Edd Hensley Obit

Edd Hensley
Edd Hensley

Edd Hensley, 62, Jackson passed away Sunday, July 6 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was preceded in death by parents, Green and Linnie Hensley; brothers, Lee Hensley, James Hensley, Charles Hensley; sisters, Aileen Smith, Ellen Hensley, Hazel Hensley, Mabel Hensley, Doshia Hensley, Juanita Hensley; one grandchild, Jasmine Joy Starr Robinson; one son-in-law, Ricky Fugate; mother and father-in-law, Staudie and Anna Bolen.   He is survived by his wife, Donna Hensley of Jackson; one son, Ed Dwayne Hensley of Jackson; three daughters, Danetta Robinson(Kevin Hall) of Somerset, Deanna Gail Bartley(Jason) of Pikeville, Jessica Fugate(Dave Southard) of Jackson, Heather Hensley of Jackson, Donna Mae Sizemore(Chad) of Jackson; two brothers, William Jr. Hensley of Jackson, Troy Hensley(Christine) of Jackson; two sisters, Lula Moore of Lexington, Joyce Neace of Jackson; nineteen grandchildren, one great grandchild; special friends, A.B.Howard, French Howard, Cecil Howard; brothers-in-law, Joe Bolen, John Bolen, Jr. Bolen; sisters-in-law, Delorise Couch, Sandra Bolen. Special thanks to nephew, William Lykins. Funeral services Wed., July 9, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Cecil Howard officiating.  Burial in the Tyra Cemetery at Frozen.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Napier Obit

Wayne Napier
Wayne Napier

Wayne Napier, 56, Clayhole passed away Saturday, June 28, at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.  He was the son of the late Merle and Wilma Napier and the brother of the late Don Napier.  He is survived by his wife, Leona Napier of Clayhole; three daughters, Maria Rogers of Franklin, Ohio, Jessica Napier of Clayhole, Bethany Napier of Clayhole; three brothers, Merle Napier Jr. of Somerset, Danny Napier  of Stanton, Bruce Napier of Bath County; five sisters, Audrey Jean Fugate of Hazard, Pat Oliver of Hazard, Brenda Oliver of Hazard, Connie Holbrook of Jackson, Donna Martin of Bath County; two grandchildren, Camilla Renee Gonzolas, Caydence Wayne Rogers; special friend, Charles Miller of Bath County; host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services Wed., July 2, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Buddy Turner officiating.  Burial in the Flint Ridge Cemetery at Clayhole.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Alta Mae Lindon Obit

Alta Mae Lindon
Alta Mae Lindon

Alta Mae Lindon, 86, Vancleve passed away Monday, June 23, at her residence.  She was a retired teacher with the Breathitt County School Systems.  She was the widow of the late Brownloe Lindon and the daughter of the late Roosevelt and Lula Back Gillum.  She was also preceded in death by one grandchildren, Letitia Dawyn Turner; 7 brothers and 2 sisters.  She is survived by one son, Kevin (Natasha) Lindon of Winchester; three daughters, Sharon (Dwight) Smith of Walton, Vonda (Eugene) Turner of Vancleve, Vicki (Doug) Watts of Vancleve; one brother, Larry Gillum of Erlanger; four sisters, Faye Cordes of Covington, Sue(Earl) Oaks of Walton, Betty Taulbee of Lee City, Gay Thompson of Covington; fifteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 26, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Leedy and Rev. Don Ison officiating.  Burial in the Lindon Cemetery at Vancleve.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, family request donations to Calvary Christian Clear Fork Campus Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Merle Fisher Obit

Merle Fisher
Merle Fisher

Merle Fisher, 72, Hazard passed away Sunday, June 22, at the St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington.  She was the daughter of the late Irvine and Lutisha (Cornett) Napier.  She was a member of the 11th Hour Of Worship Center in Hazard.  She is survived by two sons, James(Mary) Crowe of Lost Creek, Gerald(Elaine) Jones of Pine Grove; two daughters, DaRhonda Hensley of Hazard, Theresa(Paul) Hurt of Hazard; two brothers, Eugene(Katherine) Napier of Westchester, OH, James Napier of London; ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren.  Funeral services Wed., June 25, at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eldon Miller and Rev. Mike Tabor officiating.  Burial in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Noble.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Kelsey Jones Obit

