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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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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.

No services are scheduled at this time. A celebration of Claudia's life will be held at a later date and will be announced when determined.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, KY.

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IN MEMORY OF 

Peggy Lee Watson

Peggy Lee Watson - age 77 of Canada, KY passed away Sunday; July 29, 2018 at the Pikeville Medical Center.  Born June 9, 1941 at Mouthcard, KY; she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Vertle Williams Belcher.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Peggy was a homemaker and a former licensed cosmetologist.

Survivors include her children, Lisa Thornsberry of Bristol, TN, Gena May of Canada, KY, Trey Watson of Belfry, KY, and Tia Watson of Belfry, KY, 1 sister, Janetta Johnson of Georgetown, KY, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

In honoring Peggy's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Reed L. Varney

Reed L. Varney - age 93 of Cleveland, OH formerly of the Matewan, WV area passed away Sunday; July 22, 2018 in Cleveland, OH.  Born December 3, 1924 at Red Jacket, WV; he was the son of the late Pliant and Daisy Hooker Varney.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta Varney, and a grandson, Ryan DeMine.

Reed was a retired pressman from Midland Steel and a World War II Veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean DeMine of Cleveland, OH and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services will be held Thursday; July 26, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Fitch Family Cemetery at Sprigg, WV with Pastor Tim Yates officiating and burial to follow.  Military
honors will be presented by the DAV Chapter 141 of Belfry, KY.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Phyllis Jean Reed

Phyllis Jean Reed - age 72 of McCarr, KY passed away Monday; July 23, 2018 at the Pikeville Medical Center.  Born November 4, 1945 in Williamson, WV; she was the daughter of the late Glen Cecil and Elizabeth Hatfield Dotson.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Clifton Cline, her second husband, Joe Reed, a granddaughter, Jennifer Elizabeth Cline, and a sister, Lettea Hall.

She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include 2 sons, Kelly Cline and Butch Cline both of McCarr, KY, 2 daughters, Elizabeth "Cookie" Cantrell of Pinsonfork, KY and Jenny Bramlett of Owenton, KY, 1 brother, Harold Dotson of McCarr, KY, 1 sister, Jo Ann Marcum of Louisville, KY, a special cousin and friend, Barbara Jean Coleman of Ransom, KY, 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday; July 27, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. from the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY. Burial will follow in the Family Cemetery at Auburn Hollow;
McCarr, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. for family and 11:00 A.M. for friends on Friday at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF 
JK Young

JK Young - age 97 of Sidney, KY passed away Sunday; July 15, 2018 at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard, KY.  Born April 16, 1921 in Pike County, KY; he was the son of the late James Kenneth Young and Dixie Pinson Young.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Dale and Wilma Young, his brothers, Glen, Woodrow, Lucian Jack, John P., Mike,
and Tom Young, and 1 sister, Nancy Walters.

JK was a World War II Veteran having served in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier.

He was a retired coal miner from Eastern Coal Company, a member of the Bells of Joy Church, and a member of the Stone Lodge #890 F&AM.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Gladys Curry Young of Sidney, KY, his grandsons, Matthew Cory (Ashlee) Young of Richmond, KY, Jeremy Kyle (Lori) Young and John Calvin (Jennifer) Young both of Tulsa, OK, his great-grandchildren, Jaxson Young, Landon Young, Alexis Young, James Kameron Young, Carly Elizabeth Young, Avienda LaRose Young, James Kenneth Young, and Charles Edward Young.

Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday; July 19, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Bro. Dennis Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery at Sidney, KY with his grandsons and other family and friends serving as pallbearers.

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

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IN MEMORY OF 
Virgil Ray Anderson

Virgil Ray Anderson - age 52 of Lenore, WV went home to be with Jesus on Saturday; July 13, 2018 from his home.  Born June 9, 1966 in Williamson, WV; he was the son of the late Alex and Pearl Maynard Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 1 sister, Vaddie Farley, and 5 brothers, Donald Anderson, Samuel Farley, John Farley, Johnny Anderson, and Charles
Anderson.

Ray was a former mechanic and specialized in brake repairs.  He was of the Church of God faith and loved the Lord with all his heart.  He loved riding his side by side and being outside.  He took great pleasure in watching his nieces and nephew play as well as his great nieces and nephews, which are too numerous to mention by name, but he knew and loved all of them.  He shared a very special bond with three of his nieces and fondly referred to them as "his girls".  They are Brandy White, Talina Canterbury, and Taylor Hensley.

In addition to "his girls", he leaves behind his broken hearted family, sisters, Nancy (Mose) Marcum, Ruby (Don) Stevens, Dolly Anderson, and Sherry Graves, and brother, Keith Anderson.

