BIG SANDY NEWS OBITUARIES

1999



These obituaries are listed chronologically by date of the newspaper.


last updated January 21, 2000

“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, January 13,1999. KARL C. RANKIN 1928-1999. Karl C. Rankin, 70, of Louisa died Monday, January 4 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Rankin was born August 29, 1928, in Richmond, Kentucky, a son of the late Millard and Ada Martin Rankin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lewis Rankin and one sister, Thelma Aldridge. He was a retired Florida State Highway Department worker, a retired Air Force veteran and attended the Baptist Faith. Survivors include three daughters, Venda Joyce Pack of Louisa, Vickie Slater of Lansing, Michigan and Eva Markham of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one son, Karl Rankin, Jr., of Salt Lake City, Utah; five sisters, Mildred Petry, and Loretta Rankin, both of Somerset, Kentucky, Rena Burrus of Louisville, Kentucky, Sarah Henderson of Richmond, and Norma Jean Cain of Lexington, Kentucky; two brothers, Roy Rankin of Lecanto, Florida and Joe Rankin of Somerset; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 8, at Oldham-Roberts-Powell Funeral Home, Richmond. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Richmond. Local arrangements were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, January 13, 1999. MONT WILLIAM BALL 1924-1999. Mont William Ball, 74, of Xenia, Ohio, died Wednesday, January 6 at his residence after an extended illness. Mr. Ball was born Jun 6, 1924 in Fallsburg, Kentucky, a son of the late Blaine and Martha Short Ball. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Maxine Taylor and June Woods; and five brothers, Jim, Edward, “Pete”, “Perk”, and Dan Ball. He was a retired technician and model maker in the engineering department for Wright State University, worked for Bowser-Morner Testing Laboratories, worked for Monsanto Chemical Company, and was a Naval Air Force veteran of WWII. Survivors include his wife, Marietta Crase Ball of Xenia; one son, Christopher Ewen (Linda) Ball of Lake Orion, Michigan; two grandsons, Christopher William Ball of Dayton, Ohio, and Jesse Ray Ball of Lake Orion; two sisters, Thelma Roberts and Jacquelyn Ball, both of Louisa; and one brother, Blaine Ball, also of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 9 at Neeld Funeral Home, Xenia. Neeld Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, January 20, 1999. BILL GRAY 1954 – 1999. Bill Gray, 44, of Louisa died Tuesday, January 12 at his residence. Mr. Gray was born May 23, 1954 in Columbus,Ohio, a son of Laura Bradley Gray of Louisa. He was a coal plant operator and attended the Freewill Baptist Faith. Additional survivors include his wife, Barbara Gray of Louisa; one daughter, Stephanie Meade of Martin County, Kentucky; three sons, Paul Adams of North Carolina; John Moore and Charles Gray, both at home; two brothers, Tim Gray and Glen Gray, both of Louisa; and maternal grandmother Opal Bradley of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Larry Sparks, Friday, January 15 at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, January 27, 1999. GEORGE W. HAMILTON 1935-1999. George Willis Hamilton, 64, of Plain City, Ohio died Friday, January 15 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mr. Hamilton was the son of the late Willie and Dorsie Hamilton. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Sherman Hamilton. He was employed by Parrott Employment of Richwood, was affiliated with John Deere for 43 years, was a fireman and EMT for Pleasant Valley and Richwood Fire Department for 24 years, and was a U. S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Brown Hamilton; two daughters, Deane Johnson of Columbus, Ohio and Debbie Mullet of Plain City; one brother, Willard Hamilton; one sister, Martha Adkins of Columbus; one aunt, Flossie Chaffin of Louisa; grandchildren, Angel, Sarah, Emily and Nicholas Johnson, and Dustin Mullet. Graveside services were conducted Monday, January 18, at Forest Grove Cemetery, Plain City. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7 Stockdale Drive, Marysville, Ohio, 43040. Ferguson Funeral Home, Plain City, was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, February 3, 1999. MARY VIOLA HOOLEY 1930-1999. Mry Viola Hooley, 68, of Louisa died Sunday, January 31. Mrs. Hooley was born September 5, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late Paul and Esta Sparks Ratliff. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman Hooley. