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Pappy Hicks Blankenship

“Pappy” Blankenship

Hicks “Pappy” Blankenship, 92, of Williamson, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at

the Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, following a brief illness.  

He was born at Gilbert, June 19, 1927, the son of the late Dave and Jennie Cline Blankenship.

He was a retired coal miner and was proud to be a Mason and a Shriner. He was a member of the Borderland Baptist Church, UMWA and the Eastern Star.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Smith Blankenship; an 11-year old son, Charles Ellery “Drake” Blankenship; a 13-year old grandson, Brian Chadwick “Chad” Miller; two brothers, Clyde and Leonard Blankenship; and three sisters, Elizabeth Adkins Sipple, Lucille Brown and Susie Clayborn.

He is survived by two daughters, Della Blankenship (Bryan) and Rita Miller (John), both of Williamson; four grandchildren, Kelly Smith, Crystal Blackburn, Cory Miller and MaShaun Spicer; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Hayley Ferrell and Paul Chadwick Blackburn; two great-great-grandchildren, Wyatt Cooper Ferrell and Karsyn Everleigh Ferrell; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Ky., with Pastor Rick Gannon officiating. Masonic graveside services followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, 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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Dan Browning Jr.

Dan Browning Jr.

Dan Browning Jr., 69, of Delbarton, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Williamson Memorial Hospital.  

He was born at Puritan Mines, May 3, 1950, the son of the late Dan and Ruby Nicholas Browning.  

He was well-known throughout the Delbarton area. He was a pastor of several churches and preached throughout the area. He loved his children and grandchildren. They were his world. He enjoyed gardening and hunting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Pauline Browning, Irene Copley, Edna Mae Browning and Jeanetta Browning.   

Dan married his sweetheart 49 years ago, Glenna Mae Baisden Browning. Together they have three children, Daniel Scott Browning and Jennifer Lou Browning, both of Delbarton, and Nathanael Alan Browning (Beth), of Williamson. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Justin Dotson, Emilee May (Josh), Chloe Browning, Danielle Browning, Mark Browning, Kyle Adkins, Liam Browning and Landon Browning; his great-grandchild, Oaklee May; his siblings, Corrine Mahone, of Delbarton, Tootsie Sammons (Pearlie), of Virginia, Frank Browning (Rose), of Delbarton, John Browning and Albert Browning (Lisa), both of Shallotte, N.Car., Billie Jo Maynard (Carl), of Dunlow, and Anna Rose Browning, of Fresno, Calif.; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Eddie Layne officiating. Burial followed in the Floyd-Adair Cemetery, Millstone, with Ross Gannon, Larry Gannon, Timothy Hall, Shawn Fields, Rich Hanson and Andy Todd serving as a 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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Ira Cline

Ira Cline

Ira Leon Cline, 80, of Isaban, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan, surrounded by his family.

He was born at Brushy Fork Hollow, near Isaban, Feb. 22, 1939, the son of the late Monroe and Lenore Cline.

He was a loving husband, caring father, an amazing grandfather and a doting great-grandfather. He worked hard labor to provide for his family all his life. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He was of the Church of God faith. His greatest joys were his family and friends and all his cherished memories. He loved piddling around with different things, especially woodworking. His long life was a reward for all the love and care he provided for his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Tenna Cline; his sisters, Opal Dotson and Anne Blankenship; his brothers, Donald Ray Cline, Larry Dale Cline and Charles Cline; and his best friend, Charlie Coleman.

Ira leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Patricia Hileman Cline, of Isaban; his son, Ira Leon Cline Jr.; his daughter and son-in-law, Denna Cline and Delbert Eugene Little Jr.; his daughter and son-in-law, Bessie Cline Mounts and Larry Mounts; his daughter and daughter-in-law, Judy Cline and Debbie Lockhart; his granddaughters, Michelle Cline Wright (Jason), Samantha Boykin Chisley (Monty), Natasha Cline (Andrew Davis), Sarah Boykin and Kimberly Cline (Liem Pham); his great-grandchildren, Carolynn Chisley, Leon Le, Clyde Chisley, Micah Wright and Landree Le; and a host of adopted great-grandchildren and many other friends and family.

