Obituaries of Pike County Kentucky Natives

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                       Obituary for John Ball 

The Raleigh Register - Wednesday, August 31, 1938 (page 2) JOHN C. BALL'S RITES TOMORROW Because of the illness of Dr. Ritchie Ware, the Rev. Paul Smith will conduct the funeral service for John C. Ball, 86, at the home on the Johnstown Rd at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Interment will be at Sunset. Pallbearers will be Charlie Godby, Walter Harden, Emmett Hurt, Hilbert Hancock, John Vass, and Charles McKinney. Flower girls, Alice Harden, Thelma Harden, Nellie Jones, Maude Riddle, and Juanita Clemens. Honorary pallbearers, Jim Thompson, Lacy Trump, Harry Anderson, GE Bazzarre, Dr. M. C. Banks, Moss French, and V.T. Lilly. John C. Ball was born on July 10, 1852 in Pike County, KY to James Ball and Nancy Whitt of Pike County, KY. He died on August 30, 1938 in Beckley, Raleigh County, WV.

Information submitted by Debbie Ullom who is the great- granddaughter of John C. Ball and Margret "Betty" Jane Blackburn. E-mail Debbie Ullom

** The death certificate for John C. Ball list his birthday the same as what is posted under the obituary (also the tombstone says 1852). However I found a Pike County Early Births/Deaths book in the courthouse there that lists John C. Ball as being born on July 18, 1855 - this date would correlate with the census records and the age difference shown on the marriage certificate. A lot of the information on the death certificate was left blank or stated UNKNOWN and I feel that the person providing the information may not have known the true birthdate for John C. Ball.

Obituary for Margret "Betty" Jane Ball

The Raleigh Register - Tuesday, September 8, 1936 (page 1) Mrs. Betty Jane Ball, 71, died at her home on the Johnstown Road at 1:30 a.m. today after two weeks illness from pneumonia fever. Funeral arrangements had not been made at noon. She is survived by her widower, John C. Ball and seven children: Mary, Andrew, Freeland, and Basil of Beckley, Thomas of Skelton, Charles of Lillybrook, Landon of Stanaford. Margret "Betty" Jane Blackburn was born on June 13, 1862 in Pike County, KY to John Blackburn and Lydia Blankenship of Pike County, KY. She died on September 8, 1936 in Beckley, Raleigh County, WV.

Information submitted by Debbie Ullom who is the great- granddaughter of John C. Ball and Margret "Betty" Jane Blackburn. E-mail Debbie Ullom

**The date posted under Betty Jane's obituary was calculated using the age in yrs, months, and days from the Death index at Raleigh County Courthouse (also the tombstone says 1862). Her death certificate lists the date of birth as June 13, 1865. I believe this to be more accurate since it correlates with the age on the marriage certificate. Obituary for Rev. Oscar Blankenship

Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Rev. Oscar Blankenship, 72, who died Tuesday, March 4,1997 at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Blankenship was born March 29,1924, in Pike County, the son of the late Richard and Jetti Hatfield Blankenship. He was a disabled businessman and minister of Church of God in Jesus' Name.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha Estep Blankenship; four sons, Sam of Prestonsburg, Gene of Columbus, Ohio, Richard (Duffy) of Thelma and Vonalee See of San Jose, California; three daughters, Carl Sue Guffey of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Jettie Sue Fairchild, Thelma and Linda Joyce Collins of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Elmer and Howard, both of Columbus; two sisters, Lillian Lester of Phelps and Gladys Lambert of McCarr; and 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 7,1997 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Opie Harris officiating.
Burial was in Blankenship Family Cemetery at Thelma,Johnson Co.Ky.
Information submitted by D. Music.

