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Fayetta Blackburn

Fayetta Messer Collins Blackburn, 72, of Elk Creek, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson, Kentucky.  

She was born in Holden, May 9, 1949, the daughter of the late Everett and Ida Mae Colegrove Messer.  

Fayetta retired from nursing after working more than 20 years at Williamson Memorial Hospital. She cared for so many people. She dedicated her life to the people of the Tug Valley area through her nursing. She was also a longtime member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Collins; and her sisters, Helen Messer Hunt and Evelyn Stanley.

She is survived by her husband, Byron Blackburn; her sons, Earnest Allen Collins (Vivian), of Gary, and Larry Michael Collins (Tonya Smith), of London, Ky.; her brothers, Albert Messer (Phyllis), of Delaware, Ohio, and Hubert Messer (Louvena), of Elk Creek; her sister, Ernestine Powers (Tommy Dale), of Elk Creek; her grandchildren, Rebecca Locklear and Savannah Bates; her great-grandchildren, Hazel, Jude and Paisley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

She will sadly be missed by the residents of Elk Creek.  

In honoring her wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of her life memorial service will be held at the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church at Elk Creek on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at 7 p.m., with Rev. Tommy Powers, Brother Robbie Messer and Brother Hubie Messer officiating.  

Visitation will be at the church Friday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A private burial will take place at a later date at the Family Cemetery on Elk Creek. 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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Tony Carrico

Tony Lee Carrico, 64, of McCarr, Ky., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born in Welch, March 13, 1957, the son of the late Tony Carrico and Laura Carroll Carrico.

Tony was the longtime owner and operator of Tony’s Truck and Auto Body Repair. He was well respected for his professionalism and integrity in business. He was a member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God where he served in the capacity of deacon. He was dearly loved by his church family. He was devoted to the church and the success of its various ministries. Because he cared so much for his brothers and sisters in Christ, he always made himself available to offer his hand of assistance to anyone in need.

Tony was a lifetime member of Rotary International and was a former member of the Matewan Rotary Club and a Kentucky Colonel. He had a passion for cars that endured throughout his lifetime. His auto body shop kept him in contact with his passion even as he earned a living.

Tony was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His young grandchildren were the joy and sunshine of his life. At six feet, six inches tall, Tony could easily be thought of as a gentle giant as he had such a kind and gentle disposition. He was completely devoted to his wife, Cheryl, their children and their grandchildren. He was a loving brother, a treasured friend and a guiding light in the lives of those who were closest to him. His legacy of love, care, kindness and devotion to his family as well as the principles by which he lived his life, will live on through his family – his children, and his beloved grandchildren.

Tony will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. His kind and gentle spirit will always be remembered.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Collier Carrico; a son, Billy Carrico (Charis); a daughter, LeAnn Carrico; two grandchildren, Gideon Luke and Emery Jael Carrico; a brother, Richard Carrico; two sisters, Loretta Emmendorfer (Edward) and Norma Carrico; and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at Weaver Mortuary with Reverend Dave Robinette and Pastor Bobby Perry officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with family members and friends serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were: Shelley Hensley, Carl Kirk, Charlie Meeks and Paul David Renn.

Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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“Peck” Estep

Edward “Peck” Estep, 53, of Vulcan, died suddenly Monday evening, Dec. 27, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born in Logan, June 22, 1968, the son of the late Eddie “Black” Estep and Minnie (Ooten) Estep.

“Peck” was a former coal miner having worked for Martin County Coal and also an iron worker having worked at Blue Rock Construction. He worked six days a week and traveled to Indiana for work, hanging steel. He could fix anything. He was smart about fixing vehicles and a jack of many trades.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hayton and Amy Curry; and a special friend, Haven Eldridge.

He is survived by the love of his life for 28 years, Ramona Estep, of Vulcan; two daughters, Brandi Casey and Jamie Casey, both of Vulcan; one brother, Edward Palumbo (Susan), of Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Darlene Prater (Donald) and Lydia Curry (Johnny), both of Vulcan, and Lisa Mounts (Steve), of Mississippi; and five grandchildren, Austin New, Anna New, Aliyah Collie, Andrew Collie and Tionna Collie. He loved the grandbabies and being a grandpa. He always enjoyed playing with them. His special friends include: Edward Palumbo, Scottie Wolford, Nick New, James Sellards, Ronnie and Kevin Sherspenskis and Dwayne Justice.  

Anyone who knew him, knew he was a prankster. He had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help anyone. He enjoyed going riding on his side by side and dirt bike and playing with our grandbabies. They loved him so much. He loved his dogs and his pony, Polly. He enjoyed a cold beer every now and then and loved to have a good time and laugh and cut up.

In honoring his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

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Stefan Johnson

Stefan Alekasander Bayse Johnson, 37, beloved son of Steven Johnson, of West Williamson, and the late Nancy Bayse Johnson, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, Kentucky.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a loving aunt, Kathy Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Clinton and Ethel Bivens Bayse and Kathleen Stone Bayse.

