4-01 Obits

Joseph King III, 24

Joseph Maurice “Jay” King III, 24, Elizabeth Street, Irvine, died Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident. He was born June 10, 1985 in Fayette County, the son of Joseph M. King II and Sheila Farmer King. He was a full-time student at Eastern Kentucky University and worked at Tokico. He was a member of  Irvine United Methodist Church, and had lived in Estill County all of his life. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Joseph M. King.

Survivors include his parents, Joseph M. King II and Sheila Farmer King; grandparents, Jeanette B. King of Irvine, and Edward and Norma Jean Farmer of Irvine; two sisters, Jennifer King Reynolds and husband Brad, and Stephanie J. King, both of Irvine.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 27 at 1 p.m. at the  Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Don Hatton and Rev. John Hatton with burial at  Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Jacob Cook, Andrew Witt, Andrew Farmer, Joe Smith, Drew Barnett, Brad Reynolds, Chris Cook and Josh Dixon.

Donations are suggested to the Estill County High School Golf Teams in memory of Jay King.


Arliss Tuggle, 67

Arliss Ray Tuggle, 67, Conrad Estates, Irvine, died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at his home following a short illness. He was born Dec. 10, 1942 in Estill County, the son of the late Ray and Pauline Barnes Tuggle. He was a retired Rockwell International employee and was a member of the Twin City Kruzerz. He had lived in Estill County all of his life.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Ingram Tuggle.

Survivors include two sons, Arliss Keith Tuggle and Willard Drew Tuggle, both of Irvine; two sisters, Julia Robinson and Patricia Leslie; one brother, Buddy Tuggle.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Robert Lee Terry with burial at the South Irvine Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roy Wayne Ashcraft, Todd Robinson, Wes Harrison, Robert Carroll, Jesse Puckett and Johnny Puckett. Honorary pallbearers were Brenton Crabtree, Jerry Watson, Daryl Hall, Sam Watson, Tracy Jenkins and Bud Tuggle.


Steven Smith, 46

Steven Wayne Smith, 46, Sugar Creek Pike, Nicholasville, died Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after a short illness. He was born March 10, 1964 in Clark County, the son of Denny Ray and Vivian Puckett Smith. He was a car dealer and an avid sportsman. He was a member of Rice Station Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Melita Sue Stratton Smith; his parents, Denny Ray and Vivian Puckett Smith of Irvine; grandmother, Marie Puckett of Irvine; one son, Jared Daniel Smith at home.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bertie Smith and Edgar Puckett.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Kirt Scott with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Rick Floyd, Allen Tuvis, Gary Rose, Jason Smith , Clay Jackson and Howard Chaney.

Bonnie Hutchison, 70 

Bonnie Jean Arthur Hutchison, 70, of  Crestwood Heights, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday March 23, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. A native of Irvine, she was the daughter of Velma Farris Smith Arthur of Paris and the late Benjamin Frank Arthur.She was an employee of Wal-Mart of Paris and was a Baptist.

Survivors include one daughter, Tanya Turner of Paris; three grandchildren, Jasmine Turner, B.J. Turner and Michael Ratliff, all of Paris; two brothers, Donald (Imogene) Arthur of Waco, and Wendell (Barbara) Arthur of Cornelius, N.C.; ex-son-in-law, Billy “Bones” Turner of Paris; one niece Teresa VanWinkle of Richmond; two nephews, Chad Arthur and Glenn Arthur, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several cousins including Margaret Rogers of Irvine.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday March 26, 2010 by Rev. Dan Russell at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, with burial at the Paris Cemetery.

Pallbearers were B.J. Turner, Shawn Wilson, Kris Hunter, Cole Banion and Todd Gaunce.

The online guestbook is at www.Lusk-McFarland.com; 24 hour funeral information line, 859-987-4387.


Robert Neal, 42

Robert ”Robbie” Daniel Neal, 42, husband of Donna Neal, died Tuesday, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Berea. He was born in Estill County, Oct. 22 1967, a son of the late Danny Dale “Fred” Neal and Patty Fox Neal. He was an employee of K&J Contracting and a musician who played with Jon Russell & The Wild Bunch.

Survivors include his wife Donna Webb Neal of McKee; his mother, Patty Fox Neal of Irvine; sisters Lea Michelle (Keith) Adams of Lexington; Heather LeeAnn Neal of Irvine; an uncle Robert E. “Bob” Fox of Brodhead; Barbara Spencer of Irvine; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at 2 p.m., at Lewis Funeral Home by Sammy and Kyle Ayers with burial at the Chestnut Stand Cemetery. 


