Ada Grey Adkins Montgomery
(April 27, 1934 – February 4, 2014)

Ada Grey Adkins Montgomery age 79 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Kentucky. She was born April 27, 1934 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Henry and Lula Hall Adkins. Also preceding her in death is her husband Normal Lee Montgomery. Survivors include one son Jimmy (Shelia) Montgomery of Salyersville, Kentucky, three daughters Della Minix, Tammy (Charles) Wright and Valerie Montgomery all of Salyersville, Kentucky, one brother Woodrow Pete (Kay) Adkins of West Liberty, Kentucky, four sisters Ruth (Jim) Waugh of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Ann (James) Leach of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Ruby Wingo of West Liberty, Kentucky and Hon (Ronnie) Cole Ezel, Kentucky, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren also survive.

Besides Ada’s parents and husband she is preceded in death by one son Bobby (Charlotte) Montgomery, three brothers James Adkins, Hershel Adkins and Homer Adkins and five sisters Rosa Lee Adkins, Myrtle Adkins, Rhuie Adkins, Della Long and Thelma Jean Allen.

Funeral services for Ada Grey Montgomery will be conducted at 11 am Friday, February 7, 2014 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Campbell and Mike Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Cook Cemetery at Cripple Creek, Kentucky. Friends may call the funeral home after 6 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2014, all day Thursday and anytime Friday prior to funeral services.


Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.~ e. e. cummings

Janet Fannin
(August 27, 1955 – August 12, 2013)

Janet Adkins Fannin, 57 years, 11 months and 16 days olds of West Liberty, KY passed away Monday, August 12,2013 in the St.Claire Medical Center, Morehead, KY after an extended illness.

She was born August 27, 1955 in Salyersville, KY daughter of the late Ben and Ethel Montgomery Adkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her, son,David Shawn Fannin. Five sisters, Ileen Williams, Edith Whitt, Faye Manning, Sue Paxton and Mae Adkins. One brother,Charles Adkins.

She is survived by her Companion, Edward Fannin, West Liberty, KY.Two daughters, Michelle Fannin and Mary Holliday, both of West Liberty, KY. A son, Edward Fannin Jr., West Liberty, KY. Two sisters, Mabel Pennix and Alice Scurry, both of West Liberty, KY.

Seven brothers, Hager Adkins, Lonnie Adkins, Wheeler Adkins, Russell Adkins, all of West Liberty, KY. Roy Adkins of Mt.Sterling, KY. Herbert Adkins, of Owingsville, KY. Robert Adkins of Salyersville, KY. Six grandchildren, Dakota(Chinphasinee)Stamper, Cierra Holliday, Hunter Chase Clark, Madison Fannin, Maylea Haney and Tyra Scott Fannin. One great grandchild, Dakota Brantley Stamper.

Funeral Services will be 11:AM, Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel with Elder Benny Wright officiating. Burial in the Scurry Cemetery, Jones Creek, KY.

Visitation 6:PM, Wednesday at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home, West Liberty, KY.

Pallbearers; Bruce Wingo, Randy Williams, Hager Adkins Jr., Lonnie Adkins Jr., Shane Sheets and Ballard Fannin.

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. ~ Oscar Wilde

Born: 3 Apr 1928 Estill, Kentucky
Death: 5 May 2013  Miamisburg, Montgomery, Ohio
Burial: 11 May 2013
Highland Memorial Cemetery. Miamisburg, Montgomery, Ohio

