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Maxine (Lawson) Baker
Mrs. Maxine (Lawson) Baker, 86, of Artemus, Ky., the daughter of the late John C. and Hester (Davis) Lawson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 at her home. She was a member of the Artemus Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Baker. She is survived by one son, Paul Baker and wife Susie of Davis Bend; one sister, Juanita Mills of Dayton, Ohio; two grandchildren. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003 with the Rev. John Partin officiating. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Florena (Cecil) Crawford
Mrs. Florena (Cecil) Crawford, 70, of Kay Jay, the daughter of the late Grady Cecil and Bessie (Crawford) Cecil, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 at her home. She believed in the Baptist faith and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Harle Crawford of Kay Jay; one son, Dennis Crawford and wife Aloggia of Aurora, Ind.; two sisters, Shirley Williams and husband Jim of Beckley, W. Va. and Faye Volpi and husband Joe of Artemus; four brothers, Lowell Cecil and wife Mary of Barbourville, Lonna Cecil and wife Marsha of Trosper, Michael Cecil and wife Kimberly of Holton, Ind. and Doyal Cecil and wife Bonnie of Arkansas; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 with the Rev. Arnold Petrey and the Rev. Denvil Taylor officiating. Burial was in Lunsford Cemetery at Kay Jay. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edna (Gray) Hobbs
Mrs. Edna (Gray) Hobbs, 75, of Flat Lick, the daughter of the late Dewey and Julie (Mills) Gray, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 in Rockcastle County Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was the widow of Charlie Hobbs. She is survived by her two daughters, Julie Warfield and husband Ronald and Reatha Hobbs, all of Flat Lick; two sons, J.D. Hobbs and wife Hazel and Gennie Hobbs, all of Flat Lick; one son-in-law, Otis Gambrel of Flat Lick; two sisters, Lena Rice of Bimble and Ruah Hubbard and husband Burchell of Trosper; six brothers, Leaman Gray, Delbert Gray, Chris Gray and wife June, Thomas Gray and wife Edith, Charlie Gray and wife Irene and Eugene Gray and wife Virgie, all of Flat Lick; fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Monday, Jan. 20, 2003 with the Rev. Vincent Smith and the Rev. Charles Bright officiating. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lee Ray Gray
Mr. Lee Ray Gray, 57, of Barbourville, Ky., a son of the late Zander and Myrtle (Asher) Gray, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 in Knox County Hospital. He was a member of Candle Ridge Baptist Church and a disabled coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Loretta (Hubbard) Gray; three sons, the Rev. Tim Gray and wife Carry, Mike Gray and wife Julie and Jason Gray, all of Barbourville; one brother, Gary Gray and wife Linda, also of Barbourville; two sisters, Freda Gayle Bays and husband Charles of Artemus and Erma Goe and husband Ken of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren; one uncle, Paul Asher and wife Lois of Cincinnati, Ohio. Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Moore and the Rev. Don Napier officiating. Burial was in Coles Branch Cemetery at Hammond. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Candle Ridge Baptist Church in memory of Lee Ray Gray.

