Scenic-Forest-Images- 4Timothy Von Crum age 52 died Sunday September 24, 2017.  He was born September 4, 1965 to the late John and Betty Lewis Crum.  Timothy was the owner and operator of the Appalachian Security.  He is survived by one brother Dusty Crum of Boons Camp.  At the family’s request there is to be no services held.

584063Shelba Jean Ratliff age 80 died Sunday September 24, 2017.  She was born February 25, 1937 to the late Rufus and Goldie Bowling Maynard.  Shelba was a seamstress with the sewing factory at Auxier and a member of the Ramey Branch Gospel Church.  Along with her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband James Earnest Ratliff and one son Edgel Ray Ratliff.  Shelba is survived by three sons James Edward Ratliff of Hager Hill, Paintsville Fire Chief Richard (Rick) Allen Ratliff of Meally, Paul Michael Ratliff of Flat Gap, three daughters Brenda Joyce Selvage of Staffordsville, Beverly Jean Stapleton of Flat Gap, Patricia Ann Kestner of Sitka, one sister Roberta Adams of Xenia, OH, several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  Visitation after 4 P.M. Wednesday with a memorial  service  to be held at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday at the Ramey Branch Gospel Church.

Nancy CastleNancy Annabelle Castle age 80 of Louisa, died Saturday September, 16, 2017.  She was born April 19, 1937 to the late Benjamin Cavins Sr. and Goldie May Castle Cavins.  Nancy  is also preceded in death by her husband Tommy Castle Sr.  She is survived by five sons Francis Ray Caudy of South Dakota  Terry Eugene Caudy  of Murry City, OH, Paul Edwin Caudy of Darbyville, OH, Tommy Junior Castle of Louisa, KY, Danny Castle of Williamsport, KY, two daughters Sandra E. Castle Nelson of River, KY,  and Deanna Castle Blevins of Offutt, KY.  Twelve grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. and after 9 A.M. at the Boons Camp Free Will Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held 11 A.M. Tuesday at the Boons Camp Free Will Baptist Church with Mike Jarrell officiating.  Burial will follow in the Castle Family Cemetery at Louisa, KY.

Beautiful Flowers 4Nellie B. Adkins, age 75  of West Van Lear, died Saturday September 9, 2017.  She was born February 16, 1942 to the late Kent and Allie Blair Adkins.  Nellie was a baby sitter and a member of the Tabernacle Church.  Along with her parents she is also preceded in death by two brothers; Bobby E. Adkins and JR Adkins, and one sister; Joyce Music. She is survived by one brother Herbert L. Adkins of West Van Lear.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the Preston Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Thursday at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Paul Aiken officiating.  Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, KY.

 

countryMark Robertson, age 58 of Versailles, KY, died Saturday September 9, 2017.  He was born May 20, 1959 to the late Donald and Eleanor Smith Robertson.  Mark was an engineer with the Kentucky Department of Highway and a member of the Woodford Community Christian Church.  Graveside services to be held 1 P.M. Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, KY.

flower 2Earlene S. Preston age 65 of Paintsville, died Friday September 8, 2017.  She  was born January 17, 1952 to the late Earl and Mollie Allene Salyers Stapleton.  Earlene was the owner operator of the Columbia Steakhouse.  She is survived by her husband Harold Dean Preston, three sons Harold Dean Preston II of Paintsville, KY, Walter Earl Preston of MT Sterling, KY, Trevor Earl Preston of Paintsville, KY, two brothers Gordon Dean Stapleton of Sitka,  Dale Stapleton of Columbus, OH, one sister Carolyn Tatum of Columbus, OH, four grand children and one great grand child.  Visitation will be held Sunday September 10 from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1 P.M. Monday September 11 at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Southie Fannin officiating.  Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, KY.

american flagRobert Lynne Elam age 73, died Thursday  September 7, 2017.  He was born February 28, 1944 to the late Robert and Helen Pack Elam.  Robert was a Kentucky State Government Employee and he proudly served his country in the United States Army, and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  Along with his parents Robert is also preceded in death by his wife Fonetta Akers Elam.  He is survived by his daughter Natalie Jean Boyer of Cincinnati, OH.  Visitation will be held Tuesday September 12 from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. and after 9 A.M., Wednesday a Masonic Service will be held Tuesday at  7 P.M .   Funeral services will be held 1 P.M. Wednesday at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Chris Rowland officiating. Military services to be conducted  by the Auxier Chapter 18 DAV.  Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, KY.

Joni WardJoni Carol Branham Ward, age 49 of Meally, died Wednesday September 6, 2017. Joni was born November 5, 1967 in Boons Camp, KY to William “Doug” Branham and Barbara Sue Lester Branham. Joni is survived by her husband, Clyde Ward of Flat Gap, KY, 1 son; Ethan Ward of Meally, KY, 1 daughter; Mahala Ward of Meally, KY, and 1 brother; Johnny Branham of Meally, KY. Joni is preceded in death by 1 brother; Billy Branham. Visitation for Joni is scheduled for Friday September 8, from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M. and after 9 A.M. Saturday September 9.  Funeral services are scheduled for 11 A.M. Saturday in the Preston Funeral Chapel with Ronnie Spriggs and Steve Slone officiating. Burial will follow in the Branham Family Cemetery at Meally, KY.

Faye Belle Lyons Castle, age 74 of Thealka, died Wednesday September 6, 2017. Faye was born June 7, 1943 in Paintsville, KY to the late Edgar & Alice Adams Lyons. Faye was a homemaker. Faye is survived by her husband, James ” Jake ” Castle, 2 sons; Billy (Linda) Castle of Richmond, VA and Edgar “Eddie” (Tabby) Castle of Sitka, KY, 3 daughters; Patricia Castle of West Van Lear, KY, Remonia Mills of Louisville, KY, and Martha (Robert) Fitchpatrick of Paintsville, KY, 1 brother; James (Bernice) Lyons of Springboro, OH., 10 Grandchildren, and 3 Great Grandchildren. Preceding her in death is 1 brother; Harold Ping Lyons, 1 sister; Edna Fannin, and 1 Great Grandchild; Bobby Fitchpatrick. Visitation for Faye is scheduled for Thursday, September 7, from 7 P.M. until 9 P.M., on Friday, September 8 from 12 noon until 9 P.M., and after 9 A.M. Saturday September 9, at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 P.M. Saturday in the Preston Funeral Chapel with Hubert Slone officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, KY. Faye Castle

Dekota Castle Jr. PhotoDekota Castle Jr., age 70 of Nippa, died Wednesday August 30, 2017. Jr. was born December 7, 1946 at River, Ky. to the late Dekota and Lillie Mae Scarberry Castle. Jr. was a retired Coal Miner with Martin County Coal and a member of the Belles Chapel Church. Jr. is survived by his wife, Merle Music Castle, 2 sons; Jeffrey Ray Castle of Paintsville, and Thomas Gilbert Castle of Paintsville, 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 1 sister; Ollie May White of Indiana. Visitation is scheduled for Friday September 1, from 2 P.M. until 9 P.M. and after 9 A.M. Saturday at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 P.M. Saturday September 2, in the Preston Funeral Chapel with Johnny Estep and Willie Gene Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at the Riverview Cemetery at Louisa, Ky.