BIG SANDY NEWS OBITUARIES

1997 and Earlier



These obituaries are listed chronologically by date of the newspaper.



last updated January 20, 2000


"BIG SANDY NEWS. March 15, 1907, Page 1. 106 YEARS OLD. ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST MEN DIES NEAR LOUISA. "Uncle Jimmy" Belcher died near Gallup, this county, few days ago. He was over one hundred years old. His youngest son, now about 50 years old, says his father was born in 1800, making his age more than 106 years. He was undoubtedly the oldest man in Kentucky and possibly the United States. For several months he had been practically helpless, but previous to that time was remarkably active. He was born in Virginia. His oldest daughter died three years ago at the age of 78. Five children are now living. Mr. Belcher was a quiet, good citizen. The remarkable span covered by his life has been the greatest development over witnessed in any other period of the world's history. When we remember that he was born the next year after the death of George Washington we realize that he was nearly as old as the United States government. He was born before the steamboat was invented and before railways were in use. Candles were used where electric lights now dazzle the eye. It would be interesting to follow these reflections along the various lines of progress if we had space. Big Sandy somehow manages to break records right along in all lines."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. August 1, 1923. ROWE DIES FROM INJURIES AT C.& 0. HOSPITAL TODAY Hurts Receive from Collision Fatal. Mart Rowe, 61 a C. & 0. section foreman, of Tadpole Creek near Louisa, who was injured Saturday when two motor cars collided near Richardson, died at 3:15 today at the C. & 0. hospital in Huntington. Oscar Rowe, his son, who also was injured in the wreck, is recovering and will be discharged from the hospital next week. G. Dixon, a laborer on the section crew, was injured badly in the collision and his foot was amputated at the Huntington hospital Monday. He is resting comfortably but will be confined at the hospital for some time. Twelve others were slightly injured in the collision. Mart Rowe received internal injuries and injuries to his head. He never regained consciousness. His widow and two children were called to the hospital last night because of his serious condition and were with him when he died. His body will be taken to his home near Tadpole Creek late today where funeral services and burial will be held. The collision occurred at 1:45 P. M. Saturday on a curve in the single C. & 0. tracks at Benbow near Richardson. Rowe and his section crew occupied one motor car and several minor C. & 0. officials occupied the other. R. W. Mumford, division engineer, of Ashland, was on the Latter car but was not injured. The three seriously injured men were taken to the C. & 0. hospital on a special train."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, December 30, 1938. THOMPSON, Mrs. Tennie Thompson Hayes, 47, wife of Charles Hayes, died early Tuesday morning at her home on Georges Creek after a brief illness. Funeral rites will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at the home with Rev. Dave Al Hayes officiating. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 30 years. Mrs. Hayes was born at Norris, this county, a daughter of Mrs. Corilda Miller Thompson and the late Mont Thompson. She is survived by her husband and mother, six daughters, Mrs. Forest Moore, Mrs. Randall Hayes and Mrs. Ray Pigg, of Circleville, Ohio; Mrs. Harry Beasley, of Pontiac, Mich., and Misses Estalene and Darlene Hayes, at home; seven sisters, Mrs. Garfield France, Mrs. John Ball and Mrs. Mack Snavely, of Columbus, O.; Mrs. Dillon Moore of Mattie, KY; Mrs. O'Bryan, or Norris, KY; and Misses Dealta and Madge Thompson, at home; and one brother, Bob Thompson, of Norris, KY."