Letcher County

Tack The following obituaries were submitted by Debra Baltrip. They were copied from funeral cards and/or newspaper clippings.

Tab BENTLEY, Margaret, 93 Passed Away.
Tab One of Greenup County's oldest residents, Mrs. Margaret Bentley, died last Wednesday at 11:25 at her home near Load. She was 93.
Tab Mrs. Bentley had lived in the Load community for 51 years. She was the widow of Mose Bentley and they had moved to Load from Letcher County more than a half a century ago.
Tab Death came after an illness of two years.
Tab Mrs. Bentley was born Aug 15, 1863 in Wise, Virginia, a daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth Adams White.
Tab Survivors are two sons, Herbert, Load, Henry, at home, and four daughters, Elizabeth Vaughn, Portsmouth, Rhinda Vaughn, Hamden, Ohio, Nerva Bradley, Load and Bertha Bentley at home.
Tab 49 grandchildren also survive.
Tab Funeral services were held Saturday in the Load Christian Baptist Church. Rev. Ernest Burton officiated at the services.
Tab Burial was in the Bentley Cemetery.

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Tab BUSH, Opal, Greenup, Ky - Mrs. Opal Bush, 30, wife of Clifford Bush, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday , in the home of a sister, Mrs. Leona Smallwood of near Load, Ky. She had been ill for a week.
TabMr. And Mrs. Bush were residing temporaily with Mrs. Smallwood while looking for a place to live. They came to Kentucky several weeks ago from Kentucky.
TabSurviving besides the husband and sister are a daughter, Patricia Ann, and a brother, Ted Yonts of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
TabMrs. Bush was born April 06, 1927, in McRoberts, Kentucky, to the late Holly and Mandy Collier Yonts.
TabFuneral services are to be held Thrusday at 2 p.m. in load Church of Christ with Rev. J.W. Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Quillen Cemetery by Riggs-Sammons Funeral Home. Friends may call at the home of the sister.

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Tab COLLIER, Bob, Uncle Bob Collier Called at Age of 81
Tab With sorrow and regret friends and relatives this week are mourning over passing of Uncle Robert Collier who crossed the barrier around 5:30 o'clock Monday evening, May 16th after a brief illness. He was eighty- one years and one day old.
Tab Rob Collier was born and reared within the circling hills of Letcher County and was a son of the late Wm. D. Collier, pioneer settler of this county. In early manhood he married Miss Martha Yonts, daughter of Solomon Yonts, a sister of Bill Yonts who resides on Goose Creek. His wife preceded him in death about ten years ago. To this union was born eleven children, of whom all are still living, seven sons and four daughters. The sons are Henderson and James of Greenup, Ky, Willis of Neon: Paul of Cincinnati: Sheridan of Pound, Va: and Sod and William who live in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. The daughters are Mrs. Holly Yonts and Mrs. Quiller Yonts of Neon: Mrs. Pauline Riggs of Covington, Ky: and Mrs. Rebecca Sizemore of Columbus, Ohio. All the children except three were present at the time of his death. Mr. Collier is also survived by four brothers and one sisters. They are W.B., W.K., and S.P. of Neon: W.D. Collier of Kermit, W. Va. And Mrs. W.B. Reedy of Logan, W. Va.
Tab For several years Mr. Collier had made his home with his sons in Greenup County coming to Neon only recently to live with his daughter.
Tab Funeral services were conducted by Revs. T. P. Johnson and Roy Hall at the home of Mrs. Quiller Yonts. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the new Johson Funeral Home and the body was laid to rest by the side of his father in the Huston Cemetery on Goose Creek.
Tab We extend sympathies to the bereaved relatives and friends.

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Tab SMALLWOOD,Jim, of Dorton, Ky, passed from this life on Monday, September 19, 1973 enroute to Jenkins Clinic Hospital, Jenkins,Ky.
Tab He was the son of H. D. Smallwood and Lucy Ellen Mullins, born December 18, 1892 at Dorton, Ky.
Tab He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margie Elkins Smallwood of Dorton, Ky and the following children: Gusta Reynolds of Dorton, Ky: Chester Smallwood of Defiance, Ohio: Alka Fore of South Shore, Ky,: Charles Smallwood of Carrolton, Michigan: Herbert Smallwood fo Dorton, Ky: Sue Hacker of Zion, Ill: Nolan Smallwood of Dorton, Ky: Donald Lee Smallwood Smithy of Lyons, Ill: 37 grandchildren : 18 great Grandchildren: three brothers, Bud of Harold,Ky: Boyd of Dorotn, Ky: Edward of Louisa: four sisters, Pearl of Fla.: Mary of Porthsmouth, Ohio: Maggie of Harold, Ky: Kate of New Mexico
Tab FUNERAL SERVICES for Jim Smallwood - Held at Dorton Freewill Baptist Church, Dorton, Ky, On Friday, September 21, 1973, at 1:00 p.m. Ministers: Rev. Eddy Rose and Rev. Wilson Justice. Burial in Family Cemetery, Fleming Branch, Dorton, Ky. Polly- Craft Funeral Home of Jenkins, Ky in charge of arrangements.

