Elva Blankenship, 83, of Topmost, died Thursday, February 22, 2007 at home. She was the daughter of the late Dewey and Pearlie Patton Gibson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Caney Fork Old Regular Baptist Church in Raven. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Blankenship, parents, 2 brothers, Ernest Gibson and Delano Gibson, 1 sister, June Davis and 1 granddaughter, Lori Blankenship. She is survived by 2 sons, Larry and Mitzi Blankenship of Allegan, MI; Pat Blankenship of Hazard; 2 daughters, Connie Erdman and Bonnie Cross, both of Columbus, OH; 1 brother, Cantrel Gibson of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; 3 sisters, Ora Sawyer and Bonnie Harris, both of Topmost; Shelby and Gene Tessier of New Bern, NC; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral was conducted Monday, February 26, 2007 at the Caney Fork Old Regular Baptist Church with the Regular Baptist Ministers officiating, burial in the Spring Hill Memorial Park in Spring Hill, TN. Hall Funeral Home of Martin in charge of arrangements.
Christopher George Lewis
Christopher George Lewis, 36, died Saturday, February 17, 2007. Hewas the son of Harry Lewis and Debbie Watson. Christopher was an Occupational Therapist and employed by the Hazard ARH. He loved playing music on his guitar, golf-4-wheeling, travel watching and playing backetball.He weas preceded in death by his paternal granparents, Bill and Florence Lewis;maternal grandmother, Justeen Feaselman; cousins, Barry Williams and Jeff Lewis. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Tommi Michelle Lewis of Ary; father, Harry Lewis of Coon Creek; mother and step-father, Debbie Shepherd and Donnie Webster of Webster, IN; host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Funeral was conducted Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at the Engle-Walker Perry County Chapel with Rev. Don Blair and Travis France officiating, burial in the Holiday Cemetery in Ary. Engle-Walker Perry County Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Don T. Dix
Don T. Dix, 66, of Naples, Florida, died Thursday, February 22, 2007. He was born in Hazard to Claybourne and Margaret Seale Dix, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and received masters and doctorate degrees in Chemistry from the Ohio State University. He did post graduate work at the University of Illinois. He worked 30 years for The Dow Chemical Company and one and one-half years for the Michigan Molecular Institute. He was a member of Neapolitan Civitan Club and the American Chemical Society. Recently he served as advisor to the Naples High Junior Civitan Club. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary “Micky”; his children, Alissa and John Cambier; Michael and Elissa Jones; 4 sisters, Dorothy and Andrew Luttrell, Betty and Joe Dente, Shawnee and Bob Averitt, and Jane and Jack Adams. Funeral was held Monday, February 26, 2007 at Naples Memorial Funeral Home in Naples. Memorials are suggested to Special Olympics in Collier County, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT, Hospice of Naples or to the donor’s choice.
Ruth and Chester Fugate, Jr
Ruth Vera Sortman Fugate, 78, of Plano, Texas, died, September 10, 2006 in Texas. Chester Fugate, Jr, 78 of Plano, Texas, died February 13, 2007. Chester and Ruth had been married for 57 years and had lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia for the past 29 years. Chester retired from NCR in Dayton, Ohio in 1978 after 25 years. He then worked for Tec America in Norcross, Georgia, retiring in 2001 at the age of 73. They are survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jin Fugate of Planto, TX; daughter, Gale Fugate of Plano, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Berning of North Bend, WA; granddaughter, Amanda Fugate of Plano, TX; Chester is survived by 2 sisters, Betty Hickman of Dayton, OH; Flora Orcen Steele of Hazard; 2 brothers, Chester Lee Fugate of North Pole, Alaska; Jesse Fugate of St. Clair, MI. Memorial service will be Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Engle-Walker Funeral Home.
Cora Neace Mullins
Cora Neace Mullins, 87, of Seymour, IN (formally of Gays Creek), died Friday, February 23, 2007. She was the daughter of the late Dan and Martha Neace Farler. She is survived by 6 daughters, Susie Baker and husband Charles Ed, Lucinda Bowling and husband Ollie Jean, Laura Ellen Noble and husband Odum, Bessie White and husband Sam, Francis Offill and husband Dan, Virginia Maxine Marshall and husband Don; 5 sons, Dan Neace and wife Ruby, Taylor Neace and wife Ruby, Henry Neace and wife Elsie, Jimmy Neace and wife Betty Gail, Malcom Neace Jr, and wife Alice Faye; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral was conducted Monday, February 26, 2007 at the Holiness Church of God In Jesus Name with Rev. Charles Ed Baker officiating, burial in the Neace & Smith Cemetery in Gays Creek. Maggard Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jonas Miller, 65, of Bulan, died, Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at home.
He was the son of the late McKinley Miller and Louetta Baker. He is survived by his wife Gladys Sue Combs Miller; 1 daughter, Joanie Sheryl Miller of Bulan; special grandson, Matthew Jonas Dale Miller; 2 sisters, Leona Murray of Ohio; Shirley Fuagte of Bonnyman; 4 brothers, Elmer Miller and Clyde Miller both of Ohio; Mack Miller of Bulan; Sherman Miller of Dwarf; host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral was conducted Friday, February 23, 2007 at Maggard’s Mountain View Chapel with Rev.Don Blair officiating, burial in the Miller Lovins Cemetery in Dwarf. Maggard Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Campbell, 86, of Hazard, died Sunday, February 18, 2007 at home. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl Campbell, grandparents, Walker and Elizabeth Wright, 1 son, Eugene Marshall Campbell and 1 brother, Elmer Wright. She is survived by 1 daughter, Betty Combs and husband Marvin of Georgetown; 1 sister, Louise Nash of Briston, VA; host of other relatives and friends. Funeral was conducted Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at Engle-Walker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlie Douglas officiating, burial in the Riverside Cemetery. Engle-Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Shelby Mize, 68, of Combs, died, Sunday, February 25, 2007 at home. He was the son of the late Beecher and Lillian Garrett Mize. He is survived by his wife Ruth Mize; 5 daughters, Jean and Robert Neace, Linda and James Combs, all of Combs; Sue and Johnny Jones of Ten Mile; Janet and Jimmy Bowling of Yerkes; Betty and Lonnie Bruner of Cumberland; 2 sons, Shelby Wayne and Deana Mize, Jerry Dewayne Mize, all of Combs; 1 sister, Alta Mae Crawley of Danville; 5 half sisters, 6 half brothers, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be conducted today, Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at the Combs Church of God , with Merrill David Collins, Minor Feltner and Roy Johnson officiating, burial in the Neace-Mize Cemetery in Grapevine. Maggard Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.