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New Salem Association
Old Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ
Held at New Salem Association Building
Minnie, Floyd County Kentucky
September 27, 28, 29, 1996

Submitted by Wilma Bates Thomas

Transcribed by Gloria Marcum

Adkins, Evan Dewey ~ In loving memory of a dear husband and father, Evan Dewey Adkins. He was born November 3, 1924 and passed away March 21, 1996, making his stay on earth 71 years, 4 months, and 18 days. He was bora at Galveston, Ky. to the late Willie and Nancy Jane Akers Adkins. He was a retired coal miner and construction worker. He was a World War II veteran and received the American Theater, EAME Theater with four Bronze stars-good conduct and victory medal while serving his country. He joined the Pilgrim's Home Old Regular Baptist Church at Grethel. He was never baptized because of his illness. He loved to hear the Regular Baptist Ministers preach and sing. His favorite song was, "Gone Away With A Friend. " On March 1, 1946, he married Goldie Evans Adkins. We spent fifty happy years together and were as close as two people could be. We have eight children, Girdell, George, Phillip Dale, Earl, Clara Lou, Michael, Mary Ann, and Patty Sue. He was a loving father and was always there when his children needed him. He always enjoyed sitting on the porch and visiting with family and friends. He never met a stranger. When he got sick his neighbors, friends, and church members all visited every chance they got. His family was always so good about staying with him. The family always made sure someone was with him at all times. He was well-liked by all who knew him. Besides his wife and children, he leaves 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, one brother, Lee Adkins of Napponee, Indiana, two sisters, Minnie Rogers of Harold, Ky., and Melba Macabee of Michigan, and a host of family and friends to mourn his passing. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Daddy we all love and miss you so much. Written by his broken hearted wife

Akers, Grand Davis ~ Grant Davis Akers, son of the late James Akers and Nancy Tackett Akers was born March 28,1932, and deceased Sept. 26,1996. His stay on earth was 64 years 5 months and 29 days. He was married to Wanda Lee Hall on April 29, 1952 at the home of her parents Cleveland and Virchus Hall, by Elder Mahlon Burke all of Jonancy, Ky. To this union were born two daughters, Lou Ann and Sheryl Kaye. Grant leaves to mourn his loss his loving and devoted wife, Wanda; one daughter, Lou Ann Bentley, and her husband, Herbert Bentley; one granddaughter, Tara Ann Burke, and her husband David Burke; one grandson, Christopher Bentley, and one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Ann Burke. She was a special rose in his life. His daughter, Sheryl, preceded him in death. He also leaves four brothers who will miss him: Dewey, Luther, Charlie, and Otis, all of Dorton, Ky; one brother, Noah, preceded him in death. He leaves two sisters, Lucille Estep of Dorton, Ky. and Gladys Carico of Fort Blackmore, Virginia. Three sisters have preceded him in death. They were Romadale Bennett, Lissie Flanary, and Nicie Younce. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. At birth in 1932 he was welcomed by natural parents, but much more important than that was his birth some time before he joined the Old Union Church of Regular Baptist on September 10, 1983. We feel he was welcomed by Jesus and all the saints of Heaven. He was a member of Little Robinson Creek Church of Old Regular Baptist when he deceased. Written by his family

Akers, Laura ~ With much sadness and broken heart that we try to write an obituary of our beloved mother, Laura Akers. She was born November 13, 1912 at Grethel, Ky. She was the daughter of Solman and Mary Hamilton Akers. Later in life she met and married Carl Akers also of Grethel and to this union were born five children: Hugh Winston Akers of Grethel, KY., Janet Sue Spears of Southpoint, Ohio, Eugene, Carlos, and Lowell Keith all of Harold, Ky.. She also leaves behind two brothers Andy Akers of Jackson, Ohio, Lee Akers of Grethel, Ky., and four sisters, Sally Frasure of Flatwoods, Ky., Francis Hamilton of Ashland, Ohio, Annie Keathly of Morehead, Ky, and Vickie Martin of Benbrook, TX, and she also leaves behind nine grand children and thirteen great grand children. Laura (Mom) joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the third Sunday in August,1968, was baptized by Elders Milford Adams and Aurther Hamilton. She took her membership at the Pilgrims Home Church were she was a faithful member until her death. There is a vacant seat at the Pilgrims Home Church, but not in our heart for this beloved sister and mother. Mom showed us how much she loved us and we know that she would want us to love and to take care of each other now that she is gone. To many friends and relatives we say to remember the word in revelations 21:4 "and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." We believe, Mom, you rest in peace because of the person you were. Written by her children

Akers, Virginia Faye ~ With the help of the Lord and a heavy heart, we will write this obituary of our beloved sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Virginia Faye Akers, a homemaker, was born in Pike County, Kentucky, July 25,1948, the daughter of Walter Wright of Dorton and the late Betty Quesenberry Wright. Jenny joined the Caney Creek Old Regular Baptist Church in March of 1980, and remained a faithful member until her death. She passed this life on November 29, 1995, making her stay on earth 47 years, 4 months, and 4 days. She was married January 18, 1969 to Bruce Akers and to this union were born one son, Walter Thomas Akers, and two daughters, Cathy Sue Akers and Lucy Renee Akers, who preceded her in death in 1976. Jenny is survived by her husband, Bruce Akers of Caney; her son, Walter Thomas Akers; and her daughter, Cathy Sue Akers; two granddaughters, Lauren Nicole McDaniel and Bethany Paige Akers, all of the home; her father, Walter Wright of Dorton; one brother, Bobby Wright of Dorton; seven sisters: Mary Helen Redmond of Austin, TX; Minerva Lou Brown of Harlan, Ky.; Dorothy Lee Ray of Wyandotte, Michigan; Betty Christine Thacker of Dorton; Mona Gaye Harley of Robinson Creek; Connie Garcia of Austin, TX; Linda Lou Fields of Perrysburg, Ohio and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Jenny was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a friend to young and old alike. She was always caring and sacrificed herself to help others. Her light shone so brightly and in her death shines brighter still. She left a light in the window and piled up a few stones along tjhe way to guide her loved ones home. Though our hearts are broken and our eyes are filled with tears, we truly believe she's with her mother and her daughter, Lucy in Heaven. Surely our loss is Heaven's gain. We miss her So much and hope to meet again some glad and glorious morning, resting in peace. Written by her broken-hearted family. We love you, Jenny

Alexander, Dolly Marie ~ With saddened hearts we will, with the help of the Lord and our family try to write this obituary of our dear mother. Dolly Marie Alexander was born in Adams County on August 31, 1928 and passed from this life on May 25, 1996 at her home after a long illness, making her stay on this earth 67 years, 8 months and 24 days. She was preceded in death by her father, Oren Talbert Blair; her mother Glenna Marie (Case) Bartlett; her husband, Carl Alexander; her sister, Mary Dorothy Blair; and her brother, William Edward Blair. She is also survived by four children: William Tong of Lynchburg, OH, Randy Tong of Port William, OH; Roger Tong of Peebles OH; and Sue Bosier of Hillsboro, OH; two brothers, Oren Blair Jr. of Elmville OH; and Gene Bartlett of Martinsville, OH.; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Mom was always so active and enjoyed life to its fullest. When Mom would be playing with the grandchildren she was as one of them, always full of energy and vitality. Mom was a very good-hearted lady, who knew no strangers, and fed everybody who walked in her house. Mom was not a selfish person and she always worried about everyone but herself. But then Mom was stricken with cancer. Before she had her operation I had one of the most serious talks with her. I asked her that if her life would end that night, where would her eternal home be? Heaven or Hell? She said that she had been praying and knew that her home in Heaven was a better home to go to when she left this old sinful world. After this, our conversations were always on Jesus and how Heaven would be when she got there. Every time the family would gather together, she always wanted us to sing her some old songs of Zion and hold prayer. This past year I became closer to Mom than I ever have. Mom told us she wanted to see us all in Heaven someday. We know that she has gone home to be with Jesus, and she will be loved and missed by all. Some have said if God ever put an angel here, it was Dolly.

Amburgey, Cora Mullins ~ Cora was born February 21, 1931. She departed this life April 26, 1996, making her stay here on earth 65 years, 2 months and 3 days. Cora was born in the home of the late Herman Mullins and Callie Stacy Mullins. Early in life she met and married John D. Amburgey, who preceded her in death 11 years ago. To this union were born 6 children, 1 son - Alonzo Amburgey, Indianapolis, IN and 5 daughters - Law ana Thornsberry, Redfox, KY., Jonnie Dale Wright, Isom, KY, Martha Amburgey, Mallie, KY, Betty Lou Thornsberry, Raven, KY and Mona Wakesha Sammons, Jeremiah, KY. Cora had 7 grandchildren whom she loved So much. Cora is also survived by 3 brothers and 7 sisters. Cora was so good to help take care of her loved ones. When they would get sick, she was always there to take care of them. She would leave her home to go and take care of other people. Cora has lived a lonely life since J.D.'s passing away. Her children have always been so good to visit and help all they could. Cora was always an easy-going woman. She always had a smile for everyone she met. Cora never believed in anything fancy. She was plain and old-fashioned. She reminds me of the virtuous woman the Bible speaks about. She was just a genuine person. Cora never did join any church but by the life she lived and the love she had for everybody she gives us reason to think she is in Heaven today. Her soul is resting around the throne of God waiting for the redemption of the body. I would like to say to her children that, if you want to see Mommy again, you will have to fall out with sin while you live here on earth. If Mommy could speak back to you, she would tell you that she is safe at home where she doesn't have to suffer any more. Be good to one another and meet Mommy in Heaven where we won't have to part anymore.  Written by a brother in law, Oliver Mullins

Bates, Clarence ~ When I was first asked to write the obituary of my granddaddy, Clarence Bates, I wasn't sure I'd be able to. But with tears in my eyes and love and fond memories in my heart, I'll do my best. Granddaddy was born on April 20, 1901 to Joseph and Mary Alice Vanover Bates. He died on July 23,1996 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. His stay on this earth was 95 years, 3 months and 3 days. He leaves behind to mourn his death, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Hollis and Georgia Bates of Pinetop, Ky and Landis Douglas and Judy Bates of Garrettsville, OH. Also five daughters and three sons-in-law, Beulah Slone of Munster, IN, Cornelia Baker of Pinetop, KY, Wilma Jean and Winford Thomas of Cundiff, KY, Olma Faye, Robert Pratt, Eula Fern and L.C. Slone, all of Pinetop, KY; and one sister, Flara Thornsberry of Melvin, KY. Granddaddy also leaves 35 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 7 great- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorthea Mullins Bates and two sons, Willis and Philis Ray Bates. To everyone he met he was "Granddaddy." His overalls, his flowers, his apple trees and his honey bees were his most prized possessions. Some time ago, Granddaddy professed that the Lord had saved him and I feel in my heart that he is in Heaven.  Written by his granddaughter, Lana Slonem, for the family.

Bates, Jimmy Darrell ~ Jimmy was the first of eleven children, born to Greeley and Verna Wright Bates. He was born at Millstone, KY, January 11,1946. He moved with his family to Winchester, Indiana in the winter of 1963. He and brother Paul were taking Daddy to work, when they were struck by a drunk driver, on June 7,1965. Jimmy passed from this life on June 9,1965 at Randolph County Hospital, in Winchester, IN. He was survived by his parents, as well as four grandparents-Elder Andy and Zettie Johnson Bates of Roxana KY and Willie and Ardelia Sanders Wright of Thorton, KY; six brothers: Paul Eugene, of United States Marine Corp., John Morgan, Danny Wayne, Greeley Junior, Tommy Kaye Kermit; four sisters: Geneva Gail, Dewana Vondale, Fleda Delana and Fernie June, all of IN; as well as a host of uncles, aunts and cousins. and Charles Winchester.

Bates, Tommy Kaye ~ Tommy was the seventh of eleven children born to Greeley and Verna Wright Bates. He was born in Whitesburg, KY on April 16, 1957. He moved with his family to Winchester, IN, in the winter of 1963. After a year long battle with colon cancer, Tommy passed from this life, on July 17, 1996, at Randolph County Hospital, in Winchester, IN. He was preceded in death by three grandparents: Elder Andy Bates of Roxana, KY, Willie and Ardelia Sanders Wright of Thorton KY. He was survived by his parents, as well as one grandparent, Zettie Johnson Bates. Also surviving are five brothers: Paul Eugene of Nashville IN; Johnny Morgan of Portland, IN; Danny Wayne, Greeley Junior and Charles Kermit, all of Winchester, IN; four sisters: Geneva Gail Berry, Dewana Vondale Feltis, Fleda Delana Sexton and Fernie June Hall, all of Winchester, IN; four brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; nineteen nieces and nephews; fourteen great-nieces and nephews; and an abundant number of uncles, aunts and cousins. Above you have read the obituaries of two of our brothers. The simple words written here can never give expression to how much we loved and will miss them. It has been a great comfort to our brokenhearted parents to know that three months before his death Tommy gave his life to God. Also, I would like to note that after Jimmy's death, Mommy had a dream; she was sitting on the porch and Jimmy came down in front of her, his feet didn't touch the earth. She reached to hug him near her but was stopped when he said, "Don't touch me, Mommy I ain't been to the Lord yet." God tells us many things through our dreams and it is our hearts' biggest hope that Jimmy is resting with Tommy at God's feet. Written by their loving sisters.

Bates, Vence ~ With the help of the Lord I will try to write the obituary of my beloved husband, Vence Bates. He was born June 25,1920 in Knott County, Kentucky, the son of the late Wilson and Zettie (Hall) Bates. He departed this life here on earth July 5, 1996, making his stay here on earth 76 years and ten days. Vence and I were united in marriage April 1, 1944. Unto this union four children were born: one daughter, Ruby Joyce Kendrick of Melvin Kentucky; three sons: Fossil Bates of Zionsville Indiana, Roland Bates of Omaha, Nebraska; and Larry Bates of Greenwood, Indiana. Also left to mourn his departure are nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward Bates of Middletown Ohio, and James Bates of Dry Creek, Kentucky; two sisters, Edna Hunt of Jeffersoville Indiana, and Ollie Mosley of Topmost, Kentucky . My husband had many friends. He loved all who knew him. He helped anybody he could who was in need. He had a deep love for children. I miss him so much. I loved him with all my heart. Sometimes I think I can't go on with out him. Vence lived eight months after the doctors told him he had cancer. He endured his illness well. Vence was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, he was a faithful member of Local Union 5899 for over fifty years. He also was a member of the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. He joined the Church on Feb. 27, 1996 and was baptized that day. I do believe that was the happiest day of his life. He told us all never to worry about him he had a better place to go to. He hoped to meet us all there some sweet day. Written by his wife, Hesta Bates

Bentley, Dova Terry ~ Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. It is with much sadness and humbleness that we write the obituary of a dedicated, loving wife and mother, Dova Terry Bentley. Dova Terry was born December 5,1913 at Raven Kentucky, the child of the late Samuel and Ruthie Reynolds Terry. She passed away on her birthday, December 5,1995. When she was seventeen years old, Mom married the love of her life, the late Robert Hamilton Bentley, Jr. Mom and Dad were married at Lackey, Kentucky and they were happily married for fifty-six years. To this union were born ten children: Clyde Bentley, of Mt. Dora, Florida; Glenna Cook of Topmost, KY; Gert Martin of Umatilla, Florida; Betty Bentley and Sammy Bentley of Wayland, KY; Bert Bentley of Cleveland, Ohio; Bruce Bentley of Brunswick, Ohio; Charlotte Joseph of Prestonsburg, KY; David Bentley of Abilene, Texas and Novella Froman of Pikeville. In addition, she has left twenty-four grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren, as well as daughters- and sons-in-law that dearly miss her. Also surviving to mourn her loss are her sisters, brother and sister-in-law as follows: Elizabeth Caudill, of Melvin; Augusta Stanley, Beatrice Boyd and Clearance Terry, all of Sandusky, Ohio; Clova Watkins of Lackey, Ky and Lanie Terry of Estill, KY. Mom was a wonderful, giving, sacrificing Mother and great cook. These words seem to fall short in describing her. Everyone was made welcome to her home and she took great joy in cooking for her family, friends and visitors. Mom was, first and foremost, Mom to her children She loved for them to come home; her family was her life. During her illness, Mom's attitude was a great inspiration. Mom had cancer and she said, "It's just one of those things, everybody had to die. It's just my time." She had such dignity during this trying time. Mom never got over losing Dad and is now in Heaven with him where they are having a wonderful reunion. If Mom could talk to us now, she would simply say, "Get ready to meet us in Heaven." We miss her so much. Like when King David lost his son, he said, according to II Samuel 12:22 & 23: "... while the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." We can all get ready to meet the Lord and we can have a big family reunion in Heaven someday. Written by Novella Bentley Froman & Gertrude Bentley Martin

Billiter, Dorothy Compton ~ Dorothy Compton Billiter, daughter of the late Jim and Delia Compton, was born July 10,1916, atYeager, KY. She passed away October 20,1995 in East Liverpool, OH. She was also preceded in death by her husband Sherl Edward Billiter, and one brother Willie Lee Compton. Survivors are a son, Larry Edward Billiter, East Liverpool, OH, and a daughter, Lena Faye Guysinger, Akron, OH, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. After completing college, Dorothy taught school several years. When her husband passed away she moved to Ohio to be near her children, and worked as a sales manager there. Dorothy was a devoted mother and grandmother. She always had time for a game with a nephew, school event with a grandchild, or an afternoon babysitting a great-grandchild. Dorothy had a lot of love to share and she shared it every day. She loved her husband Ed, and loved her children. She began her life in the church when her son was six years old. He was seriously ill and she prayed that if he would live, she would dedicate her life to the Lord. She kept her promise and spent the rest of her days as a faithful member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading the Bible and read it completely through many times. Through a long illness, her faith never wavered and she bore her pain uncomplaining. She loved her parents and sisters and brothers, and there are so many pleasant memories of the early years when all eight children were together. In later years when the sisters and brothers married and some, like Dorothy, moved away, they all continued to stay close and gather together each year. Dorothy especially loved these times and though she can no longer be with us, in days to come when the family gathers, her love and laughter will be remembered. Since the writing of this obituary, Dorothy's only daughter, Lena Faye passed away May 25, 1996, and is buried beside her mother and father on the Compton cemetery at Collins.

Blair, Jesse  Jr. ~ was born February 15,1946 in Floyd County at Melvin, Ky., in the home of the late Jesse and Ella Hall Blair. He passed from this life May 3, 1996 in Belleville, Michigan, making his stay on earth 50 years, two months and 22 days. On March 22, 1969 he was joined in marriage to Phyllis Marie Slone of Garner, Ky. They have three children who survive him: Dawn Renee Johnson of Kite, Ky., Deanna Marie Blair of Belleville, Michigan and Darrin Lyle Blair of Belleville, Michigan, and one granddaughter, Jacinda Brooke Johnson of Kite, KY. He is also survived by one brother, Patrick Blair of Kite, KY; four sisters: Revel Archey of Delaware, OH.; Janice Hall of Kite, KY.; Annette Hall of Dema, KY.; and Gledia Todd of Crab Orchard, KY; and a great host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Hermie Childers and Eula Brummett. He was the sixth child and the first son. He was called Buddy Boy from the beginning of life. As he grew older it was changed to Bud. After graduating from Knott County High School at Pippa Passes, KY., he began working for Ford Motor Company, the Wayne Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan., where he retired in 1995. In November of 1965, he was drafted into the Armed Services and served two years in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the United Auto Worker's Union of America. God loaned him to us for loving and caring for 50 years and the memories are ours to keep. Although, quietly in the night death came, but if Bud met Jesus, he is shouting down those golden streets. To his children; Dawn, long distance is sometimes the best way to say, "I love you," Deanna, strength comes in small packages sometimes, Darrin, things that are taught to us when we are young are the strongest of all. So like the song, just hold on to Jesus and ride out the storm. Written by his wife, Phyllis Marie Blair and sister, Annette Blair Hall

Boyd, Alex ~ it is with sadness, yet a thankful heart and with the help and grace of God, that I will try to write an obituary for Alex Boyd (Poppy). Poppy was born October 22,1914 in Pike County Kentucky, the son of Lee Boyd and Lue Crisp Boyd. He was the ninth of 14 children. He spent the early part of his life on earth in southeastern Kentucky. He meet and married Hazel Conn Jarrell Boyd on February 27, 1940 and took three young girls as his own. They were blessed with a daughter, Georgene. Poppy was a veteran of World War II, entering the U.S. Army on January 30, 1941. He was there at the battle of Normandy, at the Rhineland, and the Campaign of Northern France. Among his decorations and citations were three Bronze Stars, American Defence Service Metal and Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. Poppy worked as a coal miner and a carpenter, building houses, bridges and dams. He was a member of Carpenter Local #23. After a long and trying illness Poppy passed this earth February 11,1996, leaving this earth a better place for him having been here. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Hazel Conn Jarrell Boyd, who was there with him till the end; daughter, Georgene Wright, who will never forget her Daddy's love; daughters Emogene Boyd, Lillian Boyd and Burlene Neal, who thank God Granny found Poppy to be their father, and they know how he loved them. He leaves brothers, Henry, Luther and John Boyd. They will never get to go squirrel hunting or ginsinging with him on this earth again. He also leaves sisters: Goldie Conn, Mary Jarrell, Lassie Hart, Minnie Crisp and Claudia Manhart, who will miss a brother's love. He leaves 15 grandchildren, who are better people for having had Poppy; 36 greatgrandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; who will lose, for they will not have had the chance to know Poppy. He also leaves a great number of nieces and nephews whom he loved, and they in turn loved him. Also many many friends. Poppy enjoyed going to church and had a great belief in God. Although he never attached himself to any church, his desire was to be kept the last few days and nights on earth at the Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church. This leaves me to believe that our loss is Heaven's gain. Polly we love and miss you.  Written by a broken hearted grandson, Billis Boyd

Brafford, Arizona Tackett ~ was born May 8,1931 and departed this world on January 8, 1996. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Hamilton Tackett. At age 20 she married the late Carl Leon Brafford, and to that union were born four children: two daughters, Janice Brafford-King and Marsha Anderson, both of Pikeville, Kentucky; two sons, Randy Carl Brafford and Timothy Leon Brafford, who preceded her in death. Also surviving are one brother, Tramble Tackett, of Price, Ky.; five sisters: Wanda Hamilton, Daisy Mitchell, Kelma Tackett, Hulda Bishop, and Lou Spencer, all of Teaberry, Ky.; ten grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews. A special friend, Fern Sword of Robinson Creek, is also left behind to mourn Arizona's passing. Arizona was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church on Robinson Creek for over 24 years. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and many of her relatives and friends drew strength and encouragement from her perserverance, as she suffered a number of serious illnesses, including cancer. From the beautiful life that she lived, all that knew and loved her should be comforted with the thought that our loss is truly Heaven's gain. The memories of her kind heart and sweet spirit will be written upon the hearts of those she left behind, for generations to come.

