

Services were held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday February 15, 2022, at Betts & West Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Mulcahy and Bro. James Humphrey officiating. 

Burial followed in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were John Black, Timmy Draime, David Willis, Greg Bowman, Beau Spicer, and Richard (Cheech) Mulcahy. Honorary Bearers was Darrell II and Mike Willis. 

Online guestbook at www.BettsandWestfuneralhome.com.

Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Willard Clay Perkins, age 73 of Strunk, KY, formerly of Winfield, TN, passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at his home. He was born on December 15, 1942, to the late John Perkins and the late Pearl Strunk Perkins.

He worked as a machinist at MCM for sixteen years. He enjoyed talking about the machines he ran and special projects he had worked on over the years. He often talked about how fond he was of his coworkers. He was a kind and loving son, husband, father, and friend who will be missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life Louetta, his siblings, Bertha, Dillard and Gertie and his grandparents.

He is survived by his children: son, Travis Perkins and wife Amanda of Somerset, Kentucky, daughter, Danielle Barlow and husband Bruce of Science Hill Kentucky and son, Leamon Perkins and wife Lisa of Pine Knot Kentucky; his grandchildren, Billy Perkins and wife Miranda of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Bruce Perkins and wife Jessica of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Samantha Moore of Somerset, Kentucky and Jake Barlow and wife Nicole of Summerville, South Carolina; his great grandchildren, Rebekah, Amelyah, Lydiah, Jase Perkins of Pine Knot, Kentucky, LilyAnne and Weston Perkins of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Aleah Moore, Lexi Turner and Caisen Van Lucas of Science Hill, Kentucky; his siblings: sister, Betty Stanley and husband Paul and brother, Paul Perkins and wife Patricia of Oneida, Tennessee.

Friends visited with the Perkins family on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 12 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home.

Committal service followed in the New Light Cemetery in Winfield.

Obituary information courtesy of Pine Knot Funeral Home.

 

William “Tex” Ramsey of Union Twp., Ohio passed away on February 2, 2022 at Anderson Mercy Hospital at the age of 78. 

Tex was born to Ernest and Flora (Waters) Ramsey in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 2, 1943. 

He was preceded in death by his beautiful Wife Carolyn Ramsey. His Father Ernest Ramsey, Mother, Flora (Waters) Ramsey King and many sisters and brothers; Jackie Waters, Roy Ramsey, Opal Ramsey, Sandra Roberts, James Ramsey, Ann Ball, Freda Mitchell, Freddie King & Sheila Mae Ramsey. 

Tex is survived by his two sisters; Debra Trabka and Mary Taylor. His children; Sherry (Tom) Emmons, Mark Ramsey, Joshua (Jami) Ramsey & Jennifer Ramsey. Step-children; Scott (Brandy) Foster and Russ Foster. Grandchildren; Christina (Herbert) Taylor, Samantha (Andrew) Wells, Daniel Emmons, Jonathan Ramsey, Paige Ramsey, Bowdy Ramsey, Makayla Christman, Landon Christman, Everley Christman, Hollie Foster and Jordan Foster. Great Grandchildren; LaShawn Crockett, Keara Crockett, Jacob Wells, Hunter Wells, Asher Wells and Nevaeh Ramsey. Also survived by his longtime best friend of 62 years John Volz and countless nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. 

As a young man, Tex stormed the Doo Wop music scene and became a legendary singer in Cincinnati performing for many years and many would agree he had the voice of an angel. His unparallel soprano voice was stark and chilling to anyone who heard it. He is preceded and leaves behind many band mates from over the years. His voice will be missed but his family is consoled by the fact that he is undoubtedly singing in Heaven for Jesus with some of the greatest musicians of all time. 

Per his request, there will be no service. His family and friends will be planning a Celebration of Life at a future date to be determined.

Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Judy Bruce Worley, age 70 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born in Corbin Kentucky on May 24, 2951 the daughter of Harley Bruce, Jr. and Glenna Lee (Brooks) Bruce. Judy had worked as a Bank Teller for First and Farmers Bank and was of the Baptist Faith. She enjoyed sewing, reading her bible, crafts, and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

Her mother, Glenna (Brooks) Bruce; daughter, Sherry Worley Black; and brother-in-law, Blaine Phillips precedes her in death.

Survivors include her father, Harley Bruce Jr. (Sylvia) of Palatka, Florida; daughter Jennifer Nicholas of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Bobby Bruce (Terri) of Somerset, Kentucky and Roy Bruce (Teresa) of Andersonville, Tennessee; sisters, Kathy Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky and Cindy Meadows (Scott) of Whitley City, Kentucky; 6 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, February 14, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Bruce officiating.  Burial followed in the Methodist Cemetery. 

Memorial donations can be made to The American Kidney Fund 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tilda Evalee Duncan, age 88 years, 2 months, and 2 days, widow of James P. Duncan Jr., passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Signature Health Care in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 5, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Corder and Bro. Jason Kates officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

She was born November 30, 1933, in Oz, Kentucky, to Virgil Lewis and Minnie Ethel Jones Lewis. Evalee was a retired cook for the McCreary County School System and also worked at the Parkland Motel. She enjoyed listening to music, word search puzzles, going camping, going to the uptown opry and coal miner’s jamboree, and spending time with family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, James P. Duncan Jr, brothers, James Pete Lewis, Charles Lewis, Eston Lewis, Virgil “Pap” Lewis, Larry Chapman Lewis, and Loyd Lewis, sisters, Fayrene, Lela, Mildred, Joyce and Othea “T”.

Survivors include sons, James Ray Duncan, (Pam), and Robert Lee “Buzz Duncan, (Carol), daughter, Tammy Duncan, sisters, Nelda Martin, Carolyn Heibert, and Ella Mae Smith, grandchildren, Lori Duncan, Robbie Duncan, (Wendy), Hannah Colbeth, (Kyle), Rosie Colbeth, and Billy J.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Tilda Evalee Duncan.

 

Mildred (Midge) Miller Kelly, of Brooksville, Florida, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, Florida, being 88 years, 10 months, two weeks, and 2 days old.  In accordance with her wishes she was cremated with her remains to be placed in Pine Knot Cemetery at a later date.

Born on March 13, 1933, in Strunk, Kentucky to Ernest and Lona Foster Miller, Mildred attended local elementary schools and Pine Knot High School.  She worked in various capacities including as the owner/operator of the Pine Knot Café, in office administration for Dixie Transport and Nationwide Trucking School, and as residential property manager in Covington, Kentucky.  She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron at Ft. Thomas Chapter 269 (Kentucky).  After retiring to Florida, Mildred often volunteered her time to various organizations helping others.  She also enjoyed walking on the beach, I Love Lucy reruns, and visiting with family and friends. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and father of her children Eldred Z. King, husband Ray Tester, husband George Kelly, son Gerald Wayne King, grandson Christopher Wayne King, brother Robert Miller, sisters Pauline Williams and Thelma Miller, and daughter-in-law Debra King.

Mildred is survived by her son Chuck King of Stearns, and daughter Judy Chaney (Phil).  She is survived by grandchildren Lindsey Musgrove (Lucian), Richard King, Russell King (Amber Chapman), Robert King (Sarah), Kent Chaney, Conley Chaney (Tara), and Kelli Chaney Latham (Daniel), and great-grandchildren Abigail Musgrove, Caleb Musgrove, Kameron King, Kaden King, Jacob King, Harrison Chaney, Lucinda Chaney, Calvin Chaney, Sage Chaney, Tripp Strunk, and little stinker Ryder Latham.  She is also survived by two sisters Flonnie Murphy and Mary Worley (Lonnie).

Mildred will be greatly missed by family and friends who loved her dearly.

Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Lue Vena was born in Pine Knot Kentucky to Homer Levi and Ada Ethel Creekmore in 1928; her greatest joy was being a mother to her children and a wife to her husband (Earl Edward Stephens). 

Earl and Lue Vena were married for 73 years, during those years they lovingly had 8 children 4 boys and 4 girls.  Danny Stephens (Donna) Indianapolis, Indiana, Doris Brooks (David) Campbellsville, Kentucky, Dora Bryant (Bennie) Louisville, Kentucky, Doyle Stephens (Sharon) Richmond, Virginia, Jeannie Dykes (Jeff) Somerset, Kentucky, Eddie Stephens (Ruth) Somerset, Kentucky, Johnnie Stephens (Trish) Somerset, Kentucky,  Debra Turner Anderson, Indiana.

Mom was famous for her biscuits and gravy, and anything southern fried. 

She loved flowers and definitely had a green thumb at it.  Mom loved the Lord and going to church.  She truly missed after becoming unable to attend.  Mom loved her children and every little bone in us or so she would say.  Mom loved to shop and buy dresses. But MOST of all my mom was a diva she absolutely loved me doing her hair and make up.  She’d rather eat a home cooked meal than going out to eat. Mom loved watching the Walton’s, Golden girls and Gun smoke.   Our Mother lived a long loving life of 93 years. She will be missed terribly.

Lue Vena was preceded in death by her father and mother,  Homer & Ethel Creekmore, husband, Earl Edward Stephens; son, Dennis Edward Stephens (Eddie); grandson, Jeffrey DeWayne Turner II; brothers, Estel, A.Z. & Kenneth and sisters, Lena & Nena.

Lue Vena is survived by children Danny, Doris, Dora, Doyle, Jeannie, Johnnie, Debbie and 16 grandchildren, Michelle, Brian & Cindy, Darrell, Sherry & Tammy, Doyle Jr., Justin, Cory, Stacy & Christy, Jason & Shawn, Christopher, Brad, Sheena; many, many great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. 

The family of Lue Vena Stephens would like to thank all the wonderful staff Northview Health and Living and Guardian Angels Home Health Care and a special thank you to @ Signature Health Care of McCreary County Rehab & Wellness Center  & Cindy King  for making her days fun filled with all the activities 

We love you mom rest in paradise.

Post online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com.

 

Edith Taylor, age 71 years, 11 months, and 29 days, of Revelo, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with her wishes, Edith was cremated.

She was born January 25, 1950 in Revelo to Everett Taylor and Mildred Maxwell Taylor.  Edith was a homemaker and attended First Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  In her spare time, she enjoyed reading her bible, working crossword puzzles, watching TV, and attending church services.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Carlos Taylor, and a sister, Willa Dean King.

Survivors include her daughter, Louise Taylor of Revelo, brother, Daley Taylor of Strunk, and a brother-in-law, Tommy King of Whitley City.

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

 

Dakota “Coty” Gene Upchurch, age 29 years, of Somerset, Kentucky died Thursday, February 3, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on December 2, 1992 the son of Hurstle and Elizabeth (Maynard) Upchurch. Coty enjoyed watching Dino Trucks, Pokémon, playing video games, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

His grandparents, Gene and Nola Upchurch and Doug and Sharon Rogers; and sister, Shelby Upchurch; and nephew, Hurstle Upchurch precede him in death.

Survivors include his parents, Hurstle and Elizabeth Upchurch of Somerset; brother, Hurstle Upchurch and wife, Sally of Somerset; sisters, Harley Upchurch and Rayanna Upchurch both of Somerset; and nieces and nephews, Kaylee Upchurch, Zander Upchurch, Colton Upchurch, Justice Upchurch, Alex Upchurch, and Ryder Upchurch.

Funeral services were held 8pm Monday, February 7, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scottie Corder officiating. The family received friends after 6pm Monday at the Funeral Home. Graveside services were held 10am Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at the Barren Fork Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Winona F. (Isaacs) Wendel age 68 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed from this life on Saturday, January 29, 2022.  

She was born June 21, 1953 to the late Floyd and Viola (Jones) Isaacs. 

In addition to her parents, Winona is preceded in death by her son, John R. Wendel Jr., a sister, Hazel DeMoss, and a brother, Russell Isaacs. 

Winona is survived by her daughter, Brenda Sander (and Steve); son, Brett Otto (and Haley Rarrieck); grandchildren, Cody, Matthew, & Hannah Sander, Jamie, Nathaniel, & Malia Wendel, Mikey Collins, & Luka Otto; and a great-granddaughter, Athena Radford. 

Graveside service were held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 12:00 noon at the Sammy New Cemetery. 

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

 

Christine Watson Cash Ball departed this life to be eternally with the Lord on Saturday, January 29, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 1, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby officiating.  Burial followed in McCreary Memorial Gardens. 

She was born on December 31, 1923 at Storm King, Kentucky in Perry County, She was married to Marvin Cash and later Earl Ball, both of whom are deceased. 

She is survived by a brother Lidge Watson, sisters Debbie Watson, Barbara Cecil, Lena Brown, Shirley Fudge, and Charlotte Spradlin. Preceding her in death are sisters Nora Foster, Marie Jones, Artie Davis, Ada Barton, and Imogene Kidd, brothers, Bill Henson, Clinton Duncan, and Woodrow Watson, She has four children Patsy Kilby deceased, Michael and Vicki Cash, Eddie and Pat Cash, and Teddy, and Kay Cash. Twelve grandchildren, grandson John Wesley Cash deceased twelve great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Christine was a member of Taylor Ridge Baptist Church. Christine loved to cook and work in her flowers, You always knew where you stood with Christine. The Lord blessed her with a long and healthy life well into her nineties. Her loss for us will be Heaven’s gain.

Obituary composed by family. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Christine Watson Cash Ball

 

Ronald Dewayne Ball, age 83 years, 8 months, and 22 days, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2022, at Signature Health Care in Pine Knot, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Ball Shelley and Rev. Braxton King officiating. 

He was born May 7, 1938, in Stearns Kentucky to James A. Ball and Rachel Stephens Ball. Ronald attended Meadows Grove Baptist Church. He was a renowned bluegrass musician, avid UK basketball fan, and was a foreman at the tent factory for many years. Ronald enjoyed camping with his boys and having coffee with friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Debbie Stigal Ball, daughter, Rachel Ball, 9 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Survivors include sons, Ronnie Ball Shelley, (Debbie), Kenny Ball, and William Wesley Ball, (Tanya Daugherty), special daughter, Teresa Sexton, grandchildren, Shane Ball, Devin Dewayne Ball, Billy Shelley, Jayne Lynn Shelley, and Halee Shelley, great grandchildren, Liam Spence, and Sunny Coates, nephews, David Shelley, and wife, Brenda, and J.W. Barnett, and niece Barbara Griffin.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ronald Dewayne Ball. 

 

Bernice Blevins age 87 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Signature Health Care of McCreary.

She was born September 7, 1934 in Creekmore, Kentucky to the late Andrew Lay and Thelma (Cornelius) Lay. Bernice was of the Church of God faith and was a homemaker. Bernice loved to cook and work in her garden. In her own time, she enjoyed watching gospel singing channels, game shows, and wrestling. But above all things, Bernice enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Bernice is survived by her children, Dwayne Blevins, Patricia Adams, and Regina Thomas, all of Pine Knot; a brother, Lance Lay of Williamsburg, KY; and sisters, Janet Stimmell of West Chester, Ohio and Sharon Meadows (husband, Jack) of Pine Knot.

Also surviving are Bernice’s grandchildren that she loved so dearly, Felicia Chitwood, Tyler Thomas, Nathan Thomas, and Josh Thomas; and great-grandchildren, Logan Chitwood, Breyer Chitwood, Xavier Chitwood, Braylee Thomas, and special little one on the way.

Funeral service were held on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the T Chitwood Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

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

 

John Carter, Jr. passed away on January 27, 2022 at the age of 81, in Bowling Green, KY. He grew up in Whitley City, KY before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1957. He served as an aviation electrician’s mate during his twenty-year military service.

Upon retirement from the Navy, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University. John Jr. dedicated his life to helping men and women overcome substance addiction through Alcoholics Anonymous.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Grace Sumner Carter, brothers Joseph Carter and Ted Carter, sisters Phyllis Carter Strunk, Barbara Carter Strunk, Judy Carter Hammock, and daughter Debra Carter.

His is survived by his sister Joyce Carter Marcum, and children Dr. Kathrene Carter Brendell, Donna Carter, Wyona Carter Hall, and John Boyd Carter.

Graveside services will be held at the Carter Cemetery on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2 pm.

 

Betty Susan (Reed) Charles age 57, wife of Dwayne Charles, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, January 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born July 20, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Austin Reed and Mabel (Free) Reed.

Surviving family include her husband, Dwayne Charles whom she married July 25, 1981; her son, David Charles of Pine Knot; her daughter, Tabitha Cuomo (and Justin) of Irwin, PA; a sister, Mabel Taylor (and William) of Erlanger, Kentucky; a granddaughter, Brooklyn Charles; and special nieces and nephews, Joshua, Aaron, and Ashley Taylor.

Betty was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of others. She liked to work in her garden, singing, and crafting. Betty loved to spend time with her family, but she found her most joy when she was with her granddaughter, Brooklyn.

Funeral service were held on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 6:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.

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

 

Vanessa Pauline Daugherty age 41 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, January 27, 2022 after fighting a long battle with cancer.

She was born February 16, 1980 in Somerset, Kentucky to Donald A. King and Lisa Stephens Strunk. Vanessa was a homemaker who enjoyed crafting and making things, coloring, painting, and watching movies. From a young child she was raised and grew up attending the Meadows Grove Baptist Church. Vanessa loved her family dearly, especially her daughters and grandchildren.

Preceding her in death is her grandfather, Robert I. Stephens and uncles, Robert Lee Stephens, Eddie Jo Stephens, and Jamie D. Grundy.

Surviving family include her daughters, Destiney Penney (and Dillan) of Monticello, Kentucky and Desiree Rose (and Christopher) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; her mother, Lisa Strunk of Pine Knot; her father, Donald King of Georgia; special companion, Jerry Strunk of Pine Knot; her grandmother, Janice Waters Grundy of Pine Knot; and grandchildren, Brayden, Brinsley, and two on the way, Liam and Brexlyn.

Also surviving is a brother, Gerald Wayne Strunk of Pine Knot; a sister, Sally Strunk also of Pine Knot; a special aunt, Sharon Privett (and Clellie “Bub”); special niece Courtney and nephew, Cody Bryant; and several special cousins that Vanessa loved dearly.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Meadow Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Trammell officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 6:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Funeral Home to assist with remaining funeral expense.

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

 

Frederick Wayne Dick, age 87, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, January 26 at his home while surrounded by family.

Frederick was the son of the late Walter Dick and the late Marie Dick. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 13, 1934. Frederick served in the United States Army and was self employed in construction. During his free time Frederick loved to go fishing, watch wrestling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Sam Pezzino, Joseph Dick; sisters, Nancy Overy, Betty Sass, and Barbara Akers.

Frederick is survived by a large host of loving family, including: sons, Jeffrey Labelle, of Toledo, Ohio, Wayne Dick, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Jason Dick and fiancé Tonee, of Toledo, Ohio; Daughters, Lisa Black, of Toledo, Marissa Bigley, of Bronston, Kentucky, Lori Nowak and husband Michael, of Whitley City, Kentucky; Brothers, Dennis Dick, of Jackson, Michigan, Edward Pezzino, of Toledo; a sister Maryann Johnson, of Toledo; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a lifelong best friend, Joseph Nowak.

Keeping with his wishes, cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held for Frederick on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 1:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Ford officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday after 12pm at the funeral home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Frederick Wayne Dick.

 

Ruth Hines, age 72 years, of Monticello, Kentucky, wife of Gale Hines, died Saturday, January 29, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Harlan County, Kentucky on January 30, 1949 the daughter of Dallas and Florence (Piece) Russell.  Ruth had worked as a teacher’s aide for the McCreary County School System and was a member at the Mt. Assembly Church of God in Sudney, Ohio.

Her parents; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters precede her in death.

Suvivors include her husband, Gale Hines; son Joshua Aaron Hines of Corners, Alabama; and daughter, Melissa Ann Hines Millwood of Louisville, Kentucky; brothers, Louis Russell and Gary Russell; grandchildren, Annabelle Hines Millwood, Nathaniel Hines Millwood, and Ava Marie Hines.  

Graveside services will be held 2pm Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Sammy New Cemetery with Bro. Randall Meadows officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Winona F. (Isaacs) Wendel age 68 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed from this life on Saturday, January 29, 2022.  She is the daughter of the late Floyd and Viola (Jones) Isaacs.

Graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 12:00 noon at the Sammy New 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.

 

Mikey Allen Jones, age 49 years, 10 months, and 7 days, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 31, 2022 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Rock Springs Cemetery.

He was born March 18, 1972, in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to Herman Jones and Flonnie Perry Jones. Mikey worked as a cook at the Huddle House for many years, where he bragged that he was the best cook that they ever had and made a delicious omelet. He enjoyed sports especially the Dallas Cowboys, and sports trivia. He also enjoyed listening to music.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ross Jones, sons, Antonio Jones, Bailey Jones, and Coty Jones, brothers and sisters, Glenna Freeman, Daniel Perry, Teresa Perry, and husband, Paul, Russell Jones, and wife, Michele, Stewart Jones, and wife, Pam, Anthony Jones, and wife, Maria, Shantella Todd, Vicki Jones, and Herbie Jones.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mikey Allen Jones.

 

Linda L Ross, age 71 years, and 5 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with her wishes, Linda was cremated.

She was born January 24, 1951, in Oneida Tennessee to William “Hub” Ramsey and Wilma Asher Ramsey. Linda was schoolteacher and attended the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed her grandchildren, family time, fishing, and jig saw puzzles. 

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors include her son, Tim Ross, daughter, Kari Ross, sisters, Diane Waters, and husband, Ken, and Sue Boshears, and husband Hildred, and three grandchildren, Noah, Oliver, and June Bug.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linda L. Ross.

 

Thomas Lee Ross, age 63 years, 11 months, and 5 days, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with his wishes Thomas was cremated.

He was born February 24, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Thomas Lee Ross Sr. and Anna L. Godsey Dobbs. Thomas received A.B.C. Employee of the Month and also an award for the Innovators Hall of Fame. He enjoyed bee keeping, reading, and walking in nature.

Preceding him in death was his father.

Survivors include his mother, Anna Dobbs, his wife, Patricia Ann Bennett Ross, son, Christopher Lee Ross, and wife, Aysha, daughters, Sarah Rashelle Ross Berry, and husband, Scott, and Treasure Nicole Ross Wiseman, and husband, Brad, brother, Jamie Dobbs, sister, Linda Ross Jones, and 6 grandchildren.

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

 

Wayne Shook, age 65 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died January 22, 2022 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

He was born in Muncie, Indiana on April 26, 1956 the son of Sylvester and Goldie (Gregory) Shook. Wayne had worked as a heavy equipment operator in the log woods and was a member of the Mt View Baptist Church. He enjoyed life to the fullest and his last words were, “Tell my family I love them and I want to see them in Heaven.”, but most of all he loved his children, Dallas and Kaylie, and his wife, Roxanne. He had said many times God had blessed him so much. He loved all his family dearly, and if you were a friend you were family to him.

His parents; brother, Edward Shook (Orene); sisters, Shelby Jean King, Iva Sue Jones (Ervin), and Hazel Troxell (Jesse); nephew, Andrew Cooper; brothers in law, Larry Wayne Cooper, Jay VanOver, and C.J. Cline; and sister in law, Katherine Shook precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife Roxanne (Wright) Shook of Stearns; son Dallas Cole Shook of Stearns; daughter, Kaylie Anne Shook of Stearns; brothers, Bill Shook (Jean) of Stearns, Bruce Shook (Joan) of Stearns, Jim Shook (Lois) of Whitley City, and Dale Shook of Stearns; sister, Ellen Coffey (Phillip) of Stearns; brother and sisters in law, Johnnie Wright (Karen) of Stearns, Joyce VanOver of Stearns, Becky Cline of Idaho, and Rhonda Boyatt of Stearns; special friends, Gary Vaughn, Faron Clark, Jerry Shoopman, Robbie Shoopman, and Tony Haider; Travis and JR whom he thought of as sons, that tried their best to keep up with him all things hunting and fishing; and numerous nieces and nephews he loved dearly.

Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, January 28, 2022 at the Mt. View Baptist Church with Bro. Bruce Tucker and Bro. Earl Davis, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Shook Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Edith Taylor, age 71 years, 11 months, and 29 days, of Revelo, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

In keeping with her wishes, Edith was cremated.

She was born January 25, 1950 in Revelo to Everett Taylor and Mildred Maxwell Taylor.  Edith was a homemaker and attended First Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  In her spare time, she enjoyed reading her bible, working crossword puzzles, watching TV, and attending church services.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Carlos Taylor, and a sister, Willa Dean King.

Survivors include her daughter, Louise Taylor of Revelo, and a brother-in-law, Tommy King of Whitley City.

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

 

Stanley Alcorn, age 71, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed from this life January 21, 2022 at his home. He was born in Somerset, KY., on October 25, 1950 to the late William and Antha Perry Alcorn.

In addition to his parents, Stanley is preceded in death by his nephew, Jason Alcorn.

Surviving family include his brother, Roger and wife Marilyn Alcorn of Stearns, KY., he worked as a Technician and Industrial Hygienist for Nuclear Plant of Oakridge, TN., he was a member of First Baptist Church of Whitley City. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Per his wishes, Stanley was cremated.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Stanley Alcorn.

 

Winfred Clark entered this life on January 28, 1943 in the Freedom Community of Wayne County and departed on January 11, 2022 at the home of his daughter in Somerset, Kentucky at the age of 78.

He was the youngest of seven children born of Grant and Ada Jones Clark. Winfred was a graduate of Wayne County High School and attended Campbellsville University.

Winfred met his wife Clotine Phillips Clark, of the Mt. View Community in McCreary County and were married on December 27, 1963 in Dayton, Ohio. This marriage of 56 years produced two children, Cindy Denney (husband, Mike) and Jeff Clark; six grandsons, Corey Mounce (and Sydney), Connor Denney, Clark Denney, Dylan Clark, Cole Clark (and Heather), and Ricky Clark; two great-grandsons, Lucas and Levi Mounce; and his loyal companion Rudy.

Winfred began working at the Stearns Company and later worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until he retired at the age of 60. As a young man, he accepted Christ as his Savior and joined Freedom Baptist Church. He was a member of East Somerset Baptist Church.

Winfred is survived by a brother, Grant Clark, Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a sister, Stella Clark of Somerset, Kentucky; brother-in-law Wayne Phillips (wife, Patsy); 3 sisters-in-law, Julie Phillips, Kathy Phillips, and Debbie Phillips; as well as 37 nieces and nephews.

Winfred is preceded in death by his parents; his beautiful wife Clotine, a grandson, Dakota Clark; A brother, Noble Clark, 3 sisters Zella Spurlock and her husband John, Tonie Clark, Mertie Jones, and many members of his beloved Phillips Family.

Winfred was known for his humor, honesty, and loyalty. He loved his family dearly and his grandsons and great grandsons were his pride and joy. He loved the outdoors and spoke often of time spent with his wife and the Phillips family enjoying memories of camping, fishing, and hunting.

His earthly presence will be missed and his memory will always be cherished.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Darvie Fenison and Bro. Dale Rose officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. View Cemetery. 

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

 

Theodore “Ted” Coffey, age 69 years, 9 months, and 5 days, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

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

He was born April 11, 1952, in Oneida, Tennessee, to James Coffey and Lona Flynn Coffey. Ted enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, and brother, Wilburn Coffey. 

Survivors include his wife, Judy Grundy Coffey, sons, Theodore Coffey, and James Coffey, brothers, James Coffey Jr., and wife, Diane, Carl Coffey, and wife, Carolyn, Woodrow Coffey, and Lonnie Coffey, and wife Wilma, sisters, Stella Moore, and husband, Cecil, Jewell Sumner, and husband, Paul, and Betty Bryant, and granddaughter, Emerson Coffey. 

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

 

Bobbie J. Kennedy, 91, of Sidney, Ohio passed away at 3:30 A.M. Monday, January 10, 2022 at Fair Haven County Home. She was born on September 30, 1930 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Reece and Pearl (Walker) Greene. On May 27, 1957 she married Luther “Elgin” Kennedy, who preceded her in death on September 3, 2009.

Bobbie is survived by one daughter, Lisa Smith of Sidney; two grandchildren, Ryan (Tammy) Smith of Troy, OH and Tara (Todd) Lee of Pickerington, OH; four great-grandchildren, Kayli and Noah Smith, and Connor and Olivia Lee; and one special nephew, Jimmie “Bevo” (Patricia) Greene II. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmie Greene.

Bobbie was a compassionate, kind and giving person. Her ultimate passion was her family, and her life was a living example of her love for them. She will be forever missed but Bobbie knew Christ as her Savior and has a home in heaven with Him. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

The family would like to thank Fair Haven County Home for the great compassion and care Bobbie received during her time with them.

No public services will be held. The family will hold a private graveside service at their discretion on a later date. Bobbie’s final resting place will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home in Sidney. Condolences may be expressed to the Kennedy family at www.cromesfh.com

 

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

She was born in Oneida, Tennessee on February 7, 1957 the daughter of Channer and Joyce (Jones) Inman. Mae was a homemaker, a member of the Mt. View United Baptist Church, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Her parents; husband, Curtis Kidd, Jr; daughter, May Dean Kidd; brother, Allen Inman; and sister, Merika Coffey precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Kenny Curtis Kidd and wife, Dana of Stearns, Kentucky and Denny Kidd and wife, Lyndsey of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Phillip Inman of Strunk, Kentucky, Eddie Inman and wife, Sharon of Strunk, Kentucky; and Johnnie Wayne Inman and wife, Linda of Stearns, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Keaton Kidd, Katrina, Kidd, and Konnor Kidd.

Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Johnnie Wayne Inman and Bro. Eddie Inman officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. View Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

He was born May 26, 1924 in Bell Farm, Kentucky to the late John Manuel Kidd and Anna Kidd.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, having served his county in World War II. Ottis was a life time member of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) as well as the American Legion Post in Ohio. Ottis spent his life working. He was a foreman for Newton Chimes for over 14 years and in 1967 he bought S&K Metals. He also owned and operated a farm with his horses and a garden.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Richmond Kidd; a grandson, Daniel Sons; a son-in-law, Everett Sons; brothers, Leonard, Lowell Dean, Harold “Toby” and Emmitt Kidd; and sisters, Bertha Brown Buccanan, Essie Worley, Ina Watters, and Dessie Kidd.

Surviving family include his daughter, Aldena Sons of Williamsburg, Ohio; a sister, Donna Frost of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Buddy Sons, Jerry Sons, Joseph Sons, and John Sons; great-grandchildren, David Sons and Melissa Dowling; and great-great-grandchildren, Nathan, Grace, and Kennedy.

Funeral service were held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 115 of Stearns. 

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

 

Tracy Lynn Patton, daughter of the late Ms. Vela Vanover Childe, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in her Campbellsburg, Indiana home. 

Born February 16, 1963 in Somerset, her early childhood was spent on Sandhill Road in Whitley City with her grandparents, Willie and Bessie Vanover. Her later teenage years were spent helping run a small business with her mother in Cincinnati until she relocated to southern Indiana in 1982. On February 22, 1984, she married Tony Patton, who survives. She was a loving wife and mother who always counted her blessings and took joy in the simple things. She was a true believer in Creator God and knew Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. 

Surviving family include her husband: Tony Patton, daughter: Nina (Steven Stines) Patton, and son: Jessy Wade Patton, all of Indiana. Other survivors include her beloved uncle: Sonny Vanover, two brothers: Randy (Connie) Malone and John Childe III, and many Vanover cousins.

She was laid to rest at 1:00 on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Campbellsburg, Indiana at Livonia Cemetery. 

“’Tis grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home” 

 

Paula Kay Smiddy, age 72 years, 7 months, and 22 days, of the Worley community, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

She was born May 29, 1949 in Somerset to William A. “Bill” Ball and Evelyn Griffis Ball Strunk.  Paula graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with a bachelor’s degree in education and taught English in the Campbell County Tennessee School District until her retirement.  In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant daughter, Laura Smiddy, and her twin brother, Nicky Ball.

Survivors include daughters, Amie Scott and her husband, Shane, and Cindy Scott and her husband, Shawn, grandchildren, Sarah, Hanna, Leah, William, Caleb, Marisa, and Laura, great grandchildren, Elijah and Nolan, a sister, Cheryl Ann Reynolds and her husband, Bill, and the father of her children, Bobby Smiddy.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Paula Kay Smiddy.

 

Dr. Danny Joe Strunk, MD., passed away on Tuesday January 18, 2022, at his home in Corbin, KY, being 79 years, 2 months, and 5 days old. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Cremation followed services.

Born on Nov 13, 1942, in Lexington, Ky to Dorman E. Strunk and Mildred (Henry) Strunk, Danny attended school in Pine Knot, and graduated from Pine Knot High School in 1960, where he played basketball and met the love of his life, a sweet young cheerleader named Mary Lee (King), whom he married in 1963. He later graduated from Union College in Barbourville, KY. Danny went on to attend the University of Louisville Medical School, where he later completed his residency and was named Chief Resident in Pediatrics. During the Vietnam era he served in the United States Navy in Norfolk, VA as Lieutenant Commander and Chief of Pediatrics at the Naval Base Hospital. 

Danny and Mary Lee moved to Somerset, KY in 1972, where he practiced pediatric medicine through 1989 at the Children’s Clinic. During this time Dr. Danny, as he was affectionately known, earned a reputation as being one of the best diagnosticians in the southeast and a loving, caring provider, serving as both Chief of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. After practicing medicine for a few years in other states, Dr. Strunk returned to his beloved Kentucky in 1993 to practice at Corbin Pediatric Associates in Corbin, KY until his retirement in 2018. Dr. Strunk cherished his time with the staff and families at Corbin Pediatrics and spoke often of how he couldn’t have chosen a better place to complete his career in medicine.

Danny grew up with a love of the outdoors and had a passion for fishing and music, loves he passed down to his sons, Steven and David, his grandchildren, and countless friends and others who crossed his path. The family took many vacations centered around fishing trips and outdoor adventures of all kinds. Watching the sun set over a beautiful body of water with his family or a fishing buddy, or sharing a great song, was his idea of paradise.

Danny loved his neighbors and believed strongly in giving back to the community. He mentored youth groups during the family’s time in Norfolk and Somerset, and was an active member of Corbin Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, where he served as an elder. Dr. Strunk also served on alumni boards at University of Louisville and Union College, where he was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the college’s Medical Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s highest honor, being commissioned a Kentucky Colonel.

Danny had a big heart. He often, without fanfare, helped children and their families in numerous ways. Whether buying them things they needed but could not afford, surprising a child with a special toy, sending flowers to a mom he knew was having a tough time, or telling a good fishing story or talking about music to lighted the mood, Dr. Strunk had a special knack of knowing the right thing to do in the right moment – be it a treatment regimen or otherwise. 

Danny is survived by his wife Mary Lee (King) Strunk of Corbin, sons Steven Strunk, his wife Tara, and their son, Griffin of Spring Hill, TN; David Strunk, of Corbin, David’s daughter and Danny’s granddaughter Jasmine Harrell and her husband Jonathan of Bowling Green, KY, who have blessed Danny and Mary Lee with three great-grandchildren, Leon, Everest and Thatcher. Danny was preceded in death by his father, Dorman, mother, Mildred, and brother, Douglas Strunk. Danny is also survived by his sister Judy Lee and her husband Darryl of Auburn Hills, MI. His life was made fuller through lifelong relationships with the dozens of in-laws, nephews, nieces, and other extended family he loved very much, as was theirs.

Danny lived life to the fullest, loved well, and invited all he knew to join him on the ride. One of Dr. Danny’s favorite quotes sums up his philosophy: “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Dr. Danny Joe Strunk M.D.

 

Larry Vanover, age 66 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Thursday, January 20, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on February 19, 1955 the son of Lawrence and Elva (Patrick) Vanover. Larry retired from the McCreary County Road Department where he operated heavy equipment and was member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church. He enjoyed cutting firewood, flea marketing and doing yard sales.

His parents; wife, Naydean (Campbell) Vanover; brothers, Carl Vanover, Lawrence Vanover, Jr., and Lawrence Edward Slaven; and sisters, Clara Vanover and Mary Vanover precede him in death.

Survivors include his step son, Christopher Perry and wife, Brittany of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; niece whom he raised and considered his daughter, Nichole Ridner and her children who called him papaw, a special nephew; Sam Ridner, brothers, Darryl R. Vanover (Diane) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Parker Lee Vanover (Wilda) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Michael Wayne Vanover (Renee) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sisters, Carol Vanover, Pearly Vanover, and Elva Mae Hicks (Elmer) all of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Louise Stouffe of Ohio; and step grandchild, Colton Perry

Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Patrick officiating. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made at the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Mikey Jones, age 49, husband of Elizabeth Ross Jones, of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Rock Springs 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 Mikey Jones. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Brother David Troxell officiated and burial followed in Hickman Cemetery.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

His father precedes him in death.

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

His parents precede him in death.

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

His father precedes him in death.

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

Preceding him in death were his parents.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Per her wishes Rhoda was cremated. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

In keeping with his wishes Frank was cremated. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

He was a member at Indian Creek Baptist Church.

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

Her parents precede her in death.

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary written by family.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Obituary was written by family.  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

He will be greatly missed by all.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

His father precedes him in death.

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

 

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

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

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

Her parents precede her in death.

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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

 

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

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

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

Online register book available at www.zettlerfuneralhome.com.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

He worked in construction and loved his son.

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

Private memorial service to be held at a later date.

Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory

 

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

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

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

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

Denise was a homemaker and a member of the Grave Hill Baptist Church. She loved people and enjoyed socializing. She was always wanting to help others in need by cooking and caring for them. Denise loved her family, especially her grandbabies.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Kenneth “Ken” Dale Clark, age 54 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on October 1, 1966 the son of Kenneth Alonzo and Wilma Lee “Sis” (West) Clark. Ken Dale was the owner of Ken’s Used Cars, a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, and enjoyed hunting, camping, shooting guns, 4-wheelers, fishing, and riding his pontoon, and hosting the Friday gun and knife trading.

His mother, Wilma Lee “Sis” Clark; son, Tommy Lorenzo Clark; aunt, Brenda West; and uncles, Clarence “Bud” West and Calvin Spradlin; and father-in-law, Eddie Lee Phillips precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Buffy Kay (Phillips) Clark of Marshes Siding; father, Kenneth Alonzo Clark of Marshes Siding; son, Douglas Alonzo Clark of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Courtney Clark and Kylie Clark both of Marshes Siding; brother, David Spradlin (Sheila) and Clifton Lynch (Donna) both of Marshes Siding; sisters, Kathy Troxell (Jerry), Carla Tucker (Kevin), Tammy Spradlin (Allen) and Sherry Coffey (Greg) all of Marshes Siding; uncles, Ken West and Harold Barnett; aunts, Lena Spradlin, Dora Strunk, Evelyn Parks, and Jewel Parks; mother-in-law, Penny Phillips; brother-in-law, Eddie Ray Phillips; sisters-in-law, Tracy Phillips and Joann Phillips; numerous nephews and cousins; and his special best friend, Yager.

Funeral services were held 6pm Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Steve Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the West Ridge Family Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Cecil Creekmore Jr., age 85, of the Marsh Creek community departed this life on Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Corbin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corbin, Kentucky. He was born on August 27, 1936 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Cecil Creekmore Sr. and Jewell (Neal) Creekmore. In addition to his parents, Cecil was also preceded in death by his wife of over 49 years, Fayrene (Hill) Creekmore and siblings, Georgie Wilson, Beatrice Burchett, and Ackmon Creekmore.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Strunk and husband Jim of Strunk, Kentucky; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends to mourn his passing. 

Cecil was a member of Silerville United Baptist Church. He was the devoted husband and caretaker of his wife Fayrene until her passing in March 2006. He enjoyed farming and gardening, which included planting 200 pounds of potatoes each year. Cecil was a jack of all trades which includes: carpenter, handyman, miner, and logger. He was an animal lover and took great care of his horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and cattle. Cecil’s farm and his cowbell collection were featured on the popular Kentucky traveling feature series “Sideroads”. Cecil will be remembered as a person who loved his family and friends and enjoyed visiting with them. 

Graveside service was held Friday, October 1, 2021 in the Jones Cemetery on Highway 779 in Strunk, Kentucky.

Obituary Courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

 

Dennis “Puddy” Ray Hardwick, age 63 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Stearns, Kentucky on September 13, 1958 the son of Robert and Mary (Cox) Hardwick. Puddy had worked as a mechanic and enjoyed shooting pool and going to cabin with all his friends to sit around the fire.

His parents; daughter; Rhonda Crabtree; brother, David Hardwick; sister, Sarah Stewart; and grandchild, JE Dakota Crabtree precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Cassie (Waters) Hardwick of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughter Sandy Wilson of Strunk, Kentucky; brother, Roger Hardwick of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Janice Wilson of Whitley City, Laura Whitehead of Whitley City, Barbie Hardwick of Pine Knot, Kathy Sumner of Pine Knot, Fay Dill of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Debbie Freeman of Strunk; grandchildren, Chasity Allen, Miranda Allen, and Alisa Allen; and great grandchildren, Conner Ray Taylor, Aiden Howard, Jackson Taylor, and Greyson Taylor.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Waters-Davis Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dylan Lowe age 9, of Pine Knot passed from this life on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.

He was born on October 19, 2011 in Somerset, Kentucky to Lacey Kilby and Dustin Lowe.

Surviving family include his parents, his brothers, Brokiah Kilby and Kycen Lowe, his grandmother, Phyllis Stephens and her fiancé, John Cloyd, his grandfather, Billy Lowe, and his best friend, Collin Sexton.

Dylan is preceded in death by his “poppy”, Robert Lee “Moe” Stephens and his grandmother, Judy Lowe.

Dylan was a 4th grade student at the Pine Knot Elementary School, where he enjoyed writing stories for his teachers. He loved music and was an avid ACDC fan. Dylan loved to play the guitar, write songs, sing songs, and perform. Music was his life. Dylan also enjoyed attending church with his family, especially his papaw. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Kilby Family Cemetery. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Delbert Gene Rollins, age 45 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on April 16, 1976 the son of Grover and Mary (Ridner) Rollins. He had worked for Fibrotech, and enjoyed watching football, riding around, but especially spending time with his children.

