Published 10:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Reuben Higgins

March 10, 1952 — June 1, 2016

Reuben Brent Higgins, born March 10, 1952, of Morehead, Kentucky, originally of Coal Grove, died suddenly June 1, 2016, a Wednesday evening, while vacationing on the Cape Hatteras Island in Outer Banks, North Carolina. He was the husband of Jenny (Cornett) Higgins and the son of the late Reuben Loftus and Eileen Rust Higgins of Coal Grove.

Brent was surrounded by family when he left his earthly body to meet his Lord, after having spent a very happy and relaxing day at the beach with his loving family. He was a graduate of Morehead State University and Dawson-Bryant High School and a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Coal Grove. He enjoyed a successful sales career in the trucking industry and he loved duck and goose hunting on native Canadian wetlands, golfing on some of America’s most beautiful greens, fishing off the coast of Alaska for King Salmon and giant catfish from the Ohio River back in the day.

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He also took in many NASCAR races, and while he was a lifelong Buckeye fan, he always wore “BLUE” when his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats played- each time assembling all of his UK fan gear around the television for good luck mojo. He had a beautiful singing voice and loved early and classic rock and roll, as well as classic country music. Above all, Brent enjoyed time with his precious grandsons and family, that he considered his treasures.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jenny Higgins, whom he adored and wed on May 11, 1973. Brent is also survived by one daughter, Karly Dawn (Jesse) Milner, of Morehead, Kentucky; one son, Reuben Andrew “Andy” Higgins, of Ashland; two grandsons, Lukas Reynolds and Eliot Reynolds, of Morehead, Kentucky; one sister, Linda Sue (Tom) McKnight, of Coal Grove; and one brother, Gregory Allen (Carolyn) Higgins, of Marietta, Georgia; special nephew Kyle McKnight, of Coal Grove; and his adoring nieces, Tomilynn Blankenship, Shelli Bauer and Stacy Tremmel; nephews, Chris Higgins, Tim Cornett, Daniel Cornett and Caleb Cornett and Jim Carey; and brothers-in-law Sam (YonChi) Cornett and Jim (Janie) Cornett. Many friends and family affectionately called him “B.B.,” a lifelong nickname coined by his siblings when at his birth they had written to their Mother at the hospital that they had “named” the baby “Billy Brent.”

He was preceded in death by his beautiful parents, and an infant brother, Michael Allen Higgins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lewis-Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, with pastor Aaron Mansfield officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodland Cemetery in Ironton. Pallbearers are Andy Higgins, Lukas Reynolds, Eliot Reynolds, Jesse Milner, Kyle McKnight and Chase McKnight. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Cornett, Daniel Cornett and Caleb Cornett. Visitation will be 5 p.m. for family and 6 p.m. for public on Wednesday at Lewis-Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook.


Norman Carrico

Aug. 28, 1927 — June 3, 2016

Norman G. Carrico, 88, of Kitts Hill, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Lawrence County native was born Aug. 28, 1927, the son of the late Rev. Orville Carrico and Hazel Pemberton Carrico. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Roach Carrico, who passed away in 1981.

Mr. Carrico owned and operated a tire shop and was an employee of a local plant. He was also a minister and pastored at several churches. Norman was non-denominational and was ordained under the United Brethen Church.

He is survived by one son, Larry Carrico, of Kitts Hill.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Glenn Carmon officiating. Burial will follow in Bald Knob Cemetery and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Jim Wagoner

Jim Wagoner, 63, of Proctorville, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington. He is survived by his wife, Donna Wagoner. There will be no services. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Ebalene Pennington

Ebalene Pennington, 69, of South Point, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home.


George Freeman

George E. Freeman, 72, of South Point, husband of Carol Freeman, died Monday, June 6, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Ironton. Arrangements are pending at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point.