Carol Anne Litts, age 60, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospice Center, Lexington, Kentucky.  She was born on March 30, 1954 at Norton, Virginia, and was a lifelong resident of Jenkins, Kentucky.  She was a graduate of Jenkins High School and attended the University of Kentucky before returning home to take over the family business.  She was serving her third term for the Jenkins City Council; she served on the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee and was Chairman of the Raymond C. Litts Memorial Golf Tournament.  Carol Anne had formerly served on the Jenkins Community Hospital Board of Directors, was a past member of the Jenkins Days Committee, and was the past president of the Elkhorn County Club Ladies Golf Tournament.  She was business owner for over thirty-six years, as the owner of the Flower House in Jenkins.  Carol Anne was very proud to have served the community, she strove for perfection in what she did, and held the notable distinction of doing weddings in five states.  She loved her dogs all of her life, she enjoyed travelling extensively and was an avid golfer and swimmer.  She was as much a fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats as anyone, which caused friction with her mother, when the wildcats played her mother’s alma mater, the University of Louisville.  She had a rich full life and a plethora of friends with whom she enjoyed her life. 

   She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond C. Litts.

   Carol Anne is survived by her mother, Thelma Hidvegi Litts, of Jenkins, Kentucky; her brother, Stevie Joe Litts, of Jenkins, Kentucky; several cousins; several special friends, Wendy Jones, Patty Wood, Debbie Hogg, Lisa Sanders, Kathy Sergent, Edith Davis, Jo Ann Baldwin, Kim Page and Sandy Spears; her beloved pets, Holly and Scooby; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Thursday July 17, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Homes Polly & Craft Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Friday July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Jenkins United Methodist Church with Larry Penix officiating.  Entombment will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

 

 Gary Bruce Johnson, age 71, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away on Friday July 11, 2014 at his home.  He was born on August 16, 1942 at Dorton, Kentucky and lived most of his life in McRoberts, Kentucky.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Pikeville University.   Mr. Johnson possessed a strong passion for education and taught at McRoberts Elementary School for twenty-seven years.  He was a member of the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. 

   He was a son of the late Harrison and Sylvia Oaks Johnson.

   Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Helen Johnson, of McRoberts, Kentucky; a daughter, Lori L. Holbrook (Kevin), of Parkers Lake, Kentucky; two sons, David Johnson (Gayla), of Wise, Virginia, and Scott Johnson (Andrea), of McRoberts, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Corey Holbrook and Andrew Holbrook; two step-grandchildren, Alyssa Sturgill and Darren Duty; two brothers, Fred Johnson, of Robinson Creek, Kentucky, and Ted Johnson, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky; a sister, Madelyn Davis, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.   

   Visitation will be held on Saturday July 12, 2014 after 6:00 PM at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday July 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church, with Bill Craft officiating.  Interment will follow at the Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

  Kenneth “Dog” Ray Tackett, age 65, of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away on July 5, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on October 12, 1948 at Jackhorn, Kentucky and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  He had worked as miner for the Scotia Coal Company.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served two tours during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Tackett had the distinction of receiving a Purple Heart for his action in Vietnam.  He served as commander of the American Legion Post 104.  He was a loving father to his two daughters.  Mr. Tackett had been baptized and had received the Lord as his savior.

   He was a son of the late William Tackett and Barbara Hall Tackett.  He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Brenda Gayle Tackett, June Mullins and Carol Samu; and six brothers, Raymond Tackett, Haroldene Tackett, Garland Tackett, Virgil Tackett, Milford Tackett, Truman Tackett and Carl Tackett.

   Mr. Tackett is survived by his two daughters, Melissa Marcum, of Neon, Kentucky, and Shelly Tackett Rose (Mike), of Payne Gap, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Kelsey Ann Marcum, of Neon, Kentucky, and Jerrick Preston Rose, of Payne Gap, Kentucky; four sisters, Gearldene Harlan, of Merodia, Indiana, Ruby Potter, of Coeburn, Virginia, Fronie Mullins, of JoNancy, Kentucky and Marlene Hunt, of Michigan; five brothers, Roy Tackett, of Hemphill, Kentucky, Gary Tackett, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Clark Tackett, of Green Springs, Ohio, Earnest Tackett, of London, Kentucky, and Clayton Tackett, of Ypsilanti, Michigan; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Monday July 7, 2014 after 6:00 PM at the Fleming Church of God.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM at the Fleming Church of God, with Freddie Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 Barbara Blood Cantrell, age 76, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away  on Saturday July 5, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.  She was born on April 7, 1938 at McRoberts, Kentucky and lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. Cantrell was a homemaker and attended the Cornerstone Church.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who will be greatly missed by many. 

   She was a daughter of the late Sherwood and Myrtle Fleming Little.  She was also preceded in death by two husbands, David L. Blood and Millard Cantrell; her companion of seventeen years, Bobby Thompson; and two sisters, Myrtle Bartley, of Michigan, and Shelby Mullins, of McRoberts, Kentucky.

   She is survived by three daughters, Donna Kaye Marvelli, of Beverly Hills, Florida, Diana Lee Caudill (Glenn), and Elizabeth Faye Middaugh Gibson (Avery), both of McRoberts, Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Danielle Hollin, Derrick Hollin, Darren Hollin, Amber Caudill Blair, Erin Caudill Chaffins, David Middaugh and Kaylee Middaugh; ten great-grandchildren; fifteen brothers and sisters, Lester Little, Anna Sparks, Billie Jean Fleming, Deborah White, Mildred Mullins (Pejib), all of McRoberts, Kentucky, Rose Mary Collins, of Lenoir, North Carolina, Sherry Brown, of North Carolina, Ralph Little, of Neon, Kentucky, David Little, of Jenkins, Kentucky, Freddie Little, of Lexington, Kentucky, Jack Little, of South Carolina, Deeda Tilley, of McRoberts, Kentucky, Irene Seahorne, of Florida,   Linda Bullion, of Ohio and Annaline Johnson, of Pike County, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Sunday July 6, 2014 after 6:00 PM and on Monday July 7, 2014 after 2:00 PM at the Cornerstone Church, Ermine, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Cornerstone Church with Frank Holbrook and Harold Craft officiating.  Interment will follow at the Sparks Cemetery, McRoberts, Kentucky.

   Oda Faye Miller, of Kona, Kentucky, passed from this life on Monday June 30, 2014 at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, Kentucky.  The daughter of the late Albert and Ella Holbrook Slone, she was born on July 8, 1941 at Bottom Fork Kentucky, making her seventy-two years, eleven months and twenty-two days of age at her passing. She was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  Faye worked in the public eye for most all of her life as a cook, having previously been employed by LKLP Headstart for thirty-five years, the Garden Restaurant, Tooties and the Drug Store in Neon.  Prior to her passing, she dedicated herself to the Lord.  Faye was a devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, and she will be missed by many. 