His parents; wife, Melissa (Phillips) Rollins; and brothers, Othel Ray Rollins and Randall Rollins precede him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Damon Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Brandon Reynolds of Somerset, Kentucky; daughter, Courtney Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and brother, Ronald Rollins of Parkers Lake, Kentucky.

In accordance with his wishes cremation was chosen.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Earl Roger Stanfill, 76, of Norwood, Ohio died peacefully September 23, 2021, at his Norwood home. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Virginia (Foster) Stanfill. He is preceded in death by his beloved daughter Kathy Renee Stanfill (Braden). He is also survived by his beloved daughter Terri Stanfill (Terry Mayo) and included are his grandchildren Devin Braden (Monica Helton), Chase Braden (Stephanie Braden), Hunter Braden, Spencer Stanfill, Annslee Braden, and one great grandchild Ryland Braden. 

Funeral services were held Friday, October 1, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Roger was born April 11, 1945, to Ernest and Mossie Stanfill. He attended Pine Knot High School in Pine Knot, Kentucky with the graduating class of 1963. He continued his education at Cincinnati State in Ohio graduating with an associate’s degree in graphics design.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and volunteering in his home church (Love Divine Baptist Church). Some of his passions were playing basketball in his younger years and cheering on his favorite team University of Kentucky basketball. He dedicated the majority of his professional career to Ford Motor Company and then continued his career with Children’s Hospital.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Earl Roger Stanfill.  

 

Andy Tucker, age 46 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky on December 24, 1974 the son of Roger and Linda Marie (Wilson) Tucker. Andy had worked as a carpenter, was baptized at the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church and had been attending the Walker’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and T-Rex’s, building and welding, and racing late model cars.

Survivors include his parents, Roger and Linda Tucker of Whitley City; sons, Jakeb Andrew Tucker (Nikki Toomey) of Somerset, Kentucky and Evan Andrew Tucker of Winchester, Kentucky; daughter, Anastasia Beth Tucker of Somerset; brother, Allen Tucker (Heather) of Richmond, Kentucky; sister, Kala Ashley Jones (Brent) of Whitley City; girlfriend, Lisa Meadows; and grandchildren, Indie Ellis and Ripley Quinn Tucker.

Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Darren Kidd and Bro. Damon Stevens. Burial followed in the Strunk Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tony Allen Worley, age 55, husband of Samantha Dykes Worley of Parkers Lake, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Baptist Health Lexington.

He was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on June 6, 1966, to Coy and Wilda Taylor Worley. 

Tony is survived by his son; Tony Shannon Lee Worley of Parkers Lake, KY., daughters; Tabitha Kendrick and husband William of Somerset, KY., brothers; Rick Worley and wife Janet of Stearns, KY., Michael Worley of Whitley City, KY., sisters; Linda Boyatt and husband Curtis of Winfield, TN., Debra Allison and Bennie of Stearns, KY., and Tammy Smiddy of Pine Knot, KY. 

Tony worked as a sales associate for Wal-Mart and was a member of the Hill Top Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, camping, and he was considered the grill king. The one thing that meant the most to Tony was spending time with his family.

A memorial service was held at Hill Top Missionary Baptist church on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm with brother David Troxell officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tony Wayne Hall, age 60 years, of Bronston, Kentucky, son of Goldie (Watson) Massengale and the late Lawrence Lecil Hall, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Rev. James Edison Watson age 89 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, widower of Eskie (Roberts) Watson, passed from this life on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Revelo Church of God. Burial to follow in the Watson Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 6:00 pm  until 9:00 pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Leo Dolen, age 80, of the Worley Hilltop Community, widower of, Cloteen Dolen, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 8, 2021, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday at the funeral home. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leo Dolen.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Raymond “Cub” Noel Ball, age 88 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at his home. He was born in Worley, Kentucky on September 7, 1933 the son of Arnold “Bear” and Geneva (Pulliam) Ball. Cub had worked as a coal miner, was a deacon of the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church, a member of Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge #874, Laurel Heights Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #288, and Scottish Rite Valley of Covington. His parents; wife, Anna Louise (Ramsey) Ball; son, Danny Ball; sister, Doris Barrett; and grandson, Shawn Ball and Raymond King precede him in death. Survivors include his sons, Michael Ball of Stearns, Kentucky, David Ball (Janice) of Whitley City, Kentucky, James Ball (Gerald) of Stearns, Kentucky and Allen Ball of Williamsburg, Kentucky; brothers, Billy Ball of Burlington, Kentucky, Bobby Ball of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dean Ball of Mexia, Texas, and Jimmy Ball Burlington, Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Hensley of Burlington, Jean Hayes of Burlington, and Beulah McCarter of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, Brooklyn, Danny Lee, Bobby, Brian, Pam, Bridgette and Crystal; numerous great grandchildren; and companion and friend for 20 years, Brenda Lewis. Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, September 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officaiting. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home. Eastern Star and Masonic Services were at 12:30 pm Friday.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Freddie Cecil Dority, age 57 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the Big Southfork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 15, 1963 the son of Arthur and Lucy (Strunk) Dority. Freddie was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. His parents; brothers, Harold Daugherty, Estell Daugherty, and Leonard Sammons; and sister Truie Daugherty Strunk precede him in death. Survivors include his brothers, Burl Dority and Joe Daugherty (Renee) both of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister Madie Parriman of Whitley City, Kentucky; and several nieces, nephews, and other family. Graveside services were held 4pm Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Pat Coffey officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Dennis “Puddy” Ray Hardwick, age 63 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, husband of Cassie (Waters) Hardwick, died Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Waters-Davis Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Eugene Heath Jr. Born in Fairfax County, Virginia to Columbus E. Heath Sr. and Shirley Ann Heath. He married his high school sweetheart Lisa Hobbs in 1984. They were married 36 ½ years. He joined the Air Force in early 1984, he was stationed in Austin, Texas until 1988. He was very patriotic and loved serving his country. He moved his family back to Kentucky in 1993. He was employed at TMMK in Georgetown for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Heath; son, Columbus Matthew Heath; daughter, Chelsea Mariah Heath, and coming soon grandson Luca. Also survived by his siblings; sister, Jennifer Jo West and brother Jimmy Duane Heath.  His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and kayaking, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Okaloosa Island was their happy place.  You are our heart and soul and are deeply missed. Until we are together again We love you, Lisa, Matthew, Chelsea A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

Dylan Lowe age 9, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, son of Lacey Kilby and Dustin Lowe, passed from this life on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Kilby Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday after 1:00 pm until service time. Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Jo Nevels, age 80 years, 1 month, and 5 days, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 at her home in Hamilton, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, September 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. She was born August 14, 2021 in Greenwood, Kentucky, to Oscar Worley and Gertie Keith Worley. Jo was a retired nurse and X-Ray tech. She was a member of the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting, reading, crafts, attending church, family time, and loved her grandpup. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Deemes Nevels, brothers, Cecil, Alton, and Herb, and sisters, Gladys and Estelle. Surviving her in death is her son, David Nevels, and wife, Teresa. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Jo Nevels. 

 

Earl Roger Stanfill, age 76, husband of, Virginia Foster Stanfill, of Norwood, Ohio passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021, at his home and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 1pm. Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00pm Thursday at the funeral home. Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Earl Roger Stanfill. A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Linville Lee Taylor, age 79 years, 1 month, and 21 days, husband of, Eva Privett Taylor, went to be with his Lord and savior Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at his home in Strunk, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, September 24, 2021 in the Jess Privett Cemetery with Bro. Stuart Jones and Bro. Troy Watson officiating.  He was born July 31, 1942, in Strunk, Kentucky to George Arnold Taylor and Margie Marie Coffey Taylor. Linville was retired having worked for 30 years at Arvin in Oneida Tennessee and Outdoor Venture Corporation He was a member of the Paint Rock Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and family time; especially with his grandchildren, and working around the house. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Vonda Kidd, brother in-law, Alvis Privett, and two nephews. Survivors include his loving wife, Eva, whom he married July 24, 1964, two daughters, Tracy Jones, and husband, Daniel, Sherry Coffey, and husband, Curtis, his brothers, Conley Taylor, and wife, Wanda, Coy Taylor, and wife, Jeany, Charles Taylor, and wife, Rhonda, Kenny Taylor, and Alonzo Taylor, his sisters, Katherine Stephens, Wilda Douglas, and husband, Howard, Sharon Taylor, Betty Watson, and husband, Rev. Larry, Karen Watters, and husband, Larry, and Shirley Bryant, and husband, Lawrence, brother in-laws, Hurstle Privett, and wife, Cheryl, Ronnie Privett, and wife, Joan, sister in-law, Nancy Privett, 3 grandchildren, Jarrod Stephens, and wife, Stephanie, Cody Stephens, and wife, Samantha, and Christopher Coffey, 6 great grandchildren, Madison, Aytumn, Ava, Cameron, Hunter, and Matthew and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him. Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linville Taylor.

 

Georgianna Lynn Vaughn, newborn daughter of MacKenzie Perkins and Branden Vaughn was born and died September 16, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Samantha Perkins of Lenoir City, Tennessee, Chris Perkins of Somerset, Kentucky, Kenneth and Kristie Vaughn of Strunk, Kentucky; and uncle and aunts, CJ Perkins (Dreama) Salina Perkins, Kalie Meadors, and Krista Meadors all of Somerset, Kentucky. Memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tony Allen Worley, age 55, of Parker’s Lake, Kentucky, passed away at Baptist Health Lexington hospital on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Tony was the husband of Samantha Worley (Dykes), and the father of Tabitha Kendrick (Worley) and Tony Shannon Lee Worley. Keeping with the families wishes, Tony will be cremated. A memorial service will be held by the family on Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 2:00pm EST at the Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. David Troxell officiating. McCreary County Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements of Mr. Tony Allen Worley. A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Rhonda Ann Jones West, age 63 years, 8 months, and 27 days, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, September 27, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. She was born December 28, 1957, to George “Gee” West and Mary Rowena Jones Ross in Worley, Kentucky. Rhonda was a fierce, independent and strong willed woman who was never afraid to speak her mind. She enjoyed being outdoors, trading and had many sports cars in her younger years. She had a laugh that was contagious. Rhonda had unbelievable strength, overcoming breast cancer twice in her lifetime. She was a fun and wild spirit who would grace the presence of anyone who was around her. To know her was to love her. Preceding her in death was her parents, maternal grandparents, Luther and Hattie Belle Jones, paternal grandparents, John and Laura West, and brother, Johnny West. Survivors include, her daughter, Krystal Michelle Wilson Coffey, and husband, Rhonda’s favorite son-in-law Randy Dale, brothers, Michael “Mike” Byron Jones, and Anthony “Tony” Kerwin Ross, and wife, Vickie Lynn, sister, Susan Rochelle Ross, grandchildren, Meghan Danielle Coffey Dobbs, and husband, Ricky Lee, and Carrie Nichole Coffey, and fiancé, Skyler Devonlee Coffey, a extremely special friend, Sandra Kay Meadows, and precious nephew, Lucas “Luke” Meadows. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rhonda Ann Jones West.

 

Kimberly Sue (Perry) Grundy, age 52 years, of the Worley Hilltop Community, died Monday, September 13, 2021 at her home. She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on March 22, 1969 the daughter of Austin Lee and Arlene (Wilson) Perry. Kim was a member of the Whitley City Church of Christ, and enjoyed camping at the creek and Bingo. Her parents precede her in death. Survivors include her son, Tylor Hill (Tammy) of Stearns, Kentucky; daughters, Roxie Sumner (Matt) of Whitley City, Kentucky and Nikki Cooper of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, Johnny Perry (Mindy) of Revelo, Kentucky, Jerry Wilson of Whitley City, and Elbert Perry (Shelia) of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Jenny Clark (Chan) of Revelo, Kentucky, Lena Perry (Robbie) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Vina Wilson (Jamie) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; a very special and dear friend, Tommy Hill of Stearns, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Bradley, Garrett, Dalton, Kemp, Coleman, Hunter, Bryson, Bella, Makayla, Kaitlyn, Preston, and Kaison. Graveside services were held 1pm Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Nancy Grave Cemetery with Bro. David Ball officiating. The funeral procession left the McCreary County Funeral Home at 12:15pm Thursday.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Vickie Lee (Walker) Luckadoo age 68 of the Round Top Community, in Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at her home. She was born November 4, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Clifford Walker and Emma (Padget) Walker. In addition to her parents, Vickie is preceded in death by her great-grandchild, Sam Perry, brothers, Thomas, Dennis, and David Walker, and sisters, Jacqueline Craft and Deloris Feltner. Surviving family include her husband, Leonard Luckadoo, Sr. whom she married, March 8, 1968; sons, Leonard Luckadoo, Jr. of Johns Island, South Carolina, Gordon Luckadoo, Jacksboro, Tennessee, and Joseph Luckadoo of Strunk, Kentucky; a brother, Clifford Walker of Stanford, Kentucky; sisters, Wanda Sizemore (husband, Woodson) of Southpoint, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Beulah Walker of Strunk. Also surviving are Vickie’s grandchildren, Courtney Perry (and Robert), Victoria Luckadoo (and Kevin), Ashley Schuller (and Jeramiah), Kelli Shipley (and Coty), Audrey Luckadoo, Jaiden Luckadoo, Joseph Luckadoo, Christopher Thompson (and Ashley), Leonard Luckadoo III, and Kaitlyn Luckadoo; and 16 great-grandchildren. Vickie was of the full gospel faith. She loved family time and being with her grandchildren. Her world revolved around family time and making memories. In her spare time, Vickie enjoyed sewing and always enjoyed the Christmas season. Her home was always the brightest and most cheerful around. Funeral service were held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Luckadoo Family Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Monday after 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Gary Sewell, age 73 years, 9 months, and 21 days passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. He was born November 25, 1947 in Muncie, Indiana to Elby Sewell and Lois Bell Sewell. Gary was a United States Army Veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was a retired signal maintainer for the Norfolk Southern Railroad and was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Gary enjoyed archery and bow hunting. He was a devoted father, husband, and grandfather. Preceding him in death were his parents. Survivors include his sons, Matthew Sewell, and wife, Valerie, and Brian Sewell, brother, Mark Sewell, and wife, Sherry, sister, Marilyn Casada, and husband, Roger, 3 grandchildren, Stephen, Veronica, and Jacob Sewell, and four great grandchildren, Kenlyn, Brecklyn, Mason, and Beckett.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Gary Sewell. 

 

Donnie Ray Smith, age 34 years, 10 months, and 11 days, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Private funeral services were held Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Logan Cemetery. He was born November 6, 1986, in Somerset, Kentucky to Donnie Ray Hamilton and Janie Smith Perry. Donnie was a United States Postal Service Mail Contractor and also spent time working as a deputy jailer. He enjoyed fishing, four wheeling, and spending time with his kids. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Leslie and Ida Hamilton, Lumer and Lola Smith, and his stepfather, Billy Joe Perry. He is survived by his loving wife, Dana Smith, father, Donnie Ray Hamilton, mother, Janie Smith Perry, daughter, Lillie Smith, sons, Bentley, and Daylan Smith, and sisters, Donna Smith, and Laura Smith. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Donnie Ray Smith. 

 

Frank Cheatham Strunk, Jr. was born July 28th, 1931, to Vessie Slaven and Frank Cheatham Strunk, in the town of Revelo, in the mountains of McCreary County, Kentucky, the fifth of eight children. Frank served the rank of PVT-2. Following the war, Frank returned to his beloved home and enrolled in Cumberland college and then attended the University of Kentucky where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1958.

On December 24, 1956 Frank married Barbara Jean Lay who predeceased him.  He is survived by their three children, Valerie Ann Shea, Vanessa Lynn Strunk. and Frank Strunk, III, a nephew, Hap Strunk, and a sister, Carol Shook. In 1960, following the birth of his first child, Frank and Barbara moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where Frank worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative. There, he worked with then Secretary of State Dean Rusk, taking electric co-ops to underdeveloped countries, traveling to Ecuador to start that country’s electrification. During this time, Frank also served as a speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Some of the materials written by him were recently donated to President Johnson’s presidential library in Austin, Texas. Following his work with the National Rural Electric Cooperative, Frank started his own printing and public relation’s business, Centurion Press and FCS Communications, which remained operating in Rockville Maryland for 60 years employing thirty employees during that time.  Frank was a multi-talented musician and a virtuoso at the guitar, mandolin, and other instruments. Self-taught from a young age, Frank played bluegrass his entire life and formed music groups in Kentucky, Maryland, and later Florida, where he moved in 1985. In addition to his loved of music, Frank was a prolific reader and writer.  While in Florida, he published four novels, “Jordans Wager,” “Jordans Shadow,” “Throwback,” and “Blood Personal.” At the end of his life, he returned to the northeast and was lovingly cared for by his three children, and his nephew, Hap Strunk.  Along with his parents and his wife, three brothers, Ottis H. Strunk, Robert Estill Strunk, and Kenneth Ray Strunk, two half-brothers, Douglas C. Strunk, and Jack Strunk, and one sister, Elizabeth Lou. precede him in death. Frank was buried in his beloved Kentucky, with graveside services held Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 1:00 pm in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.  

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Frank Strunk.

 

Linda Tapley, age 69 years, 10 months, and 29 days, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida Tennessee and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Troxell Cemetery. She was born October 19, 1951, in Bald Knob, Kentucky to Charlie R. Tapley and Pearly Winchester Tapley. Linda was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and was a member of the Old Beech Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, family time, especially with her grandchildren, and watching westerns. She was a breast cancer survivor and was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother’s in-law, Leonard Phillips, and Tom Ammon, sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Miller, brothers, Elbert Miller, and Billy Duncan, and wife, Betty, Harold, Edd, Paul, Bill, and Junior Tapley, sisters, Genell Holder, and husband, Joe Bill, Evelyn Watson Esmond, and Ruth Hollars, and husband, Glen. Survivors include sons, Stanley Charles Tapley, and fiancé, Julie Richardson, Daniel Brian Tapley, and wife, Jerica Tapley, daughter, Tonya Pearl Crabtree, and husband, Allen, brothers, James Henry Tapley, and Albert Miller, sister-in-law, Mrs. Elbert Miller, sisters, Volena Ammon, Dorothy Phillips, Imogene Sorrell, and husband, Bob, and Brenda Smith, and husband Larry, Donna Tapley Lowe, Goldie Tapley Baker, Gertrude Bunch Sams.  Grandchildren, Megan Pearl Tapley (raised as her own), Katelyn Tapley, Sarah Tapley, Dillan Smith, Kimberly Crabtree, and fiancé, Zach Phillips, Dustin Crabtree, and wife, Miranda, Hailey Crabtree, Derica Hanna Lynn Tapley, Asher Tapley, and Gunner Tapley. Great grandchildren, Jayden Crabtree, Camden Crabtree, Alexis Crabtree, and Zepplin Cole Tucker. She was like a second mother to, David, Susie, William, Wendy, Bobby, Robert, Little Henry, Nikki, and Shawn. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linda Tapley.

 

Stanley Wayne Troxell, age 58 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at his home. He was born August 12, 1963 the son of James Luther and Mary Jean (Wyatt) Troxell. Stanley had served his country in the US Navy, had worked as a driver for Schwan’s; was a member of the American Legion Post #115, and enjoyed old cars, playing guitar, and riding motorcycles. His mother, Mary Jean Troxell; brothers, David and Larry Troxell; niece Amanda Troxell; and nephew, Jimmy Troxell precede him in death. Survivors include his father, James Luther Troxell of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Nicole Troxell, Paige Pauley, Nina Troxell, and Rachel Kersey; brother, Jimmy Troxell of Whitley City; sisters, Faye Vaughn (Gene) of Whitley City and Linda Blanford (Scott) of Holy Cross, Kentucky; and several grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 1pm Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Ronald Clay Sutton, age 68 years, of Somerset, Kentucky died September 17, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky. He was born June 1, 1953 in Somerset, Kentucky the son of Clifford Clay and Martha Omega (Perry) Sutton. Ronnie had been a mechanic and truck driver and loved being with his family at every opportunity. His parents precede him in death. Survivors include his children, Marti Sutton Rosser of Oneida, Tennessee, Sarah Ann Anderson (Eric) of Corbin, Kentucky, Ronald Clay Sutton II (Courtney) of Somerset, Kentucky, and Holly Reynolds (Brandon) of Whitley City, Kentucky; sister, Sherry Sutton Raleigh of Whitley City, Kentucky grandchildren, AshLinn Wilford, Storm Rosser, Stone Rosser, Piper Rosser, Jett Rosser, Payton Butler, Courtney Griffis, Logan Burchfield, Lily Burchfield, Tessa Neal, Caden Spradlin, Bella Reynolds, Eythan Phillips, Mylei Sutton, Macie Sutton, and Henry Anderson; and great grandchildren, Aspyn Baggett, Alayna Baggett, Maverick Byrd, Jaxtyn Griffis, Parker Rosser, and Rain Rosser. Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, September 20, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens. The family received friends after 1pm Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Elmer Olson, age 88 passed away Friday, August 27, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Elmer Olson. 

 

Sally Angeline Baird age 83 years of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at her home.

She was born March 30, 1938 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Walter Baird and Frona (Ramsey) Baird. In addition to her parents, Sally is preceded in death by her brothers, Emery, Elmer, Estil, Leamon, and Infant brother Freeman Baird; and sisters, Elizabeth Kangas, Sue Carol Baird, Betty Anderson, Mary Magdalene Baltimore Knieriem, Edlene King, and Nina Stephens.

Survivors include her sister Marie Ross and husband Charles of Strunk, Kentucky; special nephews Ronald and wife Michelle King, Jackie and wife Donna Stephens; great nieces and nephews Ronnie King, Caitlin King, Coby Stephens, Keisha Sexton; and host of other nieces and nephews whom she loved. Also, very special friends Rose Braden, Kathy Strunk, Wilma Matthews, and Betty Daugherty.

Sally was a long time Member of the Hayes Creek Church of God (since 1954). She also attended church at the Marshes Siding Church of God and Hill Top Baptist Church. Her whole life was dedicated to her family; helping each and everyone she could. She loved cooking, her church, singing and sitting on the back porch. She loved everyone and loved being a caretaker.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Ms. Sally Angeline Baird.

 

Lester Ball Jr., age 74 years, 2 months, and 23 days, husband of Tammy Chitwood Ball, passed away Friday, September 10,2021 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery.

He was born June 18, 1947 in Stearns, Kentucky to Lester Ball Sr. and Nina Ledbetter Ball. Lester was a Vietnam Army Veteran and was awarded the bronze star during his service. He was a member of the Taylor Ridge Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling, watching drag racing, and spending time outdoors.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Louise Glover and Shirley Ball, and brothers, Kenneth, Clyde, Delbert, Bobby, and Roger.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Ball, two sons, Allan Ball, and wife, Jenny, and Roger Ball, two stepsons, Robbie Ball, and wife, Tammy, and Christopher Erbaugh, and wife, Chrissy, daughter, Rachaelle Manor, and husband, Michael, stepdaughter, Jami Dickerson, and husband, Joe, a brother, Clarence Ball, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lester Ball Jr. 

 

Charlie Corder, age 87 years, 7 months, and 7 days, passed away at his home in Stearns, Kentucky on Saturday, September 4, 2021 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday September 8, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Garred Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Clearview Cemetery

He was born January 28, 1934 to Hobert Corder and Mary Margaret Jones in Ritner, Kentucky. Charlie worked at Wrights Dairy Farm and also as a coal miner and a logger. He was a member of the Clearview Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Wilma Duvall Corder, son, Doug Corder, brothers, Virgil Corder, and Rev. Calvin Corder, and sisters, Ilene and Gladys.

Survivors include his son, Joe Corder, and wife, Janet, daughter, Janet Stephens, and husband, Gary, daughter in-law, Linda Corder, brothers, Rev. Harvey Corder, and Gary Corder, and wife, Ila, sisters, Corena Tucker, and Elizbeth Worley, 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Charlie Corder.

 

Roberta Sue Marie Davis, age 57 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky.

She was born in Jellico, Tennessee on July 23, 1964 the daughter of Carl and Sarah Myrtle (Nevels) Bryant. Roberta was a homemaker, and loved her grandchildren and cooking.

Her parents; brothers, Ricky Keith and Eugene Keith; and sister, Joyce Vanover precede her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Mark A. Powers of Whitley City, Kentucky and Adam Powers (Jennifer) of Bronston, Kentucky daughter, Melody McDonald of Stearns, Kentucky; brother Carl Bryant, Jr. of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Pat Lovett officiating. Burial followed in the Flat Rock Cemetery. 

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gilmore Gilreath, age 65, of Pine Knot, KY, passed from this life on September 5, 2021 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  

He was born in 1955 in the Bethal Community of Pine Knot, KY.  Gilmore was preceded in death by his parents Eva Bryant Gilreath and Golden Gilreath. Gilmore is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sheila Tucker Gilreath as well as three children: David Aaron Tucker (wife Amy), Stewart Benjamin Gilreath (wife Rhea) and Amy Nichole Bruner (husband Jeff).  Gilmore was “Poppy” to three special grandchildren: Alexis Anne Tucker, Maxwell Parker Gilreath and Paul Westin Bruner.  

Gilmore was eight of nine siblings including Lawrence Gilreath, Linnie Miller, Jimmy Gilreath, Lloyd Gilreath, William Gilreath, Charlie Gilreath, Linda Meadows and Sandy Gilreath.  Gilmore was also very close with several nieces, nephews and extended family members.  The family would also like to recognize a special friend of the family, Sheena Pitzer.  

What can be said about a lifetime of memories during such a loss?  Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  While the family is deeply saddened by Gilmore’s passing, they ask that all family and friends pause to reflect on the happy personal memories shared with Gilmore and remember him in that way.  Gilmore should be remembered for his outgoing personality; strong-willed, outspoken, hardworking, dependable, unselfish and loving.  Gilmore recognized the value of hard work and instilled this value into his family.  Gilmore enjoyed the simple things in life and never met a stranger.  Gilmore was an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat fan.  Gilmore loved spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and ATV riding.  Gilmore enjoyed his retirement spending every moment with his family. 

Obituary was written by the family.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home as honored to serve the family of Gilmore Gilreath.

 

Cash William Gregory, age 81 years, 3 months, and 3 days, husband of Barbara Trammell Gregory, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Graveside service was held Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Bud Gregory Cemetery in Clark Hollow, Kentucky.

He was born May 29, 1940 in Clark Hollow, to Schyler and Dovie Gregory. Cash worked at Kentucky Hardwood Sawmill. He was a member of the Concord Baptist Church. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting and whistling. 

Preceding him death were his parents, five brothers, Bobby Gregory, Jack Gregory, James “Red” Gregory, Carl “Kool” Gregory, and Bill Monroe Gregory, 6 sisters, Dorthy Gregory, Minnie Gregory, Ellamae Gregory, Barbary Whitehead, Willma Lee Clark, and Elma Gregory.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Gregory, son, Cashman Gregory, and wife, Jessica Sue Fryman, daughters, Abby Strunk, and husband, Lowell, Helen Denise Gregory, and Angely Jones, and husband Jerry, grandchildren, Kayla “Kate”, John , Rachael , Rachelle, William, Carl, Stanley, Jacklyn and Dean, and two special nieces, Ginger and Samantha.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Cash Gregory. 

 

Charles Mehaffey II, age 62 years, 5 months, and 11 days, husband of Nancy Mitchell Mehaffey, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

In keeping with his wishes Charles was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

He was born March 29, 1959 to Charles Mehaffey I and Carol Hooper Horseman. Charles was a United States Army Veteran and enjoyed being a mechanic, being around people and painting. 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Nany Mehaffey, 3 sons, one brother, Gary Mehaffey, two sisters, one uncle, Sam Hooper, and one grandchild. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Charles Mehaffey II.

 

Coy Lee Stephens, age 72 years, and 10 days, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021, at V.A. Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 10, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the East Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.

He was born August 25, 1949, to Elmer and Evelyn Stephens. Coy was a disabled Army veteran. He enjoyed listening to music, specifically old country.  He also loved watching comedy movies with Jimmy and reading his bible. 

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his son, James Robert “Jimmy” Stephens, and wife, Angela, a granddaughter, Abigail Stephens, and brothers, John Paul Stephens, and wife, Rose, and Larry Ray Stephens.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Coy Lee Stephens.

 

Krystal Carol Bryant Jakes was called to Heaven Thursday, August 26, 2021 to be with her father, Glenn Bryant, her brother, Kenneth Bryant, and sister, Chasity Bryant. She is survived by her mother Linda Henry, stepfather Larry Henry, husband Kristopher Lee Jakes and two daughters, Alyssa Bailey Hagewood and Maleigha Kaysee Hagewood.

Krystal was the devoted wife of Kristopher and loving mother of Alyssa and Maleigha Hagewood. Her family also included 6 dogs and 2 cats. At home with her family was Krystal’s happy place. As some of her animals aged and the health care problems mounted, she trained herself to be a proficient vet tech to keep them comfortable through their later years. As a talented photographer, Krystal was the mom to do everyone’s senior portraits and many friends and clients weddings. She had a gift for putting together beauty. She was also talented in cosmetology and went on to represent some of the make up lines she loved.

Krystal was known far and wide for being a true friend. She had a forgiving heart and an ability to look past her friends’ worst days. She helped many people get on their feet at down points in life. She was happy to provide a meal, a bed, and plenty of laughs to anyone she found in need, be they human or animal.

She will be forever missed by her family and friends.

A visitation for Krystal was held Friday, September 3, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. A visitation occured Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. A celebration of life service did occur Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ForestLawnFuneral-Goodlettsville.com for the Jakes family.

Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Wiley Randall Rose, 65, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, August 30, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with complications from Covid-19.

He was born on July 14, 1956 in Honey Bee, (Parkers Lake), Kentucky, son of the late Cye Jones Rose and Alma Ann Renfro Rose. In his earlier years, Randall had a passion for the outdoors and the logging business. But, he became a self-employed auto mechanic where he gained the friendship of many friends. Randall married the love of his life; Mary Ann Bolin on January 30, 1974 in Parkers Lake, Kentucky. This year they celebrated 47 years and 8 months of being together. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching western tv shows and caring for his animals especially his horses, pigs and dogs. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. “Ran” or “Wildman” as he was called by those who knew and loved him, will be greatly missed.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant brother, and three other brothers; Roger Rose, Jimmy Rose and Burnell Rose, a sister; Norma Faye Rose, his mother-in-law; Gustava Watson, two sisters-in-law; Norma Lee Rose and Beverly Rose along with a brother-in-law; Charlie Hurd.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife; Mary Ann Rose of Parkers Lake, two sons; Trampas Ray Rose and (Tammy Coffey), Christopher Riley (Chandler) Rose all of Parkers Lake, a daughter; Norma Faye (Donnie) Morgan of Stearns, two brothers; John “Bill” Rose and Carness Rose of Parkers Lake , four sisters; Wilma (George) Taylor, Glenda Hurd, Lena (Ralph) Stogsdill all of Parkers Lake and Verna (Jessie) Patrick of Whitley City, a sister-in-law; Shelby Rose of Parkers Lake, 12 grandchildren; Samantha (Tyler) Dobbs, Jessica Morgan, Donnilee Morgan, Lonnie Morgan, Lucas Rose, Christian Rose, Gracie Rose, Corban Rose, Cody Rose, Paxton Rose, Ava Rose and Eli Rose, and one on the way, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private celebration of Life Memorial Service and Inurnment will be held at the family residence on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

You may offer condolence and sign the online register book at www.somersetundertaking.com

Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Wiley Randall Rose.

 

Ralph Trammell, age 71, of Somerset, Kentucky went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. The family will receive friends after 4:00 pm at the church.

Ralph was born on December 25, 1949 to William M.”Bill” Trammell and Luvena Chinn Trammell in the Jellico Creek Community of Whitley County. The Trammell family moved to Pine Knot when Ralph was a youngster and he grew up there. He helped with the work on their farm and learned to trade on horses from his dad and inherited his love for fishing from his mom. After graduating from Pine Knot High School, Ralph entered the US Army, and served in Okinawa. He was decorated for his outstanding service. After being discharged from the service, Ralph went to Cincinnati to find work. He worked briefly in a shoe factory and for a time at Fischer Body in Norwood. Later he would take a job with Ford, where he would spend the next 30 years working his way up to gauge layout and repair inspector. After his retirement, he moved to Sebring, Florida where he pursued his passion for fishing. Ralph and Peggy were famous for their hospitality and hosting large fish frys. Ralph regaled his family and friends with his hilarious stories and comical mannerisms. Ralph also had a big heart. He was an active member of the Sebring Moose Lodge, where he worked tirelessly to help provide Christmas to the underprivileged children. He loved to play Santa Clause for them. Ralph was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, joining in Norwood, Oh and transferring to the Felicity Lodge #102. He was also a proud member of the United Auto Workers Union #863, the Felicity VFW Post 7496, VFW Post 4300 in Florida, and the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God, the church his father helped establish. Keeping with a long standing Trammell family tradition, Ralph and Peggy helped to establish a non denominational church in Sebring. Ralph was well known and loved around the horse sale barns and stockyards. He and his brother Larry Dale, were always in the thick of things, “trading and swapping” and making a dollar or two.

Ralph is survived by his wife Peggy (Walker), of Somerset, son, Michael Trammell and his wife, Angela, of Batavia, Ohio, daughter, Kindra Hill and her husband, Marc, of Cincinnati, Ohio, step-sons, Michael Kennedy and his wife, Kristen, of Kenner, Louisiana, and Mark Kennedy of Richmond, Kentucky, step-daughters, Diane Tipton and her husband, Jim, of Winchester, Kentucky , Dione Hagwood and her husband, Daniel, of Ft. Worth, Texas, twenty grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, one brother, Larry Dale Trammell, and his wife, Sheila, of Felicity, Ohio, five sisters, Betty Perry, of Pine Knot, Carol Meadors and her husband, Marvin, of Milford, Ohio, Jewell Dean Cobb, of Batavia, Ohio., Norma Meadors, and her husband, Ray, of Milford, Ohio, and Doris Faye Stephens and her husband, John, of Pine Knot.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William McKinley “Bill” Trammell and Luvena Chinn Trammell, step-daughters, Debi and Denise Kennedy, brothers, Cecil, Bob, and William McKinley “Little Bill” Trammell and sisters, Imogene Strunk and Lois Creekmore.

Ralph was larger than life in many ways. With his swagger and outgoing personality, he never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. New generations of Trammells will be telling Uncle Ralph stories and in our minds we will hear that laugh and see that sparkle in his eyes, as when he would tell a “whopper”. Our comfort comes as it always does in our family, from our faith In Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and Ralph’s testimony of being a born again Child of God.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph Trammell.

 

Jeanie “Susie” Vanover, age 52 years, 1 month, and 18 days, wife of Tim Vanover, passed away Friday September 3, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held September 7, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Sandhill Cemetery.

She was born July 16, 1969, in Pineville, Kentucky to Ray Cox and Betty White Cox. Susie was a homemaker and a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church. She loved sewing, making quilts, camping, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her father, Ray Cox.

Survivors include her mother, Betty Cox, husband, Tim Vanover, daughters, Samantha Cox, and Betty Cox, grandchildren, Nathan Neeley and Coleman Neeley, siblings, Bonnie Privett, and husband, Charlie, Sam Cox, and wife, Della, Janie Cox, and husband, Brian, and Peggy Cox, nephew, Bradley Cox, whom she raised, special friend, Lisa Tucker, many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Susie Vanover. 

 

Herbert Toney Warman, Sr., age 74 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Sawyer, Kentucky on August 31, 1947 the son of William H. and Dora (Swain) Warman. Herbert had worked as a Journeyman Machinist for Tecumseh, and enjoyed being around people visiting.

His parents; brothers, James Calvin Warman, Glenn Warman, and John Ray Warman; and granddaughter, Megan Warman precede him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Herbert Tony Warman, Jr.. and Brian Edward Warman (Anita) both of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Angela Marie Hawn (James), Roberta West both of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Sheila Warman of London, Kentucky, Robin Rogers (Derek) of Louisville, Kentucky and Shana Stephens of Pine Knot; sister, Wilma Clark of Parkers Lake; grandchildren, Tanner Warman, Hannah Warman, Kaylee Warman, Jordan King (Brandon), Justin Hawn (Harley), Sarah Edwards, Brad West, Jr., Cage Redmon, Riley Warman, Tyler Tucker, Cheyenne Tracy, Brittany Bowling (Lonnie), Joshua Elam (Alexandria), Tara Elam, Kayleigh Wireman, Jake Rogers, Matt Rogers, and Zach Rogers; and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Warman officiating. Burial will follow in the Mill Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Billy Joe Brown, age 86, a resident of Harriman, died Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  Mr. Brown was born November 4, 1934, in Stearns, Kentucky which led to his love of all Kentucky Athletics. He served in the United States Army.  He retired from the Roane County School System having taught for 38 years at two schools, Elverton School for 4 years and Dyllis Elementary for 34 years. Mr. Brown touched the lives of many of his students and athletes over his distinguished career as an educator and coach.  He is a member of Mill Baptist Church, Harriman. He was a devout Christian and served many roles within various churches (Deacon, Choir Director and Sunday School Director).  He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lawrence Brown and Vina Foster Brown; his wifeof 56 years, Sandra Ann King Brown; sons, Billy Joe Jr. and Scott Brown, grandson, Chris Woods and sisters, Betty Brown, Burma Stephens and Janet Medford and brother Randall Brown.

Mr. Brown is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Crass (Ronnie) of Oliver Springs and Michelle Christopher (Buddy) of Clinton

Granchildren; Shannon Treadway (Calvin), Shawn Brown and Scott Brown, II, Tosha Moss (David), Devon Crass (Taleah) and Jill Crass, Kayla Rather (Wesley) and Kelsey Aytes (Dustin);

Great Grandchildren, Candice Woods, Calvary, Kinley and Kaisley Treadway, Azlynn and Arayah Brown, Brady, Kynzee, and Kylee Moss, Brecken and Remi Crass, Reese and Tatum Rather, Hadley and Henley “JoJo” Aytes;

Brother, Tommy Reed Brown (Sharon);

Sister in-law, Bonnie Brown;

Sisters, Shanda Clark, Brenda Stanchfield, Patricia Rhoden (Ralph), and Pamela Jane Douglas 9Donald);

Special Friend, Dennis Peters;

And a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.

The family received friends Sunday August 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00pm  at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.  Funeral Services followed at 4:00pm with Pastor Garvan Walls, Bro. Johnny Goldston and Bro. Eddie Neeley officiating.   Graveside Services were Monday, August 30, 2021at 10:00am in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 2811 Harriman Hwy, Harriman, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mill Baptist Church, 805 Siluria St., Harriman, TN, 37748

Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

 

Maurice Wayne Bryant (Gil) November 29, 1947 – August 4, 2021

Maurice “Gil” Bryant, age 73, peacefully transitioned from Earth to Heaven on August 4, 2021 at his home in Miami Lakes, Florida.

Preceding him in death are his parents Maynard and Betty Bryant and a brother, Raymond Bryant, of Pine Knot, Kentucky.

Born on November 29, 1947, Maurice was the third of four children born to Maynard and Betty. He leaves to cherish his memory, his sister, Norma Smith, his brother, Marcus Bryant, his aunt, Gladys Bryant Bruce, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

No greater father and “poppa” than Maurice. He leaves to honor and cherish his memory, his daughters, Tiffany Bryant and Tina Bryant Ruff (and Stephen), and his beloved granddaughter, Bethany.

After graduating from Pine Knot High School in 1965, Maurice attended the University of Southern Mississippi, earning his BS in Education. Later he attended Florida International University where he earned his MS in Industrial Arts.

Maurice spent his life in service to others. During his 45-year career as a teacher and program director for the Miami Jackson Senior High Architectural/Design Magnet Program, Maurice mentored many of our country’s leading architects. As a member of Christ Journey Church (Coral Gables, FL), he served faithfully each Sunday as a greeter and usher and also spent many weekends and holidays supporting mission-related activities. Above all, Maurice loved God and he loved his family.

On the morning of August 4th, Maurice heard our Heavenly Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23)

In keeping of Maurice’s wishes, he was cremated. A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Higginbotham Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Timothy Allen Dixon, age 51, of Whitley City, Kentucky, son of the late James Lonnie Dixon and Betty Strunk Dixon, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021, at the UK Medical Center, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Jeffers and Bro. Cyrus Byrd officiating. Burial followed in the Flat Rock Cemetery. 

He was a member of the Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and local sports. Tim was a huge UK fan, and loved going to church and spending time with family.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include, his brother, Eddie Dixon, sister, DeVonda Vaughn, and husband, Robbie, nephew, Tyler Vaughn, and wife, Tori, and special friends, Cyrus Byrd, and Vernon Phillips.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Timothy Allen Dixon. 

 

Priscilla Alene Spradlin, age 55 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 21, 1966 the daughter of Archie and Lois Ann (West) Perry. Priscilla had worked as a waitress, was a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church, had attended the East Appletree United Baptist Church, enjoyed video games and sewing, but her greatest enjoyment of life was her Grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Newtie Spradlin and brother, Christopher Perry.

Survivors include her sons, Newtie Spradlin (Kristen) and Donald Lynch both of Whitley City; daughter, Jessica Spradlin and Julian Spradlin both of Whitley City; sisters, Carolyn King (Crandell) of Whitley City, Thelma Douglas (Starling) of Revelo, and Melinda Wallen (Mike) of Indiana; grandchildren, Paul Good Jr., Neatina Neal, Aaliyah Neal, Clara Lynch, Bella Lynch, Willow Spradlin, Hadlie Spradlin, Chrislyn Ellie Spradlin, and Patience Spradlin; and fiancé, Brian Bowman.

Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, August 30, 2021 at the East Appletree United Baptist Church with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Burchfield Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Monday at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Janie Warman age 76, of Berea, Kentucky passed from this life Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital. 

Janie was born February 13, 1945 to the late Ardy O’Dell and Emma Warman O’ Dell in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

She was of the Baptist faith and liked to garden, can foods, knitting, handmade the families’ clothing, handmade quilts. She cherished her family. 

Janie was preceded in death along with her parents; her husband, Glenn Warman Sr.; daughter, Sharon Latham Johnson; sister, Ruth Brown.  

