Minutes of the One Hundred and Seventy-First Annual Session Of

The New Salem Association

Of Old Regular Baptist of Jesus Christ

September 1996

Obituaries


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

Written by his broken-hearted wife


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

 Written by his family


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With much sadness and broken heart that we try to write an obituary of our beloved mother, Laura Akers. She was born November 13, 1912 at Grethel, Ky. She was the daughter of Solman and Mary Hamilton Akers. Later in life she met and married Carl Akers also of Grethel and to this union were born five children: Hugh Winston Akers of Grethel, KY, Janet Sue Spears of Southpoint, Ohio, Eugene, Carlos, and Lowell Keith all of Harold, Ky.. She also leaves behind two brothers Andy Akers of Jackson, Ohio, Lee Akers of Grethel, Ky., and four sisters, Sally Frasure of Flatwoods, Ky., Francis Hamilton of Ashland, Ohio, Annie Keathly of Morehead, Ky, and Vickie Martin of Benbrook, TX, and she also leaves behind nine grand children and thirteen great grand children. Laura (Mom) joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the third Sunday in August, 1968, was baptized by Elders Milford Adams and Aurther Hamilton. She took her membership at the Pilgrims Home Church were she was a faithful member until her death. There is a vacant seat at the Pilgrims Home Church, but not in our heart for this beloved sister and mother. Mom showed us how much she loved us and we know that she would want us to love and to take care of each other now that she is gone. To many friends and relatives we say to remember the word in reve

 Written by her children


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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With great love, wonderful memories, a broken heart, and with the help of our almighty God, I will try to write this precious obituary of my loving brother. Tilton was a loving husband, devoted father to both his children and grandchildren, a son to his father and mother, as well as to his father-in-law and mother-in-law, a brother to his brothers and sisters, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, an uncle to a host of nieces and nephews, a friend to those that needed a friend and above all, I do believe, a son with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ This loving son was born at Price, Kentucky, February 10, 1941 to Woodrow and Monnie Brown Dye. He died September 19, 1996, at The Veterans' Hospital in Lexington, KY, making his stay on God's footstool fifty-five years, seven months and nine days. Tilton enlisted in the United States Army the summer of 1962. After training, he was sent to Vietnam where he served with honor and received the Air Metal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Maxine Stumbo Dye, Price, KY; two daughters, Shelly Marie (Michael) Newman, Lexington, KY, Angela Renee (Kevin) Spurlock, Price, KY; his parents, Woodrow and Monnie Brown Dye, Printer, KY; brothers: Milton of Columbus, Ohio; Andy of Printer, KY; Litton (Jimmy) of Price, KY; and Ricky of Lexington, Ky; sisters: Freda Goins, Gleda Johnson and Lucy Reynolds all of Printer, KY; three grandchildren: Tilton Kyle, Trenton Michael, and Hannah Sheree, and a host of nieces and nephews. On the fourth Saturday of June 1968, at Little Nancy Church, there was rejoicing in Heaven, when Tilton and Mom gave their hands to the Church. Dad and Elder Matt Justice baptized them the next day. Sometime later Tilton felt another calling from his Lord and Savior to go preach the gospel - and was ordained as a minister on March 24, 1973. Tilton took his calling seriously and cast his lot faithfully. Later, Tilton and Mom came to be with Dad at the Pilgrim's Rest Church where he was a faithful member to the end. In closing I would like to say to Maxine, Shelly, and Angela, "If you want to see Tilton again, you can, but you will have to go the way he did and that is through Jesus Christ." I would like to say Dad, "No, you don't have Tilton to walk with you and talk to you on this side of the Jordan River, but on the other side in the Promised Land, we will see him as an Angel of God." Mom, you won't have to ask Tilton to rest now, he's at rest. May God continue to comfort us. Written by his brother, Milton Dye


