OLD REGULAR BAPTIST
The Bethel church
Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky
September 15, 16, 17, 1961
ADDINGTON, HENRY AND POLLY GREEN -It is with a sad and aching heart that I attempt to write an obituary of (Pa)
Henry and (Ma) Polly Greer Addington. Pa was born Sept. 27, 1867 and departed this life June 2, 1960 making his
stay on earth 92 years, 8 months and 5 days. Ma was born Aug. 2, 1871 and left this unfriendly world 5 months and 9 days
after Pa left, on Nov. 11, 1960. She was 89 years, 3 months and 9 days of age
when God called her home. They were married in the year of 1889 and lived happily together for 71
years. To this union were born 5 boys, Hattler, John and Noble of Myra, Ky.,
Jeff of Hillsburg, Ohio, and Willie of Greenup, Ky., and 5 girls, Virginie
Wright, Bessie Johnson of Myra, Ky., Janie Mullins of Jackson, Ohio, Gracie
Newsom of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ethel Wright (deceased). The rest of the children
remain here to mourn the loss of good Christian parents. Pa joined the Pilgrim's Rest Church of Regular Baptist first the Sunday in
November 1954 and was baptized by Elder Boyd Smallwood, Arvil Tackett and Linsey
Baker. Ma joined the same church the first Saturday in May 1914 and was baptized
by Elder A. L. Mercer. They lived true to their profession until their call
home. They were loved and respected by many, a shining light to both saint and
sinner. It was my privilege and pleasure to help with them through their
illness. I have had many Godly conversations with Pa while shaving him during
declining years. Many, many times my heart has been made glad and my eyes to overflow with
tears listening to Ma shouting the praise of God, when the spirit bade her to do
so. The children were all good to help with them and their every desire was the
children's concern. The children all professed a hope in Christ but Jeff, Bessie
is a member of the Church of Christ and the others belong to the Regular Baptist
Church. They have chosen Ma's and Pa's God as theirs. They were concerned during their last days because they were unable to fill
their seats in the Old Church, but I feel that they are resting from all their
labors and basking in the sunshine of the spirit in the Proadiscal Regions of
God, awaiting the redemption, to - wit, the resurrection of their mortal bodies.
They are singing with the Angels in that glorious abode of the soul. I want to commend the children for giving Pa and Ma the roses while they were
with us. You now can have no regrets, just await, with patience, till your call
then you can embrace them again and live eternally with them in glory.
Written by their humble Grandson-in-law Delmon Newsom
ADKINS, ARNIL LEE -It is with a sad feeling that I try to write an obituary of Arnil Lee Adkins.
He was born about October 10, 1946 and deceased this life at the same time. We
would loved to keep little Arnil with as but the angels loved him more. They
came and took him home to live with Jesus where suffering is no more. If the
family ever wants to meet little Arnil Lee again they will have to repent of sin
and live for Jesus. He leaves a father, mother and three sisters to mourn his
Written by his broken hearted mother, Bessie Adkins.
-It is with a sad and aching heart we try to write an obituary of my dear
mother, Louisa Adkins. She was born in 1884, deceased May 26, 1961, making her
stay on earth 77 years. She was the daughter of Dock and Hannah Adkins. She was married to Anderson
Adkins and to this union were born 10 children, her husband and five of the
children proceeded her in death. Five of the children still living are George,
Alex, Nana, Jimmie and Frank. She joined the Samaria Church and was baptized by Elder Delbert Sanders and
Elder James Green, year of 1943. We feel mother's hope was real. She has gone
from us but the good life she lived will be flowers along life's pathway. Sleep
on mother, I'll meet you some day. Her funeral will be preached the fourth Saturday and Sunday in June 1962 at
Samaria Church. Brethren requested Brother Willie Kendrick, Brother Delbert
Sanders, Brother Cecil Farmer and Brother Ell Rasnick.
Written by her son and wife, Jimmie and Madlene Adkins.
ADKINS, STALLARD -It is in one way sadness but in another way gladness I attempt to write an
obituary of dear Brother Stallard Adkins a deceased member of the Greasy Creek
Church. Brother Stallard was 51 years old when he died. He was married to Alma Adkins
in 1926 and to this union was born 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls. Brother Stallard joined the Greasy Creek Church first Saturday in December
1959. Deceased November 23, 1960. I worked many hard hours with Brother Stallard. He was a hard working man, he
always said I don't care about money if I can just furnish my family. I believe Brother Stallard worked about 2 weeks of the most miserable days I
ever saw a man work. He said I want a payday for my family's Christmas, but on
December 13, 1958 he said in the mines, Tommy I am done. He said, I have taken
sick to die. I don't think I ever saw any more change in any man's life than
Brother Stallard, he seemed like a little child. He wrote the names of about 20 Brethren on his death bed he wanted to take
part somewhere when he was gone. He seemed to have so much love he just wanted them all that he knew. I want to say to his loving wife you look so much different and I know you
feel the same way. His place and voice in your home is still which on earth can
never be filled. I want to say to your lonesome children if you ever expect to meet him again
you will have to look to the dear Savior which I feel his soul is resting in the
Paradise of God. His body lies in a little lonesome spot where the grave can never be too deep
but Jesus will wake it from sleep. Dear children you missed him so but if you get it in your mind to do as daddy
did you will never be left behind. I must close by saying Brother Stallard just rest on we have worked so hard
in the dark coal mines where the sun can never shine but you are in the bright
cline and living in my mind.
Written by a brother I hope, Tommie Adkins
-By request I will try to write an obituary of Vince Arms. He was
the son of Will and Kate Arms. He was born July 1, 1908. Deceased August 28,
1961. His stay on earth was 52 years 10 months and 3 days. He lost his life in
the Harman Coal Mine when caught in a rock fall. Vince was married to Girtie Childress in February 1932, to this
union were born five children Tivis, Billy Kelsey, Juanita and Joshus Vince.
Three brothers preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn four brothers Dock,
Slemp Jinn and Howell and six sisters Flarence Coleman, Gus Coleman, Gert
Coleman, Lou Street Alice Jackson and Virgie Osborne and three grandchildren. We
hope our loss is Heavens gain. He leaves many relatives and friends. His spirit returned to God who gave it. His body sleeping in
the grave on that mountain where Jesus will call and Vince will answer and live
again in glory, where no slate will fall. Funeral will be preached second Sunday
in September 1962. Preachers called, Howard Colley, F. M. Stiltner, John
Clevinger and Elmer Church.
Your servant John Clevinger
BARTLEY, BILLIE EUGENE -It is with a sad aching heart I try to write an obituary of my darling boy. He was 18 years and 21 days old. He was born April 2, 1930, and he departed in May the year of 1948. He was a good boy and everybody spoke so good of him. He leaves his mother, father and two sisters to mourn this loss. He was our only son and Daisy, you and Vinetto ever see your brother again, you will have to fall out with sin and live for Jesus then we can see him again. I feel like his daddy, God has spoke peace to his sole. The good dreams me and his daddy had about him since he has gone, we feel he would not want to come back in this old world. I can hear his sweet voice when he would leave in the morning for school he would say, 'bye Mom and when he would come in of evening, he would say 'hello Mom. He was the baby and I feel like he is a flower in heaven in my dreams. In my dreams, he had the prettiest white robe on and said to me in the dream, "Mom, I am going to school now for my Lord," so I want to say to my three grandsons and the only little granddaughter, if you ever see your Uncle Billie Eugene again, you will have to fall out with sin and live for Jesus so we can meet my darling son again and to his school mates with him in his last year of high school:
We often sit and think of you
And speak of how you died
To think you could not say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes.
The blow was hard, the shock sever
We never thought your death so near,
But only those who lost can tell
The pain of parting without farewell.
Written by his broken-hearted Mother and Daddy, Ad Bartley
and Maxie Bartley.
We feel like our loss is Heavens gain.
BARTLEY, ESTEL -It is with a sad heart that I try to write the obituary of my beloved husband
Estil Bartley, who departed this life March 16, 1960. He was the son of James
Bartley and Celia Coleman Bartley who preceded him in death. He was born December 25, 1909 making his stay on earth 60 years, 2 months,
and 19 days. He was married to Myrtle Ramey June 9, 1934 to this union were born four
children, Hollis Bartley, Lloyd Bartley, Goebel Bartley, and Michael Bartley who
are all living. Estil never joined the Regular Baptist Church but professed a hope in Christ
13 years before he died and wasn't satisfied if he didn't get to attend church
every Sunday. It would please him so when I would prepare for church time and when the
ministers and church people would stop and eat with us. When we owned a grocery store at Rockhouse he would say I'm going back up to
the house for a while and I would ask him why he wanted to stay up there alone.
He said he wasn't alone that it was such a good silent place to pray. He told me one morning of an experience that he had up here. He thought it
must have been on the little point where his body now lies. He said he was in
church the plainest he ever was in his life and seemed more real. He said they
were taking the sacrament and as they were about to give him the cup the wine
gave out and that Reverend James just reached up and pulled grapes from a vine,
squeezed the juice and then gave it to him. Our home is so lonesome and sad and we loved him but God had a purpose, in
calling him from us and his will be done and I hope to meet him on that Bright
and Shining Shore where I will never part from him any more. His memorial will be preached the first Saturday and Sunday in May 1962 at
Little Hattie Church at Venters Kentucky with the same ministers that attended
to the funeral.
Written by his wife, Myrtle Bartley
BELCHER, ANNIE BELLE BENTLEY -I hope and pray that the Lord will be my guide as I try with a sad and lonesome heart to write an obituary of our dear mother, Annie Belle Bentley Belcher. She was born April 3, 1893, and departed this life November 26, 1960, at the age of 67 years 7 months and 23 days. She was born in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late John H. and Mary Elizabeth Mullins Bentley. She was married to Jasper Belcher July 22, 1909, who is left to mourn her passing. Also, six sons: Arland, Roy, Homer, Edward, Jonah, and Russell Belcher, and two daughters, Mrs. Maggie Bentley and Mrs. Frankie Lowe. Two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Mullins and Martha Jane Belcher preceded her in death. Mother leaves two brothers and four sisters, twenty one grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Mother joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the first Sunday in May. She took her membership to the Old Elkhorn Church and was baptized the fourth Sunday in May 1941 by the Reverend Boyd Smallwood and Reverend Noah Lucas and her hand to the Elder Bennett Adams and told a wonderful experience. She faithfully filled her seat in the church until death. She always prepared to feed her brethrens and sisters when they visited her. Mother took sick on Monday morning about 6:30. We rushed her to the Jenkins Hospital where we were told she has suffered a heart attack. She told the Dr. when she learned of her condition that, "When the good Lord calls me I'm ready to go." We believed that Mother has just exchanged this old world of trouble to a home of peace and rest, but the loss of her is so hard to bear. She lived five days after taking sick before the Lord called her peacefully in her sleep. All of her children were blessed to be with her until death. She bore her sickness with patience and faith in God who had saved her and kept her to live a Christian life before her children and her friends. We believe Mother was warned of her death for a short while before her death. She told Inas Castle that she didn't believe she was going to live long and when she died she would die of a heart attack. She also told Reverend Sexton when she ate dinner at his home about a month before her death that she wanted him to preach in her funeral and give her children good counseling and tell them that Mother has gone to rest. The night before she took sick Daddy dreamed of her taking sick and dying and of them praying together. All of the dream was fulfilled. She told us as we were helping her out to the truck that morning that she didn't believe she was going to live. She loved the church and called it her home. Her seat is now vacant, her voice is still but the memory of her still lives in the minds of her brethrens and sisters. Mother had many trials and tribulations in this world but by the humble life she lived here we believe she is resting from all of her labor. I believe our loss is her eternal gain. Her prayers and desire were for her children to go to church and to love each other and be good to every body. We have lost a good Mother, the church a good sister, the community a good neighbor, but our loss is small compared to the glory she is resting in where she knows nothing of the troubles of this old world. The children thought when Mother died it would kill daddy, but by the Grace of God and the mind of the children they can all be reunited with Mother some sweet day where parting will be no more and all will be peace and love.
O, Mother how we miss you
it is so hard to bear,
We know you are happy with Jesus,
now a Golden Crown to wear.
When you were called from us,
we couldn't be by your side,
But we hope to meet you in heaven,
and there forever abide.
Oh! How we loved you, no
human tongue can tell,
But God called you from us,
and left us here to dwell.
Someday we hope to meet you,
on that bright and happy shore.
There we will live forever,
and parting will be no more.
Written by her daughter-in-law, Loraine Belcher, and daughters: Maggie Bentley and Frank Lowe
BELCHER, JAMES DAVID -It is with much sadness that I will try to write an obituary of
my dear old father, James David Belcher. Borned Jan. 15, 1878, deceased this
life Dec. 23, 1960 being 82 years, eleven months and 23 days old. Daddy was the
son of William Lewis and Mary Belcher, Daddy was born in Pike County Ky. Later
on they moved to Dickenson County Va. Here they lived the rest of their lives. In the year of 1901 Daddy was married to my blessed mother Nancy
Hill, to this union was born seven children, all boys, two preceded him in
death, Claude and Kelsey, both at a very young age, right in the bloom of their
life, five boys are still living, Grady, Park and Basil all of Bartlick Va. Bill
Gibsonburg, Ohio., Edward of Kingsport Tenn. Daddy joined the Old Regular
Baptist Church at Bartlick Va., the third Sat. in April 1941, and was baptized
the same day by Rev. Howard Colley, an lived a faithful member until his death.
He liked to go to church, an went as long as he was able. He liked to see the
church in peace and love. When I would go to church and come back he would want
me to sit down beside him an tell him all about the preaching and if there was a
large crowd. Now Daddy wasn't sick any at all, but oh how feeble he was. He
couldn't hardly walk across the floor, mother told me that none of us boys knew
how weak he was. She said he was hardly able to feed his self. Mother god bless your sole for being so good an kind to him in
his last days, when he would call for anything mother was ready too get it for
him. We all try to stay with mother as much as we can to comfort her in her
lonesome hours. Now there is more I would like to write but I am taking up too
much space, I will soon stop. Daddy leaves a lonely widow an five boys, 15
grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, one sister and a host of friends to
mourn his loss. But I think I can speak for the hole family an every brother and
sister in the union association that our loss is heavens gain, there wasn't a
spot or blemish against daddy's church record. So I believe he is resting in the
paradise of God, fair well. His funeral will be preached some time in the near
Written by his second oldest son Park Belcher and granddaughter Linda Belcher
BELCHER, MARY -It is with a sad and aching heart that I will try to write an obituary of our dear wife and sister. Mary Belcher. She was borned July 7, 1885 and departed this life June 9, 1961. Making her stay on earth 75 years, 11 months and 2 days. She had a stroke 10 years ago and paralyzed her right side never was well any more. We had her in different hospitals, but they couldn't do anything for her. And in November 1960, she had the second stroke and about a month before she died she would hold her left hand up and look up and work her fingers just like she seen someone and on June 8, 1961, she had another stroke and never did move or speak any more and the 9th, day 1961 she passed away at 9:15 in the evening. She bore her sickness with patience, she was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. She leaves to morn her loss, her husband and 3 brothers and I sister, Thursey Roberts at Caney Creek and Robert Branham at Caney Creek and Joe Branham also at Caney Creek and Wilson Branham Jonancy, she was the daughter of Lewis Branham and Jane Branham she also leaves 5 children 2 boys and 3 girls Ira Branham at Wheel Wright George Branham at Darlon Gurtie Hall at Jonancy and Delpha Rogers and Crucie Dameron at Omar W. V. A. We Believe with all our hearts that she is resting under the paradise of God. She would pray for the Lord to take her out of her misery. Written by her broken hearted husband and brother G. B. Belcher and Wilson Branham
BELCHER, MAUDE RATLIFF
-It has become our sad duty to write the obituary of our beloved
wife and mother, Maude Belcher. She was the daughter of John Epp and Cordella
(Roberts) Ratliff, and was borned December 6th, 1893. And departed this life
March 22nd, 1961 making her stay on earth 67 years, 3 months and to this 16
days. She was married to G. C. Belcher March 2nd, 1911 and to this union was
born one daughter, Mrs. Gul Sifers of Elkhorn City, Ky. Mother professed a hope in Christ and joined the Sulphur Spring
Church of the Old Regular Baptist September the 16th 1950 and lived a faithful
member until her death. She had been sick for years but she continued to go to
Church far and near and to homes where she thought she could be of comfort,
everybody said she was like a good Samaritan she was never better satisfied
than when she was listening to the true Gospel being preached. Mother enjoyed so much bringing the preachers and friends home
to eat with her, she finally became so ill she had to take her bed, just about
two weeks before God called her away. She had us to take her to Church where her
sisters funeral was being held. She became worse that day and was taken to the
hospital next morning and she got worse all the time until God saw fit to take
her home where there is no sickness nor trouble. We miss her here and home is a lonely place but I feel she has a
better home, she leaves a husband and one daughter, and two grandchildren, and
one great granddaughter and a host of friends to mourn her loss but we feel our
loss is her eternal gain. So dear wife and mother we will just say sleep on and
we will live with hope of seeing you again and sharing that eternal home.
Written by her husband and daughter, G. C. Belcher, and Mrs. Guy Sifers
BELCHER, REGINA -t is with love in my heart I attempt to write an obituary of
our beloved sister, Regina Belcher. She was born June 12, 1880 was married to
Link Belcher in 1894 and to this union were borned 12 children, 7 of the
children and Bro. Link Belcher preceded sister Regina Belcher in death. Five of
the children still living to mourn mother's loss. The Pale Horse and rider came after our beloved sister the 5 day
of May 1961. Being 81 years one month old. She was baptized in 1935, by Elder
Jocah Gibson at the Pine Grove Church, in the year 1941, sister Belcher came by
letter to Samaria Church, where she lived a faithful member until death, "By
their fruits you shall know them," I want to say to the children left here to
wit. Gladis, Rosa, Dora Aca, Vista Belcher. I feel mothers hope was real. So
children repent and believe in the Lord, and meet mother in a city where love
ones live forever. Mother wont be sick up there. My enjoyment as a young soldier
of the cross. I have enjoyed many years in the Samaria Church with sister
Belcher. I have hope of meeting her in the resurrection morning, where we'll all
be satisfied. Her funeral will be preached the 4th Sat. and Sunday in May 1962
brothers requested, Bro. Willie Kendrick, Bro. Ell Rasnick, Bro. Cecil Farmer,
Bro. Delbert Sanders at the Samara Church
Written by Elder Delbert Sanders
BINGHAM, LAWRENCE -I will now try to write an obituary of my dear mother, Lawrence Bingham, who
was born August 16, 1884, and deceased this life August 17, 1961. Being 77 years
and 1 day old. She was married to John Bingham December 25, 1905 and to this union were born
6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls. Her sons were Hassel Bingham, Belcher, Ky.; Russell Bingham, Belcher, Ky.;
Edward Bingham, Detroit, Michigan; and Eugene Bingham, Belcher, Ky; and Rushia
Hackney, Dayton, Ohio. She leaves 3 sisters, Cora Potter, Elkhorn City, Ky.;
Ethel Owens, Elkhorn City, Ky.; Bell Ramey, Elkhorn City, Ky. Her father Marion
Spears and her mother Victory Spears proceeded her in death. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church in 1935 and lived a true and
faithful member until death. She also leaves 32 grandchildren and 29 great
grandchildren to mourn her loss. She told me the night before she died that she couldn't live long but she was
going to rest and I feel she is sleeping in Jesus' arms. She is gone but not
forgotten. She put her trust in God. She called on him so many times. She told me to stay with her and not leave her. She loved me so good. She
told me she would go to sleep if I would watch her and I told her I would. I lay
in my bed and watched her all night. She said she hated to leave me and my six
boys by ourselves. Oh! how we miss her. The Brothers and sisters in the church will all miss her. But we feel our
loss is heavens gain. So sleep on dear mother until God awakes you in the resurrection morning to
go live with him forever in heaven.
Written by her daughter and sister, June Clevenger Cora Potter.
BOLLING, G. HOBERT -In much weakness and unworthy feeling we try to write an obituary of our dear
Husband and Cousin G. Hobert Bolling. He was a son of the late Elder W. R.
