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IN MEMORY OF 
Roger Lee Thacker

Roger Lee Thacker - age 66 of Williamson, WV passed away Sunday; October 14, 2018 in his home.  Born January 3, 1952 in Pike County, KY, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Ethel Baker Thacker.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Thacker, 1 brother, Larry Joe Thacker, a half brother, Fred Spriggs, and 1 sister, Patricia Ann Thacker.

Roger was former employee of Ford Motor Company.

Survivors include 1 sister, Regina Whitt of Minford, OH, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday; October 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Brian Hager officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. View Memory Gardens at Huddy, KY.

Visitation will be from 6-9 P.M. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF 

Maggie Louise Harmon

Maggie Louise Harmon – age 75 of Red Jacket, WV died Friday; October 5, 2018 at the Pikeville Medical Center. In honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday; October 9, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at the New Vision Church at Hatfield Bottom; Matewan, WV.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Rebecca Gail (Cartrett) Whitt

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Rebecca Gail (Cartrett) Whitt - age 70 of Thomasville, NC formerly of Blackberry, KY passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Thomasville, NC.  Born July 28, 1948 in Whiteville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Elverta Cartrett.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Lucas Ray Whitt, and a brother, Dale Cartrett.

She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a Christian and a member of The Lighthouse Church in Thomasville, NC.

Survivors include her husband, George Washington Whitt Jr. of Thomasville, NC, 1 daughter, Penny (Whitt) and husband, Charles William Mayes Jr. of Sherrills Ford, NC, 3 grandchildren, Frances Nicole Phillips (Corey) Johnston of Gastonia, NC, Amanda (Joshua) King of Lexington, NC, and
Erin (Matthew) Burcham of Thomasville, NC, 4 great-grandchildren, Josiah Lawrence Johnston, Carlee Faith King, Levi Ray King, and Easton Lane Burcham, 3 brothers, Ronnie Cartrett and Donnie Cartrett both of High Point, NC, and Anthony "Tony" Cartrett of Appling, GA, 4 sisters, Kay Cruickshank of Chester, SC, Ronda Brantley of Warrenton, NC, Susan Thompson of Warrenton, NC, and Elizabeth Tysinger of Sophia, NC.

Funeral services will be held Sunday; September 30, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mike Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in the Whitt Cemetery at Ransom, KY.

Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Ella Francis Scott Kimble

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Ella Francis Scott Kimble - age 97 of Williamson, WV passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, OH.  Born October 9, 1920 in Williamson, WV, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Clara (Sammons) Scott.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Kimble, her daughter, Carol Smith, her grandsons, Joey Lowe and Jeff Smith, and two brothers,
Ralph Scott and Dr. Jack Scott.

Ella worked as a salesperson for Taylors Jewelry Store and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Williamson, WV.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Rachel (Joe) Lowe of Ravenna, OH, her grandchildren, Karen Murphy, Debbie (Scott) Anderson, Ron Smith, Donna (Mark) Vintson, and John Smith, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Glenn Scott, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday; September 26, 2018 from 4-7 P.M. at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel in Ravenna, OH.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Williamson, WV.  Burial will follow in the Mt. View Memory Gardens at Huddy, KY.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Claudia Billiter Clay

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Claudia Billiter Clay - age 77 of Goody, KY passed away Monday; July 30, 2018 at the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, KY following a lingering illness.

Born October 25, 1940, at Leckieville, KY, she was the daughter of the late Jonah and Ella Blackburn Billiter.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Marietta Coleman, and two brothers, James Billiter and Robert "Bob" Billiter.

Claudia retired as a registered nurse from the Appalachian Regional Hospital in 1989. Initially licensed as an LPN in 1958, she later attended Southern WV Community College and obtained her RN certification, all the while continuing to work and take care of her family. She worked in nearly every department during her tenure at ARH and her last years of employment were spent as a home health nurse with ARH Home Health. She was active in the KY Nurses' Association Collective Bargaining Unit.

Claudia had a deep love for her family. She enjoyed spending time on adventerous beach vacations with her family for as long as she was able to travel. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nanny, sister, and friend. She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Williamson, WV.

