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Kelly Cline

Kelly Cline

Kelly Loren Cline, 57, of Justice, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.

He was born at Iaeger, Aug. 16, 1963, the son of French Cline and the late Earnestine (Griffith) Cline, of Gilbert.

He was a talented carpenter who left his artistic creations among the community and surrounding areas, including the beautiful Eagle Sanctuary at Christian. With the right tools and a committed project, he could turn wooden boards into eye-catching art. He also enjoyed fishing and spent many years on the banks of the Guyandotte River. His jovial persona centered around being the laugh of the crowd with his quick sense of humor.  

In addition to his father, he is survived by his daughter, Kelly Renae Justus (Dwayne), of Hazel Green, Ky.; his son, James Anthony Phillips, of Tamcliff; his sister, Sherry Weir (Ted), of Louisville Ky.; his brothers, Tim Cline (Rose Stanley), of Gilbert, and Danny Cline, of Lynco; his grandsons, Cashton Blankenship, of Hazel Green, Ky., and AJ Phillips, of Tamcliff; his nephews, Daniel Cline, of Fairdale, and Joshua Cline, of Lynco; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He may be gone from our view, but will never be forgotten.

In honoring his wishes, he was cremated.

A memorial service is planned for 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at the Eagle Sanctuary at Christian with Bishop Anthony Hudgins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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Bobby Elkins

Bobby Elkins

Bobby Eugene Elkins, 68, of Hatfield, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born Aug. 17, 1952, the oldest son of the late Robert and Georgia Ann (Lowe) Elkins, of Hatfield, Kentucky.

He was a former coal miner and was of the Baptist faith.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Elkins.  

He is survived by a sister, Phyllis Elkins; a brother, Donald Elkins (Sandy); and several nieces and nephews. He was very close to his niece, Kayly Coleman, who was always ready and willing to help him in any way she could.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed at the Elkins Cemetery, Hatfield, Ky., with his 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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Bertha Grimmett

Bertha Grimmett

Bertha (Brumfield) Grimmett, 62, of Tamcliffe, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Tug Valley ARH.

She was born at Welch,  Jan. 19, 1958, the daughter of Agnes (Blankenship) and the late Chris Brumfield, of Tamcliffe.

She attended the Tamcliffe Tabernacle Church and loved spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Layne; and her sisters, Patty Blankenship and Sheila Damron.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Walter Grimmett Sr.; her sons, Hunter Chase Grimmett and Walter Grimmett Jr., all of Tamcliffe, and Alfred Bryan Grimmett, of Greensboro, N.Car.; her sister, Christine Morgan (Robert), of Coal Mountain; her brother, Christopher Todd Brumfield (Kathy), of Georgia; her aunt, Linda McCoy; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In honoring her wishes, she was cremated. 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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Dorothy Hager

Dorothy Hager

Dorothy Rose Hager (Big Maw), 85, of Ransom, Ky., died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 21, 1934, the daughter of the late George and Olzie Rose.

She was a homemaker, a retiree of both Blackberry Elementary School and Blackberry/McCarr Senior Center, which she loved to attend afterwards. She had many hobbies and talents, but her favorites were baking and quilting. She was a member of the Samaria Baptist Church, Ransom, Kentucky. She stood fast in her faith and loved the Lord with her whole heart. When asked if she needed anything, she always answered, “A home in Heaven.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Hager; her brothers, Johnny and Arvil Rose; and her sisters, Dolly Powers and Loretta Cody.

She is survived by her sister, Liz Sluss (Ron); her brother, Roger Rose (Diane); her children, Eddie Hager (Ann), Phyliss Reed (Jim), Linda Noe and Rita Hager; her grandchildren, Eddie Hager Jr. (Rachel), Libby Slone (Larry), Josh Noe (Carissa), Jason Noe (Angel), Jessica Caudill (Micah) and Kayla Jude (Mark); 17 great-grandkids, Kiah, Gabe, Blake, Andru, Jae-lee’gh, Jasee, MaK-la, Rylie, Abbi, Cooper, Mylah, Zoey, Kane, Jonathan, Tyler, Chloe and Rachell; one great-great-grandbaby, Kason; and a best friend whom she thought of and loved like a sister, Lou Whitt.

She was a beautiful, bold, amazing woman who touched so many lives throughout the years and made many friends whom she loved so very much. Although she will be missed greatly, she has found her “home in Heaven!!”

