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“Blackie” Blackburn

William Robert “Blackie” Blackburn, 66, of South Williamson, Ky, died suddenly Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Tug Valley ARH Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Norton, Va., March 20, 1954, the son of the late Robert Byron Blackburn and June Wright Blackburn.

He was a longtime construction laborer and worked for several construction companies over the course of his career. He was a 1972 graduate of Belfry High School and a member of Laborers Local Union #543, Charleston. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his leisure time. He deeply loved his family. His children were the joy of his life and he adored his grandchildren. He lived life on his own terms and was fiercely independent. He enjoyed many friendships over the course of his life and treasured many lifelong friendships. He was an animated storyteller and his tales were always thrilling and exciting to hear. His vivacious personality will be sorely missed and his memory will be treasured always.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Chad Blackburn.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nina McCoy Blackburn; his daughter, Kayla Reynolds (John), of Huntington; his son, James Blackburn (Angel Lackey), of South Williamson, Ky.; his step-children, Reather, Kristy and Cheyenne Newsome; his grandchildren, Lydia Reynolds, Landon Reynolds, Zenorah Reynolds and Kaylin Blackburn; his step-grandchildren, Dorell Newsome, Gregory Newsome, Rylan Newsome, Bryleigh Newsome, Kasmira Newsome, McKayla Crum and J.T. Ernest; his beloved brother, Byron Blackburn (Fayetta), of Elk Creek, Delbarton; and his close friend, Rad Dingess, of Crawley Creek, Kentucky.

The family will gather for a private viewing and cremation will follow. There will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Evelyn Browning

Evelyn Browning, 76, of the Riverview section of Gilbert, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

She was born at Logan, May 20, 1944, the daughter of the late Orville and Fay (Cyrus) Hendricks.

She loved serving the Lord and worshipping with her church family. She also loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Riverview Freewill Baptist Church at Slabtown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gora Browning; her son, Mark Allen Browning; her sister, Patricia Rabie; and her brothers, Ralph, Nathan and Ritchie Hendricks.

She is survived by her daughters, Drema Curry (Robert), of Gilbert, and her daughter/sister, Candice Gravely (Joe), of Verner; her sons, Gary Browning (Charmin Anderson), of Wharncliffe, James Browning (Brandi), of Man, Matthew Browning, of Atlanta, Ga., and Marcus Browning (Karen Edith Loveryn), of Landville; her grandsons, Victor Browning, of New Mexico, Cody Browning, Alexander Browning and Zachary Browning, all of Man; her granddaughters, Zoey Browning and Makayla Browning, both of Man; her grandchildren, Shannon Curry and Tanner Curry, both of Gilbert; and two grandchildren in New Mexico; her sister, Brenda Sue Lester, of Man; her brothers, Bobby Hendricks, of Williamson, Randy Hendricks, of Verner, and Darrell Hendricks, of Taplin; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at the Riverview Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Browning and Rev. Cecil Johnson officiating. Burial followed at the Leatherwood Memorial Cemetery, Justice, with her grandsons, nephews and special friends serving as pallbearers. 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.mounstfuneralhome.com.

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Sandy Coleman

Sandy Gail Coleman, 64, of Sedalia, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 7, 1956, the beloved daughter of Polly Jane Chapman Allen, of Nolan, and the late J. D. Allen.

On July 8, 1988, at Annapolis, Md., she was united in marriage to Brad Coleman.

She was a dedicated educator for 38 years, working in the public-school system. She enjoyed boating on the lake, fishing and socializing with her many friends. She was a member of Chattaroy Missionary Baptist Church, Chattaroy.

In addition to her husband and her mother, she is survived by two sons, Michael Coleman (Beth), of Sedalia, Mo., and Van Hatcher, of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, Toby Allen (Michelle), of Williamson; one granddaughter, Hannah Coleman, of Wilmington, N.Car.; one grandson, Gage Hatcher, of Sedalia, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather at a graveside service at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Sedalia Animal Shelter, 200 South Osage Ave.

Sedalia, MO, 65301, (660) 827-3000.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

Delena Dillon

Delena Dillon, 70, of Dans Branch, Williamson, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at her residence, following a lingering illness.

She was born in Mingo County, May 2, 1950, a daughter of the late Floyd Walker and Myrtle Fleming.

