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Mary Farmer, age 92, of Cawood, KY passed away March 4, 2015 at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 3, 1923 in Harlan County to the late Lloyd and Charity Hensley Fowler. She was a retired cook from the Harlan ARH and believed in the Church of God faith.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Farmer, brothers, Clarence, Beckham and William Fowler and sisters Dorothy Hatcher and Elizabeth Johnson.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Sarah Joanna (Roland) Black of New Carlisle, OH, Charity Arnetta (Avery) Lawson of Wallins, and Kay Bargo of Cawood, KY, brothers, Edward Fowler of Ohio and Ike Fowler of Michigan, 7 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 7 from 5 to 8PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.
Funeral will be Sunday, March 8 at 1PM at the Cawood Church of God with Rev. John Carter officiating. Burial will be at the Farmer Cemetery, Cranks, KY with grandchildren serving as pallbearers.
Charles W. “Charlie” Wattenberger, age 82, passed away March 3, 2015 at the Harlan ARH. He was born December 8, 1932 at Crummies, KY to the late Carson and Ollie Irvin Wattenberger. Charlie was the former mayor of Loyall, KY as well as a City Council Member and was a 1952 graduate of Hall High School. He was a finance officer with several local financial firms. Charlie was a veteran of the Korean War and was a Kentucky Colonel. Charlie was a member of many organizations including Shriners, Howard Lodge 819 F&AM, Harlan Council No. 91 Royal and Select Master, Duffield Commander No. 42 Knights of the Templar, and Harlan Chapter 165 Arch Mason. He was a member of the Sunny Acres Church of God.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter Teresa Wattenberger Stewart, son-in-law, Jack Stewart, two brothers, sisters, Georgia Hansel, Ruby Watkins, and Jamaica Brooks.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Teddie Turner Wattenberger of Loyall, KY, Charles Wattenberger, Jr. of Rosspoint, KY, grandsons, Dustin Wattenberger of Richmond, KY and Cory Wattenberger of Harlan, KY, sisters, Mary Smith of Lexington, KY, Elsie Kirby of Florence, KY, sister-in-law, Maisie (Delmar) Napier of Hamilton, OH and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 7 from 12:30 to 2PM at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.
Funeral will follow at 2PM at the chapel of Mount Pleasant with Reverends Jim Blair and Lonnie Napier officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery with Masonic Rites being performed. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass-Mountain Heritage, PO Box 198, Harlan, KY 40831 or the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.
Lawrence Powell, 80 of Ages, was born on Saturday, July 7, 1934 at Cawood, KY and died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a US Army Veteran and believed in the Baptist Faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Otis Powell and Nancy Shackleford Powell; also his wife, Emma Lou Powell.
He is survived by: his children, Lawrence Powell JR of Ages; Teresa and husband, Ray Grimes of Jacksonville, Florida and Dustin and wife, Rebecca Powell of London, KY; his brother and sister Ernest Powell of Emmitt, Michigan and Vina Turner of New Lexington, Ohio. Also three grandchildren, Gregory Lee Blevins, Emma Grace Powell and Eric Powell; and one great-granddaughter, Celina Mitchell.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 12noon in the Chapel of Henson & Rich Funeral Home with Rev. John Luttrell officiating. Burial will follow at ResthavenCemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Saturday from 10AM until the funeral hour.
Margaret Dees (Metcalfe) Helton, age 89, of Baxter passed peacefully into her eternal resting place on March 4, 2015 surrounded by family. For the past several years, Margaret fought the increasing limitations of advanced age with bravery and good humor. Born October, 19, 1925, in Knoxville, TN with the given name of “Tennessee Pearl”, this was later changed to Margaret Ann. She was the third child of George Dees and Elizabeth Dees Pillion.
Margaret was a 1944 graduate of Harlan High School, where she earned the honor of the highest ranking female in her class. During the Graduation Ceremony she presented a speech entitled “The Future of Women in Business.” This theme continued throughout her life as she was involved in the founding of several local businesses, including Baxter Transfer and Southern Wholesale, which is continuing into its 3rd generation. Margaret chose to raise her family in Loyall, Kentucky where she was a devoted mother of three and business woman. All her life, Margaret had an unwavering belief in the ideals and attitudes of her generation, which started during the Great Depression and carried thru the World War II Era. She always demonstrated resourcefulness and valued her family above all.
Margaret was an avid reader and dog lover. She taught her family how to live with pride, integrity, and optimism and how to die with dignity and courage. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were blessed to have had her for so many years, and will remember her as the matriarch of family tradition and history, as well as for her enthusiasm, gentle guidance, and wise council. Her loving spirit will always be remembered.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her dearly beloved son, Warren Michael Metcalfe; cherished grandson, Jason Nicholas Cupp; and devoted husband, Fred Helton.
Survivors include her two daughters, Joy (Gary) Cupp of Waynesville, NC; and Kathy (Chuck) Bianchi of Baxter, KY; special nephew, William S. (Myra) Hensley of Wears Valley, TN; five grandchildren, Brian Eric (Jennifer) Cupp of Aurora, CO; Aimee Elisabeth (Allen) Blanton of Harlan; Richard Matthew (Michelle) Fox of Baxter; Allison Noelle (Scott) Gilbert of Oneida, TN; and Charles Michael Lewis Bianchi of Charleston, SC; as well as eight great-grandchildren, Maize Cupp, Maggie and Gracie Shelton, Makayla Fox, along with Katelyn, Nicholas, Benjamin, and Wesley Gilbert. Also left to mourn are four step-children, Larry Helton of Oregon, Daniel Helton of Michigan, Sally Fuentes of Oregon, Robert Helton of Michigan; and “Mimi’s Girls”: Teresa Brock, Wilma Brock, Carla McKendrick, Becky Rife, Shirley Trammel, Donna Perry, Donna Guthrie, and Judy Ditty Morris.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 6, 2015, from 12:00 until 1:30 pm with the funeral service beginning at 1:30 pm in the Chapel of the Loyall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Cemetery with grandsons and nephews will serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harlan Humane Society or the Bell County Friends of the Shelter.
Eldes Brown Jr.
Eldes Lee Brown, Jr. 55, of Russell Springs, KY, formerly of Harlan County, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Russell County Hospital. Born December 27, 1959 in Harlan County, he worked as a coal miner for 22 years and believed in the Nazarene faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eldes Lee Brown, Sr.
Eldes is survived by his wife Julia Annette Brown, Russell Springs, KY; his mother, Flora Mae Pierce Brown, Pensacola, FL; two sons, Christopher Brown, Harlan; and Dustin Brown, Russell Springs, KY; three sisters, Flo Soloe and Dovie Soloe, both of Florida, and Gail Chafin, Tennessee. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Brandon Brown, Christopher Brown, Matthew Brown, Jacob Brown and Jayce Brown.
Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the chapel of the Loyall Funeral Home with funeral services starting at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Kreigh Hurst officiating.