Jessica Lee Bishop, 33, of Clay City passed died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the University of Kentucky Hospital. She is survived by her parents Hezzie and Sharon Bishop of Clay City, one brother Jacob Bishop and his wife Nenna of Winchester, two sister’s Sherry Curtis of Clay City and Heather Curtis and her husband Chris Lawson of Winchester. She was preceded in death by a son Alex Bishop and a brother William Bishop. Funeral Services were held Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the Grayson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Sparks officiating burial followed in the Bishop Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Bishop, James Reffitt, Jonathan Snedegar, Chris Lawson and Fred Reed. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Edna Taulbee, 91, Clay City died Thursday, November 24, at the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson. She was a member of the Keck Community Church. She was the widow of the late Andrew Taulbee and Samuel Nichols. She was the daughter of the late Bud and Icy Williams Martin. She was also preceded in death by two sons, David Nichols, Jerry “Mike” Nichols; one daughter, Pam Taulbee; host of brothers and sisters. She is survived by one son, Kenneth Taulbee of Clay City; one daughter, Nellie Sue Weaver of IN; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild. Funeral Sunday, 11AM with Rev. Billy Taulbee officiating. Burial was in the Tyra Cemetery at Frozen. Serving as pallbearers; Greg Centers, Jeff Centers, Branson Shumate, Cody Benningfield, Perry Taulbee, Peter Cull. Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Elwood Elam, 75, of Clay City husband of Mary Elam died Thursday, November 24, 2016. He worked as a logger. He is survived by his wife Mary Elam of Clay City, one son James Christopher Elam of Clay City, two daughters Angela Strange and her husband Danny of Frenchburg, Wyona Holder and her husband Farley of Frenchburg, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Nancy Elam and a son Jerry Elam, one brother Harold Elam, three sister’s Julie Watkins, Olive Campbell and Loretta Brewer. Funeral services were held Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Grayson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Evans officiating. Burial followed in the Pea Ridge Cemetery in Irvine. Pallbearers were Damon Spencer, Anthony Townsend, David Strange, James Strange, Ryan Riddell and Sammy Campbell. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Ruth Curtis Sweet, 90, died on Saturday, November 26, 2016 surrounded by love ones. She was the daughter of the Late Hebert and Mary Witt Willoughby. She was a homemaker and loved to read and sing about Jesus. She was a Sunday school teacher for 30 years. Ruth is survived by one daughter Kay Gilvin and her husband Buck, three granddaughters Karen Agee, Karla Reeves and her husband Don, Janette Mangold, two very special grandchildren Pam and Henry Doolin, three great – granddaughters, two great great granddaughters, three great great grandsons, two sister In-laws Ella Rae Willoughby, Mary Curtis Several nieces and nephews and her cat BB. She was preceded in death by husbands William Russell Curtis and Willie Sweet, daughter Phyllis Mangold, great granddaughter Jana Shay Stewart, Brother Willis Willoughby, Sister Jean Spencer and a very special aunt Lucille Barnes. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Christian Assembly of God in Mt. Sterling with Bro. Scott Barnes. Burial followed in the Machpelah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dave Gilvin, Terry Agee, Dallas Spencer, Henry Doolin, Rusty Dunn, Dexter Barnes, Steve Barnes and Daniel Bramel. Honorary pallbearers were Don Revees, David Donithan, Ed Bramel, Tony C. Willoughby, Tony Willoughby, Colten Cecil, Mike Willoughby, Alicia Burden and Tim Conkright. Grayson Funeral Home in Clay City was in charge of services.
Michael D. Witt, age 65, died on November 22, 2016. Born August 14, 1951 to Virginia and Beverly Witt in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Michael was a former self-employed service station owner/operator in Stanton, KY. Prior to that he was an employee of Bundy Tubing for 20 years with positions including machine operator, group leader, quality control, process engineer and supervisor. Michael started his career selling newspapers, being a grocery store employee, tool and die operator and tobacco warehouse worker; sometimes working three jobs at once. Michael was a 30 year plus member of the Clay City Lions Club serving as secretary/treasurer for over 15 years and also holding several other positions in the club, a member of the Red River Historical Society and a 20 year member of the Sons of Amvets Post 67 in Clay City serving as financial officer. He was a citizen band radio operator and ham operator. He was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Witt Patterson; uncle, Russell Strange and his aunt and uncle, Geneva and Willie Profitt. Michael is survived by his parents, Beverly and Virginia Creech Witt of Clay City; best friend and partner, Kim Demmons of Stanton; son Daniel J. Willoughby of Stanton; daughter Kayla (Ryland) Ledford of Stanton; aunts Reece Strange of Clay City and Margie Hanks of Louisville; uncle Miller Farris (Lavela) Witt, Lafayette, TN; cousins Connie Johnson of Clay City and Teresa (John) Kinser of Stanton and two grandchildren, Noah Ledford and Harley Ledford. Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Hearne Funeral Home, 125 West College Avenue, Stanton, KY. Visitation begins at 5:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Burial was in Stanton Cemetery with Greg Crabtree, Silas Smith, John Smith, Jeff Trent, Donovan Nolan and Ryland Ledford serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Byron Welch, Herman Dotson, Henry Andrews, John Graston, John Reffett, Kenny Morton, members of Clay City Lions Club and Amvets of Post 67. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com