Obituary for Hebert "Pete" Childers

Wednesday, March 17, 1999
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Hebert "Pete" Childers, 77, 319 Hamilton St., Johnson City, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at his residence, after a lengthy illness. He was born June 21, 1921, in Pike County, Ky., and lived most of his life in Johnson City. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a former employee of Ford Motor Co. He was a Baptist.He is survived by five daughters, Lisa Childers and Deborah Warren, both of Sandusky, Tina Garia of Oregon, Ohio, Teri Chapman of Springfield, Ohio and Tammy Solario of Sacramento, Calif.; one son, David Childers of Sandusky; three sisters, Geneva Thompson of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Jessie Street and Rosalie Saults, both of Johnson City; one brother, Frank Childers of Hopkinsville, Ky.; three grandsons; five granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lulia Bartley Childers; one brother; one sister; one half-brother; and two half-sisters.Graveside services were March 11, 1999, in the U.S. National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn.
Information submitted by D. Music

Obituary for Reva J. Collins

VICKERY OHIO: REVA J.COLLINS Reva J. Collins, 72, Wahl Road, Vickery, died Tuesday, May 26, 1998,in Firelands Community Hospital,Sandusky,Ohio . She was born March 25, 1925, in Pike County, Ky. She had been a resident of Vickery since 1961 and worked for Gladio Food Service.
She is survived by her husband, Rastus Collins; five sons, Jett Lee Collins and Larry Collins, both of Sandusky, Robert Collins of Huron, James Collins of Vickery and Kenneth Collins of Green Springs; one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Kathy) Russell of Clyde; and three sisters, Joy Purneske of Kentucky, Valerie Holly of Akron and Mary Holly of West Virginia.
She was preceded in death by one daughter Rosemary Collins; her parents, Don Kidd and Mary Wolfe Kidd; and four brothers, Paris, Junior,Floyd and Jett Kidd. The Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St., Clyde, are in charge of arrangements.
The Rev. Darrel D. Branham of the Chapel of UAW Local, officiating.
Interment was in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, Ohio.
Information submitted by D. Music.

Obituary for Dellia Hall

Dellia HallAge 88, of Hi Hat, died Sunday, February 28, 1999, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Floyd Co.Ky., following a long illness. Born January 22, 1911, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Ranson Bryant and Nancy Johnson Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linzie H.Hall. Survivors include two sons, Linzie Hall Jr. of Raven and Julis Hall of Wakeman, Ohio; six daughters, Julia Keens of Langley, Lula Osborne of New London, Ohio, Mable Layne of Morton Grove,Illinois, Shirley Tackett and Brenda Newsome, both of Hi Hat, and Norma Newsome of Wakeman, Ohio;three brothers, Eli Bryant and A.B. Bryant, both of Hi Hat, and Allen Bryant of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Nellie Davis of Hi Hat; 31 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 3, at noon, at the Little Nancy Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat, with the Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Newman Cemetery at, Hi Hat.
Information submitted by D. Music.

Obituary for Eliza (Sykes) Fields

She was born to Harve & Martha (Hill) Sykes on May 5,1899 and departed this life November 24,1971. She was married to J.G.Fields on July 26,1913.To this union were born 11 children,three precede her in death. Sons: Tremble of Regina, Ky. Carl of Virginia Beach,Va. Victor of Elkhorn City, Ky. Foster of Roy,Utah Ronnie of Elkorn City, Ky. Daughters Mrs Roy Owens, Mrs.Ervin Hylton of Elkhorn City,Ky. Mrs.Charles Johnson of Woodbrige,Va. She leaves 20 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. One sister Lucinda Bartley of Ash-Camp. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church in 1950 and was a faithful member until her death.
Information submitted by Billy Sykes

Obituary for Gertrude Goble

Gertrude Goble Age 76 of Pikeville, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born February 3, 1923, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Conn Robinson. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. She was twice married; first to Tilden Robinson, who preceded her in death, and later to Argie Goble, formerly of Floyd County who survives. Other survivors include one sister, Ruth Helvey of Taylor, Michigan. Funeral services are Wednesday, March 3, at the J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Levi Coleman officiating. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Park at Pikeville.
Information submitted by D. Music.

