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Harding Ison dies




Harding Ison died December 12 at his residence at Kingdom Come. He was 85 years old.

Born on Kingdom Come Creek, he was a son of the late Grant and Mary Stallard Ison, and a brother of the late Earl Ison, Carl Ison, Forrester Ison, and Avis Colson.

Ison was a graduate of Whitesburg High School and Morehead State College. He taught at Kingdom Come School, the last one-room school in Letcher County, where he also served as counselor, bus driver, cook, janitor, or whatever the situation required. Ison and his pupils were featured in a 1973 Appalshop documentary about the school.

Surviving are two brothers, Delmer Ison and wife Ramone, Locust Grove, Va., and Glennon Ison and wife Thelma, Flemingsburg; six sisters, Lovell Day, Whitesburg; Alva Frazier, Seymour, Ind.; Gracie Boggs and husband Pascal, Jeffersonville, Ind.; Eveda Ison, Harrison, Ohio; Eula Gilliam and husband Silas, Wise, Va.; and Doris Day and husband Doug, Columbus, Ind.; and friends, Jimmy and Pam McIntosh.

Funeral services were held December 15 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Ison Cemetery at Kingdom Come.


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