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With a broken heart and many living memories, I will try to write this obituary of my dear mother, Clara Estep. Clare (Day) Estep was born May 11, 1923 in McDowell County of West Virginia. In February of 1944 she married Elmer Estep, with this union God blessed her with 10 children: Danny, Ronnie, Nancy, Shirley, Patsy, Norma (still born), Jane and Marie. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Birchie and Marie. She leaves behind to mourn her death her husband and seven children, 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 step great-grandchild, as well as family and friends. God sent a little band of angels who carried her away to a place already prepared for her where she is free from sorrow and pain. We believe she has found eternal happiness in that Heavenly home. Her loving spirit and memory will remain with us to guide us through life. She is sadly missed and thought of often. In our hearts she shall never be forgotten. Written by her loving daughter, Patsy Sparks


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With much sadness and a broken heart we will try to write an obituary of a loving husband, father and grandfather, Kendall Evans. He was born October 24, 1932 to the late John B. and Betty Howell Evans. On December 31, 1955 he married Sylvia Tackett Evans. To this union were born 4 children: Marcella Newsome of Grethel; Gary Douglas, Chris Shannon and Teresa Evans all of Craynor. We have two daughters-in-law, Verdie Mae Evans and Patricia Evans of Craynor, and one son-in-law, Burchell Newsome of Grethel. Kendall loved these three as if they were his own. We also have six grandchildren whom we love with all our hearts, one of whom preceded him in death, Burchell Newsome Jr. Remaining are Petrina and Avery Jody Newsome, Kent Dougless, Heather Dawn, and Christopher Brandon Evans. He has one sister, Hattie Howell of Craynor, and four brothers, Hatter Evans of Grethel, Jay B and Edgar Evans, both of Dayton, Ohio and Tivis Evans of Craynor, who followed him in death four months later. He was a retired construction worker, coal miner and the neighborhood carpenter. It's so hard to go on without him, I wish we could have had more time together, time just went by too fast. We just had one short month together after he took sick, the doctors and nurses didn't think he would make it three or four times. But the good Lord let us keep him a little longer. Kendall was in the hospital about three weeks the last time, and the last week he kept asking us to bring him home, he wanted to come home so bad he would say "Lets go home hon, you got the car we can just go." I asked the doctor if there was any way possible to bring him home, a few hours later the doctor let us bring him home. Kendall got to come home with us one week before God took him from us. The last spell he took he was praying and raised his arms in the air, we thought he was reaching for us, and we took hold of his arms, but I'm sure he was reaching for Jesus. Kendall was a very kind and loving man to all his family, friends and neighbors. He never saw a stranger and was willing to help anybody who needed it. We sure do miss him, it doesn't seem possible that he's gone, it seems like he's still here taking care of us. We sure do love and miss him, and I hope that the Lord finds a few odd jobs to keep him busy until we see him again. Written by his loving wife and family


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With much sadness and a broken heart we will try to write an obituary of our Uncle Tivis. He was a loving husband, father, and also a friend to all he met. Tivis was born March 23, 1946 to the late John B. and Betty Howell Evans. He passed from this earth on April 7, 1996 making his stay here 50 years and 15 days. Tivis was married to Cathy Carroll Evans in 1975. To them were born three children: Tivis Darrell Evans, Virginia Ann Adkins, and Emily Jane Evans, all of Craynor, Ky. He has one sister, Hattie Howell of Craynor, and four brothers: Halter Evans of Grethel, KY; Jay B. and Edgar Evans of Dayton, Ohio; and one brother, Kendal Evans, our dad, who died four months earlier on December 3, 1995. Tivis never met a stranger, he always had a kind word to say to everyone. When you were around him he kept you laughing by making jokes, even when he was sick in the hospital he would come up with something to make you smile. Tivis had to have one of his feet taken off and he would still joke about himself to make everyone else feel better. He said one day that the nurse asked him how tall he was and he had replied, I'm 5' 5" on one side and a "foot" shorter on the other. Tivis loved music of all kinds, he would sit and listen to the radio or tapes. As often as he could, he would make tapes for all of us, from some of his favorite music. Shortly before Tivis died he was in the Prestonsburg Hospital; he said he had seen our dad lying on a bed in front of him, just watching him. Mom told Tivis that dad was still looking after him, as all his family had done before. Tivis loved all his family so much. Shortly before he passed away he spoke of his children and how he wanted them to be taken care of and to tell his family that he loved every one of us. Tivis will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. But we know he is in a better place now. He is in Heaven, he and Daddy are with Grandma and Grandpa, and they are all watching over us now. We think Tivis would want us all to remember him with laughter and not tears, because that's how he lived his life, with smiles and laughter. We sure will miss you Uncle Tivis!! Written by his loving nieces, Marcella Newsome and Teresa Evans


