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Henry Allen Martin
Henry Allen Martin, 61, of Bailey Switch, died Saturday, May 11, 2002 in the Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois. He was a son of the late Buford Grant and Georgia Florence Dyer Martin, born to them on May 18, 1940 in Barbourville. Mr. Martin was owner and operator of Martin Heat and Air Conditioning Company; was a veteran of the United States Air Force; a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at the Pleasant View Baptist Church; a member and past master on two occasions of the Mountain Masonic Lodge #187 F. & A.M. of Barbourville; and a member of the Barbourville Chapter #411 Order of the Eastern Star and a charter member of the Bailey Switch Fire Department. On October 5, 1963, he united in marriage to Stella Smith and to this union a son, Allen and a daughter, Sharon were born. He was preceded in death along with his parents; two brothers, Paul Spurgeon Martin and James David Martin; his mother-in-law, Lillie Mae Smith and a sister-in-law, Virgie Vaughn. Surviving Mr. Martin is his loving wife of over 38 years: Stella Smith Martin of Bailey Switch; loving son: Allen Martin and wife Teresa of Bailey Switch; loving daughter: Sharon Hampton and husband Jerry of Artemus; loving grandchildren: Andrew Hampton, Nathan Hampton, Matthew Hampton, Hailey Martin and Cassie Martin; loving brothers: George William Martin and wife Vinna of Barbourville; Roy Boone Martin and wife Betty of Saint Ignatius, Montana; and Buford Bobby Martin and wife Donna of Colorado Springs, Colorado; loving sisters: Joanne Childers and husband Larkin of Bailey Switch; Kaye Kerby of Milford, Michigan and Donnal Lee Martin Trosper and husband Carl of Jacksonville, Florida; loving father in-law: Caleb Smith of Barbourville; loving brother-in-law: T.J. Smith and wife Kaye of Burlington, Kentucky; loving sisters-in-law: Nettie Davidson and husband Lonnie and Evelyn Smith, both of Barbourville; special loving nieces: Stella Spurlock of Indiana and Marie Hall of London, Kentucky; special loving nephews: Eddie Vaughn and wife Stephanie of Richmond, Kentucky and Christopher Childers of Bailey Switch; and a host of loving nieces and nephews and loving friends to mourn his passing. Funeral services for Henry Allen Martin were conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 16, 2002 with Bro. Eugene Gentry, the Rev. Herman Mills and the Rev. Hurla Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Lawson-Spurlock Cemetery at Bailey Switch. Those serving as pallbearers were Terry Centers, Russell Broughton, Kenny Jones, Gary Peavley, Mark Allen Spurlock, Michael Warren, Mike Trett, Jimmy Kerby, Chris Childers, Eddie Vaughn, Marty Cobb, James Eddie Smith, Charles Miller, Jason Newby and Mike Corey . Those serving as honorary pallbearers were the loving grandchildren of Mr. Martin; the Bailey Switch Fire Department; the Mountain Masonic Lodge #187 F. & A.M. and the Barbourville Chapter #411 Order of the Eastern Star and the Pleasant View Baptist Church. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Jack Helton
Virgil Jack Helton, 92, of Orange City, Fla., was born on Sept. 10, 1910 to the late Hayes Helton and Ortie Parsons Helton at Crane Nest, Ky. He passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2002 in the Florida Hospital at Deland, Fla. He was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church and a United States Marine, having served during World II. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Cocheran Helton of Orange City, Fla.; his daughter, Edith Ann Loveland and husband Eric of Orange City, Fla.; his son, Charles W. Helton and wife Barbara of Clovis, Calif.; his sisters, Elsie Cook of Loveland, Ohio, Ruby Wall of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mary Ruth Hammons of Walker Park Road, Barbourville; his brothers, Berchin H. Helton of Jarvis and Homer Helton of Mesa, Calif.; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services for Virgil Jack Helton were conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, May 16, 2002 with the Rev. James Vandy officiating. Interment was in the New Bethel Cemetery at New Bethel. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The Helton family have suggested that contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in loving memory of Virgil Jack Jackson.