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Norma Jean Metz of Louisa; one son, Victor Hooley of Blaine; three brothers, Emmitt Ratliff and Silas Ratliff, both of Louisa, and John Ratliff of Titusville, Florida; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Wright Wednesday (today), February 3 at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial will be in Bowe Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, February 10, 1999. MAGGIE SMITH 1906-1999. Maggie Smith, 92, of Fort Gay, West Virginia died Monday, February 8 after an extended illness. Mrs. Smith was born August 31, 1906 in Louisa, a daughter of the late Carl and Norma Webb Walker. She was alsopreceded in death by her husband, Fred Smith in 1989. She was a housewife and a member of the Baptist church. Survivors include five daughters, Beulah York of Huntington, West Virginia, Ruby Sabo of Cleveland, Ohio, Lucille Rhodes of Dunlow, West Vriginia, Betty Hale of Louisa and Anna Bowen of Fort Gay; four sons, Cecil Smith of Stoneville, Ohio, Fred Smith of Fort Gay, Howard L. Smith of Webb, West Virginia and Robert Smith of Louisa; two sisters, Ruby Smithers of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Nora Bartram of Ashland, Kentucky; two brothers, Lindsey Walker of Frankfort and Eskell Walker of Ashland, Ohio; 40 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Frankie Fry at 2 p.m. Wednesday (today), February 10 at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa. Burial will be in Robertson Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, February 10, 1999. TURNER TRIPLETT 1935-1999 Turner Triplett, 63, of Fallsburg died Tuesday, February 2 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Triplett was born September 7, 1935 in Job, Kentucky, a son of Rebecca Marcum Triplett of Fallsburg and the late Andrew Triplett. He was a retired welder. Additional survivors include his wife, Shelby Jean Booth Triplett of Fallsburg; five sons, Ron Triplett and Lonnie Triplett, both of Inez, Donald Eugene Triplett of Columbus, Ohio, Turner Lynn Triplett of Fallsburg and Paul David Triplett of Thornville, Ohio; three sisters, Sally Adams and Lona Belle Kitchen, both of Columbus, and Eloise Beck of Louisa; four brothers, Arovel Triplett of Columbus, and Walter Triplett, Oscar Triplett and Phillip Triplett, all of Louisa; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Wright Friday, February 5 at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial was in Pope-Hammond Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, February 17, 1999. MARY LESTA ROBINETTE 1911-1999. Mary Lesta Robinette, 87, of Louisa died Tuesday, February 9. Mr. Robinette was born November 13, 1911 in Louisa, a daughter of the late James and Rebecca McKinster Estep. She was a homemaker and a member of Isaac Park Church. Survivors include her husband, Lee Robinette of Louisa; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Mike Cordle, Francis Rice and Danny Saul Friday, February 12 at Cando Church, Mattie, Kentucky. Burial was in Robinette Cemetery. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS. Wednesday, February 17, 1999. JACQUELINE JANE BALL 1926-1999. Jacqueline Jane Ball, 72, of Louisa died Tuesday, February 9 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Ms. Ball was born August 28, 1926 in Fallsburg, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Blaine G. Ball, Sr. and Martha Short Ball. She was a retired registered nurse, worked at Riverview Hospital; was a graduate of Louisa High School in 1944 and Ashland Junior College, attended Marshall College, Nazareth College and Bellemite College in Louisville, and graduated from Nazareth School of Nursing at St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville in 1950. Survivors include one sister, Thelma Roberts of Louisa; one brother, Blaine G. Ball, Jr. of Louisa; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Ray Diamond Friday, February 12 at Myrtle Chapel Church. Burial was in Short Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, March 10, 1999. EVELYN BANFIELD 1919-1999. Evelyn Howard Banfield, 79, of Williamson, West Vriginia, died Tuesday, March 2 in Mingo Manor Nursing Home, Williamson. Mrs. Banfield was born September 3, 1919 in Pilgrim, a daughter of the late Preston and Pearl Kirk Howard. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ora E. Banfield, in 1981. She was a Baptist. Survivors include two daughters, Pam Pack of Salyersville and Mitzi Malone of Louisville; four sons, Richard Banfield, Tony Banfield, and Danny Banfield, all of Columbus, Ohio and Kenneth Banfield of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two brothers, Preston Howard and Earl Howard, both of Chatteroy, West Virginia; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. James A. Hayes Saturday, March 6, at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hall Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, March 10, 1999. PAUL E. & MARY SPARKS 1910-1999. Paul E. Sparks, 89, of Louisville died Thursday, March 4 at Baptist Hospital East, Louisville. Mary Sue Miller Sparks, 88, of Louisville died Friday, March 5 at Baptist Hospital East. Mr. Sparks was born January 17, 1910 in Yatesville, Kentucky. Mrs. Sparks was born Jun 26, 1910 in Morehead, Kentucky. He attended Morehead State University, Northwestern University and Indiana University, received a doctorate from Indiana University in 1955, was a teacher at Wester Junior High, and the old J. Stoddard Johnston and Lowell Elementary School, was a former principal at Emmet Field Elementary, the old Heywood and Frayser elementary schools, all in Louisville. He was a director of pupil personnel before becoming assistant superintendent of the old Louisville Public School System. He was an Army Air Corps WWII captain and a member of Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi fraternities, Crescent Hill Masonic Lodge #820, Scottish Rite, Kosair Shrine Temple, Rotary Club of Louisville, Filson Club, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Louisville and president of the Sparks Quarterly Association. She attended Morehead State University and Indiana University, where she received her master’s degree, and was a teacher for the old Louisville Public School System, teaching at McFerran, Breckinridge, the Old Washington and the old Lincoln Elementary schools. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta sorority and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Survivors include one son, Robert L. Sparks of Louisville, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Sparks is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Murphy and Eva Fields. A joint memorial service was held Monday, March 8 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. Contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206. Pearson Funeral Hom, Louisville, was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, March 17, 1999. MARY HYLTON WARD 1905-1999. Mary Hylton Ward, 93, of Louisa died Thursday, March 11, at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Mrs. Ward was born August 22, 1905 in Cherokee, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Jane Ferguson Hylton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ali Ward, in 1994. She was a housewife and a member of Eloise United Baptist Church. Survivors include eight sons, Clifford Ward of Prestonsburg, James Benjamin Ward of East Point, Jack Allen Ward of Cannonsburg, Martin Van Ward, Don Ward, Winfrey Ward, Paul Ward, and Joe Francis Ward, all of Louisa; one sister, Zelda Burchett of Oak Hill, Ohio; one brother, Willison A. Hylton of Louisa; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Frankie Blevins, Elder Jeff Carroll and Elder Boyd Meadows Saturday, March 13, at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. March 24, 1999. JUDY GARLAND HALL 1942-1999. Judy Garland Hall, 56, of Louisa died Thursday, March 18 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Ms. Hall was born March 19, 1942 in Chapman, a daughter of the late John and Leta Mae Chapman Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of Gallup United Methodist Church. Survivors include one son, Jeff Hall of Louisa; six sisters, Jean Dean of Fort Gay, Rose Meek, Janet Rice, and Dottie Senters, all of Louisa, Jo Lee of Ashland, and Peggy Scarberry of Hillard, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Tiffany, William and Jonathan. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jeff Lambert Saturday, March 20, at Gallup United Methodist Church. Burial was in Peck Cemetery, Chapman. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” “OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, April 21, 1999. ANNA LOU FLUTY 1925-1999. Anna Lou Fluty, 73, of Louisa, died Wednesday, April 14, in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center, Ashland. Mrs. Fluty was born October 30, 1925, in Crum, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Milendar and Mary Justice Copley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Ray Fluty, in 1974. She was a retired nurse with Humana Hospital and a member of the Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church, Louisa. Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann (Scott) Cyrus and Caroly (Terry) Robertson, both of Louisa, and Jan (Mike) Dickson of Lexington; two sons, Phillip Ray Fluty of Louisa, and Paul Everett (Lois) Fluty of Louisville, Colorado; three sisters, Gardie Balckburn of Crum, Georgia Fluty of Louisa and Ona Thompson of Fort Gay; two brothers, Roy Copley and Milendar Copley, Jr., both of Fort Gay; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Doug Kelly Saturday, April 17, at the Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church. Burial was in the Fluty cemetery. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, April 28, 1999. JAMES HAROLD CARTER 1920-1999. James Harold Carter, 79, of Ashland, died Monday, April 26, at Veterans Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Mr. Carter was born April 21, 1920, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Charlie and Ida Crank Carter. He was a Deacon at Westwood Christian Church, a retired operator at A. C. Lawrence Leather and a WWII Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Mable Dilley Carter, of Ashland; one son, James M. Carter of Ashland; one brother, Jack Carter of Manchester, Kentucky; and two grandchildren. Friends may call at Caniff Funeral home, Wednesday (today), April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Jerry Ginnan Thursday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the Westwood Christian Church. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Caniff Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, May 5, 1999. SAM McCOY 1934-1999. Sam McCoy, 64, of Inez, died Friday, April 30, at his residence. Mr. McCoy was born December 18, 1934, in Pike County, Kentucky, a son of the late Wendell and Ella Blackburn McCoy. Survivors include his wife, Dalla Holstein McCoy of Inez; three sons, Samuel McCoy and Daniel McCoy, both of Cleveland, Ohio, and David McCoy of Hardy, Kentucky; one step-son, Michael Pack of Grafton, Ohio; five daughters, Mary Ann Paxton of Bluefield, West Virginia, Brenda Collier and Maxine Huddleston, both of Cleveland, Ruth Huff of Nashville, Tennessee, and Pauline Dotson of Blackberry, Kentucky; three step-daughters, Alice Dean of Nimitz, West Virginia, Sonya Pack Moore of Inez, and Lydia Goble of Debord, Kentucky; one brother, Trigg McCoy of Louisa; four sisters, Eva Six and Ida Belle Davis, both of Inez, Tennessee Moore of Columbus, Ohio, and Irene Blevins of Berea, Ohio; 26 grandchildren; and 14 step grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Reverends Glen Ray Moore, Kevin Davis, and James Albert Moore Tuesday, May 4, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa. Phelps and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, May 12, 1999. RAY THOMPSON 1929-1999. Ray Thompson, 69, of Louisa, died Tuesday, May 4, in Vincor Hospital, Louisville. Mr. Thompson was born September 10, 1929, in Louisa, a son of the late Marion and Lucy Belle Bates Thompson. He was a retired policeman and a member of Richardson Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice M. Thompson of Louisa; three daughters, RobinThompson and Sandy Thompson at home, and Shana Burchett of Louisa; one son, Carson Thompson of Louisa; one sister, Thelma Maynard of Louisa; one brother, Everett Thompson of Ohio and five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. William Teems, Friday, May 7, at Emily Northup Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, June 2, 1999. LUCIAN J. FRASHER 1912-1999. Lucian J. Frasher, 87, of Fort Gay, West Virginia, died Monday, May 31, in St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Frasher was born April 4, 1912, in Fort Gay, a son of the late Jay Frasher. He was a farmer, an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Bartrams Chapel United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Frasher of Fort Gay; two daughters, Linda Rose of Fort Gay and Karen Marcum of Michigan; one son, Randall J. Frasher of Fort Gay; two sisters, Wilma Ross Golf of Huntington, West Virginia, and Mary Elliot of wattsworth, Ohio; six step sisters, Wilma Wellman and Ramona Hatfield, both of Fort Gay, Elizabeth Ann Lambert of Mansfield, Ohio, Roberta Demalis of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Linda Stark of Huntington, and Ruth McCoy of Procterville, Ohio; two step brothers, Roy Michael Williams of Fort Gay, and Barry Allen Williams of Lawrenceville, Georgia; 11 grandchildren; six step grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and four step grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Willard Robertson, Wednesday (today), June 2, at 11 a.