Bolling and Nancy Dotson Bolling. He was born March 16, 1900, and departed this
life December 21, 1960, being 60 yrs. 9 months and 5 days old. He was married to
Vertie Bolling August 8, 1917, and to this union were born Two Daughters
Ernestine and Phyllis and One Son Eugene. He joined the Regular Baptist Church
at Mt. Zion in March 1944 and was Baptized by the late Elder B. H. Baker. He
lived a Faithful life until Death and served as Deacon and Treasurer of Mt. Zion
Church several years. He left to mourn his loss a loving wife Two daughters One
Son Two grandchildren Four Sisters several Nephews and Nieces and a host of
Friends but we feel our loss is his gain. Hobert was always trying to look out
for the up build of the Church and we feel sure the Church will miss him. We also
feel he has just paid the debt we still owe and wish to say to the children and
friends if they want to see Hobert again they must make peace with God and meet
him above where no more sorrow can come.
Written by his lonely Wife and Cousin Vertie Bolling and Earl Welch
BURKE, ELDER MAHLON -It is with much sadness and unworthiness that I try to write and say
something about our precious and loving husband and father Elder Mahlon Burke.
He was born Nov. 5, 1875, and departed this life Feb. 1, 1961 - Being 85 years,
2 months, and 26 days old at the time of his death. He was the son of Moses and Eleina Hall Burke. He was married to Eliza
Mitchell Nov. 17, 1896 and to the union was born 10 children, 7 sons and 3
daughters. One son preceded him in death in 1897. The wife and 9 children
survive, they are Heber and Franklin Burke, F. M. Bill, Edward, Wayne, Mrs.
Betty Pearl Addington, Mrs. Dixie B. Bates, and Mrs. Ruby B. Little. Dad was not
well for 6 or 7 months before his death, but he would go when called for as long
as he was able to get up from his couch. Just seven weeks before the end came, a
Brother came and drove him to the Creek several yards from his home to baptize a
neighbor girl at her request. This was the last time he was out until he went to
the Hospital on Jan. 4, 1961. He underwent surgery on Jan. 13th and never
recovered although some days he seemed better, but he got so dissatisfied at the
Hospital that the Doctor agreed to let him come home on Jan. 25. We don all in
our power for him, Special Nurses were with him around the clock at the
hospital, and at night after we brought him home, he had every earthly care that
money could afford, but the time came when we all had to stand back for God had
sent for his own. He was so humble, and so willing to go. Willing for Gods will
to be it was so hard to give him up. After he got to weak to talk tears would
fill his eyes when the Brethren and Sisters would come in to see him. Daddy joined the Old Union Church Oct. 19, 1913 and was baptized by Bro. A.
L. Mercer. He started preaching Feb. 1, 1915, and was ordained as a deacon and
in July 1916 he was ordained to the full functions of the Gospel. He was
Moderator of several Churches and served many for 10 and 12 year periods. He
served as moderator in the organization of 9 Churches during his 46 years in the
ministry. He was strong in the faith and always advised the Brethren to stand
firm on discipline. Brethren and Sisters I'm left alone without him in this land
of sickness and sorrow, but like David of Old by the grace of God I'll meet him
again in that land where all will be peace and Happiness, and no more sad
partings will ever come. Children if you could get a glimpse of the Beautiful place where your fathers
soul is resting, we would not want him back here in this troublesome world. If
you ever see him again though, you all must repent of your sins, and be saved and
serve God, the same God your Daddy served.
Dictated by his broken hearted wife, Eliza Burke
CANTRELL, MARON AND ARMINDA -It is with much sadness that we attempt to write an obituary of our Papa
and Mama. Mama was born May 28, 1881. Departed this life March 29, 1960, making her
stay here on earth 79 years. Papa was born February 11, 1872, departed this life
March 25, 1961, making his stay here on earth 89 years 1 month, and 3 days. Papa and Mama was joined together in 1900 as husband and wife, lived faithful
until death (about 60 years.) To this union was born five children. Mary, Wilson
and Jason have preceded them in death. Mama died 11 months, 25 days before Papa
died. Papa was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. He
attended church as long as he was able to go. He always talked to us children,
neighbors, and friends and would say that everybody's duty was to work for Jesus.
So many times he would say I am doing everything I know or can do for Jesus.
When Mama was sick, Papa would ask her "are you praying," she would answer "yes"
and then she would say Papa pray for me. Mama didn't attach herself to any church down here but we feel and believe
that her prayers and through all her prayers, we feel that Jesus Christ answered
her. In the last few hours she was here on earth we believe the Angels brought
her news of her loved ones that had gone on to the other shore. We believe that Papa and Mama have just moved out of their sorrows, pains and
laid down the cross. We feel that they have just gone to rest and are waiting
for the voice of the Lord and the spirit went back to God who gave it. Many times we think of Papa and Mama but the grave won't hold them. The part
that God called away are the life which was the life of them, will in the
morning of the resurrection will return to the body and both go to Heaven,
leaving here on earth to mourn two daughters, host of relatives, friends, two
grand daughters Anita Mullins Stanley, Glenna Jane Mullins and a son-in-law Glen
Written by Elder Charlie Adkins and their daughters Rosa and Rebecca
CANTRELL, BROTHER PAUL -It is with a sad aching heart that I try to write an obituary of my dear
deceased Husband, Paul Cantrell. Paul was the son of John and Hanna Cantrell. He was born at West Liberty,
Kentucky, April 22, 1908 and departed this life September 30, 1960. He was 62
years, 5 months and 8 days of age. He was converted and Baptized at the Hand of Elders John A. Damron and
Delbert Sanders about the year of 1950 at Ashcamp, Kentucky. His last request,
he wanted his membership at Rockhouse, Kentucky. Paul has been a very sick man
for the past four years but bore his sickness with much patience. He was loved
by all who knew him and had many, many friends. He leaves to mourn his passing a
dear and faithful wife, 6 children, 9 brothers, 8 sisters, 12 grandchildren and
a host of relatives and friends. But we feel our loss is Heavens eternal gain. The Brothers living to mourn his
loss; Albert Cantrell, Ashcamp, Kentucky; Allen Cantrell, Jenkins, Kentucky;
Tolbert Cantrell, Ashcamp, Kentucky; Edward Cantrell, Ashcamp, Kentucky; Thomas
Cantrell, Elkhorn City, Kentucky; Caleb Cantrell, Rockhouse, Kentucky; George
Cantrell, Chelsia, Michigan. The Sisters living to mourn his loss; Celia Sanders, Ashcamp, Kentucky; Armentia Baldridge, Freemont, Virginia;
Maude Hill, Caney Creek, Kentucky; Sadie Cantrell, Chelsia, Michigan; Rudel
Hepburn, Chelsia, Michigan; Pear Branham, Continental, Ohio; Ruby Hendricks,
Chelsia, Michigan. The Children living to mourn his loss; Charles Cantrell, Oakwood, Ohio; Geneva Phipps, Oakwood, Ohio; Juanita
Coleman, Zebulon, Kentucky; Annis Branham, Oakwood, Ohio; Blake Cantrell,
Rockhouse, Kentucky; Alda McCurry, Phyllis, Kentucky.
Written by his broken hearted Wife, Vallie Cantrell and Children
CHANEY, DAVID -It is with a sad and lonely heart that I try to write an obituary of our
beloved father, David Chaney. He was the son of John Chaney and Amanda Adkins
Chaney. He was born June 11, 1877. Deceased August 13, 1961. Making his stay on
this earth 84 years two months and two days. He was married to Sarah Ann Thacker
and to this union were borned eight children five girls and three boys, Alta,
Della, Polly, Minnie, Amanda, Thomas, Raymond, and John. He joined the Old
Regular Baptist Church, the third Saturday in July 1945, and lived a faithful
member until death. He was a deacon of the Philadelphia Church. And a faithful
one and filled his seat as long as he was able. A seat is vacant in the old
church house as well as in the old home. It will never be the same with us no
more we miss him around the old plantation. Our hearts couldn't express how we miss him. He bore his sickness with
patience never complaining only got weaker all the time. And would want to go on
to live with his loving companion. Who out stripped him in this lane of life.
And had gone on to heaven. He would talk to her on his death bed. I was standing
by his bed and heard him call her name and said to her honey don't leave me here
take me with you. And reach his feeble hand up towards heaven. He leaves eight
children, forty two grandchildren thirty five great grandchildren and one
brother, Jim Chaney and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss, but
we feel our loss is heavens gain. The memorial of Mother and daddy, David Chaney and Sarah Ann Chaney will be
preached the first Saturday and Sunday in June at the home on Peyton's Creek.
Ministers called Johnny Thacker, Jessie Thacker, Hobart Justice, and all others
are welcome that will come.
Written by the children and brother Johnny Thacker
CHARLES, JOHN DAVID -It is with much sorrow and wonderful memories, that we will try to write a short obituary of my beloved Husband, John David Charles. He was born February 8, 1876, and departed, this life October 21, 1959. He was married to Delphia Louise King in the year of 1889. To this union was born ten Children, 6 girls and 4 boys: Mrs. Mary Coleman, Mrs. Bertha Coleman, Mrs. Anna Coleman Miss Martha Charles, Mrs. Trul A. Kinney, Mrs. Ida Mae Adkins, Mr. Garland Charles, Mr. Thomas Charles, Mr. Jeff Charles, Mr. George Charles. He was a member of the Regular Baptist Church for the past 26 years. He lived a faithful member until his death. He always filled his seat in Church as long as he was able. He was so humble through all his years of sickness, he has left a heart broken family. Preceding his death: 3 son-in-laws, 1 daughter-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and 1 Great, great granddaughter, 3 daughter-in-laws, Myra, Lurlie, and Emma. Just 3 more daughters in the family. A host of friends to mourn his loss but we feel our loss is a Heaven gain.
All around the old home place
All around the old home place,
Where we spent so many happy days.
How it stands there Oh so lonesome,
Since our daddy has went away.
No one knows how we miss you,
No one knows the bitter pain, |
We have suffered since we lost you,
Life has never been the same,
The memories of those happy days,
When we were together,
Your sweet smiles and cheerful ways,
Will live in our hearts for ever.
Written by his broken hearted wife and daughters, Ida and Martha
CHURCH, CAMPBELL -Campbell Church was born in the year of our lord 1874, and past away April 16, 1961, making his stay here on earth 85 years and 11 months, he met and married Polly Perkins about 50 years ago and to this union was born three boys, to wit; Robert, Elmer and Kimer; and five girls, Pearl, Ethel, Louise, Ola, Helen and Violet. Robert and Pearl preceded him in death, Momma and seven of the children are left to mourn his loss. Daddy joined the Little Martha Church about 5 years before his death and lived faithful until death. He loved to go to church and hear the brethren preach and sing and the sisters shout the praises of the good lord. When I was a small body we would walk across the hill to where Uncle Jim Coleman lived on Sunday, just to hear him sing the song that Daddy loved so much, and when he would see us coming he would start this song. Oh that I had some secret place where I might hide from sorrow, where I might see my saviors face and thus be saved from sorrow. I have seen the tears roll off his face many times while this old man was singing this old song. He was sick about three years but bore his sickness with great patience. We have no doubt but what he is in a better world than this. He though that there was no one like Tonnie, my wife. She was so good to him. We laid his body to rest down on the hill just about the Little Martha Church, there to await the great resurrection morning, at which time the good lord will call for him and he will get up from his old grave and shake off the stain of death forever, take the wings of the morning and fly away to live with the God that he loved and served. So cheer up Momma and children, you look so all alone without him, but the time is short with you here dear mother. Your hair is all silver over by the cause of many winters, your hands are all calloused and your face is all wrinkles. You have done all that any good mother could do for her husband and children, so don't worry about Daddy. Take good care of yourself as you can, we need you around. You have had a hard time all your life, raised an orphan, but thank God there won't be no dying in the world that is prepared for them that love God. I will say to the children, that sad farewell to Daddy, that if you ever see him again that you will have to repent of your sins and be born again. I have had a hard time all my life since that I have been married, trying to raise my children and answer all the calls that I get to come to the churches and the associations that I love, but I thank God that when he gets done with me down here in this old war torn world that I believe that he has done something for me that I couldn't do for myself and when the call comes though I dread deaths chilly tide. I believe he will bless me to same come, welcome death. I gladly go with you. So sleep on Daddy, we did all we could for you, but when the call came you had to go to the place that hold our Daddy is all quiet and still now but some sweet day there will be a great shaken life will find its way back to the grave of our dear ones and they will arise from that old dusty grave and bid it farewell for the last time, receive that new body that can't die any more. Go home with the god that redeemed them from death. Yes that ransom them from the power of the grave. Heaven oh sweet heaven, no more separations, no more tomb rocks to refresh our memories of who sleeps here or there. Just one eternal day, bless that day, I am looking for it soon. So may God help his children to get ready for he is soon coming. I have done the best I could writing this obituary, Hope that it will satisfy all. Written by his son, Elmer Church.
-He was the son of George M. Coleman and Mary A. Mutter Coleman. He was born
April 24, 1914, he died March 2, 1961, making his stay on earth 46 years, 10
months, and 6 days. He was married to Oma Goff on Nov. 5, 1936, and to this
union was born 6 children of which 2 have preceded him in death, leaving 4
children, 3 girls, Mrs. Arline Elswick and Betty L. Coleman, Columbus, Ohio,
Sandra Lynn and George Ronald Coleman, at home. Two brothers, P. D. Coleman,
Pikeville, Ky., Henderson Coleman, Pikeville, Ky., two sisters, 1 Grand Child a
host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. I have known Bro. Mont Coleman for some years. I knew him when he was a
sinner, then he was honest, kind, hard working man. At this time possibly he had
not thought very much concerning the welfare of his soul. Like many of us who
have neglected in the past concerning so great a thing as our soul. Yet the Lord
found Bro Mont one day and from what he told me, the lord led him about and
instructed him. Told him though the spirit he must repent of his sins and
believe in God. I don't think I shall ever forget the time Bro. Mont talked to
me concerning these things. It was a memorial Meeting at Bro. John Thacker's
home, Fishtrap, Ky. The meeting had come to a close when Bro. Mont came to me
with tears in his eyes and told me what he had seen and heard. How the lord had
worked with him. I could see sorrow in his face, he wanted to know what he could
do he was in so much trouble. I told him to believe in the lord and pray and to
follow the teaching and feeling of the spirit and God will save you. The trouble
you are in now will come to an end, and you will be happy to serve Jesus. Yet us
Bros. and sisters, all know by experience that is a lot of sorrow and heart
aches on this earth, again it is joy to have Jesus in our soul to help us in
time of trouble. Bro. Mont did repent of his sins and he joined the Philadelphia
Church of Regular Baptist of Jesus Christ, in the year of 1951. Later he was
called to the Ministry and he preached for some years in this section of the
Country. He was firm and preached good doctrine. Some time later Bro. Mont took sick and at one time was
know anyone it didn't look like he would get well. But the church people began
to pray in the churches every where that knew about Bro. Mont's illness for God
to have mercy on him and spare his life and God did spare his life for some
purpose for which we were all thankful and he was made strong enough to go home
to his family and later go to work again. This was a great miracle preformed
through the power and mercy of God. It should cause us all to think what a
merciful God the people have, a God that can work and no man can hinder his
working. Soon after Bro. Mont went back to work he was killed by a machine in
the mines. The life of a kind good man has come to an end in this world, his
spirit has gone back to God who gave it, and his body is resting from it's labor
near his home on Pompie Creek, awaiting for the resurrection when spirit and
body come to gather again and go home to heaven and be happy for evermore. I
want to say to his children and friend's if you want to see Bro. Mont again.
Believe in the Lord repent of your sins and be born again. May God bless you
Written by Bro. John M. Justice and his wife Oma Coleman
COLEMAN, ROSINA -I will try by the help of God to write a obituary of a beloved
Sister in Christ. Rosina Coleman was born May 1, 1874 and deceased this life May
13, 1961 being 87 years and 12 days old. She leaves four sons, and five daughters, Cleve Wright, Grundy
Va. May Owens Haysi Va. Sarah Boyd, Prater Va. Floyd Mitchell, Hays Va. Pheoby
Turner, man, Va. Starling Mitchell, Prater, Va. Perly Caudill, Elkhorn City, Ky.
Basel Mitchell, Proter Va. Sylvia Turner, Clincho, Va. She joined the old
Regular Baptist Sept. 17, 1917 and was Baptized by Elder D. C. Church and took
her membership in the Russell Proter Church. She come in the arm from, Russell
Prater to organize the pilgrim Home Church in the year of 1947. Her funeral was
preached May 15, 1961 by Elder Bruce Mullins Basil Bailey and Clifford Colley.
and E. Vons Bailey. She lived a faithful member until death. We all miss Sister Rosina so much, in the Church so many times I
have heard her shout and praise the Lord when it looked like she was not able to
stand on her feet. She leaves 4 sons and 5 daughters several grand and great
grandchildren a host of Brothers and Sisters to mourn her loss. Before she
passed away her Son Starling would see her reach her hands up toward heaven no
doubt to look at Jesus coming to take her home. We will say in closing, sleep that lone sweet Sister. Rosina
some glad day God will awake you, grave and take you home to live with him for
Written by a Brother In Hope of Christ Bruce Mullins
COLEMAN, SUSAN HAMILTON - It is in weakness, sadness, and heart breaking, to attempt to write an obituary of our dear Mother, I miss so much. Susan Hamilton Coleman was born February 15, 1864, deceased this life November 16, 1960, making her stay here on earth 96 years, 9 months, and 1 day. She was married to Brack Coleman and to this union was born 10 children, two deceased, eight still living to mourn the loss of dear Mother, as follows: Mollie Johnson, Regina, Kentucky, Lizzie Puckett, Nancy, Puckett, Wilkensville, Ohio, Burns, Willie, and Sid Coleman, Rockhouse, Kentucky, Ethel Childers, Lookout, Kentucky, Ocie Charles, Pikeville, Kentucky, thirty-two grand-children, 46 great grand-children, and 13 great, great grand-children. She joined the Pine Grove Regular Baptist Church, May 1938, having membership in that Church twenty-two years, and filled her seat in the Church as long as she was able to attend. Her husband, preceded in death June 8, 1933, she being left a widow twenty-seven years; She kept house alone up to about six years, before she passed away. The remainder of the time, she spent with her children, the last two years, being spent with her daughter, Ethel Childers. She always said, "The Reverend Willie Kendrick, was her preacher, and would sing, some of Amazing Grace, and Will They Know Me There?"
All around the ole home place, where we spent our childhood
Now it stand there Oh! so lonesome, since daddy and mother went away.
The family circle on earth is broken, one by one The were called away.
But I hope with God's great mercy, it will be complete some day.
Written be her daughter, Mrs. A. P. Childers and Willie Kendrick.
CONLEY, ROY -It is with a sad and empty heart that we will try to express our loneliness in writing this obituary of our Dear Husband and Father (Roy Conley). He was born April 21, 1910, was killed in a mine accident Oct. 4, 1960, making his stay here on earth 50 years 5 months and 24 days. He was married to Mary Swiney Jan. 4, 1929. To this union was born 5 children. He joined the Regular Baptist Church April 17, 1954, and had his membership at Cedar Grove Church, Elkhorn City. He was ordained a deacon on Aug. 15, 1959 and filled his office faithfully until death. We feel according to our understanding about God that our loss of Daddy here on earth is Heaven's gain. He was always so faithful in attending church. Cedar Grove Church was where his heart laid. He wanted the church to grow and every one to stay in love. Life is lonely since he is not here no more but we feel he is "Resting from his labor and the fruits of his work are still following after him." To his many friends who have mourned with us through his death and since he been gone, God bless you and we feel your prayers have helped us bear our loneliness since he has been gone. He leaves to mourn his death his wife Mary Conley, (5) five children (13) thirteen Grandchildren (2) brothers and (4) Sisters. Two of his daughters have confessed a hope in the Lord. To the rest of the children don't forsake Daddy now for where he is you can't go unless you accept Jesus to be your way.
Death is just a step between you and the grave.
How it overtakes you is how you will lay.
Daddy is resting now from labor and chores.
Soon he will rise from his sleep to die no more.
When death comes your way be ready to die.
For after death overtakes you it will be too late to cry.
Where Daddy is resting with Jesus and the fold.
If you die in your sins where he is you can't go.
We miss our daddy being around so near.
When we are lonely we call for him but he is not here.
We know he is gone for ever from this earth.
But we feel we will meet him again for in Christ we have a new birth.
Death is not so bad with its jaws so cold.
For Heaven is real with its mansions of Gold.
Jesus has prepared one for you and me.
Lets be ready to go meet Daddy and with him forever be.
