Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Ora L. Burchett, 75, who died Monday, January 17, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
Mr. Burchett was born May 10, 1924, in Johnson County, to the late James Franklin and Rosa Castle Burchett. He was a pipefitter for Ashland Oil.
Surviving are his wife, Hattie Cantrell Burchett; two daughters, Sherry Adams of Flat Gap and Melissa Boggs of Lexington; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a special niece, Tammy Booth of Sitka; and several others nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, January 21, for Mary Sue Blake, 74, who died Monday, January 17, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Blake was born September 22, 1925, in Tazewell County, Virginia, to the late William Elsworth and Mary R. Blair Henderson. She was a registered nurse.
She was also preceded in death by a son, William Daniel Blake, in 1992.
Surviving are one sister, Sally Henderson Alvarez of Huntington, West Virginia; a special cousin, Jane M. Kearns of Bluefield, West Virginia; and special friends, Bonnie Ratliff of Paintsville and James and Linda Crider of West Van Lear.
Rev. Jesse Meade
Rev. Jesse Eugene Meade, 58, died Tuesday, January 18, at his Paintsville residence.
Mr. Meade was born June 27, 1941, in Magoffin County, to Sarah Elizabeth Bayes Meade and the late Wayne Meade Sr. He was a minister for 36 years and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving are his wife, Joanna Lee Morrison Meade; his mother; two sons, Jeffery Wayne and Jonathan Eugene Meade, both of Columbia, Tennessee; one daughter, Sara Joyce Murray of East Point; eight brothers, James, Lindsey, Hobert, Dean, George and Bobby Joe Meade, all of Flat Gap, Wayne Meade Jr. of Salyersville and John Frank Meade of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Debra Lynn Staniford of Paintsville and Tammy L. Williams of Flat Gap; and four grandchildren and three foster grandchildren.
Kirsten Lynn Eldridge, 2, died December 30, 1999, in a house fire in Enon, Ohio.
Kirsten Lynn was born February 10, 1997, in Dayton, Ohio, to Jason and Stacey Pennington Eldridge.
She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfathers, William J. McKenzie and Frank Pennington; paternal grandfather, Isaac O. Eldridge; and paternal great-grandfathers, Joel Eldridge and Elmer VanHoose. Her maternal grandmother, Sandra J. McKenzie Pennington, died in the same tragedy as Kirsten Lynn.
Surviving are her parents; two sisters, Kimberly A. Pennington and Ashley B. Eldridge; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Mary Beth Pennington; paternal grandparents, Steve and Ruth VanHoose; maternal great-grandmother, Lou Cina Pennington and Maude M. McKenzie; and paternal great-grandmothers, Frieda Eldridge and Nora VanHoose.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 16, for Leonard "Dogwood" Arrowood, 78, who died Friday, January 14, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.
Mr. Arrowood was born May 3, 1921, in Johnson County, to the late Leonard and Laura Belle Ward Arrowood. He was a petroleum distributor, member of Kiwanis for 60 years, member of First Baptist Church and veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II,
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Arrowood, on January 20, 1994.
Surviving are his wife, June Ella Preston Arrowood; one son, Greg Arrowood, of Shelby, North Carolina; three brothers, Oscar Arrowood of Huntington, West Virginia, Hank Arrowood of Lavalette, West Virginia, and Jim Arrowood of New Bern, North Carolina; two sisters, Ruby Arrowood of Huntington and Betty St. Clair of Littleton, Ohio; and one grandson.
Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Patricia A. Spencer, 60, who died Thursday, January 13.
Mrs. Spencer was born May 12, 1939, in Johnson County, to the late Herbert and Ivel M. Blair. She was an inspector for MTD Technology.