PEARSON, Erman Age 85, of Miamisburg, OH, passed away, Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Sycamore Hospital. He was born in Estill County, KY, on April 3, 1928, to the late Tilford and Mary Jane (Arnold) Pearson. He retired from General Motors ~ Harrison Radiator Division; and was a home builder in the Carlisle area for many years. Erman attended Middletown Unity Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army as a drill instructor and demonstrated cadence to West Point Cadets. He earned his Third Degree Black Belt in Karate at the age of 48. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Edith (Stamper) Pearson; 5 sisters, Georgia Sparks, Pearlie Mae Sparks, Clara Adkins, Lula Mae Metcalf, and Sarah Tressie Pearson; 6 brothers, his twin Therman, Andy, Jimmy, Delbert, and Tilford “Jr.”, and Paul Pearson; and his son-in-law, James Moore. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Lou Verney (Sebastian) Pearson; his son, Doyle and wife Fern Pearson of Miamisburg; 2 daughters, Patricia and husband Eugene Hazlett of Greenwood, SC and Phyllis Moore of Carlisle; a step-son Glenn (Kathy) Turner of Austin, IN; grandchildren, Ryan (Sara-Beth) Moore, Marie Hazlett, Michael Hazlett, Curtis (Holly) and Clint (Katie) Pearson; step grandchildren, Ana-Licia and John Turner; great-grandchildren, twins Katelynn & Kaylie Moore and James Paul Moore; Gabriel & Ayden Hazlett, Matthew & Lydia Pearson and Caleb Pearson. Family and friends may call 6-9 p.m., Friday May 10th, at the Dalton Funeral Home, Corner of State Route 4 & Weaver Rd., Germantown, where the Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.

Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation. ~ Joseph Joubert

Mae Howard
Born: 10 May 1932 in Magoffin, Kentucky
Died: 03 Feb 2013 in Salyersville, Magoffin, Kentucky
Burial: 08 Feb 2013 in Rocklick Cemetery, Coon Creek, Kentucky

Alfred “Alf” Howard (1898 – 1979)
Eliza Jane Adkins (1899-1983)

Mae Howard age 80 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Salyersville Health Care Center in Salyersville, Kentucky. Mae was born May 10, 1932 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Alfred and Eliza Adkins Howard. She is also preceded in death by her husband Corbett Howard. Mae is survived by two sons Robert Lee (Sue) Howard of West Liberty, Kentucky, Kenny Dean (Shirl) Howard of Salyersville, Kentucky, five daughters Barbara Kaye (Grant) Cantrell of Salyersville, Kentucky, Meridith Gaye Holbrook of Salyersville, Kentucky, Evella Faye (Charlie) Ratliff of Paintsville, Kentucky, Della Lynn (Bobby) Howard of Salyersville, Kentucky and Perscilla Howard of Lexington, Kentucky, two brothers Henry Howard of Salyersville, Kentucky and John L. Howard of Morgan Fork, Ohio, one sister Dessie Bailey of Salyersville, Kentucky, 11 grandchildren, one step grand child, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren also survives.

Besides her parents Mae is preceded in death by two brothers Kelly Howard and Jasper Howard, five sisters Carrie Howard, Druzie Montgomery, Lula Salyer, Junie Tackett and Hermalee Lemaster, one son in law Ray Holbrook and one daughter in law Lisa Howard.

Funeral services for Mae Howard will be conducted at 1 pm Friday, February 8, 2013 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Rocklick Cemetery at Coon Creek, Kentucky. Officiating will be Paul Brown and Merrill Adkins. Friends may call the funeral home after 6 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013 all day Thursday and anytime Friday prior to funeral services.


So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:54

I’ll meet you in the morning with a “How do you do,”
And we’ll sit down by the river,
And with rapture auld acquaintance renew.
You’ll know me in the morning,
By the smiles that I wear,
When I meet you in the morning
In that city that is built foursquare.

Hershell Dean Adkins
(October 12, 1947 – January 5, 2013)

Hershell Dean Adkins,age 65, of East River Road, West Liberty, Ky passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at his home after a illness.  He was born October 12,1947 in West Liberty, Ky son of the late William Henry & Dora Nickell Adkins. Besides his parents, one infant brother, Homer Adkins, sister, Ruie Adkins, brother-in-law ,Albert Jay Wingo, half-brother, James Adkins and four half-sisters, Jean Allen, Della Mae Long, Rosa Lee Adkins and Myrtle Adkins preceded him in death. Hershell accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savor and was a former Morgan County school bus driver and served in the U.S. Army. Hershell was a local farmer who enjoyed raising cattles and horses and driving his farming equipiment. Surviving is his loving family members four sisters, Honna & Ronnie Cole of Ezel, Ky. Ruby Wingo of West Liberty, Ky. Anna Mae & James Leach of Mt. Sterling, Ky. Ruth & Jim Waugh of Cecilia, Ky. One brother, Woodrow “Pete” & Kay Adkins of West Liberty, Ky. One half-sister, Ada Gray Montgomery of Salyersville, Ky. Special caregivers, Judy & Ben Elam. Host of nieces, nephews, family and friends to mourn his passing. Funeral service will be Tuesday, 1:PM, January 8,2013 at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel with Elder Roy Collett, Bro.Mike Lindon, Bro. Harry Flannery officiating. Burial in the Adkins Cemetery, West Liberty, Ky. Visitation 6;PM, Monday at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home, West Liberty, Ky.

