Volena Hawkins Craft, 87 of Harlan, KY died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was the widow of the Late Dr. J. W. Craft and daughter of the Late Ben and Susan Hawkins. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Anderson-Laws and Jones Funeral Home, Harlan, Kentucky.
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Frances Irene Skeene, 43, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, formally of Harlan, KY went to her heavenly home and into the arms of her father on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, after a long illness. Frannie (as she like to be called), was born on October 21, 1971 to Dannie and Ernestine Skeene in Chicago, IL, where she lived until her father’s illness, that brought them back to KY. Frannie was a city gal who became a country gal, with her love of fishing and camping. Having no children of her own, she found joy in the love, laughter, and smiles of her nieces and nephews whom she considered her children. Frannie recently found the love of her life in Louisiana with Jim Galuhn. He was her everything and will always be a part of our family.
Frannie is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ira Dennis Skeene and Elvira Mumford Skeene, Philmore and Vina Hall, her father, Dannie Eugene Skeene, and a sister, Frances Yavonne Skeene, and a brother-in-law, Gary W. Napier.
She is survived by her fiancée, Jim Galuhn of Ponchatoula Louisiana, and her beloved pet Baroo. Her mother, Ernestine Skeene of Evarts, KY. She is also survived by 7 brothers and sisters, Debra (Johnny) Collett of New Tazewell, TN, Carl (Judy) Skeene of Lafollette, TN, Cathy (Mike) Laws of Kitts, KY, Dannie (Michelle) Skeene of Citeronell, AL, Jimmy Skeene and Barbara Skeene of Evarts, KY and Nicole (Ralph) Skeene of Harlan, KY. She is also survived by 38 nieces and nephews and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins that she loved dearly and who loved her more than she will ever know.
A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Anderson-Laws and Jones Funeral Home. The Rev. H. L. Farley and Sonny Harris will officiate the services.
Jack F. Shephard, 77 of Harlan, Kentucky left this world January 27, 2015 at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and Dave Shepherd; his wife, Maggie Shephard; brothers and sisters; and two great-grandsons.
Jack is survived by his son, David Shephard; four daughters, Kim Witt, Lisa Blevins, Ritta Bell, and Theresa Witt-Sellers; eleven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM in the Chapel of Resthaven Cemetery, Keith, Kentucky.
The Rev. Robert Keith will officiate the services. David Vaughn, Brad Peterson, Macky Sullivan, Charles Clem, Will Blevins, Justin Walley, and Carlie Farley will serve as pallbearers.
Connie Sue Hutchison Sturgill 54, of Harlan, was born on Saturday, December 3, 1960 in Catrons Creek, KY and entered the Gate of Heaven on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Connie was a homemaker and believed in the Holiness Faith.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Don Hutchison & Edith Blevins Gibbons and a brother; Benny Hutchison.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Sturgill of Harlan; four children, Lisa (Lonnie) Whitehead of Bledsoe, Casey (Ford) Dillman of Cawood, Rachel King of Harlan & Kyle (Chrissy) Sturgill of London, KY. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Lynn) Gibbons of Richmond, VA and Tim Hutchison of Holmes Mill. Five sisters, Pat Hutchison of Richmond, VA, Kathy Wagers of Barbourville, KY, Missy (Tony) Payne of Shields, Carol Lewis of Harlan and Willie (Bill) Brous of Richmond, KY; a sister-in-law, Katherine Hutchison of Crab Orchard, KY and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of Henson & Rich Funeral Home with the Rev. James Sanders officiating. Visitation will also be Thursday from 5:00 PM until the funeral hour.
Hazel Sparks Hackworth, age 91 of Cumberland, Kentucky, widow of the late Quincy Hackworth, passed from this life January 23, 2015. She was born in Leslie County, the daughter of the late Adron and Alice Sparks. She was a beloved member of the Cumberland Pentecostal Church and her community.
Those preceding her in death include a son, John Quincy Hackworth; infant daughter, Charlotte; and brothers, Marcus Sparks, Lucas Sparks and Charlie Sparks.
She is survived by her brother, Adrian Sparks and wife, Mavis, of Lexington; and sons, Thomas Hackworth and wife, Carolyn, of Ojai, California; James Hackworth and Jerry Hackworth, both of Cumberland, and Jeffrey Hackworth and wife, Melissa, of Lexington; grandchildren, Ben Hackworth, Amanda Smith and husband, Frank, James Hackworth II, John Hackworth II and wife, Wendy, and Justin Hackworth; great grandchildren, Laura Pace, Jordan Hackworth, Meredith Smith, Mallory Smith and Alyssa Hackworth; and her caregivers, who she thought of as daughters, Gail Gilliam, Shelia Sexton, and Sherri Nease.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Hazel's beloved church, the Cumberland Pentecostal Church.
Visitation will be from 6-9 pm at Cumberland Pentecostal Church on Tuesday January 27th. Funeral will be at 1 pm Wednesday at the church with Reverend Mike Blair officiating. Burial will be in the Huff Cemetery in Cumberland, KY. Pallbearers are Paul Hendrickson, Jerry McKnight, Michael Duff, Mike Simpson, Joe McQueen, Bill Gilliam, and Bobby Hall.