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Ellen Blankenship

Ellen Blankenship, 71, of Delbarton, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center.

She was born in New Town, Aug. 31, 1950, the daughter of the late Green Tiller and Beatrice Tiller.

She was a homemaker and former manager of Smith Towers. She was a member of the East Williamson Baptist Church.  

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Troy Blankenship; and her brother, William Tiller.  

She is survived by one son, Thomas Tiller (Tawanchai), of Delbarton; her three grandchildren, Abby Tiller, Britney Tiller and Isabella Tiller; and a host of cousins and other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Caleb Horne officiating. Burial followed in the Family Cemetery, Delbarton, with 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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Linda Bowman

Linda G. Bowman, 59, of Williamson, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Williamson, April 3, 1962, to the late Elmer Cline and Mary Shepherd Cline.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bowman; and her siblings, Wanda Blankenship, Ruth Hicks, Tennessee Muncy, Danny Cline, Charles Cline, Annie Cline, Fannie Cline and Opal Roberts.

She is survived by her children, Jessica Blankenship (Jason), of Delbarton, Anglea Workman (Roger), of Hardy, Ky., Carla Bowman, of Glenville, and Dakota Blankenship (Amber), of Williamson; her siblings, Bonnie Dingess, her twin sister, Brenda Smith, Eddie Cline, Billy Cline, Eugene Cline, Carolyn Fields, Terry Cline and Emmie Ooten; her grandchildren, Jason Blankenship II, Tristen Blankenship, Abigail Workman and Gabrielle Workman; and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home, Belfry, Ky. Burial will follow at Rawl Community Cemetery, Rawl, with 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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Jerry Hinkle

Jerry David Hinkle, 52,  of Delbarton, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Tug Valley ARH.

Jerry was born in South Williamson, Ky., Aug. 18, 1969, the son of Jerry and Brenda Vance Hinkle, of Delbarton.  

He  was preceded in death by his grandparents, JB and Myrtle Browning and Curtis and Myrtle Hinkle.  

Jerry owned and operated D & M Trucking Company.  He spent most of his free time coon hunting and spending time with his kids, Kyle and Maranda, and his grandkids, and special great-nephew, Emmitt.  

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Kyle Hinkle (Katelyn) and Maranda Workman (Josh); his grandchildren, Kaelynn, Kylin, Kaden, McKenna and Jerry; his siblings, Bonnie Newman (Timmy) and Mike Hinkle (Suzie); his nieces and nephews, Sabrina Carden (Keith), who took special care of him, Bryon Hinkle and Seth Hinkle; and his great-nieces and nephews, Emmitt Carden, Breven Hinkle and Whitley Hinkle. He also leaves behind many uncles, aunts and cousins who will truly miss him.  

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the Chafin Funeral Home with Rev. William “Bill” Hinkle officiating. Burial will follow in the Hinkle Cemetery at Belo. Friends and family will serve 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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Rodney Justice

Rodney Justice, 56, of Hardy, Ky., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the UK Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  

He was born in South Williamson, Ky., July 4, 1965, the son of Mildred Phillips Justice, of Hardy, Ky., and the late Ray Justice.

Rodney was a former coal miner and a member of the North Matewan Church of Christ.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Tina Justice, on Aug. 30, 2021; and a brother, Stephen Justice.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Stephen Justice, of Hardy, Ky.; his daughter, Paula Chapman (Johnnie), of Canada, Ky.; two grandchildren, Johnnie Ray Chapman and Laura Jane Chapman; three brothers, David Justice, Ronald Justice and Phillip Justice (Kelly), all of Hardy, Ky.; three  sisters, Jane Madero (Victor), of Fayetteville, Tenn., Sheila Simpkins (Ted), of Beech Creek, and Cheryl Staton (Tilden), of Russell Springs, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, Ky., with Bro. Jessie Spaulding officiating. Burial followed in the Justice Family Cemetery at Hardy, 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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Jeffery Kimble

Jeffery L. Kimble, 71, of Chattaroy, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at his residence.  

