Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Raymond Bowen, 70, who died Thursday, February 24, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.
Mr. Bowen was born January 15, 1930, in Johnson County, to the late Jack and Viola Spears Bowen. He was a miner.
Surviving are his wife, Gertrude Bowen of Van Lear; and several nieces and nephews.
Staffordsville resident Josephine Crislip King, 80, died Thursday, February 24, at her residence.
Mrs. King was born May 3, 1919, in Johnson County, to the late Ed and Arizona Davis Crislip.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joe L. King, in 1985; three sons, Wade King, on July 6, 1999, Robert King, on May 9, 1998, and Paul King, in 1995; and one brother, Arthur Crislip, on September 30, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, Lowell and Harold King, both of Staffordsville; two daughters, Betty Jane King and Nancy Carolyn Prater, both of Staffordsville; one brother, Everett Crislip of Frankfort; and nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for John Russell Ratliff, 67, who died Sunday, February 27, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ratliff was born June 11, 1932, in Johnson County, to the late Russell and Hilda Blair Ratliff.
Surviving are two sisters, Virginia O'Brien of Columbus, Ohio, and Frances Sue Jackson of Paintsville.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, March 1, for Emma Myrtle Webb Blair, 88, who died Sunday, February 27, at Pleasant Hill Manor, Piketon, Ohio.
Mrs. Blair was born July 27, 1911, in Floyd County, to the late Stuart and Martha Bowling Webb.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Blair, on April 3, 1998.
Surviving are four sons, Paul D. Blair of Waverly, Ohio, Earl Blair of New Albany, Ohio, and Kenneth and Michael Blair, both of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; three daughters, Betty Baxter of Corpus Christi, Texas, Lois Foster of Dallas, Texas, and Faye Marino of Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Mary Blair of Groveport, Ohio; and 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Edgar Ray Griffith, 40, died Sunday, February 27, at his McDowell residence.
Mr. Griffith was born August 13, 1959, to the late Edgar "Bub" and Bertie Marie Blair Griffith. He was an auto mechanic.
Surviving are his companion, Janice Hopkins; two stepsons, Billy Ray and Robert Keith Hopkins, both of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Kristy Griffith of Richmond, Indiana, and Kelly Griffith of Crossville, Alabama; and a step-daughter, Becky Hopkins of Prestonsburg.
Former Johnson County resident Marvin Watkins, 89, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Saturday, February 26, at St. Mary's Hospital.
Mr. Watkins was born October 10, 1910, in Johnson County, to the late Henry and Cynthia Riggs Watkins. He was a retired restaurant owner, U.S. Army veteran of World War II and member of Seventh Avenue Baptist Church. He also attended the Twenty-Sixth Street Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel Miller Watkins; one son, Robert G. Watkins of Van Lear; three daughters, Toni Jones Kendrick, Penny Watkins and Misty Martin, all of Huntington; and six grandchildren.
Former Johnson County resident Patricia Ann Presas, 45, died Monday, February 21, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mrs. Presas was born March 15, 1954, in Johnson County, to Hazel Haney Montgomery Hensley and the late Roy Montgomery. She attended Wabash Christian Heritage Church.
She was also preceded in death by a son.
Surviving are her husband, Juan Presas of Wabash; her mother, of Wabash; two daughters, Susie M. Boggs and Bobbi Eakright, both of Wabash; three brothers, Donald and Ronnie Montgomery, both of Paintsville, and Jim Montgomery of Wabash; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 26, for Clell Smith, 73, who died February 22 at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia.
Mr. Smith was born January 6, 1927, in Pike County, to the late Feddie and Flora Cains Smith. He was a mechanic and Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Prudence Smith of Oil Springs; two sons, Mike Smith of Oil Springs and David Smith of Lexington; one daughter, Linda Blackburn of Oil Springs; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arnold Rice, 78, died Monday, February 14, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Rice was born August 14, 1921, in Johnson County, to the late Fred and Georgean Pendleton Rice. He was the owner of Rice's Truck Stop, veteran of the Air Force (serving in World War II) and a member of Salyersville Freewill Baptist Church.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Payne, Earl and Hershell Rice; and two sisters, Alka Whitt and Allie Powers.
Surviving are his wife, Susan Elam Rice; two stepsons, Danny and Keith Phillips, both of Salyersville; two stepdaughters, Vicci May of Salyersville and Dinah Phillips of Lexington; one half brother, Roosevelt Preston of Oil Springs; and six grandchildren.
Former Johnson County resident Robert J. "Bob" Prater, 60, died Thursday, February 17, at Marion General Hospital, Marion, Ohio.
Mr. Prater was born September 2, 1939, in Johnson County, to the late Cecil W. and Jewell Johnson Prater. He was a welder for Marion Power Shovel.
Surviving are one son, Robert J. Prater Jr. of Marysville, Ohio; two daughters, Cindy L. Blanton of Paintsville and Michelle L. Osborn of Marion; four brothers, Harold F. Prater of Marion, Danny Prater of Cleveland, Ohio, Morris Prater of Nevada, Ohio, and Johnny W. Prater of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and one sister, Mary Little of Paris.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 20, for James Harold Kimbler, 89, who died February 17 in Urbana, Ohio.