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Woody Slone.

   Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Miller, of Neon, Kentucky, and LeAnna Slone, of Hindman, Kentucky; a son, Eddie Miller, of Kona, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Christen Shepherd, of Mayking, Kentucky, Stefan Caldwell (Tommy), of Eolia, Kentucky, Taelour Thompson, of Hindman, Kentucky, and Lee “Brother” Shepherd, of Whitesburg, Kentucky; three great-grandchildren, Ethen Cummings and Evan Cummings, of Whitesburg Kentucky, and Ashtin Caldwell, of Eolia, Kentucky; four sisters, June “Lee” Collier, Alberta “Bert” Perry (Dave), of Kona, Kentucky, Rendy Slone, and Patty “Pat” Hall (Michael), of Alexandria, Virginia; a brother, Ercel “Brother” Slone, of Bean Station, Tennesse; a sister-in-law, Joan Slone, of Ermine, Kentucky; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Tuesday July 1, 2014 after 6:00 PM and anytime on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday July 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church with Bobby Stamper, Bill Craft and Wendall Bates officiating.  Interment will follow at the Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 Thelma J. “Jackie” Pannell Minor, widow of Estil James Minor, a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  She was a member of Man O’ War Church of God.  Jackie and Estil lived in Burdine until 1967, when they moved to Pompano Beach, Florida to establish their own business.  Jackie moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 2000 to be with her family. 

   She was a daughter of the late William and Delphia Tucker Pannell.  She was preceded in death by brothers, Hobart Pannell and Dewey Pannell, and sisters, Nannie Miller, Billie Vanover and Lena Priest. 

   She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tommy Davis, of Lexington, Kentucky; two grandsons, Chad Davis and his wife, Caroline Calcote, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Brian Davis and fiancé, Leigh Ann Jordan, of Lexington, Kentucky; four great-children, Cal Davis, Mark Davis, Grace Davis and Hope Davis; two brothers, Dave Pannell and wife, Margaret, and Fred Pannell and wife, Cathy; sister, Pearl Richardson and husband, John; and numerous other family members and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Saturday June 21, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Carty Funeral Homes Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM at the funeral home with Tim Bailey officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.

 

   Luther Houston Meade, 89, of Kingscreek, Kentucky passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Bluegrass Hospice Center, Hazard, Kentucky. He was born on January 12, 1925 at Pound, Virginia to the late Oliver and Dessie Bougess Meade, and lived most of his life in  Letcher County, Kentucky.

    Mr. Meade was a veteran of the United States Navy, leaving his family at the age of 17 to serve in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was aboard the USS Missouri when the Peace Treaty with Japan was signed, ending the war.

    After the war, Luther joined his brother, Tate, in working for the company that constructed a power plant on the Ohio River. He spent 20 years working in construction in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio before returning to the mountains to begin his career in the mining industry.

    In the early 1970’s Mr. Meade founded L & N Coal Company in Pike County with a partner. Within a few years, Luther returned to his childhood home at Kingscreek and along with brother, Jack Meade, and another local businessman, Lawrence Shepherd, founded Meade and Shepherd Coal Company.

    Through the years, hundreds of coal miners learned how to operate and repair heavy equipment under the careful instruction of Luther Meade.

    He was also renown for his cooking expertise. Through the years, Luther hosted pig roasts for Gov. Louie B. Nunn, Gov. Martha Layne Collins, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, State Senator Gary C. Johnson, and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. He was also called upon to organize the Pig Roasts that ultimately began the Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival, feeding crowds of 5,000 people.

    Though he was well respected for his work in the coal industry and his civic involvement, Luther’s greatest joy came from the time he shared with family, friends, and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His home was filled with joy and laughter as those he loved were always welcome to come and fish from his pond, trek through the hills, and enjoy the seemingly endless treats coming off his grill.

   Those who knew and loved him will forever smile whenever they think of Luther Meade.

   Luther was preceded in death by four brothers: Dempsey, Otto, Charles and Ed; and three sisters: Hazel Meade, Pauline Meade and Lida Hogg.

   Survivors include his wife, Mildred Gibson Meade; nine children, James (Brenda) Meade, Wilma (Barry) O’Connor, Sandy (Don) Schneider, Diane Levinson, Terry Meade, Cindy (Guy) Discepoli, Donnie (Valerie) Walker, Pat (Randy) Cook, and Melissa (David) Boggs; seven brothers, Tate Meade of Ewing, Kentucky, Abraham Meade of Hebron, Kentucky, Fond Meade of Flushing, Ohio, Talmage (Jack) Meade of Kingscreek, Bill Meade of Kingscreek, Rondall Meade of Kingscreek, and Phillip Meade of Medora, Indiana; five sisters, Peggy Player of Lexington, South Carolina, Louise Ison of

Brownstown, Indiana, Cassie Gibson of Whitesburg, Kentucky, Nell Fields of Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Judy Sumpter of

Medora, Indiana; twenty-three grandchildren, including two special granddaughters; thirty-three grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Friday June 20, 2014 after 6:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on June 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, with Bob Caudill and Frank Holbrook officiating.  Interment will follow at the Meade Cemetery, Big Cowan, Kentucky. 

   

   Kenneth Bryan Gooch, age 78, of Millstone, Kentucky, passed away on Monday June 2, 2014 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, KY.  He was born on July 26, 1935 at Neon, KY, and lived most of his life in Letcher County, KY.  Mr. Gooch began his professional career by teaching at Goose Creek, Seco, and Hemphill schools.  Kenneth began his banking career at First Security Bank at Neon and later moved to the Whitesburg Office and retired as Executive Vice President of the Whitesburg Market, Community Trust Bank after 38 years.  Mr. Gooch was the pastor of Deane Baptist Church for thirty-five years.  He dearly loved reading, poetry, gardening and dancing. Mr Gooch was an avid sports fan and he loved watching his children and grandchildren play their individual sports.  He enjoyed taking his family to watch Cincinnati Reds baseball. He enjoyed watching and talking football (especially with his Dad). Kenneth also enjoyed golfing with family and friends.

   He was the son of the late Jennings Bryan Gooch and Katie Meade Gooch.  Mr. Gooch was also preceded in death by a sister, Ina Hall; and two brothers, Vernon Gooch and James Gooch.

   Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Ernestine Gooch, of Millstone, KY; a daughter, Robin Elaine Bonnell (Allen), of Corbin, KY; four sons, Mark Anthony Gooch (Pat), of Pikeville, KY, Kenneth Bryan Gooch, Jr., of Neon, KY, Phillip Christopher Gooch (Cynthia), of Hazard, KY, and Dr. Kevin Matthew Gooch (Missy), of Millstone, KY; a daughter-in-law, Robin Morgan, of Millstone, KY; eight grandchildren, Gabriel, Natalie (Michael), Stacie, Whitney (Josh), Jonah, Kassidy, Rachel and Noah; a sister, Draxie McMillan, of Ravenna, KY; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 3, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church and on Wednesday June 4, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Deane Baptist Church.  Funeral services will follow on Wednesday at 3:00 PM with Allen Bonnell, Bill Craft and Mark Wagoner officiating.  Interment will follow at Kenneth B. Gooch Cemetery, Deane, Kentucky.

