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Jackie Akers

Jackie Dean Akers, 67, of Hazard, died Sunday, December 6, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in Pikeville, December 12, 1952, the son of the late Sterling Akers and the late Dora Fields Akers.  He loved spending time with his family and his U.K. Wildcats, and by occupation was a retired truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jack Akers; and Brother, Mike Akers. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Akers of Hazard; son, Caden Minks of Hazard; sister, Belinda Walker (Carl) of Tenn.; special daughter-in-law, Brittany Akers; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A private service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Lorna Combs

Lorna “Granny Jean” Combs, 62, of Hazard, died Saturday, December 5, 2020 at her residence.

A private service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com

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Thomas Cornett

Thomas James Cornett, 47, of Hazard, died Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in Hazard, April 4, 1973, the son of Thomas James “Top Cat” Cornett Sr. and Rosa Noble (Jimmy).

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Cewanda Pittard, Charmaine Gibson; two brothers, Jeffery Cedric Thomas, Timothy Pittard; and a loving host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A private service was held. Burial followed in the Resthaven Cemetery, Jeff. Arrangements were under the direction of Maggard’s Mtn. View Chapel of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.maggardfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Robert Duff

Mr. Robert “Bobby” Royse Duff, 77, died Monday, December 7, 2020.

He was born in Anson, Texas, September 20, 1943, the son of the late Dr. Julius Caesar Duff and Catherine Elizabeth Duff. He attended Anson High School in Jones County where he was an honor in band and a string quartet. He studied business, marketing and art at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas graduating in 1966. He served as Lieutenant JG in the Navy from 1967 to 1971 and was deployed with the SEABEES (Construction Battalion) in the Vietnam War. After returning home from Vietnam he worked at Dr. Williams clinic and Faulkner’s Garage. He retired after working for Don and David Duff at the Pine Branch Coal Co. in Chavies from 1974 to 1996.

Growing up in Anson, he enjoyed spending time at Lou Dobbins house, playing music, and performing tap dance routines with his brother. In Kentucky, he was pleased to spend time at the VA with friends. He loved working in his garden and sharing his passion for growing vegetables.
He will forever be cherished and remembered in the lives of his friends and family; brother, Dr. Jim and Lupina Duff; nieces and nephews, Laura and Kirk Wade, Shawna and Brian Hutcherson, Jason and Ashlee Duff; great nieces and nephews, Sam, Jase, Hayes, Max, Grant, Halle, Hudson, Caroline, Knox, Jude, Avyn; and a host of devoted and loving cousins.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements were under the direction of Maggard’s Mtn. View Chapel of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.maggardfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Astor Eversole

Astor Eversole, 82, of Busy, died Friday, December 4, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in Busy, July 5, 1938, the son of the late Roy Eversole and the late Rhoda Campbell Eversole. He was a United States Army Veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Colwell Eversole; brother, Raymond Eversole; and one sister, Magalee Eversole.

He is survived by one son, Carl Eversole of Busy; loving daughter-in-law, Pearlie “Cis” Eversole; daughter, Deborah Lynn Malinak (Bernard) of Big Creek; two sisters, Irene Eversole Lindsey (Carl) of Busy, Susie Lindsay of Busy; four grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Raymond Fields Jr.

Raymond Arhilis Fields Jr., 79, of Louisiana, died Friday, December 4, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center.

He was born in Bulan, March 2, 1941, the son of the late Raymond A. Fields Sr. and Arbutus Farley Fields He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He received a Master's Degree from the University of Kentucky where he assisted in cardiovascular research studies, and became a devoted Kentucky Wildcats fan. Raymond worked for Union Carbide as a chemical engineer until his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William "Bill" Fields.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dorothy Ann Forehand Fields; sons, Raymond A. Fields, III (Tracy) and Thomas Fields (Shannon); step daughters, Elizabeth Mahlie (David), Nicole Derosier, and Christina Derosier Billings; grandchildren, Maeghan Jacob (Brendan), Madison Fields, Grace Fields, Emily Wilkerson (David), Gavin Mahlie (Karlie), Savannah Cruz, Allison Cruz, and Paul Billings; great granddaughters, Ella Wilkerson, Demi Mahlie and Eliot Jacob; brother, Tommy Fields (Laurie); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home of Hammond, LA.