Lloyd Townsley
Mr. Lloyd Townsley, 57, of Bimble, Ky., a son of the late Dee and Mary Newman Townsley, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 in Knox County Hospital. He was a member of the Boone Height Holiness Church and a retired coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Doris Townsley, Bimble; one daughter, Carla Townsley, Lexington; one stepdaughter, Melissa Dugger and husband Gary, Gray; two stepsons, Curtis Blevins and Matthew Blevins and wife Holly, Gray; two sisters, Vivian Smith and husband Denver, Barbourville and Barbara Hinkle and husband Ernest, Barbourville; two brothers, Frank Townsley and wife Lorraine, Bimble, and Edward Mills and wife Brenda, Corbin; four step grandchildren. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 with the Rev. Charles Eversole and the Rev. Lonnie Lawson officiating. Burial was in Newman Cemetery. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth L. (Jackson) Carty
Mrs. Elizabeth L. (Jackson) Carty, 78, of Charlotte, Tenn, the daughter of the late William Jackson and Helen (Nolan) Jackson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 in Dickson County, Tenn. She believed in the Baptist faith and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Kenneth Carty. She is survived by two sons, Bill Carty and wife Sharon of Charlotte, Tenn. and Pat Carty and wife Judy of Colorado Springs, Col.; one brother, Lloyd Jackson of Santa Barbara, Calif.; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 with the Rev. Jimmy Siler officiating. Burial was in Carty Cemetery at Girdler. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gene Gray
Mr. Gene Gray, 74, of Barbourville, Ky., the son of the late Calloway and Sudie (Smith) Gray, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 in Barbourville Nursing Home. He believed in the Baptist faith and was a retired coal miner. He is survived by two sisters, Katherine Gray of Bimble and Gladys Craft of Knightstown, Ind.; one brother, Marvin Gray and wife Irene of Barbourville. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003 with the Rev. Phillip Wynn and the Rev. Duke Hammons officiating. Burial was in Sowders Cemetery at Artemus. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph E. Tedders
Mr. Ralph E. Tedders, 75, of Fariston Road, London, formerly of Knox County, a son of the late James Samuel Tedders and Mary Jane (Cobb) Tedders, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at his home. He believed in the Baptist faith and was a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife Mae Tedders; two sons, Ron Tedders and wife Phyllis and Larry Tedders and wife Carrie, all of London; one daughter, Brenda Wilds and husband John of Berea; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Jones and husband Dean of Indianapolis, Ind.; three brothers, Royce Tedders and wife Vernie of Petersburg, Va., James Tedders Jr. and wife Boots of Wayne, Mich. and Tommy Tedders and wife Glenda of Dothan, Ala. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, Jan, 21, 2003 with the Rev. Dennis Chesnut officiating. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery at Black Water. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Franklin Yeager
Mr. Franklin Yeager, 63, of Barbourville, the son of the late James “Jim” Yeager and Linda Rice Yeager, passed away in Barbourville Nursing Home Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. He was a member of the Baptist faith and attended Swan Pond Baptist Church. He is survived by his sisters, Beaulah Hubbard and husband Charlie of Detroit, Mich., Faye Hatfield of Louisiana, Evelyn Buttery and husband Cecil of Sharp Gap, Barbourville, Marie Grubb and husband Coy of Boone Height, Betty Woolum and husband J.T. of Brush Creek; his brothers, James Herbert Yeager and wife Mary of Baily Switch, J.B. Yeager of Barbourville and Glen Yeager of Lenoir City, Tenn. Services were conducted in Hopper Funeral Home Chapel Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 with the Rev. Denvil Taylor and Mr. Yeager’s nephew, Jimmy Wayne Mills Jr. officiating. Burial was in Yeager-Powell Cemetery at Bimble. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elmer O. Walker
Elmer O. Walker, 92, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a son of the late Otis and Myrill Morgan Walker, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2003 in Cincinnati. He was a member of Company 509 & CCC’s during World War II. He was a heavy equipment operator. He is survived by his wife Alma Lay Walker of Cincinnati, Ohio; one son, Bruce Walker and wife Barbara of Chillicothe, Ohio; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at Jones and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Wofford Cemetery. This is a courtesy announcement of Knox Funeral Home.

Ruby Pearl Smith Roberts
Ruby Pearl Smith Roberts, 59, of Hyden and formerly of Knox County, the daughter of the late Nelson and Troy Gambrel Smith, passed away Jan. 17, 2003 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Hyden Baptist Church and a former cook for Leslie County Board of Education. She is survived by her husband, Eugene Roberts of Hyden; one daughter, Melissa Melton and husband James of Hyden; one brother, Tolman Smith of Ohio; two sisters, Evelyn Dezarn of Manchester and Donna Blackburn of Ohio; one grandchild. Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at Hyden Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger D. Wolfe and the Rev. Astor Mullins officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens at Manchester. Dwayne Walker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. This is a courtesy announcement of Hopper Funeral Home.

Marva Gay Gibbs
Marva Gay Gibbs, 41, of Corbin, passed away Sunday at Baptist Regional Medical Center. She was the wife of Terry D. Gibbs and the mother of Heather Faulkner and Holly Gibbs, both of Corbin, the daughter of Fred Jr. and Marie Smith of Gray and the granddaughter of Charity Overbay of Barbourville. Services were conducted Wednesday at Hart Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Vernon Morris and the Rev. Brian Hacker officiating. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery. This is a courtesy announcement of Hopper Funeral Home.

Reed Lake
Mr. Reed Lake, 88, of Goldens Creek, passed away Friday evening in Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin. He was the husband of Loena (Mahan) Lake and the father of Denver Lake, and Wilburn Lake. Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 20, 2003 at Locust Grove Baptist Church at Goldens Creek with the Rev. George Peace, the Rev. Jimmy McKiddy and the Rev. Arnold Petrey officiating. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery on Goldens Creek. This is a courtesy announcement from Hampton Funeral Home.

