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“Rickey” Goad

William “Rickey” Goad, 64, of Meador, died Monday morning, Feb. 1, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Williamson, Aug. 30, 1956, a son of the late Elmer and Josie Lea (Murphy) Goad.  

He was a coal miner having worked 37 years as a miner. His family was the center of his being. He indeed loved them “to the moon and back!” He was a hard worker who worked diligently to provide for his family. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye and each time he visited them he literally packed a large garbage bag full of goodies; from little Debbie snack cakes to bags of potato chips, there was an abundance of goodies to be had. His world revolved around those he loved. He cooked, grocery shopped and done whatever necessary to take care of the needs of his household. If he knew of a concern in his community, a family or an individual doing without food, he would buy groceries and personally deliver them. He did not do it for public recognition, it was just who he was, he would “give you the shirt off of his back.” He accepted the Lord as his savior and is now resting in the arms of the Lord.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Guy Goad and Phillip Goad.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cheryl (Plymale) Goad, of Meador; his daughters, Victoria Goad (Michael Ghareeb), of Charleston, and Rikki Anne Miller (Brad), of Pineville; his son, Phillip Fields (Sherry), of Phelps, Ky.; his grandchildren, AudreyAnna Brooks, Mason Miller and two other grandchildren; his sister, Robin Dixon (Dennis), of Beech Creek; his brother, David Goad (Julie), of Meador; his fur baby, Zoey; and a host of nieces and nephews and a community of loved ones and friends.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses, respiratory therapists and Dr. Ali of the South Williamson, Ky., Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center for their exceptional care.  

Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Murphy Cemetery, Foundation Fork of Beech Creek, with Travis Simpkins officiating. Serving as pallbearers were: Tyler Dixon, Brad Miller, Michael Ghareeb, Peyton Davis, Craig Davis and Chancey Cisco, as well as other neighbors, family members and friends. Honorary pallbearers and special friends were: Dennis Dixon, Gerald Pack, Robbie Cisco, Bruce “Wine” Justice, Porgy Tiller, Davey Maynard, Terry Steele, Kevin Hauck, James Plymale and Roger Coleman. 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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Ella Grace

Ella Mae Newsome Grace, 75, of Kermit, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Select Specialty Care Hospital, Charleston.

She was born at Kermit, Aug. 17, 1945, a daughter of the late Garland and Lucy Rose Newsome.

She was a homemaker, who enjoyed sewing and knitting. She was a member of the Warfield Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George David Grace; her children, Tammy Sartin and Donna Pack; and her siblings, Eugene Newsome, Danny Newsome, Claude Dillon and Eula Grace.

She is survived by David Grace (Beverly), of Pilgrim, Ky., Dwayne Grace (Chanda), of Ft. Gay, and Kim Preece, of Inez, Ky.; as well as 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Jr. Newsome, of Naugatuck; her sisters, Betty Hunt, of Naugatuck, and Elaine Messer, of Kermit; and a host of extended family, friends and people who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb 6, 2021, at the East Kermit Church of God with Robbie May officiating. Burial will follow at the Newsome Ridge Cemetery, Naugatuck.

Visitation will continue after 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at the church. In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all attendees are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mullins Family Funeral Home of Warfield, Kentucky.

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

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Frank Justice

Frank D. Justice, 52, of Delbarton, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born at Huntington, Jan. 3, 1969, the son of Clinton “Ben” and Cathy “Cat” Hall Justice, of Delbarton.  

He was a graduate of Burch High School. He was a construction builder by trade. He was always a joker and could make anyone laugh. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Vicie Hall, Clinton Justice and Dorothy and Lummie Wilson; and his great-grandparents, John P. and Martha Justice.   

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Llyanna Varney Justice; his son, Kaleb James Justice; his daughters, Brook and Frankey Justice; his brothers, James “Jim” Justice, Ronald Lee Justice and Little Ben Justice; his sister, Teresa Dempsey (Terry); his nieces and nephews, Whitney Dempsey, Austin Dempsey, Kyle Justice and Crissy Johnson; and his special friends, Tonga and Bill Hunt. He was the honorary Poppy of Bella, Zoey and Dezie. He will be sadly missed by several aunts, uncles and cousins.  

Funeral services were held 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Hunt and Rev. Brian Wellman officiating. Burial followed at the Justice Cemetery, Pearl Hill, Delbarton, with Kaleb Justice, Little Ben Justice, Austin Dempsey, Kyle Justice, Corey Marcum and John Grimmett serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

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Gary Pinson

Gary Elvin Pinson, 67, of Church Hill, Tenn., formerly of Belfry, Ky., died after a lingering illness on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Ballard Health Hospice House, Bristol, Tennessee.