He was born in Pikeville, Ky., March 9, 1984. He grew up in West Williamson and was a graduate of Williamson High School and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He was employed at Tudor’s in Goody, Kentucky.

As a youngster growing up, Stefan attended the East Williamson Baptist Church and was baptized there. He was a very loving son and spent several years caring for his mother, Nancy, as her primary caregiver before her passing in 2016. As it seems to be with most people who are animal lovers, Stefan was kind and gentle. He held a special affection for cats. He was a rather quiet and private individual by nature, and he enjoyed his solitude rather than being in a large gathering of people. Some of his interests included collecting vinyl records, and he had amassed quite a collection of records over the years. He was also an avid reader. Another of his passions was movie going. He and his dad often went to movies together as they shared the love of movies.  Stefan was also a major Chicago Cubs fan. He followed the Cubs for much of his life and was almost always seen wearing a Chicago Cubs ball cap.

Stefan’s heart was golden as he was often spontaneously generous to others. He was a joy to not only his parents, but also his grandparents, his brother, his sister-in-law and his loving family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Stefan will be sorely missed, and the many beautiful memories that he leaves will be cherished and treasured always.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his only sibling and loving brother, Benjamin Johnson (Kathy); his paternal grandparents, George and Marlene Johnson; his aunts and uncles, Karen and Grant Preece, Kima and Barry Jude and George “Danny” Bayse (Barbara); and several cousins who loved Stefan very much.

Funeral services will be private with his uncle, Reverend Barry Jude officiating. He will be laid to rest alongside other family members at the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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James Keatley II

James Hiram Keatley II, 57, of Taylorville, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Williamson, Nov., 24, 1964, the son of the late James Hiram and Hester Kinder Keatley.

James, known as “Jimmy” to friends and family, was a retired educator, football and basketball coach.  

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 24 years, Drema Wilson Keatley; his son, James H. “Jameson” Keatley III, and his precious girlfriend, Olivia D. Browning; his daughter, Makenley R. Keatley, both of the home; blister, Rebecca L. Keatley, of Taylorville, and sister, Elizabeth D. Keatley, of Taylorville;  father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Rosemary Wilson, of Hell Creek; brother-in-law, Frank (Myosha) Wilson, of Belo; sister-in-law, Renae (Zachary) Foster, of Barboursville; also, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends, former students and former athletes.  

Additionally, he was “Pap” to his family’s five beloved dogs.

Jimmy was a graduate of Matewan High School, Fork Union Military Academy, and a proud son of Marshall University. He was a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan who thoroughly enjoyed “barking” along with the “Dawg Pound.” Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. His favorite pastime was picking with or aggravating whoever happened to be present at the time.  He never met a stranger, and in his younger days would drive around in snow storms to see if someone needed assistance. He was our “Rescue Ranger.”

We will miss him everyday until we meet again.

A memorial service and celebration of Jimmy’s Life was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at the Chafin Funeral Home in Delbarton with services beginning at 7 p.m.  His friend, Brother Acie Copley officiated the services. 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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Joe Kinder

Joe Coleman Kinder, 93, of North Matewan, died Monday evening, Dec. 27, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Ky., while surrounded by his beloved family.

He enjoyed going to the Opera House or wherever good Bluegrass music was being played. From fishing to making his famous peanut butter and chocolate fudge or simply enjoying a good Western, Joe enjoyed life. He was quick to brag on his family and his grandchildren were indeed the apple of his eye. He was a hard worker having retired from the coal mines and was a member of the UMWA Local 1511 Phelps, Kentucky.

In addition to his parents, Andy and Nannie (Chafin) Kinder, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne (Kiser) Kinder; two children, Pamela Joyce Kinder and Paul Joseph Kinder; one grandson, Ricky Joe Hinkle; six brothers, Lon Kinder, John Kinder, Malcolm Kinder, Cecil Kinder, Bobby Ray Kinder and Darrel Kinder; two sisters, Edith May and Sarah Lester; two brothers-in-law, Harry Roberson and Jim Chambers; one cousin, Kenny Gillespie; and his beloved cat, Orangie.

He is survived by his daughter, Kaye Annette Carroll, and her husband, Freddie, (whom Joe thought of as a son), of North Matewan; his son, Charles Kinder, of North Matewan; his grandchildren, Crystal Evans (Jonathan), Christina Moore (Clay), Jasmine Bailey (Jacob), Trista Edmonds (Jarrod), and Michael Carroll (Paige); his great-grandchildren, Azaria Moore, and her boyfriend, Blake West, La’Kiera Rutherford, Kerrigan Evans, MaKaylah Edmonds, Korbin Carroll and Kit Carroll; his great-great-grandson, Declan West; his brothers, Reece Kinder, of Kingsport, Tenn., and Dan Kinder, of Newtown; and a host of nieces and nephews and a community of extended family members, beloved neighbors and friends.

Please adhere to all social distancing recommendations, including wearing a mask.