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Friday, February 23, 1940. GARRETT HAMMONDS DIES AT CLIFFORD. Garrett Hammonds, 84, well known citizen of the Clifford section, died at his home there Monday of complications incident to advanced age. Mr. Hammonds was born at Clifford in 1855, a son of the late Colonel and Betty Fluty Hammonds, and had resided there all of life. He had been a member of the Big Laurel United Baptist Church for 17 years. Funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday with the Rev. Russ Frazier officiating, and interment was made in the family cemetery near Clifford. He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Tellie McKenzie Hammonds, six daughters, Mrs. William Webb, Webb, W.Va R. 1, Mrs. Munst Station, Bradshaw, W. Va., Mrs. Lawrence Triplett, Octavie, Ky, Mrs. Bryant Clargon, Hardy, Ky, Mrs. Roy Maynard, Webb, W. Va, R. 1, Mrs. Proctor Senters, Louisa, R. 2; six sons, Frank, Jay and Colonel Hammonds of Clifford, Gradie Hammonds, of Webb, W. Va. R. 1 , and Henry Hammonds, of Williamson, W. Va.; one brother, John Hammonds, of Webb, W. Va. R. 1; and five sisters, Mrs. Josephine Hall and Mrs. Lindsey Diamond, both of Wayne, W. Va., Mrs. Georgia Hardwick, of Dunlow. Va., Mrs. Emma Bowens, of Jobe, Ky, and Mrs. Sue Shannon, of Webb, W. Va., R. 1."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Friday, October 10, 1941, page 6. HENRY MARCUM, 68, DIES LAST WEEK. Henry Fisher Marcum, 68, a well known resident of Louisa, died Thursday evening of last week at his home here after a brief illness. Deceased had lived here most of his life. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fisher Marcum. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at the home and interment was made in the Short Cemetery on Deephole. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Tissia Short Marcum; four daughters, Mrs. William Clevenger, of Louisa, R. 1; Mrs. Paul Patrick, Delaware, Ohio; Mrs. John Justice, of McCarr, Ky; and Miss Lotus Marcum, at home; four sons, James and Milton, at home; Dewey Marcum, of Pikeville, and Wilbur Marcum of Huntington."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Friday, July 28, 1944. CHARLES JEFF CHANDLER of Lucasville, Ohio, died Wednesday of last week at the home of his son, Roscoe Chandler of Lucasville, Ohio, Route 1. He had been in ill health for some time, having suffered a stroke about three years ago. He was born May 12, 1863, a son of Henry C. and Elizabeth Grimm Chandler, of near Blaine, and moved to Lucasville community about 31 years ago. His wife, Clista Jane Young, died in 1933. Four daughters and two sons also preceded him in death. Mr. Chandler had been a United Baptist minister, although he had not been active for some time because of ill health, and also worked as a cooper. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Lindsey Wheeler and Mrs. Harrison Pack of Blaine; Mrs. Walter Cup of Franklin Furnace, Ohio and Mrs. Arlie Kelley and Mrs. Harvey Fitcher (?) of Lucasville, and three sons, Wesley and Henry of Lucasville, and Roscoe of Lucasville, Route 1. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Elizabeth Eldridge of Ironton, Ohio and Mrs. Linda Fannin of Jackson, Ohio. Two sisters and two brothers are deceased. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home of Mrs. Arlie Kelley of Lucasville. Rev. Sandy Phillips and Rev. Paul Turner officiated."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Friday, July 11, 1947. Andrew Adkins, 73, died Friday at his home in Yatesville. He had been ill for eight weeks. He was a prominent farmer and life long resident of Yatesville and was the son of the late William and Louverne Adkins. He is survived by his wife Rachel Marcum Adkins, five daughters; Mrs. Jay Fitch of Ft. Clinton, OH, Mrs. C. W. Coffee, Mrs. Moine Waggner, Mrs. Conrad Hooper, all of Kokomo, IN, Mrs. Lewis Wright of Ashland, KY; five sons; George Franklin Adkins of Louisa, Drew Adkins (Lawrence Co. Jailer), William Adkins of Route 3, Louisa, Garland Adkins of Kokomo, IN and Ernest Adkins Jr. of Yatesville; three sisters; Mrs. Mabel Littlefield, Charleston, WV, Mrs. Mary Rolme of Louisville, KY and Mrs. Jim Bradley of Yatesville. Burial was in the family cemetery."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Thursday, May 22, 1952. Rachel Adkins, 72, died at the home of her son, Garland Adkins, of Route 3 Louisa Monday. She was from Yatesville. The funeral was Wednesday at Myrtle Chapel Church and burial was in the Adkins Cemetery at Yatesville. She was born October 14, 1879 at Yatesville, the daughter of the late James and Lydia Belcher Marcum. Surviving are five daughters; Mrs. Jay Fitch of OH, Mrs. C. W. Coffee, Mrs. Moine Waggoner, Mrs. Connie Hooper all of Kokomo, IN, Mrs. Lewis Wright of Cannonsburg, KY; four other sons; G. F. Adkins of Louisa, Jr. Adkins of Yatesville, Drew and William Adkins of Route 3, Louisa; one sister Mrs. Biddie Rose and one brother Dave Marcum, both of Catlettsburg, KY."



