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Mary Lou Hampton 

1935 --2016

Mary Lou Hampton 81 of Louisa, KY went to be with the Lord on Christmas Day following a long illness.

Mary Lou was born March 13, 1935 in Potters, KY the daughter of the late Wayne and Cynthia Castle Salyers. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, William Hampton. Mary Lou was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church Louisa.

Survivors include a loving daughter and son-in-law Debbie and James Ratliff of Louisa; a granddaughter Bianca Lycans and husband Steven also of Louisa; two great grandchildren Sarah and S.J. Lycans; and a sister Florence Marco of Columbus, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Dec. 28 at 11:00 am at the Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. David Maynard officiating. Burial will follow in the Robinette Cemetery on Bromley Ridge Road Fort Gay, WV.

Friends may visit the family on Tuesday Dec. 27 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.

Daniel Harold Burke

1943 -- 2016

Daniel Harold Burke, 73, of Louisa, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at King's Daughter's Medical Center. 

Dan / Danny, as he was known to family and friends, was born November 9, 1943 in Columbus, Mississippi.  He spent his early childhood in Ridgewood, Queens in New York before moving out to Hicksville, New York on Long Island. 

An avid young tennis player, Dan attended Morehead State University on a tennis scholarship.  He met his wife, Linda at MSU.  Upon graduating from MSU in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in Education, Dan and Linda moved to Maryland, where they both began their careers as Physical Education teachers.  After serving four years in the United States Air Force, Dan went on to obtain a Master's degree in Education.  Soon after moving back to Kentucky in 1977, Dan began work at the AEP Kentucky Power Big Sandy Plant, from which he retired in 2006. 

Dan continued playing tennis upon moving back to Kentucky and was the LCHS tennis coach in the early 1990s.  He also enjoyed playing golf with his co-workers and friends and was an active volunteer at the Yatesville Lake State Park Golf Course.

Dan was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Linda Rae Ferguson Burke, as well as his parents, Harold and June Burke of North Port, Florida. 

He is survived by two daughters, Cari Elizabeth Bradley (Thomas) of Georgetown; Susan Rebecca Little (Steve) of Louisa; one sister, June Cardenas of Bohemia, New York,  and his four favorite people who called him 'Grandpa'...Michael Burke Hogan, Charles Ferguson Bradley, Matthew Blake Hogan, and Lily Elizabeth Bradley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to God's Pantry Food Bank, where Dan was a volunteer.  Donations may be sent to First Baptist Church, 301 West Pike Street, Louisa, attention Bob Chapman.


Mary M. Branham


Mary M. Young Branham, 93, of Tomahawk, Kentucky passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mary was born February 23, 1923 in Martin County Kentucky a daughter of the late William and Alice Bradley Young. Mary was a homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bee Martin Branham; children, Owen Branham, Lucille Endicott, Brookie Mullett, Daniel Branham, and Bessie Branham;  siblings, Edmond Young, Clifford Young, George Young and Ethel Williams.

Survivors include, her children, Beverly (Charles) Alley of Napoleon, Ohio; Annie Diamond of Lawrence County, Ky.; Lisa (Luther) Parsons of Milo, Ky.; Kathern Horn of Lawrence Co. Ky.; Michael Branham of Milo, Ky.; Luther Branham of Milo, Ky., Dwight (Glenna) Branham of Turkey, Ky.; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren,  and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charley Alley officiating. Burial will follow at the Branham Cemetery, Clifford, Ky.

Visitation will be after 6:00 PM Friday,  all day Saturday at New Friendship United Baptist Church and one hour prior to service on Sunday at Young Funeral Home Chapel.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Lloyd “Gary Bo” Dishman

1967 – 2016

Lloyd Garrett “Gary Bo” Dishman, 49 of Ashland, Ky. formerly of Prichard, WV passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland.

Gary Bo was born March 7, 1967 in Huntington, WV a son of the late Lloyd Dishman and the late Carolyn Perry-Sammons. Gary was a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include, his step father, James Sammons of Prichard, WV; six step children Jimmy Smith, Dustin Smith and Veronica Smith all of Cannonsburg and Jessica Hooker of Pedro, Ohio, Tracy Burton of Prichard, WV and Jimmy Burton of Florida; one step brother Chris Dishman of Ironton; three aunts Mary Blankenship who he called Mommy #1 and Gail Blankenship who he called Mommy #2 both of Prichard, WV. and Dorothy Nichols of Huntington; two uncles Joe Perry of Kenova and Roy Perry of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren;  his best friend Rick Kelly of Louisa as well as his companion Jamie Dishman of Ashland and a host of friends and extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at the Young Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm, burial will follow at the Bean Cemetery. 

Visitation for family and friends will be from 12 noon until service time on Wednesday at the Young Funeral Home Chapel.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at

Melissa Ann Marcum

1967 – 2016

Melissa Ann Robertson-Marcum, 49 of Fort Gay passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa.

She was born in Louisa on August 17, 1967 to the late Floyd Robertson, Jr. and Brady Stone Robertson. Melissa was a homemaker and loved her family dearly.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by one nephew David Jordan.

Survivors include her husband Billy Craig Marcum of Fort Gay; one daughter Heather Resheay Marcum-Castle  of Louisa; one son Taylor Marcum of Fort Gay; two grandchildren Braiden Ryan Castle and Kylan Castle; eight siblings Kim and Toni Cantrell, Becky Robinson, Diane Young, Tina Ball, Phyllis Derifield, Gary and James Robertson; nieces and nephews Rena Harper. Tessa Ball, Devon Robinson, Kayla and Bobby Cantrell; her mother and father-in-law Bill and Barb Marcum of Fort Gay as well as many extended family members and friends all of whom will miss her dearly.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Young Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Farley officiating burial will follow at the Sartin Family Cemetery in Fort Gay.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Wednesday at the Young Funeral Home Chapel after 11:00 am until service time.

Online condolences may be left for the family at