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Matthew Adams

Matthew Adams

Matthew Lee Adams, 44, of Gilbert, died Monday, July 20, 2020, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.  

He was born at Man, Feb. 25, 1976, the son of Rev. John G. and Norma Jean Adams.

He was a volunteer firefighter, a lab technician and an avid collector of guns and 1/10 scale diecast classic cars. He was of the Church of God faith. He also enjoyed playing and connecting with many other avid Destiny gamers from around the world.  

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents    

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step-sisters, Katie Adams and Cody Adams, both of Gilbert; his aunt, Margaret Adams Lucas, of Tennessee; his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Denny Lester, of Gilbert, who stood by him throughout his life as family, friends and caretakers; and his very dear friend, who was like a brother, Paul Cline, of Hanover.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Cresong officiating. In honoring his wishes, he will be cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

His loving smile and personality will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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

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Leonard Akers

Leonard Akers Jr.

Leonard Akers Jr., 85, of Delbarton, died Friday, July 17, 2020, at his residence.  

He was born at Cinderella, Dec. 3, 1934, the son of the late Leonard Sr. and Estella Sue Harold Akers.  

He was a veteran of the United States Marines and served in the Korean War.

He was the sound man at the Delbarton Opry House, for many years, until his health declined and he could no longer do so. He enjoyed cutting grass and raising a garden. He also enjoyed sitting outside in his swing in the summer, eating popsicles and sharing them with all the kids in the neighborhood.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Sammons; his half-sister, Joann Akers; his brothers, Freddie, Jack and Andy Akers.

He is survived by two brothers, Jerry Akers Sr., of Matewan, and Claude Akers, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his half-sisters, Brenda Akers and Blanche McClellan, both of Carroll, Ohio; his special friends, Carolyn and Willie Lecco, who took him to numerous doctor’s appointments and hospital visits since 2012; his special neighbors whom he considered his kids and grandchildren, Homer and Jennifer Justice, Jake and Amber Justice, Chase Justice, Harley Pauley and Harley Ziegler; and his other special neighbors, June and Percy Canterbury, and their children and grandchildren.  

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Abaas and the staff at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, hospital staff at the Williamson Memorial Hospital, ARH, Pikeville Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital and Dignity Hospice of Chapmanville.  

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with Rev. Dallas Rife 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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Billie Bailey

Billie Bailey

Billie Alex Bailey, 53, of Duncan Fork, died Monday, July 20, 2020, while a patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.  

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1966, the son of the late Billy Joe Bailey and is survived by his mother, Charlene Faye Hall Bailey, of Duncan Fork.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his children, Billie Alexis Robinson (Cory), Megan Marie Shawver (Zack) and Christopher Bailey (Emmy Adams); his granddaughter, Riley Anne Robinson; his sisters, Rhonda Hall (John) and Vicie Preece; his brother, Cecil Bailey (Rachelle); his niece, Amber Morrison (Kyle); his nephews, Tyler Hall, Caleb Bailey and Morgan Bailey; his great-niece, Leighton Morrison; and his great-nephew, Kolton Morrison.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Victory Christian Center, Lenore, with Rev. Terry Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at the Ooten Cemetery, Trace Creek. 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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Harold Fonso Bogar

Harold Bogar

Harold Fonso Bogar, 94, of Sidney, Ky., died Monday, July 20, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born at Sidney, Ky., Oct. 26, 1925, the son of the late W.C. and Dixie Smith Bogar.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph C. Bogar and Joseph Vernon Bogar; one sister, Lois Ann Compton; a special sister-in-law and her husband, Delores and Burgess Smith; and a dear cousin, Hazel Smith West, whom he considered his sister.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ina Jean Lewis Bogar; two daughters, Clarissa Scalf  (David), of Sidney, Ky., and Rita Scott (Bob), of Hardy, Ky.; one granddaughter, Amanda Taylor (Janet), of Pikeville, Ky.; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Taylor, of Pikeville, Ky.; one sister, Helen B. Moore, of Fredericksburg, Va.; one sister-in-law, Yvonne Bogar, of Sevierville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

For 38 years, he worked as a salesman/general manager at Johnson Motor Sales in Pikeville, Kentucky. He worked long, hard hours and made many friends throughout Pike and Floyd counties. After retirement, he missed working and meeting people, therefore, he worked about six years at First National Bank of Pikeville as a property appraiser. As a World War II Veteran, he was very patriotic and proudly served his country in combat throughout Europe and then volunteered for the South Pacific. He was a charter member of the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church where he faithfully served until his health declined. He served as a deacon for 48 years and taught the adult men's Sunday school class for 40 years, having to stop because of loss of eyesight. Throughout the years, he served in many capacities which included: Sunday school superintendent, music director and bus driver. He took great pride in keeping the grass mowed at the church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and grooming his lawn.