 Jacqueline Collins, age 88, of Payne Gap, Kentucky, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at her home.  She was born on February 9, 1926; the daughter of Edna and Millard Vaughn, of Payne Gap, Kentucky.

   Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Cassie and Bobby; and one son, Donnie.

   She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, Orlando Collins; five sons, Jerry, Gene, Tommy, Bobby and Ronny; three daughters, Sue, Jill and Lesa; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Millard Vaughn, Jr., of Spring Hill, Florida; along with other family and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Saturday May 31, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday June 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel with Hollis Bevins officiating.  Interment will follow at the Jenkins-Payne Gap Cemetery, Payne Gap, Kentucky.

   Charlsie Pauline Sergent, age 88, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at the Nim Henson Geriatric Center, Jackson, Kentucky.  She was born on December 1, 1925 at Millstone, Kentucky and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. Sergent worked as a nurse’s aid at the Seco and Jenkins Hospitals.  She was of the Christian Faith.

   She was a daughter of the late Claude McHone and Mamie Cowan McHone.  She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Elbert Young and later her second husband, James Sergent; a sister, Geraldine Gibson; and a brother, Claude McHone, Jr.

    She is survived by three sisters, Billie DeSimone, of McRoberts, Kentucky, Norma Huff, of Neon, Kentucky, and Carrie Wright; one brother, George McHone, of Millstone, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Friday May 30, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Jeff Miles officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery, Whitesburg, Kentucky. 

  Larry Allen Nelson, age 69, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky. He was born on May 5, 1945 at Cromona, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Nelson had worked as a coal miner.  He was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church but in recent years had been attending the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church.     

   He was a son of the late Denver Nelson and Lexie Bailey Nelson.  He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters, Jerry Nelson, Ronald Nelson, Ruby Sowards, Joyce Polly and Harold “Dinky” Nelson. 

   Survivors include his wife, Nettie Nelson, of Neon, Kentucky; a daughter, Michelle (Larry) Barber, of Morehead, Kentucky; a son, Justin Nelson, of Neon, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Trey Barber, of Morehead, Kentucky, Kylan Nelson, Lexi Nelson and Hannah Nelson, all of Elkhorn City, Kentucky; a brother, Donald “Sonny” (Norma) Nelson, of Haymond, Kentucky;  two sisters, Betty Quillen, of Haymond Kentucky and Dee “Lala” (Ralph) Ginn, of Burlington, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Saturday May 24, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday May 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Fleming Baptist Church with Bill Craft officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery.

  Lorrie Bernice Bevins, age 50, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  She was born on August 27, 1963 in Letcher County, Kentucky and lived most of her life in the Letcher County.  She enjoyed spending time on Facebook, tending to her cats, reading the bible, her daily devotion and playing Wii bowling; Tyler gave her his Wii, so she could play whenever she wanted.  Ms. Bevins was a homemaker and was of the Christian Faith.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Bevins, and her paternal grandmother, Bessie Cantrell.

   Survivors include her two sons, Randall (Ashley) Matthew Gilliam, of Mebane, North Carolina, and Tyler (Joanie) Gilliam, of Jenkins, Kentucky; her mother, Brenda Bevins, of Jenkins, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Alison Gilliam and Alexa Gilliam; two sisters, Dianna Meade, of McRoberts, Kentucky, and Brenda Bevins, of Burdine, Kentucky; four brothers, David Bevins, of Jenkins, Kentucky, Marty Bevins, of Georgia, Wayne Bevins, of North Carolina, and Steve Bevins, of California; a great-aunt, to whom she was very close with, Leah Brummett; a niece  Anistan Oliver; four nephews, Ryan Bentley, Dylan Bentley, Andrew Oliver and Ayden Oliver; a great-nephew, Rylan Bentley; and a host of other family and friends.  

   Visitation will be held on Friday May 23, 2014 after 6:00 PM at the People’s Fundamental Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the People’s Fundamental Baptist Church with Van Webb officiating.  Interment will follow at the Laurel Fork Cemetery.

  Eddie Wayne Howard, age 54, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on May 28, 1959 at McRoberts, Kentucky; he was raised in Letcher County, Kentucky and had made Letcher County his home for the last ten years.  Mr. Howard took great pride and enjoyment in working as an underground coal miner for Jim Walter Resources.  He attended and was baptized at the Victory Temple.     

   He was a son of the late Earl and Marybelle Howard.  He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Earl Howard, Jr., Michael “Sonny” Lewis Howard, Jeffery Niel Howard and Timothy “Bo” Howard.

   Survivors include six sisters, Phillis Campbell, of Dactur, Illinois, Earlene Lee, of Corbin, Kentucky, Sharon Mullins, of McRoberts, Kentucky, Mary (Harold) Bolling, of Mayking, Kentucky, Sherry Ann Caldwell, of Pound, Virginia, and Patricia Gail Howard, of Neon, Kentucky; a special cousin, Rebecca “Becky” Rose, of McRoberts, Kentucky; two very special nieces, Gipsy Bolling and Andrea Dawn Mullins, of Mayking, Kentucky; a host of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn him.

   Visitation will be held on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 12:00-3:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel, Neon, Kentucky.  Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM with Bobby Stamper officiating.  Interment will follow at the Haven of Rest Cemetery, Mayking, Kentucky. 

   Virginia Anne Childers, age 57, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday May 10, 2014 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky.  She was born on June 11, 1956 at Jenkins, Kentucky and lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. Childers loved to travel, especially to beaches, and her favorite place to visit was Myrtle Beach.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, and was a noted fan of the University of Kentucky basketball team.  Ms. Childers was of the Christian Faith.

   She was a daughter of the late Lester and Bessie Sexton Gilley.  She was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Garren Childers and a sister, Paula Artrip.

   Survivors include her partner of over 25 years, Joe Powers, of Wise, Virginia; a daughter, Sherry (Leonard) McNew, of Duffield, Virginia; two sons, Michael (Jessica) Childers, of Deane, Kentucky, and Patrick Childers, of Jenkins, Kentucky; a sister, Patricia (Joe) Rowe, of Jenkins, Kentucky; five brothers, Palmer (Kim) Gilley, Timothy Gilley, both of Dayton, Ohio, Jerry Gilley, of Norton, Virginia, Daniel (Teresa) Gilley, of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Ernest Gilley, of Winchester, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Michael “Cody” Childers, Heather Childers, Kayla Childers, Cliftonna Childers, Israel Childers and Peyton McNew; her former husband, Pat Childers; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 14, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 15, 2014 at 11:00 at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel with Van Webb officiating.  