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, sons, Tim Kidwell-Warman of Berea; Glenn Warman Jr. (Jo) of Parkers Lake, Ky; Joseph Warman (Tammy), Rodney Warman, Preston Warman all of Parkers Lake, Ky; daughters, Wilda Vanover (Parker) of Parkers Lake, Ky; Janice Thomas of Berea; Felicia Strunk (James) of Whitley City, Ky; Amy Warman of Monticello, Ky; sister, Margie Caldwell of Somerset; brothers, George O’Dell of VA; Ardy O’Dell of Corbin; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  

Funeral service was held Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the church with Bro. Joe Warman and James Strunk officiating. Burial followed in Mill Creek Cemetery.  

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Janie Warman. 

 

Bobby Lowe Williams age 91 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Thursday, August 19, 2021 at The Gardens at Stevens in Stevens, Pennsylvania.

He was born in Englewood, Tennessee on June 19, 1930 the son of Chester and Ina (Derrick) Williams. His siblings were Chester Jack Williams, Wayne Lee Williams, Dennis Dean Williams, Prentice Cooper Williams, Billie Sue Michaels, Cherry Watson, Betty June Barton, Margaret Jo Whitehead, and Kathy Frances McWilliams. Bobby had worked as the manager for Thompson Painting; served his Country in the United States Marines, and was of the Baptist Faith.

Bobby married Aureadie (Newport) Williams on December 23, 1951 and they had sons; Danny Lowe Williams and Clyde Dale Williams; and daughters, Linda Parks, Brenda Oosterback, Connie Buchanan, and Michelle Hart (husband Dustin); and through Michelle he had two grandsons, Evan Hart, and Ian Lee. 

Funeral services were held 1pm Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Thursday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gary Stanley Bell age 81 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, August 20, 2021. He was the son of the late Murrell Bell and Pauline (Matthews) Bell. 

In keeping with Gary’s wishes, he was cremated. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Earl Edmond Ball age 76 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born June 18, 1945 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Earl Estus Ball and Pearl (King) Ball. Edmond enjoyed being outdoors coon hunting and horseback riding, but mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandbabies and great-grandbabies.

In addition to his parents, Edmond is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Loretta (King) Ball, a great-grandson, Rhylen Chase, brothers, Kelly Ball, Jimmy Ball, Denny Ball, and Robert Ball, and sisters, Sarah Lay and Ina King.

Surviving family include his son, Randall Ball (wife Melanie) of Strunk; his daughter, Rhonda Foster of Winfield, Tennessee; nine grandchildren, Amanda Ball, MaKayla Ball (and Cameron), Jazmine Reagan, Jordan Wilson (and Kameron), Tristan Ball, Karmon Ball, Jacob Bobbitt (and Chealtzie), Kristen Bailey (and Brian), and Emily Foster; and seven great-grandchildren, Weston Bobbitt, Rhyder Bobbitt, Zaylee Moore, Maddox Bailey, Knox Wilson, Jett Wilson, and Kolbie Bobbitt.

Also surviving are Edmond’s sisters, Phyllis Moore (and Bill) of Strunk and Nevada Bryant of Tennessee; and a host of special friends and extended family that he loved dearly. 

Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 5:00 pm until service time. Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Ann Victoria Bates, age 59 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

She is survived by three daughters, Virginia “Giny” Bates, Catherine Salinas, and Samantha Heizer.

A Private Burial was held at the Angel Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Gary Stanley Bell age 81 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, August 20, 2021. He was the son of the late Murrell Bell and Pauline (Matthews) Bell. 

In keeping with Gary’s wishes, he was cremated. 

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Gilbert Clark, 94, Muncie, passed away Monday evening, August 16, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 18, 1926, in Whitley City, Kentucky, the son of Hulen and Ida (Jones) Clark. Gilbert worked as a machine operator at Chevrolet Muncie and retired in 1985. Gilbert honorably served his country in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Glenna (Burkes) Clark; several children; one brother, Dillard Clark; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304 with Pastor David Clark officiating. Burial followed in Elm Ridge Memorial Park.

Family and friends called from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday at Elm Ridge Funeral Home.

Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Alexandria Rayne Hayes, precious baby of David and Brooklyn (Stephens) Hayes was born into the arms of Angels on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

She was born at 32 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 17 inches long with a head full of hair. Although Alexandria never spent any time with us on Earth, she was very loved and touched many lives. Our little angel will never be forgotten.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Ryder Alexander Hayes, a grandfather, Tommy Ray Stephens, and great-grandparents, Chester Hayes, Edna Hayes, Vestal Conaster, and Royce Ridener.

She is survived by a large host of people who love her dearly, including her parents, great-grandparents, Maxine Conatser of Pine Knot, Charles R. Stephens of Pine Knot, Edna P. Stephens of Revelo; grandparents, Ray and Brenda Hayes of Pine Knot, Tonya Anderson of Pine Knot; uncles, Brandon and Ashley Hayes of Pine Knot, Matthew and Emily Whitehead of Strunk, Brandi and Tina Stephens of Pine Knot; cousins, Jonah, Austin, Braylie, Nolan, Logan, Madison, Alison, Bryce, Chloe, Lucus, Halleigh, Liam; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Brandon Hayes officiating. Burial is to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Charles Jason Ridener, age 50 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died August 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Corbin, Kentucky on September 10, 1970 the son of Kline and Audrey Joyce (Helton) Ridener. Jason had worked in carpentry.

His father precedes him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Audrey Joyce Ridener of Ohio; sister, Tarasa Honeycutt of Somerset, Kentucky; nephews and niece, Gaige Honeycutt, Alyssa Honeycutt, and Hunter Honeycutt.

Graveside services were held 3pm Monday, August 23, 2021 at the Angel Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Bobby Lowe Williams, age 91, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away at the Gardens at Stevens medical facility in Denver, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 1:00pm EST. The family will receive friends after 11am Thursday at the funeral home. Interment is to follow the funeral services and will be in the Angel Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

 

Jean Ann Saba, age 75 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Saturday, August 14, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Dillionville, Ohio on September 17, 1945 the daughter of George and Sophia (Malinoski) Horak. Jean was a landlord of the King Edward Apartment and a caregiver. She was devoted to Jesus Christ 100%, and enjoyed gardening, shopping QVC, and taking care of people.

Her parents and brother, Edward Horak precede her in death.

Survivors include her son, Jim Saba (Tami) of Lebanon, Tennessee; daughter, Lisa Hayes (Patrick) of Boynton Beach, Florida; sister, Carol Felaris of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Tina Travieso, Jimmy Saba, Patrick Hayes, Michael Hayes, Priscilla Saba, and Jesse Saba; and great grandchildren, Noah, Caleb, Lillian, Amelia, Destiny, and Jasmine.

A memorial gathering of family and friends was held 11am-12pm Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Buford Thomas, 79, passed away on Sunday October 9, 2016 surrounded by family.

He was born on December 9, 1936 in Stearns, Kentucky, to Robert Lee and Ollie Sarah Thomas.

Buford graduated from McCreary County High School and attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.  He married his high school sweetheart, Helen(Thompson)Thomas, in Cincinnati, OH.

He worked for General Motors (Delphi) for thirty-two years.  Buford was an avid animal lover, gardener and budding meteorologist.  He loved his family and was a doting grandfather.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of sixty years, Helen (Thompson) Thomas; his two children, Jeffery (Catherine) Thomas, of Fishers, Lisa (Andy) Schmidt, of Selma; and his three grandchildren, Lee (Courtney) Schmidt, of Noblesville, Emily (Tom) Schmidt-Ten Eyck, of Houston, TX, and Sarah Thomas, of Fishers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Private Memorial Service Celebrating his life will be held for family and close friends, with Pastor John Bunch Saturday August 28, 2021at Mountain View Cemetery.

Hickman Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Buford Thomas. 

 

Helen Thomas, 84 passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Parker Healthcare & Rehabilitation.  She was born on September 29, 1936 in Stearns Kentucky to Edgar and Ora (Jones) Thompson.  Helen married Buford Thomas in 1956 and they moved, first to Muncie, and then they settled in Selma.  Helen worked at Merchants Bank, Grants Department Store, and was a Book-Keeper at Osco Drugs at the Muncie Mall until a sudden illness prompted her retirement in 1983.  As a result of that illness, Helen became a quadriplegic, which she handled (mostly) with dignity and grace.  Helen began painting, as therapy, and over time, she developed her talent, gifting her paintings to family and friends who treasure them.

Helen is survived by her two children, Jeffery (Catherine) Thomas of Fishers, Lisa (Andy) Schmidt of Selma; her three grandchildren, Lee (Courtney) Schmidt (and grandson Thorin) of Noblesville, Emily (Tom) Schmidt-Ten Eyck, of Durham NC, and Sarah Thomas of Fishers.  Helen also leaves sisters Pauline Foust of Cincinnati, Ohio, Elizabeth (James) Foster of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Joan (Tom) Adams and Millie (Tom) Smith, both of Ligonier, Indiana, and brothers Lloyd (Evelyn) Thompson of Muncie, and Glen (Jeri) Thompson of Crittenden, Kentucky.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Buford, sister Viola Kelly of Cincinnati Ohio, and brothers Vernon Thompson and Richard Thompson, both of Stearns Kentucky.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Vicky, Josh, Holly, Brooklyn, Christy, and all of the dear people at Parker Health and Rehab, who cared for Helen so well, and treated her like family, as well as her roommate and dear friend Mary.

A private ceremony for family will be Saturday August 28, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery in Stearns, Ky.

Hickman Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Helen Thomas. 

 

Walter Bryan Ballou, age 62 of Harrison, Ohio passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.  Born August 23, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio the Son of Ben “Benny” and Okla (Gilreath) Ballou.

Walter is survived by his children Travis (McKenzie) Ballou, Tabatha Ballou and Tiffany Ballou.  Grandfather of Colton Koo and Liam Hauger.  Brother of Peggy and Parker Ballou.

Preceded in death by his parents Ben and Okla Ballou, son Michael Anderson Ballou and sister Yvonne Ballou Breeden. 

Visitation will be held Monday, August 16, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030.  Visitation was held Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:30 P.M. at Hickman Strunk Funeral Home 156 Main Street Whitley City, Kentucky.  Burial followed at Barren Fork Cemetery.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Walter Bryan Ballou.

 

Ella Mae (Marler) Bybee, age 78 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Friday, August 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on July 6, 1943 the daughter of Clarence and Rosa Lee (West) Marler. Ella Mae had worked on the 5 hole button machine at the Shirt Factory, was a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, and enjoyed crocheting and reading and collecting books.

Her parents; husband, Ricky Bybee; and sisters, Alene Marler and Shirley Shelton precede her in death.

Survivors include her sister, Maxine Lawson of Whitley City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Ray Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery. The family will received friends after 11am Sunday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Johnny Roscoe Cox, age 65 years and 10 months, loving husband of Rita Bryant Cox, passed from this life on August 12, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Healthcare Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Johnny was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on October 12, 1955 to the late Robert and Hallie Selvidge Cox. He was a farmer who really enjoyed raising cattle and putting up his own hay. Johnny attended East Stearns Church of God, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and spending time with his wife whom he married September 11, 1978, they had almost 43 wonderful years together.

In addition to his loving wife, Rita Bryant Cox, he is survived by nephews; Dale Cox and wife Destiny of Winfield, TN., Justin Cox of Oneida, TN., and Preston and wife Samantha Cox of Strunk, KY., brother; Virgil and wife Paulette Cox of Somerset, KY., sisters; Phyllis Myers of Strunk, KY., Marie and husband Roy Hale of Whitley City, KY., Betty and husband Loyd Stephens of Helenwood, TN., Barbara and husband Bob Meadows of Strunk, KY., along with many other special nieces and nephews who were dear to him.

In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his brothers; Roger Dale and Billy Ray Cox. 

Visitation for Johnny Cox was August 17, 2021, Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, the funeral service was Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with brothers Dennis Neal and Terry Myers officiating, burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Johnny Roscoe Cox with his funeral arrangements.

 

Robert “Rob” Wayne Dick Sr., age 63 years, 4 months, and 4 days, husband of Judy Taylor Dick, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at his residence in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 15, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Cemetery.

He was born April 7, 1958 to Parker Dick and Neak Lawery Dick. Rob enjoyed fishing, hunting, outdoors, and collecting knives. He loved getting to spend time with his family. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Ricky Dick, and Richard Dick, and sister, Joyce Dick.

Survivors include his wife, a son, Robert Wayne “Robbie” Dick Jr., daughter, Maneaka Dick, and fiancé, Scotty Boyatt, brother, Jr. Dick, sisters, Wanda Dick, Susie Flynn, Rosie Vaughn, and husband, Jason, Linda Hearld, and husband, Tommy, Irene Adkins, and Glenna Helton, 3 grandchildren Taelynn Goins, Scotty Boyatt, and Bryce Boyatt. 

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Robert “Rob” Dick Sr.

 

Pamela Dickinson, age 60 years, 4 months, 28 days, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. 

Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 14, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Millcreek Cemetery.

She was born March 14, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Coyett Vanover and Ravina Alice Wilson. Pamela was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, painting, quilting, and cooking, but above all she loved her grandchildren and spending time with family.

Preceding her in death was her father, daughters, Tonya Lynn Taylor, and Melissa Dickinson, sisters, Barbara Moore, and Lori Vanover, and brother, Gary Vanover. 

Survivors include her mother, husband, Gary Lee Dickinson, sons, Jason Taylor, and wife, Gary Jr. Dickinson, and wife, Emily, Kris, Adam Johnson, and Bill Dickinson, daughter, Ashley Phillips, and husband, Kevin, and Christina Lins, and husband, Travis, brothers, Wayne Vanover, and wife, Shelley, and Larry Vanover, and wife, Debbie, sister, Michelle Coffey, special nephew, Timmy Moore, 15 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Pamela Dickinson.

 

Andrew Gene Perry, age 38 years, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana died August 11, 2021 at the West Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on November 4, 1982 the son of Shirley Perry. Andrew had worked for CSI as a power coater, and enjoyed sports and fishing.

His grandfather, Clifford Perry precedes him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Perry of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; grandmother, Elsie Perry of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; uncle, Terry Perry and wife, Trish of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; aunt, Sharon White and husband, Frank of Rising Sun, Indiana; and cousins, Zach Israil of Lawrenceburg, Lindsey Wilson and husband, Kyle of Batesville, Indiana, Justin White and wife, Krissie of Rising Sun, Makayla White of Rising Sun, and Haley White of Rising Sun. 

Funeral services were held 12pm Monday, August 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

David Carroll Coleman, age 72 years, of Burnside, Kentucky died August 7, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.

He was born in Corinth, Kentucky on June 7, 1949 the son of Artie “Pete” Chester and Shirley Levern (Brown) Coleman. David had worked for the Cumberland Falls State Park and retired from the McCreary County Water District, he had served as Fire Chief of the Eagle-Sawyer Fire Department, was a member of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church. He loved old cars, race cars, and spending time with family.

His parents precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Carolyn (Goodin) Coleman of Burnside; children, Marvin “Dee” Coleman of Carrollton, Kentucky, Angie Wheelen (Greg) of Newport, Kentucky, David “DJ” Coleman of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Willis Taylor (Pam) of Parkers Lake, Michelle Taylor of Burnside, and Krystal Clark of Burnside; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Connie Hardin (Greg) of Indiana, Mona Laxton (Dee) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Brenda Douglas of Pine Knot, Kentucky; and brother Wilbur Huddleston of Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Funeral services were held 11am Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. John Goodin officiating. Burial followed in the Marlar Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the Church.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Anthony Lee Crabtree, age 55, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2021, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, on December 11, 1965, he was the son of Charles and Verna (Wilson) Crabtree. He is preceded in death by his father.

Surviving family include his mother, Verna Crabtree of Strunk, Kentucky, a daughter, Victoria Crabtree of Richmond, Kentucky, two brothers: Charles Jesse Crabtree (Tina) of Florida and Bruce Crabtree of Indiana, and two sisters: Carol Zeigler (Richard) of Ohio, and Layne Wilson (Rick) of Pine Knot.

Anthony had been a mill worker for Barna Log Homes and liked doing carpentry and enjoyed going to concerts.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday from 12:00 noon until time for services.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Raymond King Jr., age 47 years, 7 months, and 8 days, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 6, 2021, at the First Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Douglas Cemetery.

He was born December 24, 1973, in Somerset, Kentucky to Raymond King Sr. and Brenda Garland Lewis Ball. Raymond was a disabled corrections officer. He enjoyed fishing, drawing, baking with his girls, and was also a tattoo artist.

Preceding him in death was his father, and grandparents, Nelson Garland, Alice Garland, and Aileen Oliver.

Survivors include his mother, grandfathers, Raymond “Cub” Ball, Riley Oliver, two daughters, Madison LeAnne King, Gabriella Michelle King, a half-brother, Matthew King, a sister, Crystal Marlow, a half sister, Tabitha Garland, a niece, Alexandera Shae Honeycutt, and a nephew, Travis Lee Marlow.

Donations may be made to the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Raymond King Jr.

 

Judy Kay (Gibson) Maines, 65, of Cincinnati, Ohio went to be with the Lord on February 2, 2021.  She was the life partner of the late Donnie Napier.

Preceding her in death are her parents Pauline Miller Williams and Denvil Gibson, brothers Mike Gibson, Dennis Williams, and Anthony Williams.

Loving sister to Bobby (Kae), Herbert (Brenda), Rick (Jill), Charles (Kim) Gibson and Greg (Laura) Williams, Judy is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Born on January 10, 1956, in Pine Knot, Kentucky, Judy was the fourth of 9 children and the only daughter.  Although the family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio shortly after Judy’s birth, she always referred to Pine Knot as her home.  Her faith was strong, loved listening to Christian music and getting together with family.

A Graveside service will be on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.

 

James Dwayne Murphy born July 11,1984 to James “Jim” Murphy and Sylvia (Jones) Murphy and departed this life on August 2, 2021 at the age of 37.

Best known as Jamy, he was a loving father, a precious son, loving brother, and wonderful uncle. Jamy enjoyed spending time with those he loved, and often showed it through acts of service. He was a mechanic by trade. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors when given the opportunity, and took great pleasure in sharing the fruits of his gardening with others.

Jamy attended Whitley City Church of God and enjoyed spending time with his family worshiping Christ. He leaves behind his fiancé Chasity Owens, his daughter Emma Murphy, very special niece Danielle, his parents: Jim Murphy of Williamsburg KY and Sylvia Murphy (Wallace Simpson) of Monticello, KY, sisters: Natasha Strunk (Kevin) of Somerset, KY and Courtney Murphy of Georgia, along with his nieces and nephew who adored him, and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon and Shawn Brunett officiating. Burial followed at the Pleasant Run Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Jamy Murphy with funeral arrangements.

 

Judy Lynn Jones Tate, age 77, widow of Raymond Tate Jr., passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Williamson, West Virginia, on July 16, 1944, to the late Edgar and Earnie Mae Crouch Jones. In addition to her husband she is also preceded in death by her brother; Bill Jones, sisters; Faye Hopton, Anna McIntosh, Lois Hibbits, Shirley Simpson and Jenny Fricker.

She is survived by her sons; Michael Ray Tate of Murfreesboro, TN., William Richard and wife Tricia Tate of Santa Clarita, CA., daughters; Victoria and husband Michael Newman of Pine Knot, KY., and Susan Tate and Neal of Westchester, OH., brother; Jack and wife Mary Jones of Cincinnati, OH., eleven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Judy worked as a store clerk and was a homemaker who cherished her grandchildren and family, she enjoyed traveling and baking, her specialty was carrot cake that everyone enjoyed.

Her service will be held at Spring Grove Chapel with burial to follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Obituary courtesy McCreary County Funeral Home.

 

Margaret Francis Gordon Nutter, age 90 years, 5 months, and 24 days, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

She was born February 4, 1931, in Charleston, South Carolina to James Henderson Gordon and Jessica Virginia Salvo Gordon.  Margaret was a member of the Stearns First Baptist Church and had been a probation officer with the Salvation Army in Tampa, Florida before her retirement.  After retirement, she kept very busy and worked at the nursing home in Pine Knot, spending her days counseling residents, and partnered with the McCreary County School District and the McCreary County Public Library to read books to children at the local elementary schools.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, William A. Nutter, brother, James H. Gordon and twin brothers, Frank V. Gordon and Victor C. Gordon.

Survivors include sons, Michael David “Dave” Nutter and his wife, Suzanne, of Pine Knot, who lovingly cared for her for the last years of her life, and William A. Nutter, Jr. of Bradenton, Florida, a sister, Jacqueline Horn of Michigan, grandchildren, William Peters, Christina Nutter, Jackie Murphy, and Amanda Becker, and great grandchildren, Nathaniel Peters, Billy Rybenski, Jimmy Murphy, Dylan Nutter, Rosaline Ramistella, Lillian Ramistella, Michaell Liam Goodin, and Jolene Dawn Goodin.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Margaret Francis Gordon Nutter.

 

Mary Ruth Gilreath age 93 of Somerset, Kentucky went to be with her Lord Saturday July 24, 2021 at Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center. Mary was born on September 9, 1927 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Carl and Hazel Moore King.
Mrs. Gilreath was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years , Elmer Gilreath, whom she married November 27, 1943; son, Maurice Gene Gilreath; grandson, Maurice Gene “Geno” Gilreath Jr., son in law, Ralph Ferring.
Mary Ruth leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter Judy Ferring of Somerset; sister, Margaret Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Mona Lisa Cook Haught (Stan) of Columbus, Ohio, William Jason Perkins (Sherry) of Eubank, Kentucky, and Karen Lynn Beresh (Don) of Morrow, Ohio; great grandchildren, Micheal Haught, Anna Haught, Hunter Sadoff, and Cole Carter; daughter in law, Sandra Gilreath of Pine Knot, Ky; sister, Margaret Kidd Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio; She also leaves behind a host of friends and families, especially dear to her was her church families.
She was saved at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle on June of 1948, she later joined and was baptized there. Mary continued being active at the church until she came to live with her daughter in 2006, where she later joined Immanuel Baptist Church.
Services for Mrs. Gilreath will be held at East Pine Knot Tabernacle with Tim Moore, Harold Baird, David Perry and Malachi Barnett officiating on Sunday August 8th, at 2 P.M. Inurnment will follow at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or Gideon Bible Memorial Plan.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mary Ruth Gilreath.

 

Marlene (Budai) Hamblin age 79 of Williamsburg, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Louisville.
She was born June 19, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Joseph Budai and Dorothy (Schradbrun) Budai. Her brother, Lewis Budai also precedes her in death.
Surviving family include her husband, Glenn Hamblin whom she married, March 19, 1981; a daughter, Dawn Rahe Helton of Williamsburg, Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Charles Helton, Lacey Zugg, and Erica Helton; and great-grandchildren, Seth Anderson, Dylan Anderson, Nakyna Sala, and Kaleb Mueller.
Marlene was a member of the Eastern Star of McCreary County. In her spare time, she enjoyed making baskets and teaching class at the Kentucky Hills and Hollows. Marlene also enjoyed working at the food bank that the Pine Knot Fire Department held. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doyle Lester. Burial followed in the Bethel Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until Eastern Star Services at 12:30 pm.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Mary Elizabeth Shelton, age 40 years, of Dallas, Georgia, died Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Hiram, Georgia.
She was born in Mt. Clements, Michigan on August 21, 1980 the daughter of Walter J. and Marc J. (Diehl) Shelton. Mary had worked as the head bartender for St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, was a tennis player, enjoyed spending time with her friend’s children, animals, crafting, camping, fly fishing, and going to the shooting range with her Dad.
Survivors include her parents, Walter J. and Marc J. Shelton of Dallas, Georgia; brother, Walter J. Shelton, Jr. of Indiana; sisters, Crystal R. Shelton of Sandy Springs, Georgia and Stacey A. Hartigan and husband, Jeff of Naples, Florida; nieces, Hadlynn Aline Hartigan and Hensley Darcy Hartigan; and a family friend, Patrick O’Grady.
In accordance with Mary’s wishes she was cremated. A graveside Memorial Service will be held 3pm Monday, August 9, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob Cemetery in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Noble Tucker, age 88 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on November 25, 1932 the son of Henry and Alpha (Foster) Tucker. Noble was had worked in Masonry and was a member of the Freedom United Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
His parents; brothers, Denton Tucker, Edward Tucker, and Harley Tucker; and sisters, Gladys Phillips, Flora Jane Foster, Rachel Meadows, Zelpha Walls, Cora Mae Hines, Ollie Florence Slaven, and Laura Cordell precede him in death.
He is survived by a special nephew, Gary Tucker of Whitley City.
Funeral services were held 5pm Friday, July 30, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Aaron Tucker and Bro. Jerry Myers officiating. Burial followed in the Sammy New Cemetery. The family received friends after 3pm Friday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jacob Stephen Willett, age 33 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Monday, June 7, 2021 in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
He was born in Savanah, Georgia on February 17, 1988 the son of Ricky Allen Willett and Donna Jo (Koon) Williams. Jacob was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Chatsworth, Georgia. He was a DJ with his own Radio Show during his years at college.
His grandfather, Donald Koon precedes him in death.
Survivors include his father, Ricky Allen Willett and wife, Jane of Dalton, Georgia; mother Donna Jo Williams of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Nathanael David Willett and wife, Jacqueline of Seal Beach, California and Caleb Seth Willett of Somerset, Kentucky; sister, Abigail Bettyjoy Willett of Dalton, Georgia; grandmother, Evelyn Koon of Whitley City, Kentucky; grandfather, Eugene Willett of Colorado; and grandmother, Virgiline Willett of Michigan.
Funeral services were held 5pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Brian Branam. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 3pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Calla Fay Watson, age 87, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born on June 11, 1934, in Barthel, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Eva Matthew Massengale. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband: Bud Watson and second husband, Estel Pennicuff. She is also preceded in death by brothers: Ray, Clarence, and Arlie Massengale, and sisters: Elizabeth Massengale, Dorothy Massengale Cooper, Emma Massengale Watson, and Edna Massengale Dobbs, and a granddaughter Ashlie Shane.
Surviving family include two sons: Eugene (Pamela) Watson of LaPort, Texas, and Ernie (Darlene) Watson of Slidel, Louisiana, two daughters: Shanna Watson Jones of Smithtown, Kentucky, and Sheila Pennycuff Shane of Pine Knot, a sister: Virginia Massengale Lee, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Fay was retired from the McCreary County Schools as a bus monitor. She previously worked at H & M Machine Shop and Rock 10 Paper Company in Indiana. She had been a member of the 76ers Bowling League in Somerset and former member of the Happy Red Hatters Club.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Pine Knot Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Delbert Sexton age 67 of Winfield, Tennessee passed from this life on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
In keeping of Delbert’s wishes, a private burial was held shortly after his passing.
He was born February 9, 1954 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Albert James Sexton and Elma (Jeffers) Sexton. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Jean Sexton.
Surviving family include his wife, Shirley Phillips; daughters, Delecia Miller (husband, Dale) of Norma, Tennessee, and Danessa Dixon (husband, Dan) of North Carolina; and grandchildren, Jordan Dixon, Mazie Grace Dixon, and Meena Dixon.
Delbert was a member of the Lower Marsh Creek Church. He spent his life working as a truck driver and was a Police Officer in Knoxville for several years. Delbert also served as a guard at the Bushy Mountain Prison. During his personal time, he enjoyed playing spades, held a black belt in Karate, and was a Mason.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

William Thomas Perry, age 66 years, of the Eagle Community died Monday, July 19, 2021 at his home.
He was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on June 17, 1955 the son of Walter Willie and Addie Mae (Higginbotham) Perry. Thomas enjoyed NASCAR and doing Find A Word Puzzles.
His parents; brothers; Warren Mahan Perry and Roger Eugene Perry, and sister; Violet Gerlene Perry precede him in death.
Survivors include his brothers; James Edward Perry (Betty) of Sidney, Ohio, Charles Everett Perry (Betty) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Clinton Paul Perry (Faye), and John Henry Perry, sisters; Joyce Hawk (Ken) of Virginia and Ina Willene Branscum (Ronnie) of Sidney, Ohio, sister-in-law; Doretha Ann Perry of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held 11am Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob United Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmie Vanover officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Knob Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Chester Finley Murphy, age 86, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Bethel Cemetery.
The family received friends on Monday from 12:00 noon until time for services.
Born in Pine Knot, Kentucky, on November 24, 1934, he was the son of the late Oda and Ada (Perkins) Murphy. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by Jewell (King) Crabtree (mother of Sandy, Michael, and Rick), two sons: Michael Chester Murphy and Rick Murphy, a grandson, Richard Scott Murphy and two brothers: Ralph Murphy and Estil Murphy.
Surviving family include a son, Shane Murphy of Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter, Sandra (and Allen) Ridener of Union, Kentucky, a daughter-in-law, Mary Murphy of Strunk, six grandchildren: Michael Christopher Murphy (and Holly), Heather Murphy, Regina Long (and Danny), Jessica Saner (and Doug), Elizabeth Ridener and Holly Murphy. There are 21 great-grandchildren.
Chester had worked for the Cincinnati Time Recorder making clocks. He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Tim Kidd, age 56, of Stearns, husband of Angie Kidd and son of the late Leonard and Madie Kidd, died Saturday, July 24, 2021 at his home and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. The family received friends after 11:00 am Tuesday at the funeral home.
Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Tim Kidd.

 

Nellie Jean Jones, age 85 years, 3 months, and 3 days, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 11:00 am at her residence in Sidney, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Rock Springs Baptist Church. Burial wasin the Rock Springs Cemetery.
She was born on April 15, 1936, in Jones Hollow, Kentucky to Ernie Roberts and Nannie Jones. Nellie was a member of Old Fashion United Baptist Church in Sidney. She was not only a home maker but a wife, mother, and grandmother who brought smiles to everyone who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jimmie L. Jones, two daughters, two great granddaughters, and her two brothers.
Survivors include her children, Mark W. Jones, and his wife, Mandy, Michael J. Jones, Marcella Huffman, and her husband, Kent, 11 grandchildren, Melinda, and husband, Josh, Tabitha, and husband, Phil, Derek, and wife, Tina, Nikki, Alisha, and husband, Dylan, Katie, and husband, Joseph, Devon, Haley, Macey, Samantha, and Addie, 9 great grandchildren, Patrick, Brenden, Elanor, Saleen, Kaleb, Wyatt, Shelby, Sophia, and Elias.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nellie Jean Jones.

 

Betty Lee Hammock, age 65 years, 7 months, and 3 days, of Whitley City, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Christian Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday July 24, in the chapel of the Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Neely’s Creek Cemetery.
She was born December 17, 1955 to Dewey Bryant and Martha Murphy Bryant. Betty had worked as a CNA with home health in Elk Valley, Tennessee and had been a baker at Kroger. Betty was fighter, having survived thyroid cancer twice, ovarian cancer, and a stroke that resulted in the loss of her legs. Her faith is what helped her overcome her struggles.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Leslie Hammock, and brothers, Marvin, Lewis, and Delmer Bryant.
Survivors include a son, Joshua Dustin Lee Hammock, brothers, Dillard Bryant, Bobby Bryant, Darrell Bryant and his wife, Judy, four stepchildren, numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Betty Lee (Bryant) Hammock.

 

Deborah “Debbie” Sue Gentry, age 61 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, died Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at her home.
Debbie was the wife of Clay Gentry Sr., and the daughter of the late Carl Lunsford and the late Virginia (Herring) Lunsford. She was born in El Paso, Texas on March 24, 1960. Debbie loved fishing, flower gardens, the Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival, and cooking. She has a special love for koala bears, and spending time with her family, specifically her grandkids. In addition to the bluegrass festival, she enjoyed 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s style music.
Debbie is survived by a large host of loving family, including: her husband, sons; Clay Gentry Jr., of Stearns, Kentucky, Dustin Gentry, of Huntsville, Tennessee, daughters; Christina Bell, of Whitley City, Tina McCoy (husband James), of Jabez, Kentucky, Mary Carroll (husband William), of Deer Lodge, Tennessee, brothers; Carl Lunsford Jr., of Ohio, David Lunsford, of Ohio, sisters; Brenda Clouser, of Ohio, Sharon Herman, of Ohio, grandchildren; Justina Bell, Tommy Ledbetter, Shyann Ledbetter, Logan McCoy, Raylynn McCoy, Makayla Carroll, Jonas Carroll, Kaylee Gentry, Karly Gentry, Karmen Gentry, and many special family members and friends.
Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, July 26, 2021, at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Monday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

It is with great sadness that the Duncan family announces that their beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother Thomas Emby “Tom” Duncan returned to his forever home on July 22, 2021.
Tom Duncan was born on June 5, 1926, in McCreary County, Kentucky, to the late Andrew Jackson Duncan and Sylvia Ann West Duncan. The cherished brother of Ralph (the late Jenny) Duncan and Eloise Duncan (Ed) Kidd, he was the adoring husband of the late Irene Vickery Duncan, whom he married in Covington, Kentucky, on July 16, 1948; the loving father of the late Deborah Sue Duncan Tompkins, the late Rebecca Adele Duncan Lavender, the late Karen Lee Duncan, Ann Thomas Duncan Cain, Stephanie Rose Duncan McDonald and her husband Mike, and Nana Beth Duncan Tripp and her husband John; the father of a special daughter-at-heart, Cindy Adair Sucharski (John); the proud grandfather of Michael Andrew Tompkins (Crystal), Margaret Irene Tompkins Dabney (Jackie), Ryan Matthew Tompkins (Tarin), Christian Thomas Foreman (Rebecca), Jeremiah Alexander Cain (Lisa), Richard Foreman, William Ross Lavender (Sharon), Emily Kate Lavender (Brent), Laura Christine Guy (Emmanuel), Morgan Elizabeth Talbot (Alex), Thomas Wilson Duncan (Jenny), Amanda Kristen Kargas (George), and Brandon Kyle (Mollie) Cross; the great-grandfather of A.J., Austen, Aaron, Aiden, Kylie, Abby, Jonathan, Jenna, Riley, Isabella, Lilly Rose, Lauren, Cannon, Matthew, Sarabeth, Cambri, Nicolette, Savannah, Cooper, and Penelope; and the companion of his faithful guard dog, Scooby.
Affectionately known as “Pap,” Tom was a longtime employee of Northfolk Southern Railway in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring as a switchman before moving briefly to Flagler, Florida, and then to Bronston, Kentucky, where he resided at the time of his death. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy who served during World War II aboard the USS Mispillion, and was a courageous patriot and devout man of God who believed in the Pentecostal faith. An avid John Wayne fan, a prodigious teller of stories, a lover of music whose singing voice held out until the final days of his life, and above all a generous human being of the first order who adored his wife and his children, our Pap will be missed by all who were lucky to have shared in his monumental and extraordinary life.
Visitation was held on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.
His funeral service was held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00am at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Grant Hardwick, Bro. Alex Talbot, and Bro. Dustin York officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Memorial Gardens.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Thomas “Tom” Duncan.

 

William “Pops” Davies age 83 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at his home.
He was born October 27, 1937 in Wildwood, New Jersey to the late James Davies and Annetta (Schmidt) Davies. In addition to his parents, William is preceded in death by his brothers, John Davies “Bud” and James Davies, a sister, Annetta “Sis” Gittle, and a granddaughter, Sarah Davies.
Surviving family include his wife Mary Lay Davies whom he married, January 6, 2005; sons, George Lay of Illinois and William Davies, Jr. (and wife, Amy) of Somerset, Kentucky; daughters, Connie Eisenach, and Diane Davies both of Illinios; grandchildren, Skylar Lay, Lucas Lay, Chandlar Lay, Kristopher Davies, Zachary Davies, Johnathon Davies, Susan Fernandez, Steven Eisenach, Colleen Ladde, Matthew Eisenach, Nicole Davies, and Jessica Davies; and 11 great-grandchildren.
William was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and was a Veteran of the United States Navy. William was also a member of the American Legion Post 115 in Stearns where he enjoyed helping other local veterans. At home he enjoyed watching sports, computer games, and being with his family. William will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Father Danny Taylor and Rev. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 115. The family received friends for visitation on Sunday after 12:00 noon until service time.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Karen Michelle Bell, age 58, wife of Ronald Bell passed from this life on July 23, 2021, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville Kentucky.
Karen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 25, 1963 to the late Roy Ancil and Sarah Ball Lay. She was a homemaker and a member of Hayes Creek Church of God, she enjoyed camping, traveling, but her grandkids were her greatest joy.
She is survived by her husband; Ronald Bell, her sons; Greg and wife Heather Bell of Stearns, Kentucky and Josh Bell of Pine Knot, brothers; Barry and wife Amanda Lay of Stearns, and Bryan Lay of Dana Point, California, grandchildren; Justin Bell, Jackson Bell, Brycen Bell and Brettley, along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Funeral services for Karen were scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Brothers Steve Perry and Harvey Logan officiated, Judy Redden, Alisha Stephens and Mike Collins provided the music. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Karen Michelle Bell with her funeral arrangements.

 

Barbara Gail (Duncan) Barnett, age 70, passed away Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was born on January 27, 1951, to the late Ale and Versie Spradlin Duncan. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by siblings: Casper Eugene Duncan, Opal Duncan Taylor, Rev. Ronald Wendell Duncan, Crawford Ale Duncan, Lenville Rodney Duncan, and Shirley Belle Duncan.
Surviving family include her husband of 46 years, Kelly Barnett, two sons: Kevin (Marcie) Barnett of Cincinnati an Eric (Lori) Barnett also of Cincinnati, two step-sons: Kelly Wayne Barnett of Lexington, Kentucky and John Allen Barnett of Madisonville, Kentucky, five grandchildren: Trey, Isaac, Jadin, Gavin and Jaxon Barnett all of Cincinnati, and four step-granddaughters: Katie Young, Emily Barnett, Diana Utley and Alicia Calder.
Her surviving siblings are: Edwin Luther Duncan of Strunk, Kentucky, A.Y. (Marilyn) Duncan of Strunk, and Bonnie (Morris) Stephens of Winfield, Tennessee.
Barbara was retired from the Cincinnati Public Schools where she had been a cashier and accounts payable clerk. She enjoyed yard work and gardening and decorating her home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Kingtown Cemetery. Bro. Robert Blankenship and Bro. Morris Stephens officiated and Tim Duncan and family sang.
The family received friends for visitation on Friday evening from 6:00 until 9:00 at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Barbara Duncan Barnett with funeral arrangements.

 

Donald A. Slaven of Harrogate, TN went home to be with The Lord on Thursday July 15, 2021. He lived a very blessed and long life, and enjoyed what is often called, The American Dream for 86 years. Don was born on February 8, 1935 in Co-Operative, KY and spent his entire childhood growing up in the Blue Heron Mining Community of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company, which is now a main attraction of The Big South Fork Scenic Railway. He was born to his loving parents Rev. Joseph C. Slaven and Betty Slaven, and loved every day with his 5 brothers, and 3 sisters: George, Cletus, Frank, Burman, Fred Lee, Janice, Jean, and Francis. Don often told stories about his childhood “on the Blue Heron”. His father was the mining superintendent as well as the community Pastor. His mother was a college graduate, which was very rare. In those days, summers were hot, the Cumberland river was cool, ice cream was rare, and he remembered his dad bringing home the first TV into the coal camp.
Don served our great country during the Korean War by enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1951. It was after his return from serving that he fell in love and married the girl of his dreams, Hazel Tapley. The Lord blessed Don and Hazel in every way possible and they built a life that started in the Blue Heron Mining area of KY but eventually settled in Harrogate, TN. It was during those years Don and Hazel were blessed with 3 children: Rick, Mike, and Renee and there wasn’t a birthday, or holiday, or a summer vacation that they didn’t miss together. If you knew Don, you know he enjoyed going to work but more than anything—he loved his family. Hazel preceded Don in death in 1990. Today, in addition to Don’s 3 children, he is blessed with 7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
In the days preceding his death, Don said, it was rewarding for him to be able to work and buy his family a home, cars for his children when they were old enough to drive, help pay a little on their first homes, and education. If you knew Don, then you know he had a work ethic that just wouldn’t stop. Don worked as a foreman in the coal mines for 30 years, and travelled all over the country working as a Federal Highway Inspector on several high-profile highway projects for 7 years, of which included the construction of the Tom Lantos Tunnels (Devil’s Slide Tunnels) in Pacifica, CA, a large section of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Natchez, MS, and even a year or so in beautiful Jackson Hole, WY. However, in terms of Don’s working accomplishments he is widely known as one of the most instrumental and influential minds responsible for the construction of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. Don worked as a Federal Highway Inspector on the construction of the Cumberland Gap tunnel for 17 years—he was there when the first small pilot bore was made through the mountain and had some part of every detail of its construction until its grand opening to the public. Don worked a total of 54 years until he finally retired in 2011 at 76 years old. A few weeks before Don passed, he voiced his last request and this is what he said, “I want my family to know that I love them… please tell everyone, that I love my family.”

Officiating: Rev. Trevor Bean, Obituary: Brock Allen, Pallbearers: Donald’s Sons, Son-in-Laws, and Grandsons

 

Wanda D. Neal age 77 of Winfield, Tennessee passed from this life on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Cleveland, Tennessee.
She was born May 28, 1944 in Sunbury, Ohio to the late Obie Phillips and Lelia Jane (Ball) Craig. Wanda enjoyed quilting and gardening.
Surviving family include her son, Kevin Neal of Mooreland, Indiana; daughters, Sheila McQueary (and Randy) of Houstonville, Kentucky, Ramona Bellowes of Greenfield, Indiana, Pamela Rutledge of Edmonton, Kentucky, and Patricia Hobein of Winfield, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are brothers, Wendell Phillips of Covington, Kentucky, Wayne Phillips of Texas, Wade Phillips of Covington, and Terry Phillips of North Carolina; and sisters, Wilda Ball (and Delmar) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Lelia West of Winfield, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Nola Diane Mullins, age 80 years, 7 months, and 3 days, wife of O.V. Mullins, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021 at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 16, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
She was born Monday, December 9, 1940 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to Herman Vickery and Maude Harman Vickery Jones. Diane was one of the founding members of the Avon Company ultimately retiring from the company. She enjoyed volunteering her time to the community in Pine Knot, doing crafts, and going camping.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Ralph Vickery, and wife, Gladys.
Survivors include her husband, O.V. Mullins, daughter, Vickie Ann Mullins, son, Kenneth Lee Mullins, and his fiancé, Michelle Laxton, Grandson Kenneth Lee Mullins II, and his fiancé, Kendra Gregory, great grandchildren, Branson Mullins, and Kenleigh Mullins, nephews, Larry Vickery, Nick Gentry, Ralph Vickery, Terry Vickery, Rock Vickery, and Rick Vickery, nieces, Anne Kate Warner-Peach, Tina Vickery, and Mona Vickery, and best friend Pearl Murphy.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral home was honored to serve the family of Nola Diane Mullins.

