Obituaries

Funeral services held are for Gerald Robert Smith

Gerald Robert Smith, 59, of Whitesburg, died October 3 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A son of Jenny Helton Smith and the late Gerald Bruce Smith, he was the son-in-law of Jr. Jarrell and the late Rosa Lee Jarrell. Surviving in addition to his mother and his fatherin law, are his wife, Rita Jarrell […]

Douglas Hayes dies at 68

Douglas Hayes, 68, died October 3, at his home at Payne Gap. Born in Hemphill to the late Conley Hayes and Loretta Miller Hayes, he was the father of the late Jamie Douglas Hayes. Mr. Hayes was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Hayes. He worked 24 years as an underground coal miner, the majority with Southeast Coal […]

James Whitaker, 84, dies

Funeral services for James Keller Whitaker II, 84, of Blackey, will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will be in the Whitaker- Back Cemetery in Blackey. He died October 5 at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. The son of the late J. Keller and Bertha Whitaker, he was […]

Francis Jo Spicer dies at 79

Funeral services for Frances Jo Mullins Spicer, 79, were held September 28 at Hemphill Baptist Church. Burial was in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Powell Valley, Va. Born at Burdine to the late John and Sophia Mullins, she died September 23. She was the widow of John R. Spicer. Mrs. Spicer attended Burdine Elementary School and was graduated from Jenkins […]

Rites held for Gwendolyn Pack

Gwendolyn Sexton Pack, 67, of Whitesburg, died September 24 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Charlie and Wanda Collins Sexton, she was the mother of the late James Pack. She was also preceded in death by eight siblings, Ronnie, James, Charles, Barney Gaye, Cleo, Garrett, Anita and Mavis. Surviving are a son, Charles Edgar Pack […]

Susan Tyree, 52, dies

Funeral services for Susan Stamper Tyree, 52, were held October 1 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in Sandlick Cemetery. A daughter of the late Steve and Pat Stamper, she was born in Harlan. She died September 26 at her residence in Hazard. She worked with her family in the founding of the Whitesburg Church of the Nazarene, where she […]

Ruth Ison succumbs at 82

Ruth Ison, 82, of Whitesburg, died September 27 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. Mrs. Ison was a daughter of the late Thurston and Mattie Collins. Surviving are her husband, Ronald Ison; three sons, Ellis Stephen Sturgill and Eugenia of Ermine, David Lynn Sturgill and Madonna of Jenkins, and Thurston Randall Sturgill of High Hat; […]

Paul Burke dies at 70

Paul Burke, 70, of Jenkins, died September 26 at Pikeville Medical Center. A son of the late Jack Burke and Mary Bentley Fleming, he was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Gabe Fleming; three brothers, Raymond Burke, George Burke, and Jimmy Burke; and a sister, Betty Jean Burke. Surviving are his wife, Donna Hunsaker Burke; three sons, John Burke […]

Rites held for David Barker

David Michael “Shade Tree” Barker, 70, of Middlesboro, formerly of McRoberts, died September 24 at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pikeville. Born in McRoberts to the late David Merrell and Emma Jean Ferguson Barker, he served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Fleming-Neon American Legion. Mr. Barker was an avid University of Kentucky sports fan. […]

Clarence Gibson dies at 73

Clarence Edward Gibson, 73 died September 25 at his home at Roxana. He was a son of the late William Buster and Mary Allen Gibson, and a brother of the late Johnny Ray Gibson. Surviving are his wife, Roma Hogg Gibson; a son, Tracy Gibson of Roxana; five brothers, Walden Gibson, Tommy Gibson, Duke Gibson, Winston Gibson, and Boyd Gibson; […]


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