Branham, Hiram ~ It is with a sad and lonely heart and the help of the good Lord that I will try to write the obituary of our dearly beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Hiram Branham. Hiram was born February 15,1922, the son of Belva and Nellie Egan Branham. He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Margie Gregory Branham, whom he married April 12,1947. To this union was bora one daughter, Kay Branham Strode. He leaves his daughter and grandsons, Harold Wayne and Darby Layne Strode, whom he loved very much. God called him home January 13, 1996 at St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead, Kentucky, at the age of 73 years, 10 months, and 29 days. Also surviving are his 91-year-old mother, 1 son-in-law, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death. His father and one sister preceded him in death. At the age of 36 years he surrendered his heart to Jesus. On the second Sunday in July, 1958, while down on his knees in our home, he felt the Lord saved his soul. He was so happy! On Saturday, October 1, 1958, he gave his hand to become a member of the Hayes Branch United Baptist Church and was baptized on Sunday. He was a faithful member for 28 years and served there as a deacon for 20 years. At the time of his death he was a member of the Mt. Sterling Old Regular Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 9 years. Hiram truly loved the Lord and the old-time Baptist way. He loved all the old songs. Some of his favorite ones were "I Love My Savior God Because He First Loved Me," "Amazing Grace," and "How I Come to Love These Pilgrims." He told us many times that when the good Lord called he was ready to go and that he was not afraid to die. Shortly before he left us, he tried to tell me something. I said, "Honey, I didn't understand you. What did you say?" In a low, calm voice he said, "You'd be surprised, you'd be surprised." I believe with all my heart that through spiritual eyes, he viewed his Heavenly home. Our home here is so lonely without him, but I feel for a surety that some sweet day we will meet where there will be no tears, pain, or sorrow. And, we will never again have to say, "good-bye." So, children, grandsons, brothers, sisters, and friends, if you haven't made peace with the Lord, his prayer would be, "Repent and be born again, and meet me in Heaven." Written in loving memory by his wife, Margie and family

Bryant, Clara G. Clark ~ I'm writing an obituary of my dear precious Mother: Clara Gladis Clark Bryant. She was the daughter of the late Joe Likens Sr. and Emma Hamilton Tackett. Mother was born on November 24,1921. She deceased this life on March 25, 1996 making her stay on this earth 74 years, 4 months and 1 day. Also deceased is her husband, Charlie Clark; mother, Emma Likens Tackett; brothers: Tolva Likens; Joe Jr. Likens; and Donald Tackett. Charlie Clark and Clara G. Likens were married on May 11,1939. To this union were born ten children. Five sons: Milford Clark of Nova, Ohio, Tolva Clark and Charles R. Clark of Ashland, Ohio; Hillard Clark of Loudonville, Ohio; and Larry D. Clark of Sullivan, Ohio. Five daughters: Emma Lue Peppard of Nova, Ohio; Anna Sue Lilly and Jewell D. Arms of Shelby, Ohio; Pauline Tormaschy of Sanford, Florida; and Linda F. Pauley of Ocala, Florida. She also leaves behind 32 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 grandson deceased in 1959 and 1 great-granddaughter deceased in 1979. Mom joined the 'Pilgrims Home' Church in Grethel, Ky. on July 19, 1951. Dad joined there on March 26, 1954 and was baptized on April 17, 1954. In 1955 Charlie and Clara moved to Nova, Ohio. They both moved their letters to the Little Pilgrims Home Church in Ruggles, Ohio. Dad and Mom named this church and were members there until they retired and moved to Ocala, Florida in September 1979. They then moved their letters to churches in Florida. Mom belonged to Mary Elizabeth in Hollister, Florida under Elder Hansford Short, Jr. Moderator. I recall Mom calling Brother Short "Little Boy." She loved singing and rejoicing the good old-fashioned Regular Baptist songs. Our hearts are so saddened from the loss of our dear mother and loved ones who are gone to live with Jesus. Mom never met a stranger! Her smile and open arms were always open to express how much love and kindness she had for everyone. Mom and Dad taught us to love each other in so many different ways. They lived for Jesus through the good times and hard times. God was like a hammer pounding in their hearts that guided them throughout their lives. I deeply feel that my Mom and Dad both are together in Heaven. I had a vision that Mom is a angel with wings of gold. She met Daddy at the gate on March 25,1996. Mom had an uncountable number of friends from everywhere. She loved to live, travel, and sing for her Lord for as long as I can remember. My dear mother was an inspiration to us all. She gave us love, advice, and prayed for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom loved her church, family, and friends. Daddy and Mommy left us all a large trail to follow!! I feel God blessed us with the greatest parents in the world. The memories are what we must cherish and treasure until we meet them again. If Mom and Dad could tell us, it would be this: "Children look up and follow us; we are safely home now with all of our loved ones, don't weep over us; we are rejoicing with Jesus; Take up the cross, dear little ones and follow Jesus, so Mom and Dad can meet you again someday." Spiritually, I know Mommy is in Heaven rejoicing. It's nature's flesh that we'll miss. Just remember to look up and give Jesus the praise for Mommy and Daddy are together forever. Our loss is Heaven's gain! Pray to God and live for Jesus. Sadly missed by her family and friends. God Bless All. Written by her baby daughter, Linda F. (Clark) Pauley

Burke, Calvin C. ~ It is with much sadness and a broken heart that Iwill try to write an obituary of my father, Calvin C. Burke. Dad was born december 8, 1924 in Weeksbury Kentucky. The son of Boles and Lille Mae (Ray) Burke. He departed this life on July 4,1996., making his stay on this earth 71 years 6 months and 27 days. Dad married Bertha (Ramsey) Burke on January 16, 1945. Unto this union were born three children: two sons, C. Michael Burke of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Kenneth R. Burke of West Chester, Ohio; and one daughter, Dawn Rita Rider of Springfield, Ohio. The Lord blessed Dad with eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He also had four sisters, Edith Burns of Springfield, Ohio, Melissa Blevins of South Vienna, Ohio, Dorothy Grizzel of Hamilton, Ohio, and Dora Watson of Mildford, Ohio. He had a host of friends and family to mourn their loss. He was preceded in death by his loving wife and his parents. Dad's life was all about the Old Regular Baptist Church. He placed his membership over 45 years ago at the Enterprise Old Regular Baptist Church at Indian Creek, Kentucky. He joined the church in July of 1951. Because we moved to Ohio, Dad would travel to all the churches around Ohio. Where he went the most was Little Bethel. Dad never met a stranger; he would love to talk to anyone about the Lord who would listen. Dad would love to travel to all the Associations and find out about all the churches. Dad had been sick for years, but the last year Dad went down real fast. In June the doctors told Dad he had cancer; it didn't stop his faith in his Lord. He said, " I can't give up," and he said, " I will be satisfied when the Lord's will is done, and not my will." Dad always wanted the Lord's will done and it was. He would love for the brothers and sisters of the church to come and visit him. Two nights before Dad died some of the brothers and sisters were sitting up with us and Dad's dear friend, Larry Dixon, sang "Gone Away With a Friend." Well, that is just what Dad did, he went away with his friend, Jesus. I believe the angels were in his room waiting till the Lord said, "No more suffering, bring my child home." If we are ever to see our daddy again, we to have to turn to the the Lord and wait until He calls us home. I am glad I had him for my father . He gave me lots of love and understanding, but most of all he showed me how to love and live for the Lord . I will always miss my daddy, but one day the Lord will call me home and there Iwill see my mother and father again. Written by his daughter, Dawn Rita Rider

Burke, Carl Hobert ~ I will try to write the obituary of my dearly beloved nephew, Carl Hobert Burke. He was born, and passed away July 10,1996. (He lived six or seven hours.) He was the son of Roy, and Agnes (Caudill) Burke. His grandparents are Hobert, and Era Lou (Hall) Burke, and Elizabeth (Slope) Caudill, and the late Carl Caudill. He is survived by his parents, Roy, and Agnes (Caudill) Burke; one brother, Roy Silas Burke; grandparents, Hobert, and Era Lou (Hall) Burke, and Elizabeth (Slope) Cauaill; great-grand- mother, Mary (Johnson) Jones; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was gently taken from his father's arms, into the everlasting arms of Jesus. Written by his uncle, Wendell Caudill

Carroll, Delphia Hall ~ In loving memory of Mommy, Delphia Hall Carroll, 86 years of age, Grethel, Ky. She was born August 25, 1909 at Craynor, and passed away March 1, 1996, at her residence. Delphia was the daughter of the late Kelly Hall and Mary Francis Hall Branham. She was the widow of Nathan Carroll. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Syrvelvia Clark Sparks; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four sons-in-law. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Lexie Akers, Polly Branham, Ethel Falbo and Oily King. Delphia is survived by two sons: Reevis Carroll and Eugene Carroll, both of Grethel, Ky.; five daughters: Earvina Adkins of Galveston, Ky.; Treva Collins of Honaker, Ky.; Ivelee Slaughter of Fremont, Ohio; and Irene Sparks and Mary K. Hall, both of Grethel, Ky. She is survived by four brothers: Shadrick Hall of Grethel, Ky.; Jerry Branham and Clyde Branham, both of Loraine, Ohio; and Freeman Branham of Harold, Ky. She is survived by two sisters, Draxie Fiddler England of Pikeville, Ky., and Betty Rosso of Loraine, OH. She is survived by 33 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Wanda Branham Carroll and Rosemary Coleman Carroll, both of Grethel Ky.; two sons-in-law: George Hall of Grethel, Ky. and Orcie Collins of Honaker, Ky. Mommy joined the Zion Old Regular Baptist Church on the 3rd Saturday in August, 1942. She was one of the last two survivors that armed off from Zion Church to establish the Pilgrim Home Church in 1950. Mommy endured her afflictions and bore her cross very patiently. We feel her suffering is over and she is resting in the arms of God. She pressed onward, because she knew that she had riches to gain in Heaven and nothing to lose. She never looked back when God called for her to come home. Pallbearers were grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Caudill, Arizona Moore Frazier ~ It is with a sad and aching heart that I will try to write the obituary of my beloved mother and sister in Christ, Arizona Moore Frazier Caudill. Mom passed on to that eternal home on April 21, 1996. First, she was a Christian and a member of the Pilgrim's Rest Church of the Old Regular Baptist. She was born December 22, 1912, making her stay on this earth 89 years and four months. She was the daughter of the late Richard Moore and Hannah Gayhart Moore Adams. She was one of six children of whom three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Only one sister remains, Wyoma Tackett. Mom had been in a nursing home for 14 months prior to her passing. Birdie was there daily to see her and attend to her needs, to prompt her to get out of bed and face a new day. Arizona was married to the late Armpie Lewis Frazier, December 24, 1929, and to this union was born two children, Rubin Delmas Frazier of Newport News, Virginia and Birdie Lucille Park of St. Petersburg, Florida. There were three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mom joined the Pilgrim's Rest Church of the Old Regular Baptist in April 1933 and when she was able she faithfully filled her seat in her church and worshiped and praised her God in a way that only she could. The last time that I saw her, she told me, "I don't know why the Lord is leaving me here, I'm ready to go to meet my Savior." She loved the Lord. Mom was married to Lee Caudill on December 8,1962 and they were faithful to each other and to the Lord and always worshiped together. She leaves one stepdaughter, Goldie Jones, to mourn her loss. Mom was always available to help those in need. She was often called upon to go and help with the sick and usually stayed there, forsaking all else, until that sickness was resolved. She was a nurse, a minister, a waiter and a servant and all other things that God had called her to be. She will be greatly missed and I pray that whoever reads this obituary will see her again in "that place not made by hands, eternal in the Heavens" because I'm sure that she is with the Lord shouting and praising Him as she once did when we attended church together. Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also." (John 14:2-3) Written by her son and brother in Christ, Rubin Delmas Frazier

Caudill, Prentice "Penny" Jane Fisher ~ Penny was born January 15, 1954 to Addie and George Fisher and passed away November 28, 1995. For 22 1/2 years, she was the loving wife of Corbett Caudill Jr. and for almost 10 1/2 years, the loving mother of Michele N. Caudill. Enduring many physical hardships due to a childhood illness, with the onset of cancer, she had prayed for an end to her suffering. God granted that prayer with a swift move of His hand. Now when we meet again, we shall sing the praises of the love God has for His children, for it is written, those who suffer shall find peace. With a sorrowful heart of our loss and loneliness, but a joy in knowing
Love, Corbett Caudill, Jr.

Church, Richard ~ With the help of the good Lord, we will write an obituary for our precious brother, Elder Richard Franklin Church. He was born October 7, 1914 at Vessie, Kentucky in Lawrence County. He was the son of John F. and Clara McDowell Church. Richard went to live with Jesus April 18, 1996, making his stay with us eighty one years, six months and eleven days. Richard was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for forty-nine years. He was firstly an ordained deacon and later an ordained minister. He loved his church dearly. Richard was married to Tonie Gayheart. To this union a beautiful baby girl was born. They named her Velma Glee. Richard had three brothers: Bill, Hagar, and J.R. Ray; three sisters: Opal Smith, Mabel Smith, and Martha E. Combs. Hagar and Martha preceded him in death and Ray was lost in the Korean War. His wife, Tonie died July 13,1987. Richard later married Louise Moore, who survives him. He is also survived by his son-in-law Celaun (Sonny) Martin whom he loved as his own son. His daughter, Velma Glee, survives and has been the joy of his life since she was born. Four grandchildren, whom he loved better than his own life also survive, they are: Shardena Martin Caudill, Sharon Martin Roberts, Richard Lee Martin, and Benjamin Martin. The way Richard Church lived his life set an example for each grandchild as well as his host of great-grandchildren. His example shines through their actions each and every day. No person could every convey just how special Richard Church was to the people whose life he touched.

Clar, Ishmael ~ Ishmael Clark, age 87, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 1995 at the Clinton Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Wednesday, December 6. Ishmael was born September 6,1908, in McDowell, Kentucky, son of John D. and Rebecca Hall Clark. Both preceded him in death. He retired from Clinton Massie School system, at the Clarksville School, where he was a custodian. He was a member of the Little Bethel Church of Sligo, Ohio, He had been an Old Regular Baptist member since 1937. The Little Bethel Church was his pride and joy, his life. He spent many, many hours crushing pop cans and saving Bob and Carl tapes, so that he could make money for the church. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Rosa A. Mattingly Clark. Born into that union were six sons and seven daughters. One daughter preceded him in death. The sons are Tom, Harold, Layman, Virgil, Herman, and Jeff. The daughters are Bertha, Mary Ellen, Genevieve, Phyllis, Ula, and Alicia. He had thirty-five grandchildren and forty-two great grandchildren. Also preceding him in death were a son-in-law, two brothers and two sisters. As his wife and children, we suffer the loss greatly and we know we have lost one of the best husbands and fathers that any wife or children could have, but we also know that he has gone to a good home where there will be no more suffering and sorrow. Services for Ishmael were at his beloved church house with Moderator Z. Holbrook and Assistant Moderator Benton Caudill officiating. Burial was in the Clarkeville Cemetery. Written by his wife and daughters

Clark, Hie ~ Oct. 2, 1903-June 6, 1996 With much sadness and regret I will attempt to write an obituary of my grandpa, Hie Click. Grandpa was born October 2, 1903 to Ulysses (Doe) and Amanda Click. He spent the next 92 years, until his death, June 6, 1996, on the same creek where he was born. In early life at the age of 29, he met and married Myrtle Boyd Click on Jan 6, 1932. To this union were born 4 children N.D. Click, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Richard Click, Wabash, Indiana, Rubestene Akers, Martin, Kentucky and Lavone Conn who preceded him in death on April 15, 1986. Grandpa and Granny started their housekeeping in what was called "hard times," back when it was hard to make a dollar. He plowed fields, worked in the coal mines, laid pipe lines, worked on the W.PA., and his last employment was with the C & O Railroad. After the children were grown and moved away on their own, God saw fit to separate this union of 36 years. On November 20,1968, death caused a breach in this family by removing a faithful companion and mother. For the next 24 years Grandpa made his home with us. Not many grandchildren are as fortunate as us to be raised under the same roof as their grandparent. This will make giving him up that much harder because the closer the union the tighter the bond. Within this earthly union Grandpa leaves behind to mourn his passing, 3 children, 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 6 step-great grandchildren. But there is another union and a different bond called the "the grace of God." It was within this union and this bond that he confessed a hope and a willingness to follow the Lord into baptism. On August 28,1993, at the age of 89, it was my privilege, with the help of Elder Bill Tackett, to lay him in the watery grave. His last months here were spent in declining health and a desire to go to a better world. He once said in the hospital, "I won't die till my time comes." When that time came his passing was as that of one just falling asleep. Death has once more caused a breach in this family. It once again brings mourning and sorrow as a constant reminder of God's judgment upon the transgression of the first man he made and upon all his descendants. But by the grace of God and the victory given us through his son Jesus Christ we shall all meet again in a world without end.
Written by his grandson, Elder Glen Akers

Click, Lola Parks ~ This is in loving memory of our mother and grandmother, Lola Click, who passed away on September 8 1995. Lola was born on May 11, 1906, in Hindman, Ky. She was the daughter of David and Margie Smith Parks. She had one sister, Leala Parks Terry of Garner, Ky, to whom she was extremely close. When John Click, son of Ezekiel and Suzanne Amburgey Click, was 10 years old he spotted Lola across the playground at school and said to friends, "That's the girl I'm going to marry." After marriage John worked as a coal miner. Lola raised two daughters, a garden, canned and preserved food, and was a great cook. She made the most beautiful quilts that you can imagine. Lola was always there for her family and neighbors. She would give a hug or a word of encouragement. She would share the food they had or nurse a neighbor back to health. She was very loved and well respected. Baptized into the Old Regular Baptist Church, she was a member for 54 years. Lola and John were both deeply religious people. In later years, she had diabetes and became unable to care for herself. After John's death on February 11, 1991, she lived with her daughter Evelee, and very special son-in-law, Gene Dixon. She received wonderful care and we all feel this added many years to her life. We were blessed to have this precious person with us for 89 years. John and Lola were more than good people who worked hard and were well respected. They were the catalyst that held us together as a family, gave us strength, guidance, and most of all, gave us unconditional love. Now they are together in death, as in life, in Heaven, as on earth. Totally devoted to each other. Both will live in our memory and hearts forever. Lola is deeply missed by her sister, Leala Parks Terry; two daughters, Maxine Olson and Evelee Dixon. She is also survived by grandchildren: Brenda Olson Starsia, Randy Olson, David Dixon and Crystal Dixon Green; great-grandchildren, Kimberly Hamwi Frye, Brittany Parker, Matthew Olson and Christopher Olson; and great-greatgrandchild, Courtland Frye II. Written with love by granddaughters,  Brenda and Kimberly

Coffey, Maragret ~ With a loving heart we will try to write an obituary in memory of our beloved mother, Margaret Coffey. She was born November 19, 1910 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to Kelly Hale and Mary Vanderpool. She was married to Dormant Coffey November 19,1931. To this union were born four children, Buel (deceased), Mildred Fulton of Ray, Marjorie Brooks of Wellston, and Arnold Coffey of Ray. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over fifty-five years. Brother Dormant passed away in May of 1987. She was also preceded by her oldest son, Buel, in October of 1963. Margaret is survived by her three children, eight grandchildren (Pat Ross Mcwhorter, David Ross, Johnny Ross, Rick Brooks, Pam Brooks Updike, Jeff Coffey, Scott Coffey, and Jarrod Coffey), eleven great-grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Sister Margaret was a very hard worker all through her life. She enjoyed raising a huge garden and many beautiful flowers. She always enjoyed cooking big meals for her family and church friends. Sister Margaret was a great witness to her family and friends. It was indeed a great witness that her children never in their lives heard their mother raise her voice in anger or say anything harmful about anyone. We have been truly blessed to have had such a wonderful mother and friend. We look forward to meeting Mother and Daddy on the streets of Glory some sweet day. Our loss is certainly Heaven's gain.
Sadley missed by Mildred & Bob Fulton, Margie Brooks Arnold and Brenda Coffey

Collins, Bennie ~ Bennie Collins was born on May 1, 1935 at Raven, Ky. He left this world of trouble on December 8, 1995, making his stay here on earth 60 years, 7 months, and 8 days. He was the son of Arminda Short Collins and Robert Collins, both of whom preceded him in death. On August 26,1955, Bennie was married to Dina Page of Whitesburg, Ky. To this union were born 2 daughters, Beverly Carol of Somerset and Gloria of Raven. One son, Jeffery Ray, preceded Bennie in death. His 2 sons-in-law, Marcus Huff and Kenneth Slone, were loved by Bennie as his own children. His 3 beloved grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, and Jillian, like us, have lost a dear person in their lives. Daddy was a fair and just man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a wonderful father who used kind words as a means of discipline with his children. On March the 25, 1979, Bennie was baptized into the Providence Old Regular Baptist Church. We feel that it was one of the happiest days of Daddy's life. Bennie was preceded in death by his 3 brothers, Frank, C., and Isadore. He leaves 1 sister, Virgie Caudill of Kendalville, Ind. and a host of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and friends, as well as his Brothers and Sisters in the Church. God had a plan for Daddy. We, who watched his suffering didn't understand. I sometimes think God used Daddy to be an inspiration to others. He was so sick for many years, getting worse as time went by. We watched him suffer for so long and while he could still speak, he would call, "Jesus, Jesus" He never questioned, "Why me?" He just kept his faith and we feel that eternal rest with Jesus will be Daddy's reward. On December the 8, 1995, the angels came and took him home. Written by the family of Bennie Collins

Compton, Lillie Marie Leedy ~ If the Lord will help me I will try to write the obituary of my loving Mother, Lillie Marie Leedy Compton, who passed from this life and entered into eternal rest on Oct. 1,1995 at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. It is so hard to write about someone you loved so much, someone you had been with all your life. With the help of the Lord all things are possible. Our Mother was the oldest child born to William "Bill" Leedy and Elsie Bray Leedy. Mom was born March 6,1913. She was 82 years, and 7 months old at her passing. I miss Mom so much, the old home place is so lonesome, but we have good memories and the help of the Lord to help us along. The last words she said to me "I'll see you in the morning; don't worry about me I'm all right". I believe I'll see her in the morning and I do believe she is all right. Mom was a member of the Island Creek Old Regular Baptist Church for over 50 years. She loved the Church and her Brothers and Sisters very much. At a young age Mom was married to our Dad, Georgie Compton. They married July 16,1932. Dad passed away Feb. 23, 1975, at the young age of 66 years. Mom and Dad were blessed with four children, two daughters, Emilee Justice, Island Creek, Pikeville, Ky. and Patty Canupp, Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Cecil Compton, Ann Arbor, Mich. J.B. Compton, Island Creek, Pikeville, Ky. She also left seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One great-grandchild preceded her in death, and two step-great-grandchildren. Mom also left three sisters: Maxie Reynolds Venore, Tennessee; Cleo Thomas Ypsilanti, Mich.; and Helena Justice, Betsy Layne, Ky., and two brothers, Henry Leedy, Ashland, Ky. and Edward Leedy, Betsy Layne, Ky. After Mom passed away I was going through some of her things. I found this card she had gotten from my brother for Mother's Day. She had written on the envelope. "To be read at my funeral, it is for all children," I didn't find it until after her funeral so I am putting it in her obituary. What Mothers Mean To Me Mothers means the memories, and thoughts I'll always treasure of happy childhood days gone by and joy beyond all measure. Mothers mean a special smile and tender loving care, good advise and a listening ear when I have thoughts to share. Mothers means the magic touch that makes a happy home, and loving thoughts that follow me whereever I may roam Mothers mean a lot of things that words cannot define. When she's the wonderful Mother I'm so lucky to call mine. Written for the family with much love in my heart for everyone of you. Let's all put our trust in the Lord, and let him lead us, so we can all meet Mom in Heaven some day. In loving memory, daughter Emilee Justice