   Rose Florence Dingus, age 84, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Saturday May 10, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  She was born on May 9, 1930 at Jenkins, Kentucky and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. Dingus was a former hairdresser and teacher at Mayking Christian School for about 15 years.  She completed her longtime goal and graduated from Clear Creek Bible College in 2000 and held the distinction of being the oldest graduate from the program at the time.  Ms. Dingus was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Jenkins.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, and was a fan of Jenkins and the University of Kentucky sports.

   She was a daughter of the late Kelly Williams and Thelma Brown Williams.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Bobby Ray Dingus; two sons, Robert Dingus and Charles Dingus; one grandson, Fon Jay Adkins; and three brothers, Paul Williams, Thomas Williams and Charles Williams.

   Survivors include a daughter, Rosetta Adkins, of Jenkins, Kentucky; three sons, Joseph Dingus, Carl (Ruthie) Dingus, both of Beckley, West Virginia, and Samuel (Beth) Dingus, of Florence, Kentucky; fifteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy (Grover) Barker, of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Alma McIntosh, of Zanesville, Ohio; two brothers, Carl (Jean) Williams and Johnny (Carolyn) Williams, both of Kingsport, Tennessee; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Monday May 12, 2014 after 5:00 PM at Carty Funeral Homes Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Carty Funeral Homes Polly & Craft Chapel with Larry Brashear officiating.

   Trenton Paul Carty, age 8, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky, due to injuries sustained from a bicycle accident.  He was born on September 25, 2005 at Pikeville, Kentucky and was a lifelong resident of Letcher County, Kentucky.  Trent was an energetic child with a heart as big as the world.  He was very loving and protective of his family, especially his sister, Arabella.  Trent greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his brothers and sister, spending time with members of the community, especially his friend Jacob, swimming, hiking, playing video games, playing basketball, going to church, ATVing, drawing, which he possessed a talent far beyond his age, and was a noted Batman fan.  Trent was very involved with computers and enjoyed making movies on his laptop and taking pictures on his Ipad.  Trent was well known for being very compassionate and willing to help other regardless of the task.  Trent had an outgoing and mature personality and had a number of adult friends.  He acquired several nicknames from friends and family but was proud and most noted for “stripe” from the film Gremlins, which was given by his granddad, who he was very close with.  Trent had a smile that could light up a room and capture your heart.  He had a passion for magic and possessed several magic kits and was very proud of the card tricks that he had recently learned and was able to perform very well.  Trent was often described as a very generous little fellow that would give anything of his to anybody.  He was a third grade student at the Burdine Elementary School, where he held the distinction of remaining on honor roll, since his enrollment, and attended the Burdine Freewill Baptist Church, where he carried his “holly” bible when in attendance. 

   Trent was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Paul Sanders; his paternal grandfather, Verlin Keith Carty, Sr; his maternal great-grandfather, John DePriest; and his paternal great-grandfathers, Hubert Carty and Jack Redman.

   Survivors include his parents, Verlin Keith Carty, Jr., and Megan Lynette Carty, of Jenkins, Kentucky; a sister, Arabella Annalee Carty, of Jenkins, Kentucky; two brothers, Verlin “Trey” Keith Carty, III., and Ethan Alexander Carty, both of Jenkins, Kentucky; his maternal grandmother, Cindy Sanders, of Jenkins, Kentucky; his paternal grandmother, Dana Carty, of Wise, Virginia; three great-grandmothers, Marilyn DePriest, of Lexington, Kentucky, Nancy Redman, of Norton, Virginia, and Hilda Marie Carty, of Vermillion, Ohio; an aunt, Hannah Carty, of Wise, Virginia; two uncles, Michael Sanders, of Jenkins, Kentucky, and David  Carty, of Wise, Virginia; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Friday May 9, 2014 after 5:00 PM and Saturday May 10, 2014 after 3:00 PM at Jenkins High School.  Funeral services will be held on Monday May 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Jenkins High School with Tim Bailey, Van Webb, Mark Wagoner and Jeff Slone officiating.  Entombment will follow at Temple Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Castlewood, Virginia.

 

  Robert Gene Adams, age 81, of Haymond, Kentucky, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on January 5, 1933 at Mayking, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Adams was a United States Army veteran and served in the Korean War.  He had worked in appliance repair.  Mr. Adams was the minister for the Mayking Church of Christ for over thirty-five years and had hosted a television program, where he ministered.  He was passionate about spending time with his grandchildren and church family.  He delighted in spending time at the Pine Mountain Grill, sipping unsweetened tea, with extra lemon, where he would partake in fellowship with family and friends.  

   He was a son of the late Orville and Roxie Kincer Adams.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Eva Buckley and Jenny Bowlsbey and two brothers, Elmer Adams and J.R. Adams.

   Survivors include his wife, Rose Adams, of Haymond, Kentucky; three daughters, Robin (Daniel) Davis, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Ellena “E.” (Mark) Wright, of Kona, Kentucky, and Missy (Mike) Johnson, of Wise, Virginia; a son, Bobby (Jenine) Adams, of Sandy Hook, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Emily Davis, Bradley Davis, Aaron Adams, Cameron Adams and Chloe Wright; two sisters, Sara Gonzales, of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Joyce Mann, of Darden, Tennessee; five brothers, Eddie Adams, of Paris Crossing, Indiana, Jim Adams, of Liberty, Illinois, Bill Adams, of Mayking, Kentucky, Roger Adams, of Barney, Georgia, and Mike Adams, of River Grove, Illinois; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Sunday May 4, 2014 after 3:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Monday May 5, 2014 at 1:00 at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel with the Mayking Church of Christ officiating.  Interment will follow at Haven of Rest cemetery, Mayking Kentucky.

  Denzil “Porky” Bentley, Jr., of Jackhorn, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky. “Porky” was born on October 2, 1970, making his stay here on earth forty-three years, seven months and thirty days.  He worked in the coal mines before becoming too sick.  “Porky” fought a long battle with diabetes.  He was a sports fan, loved riding horses and was a very skilled carpenter.  He loved spending time with his son, Lance and cherished him dearly.  He will be missed dearly. 

   “Porky” was a son of the late Sally Jane Bentley.

   “Porky is survived by a son, Lance Walker Bentley, of Jackhorn, Kentucky; his father, Denzil Bentley, of Jackhorn, Kentucky; two step-children, Stevena Caudill, of Jenkins, Kentucky and Wayne Caudill, of Isom, Kentucky; two sisters, Billie Deanna Bentley, of Yonts Fork, Kentucky and Tonya Denise Kincaid, of Blackey, Kentucky; nephews, Austin Bentley and Justin Bentley and several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.  

