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James Alley Sr.

James R. Alley Sr., 84, a lifelong resident of Chattaroy, died peacefully surrounded by his children on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born in Chattaroy, April 28, 1937, a son of the late Roscoe “Babe” Alley and Minnie Louise Jewell Copley.

A 1955 graduate of Chattaroy High School, he was a longtime truck driver with RC Cola Bottling Company of Williamson and later worked for Goff Brothers Mining before retiring.

He was very instrumental in the success of the Chattaroy High School reunions, and he happily volunteered his time and energy to the reunion committee’s endeavors for many years. He was a lifelong sports fan and avid supporter of Williamson High School athletics. He rarely missed a Wolfpack game. He was also a University of Kentucky fan, and he had enjoyed hunting in past years. He attended the Williamson Church of God.

Family was his priority and he cherished the time he spent with each of his children and his grandchildren. He always put the needs and the welfare of his family first. He was a man of quiet strength and strong character. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his beloved wife of 64 years, Julia Johnson Alley, who passed away on Nov. 22, 2019; and two brothers, Paul Copley Jr. and Marty Bo Copley.

He is survived by his children, Rocky Alley (Trena), Mary Lou McCoy (Tim) and Chuck Alley (Vicki); five grandchildren, Luke Alley, Chad Alley, Susan Preece, Amanda Goff and Ryan McCoy; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ed Goff (Margaret) and Noah Copley (Sharon); four sisters, Brenda Burgett, Lynn Lowe (Amos), Lucy Sorrell and Blanch Hatfield (Randy); and a host of other dear family and friends.

He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 28, 2021, at Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson with Church of God Ministers officiating. Interment will be in the Jewell Family Cemetery, Chattaroy, with grandsons, family members and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Dorothy Copley

Dorothy Loraine Copley, 94, formerly of Williamson, died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at her residence in Griffin, Georgia.

She was born in Pike County, Kentucky, June 29, 1926, the daughter of the late Dewey Clay and Gladys Jackson Clay.

She retired from her position as a telephone operator with C&P Company Telephone after 38 years of devoted service.

Long involved in community church, civic and social circles, she was a dedicated and longtime member of the Williamson First United Methodist Church where she served in several leadership positions. She was actively involved in the work of the Alter Guild and the United Methodist Women. While living in Georgia, she attended the Griffin First United Methodist Church and participated in the ministries of the Women of Joy.

She was a member of the Williamson Women’s Club and the Williamson Wildwood Garden Club. During the years that her daughter, Angela, was a member of the Williamson High School band, both Dorothy and Price were very involved and supportive members of the Williamson High School Band Parents Association.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Price Copley; two brothers, Reverend George Clay and David Clay; one sister-in-law, Claudia Clay; and one step-daughter, Deanna Wouda-Copley.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela; her step-daughter, Gwen Bennett; her step-son, Sammy Copley; her nieces and nephews, Craig Michael Clay, Christopher Clay (Joyce), Stephanie Justice (Perry), David John Clay, Dorothy Fiddler (Frank) and Darllie Epling; an adopted nephew, Gary Swanson; her great-nieces and nephews, Cameron Justice, L. J. Justice, Anissa Clay and Sydney Clay; and her special cousins, Wallace Looney (Elaine) and Deanna McGuire.

She will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her and she will be remembered with great fondness and affection.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the Williamson First United Memorial Methodist Church with Reverend Jerry Shields officiating. Interment followed in the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Wanda Davis

Wanda Faye Davis, 69, of Lenore, died Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Tug Valley Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born at Road Branch, in Mingo County, Feb. 5, 1952, the daughter of the late Zacharah Taylor Gess and Mary Della Arrowood Gess.

She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a member of the Ajax Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Emanuel Maynard and Ricie Lee Maynard.  