John Stephen Goodin
John Stephen Goodin, 41, of Ingram and formerly of Knox County, the son of Ishmal and Eula Reed Goodin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at Middlesboro Appalachian Hospital. He was a member of Centennial Baptist Church and had worked for Chuck’s Construction. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Diane Singleton Goodin; children, Stephanie Amanda Goodin and John Harold Goodin; brothers, Paul Wayne (Cindy) Goodin and Phillip (Tammy) Goodin, all of Ingram; mother-in-law Mable Charles. Services were conducted Tuesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. George Peace and the Rev. Keith Bays officiating. Burial was in the Ben Goodin Cemetery at Ingram. Arrangements were under the direction of Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville. This is a courtesy announcement from Knox Funeral Home.

Mary Francis (Brown) Woolum
Mrs. Mary Francis Woolum, 82, of Barbourville, the daughter of the late John and Sarah Ann Walker Brown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 at Knox County Hospit. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Carl Woolum. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by seven daughters, Maggie Hensley and husband Dan of Boone Height, Peggy Stewart and husband Beve of Girdler, Jackie Hampton of Barbourville, Rose Collins and husband Clyde of Tennessee, Ina Brown and husband Harold of Boone Height, Charlotte Smith and husband Finley of Stinking Creek and Glenda Sue Woolum of Barbourville; eight sons, Charlie Andrew Woolum of Frankfort, Wayne Woolum of California, Allen Woolum and wife Thelma of Richmond, Teddy Woolum and wife Lovella of Hinkle, Don Woolum and wife Ann of Indiana, Dale Woolum of Louisville, Michael Woolum and wife Teresa of Barbourville and Henry Woolum of Barbourville; fifty-one grandchildren, several great, grandchldren and great, great grandchildren. Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Liford and the the Rev. Columbus Hensley officiating. Burial was in Barbourville Cemetery. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Lawson
Ralph Lawson, 84, of Artemus, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2003 in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was a son of the late Samuel and Jane Singleton Lawson, born to them on May 29, 1918 in Knox County. Mr. Lawson was a retired school bus driver for the Knox County School System, a well-known Knox County farmer, a member of the Coalport Baptist Church, and he served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, having received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. On December 19, 1945, he united in marriage with Mary Belle Sowders and to this union two sons: Clarence and James were born. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Jess (Red) Lawson, Ott Lawson, Dud Lawson, Frank Lawson and an infant brother: Clarence Lawson. His sisters: Rosie Lawson Hembree, Fredia Lawson Williams and Lois Lawson Jackson. Mr. Lawson is survived by his loving wife of over fifty-seven years: Mary Belle Sowders Lawson of Artemus. Two sons: Clarence Lawson and wife Jerry Sue of Virgie, Kentucky and the Rev. James Lawson and wife Judy of Barbourville. Five grandchildren: Sherry Elaine Lawson Hopper and husband Dwight of Corbin, Kentucky; Michele Lawson Swafford and husband Bill of Barbourville; Craig Lawson and wife Tracy of Artemus, Kentucky; Susan Margaret Lawson and boyfriend Kevin Barnes of Barbourville; and David Lawson and wife Carla of Barbourville. Seven great grandchildren: Brittaney Swafford, Ashley Hopper, Amanda Hopper, Benjamin Ralph Lawson, Wesley Lawson, Ashton Lawson and Madyson Lawson and many nieces and nephews and other relatives who mourn his passing. Funeral Services for Ralph Lawson were conducted in Hopper Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Arnold Petrey, the Rev. John Partin and the Rev. Gene Hubbs officiating. Burial was in Barbourville Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers were: Chad Crawford, Billy Crawford II, Darrell Mills, Carl Runion, Donnie Lawson, Chuck Lawson and Jack Bradley Davis. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gail T. Lawson
Mr. Gail T. Lawson, 78, of Barbourville, passed away Sunday evening, March 16, 2003 at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla. He was a son of the late John Henry and Fannie Lunsford Lawson, born on August 10, 1924 in Barbourville. Mr. Lawson was retired from the Barbourville Police Department where he served as a police officer for 38 years. He served 21 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard and was a Barbourville volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years. He served his country, his city and his fellow man and was proud to be an American. Mr. Lawson was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Barbourville. On July 15, 1951, he united in marriage with Mareka Disney in Pineville and to this union two sons were born. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jesse “Chick” Lawson and six sisters, Edna, Lil, Nan, Ruth, Helen and Pauline “Nip” and one grandson, Donnie Lawson. Survivors include his wife, Mareka Lawson of Barbourville; two sons, Don Lawson and wife Myrlyn and Ronald Lawson and wife Pam, all of Barbourville; four grandchildren, Nina Bingham and husband Brent, Jennifer Burke and husband Eric, Ronald Lawson Jr. and Derek Smith; two great grandchildren, Toni Bingham and Jared Burke; among other loved ones and dear friends who mourn his passing. The funeral service was conducted in Knox Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Shane Nickell officiating. Mr. Lawson was laid to rest in the Barbourville Cemetery. Casketbearers were Bill Swafford, Johnny Smith, Mike Broughton, James Gray, Dennis Rogers and Randy Clark. Expressions of sympathy may go to either the First Baptist Church of Barbourville or the Donnie Lawson Scholarship Fund at Union College in loving memory of Mr. Lawson. Arrangements were under the direction of Knox Funeral Home.