Funeral services were held at 12  p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Tommy Reed and Ralph Ferree officiating. Burial followed at the Smith Cemetery, Sidney, Ky., with nephews, nephews-in-law and friends serving as pallbearers. Military services were conducted by Belfry Chapter #141 Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Bluegrass Hospice Care, 57 Dennis Sandlin MD Cove, Hazard, KY, 41706, or, Gideon's International/Pike County East Gideons, P.O. Box 503, Belfry, KY, 41514.

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

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Grayson Dotson

Grayson Dotson

Grayson Wyatt Lee Dotson, infant son of Adam and Noelle Fields Dotson, of Matewan, departed this life on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born July 2, 2020. He was two weeks old.  

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Helen and Ernie Fields; and his great-great-grandfather, Grady Jessee Jr.

A life short lived, Grayson’s presence has forever left an impact on the hearts of all who had the opportunity to meet him. He was welcomed into Heaven by his infant sibling who passed before him.  

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, David and Angel Dotson, of Matewan, and Heather Fields (Kelly Layne), of Phelps, Ky.; his great-grandparents, Larry and Faye Dotson, of Matewan, Lora and Don Epling, of Louisa, Ky., and Charles McCoy, of Matewan; his great-great-grandparents, Joyce Jessee, of Matewan, and Evelyn Ingersol, of Matewan; his aunts and uncles, David Dotson (Auna), Levi Layne, Richard Fields (Jennifer Sparks) and Chad Fields; and his special cousin, Kolton Dotson.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020, at the Dotson Family Cemetery, Blackberry City, with Rev. Denny Land 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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Edward Ellis Sr.

Edward Ellis Sr.

Edward Ray Ellis Sr., 72, of Justice, died Friday, July 17, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at Justice, July 9, 1948, the son of the late Humphrey and Reba (Vance) Ellis.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Randy and Ron Ellis.

Sergeant Edward Ray Ellis was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War, serving there from 1968-1969. He was the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal, a Two- Star Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with ‘60 Device, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and “V” Device and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organizations. He  was a retired coal mine electrician and a member of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). He was a proud father to his three sons and a loving husband to his wife of 51 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Delennia (Justice) Ellis; his sons, Edward Ray Jr. Ellis (Tina), Ronald Lee Ellis (Tiffany) and Ricky Ellis; his sister, Margret Davis; his grandchildren, Kalenia Sizemore (Bryan), Matt Ellis (Madison), Payton Ellis, Kylie Ellis and Caleb Ellis; and his great-grandchildren, Archer Sizemore, Korraline Ellis, Jaelie and Ryker.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Lester and Cecil Johnson officiating. Military services were conducted by the D.A.V. Chapter #141 of Belfry, Kentucky. Burial followed at the Nathan Justice Cemetery, Justice, with Matt Ellis, Payton Ellis, Caleb Ellis, Brad Justice, Matt Tolley, Bryan Sizemore, Barrett Justice and Brent Justice serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers were: Donnie Stepp, David Vest, Tim Toler, Donald Kenneda Jr., Kevin Lester, Charles Justice, Wayne Addair and Roger Toler. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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Viola Grimmett

Viola Grimmett

Viola Grimmett, 70, of Gilbert, died Friday, July 17, 2020, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 24, 1949, the daughter of the late Jessie and Emma Stevens.  

