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Dallas Anderson

Dallas Eugene Anderson, 43, of Rawl, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at his residence.  

He was born at Williamson, March 29, 1977, the son of the late Silas Gene Anderson and Evelyn Marie Anderson.

He was a devoted and loving father. He was a general contractor and a hard worker. He loved life and leaves lasting love that his family will cherish forever.

He is survived by his only daughter, Jessica Adkins; his brother, David Lee Anderson (Denise) Anderson; his sisters, Donna New (David) and Dorena Johnson (Kit); and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles and many friends to cherish his memory.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Rick Gannon officiating. Burial will follow at the Anderson Family Cemetery, Rawl, with his family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

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

Kathy Baize

Kathy Lou Baize, 70, of Varney, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, while a patient at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

She was born at Hanover, March 29, 1950, the daughter of the late Lacy and Martha Elizabeth Bailey Bishop.

She was a loving homemaker. She loved working in the garden and singing in her church. She was a loving wife and mother. Last, but not least, she loved being a grandmother. She was so looking forward to being a great-grandmother.   

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Marie Bishop; six brothers, Lacy Bishop Jr., Edward “Ed” Bishop, Ollie Lee Bishop, Alex “Pedro” Cline and infants, Okey Dee and Rondall Bishop; and three sisters, Lacine Lester, Georgia Belcher and Nanna Mae Stewart.  

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Danny Ray Baize; one son, Bradley Ray Baize (Carolyn), of Naugatuck; two grandsons, Zachary Ryan Baize and Austin Baize (fiance, Kiowa Gibson, of Naugatuck); and one great-grandson that is due in February, Emmett Preston Baize; four sisters, Emogene Lester, of Gilbert Creek, Katherine Bowles (Raymond), of Williamsburg, Va., Judy Mullins (Doug), of Welch, and Margaret Lester, of Gilbert Creek; a special brother-in-law, Tommy Baize (Barbie); and four special sisters-in-law, Jean, Ruth and Etta Jean Bishop and Julie Cline. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, friends and church family.  

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Starr and Rev. Gary “Bo” Starr officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, with family and friends 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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Rexford Horton

Rexford Eugene Horton, age 79, of Forest Hills, Ky., formerly of Sycamore Heights, Williamson, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.

He was born on July 3, 1941, the son of the late Fred C. and Gladys V. (Trail) Horton.

Through his work as a filtration and water plant operator at the Williamson Utility Board, he served his community by providing them with clean and safe drinking water for over 40 years. After retirement, he went on to work for the City Solid Waste Department. He was also a member of the East Williamson Baptist Church, where he was baptized alongside his son. Rex loved his church family and always greeted them with a smile. Paw was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many and will forever be missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lawanda Gwynn Smith; and his sisters-in-law, Aretta Smith, Carole Faye Clark and Eleanor Gail (Clark) Varney.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Wanda Lee (Clark) Horton, of Forest Hills, Ky., formerly of Sycamore Heights, Williamson; his daughter, Sonja Lynn Smith (Kenneth “Rod”), of Forest Hills, Ky.; his son, Rexford Eugene Horton II (Lisa), of Williamson; his granddaughters, Autumn Gail Smith, of Forest Hills, Ky., Chelsea Nicole Horton, of South Williamson, Ky., Carrigan Reann Horton, of South Williamson, Ky., and Kaitlyn Marie Williamson, of Huntington; his great-grandchildren, Wyatt Cash Davis, Shiloh Gwendolynn Smith, Walker Rae Justice, all of Forest Hills, Ky., and Anistyn Skye Ball, of South Williamson, Ky.; special friends, Darrell and Connie Thompson; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

A special thank you to Dr. Christopher Beckett for his care throughout the years, Bluegrass Care Navigators for their care and support provided in the comfort of his home, and to the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center for their care in his final days.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, Belfry, Ky., with Pastor Caleb Horne officiating. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery, Williamson, with Freddie Newsome, Terry Saunders, Clifford Marenko, Kenneth Smith, Jack Varney, Butch Beckett and Darrell Thompson serving as honorary pallbearers and Wallace “Wally” Floyd, Garrett Justice, Larry Elia, Calib Ball, Jackie Varney and Randy Rhodes 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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Jeanne Maynard

Jeanne Ann Maynard, 71, of Pikeville, Ky., died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at her son’s residence.

She was born at Sidney, June 15, 1949, the daughter of the late Sammy M. and Cora Jean “Lucas” Maynard.

Jeanne was a self-employed housekeeper who loved fishing and camping. She always had a houseful for dinner on Sunday, her home was always open to everyone. She loved cooking, spending time with her family and enjoyed family events. She enjoyed making people laugh and loved life. Jeanne attended the Leckieville Freewill Baptist Church until her health declined.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Richard Maynard; and her brother, Buddy Ray Maynard.

