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Lloyd “Sonny” Childers, Jr.

1968 -- 2017

Lloyd “Sonny” Childers, Jr, age 49, of Sidney, OH passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, OH.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Scott Childers of Sidney; his mother, Gretchen Scarberry Childers of Louisa, KY and one son, Alden Scott Childers of Sidney, OH.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2017 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel in Paintsville, Ky. with Joe Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, KY.

Friends may call at Jones-Preston Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

A Masonic service will be conducted by the Richardson Masonic Lodge # 699 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both Honored and Privileged to be Entrusted with all funeral arrangements for Lloyd “Sonny” Childers, Jr.


Ella Mae Branson

1940 – 2017

Ella Mae Branson, 76, of Louisa, Kentucky passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Ky.

Ella was born June 6, 1940 in Greenup, Ky. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include, her loving husband, Paul Stone of Louisa, Kentucky; nieces, Erica Young of Fort Gay, WV.; Michelle Fields of Louisa, Ky.; special nieces, Sarah Pennington, Amamda Pennington, and Flora Pennington; special nephew, Gurvin Pennington; grandchildren, Emily Mosley, Destiny Mosley of Fort Gay, WV; Anna Anderson, and Joseph Fields both of Louisa, Ky.; special friends, Zola Young of Louisa, Ky.; Mary Ann Cook of Ashland, Ky.

A graveside service will be conducted 3:00 pm Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Greenlawn Cemetery with Rev. Luther Dingess officiating.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Robert Martin Thompson

1929 – 2017

Robert Martin “Bob” Thompson, 87 of Fort Gay passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington.

Bob was born on May 22, 1929 in Virginia to the late Thomas B. and Goldie Sammons-Thompson. He was a Machine Operator for the Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance Away.

In addition to his parents Bob was preceded in death by his wife Athilie Rutherford-Thompson and two sisters Dorothy Thompson and Eva Thompson.

He leaves behind a loving family including his son Ronald Martin Thompson (Judy) of Mt. Clair, WV; his daughter Brenda Joyce Thompson-Hughes of Louisa; six grandchildren Shawn (Jenny) Hughes, Nick (Stephanie) Hughes, Jesse (Lori) Thompson, Jeremy (Samira) Thompson, Travis (Stephanie) Hughes and Chad (Alena) Hughes; seven great grandchildren; three brothers Jack (Mary) Thompson, Dan Thompson and Lee Thompson; one sister Virginia Damron as well as many extended family members and friends all of whom will miss him dearly.

There will be no visitation or public services at this time. There will be a private burial for the family at a later date.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at



Keith Bradley Casdorph 

1943 -- 2017

Keith Bradley Casdorph 73 of Fort Gay, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday January 28, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. 

Keith was born May 2, 1943 at Charleston, WV the son of the late Van Harrison and Dicie Armishia Light Casdorph. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by four siblings Darrell Curtis Casdorph, Beatrice Priecko, Barbara Kennedy, and Doris Pauley.

Keith was a retired machinist with the Dupont Corporation in Belle, WV and proudly served in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam War. He also attended the Oak Grove Church for over 43 years.

Survivors include his loving wife Lula Belle O’Brian Casdorph; three daughters Sarah Casdorph and Travis Cain, Melissa Hanshaw and husband Nathan, and Amanda Rose and husband Gary all of Fort Gay, WV; a son Josh Casdorph also of Fort Gay; two sisters Darlena Canterbury of Charleston, WV and Mary Van Williams of South Charleston, WV; a brother Kenneth Casdorph of Charleston, WV; a sister-in-law Teresa Casdorph of Charleston, WV, and a brother-in-law Les Kennedy also of Charleston, WV; ten grandchildren Charlie Hanshaw, Kennedy Casdorph, Hunter Hanshaw, Bella Casdorph, Bailey Casdorph, Emily Rose, Cody Rose, Hannah Stephens, Wesley Casdorph, and Brady Casdorph; two great grandchildren Autumn Stephens and Ben Stephens; and a host of friends, family, and loved ones.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held on Wednesday Feb. 1 at 11:00 am at the Oak Grove Church with Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus officiating.

Friends may visit the family on Monday Jan. 30any time after 5:00 pm and any time on Tuesday Jan. 31 at the Oak Grove Church Paddle Creek Road Fort Gay, WV.

Friends may visit the family also on Thursday Feb. 2 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Stevens & Grass Funeral Home 4203 Salines Drive Malden, WV.

Graveside rites will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday at the Casdorph Family Cemetery at Edens Fork, Sissonville, WV.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home Louisa, Kentucky.



Tony Dale Copley

1955 – 2017

Tony Dale Copley, 61, of Catlettsburg, Ky. went home to be with his Lord Sunday, January 22, 2017, at his home at Zelda Loop Road, with his loving family at his side.

Tony was born August 18, 1955 in Ashland, Ky. the son of the late John Roy and Helen Patton Copley.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sister in law, Doris Woods Copley.

He was a graduate of Louisa High School and also attended Morehead State University. He was a member of the Buchanan Chapel Church; he was also a lay preacher and preached at several churches before his illness. He was a construction worker for KY Labor Local #1445.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his brother John Ray Copley of Catlettsburg; three sisters, Ginger Copley and Wanda Copley both of Catlettsburg and Christy Moore and her husband James; one niece Allyson Moore; one nephew Joseph “Joey” Moore; one aunt Ruby Hart and her husband Joe of Catlettsburg, one Uncle John Doug Patton of Catlettsburg; several cousins, Patton R. Hart, Billy Ray Patton, Annette Patton, Rodney Thompson and Robin Patton and his wife Melissa as well as many extended family members and friends all of whom will miss him dearly.

There will be a graveside service to honor Tony’s life on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm at The Buchanan Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Keith Workman officiating. Online condolences may be left for the family at