Surviving are her husband, James A. Spencer Sr.; one son, James A. Spencer Jr. of Seminole, Florida; two daughters, Penny Sue Smith and Sandra Jean Blume, both of Largo, Florida; two brothers, Henry F. Blair Sr. and Gary N. Blair, both of Sunbury, Ohio; one sister, Regenia McGlothlin of Ohio; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Retired merchant Bobbie Gene VanHoose, 69, died Saturday, January 15, at his Westview Manor residence.
Mr. VanHoose was born June 30, 1930, in Johnson County, to the late Hershel and Blanche Daniel VanHoose. He was self-employed, a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and a veteran of the Navy.
Surviving are his wife, Jo Ann Conley VanHoose; one son, Bobby Keith VanHoose of Paintsville; three brothers, Ken VanHoose of Staffordsville, David VanHoose of Nippa and M.J. VanHoose of Michigan; four sisters, Pearline Stambaugh of Stambaugh, JoAnn Burchett of Sitka, Bonita Daniels of East Point and Clotine Conley of Somerset; and three grandchildren.
Riceville resident Nola Collins, 89, died Wednesday, January 12, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville.
Mrs. Collins was born October 20, 1910, in Johnson County, to the late Elliott and Emma Faye Bayes Spradlin. She was the owner/operator of Dinner Bell Restaurant in Paintsville and member of the United Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, John Collins; two sons, State Representative Hubert Collins of Wittensville and James Collins of Circleville, Ohio; two daughters, Emma Harris of West Van Lear and Carol Magnifico of Point Pleasant, New Jersey; and eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Ralph Salyer, 92, who died Wednesday, January 12, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville.
Mr. Salyer was born August 5, 1907, in Johnson County, to the late Lum and Jeanette Williams Salyer. He was a carpenter.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Jack Salyer.
Surviving are one son, Bill Salyer of Jamestown; one brother, Chandler Salyer of Flat Gap; and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lillian Bernice Hall Ratliff, 74, of McDowell, died Monday, January 17, at her residence.
Mrs. Ratliff was born April 9, 1925, in Floyd County, to the late Andrew Jackson "Andy" and Myrtle Burns Hall. She was a former bus driver for the Floyd County School System and member of the First Church of God.
Surviving are two sons, Kenny Ratliff of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Randal Ratliff of Springhill, Tennessee; two daughters, Deborah Ratliff Craft of Paintsville and Teresa Ratliff Moore of McDowell; one brother, Burns E. Hall of Pikeville; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Sandra McKenzie Pennington, 53, died December 30, 1999, in a house fire in Enon, Ohio.
Mrs. Pennington was born January 9, 1946, in Lexington, to Maude M. VanHoose McKenzie and the late William J. McKenzie. She was a former daughter-in-law of Lou Cina Williams Pennington and the late Frank Pennington, formerly of Flat Gap. She was a member of Hickory Grove United Baptist Church in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and was a retired teacher, having taught 30 years at Indian Valley Middle School in Enon.
A granddaughter, Kirsten Lynn Eldridge, died in the same tragedy as Mrs. Pennington.
Surviving are her mother; one son, William F. Pennington of Dayton, Ohio; two daughters, Dana Smithson and Stacey Eldridge, both of Springfield, Ohio; one sister, Onita Ann Blazier of Springfield; and three granddaughters.
Former Johnson County resident Erastus Salyer, 85, of New Port Richey, Florida, died Sunday, January 9, at Community Hospital of New Port Richey.
Mr. Salyer was born at Red Bush. He moved to New Port Richey from Dayton, Ohio, in 1973. He was the owner of a photography studio, attended First Assembly of God, New Port Richey, and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Surviving are his wife, Lena Hill Salyer; and one daughter, Lena Salyer of New Port Richey.
Disabled coal miner James Randall VanHoose, 60, died Monday, January 10, at his Thealka residence.
Mr. VanHoose was born September 30, 1939, in Johnson County, to the late Earl and Ethel Taylor VanHoose. He was married to Beverly Howell VanHoose.
