Lyda Edith Dudley
Lyda Edith Dudley, 91, of Flemingsburg, passed away Dec. 17, 2005. She was the widow of Hargous Dudley.
Born in Fleming County on Nov. 24, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Bertha Thompson Dunlap and Nora Dunlap.
Mrs. Dudley was a retired nurses aide at Fleming County Hospital, a member of the Strawberry United Methodist Church, a member of WSCS, a choir member many years and a Sunday school superintendent.
Surviving are four sons, Danny Dudley and Wayne Dudley, both of Lexington, and Charles Dudley of and Emmitt Dudley, both of Cincinnati; two daughters, Hazel Flowers of Cincinnati and Betty McKee of Columbus, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were one son, Hargous Dudley Jr.; one daughter, Carolyn Green; two brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 21 at the Strawberry United Methodist Church with Pastor Dane Clark officiating. Burial was in the Fleming County Cemetery.
Russell J. Hampton
Russell "J." Hampton, 78, of Tollesboro, passed away Dec. 19, 2005.
Born in Lewis County on March 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Russell Hampton and Agnes Thomas Hampton.
Surviving are his wife, Beulah Hampton; two daughters, Donna Rankin of Flemingsburg and Dawn Breeze of May's Lick; three grandchildren, Bill Breeze, Kim Breeze and Michelle (Anthony) Marshall; one great-grandchild, Taylor Marshall; and two sisters, Garneida Neff and June (Bill) Sullivan.
Preceding him in death was one brother, Sam Hampton.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 21 at Barbour & Son Funeral Home in Tollesboro with Bro. Chuck Allen officiating. Burial was in Mount Tabor Cemetery in Ribolt.
Anna Belle Gray Hatfield
Anna Belle Gray Hatfield, 94, of Gas City, Ind., passed away Dec. 21, 2005, at Bradner Village Health Care in Marion, Ind. She was the widow of John W. Hatfield who died Nov. 21, 1968.
Mrs. Hatfield was a homemaker and former employee of Ellen Hill Nursing Home in Marion. She was a member of Poplar Plains Methodist Church.
Born on April 19, 1911, in Hillsboro, she was the daughter of the late Raleigh Walton Gray and Bessie Ethel Smoot Gray.
Surviving are one son, Carl F. Hatfield, of Peru, Ind.; three daughters, Audrey Taylor of Flemingsburg, Sereta Isaacs of Lexington and Kathie Swain of Gas City; a special daughter-in-law, Glenna Hatfield; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were one son, John W. Hatfield Jr.; three brothers, Roscoe, Calvin and Charlie Gray; and one sister, Helen Flora.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 24 at Hutton Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Cannon officiating; burial was in the Hillsboro Cemetery.
Alvah S. Rawlings
Alvah S. Rawlings, 93, of Ringos Mills, passed away Dec. 20, 2005. He was the widower of Iolene Jackson Rawlings who died Nov. 13, 2002.
Mr. Rawlings was a member of the first graduating class of Breckingridge Training School in Morehead in 1932. He received a bachelors degree from Morehead State College in 1956 and a masters degree in 1963.
His educational career began as a teacher at McGregors, a one-room school in Fleming County, in 1933. He also taught at the Cowan and Plummers Mills schools.
In 1943 Mr. Rawlings joined the U.S. Army and served in Northern Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany with the 1st, 3rd and 9th Armies during World War II. He joined the 29th Infantry Division 10 days after D-Day, a member of the 115th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Headquarters Company. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Victory in Europe Medal.
After the war, Mr. Rawlings returned to the educational field as an eighth grade teacher and continued in that position until 1956 when he was appointed principal of Hillsboro Consolidated School. He served as principal for 23 years. He retired in 1979, completing 40 years of service in the Fleming County School System.
One of the most rewarding accomplishments of Mr. Rawlings’ career was the organization of the first Head Start Program to assure children’s readiness for first grade.
In the early 1980s Mr. Rawlings recognized the potential threat of contaminated water from the Maxey Flat Nuclear Waste Dump to the communities of Ringos Mills, Lower and Upper Rock Lick and Maxey Flat. As a result of his tireless efforts, money was appropriated to construct water lines to these homes.
Born in Ringos Mills on June 9, 1912, he was the son of the late Robert F. and Myrtle Smoot Rawlings.
Surviving are three daughters, Kay (Rick) Davis of Crawfordsville, Ind., Jan (John) Hershberger of Lake Forest, Ill. and Martha (Tim) Fritz of Flemingsburg; two sons, James (Patty) Rawlings of Ringos Mills and Roland Rawlings of Lexington; 11 grandchildren, Natalie Ayres, Johnny Butz, Michele Butz, Molly Mattingly, Katie Hershberger, Michael, Kris, Philip and J.T. Rawlings and Jarrod and Jordan Fritz; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two sisters, Gladys Watkins and Oma Rawlings; and three brothers, Leon, LaRue and Robert Rawlings.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 23 at the Boone-Nickell Funeral Home in Flemingsburg.
Burial was in the Hillsboro Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post and the V.F.W. Post of Flemingsburg.