“Blue Boy” Combs Sr.

Buford “Blue Boy” Combs Sr., 71, of Phelps, Ky., died Friday evening, Aug. 28, 2020, while in the emergency department of Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.    

He was born at Jenkins, Ky., July 23, 1949, a son of the late George and Dallie (Gross) Combs.  

He was a retired coal miner having worked for 30 years with the former Chisholm Coal Company, Phelps, Kentucky. He was also a proud member of the UMWA Local 1511. He had a giving nature that manifested itself not only through his love for his family, but also in his concern for animals. He provided for his family not only financially, but he supported them in love and in being an example of what a good husband, father and grandfather should be. His legacy of hard work, nurturing and caring will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew him.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Oscar Combs; and two sisters, Lizzie Gonzalez and Annie Collins.  

He is survived by his loving wife, Myrtle (Wolford) Combs, of Phelps, Ky.; two sons, Buford Combs Jr. (Missy), of Phelps, Ky., and Billy Combs, and special friends, Tina and Savannah of Phelps, Ky.; three grandchildren, Justin Ryan Combs, Derrick Compton and Amber Compton; four great-grandchildren, Baylee Ryan Combs, Karson Jace Combs, Brooklyn Compton and Caden Compton; one brother, Roy Combs (Ardena), of Phelps, Ky.; a host of nieces and nephews; and a community of neighbors and friends.

Honoring services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at the Gooslin Pentecostal Church of Phelps, Ky., with Pastor Benny Freeman officiating. Burial followed at the Combs Family Cemetery, Dotson Branch, Phelps, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

Jean Fodor

Jean Faye Fodor, 82, of Matewan, died Friday morning, Aug.28, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was born at Matewan, Aug. 14, 1938, a daughter of the late Ernest and Faye (Sword) Ward.

During her working years, she was an employee of the state of West Virginia, having worked within the unemployment office. When she was not busy reading, as she was an avid reader, she was caring and nurturing her beloved cats. She believed in the value of education and even though she had retired, she still invested in learning through reading. When health allowed, she was an attendee of the Matewan Missionary Baptist Church of Matewan.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Fodor.

Those who survive her and will certainly miss her presence are her beloved family; namely, Dan and Sandy Varner and family, of Matewan, David and Judy Preston, of Matewan, Rhonda and Roger Hall, of Delbarton, and Michael and Jill Preston, of Matewan; and a community of neighbors.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.  

In complying with and honoring Jean’s request, she was cremated. However, a memorial service was held at 6 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the Matewan Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Carl Butler officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

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Emma Gannon

Emma Gannon

Emma Ann Neal Gannon, 86, of Phelps, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at her residence.

She was born at North Matewan, Oct. 31, 1933, the daughter of the late Lewis and Ada Myrtle Justice Neal.

She was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother and sister.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aldon "T-Model" Gannon; her brothers, Donald Neal and George Neal; and her sisters, Ruby Bench and Peggy Mahon.  

She is survived by her 13 children, Buddy Gannon (Debbie), Ronda Rife (Charles), Susie Wood (Ken), Robyn Blankenship (Monty), Lori Dotson (Johnny), Lesa Campbell (Clay), Bobby Gannon (Anita), Lana Owens, Kelly Gannon, Michael Gannon (Lura), Renae Adams, Misty Biliter (Chris) and Robert Gannon (Terrionna); her three siblings, Eddie Neal, Cynthia Harper and Roger Neal; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a community of family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Otis Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with her grandsons and family serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in her memory.

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

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Leona Gannon

“Sissy” Gannon

Leona "Sissy" Gannon, 85, of Sidney, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born at Sidney, Ky., Dec. 4, 1934, the daughter of the late Dock and Trulie Mullins.

She retired from Magic Mart and was a member of the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lester Mullins; her grandson, Rusty Stafford; and her son-in-law, Bill Christian.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann Stafford (James), Pamela Christian, Sharon Slater (Laben), Sandie Marcum (Tim) and Leslie Gannon; her sons, Michael Elswick (Drema), Steve Gannon (Sharon), Rick Gannon (Kathy) and Mark Gannon (Teresa); her brother, Arnold Mullins; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Shawn Ward officiating. Burial followed at the Family Cemetery, Sidney, Ky., with her family serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church.