Mr. Kimbler was born March 1, 1910, in Johnson County, to the late James Albert and Ada Mae Walker Kimbler. He was a farmer.
Surviving are his wife, Flossie Montgomery Kimbler; four sons, Earl of London, Ohio, James Kimbler of Wheeling, West Virginia, David of Urbana and Ben of Sydney, Ohio; one daughter, Jessie Knowles of Urbana; one brother, Fred Kimbler of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Goldie Katherine Tackett King, 81, who died Saturday, February 19.
Mrs. King was born March 2, 1918, in Johnson County, to the late Johnny and Clara Blevins Tackett King.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl King, on April 12, 1996; and a son, Hobert King.
Surviving are three sons, Robert Earl, Cecil and Mitchell King, all of Nippa; four daughters, Peggy Hall of West Van Lear, Brenda Lemaster of Paintsville, Ruby Fairchild of Prestonsburg and Opal Farley of Springfield, Ohio; one brother, Garland Tackett of Paintsville; and 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 22, for Cornelius "Pete" Preece Jr., 51, who died at Lexington Veterans Hospital.
Mr. Preece was born September 16, 1948, in Martin County, to Cornelius Jr. and Ollie Maynard Preece. He was a mechanic and veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving are his wife, Connie Jo May Preece; his parents; two daughters, Mona Rena Preece of Lexington and Tabitha Renee Preece of Chantory, West Virginia; one brother, Hiawatha Preece of Columbus, Ohio; and four sisters, Billie Jean Stacey and Shelia Lynn Howell, both of Inez, Roxanne Jude of Lovely and Mable Lou Copley of Warfield.
M. Pauline Patrick
Former Johnson County resident M. Pauline Akers Patrick, 79, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, February 19, at King's Daughters' Hospital, Madison.
Mrs. Patrick was born December 13, 1920, in Johnson County, to the late Russell and Osie Conley Akers. She was a retired administrative assistant for the Madison State Hospital for Superintendent Dr. Ott B. McAttee, member of the Madison Business & Professional Women's Club (as well as past president and had served as a state representative), member of the Mayo Methodist Church in Paintsville, member of the Inky Campter's Club, a 1938 graduate of Paintsville High School, and graduated from Mayo College with a degree in business.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard F. Patrick, on December 16, 1996; and a brother, Robert Akers, in 1981.
Surviving are one son, Gerald "Jerry" Patrick of Dothan, Alabama; two daughters, Janice Lowder of Mustang, Oklahoma and Jeanne Pate of Hanover, Indiana; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, February 23, for Hilda Ratliff Stephens, 84, who died Sunday, February 20, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Stephens was born February 24, 1915, in Magoffin County, to the late Flym and Lillie Montgomery Blair.
She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Russell Ratliff in 1965; and A.D. Stephens in February 1993; one son, Bill Ratliff; and a daughter, Jean Simpson.
Surviving are one son, John Ratliff of Paintsville; two daughters, Frances (Sue) Jackson of Paintsville and Virginia O'Brien of Columbus, Ohio; and 18 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Earnest Lewis Blackburn, 66, of Debord, died Monday, February 14, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Blackburn was born January 13, 1934, at Thomas, to the late Burgess and Josephine Cline Blackburn. He was a retired bus driver from the Martin County School System.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Harless Blackburn; four daughters, Angie VanHoose of Wittensville, Ann Blackburn of Stambaugh, Theresa Nelson of Prestonsburg and Rita Gail Blackburn of Debord; seven brothers, Glen, Don, R.B. and Billy Joe, all of Inez, Burgess Jr. of Lowmansville, John Eddie of Louisa and Russell of Debord; four sisters, Ida Emogene Goble of Flat Gap, Phyllis Preece of Louisa, Betty Blackburn of South Williamson and Manetta Blackburn of Louisa; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Former Johnson County resident Gertrude Preston Hudson, 95, died Saturday, February 12, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro, Georgia.
Mrs. Hudson was born December 7, 1904, in Johnson County, to the late Morrell Gallup and Ida Walker Preston.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Fletcher Hudson Jr., in October 1978.
Surviving are one son, Robert W. Hudson of Wrens, Georgia; two daughters, Joan Boelens of Houston, Texas, and Lois Glass of Lakeland, Florida; and eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 17, for Frank J. Spradlin, 66, who died Monday, February 14, at V.A. Medical Center.
Mr. Spradlin was born June 3, 1933, in Johnson County, to the late Manford and Sarah Arms Spradlin. He was a track laborer.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Townsend Spradlin; one stepson, Anthony J. Martin of Washington State; two stepdaughters, Teresa Ann Estep of Flat Gap and Patricia Carol Williams of Sitka; one brother, Ruben Spradlin of Staffordsville; one sister, Alice Goble of Paintsville; and three step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, February 18, for Lorrene Burchett, 79, who died February 14, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, West Virginia.
Mrs. Burchett was born May 31, 1920, in Letcher County, to the late Charles and Tava Salyers Walters.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Willard Burchett, in 1968.
Surviving are three daughters, Carolyn Waybright of Fort Myers, Florida, Theresa Rudd of Atlanta, Georgia, and Melissa Seabolt of Charleston, West Virginia; one brother, Robert Walters of Erlanger; one sister, Ernestine Ward of Paintsville; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.