Johnnie Bailey

Johnnie Bailey, 86, of Lenore, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, while a patient at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born at Dingess, June 7, 1934, the son of the late Robert and Georgia Ellis Meade. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Johnnie Bailey Jr. and Ricky Bailey; and his siblings, Otis Meade, Daisy Meade Dillon Nelson, Carlos Meade, Elva Meade, Earl Meade, Louise Lackey Williams, Opal May Meade, Roy Meade, Ray Meade, Clifford Meade, Elizabeth Bailey Conn and Edward Meade.

In his early years, he left the area and traveled to Michigan and Ohio. After several years away, he returned to Mingo County in 1976, to become a pastor. He was a pastor of many churches and was ordained in 1953. He loved to witness to people. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and Cheech’s Restaurant. He loved to hunt and ride four wheelers, but his favorite pastime was to fish with his buddies, Jesse and Larry Joe Wellman and Joe McClanahan. He also served as a fireman and was on the board of directors for the Lenore Fire Department.

He is survived by his loving wife, Leona Smith Bailey, whom he married in 1981; his daughters, Judith Hainer (Barry), of Dingess, and Ada Glick, of Obetz, Ohio; his brother, Bill Meade, of Michigan; his sisters, June Thompson Stewart, of Chicago, Ill., and Ladonna Vance Adams, of Dingess; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his special pets, Bobby and Blackjack Bailey; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at the Trace Church of God at Dingess with Rev. Robbie May and Bishop Bobby Carter officiating. Burial followed at the Meade Cemetery, Dingess, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Brothers of the church served as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Lou Ann Morris

Lou Ann Morris, 60, of Pearisburg, Va., formerly of Gilbert, died  Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at her residence.

She was born in Pennsylvania, Dec. 28, 1959, the daughter of the late Clayton and Glema (Mullins) Meade.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Meade.

She was a retired schoolteacher, working in the education field for over 20 years. She loved traveling out West, especially to Estes Park, Col., and to her second home, Yellowstone National Park. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her daughters, Amelia Elander (Michael), of Richmond, Va., Kerrie Hurley (Terrance), of Pearisburg, Va., and Angie Lockhart (Troy), of North Spring; her grandchildren, Ashton Elander, Bryson Cook, Gavin Hurley, Haylea Lockhart, Logan Lockhart and Paige Lockhart; her brother, Steven Morrison, of Milton; her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Meade, of Gilbert; her fur babies, Jake, Bella, Lady, Molly, Meme and Sadie; and a host of nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

Due to Lou Ann's love for Gilbert Pre-K-8, please help to share her love by bringing school supply donations for area children.

Special thanks to those who have gone above and beyond to help her daughters,  Amelia, Angie and Kerrie through this difficult time.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Cresong officiating. In honoring her wishes, she was cremated. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

Her gentle smile and warm heart will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved her.

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

Josephine Mullins

Josephine Mullins, 91, of McAndrews, Ky., died Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020, at her residence.

She was born at McAndrews, Ky., Aug. 4, 1929, to the late Leonard West and Louvenia May West.

She was a beautician, a volunteer at A.R.H., a KY. Colonel and worked at Dawahare's. She was a member of the Stone Chapter #533 O.E.S. and was also a member of the Octavia Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy "Bob" Ervin Mullins; two sons, Ricky Mullins and Ronald Mullins; her twin sister, Geraldine Akers; and her siblings, Paul West, Norman West, Estalene West, Lawrence Blackburn, Audrey Hensley, Dorothy Mosley, Grace Ratliff, Florence May and Edgar West.

She is survived by her children, Ervin Mullins (Donna), of Virginia Beach, Va., and JoAnne Williamson (Robbie), of Stone, Ky.; one brother, William H. West (Gail), of Afton, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Jason Mullins, Erin Mullins, April Mullins-Datko, Billy Mullins, Amanda Robinson and Dakota Williamson; her great grandchildren, James Mullins, Emma Mullins, Amelia Mullins-Datko, Joseph Mullins-Datko; and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Dennis Hinkle and Gerrie Reynolds officiating. Burial followed at 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.

Betty Noe

Betty Sue Noe, 81, of Delbarton, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was born at Blair, Oct. 25, 1938, the daughter of the late Roy and Mary Ellen Burgess.

She was a homemaker and of the Church of God faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Brenda Noe and Kathy Bishop: her brother, Johnny Burgess; her sisters, Nancy Burgess and Anna Lou McKenney; and her great-granddaughter, Brianna Raquel Noe.

