Nell Napier

28 December 2013

Nell Bray Napier of Hillside Drive, Ages, Kentucky formerly of Williamsburg, Kentucky departed this life on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Harlan Appalachian Hospital, Harlan, Kentucky. She was 94 years and 1 month of age.

She was born on November 25, 1919 in Whitley County, Kentucky to the late William and Sylinia Angel Bray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Napier. She attended Jellico Mountain Assembly.

She is survived by one son, Arnold Lindquist of Williamsburg, Kentucky; 6 grandchildren, Kenneth Lindquist (wife Lisa) of Hammond, Indiana, Arnold Lindquist (wife Melissa) of Ages, Kentucky, Katherine Martin of Ocala, Florida, Arnold Lindquist Jr. of Germany, Karoline Lindquist of Ocala, Florida, and Stevan Arnold Lindquist of Ocala, Florida; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandson; and a host of other family and friends to mourn her passing.

Visitation will be after 5:00 P.M. Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Croley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be at 1:30 P.M. Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Mullins officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Croley Addition Highland Park Cemetery in Williamsburg.



Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home assisted with local arrangments.


George Clem

28 December 2013

George ClemGeorge A. Clem, 65 of Mary Alice, KY passed away Friday Dec. 27, 2013 at his home with family by his side. George was born March 29, 1948 in Cawood, KY. He was a retired Coal Miner and member of the Gulston Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother Louise Clem.

He is survived by his wife Mary Clem; children, George Elbert Clem of Harlan, Pamela and Angie both of Indiana, Amanda (Dale) Mullins of Dryden, VA; grandchildren, Leslie Napier, and Jonathan (Katie) Clem, Emily and Isaiah Scott; 1 great grandson, Simon Elbert Clem; 1 sister, Mary Ruth Hensley and special friend Roy Bailey of Harlan; niece, Trichina "KI" (Steve) Smith of Mary Alice; Step-daughter, Tracy Baker; step grand daughter, Victoria Baker; 3 special nephews, Daniel Miracle, Jayme Miracle, and Michael Townsend; special friend and neighbor, Bob (Judy) Rhea of Mary Alice and Glen Muncy of Elcomb.

Visitation will be Monday Dec. 30, 2013 from 5 until 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. Gary Craig, Sr. and Rev. John Lundy officiating.

Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013 at the Grays Knob Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery just prior to the service.


Edith Parker

28 December 2013

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. John 11:25


Edith ParkerEdith Goss Parker, a lifelong resident of Harlan, passed away peacefully December 27, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Lucy Lynn Maxwell. She was the widow of Robus C. Parker and the mother of Jerry Jane Parker Payne and Lucy Lynn Parker Maxwell.

She was predeceased by her parents David Alexander and Captola Forester Goss, her brothers, Tom and Walter Goss, and two infant brothers.

She is survived by two sisters, Pauline J. Goss and Mabellee Goss Grim, one brother, Eugene Goss, and a host of nephews and a niece. She was "Granny" to Lauren Maxwell of Lexington, David Maxwell of Harlan, Hunter Payne of London, KY, Jill Payne Kobak of Lexington, and Leah Jane Payne of Austin, TX. She is the great grandmother of Benjamin Jacob Maxwell of London, Taylor and Parker Payne also of London, Olivia and Graham Kobak of Lexington, and Luke Ryan Maxwell of Harlan.

Edith was the most devoted mother ever, and she was generous to a fault, always giving of herself and her possessions to others. She was heart and soul of her family, a rare jewel that graced this earth for a time. Edith spent the majority of her life as a resident of Ivy Hill during which time she worked in Harlan as a public stenographer, recording court trials, taking depositions by shorthand, and as a stenographer in various legal offices. Multitalented, Edith was a born musician. After having had but a few violin lessons as a child, she was chosen to play in the school orchestra. She continued to entertain her family throughout the years with her violin and with the piano, which she played by ear.

She was also a prolific writer, and recently with the help of her friend and Hospice volunteer, Linda Harmon, she published a book entitled, "The Poetry of Edith Goss Parker" that included many but not all of the poems she wrote throughout her life. A lifelong member of the Harlan Baptist Church, she enjoyed learning and studying the Word. In her latter years, she wore out several Bibles reading them from cover to cover several times a year.

Private services will be held and she will be laid to rest in the Resthaven Cemetery at Keith, KY.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Harlan Baptist Church, Kitchen Fund, PO Box 883, Harlan, KY 40831 or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Mountain Heritage, PO Box 189, Harlan, KY 40831 in memory of Mrs. Parker.



Thelma Creech

27 December 2013

Thelma CreechThelma Irene Stiles Creech, 81 of Fort Smith, AR, formerly of Cumberland, KY, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 26th, 2013 following a brief illness. She was born February 27, 1932 in Etowah, Tennessee to the late Floyd and Lonesome Barr Stiles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, her beloved dauthter, Kathryn Creech Childers, her great-granddaughter, Byrnlee Taylor Rouse, and her sisters, Charlotte Gilley and Rita "June" White.