Written by his wife and family
COURTNEY, ROSA (SIS) HALL -
It is with a sad heart that I will try to write an obituary of our beloved
sister in hope Rosa (Sis) Hall Courtney. She was born June 25,1872, she died September 14, 1960 making her stay on
earth 88 years, 2 months and 20 days. She was married to Reverend Samuel R.
Courtney about 55 years ago. To this union there was no children. She has one
son Jim Hall of Pikeville, Kentucky. She raised orphan children, Millard Hall
Stewart of Pikeville, Kentucky, Gladys Moore Bevins of Grundy, Virginia, and
Roma Stapleton Coleman of Rockhouse, Kentucky. She leaves four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of
friends to mourn her departing. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Pine Grove
Church in 1926 and was baptized by Reverend Jack Gibson. She lived a faithful
member until death. She filled her seat as long as she was able to go to church.
She fell and broke her hip November 15, 1958. I took her to King's Daughter
Hospital at Ashland, Kentucky. When I went back to get her, her home had been
destroyed by fire. She told me she Wanted to make her home with me and my
husband. She was so humble before she died. She told me one day while I was setting by her bed that there was not any
thing in her way. I feel that Sister Sis has just gone to paradise to wait until
the Lord calls her body from the way. Now I must say to Jim and the grand children that if you have not made your
peace with God, it is time. That is where your Mother has gone. Her choice of
Ministers are as follows: Rev. Willie Kendrick-Rev. Fon Bowling--Rev. Ulan
Childers-Rev. Cecil Farmer and Rev. Delbert Sanders. Her funeral was preached the fifth Saturday and Sunday in July 1961.
Written by a sister in hope and her husband. Frankie Ratliff and Reverend Samuel R. Courtney.
DEEL, ??? BOYD *-I will try to write a short obituary of my dear loving mother who has
proceeded us in death. She was borned March 12, 1869 and deceased October 3,
1960. She was the daughter of Elisha Boyd and Jane Boyd. She married to Andrew
Jackson Deel in 1897 and to this union was borned six children. One of the
children has deceased and the remaining five are still living to mourn the loss
of a good mother. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church at April 11, 1948 and was baptized
by John Hess and Basil Bailey and lived as a faithful member until death. She
fill her seat as long was never able to walk any as she was able to go. She fell and got hurt more. She had to spend the rest of her days in the bed
which was something near seven years. She would call for the Brethren to come
and sing and preach for her. When her friends come to see her, she would put her
feeble arms around their necks and she seemed to love them so much. Now the good
Lord has called her out of this world of sorrow and pain. She has left
thirty-six grandchildren, sixty- five great grandchildren, and seven great great
grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her loss. We hope our loss is
heaven's gain. Her seat is vacant in our homes and her sweet voice is still. Her funeral will be preached at her son's home, Bart Deel, on Saturday and on
Saturday evening at Perry Yates' home.
Written by Sarah Jane Deel, Daughter
*No name given--dlt
DEEL, IDA MAE -It is with a sad feeling and great love that I will try to write
an obituary of my mother-in-law, Ida Mae Deel. She was born May 14, 1894 and
deceased this life here on earth October 6, 1959, making her stay here 65 years.
She was the daughter of Larkin and Victoria Clevenger. She was married to
Richard Deel and to this union were born nine children, two preceding her in
death. Seven are still living. I want to say to all the children, if they want
to see Mother again, they will have to make peace with the Great I Am, because I
feel like she rested from all her labor. I had been in the family for about 12
years when she passed away, and I want to say she was good to me, and would do
things for me as if she were my real mother. She joined the Old Regular Baptist
Church the fourth Saturday in September, 1940 and lived a faithful member until
death. She had one daughter that belong to the church. I feel like she got home sick to see Mother. We miss her so much
but I feel like our loss is Heaven's gain. I don't believe she dreaded to die,
because we took her over to the hospital the night before she died the next day
and the doctor told her,' "You have heart dropsy", she said, "Well that don't
scare me because I know my feeling." She didn't want to worry nobody. She didn't
want her children to worry about her. She reared her children the best she knew
and lived a good life in front of them, so that is the reason I say if you want
to see Mother again, you have to pick up the cross and follow Jesus. I feel like
she pitched her tent toward Heaven 21 years ago and I believe that she has a
robe of pure white and a crown of gold, and I believe that is singing around the
great throne of God with the Angels.
Written by her Daughter-in-law, Mrs. Plina Deel
DEEL, JOSHUA -Its with a sad and lonely feeling that I shall try to write a short obituary
of our great grandfather, Joshua Deel. He was born near the year of 1800 and
deceased in 1909, making his stay here on earth 109 years. He was the son of
Malikiah and Sally Deel. He was married at an early age of 15 years o1d. He was
married to Rutha Blankenship and to this union born three children. She died and
left him widower. He later married Pruda Gipson and to this union was born
fourteen children. She died leaving him a widower. Later he married Abigale
Coleman. In a short time they separated and then he married Polly Mullins. They
lived together many years and then she died. At the age of 99 years, he married
Louisa Baker. They lived together ten years when he died left her a widow. He never joined any church here on earth but was a strong believer in the Old
Regular Baptist. He went to church as long as he was able. He always gave good
council. He would say for everybody to do right. I feel and believe that his soul is resting in the Paradise of God, awaiting
for the resurrection morning. All of his children are dead and gone on to the
world beyond. He a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren to mourn his
loss. We hope our loss is his eternal gain in heaven. There are many things we
could say, but we will close by saying we hope to meet him around the Throne of
God. With all the blood washed army of God where we can sing forever more.
Written by Sarah E. Deel and Minty J. O'Quinn, great grandchildren
DEEL, MARTHA RAINES
Servant of God well done
Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter the Master's joy.
The pains of death are past,
Labor and sorrow cease,
And lifelong warfare closed at last
Thy soul is found in peace.
Martha Raines Deel, daughter of John and Sophia Raines, was born July 26, 1874 at Pike County, Kentucky. She departed this life on November 9, 1959 at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 14 days. She was united in marriage to William Deel on May 2, 1895. Having no children, she raised a nephew, Arlie Anderson, Route 1, West Union, Ohio and a niece, Florence Mobley, Meige, Georgia. She leaves to mourn their loss two sisters, Nancy Ann Hall, Clintwood, Virginia and Eliza Deel, Harman, Virginia and several nieces and nephews and neighbors and friends. Her husband preceded her in death in 1954. On October 28, 1911, she united with the Regular Baptist Church and was faithful till death. After the death of her husband, she was cared for by her nephew, Doc Raines, and wife. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Gone is the face we loved so dear
Silent the voice we loved to hear
Too far away for voice or speech
But not too far for our thought to reach.
Written by her nephew, Doc Raines.
DEEL, NANCY JANE -It is with sad, aching hearts and in loving memory that we will attempt to write an obituary of our darling sweet mother, Nancy Jane Deel. She was a daughter of James and Pricy Jane Deel. Mommy was born February 19, 1913 and was called from this earth February 25, 1961 being 48 years and 5 days of age. Oh mommy, how we miss you. Our home is so lonesome since the hour you went away. Our home here on earth will never be the same. For us, mother dear, the sun will never shine as bright as it did when you were here with us. Our home will never be complete again, the smiling face we loved so well is now gone on to a better home in Heaven. She was married to Robert Deel on November 3, 1936 and to this union was borne three son's and four daughter's. One son died in Infancy. Left to mourn is a husband, four daughter's, two son's, a dear old mother and father, five brother's, five sister's and a host of friends and relatives. Three little sisters preceded her in death. Mommy took sick in August 1960 but she had never been a strong person. Mommy stayed in the hospital 72 days but the doctors could not cure leakage of the heart. During the 72 days in the hospital, I stayed every day and night with mommy. She talked of so many good things. Her last request to us children was for us to be good, to live for God and try not to loose the way. Mommy never joined any Church but she believed firmly in the Old Regular Baptist Church. She always went to church whenever she could and was able to go. I believe mommy is safe in the arms of Jesus where no more pain and suffering will ever be. She always guided us children right; when we were in trouble mommy was always there to help us and tell us the right thing to do. She often did without things in order for us children to have the things we wanted. I don't think any mother could have done any more for her children than mom did for us. Oh, how we miss that loving, gentle guiding hand. May God be with us and guide us until our family circle is complete once again.
Down a road that's calm and peaceful
Guided by God's loving hand
She has gone upon a journey to a distant, brighter land.
And although our hearts are heavy with the sorrow we must bear;
It will help to bring us comfort
Just knowing that mom is happy there.
Written by her lonely children: Jerrel, Curt Katie, Alma Patty Sue and Carter
DEEL, RUTHA -By the request I will now try to write an obituary of my
mother-in-law. Feeling too little and too unworthy, but hope the lord will be
my guide while trying to write words about such a wonderful person, to wit Rutha
Deel. She was born April 10, about 1879. She deceased this life July 1935. She
was married to Willie Deel and to this union was born 6 children, one boy Edward
Deel and 4 girls, Tracy, Gusta, Josha and Bessie are still living to mourn the
loss of a loving mother. We feel our loss is heavens gain. Rutha didn't join the church but while she was able to go
around, she told me that every night at 12 o'clock found her awake worrying
because she didn't join the church. Her desire was to join the Bull Creek
Church. She said she would ask Willie to go with her to Bull Creek Church and he
would tell her she was as good out as she would be in but she said she could not
see it that way. She wanted to be baptized in the river where the water was deep
and blue. She would often talk about the goodness of God. She was sick a long
time with cancer but bore her sickness with patience. A short time before she
passed away she told me she got in such a fix one night she didn't think she
could live till she made Willie promise to set her a meeting so she could join
the church. But the time he set she did not live to see. She talked all the time
in her right mind and when she saw the end had come she called all of the
children that was there one by one and kissed them and said to Edward to be a
good boy and to think of mother. So I will say to all of her children and
grandchildren, I know you all miss mother but I do believe it was a happy
exchange with her. I believe her soul is at rest in the paradise of God, waiting
till the resurrection morning and if you all want to see mother anymore you will
have to repent and be born again. So I can say of a truth that I just could not think of a better
person than she was. The humble home was a place of welcome to all, never
forgetting to feed the hungry she met everybody at all times with a kind word
and a sweet smile. She was highly respected by all who knew her. I don't believe
there was ever a person on earth who lived more in honor than she did. Her
Christian life was a light to this country. So children, mother is gone and can't come back to you all, but
by the grace of God you all can go to her. I do believe her soul is under the
altar of God giving honor and glory to God. Just waiting for the trump of God to
sound to wake the nation under ground then her soul and body will reunite and be
caught up in the cloud of glory to meet Jesus and the holy angels and then go
home to God Both soul and body to sing and shout around God's throne forever and
Written by her daughter-in-law, Chloe Deel
DEEL, WILLIAM FRENCHMEN -With a sad heart and by the help of God, I will try to write an
obituary of my Darling Son, Frenchmen Deel. He was the son of Jimmy and Emeline
Deel. He was born March 22,1913. He was killed in a mine explosion, January 8,
1958. He was married to Zaudy Coleman, September 25, 1935. To this union was
born seven children, three boys and four girls; Estel, Kermit, Helen Jean,
Linada Gay, Barbara Sue, and Danny. One little girl, Norma Lee, deceased and has
gone on. He leaves his mother, Emeline Deel and four brothers - Elix, Levi,
Donald, and Carmel; also two sisters -- Laura, and Mary to mourn his loss. We
hope our loss will be Heaven's gain. His wife said that the morning before he
got killed, he seemed to be in a deep study, and no one knows what was on his
mind. He was killed in the Bartlick Mines about 8 o'clock. We hope he saw danger
and called upon the Lord and the Lord heard his call. Oh, how sad and lonesome
we were when the sad news came that night. I have a hope in my breast that we
will meet again someday to never part any more. I prayed for the Lord to show me
if he was at rest and I saw the Lord and some Crowns by his side. The Lord
picked up the one that was full of stars and said don't worry anymore for this
is Frenchmen. Then I felt satisfied that he is resting in the Paradise of God. I
shall now say to Zaudy and his children, his brothers, and his sisters if they
ever want to see Frenchmen again, they will have to repent of their sins and
live for Jesus. I have a hope that I will meet him where there were no mine
explosions and sad farewells. In a cold and silent grave just a few miles away
lies the form of my dear son who is sleeping day by day. Your going has left an
empty heart that can never be filled and many lonely years will slowly pass, but
the pain will linger still. I shall close hoping that we shall meet him on the
streets of god where we will never part.
Written by Emeline Deel and Mrs. Donald Deel
DEEL, WILLIE -It is with a sad and aching heart that I will try to write an
obituary of my loving father. He was born February 16, 1872 deceased this life
May 27, 1957 making his stay here on earth 86 years 3 months. He was married to
Rutha Yates, and to this union was born 6 children Jocie, Tracie, Gustia, Bessie
and Edward Deel. One preceded him in death. He leaves 5 children to mourn his loss. He professed a hope in
Christ and joined the Old Regular Baptist Church and lived a faithful Christian
life until death. He lived to see one of his daughters Tracie Deel come to the
church. Which is the greatest flower any father can receive in life. He always
went to church when ever he could. But after he went blind he never had a chance
very often to go much but he went when ever he could and he also had heart
dropsy. he was sick. He seemed to be blessed so well each Saturday But as we
can say he bore his sickness with patience while and Sunday when he went to
church. He also loved his brothers and sisters in the church and enjoyed being
with them as often as possible. But I believe he's gone to heaven where there's no troubles,
heart ache or pain. I want to say to the children that haven't made peace with
God they have to repent and live for Jesus if they ever want to see daddy again.
Written by Riley and Bessie Adkins and family.
DEEL, WOODROW -It is with a sad and heart that we try to write an obituary of my beloved brother and son, and above all, I believe, a brother in hope of eternal life. Brother Woodrow Deel was born March 2, 1918, making his stay on earth 43 years, 4 months and 11 days. He was the son of Willoughby and Marida Deel. He was married to Dorothy Potter in 1936 and unto this union was born two children: one son, James E. Deel, Columbus, Ohio, and a daughter, Carmie Ruth Sartic, also of Columbus, Ohio. In 1954 he married Omie Eileen Forr who also survives him. Two children, two stepsons, four brothers, eight sisters, and one grandmother, Emily Deel, and many friends are left to mourn his loss. But we believe that our loss is Heaven's gain. He was sick for about two years, and bore his sickness and pains with much patience. I think God that he left a sweet hope in Christ. He told some members of the family that he had a better home to go to. On the third Sunday in June 1961 the family went to visit him in his home, he asked us to sing some of the old songs of Zion, and requested that Elder Clifford Collie hold prayer. After prayer he told his father and mother, Elders Clifford Collie and Wm. P. Deel, Flossie Deel, James and Malicia Pyles, and his wife Eileen that he felt that the Lord had forgiven him of all his sins, and that he was satisfied that a better home was awaiting him. On the fourth Sunday in June 1961, Brother Woodrow went to church, and at the close of the meeting he came forward and gave his hand confessing his hope in Christ and eternal life. He was gladly received by the singing of a beautiful old song, and given the right hand of fellowship and welcomed to a seat with us. He requested that Elders Clifford Collie and Wm. P. Deel baptize him on the second Saturday in July 1961. He was so happy that he was ready to move on and say, "Farewell vain world, I'm going home." He wanted to be baptized the day that he joined the church, but promised his wife that he would wait until she could go with him to church. Due to his sickness he could not be baptized on the day that he joined the church. When the ambulance started back to the Hospital with him, he said, "Goodbye, I will not be back to this place again." On Sunday he desired to be baptized, and I believe with all my heart that the lord blessed him to endure the pain and go through the meeting. I also believe that God came to his bed side in the hospital and baptized him, because he looked at his mother and said, "Mom, wipe the water from my face." He asked that Thursday was a special day, and mother asked why. "What is special about Thursday? He answered by saying, that Thursday was his day. Thursday was the day, July 13, 1961, that he moved into his new home. Before he left this world he opened his eyes and looked around, and then fell into a deep sleep never to awake again until the morning of the glorious resurrection. Let me say to his wife, his children, his brothers and sisters and friends that are without a hope in Christ, that if you ever expect to see Brother Woodroe again you must repent and be born again. Take heed to the light that shines down in your heart that teaches you what you must do. I beg you all to heed that low still voice, obey, and it will lead you to fountains of living water. I believe with all my heart that some of the family is prepared to meet Brother Woodrow around the great throne of God, where pain and sorrow will all be done away with, and Jesus will wipe all tears from our eyes. Brother Woodrow is now at rest in a land of endless peace, and I'm sure he would want us all to come and live eternally with him. He told of that beautiful home as he gave his feeble hand to one of his sisters. We feel and believe that we will meet him some sweet day.
Written by his mother and sister, Marida C. Deel and Elltha Colley.
His memorial will be preached the second Saturday and Sunday in July 1962 at the Little Ruth Church. Ministers called: Elders: Clifford Colley, Roy B. Akers, Claude Ousley, H. N. Vanderpool, Wm. P. Deel, and Hiram Adkins.
DOTSON, BITHA BOLLING -Bitha Bolling Dotson, daughter of John D. Bolling and Vina
Boling was born May 11, 1877 and departed this life Sept. 6, 1960 making her
stay here on earth 83 yrs. 3 mos. and 26 days. She was married to John F.
Dotson April 7, 1893 and to this union were born six children, three of them
passed on before their mother, they are Oscar Dotson, Melvin Dotson and Milburn
Dotson. Three living daughters are Mrs. Laura Hayse, Mrs. Lizzie Hounshell and
Mrs. Montie Mullins. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Regular Baptist Church for
fifty years or more and was a faithful member as long as she could go but she
never gave up, she was always asking what kind of meeting they had at church
time. She was a loving companion and faithful wife until death. They lived
together 67 yrs. 4 mos. and 29 days. They were always happy together and were
wonderful neighbors. Everyone who knew her always loved her. She leaves one
sister in the flesh, Eva Wampler of Norton Va. There are 13 grandchildren and a
host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. We feel sure she has gone to rest where she has been waiting so
long. She has suffered so long but her suffering here is all over. She has gone
to her beautiful home which the Lord has for his children who served him while
here on earth. When she was able to attend church she would shout the praises of
God. We hope to meet her in a better place where there will be no more sorrow.
Sent in by her husband John F. Dotson
DUTY, BESSIE McCLANAHAN -Bessie McClanahan Duty, daughter of Freelin and Ida McClanahan. Born July 15, 1907, died June 21, 1961 at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 6 days. In the year of 1927 she was married to John Bunyon Duty, to this union was born 7 children, 6 daughters and 1 son. Two of the daughters proceeded her in death at early ages. The children living are, Nell Woodrum, Agnes Mabe, Irene Hoel, Fern Duty, and Billy Duty. Besides her children Bessie leaves 6 sisters and 4 brothers, also 6 grandchildren to mourn her precious absence. November the 19th, 1950 Bessie joined the Old Regular Baptist Church and was baptized, being a faithful member until her death. Her health had been failing for several years, even though her much suffering she has been very patient and always willing to give a helping hand. She loved her husband and children dearly, and was a wonderful wife and mother to the end. Her sisters and brothers, Ocie Church, Ada Stiltner, Flora McClanahan, Fay Dales, Flossie Stiltner, Kelsa Looney, Caudell, Dewey, Claude, Burton McClanahan, all of whom were very close in family love. Her concern was to see them or anyone who came to her home was always made welcome, and her sudden departure is very sad for this family as well as her many beloved friends and neighbors. May our great loss in this life be her eternal gain with our GREAT and ALMIGHTY GOD.
ENGLAND, SAM -With a sad feeling I will attempt to write a short obituary of a dear
uncle-to-wit: Sam England, Born December 10, 1877: Deceased June 5, 1961, being
84 years, 6 months and four days old when he departed this life. He was the son of the late James England and Minerva Damron England of Shelby
Creek. He was married to Jenny Ramsey England on August 11, 1903. To this union
was born four boys and four girls. Two boys preceded him in death to-wit: Rell
and Russell. The two boys still living are Steve and James. The girls are Mrs.
Nell Lyons, Mrs. Edith Compton, Mrs. Deloris Gibbins, and Fern Clayton.
Seventeen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren also to mourn his
passing, but we believe his loss to us is Heaven's eternal gain. He was an employee of the C&O Railroad for 35 years. He became very humble
the last few days he lived on earth. In his last hours he told of viewing heaven
and of seeing his mother who has been gone for years. A word of advice to his lonesome companion and children: If you ever see your
father you will have to make a change here as your mother did in her early life.