She was a member of the Justice Church of God where she loved to sing for the Lord.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and yard sales.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jessie Stevens Jr. and Arthur Stevens; and her sisters, Connie Stevens and Rose Mary Plumley.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Jackson Grimmett; her sons, Freddie Grimmett (Emma), of Gilbert, and Phillip Stevens (Rachel), of Parkersburg; her daughters, Sandra Grimmett, of Sunhill, Sheila Blankenship (Mark), of North Spring, and Samantha Layne (Brandon), of Baisden; her brothers, David Stevens (Patricia), of Man, and Mark Stevens (Veronica), of Madison; her sisters, Vicky Stevens, of Gilbert, Carol Jude (Walter), of Neds Branch, Elizabeth Brown, of Man, and Oma Hall, of Ballard; her grandchildren, Jay Grimmett (Ali), of Gilbert, Ashley Grimmett (Rodney Fyfe), of Wharncliffe, Josh Grimmett (Bork), of Gilbert, Desiree Bailey (Brandon), of Jessie, Richard Deer (Cathlean), of Sabine, Destiny Deer, of North Spring, Savannah and Brantley Layne, of Baisden, Jeremiah and Britton Stevens, of Man, Phillip and Calvin Stevens, of Newport, Ohio, Braden Stevens, of Parkersburg, Jasmine Gibson (Cody), of Ikes Fork, Jacob Blankenship, of Beckley, and Jordon Blankenship, of North Spring; 16 great-grandchildren; and her very special church family and friends, whom she loved dearly.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Cresong officiating. Burial followed at the Grimmett Family Cemetery, Staffords Branch, Gilbert. She was carried to her final resting place by her grandsons. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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

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Randy Hunt

Randy Hunt

Randy Lee Hunt, 52, of Delbarton, died Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born at Williamson, Aug. 18, 1967, the son of the late James Sid and Viola Mae Evans Hunt.

He was a disabled coal miner. He loved Nascar.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Lee Adkins; his brother, James Ray Hunt; and his sister, Lena Carol Hunt.  

He is survived by his daughter, Sidney Hunt (Charles Runyon), of Stone, Ky.; his sisters, Crystal Murphy, of Delbarton, Donetta Blackburn, of Burnwell, Ky., Amber Bailey (Greg), of Delbarton, Brenda Ward (Larry), of Chattaroy, and Rhonda Collins (Rusty), of Delbarton; his brother, Doug Hunt (Debbie), of Delbarton; his grandson, Brantley Runyon, of Stone, Ky.; and a host of other dear family and friends.  

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Adkins officiating. Burial followed at the Lenore Memory Gardens, Lenore. 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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Hubert Lester

Hubert Clyde Lester

His life was well-lived and he was well-loved! He escaped this mortal realm in a peaceful manner at the Suncoast Hospice Care Center in Pinellas Park, Fla., on July 7, 2020, in his 79th year.

Hubert Clyde did not live an average life. He was active with his family, church and community. He was a hard working family man, who loved joking, laughing and helping others.

This loving, funny, caring man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be greatly missed by his wife of 28 years and best friend, Christa (Adkins Thompson); and his children, Retina (Rocky Cline) Lester and Mose (Lena Stumbo) Thompson.

Family, church, community and country were Hubert Clyde’s life. He loved being a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, community servant and soldier at arms. He was a proud grandparent “Pa Hubie" to Weston, Easton, Brooke and Brant; along with his grand-kitty and grand-pup! Hubert Clyde was a member and elder of the Gilbert Presbyterian Church. He loved helping with worship service, Bible School, being Santa, helping decorate and spreading the good news about his faith. He loved helping and supporting his community. Over the years, he was active in the Kiwanis Club, Coalfield Action Partnership (CAPS), American Red Cross, Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH), the Mingo County Board of Education, and establishing and working a local food pantry.

Hubert Clyde volunteered for service in the United States Army (1958-1961), at the ripe old age of 17, which led him to Okinawa, Japan. He obtained the rank of SP4 Military Police, in which he was awarded marksmanship medals. Upon completion of military service, he returned to his hometown of Gilbert, where he worked for the Department of Highways for several years until he accepted a position with American Electric Power Company. Rising up the ranks with AEP, starting as a lineman and continuing to supervisor of work scheduling for the next 31 years, till retirement. Hubert Clyde saw many changes with AEP and made many lifelong friends and colleagues. He loved his work and the obstacles it brought his way on a day-to-day basis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Zettie (Walls) Lester; his grandparents, Joseph and Laura (Browning) Walls, and Leanard and Jane (Browning) Lester; his sisters, Olena McNew and Roxie Trent; and first wife, Connie (Ritchie) Lester. He is survived by his brothers, Joe (Lisa) Lester, Mack (Bonnie) Lester; and his sisters, Winnie (Roger) Dingess, Wanda Noe, Delores (Roger) Tanski and Dimple (Stephen) Hatfield. He will be sadly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals, wonderful staff and volunteers at the Suncoast Hospice Care Center.

