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Sydney Harrison Hamilton

1943 - 2012

Sydney Harrison Hamilton, 69, of Ft. Gay, W.Va. went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept, 21, 2012 surrounded by his family at Emogene Dolin Hospice House. He was the son of the late Thomas and Phyllis Maynard Hamilton of Ft. Gay, W.Va.. He was a retired welder for the W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Doris Sue Harvey Hamilton of Ft. Gay, W.Va., his five children; Lisa Lou Nelson, Ft. Gay, W.Va., William and Kim Hamilton of Cardington, Ohio, James and Melissa Hamilton of Ft. Gay, W.Va., Brenda and Coy Robertson of Ft. Gay, W.Va., and Karen and Gary Ferguson, of Linwood, N.C., two sisters; Regina Ball of Rittman, Ohio and Lorana Gainok of Norwalk, Ohio, 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Monday, September 24, 2012 at Rush Branch Church on Mill Creek Rd., Ft. Gay, W.Va. with Rev. Frank Copley and Rev. Tommy Kitts officiating. Burial will follow at the Hamilton Cemetery, Mill Creek Rd., Ft. Gay, W.Va. under the direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa, Ky.

Visitation will be 5:00 - 9:00 pm Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at Rush Branch Church.

Any donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the burial fund. A very special 'thank you' to the Hospice workers that took so special care of our dad, Denise Moore, Mickey Newsome, Andi Queen, Debi, and Rhonda Layne. We would also like to thank all the staff at the Hospice House of Huntington, you are the most wonderful and caring people we've ever met in our lives.

Brenda Sue Crabtree

1948 - 2012

Brenda Sue Crabtree, 64, of Ft. Gay, W.Va. passed away Tuesday September 18, 2012 at Emogene Dolin Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. She was born August 28, 1948 in Louisa, Ky., a daughter of the late Charlie and Tennie Berry Adkins. She was secretary for Ft. Gay Middle School and was a member of the Ft. Gay Women's Club, a troop leader for the Cub Scouts and Boy Scout troop 165 of Ft. Gay, W.Va. She was also a member of Bartram Chapel Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a special niece, Nancy Bess Hensley, and two brothers; Randall Diamond and Gene Adkins.

Survivors include her loving husband Dick Crabtree of Ft. Gay, W.Va., one son Rich (Leigh Anna) Crabtree, Ft. Gay, W.Va., one brother, Bob Adkins of Ft. Gay, W.Va., one sister, Mary Grider of Mesa, Arizona , four grandchildren; Cindy Smiley, Kenova, W.Va., Cody Crabtree of Russell, Ky., Charlie Crabtree of Ft. Gay, W.Va., and Ali Crabtree also of Ft. Gay, W.Va., two great granddaughters, Autumn Ferguson of Kenova, W.Va., and Adaiah Ferguson, also of Kenova.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 am Friday, September 21, 2012 at Salt Petre Christian Baptist Church with pastor Richard Maynard, Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus, and Joey Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Ferguson Cemetery, Ft. Gay, W.Va.

Visitation will be 6:00 - 10:00 pm Thursday at Salt Petre Christian Baptist Church, Ft. Gay, W.Va. with Young Funeral Home of Louisa, Ky. in charge of arrangements.

Dr. John Nicholas Ryan

1918 - 2012


John Nicholas Ryan, DMD, 93, of Louisa, Ky. passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Ky. Dr. Ryan was born October 24, 1918 in Louisa, Ky., the son of Charles C. and Mary Waldeck Ryan. He was a dentist and former Louisa High School teacher. He was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church (considered to be the oldest living member), and taught Sunday school for more than fifty years. During WW II he was part of the Army Air Corps and was a trained air traffic controller. He received his undergraduate degreee from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1942 and graduated from the University of Louisville College of Dentisty in 1952. He was a long time member of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Civil War Round Table, and was a life member of the NRA. He served two terms as Lawrence County Coroner and was President of the Kentucky Coroners Association. He was also a member of the National and International Medical Examiners Association.

Surviving are his wife, Valeria Roberts Ryan of Louisa, one son, John Richard Ryan (Norma) of Lexington, Ky., and one stepson Alfred B. Murray  (Rose Marie) of Fort Gay, West Virginia, one grandson, Richard Morgan Ryan (Danielle) of Charleston, West Virginia, one granddaughter, Dr. Elaine DeSario (David) of Louisa, Ky., and one great grandson, Alex DeSario of Louisa, Ky., one step great grandson, Jacob Young of Charleston, West Virginia and one step great granddaughter, Morgan Young of Charleston, West Virginia.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Young Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donna Aros officiating. Burial will be in Pinehill Cemetery in Louisa.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, Louisa, Ky.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make a donation to the Louisa United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements under the direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa, Ky.