   Visitation will be held on Saturday May 3, 2014 after 6:00 PM at the Fleming Church of God.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday May 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Fleming Church of God with Larry Dean Holbrook and Freddie Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Boone Mountain Cemetery. 

   Joseph Kenneth Cantrell, 64, of Cromona, Kentucky, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, Kentucky. He was born to Pauline and the late Atchie Cantrell, on October 5, 1949, in Cromona, KY, the youngest of 6 children. He graduated from Fleming-Neon High School in 1968.  He attended Calvary College and Whitesburg Vocational School. He was a proud resident of Letcher County his entire life.   He was a mining electrician and worked for various companies including Elmac, Fairchild, and most recently Hall Equipment.  Kenny was quite a conversationalist, a great storyteller, and enjoyed the company of his friends and family.  Kenny was an active member of The Ben Caudill SCV Camp #1629 and Lonesome Pine Masonic Lodge #884.  He was a self-declared historian and passionate about honoring the forgotten Civil War soldiers.  He participated in numerous reenactments and headstone settings in the Kentucky and Virginia area.

   He is a son of the late Atchie Cantrell.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Anderson, and two brothers, Harold Cantrell and Jack Cantrell.

   Survivors include his mother, Pauline Isbell Cantrell of Cromona, Kentucky; two sisters Regina C. Carmony (Jesse) of Hopewell, Virginia, and Alice Faye Jowers (Frank) of Charleston, South Carolina; a very special friend Connie Mullins of Cromona, Kentucky;  several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Sunday April 27, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel, Neon, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Monday April 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel with Wendall Austin and Freddie Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Wright Cemetery, Whitaker, Kentucky.  

   Jackie Calvin Newman, age 72, of Maysville, Kentucky, formerly of Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away Friday April 25, 2014 at Jonesborough, Tennessee.  He was born on December 22, 1941 at Glamorgan, Virginia and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Newman worked as a maintenance repair technician in several industries, was a veteran of the United States Army, was fan of the University of Kentucky basketball and was an avid fisherman.      

   He was a son of the late George Calvin Newman and Audrey Mae Jenkins Newman.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Faye Newman.

   Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Heard, of Maysville, Kentucky; two sons, Jeffrey Newman and Jackie C. Newman, both of Florence, Kentucky; twelve grandchildren; a sister, Peggy (Jim) Bosley, of Jonesborough, Tennessee; four brother, Larry Newman, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, Charlie (Elfriede) Newman, of Norton, Virginia, Jimmy (Mary) Newman, of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Roger Newman, of Aberdeen, Ohio; and a host other family and friends.   

   Visitation will be held on Sunday April 27, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Monday April 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel with Van Webb officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  

   Anna Sue Tucker Bentley, age 81, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Sunday April 13, 2014 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center, Hazard, Kentucky.  She was born on January 17, 1933 at Letcher County, Kentucky and lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. Bentley was well known throughout the community for being the cook at the Sugar Shack and for the delicious donuts that she made.  She enjoyed caring for her flowers, spending time with kids and grandkids and she was of the Old Regular Baptist Faith.        

   She was a daughter of the late Otho and Nancy Alice Hall Bentley.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Allen Bentley; twelve sisters, Atha Caudill, Sabrina Blair, Wilma Benge, Lake Pass, Cora Mullins, Opal Bentley, May Bentley, Mary Bentley, Lettie Totten, Stella Salyers, Nettie Taylor and Laura Stallard; and five brothers, Otho Bentley, Jr., John Vint Bentley, Jimmy Bentley, Can Bentley and Willie Bentley. 

   Survivors include two sons, Roy Bentley, of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Jerry (Nina) Bentley, of West Liberty, Kentucky; six brothers, Freddie Bentley, of Vandalia, Ohio, Joe Bentley, D.U. Bentley, Jerry Wayne Bentley, all of Millstone, Kentucky, Jimmy Vent and John Vent, both of Ohio; seven grandchildren, Shawn, Barry, Ronald, Morgan, Samuel, Abigail and Arianna; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Monday April 14, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel with Van Webb officiating.  Interment will follow at the Sam Bentley Cemetery, Payne Gap, Kentucky.

   Funeral arrangements being cared for by Carty Funeral Homes, Jenkins, Kentucky.  

   George Estil Johnson, age 76, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday April 9, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on March 3, 1938 at Eolia, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Johnson worked in surface mining and was of the Baptist Faith.  He was an animal lover, who raised both dogs and horses and rode and trained horses. 

   He was a son of the late Willard Edward and Bonnie Daily Johnson.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lorretta Elkins and Eva Mae Hicks; a brother, Henry Estil Blair; and two grandchildren, Brandon Johnson and Phillip Aaron Bare. 

    Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Nadeau, of Whiteville, North Carolina; two sons, George Willard Johnson, of Virginia, and Robert Estil Johnson, of North Carolina; his lifelong companion, Viola Sawyer, of Whitesburg, Kentucky; four brothers, Eddie Johnson and James Estil Blair, both of Wilmington, North Carolina, Willard Johnson and David Johnson, both of Jenkins, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.  

   A private service will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.

  Harold “Dinky” Dean Nelson, age 63, of Whitesburg, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday April 9, 2014 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center, Hazard, Kentucky.  He was born on August 17, 1950 at Fleming, Kentucky and lived most all of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Nelson worked as a coal miner and was of the Christian Faith.  He enjoyed writing poems and collecting coins. 

   He was a son of the late Denver C. and Lexie Bailey Nelson.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Janella Sowards and Joyce Anna Polly; and two brothers, Jerry Allen and Ronald Gene.   

   Survivors include his two daughters, Karma (John) Wright and Desiree (Todd) Teague; a son, Mercury Dean Nelson; two sisters, Betty (late Clyde) Quillen and Delois “Lala” (Ralph) Ginn; two brothers, Donald “Sonny” (Norma) Nelson and Larry (Nettie) Nelson; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 after 1:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel, Neon, Kentucky.  Memorial services will follow at 2:00 PM at the funeral home, with Mark Wagoner officiating.  A private burial will take place at a later date in the Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Kentucky.  

   Iris Ann Monroe, age 56, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday April 9, 2014 at her home.  She was born on September 28, 1958 at Baltimore, Maryland and lived most of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. Monroe was a homemaker and was of the Baptist Faith.  She loved her grandchildren and greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends.      

   She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Ralph Chandler; a son, Marcus Monroe; and a brother, Alex Everette Chandler.

   Survivors include her husband, Norman Monroe, of Jenkins, Kentucky; two daughters, Getamnia Monroe, of Burdine, Kentucky, and Norma (Byron) Lucas, of Cromona, Kentucky; her mother, Carolyn Bowman, of Bishop, Virginia; two sisters, Robin McFall, of Norton, Virginia, and Billie Meadows, of Fort Mill, South Carolina; two brothers, Ricky Chandler, of Bishop, Virginia, and Vernon “Randy” Randall Chandler, of Crouse, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Bella Lynn Lucas, Austin Lee Little and Jedediah Blair; and a host of family and friends.