Survivors to honor her memory include her sons, Lewie “Rick” Maynard (Tammy Coleman), of Stone, Ky., and John Michael Maynard (Tammy), of Johns Creek, Ky.; her daughter, Maryann Hite (Homer), of Kimper, Ky.; her sister, Mary Dye, of Pikeville, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Chase, Amber, Devin, Cayley, Emily, Nick and Harley, the grandson she raised; her special friends who were like sisters, Ann Lillian Smith and Cheryl Bernard; and a host of other family and friends.

The family will be having a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at the Maynard Cemetery of Stratton Fork, Sidney, Kentucky. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky. (606) 456-0656.

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

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Reverend David Powers

Reverend David Preston Powers, 81, of Delbarton, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at McRoberts, Ky., Jan. 17, 1940, the son of the late Reverend Leonard Preston Powers and Ethel Collier Powers.

He was a Bishop of the Gospel Revelation Ministries. He attended the Regional Church of God after retiring from the ministry.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Juanita Dillon Powers, of Delbarton, whom he affectionately said was the prettiest girl he’d ever seen; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Deanna Powers, of Delbarton; two grandsons, Jayden Powers, of Delbarton, and Austin and Piper Powers, both of Morgantown. His grandkids were the apple of his eye. He is also survived by one loving sister, Norma Brummett, of Delaware; and a host of nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.

He proudly served our country as a Navy seaman aboard the USS Casa Grande. He was a retired union coal miner and an active participant of UMWA Local #1440. Although he served and worked with great tenacity, his favorite times were spent with family and friends at Smith Mountain Lake, or any lake for that matter. He was a people person and his door was always open to anyone who wanted to fish, ski or just hang out by the lake. Lake days were always great days. He was an avid hunter and sharpshooter and a competitive angler. He was an active volunteer in the Delbarton Homecoming Annual Fishing Tournament. He looked forward to this every year and loved the smiles on the kids faces. Of all of the accolades and accomplishments David had in life, his most proud moments were those spent with his son and grandkids. He spent every moment he could, teaching them to tie different knots, fish, hunt, build things, drive the boat and most of all how to be an expert marksman. He taught them quite well and they made him proud.

We are thankful for the many memories and the investment David made into many lives.

He will truly be missed, but he is certainly leaving a great legacy.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.26, 2021, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Earl White and Mitchell Bias officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher. 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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Cecil Shannon Jr.

Cecil E. Shannon Jr., 86, formerly of South Williamson, Ky., died peacefully Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at Baptist Health in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cecil was born on Aug. 15, 1934, to Cecil and Cleo Shannon, of Belfry, Kentucky. He grew up there with his three brothers, who have passed on many tales of their adventures to their own families. Cecil graduated in 1952 from Belfry High School, developing his leadership skills early as class president. He attended Morris Harvey College for two years until he returned home to help in the family business. He met and began dating the love of his life, Beverly Boswell, prior to enlisting and serving four years in the U. S. Navy. Cecil loved the navy and saw the world, proudly serving his country.

Cecil married Beverly on Sept. 10, 1961, after his Navy service was complete, and they established their family in South Williamson, Ky., with the birth of their daughter, Karen, in 1963 and son, Stuart, in 1968. They enjoyed the majority of their lives in their home on Happy Valley Road. Cecil and Beverly moved to Louisville, Ky., in 2008 to be near family.

Cecil, along with his father and brothers, operated Coal City Parts in Williamson, growing the business to add three additional locations in Matewan, Gilbert and Beauty, Kentucky. The business thrived with the coal industry in the 1970s and survived two major floods in 1977 and 1984. The family merged the stores with Logan Auto Parts in 1986, where Cecil remained as manager of the Williamson store and purchasing manager for the main office until his retirement in 2001.

As a business owner, Cecil served in many roles with civic organizations in the city of Williamson, including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, ARH Hospital Board and the Tug Valley Arts Association. He loved being involved in the community and supporting fellow small business owners. He especially enjoyed the many community events, festivals and musical offerings brought to the area during this time.

Cecil was an active member of First United Methodist Church in which he was raised, married and in turn raised his own family. Cecil served as the choir director there for most of his adult years until the move to Louisville. Cecil was a long-time Sunday school class teacher who enjoyed digging into the scriptures with his class. He also wore numerous hats of leadership from Financial Secretary to Lay Leader at the church. He enjoyed the bonds of faith and friendship in the Men’s Club. This strong community at FUMC was central to Cecil’s faith, which remained strong and produced countless lifetime friends.

Cecil fiercely loved his family and especially his four grandchildren. He happily watched countless hours of dance recitals, soccer, football and field hockey games. He cheered them on from high school and college graduations to beginning their careers.

