Helen Cable

Helen Cable, 80, of Dorton, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

She was born in Pike County, Dec. 15, 1937, the daughter of the late Johnny and Lissie Little Sowards.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Cable; four brothers, Frank Sowards, Conley Sowards, Russell Sowards and Billy Joe Sowards; and one sister, Juanita Mullins.

She is survived by one brother, Eugene Sowards, of Lincoln Park, Mich.; and one sister, Nancy Rose, of Dorton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the Hall & Jones Funeral Home Chapel, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow at the Sowards Cemetery, Lick Fork.  

Visitation will continue on Thursday, at the funeral home, with services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Jones Funeral Home of Virgie.

The guestbook may be signed at www.hallandjones.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Ronald Francisco

Ronald Gene Francisco, 80, of Fedscreek, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Pikeville Medical Center.

He was born at Ashcamp, June 1, 1938, the son of the late Grover Cleveland Jr. and Madge Adkins Francisco. 

He was a high school history teacher, basketball coach and a bus driver for Fedscreek High School, for many years. He was a member of the Mt. View Church of Christ, an avid hunter and sportsman and a member of the Fishtrap Sportsman’s Club. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Ray Francisco; and one sister, Brenda Joyce Francisco Coleman.  

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wanda Meade Francisco; two daughters, Carmella Francisco Mill of Houston, Texas, and Melanie Belcher (Greg), of Fedscreek; one sister; Zuma Thompson (Joe), of Ashland; two grandchildren, Rheana Leigh Dean (Jesse) and Karissa Brooke Justice (Josh); two great-grandchildren, Hadleigh and Ezekiel Dean; a special friend, Jeff Ramey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and former students.  

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, with Jeff Ramey and Frank Crum officiating. Burial will follow at the Jackson Rowe Cemetery, Fedscreek. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Inc., of Elkhorn City.

The guestbook may be signed at www.baileyfuneralhomeinc.com.

This is a paid obituary. 

Dallas Kelly

Dallas Edward Kelly, 59, of Ashcamp, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, with Tommy England and Homer Lee Mullins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Inc., of Elkhorn City.

The guestbook may be signed at www.baileyfuneralhomeinc.com.

Lacy Puckett

Lacy Eugene Puckett, 93, of Pikeville, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Pikeville Medical Center.

He was born at Paintsville, Dec. 13, 1924, the son of the late Lacy Eugene and Sola Boyd Puckett.

He was a life insurance agent, served as manager for Commonwealth Life Insurance and was on the Board of Directors of First National Bank and Pikeville Medical Center. He was a member and an elder of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church of Pikeville. He served in the 41st Infantry Division of the United States Army, where received three Bronze Service Stars, the Silver Arrowhead and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Belle Lyons Puckett; two sons, Gary E. Puckett (Debbie), of Pikeville, and Michael Puckett (Dorsie), of Richmond; one daughter, Dianna Jean Harmon, of Winchester; one sister, Emogene Burton Chandler, of Paintsville; seven grandchildren, Melissa Adkins, Amy Harmon, Solina Cole, Jeremy Puckett, Tyler Puckett, Jordan Puckett and Bryce Puckett; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews, including: Dawn Stewart and Madison Stewart. 

The family would like to extend special appreciation to Lacy’s caregivers, Teresa Hopkins, Rella Jarrell and Shana Adkins.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the J.W. Call Funeral Home Chapel, with Jared Arnett officiating. Burial will follow at Highlands Memorial Park, Staffordsville, with David Derossett, Les Hanners, Jack Burchett, Larry Osborne, Danny Thacker and Ed Smith serving as pallbearers. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Jeremy Puckett, Tyler Puckett, Jordan Puckett, Bryce Puckett, Ballard Gross, Michael Stewart, Doug Cole and Willis Adkins.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Call Funeral Home of Pikeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: New Beginnings Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 1398, Pikeville, KY 41502.

The guestbook may be signed at www.jwcallfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Eloise Ratliff

Eloise Ratliff, 82, of Elkhorn City, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at her residence.

She was born at Draffin, April 15, 1936, the daughter of the late Paris Senters and Mary Bartley Senters.

She was a librarian for the Pike County Library System and a member of the Elkhorn City Church of Christ and the Elkhorn City Homemakers.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Dean Ratliff; two brothers, Jack Edward Senters and James Douglas Senters; and two sisters, Betty Ruth Fraley and Lois Ann Baker. 

She is survived by two sisters, Tava Sue Stapleton, of Elkhorn City, and Dottie McAvoy, of Mt. Gilead, Ohio. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, with Frank Crum, Billy Ford and Jim Ed Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at the Wilson Cemetery, Draffin. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Inc., of Elkhorn City.

The guestbook may be signed at www.baileyfuneralhomeinc.com.

This is a paid obituary.

James Reynolds

James R. Reynolds, 82, of Beecher City, Ill., formerly of Pike County, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at his residence.