Conley, Earnest "Windy" ~ It is with great sorrow, and a broken heart we will try to write of one we love so much. But God loved him too, so he let him go to sleep in him, and stopped his pain until he comes to take him home. Earnest was born in Knott County to Willie Buncker Conley and Martha (Ramey) Conley on January 1,1921 and was taken away from us on April 25, 1995, making his stay here on earth 74 years, 3 months, and 21 days. He married Edna Mae Paige on July 3, 1944, and to this union were born five children. Two preceded him in death, Mitchell Lee and Larry Ray. Two sons and one daughter survive him, James M. Conley and Lema Sue Gibson of Mousie, Kentucky, and Leonard Conley of Fort Wayne, Indiana; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He had three brothers and three sisters that survive him: Marion (Huger) Conley, Melvin Conley, Lillie Green And Hester Scott, all of Mousie, Kentucky.; Merritt Conley and Beatrice Collins of Mcguffy, Ohio, and a host of friends and family. He loved his family very much, and would help anyone in anyway he could. He worked all his life in the underground coal mines, and was a retired UMWA coal miner of local union number 1745, of which he was very proud to be a part. He repented on April 22, 1994, but wasn't able to be baptized in the Old Regular Baptist Church until September 18,1994 due to his health, and continuous hospital stays. When Jesus comes back, we will be with our husband and daddy again, never to be parted. your loving wife and children

Cole, Rosa ~ The blessings of the Lord are manifested in countless ways - not the least of which is a kind, gentle, and loving mother and grandmother. Rosa Cole was truly such a blessing to all who knew her. Through her actions, Mamaw was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, neighbor, friend and Christian. A selfless and generous person, Mamaw cherished every moment with her family and was always willing to help others. Her sharp wit and keen sense of humor were refreshing and often surprising and made our time with her even more enjoyable. She was able to maintain her good spirits even in time of sickness. She loved to read her Bible and attend church. Although on many occasions she was not physically well, she made the extra effort to be in the Lord's house. Surely the Lord has blessed her faithfulness. We believe that Mamaw is victorious over death today. If we could hear her speak to us, I believe she would lovingly tell us to rejoice for her victory and that she will never experience any more pain or suffering. Truly, our loss is Heaven's gain. We hope and pray to be reunited with her. She was born on March 1, 1911, to the late Wilburn and Tannie Johnson Brown. On June 3, 1996, she departed her earthly life to enter into paradise with the Lord. In addition to her parents and her husband, Dave, Rosa was predeceased by a brother, Northern Brown, and two grandchildren, Timothy Damron and Teresa Newsom. She is survived by two daughters, Bernice King and Loretta Newsom, and one son, Ralph Cole, all of Robinson Creek, Kentucky; one sister, Vassie Flanery of Robinson Creek, Kentucky; and four brothers: Alvin Brown of Robinson Creek, Kentucky, Ballard Brown of Columbus, Ohio, Johnny Brown of Louisa, Kentucky, and Russell Brown of Virgie, Kentucky; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Let us never forget what Mamaw meant to us and always hold our memories of her in a special place in our hearts.
Written by her grandson, David R. Hall

Crum, Hezzie ~ With a sad and broken heart, I will try to write this obituary of my loving husband, Hezzie Crum. Born August 14, 1916, the son of Kenner Crum and Emely Mulkey Crum. He is preceded in death by his dad, mother, one sister and two brothers. He departed this life on June 11,1996 at his home. Left to mourn their loss are his wife, Sylvia; one stepson, Marvin; one step-daughter-in-law Lynda; two step-granddaughters;and one step-grandson. He loved them all as his very own and always gave them good advise. He leaves three half-sisters, five half-brothers and a host of nieces and nephews. It pleased him when any of them came to see him at least once a year. Hezzie became a member of the Cold Spring Old Regular Baptist Church. He always rushed me to get started when the third Saturday and Sunday of each month came. He wanted to fill his seat as long as he was able. He enjoyed hearing good preaching and singing. When we got back home, he would say, "We had a good meeting today." My home is so lonesome here on earth without him. I feel with all my heart that I'll be with him some sweet day where we won't have to part anymore. He has left a shining light for all the family to follow and love one another. Written by his broken hearted wife, Sylvia Crum

Dye, Elder Tilton ~ With great love, wonderful memories, a broken heart, and with the help of our almighty God, I will try to write this precious obituary of my loving brother. Tilton was a loving husband, devoted father to both his children and grandchildren, a son to his father and mother, as well as to his father-in-law and mother-in-law, a brother to his brothers and sisters, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, an uncle to a host of nieces and nephews, a friend to those that needed a friend and above all, I do believe, a son with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ This loving son was born at Price, Kentucky, February 10, 1941 to where she was a faithful member until her death. There are so many memories that our family has of all the times that we spent with her. We will cherish each and every one of them. The joy and kindness that she brought to each of us will never be forgotten. We love and miss her very much. Written by her daughter, Barbara Tackett and granddaughter Kim Tackett

Hall, Edith ~ With a lonely feeling, sad heart, and with the help of the good Lord, I will try to write this obituary of my dear, sweet mother, Edith Hall, whom I miss very much. Mom was born on April 21, 1933 in Floyd County and passed away on April 4, 1996, At the age of 62. She was the daughter of the late William and Mellie T. Tackett. Our mother married our father, Willie Hall, on October 7, 1950. They were married 45 years. To this union three children were born: Bruce Hall of Beaver, KY; Patricia May of Banner, KY; Lucille Thacker of Perstonburg, KY. Remaining to mourn her death are seven grandchildren, one of whom she rasied as her own son, Shawn Hall (Thacker), one great-grandchild, two sisters: Anze Howell of Beaver, KY; Hazel Thompson of Columbus, Ohio. Other then her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Frank, Ellis, and Earsel Tackett. Mom was at Highlands Regional Center for 19 days. Her body grew weary and needed rest. Mom told us children that the Lord was waiting on the other side with His arms open for her, and that she wanted to go home with Him, that she had a better home waiting for her. She had made peace with the Lord, In April 1996 the fourth day, God called our precious Mommy away. Mom has gone to Heaven above, where all is peace, joy, and love, Mom how we miss you around the old home, our hearts fill so alone. There not a day that goes by that your not on our minds, the husband and children that you left behind heart-broken and with tear-filled eyes, How sweet the memories are still, but death has left a loneliness this world cannot feel. A precious Mom from us is gone, When Jesus called you to Heaven it broke our hearts. Written by her lonely and broken hearted daughter, Lucille Thacker

Hall, Elsa Howell ~ With the help of the Lord, we will try to write an obituary of our dear wife and mother, Elsa Howell Hall. She was born in Floyd County on November 27, 1937, and passed away on April 19, 1996, making her stay on earth 58 years, 7 months and 9 days. She was the daughter of the late Elder Butler and Lizzie Evans Howell. She met and married Oliver Hall on July 25, 1956. Unto this union was born eight children; two preceded her in death: Audrey and Jamie. She leaves behind to mourn their loss her loving husband, Oliver, and her six children, three sons: Auddie of McDowell, Ky.; Marty and Oliver Hall Jr of Stanton, Ky.; three daughters: Debra Hall of Ashland, Ohio; Shelia Hall and Elizabeth Collins of Stanton, Ky; eleven grandchildren; one brother, Foster Howell; five sisters: Elvie Hall, Evelyn Akers, Mary Newsome, Ruby Jean Keathley and Irene Kiser and a host of friends and relatives. To us children, we couldn't have chosen a better mother. She was a honest, caring, forgiving and sincere person with a good sense of humor. She always liked to make people laugh, even to the very end. She had a place in her heart for everyone and made them feel welcome. We believe with all our hearts, our loss is Heaven's gain. So, if you want to see Mom again, fall out of sin and be born again.
Written by her broken hearted husband and children.

Hall, Hi ~ It is with a sad and broken heart that I will try to write an obituary of our father and grandfather, Hi Hall. He was the son of Hiram and Nancy Hall. He was born July 16, 1933 in Knott County and departed this life April 10,1996. As a young man he married Bethel Mae Johnson, September 4, 1953. Out of this union of love were five sons: Danny Hall, Frank Hall, Teddy Hall, Dwayne Hall, and Timothy Hall; one daughter, Fanny Hall, and ten grandchildren. Dad had six brothers and five sisters. Preceding him in death were four brothers and two sisters. Surviving him are two brothers, James Hall and Richard Hall. Dad was a man that everybody liked. He worked in the coal mines to provide for his family. Dad could always tell if something was wrong with one of the children. He would stay awake at night worrying over them. I believe Dad's suffering is over. He would always say, "Weep not for me, but weep for yourself." The last few years of his life Dad and Mom began going to church regularly. Dad loved to attend Providence Church at Dry Creek, Ohio. How he loved to hear the preaching and singing there. Many lonely nights at home he would be calling upon the name of the Lord, praying for us children. The Bible says that "Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." I hope the children will live a better life, and love Mom while we have her with us, and not worry her. Let us all begin to change our ways and prepare to meet Daddy in that beautiful home. So often Dad would go talk to Monroe Jones and other preachers, asking them to pray for him. His conversations differ as well as his ways. Anyone who knew Dad could see the change in his life. Mom, Dad loved you! You and he were so happy together. Today his voice is still, a vacant place around home. I know you are lonely, but try to be glad, rejoice, and rest in comfort knowing that Dad is much better off at home with Jesus! Written by his son, Danny Hall

Hall, Lizzie ~ In loving memory of a precious Mother, a loving grandmother, and a true and devoted friend. Lizzie Hall, 96 years of age, of Betsy Layne, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 1996, at her home. Lizzie was the daughter of the late John Morgan and Polly Jane Damron Case of Honaker. She was the widow of Elder William "Tack" Hall, who preceded her in death, September 25, 1966. They were married for 50 years. She had five sisters and three brothers who preceded her in death. She has two brothers living, Jim Case of McDowell, Ky., and Hursel Case of Wellington, Ohio. Since her death, she has had one son, Cirtous, to follow her in death, on June 18, 1996. Lizzie is survived by seven sons: Yardie of Louisville, Ky.; Audous of New London OH; Earl of Banner, Ky.; Billy of Virgie, Ky.; Walker of Prestonburg, Ky.; Carl C. of Betsy Layne, Ky.; Kadous of Hindman, Ky.; three daughters: Margie Hunter of Dwale, Ky.; Alice Boyd of Banner, Ky.; and Zinnia Collins of New London, Ohio. Through these eleven children, she was blessed with forty-one grandchildren, sixty-eight great-grandchildren and twenty-three great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for 64 years. On December 20,1931, she was baptized. She was the oldest member of the Little Dove Church. She thanked the Lord for blessing her to live 96 years and to have all eleven children still with her. She had said "The Lord sure has been good to me." Her doors were always open to her family and friends, greeting you with a warm smile. We enjoyed the times spent with her and the wisdom she shared with us. Her love for her family was so great. We will all miss her hugs and kisses of love that she gave, but we thank God for the years we had with her and all the wonderful memories. Greg Hall

Hall, Mattie Mae ~ I will try to write the obituary of my dear mother, Mattie Mae Quillen Hall. She was born March 5,1916 to the lateAngeline Johnson and Scrooge Quillen, and passed away May 2, 1995. Mattie married Town Hall March 12,1942. Unto this union were born six children. Mattie is survived by her children: Wilma Sue Bentley of Dema, Ky.; Kermit Leon Hall of Kite, Ky.; Eula Ann Short of Kite, Ky.; Joyce Evelyn Hall of Frankfort, IN; Lois Carol Bentley of Topmost, Ky.; and Larry Dean Hall of Kite, Ky. Mom also had three stepdaughters, Allie Wright of Deane, Ky., Hassie Short of Jackhorn, Ky., and Mallie Smith of Avon Lake, Oh. She is survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters, and a host of other friends and relatives all mourning her passing. Mom was a rock for all of her children. We all love and miss her greatly. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Mattie's strength, dignity and kindness were an inspiration for all who knew and loved her. She is gone but not forgotten. Mom's final resting place is the Quillen Cemetery, Deane, Ky. Written by her loving daughter, Wilma Sue Bentley

Hall, Rutha Mae Tackett & Millard Hall ~ With a lot of memories and by the help of God, I will attempt to write the obituary of Aunt Mae and Uncle Bill. Aunt Mae was born June 3, 1910, to Sylvan and Rebecca Damron Tackett, and deceased this life on May 23,1996, being 85 years, 11 months and 20 days old. Uncle Bill was born August 8,1906, and deceased this life Oct. 7,1994, being 88 years 2 months and 1 day old. Aunt Mae and Uncle Bill were wed on Jan. 21, 1926, and unto this union there were no children. There was a niece and great nephew who felt as their own, Nada M. Collins, and John Roy "Boss Man" of Topmost, Kentucky. Aunt Mae became a member to the Providence Old Regular Baptist Church and lived a faithful and dedicated member for 59 years. Uncle Bill never became a member to any church, but let many friends and neighbors know that everything was all right between him and God. As they had many hardships in life, it seemed as though they accepted each with little or no complaints. As their health began to fail, in July 1993, they were admitted to the Martin County Health Care Facility at Inez, Kentucky, where they remained until death. In life they both cherished the very little things, anyone visiting, church, and Aunt Mae enjoyed her sewing, crocheting, gardening and flowers. Each held a very special place in their hearts. Aunt Mae leaves 2 sisters, Viola Lewis and Daisy Mullins, both of Virgie, Kentucky, and 1 brother, Jesse Bates, and a host of nieces and nephews. Uncle Bill leaves 3 brothers: Morgan Hall, Salyersville, Ky.; C.M. Isaacs, Prestonsburg, Ky.; and Audrey Collins, Mt. Sterling, Ky. He also leaves 5 sisters: Elsie Hall, Topmost, Ky.; Lou Eva Isaacs, Morristown, Tn.; Elma Pence, Zenia, Ohio; Edith Preston, Owingsville, Ky., and Othadale Downing, Cincinnati, Ohio; and a great host of nieces and nephews. The life that Aunt Mae and Uncle Bill lived lets me believe that they're together now, happy, and all their troubles and trials are over and they're resting in peace. Written by their niece, Nada Mae Collins.

Hall, Tommy ~ It is with sadness, broken hearts, and great pride in his accomplishments that we have attempted to write this tribute to our grandfather, Tommy Hall. Our home will never be the same anymore since our Papa has gone to be with Jesus. No words can express how we feel about our Papa. He was so full of life, happiness, and love for his family. Tommy Hall was born on Dec. 7, 1916 at Melvin, Kentucky. He was the son of the late George and Pricie Cole Hall. He had three brothers and four sisters. He is survived by two brothers, Earnest and Vondall, and one sister, Daisy. One thing Papa instilled in all of us was a good work ethic. He was passionate and dependable with anything he set out to do. For a large portion of his life, he worked in the coal mines. He worked for both Inland Steel and Island Creek Coal Companies. Papa took most pride in being a long-standing member of the United Mine Workers Association, Local Union 5899. Papa was very involved in his community. He was responsible for starting the little league baseball program in Wheelwright. Papa's strong love for baseball and children continued all of his life. Including becoming a member of Joppa Church, one of the most important decisions Papa ever made was December 21,1939 when he married our grandmother, Maggie Hall. Papa vowed to always provide for her and his family. He certainly kept his promise. Together they raised three children, Suette, Patti, and Terry. They will always be grateful to their Daddy for providing a good, loving home, life, and education. Papa's belief of a good education continues through two generations, and speaking for all of us we intend to carry on the tradition. Tommy was crazy about his family. He has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. We each have been influenced by his personality and the life he lived. He taught Todd and me how to play the banjo and guitar; Chad and Aaron, baseball; and all of us his great sense of humor. I know a lot of family and friends are probably thinking right now of their own stories about our Papa. He never met a stranger and had a story or joke for everyone. Papa was kind and gentle to all of his family and in March of 1993 he joined the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. He and Mama attended every Sunday as long as health permitted. Papa loved his church and his Brothers and Sisters. Papa wanted the best for his church and has worked diligently to obtain land from the Railroad for Joppa Church. Our family intends to pursue this in his honor. Today we say goodbye to a great husband, father, and grandfather. Papa, we miss you and think of you daily. As you look down on us from Heaven, we want you to know we will take care of Mammaw. We love you and we know you are in a better place. Written by granddaughters Robin Rose & Ritra Willcoxon

Hamilton, Burley ~ (1936-1995)  With a sad and broken heart and the help of the Lord we will try to write an obituary of a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Burley Hamilton. Burley was born December 28, 1936 to the late Hasquie and Gustie Hamilton of Clintwood Virginia. He was the youngest of 12 children, 6 of whom preceded him in death. He died October 9, 1995 at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin Ky, in the lunchroom, making his stay here on earth 58 years 10 months and 12 days. Burley met and fell in love with Sadie (T.R.) Johnson Hamilton. They were united in the eyes of God on January 17, 1958, and into this union they were blessed with 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls: Avery (Jackie) Hamilton; Mary Sue Jones of Melvin, Ky.; Terry B Hamilton of McDowell, Ky.; Gary Hamilton of Melvin, Ky.; Shelia Anna Tackett of Hi Hat, Ky. Burley worked as a truck driver and a coal miner. He worked until the doctors took him out of the mines because he was disabled. He worked hard each day and every day to provide for his family, whom he loved so much. He had an even greater love for God. He joined Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church May 9,1992 and was baptized by Elder Hershell Slone and Elder Arnold Tackett. That Sunday morning he was so excited to tell everyone what good things the Lord had done for him that he didn't wait for the church door to open to give his hand he went during services. He filled his seat faithfully until moments before his death. When he went to his sister churches he would always stand up and Rohdina and William had six great-grandchildren, five grandchildren, and one step-granddaughter. She was the daughter-in-law of Andy and Marthy Hamilton. Written by her broken hearted sister in law, Rosie Hamilton Akers

Hamilton, Travis Dwayne ~ In loving memory of Travis Dwayne Hamilton - he was a loving son, a devoted brother, a caring grandson. It is so hard to try to write an obituary of a loved one. Dwayne was killed in a tragic accident on January 13, 1996. He was taken from us so fast, Dwayne knew how much we loved him. He will never know how much we will miss him, and how much he meant to all of us. My son will never know how much I miss him. Dwayne's father, Travis Darrell Hamilton, was killed in a car accident when Dwayne was just a baby. He never got to know his dad and know how much he was like him. Dwayne had a big heart, he always let his family know that what was his was theirs, too. Dwayne left behind his stepfather, Ricky Hamilton, who had been with him for twenty-one years. He also left behind three brothers: Steven Darrell, Ricky Darren and Christopher Scott; and one sister, Candy Deneen, all living at Teaberry. His grandparents who preceded him in death are Little Ellis and Mellie Tackett of Beaver and Carlos Hamilton of Teaberry. His grandmother, Ethel Hamilton, is still living at Teaberry. If Dwayne were here with us he would be an uncle now, I know that would have made him so happy. Dwayne, please watch over little Tyler Dwayne. I know my son is in Heaven. God, my angel is now your angel. Not one day goes by that he is not on my mind and I still can't speak his name without tears in my eyes and pain in my heart. God, you have a plan for Dwayne, you needed him with You in Heaven. Watch over us, help us make it through the day, help ease the pain along the way. Now Dwayne, you get to meet Dad, walk with in Glory Land. You love to hear your music every day. I know you were smiling when the harps in Heaven began to play and the sweetness of the sounds when the angels sing. Dwayne, know that you are missed every day, and you will never be forgotten. Written By his mother, Wanda Lee Hamilton, his sister Candy, his brothers, Steven, Darren and Chris, and loving family

Hamilton, Wheeler ~  In loving memories, I will write this obituary of my beloved husband of 37 years, 10 months 22 days. Wheeler Hamilton, 62 years of age, was born December 29, 1932, at Teaberry, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Henry and Martha Hamilton. He departed this life following an extended illness on Sunday, October 8, 1995, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. In life his occupations were coal miner and construction worker. His hobby was trading. On November 16,1957, he married Roma Lou Hall (Howell) Hamilton, of Craynor, Ky. We have five children, 1 son, Michael Daryl Hamilton Craynor, Ky.; 4 daughters: Eva Lorraine Ray, of Pikeville, Ky.; Jelinda Ann Williams, of Craynor, Ky.; Elana Jean Billiter, of Pikeville, Ky.; Rozalyn Rashell Hamilton, of Craynor, Ky.; eight precious grandchildren: Dawn Renee Salisbury Adams, David Bradley Salisbury, Derek Michael Salisbury, Kimberly Ann Williams, Edna Sheree Keneal Williams, Deonna Lynn Williams, Nikki Paige Stevie Billiter, Gregory JoMicah Billiter; and one great-grandchild, Austin Bradley Salisbury, born June 8,1996, nine months to the day of his great-grandfather's death. He also has one brother, Troy Hamilton, of Teaberry, Ky., and one sister, Olgia Troutner, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters: Allard, Raymond, David Hamilton, Bessie Hamilton, Lillie Newsome, Vina Bryant, and Lacy Jones. He was laid to rest at Emitt Tackett Cemetery, at Craynor, Kentucky. He is sadly missed by all that knew and loved him, but he will never, never be forgotten! Written by his loving wife, Roma Lou Hamilton

Hamilton, Willie ~ It is with much sadness that we try to write an obituary of our beloved brother. Willie Hamilton, 72 years of age, was born on November 23,1923 at Grethel, Kentucky. He was the son of the late John and Grace Sword Hamilton. He departed this life following an extended illness on Sunday, September 1, 1996 at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. In life his occupation was that of a factory worker. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Everett, Wilburn and Earl Hamilton; one half-brother, John Tracy Hamilton; two half-sisters: Reecie Hamilton and Irene Hamilton. He is survived by his step-mother, Lizzie Tackett of Grethel, Kentucky; one brother, Willard Hamilton of Harold, Kentucky; two half-sisters, Mary Lou Hamilton of New London, Ohio and Loraine Williams of Stanville, Kentucky; and a host of relatives and friends who mourn his passing. Willie joined the Pilgrim Home Church on November 11, 1995. He was baptized by Brothers Elisha Branham and Jason Lowery. He loved going to church and to hear the old-time singing and preaching. He lived a faithful member until death. We feel and believe our loss is Heaven's gain. Written by the family