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On January 11, 1905 a daughter was born to the family of Harrison and Jenny Bentley Hamilton at McDowell, KY. In this loving family with very few possessions were her three sisters: Fannie, Renie, and Cecelia; and three brothers: Oscar, Charlie, and Roby. In 1924 she fell in love and married Emitt Hamilton, Sr. Unto this union were born four children: Verbal, Virgil (Bud), Bernice, and Emitt Jr. Emitt Sr. preceded her in death in 1952. She leaves four children, one sister, Cecelia (whom she loved very much), ten grandchildren (one grandson, Don Prater, preceded her in death), 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. In 1934 our mother gave her life to the Lord and was baptized in the waters of Big Mud Creek in front of the house where she lived. She took her membership to the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church at Teaberry. Years later she took her membership to Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church at McDowell where she remained a member until her death on January 1, 1996. She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for 62 years. Our mother gave her family love, wisdom, and strength. The problems of her family were never too small or too great for her to solve. After our dad died in 1952, our mother married Andy J. Mitchell. She remained with him until his death. They enjoyed going many places to church. In 1970, she married H. B. Flack. They were members of Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church. He preceded her in death in 1991. Our mother gave us love in so many ways. Her departing will leave a great void in our lives that can never be filled in this life but will be renewed in the afterlife where we will see her and have a never-ending grand reunion. Written by her four children: Emitt Jr., Bud, Bernice, Verbal


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I am writing this obituary in loving memory of my grandmother Ethel Sturgill Gibson, born March 1, 1915 departed this earth on January 31, 1993, making her stay on earth 77 years and 11 months. She was the daughter of the late R.B. Sturgill and Mariah Vance Sturgill. She was the wife of the late Albert Gibson, who preceded her in death. They had eight children: Odell, Greta, Mac, Mamie, Donald, Judy, Bobby, and the late Doris Jean, who preceded her in death. She had seven brothers: Shelby and Ellis, who preceded her in death, and the late Willis and Ervin, with three brothers living: C.B., Marvin, and Charles. She leaves a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mam Maw was a faithful member of the Steeles Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Mam Maw was a comfort and guidance to her family and friends. Written by her granddaughter, Doris Stone


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Mom was born January 4, 1909 on the Rock House Fork of Big Creek in Pike County, Kentucky, the only child of Ida Bevins Caines and Kenis H. Caines. She was a 1929 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal College. She taught school in Pike County from 1930 to 1933. A fellow teacher introduced her to her son, Thomas M. Gilbert, to whom she was married on December 20, 1931. Dad passed away October 14, 1987. Three children were born to Mexie and Tom: Thomas I. of Lorain, Ohio; John C. of Vermilion, Ohio; and Marlene Hoyarth of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida. Mom was a homemaker and substitute teacher until 1960, when she became a fulltime sewing instructor for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Lorain, where we had moved to in 1940. Mom and Dad both retired in 1976 and moved to Melbourne, Florida where they spent their "golden years." Mom enjoyed golf, bowling, cooking and sewing, but her greatest pleasure was in fellowshipping with the congregation of Myrtle Church into which she had been admitted upon giving her life over to God and being baptized on August 29, 1982. Mom returned to Ohio in 1992 and attended Little Edna Church, which was in correspondence with Myrtle Church, as often as she could. Mom departed this earth on October 12, 1995, and joined Dad at Heaven's door, from whence we all hope for glory. Survivors, in addition to her three children, include seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. We are comforted by the gospel of Matthew which says "Blessed are they that mourn," for we know that Mom freely accepted the gift of salvation and the promise of eternal life. The following bit of verse, by an anonymous author, approaches what we all feel in our hearts. When God looked down upon the earth And chose to put new blessings there He gave the sky the sunset's glow Gave laughter gay to children's play; And then to every yearning soul That gift of tender worth, a mother. The lilv's sweetness is forgot And sunset's splendors fade to grey But fresh and dear through changing years, Through quiet nights or eager days, The love of her we love the best lives closley shrined within each breast - a mother. "Her children arise and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28 Written by her son and friend, Tom Gilbert