 

Janie Lohoma Hurd, age 77 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died Thursday, july 15, 2021 at her home.
She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on March 7, 1944 the daughter of WIllis P. and Linda Evelyn (Ridner) Goodin. Janie was a homemaker, a member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church, and enjoyed singing and gardening.
Her parents; husband, William Paul Hurd; son, Michael Hurd; brothers, Claude Goodin, Willis P. Goodin, Jr. and Roy Goodin; and sisters, Dorothy Ridner, Elsie Mae Goodin, Irene Ross, and Ella Mae “Grace” Goodin precede her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Bobby Hurd, Tony William Hurd (Rachel), Nathan Paul Hurd, and Joseph Hurd (Samantha) all of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; daughter, Rosetta Hurd of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; brothers, Rev. Dow Goodin (Ellen), Howard Goodin (Joyce) both of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Kenny Goodin (Geneva) of Whitley City, Kentucky; sisters, Carolyn Coleman (Dave) of Burnside, Kentucky and Linda Sue Vanover of Pine Knot, Kentucky; grandchildren, Anthony, Shelia, Tiffany, Brittany, Tony Ray, and Ralston; and great grandchildren, Ruben, Krystal, Angie Kylie, Kendal, and Bretlee.
Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Mill Creek Methodist Church with Bro. John Goodin and Bro. Ronnie Decker officiating. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 5pm Friday, July 16, 2021 at her home, 480 Hurd Ridge Rd, Parkers Lake, KY 42634.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Raymond “Buddy Boy” Junior Griffis, age 80 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, died Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on July 23, 1940 the son of Raymond and Geneva (Worley) Griffis. Buddy had worked in the stock room for American Standard Plumbing.
His parents; sisters, Linda (Griffis) Hollingsworth and Patricia Griffis; daughter, Melissa Bowling; and son, Rick Griffis precede him in death.
Survivors include his long time companion, Kathy Cooper of Stearns, Kentucky; sons, Tim Griffis (Pam) of Stearns, Kentucky, Raymond Griffis and David Griffis (Sherry) both of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, Curtis Griffis (Jeanna) of Somerset, Kentucky, and Dale Griffis (Crystal) of Pine Knot, Kentucky; daughters, Lesley Terry (Bill) of Whitley City, Kentucky, Connie Ross (Randal) of Stearns, Kentucky, and Anna Arview (Barnard) of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Toby Griffis of Revelo, Kentucky; sisters, Shelby Watters of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Rita Winchester of Smithtown, Kentucky; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, July 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Meadows officiating. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Friday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Joyce Ann Clark, age 77 years, of the Rattlesnake Ridge Community died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Lima, Ohio on June 13, 1944 the daughter of Raymond Harrison and Ruth (Brown) Cale. Joyce was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and making clothes for her doll collection.
Her parents; husband, Fred Clark; son, Jonathan Lee Clark; daughter-in-law, Twanna Roberts Clark; and grandchildren, David Wayne Murphy and Skyler West Clark precede her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Raymond B. Clark of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Fred Clark, Jr, William De-Lin Clark, Ronald West Clark all of Stearns; daughters, Linda Gregory (Scott) of Stearns, Kentucky and Sarah Ruth Woodrum of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Harold Franklin Cale of Covington, Kentucky, Donald Lee Rothschuh of Florence, Kentucky, and Marc Thorn Mathes of Frankfort, Tennessee; sisters, Florence Leoma Rhorer of Brookville, Kentucky and Nona Marie Brown of Somerset, Kentucky; 17 grandchildren including a special granddaughter Tammy Lanter; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 2pm Monday, July 19, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family received friends after 12pm Monday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tenna L. Canada, age 64 years, of Bronston, Kentucky died Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on July 1, 1957 the daughter of Bernard and Lena (Hill) Haynes. She was a saleswoman for Avon and had been a dog breeder for 14 years, was a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church, and enjoyed the swimming pool, going to the beach, traveling, flower gardening, and her grandchildren.
Her parents and brothers, Stanley Haynes and Otis Haynes precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Barry Canada of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughters, Rhonda Whittaker of Hustonville, Kentucky and Sheila Stephens (Rocky) of Whitley City, Kentucky; brothers, Jerry Haynes and Billy Haynes both of Greenwood, Kentucky; sisters, Magedelna Ballou of Burnside, Kentucky, Marie Gregory of Monticello, Kentucky, Louise New of Vanover Ridge, Kentucky, Catherine Sullivan of Somerset, Kentucky, and Lois Beatty of Eubank, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Rachel, Dylan, Wesley, Skyler, Courtney, Emily, and Kameran.
Funeral services were held 7pm Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Perry officiating. The family will received friends after 4pm Saturday at the Funeral Home. Graveside services were held 2pm Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Sloan’s Valley Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Sheila (Wright) Perry, age 74 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at her home. In keeping of Sheila’s wishes, she was cremated. Full obituary information was requested to remain private.  Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Evelyn Shepherd went home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2021, on her 95th Birthday, at her residence in LaGrange, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 8, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens. She was born July 5, 1926 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Luther and Dillie Tucker. Evelyn was a member of the Stearns seventh day Adventist church and a beloved former employee of the McCreary County Schools for over 42 years where she kept generations of kids at Whitley City Elementary School happy and fed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Granville Shepherd, her son, Bill Shepherd, her parents, Luther and Dillie Tucker, her brothers Hubert, Junior, and James Tucker, her sister, Tammie Walker (Estle), and her son in law, Milford Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Davis, her son, Randall Shepherd (Pat), her grandchildren, Darla Glazebrook (Craig), Gary Shepherd (Kimberly), Paula Shepherd (Meredith), Jason Davis (Karen), Samantha Bennett (Andy), a brother, Ralph Tucker (Barb), 10 Great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, close friends, and grand-dogs.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Evelyn Shepherd.

 

Phyllis A. Phillips age 79, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland, Jean Waddle Care Center.
Phyllis was born February 15, 1942 to the late Ernest Vestal and Minnie Jones Vestal New in Parkers Lake, Kentucky.
She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed playing bingo at 27 Bingo Hall, Animal Protection League, she enjoyed rides through the mountains to enjoy the scenery. Phyllis painted Bob Ross style paintings in which she had won an award for.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alonzo Phillips, daughter, Kimberly Kay Hawkins-Grantland, brother, Kenneth, sisters, Corrina Henry and Sharon Anderson. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, son, Eric Hawkins (Denada Knight) of Pine Knot, brother, Ernest Lee Jr. (Sue) of Sidney, OH, sisters, Georgie Kendrick (Derwood) of Chattanooga, TN, special sister, Shirley Farrow of Fayetteville, NC, brother in law, Larry Henry, special nieces, Brandy Stephens and Barbara Gonzalez, grandchildren, Kimberly Hawkins of Sidney, OH, Dustin Hawkins of Sandy Hook, Rhonda Kay Coffey (Alan) of Parkers Lake, KY and Leslie Stevens.
A Memorial Service was held at the Phillips residence, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 6 P.M. with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Phyllis A. Phillips.

 

Shannon Gail Miller passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at her home in Strunk, Kentucky. She was 46 years, one month and three days old. Born June 3, 1975, in Somerset, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Beverly Taylor and step-father Tom Richardson of Strunk.
Preceding her in death is Mildred Pond whom she called Mom and Charles Taylor whom she called Dad. Also, uncles: Steve Taylor and Lanny Taylor, aunt, Debbie Stigall, brother, Scotty Taylor and mother-in-law, Wilma Miller.  Surviving family include her husband of 31 years, Charles “Chuck” Miller whom she married on April 11, 1990, sons: Randy (and Charlsie) Miller of Oneida, Tennessee and Dustin “Duck” (and Megan) Miller of Strunk. Grandchildren: Greyson, Brett, and Kenzlee Miller, brother, Tommy Richardson (fiancé Erin Jones), and sister, Amanda Richardson (fiancé Jason Kidd), father-in-law, Charlie Miller and sister-in-law, Brenda Miller.
She also has a special aunt, Denise Bowman. Shannon was a stay at home mother and grandmother. She loved her family and cherished her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral services were held graveside at the Miller Family Cemetery in Strunk, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021, with Randy Miller officiating. Music was provided by Israel Clark and Cody Canada.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Linda Lynch, age 72 years, 11 months, and 7 days, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Friday, July 9, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
She was born September 27, 1948, in Bell Glade, Florida to James Gilbert Wilson and Dean Swain Wilson. Mrs. Lynch worked in the mental health service for 25 years, as the regional director for Adanta in Whitley City for 22 years and retired in July 2001. During her time working at Adanta she received awards of special recognition for services in 2001 and employee of the year in 1986. Linda enjoyed reading, traveling, and listening to music. Most of all she loved being with her family.
Preceding her in death was her loving husband Woodie Lynch, her parents, a brother, Silas “Sonny” Wilson, 2 sisters, Hilda Ross, and Shirley Warren, and 2 grandchildren, Holly Smith and Dustin Cole.
Survivors include her children, Robert Allen Cole, Sharon Snyder, and Karen Jones, her sister, Barbara Wilson, her grandchildren, Terra, Brittany, Brandon, James, Austin, Brian, Desaree, Jason, Joey, Jonathan, Shania, and Catie, and 21 great grandchildren.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Linda Lynch.

 

Bill Monroe Gregory age 69 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky at the UK Medical Center.
In keeping of his wishes, after a private family gathering, Bill was cremated.
He was born February 28, 1952 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Schylor Gregory and Dovie (Vaughn) Gregory. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by a daughter, Shanda Gregory; a granddaughter; brothers, Bobby, Carl, James Ellard, Cash, and Jack Gregory; and sisters, May Gregory, Minnie Gregory, Wilma Clark, Barb Whitehead, and Dorothy Gregory.
Surviving family include his children, Scottie Gregory (and Sue) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Schylor Gregory of Pine Knot, Savannah Jones (and James Gilmore) of Pine Knot, and Samantha Godsey of Stearns; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Bill was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and cutting wood. Bill also enjoyed watching Nascar and basketball. But above all things, he mostly enjoyed being with his family, friends, and especially his grandbabies.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Douglas “Doug” Corder, age 67 years, 10 months, and 5 days, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 10, 2021, in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Clearview Cemetery.
He was born August 31, 1953 in Oneida, Tennessee to Charlie Corder and Wilma Duvall Corder. Doug was a member of the Old Beech Grove United Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and repairing things. Doug loved to cook and was a master griller.
Preceding him in death was his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Corder, his father, Charlie Corder, a son, Derrick Corder, and wife, Rachel Boillot, a daughter, Angela Corder, and fiancé, Lindell Privett, a brother, Joe Corder, and his wife, Janet, a sister, Janet Stephens, and husband, Gary, two grandchildren, Tierra Upchurch, and Brandon Corder, two great grandchildren, Emma and Ella Upchurch, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Doug Corder.

 

Elva Alberta Ball, age 73, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, Tennessee.

She was born in Parkers Lake, Kentucky, to the late Virgil and Ethel (Perry Keith) on January 19, 1948.  Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Keith (wife Thelma lives in London, Kentucky), sisters: Nora Patrick (husband Vestle lives in Parkers Lake) , Vertie Clontz), Pearl Smith, Mary Grubbs (husband Gerry lives in Cincinnati, Ohio), and Margaret Keith (infant). Surviving family include her husband Donald Everett Ball whom she married April 4, 1967, a son, Norris Tracey Ball (wife Doris, deceased), a daughter, Tina Campbell (husband Bryan) of Somerset, Kentucky, step-children: Donald Wayne Ball (wife Kay) of Corbin, Kentucky, and Brenda Ball of Michigan.Her brothers are: Russell Keith (wife Tammy) of Somerset, Larry Keith (wife Donna) of Somerset, Robert Keith (wife Georgia) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Terry Dewayne Keith (wife Gidget) of Parkers Lake.Her sisters are Myrtle Strunk of Pine Knot (husband Donald, deceased), Pauline Parton of Cincinnati, Ohio (husband James, deceased), and Kay Ball (husband Donald) of Corbin, Kentucky. There are two grandchildren: Cozy and Crystal and three step-grandchildren: Justin, Jason and Brandon.Elva was a homemaker and attended the Eagle Creek Church.  She enjoyed searching out family history, writing songs and poems and doing word search puzzles.Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook officiating.Expression of sympathy may take form of donations to the family.Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Elva Ball with funeral arrangements.

 

Margaret Carol Hurd, age 61 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

She was born July 26, 1959 the daughter of Samuel and Jean (Johnson) Hurd.  She was a member of the Mill Creek Methodist Church, loved spending time with family and friends, going to yard sales and hiking. Her parents; and sister, Donnie Hurd precede her in death. Survivors include her brothers, Ronnie Hurd and Charles Hurd (Tina) both of Sawyer, Kentucky, and James Hurd of Hamilton, Ohio; sister, Regina Schrul of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; 16 nieces and nephews; 32 great nieces and nephews, 4 great-great nieces and nephews; and special friends at the Greene Pointe Apartments. Funeral services were held 11am Friday, July 2, 2021 at the Mill Creek Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Mill Creek Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jesse Leon Sims, age 55 years, of Revelo, Kentucky entered into his heavenly home on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 8, 1965 to the late Pearlie Mae Vaughn and Jim Sims. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Gena Tapley. Jesse is survived by his wife of 32 years, Eve; brother, Nolan Johnson and wife, Sondra; son, Garrett and daughter in law, Amanda; son, Dustin and daughter in law, Tiffany; daughter, Jonie and son in law, Alex; grandchildren, who were the light of his life; Skylar (Parker), Daniel, Nevaeh, Olivia, Zachery, Bentley, Caleb, Brooklyn, Colton, Amara, Logan, and Michal; close friends who were like family, Donnie Daugherty, Andy Walker, and the Wilson Family. He also leaves behind many other relatives and friends who he loved dearly, including his children’s friends who he claimed as sons and daughters.Jesse was a kind, compassionate man, who never met a stranger. He would help anyone in need. He lit up any room he entered with his big smile and one of a kind laugh.  He was a true joy to be around. Jesse will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Tapley officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Beulah Marie Smith, age 95 years, of Milford, Ohio died Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the Loveland Healthcare Center in Loveland, Ohio. She was born in Griffin, Kentucky on April 14, 1926 the daughter of James B. and Mary Ann (Dobbs) Gibson. She had worked as a home style cook in a restaurant, and was a member of the Branch Hill Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her parents; son, Paul Sargent; and daughter, Joyce Fay Wood. Survivors include her son Herstle Smith and wife, Susan of Loveland, Ohio; and daughter, Barbara Sue Moore of Middletown, Ohio. Funeral services were held 1pm Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Cody Canada officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Wilma “Ruth” Taylor went home to be with her Lord and Savior.  She was born on the 19th day of May, 1934 to Charlie Plezzie and Mary Lou Vernon.

She was the loving wife of Charles Fred Taylor, and the mother of Mary Lucille Flinchum, Leonard Garvey Vernon, Carol Estelle Powell (Connor), Paula Lorraine Taylor (Gene Johnson), Frank Vernon Taylor (Laurel), and Joy Adaline Slebos (Jon). She was predeceased by her parents, husband, daughter, Lou, and son, Leonard. She had 20 grandchildren,  16 great-grandchildren and  5 great-great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly. She was a member of the Dixie Bend United Baptist Church for many years. Ruth was a very precious gem who loved her family more than life, always taking care of others above her own wants and needs. Over the years, Ruth enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, canning, singing, raising flowers, fishing; but mainly, just being with her family. She was a Teacher’s Aid for the McCreary County School Board for many years after raising her children.  This beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend and Christian woman has gone where the soul never dies, nor feels sorrow or pain. As Ruth was an angel that walked on the earth, she is now with her beloved Savior and husband in the glorious kingdom of heaven. Funeral services were held 11am Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Mike Hammond officiating.  Burial was in the Mill Springs National Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements. Wilma “Ruth” Taylor.

 

Richard Dawayne Longmire, age 47 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky.
He was born in Sidney, Ohio on October 8, 1973 the son of Gaines W. Longmire and Nadean (Crabtree) Lewis. Richard had worked for Menzer Hardword on the Paint Line, was a member of the Whitley City Church of God, and enjoyed fishing, camping, cards, but most especially NASCAR Racing.
His parents precede him in death. Survivors include his wife, Sunshine (Gosnell) Longmire of Whitley City, Kentucky; sons, Tyler Longmire (Hannah) of Strunk, Kentucky, Arron Longmire (Hannah) of Somerset, Kentucky, Nathanael Longmire of Somerset, Kentucky, Anthony Slavey of Whitley City, Kentucky and Dylan Stephens of Whitley City, Kentucky; daughter, Isabella Longmire of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Ricky Longmire of Whitley City, Kentucky, Christopher Longmire (Phoebe) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Timothy Junior Crabtree (Dominique) of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, Denny Longmire (Terre) of Tampa, Florida, and Ronnie Longmire (Jenny) of Sidney, Ohio; sisters, Lindy Lou Smith of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Tammy Pemberton (Tony) of Robbins, Tennessee, Marti Ann Lewis of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, and Lavon Maynard (Walter) of Edgewater, Florida; grandchildren, Paisleigh, Peyton, and 1 on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held 4pm Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Patricia “Patty” Ann Maxey, age 70, departed from this life on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at her home in Hebron, Kentucky.
She was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on April 8, 1951 to the late Epheriam and Gladys Strunk Williams. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Mark Maxey Sr., whom she was married to for 53 years, sisters, Shirley Barger and Rosealee Williams, and brother, Sam Williams.
She is survived by her sons, Mark Maxey Jr., and Mark Maxey III of Hebron, KY, daughter, Theresa and “Ole Lady’s Son-in-law, Scott Carlton of Burlington, KY., grandson, Steven Day Jr., and his wife Jacklyn Day of Ludlow, KY., granddaughter, Ginger and her husband Tyler Hand, great grandchildren, Khloe “Little Bitch” Carlton, Mariah Arnold, Steven Day III and Jammers Hand, along with numerous great uncles and aunts, brothers, Charles Williams (and Beth), Ed Williams and companion Teresa Moore, Bo Williams, Bobby Williams, Rick Williams, Alan Williams and Epheriam Williams, sisters, Bertha and husband Jim Smith, Kathy and husband Steve Davis. Many loved nieces and nephews. Patty went to work in Ohio at the Dozer Candy Company in 1976-1977 and for a photo service “Qualex” 1977-2003 developing pictures.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Ryan Cemetery at Gumfork, Tennessee.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Patricia Ann Maxey.

Tiffany Joyce Renfro, age 32 years, of Somerset, Kentucky, died Monday, June 21, 2021 in Whitley City, Kentucky.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on August 19, 1988 the daughter of Darrell Stigall and Marcella (Rose) Barnes. Tiffany enjoyed fishing, hiking, but most of all spending time with her son. Her son, Jase Renfro precedes her in death.
Survivors include her father, Darrell Stigall of Winfield, Tennessee; mother, Marcella (Rose) Barnes of Odenville, Alabama; son, Jackson Renfro of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Angel Stanfill of Parkers Lake, Kentucky and Mary Beth Stigall of Somerset, Kentucky; fiancé, Dean Ledbetter of Somerset, Kentucky; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Graveside services were held 1pm Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Rose Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Willard “Bill” Jean Sumner, age 74 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died June 24, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on May 22, 1947 the son of Jerome and Nellie (Bryant) Sumner. Bill had worked as a Sawyer in Logging, and enjoyed watching Westerns and the Outdoors.
His parents; brother, Donnie Sumner; and sisters, Reba Faye Sumner, Myrtle Tucker, Minnie New, and Mary Murphy precede him in death.
Survivors include his brothers, Troy Sumner of North Dakota, Roger Sumner of Walton, Kentucky, Earl Sumner and Lonnie Sumner both of Pine Knot, Kentucky; sisters, Lorena “Peanut” Reason of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina and Peggy Sumner of Pine Knot, Kentucky; 17 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Monday, June 28, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Sumner officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

David “Red” Russell Vanover, age 56 years, of the Worley Hilltop Community died Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his home.
He was born November 22, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Goman and Kinzella (Keith) Vanover.
His father, Goman Vanover; and brother, Goman Dwayne Vanover precede him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Kinzella Vanover of Stearns, Kentucky; brothers, James Robert Vanover and Allen “Jabo” Vanover both of Stearns, Kentucky; sisters, Rita Gail Coffey of Whitley City, Kentucky and Madge Deloris Vanover of Stearns, Kentucky; and a special friend, Leona Lyons.
Graveside services were held 11am Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Wright Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Oscar Hinkle, age 93 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky.
He was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on July 6, 1927 the son of John and Rachel (Collins) Hinkle. Oscar was a Coal Miner and of the Christian Faith. His favorite past times were reading, doing crossword puzzles, and being Mr. Fix It, and he loved his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sylvia (Perry) Hinkle; son Wayne Hinkle; and brothers, Archie Hinkle and Aubrey Perry.
Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Hinkle of Whitley City; and grandchildren, Rachel Hinkle, Cody Koger, Aaron Hinkle and wife, Jacie; and 1 great grandchild.
Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Cloa L. Jones, age 83, of Corbin, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Baptist Health Corbin.
Born in Spann Hill, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Willie Jones and Vina Hardwick. Cloa was a homemaker and spent much of her life in Whitley City before moving to Corbin. She had a love for painting and poetry.
In addition to her parents, Cloa was preceded in death by her sister, Ella Mae; and children, Brenda Ball and Doug Ball both of Whitely City, KY.
She is survived by five children, Troy Ball of Etowah, TN, Larry Ball of Winfield, TN, Velda Ball of Corbin, KY, Wayne Ball of Whitmire, SC, and Jean Ball of Vancouver, Canada; and siblings, Kaye Kidd of Pine Knot, KY, Lillie Roysdon of Attica, IN, and Hurstle Jones of South Carolina.
There are no services scheduled at this time; However, messages may be written to the family at www.vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com

Gail Nevels age 76 of Whitley City, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born January 21, 1945 in Greenwood, Kentucky to Levi Claude Davis and Gracie Lee (Corder) Davis.
Her parents, brothers, Paul Davis, Claude Davis, Jr., and Burton Davis, and sisters, Nellie Cash, Maxine Davis, and Geneva Brown precede her in death.
Surviving family include her husband, Charlie Litton Nevels, whom she married, September 11, 1965; a son, Jeff Nevels of Whitley City; daughters, Debbie Tucker of Whitley City and Missy Richardson of Stearns; and a sister, Jane Polston (and Richard) of Greenfield, Indiana.
Also surviving are Gail’s grandchildren that she loved so dearly, Chris Richardson (and Brittany), Amber Gregory (and Lucas), Whitney Sorensen (and Dustin), Kayla Moser (and Alex), Justin Richardson (and Chloe), and Elijah Tucker; and great-grandchildren, Preston, Alex, Eli, Sophia, Sam, Andrew, Autumn, Elizabeth, Easton, and Lily.
Gail was a faithful member of the Freewill Baptist Church where she attended faithfully with her husband, Litton. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. Gail also enjoyed working in the garden and with her flowers. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Rowe and Bro. Cody Canada officiating. A graveside service was held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Nevels Family Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Patrice Madden Petrie, age 68, beloved wife of Michael Petrie of Whitley City, KY., passed from this life on June 16, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of the late John and Lillian Molnar Madden.
Patrice is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Michael Petrie of Whitley City, KY, brother, John Madden of Davidson, MI., sisters, Laura Wischmeyer of Waterford, MI., and Madonna Madden of Flint, MI., nephews, Eric Wischmeyer and Brandon Wischmeyer, Uncle, Donny Madden of Fl., cousins, Kelly Madden and Vikki Hudson of Bradenton, Fl., along with her special friends, Liz Chatfield, Renee Fleming and Marge Martin of Colorado who loved her dearly and will miss her. She also leaves behind her fur babies, her dog, Lily Petrie and her cat, Groucho Petrie, they are lost without her.
She and her husband, Michael were homebodies, they enjoyed watching TV together and she liked playing mind-game on her computer and keeping up with her loved ones on facebook.
Patrice was of the Catholic faith and per her wishes she was cremated.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Judy Ann (Creekmore) Salyer age 69 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
She was born October 19, 1951 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Lawrence Wood and Connie Mary Creekmore. In addition to her parents, Judy is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Salyer; a brother, James Ray Creekmore; sisters, Angela Joan Lamb and Doris Roselee Allen; and daughter-in-law, Sarah Delap.
Surviving family include her children, Melissa Raeline Bradley (Lee) of Somerset, Stanley Gordon Salyer Jr., (Tasha) of Indiana, Eric Ray Creekmore (Danielle) of Florida, Anthony Dale Delap of Whitley City, and James Oral Salyer of Somerset; a brother, Michael Creekmore (Linda) of Williamsburg; sisters, Martha Sharon Creekmore of Indiana, Mary Karen Jones of Stearns, and Darlene Creekmore of Whitley City; and a special niece, Patricia Lynn Stephens.
Also surviving are Judy’s grandchildren that she loved dearly, Kayla Wolfe, Brittany Delap, Josh Bradley, Malachi Creekmore, Bryson Delap, Destiny Delap, Jerrick Norris, and Stoney Creekmore; and great-grandchildren, Peyton, Korbin, Holden, Xavier, Ayden, Avary, Piper, Aiden, Kaiden, and Alaya.
Judy was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. She loved to bargain shop, especially at the flea-market and good will. Judy enjoyed playing games and slot machines. She also enjoyed music. Her favorite song was Amazing Grace and she loved to listen to anything by the Singing Cooks. Judy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Fultz and Bro. Michael Creekmore officiating. Graveside service was held Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Rubin Worley Jr., age 67 years, 10 months and 3 days, passed away Monday, June 21, 2021, at his home in Stearns, Kentucky.
He was born August 18, 1953, in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, to the late Rubin Worley, Sr. and Olivia Worley. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers: Darrell Worley, Robert Taylor, James Worley and Jerry Worley and sisters: Thelma Worley and Velma Jean Carter.
Surviving family include his wife of 44 years, Janet Diane Worley, their children: Rubin G. Worley of Stearns, Jessica Diane Wilson (husband Nick) of Stearns, Robert Clayton Worley (wife Amy) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Jennifer LeAnn Worley of Stearns. There is one surviving sister: Georgia Ruth Worley of Wiborg, Kentucky.
Rubin and Diane was blessed with 11 grandchildren: Jake (fiancé Ashyn), Taylor (and husband Jesse), Zackary, Summer, Livy, Lily, Brandi, Kali, Aubree, Toni, and Ava.
He also leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces he loved very much as well as a sister-in-law Debbie Taylor.
Rubin was a retired truck driver of 50 years having traveled all across the country. He last worked for McCreary Hardwoods. He liked guns and enjoyed shooting and liked race cars.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 25, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. David Dial and Bro. Rick Wilson officiating. Burial will be at the Cooper Cemetery at Hilltop. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until time for services.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family of Rubin Worley with funeral arrangements.

Garland Burke Jr., of Stearns, Kentucky, departed this life on June 11, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Garland and Clara Jones Burke.
Junior was loved by all his family very much. What’s more notable is how much he loved his family. He was family oriented and active in all their lives. He especially loved his great nephew Dante Joe Burke. His favorite pass time was playing with Dante, especially ball and guns. He spent his life enjoying playing with all his nieces and nephews.
Despite being special needs, he was a independent man almost all his adult life. He took care of maintenance and mowing for his beloved church, Pleasant Rock Baptist. He overcame being special needs in many ways, but the most important was all the ways he helped his family and was always there for them.
His very first niece, Jessica Burke, spent a lot of time visiting and stating near his bedside while in the hospital, so he never felt alone.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Burke, and sister, Tammy Payne.
He is survived by his brother, Timmy Burke and wife Jeanine of Stearns, Ky., sister, Ginger Wallen of Pine Knot, KY, sister-in-law, Loretta Burke of Stearns, Ky., very special niece, Jessica Burke and a very special great nephew, Dante Burke along with several other nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Garland was a member of Pleasant Rock United Baptist Church, and really enjoyed attending his church. He liked boating and fishing, being around children and watching Sci-Fi shows.
Funeral services were Monday, June 14, 2021 at 8:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 6:00 PM until time for his service. Brothers Larry Coffey and Garred Corder officiating. Burial followed on Tuesday at 6:00 PM in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Garland Burke Jr.

Elmer E. “Shorty” Clark, age 81 years, of the Sandhill Community, died Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on April 30, 1940 the son of Luther Clark and Gladys Pauline (Sumner) Clark. Elmer had worked as a truck driver and was a Deacon of the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church.
His parents; daughter-in-law, Nancy Clark; brother-in-law, Lonnie Meadows; and grandchildren, Stacy Clark and Amy Combs precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna L. (Canada) Clark; children, Larry Clark (Sandra), Gary Clark, Ricky Clark (Judy) all of Whitley City, and Shirley Gregory (David) of Somerset; brother, Alfred Clark (Bobbie) of Whitley City; sister, Linda Meadows of Whitley City; grandchildren, Jennifer Hamlin, Lindsey Ball, Barbara Jean (BJ) Bryant, Jamie Clark, Heather Clark, Lucas Gregory, and Sarah Creekmore; 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, June 11, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Wendell “Jesse” Coffey, age 76 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
He was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on May 27, 1945 the son of Harley and Carrie Catherine (Strunk) Coffey. Jesse had worked as a carpenter, and enjoyed sitting with the Barren Fork men, eating at Milton’s Burger Hut, hunting, fishing, ginseng, and spending time with his grandchildren.
His parents and sister, Naomi Ruth Coffey precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Gale (Vanover) Coffey; daughters, Stephanie New (James), Angie Creekmore (Bert) both of Whitley City, and Tammy Johnson (Christopher) of Lexington; siblings, Joyce Keith, Bill Coffey (Phyllis), Harley Coffey, Jr (Pauline), Larry Coffey, Tommy Coffey all of Whitley City; Stanley Coffey (Loretta) of Lancaster, Jerry Coffey of Ohio, and Starlin Grover Keith (Fay) of Whitley City; and 7 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Monday, June 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis officiating. Burial was in the Wiborg Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Shannon Dixon age 55 of Pine, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born March 11, 1966 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Steve Dixon and Betty (Slaven) Dixon. Shannon enjoyed working on old cars and trucks. He loved to be outdoors, fishing, and going to dirt track racing. Shannon will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving family include his children, Jonathan Dixon and wife, Amy, of Stearns, and Casey Ridner and husband, Benji, of Pine Knot; brothers, Anthony Slaven and wife, Sheila of Strunk, Wendell Steve Dixon and wife, Tammy, of Pine Knot, and Bill Dixon and wife, Therese, also of Pine Knot; one sister, Deborah Buell of Loyal, Kentucky; and a special friend, Darlene Chitwood.
Also surviving are Shannon’s grandchildren that he loved dearly, Shyanne Ridner, Lucas Ridner, Alexis Wilson, and Kyson Dixon.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Slaven-Dixon Family Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Everett Lee Jarvis age 68 of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Lexington.
He was born July 8, 1952 in Akron, Ohio to the late Lanty Jarvis and Vesta Elizabeth (Matheny) Jarvis. In addition to his parents, Everett is preceded in death by an infant brother.
Surviving family include his wife, Elaine (Duncan) Jarvis whom he married February 13, 1998; sons, Billy Jarvis and Brian Jarvis; daughters, Tami Paul (and Jimmy) and Kay Phillips (and John); a step-son, Golvin Edens; sisters, Marie Gray (and Keither) and Glenna Davis; 7 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Everett enjoyed being outdoors. He liked to hunt and go fishing. He also enjoyed music, playing the guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Everett like to trade guns, but mostly he always liked to help people. He was a good man overall and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In keeping with Everett’s wishes, he was cremated.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Vincent Neal King, age 53, of Crossville, TN, formerly of Sawyer, Kentucky, departed this life on June 9, 2021 in Rockwood, Tennessee. He is the son of Faye Muse Collins and the late James Alvin King.
In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Perneida Joyce Goodin King, and an infant son, Shawn Goodin and brother-in-law Earl Vanover.
He is survived by his children, Preston Warman, Jeremy Young both of Kentucky, daughters, Melissa Goodin of Somerset, Kentucky and Kimberly Hollon and husband Chris also of Somerset, KY., sisters[G1] , Linda King, Vickey King, Teresa Pitts and husband Andrew all of Crossville, Tennessee, sister-in-laws, Shonda Diaz of Monticello, Kentucky and Cora Goodin of Michigan, brothers, Tommy King and wife Renee of Tunnel Hill, GA., Frank King and wife Adriana of Greenville, South Carolina, Matthew King and wife Sheila of Rockwood, Tennessee, and 10 Grandchildren.
Vincent enjoyed Nascar Racing, listening to music and watching action and western movies. He loved spending time outdoors but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Funeral services were Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until time for his service. Brother Joe Warman officiating with Burial in the Marlar Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements for Vincent King.

Robert Alan Schultz of Wiborg, Kentucky, departed this life on June 10, 2021 at his home. He was the son of the late Roger and Wilma Yancey Schultz.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his nephew, Chad Schultz.
He is survived by his daughters, Aleah Schultz and companion Steven Dungan of Somerset, KY., Tesa Stephens of Whitley City, his former wife, the mother of his children, Lorie Chitwood Dungan, sister, Carrie Nichols and husband Terry of Richmond, KY., grandchildren, Blake Canada, Lucas Dungan, Nora Dungan, Kaelyn West, nephew, Brandon Wright and one great niece.
Robert was of the Christian Faith, he enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, but his greatest love was spending time with his family.
Funeral services were Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial followed in the Yancey Cemetery
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Orvil Lee Stephens age 72 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life Friday, June 11, 2021 at his home in Strunk, Kentucky.
He was born July 25, 1948 in Winfield, Tennessee to the late Thomas Melvin Stephens and Dorothy Opal (Perry) Stephens. In addition to his parents, Orvil is preceded in death by his grandson, Devon; brothers, Edward and Kenneth Stephens; infant sisters, Debra Ruth and Phyllis Ann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law that he loved dearly.
Surviving family include his wife, Katherine (Taylor) Stephens whom he married, December 25, 1968; a son, Randall Stephens (wife, April); a daughter, Lisa Hutson, all of Strunk; brothers, Roscoe Stephens (wife, Drenda), Burtis Stephens, TIm Stephens (wife, Carolyn), Phillip Stephens (wife, Terri) all of Strunk, and Tommy Stephens (wife, Gertie), of Jellico, Kentucky; and sisters, Wanda Johnson of Pine Knot, and Judy Baird Campbell (husband, Bill) of Jamestown, Kentucky.
Also surviving are Orvil’s grandchildren, Brandon (wife, Tawnie), Kaylee, Aleyah, Kenzlee, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Kason.
Orvil was of the Baptist faith and was a carpenter of trade. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, but above all things, he enjoyed being with his family. Orvil will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Trammell and Bro. Dennis Neal officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Shawn Ray Sumner, age 43 years, of the Sandhill Community, son of Linda (Spradlin) Sumner and the late Donald Ray Sumner, died Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on March 28, 1978 the son of Donald Ray and Linda (Spradlin) Sumner. He had been a manager at ZZ’s Pizza, and was a member of the Eagle Creek United Baptist Church. He loved to take care of his chickens and goats.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Linda Sumner of Whitley City; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2pm Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial was at the Taylor Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was after 12pm Saturday at the Church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

James Patrick Thomas died on June 6, 2021 at 75 years in Houma, Louisiana where he was living for over 20 years. His death was from kidney and heart complications. He was born January 7, 1946, attended Stearns Elementary School and graduated from The McCallie School in Chatanooga, Tennessee. He also attended Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee. His vocation was journalism, publishing articles in Rolling Stone and local newspapers. His love and interest in McCreary County led him to publish the 1989 “Lore and Legend” magazine of “Stearns Pioneers: An Era Recaptured in Original Writings and Unseen Photos.”
He is the son of Dr. Frank Thomas and Mary Veach Thomas. He is survived by his sisters Cathy Thomas and Carol Littlejohn.
Funeral arrangements are private. All prayers are welcomed.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Douglas Wade Vanover, age 69, of Whitley City, Kentucky, departed this life on June 12, 2021 at his home. He is the husband of Wanda Corder Vanover and the son of the late Alonzo and Anna Belle Abbott Vanover.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Justin Vanover, brothers, Richard, David and Gary Vanover, and an infant grandson, Keelyn Birchfield.
He is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Corder Vanover of 21 years, children, Shane Gibson, Jenny Ann Correll, Laura Jo Vanover, Shedara Gibson, and Tammie Emerson-Johnson, brothers, Greg Vanover and wife Sheila, and Mike Vanover, sisters, Sharon Adkins and husband Dwayne, and Sherry Terry, and 8 grandchildren.
Douglas was a member of Clearview United Baptist Church where he was a clerk for 16 years. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran and a member of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until time for Masonic service beginning at 2:00 PM . Bro. Hobert Corder and Bro. Steven Jones officiating with burial in the Higginbotham Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #115, Stearns.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gail Elizabeth (Baltimore) Wingo who attained the age of 73 years, 10 months, and 21 days. She died peacefully at Melech Hospice House in Tampa FL after a long battle with Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. She was surrounded by her three daughters, whom she treasured dearly.
Born in Pine Knot KY, Gail grew up as the youngest of eight siblings. She spent her early life in Kentucky, then many years in Ohio, where she met and married the love of her life, Kenneth Wingo. The couple subsequently moved to Florida and devoted their lives to family, choosing to adopt a daughter, shortly before leaving Ohio, Danielle Elizabeth Wingo, who gained siblings Jeanna, Tammy, and Jody Swain.
Gail is remembered as a very kind and giving person who worked as a bank teller, childcare provider, and homemaker. She was feisty, funny, beautiful inside and out and loved shopping, frogs, windy days, country music and cooking for family. Her best days were spent in the company of her 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gail leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Kenneth Wingo of Valrico FL, and her three daughters, Jeanna Swain of Riverview FL, Tammy Hight (Robert) of Lithia FL, and Danielle Elizabeth Wingo Skiver of Riverview FL, Sisters Anna Kidd of Pine Knot KY, and Judy Clark of Temperance MI.
She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Robert, Shannon, Ashley, Ryan, Joshua, Jaiden, Caden, Hunter, and Haleigh Hight, as well as Timothy, Greg, Kelly, and Zachary Swain and Michael, William, Bella, Samantha, Aidan, Julian, and Riley Skiver.
Left to treasure Gail’s memory are her six great-grandchildren, Madison, Alijah, Adriona, Ellie, Emily, and Olivia.
She is predeceased by her parents, Nancy Gilreath Baltimore and Lonnie Baltimore of Pine Knot KY, as well as her son Jody Swain, and her siblings Norma, Patsy, Maybeline, Bob, and Rodney.
A viewing is taking place at Pine Knot Funeral Home on Friday, June 18, 140 East Cal Hill Spur, Pine Knot, KY 42635. Immediate family only from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral services are also at Pine Knot Funeral Home, scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m., with a short graveside service and burial following at T. Chitwood Cemetery, 2737 Kentucky Hwy 92 East, Pine Knot KY.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Jessie Lee (Neal) Braden, 82, of Cambridge, passed away Sunday (May 9, 2021) at SEORMC.
She was born February 7, 1939 in McCreary County, KY daughter of the late Hobert Esler and Fleda (Moses) Neal.
Jesse was a homemaker, spending time with her family and friends, bingo and peanut butter milkshakes.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Scott Braden and a sister, Beulah Davidson; a daughter, Earlene Sanderson.
She is survived by one son, Jack Lee Braden; two brothers, Dennis and Ralph Neal; two sisters, Judy Redden and Mavis Hughes; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; good friend Carlos Hrinko; her beloved dog, Tubby; and a special niece, Debbie.
As per Jessie’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services.
Obituary Courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Charlene Bryant, age 51 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Whitley City.
She was born in Sommerville, New Jersey on June 5, 1969 the daughter of Raymond Leslie and Dorothy Marylea (Hammock) Bryant.
Her parents; brothers, Cody Ray Bryant and Daniel Kelly Bryant; and sisters, Caroldine Bryant and Loretta Marie Bryant precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Joshua Hammock of Whitley City; niece and nephew, Michelle Marylea Bryant and Darrell Raymond Bryant.
Funeral services were conducted by the family with burial in the New Liberty Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Jonathan Dwight Cooper, age 35 years, of Strunk, Kentucky, died June 3, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 23, 1986 the son of Kathie Cooper. Jonathan was a landscaper and was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed video games, movies, fishing, getting in his chair and going, and most of all his family.
His grandmother, Ruby Cooper; and uncle, Norbert Lorn Cooper precede him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Kathie Cooper of Strunk; very special uncle, Carl “Boo” Cooper of Strunk; uncles, Noble Lawrence Cooper, Jr. of Georgia; Denzil Denver Cooper of Strunk, and Kenny Joe Cooper, Sr. of South Carolina; aunts, Georgia Carol Watson, Mildred Louise West, and Janet Susan King all of Pine Knot; a very special man her called Daddy, Bobby Ross; uncle and aunt, Eddie and Sharon Inman; cousins, Una Louise Cooper and Ruby Erin Cooper; and a very special step-sister, Rayven Ross.
Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Rev. Hurstle Daugherty age 77 of the Marshes Siding Community, passed from this life on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at his home.
He was born March 16, 1944 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to the late Lawrence Daugherty and Virginia Mae (Branham) Daugherty. In addition to his parents, Hurstle is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Bryan Daugherty, a brother, Steven Daugherty, and sisters, Thelma Daugherty and Leona Barrett.
Surviving family include his wife, Betty (Worley) Daugherty whom he married, October 23, 1964; daughters, Paula Daugherty Jones and husband, Tim, of Marshes Siding and Michelle King and husband, Ronald, of Strunk, Kentucky; grandchildren, Ronald “Ronnie” King, Caitlin King (fiancé, Ryan Branham), Dawson Lynch, Garrett Jones, and Timothy Allen Jones; and a great-grandson, Memphis Jones.
Also surviving are Hurstle’s brothers, Henry Daugherty of Whitley City, Terry Daugherty of Arizona, Randy Daugherty, Jerry Daugherty, Bernard Daugherty, and Walter Edward “Eddie” Daugherty, all of Oregon, and sisters, Ann Sigler and Mildred Kidwell also of Oregon.
At the age of 31, Hurstle dedicated his life to the Lord and shortly after, he began preaching God’s word. Hurstle served as the Pastor of the Marshes Siding Church of God for 30+ years. Hurstle was proud to serve the Lord and be a light to others. He loved nothing more than sharing his faith to everyone.
Hurstle was a Veteran of the United States Navy. In addition to Pastoring, Hurstle was well known for “Marshes Corner Market”, which he and wife, Betty, owned and operated for 37 ½ years. At home, Hurstle enjoyed wood working and being in the garden, especially with his roses. He also enjoyed going fishing and being with his family. Hurstle will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Marshes Siding Church of God. Burial followed in the Worley Family Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #115 of Stearns, KY.
The family received friends for visitation on Thursday after 6:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Louie Cecil Jones Sr. (82) of Butler, KY passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his home. He was born in Sterns, KY on November 7, 1938 to the late Olath and Goldie Duncan Jones.
Louie was a Mason and attended Antioch Mills Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Nelly Pauline Caldwell Jones brother Kenneth Jones, sisters Helen Ross and Sue Leach
Survivors include sons Chip (Rita) Jones and Chris (Jennifer) Jones, daughters Brandi (Tony) Gosney, Patsy Caldwell, Vivian Gail Jones and Cecilee Watson McComas, brother Ronald (Joyce) Perkins, sister Janice (Mike) Ingram, a half brother and sister in Michigan, grandchildren Chip (Megan) Jones, Holly (John) Wrightsman, Isaiah Jones, Savannah Gosney, Bethany (Isaac) Bentley and 5 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 10am-2pm, Saturday June 12, 2021 at Peoples Funeral Home in Butler. Funeral Service will immediately follow at 2pm also at the funeral home. Louie’s final resting place will be in the Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital 8280 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236

Kay Sewell, age 68 years, 7 month, and 5 days, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
She was born October 25, 1952, in Tennessee to Raymond “Honk” Flynn and Clara Jones Flynn. Kay was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed caring for her family, her coffee and smokes, and camping with family when she was younger. Her favorite thing was family gatherings.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Sewell, two sons, Matthew Sewell, and wife, Valerie, and Brian Sewell, three brothers, Ray Flynn, Jerry Flynn, Johnny Flynn, and wife, Mindy, three grandchildren, Stephen Sewell, Jacob Sewell, and Veronica Sewell, and four great grandchildren, Kenlyn, Mason, Beckett, and Brecklyn.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Kay Sewell.