He was born at Williamson, Oct. 22, 1953, a beloved son of the late Clyde Pinson and Mildred Smith Pinson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Tommy Pinson; and two very special and loving maternal aunts and their husbands, Alma and Clifford Parsley and Juanita and Frank Foltz.

He was a 1971 graduate of Williamson High School, later graduating from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He was a longtime insurance sales representative and managed several insurance offices with Transamerica Insurance Company. He  had managed offices in Williamson, Louisville, Ky., Asheville, N.Car., Hickory, N.Car, and finally Kingsport, Tennessee. He retired after nearly 30 years of excellent service.

He was a former member of the Bethel Temple Assembly of God where he was deeply involved in the life of the church and its various ministries. After settling in Church Hill, Tenn., Gary and his wife, Anne, became members of the Church Hill First Baptist Church.

He was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Packers and the Yankees. He was also an avid golfer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Treva Anne Jones Pinson; his son, Gary Steven Pinson (Sarah), of Lexington, Ky.; his daughter, Shannon Kovdleski, of Columbus, Ohio; a step-son, Mike Scott (Angie), of Church Hill, Tenn.; a step-daughter, Amy Wolford (Bo), of Hardy, Ky.; his grandchildren, Mason Kovdleski, Amelia and Zoey Pinson, Corey (RaeAnne) Charles, Brett (Koilee) Charles, Bo Wolford, Savannah Scott and Caleb Scott; his great-grandchildren, Raelynn Faith Charles and Aspen Kuree Charles; his brother, Raymond Pinson (Tami), of Louisville, Ky.; his first-cousin, Brenda Foit (Bob), of South Williamson, Ky.; his nephews, Darrell McCoy (Emily), of Winfield, and Christopher Pinson (Sarah), of Louisville, Ky.; along with many loving friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson with Rev. Ron Matney and Rev. Bobby Perry officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with his grandsons, Mason Kovdleski, Corey Charles, Brett Charles, Bo Wolford, Caleb Scott and Dylan Coffey serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Frieda Steiner

Frieda Morgan Harvey Steiner, a caring wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the age of 96.  

She was born in Logan County, Aug. 1, 1924, to William Douglas and Margie Hatfield Morgan.

While always the heart of the household, she also managed to own and run a business while teaching her children responsibility, honesty, integrity and ethics and later enjoyed her many years as an Avon lady, but more for the love of the visits with others than the sale. She loved people. Although West Virginia was always home, she was fortunate to have traveled the world in her lifetime and witness all of God’s splendor.  In 2014, she moved to Tulsa, Okla., but prior to that, she was a beloved and longtime member of the Verner Community Church and continued to live her faith daily. All those she encountered loved her and her kind heart and that beautiful smile, even at the end.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 11 siblings; her husband of 43 years, Morris Herman Harvey; and her husband of 10 years, Morrell Steiner.

She is survived by her three children, Barry Randolph Harvey (Carole), of Mount Pleasant, S.Car., Sheila McComis, and her partner, Henry Lipsey of Charlotte, N.Car., and Cindy Morris (Dr. Jeff Morris), of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren, Chris Harvey, Doug McComis, Candice Keith (Michael), Jason Harvey, Jeff Morris (Amber) and Ashley Morris; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Logan, Riley, Mackenzie and Savannah; three stepchildren, Brenda Workman (Jim), Rita Mitchell (Danny) and Cindy Hoadley (Mark); four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

She was deeply loved and will be missed by the entire family, including many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at the Verner Community Church, Verner, with Evangelist Rodney Robinette officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby. She was carried to her final resting place by her beloved family. 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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Corrine Stevens

Corrine Hoffman Stevens, 86, of Williamson, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born at Kimball, July 17, 1934.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer B. Stevens; her parents, Thomas M. and Laura Tinsley Carroll; her son, Bruce D. Hoffman; and her brothers, Thomas M. Carroll II and Benjamin J. “Ted” Carroll.  

She is lovingly remembered by her son, Thomas B. (Frances) Hoffman, of Williamson, Mitzi C. Hoffman, of Huntington, and daughter-in-law, Lindi Hoffman, of Hollister, California. She is also survived by her sisters, Ruby Diamond, of Orlando, Fla., Jacqueline Davidson, of Suffolk, Va., Gay Elkins, of Orlando, Fla., and Patricia Walker, of Davenport, Fla.; her special friend and longtime caregiver, Betty Dotson; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Williamson Memorial Hospital and Appalachian Regional Hospital and retired after 25 years as an office billing clerk at Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Williamson as a young girl. Later she was a member of the United Memorial Methodist Church at West Williamson, for many years she attended the Turkey Creek Assembly of God, and lastly, she attended the Bethel Temple Assembly of God at Nolan, where she was baptized again wanting a clear conscience before God and testimony of her faith in Christ Jesus.

