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Douglas McArthur Wilhite

1942 - 2014

Douglas McArthur Wilhite, 71, of Fort Gay, W.V. received his promotion to Heaven on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was born October 21, 1942 in Havaco, W.V., a son of the late Floyd Edward and Jessie Victoria Bevins Wilhite. He was pastor of Fort Gay Church of God, a retired bus driver for Wayne County Board of Education, and was a United States Army Veteran.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Floyd, Lloyd, Virgil and Bobby; sisters, Carol and Barbara.

Survivors include, his loving wife, Sedonia England Wilhite of Fort Gay, W.V.; daughter, Jenny Rebecca Wilhite of Fort Gay, W.V.; son, Douglas McAuther (Cheryl) Wilhite Jr. "Mack" of Louisa, Ky.; brothers, Larry Wilhite of Conrow, Texas; Winford Wilhite of King, N.C.; Irvin Wilhite of Clemmons, N.C.; grandchildren, Mellinea, Marshall, Hailey, Brooklyn and Harry; Great Grandchildren, Nevaeh and Kevin.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Friday at Fort Gay Church of God with Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens, Louisa, Ky..

Visitation will be after 6:00 pm Thursday at Fort Gay Church of God.

Andy Paul Wheeler

1926 - 2014

The sun rose in Blaine, KY on January 18, 1926, when Andy Paul Wheeler was born to Enoch and Ester Ramey Wheeler. 

Andy graduated from high school in 1944, just 2 days before receiving the call to serve his country in World War II.  After Navy training, he boarded the LST-800 and headed for Mobile, Alabama.  There, his ship was loaded with ammunition and supplies before heading for Japan by way of California, Hawaii, and the Philippines.

Andy served at Okinawa and Iwo Jima aboard the LST 800, and continued to support the armed forces following the war as a member of the LST Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans and The American Legion. 

After his naval service, Andy attended Morehead State University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.  He served as principal at Lowmansville, KY and taught at Blaine High School, Louisa High School, and Lawrence County High School, before retiring in 1984 after 34 years of teaching.  

In 1944 while serving in the Navy on the Pacific Ocean, Andy gave his heart to the Lord. He joined Elizabeth Baptist Church in 1963, where he taught Sunday school for 10 years. Andy enjoyed raising cattle and reading.  He was an historian, especially knowledgeable about the American Civil War, and a Kentucky Colonel. Known for his kindness and generosity, Andy’s numerous students, friends, and neighbors held him in the highest regard.

The sun set on April 21, 2014, at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center when Andy was taken home to be with his Heavenly Father after a long illness.  He was 88 years old.

His parents and three sisters, Molly May, Delta Salyers, and Willie Wheeler, preceded Andy in death.

His loving and faithful wife of almost 65 years, Dretha Lyon Wheeler, and his precious and dedicated son, Nolan Wheeler, both of Blaine, survive Andy. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lee (Forrest) Draper of Crossville, TN; two nieces - Janie Blanton of Crossville, TN and Fern (Jack) Woods of Miamisburg, OH; one nephew - Bobby (Judy) Salyer of Knoxville, TN and three great-nieces. 

Andy loved his church and requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha, KY.  Services will be conducted at Young Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Rev. Emmet Barker, Rev. Keith Sturgill, and Rev. Floyd (Buck) West.  

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am; the funeral will begin at 1:00pm.  A military ceremony will follow at Yatesville Cemetery.

Alese Stickler

1934 - 2014

Alese Stickler, 80, of Fort Gay, WV, formerly of Huntington, WV, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, WV. She was born February 16, 1934 in Crum, WV, a daughter of the late Bill Brumfield and Louise Stevens Harvey. She was a caregiver and of the Baptist Faith. She was preceded in death by her son, James Stickler.

Surviving are two daughters; Marcia and Rick Thompson of Fort Gay, WV, and Tonya Stickler of Fort Gay, WV, Grandchildren; James and Stephanie Fletcher whom she raised as her own, Stephanie Esque, Kimberly and Scott Fletcher whom she raised as her own, Samantha Thompson and Marsha Fletcher, Great Grandchildren; Victoria Dickenson and James G. Fletcher whom she raised as her own, Shayne Fletcher, Trista Esque, Nicholas Fletcher and Gabriella Moore, brothers; William and Josephine Brumfield of Springhill, FL., and Eddie and Yvonne Brumfield of Genoa, WV, sister; Sandy Brumfield of Crum, WV.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Monday, April 14, at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Noah Robertson officiating.

Visitation will be from 6-8 on Sunday at Young Funeral Home. Burial will be in the White Chapel Memorial Gardens at Barboursville, WV.

Young Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John Franklin Daugherty

1965 - 2014

John Franklin Daugherty, age 49, of Fort Gay ,WV, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. Mr. Daugherty was born March 1, 1965 in Louisa, KY. He is the son of the Wilburn and Rose Bates Meredith.

He was a Disabled Auto Mechanic.

He is survived by one daughter: Chasity Daugherty Johnson and husband Jacob of Ocean Side, CA; A brother Joe Daugherty of Grayson, KY; he also has two grandchildren ; Jeremiah Cash and Carrington Jynx; Also surviving is John's Significant Other, Lisa Hager.

John is preceded in death by his brother Wilburn "Button" Meredith Jr.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Salt Petre Baptist Church,  Fort Gay with Rev. Richard Maynard and Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus officiating. Burial will follow in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens Louisa.

Friends may call Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wilson Funeral Home Louisa, KY.

Online condolence can be made at


Robert “Bob Bigfoot” Fannin Sr.

1947 - 2014

Robert “Bob Bigfoot” Fannin Sr., 66, of Louisa went to be with the Lord on Wednesday April 9, 2014. 

Bob was born June 14, 1947 at Danville, IL the son of the late Charlie and Dorcus Clark Fannin. He was a coal truck driver and member of the Meades Branch FWB Church.

Survivors include his loving wife Loretta Adkins Fannin, a daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Bob Powers of Louisa, two sons and daughters-in-law Robert and Bobbie Jo Fannin Jr. and Brian and Debbie Fannin all of Louisa; four brothers James (Tina) Fannin of Charley, KY, Jack Fannin of Wurtland, KY, Daniel (Carol) Fannin of Louisa, KY, Chuck (Sue) Fannin of Elizabethtown, KY, and a sister Christine Ward of River, KY; six grandchildren Andrea, Keith, Dustin, Aneca, Tess, and Brian II, step grandson William Mullins, five great grandchildren Shaye’, Keigan, Bryson, Lukas, and Kayden.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday April 12th at 1:00 pm at the Meades Branch FWB Church with Pastor Darrin Rice and Rev. Jimmy Bevins officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call after 2:00 pm Friday at the Wilson Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

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