Lorna Baker

Lorna Sue Baker, 69, of Browning Fork, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born at Welch, July 3, 1949, the daughter of Elma Hatfield Brown, of Browning Fork, and the late Chester Brown Sr.

She was a loving daughter, mother, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was a member of the First Missionary Southern Baptist Church of Justice. She enjoyed going to the lake and most importantly, she devoted the last twenty years of her life to taking care of her mom and dad.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Rex Brown; and her nephew, Jeremy Brown.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Tommy Baker (Janis), of London, Ky.; two grandchildren, Evan Baker and Ean Baker, both of London, Ky.; six brothers, Steve Brown (Glenna), of Johnstown, Ohio, Roland Brown (Sandy), Lonnie Brown (Sonja), Chester Brown Jr. (Melanie), Aaron Brown (Belinda), all of Browning Fork, and  Darren Brown, of Matewan; two sisters, Lola Keen (Oscar) and Kristy Brown, both of Browning Fork; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Nagy and Bro. Timer May officiating. Burial will follow at the Brown Family Cemetery, Browning Fork. She will be carried to her final resting place by family and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

Her beautiful smile and tender heart will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

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

Lawrence Branham

Lawrence Branham, 64, of Williamson, died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born at Lookout, Ky., May 8, 1955, the son of the late Ivan and Oma Layne Branham.  

He was formerly employed by Logan Mingo Mental Health as a bus driver.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James, William and Jimmy.  

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Curry Branham; his son, Bill St. Clair; his daughters, Madonna Hamilton, Jessica Branham and Barbara Schultz; his step-sons, William May, Derrick May and Chad May; his step-daughters, Karen May and Monica Varney; his brothers, Sidney Branham, Robert Tiller and Roy Tiller; his sisters, Sharon Branham, Myrtle Branham and Bertha “Tinkie” Harmon; and 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In honoring his wishes, he will be cremated. Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Pie Church of God with Brothers, Gavin and David Dillon officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

‘Big D” Browning

Donald Eugene “Big D” Browning, 83, of Verner, reunited with the love of his life, his wife of 59 years, Gloria Ann Browning, Saturday, May 11, 2019, from Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born at Emmett, June 13, 1935, the loving son of the late Hurley and Wilma Trent Browning.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. He was the owner and operator of Browning’s Gulf Station at Man and later the owner and operator of Browning’s Cold Carry Out at Verner. He was a retired truck driver and an avid Dale Earnhardt fan. He attended the Verner Community Church and enjoyed fishing and drag racing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Ann Browning; and his son, John Keith Browning.

He is survived by his sons, Hurley E. Browning (Candice), of Ransom, Ky., and Donald E. Browning (Michelle), of Verner; his daughter, Wilma Grimmett (Eddie), of Verner; his daughter-in-law, Sandy Browning, of Welch; his grandchildren, whom he loved and cherished with all his heart, Landon and Kaitlyn Grimmett, both of Verner, Johnna Icenhour (Travis), of Bristol, Tenn., Robert Walls (Teresa), of Georgia, John Caleb Browning, Dani Lynn Browning and Emily Browning, all of Verner; his great-granddaughter, Kaelyn Walls, of Georgia; a very special caregiver, who was like a daughter to him, Emily Pack of Man; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Verner Community Church with Rev. Walter Grimmett and Rev. Rodney Robinette officiating. Burial will follow at the Browning Cemetery, Verner. He will be carried to his final resting place by his family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be: Winston Perry, Dale Browning, Jimmy Tiller, Randy Dye, Tom Lester, Shane Canterbury, James Nickles, Jeff Arnold and Chuck Altizer. Military services will be conducted by the D.A.V. Chapter # 141 of Belfry, Kentucky.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

Donald may be gone from our sight, but his loving heart will forever stay in our memory.

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

Elva Hatfield

Elva Hatfield, 91, of Coal Mountain, died Saturday, May 11, 2019, at her residence.

She was born at Red Jacket, July 7, 1927,  the daughter of the late Tolva and Pricie Miller.