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

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AD Hatfield

“AD” Hatfield

Anderson Dee “AD” Hatfield, 79, of Wharncliffe, formerly of Blackberry, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at the Good Shepherd Community Nursing Center, Phelps, Kentucky.  

He was born in Pike County, Ky., Feb. 22, 1941, the son of the late Kern Hatfield and Nancy Smith Hatfield.  

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed.  

He was a graduate of Belfry High School and served his country in the United States Army. He was a deacon and the adult Sunday School teacher at Victory in Jesus Church, Sidney, Ky., where he attended regularly. He loved his church family.

He installed carpet for over 50 years, in the surrounding areas, where he made numerous friends. His favorite hobby was fox hunting, with his hounds, along with his brother and close friends. He also loved gardening and listening to Bluegrass music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Terry, Bud, Paul, Charles and Conard; his infant daughter, Amy Diane Hatfield; and his first wife, Dorothy Hatfield.

He is survived by his wife, Treva Bradford Hatfield; his son, Phillip Anderson Hatfield (Kristin); his grandchildren, Jaxon Anderson Hatfield and Olivia Wynne Hatfield, both of Huntington; his step-daughter, Angie Dotson; his brother and best friend, Ed Thomas Hatfield (Francine Dotson), of Ransom, Ky.; his sisters, Helen Dotson, of Tallahassee, Fla., Dorothy Adkins, of Danville, Lucille Pauley (Bob), of Aurora, Ind., Pauline Stewart, of Climax, Ga., and Rita Meadows (Don), of Aurora, Ind.; his sister-in-law, Eva Hatfield (Conard), of Elkins, N.Car.; his sister-in-law and good friend, Loretta Hatfield, of Wharncliffe; and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at the Victory in Jesus Church, Sidney, Ky., with Mike Smith officiating. Military honors were presented at the church following the services. Burial followed at the Bradford Cemetery, Wharncliffe, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

We want to express our thanks to Dignity Hospice and Appalachian Hospice, as well as his Pastor, Mike Smith, his close friend, Randy Hackney, and to all his friends at Victory in Jesus Church.

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

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Aletta Hatfield

Aletta Hatfield

Aletta Gay (Mounts) Hatfield, 55, of Wharncliffe, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born at Man, Jan. 31, 1965, the daughter of the late Betty and Herbert James Mounts.

She was a member of the Verner Community Church and a Vacation Bible School teacher. She loved crafting, fishing, riding four-wheelers and side-by-sides through the mountains, but more than anything, she loved being with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Pearl J. Hatfield; and her sister-in-law, Cora Helen Compton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Troy Kenny Hatfield Jr.; her daughter, Lydia Hatfield Ford (Matthew), of Georgetown; her son, Troy Kyle Hatfield (Lakesha Prater), of Wharncliffe; her brothers, Bradley Mounts (Lori) and Carlos Mounts (Georgetta), both of Baisden; her sisters-in-law, Sue Mounts (Learmon) and Glenda Cline (Rutherford), both of Baisden, Dottie New (Ralph), of Hinton, and Bonnie Hatfield (Wade), of Smith Mountain, Va.; her brother-in-law, Russel Hatfield (Charlene), of Wharncliffe; many very special nieces and nephews; her best friend, Melissa Justice, of Matewan; and her fur baby, Roxie.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at the Verner Community Church with Rev. Walter Grimmett officiating. Burial followed at the Verner  Community Church Cemetery with Eddie Mounts, Ricky Mounts, Donavon New, Johnathan Compton, David Breeding, Shane Justice, Gavin Mounts and Evan Breeding serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

Marinda Hurley

Marinda Jane “Browning” Santos Hurley, 72, of Stopover, Ky., died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

She was born in Lincoln County, Nov. 12, 1947, the daughter of the late Wade Browning and Vina Elizabeth “Ramey” Browning.