Obituary for Anna Louise Grierson

Anna Louise Grierson age 66, of Betsy Layne, Floyd Co.Ky., died Monday, March 15, 1999, at the Pikeville Hospital. Born September 16, 1932, in Pike County, Ky.,she was the daughter of the late John Newcomb and Dora Mercer Newcomb. She was a gospel singer and member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas "Shorty" Grierson. Survivors include four sons, Tim Grierson of Temple, Texas, Henry Grierson of Louisville, Greg Grierson of Pikeville and Tommy Grierson of Betsy Layne; two daughters, Lucy Holman of Morehead, Anna Lou Mullins of Betsy Layne; one brother, Benny Newcomb of Shelbiana; one sister,Rose Mary Bartley of Fairfield, California; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 18, 1 p.m., at the Thacker Memorial Chapel, with Homer Lee Mullins, Donnie Williamson and Jimmy Jack Adkins officiating. Burial will be in the Annie E. Young Cemetery.
Information submitted by D. Music.


Obituary for Virginia McGuire

“At her home in Reynolds, on Thursday, Jan. 3rd, 1889, Mrs. Virginia McGuire, wife of Wm. McGuire, aged 64 years, 4 months and 13 days. The funeral Services were held in the Reynolds church Saturday, at 11 o’clock, by Rev. Jacob Sarff, of Browerville, and the remains laid to rest in Bond’s cemetery beside those of her son. Deceased was one of the oldest residents in this section of the county, having settled twenty-one years age last May. She was married to her husband whom she leaves behind, forty-four years ago in Taswell county, Virginia, and shortly afterward they moved to Kentucky, where they resided until they came to the county in 1867. She leaves behind besides her husband, a daughter and three sons, all married. She has been in poor health for a long time and suffered a great deal the last days of her life. her mind was clear and she knew the end was coming. Thus one by one the old settlers are dropping off.”
Source: The Todd County Argus. Long Prairie, Minnesota. Thursday January 10, 1889. page 4.
Virginia Linn and William “Uncle Billy” McGuire were residents of Pikeville. She was the mother of John William, William, Sarah Elizabeth, Solomon E. and Lemuel. The family left Pike County after the Civil War. William died May 8, 1900 in Todd Co. MN
Virginia McGuire was also the mother to Montzier, Emmaline and Columbus. Columbus died Oct. 5, 1859 Pike County.

Information submitted by Lynn McGuire Stupke

Obituary for William McGuire

"News of the death of Wm. McGuire, of Reynolds, reached here Tuesday forenoon. He passed away at five o'clock that morning, aged 76 years, 20 months and 7 days. He has been ailing for the past six months. Deceased was born in Virginia in 1824 where he married Virginia Lynn in 1844 then moved to Kentucky. From that state he moved to Minnesota and settled on the place where he died. He served in the Rebellion and was a member of company C, 39th Kentucky infantry. He leaves three children, his wife having died eleven years ago. The funeral was held yesterday in the Reynolds church, Rev. C.W. Stark conducting the services, and the remains were buried here." Source: Todd County Argus: Thursday May 10, 1900 Additional notes: The living children of William were - Solomon E., Sarah Elizabeth McGuire wife of James Davis of KY and Lemuel who married Susan Porter of KY
Information submitted by Lynn McGuire Stupke

Obituary for Joe Ratliff Jr.

NORWALK OHIO: Joe Ratliff Jr. of Norwalk, died Wednesday Jul. 22, 1998 following a long illness. He was in the Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, Ohio. Joe was born March 10, 1915, in Pikeville, Ky. He had lived in Ohio for the last 60 years.He was a member of Milan Baptist Church for more than 30 years.
He is survived by one son, Don V. of Norwalk, Ohio; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby (Rutledge) Ratliff one son, Brian Kelly Ratliff; one daughter, Linda Ratliff; and his parents, Joseph and Emma (Lowe) Ratliff. Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St. , Norwalk, Ohio, are in charge of arrangements.
Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Norwalk.
Information submitted by D. Music.