Honoring services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at the Chambers Funeral Services chapel with Bro. Barry Lester officiating. Burial will follow at the Ellison Hatfield Cemetery in Newtown with Jonathan Evans, Michael Carroll, Andrew Kinder, Dan “Little Dan” Kinder, Shawn Kinder, Malcolm Kinder, James Lester and Craig Davis serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include, Freddie Carroll, Clay Moore, Dennis McGuire, Elliott “Sonny” Hatfield, Matt Gross and David Lester. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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

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“Snowman” Light

Roger “Snowman” Light, 74, of Taylorville, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born in Pennington Gap, Va., March 6, 1947.  

Roger was the son of the late Ernest Dye and is survived by his mother, Marie Dye, of Alabama.  

Roger had been in declining health for several years. He was a hard worker and a man of his word. He owned Christy Lynn Transport and was well known in the area for trucking coal and lumber. He was a member of the Walking Horse Trainer Association. He was also known for his love and talent of training walking horses. He trained and worked with horses for R.L. Cook and Dave Cook. Roger was a kind soul, he loved everyone, but he had a greater love for his Lord and Savior. When you walked in his bedroom, he always had Jimmy Swaggart on and loved to hear his gospel music. He spent his last years mostly at home with his family and fur babies, Bella, Buddy and Bailey. Roger was of the Church of God faith and attended the Varney Church of God before his declining health.  

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Sue Burke Light; his daughter, Christy Lynn Light; three grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Jaaliyah, Jerryah and PJ; his brothers and sisters, Dolly Doss, Linda Vandergriff, Scotty Dye, Liz Wucerman, Vicky Childers, Tammy Roberts and David Dye; and his mother, Marie Dye.  

The family would like to thank Sherry Staten, his longtime friend who cared for him for several years along with all the nurses at ARH 2nd Floor and ICU. A big thanks to Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Ahmed and Chris Kelly for your care throughout the years.  

There are several friends he loved as brothers, Dave Cook was one of them, along with Dadoo Cook, Randy Casey and Andy Casey. He loved each of you  just like one of his own.  

In honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of his life was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Thursday evening at the Chafin Funeral Home chapel, with services starting at 7 p.m., with Rev. Jason Allen and 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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“Judy” Muncy

Judith Lynn “Judy” Muncy, 70, of Delbarton, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson, Kentucky.  

She was born in Logan, Sept. 21, 1951, the daughter of the late Carl Browning, and is survived by her mother, Glenna, and her husband, Allen Warrix, of Logan.  

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Rich Browning.  

She was retired and dedicated her whole life to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was cherished deeply by her family. She was a member of the Regional Church of God. She loved to do zumba and walk. On most weekends, you could find her at the Delbarton Opry House where she loved to volunteer, and when she wasn’t working, she was dancing. She also loved attending the Delbarton Homecoming.  It was one of her favorite weekends. She was a #1 Mamaw as she dearly loved her grandchildren. She was their number one fan at all their sporting events and their lifetime achievements. She was always so proud of them.  

Judy is survived and dearly loved by her best friend and love of her life, James “Duff” Muncy. Duff and Judy were married for 53 years; she passed on their anniversary.  Together they have two sons, James L. “Jamie” Muncy Jr. and Thomas “TJ” and his wife, Amanda Muncy. Judy was a proud Mamaw of four grandsons, James Muncy III, ChrisMuncy (Hannah Dempsey), Caleb Muncy and Alex Muncy. Other survivors include her brother, Frank Browning (Debbie); her sisters, Fran Peck (Dennis) and Debbie Barker (Jay); and many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.  

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Beckett and the staff at ARH and Williamson Health and Wellness Center.  

In honoring her wishes, cremation will take place and memorial services will be announced at a later time. 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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Dollie Paynter

Dollie Marie Paynter, 81, of Plant City, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland, Florida.  

She was born in Nolan, April 7, 1940, the daughter of the late Jess and Virgie Blevins Honaker.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dess Preston Paynter; her son, Garry Ray Paynter; her sister, Mizie Jackson; and her brother, Bud Maynard.  

Dollie attended the Nolan Church of God for more than 40 years and was always involved in her church and loved her church family. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Williamson. She moved to Tampa, Fla., in 2019, to be close to her children. Dollie loved to work in the yard and grow roses in her garden. She loved to travel to Tennessee and back home to West Virginia regularly and enjoyed attending Gospel concerts. She also enjoyed cruising with her family and had been on many cruises throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. She was known as a woman who loved to spread the word of GOD everywhere she went; and just last week on a cruise, she was handing out prayer clothes and praying with people who needed prayer.  

She is survived by her children, Terry L. Paynter, Diane Ray (Bill) and Lisa Paynter; her grandchildren, Preston Paynter, Brandon Paynter, Desmond Paynter and Desirae Kohari Paynter; and her great-grandchildren, Gavin Cook and Kerrigan Cook.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at the Nolan Church of God Acts: 20-28, with Pastor Eugene Preece officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Nolan Church of God, 25 Post Office Hollow, Williamson, WV 25661.

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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