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William Barrett

Dr. William Barrett

Sept. 16, 1924 – Aug. 8, 2020

Dr. William E. Barrett, died at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.

He was born to the late Charles F. and Brooke Barrett.    

He served the Williamson community for many years as an educator and musician.

After graduating from Marshall University, he spent 18 years at Williamson High School, where he taught math and directed the WHS band. He pioneered both jazz and show bands, which won a number of awards. For six years, he directed the Williamson branch of Marshall University before serving 18 years at Southern West Virginia Community College. During his tenure at SWVCC, he was Dean of Academic affairs, Provost, acting president and professor of music. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Tug Valley Arts Council, where he served 11 years on the board of directors and as president. He was also appointed by the governor to the West Virginia Arts Commission. At the First Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder and the choir director for many years.  

He was born to the late Charles F. and Brooke Barrett.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Barrett; and his sister, Mary Helen Hearn.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Christie Heinrich (Dave) and Susan Grody (Rob); his granddaughter, Amanda Heinrich; and his sister-in-law, Janie Irington, all of Pompano Beach, Florida.

Graveside services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at Mountain View Memory Gardens, 3580 Route 52, Maher, West Virginia. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 29 West 6th Ave., Williamson.

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Carol Breeding

Carol Breeding

Carol Ann Breeding, 83, of Ashland, Ky., formerly of Hardy, Ky., died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at the Kingbrooks Lifecare House, Ashland, Kentucky.

She was born at South Williamson, Ky, Oct. 6, 1936, the daughter of the late Daniel "DR" and Myrtle May.

She was a graduate of Belfry High School and earned an associate degree in accounting. After school, she went to work as an accountant, working for Jessie and Jessie and John Preece CPA. She loved bowling, working crossword puzzles and the Kentucky Wildcats. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and her granddaughter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Breeding, who passed away on Aug. 3, 1996; her son, Marc Alan Breeding; and her siblings, Claude May and Gloria May.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Ann Dyer (William Duffy), of Ashland, Ky.; her granddaughter, Olivia Breeann Cox (Josh), of Ashland, Ky.; her cousin, who was like a sister, Pearl McAlpine, of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Kentucky. Burial followed at the Breeding Family Cemetery, Narrows Branch, Hardy, 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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Emmett Browning

Emmett Browning

Emmett F. Browning, 71, of Clearfork, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

He was born at Verner, April 25, 1949, the son of the late Emmett and Olive Browning.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Teddy R. Browning; his step-son, Gregory Morgan; and his granddaughter, Jessica McGlothlin.

Emmett was a proud veteran of the United States Army and attended the Promised Land Church of Oceana. He was also an avid hunter and collector of antique cars.

He will always be remembered as a kind, gentle and devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Deborah (Hatfield) Browning; his son; Todd Browning (Angel), of Browning Fork; his daughters, Tina Blankenship (Mark), of Baisden, and Adreana Lester (Tony), of Oceana; his sisters, Sonja Brown (Lonnie), Kay Bryant (Jay) and Colleen Mounts (Rick), all of Gilbert; his grandsons, Donovan Browning, Colton Blankenship, Remyngton Lester, Weston Lester and Braxton Lester; his granddaughters, Madison Morgan, Olivia Morgan and RheaAnna Blankenship; his sister-in-law, Sheila Browning; and a host of family and friends whom he loved dearly.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at the West Cemetery, Rockhouse Mountain, Simon, with his dear friend, military brother and Pastor David Johnson officiating. Military rites were provided by the Oceana VFW Post #8364. He was carried to his burial place by family and friends. 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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Jimbo Elkins

“Jimbo” Elkins

Clifford Lee “Jimbo” Elkins, 63, of Belfry, Ky., died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at ARH Tug Valley Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Williamson, April 1, 1957, a son of the late Bob Elkins and Naomi Marcum Elkins Crum.

Affectionately called “Jimbo,” he was a disabled miner. Prior to becoming disabled, he was employed by Liz Ann Mining. His favorite pastimes were outdoor activities, including fishing and camping.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Teresa Ball Elkins; a son, Shey Elkins; a daughter, Stephanie Lynn Eastwood (Andrew); four grandchildren, Gabriel Elkins, Derek Copley, Kaytlin Copley and Carly Copley; two great-grandchildren, Kaylynn Copley and Timberliy Copley; four sisters, Judy Dillon, Pauline Spears, Anna Fox (John) and Brenda Dillon (Tommy); three brothers, Mitchell Elkins (Norma), John Elkins and Donald Elkins; and  several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. He will be lovingly remembered by everyone who knew him.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Rudy and Connie Hensley

“Rudy” and Connie Hensley

Watson Rudolph "Rudy" Hensley and Connie Farley Hensley, of South Williamson, Ky., died together at their residence, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

Rudy was born at Williamson, May 12, 1954, the son of the late Norman and Bernice McNeely Hensley. Connie was born at Williamson, Dec. 24, 1953, the daughter of the late Robert "Bob" and Eunice Burgett Farley.