   Visitation will be held on Friday April 11, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky with Ben Hurst officiating.  Interment will follow at the Whitaker Cemetery, Whitaker, Kentucky.  

   Bobby Franklin Webb, age 47, of Fleming, Kentucky, passed away Monday April 7, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on September 25, 1966 at Inez, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Webb worked as a diesel mechanic for Universal Well Service and was a member of the Hemphill Church of Christ.  He was well known throughout the community for his passion and ability to work on and paint cars, which were activities he greatly enjoyed doing.  Mr. Webb had a great football career while attending Jenkins High School and was a huge fan of the Pittsburg Steelers.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Amburgey Webb and a brother, Arnold Ray Webb.

   Survivors include his wife, Vickie Webb, of Fleming, Kentucky; a son, Michael Webb, of Fleming, Kentucky; his father, Ray Webb, of Fleming, Kentucky; two sisters, Belinda (John) Fitchpatrick, of Fleming, Kentucky, and Patricia (Doyle) Caudill, of Burdine, Kentucky; two brothers, Elmer (Karen) Webb, of Hemphill, Kentucky, and Jimmy (Anetta) Webb, of Payne Gap, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.    

   Visitation will be held on Wednesday April 9, 2014 after 6:00 PM and Thursday April 10, 2014 anytime at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel, Neon, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Friday April 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel, Neon, Kentucky, with Daril Strange officiating.  Interment will follow at the Green Acres Cemetery, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  

   Jerry Wayne Abbott, age 53, of Canmer, Kentucky, formerly of Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, Kentucky.  He was born on October 23, 1960 at Dayton, Ohio and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Abbott worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church.  He enjoyed travelling, riding his motorcycle and listening to music. 

   He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Squire Sparkman. 

   Survivors include his mother, Betty Jean Sparkman, of Lexington, Kentucky; his father, Joe Abbott, of Michigan; his partner, Cynthia Spangler, of Canmer, Kentucky; three sisters, Linda Larkey, of Lexington, Kentucky, Terri Abbott, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Denise King, of Lexington, Kentucky; three brothers, Glenn Sparkman, of Nashville Tennessee; Joe Abbott, Jr. and Eddie Abbott, both of Michigan; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Monday April 7, 2014 after 6:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel, Neon, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Fleming Baptist Church, with Edmon Bolling and Harold Vance officiating.  Interment will follow at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Jeff, Kentucky.

   Opal Taylor, age 67, of Ashland, Kentucky formerly of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Sunday March 30, 2014 at her home in Ashland, Kentucky.  She was born on April 29, 1946 at Payne Gap, Kentucky and lived most of her life in Jenkins, Kentucky.  Ms. Taylor was a homemaker and was of the Christian Faith.   

   She was a daughter of the late Archer and Bertha Mae Justice Perry.  She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Tackett, Ruth Slone and Betty Vanover; and two brothers, Roy Perry and Orville Perry.

   Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Legat, of Dallas, Texas; her son, Claude Shannon Whitaker, of Cumberland, Kentucky; two sisters, Wanda Settles, of Camden, Ohio, and Patty Winters, of Colorado; three grandchildren, Christopher Whitaker, Bethany Whitaker and Mackenzie Whitaker; her favorite niece, Cindy Vanover, of Williamson, West Virginia; many loved nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held after 6:00 PM on Friday April 4, 2014 at the Haymond Freewill Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Haymond Freewill Baptist Church, with Wendell Austin officiating.  Interment will follow at the Justice-Elkins Cemetery, Clintwood, Virginia.  

   Laurel “Yaya” Anne McCall, age 56, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  She was born on March 4, 1958 at Whitesburg, Kentucky and lived most all of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Ms. McCall attended Alice Lloyd College, where she received her associate’s degree, then attended Pikeville College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree, and then attended Morehead State University, where she obtained a Rank 1 Master’s degree.  Her education career spanned over thirty years, which included her teaching at several of the elementary schools throughout Letcher County and served as principal of Letcher Elementary School and was teaching at Letcher County High School at the time of her retirement.  She coached cheerleading and was very active in the sports program throughout her career.  Ms. McCall was very passionate about her students and the education they received.  She was a member of the Kentucky Education Association and attended the Seco Freewill Baptist Church. 

   She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Orville Bentley, Sr.; a brother, Daniel Orville Bentley, Jr.; and a sister, Kathy Ann Bentley. 

   Survivors include her husband, James McCall, of Neon, Kentucky; five daughters, Tina Hall, Wanda McCall, both of Cumberland, Kentucky, Cecilia McCall, of Jackson, Kentucky, Amanda Bates, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Ashley McCall, of Neon, Kentucky; a son, James Allen McCall, of Berea, Kentucky; her mother, Nellean Bentley, of Neon, Kentucky; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Carol Addington, of Beefhide, Kentucky, Beverly Hunt, of Pikeville, Kentucky, Lana Billiter, of Payne Gap, Kentucky; one brother, Michael Bentley, of Neon, Kentucky; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held after 6:00 PM on Thursday April 3, 2014 and anytime on Friday April 4, 2014 at the Seco Freewill Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Seco Freewill Baptist Church with Rocky Craft, Freddie Johnson and James Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at Bentley Family Church, Beefhide, Kentucky.  

  Ronnie Dale McLemore, age 60, of Wise, Virginia, formerly of Letcher County, Kentucky, passed away Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky.  He was born on December 12, 1953 at Fleming, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. McLemore spent a number of years working in Martinsville, Virginia at a glass factory as a general laborer.  He enjoyed playing guitar, fishing and spending time with family and friends.  Mr. McLemore was a United States Army veteran, who held the rank of Private First Class and was stationed in Germany.  He was of the Pentecostal Faith. 

   He was a son of the late Hiram and Elsie Hughes McLemore.  Mr. McLemore was also preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Watson McLemore. 

   Survivors include four sisters, Billie Jo Raliegh, of Eubank, Kentucky, Deborah Lavone Wyatt, of Appalachia, Virginia, Eloise Wyatt, of Wise, Virginia, and Cordelia Tuttle, of Wise, Virginia; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.   

   Visitation will be held on Monday March 17, 2014 after 6:00 PM and Tuesday March 18, 2014 after 4:00 PM at the New Freedom of Worship Center, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the New Freedom of Worship Center, Jenkins, Kentucky, with Danny Quillen and John Wyatt officiating and V.F.W. Post 9600, Pound, Virginia, performing military rites.  Interment will follow at the McRoberts Cemetery, McRoberts, Kentucky.  

