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In the December 20, 2018 issue

Geneva Ball age 78 of Williamsburg, Kentucky, passed from this life on Monday December 17, 2018 at her home.

In keeping of Mrs. Geneva’s wishes, her services were privately held.

She was born January 22, 1940 in Oneida, Tennessee to the late, Bill Wright and Seva Shepherd Wright. Geneva is also preceded in death by her busband, Bobby C. Ball and a sister, Angie Wright.

Surviving family include her children, Lloyd Allen Chambers and wife, Kathy, of Carlis, Ohio, Patricia Witt of Wiliamsburg, Kentucky, and Diana Kay Bell and husband, Bill, of Walterboro, South Carolina; grandchildren, Bobby Witt, Travis Witt and wife, Megan, Joshua Bell, Courtney Bell, Jessica Stine and husband, Steve; and great-granchildren, Noah, Elizabeth, Edward, Cadyn, Stephen, Leah, Liam, and Ethan.

Pine Knot Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.


Thelma  Joyce Watters Gibson age 57 years, 9 months, and 29 days, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in Somerset, Kentucky.

She was born February  13, 1961 to Sidney Watters and Freida  Davis  Watters in Jellico, Tennessee. Thelma enjoyed social media, garage sales, bingo, her cat, Squeaky, and spending time with her beloved family.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Megan Gibson, and a sister, Brenda Watters.

Those left to cherish her memory include brothers, Ruben Watters and his wife, Brenda, of Hazard, Kentucky, Billy Ray Watters and his wife, Carolyn, of Pine Knot, Roy Lee Watters and his wife, Kathy, of Whitley City, and Bruce Watters of Stearns, sisters, Anna Ruth Chitwood of Revelo, Carolyn Davis and her husband, Johnny, of Grainger, Indiana, Patty Wyatt and her husband, Mike, of Stearns, and Lucille Watters of Revelo, and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday December 15, 2018 at the Hickman – Strunk Funeral Home at 1:00 PM with Bro. William Kilby officiating.

Hickman – Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Thelma Gibson.


Nannie Lee “Nancy” Murphy, age 83 years and 6 days, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in Pine Knot, Kentucky.

She was born December 6, 1935 in Pine Knot to the Ed Joseph Kidd and Martha Anderson Kidd.   Nancy was always a very active woman and enjoyed many jobs throughout the years.  She was employed at Ben Franklin and owned and operated the Western Auto with her dear husband, Clell, for about five years.  She was an aide in the reading lab at Revelo Elementary before teaching preschool for over twenty years.   During the summer and continuing after her retirement, she worked at the Big South Fork Railway.  She was also a loyal member of Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church doing everything from Janitor to Sunday School teacher, and had been a member longer than anyone else in the church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Clell Murphy, son, Randall Murphy, brother, Bernard Kidd, sisters, Ada Stephens, Beulah Joyce Lowe, and Sadie Cordell.

Those left to cherish her memory include, a daughter, Sheila Slaven and her husband, Anthony, grandchildren, Brittany Branscum and her husband, Josh, and Brandon Slaven and his wife, Sarah, and great – grandchildren, Emme, Elle, Esse, Evve, Brooklyn, and Breanna.

Funeral services were held Sunday December 16, 2018 at the Lower Hickory Grove Baptist Church at 1:00pm with Bro. Mark Sewell and Bro. Gary Honeycutt officiating burial was in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Hickman – Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nancy Murphy.


Nora Kathrine Murphy, age 82 years, died Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Baptist Health of Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky.

She was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on September 16, 1936 the daughter of the late Travis Finley and Martha Jane (Taylor) Bruce. Nora was a homemaker, member of the Sandhill United Baptist Church, Laurel Heights Chapter #288 Order of the Eastern Star, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward “Toad” Murphy; brothers, Ray Bruce and Curtis Bruce, sister, Pauline King; father of her children, Gene Jones; and grandson, Jason Bartley.

