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James Phillip Pate, 79, of Harlan, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at his home. Born July 6, 1935 in Harlan County, he had lived here all of his life. James was a retired coal miner, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served in the Korean Conflict. He believed in the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Jean Pate; his parents Orville and Ollie May Hensley Pate; one daughter, Karen Saylor; and a brother, Sonny Pate.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Wilhoit Pate, Fairview; four children, Wayne Pate and wife, Helen, Winchester; Carolyn Nipper and husband, Darrell, Berea; Sharon Grubbs and husband, Larry, Cawood; and James Pate and wife, Valerie, Berea; one step-son, Monroe Douglas and wife, Cathy, Jellico, TN. Also surviving are five sisters, Reba Brock and husband, John, Fairview; Barb Ward and husband, Leroy, Harlan; Jo Ann Hodge, Halls, TN; Lillian Pate, Speedwell, TN; and Betty Hollins and husband, John, London; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 until 8 P.M. at the Evarts Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home with the Reverend Neal Kelly officiating.
Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with military rites by the Harlan Honor Guard, who will also serve as pallbearers.
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Vernon “Pete” Lewis 72, of Pine Mountain, KY, for the last two years, formerly of Waterford Township, MI. departed this life Sat. April 18, 2015. He was born August 30, 1942 in Lynch, KY to the late Omer & Sue Stewart Lewis. Pete was a retired Robotics Technician from Ford Motor Company with 20 years of service at the Wixom Assembly Plant in Michigan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army & National Guard having served during the Vietnam War. As a young man, Pete was a avid race car driver having drove on the Toledo Speedway in Ohio and the Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan. He drove along side with such NASCAR legends as Dale Waltrip and Mark Martin. Pete had a love and concern for children and applied that as a Mentor in the Waterford Youth Assistance “Bucket Of Love” program for at risk children at the Waterford Village School in Waterford, MI. He was a Little League Baseball Coach, a member of the Waterford Coaches Association where they won two back to back championships.
Survivors include his wife; Theresa Marie Lewis; son; Michael D. Lewis; step-son, Matthew Jeshurun. Six grandchildren, Caleb, Ava, Charlotte, Cruz & Andreas. Two brothers; David Lewis & wife, Maxine, Gary Lewis & wife Tonya. One sister; Sandy Grimsley & husband, John. And several other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be conducted Sat. April 25, 2015 at 1 PM at Pine Mountain Chapel with the Rev. Ken Smith officiating.
Burial will follow in the Creech Cemetery of Pine Mountain, KY. Military honors to be conducted by the Harlan Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be: Gary Lewis, Colton Lewis, Mark Goetz, Paul Goetz, Michael Lewis, Matt Jeshurun, Dwight Lewis, Mark Lewis, Jimmy Wilder. Honorary Pallbearer is David Lewis. Visitation will be Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5-8 PM at the Henson & Rich Funeral Home.
Frank Delano Napier, age 78, of Corbin formerly of Harlan passed away Sunday, April 19 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Corbin, KY following a long illness. He was born November 21, 1935 to the late Bradley and Rhoda “Cornette” Turner Napier. He was the owner of the A&A Box Company.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by son, Michael Napier, brothers Marion and Colvey Turner, sisters, Sarah Jane Muncy, Mallie Brock, Bertha Ray, Cam Griffith and Annie Hensley.
Survivors include daughter, Lorri Napier of Corbin, KY grandson, Chase Sides of TN, sister, Cinda Gordon of TX, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 23 from 3 to 5PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 5PM in the chapel of Mount Pleasant with Rev. Paul Hensley officiating. Burial will be at the Napier Cemetery, Bledsoe, KY. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations for funeral expenses.
Ruth Naomi Wilson, age 94, of Cumberland Gap, TN formerly of Evarts, KY passed away Sunday, April 19 at her daughter’s home in Cumberland Gap, TN. She was born February 17, 1921 in Knoxville, TN. Her family was her greatest passion. She loved her years singing with the Southeast Choir. She cherished her years teaching and becoming guidance counselor at the school of the community she loved so well. She was a lifelong member of the Evarts Congregational United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by mother, Laura Elizabeth Reed, husband, Damon Hugh Wilson, daughter, Linda Ruth Wilson, granddaughter, Shannon Lynn Marks, and sister, Elizabeth Elliott.
Survivors include daughter, Rita Janice Jones and husband, James Jones of Cumberland Gap, TN, granddaughter, Laura C. Parker and husband, Michael L. Parker, and great grandchildren children Sarah, Emily and Stephen, granddaughter, Alison Marks Seal and great grandchildren, Cody, Olivia, Aiden and Robert Marks, lll.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 21 from 5 to 7PM at the Evarts Congregational United Methodist Church. Funeral will follow at 7PM also at the church with Rev. Michael Pitzer officiating. Burial will be Wednesday, April 22 at 10AM at Resthaven Cemetery with Cody Seal, Michael Parker, Brian Seal, Robert Marks, lll and Earl Johnson serving as pallbearers.
