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Lois Jean “Toby” Evans 

1940 - 2016

Lois Jean “Toby” Evans 75, of Louisa, KY went to be with the Lord on Thursday Feb. 4, 2016 following a long illness.

Toby was born July 25, 1940 at Kermit, WV the daughter of the late George Ellis and Opal Marie Basiden Maynard. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband William Sherman “Carl” Evans and two sisters, Barbara Gail Maynard Rose and Carina Sue Maynard Bault. Toby was a homemaker and member of the Louisa Church of God.

Survivors include two daughters, Magdalene Maynard and husband Gary of Versailles, KY and Judith Bowen and husband William of Fallsburg, KY, a son Timothy Evans and wife Angie of Louisa, KY; three sisters Eloise Maynard Baker, Della Mae Maynard Damron, and Debbie Maynard Sapp, a brother George Ellis Maynard Jr.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday Feb. 8 at 11:30 am at the Louisa Church of God with Rev. Paul Stepp officiating. Burial will follow in the Bowen Family Cemetery at Fallsburg, KY.

Friends may visit the family from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday at the Louisa Church of God.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.

Ronald E. Moore

1946 - 2016

Ronald E. Moore, 69, of Louisa, KY passed away Thursday Feb. 4, 2016 at his home following a brief illness.

Ronald was born Dec. 15, 1946 at Louisa, KY the son of Virginia Carter Moore Priode and the late Kenneth Moore. In addition to his father Ronald is preceded in death by a daughter Rhonda J. Moore Warner. He was a retired construction worker.

Survivors include a very special friend for 30 years Carol Spencer, mother Virginia Moore Priode of Fallsburg, KY, daughter Teresa Engdahl of Creston, Iowa; a sister Carolyn Sue Holley of Louisa, stepfather Guyer Priode of Fallsburg, KY; eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday Feb. 7th at 2:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit the family from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday Feb. 6th at the Wilson Funeral Home.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.

Ruth Ann Mathieu

1945 – 2016

Ruth Ann Branham-Mathieu, 70 of Louisa passed away on Thursday, Februry 4, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 27, 1945 in Louisa, Kentucky to the late Earl and Alma LeMaster-Branham.

Mrs. Mathieu was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Louisa and was the retired business owner and President of Mathieu Timber Clearing.

Besides her parents Ruth was preceded in death by four brothers Bob, Charles, Jack and Kenneth Branham as well as one sister Jessie Huff.

Left behind to cherish her memory is a devoted and loving family including her husband Victor E. Mathieu, Sr. of Louisa; one daughter Jacqueline Mathieu-Woolum and her husband Olin of Winchester; two sons Victor E. Mathieu, Jr. and his wife Becky of Winchester and Robert Allen Mathieu and his wife Agnieszka of Louisa; one brother Earl Branham, Jr. of Louisa; four sisters Evelyn Turner of New York, Mary Bradley of Louisa, Bonnie Bryan of Catlettsburg and Ilene Thompson of Prichard; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren all of whom will miss her dearly.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Young Funeral Home-Chapel with Father Michael Ramler officiating burial will follow at Yateville Cemetery in Louisa. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 am until the service hour at the Young Funeral Home-Chapel.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Dr. James Smith, Jr.

1937 - 2016

Dr. James Milton Smith, Jr., (Jim), 78, of Frankfort, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born on April 13, 1937, in Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, and was the eldest child of Dr. James M. Smith, Sr. and Louise (Grant) Smith. He graduated from Louisa High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1955. For his undergraduate studies, he attended Washington and Lee University and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Marshall University. At the conclusion of his graduate studies at the University of Kentucky, he was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the university’s College of Dentistry. Following in his father’s footsteps, he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine in May 1966.

In June 1961, Jim married Nancey Belle Edmonds in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Upon his graduation from dental school, they made their home in Frankfort, and Jim established his dental practice. He practiced general dentistry for over 32 years, retiring in 1998. During his career, he served as a member of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry (1975-1983) and as president (1977-78). In 1981, he was elected president of the Southern Regional Testing Agency, the organization responsible for licensing dentists in four states, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Arkansas. He was active in professional organizations including the Bluegrass Dental Society and the Kentucky and American Dental Associations. His professional contributions were recognized by his colleagues with his selection as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an honorary dental service organization.

Following his retirement, Jim served as a trusted advisor for the Slemp Foundation, a private foundation established to improve the health, education, and welfare of Lee and Wise County Virginia residents or their descendants. Most recently, Jim served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Frankfort Salvation Army.

Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancey; son Jim (Kelly) Smith of Lexington, Kentucky; daughter, Melissa (Alex) Jensen of Frankfort, Kentucky; and two loving granddaughters, Melissa Ann Smith and Virginia Elizabeth Sircy. He is also survived by three siblings, Professor Gary R. Smith (Janie) of Atlanta, Georgia; Mr. Sherrill G. Smith (Ruth) of Frankfort, Kentucky; Mrs. Sharon E. Pauley (Rodney) of Louisa, Kentucky; and his extended family including an aunt, several cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Jim will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who was considered by his family as an elder statesman figure who always seemed genuinely interested in learning about the latest accomplishments of even the youngest members of his clan.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 6, from 2-4 PM at the South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, Frankfort, Ky. followed by a memorial service at 4 PM. Burial will take place on Sunday, February 7, 2 PM at the Slemp Family Cemetery in Turkey Cove, Virginia.

Donations in his honor may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601 or The Salvation Army, PO Box 5143, Frankfort, KY 40602. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, Ky. An online tribute is available at

Donald Elza Vaughn

1945 - 2016

Donald Elza Vaughn 70 of Fallsburg, KY passed away Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016 at his home following a long illness.

Donald was born June 14, 1945 in Ashland, KY the son of the late Harry Bryant and Flora Ellen Elam Vaughn. He was a carnival worker.

Survivors include a daughter Donna Vaughn Duarte of Livemore, CA, two sisters Teresa Stidnam and Doris Howell both of Louisville, KY; four brothers Gene Vaughn of Florida, Jimmy Vaughn of North Carolina, Steve Vaughn of Oregon, and Paul Vaughn of Columbus Grove, Ohio, a niece Dorothy Vaughn of Fallsburg, KY.

In keeping with Donald’s wishes, he will be cremated.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.