Survivors include her sons, David Gene Jones and wife, Janice of Whitley City, and Ronnie Alan Jones and wife, Mary Ann of Stearns; daughters, Brenda Bartley and husband, Bill and Beverly Branscum and husband, Alvin both of Stearns; sister Dorothy Thomas of Cincinnati, grandchildren, Season Bartley, Ben and Jennifer Branscum, Allison Jones, Jamey Jones, Amy Bray, Kaitlyn and Tyler Stephens, Nicole, Brian, Tasha, Tyler, and Kayla; 17 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 1pm in the McCreary County Funeral Home with Rev. Rufus Hughes officiating. Burial followed in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. Eastern Star Service were Tuesday at 7:30pm.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Mickey Shane Stephens age 42 of Pine Knot, Kentucky, son of Garner and Kathy (Wilson) Stephens, passed from this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Burnside, Kentucky.

Mickey is survived by his son, Logan Cade Anderson, his daughter, Madison Shay Stephens, brothers, Michael Montgomery and wife Brandy of Pine Knot, Brad and wife JoJo Stephens of Whitley City, and Roy William Stephens of Lexington, sister, Genell Jeffers and husband Darron of Oneida, TN, along with several nieces and nephews.  He had two special aunts, Denisa Hamlin and Catherine Daugherty.

He loved his kids and family, he loved family reunions and especially auctioneering for them.   He had a love for all sports and at one time coached elementary basketball.  He enjoyed being in the woods and outdoors and became a timber cutter and a licensed lumber grader by trade.  He enjoyed stock markets, farming and had a love for animals.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Marty Douglas officiating. Burial followed in the Silerville Cemetery.

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


James D. Tucker, age 32, son of Ricky Dean Tucker and Regina Jones Weber, passed from this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky.   He was born in Somerset, Kentucky on January 15, 1986.

James worked in the deli at Kroger for many years, he was on the Deans list the two years he attended Cumberland College.

James is survived by his parents Ricky and Shonda Tucker of Strunk, KY.,  and Regina Jones Weber and husband Louis of Burnside, KY., wife, Kasie Phelps Tucker of Whitley City, her parents James & Etta Phelps, son, Blake Cameron Phelps-Tucker, step-son, Aaron Phelps of Whitley City, KY., brother, Joshua Derrick Tucker, sister, Haley Shanen Tucker both of Whitley City, KY., maternal grand-parents, James “Buddy” Jones of Jellico, TN and Shelba Watters of Whitley City, many aunts, uncles and cousins along with special friend Terry Rice.

He is proceeded in death by his paternal grand-parents, Clyde and Gladys Keith Tucker.

James enjoyed music and video games, but spending time with his family was most important to him.

Funeral for James was Tuesday in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home at 12:00 pm with Brother Eddie King and Damon Stevens officiating and burial followed in the Strunk Yancey cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


Martha Ellen Wyatt, age 76 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Baptist Health Corbin.

She was born October 11, 1942 the daughter of the late Harold Wyatt and Ethel Martin Wyatt.  Martha was employed at the Shirt Factory in Stearns, KY., as a machine operator.  She was a member of the Whitley City Church of God.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brothers, Jim, Roy and Carl Wyatt, sisters, Norma Lee Maxey and Betty Lou Perry.

Survivors include her brother Lawrence Wyatt of Whitley City, sisters, Gladys Atkins of Bean Station, TN., Judy Chitwood and husband John of Marshes Siding, KY., Wanda Roberts and husband Mike, Mary Jean Troxell, Francis Terry, and Brenda Wyatt all of Whitley City, KY.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 1pm in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Dixon and Bro. Josh Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the Barren Fork Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements

Judy Crabtree age 72 years, 3 months, and 5 days passed away Tuesday October 23, 2018 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Madison, Indiana.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday October 27, 2018 at the Hickman – Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Jacob Ratliff officiating, Burial was in the Murray Wilson C


She was born July 18, 1946 to Claude and Lydia ( Goodman ) Crabtree in Stearns, Kentucky.  Judy was a lifelong member of the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church, she enjoyed reading, and crafts.

Preceding her in death were her parents, sisters, Vera Welker, Jeanette Fulton, Linda King, Ruby Crabtree, Stella Crabtree, and Nellie Burtschy, brothers, Claude Crabtree JR., Sam Crabtree, Charlie Crabtree, Luther Crabtree, Sherman Crabtree, and Russell Crabtree.

Those left to cherish her  memory include  brother Hearley  and wife Martha Crabtree of Frankfort, and sister Anna Jane Hamlin of Corbin.