Minthy Faye Hammons
Mrs. Minthy Faye Hammons, 61, of Somerset, the wife of Hubert Murrell Hammons, passed away Monday, May 13, 2002 in the Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset. She was born on April 23, 1941 to John and Sudie (Thomas) McClure in Mt. Vernon, Ky. In 1968, she united in marriage with Hubert Murrell Hammons and to this union one child was born. Mrs. Hammons was an emplyee of the Lake Cumberland Regional Medrical Center in Somerset. She believed in the Baptist faith. She is survived by her husband, Hubert Murrell Hammons of Somerset; one daughter, Murlene Masters and huband Virgil of Nicholasville; one son, John Robert Allen and wife Vickie of Lancaster; three sisters, Helen Reynolds, Betty Walker, both of Nicholasville, and Rosie Sherrow of Wilmore; three brothers, Frank McClure and George McClure, both of Lancaster and R.L. McClure of Wilmore; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and one uncle, Luther Marion of Girdler. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Hampton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Siler officiating. Interment was in the Hammons Cemetery at Girdler. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Vaughn
Mr. Ralph Vaughn, 54, of Richmond, Ky, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2002 at his residence. He was born in Clay County on April 16, 1948 to Nathan and Mae (Short) Vaughn. He believed in the Baptist faith and had been an employee of IBM. He is survived by one son, Ralph "Eddie" Vaughn and wife Stephanie of Richmond; one brother, Chester Vaughn of Barbourville; two grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Vaughn were conducted in the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, April 21, 2002 with the Rev. Owen Smith officiating. Interment was in the Childers Cemetery at Bull Creek. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Gambrel Grubb
Mary Lou Gambrel Grubb, 44, of Barbourville, was born Dec. 15, 1957 to Litha Smith Gambrel and the late Virgil Gambrel and passed away Friday, May 17, 2002 at the Pineville Community Hospital. She was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Coal Port Pentecostal Church. She is survived by her mother, Litha Gambrel of Dewitt; her husband, Pete Grubb; one daughter, Michelle Gambrel of Dewitt; two sons, Berry Joe Gambrel of Barbourville, Kevin Dewayne Gambrel of Cleveland; three sisters, Wilma Jean Honeycutt and husband Cecil of Walker, Penny Lavonne Crawford of Scalf, Jenetta Gambrel and husband Clyde of Flat Lick; eight brothers, David Gambrel of Corbin, Larry Joe Gambrel and wife Mary Helen of Walker, Earl Dean Gambrel of Scalf, Ricky Gambrel and wife Dora Lynn of Walker, Billy Lee Gambrel of Dewitt, Donnie Gambrel and wife Barbara Jean of Walker, Danny Dean Gambrel of Dewitt, Lonnie Ray Gambrel of Walker; eight grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Grubb were conducted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 in the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev, Roe Gibson, the Rev. Tommy Frazier, the Rev. Bobby lawson and the Rev. Donnie Mills officiating. Mrs. Grubb was laid to rest in the Mills Cemetery at Buckeye. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Howington
Joyce Howington, 47, Emlyn, Ky, passed away Monday, May 13, 2002 at the Jellico Community Hospital. She was the mother of Rebecca Lawson and the daughter of Rena Rains Patterson and the late Roy Patterson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at Croley Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Carpenter officiating. Interment will be in Lawson Cemetery at Maple Creek. Funeral arrangements by Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg. This is a courtesy announcement of Hopper Funeral Home.

Jerry Spurlock
Jerry Spurlock, 62, of Danville, Ind. and formerly of Knox County, Ky, passed away at his residence, Tuesday, May 14, 2002. He was a son of the late Charlie Spurlock and Anna Mae Higgins Spurlock, born to them on July 9, 1939 at Bailey Switch, Ky. Mr. Spurlock was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Avon, Ind. He was the owner and operator of the Jerry Spurlock and Son Roofing and Guttering Business. On Nov. 28, 1969, he united in marriage with Donna Morris and to this union three four children were born. Mr. Spurlock is survived by his wife, Donna Morris Spurlock of Danville, Ind.; his daughters, Patricia Lane, Deborah Konter and Sherri Bear, all of Danville, Ind; his son, Jerry Wayne Spurlock of Danville, Ind.; his sisters, Bernice Pickard of Barbourville, Cora Gray of Manchester, Pearl Wyatt and Ruby Disney, both of Gray; his brothers, Ardee Spurlock of Georgetown, Marcum Spurlock and William Spurlock, all of Danville, Ind. Funeral services were conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, May 18, 2002 with the Rev. Don Farmer, the Rev. David Addis and the Rev. Arvist R. Ford Jr. officiating. Interment was in the Lawson-Spurlock Cemetery at Bailey Switch. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James L. Faulkner
James L. Faulkner, 69, of Barbourville, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2002 at the Knox County Hospital. He was born in Ingram on Sept. 17, 1932, a son of the late George and Eileen Carroll Faulkner. He was a member of the Greasy Creek Baptist Church and a retired coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Susan Tinsley Faulkner; his children, William (Sherry) Faulkner of Walker, David (Deloria) Faulkner of Barbourville and Lana (Donnie) Gray of Ingram; three grandchildren; a brother, Herman (Loraine) Faulkner of Corbin; a sister, Jimmie Lane and husband Jim of Springboro, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Beaulah (Ray) Reed and Freda Faulkner, both of Ingram; a brother-in-law, Mike Ross of Himyar. Services were held Sunday at the Arnett & Steel Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Chesnut and the Rev. Jerry Loudermilk officiating. Burial was in the Barbourville Cemetery. Arnett & Steel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Will Scalf Jr.
