Sue Witt Parker Gilbert, 79, of Evarts, went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness. Born November 3, 1933 in Harlan County, Sue had lived here all of her life. She was a retired sales clerk and a member of the Evarts Baptist Church.
Sue is preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Parker; her second husband, Lawrence “Tom” Gilbert; her parents, Thomas Witt and Minnie Creech Witt; three brothers, Aron, Glen and Asa Witt; a son-in-law, Richard Middleton; and a step-son, Mike Gilbert and his wife, Debra.
Survivors include three children, Linda Evans and husband, Don, Evarts; Larry Parker and wife, Linda, Harlan; and Vickie Middleton, Lexington; three step-children, Brenda Stallard and husband, Nathan, Harrogate; Judy McCreary and husband, William “Butch”, Harrogate; and Lawrence Gilbert, Jr. and wife, Vickie, Columbus, OH; one sister, Dottie and husband, Dan, Prosperous, KY; three brothers, Jim Witt and wife, Rose Mary, Louisville; Tommy Witt, Jr. and wife, Thelma, Stanford; and Wayne Witt and wife, Reva, London. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Jennifer Parker Jeffers and husband, Mike, Kristi Davidson Rubalcaba, Jared Gilbert and wife, Rhonda, Meaghan Evans, Tessa Evans, Justin Parker and wife, Samatha, and Meghan Middleton; three great-grandchildren, Dillon and Deric Jeffers, Xander Rubalcaba; three sisters-in-law, Ollie Witt, Illinois; Freada Witt and Lavada Witt, both of Louisville; and a host of other family and dear friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 until 9 pm at the Evarts Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, October 21, 2013, at 11 am in the Chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home with the Reverend Larry Parker, the Reverend Justin Parker and the Reverend Scottie Witt officiating.
Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Astor Everett Holcomb, 91 0f Putney was born on Thursday, August 31, 1922 and died Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. He is a World War II US Army Air Corps Veteran, a Member of the Harlan Masonic Lodge # 879, the Fraternal Order of Police and was a born again Christian attending the Putney Bible Church.
He was a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington, KY which developed because of his desire to help crippled children. He was the grandson of Dr. Johnny Holcomb, known to his many patients he visited on horseback. He learned at an early age to live the life of a mountain boy: plowing, tending the horses and mules, hunting, and roaming the mountains.
After attending Kingdom Come Settlement School, he became a soldier in the US Army Air Corp where he flew missions all over the world as a gunner on the plane. The missions in France and Germany became a reality when he was shot down twice, injured, captured and in a POW camp for a short time. Upon returning stateside, he was stationed at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City, OK. There he met the love of his life, Helen Belle Johnson. They enjoyed 56 years of a wonderful marriage, and are once again united in heaven.
He had many occupations as miner, coal truck driver, furniture store delivery man, bus driver, and deputy sheriff before he settled on his niche in life to work for the Kentucky Division of Forestry. While employed there, he was called upon to build a fire access road, later known as the Little Shepherd Trail. He was a head ranger for two years and then became the law enforcement officer for the Division of Forestry where he was over 10 counties.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fitzhugh and Cindy Holcomb of Linefork KY; his wife, Helen Bell Holcomb and his sisters, Jean Halcomb and Alma Miles.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Nancy and husband, Britt Lawson JR of Putney and Pam Holcomb also of Putney. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Britt Lawson III and wife, Shannon; Mark Everett Lawson and wife, April; Bethany Bell Lawson; Michael Lawson and wife, Christen. His great grandchildren kept a spark in his eye: Britt Lawson, IV; Anna Lawson; Hunter Lawson; Ryleigh Lawson and Zoe Lawson, all of Putney. He is also survived by a brother, Bill Halcomb and wife Norma of Dayton Ohio and a sister, Martha Asher, of Grays Knob, as well as many loving and caring nieces and nephews, including Bobbie Bowman, who he called his other daughter. He will also be sadly missed by his three faithful caregivers, Betty Sawyers, Gaynelle Halcomb and Tonya Adams.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at Henson & Rich Funeral Home.Funeral services will follow at 7 PM Sunday with Rev. Clay Groves and Rev. Donald Lowry officiating.
Burial services will be held at Resthaven Cemetery Chapel at 11 AM Monday with Military Rights by the Harlan County Honor Guard and Masonic Services by Howard Lodge #819.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Putney Bible Church, Putney KY 40865 or the Oleika Shrine, 326 Southland Dr, Lexington KY 40503, in memory of Astor. Casket-bearers will be members of the Harlan Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Britt Lawson III, Mark Everett Lawson, and Michael Lawson; Jacob Rhymer, Roy Kilgore, Danny Asher, Harold L. Howard, George Howard, Lowell Harris, Jack Lee, Tim Price and David Howard.
Roy Watkins Sr.
Roy Lee Watkins, Sr., age 77, of Wallins Creek, KY passed away October 15, 2013 at the Greg Noreen Wells Hospice Center, Hazard, KY. He was born April 4, 1936 in Harlan, KY to the late Clarence and Rose Watkins. He was a retired miner, mechanic, and welder. He was a member of H.A.M. radio club.
