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ABNER - JOHN HENRY  Beattyville, Ky. Nov. 16 (Special) - John Henry Abner, 61, Lee county farmer and stock raiser, died at 9 o'clock tonight at his home in Lee county. He was a native of Lee county a son of the late John and Ellen Lutes Abner, and was member of the Christian church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Doll Drake Abner; three sons, Kenneth and Arthur Vaughn Abner, both of Lee county, and Nollie P. Abner, Pontiac, Mich.; two daughters, Miss Mila Vern Abner, Lee county, and Mrs. George O. Barnes, Oakland, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. J. H. Johnson and Mrs. E. C. Hyden, both of Lexington, and Mrs. J. K. Smith. Lee county, and three grandchildren. [Lexington Herald, KY, Monday, Nov 17, 1947]

AKERS - Owingsville, Dec. 23; WORTH C AKERS, 70, Sharkey, Rowan County, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after a long illness. A retired farmer, he was a member of the Church of God in Beattyville, Ky. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mattie Stamper Akers; four sons, Valentine and Robert Akers, Middletown, Ohio; Vernon Akers, California, and Virgil Akers, U.S. Army Air Force in New Mexico; a daughter, Miss Maxine Akers, at home; three brothers, Wyth Akers, California; Wiley Akers, Ohio, and Olland Akers, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Divers, Middletown, Ohio, and Mrs. Myrtle Cunningham, Texas, and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Keal Funeral Home by the Rev. W. W. Brewer. Burial will be in the Owingsville Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home. [Saturday, December 24, 1960, Lexington Herald, KY (submitted by Maxine Akers)]

BRANDENBURG, JOEL was born Jan. 19th, 1839 and departed this life March 13, 1882. Member of the Baptist church for 15 years and 8 months. Ordained a Minister of the Gospel in the year 1879. "He was often heard to speak of Heaven and, although racked with pain and suffering, he never doubted but was often looking up with a smile as though he could see his place of rest. He said to his companion,"do the best you can, for I must leave you." He called his father to him and said, "Father, you have been a good father to me, meet me in Heaven." Also, his brothers and sisters and to his son he said,"seek Jesus as I have and you will find me." Just before he expired, he said to his wife, "Call brother Hall to preach my funeral (Harvey Hall), and while my funeral is being preached, I will be in Heaven. He further stated to his brother Samuel to call anyone he pleased to help. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his absence. [ Obituaries contained within the annual minutes of the Booneville Association of Baptist 1870-1929, compiled by Dr. Dennis Brewer]

CALMES - Hon. G W CALMES of Lee County, is Dead - Grandson of Revolutionary Soldier Passes Away In His 75th Year - Winchester, Ky., August 30.- Hon. G. W. Calmes, one of the most noted citizens and Democratic leaders of Lee County, is dead at his home on Ross's Creek. He was in his seventy fifth year, and is survived by the following children: Robert Lee, Francis Joseph, Henry Clay, George W, William Bruce, John Randolph, Simon Buckner, Marquis, Dewitt Talmadge, Nancy White, Kenton Kavanaugh, La Fayette and Jesse Calmes. Mr. Calmes was a grandson of Marquis Calmes, a Revolutionary Soldier, who owned large land grants in Kentucky, and who came to Woodford County in the early years of the state. He owned, among other tracts, several hundred acres including what is now known as Oil Springs and other adjacent lands in Clark County. George Calmes, the father of Hon. G.W. Calmes, moved from Clark County to what is now Breathitt and Lee Counties in about 1835. When his son was about 5 years old, however, he went to Texas, where he became Captain in the Texas War of Independence, and died shortly after that state obtained its independence. His wife then married Rev. Sam P. Chandler, noted Methodist minister and returned to Kentucky, where she resided till her death. George W. Calmes was a man of distinguished presence and much ability. He was the Democratic candidate for the State Senate in 1874, and once a candidate for Congress in the old Tenth District. He took great interest in public improvements. Esp the locking and damming of the Kentucky River, which he lived to see completed to his county and to his own farm. Mr. Calmes had many relatives in Clark County. [ Lexington Herald, Monday, August 31, 1914 ]