“OBIT. [Big Sandy News], December 1960. DAN BLANKENSHIP, WELL-KNOWN CITIZEN, DIES AT AGE OF 100. Colonel Dan Blankenship, Louisa’s first centenarian, a retired C & O railway employee and a well-known resident, passed away Friday morning, Dec 16, in an Ashland hospital. “Uncle Dan”, who had resided in the Big Sandy valley during his 100 years, was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1959 by former Gov. A. B. Chandler. He liked to recall the many modes of transportation that he had seen come and go. He well remembered the steamboat, the push boat, ox team, and the horse and buggy days. He also remembered the appearance of the old Chatterawha Railroad and said it was a great event and remained in his memory when the first iron horse made its appearance here in 1871. He was born at Potter, KY, near Louisa, on January 18, 1860, a son of the late Captain William and Mildred Hewlett Blankenship. His wife, Mrs. Mary Ellen Justice Blankenship, died in 1937. On his last birthday, “Uncle Dan” was honored by Louisa Lodge 270, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he had been a member for 71 years. He was also a member of Louisa Apperson Lodge 95, AF& AM. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Young Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wm. W. Moore officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Odd Fellows conducted graveside services. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. George Alley of Washington, DC, Mrs. George Howell of Ashland, and Mrs. William Bush of Dayton; and a son, Oscar Blankenship of Louisa, with whom he lived.”



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Sep 21, 1967. CHAFFIN. Mrs. Lula Chaffin, 76, of Blaine, KY, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, in an Ashland hospital after a long illness. Graveside services were conducted Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Louisa, with the Rev. George Mays officiating. She was born Nov 1, 1890, at Jackson, Ky., and was a member of the Church of Christ at Blaine. Her husband, Jesse Chaffin, died in 1960. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Mildred A. Kabot of Staunton, VA; a son, Adrian Campbell of Dayton, OH; and two grandchildren. The body was at the Young Funeral Home."



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Dec 1969. COL. J. L. HEWLETT, RETIRED TEACHER, FARMER, SUCCUMBS. Colonel J. L. Hewlett, 91, of Route 4, Louisa, a well-known citizen, succumbed Monday in a Columbus, Ohio hospital following a short illness. A native Lawrence Countian, he was born February 27, 1878 and was an only son of the late William and Mary Curnutte Hewlett, of the Blaine section of Lawrence County. He received his early education at Blaine under the tutelage of professor G. Milton Elam and began his career as a teacher in 1897. He followed that course intermittently until the age of 70, when he joined the ranks of retired teachers. In addition to teaching, he was a farmer and livestock dealer. The deceased was active in community and church affairs, serving as magistrate, 1929-33, in the Brushy, Blaine and Martha precincts. He had been a member of the Brushy Fork branch of the United Baptist Church since 1909 and served as a committeeman on the Lawrence County ASC program for eight years. After moving to Louisa in 1944 he became active in the Myrtle’s Chapel Church, teaching the Bible Class for several years. It was for his long useful life that he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by former Governor, Bert T. Combs. He was married to Virgie Burton Hewlett in 1898, who preceded him in death in 1946. They were the parents of three children, the late Herbert Hewlett and the late Ella Jay Hewlett Swetnam. He later married Mrs. Ida Thompson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Luther Hewlett of Columbus; three grandchildren, Mrs. John Young, of Winchester, KY, Mrs. Lee Robert Peterman of Edmore, Mich., and Mrs. Allen Williams, of Louisville, KY, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday (today) at 11 a.m. from the Young Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Burt Hall officiating. Burial was in the Burton Cemetery, Blaine.”



