MARCH OBITUARIES 2019

Emma Jean Blanton 

Emma Jean Blanton age 96 of Staffordsville, Ky went home to be with the Lord on March 2, 2019. Emma was born November 30, 1922 to Hoy and Minnie McKenzie Vanhoose in Johnson County, Ky.

          She is preceded in death by both of her parents Hoy and Minnie Mckenize Vanhoose of Johnson County, Ky ; husband Johnnie Blanton of Tutor Key, Ky; one son James Paul Blanton of Tutor Key, Ky; one Daughter Bonnie Sue Blanton Louisville, Ky; two brothers Hoy (Bug) Vanhoose Jr. of Florida and Harry Thomas Vanhoose of Tutor Key, Ky; three sisters Deloris Witten and Helen Francis Gray both of Paintsville, Ky and Ida Mae Grimm of Tutor, Key; one grand daughter Adrian Hope Murry of Meally, Ky.

She is Survived by two daughters Jonna (Jim Bob) Murry and Betty Lou Vanhoose both of Staffordsville, Ky. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, along with five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Visitation well be held here at the Paintsville Funeral Home on Monday March 4, 2019 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and on Tuesday March 5, 2019 from 9:00am – 9:00pm. Funeral service well be held on Wednesday March 6, 2019 in the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 with John Blanton and Freddy Salyer officiating. There will be visitation from 9:00am until time of service. Burial will follow at the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky.   Arrangements are under the directions of the Paintsville Funeral Home.   

Lowell Hill

Lowell Hill age 88 of Oil Springs, Ky passed away on March 20, 2019 at Pikeville Medical Center. Lowell was born on January 12, 1931 in Morgan County to Glen and Esta Williams Hill. Lowell proudly served in the United States Army and held the rank of Private. He joined the Army in October 29, 1951 where he served over-seas in Germany with 6th INF REGT. While he was over-seas Lowell was awarded Occupation Medal (Germany) National Defense Service medal. After serving 2 years in the service Lowell was discharged on October 14, 1953. After returning home from the Army he soon would meet the love of his life. Lowell and Belvenell meet each other at the Red Bush Church and soon started dating for almost 5 years. Then on January 26, 1957 they become husband and wife and spent 62 very wonderful years together. Lowell worked for Chrysler Motor Company for many of years. He was a Mechanic and retired from them on March 31, 1990. But his most proud achievement was leaving a testimony for the lord when he was saved at Mountain Manor while staying there for rehabilitation.

            Lowell is preceded in death by both of his parents Glen and Esta Williams Hill both of Morgan County. One son Frankie Hill of Oil Springs, Ky; two brothers James Allen Hill and Elwood Hill both of Morgan County.

He is survived by his loving wife Belvenell  Stapleton Hill of Oil Springs. Along with a host of nieces and nephews and a community of neighbors and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Paintsville Funeral Home on Friday March 22, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday March 23, 2019 in the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel start at 1:00pm with Tim Salyers officiating. There will be a Visitation from 9:00am until time of service on Saturday. Burial to follow at Paint Valley Memorial Garden in Relief, Ky.   Arrangements are under the directions of the Paintsville Funeral Home.         

Robert Michael Smothers

Harry B Estep

Harry B Estep age 77 formerly of Johnson county passed away at his home in Pataskala, Ohio on March 7, 2019. He was born on April 6, 1941 to John and Cova Cantrell Estep in Johnson County. 
He is preceded in death by both of his parents John and Cova Cantrell Estep; one daughter Sherry Saint John; one son Paul David Fraley and one brother Bryan Estep.
Harry is survived by his loving wife Brenda Mckenzie Estep; one son Duane Fraley; four daughters Sheila Graham Michelle (Jeremy) Talbott, Sonya (Dave) McCutcheon and Kimberly Bell; one daughter- in- law Shelly Fraley; three sisters Mary (Garrel) Williams; Catherine (Jessie) Salyers and Charlotte (Bill) Prater; ten grandchildren Kyle (Jackie) Talbott, JD Talbott, Billie (Lori) Graham, Todd Hempfield, Christi Durfee, Christian Fraley, Caden Fraley, Kimber Fraley, Brittany Stewart and David Fraley; nine great-grandchildren Morgan, Lydia, Emma, Carter, Kohan, Hudson, Elizabeth, Amisa and numerous nieces and nephews.
Harry was a truck driver for over half of his life and happily retired from Kroger’s after driving a truck for them for many of years. He also loved doing remolding work on houses. But his proudest achievement was leaving testimony for the Lord when he was saved on May 14, 2004. Harry was a faithful member of Reynoldsburg Free will Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Monday March 11, 2019 at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, KY from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral service will be Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 11:00am in the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Tim Salyer officiating. Burial will follow at Patty Flat Cemetery at Fuget, Ky. All arrangements are under the directions of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Robert (Bob) Michael Smothers, age 65 of Flat Gap, Ky passed away at his home Surrounded by his family on March 4, 2019.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents Toby and Nellie Stewart Smothers.

Bob is survived by his wife Janie Smothers of 34 years; a very close sister Mary Ann (Darrell) Belcher of  Mount Orab, Ohio; two daughters Kara Ann and Toby and Nella Grace Smothers both of Flat Gap, Ky; one honorary daughter Denise (Bob) Estep of Flat Gap; two sons Toby Michael and Dillion Michael Smothers of Flat Gap, Ky; four grandchildren, six nieces, seven nephews and numerus cousins.

Bob worked as a mechanical engineer for 45 years. He loved spending time with his children and watch them grow into beautiful young adults.

Bob was always there to help people and was loved by so many.

Visitation will be held at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel on March 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Funeral service will be same day starting at 12:00pm with Wes Conrotto officiating. There will be a celebration of life held immediately after the service at Mountain Community Fellowship Church at 219 Greentown Loop Paintsville, Ky.

In Lieu of Flowers the Family would Like donations be made to American Cancer Society for the search for a cure.