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Robert Blankenship

Robert Blankenship

Robert Blankenship, 83, of Hatfield, Ky., died Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Pikeville

Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born in Pike County, Jan. 20, 1937, the son of the late Bony Blankenship and the late Clara McCoy Ross.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Nolan Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae Blankenship,

on May 23, 2020; and one sister, Anna Young.

He is survived by his children, Lyda Faye Morris (Kenny), of Dix Fork, Ky., Greg Blankenship (Suzanne), of Pinsonfork, Ky., and Robert Lee Blankenship (Sheena), of Sidney, Ky.; one brother, Tommy Jude, of Lexington, Ky.; four sisters, Lois Gail Owens, of Huddy, Ky., Ethel Smith, of Huddy, Ky., Irene Maynard, of Toler, Ky., and Dueley Lucas, of North Carolina; his grandchildren, Jessica Carter (Anthony), Kendra Hensley (Adam), Chase Blankenship, Robert Blankenship Jr. (Keonia), Katelyn Blankenship, Preston Blankenship and Dakota Blankenship; his great-grandchildren, Erika and Madison Carter, Breonna Blankenship, Peyton, Damon and Kane Hensley; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel, Toler, Ky., with Bro. Earl White officiating. Burial followed at the Stepp Cemetery, Hatfield, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.

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

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Mae Cline

Mae Cline

Mae Cline, 72, of Baisden, died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at her residence with her family by her side.

She was born in Wayne County, May 9, 1948, the daughter of the late Benjamin “Bennie” and Virgie (Marcum) Salmons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Melissa Jackson and Annie Baisden; her brothers, Ivory, Walter, Clifton, Robert and Virgil Salmons, and John B. and Wallace Marcum.

There are angels who walk among us and our precious mother was one of them. We were blessed to call her “Mommy.” She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and neighbor. She loved each one as much as she was loved. Mommy was such a precious soul who touched the lives of so many. All those who knew her, loved her.

She is survived by her life partner of 50 years, Franklin Cline. They shared a tremendous love for each other. Sharing in life their love, which all the family has grown to respect, expect and adore; her children, Patricia Cline (Allen), Alicia Mowdy (Brian), Frankie Lynn Harrison (Lee Justice); her grandchildren, Allen James Cline Jr. (Brittany), Caitlin Kennedy (Matthew), Frank Sammons (Alyssa), Justin Harrison, Maci Lynn Justice,and Graci Lee Justice; her great-grandchildren, Adalyn Grace Cline, Jerzee Skye Kennedy and Ryleigh Isabella Cline; her sisters, Dolcie Hodge, Cynda Hodge, Verna Cline and Linda Morgan; her brothers, Fleman, Edward, Shermon, Homer, Jessie, Bennie and Pearlie Salmons, Bill Evans and Tommy Lee Cline; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, Baisden, with Elder Hobart Hamilton, Elder Gary Young, Elder Ivan Blankenship and Elder Freddie Cline officiating. Burial followed at the Frank Cline Family Cemetery, Baisden. She was escorted by her sons, A.J. Cline, Frank Sammons, Justin Harrison and Dwayne Toler. She was carried to her resting place by, Allen Cline, Brian Mowdy, Lee Justice, Daniel Toler and Gary Newcome. Honorary pallbearers were: Bill Evans, Cecil, B.J. Evans, Leon Hodge, Ed Salmons, Sherman Salmons and Elliott Cline. 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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Roberta Dotson

Roberta Dotson

Roberta (Swiney) Dotson, 61, of Majestic, Ky., died Monday morning, June 22, 2020, surrounded by her beloved family, while a patient at Baptist Health, Lexington, Kentucky.

She was born at Elkhorn City, Nov. 24, 1958, a daughter of the late Mason and Goldia (Ward) Swiney.

She worked along-side her husband as a magistrate’s assistant for 21 years. During her tenure as an assistant, she gained a personal connection with the community she served. While serving in said capacity, the senior citizens center was located at the courthouse at Phelps, Ky., giving her the opportunity to become involved in the lives of the senior citizens who attended. She loved it. From cooking for the regular patrons to sharing many laughs with fellow co-workers and community friends, she did her job with a heartfelt sincerity. When not at work, she enjoyed preparing food for her family, friends and neighbors. She gleaned at the chance to make someone’s day a little better.  She adored her flowers and enjoyed cultivating a beautiful spring and summer bouquet from her yard. Above all her many talents, her greatest joy was being a loving wife and mother for 41 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Stevie Darrell Swiney and Willis Swiney; her sister, Judy Anderson; and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kathy and Raymond Sanson.  

