Yvonnda Bentley

Yvonnda Lynn Bentley, 67, of Blackey, died Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center, Hazard.

She was born in Pike County, Feb. 23, 1953, the daughter of the late Charles Houston Ratliff and Madeline Fleming.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Good News Gospel Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Bentley; and one sister, Kaye Coleman.

She is survived by her companion, Russell Whitaker; one daughter, Freda Hylton; four brothers, Ronald Ratliff (Sonja), Gary Ratliff (Carol), Danny Ratliff (Tina) and Robert Ratliff (Linda); two grandchildren, Erica Lashae Thacker (Scottie) and Kelli Ladawn Pinion; and one great-grandchild, Grayson Pinion.

Memorial services will be held from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Lucas & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lucas & Son Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Elizabeth Beringer

“Liz” Beringer

Elizabeth “Liz” Hall Beringer, 88, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed contently from this life to the next, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Dominion Senior Living of Bristol, Tennessee.

She was born in Pike County, a child of the late Wilburn Hall, a coal miner, and Elizabeth Johnson Hall, a homemaker.

She will be remembered for trying to be the greatest mother she could be. She raised all her children to the best of her ability, wanting them all to know that they were loved, just as she knew they loved her. She sacrificed many things throughout her life to make sure that each was taken care of, and always succeeded in doing so.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda K. Gjellum; and seven siblings, Junior “JR” Hall, John Hall, Garfield Hall, Vanda Martin, Juanita Hamilton, Irene Bradshaw and Florence Click.

Those left to cherish her memory include her four children, John M. Leslie, of Blountville, Tenn., James M. Leslie, of Kingsport, Tenn., Gene Bennet Leslie II, of Gray, Tenn., and Teresa Lee Leslie, of Birmingham, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Laura Elizabeth Skeen, of Blountville, Tenn., and Johnathan Leslie, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The family of Liz Beringer will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., officiated by Reverend Mike Richards. Those in attendance are encouraged to follow current public health and safety guidelines regarding the use of protective coverings and to be mindful of social distancing practices.

A committal service will be held at 10 a.m., the following day, Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Monte Vista Memorial Park, officiated by Reverend Mike Richards. Friends and family are asked to gather at the graveside by 9:50 a.m. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, Tenn., is serving the family. (423) 282-1521

Memories and condolences may be shared via www.morrisbaker.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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Racene Hassard

Racene Hassard

Racene Hassard, 82, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., died Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Villa Maria Care Center, Santa Maria, California.

She was born at Phelps, March 25, 1938, the daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Ann (Dotson) Stump.

She was a retired postal clerk and a member of the New Life Community Church of Pismo Beach, California.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald William Hassard; four sisters, Virginia Ann Stump Smith, Justine Hickman, Pauline Smith and Jeanette Densmore; and three brothers, Oscar Stump, Ermel Stump and Frank Stump.

She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Kay Montanaro (David), of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; one son, Ronald Dean Hassard (Elena), of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; one brother, Glen Stump, of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.; two sisters, Shelby Campbell, of Phelps, and Janice McLaughlin, of Washington, Mich.; and four grandchildren, Luciano Montanaro, David Joseph Montanaro, Sarah Ann Montanaro and Grayden Peto-Hassard.

A crypt-side service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Annie E. Young Cemetery with Keith Blackburn and Josh Allen officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Call Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

George Hess

George David Hess, 58, of Raccoon, died Friday, June 5, 2020.

A private family service will be held at the Johnnie Hess Cemetery, Raccoon. Arrangements are under the direction of the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home.

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

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Loretta Keene

Loretta Keene

Loretta King Picklesimer Keene, 84, of Pikeville, died Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville.

She was born at Joes Creek, March 16, 1936, the daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson King and Pearl Maynard King.

She worked 38 years as a building inspector for Southern Bell, which later became AT&T. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pikeville since 8th grade and was a member of the Jolly Bunch.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Keene; one son, Richard Denton Picklesimer; and one sister, Jackie Eagle.

She is survived by her son, Raymond Dean Picklesimer (Kristie), of Augusta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Samuel Picklesimer, Joshua Picklesimer and Sarah Beth Picklesimer; two sisters, Bonnie Sue Ashcraft, of Montgomery, Ala., and Peggy Lou Billiter, of Pikeville; and three special friends, Ralph Wilson, Barbara Maynard and Joan Blackburn Potter, (Her first remembrance of  a friend and they still are.)

Private funeral services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of J.W. Call Funeral Home of Pikeville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made in Loretta’s memory to: The Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY, 40502, or, Operation Smile, P.O. Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Betty Moseley

Betty Moseley

Betty Sue Moseley, 72, of South Williamson, died Monday morning, June 8, 2020, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with Lee Dotson Jr. and Donnie Williamson officiating. Burial followed at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with her family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were 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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Gwin Ray

Gwin Ray

Gwin Alden Ray, 79, of Pikeville, died Monday, June 8, 2020.

He was born June 17, 1940, to the late Robert and Della “Maynard” Ray.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marcella Greene and Sylvia Spears.

He is survived by his loving and steadfast spouse, Anna “Coleman” Ray; one son, Ryan Ray, and his spouse, Anita; one grandson, Cory Ray, and his spouse, Charla; one great-granddaughter, Addison Ray; one brother, Garland Ray; and one sister, Priscilla Trent.

He was an adored husband, a treasured father and a cherished grandfather and great-grandfather.  