James Arnold “Jimmy” Stephens, age 81, passed away while surrounded by family on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Jimmy was born in Jellico, Tennessee to the late Arnold Stephens and the late Grace (Creekmore) Stephens on March 12, 1940. He was a member at the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Jimmy was a teacher and retired from the Job Corps, in addition to that he ran his own wrecker service and car lot in McCreary County. He loved his family, his wrecker service, and his car lot. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Elizabeth (Stephens) Davis; one granddaughter, Randi Elaine Chitwood; and one great-grandson, Grant Nolan Daniel Torkelson.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his wife of 57 years, Jean Stephens; one son, Randy Stephens (wife April); one daughter, Lisa Stephens; one brother, Charles Stephens; grandchildren, Ashley Torkelson (husband Jesse), Alyson Johnson (husband Micheal), Rachel Strunk (husband Matt), Tristin Stephens, Zachary Chaney, Tevon Stephens, Jerica Stephens, Allyson Tucker, Caden Stephens; and great-grandchildren, Riley King, Vaeya Torkelson, Ronan Torkelson, Kambree Johnson, Kyndrix Johnson, Hadley Strunk, Declan Strunk, and Everly Strunk.
Funeral Services were conducted at 1:00pm EST on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in the Chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Neal officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the funeral home. Interment followed the funeral service and was in the Pine Knot Cemetery. Funeral services were directed by two of Jimmy’s grandchildren, Zachary Chaney and Ashley Torkelson.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Robert R. (Bob) Trammell passed away at Lake Cumberland Medical Center June 2, 2021. He was born in Revelo, KY, September 30, 1931. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years Betty Gwendoline Siler Trammell (their honeymoon never ended), and his children Robert K. (Kenny) Trammell (Debbie) and Sharon Kaye Baird (Jeff), grandchildren: Mykel Baird, Rusty Baird, and Siler Trammell, and great grandchildren, Alayna Baird, Carys Baird, and Ruger Baird.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Veenie Trammell, brothers Cecil and “Little Bill”, and sisters, Imogene Trammell Strunk and Lois June Trammell Creekmore. Surviving siblings include Betty Perry, Jewel Dean Cobb, Carol Meadors, Norma Meadors, Faye Stephens, Ralph Trammell, and Larry Trammell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and an extended family reaching into the hundreds!
Bob’s focus was on God, family, and country. Bob was a faithful member of East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God where he served as a trustee and his immediate and extended family meant the world to him. As a proud former member of the United States Marine Corps he was one squared away Marine, having served from 1951 through 1953. He was honored as a Kentucky Colonel in 1992. One of his special memories was a personal tour, arranged by his son, of the Marine Corps Maintenance Center Albany where he was presented with a special plaque in the shape of the State of Georgia and dedicated to “Colonel Trammell”. Bob was a truck driver for many years hauling coal and cattle as well as a heavy equipment operator.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed the annual Trammell squirrel hunting trip to Shut-In Branch on Jellico Creek. His tales along with those of Cecil and Harold Dean Chinn always kept everyone laughing. He always baked the cornbread and it was no doubt the best you could ever eat!!
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. Burial followed in the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
Bob will be sorely missed by family and friends but all should remember the last line in the Marine Hymn:
“If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”
Private First Class Bob Trammell has reported for duty!
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Bob Trammell.

Wendell Waters, age 70 years, 1 month, and 22 days, passed away Monday, May 31, 2021 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
In keeping with his wishes Wendell was cremated. A memorial gathering was held in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home Friday, June 4, 2021.
He was born April 9, 1951 in McCreary County, Kentucky to Ray Waters and Nellie Clark Waters. Wendell enjoyed mechanic work, computer repair, HAM radios, and all types of electronics.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and one brother, Donnie Waters.
Survivors include two brothers, Sam Watters, and Orlando Watters, three sisters, Phyllis Cook, and husband, Jim Sarlanis, Mary Waters-Harris, and husband, Larry, and Freda Sullivan, and husband, Merle.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wendell Waters.

Gerald Kenny Wilson Passed away on 30 May 2021 after a valiant battle against metastatic melanoma. He was born 11 September 1941 to the late Marion Andrew and Emma Myrtle Chitwood Wilson of Co-Operative, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ann Nevels Wilson, his parents, and siblings Denzil Allen Wilson, Mary Joyce Wilson Dobbs, Norse Eugene Wilson, and Barbara Lou Wilson, and grandson, David Keith Wilson. He is survived by his sons Michael David Wilson (Jennifer) of Smith Town, Kentucky, and Douglas Wayne Wilson (Maribel) of Randolph, New Jersey; two brothers, Thurston D. Wilson (Wanda) of Daleville, Indiana, and Doyle M. Wilson (Mona) of New Castle, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Irene Crisp Wilson, of Ocala, Florida; and his grandchildren Erin Elizabeth Faith, Kara Lou, Emma Kate, and Evan Michael.
After graduating in 1959 from McCreary County High School, he earned a BA in history and math from Cumberland College. He worked for the McCreary County Board of Education for 34 years, teaching at Co-Operative for a year, then instructing students in math at McCreary High, and finally serving as Director of Pupil Personnel at Central Office until 1997.
He had many simple joys in this life, like the sweet richness of Queen Anne cherries long after Christmas had passed; the swirls of colors in a Peace hybrid tea rose, unspoiled by Japanese beetles; the laughter of cousins taking turns cranking an ice cream churn on a blazing day in August; the achingly beautiful, lonely sound of a steel soaring above the strums of rhythm guitars; the thrill of watching the Kentucky Wildcats (but only on recorded playback, and only if they won); the comfort of a bowl of homemade vegetable soup and steaming slice of buttered corn bread on a bleak winter afternoon; the feeling of home rekindled by sharing hilarious stories over the phone with his brothers and sisters; and the cold refreshing taste of a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, sometimes three times a day.
He only expressed two regrets: that he did not ask the workmen he watched dismantling K&T Engine #1 for a souvenir, and that he did not take more days off from work to go fishing with his sons.
He believed in the trans-formative power of Jesus Christ and in the importance of education. He appreciated music education, scientific discovery, and American history.
He did not truly grow old until July 5, 2020, when the cancer that would take his life manifested in a brain tumor. He fought bravely. He will live on in the hearts of all those who love him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Methodist Cemetery.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Gerald Kenny Wilson.

Glyn David Cordell age 69 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born, February 23, 1952 in Grants Pass, Oregon to Aubrey Cordell and Rennie (Musgrove) Cordell. David was of the Baptist faith and a member of the O.S. Ware Lodge #874 in Stearns, Kentucky. He was also a member of the Eastern Star. David was self-employed and a UK Wildcat fan. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death is his parents, Aubrey and Rennie, a son, James David Cordell, and brothers, Aubrey Cordell and Jack Cordell.
Surviving family include his wife, Lena (Moore) Cordell whom he married, December 24, 1968; Glyn Daniel Cordell and wife, Tabatha of Strunk, Kentucky and Dustin Cordell and wife, Tiffany, of Robbins, Tennessee; daughters, Donna Goodin and husband, Greg of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, Shawnda Waters and husband, Chad also of Parkers Lake, Janet Smith of Strunk, and Juanita Cooper, also of Strunk; a brother, Louie Cordell; and a sister, Janice Privett, both of Strunk, Kentucky.
Also surviving are David’s grandchildren that he loved dearly, Tiffany Bennett, Sheila Trammell, Tony Hurd, Lindsey Goodin, Josh Goodin, Craig Goodin, David Cody Garrison, Amy Coffey, Jordan Carson, Madessa Cordell, Conner Cordell, Logan Cordell and Colton Cordell, and Riley Bryant; and great-grandchildren, Angie, Krystal and Ruben Trammell, Kylie, Kendal, and Bretlee Bennett, Denver Staley, Jordan and Jaylynn Patrick, Maxton Daniel Ruley, and Paisley Goodin.
In keeping of David’s wishes, he was cremated. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 beginning at 6:00 pm until Masonic and Eastern Star services at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Michael Wayne Gibson, age 66 years, 3 months, and 8 days, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery.
He was born February 14, 1955 in Sidney, Ohio to Porter Gibson and Dorothy Upchurch Toler. Michael was an owner operator truck driver and a member of Morning Star Cowboy Church in Umatilla, Florida. He was a firefighter in Apopka, Florida and various places for over 20 years. Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, landscaping, guns, and Pepsi, which he called octane. But his greatest joys in life were his family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a son, Michael Jr., two brothers, Darrell and Charles Gibson, and one grandchild.
Survivors include his wife, Linda “Linn” Gibson, sons, Christopher Gibson, Jerry Broxton, and Joseph Richardson, daughters, Michelle Gibson, Kristy Gibson, Jeannie Gibson, Amy Gibson, twins Nicki Tracy, and Renee Riggins, and Teresa Minnich, step daughters, Karen New, Goldie Byrd, Mandy Foster, and Millie Weaver, sisters, Patricia Cox, and Shelia Maxwell, 45 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Michael Gibson.

Patrick Greene, age 68, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021, at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.
Born October 31, 1952, in Tokyo, Japan, he was the son of the late Jimmie W. Greene and Kyoko Yamamoto.
Surviving family include two sons: Tyler Greene and Samantha, Brian Greene and Kendra, three daughters: Nicole Bryant and Michael, Tashia Roe and Cody and Kayla Bruce and Jacob. He has one brother: Jimmie W. Greene II, “Bevo” and Pat, 14 grandchildren, and two special friends: Sgt. Dan and Charlotte Petrey.
Patrick was disabled and had been a U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam. He enjoyed reading the Bible, painting, drawing and writing. He loved the Lord and loved life.
Per his wishes, he was cremated.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Gloria Ann Jones, age 79 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, died Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on August 28, 1941 the daughter of Otto and Clara (Correll) Phillips. Gloria was a homemaker and a member of the Marshes Siding Church of God. Her favorite past times were crocheting and sewing, but most especially her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Joe Jones, sons, Danny Joe Jones and Tommie Jones; daughter, Millie Mason; brothers, Woodrow Coffey and Theodore Coffey; sisters, Gertie Gilreath and Jim Gilreath; and a grandson, Donald Bolin.
Survivors include her sons, Jeff Jones of Stearns, Kentucky and Tim Jones and wife, Paula of Marshes Siding, Kentucky; brothers, Forrest Phillips and wife, Susie and Gilson Phillips both of Sidney, Ohio; grandchildren, Vanessa Miles, Terri Pierce and husband, Danny, Carri Mason, Jeremy Jones and wife, Andrea, Dylan Jones and wife, Kelsea, Timothy Allen Jones, Dawson Lynch, Garrett Jones, Jamie Wright, Dusty Jones, and Breona Foster; and 8 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Hurstle Daugherty and Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sharon Lee Meadows, age 64 years, of the Bear Waller Community passed peacefully from this life Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Baptist Health Corbin.
She was born in Columbus, Ohio August 6, 1956 to Betty Jean (Calhoun) Stephens and Welman Ray. Sharon was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, had worked in accounting and was a member of the American Legion. She loved her animals, especially her horses, Buddy and Toby, and enjoyed sewing.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Anthony Wayne Meadows.
Survivors include her children, Tammie (Kiki) Nazario of Somerset, Kentucky, Jennifer (Donnie) Daugherty of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Matthew Meadows of Stearns, Kentucky; as well as her grandchildren who were her World, Codi Duncan, Dalton Daugherty, Devon Daugherty, Sophia Meadows, Ansel Meadows, and Tiffany Stephens, brother, Dennis Stephens of Stearns, Kentucky, sister, Amanda McQueary of Stearns, Kentucky; and She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great grandchild, Eliana Duncan.
Her drive and kindness will be remembered by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held 2pm Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. Burial followed in the Bear Waller Family Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

GraceLynn Spradlin age 6, of the Sawyer Community passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at her residence. GraceLynn was born on October 30, 2014 in Somerset to DJ and Anna Rollins Spradlin.
GraceLynn is preceded in death by her Paternal Great-grandparents, Lee and Patricia Spradlin; and her maternal Great-grandparents, Mary and Grover Rollins; paternal great grandparents, Sylvester and Josie Privett and maternal grandfather Randall Rollins.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, mother Anna Rollins Spradlin; father, DJ Spradlin; maternal grandmother, Chasity Head (Billy Ray) paternal grandparents, Donald and Patricia Spradlin of Sawyer; brothers, Garrison Spradlin; Maternal Great-Grandparents, Lee and Edna Roberts of Whitley City; aunts, Jessica (AJ) Miller, Melanie Spradlin, Keshia (Chuckie) Hurd; uncles, James Rollins (Jade Hickman), Christopher (Ronda) Spradlin; along with numerous other family members.
Services for GraceLynn Spradlin were held Tuesday, June 01, 2021 at 3 P.M. at Sawyer Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Sawyer Church Road, Whitley City, KY with Bro. Daniel Ridener and Bro. Tyler Longsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Saywer Cemetery.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for GraceLynn Spradlin.

Connie Swain, age 62 years, 5 months, and 14 days, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Phillips officiating. Burial followed in the Swain Cemetery.
She was born Thursday, December 11, 1958 in Somerset, Kentucky to Dee Hill and Betty Combs Hill. She was baptized at the Greenwood Baptist Church at the age of 13 and worked for the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office and McCreary County Jail for over 25 years. She enjoyed feeding hummingbirds, reading, plants, and sewing.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, McArthur Swain, and two brothers, Donnie, and Norman.
Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Horne, and husband, Joe, and Jennifer Swain, three brothers, Stanley Hill, and wife, Nancy, Curtis Hill, and wife, Tammie, and Ronnie Hill, two sisters, Karen Hatfield, and husband, Lonnie, and Debbie Hill, and husband, Sherman Lawson, seven grandchildren, Siera, Riley, Gavin, Hailey, River, Carra, and Kyndle, and two great grandchildren, Bentley, and Kambreigh.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Connie Swain.

Larry “Jig” Troxell, age 77 years, 5 months, and 18 days, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 31, 2021 at the Hilltop Baptist Church with Bro. David Troxell officiating. Burial followed in the Hickman Cemetery.
He was born December 9, 1943 to Clyde Troxell and Juanita Benson Troxell. Larry worked for Schulte Corp. where he retired. He enjoyed watching nascar and in his early years he excelled at hunting and fishing.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife, Pauline Troxell, two brothers, Dorman Troxell, and Ronnie Troxell, two sisters, Bonnie Dean Troxell, and Brenda Jones, and one grandchild, Brittany.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna Troxell, two sons, Michael Troxell, and wife, Maggie, Jessie Jay Coleman, and Tracey, three daughters, Michelle Troxell, Linda Turner, and husband, Kyle, and Sandy Cordell, and husband, Larry, five Brothers, David Troxell, Dennis Troxell, and wife, Betty, Jeff Troxell, and wife, Connie, Bruce Troxell, and wife, Gloria, and Eddie Troxell, one sister, Kathy Strunk, three grandchildren, Courtney, Jacklyn, and Josh, two great grandchildren, Hudson, and Hensley, and two sidekicks, Margie Strunk and Tammy Lyons.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Larry “Jig” Troxell.

Rhoda Williams, age 93 years, 9 months, and 13 days, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 at her home in Strunk, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 31, 2021 at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. Dennis Bryant and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial followed in the Jellico Creek Cemetery.
She was born August 15, 1927 in Rose Bud, Kentucky to Lewis Creekmore and Nevada Webb Creekmore. Rhoda operated a boarding house, worked as a clerk, worked for Human Resources, and in a general store. She attended the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. She enjoyed raising flowers and vegetables, crocheting, and family gatherings. In her 80’s she crocheted eight sleeping mats for homeless people from plastic bags, and in her 90’s she crocheted over one hundred potholders.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Carl Williams, a son, Jim Williams, two brothers, W.M. Creekmore, and Garry Creekmore, two infant brothers, R.D., and C.B., and two sisters, Juanita Shelly, and Betty Rose Trammell.
Survivors include her daughter in-law, Doris June Williams, a brother, Jack Creekmore, and wife, Karen, two sisters, Anna Ruth Baird, and husband, Harold, and Garcia Moore, two grandchildren, Chris Williams, and Richard Williams, a granddaughter in-law, Angie Williams, and three great grandchildren, Cole Williams, Rileigh Williams, and Drew Williams.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rhoda Williams.

Gerald Kenny Wilson Passed away on 30 May 2021 after a valiant battle against metastatic melanoma. He was born 11 September 1941 to the late Marion Andrew and Emma Myrtle Chitwood Wilson of Co-Operative, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ann Nevels Wilson, his parents, and siblings Denzil Allen Wilson, Mary Joyce Wilson Dobbs, Norse Eugene Wilson, and Barbara Lou Wilson, and grandson, David Keith Wilson. He is survived by his sons Michael David Wilson (Jennifer) of Smith Town, Kentucky, and Douglas Wayne Wilson (Maribel) of Randolph, New Jersey; two brothers, Thurston D. Wilson (Wanda) of Daleville, Indiana, and Doyle M. Wilson (Mona) of New Castle, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Irene Crisp Wilson, of Ocala, Florida; and his grandchildren Erin Elizabeth Faith, Kara Lou, Emma Kate, and Evan Michael.
After graduating in 1959 from McCreary County High School, he earned a BA in history and math from Cumberland College. He worked for the McCreary County Board of Education for 34 years, teaching at Co-Operative for a year, then instructing students in math at McCreary High, and finally serving as Director of Pupil Personnel at Central Office until 1997.
He had many simple joys in this life, like the sweet richness of Queen Anne cherries long after Christmas had passed; the swirls of colors in a Peace hybrid tea rose, unspoiled by Japanese beetles; the laughter of cousins taking turns cranking an ice cream churn on a blazing day in August; the achingly beautiful, lonely sound of a steel soaring above the strums of rhythm guitars; the thrill of watching the Kentucky Wildcats (but only on recorded playback, and only if they won); the comfort of a bowl of homemade vegetable soup and steaming slice of buttered corn bread on a bleak winter afternoon; the feeling of home rekindled by sharing hilarious stories over the phone with his brothers and sisters; and the cold refreshing taste of a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, sometimes three times a day.
He only expressed two regrets: that he did not ask the workmen he watched dismantling K&T Engine #1 for a souvenir, and that he did not take more days off from work to go fishing with his sons.
He believed in the transformative power of Jesus Christ and in the importance of education. He appreciated music education, scientific discovery, and American history.
He did not truly grow old until July 5, 2020, when the cancer that would take his life manifested in a brain tumor. He fought bravely. He will live on in the hearts of all those who love him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 12:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Gerald Kenny Wilson.

Gladys Hicks, age 95 years, 10 months, and 4 days, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were Monday, May 24, 2021 at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Hap Strunk officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Born July 15, 1925 in Barthell, Kentucky to Frank Cooper and Kizzie Winchester Cooper. Gladys worked with her husband Reuben Hicks in their law practice for over 50 years and knew as much law as anyone. She was a member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church. In her younger years, Gladys enjoyed boating on Lake Cumberland. But always enjoyed family gatherings, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
Preceding her in death was her parents, her husband, Ruben Hicks, and 10 siblings.
Survivors include many nieces, nephews, and extended family members, Special friends Wade and Thressa Baird, and their daughter Kelli-Anne, who was like a granddaughter to Gladys.
Gladys was a learned, classy lady. Her quiet lifestyle and her faith in Christ, inspired everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Gladys Hicks.

Glenna Lee New, age 79 years, 1 month, and 25 days, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at her residence in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery, with Bro Chris Rules and Bro. Hap Strunk officiating.
She was born March 24, 1942 in Mill Creek, Kentucky to Charles Tinch and Viola Roy Fuson. Glenna worked as a cook for Cumberland Falls Resort and later was a healthcare worker for Adanta. She was a member of the Parker’s Lake Missionary Baptist Church; and enjoyed growing flowers, reading, watching T.V., and family gatherings.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Logan New, whom she married, on January 3rd, 1956, three brothers, Wayne Fuson, Doyle Fuson, and Lanny Fuson, and one sister, Wanda Campbell.
Survivors include, four sons, Ronnie New, Ricky New, Robert New, and his wife, Sonya, and Randy New, and his wife, Sherry, one daughter, Karen Elam, and husband, Mike, one brother, Billy Fuson, five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Glenna is remembered as a very sweetly disposed lady who never met a stranger. She was well read and took pride in providing a loving home for her family. She will be greatly missed.
The Hickman- Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Glenna New.

Effie (Watson) Neal, age 94 years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Bald Knob, Kentucky on April 19, 1927 the daughter of Sherman and Rebecca (Dolen) Watson. Effie was an avid homemaker, member of the Hayes Creek Church of God, had served 15 years as President of the Big South Fork Art Club, and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, painting, and gardening.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everett J. Neal; son, William “Bill” Neal; daughter-in-law Linda Neal; son-in-law, Cliff Crabtree; brothers, Daniel Webster Watson, Oscar Watson, Mitchell Watson, Darris Watson, William Peter Watson, Charlie Watson, and Kenneth Watson, a granddaughter, Rebecca Dawn Snider, and a son-in-law, George Moore.
Survivors include her children, Ronnie E. Neal (Lydia) of Sidney, Indiana, Larry D. Neal of Helenwood, Tennessee, Kathy Moore of Strunk, Kentucky, Barbara Zimmerman (Chuck) of Waynesville, North Carolina, Linda Crabtree of Pine Knot, Kentucky, Bruce Neal (Cynthia) of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Chris Neal of Strunk; sister, Lois Larson of Waynesville, North Carolina; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 2:00pm at the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Duncan and Bro. Steve Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Effie (Watson) Neal.

Gavin Cole Sexton, age 19, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at his home on Carolina Beach.
Gavin is the son of Daphane and Mark Merriman and Scott Sexton. He was born on December 8, 2001 at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. Gavin and his family moved to Carolina Beach in 2008. The beach was his home.
Gavin was a caring son, brother, boyfriend, and friend. He had a beautiful heart, was compassionate, understanding, and genuine to everyone around him. He was incredibly smart, goal oriented, and quick witted. Gavin was always making everyone laugh and enjoyed being surrounded by others.
Gavin graduated from Eugene Ashley High School in May of 2020. He had so many friends whom he loved and in turn, loved him. Some of his favorite things were music, sports, fishing, clothing, and shoes. Gavin and his girlfriend Olivia Paplham had plans to start their life together in Chicago later this year. He was planning to attend trade school to become an electrician.
Gavin loved nothing more than being with friends and family. He and his mom shared a bond like no other – he was her rock. Gavin loved football, especially the New England Patriots. He and his dad Mark loved attending or watching any sporting event together. Gavin and his sister Ana enjoyed hanging out, shopping, eating ice cream, listening to music, and enjoying the beach. He also enjoyed visiting his family in Kentucky and riding four wheelers with his grandpa and grandma.
Gavin is survived by his mom and dad, Daphane and Mark Merriman; his father, Scott Sexton; siblings, Ana Merriman, Devon and Jocelyn Sexton; girlfriend, Olivia Paplham; grandparents Doug and Kathy Musgrove, Doug and his late wife, Shirley Sexton, Theresa and Dean Nardi, Don and Joyce Merriman, and Wilma Walls; aunts, Erika (Dennis K) Merriman, Ashley (Joshua) Shepperd, Emily (C.J.) Williams, Rebecca (Ronnie) Clark, and Valerie Graham; uncles, Doug Musgrove, Andrew (Angelica) Sexton, and Greg (Rhonda) Sexton; as well as great-grandparents, Betty Ellis and Imogene Walls; and a host of special family and friends who adored him.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Sexton officiating. Gavin was laid to rest in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements..

Freddie Ray Shelton, age 85 years, 1 month, and 8 days, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Baptist Health Care in Corbin, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Marshes Siding Church of God with Bro. Harry Watters, and Bro. Hurstle Daugherty officiating. Burial was Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the Barrenfork Cemetery.
He was born April 4, 1936 in Whitley City, Kentucky to Sam Shelton and Dora Alice Black Shelton. Freddie was a retired carpenter and a deacon at the Marshes Siding Church of God. He enjoyed playing his mandolin in church and enjoyed riding four wheelers.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Shirley Marler Shelton a sister, three brothers, Bonnie, Earl, and Willard, and a son, Ricky Bryan Shelton.
Survivors include a son, Jeffery Ray Shelton, and Tracey Brooks, two sisters in-law, Ella Mae Bybee, and Maxine Lawson, and several nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Freddie Ray Shelton.

Paula Renee Wainscott, age 57, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Paula was the wife of Harry Wainscott. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 15, 1964 to the late Richard King and the late Juanita (Dipman) King. As a child Paula attended the Trinity Luther Church in Toledo. Paula loved her family deeply, especially her grandkids and nieces and nephews. She loved to prank people and loved her dog, Scout. Paula loved to sit on the riverbank with her husband while he was fishing. Paula loved life, and she lived to the fullest extent possible.
Paula is survived by: her husband; daughters, Cassandra Miller, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Sequoia Huebner (husband Keith), of Toledo, Ohio; a son, Jeffery Huebner (wife Amanda) of Moatsville, West Virginia; a step-daughter, Sierra Williamson (husband Daniel) of Toldeo, Ohio; her best friend, Bridgette Lantz; one brother, Jeffery King (wife Julie), of Memphis, Tennesee; one sister, Sandra Van Derske (husband Edward), of Las Vegas, Nevada; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation was chosen. A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 3:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Stephens officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Jude Childrens Hospital at www.stjude.org or by calling 1-800-478-5833.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Arlena Sue Waters, age 65 of Resaca, Georgia, peacefully passed away Wednesday May 12, 2021 in the comfort of her home with her loving family with her as she crossed into Heavens gate. She was born March 4, 1956 in Muncie, Indiana, a daughter of the late Dillard and Pearlie Ross Watson. She was also preceded in death by her husband Leamon Waters, brothers, Carroll Dennis Watson, Jerry Watson, sisters, Jean Dolen, Maxine Crabtree.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Chastity and Robert Pelfrey of Resaca; son and daughter-in-law, Jonah and Jenny Waters of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Brandy Waters of Resaca, GA; grandchildren, Jessica, David and Mila Cervantes, Bryce Pelfrey, Cole Pelfrey and Ashton Ensley, Noah, Leamon, Cade, and Will Waters; brother, Leo Dolen of Strunk, KY; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene King of Strunk, KY, Joyce and Mart Gibson of Whitley City, KY, Faye and Jimmy Watson, Misty Beaty of Jamestown, TN, Roger Crabtree of Revelo, KY; several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Arlena Sue Waters will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am from Sugar Valley Baptist Church with Reverend Mitch Phillips officiating. Mrs. Waters’ grandson, Cole Pelfrey, will provide music and her granddaughter Jessica Cervantes will give a memorial. Following the service she will be laid to rest at Sugar Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Jonah Waters, Robert Pelfrey, Cole Pelfrey, David Cervantes, Scott Bartenfield, and Michael Crabtree will all serve as pallbearers.
The family received friends on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Sugar Valley Baptist Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by, Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolly Rd Calhoun GA 30701
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Gloria Chaffin, age 86, of Canton passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at her residence.
Funeral services were scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. William McClanahan officiating. Interment followed in Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Mrs. Chaffin was a homemaker and caregiver. She loved being a grandmother and cooking for those she loved.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marion Edward Cook; second husband, Floyd Chaffin; and two sons, Eddie Cook and Johnny Cook.
Gloria is survived by her two daughters, Peggy Hendrix and Linda Cook; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister; and one beloved daughter-in-law.
Serving as pallbearers are Dan Sawyer, Paul Sziber, Jason Ryan, Aaron Miller, Danny Dwyer and Mark Bell.
Obituary Courtesy of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

Bobby Ray King, age 49, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky, on September 6, 1971, to the late David J. and Anna L. (Stephens ) King.
Surviving family include three daughters: Sandra Ray King of Whitley City, Carolyn Anna King of Whitley City and Grace Stephens, a brother, David Denny King (and Tammy) of Whitley City, and three sisters: Tasha Dolen (and Tad) of Monticello, Veronica Williamson (and Terry) of Whitley City and Portia Grundy of Revelo, Kentucky.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, at the Pine Knot Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Darrell Stanley “Gidge” Ramey, age 59 years, 6 months, and 29 days, passed away Monday, May 2, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
He was Born Tuesday, October 3, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles Ramey and Joyce Blalock Ramey. Gidge enjoyed working on cars, fishing, and being a painting contractor, but spending time with his family and his beloved dog Poob was his greatest joy.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Susan Ramey, two sons, Justin Ramey, and Terry Patton, four sisters, Cheryl F. Ramey, Helen Zink, Vicki Ramey, and Joetta Ramey, two brothers, William Tuff Ramey, and Clarence Morrow, and one grandchild, Victoria Patton.
Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl E. Ramey, and husband, Dominic Strunk, one son, William Patton, brothers, Glen Tindle, and David Ramey, sisters, Anita Ramey, Glanda Ramey, grandchildren, Megan Meeks, Derek Meeks, Tiffany Goins, Michaela Weinel, Marissa Weinel, Madison Weinel, Ethan Strunk, Malachi Strunk, Nate Strunk, Leah Runyon, Morgan Patton, Kelsey Patton, Irie Perkins, and Selena Teegarden, great grandchildren, Aria and Daelin Meeks, Levi Smith, Haylee and Kaylee James, and David Jr.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Darrell “Gidge” Ramey.

Nelda Jones of Whitley City, Kentucky, widow of Robert Larry jones departed this life on April 29, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Lester Boyatt and Jewel Watters Boyatt.
In addition to her parents, Nelda is preceded in death by one brother, Jim Boyatt and two sisters, June Herring and Wanda Boyatt.
She is survived by one son, Scott Jones of Whitley City, Kentucky, four brothers, Ronald Boyatt of Michigan, Louis Boyatt of Dalton, GA., Rev. Gary Boyatt and wife Lee Etta of Huntsville, Tennessee and Brian Boyatt of Oneida, Tennessee, two sisters, Norma Jean Rubio and husband Charlie of Chicago, IL., Melba Cross of Oneida, Tennessee and a host of relatives and friends.
Nelda was a member of the Whitley City First Baptist Church, an avid reader who enjoyed her flower garden and watching UK Basketball games.
Private graveside services were held at 11:00am EST on Monday, May 3, 2021 in the Angel Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

William Steven “Bill” Maki age 69 years, 7 months, and 29 days, of Amelia, Ohio passed away Thursday April 22, 2021 at Clermont Mercy Hospital in Batavia, Ohio and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Christian funeral services were held Saturday May 1, 2021 at the Hilltop Baptist Church. The family received friends after 11:00 am Saturday May 1 until service time at 1:00PM at the church. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
Bill was born on August 26, 1951 in Groton, Massachusetts to Niilo Maki and Bertha (LeBlanc) Maki. He retired as a welder from the Polymet company and later drove a school bus for the Clermont County school system. He was a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Amelia Ohio. In his leisure time, Bill enjoyed camping, boating and hunting. But family gatherings were his favorite thing.
Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years, Debra (Troxell) Maki, son, Derek Maki, step-son, Nicholas Martin, daughter, Kimberly Maki, step-daughters, Misty Vanover and Kimberly Martin, sisters, Mary Warpula and Carol Maki, grandchildren, Madeline Minton, Keshia Vanover, Stacey Vanover, Peyton Martin, whom he helped raise, Bailey Martin, and Dallas and Alyssa Tucker, great grandchildren, Maverick Vanover and Gregory Louthern. His parents, a son, Wayne Maki, a brother, Wayne Maki, and a grandson, Blake Polley preceded him in death.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of William Bill Maki.

Stephanie Nicole Perry Sellers, age 35 years, and 6 days, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 at her residence in Pine Knot, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
She was born April 18, 1986 in Somerset, Kentucky to Steve and Patty Hamlin Perry. Stephanie was a stay home mom and had previously been a Certified Nursing Assistant for Signature Health. She attended Hayes Creek Church of God and Black Oak Church of God. Stephanie enjoyed baking, spending time with family, listening to Christian radio, and watching Donovan play baseball. She loved her family, had a giving heart, and always placed others before herself.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery. The family received friends after 2:00 pm Wednesday at the church.
Preceding her in death, her grandparents, Rev. Leamon Perry, Archie Hamlin, and Elsie Hamlin.
Survivors include her parents, her grandmother, Mrs. Betty Perry, a son, Donovan Sellers, a daughter, RaeAnna Marie Perry, two sisters, Amy Sears, and Angie Barnett, nieces, Morgan, Megan, and Madison Barnett, and Nashay Tucker, a great nephew, Rowen Keathley, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Stephanie Perry Sellers.

Mary Frances Keith-Baird, age 77years, of Strunk, Kentucky died Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born April 7, 1944 in Yamacraw, Kentucky the daughter of Mose Walter and Lillie (Hines) Tucker. Mary had worked as a Post Master Relief for the US Postal Service, was a member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church. She had a true Christian servant’s heart, she dedicated her time to always taking care of others, whether it be cooking, driving, sewing clothes, or just helping in anyway possible to those in need. She was famous for her fried pies, candies, and breads she gave to people in the community, and in the last year she had sewn mask for various people to help protect them from COVID-19.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Jimmy R. Keith and Edward Kan Baird; brothers, Glenn Edd Tucker, Ralph Gene Tucker, and Junior Lee Tucker; and sister, Leatrice Joyce Clark.
Survivors include her brothers, Reed Allen Tucker of Tullahoma, Tennessee and James Estle Tucker of Batavia, Ohio; sister, Virginia Sue Canada of Strunk; stepson, Timothy Baird; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held 1pm Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Peters officiating. Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Irene Adkins Cassada age 97 passed away at her home in Deer Park, OH., on April 24th. 2021. Irene was born in Winfield TN on June 2, 1923 to the late Sadie (Braden) and Harvey Adkins. She came to Cincinnati in 1941 and began working as a waitress and soon went to work in a factory for the war effort. Irene met her husband the late Jim Cassada in Washington Park and they were married in Whitley City KY on April 3rd. 1945. They were the parents of three children: Carol and Donnis Singleton, the late Sherry Gragg, and Daryl and Sheila Cassada all of Cincinnati. 6 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 7 step great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Irene is survived by a brother Morris and Ann Adkins of Winfield, TN, 2 sister-in-laws Jackie Adkins of CO and Janet Cassada of Sidney, OH. She has the following deceased brothers, Franklin Adkins, Floyd & Irene Adkins, Rueben & Maxine Adkins, and Sterling Adkins. The following sister-in-law and brothers-in-law are deceased; Beulah and Oscar Worley, Hubert Cassada, Ernie Cassada, Clarence and Clara Cassada, and Tommy and Hettie (Cowan) Cassada.
Irene retired from Whiting Manufacturing and had previously worked at Bendex Corp. for many years. Jim and Irene loved to travel and had visited 45 states. She continued traveling until Covid 19 restrictions. She enjoyed time with her family and friends and her home was a favorite weekend and holiday destination for great food. Irene was a long-time member of the Bethel Baptist Temple.
Visitation was Wednesday April 28th at 5:00 pm with funeral following at 6:00 pm with Pastor Larry Cornett presiding at Staley Funeral Home 7140 Plainfield Rd Deer Park, OH 45236. Graveside services will be on Saturday May 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Worley Family Cemetery at Marshes Siding, KY in McCreary County. Guest book at www.staleyfuneralhome.com
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with local arrangements.