Hampton, Forest ~ It is with much sadness we try to write the obituary of our beloved husband, dad and brother. Dad was born on March 9, 1915 to the late Pleasant and Arlena (Tackett) Hampton. He fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on October 5, 1995 making his stay on earth 80 years, 6 months and 26 days. As a young man he fell in love with Lexie (Tackett) Hampton and they were united in marriage on February 17, 1938. To this union were born 12 children, seven boys: Forest Jr. of Elyria Ohio; Julius, Juble, Larry, David and Ronnie, all of Long Fork; and Gary of Robinson Creek Ky.; five daughters: Shirley Johnson of Marshall's Branch; Norene Johnson of Elyria OH.; Lois Roemer of Greenlawn NY; Gay Johnson of Taylor MI.; and Sheila Edmonds of Caney Creek, Ky. He also leaves 27 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hassell of River Rouge MI, and Joseph Hampton of Marshall's Branch. He is preceded in death by three brothers: Gomer, Archie, and Cecil, and four sisters: Zeal Johnson, Lillie Mae Meadows, Madgie Tackett and Helen (Elliott) Hall. Dad was a member of the local unit of the U.M. W. A. of Wheelwright KY. Dad gave his hand to become a member of the church the fourth Saturday in June, 1993. While telling his experience, Dad said he could have joined the Church twelve years earlier. He was baptized by Elders Monroe Jones and Dewey Roberts, and took his membership to the Old Long Fork Regular Baptist Church, where he remained a faithful member until his passing. Dad, we all love and miss you, we had to say good-bye for now but only for a short while. When we meet again there will be no dialysis machines, no pain, no sorrow, no tears, and best of all no parting of our ways. We are all yet saddened by your death but feel we gained much by knowing you and having shared your love. The old home will never be the same but if we will do the will of God our next reunion will be in our Heavenly home with Jesus.
Written by his broken hearted family, Lexie and children

Hampton, Martha (Hampton) ~ Martha (Tackett) Hampton was born October 29th, 1916 and passed away on September 14th, 1996, making her stay on this earth 79 years, 8 months and 15 days. She was the seventh child of eight children who were born unto the late Oliver and Emoline (Hudson) Tackett. Martha was preceded in death by both parents, three brothers: Duran, Edgbert & John Tackett, and three sisters: Vadnie Caudill, Viola Little and Elsie Little. She leaves one sister, Anel Hampton, and a host of nieces and nephews to mourn her passing. Martha married her beloved husband, Basil Hampton, on December 9, 1932. To this union were born two children, Gladzie Fern and Vernon Webster, both of whom died in infancy. Basil, her faithful husband of 64 years, stood by her bedside during the last five years of her life and was at that post on Saturday morning when the angel from Heaven came and took her home to receive her great reward. Martha joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the fourth Saturday in April, 1935 at the young age of 17. She was baptized that same day by Elder Drake Bowling and remained a faithful member for over 61 years. She was an inspiration to all who knew her! She never failed to tell you about Jesus and to talk about her church. Her greatest joy in life came from getting dinner ready for the Enterprise Church each church time and telling "Bas," which is what she called him, just how to place the food in the trunk of the car to protect it. She really loved her church! Martha did so much to help the people of this community that it will never be the same without her. She would love to shout, sing and praise her Lord at church so much that it will never be the same without her. She lived a full and happy life on earth and I'm sure she is now receiving the reward she was always looking for. She will certainly be in that number when the saints go marching in! Basil, her faithful husband.

Hampton, Melster Smallwood ~ It is with great sadness that I, with the help of our dear Lord, write this obituary of my loving mother and sister in the Lord. Mommy was born April 8,1924 to the late Monroe and Mellie France Smallwood. She departed this life May 10, 1996, exchanging a world of sickness and pain for a peaceful home. Mommy married my daddy, Robert Lee Hampton, on November 24, 1948. To this union I was the only child born. Mommy is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Deloris Potter Hampton, whom she loved and thought of as her own daughter; three brothers: Roy Smallwood of Dorton, Kentucky, George (Ben) Smallwood of Birmingham, Michigan, Aubrey Smallwood of West Minster, South Carolina; and two sisters, Fern Webb of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, and Audrey Mullins of Dorton, Kentucky. Her loving husband, Robert Lee Hampton, and three brothers, Monroe Smallwood, Jr., Marvin Smallwood, and Creed Smallwood, preceded her in death. Mommy had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for many years with her membership being at Enterprise since November 15, 1958. I have suffered a great loss, but I feel my loss is Heaven's gain. I tried to comfort my mother on the night that my daddy died by saying "Mommy, we can go to Heaven to be with Daddy some day." Now, those thoughts keep me going. I pray each day that when my life here on earth is over I can go to Heaven to be with Mommy and Daddy again.
Written in loving memory by her son, Robert Vernon Hampton.

Hicks, Edgar ~ With loving memories I will write this obituary of one that was so dear to us, Edgar Hicks. He was born to the late Bill and Jemima Frasure Hicks on August 5,1916 at Pyramid, Kentucky in Floyd County, and departed this life on November 28, 1995 of a sudden illness. Edgar was united in marriage to Pearlie Marie Hale Hicks on December 15, 1942. Unto this union were born 10 children, including two sets twins. Surviving besides his dear companion, Pearlie, are three daughters: Ruby Oliver, Flatwoods, Ky. Mima Parsons and Betty Vanhorn both of Ashland, Ky.; and seven sons: Edgar W. (Eddie) of Ocala, FL.; Michael (Mike) Charles, Paul and Henderson all of Ashland, KY; Melvin and Mark of Lexington, Ky; fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn their loss are three brothers: Floyd of Willard, Ohio; Willie, Prestonsburg, KY; Burnis of Wilmington, Ohio; and three sisters: Delphia Fryer and Edna Prater, both of Ashland, Ky.; and Margie White, Fayetteville, N.C. Preceding him in death were three brothers: Ezra, Ernest and Elzie; and two sisters, Ellen Shepherd and Anna Prater. Edgar was baptized by Elders Baxter Osborne and Elias Cotton on December 7, 1946 and placed his membership with the Little Jewell Church in Ashland, Ky. On December 10, 1978 he went by letter to the Little Mary Church in Ashland and was ordained a deacon there on July 14, 1979, where he remained in fellowship until death. For outstanding service to his country during World War II Edgar was awarded several medals, including the Purple Heart. He was employed for several years by A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. and Ramey Ford in Ashland, Kentucky. Edgar suffered a stroke about six years ago, which left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak except a few words. Even though he was confined to a wheel chair, he was never demanding but kind and patient. We believe the life he lived was a light to all who knew him. He loved company, and was always so pleased when the brothers and sisters from church came to visit. Although we miss him so much, we feel that he has gone to that eternal home where there is joy and peace forever. Edgar was laid to rest in the Happy Ridge Cemetery in Ashland, Ky. Written by his sister, Delphia Fryer
The 28 of November is a day I will always remember. To me it was a sad day, because I got news from home that my Dad had passed away. Even though it hurts to know he's gone from us at last, we know he's not suffering now, like he did in years that's passed. He's singing now and shouting, I know he's being blessed, For now he's Home with Jesus, to claim his peaceful rest.  Written by hhis son, Edgar W. "Eddiw" Hicks

Howell, Newberry ~ In loving memory of our beloved daddy, I will try with much sadness to write the obituary of Newberry Howell. He was the son of the late Green and Nannie Hamilton Howell. He was born on April 26, 1930 and passed away on Thursday night October 5, 1996 at 8:15 at his home. He went from this world into God's loving care. Daddy had punished so much the last two years and prayed so hard not to smother, but to go in his sleep. He went easy, I don't think he even knew. His surviving brother and sisters are: Will Palmer Howell, Rosanna Hamilton, Jean Deskins and Alice Miller. He married our mother, Pearl Carroll, on July 17, 1952. There were three children born, one set of twins, Shirley Compton on Virley Parsons Gunter, and one son, Cecil Howell. Daddy was a welder and meter reader for Ashland Oil Exploration and retired after working for 40 years. He was dearly loved by the men and women at Ashland Oil. Those who came to his funeral know what a beautiful service it was. He had an Ashland motorcade from the funeral home to church and onto the gravesite. The men from Ashland Oil helped to make the cemetery for him and they were his honorary pallbearers. It was so beautiful that day, like God was smiling down on us. He would have been so proud. He would thank each and everyone for coming. Daddy joined the Old Regular Baptist Church after he had prayed and prayed about it. He would tell me he felt he wasn't good enough, or wasn't doing good enough for the Lord. We talked about it often and he would tell me his dreams. At last he had a dream about "Papaw" (Green Howell). He was motioning for him to come with him. Daddy said he couldn't leave his family, brothers, and sisters. Papaw told him it was all right, that they would come later. So after that dream, he could join with a good heart. One Saturday I was over cleaning house and Daddy ask me, "What are we going to do with all them babies?" I told him he had three babies. He said, "Not them, all these in white dresses." Once he asked Virley and Mom to watch those babies on the bed. He had told Aunt Alice and Aunt Rosanna about people singing old-time songs. I know in my heart Daddy is in a better place. I know Daddy was grateful for those who helped to give his shots and pills, and work that machine from Texas. He would thank Virley, Patsy , Mom, and especially Aunt Alice for being there every night. He once told Aunt Rosanna, "Now you can have Alice when I'm gone, but let me keep her now." Thank you all, from the bottom of his heart Daddy has seven grandchildren: Nathan Eric, Billy Brian and John Russell Parsons, Brooke Anne and Jessica Lane Compton, Starsky Michael and Chase Tyler Howell. Daddy told Cecil he didn't care to die, he just hated to leave the children. We all miss you so much. I love you, Daddy. With much sadness and all my love, Shirley (Mamaw's cow)

Howell, Tavia ~ By the help of God, I will try to write the obituary of my beloved mother, Tavia Martin Howell. She was born September 19, 1916, at Craynor, Kentucky. She passed away August 22, 1996, making her stay on earth 79 years, 11 months and 3 days. She was the daughter of Andy and Folly Mitchell Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Howell, and to their union were born eight children, four of whom passed away infants. The four surviving children are: Elma Slone of Dayton, Ohio; Charlie Howell of Dayton, Ohio; Sylvia Jean Newsome of Craynor, Kentucky; and Joe Howell, Jr. of Craynor, Kentucky. Her surviving brothers are: John D. Martin of Beaver, Kentucky and Joe Martin of Beaver, Kentucky. She is survived by one sister, Ossia Reynolds of Craynor, Kentucky. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mom frequently attended the Old Regular Baptist Church throughout her life, and she was a strong believer of Jesus Christ. Although she was not a member of the church, she told everyone before she pas^d away that she was going to be with Jesus. We all that knew her, loved her very deeply, and we miss ner very much. Written by Joe Howard Jr.

Huff, John C. ~ John C. Huff was born Jan. 26, 1900. He was 95 years old when he passed away at the McDowell A.R.H. He had six children, 43 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. When he passed away he left behind three children: Dorothy Hamilton, Garlia Cook, and Ersel Huff. Gone before him was his wife and three children. When he left this world he went to be with his wife, children, and his savior. He would tell us about his life that he lived and we could sit for hours and listen to him. We miss his stories as much as we miss him. He was a person that you would fall in love with from the first time you met him. He was everyone's grandpa. John C. Huff had a heart made of gold. He was the most beautiful person on this earth. We hope to see you one day, Grandpa. Written by his family, who love and miss him

Hunter, Mary Jane ~ Today seems like such an empty day, my heart is broken, my tears are flowing, but Jesus said He would bottle them up. By the grace of God I pray Mom is resting until the great morning and all who love and keep God's commandments can rise again when the trumpet sounds. We can all go rejoicing home together. My mother was Mary Jane Hunter. She was born to John and Jane Marshall on Stephen's Branch, Ky. August 20, 1901. Mom married Craig Hunter in 1919. They lived a Christian life and raised nine children. Three infants died just after birth. Dad died in 1969, leaving Mom and nine of us children to mourn our loss. In 1984, Marvin and Myrtie died and Verlie died in 1986. Gervie passed away in 1995. Now there are five of us left to mourn the loss of our mother. Mom belonged to Little Dove Church. She was a faithful member as long as she could go. She joined the Little Dove Church October, 1934. She always enjoyed the church and good people. Her doors were always open when she kept house. The coffee pot and cake were always ready. No matter who came, she wanted them to eat before they left. Mom spent the last seven or eight years with me. I fed her every bite she ate for the last seven months of her life. Mom was very special to her children and 46 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was a great host of us all. We did everything we could for Mom to make her life comfortable. Mom told us the week before she died that she was going to die. She started an old song, "Oh Sing to Me of Heaven When I am Called to Die." She sang one verse real plain. Brother Freddy got the song book and finished singing it for her. She loved to hear him sing. He was so good to Mom. He would lift her from her wheelchair to the recliner and to bed. Mom, sleep on and rest. By the Grace of God we will see you again. I hope the family will read the old King James version Bible and prepare to get ready, because Jesus is coming again, ready or not. He said it would have been better if you would have never been born when your time is up. It's too late then. Love you all. Don't forget the Old Regular Baptist Church. It's been a good home for me and Mom. Love and prayers to all, Sister Sue Kidd and Brother Freddy Kidd

Johnson, Dorothy ~ It is with a sad and broken heart that we will try to write an obituary of Dorothy Johnson. Dorothy was the daughter of the late Has Johnson and Lillie Mae Hall Johnson. Dorothy was born on November 20, 1957 and departed from this life June 20, 1996, making her stay here on earth 38 years and 7 months. Dorothy died at the McDowell Hospital following a long illness. Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, four brothers and one sister. Left to mourn their loss are her mom, Lillie Mae Johnson, four brothers: Otis Johnson. Bailey Johnson and Daniel Johnson all of Bevinsville, KY, and Ell Johnson of Teaberry, KY; three sisters: Thelma Quillen of Dwale, KY; Bessie Keltner of Lima, Ohio and Annie Gessel of Bevinsville, KY; many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and neighbors. So, we feel God has opened that beautiful mansion and told Little Dorothy to come on in, that her pain and suffering are over. Her soul is at rest around God's great throne. So we like to say to Dorothy's loved ones that she had left back here, If you ever want to see her again you will have to serve the same God as Dorothy did. Mom and I feel with all of our hearts that we will be with her again and all of our loved ones gone on before us. Written by her Brother, Mom, Otis and Lillie Mae Johnson "Sleep on, Dorothy, 'till judgment day, when God will wake you from the sleeping grace. The ground will open where you now lay and we will join you on the great day."

Johnson, Harvey "June" & Oma Thornsberry Johnson ~ It is with great sadness that we will try to write this obituary of our loving parents, Harvey (June) Johnson and Oma (Thornsberry) Johnson. Dad was born June 4, 1917, at Weeksbury, Ky. to the late Francis Marion and Leander (Burke) Johnson who preceded him in death. He also has four brothers and one sister who preceded him in death. Dad left us on April 13, 1994, making his stay on earth 76 years, 10 months and 9 days. Then, exactly one year later, we lost our sweet loving mother, Oma W Pi (Thornsberry) Johnson. She was born October 5, 1924, in Knott County to the late Cecil and Linda (Caudill) Thornsberry who preceded her in death.  She left us on April 13, 1995, making her stay on earth 7- years, 6 months and 8 days. She has two sisters and one brother who preceded her in death Mom and Dad were united in marriage on May 18, 1939, and to this union 15 children were born. There are two sons, two daughters, one grandson, and one granddaughter that preceded them in death. Surviving children are: Irene Jones of Kite, Ky.; Myrtle Bates of Wayland, Ky.; Lois Caudill of Virgie, Ky.; Polly Bates of Topmost, Ky.; Ray Johnson, Joe Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Eddie Johnson all of Kite, Ky.; Alice Collins, Barcy Slone, and Martha Hall all of Topmost, Ky. They have 32 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren who mourn their loss. Dad leaves behind two brothers, Joe Johnson and Ivan Johnson, and one sister, Alma Johnson. Mom leaves behind seven sisters to mourn: Rosie Isaac, Irene Isaac, Elizabeth Walker, Nancy Walker, Annie Doner, Maria Slate, and Merlene Burchett.  Our parents will surely be missed by all who loved them. They left us hope that they are with our Lord, Jesus Christ, in Heaven. So, brothers and sisters, let's make preparations so we all can be with them in Heaven. They would want all their children with them, and let's hope that each and every one of the children take heed and change before it's too late. So, sleep on Mommy and Daddy, we love you. Written by a broken hearted family

Johnson, Sister Lizzie B. ~ Sister Lizzie Johnson was born on May 30,1913 to William and Martha Hamilton Newsome. Her natural life on earth ended after 83 years and 1 day. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bro. Andy Johnson; 8 brothers: Andy Lee, Noah, Henry, Bert, Robert, Shelby, Charlie, and Everett Newsome; 3 Sisters: Mellie Hall, Eva Moore, and Maudie Newsome. Left to mourn are 2 daughters, Irene McCown and Brenda E McCown; 1 sister, Josie Hopkins; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-greatgrandchildren. Sister Lizzie received forgiveness and joined the Old Regular Baptists when she was a young and tender girl of 17 years. Sister Lizzie loved to have singing and praying and preaching in her home to the very end of her life. Sister Lizzie doesn't need that anymore, but she requested nearly every brother and sister to counsel her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren that if they wanted to be with Granny and Poppy again, they would have to get to know Jesus in a pardon and remission of sin. Everybody who knew Sister Lizzie knew how she loved to talk, but she did not just talk the talk of being a Christian mother, she walked the walk. Now she is resting after her faithful journey. Written by Bro. Herman McCown, Jr.

Johnson, Maudie ~ By the help of the Lord and request of the family I will attempt to write the obituary of a dear sister, mother, grandmother and wife whom we loved dearly. Maudie Johnson was born February 14, 1922 to Henry David and Lena Ray. She passed this life September 5, 1996 in Lexington, Kentucky, making her stay here on earth 74 years and 7 months. She married Russell Johnson on May 10, 1945. She is survived by her husband of 51 years; a son, Carl Wayne Johnson; daughter- in-law, Glenna Johnson; and 2 grandchildren, Jason and Jessica Johnson; four sisters: Pearl Adkins of Martin, KY; Draxie Johnson of Hunington, IN; Alma Jewell Tackett of Virgie, KY; and Agnes Jean Ray of Lexington, KY; and one brother, Force Conley Ray of Hunington, IN. She joined the Old Joppa Church on October 2, 1983. She first went to the Freewill Baptist Church, then she told me of a dream she had of two angels coming and standing at the foot of her bed and telling her to go be baptized into the Old Regular Baptist Church, and then she would be happy. Jason and Jessica, Mommaw loved you both so much. You will never know how much she referred to you all as her babies. Every time I talked to her she said something about you all in some way. Just try to meet her in Heaven someday. Russell, I know how lonely you must be without her, but let me beg you to fall out with sin and be born again so you can meet her in Heaven when this life is over. I believe with all my heart I will see her again before long. Then we can rejoice together around that Bright Throne. I believe God needed another rose for His garden, so he picked her. I miss talking to her, but I can look forward to seeing her again. Let me say to Wayne, "Son, I know you will miss Mom and that you loved her, she loved you so much, but try to meet her in Heaven someday." I will close this obituary by saying, "Sleep on, Sis. I hope to meet you over there on that bright shore. Written by her natural and sister in the Lord, alma Jewell Tackerr; husband Russell Johnson; son, Wayne Johnson; daugther in law Glenna Johnson, grandchildren, Jason and Jessica Johnson

Jones, Ezra ~ With the help of God I will write an obituary of my late husband Ezra Jones. Ezra was born September 24, 1923 to the late Ambrose Jones and Jannie Quillen. He left this world March 31st, 1996, making his stay here 72 years 6 months and 7 days. Ezra was a good man. He joined the Samaria Church in 1965 and became an ordained minister in 1968. He worked so hard to raise his family. He loved his family very much. Ezra was first married to the late Annie Hamilton. To them were born six children. Three preceded him in death. Left to mourn their loss are his children: Joanne lames of Florida, Ezra Jones, Jr. of Ohio and Jimmy Jones of Betsy Layne, Ky. Later he married Verna Hamilton and they had two children, Joetta Adkins and Travis Glen Jones both of Grethel. He left behind one brother, Elder Aaron Jones, twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He loved his daughters-in-law, Angela and Brenda Jones, like his own daughters, and his grandson, Randy Lambert, and his wife, Lisa. His granddaughter, Denise Jones, was like his own. He loved her so. Denise loved him like a dad. She misses him very much, as we all do. Ezra was hospitalized at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital for seventy days due to cancer. The family took care of Ezra day and night. I don't know what I would have done without my family and friends. I want to thank everyone who helped. I want to thank Dr. Vicher and all the doctors and wonderful nurses and staff who cared for Ezra. I will never forget any of them, because they were so good to Ezra and all of us. We all love them for their help. I get so lonesome sometimes, but he can't come back to us. I believe he is with Jesus now, at peace. I miss him so much. By the help of God we can meet him one day. So I want to say to the children, if you want to live with Daddy again, you had better pray today. He is missed very much by every life that he touched. We all love and miss him. So sleep on, just for a little time. We will be with you soon. We will never forget you. I will meet you someday in Heaven, so tell Jesus I'm waiting on Him.
Written by his loving wife, Verna Jones and daugther in law Angela Jones

Jones, James "Jimmy" Jr. ~ James "Jimmy" Jones Jr. was born October 17,1941 and left this world for a better home on November 9, 1995. He was the son of the late James and Emma Jarrell Jones of McDowell, Kentucky. On June 3, 1965 he married Sue Collins and was blessed with three children whom he loved very much: Jimmy Lee, Steve and Kristi. His daughter-in-law, Gwen, became the same as a daughter. The light of his life was his granddaughter, Megan, who he called "Papa's Pet." He also leaves three sisters: Jenny Alley, Gormet Hamilton, and Marie Samons; one brother, Rudolph Jones; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends to mourn his death. He turned his life over to the Lord and was shown so many blessings. His strength and faith has been an inspiration to us. We have so many memories and the empty place in our hearts and home will never be filled. "Should you go first and I remain to walk the road alone, I'll live in memory's garden dear, with happy days we've known."
Written by his broken hearted wife, Sue and children