He will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Tim McCoy officiating all services. Entombment followed at the Isaac Thacker Memorial Mausoleum, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville. Arrangements were under the direction of Thacker Memorial Funeral Home of Pikeville.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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JR Romans

“JR” Romans

Junior Lee “JR” Romans, 62, of Cave Run Lake Road, Salt Lick, died Sunday, June 7, 2020, at his residence.

He was born at Grundy, Va., March 4, 1958, the son of the late William and Ethel Yates Romans.

He was a former strip miner in the coal mines in Pike County and a former self-employed small engine repairman. He enjoyed watching U.K. basketball and NASCAR and spending time with his family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Shawn Romans; one brother, Clarence Romans; and a half-brother, Darrell Romans.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Barbara Reynolds Romans; four grandchildren, Zachary Tyler, Mickayla, Michael Shawn and Alexander Romans; a host of great-grandchildren; one brother, Eddie D. Romans, of Fleming County; a half-brother, Donald Ray Romans, of West Liberty; several nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.

His memory will be cherished and he will be greatly missed.

At his request, no services are planned. Arrangements are under direction of Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, Ky., 40351.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Lissa Tackett

Lissa Tackett

Lissa Belle Tackett, 85, of Indian Creek, died Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center.  

She was born April 7, 1935, to the late Ernest and Myra Hall Tackett.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Gomer Tackett, Chester Tackett and Arthur Reed Tackett; one sister, Lesta Mae Childers; and one granddaughter, Samantha Muncy.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Willis Frank Tackett; four sons, Donal Lynch, of Grosse Ile, Mich., Tracy Lynch, of Taylor, Mich., Kent Tackett (Rhonda) and Doug Tackett (Anita), both of Virgie; one daughter; Kimberly Oliver (Joe Renkiewicz), of Taylor, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Shane, Wyatt, Neisha, Doug, Jonah, Noah and Josh; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Hall & Jones Funeral Home Chapel with Greg Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Jack Osborne Cemetery, Turkey Pen of Indian Creek. 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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Freddie Thacker

Freddie Thacker

Freddie Allen Thacker, 50, of Wellington, formerly of Majestic, departed this life Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at Frenchburg.

He was born at South Williamson, July 6, 1969, the son of the late Fred Alexander and Norma “Ingersol” Thacker.

He worked for Precision Boilers for about 13 years and was a member of the Boilermakers Union. He was also a certified welder.

In his spare time, he liked to tinker around in the garage working on cars, four wheelers, chainsaws, basically whatever needed to be fixed.

He loved trail riding with his friends and enjoyed Bluegrass music and going to festivals. He had a special love for children and the elderly and had a heart as big as the heavens. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by his loving companion, Johnna, and her daughter, Jaylen, of Wellington; two sons, Alex, and his wife, Tiffany, of Sevierville, Tenn., and Steffen and his wife, Courtney, of Morristown, Tenn.; two daughters, Maechen, and her husband, Johnathan, of White Pine, Tenn., and Madison, of Trenton, Ohio; two brothers, Johnny Thacker (Sheryl), of Trenton, Ohio, and Barry Thacker (Trudi), of Bracken County; three sisters, Gina Sweeney, Chrissy Fields and Tiffany Ugo, all of Greenville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Haiven, Izaix, Issabella, Aubrey, Gannon, Hudson, Kayden and Kash; a special uncle and aunt, Randy Thacker (Rhonda), of Clearfield; and a host of other dear aunts, uncles, other family members, neighbors and friends.

Honoring services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday June 10, 2020, at the Faith Tabernacle Church, Majestic, with Pastor Charles Meek and Reverend Odis Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at the Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic. Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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Bobby Varney

Bobby Varney

Bobby Darrell Varney, 67, of Turkey Creek, died Tuesday June 9, 2020, at his residence.

He was born at Williamson, W.Va., May 12, 1953, the son of the late Bobby Gene "B.G." Varney and Opal Kirk Varney.

He was a 1971 graduate of Belfry High School. After high school he worked as a safety director for the coal mines. He would then go on to serve on the Pike County Board of Education School Board for 17 years. After serving on the school board, he was elected Pike County Magistrate for District 6, a position he held until his retirement. He genuinely loved and cared for the people of Pond Creek. He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face. Most of all, he loved his kids and grandkids. He was of the Baptist faith and attended the First Baptist Church of Belfry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Kamron Varney.

He is survived by his loving wife, Teresa Lea "Terri" Varney; his sons, Bobby Darrell "Little Bob" Varney II (Stevi), of Forest Hills, and Thomas H "Tom" Varney (Kaitlin), of South Williamson; his grandchildren, Jake Varney, Chase Varney, Cayden Varney, Kendyl Varney, Ramsi Varney and Laura Varney; his siblings, Wanda Chapman (Barry), of Long, S.Car., Terry "Pud" Varney (Lisa), of Chattaroy, Gary Varney (Darlene), of Florida, Greg Varney, of Sumter, S.Car.; and Lisa Carter (David), of Leesburg, Fla.; and a host of other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the Belfry High School Auditorium with Eddie S. Hatfield and Mike McCartney officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens Maher, W.Va., with Dave Carter, Taylor Varney, Matt Marcum, Gary Childers, Gary "G" Childers, Kent Varney, Barry Crum, Derrick Bevins, Les Todd, Dwayne Adkins and Jeremy Howard serving as pallbearers. His grandchildren and Larry "Pogo" Blackburn will serve as honorary pallbearers. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at the auditorium. 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.

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