She is survived by her husband, Hilman Dotson, of Majestic, Ky.; her daughter, Ruby Ann Bowling (Chris), of Phelps, Ky.; her son, Jeffery Dotson (Latasha), of Phelps, Ky.; her grandchildren, Mason, Lola and Sawyer; her sisters, Linda Clevinger (Stevie), Jackie Thacker (Terry) and Minnie Stump, all of Elkhorn City, Ky., and Patty Belcher (the late Randall), of Big Rock, Va.; her sisters-in-law, Betty Banks (Randall), of Nicholasville, Ky.; her brother-in-law, Jimmy A. Dotson, of Majestic, Ky.; and a community of loving neighbors and friends.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent spike in cases, please adhere to all social distancing recommendations. 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. If this is the case, you are welcome to visit www.chambersfuneralservices.com and sign the online guestbook.  

Honoring services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday June 26, 2020, at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Pastors Harold Layne and Larry Rife officiating. Burial will follow at the Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan.

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Irene Hatfield

Irene Hatfield

Irene Hatfield, 92, of Lenore, died Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Charleston, at the home of her daughter.  

She was born at Lenore, Dec. 4, 1927, the daughter of the late Jimerson and Mary Wilson Bartram.  

She was a loving and caring lady. She enjoyed going to church, sewing, traveling and dancing, but most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She loved playing drums in church and attended the Nolan Church of God Acts 20:28.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Trivette Roger Hatfield; her son, Roger Dale Hatfield; her brothers, Roy, Frank, Boyd, Ira and Thomas Bartram; and her sisters, Elizabeth Johnson, Hazel Canterbury and Gladys Swain.

She is survived by her children, Ronnie Hatfield (Linda), of Thomasville, N.Car., Donnie Hatfield (Sharon), of Lenore, Mary Harris (David), of Charlotte, N.Car., Karen Parsley (Paul), of Lenore, and Pamela Fannin (Fred), of Charleston; her grandchildren, Ronald Keith, Tareas Dawn, Ronda Faye, Michael, Michelle, Don Allen, Kristie, Kevin, Joey, Jade, Brian, Jennifer and Nathaniel; and 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A private family funeral service was held Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Ray Davis officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with her grandsons 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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Dorothy Justice

Dorothy Justice

Dorothy Ethel Justice, 95, of McVeigh, Ky., died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born at Woodman, Ky., Dec. 26, 1924, the daughter of the late Marion and Mattie Van Dyke Keen.

She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Pinsonfork Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Justice; three brothers, Dewey Keen, Burt Keen and Curtis Keen; her sisters, Pearl Mullins, Ollie Stacy and an infant sister.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Marie Neace, of Belfry, Ky., and Sherry Denise Hensley (Mark), of Louisa, Ky.; her sister, Carmie Fletcher, of Tazwell, Va.; her granddaughter, Candace Neace; a special great-niece, Tiffany Cantrell; a very, very close niece, Mildred Marie Cantrell; her caregivers, Meoshia Green and Angela West; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 21, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Justin Holbrook officiating. Entombment followed in the Mountain View Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Huddy, Ky., with Randall Cantrell, Jordan Mullins, William D. Keen Jr., Mark Hensley and Charles Morris serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed www. rerogersfh.com.

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Michelle Smith

“Michelle” Smith

Our earthly angel, Nancy “Michelle” (May) Smith, 51, gained her everlasting reward and returned to her heavenly home on Sunday, June 21, 2020, after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

She was born at Williamson, Dec. 27, 1968, to her loving parents, Arnold “Bo” Ray May, of Gilbert, and Janice Faye May, of Columbus, Ohio. She was the sunshine in her parent’s world and she was “Daddy’s Little Girl”, a title she delightfully wore until her last breath.

Those waiting to greet her at the gates of Heaven include her maternal grandparents, Nancy Ellen (Hunt) and Paris Smith Justice; her paternal grandparents, Sebert and Eunice (Carter) May; her father-in-law, James Edward Smith Sr.; and her cousins, Shanda Gail May, Chris May, Tyler May.

Those left to cherish and carry on the memory of our “Pink Lady” inside their hearts are her parents, Arnold and Janice May; her devoted husband, Eddie Smith; her precious sons, James and Eddie Ray Smith; her daughter-in-law, Megan Smith, who was like her own daughter to her; her prayerful mother-in-love, who considered her a loving daughter, Maudie Smith, of Gilbert; her special aunt, Diane Oliver, of Columbus, Ohio; her numerous caring sisters and brothers-in-love; her caretaker, Gaynell VanNatter, of Gilbert; and her special hairdresser and friend, Destinee Cline, of Gilbert.  She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives who loved her very much.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Starr officiating. Burial followed at the Carter Cemetery, Browning Fork, with her family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

She was truly our earthly angel. Her sweet temperament, compassionate soul and unwavering love for our Lord and Savior made her a friend and witness to everyone. She was simply one of the ways God’s love was made manifest on Earth.

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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