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Funeral service set for Thursday for 15-year-old Jenkins student



Funeral services will be held Thursday for a 15-year-old boy who died at his grandparents’ home Saturday morning.

Isaiah M. Nixon, a student at Jenkins Middle-High School, was found unresponsive about 10 a.m. Saturday at his grandparents’ home at Wright’s Hollow Circle.

Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker said the preliminary cause of death is undetermined. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy. Results aren’t expected back for at least two weeks.

Jenkins City Police Sergeant Jim Stephens said young Mr. Nixon died sometime after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, apparently of complications from a long-term health problem. Acquaintances say the teen had battled asthma.

Isaiah enjoyed playing video games, riding four-wheelers, and fishing and was an avid fan of University of Kentucky sports. He is survived by his mother, Melinda Vance and husband Jimmy Vance of Jenkins; father, Michael E. Nixon of Loraine, Ohio; maternal grandparents, Calvin and Patricia Bates of Jenkins; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Christine Nixon of Elyria, Ohio; a brother, Michael Nixon of Jenkins; two stepbrothers, Bryan Stambaugh of Duffield, Va. and Dalton Vance of Jenkins; two sisters, Makala Chey-Anne Stambaugh of Jenkins and Desire-e’ Nixon of Elyria, Ohio; two stepsisters, Brooke Vance of Jenkins and Raven Laughfin of Elyria, Ohio; and a cousin, John Bullock.

Isaiah was preceded in death by a stepsister, Jessica Hall; his greatgrandmother, Hazel Lawson; his stepfather, Warren Stambaugh; and an uncle, Calvin Bates.

The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. on August 8 at Dunham Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park in Ermine.

Everidge Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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