COX - Old Citizen Passes to Reward - ELISHA ROBERT WINN COX, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Powell county, passed peacefully away Tuesday morning after an illness of several days. Mr. Cox had been in his usual good health up to about a week before his death, when he was taken ill with stomach trouble and for several days no hope was held out for his recovery. Mr. Cox was born near Jonesville, Lee county, Virginia, on May 3, 1829, and would have been 86 years of age in a few months, He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Susie Jane Pitman of near Bcattyville, who died in 1884, and his second wife, being Miss Mary Winn Crabtree, who survives him. He is also survived by one son, A. P. Cox, of Greely, Lee County, and five daughters, Mrs. Nannie N. Smith, of Torrent, Mrs. Margaret Pendleton, of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Edna Ann Cole, of Millers Creek, Estill county, Mrs. Lucy E. Smith, of Crandon, Wis., and Mrs. Eliza E. Smith, of Radical, Lee county. Mr. Cox was formerly a farmer, and had also been surveyor of Lee county years ago, for nearly twenty years. He moved to Clay City four years ago. He was a member of the Masons, and also of the Knights of Pythias, having belonged to both orders for about 25 years. He was a member of the Methodist church here, and always attended the services. In the death of Mr. Cox, Clay City loses one of her best citizens. He was a man that to know was to like, and he was a friend to all, both old and young. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their trouble. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, burial being in the Eaton graveyard. Services were conducted by Rev. L. F. Mann, after which the Masonic order took charge of the ceremonies. A large number of relatives and friends from out of town attended the burial. [ The Clay City Times, January 14, 1915 ]

COX - Entered into Rest - At her home in this city at 12 o'clock, noon, May 29th, 1916, in the eighty-first year of her age, MARY W COX, relict of the late E. R. W. Cox. Mrs. Cox was born in Lee county, Virginia, a daughter of Jacob Crabtree, old-time citizen who long lived in the New Virginia section of Lee county, Ky. Her husband, Mr. Cox, died on Jan. 12th 1915, so she leaves surviving a sister, Mrs. Hybird Powell of Rogers Chapel, and George A. Crabtree, of Genet, in Powell county; Simpson Crabtree of Zachariah, in Lee county, and her sons, E. J. Crabtree, of Bear Track in Lee, Granville Crabtree, of Fitchburg in Estill, and H. G. Crabtree, of Clay City. She leaves, also, a great circle of old time friends and many other relatives, especially in Lee, where most of her life was spent, who will learn with regret of her death. The immediate cause of her death was an attack of paralysis, a second stroke, which the feebleness of age could not overcome. At her special request, Judge L.F. Mann, long a friend of the family, came from Elkatawa and held the funeral services Tuesday afternoon, at the Methodist church of which she had long been a member, and the burial was in the Hoskins graveyard, in the presence of a large number of our people who in attending testified their regard for the dead and their sympathy with the loving ones who had lost her from among them. [ The Clay City Times, June 1, 1916 ]

FUGATE, CALLIE GABBARD, 91, of Rt. 1 Corinth, Ky., formerly of Lee county, Ky., died at her residence Friday at 7 p.m. A member of the Beattyville, Christian Church, she was a widow of Joe Fugate Sr. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Madge Spies, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Marjorie Livie, Landover, Maryland, Mrs. Mildred Sammons, Corinth; one son, Joe Fugate Jr., Middletown, Ohio; ten grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Tye, Batavia, Ohio, Mrs. Omega Greer, St. Helen, Ky. Funeral Services Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Rogers Funeral Home, Corinth, with brother Leonard Price officiating. Burial in the South Lebanon Ohio Cemetery. Visitation after 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. [Lexington Leader, Ky., Sunday, December 9, 1973]