She is survived by her children, daughters, Elizabeth Rigney, Cumberland, Ky; Teresa Hawthorne and husband Gary, Fort Smith, Ar; and her son, Al Creech, Gosnell, Ar. In addition to her children, she is survived by ten grandchildren, Jennifer (Jamie) Disney, Brandi (Shawn) Romines, Shasta and Gabrielle Childers, Jonathan Rigney, Sarah (William) Vanzanna, Abby and Evan Hawthorne, Elizabeth (Brad) Murray, and Emily Brooke Creech and by 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Charles Stiles, Richmond, KY; Clayton Stiles, Huntington, West VA; Robert Stiles, Benton, TN; Dwight Stiles, Knoxville, TN; and her baby sister Regina Blanton, Gastonia, NC.

Before moving to Arkansas ten years ago, Thelma was a member of the Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church, Lions Club and Senior Citizens Center. She was very active in her family life, as well as her community. She knew no stranger and loved to brag on her kids and grandkids. She has it written in the back of her Bible, that she always enjoyed being the "Kool-Aid" mom, and for anyone who knew her they would certainly attest to that. Although she spent her last few years in Arkansas, she always longed for the mountains of KY. She was truly the greatest story teller around and had the voice of an angel.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Methodist Rehab in Fort Smith, Arkansas for taking such wonderful care of her, for they too had a special place in her heart.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2013, from 6-8 pm at Tri City Funeral Home Funeral Chapel in Benham, KY.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church in Cumberland, KY. Interment will follow in the Peaceful Acres Cemetery in Hiram, KY.

Pallbearers are Michael Turner, Shawn Romines, Jamie Disney, Ricky McQueen, Eddie Creech, and Richie Creech.


Lois Creech

27 December 2013

Lois Creech, age 86 of Benham, KY, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at the Tri City Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cumberland, KY. She was born in Cumberland, KY on May 16, 1927 to the late Arthur and Luisa Simmons Kitts. She was a homemaker, member of the Central Baptist Church, Benham Garden Club and the Rebekkah Lodge 63.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Creech; son, Dennis Creech; and several brothers and sisters.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Darrell Creech (Onilee) and Alan Dale Creech of Benham, Karen Whitaker and Donald Wayne Creech of Madison, WV; grandchildren, Kevin Creech of Lexington, Jill Creech and Christina Creech of Benham, Jimmy Knoble and Timmy Knoble of Madison, WV, Keith Creech of Knoxville, TN, and Jenny Cook (Travis) of Cumberland; great grandchildren, Brady Creech (Anna), Aaron Cook and Chloe Cook of Cumberland, Andrew Creech of Benham, Peyton Knoble of Madison, WV, Lance Creech of Knoxville, TN; great great grandchild, Lydia Marie Creech of Cumberland; and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of the Tri City Funeral Home in Benham, KY on Saturday, December 28, 2013, between 5 – 8 pm.

Funeral services will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at 2 pm with Reverend Dax Taulbee officiating. Interment will follow in the Benham Cemetery in Benham, KY. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


Beulah Ditty

26 December 2013

Beulah T. Ditty, 90 of Harlan, was born on September 30, 1923 and died on December 25, 2013 with family by her side at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital.

She was a member of the Kelly Street Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Davis and Anna Turner Thurman; her husband, Stanley James Ditty; and one son, Joseph Edward Ditty.

Beulah is survived by her children: Evelyn Frady of Connecticut, Delia Palmer and husband W.D. of Berea, KY. Stanley R. Ditty and wife Sandra of Lexington Ky. Florence Howard and Husband David, of Rosspoint KY. Judy Ditty of North Carolina, and Mike Ditty and wife Jalaine of Baxter Ky. Beulah is also survived by: 3 Brothers, Kenneth Thurman, Roy Thurman, and Ted Thurman, 2 Sisters Fay Belva, and Mae Moules.14 Grandchildren, 24 Great-grandchildren, and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 1:00pm at Resthaven Cemetery Chapel. Friends and Family will be serving as pallbearers. Memorial contributions suggested to Muscular Dystrophy or American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.



Shelby Henegar

25 December 2013

Shelby Jean Pugh Henegar, 60, of Evarts, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013, at her home. Born February 19, 1953 in Harlan County, she had lived here most of her life. Shelby was employed by the Harlan County Board of Education as a teacher at the Evarts Elementary School. She believed in the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Buddy” Henegar; her parents, Alma Jean Webb Pugh and Festus Pugh, Sr.; one brother, James Howard Pugh; and one nephew, Brandon Pugh.

Survivors include one brother, Festus Pugh, Jr., and wife, Casey, Knoxville; two sisters, Odetta Martin and husband, Ivan, Evarts; and Marlene Redwine, Wallins. Also surviving are her two cats, Gladys and Molly; a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 3 until 6 PM in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be conducted Friday, December 27, 2013, at 1 pm at the Resthaven Cemetery Chapel with the Reverend Bill Moore officiating.