Survivors include her loving husband, David Clay of Goody, KY, whom she wed on August 25, 1961, three children, Stephanie (Perry) Justice of Statesville, NC, Craig-Michael Clay of Ypsilanti, MI, and Christopher David (Joyce) Clay of Findlay Township, PA, her grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as Nanny, Lauryn and Cameron Justice, and Anissa and Sydney Clay, one sister, Brenda Billiter of Dix Fork, KY, a special cousin, Dee Dee McGuire of Williamson, WV, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Copley of Griffin, GA, two nephews, Johnny and Michael Maynard of Dix Fork, KY, two nieces, Angela Copley of Griffin, GA and Melinda Thompson of Dix Fork, KY, and a host of other nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Please join the family for a celebration of Claudia's life on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Williamson, WV.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, KY.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Daniel Todd "Goober" Grimmett

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Daniel Todd "Goober" Grimmett - age 40 of Beech Creek, WV passed away Tuesday; September 18, 2018 at the Pikeville Medical Center.  Born August 29, 1978 in Hinsdale, IL, he was the son of the late Harvey and Daisy Hatfield Grimmett.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward Grimmett.

Daniel was a former factory worker and a member of the Newtown Free Pentecostal Church of God.

Survivors include a daughter, Sydney Taylor Bowens, three sisters, Donna Rudder, Tammie Casey, and Sandra Jerutis, his brother and sister in Christ and caretakers, Bear and Erica Cantrell, special friends, April Dawn Dotson and Kimberley Brewster, and a host of other family and friends.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial gathering for a time of remembrance will be held on Saturday; September 29, 2018 from 6-9 P.M. at the Newtown Free Pentecostal Church of God.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Bobby Dean Tilley

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Bobby Dean Tilley - age 45 of McCarr, KY passed away Monday; September 17, 2018 at his home following a lingering illness.  Born July 17, 1973 at Williamson, WV, he was the son of Kermit "Bob" Tilley and Ruth Ann Gooslin Tilley.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sandra Ann Tilley and Sabrina Adkins.

Owning his own truck, Bobby was a hazmat truck driver and he was of the Freewill Baptist faith.  He was a graduate of Belfry High School.

Survivors include his father, Bob (Connie) Tilley of McCarr, his mother, Ruth Ann Tilley (Larry Hurley) of McCarr, his wife, Teresa Tilley of McCarr, his children, Johnny Bevins of Epping, ND, Maverick (Leanna) Bevins of Hardy, KY, Christopher (Kelsey) Bevins of Celina, OH, Dustin (Ashley) Tilley of McCarr, Logan Tilley of McCarr, Danielle (Josh) Richardson of Shelbiana, KY, Elexis Francis (Andrew Lockard) of Turkey Creek, Ty Honaker of McCarr, and Brittany Fenlon of Celina, OH, 3 sisters, Christy (Ronnie) Kennedy of McCarr, Dianna (Will) Brown of Williamson, and Brandi Tilley (Brandon Cundiff) of Fort Branch, IN, 14 grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday; September 21, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Pastor Roger Mullins officiating.  Burial will follow in the Tilley Cemetery at Board Fork; McCarr, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-9 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help with final expenses.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Mark Stuart Harlow

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Mark Stuart Harlow, 62 of Port Orange, FL, formerly of Williamson, WV passed away July 30, 2018 following a long illness.

Mark was born September 29, 1955 in Williamson, WV to the late Stuart and Alice (Coley) Harlow.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Nell Hatfield, and a brother-in-law, Charles Hatfield.

He graduated from Williamson High School in 1973 and attended Pikeville College, where he played baseball for the Bears and trombone in the Music Department.

Mark was a tireless member of the sales industry and entrepreneur until he retired in 2014.  He was passionate about always providing his employees and customers with the best experience possible.

An avid baseball fan, the religiously followed the Cincinnati Reds and was he inducted into the Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.