GUM, PRISCILLA (MCGUIRE) - Nine Children and Fifteen Grandchildren Survive - Death First In Family - Mrs. Priscilla Gum of Clay's Ferry, died at 2 o'clock Thursday, of colitis at her home. She was 63 years old and the mother of nine children, all living, six sons and three daughters. The boys are all merchants, Price H at Richmond, Ky; W B at Donerail; A L at Muir's, L P at Lexington; W S at Brighton; B H at Faywood. The daughters are Mrs. J V Gibson of Lexington, Mrs. J W Adams, Paynes Depot, and Miss Fannie Gum at home. Mrs. Gum also leaves fifteen grandsons and her death is the first in the entire family circle. Mr. Gum moved to Clay's Ferry in 1865 and was a merchant and coal dealer for many years. Mrs. Gum was Priscilla McGuire, whose father, W B McGuire, was one of the first settlers in Lee County. The funeral services will take place at the house Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, but the body will be brought to Lexington for burial. Her six sons will bear the body of Mrs. Gum to the grave. [Lexington Herald, Ky, Friday, October 7, 1910]

HALL, HARVEY  P. REV- We are again called upon to chronicle the passing away of the ever lessoning band of men who were pioneer ministers of our church in some parts of the state; that of Rev. Harvey P. Hall fo Beattyville, Lee County, Kentucky. "Uncle Harvey," as he was affectionately known by those who knew him was born in Lee county, Virginia, December 21, 1819 and died in Lee County, Kentucky, January 18, 1895., aged 75 years, and 27 days. The funeral services were held at the homestead by Rev. G. B. Thrasher ans Rev. Hyden and he was buried in the place where he had labored with willing hands for wife and family, and with mind, heart and voice for the salvation of his fellow man. In 1845, Brother Hall came from Virginia to Owsley County but shortley after he moved to Lee County to the present Hall homestead with his wife, Mrs Mary Bowman of Owsley County. In her, he made a wise choice, she proving a help meet indeed, in all the undertakings of his long life, going with him to the "valley of The Shadow of Death," stiving - though very feeble herself to care for and strenghthen him. The faithful wife, was left behind for a short time but in the care of a large family of grown sons and daughters, all of whom this Christian Couple lived to see gathered into the church. At the early age of twelve years Brother Hall was converted and baptized in his twentieth year by Brother Joseph Ambrose, provind through the remainder of his life a consistent member of the Baptist Church and his life in public and private showed that it was a ministry of love for the Master; and in all that time he did not once fail to attend an association. He had neither college nor theological education, but had a gift as an orator and much power before the people. Brother Hall had sincere convictions and faithfully preached them. The work of such ministers as Brother Hall cannot be estimated by our earthly judgements nor can we of this day fully understand the advantages under which he labored. Even at so late a time as Brother Hall came to this country, brave strong hearts and untiring hands were needed to make homes and care for families, and in addition to those duties, Brother Hall undertook the labors and responsibilities of those who preach the Gospel. Brother Hall laid a solid foundation upon which younger hands are now rearing superstructure and surely he has earned that greater reward and praises which is promised those faithful. even the beloved Masters words, "Well Done thou Good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of Thy Lord." (Obituaries Contained Within the Annual Minutes of the Booneville Association of Baptist 1870-1929 Compiled by Dr. Dennis L Brewer)

HENSLEY, WALDEN - Winchester, Ky., Jan. 14 (Special) - Walden Hensley, 44, farmer and truck transfer man, died today at his home on the Muddy Creek pike. Mr. Hensley moved here two years ago from Lee county and purchased a small farm on the Muddy Creek pike. He had a record of numerous engagements with the A.E.F. in France. During the past year, he received treatment at the Dayton, Ohio, and Lexington veteran's hospital. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Eugene, Erdene and Alonzo Hensley. His mother, Mrs. Samuel Hensley, Beattyville; two brothers, Buford Hensley, Indiana, and Elmer Hensley, Beattyville, and three sisters, Mrs. Ollie Rose and Mrs. Bessie Jones, both of Cincinnati, and Mrs. Alec Van Pool, Hamilton, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Edgington funeral home here by Dr. John R. Jester, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be at Beattyville. (Lexington Herald, Jan. 15, 1942 Thur.)