She was a loving person and always had a smile on her face. The matriarch of her family, she devoted her life to caring for them. She attended the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Church when she was able. Throughout her life, she held several job positions working as a school cook, a postal worker and a truck driver. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and solving crossword puzzles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny Davis; her second husband, Bernard Hatfield; her brothers, Raymond, Brooks, Elliot, Eltis “Buck,” Ray, Spurgeon, Bill, Doc Miller and Kara “Kerry” Miller; her sisters, Fallie Miller Deskins and Joann Miller Baisden; and her son-in-law, Alton West.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine West and Katrina Cline (Ronald), both of Coal Mountain; her granddaughters, Amanda Laney, of Hanover, Megan Browning (Pebo), of Coal Mountain, and Rena Argabright (Tony), of Clear Fork; her great-grandchildren, Kaylee Argabright and Hannah Argabright, both of Clear Fork, Ally Laney, of Hanover, and Kristofer Browning, of Coal Mountain; her special friend, Diana Hatfield, of Coal Mountain; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Louie Collings and Rev. Alvin Browning officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. In honoring Elva’s wishes, her remains have been cremated. 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.

Phillip Hensley

Phillip Hensley, 30, of Williamson, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at his residence.  He was born at Williamson, Dec. 9, 1988, the son of Jimmy Ellis, of Williamson, and his late mother, Sharon Hensley.  

He is also survived by his mom, Corrinna Ellis; his son, Jimmy Hensley; his daughters, Makenzie Hensley and Giovanni Hartman; his brother, Kyle Woods; and his sisters, Kaylynn Hensley, Kyanna Woods and Christinna Wiles.  

In honoring Phillip’s wishes, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be announced at a later time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

“Nica” Lester

Monica “Nica” Lester, 53, of Matewan, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.  

She was born at Williamson, Jan. 12, 1966, the daughter of the late William “Bill” and Donna Rutherford Pruitt.  

She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed riding the Harley with James and spending time at the beach. She loved her dogs, Rousey and Jet. She was employed by Pikeville Medical Center as a billing and coding clerk.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Blaine, Jay and Doc Pruitt; and her sisters, Debbie Burgraff, Wilma Pruitt and Stella Pruitt.    

She is survived by her loving husband, James Lester; her children, J.D. Lester, Dakota Lester (Destiny) and Mackenzie Hunt (Joe); her brothers, Clarence Pruitt, Bill Pruitt and Clint Selvage; her sisters, Susan Young and Donna Pruitt; and five special grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Damien, Jaxon, Deegan, Harper and Simara.  There was special people in her life; her nieces, Kristin and Kayla Pruitt, Dr. Haridas, Jackie Williams, Crystal Prince, Kathy Sullivan, her PMC family, Mike Jones and her daughter-in-law, Taylor Baer.  

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Ellison-Hatfield Cemetery, Newtown, with J.D. Lester, Dakota Lester, Joe Hunt, Mike Jones and James Lester serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Roger Marcum II

Roger Marcum II, 37, of Williamson, died Friday, May 3, 2019, at Goodman.  

He was born at South Williamson, Ky., Oct. 20, 1981, the son of Priscilla Bishop Marcum, of Williamson, and the late Roger Marcum Sr..  

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Jordyn and Jaelyn Marcum; his sister, Nancy Michele Marcum Bowen; his nieces; Rachel and Christinna Bowen; and his special friend, Johnny Burgraff.  

In honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Memorial services will be held from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Williamson Field House. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Robert Shelton

Robert Shelton, 65, of Lenore, died Saturday, May 11, 2019, at his residence.  

He was born at Hampton, Va., Sept. 9, 1954, the son of the late James and Shirley Phillips Shelton.  

He was formerly employed as a construction worker. He traveled over most of the United States working in construction.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sanborn Shelton; his son, Dwight Shelton; his brother, James Andrew Shelton; and his sister, Anne Shelton.  

He is survived by his daughter, Page Shelton (Steven Clay II); his sister, Sharon Heerdt and his companion, Rhonda Wheeler.  

In honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Duncan Fork House of Prayer with Rev. Roger Ooten officiating. 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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