Mr. Will Scalf Jr., 69, of Dickerson Street, Barbourville, the son of the late Will and Cora Smith Scalf, was born in Knox County on July 20, 1932 and passed away in the Knox County Hospital on Sunday, May 19, 2002. He was a retired carpenter and believed in the Holiness Church. He is survived by four daughters, Pamela Yvonne Scalf, Cincinnati, Ohio, Darlene Scalf, Williamsburg, Tammy Scalf, Williamsburg and Susan Mills, Corbin; five sisters, Mrs. Loma Messer, Barbourville, Mrs. Maude Dye, Gray, Mrs. Flossie Wiles and husband Bob, Laporte, Ind., Mrs. Wanda Mongony, Johnson, Rhode Island and Helen Joyce Daniels, Barbourville; two brothers, Mr. James Scalf, Barbourville, and Mr. Claude Scalf and wife Linda, Barbourville. Funeral services will be conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Bobby Lawson and the Rev. Leslie Broughton officiating. Interment will be in the Tan Yard Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hampton Funeral Home Thursday morning until the hour of service at 2 p.m.

Edna Lawson Wyrick
Edna Lawson Wyrick, 99, of Knox County, passed away May 20, 2002 in the Christian Health Center in Corbin. She was the wife of the late Dewey Wyrick. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Hopper Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper.

Billie Jo Buchanan Lickliter
Billie Jo Buchanan Lickliter, 64, of Trosper, was born on Sept. 7, 1937 at Anchor, Ky. to the late William Buchanan and Cecil Baker Buchanan. Mrs. Lickliter passed away Saturday, May 11, 2002 in the Knox County Hospital. She was a member of the Big Brush Creek Baptist Church. She united in marriage with Blan Lickliter and to this union four children were born. She is survived by her daughters, Debra Harrison and husband L.D. of Irvine, Robin Radford and husband Troy of Richmond, Victoria Rawlings and husband Ronald of Miami, Fla; her son, Blan Dean Lickliter and wife Jean of Lawrenceburg; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; her sister, Wanda Brown of Woollum; and her brothers, Gerald Buchanan of Warren, Robert Buchanan and wife Marlene of Little Brush Creek, Orville Buchanan and wife Shirley of Piqua, Ohio, and Johnny Buchanan and wife Prudie of Davis Bend, Barbourville. Funeral services for Billie Jo Buchanan Lickliter were conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, May 15 with the Rev. Jimmy Wayne Miller and the Rev. B.F. Jackson officiating. Interment was in the Tinsley Cemetery at Trosper. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Cindy D. Brown
Cindy D. Crawford Brown, 33, of Gray, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at her home. She was a daughter of John W. Crawford and Peggy Barnes Crawford, born to them on May 2, 1969 in Hamilton, Ohio. She was a member of the Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church. On Sept. 29, 1990, she united in marriage to Rick Brown. She is survived by her husband, Rick Brown of Gray; her mother, Peggy Barnes Crawford of Girdler; her father, John W. Crawford of Cranes Nest; her father-in-law, Clarence Brown of Gray; her maternal grandfather, Charlie Barnes of Girdler; her paternal grandmother, Elsie Crawford of Barbourville; her grandfather-in-law, M.C. Brown of Gray and her grandmother-in-law, Hallie Gilbert of Corbin. Funeral services were conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, July 21 with the Rev. Ellis Payne, the Rev. Cleo Goodlette and the Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Burial was in the Brown Cemetery at Gray. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marie King White
Mrs. Marie King White, 74, of Flat Lick, the daughter of the late Esco and Lillie Mae Inman King, was born in Knox county on Feb. 6, 1928 and passed away at home, Saturday, July 20, 2002. She was a member of the Concord Baptist Church and a homemaker. On Jan. 6, 1948 , she was united in marriage to Bert White and to this union two children were born. She is survived by her husband, Bert White, Flat Lick; two sons, Larry White and Jerry White, both of Flat Lick; two sisters, Edna Higgins, Lockland, Ohio and Betty Jane Gillum, Florence; four brothers, Andy King, Gray, Bert King, Mt. Vernon, Charles King, Bailey Switch and Esco King Jr., Florence; three granddaughters and two great granddaughters. Funeral services were conducted in the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, July 23 with the Rev. James Mooneyham officiating. Interment was in the Hammons Cemetery at Flat Lick. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fellip Maiden