He was born in Williamson, Nov. 4, 1949, the son of the late Frank and Louise Hofstetter Kimble.

He was a graduate of Williamson High School, a former police officer for the City of Williamson, co-founder of Backwoods Rentals Hotel/Motel/Lodging at North Matewan, and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Judith Kimble.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Steele Kimble, of Chattaroy; two daughters, Theresa Akers (Larry) and Cindy Holt (Sam), both of North Matewan; his grandchildren, Zachary Holt, of Morgantown, Joey Akers (Katherine), of Lancaster, Ohio, Larry Akers Jr. (Michelle), of McCarr, Ky., and Anthony Akers, of Newtown; his great-grandchildren, Sydne Starr, Nathaniel Akers, Bailey Akers, Kaylee Akers, Maycee Akers and Braxton Akers; four great-great-grandchildren; close relatives, Brenda Slusher, Samuel E. Slusher, George Tommy and Nancy Wakeland, Veda and Mike Noble, Patty and Bob Wilson, Mona Wakeland, Karen Harpe, Darrell and Scott Dooley, Betty Kimble Dooley and Juanita Cannon; and a host of friends.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Williamson by Father Biju Parampil. Entombment will follow in the Mt. View Memory Gardens at Maher. Active pallbearers will be: Larry Akers, Sam Holt, John Dotson and Samuel Slusher. Honorary pallbearers will be: Gary Gene Davis, James “Jim” Gilman, Ron Rumora, Tom Atkins, Ahmet Ozturk M.D., Wallace Looney, Mike Casey, Louie Olive, James Pack and Velton Hunt. 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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Peggie Miller

Peggie Sue Miller, 55, of Rawl, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at the Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

She was born in South Williamson, Ky., Jan. 23, 1966, the daughter of the late Don Smith and Ocie Wolford Smith, of McCarr, Kentucky.

She was a very artistic person who enjoyed interior design and loved to paint. She was a wonderful mother, daughter and grandmother, who loved her family and the Lord.

Including her father, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Heather Smith; and her grandparents, Marcus and Annie Smith and Jake and Geneva Wolford.

Including her mother, she is survived by her husband, Billy Miller, of Rawl; her daughters, Misty Miller and Debra Miller, both of Rawl, and Ashley Jarvis,  of Williamson; her son, Jonathan Dillon, of Dan's Branch; her siblings, Debbie Blankenship (Matt), of Phelps, Ky., Carl Smith (Crystal), of Kimper, Ky., Anna Francis, of McCarr, Ky., Donna Pope (Elvis), of Beech Creek, Mark Smith (Hazel), of Williamson, Linda Webb (Ron), of Turkey Creek, Ky., Joey Smith (Renee), of Phelps, Ky., Makaylee Smith, of McCarr, Ky., Sally Miller, of Logan, and Dickle Miller, of Logan; her grandchildren, Hailey Dillon, Camden Dillon, Peyton Miller, Shelby Jones, Lucas Jones and Addison Coleman; her nieces, Kendra Cox, Brooke Jessie, Hailey Smith, Danielle Smith, Megan Smith and Kristen Pope; her nephew, Donte Pope; special friends, Roby Pope, Louise Smith-Pruitt, Missie Pruitt, Marsha Lester, Kim Catron and Gail Dotson; her pastor, Brother Fred Taylor (Sharon); and a host of loving nieces, nephews, family and friends,

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home chapel with Brother Fred Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the Rawl Community Cemetery, Rawl, with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.. 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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Rhonda Norman

Rhonda Norman, 54, of Matewan, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Ky., following a courageous battle with Covid 19.