Vina Hilda Duncan of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Friday, April 23, 2021 at the age of 94 years. She was born on August 18, 1926 in Marsh Creek Community in McCreary County to the late James Garner and Lottie Jane Kidd.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband of 33 years, Roe Odlin Duncan, her only grandson, Ronnie Monroe Duncan, Jr., and her five siblings, George Kidd, Bernice Kidd, Dester Kidd, Edward Kidd, and Laura Stephens.
Surviving family include her two sons, Ronnie Duncan (and Loretta) of Scott County, Kentucky and James Conley Duncan (And Deb) of Lima, Ohio, her granddaughter, Meghan Obermeyer (and Jason), and her great-grandson, Benjamin Wright, all of Scott County, Kentucky.
Vina was a special friend to many and enjoyed being a host to friends and family alike. Full of grit and determination, she worked from sun up to sun down tending to her garden, her home on Cal Hill Road, and baking the most delicious banana pudding anyone this side of Heaven has tasted. A life-long member of Sulfur Springs Baptist Church as well as a life-long resident of Pine Knot, Vina outlasted the many changes in McCreary County over the years, calling it her home until the end.
The Duncan Family wishes to thank Teresa Wethington and her team of caregivers, Glenda, Loretta A., Lori, Maxine, Molly, and Faith Ann for caring for Vina and giving her the dignity and respect due to her, in those last few years. Our family is grateful for all your kind hearts, honor of the human spirit, and respect of family.
Due to the current COVID regulations, the family chose to have a private burial on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Kidd Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association Bluegrass Chapter, in memoriam of Vina’s grandson, Ronnie Monroe Duncan, Jr.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Nicholas Keith Kates, age 26, passed away April 19, 2021, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Monticello, KY. He was born December 13, 1994.
Nicholas was a graduate of Madison Southern High School class of 2013; he had been working for Hendrickson Manufacturing in Pulaski County.
Nicholas was preceded in death by his grandmother Mary Katherine Lynch, and his aunts Karen Kates and Charlotte Cole.
He is survived by his parents Lloyd and Veronica Wilson Kates of Somerset, his sister: Olivia Kates, his maternal grandparents Lloyd and Wanda Kates, Sr., and maternal grandparents: Ronnie (Linda) Wilson and Karen (Robert) Hatfield, his aunts and uncles: Chuck (Dovey) Chambers, Sherry Hatfield (Frankie) Ball, Paula J. Wilson (Geoff) Bruce, Lindsey Hatfield Gilreath, Sidney (Wendy) Lynch, and Johnny Cole, and many cousins.
Funeral services were Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Willis Troxell and Bro. Dwayne Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Herbert McCulley age 66 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in Corbin, Kentucky.
He was born on June 13, 1954 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Lonus McCulley and May Evelyn (Stephens) Jackson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his step-father whom he always called dad, James Durham, his brothers, Gary Blakely and Elmer “Peanut” McCulley, and his sisters, Retha Sexton “Sis” and Wanda McCulley.
Surviving family include his daughters, Treatta Gearing (and Thomas) of Pine Knot and Delisa Howard (and Eli) of Stearns; wife & mother of his children, Patricia McCulley; a special son, Daniel Taylor “Bubba” and family; a special sister, Sheila McCulley; and a special friend, Wanda Dick.
Also surviving are Herb’s grandchildren that he loved so dearly, Shaina Jones, Christian Longmire, Christopher, Devan, Dedra, and Treyton Gearing, Nate and Lily Howard, and Kaylee Stephens; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Kenley, and Kaylyn.
Herb was of the Baptist faith. He retired from the McCreary County Board of Education after 30+ devoted years as a bus driver. He enjoyed flea marketing, yard sales, and playing cards. Herb also loved being on the go and traveling, especially to Pigeon Forge. He loved everyone, especially his family and his grandbabies. Herb will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Nate Howard and Rev. David Troxell. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Wilma Jean McHale, age 80 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
She was born February 12, 1941 in Beulah Heights, Kentucky the daughter of Willie and Nancy (Stephens) Sumler. Wilma was a homemaker, member of the Beulah Heights Church of God, loved quilting, and was an avid St. Jude’s Donor.
Her parents; husband, Thomas McHale; brothers, James Estes Sumler, Morris Sumler, Ray Sumler, Bobby Sumler, and Coy Sumler; sister, Christine Day; and grandchildren, Amanda Wyatt and Michael Paul Wyatt precede her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Wanda Lay (Clayton) of Whitley City; and Mary McHale of Dalton, Georgia; brothers, Roland Sumler of Pine Knot and Paul Oscar Sumler of Stearns; grandchildren, Barry Staley, Jr., Jason Staley, Kenny Wyatt, Eric Wyatt, and Amanda Staley; great grandchildren, Andru Ridener, Alex Wyatt, Cheyenne Staley, Thomas, Courtney Thomas Graham, Katielynn Stephens, and Shawn Staley; and a great-great grandchild, Braylee Thomas.
Visitation will be held 2-3pm Friday, April 23, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at the Upper Cal Hill Cemetery with Bro. Danny Staley officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Arnold Snyder age 81 of Whitley City, Kentucky, passed from this life on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home. He was born July 9, 1939 to the late William H. Snyder and Irene (Feasel) Snyder.
In addition to his parents, Arnold is preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Sadie Snyder; a grandson, Timothy Snyder II; brothers, Bill, Chester, and Percy Snyder; and sisters, Dorothy Hill, Pauline DeWalt, Donna Jean Saxton, and Betty Kerr.
Surviving family include his children, Kathy Watters (and Roy) of Whitley City, Dorsey Synder (and Sandy) of Hernando, Florida, Tim Snyder (and Lois) of Whitley City, and Richard Snyder (and Pam) of Stearns; brothers, Willard “Woody” Snyder (and Betty) and Donald “Doc” Snyder; sister, Barbara Schaffer; 10 grandchildren, Jody, Amy, Latoya, Chad, Shelly, Bud, Misti, Rosa, Terrance, and Dakota; 29 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Arnold was a Veteran of the United States Navy, having served his country for 9 years. He was a Deacon of the Bethel Baptist Church where he enjoyed teaching bible classes. Arnold also enjoyed helping others when he could and attending the organizations at the senior citizens center. In his own time, he enjoyed cooking, reading, and just caring for others. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Sexton officiating. Burial to follow in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday after 1:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Richard Dale “Catfish” Vanover, age 65 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his home.
He was born November 29, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Alonzo and Anna Belle (Abbott) Vanover. Rick had worked as a machinist in Indianapolis, was a member of the Indian Creek United Baptist Church, and served his country in the US Army, enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle and his biking friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David Vanover and Gary Vanover.
Survivors include his son, Eric Vanover of Whitley City; brothers, Doug Vanover (Wanda), Greg Vanover (Sheila) both of Whitley City; and Mike Vanover of Bronston; sisters, Sharon Kay Adkins (Dwayne) of Stearns and Sherry Terry of Huntsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held 2pm Friday, April 23, 2021 at the Higginbotham Cemetery with Rev. Hobert Corder officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Anna Mary Creekmore age 98 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Somerset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born to Thomas Arthur Creekmore and Dora Ellen (Neal) Creekmore on May 15, 1922, in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
She graduated from Pine Knot High School in 1938 and went on to complete 2 years at Cumberland College. She started her teaching vocation in one of the area’s mining schools and later became a college professor of clothing and textiles. She lived and taught in Tennessee, Iowa, Florida, Oregon, and Michigan during her career; however, she always considered Kentucky her home and the best place on earth to live. She also traveled around the world twice and was a guest lecturer at the University in Cairo, Egypt.
In addition, Anna Mary authored books on clothing and textile history. When she retired, she returned to Strunk, Kentucky. She volunteered for many years at the McCreary County Museum and was active in various community organizations, as well as the Creekmore and Neal family reunions.
She is preceded in death by both her parents and her 3 siblings: Jasper Campbell Creekmore, Thomas Willard Creekmore, and Dora Edna (Creekmore) Carman.
Anna Mary is survived by her niece Kathy Henderson and her nephews Scott Carman, Paul Carman, and Roger Creekmore. She is also survived by many great and great-great nephews and nieces.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:00 am until service time.
In lieu of flowers, Anna Mary has requested that donations be made to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns, Kentucky
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Boyce Dean King, age 87 years, 9 months, and 14 days, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. William Kilby, Bro. Steve Perry, and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
He was born Thursday, June 29, 1933 in Bald Knob, Kentucky to Crit King Sr. and Bethena Spradlin. Boyce retired from the United States Army after serving 21 years, 4 months, and 8 days. During this time, he served four tours in Vietnam, two tours in Korea, and a tour in Thailand, as well as stateside at several different bases. For his service he was highly decorated, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in ground operations against hostile forces, a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat action, 5 Air Medals for 5 different incidents of distinguished meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and operational land combat, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 6 Good Conduct Medals, several National Defense Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and a US Service in Vietnam War Medal with 3 battle stars. After retiring from the Army, he taught at McCreary Central High School. Boyce was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God. He was also a member of Gideons International and an active supporter of St. Jude. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, hunting, fishing, and watching the turkeys in his yard.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Norma Jean King, brothers, Theo King, Leon King, Estil King, and Wilburn King, sisters, Ruby McElfresh, Christina Buelhman, and an infant sister, and granddaughter, Paige Duff.
Survivors include his son, Curtis Webb King, and wife, Melissa, his daughter, Sonia Denise King, a brother, Crit King Jr., and wife, Lisa, sisters, Donna Roberts, Maxine Snow, and Shirley Skidmore, grandchildren, Makayla King, and Matthew Ezekiel King. and two special nieces, Patricia Gregory, and Pam Duncan.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Boyce Dean King.

Kenneth Eugene Wood, age 64 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at the V. A. Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Born April 17, 1957, in Douglas Wyoming, he was the son of Kenneth F. Wood and Dorothy Ann Smothermon. He is preceded in death by his father.
He is also preceded in death by a daughter, Tyegene Wood, two brothers: Tim Smothermon (and his wife Burta), Jerrell Wayne Wilkerson and a step-brother: Jimmie Wilkerson.
He is survived by his mother Dorothy Smothermon who lives in Oregon, his wife of 42 years, Debbie (Morris) Wood whom he married October 4, 1980, a son: Kenneth Eugene Wood, Jr. (and Casandra) of Richmond, Kentucky and a daughter: Lacy Marie Roberts (and Travis) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Also surviving are two brothers: Dewayne Smothermon (and Charlotte Puckett) of Lind, Washington, and Robert Smothermon of Portland, Oregon, and four sisters: Karen Ward (and Jeffrey) of Norwalk, Ohio, Charlene Smothermon (and Mike Reese) of Maupin, Oregon, Carol Ann Weston (and Marshall) of Madera, California, Diane Yancey (and Dewayne) of Reno, Nevada, and five grandchildren: Hope Munn, Colton Wood, Case Wood, Amelia Roberts, and Oliver Roberts.
Kenneth had worked in construction and served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He enjoyed wood working and whittling, but most of all he loved spending time with his five grandchildren and adoptive grandkids.
Per his wishes, he was cremated and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Helen J. Ball, age 90 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, wife, of David L. Ball, died April 8, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Woodford County, Kentucky on November 10, 1930 the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Chapman) Wilson. Helen was a superior homemaker and lover of children, and she worshiped with the Church at the Whitley City Church of Christ.
Her parents; brothers, Edward Wilson, Jr. and Marion Wilson; sisters, Mildred Hartley, Ella Deeringer, Constance Priddy, and Betty Wilhoit; and a granddaughter, Alicia Ball-Jeffers precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, David L. Ball; children, Michale Ball (Jeannie) of Whitley City, Terri L. Shelton (Robert) of Parkers Lake, and David A. Ball (Sally) of Stearns; a sister, Clara Crews of Virginia; 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
A visitation was held from 1-3pm Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Shelton Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Billy Ray Cox, age 67, of Pine Knot, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Tennova Health Care Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He was born in McCreary County on December 13, 1953, to the late Robert and Hallie (Selvidge) Cox. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Roger Cox.
Surviving family include his wife of nearly 49 years, Edith Ann (Kidd) Cox whom he married April 20, 1972. Billy and Edith had three children: Timothy Cox (and Tonya) of Pine Knot, William Cox (and Christina) of Whitley City, and Patricia Slaven (and Paul) of Whitley City.
There are two surviving brothers: Johnny Cox (and Rita) of Strunk and Virgil Cox (and Paulette) of Somerset, and four sisters: Marie Hale (and Roy) of Whitley City, Phyllis Myers of Strunk, Betty Stephens (and Loyd) of Helenwood, Tennessee, and Barbara Meadows (and Bob) of Strunk.
Billy and Edith were blessed with seven grandchildren: Amber Cox, Trenton Cox, Calob Cox, Makenzi Cox, Elton Stephens, Calvin Corrigal and Hunter Bryant, and one great grandchild: Kinley Bryant.
Billy had been a bus driver for the McCreary County Schools. He was with the Pine Knot Fire Department for 25 years and served as a commissioner and a dispatcher. He worked with the McCreary Search and Rescue Squad and was a McCreary County Hunter Education instructor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Neal and Bro. Terry Myers officiating. The Pine Knot Fire Department was serving as pallbearers and ushered him to his place of rest at the Hayes Creek Cemetery with firemen’s honors.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Tracey Annette Jones age 50 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Signature Healthcare of McCreary.
She was born January 25, 1971 in Somerset, Kentucky to Donnie Gene Jones and Mary Louise (Gilreath) Jones.
Tracey is preceded in death by her mother, her maternal grandparents, Herman & Mary Jane Gilreath, and her paternal grandparents, Ed & Eva Jones.
Surviving family include her father, Donnie Jones; a son, Joshua Ryan Wilson; a grandson, Joel Wilson; brothers, Donald G. Jones and wife, Teresa of Stearns, and Robert Wayne Jones of Pine Knot; a niece, Melody Jones; nephews, Matthew Canada, Tyler Phillips and wife, Carmen, Dylan Phillips and wife, Cheyanne, and Hunter Phillips; and great-nieces and nephews, Kilee, Carter, Zaiden, Emma, Walker, Tracey, Braylan, Brighlie, Dylan Jr., Wyatt, and River.
Tracey was a member of the Marsh Creek Baptist Church and was a graduate of the McCreary Central High School, class of 1989. After high school, she went on to college and obtained her Master’s Degree, becoming a Respiratory Therapist. In past time, Tracey had worked for the Scott County Hospital in Oneida, Tennessee as well as the McCreary County Health and Rehab. She enjoyed music, going out on the lake on fishing trips, and being with her family.
Funeral services was held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Randall Duncan officiating. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Brandon John Probus, age 31 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Saturday April 10, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 22, 1989 the son of Duane Ray Probus II and Kimberly (Nelson) Probus. Brandon had worked in the Telecommunications with Ronnie Shelley, was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington, Ohio, served his country in the US Navy, and loved his kids, motorcycles, video games, golfing, archery, target practice, wrestling, hunting, fishing, boxing, and mechanics.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Duane Probus III; and a sister, Kristy Nelson.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Duane Probus II and Diane of Wilmington, Ohio; mother Kimberly Probus of Whitley City; sons, Cameron Probus and Corbin Probus both of Iowa; daughters, Gabriella Probus of Whitley City and Madison Corey of Ohio; brothers, Jeremy “Jump” Nelson (Adriana) of Whitley City and Matthew Probus (Zornitza) of Lexington; sisters, Jacqui Jensen (Eric) and Alyssa Jensen both of Iowa; and partner, Courtney Bowles.
Funeral services will be held 8pm Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Thelma Joyce Walker, age 64 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday April 11, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born January 19, 1957 the daughter of Jennings and Mary Madeline (Strunk) Walker. Thelma enjoyed her pets, watching TV, and listening to music.
Her parents; brother, Johnny Michael Walker; and sister Ruby Rose precede her in death.
Survivors include her brothers, Wilburn Walker (Barbara) of Winfield, Henry Walker (Cathy) of Mt. Sterling; and sisters, Juanita Billiter of Kentucky and Diane King of Winfield.
Graveside services were held 2pm Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the New Light Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Aleisha Fay (Rollins) Baird, age 31 years, of Berea, Kentucky, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the UK Chandler Medical Center.
She was born June 23, 1989 in Somerset, Kentucky the daughter Gene and Paula (Turner) Rollins. Aleisha had attended the Silerville United Baptist Church, was a homemaker, had worked as a 911 Dispatcher for Whitley County, and was the life of her family.
Her grandmother, Fay Barnett; and father and mother-in-law, Paula and Anna Baird precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Derek Baird; sons, Jackson Baird and Jason Baird, daughter, Jaiden Baird all of Berea; brother, Tyler Rollins (Hailey) of Winchester, Kentucky; sisters, Kasey Pelfrey (Anthony) of Dayton, Tennessee and Jessica Dobbs (Jarred) of Whitley City; grandparents, Harold and Shirley Rollins of Parkers Lake; special nieces, Izzy and Danni Rollins; and numerous other nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.
Funeral services were held at 1pm Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Rollins and Bro. Todd Miracle officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Glen Lee Ball age 86 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky.
He was born September 29, 1934 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Lark Ball and Mary (Hamblin) Ball.
Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers, Everett Ball, Arthur Ball, Bobby Ball, and Don L. Ball, and sisters, Fay Ball, Lora Ball, and Lois Ball.
On December 23, 1955 he was united in marriage to his wife, Bonnie June (Neal) Ball. The marriage brought forth two sons, Gary Ball (and Shellie) of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Gregory Ball (and Debbie) of Louisville, Kentucky, and two daughters, Donna Ball Keith (and Fitz) of Strunk, Kentucky and Gina Ball Morris (and Kevin) of Louisville, Kentucky.
Glen and Bonnie were also blessed with 16 grandchildren, Tonya Neal, BJ Johns (and Courtney), Joshua Keith (and Jessica), Michelle Keith Wright (and Andrew), Avie Keith, Jada Keith, Jeremy Ball (and Kristin), Nikki Ball Irvin (and Ben), Leah Ball Jones (and Ken), Michael Ball (and Nicole), Matthew Morris (and Christina), Adam Morris (and Candis), Miya Ball, Hannah Ball, Desi Ball, and Shayna Ball; several great-grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, Jace and one on the way.
Glen is also survived by his brothers, Archie Ball of Waycross, Georgia, Ronald Ball (and Reva) of Pine Knot, and Leamon Ball (and Linda) of Williamsburg; sisters, Betty Ball Filipovich (and Jim) of Western, Kentucky, Virgie Ball King of Pine Knot, Dorella Ball Watters of Stearns, and Bonnie Sue Ball Marcum (and Ralph) of Pine Knot; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends that he loved so dearly.
Glen was a man of integrity. He loved his Heavenly Father and was at church every time the doors were open, if at all possible. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. Glen loved his family and loved their get togethers playing games and talking about the Bible. Glen will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. We can only imagine what a joyous reunion when he walked through those pearly gates.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Ussery, Bro. Carl Brock, and Bro. Ralph Marcum officiating. Burial will follow in the Ball Family Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Allie Irene Duncan, age 75, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital.
She was born February 7, 1946, in the Mine 18 community of Stearns, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Lena Irene Stevens. Besides her mother, she is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Billy Joe Duncan.
Surviving family include a daughter, Lana Stanley (and Douglas) of Oneida, Tennessee, a son Joe Duncan (and Laura) of Revelo, Kentucky, five grandchildren: Crystle Duncan, Jessica Stanley, Brittany Lowe (and Randy), Ashely Sargle and Rashiede Stanley. There are four great-grandchildren: Ava Barnes, Paizleigh Lowe, Emma Barnes, and Delanie Lowe. She has a special daughter Jennifer Cooper and her baby, Keeton, and a special son, Levi, as well as a special friend: Charlotte Sumner.
Irene had worked as a seamstress at McCreary Manufacturing (shirt factory) and was a member of the Dixie Freedom Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and working with flowers. She loved singing in church and had been since she was a child.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Stanley and Bro. Randy Lowe officiating. She was laid to rest at the Stevens-Foster Cemetery.
The family of Ms. Irene thanks all for adhering to the CDC guidelines by wearing masks while attending services.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Donald Leroy Koon, age 88 years, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at his home in Whitley City, Kentucky.
Donald was born on July 28, 1932 in Marion, Indiana to the late Francis Earl Koon and Francis Madelyn Milner Koon. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Whitley City, he retired from the US Army, where he was a combat construction engineer. In addition to spending time with his wife, Evelyn, the love of his life for 70 years, he also enjoyed listening to music and playing the piano and organ. He loved children, elderly people, and any and all animals. Donald was an excellent marksman with a gun or bow and a member of VFW.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his children; Lawrence Edward Koon, Randy Koon, Mary Ann Koon and Melissa Koon.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his wife; Evelyn Lucille Ledbetter Koon, his sons; Luther Earl Koon of Spring City, TN, James Roy Koon of Bethune, SC, his daughter, Donna Jo Koon Williams of Whitley City, KY and daughter-in-law; Pamela Kay Koon of Spring City, TN. Nine grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren with one on the way and 1 great-great grandchild with one on the way.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday. April 9, 2021 at 12:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home. Interment will follow the services and will be in the Angel Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 8, 2021 after 6:00pm EST at the funeral home.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Floyd Richardson age 72 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born August 23, 1948 in Alabama to the late James and Margaret Richardson. He enjoyed listening to southern rock music and playing his bass guitar. Prior to his illness, Floyd loved riding motorcycles and loved anything Harley Davidson.
In addition to his parents, Floyd is preceded in death by his wife, Linda Gail (Stout) Richardson, children, Shawn Richardson and Chasity Atwell, and a grandson, Joseph Wayne Richardson.
Surviving family include his nephew, Jimmy Richardson and wife, Deanna, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky and his special family at Signature Health Care of McCreary, who will miss him dearly.
In keeping of his wishes, Floyd was cremated.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Kimberly Fern Stephens, of Houston, Tx, passed away peacefully at her home on April 1st, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Kimberly was born on August 6, 1964 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Arthur Anderson and Joyce Ann Anderson. She grew up in McCreary County, Kentucky with her sisters and brother whom she adored.
Kimberly graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education. After moving to Houston, she began teaching for Alief Independent School District. While teaching at Alief, she strived to be the best teacher for her student by furthering her own education and earning her Master’s Degree at Rice University. Kimberly’s pride was in her students at Chancellor Elementary where she shared her passion for learning with hundreds of children for over 23 years. With a warm heart, she embraced her students and loved them as her own. She inspired them with her love for teaching, kindness and nurturing personality.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
Kimberly was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her boys and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Mamaw. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Kimberly, she loved to be silly with her sons and grandchildren; always singing and dancing with her family. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. If she wasn’t celebrating someone, she was hosting a party for friends and family. Her door was always open; she welcomed new and old faces with open arms and loved with a heart so big it filled the room. When you arrived at Kim’s house you better be hungry as she loved cooking and baking for everyone who visited. Her family and friends had favorites such as Chicken-n-Dumplings and banana pudding; she was a great cook and made it all with love.
Kimberly was an avid fan of her Texan teams, including the Houston Texans and Astros. She loved attending the games, tailgating and cheering for her boys. In addition to attending sporting events, Kimberly enjoyed being outdoors, family vacations and above all else spending quality time with her family. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Kimberly’s light shined for not only those who loved and knew her, but to those she came across throughout her life. She loved the Lord her God with all her heart, following her passions, teaching and loving her family was her God given talent.
Kimberly is the loving and devoted mother and grandmother, survived by son Steve Coffey and wife Kara; grandchildren, Charlotte, Callie, son Mike Coffey and wife Kristin, grandchildren, Kaden, Grayson, Lily Beth and Lane; mother, Joyce Ann Anderson; brother Arthur Anderson Jr.; sisters, Peggy Coffey, Donna Duncan, Sharon Anderson, Amanda Anderson and many nieces and nephews. Kimberly was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband, Ron Stevens; father, Arthur Anderson; grandparents, Fount and Flossie Perry.
Kim will always be remembered for her continued and unconditional love for those around her. A devoted wife, mother, mamaw, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend. An angel who gained her wings, we will forever be grateful for the joy she brought us all.
“And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:5
The family will receive friends at 2pm on April 10th, 2021 for visitation, followed by the Memorial service at 3pm at Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, in Katy, Texas with Pastor Mitch Peairson officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at SchmidtFuneralHome@comcast.net
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1344 W. Grand Parkway South Katy, Texas, 77494 (281) 391-2424.

Judge Ronald Blaine Stewart passed from this life into the presence of the Savior whom he loved on April 3, at the age of 87. All who knew Stewart knew him to be a man of extraordinary kindness and integrity, intelligence and fairmindedness.
Stewart’s long judicial career, both in military and civilian service, earned him many honors and recognitions. Stewart retired from a 30-year career in the U. S. Army having served in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps as a trial lawyer, then military judge, where he tried cases on three continents and across the United States.
Stewart was named “The Outstanding Trial Judge in the United States” for special courts in May 1984 when he was awarded the Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award presented by the National Conference of Special Court Judges of the American Bar Association, an honor viewed as the “Pulitzer Prize” among judges in courts that are special, or limited jurisdiction. He was the only military judge and the only Kentucky judge to ever receive the honor.
The Flaschner Award came during Stewart’s final year of military service as he neared 14 years on the bench, making him at that time, the Army’s most experienced judge. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnam Service Medal (two Campaign Stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal (60 devices), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm), two Combat Service Bars, and was inducted into the Ancient Order of St. Barbara.
Following his retirement from the Army, Stewart returned to his hometown of Williamsburg, where he was born and raised, and served the people of Kentucky as a District Court Judge, 34th District, for Whitley and McCreary Counties, for three terms. Stewart saw the District Court as “the people’s court” and devoted time in each case making sure defendants understood the deliberating process and the law.
Throughout his career, Stewart helped others grow in appreciation for the law and the judicial process. As a military judge, he developed a series of courses helping train Army trial lawyers for the courtroom, and as a district judge, he held “Kids Court’ each year sharing his experiences with local youth and explaining court procedures.
Stewart earned degrees from then Cumberland College, and two degrees, including a law degree, from the University of Kentucky. The post-graduate thesis he produced during his studies at the University of Virginia JAG School was published.
Known for his devotion to God, his country, and his family, Stewart saw each as an important part of his life. A long-time member of Main Street Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Stewart served many years as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher, and was an active member of the Gideons International for 20 years. Stewart never tired of helping others, often providing pro bono legal work for others after his retirement. Stewart was an avid skeet shooter and coached many in the sport.
Stewart was devoted to his wife of almost 65 years, Carolyn Archer Stewart, and often spoke of her to others as a faithful and supportive companion who enriched his life.
Stewart was preceded in death by his mother Edna M. Stewart and father Walter Stewart. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and two sons, Robert Stewart (Marilyn), Professor of Philosophy and Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Don Stewart (Janie), Senior Director of Security Operations and Intelligence, Core Civic, of Springfield, Tn., five grandchildren: Raymond Blaine Stewart, Bethany Stewart Neal (Paul), Rebekah Stewart Melendez (Mario), Julia Stewart, and Sarah Stewart Brunson; and two great-grandchildren, Thomas Wyble and Noella Neal.
The Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Croley Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service were held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jerry Lowrie and Rev. Billy Carpenter officiating. He will be laid to rest following Military Graveside Honors at 2:30 P.M. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention or to Gideons International.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.croleyfh.com
Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg, Kentucky in charge of all arrangements, J. Andrew Croley, Director.

Ricky Cleveland Vanhook, age 50 years, of Helenwood, Tennessee died Saturday, April 3,
Visitation will be held 11am-12pm Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Pine Knot Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Clinton Gay gained his Heavenly Wings on Friday, March 19, 2021 in Ft. Pierce, Florida with his loving wife Fran, son Scottie, and grandson Ryland by his bedside. He was 73 years, 1 month, and 1 week old.
He was born February 12, 1948 in Hyden, Kentucky to Delbert Gay and Anna Lea (Begley) Gay. In a few years, he became a big brother and protector to 3 sisters, Sandy Gay, Judy Gay Hall, and Kathee Gay. Then later in life, Cathy Taylor whom he loved like another sister.
In 1965, Clinton graduated from Oneida Baptist Institute and to this day, he loved the school and was proud to tell everyone that he had graduated from OBI. For a while, Clinton worked for the CIA in Washington, D.C. He carried many secured documents from the White House to Andre’s Air Force Base. Later he joined the military (Army) and followed in his father’s footsteps. After enlisting, in 1967 he was sent to Vietnam where he served his country for 13 months. He was a Sargent-E5 in the 101st Airborne 3/506 infantry. He received the Combat Infantry badge, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Metal, and 5 Presidential Unit Citations. He was very proud of serving his country, even though some people were not.
When he came home, he enrolled in college; receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts, Physical Education, and Driver’s Education. Clinton loved sports and his heart was set on coaching. He went on to become an Assistant Coach and Head Coach at Oneida Baptist Institute, as well as schools in Leslie County, Powell County, and ended up staying in McCreary County.
In 1985, Clinton, along with Norman Parson and Louie Cordell, started football at the McCreary Central High School. Their first official football season was in 1988. Clinton coached McCreary Central Football at two different intervals. At McCreary, he had the first winning season, won the first district game, and was the first coach to take a team to a district play-off game. He will forever be known as “Coach Gay”.
In August of 1988, he met Fran Branscum at a Professional Development In-Service at McCreary Central High School. She thought he was the most egotistical man she had ever met. Their first date, he invited her to a football game that Friday night. Afterwards, he cooked her supper and made a homemade peach pie. Love at first bite! Later that year, the two had planned a wedding for the first weekend of December, but due to football state playoffs, the wedding was rescheduled to December 17. From that day forward, the two were inseparable. Fran who was also a teacher, had her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, so they decided to go back to school and get their Master’s Degrees together.
To this union Clinton brought three children and Fran brought one; Joel Combs, Scottie Bell, Elizabeth Gay, and Laura Gay. Also included was a very special niece, Teresa Borizilleri, that he loved so very much.
Later on, the grandchildren arrived, Destiny Jones, Katie Combs, Kaylee Flannery, Garrett Combs, Madison Combs, Natalie Smith, Mckenzie Ball, Gavin Hendrix, Tyson Williams, Jordan Williams, and Ryland Bell. Clinton enjoyed following his grandkids in whatever sport they played. He also knew education was very important and he was very proud of all their accomplishments.
They also have 10 great-grandchildren; Keramiah Hall, Makkah Hall, Greyson Gregory, Gabriel Worley, Kenlee Heath, Keeton Flannery, Kason Flannery, Jonah Slemp, Kallen Morgan, and Xavier Williams. Clinton loved everyone of them and knew each one had a bright future.
Clinton enjoyed cooking for his extended family; mother-in-law, Donna Branscum, brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Sol Branscum, Robert and Rebecca Branscum, and Thomas and Sherry Branscum. No one ever turned down a home cooked meal that Clinton made. If you have eaten his cooking, you know why.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his father-in-law, Roger Branscum, a sister, Judy Hall, and his nephew, Jeffery Roberts.
Clinton was a good husband. He and Fran were married 32 years, 3 months, and 2 day. He was a good father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. But mostly, he was a child of God. With that, comes a great blessing because we know that we will see him again. There will be no covid and no sickness. He will be whole and his body will be brand new.
Per Clinton’s wishes, he was cremated. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday after 11:30 am until service time.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to: United Cumberland Bank C/O Clinton Gay Scholarship Fund (PO Box 160 Whitley City, KY 42653).
Honorary Pallbearers are Johnathan Gay, Ray Martin, Artie Winchester, Joe Waters, James Payne, George Hatcher, Jesse Siler, Vernon Gay, Ronnie Gay, Cecil Roberts, Brent Collins, and John Tudor.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Ruth Ann Jones, age 81 years, and 5 months, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley and Bro. Mike Casada officiating.
She was born Friday, October 27, 1939 in Caryville, Tennessee to Hoover Keith Sr. and Mildred Smith Keith. She Attended Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church. Ruth Ann, along with her husband John, owned and operated Jones Grocery and the Stearns Restaurant for many years. During that time they also opened a roller rink, upstairs in the old Stearns High School gym in 1978. In 1980 they opened Skateland Skating Rink, and operated it until 2005. She was also a cook with the McCreary County School system for almost 20 years. She loved to keep busy and enjoyed crocheting, raising flowers, being outside, and spending time with her family and grandchildren and great grandchildren
Preceding her in death were her parents, and two infant sisters.
Survivors include her loving husband, John Jones, her high school sweetheart whom she married on Nov. 8, 1958. A son Don Jones, and wife, Lisa, two daughters, Diana Stanley, and husband, Tunney and Beth Stephens, and husband, Wayne, three brothers, Hoover Keith Jr., and wife, Judy, Mike Keith, and wife Barbara, and David Keith, and wife, Judy, six grandchildren, Marlainna Herron Terry, Valerie Herron, Zack Jones, and wife, Megan, Leanze Kuhnapfel, and husband, Justin, Macee Lyons, and Ethan Stephens, 5 great grandchildren, Hughston Terry, Deegun Terry, Zane Jones, Baylee Lyons, Luka Kuhnapfel, and one great grandchild on the way.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ruth Ann Jones.

William King, age 90, passed away peacefully March 2, 2021 at home with his family by his side in Jupiter, FL. He was born on April 25, 1930 in Revelo, KY to Dunham and Lola King. He was a graduate of McCreary County High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic and reached the rank of Sargent. He married Grace Taylor on March 5, 1955. He worked as an instrumentation machinist at General Electric in Evendale, Ohio, for 38 years. He was a 33° Mason, and a 60+ year member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite, Oola Khan Grotto, Kentucky Colonels, American Legion and a honorary member of the Cincinnati Police Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Grace B. King (Jupiter, FL), son, Gordon W. King (Jupiter, FL), daughter, Lisa A. King (Lebanon, OH), and granddaughter, Brittany A. McCormick (Denver, CO).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dunham and Lola King, seven brothers – Charles, Herbert, Lewis, Dunham Jr., Dean, Morris and Roger, and seven sisters – Beulah Minton, Agnes Smither, Edith Cory, Betty Clemons, Doris Koger, Donna Carroll, and Sandra Brown.
He was a good man who loved his family, his community and his country. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Stanley Dale Tucker, age 51 years and 11 months, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Whitley City, Kentucky.
Stanley was born on April 20, 1969 in Somerset, Kentucky to Julie Bell (Jones) Tucker and the late Walter J. Tucker. He was a self employed carpenter and loved riding around listening to the radio, specifically Christian music. He also loved kids, his pets, watching western movies, and he could commonly be found aggravating people. Just a few days before his death, Stanley accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and will live eternal life in Heaven where he awaits his loving family.
Stanley is preceded in death by: his father; one brother, Tommy Dean Tucker; and one brother-in-law, Ronald Lay.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his mother; his son, Josh Tucker, of Whitley City; his daughter, Taylor E. Tucker, of Strunk; his fiancé, Sheila Terry, of Whitley City; brothers, Walter Edward (Buck), and wife Cristy, of Whitley City, Crawford Wayne Tucker, and wife Lisa, of Marshes Siding; sisters, Donna Jean Morgan, and husband Tim, of Marshes Siding, Sharon Inman, and husband Eddie, of Strunk, Linda Lay, of Pine Knot; and the mother of his children, Sherri Hammock, of Strunk.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday. March 26, 2021 at 1:00pm EST in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. Interment followed the services and was in the Carter Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements

Mrs. Barbara Sue (Winchester/Fisher) Wingate, passed away peacefully near the beach on Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by family. She was born January 27, 1942, in Cooperative, KY to Maudie and Wilburn Winchester. She had three sisters: Patsy (Brock) Jones, Shirley (Brad) Waters, Brenda (Bill) Caudill and a brother, Sonny. Barb enjoyed girl’s trips, Wendy’s Frosties and milkshakes. She loved time near the water, whether it was the lake, beach or pool. She took great pleasure in being with her family (especially her sisters) and friends from high school, Knoxville, Cincinnati, and Walkertown. Barbara is preceded in death by parents, her brother, Sonny, her sister, Patsy, and three brothers-in-law. Also by her daughter’s father, Rick Fisher, and by Jim Wingate who she will rest next to in eternal peace.
After moving to Cincinnati and attending Felicity Franklin High School she married Richards D. Fisher, Jr. They had two daughters, Terri (Chris) Wrenn, and Polly (Duane) Linenkugel. There are five grandchildren: Bryan (Niki) West, Craig (Melissa) West, Hailey and Hannah Linenkugel, and Josh Wrenn; and seven great-grandchildren: Owen, Faith, Cody, and Alex West, and Lexxy, Abigail, and Landon Wrenn.
Later in life Barbara married James Wingate and gained three step-sons: Mark, Jim, and David (Sandra). She enjoyed Jim’s grandkids: Nikki, Brian, Chrissy, and Wilson. Together Barb and Jim loved to travel and see the world, especially the Caribbean and Virgin Islands. They were lucky enough to enjoy life together, and make friends in Cincinnati, OH, Lexington, KY, Decatur, AL, Mayaguez, PR, Wilson, NC, and Knoxville, TN.
Family and Friends will meet Saturday, April 3, 2021, 10:30 A.M. at Walters Funeral Home for an 11:00 A.M. Funeral Service. Interment to follow at Norris Memorial Gardens in Clinton, TN. The family will receive friends Friday, April 2, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Barb’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Online condolences for Mrs. Wingate may be made at www.waltersfuneralhome.net. Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Barbara Sue (Winchester/Fisher) Wingate.
Obituary courtesy of McCreary County Funeral Home.

Danny Wayne Bryant, age 70 years and 6 days, of Whitley City, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Waynesburg, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
He was born March 11, 1951 in Whitley City to Holys Bryant and Lydia Parks Bryant. Dan graduated from Somerset Community College and had worked as a lab technician for Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana before his retirement. He attended First Baptist Church in North Vernon, Indiana. Dan was an avid gun and knife trader with a special love for military weapons. He enjoyed UK football and basketball, corvettes, NASCAR, and especially liked one eared teddy bear cakes. But his favorite thing to do was spend time with his family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Holys “Jack” Bryant, Bob Bryant, and Harold Dean Bryant, and a sister, Shirley Jean Cooper.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Meadows Bryant, whom he married March 29, 1974, brother, Jim Bryant and his wife, Georgia Sue, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Betty Barth, also survived at the time of Dan’s passing, but has since passed away.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Danny Wayne Bryant.

Eddie Lee Davis age 50 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky died March 11, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on March 7, 1971 the son of Arnold Davis and Debra (Watson) Stephens. Eddie was a logger, member of the Beulah Heights Church of God and attended the Dixie Freedom Baptist Church. He enjoyed Mud Riding, Fishing, but most especially his Grandchildren.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Debra Stephens of Marshes Siding, son, Eddie Lee Davis, Jr. (Skye) of Whitley City; daughters, Angel Parriman (Gary), Ashley Garland (James) both of Pine Knot, Tammy Hill (Tylor) of Smithtown, and Tiffany Canada of Whitley City sisters, Jennie Smith (Charles) of Pine Knot and Tabitha Corder (Johnny) of Revelo; grandchildren, Gracelynn, Kaylee, Olivia, Shadara, Daegan, Caenyn, Zaedryn, Bladryx, Makayla, Jesse, Kyleigh, Kaitlyn, Preston, Kaison, Kloee, and Kyrin.
Funeral services were held 1pm Monday, March 15, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Corder and Bro. Thomas Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Ernest “Eddie” Edward Douglas, age 46 years, of the Worley Hilltop Community, died Friday, March 12, 2021 at the UK Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 12, 1974 the son of James Estel and Corita (Ross) Douglas. Eddie was a member of the Pleasant Rock United Baptist Church, enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and also going to Bingo.
His father precedes him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Corita Douglas of Stearns; son, Jamison Parker Douglas of Parkers Lake; daughter, Anessa Nicole Douglas of Parkers Lake; and brother, James “Jimmy” Estel Douglas, Jr. (Erica) of Winfield; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A gathering of family and friends was held from 11am-12pm Tuesday, March 16 , 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Graveside services followed in the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Isaiah Wilson officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Lorenzo Ralph Jones, age 65 years, of Slavans Community, died March 9, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Wayne County, Kentucky on January 16, 1956 the son of Levi Crabtree and Hazel (Burke) Vaughn. Lorenzo was a farmer, and a member of the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, ginseng hunting, wrestling, and his family.
His parents, and brother, Timmy Vaughn precede him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Lorenzo Ralph Jones, Jr and Joseph Jones both of Stearns; daughter, Melissa Jones (Jerry) of Stearns; brothers, Donald Jones (Patsy) of Stearns, Ronald Jones (Dovie) and Jimmy Vaughn both of Monticello; sisters, Jana Vaughn of Stearns, Jennifer Flynn, and Peggy Roysden both of Monticello; grandchildren, Jacki Gregory (Michael) and Amber Jones; and great grandchildren, Blake Gregory, Conly Gregory, and Jayden Gregory.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Clark Hollow United Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Bud Gregory Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Freida June Staley, age 82 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, died Monday, March 8, 2021 at her home.
She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on September 15, 1938 the daughter of Finley and Mae (King) Bryant. Frieda was a member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church and Laurel Heights Chapter 200 Order of the Eastern Star. She had worked in the cutting department in the Shirt Factory, a machine operator for the Spring Milling Factory, but the most important job was being a Homemaker.
Her parents; husband, Hoyet Staley; daughter, Nancy Clark; brother, Carl Bryant; and a granddaughter, Amy Combs precede her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Barry Dale Staley and Gregory Hoyet Staley both of Whitley City; sisters, Reba Keith, Barbara “Peggy” Strunk, and Nina Tucker all of Whitley City; grandchildren, B.J. Clark Bryant, Laura Hope Clark Bryant, Barry Staley, Jr., Jason Allen Staley, Corey Richard Michael Dale Staley, Devin Dakota Staley, Gregory Harley Staley, and Amanda Gail Staley; 12 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 8pm Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ben Jones, Bro. Rusty Spradlin, and Bro. Mark Perry officiating. Burial was in the Taylor Ridge Cemetery 10am Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Eastern Star Services was held Tuesday at 7:30pm.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

David Calvin Stephens age 60 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, husband of Anissa (Petty) Stephens, passed from this life on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born November 27, 1960 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Hobert Stephens and Allie (Phillips) Stephens. In addition to his parents, he is preceded ind eath by his brothers, Arnold Davis and Hobert Stephens.
Surviving family include his wife, Anissa (Petty) Stephens; sons, James Lanter and wife, Tammy, Jacob Lanter, and Jared Petty, all of Pine Knot; a daughter, Bobbie Stephens also of Pine Knot; brothers, Ray Davis and Doyle Davis and wife, Beulah; and one grandchild, Peyton, Lanter.
David was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed spending time with his children and picking on his granddaughter, and watching TV. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service were held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Corder and Bro. John Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Kathy Wilke
Kathy Wilke age 65 of the Hayes Creek Community in Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of Ralph Darby and Annie (Mosely) Darby.
Per the family’s wishes, cremation was chosen.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Wilda Lois Foster Bryant age 77 years, 3 months, and 6 days passed away Monday, March 1, 2021 at her home in Whitley City, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Private graveside service was held in the Angel Cemetery with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed.
She was born November 25, 1943 in Smithtown, Kentucky to Raymond Foster and Emma Hill Foster. Wilda had worked as a dietician at a hospital in Michigan before returning to Kentucky. She enjoyed reading, watching animals outdoors, and shopping. Wilda also loved to watch soap operas, especially The Young and the Restless, and interacting with her Alexa. But she found the most enjoyment from spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Tommy Ray Foster, and a sister, Wilma K. Foster Roberts.
Survivors include, her daughter, Karen Lynn Bryant, and her beloved pet, Kelsey.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wilda Lois Foster Bryant.

Mr. Les Calhoun, son of the late James H. and Ethel Gibson Calhoun, was born in Somerset, KY on August 27, 1948 and he departed this life on February 27, 2021 having attained the age of 72 years.
Les was united in marriage to Mary Betty White Calhoun, she survives.
Other survivors include; two sisters, Linda Carol Calhoun Grider, who is Les’s twin sister, and Barbara Sue Cassidy Tomlinson; three brothers, Lloyd Calhoun, Leman Brent Calhoun and Larry Wayne Calhoun as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by a very special cousin, Larry “Todge” Calhoun; three sisters, Lola Campbell, Lily Mae Davison and Ladora Dean Buxton; and five brothers, Lindsey, Linville, Leonard & Lynn Allen Calhoun, and Arnold Gene Gibson.
Les was a United States Air Force veteran having served in the Vietnam war. Upon getting out of the military, he shortly thereafter joined the Kentucky State Police where he served from 1971 until retirement in 1991.
He was greatly involved in a number of different projects over the years, but, one he was most proud of was the placement of the Cross just outside of Burnside. He was a Christian person who will be deeply missed by his family and his multitude of friends.
A funeral service for Mr. Les Calhoun was held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Parkers Mill Road Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Mill Springs National Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Christians 4 the Cross c/o Citizens National Bank 6385 S. Hwy 27, Somerset, KY 42501 or the Sloans Valley Cemetery Fund, 17 Windy Hills, Somerset, KY 42501
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Frances Carroll Thompson Cann, 88 years old of Plantation, Florida passed away on March 3, 2021. She was born on July 27, 1932 in the mining town of Co-operative, Kentucky where her father worked in the mines. Frances was the second of nine children and her memories of early life in Co-op and growing up “down home” in Whitley City influenced her life eminently.
Frances attended McCreary High School and Cumberland College where she studied Education; she completed student teaching in a one room schoolhouse in Kingston, Ky. Following school, Frances moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she married and raised a family while working in administration for elementary schools in the Cincinnati Public School System.
Frances spent decades tracing her family’s genealogy and assisting others with research. She amassed an impressive collection records, photographs and artifacts, and met hundreds of individuals through her research. She was an insatiable reader who passed on the joy of books to her three children. Frances was a talented gardener, loved playing the piano and cards, and binged vintage TV westerns. She coveted her independence and continued driving into her 80s with both feet – the left on the brake, and the right on the gas pedal – the way she was taught more than 60 years ago. Frances loved gatherings of neighbors, family and friends, most especially the 1950 Class Reunions of McCreary High School. She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mt. Healthy, Ohio.
Frances is survived by her three children A. George Cann (Carla), Carolyn Cann (Woody), and Carrie Hof; three cherished grandchildren: Elliott Hof, Carly Hof and George Henry Cann-Gudat; loving sister-in-law Patricia Cann; and many nieces and nephews to whom she relished her role as aunt. “Franny” is also survived by her dearest friend, advocate, and care provider Bibi. The family is immensely grateful to Bibi for the immaculate care and loving companionship she provided to Frances for more than four years.
Frances was preceded in death by her devoted husband Alan C. Cann of Cincinnati, Ohio, parents William and Elsie Thompson of Whitley City, Kentucky and siblings Bob Thompson, Eleanora Waters, Geraldine Kidd, Willene Robbins and Woodson Thompson.
Like so many seniors, the isolation and lock-downs Frances endured during the pandemic greatly impacted her quality of life, but she was strong-willed and recuperated from several health setbacks during this period, including a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Isolation and physical idleness took a great toll on Frances which is why the care and kindness provided to her by care professionals was so important. The family is forever grateful to those who could be with Frances when family and friends could not, including Bibi, Mariutza, and caregivers from Alternative Home Health Care.
Funeral Service to be held at Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, on Saturday, March 13, 2021, 2pm and can be viewed live at https://youtu.be/ZrHuJXDN1lE .
Arrangements provided by Spring Grove Funeral Homes. We invite you to share condolences online at www.springgrove.org .

