Thomas Allen Jr.

“I Had A Good Run”

Thomas Glen Allen Jr. was born on Aug. 29, 1921, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Thomas Glen Allen Sr. and Vesta Hale.

Thomas lost his mother at an early age. He was raised by his aunt and enjoyed living with his cousins, Lewis and Ray Woods and James Martin, until he joined the United States Army during World War II. After completing his military service with an honorable discharge, he returned to Chattanooga where he met his future wife, Audrey Ford.

Eventually the couple married and relocated to Audrey’s hometown of Chattaroy, where Thomas sought employment in the thriving coal mining industry. Thomas had a very successful career in the coal industry. He was known for exemplary skills and was honored in 2013 as Mr. King Coal.

Thomas was a good athlete and enjoyed softball and baseball and participated in local leagues. In later years, he enjoyed mentoring and watching his son, Erky, and daughter, Alvena, who both excelled in basketball. Thomas was an active member of The Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church and the Williamson Crown Lodge #17 F. & A.M.

Thomas traveled often to visit his relatives and children in Virginia, Cleveland, Canton, Indiana, North Carolina and most often his relatives in Tennessee and Alabama.

Thomas didn’t believe in idle hands and remained productive and active after his retirement from the coal mines. He spent many hours working in the yard, washing his cars, painting figurines, and making wood carvings. He remained productive and active even into his 90’s. His activities included working sudoku and jigsaw puzzles, and pedaling on his exercise cycle, affectionately known as “the horse.” He just didn’t believe in sitting still.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his loving wife, Audrey; adored daughter, Felicia Allen; and beloved son, Erwin “Erky” Allen.

Thomas leaves to cherish and honor his memory a son, Tony Allen (Fern); his daughters, Deborah Ward,  Beverly Houston and Alvena Elliott (Michael); his daughter-in-law, Rhonda Allen; his grandchildren, Michael (Arthur Moench) Houston, DeWayne Allen, Jeffrey Allen, Marcus Houston, Isiah Elliott, Elexus Allen, Janae’ Allen, Eboney Kimbrough and Maurice Beasley; nine great-grandchildren; two very special children of the heart, Patricia White and Harry Monroe; two nieces, Sandra Hudson and Sandra Woods; a sister-in-law, June Glover; a special cousin, Jo Ann Cunningham; many other special cousins and extended family members; and a host of friends in the Chattaroy community where he chose to remain in his beloved home of 71 years and live out his natural life. He meant so much to the community of Chattaroy, and the people of Chattaroy meant so very much to him.

He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday evening, April 16, 2021, at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the mortuary. Entombment will follow at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with his grandsons and great-grandsons serving as pallbearers and family members and friends serving as flower bearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

This is a paid obituary.

“Boo” Baisden

Glenna “Boo” Maynard Baisden, 57, of Delbarton, died Thursday, April 8, 2021, at her residence.  

She was born in Williamson, April 19, 1963, the daughter of the late Randall and Mary Collins Maynard.

 She had a kind heart. She was always worried about her children and family and she dearly loved her boys.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death  by her brothers, Randall Lee and Ercle Maynard.  

She is survived by her sons, Chris Maynard, Andrew Baisden and Micah Baisden, all of Delbarton; her sisters, Debbie Land (Mike), of Varney, Margie Merritt, of Elk Creek, and Hazel Murphy (Jamie), of Delbarton; four grandchildren who brightened her day when she got to see them.  

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2021, at the Curry Cemetery, Elk Creek, with Brothers Hubie Messer and Robbie Messer officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Mitchell Cline

Mitchell A. Cline, 40, of Baisden, died Sunday, April 4, 2021, at his residence.

He was born in Man, Jan. 1, 1981, the son of Vanessa (Grubb) Cline, of Baisden, and the late Mickey H. Cline.

He enjoyed hunting and riding his 4-wheeler and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Staci Cline.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda Cline, of Grundy, Va.; his nephew, Jayden Cline, of Baisden; his step-daughters, Shay Davis and Taylor Davis, both of Grundy, Va.; his half-brother, Brandon Cline, of Tennessee; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 11, 2021, in the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jonas Trent officiating. Burial followed at the Cline Cemetery, Baisden. He was carried to his resting place by his family and friends. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert

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

Roger Hendricks

Roger Mark Hendricks, 50, of the Slabtown section of Gilbert, died Friday, April 9, 2021, at his residence.