She was formerly employed by Williamson Memorial Hospital as a surgical technologist.

She was a beloved wife and mother who dearly loved her family. Her joy in living was later increased when grandchildren began to come into her life. She loved to be with her grandsons more than anything.

Prior to her illness, she attended Nolan Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her yard among her flowers. She was fond of hummingbirds and enjoyed watching them flit around her home. She also loved butterflies. She was an avid NASCAR fan, with the late Dale Earnhardt being her favorite driver. In her leisure time, she enjoyed reading.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Eugene Dillon; and three brothers.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Brewster (Michael) and Amanda DeBoard (Robert), both of Williamson; and her grandchildren, Corey Dillon Keaton DeBoard, Brody DeBoard and Bentley DeBoard.

She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was loved by all who knew her and she was selfless in the love that she gave to everyone.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband in a private graveside service at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Evelyn Giordano

When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand; The angel said my place was ready, in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But when I walked through Heaven's Gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down, smiled at me, And told me "Welcome Home." So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.

Evelyn McKnight Giordano, born June 3, 1926, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Hurricane, where she had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Ross Giordano.

Evelyn was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was her world. She lived, taught and encouraged faith in Christ to her family. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church since becoming a member on Oct. 11, 1953.  She was a member of the Alpha Jackson Circle and also attended meetings of the Leota Campbell Circle. She loved the times she hosted circle meetings with her dear friends from First Baptist. She always enjoyed helping with vacation Bible school and the summer Bible basketball camp. For many years, she worked alongside her husband at Mingo Fruit Company. While still living in her home in Happy Valley, she and her friends were avid walkers at the Southside Mall, followed by having coffee at Hardee’s.  Evelyn also loved exercising at Curves in Williamson. She loved being on the go and being “Nan” to a lot of kids.

She was the last surviving child of the late Orlando C. McKnight and Ida Belle (Romans) McKnight. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clifford McKnight, Henry McKnight, Orlando C. (Junior) McKnight and Eugene McKnight (her twin brother); and her sisters, Estella (Little) Booth, Gerturde (McKnight) Wade, Ruby (McKnight) Meredith, and Ruth (McKnight) Caston.  

She is survived by her children, Frank David Giordano (Terry), of South Williamson, Ky., and Judith Ann Giordano (Greg Maynard), of Hurricane; her grandsons, David Ryan Giordano (Kayla), of Hurricane, and Shane Neal Giordano (Stacey), of Huntington; her great-grandchildren, Braxton Chase Giordano, Ryker Blaze Giordano, Beau Dempsey Giordano, Ainsley Grace Giordano and Kyson Brooks Giordano, all whom she loved dearly; and several nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved. She is also survived by her special friend of many years, Timmie Maynard.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Pastor Jarrod Belcher of the First Baptist Church, Williamson, officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with her grandsons and men of the church serving as pallbearers. 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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James May

James Thomas May, 67, of Huddy, Ky., died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at S.O.M.C, Portsmouth, Ohio.

He was born at Williamson, Aug. 16, 1953, to the late James L. May and Delores Goff May.

He was a retired superintendent at Eastern Coal Company and a graduate of Belfry High School, Class of 1971, where he played football and afterwards was an avid Pirate fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law; Roy and Pauline Hatfield.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis May, of Huddy, Ky.; his children, April M. Daniels (Bob), of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Teddy Smith Jr. (Keriston), of Huddy, Ky.; his siblings, Rita Hinkle, Dianne Martinelli, Loretta Krueger (Bill) and Sandra Smith (Jeff), all of Ocala, Fla., Vickie Beinlich (Dick), of Lincolnshire, Ill., Timmy Cecil May (Debbie), of Pinsonfork, Ky., and Sandie Hatfield, of Conway, S.Car.; his brother-in-law, Roger Hatfield, of Brooksville, Ky.; his grandchildren, Sarah Addison Daniels, Billy Jase Smith, Cheyenne Smith, Keaton Chase Smith and Courtney Adkins; his great-grandchild, Landon Adkins; and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Roger Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with his nephews; Jeff Smith, James Smith, Timmy Smith, James May, Eric Lycan, Rodney Stanley, Keith Hatfield and Elliott Hatfield, serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9p .m., Friday, Nov. 6, at the funeral home with special services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

A special thanks to the S.O.M.C. inpatient hospice.