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We will try by the help of the Lord to write the obituary of our dear mother and mother-in-law, Mary Jane Hagerman. She passed away July 30, 1996. She was born on August 26, 1900. Making her stay here on earth near 96 years. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Pruitt) Vance. She married Shade Hagerman, and to this union were born eight children, three boys: Lee Hufford, Elbert Luther, and Riley Edward; and five girls: Jennie Beth Honaker, Cora Stacy, Louise Stewart, Mary Thornsbury, and Shirley Terry. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church and was baptized on the third Sunday in October 1944 by Brother Marrion Chaffens and Brother Alex Colburn. Her membership was at the Old Stone Coal Church in Garrett, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her husband, two great-grandchildren, one grandson, and a son-in-law, Paul Honaker. We miss her a lot, but we feel that she is happy, and her worries and trials are over. And when we meet again we won't have to part any more. Written by her son, Elbert Luther Hagerman, and daughter-in- law, Edith Hagerman


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With precious memories we will try to write the obituary of our loving mother and grandmother, Bertha Osborne Hall. Bertha was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Katie Elswick Osborne. She was born on Jan. 28, 1915 in Pike County, Kentucky, and departed this life on March 29,1996. She was preceded in death by her husband, Williba Hall on August 22, 1991. On Oct. 27, 1934, she married Williba Hall. Unto this union were born five children. One son, Williba Hall, Jr. preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Tackett of Virgie, Ky.; Donnie Hall of Dorton, Ky. and David Hall of Miamisburg, Ohio. Also surviving are two sisters and two brothers, twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. In the summer of 1968 she joined the Morning Star Old Regular Baptist Church in Belleville, Michigan. When she moved back to Kentucky she took her membership to the Enterprise Church, where she was a faithful member until her death. There are so many memories that our family has of all the times that we spent with her. We will cherish each and every one of them. The joy and kindness that she brought to each of us will never be forgotten. We love and miss her very much. Written by her daughter, Barbara Tackett, and granddaughter, Kim Tackett