Fellip Maiden, 84, born Dec. 2, 1917, of Bryant Store, passed away July 17, 2002 at the University of Florida Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. He was born in Knox county to Wesley and Minerva Maiden. He was a member of the Little Poplar Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Pauline and his daughter, Retha; two brothers, Silas, Wesley Jr.; seven sisters, Lissie, Minerva, Betsy, Lois, Marie, Sara and Jean. Funeral services were at Hampton Funeral Home on Sunday, July 21. Burial was in the Evans Cemetery under the direction of Hampton Funeral Home.

John Lafayette Sears
Mr. John Lafayette Sears, 59, of Dayton, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 14, 2002 in the VA Medical Center in Dayton. He was the son of the late Herman Sears and the late Greta Cleo (Partin) Sears, born on Aug. 4, 1943 in Knox County. He believed in the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He is survived by four sons, Kenny Sears and wife Judy of Houston, Texas, Ray Sears and wife Sandi of Sachse, Texas, Gary Sears of Kingwood, Texas and Johnny Sears of Dayton, Ohio; eleven grandchildren; one sister, Gayle Williams and husband Bob of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a sister-in-law, Loueva Sears of Barbourville. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 18 in the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeffrey Branum officiating. Burial was in the Croley Cemetery at Bryant Store. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Woodson Chester Daniels
Woodson Chester Daniels, 83, of Jarvis, was born on Aug. 18, 1918 at Bimble and passed away in the Pineville Community Hospital, Thursday, July 18, 2002. He was a son of the late Joe Daniels and Maude Mills Daniels. He was a member of the Scalf Chapel Pentecostal Church and a former heavy equipment operator. Mr. Daniles united in marriage with Lurinda Callihan. He is survived by his wife, Lurinda Daniels of Jarvis; his daughter, Shirley Trosper of Corbin; his sons, Howard Thomas Daniels and wife June of Corbin, J.W. Daniels and wife Barbara of Calvin, Lester Daniels and wife Wanda of Lexington; Woodson Daniels Jr. of Flat Lick and Lyle V. Daniels and wife Sharon of Bimble; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; his sister-in-law, June Daniels of Bimble and brother-in-law, H.M. Callihan and wife Chelsie of Knoxville, Tenn. Funeral services were conducted in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel, Monday, July 22 with the Rev. James Mooneyham and the Rev. William Wolf officiating. Interment was in the Callihan Cemetery. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Jason N. Marcum
Mr. Jason N. Marcum, 70, Johnson Hollow Road, Gray, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2002 in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was born in Knox County on April 7, 1932 to James Lewis Marcum and Bertha (Williams) Marcum. Mr. Marcum was a member of the Assembly of God Church at Trosper and attended Living Waters Church at Gray. He is survived by one son, Lonnie Sturdivant and wife Mary of Trosper ; four daughters, Patricia Reed of Gray, Belinda McDonald and husband Danny of Elyria, Ohio, Lynn Sturdivant of Dennisen, Ohio, Faye Middleton and husband Bobby of Gray; three brothers, Hubert Marcum of Vermillion, Ohio, Martin Marcum of Elyria, Ohio, James Latimore Marcum, also of Elyria ; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Marcum were conducted Sunday at the Assembly of God Church at Trosper with the Rev. Timothy Hamilton officiating. Interment was in the Coon Branch Cemetery at Trosper. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bertie Mae (Ledbetter) Hawkins
Mrs. Bertie Mae Hawkins, 89, of the Barbourville Nursing Home, was born March 14, 1913 in Livingston, Tenn. to the late Ras and Hattie McCormick Ledbetter and passed away in the Knox County Hospital on Thursday, July 18, 2002. She was a homemaker and retired baker. She attended the Pentecostal Church. She was united in marriage to Ernest Edward Hawkins and one child was born. She is survived by one brother, Willie Ray Ledbetter, Yorktown, Illinois. Graveside services were conducted at the Robinson Cemetery at Berea, Saturday, July 20 with the Rev. David Warren officiating.