Alice Mae Brown
Mrs. Alice Mae Brown, 70, of Barbourville, a daughter of the late Joe and Dicie Bailey Honeycutt, passed away at her home on Monday, March 17, 2003. She was a member of Boone Heights Holiness Church and a homemaker. Her husband, Robert Brown preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Jacqeline Jordan and husband Anderson of Bimble, Debbie Sue Brown of Barbourville; four sons, James Charles Brown and wife Mary of Swan Pond, Robert Dewayne Brown and wife Marylyn of Artemus, Dillard Brown of Boone Height and David Glen Brown and wife Axie, also of Boone Height; two sisters, Cordia Garland and husband Robert of Chicago, Ill. and Marie Gray and husband Clyde of Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Services were conducted in Hampton Funeral Home Chapel Friday, March 21 with the Rev. Fred Disney Jr., the Rev. Bobby Lawson and the Rev. Leslie Broughton officiating. Burial was in Scalf Cemetery at Turkey Creek. Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William Bruner
William “Ed” Bruner, 62, of Apple Grove in Barbourville, a son of Bessie Warfield Bruner Ore and the late Drew Bruner, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2003 in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was a self-employed building contractor and a member of Apple Grove Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty J. Bargo Bruner of Apple Grove; three sons, David William Bruner and wife Kathy Ann of Apple Grove, the Rev. William Bruner Jr. and wife Selina of Apple Grove and Terry Joe Bruner of Somerset; a daughter, Elizabeth Ellen Bruner of Walker; seven grandchildren; his mother, Bessie Warfield Bruner Ore of Barbourville; two brothers, Wilbur Drew Bruner and wife Sandy of Callebs Creek and Michael Bruner and wife Delora of Apple Grove; a sister, Ruth Cobb and husband Ora of Bellevue. Services were conducted in Hopper Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, March 24, 2003 with the Rev. Denvil Taylor and the Rev. Bobby Lawson officiating. Burial was in Barbourville Cemetery. Hopper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ted Evans
Mr. Ted Evans, 82, of Barbourville, a son of the late Hattie Evans, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2003 in St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was a retired mechanic and bus driver from the Knox County school system and a member of First Baptist Church of Barbourville. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Evans of Barbourville; two children, Wilma Gladys Tye and husband James of Barbourville and Ronnie Lee Evans and wife Sandra of Corbin; two sisters, Elizabeth Peace and Mary Williams and husband James, all of Barbourville; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren. Services were conducted in Knox Funeral Home Chapel Monday, March 24 with the Rev. Jeffery Branum and the Rev. Shane Nickell officiating. Burial was in Evans Cemetery at Kingtown. Arrangements were under the direction of Knox Funeral Home.

Oscar L. Jackson
Oscar L. (Dickie) Jackson, 62, of Frakes, a son of the late Oscar Jackson and Marie Mills Jackson, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at his home. He was a veteran of the Air Force and a deacon of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Deleonn Jackson. Later, he united in marriage with Dorothy Partin Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Partin Jackson; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Bays and husband Keith, Anjanette Raines and husband Mike; stepchildren, Wayland Partin Jr. and wife Terri Sue, Timothy Partin and wife Debbie, Lester Hugh Partin and wife Kathy; 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild; his mother, Cleo Jackson; sisters, Semone Landon and husband Pete, Joyce Catoe; a stepsister, Carolyn Monhollen. Services were conducted Friday at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Revs. Truman Partin and Terry Cox officiating. Burial was in Binghamton Cemetery at Dewitt. Creech Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. This is a courtesy announcement of Hopper Funeral Home.


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