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Darlene Cooper

Darlene Cooper, 63, of Turkey Creek, Ky., died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Tug Valley ARH Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born at Williamson, Nov. 20, 1957, a daughter of the late Robert Davis Sr. and Bessie Moore Davis.

She was a 1975 graduate of Williamson High School. She married the love of her life, John Cooper, enjoying 37 years of marriage.

Until her illness forced her into retirement, she worked at the Williamson Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. She thoroughly enjoyed her work at the college and the many friendships she formed while working there.

She was quiet by nature and enjoyed her own company. She was as independent and self-sufficient as a person could be. She was completely satisfied to be at home working among her flowers and being outside with nature. She deeply loved her family, and it was becoming a grandmother that brought her the greatest happiness she had ever known. She enjoyed spending time with her special and precious granddaughter, Rae-Lynn, more than anything in the world.

She was a member of the Borderland Baptist Church.

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

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Davis Jr.

In addition to her husband, John Cooper, she is survived by her children, Johnny Cooper, Brittany Cooper and Matthew Cooper; her brothers, Jess Davis (Patricia), Chester Davis (Dora), Keith Davis (Carolyn), Terry Davis (Tammy) and Jerome Davis (Lisa); her sisters, Sharon Shriner (Curt) and Angie Jewell (Larry); her beloved granddaughter, Rae-Lynn Cooper; a special friend, several nieces and nephews and a host of extended family members; and a good friend, Mark Bowens, with whom she had worked with at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson, with Rev. Jimmy Maynard officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with her sons and other family members serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

John Cooper

John Harold Cooper Sr., 79, of Turkey Creek, Ky., died in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his children, Thursday morning, Dec. 24, 2020, less than 72 hours after the death of his wife, Darlene Cooper.

He was born at Man, April 8, 1941, a son of the late Henry Gus Cooper and Helen Honaker Cooper.

He was a special forces veteran of the United States Army. He was a fearless and longtime coal miner working most of his career for Island Creek Coal Company. He was proud to be a part of the brotherhood that powered America and a member of the UMWA. He was a family man who lovingly provided for the needs of his family. He was a genuine father who raised his children to love and respect others. He loved his wife, Darlene, more than life itself. Their desire was to join one another in eternity simultaneously, John passed away just 54 hours after Darlene’s death.

He was a Mason, a member of the Hugh O’Brien Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed working on automobiles and he could repair absolutely anything. He was affectionately known as the “Sewing Machine Man” because of his ability to correct anything that went wrong with a sewing machine. He was a member of the Borderland Baptist Church. He spent a great amount of his time studying the Bible and imparting the word of God to people whom he believed could benefit from knowing their worth in God and who needed hope.

John along with his beloved, Darlene, will be deeply and sorely missed.

They will both be lovingly remembered always.

In addition to his parents, and his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gus Cooper Jr. (Marie), Carl Cooper and Joe Cooper (Betsy); his sister, Sandra Cooper Blake; and his brother-in-law, Jessie Browning.

He is survived by his children, Roy Cooper(Rhonda), Johnny Cooper, Matthew Cooper and Brittany Cooper; four grandchildren whom he loved, adored and cherished, Rae-Lynn Cooper, Roy, Jason and Kristina Cooper; his siblings, Mildred “Sis” Browning, Glen Cooper, Gail Cooper Conn and Della Mae Browning; his brothers and sisters-in-law; and host of nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson, with Rev. Jimmy Maynard officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with his sons and other family members serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Robert Curry

Robert Eugene Curry, 67, of Slabtown, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born at Logan, April 22, 1953, the son of the late Clinton and Pauline (Woodson) Curry.

He was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Drema Curry, of Slabtown; his daughter, Shannon Curry and companion, Corey Lawson, of Lyburn; his son, Tanner Curry, of Slabtown; his sister, Ruth Adkins (Harold), of Ludlow Falls, Ohio; his brother, Jimmy Curry (Jean), of Las Vegas, Nev.; his sister-in-law, Candace Gravely (Joe), of Spice Creek; his brothers-in-law, Gary Browning (Charmin Anderson), of Gilbert, James Browning (Brandi), of Logan, and Matthew Browning and Marcus Browning (Karen Lovern), both of Gilbert; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the Riverview Freewill Baptist Church at Slabtown for their love and kindness during their time of loss.

In honoring his wishes, his remains were cremated. A private memorial will be planned at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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

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Emmitt Jeffrey

Emmitt Gene Jeffrey Jr., 71, of Gilbert, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born at Logan, April 8, 1949, the son of the late Mildred Louise (Hatfield) and Emmitt Gene Jeffrey Sr.

He was a retired coal miner of 29 years, a member of the Iaeger Masonic Lodge # 148 A.F. & A.M., and also a member of the U.M.W.A. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, where he had served over a year of duty in Vietnam. He was proud of his service for his country.

