In Memoriam
1998

Damon Auxier

Damon Auxier, age 82, of Pinsonfork, Kentucky, died Monday, September 20, 1999 in the Williamson Memorial Hospital at Williamson, West Virginia. Services were held on Thursday, September 23, 1999 at the Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky with ministers Gerria Reynolds and Dennis Hinkle officiating. His grandson were his pallbearers. Burial was in the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Kentucky.

He was born November 22, 1916 at Merrimac, West Virginia the son of the late Andrew Auxier and Cora Staten. He was the grandson of Amanuel Auxier and the great grandson of John Auxier and Sarahann Murphy.

Damon was a coal miner and retired from the Eastern Coal Company. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a volunteer fireman for the Upper Pond Creek Fire Department. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Anna Auxier Harlow, and his son Damon Auxier Jr. Survivors include his wife, daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


Opal Wells Derrosett

Opal  Derossett, age 90, died Friday, November 12, 1999 at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio. Funeral services were held Monday, November 15 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Dick VanHoose officiating. Burial was in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery at Auxier, Kentucky.

She was born Opal Janette Wells in Floyd County, Kentucky on April 13, 1909, the daughter of Winfield Wells and Sally Burchett Wells. She was the granddaughter of Allen Scott Wells and Susan Angeline Collins, the great granddaughter of George Wells and Elizabeth Delong and the 2nd great granddaughter of George Delong and Mary Barbary Auxier.

Surviving are her husband, Fred Derossett, two sons and one daughter, two brothers and ten grandchildren.


Sarah Auxier

Sarah Stapleton Auxier, age 89, died at her  home in Hager Hill, Kentucky, on November 11, 1999. Funeral services were held Sunday, November 14, 1999 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Blair and Hubert Slone officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Stapleton Branch, Hager Hill , Kentucky.

She was born on January 10, 1910 in Johnson County, Kentucky, the daughter of Ashland Stapleton and Virgie McKenzie Stapleton. On July 26, 1926, she married Richard Herford "Dick" Auxier. Richard was the son of Tobe Auxier, the grandson of  Joseph Decab Auxier and the great grandson of Enoch Auxier. Dick and Sarah Stapleton Auxier were the parents of fourteen children.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband in 1972 and three sons, Billy Auxier, Ray Junior Auxier and Clarence Auxier.

She is survived by six sons, four daughters, one brother, two sisters, 45 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren


Elizabeth Delong

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 12, 1999 for Elizabeth Delong, age 98, who died Monday, November 8, 1999 at Ohio Pythian Sister Home in Medina, Ohio. Services were held at the Trace Fork United Baptist Church at Tomahawk, Kentucky. Interment followed at the Boyd Cemetery at Tomahawk. Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth was born in Johnson County, Kentucky on January 17, 1901, the daughter of John C. Mollett and Etta Mae Hite Mollett. She was married to Emery Jackson Delong Jr. in Johnson County, Kentucky on April 12, 1917. Emery was the son of Emery Jackson Delong and California Boyd. He was the grandson of Elijah Milton Delong and Mary Brown, the 2nd great grandson of George Delong and Mary Barbary Auxier and the 2nd great grandson of James Wallace Brown and Nancy Auxier.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Emery, and a daughter, Audrey. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, two sisters, and nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.


Mabel Auxier

Mabel Cordelia Hope Auxier passed away peacefully on October 23, 1999 at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Memorial services were held on November 12, 1999 at the Unitarian Church in Vancouver.

She was born on December 27, 1913, the daughter of pioneer Charles Vincent Hope. She married Ralph Field Auxier in 1939. He preceded her in death on October 13, 1958.

Mabel is survived by three children and five grandchildren. Her generous, wise and loving spirit will be missed by her many friends.


Marvin Auxier

Marvin R. Auxier, age 59, died October 22, 1999, at his residence in Randolph County, West Virginia. Services were held on October 24, 1999 at the Hope Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Marvin, a native of Randolph County, was the son of Everette Auxier and Bessie Bennett Auxier. He was a retired bus driver with Duke Power Company and a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, four sisters, a brother and one grandchild.


Mildred Auxier Cummings

Mildred Marie Cummings, age 67, of Perrysburg, Ohio died on Tuesday, September 14, 1999 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Services were held on Saturday, September 18, 1999 in the chapel at Butler County Memorial Park at Hamilton, Ohio.

Mildred owned and operated a dry cleaning business in Hamilton, Ohio and was most recently employed with the Pease Door Company as head cook. She was a member of the First Baptist church of Perrysburg, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard F. Cummings, three sons, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was born in Clendenin, West Virginia on December 20, 1931, the daughter of Troy Auxier and Myrtle Atkins. She was the granddaughter of Henry Jasper Auxier and Minta Strickland, the great granddaughter of Adam Bush Auxier and Nancy Estep and the 2nd great granddaughter of James Auxier and Susannah Bush.


