Obituaries — 10/28/12

Published 12:38 am Sunday, October 28, 2012

Billy Clark

Billy Joe Clark, 64, of South Point, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Prestonsburg, Ky., native was born July 1, 1948, the son of Helen Powers Clark of Ironton and the late James R. Clark. He was a 1966 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the VFW Post 8850 and a foreman for Armco Steel, retiring in 1988. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Monroe Clark and Bobby Clark; and his two special pets, Booger and Dale. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his former wife, Lena Blevins Clark of Coal Grove; two daughters, Julie Clark of Ironton and Christina Bowen of Wheelersburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Dianna Clark of Kankakee, Ill.; three brothers, Terry and Liz Clark of Ironton, Timmy and Melinda Clark of Russell, Ky., and Jeff “Bub” Clark of Ironton; four sisters, Brenda and Jack Hale of South Point, Wanda and Jeff Harmon of Coal Grove, Sharon and Rock Massie of Kitts Hill, and Cathy and Roy Slone of Franklin Furnace; a sister-in-law, Lynn Clark of South Point; nine grandchildren, Danny Clark of Ironton, Kyle Bowen of Proctorville, Savannah Bowen of South Point, Narisha Remy of Ironton, Jordan Bowen of Wheelersburg, Hannah Remy of Ironton, Blake Bowen of Scottown, Taylor Clark, and Emily Clark both of Kankakee; and four great-grandchildren, Madden Clark and Hayden Clark, both of South Point, and Kylen Bowen and Brihanna Jenkins both of Proctorville and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Hayes-Phillips Funeral Home with Brother Rock Massie officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850. Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Joey Clark, Danny Clark, Kyle Bowen, Jordan Bowen, Blake Bowen, Timmy Clark and Terry Clark. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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 James Lemaster

James H. “Jim” Lemaster, 74, of Coal Grove, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky. He was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Catlettsburg, Ky., the son of the late Raymond and Maude Spriggs Lemaster. He was the founder and owner of Giovanni’s Restaurants, a member of the Western Sun Masonic Lodge No. 0091 in Wheelersburg, attended the First Baptist Church in Estero, Fla., and was a peacetime Army veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Lemaster, Vernon Lemaster and Gerald Lemaster. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Grant Lemaster of Coal Grove; one daughter, Vicky Barrett and her husband Rick of Coal Grove; one son, Tom Lemaster and his wife Karen of Coal Grove; two sisters, Betty Sue Wright of Hiliard, and Helen Percell of Wheelersburg; one brother, Eugene Lemaster of Harrow, Canada; two grandchildren, T.J. Barrett and Trevor Barrett; two step-grandchildren, Zach Barret and Zach Gebhardt; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Beals officiating. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be T. J. Barrett, Trevor Barett, Gary Salyer, John Suitor, Rick Barrett and Dave Grant. Honorary pallbearers will be Doliver Stevenson, Ralph Oursler and Sam Triplett. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice at 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101 or The American Cancer Society at 4338 13th Street Ashland, KY 41101.


Burnie Watson

Burnie O. Watson, 90, of Crown City, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, by Pastor Charles Turley. Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller. Proctorville V.F.W. Post 6878 will conduct military graveside rites. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at