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. February 18, 1971. ADKINS. George Franklin Adkins, 73, Louisa, died at 10 p.m. Friday in a local hospital following an illness of three months. Born August 22, 1897, at Yatesville, he was a son of the late Andrew and Rachel Marcum Adkins. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a retired employee of the Columbia Gas Co. after 43 years of service. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday from the Young Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lowell Langefeld, the Rev. Gallie Isaac and the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ollie Hewlette Adkins; two daughters, Mrs. R. C. Kirk of Louisa and Mrs. Martin Burchett of Okinawa; four sons, Willard Adkins of Baltimore, Md., Ernest Adkins of Ashland, Dallas and Lawrence Adkins, both of Louisa; five sisters, Mrs. Jay Fitch of Ft. Clinton, O., Mrs. Cecil Coffey and Mrs. Lee Cartell, and Mrs. Lewis Wright of Ashland; three brothers, William Adkins of Rte. 3, Louisa, Ernest Adkins, Jr., of Louisa, and Garland Adkins of Columbus, 37 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of the Young Funeral Home."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Thursday, December 7, 1972. ADKINS. Lawrence Wray Adkins, 41, of Louisa, was dead on arrival Monday at a local hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday (today) from the Young Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gallie Isaac officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Born Sept. 24, 1931, at Louisa, he was a son of Mrs. Ollie Hewlett Adkins of Louisa and the late G. F. Adkins. He was a retired employee of a General Motors plant at Baltimore, MD, and a Korean War veteran. Surviving are his wife, Thelma Maynard Adkins; three daughters, Mary, Carmela and Serena Adkins of Baltimore; four sons, Glenn, Frankie, Larry and Lawrence Adkins Jr., of Baltimore; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Kirk of Inez, KY, and Mrs. Mary Burchett of Phoenix, Arizona, and three brothers, Willard Adkins of Baltimore, Ernest Adkins of Ashland, and Dallas Adkins of Louisa. The body is at the funeral home."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. April 14, 1974. ADKINS. Mrs. Ollie Lee Adkins, 71, Louisa, died Friday in a local hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Adkins was born July 2, 1903, at Yatesville, a daughter of the late Burch and Mattie Saters Hewlett. She was a member of the Louisa Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dora Mae Kirk of Inez, and Mrs. May Burchett of Goodyear, Ariz.; three sons, Willard Franklin Adkins of Pittsburg, Pa., Ernest Adkins of Ashland, and Dallis Adkins of Louisa; a sister, Mrs. Jessie Evans of Columbus; three half-sistes, Mrs. Maudie White and Ms. Ruby Adkins, both of Columbus, and Mrs. Reo Gifford of Huntington; a brother, Elver Hewlett of Columbus; a half-brother, Junior Hewlett of Monticello, N.J.; a stepmother, Mrs. Nannie Hewlett of Ashland; 35 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday from the Young Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gallie Isaac and the Rev. Fred Vanhorn officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery."<



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, October 15, 1997. ELIZABETH WELLMAN 1928-1997. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wellman, 69, wife of Herbert Wellman, Sr., died Tuesday, October 7, in Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Wellman was born April 24, 1928, in Wayne County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Fred Doss Sr. and Tenie See Doss. She was a member of Spurce Lick Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth Bellomy of Kenova, West Virginia, Sue Ratcliff, Penny Cyrus and Harriet Perry, all of Fort Gay; seven sons, Herbert Wellman Jr., Jackie Wellman, Melvin Wellman, Doug Wellman, Terry Wellman and Matthew Wellman, all of Fort Gay; and Frank Wellman of Barboursville; 25 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Corene Frazier and Julie Pratt, both of Mansfield, Ohio; and six brothers, David Doss of Mansfield, Roger Doss, Dickie Doss, Eugene Doss and Fred Doss Jr., all of Fort Gay, and Leonard Doss of Lavalette, West Virginia. The funeral was conducted Thursday, October 9 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Mack Ray Cyrus officiating. Burial was in Wellman Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, October 22, 1997. DANIEL D. BALL. Atty. Daniel D. Ball, 75, of Louisa, died Saturday, October 18, at his home. Mr. Ball was born February 18, 1922, in Fallsburg, a son of the late Blaine G. and Martha Short Ball. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisa. He attended Ashland Junior College, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky, where he attained a Bachelor of Law Degree in 1948. Mr. [Ball] was a veteran of World War II, where he earned the rank of First Lieutenant in the U. S. A. F. and was a pilot of a B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was selected to serve in the W. S. A. F. as a secret agent and received a distinguished flying cross, air medal with three oak leaf clusters, EAME theater ribbon with three oak leaf clusters, presidential citation, good conduct medal, and victory medal. After being admitted to the bar, he served Lawrence County as judge for four years, and prosecuting attorney for 24 years. Surviving are his wife, Betty Lou Wilson Ball; two daughters, Dana Lou May of West Liberty and Teresa Gail Martorana of Gaithersburg, Maryland; five grandchildren; one grea-grandchild; two sisters, Thelma Roberts and Jacqueline Ball, both of Louisa; and two brothers, Mont W. Ball of Xenia, Ohio and Blaine Ball of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, October 21 at the First Baptist Bhurch by Rev. Ric Frazier. