John Lester Owens

John Lester Owens, 47, of Canada, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Pikeville Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at the Island Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with Frankie Bryant and Johnny Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at the Varney Branch Cemetery, Kimper.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the church, with nightly services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Thacker Memorial Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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DR. EARL LYNN NELSON, 76, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his wife and children, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. 

Earl Lynn is survived by his wife, Ann Hash Robinette Nelson; children, Samantha Lynn Nelson, Sean Coleman Nelson and Shannon Nelson Trahan; his son-in-law, Aaron Justin Trahan; his grandchildren, Sofia Elizabeth and Alexander Thomas; his cousins, nephew and nieces, which are too numerous to mention, with the exception of his great-nephew and ice cream buddy, Cameron James Blankenship; and others he loved as his own.

Earl Lynn will be joining his parents, Charline Coleman Nelson and William Earl Nelson; along with his family and friends who are excited to welcome him to heaven. 

Earl Lynn Nelson was born on March 8, 1942, at Pikeville. He was a graduate of Pikeville High School, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky Medical School. He served his country in Vietnam and started his family in New Orleans, and was proud to call it home. He taught medical students at Tulane University about the profession he loved so dearly, cared for the sick and “fixed” eyes like no other. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and family fiercely. He treated other children that were in need of unconditional love as if they were his own, welcomed strangers as if he had known them for all of his life and made all those he encountered feel special. 

Who, other than Earl Lynn, can say they started a successful acting career in their 70s with “Passenger Pigeon,” “Pilgrim Song” and the award-winning Sony Picture Classics, “Land Ho!?” His zest for life was apparent by everyone who crossed his path on and off the screen. He would tell you now, if he could, that he never really acted; he was a character and just played himself — the best character ever created. We are so glad that we are able to share him with the world.

A memorial service will be held by the Human Gift Registry of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, W.Va., in May of 2019. The family also plans a gathering to celebrate his life in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. 

Earl Lynn Nelson — “Earl,” “Earl Lynn,” “Easy,” “Doc,” “Daddy,” “Daddy Pa” — loved bigger than any other and will be missed like crazy! 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Human Gift Registry of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine of Huntington, West Virginia.

This is a paid obituary.

James Sterling 


James Sterling Reynolds, 62, of Elkhorn Creek, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Lucas & Son Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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