Justice, Zettie & Walter ~ It is with a sad and broken heart that we attempt to write the obituaries of our dear, loving parents, Zettie & Walter Justice. Dad and Mom were married December 18, 1945, and to this union five children were born: Brenda, Bonnie, Patrica, Bernice, and Clark. Mom was bom July 1, 1928 and departed this life May 27, 1977. She was the daughter of Johnny and Ethel Dye Akers. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Mom never worked outside the home, she was a homemaker. Mom went to church, but she never joined - but she was a praying woman because she told us about it. We believe she is resting in the arms of Jesus. Dad was born September 18, 1913, and departed this life September 11,1995. He was the son of Will and Lourissa Farmer Justice. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one granddaughter, eight brothers, and a twin sister. He is survived by five children, 14 grandchildren, and one sister. Dad was a carpenter by trade. He joined the old Regular Baptist Church August 18, 1989, and was baptized the same day by Brother Wendell Hamilton and Ellis Holbrook. Dad was in good health until June 1995. He was never able to make it back to church. Every weekend he would talk about where church was that day, he always wished he was able to be with his brothers and sisters. He enjoyed all the visits from his brothers and sisters when they came to talk and pray with him. He never gave up his faith in the Lord. About seven hours before he died he told us he was walking with the Lord, and we know he is just gone home to be with a friend.
Sadly Missed by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

Kidd, Cindy ~ We, the family, will try to write the obituary of our much loved mother, Cindy Kidd. Mom was born April 28, 1912 at Honaker, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Case and Nora Bell Kidd-Case. She was married to our beloved father, Allen Kidd, on March 7,1929. He preceded her in death on June 13,1989. Unto this union were born twelve children, eight girls and four boys. These children are: Nannie Mae Hampton of Dayton, Ohio; Shirley Branham of Vermilion, Ohio; Eugene Kidd of Morgantown, Ky.; Juanita Kidd-Cook of Norwalk, Ohio; Minnie Jarrell of Banner, Ky.; Alice Faye Lawson of Dana, Ky.; Willard Kidd of Hi Hat, Ky.; and Lora Katherine Akers of Banner, Ky. The deceased children are Aline Crum, Magaline Kidd, William Green Kidd and Cecil Kidd. She also has nineteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren who loved her dearly. She was a member of the Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church since 1952. There aren't enough words that could express how much we are going to miss our mother. She was the most gentle and kind person anyone could know. We never knew what it was for her not to be caring and loving. She didn't know how to be mean, she just knew how to love her family. Our mother was a kind hearted and forgiving person. Her heart was full of love for this family who is grieving for her today. She was generous to a fault and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren more than anything. Although we all grieve for her and feel an enormous loss, we have to have faith that she is in a better place. She is with Jesus today and I feel that she is watching over all of us right now. She would want us all to continue loving one another as only a close family can. We will have to stop and just remember the love she had for us all and draw strength from that love. Written by the family

Kiser, Dixie Newsome ~ Dixie was born April 3, 1926 in Pike County to the late Harrison and Victoria Newsome and passed away on May 29, 1996 at her home on Newsome Branch, making her stay on earth 70 years, 1 month, 26 days. She was married to Hatler Kiser on August 24, 1940. To this union of 55 years were born 2 sons, Arthur Kiser, deceased in infancy, and Reed Kiser of Jenkins, Kentucky; 2 daughters, Belle Tackett of Pikeville, Kentucky, Mary Lou White of Bolivia, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, all left to mourn their loss. She joined the Bethlehem Church on the second Saturday in November, 1976 and was baptized the same day by Elder Hatler Kiser and Elder Jethro Hampton. Mommy was a loving companion, caring mother and a devoted member of the Old Regular Baptist faith. She will be sadly missed by her brothers and sisters of the church, by her many friends and neighbors, but most of all by her loving companion and family. We feel with all our hearts she has made the exchange from this troublesome life into a world of happiness and everlasting peace. Written by her loving husband and children

Kohler, Bonnie G. Hall ~ Bonnie G. Hall Kohler was born December 17, 1935, the daughter of Everett and the late Carrie 0. Hall of Bevinsville, Ky. She departed this life May 5,1996 in an automobile accident in the state of Michigan, making her stay here on this earth 60 years,4 months and 18 days. She is survived by her husband, Donald Kohler; one daughter, Deborah Thomas; two sons, Michael and Mark Castle; and six grandchildren. Also surviving are six sisters: Eileen Johnson, Lorraine Little, Jeanette Ramey, JoAnn West, Barbara Joyce Harris, Emily Ellen Youngert; and one brother, James Wesley Hall, and numerous nieces and nephews. Our hearts are so heavy with deep sorrow upon the loss of our dear loved one. She was such a kind, loving, and giving person who was always there in times of need. She gave herself so unselfishly. She was not a member of the church, but one thing she had in her favor was that she believed the truth about repentance and faith toward God, which is the basic principal of the doctrine of Jesus Christ our Lord. Don, her husband, said that after the accident she was praying to the Lord with much fervor, and we believe that because of the dreams and visions that the Lord has given us as a witness her soul is in the Paradise of God to await the resurrection of the body on that great and notable day.
Sincerely written by Lorraine Little

Lawson, Anise ~ With sad and broken hearts, and with the help of the Lord, we will try to write the obituary of a dear and loving mother and grandmother, Anise Lawson. Anise was born March 9, 1905 to the late Harry Lee and Ida Moore at Garrett, Kentucky. She passed away Monday, September 23,1996 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, following a long illness, making her stay on earth 91 years and six months. Early in life, Anise married Humbert Lawson. Unto this union 12 children were born, 7 sons and 5 daughters. Along with her husband, Humbert, 7 children preceded her in death: Ivel Lawson, Lexie Lawson, Judy Lawson, Barbara Hicks, Sidney Earl Lawson, Fieldery Lawson, Orville Lawson. She leaves five children behind to mourn her death: Richard Lawson, Cynthiana, KY; Raymond Lawson; Garrett, KY; Sonny D. Lawson, Laporte, IN; Dixie Tuttle, Garrett, KY; Euvonda Hand, Laporte, IN. She also leaves behind 2 brothers and 2 sisters: Artis Moore, Garrett, Ky; Arnold Moore, Prestonsburg, KY; Mandy Pratt, Garrett, KY; Hildred Martin, Dry Ridge, KY; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. Early in the 1940s, during WWII, Anise joined the Stone Coal Old Regular Baptist Church. There she stayed a faithful member until her death. Although suffering a long illness, she always kept her faith in the Lord. She loved to get out on those warm, sunny days and go to church to hear the gospel preached and sing those sweet songs of Zion. Anise led a simple life, enduring many hardships along the way. She found joy in the simple things, flowers, gardening and visiting with friends, but most of all, she loved her family and loved to have them near her. Her suffering is over. She's gone to be with Jesus, and I know she hopes to see you over there.
Written by her grandson, Timothy Ray Lawson

Little, Anna Faye "Little Sissie" ~ It is with a lot of sadness and truly broken heart that we will attempt to write an obituary of a dear and beloved daughter and sister. She suffered and passed on after a long illness in the winter of 1996. Sissie didn't even know that she was so sick. She left this world in peace of mind that she had a better home waiting, to take all of her pain away. Anna Faye Little was the daughter of Manerva Breeding Little of Weeksbury and the late Ballard Little. She was a child care provider. She was born January 31, 1938, in Weeksbury. She lived on this earth for 58 years. Sissie left us on April 23, 1996. She left us with a beautiful testimony that she was going home to see the Lord. So many people that knew her know what a caring person and a giving person that she was. She was strong and independent, always doing for others than doing for herself. She was a person that had to be doing something all the time and never complained to us as her health started to go down. But we could see the change in her as the months went along that we were going to lose her. Anna Faye Little leaves this world with a mother who will always miss and love her as long as her stay is on this earth. Also left are two sisters, Linda Kaye Little of Bypro and Reba Mae Vicars of Weeksbury, who will miss her every day. She will always be on their minds and in their hearts, because we had a very special sister relationship that if one hurt the other ones felt the pain of the other. Anna Faye Little had five brothers whom she leaves on this earth: Willis D. Little of Melvin; Earl Little of Killen, Texas; Forrest D. Little of Jamestown, Ohio; David Little of Wheelwright; and Ballard Little, Jr. of Bevinsville. They will also miss her and remember the things that she has done for them and all the good times and the bad times as they grew up. Sissie always had a warm smile and a warm welcome to all who came her way. She was dearly loved by family and friends. Her loss has left an empty place in all our hearts that can never be filled, but we know that our loss is Heaven's gain and that a beautiful new rose has bloomed in God's precious garden.
Written by her loving sisters and brothers and mother

Manuel, Manor ~ Manor Manuel, age 83, of Langley, KY, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 1996, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, KY, following a long illness. He was born August 30,1912, in Pyramid, KY, the son of the late William Lee and Lucinda Robinson Manuel and was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Arms Manuel. Dad was a retired engineer, formerly employed by Kentucky Hydrocarbon, Langley, KY, and a member of the Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church, Langley, KY. He was an Old Regular Baptist for 40 years. He has gone home to be with Jesus and Mommy. Dad had nine children, three sons: Willard Manuel, Shiloh, OH; Ralph Manuel, Garden City, MI; James Manuel, Houston, OH; and six daughters: Mildred West, Leesburg, FL; Jeanette Moore, Alger, OH; Mary Lou Hall, Langley, KY; Brenda Tuttle, Bucyrus, OH; Alice Tuttle, Rockwood, MI; Wanda Bowling, New Albany, IN; one brother: Joe Manuel, Langley, KY; two sisters: Margaret Hicks and Amy McGarey, both of Langley, KY; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Our dad was the greatest man I ever knew. He walked like a tall tree to me. He was special in our eyes. We all could see the beauty of the love of God in our daddy. He taught his children about Jesus so many times. I hope the children can see Jesus' love that my daddy had. I never seen so much love that one man had for my mommy and his children and all his neighbors and friends. They would come to my dad for help. He was the clerk for Bethel Church for many years and he was a good one. When something went wrong at the church, everybody would say to go get Brother Manuel and he would always fix it. He did many things for all the churches around and he really enjoyed it, for that is the great love we saw in our daddy. I know it because I helped him many times. Daddy truly was an Old Regular Baptist. He told me his experience of how the Lord forgave him. How he felt the evil spirit leave him and the good spirit come in. He was at the gas plant where he worked. The old church made a deacon out of my dad. He enjoyed it well. He had a good helpmate, my mommy. She truly obeyed my dad. He fed many people and he really enjoyed it for we all knew it because we helped take care of Daddy's friends. Our daddy was the best man I ever knew. He was so kind. We all enjoyed it so well. Daddy shone so many times as we went to church. I know I could write many things about our daddy, but Daddy preached his own funeral as he went through this life. God knows how we all enjoyed this man. I hope the children can see the great love that I saw in my daddy and the love my daddy had for Jesus. Written by his son, Willard

Milan, Julia ~ Our Mother, Julia Milam, was taken from us January 8,1996. She was born December 16,1901. She was the most caring, loving Mother anyone would ever want. She always put everyone's needs above her own.We were taught from childhood until her death about the Bible and the goodness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. She set a fine example before us all. She was most precious to us. Mom was born to Keene F. Harmon and Debbie Owens Harmon in Pike County, Kentucky. She was married to Raymond Milam in 1921. He preceded her in death in 1983, as did a son, Lin Milam in 1950. Her sons Eugene Milam, Ray Milam, Jr., and Joe Jack Milam reside at Virgie, Ky., as well as two daughters, Inez Sword and Rose N. Compton. Two sisters, Lizzie Ray of Springfield Ohio, and Gretta Milam of Virgie, Ky. also survive. Surviving also are nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, five great great grandchildren. Two grandsons preceded her in death, Stevie Milam and Reggie Milam. She joined the church September, 1947, and brought her letter to the Robinson Creek Church 1995. She is sorely missed by all who knew her and loved her, but mostly by her loving family. Written by daughters, Inez Sword and Rose N. Compton

Moore, Estill C. ~ It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I will try to write an obituary for my dear father. Estill C. Moore was born October 10, 1913, in Grethel Kentucky, to Lewis and Caroline Hamilton Moore. He passed away July 31, 1996 in Dayton Ohio thus making his stay here 82 years, 9 months and 21 days. Estill married Cora Newsome in 1937. Cora preceded him in death July, 1995. They had one son, Richard Moore, of Dayton Ohio, one grandson, Gregory Moore of Dayton Ohio, and three great grandchildren, Brian, Katie and Missy. He had two brothers, two sisters, two half brothers and one half sister, also a host of friends. Dad was a sargeant in the U.S. army, and served in World War II, where he received several citations and medals. After his discharge from the army he returned to Kentucky. His greatest pleasures came form working in his garden and visiting his friends and neighbors. Dad loved to sit and read his Bible, and he prayed to the Lord for strength and guidance. He believed in his heart, and we do also, that he had a home in Heaven with Mom. Dad was involved in a serious automobile accident in August, 1995, and had been living in Dayton with us since that time. Though he truly missed his home, family and friends in Kentucky, and longed to come home, this past year was a time for Dad and me to get to know each other again. He also spent time with his grandson and great grandchildren, giving them the chance to know their great grandpa. Dad was a devoted husband and took wonderful care of Mom in the years before her death. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a good friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Written by his broken hearted son

Moore, Lulla B. Stuart ~ Lulla was born July 11, 1907 at Minner, Kentucky and passed on August 10, 1989 at Scripts Hospital, Encinitas, California of heart failure. My mother was a strong, good person. She raised four children alone, had four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-greatgrandchild. Mom came to live with us in July, 1986, and she loved it here and was really happy; but she missed her church and friends in Kentucky. She would often listen to her church tapes and cry, and sometimes she would read her "minutes" and tell me all about the people inside the book. She said, "Someday I want to be in here," and I promised her I would do it; but I just couldn't do it before. But now it's time to honor my mother's wish, it is hard to let go of someone you love so much. My son, Greg, was real close to her. Mom would read the Bible to him and Greg would tell Mom all about golf. Mom would wear Greg's high school ring, and Greg would kiss and hug her all the time. To make a long story short, when Greg graduated from college, in July 1995, he put Mom's birth stone in his class ring, so he would always have her close. Mom's doctor summed her up in five words: "She was a gallant lady," And that she was. We miss you Mom. Your baby, Judy, and my baby, Greg

Mullins, Gene Leroy ~ Oh, how I miss you, my darling. With the help of the Lord I will write this obituary of my beloved husband. He passed away at home December 10, 1995. He was born July 16, 1939 at Beefhide, Kentucky, making his stay here on earth 56 years, four months and 24 days. He was the son of the late Dewy and Flossie Elkins Mullins. On July 11, 1959 he married Janice Faye Hall and to this union two sons were born, Jeffrey and Earl. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, two sons, two daughters-in-law, Linda and Loneva, five grandchildren: Faye, Earl Jr., Russell, Jeffrey Jr., and Amanda; five brothers: Vester, Arlie, Donald, Allen, and Leamon; three sisters: Darlene Palmer, Opal Reynolds, Margie Cook. Ival Mae preceded him in death and Dorthy Polly passed away February 11, 1996. Gene joined the Little Pearl Old Regular Baptist Church in 1982 and later became a deacon. Oh, how he loved his church and all the churches around. He served the Lord and the church with everything he had. You see his first greatest love was the Lord. His second greatest love was the church. His third greatest love was me, his wife. His fourth greatest love was his sons and their families. In 1967 Gene had open-heart surgery. The doctors gave him 10 years to live. In 1987 he had another open-heart surgery, seems like it was downhill from then on to the end. The Lord blessed us so well after we joined church to go every year to the wonderful associations. Gene would work so hard getting the camper ready to go. When we would pull out our driveway headed for one of the associations, you could just see the gleam in his eyes, he was so happy just to be able to go. So boys, if you want to go where I feel with all my heart your daddy went, you must repent and be born again. Written by a very lonely wife, Janice F. Mullins

Newsom, Amos ~ With the help of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will try to write the obituary of Dad and our Papaw, Amos Newsom. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amos Newsom was born at Little Robinson Creek, Kentucky on January 1, 1906, the son of the late George A. Newsom and Mary Elizabeth Anderson Newsom. Our Papaw, Amos Newsom, departed from this life on December 31, 1995, making his stay on earth 89 years, 11 months and 30 days. Preceding him in death were two infant children, James and Mary Newsom. His sisters and brothers preceding him in death are: Liza Jane Ray, Martha Newsom Bentley, Dona Bell Newsom, Delia Rose Newsom, Minus Newsom, Ernest Newsom, Ellis Newsom, Milford Newsom, Allard Newsom, and two infant brothers, Clarence and Victor Newsom. He is survived by his wife, Draxie Hampton Newsom of Little Creek, Kentucky; one son, Tivis Newsom, and his wife, Bernice Justice Newsom of Little Creek, Kentucky; one granddaughter, Sandy, and her husband, Alvin Newsome of Little Creek, Kentucky; five great-grandchildren: Sherry Lynn Newsome Milan, Kathy Leigh Newsome, Christy Love Newsome, Steven Kane Newsome and Michael Jeffrey Newsome; one brother, Rollen Newsom of Virgie, Kentucky; and one sister, Bessie Newsom of Little Robinson, Kentucky. Papaw was married to Draxie Hampton Newsom on November 18, 1926, 69 short years. We saw things rough in life and we saw things good in life. But if God is for us, who can be against us. Papaw had a big loving heart for giving and helping people who needed a helping hand. He was a cheerful giver to the Old Regular Baptist Association and churches throughout our state. Papaw was self-employed in the early years. He owned a dairy company at Little Creek, a timber company, and became a coal mine operator in 1941, where he retired in 1971. The good Lord blessed Papaw, and he knew where every good and perfect gift came from. Our Papaw, Amos Newsom, joined the Little Creek Old Regular Baptist Church on the second Saturday of February, 1956. Papaw always had a very bright light and he lay up many stones for us and bottled up many prayers for all of us that we will never forget. My best remembrance of Papaw was that he liked to talk about the good Lord and that he would tell us, "I prayed last night for all the people in the world, that the Lord would help everyone." I believe in my heart that Papaw fell in the arms of Jesus, our Savior on December 31,1995, where there will be no suffering and dying, but where all will be peace and joy. We could write books of good things that Papaw did to help people, but he would say, "I don't care if you forget me, but don't forget Jesus, who is our Savior." Sandy and Alvin and all the great grandchildren were so good to him. And there was a great love for each other. Just before Papaw passed away, he looked up toward Heaven and a smile came upon his face, and he departed from this life to go live with Jesus, our Savior. We want to say, "Thank you, Jesus, for letting us keep our Papaw as long as You did. We have to say goodbye here on earth, but someday we hope to meet you in that city not made by hands eternal into Heaven. Written by the family and Jack Lucas

Newsome, Martha F. ~ It is with great sadness and broken hearts and God's help that we write an obituary of our dear mother. Our old homeplace will never be the same anymore since Dad and Mom have gone to be with Jesus. Martha Francis (Newsome) Newsome was born January 26,1916. Mom deceased this life December 31,1994, thus making her stay here 78 years, 11 months and 5 days. She was the daughter of William and Mary Alice Frasure Newsome. Martha and John B. Newsome were united in marriage July 31, 1935, by Elder Evan Hamilton, an Old Regular Baptist minister. He was Dad's uncle. Unto this union were born seven children, two boys and five girls. They are: Charles Rex Newsome, Amherst, OH; Geneva Holmes, Wakeman, OH; Winona Tackett, Waynesburg, KY; Roberta Walbom, Lorain, OH; Elder Larry Douglas Newsome, Vermilion, OH; Clara Sue Hall, Galveston, KY; Willa Jean Tackett, Teaberry, KY. There are 21 grandchildren of whom 3 are deceased, and there are 25 great- grandchildren. Mom had five brothers and sisters and 13 half brothers and sisters. Mom joined Zion Old Regular Baptist Church June 28, 1992, and was baptized by Elder Chester Newsome and Elder Earl Dean Newsome. After the baptism she took communion with her brothers and sisters at Zion Church. She loved going to church and was faithful in attendance until ill health befell her in the spring of 1994. Through all the surgeries and treatments that she endured because of the dreadful disease cancer, Mom had a cheerful smile for everyone who visited her. Mom was a good wife and mother. She loved to cook for her family and friends. The grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the big breakfasts she prepared special for them when they visited. Mom would fix the favorite foods for her children when they came home. She loved to sew and quilt, and enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens, and canning the vegetables she grew there. Dad and Mom are now resting from their labors here on earth and are enjoying that peaceful rest under the altar of God. We too can receive this peaceful rest when we die if we trust Christ for our salvation. We all must repent and be born again. Written by her broken hearted children

Newsome, Randall ~ This obituary is written with much sorrow and loving memories of my precious and loving husband, "Rabbit." I'm writing this about a wonderful husband and a great dad. Rabbit was a good and loving man. Everyone liked him because he wasn't hard to get along with. Randall was born November 7,1953 at Virgie,Kentucky to Darling and Emmogene Johnson Newsome. Rabbit was a disabled coal miner and coal truck driver. He was injured in an accident in 1990. He was preceded in death by his younger brothers, Lawrence Newsome on July 9,1991 And Michael Newsome on June 9, 1994. His father, Darling Newsome, passed away on February 7, 1994. Death has knocked on our door many times since the start of 1990, but the Lord knows all things and teaches us not to question His ways. We need to remember the patience of Job. He is survived by his loving wife, Sherri Hall Newsome; two sons; Derek Randall Newsome of Melvin, Ky. and Randy Newsome of Lexington; his mother, Emmogene Johnson Newsome; three brothers: Ronnie Newsome, Wayne Newsome and Lenny Newsome all of Melvin, Kentucky; and a sister, Kathy Newsome Maynard, also of Melvin, Ky. Rabbit leaves behind many friends and a large family who will miss him and never forget him. Randall "Rabbit" Newsome departed this life on September 4, 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the University of Cincinnati Hospital following a very brief illness. Rabbit and I had a wonderful eleven and a half years together. I will always love you, Rabbit. You and Derek are my whole life. Written by his loving wife, Sherri

Newsome, Willard ~ With the help of the good Lord, I will try to write the obituary of my beloved husband, Willard Newsome. He was born February 13,1917 and passed away September 7, 1996. He was the son of the late George H. Newsome and Debbie Damron Newsome. He married Goldie Tackett, the daughter of the late George W. and Menda Tackett, on March 10,1939. To this union were born one son, Vern, and four daughters: Pansy, Rose, Violet, and one daughter who preceded him in death, Daisy Faye, who passed away January 10, 1993. He had eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and nine step-grandchildren. Willard had five sisters and four brothers: Hillard, Vernal, Jason, and one brother who preceded him in death, Burnie Newsome, who passed away March 28, 1992. Willard worked as a coal miner and for Rolley Fleming in an upholstery shop. He also liked to quilt and often helped the Senior Citizens quilt. Every one loved him who knew him. Willard loved flowers and it seemed he had a green thumb. Willard had heart trouble and he will be sadly missed by his family. He gave his hand to Robinson Creek Church of Old Regular Baptist of this year, 1996. He loved brother Dewey Roberts because he often came by to see him. I want to say to say to his children, Rose and Violet, You must fall out with sin, be born again, live for Jesus if you want to see Dad again. Sleep on loved one, I will meet you in Heaven.
Written by his broken hearted wife, Goldie Newsome