Harry Douglas Delong

Harry Delong, age 56, died on September 3, 1999 as a result of an accident at a Martin County, KY coal preparation plant. The safety railing in the area where he was working collapsed and he fell to his death. Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 5, 1999. Burial followed at the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Kentucky.

Harry is survived by his wife, one son, two daughters, four brothers, three sisters, and six grandchildren.

He was born on April 30, 1943, the son of Ted Delong and Evelyn Music and the grandson of Bill T. Delong and Emma Hyden. He is the 2nd great grandson of George Delong II and Mary Barbary Auxier and the 2nd great grandson of Samuel Hannah and Amelia Frances Auxier.


Clayton Auxier

On September 9, 1999, services for Clayton Eugene Auxier, age 56,  were held at Buell Chapel in Springfield, Oregon. Clayton, a resident of Springfield since 1954, died on August 31, 1999. He graduated from Springfield High School and served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed watching sporting events and old movies on television.

Clayton was born on March 24, 1943 in Prescott Arizona, the son of Clyde Auxier and Hazel Wake. He was the grandson of Norman Collins Auxier, the great grandson of James Madison Auxier and the 2nd great grandson of Benjamin Auxier and Elizabeth Standifer of Illinois. His 3rd great grandfather was Abraham Auxier who settled in White County, Illinois in the early 1800's.


William Mayo

William Russell Mayo, age 82, died at his residence in Louisa, Kentucky on August 4, 1999. Masonic rites were conducted August 5, 1999 at Wilson Funeral Home at Louisa. Burial was in the Harmon Cemetery.

He was a retired pressman, a veteran, a member of Apperson Lodge 195 F&AM, and a member of American Legion Post 93.

He was born June 1, 1917 in Ceredo, West Virginia, the son of William and Edna Plymale Mayo. He was the grandson of Anthony Wayne Plymale and Lucinda Wilcox, the great grandson of Andrew Jackson Wilcox and Angeline Lemaster, the 2nd great grandson of James Wilcox and Carolina Auxier and the 3rd great grandson of Nathaniel Auxier and Constance Beck.

He is survived by his wife Amy Moore Mayo; one daughter; one son; and four grandchildren.


Fletis Auxier

Fletis Auxier, age 74, a resident of Springdale, Ohio, died July 17, 1999. Service were held on July 20, 1999 at the Maple Knoll Village Chapel. Arrangements were by the Vorhis Funeral Home.

She was born, Fletis Vonilla Morton on February 19, 1925, in Glen Farris, West Virginia. On December 4, 1954 she married Charles Stewart "Bud"  Auxier.  He is the son of Julian Auxier and the grandson of Lewis Garland Auxier.


Geneva Crider

Geneva Crider, age 84, passed away at Hager Hill, Kentucky on  Saturday, July 24, 1999. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Smith officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery in the Auxier Cemetery in the Blockhouse Bottom.

She was born Geneva Wilson Auxier, on August 5, 1914, the daughter of Milton Samuel Auxier and Anna Hope Music. She was the granddaughter of James Knox Polk Auxier and Susannah Emeline Spradlin, the great granddaughter of Samuel Auxier II and Agnes Wells. On October 20, 1934, in Magoffin County, Kentucky she married Samuel Martin Crider.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents and a son John Douglas Crider (1937-1937). She is survived by her husband and two daughters.


Dorsie Simons

Dorsie Simons, age 68, of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, died July 1, 1999 at her residence following an extended illness. Services were conducted on Saturday, July 3, 1999 at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. J. M. Sloce officiated. Interment was in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Dorsie was a former restaurant worker at Murphy's in Gary, Indiana and a member of the Praise Assembly of God at Water Gap. She is survived by one son, two daughters, two sisters, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was born Dorsie Stephenson on September 8, 1930 at Martin, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Carl Stephenson and his wife, Luditha Samons. She was the granddaughter of James Franklin Stephenson and Mary Margaret Auxier and the great granddaughter of Henry Jefferson Auxier and Harriet Music. She was the 2nd great granddaughter of Samuel Auxier II and Rebecca Phillips.


Yvonne Reatherford

Yvonne Wells Reatherford, age 63, died Friday, July 2, 1999 at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 3, 1999 at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with Tom Biddle and Lee Caudill officiating. Serving as active pall bearers were her nephews. Interment was in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home.

She was born May 2, 1936 at Auxier, Kentucky, the daughter of John Sherman Wells and his wife, Emma Goble. She was the granddaughter of James Sheridan Goble and Florence Wells, the great granddaughter of Dr. Isaac Goble and Francis Emaline Hannah and the 2nd great granddaughter of Samuel Hannah and Frances Amelia Auxier.

