BILLY RAY AYERS

Billy Ray Ayers, age 85, of Middlesboro, KY, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Middlesboro A.R.H. He was born March 6, 1932 in Middlesboro to the late Sherman and Hazel Brooks Ayers.

Billy was an owner and operator of Bell Printing Company, a Deacon, Trustee, Song Leader, and Sunday School Teacher at Northside Baptist Church. He loved his church and church family dearly and dedicated much of his time to the church. In addition to his church ministries, Billy loved to sing, bowl, and play golf at Monte Vista where he was a lifetime charter member.

A Korean War Veteran, Billy was a Purple Heart recipient, and honored to serve his country as a true patriot.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters Evelyn Bradford, and Maxine “Mickey” Carter.

He is survived by the following members of his family, his loving wife of 64 years Jackie Ayers, son Jerry Ray Ayers, daughters Gilda (Tommy) Smith, and Teresa (Bill) Sifton, granddaughter/daughter Shannon Mullins, grandchildren Tonya Jones, Joshua Ayers, Christopher Bussell, Rebecca Yeary, and Cara Ayers, sister Louise Richmond, and brother TJ (Retha) Ayers.

And a host of very special great-grandchildren that he was very close to, nieces, nephews, friends, and family whom he loved very much.

Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Phelps presiding. Music will be provided by the Northside Baptist Church Choir, Wilma Jean and David Hensley, The Lighthouse Singers, and Randall Massengill.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Green Hills Memorial Gardens with full Military Honors.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Joshua Ayers, Christopher Bussell, Josh Yeary, and Shane Jones.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Leland Idol, Mike Idol, Paul Sowders, and Steve Fox.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com/

GLADYS “NAN” WARF

Gladys “Nan” Warf was born January 31st, 1936 and passed away Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

She was a lifelong resident of Lee County, VA and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rose Hill, VA. She dedicated 30 years of her life to the children of Ewing Elementary School.

Her passion for her grandchildren and great grandchildren was unmeasurable and she believed them to be her greatest accomplishment.

She was preceded in death by her: Parents: James and Edith Hammac. Loving husband of 33 years: Hubert Warf. Brothers: Lee Ray and Walter Hammac. Sister: Agnes Ayers.

She is survived by her: Son: Jerry (Kathy) Warf Daughters: Kim (James) Hatfield and Mindy Roberts. Grandchildren: Jonathon Warf, Jason (DeAnna) Warf, Nancy Hatfield, Chris Hatfield, Whittney (Jedidiah) Rowlett, Jordan Warf, Adam (Jessica) Williams, Cody Hatfield and Wesley Hatfield. Great Grandchildren: Michael Warf, Alex Warf, Taylor Rowlett, Nevaeh Warf, Teagan Rowlett and Beau Williams. Several nephews, nieces and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends Saturday, November 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Noe officiating.

Music will be provided by Jimmy Williams and Betty Y. Smith.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, November 26th at 10:00 AM in the Burchett Cemetery in Claiborne County, TN.

Pallbearers: Jonathon Warf, Jason Warf, Jordan Warf, Adam Williams, Cody Hatfield, Wesley Hatfield and Jedidiah Rowlett.

The family is very thankful for the loving care she received at Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements.

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WILLIAM ALLEN WATSON

William Allen Watson, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 17th, 2017, at the Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joseph (Elsie Jean Herd) Watson; his brother, Robert Charles Watson; his sister, Laura Agnes Watson Robertson; and his twin sons, William Clayton Watson and Walter Clinton Watson.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost sixty years, Frances Gwynn McNeel Watson; his daughters, Kitty Watson and Christina Watson; and his grandson, Erik.
William was a descendant of the Colson family, one of the original families in the greater Middlesboro area. He was a longtime member of the Middlesboro Rotary Club and was named Middlesboro’s first Poet Laureate. He loved nature and animals, and he often reminisced about hiking up to the Pinnacle with his friends and fishing on Fern Lake with his grandfather as a young boy. He played football in high school and college and was a lifelong fan of UK basketball.
William graduated from Middlesboro High School (1947), the College of William and Mary (1951) in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the University of Kentucky College of Law (1955), in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1951, he volunteered to become a United States Marine and served honorably as a Second Lieutenant in the Korean War, during which time he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and a Purple Heart. After the war, he became a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and worked in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Field Offices. He then became an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Kentucky, worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and eventually returned to Middlesboro to practice law privately until he retired in 2004.
From July 2017 until his passing, William resided at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. The family would like to thank all of the staff at the facility for their excellent, kind, and loving care.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro is entrusted with all arrangements.
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VICTORIA K. MONROE

Victoria K. Monroe, age 69, of Speedwell, Tennessee passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
She was born January 1, 1948 in Knoxville, Tennessee the daughter of the late James and Becky Griffin. She was saved at an early age. She retired from the University of Tennessee after 30+ years. Vickie was a faithful member of the Binghamtown Baptist Church where she served many meals with her Savory Sisters, sang in the Church Choir and signed to song. She served with love and a smile.
She loved working hand in hand with her husband Gerald, gardening, canning, mowing and farming. She was his best friend, working partner, help mate and best wife any man could ask for.
Vickie is survived by her Husband Gerald Monroe, Brother James and Donna Griffin, Sister Carol Griffin McCarty, Special Aunt Bobbie Barnes, Step-Son Scott Monroe, Step-Grandson Silas Monroe and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Binghamtown Baptist Church.
Funeral Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, at the Binghamtown Baptist Church with Minister Mr. Dustin Reed and Dr. William Boyd Bingham officiating. Music will be provided by the Binghamtown Baptist Church Choir.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Asbury Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee. Pallbearers will be Red Griggs, Chuck Marsee, James Dunn, Orville Lawson, Bill Collins, Ken Flowers, Orban Amix, Ronnie McDowell, Emory Chamberlain and Brennan Chamberlain.
The family request that in lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions be made in Vickie’s honor to the Gateway Christian School Scholarship fund at 1 Gateway Drive, Middlesboro, Kentucky.
Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements.
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RUBY ELLIOT LEE

Ruby Elliot Lee, age 75, formerly of Ferndale, KY, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 5, 2017. She was born March 5, 1942 to the late Ewing and Nancy Nichols.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Bonnie Sue Elliott, and two brothers Ben Nichols, and Paul Nichols.

She is survived by the following members of her family, two loving daughters that love and miss her dearly, Louise Elliott of Middlesboro, KY, and Loretta (James) Slone of Tazewell, TN.,three brothers Otto Miracle, Johnny (Marsha) Miracle of Pineville, KY, and Ewing Nichols of Corbin, KY., six grandchildren Richard “Teddy Bear” Hoskins, Kevin Simpson, Tiffany (Brandon) Baker, James Slone Jr., Josh Slone, and Mellisa Johnson, six great-grandchildren Haileigh Hoskins, Jaden Slone, Kara and Kenze Simpson, Riley Bowling, and Blake and Ryleigh Baker.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Van Johnson.

Interment will follow in the Ferndale Community Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com

CALVIN JOHN ALBARICO

Calvin John Albarico, 21 of Middlesboro, Kentucky passed away November 1, 2017. He was born March 18, 1996.

He is survived by the following members of his family, Parents: Paul and Jeanet Miracle, 3 sisters: Jheann Albarico, McKenzie Miracle and Autumn Miracle, And a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, other Relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ray Collett presiding.

All Interment services will be private.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com