He enjoyed hunting trips with his buddies. He loved fishing and being outdoors. He always read his morning paper and worked the crossword puzzle each day. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a 1966 graduate of Gilbert High School, he also attended Marshall University, Bluefield State and Concord College.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jacklyn Pack Jeffrey, of Hampden; his daughters, Olivia Moore, of St. Albans, Tara Cline, of Pamplin, Va., and Jodi Arthur (Danny), of Hurricane; his granddaughters, Jeana, Emilee and Emma; his grandson, Connor; his great-grandsons, Grayson and Mason; his brother, Jerry Ray Jeffrey (Brenda), of Chesapeake, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, at 2:30 pm.

He will be carried to his resting place by his family and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

His wonderful smile and gentle heart, and especially his sense of humor, will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved him.

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

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Lewis Montgomery

Lewis Edward Montgomery, 83, of Martin County, Ky., died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  

He was born at Pilgrim, Ky., April 9, 1937, the son of the late Dee and Ada Brewer Montgomery.

He was a retired coal miner having worked for 37 years. He was a member of the Buck Branch United Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Curtis Edward Montgomery; and four sisters, Rena Calhoun, Vickie Montgomery, Francis Morris and Clara Patrick.

He is survived by his dedicated wife and caregiver, Rita Runyon Montgomery, of Martin County, Ky.; his son, Keith Edward Montgomery (Carrie), of Louisa, Ky.; three brothers, James Montgomery (Sheila), of Hatfield, Ky., Carl Montgomery, of Tennessee, and William Montgomery (Jennifer), of Texas; two sisters, Earyetta Gillman, of Martin County, Ky., and Joyce Gauze, of North Carolina; two grandsons, Kasey Montgomery and Chayce Montgomery; a special and dear brother-in-law, Oscar Calhoun; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel, Toler, Ky., with Buddy Stacy, Dabo Stacy and Harrison Baisden officiating. Burial followed at the Riverview Memorial Gardens, Louisa, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

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

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Michael Parsley

Michael Jerome Parsley, 59, of Chattaroy, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, at his residence.

He was born at South Williamson, Ky., Jan. 15, 1961, the son of the late Blaine and Sylvia Parsley.

He was a 1979 graduate of Williamson High School. He attended Marshall University where he studied business. He later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he was employed by CitiBank.

He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor; his laughter was contagious and joyful. He was a good neighbor in his community and he tried to do for others what he could despite his own physical limitations.

He will be sorely missed and his memory will be treasured by his family and friends always.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Blaine Parsley.

He is survived by his siblings, Mary Jane Small (Roger), of Chattaroy, Okey Parsley, of Williamson, and Kevin Parsley (Joanne), of Martin County, Ky.; three nephews; five nieces; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and a special friend and neighbor, Gloria Trout, of Chattaroy.

In honoring his wishes, his body will be cremated and no formal services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Nancy Pilkins

Nancy Anna Pilkins, 60, of Elk Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.  

She was born Sept. 4, 1960, the daughter of the late Johnny and Josephine Hensley Spaulding.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James “Squirell” Frazier and Marvin “Hobo” Frazier; and one grandchild.  

She was a homemaker. She loved being in the outdoors, playing games on her phone and she especially loved her grandchildren.  

She is survived by her husband, Frankie Pilkins; her son, Jimmy Pilkins (Angela), of Chattaroy; her daughter, Tonya Workman (Taylor), of Charleston; her sister, Phyllis Whitt, of Delbarton; her nephew, James “Flood” Whitt, of Delbarton; and five grandchildren.

In honoring her wishes, cremation will take place and memorial services will be announced at a later date. 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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Ralph Preece

Ralph Glen Preece, 76, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan.

He was born in Mingo County, Oct. 5, 1944, the son of the late Henry Andrew (Jack) and Lucy Frances Preece.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Healy; and his father-in-law, Eugene Jack Brewer.

He was a team member of the 1962 Lenore Rangers AA State Basketball Champions. He made many friends and memories during his basketball career. He loved reminiscing about his time on the court.

He enlisted and began his lifelong career with the U.S. Air Force on May 28, 1963. He was an aircraft mechanic working and flying on the C-130E cargo planes. He served in Vietnam from May 1966 to May 1967. His 28 year military career included tours in Saigon, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Thailand. His retirement from the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 30, 1990, brought him to his treasured home community on Riffe Branch in Mingo County.

He loved spending time with family and friends and fellowshipping with his church family at Little Dove United Baptist Church. He was blessed with 30 happy, healthy retirement years. He enjoyed adventures and was always ready for the next get together or golf trip with his buddies (Bill, Tom, Tim, Dave, Don, Bob, Ronnie and Keith) or traveling with his family and friends.

He was so loved by everyone and will be missed beyond words.