   Jack Edward Stephens, age 55, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Thursday March 13, 2014 at the Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, Kentucky.  He was born on April 15, 1958 at Jenkins, Kentucky.  He was raised in Letcher County, Kentucky and worked as an electrician, which required him to work and live throughout the United States.  Mr. Stephens enjoyed playing golf and was a fan of the University of Kentucky Basketball team.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 104, Neon, Kentucky, and was of the Christian Faith.

   He was a son of the late Jack and Dorothy Hughes Stephens.  Mr. Stephens was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Woodrow and Ruby Stephens.

   Survivors include his wife, Beverly Stephens, of Jenkins, Kentucky; two daughters, Rachel (Doug) Hayes, of Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Latrissa Gibbs, of Jenkins, Kentucky; a son, Dewayne (Misty) Gibbs, of Goose Creek, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Tanner Blake Edward, McKinlee Hayes, Hailey, Dredon and Kellie; three brothers, Lee Stephens, of Coeburn, Virginia, Mark Stephens and Scott Stephens, both of Georgia; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.    

 

 

   Janet Meade, age 77, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at her home.  She was born on September 9, 1936 in Seco, Kentucky.  She was a longtime resident of Neon, Kentucky but had also made her home in Dearborn Heights, Michigan for a period of time.  Mrs. Meade was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 16 of Flat Rock, Michigan.  

   She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Hazel Allen, her loving daughter, Tajuana Sue Meade, a twin sister, Janice Smith and two brothers, Ted and Jack Allen.

   Survivors include her husband of 58 years, J.D. Meade, Seco, Kentucky; one daughter, Theresa (Tony) CyGanik, Michigan; three grandchildren, Jerry (Rachel), Melissa and Heather (Eric); three great grandchildren, Jordan, Madison and Kameron; one sister in law, Joan Allen, Florida; several nieces and nephews and host of other friends and relatives to mourn her passing.

   A private service will be held by the family at a later date.  She will be forever and always loved and missed by all who knew and loved her.  

  Fitzgerald “Gerald” Hall, age 56, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Monday March 3, 2014 at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  He was born on November 16, 1957 at Geneva, Ohio and lived most all of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Hall worked for over 28 years for the Kentucky Department of Transportation and retired as a bridge foreman.  He was well known for being a devout and loyal fan of the University of Tennessee sports program.  Mr. Hall was of the Church of God Faith.

   He was a son of the late Ercell Mullins and Janice Bryant Belcher.  Mr. Hall was also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Rachel Lynn Hall and Harrison Belcher, who was like a father to him and raised him. 

   Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Edwards Hall, of Jenkins, Kentucky; three daughters, Bobbie Sue Hall, of Pound, Virginia, Sabrina (David) Perry, of UZ, Kentucky, Jessica (Lee) Garrett, of Bainbridge, Indiana; one son, Steven (Delilah) Anderson, of Norton, Virginia; four sisters, Mavis Crane, of Barstow, California; Melissa Littrell, of Whitesburg, Kentucky, Sherry Hall, of Jenkins, Kentucky, and Linda (Ricky) Newsome, of Dorton, Kentucky; six brothers, Marvin Mullins, of Burlington, Kentucky, Marty “Red Top” (Crystal) Mullins, of Neon, Kentucky, Donald Ray Hall, of Louisville, Kentucky, Paul (Teresa) Hall, of Jenkins, Kentucky, Michael (Debbie) Hall, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Timmy (Rhonda) Belcher, of Jenkins, Kentucky; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.  

   Visitation will be held on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM at New Beginning’s Assembly of God Church, Jenkins, Kentucky, and anytime on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the church.  Funeral services will be held on Friday March 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM at New Beginning’s Assembly of God Church with Wendell Austin and Danny Mullins officiating.  Interment will follow at the Laurel Fork Cemetery.

  

  Thurman Ray Wyatt, age 50, of Cromona, Kentucky, passed away Monday February 17, 2014 at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  He was born on July 6, 1963 at Jenkins, Kentucky and lived most all of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Wyatt worked as a chemical cleaning specialist for Protek.  He attended the Peoples Fundamental Baptist Church and was a past member of the Skyview Park Committee.  Mr. Wyatt enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends.  He was also an avid fisherman, enjoyed Duck Dynasty and was a big fan of the University of Kentucky basketball team. 

   He was preceded in death by his father, George Wyatt; three sisters, Jonella Wyatt, Yolanda Wyatt and Diane Wyatt; and a brother, George Edward Wyatt. 

   Survivors include his wife of thirty years, Deranda Wyatt, of Cromona, Kentucky; two daughters, Ashley (Deran) Hatton, of Payne Gap, Kentucky and Amber Wyatt, of Burdine, Kentucky; a son, Matthew Wyatt, of Cromona, Kentucky; his mother, Anna Tompkins Wyatt, of Jenkins, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Shaylee Smith, Brylee Smith, Hannah Damron, Jacelyn Hatton, Kinzleigh Damron and Bryson Wyatt; three sisters, Nettie Anderson, Connie Profitt and Goldie Triplett, all of Jenkins, Kentucky; two brothers, Willie Wyatt, of Rockwood, Tennessee and John Wyatt, of Jenkins, Kentucky; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held at the Peoples Fundamental Baptist on Wednesday February 19, 2014 after 6 PM and anytime on Thursday February 20, 2014.  Funeral services will be held on Friday February 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Peoples Fundamental Baptist Church with Van Webb, Jeff Slone and Johnny Mullins officiating.  Interment will follow at the Haven of Rest Cemetery, Mayking, Kentucky.

  

   Richard Boyd Morris, age 59, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Saturday February 15, 2014 at his home.  He was born on July 13, 1954 at Fleming, Kentucky.  He was raised in Letcher County, Kentucky and moved to Lynch, Kentucky, where he taught school and coached basketball and football at Lynch High School and later moved to the Louisville area, where he worked for Monumental Life Insurance Company until he retired a few years ago.  Mr. Morris was a graduate of Pikeville College and was of the Christian Faith. 

   He was preceded in death by his father, James “Jimmy” E. Morris and a sister, Lisa Kaye Morris.

   Survivors include his mother, Lula Graham Belcher, of Neon, Kentucky; two children, Constance (Colin) Ritter, of Indiana and Annette Hatfield, of Indiana; a granddaughter, Cyanne Wimberly, of Indiana; a sister, Jennifer (Michael) Sparks, of McRoberts, Kentucky; five nieces and nephews, Megan (Ryan), Ricky (Candice), Shellie (Sammy), Mikey (Brooke) and Kelli; four great nieces and nephews, Jasmine, Mia, Bishop and Reanna; a special friend who was like his brother, Chris Collier; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Sunday February 16, 2014 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Carty Funeral Homes Neon Chapel and on Monday February 17, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 AM at Carty Funeral Homes Neon Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday February 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Carty Funeral Homes Neon Chapel with Mark Wagoner officiating.  A graveside service will be held on Monday February 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM at Green Acres Cemetery, Whitesburg, Kentucky.