She was born in Williamson, Aug. 4, 1967, a daughter of the late Harold May and Pauline Gooslin May.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sid Norman; and her daughter, Amanda Norman.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her brothers, H.D. May, of Red Jacket, Jerry May (Nina), of Matewan, Brian May (Sabrina), of Red Jacket, and David May (Stacy), of Morehead, Ky.; her sisters, Sherry Coleman (Mitchell), of Maysville, Ky., Pam Alley (Robert), of Belfry, Ky., Linda Stanley, of Canada, Ky., and Lasondra Staton (Roger), of Williamson; and two grandchildren, Riley Norman and Dalton Jude. She also leaves a special nurse, Kim Steele; and her nieces and nephews who referred to her as “Maw Rhonda.”

Rhonda was of the Apostolic faith. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life.

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

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in the Jones & West Funeral Home Chapel, Phelps, Ky., with Shawn Gooslin officiating. Interment followed at the Family Cemetery at Barn Hollow, Freeburn, Kentucky. 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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Curtis Runyon Sr.

Curtis Ray Runyon Sr., 72, of Scarlet Road, Delbarton, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Holden, Aug. 5, 1949, the son of  Velma Sheppard Runyon, of Delbarton, and the late Isom Runyon.  

He was a retired coal miner, member of the U.M.W.A. and  Local Union 1440 and a member of the Rawl Freewill Baptist Church. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his son, Curtis Runyon Jr.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife, Linda Kay Dibble Runyon, of Delbarton; his grandchildren, Zack Thacker, of Hardy, Ky., Nathan Runyon, of Shelbiana, Ky., and Zachary C. Runyon, of Shelbiana, Ky.; his brothers, Zephie Runyon and Albert Runyon (Paula), both of Delbarton; special cousin, Alec Green (Sue), of Dayton, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home chapel with Danny Scott officiating. Burial followed in the Runyon Family Cemetery, Scarlet Road, Delbarton, with Zack Thacker, Nathan Runyon, Zachary Runyon, Zachary Bragg, Dylan Bragg, Tod Jones and Dennis Ooten serving as pallbearers. Military services were conducted by Belfry Chapter #141 DAV. Arrangements were under the direction of the  R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

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Tommy Sincell

Tommy Junior Sincell, 46, of Pikeville, Ky., and Williamson, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

Tommy was the son of Jacqueline Daniels Sincell Hamilton and the late Thomas Howard Sincell.

He was born in South Williamson, Ky., March 16, 1975.

Tommy had done many jobs in his life, but the thing he did and liked the most was being an automobile mechanic.

Mr. Sincell is survived by his mother, Jacqueline Daniels Sincell Hamilton, of Williamson; his brother, Carl, and his wife, Marcella Sincell, of Belcher, Ky.; his sisters, Virgie Mae, and her husband, Jamie Holyfield, of Williamson, and Dicie Rena Hamilton, of Vinton, Ohio; two nephews, Ross Holyfield and Ryan Holyfield; and four nieces, Rebecca Ray, Karrie Williams, Lexie Hamilton and Jaida Sincell.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at the J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home. Burial was private. Arrangements were under the direction of the J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home of Pikeville, Kentucky.

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

Colleen Talbert

Colleen Y. Talbert, 87, of Matewan, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, while in the care of her family.

She was born in Pike County, Aug. 27, 1934, a daughter of the late Hiram and Amanda Meryle (Hatfield) Young.

Colleen was a kind, gentle soul; to know her was to love her. Her benevolence was extended to not only family, but to friends alike. She truly was the epitome of kindness.  Colleen’s quality moral values and integrity has been a standing example to all. She was family oriented and was the happiest when her home was full of those she loved.  

Colleen’s love for others was a result of her love for the Lord. She was a member of the Matewan Church of God. Her service to the Lord was her priority.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie G. Talbert; her aunt, Virginia “Jenny” Wicker; her half-sister, Nora Crabtree; and her cousins, Debbie Moore and GII Moore.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lynn Kerns (Tony), of Red House, and Jennifer Talbert Rice, of Roanoke, Va., and her fiancé, Bo Bostic, of Union; her grandchildren, Michael Wayne Richmond (Cheyenne), Tyler Jevin Rice and Cameron Bostic; her great-grandchildren, Chloe Elizabeth Richmond and Brookelynne Eva Richmond; a host of loved ones and neighbors; and Kevin D. Rice, her former son-in-law.  

