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Roberta Bartram Kidd 

1915 -- 2018


Roberta Bartram Kidd of Mentor, Ohio, 102 years old, died February 2, 2018 at the No Place Like Home assisted living facility, where she resided.

Roberta was born November 29, 1915 in Clifford, KY. She worked for the Mentor, Ohio school system until she retired.

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband Walter Kidd, to whom she was married for 48 years; her sister Elizabeth Shannon; and 9 half brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter Ann Agapi of Bethlehem, GA and her son W. Daniel (Joanne) Kidd of Mentor, OH; grandchildren Kim (Ron) Croyle of Bethlehem, GA, Steven (Ginny) Agapi of Ft. Myers, FL, Grey Kidd of Mentor, OH, and David (Deborah) Kidd of Mentor, OH; 10 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Young Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00AM with Rev. Ron Croyle officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


Kenny Shapaka

1970 -- 2018

Kenny Shapaka, 48, of Louisa, passed away Monday morning April 23 at Pikeville Medical Center.  He was the oldest son of Mike and Alma Shapaka. Kenny was a never failing husband to Melissa Shapaka and father of a lifetime to Amanda, Brittany, Christopher, Sara and Dalton. He also left behind 2 sisters and 7 brothers.

There will be a memorial service Saturday April 28th at Charley Freewill Baptist Church at 6:00 pm. 

There will also be a “Celebration of Life” get together and picnic on Sunday April 29th at Boone’s Landing at 2:00 pm. This will be a time for any family & friends to just be together and share any funny stories and pictures.  Please come and bring your pictures and any story you might have to share.

Kenny went to high school at Lawrence County High School in Louisa and was awarded the Diedrich Trust Scholarship when he graduated in 1988. That allowed him to go on to earn his Bachelors’s of Science degree in robotics from Morehead State University.  His dream was to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become an engineer and that’s just what he did.

Kenny has worked over 20 years in the automotive business. He started out at the ground level with a small company in Georgetown, Ky. But if you knew Kenny, you knew he never settled for anything and quickly moved up the ladder with every different company he worked for over the years. When the time finally came to move back to our hometown, he was thrilled to go work for Allevard-Sogefi in Prichard, Wv. There, he found the job he wanted to retire from. He made friends that became like family to all of us.

Kenny’s first love was his family. But his next great love was sports. He loved it all from coaching his kids in little league to ending every night with one of his kids watching a classic sports channel on tv.   His love for the University of Michigan was unexplainable. He was a true Wolverines fan and passed that love on to his wife, their kids and all of his six brothers. He and the great Bo Schembechler will be hanging together this fall cheering their team on to victories.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home

Online condolences can be made at


Roberta “Bert” Ferguson 

1952 -- 2018

Roberta “Bert” Ferguson, 66, of Cannonsburg, KY passed away peacefully Tuesday April 24, 2018 at her home into the arms of the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her mother Delphia Keaton; her daughter Paula Ray; companion Proctor Smith; grandchild Harleigh Ferguson; great grandchildren Natalee Finley and Kaylee Finley; brothers Alva Keaton, Bob Eldridge, Willard Keaton, Dillard Keaton; and sisters Cloe Keaton, Betty Craig, and Juanita Gibson. She was a member of Laurel Gap Freewill Baptist Church and loved all her church family.

She is survived by her four kids, Sheila (William) Morrison, Stacey Smith, Jonathan Ferguson (Jessica Griffith), and Jennifer (Isaac) Moore; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a close friend, Debbie Copley.

Funeral services will be held on Friday April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Wilson Funeral Home with Bro. J.C. Caudill officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery at Blaine, KY.

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

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.


Verlie Tickel Collins

1926 -- 2018


Verlie Tickel Collins, age 92 of Fort Gay, WV went to be with the Lord on April 24th, 2018.

Verlie was born on March 2, 1926, to the late John Morgan and Rebecca Ellen Evans of Oppy, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by her husband James Collins, of Fort Gay, WV.

Verlie was an active member of the Frebis Avenue Church of God in Columbus, OH for forty-five years; however, for the past twenty-five years, called Silver Creek Church in Crum, WV her home.

Verlie was retired from the Federal Glass Company in Columbus, OH, and was a proud member of the North American Indian Association (Cherokee tribe).

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a husband, Robert Tickel; five brothers, Moses, Aaron, Wilson, Elva and Jack; three sisters, Polly, Virgie and Minnie; one son, Ted Collins of Fort Gay, WV and two granddaughters, Marsha Alldaffer and Rhonda Bowen.

Verlie is survived by two daughters, Drema Collins of Fort Gay, WV and Edna (James) Rife of Warren, MI; two sons, Robert (Mary) Tickel of Greenville, SC and Bub (Sharon) Bowen of Groveport, OH; one daughter-in-law, Sue Collins of Fort Gay, WV; three sisters, Corrine Smith of Columbus, OH, Johnny Barnes of Lowell, AR and Carol Lewallen of Springdale, AR.

In her later years she was called “Granny” by everyone; however, she was particularly loved and cherished by her six grandchildren, Dr. James Derek Collins, Rebecca (Joe) LeMaster, Rob (Heather) Tickel, Rae Ann (Brent) Smith and Alehia Bowen, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, all of the past and present youth of the H.O.P.E. Youth Group of Silver Creek Church, and a beloved caretaker, Alex Harper.

Verlie modeled her two favorite Bible verses, James 1:19 “…be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” along with Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the Lord and do good…”

Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of all that knew her. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter and joking around will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers it was Verlie’s wish that donations be made to H.O.P.E. Youth Group, where she was an active volunteer of their community service projects for many years. Donations may be sent to: H.O.P.E. Youth Group (Drema Collins), P.O. Box 412, Fort Gay, WV, 25514.

Funeral service will be conducted on April 27th, 2018 at 11 AM at Silver Creek Church in Crum, WV by Pastor Del Crum with her nephew, Rev. John Evans Sr., delivering the message. Burial will be at Mountain View Memory Gardens in Maher, WV.

Visitation will be held on Thursday April 26th, 2018 at Young’s Funeral Chapel in Louisa, KY from 6-9 PM.



Mike Holbrook 

1950 -- 2018


Mike Holbrook, 67, of Louisa, KY passed away Sunday April 22, 2018 at Community Hospice Care Center following a brief illness.

Mike was born May 5, 1950 at Louisa, the son of the late Arville and Ida Ann Adams Holbrook. He was a retired Kentucky Department of Transportation Employee. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son Michael Jason Holbrook, a brother Bill Holbrook, a nephew David Wellman, and aunt Inez Adams.

Survivors include his loving wife Wilma Wilson Holbrook, two daughters Anita (Allan) Farmer and Jennifer (Scott) Holbrook both of Louisa; a son Curtis Rowe also of Louisa; five grandchildren Michael Jacob (Lydia) Holbrook, Elexis Ann Holbrook, Corey Farmer, Autumn Farmer, and Kurstin Rowe; a sister Carol (Mid) Wellman; and several nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday April 26th at 1:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Workman and Rev. Noah Wilks officiating. Burial will follow in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens.

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

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.