She is survived by her husband, Roger Dale Davis, of Lenore; her children, Roger Lee Davis (Sonya), of Summerfield, Fla., Randy Davis (Jennifer), of Belfry, Ky., and Sharon Millirones (Shawn), of Forest Hills, Ky.; three brothers, Edward Gess and Larry Gess both of Lovely, Ky., and Robert Gess, of Warfield, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Alexandra Davis, Mason Davis, Blake Davis, Chris Davis, Chandler Davis, Ryan Davis, Justin Davis, Samuel Millirones and Sawyer Millirones; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with James Justice officiating. Burial followed in the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher. 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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“June Bug” Evans

Prentice W.  “June Bug” Evans, 61, of Delbarton, died Monday, May 24, 2021, at the home of his niece in Williamson.  

He was born in Williamson, Oct. 13, 1959, the son of the late Prentice Evans Jr., and is survived by his mother, Shelvia Davis Evans, and his step-dad, Robin Evans, of Williamson.  

In addition to his dad, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and George.  

In addition to his mother and step-dad, he is survived by his brothers, Ronnie Evans (Marsha), of Williamson, Eddie Evans (Pam), of Ragland, Rockie Evans (Rhonata), of Red Jacket, and Michael Evans (Felicia), of Georgia; and his sisters, Marsha Morrison, of Delbarton, Christy Collins (Jeremy), of Williamson, and Tina Mounts (Richard), of Pie. He also leaves behind a niece and nephew whom he thought of as his own children, Selena Thompson Evans and Nicholas Collins Evans.  

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  

Graveside services were held at 1p.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the Davis Family Cemetery, Delbarton, with Elder Joey Evans officiating. 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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Ruth Gollihue

Ruth Ann Gollihue, 71, of Williamson, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born in Williamson, July 27, 1949, the daughter of the late Brice and Annie Dale McNeely Gollihue.

She previously worked at the One Hour Dry Cleaners in Williamson, and was a Jehovah's Witness.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Mickey Gollihue; and her aunt, Edna Lucille McNeely.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Glen Gollihue, of Williamson; her sister, Elsie Smith (Jim), of McVeigh, Ky.; her brother, Glenn Gollihue (Cindy), of Blackberry, Ky.; her sister-in-law, Connie Gollihue, of Williamson; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Visitation was held from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2021, in the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Kentucky. Burial followed in the Evans Cemetery, Laurel Creek. 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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Mary Marcum

Mary Carolyn Marcum, 54, of Big Splint Road, Williamson, died suddenly at her home on Monday, May 10, 2021.

She was born in Williamson, March 9, 1967, a daughter of Phyllis Blevins Maynard and the late Vernal Maynard.

She was a graduate of Williamson High School. Being homebound, she stayed in touch with family and friends through Facebook and was very happy to be able to do so. She had enjoyed camping in earlier years, and she was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Vernal Ray Maynard; and one sister, Lora Maynard.  

In addition to her mother, she is survived by three brothers, Walter Virgil Maynard, James Russell Maynard (Tina) and Mark Anthony Maynard; two sisters, Sherry Prince (James) and Connie Sue Smith; several nieces and nephews; her companion, Steve Burchett; and her former husband and friend, Eddie Marcum.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, at Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson with Reverend Earl White officiating. Burial followed in the Maynard Family Cemetery, Big Splint Road, Williamson, with family members and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Randall Marcum

Randall Marcum, 70, of Ona, formerly of Hatfield, Ky., died Saturday, May 22, 2021, at his residence.

He was born in Hatfield, Ky., Jan. 20, 1951, the son of the late Tan Marcum and Marie Elkins Perkins.

He proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a retired lineman and supervisor for the power company.

He is survived by his loving wife, Arlene Marcum, of Ona; his sons, Christopher Marcum (Kandy), of Fairmont, and Jeffery Allen Marcum (Carrie), of Martinsburg; his grandchildren, Alyson J. Marcum, Shane C. Marcum, Alexis K. Marcum, Elliana Grace Mitchell and Corey Dillon; his step-children, Scott Mitchell (Rachel C.), of Winfield, and Shawn Mitchell, of Nicholasville; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

In honoring his wishes, all services will be private for his immediate family. 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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James Tiller

James Monroe Tiller, 69, of Matewan, died Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Trinity Healthcare Services of Mingo in Williamson.