Marie Walters, 73

Marie Watson Walters, 73, Cantrill Street, wife of Jerry Walters, died Monday at the Compassionate Care Center, Richmond after a long illness. She was born Dec. 29, 1936 in Estill County, a daughter of the late Marcus and Thelma Gaines Watson. “Bettie” was a retired employee of Westinghouse. She was preceded in death by a brother, Linville Watson.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 56 years Jerry, include a daughter, Leshia (Emery) Griggs; two sons, James Ricky Walters and Robert (Teresa) Walters; five sisters, Lillie Powell, Eddie B. Collett, Judy Isaacs, Louise Cooper and Carolyn N. Watson; four grandchildren, Steven and Kayla Walters, Keegan Griggs and Brifra E. Stone; one great-grandchild, Gauge Arrowood; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Sheila and Bradley Tipton.

A gathering of family and friends was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Lewis Funeral Home, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. by Rev. David Watson.


Christopher Class, 14

Christopher S. Class, 14, Drowning Creek Road, son of Nicole L. Class and Christopher R. Class, died at his home Thursday, March 25. Christopher was a student at the Estill County Middle School. 

Survivors include his mother, Nicole L. Class of Irvine; his father, Christopher R. Class of High Shoals N.C.; a sister, Victoria F. Class of Irvine; maternal grandparents, James and Patricia Newton Brown of Zephyrhills Fla.; paternal grandparents, Rodney and Sharon Class of High Shoals N.C.; aunt, Jennifer Class of High Shoals N.C.; uncle, Jason Collett of Brandon Fla.; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins in Estill County.

Memorial services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the Victory Tabernacle Church of God, Old Highway 52, in Madison County, by Bro. Gerald Richardson.

 Donations are suggested to a church or school project in Christopher’s name.


William Davis Jr., 83

William “Junebug” Davis Jr., 83, 295 7th Avenue, Clay City, widower of Pauline Crowe Davis, died  Wednesday morning, March 24, 2010 at Clark Regional Medical Center. Born in Estill County, he was a son of the late William Davis Sr. and Madge Tipton Davis. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, a retired carpenter with Wicker Construction Company, a member of Amvets Post 67, and a member of the Red River Historical Society.

Survivors are one son, Phillip (Janet) Davis of Clay City; one daughter, Vonda (Dean) Tipton of Stanton; one brother, Cecil (Lois) Davis of Clay City; three sisters, Exie (Allen) Minton and Pauline (Fred) Tuttle, both of Lexington, and Beverley (Damon) Bowen of Stanton; four grandchildren, Michael Shane Davis, Christy Lynn Powell, Tausckii DaNelle Tipton and Chase Makenzie Tipton; six great-grandchildren, Ocean Taylar Coon, Lakelyn Page Powell, Katelyn Rayne Powell, Megan Hayes, Kristin DeAnn  Davis and Jesse Vance Davis; and his special friend, Mary Lee Osborne.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010 at Hearne Funeral Home Chapel, Stanton by Bro. Jimmy Clark and Bro. George Sparks with burial with military honors at Vaughns Mill Cemetery, Clay City.

Pallbearers were Larry Meadows, Danny Combs, Ronnie Everman, Eck Snowden, Dickie Rice and Dale Hall. Memorials requested to the 2010 Relay For Life, PO Box 578, Stanton KY 40380. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com.


Larry Hunt, 70

Larry Eugene Hunt, 70, of Geneva Avenue in Irvine died Saturday, March 27, 2010, after a short illness.

He was born Oct. 2, 1939 in Estill County and was the son of the late James Eugene and Louise Wright Hunt. He was a retired CSX Railroad employee and was also part-time manager of the Cedar Village Restaurant. He was a retired National Guardsman and a member of the Irvine Masonic Lodge 137 F&AM. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He had lived in Estill County all of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Reese Hunt; a daughter, Debbie Hunt of Estill County; a granddaughter, Morgan Michelle Johnson of Estill County; a sister, Linda Hunt Willliams and husband, Red of Irvine.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church by Rev. Keith Sands, Rev. Max Hester and Rev. Ron Doss. Burial was at Oakdale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy F.Williams II, Todd Williams, Tom Whitaker, Jason Hunt, Bryson Reese, William Vancleve, Delbert Harvey and Carroll Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Noland, Red Williams, Ray Whitaker, Kelly Morefield, Bev Miller, Sherman Wiley, Tony Bybee and Glenn Walling.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice Care Plus in Berea.

 Kenneth Willoughy

Kenneth Willoughby of Vacaville Calif., formerly of Estill County, died  March 19. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He was the son of the late Robert and Callie Whisman Willoughby, he was born in the Mountain Springs section of Estill County. He served his country in the South Pacific during WWII, and lived most of his life in Oregon and California. Survivors include six children, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was remembered in a memorial service on Friday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street in Vacaville, Calif.