Larry Baker

Larry Baker, 66, of Dorton, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center.

He was born on March 12, 1953, to the late Virgil and Hazel Mullins Baker.

He is survived by one brother, Jimmy Baker, of Myra, two sisters, Linda Burke and Patricia Sexton, both of Myra; and a host of friends, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Dorton Old Regular Baptist Church with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow at Baker Cemetery at Lick Fork.  

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the church with nightly services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Jones Funeral Home of Virgie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Laura Cantrell

Laura Thacker Cantrell, 68, of Elkhorn City, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at her residence.

She was born in Pikeville, May 3, 1951, the daughter of the late Hibbard and Matilda Kendrick Thacker.

She was a nurse, Sunday School teacher and member of the Mt. View Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Roger Thacker, Hibbard Thacker Jr. and Terry Thacker; and one sister, Fernie Billiter.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Cantrell; one son, Mark Cantrell, of Mouthcard; one daughter, Lisa Taylor, of Elkhorn City; one sister, Betty Parton, of Duffield, Va.; two brothers, Ronnie Thacker, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Darrell Thacker, of Clay City; and two grandchildren, John Houston Spears and Jonah Mark Cantrell.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 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.

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Jim Hatfield

“Jim” Hatfield

James Phillip “Jim” Hatfield, 79, of Blackberry, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center.

He was born at Ransom, Aug. 16, 1939, the son of the late Floyd Hatfield and Daryl McCoy Hatfield.  

He was a retired health instructor at the Y.M.C.A. and a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church at Harold.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phil Hamilton Hatfield; and one sister, Agnes Hatfield Reister.

He is survived by his siblings, Ernest Hatfield (Rosie), of Danville, Glada Hatfield McCoy, of Grove City, Ohio, Ann Carter (Edward), of Lexington,  Floyd Hatfield (Bethel), of Sulligent, Ala., Hansel Hank Hatfield, of Blackey, Ance Hatfield (Laketa), of Lawrenceburg, Rebecca Jean Terrill (Jack), of Lexington, Lucas Hatfield (Jan), of Lawrenceburg, Thomas Hatfield (Kathy) and Bill Hatfield (Kathy), both of McCarr; his special friend, Anna Lou Hamilton, of Harold; his special nephew, Trenton Estepp; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Samaria Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow at the Floyd Hatfield Cemetery, Ransom, with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, June 7, at the funeral home with special services at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of  the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry.

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

This is a paid obituary.

Betty Howard

Betty Jo Howard, 47, of Canada, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Buck Branch United Baptist Church, Martin County, with Buddy Stacy officiating. Burial will follow at the Stacy Cemetery, Kermit, West Virginia.

Visitation will continue on Thursday, June 6, at the church with services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry.

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

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Maggie Runyon Nichols

Maggie Nichols

Maggie Runyon Nichols, 89, of Pikeville, died Sunday, June 2, 2019.  

She was born in Pikeville, March 15, 1930, the daughter of the late Calvary and Myrtle Sammons Runyon.

She was a loving wife, a devoted momma and a cherished grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church since October 22, 1978.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Avonelle Slone; a sister-in-law, Anna Runyon; and two brothers, Bud Runyon and James Floyd Runyon.

She is survived by her loving husband, Noah Nichols; four sons, Kenneth Slone (Janice), Bill Slone (Karen), Lloyd Nichols (Sheila) and James Nichols; 10 grandchildren, Bradley Slone (Catrena), Kenetha Slone Rose, Stacie Elliott (Todd), Daniel Slone, Noah Thornbury, Adam Thornbury, Tyler Holbrooks, Devan Nichols, Camelia Nichols and Emma Nichols; eight great-grandchildren, Caleb Slone, Joshua Slone, Elijah Rose, Dawson Rose, Andrew Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Maggie Elliott and Sam Elliott; one sister, Patty Justice; four brothers, Willie Runyon, Cal Runyon (Sandy), Gene Runyon (Dorothy) and Tommy Runyon (Glenda); and a sister-in-law, Camella Runyon.

Although, our hearts are aching now, Heaven is rejoicing.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Primitive Baptist ministers officiating all services. Burial followed at the Annie E. Young Cemetery, Chloe Road, Shelbiana. Serving as pallbearers were: Noah Thornbury, Adam Thornbury, Tyler Holbrooks, Davan Nichols, Caleb Slone, Joshua Slone, Elijah Rose, Andrew Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Dawson Rose and Sam Elliott. Honorary pallbearers were: Willie Runyon, Cal Runyon, Gene Runyon, Tommy Runyon and Dr. Samuel King. Arrangements were under the direction of the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Bill Owens

“Bill” Owens

William “Bill” Owens, 53, of Dandridge, Tenn., died Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee.

He was born in Pikeville, Nov. 11, 1965, a son of the late Clifford Edsel and Velda Dotson Owens.

He was a former resident of Elkhorn and was living in Dandridge, Tenn., at the time of his passing. He worked for the City of Pigeon Forge. He loved fishing and sports, especially the University of Kentucky.

He is survived by his two daughters, Norah Owens and Julia Owens, both of Johnson City, Tenn.; four siblings, Connie Owens (Winn), of Dandridge, Tenn., Robert “Bob” Owens (Minnie), of Chesapeake, Va., James “Pokey” Owens (Karen), of Dorton, and Henry “Jake” Owens (Susie), of Raccoon; two aunts, Rebecca Dotson and Myrna Spears; two nephews, Jason and Devan; two nieces, Becky and Kelsey; his special friends, Billy Inman, Greg Woods (Angie) and James Jackson; his high school friend, Julie Hale Ross and family; his work friends, Lester, Allen and many others; his lifelong friends, Barry, Brad and Chad Stiltner; and many other friends and family.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the City of Pigeon Forge for their support and compassion.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Elkhorn City. 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.

Donald Thacker

Donald Clifford Thacker, 87, of Rasnick Bottom, Elkhorn City, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at Landmark Nursing Home of Elkhorn City.

He was born in Pike County, Aug. 29, 1931, the son of the late Harrison and Bertha McGuire Thacker Coleman.

He was a member of the Greasy Creek Old Regular Baptist Church for 52 years and a retired coal miner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Evadean Thacker and Sylvia Prater; and four brothers, Ralph Thacker, Paul Arnold Thacker, Danny Estil Thacker and Kenneth Thacker.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley R. Thacker; two daughters, Donna Honeycutt (Doug) and Tonja Maynard (Todd), both of Lexington; two special granddaughters, Maggie Maynard and Lindsey Maynard; one brother, Jimmy Thacker, of Morehead; and one sister, Betty Lou Meade, of Goshen, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Greasy Creek Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow at the Annie E. Young Cemetery, Chloe Road, Shelbiana.

Visitation will continue on Thursday, June 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.thackermemorial.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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Bob Vowels

Bob Vowels

Bob Vowels, 70, of Pikeville, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Well’s Hospice Center at Hazard.

He was born in Hardin County, Aug. 3, 2019, the son of the late John Patrick and Doris Cochrane Vowels.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Matthew Keith Milam; and one daughter, ReGina Vowels.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Milam Vowels; one son, Reginald Wayne Milam (Brook), of Canton, Ohio; five daughters, Amber Anderson (Dwayne), of Little Creek, Bobbi Anne Casebolt (Josh), of Augusta, Ga., Mia Shea Mullins, of Virgie, Christa Bradley, of Elizabethtown, and McKenzie Davis, of Kingsport, Tenn.; one son-in-law, Bennie Blevins, of Portsmouth, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a special caregiver, Joyce Little, nurse practitioner; and a host of other dear family and friends.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Hall & Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. 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.

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