He was a kind hearted and loving man and showed compassion to anyone in need.  He will be sadly missed by all his family everyday for the rest of their lives.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday; July 18, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ at Den Branch; Naugatuck, WV with Elders Ernest Dean and Curt Collins officiating.  Burial will follow in the Maynard Cemetery at Naugatuck, WV with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be after 5:00 P.M. from family and 6:00 P.M. for friends on Tuesday at the church with services at be held at 7:00 P.M.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Charles Jim "Charlie Jim" Adkins

Charles Jim "Charlie Jim" Adkins - age 70 of Williamson, WV passed away Friday; June 29, 2018 at the Williamson Memorial Hospital.  Born May 9, 1948 at Aflex, KY; he was the son of the late Ruley and Mahalia Doyle Adkins.

In additon to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Annabella Collins, and 2 brothers, Douglas High Adkins and Lester Fred Adkins.

He was a former coal miner.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Rebecca Adkins, 1 son, John Adkins, 1 sister, Dorothy Adkins, 2 brothers, William Adkins and Oscar Adkins, 5 grandchildren, Hannah, Miranda, Adrieanna,
Bryan, and Nathan, and 3 great-grandchildren, Arionna, Sebastian, and Sawyer.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled.

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IN MEMORY OF 
Carrie S. Hampton

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Carrie S. Hampton - age 59 of Sciotoville, OH formerly of Rawl, WV passed away Sunday; June 17, 2018 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth, OH.  Born July 9, 1958 in Williamson, WV; she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Rosie Gannon Hardin.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in by a brother, Cecil Hardin Jr.

Carrie was a former cook and grew up attending the Rawl Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Hampton of Sciotoville, OH, 1 son, Chris (Nicole) Hampton of Rochester, NY, 2 daughters, Beth (Robert) Ford of Columbus, OH and Shelia (Jimmie) Fryer of Thornville, OH, 3 sisters, Alice Yates of St. Clairesville, OH, Cathy Hardin of Rawl, WV, and Helen Gregory of Portsmouth, OH, her grandchildren, Cecilia, Christopher, Alex, Robert, Kailea, Leatyra, Ryan, and Summer, her great-grand-children, R.J., Jaden, and Jr..  Also survivivng is a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday; June 22, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Bro. Danny Scott officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rawl Community Cemetery at Rawl, WV with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

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

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IN MEMORY OF 
Dorothy L. Chafin

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Dorothy L. Chafin - age 79 of Double Camp; Newtown, WV passed away Wednesday;June 13, 2018 at the Dignity Hospice House in Chapmanville, WV.  Born February 15, 1939 in Mingo County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Sarah Daniels Hatfield.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by 2 sons, Andy Simon Chafin and Teddy Carl Chafin, 1 daughter, Debbie Marie Chafin Smith, 1 grandson, Barry Allen Chafin, 1 great-granddaughter, Gracie Chafin, and 3 sisters, Eleanor Hall, Cordella Hatfield, and Vada McCoy.

Dorothy was a retired coal miner from the Old Ben Coal Company and was of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include 2 sons, David (Sandra) Chafin and Rodney (Misty) Justice both of Newtown, WV, 1 daughter, Dottie (Darrell) Bowens of McCarr, KY, a special niece, Elaine Hatfield of Newtown, WV, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday; June 17, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.at the Newtown Free Pentecostal Church with Pastor Randy Casey officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery at Double Camp; Newtown, WV with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be after 6:00 P.M. Saturday evening at the Newtown Free Pentecostal Church where services will be held at 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dignity Hospice, P.O. Box 4304, Chapmanville, WV  25508.

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IN MEMORY OF 
James H. Blackburn

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James H. Blackburn, 74, of Hatfield, KY passed away Friday; June 1, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV.  Born November 1, 1943 at McAndrews, KY; he was the son of the late Ishmal and Isabel Ball Blackburn.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 9 brothers and 5 sisters.

He was a former coal miner and a proud member of the UMWA for more than 13 years, and a U.S. Vietnam Veteran, Staff Sergeant U.S. Army January 17, 1963 - March 4, 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Faye Lowe Blackburn, daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Faye and Terry Hope, son and daughter-in-law, James Michael and Karen Blackburn, grandchildren, Michaela Hope Blackburn, Logan Michael Blackburn, James Christian Blackburn, and Autumn Faith Blackburn, sisters, Omadoll, Marilyn, and Eliza.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday; June 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Bro. Ervin Francis officiating.  Burial will follow in the Orrison Richard Lowe Cemetery at Hatfield, KY.

Visitation will be from 3-6 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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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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