Obituary for Ruby Mae Robinson

Ruby Mae Robinson 75, of Pikeville, died Monday; August 3, 1998, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born January 23, 1923 in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Elon Goff Justice and John A. Justice. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Blythe Robinson Sr., on September 11, 1970, and her stepmother, Bertha Justice.She was a member of the Pikeville Third Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include three sons, W. Blythe Robinson Jr. of Youngstown, Ohio, Michael Robinson of Pikeville, and Kenneth Robinson of Lexington; one daughter, Patricia Adkins of Georgetown; two brothers, Aaron Justice of Betsy Layne and Charles Justice of Lancaster; three sisters, Ruth Hall, Madeline Keathley and Johnie June Branham, all of Pikeville; eight grandchildren and two great-grand-children.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 6, at noon, at the Pikeville Third Street Church of Christ, with W. Blythe Robinson Jr., Bob Ford and Steve Knisley officiating.
Burial will be in the Campbell Cemetery on Upper Chloe Road, Pikeville, under the direction of J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home.
Information submitted by D. Music

Obituary for James H.Sykes

James (Harve)Sykes passed away February 24,1938 at Praise,Kentucky. He was born April 24,1860 in Russell Co.Virginia to James W.& Mary (POP) Bartley. He married Martha J.Hill who passed in 1928. He leaves 3 sons Levi, Burrell and Arthur all of Kettle Camp, Ky. Daughters Nancy, Nona, Mrs.J.G.Fields (Eliza Sykes) Mrs.John Bartley(Lucinda Sykes). One son L.D. Rans Sykes died in 1926. He was a member of the Sweet Home Church. The funeral was preached by Dave Church, Alex Rakes, J.M.Gibson, Shade Standifer, John Hess, Howard Callie, Ballard Baker and Ken Gillespie. Burial in Potter Cemetary on Elkorn Creek.
The golden gate was opened,a gentile voice said "Come" and with a kind word unspoken,Papa entered home.
Information submitted by Billy Sykes

Obituary for Lorenzo Dale(Rans)Sykes

Rans Sykes died at the home of his parents on Kettle Camp May 30th,1926. He was born June 7,1884 to James (Harve) and Mary J. (Hill) Sykes. He married Mary E. Potter and to them were born 4 girls and 3 boys. Chloe, Lakie, Versa and Lola. Sons Kimper, McArthur and Burgon. He joined the Old Regular Baptist church in August,1921. His death was due to T.B.

It's hard to break the tender cord, when love surrounds the heart It's hard,so hard,to say the word On earth we have to part. Written by his father___ J.H.Sykes
Information submitted by Billy Sykes.

Obituary for Hazel Mildred Taylor

Friday, March 12, 1999 PORT CLINTON -- Hazel Mildred Taylor, 68, formerly of Morningside Drive, Port Clinton, died Wednesday afternoon, March 10, 1999, at Riverview Nursing Home.She was born March 23, 1930, in Ransom, Ky., was a homemaker and a member of Wayside Temple in Castalia.She is survived by three sons, Ernest R. and Donald R., of Port Clinton and Ronald L. of Marblehead; two daughters, Teresa Finley of Port Clinton and Carol Franks of Maine; one brother, Cecil Hatfield of Ransom, Ky.; two sisters, Mabel Staggs and Dolly Runyun, both of Ransom; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest E. Taylor on April 8, 1982, whom she married June 10, 1935; one son, Larry Eugene Taylor; one daughter, Deborah Ellis; her parents, Thurman and Bessie (Smith) Hatfield; two brothers, Earl and James Thurman Hatfield; and one sister, Columbia Alice Hatfield.Friends may call from 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Monday at Neidecker-LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton St., Port Clinton, with the Rev. Earl Taylor and the Rev. Jeff Rhea officiating.Burial will be in Catawba Island Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Memorial Hospital-Fremont.
Information submitted by D. Music

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