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Frasher Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, June 9, 1999. MAYNARD L. TURNER 1922-1999. Maynard L. Turner, 76, of Louisa and Chesapeake, Ohio, formerly of Huntington, West Virginia, died Friday, June 4, at his Louisa residence. Mr. Turner was born August 4, 1922, in Huntington, a son of the late Harry A. And Ethleen Maynard Turner. He was a veteran of World War II serving as an engineer in the U. S. Army where he received a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge and a Good Conduct Medal. He was the owner of Turner’s Five and Dime of Louisa, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huntington, and the Louisa United Methodist Church, where he was the former youth director and Sunday School teacher, a member of the DAV, American Legion, and the V.F.W. Survivors include his wife and caregiver, Jennie Lee Crank Turner; five daughters, Mrs.James K. (Lynette) Miller of Princeton, Kentucky, Mrs. William H. (Beverly) Jackson and Mrs. James S. (Jene’) O’Brian, both of Louisa, Mrs. Sean (Shana) Sullivan and Cheri M. Turner, both of Ashland; one brother, Harry B. Turner of Denver, Colorado; and one sister, Betty Lou Hale of Hendersonville, Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. David Erenrich, Lander Beal and Pastor Euell Sammons, Monday, June 8, at the First United Methodist Church, Huntington. Burial was in Ridgelawn Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Huntington; Louisa United Methodist Church, Louisa; or Hospice of Ashland/Louisa. Reger Funeral Home, Huntington, was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, June 16, 1999. JAMES ELMO CONLEY 1920-1999. James Elmo Conley, 78, of Catlettsburg, died Monday, June 14, at his residence after a long illness. Mr. Conley was born September 24, 1920, in Louisa, a son of the late Ferd and Mary Skaggs Conley. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Elswick Conley, in 1997. He was a member of Garrett Chapel Church, a WWII veteran and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include one daughter, Toni Robinette of Erlanger, Kentucky; one son, James Lee Conley of Zelda; five grandchildren, Tracee Palen and Michael Conley, both of Kansas City, Missouri; Wendee Conley of Los Angeles, California; Christie Lampert of Zelda; and Jamie Carter of Georgetown, Kentucky; and one great grandchild, Ashley Palen, of Kansas City. Friends may call Wednesday, (today), June 16, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Heston Funeral Home, Louisa. Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Bobby Workman Thursday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at Heston Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ogle Cemetery, Buchanan. Heston Funeral Home, Louisa, is in charge of arrangements.”



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, August 4, 1999. MYRTLE LEE FRASHER 1910-1999. Myrtle Lee Portis Frasher, 89, of Louisa, died Wednesday, July 28, at St.Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. Mrs. Frasher was born January 26, 1910, in Fort Gay, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Henry A. And Ida Florence See Portis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lace Frasher; and one son, Jack L. Frasher. Survivors include one daughter, Patty Wallace of Louisa; one son, Charles Portis Frasher of Louisa; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ewell Sammons Saturday, July 31, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa. Burial was in Fort Gay Cemetery, Fort Gay. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisa United Methodist Church Memorial Fund."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, August 11, 1999. CAMERON L. BELCHER 1999. Cameron Lafe Belcher was stillborn Friday, August 6, at Three Rivers Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparent, Arlie Jr. Jordan. Survivors include his parents Anthony Charles and Teresa Hamilton Hayes Belcher of Blaine; one brother, Brandon Michael Hayes at home; one sister, Chelsey Breanna Belcher at home; maternal grandparents, John Lowell and Janet Jordan Hamilton of Adams; paternal grandparents, Robert and Edith Belcher of Waldorf, Maryland; and maternal grandparent, Beulah Hay Jordan. Graveside funeral services were conducted by Reverend Roger Jordan Monday, August 9, at the Hamilton Family Cemetery, Blaine. Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, was in charge of arrangements."