He was born in Pike County, May 22, 1936, the son of the late Lendo and Hazel Justice Reynolds.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Thelma Ward, Jeanette Daniels and Gen Youngblood.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Ward Reynolds, of Beecher City, Ill.; two daughters, Kaye Taylor and Venita Galbreath, both of Beecher City, Ill.; four siblings, Carol Worrix, of Banner, Darrell Reynolds (Bernice), of Elkhorn City, Leslie Reynolds (Florence), of Pikeville, and L.J. Reynolds, of Kingsport, Tenn.; one grandchild, Amanda Childress (K.C.); and one great-grandchild, Jimmy Braasch.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

Obituary courtesy of Community Funeral Home of Zebulon.

This is a paid obituary.

A.P. 

Robinson

A.P. Robinson, 77, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia.

He served his country proudly in the United States Army.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Meade Family Cemetery, East Kermit, West Virginia.

The guestbook may be signed at www.rerogersfh.com.

Charles Slone

Charles Slone, 68, of Virgie, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at his residence.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1949, to the late Matt and Nelle Horne Slone.  

He was a retired mechanic at Walters Chevrolet and of the Baptist faith. He served his country proudly in the United States Army.                                                                   

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Slone; and five sisters, Carrie Payne, Helen Damron, Dorothy Kiser, Stella Foyster and Alice Kumler.                                          

He is survived by one son, Rodney Douglas Slone, of Virgie; two brothers, Matt Slone (Debbie), of Pikeville, and Tim Slone (Melissa), of Little Hackneys Creek; two sisters, Irene Wakeland, of Pikeville, and Samantha Slone (Doug), of Huddy; two God-children, Angela D. Taylor, of Virgie, and Johnny Dye, of Dorton; a special friend, Vickie Williamson, of Johns Creek; a special brother and deacon, Harold Dye (Diana), of Virgie; and a host of other dear family and friends.                                                                          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the Hall & Jones Funeral Home Chapel, with Tim Coleman and others officiating. Burial will follow at the Annie E. Young Cemetery, Chloe Road, Shelbiana. 

Visitation will continue on Thursday, at the funeral home, with services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Jones Funeral Home of Virgie.

The guestbook may be signed at www.hallandjones.com.

This is a paid obituary.

Joyce Spaulding

Our good friend and devoted member of The Church of the Palms, Sun City, Ariz.,

Joyce Spaulding, left this life on Monday, Aug. 13th 2018. She passed peacefully in her sleep with Roy, the love of her life and her husband of 60 years, by her side, as always.

She was born Joyce Emma-Jean Belcher on April 20,1938, to Elmer and Ival Belcher, in the town of Draffin, in the middle of her much loved Kentucky mountains.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Elmer Belcher Jr.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Herlinda Belcher, of Calexico, Calif.; her niece, Cathy Belcher, of Glendale, Calif.; and her nephew, Roland Belcher, of Oakland, California.

She graduated from Elkhorn City High School and attended Morehead State University, earning a BA in education and the life-long devotion of her soon to be husband, Roy Spaulding. She went on to receive another BA from the University of Kentucky, also in education.

Roy and Joyce were married in 1959. For many years, Joyce taught elementary and junior high school, in Calexico, California.

After retiring in 1995, Joyce and Roy moved to Arizona and made their home in

Sun City. Their good friends, Marion and John Gump, introduced the couple to The Church of the Palms in 2000.

Joyce was involved from the beginning as a volunteer extraordinaire; usher, greeter, kitchen team, office assistant, library assistant, mission and outreach, Board of Deacons, nomination committee and finally, for over 18 years, she was the driving force behind the churches’ annual Thanksgiving feast. She also volunteered her time to the Bell Silver Sales Room in Sun City.

In her spare time, Joyce was an artist. She created handmade greeting cards and beautiful inkle weavings. She was also an avid reader.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Sunland Memorial Park Mortuary and Cremation Center of Sun City, Arizona.

This is a paid obituary.

“Woody” Thacker

Roger Dale “Woody” Thacker, 67, of Red Creek at Shelbiana, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at his residence. 

He was born at Mingo, Va., June 26, 1951, the son of the late Estill and Alma Mae Slone

Thacker.

In addition to his parents, he was  preceded in death by one brother, Charles Thacker. 

He is survived by his devoted daughter, Tereshia Thomas (James), of Pikeville; his   former wife, Patricia Coleman, of Shelbiana; three grandchildren, Alleynia “Shelbie” Thacker- Dove, Lauryn Thomas and soon to make his appearance, Daxton Thomas, all of Pikeville; one sister, Doris Huffman, of Pikeville; three brothers, Estill Dean Thacker (Melville), Phinis Thacker and Johnny Thacker (Donna), all of Shelbiana; and a loving host of family and friends.

Roger will be certainly missed by all who treasured and loved him.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with James Hamilton and Homer Ramsey officiating all services. Entombment will follow at the Isaac Thacker Memorial Mausoleum.

Visitation will continue on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home, with services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home of Pikeville.

The guestbook may be signed at www.1namethacker.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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