Funeral services were held virtually on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2, 2021. She was  laid to rest beside her late husband, Elmer Stevens, at Memory Gardens, Huddy, Kentucky. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Roland Vance

Roland G. Vance, 84, of Rife Branch, Delbarton, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at his residence.  

He was born at Rife Branch, Nov. 5, 1936, the son of the late Roland and Ida Runyon Vance.  

He was a retired auto worker. He worked more than 30 years for Borg Warner Corporation making auto parts. In his spare time, he loved working on vehicles.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Gordon Vance; his brothers, Vernon and Alex Vance; and his sisters, Cynthia Sturgill, Juanita Sheppard and Lorraine Adams.   

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Lucas Vance; his son, Timothy Vance; his brother, Joe Vance (Bonnie); his sister, Wilda “Tink” Ferrando; his granddaughter, Martine Carty; his great-granddaughters, Courtney and Mackenzy; and his special friend, Richard Sturgill.  

He will be sadly missed by a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Lilly of the Valley Freewill Baptist Church, Rife Branch, with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Burial followed at the Vance Cemetery, Rife Branch. 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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Ruby Ward

Ruby Ward, 101, a centenarian of the City of Williamson, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Trinity of Mingo where she had been a beloved patient for the past decade.

She was born in the town of River, in Johnson County, Ky., Oct. 15, 1919, a daughter and the last living child of the late Don Daniels and Maxine Peery Daniels.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, longtime Williamson City Street Department Commissioner, Henry Kay Ward; her loving daughter, Cyndia Maxine Ward Blackburn; a son-in-law, Lynn Spradlin; four brothers, Hobert, Ira, William and Edwin Daniels; a sister, Helen Runyon; a sister-in-law who was as close as a sister, Kathleen Daniels; and her very dear and longtime friend, Zelma Ward.  

She was educated in Johnson county schools, later married and moved to Mingo County where she reared her daughters, Joyce, Sandie and Cindy. She was the quintessential homemaker. She devoted her life to her husband, Kay, and raising their daughters. As their daughters each married and began families of their own, Kay and Ruby found great happiness in helping with the care and upbringing of their beloved grandchildren. They relished every moment that they spent together.

She was a very talented seamstress and what began as a hobby, doing alterations for family and friends, soon blossomed into what seemed to be full-time work. She was widely known for her excellent sewing skills and fine alterations work. In former years, she had also enjoyed quilting.

She attended the First Baptist Church of Williamson and had been a devoted member of the Williamson High School Band Parents Association in earlier years.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Spradlin, of Williamson, and Sandie and her husband, Ted Akers, also of Williamson; six grandchildren, Sherry Copley, Kim Spradlin, Erin and her husband, Michael Hatfield, Alyson and her husband, Derek Fitch, Adrienne Blackburn and Cameron and his wife, Felicia Blackburn; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her many loving caregivers at Trinity of Mingo.

Visitation is from noon until 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with Rev. Michael Hatfield and Rev. Jarrod Belcher officiating. Interment is in the Akers Family Cemetery, Ransom, Ky., with family members and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Zelma Ward

Zelma Ward, 96, of Williamson, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born in Martin County, Nov. 25, 1924, the daughter of the late Atlas Baisden and Mary Alice Cassell Baisden.

She was a longtime sales associate with B&L Furniture Company in downtown Williamson. Her  vivacious and outgoing personality was perfectly suited for her work in sales. She was well liked by customers and she genuinely enjoyed assisting patrons of the store. After more than 30 years of service at B&L Furniture, the store closed and Zelma went to work for Rod and Amber Smith at Smith Furniture, also located in downtown Williamson.

She was a faithful and devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Williamson for over 50 years. She was a member of the women’s C.O.D. Sunday school class. She was a graduate of Logan High School and later attended Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in secretarial science. She was a former member of the Williamson Secretarial Association. In her leisure time she enjoyed embroidery, housekeeping and staying in touch with her family and friends. She was a loving and devoted mother to her daughter, Mary Alice, and she dearly loved and was so proud of her grandson, Alan.

She will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Claude Ward; three sisters, Flora Fannin, Jenny Endicott and Hester Ward; a brother who died in childhood and her son-in-law, David G. Maynard.

She is survived by her only child and daughter, Mary Alice Maynard, of Sidney, Ky.; a grandson, Alan Maynard, of Sidney, Ky.; a host of nieces and nephews; and a daughter of the heart, whom she loved as her own, Mary Bede Venturino Sanney.

Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at the First Baptist Church of Williamson. Pastor Jarrod Belcher and Reverend Caleb Horn, Pastor of the East Williamson Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with Doug Caraway, Larry Elia, Reverend Caleb Horn, Darren Porter, Randy Rhodes and Terry Sanders serving as active pallbearers. The men of the First Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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