The guestbook may be signed at www.harrymckneely.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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Veronica French

Veronica Ann French, 70, of Hazard, died Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Hazard ARH.

She was born in Lothair, October 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Grant Combs II and the late Nancy Holland Combs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly Beth French; five brothers, Jerry, Bruce, Glenn Ray, Paul David and Grant Combs; nephew, Bruce Glenn Cuddy; two nieces, Veronica Marie Cuddy and Carol Ann Combs; sister-in-law, Christine Combs.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Danny French of Hazard; son, Danny Bruce French (Susan) of Hazard; daughter, Nancy Danielle Lewis (Carl Steven) of Busy; two brothers, Raymond Combs of Lothair, Colburn Combs (Delcie) of Lothair; sister, Donna Cuddy (Terry) of Lexington; nine grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Henry Gross

Henry Lee Gross, 70, of Combs, died Monday, December 7, 2020, at his residence.

He was born March 12, 1950, the son of the late Adrian Gross and the late Chaney Lou Johnson Lockwood. He was a retired fork lift driver for Pepsi Cola Company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Maryetta Burton.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Gross; two daughters, Tina Smith (Kenny) of Combs, Lou Ann Blair (Rodney) of Combs; two sisters, Nancy Taylor (Ollis) of Combs, Lou Ella Burton, of Lothair; two brothers, William Timothy Gross (Bette) of Lotts Creek, Adrian Gross Jr. of Combs; three grandchildren, Kevin Smith, Amanda Blair and Rae Ann Blair; and a host of family and friends.

A private family service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Maggard’s Mtn. View Chapel of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.maggardfuneralhomes.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Susie Henson

Susie Mary Campbell Henson, 82, of Hazard, died Friday, December 4, 2020 at Hazard Health & Rehabilitation Center.

A private service was held. Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com

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Jonathan Pickow

Jonathan Pickow, 62, of Viper, died Sunday, December 6, 2020

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1958 the son of photographer George Pickow and Appalachian folksinger Jean Ritchie. He lived most of his life in Port Washington, New York, and recently moved to Viper, where his mother was born and raised.

Jon was preceded in death by both his parents and is survived by his brother, Peter, of Sherman, Connecticut. Many loving cousins and friends across the country also cherish his memory. Jon began his singing career at a very early age, appearing with his mother at concerts and folk festivals throughout the country, including the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Mariposa Festival in Toronto, and Carnegie Hall. In later years, Jon also produced and performed on many of her albums, singing and playing the banjo and mountain dulcimer. As a young man, Jon sang tenor on tour with Harry Belafonte, the Robert DeCormier Singers, the Gregg Smith Singers, and the Norman Luboff Choir. He was also a member of the Düsing Singers for several decades and contributed several arrangements to the group’s repertoire. Jon enjoyed teaching at the Swannanoa Gathering, Kentucky Music Week, and Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College. In 2016, Jon was honored to present the Second Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture at the National University of Ireland at Galway. Most recently, Jon was a featured performer at the Great American Dulcimer Festival and Kentucky Music Weekend. For many years, Jon assisted Oscar Brand in the production of his weekly radio program Folksong Festival for WNYC. Jon also played and sang on Mr. Brand’s CDs and radio shows—and appeared in his staged productions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Jon will always be remembered for his fine tenor voice and lively banjo and dulcimer playing. He loved to share music of all styles, from classical to contemporary, but most especially the traditional music of his Kentucky mountain family. Kind and generous, Jonny also had a famous sense of humor—and a wonderful talent for making people smile.

No services will be held at this time. A small private family gathering was held in the Hall Cemetery, Viper, where he was laid to rest beside his dear mother and father. Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you send a donation in Jon’s memory to: Appalachian Artisan Center, P.O. Box 833, Hindman, KY 41822

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com

This is a paid obituary.

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Lloyd Trent

Lloyd Trent, 85, of Happy, died Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Hazard ARH.

Arrangements were under the direction of Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard.

The guestbook may be signed at www.englebowlingfuneralhome.com.

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