He was born in Logan, Dec. 7, 1970, the son of Janice Jean (Grimmett) Hendricks and the late Roger Nathan Hendricks.

He enjoyed working on his truck and loved spending time with his family. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tammy Irene (Blackburn) Hendricks, of Slabtown; his daughters, Allison Michelle Lester (Joshua James), of Hanover, Jeanna Rena Hendricks (companion, Wes Ball), of Prichard, and Markie Irene Hendricks, of Slabtown; his sisters, Betty Tiller (Bryan), of Verner, Angela Collins, of Oregon, and Jean Sparks (David), of Gilbert; his brothers, Richard Hendricks (Megan), of Justice, Josh Hendricks (April), of Hanover, and Robbie Hendricks (Loretta), of Cyclone; his grandchildren, Colton James, Andrea Lashay and Emma Rose Lester, all of Hanover; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Michael Browning officiating. In honoring his request, cremation followed services. 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.

Bridgette Hinkle

Bridgette Ann Hinkle, 66, of Taylorville, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at her residence.

She was born in Delbarton, Jan. 27, 1955, the daughter of the late Harold and Girley Poffenbarger Smith.  

She was a homemaker, but she was best described as “Mamaw.”  She dearly loved her grandchildren. She supported them in all their sports and followed them everywhere.  She was a faithful member of the New Beginning Community Church.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hinkle; her brothers, Harold, Richard, Gary, Linwood and Kenny Smith; and sisters, Vesta and Rebecca Smith.  

She is survived by her girls, Trinity Justice (Jackie) and Renea Meek (Delynn); her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved more than life, Caleb Conley, Billy Ryan Conley, Jacklynn Justice, Hallie Meek and Courtney Gobble; her brothers, Billy Smith (Louise) and James Smith (Mary Lou); and her sisters, Violet Webb (Jim) and Freda Cline (Freddie), Ilene Martin (Gene), Girley Kennedy (Lindsey) and Ola (Gabriel) Roberts.  

She will be sadly missed by her nieces and  nephews, whom she loved very much; and by her church family.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 11, 2021, in the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Allen and Rev. Brian Wellman officiating. She was laid to rest beside her husband at the Bill Hinkle Cemetery at Taylorville. Her nephews served as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Geneva Lester

Geneva Faye Lester, 65, of Coal Mountain, died Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was born in Leatherwood, July 5, 1955, the daughter of Rastus and Evia (Walls) Lester.

She was a graduate of Gilbert High School and worked at several places, Coal Mountain Company Store, Maloney’s, Ellis’ Restaurant and Shirley’s Restaurant. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Arnold, Junior and Hubert Lester; and four sisters, Inos Ramsey, Lobertta Stacy, Shirley Browning and Katherine Hatfield.

She is survived by two sisters, Linda O’Neal and Teresa Wallace, both of Coal Mountain; two brothers-in-law, Buck Browning, of Hanover, and Arden Hatfield, of Coal Mountain; two special friends whom she cherished, Hannah Jewell and Kaden Browning; several nieces and nephews; and many other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday April, 10, 2021, at the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Church at Coal Mountain, with Rev. Louis Collins officiating. Burial followed at the Leatherwood Cemetery at Justice. She was carried to her resting place by her family and friends. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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

Opal Rife

Opal Bernice Hall Rife, 82, of Stopover, died Sunday evening, April 11, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by her loved ones and friends.

She was born in Hurley, Va., Feb. 1, 1939, a daughter of the late Lintel and Beulah (Copper) Hall.

She was the co-founder of the Stopover, Ky., Freewill Baptist Church, along with her late husband, Rev. Willie Rife. Opal and Willie loved each other with a Godly love and served faithfully in the church, home and community side by side. She was an exemplary mother, grandmother and wife who served the Lord for over 60 years. Not only was she active within her home and church, she also worked as a nurse aid in Columbus, Ohio, was a store merchant having owned Rife’s Grocery and also worked as a custodian at Phelps High School.

She loved to sing her Christian Songs and she was faithful in reading her Bible on a daily basis. She gleaned with joy and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Number one, Opal was a Christian; therefore, she was a successful mother and grandmother. Her legacy of faith, love and hard work will continue to live on in all who knew and loved her.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Rife; her sisters, Elieen Dotson, Glenna Smith, Syliva Mullins, Betty Jo Justus and Jean Rife; and her brothers, Kenneth Hall, Roy Hall and Earl Hall.    