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund and Community Hospice. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"EX-COUNTY JUDGE, ATTORNEY DAN BALL DIES AT AGE 75. BIG SANDY NEWS, Wednesday, October 22, 1997. Daniel D. Ball, a local attorney and one-time county judge-executive, died Saturday at his home on Lady Washington Street. He was 75. Mr. Ball was born at Fallsburg on Feb 18, 1922, a son of Blaine G. and Martha Short Ball. During his lifetime, Mr. Ball served both his county and his country, being judge executive, county prosecutor and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Ball attended Ashland Junior College, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor of law degree in 1948. After being admitted to the bar, he served Lawrence County as judge from 1950 to 1954 and as county attorney for 24 years. Mr. Ball's service in World War II earned him the rank of first lieutenant in the United States Air Force and he was a pilot of a B-24 liberator bomber. He was selected to serve in the U.S.A.F. as a secret agent. He has also received a distinguished flying cross, an air medal with three oak leaf clusters, an EAME Theater ribbon with three oak leaf clusters, a Presidential Citation, a good conduct medal and a victory medal. Mr. Ball is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Wilson Ball of Louisa; two daughters, Dana Lou May of West Liberty and Teresa Gail Martorana of Gaithersburg, Maryland; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He has two sisters, Thelma Roberts and Jacqueline Ball, both of Louisa and two brothers, Mont W. Ball of Xenia, Ohio and Blaine Ball of Louisa. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Louisa. Rev. Ric Frazier conducted the service. Mr. Ball was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Louisa. Arrangements were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Contributions in Mr. Ball's honor may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund and Community Hospice."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, October 29, 1997. WILLIS PRIDEMORE 1923-1997. Willis Ray Pridemore, 74, of Richardson, died Sunday, October 26, in Vencor Hospital, Louisville. Mr. Pridemore was born July 26, 1923, in Gallup, a son of the late John and Mae Mead Pridemore. He was retired from the railroad. Surviving are his wife, Betty Maynard Pridemore of Richardson; step-mother, Lucille Pridemore of Louisa;five daughters, Brenda Wellman, Rita Wellman, and Kathy Pridemore, all of Louisa, Mary Johnson and Betty Wallace, both of Columbus, Ohio; five sons, Jessie Pridemore of Prichard, West Virginia, Frank Pridemore, Roy Pridemore, Randy Pridemore and Earl Junior Pridemore, all of Louisa; one half-brother, Walter Moore of Louisa; 24 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, October 29 (today) at 11:00 a.m. at his residence at Richardson by Brother Albert Horn. Burial will be in Pridemore Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, November 5, 1997. BUD COOKSEY 1914-1997. Roland "Bud" Cooksey, 83, of Louisa, died Thursday,October 30 in Three Rivers Medical Center, following an extended illness. Mr. Cooksey was born July 6, 1914, in Dennis, a son of the late Grant and Patsy Combs Cooksey. He was a housekeeper at Cabell Huntington Hospital and was a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Sue Cooksey of Salt Lake City, Utah; and a sister, Este Moore of Louisa. The funeral was conducted Saturday, November 1 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. James A. Hayes and the Rev. Venny VanHoose. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, November 12, 1997. GEORGIA JUSTICE 1920-1997. Georgia Mae Justice, 77, of Blaine, died Tuesday, November 4, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Mrs. Justice was born April 10,1920, in Pollard, a daughter of the late Roy Lee and Carrie B. Edwards Salyers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Sherman Justice, in 1985. Surviving are a daughter, Carrie M. Anderson of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Roy H. Justice of Columbus; two sisters, Edna Clark of Columbus and Loraine Spears of Blaine; three brothers, Vernon Salyers and Kenneth Salyers, both of Columbus and Quentin Salyers of Grove City, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Thursday, November 6 at Blaine Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Roger Ross and the Rev. Billy Salyer. Burial was in Wheeler Cemetery in Blaine. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, November 19, 1997. CHARLES PREECE 1929-1997. Charles Osborne Preece, 68, of Dayton, Phio, died Sunday, November 16 at Dayton V. A. Medical Center. Mr. Preece was born August 24, 1929, in Peach Orchard, Kentucky, a son of the late Uriah and Pearl Borders Preece. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the V. F. W. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, November 18 at Preece Cemetery, Louisa. Surviving are two sons, Charles Preece and Corky Preece, both of Columbus, Ohio; five sisters, Fannie Mae Meek and Glenda Leah Chenoweth, both of Columbus, Lena Victoria Hunter of Woodstock, Georgis, Gwendolyn Nadine Hall of New Whiteland, Indiana, and Nellie Preston of Hamilton, Ohio; a brother, Claude Arthur Preece of Metarie, Louisiana; and several grandchildren. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, November 26, 1997. LYDIA McKENZIE 1907-1997. Lydia Bell McKenzie, 90, of Blaine, died Monday, November 24 at the home of her son, Jesse McKenzie of St. Albans, West Virginia. Mrs. McKenzie was born July 21, 1907, in Blaine, a daughter of the late David and Rosa Salyers Burton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oak McKenzie in 1992. She was a member of Old Hood United Baptist Church. Additional survivors include, a son, Albert McKenzie of South Charleston, West Virginia; a sister, Irene Burdette of South Charleston; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, November 26 (today) at 1:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Marvin Sparks Cemetery. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, November 26, 1997. Mildred Thompson 1929-1997. Mildred Marie Thompson, 67, of Ashville, Ohio, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, November 20 in Americare Health Care Center in Ashville. Mrs. Thompson was born December 29, 1929, in South Charleston, Ohio, a daughter of the late Coney and Maggie Travis Fraley. Her husband, Bradley Thompson, died in 1994. She was a member of Millport Chapel Church and the Mary Emily Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are five daughters, Dixie Burchett of Sciotoville, Ohio, Cathy Ramey and Diane Love, both of Louisa, Debbie Patrick of Ashland and Margaret Moore of Mansfield, Ohio; two sons, Robert Thompson and Larry Thompson, both of Ashville; two sisters, Edna Brown and Ruth Helms, both of Urbana, Ohio; five brothers, Raymond Fraley of Louisa, and Jimmy Fraley, Don Fraley, Herbert Fraley and Clyde Fraley, all of Urbana; 21 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, November 23 at Young Funeral Home by the Rev. Ervin Kirk, the Rev. Roger Jordan and the Rev. Mike Cordle. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, November 26, 1997. WOODROW MAXIE 1925-1997. Woodrow Maxie, 72, of Louisa, died Friday, November 21 at his home. Mr. Maxie was born July 17, 1925, in Martha, a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Sarah Alice Barker Maxie. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Avery Buel Maxie. He was a former heavy equipment operator with Addington, Inc. and a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Imogene R. Maxie; two daughters, Avis Jane Morgan of Louisa and Avalee Joan Adkins of Dehue, West Virginia; three sons, Anthony Woodrow Maxie and Alex Buford Maxie, both of Martha and Alger Ray Maxie of Louisa; a sister, Hattie Cassidy of Mazie; two brothers, Clyde Maxie of Martha and Ben Maxie of Mazie; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Sunday, November 23 at Elizabeth Baptist Church by Emmett barker and Kenneth Sturgil. Burial was in Mazie Cemetery in Cam Creek. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, December 10, 1997. GROVIE BEVINS 1926-1997. Grovie Gene Bevins, 71, of Versailles, died Sunday, December 7 at the Woodford Hospital. Mr. Bevins was born March 21, 1926, in Louisa, a son of the late Grover C. and Bessie Preston Bevins. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise English Bevins in 1980. He was a retired trucking contractor and a member of the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served in World War II in the Asiatic Pacific. He was also a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, Richardson Lodge #699 F.&A.M., a 32 Degree Mason at the Lexington Consistory, a Shriner and member of the Oleika Temple, and a Kentucky Colonel. Surviving are a brother, Bobby Bevins of Louisa, and a very close friend, Darlene Merritt English of Versailles. The funeral will be conducted Thursday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Young Funeal Home with Rev. Jimmy Bevins and Rev. Willie Gene Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Bevins Family Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 10 (today) at Young Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. a Masonic service will be held. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Wednesday, December 17, 1997. JAMES KITCHEN. Lt. Col. James Kennith Kitchen, U. S. Army (retired), 78, of Hopewell, Virginia, died Sunday, November 30. Mr. Kitchen was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Kitchen of Dennis, Kentucky. He served his country valiantly during both World War II and the Korean Conflict and was the recipient of the Bronze Star along with numerous other medals. He retired from both the U. S. Army and the Defense General Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia. Surviving are his wife, Irene Thompson Kitchen; a son, James Dale Kitchen and daughter-in-law, Ruth Taylor Kitchen of South Boston, Virginia; two grandchildren, Kaitlin Rondolph Kitchen and James Cody Kitchen of South Boston. The funeral was conducted Wednesday, December 3 in the Memorial Chapel at Fort Lee, Virginia. Burial with military honors was conducted in Southlawn Memorial Park in Prince George, Virginia."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, December 24, 1997. MARGIE RUNYON 1921-1997. Margie Runyon, 76, of Louisa, died Sunday, December 21 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center. Miss Runyon was born April 26, 1921, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Oscar and Mary Fitch Runyon. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted Tuesday, December 23 at the thome of Ruth Ann Rowe by the Rev. Albert Horn. Burial was in Runyon Cemetery, Peach Orchard, Kentucky. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."





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