Nickles, Tom ~ I will try to write an obituary of my husband, Tom Nickles. He was born to William and Stella Rice Nickles on June 30, 1902. He met and married Irene Mullins on September 16, 1944. To this union was born one son, Thomas N. Nickles. He had two sons, Richard II and Chris. Tom and Irene raised a girl, Julia Ann Amburgey. She had three children and three grandchildren. Tom was a coal miner. He went to church with Irene until he got past going. On his death bed God let him see his grandson, Chris, who preceded him in death. So Tom knew he had something to do before he could go where Chris is. He got busy, so God heard him cry and saved his dying soul. I prayed for God to let him tell me something before he left this old sin-cursed world, so God let him tell me he wasn't afraid to die. So 1 feel that my loss is Heaven's gain. So sleep on, Tom. I hope it won't be long until I can come to where you are. Written by a broken hearted wife, Sister Irene Nickles

Ousley, Julia ~ It is with sadness and fond memories, I will try and write the obituary of our beloved mother. Mother was born August 8, 1908 at Bull Creek, Kentucky, to the late Nathaniel and Gallie Hughes Owsley. She departed this life June 28,1996 at Whitley County Memorial Hospital, Columbia City, Indiana, making her stay here on earth 87 years, 10 months, and 28 days. She married George Ousley July 7, 1929, who departed this life November 5, 1985. To this union were seven sons and four daughters. Three sons and two daughters preceded her in death. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church on January 12,1986 at Spurlock. When she turned her life over to the Lord, she always told us that it was the happiest day of her life. When her health began to fail, she moved to Indiana in 1988 to be with her children. She suffered so much the last couple of years, but didn't want her children to worry over her. She always seemed to manage a smile when they came to visit her. We all love and miss Mom. I believe she traded the Old Cross for a new crown in glory. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Written by her broken hearted family

Parsons, Juanita (Pack) ~ Juanita was born February, 4,1923 in Floyd County, Kentucky. Mama joined the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church when she was 19 years old, in 1942. She faithfully served God until He called her home September 6,1996, making her stay on earth 73 years 7 months and 2 days. On December 24,1946 she married Charlie Parsons of Pike County Kentucky. From their union were born 7 children, 6 girls and 1 boy. All are left to mourn their loss: Wilda Hoffman, River Rouge, Michigan; Patricia Mihalov, Trenton, Michigan; Bill Parsons, Dallas, Texas; Donna Schmitt, Southgate, Michigan; Joann Moyer, Southgate, Michigan; Pamela Barton, Vacaville, California; Brenda Iseminger, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Mom had 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren whom she loved very much. We know that all of them loved her with all of their hearts. Daddy preceded mamma in death in 1982. She missed him so very much. It seemed after his death she was just waiting for her time to be with him again. Mom was the first born of 10 children. She had 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Two brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death. Her parents, John and Jane Pack also preceded her in death. All of Mom's children will miss her very much. She was a big part of our lives. It helps to know that when God called her home, it was quick and peaceful. She died sleeping in her chair. The fact that she is gone hurts all of us so much. She missed Dad so much that we know they are together again with God. Goodnight, Momma, see you in the morning We Love You!  Written by her broken hearted children
I would like to add a short paragraph to Mom's obituary. I feel as if I have not only lost my mother, I have lost my best friend. We talked everyday on the phone, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. We shopped together- went out to eat occasionally. It just seemed no matter how much we did, she was still so lonely. Everyone of us tried to fill the empty space left by Daddy. A few weeks ago she told me she was so tired, it just didn't seem to ease up at all. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong. I think she knew her time would soon be up and she was trying in her own way to tell me. I'll miss those phone calls and shopping trips, but most of all I'll miss her sweet ways. Rest in peace, Mom. We will meet again. I love you, Joann
"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies" Proverbs 31-10 I am so glad I was a little part of Sister Juanita Parsons' life. To me she was a precious, dear mother, friend, and sister in the Lord. To know her was to love her! To her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and brothers and sisters: take comfort from the sure knowledge that she has passed to eternal life, that is the certain life of a Christian. A friend and sister, Margie

Powers, Ralph ~ son of the late Howard and Lillie Mae Powers, was born October 7, 1940, at Lakeville, Kentucky. He departed this life October 22, 1995, at the age of fifty-five years and fifteen days. Preceding him in death other than his parents were seven brothers: James, John D., Orville, Dillard, William H. (Bill), Edward, and Eugene; and sisters, Sylvia, and twin sister, Ruth. One brother, Randolph of Coloniel Height, VA, survives. Ralph grew up in the Lakeville community, attending school and church services. A bond formed between Ralph and this area of Magoffin County that would forever draw him back. After serving three years in the United States Army in Germany, Ralph returned home. Shortly thereafter he met and married Lillian Gay Taulbee on July 27, 1963. To this union three children were born: Diane (Mrs. Timothy Howard) of Elsie; Connie (Mrs. Keith Pennington) of Oil Springs and James Edward (husband of Kim Powers) of McCar, KY. A grandson, Mathew Dusting Pennington, granddaughters, Olivia Jasmine Howard and Tabitha Ann Powers, and step-granddaughter, Lori Pennington completes this close-knit family. Although Ralph and his family settled in Middletown, Ohio, for a time, Ralph was always thinking of home. Returning to Magoffin in 1974, Ralph, Gay, Diane, Connie and James established their present home on Flynt Branch, a short distance from his childhood home. A faithful member of the Little Martha Old Regular Baptist Church, Ralph was loved by the brothers and sisters of the church. He served as a conference delegate and attended associations representing Little Martha. Ralph's faith and trust in God was apparent all the days of his Christian life, yet during the last ten months, more so than ever. Never once did he question the whys concerning what was happening to him. Like Job, he suffered greatly, but held to the promise that God would never leave nor forsake him.

Prater, Anna ~ Our precious sister, Anna Prater was born January 1,1910 to the late Bill and Louisa Prater Hicks at Pyramid, Ky. in Floyd County and deceased this life on July 29, 1992 in an auto accident in Norwalk, Ohio. She was united in marriage to James (J.R.) Prater on March 8, 1928. Unto this union were born three children. A daughter Maudie Evelyn, and one son Rudolph died in infancy. Also preceding her in death was her husband J.R., her loving stepmother, Jemima Frasure Hicks, and three brothers: Ezra, Ernest and Elzie. Our sister, Ellen Shepherd, passed away on November 6, 1992. Left to mourn their loss are one son, Sidney Earl Prater of Plymouth, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Terry and Carrie. Her surviving sisters are: Delphia Fryer and Edna Prater both of Ashland, Ky., and Margie White of Fayetteville, N.C. Brothers are: Willie Hicks, Prestonsburg, Ky.; Burnis Hicks, Wilmington, Ohio; Floyd Hicks, Willard, Ohio. One brother, Edgar Hicks, passed away November 29, 1995. Sister Anna was baptized into the Old Regular Baptist Church the first Sunday in March, 1948 and placed her membership with the Philadelphia Church at Hippo, Kentucky. Years later she moved her letter to the Little Rebecca Church in Plymouth, Ohio. She and J.R. operated a small grocery store at Hueysville, Kentucky before moving to Ohio in 1951, where she worked at the Pioneer Rubber Plant until retirement. Anna had many hobbies, including working in her flower garden, quilting, and being an excellent cook. She and J.R. enjoyed their clock collection and had several prized timepieces. Sister Anna would get so happy in church, shouting and praising the Lord. She was a kind and caring person, and her pleasant personality endeared her to many friends and acquaintances. We feel our dear sister has gone to that beautiful land where no tears or heartaches will ever come. She was laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery in Shilo, Ohio. Written by her sister, Delphi Fryer

Pratt, John C. ~ John Creed Pratt was born on April 19, 1912 at Hunter Kentucky, the son of E. S. and Dolly Stephens Pratt. He passed away on June 20, 1996, at the age of 84, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness. John was the husband of Manda Moore Pratt and the father of six children: Zeda Martin of Garrett, KY; Priscilla Prater of Hueysville, KY; Juanita Mizell of Wayne, Michigan; Carnetta "Tookie" Combs of Gilbertsville, KY; two of his children preceded him in death, Raben and Marilea. He is also survived by three brothers: Jimmy Harold Pratt and Elbert Darrell Pratt, both of Garrett, KY, and Ray Prater of Allen, KY; and ten sisters: Nora Martin of Langley, KY; Norma Johnson of Cynthiana, KY; Rhoda Green of Nevada City, CA; Ruth Risner of Bypro, KY; Martha Larue Lafferty of Hindman, KY; Ellazene Ritchie of Dwarf, KY; Julia Fern Howard of Hippo, KY; Loretta Hackworth and Ila Hale, both of Prestonsburg, KY; and Shielda Ann Lawson of Westland, Michigan; and nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. During John's extended illness he was fortunate to have two wonderful people who helped with his daily care and loved him dearly, Alice Fay Sparkman and Vina Tuttle. John was a retired mechinist who worked for Elkhorn Coal Company and Island Creek Coal Company. He was also a member of the James W. Alley Masonic Lodge at Wayland, KY. Written by the family

Salisbury, Rebecca "Dixie" ~ It is with sadness that I write an obituary of my dear grandmother, Dixie Salisbury. She was born December 27,1913 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Matt McKinney and Serina Adkins McKinney. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elbert Justice and her second husband, James Salisbury. Unto her first marriage were born ten children, 5 of whom died in infancy. Of the five children who lived to adulthood the oldest, Curtis Justice, preceded her in death at age 57. Survivors include three daughters: Lorine Damron of Shelbiana; Martha Wilburn and Rebecca Salisbury both of Harold: and one son, John Justice of Demossville Kentucky. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of Mother's Home Old Regular Baptist Church for 56 years. She lived as a faithful member thereafter, until the death angel called her home. Dixie lived a good life and tried her hardest to get her children in church. She believed that she always had to be there for her children and grandchildren and hated most to leave us. In the end she looked only to Jesus and hoped her children would look to Jesus as well. After her passing many of her children have returned to Jesus and I believe that she now knows that she raised us all the best she could and taught us to love Jesus the way she did. Written by Robin Bentley (Grandchild)

Little, Elsie Tackett ~ Elsie Little was born on May 29, 1910 and departed this life on July 31, 1996 making her stay on this earth 86 years, 2 months and 1 day. She was born into the home of Oliver and Lina Hudson Tackett, the fourth of 8 children, 5 of whom preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Egbert, Duran and John, and 2 sisters, Vadna and Viola, along with her mother and father. She leaves two sisters to mourn their loss, Anel Hampton and Martha Hampton of Virgie, Ky. Mother married her childhood sweetheart, who was our daddy, Amil Little, on March 3, 1926. They lived happily together for over 61 years, until the Lord called Daddy home on March 24, 1987. Unto this union were born 5 children: Eloise Johnson and Sue Adams of Virgie, Kentucky; Clayton Little of Virgie, Ky; and Jimmy Little of Myra, Ky. She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Donald Little on September 30,1995, one grandchild, Burma Jo on December 20,1959 and one son-in-law, Homer Johnson, on December 8, 1971. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren, and untold hundreds of people, both young and old, in this community whose life has been made a little brighter because Mommy passed this way. Mother was known by the younger generation simply as "Mimmie." Mother ran a country store for 25 years, and Daddy worked at the mines. There never was a time in her adult life, while we children were growing up, that mother didn't work during the week and attend the Old Regular Baptist Church

Pridemore, Robert "Bob" ~ With the help of God, I will try with great sadness to write the obituary of my dearest husband, Robert (Bob) Pridemore. Bob was born January 16, 1922, and went to be with the Lord on March 11, 1996. He was the oldest son of Boone and Dallas Pigman Pridemore. He had three sisters and two brothers: Alene, Edith, Mary, Earnest, and Arthur. His father, mother, two brothers, one sister, and two infant sisters preceded him in death. Bob and Leatha Slone were married 50 years ago on February 15, 1946. God blessed us with eight wonderful children: Bobby, Billy, Patty, Sue and Daniel, all of Shelbyville, Ky.; Pamela of Lexington, Ky.; and Karen and Gary of Vero Beach, Florida. We also have 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who all loved Grandaddy dearly. Bob joined the Old Regular Baptist Church about 44 years ago and always wanted to go wherever the Lord would bid him to go. He was ordained in 1973 and went far and near to Church as long as he was able to travel. He loved the good old way . He loved to tell about the goodness of God and loved to sing the good old songs. He loved to help people and wanted everybody to get ready to meet God. He would give anybody his last dollar if he thought they were in need. We believe he is resting from all his labor in the presence of God. He left a broken-hearted family and many dear friends. Children, he piled stones along the way so you could follow and not be lost.
Written by his wife and sister in hope, Leatha Pridemore

Ray, Bessie Marie & Willie ~ It is with a sad heart that I attempt to write the obituaries of my beloved mother, Bessie Marie, and father, Willie (Bill) Ray. Mom was born on May 16,1917 and departed this life on January 1, 1986. Dad was born on March 26,1907 and departed this life on July 14,1971. Dad's parents were the late Gilford Ray and Margaret Newsome Ray. Mom was the daughter of Willie and Vernie Tackett. Mom joined the Robinson Creek Old Regular Baptist on August 3,1963. Bessie and Willie were blessed with thirteen children, seven girls: Christine Mason of Virgie, KY.; Patricia Rehahn of Detroit, Ml.; Millie Ann Goode of Rogersville, AL.; Marie Owens of Muskegan, Ml.; Mary Wright of Little Creek, KY.; and Vemie Little of Virgie, KY. One daughter, Flossie Jeanette Ray, was called home to Heaven on June 20, 1996. Bessie and Willie's sons are: Clarance Ray of Detroit, MI.; Robert Lee Ray of Shelby Township, MI.; Willie Ray, Jr. of Romulus, MI.; Harley Ray of Virgie, KY.; and Dale Ray of Virgie, KY. One son, James Edward Ray, preceded Mom and Dad in death. We were a happy family and we always knew that Mom and Dad loved us all. They will forever live on in our hearts as long as we remain on earth. Mom and Dad are gone to Heaven now, where we hope to join them someday. On that day our family circle will once again be unbroken. Written by their loving daughter, Mary with the help of her friend, Sandy, and grandson, Rodney Wright

Ray, Flossie Jeanette ~  It is with an aching heart, but with loving memories and God's help that we will attempt to write the obituary of our loving sister, Flossie Jeanette Ray. She was born April 22, 1940 to the late Willie and Bessie Ray. She passed away on June 20, 1996. Jeanette is survived by five brothers: Clarance Ray of Detroit, Michigan; Robert Lee Ray of Shelby Township, Michigan; Willie Ray, Jr. of Romulus, Michigan; Harley Ray of Virgie, Kentucky; and Dale Ray of Virgie, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by one brother, James Edward Ray. Jeanette is survived by six sisters: Christine Mason of Virgie, Kentucky; Patricia Rehahn of Detroit, Michigan; Millie Ann Goode of Rogersville, Alabama; Marie Owens of Muskegan, Michigan; Mary Wright of Virgie, Kentucky; and Vernie Little of Virgie, Kentucky. She is survived by a great number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Jeanette was baptized on December 27, 1979. She had been a loyal member of the Long Fork Old Regular Baptist Church since that day. Our sister may be gone from us today, but never will be forgotten. We love you Jeanette, and one day we will be together again in Heaven. Written by her loving sister, Mary

Ray, Larry Douglas, Jr. ~ With a sad and broken heart we will try to write an obituary of a father, son, and brother. Doug, as he was known, was born to Larry Donald and Wanda Lee Ray on May 26, 1965. He passed away on August 13, 1986 making his stay here on earth 21 years 4 months and 13 days. Doug is survived by 2 sons, Douglas and Joseph Moore. He is also survived by his parents, Larry Donald and Wanda Lee Ray; 2 brothers, Johnny Walker And James Scott; 1 sister, Samantha Marie Johnson. He is also survived by his grandparents, Victor and Mary Alice Ray, and his grandmother, Victoria Flanery; also numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by a brother, William Buster; a sister, Mary Louise; and a grandfather, Charlie Flanery. Doug is missed by his family and friends. We know that he is gone to a better place and that he is in Heaven. Written by his family

Ray, Mary Louise ~ With a sad and broken heart we will try to write an obituary of our daughter and sister. Mary Louise was born to Larry and Wanda Lee Ray on November 5, 1967. She passed away on January 10, 1968, making her stay on earth 2 months and 5 days. Mary Louise's life was too short, but what time she had was very special to us. She touched people's hearts in a special way. She is survived by her parents, Larry Donald and Wanda Lee Ray; 2 brothers, Larry Douglas and Johnny Walker Ray; her grandparents, Charlie and Victoria Flanery and Victor and Mary Alice Ray. She is also survived by her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Even though we wish that she was still with us, we know that she has gone to a better place and that she is in Heaven. Written by her family

Ray, Victor ~ With much sadness in our hearts we will try to write an obituary of a husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Dad was born to William and Liza Jane Newsome Ray on January 9,1923. Dad passed away on February 25, 1995, making his stay here on earth 72 years, 1 month and 16 days. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Alice Reynolds Ray; four sons: Larry Donald, William Darrel, Keith Allen, and Eddie Dean Ray; six daughters: Brenda Faye Newsome, Patricia Ann Ray, Jewelene Tackett, Sherry Ray, Wilma Jean Mullins and Bertha Ruth Tackett; six sisters: Opal Henson of Beaver, Ky.; Joyce Sloan of Hi Hat, Ky.; Edna Bently of Knob Noster, Mo.; Elsie Pettengill of Salem, Or.; Willa Dean Gill of Bowersville, Ohio; and Mildred Hebert of Brenfield Mass. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchil- dren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 3 daughters-in-law and 4 sons-in-law. Even though we miss him very much, we are glad that he is no longer in pain and suffering. We know in our hearts that he has gone to a better place.

Ray, William Buster ~ With a sad and broken heart we will try to write an obituary of our son and brother. William Buster was born to Larry and Wanda Lee Ray on September 18, 1971. He passed away on January 22, 1972 making his stay here on earth 4 months and 4 days. Even though William Buster was not here very long, he touched all of the people who knew him. He is survived by his parents, Larry Donald and Wanda Lee Ray; 3 Brothers: Larry Douglas, Johnny Walker and James Scott; his grandparents, Charlie and Victoria Flanery, and Victor and Mary Alice Ray. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. We know that he is with God and that he is in a better place. Written by his family

Reedy, Hattie ~ It is with much sadness, many memories and the help of the Lord that I will try to write an obituary of my dear Aunt Hattie. Aunt Hattie was born February 14, 1904 to the late Sam Slone and Celinda Thornsberry Slone. She left this world January 4, 1994,1 feel, to be with Jesus. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, 5 brothers: Isaac, Dennie, Nick, Carew and Calloway; 6 sisters: Alice, Donie, Lissie, Leona, Frankie, and her twin sister, Mattie. At a young age Aunt Hattie married Luther Reedy whom she dearly loved. He was a very sick man most of his life, but Aunt Hattie being a loving and faithful wife tended to his every need with much love and patience. He also preceded her in death. Aunt Hattie is survived by one daughter, Ruth Huff, and a son-in-law, Bufford Huff whom she loved just like a son, and he loved her. He showed this love by always being there for her, Uncle Luther, Aunt Leona, and Uncle Mander. They were all like one big family. Buford stood by Ruth and helped her care for them all. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren: Sherry Mardis, Craig Huff, and Brent Huff, and 7 great-grandchildren. She loved them all so much and talked about them often. Her desire was that they all make peace with Jesus and go with her to Heaven. Aunt Hattie taught school for many years and was fond of little children. She always spoke of them as "my" children and each one felt special to her. Each one was her pet in their own way. But early in life Aunt Hattie felt a void in her life and turned to Jesus to fill that void. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church with her fellowship at Mt. Olive. She was a faithful member and came every chance she could even though she was very sick. She was one of the oldest members of the Mt. Olive church and the oldest member in fellowship. Aunt Hattie had a strong faith that gave her strength to go on. She loved Ruth, Bufford, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly, but often spoke of being so lonely in this old world. She told us many times that when she was feeling so alone that at night while lying on her bed, Jesus would come sit with her, talk with her, and comfort her. Then she would not feel so alone. She loved all her nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and all her friends and relatives as far as the generation goes. She also loved all her brothers and sisters in the church regardless of denomination. She will be missed by us all because she made each of us feel as if we meant everything to her in a special way. There will be a vacant seat at Mt. Olive, as well as a vacant spot in our hearts, but I feel that she is at rest with Jesus. Written in loving memory, a niece and sister in the church

Reynolds, Shirley Mae ~ It is with much sadness, but very precious memories that I shall try to write an obituary of my mother, Shirley Mae Reynolds. Nannie was born on August 24, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Jay Lee Hamilton and Goldie Hall Hamilton. God called Nannie home January 13,1996. Her stay here on earth was 69 years, 5 months and 19 days. She was married to T.R (Tim) Reynolds on October 12, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 31, 1985. Nannie is survived by one daughter Vickie Bryant, and two grandsons, Joe and Ryan Bryant, all of Beaver, Kentucky. Nannie was not a member of any church, but I believe with all my Nannie ran her own business for 39 years. She was known and loved by the young and the old in the community. If anyone had anything to say about Nannie, it was always good. The little children adored her. She always had a smile for them and always gave them candy. Nannie was there for me in the good and bad times. She was good and caring to everyone. Joe, Ryan and I miss her dearly. Her soft hand touch, her gentle voice, and the way she made us feel inside. Many times we have needed her and many times we have cried. If our love alone could keep her here on earth, we would still have her. When I think of Nannie it is always good. Nannie is gone, but memories of her will live in our hearts forever. Written with love by her daughter, Vickie Bryant

Rogers, Charlie ~ This spring we lost a very dear and wonderful soul, my father, Charlie Rogers. Daddy was bora March 29,1922. He was married to Vada Adkins Rogers. Daddy died March 30, 1996 at the age of 74 years and 1 day. Although he is a great loss to all who knew him here on earth, he could only be Heaven's gain. He was so full of life, always making everyone around him laugh, not a hour of the day went by that you didn't see a smile on his face. He loved to garden but come Sunday he was always ready for church. In his last days he had loved ones all around him telling him to get well so he could go home. But it wasn't the home he knew so well it was the home of pearly gates and streets of gold. There will never be another husband, father, brother, or papaw cherished as much as he was. Although we seldom go to bed at night with a dry eye, we sleep sound with the hopes of joining him on those streets of gold when Jesus calls us to come home. You will greatly missed by all your loving family and friends. Written by the family

Rogers, Curtis David ~ 1923 - 1996  On a cold day February 26, 1923 Curtis David Rogers was born, his parents were the late John and Mary Hall Rogers. Surviving are his wife Tanie Mae Rogers who he loved and married April 5, 1947. They were blessed with 10 wonderful children, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren He has warmed a lot of people's lives especially those of his family. He was saddened by the death of one of his sons, Glendale Rogers, on April 6,1990. Curtis worked in the coal mines and attended church at Mother's Home Regular Baptist Church on Tolers Creek. He was sick a lot, but when he was able he sure loved to go to church. Curtis David Rogers will be missed by a lot of people, but he's a lot better off, being with the Lord in Heaven. Written by a friend, Sandy Rogers

Scott, Ruby Williams ~  born May 12, 1922 in Morgan County, died January 17, 1996 at the age of 73 at Highlands Regional Medical Center at Prestonsburg. She was the daughter of George and Mary Etta Williams of Pike County. She was married to Hawley Scott in November of 1946 and he preceded her in death in May, 1993. Also, preceding her in death were two stepsons, James Scott of Garrett and Keith Scott of Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Together, Ruby and Hawley had three sons: Hawley David Scott, of Inez, Ky., Thomas Dale Scott and Harold Leslie Scott of Garrett, and one daughter, Joanell Martin also of Garrett. Left to mourn her death also are seven stepchildren: Buretta Moore of Garrett, Ky.; Betty Hopper of Hanging Rock, Ohio; Ralph Scott of Garrett, Ky.; Sue Osborne of Eastern, Ky.; Charles Scott of London, Ky.; Shirley Jenkins of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; and Brenda Lawson of Garrett, Ky.; thirty-four grandchildren, forty-five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind one sister, Darlene Rowe, of Garrett, who was not only a loving sister, but a special friend. Although Ruby and Darlene were the only members of their family left, they shared a mutual friend who seemed like a sister to both of them, Alice G. Martin. She stood faithfully by Ruby and Darlene through the good times and the bad times as well. Ruby was a member of the Stone Coal Regular Baptist Church for 17 years, where she was very faithful as long as she was able to attend. She enjoyed cooking in the lunchroom and sharing duties with the other ladies at the church. She was also a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Garrett Volunteer Fire Department and she gave her time freely to help her church and her community. Ruby began failing in health about 15 months before her death, when she had her first heart attack. She was never completely in good health after that, she had many ups and downs, but with the help and support of her children, her friends and neighbors, her sister, and the love of God, she was able to endure her burdens. No doubt, Ruby will be greatly missed by her family, church, and community, but she will be another new star shining in the sky up above, where there is peace and perfect love.