Shirley Marlow age 78 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the Signature Health and Rehab of McCreary.
She was born in Hayes Creek, Kentucky to the late Elmer Litton and Emma (Myers) Litton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Marlow; brothers, Clarence, Charles, Junior, J.D., and Bobby Litton; sisters, Hazel Stephens, Linda Burchell, Ruth McCarter, and Goldie Norman.
Surviving family include her sister, Sally Brown of Cleveland; brothers, AZ Litton and wife, Brenda, and Roy Litton of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews that she loved as her own, especially a great-nephew Zachary.
Shirley was a member of the Davis Hill Church of God. She enjoyed staying home and being with her family. Shirley also enjoyed shopping when she was out and even though she never had any of her own, she loved children very dearly. Shirley will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Clay Cook officiating. Burial was at the Hayes Creek Cemetery. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday after 12:00 noon until service time.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Myra J. Tucker age 64 years, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, died Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the Vanderbilt-Harton Hospital in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 16, 1956 the daughter of George W. and Kathenia Mae (Conner) Sheppard. Myra was a retired bank officer for First Vision Bank in Tullahoma, of the Baptist Faith, life member of the Harley Owners Group, and enjoyed doing crafts.
Her parents; brother, George William Conner; sister, Donna Lee Johnson and brother, Charles Ray Sheppard precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband Reed A. Tucker, whom she married August 10, 1990; son, Christopher Lee Barrett (Jennifer) of Lavergne, Tennessee; step daughter, Dhonn Carmichael (Billy) of Macon, Georgia; sister, Ruth Ann Cook of Nashville, Tennessee; and grandchildren, Abby Carmichael and Zoe Pearl Barrett.
Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Peters officiating, Burial followed in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Judy Ann Barnett, age 72, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born in Muncie, Indiana, on April 8, 1948, the daughter of the late James Booth and Irene Coffey Todd. Surviving family include her husband, Virgil Jim Barnett of Whitley City, their two sons: Jimmy Barnett of Whitley City and Johnny Barnett and wife Amy also of Whitley City. There is a sister, Robin Todd who lives in Florida.
Judy loved her precious grandchildren and spending time with them: Derrick Barnett, Alex Barnett, Aaron Barnett, and Ben Barnett and two dear great grandchildren: Gracie and Lainey Barnett. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed gardening.
She was employed at Outdoor Venture Corporation for over 30 years.
Gathering of family and friends toke place on Monday, March 1, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.at McCreary County Funeral Home with the sons and grandsons as pallbearers. Burial was at the Barnett Family Cemetery on Sandhill Road.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Milford Coffey, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. He has attained the age of age 74 years, four months and two days.
He was born on October 22, 1946, the son of the late Leroy and Flora Branscum Coffey. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Randy Ray Coffey and a sister Rosalee Coffey.
Surviving family include four brothers: Bobby Coffey (wife Judy) of Pine Knot, Melvin Coffey, Alfred Coffey and Othel Ray Coffey all of Stearns, five sisters: Merk Smith of Whitley City, Hazel Strunk (husband Charlie) of Stearns, Martha Taylor (husband William) of Whitley City, Betty Coffey of Stearns, and Opal Mae Coffey of Somerset as well as several nephews and nieces.
Milford had been a coal miner and member of the East Appletree United Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and working on cars.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. David Clark officiating. He was laid to rest at the Corder Cemetery in Stearns.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Rev. John H. Duvall, Jr., age 62 years, 7 months, and 6 days, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 from the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 25, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home, with Bro. Kenneth Thompson officiating. Burial followed in the Clearview Cemetery.
He was born July 16, 1958, in Somerset Kentucky to Rev. John H. Duvall, Sr. and Hettie Ilene Corder Duvall. Upon graduating from high school in 1976, John Jr. served his country in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement officer, and later a deputy sheriff. He also worked as a welder and over the road truck driver. At the time of his death John was a purchasing agent with Great Dane. He was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1997, and had pastored both the Day Ridge United Baptist Church and the Silverville United Baptist Church. He also was a very busy evangelist, holding countless revivals. John enjoyed fishing, shooting, and spending time with his family, but church was his passion. He loved the Lord and loved to sing and proclaim the gospel.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Billie Bauer Duvall, of Stearns, Kentucky, his son, John Wesley Duvall, and wife, Tiffany, of Pine Knot, and granddaughters, Katelyn and Emily Duvall.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Rev. John H. Duvall, Jr.

Kenneth “Cefe” Roger Hill II, age 45 years, of Whitley City, died Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Hartford, Kentucky on November 28, 1975 the son of Kenneth Roger and Linna G. (Davis) Hill. Kenny was a certified welder for 25 years, and a member of the White Oak Junction United Baptist Church, and his favorite past times were fishing, hunting, and camping.
His father, Kenneth Roger Hill; and grandparents, Rev. Earl and Grace Davis and Henry and Dyreda Hill precede him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Linna G. (Davis) Hill of Whitley City; brother, Adam Hill of Whitley City; several aunts and uncles; numerous cousins; and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held 2pm Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Cathy Lynn Perry, age 52 years, 8 months and 14 days, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky died February 19, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
She was born in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 1968 the daughter of the late Roy and Jeanette (Adams) Stuart. Cathy enjoyed her pets, camping, playing cards, flower gardening, cross stitching, and spending time with her family.
Her parents precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin Wayne Perry; daughters, Haley Willett of Lexington, Kentucky, Samantha Willett of Austin, Texas; son, Hunter Willett of Austin, Texas; sisters, Susan Price (Allen) of Austin, Texas and Dawn Stuart; brothers, Glen Stuart of Louisville, Kentucky; father and mother in law, Loyd and Rema Perry of Parkers Lake; brother in law, Steve Perry (Gayla) of Whitley City; sisters in law, Sheila Frederick (Jonathan) of Parkers Lake and Stephanie Perry (Ruben) of Whitley City.
Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Bible Missionary Church with Bro. Robert Anthony officiating. Burial followed in the Frederick-Perry Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert “Bob” E. Smith, age 76 years, of Helenwood, Tennessee, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at his home.
Bob was born in Oneida, Tennessee on February 13, 1945, the son of the late Rev. William Lee and Mable Stephens Smith. He was a Maintenance Supervisor for Hartco Flooring for 43 years. Robert was a member of New River Baptist Church, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on March 5, 1954 at Tunnel Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a son; Robert Scott Smith, his brother; James Smith, sisters; Shirley Fancher, Judy Smithers and Linda Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Robin Elaine (Hoskins) Smith, daughters; Michelle Kixmiller and husband David of Franklin, TN., Jenniffer Newsome and husband Will of Helenwood, TN., sisters; Barbara Chitwood of Oneida, TN., Mary Lou Foster of Dalton, GA., grandchildren; Andrew “Drew” Bell and Ryan Elizabeth Trosper.
Funeral services for Bob were 1:00 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the New Haven Baptist Church in Oneida, Tennessee, with brother George Asbury officiating. Music was provided by the Kathy Moore. Burial followed in the Cooper Memorial Gardens.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Larry Lee Wood, age 64, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born August 6, 1956, to Lodia Boyatt and Lois Jeannette Wood. He is preceded in death by his father, Lodia Boyatt, his adoptive parents: Virgil and Reba Boyatt Wood, his wife, Christina Roberts Wood, three brothers: Theo Wood, Timothy Wood, and Paul Brooks, and two sisters: Willa Jean Ferrier and Shirley Fay Young.
Surviving family include his mother Lois Jeannette Wood of Corbin; five brothers: Ancil Wood of Amelia, Ohio, Bruce Allen Stephens of Whitley City, Lonnie Wood of Pine Knot, Lenville Carter (and Judy) of Winfield, Tennessee, and Steve Allen Carter (and Janice Walker) of Whitley City; four sisters: Gail Taylor of Oneida, Tennessee, Willa Faye Lay (and James) of Pine Knot, Vickie Chitwood (and John Lesh) of Georgia, Mary Slavey, and Wanda Diane Myers of Pine Knot; special nephews, Dustin Lay, Troy Wood; and a special brother-in-law, James Lay. There are special nieces and nephews: Kyle, Lucas, Lindsey, Kayla, and Adreanna Jones, Liz Taylor, Crystal Boyatt, Tommy Ray Chitwood, Theo Chitwood, Rebecca Jones, Sandra Wood, and several other nieces and nephews that Larry loved dearly, and a special friend, Rick Taylor.
Larry was a member of the Pine Knot United Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing video games and cards, building and tinkering with things, and mowing the yard and riding the lawn mower. He had a good sense of humor and liked to play jokes on people.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Dewayne Perry and Bro. James Lay officiating. Burial followed in the Wood Family Cemetery in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Bradley Dobbs, age 55 years, of the Slavens Community, died February 10, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on February 19, 1965 the son of Dester and Wilma Jean (Jones) Dobbs. Bradley had worked as a timber cutter in the log woods, was of the Baptist Faith, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all his nieces and nephews.
His parents and sisters, Zora and Nora Dobbs precede him in death.
Survivors include his sisters, Carolyn Abbott (Tom) Kathy Dishman (Wayne), both of Stearns, Irene Ard (Mickey) of Monticello, Julie Smith (Charles), Sandy Lowe (Shane), and Janie Adkins (Jason) all of Stearns; brothers, Frank Dobbs (Donna), Thomas Dobbs (Dillie Strunk), Randy Dobbs (Lynn) all of Stearns, David Dobbs (Kim) of Monticello, and Timothy Dobbs (Misty) of Stearns; Bradley will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and all the family.
Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bud Gregory Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bill Duncan age 87 of the Round Top Community of Strunk, Kentucky, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at his home.
He was born June 29, 1933 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Travis Duncan and Pearl (Winchester) Tapley. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou (Winchester) Duncan, brothers, Elbert and Delbert Miller, and sisters, Ruth Hollars, Genelle Holder, and Evelyn Grubb.
Surviving family include his children, William Duncan (Teresa) of Somerset, Kentucky, David Duncan (Melissa) also of Somerset, and Susie Albano; a brother, James Henry Tapley; and sisters, Volene Ammon, Dorothy Phillips, Brenda Smith (Larry) Imogene Sorel (Robert), and Linda Tapley.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Tammy Colbaugh, Mathew Duncan and Candy Runyon, Ashley (and Michael) Stonecipher, Breanna (and Fiance’ Tyler Walker), Kahlan Duncan, Lucas King, and Courtney King-Taylor (Courtney); 8 Great grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Bill enjoyed the outdoors in every way you could imagine. He loved hunting, fishing, digging ginseng, and just sitting on his porch watching wildlife. He served as a pillar of his community in many, many ways. Bill was a member of the Pine Knot Fire Department for 16 years where he held the title engineer. 14 years on the rescue squad where he held the title of 1st Lt. He spent 18 years as a firearms instructor for the hunters educations courses. He was part of the feed the children program for 10 years where he helped feed hundreds of children. And shortly before he passed was honored with the title of Kentucky Colonel by Governor Beshear. Bill will not only be missed by his family, but the countless other people from our community that he lended his helping hand.
Funeral service were held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Reynolds. Burial followed in the Nancy Grave Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Della Mae McKee age 78 years and 8 days of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born February 6, 1943 in Honeybee, Kentucky to the late Estes Perry and Dema (Ridener) Perry). In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Leroy McKee.
Surviving family include her daughters, Sherry Sims (Justin) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Kathy King (Othel) of Stearns; a son, Brian McKee also of Stearns; brothers, Clarence Perry and Donald Perry of Cincinnati, Ohio; and sisters, Wilma Dean Anderson of Pine Knot, Kentucky, and Lorene Branscum of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Ashley Corder Bruce (Josh), Allison Corder Hamlin (Craig), Christopher King (Kellie), Cody King (Yasmine), Spencer and Connor Sims; and Great-Grandchildren, Kallen and Avery Bruce, MaKeena and Miles Hamlin, Waylon Heath, Ivan Vanover, Easton and Rylee King.
Della was a member of the Walkers Chapel Baptist Church. After retiring from the McCreary County Board of Education as a Teachers Aid, Della worked at OVC. In past time, she and husband, Leroy, owned and operated small businesses in McCreary County. Della will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral Service were held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie King officiating. The family received friends for visitation after 12:00 noon until funeral service time at the funeral home. Eastern Star services was held on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Della will be entombed alongside her husband, Leroy at the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Logan Ross, age 86 years, 8 months, and 5 days, of Strunk passed away February 8, 2021 in Cincinnati.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Memorial Gardens.
He was born June 3, 1934 in Strunk, Kentucky to Ned Ross and Maude King Ross. Logan was always a hard worker and started at an early age. At the age of 14 or 15 he and his brother, Rubin, started their own sawmill. He later moved to Oregon working in the timber industry for 18 months. Logan was a truck driver, driving for Dixie Transport and then moving to Cincinnati where he drove for Roadway Express. He was a member of the Ross Grove Baptist Church, a member of the Orie S. Ware Lodge #874 F&AM in Stearns, Scottish Rite and Syrian Shrine of Cincinnati. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing softball in his younger days, raising cows, and making jokes and telling stories to anyone who would listen.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, Wilburn, Osborn, Burdell, and Conrad Ross, and a sister, Lillian Litton.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen Ross, a son, Jon (Sherry) Ross, daughters, Kim Robards and Amy (Bob) Zbacnik; grandchildren: Erin (Ryan) Hayhow, Timothy (Loren) Ross, Jordyn King, Susan Robards (Lee Croft), Sarah Robards, Daniel (Lindsay) Robards, Mary (TJ) Hizer and Melissa (Quentin) Russell, great grandchildren: Mya, Brooke, Ben, Nora, Logan, Cori, Claire, Nolan, Nico, Jocelyn, and Eric, and brothers, Charles Ross and Rubin Ross.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Integrated Community Ministries, 4837 Rattlesnake Ridge Road, Stearns, KY 42647 or Shriners Hospitals at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Logan Ross.

Carl Phillip Stephens, 79 of Whitley City, Ky, passed away February 14, 2021 at UK Medical Center due to an extended illness, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters and Bro. Braxton King officiating. Burial followed in the Stearns Cemetery.
Carl is survived by his wife Monte Watters Stephens, daughter Kim Stephens Morgan (Stewart) of Lexington, KY, and three sons Carl P. Stephens II (Lana) of Denniston, KY, Tim Stephens (Mitzi) of Pine Knot, KY, and Shawn Stephens (Jessica) of Whitley City, KY. Brother Noel Stephens, sisters Betty Coffey, Shirley Daunhauer, and Linda Keith. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his Father, Luther B. Stephens, Mother, Charleen Hembree Stephens, brothers Val Stephens, Allen Stephens, and sisters Bonnie Stephens Sampson and Carrol Stephens.
Carl was born in Yamacraw, Kentucky on July 7th, 1941 (to Luther and Charleen Stephens). He graduated from McCreary County High School in 1960 and on June 1, 1960 married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Monte Watters, with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 1st of 2020. He was a veteran of the US Air Force where he served from 1961-1964.
He was a devout Christian and family man, having served as a deacon at Stearns First Baptist. His passion for woodworking served to lead him into a job a Jim Barna Log Homes Systems of Oneida, Tn. where he retired in 2008. His passion and commitment to his wife, children, and grandchildren are a legacy of love that will never be forgotten.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Carl Phillip Stephens.

Mel Stephens, age 81 years, 9 months, and 3 days, passed away Wednesday, February 10,2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God with Bro. William Kilby and Bro. Harold Baird officiating. Burial was in the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
She was born Sunday, May 7, 1939 in Salyersville, Kentucky to Langley Arnett and Martha Risner. Mel was a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle. She enjoyed going to church, vacations, her houseplants, and playing cornhole and horseshoes. Mel loved caring for children and ran a nursery in her home for quite some time. She kept in touch with some of those children.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her stepmother, Ruth Morris Arnett, a brother, Marvin Arnett, a sister, Ella Mae Reed, and stepsisters, Carol Mae Murray, and Mary Lynn Arnett.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Glenn Stephens, a son, Mark Stephens, stepchildren, Ronnie Stephens, and his wife, Leslie, Karen Lee Shields, and her husband, Steve, and Teri Townsend, a brother, Morris Arnett, sisters, Marie Roberts, Martha Jean Bryant, Joyce Laverne Howard, and Kay Bandy, grandchildren, Lacey, Sonia, Todd, Matthew, Sierra, Kristen, Chelsea, Charlie, and Joshua, great grandchildren, Ben, Aiden, Kaylee, Jaicee, Macie, Jaedyn, Flora, Olivia, Tatum, Marlon, Messiah, Layla, Blake, and Carter, and a great great grandchild, River Dean.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mel Stephens.

Doris Nevels Wilson, age 80 years, 1 month, and 15 days, passed away February 7, 2021 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Nichols and Bro. Mike Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery.
She was born December 23, 1940 in Nevelsville, Kentucky to CD Nevels and Dovie Ballou Nevels. Doris worked as a nurse for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department early in her career but decided to stay home and raise her children until they were ready for school. While working with the health department she worked in the community providing prenatal and postnatal care in the homes and was profiled in an article in the Courier Journal. After returning to the work force, she worked as a school nurse for the McCreary County School District and later taught Health Occupations at McCreary Central. During her time with HOSA, she was proud to have a student win in state competition and compete at the national level. Doris was a member of the Whitley City United Methodist Church where she had served as Sunday School Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoyed basket weaving, quilting, crocheting, and painting. Doris was an excellent cook and loved cooking for her family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and a grandson, David Keith Wilson.
Survivors include the love of her life, Gerald Wilson, whom she married November 24, 1965, two sons, Michael Wilson, and wife, Jennifer, of Stearns, and Douglas Wilson, and wife, Maribell, of Randolph, New Jersey, a brother, Ralph Nevels, two sisters, Alma Faye Sexton, and her husband, Landon, of Pine Knot, and Patricia Neil McCracken, and her husband, William, of Fountaintown, Indiana and four grandchildren Kara, Emma, Erin, and Evan.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Doris Nevels Wilson.

Brenda Bryant Winchester age 74 of Williamsburg, Kentucky passed from this life on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at her home.
She was born May 12, 1946 in Marshes Siding, Kentucky to the late Virgil Watson and Goldie (Bryant) Watson. In addition to her parents, Brenda is preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Travis Bryant; infant sons, Sherman Bryant and Dwayne Bryant; brothers, Dorman, Donald, Ray, Sherman, and Ronald Watson; and a granddaughter, Tommie Lynn Bryant.
Surviving family include her husband, Ronnie Winchester; her sons, Davis Bryant and wife, Melanie, of Somerset, Timothy Bryant and wife, Tammy, of Pine Knot, Tommy Bryant and wife, Thelma of Pine Knot, and Michael Winchester of Pine Knot; her daughters, Kathy Bryant of Pine Knot and Rebecca Phillips and husband, Joe, of Pine Knot; a special sister-in-law, Glenna Watson; and brothers-in-law, Denver Winchester and wife, Henrietta, of Whitley City and Roger Winchester and wife, Sandy.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Alison Bryant, Joshua Bryant, Jessie Bryant, Timothy Bryant, Sasha Bryant, Janie Bryant, Travis Bryant, Rochelle Bryant, Brenda Bryant, Ridge Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Abigail Phillips, Chelly Jennings, Elaine Phillips, and Colby Phillips; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Brenda was a member of the Beulah Heights Church of God. She was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for her family and things at home. Brenda had many hobbies such as quilting, gardening, working with her flowers, and taking rides through the country, sight seeing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral service were held on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Old Pigeon Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy Delap, age 39 years, wife of Anthony “Tony” Delap and Daughter of the late Donald and Francis Taylor Kennedy, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky. Sarah was born in Lorraine, Ohio on June 8, 1981.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed swimming, reading the bible and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband; Anthony “Tony” Delap of Whitley City, KY., daughter; Destinee Delap and son; Bryson Delap also of Whitley City, and a brother; Donald F. and wife Michelle Kennedy of Whitley City.Per the family wishes, cremation was chosen.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Alice Marie Murphy, age 78 years, Daughter of the late William Jessie and Betty Lou Griffis Murphy, died Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Hospital in Somerset, KY.

Alice was born in Robinson, Tennessee on February 6, 1942.  She was a homemaker and a member of Meadows Grove Baptist church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her  brothers; Ed Murphy, Willard Murphy and Jesse Murphy and sister; Laura Murphy and one infant daughter.

Survivors include her sons; Eric Murphy of Somerset, KY., Danny Murphy of Whitley City, KY., Clevey Murphy and wife Ida of Chatsworth, GA., Benny Higgenbotham and wife Tammy of Berea, KY., daughters; Darlene Stephens of Whitley City, KY., Tandra Dople of Strunk, KY., Sheila Brewster of Stearns, KY., and Connie Baird and husband Orel of Pine Knot., KY.. sister; Georgia Ridener of Whitley City, 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews all of whom will miss her greatly.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Watters officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Owen D. “Butch” Rowe, Jr., age 69 years, of Stearns, Kentucky, husband of Faye (Keith) Rowe, died Monday, February 8, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Garden City, Kansas on August 4, 1951 the son of Owen D. and Elsie (Bradenburger) Rowe. Butch had been plant manager at ABC, owner of The Roost, and was of the Methodist Faith. He enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting just to be in the outdoors for the comradery, Poker Runs, but most especially spending time with his family.

His parents, second mother, Maudie Rowe; brother, Craig Rowe; and sister, Joyce Hole precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Faye (Keith) Rowe, whom he married  January 15, 1984; son, Michael DeWayne Rowe (Jacqueline) of Colorado; daughters, Connie Marie Tendler (Mitch) of Colorado, Elizabeth Ashley Slaven (Victor) of Strunk, Kentucky, and Rachel Kathleen Rowe (Sean) of Colorado; special daughter, Maike Brassel of Germany; brother, Bruce Rowe (Rose) of Oklahoma; sisters, Janice Herndon (Tim), Penny (Rowe) Andrasek) and JoDe Apple (Jim) all of Kansas, and Beverly Yeager (Curtis) of Missouri; grandchildren: Braydon Rowe, Emma Grace Rowe, Sarah Tendler, Slade Slaven, Daxton Slaven, June Murphy, and Jolie Murphy; and special nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, February 12, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Eagle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Pauline Keith Sumner, age 73 of Whitley City, KY gained her heavenly wings on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.  Pauline was born on February 22, 1947 to Reverend Charlie and Evelyn Owens Keith.

She married Bobby Lee Sumner on October 30, 1965 and on the corner of Williamsburg Street they raised their family and became incredible pillars of the community.

Bob and Pauline have owned Bob’s Auto Sales for 49 years. She had also been a bus driver for the past 19 years.  She found so much joy transporting kids to and from various events, but ball games were probably her favorite as she thought she should have been coach. (Just ask the girls)   

The thing she will be most remembered for is tending to others. She would say, “You take care of people and God will take care of you”. Pauline loved the Lord and was a lifetime member of Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church and spent a lot of time restoring the church and bringing the work of the Lord to that community, hosting Bible School and Sunday School there for many years.

She loved singing, going to the beach, and spending time with her family, especially watching all her great grandbabies grow up.

Pauline never met a stranger, never hesitated to voice her opinion, and she could make you mad as quickly as she made you laugh. Her kids and grandkids will miss this the most about her. She had an infectious smile, quick wit, and a huge heart that she shared with her family and everyone around her.

Pauline was met at the heavenly gates by her husband Bob, her parents Charlie and Evelyn, her sister Betty, and a big crew of special family and friends who have gone on before her. Still on earth to celebrate her life are her three siblings, Ann Six, Rachel Wilson, and Clifford (Linda) Keith; her children: Rick (Connie) Sumner of Williamsburg, KY; Cindy (Wayne) New of Stearns, KY; Teressa (Larry) Brown of Stearns, KY; and Bobby Lee Sumner, Jr (Crystal) of Whitley City, KY; her grandchildren: Brandon (Opal) New, Jessica (Nathan) Mason, Chaz (Chelsey) Duncan, Charli (Jeremy) DeLaughter, Chadden Duncan, Kelsie Brown, Bree Brown, Natalie Sumner, Stevie Gibson, Derrick Sumner, and Dustin Sumner; and 18   great grandchildren who she loved to spoil.

Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Staley officiating.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Lawrence Vanover, Jr., age 60 years, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, son of the late Lawrence and Elva (Patrick) Vanover, died February 3, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on November 15, 1960 the son of Lawrence and Elva (Patrick) Vanover. Lawrence had worked in the log woods, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing with the kids.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Vanover and Lawrence Edward Slaven; and sisters, Clara Vanover and Mary Vanover.

Survivors include his brothers, Darryl R. Vanover (Diane Keith) of Whitley City, Larry Vanover and Parkers Lee Vanover (Wilda) both of Parkers Lake, and Michael Wayne Vanover (Renee) of Pine Knot; sisters, Carol Vanover, Pearly Vanover, and Elva Mae Hicks (Elmer) all of Parkers Lake, and Louise Stouffe of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 2pm Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Pleasant Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Daniel Perry officiating. Burial followed in the Higginbotham Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Anna Ruth Chitwood age 74 of Morrisonville, Illinois passed from this life on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at her home.
She was born November 27, 1946 in Scott County, Tennessee to the late Sidney Watters and Freida (Davis) Watters. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Max Dewey Chitwood Sr., a son, Mark Chitwood, grandchildren, Brittany Morell and John Tyler Morell, and sisters, Thelma Gibson and Brenda Watters.
Surviving family include her sons, Max Dewey Chitwood, Jr., (Bev) of Taylorville, Illinois, Michael Chitwood (Pam) of Owaneco, Illinois, Anthony Chitwood (Shelly) of Taylorville, Illinois, and John Chitwood (Kim) of Whitley City, Kentucky; her daughters, Melissa Morell of Morrisonville, Illinois and Terri Rickman (Rex) of Taylorville, Illinois; grandchildren, Andrea Adams, Ashley Chitwood, Sean Chitwood, Jordan Chitwood, Tiffany Rickman, Zachary Chitwood, Colton Rickman, Jerrica Remlinger, Tyler Chitwood, Payton Chitwood, Haley Chitwood, and Hannah Chitwood; and great-grandchildren, Emmaline, Logan, Clementine, Scarlett, Kaylee, Mark, and Carter Chitwood, Sawyer Adams, Barrett and Oakleigh Remlinger.
Also surviving are Anna Ruth’s brothers, Reuben “JuneBug” Watters, Billy Ray Watters, and Roy Lee Watters; and sisters, Emma Lucille Watters, Carolyn Watters Davis, and Patty Wyatt.
Anna Ruth enjoyed music and dancing, but above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Cody Canada officiating. Anna Ruth was laid to rest in the Silerville Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Robert Mitchell Hatfield, age 67 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 16, 1953 the son of Leslie Mitchell Hatfield and Annie (Lynch) Hatfield. Robert was a retired Electronic Technician for the US Army, member of the Marshes Siding Church of God, enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoors, watching movies, but his greatest joy were his children.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Brenda (Canada) Hatfield; sons, Robbie Hatfield and Jeremy Hatfield; brothers, Carl, Archie, Paul, Leslie Jr., and Donnie; and sisters, Alberta, Evelyn, Helen, Betty, and Francis.
Survivors include his son, Adam Hatfield and wife, Stacey of Parkers Lake; daughter, Angela King and husband, Trevor of Stearns; brother, Jack; sisters, Ruby and Arlene; grandchildren, Bailey Wood, Kayla Hatfield, Korbin Hatfield, Nick Schelske, and Ava Baker.
Private Funeral services were held. Burial was in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Bro. Estel Jones, age 72 years, of the Wolf Ridge Community, of Stearns, Kentucky, husband of Ruth (Branscum) Jones, died Monday, February 1, 2021 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on June 19, 1948, the son of Edward Robert and Ova (Phillips) Jones. Bro. Estel was saved at an early age and joined the Rock Springs Baptist Church. He started preaching in 1970, and was ordained a Baptist minister on July 14, 1973. Bro. Estel was currently pastor at Rock Springs Baptist Church and New Haven Baptist Church, and over the years had pastored several churches throughout McCreary and Wayne Counties.
He married Ruth (Branscum) Jones on December 31, 1966. To this union were born 3 children. The couple made their home in McCreary County. Bro. Estel worked at Stearns Coal Company and retired from Parkland Motel. Upon retirement his favorite past time was reading the Bible and studying the Word of God. He enjoyed visiting and talking with people about the Bible, and while he was able he enjoyed gardening and farming.
Bro. Estel served in the United States Army during Vietnam from March 1968 through March 1970. He was a charter member and Chief of the West McCreary Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Jones; 2 daughters, Kay Keith and husband Tim and Teresa Coffey and husband, Mark; one son, Robert Edward Jones all of Stearns; grandchildren, Denise Keith, Ronnie Keith, Whitney Coffey and Wyatt Coffey; and an aunt, Hazel Jones of Stearns.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wilburn Stanley Jones.
Bro. Estel will be missed and remembered by a host of family and friends. We are comforted knowing that his Faith has ended in sight.
Funeral services were held at 11am Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the Rock Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Steven Jones and Bro. Stewart Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Rock Springs Cemetery. The family received friends after 6pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Lola Worley Jones, age 81 years, 10 months, and 2 days, of the Mountain View community went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Mountain View Baptist Church with Bro. Stuart Jones and Bro. Steve Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Ray Jones Cemetery at Mountain View.
She was born March 25, 1939 in Stearns to the late George W. Worley and Frona C. Coffey Worley. Lola was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church and attended Rock Springs Baptist Church. She retired from the McCreary County Board of Education after serving many years as a bus driver. Lola enjoyed gardening and sewing. She loved cooking for everybody and especially her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Homer Worley, and sister, Lona Gibson, and Carrie Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, Herstle M. Jones whom she married on August 29, 1963 four children, Vicky (Tyra) Weber, Patricia (Kenneth) Bray, Scotty (Valarie) Jones, and Herschel Jones, grandchildren, Leslie, Whitney, Megan, Rusty, Corey, Monica, Katherine, Jay, Chelsey, Conley, and Matthew, great grandchildren, Bryson, Blake, Lynnzee, Gracie, Andrew, and KC, brothers, Ronzo (Hazel) Worley, and Arnold (Shirley) Worley, sisters, Thelma (Kenneth) Jones, Evelyn Gibson, and Elsie (Bobby) Crisp, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lola Jones.

Calvin Leon Snyder, 66, of Kansas, Ohio died at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Tiffin, to Willard and Betty (Biller) Snyder on Sept. 23, 1954, and they both survive. He married Sharon Cole April 20, 2014, in Kentucky and she survives.
Other survivors include, two brothers, James (Bonnie) Snyder and Daniel Snyder, and a sister, Deborah (Steve) Weber all of Tiffin.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorsey and Irene Matthews, and Frank Biller.
Calvin was a 1973 Bettsville High School graduate. He retired from Concordance Health Care Solutions. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter, gardener, bee keeper and he loved spending time with his family.
There will be no visitation or funeral service at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Health-Tiffin Cancer Center.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419)447-3113.
To offer condolences to the family, go to: www.traunerofuneralhome.com

Pauline Sumner, age 73 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky, widow of Bob Sumner, died Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Staley officiating. The family will receive friends after 6pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the church.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Ralph Lee Worley, age 51 years, and 9 months, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at his residence in Russell Springs, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 29, 2021 in the chapel of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Cooper Cemetery.
He was born Sunday, April 27, 1969 in Oneida, Tennessee to Harlan Worley and Lora Brooks Worley. Ralph enjoyed writing and loved the Dukes of Hazard and The Incredible Hulk.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Harlan Lynn Worley, and three sisters, Jewelline Daniel, Freda Roy, and Rita Harvey.
Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Roy, a special nephew and caregiver, Brandon Roy, four nephews, and four nieces.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ralph Lee Worley.

Thomas Franklin Cox, 72, of Fayetteville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Continental Nursing Home.
He was an Army Veteran and proudly served in the Vietnam War. He loved coon hunting and basketball, but most of all, he loved his family.
Thomas was the beloved father of Tomi (Kevin) Tapley and stepfather of Danny White; proud grandfather of Mallory and Benjamin Tapley; dear friend of Rose Holt; brother of William Cox, Earl Cox, Elwanda Evans, Lily Cox, Anita Lewis, and Audrey Cox; uncle of many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Martha Mae (Neal) Cox; sisters, Hazel and Nancy.
A funeral service was held at 1pm on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home, 120 W. Main St., Blanchester, Ohio, where friends were received from 11am until the time of service.
Interment took place at Tipton Cemetery in Irvine, Kentucky.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Betty Jean Dixon, age 81 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died Monday, January 25, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky
She was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on April 20, 1939 the daughter of Ezra and Dora (King) Slaven. Betty was a homemaker, of the Baptist Faith, enjoyed word search puzzles, crafts, and going to the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center.
Her parents; brother, Lenville Slaven; sisters, Vella Agnes Slaven, Arlene Chitwood, Lorene Slaven, Thela Louise Slaven, Martha King, Flora Tabitha Slaven, Wanda Joyce Thompson, and Edna Bernice Daugherty; and son-in-law, Frank Buell precede her in death.
Survivors include her children, Anthony Slaven and Wife, Sheila of Strunk, Deborah Buell of Loyall, Kentucky, Wendell Steve Dixon and wife, Tammy of Pine Knot, Bill Dixon and wife, Theresa of Pine Knot, and Shannon Dixon of Pine Knot; sister-in-law, Barbara Slaven of Louisville; 18 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11am Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Josh Wilson Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Carol (Hamlin) Gilreath, age 72, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at her home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Born August 10, 1948, in Jellico, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Leatha (Ball) Hamlin. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister Fayrene Stephens.
Surviving family include her husband of 55 years, Stephen Gilreath, a son, Daran Gilreath (wife Janet) of Georgia, two daughters: Dara Gilreath Horton of Tennessee and Rhonda Gilreath Pippin (husband Don) of Georgia, three brothers: Ronald Hamlin (wife Shirley) of Pine Knot, Dale Hamlin of Pine Knot, and Dwayne Hamlin (wife Brenda) of Pine knot, three sisters: Nadean Murphy (husband Dean) of Pine Knot, Sandra Neal (husband Donald) of Pine Knot, and Charlotte King (husband Bill) of Pine Knot, one grandson, Stephen Dale Gilreath, a brother-in-law Ray Merrell Stephens of Pine Knot and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Carol was a homemaker and member of the Hayes Creek Church of God. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her flowers. She loved to cook and go camping and fishing.
Funeral services were held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2021, in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Loudermilk and Bro. Boyd Rowe officiating. Carol was laid to rest at the King Meadows Cemetery in Pine Knot on Tuesday morning at 10:00am.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ronald Godsey, age 63 years, of Winfield, Tennessee, husband of Sherri Godsey, died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Park West Medical Center.
Ronald was born in Oneida, Tennessee on February 25, 1957, the son of the late Goldman and Lillie Coffey Godsey. He was a self-employed carpenter and machinist. Ronald was a member of Pioneer Baptist Church. He was a prankster who enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, but his greatest joy was his family.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brothers; Edward Godsey, Melvin and wife Carolyn Godsey and an infant brother; Willard Godsey, sisters; Leona Dixon, Melva Ross and an infant sister; Stella Godsey, father-in-law; Robert Hasten, brother-in-law; Oliver Bryan Duncan, Donald Ross, Eugene Dixon, William Stephens and Rev. Albert Clark.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife Sherri of 33 years, daughter; Brittany Godsey and fiancé, Eric Rose of Lafayette, TN., son; Brennan Godsey of GA., brother; Arnold and wife Janice Godsey of Whitley City, sisters; Linda Stephens of Flatrock, KY., Della West of Glen Mary, TN., Velva Dean Clark of Muncie, IN., mother-in-law; Wanda Stephens of Winfield, TN., sister-in-law; Charlene Godsey of Stearns, KY., Crystal and husband Shelton Bertram of Robbins, TN., Shelley Duncan of Winfield, TN., brother-in-law; Anthony and wife Michelle Stephens of Winfield, TN., and several special nieces and nephews, he loved as his own children.
Funeral services for Ronald were1:00 PM on Monday, January 25, 2021 in the Chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Pastor David Chambers and brother William Chambers officiating. Music was provided by the Pioneer Baptist Church choir and Israel Clark. Burial followed in the Mt. View Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Ryder Alexander Hayes, 3 month old infant, was called to Heaven on January 21, 2021.
He was born on October 27, 2020 at Baptist Health in Corbin to his loving parents, David and Brooklyn (Stephens) Hayes. Ryder was the most loving and precious little baby. He had a beautiful soul that lit up many lives while here on earth.
Ryder is preceded in death by: great grandparents, Chester Hayes, Edna Hayes, Vestal Conatser, Royce Ridener; and grandfather, Tommy Ray Stephens.
He is survived by a large host of loving family, including: his parents, great grandparents, Maxine Conatser of Pine Knot, Charles R. Stephens of Pine Knot, Edna P. Stephens of Revelo, Robert and Brenda Cline of West Virginia, Elizabeth Ridener of Strunk; grandparents, Ray and Brenda Hayes of Pine Knot, Tonya Anderson of Pine Knot; uncles, Brandon and Ashley Hayes of Pine Knot, Matt and Emily Whitehead of Revelo, Kyle and Kelsey Anderson of Alaska, Brandi and Tina Stephens of Pine Knot; cousins, Jonah, Austin, Braylie, Nolan, Logan, Madison, Alison, Bryce, Chloe, Lucus, Halleigh; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:00pm at the Whitley City Church of God with Bro. Brandon Hayes officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Ryder Alexander Hayes with funeral arrangements.