Hickman – Strunk Funeral Home was Honored to serve the family of Judy Crabtree.


Anna Marie Clark, age 18 years, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Oneida, Tennessee on January 8, 2000. Anna was a student at the McCreary Central High School, a member of the Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church. She loved coloring, drawing, balloons, swinging, playing with her stroller and her 3 wheel bicycle, eating popcorn and her bouncing on her trampoline.

Her grandfather, Rev. John Gray precedes her in death.

Survivors include her grandmother, Cleda Gray; mother and stepfather, Mary Ann and Larry Bruce; sister, Kalie Clark; step-sisters, Lydia and Crystal Bruce all of Pine Knot; favorite aunts, Cindy Strunk and husband, Leo of Helenwood, Tennessee, Rosetta Waters and husband, Jim and Nancy Clark both of Pine Knot; uncle

Chris Neal of Strunk; cousins, Ashley Huckelby of Knoxville, Tennessee, Lenzie Morgan of Sunbright, TN.,  and Cody Neal and wife, Megan of Strunk, Kentucky; also her church family and numerous other friends.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7pm in the chapel of the Pine Knot Funeral Home.  A private burial will be held Sunday at the Kilby Memorial Gardens.

Pine Knot Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Denvil Lee King age 62 of Strunk, Kentucky passed from this life on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born November 30, 1955 in McCreary County, Kentucky to the late Chester King and Gladys (Davis) King.

In addition to his parents, Denvil is preceded in death by his brothers, Don, Gene, Ronnie, and Arnold King and sisters, Patsy Worley, Sue Chitwood, Patricia “Sissy” Heath, and Shirley Chambers.

Surviving family include his son, Gabriel King of Strunk; Chessie King of Tennessee, Mattie King of Somerset, Kentucky, and Christian King of Virginia; brothers, Charles King (Imogene) of Strunk, Lynn King (Darla) of Pine Knot; sisters, Kathy Crabtree (Richard) of Winfield, Tennessee, Gail King of Bronston, Gwenna Byrd (Anthony) of Oneida, Tennessee.

Denvil was a member of the Mt. Pleasant United Baptist Church. He enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with his family. Denvil also enjoyed watching Westerns on television.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Rafferty. Burial is to follow in the Silerville Cemetery.

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

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



“Hello, I’m Larry Morgan and I’m a Church of God Christian.”  This is the greeting received by many many people upon meeting Larry Andrew Morgan.

Larry Andrew Morgan, 83, left this world October 27, 2018; he entered those pearly gates of heaven at 2:05.  Larry lived his entire life with this one moment in mind—to meet his heavenly father and be reunited with loved ones gone before him.  Some of those include his parents, Reverend Oscar and Cevil Morgan who gave him life on July 14, 1935; his devoted wife and the mother of his 8 children, Toni Vee Craig Morgan whom he married on February 6, 1960; his daughter Sarah Amelia Morgan; his brother Ralph Morgan; nephew Timothy Smith; great grand-daughter Kylee Ladonn Strunk, and numerous cousins, grandparents and friends.

Larry followed in his father’s footsteps and was an insurance salesman for Life & Casualty for 25 years.  He left there and worked with the Ross-Shepherd Insurance Agency for numerous years, and then went back to Life & Casualty where he retired from in 1997. As in insurance salesman, he made 1,000s of friends, many of whom treated him like family.  He has sat down at the dinner table with countless people in McCreary County, as well as Scott County, Tn.  Larry and his wife also owned a couple businesses in the 80’s, such as a game room and most notably Uncle Roy’s Chicken.  After ‘retirement’, Larry worked at LeSportsac, Gregory’s Sawmill, and delivered newspapers for the McCreary County Record (13 years).

Larry was a devoted Christian and lived a life that he hoped would always portray Godly love to everyone he met.  He was a member of East Stearns … in his recent years in McCreary County, he had attended Whitley City Church of God; but he always considered his ‘home’ church to be East Pine Knot Tabernacle.  He also attended Hayes Creek Church of God, where his father pastored, for several years.    Larry LOVED to sing about the Lord, and was a member of the Hayes Creek Quartet.

