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Art Adkins

Arthur Adkins

Arthur Allen Adkins, 71, of Delbarton, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  

He was born at Williamson, Aug. 20, 1949, the son of the late Arthur Allen and Ruth Watson Adkins.  

He was a logger and worked in the timber industry in his younger years. He was also the former owner of World Wide Consulting. He attended the Regional Church of God.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John Stephen Cook.

He is survived by his siblings, Morris Ray Adkins, of Delbarton, Loretta Smith (Bob), of Pilot Mountain, N.Car., and Jane Cook, of Delbarton; and his nieces and nephews, who called him “Uncle Art,” Lisa Kennedy, Steven Cook, Jamie Cook, Malena Woolum, Chris Smith, Tim Smith, Martha Adkins, Alyssa Adkins and Penny Adkins.  

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mitchell Bias and Rev. Will Compton officiating. Burial followed at the Adkins Cemetery, Delbarton, with Chase and Cody Williamson, Corey, Jordan, Garrett and Blake Cook and Dylan and Tanner Woolum serving as pallbearers. Scott Clevenger served as an honorary pallbearer. 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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William Adkins

William Adkins

William Mike Adkins, 70 of Elk Creek, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born at Williamson, Sept. 27, 1949, the son of the late Jennings and Helen Brown Adkins.

In 1978, Mike, at the age of 28, took a chance and applied for a Harley Davidson dealership while working as a coal miner for Wheeling Pitt. He received that dealership and spent the next 35 years building the business into a huge success. He loved his business and the many customers who became lifelong friends. His family had a saying, “It wasn’t a business, it was a way of life.” One of his greatest joys, while a Harley dealer, was his involvement in dirt track motorcycle racing. His family spent many years traveling all over the US following the Grand National Series. They made lifelong friends while Mike showed Heather this great country we live in. In 2013, the family sold the dealership and retired. Mike enjoyed his years of retirement with his many hobbies; working in his garden, raising his farm animals, bee keeping and volunteering at church. Before his retirement he made the most important decision of his life and gave his life to the Lord. He was a member of the Regional Church of God. He was a member of the church security team and drove the church van on Elk Creek. He always volunteered to help in any way he could. In 2018, he ran for conservation district supervisor in the Guyan Conservation District. He served on numerous state conservation boards. He was a member of the Hugh C Boyd Lodge #119 AF & AM At Red Jacket. For the last 24 years, he has served on the board of Mingo County PSD. His dedication has led to over 90% of all households in Mingo county having access to public water. Most importantly, he was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He was a good man with a huge heart who never met a stranger. He taught his family many life lessons that they will never forget. Heather says, “He made me a better person.” Not only will he be greatly missed by our family, but by many, many others whom he met over the years.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Libby Farley Adkins; his daughter, Heather White (John), of Elk Creek; his brother, Duane Adkins (Stephanie), and their two children, Aryn and Ashleigh Adkins, all of Forest Hills, Ky.; his grandchildren, Tanner Livingood, Hunter White and Slater White; his aunt, Lucille Matney, of Stone, Ky.; and a host of cousins, other family members and friends who will dearly miss him.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at the Regional Church of God, Delbarton, with Rev. Mitchell Bias officiating. Burial will follow at the Greasy Ridge Cemetery, Wayne County, with Delbert Justice, Harmon Adkins, Todd Layne, Mark Maynard, Brandon Cline, Tyler Brown, Todd Case and Eddie Baisden serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Kenny Smith, Don Blankenship, Eddie Adkins, Dana Crum, Dana Caldwell,  Donnie Justice, Ron Matney, David Baisden, Halcy Hatfield,  Bruce Baisden and  Kim Harper. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

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Kimberly Lovejoy

Kimberly Lovejoy

Kimberly Hall Lovejoy, 52, of Delbarton, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

She was born at Logan, Nov. 28, 1967, the daughter of the late Cecil Ray and Gertie Jean Ooten Hall.  

She was a homemaker and attended the Duncan Fork House of Prayer when she was able to.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne Lovejoy.  

She is survived by her son, Jody Maynard, of California; her daughters, Samantha Jackson, of Duncan Fork, and Brittany Lovejoy (Jason), of Hamlin; her sisters, Tondra Thomas, of Delbarton, and Dwone Stone (Mark), of Laurel Creek; and her grandchildren, Jayden, Aiden, Steve, Tayven, Airiona and Omara.   

Graveside funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at the Ooten Cemetery, Duncan Fork, with Rev. Terry Ooten and Rev. Tammy Whitt 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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Jennings Saunders Jr.

Jennings Saunders Jr.

Jennings J. Saunders Jr., also known as “Junior,” 70, of Holden, departed this earth and exchanged his life down here for his angel wings on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.

He was born Dec. 11, 1949, to the late Ernestine Saunders and Jennings Saunders Sr.

He went to join his late wife, Cassie V. Saunders; his son, Joe Bud; his mom and dad; his sister, Carolyn Samson; and his other loved ones.

He was the best everything; best father, best brother and the best papaw any grandchild could ask for. Junior was most at home hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR, watching Mountaineer sports and anything outdoors. He claimed he made the best “cornbread dressin” and he was known for his Platinum singing voice. He loved his family more than life and you could not be near him without having a smile come across your face. He is now in Heaven telling his fish stories and surrounded by more deer than he ever saw on earth. We were all so blessed to have him in our lives. Fly high and enjoy your reunion with all our loved ones that have passed. We love you and will miss you deeply.