After moving to Louisville, Cecil assumed a leadership role at his new residence, serving as the worship leader at his senior living facility and lending his voice to many solos and duets with the residents for 12 years until his move to an assisted living facility in 2020. While the facility was in quarantine, Cecil and another resident were planning a Bible study to begin when residents were able to be together again.

Cecil is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Boswell Shannon; and his parents, Cecil and Cleo Shannon.  

He is survived by his brothers, Ted (Sue) Shannon, of Kingsport, Tenn., Frank (Armanda), of Lincolnton, N.Car., and James “Oke” (Linda) Shannon, of Ponce Inlet, Fla.; as well as his daughter, Karen (Mike) Feamster, of Franklin, Tenn.; his son, Stuart (Kelli) Shannon, of Louisville, Ky., his granddaughters, Shannon Feamster, Laura Catherine Feamster and Kylee Mitchell; and his grandson, Lance Mitchell.

Cecil will be honored at a small graveside service at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Mountain View Memory Gardens, 3580 Route 52, Maher. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West West Williamson.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 78, Williamson, West Virginia 25661.

This is a paid obituary.

Shawn Sherrard

Shawn Jonathan Sherrard, 43, of Naugatuck, died suddenly at his residence on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

He was born at Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1977, the biological son of Debra Lynn Kirk Littlejohn, of Naugatuck, and the adopted son of the late John and Wanda Sherrard.

He had worked as a security guard and also as a mechanic.

In addition to his adoptive parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Christopher Burlingame.

In addition to his mother, he  is survived by his step-father, Norman Littlejohn; his son, Shawn Jonathan Sherrard Jr., of the home; his step-son, Cameron Copley, of the home; his brothers, Jeremy Burlingame (Mary), of Warfield, Ky., and Chris Burlingame (Christy), of Sidney, Ky.; and his niece, Angel Burlingame, of Warfield, Kentucky.

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

Funeral arrangements are private with burial to follow at the Simpkins Family Cemetery at Naugatuck. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Debra Sturgill

Debra Ann Ooten Sturgill, 67, of Turkey Creek, Ky., entered into eternal rest and peace with her family gathered around her, while a patient at Highland ARH Hospital of Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

She suffered from a lingering illness and endured great sorrows as she battled to live. The great love she had for her children and grandchildren made her journey worth everything.

She was a member of the Duncan Fork United Baptist Church. She retired from the Mingo County BOE after working more than 34 years as a teacher’s aid in the Myrtle-Lenore area.

She spent many years working with the Lenore Midget League ball teams and cheerleaders. She impacted the youth in her area in a great way. She loved to play cards and board games with her family. She spent many summers at Dewey Lake where canoeing was one of her favorite things to do. She was the beloved “Nana” of our family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dow and Joyce Ooten; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Lilly and Gary Jude and Vesta and Virgil Sammons; and her precious nephew, Micah Sammons.

She is survived by her son, John Sturgill (Shannon), of Burnwell, Ky., and Joyce Ann Sturgill, of Turkey Creek, Ky.; her granddaughters, Bella Sturgill and Stella Sturgill; her grandson, Aaron Blake Jude; and her caregiver and companion, John Sturgill, to whom she was married to for many years. She is also survived by her brother, Dow Micah Ooten, and her special friend, Michael Mitchell, whom she loved like a brother. She has one niece, Angel Ward (Shane); four nephews, Wilburn and Eva Jude, Gary Jude, Tony Sammons (Wanda) and Virgil Sammons Jr.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at the Duncan Fork United Baptist Church with Elder Eddie Layne and Rev. Shane Ward officiating. Burial followed at the Estep Cemetery, Myrtle. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chafin Funeral Home to help offset the cost of the funeral.

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

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Lois Trent

Lois Ann (Hatfield) Trent, 71, of Wharncliffe, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

She was born at Wharncliffe, June 10, 1949, the daughter of the late Ezra and Arminda (Browning) Hatfield.

She loved attending church and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Ben Creek Free Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Lanny, Danny, and Morris Hatfield; and her granddaughter, Grace Trent.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, James Trent; her sons, Nathaniel (Duke) Trent and Joe (Janella) Trent, both of Justice, Johnny Dale and Jamie Don Trent, both of Wharncliffe; her grandchildren, Josh Trent, Dakota Sisk and Dylan Trent, all of Richlands, Va., and Jacob Trent, of Justice; her sisters, Rachel Davis, of Cleveland, Ohio, Wilma Lee Eversole, of Sunbury, Ohio., and Ruby and Floyd Riester, of Jackson, Ohio; her brother, Edgar Hatfield, of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at the Ben Creek Free Pentecostal Holiness Church, Wharncliffe, with Rev. Denny May and Rev. Danny Ward officiating. Burial followed at the Trent Family Cemetery at their home at Wharncliffe.

She was carried to her resting place by pallbearers, Bimbo Hatfield, Homer Hatfield, Jacob Trent, Dylan Trent, Dakota Sisk and James Smith. 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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