Harmon W. Lee, 71 of Miracle, Kentucky died April 19, 2015 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY. He was son of the late John and Sara Lee and had worked for the State Highway Department. Harmon was an avid UK Basketball fan and loved to raise a garden.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jimmy Lee; four brothers, Glen Lee, Rob Lee, Gabe Lee, Jim Lee; and one sister, Ollie Jackson.
Surviving are three children, Bill (Melissa Lee) Lee of Miracle, Lonnie (Claudette) Lee of Holland, MI, and John (Juanita) Lee of Wallins; seven grandchildren, Morgan, Tyler, Sam, Alonna, Sasha, Bobbie Joe, Seth, and Ross; two great-grandchildren, Parker and Kinzley; two brothers, Lewis Lee and Bill Lee both of Pathfork; and three sisters, Myrtle Wilder of Harrogate, TN, Cora Jackson of Miracle, and Betty Miracle of Miracle. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends including one special friend, Marie Wilder also survive.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the chapel of Anderson-Laws and Jones Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Anderson-Laws and Jones Funeral Home. Rev. Roland “Bo” Lee will officiate the services. Interment will follow the funeral in the Upland Cemetery at Hulen, KY.
Joyce Ann Plummer of Flower Mound, TX passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Joyce was born in Harlan, KY on June 8, 1937 to Dover William and Hazel Perkey Pursiful. While working in the payroll department at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, she met and began dating Raymond Plummer. They were married on July 6, 1968 and she was his devoted wife for 44 years until his passing in 2013. Joyce worked at various jobs throughout her life but was perhaps most proud of her work as a librarian for St. Louis County.
One of her favorite things about the job was leading the story hour program where she could read aloud to the library’s youngest patrons. But of all her vocations in life, being a mother was the thing she was best at and was her greatest passion. She was deeply committed to her two daughters and her steadfast support and ready affection will be greatly missed. Joyce was very involved in the lives of her family and friends and she blessed those in her life with her boundless generosity and fierce loyalty. She lived up to her name by spreading a sense of joy and fun to everyone she met. Her warm smile and hearty laugh were enjoyed by all who knew her. Throughout her life, Joyce had a passionate love of music. She was a skilled pianist and had a beautiful singing voice. One of the things she was most proud of and talked about often was being a Harlan Musette. She found ways to keep music in her life, from teaching piano and singing in her church choir to simply singing with her family in the car. She loved children and did frequent volunteer work at schools and vacation bible programs even after her own children were grown. Despite some very serious health challenges including diabetes, blindness, and finally cancer, Joyce maintained a positive attitude. She never complained or indulged in self-pity. Her fighting spirit was in inspiration to her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Raymond E. Plummer and her parents Dover and Hazel Pursiful, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and several sister-in-laws with whom she was exceptionally close.
She is survived by her daughters Jennifer Plummer Everett and Margaret Plummer Martin, her son-in-law Joel Martin, and her granddaughter Ava Vyola Martin who has been the light of her life for the last four years. She is also survived by her aunts Carolyn Perkey Luttrell and Mabel Pursiful White and her brother and sister in law John Joseph Plummer and Ellen Plummer Slick. Additionally her memory will be cherished by her extended family across the country who will miss her deeply.
A service celebrating Joyce’s life will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:30 AM. Her family will then travel to Harlan, KY to lay her to rest. A memorial service will be Tuesday, April 21 at 11AM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home. A private burial for family will be held at Resthaven Cemetery. The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Joyce’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Vivian Nolan, age 80, of Maryville, TN formerly of Harlan, KY passed away April 16, 2015 at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born October 12, 1934 in Harlan, KY to the late Denver and Fannie Middleton Nolan. She was a hard worker and most of the time, worked two jobs. She loved life and was quite the jokester. She loved the Lord and held onto her faith until the end. Vivian was a wonderful mother and will be missed every day.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by daughter, Sandra Kay Powers Stringfield, brothers, Foil, Sheridan, and Hampton Nolan, sisters, Mossie Nolan Gross, Opalee Nolan Napier, and Gladys Nolan Adkins.
Survivors include her children, Kerry Lynn Powers and wife Eva of Lenoir City, TN, Carolyn Elaine Walker and husband, Charles of New Tazewell, TN, and Michael Howard Herron and fiancé, Pam Brewster of Lenoir City, TN, grandchildren, John Ben Powers, April Nicole Powers, Rusty Powers, Clifton Stringfield, Tony Andrew Button, Wendy Alaine Button Jeffers, Mary Lurena Button, Justin Michael Herron, Jacob Dale Herron, and Jordan Elizabeth Herron, brothers, Bill and Melvin Nolan, sisters, Margaret Nolan Cornn, Martha Nolan Younts, Muriel Nolan Lambert and Barbara Nolan Ruffino, 15 great grandchildren and a many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday April 22 from 11AM to 12:30PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 12:30PM in the chapel of Mount Pleasant with Bo Cornn officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery with friends and family serving as pallbearers.