She is survived by her two daughters, Faye Hurley (Delbert), of Stopover, Ky., and Debbie Stump (Randall), of Phelps, Ky..; four grandchildren, Mechele Lee (Timmy), of Hurley, Va., Denise Dotson (Jeff), of Majestic, Ky., Derrick Stump (Valerie), of Stamping Ground, Ky., and Whitney Layne (Keith), of Phelps, Ky.; seven great-grandchildren, Samantha Lee, Nathan Lee, Jared Dotson, Destiny Dotson, Jailyn Dotson, Maddie Dotson and Joseph Stump; five sisters, Evelyn Dotson, Pearl Hurley, Shirley Rife, Gearldine Mullins and Linda Cline, all of Hurley, Va.; and one brother, Luther Hall, of Hurley, Va.; a host of nieces and nephews; and a community of extended family, neighbors and friends.     

Honoring services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021, at the Kimper Church of God, 4728 Upper Johns Creek, Kimper, KY 41539, with Pastor Robert Coleman, Rev. Eddie Dotson and Rev. Harold Layne officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, 32350 Riverside Drive, Big Rock, VA 24603, with Timmy Lee, Nathan Lee, Jeff Dotson, Jared Dotson, Randall Stump, Delbert Hurley, Keith Layne, Derrick Stump, Joseph Stump; nephews, Ralph Rife, Terry Rife and David Rife; brothers-in-law, Eugene Cline and JC Rife; and brother, Luther Hall, serving as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

Gregory Stepp

Gregory J. Stepp, 64, of Turkey Creek, Ky., died Friday, April 9, 2021, at his residence, following a brief illness.  

He was born in Pike County, Ky., June 8, 1956, the son of the late Dewey Ervin and Lillian (Hunt) Stepp.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Pete” Stepp; and a sister, Patsy Haynes.

He was a 1974 graduate of Belfry High School and a longtime employee of Cowin & Co., from which he retired in June 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Curtis) Stepp, of Turkey Creek, Ky.; two sons, Brian Stepp (Mindy), of Kodak, Tenn., and Gregory Stepp (Charla), of South Bend, Ind.; three daughters, Tara Hicks, of Williamson, and Jamie Stepp and Rebecca Stepp, both of Salyersville, Ky.; two brothers, John Stepp (Lorraine), of Arab, Ala., and Gary Stepp (Margo), of Arab, Ala.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a beloved host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2021, in the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, Kentucky. In honoring his request, cremation followed services. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

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

James Trent

James Edward Trent, 78, of Bruno, died Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Bruno, June 12, 1942, the son of the late Gerald and Nellie (Harris) Trent.

He was a member of the Bruno Church of God for more than 46 years and was known for his love of singing and guitar playing. He was a member of the Ohio National Guard and a member of the U.M.W.A.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Norma Trent (Toler), of Bruno; three daughters, Donna Kearns, of Kernersville, N.Car., Cathy Stevens (Chris), of Verner, and Debbie Ridgeway (Greg), of Denver, N.Car.; two sons, Jimmy Trent (Shannon), of Lincolnton, N.Car., and Tad Bailey (Andrea), of Madison; 11 grandchildren, Patrick Trent (Sarah), of Christian, Cyndi Blankenship (James), of Gilbert, Trish McClure, of Wharncliffe, Sarah Hinkle (Jacob), of Verner, Will Stevens (Amber), of Swords Creek, Va., Stephanie Brewer, of Verner, Hannah Kearns, of Kernersville, N.Car., Haley Widenhouse (Stephen), of Mt. Pleasant, N.Car., Wade Kearns, of Kernersville, N.Car., and Ricky Beth and Hayden Bailey, of Madison; 19 great-grandchildren; a special uncle, James C. Trent, of Bruno; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2021, at the Bruno Church of God, with Rev. Roger Frye and Rev. Gary Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memory Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

James walked with God. He wouldn’t want you to mourn your loss, but to celebrate his gain. He spent the better part of his life preparing for his departure and would want you to remember his smile, his laugh, and all-around good nature.

We will forever remember his kind, gentle spirit expressed not only to his family, but anyone he met.

“And I thank God for the Lighthouse, I owe my life to him, for Jesus is the Lighthouse, and from the rocks of sin, he has shown his light around me, that I might clearly see, that if it wasn’t for the Lighthouse, tell me where would this ship be?”

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

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