Just before he passed on he pulled Aunt Jenny down and kissed her so sweetly.
Aunt Jenny, just be patient a little longer and you will be with Uncle Sam where
parting never comes.
Written by a nephew living in hope of eternal life. Elder N. A. England
FLEMING, JAMES -James Fleming born July 7, 1888 making his stay here 70 years and 4 months.
He passed away December 1, 1958. He joined the Old Regular Baptist Church in 1949 and lived a faithful member
until death. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and six children, five girls and one
boy. Three of the girls professed a hope and joined the Baptist Church. He also
leaves 29 grandchildren and one great grandchild. We feel our loss is his
eternal gain. We hope to meet him where parting will come no more.
Written by the family
FULLER, LOUANA -It is with much sadness and loneness that we will try to write an obituary
of our dear loving Mother Louana Fuller. Born April 13, 1893, deceased this
life, October 13, 1960.She was the daughter of David and Lousia Deel. She was
married to Wash
Fuller, January 3, 1907 and to this union was born 9 children, 7 girls and 2
boys, all still living. She confessed a hope in the Lord She joined the old
Regular Baptist Church and was baptized the 4th Saturday in September, 1940 and
lived a faithful member until death. Mother and Dad was always good to people never turned anyone away that wanted
to stay all night or make their home with them. Mother seemed to love everybody,
and it would please her so good for her brothers and sisters to come and stay
with her or just anyone as far as that was concerned, she wanted to shake hands
and say God Bless you. Often when she did attend church, she would discuss the meeting with her
children and could see the spiritual happiness in her eyes and face. Many times
she shouted this happiness while enjoying the Christian fellowship of other
members of the Russell Prater Church. At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday; the fifteenth of October, my mother expired, giving
up her husband and nine children to accept her seat beside her Savior. Since her departure, we have become even more conscious of the wonderful role
she played here on earth. Never again will strangers come with empty hands and
depart with them filled. Never again will orphans find refuge under her roof.
Never again will our family feel so closely tied together, because the strongest
tie has gone. Mom suffered her sickness with great patience. She knew the cancer had not
been arrested, and predicted her own death to come with the turning of the
eaves. Mother called us to her bed as the angel of death hovered near and said,
"Children, I want you to be good and love one another. Don't weep and worry for
me. I'm paying my last bill." Mother lived a good Christian life, and was very pleased when three of her
daughters chose to follow in Christ's footsteps also. Perhaps as time goes by,
her husband and the remainder of her children will choose to follow Christ and
join Mother in paradise.
Written by her son, Garland Fuller and Daughter Lousia Yates.
-By request I will in meekness and in sorrow, but not without a
hope of this loving sister and sainted mother, to wit: Sister Liza Hackney, born
August 30th, 1880, deceased this life October 25, 1960, age 80 years, 1 month
and 24 days old. She was the daughter of John and Mary Crane Lark and was united
in marriage to Taze Hackney about 62 years ago. To this union were born 10
children, 6 boys, Floyd, Elis, Odis, Willie, Landon and Howard; 4 girls Silvie,
Florence, Rosie and Lillie, one daughter Lillie and 2 sons, Floyd and Odis
preceded her in death. Sister Liz was loved by her neighbors. She was always willing to
come to their relief. She joined the Regular Baptist Church Aug. 12, 1933 and
baptized by Elder Dave Church and took her membership in the Bull Creek Church.
She was ordained Deaconess November 14, 1942 and was a faithful servant. She
aided in baking the bread for the Passover not just in the Bull Creek Church,
but Home Creek and other joining churches. She leaves 50 grandchildren and 62
Great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Let me say to you children your best friend was your sainted
mother. She left you in this world not willingly, but by appointment, which is
temporal. Her spirit returned to God who gave it. She is sleeping in Jesus and
Jesus will call and Mother will answer and live again in Glory, a celestial body,
made so by the power of God in a resurrection from the dead. There will be no
more deaths, no more pain or no more sorrow, but all will be peace forever.
Your humble servant Elder John Clevenger
HACKNEY, TAZ -It is with much sadness I try to write an obituary of my dear
father-in-law, Taz Hackney. He was born May 12, 1877 and deceased in death Sept.
15, 1961 making his stay on earth 84 years, 3 months and 9 days. He was married
to Liza Crane in 1899 and to this union was born 10 children. Four daughters and
six sons. Two sons and one daughter and his wife Lisa Hackney preceded him in
death. He leaves a second wife, Jane Rowe Hackney and four sons, Ellis and
Howard both Birchleaf, Va., Landon and Willie both of Maxie, Va. Three daughters
Rosie Yates of Haysi, Va., Silva Looney and Florence Hartgett both of Conway,
Va., 55 grandchildren 80 great-grandchildren and one half brother, John Ashley
of Maxie,Va., and one half sister Martha Evans of Grundy, Va., and lots of
friends to mourn his loss. Oh how we miss him here on earth. He joined the Old Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ in
1921. He was baptized the second Sunday in June 1921 by the hand of Elder D. C.
Church and he was ordained Deacon of the Bull Creek Church. He was a faithful
member and believed in the word as far as he could see and he was a Bible read
man. The ministers called for the funeral were Elmer Church, Delbert Sanders,
Clifford Colley, Casby Conway and Glenn McClanahan. I still want the preachers
that I had in this obituary to preach his funeral when I set the time for it.
Written by his son-in-law, Cecil Yates. Haysi, Va.
HALE, PHEOBA -In loneliness and with my heart aching I'll try and write an obituary of my wife, Phoeba Hale. She is the daughter of Charlie and Mary Couch and was borned September l2, 1889. At her passing she was 73 years 9 months and 12 days old. She was married to Elder Riley Hale, January 2, 1904 and were blessed with eleven children, two preceding her in death. Twenty four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She had five brothers and five sisters. In 1911 we joined the Old Regular Baptist Church on Grave Lick, Russell County Virginia. For almost fifty years Pheoba served the church as a helper in the Lord, administering to the welfare of the brotherhood and sisterhood. She was loved and respected by the young folks of the community and was "Mama Hale" to them. On December 1, 1915, I was ordained to the ministry and for forty six years she never once failed to encourage me to go where ever and when ever I was called, and endured the hard ships without complaining. Mama Hale was sick for several years and for the last three or four she had to use a cane to get about. We can't forget the times when she was in a good service how she would throw the old cane, go all over the house praising God and advising the church to live in love. Her life was a testimony to all knowing her and we don't doubt but that she exchanged her Cross for a Crown. The precious memories we have of her lessen our great loss, and the hope I have of meeting her again to part no more, keeps me strong in my weakness.
In a cold and silent grave yard just a few mile away,
Lies the form of my wife, who is sleeping day by day.
Your going has left an empty spot that never can be filled.
And many a day does slowly pass, but the pain it lingers still.
We often sit and think of you and thinking how you died,
To think we couldn't say good-by before you closed your eyes.
Some may think we have forgotten her on earth you are no more,
But in memory, you are just as you were before.
Written by Husband and children
HALL, HESCUE -Brother Hescue was loved by everyone that knew him. He professed a hope and joined the Cedar Grove Church, The Old Regular Baptist of Jesus Christ. He then moved by letter to the Sulphur Spring Church the 17th of October, 1952. He was a faithful member and filled his seat ever time he was able. He lived to be a ripe old age, and his faith seemed to grow with the years. In his last years, his eyesight got very bad, but he bore his troubles with patience - always looking for that better home which Jesus has prepared for those that love and serve HIM. He would come to church with someone leading him, and he often asked the Brethren to meet at his home to sing, pray and preach. Brother Hescue departed this life July 28, 1960. He had a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss, but we feel that our loss is Heaven's gain.
This loved one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in the home
That never can be filled.
Written by a friend and Brother M. K. Ramey.
-I will now try to write the obituary of my dear loving mother Mrs. Nora
Hayes. She was born February 21, 1892 in Carter County, Kentucky, died May 27,
1961 in Dayton, Ohio making her stay here on earth 69 years 3 months and 6 days.
My mother joined the Bethel Church at Jenkins, Kentucky September 13, 1951. She
was baptized by Brother Elbert Bentley and attended when she could. She came to Dayton, Ohio with me on Mother's Day May 14, 1961 for a visit.
She was so short of breath and smothered but still praised God. She told me the
day before she died said, "Opal I don't have long to be with you for I have
promise of a better home above, for I am so short of breath." On Saturday morning May 27th my husband and I was taking her home for her
doctors appointment which was June 2nd and I went in her room and asked her how
she felt, she said, "Opal I never slept any last night for my heart beat so
fast." I asked her if she was able to make the trip home she said yes. So she
got ready and placed her things in back seat of our car and got in and sat there
waiting for me to go through the house and turn out the lights and lock the
doors. We drove about a block and half from my house when I noticed she had
slumped. I said "Oh, mom is dead, Walter!" We rushed her to the Miami Valley
Hospital where the doctor pronounced her dead on arrival. My mother was laid to rest in Hayes-Adams Cemetery at Louisa, Ky. She had
told me while here that she wanted Brother Elbert Bentley, Brother Earl Welsh
and Brother Richmond Stanley to preach her funeral. After mom was buried I felt her in spirit said sing, "When The Roll Is Called
Up Yonder I'll Be There." I had sung that song so many times and cried until
one morning she appeared in spirit and said, "Sing in the tune of the Old
Regular Baptist Church, In Heaven No Dieing or Crying." So children if you want
to see mom again meet her in Heaven.
Written by her broken hearted daughter, Opal Hayes Overbeck.
HAYES, NORA -Mrs. Nora Hayes born January 15, 1900 died September 1, 1961. Daughter of the late Jacob and Nancy Stallard Boggs. Married to Steve W. Hayes, who survives her, also surviving are six sons; Earl and Elray of Ohio, Holt, Tom, George and Truman of Dunham, Ky. and one daughter Lucile of Dunham, Ky. Three brothers; Cleveland Boggs, Clintwood, Va. Millard Boggs, of Pound, Va, and Alfred Boggs, Pikeville, Ky. One daughter Mrs. Edith Adkins preceded her in death. Mrs. Hayes was ill for three weeks before her passing and had been in poor health for the past few years. She was a member of Bethel Regular Baptist Church, Jenkins, Ky.
"Sleep, Mother sleep;
Thy children bitter-sorrowing round the weep,
Recalling all thy tenderness and truth,
Thy loving care, guarding their careless youth
Thy sweet example showing thou hast trod
daily that narrow path that leads to God."
HAYES, NOVA MAE - Sister Hayes was the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Bogg. Born January 15, 1900.
She was married to Stephen W. Hayes and to this union were born eight
respectable children whom she. loved so dearly, sister Hayes joined the Old
Regular Baptist Church at Bethel the 2nd Sunday in October 1932 and was baptized
by elder Perry Adkins, her Christian life was humble and clean. Sister Hayes was
afflicted for many years and her sickness was a great burden to her, but her
patients and kindness and the faith to press on drew great admiration from those
that knew her, but we feel she did not bear her burdens alone, but God in his
great Mercy and much pity gave her strength to press on. She treated her
children with tender care and worked hard for them, she waited so faithful on
her daughter that has been sick many years, it is no wander that it was so hard
for them to give her up. Sister Hayes deceased this life September 1, 1961, being 61 years 7 months
and 16 days here on earth. She had two daughters, Edith Adkins, (wife of Brother Binham Adkins,) who, preceded her in death, and Lucille who is still at home.
Six boys, George, Truman, Hoyt, Tom, Bruce and Earl, whom are still living,
Seven brothers: Daniel, Willie, Hoppy and Henry who preceded her in death,
still living are Cleveland Milford and Albert. Three sisters, Tova Hubbard, Jane
Sturgill and Geneva Mullins whom are deceased. Beside these living, She leaves a
devoted Christian Husband, eleven grand children daughter, one great
granddaughter along with a multitude of friends and neighbors, brothers and
sisters in hope to move after her. I want to say to her living family, those that have not professed a hope in
Jesus, when you hear the Voice of Jesus don't turn a deaf ear to him, but take
heed to it. As we feel your good father and mother have done, listen for him for
he will surely call and will make himself known to you and when your walks here
are ceased you will enjoy the never ending pleasure that mother is enjoying
today in that City that lies for square, when you will never have to look on the
pale face of your deceased or the suffering bodies of your living and more. May
God in his Great Mercy be with you all.
A brother in the Hope and friend of the family Deward Webb
HILL, FANNIE -With much sadness I will write an obituary of my sister Fannie Hill. She was born February 15, 1880, in Pike County, Kentucky, and died February
18,1961, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Lewis and Sarah Adkins. Her husband was the
late Ira Hill. She is survived by the following: Two daughters; Thelma Lundy, Oakwood, Va.,
and Margie Kapanowski, Detroit, Michigan; four sons; Billie Hill, Rockhouse,
Ky., Barney Hill, Breaks, Va., Bannon Hill, Garden Village, Ky.; three sisters;
Susie Coleman, Alma Burke, Ethel Coleman; one brother; Farley Adkins; 39
grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. Sister was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church which she joined August
19, 1944 and was a faithful member until the end. She was preceded in death by two sons: Basil and Versel Hill.
Written by her brother, Farley Adkins, Rockhouse, Kentucky.
HOLBROOK, BROTHER ABLE -By request, and in great sorrow but not without a great hope in the Lord, I
will attempt to write obituary of Brother Able Holbrook. He was born October 1,
1875, deceased this life, July 7, 1961, making his stay here on earth 81 years,
9 months, and 6 days. He was united in marriage to Bell McCoy, May 6, 1908. He leaves his wife two
daughters, Gracie McCoy and Rosie Buchannon, ten grandchildren and twelve great
grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters, and a host of friends and
relatives. There came a time in Brother Able's life a light shined in a dark place.
Being obedient unto that light, it led him through strange paths, and through a
travel of repentance. There his soul died to the love of all sin, made alive by
the power of God, and by the same power was lead home to his friends and told
his experience of grace to the Sandy Ridge Church of Old Regular Baptist and was
Baptized into full fellowship October 18, 1925, and remained a true and faithful
member until God called him home. Brother Able was sent to the Association
several times as delegate by the Sandy Ridge Church and his work there was well
done. He was a great believer in the doctrine of Salvation by grace, Brother Able
and his good wife was at my home two weeks before his death and as we talked
about the goodness of God he said; I am ready to go any time the Lord calls me.
So Brother Able has answered that call and we believe with all our hearts that
great hope he had was a hope anchored to the soul, and that within the Vale,
under the alter of God waiting for the redemption of the Body. Then to his wife
and children you will miss him in your home but remember the bright side of
life, his soul has entered into its rest. There remaineth therefore a rest to
the people of God. In that City there will be no more heart attacks as Brother Able had. He
didn't seem to have pain but fell asleep in Jesus that peaceful sleep. The
Church has given up a great soldier in the Lord, his seat will be Vacant; that
voice we heard singing the Old time songs will be silent. He is gone the way of
all the earth, from dust thou art unto dust shalt thou return. But that Dust
will be made Spiritual, on the Resurrection day. Behold, what manner of love the
Father hath bestowed upon us, Brother Able in the inner man was born of that
love. Then to his children and to all, if you expect to see Brother Able
Holbrook, you must be born again and by the spirit of God. Then John said; I
beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands; These are they which came out of great
tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made white in the blood of the
Lamb, They shall hunger no more, neither thirst - For the Lamb shall feed them
and shall lead them unto fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes. Then we believe Brother Able will be in that number with all
the blood - washed band.
Written by William J. B. Marshall
HOLBROOK, JEFFREY LYNN -On December 10, 1956 there was born in the home of Burnett and Stella Fox Holbrook, a Precious Flower who was named Jeffrey Lynn, and he was called to Heaven about 8:15 August 28, 1961. Making his stay here on earth 4 years 8 months and 18 days. He leaves to mourn his loss here in this world of Sin and Sorrow, 2 brothers, Stephen Gregory and Richard Neal. 2 Sisters Burnetta Carol and Sheila Gail, His Grandparents Brother Guy Holbrook and Sister Ogelene, and George Fox and Delia Fox and a host of other relatives and friends. Christ said in Matthew 18-3 Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, Ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Verse 4 says, Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. I know it is heart rendering to Burnette and Stella to give up little Jeffrey Lynn, yet if they could realize his new home is far better than this and only prepare to meet him it would be far better, and more Joyful for all. No doubt they will miss him here, his little voice is stilled here yet we think we will hear it more sweeter soon in Heaven. We can only say Sleep on Little Jeffrey Lynn, we will meet you before long and join you in your New Home where there will be no more sickness, Sorrow, Pain, or Separation.
Our Home on Earth, It is So Lonesome,
Since Little Jeffrey Lynn went away.
Yet We Hope by Gods Great Mercy.
That we will meet again some day.
Guy Holbrook, Grandfather
HOPKINS, BROTHER JOHN E.
-With the help of the Lord, I will try to write the obituary of my beloved
husband, John E. Hopkins. He was born February 14, 1887, making his stay on
earth 74 years, one month and one day. He was the son of James and Mary Ellen
Mullins Hopkins. He professed a hope in Christ some 16 years ago and joined the
Old Regular Baptist Church at Chloe Creek. Later he moved his letter to Sulphur
Springs Church and lived a devoted Christian life. He was a kind and loving
neighbor - good to everybody. His great delight was taking care of his brothers
and sisters in the church. He put his whole life in church and the welfare of
the church. He left to mourn his death his wife, Nell Ruth, and by a former
marriage, four daughters and two sons, and one step-son, Hubert Bartley, who
still makes his home with me. He was loving and devoted father to all his
children. He died with that dreadful disease called 'Hardening of the Arteries.' He
went away to the hospital and stayed 18 days, and I prayed to the Good Lord to
let him come back home one more time, and my prayers were answered. He came back
and stayed fur months. He said, 'Darling I prayed every day and night to come
home one more time and I know you were praying for me." He was able to go to
church up until his last heart attack. He had to go back to the hospital never
to come back alive. He told me on the way to the hospital, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not
want, and if I never return to you, put your trust in the one that has taken
care of me all these years, He can't fail." He again asked the Lord to let him
come back home, but Jesus heard all those sweet, humble prayers, and gently a
voice said, "Come, my child" and take him home to live through eternity with
him. I miss his every foot-step. There is a vacancy that can never be filled.
Children if you ever want to see Daddy again, put our trust in the Good Lord
that Daddy prayed to so long.
Written by his wife Nell Ruth Hopkins
HORNE, SABRA ELIZABETH -It is with a sad and aching heart by the help of the good Lord I will now write an obituary of my dear wife, Sabra Elizabeth (Potter) Horne. She was born in Pike County on August 28, 1889. She was married to J. S. Horne on April 18, 1907, in Pike County, Kentucky. To this union were born 13 children, 6 girls and 7 boys; deceased January 6, 1961, after more than 15 years of affliction and three major surgeries in her home at 946 3rd Street, Portsmouth, Ohio, making her stay here on earth 71 years, 4 months and 8 days, bearing all her pain and suffering with great courage and patience. She professed a hope in Christ in July, 1917, in Greenup County, Kentucky and was baptized into the fellowship of the old regular Baptist Church by Eld. F. M. Horne. She was a true and faithful member. Always getting great joy and satisfaction in attending church. I have seen her go to church when she was hardly able to set up. Always telling us that she did not fear death and said for us not to worry about her. So long as she could help wait on people, she loved to have church in her home and have her church fellowship and many friends visit with her. Trusting in the great mercies of our dear God. She was a wonderful Mother. Always expressing great love and concern for her family. Always giving her children good advice which I hope you all will remember. She realized the need of an education and always worked hard and did everything she could to keep our dear children in school. We did all that was humanly possible to obtain relief for her. Having her in Louisville, Kentucky, to a specialist a great number of times during the last seven years and she always had the best of nursing care. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sons, two half-brothers and one half-sister. Survivors are six daughters, Mrs. Essalona Holt of Wurtland, Kentucky, Mrs. Dixie Crosno of California, Mrs. Irene Masters of Ashland, Kentucky, Mrs. Elsie Smith of Portsmouth, Ohio, Leona and Delsie at home. Five sons, Franklin and Bill of Louisville, Kentucky, Earl and Eugene of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Leslie of Portsmouth, Ohio. Twenty grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, three half-brothers and two half-sisters to mourn our great loss. But I feel that our loss is heaven's eternal gain. I wish all our dear children to take the word of God for your council, always having faith in the great mercies and promises of our dear God, who is the Savior of the whole world to all who love and serve Him. Jesus tells us in His own words, "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you; for if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses." So we can readily see that we must have a forgiving heart and a praying mind if we ever expect to see how it looks in heaven. Dear Mom is gone from us here, we can never see or talk to her on this unfriendly earth again. But that I feel assured that by the grace of God, through faith in Him, that we can all meet her in the Glory world where sickness, death and pain never comes. But where all will be Love, peace, joy, and happiness will be forever and ever. May the Great God of heaven bless you all is my prayer.