Carrie Epperson
Mrs. Carrie Epperson, 81, of Girdler, passed away Monday, July 15, 2002 in the Barbourville Nursing Home. She was the wife of Rufus Epperson and the daughter of the late Sylvester Fuston and Betty (Rhodes) Fuston, born to them on Sept. 5, 1920 in Bell County. She was a member of the Church of God and a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Rufus Epperson of Girdler; one sister, Perri Buckhart of Campbell; two brothers, Mitchell Fuston of Beaver Dam and Donnie Fuston of Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted in the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, July 18 with the Rev. Jimmy Siler officiating. Burial was in the Epperson Cemetery. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lillie Grubb
rubbMrs. Lillie Grubb, 80, of Mills, passed away Friday, July 19, 2002 in the Pineville Community Hospital. She was a daughter of Larkin Hubbard and Ada (Bailey) Hubbard. On Nov. 17, 1939, she united in marriage with Whitley Grubb and to this union 12 children were born. She was a member of the Salem Baptist Church and was a homemaker. She is survived by four daughters, Dessie Stewart and husband G.C. of Dayton, Ohio, Doris Miles and Richard Hulsander of Taylor, Mich., Doris Felts of East Bernstadt, and Linda Beverly and husband Virgil of Barbourville; seven sons, Otis Grubb and wife Inezes of Dayton, Ohio, Arnold Grubb and wife Kathy of Alabama, Ova Grubb and wife Evelyn of Mills, Arthur Grubb of Ohio, Shirley Grubb and wife Peggy of Trenton, Ohio, Danny Grubb and wife Denise of Flat Lick and Doyle Grubb and wife Holly of Middletown, Ohio; two sisters, Annie Wells of Demossiville and Lettie Smith of Mills; 44 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 21 in the Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kennon Roark and the Rev. Donnie Mills officiating. Burial was in the Grubb Cemetery at Mills. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Freda Mae Thomas Jones
Mrs. Freda Mae Thomas Jones, 86, of Jarvis, the widow of Lewis C. Jones, passed away Monday, July 22, 2002 in the Knox County Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Arrangements are under the direction of Knox Funeral Home.

Charles Herbert Merida
Charles Herbert Merida, 64, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Heidrick, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2002 in Ocala. He was a son of the late Nasby and Della Baker Merida. He is survived by four sons, Charles Merida Jr., Darell Merida and Bill Merida, all of Ocala, Fla. and David Merida of Brownsville, Texas; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Frank Merida and Randall Merida of Heidrick, Rudy Merida of Centerville, Ind. Graveside services were conducted at the Doolin Cemetery at Heidrick on Saturday, July 20 with the Rev. Duke Hammons officiating. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Laura I. McBee
Laura I. McBee, 62, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2002 at her residence. She was born in Jackson County to Homer and Rhoda (Ferguson) Parker. She was a member of the Bethel Pentecostal Church of Hamilton. She is survived by her husband, Lowell Dean McBee of Hamilton; one son, Edward and wife Vanessa McBee of Hamilton; two daughters, Deborah and husband Roger Crawford, Tammy and husband Charlie Bolser, both of Hamilton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; one great granddaughter; four sisters, Loretta Allen of Overton, Larnlee Ivy of Hamilton, Ohio, Laulee (Coy) Davidson of Oneida and Mae (George) Williams of Barbourville; two brothers, Leonard Parker and Lester (Bertha) Parker, both of Hamilton. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Pentecostal Church, Thursday, July 18. Burial was in Hickory Flat Cemetery. This is a courtesy announcement of Hampton Funeral Home.


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