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Annie Ruth Halcomb was born June 08, 1922 at Delphia, KY and passed from this life on March 5, 2015 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard, KY being 92 years, 8 months, and 25 days of age. She was the daughter of the late Preston Sr. and Mary Shepherd Hall. Annie Ruth was a Christian for 77 years, a member of the Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church, and a retired Postmaster of 32 years. She was married December 6, 1941 to the late Kester Halcomb, Sr., and to this union was born one son, Kester Halcomb, Jr.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.
Survivors include her son, Kester Halcomb, Jr. and wife, Thelma, of Eolia, KY; brother, Carter Hall and wife, Quinna, of Delphia, KY; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family will receive friends for visitation at the Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church at Delphia, KY on Saturday, March 07, 2015, between 6 -9 pm. Funeral services will be held at the church on Sunday, March 08, 2015, at 12 pm with Reverend Eddie Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Whispering Pines Cemetery in Delphia, KY with nephews and friends serving as pallbearers.
Dennis Bradley Farley, 57, of Evarts, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at his home. He was born December 4, 1957 in Harlan County, and had lived here most of his life. He spent many years in the coal mines and working on tobacco farms. Dennis believed in the Christian faith and he was a very loyal and loving family member who spent his life helping others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shone Bradley Farley, Jr. and Mildred Baker Farley.
Survivors include his son, Anthony Wynn, Georgia; two grandchildren; a sister, Claudetta Faye Ledford and husband, Jeff, Evarts; a brother, Joe Milwee, Michigan; two nephews, Earl B. Coffey and wife, Tonya, Evarts; and Jeffrey A. Ledford and girlfriend, Courtney Stanton, Evarts; a niece Natasha B. Hester and husband, Alan Bennett, Evarts; a great-nephew, Dylan Bradley Rhea Coffey, Tennessee; three great-nieces, Brooke Hester, Evarts; Cassondra Coffey, Cumberland; and Bridget Greene, Evarts. Also surviving are two special friends, Donald Day and Charles Helton, both of Evarts; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday after 4:00 PM until the funeral hour at the Kildav Community Church. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, March 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Kildav Community Church. Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Aretta Inez Lay Whitaker, 97, passed from her earthly life on Thursday morning, March 5, 2015, after a long illness. She was born November 22, 1917, in Jellico, Kentucky, the second of eight children to Albert and Estella (Rose) Lay. She moved to Harlan County, Kentucky, as a young girl and lived there until the last three years of her life, which were spent in Fayetteville, Tennessee. A 1936 graduate of Harlan High School, she met and married Paul Benjamin Whitaker, and they made their home in Loyall.
She had a passion for reading, traveling, and collecting antiques. She also had a true love and compassion for the many children she taught as a long-time Kindergarten teacher at Loyall Elementary School. Aretta was a member of the First Baptist Church of Loyall, a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi, and served as a hospital volunteer for many years. One to never turn a blind eye to an important issue or injustice, Aretta took up many social and community causes throughout her life. Her true love, however, was her family.
She and Paul had two children, Vivian Lorraine Cooper Beatty (Jerry) of Middletown, Ohio, and James “Jay” Albert (Alene) Whitaker of Fayetteville, Tennessee, formerly of Fresh Meadows, all of whom survive. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Paula Whitaker (Michael) Whisenant of Fayetteville, Tennessee, and J. Todd Whitaker of Durham, North Carolina, as well as two great-grandchildren, Mary Addison Whitaker and Andrew Michael Whisenant. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, her parents, sisters Jessie (William)McSpadden and Jeanette (Arthur) Selvey , and brothers Harold (Jenny) Lay and Pete Lay.
She is survived by sisters Bobbie (Homer) Martin of Inverness, Florida, and Norma (Charles) Clawson of Kingsport, Tennessee, brother Albert Lay, Jr., of Kingsport, and a host of special nieces and nephews. She and her family were especially thankful for the many special caregivers of Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice who provided such loving and gentle care during her last two years of life.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 8th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Loyall First Baptist Church with the funeral service immediately following at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be on Monday, March 9th at noon in Resthaven Cemetery alongside her husband, Paul.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice of Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Bertha Mary Elliott, 92, of Wallins, Kentucky born October 5, 1922, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Harlan Heath and Rehabilitation Center. She attended the Wallins Chruch of God.
Preceding her in death are her father: George Elliott; mother: Mary Hutson; sisters: Jodie Elliott, Katherine Haywood, and Bernice Partlo; and brothers: Little George and Little Charlie. Surviving are sisters: Opal Dusseau of Wallins and Ada Blanton of Michigan; and brothers: Martin Elliott of Culver, IN and Robert (Shirley) Elliott of Michigan. Several Nieces, Nephews and a host of friends also survive.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Park Howard Cemetery in Wallins, KY. The Rev. Jimmy Thomas will officiate the services.
