Ruby Blankenship

Ruby Jean Evans Blankenship, 81, of Rawl, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at ARH Hospital, surrounded by a host of family and friends.

She was born at Henlawson, Dec. 6, 1938, the daughter of the late Orville and Hattie Spradlin Evans.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be remembered for her joyous spirit, her uncanny ability to make friends wherever she went, her unconditional love for her friends and family and her famous buttermilk biscuits.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Blankenship; her sister, Estle May; her brother, Jesse Evans; and her daughter, Maybell Tibbs.  

She is loved and survived by three wonderful children, Orville Louis Blankenship (Donetta), Ruth Marie Layne (Rodney Miller) and Betty Lou Baisden (Ray); one sister, Glenna Faye Evans (James), who was her caregiver during her last days; Priscilla Gooslin (Mike) and Patricia Hatfield, whom she thought of as daughters; Steve Smith (Lisa), whom she considered her son; nine wonderful grandchildren, Paul, Arthur, Amos, Lisa, Christina, Missy, Josh, Amy and Shawn; great-grandchildren, Elzie, Addisyn, Trayvon, Grayson, Landyn, Lukas, Liam, Jessie Sue and Samuel; and a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished dearly.

Honoring services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Christ Temple Church, Vincent Street, Williamson, with Pastor District Elder Thomas Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

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James Brown

“Jim” Brown

James Walter “Jim” Brown, 68, of Baisden, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

He was born at Williamson, March 23, 1951, the son of the late Faye Brown Ryan.

He was a member of the Justice Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and enjoyed taking his sons squirrel hunting. He served his country in the United States Army from 1969 until 1972. He always had a smile and a warm greeting anytime you would see him.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents who raised him, Clifton and Rose Brown; his mother-in-law, Geneva Shands; and his brother-in-law, Gregory Cline.

He is survived by his loving wife who never left his side, Katrina Cline Brown, of Baisden; two sons, James Travis Brown and Gregory Tyler Brown (Stephanie), both of Baisden; two grandsons, James Samuel Brown and Benson Tyler Brown, both of Baisden; one step-granddaughter, Alexis Neece; one sister, Linda Nagy (Jim), of Gilbert; a special niece, Stephanie Poe (Keith), of Gilbert; a special nephew, Jimbo Nagy (Shanna), of Gilbert; four nieces, April Cline,  Ally Haywood, Mallory McKean and Chelsea McKean; four great-nieces and great-nephews, Hollie Nagy, Sarah Nagy, Will Poe and Jake Nagy; one sister, Theresa Fessenden, of Delbarton; one aunt, Lucille Matney, of Delbarton; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at the Justice Missionary Baptist Church at Justice with Rev. Jim Nagy and Rev. Timer May officiating. Burial will follow at the Justice Memorial Gardens, Justice, with Jimbo Nagy, Keith Poe, Will Poe, Scotty Sammons, Brandon Sammons, Tommy Sammons, Travis Brown and Tyler Brown serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be, Joe Dale New, Duane Adkins, Mike Adkins, Jim Nagy, Timer May, Robert Billups, Melvin Brooks Jr., Davis McKean, Ronnie Stepp and Samuel Cline. Military honors will be conducted by D.A.V. Chapter #141 of Belfry, Kentucky. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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

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Buster Davis Jr

“Buster” Davis Jr.

Amos “Buster” Davis Jr., 75, of Lenore, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at his

residence.  

He was born at Naugatuck, March 12, 1944, the son of the late Amos Davis Sr.

and the late Helen Davis.

He attended the Mt. Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Timmy.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 49 years, Brenda

Jarvis Davis; his daughter, Pam Crabtree (Robert), of Lenore; and his son, Roger Davis (Meranda), of Breeden.

He loved and was very close to his grandchildren, Brad Davis, of Lenore, Jeremy Crabtree (Candita), of Dingess, Ruby Hatfield (Brad), of Marrowbone, Matthew

Davis, of Lenore, and Levi and Parker Davis, both of Breeden. He also leaves

behind his brothers, Bill Davis (Bonnie), Sam Davis (Goldie), John Davis (Barb), Walter Davis (Barb) and Harold Davis (Carlene); and his sisters, Ruth Canterbury (Jess), Kaye

Coleman and Julie Henderson. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren; a very special friend, Bill Sexton; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Hatfield Funeral

Chapel at Toler, Ky., with Bro. Jimmy Darrell Newsome officiating. Burial followed at the

Davis Cemetery, Den Branch, Naugatuck, 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.

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Bill Gillespie

“Bill” Gillespie

William “Bill” Gillespie, 86, of San Antonio, Texas, also known as “Bud” or “Buddy” by many friends, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

He was born at home near Aflex, Ky., March 7, 1933, to Annis Brown and Charles David Gillespie.

He graduated from Belfry High School and soon after married his high school sweetheart, Frances Ann Murphy, and was drafted into the United States Army the very next month. After serving, he attended Marshall University, Huntington, under a football scholarship where he was also introduced to the sport of wrestling. He later devoted many volunteer hours promoting high school wrestling and is considered by many as “The Father of Wrestling” for San Antonio. Some of his honors include induction into the Belfry High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Texas Hall of Honor and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his service to the sport. In 1995, he was the South Texas Region Wrestling Coach of the Year.