He is survived by his spouse, Bonnie; his children, Jared Preece (Jennifer), Tricia Phillips (Tim) and Justin Walters (Erin); his grandchildren, Jalynne, Jared Jr., Jillian, Daniel, Brooke, Diana and Isaac; his great-grandchildren, Maeleigh and Mason; his brothers, Larry Adkins (Mary), Henry Preece (Dorothy), James Preece (Regina), Rick Preece (Sharon), Darrell Preece (Bev) and Dwight Preece (Jennifer); his sisters, Carol Brinager (Lonnie) and Pat Mills (Randy); and his mother-in -law, Anise Brewer.

He loved spending time with his family and is also survived by numerous close cousins.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, with Rev. Jimmy Maynard officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Linda Marcum

Linda S. Marcum, 72, of Williamson, died Jan. 3, 2021, at Logan Regional Hospital, Logan.

She was born at Logan, June 9, 1948, the daughter of the late Martin and Allie Messer Borders.  

She was a homemaker and a member of the Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church at Laurel Creek. She loved to travel and be on the computer. Her grandbabies were her favorite. She always said, “Now I love my grandkids, but I love my great-grandbabies more.”  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Marcum Jr.; her sisters, Evelyn Mae Borders, Thresia Borders Smith and Callie Sutton; her brothers, Ira Boots Borders and Everett Borders; her niece, Robyn Borders; her nephew, Homer Borders; her grandson, Brandon Thompson; and her brother-in-law, Jess Canterbury.  

She is survived by her sister, Joann Canterbury, of Laurel Creek; her son, Thomas Thompson, of Texas; her daughter, Melissa Ray, of Williamson; her niece, Allie Paxton; her nephews, Elbert Sammons, Dallas Borders, Jamie Borders,  Scott Canterbury and Michael Borders; her grandchildren, Brittany (Destiny) Keener, Shane (Brooke) Decker, Kaitlyn, Logan, Robert, Damon and Patience Thompson; her step-son, John Howard Marcum; her cousins, Lotis Canterbury, Judy Smith and Lynal and Margie Conley; her “run around pals”; and her great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Webb,  Malaki Decker and Miles Decker.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at the Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. James Ed Baisden officiating. Burial will follow at the Canterbury Cemetery, Laurel Creek, with her family and friends serving as pallbearers. 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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George Tiller

George Edward Tiller, 80, of Varney, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.  

He was born at Trace Creek, Sept. 11, 1940, the son of the late Chalmer and Brookie Sloan Tiller.  

He worked and retired after many years in the coal mining industry. After retirement he loved to ride his horses, garden and piddle around the house.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman and Chalmer Lee Tiller; and his sisters, Gail Tiller, Hulda Mae Hatfield and Rozella Irvin.   

He was married for 60 years to his wife, Mary Ann Hammond Tiller. He is also survived by his son, George E. Tiller Jr. (Patricia), of Varney; three granddaughters, Georgina Mounts (Nick), Chandra Tiller and Josie Tiller, all of Varney; and one sister, Maxine Tiller, of California.  

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Tommy Ellis officiating. Burial followed at the Ooten Cemetery, Trace Creek, with Jeff, Kenny, Joe, Jimmy and Daniel Hatfield, Nick Mounts and Corbyn Fields serving as pallbearers. 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 Watts

Edward Watts, 77, of Justice, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at his residence.

He was born at Gilbert, Jan. 27, 1943, the son of the late Henry Watts and Bessie Bailey.

He was a member of the U.M.W.A. and a Boy Scout and Cub Master for many years. He had pastored the First Baptist Church at Iaeger for 14 years. He was a Sunday School teacher for 50 years. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Titan II Missile Crew. In his spare time, he loved working in his flower garden.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Bonnie Morgan and Rena Beard; and his brother, Cecil Hatfield.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith Lynn Watts (Perry); his daughter, Teresa Toler (Dave), all of Justice; his son, Edward Watts Jr. (Rhonda), of Gas City, Ind.; his grandchildren, Garrett Mostowski (Sarah), of Detroit, Mich.., Savannah Watts, of Ind., Kassie Keuterman (Kyle), of Marion, Ind., Brian K. Cline Jr., of Hardy, Ky., and Emily Cline, of Barboursville; his great-grandchildren, Kate and Naima Mostowski, Annabelle and Fred Cline, and Grant and Claire Etta Keuterman; his brothers, Mark Watts (Carol), of Anderson, S.Car., and Virgil Hackney (Marge), of Kentucky; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel.  

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at the funeral home, with Rev. Michael Browning officiating. Burial will follow at the Davis Cemetery, Justice, with Jerry Perry, Wayne Ellis, Kim Ellis, Dave Toler, Wayne Ellis II, Cameron Ellis, Chris Brown and Brian Cline Jr. serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Sidney Perry, Gene Riffe, Wayne Addair, Mason Perry and Garrett Mostowski. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

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

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

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