Donald Brooks

Donald Brooks, 76,  of North Matewan, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Ky., surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at Loraine, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1942, a son of the late William and Isabelle Brooks.

He was a United States Navy Veteran, having served during the Vietnam Era and the Cuban Missile Crisis, on the ship that was referred to as “The Amole”. Donald and his wife, Sandra, then went on to start their own floral wholesale business, serving florists throughout the entire region for 25 years. When Donald was not working or on the road with his floral business, he enjoyed spending time fishing. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Fred, Kenneth and Tom Brooks; and a sister, Patty.   

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Hall Brooks, of North Matewan; his son, Todd Allen Brooks, of Lancaster, Ohio; his step-daughter, Tonya Mechele Carlson, of Port Clinton, Ohio; his sisters, Debbie, Dody and Jeanie; his grandchildren, Briana Carlson, Cameron Carlson, Todd Allen “T.J.” Brooks Jr. and Deanna Lee “Dee-Dee” Brooks.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.  

In honoring Donald’s request no formal services will take place. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

The guestbook may be signed at  www.chambersfuneralservices.com

Ruth Justice

Ruth Ann Justice, 59, of Vulcan, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at her residence.  

She was born at Marrowbone, Ky., May 13, 1959, the daughter of the late Elias and Dora Porter Maynard.  

She was a homemaker and of the Apostolic faith. She loved and enjoyed being with her family. Her children and grandchildren were her life. She never met a stranger and was loved by anyone who met her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Robert, Harm, Emmett, Joe and John Maynard; and three sisters, Susie Preece, Eunice Ray and Ollie Jewell.

She is survived by her husband, William Andrew Justice, of Vulcan; one son, John Peyton Justice (Kari Ann), of Louisa, Ky.; one daughter, Cinda Marie Slater (Brent), of Vulcan; two sisters, Nola Jean Endicott, of Inez, Ky., and Mary Price, of West Williamson; six grandchildren, Krisalyn, Abel, Zack, Alex, Mason and Abigail; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She will be missed by a multitude of family and friends who loved her dearly.

Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date by the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Pikeville, Kentucky.

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

Audrey Lester

Audrey Icey Lester, 89, of Baisden, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

She was born at Long Pole, March 27, 1929, the daughter of the late Jesse Adkins and Pearl Cook Cline.

Audrey was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.  She was a faithful member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Justice for 58 years and enjoyed crocheting, knitting and going to church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond Lester; her son, Russell Lester; her infant son; her brother, Roscoe Adkins; and her half-brother, Bilton Cline.

She is survived by three sons, Dennis Lester (Wanda) and Randall Lester (Pandora), both, of Baisden, and Mark Lester (Tammi), of Nitro; five grandchildren, Jared Lester (Barbie), of Justice, Brianna Lester (Reuben Mangus), Tiffany Lester (Jason Shepherd) and Jerome Lester (Carrie Jo), all of Baisden, and Marki Lester, of Morgantown; five great-grandchildren, Hunter Lester, Brett Evans (Haley), Amelia Lester, Owen Lester and Marcus Raymond Lester; a half- brother, Ronald Cline, of Monroe County; five half-sisters, Vesta Riffe, of Iaeger, Jean Godfrey, of Virginia, Rachel Cline (Leroy), of Richlands, Teresa Lester (Pete), of Isaban, and Terri Ritchie, of Winston Salem; a special sister-in-law, Joyce Adkins, of Lake City , Mich.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Missionary Baptist Church of Justice, with Rev. Jim Nay and Bro. Timer May officiating. Burial will follow at the Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield. She will be carried to her final resting place by: Jared Lester, Jerome Lester, Hunter Lester, Brett Evans, Jackie Thompson and Robert “Kimbo” Lester. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of the First Baptist Church of Justice.

Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until time of funeral services. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

She is gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.  

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

Chrissy Simpkins

Chrissy Dawn Lee Simpkins, 37, of Beech Creek, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.  

She was born at South Williamson, Ky., Oct. 13, 1981, the daughter of Randy Lee and the late Alice Turner Williams.

She was an employee of the Bulldog Market at Delbarton.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Earl Lee; and her maternal grandparents, Bill and Rhoda Turner.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her ex-husband, John Ray Simpkins; her brother, Kyle Lee; her niece, Winter Lee; her paternal grandmother, who had been a second mother to her, Daisy Lee; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the Hatfield Funeral

Chapel of Toler, Ky., with Bro. Travis Simpkins officiating. Burial followed at the Maynard Cemetery, North Matewan, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

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

Charles Thacker

Charles Paul Thacker, 54, of South Point, Ohio, formerly of Delbarton, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Ohio University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.  

He was born at Logan, July 7, 1964, the son of the late Jeff Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Hall Thacker.  

He was a general laborer, loved helping others, enjoyed working on vehicles and loved going to church and listening to gospel music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Florence Smatanko; his father-in-law, Rush Willard Runyon; and his dear grandmother, Lottie Slone.  

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Runyon Thacker; his sons, Charles Coleman, Rush Coleman, Charles Thacker Jr. (Mary), James Coleman and Samuel Coleman (Brenda); his daughter, Stella Jones; his brothers, George Thacker (Angie) and Randy Slone; his sister, Mary Jane Bowman (Joseph); his brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Tina Runyon, Cat and Spankey Maynard, Butts and Tiffany Runyon, Noke and Tami Runyon, D and Tammy Runyon and Blue and Betty Runyon; his mother-in-law, Stella Runyon; his grandchildren, Ty, Tina, Mitchell, Ray, Willa, Jordan and Dylan; and a host of nieces, nephews, step-brothers and step-sisters.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at the Duncan Fork United Baptist Church, with Elder Eddie Layne officiating. Burial followed at the Burlington Greenlawn Cemetery, South Point, Ohio. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

“Darty” Warf

Dardnella “Darty” Warf, 70, of Ragland, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky. 

She was born at Beckley, Sept. 3, 1948, the daughter of the late Glen Rutledge Sr. and Evelyn Christian Rutledge.

She was a longtime employee of the postal service. She worked at the Ragland Post Office for 30 years and was the postmaster for the last 20 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Leann Warf.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Warf; her brother, Glen Rutledge II (Kathy) and their children, Libby Rutledge and Glen Rutledge III (Jennifer); her brother-in-law, Mark Warf, whom she took care of; her two loving granddaughters, Paige York (Lewis Cook) and Candice York; and her great-grandchildren, Novalea, Willow and Grant. 

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Howard Branham Jr. officiating. Burial followed at the Mt. View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Kentucky. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Wilburn Workman

Wilburn Workman, 85, of Trinity Healthcare in Williamson, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Williamson Memorial Hospital.  

He was born at Bias, April 7, 1933, the son of the late Ira Lewis and Frances Ball Workman. He was raised on Elk Creek.

He was a retired coal miner formerly employed by Island Creek Coal Company as an electrician. He also did heating and cooling work for many years. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and was of the Christian faith.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 20 years, Martha Jane Duty Workman; his sister, Lora Jewell; his brothers, Douglas, Samuel, Luther, Bill and Thomas Workman; and his twin sons, Donnie and Ronnie Workman.

He is survived by his daughter, Yulanda Gibson (Willard), of Varney; his grandchildren, Alicia Chafin (Noah) and Nathaniel Gibson (Amanda), both of Varney; his great-grandchildren, Amelia Gibson and Jeremiah Gibson; his brother, Thomas Howard Workman, of Dalton, Ga.; his sister, Mary Bess Tracy, of Elk Creek; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gary Starr officiating. Burial followed at the Workman Family Cemetery, Elk Creek. 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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