Military graveside rites conducted by the Morgan County D.A.V.Chapter # 132. Honorary Pallbearers: Jack Elam, Stanley Franklin, Donnie Lykins, Kiser Elam. Active Pallbearers: Ronald Cole, Bruce Wingo, Steve Wingo, Terry Leach,Tom Leach, Tim Leach, David Waugh,Doug Waugh, Henry Adkins, Hager Adkins.


Life: It is about the gift not the package it comes in.  ~ Dennis P. Costea, Jr.

Lineage Note: Omitted from the obit was the loss of a second infant brother.

Week One of 2012 – how are you doing with any resolutions/goals?

I wasn’t really on board with a massive new diet plan … although I really needed to be. The one thing that I never thought I’d ever be was fat. Well now that I’m a size 12, it’s a reality. I’m practically living in my pajamas these days. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, when actually, lounging around in some comfy j’s for at least a good part of one day on the weekend this time of year will do your soul good. I just can’t make it a lifestyle.

My friend Jonna has started a new dieter/support group for her friends and she has drafted me to take part. I’m still a “maybe,” until I can be fully committed. I don’t like to do anything half way. I still love to cook and eat a little too much, but I’m sure I will be getting real serious here… real soon. Or tossing out last years shoes won’t be the only wardrobe changes I’ll be making.

I saw a column that said,” Shop for a brand new workout outfit. Even if you don’t workout, use it as an alternative to jeans and sweaters on the weekends. If you are committed to working out more in 2011, this will help keep you motivated. Add a fresh pair of sneakers for the gym and waterproof boots when you wear it as street-wear.” I took that one to heart. I was gifted pajama jeans for my birthday in October, and I love them. I recommend them to all my friends.

Well I probably own 15 workout outfits that I don’t ever put on. I used to do yoga three or more times a week. I loved it. I have no idea why, but I just stopped completely two years ago, and gifted all of our fitness equipment, so I may start a class, as soon as I can find one close to home. I need to set a realistic goal for myself and reach it.


Another was: I had told myself I was going to read the bible through again this year. It’s really a wonderful and rewarding experience. I’ve done it now, so many times, but it always seems new. I’m not a huge fan of some of the newer translations, but I still read them, just to gain a new perspective, but always go back to my KJV – to me it reads like poetry. That is a constant on my Resolution list – To read my bible more. I may never take that off. Reading is probably my only vice. So if I’m going to indulge, it may as well be in a really good book. I love my old Thompson Chain, but to be honest, with age, I can barely see the words anymore. I may need to get a copy for my eReader real soon; Pitiful.

That may be on my new Christmas Santa Baby list. I’m trying to keep my splurges to a minimum this year (not withstanding all of the birthday and Anniversary gifts), but I did want to add a few new things to the house. A new china pattern for one, it’s like junk food for a dish hound. (That only makes sense, if you are one). Okay, okay maybe have two vices.


I’ve been regretting a remodeling decision that I was talked out of a few years back by my husband and late brother-in-law. If decide to do something – trust me – I’ve gone over it in my mind a thousand times, I should have never let someone tell me that’s not what I should do (resale value – like I care). A home is the way you live in it, it may not make sense to others, but I live here and it’s what should have been done. I realize that more and more everyday. So my goal is to revisit my original house plan. I may be under some serious destruction here real soon. I’ll have to get back to you on that one.


Do you feel like your plan is solid & helpful? Have you had some rough spots already (it’s okay to admit it; anything worth doing is going to be challenging at times)? Tell us your successes &/or challenges, & get some moral support from the rest of us!

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. ~ Gladys Tabor, Still Cove Journal