Connie was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jerry D. Farley and Colin Gary Farley; and her maternal grandparents, Gabe and Frankie Burgett.

Rudy and Connie were married on Oct. 18, 1975. Rudy worked as an electrician in the coal mines and Connie worked at ARH and for Brooks Insurance with her sisters.

Rudy and Connie are survived by their children, Adam Gabriel Hensley, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Amanda Thornsbury (Matt), of Canada; and their grandchildren, John Michael Thornsbury, Kyera Thornsbury and Kaylor Thornsbury. Rudy is also survived by his brother, Ralph Hensley (Debbie), of Pratt; and his sister, Debbie Maynard (Charlie), of Princeton. Connie is also survived by her sisters, Judy Farley Tygart, Donna Kay Kitchen and Robyn L. Farley, all of South Williamson, Kentucky. Rudy and Connie also leave behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, family and friends.

Graveside services were held for Rudy and Connie at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at the Smith Cemetery, Sidney, Ky., with James Justice officiating. Jaret James, Corbet James, Jerry Dean Farley II, Darren Farley, Ron Brooks and Justin Hensley served as honorary 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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Don Jones

Don Jones

Don Jones, 86, of Williamson, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, following a brief illness, at ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Freeburn, Ky., April 26, 1934, a son of the late Roy Jones and Ida Blankenship Jones.

He was a lifelong resident of Tug Valley. He was a retired yard conductor with the Norfolk Southern Railroad having dedicated himself to more than 35 years of service. He is also widely known as a longtime rural route carrier of the Williamson Daily News. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He lovingly cared for his wife, Lorrene, for a period of 10 years prior to her death in August of 2019. He was a proud father who deeply loved his children. His love and pride extended to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a devout Christian who genuinely loved and cared for people. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in West Williamson where he was a deacon and past chairman of the Board of Deacons. He was an excellent Sunday school teacher, having taught both youth and adult classes. He was a man of great character and integrity.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lorrene Agnes Butler Jones; three brothers; three sisters; and a sister-in-law, Lou Butler.

He is survived by his children, Reverend Donald Jones (Rexaleen), of Thorsby, Ala., Barry Jones (Sheila), of Clanton, Ala., and Carla Jones and Donetta Jones, both of Salem, Va.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-grandson due to be born in November; three sisters, Gail Mikos, Alena Sanders and Alma Hunt; a brother-in-law, Carl Butler and his daughter, Anita Butler; a sister-in-law, Nancy Wesley; and several nieces and nephews.

He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by his family, his friends and his community.

The family will observe private memorial services at a date and time to be determined. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Clinton Layne

Clinton Layne

Clinton Eugene Layne, 71, of Matewan, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his residence.  

He was born at Jamboree, Ky., Aug. 15, 1948, a son of the late Dave and Elsie Layne.  

He was a veteran of the United States Army, Armor Division, a retired coal miner, and a member of the Stopover Church of God. He was an avid fisherman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven siblings, Kinzer Layne, Willie Layne, Doris Layne, Delmer Layne, Loretta Ward, Rosetta Wolford and Pearl Lester; and a loving son, whom he lost too soon, Timothy Creed Layne.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Dotson Layne, of Matewan; and was a loving father to Bernice Ann and Alwyn Blankenship, both of Dandridge Tenn., Jonah Ray and Donna Fuller, both of Jefferson City, Tenn., Osie Renee and Jonathan Casey, both of Jonesborough Tenn., and Elsie Jean Layne, of Jacksonville, Florida.

He was a loving poppy and pawpaw to his grandchildren and he shared a special relationship with them, Courtney “Stinker” and Michael Stanley, Alex “Big Boy” Blankenship, Jonna “Bright Eyes” Casey, Alyssa “Little Bit” Casey, Colton Creed Layne, Jessica Redden and Breana Layne. He had three great grandchildren, Faith “Smiley” Stanley, Amelia Redden and Eli Redden. Through marriage he was blessed with two brothers, Larry Dotson and Terry Dotson. He  is also survived by one brother, Tracy Layne, of Galion, Ohio; and was blessed with three special nephews, Orville Wolford, Ronnie Lester and Bruce Ward.

He will be fondly remembered by an additional host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at the Jones & West Funeral Home Chapel, Phelps, Ky., with Reverend Harold Layne and Roger Hall officiating. Burial followed at the O.D. Prater Cemetery, Phelps, KY., with Christopher Brooks, Kevin Dotson, Jeffrey Cox, Zach Tilley, Chip Gooslin and Justin Stell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers who walked through life with him were: Luis Apadoca, Sonny Fields, Joe Hatfield, Eddie Dotson, Randy Casey, Roger Blankenship and Fred Dotson. Arrangements were 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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Vickie Montgomery

Vickie Montgomery

Vickie Lynn Montgomery, 64, of Pikeville, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at UK Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born at Hatfield, Ky., Sept. 13, 1955,  to the late Dee Montgomery and Ada Montgomery Preece.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Clara Patrick, Francis Morris and Rena Calhoun.