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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(1936-1995) With a sad and broken heart and the help of the Lord we will try to write an obituary of a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Burley Hamilton. Burley was born December 28, 1936 to the late Hasquie and Gustie Hamilton of Clintwood Virginia. He was the youngest of 12 children, 6 of whom preceded him in death. He died October 9, 1995 at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin Ky, in the lunchroom, making his stay here on earth 58 years 10 months and 12 days. Burley met and fell in love with Sadie (T.R.) Johnson Hamilton. They were united in the eyes of God on January 17, 1958, and into this union they were blessed with 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls: Avery (Jackie) Hamilton; Mary Sue Jones of Melvin, Ky.; Terry B Hamilton of McDowell, Ky.; Gary Hamilton of Melvin, Ky.; Shelia Anna Tackett of Hi Hat, Ky. Burley worked as a truck driver and a coal miner. He worked until the doctors took him out of the mines because he was disabled. He worked hard each day and every day to provide for his family, whom he loved so much. He had an even greater love for God. He joined Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church May 9, 1992 and was baptized by Elder Hershell Slone and Elder Arnold Tackett. That Sunday morning he was so excited to tell everyone what good things the Lord had done for him that he didn't wait for the church door to open to give his hand he went during services. He filled his seat faithfully until moments before his death. When he went to his sister churches he would always stand up and invite everyone to come visit Joppa Church. His favorite song was "I'm Going To Die On The Battlefield" and he sung it only a few weeks before his death at his nephew's funeral. One of his brothers and sisters in church called him "Wild Man," while others called him "Smiley" or "Happy" because he was always smiling. He greeted everyone with a smile and a warm hand shake. He never met a stranger because he always had a kind word to say to everyone he met. He showed his kindness and love to everyone in and out of church. He would go visit sick people in the hospital and their homes. If anyone needed him, he would help in any way he could. Left to mourn his death are his wife; children; 8 grandchildren; 1 sister, Maxie Stanley; 4 brothers: Carson, Lincoln, Kermit, and his twin brother Worley Hamilton, all of Clintonwood, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, brothers, and sisters in church. We all loved him more than words can say and our hearts ache each and every day for him. He will live forever in our hearts. We will allow the memories to live through his children and grandchildren. His death has left an empty place in all our hearts that can never be filled. But our loss is Heaven's gain, for there is one more bright star in God's Heaven. He can't come back to us, but by the Grace of God we can go to him. Sleep on, sleep on. until we meet again for your work here on earth is done. Written by a broken-hearted family


ERVIN HAMILTON

It is with much sadness and empty hearts that we will try to write this obituary for our departed, but never forgotten, father and grandfather. Ervin Hamilton was born August 12, 1914 in Teaberry, the son of the late Wilburn Lee and Martha Jane Tackett Hamilton. Ervin passed away October 24, 1985, after a long illness. Ervin was 71 years of age. Ervin was preceded in death by one daughter, Wanda Hamilton, two sisters, two brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Ervin leaves to walk the path with God to take his place in Heaven. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife, Lillie Mae Tackett Hamilton; four sons: Ray Hamilton Jr. and Will Hamilton of Beaver; Ervin Hamilton Jr. of Lexington; Paul Eugene Hamilton of Danville; four daughters: Elizabeth Henson, Geneva Hall, Eva Vance and Verdie Mae Hamilton all of Beaver; six brothers: Frank and Sterling Hamilton both of Teaberry; Hershel and Willie Hamilton, both of Beaver; Russell Hamilton of Price and Wilburn Hamilton Jr. of Willard, Ohio; three sisters: Hazel Bentley and Mary Newsome, both of Beaver; Goldia Newsome of Price; 30 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Ervin was a retired coal miner; he was a member of the U.M.W.A Local No. 8100 at Ligon. The last few words that I heard my grandfather say were, "God's sending his angels to take me home to be with my mother, girls pray with me." He took his daughters' hands, they began to pray, tears gently fell, they could see this peaceful look within him. God took away the foundation of the light and the man, but the light still shines and the memories still linger. The light shines bright in all our minds, our hearts and our dreams. The light that time will never dim, the man that we all will never forget. Father was one of the true gentleman of our times. He seemed to enjoy everyone that he met and left a great impression upon them. He liked visiting the courthouse to see his old buddies, and meeting new friends, for he never met a stranger. He especially loved the visits from the family and friends, for you had to sit down and watch his favorite sports, basketball and baseball games, or the news. You could look at him, and in his eyes you could see the warmth and love that was within him. His memory will always live on in our hearts and when the time comes for God to take us home, will take the path, and we shall unite again in Heaven's paradise. Written by his beloved Family