Slone, Grayson ~ It is with much emotion and broken hearts that we will try to write the obituary of our dearly beloved dad, Grayson Slone. Grayson was born on June 6, 1915 and departed from this world on October 2, 1994, making his stay here on earth 79 years, 3 months, and 26 days. He was the son of the late Lema Slone and Meldia Mosley Slone. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Slone. They had one son, Oberine Slone of Marshall, Michigan. In 1937, Grayson married Inez Short Slone. They were together for 56 years of happiness. Unto this union were born seven sons: Kildean (Kelly) Slone of Pippa Passes, Kentucky; Marion Slone of Willard, Ohio; Lema Slone of Tekonsha, Michigan; Bufford Slone, Stanley Slone, and Hiram Slone Jr. of Raven, Kentucky; and two daughters: Ruthelo Jacobs of Pippa Passes, Kentucky and Hazel Marie Lovell of Livonia, Michigan. An infant son preceded him in death. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, David Lee Slone of Hollybush, Kentucky; three sisters, Hazel Gayheart of Gamer, Kentucky; Jane Caudill and Bethel Slone of Hollybush, Kentucky; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other friends. Dad treasured the outdoors. He loved going to church on Sunday mornings and seeing his friends. When the children came home, he enjoyed talking and visiting with them. Dad had been sick for the past two years prior to his death. During this time he was in and out of the hospital often. Dad kept saying that he would love to live and be able to make another garden; but the Lord had different plans for him. When the Lord called our father from this world, he didn't belong to a church. We feel that he has gone home to be with the Lord. Approximately five hours before he passed away, he told Marion, his son, that he had been praying day and night, and felt the Lord had heard his prayers. Our lives will never be the same since Dad passed away; but we hope to meet him in Heaven some day, never to part again. Written by the family with help from the Lord.

Slone, Elder Winston ~ In loving memory, and by request of his wife, I am honored to write the obituary of one whom I loved and deeply respected. Brother Winston was born in Knott County Kentucky, in 1921 to Miles M. and Ada Lee Slone, and died September 12, 1995. He was a veteran of World War II. On February 9,1945 in Floyd County Kentucky, he was married to Jeanette Smith by Elder Earl Howard. To this union were born two sons, Ed Senior of Kendallville, Indiana and Bill Senior of South Milford, Indiana. Also surviving besides his wife and sons are his sisters: Marie Prater and Marinda Slone of Ohio; Ruby Tiller of West Virginia and Ruth Pyck of Kendallville, Indiana; and brothers: Clyde of Ohio; Herman of Kentucky; and Burnard of Kendallville, Indiana; also seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, plus a great host of friends, and brothers and sisters in the Church. Brother Winston was a minister in the Old Regular Baptist Church, for about thirty years. He was moderator of The Northern Little Dove Church, of R. R. # 3 Warsaw, Indiana, for about twenty years. He was a good leader, and always gave good advice and counsel to the Church, and was able to take care of any problems which arose in the Church. He was strong in the faith, and bore his sickness with patience. His wife kept him home most of the time during his sickness, and cared for him with the help of aides and nurses. He died surrounded by the love and care of his family, and brothers and sisters of the Church. We will all miss him. But one day when this life is over, the ones that have been born again, and are on that strait and narrow road, will meet him again. Where we will not have to part again. So to his family and friends, if you don't know God in a pardon and remission of your sins, this would be a good day to start. Tomorrow may be too late. Written by a brother in the Lord, J. C. Napier

Smith, Cora Ethel ~ It is with abundant love and precious memories that we write this obituary of our mother and wife, Cora Ethel Newsome Smith. Mother was born August 13, 1916 at Little Robinson Creek in Pike County. She was the fifth of fifteen children born to Nancy and George Newsome. On October 9, 1939 Mother was united in marriage to John W. Smith of Little Creek. Mother and Daddy were blessed with 56 years of marriage. To this union three children were born: Johnny Rex of Heath, Ohio, Bobby of Little Robinson, and Brenda Osborne of Robinson Creek, Ky. They also had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mother belonged to the Old Regular Baptist Church at Little Robinson for 43 years. She loved her church and especially enjoyed cooking for the congregation. We were so blessed during mother's long illness with visits from family and friends. She was an inspiration to us all and was such a good wife, mother, and grandmother. Wherever we traveled mother's guiding light always led us home again. Mother passed away March 27, 1996 leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness and cherished memories. She is sadly missed by John, Johnny Rex, Hilda, Johnda, Bobby, Bobbi Lois, Ruby, Starr, and Brenda, Kenneth, Kelli, Johnny, and great-grandchildren.

Smith, Jerry Phillip ~ was born October 19, 1959 in Floyd County Kentucky. He passed from this life on October 12, 1995, making his stay on earth 35 years, 11 months and 23 days. He was the son of Howard Smith, who preceded him in death, and Elma Glee Combs Smith. Jerry leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Elma Glee Smith; his paternal grandmother, Ida Hall; 1 brother, James Howard Smith; 1 neice, Candace Michelle Smith; 1 nephew, Brandon Tyler Smith; and his sister-in-law, Jennifer Smith. Several years ago, Jerry was in a car accident and was very badly injured. His injuries caused him to be bedridden for a number of years. Although Jerry could understand, he could never speak to us after this wreck. However, those of us who knew and loved Jerry could communicate with him and we knew that he understood us by his facial expressions, his smile, an occasional chuckle, the way his eyes followed us when we went to see him and the tears that would well up in his eyes when he knew we were leaving. I will never forget going to see Jerry and singing to him. When I sang to him, the tears would come to his eyes and I knew that he understood. I will always miss those visits when I could sit and talk to him and tell him of God's goodness even though he could not speak to me. When Jerry's spirit departed from his broken and crippled body on that October day, it was a day of freedom for Jerry. In my imagination, I can hear him sing, "Free, Free, I'm Free at Last!" We know that Jerry is greatly missed by us here on earth, but we feel that some day we can be with him on that heavenly shore, where we can all experience this great freedom that Jerry is now enjoying. Written by his cousin  Paul Stephen Smith, and other family members

Smith, Ruth Tackett ~ was born on July 12, 1924 and passed away on January 15, 1996, making her stay on this earth 71 years and 6 months. Ruth married James Chester Smith on March 2, 1946. To this union were born 3 children: R. Vernon Smith of Nicholasville, Kentucky; V. Darryl Smith of Flatwoods, Kentucky; and Debra S. Johnson of Frankfort, Kentucky. She has 4 grandchildren: Brian Vernon Smith of Wilmore, Kentucky; Derek James Smith of Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sherry Dawn Smith of Flatwoods, Kentucky; and Jami Leigh Johnson of Frankfort, Kentucky. She also has 3 great-grandchildren: Steven Tyler and Brookelynn Nicole Smith of Wilmore, Kentucky, and James Austin Smith of Nicholasville, Kentucky. Ruth also has 2 surviving sisters, Dixie and Mabel Tackett of Nicholasville, Kentucky. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Laura B. and William B. Tackett, and 4 brothers: William H. Tackett, Leland V. Tackett, Paul Tackett, and Benjamin F. Tackett. Troy Tackett passed away 6 weeks after Ruth. Ruth taught in the Floyd County school system for 30 years. She retired in 1978. She loved teaching the children and many of her students would stop and visit with her even after they were grown and had children. For many years Ruth was a member of the Weeksbury sewing club and active in many fund raisers that helped start the chapel that now stands above the Weeksbury Community Center. Ruth also loved to attend church at Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. She loved to walk whether it be around the track at the community center or around the yard. But no matter what she was involved in, she always put her family first. Even though she is physically gone from our lives, she will live in our hearts forever. Written by the family.

Spears, Bobby Gene ~ We will try to write the obituary of our loving father and husband, Bobby Gene Spears. He was born July 12,1933 to the late Mary and Isaac Spears . He passed away June 8, 1996 with heart failure. During his stay on earth he met and married Versie Dye in the year of 1955. To this union were born thirteen children, one of whom preceded him in death, Roger Dale Spears. He leaves twelve children to mourn his death: Kathy Gayheart of Willard, Oh.; Bobbie Keene of Plymouth, Oh.; Morgan and Craig Spears both of Tiro, Oh.; Sherry Thomas of Allen, Ky.; Ike and Ron Spears both of Melvin, Ky.; Shannon Spears of Martin, Ky.; Sue Dye, Matthew Spears, Deanna Spears, and Christine Spears all of Hi Hat, Ky. Bobby also raised one grandson as his own, Micheal Dye of Prestonsburg, Ky. He also left behind fourteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three brothers, and two sisters to mourn him. On his way to the hospital he asked us all to pray for him. During his stay at the Hazard ARH he wrote many things to us. One thing he wrote which touched our hearts was "Daddy's going out begging." This pleased us to hear and gave us great hope that our daddy is around God's throne. We believe that Jesus won't turn away a begging heart. Shortly after Daddy passed away Mom had a beautiful vision of him. To the ones that haven't made peace with God, "If you want to go to Heaven and see Daddy again, repent, for time is running out. Written by wife and children

Stevens, Jane King McKinney ~ In loving memory of our dear mother, Jane King McKinney Stevens. She was the daughter of the late Shiller and Ardella Stevens King. She was born April 1, 1915 in Floyd County. She went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 1996, making her stay here on earth 81 years. She was married twice. Her first husband was George McKinney, who preceded her in death. Later she was married to Jessie Stevens, who also preceded her in death in 1967. She was the mother of 13 children; 8 of them preceded her in death. Mom's health began to fail her and she couldn't get around very well any more. Then, in 1984, she lost the use of her legs completely She never walked again. She was an invalid for the remainder of her life with many health problems which led to her death She is survived by one son, Leonard Stevens of Harold; four daughters: Maggie Howell and Georgia Stevens, both of Harold; Mary Potter of Ohio; and Alice Kendrick of Pikeville; three stepsons: Ervin, Matthew and Clell Stevens, all of Harold; and one stepdaughter, Lizzie McKinney of Harold. She is also survived by one brother, two sisters, two half-brothers, three half-sisters, 29 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, 30 step-grandchildren and 29 step-great-grandchildren. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mother's Home Regular Baptist Church for 42 years. Because she was confined to her bed, Mom often had church in her own home. Mom suffered much pain here on earth, but now she is in Heaven where she will suffer no more. Mom will be greatly missed by her family, friends and loved ones, but she will always be in our hearts. "Just One Rose Will Do" was Mom's favorite song. Now she is a beautiful rose in Heaven, where she will bloom forever with Jesus.
Written by Maggie Howell, in memory of her late mother, Jane Stevens

Stumbo, Asia ~ In loving memory of our dear Big Mommy and Granny. She was born Asia Moore on April 17, 1907, the daughter of Tom and Kizzie Moore. She had two sisters and five brothers who are deceased. In or about the year of 1924 she met and married Amos Stumbo. Unto this union nine children were born, five preceded her in death, as well as her husband, whom we called Big Paw. The children were Saul, Catheryn, Vertina, Cephus and Cyphus. Left to mourn her passing are Silas Stumbo of Goldgrove, Ohio; Cecil Stumbo of Price, KY; Roberta Collins of Price, KY; Eulena Stumbo of Shiloh, Ohio; twenty-four grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren. She was a mother to her sister's children and many others who made their home with her. Everyone was always welcome in her home, especially the children. Around sixty-five years ago she joined the Old Regular Baptist Church and was baptized, with her membership at Pilgrim's Rest, which she always called home. Big Mommy always loved being in church no matter where at. She was a light to everyone who came in contact with her. She attended church faithfully, no matter what, as long as she was able. She had a special seat at the Pilgrim's Rest Church that can never be filled. Three of her children and one grandson, Mike, made their home in the Old Regular Baptist Church with her. One daughter, Eulena, is a member of Shiloh United Baptist Church. Big Mommy fell on December 30 and broke her leg. Wednesday after her surgery she suffered a heart attack. She died Thursday, January 4, at about six o'clock. She made her home with her granddaughter, Christen, the last four years. Big Mommy piled up many stones in hopes that her children and grandchildren would follow in her and Big Paw's footsteps. Even though we will miss her, we feel that she went on to the home she had prepared for sixty-five years ago. If love could have kept her, she would still be with us. Written by family

Sturgill, Odell ~ I am writing this obituary in loving memory of my brother, Odell Sturgill. He was born on November 25, 1934 and departed this world on November 26, 1993 making his stay on this earth 59 years and 1 day. He was the son of the late Albert and Ethel Sturgill Gibson. He had one sister who preceded him in death, Doris, three living sisters: Greta, Mamie and Judy; and three brothers: Mac, Donald and Bobby. He had a host of many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Odell was a kind and loving brother, he is missed by those who loved him. Written by his sister, Greta Martin

Swiney, Mellie ~ It is with much sadness that I write the obituary of my aunt, Mellie Swiney. She was born atYeager, Kentucky October 20, 1902, the daughter of Lee and Nancy Yates Compton. She departed this life April 5,1995, making her stay here 92 years, 5 months, and 16 days. She was first married to Thomas Damron. To this union were born two children, Ora Ellen Damron and Johnny Lee Damron. Years later she was married to Miles Swiney. She was preceded in death by her last husband, Miles; one infant son and her daughter, Ora Ellen. Survivors include her son, Johnny Lee Damron of Maryland; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Anna Hopson, of Collins Highway, Pikeville. Aunt Mellie was a member of the Little Creek Old Regular Baptist Church and was a faithful member as long as she was able to attend. She lived the last years in the Parkview Manor Nursing Home at Robinson Creek, Ky. She loved for the brethren and sisters to visit her and to sing and have Draver for her. The Old Regular Baptists had church at the Manor on the fourth Sunday at 2:00 p.m. She really enjoyed going down to church. She would shout and praise the Lord. She loved to be with her brothers and sisters in the church. When they come to see her, you could just see her spirits seem to shine. We will miss her a lot, but we believe she is at rest now, in her new home. Written by her neice and Sister in the Lord, Madonna Hall

Syck, Windle Ray "Red" ~  86 years of age, passed away Tuesday, June 4,1996, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. He was born in Pike County, August 18, 1909, a son of the late Jake Syck and the late Cora Gullett Syck. He was a member of the Burning Springs Old Regular Baptist Church since 1976, and a deacon since August 25, 1990. He was a retired coal miner and also a carpenter. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons: William Ben Syck and Cinton Eugene Syck; three brothers: McKinley "Ken" Syck, Oscar Syck, and Emzie Syck; one sister: Betty Gullett. Survivors include his wife: Alice Smith Syck of Winns Branch Road, Pikeville, KY; two sons, Joe Denver Syck of Inkster, Mich; and Windle Robert Syck of Atlanta, Mich.; two daughters: Pluma Davenport of Riverview, Michigan; and Lyvonne Slate of Winns Branch Road, Pikeville, KY; one brother: Thomas Daniel Syck of Burning Fork Road, Pikeville, KY; one sister: Marilyn Roop of Weeksbury, KY; twelve grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, twenty-one greatgrandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews. He will sadly be missed by a host of family, friends, and loved ones. Written by family

Tackett, Artie ~ In loving memory of a precious mother and sister in the Lord, to wit: Sister Artie Tackett. Sister Artie was born January 20, 1924 and passed from this earthly life on December 7,1984 to go and rest in Paradise, waiting for the resurrection morning of both soul and body to rejoice around God's throne forever and ever. She was the daughter of Joe and Mary Hamilton Tackett. She had one brother, Benie Tackett, 2 half-brothers, Levi and Foster Tackett, one sister, Judy Hall, and one half-sister, Lorene Jones. Early in life she met and married Clarence Tackett and to this union were born nineteen children. Four children preceded her in death, twin girls, and Bobby Gene and Harold Dean. Two children have died since Sister Artie died, Dorothy Lomaline and L. Jay Tackett. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Tackett, and her children, seven boys: Archie B. and Bennie Joe of Willis, Michigan; Gary and Terry of Harold, KY; Jerry and Tony of Grethel, KY; and Eugene of Tram, KY; five daughters: Virgie Spears of Galveston, KY; Bonnie Salisbury and Darlene Tackett of Harold, KY; Irene Rose of Grethel, KY; and Patty Sue Miller of Betsy Layne, KY. Artie Tackett also had 25 grandchildren. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church at New Salem at Harold, Kentucky at a very early age. We believe she was approximately sixteen years old. She had been in the church for about 44 years. Artie had several heart attacks before she died in Lexington, Kentucky. She was a hard-working woman, trying to raise her family the best way she could. Now she is enjoying that perfect peace, awaiting the redemption of the body. So sleep on, Artie. We will meet again someday. And to Sister Artie's children: if you want to see Mom again, you must fall out with sin, repent and be born again.
Written by Sister Oma Frasure and Arties son, Jerry Tackett

Tackett, Della ~ It is very hard for me to write this obituary of my loving mom, Della Tackett. She was born May 1, 1915. She was preceded in death by her mom, Lina Hampton Little; her dad, Thomas Hampton; her stepdad, Ballard Little; one brother, Alvin Hampton; one half-brother; one half-sister; two sons; and one daughter. She has four sisters living, Irene Little, Luenda Burke, Draxie Hall, and Allowean Little. On October 31, 1936, Mom married Ishmel Tackett. To this union were born seven children. Three children live in Indiana: Gomer, Jackie, and Annette. Delora Burke lives at the home. On December 18, 1989, Dad preceded her in death. Mom took sick in March of 1990. On April 9, 1990, she had open-heart surgery. On April 18 of that same year she had her right leg amputated due to poor circulation. Then on August 11 in 1990 she had a stroke that left her paralyzed and speechless. But she never complained or gave up. She always seemed to be happy. Mom lived a Christian life, although she didn't join the church until June of 1990. Mom was baptized on a stretcher. I know Mom is in Heaven today, she was such an humble person.  Mom and I used to go to church every church time, until she wasn't able to go. The church members would stop by to see her, they would hold prayer and sing songs. She would reach her feeble hand up to shake hands with them or to hug them. Many times I have gone to her bedside and she would want me to sing good Old Regular Baptist songs, and read to her the Bible. Mom lay sick for six years, but never complained. I know the Lord was with her. Burton and I moved in with her and took care of her at home, Burton was so good to her. Mom, I miss you so much I think I can't go on. Then something lifts me up. But I believe I will meet you in Heaven.
Written by a broken hearted daughter, Delora Burke

Tackett, Eligah ~  By the help of the good Lord I will try to write a short obituary of my loving husband, Eligah Tackett. He was the son of Eli Tackett and Jane Hampton. He was born the 12th day of January 1908, making his stay on earth 88 years, 5 months, and 8 days. The Lord blessed us with three loving children, Geneva, Robert L., and Ishmael. He leaves his wife and two sons here to mourn the loss of him, which is so hard to bear. We loved him so much and he knew that before he passed away. He left 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom he loved so much. We were married on January 6, 1926. We lived together for 70 years, 5 months, and 25 days. He leaves 5 half-sisters and 4 half-brothers. Eligah joined the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church the first Saturday in October in 1957. He was ordained a deacon the 11th day of April in 1970, and he served as long as he was able. He wanted to see the church grow. I heard Ishmael ask him if he was afraid to die and he said, "No, I am not afraid to die, but I want to live as long as I can." With him gone, it doesn't seem like home any more. He was a loving husband and father and I believe I will be with him before long. We loved him so much, and he had the best of care while he was living. Written by his lonely wife, Mendie Tackett

Tackett, Florence Bryant ~ My Mother, Florence Bryant Tackett, was born April 5, 1894 on Orchard Fork of Abner Creek at Melvin, KY, the sixth of ten children born to Owen and Lydia Elliott Bryant. All her brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Mom died on November 10,1995 at Riverview Nursing Home in Prestonsburg, Kentucky where she had lived for two and one-half years. Mom and Dad (the late Will Tackett) were married on November 28, 1916 in Melvin, Kentucky by brother Jerry Hall. They lived in Floyd and Pike Counties all their married life and had been married 58 years when Dad died in 1974. She was 101 years and 7 months old when she died. They had nine children; three died in infancy and her youngest daughter, Ethel Tackett Faust, died in 1977. She leaves five children: Gardner, Foster, Raymond, Brady and Bethel; 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Mom joined the Joppa Church of the Old Regular Baptist and was baptized on the first Saturday in July, 1948 by Brothers Jerry Hall and Bud Johnson at Melvin, Kentucky. Nothing that I could write here or say would mean as much as the life Mom lived all these years and everyone that knew her can testify to that. She lived her faith daily; a living testament to a strong belief in God. We all miss Mom very much, but we have a great assurance of her soul and that is very comforting. Written by her daughter, Bethel Tackett Jones