Hubert Clyde will forever be remembered for his caring heart, loving embraces, unconditional love, his laughter and funny compliments.

For safety and health reasons, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no visitation or funeral service for family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date, so all can attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in his name, Hubert Clyde Lester, to the Suncoast Hospice Care Center, 6770 102nd. Ave., N. Pinellas Park, FL 33782, and/or, the Gilbert Presbyterian Church, Box 496, Gilbert, West Virginia. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home of Huntington.

The guestbook may be signed at www.ferrell-chambersfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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Junior Mitchell

Junior Mitchell

Junior Ray Mitchell, 72, of Freeburn, Ky., died Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the Good Shepherd Community Nursing Center of Phelps, Kentucky.

He was born in Mingo County, Nov. 2, 1947, the son of the late Alex and Anna Mae “Hatfield” Mitchell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Peyton “Mikey” Mitchell; and two brothers, Edward and Clarence “Dommer” Mitchell.

He was a veteran of the United States Marines and served during the Vietnam War. He was a retired coal miner having worked in the coal industry for 47 years. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. He also had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed being outside taking care of his animals. He was a neighbor to everybody and wanted to feed anyone who happened to stop by for a visit.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ethel Mae “Chapman” Mitchell; his sons, Alex Mitchell (Denise Isom) and Tony Mitchell (Kirsten); his brothers, Johnny Mitchell (Debbie) and Paul Mitchell (Lynn); his sisters, Sussie Dotson (Noonie), Janice Thacker (Kenny), Sally Dotson, Georgie Sturgeon (Alan), Shelia Cutlip (Larry) and Wendy Ratliff (Neal); his brothers-in-law, Randy Wood (Vickie) and Carl Chapman (Jenny); his special daughter-in-law, Melissa Mitchell; his grandchildren, Alexis “Mitchell” Brown (Daniel), Taylor Mitchell, Havanna Mitchell, Braxton Mitchell, Bailey “Boo” Norman and Jonna Mitchell; his special friends, Howard Norman, Shawn Norman, Roscoe Church and Henry Layne; and a host of other family, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Jones & West Funeral Home Chapel of Phelps, Ky., with Rev. Benny Freeman, Rev. Mike Ashby and Rev. Randy Wood officiating. Entombment followed in the Mountain View Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Huddy, Kentucky. Military honors were conducted by D.A.V. Chapter 141. Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky.

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

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Reverend Thomas W. Schuler

Reverend Thomas Schuler

The city of Williamson and the Tug Valley region has lost one of its finest citizens. Reverend Thomas E. Schuler, 92, of Williamson, died Monday, July 20, 2020, at his residence following a long illness.

He was born at Welch, Sept. 28, 1927, the son of the late Thomas W. Schuler Sr. and Georgia Ratcliffe Schuler.

He was widely known as a longtime area minister and a retired chaplain at the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky. He served as Director of the Chaplain’s Department and Counseling Service at South Williamson Hospital from March of 1969 until March of 1975. After his retirement, he was appointed as a Chaplaincy Program Consultant and served in that capacity until 1999. He also served in the United States Maritime Service as a Merchant Marine.

Earning a bachelor of arts degree at Morris Harvey College; a bachelor of divinity degree at Duke University; and a master of divinity degree at Duke University, he served as a pastor of United Methodist Churches for 22 years in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. He was an ordained elder and member of the West Virginia United Methodist Conference, West Virginia area of the United Methodist Churches.

He received his professional clinical training in pastoral care and counseling at Duke University, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C., American University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Louisville.

He was also engaged in numerous professional, civic and fraternal organizations, including the Association For Clinical Pastoral Education, Kentucky Chaplain’s Association, past president and member of the Williamson Rotary Club, Trustee of the Mingo- Pike United Foundation, Inc., Advisory Board Member of the Salvation Army, a member and board of directors of the Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health, Inc., chairman of the West Virginia Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; a guest lecturer and part-time instructor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and he was a Mason. He had also served as a former District Governor, District 744, of Rotary International.

He often served area churches as a guest minister or interim pastor when the need arose. He also officiated at many funerals over the course of his career.