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the Samaria Primitive Baptist Church with Jeff Dotson officiating. Burial followed at the Willie Jake Hager Cemetery, Ransom, Ky., with Jonathan Aldana, Tyler Hager, Josh Noe, Blake Noe, Jason Noe, Andru Noe, Micah Caudill and Mark Jude serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were: Kane Caudill and Kiah Jude. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry.

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

JoAnn Kohari

JoAnn L. Kohari, 87, of Williamson, died Monday evening, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Skilled Nursing Facility of the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 5, 1933, the daughter of the late Autie Lewis and Cynthia Lambert Lewis.  

She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Hills and a member of the Borderland Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Caplan's and Heilig Meyers Furniture stores in Williamson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Kohari Jr.; and one brother, Tommy Lewis.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sherry Marcum (Paul), of Williamson, and Andrea Paynter, of Belfry, Ky.; three grandchildren, Paul Andrew Marcum (Kim) Marcum, of Medina, Ohio, Natasha McNeely, of Williamson, and Desirae Cook, of Matewan; five great-grandchildren, Dalton McNeely, Taylin Toler (Shawn), Alex Runyon (Sarah), Gaven Cook and Kerrigan Cook; and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Rick Gannon officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with family and friends serving as pallbearers.  

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the funeral home. Arrangements are 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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Harold Smith

Harold Smith

Harold Smith, 73, a resident of The Good Shepherd Community Nursing Home of Phelps, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

He was born in Pike County, Ky., July 18, 1947, a son of the late Richard and Vesta (Stump) Smith.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He was proud of his service to the country he loved. He attended the Gooslin Bottom Pentecostal Church where he had made his confession of faith and was baptized. He was self-employed having worked in drywalling. His work was proficient, as he took great pride in every project, and worked diligently until the job was completed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine (Wolford) Smith; his brother, Wilburn Smith; and his son, Bruce Smith.

He is survived by his son, Shawn Smith (Trina), of Phelps, Ky.; his brother, Turner Smith (Linda), of Somerset, Ky.; his sister, Ella Smith (Clarence Jr.), of Somerset, Ky.; his grandchildren, Brandon Smith, Kristy Smith, Jasmine Smith and Connor Smith; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and a community of family and friends.

He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the recent spike in area cases, please adhere to all social distancing recommendations including wearing a mask. Also, if you have a compromised immune system or are feeling ill and do not feel comfortable in attending, the family understands completely and appreciates the caution and consideration. For those who are unable to attend due to health reasons and/or concerns you are welcome to visit www.chambersfuneralservices.com and sign the online guestbook.

In keeping with the request of Harold, a graveside service will be held in his honor at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Mill Springs National Cemetery, 9044 KY-80, Nancy, KY 42544, with military honors being presented by the Kentucky National Guard Military Honors Team along with members of the American Legion Post 38. Arrangements were under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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Randall Stanley

Randall Stanley

Randall Stanley, 66, of Belfry, Ky., died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, following a lingering illness.  

He was born at Williamson, Aug. 5, 1954, the son of Colleen Hoffman Stanley and the late Ralph B. Stanley.

He was a 1972 graduate of Belfry High School where he played football. He was an avid follower of the Belfry football program. Upon completing high school, he attended Mayo Vocational School where he completed an electricity and welding program. After getting out of school, he worked for Persinger Supply Company. He then got a job with American Electric Power where he worked for 23 years, serving as a line crew supervisor for part of that time.  

He recently accepted the Lord and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by both his maternal and paternal grandparents.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jenny Maynard Stanley; his sister, Norine Fite (Dennis); his nephews, Chris Fite (Cindy) and Chad Fite (Shawna); his three great-nephews; his two great-nieces; his adopted sister, Emma Pecco; and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at the Mt. View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with Rev. Jarod Belcher officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mt. View Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

In adherence to state COVID-19 mandates, all visitors are asked to please wear a mask and to follow social distancing guidelines.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

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

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James Stepp

James Stepp

James David Stepp, 73, of Turkey Creek, Ky., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born at Turkey Creek, Ky., Aug. 10, 1947, the son of the late Mont Stepp and Mary "Tootsie" Staton Taylor.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cline Stepp; and one brother, Neil Stepp.  