Surviving are one son, Chadd Wesley VanHoose of Thealka; one stepson, Tom Timothy Clark of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Harry and Virgil VanHoose, both of Paintsville; and four sisters, Christine Clark of Paintsville, Nellie Lyons of Marion, Ohio, Betty Jeffery of St. Albans, West Virginia, and Mary Maxine Blankenship of Beckley, West Virginia.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, January 14, for Beverly Howell VanHoose, 53, who died Monday, January 10, at her Thealka residence.
Mrs. VanHoose was born March 20, 1946, in Portland, Indiana, to the late Dallas James and Ruth Evelyn Slusser Howell. She was married to James Randall VanHoose.
Surviving are two sons, Tom Timothy Clark of Prestonsburg and Chadd Wesley VanHoose of Thealka; and two brothers, Franklin Howell of St. Johns, Ohio, and Herbert Howell of Portland, Indiana.
Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Elbert Reed, 48, who died Tuesday, January 4, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Reed was born September 19, 1951, to the late Fred and Margaret Gross Reed.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Reed, of Glen Burnie, Maryland; one son, Elbert Reed of Glenn Burnie; three daughters, Linda Kay Reed, Joyce Reed and Sharon Kesecker, all of Glenn Burnie; six brothers, George of Thelma, Billy R. and Fred, both of Boons Camp, Tom of Fallsburg, Larry Joe of Mount Sterling and Hobbie of Wabash, Indiana; four sisters, Stella Young of Paintsville, Betty Dixon of Lexington, Maltie M. Cline of Preston and Doris Easterday of Wabash, Indiana; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 9, for Marion Cecil "Seadobber" Cantrell, 80, who died January 6 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Cantrell was born July 9, 1919, in Salyersville, to the late Wilson and Sara Conley Cantrell. He was a laborer.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Ann Cantrell.
Surviving are his wife, Clara Jane Cantrell; six sons, James W. of Flat Gap, Marion of Oil Springs, William M. of Keaton, Jimmy D. of Royalton, Grant of Magoffin County and Arnold M. of Naples, Florida; four daughters, Elizabeth E. Meade of Flat Gap, Shirley M. Puckett and Audrey Faye Cantrell, both of Royalton, and Linda C. Cantrell of West Virginia; and 27 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Van Lear resident Rebecca Sue Burchett Conley, 58, died Friday, January 7, at her residence.
Mrs. Conley was born October 14, 1941, in Johnson County, to Audrey McKenzie Dawson and the late Douglas Burchett. She worked in upholstery/American Standard.
Surviving are her mother; one son, Anthony Todd Conley of Lexington; one daughter, Kimberly Conley Music of Van Lear; three brothers, Bobby McKenzie of Wittensville, Phillip McKenzie of Prestonsburg and Mike McKenzie of Lexington; two sisters, Melinda Chandler of Van Lear and Karen Blair of Paintsville; and eight grandchildren.
Carma Wiley, 92, died Friday, January 7, at Riverview Health Care Center, Prestonsburg.
Mrs. Wiley was born May 25, 1907, in Johnson County, to the late Bethley and Katherine Kitchen Murray. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Morton Wiley Sr., on October 1, 1961; two sons, Joe E. and Morton Wiley Jr.; one step-son, Melvin Wiley; five brothers; and five sisters.
Surviving are one son, John B. Wiley of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Anne Martin of Lexington and Eleanor Salyer of Rising Sun, Indiana; one sister, Sophia George of Louisa; and 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Former Johnson County resident Emma Lucille Conley Daniels, 82, died Tuesday, January 4, at Transitional Health Services, Fremont, Michigan.
Mrs. Daniels was born December 9, 1917, in Johnson County, to the late Everett M. and Suna McKenzie Conley.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Newt Daniels.
Surviving are two sons, Michael Grey of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and David Lee Mayhew of Paintsville; two brothers, Everett Fishel Conley of Hager Hill and Keith Conley of Wittensville; and one sister, Gladys Jewell Butler of Grand Rapids.