A precious one from us is gone
A voice we love is still
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.
Written by a broken-hearted husband, J. S. Horne
HUFFMAN, CINDY -She was the daughter of Mat Justice and Polly Ann Hopkins Justice. She was born Sept. 14, 1888. Died March 28, 1961. She was married to Albert Huffman in the year 1902. To this union was born 11 children, four preceded her in death some years ago. Seven children living, three sons and four daughters: Jessie Huffman, Virgie Huffman, Junior Huffman all of Millard, Kentucky. Mrs. John M. Justice, Mrs. John A. Justice, Mrs. Emilee Hall, Pikeville, Ky. Mrs. Cephas Campbell, Vintion, Ohio. A son, Tommie Huffman preceded her in death 13 years ago. She was a loving kind mother. She worked hard for her children and tried to keep them happy always giving them good advice. She joined the Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ some years ago and lived faithful until death. Sister Cindy had been sick for a long time. She endured her sickness well, praying and trusting in God. She said she was not afraid to die she said she was sure according to her feelings that she was going to rest. She said who will pray for my children when I am gone. It is wonderful to have a praying mother but children you must pray for your self and believe in God if you want to see mother again. I feel sure from the talks I have had with her that her spirit is at rest with God. Her body is resting from its labor awaiting for the resurrection when spirit and body will be joined together again and go on to Heaven and be happy forever. So to all her children I want to say be good and meet mother again someday. Written by her son-in-law Bro. John M. Justice
HUSTON, DARRELL DEE -Darrell Dee Huston, born September 17, 1943, departed this life February 6, 1961, at the age of 17 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was born in Pike County, the son of Alvin and Inas Tackett Huston, who are left to mourn his passing. He also leaves three brothers: Hubert, Thurman and Thomas Ray Huston; four sisters: Shirley, Anna Lee, Linda Kay and Carolyn Fay Huston; his grandfather, Steve Tackett; and grandmother: Mrs. Huston and Mrs. Cora Muncy.
People loved him and admired him
And will miss his friendly smile,
But our faith knows we have lost him
Only for a little while.
Darrell always conducted himself in a way that would make his parents and family proud of him. He was loyal and obedient and always ready to help with the chores at home. He attended Dorton High School, and made a great many friends at school and in the community. They all will miss him, but will have pleasant memories of happy days spent with him.
There seems a shadow on the day,
Its smile no longer cheers,
A dimness on the stars at night,
Like eyes that look through tears.
Alone unto our Father's will
One thought hath reconciled,
That he, whose love exceedeth ours,
Hath taken Home His child.
Fold him, O Father, in Thine arms,
And let him henceforth be
A messenger of love between
Our human hearts and Thee.
Written by broken hearted Mother, Dad and family
JOHNSON, JR. , MACK -At approximately 8 A. M. on December 5, 1944 our Dear Heavenly Father
presented Mack Johnson, Jr. a wonderful bundle of joy and happiness, to his
earthly parents, Lenore Holbrook Johnson and Mack Johnson, Sr. at McRoberts, Ky.
During the first 3 1/2 years of his life, Mack, Jr. lived in the fine Christian
home of his Grandfather, Brother Guy Holbrook in Tolliver Town. While living in
this home of togetherness and living kindness he had the very affectionate names
of "Shoggy", "Precious", and "Big Boy". At the end of these 3 1/2 years Shoggy
acquired a new father, who loved him as his own as Lenore became Mrs. Russell
Gene Polly. During the next 3 years Shoggy became of school age, attended Tolliver Town
School gained a new brother Roger Polly and began to show the very humble
characteristics that endeared this fine boy to all that met him throughout the
remainder of his short life. In May 1955 the family moved to Warren, Ohio. Mack Jr. continued to gain the
love and respect of all. And also continued to show a great love for God's
creations as he loved to be in the outdoors with family and friends. In 1959 he
graduated from West Junior High School in Warren and would have been in the 10th
grade at the beginning of the next school term. On that fateful morning of Tuesday August 9th, 1960 Shoggy, Roger, and Gene
arose very early and motored to Lake Milton, Mahoning County, Ohio. Enjoying the
early morning air and to do some fishing as they had done several times before.
Shortly after arriving Shoggy went to the edge of the water to wash his hands.
As he bent down he lost his balance and toppled into the water. Despite the vain
efforts of younger Roger and Gene, almost losing their lives in the attempt.
Shoggy fell into the arms of our Lord as he was swallowed up by that swirling
water. "Shoggy" lived on this earth for 15 years, 9 months, and 4 days. During
this period of time there existed a relationship between Mother and Son a deep
love and understanding and a loyalty to each other, that we as mere human beings
cannot describe and with our limited intelligence, will never understand. Only
God knows. Mack Johnson, Jr. can best be described as a child of God, Pure, Honest,
Loving and very humble. The Bible in answering the question What does God expect
of his children? Says from the Old Testament 6th chapter of the book of Micah
Verses 7 and 8. Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten
thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give him my first born for my transgression?
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath showed thee, Oh Man, what
is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and to love
mercy and to walk humbly with thy God. And from St. Matthew 5th Chapter 7th and
8th verses. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are
the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they
shall see God.
His Grandfather, Brother Guy Holbrook
JUSTICE, JR. , WILLIAM HIBBARD-
He was the son of Abner E. Justice and Nancy Jane Justice. He was born Sept.
29, 1884 at Fish Trap, Ky. He died May 19, 1960 in the hospital at Grundy, Va.
He was married to Maude Phillips Justice Oct. 10, 1910, to this union were born
3 children, Claude Justice, Meta, Ky., Virgil Justice, Pikeville, Ky., Mrs. Bud
Justice, Fish Trap, Ky. Eight grand children, seven sisters, Mrs. Polly
Reynolds, Phyllis, Ky., Mrs. Hester Goff, Pikeville, Ky., Mrs. Hattie Justice,
Millard, Ky., Mrs. Fonnie Spencer, Pikeville, Ky., Mrs. Dixie Bartley,
Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. Edna Sowards, Pikeville, Ky., Mrs. Lacy Venters,
Regina, Ky. One brother, Mr. Clyde Justice, Fishtrap, Ky., and other relatives
and friends. Bro. Justice joined the Old Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ some years
ago. He later was called to the ministry and preached in this section of the
country for some years. He was firm and preached sound doctrine. He believed in
the church people living in peace and he worked for that purpose all the time. I
remember when my son Clinton Justice was killed, he told me when he heard the
news he immediately went to his room and prayed that God would help me and my
wife in our sorrow. How many of us would be so mindful so soon. I went to see
Bro. Justice at his son Virgil Justice's home when I went to his bed he embraced
me in his arms and told me how much he loved me and about the goodness of God.
How he had prayed and how God had answered his prayers. Said he saw Bro. Hayes
Maynard come down from heaven to his bed and lay on his breast and talk to him
for a short time then left him and went back through the elements to heaven
again, when he was telling me this he seemed to be so happy. It was wonderful to
watch and listen to what he said. I saw Bro. Justice in the hospital he was very weak. He was still talking
about how good God was to his children and how he would help them in time of
trouble. He was in great pain but he just kept on talking about the joy and
happiness he will have over there. So to his children, relatives and friends if
you want to see Bro. Hibbard again believe in the Lord and be born again and I
feel sure we can see him again over there.
Written by Bro. John M. Justice and his daughter Etta Justice
LAYNE, PATTIE LOONEY -She was born in the year of 1891, May fifth, deceased this the fifth of July, 1961. Making her stay here on earth seventy years and two months. She was married to Matthis Looney November 1911, who proceeded her in death. To this union was born five children, three boys and two girls, as follows: Bascom, Roy, Garfield, Nonnie and Ethel. She leaves six children and 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Little Martha Church of Old Regular Baptist. She joined this church in the year of 1950, and was baptized by Elder Elmer Church and Johnnie Clevinger. I want to say that she was looked at in the church as a Lillie in the Valley and as the rose of shorn. God bless her untiring effort to fill her seat in this church, we have never had a member that done a better job. I would say that in this 11 years that she never missed five meeting times if it was all put together. I have known her ever since that I was a small boy, I stayed with her and the children when I was a young man as much almost as I stayed at home, a better mother never lived, she was as good to me as my own mother, any time that us boys would come home she would have a smile for us and the next thing was she would want to know if we had eat supper and so on. I can't find words that would tell what a great loss it has been to these children and to the old church to have to give her up. She was so tender and good to everyone. Words that are spoken by mothers like this one was know doubt to be bottled up by all that knew her in lasting members. Sister Patty lived alone by herself after she lost her last husband but where ever mother was it was home to the children. She could rule with a rod or a silken thread, there has never been but one queen to these dear children, however we read of the queen of Russia and of England, but this one meant more than all the rest of the queens of this old world, at all times no matter what the task was, mother was always there to share their burdens with them, it wouldn't be any trouble to these children to even kiss the sod that cover her body, but they wouldn't call her back in this old world of trouble for any amount of money, for we feel that beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is resting from all her troubles. Young boys and girls let me persuade you while you have your mothers with you, do as I feel that these children have done by this good mother, honor her, how ever she may be old and her hair may be silver over by the cause of many winters, she may not look as beautiful as she did when she was young but you must remember that when you was but a small child to small to stay out of danger, mother was there. Your little hands though they may have been dirty, they never were to dirty for mother to kiss, and when you were to bed, she would say a little prayer in your behalf saying good lord watch over my dear children this night, and the ones that are out in danger and in sin. I pray that you will spare them another chance. Don't cut them off in their sins. Oh children some day we will have to say like these children, I have no mother now to help to solve my problems, if you are placing burdens on your dear mother it may be that you don't think to much about it now, but some day you will share the thought of what mother meant. She was so good to always fix our clothes and give us when leaving a word of council, and when you would return a smile would come over her face as to say, thank the good lord for letting my boy come home again. God bless the prayers of Sister Patty and Sister Lissie that went up for Brother Garfield when he was behind the iron curtain in the German prison camp. You children have got nothing to worry about, you were as good to her as I ever seen I think, even the daughters-in-law and the grandchildren. May God bless everyone to remember the life she lived. COULD THIS BE THE DAY WITH THESE CHILDREN THAT HASN'T MADE PEACE WITH THE LORD THAT AS THEY LEAVE THE MOTHER THAT THEY LOVE, THAT THEY COULD WHISPER A PRAYER IN THEIR HEART TO THEIR MOTHER, THOUGH SHE IS TO FAR TO HEAR THEM, THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD I WILL MEET YOU IN THE SWEET BY AND BY. God Bless Brother Huffurd and Rece Rowlmilos and hue an Sister Rose, that have given up this sister and mother, you will miss her, you can not come to see her any more. If you haven't made peace with the Lord you will have to do so if you ever see Sister Patty again, so sleep on mother. We could not ever say enough good things about you, but hope to meet you in the world that has no sad farewells, where we can be together for evermore. Here is a little poem that has come to my mind concerning Sister Patty's passing:
Now let us be ready and watching
For we know not the hour
That the good Lord may call
For these little jewels of our.
We layed down last night
Upon our many beds,
Not thinking of tomorrow
And just what it would bring.
If you have never been called
At an unexpected time
That your mother may be dying,
Well, you don't know our mind.
We separated that evening,
With our heart full of glee
To be awakened the next morning
About the hour of three.
With foot steps at our door
In unrestful tones,
And a voice calling, children
Your wanted up home.
We had gone to her relief
Both early and late,
But this morning the horse and his rider
Was at the gate.
So we rushed in the house and to her bed side
To hear her saying, children
I must being dying.
The moving of her lips
And the expression on her face
Said her body was suffering
But she had been saved by his grace.
So cheer up little ones,
I am going for a ride
The horse and the rider
Is waiting out side.
We all had to agree that we could not hide
Our mother from the horse and the rider
That waited out side.
So we planted her body
Over in the Clinch Valley clay
To please lay await
The great resurrection day.
Written by your unworthy servant, Elder Elmer Church
MASON, JOHNNIE -"My beloved has gone down into his garden to feed in the garden and to gather lilies." A beautiful flower has gone from this earthly garden to bloom in the garden of God, under the banner of love. A very short time ago when it was spring time on the earth, a little boy came to live with and gladden the heart of Opal and Okie Mason. Oh, how they loved him. He was the pride and joy of their home. They called this little boy John James. He was a goodly child, he always seemed to have a settled mind, mindful of serious things, with a gentle and quiet spirit. He was a very obedient child, so thoughtful and tender, always doing things for his parents to show how he loved them. Johnnie James was borned May the 8th 1942. Making his stay on earth 18 years 9 months and 27 days. Johnnie leaves his parents, a little brother and sister, Deboriah Jane and Ricky, a grandmother, grandfather, step grandmother, several uncles and aunts, a host of relatives and friends to mourn his passing. We wonder why one so young and tender was taken away but God in His tender love and mercy does all things well. Johnnie was in Coalton, Ohio where he had a car wreck he was taken to the hospital, every thing possible was done for him But God saw fit to call him home. While in the hospital he said to his mother "We'll go home for Easter." We feel Johnnie did go home for Easter, where there is no car wrecks, or danger night, where we need no light of the sun for God Himself is the light of the city, where he will never grow old or weary. So sleep on darling son, with Gods help and guiding hand we'll see you soon, where no parting will ever be.
MAY, JAMES EPPERSON -It is with much sadness that we try to write an obituary of our beloved husband and father, James Epperson May. He was born October 30, 1894, departed this life May 17, 1961. Making his stay on earth 66 years and 17 days. He was the son of the late Bill and Mary (Collins) May and was married to Roxie (Smith) May. To this union born fourteen children. Two preceded him in death. Deward in February 15, 1917 and James Virgil in July 20, 1960. Leaving to mourn his loss is his wife, six sons: Victor of Shelbiana, Velma Allen of Elkhorn, Ky. Reford of St. Paris, Ohio, George of Millard, Ky. Leonard of Columbus, Ohio, and Roger St. Paris, Ohio, six daughters: Mrs. Lennie Justice Canada, Ky. Mrs. Ida Goff Raccoon, Ky. Mrs. Plumer Thacker Pikeville, Ky. Mrs. Maude Chaney Millard, Ky. Mrs. Coleman Fairborn, Ohio, Mrs. Loretta Hall Shelbiana, Ky., and 44 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many many friends. He joined the Old Regular Baptist Church at Frozen Creek in 1939. He lived a faithful member until death. He is badly missed by his loved ones and all of those who knew him. We feel that our loss is Heavens gain. His memorial will be preached at the Frozen Creek Church house the second Saturday and Sunday in August, 1962.
We can see you so plainly dear,
That sweet smile on your face;
So much love for every one,
As you worked around the place.
Our home on earth is broken,
Death has left a vacant chair;
But we hope to meet in heaven,
And complete the circle there.
And in that home that's up above,
The master has prepared a place
For us and when he calls,
We will meet our father there.
Written by his wife and son-in-law, Roxi May and Monroe Justice
MAY, JAMES VIRGIL -It is with a sad and aching heart that I write this obituary of my beloved son James Virgil May. He was borned December 26, 1916, departed this life July 20, 1960. Make his stay here on earth 43 years, 7 months and 20 days. he was the son of the late Epp May who deceased May 17, 1961 and Roxie May. he was married to Alta Goff. To this union was born twelve children. Two preceded him in death, leaving to mourn his loss is his wife Alta, seven sons: Ronnie, Radis, Tony, Rickey, Gregory, Randal and Timothy and three daughters Patsy and Fredia all at home, also to mourn his loss is his mother, six sisters: Mr. Lennie Justice Canada, Ky., Mrs. Goff, Raccoon Ky. Mrs. Plumer Thacker, Pikeville, Ky. Mrs. Maude Chaney, Millard Ky. Mrs. Ruby Coleman, Fairborn Ohio, Mrs. Loretta Hall, Shelbiana Ky. and six brothers: Victor, Shelbiana Ky. Velma Allen, Elkhorn Ky. Reford St. Paris Ohio. George Millard Ky. Lenord, Columbus Ohio and Roger, St. Paris Ohio. And a host of friends. He enjoyed the labor he did for his family and was all to willing to do it. He is sadly missed by his dear family and all of his many, many friends. We feel our loss is his eternal gain. His memorial will be preached at the Frozen Creek Church House the second Saturday and Sunday in August 1962.
A precious one from us is gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God, in his wisdom, has recalled
His own, his love has given
And through the body molten there,
His soul is safe in heaven.
Written by his mother and sister and brother-in-law Roxie May, Mrs. and Mrs. Monroe Justice
McKENZIE, NANCY JOSEPHINE -It is with a sad and lonesome feeling I will try to write an
obituary of our mother. Nancy Josephine McKenzie was the daughter of Daniel C.
and Sarah C. Rowland. Mother was born March 28, 1883 and died February 17, 1961,
being 77 years, 10 months and 19 days old at the time of her death. Mother was married to our father Elder Oliver Powell (0. P.)
McKenzie April 25, 1900. Unto them were born five daughters, Mrs. Sarah J.
Church, Wise, Va.; Mrs. Murzie Hurt, Wise, Va., Mrs. Ethel Justice and Mrs. Alta
Justice both of Phyllis, Ky., and Mrs. Minnie Blevins, Perrysburg, Ohio. Mother professed Christ when she was fourteen years old, joined
the Old Regular Church and was baptized, when just a young girl. She lived to
her profession. She filled her seat in the old church as long as she was able to
go. I stayed with mother for the last two years, four months and
three days of her life. I often heard her praying for her grandchildren and all
poor sinners that was in reach of mercy. She loved to see people live right and
would talk and beg people to live a good clean life. She loved to hear the old
time songs and the preaching of free salvation by grace. I have seen her get
happy in church and wanted to shake hands with everybody. Mother had been in bad health for many years, but she bore her
sickness with so much patience. She was confined to the house most of the time
for almost a year. We children did and had all did for her that we could to ease
her suffering. She would say "You children don't have any idea what a shape I am
in." She had that dreaded disease heart trouble, and the doctor told us she had
cancer. She tell her daughter Ethel she was just waiting for the good Lord to
call her home, for she felt she had a better home waiting for her. She told me
on Tuesday before she passed away on Friday night, she wanted us children to be
good to each other and live and go visit each other. All five of her children had professed hope of eternal life
several years before she left us. Also four of her sons-in-laws. She loved her
children and grandchildren. We were all with her when the end came but one.
Minnie was on her way but got there 45 minutes late-too late to speak to her. Mother seemed so much better on Thursday morning when she woke.
I helped her get up. Before I could get her breakfast, she called me. I ran to
her--got her on the bed. She never ate but two or three bites--got sick. We got
her back on the bed. She had a stroke about 10 o'clock Friday night. She never
spoke to us from about one o'clock Thursday. We believe from the life she lived before us and all who knew
her, she just changed the cross for the crown. We all hope to meet her and Dad
in a better home than they ever had here. Mother left 5 daughters, 4 sons-in-law, 16 grandchildren, 19
great grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters, several nephews and nieces to mourn
her loss. She left a host of friends and brothers and sisters who will long
remember Mother. She loved to see people come visit her and eat with her. We children gave up a loving father and mother, the
grandchildren a loving grandfather and grandmother. I will say to her
grandchildren if you ever want to see Maw again, you will have to fall out with
sin and live for Jesus like she did. I am so lonesome since she went away.
