Earl Howard Stone, 71, of Sarasota, Florida, died January 1.
Mr. Stone was born January 5, 1929, at Oil Springs, to the late Earl Trig and Alma Howard Stone. He resided at Oil Springs until he was a teenager, moving to Washington Court House, Ohio, where he lived until he and his family relocated to Sarasota in 1974. He owned a construction company, was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and earned a purple heart. He was also of the Protestant faith.
Surviving are his wife, Jane H. Stone; two daughters, Marilyn K. Reeves of Bradenton, Florida, and Judith L. Stone of Sarasota; three sons, Gregory H. and Scott A., both of Sarasota, and Ronald E. of Bradenton; two sisters, Josephine Bickford and Faye Stone; and five grandchildren.
Services and burial were private.
Chester E. Ward, 77, died Sunday, January 7, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ward was born December 17, 1923, in Johnson County, to the late Crate and Clara Arms Ward. He was a miner.
Surviving are his wife, Wauleta Ward; three sons, Duane and Jackie, both of Meally, and Bobby of Denver; three daughters, Sandara Blanton of Oil Springs, Susie Ratliff of Paintsville and Brenda Powers of Edison, Ohio; one sister, Gloria Mae Blair of Paintsville; and 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, January 10, at 1 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Revs. Melvin Blanton, Jerry McKenzie, Danny Ward and Joe Scott officiating.
Burial will follow in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville.
Roger Dale Lawson, 53, of Charleston, West Virginia, died Saturday, January 6, in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Lawson was born on June 19, 1947, to the late “Shorty” and Oretha Lawson. He was a hairstylist, beginning his career at the Anderson-Newcomb Department Store in 1973 before moving to Beckley, West Virginia, where he established his own beauty college. He was a former part-owner of the Charleston School of Beauty Culture. He served as a paramedic in the United State Army in Vietnam and was granted an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant. He had friends and patrons in the Paintsville area.
A memorial service for Mr. Lawson is scheduled for January 20 with arrangements to be handled by the Henson Funeral Home, Barboursville, West Virginia.
Dovie Marie Cavins LeMasters, 77, died Monday, January 1, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. LeMasters was born December 17, 1923, in Johnson County, to the late Benjamin Harrison and Nancy Graves Cavins.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Arvell LeMaster; one daughter, Faye VanHoose of Sitka; one brother, Clarence Cavins of Paintsville; two sisters, Betty Sparks and Josie Price, both of Paintsville; and two grandsons and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 4, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim McKenzie and Harold Salyers officiating.
Burial will follow in LeMasters Family Cemetery, Sitka.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, January 5, for Helen Irene Butcher, 72, who died Tuesday at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Butcher was born November 27, 1928, in Johnson County, to the late Arthur and Martha Hall Branham. She was a cook at the Carl D. Perkins Rehabilitation Center.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Carol Butcher; two brothers; and three sisters.
Surviving are her husband, Eddie Butcher; three sons, Charles Eddie Butcher of Williamsport, Darrell Butcher of Oil Springs and Leonard Butcher of Salyersville; four daughters, Mary Jo Christian, Lorene Johnson and Betty Buskirk, all of Williamsport, and Virginia Frasure of Freeburn; one brother, Lester Branham of Van Lear; one sister, Willodean Brooks of Columbus, Ohio; and 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Officiating at 1 p.m. services at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel will be Ellis Hamilton, David A. Meek and Hub Billiter.
Burial will follow in Butcher Family Cemetery at Williams-port.
Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Elizabeth A. Libby Holbrook, 82, who died Monday, January 1, at her Paintsville residence.
Mrs. Holbrook was born May 5, 1918, in Johnson County, to the late Fredrick and Fannie Mayo Atkinson. She was a member of DAR and Mayo Methodist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Holbrook.
Surviving are two sons, Marvin Mayo Holbrook and Henry Harrison Holbrook, both of Paintsville.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bruce Nettleton officiating.
Burial followed in Mayo Memorial Cemetery at Paints-ville.
Dovie Price, 82, of Ulysses, died Tuesday, January 2, at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa.
Mrs. Price was born May 25, 1918, at Sandy Hook, to the late Will and Belle Adkins Eldridge.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rell Price; and a son, Rell Price Jr.
Surviving are three sons, Robert Price of Lowmansville and James and Don Price, both of Louisa; four daughters, Betty Jones of Saugus, California, Bonnie Drury and Helen Dorhout, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rita Moore of Louisa; one brother, James Gregory of Lewisburg; and 23 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, with Pastor Rod Belle officiating.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery at Louisa.
Hulda Ratliff Little, 85, died Monday, January 15, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Little was born February 14, 1915, in Johnson County, to the late Ed and Tallie Ratliff Ratliff.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lewis Little, in December 1982; and two daughters, Gloria Diana Sulivan and Cleopatra Prater.
Surviving are three sons, Julis C. Little of Staffordsville and Marvin Little Jr. and Conrad A. Little, both of Paris; one daughter, Joan A. McCarty of Hager Hill; one brother, Mason Ratliff of West Van Lear; two sisters, Mildred Centers of Hager Hill and Pearl Conley of Paris; and 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Richard Williams officiating.
Burial followed in Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville.
Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Richard Franklin “Frankie” Spencer, 48, who died Monday, January 15, at his Paintsville residence.
Mr. Spencer was born September 24, 1952, in Johnson County, to the late George and Mildred Davis Spencer.
Surviving are six sons, Kalen, Casey, and Corey, all of Paintsville, Shane of Prestonsburg, Carlos Morgan of Royalton and Jeffery of Wabash, Indiana; three brothers, Ed Spencer of Paintsville, David Spencer of Martin and Steve Spencer of Auxier; and four sisters, Penny Fairchild, Beatrice Sergent and Janice Houston, all of Paintsville, and Diana Barnes of Winchester.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Ted Shannon officiating.
Burial followed in Spencer Family Cemetery at Paintsville.
Cecil Menshouse Jr.
Cecil Menshouse Jr., 62, died Tuesday, January 16, at his Ashland residence.
Mr. Menshouse was born February 19, 1938, in Flatwoods, to the late Cecil and Francis Virginia Montgomery Menshouse. He was member of TCU Union, veteran of the U.S. Air Force and attended Old Regular Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Adkins Menshouse; one son, Cecil Menshouse III of Catlettsburg; five daughters, Rachel Miller of Flatwoods, Virginia Evelyn McClanahan of Grundy, Virginia, Maggie McClanahan of Lawrence County, Kathy Miller of Flatwoods and Debbie Prince of Ashland; three sisters, Ruth Potter of Raceland, Jessie Johnson of Clearwater, Florida, and Betty Horton of Charleston, South Carolina; and 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, at 1 p.m. at South Fork Old Regular Baptist Church, Worthington, with Willis Tolliver and Paul Boggs officiating.
Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery, Flatwoods, with Wright’s Funeral Home of Greenup in charge of arrangements.
Former Johnson County resident Don Reed, 94, of Stoutsville, Ohio, died Tuesday, January 16, at Berger Hospital, Circleville, Ohio.
Mr. Reed was born October 20, 1906, in Johnson County, to the late Alonzo and Vertressa William Reed. He was a farmer and carpenter and member of St. John’s Church.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Harold E. Reed; and a daughter, Donna Ruth Swackhammer.
Surviving are his wife, Blanche LeMaster Reed; one son, Paul M. Reed of Circleville; two daughters, Wanda I. Reed and Brenda Hoover, both of Circleville; two brothers, James D. McKenzie of Volga and John H. McKenzie of Ashland; one sister, Ruie Ann Williams of Red Bush; and six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, at 1 p.m. at Defenbaugh Wise Funeral Home of Circleville, with Pastor Ted Davis officiating.
Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery, Circleville.
Memorials in Mr. Reed’s name may be made to St. John’s Church, 11450 Brown Street, Stoutsville, OH 43154.
Hester Price, 84, of Paintsville, died Sunday, January 7.
Mrs. Price was born October 16, 1916, in Johnson County, to the late Sylvin and Laura Reynolds Lewis.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Price, in 1995.
Surviving are four sons, James Kenneth Price of Thelma, Joe M. Price of Wilmore, Edward F. Price of Panama City, Florida, and Jerry Price of Kingsport, Tennessee; one daughter, Jetta Preston of Thelma; two brothers, Mack Lewis of West Van Lear and Bill Lewis of Xenia, Ohio; three sisters, Gladys Burke of Van Lear and Josephine Brown and Mary Lou Stafford, both of Lexington; and 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 10, at Concord United Baptist Church, with Bruce Howard, John R. Pelphrey and Charles Price officiating.
Burial followed in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffords-ville, with Preston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 12, for Chalmer Blevins, 77, of Prestonsburg, who died Tuesday at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Blevins was born August 11, 1923, in Johnson County, to the late Smith and Clara Adams Blevins. He was a self-employed taxi driver and Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lee Blevins; one daughter, Judy Jones of Ypsilanti, Michigan; one sister, Phyllis Jean Ford of Staffordsville; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Officiating at services at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church were James Kelly Caudill and Larry Smith.
Burial followed in Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, with Jones-Preston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Albert Richard James, 78, of Betsy Layne who died Wednesday, January 10.
Mr. James was born April 10, 1922, in Vernal, Utah, to the late Cecil Millard and Myrtle Anabell Johnson James. He was a self-employed vendor and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth James, on February 25, 2000.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Archie Fugate officiating.
Burial followed in Marvin Sparks Cemetery at Blaine.
Dr. Thomas Waller, 68, died Thursday, January 11, at his Martha residence.
Mr. Waller was born February 21, 1932, in Rhindelander, Wisconsin, to Thomas Lyle Waller and the late Edith Nelson Waller. He was a self-employed chiropractor.
Surviving are his father and stepmother, Thomas and Leona Waller; one son, Kipp Waller of Frankfort; two daughters, Sherry Mathers and Tammy Riggs, both of Frankfort; one sister, Marilyn Nelson of Rockford, Illinois; one stepbrother, Robert Shaw of Buffalo City, Wisconsin; one stepsister, Sandra Shaw of Beloit, Wisconsin; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Old Paint Primitive Baptist Church, with Jerry Brown and Rodney Hamilton officiating.
Burial followed in Webb Family Cemetery at Martha, with Preston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.