Kimberly Justus Marlow age 57 of Stearns, Kentucky went to her Heavenly home on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born March 14, 1963 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Estel “Dick” Justus and Lola Jean (Vanover) Justus. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a special son, Tyler Robertson.
Surviving family include her husband of 34 years, Joseph Marlow: a son, Cole Marlow; a daughter, Madison Marlow: a brother, Tim Justus (wife, Ann) of Stearns; a sister, Brenda Carol Bailey (husband, Joel) of Trenton, Ohio; nieces, Tanna Justus, and Kristen Ballard (and Jason); and many others that called her “mom”.
Kim was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Before retirement, Kim was an educator for the McCreary County School District for 29 years. Teaching was her passion. She touched the lives of many children during her career and kept each child a special place in her heart. She enjoyed photography, cross stitching, reading, playing bingo, and spending time with those she loved most. She will be missed by all those who loved and knew her.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sewell officiating. Burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Rollie Sizemore age 83 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, January 19, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was the father of Randy Sizemore.
Per Rollie’s wishes, he will be cremated and laid to rest in the Locus Grove Cemetery in Keavy, Kentucky.
Rollie was born on March 21, 1937 in Keavy, Kentucky to the late Jesse Sizemore and Dallie (Baker) Sizemore. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Rita Taylor Smith age 91 of Eaton, Ohio, (formerly of Stearns, Kentucky) went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2020.
She was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on August 14, 1929 to her parents Jasper Taylor and Ona (Golden) Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hurstle I. Smith; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers.
Rita is survived by her 4 children, Donnie H. (Florence) Smith, Roger N. (Ann) Smith, Patricia Ann (John) Czeiszperger, and Robert H. (Pamela) Smith; brother, Larry Taylor; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great children.
Rita enjoyed sewing, canning, and cooking especially when she was younger. She even won several blue ribbons for her quilts. She was a member of the Farmersville Eastern Star. She was a good Christian mother and above all loved her kids and grandkids. “It’s shoutin’ time in Heaven”
Special thank you to Florence Smith for her loving care of Rita for the last few years.
Funeral services were held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Wallace “Wally” Bryan Sullivan, MD, 88, passed away October 15, 2020. Survived by his wife, Wynona (Ridener) Sullivan; daughters, Bambi Dawn Sullivan (Ken) Lee, Kelli (Kelly Vidana) Sullivan, Ashley (Leroy) Valdez, Allison (Jerry) Butkovich; son, Lad (Shelly) Sullivan; grandchildren, Josh (Emily) Sisneros, Fallon Vannoy, Jonpaul Ursick, Brittni Ursick, Bryan Butkovich, Amy (Adam) Shannon, Gentry Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Layla, James, Kayden, Jameson, Calleigh and Jethro. Preceded in death by his parents, Foster and Margarete Sullivan and brother, John T. Sullivan.
Wallace was born October 13, 1932, in Stearns, Kentucky. He graduated with his medical degree in 1964 from the University of Kentucky Medical School. In 1965, the Sullivan family moved to Pueblo, Colorado where Wallace served as the base physician at the Pueblo Army Depot. Wallace began his family medicine practice in Pueblo in 1968 and served at Parkview Medical Center for the next 48 years before retiring in 2010.
An avid Kentucky Wildcat fan, Wallace’s love of college basketball would find him listening to his UK Cats just about anywhere he could find a radio signal to hear the game. You could always find him at the YMCA bright and early every morning to get in a work out before making rounds at the hospital. On Thursdays he would walk the grounds of his favorite hotel, The Broadmoor, and then hike at Glen Eyrie Castle or the Garden of the Gods in the afternoon. His family affectionately called him “The Gardener” as he loved tending to the property of the family home, building numerous trails to walk and gardens to visit.
Wallace was a mentor to many and will be greatly missed. His love for God, family, friends, patients and community were evident to all that knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated and may be made to the Pueblo YMCA, 3200 E. Spaulding Ave., Pueblo, CO 81008 or Care and Share of Southern Colorado, 100 Greenhorn Dr., Pueblo, CO 81004. A memorial celebration of Wallace’s life will be held at a future time. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

Sister Nancy Sutton (Sister Mary Terence), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry, passed away on January 24, 2021, at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. Born on October 15, 1930, of the late Charles Edward and Florence Catherine (Quinn) Sutton, Sister Nancy entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1949, celebrating her Profession of Vows on August 24, 1955. At the time of her death, she was 90 years of age and in her 72nd year of Religious Life.
Sister Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Diocesan Sisters College, West Hartford, and a Master of Science from Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Her studies also included advanced work in Administration/Supervision at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Sister spent several years teaching at various Catholic schools in all three Connecticut Dioceses before being named principal at St. Francis Xavier school in Waterbury. While at St. Francis Xavier, Sister Nancy accepted an invitation to be the Waterbury Federal Funding Committee of Administrators Association’s chairperson.
Responding to an inner call to immerse herself in direct ministry with the poor, Sister Nancy moved to Whitley City, Kentucky, in 1974 and helped create a new Sisters of St. Joseph mission, one that continues today at the hands of capable laypeople. Along with other community members who were teachers and nurses (affectionately named the ‘Catholic Ladies’), Sister Nancy helped establish Good Shepherd Chapel for local parishioners. Also created were a food pantry and a secondhand clothing store in an offshoot room of the Chapel known as ‘Lord and Taylor’s’ (named for the Chapel and the last name of the woman who ran the store). Eventually, a healthcare clinic became part of the Good Shepherd endeavor. Many trips navigated through the ‘hollers’ of the McCreary County to serve neighbors who found it difficult to get to the clinic. Sister Nancy taught courses at McCreary County College and started GED classes in a room in the convent for McCreary County’s families. Well-respected as an innovative educator, she eventually invited to be a Board Member of the Mental Health Association of Lake Cumberland, KY, the Christian Care Center, and the McCreary County Housing Development. In 1985, Sister Nancy was the recipient of the Peace and Justice Award of Louisville, KY.
Always one to champion the others’ needs, Sister Nancy called upon friends in Darien, CT, and in other parts of the country on her ‘mission days up north’ to raise awareness and funds for those whose homes needed repairs or a complete overhaul. Over the years, with funds and large groups of summer adult, high school, and college volunteers, Sister Nancy and her crew built more than 38 houses in the County, keeping new owners supplied with whatever was needed to make a house into a real family home. As of her passing, two more homes are in different construction stages, a testament to the mission she instilled in others to serve the least among them. Christmas at Good Shepherd Chapel was a well-loved event in the parish, with children receiving new clothes and toys provided by local parishioners, other parishes, and volunteers.
A dedicated missionary at heart, her love for all returned to her through the good wishes expressed by her students, friends, and parishioners as she left Good Shepherd. Sister Nancy’s generosity of time, energy, and spirit were hallmarks of her mission. While leaving Whitley City was not her choice, her health began to challenge her boundless energy and she realized it was time to let others take over the mission. She returned to the Provincial House in West Hartford, never relinquishing her need to keep up with her many Kentucky friends. Her keen mind and quick wit served her well as she engaged in intense card playing with her religious sisters. A contagious laugh belied her presence wherever she was. The Sisters of St. Joseph would like to thank the administration and staff at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor for their kind and compassionate care given to Sister Nancy in her declining years.
In addition to her Sisters in Community, Sister Nancy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary M. and Vincent M. Cunningham, a niece, Kelly Spangler and her family of Maine, and her nephew, Mark Cunningham and his family. She is predeceased by her brother, Charles Quinn Sutton, her twin baby sisters, and a nephew, Kevin Sutton.
Due to the current COVID-19 health conditions and restrictions, a simple graveside service will take place Thursday, January 28, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Mask-wearing and social distancing will be maintained. The celebration of Sister Nancy Sutton’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a memorial donation to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Office of Mission Advancement, 650 Willard Avenue, Newington, CT 06111. Fisette-Batzner Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington, has care of the arrangements.

Ellis Ray Taylor, age 72 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, January 12, 20221 at the Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tennessee.
He was born in London, Kentucky on January 7, 1949 the son of Ellis and Arizona Taylor. Ellis was a truck driver and had served his country in the US Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing and watching TV.
His parents precede him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Jared Petty of Pine Knot and Troy Taylor; daughter Nicole; and sisters, Carol, Kathy, and Mary.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, Kentucky with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 115 of Stearns, Kentucky.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ralph Worley, age 51, son of Harlan and Lora Brooks Worley passed away Wednesday at his home in Russell Springs and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Cooper Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11:00 am Friday at the funeral home
The CDC requests that all guests wear masks and practice social distancing.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph Worley.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Patricia Ann (Martin) Baker, age 68 years, and 8 days, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Patricia was born on Saturday, January 3, 1953 in Jellico, Tennessee to Robert Martin and Betty (Smith) Martin Clouse. She was of the Christian faith, more specifically, Church of God. She enjoyed shopping and cross stitching. Patricia loved her family deeply, as she could commonly be found sitting on the porch with her mother, sister, or just spending time with her grandchildren.
Her father precedes her in death.
Patricia is survived by a large host of loving family, including: her mother, Betty; her sister, Loraine Stephens, her daughters, Tonia Martin (husband Tom), of Loxahatchee, Florida, Melissa Eberwine (husband Scott), of Oxford, Ohio, Michelle Gregston, of Hamilton, Ohio, Bridget Stevens (husband Terry), of Oneida, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Katie, Tommy, Timmy, Kelli, Emily, Gregory, Elizabeth, Gracelyn, Taylor, Jonathon, Ben; two great-grandchildren, Remington, Roxanne; and two special nieces, Sharon Neal, and Stacey Boyatt.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Woods officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Willard “Bill” Crabtree age 80 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Signature Health of McCreary.
He was born May 9, 1940 in Mud Cut, Kentucky to the late Crit Crabtree and Mary Bell (Kidd) Crabtree. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Margie “Faye” (Richmond) Crabtree; an infant daughter, Pamela Dawn Crabtree; an infant granddaughter, Lillyann; brothers, Ernest, Chester, Walter, and Frank Crabtree; 2 infant brothers; and sisters, Dory Crabtree, Nory West, and Irene Burkes.
Surviving family include his sons, Kenneth Lee Crabtree, Michael Willard Crabtree, Jeffery Lawrence Crabtree of Pine Knot, and Mark Wayne Crabtree (wife, Jennifer) of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; sisters, Maxine Crabtree of Oneida, Tennessee, Lorene Phillips of Stearns, Kentucky; grandchildren, Gidget, Cody, Kendra, Courtney, Chelsea, Stephanie, Shelby, Marcus, Heaven, Justin, Kyle, Kaitlyn, and Kacie; and 26 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Bill was a heavy equipment operator for 40+ years, first in the coal strips and later in logging. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially riding his four-wheeler. Bill loved spending time with his friends and family. He always enjoyed playing the guitar and singing for them. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service was held at graveside on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Crabtree Family Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Sandra L. Hickman, age 67 years, of Stearns, Kentucky died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 11, 1953 the daughter of George and Ethel (King) Crabtree. Sandy had worked for OVC, the Cumberland Manor and was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove United Baptist Church.
Her parents; and brother, Don Crabtree precede her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Georgia Troxell, Becky Waters (Todd), Judy Dople (Charlie), and Amanda Renfro (Jake); special nephew/son, Donald Crabtree (Carol); sister, Shirley Quick (Kenny); brothers, Jim Crabtree (Linda), David Crabtree and Rick Crabtree; grandchildren, Bree and Josh Sumner, Matthew Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Madison King, Harley and Justin Hawn, Jordan and Ricky Triplett, Taylor and Derrick Barnett, Morgan G. and Rodney Winchester, Whitlee Waters, Erica King, Aaron and Rachel King, Charlie Renee Dople, Dalton Troxell, Logan Grundy, Samuel Renfro, Kaylee Renfro, and Marci Renfro; 12 great grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11am Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Fultz officiating. Burial followed in the Sandhill Cemetery. The family received friends after 10am Saturday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made in her memory to the funeral home to help with expenses.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Darrell K. Hollars, age 67 years, of the Beech Grove Community, died Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Wayne County, Kentucky on September 19, 1953 the son of Glen and Ruth (Duncan) Hollars. Darrell had worked for the McCreary County Road Department, attended the Old Beech Grove Baptist Church, and enjoyed drag racing, and fixing cars.
His parents precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Joan (Gibson) Hollars; daughter, Carrie Perry and husband, Gary of Stearns; brothers, Jimmy Hollars and wife, Barbara and Donald Hollars and wife, Deborah both of Monticello; sister, Glenda Winchester and husband, Roger of Stearns; grandchildren, Preston Shoopman and wife, Rhonda and Trevor Perry; and great grandchildren, Collin Shoopman and Joseph Shoopman.
Graveside services were held 3pm Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Hollars Family Cemetery with Bro. Rufus Hughes officiating.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Leroy McKee age 78 years, 1 month, and 4 days of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday, January 15, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Beulah Heights Kentucky on December 11, 1942 to the late Steve Jr. McKee and Pauline (Lynch) McKee.
Leroy was a United States Air Force Veteran, having served his country in the Vietnam War. After his service in the US. Air Force, he returned home and worked 32 years for the United States Forest Service at the Pine Knot Job Corps. Leroy also was a businessman in McCreary County; he once owned a cabinet shop In Whitley City and McKee Country Kitchen in Revelo. Leroy also had numerous retinal properties.
Brother Leroy was a member of Walkers Chapel Baptist Church where he and his wife, Della and son Brian, attended regularly. Leroy also served his duty in many organizations in the county. He was a past Commander of the American Legion Post #115 in Stearns Kentucky, a member of the OLEKA Shriners, and belonged to the Greenwood Masonic Lodge #903, being a thirty-five-year member of the Masonic Order.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Larry and Eddie.
Survivors include his loving spouse of 49 years, Della Mae (Perry) McKee of Stearns; daughters, Sherry Sims (Justin) of Marshes Siding, Kentucky and Kathy King (Othel) of Stearns; a son, Brian McKee also of Stearns; a sister, Diane Stephens of Beulah Heights; sisters-in-Law Carolyn McKee of Corbin, Kentucky and Joan McKee of Pine Knot, Kentucky;
Also surviving are grandchildren, Ashley Corder Bruce (Josh), Allison Corder Hamlin (Craig), Christopher King (Kellie), Cody King (Yasmine), Spencer and Connor Sims; and Great-Grandchildren, Kallen and Avery Bruce, Makeena and Miles Hamlin, Waylon Heath, Ivan Vanover, Easton and Rylee King.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Fletcher and Bro. Daren Kidd officiating. Leroy was entombed in his mausoleum at the Pine Knot Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 115.
Serving as pallbearers were Damon Stevens, James Taylor, Terry McKee, Ronnie Meadows, Ivan Vanover, Spencer Sims, and Connor Sims.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Ron Meadows, age 75 years, 10 months, and 14 days, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021, at his residence in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery at 1:00 pm with Bro. George Allen Coffey officiating.
He was born Wednesday, February 21, 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky to Bill Meadows and Myrtle Black Meadows. Ron was a retired security officer for Kentucky Community and Technical College System at the McCreary Campus. He enjoyed taking rides through the mountains and nature. Ron loved history, genealogy, and visiting old cemeteries.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a daughter, Melissa Meadows, and a half-brother, Wendell Meadows.
Survivors include three sons, Matt Meadows, Jonathan Meadows, and Brian Lee Meadows, two daughters, Nancy Bolin, and Rhonda Dishman, four brothers, Billy Meadows, and wife Glenna, Jerry Meadows, and wife Karen, Jack Meadows, and Scott Meadows, five sisters, Faye Byrd, and husband Jr., Sharon Kidd, and husband Melvin, Debbie Perry, and husband J.C., Pat Stephens, and Lisa Meadows, three half-brothers, Bobby Meadows, John Meadows, and Tommy Meadows, one half-sister, Jessie Lovett, and husband Randall, and several grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ron Meadows.

Lois Bell Sewell, age 92 years, 9 months, and 27 days, of Whitley City, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Signature Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pine Knot and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral Services were held Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Sewell and Bro. Mike Casada officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
She was born March 19, 1928 in Wayne County to Marion Bell and Nancy Jane Ross Bell. Lois was a member of the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church and was very active as long as she was able to be. She was the personification of the Proverbs 31 woman in everything she did for her family. Lois was a very strong woman and loved caring for her late husband and her children, teaching them about Jesus and her love for Him and His love for them. She enjoyed quilting in her spare time and gardening.
Preceding her in death were her father, Marion Bell, her mother, Nancy Jane Bell Phipps, her stepfather, Ephraim Phipps, her husband, Elby Sewell, whom she married December 7, 1945, brothers, Vernon Bell and Arnold Bell, sisters, Velma Gregory, Clona Black, Beulah Edwards, Sylvia Winchester, and Kay Crisp, and a grandchild.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Sewell and his wife, Kaye, of Pine Knot, and Rev. Mark Sewell and his wife, Sherry, of Whitley City, a daughter, Marilyn Casada and her husband, Roger, of Greenwood, brothers, Doyle Bell and his wife, Lavonne, of Eaton, Indiana and Andrew Phipps and his wife, Shirlene, of Muncie, Indiana, six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Lois Bell Sewell.

Rita Taylor Smith age 91 of Eaton, Ohio, (formerly of Stearns, Kentucky) went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2020. She was the widow of Hurstle Smith.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday after 10:00 am until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Charles Gary Strunk, age 74 years, 6 months and 10 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Doris M. Lanning Strunk, died Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Charles was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on June 16, 1946 the son of the late Earl and Gracie Strunk. He had worked as an electrician and served his Country in the US Army, was a member of American Legion, VFW and Am Vets.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brother; James D. Strunk and sister; Lois Donovan.
Survivors include his wife; Doris, son; Charles Strunk and wife Lisha of Cincinnati, Ohio, and step-daughter; Marlene and husband Danny Young of Whitley City, Kentucky, and 4 grandchildren.
Per his wishes, cremation was chosen.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Sherri Lynn Wright age 60 of Stearns, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
She was born March 21, 1960 to Carrol Nelson and Lois (King) Nelson Carter. Upon the early passing of Carroll, Sherri was raised by the man she knew as her father, Phillip Carter.
Her parents precede her in death.
Surviving family include her husband, Daniel Wright, whom she married on October 7, 1978; sons, Daniel Wright (and Lainie) and Joshua Wright, both of Stearns; brothers, Chip Nelson and Matt Carter; sisters, Tammy Nelson and Carolyn Hagy; grandsons, Logan and Nathanial Wright; and special friends, Rhonda and Tracy.
Sherri was a member of the Flat Rock Baptist Church. She enjoyed attending reenactments at Camp Wildcat, where she also volunteered to work to continue these reenactments. Sherri also enjoyed being home, caring for her flower gardens, floating and swimming in the pool, and cooking. She especially enjoyed baking desserts. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Per Sherri’s wishes, she will be cremated. Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation on Monday after 12:00 pm until service time at the funeral home.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Edward Reed Yancey, age 60 years, of the Day Ridge Community, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on October 29, 1960 the son of Arvell Reed and Cassie Geraldine (Owens) Yancey. Edward was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, an avid fan of Dodge vehicles, and loved to fish.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Christopher Yancey; and sister, Debbie Yancey.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann (Keith) Yancey; daughters, Ashely Yancey of London, Kentucky and Jessica Yancey of Toledo, Ohio; step-sons, Jesse Parks of Cincinnati and Dillon Parks of Indiana; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Owens Family Cemetery. The family received friends after 11am Sunday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Wilda Irene Burchfield, age 93 years and 12 days, of Strunk, Kentucky passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Private funeral services were held Thursday, January 7, 2021, in the Josh Wilson Cemetery with Bro. Norman Burke officiating.
Irene was born December 24, 1927 in Strunk, Kentucky to Maynard Daugherty and Essie Strunk Daugherty. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. She was a very talented potter who made and sold beautiful hand thrown pottery through Kentucky Hills Industries. Irene enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and homemaking. She loved spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Travis Burchfield whom she married December 27, 1946 in Rossville Georgia, a son, Garry Dean Burchfield, her daughter, Donna Foster, a brother, Lenville Daugherty, a sister, Agnes Daugherty, and sisters-in-law, Bernice Daugherty and Beatrice Daugherty.
Survivors include sons, David Burchfield and his wife, Diane, and Freddie Burchfield, both of Strunk, a son-in-law, Haskell Foster of Winfield, a brother, Aaron Daugherty, grandchildren, Davy Burchfield and his wife, Mikki, Treresa White and her husband, Tony, and Travis Crabtree and his wife, Linda, and great grandchildren, Daniel and Hannah Burchfield, and Matthew, Josh, and Kassidy White.
Irene will be missed by so many people who loved her.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Irene Burchfield.

Harold Dean Chinn, age 84 left his earthly home in Speedwell to enter into his heavenly home and woke in the arms of Jesus on January 8th, 2021. He was born in Revelo, Kentucky on May 11th, 1936 to the late Thurman and Exie Chinn.
Harold was employed for 31 years at General Motors and retired in 1996. He went on to buy the Pro-Angler Shop, where he still worked and ran at the time of his home going. Harold worked six days a week and encountered many people both saved and unsaved. Any time you would go into the Pro-Angler you would find him reading his bible and concentrating on God’s Word. Harold has witnessed to many people and prayed with numerous people right there at that cash register, in the place he loved so dearly, The Pro-Angler Shop. There was never a time that a child would come into the store that they didn’t leave without bubble gum, candy, or a lollipop. When those same children would return to the shop, there was an expectation of that same treat. You see, Harold was saved on February 23, 1986 and he became a new man in Christ. The salvation he received made him have a love for others and to let God’s light shine through him. He was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in which he had a great part in building.
In addition to his parents, Harold is preceded in death by his brother, Duel Chinn; his sisters, Delores Dalynis, Geneva Crawford, and Wanda Ping; his infant granddaughter, Blake Kinsler.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Joann Chinn of Speedwell; sons, Tim Chinn and wife Rene of Elgin, Illinois, and Darrell Chinn and wife Faith of Cadiz, Kentucky; daughters, Dottie Cordle of Nashville, Janet Leist and husband, Joe of Cincinnati, and Jennifer McGhee of LaFollette; brother, Richard Chinn and wife Shirley of Oak Ridge; sister, Nina Amenta of Louisville, Kentucky; grandsons, Justin, Dylan, Jacob, Matthew, Luke, and John; granddaughters, Tiffany, Hope, Jasmine, and Jaden; four great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family received friends from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at Liberty Baptist Church in Speedwell. The funeral service for Harold was on Friday, January 15th at 11:00 A.M. at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Russell, Rev. Kemit Phillips, his son Rev. Tim Chinn, and his son, Darrell Chinn officiating. Harold’s interment followed at Liberty Cemetery in Speedwell.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Liberty Baptist Church, 1843 Doaks Creek Road, Speedwell, Tennessee 37870.
Obituary courtesy of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Dillon Skyler Creekmore, infant son of Codie Creekmore and Sandra Crabtree, died January 2, 2021 at the Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.
He was born in Corbin, Kentucky on January 2, 2021.
His grandmother, Lois Crabtree precedes him in death.
Survivors include his parents, Codie Creekmore and Sandra Crabtree both of Pine Knot; grandparents, Michael Crabtree of Stearns, Jesse Creekmore of Pine Knot, and Kimberly Greene of Pine Knot; uncles and aunts, Mikey Crabtree of Pine Knot, Timothy Crabtree of Mt. Vernon; Wayne Casada of Stearns, Grace Stephens of Whitley City, Sandra and Carolyn King both of Stearns, and Dominic Crabtree and kids.
Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Teresa Lynn Collins, age 47 years, of Somerset, Kentucky, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida TN.
Teresa was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 17, 1973 the daughter of Danny Collins and Joyce Taylor. She had worked as a machine operator for Outdoor Venture Corporation in Stearns, KY.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandmother, Lois Collins; brother, Jeremy Collins; and sister, Lisa Collins.
Survivors include her son, Eric Bryant of LaGrange, Kentucky; daughters, Brittany and husband Jordan Meadows of Somerset, Kentucky, and Heather and husband Christopher Pendery also of Somerset, Kentucky; brothers, Shannon Kidd, Jesse Hargis, Dylan Collins and Chris Collins; sisters, Hannah Morgan, Tammy Coffey, Dana McCullough and Crystal Collins; and several grandchildren.
Burial was in the Higginbotham Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Chester (Harold) Douglas, formerly of Revelo, KY, age 77, born May 30, 1943, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at his home in Mossy Head, FL. Harold was the son of the late Phillip and Lois (Davis) Douglas. Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Brenda (Wilson) Douglas. He was survived by four children: Melissa Ricketts, Shawn Douglas, Josh Douglas, and Alex Douglas; seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren: six siblings, Roger Douglas, Edna Stephens, Don Douglas, Mary Douglas, Roy Douglas, and Carl Ned Douglas; and a special friend and neighbor DeAlba Fausto. He was a retired Diesel Mechanic/HVAC Technician of the US Air Force, having served two hitches in the Vietnam Conflict as well as tours in Alaska. There was no formal funeral service, only viewing for the family and friends at the Heritage Funeral Home, Panama City FL on December 22, 2020 at 1PM; cremation followed and burial at a later date.

Dorothy Lay age 76 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on January 6, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin, Kentucky. She is survived by her husband, Orvilee Lay, whom she married on August 25, 1962.
She was born on November 16, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Henry Leroy McVay and Mary Isabelle (Fulton). In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Mark Alan Lay, a sister Louise Malone, and one grandson.
Surviving family include her husband Orvilee Lay of Pine Knot, son Daniel Lay and wife Amy Meadors of Pine Knot, daughters Maranda Soard of Louisville, Carla Strunk and husband James of Strunk, and Elizabeth Lay of Pine Knot, a brother Jerry Manz and wife Penny of Springfield, Ohio, and a sister Sandra Bayne of Springfield, Ohio. She also had 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren
Dorothy was a member of the Davis Hill church of God. She loved working with her hands, sewing, crocheting, quilting, and anything else she could find. She loved and enjoyed being with her family.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Clay Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Creek Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Ray Neal, age 83 years, 1 month, and 10 days, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
Graveside services were held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the Neal Family Cemetery in Stearns, Kentucky.
He was born Wednesday, November 24, 1937 in Stearns, Kentucky to Anthony Neal and Fannie Morton Neal. Ray was a retired welder from Lear-Siegler. He attended Stearns Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed making replica native American artifacts, fishing, hunting, flowers, and gardening. He loved tinkering and working on lawn mowers.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and daughter, Rhonda Carol Reynolds.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Neal, four sons, Carson Neal, and wife Ruthie, Randy Neal, and wife, Martha Jill, Nick Neal, and wife, Jamie, and Willie East, one daughter, Francina Sparks, and three grandchildren, Gwen, Leann, and Fiona.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ray Neal.

Charles Gary Strunk, age 74 years, 6 months and 10 days, of Whitley City, Kentucky, husband of Doris M. Lanning Strunk, died Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Charles was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on June 16, 1946 the son of the late Earl and Gracie Strunk. He had worked as an electrician and served his Country in the US Army, was a member of American Legion, VFW and Am Vets.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brother; James D. Strunk and sister; Lois Donovan.
Survivors include his wife; Doris, son; Charles Strunk and wife Lisha of Cincinnati, Ohio, and step-daughter; Marlene and husband Danny Young of Whitley City, Kentucky, and 4 grandchildren.
Per his wishes, cremation was chosen.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Barbara Vanover, age 58 years, of the Sawyer Community, widow of Francis Vanover, died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on April 17, 1962 the daughter of Lincoln and Flora (Spradlin) Campbell. Barbara was a homemaker and enjoyed her flower gardening.
Her parents; husband, Francis Vanover; and sister, Naydean Vanover precede her in death.
Survivors include her son, Steven Vanover and wife, Amanda of Parkers Lake; daughter, Brittany Ridner and husband, Estle of Parkers Lake; brothers, Darrell Campbell and Harold Campbell both of Whitley City, and Kenneth Campbell of Parkers Lake; sister, Doris Ridner of Parkers Lake; grandchildren, Jachob Vanover, Adrian Vanover, Lydia Vanover, Aubri Vanover, and Cassedi Ridner.
Graveside services were held 11am Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Taylor Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Martha Dean Thomas, age 70, of Whitley City, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2020, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Martha was born on April 28, 1950, in Somerset, daughter of late Walter Thomas and Louise Thomas-Garrett. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Cumberland College, in Williamsburg, and taught in the McCreary County School System. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitley City. Martha loved tending her flowers, playing with her animals and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Jody Dugger, of Whitley City; her brother, John Thomas (and Junko), of Shiloh, Illinois; her sisters, Shellah Warner, of Hartford City, Indiana, Jan Chaney (and Mike), of Pine Knot, and Brenda Shelley (and David), of Stearns; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Martha in death are her parents; her brother, Jimmy Thomas; her brother-in-law, Ralph “Sonny” Warner; and her mother and father-in-law, Peggy and Gene Dugger.
A Celebration of the Life of Martha Dean Thomas will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Protection League of McCreary County, P.O. Box 284, Stearns, KY 42647 or call 606-354-3647.
You may view the obituary and send condolences to the family at www.somersetundertaking.com
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Roger Dale Watson, age 72 years, of Marshes Siding, Kentucky, died January 4, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky on September 29, 1948 the son of Elbert and Nancy (Loudermilk) Watson. Roger had worked as a coal miner and was of the Church of God faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delena Faye (Spradlin) Watson; brothers, Delmer Pete Watson, Lloyd Don Watson, James Watson, Roy Watson, David Watson, Henry Watson, and 2 infants; sisters, Mary Daugherty, Wilma Allen, Barbara Vanover, Nancy Watson, and Evelyn Otten.
Survivors include his sons, Jerry Watson of Mt. Vernon, and Samuel Crabtree of London; daughters, Rhonda Perry of Marshes Siding, and Deloris Dunn of Irvine; brother, Gorman “Bunt” Watson of Marshes Siding; sister, Debra Stephens of Marshes Siding; grandchildren, Carley Perry, Dewayne Crabtree, Samantha Crabtree, Brandon Perry, Cody Perry, Tabitha Dunn, Jacob Dunn, Taylor Farrow, and Wyatt Farrow; and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Friday, January 8, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Corder officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Eddie Ray “Trader” Waters, age 64 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky died January 2, 2021 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Jellico, Tennessee on December 24, 1956 the son of Hollis Waters and Lora Mae (Slaven) Waters. Eddie had worked as a car salesman, enjoyed working on mowers, 4-wheeling, and hot rods.
His parents; step father, Dewey Davis; and brothers, Hollis Waters, and Danny Wilson precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa (Phillips) Waters of Pine Knot; sons, Cody Waters and wife, Miranda, Dustin Wilson, Michael Lyons, Rocky Martin, and James Martin all of Pine Knot; daughters, Tammy Longmire of Tennessee and Venise Cornett of London; sister, Cassie Hardwick of Pine Knot; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Spradlin officiating. Burial followed in the Waters-Davis Cemetery.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Willard “Will” Williams Jr., age 63 years, and 13 days, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at his residence in Stearns, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky.
He was born December 23, 1957 in Jackson, Kentucky to Willard Williams Sr. and Rose McIntosh Morris. Willard had very strong faith, loved the Lord, and carried his Bible with him as he travelled around the country. As a youth, Will enlisted in the Army. He made his living as a trim and finish carpenter and was excellent at his craft. He loved fishing and the ocean. Throughout Will’s life, he travelled in search of adventures. He panned gold in California, worked fiberglass on yachts, and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed cooking and was a great cook. Will was eager to learn and enjoyed watching the Discovery and History channels. He had a kind heart and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand.
Preceding him in death were his parents and other loved ones.
Survivors include the many family and friends who loved him dearly including Eugenia Jones, his caregiver and best friend.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Willard “Will” Williams Jr.

Edward Reed Yancey, age 60 years, of the Day Ridge Community, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on October 29, 1960 the son of Arvell Reed and Cassie Geraldine (Owens) Yancey. Edward was a member of the Day Ridge United Baptist Church, an avid fan of Dodge vehicles, and loved to fish.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Christopher Yancey; and sister, Debbie Yancey.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann (Keith) Yancey; daughters, Ashely Yancey of London, Kentucky and Jessica Yancey of Toledo, Ohio; step-sons, Jesse Parks of Cincinnati and Dillon Parks of Indiana; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1pm Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Alan Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Owens Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Sunday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Patricia Ann Martin Baker, age 68, of Strunk, Kentucky, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:00pm EST in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Daniel Woods officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation after 12:00pm EST on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the services and will be in the Pine Knot Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be printed in the next issue of The Voice.

Sidney Wayne Bell age 66 of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, December 25, 2020 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida, Tennessee.
He was born June 5, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Ernest S. Bell and Rosie Lee (Moore) Bell. In addition to his parents, Sidney is preceded in death by his brother, Michael “Mike” Bell.
Surviving family include his children, Donnie Wayne Bell (Regina Walker) of Pine Knot, Kentucky and Misty Lynn Stephens (Larry) of Strunk, Kentucky; brothers, Gary Bell (Rosie) and Robert Bell (Beth) of Ohio; a sister, Brenda Bryant of Williamsburg, Kentucky; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 special nieces; and Sidney’s longtime companion, Karen Lee Ellis.
Sidney enjoyed playing cards, especially poker. In past time he had worked in construction building log homes. Sidney took much pride in caring for his home, always keeping a clean house and a home cooked meal on the table. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral service were held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Chitwood Cemetery in Winfield, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to assist with remaining funeral expense.
Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Edsel Ford Blevins, one McCreary County’s most beloved citizens, passed away on Thursday December 31, 2020 at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm graveside at the Blevins-Kidd Cemetery on Peters Mountain.
Edsel was born November 12, 1937 in Bell Farm, Kentucky, to Birdell and Arzona (Kidd) Blevins. He was the last of three children born to his parents, a daughter, Betsy Jane Blevins, and son, Warren Harding Blevins, died in infancy. Edsel remained close to his parents and devoted his life to caring for them. The years rolled by and Edsel never married.
Edsel was the custodian at Smithtown School for many years and was loved by the students and faculty alike. He was always quick with an encouraging word, a hug, a joke or a novelty song. A renowned old time banjo picker, Edsel also spent many years with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway in Stearns, Kentucky as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador for the community. November 5, 2010 was proclaimed Edsel Blevins week in his beloved McCreary County.
Edsel was a devout Christian, and often travelled seven nights per week to play music in church services. He played for several gospel groups over the years and also played on the Friday Night Frolic on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thanks to the efforts of his many friends, Edsel was given the opportunity to share his talent and banjo style with other area musicians and popular venues in the area. Notably, the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his vast contributions to old time music.
Edsel leaves a legacy of music, friendship, service to others and a wonderful example of what it really means to be a Christian.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Edsel Blevins.

Wanda Lou Braden, age 72 years, 6 months, and 24 days of Pine Knot, Kentucky passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Somerset, Kentucky and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm at the Bethel Cemetery.
She was born May 23, 1948 in Parkers Lake to Raymond and Maxine Davis. Wanda was a member of the Upper Marsh Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed going to church and visiting with her church family. She loved birdwatching and was always mindful to keep her bird feeders full. In her spare time, Wanda enjoyed word search puzzles and listening to bluegrass gospel music. The thing she most enjoyed was spending time with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Lois.
Survivors include her husband, J.D. Braden, whom she married June 10, 1967, sons, Tim Braden and his wife, Christine, of Whitley City and Allen Braden of Pine Knot, daughters, Regina Smith and her husband, John, of Winfield and Pamela Dick and her husband, Bobby, of Bronston, a brother, Eddie Davis of Somerset, sisters, Anna Keith of Somerset, Lana Helton and her husband, Pete, Carol Wood and her husband, Gene, and Norma Swegman, all of Indiana, eleven grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Wanda Braden.

Johnny Lee Coffey, age 33 years, of the Rattlesnake Ridge Community, died Monday, December 28, 2020 at the UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 8, 1987 the son of Randle and Josephine (Gregory) Coffey. Johnny had worked as a carpenter, was a member of the Hilltop Baptist Church, and enjoyed working as a mechanic and on electronics.
His mother precedes him in death.
Survivors include his father, Randle Coffey; son, Connor Lee Barnett Coffey of Pine Knot; daughter, Carlena Faith Barnettie Barnett Coffey of Pine Knot; fiancé, Robin Roberts of Stearns; brothers, Randy Allen Coffey (Gloria) of Stearns, sisters, Loretta Kaye Clark (Israel) of Stearns, Rebecca Lynn King (Charles) of Burnside, and Jeanette Coffey of Dayton, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Israel Clark, Felicia Clark, Isaac Clark, Hazel Clark, Raesean Dowell, Summer Dowell, Raeahna Dowell, Charles King, Jr. Charles King III, Brooke King, Jamie King, Richard King, Leia King, Erica King, Lydia Davis, Elaina King, Coleman Coffey, Chelsey Coffey, Huntleigh Swain, Damon Coffey, Kyle Coffey, Riley Coffey, Clark Bryant, Ellamae Bryant, Tyson Bryant, and Xavier Potter.
Funeral services were held 1pm Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. George Coffey officiating. Burial followed in the Sherd Dobbs Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 11am Saturday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Shirley Crabtree, age 71 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, died Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.
She was born in Marshes Siding, Kentucky the daughter of Thurston and Zora (Waters) Whitehead. Shirley was a homemaker, enjoyed painting, cooking, sewing, crocheting, gardening, but most especially her family.
Her parents; husband, Minister Andy LD Crabtree; a brother and sister precede her in death.
Survivors include her children, Ricky Allen Crabtree and wife, Lisa of Strunk, Beverly Sue (Crabtree) Risner and husband Larry of Stearns, and Andy Paul Crabtree and wife Debbie of Stearns; grandchildren, Michkel Don Anderson and wife Jennifer, Justin Matthew Crabtree, Tony Allen Crabtree, Cassondra Kay (Anderson) Corder and husband Andy, Kaylee Lashea Crabtree, and Cynthia Renee Crabtree; great grandchildren, Haiely Dawn Anderson, Weston David Crabtree, James Andrew Corder, Justin and Raylon Anderson, Bree West, Andi Crabtree, Allison Corder, and Enslee Crabtree; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held 1pm Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the McCreary County Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery. The family will received friends after 12pm Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

Gregory Alan Dobbs age 38 of Stearns, Kentucky, passed from this life on Friday, December 25, 2020 at his home.
He was born January 1, 1982 in Springfield, Illinois to the late Donald Lee Dobbs and Connie Sue (Dennis) Dobbs. In addition to his parents, Gregory is preceded in death by his brother, Jason Dobbs.
Surviving family include his wife, Amanda (Watson) Dobbs and their children, Tristan Alan Dobbs and Jacob Andrew Dobbs; a brother, Richard Brian Dobbs (Carol); sisters, Melissa King (Bryan) and Vicki Dobbs, all of Stearns, Kentucky; and 7 very special nieces and nephews.
Gregory had worked as a butcher for Earl Anderson’s Grocery as well as IGA and Save-A-Lot. He also enjoyed carpentry work, having worked for Monticello Flooring as well. In his spare time, Gregory enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on Chevrolet Trucks. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Rufus Hughes and Bro. Delmus Watson officiating. Burial followed in the Corder Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with remaining funeral expenses.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Bobby Carl Hamlin, age 85 years, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, died January 3, 2021 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.
He was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on March 11, 1935 the son of Oscar and Dorothy Darlene (Roundtree) Hamlin. Bob and wife, Joan, helped to build the South Pine Knot Church of God. Bob had become a member of the East Pine Knot Tabernacle Church of God on July 1, 2018. In the past, he had been an equipment operator for the Gatliff Coal Company and had also worked for the Sunshine Biscuit Company. Bob was a member of the Lincoln-Mercury Club in Detroit, loved fishing, socializing, and attending church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Joan (Bledsoe) Hamlin; son, Randall Wayne “Randy” Hamlin; brothers, Donald Hamlin and Raymond Hamlin; and a granddaughter, Traci Lyn Hamlin Adkins.
Survivors include his brother, Eddie Hamlin of Williamsburg; grandchildren, Michael Hamlin of Williamsburg and Jamie Todd Hamlin (Tiffany) of Pine Knot; and great grandchildren, Cade, Allie, Kendall, and Kolton
Funeral services were held at 12:00 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. William Kilby officiating. Burial followed in the Bledsoe Cemetery in Pennington Gap, Virginia. home. Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family of Bobby Carl Hamlin.

James Lowell “Buddy” Jones, age 82 years, 2 months and 19 days, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Tenova Health Care in Knoxville, Tennessee and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Anderson and Bro. James Upchurch officiating. Burial was in the McCreary Memorial Gardens.
He was born Sunday, September 27, 1938, in Whitley City, Kentucky to Henry Jones and Linda (Foster)Jones. After graduating high school, Buddy served in the US Navy from 1955 until 1959. He had worked as a dorm supervisor for Pine Knot Job Corps before his retirement. Buddy was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing, yard work and watching TV.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson James Tucker, and three brothers, Ken Jones, Foster Jones and Wiley Jones. Survivors include his daughter, Regina Weber, and husband, Chris, grandchildren, Joshua and Haley, and four sisters, Eula Duncan, Peggy Lair, Barbara Sanders and Shirley McCloskey.
Buddy left a lifetime of memories to enjoy and find comfort in.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Buddy Jones.

Ralph Delynn Jones, age 82 years, 3 months, and 10 days, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany Indiana and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Saturday, January 2, 2021, in the Jones Cemetery in Strunk, Kentucky, with Bro. Braxton King officiating.
Ralph, born September 14, 1938 in Revelo Kentucky, was one of nine children born to George Dewey and Crecy Jane (Ryan) Jones, both deceased. He was born in to a quickly changing world. His two older brothers entered WWII when he was four and two older sisters left for nurses training at almost the same time. The world was just settling down in 1950 when his father suddenly died in a coal mining accident and Ralph, age 14, saw everything change again. He graduated from high school and moved to Indianapolis where a sister was living and went to work for Chevrolet, retiring after 30 years. Ralph loved the outdoors, exploring the mysteries that were waiting for him. He loved to fish, hunt, and tell big stories about his adventures. It did not matter if he was in the hills of Kentucky, or out west in New Mexico, there was always a story to tell with that sly grin of his. Ralph enjoyed entertaining his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews with his animal calls and big bear stories. He never met a stranger and will be missed by all who knew him.
Brothers who preceded him in death are James, Carl, Dale and Roland Jones and a sister, Juanita (Jones) Griffing.
He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 48 years, two daughters Kimberly Brooks and Elizabeth Ann Gulock (husband Jim), two sons Gregory (wife Kristen) and David (wife Linda), four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He is also survived by a brother Paul Jones and two sisters, Genevieve Nettles, Geneve Lawson, sister in laws Cordelia and Janet Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Ralph Delynn Jones.

Delmer Lay age 95 of the Holly Hill Community passed from this life on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Williamsburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on December 4, 1925 in Creekmore, Kentucky to the late George and Clema (Gilreath) Lay. Delmer was married to the late Etta (Weaver) Lay on April 10, 1955. Born to this union were their children, Joy Ball and husband, Rick, of Holly Hill, Delmer Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Derrick Lay of Holly Hill and longtime companion, Angela Flynn and her daughter, Kristen Owens and granddaughters, Peyson Rae and Emery Jayne Owens, Jonathan Lay and wife, Teresa of Holly Hill, and Alecia Stephens and husband, Jason, also of Holly Hill; and 6 grandchildren, Palace Stephens, Jon Jon, Joshua, Emma, Josiah, and Abby Lay.
Delmer is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Lillian Lay of Cincinnati, Ohio, Vivian Murray of Lafollette, Tennessee, and Lola Benge of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by brothers, Boyd and Lowell Lay; and sisters, Nina Baird, Almereen Tower, and Bonnie Jean Jones.
Delmer hauled cars in his early years and then drove a coal truck for many years, while also farming. He was a heavy equipment operator in the Strip Pits till 1976. He was a strong man of faith and was highly respected. Delmer was saved in 1957 and was baptized by Rev. Ledford Perry. He attended Hayes Creek Church of God faithfully throughout his life, training up his children in church. Delmer would mention the Lord to nearly everyone he met. He lived a life of hard work and always willing to pray for anyone. He will be greatly missed, but we rejoice that one day, we will be reunited with him again in paradise.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Hayes Creek Church of God. Delmer was laid to rest at the T. Chitwood Cemetery.
Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Mallie Murphy
Mallie Murphy, age 84 years, 11 months, and 2 days, of Winfield, Tennessee, wife of Jackie Murphy, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020 and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
She was born January 23, 1936 in Manchester, Kentucky, to Albert Craft and Emma Clark Craft. In keeping with her wishes she was cremated.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, a son, Jackie Murphy Jr., and all but two of her siblings.
Survivors include her husband, Jackie Murphy, sisters, Georgia and Ollie, and grandchildren, Cameron Murphy, Brodie Murphy, and Jacklyn Murphy Wilson.
The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mallie Murphy.

Wanda Faye Owens, age 81, 4 months and 28 days, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset and was placed in the care of Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Coffey officiating. Burial was in the Owens Family Cemetery.
She was born July 19, 1939 in KayJay, Kentucky, to Edward Yancey and Cana (Vanover) Yancey. She met and later married Silas Owens on December 24, 1959 and made their home together and raised a family. Wanda was of the Baptist faith, and enjoyed raising a big garden for as long as she was able. But most of all, she loved caring for and spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death