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, August 25,1999. WILLIE WELLMAN. Willie Wellman, 77, of Columbus, Ohio, died Sunday, August 15, at Whetstone garden and Care Center. Mrs. Wellman was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucien G. Wellman; and one sister, Ida Mae Hughes. She was a lifetime member of North Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Lucien “Glenn” (Alice) Wellman of Johnstown, Ohio, and Charles (Shirley) Wellman of Hilliard, Ohio; two daughters, Marian “Sissy” (Dan) Clark of New Bern, North Carolina; and Linda (Dave) Wycuff of Grove City, Ohio; two sisters, Marie Adams (caregiver) of Columbus, and Mary E. Wellman of Flatwoods, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Lucien G. III, Michele, Kristina, Mandi, Stephanie, Michael, Megan, and Zachary; four great-grandchildren, Hayden, Aaron, Keaton, and Alec; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Bill Chadwick Thursday, August 19, at Long Funeral Home. Burial was in Northlawn Memory Gardens, Westerville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Life Care Alliance. Skunza Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, August 25,1999. ALICE ADKINS. Alice Adkins, 74, of Columbus, Ohio, died Wednesday, August 18, at Kobacker House. Mrs. Adkins was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Jay and Flossie Wellman. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Wellman, Kenneth Wellman, and Lucian Wellman and Lucian’s wife, Willie Wellman. Survivors include her husband, Harris Adkins of Columbus; one son, Gail H. (Susan) Adkins of LaGrange, Georgia; one sister, Mary (Gary) Blake; three brothers, Buell (Maxine) Wellman, Lon Wellman, and Loran (Eskelay) Wellman; one sister-in-law, Reva Wellman; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Cole) Maddox of Atlanta, Georgia, and Sarah Adkins of Sharpsburg, Georgia; and many nieces and hephews. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Richard Hensley Saturday, August 21, at Graumlich and Son Funeral Home, Columbus. Burial was in Obetz Cemetery, Columbus. Graumlich and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, August 25,1999. RONNIE THOMPSON, II 1982-1999. Ronnie Ray Thompson, II, 16, of Ulysses, Kentucky, died Tuesday, August 17. Ronnie was born November 3, 1982, in Louisa, a son of Ronnie Thompson, Sr., of Lowmansville, Kentucky, and Donna Hall Church of Ulysses. He was a student at Lawrence County High School, Louisa. Additional survivors include his step-father, Gary Church; three sisters, Tabitha Charles of Lowmansville, and Nashela Kimble and Candi Kimble, both of Ulysses; one brother, John Michael Skaggs of Ulysses; maternal grandparents, Raymond “Dock” and Joyce Griffith Hall of Adams, Kentucky; paternal grandparents, Hobart and Ethyl Pack Thompson of Charley, Kentucky; one niece and one nephew. Funeral services were conducted by Reverends Randy Martin and Roger Jordan Saturday, August 21, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa. Burial was in Hall Cemetery, Adams. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. September 1, 1999. OPIE BURCHETT 1928-1999. Opie Burchett, 71, of Louisa, died Friday, August 27, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Mr. Burchett was born August 10, 1928, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, a son of the late Joseph and Florence Coburn Burchett. He was a retired worker with the big Sandy Plant and a member of Bradley Gap Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jane Burchett of Louisa; two sons, James (Angie) Burchett and Kevin (Shana) Burchett, both of Louisa; two grandchildren, Mason Ray Burchett and Erin Arlene Burchett; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Bobby Workman, Sunday, August 29, at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial was in Hewlett-Burchett Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, September 15, 1999. LACY JOHNSON 1915-1999. Lacy Johnson, 84, of Louisa, died Thursday, September 9, at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Johnson was born May 30, 1915, in Martin County, Kentucky, a son of the late John and Rosie Spence Johnson. He was also preceded in death by one son, Danny. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Chapman Johnson; seven daughters, Virginia Suggs of Alcoa, Tennessee; Opal McCallister, Flo Pack, Elizabeth (David) Sester, Gloria (Roger) Hylton, Sherry (Lowell) Smith, and Bertha Mae (Melvin) Pack, all of Louisa; five sons, Bud (Patricia) Johnson, Wilson (Kim) Johnson, William (Rose) Johnson, and David Johnson, all of Louisa, and Paul (Ann) Johnson of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one sister, Ruby Osborn of Inez; 39 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Teddy Preston, minister, Sunday, September 11, at Heston Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Heston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, September 29, 1999. GEORGE ELWOOD BUNN, 1921-1999. George Elwood Bunn, 78, of Columbus, Ohio, died Sunday, September 12, at his residence. Mr. Bunn was born April 29, 1921, in Columbus. He was a member of Amvets #1312, Eagles #2244 and a U. S. WWII Army veteran. Surivors include his wife, Ruby Cyrus Bunn of Columbus and one son, Thomas Bunn. Burial was in Cyrus Cemetery, Louisa. Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, October 13, 1999. EMMA D. SPURLOCK 1921-1999. Emma Dorothy Clay Spurlock, 78, of Louisa, died Thursday, October 7, after an extended illness. Mrs. Spurlock was born July 6, 1921, at Big Laurel, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Bill and Nora Cox Clay. She was a housewife. Survivors include four daughters, Louise Roberts, Shirley Mae Moore, and Sharon Skaggs, all of Louisa, and Dorothy Benfield of Clarksville, Tennessee; eight sons, James Patton Spurlock of Greenup, Wilburn Spurlock of Dayton, Ohio, Ervin Spurlock of Fort Gay, West Virginia, Earl Spurlock of Catlettsburg, Joey Spurlock of Fallsburg, and Paul Spurlock, William Spurlock and Roger Spurlock, all of Louisa; one sister, Jackie Pack of Wayne, West Virginia; three brothers, Bill Clay, Jim Clay and John Paul Clay, all of Louisa; 31 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Reverends Roger Wireman and Darrell Ratcliff Sunday, October 10, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa. Burial was in Spurlock Cemetery, Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, October 13, 1999. PEGGY HALL SCARBERRY. Peggy Hall Scarberry, 59, of Hilliard, Ohio, died Tuesday, October 5, at Mt. Carmel Medical Center. Mrs. Scarberry was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Judy Hall. She was retired from Honda of America after 13 years of service and was a member First Baptist Church, Hilliard. Survivors include her husband, John Scarberry of Hilliard; two daughters, Tammy Horsley of Plain City, Ohio, and Sonja Ross of Hilliard; two sons, John Scarberry, Jr. of Hilliard, and Curtis Scarberry of Columbus, Ohio; five sisters, Jean Dean of West Virginia, Rose Meek, Janet Rice, Jo Lee, and Dottie Senters, all of Kentucky; six grandchildren, Angel, Jimmy, Denver, April, John Michael, and Cameryn; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. James Barnett Thursday, October 7, at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Tidd Funeral Home, Hilliard, was in charge of arrangements.”



"OBITS. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, October 20, 1999. ANDY MARCUM 1921-1999. Andy Marcum, 77, of Louisa, died Sunday, October 17. Mr. Marcum was born December 18, 1921, in Wayne County, West Virginia, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Hearld Marcum. He was a self-employed construction worker, a member of Baptist faith Church, a US Army WWII veteran, and commander for VFW Post 89, Louisa. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Cook Marcum of Louisa; one daughter, Elizabeth Kay Wellman of Louisa; four sons, Andy Joe Marcum and Jerry Neil Marcum, both of Webbville, Kelly Lee Marcum of Carrboro, North Carolina, and Alfred Ryan Marcum of Pataskala, Ohio; three step-sons, Greg Smith of Mansfield, Ohio, Gerald Smith of Fort Gay, and Donald Ray Smith of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; one brother, Lafayette Marcum Sr. of Fort Gay; six sisters, Maire Pack, Stella Marcum, Grace Fales, and Carol Gerhart, all of Grove City, Ohio, Myrtle Lear of Columbus, Ohio, and Callie Payne of Circleville, Ohio; two step-brothers, John Henry Stevens of Louisa and Delbert Stevens of Oxford, Michigan; one step sister, Cynthia Hayes of Huntington, West Virginia; 16 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Noah Robertson, Wednesday (today), October 20, at 2 p.m. at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa. Graveside military rites will be performed by VFW Post 6103 and American Legion Post 7293 with burial in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, October 27, 1999. JACK EDWARD TAYLOR. Jack Edward Taylor, 68, formerly of Louisa, died Tuesday, October 19, after an extended illness. Mr. Taylor was the son of Millard J. and Inez Hale Taylor of Monaville, West Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Taylor of Louisa; three sons, Jack L. Taylor, Mark A. Taylor and Charles K. Taylor, all of Kalamazoo, Michigan; one daughter, Trina M. Cyrus of Louisa; three brothers; one sister; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Don Browning Friday, October 22, at Betzler