H. F. KINCAID, Beattyville, Ky., Jan, 10 (Special) - Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Bethlehem Christian Church for H. F. Kincaid, 72, who died at his home here Thursday night. Mr. Kincaid, Lee county farmer and businessman, suffered a heart attack early Thursday morning while going about his chores in connection with a small dairy he operated here. He died shortly after he retired for the night. Mr. Kincaid is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lula Kincaid; two sons, Harold and Virgil Kincaid of Beattyville and one brother, Jim Kincaid of Michigan. Burial was in the Kincaid cemetery near Fincastle. [Lexington Leader, Ky, Sunday, Jan 11, 1948]

M. L. KINCAID, Beattyville, Ky., Nov 10 (Special) - Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Bethlehem Christian Church, Fincastle, for M. L. Kincaid, prominent Lee and Clark county farmer who died in Clark county hospital last week. Kincaid, a member of one of Lee county's oldest families, is survived by four sons, Forrest and Victor Kincaid of Fincastle, Judge Cecil Kincaid and Frank Kincaid of Beattyville; two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Covington of Madison county and Eunice Kincaid of Beattyville, and two brothers, H. F. Kincaid of Beattyville and Jim Kincaid of Michigan. Burial was held in the Kincaid cemetery at Fincastle. [Lexington Herald, Tuesday, Nov 11, 1947]

SMITH, LLOYD, 74, of Leeco, died early Friday at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. He was a native of Lee county and a member of the Mt Paran Presbyterian Church. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Millie Caldwell, Leeco and Mrs. Mildred Sparks, Pontiac, Michigan; seven sons, William Clyde Smith, Sand Gap, George Wallace Smith, Winchester, Indiana, Charles and Tommy Smith, Dayton, Ohio, Allen Lee Smith, Highlands, Michigan, John Harvey Smith, Vietnam and Lloyd Smith Jr., Winchester; two brothers, Elma Smith, Fitchburg, Raymond Smith, Ravenna; 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at the Mt Paran Presbyterian Church by Rev. Jack Brown, burial will be in the Smith Cemetery. The body is at the Hearne Funeral Home, Stanton. [Lexington Leader, Sunday, June 4, 1972]

STAMPER - Stanton, Nov. 25 - ROY LEE STAMPER, 56, formerly of Stanton, died of a heart attack Monday while at work at the Herschel Manufacturing Company at Peoria, Ill. Native of Lee County, he had lived in Illinois since 1937. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Pearl Stamper, six sisters, Mrs. Harry Yarber, Deer Creek, Ill,; Mrs. Jesse Hilliard, Brookville, Ohio; Mrs. Carrie Williams, Middletown, Ohio; Mrs. Etta Taylor, Douglas, Ariz., Mrs. Velma Williams, Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Worth Akers, Zoe, Ky,; three brothers, James Stamper, Middletown, Ohio; Charles Stamper, Waltersville, and Thomas Stamper, North Pekin, Ill. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Powell Valley Baptist Church by the Rev. J. C. Everman. Burial will be in the Black Creek Cemetery. The body was removed from the Hearne Funeral Home here to the home of his father-in-law, Ezra Williams, at Powell Valley. [ Friday, November 25, 1955, Lexington Herald, KY (submitted by Maxine Akers)]