Gary Wayne Hughett, 61 of Maynardville, Tennessee, formerly of Harlan, KY died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a native of Harlan, Kentucky; he believed in the Holiness faith and he was a self-employed contractor.
Proceeding him in death are his parents, Iona Mae and Robert Hughett and grandparents, Lawrence and Lillie Taylor.
Surviving are one son, Gary Hughett, Jr. of Indiana; two daughters, Michelle Hughett of Texas and Tonya Turner of Harlan; one brother Bo Hughett of Georgia; two sisters, Teresa Hughett of Georgia and Beverly Hughett Middleton of Harlan, KY. Two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Visitation will be Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Chapel of Anderson-Laws and Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 PM with the Rev. Joey Robertson officiating. Interment will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Resthaven Cemetery at Keith, KY.
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Beverly Lynn Watkins
Beverly Lynn Watkins, age 52, of Sharps Chapel, TN passed away March 3, 2015 at the Claiborne Medical Center, Tazewell, TN. She was born May 9, 1962 in Harlan, KY to the late Charles and Lora Kelly Gilbert. She was a loving homemaker, wife, and mother.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Teresa Chadwell.
Left to mourn her passing is her husband, Roy Watkins, Jr. of Sharps Chapel, TN, daughters, Wadonna (Charles) Farmer of Wallins, KY and Kelly Watkins of Sharps Chapel, TN, brothers, Wendell, Tim, John, and Ron Gilbert all of Virginia and Martin Woodard of London, KY, sister, Lois Vaughn of London, KY and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 8 from 5 to 8PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home. Funeral Home will be Monday, March 9 at 1PM in the chapel of Mount Pleasant with Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will be at the Park Howard Cemetery, Wallins, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Mary Farmer, age 92, of Cawood, KY passed away March 4, 2015 at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 3, 1923 in Harlan County to the late Lloyd and Charity Hensley Fowler. She was a retired cook from the Harlan ARH and believed in the Church of God faith.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Farmer, brothers, Clarence, Beckham and William Fowler and sisters Dorothy Hatcher and Elizabeth Johnson.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Sarah Joanna (Roland) Black of New Carlisle, OH, Charity Arnetta (Avery) Lawson of Wallins, and Kay Bargo of Cawood, KY, brothers, Edward Fowler of Ohio and Ike Fowler of Michigan, 7 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 7 from 5 to 8PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.
Funeral will be Sunday, March 8 at 1PM at the Cawood Church of God with Rev. John Carter officiating. Burial will be at the Farmer Cemetery, Cranks, KY with grandchildren serving as pallbearers.
Charles W. “Charlie” Wattenberger, age 82, passed away March 3, 2015 at the Harlan ARH. He was born December 8, 1932 at Crummies, KY to the late Carson and Ollie Irvin Wattenberger. Charlie was the former mayor of Loyall, KY as well as a City Council Member and was a 1952 graduate of Hall High School. He was a finance officer with several local financial firms. Charlie was a veteran of the Korean War and was a Kentucky Colonel. Charlie was a member of many organizations including Shriners, Howard Lodge 819 F&AM, Harlan Council No. 91 Royal and Select Master, Duffield Commander No. 42 Knights of the Templar, and Harlan Chapter 165 Arch Mason. He was a member of the Sunny Acres Church of God.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter Teresa Wattenberger Stewart, son-in-law, Jack Stewart, two brothers, sisters, Georgia Hansel, Ruby Watkins, and Jamaica Brooks.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Teddie Turner Wattenberger of Loyall, KY, Charles Wattenberger, Jr. of Rosspoint, KY, grandsons, Dustin Wattenberger of Richmond, KY and Cory Wattenberger of Harlan, KY, sisters, Mary Smith of Lexington, KY, Elsie Kirby of Florence, KY, sister-in-law, Maisie (Delmar) Napier of Hamilton, OH and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 7 from 12:30 to 2PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.
Funeral will follow at 2PM at the chapel of Mount Pleasant with Reverends Jim Blair and Lonnie Napier officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery with Masonic Rites being performed. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass-Mountain Heritage, PO Box 198, Harlan, KY 40831 or the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.
Lawrence Powell, 80 of Ages, was born on Saturday, July 7, 1934 at Cawood, KY and died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a US Army Veteran and believed in the Baptist Faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Otis Powell and Nancy Shackleford Powell; also his wife, Emma Lou Powell.
He is survived by: his children, Lawrence Powell JR of Ages; Teresa and husband, Ray Grimes of Jacksonville, Florida and Dustin and wife, Rebecca Powell of London, KY; his brother and sister Ernest Powell of Emmitt, Michigan and Vina Turner of New Lexington, Ohio. Also three grandchildren, Gregory Lee Blevins, Emma Grace Powell and Eric Powell; and one great-granddaughter, Celina Mitchell.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 12noon in the Chapel of Henson & Rich Funeral Home with Rev. John Luttrell officiating. Burial will follow at ResthavenCemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Saturday from 10AM until the funeral hour.