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

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“Chick” Smith

John Joseph “Chick” Smith, died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at his son's residence, surrounded by family, following a brief illness.

He was born May 21, 1929, to Pat and Victoria Smith, the youngest of nine children and their only son.

He was a proud member of the Stone #890 F&AM Masonic Lodge for 58 years.

He was initiated on Aug. 11, 1962. He was named a Kentucky Colonel by the governor of Kentucky. He was a member of Lonesome Dove Old Regular Baptist Church. He was known as “Chick” to most people who worked with him. He spent most of his career in sales with Banks Miller Supply, Williamson Supply Company, Persinger Supply and BWB Enterprises, where he finally retired at age 84. In addition to working his own job, he helped his late wife with her own business endeavors and raised cattle and chickens on his Poplar Haven Farm.

He was loved by all who knew him. He would make sure that no one left his house hungry, either by feeding them or giving them fresh eggs from his chickens. He would routinely prepare breakfast for his daughter, lunch for his granddaughters and meals for his son and daughter-in-law, when they would visit.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Phyllis; and his sisters, Flossie Blackburn, Hazel Edmonds, Maxie Lafferty, Ethel Layne, Grace Smith, Gertie Thacker, Octavia Thacker and Mary Ann Thornsbury.

He is survived by his two children, Patty Moon (Bruce), of Canada, Ky., and John Edward Smith (Ann), of Cynthiana, Ky.; two special granddaughters, Jessica Martin (Josh), of Forest Hills, Ky., and Amanda Moon, of Pikeville, Ky.; one grandson Joseph Smith, of Cynthiana, KY.; one great-grandson, Avery Joseph Smith, of Cynthiana, KY.; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

He will be missed beyond measure.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with ministers from the Lonesome Dove Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed at the Smith Cemetery, Sidney, Ky., with his family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Lonesome Dove Old Regular Baptist Church, 316 Fonso Stanley Road, Canada, KY, 41519.

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

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George Trimble

George Trimble, 83, died comfortably Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, Ky., following complications from a stroke.

He was devoted to his career as an English professor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College where he worked for over forty years. The programs he developed during his tenure reflect his dedication to making education affordable and accessible to everyone. Fast Track and Track 12, both of which he spearheaded, provided efficient and manageable paths for students to earn college credits in core classes. Most importantly, he spent thousands of hours in his office working one-on-one with students on research and writing skills. Even after his retirement in 2014, he often talked about how much he missed teaching. He spent much of his free time maintaining an active lifestyle through running, tennis and weight training.

He will be deeply missed by his family and closest friends, Tommy Atkins, George Morrison and John Unrue. He is survived by his wife Joan; his daughter, Kelly (Geer McGee); his  son, Carl; his son, Kurt (Vicky); his sister, Beth; and his loving dog, Harry.

The family plans to hold a private service in his memory next summer.

In order to memorialize George’s love for books, libraries and the Humanities, should friends desire, donations may be made in his memory to: American Library Association’s 21st Century Fund: ala.org/donate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

Curtis Wellman

Curtis Henry Wellman, 92, of Pikeville, Ky., died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, following a brief illness.  

He was born at Dorton, Ky., March 29, 1928, to the late Bolivar Ezra Wellman and Mary Nettie Williamson Wellman.  

He was a retired coal miner and minister of the Freewill Baptist Church.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Grace Scott Wellman; and his sisters, Marie Williams, Pauline Meadows and Elsie Belcher, all of Varney, Kentucky.

He is survived by his son, Ron Wellman (Fanitsa), of Estero, Fla.; his daughter, Connie Maddox, of Pikeville, Ky.; his granddaughters, Christina Wellman, of Clearwater, Fla., Diana Stellick (Matt), of Marina del Rey, Calif., and Alison Maddox, of Pikeville, Ky.; his great-grandson, Glenn Miles Stellick; his  sister, Mildred Hammond, of Varney, Ky.; and his brother, Ira Wellman, of Varney, Kentucky.  

Visitation for the public will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Kentucky.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with Rev. Johnnie Hatfield officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any Disabled American Veterans Association or Tunnels to Towers Charity Organization.

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

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