She was a homemaker and a terrific cook. She loved her children, grandchildren and her precious dog, Snowball. She was a member of the Faith Christian Church of Phelps, Kentucky. She was a collector of Indian and cat figurines and she loved anything that glittered and sparkled.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one step-son, Robert Lee Hurley; two brothers, Archie and Luther Browning; and two sisters, Fanny Hale and Elsie Mae Browning.

She is survived by her husband, Greeley Hurley, of Stopover, Ky.; two daughters,  Andrea Santos and Julianna Santos, both of Logan; one step-daughter, Veronica Lynn Tello, of Ransom, Ky.; two step-sons, Greeley Hurley Jr. and Brian Keith Hurley (Larna), both of Stopover, Ky.; two sisters, Zola Daniels, of Matewan, and Flossie Owsley, of Wooster, Ohio; five brothers, Less Browning (Carol), of Man, George Browning (Linda), of Chapmanville, Danny Browning (Diann), of Lake, Donald Browning (Kathy), of Huntington, and Denzil Browning; and seven step-grandchildren.

In honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life service will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at Faith Christian Church with Reverend Donald Ray Davis officiating the service beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are 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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Ollie Mae Jones

Ollie Jones

Ollie Mae Jones, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born at Williamson, May 31, 1927, a daughter of the late Nicholas Blackburn and Mayme Bevins Blackburn.

She was a longtime resident of Williamson and a member of the East Williamson Baptist Church. She deeply loved her church family and was faithful in attendance. She actively participated in the life of the church and its ministries.

Her kind and loving spirit made her a perfect fit as a kindergarten aide. She retired from the Mingo County Board of Education following 13 years of devoted service. She worked at West Williamson Elementary School and later at Cinderella Elementary. In retirement, when she wasn’t busy with church activities, she enjoyed gardening and cooking. She enjoyed and looked forward to spending time with her friends, family and grandchildren. Whether enjoying a cup of coffee at the Dairy Queen or listening to Bluegrass bands, she enjoyed her friends. She was a loving and compassionate friend to so many people who enriched her life and made her life’s journey so very enjoyable.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Therman “Boxhead” Jones, whom she married on Dec. 21, 1944; her brother, Ronnie Joe Blackburn; and her sister, Norma Ruth Maynard.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Brenda Jones, of Ocean City, Md., Dru Simpkins (Larry), of Williamson, and Todd Jones (Susan), of Bunker Hill.

She especially loved her role as “Granny” and “GG-Great Granny,” and will forever be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Erica Pulver (Cory), and their daughter, Caroline, all of Farmington, Conn., Becky McPherson (Jeff), and their daughters, Ellie and Maddie, of Andover, Kan., Samuel Simpkins, of Wilmington, N.Car., Kaleb Jones (Lee), of Salisbury, Md., and Katie O’Malley (Kevin), of Berlin, Maryland.

She will also be missed by her nieces, great-nieces and nephews and her beloved church family.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at the East Williamson Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow visitation with Reverend Caleb Horn officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Dignity Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 557 Main Street, Chapmanville, WV 25508.

Ollie's family wishes to extend a special thanks to the Dignity Hospice nurses and staff for their professional, kind and compassionate care.

In keeping with Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions, masks are required in order to enter the church and social distancing must be practiced. Please be prepared to comply for the safety of all.

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Nedra Justice

Nedra Justice

Nedra Sue Justice, 78, of Justice, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

She was born at Justice, May 2, 1942, the daughter of the late Jack and Roxie (Blankenship) Justice.

She was a member of the Justice Methodist Church, former president of the Honeysuckle Garden Club and owner/operator of the Sewing Basket of Justice. She loved working with flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Tim Justice; and her sister, Dora Lou Justice.

She is survived by her nephews, Thomas Justice and John Scott Justice; her great-nephew, Jackson Justice; her sister-in-law, Mickey Justice, all from Justice; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Wilson Cemetery, Justice, with family and 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.mountsfuneralhome.com.