Honoring services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in the Chambers Funeral Services chapel with Pastor David Smith officiating. A committal service followed at the family cemetery located in Phelps, Kentucky. 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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“Papaw” VanHoose

James “Papaw” VanHoose, 93, of Chattaroy, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at the Tug Valley ARH Skilled Nursing Facility in South Williamson, Kentucky.  

He was born March 4, 1928, the son of the late Irvin and Lule Francis VanHoose.

He was a retired carpenter and a longtime and faithful member of the Mary Elizabeth Old Regular Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas, Robert and Theodore VanHoose.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ruth VanHoose; his children, Jim VanHoose (Rita), Lula Staten (David) and Ron VanHoose (Lona); a nephew that was like a son to him, Rusty Tackett; 12 grandchildren, Dana and Kevin Maynard, James and Amanda VanHoose, Christie and Will Call, Angie and Lonnie Copley, Amy and JJ Ball, David and Amber Staten, Amanda and Chris Davis, Candy and Sean Holbrook, Jason and Nadia VanHoose, Stephanie Chance, Nathan Tackett and Justin Tackett; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a special sister-in-law, Jean Scott; a brother-in-law, Clifford Harrison; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at the Mary Elizabeth Old Regular Baptist Church with Elders Ron Gannon, Neal Thornsberry, Stoney Blackburn and Harold Sesco officiating. Burial followed in the Fraley-Harrison Cemetery in Hatfield, 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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Marie Williamson

Marie B. Williamson, 69, of Belfry, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Tug Valley Regional Medical Center.

Marie was born in West Liberty, Ky., Sept. 13, 1952, the daughter of the late Mike Bolin and Frozy Gambill Bolin.

Marie worked at the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center for 27 years. Marie was a loving, caring lady who was always laughing, smiling and fun to be around.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Harold Bolin, Cecil Bolin, Earl Bolin, Kathy Hamlin and Betty Bolin.

Marie is survived by her children, Chad Williamson, of Louisville, Ky., Melissa Williamson, of Turkey Creek, Ky., and Heather Williamson (Jason Bowling), of Turkey Creek, Ky.; her siblings, Lanny (June) Bolin, of Hazel Green, Ky., and Wanda (Skip) Reed, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; her grandchildren, Cassidy (Brad) Williamson, Christopher Williamson, Hannah Williamson, James Williamson, Bruce Hopkins and Caleb Williamson; her great-granddaughter, Scarlett Williamson; and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home, Belfry. Ky., with Mark Carter officiating. Burial followed at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Kentucky. 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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Betty Young

Betty B. Young, 87, of Adams, Ky., formerly of Inez, Ky., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at her residence.  

She was born in Bent Branch, Ky., April 8, 1934, the daughter of the late William Millard Stepp and the late Virgie Mae Farley Stepp.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Bells of Joy United Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Clifford Young; a daughter, Debra Lynn Young; and a brother, Clyde Turner Stepp.

She is survived by her son, David Joseph Young (Jeanne), of Lebanon, Va.; her daughters, Sandra G. Young (Jimmy Hinkle), of Adams, Ky., and Brenda C. Roberts (Terry), of Lexington, Ky.; her grandchildren, Charles Bradley Francis, Brittany Leigh Snipp, Eric Scott VanHoose, Christopher Bryant Young and Patrick Roberts; her great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Blaine Francis, Danielle Jordyn Denny, Savannah Jade Denny, Martin Brant Francis and Bridgett Janelle Denny; a special step-granddaughter, Keishian Hinkle; special step-great-grandchildren, Buck Bowen, Nebert Bowen, Troy Hinkle and Alex Snipp; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at the Mt. View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with Bro. Dennis Smith Jr. officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

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

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