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Tab SMALLWOOD, Leona, IN MEMORY OF LEONA SMALLWOOD. DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 13, 1924. DATE OF DEATH: Sept, 11, 1986. SERVICES: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 14, 1986, Union Baptist, Dante, Va. CLERGY: Rev. Estil Amburgey. RESTING PLACE: Temple Hill Memorial Park. ARRANGEMENTS BY: Sturgill Funeral Home, Coeburn, Va.
Tab Mrs. Leona Smallwood, 61, passed away Thrusday in the Norton Community Hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband, Chester Smallwood, three sons, Carl Douglas Smallwood, Robert Lawerence Smallwood and Anthony Randall Smallwood, three daughters, Elizabeth Lee Courtney, Judith Elaine Mays and Debra Kay Baltrip, 18 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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Tab SMALLWOOD, Margie, age 87, of Dorton, Kentucky, passed from this life on May 31, 1987 at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Kentucky.
Tab She was the daughter of the late Jim Elkins and Polly Ann Wright Elkins, born May 6, 1900, in Myra, Kentucky.
Tab She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smalllwood in 1973, one infant son, two granddaughters: Linda Hampton and Joyce Andriano: one great -grandchild, Frankie Andriano:two son-in-laws: Charlie Hacker and Robert Smithy: one daughter-in-law, Leona Smallwood.
Tab Survivors Include, five sons: Chester of Coeburn, Virginia: Charles of West Minister, S.C.: Kermit of Carleton, Michigan: Herbet of Dorton, Kentucky: Nolan of Dorton, Kentucky: four daughters: Gusta Reynolds of Dorton, Kentucky: Alka Fore of South Shore, Kentucky: Sue Hacker of Wisconsin: Sonna Smithy of Lyons, Illinois: 37 grandchildren: 62 great grandchildren: 5 great great grandchildren.
Tab Margie was a member of the Dorton Freewill Baptist Church.
Tab FUNERAL SERVICE for Margie Smallwood - Held at Dorton Freewill Baptist Church, Dorton, Kentucky, on Wednesday, June 03, 1987, at 1:00 p.m. MINISTER: Rev. Bill Ford. Pallbearers: Grandsons. Burial in Family Cemetery, Fleming Branch, Dorton, Kentucky. Polly & Craft Funeral Home of Jenkins, Kentucky in charge of the Funeral arrangements.

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Tab YONTS, Holly P. N., Is Called by Death At Memphis Hospital.
Tab Services were held Sunday, Dec, 26th for Holly P.N.Yonts who died Tuesday, Dec 21 at the Kennedy Veterans Hospital at Memphis, Tenn.
Tab Mr. Yonts who was 70 years of age was the son of the late Solomon and Jennie Yonts. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War and had lived in and around Neon most of his life.
Tab He is survived by his widow, Amanda Yonts, one son, Ted, of Millstone, Ky and two daughters, Mrs. Chester Smallwood and Mrs. Clifford Bush, both of Dorton, Ky, and five grandchildren, four brothers Quiller, William Henry, Judge and Charley Yonts.
Tab Services were held at the home by the Rev. Bill Browning and at the cemetery by Lonesome Pine Lodge No, 884F. & A.M

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Tab YONTZ, Robert L. Sr., IN MEMORY OF ROBERT L. YONTZ, SR. Born: April 1, 1930. DATE OF DEATH: Oct 27, 1977. SERVICES FROM: Andres-Tucker Funeral Home. CLERGYMAN OFFICIATING: Rev. John R. Zimmerman. FINAL RESTING PLACE: Restlawn Memorial Park. FUNERAL CONDUCTED BY: Andres-Tucker Funeral Home

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Tab YONTZ, Ted, son of Mandy Collier and Holly Yontz, was born at Hemphill, Kentucky, November 19, 1905, passed from this life at the Whitesburg Hospital, December 22, 1977, being 72 years, 1 month and 3 days of age at his passing.
Tab Ted has been sick for the past 6 months, real sick for the past couple of weeks.
Tab Ted was a retired miner, having worked for the South East Coal Co, about 22 years.
Tab He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, a member of Whitesburg Lodge NO. 754 F. & A.M.
Tab Ted was married to Hazel Adams, November 27, 1935
Tab Ted is survived by his wife Hazel of Whitesburg, daughter, Peggy Joan Larson of Putnam, Ill,. Son Steve Yontz of Frankfort, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Tab Teds' son Robert preceeded him in death at Sandusky, Ohio, just this past July.
Tab FUNERAL SERVICES for Ted Yontz - Will be held at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Whitesburg, Kentucky, Sunday, December 25, 1977, at 2:00 P.M. Pallbearers: Officers of the Church. Minister: Rev. Rhodes Stipp. Burial will follow in the Family Plot of the Sandlick Cemetery. Banks Funeral Home, Whitesburg, Kentucky, in charge of Funeral Arrangements.

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