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It is with much sadness and lonely hearts that we will try to write this obituary for our cherished mother and grandmother. Lillie Mae Tackett Hamilton was born June 1, 1917 at Teaberry, Kentucky, the daughter of the late George and Becky Bentley Tackett of Beaver, Ky. She passed away February 14, 1996. She lived a fulfilled 78 years. Lillie Mae married the late Ervin Hamilton on June 29,1933. Preceding her in death are 1 daughter, Wanda Hamilton, 3 sisters, 4 brothers, 1 grandchild and 2 great-grandchildren. Lillie Mae left with her heart full of happiness for she has taken her place in Heaven, to walk with God in perfect peace. She leaves behind her to mourn 8 children: Elizabeth Henson of Ivel, Ky.; Geneva June Hall, Eva June Vance, Verdie Mae Hamilton, Ray Hamilton Jr., Will Hamilton all residents of Beaver, Ky.; Ervin Hamilton Jr. of Lexington, Ky.; and Paul Eugene Hamilton of Danville, Ky. Also left are thirty grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. In our hearts we feel God took our mother on February 14, Valentines Day, to be with her beloved husband, Ervin, to reunite their everlasting love for eternity. One thing people always remembered about mother was her kind, warming smile. The family will never forget how that smile never ceased to warm their hearts. Forget your grief and tears, for that shining smile she had on earth is brighter, for she is in a perfect place. Mamaw loved to attend the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, when she was able. She loved working in her garden and raising her radiant flowers. To show her affection on those long winter days she made sublime quilts for her children. They will always possess these quilts she made with such maternal love. Each time we visited Mamaw, she would want us to either be sitting, talking and laughing, or sometimes, if they needed it, water her plants. She would always make sure that everyone had eaten. Mamaw was always sitting on the porch waiting for company, she loved having friends and family stop by and visit. We are happy to say that in the years she was with us she was always there for us, she didn't ask questions or judge us, she sat and listened with an understanding heart. We believe she tried to lead us down the right path, for she had the wisdom, strength, and the love in her heart to help us in our times of need. We would ask her "What would we ever do without you?" she would always reply with "Don't worry, I would never leave my family." Now we all realize what she meant, for she is still in our hearts. One very special gift she gave us was how to be a better person and parent, and to always show the love you have for your family. Our one wish is to be as strong, good, and loving as she was. You always saw these qualities in her. We feel that Mamaw is resting in peace with the Lord and loved ones. We believe our loss is Heaven's gain. Written by her ever-loving family


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In the quietness and stillness of the morning God sent an angel of mercy and called Frank from his final day on this earth. Jesus took him home on March 28, 1996, making his stay with us 83 years. Frank Hamilton was born on September 8, 1912 to the late Wilburn Lee Hamilton and Martha Jane Tackett Hamilton of Teaberry, Ky. He leaves to mourn a dear companion, Maggie Little Hamilton; two sons, Frank Hamilton Jr., Marlee Sammons; and one daughter, Sharon Sammons. Also left behind are three grandchildren: Sharlonda Sammons, Jessica Hamilton, and Christopher Allan Hamilton. He is also survived by three brothers, Willie, Hekshell and Russell Hamilton, and two sisters, Mary Newsome and Hazel Bentley. He was preceded in death by five brothers: Wilburn Jr., John Milford, Sterlin, Ervin and Hailer Hamilton; and four sisters: Mellie Tackett, Goldie Newsome, Lone Bentley, and Noxie Hamilton, who died as an infant. His final resting place will be at the Frank Hamilton cemetery at Teaberry, Ky. Like our love, his memories will linger with us forever. Frank professed a hope in Christ and was baptized into the fellowship of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church on August 6, 1983 and remained faithful until his death. Written by Sharlonda Sammons, granddaughter