While he was a highly educated and well-trained minister and counselor, it was his intrinsically friendly and warm personality that drew people to him. He was empathetic and deeply felt the emotions of those with whom he was connected whether it was through his work or personal relationships. He was a gifted speaker who kept his audience spellbound with his soft-spoken voice and the gentle way he delivered his message. He had committed to memory vast amounts of poetry and recited it with beauty and ease. He simply captivated everyone in his presence.

He was a caring leader in his professional life, his civic and social life, and in his personal life. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He gave of himself freely and without reserve in these most important roles. His presence in the community will be sorely missed and he will long be remembered for the many contributions he made to better the Tug Valley region and its people.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Peggie Schuler; his only sibling, a sister, Joanne Hurst; and a step-son, Jeffrey Lee.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Peggy Baldwin Schuler; two daughters, Della (Mandy) Rodriquez, of Marathon, Fla., and Tammy Blake (Dennis), of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a son, Thomas W. Schuler III, of Key West, Fla.; three step-sons, Timmy Lee (Tammy) and John Lee (Minton), both of Beckley, and Michael Lee (Hillary), of Beaver; a step-daughter, Trish Wriston (Gary), of Clover, N.Car.; a step-daughter-in-law, Karen Lee Saint Clair, of Glen Daniels; his step-grandchildren, Tiffany, Brandon, Aaron, Alex, John, Samuel and Jacob Lee, and Garrett and Grant Wriston; and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church of Williamson. Reverend Jerry Shields will officiate along with Reverend Dale Carey and Reverend Tom Stevens. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to either the First United Methodist Church of Williamson or the First Presbyterian Church of Williamson.

Don Ward

Don E. Ward, 62, of Wharncliffe, died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Iaeger, April 20, 1958, the son of the late Minnette (Banfield) Nichols and Daniel Ward.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roby and Callie Ward and Gwendolyn and James Clifford Banfield.

He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a trucker and a coal miner. He was of the Church of God Faith.

He is survived by his brothers, Rev. Danny Ward (Imogene), James Ward and Matthew Ward (Sherrie), all of Wharncliffe, John Ward (Ernestine), of Simon, and Gregory Ward (Jeretta), of Hanover; his sister, Serena McGuire (Richard), of Browning Fork; his special friends, James Plymale, Jerry “Gob” Ellis, Larry Murphy and Rita Canterbury; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Diamond Carter officiating. Burial followed at the Cisco Cemetery, Wharncliffe, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

Gary Watson

Gary Randall Watson, 61, of Hardy, Ky., died Sunday, July 19, 2020, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Kentucky.

He was born at Grundy, Va., Feb. 18, 1959, the son of the late Walter and Dialpha Spencer Watson.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Meta Baptist Church. He attended the Sharondale Church of Christ and proudly served our country as a United States Marine.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Louise Dotson, Delores Ruth Holsbach, Ollie Rowe and Shelby Varney; and two brothers, Gene and Rodney Watson.

He is survived by his step-sons, Andy Varney and Jason Varney, both of Hardy, Ky.; his caregiver and fiancé, Deborah "Lou" Brooks, of Hardy, Ky.; his brothers, Jimmy Watson, Richard Watson (Janet) and Michael Watson, all of Belfry, Ky., and Ronnie Watson (Melissa), of Pikeville, Ky.; his sisters, Margaret Matney (Don), of Grundy, Va., and Janet Thacker (Eddie), of Clemmons, N.Car.; his special nephews, Trey Watson, of Belfry, Ky., Kenneth James Rowe, of Grundy, Va., and Tommy Holsbach, of Columbus, Ohio: and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Bob Werntz officiating. 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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Martin Whitt

Martin Whitt

Martin Whitt, 55, of Varney, died Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at his residence.  

He was born at Williamson, May 19, 1965, the son of the late Lilburn Jr. and Thelma Hatfield Whitt.

He was a painter by trade.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Eli Hatfield; and his brother, Steven Whitt.  

He is survived by his daughter, Kimmie Bowens, of North Carolina; his brothers, Paul Whitt (Sherrie Gibson), of Varney, and Roby Whitt (Tammy), of Newtown; his sisters, Dinah Bowens (Danny), of Whitesville, and Trisha Taylor (Joe), of Tennessee; and several grandchildren.  

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Mitchell Cemetery, Newtown. 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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