Written by her lonesome daughter, Sarah J. Church
MEADE, NEWT -Little Newt Meade, the name by which he was so well known, was
born Oct. 7, 1927 and passed away December 6, 1960 at the age of 33 years and 10
months. He was the son of Ballard and Nannie Meade, and a grand son of the late
Elder N. W. Meade for whom he was named. Little Newt was married to Erma Fay Williams on August 18, 1950,
and this marriage meant 10 years of joy and happiness. Their love for each other
was great only death could separate them. Little Newt loved every body - and
every body loved him. He was a good boy all his life, and always enjoyed the
good thing of this life. It is said that he never spoke a short word to his
father or mother in all his life. A few months before his passing his great number of friends and
relatives were saddened, when they learned that Little Newt Meade had Leukemia and
the Doctors said he could not live very long. Little Newt would not agree with
the Doctors. He said he would prove that they were wrong - he was determined to
live. But God knows best it is appointed unto man to die and after this the
judgment. Newt gradually grew worse and worse spending much time in the
hospitals. He realized he could not live and his thoughts were placed on heaven
and heavenly things. He said the Lord stayed all week with him while he was in
the Lexington hospital. While he was in the Jenkins hospital he asked his mother
to pray for him -- not that he may get well, but that the good Lord would save
his soul. He always predicted that some day he would be a preacher just like his
grandpa Meade. But now realizing this could not be, he told his brother Jesse
that they would hear him preach in heaven. He never joined any church but he was a strong believer in the
Old Regular Baptists. He asked his wife to meet him in heaven. We truly believe
that if we see him again it will be in heaven. Left here to mourn his loss is
his beloved wife, his father and mother, three brothers: Jesse of Neon, Ky.,
Daniel of Dayton, Ohio and Junior of Fleming, Ky., and four sisters: Florence
Craft of Springfield, Ohio, Norma Lou Richardson of Dayton, Ohio, Avalene Potter
of Irvine, Ky., Eldridge Ann Muncy of Kent, Ohio and many other relatives and
friends. May the good Lord bless us all.
Written by brother Alfred V. Adams with the help of his wife and mother.
MULLINS, BETTY YATES -Once more I will try to carry out a request as best I can to
write a short obituary of one that was near. Betty Mullins, daughter of Zack and Martha Yates, was born May
8, 1875 and died March 20, 1961. She was nearing her 86th birthday, She was
married to Alex Mullins who preceded her in death. No children were born to this
union. She never had any children. She leaves four
brothers: Dave, Ab, Roll, and Sib. Some twenty-five years ago she was baptized into the fellowship
of the Mt. Olive Church. In regard to her duties in the church - she was
faithful. I would like to say to the members of the Mt. Olive Church - one is
gone from your member that loved you all and her prayers were that you live in
peace. On August 15, 1960, she fell and got hurt and was confined in
bed since that time. She was so humble and agreeable and endured her suffering
with all the patience any being could possess. In some way she was made to
realize that the last milestone was near and the shadows of evening were
gathering at the brink of the river. Her mind was carried above earth and
earthly things. I will try to mention only a few of the many wonderful things
she said. She began to say, I feel my way is clear. I have done all I can do to
find out if anything is in
my way. I am satisfied. When my suffering
here is over, there is no more for me. You all have done all you could, but
there is a better place for me. I would be so much better off if I could go to
sleep and never wake up. Surely that request was granted. I want to say in conclusion, when
Zion's King comes in the cloud
of His glory with great power, and the sleeping dust to life awake, I feel that
she will be one in that number who will awake to sing the song of redemption,
wearing that long white robe, where all will be peace, joy, and happiness while
eternal ages roll.
MULLINS, BURLEY -It is with much sadness we try to write an obituary of beloved husband and
father, Burley Mullins. He was born November 9, 1916. Departed this life July 3,
1961 making his stay on earth 44 years, 8 months, and 3 days. He was the son of
Brice Mullins and Mary Hollifield Mullins and was married to Arietta Greer
August 15, 1936. Unto this union was born five children, two girls and three
boys. Mary Ann Mullins, Glenda Sue, Carl Ed, twin boys Ronald and Donald all of
Jenkins. He also leaves his Mother and Father, four brothers, Johnny Mullins of Pound,
Va.; James H. Mullins, Air Force; Bobby Ray Mullins, Jenkins; and Russell
Mullins, Dorton. Three sisters, Mrs. Jerry Sanders of Jenkins; Mrs. Jimmy
Mullins of Jenkins and Mrs. Charles Glen Gallion, Jenkins. Two grandchildren,
Roger and Tim, and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn his loss.
Written by the family
MULLINS, EDWARD LEWIS -It is with a sad heart I will try to write an obituary of my
beloved brother in Christ I hope, Edward Lewis Mullins. He was born 1884 and deceased this life January 13, 1961 -
making his stay on earth a little more than 76 years. He was married to Bireller
Jane Hall, and to this union was born 6 children. Three of them preceded him in
death - Elmer Harold Mullins, Daisy Idella Mullins and Verdia Ethel McElroy.
Left to mourn his loss is Sarah Elizabeth Breeding, Edna Lina Johnson and Mary
Dorthy Toler, and his wife. He leaves 54 grandchildren and 67 great great
grandchildren,, and a host of friends. Brother Mullins and his wife lived together a little more than
55 years. They loved each other so much and they seemed so close together. Just
a few days before he passed away he told his children to take care of mother. He
professed a hope in Christ and joined the Elizabeth Church of Old Regular
Baptist on the 22nd day of November, 1960, and was baptized on the 27th day of
November by Elder Sexton and Elder Carl Duty. He left a light in the window to show the children the way. I
have been made to believe their home was a house of prayer and true devotion to
the Prince of Peace. Sister Mullins I know you and the children will miss brother
Edward's sweet presence and will often look for him, but will not be able to see
him. Lonely days and perhaps years will have to be endured until God calls you
as he did brother Edward from the shores of time to that lovely land of peace
and pleasure. Weep not for him, but strive to enter in at the straight gate.
Then when sweet resurrection dawns you can again take him in your arms to
embrace him. Surely an example so great will not be ignored by his children,
his wife, his neighbors and relatives for they all loved him. He kept the faith,
he was ready to be offered up. He died at his post.
Eld. Felix Sexton
-The community was saddened by the passing of Gary Mullins about
10:55 P. M. February 19, 1961 in a Harlan, Kentucky Hospital following a
lingering illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carton Mullins. He was born
October 27, 1946 in Dickenson County, Virginia making his stay on earth 14
years, 3 months, and 10 days. He will be remembered as one of the fine young men of this
community, kind and generous in disposition, energetic almost to the extreme
before becoming ill, and will be missed not only by his family and kin people,
but by his classmates and the general public as well. He was a member of the Sixth Grade at the Clintwood Elementary
School where he was well liked by all that knew him. Besides his parents Gary is survived by six sisters: Dreama
June, Glenda, Garnet, Mable, Gloria Jean, and Verna Francis, six brothers:
Bayard, Goble Lee, Olin R., George Patton Dale and infant brother born February
19, 1961, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Mullins and Mrs. and Mr. and Mrs.
William Mullins, as well as a host of other relatives, neighbors and friends to
mourn his loss. We thank God for your life Gary, even though it was short. In
his last moments he answered and said, "Mama, someone called me." You have brought sunshine into the home, and you passing brings
the shadows. We know you are safe. May we use our strength and determination to
live so that we will all be reunited in heaven in the sweet bye and bye.
Written by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Carton Mullins and grandmother Vonda Mullins
MULLINS, MARY HORNE -Mary Horne Mullins was born in Pike Co., Ky. January 4, 1893 and departed
this life April 16,1961. Making her stay here 68 years, 3 months and 12 days.
She was the daughter of Elder F. M. and Nancy Horne. She was married to Everett E. Mullins June 4, 1913 and to this union was born
5 children. Two children, a daughter and son preceded her in death also her
parents. She is survived by her lonely husband, a daughter, Thelma Mullins and two
sons; Thomas E. Mullins and Charles E. Mullins. Also 5 grandchildren, 5
brothers, 4 sisters, 3 half brothers and 5 half sisters. Mother joined the Regular Baptist Church in 1930 and was a faithful member
until death. She was ill 18 months but went to church as long as she was able.
Her throat condition made it impossible for her to, sing, she loved to sing the
old hymns and she would say, "I wish I could sing like I use to." Now her
suffering is over and in the Great Resurrection she will sing with the angels. She wrote her own obituary by the Good Christian life that she lived. My
brother often made the remark, "Mom and Dad seem to be able to make friends no
matter where they go." This excerpt from a letter that Mother received in March
which was written by Mrs. Mays, a friend whom she met in Florida proves his
statements. "We never had any one as nice as you all or seemed like our own. Mrs. Mullins
take care and do as the Dr. says but most of all rest in the promises of Our
Lord who care for his own. You are such a good Christian and are so close to him
all the time, just wish I could be like you. I can say from the 'bottom of my
heart you are the best neighbors we ever had." Her life and influence will continue to give faith and hope to the ones who
knew and loved her. To know her was to love her as she was always smiling and so
kind to everyone. She was more concerned about the needs and comforts of others
than about herself and loved to have her family and friends around her. A mother like this is more than a memory, she is a living presence - giving
us hope for a wonderful life to come. She has crossed the bridge to a Fair Land and yet she is still near, Each
memory brings her very close to us who held her dear. God was so merciful during her last few weeks stay on earth - truly the
prayers of the righteous were answered - as she did not seem to suffer but just
grew weaker. On the day that God took her away she slept a good deal of the
time. One time when she was awake she said "You won't wake me up, I'll just go
to sleep and go away". That is the way she went.
Written by her daughter, Thelma Mullins
NEWSOM, BRO-ROBERT AND SISTER JUNE- In much weakness, I will try to write an obituary of my dear brother and
sister-in-law, Robert and June Newsom. Brother Robert was born on January 20,
1903 and was 57 years old when he died on April 15, 1960. His wife was born on
June 7, 1914, and passed from this life on June 16, 1961 at the age of 47 years. They were married on October 1, 1932, and to this union five children were
born, Dolores, Bobby, Donald, Duretta and Ronald and five grandchildren. Brother Robert and Sister June were members of the Old Regular Baptist
Church. They strongly believed and upheld the teachings of their faith and
order. Brother Robert worked hard, and made an honest living for his family, and
Sister June was always ready and willing to help in any way she could. They
brought up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. They believed
the Bible teaches us to bring the children in the way they should go and when
they are old they will not depart it. Brother Robert was a good daddy to his children. I think his children can
truthfully say that they never saw him drunk or even heard him curse an oath.
They both left a good example for their children to follow, and I believe they
would rejoice in Heaven if you children would make your peace with the Lord.
They both suffered much bodily affliction in this life, but they endured it with
courage and faith in God. Their affliction is now over, and they have passed
from this vale of tears and suffering and have gone to reap their reward in the
land of rest and peace, and to receive their crown of righteousness which the
Lord had laid up for them. Children, I believe that our loss is Heaven's gain
and that all of you will see them in Heaven someday if you will prepare now to
meet God. You must prepare to meet God in this life, because after death it is
forever too late. I would like to see you children in the old church house that
Dad and Mother loved so well. I want you all to be good to your baby brother, he
doesn't have that good strong protection you all had from Mother and Dad. The
rest of you have companions, and he seems so lonely. So remember children, if
you ever see Mother and Daddy again you will have to live according to the
Bible. If you make your peace with God now you will live a better life here on
earth and will reap Heaven's reward when this life is over.
Written by, Lucretia Fleming and their Family
O'QUINN, CURTIS BURNS - It is with a sad and aching heart that I will try to write an obituary of our darling son, Curtis Burns O'Quinn. He was the son of Finis and Tilda O'Quinn. He was borned August 12, 1940, and departed this life July 22 1960, making his stay on this earth 19 years 11 months and 10 days. Bobby (that was his nick name) was a Graduate of Haysi High School. He was loved by all his teachers, classmates and everyone that knew him. Bobby always had a smile for the old as well as the young. He had been working in the mines about a year prior to his death. One Friday evening he came in from work and said "Mother I believe I'll go down to Haysi and get my hair cut and pay two or three little debts that I owe. I knew he was honest and wanted to pay everything he owed. I followed him to the porch and said to him "Bobby now you hurry back because you know I can't sleep when you are gone." He said he would be back as soon as he could get his hair cut and his debts paid. He had been gone about 2 1/2 hours when I saw a car turn in our drive-way. I said "Lord Finis something has happened to Bobby." I ran out on the porch and ask what had happened to him. They came on in the house and told of the awful tragedy. Bobby had gotten in a car with a boy they had failed to make a curve. Bobby was thrown out of the car and into the water. The Haysi Rescue Squad were called to the scene but they were too late. All I knew to do was to go to God in prayer. I prayed to the Lord not to take him away until he had gotten a prayer through to God. We have wondered why he was called away so young but God knows the best. The unexpected shock was almost more than we could bear. I have had several good dreams about him since he has been gone. In about all my dreams he is so clean and dressed up as though he is ready to take a trip somewhere. My hopes are that he is resting in the paradise of God awaiting for the resurrecting on the last day. I want to say to the children love one another and prepare in this life and live for Jesus. He leaves to mourn his loss Father, Mother, 2 sisters, and a brother and a host of fiends. I hope the Lord will bless the Rescue Squad, and to my blessed brothers, sisters and friends I want to say God bless every one of you for the great kindness and much sympathy you showed us during that lonesome time. We miss him so much in our home. His name is so often called but there is nothing left to answer but the picture on the wall. Written by his broken hearted Father and Mother Finis and Tilda O'Quinn
O'QUIN, JOEL ELBERT-It is with a sad and aching heart; we try to write an obituary of our son and
brother Joel Elbert O'Quin. He was born February 17, 1930 deceased this life January 19, 1956, making his
stay here on earth 25 years, 11 months, 19 days. He was married to Nadean Owens. To this union was born 2 children Donna Lynn
and Douglas Edmond O'quin. He leaves 5 brothers, 1 sister and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Sad and sudden was the call of one so dearly loved by all. We feel that. he is gone to rest.
Written by his mother and sister, Mrs. Rosie V. O'quin and Mrs. Mary Viers.
O'QUIN, MARTHA JANE-It is with a sad and aching heart that I try to write an obituary of my little daughter Martha Jane Oquin. She was born February 13, 1932 and deceased this life May 24, 1932. Making her stay here on earth 3 months and 11 days.
Our home is sad and lonely while grief fills my heart.
I hope to meet my baby and never more part.
Written by her mother, Mrs. Rosie V. Oquin
OWENS, MATILDA -With a sad and broken heart I will try to write an obituary of my dearly
beloved wife. She was the daughter of Eli and Lucing Thomas. She was born
December 27, 1895 and departed this life July 6, 1959 making her stay here on
earth 54 years, 7 months and 21 days. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church in the year of 1951 at Paw Paw
Church of Regular Baptist. She was a faithful member and loved the church of
Jesus Christ. She was a regular tender as long as she lived. A loving wife and a
true faithful mother. She was loved by all her neighbors. We all miss her
company so much. To this union was born five children, 3 boys and 2 girls. One boy
his mother in death. 2 boys living are Lee Owens of Vansant, Va.; and Ray Owens
of Deskins, Va. Mrs. Howard Owens of Harmon, Va. and Mrs. James Colley of Canady, Va. and twelve grandchildren. She is missed by all. She has one brother
living. She has a host of brothers and sisters gone on a head of her. She became sick and had to go to the hospital, but the Doctors could not keep
her here with us. Through all her suffering she bore her sickness with patience
and never complained about the pain she endured. No matter how sick she was she
loved to see the children and all her neighbors and friends come to see her. I
know we all loved wife and mother, but there's one who loved her better than we
do and he took her home. If we expect to see her again we must all repent and
live for Jesus. We know mother can't come back to us, but by the grace of God we
can go to her. There are so many good things I could say about the life of wife
and mother, but it would make this obituary longer. So I finish by saying pray
for all the family.
Written by Stewart Thomas.
PERRIGIN, CHARLIE -It is with a very sad heart and feeling so unworthy that I will now try to
write an obituary of my dear brother Charlie Perrigin, who has departed this
life and has gone on: Charlie was born July 9, 1896 and deceased this life
February 24, 1947, making his stay here 50 years, 7 months and 15 days. He was the son of Fletcher and Mary Perrigin, he was married to Frances
Turner, the daughter of Charlie and Hettie Turner, in April 1918, and to this
union was born six children, 5 boys and one girl. Two boys died in infancy and
has gone on to the glory world. His wife was first married to Lemons Thomas and
had 2 boys Toy and Lonzy. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and four children, three boys, one girl
and two step sons, and an aged mother, five brothers, and one sisters. He seemed
to make no difference in the two boys he raised and his own children. He never
joined the church but from his talk he believed in the Old Regular Baptist
Doctrine, but all I can say is that he fell in the hands of a just and merciful
God, one who will do all men right. Of course we all miss him in our homes but
he has just met his last enemy which all of us will have to meet and that is
death. I want to say to Frances be of good courage for it won't be long until your
trials and troubles will be over here and then I believe you will meet all the
blood washed band. And to his children and step children and all his relation,
if you ever to go where there is no sickness and death is a stranger you must be
born again. I especially want to beg these children that are left without a
father in the world when spirit of the good lord teaches you ought to be a
better boy and girl to obey that teaching and beg the lord for his mercies and
he has never failed to hear the cries of a good mourner. Brethren pray for me as I feel so little and unworthy. So I will close.
Written by his brother in hope. Rufus Perrigin
PERRIGAN, MARY C. -I will now try although with much sadness to try to write an obituary of our
dear old mother, Mary C. Perrigan. She was born October 18, 1870 and departed
this life July 14, 1961 being 90 years, 8 months and 24 days old. She was the
daughter of John and Minta Edwards Fuller. She was married to Fletcher Perrigan
in March 1893 and unto this union was born 7 children, 6 boys and one girl. Her
husband passed away May 22, 1945, leaving her so lonely in this world but alas
in February 22, 1947 she had to give up another one that was dear to her,
Charley her second oldest son, was called away and again in October 19, 1960,
Lemual her oldest son deceased this life. She leaves to mourn her passing 4 boys
and one girl, Mrs. Mintia Yates of Clinchco, Rt. 1; Rufus Perrigan, and John of
Haysi, Va.; Lincos and Emory of Clinchco, Va. Rt. 1; and a boy she raised Virgle
Perrigan of Lowmansville, Ky., also 44 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren
and one brother, Johnnie Fuller of Tenso, Va. Two sisters, Hettie Viers of
Clinchco and Leah Rose of Clintwood, Va. One half sister Sarah Rose of Powatan,
Va. Mother had been afflicted for several months but went as long as she was able.
She did not belong to the church but would go to meeting and talk about the
wonderful preaching and would while on her bed of afflictions sing many of the
songs of Zion and seemed to have her mind good up until the death Angel said
that it was enough. I believe that her soul is now resting with Dad and the two
boys that have gone on before. Although mother lived a long life we hated to
give her up for she was our mother and it is hard to part but I hope that she is
resting from all her labors. We are still left in a world of trouble and heart
aches. I want to thank all the good neighbors for the way that they lended a helping
hand and Emory and his family for the care they gave her. I hope the Lord will
reward you all and so I must close. I could write on and on about mother and
that will not bring her back so to all the kindred and friends, if you go where
all the blood washed band will be you will have to be born again.
Written by her son Rufus Perrigan, for the family
POTTER, CORA BELCHER -It is with much sadness we will try to write an obituary of, our beloved wife
and mother, Cora Belcher Potter. She was born, January 1st, 1889, the daughter of Will and Sarah Beliher, who have both preceded her in death. She
departed this life after a long illness on Thursday, February 9th, 1961, at
approximately 7:50 A. M., making her stay on earth 72 years, 1 month and 8 days. She was married to Ben Harrison Potter on January 11, 1906. To this union was
born 12 children (5 sons and 7 daughters) They are as follows: Prentice, who
died in infancy, Harrison, Garfield, Johnnie, and Marvin; Sarah Jane Rose,
Linchie Testerman, Dixie Willis, Dessie Labord, Georgia Elkins, Bobby Maynard
and Joan Ray. Besides her husband and children to mourn her loss, she leaves 39
grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, 5 brothers, George, Jasper, Prentice,
John and Victor and 1 sister, Maudie Bentley and a host of friends. Her husband, Ben Harrison, joined the Old Regular Baptist Church on December
26th, 1960, shortly thereafter, on January 1st, 1961, she joined the Old Regular
Baptist Church and she asked him to wait and be baptized with her, but because
of her illness she was unable to be baptized. She was happy that she and her
husband was able to set a good example for her children. She bore her sickness with patience and always gave advice and council to her
family. Just before her departure of this life she told her children and friends
to meet her in heaven. This she felt was the most precious thought that she
could leave them. On her death bed she made up beautiful songs about her beloved
and devoted husband and children and sang them. She was given the tenderest care
by those who loved her. What is written here will soon be forgotten but the sweet memories of her
will linger in our hearts forever. Gone is the face we loved so dear, silent is
the voice we loved to hear, to far away from voice or speech, but not to far
away from our thoughts to reach. Memory is one gift of God that death can not
destroy. She was loved by everyone who knew her and she will be missed by all, but we
feel that our loss is Heaven's Gain.