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It is with great sadness in our hearts to write this obituary of our dear, loving husband, father, and grandfather. Levi Hamilton was born January 14,1948 and departed this life April 21,1996, making his stay here on earth 48 years, 3 months and 1 week. He was the only son of Eyvind and Dillie (Johnson) Hamilton. Levi met and married Clara (Hall) Hamilton September 8,1964. To this union God blessed 32 years together and four children: Levi Hamilton Jr, Dewey Duane Hamilton, Dillie Michelle (Hamilton) Kidd of Teaberry, KY and Brenda Lea (Hamilton) Curry of Louisa KY Dad and Mom were blessed with nine grandchildren: Kayla, Josh, Brittany, Colby, Levi III, Samie, Jordon, Alex, and Zachary. He is survived by four sisters: Beulah Peters of Prestonsburg, KY, Glendia Mitchell and Brenda Howell of Teaberry, KY and Carolyn Sue Damron of Pikeville, KY Also, ten nieces and nephews and four great-nieces and -nephews. Dad worked in the coal mines for many years until he became disabled. For several years Dad has been in and out of the hospital with bleeding ulcers, diabetes, and a liver problem. We all thought he would suffer and die in a hospital, but each time he always pulled through. When Dad left this world, he died peacefully at home. Dad didn't belong to any church, but many Christian people have told us of the good dreams they
have had of him since his death. Daddy had a kind word and friendly laugh, as well as a loving heart for all that knew him. The family, relatives, and friends will all mourn the great loss of our Levi. Our home will never be the same without Dad. There are tears in my eyes for you Daddy. We Love and miss you, Dad. Written in loving memory, by his wife and children

LEVI HAMILTON

With tears in our eyes and sadness in our hearts we will try and write this obituary of our dear loving Levi. Levi was born on January 14, 1948 and passed away Sunday, April 21, 1996, making his stay here on earth 48 years, 3 months, 1 week. He was the only son of Eyvind Hamilton and Dillie (Johnson) Hamilton. September 8, 1964 Levi was united in marriage to Clara Jean (Hall) Hamilton. To this union God blessed with 32 years of marriage and four children: Levi Hamilton Jr., Dewey Dwayne Hamilton both of Teaberry, KY; Dillie Michelle (Hamilton) Kidd of Lancaster, KY; and Brenda Lee (Hamilton) Curry of Louisa, KY. Levi and Clara's children were united in marriage to Becky, Melody Ron and Steve. These unions blessed them with nine grandchildren: Brittany, Levi III, Kayla, Samantha, Jordan, Josh, Colby, Alex, and Zachary. Levi has four sisters: Beulah Peters of Prestonburg, KY; Brenda Howell, Glenda Mitchell both of Teaberry, KY; and Carolyn Sue Damron of Pikeville, KY Also left are ten nieces and nephews and four great nieces and nephews. We all loved him dearly. Levi worked in the coal mines for many years until he became disabled. For several years Levi had been in and out of the hospital with bleeding ulcers, diabetes, and a liver problem. We all thought he would suffer and die in a hospital, but each time he always pulled through. When Levi left this world he died peacefully at home. Levi didn't belong to any church here on earth, but many people have told us of the good dreams, they have had of him since his departure from his loved ones. Levi came back to his Mother in a dream and told her he was happy now. We believe this is God's way of letting us know that our Levi is in Heaven now. There's an old saying, that says: "You never lose the one you loved as long as you loved the one you lost." Written by his broken-hearted father, mother and sisters, Eyvind, Dillie, Beulah, Bren, Gen, & Sue


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It is with fond memories, love in my heart, and with the help of the almighty Lord, that I write the obituary of my dear mother-in-law and sister in Christ. Octavia (Parsons) Hamilton was born August 18, 1910 and departed this life on March 18, 1996 at the age of 85. She was the daughter of Isaac Parsons and Mary Darcus (Hamilton) Parsons. She was one of 14 children; 12 preceded her in death. One sister survives her, Melvinia P Gillis of Frankfort, Ky. Her late sisters were: Armenia Taylor, Elizabeth Catherine Crum, Allie McMann, and Della Hall. Her late brothers were: Jim Bob, John, Bill, Elemer, Zion, Jackson, and twins Richard and Wilburn, who died in infancy. Octavia married Anthony Hamilton, who survives her, on May 28, 1927. Anthony is the son of Freeman Davenport "Bud" Hamilton and Virginia (Hall) Hamilton. From the union between Anthony and Octaiva were born seven children. The first son died in infancy. Edfert Hamilton of Lexington, Ky deceased October 17, 1990. Eddie Hamilton of Harold, Ky.; Palmer Hamilton of Harold, KY; Gillis Hamilton of Elkton, Md.; and Clara Martin of Elkton, Md. are left to mourn their dear mother's passing. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Tava was baptized August 20, 1978. Her membership was at Pilgrim's Home Old Regular Baptist Church. Often they walked over three miles to church, when they didn't have a ride. She fell and broke her hip around 1987 and never fully recovered. She was bedridden and afflicted with much pain and suffering the last years of her life. She was cared for by a devoted husband, Anthony, and her son, Palmer, as well as her daughter-in-law, Joyce. Great will be their reward in Heaven for their love and care that they gave to Mom. They met her every need. Her daughter-in-law, Betty, who was like a daughter to her, often said Tava was the only mother she ever knew, and she treated her like her own mother. This is only a temporary "goodbye," until we are reunited in Heaven when God calls all His children home. Mom is no longer in pain, but resting in the arms of Jesus Christ. She can not come back to us, but we can go to her, someday! Written by Dorthy Hamilton (daughter-in-law)