Tackett, Maudia ~ It is with a sad and broken heart that I will try to write an obituary of my dear mother, Maudia Tackett. Mom was born on the 9th day of January of 1928, in Floyd County. She departed this life on March 20, 1996, making her stay on earth 68 years, two months, and 11 days. She was the daughter of the late John and Josie Hall Tackett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Tackett. They were married on July 5,1948. She had three deceased brothers: Delmer Tackett, Burtis Tackett and Curt Tackett. She also had two deceased sisters: Verlie Rose and Liza "Doll" Gillispie. She has three living brothers: Orville Tackett, Freel Tackett and Nelson Tackett; and two living sisters, Zella McCoy and Lizzie Tackett. She also leaves to mourn her a son, Donald Ray Tackett, and a daughter, Mellissa Kidd; two grandchildren, Charles Ray Tackett and Derek Douglas Kidd; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Ray Tackett and Marcus Ray Tackett. She loved her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all of her heart. Mom was always a good and caring woman. Mom was a member of the Pilgrim's Home Old Regular Baptist Church of Grethel, Kentucky. On the third Sunday of July, 1993 Mom gave her life to Jesus to take care of her. Elisha Branham was the one who baptized her. Mom always loved going to church. She loved to go and meet people. She could always make friends so easily. Mom loved all of her brothers and sisters in church. I miss Mom so much: it is so hard to go on without her. But, with the help of the good Lord, I can make it. Mom loved us with all of her heart. It has been lonesome since she has passed away. Mommy, I hope we all can meet you again in Heaven someday. We miss you so very much. So I must close, and may God bless you for I feel our loved one is in Heaven. Written by her broken-hearted daughter, Mellissa Kidd

Tackett, Rhoda Shepherd ~ With the help of our Lord, I will try to write the obituary of our dear, sweet beloved Mother, Rhoda Shepherd Tackett. She was the daughter of Kelly and Sally Shepherd Shepherd. She was born January 10, 1920 at Hippo, Kentucky and departed this life on January 30, 1996 at 2:42 A.M. in Our Lady of Bellfonte Hospital at Ashland, Kentucky, making her stay here on earth 76 years and 19 days. Left behind to mourn her passing are five children; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters and a whole host of friends, relatives and brothers and sisters in the Lord. Mom was married to Woodrow Wilson Tackett Sr., who was called home June 8, 1990. Unto this union were born five daughters: Betty Jean Fritts, Carriel Dean Hiler, Katherine Reed, Josephine Langworthy, and Carlene Tackett, who died at birth, and one son, Elder Woodrow Wilson Tackett Jr. Mom joined the Old Regular Baptist Church at the waterfront on August 7, 1966 and was baptized by Elder Burton Howard and Elder Bob Pridemore. She had her membership at the Mt. Sterling Church, which she loved dearly. She attended faithfully as long as her health permitted. In July, 1995, she got to see one grandson come into her church. She was really pleased. She lived her religion day and night. Her walk and her talk proved this. She spent the last four months of her life in the hospital. She was in I.C.U. for six weeks of that time. Her face would light up and she would smile when she saw her brothers and sisters from the church walk into her room. She was always so pleased to see them. I would call her after I came home from church and tell her about our good meeting we had. She'd say "I would love to have been there, I miss church so bad". Her daughter, Betty Jean Fritts, son, Elder Woodrow Wilson Tackett Jr. and his family were by her side when the Lord took her home to be with the angels. Our loss is Heaven's gain, and our hope is that we will all be united in Heaven some sweet day. We miss her so much for she was truly loved by her family. We love you, dear Mother.
Written by your loving and heart broken daughter in Christ, Betty Jean Fritts

Tackett, Russell ~ With great sadness and sorrow I will try to write an obituary of my dear husband. We were married April 18,1947. He worked as a construction worker most of his life. After moving to Indiana in 1966, he worked as a maintenance supervisor for 21 years, retiring in 1987. Russell was the son of the late Tolby and Martha Hall Tackett. He was born May 31, 1922, at Virgie, Kentucky. One brother, three half-brothers, and four half-sisters preceded him in death. Russell had a stroke April 3,1994, and was unable to walk. He joined Northern Little Dove Regular Baptist Church in 1994. He loved to go to church and went as long as he was able. He loved all his brothers and sisters, and he liked to help people. He was a hardworking man. Surviving are his wife Nova; one daughter Pearleane Kope; two sons, Dallard R. Tackett of Churubusco, and James F. Tackett of Knox; and one half-sister, Dessie Horn of Ligon, Kentucky. He had one son, Russell Jr., who preceded him in death. He leaves lots of nephews and nieces and four grandchildren: Adam L., April L., and Sara R. Tackett, and Brandon Kope all of Churubusco. He loved to visit Kentucky where he grew up and to see all of his relatives. He's not suffering or in pain now, but we miss him so very much. A precious one from us is gone, a voice is still, a place made vacant in our home that can never be filled. Written by his lonesome wife Nova, children and grandchildren

Tackett, Troy ~ Troy Tackett was born on August 11,1918 and passed away on March 2, 1996 at his residence, making his stay on this earth 77 years and 6 months. He is survived by his wife, Lina Lucille Johnson Tackett. They were married on December 21, 1940. He is also survived by one son Douglas Tackett of Lancaster, Kentucky; one grandson Devin Tackett of Richmond, Kentucky; two great-grandchildren, Jarred and Laken Tackett of Richmond, Kentucky; and two sisters, Dixie and Mabel Tackett of Nicholasville, Kentucky. Troy was preceded in death by his parents, Laura B. and William B. Tackett. He was also preceded in death by 4 brothers and 1 sister: William H. Tackett, Leland V. Tackett, Paul Tackett, Benjamin F. Tackett, and Ruth T. Smith. Troy was a retired employee of the ARH hospital at McDowell, Kentucky. Troy was of the Old Regular Baptist faith. Even though Troy is physically gone from our lives, he will live in our hearts forever. Written by the family

Tackett, William Franklin 1898 - 1995 With much sadness, but with many fond and loving memories, we are writing the obituary of our beloved Dad, Frank Tackett. He was born September 11,1898 and was the son of Willard Tackett and Virginia Elswick. Dad departed his earthly life on September 21, 1995 which made his stay here on earth 97 years and 10 days. He was preceded in death by two wives, Fannie Tackett and Lula Hall Tackett, and one son, Forest Sterling (Buster) Tackett. He is survived by two sons, Leon and Lavon Tackett of Virgie, KY; and two daughters, Glema Anderson of Taylor, Ml., and Marie Burke of Virgie, KY. Dad remained a widower for the last twenty years of his life and devoted his time and love to his family. Dad was a quiet and humble man and was loved by all who knew him and was such a good father. He was always willing to help his neighbors and was a valued and respected friend of his community. We miss him so much, but we feel that he is with Mom around the throne of God and that we will meet him again in a better home where there will be no more parting. Dad, rest on until we meet once again. We love you so very much.
The Frank Tackett Family

Thompson, Charles Ellis ~ In loving memory and a sad heart, I will try to write the obituary of my Dad, Charles Ellis Thompson. Dad was born on August 26, 1927, and passed away on June 25, 1996. He lived 68 years, 9 months, and 29 days. He was the son of Emerson and Alice May Thompson. He has two living sisters Audry Ratliff and Vera Syck, and one brother, Walter Thompson. Dad married Inis Lockhart Thompson on November 1, 1947. They had 48 years, 7 months, and 24 days together. He had four children, Vonda Jean Spears, Elonda Carol Murphy, Charles Blake Thompson and Virgil Clinton Thompson. He had 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dad was a member of the Burning Springs Old Regular Baptist Church. He was baptized April 18, 1985. Dad suffered a lot in the last year of his life but God's plan made it possible for him to suffer no more. Dad was a coal miner and he loved to work. His last job was at Scott's Branch Mine. Anytime I see someone who worked with him they always talk about how hard he worked. As I write this obituary, I keep thinking about today being his birthday. He's been gone two months and it seems like years. Dad is sadly missed by his wife, his family, and a very special friend, Loraine Edmonds, who was with him to the end. Our home will never be the same.
Written by his daughter, Carol Murphy

Thornsberry, Michael Edward ~ It is with much sadness and grief that we write this obituary of our very precious loved one, Michael Edward Thornsberry. Michael was born on June 15, 1965, To Estill Jr. and Rose Thornsberry Michael left this world on September 24, 1994, of a sudden illness related to his diabetic condition that he had since childhood. Michael was a very loving person and smiled all the time. Michael often mentioned that he was worried that his illness would not let him live to raise his two boys. He was right, but he was a good father and showered them with all the love that he could what time he was with them. Michael leaves to mourn his death his two sons, Michael and Marcus Thornsberry of Willard, Ohio. He also leaves his mother and daddy, Rose and Estill Jr., also of Willard, Ohio, and two sisters Ada Fergeson of Willard, Ohio, and Tammy Tuttle of Wolflake Indiana, as well as four nieces and two nephews. Michael is the grandson of Ada Thornsberry residing at Kite, Ky. and the late Estill Thornsberry. His maternal grandparents are the late Hubert and Maude Thornsberry. We miss Michael so much, and each time we think of him, and the way he fought his illness for such a long time, our hearts hurt. We feel that our loss is just another one of God's angels. We know that was God's plan. Written by his broken-hearted grandmother, Ada Thornsberry, and his Aunt Chris, who loved him so much.

Thornsberry, Ollie M. ~ By the request of the family, I will attempt to write an obituary of Sister Ollie M. Thornsberry. Sister Ollie was born to R. G. Sparkman and Sarah Watts Sparkman on February 10, 1906. She left this world on July 23, 1996, making her stay here 90 years. Early in life, Sis. Ollie married C. B. "Lummie" Thornsberry and God blessed them to be together for many years. Bro. Lummie passed away in 1986 and his passing left a void in Sis. Ollie's life that couldn't be filled. Every time I went to see Sis. Ollie she had a special story to tell me about her and Bro. Lurnmie. She told me about hard times, good times, happy and sad times, but through all of her stories one thing always shone through, her love for Bro. Lummie. Sis. Ollie leaves behind to mourn her passing a large family of 7 sons and 4 daughters. The sons are: Clyde of Tennessee; Cloys of Amburgy, Ky.; James of Nicholasville, Ky.; Devon and Okla of Hindman, Ky.; Larry and Greg of Pippa Passes, Ky. The daughters are: Wilma Harris and Ruth Sexton of Pippa Passes, Ky.; Margaret Slone of Hindman, Ky.; and Colette Triplett of Hollybush, Ky. Two sisters, Sally Holbrook and Bertha Sparkman, one brother-in-law, Robert Thornsberry, six daughters-in-law: Glenda, Thelmarie, Charlotte, Orie, Ethel, and Shelby; and two sons-in-law, Jeff and Ray, are also left to mourn. Sis. Ollie also has 24 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren who will miss her deeply. The greatest thing that I can say about Sis. Ollie is that she led the life of a Christian. She was loving, caring, giving, and most importantly you could see Jesus in Sis. Ollie. She joined the Mt. Olive Church of Old Regular Baptists in 1978 and she attended church faithfully until her health began to fail her. Even though she didn't get to attend church very often the last few years, she always wanted to know what was going on. The last time I was at her home she and some of her family gave money to be used for the church. I want to say to her family that you have lost a wonderful mother and the Mt. Olive church has lost a precious member, but we can all be together with Sis. Ollie some day if we will believe, trust, and obey Jesus as she did. Family, just remember the sparkle of her eyes and that crooked little smile and make preparations to meet her again in the land of the living. Bro. Kelly Slone

Tuttle, Jay and Delzy Chaffins ~ By the help of our Lord, we will try to write an obituary of our loving parents, Jay and Delzy Chaffins Tuttle. To this union were born 11 children, 5 sons: Bill Ray Tuttle, Doug Tuttle, and Harvey Tuttle of Ind.; Isom Tuttle and Rodney Tuttle of Ky.; 6 daughters: Irene Moore, who also precedes them in death; Edna May Tuttle, Nadine Powers, Barbara Ann Slone, and Cinderella McNickle of Ind.; Ruby Jean Newsome; and one stepdaughter, Lisa Ann Tussey of Ky.; 36 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren. One brother, Sam Tuttle, and one sister, Nelley Lynch of Ohio. Mom is survived by one brother, Ivory Chaffins of Indiana. Dad joined the Old Regular Baptist at Stone Coal July 12,1958. Dad's stay here on earth was 82 years. God called Mom home at the age of 53. After Mom's death, Dad met and married Fanny Chaffins Tussey who also preceded them in death. We would like to thank the Little Flossie Church for all their love and support, and all that came to be with us in our time of mourning. Thanks be to God, they left a hope that they are gone to a better home, resting around the throne of God. Our loss is Heaven's gain. You know children, some sweet day, when God tells his precious son, "Go get my children and bring them home," all that have been down to the foot of sweet Jesus and their robes washed white will all board that cloud together and go home with sweet Jesus to die no more. Sleep on all God's children, we will meet you resurrection day.
Written with a heart full of love by their daughter Sister Ruby Newsome and son, Rodney Tuttle 

Tuttle, Norsie Chaffins ~ It is with much sadness and a great sense of loss that we write Mom's obituary. Her humble and serving example will always be with us. Mom passed away March 8, 1995. She was born April 29, 1921. Dad (Fisher Tuttle) preceded her in death March 27, 1994, on their 59th wedding anniversary. Mom was the daughter of William and Gracie Chaffms of Sizemore. Mom and Dad had nine children: Ivan Tuttle, San Diego, California; Rose Slone, Hollybush, Ky; Billy W. Tuttle, Londonderry, New Hampshire; Matt Tuttle, Hazard, Kentucky; Grace Branham, Christiana, Delaware; Gene Tuttle, Cibolo, Texas; Bertha Miller, Mesa, Arizona; Larry Tuttle, Denver, Colorado; and Hayes Tuttle, Richmond, Texas. Mom is survived by one sister, Verna Mae Fraley, Tucson, Arizona, and two brothers: Enon and Hayes Chaffms of Willard and LaGrange, Ohio. Mom had 31 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren. Mom left this message on her tombstone: "I love my children." We know it was unconditional love. She proved it with her humble, unselfish giving and serving. She was there when we were in pain, when we were down she lifted us up, when we were hungry she fed us, she watched over us as we slept, she covered us when she thought we were cold, she continually prayed to God to keep us out of harm's way. She knew our needs without asking. We never got too old or too big for Mom to hold us and tell us she loved us. She would cry with joy when we came and cry with sadness when we would leave. Mom was like Jesus in Matthew 25:35, 36, "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." Our memories of Mom will not go away. We pray to God our example to our children will be to Mom's liking, because her grandchildren were special to her. Mom, you did your part. May the principles and values that God gave you live on through us in a way that we will draw strength and courage to discipline and guide our children with the same unselfish love you gave us.  The family

Vance, Doffey ~ Brother Doffey Vance was born February 28, 1909, the son of Jannie and Sarah Honeycutt Vance. He departed this life April 9, 1906 making his pilgrimage here a little over 87 years. Brother Doffey was united in marriage June 30, 1935 to Delphia Amburgy by Hiram Hall. While they were not blessed of God with children, I feel Brother Doffey and Sister Delphia were blessed with almost sixty-one years of togetherness as man and wife. Brother Doffey was a hard-working man, and God blessed him and Sister Delphia with sufficient material things of this world. Brother Doffey is survived by his wife, Delphia; one stepson, Kennith Martin, and one sister, Mae Caudill. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Brother Doffey joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the second Sunday in October, 1960 and was baptized the third Sunday in October, 1960. Brother Doffey was a faithful member of the Old Pilgrim Rest Church, filling his seat as long as he was able, always willing to help in any way he could, standing firm in what he believed and the holy scriptures he supported. I know the Church has lost a wonderful member. Just as the song says "One by One Their Seats Were Empty." We feel Brother Doffey's soul went to be with Jesus April 9; his body will rest and sleep until Jesus comes again. To my sister I say, "I know your life is lonely now but it won't be long until we, the children of God, will all meet in that country we call Heaven, there forever to be with God."
Written by Brother Deaner Moore and Sister Delphia Vance

Wallen, Verna Denise ~ In loving memory of Verna Denise Wallen, who was born December 22, 1969, in Pikeville, KY, and departed this life on January 18, 1996, at the age of 26. She was the daughter of Thomas L. Hall and Barbara Conn Hall of Martin, KY. On October 3, 1990, Denise wed Anthony Shane Wallen, and to that union was born one daughter, Cheyenne Tyler Wallen, now age four. In addition to her parents, husband, and daughter, she is survived by: one brother, Travis Craig Hall, Ft. Meyers VA.; one sister, Allison Laynae f Hall, Martin, KY., her paternal grandmother, Eunice Virginia Hall, Martin, Ky. and her maternal grandmother, Verna Mae Conn, Dana, KY. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Leonard Hall, and her maternal grandfather, Travis Conn. Denise graduated from Allen Central High School in 1987. While attending school she was a cheerleader and an active member of several academic clubs, including the Beta Club and Math Club. She later attended Mayo State Vocational School in Paintsville, and became a licensed practical nurse. She was employed at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky at the time of her death. Many lovely memories come to our minds of days past spent with Denise. Perhaps it will be her impish grin you will remember most vividly, or the way she would giggle so innocently like a small child. I think everyone will remember her beautiful eyes that seemed to sparkle when she smiled. She had a kind, generous heart, and a special love for others. I think that is why she chose a profession of helping others, especially the elderly and those less fortunate than herself. Her sweet spirit will always be with us in our hearts and we will have our very precious memories of her to cherish.

Webb, Helen G. S. ~ Helen Grace Salisbury Webb was born July 29,1924 at Langley, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Dial and Rebecca Hagans Salisbury. She passed away February 17, 1996 at the age of 71 years, following a sudden illness at her home. On August 16, 1941, she married Claud E. Webb and they lived to celebrate fifty-four wedding anniversaries together. Helen is survived by her husband; four sons: Robert Kent Webb, Stockdale, Ohio; Thomas Jackson Webb, Allen; Paul Marcus Webb, South Charleston, Ohio; and Claude Jennings Webb of Langley; two daughters, Mary Susan Goins of Langley and Jeannie Katherine Tussey of Springfield, Ohio; sixteen grandchildren ad fourteen great-grandchildren. She leaves four brothers: Thomas Palmer Salisbury, Herman Lamar Salisbury, Amos Dial Salisbury and Fredrick Grant Salisbury, all of Stockdale, Ohio; two sisters, Shirley Stewart, Le High Acres, FL; and Judy Colvin of Springfield, Ohio. Her parents and three brothers preceded her in death. Deceased brothers are Harold, Bill and Dean. Helen was baptized into fellowship in the Bethel Old regular Baptist Church six years ago, where she was a loving and faithful member, always doing what she could to make things easier for others. Her family and friends referred to her as "the peacemaker." She loved to cook for her family and at the Bethel Church lunchroom and was always there to help with the dumplings, make a pie, or anything else that needed to be done. Helen was a wonderful wife and mother and is badly missed by her husband, children and friends, but we feel she is resting with the Lord where, someday, she will welcome each of us home. Written by Claude E. Webb and family

White, Clarence ~ With sad hearts and loving memories, we will try with the help of our dear Lord to write an obituary of our father and husband, Clarence White. Dad was born January 20, 1909, in Lawrence County, Kentucky to Kennis Allen White and Livenia Combs White. He passed away January 26,1996 at his home in Means, Ky., making his stay on earth 87 years and 6 days. On January 15, 1931 he was married to Darthula Tackett White. Unto this union were born seven children. Left to mourn their loss are his wife, Darthula; 5 sons: Hubert, Harold, Alonzo, Ralph, and Eugene; 2 daughters, Doris Ballard and Charlene Tufono. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; Lindsey White and Lawrence White; 2 sisters; Edith Seitz, and Viola Lee. Dad was from a family of 17. Dad and Mom were married 65 years on January 15 and Dad passed away January 26, leaving a very sad heart and lonely life for Mom. Dad worked for Columbia Gas Co. for 23 years. He retired when he was 62 years old and enjoyed raising a big garden. He loved to raise watermelon and cantaloupe and sell them by the roadside. He got great pleasure out of meeting and talking to people. Dad joined the Mt. Sterling Old Regular Baptist Church on February 8, 1981 and was baptized on April 5, 1981 by Elder Charles Fields and Elder Jackie Hamilton. Dad was a faithful member until his health begin to fail and he wasn't able to go to church. The week before Dad died, he wanted to go to church, so my brother managed to fully dress him in his own clothes over top of his pajamas and the tubes, and got him up in a chair. He wanted his shoes on too, so we put his shoes on him. He said he couldn't go to church without any shoes. We had singing and prayer. He was satisfied when they finished and he said, I'm ready to go home now, church is over. Before he died, he called every child and grandchild and all the in-laws to his bed and asked them to get in church and get ready to meet him in Heaven. After everyone had passed by his bedside, he said, "I want everyone to turn me loose now, because I'm ready to go." He loved his in-laws just as though they were his own children. Dad will always be missed by his family and friends. My advice to all, is to get ready to meet him again. Written by a broken hearted wife, Darthula and daughter Doris Ballard

Williams, Willie D. ~ Willie D. Williams, better known to everyone as Bo, was born in 1933. He departed this life on January 25, 1996, making his stay on earth 62 years and 7 months. Brother Bo was the son of the late Felix (Tan) Williams and Tona Williams, who preceded him in death. Brother Bo had eleven brothers and sisters, four of whom also preceded him in death. Their names are: one sister, Bonnie, and three brothers: Oakley, Noah, and James. He leaves five sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss. They are: Oma Warrens of Wayland KY; Mona Hughes of Albany KY; Novelle Slone of Mcdowell KY; Aileen Layne of Dema KY; and a twin sister, Emma Lee Storie of Mentor Ohio, Edward Williams of Dickinson, Texas; and Elder Clifford Williams of McDowell KY. Later on in Brother Bo's life he met and married Maggie Howell in 1955, and to their union was born a beautiful daughter, Sharon Kay Williams of Lexington KY. Sadly enough, their marriage ended in divorce. Brother Bo loved his country and proudly served his country in the Korean War. In 1969 Brother Bo was added to another army and became a bold soldier for the Lord. He became a member of the Old Beaver Church and served as their treasurer for many years. He was very faithful to fill his seat as long as his health permitted. He truly held the banner of love high above his head and very near his heart, and like a faithful soldier he died at his post. Brother Bo was injured in a mine accident as a very young man and bore his infirmity with much patience. He was a jolly man and loved to mix with his family and friends. Even though we often said Brother Bo stayed by himself, we knew better, because God was by his side always. Brother Bo told his family a few days before he died that he was waiting for that better home in Heaven. In the book of Revelation, chapter 14, verse 13, John wrote: "Write blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth, yea, saith the spirit that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow after them." Surely Brother Bo's works will follow after him many days hence. How happy we should be that a man like Brother Bo Williams passed this way and made our stay here on God's footstool so much more enjoyable. So to our precious brother in the Lord, sleep on for a season and soon beauty shall spring from the prison of clay and we shall sing praises unto the Lord throughout eternity in our Heavenly home forever, never to be parted any more.
Written by your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Elder Clifford Williams, Sister Madge Williams and Elder Gary Compton