Written by her broken hearted family
POTTER, DIXIE -Born March 3, 1894. She was sixty-six years, eight months and ten days when
she passed away on November 13, 1960. In 1907 she married Richard Potter and to
this union was born six children, two preceded her in death, four are yet
living: Mrs. Reni Wiley Castlewood Va. Mr. Beldon Potter Ash Camp Ky. Mr. Victor
Potter St. Paul Va. Mrs. Fronia Newberry Big Stone Gap Va. She has five sisters:
Mrs. Virgie Robinson Tucson Arizona, Mrs. Alfa Blair Pikeville Ky. Mrs. Hulda
Senter Elkhorn City Ky. Mrs. Grasie Hopkins Greasy Creek Ky. Mrs. Pearl
Lauderblack Iager West Va. Two brothers: Albert Bartley Pikeville Ky. Mr.
Webster Bartley Mt. Gealiead Ohio. In October 1908 at the age of fifteen she
joined the Sweet Home Church on Elkhorn Creek and was baptized by Elder D. C.
Church. On April 4, 1949, she was dismissed from the Sweet Home Church by letter
and laid it in the Mt. Olive Church in Virginia where she lived until death.
Written by her sister Hulda
POTTER, FLOYD -He was born January 11th, 1884, departed this life, Dec. 7, 1960. He told me and Martha Vanhoose when he left this world he wanted to meet his good people that was gone to a better world. He talked and cried many nights, I have heard him pray, he prayed the night he died. He didn't belong to any church, but always went to Bethel Church. Written by his Wife, Martha Jane Potter
A precious one from one has gone
A voice we love is still
A place is vacant in this home
That can never be filled.
POTTER, LIZZI -Mother was born. near Elkhorn City, Kentucky, October 16,
1882. She was the daughter of Jim and Rhoda Mullins Branham. She spent her life
in the vicinity of Elkhorn City. and Elkhorn Creek. She departed this life July
19, 1960. Mother never attached herself to any church, but she was a
strong believer in the Regular Baptist. Her last words here on earth gave me the
assurance that she is resting in the hands of Jesus. While laying on her death
bed in the hospital, she raised her hands toward Heaven and said, "Bless the
Lord I'm going home." She was the mother of thirteen children, two of which preceded
her in death. She had a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss, but we
feel that our loss is Heaven's gain.
Written by her daughter, Bitha Damron
RAKES, BELDON RAKES and VIRGIE MULLINS -It is with much sadness and a deep aching heart that I now try to write
the obituary of my dear loving father Beldon Rakes. He was born February 5, 1900 and deceased this life Oct. 9, 1960, making his
stay here on earth 60 years, 8 months and 4 days. He was the son of F. C. Rakes
and Sarah Jane Rakes, who preceded him in death many years ago. He was married to Virgie Mullins July 19, 1923, and to this union were born 9
children, four boys and five girls. Furl Rakes, Furn Rakes, Faye Farmer, G. C.
Rakes, Everett Rakes, Rosemary McKenzie, Eva Mae Keith, Bobby Joe Rakes, and
Shirley Dean DePriest. Three of the children have preceded him in death. He
joined the Old Regular Baptist Church in 1937 and lived a true and faithful
member until death. He was strong in the faith of the Lord; so many time after
he turned over in the bed at night, I have heard him pray for the Good Lord to
have mercy on his children and his many many pains. He bore his sickness with
much patients, and loved for everyone to come and see him. He told some of the
Brothers in the Church that he starving to death to hear some good preaching and
singing. He was bedfast for two years with a stroke and was paralyzed in his
whole left side, but I believe our blessed Father did his suffering here on
earth and where he is going, there will be no more strokes or heart attacks, but
with sorrowful hearts we will miss our Daddy and I want to say to the other
children, if we ever expect to meet Daddy and Mother we will have to live liked
they did. His life was a monument to his family and all that know him. He loved
and highly respected by everyone. Besides his children he left seven brothers
and one sister and a numerous host of brothers and sisters in the Lord. I could go on
writing but words cannot express what a good Daddy we had and
the many good things he said. Since his death we have lost our Mother and one of
his brothers which has left our hearts so full of sorrow that words cannot tell. With a sad and aching heart I will try to write the obituary of our loving
Mother, Virgie Rakes. She was the daughter of Alex and Hulda Mullins. She was
born Sept. 22, 1903, and deceased this life March 12, 1960. Making her stay here
on earth 57 years 6 months and 20 days. She was married to Beldon Rakes on July
19, 1923. To this union was borned 9 children, of which three have preceded her
in death. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 1960, which was 5 months
and 3 days between Daddy and Mothers death. She left to mourn her 2 boys, G. C.
Rakes of Oscoda, Mich. and Bobby Joe Rakes of Fort Knox, Ky., four daughters,
Faye Farmer near the home, Rosemary McKenzie, Eva Mae Keith of Clintwood and
Shirley Dean DePriest of Hampton, Va., Seven grandchildren, six sisters and one
brother and a host of friends and Brothers and Sisters in Christ to mourn her
loss. She professed a hope in Christ and joined the Old Regular Baptist. Church
in 1937 and lived a faithful member until death. To know her was to love her.
She left a never dying light to her children and to her neighbors. She had that
terrible disease with cancer. She was operated on for cancer and had one of her
breasts removed over four years before her death but never did give up until
after Dads death. She was the best wife and Mother that ever could be. She was
so good to Daddy while he was bedfast two years before his death. She missed him
so much and talked about him and begged for him as long as she lived, not
knowing what she was saying. She told me one day that she knew she had to die,
but that there wasn't anything in her way. She told so many things she wanted
done and hugged and kissed everyone on the place before she got so low. After
she had told most everything she wanted to, she called me to her bedside and
said there was one more thing, I asked her what it was, she said I want you to
finish your Daddy's obituary. I asked her what she wanted wrote, she said the one
they had for the funeral was alright but add some more to it, his life and the
way he lived it, then she said, there will be another one to write; there has
been enough happened this winter to fill a whole page, so with Gods help, I am
filling her request. As long as she lived and could talk she prayed for us
children and advised us how to live. She bore her sickness with great patients.
I hope and pray on the resurrection morning I can meet Mother and Daddy and she
won't have on that terrible old cast and Daddy won't be paralyzed but will both
have on white robes and be Angels in Heaven. We feel that our loss is Heavens
gain, although our hearts are empty for them. We miss them so much. We will
never be happy again, but want to strive for that heavenly home that I feel with
all my heart that they went too.
Written by a broken hearted daughter Fay Farmer
RATLIFF, SR. , L. D. -Funeral services for L. D. Ratliff, Sr., 59, of the South Mayo Trail, coal operator and garage owner, were scheduled at 10 o'clock this morning at his home. The Rev. Marion Hall and others were to officiate. Burial was to follow to the Sowards Cemetery at Shelbiana under direction of the Justice Funeral Home. Ratliff, owner and operator of the L. D. Ratliff & Sons Garage on the South Mayo Trail, died about 8:45 p.m. Monday at his home after a heart attack. He was born in Pike County, and was a son of Robert H. Ratliff and Victoria (Gibson) Ratliff. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mellia Ratliff; three sons, D. C. Ratliff, of Lookout; L. D. Ratliff, Jr., of Route 2 Pikeville, and Paul C. Ratliff, of Pikeville; two daughters, Mrs. Verda Slone, of South Carolina, and Mrs. Edith Strickland of Norfolk, Va.; three stepdaughters, Inice Fuller, of Route 2, Pikeville; Mrs. Theda Coleman, of Dayton, O., and Mrs. Iva Tyner, of Jacksonville, Fla.; four brothers, J. J. and Palmer Ratliff, both of Lookout, and Andy Ratliff, of Youngstown, O., and Otis Ratliff of Harlan, and four sisters, Mrs. Alma France, of Penny; Mrs. Liza Jane Eplins, of Lookout; Mrs. Mary Ruth Bartley, of Elkhorn City and Mrs. Melster Little, of Big Branch.
RATLIFF, VICTORIA GIBSON -I will try to write an obituary of our dear mother, Victoria
Gibson Ratliff. She was born December 28, 1874. Died, October 9, 1960 making her
stay on earth 85 years 9 months and 9 days old. She professed a hope in Christ and joined Pine Grove Church in
April 1923 and was faithful until death came and took her away. But we feel our
loss was her eternal gain. Victoria was a kind mother to all who knew her and always let
her light shine before all man kind that they might see her good works and
glorify our father who art in heaven. Sister Victoria is survived by a host of friends and relatives
to mourn her loss. She is survived by 8 children still living. James Harson
Ratliff, Lookout, Ky. Palmer Ratliff, Lookout, Ky., Andy Ratliff, Youngstown,
Ohio, Otis Ratliff, Harlan County, Ky.; Melster Little, Big Branch, Ky, Mary
Ruth Bartley, Elkhorn City, Ky., Liza Jane Eaklin, Lookout, Ky., and Alma
French, Piney, Ky. 3 sisters still living Mary Jane Childers, Lookout, Ky.,
Marrie Nucam, Lookout, Ky., and Imey Ramey, Lookout, Ky.; also a host of grand
children. Sister Victoria had to give up a loving husband old Bro. Robert
Ratliff, who preceded her in death and she also had one son that deceased this
life just after mother died, L. D. Ratliff of Pikeville who died praying and we
hope he went on to that better world and also Victoria saw one son join the old
Elkhorn Church before mother passed away and we hope all the rest of her
children will take Fathers and Mothers council and repent and get right with the
Lord and meet Father over there where there will be no separation.
Written by the Family.
-It is now with a sad and aching heart that I attempt to write this obituary of
my loving companion. Born Dec. 19, 1910. Deceased March 9, 1961. Making her stay
on earth 50 years, 2 months, and 18 days. She was the daughter of Eliga and Mary
Jane Wright. She was married to Edward Rose, August 17, 1928, and to this union
were born 15 children, 8 boys and 7 girls and only five married. She was a real
mother to her children and a devoted wife. She met everybody with a smile and
was willing to do anything she could to help any one. She joined the Regular Baptist Church in January and was baptized the second
Sunday in January. She sure did get happy and told a wonderful experience of
grace. She died with that dreadful cancer, and she bore her sickness like old
Jobe of Old. There are plenty I could write, but due to the space to be put in
the minutes. But one more word or two, I want to say to the unsaved children, "If you ever
expect to see Mother again, fall out with sin and close in with the free and
offered mercies of God and May God bless all my children.
Written by her Sister-in-law and husband Vina Whitaker and Ed Rose
ROSE, BROTHER HENDERSON-With a sad and aching heart that we try to write an obituary of our beloved
husband and father, Henderson Rose, he was borned June 11, 1882. And departed
this life Oct. 28, 1960 making his stay here on earth 78 years 4 months and 17
days. He was married to Arminda Childers February 23rd 1905, and to this union was
borned 12 children 9 boys and 3 girls, one son Dudley Rose preceded him in
death, he leaves to mourn his death his faithful companion, Arminda Rose, 11
children, Walker Rose, Dorton, Ky. Fletcher Rose, and Bill Rose, RT2, Pikeville,
Ky. Buster Rose, Bevin Rose and Noah Rose, all of Shelby Gap, Ky. and Basil Rose
of Detroit, Michigan. and Henderson Rose Jr. also of Shelby Gap, Ky. Mrs. Lurley
Johnson and Mrs. Luema Johnson, both of Burdine, Ky. and Marie Kelley, Shelby
Gap, Ky. He had 65 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren, and also a host of
friends to mourn his loss. He joined the Old Regular Baptist Church at Hylton, Ky. in Oct. the 2nd Sat.
and Sun. 1955, and lived a faithful member until death. We believe he is gone to
a better home, and we hope to meet him in the resurrection morning.
Written by his faithful wife and children
ROSE, IRA P. -It is with a sad and aching heart, I try to write an obituary of my dear
brother, Ira P. Rose. He was the son of Elder H. N. Rose and Mary D. Rose. He
was born November 6, 1913 deceased this life July 3, 1961, making his stay on
earth 47 years, 7 months and 3 days. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Kingsford
Heights, Indiana. He had
many many friends around his home. He was respected and loved by all his friends
around his home and by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and three children by
his last wife and two children by a former marriage. The three children by his
last wife are Betty Jo, Terry Lee and Rita K. Two children by his first wife are
Irene Tapscott and Freddie Rose. He was the first one of the family to pass away, but by the grace of God I
hope to meet him again beyond this vale of tears, I would love to say to the
brothers that have not made their peace calling and election sure if you ever
expect to see Ira again you will have to come down at the feet of Jesus and be
born again. He has four brothers left in this old troublesome world and two sisters,
Elder John C. Rose, S. P. Rose, Swinfield Rose, and Maston Rose. Mrs. Lottie
McCoy and Mrs. Willard Mullins. I would love to say here to all the family and his brothers and sisters, he
passed out in the hands of a true and just God. He told me about a year ago he
felt like he had been called to preach and follow in his daddy's foot steps and
in his last dying moments he was saying Lord, Lord. He was just calling on God
and just closed his eyes and went to sleep. I believe his sleep is a peaceful
one in the paradise of God, awaiting the redemption of this body we are placing
in the grave here today. I stood by his bed side and was able to administer his last request. His last
word to me was GIVE ME A DRINK of water. I thank my God I was able to administer
that request. We loved him, yes we loved him but Angels loved him more and came and called
him to yonder shinning shore.
Written by his oldest brother, Elder John C. Rose
ROSE, JEFF EDGAR -Jeff Edgar Rose was doubtless personally known by all that are
here having lived the greater portion of the 71 years of his life in this
community. His passing brings unusual sadness to this home, this community and
this section. He will be remembered as a kindly man, very industrious, and
generous beyond his means. He was always helpful to anyone in trouble and
willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and friends. All of us who have
had the good privilege of knowing him have been indeed blessed by this
association. He has had his problems and his share of troubles in life. Jeff was born on April 26, 1889 and passed on to the other side
at 6:00 A. M. April 4, 1961. He has been married 50 years and affiliated with
the church for 6 years. He is survived by his wife, Lula Rose, two daughters, Mrs. Pearl
McCowan, and Mrs. Opal Ball, five sons, Hardaway, J. C., Woodrow, Verna and
Orbin, three sisters, Mrs. Missouri Ball, Mrs. Bell Buchanan, and Mrs. Ethel
Collias, two brothers, Temus Rose and Fritz Rose, 28 grandchildren and 10 great
grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors to
mourn his loss. Rest in peace, Father, you have done your best to help us, and
we will always hold your memory in reverence and grateful thanks.
Written by the Family Read at the Funeral by Elder John C. Rose
ROSE, JIM -Jim Rose was born March 13, 1895 deceased this life March 5,
1961 making his stay here on earth 65 years, 11 months and 22 days. He was the son of Frank and Emaline Arrington Rose. He was
married to Sarah Mullins and to this union were born eight children. Six boys
Linden, Henry, Nerman, Stanford, Leon and Rush; All living except Henry. Two
girls Vivian and Leanzy. Brother Jim joined the Rose Hill Church of Old Regular
Baptist May 21, 1950. He was a faithful member until death. He attended his
meeting time regularly as long as he could go. He was strong believer in the Old
Baptist Church. He was always glad to see his brothers and sisters come to his
home. His doors were always open to everyone that would come. He leaves to mourn
his loss his family, five brothers Albert, Lonza, George, Brice and Avon. Two
sisters Vernie and Nannie, a host of other relatives and friends. His wife has lost a good husband. His children has lost a good
father. The church has lost a good faithful member. The community has lost a
good neighbor. We hope our loss is Heaven's gain. The family carried out his
request concerning his funeral arrangements. His funeral will be preached the
second Saturday and Sunday in June 1962 at Rose Hill Church. The Ministers
called in the funeral are: Shade Standifer, Bert Nowlin, Dewy Cantrell and
This obituary written by a Brother in hope and assisted by the family. S. W. Childress
ROSE Jr , L. C. -In much weakness and unworthy feelings. We try to write and
obituary of our dear son, L. C. Rose Jr. He was borned Sept. 21st 1938 and
Deceased this life August 22nd, 1960, making his stay here on earth 21 yr. 11
mos. 1day. He is the son of L. C. and Dassie Rose. He leaves to mourn his
passing four brothers Douglas, Wendell, Gary and Hugh. Four Sisters, Geneva,
Dobbs, Washington D. C. Sarah, Linda, and Vickie Ann, Father and Mother all of
Clintwood, Va. A host of neighbors and friends. He was a nice young man and
loved by all who knew him. He was killed in a car wreck in Baltimore Md. He is
in the hands of a just God that will do all men right. It is so hard for us to
give him up but God knows best but we hope our loss is Heavens gain. We want to
thank our friends that has been so good to us in this hour of trouble. He attended grade school at Large school on big Ridge, Finished
High School at Ervington Hi and graduated in 1956. Then he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in June 1956 and served
almost two years. He was honorably discharged in Feb. 1958. He carried the mail on R. F. D. 3. for 1 year and 1 month, then
he went to Alexandria, Va. and went to work for the Washington Engineering Corp.
as a tech. He came home often to see his family and friends, every one that
knew him loved him. He was loved by young and old. He was so dear to all of us. We can never speak of all the
goodness of him. To know him was to love him.
Written by his Father and Mother and assisted by Elder John M. Dotson
ROWE, LILA -It now becomes my sad duty to write the obituary of mother, Lila Rowe.
She was the daughter of Charlie Gibson and Elizabeth Stiltner Gibson. She was a
member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for about 35 years. Mother was born in Pike County, Kentucky on the 10th of September, 1883, she
departed this life March 11, 1960, making her stay on this earth 77 years 6
months and one day. She was married to Lilburn Rowe when she was about 17 years old and to this
union was born 10 children, five of which preceded her in death leaving five to
mourn her loss. She also left two sisters, one of which passed away this summer, leaving Lula
Colman. When mommy left this world she left five lonely children, 21
grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Mommy was sick about two years but most of the time she would fill her seat
at Pinegrove Church. I don't have to tell how mommy lived, the members of the
church knew she lived for the Lord. I believe she went to a better place for I have dreamed of
mommy so many
times and she is always wearing a white gown and I know that she is happy for
she is always smiling.
Written by her lonesome daughter, Mrs. Esta Robinson
I hated to lose my mother
But I knew she had to go.
When the ground was white with snow.
The good master called her
SENTERS, SISTER DELL -It is with a sad and lonely heart that I try to write this obituary of my
dear mother. She was the daughter of Floyd and Margarette (Vance) May, was
borned Sept. 2, 1883 deceased this life May 19, 1961 making her stay on this
earth 77 years, 9 months and 17 days. In the year of 1901 she was married to the
late Henry Senters, who preceded her in death. To this union was borned 5
children, 4 boys and 1 girl: Paris Senters of Rt. 1, Elkhorn City, Don Senters
Rt. 1 Elkhorn City, Mrs. Vesta Compton of Draffin, Ky., Freelin and Marvin
Senters preceded her in death; she leaves 3 brothers and 4 sisters: T. J. May;
G. W. May and W. H. May; Sarah Elswick; Dollie Clevinger; Eliza Lee and Melster
Owens. 22 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. In the year of 1912 she
joined the Old Regular Baptist Church and was baptized by Elder J. R. Belcher
and was a faithful attender, as long as she was able to go. Mother was sick for several years and done lots of suffering here on this
earth, but done it with patience. She told Vesta and I the night before she
died, she wanted die at home and that she was ready to go. About 12:o'clock
Friday night Vesta and Hazel was holding her up in bed, she said lay me down and
in a short time the pale horse and his rider came by and I honestly believe he
said, come and take a sleep, until that great morning of the resurrection when
all of God's children will be caught up in the air, to go home and live with him
for ever and ever. I feel sure Mother's soul is resting in the paradise of God, and the, good
Lord will call this mortal body from the dust of the earth one of these days and
give her a most glorious body liken unto his own, and she will go shouting home
to heaven, and will forever be with the Lord. I want to say in closing that
mother is gone, will never return on earth to us, but by the grace of God, we
all can go to her in that happy home around God's White Throne, where there will
be no more sad farewells or separations.