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It is with a very sad and broken heart that I will attempt to write this obituary of my dear sweet sister-in-law, Rohdina Hamilton. She was born on April 14,1927 and died on July 11, 1996. She was married to William Hamilton on December 8,1950. They had three children, two girls and one boy: Tilda Jane Bryant and Helen Bolden, both of Sookey's Creek, and Billy Junior Hamilton. She was preceded in death by Billy Junior Hamilton. She had 2 brothers and two sisters. She was the daughter of Floyd Newsome and Molly Newsome. She was loved by the Hamilton family and she said there was nothing in her way. She was a nice, friendly woman. The girls said they thought that they would never see this follow her to the grave yard, and that they kept her for a long time, but she's gone to be with Billy Junior. Rohdina and William had six great-grandchildren, five grandchildren, and one step-granddaughter. She was the daughter-in-law of Andy and Marthy Hamilton. Written by her broken-hearted sister-in-law, Rosie Hamilton Akers


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


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


WILLIE HAMILTON

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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It is with great sadness that we will try to write this obituary of our loving parents, Harvey (June) Johnson and Oma (Thornsberry) Johnson. Dad was born June 4, 1917, at Weeksbury, Ky. to the late Francis Marion and Leander (Burke) Johnson who preceded him in death. He also has four brothers and one sister who preceded him in death. Dad left us on April 13, 1994, making his stay on earth 76 years, 10 months and 9 days. Then, exactly one year later, we lost our sweet loving mother, Oma (Thornsberry) Johnson. She was born October 5, 1924, in Knott County to the late Cecil and Linda (Caudill) Thornsberry who preceded her in death. She left us on April 13, 1995, making her stay on earth 70 years, 6 months and 8 days. She has two sisters and one brother who preceded her in death. Mom and Dad were united in marriage on May 18, 1939, and to this union 15 children were born. There are two sons, two daughters, one grandson, and one granddaughter that preceded them in death. Surviving children are: Irene Jones of Kite, Ky.; Myrtle Bates of Wayland, Ky.; Lois Caudill of Virgie, Ky.--, Polly Bates of Topmost, Ky.; Ray Johnson, Joe Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Eddie Johnson all of Kite, Ky.; Alice Collins, Barcy Slone, and Martha Hall all of Topmost, Ky. They have 32 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren who mourn their loss. Dad leaves behind two brothers, Joe Johnson and Ivan Johnson, and one sister, Alma Johnson. Mom leaves behind seven sisters to mourn: Rosie Isaac, Irene Isaac, Elizabeth Walker, Nancy Walker, Annie Doner, Marla Slate, and Merlene Burchett. Our parents will surely be missed by all who loved them. They left us hope that they are with our Lord, Jesus Christ, in Heaven. So, brothers and sisters, let's make preparations so we all can be with them in Heaven. They would want all their children with them, and let's hope that each and every one of the children take heed and change before it's too late. So, sleep on Mommy and Daddy, we love you both so much. Written by a broken-hearted familv


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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