Sally Ray Hobbs Hill, 95, died Thursday, February 22, at Marcum Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine after a short illness. Born in St. Helens, Kentucky, on Flag Day in 1922, she was the daughter of Daniel Clay and Viola Hieronymus Hobbs. She was a graduate of St. Helens High School at age16 and the University of Kentucky in 1944 with a B.S. in vocational home economics. Sally and Virgil D. Hill married during World War II. She worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as an enumerator in five eastern Kentucky counties. She also taught in one-room schools in Lee County and Wolfe County, at Ravenna Grade School, and retired as a teacher and food service director for the Estill County Schools. She was a member of Irvine United Methodist Church and the Estill County Retired Teachers Association. She was a charter member of Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, and keeping up with her family and friends despite arthritis and age. Her “girls,” Carolyn, Shirley, Betty, Hailey, Debbie, Shirley T., Lynda, and Bonnie enabled her to enjoy her Ravenna home until her final illness. Dr. Maher Kassis and the kind and caring staff at Marcum Wallace Hospital eased her transition to a better world.
She is survived by three children, Nancy (Monte) Farmer, Dr. James D. Hill, and Dr. Margaret Hill (Dr.
Regan Moore); grandchildren Dennis Farmer (Michelle), Jamie Hill, and Lindsay Hill; and six great-grandchildren, Mckinlee Farmer, Kaylee Farmer, Kelby Farmer, Brady Farmer, Destiny Chrisman and Zackary Chrisman.
Services were held Saturday, February 24, at Lewis/Abner Home for Funerals and the Irvine United Methodist Church. Burial at St. Helens Cemetery in Lee County. Pallbearers were family members. Honorary pallbearers were Earl Blackwell, Emmanuel Blackwell, Jay Mansfield, Mark Trimble, Eddie Hughes, Jack Rivel, Joel Noland, Charles Crowe, Tim Hall, Rodney Dennis, Jeff Hix, and Jimmy Doug McCreary. Donations in honor of Sally Hill may be made to Irvine United Methodist Church.
Nana Lou Mastin, 86, of Campbells Branch Road in Ravenna died Monday, February 19, at her home following a long illness. She was born July 27, 1931 in Typo, Kentucky and was the daughter of the late William Strater and Lula Strange Merrill. She was a homemaker and owner of Kristi’s Krafts. She had worked at the Kentucky State Park at Buck Horn and retired from the Appalachian Regional Hospital. She had lived in Estill County for the past 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Mastin.
She is survived by her daughter, Audrey (Darrell) Baker of Ravenna; a sister, Gladys Langdon of Krypton; two grandchildren, Kristin Kaye (Brad) Elswick, and Darren James Baker; and two great grandchildren, Caleb Hunter Ballard, and Byron Blye Baker.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Roxie Campbell, Agnes Merrill, and Marie Collins; and nine brothers, Luther, Lucien, Oscar, Earnest, Charlie, Burrell, Clarence, William Strater, Jr., and Robert Merrill.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday, February 24, at the Oakdale Cemetery with the eulogy being given by Mike Tyree and tithes of blessing given by Michael Turner. The Warren F. Toler Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
Gracie Young Wilson, 84, of Pine Ridge Road in Winchester died Friday, February 23, at the Clark Regional Medical Center following a long illness. She was born January 13, 1934 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Louanna Hale Neal. She was a homemaker and attended the Easter Valley Baptist Church. She had lived in Clark County most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Young and Burris Wilson.
She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Sparks of Clark County; two sons, Billy Young of Clark County, and Ernie Young of Clark County; two brothers, Wallace Neal of Clark County, and Lonnie Neal, Jr. of Clark County; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Tony Young; a sister, Beulah Williams; a brother, Grant Neal; and a grandchild, Michelle Leigh Young.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 26, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Chaney officiating. Burial at the Campbell Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ernie Young, Devon Young, Logan Strejan, William Estes, Anthony Haggard, and Kenneth Fraley, Jr. Honorary Pallbearer was Caleb Fraley.
Alvin Pitts, 87, of Crooked Creek Road in Irvine died Friday, February 23, at the Irvine Health and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness. He was born April 30, 1930, in Estill County, a son of the late Thomas Steven and Lula Proffitt Pitts. He retired from General Motors as an assembly line worker and was a farmer. He was a member of the Irvine First Church of God and the Fitchburg Masonic Lodge. He had lived in Estill County most of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Winburn Pitts; two daughters, Christina Gail Pitts of Estill County, and Carol Jane Pitts of Ohio; and two sisters, Leona Vickers of Ohio, and Betsie Simkins of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Clayton; and a brother, Harold Pitts.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 27, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Moler officiating. Burial in the Crowe Cemetery.
Timothy Wayne Jenkins, 59, of Hood Avenue in Irvine died Sunday, February 18. He was born November 13, 1958 in Madison County and was the son of Flossie Stepp Profitt and the late Linville Jenkins. He was a former United States Marine and a member of the Baptist Church. He enjoyed going to the Horizon Adult Healthcare. He had lived in Estill County most of his life.
Survivors in addition to his mother include a sister, Sandy Broadbent of Fayette County; and three brothers, Gregory Scott Profitt of Powell County, Charles Vernon Profitt, Jr. of Estill County, and Brian Profitt of Estill County.
He was preceded in death by his step-father, Charles Profitt; and his long-time companion, Mattie Barnett.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 23, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Sandy Broadbent. Burial at the West Irvine Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Profitt, Charles Profitt, Gregory Profitt, Lowell Stone, Joshua Henry, and Roger Rawlins.
Charles Thomas Williams,71, and his wife, Barbara Kate Williams, 69, of Hood Avenue in Irvine died Saturday, February 17.
Charles was born May 14, 1946 in Clark County and was the son of the late Charles Jr. and Alma Berry Williams. He was a retired Trane Co. employee and had lived in Estill County most of his life. He attended the White Oak Church of God and formerly served as pastor of the Chavis First Church of God and Flemingsburg First Church of God. He is survived by a sister, Nancy (Mike) Held.
Barbara was born April 13, 1949 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Scottie Riddell Neal. She was a homemaker and had lived in Estill County all her life. She is survived by four sisters, Clara Donahue, Hester White, Essie Gordon and Roetta Hackworth She was preceded in death by three siblings, Edith Hall, Myrtle Miller, and Norman Neal.
Charles and Barbara were preceded in death by their daughter, Rebecca Mae Williams; and are survived by their son, Anthony Thomas (Tonya) Williams; and 1 grandchild, Hannah Mae Williams.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 21, at the White Oak Church of God by Bro. Glennis Sizemore, Bro. Glyndon Woosley and Bro. David Watson. Burial at the West Irvine Cemetery.