Written by her broken hearted son, Don Senters
SHORTT, VIOLA MAE-It is with a sad, lonely and unworthy feeling that I'll try to attempt to write the obituary of my dear wife and companion, Viola Shortt. She was the daughter of Dave Dotson and Roalice Bolling Dotson. She was born January 30, 1890 and departed this life July 30, 1961, making her stay on earth 71 years and 6 months. She was married to Joe Henry Shortt June 29, 1909. We had three children, Mrs. Flossie E. Countess, Pound, Va. R. 1; Berlin Shortt, Pound, Va. R. 1; and Mrs. Pauline 0. Williams, Eau Gallie, Fla. So we had two girls and one boy, eight grand children and three great grand children. Her brothers and sisters are: Mrs. Earl Wheatley, Carson Dotson, Cossie Dotson, Webster Dotson, and Claude Dotson. Half brothers and half sisters are: Harry Dotson, Mrs. Billie Addington, and Mrs. Noel Fleming. She joined the Old Regular Baptist church at Mt. Zion in the year of 1935, but professed a hope a good while before she joined the church. They took her body to Mt. Zion Church house and had her funeral, and she was laid to rest in the church cemetery. She is greatly missed by us all. I thought awhile I just couldn't stand it, but have to do the best I can. She was such a good girl. I also think she was among the best of women. She didn't like to see little children mistreated. She and I were together most of our married lives, and for the last years not away from each other but very little. She attended church regularly when she was able, and gave the church no trouble at all. I intend to strive to meet her in the Glory Land, where Parting will be no more; and hope my children and grandchildren will do the same.
A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
Too far away for voice or speech,
But not too far away for our thoughts to reach.
Written by her lonely husband, Joe H. Shortt
STALLARD, JOHN REUBEN-It is with much unworthy feeling that I attempt to write an
obituary of my dear father, but with the help of God I feel that I can do
anything. My father, John R. Stallard, was born December 27, 1882 and died
October 24, 1960 making his stay here on earth 77 years, 9 months and 24 days.
He was the son of Joseph H. Stallard and Dianah Bolling. He was married to Emma
Standifer and to this union was born 9 boys and three girls. Mamma and the
second oldest boy has preceded him in death. I believe Dad accepted Christ as his Savior a long time ago, for
the things he once did he did no more. The Bible tells us that by their fruits
you shall know them and I know Dad's fruits bore this out. He filled a seat
almost every Saturday and Sunday somewhere in the Old Regular Baptist Church
house. He loved little children as well as anyone I ever saw and He and
Mamma took care of feeding the preaching Brethren and churchgoers every time
they had a chance. Dad delighted in having the preachers come to his home and
enjoyed discussing the Bible with them. One of Dad's sisters asked him a few years ago how he felt
concerning his soul and he replied that he thought all was well with him. Besides eleven children, Dad leaves 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 39
grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors to
mourn his loss. Dad must have counseled his children wisely concerning God's
promises for most of them have accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Now I would say to those who have not found Christ to be their
Savior that if they ever expect to see Dad again they had better get ready to go
when Jesus calls for you.
By his son: Ivory
-It is with much sadness that we try to write an obituary of our beloved
husband and father Lee Stanley. He was born May 15, 1888 and departed this life August 19, 1961. Making his
stay here on earth 73 years, 3 months and four days. He married Lottie McCoy and
to this union were born seven (7) children 4 boys, Morgan, Dock, Lansing and
Emerson who preceded him in death three girls Buford Tate, Georgian Arms and
Hattie Phillips, also a step son Beldon Vance. Several years after Lottie died he was married to Lucy Smith Rakes and to
this union were born two sons Carter and Ralph Stanley. In later years he was
married to Della Meade and to this union was born one son Freddie Lee. He left behind to mourn his loss a wife and the above mentioned children, two
brothers Jim and Tenny and one sister Mrs. Milurn Cantrell and a host of other
friends and relatives. He was a devoted husband, loving father and a highly respected citizen. He left a hope for a home in a better world and told his children he was
going home and ask the children to come and go with him and we feel that our
loss is heavens gain: Children if you ever expect to see Daddy again you must prepare to meet him
Written by H. E. McCoy and the family
STANLEY, LOVE -It is with a sad heart that we will now try to write a short obituary of our
dear old father Love Stanley. He was born Aug. 4th, about the year of 1876, the
exact date we do not have but the best that we can get his was the date of his
birth and he deceased this life June 11, 1959, being about 92 years old. He was
married to Martha Jane Perrigan who preceded him in death some 42 years ago and
unto this union was borned 7 children of which two of them died in Infancy, but
was blessed to raise one boy 4 girls, the only boy Milton was murdered his life
was take unknown, June 2nd, 1955. He leaves by his first marriage to wit. Alice
Torney Alphia Viers, Inez Turner and Marshall. About 4 years later Daddy was
married the second time to Nona Smith, and unto them was born 4 children, 2 boys
and 2 girls, leaving to morn the loss of father his second wife Nona and 8
children and a host of grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was a
member of the Turner Church, and had been for over 50 years. I believe with all
my heart that daddy is now resting from all his labors I believe that the Lord
warned me of my fathers death, and I went to him the night before he died and I
seen that the cold hand of death was prying on his frail body, and I called Inez
my sister and she came as quick as she could, and he was so humble in his last
days he looked as humble as a little Lamb. We did all that we could for him and
the Lord being so full of mercy I believe with all my heart that his soul is at
rest and he has gone from a world of trouble to ever lasting peace where sorrow
sickness and heart ache will never come. I know that his home is lonesome for
Nona our step mother, and to all the children I just want to say that I believe
that if you ever see daddy again if you haven't you will half to make peace with
God and be Born again and then he will comfort you in your lonesome hours may
God bless you all.
Written by his two daughters, Alphia Viers and Inez Turner
STILTNER, DEANA -It is with a sad and broken heart that I try to write a short obituary of my
grand daughter, Deana Stiltner. Born February 18, 1960, died March 1, 1961,
making her stay here on earth 1 year one month. It was the first day of March
when God called for her and took her away and now I feel like he needed her to
make the flower in his white throne. We hated to give her up oh so bad but I
believe on that resurrection morning we will meet and sing the praises around
that white throne where we can enjoy the sun shine forever more. Just sleep on
little Deana till that great day and my hope in my breast I believe we will meet
where we won't have to die any more. Where we will live in joy and peace.
Written by her grandfather and grandmother, Ellis and Hazel Stiltner and mother Verna.
SYKES, BRICE-It is with a sad and aching heart that I will try by the help of the Lord to
write a short obituary of my father Brice Sykes. He was
born October 15, 1876 and deceased this
life July 1961 being 84 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. He was married to Cora Jane Wright in 1895 and to this union were born 14
children, namely Christy Sykes, E. M. Sykes, L. M. Sykes, J. L. Sykes, H. E.
Sykes, J. E. Sykes, Fred Sykes, L. M. Sykes, R. G. Sykes, Clarence Sykes, Glynn
Sykes, C. B. Sykes, Roxie Sykes. Sister Cora Jane and 6 sons preceded him in
death leaving 8 children, 55 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren, two sisters,
Nonnie Kerr Dotson and Nervie Strouth and a host of friends to mourn his loss,
but we feel that our loss is Heavens gain. We feel dad has gone to meet the rest of the family in that beautiful home in
heaven. He professed a hope in Christ 30 years ago and lived a faithful member
until death. He was ordained as a deacon of the Turner Church and served his
deaconship faithful until death. He was loved by all who knew him. Little children would hug his neck and call
him Uncle Brice. He and sister Cora Jane to see his brothers and sisters and
friends come to see them. We feel his soul is at rest under the alter of God waiting for the Lord to
call and he will answer and get up out of his grave to meet the one that loved
and saved him and go riding on that cloud home to ever be with the family of
God. So dear children and grandchildren if you ever expect to see dear daddy again
you must pray to the Lord for his mercy. He is gone from us and can't come back,
but by the Grace of God we can go to him and mother.
Written by the Family
-It is with a sad and aching heart that I attempt to write the obituary of my
beloved husband Grady Sykes, he was borned July 18th 1904. Departed this life
May 11th 1961. Making his 56 years 9 months and 24 days when he deceased this
life. I took him to the hospital, I done all I could for him but he didn't live
long, he died at 8:30 that night, He wont have to use that Oxygen up there, I
hope he has gone to rest. He was the son of Lewis Sykes and Malinda Baker Sykes.
He was married to Verna Potter August 17th 1928. To this union was borned one
son who preceded him in death. He leaves three brothers and three sisters to
mourn his loss, also a host of brothers and sisters in Christ, and many friends
and neighbors. He professed a hope in Christ and joined the Sulphur Spring Church of the Old
Regular Baptist, June 15th. And lived a faithful life until death. He was down
in bed so long he always wanted his brothers and sisters in Christ come in to
see him and have Church and pray with him, God bless his sweet soul you don't
know how lonesome it is here without him. He leaves a son by former marriage,
and one grand daughter. I am living in hope of meeting Grady again.
Written by his broken hearted wife, Verna P. Sykes
SYKES, LEVIS -t is with a sad and aching heart that I try to write an obituary of my dearly departed husband, Levis Sykes. He was the son of Harve and Martha Hill Sykes. He was borned September 23, 1886, died January 24, 1961, being 74 years, 4 months, and 1 day of age. He was married to Dixie Bell Wallace and to this union 10 children was borned, 4 boys and 6 girls. Russel and Essie preceded him in death. Levi joined the Old Regular Baptist Church at Sweet Home in 1954, and lived a faithful life until the end. He told me several times, that only thing that he dreaded about dying was leaving me and the children. We have lost the dearest friend we ever had, but we feel that our loss is heaven's gain. I would say to the children if you want to see Daddy again you will have to repent and be borned again. We miss him very much but we wouldn't call him back again if we could, for we feel that his soul is resting under the altar of God just waiting for the resurrection to come. He loved to have his brothers of the church come in and talk with him. Many times he has had me to call Bro. Clardia Sanders and have him to stop by and talk with him. He loved to hear Bro. Issac Sanders, Bro. Shade Standifer, Bro. F. K. Bartley and Bro. Clarida Sanders preach. His last request before he died was to have these four to take a hand in his funeral. He had been sick for 11 years, but he bored his sickness with no pain. We would beg him go to the hospital but he said that he didn't have too much longer to stay here on this earth and that he wanted to stay with the children as long as he could. His funeral will be preached the 4th Saturday and Sunday in September 1962, at the Sweet Home Church.
Think of him faring on as dear
In the love of there and the love of here
Think of him still as the name I say
He is not dead he is just away.
Written by his wife Dixie Sykes
TAYLOR, THOMAS J.-Tom Taylor was born January 4, 1899, and died August 7, 1961. Making his stay on earth 62 years, 6 months and three days. He was the son of Henry and Nannie Taylor, who preceded him in death. He was married to Hannah Rose, April 24, 1943. To this union was born 4 children; two boys, Thomas Henry Taylor, who died in infancy and Jerry Mack Taylor, age 15 years. Two girls, Judy Taylor, age 13 years and Brenda C. Taylor, age 7 years. He is survived by 4 brothers, Jerry Taylor, Minneola, Florida; Jess Taylor, Bellbrook, Ohio; John Taylor, Norfolk, Va.; and Bob Taylor, Dayton, Ohio; four sisters: Alice Cooper, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sallie Bair, Mena, Arkansas; Minnie Blackburn, Lawshe, Ohio; and Lula Wisecup, Cincinnati, Ohio, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He told me not to worry about him that he was all right.
Farewell, Mother and Children, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn,
We shall meet to part, no never,
On that Resurrection Morn.
Written by His wife, Hannah Taylor and Arvil Kiser
THACKER, COBB THACKER and PRICY -It is with much sadness of heart and of tender and lonesome feeling I attempt
to write an obituary, of two humble and faithful soldiers of the good lord. Brother Richard Cobb Thacker and Sister Pricy Thacker, who have lived such a
humble and highly praised life here on earth. God's foot stool their life was such bright and shining pattern for anyone to
follow. Brother Cobb Thacker lived a humble and peaceful life for many many years but
did not join the blessed old church until the first Sunday in April 1959. Sister Pricy Thacker joined the church when she was a very young woman. Her
daughter tells me she was a member for about 64 years. She lived so humble and
gave such good advice to her children and to her neighbors. It will long be
living in our hearts. Brother Cobb Thacker was born September 9 and deceased this life May 19,
1961. Sister Pricy Robinson Thacker was born February 22, 1880 and deceased this
life January 15, 1961. Brother Cobb had a dream in their early married life, they would both go
together so you can see how near they came going together. Brother Cobb and Sister Pricy had 15 children, 9 living and 6 deceased.
Living children are Sister Lona Fleming, Virgie, Kentucky; Paris Thacker,
Virgie, Kentucky; Estil Thacker; Sister Lizzie Kenney, Shelbina, Kentucky;
Roland Thacker, Shelbina, Ky.; Troy Thacker, Mobile, Alabama; Harland Thacker,
Bay City, Michigan; Sister Fern Kinney; Shelbina, Ky.; and Buster Thacker,
Louisville, Kentucky. Deceased are Jimmie, Harrison, Ida, Pearl, Rans and Flora.
40 grandchildren and 67 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Sister Pricy has 1 living sister, Pearl Damron and 1 brother Jimmy Robinson. Brother Cobb Thacker's family all deceased. I wish to say to the Greasy Creek Church you have given up two wonderful
members. And to their children you have given up the dearest friends you will
ever have on earth. To Sister Lona, Sister Fern, and Sister Lizzie you have nothing to worry
about but the presents of Father and Mother. Their voice be quit and still which
in this life can never be filled. But the scriptures tells you to not weep as
those who have no hope. Sister Fern you can never loose your reward for the many hours you stood by
Father and Mother with such tender hands. To the other children if you ever
expect to meet Father and Mother again you will have, to repent and be born
again while living here. Please don't let such good advice pass you by and in
eternity have to cry but be like Mother. I sat by so many times heard her say Dear Lord come and get me I have been
here in this worry some world too long. I cannot afford to write all I feel in my heart of Brother Cobb and Sister
Pricy but by closing saying with tears of joy I deeply feel I'll meet you again.
Written by a Brother I hope, Tommie Adkins
THACKER, LONA- It is with a lonely feeling that we try to write an obituary of our dear
sister Lona Thacker. She was born September 16, 1903, deceased this life
September 26, 1960 making her stay on earth 57 years and 10 days. She was the daughter of Jonah Thacker and Rosana Spears Thacker. She was
taken with the dreadful disease, arthritis which left her not able to care for
herself. Her father and mother both died in 1938. I, her sister, Mrs. Mont
Coleman feel by the help of the good Lord I was able to give her a home and care
for her. She has one more sister, Jessie Thacker, who would come to see her
often as she could. She always loved to see her come. She joined the Regular Baptist Church in 1947 baptized by Elder Shade
Standifur and F. K. Bartley. She had her membership at the Cedar Grove Church
she loved to go to church as long as she able.
Written by her sisters, Jessie Thacker and Mrs. Mont Coleman
VANOVER, RALPH BOOTEN -It is with a sad and unworthy feeling that I will try to write an obituary of
my dear husband, Ralph Booten Vanover. He was born March 14, 1896 departed this
life May 21, 1961 at the age of 65 years 2 months and 7 days. He was the son of
Will Vanover and Polly Stanley Vanover. He spent all his life Pike County. He
was married to Louisa Kelley in 1913 and they lived together until his death and
to this union were born 2 children, one boy and a girl, they passed on when they
were infants. He was sick for a long time and then the doctor told us that he
had cancer and then he went to the hospital in Huntington, W. Va. and had an
operation and they moved him to Cincinnati, Ohio, he had a very serious
operation, they isolated him to his ward for quite a while and he wrote me a
letter that he had found JESUS that he had saved his soul and I was so happy,
then just a, short time after that the doctor said I could bring him home and so
I did. I took care of him a year at home and I never saw no humbler person than
he was. The oldest boy took care of him at night. I lay with my head at the head of
his bed and could hear him praying, I would ask him if he wanted anything he
would say no, I am just talking to the Lord. I never seen anyone change so much
as he did and due to his bad condition we could never have church, we had to
work with him all the time. He didn't get to be baptized but I truly believe he
was baptized with the fire and holy ghost. I ask him when he came back from the
hospital if he really meant what he wrote me and he said, "I got saved in the
hospital, I am just waiting for the LORD'S time." He has three little boys here and I want to say to the good members of the
Bethel Church and all the Regular Baptist, "Everywhere you meet those little
boys, give them a good warm hand shake and tell them about Jesus. He has one lonely sister, I want to say to her, "Just go on the good ole way,
I believe you are a good Christian, you will see brother again. I am going back to the little boys, "You are growing up into manhood, If you
want to see Daddy again, you will have to quit the ways of the world and follow
JESUS." Also Maggie, "You sure were faithful to help and you too, will have to do the
same if you see him anymore." I could write many more beautiful things he said to me just before he died,
he opened his eyes and looked straight up and died with a smile on his face, he
had not opened his eyes for about two days. I could write many more things but I
will stop. P. S. Dear Husband, how I miss you since you went away but Jesus called you
to Heaven we knew you had to go but we are all so lonesome since you went away,
but all that we can do ourselves is just wait and pray that we will meet you
some sweet day on that beautiful shore.
Written by his Lonely Wife, Lou Vanover
VAUGHAN, LEONARD DARREL- It is with a sad and aching heart that we attempt to write an obituary of our darling son who passed away January 30, 1961. He was born June 17, 1959 making his stay on earth 1 year, 7 months, and 14 days. He had been sick most of his life and spent most of his time in the hospital. He took sick Thursday before Christmas with pneumonia and blood poison. He was in the hospital about 5 weeks this time and that was where he was when the good lord called him home to be with him. Oh! how sad it was for us when we knew that we could no longer keep him. He leaves his parents, a brother and grandparents, relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
God gave us a rose bud 19 months ago
To love and to cherish. In January of this year
He added another rose to his bouquet.
We loved you so dearly our precious one
And we want to meet you
Around Gods white throne
Darling how we miss you. But God loved you
More and called you to be with him forever more.
Written by Mother and Daddy, Junior Vaughan & Geraldine (Singleton) Vaughan & Grandparents Mr. Mrs. Vaughan & Mr. and Mrs. Jim Singleton.
WATSON, VICTORIA -It is with a sad and aching heart that I now try to write an obituary of my daughter, Victoria Watson. Born October 12, 1902 and Died August 23, 1960, making her stay here on earth 58 years, 10 months and 20 days and to this union was born 14 children and 8 grand children which some proceeded her in death. She labored hard here in this world to raise her children. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church September fourth Saturday in September 13 years ago and baptized by Brother Dave Church which she lived a good and faithful member until death. Her suffering was so great while here on earth, but on the 23rd day of August the light broke through and God called her away and I believe she is now sweetly resting with Jesus where her trouble is all over and the good Lord with his lily white hand wiped all tears away. I believe in the morning of the resurrection she will raise with all the rest of the angels where she can sing his praises and enjoy the bright sunbeams of heaven for ever more to the children if you ever expect to meet mother you will have to look to the Lord like mother did. So sleep on until that great resurrection day and there we will meet and sing his praises for ever more.
Written by her broken hearted mother, Engline Stiltner.
WEST, DIXIE- It is with a sad heart and much sorrow that we try to write an obituary of Mother and Sister in the Lord I trust. Dixie West was born on October 31, 1885 and departed from this life on April 5, 1961 being 75 years, 5 months, and 5 days old. She leaves behind a lonesome husband, Alf West, one daughter Lula (West) Smith, two grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two sisters to mourn the loss, also one stepson Laffie West. Sister Dixie joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the 4th Saturday in June 1911 and was baptized by Elder Mat Justice and lived a devoted Christian life until death. Sister Dixie was ordained Deaconess for about 48 years and for years she Prepared the Bread until she got unable. Sister Dixie was well-known by the writer for 45 years and she has proved to me as well as others that she lived according to her profession. Mother took very ill about six o'clock on Tuesday evening, she died five minutes after 12 o'clock. We believe that Angels came and conveyed her to the home she has been hoping for about 50 years. We miss her in our homes and in the Churches but we feel that while her seat is vacant here, there is a seat filled in heaven. We'll all just say sleep on until the Resurrection Morning then we hope that we'll meet again where we'll live together where there'll not be separation anymore and that forever. Written by Milton Thacker and assisted by her daughter Lula (West) Smith and Bertha West.
We loved her, yes we loved her
But Angels loved her more,
And they have gently called her
To yonder shining shores.