She is survived by her siblings, Lewis Edward Montgomery (Rita), of Martin County, Ky., James Montgomery (Sheila), of Hatfield, Ky., Carl Montgomery, of Paris, Tex., William Montgomery (Jennifer), of Chandler, Tex., Earyetta Gillman, of Martin County, Ky., and Joyce Gauze, of North Carolina; her brothers-in-law, Kenious Morris Jr., of Sidney, Ky., and Oscar Calhoun, of Martin County; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Harrison Baisden officiating. Burial followed at the Muncy Cemetery, Emily Creek, Pilgrim, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry.

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

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Anthony Musolin

Anthony Musolin

Anthony Vinson Musolin, 73, of Delbarton, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at ARH Tug Valley Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Bluefield, Sept. 21, 1946, a son of the late Mike Musolin and Elizabeth Copolo Musolin.

He was a disabled veteran of the United States Army having served in South Korea.

He is survived by a sister, Nancy Rasi, of Bluefield; and a brother, James Musolin, of Bluefield.

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

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Glenna Preston

Glenna Preston

Glenna Ray Preston, 68, of Pinsonfork, Ky., died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at her residence. She was born at Paintsville, Ky., Nov. 11, 1951, the daughter of the late Claude Ray Preston and Lloyd Mae Daniel Preston.

She was a retired nurse and worked at ARH. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her son, Bobby Preston, of Pinsonfork, Ky.; her brothers, Rick Preston (Sandi) and Anthony Preston (Patty), all of Pinsonfork, Ky.; her sister, Danielle Taylor (Steven); and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at the East Point Fellowship Church, Aflex, Ky., with James Justice officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

Eddie Stiltner

Eddie Ray Stiltner, 71, of Ransom, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at his residence.

He was born in Pike County, Ky., Nov. 13, 1948, to the late Don Stiltner and Gladys Marie Raines Stiltner.

He was a retired mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Chelsea Renae Conn; and his siblings, Sara Elizabeth "Beth" Dotson, Maggie Stiltner, Harold Stiltner and William "Billy" L. White.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Kaye Stiltner; his children, Jessica Kelly Conn (James), of Ransom, Ky., and Tracy Ray, of the home; his siblings, Carl Stiltner, of Conneautville, Penn., Friendless Grant "Dickie" Stiltner, of Jesse, Jimmy Fleaming, of Beckley, Ella Pike, of Conneautville, Penn., Gatha Sykes, of Rogersville, Tenn., Lucille Nier, of Plymouth, Ind., Margaret Beasley, of Majestic, Ky., Donna Gail McKinney, of Mullins, and Patty Joyce Johnson and Debra Lynn Stiltner, both of Beckley; five grandchildren, Brandon Ray Conn, Micah Gracelynn Conn, Delaya Faith Conn, Dakota DyAnna Conn and Gage Alexander Conn; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Kentucky. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, 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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Tamara White

Tamara White

Tamara Lynn White, 50, of Ransom, Ky., died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at her residence. She was born in Cook County, Ill., May 27, 1970, a daughter of Harry White and the late Georgia (Mounts) White.

Before Tamara’s health declined, she enjoyed her creative nature. As she kept herself busy with not only decorating her home, but helping those she loved decorate theirs.  When not being crafty with her gift of home décor, she enjoyed four-wheeler riding with family and friends. Above her many adventures and artistic talents, her greatest joy was spending time with her beloved family.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Betty White; her brother, Timmy White; and her step-sister, Louise Diamond.  

She is survived by her beloved fiancé, John Randy Phillips, of Ransom, Ky.; her sisters, Deborah May (Tim), of McAndrews, Ky.; her brother, Greg White, of McCarr, Ky.; her step-sisters, Sandra King (Shawn), of Matewan, Deann Prater (Autry), of Freeburn, Ky., and Loreen Sullivan (Barry), of Phelps, Ky.; her step-brothers, Ira “Big Mike” New and Trina, of Phelps, Ky., and Frankie New and Deborah Layne, of Freeburn, Ky.; and a community of friends, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel. Burial followed at the Mounts Family Cemetery, Barrenshee Creek, Freeburn, 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.

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Tommy Varney

Tommy Varney

Tommy Dale Varney, 55, of Hardy, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at Hardy, Kentucky. He was born at Williamson, June 3, 1965, the son of Cuba Thacker Varney, of Belfry, Ky., and the late James Monroe Varney.     

He was a retired coal miner and enjoyed motorcycles and traveling. He was a family man, who loved his family, especially his grandchildren, who were the light of his life.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Joyce Varney, of Hardy, Ky.; his son, Tommy Dale Varney II (LaCosta), of Hardy, Ky.; his grandchildren, LaCie Annelise Varney and Sawyer Mason Varney; his sisters, Theresa Dawn May, of Matewan, and Lisa Renee Myers (Howard), of Belfry, Ky.; his brothers, James "Boo" Varney (Michelle), of Maryville, Tenn., and Jason Cyphers (Heather), of Fort Worth, Tex.; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Andy Lovins 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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