He retired from Banks Miller Supply and was a deacon at the Turkey Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children, James David Stepp Jr. (Shelle), of Georgetown, Ky., Christy Casey (Mike), of Williamson, Misty McCoy, of Turkey Creek, Ky., and his step-daughter, Kim Weddington (Allen), of South Williamson, Ky.; one sister, Barbara Stepp, of South Williamson, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Stepp, Chase Stepp, Breann Stepp, Brayden Stepp, Harper Stepp, Shawn Robinette, Whitney Helton, Caylea McCoy, Fallon Weddington and Taylor Weddington; one great-grandchild, Bentley Helton; a very special cousin, Gary Stepp, of Alabama; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the Turkey Creek Freewill Baptist Church with Mikey Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Stepp Cemetery, Hatfield, Ky., with his family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are 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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Thurajene Thornsbury

Thurajene Thornsbury

It is with a broken heart of those mom left behind, yet so happy that her race is won and she’s resting in the arms of Jesus, that we write the obituary of our precious mother. Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” This verse is so true of our dear mommy.

Thurajene (Smith) Thornsbury, 86, of Canada, Ky., was born on July 14, 1934, and departed this life peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, surrounded by her loving children and grandson, Ben.

Mom was the wife of the late Elder Berlin Thornsbury, whom she was married to for over 50 years, and the oldest daughter of the late William Goble and Verna (Bogar) Smith.  

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by someone whom she thought of as a son and who knew her as a mother, Walter Dean Bogar. She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Veronica (Justice) Thornsbury; her  granddaughters, Haley Thornsbury and Jeannie Lynn Thornsbury; and her three brothers, William Chester, Glen and Thomas Clinton Smith.

She was a faithful member of the Dix Fork Old Regular Baptist Church for over 40 years and attended regularly until her sickness prevented her from doing so.

She is survived by her children whom she loved dearly and from whom that love was returned, Ivan Neil (Mary), James Gerald (Susie), Barbara Newsome (Jerome), Debbie Bogar, Lesa Justice (Mark), Ressia Thornsbury (with whom she made her home), Tammy Dotson (Adam) and Troy Thornsbury. Proverbs 31:28, “Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Also left behind to cherish her memory are 13 grandchildren (many of whom she helped raise) and 12 great-grandchildren. Additionally, she is survived by her only sister, Jaqueline Laborda, and her youngest brother, Clifford Douglas Smith.

Mom will be greatly missed and forever remembered. Our hearts are forever broken. John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at Dix Fork Old Regular Baptist Church with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow at the Thornsbury Family Cemetery, Dix Fork, Ky., with family members serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with special services beginning at 7 p.m. with corresponding ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements are 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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Cecil Varney

Cecil Varney

Cecil Carl Varney, 73, of Lovely, Ky., died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Cornerstone Hospital, Huntington.

He was born at Matewan, Jan. 29, 1947, the son of the late Russell and Mary Lou Varney.

Along with being a choir director of the First Presbyterian Church of Williamson, he was also a director of the Tug Valley Choral Society and a Board of Trustee for the Tug Valley Arts Council. He was a lifetime member of the Rotary Club and served as governor during 2015-16.  

He is survived by his loving wife, Medra Murphy; five children, Carl Varney, of Dunbar, Kamela Keesor (David), of Chapel Hill, S.Car., Christy Messer (Josh) and Robin Nicole Harmon, both of Lovely, Ky., and Adam Varney (Jacqueline), of Los Angeles, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Corey Bailey, Mason Messer, Madison Messer, Christopher Keesor and McKenzie Keesor.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church, 29 West Sixth Ave, Williamson, with Pastor Dr. Dale Carey officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher. Arrangements were under the direction of Callaham Funeral Home of Inez, Kentucky.

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

Franklin Varney

Franklin Delano Varney, 77, of Pinsonfork, Ky., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born in Pike County, Ky., July 18, 1943, the son of the late Bennie and Virgie Varney.

He had worked for the state highway department and was a member of the Octavia Freewill Baptist Church.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Roland T., Ermel, Johnny, David and Jimmy Varney; and his sisters, Ailene May and Gracie Ball.  

He is survived by his brother, Ed Varney, of Huddy, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Gerria Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at the funeral home with special services beginning at 7 p.m on Saturday night. Arrangements are 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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