Kelsey Jones
Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones, 90, Clayhole passed away Wednesday, June 11, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was a US Army veteran and worked as a mechanic for Falcon Coal Company.  He was the son of the late James Jones and Tisha Stacy Jones.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Arnold Jones, Nathan Jones, Arthur Jones, Henry Jones, Beecher Jones, Clifford Jones, Shelby Jones; sisters, Lora Gibson, Margie Gayheart, Belva Shafer, Hazel Jones, Ida Mae Williams.  He is survived by his wife, Florence Jones of Clayhole; one son, David Campbell of Memphis, TN; two daughters, Joyce(Farmer) Erp of Jackson, Rachel(Larry) Adams of Hazard; one brother, Granville Jones pf Germantown, OH; one sister-in-law, Mazie Jones of Bays; special grandchild, Derek Jorge Campbell; grandchildren, Heather Campbell, Weston Erp, Larry Stephen(Amber) Adams; special niece, Edna Rose:  host of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services Sat., June 14, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Barnett officiating.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery at Hazard.  Serving as pallbearers, Derek Campbell, Farmer Erp, Weston Erp, Larry Adams, David Campbell.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sam Stidham Obit

Sam Stidham Obit
Sam Stidham Obit

Sam Logan Stidham, 73, passed away Saturday, June 14, at his residence at Barwick.  He was a carpenter and served as a volunteer deputy for Sheriff Ray Clemons.  He was a member of the Church of God.  He was the son the late Joe and Melda (Sizemore) Stidham.  He was also preceded in death by son, Sam L. Stidham Jr.; sister, Nancy Jane Baker.  He is survived by his wife, Lottie Stidham of Barwick; three sons, Randy & Brenda Combs Stidham of Jackson, David & Sheila Stidham of Chavies, Russell & Faye Stidham of Gays Creek; three daughters, Carlie & Paul Cole of Barwick, Mimie Stidham of Barwick, Hazel Stidham of Barwick; four brothers, James Stidham of Bowling Green, Raleigh Stidham of Barwick, Lloyd Stidham of Barwick, Mack Stidham of Barwick; three sisters, Sally Fugate of Barwick, Cora Baker of Barwick, Laura Baker of Barwick; host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; special nephew, James “Bucky” Baker; special niece, Susan Baker; special friend, Ray Clemons.  Funeral services Wednesday, June 18, 11″00AM at his residence at Barwick with Rev. Danny Oliver and Rev. Waylon Forester officiating.  Burial in Stidham Family Cemetery at Barwick.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Surrendering Frees Energy to Move On

Many of the wisdom traditions speak about the power of surrender. Surrender is not an easy word for those of us in Western civilization, for it implies ‘giving up’, or losing. It may even be associated with a sense of shame. The opposite of surrender might be ‘fighting to the death’.  

 

coolmeIn my recollection of old war movies, or cowboy movies, surrender only happened, it seemed, when one side clearly had no hope of overpowering the other, and preferred surrender to death. I am writing about a different kind of surrender.  

 

It is developing the ability to surrender to what is, and to that over which we have no control, rather than putting a lot of energy into resistance. It is, after all, a losing battle to resist change. We can rail against the loss of a loved one or a job, aging, children leaving home, the coming of winter, the loss of a relationship, or any of the myriad circumstances that happen to us all. Of course we will grieve our losses, but that is not the same as resisting the changes.  

 

Resisting is the refusal to accept what is, and remaining focused on a wish that it could be different than it is. Surrender is the courageous acceptance of the fact that the kaleidoscope of life keeps turning, and it is not our hand that turns it. It is developing the ability to graciously accept the unfolding of life, and doing our best, despite our pain, and despite the fact that what has happened may well be against our wishes.  