He had an infectious personality and touched the lives of all, leaving a lasting impression of kindness and humor. His wit and stories were quick to induce a smile from anyone he met.

Ira’s wife, Patricia, would like to give special thanks to her granddaughter, Natasha Cline, for all her compassion and kindness through Ira’s lifetime and especially during the last month of his life. She would also like to thank her friends, Meta Justice and Tammy Cline, for their outpouring of support and prayer.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the Isaban Church of God with Pastor Jeremy Compton officiating. Burial followed at the Brushy Fork Cemetery, Isaban, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert

He may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

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

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Willard Lambert

Willard Lambert

Willard Kenneth Lambert, 80, of Lenore, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.  

He was born at Logan, May 14, 1939, the son of the late Clyde Wilson Lambert and Gertrude White Dean.  

He was a retired coal miner. He loved his job and worked nearly all his life in the coal mines. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ at Naugatuck.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Harmon Lambert; his son, Willard Clyde Lambert; his sisters, Aileen Hinkle and Betty Marcum; and his great-grandson, Braley Blevins.  

He is survived by his children, Dan Kenneth Lambert, Lisa Jarvis (Donnie), Nyoka Blevins (Jerry) and Pauline Compton; his brothers, Ernest Dean Jr., David Dean, Donald Dean and Bobby Dean (Angie); his sisters, Madeline Marcum, Nyoka Crank, Alice Geraldine Newsome, Dreama Marcum and Martha Porter; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; three special nieces, Diana Pauley, Betty Jo Jude and Selena Hanshaw; a special grandson, Todd Blevins; two grandchildren, he raised as his own children, Ashley Lambert and Don Lambert; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Naugatuck, with Elders Delbert McCoy, Curtis Collins and Ernest Dean Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Jarvis Cemetery, Winco Block, with his grandsons and nephews 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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Peggy Tussey

Peggy Tussey

Peggy Sue Tussey, 78, of South Williamson, Ky., died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Tug Valley ARH, with her loving family by her side.

She was born at Williamson, Dec. 27, 1940, the daughter of the late Okey and Hazel Hatfield Blackburn.  

She attended Williamson High School for two years, then transferred to Belfry High School, graduating in 1958. She began her educational journey in the fall of 1958, at Pikeville College, where she met the love of her life, Carl R. Tussey. They married Sept. 5, 1959, and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

She was a dynamic educator and loved her students as if they were her own. She began her teaching career in the Pike County School System where she taught for over 40 years, at several schools including, Blackberry Grade School, Turkey Creek Grade School and South Williamson Grade School. She obtained a Master’s Degree and Rank 1 Certification from Eastern Kentucky University, specializing in reading and language arts. Shortly before retirement, she transferred to the Pike County Board of Education where she worked in the Title One Program. Her career did not end there. She went on to work in the Mingo County School System.  

She was a member of the Lord’s Church and attended Williamson Area Church of Christ, Turkey Creek, Kentucky.  She was a faithful Christian for nearly 50 years. Her life reflected her love for the Lord. She was an avid member of many organizations including, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Board of Directors of Williamson ARH and Delta Kappa Gamma Nu Chapter Teacher’s Society. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling to many destinations.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Aggie Hager; a brother, Paul Blackburn; and a daughter-in-law, Gina Tussey.

She is survived by her husband, Carl R. Tussey, of South Williamson, Ky.; two sons, Carl Edward Tussey, of South Williamson, Ky., and Jeffrey Allen Tussey (Renetta), of Salem, Va.; one daughter, Carla Sue Tussey Allahham (John), of Danville, Ky.; two brothers, Ronnie Blackburn (Sandra), of Melbourne, Fla., and Jack Blackburn (Linda), of South Williamson, Ky.; four grandsons, Carl E. Tussey II, Malik Allahham, Faris Allahham and Wesley Allahham; six granddaughters, Ashley Elyse Passarelli (Deo), Toshia Bowman (John), Drema Heck (Drew), Summer Allahham, Abbie Carden and Madison Tussey; two great-granddaughters, Frankie Tussey and Capri Passarelli; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Bob Werntz officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Kentucky. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

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