WASHBURN, MARY ELLEN CRAWFORD - Funeral services for Mrs, Mary Ellen Crawford Washburn, 69, of 409 Dallas avenue, who died Sunday at Detroit General Hospital, will be held at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning at the W. R. Milward mortuary chapel, the Rev. Joseph B. Pitts, pastor of the First Church of the Nazerene, officiating. Burial will be in the Richond cemetery. Wife of John W. Washburn, Mrs. Washburn became ill while on a visit to her son, Roger Lutes. A native of Lee county, she was the daughter of the late James and America Plummer Crawford, and a member of the First Church of the Nazerene. The body will arrive in Lexington this morning over the Southern Railway. Besides her husband, she is survived by seven sons, Roger, Dillard and Wallace Lutes, all of Detroit; James Redden, Detroit, and Anderosn, Crawford and Roscoe Redden, all of Lexington; three brothers, Samuel, Owens and Cleveand Crawford, Clark county; a sister, Mrs. James Howell, Clark county, and five grandchildren. [Lexington Herald, Ky, Tuesday, August 4, 1942]




FAUST, ULA FIKE, 61, executive director of the Kentucky Welfare Association, died Wednesday morning at the John Graves Ford Memorial Hospital in Georgetown. She was a native of Lee county, a member of the Georgetown Baptist Church, the W.M.U and was the teacher of the ladies class of Sunday School No. 2. Survivors include her husband, John W Faust, one son, Willis Gayle Faust, Georgetown, two sisters, Mrs. Viola Corbelison, Waco, Ky., Mrs. Irene Bodre, LeMarque, Texas and two brothers, Park and Jack Fike, both of Waco, Ky. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Johnson's Funeral Home, Georgetown by Dr. Dan C. Moore, burial in the Lexington Cemetery. Bearers: O. B. Arnold, Dr. Carl Fields, Jacob Friedly, Carl Laytart, Richard Meal, Luther Minyard, Albert Suffoletta and Bobby Vance. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Fund or to a church of your choice. [Lexington Herald, Ky, Thursday, March 4, 1971]


ADKINS - LOYAD LEE ADKINS, the husband of Mrs. Alice Pauline Charles Adkins of Beattyville, Kentucky, and the son of the late Melvin and Ola Johnson Adkins, was born in Lee County, Kentucky on October 17, 1922 and departed this life in Booneville, Kentucky on August 27, 2010 at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 10 days. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a retired folding machine operator. In addition to his wife Alice, Mr. Adkins is survived by one daughter, Brenda Adkins of Beattyville, Kentucky; one son, Danny Adkins of Hesperia, California; four grandchildren, Teresa Allen, Dana Heywood, Jennifer Dunn and Jessie Adkins; 8 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Adkins was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tommy and Jack Adkins; and one sister, Elizabeth Slone. - Newnam Funeral Home, Inc.

AKERS, VALENTINE age 90, of Middletown [OH], passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Otterbein Retirement Community. He was born May 2, 1920 in Beattyville, KY to Worth C. and Mattie (Stamper) Akers. He served our country during WWII, in the Pacific Theater in the US Marines with an honorable discharge. He was an inspector for General Motors of Dayton (Morraine) for 35 years, retiring in 1982. Valentine was a member of the D.A.V. and the American Legion Post # 218. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon, Wilbur and Bob Akers; and sister, Charlotte. Valentine is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Akers; daughter, Jane Akers; son, David (Anne) Akers; granddaughter, Elizabeth Akers; brother, Virgil (Jean) Akers, and sister, Maxine Harris. Visitation will be held Monday, August 16, 2010 from 9:00-11:00 am at Baker-Stevens-Parramore Funeral Home followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 am with Rev. Ed Beck officiating. Interment will be at Miltonville Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the D.A.V. or the American Legion Post # 218. Condolences may be sent to the family at

FARMER - WILLARD FARMER, the husband of Mrs. Martha Juanita Burke Farmer of Beattyville, Kentucky, and the son of the late Samuel P. and Martha Mays Farmer, was born in Lee County, Kentucky on December 8, 1920, and departed this life in Richmond, Kentucky on September 10, 2010 at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 2 days. He was an Army Veteran of WWII, a retired coal mine equipment operator, and was a member and Deacon of the Cressmont Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, Mr. Farmer is survived by three children, Allen Farmer and wife JoAnn of Pershing, Indiana, Linda Noble of Irvine, Kentucky, Martha K. Addison and husband Delbert of Beattyville, Kentucky; 6 grandsons; 10 great grandchildren; 3 step-great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. Mr. Farmer was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, Everett, Clarence, Gentry and Dale Farmer; and three sisters, Flora Barrett, Nettie Brandenburg and Bertha Hatton. - Newnam Funeral Home, Inc.