Larry is survived by his sons Stewart Andrew Morgan (Kimberly), Lexington, Ky; Jon Morgan (Tammy Howard), Revelo, Ky; Larry Craig Morgan, Stone Mountain, Ga; Joshua Timothy Morgan (Santanna), Pine Knot, Ky. Daughters Jennifer Camille Morgan Lay (Delmer, Jr.), Georgetown, Ky; Rachel Lynn Morgan, Lexington, Ky; and Sunni Danielle Morgan, Georgetown, Ky.  Surviving grandchildren include: Tyler Morgan, Lauren Morgan Jones (Cameron), Haley Dawn Morgan; Jeremy Morgan, Jena Cook; Benjamin Strunk, Zachary Strunk (Haley); Hannah Morgan;  Easton Morgan, Case Gunner Morgan; Ameliah Dayson, Paislee Dayson. Surviving great grandchildren Elijah Reed Strunk, Raelynn Strunk, Jaylynn Cook, Bentley Cook, Jacob Morgan.

Larry’s surviving siblings include Clyde Morgan (Pat), Chattanooga, Tn; Jim Morgan, Pine Knot, Ky; Doris Morgan (Pine Knot, Ky); Norma Rachel Smith (Harold), Somerset, Ky.

Larry A Morgan will be laid to rest alongside his wife and parents at T Chitwood Cemetery in Pine Knot, Ky. Funeral services were Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12 at East Pine Knot Tabernacle. Reverend Bruce Dixon and William Kilby officiating.

As Larry would say, “May the good Lord bless you.”

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.



Timothy Wayne Snyder II, age 37, son of Timothy W. Snyder and Teresa Manning Strunk, companion of Maria Ball passed away on Wednesday, October 24th at University of

Tennessee Medical Center.   He was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on July 1, 1981.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Sadie Crabtree Snyder, Reba Cox Manning and Earl Manning, and his stepfather, Tom Strunk.

Timothy is survived by his companion, Maria Ball of Stearns, KY., father, Timothy W. Snyder and wife Lois of Whitley City, KY., mother, Teresa Strunk of Stearns, KY., children, Hayden Xavier Snyder, Holden Xander Snyder, Haven Xayliah Snyder and expected son, Henson Xaine Snyder all of Stearns, KY., grandpa, Arnold Snyder, step-brothers, Chad and wife Samantha Meadows of Strunk, KY., Travis and wife Amanda Strunk of Stearns, KY., and Jonathon and wife Angie Strunk also of Stearns, KY., numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Timothy was a of the Baptist faith, he enjoyed camping, drawing, but most of all he treasured spending time with his kids.  Per his wishes, Timothy will be cremated.

Memorial services were held Sunday, October 28, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the services of Timothy Wayne Snyder II.



Justin Wade Vanover, age 38.  He was born in Lexington, Kentucky on October 9, 1980 to Patricia and Doug Vanover.  He departed from this life on October 23, 2018.

Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Clifford and Virginia West, Alonzo and Annabelle Vanover and nephew Keelyn Birchfield.

Justin is survived by his wife, Jennifer and his children, Ivan Vanover, Mercy and Avery Vanover, his parents, Patricia Vanover and Doug and Wanda Vanover, sisters, Tammie (Steven) Johnson, Jenny Ann (Billy) Correll, Laura Jo Vanover (Chad Birchfield) , step-brother, Shane (Gwen) Gibson, step-sister, Shedara (Richard) Somers, nieces and nephews, Holden and Brystol Birchfield, Keirstyn and Hayley Correll and Gavin Catron, and a very special friend, Ronnie Meadows, several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends which he loved very much.

Justin was a member of White Oak Junction United Baptist Church.

Justin never met a stranger, he was witty, could see good in everyone and he had a heart of gold.

Pallbearers for Justin are, Mark Byrd, Jimmie Ross, Dale Byrd, Christopher Ross, Darian West, Daniel West, Ivan Vanover, Ronnie Meadows and Joshua Sharp.

Visitation was Friday, October 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the chapel of the McCreary County Funeral Home with Brothers, Kyle Burchett and John Duvall Jr. officiating.  Funeral service were Saturday, October 27 at 1 pm with burial followed in the Angel Cemetery.

McCreary County Funeral Home is entrusted with the services of Justin Wade Vanover.

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