Mary Ruth Bowling died on April 22, 2014 after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was born January 4, 1933 in Wallins Creek, Kentucky to the late Clayborn and Ava Blanton Bowling.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving sister, Mrs. Shirley Ann (late Reverend Samuel J.) Bowman in January of this year. Mary was a devout Christian and faithful life-long member of the Wallins Christian Church where she served as Board Member. She always noted the blessings that had been bestowed upon her with such fellow believers and likewise, the provision of a wonderful extended family.
In her service to the Lord, Mary dedicated her life to public service and helping others. Her career started with the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Washington, D.C. in October 1951. She worked for the Bureau until August 1959. Given to non-disclosure, the only information shared with the family was Director J. Edgar Hoover's personal comments regarding Mary's exceptional marksmanship. In response to him, she was quick to give credit to her father Clayborn back in Kentucky for her initial training and the subsequent refinement of her much-touted ability. After being led by the Spirit to return home to the mountains of Kentucky, Mary worked for over a year as a clerk for Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital before enrolling in the ARH School of Professional Nursing. She graduated near the top of her class in 1964, and once again returned to work for Harlan ARH where she was employed for over 32 additional years as a registered nurse. Her last position was night-shift supervisor. She held this post for many years until she retired in 1996.
Mary leaves in passing one sister, Jessie Sue (late Robert C.) Smith of Waco, Texas and one brother William Kendrick Bowling and wife Charlene of Wallins Creek, Kentucky. She also leaves to mourn three nieces and two nephews: Ava Madeline Smith,Austin, Texas, Tammy Lynne Bowling, Wallins Creek, Rhonda Lee Bowling (fiancé Greg VanAuken),Burlington, North Carolina, Eric Scott Bowling & wife Verna, Wallins Creek, and Clayborn Clarence Smith & wife Julie, Waco, Texas. In addition, all who knew Mary were familiar with the special bond and love she shared with her great-nieces Erica Jo Bowling- Wallins Creek and Kendra Elizabeth VanAuken- Burlington, NC, as well as great-nephews William Kendrick Bowling- Wallins Creek and Jacob Timothy Smith- Waco, Texas. Many others will miss the love and laughter Mary so freely gave including several close first-cousins and other relatives, as well as her small close-knit group of retired friends from Harlan ARH with whom she greatly enjoyed spending time with (Susie Howard, Loretta Creech, Pat Hensley, and Shirley Middleton. An additional close friend, Jenny Lou Spurlock, retired to Florida).
Additionally surviving is the 4th floor-ICU staff of the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital and HARH Personnel Director Sabra Howard who gave Mary wonderful and compassionate care. Also surviving is a life-long neighbor and special friend Kim Moses Gross who gave Mary consistent love and thoughtfulness throughout the years.
Visitation will be at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan on Friday April 25th from 5-7pm with funeral services immediately following at 7PM. The Reverend Obie Clark of the Wallins Christian Church will be officiating. Elder Bill Lee will be assisting.
Burial will be at Park Howard Cemetery in Wallins Creek on Saturday April 26th at 11am. Pallbearers will be the men of the Wallins Christian Church.
Rev. Larry Parker
Reverend Larry E. Parker, 60, of Baxter, went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Hazard following a short illness.
He was born July 2, 1953 in Harlan County to the late Arthur Parker and the late Sue Witt Parker Gilbert. Larry graduated from Evarts High School and the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. He was a member of the Yocum Creek Baptist Church where he was the pastor until his illness. He had been the pastor at various churches throughout the county and had dedicated his life to serving the Lord. He also worked in the past as a coal miner.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Walters Parker, Baxter; two children, Jennifer Parker Jeffers and husband, Mike, Loyall; Justin Parker and wife, Samantha, Putney; two grandsons, Dillon and Deric Jeffers, Loyall; two sisters, Linda Evans and husband, Don, Evarts; Vickie Middleton, Lexington; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home with the Reverend Justin Parker and the Reverend Bobby Joe Rouse officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 until 9 pm at the Evarts Funeral Home.
Interment will be in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass P.O. Box 189 Harlan, KY 40831.
Mark Delano Napier, 51, of Wallins, formerly of Evarts, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home. Born February 8, 1963 in California, he had lived here all of his life. He believed in the Pentecostal faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents Franklin Delano Napier and Mary Lou Cloud Napier, and one brother, Gary Napier.
Survivors include his wife, Dora Gail Napier; three children, Marcus Farley, Dora Mae Farley and Terry Farley; brothers and sisters, Lila and Wallace Wilkerson; Miranda and Warren Madden; Verlin Napier; Antonia Hughes; Richard and Jessica Napier; and Ada and Irvin Harris. Also surviving are special friends, Paul and Tamara Weller, and a host of other family and friends including special nieces and nephews Tyler Jenkins, Aislynn Napier, Lushus Napier and Raegan Napier.
