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 Cotton Blair

“Cotton” Blair

Everett “Cotton” Blair, 80, died peacefully, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at his home at Parsley Bottom.

He was born at Delbarton, Jan. 7, 1939.

He was a loving father and grandfather and a retired truck driver. His strong faith in God was evident to all who knew him.

He leaves behind four children, Stephanie John (Tim), Hank Blair (Paula), Nichole Blair and Misty Bevins (David). He is also survived by the mother of his children, Verna Thompson; one grandson, Hank Chance John; six granddaughters, Kasidy Marcum, BreAnna Bevins, Sarah Bevins, Olivia Lockhart, Journey Blair and Lacey Burns; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Burns and Gavin Burns; and a host of other dear family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brison and Annie Marcum Blair; two brothers, Dennis and Frankie Blair; and two sisters, Elizabeth Murphy and Ella Bea Stratton.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Warfield Church of God with Jimmy Maynard officiating. Interment followed at the Blair Cemetery, Parsley Bottom. Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullins Funeral Home of Warfield, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mullinsfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Bob Evans

“Bob” Evans

Robert “Bob” Evans, 81, of Phelps, Ky., died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at his residence.  

He was born at North Matewan, W.Va., May 4, 1938, the son of the late Luther and Pauline Browning Evans.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a retired boiler operator factory worker. He attended the Peter Creek Primitive Baptist Church, enjoyed watching NASCAR and always cared a lot for his family.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Jimmy Lee Evans, Jerry Evans, Larry Evans, Harold Evans and Bill Evans; and three sisters, Josephine Swanner, Edith Evans and Betty Joe Evans.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Ann Coleman Evans, of Phelps, Ky.; two step-sons, Rick Coleman (Sondra), of Phelps, Ky., and Mark Coleman (Connie), of Delaware, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jordon Coleman, Michael Coleman, Alyssa Coleman, Kayla Coleman, McKenna Coleman and Hayley Collins; one great-grandchild, Aiden Coleman; a host of nieces, nephews, other dear family and friends; and his little dog, Bobby.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the Jones & West Funeral Home Chapel, Phelps, Ky., with Primitive Baptist Elders, Jimmy Lee Smith and Jeff Dotson officiating. Burial will follow at the Community Cemetery, Abes Branch, Phelps, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.joneswestfh.com.

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Zet Miller

Zet Miller

Zet Miller, 93, of Phelps, Ky., died Sunday, July 21, 2019, while in the care of her family.

She was born at Montcalm, March 24, 1926, the daughter of the late John and Josie Perkins Rorrer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Miller; her daughter, Sharon Gale Clevenger; her brothers, Donald Ray “Jack” Rorrer and Joseph Alfred Rorrer; and her sister, Virginia Rorrer Hubbard.  

She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Ann Preece (Ron), of Richmond, Ky., and Carol Sue Smith (Robert), of Phelps, Ky.; her grandchildren, Kenny Stacy, Angie Keene (Jamie), Christy Sullivan (Danny Jay), Cheryl Hopson, Allyson Honaker (Jeremy), Dr. Cody Reynolds (Chelsea) and Cameron Smith; her great-grandchildren, Andria Bingham, Taylor Waggoner, Caleb Sullivan, Whitney Johnson, Madison Keene, Riley Honaker, Reece Honaker, Anna Stacy, Lane Reynolds and Leo Reynolds; her great-great-grandchildren, Bentley Johnson, Conner Johnson, Ellie Waggoner and Adleigh Johnson; and a host of other family members and friends.

Her legacy will continue to shine bright in all who knew and loved her.  

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the Freeburn Church of God, 43095 KY ST HWY 194 E, Freeburn, KY 41528, with Pastor Denny Land officiating. Burial followed at the Sanders Family Cemetery, Phelps, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

The guestbook may be signed at www.chambersfuneralservices.com.

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Elizabeth Ooten

Elizabeth Ooten

Elizabeth Lucille Ooten, 84, of Naugatuck, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at her residence.

She was born at Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 3, 1934, the daughter of the late George W. and Dora Frances Hughes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Raymond Ooten; two grandchildren, Allen Joseph Francis and Dustin Heath Ooten; and one brother, Chip Hughes.

She was a homemaker, a cafeteria worker for the Mingo County School System and a member of the Lenore Fellowship Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Charles R. Ooten, of Lexington, Ky., George R. “Bobby” Ooten (Delena), of Huntington, and Ronald Gene Ooten (Sheri), of Kermit; her daughters, Diana L. Kitchen (Tommy), of Naugatuck, and Sharon Rae Francis (Dean), of Hatfield, Ky.; her grandchildren, Seth Ooten, Nicholas Brett Ooten, Melissa Star Wallace, Tomi Leigh Stacy, Jessica Hurst and Adam Gene Francis; her great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Dakota, Austin Kitchen, Hayden Hurst, Baylee Hurst, Riley Stacy, Reagan Stacy and Maverick Francis; and her sister, Jean Ferrell, of Crossville, Tennessee.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Lenore Fellowship Baptist Church with Don Stroud and Joaquin Ooten officiating. Burial followed at the Ooten Cemetery, Trace Creek. Arrangements were under the direction of Mullins Family Funeral Home of Warfield, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mullinsfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Thresia Borders Smith

Thresia Smith

Thresia Borders Smith, 65, of Williamson, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at Williamson Memorial Hospital.  

She was born at Holden, May 8, 1954, the daughter of the late Martin and Allie Messer Borders.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn May Borders; her brothers, Ira “Boots” Borders and Everet Martin; her brothers-in-law, Junior Marcum and Jess Canterbury; and her niece, Robyn Borders.