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Diana McCoy

Diana McCoy

Diana Sue Clay McCoy, 64, of Richmond, Ky., formerly of Burnwell, Ky., died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at Baptist Health, Richmond, Kentucky.

She was born at Holden, Sept. 1, 1955, the daughter of the late James "Jim" Clay and Goldie Dempsey Clay.

She was a homemaker and had worked at the former Mother Goose Daycare at Burnwell, Kentucky.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, William "Bill" Clay, Butch Clay, Wallace Clay, Milton Clay and Neil Clay; her sister, Betty Joe Evans; her mother-in-law, Ida Hatfield McCoy; her father-in-law, George Clarence McCoy; her brothers-in-law, Vernon Henry McCoy, George C. McCoy Jr., Lonnie McCoy and Larry McCoy; and her sister-in-law, Linda Lott.

She is survived by her loving husband, David W. McCoy; her sons, Phillip Matthew McCoy (Nicole), of Frankfort, Ky., and Jason Blaine McCoy (Robin), of Richmond, Ky.; her granddaughter, Madison McCoy; her grandsons, David, Jacob and Luke McCoy; her brothers, Carl Clay and Leroy Clay; her sister, Mildred (Lansford) Hensley; her sisters-in-law, Martha Harvel (Danny) and Mildred Bass (Winston); her brother-in-law, Frank McCoy (Anita); and her special nieces, Kimberly Harvel and Robin Spence.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry McCoy officiating. Burial followed at the McCoy Family Cemetery, Burnwell, 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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Madison Ooten

Madison Ooten

Madison Dwayne Ooten, 41, of Delbarton, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, while a patient at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  

He was born at South Williamson, Ky., May 10, 1979, the son of Madison Sr. and Sally Varney Ooten, both of Delbarton.  

He was a longtime minister. He was Pastor of Living Waters House of Prayer at Mud Fork. He loved to go to church and witness to everyone he came in contact with. He truly loved the Lord.  

He was preceded in death by his step-dad, William Ooten; and his grandparents, Madison and Alice Ooten and Alice Dempsey.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Zachariah Ooten, Jasmine Ooten, Bryonna Ooten and Madison Alexia Ooten, all of Holden; his sisters, Jessica Dwanna Bryant, of Holden, and Kayla Michaelle Ooten, of Delbarton; his grandfather, Jerry C. Varney (Pat), of Columbus, Ohio; his uncles, Paul Michael Varney, Jerry Varney, Terry Ooten, Lanny Ooten, Bobby Ooten and Roger Ooten; and his ex-wife, Rosa Lee Ooten.  

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at the Ooten Cemetery, Duncan Fork, with Rev. Ricky Tickle, Bro. Paul Varney and Bro. Terry Lee Ooten officiating. His family and friends served as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Roger Taylor

Roger Dale Taylor, 68, of Lynn, died Monday morning Aug. 31, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born at Williamson, March 30, 1952, a son of the late Joe and Lillie Mae (Collins) Taylor.  

He was a man of faith and was a member of the Varney Church of God at Varney. He enjoyed being in God’s presence, surrounded by his church family, and was glad when they said, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” He loved the Lord and he loved his church. He believed in the power of prayer, and while praying, he enjoyed listening to Gospel music. He was a quiet person, but was always prompted into telling a good joke; as he, indeed, believed that laughter was medicine for the soul.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Ray Taylor; and his sister, Joann Vaught.   

He is survived by his wife Jerinel (Blankenship) Taylor, of Lynn; his nieces and nephews, Ashley Blankenship (Billy), David Allen Taylor, Bobby Vaught and Pamela Vaught; his sister-in-law, Patricia Taylor; his great-nieces; his beloved church family; and a community of friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the New Vision Assembly of Hatfield Bottom, Matewan, with Pastor Bo Starr and Pastor Ron Pruitt officiating. In honoring Roger’s request, a private burial was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

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