He was born in Mingo County, May 7, 1952, a son of the late Frank and Helen Tiller.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, John Tiller; and two sisters, Mary Jane Altizer and Pearl Hager.  

He was lovingly known as “Can Man” and was a joy to know. From the heat of the summer to the bitter cold of the winter, he could be found with his wheelbarrow gathering and picking up cans in the Matewan area. He was indeed loved and had a bright personality and a smile that brightened the community in which he lived.  Monroe, a Christian would make a joyful noise unto the Lord. He created an atmosphere of church in his living room. With no one around, he was often seen with his hands raised toward heaven and singing loudly. For the only attention that he was seeking was that of his Lord and Savior. He had a love for Pepsi and Little Debbie Snack cakes.  Not only was he proficient in cutting grass and working outdoors, but he was also an expert in telling a good joke. He had a unique sense of style from his coveralls and toboggans in the summer, to his t-shirts in the winter; he was not easily missed. Many times, he gave new meaning to the quote “big hair don’t care,” as he would put a hat or toboggan on, hair bursting out underneath the garment and off he would go on his daily can run.  

He is survived by his beloved nephew whom he loved as his very own son, Melvin Wolford (Lee Ann), of Matewan. They cared for Monroe in a manner that respected his independence and his unique way of doing things. He is also survived by a host of extended family members and a community of neighbors and friends.

Your community will miss you “Can Man” but you have left a positive impact on each and every one that had the pleasure of knowing you.     

Honoring services were held at 12 p.m., Sunday, May 23, 2021, in the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Bro. Barry Lester officiating. Burial followed in the Tiller family section of the Taylorville Community Cemetery of Taylorville, 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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“Buster” Varney

James Lestle "Buster" Varney, 73, of McAndrews, Ky., died Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

He was born in McAndrews, Ky., Aug. 17, 1947, to the late Lestle Varney and Myrtle Pugh Varney.

He was a coal miner and a member of the U.M.W.A. He loved to hunt. He also served his country proudly in the United States Army.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Sandra Jarrell, Kenneth Varney and Michael Varney.

He is survived by his wife, Francis Varney; his children, Natasha "Nikki" Varney (Edwin DeMurray) and Jason Varney, both of McAndrews, Ky., and James Lestle "Jamie" Varney II, of Bluefield; his siblings, Marlene Miller, of Michigan, Evelyn Meadows, of David, Ky., Henrietta Hatfield, of Ransom, Ky., Janice Holbrook, of Raleigh, N.Car., and Ricky Dale Varney (Joanna), of Johns Creek, Ky.; his grandchildren, Daniel DeMurray and Dylan DeMurray; and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Varney Branch Cemetery, Kimper, 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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Christopher White

Christopher White, 52, of Laurel Creek, died Friday, May 21, 2021, at his cabin in Marrowbone.  

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., April 19, 1969, the son of Virginia Blankenship White, of Lenore, and the late Daniel White Jr.

In addition to his dad, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Alex McCoy; and his brother, Eric White.

He was a coal miner and mechanic. He spent most of his time riding four wheelers, ridge riding the mountains and going to his cabin in Marrowbone. He loved spending time with his family.  

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon McCoy White; his daughters, Megan Kirk (Jonathan), of Laurel Creek, and Jessica Sturgill (Ben), of Oklahoma; his brothers, Matt White (Tammy), of Lenore, and Mark White (Ann), of Lebanon, Tenn.; his sisters, April Sturgill (Joey), of Kermit, and Jennifer White, of Charleston; his granddaughter, Johannah Kirk; and his nieces and nephews, Joseph Sturgill (Sam), Chelsea Snyder (Jason) and Austin Hinkle.  

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 24, 2021, with Rev. Bobby Perry officiating. Burial followed in the McCoy Cemetery at Laurel Creek with friends and family serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton. 

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