He leaves behind many loved ones; his daughter, Misty Fox; his son, Matt Smith; three loving brothers, Danny Saunders, Darrell Saunders and Gary Saunders; two loving sisters, Debbie Saunders and Penny Blair; a loved daughter in-law, Peggy Goff; his grandchildren, Cassie “Niki” Rojas, Jadrian “Jade” Saunders, Brandon “Bubby” Rojas, Victoria “Toe” Newsome, Cassidy Smith, Zachary Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Before Junior went to be with our Heavenly Father, he met his three special great-grandchildren, Gracelynn Rojas, Aiden Newsome and Eli Newsome.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at Akers-James Funeral Home with Cecil Samson officiating. Burial will follow in the family cemetery at Dingess. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be, Brandon Rojas, Jason Newsome, Jimmy Clay, Chris White, Chris Newsome and Matt Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of the Akers-James Funeral Home of Logan.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the governor’s guidelines for large gatherings, only 25 people will be allowed in the facility at one time. Please plan your visit accordingly as you may be asked to wait before entering the building. Face coverings are also required when inside the building and social distancing should be taken into consideration. If anyone is unable to attend, the funeral services will be live streamed via the link on our website at www.jamesfh.com.

Online condolences may also be left on our website or the Akers-James Funeral Home Facebook page.

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Kimberly Stanley

Kimberly Stanley

Kimberly Renea Stanley, 38, of Cynthiana, Ky., formerly of Matewan, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at UK Medical Center, Lexington, Ky., following a long illness.  

She was born at South Williamson, Ky., June 10, 1982, the daughter of the late John and Alice Dotson Hurley.

She was a homemaker and had previously worked as a retail clerk.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Scotty Dotson.

She is survived by her precious daughter, Addison Thomas; two brothers, Anthony “Tony” Dotson (Donia Evans), of Cynthiana, Ky., and Buddy Hurley, of Taylorville; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at the Victory Christian Center, Lenore, with Pastor Terry Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at the Varney Cemetery, Lynn, 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.hatfieldsfc.com.

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Daphene Stiltner

Daphne Stiltner

Daphene Stiltner, 80, of Phelps, Ky., died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.

She was born at Phelps, June 17, 1940, to the late Robert Wolford and Bessie Coleman Wolford.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Phelps Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Stiltner; and her siblings, Floyd Wolford, Bonnie Stumbo, Norcie Wolford, Georgia Stiltner and Geneva Bowling.

She is survived by her children, Gaino Stiltner (Debbie), of Phelps, Ky., Billy Stiltner, of Frenchburg, Ky., Cheryl Smith (Donald), of Owingsville, Ky., Connie Deel (Jeff), of Fredericktown, Ohio, Shelia Hurley (Jerry), of Majestic, Ky., and Rhonda Freeman (Jeff), of Phelps, Ky.; one brother, Roy Lee Wolford, of Phelps, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Gaina Devin Stiltner (fiance’, Kyle Compton), Carrie Ball, Josh Hurley (Bethany), Kristen Cantrell (Chad), Summer Helton (Andrew), Jerrica Hurley (fiance’, Dustin Mounts), Kelcie Rogers (Vincen), Jared Freeman, Andy Stiltner (Amanda) and Logan Stiltner; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6. 2020, at the Gooslin Bottom Pentecostal Church, Phelps, Ky., with Benny Freeman and Mitch Bowling officiating.  Burial followed at the Stiltner Family Cemetery, Phelps, Ky., with her family and friends 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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Roland Taylor

Roland Taylor

Roland Gether Taylor, 83, of McVeigh, Ky., died Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2020, at his residence.

He was born at McVeigh, Ky., Dec. 4, 1936, the son of the late Jesse and Bessie Taylor.  

He was a flow painter for General Filters of South Lyon, Mich., for 10 years. After moving back to Kentucky, he was a coal miner, working for Easter Coal Company for 20 years, a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a member of the McAndrews Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Lorraine Scott, Faye Edmiston and Mae Keesee.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diana Taylor, of McVeigh, Ky.; two sons,  Marvin Taylor (Candy), of McVeigh, Ky., and Steven Taylor (Danielle), of Knoxville, Tenn.; one daughter, Connie Lynn Naranjo (Mark), of Burnwell, Ky.; one brother, Linton Taylor (Darlene), of McVeigh, Ky.; one sister, Christine Burroughs, of Tennessee; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with David Parsley and Dennis Wolford officiating. Burial followed at the Gether Taylor Family Cemetery, McVeigh, Ky., with family and friends 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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Edward Varney

Edward Varney

Edward Varney, 69, of Canada, Ky., died Friday morning, Sept. 4, 2020, at the Tug Valley Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Johns Creek, Ky., July 7, 1951, the son of the late Alonzo Varney and Irene Workman Gayheart.  

He was a retired coal miner, a minister and a member of the McVeigh United Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Chasity Runyon; and three sisters, Juanita Page, Sharon Gayheart and Charlene Gayheart.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Varney; his three children, Jonathan Meece (Michelle), Loretta Fields (John) and Misty Crum (Jonathan); his five siblings, Jackie Gayheart, Randall Gayheart, Judy Varney, Kathy Poston and Peggy Sammons; his seven grandchildren, Atlanta Meece, Anna Slone, Maverick Crum, Brittany Gannon, Amelia Crum, Hailey Dillow and Isaiah Runyon; his three great-grandchildren, Chloe Smith, Vanessa Lowe and Isabella Gannon; his son-in-law, Kevin Runyon; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Joey Crum officiating. Burial followed at the Reed Cemetery, Benton Fork, Canada, Ky., with Jonathan Crum, Jonathan Meece, John Fields, Allen Slone, Shane Gannon and Isaiah Runyon 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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