She is survived by her sons, Homer Borders (Sundee), of Williamson, and  Elbert Sammons (Wendy), of Maiden, N.Car.; her sisters, Joann Canterbury and Callie Sutton, both of Laurel Creek, and Linda Sue Marcum, of Williamson; her grandchildren, Shane Decker (Brooklyn), Brittany Keener (Pam) and Rosslyn Coleman, all of Williamson, James Borders (Adrianna), of Matewan, Corey Sammons, of Maiden, N.Car., Michael Borders, of Omar, Jamie Borders, of Huntington, Dallas Borders, of Charleston, Thomas Thompson, of Houston, Tex., and Scott Canterbury, of Ohio; her special nieces, Melissa Ray, of Williamson, and Allie Paxton, of Laurel Creek; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church with James Ed Baisden and Cornelius Lackey officiating. Burial followed at the Canterbury Cemetery, Laurel Creek, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

The guestbook may be signed at www.ChafinFuneralHome.com.

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Mary Stafford

Mary Stafford

Mary Elizabeth Stafford, 89, of Taylorville, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

She was born at Warfield, Ky., Sept. 16, 1929, the daughter of the late Arthur and Alice Wyatt Blevins.

She was a mail carrier for many years. She and Burl delivered mail on upper Pigeon Creek. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Varney for over 50 years.  

She loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Burl Stafford; her brothers, Burl and Charles Blevins; and her sisters, Ruth, Joann, Susie and Raye Blevins.

She is survived by her children, Burl Stafford Jr. (Kathleen), of Knoxville, Tenn., Judy Maynard (Charles), of Charlotte, N.Car., and Janet Crowe, of South Point, Ohio; her brothers, Glen Blevins, of Inez, Ky., and Bob Blevins and Don Blevins, both of Columbus, Ohio; her grandchildren, Jason Stafford (Angela), Jennifer Parsons (Erik), Michael Maynard (Katie), Mark Maynard and Bethany Feliton (David); her great-grandchildren, Tucker, Gabriel, Kaelianna, Elysia, Mika, Halie, Samuel, Elizabeth and Charlie; and her special friends and neighbors, who always checked on her, Jesse “Bo” and Frank “Buddy” Duty.

She will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to give special thanks to her church family for being by her side.  

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Varney with Rev. Bill Snodgrass officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

The guestbook may be signed at www.ChafinFuneralHome.com.

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PeePaw Stevens

“PeePaw” Stevens

James Arthur “PeePaw” Stevens, 92, of Breeden, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his daughter’s residence on Marrowbone Creek Road.

He was born at Crum, Nov. 15, 1926, the son of the late Walter and Linnie Brumfield Stevens.

He was employed by General Motors in Michigan and was a sawmill worker. He was a Christian and of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 plus years, Polly Stevens; his children, William Hodge, Wesley Hodge and Timothy Stevens; and several siblings.

He is survived by his son, James Walter Stevens, of Breeden; his daughters, Teresa Gail Marcum, of Columbus, Ohio, and Rose Marie Stevens and Sharon Stafford, both of Breeden; 15 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters; a nephew who was like a son, Charles (Chucky) Stevens, of Ft. Gay; a brother-in-law, Robert Ferguson, of Dunlow; his hunting storytelling friend, Rick Rice, of Columbus, Ohio; his special friends, Bill Spaulding Jr. and Leslie Williams; and his caregiver, Eric Baisden.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Jenny’s Creek Baptist Church, also known as the Yellow Church of Jenny’s Creek, with Joe Mullins and Joe Maynard officiating. Burial followed at the Stevens Cemetery, Crum. Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullins Family Funeral Home of Warfield, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mullinsfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Luke White

“Luke” White

Larry Neale “Luke” White, 55, of Phelps, Ky., died July 23, 2019, at his residence.  

He was born at Williamson, Dec. 13, 1963, a son of Phyllis Gayle Dotson White Walls, of Phelps, Ky., and the late Luther White.

He was a retired car man from N&W railroad, coached little league and was of the Apostolic faith. He was a member of the Thomas DeVenney Masonic Lodge #928 of Freeburn, Ky., and a Kentucky Colonel. He loved to play golf, do crossword puzzles, ride his Harley motorcycle and play his guitar. Luke was a huge Pittsburg Steeler football fan, UK basketball fan and loved to play and sing in church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Lou Ann White, of Phelps, Ky.; his three sons, Ethan Luther White (Caitlin), of Church Hill, Tenn., Travis Franklin White (Stacy), of San Diego, Calif., and Zachary Blake White, of Phelps, Ky.; two step-daughters, Courtney Runyon (Josh), of Turkey Creek, Ky., and Erica Taylor, of Williamson; one sister, Sheila Gayle McGuire (the late Johnny), of Lexington, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Eli Keith White, Vera Hope White and Nora Rhea White, all of Church Hill, Tenn., Jayden Brook Runyon, Dalton Gage Taylor, Savannah Runyon, McKenzie Runyon and Bentley Taylor, all of Turkey Creek, Ky.; one niece, Scarlett Krystal Pinson, of Lexington, Ky.; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 26 2019, at the Jones & West Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Opie Ray Harris officiating. Burial will follow at the George W. Dotson Cemetery, Phelps, Ky., with Andrew Prater, Cory Hatfield, Pete Maynard, Josh Runyon and friends and family serving as pallbearers.

Masonic Rites will be observed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.joneswestfh.com

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