HINES - KATHLEEN (BILL) HINES, the widow of William R. Hines, and the daughter of the late Elbert and Maggie Lucas Cundiff, was born in Lee County, Kentucky on August 25, 1921 and departed this life in Lee County, Kentucky on December 31, 2010 at the age of 89 years, 4 months and 6 days. She retired in 1969 after 25 years as an office manager for BF Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio; she was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Beattyville-Lee County Chamber of Commerce, and the New Springs United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hines is survived by four nephews, Ted Cundiff and wife Judy, Myrl Cundiff and wife Dana, Bobby Jack Cundiff and wife Judy, and Harold Bailey and wife Judy all of Beattyville, Kentucky; four nieces, Patty Stewart and husband George, Norma Hounschell, Carol Hobbs, Bonnie Gumm and husband Jack; her great nieces, Elizabeth and Karen Cundiff, Mary Lou Riley, Sabrina Combs, Sheila Griffith, Cindy Stamper, Julie Hobbs, Barbara Hobbs, Sharon Gross, Lisa Stamper, Pam Taggert, Debbie Pelfrey, Charlene Hounschell and Patricia Brandenburg; her great nephews, Eddie Cundiff, Brian Cundiff, Donnie Cundiff, Michael Hobbs, Cliff Stewart and Jeff Stewart; and a host of other relatives and friends. A special thanks to Alice Reese, Heather Wilson, Carla Combs, Brianna Wilson, and Mr. & Mrs. J.B. Bowman. - Newnam Funeral Home, Inc.

SHULER - FLOYD DILLARD SHULER, the widower of June Lawson Shuler, and the son of the late Troy and Jane Holiway Shuler, was born in Lee County, Kentucky on August 19, 1925 and departed this life in Lexington, Kentucky on January 5, 2014 at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 7 days. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a retired junkyard owner where he was self-employed, a former Lee County magistrate, and attended the Pinecrest First Church of God. Mr. Shuler is survived by three children, Kenny and Nancy Shuler both of Beattyville and David Shuler of Hamilton, Ohio; two grandchildren, Joia Franks and Jeremy Shuler; two great granddaughters, Jessica and Julianna Franks; a sister, Betty Aaroe of Beattyville; three brothers, Charles Dooley and Leroy Shuler both of Beattyville and Amel Burton Shuler of Nicholasville, Kentucky; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


BECKNELL - REV. LOUIS H. BECKNELL, the widower of Eva Reese Becknell, and the son of the late Jack and Rose Conrad Becknell, was born in Booneville, Kentucky on April 15, 1930 and departed this life in Lexington, Kentucky on January 3, 2011 at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 19 days. He was a longtime Minister and member of the Cressmont Baptist Church. Rev. Becknell is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Betty Boyde of Hamilton, Ohio and Mrs. Christine Pryce of Lexington, Kentucky; one brother, Robert Becknell of Grape Wales, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Rev. Becknell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eva; and two sisters, Mary Becknell and Emma Becknell Mainous. - Newnam Funeral Home