She is survived by her sons, Johnny Noe (Dorothy), Billy Ray Noe (Dottie) and Robert Noe (Kathy), all of Varney; her brother, Bernard Burgess, of Ohio; and eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at the Fields Cemetery, Varney. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

Evelyn Preston

Evelyn Darlene Preston, 67, of Chattaroy, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, at Parkview Health and Rehabilitation Facility, Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was born at South Williamson, Ky., Feb. 11, 1953, a daughter of the late Robert Ray Sr. and Evelyn Diamond Ray.

She was a homemaker and dedicated her life to the care of her home and her family. She loved and enjoyed her roles as a loving wife and devoted mother. Later in life she experienced the joys of being a grandmother to two beloved granddaughters. She was also a loving mother to her feline fur babies.

She was a Christian and she enjoyed participating in church functions prior to her declining health. She was formerly involved in the Family Readiness Group of the National Guard.

She leaves a lifetime of memories that will be treasured by her loved ones and friends. She will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered always.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rae Lynn Preston.

She is survived by her devoted husband, David Preston; two loving children, a son, Joseph Preston, of Chattaroy, and a daughter, Rachel Preston, also of Chattaroy; three brothers, Drexel Ray (Eileen), of Michigan, Robert Ray Jr., of Louisa, Ky., and Shawn Michael Ray (Jackie), of Morristown, Tenn.; a sister, Barbara Sue Burke (Doug), of St. Charles, Mich.; two granddaughters, Ezabella Preston and Keely Preston, both of Chattaroy; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday evening, Aug. 28, 2020, at Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson. Family members and friends are invited to join the family during an informal evening of reflection and remembrance of Evelyn’s life.  Everyone attending must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

“Rod” Reed

Phillip Rodney “Rod” Reed, 63, of Sidney, Ky., died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at the residence of his brother, Doug.

He was born at Williamson, April 7, 1957, the son of the late Clarence and Ruth Reed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Paula West Reed; and his brothers, Ranzy and Jack Reed.

He is survived by his brothers, Clarence Reed Jr. (Shirley), of Sharp Chapel, Tenn., Jim Reed (Phyllis), Doug Reed and Lester Reed (Treasa), all of Sidney, Ky., and John Reed (Sandy), of Canada, Ky.; his sisters, Patsy Mullins, of Sidney, Ky., and Mary Runyon (Kevin), of Hatfield, Ky.; and a large host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with funeral services beginning at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

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

Bobby Robinette

Bobby Joe Robinette, 77, of Richmond, Ky., formerly of Hatfield, Ky., died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born at Hatfield, Ky., Dec. 9, 1942, the son of Millard and Lakie Burris Robinette.

He retired from Island Creek Coal Company and was attending Lighthouse Baptist Church, Berea, Kentucky.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Robinette and Peggy Alberts.

He  is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nita Jean Runyon Robinette; their daughter, Laura Beth Furnish (Robert), of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Woody Robinette (Carletta), of Canada, Ky.; his sister, Mildred Rutherford (Tim), of Belfry, Ky.; two grandchildren, Joseph Anderson Martin and Jacob Alexander Martin; one sister-in-law, Yvonne Bogar (Ralph), of Sevierville, Tenn; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 .m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Kentucky. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at the Smith Cemetery, Sidney, Kentucky. Due to COVID-19 mandates, social distancing and masks are required. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

Bonnie Rutherford

Bonnie Collens Loggins Rutherford, 82, of Sharondale, Ky., died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at her residence.

She was born at Sharondale, Ky., Jan. 27, 1938, the daughter of the late Tom Justice and Willia Mae Loggins Fickey.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Belfry Homemakers and the Belfry Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffery Glen Rutherford; and her sister, Dorethia Jean Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Rolin T. Rutheford, of Sharondale, Ky.; her granddaughters, Kristin Renea Rutherford Overstreet (Timothy Brandon), of Lexington, Ky., and  Tamara Michele Rutherford Tewolde (Fidel), of Dallas, Tex.; her great-grandchildren, Faven Grace Tewolde, Yshaac Jake Tewolde and Willa Faith Overstreet, who is on the way; her brother, Gregory Clarence Fickey (Anita Lynn), of Sharondale, Ky.; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Lee Dotson Jr. and Donnie Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., 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.

Donna Toler

Donna Sue Toler, 72, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

She was born at Branchland, July 22, 1948, the daughter of the late Rev. Woodrow and Beatrice (Wellman) Parsons, and her second mother, Rosa Parsons.

