Phyllis Simpson

Phyllis Ann Pennington Simpson, 90, of Louisa, died Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Riverview Medical Center in Prestonsburg. She was born on June 2, 1929, in Ashland, to the late Charles Roman Pennington and Louise Gosney Pennington.

Mrs. Simpson was retired from Humana Hospital Louisa where she was the laboratory manager. She was a graduate of Ashland High School in Ashland. She received her undergraduate degree from Berea College and her master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. She was a dedicated and long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, Louisa, where she was active in the United Methodist Women and attended the Wesley Guild Sunday School Class.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Louise Chapter 292 (past Worthy Matron). She was a life member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Phyllis was a gifted sewer, an avid reader and selfless and supportive wife and mother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death in 2012 by her husband of 60 years Robert Kenneth Simpson; a sister, Mary Louise Pennington Mason and a brother, Charles Roman Pennington, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters: Robin Simpson Smith (Thomas) of Prestonsburg; Rhonda Simpson Wilson (Jeffrey) of Spartanburg, South Carolina; four grandchildren: Robert Christian Smith, Emma Kathleen Smith, Hailey Wilson Barrow (Spencer) and Julia Frances Wilson; her “Brother Bob,” Clarence Robert Pennington and sister-in-law Carolyn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial was held in the Vaughn Family Cemetery in Louisa, the Reverend Leigh Ann Maynard officiating.  A celebration of her life with family and friends will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to First United Methodist Church in Louisa.

Young Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Mrs. Simpson and her family.

This is a paid obituary.

Elden “Puff”

Stevens

Elden “Puff” Stevens, 62, of Pikeville, died Saturday April 11, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19, at Pikeville Medical Center.

Elden was born in Pikeville, May 7, 1957, to the late Arthur and Virginia Gibson Stevens.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Juanita Baker, Hursell “Beaver” Stevens, Howard Stevens, Douglas Stevens, Melvin Stevens, Edgil Stevens, Lillian Kendrick, Ossie Johnson; five infants and a special friend, Roger Green.

Elden grew up on Island Creek in Pikeville. Elden had worked for Roger Green since the age of 16, who was a mentor and a father-like figure to him. They explored many business opportunities together, their last adventure led to opening Rogers Gun and Pawn Shop and purchasing the Betsy Layne Dairy Bar. Upon Rogers death he continued to work with Rogers’ son, David Green, who  was very special to him. David was like a son he never had.

If you wanted a hotdog, you had to go to the dairy bar. Elden loved hanging out at the pawn shop with “The Good Ole Boys.” They were special friends to him.

Elden was of the Baptist Faith. For eight years he attended church at Calvary Baptist at Betsy Layne. He loved going to church with his family. He was proud to take his grandson, Gage, to learn about Jesus

Elden is survived by his wife, Debra Ratliff Stevens; one daughter, Alyssa Stevens; one grandson, Gage Aden Lee Stevens.

Gage was his papaw’s boy, Elden’s eyes lit up when he said his name. He is also survived by two sisters: Violet (Kenny) Mullins of Belcher, and Mary Kent of Pike-ville; three sisters-in-law: Mary Lois Stevens of Sidney, Helen Stevens, of Columbus, Ohio, and Sherri Stevens of Pike-ville; two brothers-in-law: Sam Baker of Minford, Ohio, and John Johnson of Pikeville; and a host of niece, nephews and friends.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 virus, no traditional funeral service will be held at this time.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church of Betsy Layne.

Arrangements are under the direction of J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home of Pikeville.

This obituary is published as a courtesy of the Floyd County Chronicle and Times.

Katie Lynn

Boyd

Katie Lynn Boyd, 62, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, April 4, 2020.

The funeral was private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Raymond

Griffith, Jr.

Raymond Griffith, Jr., 73, of St. Augustine, Fla., died Monday, April 6, 2020.

The funeral was private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin.

Tammy Lynn

Griffith

Tammy Lynn Griffith, 42, of Sitka, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The funeral was private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Mary Lou

Heater

Mary Lou Heater, 76, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The funeral was private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Mary Kidd

Mary “Button” Kidd, 67, of Grethel, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The funeral was private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Sheila Ann

Newsome

Sheila Ann Newsome, 49, of Grethel, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Funeral services were private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin.

Kevin Lee Slone

Kevin Lee Slone, 49, of Martin, died Wednesday, April 9, 2020.

The funeral was private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Michael Joseph Tackett

Michael Joseph Tackett, 40, of McDowell, died Friday, April 10, 2020.

Funeral services were private, per restrictions imposed because of COVID-19.

Burial will follow in Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

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