COOMER - CHARLES RUSSELL COOMER, the widower of Betty L. Stepp Coomer, and the son f the late Clarence and Bertie Deaton Coomer, was born in Lee County, Kentucky on March 12, 1938 and departed this life in Richmond, Kentucky on January 7, 2011 at the age of 72 years, 9 months and 26 days. He was a former coal mine welder and a member of the Hopewell First Church of God. Mr. Coomer is survived by his son, Charles Coomer, Jr.(Shelia) of Beattyville, Kentucky; two daughters, Donna Gail Arvin(Tommy) of Beattyville, and Cynthia Jean Harlow(William) of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Brian Arvin (Angel), Cody Arvin, Anthony Thacker (Crystal) all of Beattyville, Hillary Deaton (Jesse) of Irvine, Kentucky, Savannah Coomer (Wade) of Georgetown, Kentucky, Jordan Harlow of Lexington, Kentucky; great grandchildren, Haley and Dylan Arvin, Taylor Thacker all of Beattyville, Gabriel Montgomery of Georgetown, Jessiah and Brooklyn Dalton of Irvine; six brothers and sisters, Willard Coomer (Francis), Annabelle Caudill (Willard), Eula C. Napier, Jimmy Coomer (Janet) all of Beattyville, Carol Newton of Lexington, Albert Coomer (Mary) of Sellersburg, Indiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Coomer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty; and three brothers, Terry, David and Paul Coomer. - Newnam Funeral Home

REED - MARTHA ELLEN (CAUDILL SHOEMAKER) REED, 79, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at Hawthorn Glen Senior Living Campus. She was born in Lee County, Kentucky on January 27, 1932 to parents Milton and Cosby (Cornett) Caudill. Martha retired from Heartland Barns and had previously worked for United Dairy Farmers and Carlisle Schools. Martha & Frank attended the Little Miami Church in Warren County (Ohio). Martha enjoyed spending her time gardening, growing flowers, cooking & baking, at family holidays & reunions, square dancing, fishing, camping and singing hymns & old time songs at home. Mrs. Reed is survived by son Anthony Lee "Tony" (Sharon) Shoemaker and their children Heather Bishop & Casey Shoemaker, son Douglas Dean "Doug" Shoemaker and his children Sarah Shoemaker & Mollie Ditmer and daughter Diana Lynn (Gary Williamson) Shoemaker Herman; stepson, Mike (Sheila) Reed and their son Chris, stepdaughter Debbie (Joe) Bogan and their children Jeremy & Brittany; also survived by grandchildren, Jeremy Moffitt, Josh Moffitt, Michael Shoemaker, Isaiah Shoemaker, Frankie Moore, David Shoemaker, Ford Shoemaker & Christina Holzerland; and many loving brothers & sisters. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ford Shoemaker in 1969 and Frank Reed in 2010; son, Michael Wayne "Mike" (Devonna) Shoemaker; stepson, Ford Willis (Rhoda) Shoemaker; parents; brothers, A.J., Green, Columbus and other brothers & sisters; and grandson, Matthew Reed. The family extends their gratitude to all the employees at Hawthorn Glen Middletown and The Hospice of Dayton. Martha was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother & great great grandmother with in-laws, halves, steps, cousins, great cousins and so many more. Many have passed before her to be with the Lord, now she joins them for the most wonderful reunion of all. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown (Ohio) with Pastor Larry Lambes officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be held Friday at 2:00 pm at Newnam Funeral Home, 108 Center Street, Beattyville, Kentucky, with visitation prior to service from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Interment will be at the Caudill Family Cemetery in Zoe, Kentucky. Read Martha Reed's Obituary and Guestbook on

THACKER - JUANITA C THACKER, daughter of the late Wilgus and Hattie Olinger Cole was born in Lee County, Kentucky on February 16, 1932 and departed this life in Hazard, Kentucky (Friday, November 27, 2015) at the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 11 days. She is survived by her church family of LDS Beattyville Branch and the Nazarene Church; and special friends, Willie and Cynthia Addison, Charlotte Hogan, Ron and Betty Thacker, and Brother and Sister Olsen. Pallbearers include: Elder Jacob Olson, Elder Davis Johnson, Elder Steve Carter, Elder Fred Caputo, Brother Willie Addison, and President Mark Stevens. - Newnam Funeral Home, Inc







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