Visitation will be held Tuesday after 6 PM at the Disney Free Pentecostal Church.
Funeral services will be conducted, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 4 PM at the Church with Reverend Henry “H.L.” Farley officiating. Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Mandy “Lois” Sturgill, age 68 of Eolia, KY, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her residence of a brief illness. She was born in Letcher County, KY on September 07, 1945 to the late Clarence and Nannie Boggs Dean. Lois spent her life as a homemaker and believed in the Pentecostal faith.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Columbus Sturgill; and a brother.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Kyle Sturgill of Eolia, Johnny Sturgill, Laketa Sparkman and Teresa Boggs, all of Cumberland, Michael Sturgill of Partridge, and Joyce Lively of Baxter; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
The family will receive friends in the Chapel of the Tri City Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, between 5 – 8 pm.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 11 am with the Reverend Darrell Turner officiating. Interment will follow in the Boggs Cemetery of Eolia, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Frances L. Senters, age 73 of Cumberland, KY, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Hazard, KY. She was born in Harlan County on November 13, 1940 to Luther and Bertha Gilliam Halcomb. Frances was a member of the Gilliam Chapel Church and spent her life as a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Senters; son, Troy Senters; brothers, Dudley Halcomb and Nelson Halcomb; and sisters, Mary Brown, Honorah Cornett, Priscilla Smith and Copha Lee Fields.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Sue Boggs, Theresa Boggs, and Joe (Lisa) Senters, all of Cumberland; brothers, Gillis Halcomb of Whitesburg, Mack Halcomb and Luther Halcomb of Linefork; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
The family will receive friends in the Chapel of the Tri City Funeral Home on Monday, April 21, 2014, between 5 – 8 pm.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 1 PM. Interment will follow in the Halcomb Cemetery in Linefork, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Mac A. Johnson
Mac A. Johnson, 72 of Harlan passed away Thursday April 17, 2014 at the Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation Center following a short illness. Mac was born January 26, 1942 to the late Mack and Dorothy Johnson. He was a former employee of the Harlan ARH maintenance department. He proudly served his country as a Veteran of the United States Army and former member of the Harlan Honor Guard. He was a member of the Lenarue Baptist Church.
Besides his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, John Johnson, and sister, Phyllis Mabe.
He is survived by sisters, Della Mullins of Covington, KY, Mary Saylor of Hyden, KY, Gloria Stapleton of Merrillville, IN, Shirley (Mark) Lawrence of Florence, Montana, and Lois (Rick) Childers of Georgetown, OH; his brothers, James (Debbie) Johnson of Indiana and Fred (Linda) Johnston of Lenarue; He leaves a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Visitation will be Tuesday (April 22) from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Howard officiating.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday (April 23) at Lee Memorial Gardens in Woodway, VA. Military rites will be observed by the Harlan Honor Guard.
Della Mae Haywood, 78, of Wallins, departed this life on Thursday, April 17, 2014 following an illness. She was born at Wallins Creek on April 27, 1935, one of thirteen children to the late Moss Hensley and the late Rinda Hopkins Hensley. As a young adult, Della resided in Covington, KY for 20 years, and then returned to her home here in Harlan County. She enjoyed attended various churches.
Most people knew her for her singing and guitar playing, as well as her ability to quilt. She had a great love for music, and she has passed this down to her grandchildren. In addition to her parents,
Della is preceded in death by two brothers, Gilbert and Jay Hensley.
Survivors include a daughter, Alicia Donahue, of Wallins; two sons, Kevin Haywood, of Tremont; and Allen Haywood and wife Peggy, of Baxter; six grandchildren, Cassie Crawford and husband Matt; Seth Haywood, Joshua Haywood, Sarah Haywood, Anthony Donahue and Nathan Donahue. Also surviving are five sisters, Irene Meeks and husband Charles, Melbourne, FL; Ann Vandeursen and husband Sam, South Holland, MI; Margaret Puleo and husband Denny, Batavia, NY; Betty Jean Parker and husband Bob, Louisville, KY; Geraldine Honeycutt, London, KY; five brothers, Cecil Hensley, Somerset, KY; Wendell “Tubby” Hensley and wife Retta, Wallins; Arlis Hensley and wife Mitt, Wallins; Chuck Hensley and wife Birdie, Wallins; Gene Hensley and wife Pam, Dayton, OH; sister-in-law, Betty Hensley, of Wallins; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family of Della Haywood will welcome visitors on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 until 8 pm at the Harlan Funeral Home.
The funeral services will follow at 8 pm in the Harlan Funeral Home chapel with the Reverend Freeman Clark officiating. Her grandson, Josh Haywood, will also be speaking.
Interment services will take place at 11 am Thursday, April 24, at the Park Howard Cemetery at Wallins. Those wishing to attend can meet at Harlan Funeral Home at 10:30 am to proceed to the cemetery.
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