He leaves as his legacy two children - Becky (Brian) Sass of Westchester, IL and Drew (Crystal) Harlow of Alton, IL - along with two infant grandchildren, Jackson and Kaylee, as well as a host of extended family and friends.  He will be remembered by those closest to him for his positive outlook on life, his jovial personality, and an infectious smile that touched everyone.  He was funny and loyal and will be sorely missed!

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday; September 29, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with a memorial service to be held at 7:00 P.M.

The family requests that donations be made in Mark's name to the Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame, c/o Cecil Hatfield, 1726 W. 5th Avenue, Williamson, WV  25661.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Roy Maynard

Roy Maynard - age 88 of Williamson, WV passed away Saturday; August 18, 2018 at the Trinity of Mingo Healthcare Center in Williamson, WV.  He was born July 8, 1930
in Williamson, WV.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Maynard, two sons, Jackie Maynard and Danny Ray Maynard, three brothers, Bill, Earl, and Earsel Maynard, and one sister,
Retha Diamond.

Roy was a retired employee of the City of Williamson and also worked for a number of years for Leslie Coal Company.

Survivors include his children, James Maynard of Williamson, WV, Betty Yahr of Kalamazoo, MI, Ellen McKinney of Elkhart, IN, Brenda Whisenant of Belfry, KY, Joann Bianco of South Williamson, KY, and Teresa Maynard of Atlanta, GA, his special friends, Jack and the late Ann Booten, 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

In honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Phyllis Blankenship

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Phyllis Blankenship - age 79 of Beech Creek, WV returned to her heavenly home on the evening of Friday August 17, 2018 after a gradual decline in health.  She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life.  Her love for and faith in Jesus Christ gave her peace.

Born June 30, 1939 at O'Keefe, WV, she was the daughter of the late Kermit and Justine Kennedy Murphy.

She was the beloved wife of the late Billy Ray Blankenship, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.  Additionally, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Kermit Murphy Jr., Herbert "Crowbar" Murphy, and Edward Murphy, and one sister, Mary Kat Murphy Daniels.

Phyllis was a devoted and loving mother and a faithful member of the Ben Creek Church of Christ.  There was never a more compassionate, loving, and caring woman.  From being a wonderful wife and stay at home mother, raising three beautiful girls, and spoiling her grand-children.  She was very proud of her family and was happy to be a "Nanny" to her 8 grand-children and 2 great-grandchildren.  Any chance to spend time with her family was important to her.  Phyllis spent her life caring for others!

Phyllis was the devoted mother of Barbara (Mike) Smith, Kathy Blankenship Hatfield, and Kimberly Blankenship Dixon, loving Nanny of Kourtni (John) Young, Joshua (Paige) Dixon, Holli (Cody) Boyd, Wendi Smith, Austin Hatfield, Zachary Dixon, Misti Smith, and Braxton Hatfield.  She was great-grandmother to Lakean Boyd and Keanlee Dixon.  She is also survived by two brothers, Billy Joe (Belle) Murphy and Johnny Earl (Tammy) Murphy.  Her caregiver, Desiree Harmon aka Jezz was very special to her.  Additional survivors include a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday; August 21, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Evangelist Gene Clemons and Bro. Rocky Hatfield officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Beech Creek with Joshua Dixon, Austin Hatfield, Zachary Dixon, Braxton Hatfield, John Young, Cody Boyd, Chris Hatfield, and Mathias Harmon serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 P.M. Monday evening at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Opal Marie Smith

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Opal Marie Smith - age 80 of Sidney, KY passed away Thursday; August 9, 2018 at the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, KY.  Born April 29, 1938 in Williamson, WV, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ersie Runyon.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Smith Jr., one son, Donnie Ray Smith, a grandson, Jared Smith, and a great-grandson, James Logan Farmer, and several brothers and sisters.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include four sons, Arnie Lee (Cathy) Smith of Jeffersonville, KY, Tunis James Smith of Canada, KY, Ricky Thomas (Joyce) Smith of Stone, KY, and William Edward Smith of Canada, KY, one brother, Bennie Runyon of Ohio, 15 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday; August 14, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Bro. Gary Blackburn and Bro. Roger Mullins officiating.  Burial will follow in the Stanley-Smith Cemetery at Stratton Fork; Canada, KY.

Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Sandra "Sandy" Leedy

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Sandra "Sandy" Leedy - age 58 of Canada, KY passed away Thursday; August 9, 2018 at her home.  Born February 14, 1960 in Williamson, WV, she was the daughter of Cynthia (Pennington) Harper of Hardy, KY and the late Dennis Pennington.

In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Brian and John Keith Pennington.

Sandy was a homemaker and a former retail clerk.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Kenny Leedy of Canada, KY, two sons, Kory (Sarah) Leedy of Wheeling, WV and Landon Leedy of Georgetown, KY, one grandson, Isaak Leedy, two brothers, David and Alan Pennington, five sisters, Terry (Frank) Giordano, Libby (Kenny) Bevins, Denise (Danny) Spaulding, Melanie Pennington (Shane), and Tammy Ernest.

No services are scheduled.  A memorial gathering for family will be held at a later time.

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IN MEMORY OF 
WILSON "BUD" MURPHY

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In Loving Memory of absolutely the best husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, WILSON "BUD" MURPHY - age 87 of Beech Creek, WV, passed away Tuesday; August 7, 2018 at his home.  Born April 23, 1931 at O'Keefe, WV, he was the son of the late William Joe and Audrey Simpkins Murphy.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Clark, and three sisters, Josie Goad, Mary Benns, and Jan Duez.

Bud was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.  For most of his life, he was a coal miner and coal owner/operator.  He was member of the Hugh C. Boyd Masonic Lodge and a Kentucky Colonel, but the most important was his family.  He made sure that his family was taken care of, and always said that he was blessed and proud of his family.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Fallie Gay Workman Murphy, four daughters, Audrey "Cookie" and Ronald "Bo") Kennedy, Sue and Bobby Goad, Pamela and Oscar "Halo" Pack, and Kathryn and Calvin Clark.  He was affectionately known as Popaw B to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his grandchildren being Wilson (Angie) Goad, Kim Kennedy, Shawn (Wendy) Goad, Rhonda (Mike) Goad, Jason (Kristi) Pack, Jessica Clark, Bethany (Matt) Hatfield, and Rachel (Francisco) Gamero, his great-grandchildren, Alecia (Dillon) Meadows, Amon Goad, Kaylee Edwards, Kub Kennedy and Isa Scales, Shawna, Ashley, and Ayden Goad, Seth, Daylin, and Michaelin Goad, Alyssa and Jackson Pack, Braxton, Mattix, and Hagan Hatfield, his beloved pet, Rascal, four brothers, Joey, Benny, James, and Bruce Murphy, two sisters, Martha Spires and Betty Kane, and a host of other family and friends.

In honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Robert Darnell Thomas Jr.

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Robert Darnell Thomas Jr., infant son of Tabetha Norman and Robert Darnell Thomas Sr, of Charleston, WV was born and became an angel on Monday; July 23, 2018 at the Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers and sisters, Keyonna Norman, Royal Carter, Sincere Thomas, Lyric Thomas all of Charleston, WV, and Helen and Felix Taylor of Beckley, WV, grandparents, Ernestine and James Canterbury of Williamson, WV, Francis and Nancy Norman of Buskirk, KY, and Royal and Jennetta Thomas of Charleston, WV, great-grandmother, Peggy Fouch Taylor of Williamson, WV, aunt, Virginia Thomas, nephew, Kingston Norman of Charleston, WV, and a host of great aunts, great uncles, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Saturday; August 4, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at the Fouch Family Cemetery at Slater's Branch, KY with Pastor Eddie Martin speaking.

A special acknowledgement to Linda and David Fouch, Charles Catron, Hershall and Denise Taylor, Tammy and Terry Hope, Janice Blackburn, and Marquita Salyes.

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Hatfield Funeral Chapel
144 Toler Road
Toler, Kentucky  41514

P.O. Box 216
Belfry, Kentucky  41514

Phone:  606-353-7281
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