 

When we surrender to our journey, with all of its ups and downs, the energy that may have gone into resistance, is now available for moving on, and, sooner or later, move on we must.

 

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

We Must Learn to Acknowledge Our Worth

A question was put to me recently, as to how we can deal with childhood pain without making our parents ‘bad guys’. If they continue to exhibit dysfunctional or hurtful behaviors, we may have chosen to keep distance in the relationship so it is not so much of an issue. Sometimes, however, parents who may have treated us harshly years ago, have mellowed into caring, supportive grandparents.  

 

If we have some buried hurts and resentments, dealing with them may feel like being disloyal to parents, and perhaps hurting them. Not dealing with those hurts may create problems in our other relationships.  Even in adulthood then, the hurt child is still protecting and defending the adults who hurt him or her.  

 

There is a way past this dilemma. You can do healing without confronting parents, or even talking to them about past issues. Sometimes it is important to do so. But if reluctance to do so blocks a healing process, then we can find ways to heal that do not involve confrontation.  

 

Even if we do talk to them, parents cannot take away our childhood pain. The pain we experience as adults is more from the negative messages we gave ourselves as a result of the childhood hurts, than from the hurts themselves. Parents may have made you feel like a bad person, or a stupid person. The present day pain, though, comes from you telling yourself you are bad or stupid.  

 

The peace we must make is between our own inner critic, and our inner child. First we must acknowledge our pain, by listening to the hurts of our inner child without rationalizing them away. Then we must acknowledge and validate our worth. Our parents had a strong influence on how we felt about ourselves as children. Once we become adults, it’s up to us.

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

Stratton "John" Miller Obit

 

Stratton "John" Miller
Stratton “John” Miller

Stratton “John” Miller, 77, Jackson, passed away Thursday, June 5, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.   He was a US Marine veteran.  He was the widower of the late Ruth Cole Miller and the son of the late Blanton Miller and Pearlie Howard Miller Davis.  He was also preceded in death by daughter, Vickie Mahaney; son, John Robert Miller; brothers, Marvin and Lester Miller; sisters, Gwinlin Davis Carpenter and Flora Miller Lively.  He is survived by five sons:  Stratton(Jessica) Miller of Jackson, Christopher(Gena) Miller of Jackson, David(Alice) Carpenter of Jackson, Timothy(Diane) Carpenter of Pennsylvania, Phillip Carpenter of Jackson; two daughters: Brenda(Mark) Harstad of Arkansas, JoAnna(Steve) Hurd of Indiana; one brother:  Robert(Elivira) Davis of Jackson; one sister: Wanda(Hiram) Fugate of Jackson; fifteen grandchildren: John Paul Mahaney, Michelle Mahaney, Justin Mahaney, Elizabeth Hurd, Brandon Hurd, Wesley Miller,  Kaley Miller, Abigail Miller, Braydon Miller, Brandon Carpenter, Tish Carpenter Davis, Tyler Carpenter, Ethan Carpenter, Megan Carpenter, Allysa Carpenter; host of great grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services Sunday, June 8, 2:00 PM at Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Miller officiating.  Burial in the Bud Howard Family Cemetery at Lambric.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

James Herald Stevens Obit

James Herald Stevens
James Herald Stevens

James Harold Stevens, 85, Jackson passed away Monday, June 2, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was the son of the late Mayo and Gracie (Davis) Stevens.  He is survived by his wife, Lillie (Finley) Stevens of Jackson; three sons, Harold (Barb) Stevens of Noctor, David (Susie) Stevens of Boone County, Jeff (Vickie) Stevens of Indiana; one daughter, Brenda (John) Bellamy of Bracken County; one brother, Ray Stevens of Lexington; two sisters, Ruth Johnson of Jackson, Norene Libatore of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Derrick Stevens, Bradley Stevens, Marissa Stevens.  Funeral services Thursday, June 5, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim King officiating.  Burial in the Jackson Cemetery.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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