Robert Bailey Howard, 81 of Somerset formerly of Harlan went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday March 5, 2014 after a short illness. Mr. Howard was born March 11, 1932 in Wallins, KY. He was a longtime businessman having owned and operated Masterblend Coal Company of Harlan. He had been a partner in Saylor Logging for many years. His love of Horses was well known and after retirement he moved to his horse farm in Pulaski Co., where he had the opportunity to ride horses all over the country. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard.
He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Juanita Bailey Howard; his wife, Shirley Howard.
He is survived by his wife June Howard of Somerset; his daughter, Jane Howard (David) Karst; granddaughters, Anna Kathryn Karst and Ella Marie Karst all of Harlan; he leaves other relatives and many friends to mourn his passing.
Visitation will be Sunday March 9, 2014 from 12:00 until 2:00 pm in the chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow in the chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Blanton-Bailey Cemetery at Wallins. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Bobby Lee Collins, 73, of Baxter, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at his home following a long illness. A native of Lee County, Virginia, he had worked as a tobacco farmer and a truck driver. Bobby believed in the Holiness faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Neva Blackburn Collins and Fayette Collins; two sisters, Rosie Collins and Cordelia Phillips; and two brothers, Millard Collins and James Collins.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Collins, Jr., Baxter; a daughter, Bonnie Collins Turner and husband, Mike, Putney; his former wife and the mother of his children, Mary Dean Collins, Baxter; and a sister, Visey Edens, Duffield, VA. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Cody Turner, Lee Turner and Abigail Collins; and a host of other family and friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 1 pm at the Church of God on Hwy. 413 at Baxter. Visitation will begin at 12 noon.
Lloyd Gross, age 64, of Wallins Creek, KY passed away March 3, 2014 at the Harlan ARH. He was born March 24, 1949 in Harlan, KY to the late Cecil Gross, Sr. and Charlene Foley Gross. He was a self-employed finish carpenter.
He is survived by his children, Lloyd Gross, Jr. of Tremont, KY; Brandon Gross of Burlington WI; Joshua Gross of Burlington WI and Willie Nelson (Rachelle) Gross of Salem, WI; brothers: Paul Gross of Florida, Cecil (Bernice) Gross Jr. of Harrogate, TN, David Gross of Wauconda, IL, Kenneth (Debbie) Gross of Wallins Creek, KY, and Roy Lee (Jenny) Gross of Wallins Creek, KY; sister, Norma Lynn (Perry) Spangler of McHenry, IL, and a host of family, friends, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Kentenia Full Gospel Church, Wallins Creek, KY from 5 to 7PM.
Funeral will follow at 7PM with the Rev. Ed Houston officiating. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Gary L. Saylor
Gary L. Saylor, 67, Rio Vista went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Continued Unit of the Baptist Regional Medical Center, in Corbin. Born August 6, 1946 in Harlan County, he worked as a salesman for McCombs Supply Co. in Harlan for many years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran as Sgt. of Communication. Gary was a member of the Pine Flat Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Gideons International.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ester Saylor and Nora Hoskins Saylor; two brothers, Gene Gambel and Elmer Gambrel; one sister, Geneva Hulen; and his father-in-law, Clarence White.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Audrey Burnette Saylor, Rio Vista; four children, Heather Dale Goins and husband Brandon, Gray, TN; Samantha Suzanne Ball and husband Billy, Wallins; Andrea Cunningham and Amy Cunningham both of Illinois; four brothers, Ester Saylor, Jr. and wife Shirley Ann, Demonte, IN; Don Saylor, Florida; Hershel Gambrel and wife Jeanette, Indiana and Norman Gambrel and wife Wilma, Indiana; two sisters, Marilyn Felts and husband Tom, Corbin; and Ann Moore, Corbin. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Leah Ball, Elizabeth Ball, Laura Ball, Trey Ball Heath Ball, Adam Goins, Andrew Cunningham, Kayla Mayberry, Joshua Johnson and Nicholas Judge; two great-grandchildren, Sophia Mayberry and Tia Mayberry; three special friends, Freddy Hensley, Elmer Reynolds and Danny Stines; Mother-in-law, Mary Katherine White, Rio Vista and sister-in-law, Beverly White, Rio Vista; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Harlan Funeral Home. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the chapel of Harlan Funeral Home with Reverend Gary Craig, Jr. and Reverend Cecil Hensley officiating.
Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery with Military Rites by the Harlan Honor Guard. The Honor Guard will also serve as pallbearers.
Claude Huff Jr.
Claude Huff, Jr. 67 of Big Laurel passed away Friday Feb. 28, 2014 at the Harlan ARH following a long battle with cancer, while surrounded by his loving family. Claude was born May 5, 1946 in Harlan Co., KY to the late Claude, Sr and Zona North Huff. He was a disabled coal miner having last worked for Shamrock Coal. He loved little children and cats. He loved to hunt, fish, and raise a garden. He was a member and Past Master of Nolen Lodge 806 F & AM and the Oleika Shriners. He was a member of Alex Branch Church of Christ.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his father & mother-in-law, Bennie and Susan Farler Adams; a nephew, that he raised like a son, Michael Hendrix; several sister-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sina Elizabeth Adams Huff of Big Laurel; daughter, Pamela Claudette Huff of Harlan; son, Jason Scott (Angie Caldwell) Huff of Bledsoe; his pride and joy, Grandson, Garrison Riley Huff; brother, Lonnie Huff of Sawbriar; sister-in-laws, Mary Turner of Big Laurel, Shirley Miniard of Big Laurel, Sarah & Fred Blair of Big Laurel, Rosalee Lewis of Hyden;; 2 nephews, a niece that he loved as his own, Logan, Travis, and Kayla Lewis. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved. He was also survived by 2 uncles and 1 aunts.
Visitation will be Tuesday March 4, 2014 from 5 until 9:00 pm at Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Wednesday March 5, 2014 in the chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home with Pastor James Forrester officiating. Masonic Rites will be observed by Nolan Lodge 806 F & AM immediately following the funeral services.
Burial will follow in the Adams Family Cemetery on Greasy Creek. The family wishes to thank the staff of Harlan ARH and Daniel Boone Clinic for their loving care.
Joyce Ann Johnson, 74 of Corbin formerly of Shields passed away Friday Feb. 28, 2014 at the Continue Care Hospital in Corbin. Joyce was born Aug. 14, 1939 in Evarts, KY to the late Avery and Annie Harmon Boyd. She was a homemaker and member of the Willow Grove Baptist Church.
Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Claude E. Johnson and her siblings.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Judy) Johnson, Clayton (Shawna) Johnson, Carol (Kelly) Napier all of Corbin, and Tina (Timothy) Coots of Shields; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday March 5, 2014 at the Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Thursday March 6, 2014 in the Chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Cupp Family Cemetery at Kenvir.
Jesse Lee Peace, 56, of Lejunior, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Harlan App. Reg. Hospital following a short illness. Born February 13, 1958, he was a native and lifelong resident of Harlan County. Jesse was a former coal miner and mechanic. He believed in the Pentecostal faith.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, Amanda Middleton Peace and Charles Harrison Peace; a brother, Charles Peace; and a special father-in-law, Mitchell Fairchild.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Debbie Fairchild Peace; two sons, Kevin Fairchild and wife, Rita, Fayetteville, TN; Jason Russell and wife, Tabitha, Lejunior; four grandchildren, Mitchell, Sierria, McKinzie and Ethan; one brother, Monas Peace, Shields; and seven sisters, Wanda Nantz, Rockholds, KY; Beulah Harris and husband, Rick, Corbin; Connie Burnett and husband, Grady, Corbin; Cora Long and husband, Wilburn; Lois Lockhart; Ellen Hughes and husband, Jim; Debbie Snellings and husband, Terry, all of Kenvir. Also surviving are a special mother-in-law, Reba Fairchild; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; a very special pet, Duke; a daughter, April Caudill, Dizney; and four grandchildren, Brianna, Jillian, Jaiden and Christopher.
Visitation will be held Monday from 5 until 8 pm at Evarts Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home with the Reverend Stan Nicely officiating. Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with sons and nephews serving as pallbearers.
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