Funeral Home, Kalamazoo. Burial was in Mt. Ever Rest Cemetery North, Kalamazoo. Betzler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, December 1, 1999. JOHN WILLIAM REID 1937-1999. John William Reid, 62, of Louisa died Wednesday, November 24, at U. K. Medical Center, Lexington. Mr. Reid was born April 6, 1937, in Lexington, a son of the late Richard Pryor and Alice Juanita Combs Reid. He was a retired supervisor at Kentucky Power (AEP); a member of the Methodist Church; Catlettsburg Elks Lodge; American Legion Post 93, Kenova, West Virginia; co-chairman of the Louisa Area Fire and Rescue District; treasurer of Lawrence County Football Quarterback Club; a retired volunteer Louisa fire fighter; stats keeper for LCHS Football team; a charter member of the Louisa Bass Club and a U. S. Air Force veteran. He graduated from Louisa High School Class of 1955 and attended the University of Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Adkins Reid of Louisa; one son, Matthew Alan Reid of Louisa and one brother, Thomas W. Reid of Tucson, Arizona. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ric Frazier Sunday, November 28, at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the John William Reid Memorial Football Scholarship Fund. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIGT SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, December 22, 1999. JACKSON MAXIE 1910-1999. Jackson Maxie, 89, of Isonville, Kentucky, died Thursday, December 16, at the St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead. Mr. Maxie was born May 5, 1910, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, a son of the late William Isaac and Beccie Eldridge Maxie. He was also preceded in death by one son, Kendrick Maxie; and seven grandchildren. He was a farmer and a member of the Wallowhole Enterprise Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lizzie Eldridge Maxie of Isonville; four sons, William Maxie, Higgie Maxie, Ira Maxie, and Virgil Maxie all of Isonville; two daughters, Easter Salyers and Mary Bell Skaggs, both of Isonville; 36 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Reverends Roscoe Lewis Jr. and Billy T. Rice Sunday, December 19, at Wallowhole Enterprise Baptist Church. Pallbearers were David Maxie, Greg Maxie, Donnie Maxie, David Jones, Paul Salyers, Tom Salyers, Jason Salyers, Russell Salyers and Franklin Salyers. Burial was in the Maxie Family Cemetery, Little Fork. Eldridge Funeral Home Inc. , Sandy Hook, was in charge of arrangements."



"OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, December 22, 1999. PHYLLIS JEAN CYRUS 1933-1999. Phyllis Jean Hinkle Cyrus, 66, of Richmond, Virginia, died December 8, 1999. Mrs. Cyrus was born August 24, 1933, in Louisa, a daughter of the late Lee and Betty Wilson Hinkle. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elbert (Tick) Cyrus, on May 4, 1998; and father-and mother-in-law, Everett and Nolda Cyrus. She graduated from Louisa High School. Survivors include three daughters, Betty Lee (Hugh) Debury of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Virginia Ann (Ron) Roub and Helen Faye (Mike) Miller, both of Greensburg, Virginia; one son, Mitchell (Beth) Cyrus of North Carolina; one sister, Jesse Potter of Shelby, Ohio; one aunt, Dora Wilson of Louisa; five grandsons; two granddaughters; one step-granddaughter; six sisters-in-law; and five brothers-in-law. Funeral services were held Friday, December 10, in Richmond."



“OBIT. BIG SANDY NEWS, Louisa, KY. Wednesday, December 29, 1999. JOHN H. MICHAEL Jr. 1943-1999. John Harvey Michael, Jr., 56, of Palm Harbor, Florida, formerly of Prichard, West Virginia, died Thursday, December 23, at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Mr. Michael was born April 18, 1943, in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of Mildred Brumfield Michael of Prichard and the late John Harvey Michael, Sr. He was the owner of Sun Storage Inc. Palm Harbor; a member of the Masonic Lodge and a U. S. Army veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Ann Parsons Michael of Palm Harbor; one daughter, Andrea (Joey) Cyrus of Louisa; two steo-sons, Scott Sanford of Tavernier, Florida and William Sanford of Phoenix, Arizona; two sisters, Joyce (Jay) Davis of Manchester, Michigan, and Annette (Terry) Brunfield of Kenova, West Virginia; two grandchildren, A. J. Cyrus and Savannah Cyrus; and two step grandchildren, Orla Winner and Ewen Sanford. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ric Frazier Tuesday December 28, at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens at Barboursville, West Virginia. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.”





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