Besides his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers: Alvin, Jessie and Glen Watkins; wife and mother of his children, Opal Lee Watkins, and a grandson, Donald Gregory Watkins.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Rose Watkins; 5 children: Roy Lee Watkins, Jr. and wife, Lynn of Sharps Chapel, TN; Dora Jane Watkins, Donald Watkins and wife, Glenda, Roger Dale Watkins and wife, Shirley, and Michael Wayne Watkins all of Wallins, KY; 6 grandchildren: Nick Brock and wife Kristen; Wadonna Farmer and husband, Charlie; Heather Watkins, Kelly Watkins, Gage Watkins, and Haley Watkins; 4 great grandchildren: Summer Brock, Little Mike Bledsoe, Jaina Brock, and Adrian Slusher; one brother, Johnnie Watkins and two sisters: Della Mae Southerland and Joyce Hansel and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.
Funeral will immediately follow at 2PM in the chapel of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Park Howard Cemetery, Wallins, KY with friends and family serving as pallbearers.
Lonnie Couch Sr.
Lonnie Couch, Sr., 74 of Ages went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 at the Hazard ARH. Lonnie was born to the late Harrison and Eliza Jane Williams Couch in Letcher Co., KY. He was a retired coal miner with over 33 years of service, after retirement he worked for Securex as a security guard at the mines. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Ages Church of God Mountain Assembly.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Elmer Couch, Jr; sisters, Cora Mae Halcomb and Daisy Perry.
He is survived by his loving wife, Darlene Harrison Couch of Ages; 2 sons, Lonnie (Mary) Couch of Ages and Jamie (Rae Ann) Couch of Harlan; 5 grandchildren, Christy (Andy) Beinhorn, April (Will) Saylor, Lonnie H. (Autumn) Couch, III, Justin Couch and Adam Couch; 2 great grandchildren, Mason Saylor, Zoey Couch, and 1 on the way Jocelyn; 1 brother, Willie Couch of Ages and 1 Special Nephew who was raised as his brother, Donald Jackson of Somerset; he leaves a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends to mourn his passing.
Visitation will be after 6:00 pm Friday Oct. 18, 2013 at the Ages Church of God, Mountain Assembly.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Saturday Oct. 19, 2013 at the church with Rev. Donnie Harrison and Rev. Tommy Saylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Evarts Memorial Gardens at Verda. Lonnie Couch, III, Justin Couch, Adam Couch, Robert Hensley, Chris Perkins, Andy Beinhorn, Will Saylor, Brandon Perkins, Dustin Perkins, and Matt Rainey will serve as Pallbearers.
Carl “Crazy Man” Hall, age 72 of Cumberland, KY, departed this life on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the Harlan ARH Hospital. He was born December 12, 1940 to the late Elmer and Virginia Bishop Hall in Harlan, KY. Carl worked 45 years as a truck driver and believed in the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his sons, Carl T. Hall, Jr. and Derrick R. Hall and wife, Renee, all of Watts Creek, KY, Elmer D. Hall of Middlesboro, KY, Timothy R. Hall and wife, Claudia, of Pathfork, KY; sister, Anna Deal of Benham, KY; two nephews, James and Russell Deal; five grandchildren, Ericka, Alicia, Diamond, Virginia, and Timmy Hall; two great grandchildren, Tanner and Tristen Scroggins; and a host of other family and friends.
The family will receive friends at the Tri City Funeral Home Chapel in Benham, KY on Saturday, October 19, 2013, between 6 – 9 pm.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 1 pm with Reverend Phillip Jackson officiating. Interment will be in the Monte Vista Cemetery in Cumberland, KY. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Lawrence Gross, 73, of Bowling Green, KY, formerly of Pineville and Bledsoe, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013, at his residence. Born September 4, 1940 in Saylor, Ky, he was a U.S. Army veteran with 10 years of service. He was also a retired basketball coach for Greenhill Elementary School and Pineville City Schools and believed in the Pentecostal faith.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Anna Marie Moore Gross; his parents, Grant Gross and Susie Belcher Whitehead; and one son, James Kelly Gross.
He is survived by seven children, Larry Gross and wife Leta, Bowling Green; Lisa Asher and husband Eugene, Speedwell, TN; Bryce Simpson and wife Teri; Floyd Simpson, Dallas Simpson, Teresa Bingham and husband Keith, and Theodore Simpson, all of Pineville; two brothers, Boyd Gross and wife Elaine and Steve Whitehead, both of Michigan; three sisters, Nancy McClain and husband Tom, Bowling Green; Melissa Retan and husband Bill, Cummins, GA; and Allene Allen, Paris, TN. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mill Branch Church of God, 1084 E. Hwy. 221 Bledsoe, KY.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the church with the Reverend Keith Bingham officiating. Burial will follow in the Lewis Cemetery, Bledsoe, KY. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Michael Allen Joseph, 52 of Piney Flats, TN formerly of Pansy passed away Friday October 11, 2013 at the Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Elva Joseph; brothers, James and Dennis Joseph.
He is survived by his father, Arnold Joseph; his children, Holley Joseph, Mike Joseph, Jesse Joseph and Damon Joseph; 7 grandchildren; his siblings, Janice Banks, Jeff Joseph, Jack Joseph, Deborah Long, Carol Bleacher, Harold Joseph, and Marcia Long; sister-in-law, Cristy Joseph. He leaves other relatives and many friends to mourn his passing.
Visitation will be Tuesday October 15, 2013 from 11:00 am until the funeral hour at the Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday October 15, 2013 in the Chapel of Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Keith officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Cemetery at Keith, KY.