 

   James “Big Red” Wesley Hall, age 79, of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday February 5, 2014 at the St. Joseph Select Specialty Hospital, Warren, Ohio.  He was born on June 5, 1934 at Hemphill, Kentucky and lived most of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  He was owner of Wesley Hall Trucking Company and was of the Christian faith. 

   He was a son of the late Mart and Nannie Hall.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rosella Johnson and four brothers, William “Cookie” Hall, Ballard Hall, Gratz Hall and Jessie Hall.

   Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hall, of Neon, Kentucky; a son, Wesley “Buggy” Hall and his companion, Amanda Hall, of Neon, Kentucky; a grandson, Ryan Michael Hall, of Neon, Kentucky; a sister, Florence Stines, of Neon, Kentucky; three brothers, Bernard Hall, of Goose Creek, Kentucky, Connie Wayne Hall, of Sergent, Kentucky, and Alfred Hall, of Hemphill, Kentucky; also Sierra Hall and Austin “Hoss” Hall who he loved dearly; and a host of other family and friends. 

   Visitation will be held on Friday February 7, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel with Freddie Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at the Guy Holbrook Cemetery, Tolliver Town, Kentucky.

   Aldene Back, age 63, of Windsor, Connecticut, formerly of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Monday February 3, 2014 at her home.  She was born on December 6, 1950 at McRoberts, Kentucky.  Ms. Back worked as a nurse at Jenkins Community Hospital for over thirty years and was of the Christian Faith. 

   She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Back and a brother, Steve Back.

   Survivors include her mother, Lydia Back, of McRoberts, Kentucky; a sister, Lisa Pease, of Crafts Colley, Kentucky;  three brothers, Jack Back, of Summerville, South Carolina, Terry Back, of McRoberts, Kentucky, and David Back, of Stafford, Virginia; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.   

   Memorial services will be held on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the McRoberts Community Center with Jim Johnston officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the McRoberts Cemetery.

     Robert Lee Polly, age 61, of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday January 28, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on August 30, 1952 in Letcher County, Kentucky and lived most all of his life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  He worked for Stuart Adams for a number of years at Adam Stone performing various jobs.  Mr. Polly was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who was very proud that he was able to serve his country, and was a member of American Legion Post 66, Jenkins, Kentucky. 

   He was a son of the late Brose and Goldie Caudill Polly.  Mr. Polly was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Polly and Charles Ervin Polly. 

   Survivors include his three brothers, Allen Polly, of Payne Gap, Kentucky, Donald Polly, of Bill Moore Branch, Kentucky, and Glay Polly, of Shelby Gap, Kentucky; and a host of other family and friends. 

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

  Carl Potter, age 76, of Rogersville, Tennessee, formerly of Jenkins, Kentucky, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at the Wellmont Hospice Care Center, Bristol, Tennessee.  He was born on October 8, 1937 at East Jenkins, Kentucky, and made his home here in Letcher County, Kentucky for several years. As a young man, Mr. Potter moved to Wayne, Michigan where he worked for General Motors and had advanced to the position of Foreman where he remained employed for fourteen years. Mr. Potter returned home to the Jenkins area in 1976 where he owned and operated several small businesses. He was a United States Air Force veteran, enlisting in 1956 with his twin brother, Carlos Potter.  Carl loved cooking, boating, fishing and was of the Baptist faith. 

   He was a son of the late Roy Calvin & June Bryant Potter and was also preceded in death by two sons, Carl Potter, Jr. and Timmy Potter; his two brothers, Bobby Ray Potter & Carlos Potter; and a sister, Arlene Evans.  

   Survivors include five daughters, Darlene Vicars, of Jenkins, Kentucky, Diana Warner, of Canada, Arelene Denise Potter Cole, of Rogersville, Tennessee, Ardath Tena Lynn Potter Wallace, of Pound, Virginia, and Kozetta Kay Vanover Smith, of Michigan; one son, Edward Marvin Potter, of Michigan;  three sisters, Thelma Gahagan, of  Port St. Lucie, Florida, Linda Elkins,  of Hindman, Kentucky, and Nina Bentley, of Ashcamp, Kentucky; seven grandchildren;  eleven great grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews and a host of other friends and relatives to mourn his passing.

   Visitation will be held on Friday January 10, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM with Tom England and Ronnie England officiating.  Interment will follow at Roy Potter Cemetery, Ashcamp, Kentucky. 

 

 

 

  Brandy Nicole Rose, age 35, of Newland, North Carolina, formerly of Neon, Kentucky, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.  She was born on March 22, 1978 in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and had lived most all of her life in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Brandy was a mother, homemaker and caregiver for the elderly. She had recently fulfilled the necessary requirements to obtain her high school diplomacy and was very proud of her accomplishment.

   She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jack and Sarah Collier; and alo her paternal grandparents, Homer and Savannah Rose.

   Survivors include her parents, Richard “Wayne” Rose, of Neon, Kentucky and Alice “Delphie” Collier, of Newland, North Carolina; two daughters, Bryleigh Shepard and Tynley Shepard, of Newland, North Carolina;  one son, Braedan Rose, of Newland, North Carolina; one sister, Angela Rose, of Neon, Kentucky; six brothers, Richard Rose, Jason Rose, Robert Buchanan and Dewayne Buchanan, all of Newland, North Carolina and Jody Rose and Dylan Rose of Neon, Kentucky; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

   Visitation will be held on Thursday January 9, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Polly & Craft Chapel, Jenkins, Kentucky.  Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM with Jeff Slone officiating.  Interment will follow at the Rose Family Cemetery, Haymond, Kentucky. 

 

 

  Michael Keith Bentley, age 55, of McRoberts, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hostpital, Whitesburg, Kentucky.  He was born on April 22, 1958 in Jenkins, Kentucky, and was raised in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Mr. Bentley was a certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician and worked for several large companies that required him to travel throughout the United States.  He worked privately in Letcher County where he had made his home for the last ten years.  Mr. Bentley often made complimentary service calls to local residences for repairs, simply to make sure his neighbors and friends of the community had heating and cooling.  He was a veteran of the United States Military.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Bentley and one sister, Donna Ratliff.

   Survivors include his parents, Don and Jean Bentley, of Seco, Kentucky;  two daughters, Jessica (Jeff) Welch, of Chapsworth, Georgia, Melissa (Charles) Overby, of Dalton, Georgia;  one son, Josh Pigman, of Haymond, Kentucky; five grandchildren;  two sisters, Belinda Sturgill, of Jenkins, Kentucky, Teresa McCall, of Seco, Kentucky;  his close friend, Linda Hughes, of McRoberts, Kentucky; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

   Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 7, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Carty Funeral Home Neon Chapel with Lester Boggs officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Kentucky.