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Vima Blankenship

Vima Blankenship, 89, of Baisden, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at her residence.

She was born at Baisden, May 3, 1931, the daughter of the late Nat Vonnie Cline.

She loved to watch Western movies and she enjoyed sitting outside on her porch. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Melissa Lester; her son, Keith "Ludie' Blankenship; her brothers, Fleming, Jubb and Sonny Cline; and her sisters, Zellia Lockhart, Molly Lester and Retha Blankenship.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Blankenship (Glennetta), of Lake, and Darrell Blankenship (Vickie), of Bruno; her daughters, Joanna Ellis (Jack) and Shirley Blankenship, both of Baisden, and Donna Sue Blankenship, of Proctor Bottom; her grandchildren, Michael Joe, of Alabama, Candy Blankenship, of Tennessee, Heidi Blankenship, of Alabama, and Hollie Ray, Tianna Ellis, Billy Ellis and Destiny Ellis, all of Baisden; her sister, Evelyn Hatfield, of Winter Spring, Fla.; her brothers, Tex Cline (Iris), of Warson, N.Car., Jay Cline (Marion), of Rock Hills, S.Car., and Jimmy Rex Cline (Betty) and Denzel Cline (Tina), both of Baisden; and a host of nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Denny May officiating. Burial followed at the Cline Cemetery, Baisden. She was carried to her final resting place by Hollie Ray Ellis, Billy Ellis, Shane Canterbury, Larry Ellis and Cory Coy. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

Her wonderful smile and gentle heart will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved her.

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

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Donald Hatfield Sr.

Donald Richard Hatfield Sr., 80, of Delbarton, formerly of Hampden, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was born at Hampden, Aug. 18, 1940, the son of the late Willie and Bernice (Grimmett) Hatfield.

He enjoyed hunting, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. He was of the Church of God faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Dotson) Hatfield; and his son, Jamie Hatfield.

He is survived by his son, Donald Ricky Hatfield Jr. (Sherri); his grandchildren, Johnathan Hatfield (Whitney) and Christopher Hatfield, both of Delbarton, Aiden Hatfield and Ariana Hatfield, both of Hampden, Kaizen Brown and Kyler Gibson, both of Davin, and  Amanda Crigger (Joey), of Man; his great-grandchild, Andria Lester; his sister, Shirley Homes (Frank), of Georgia; his brother, Harvey Harrison (Trina), of North Carolina; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Denny May officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memory Gardens, Pecks Mill. He was carried to his resting place by his family and friends. 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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Claude Helvey

Claude Dean Helvey, 62, of Goodman Hollow Road, Williamson, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Tug Valley ARH Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Williamson, Feb. 15, 1958, a son of the late Jim Helvey and Emogene Hensley Helvey.

He was a former surface coal miner. He was severely injured in a mining accident which left him disabled for the remainder of his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ricky Helvey.

He is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Leann Hall (Alex), of Pikeville, Ky.; two brothers, James Helvey (Anita), of Goody, Ky., and Michael Helvey (Brenda), of Meta, Ky.; one sister, Brenda Goodman (Rickey), of Gilbert; two granddaughters, Natalie Hall and Emilee Hall, both of Pikeville, Ky.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Claude’s memory will be cherished by his family and he will be lovingly remembered always.

No public services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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“Chalky” Shelton

Charles I. “Chalky” Shelton, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Huntington, following a long illness.  

He was born at Goody, Ky., April 7, 1932, to the late Robert Lee Shelton and Ida Beatrice (Craig) Shelton.  

He was a life-long Methodist and a member of the Fellowship class of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church.

He was a graduate of Williamson High School. Afterwards, he attended and graduated from the College of Pharmacy at West Virginia University and was a member of the Student Legislature and Sphinx, as well as the Men’s Senior Honorary. He went on to graduate from the College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland. He was a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, member of the American Dental Society, West Virginia Dental Society and past president of the Huntington Dental Society.  He served on the Huntington YMCA Board of Directors and was campaign chairman for it’s 1973 membership drive. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (Captain Eliphaz Shelton), member of the Guyan Golf and Country Club and Elks, as well as, the Wednesday Club at McDonald’s.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Sandra Williams Shelton and Betty Maynard; and his brothers, William R. Shelton, Donald L. Shelton and Robert G. Shelton.  

He is survived by his sons, Dr. Charles I. Shelton (Amy), of Lexington, Ky., Craig H. Shelton, of Charleston, and Joel A. Shelton Ph.D (Mayuko), of Phoenix, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Dr. Charles Clay Shelton, Bryce Williams Shelton, Erin Claire Shelton, Andrew Craig Shelton, Leah Shelton and Dean Shelton; his great-grandchild, Scarlett Grace Holder; and his dear companion, Jolene Osborn, of Huntington.

The family would like to request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Heart Association.  

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, a graveside service will be held, following guidelines, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Mountain View Memory Gardens Cemetery, 119 N Memory View Lane, Huddy, Kentucky. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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