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Alice Phillips

alice-phillips  Alice Lavelle Phillips, age 54, of Cawood , KY went to be with our Lord August 31,2014 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY. She entered this...

Bill Messer

bill-messer  Bill Messer, 74 of Loyall went home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday Aug. 30, 2014 at his home. Bill was born July 13, 1940 in Harlan Co., KY to...
willa-mae-hensley  Willa Mae Hensley 78, of Grays Knob, Ky. passed away August 26, 2014 at the Hazard Regional Medical Center in Hazard Ky. after a Long Illness. She...

Joann Rosas

joann-rosas  Joann Johnson Rosas, age 54 of Lexington, KY, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her residence. She was born January 18,...

Junior Young

junior-young  Jessie “Junior” Ralph Young, Jr., 63 of Harlan, KY passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at his home in Teetersville, KY surrounded by his family...

William Jones

william-jones William C. “Bill” Jones, 93, of Morristown, formerly of Harlan County passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He was born...
leonard-d-smith  Leonard D. Smith, age 58 of Eolia, KY, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014, at his residence. He was born October 13, 1955 to the late William...
nease  Larry Joe Nease, age 42 of Cumberland, KY, departed this life on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Baptist Health in Lexington, KY. He was born in...

Fred Adkisson


Fred AdkissonFred (Buck) Adkisson, 83 of Harlan, KY entered his eternal resting place on Friday, April 25, 2014. He is now in the Heaven he dreamed of and with the Savior he loved and worshipped.

Buck was a devoted husband, a wonderful father and grandfather, a loyal friend to many and dedicated member of Kelly Street Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Church Treasurer for many years. He loved his family with his entire heart and showed love and compassion with his gentle, quiet spirit in everything he did. He loved the beauty of God’s earth where he spent many summers gardening. Serving the Lord was his main priority and he was always faithful to his church with his presence, his support and his love.

Fred was born to Lucille and Lonnie Adkisson on Friday Dec. 12, 1930. His parents, his sister, Nadine Brown, and 3 grandsons, Donny Adkisson, Christopher Donald Adkisson, and Mark Wayne Kelly preceded him in death.

He lived his entire life in Harlan, and was a graduate of Harlan High School where he played football and later served as President of the Harlan High School Athletic Association and as a Harlan Independent School Board Member. He was a Veteran of the Korean conflict serving in the United States Air Force.

Fred retired from the Harlan Post Office where he worked for 38 years. He leaves his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Pauline Ward Adkisson; his children, Brenda (Alfred) Kelly of Lambertville, MI, Otis “Rusty” (Emily) Bailey of Putney, KY, Audra “Peanut” (Terry) Byers of Lexington, KY, Rev. Donnie (Lisa) Adkisson of Harlan, KY, Kaye (Sam) Ratcliff of London, KY, Kim (John) Croushorn of Corbin, KY, Ronnie (Cheryl) Adkisson of Prospect, KY, and Bill (Jennifer) Adkisson of Brodhead, KY. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild. Also surviving is his brother, Dave (Jeanene) Adkisson of Martinsville, IN and Jack (Bonnie) Adkisson of Myrtle Beach, SC. Buck is now healed of his sickness and walking with his heavenly Father where he is happy forever.

He would want his family and friends to celebrate his life with joy and fond memories. The family asks that you join in this celebration of life at the Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

The funeral will be conducted 11:00 am Monday, April 28, 2014 in the Chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Donnie Adkisson and Rev. Paul White officiating. Buck will then be laid to rest in the Resthaven Cemetery at Keith with Military Rites being observed by the Harlan Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Josh Bailey, Justin Taylor, Charles Cassim, Benny Hensley, J.B. Donahue, Ray Alred, Bob Miracle, and Ed Hatmaker.

The men of the Kelly Street Baptist Church will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Flowers are welcome however; contributions can be made to the Kelly Street Baptist Church Youth Group, PO Box 1378, Harlan, KY 40831 in memory of Buck.


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Benny Hutchison

HutchisonBenny Hutchison, 57, of Crab Orchard, KY, formerly of Harlan County passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Benny was born June 16, 1956 in Harlan County. He was a retired coal miner, attended the Liberty Baptist Church in Crab Orchard and loved riding horses. He is preceded in death by his parents, Don Hutchison and Edith Blevins Gibbons.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Katherine Short Hutchison, Crab Orchard; three children, Loretta Smith and husband, Reese, Lafollette, TN; Holly Simpson and husband, Buddy, Wallins; and Jr. Hutchison and wife, Kasey, Crab Orchard; three brothers, Hank Caudill and wife, Leah, Benham; Kenneth Gibbons and wife, Lynn, Richmond, VA; and Tim Hutchison, Holmes Mill; six sisters, Kathy Wagers, Flat Lick, KY; Connie Sturgill and husband, Fred, Evarts; Missy Payne and husband, Tony, Lejunior; Patricia Hutichson, Richmond, VA; Carol Anderson, Richmond, VA; and Willie Brouse and husband, Bill, Richmond, VA; five grandchildren, Caleb Marlow, Andrew Simpson, Ben Hutchison, Shianna Marlow and Erika Hutchison. Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends, including two special friends, Bud Shackleford and Charlie Thompson, both of Crab Orchard.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 until 8 PM and Saturday from 10 until 2 PM in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 2 PM in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home with the Reverend Zandell Hasty officiating. Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.





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Mary Bowling

Mary Ruth Bowling received her heavenly reward after passing from a courageous battle with leukemia on April 22, 2014. She was born January 4, 1933 in Wallins Creek,Mary Bowling 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 n​on-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). The family extends eternal thanks to the 4th floor-ICU staff of the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital and HARH Personnel Director Sabra Howard for Mary’s wonderful and compassionate care. A special appreciation is given to her life-long neighbor and special friend Kim Moses Gross for the consistent love and thoughtfulness she offered to Mary 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.




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Rev. Larry Parker

ParkerReverend 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.





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Mark Napier

NapierMark 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.





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Mandy Sturgill

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.


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