He enjoyed entertaining and no group was too large. Once he fed over 100 cast members of “Up With People” in less than an hour in his front yard. He also loved to build things. After retiring from Phillips 66 Petroleum Company, he devoted 15 months volunteering to help build a 6,000 square foot addition to his church. Retirement also granted him unlimited fishing, which he greatly enjoyed. You could tell which boat was his on the lake because it looked like a scared porcupine with all the fishing rods sticking out from the sides.

He was married 62 years to the late Frances Murphy. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth “Sis” (Eugene “Yog”) Marcum; and many other relatives.

He is survived by his three children, Sherry Fowler (Bruce), Brent Gillespie and Connie O’Brian; his grandchildren, Blake (Shelby) and Kyle Gillespie, Cassy and Leia O’Brian and Reid Fowler (Kristin); his great-granddaughter, Emma Fowler; and his brother, Charles “Chuck” Gillespie (Natalie).

If Bill wanted you to remember one thing it is, “Attitude is Everything.”

All services were held in San Antonio, Texas.

This obituary is a courtesy of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler.

“Doug” Harris

Franklin Douglas “Doug” Harris, 40, of East Williamson, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born at South Williamson, Ky., March 1, 1979, a beloved son of Sandra Smith Harris, of Williamson, and the late Jesse Harris.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Dorothy Smith, and Jesse Harris Sr., MD and Mary Ann Harris.

He was employed as a carpenter until his illness rendered him unable to work. He was of the Christian faith and grew up attending the East Williamson Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Christopher Smith, of Williamson; an aunt, Mary Smith, of Williamson; a first cousin, Marie Utt; and Barbara Oliver, whom he thought of as a grandmother.

He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered always.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at the East Williamson Baptist Church with Rev. Caleb Horne officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

George Hayes

George Bernie Hayes, 67, of Niota, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at U.T Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.

He was born at Freeburn, Ky., and was a longtime resident of Sprigg, before moving to McMinn County over 21 years ago. He was a son of the late Arnold and Ida McCoy Hayes.

His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed buying and selling cars and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lois Jean Gibson Hayes, of Niota; one daughter, Shawna Harrison (Clint), of Georgetown; one son, David Hayes (Niki), of Niota; six grandchildren, Emily Harrison, Bryson Terrell, Abagail Harrison, Kinsley Hayes, Landon Hayes and McKinley Hayes; four sisters, Rita Scott (Tom), of Piqua, Ohio, Audrey Murphy (Jennings), of White Sulphur Springs, Kathy White (Arthur) and Ruthie White, both of Merrimac; and seven brothers, Robert Hayes, of Niota, Herbert Hayes (Karen), of Red Jacket, Willie Hayes (Patricia), of Flint, Mich., Thurman Hayes, of Huntington, Chris Hayes, of Matewan, Arnold Hayes, of Marlinton, and Gerald Hayes, of Sprigg.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Union McMinn Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Burial followed at the Niota Cemetery with Troy Allen, Daniel Morgan, Clint Harrison, Roger Huffman and Keith Gibson serving as pallbearers. Bruce McCoy served as an honorary pallbearer.

Obituary courtesy of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

The guestbook may be signed at www.chambersfuneralservices.com, or, www.zieglerfuneralhome.com.

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Mont Runyon

Mont Runyon

Mont Runyon, 82, of Delbarton, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born at Logan, Nov. 27, 1937, the son of the late Harmon and Lucinda Hunt Runyon.

He was a coal miner.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Monetta Runyon; his brothers, Harmon Runyon Jr. and Andy Runyon; and his sisters, Nancy Copley and Joyce Fouch.  

He is survived by his son, George “Buck” Runyon (Shelvie Blackburn), of Delbarton; his daughters, Jessie Runyon, of Williamson, and Alicia Runyon, of Delbarton; his brothers, Billy R. Runyon, of Elk Creek, and Orville Runyon, of Delbarton; his sister, Goldie Jenkins, of Delbarton; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.  

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Eddie Layne officiating. Burial followed at the Runyon Cemetery, Pearl Hill, Delbarton. 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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Effie Tackett

Effie Tackett

Effie Marie Tackett, 67, of Lenore, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her residence.  

She was born at Williamson, March 18, 1952, the daughter of the late Shannon and Gracie Mae Hall Tackett.  

She was a homemaker.  

She is survived by her son, Darrell Lee Tackett, of Varney; her daughters, Michelle Steward Roberts (Brent), of Ashland, Ky., and Samantha Stewart, of Huntington; her brother, James Daniel Hall; her sister, Freda Yates, of Charleston; her longtime companion, Josh Collins; and her grandchildren, Tracy and Scotty Dingess, Caleb Timmons, Summer Roberts, Brent Roberts Jr., Lilliaunna Roberts, Jilliaunna Marie Roberts and Heaven Marie Roberts.  

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Rhonda Yates

Rhonda Rebecca Yates, 45, of Williamson, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center, Huntington.

She was born at South Williamson, Ky., Jan. 10, 1975, a daughter of Ronald Yates, of Merrimac, and the late Gerry May Johnson.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her loving partner, John Arrn, of Williamson; her sisters, Sherry Jewell, of Toler, Ky., and Dawn Maloney, of Canton, Mich.; her brother, R.C. Yates (Becky), of Lenore, and David Maloney, of Westwood, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends who will continue to cherish her memory.  

Graveside services were held at 12 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at the McCoy Yates Cemetery, Merrimac, with Pastor Tim Yates officiating. 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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