She was a loyal member of the Bruno Church of God since March of 1974. She was a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Assistant Clerk, Clerk and Ladies Aid President and a mighty prayer warrior. She was dedicated to making memories with her family and friends and spending time with God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Toler; two sisters, Arma Lee Collins and Brenda Kay Goodman; and  her niece, Jessica Wilson.

She is survived by her three children, Roger P. Toler Jr. (Buggie), Kimberly Dawn Riddle (Larry) and Anthony Ray Toler (Tony); 11 grandchildren, Brittany Spitzer (John), Kathryn Moyer, Cecelia Toler (CeCe), Taylor Dawn Browning (Beau), Alyssa Caudill (Zach), Ashley Whitt (Ken), Breydon Riddle, Austin, Zach, Courtney and Caleb Toler; six great-grandchildren, Zoey and Abel Browning, Mason Caudill and Emma, Sabrina and James Whitt; four sisters, Francis Collins, Betty Lucas, Dreama Wilson (Lonnie) and Connie McComas (Bill); three brothers, Ray Parsons (Sherry), Eddie Parsons and Dennis Parsons (Ronda); and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In honor of her wishes, her body will be cremated. A memorial will follow at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at the Bruno Church of God, with Bishop Roger P. Toler Jr. and Brother Roger Frye officiating. Arrangements are 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.

“Eddie” Varney

Henry Edward "Eddie" Varney, 73, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at his residence at Winchester, Kentucky.  

A native of Pike County, Belfry, Ky., he was born on March 25, 1947, to the late Emzy and Ethel Wolford Varney.  

He was a member of the Regular Baptist Church, Pikeville, Kentucky.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters, Virginia Duff, Vicy VanHoose, Helen Shepherd, Cleo Varney, Lynn Varney and Claudette Dixon; and four brothers, Bud Varney, Richard Lee Varney, Bogar Varney and Harold Varney.

He is survived by two children, Valerie Varney (Mick) and Emzy "Bud" Varney, both of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Angelica Wilson, Breezy Varney, James Varney, Dalerena Rayburn, Miranda Varney, Andrew Varney, Chad Varney and Emzy Varney, all of Columbus, Ohio; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Judy Woosley (Jim), of Winchester, Ky., and Patricia Sloan, of Louisville, Ky.; his caregiver, Elizabeth Lamb; and his special friend, Edgar Woods.

Visitation will begin at 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Kentucky. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. with Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Varney Cemetery, Sharondale, Kentucky. Arrangements are under the direction of the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

     

Carlene Young

Carlene Young, 57, of Willisburg, Ky., formerly of Blackberry, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at UK Medical Center, Lexington, Ky., while surrounded by her loving companion, children and brother.

She was born at Sterns, Ky. ,Jan. 4, 1963, the daughter of the late Carl Young and the late Gladys (Whitt) Young-Smith.

She professed her faith years ago and was of the Baptist faith.

She had a smile that was contagious and her love was warm. Those who came to know her can tell you, she was one of a kind. She enjoyed spending time outside at the pond fishing and being with those she loved. She became a blogger to so many who suffered with Crohn’s disease, which she also suffered from for so long. They became her family, which helped her to cope with it, as well.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Kenny Lynn (Smith) Derringer; and her former father-in-law and mother-in-law who loved her like she was their own, James and Mary Lou Young.

She is survived by her loving companion, Tony Easterling; one brother, Donnie Young (Anna); one son, Joshua David Young (Krissy Adams); four daughters, Jessica Lynn Young (Michael Smith), Rebecca Stanley, Haley Stanley and Anastasia Easterling; 10 grandchildren, Keilee Lovell, Brandon Lovell, Jordan Lovell, Joshua David Young II, Jada Lynn Young, Koda Young, Nova Young, Jentry Williams, Destini Williams and Gavin Baker; six nieces, Crystal Sesco, Kaylee Sesco, Faith Webb, Nikki Jones, Candice Arnold and Rachel Young; two nephews, James Young and Brandon Hatfield; three very special people, Douglas Young (Michelle), Clinton Young (Babs) and Teresa Sesco (John Wayne); and a host of family and friends who loved her unconditionally.

It’s goodbye for now, until we meet again. We love you and will carry you in our hearts forever!

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.,Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel, Toler, Kentucky.  In honoring her wishes, cremation followed the visitation. 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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