Yvonne was a nurse's aide at Riverview Manor Nursing Home and a member of the Lancer Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Reatherford. Survivors include a daughter, a grandson and a great grandson.


Janet Stambaugh

Janet Stambaugh, age 64, of Auxier, Kentucky, died Sunday, April 25, 1999 at the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Funeral Services were conducted on April 28, 1999 at the Prestonsburg Church of Christ with Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery at Auxier, Kentucky under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, Kentucky.

Janet was born in Auxier, Kentucky on September 3, 1934, the daughter of Darwin Callahan Wells and Onda Lee Curnutte. She was the granddaughter of Sherman Wells and Bertha Gravely Hatcher and the great granddaughter of Dr. William Hatcher and Lucy Agnes Auxier. She was the 4th great granddaughter of Samuel Auxier and Sarah Brown.

On March 25, 1955, she married Clem R. Stambaugh. To this union was born a daughter, Susan Stambaugh, and a son, Clem W. Stambaugh. She was a retired U.S. Postmaster of Auxier, Kentucky.

She is survived by her husband and children, one granddaughter and one grandson.


Phyllis Fairchild Grimm

Phyllis Fairchild Grimm, age 60, died April 14, 1999 at her home in Paintsville, Kentucky. Services were held on April 17 at the Eastside Freewill Baptist Church at Thelma, Kentucky. Officiating were Harry Neal Frisby, Dick VanHoose and Roger Thornsburg. Burial was in the Webb Cemetery at East Point. Jones-Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Phyllis Jean Davis on May 27, 1938 in Johnson County, Kentucky, the daughter of Elijah Douglas Davis and Leatha Mae Lilly. She was the granddaughter of Elisa Garland Davis and Flora Mae Webb, the great granddaughter of Austin Thomas Davis and Margaret Hester Ann Mayo Auxier and the great granddaughter of Samuel Auxier III and Rebecca Mayo.

On August 3, 1957, she married Alton Fairchild. They were the parents of three daughters and a son. After the death of Alton in 1974, she married Johnnie Grimm who survives her. Besides her children and husband, she is also survived by one brother and eight grandchildren. One brother, William Lloyd Davis, preceded her in death.

Bick Auxier
Oklahoma's Mr. Softball

Bick Auxier, one of the pioneers in organized softball in Oklahoma, died April 7, 1999 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma at the age of 79. Services were held on Monday, April 12, 1999 at the First United Methodist Church of Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Interment was in the Oaklawn Cemetery. Arrangements were by the DeArman Funeral Home, Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

He was born Ward Bickers Auxier on March 1, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Samuel Ward Auxier and Carrie Ruth Wisdom. He was the grandson of William Bickers Auxier and Victoria Virginia McQuarter, pioneers of the Indian Territory of western Oklahoma. He was the great grandson of George Washington Auxier and Nancy Prater and the great great grandson of Samuel Auxier and Rebecca Phillips.

Bick attended High School at Tulsa and graduated from Jenks High School. He was an outstanding athlete in high school and college, lettering several times in football, wrestling and basketball. After two years at Oklahoma City University, where he excelled in football and after a stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he brought his bride, Jerry, back to Oklahoma City and opened a service station. He started umpiring city softball games and this was the beginning of a five decade career in organizing and promoting the game of softball. He has been proclaimed "Mr. Softball" in Oklahoma. Bick was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Honor and Metro Oklahoma City Softball Hall of Honor. He was Amateur Softball Association Commissioner and President of Metro Oklahoma City Softball Association for forty years. He held the status of "Commissioner Emeritus" of the Amateur Softball Association. He also served as Southwest Regional Vice-President three times.

"His biggest asset is he loved softball and the people who played it. His first choice was to take care of the teams. He had a heart like a big old baby. He was one of the kindest people I have ever known". Bill Finley, Umpire-in-chief, ASA metro.

He was hired to run the Oklahoma City program in 1948 and did all the scheduling until his retirement. You could sit in the press box at Wheeler No. 1 or Eggeling Stadium most nights and Auxier would be there answering softball questions. He had a way with people and had to as he solved protests and arguments. 'I had a lot of players complaining to me,' he said, 'but no fist fights with me, anyhow,' he said shortly after his retirement in 1989". Bob Colon, Sports Editor, The Daily Oklahoman

In 1945 he married Geraldine Putney. She preceded him in death in 1979. He married  Anne McAlister in 1975. They enjoyed twenty three years of companionship. Bick was a lover of animals and the outdoors. He enjoyed seven happy years on a beloved acreage in Anne's hometown of Wynnewood. There he raised turkeys, ducks, guineas, chickens and three horses. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting in his big chair watching the cardinals and other birds at the feeders. For forty years he welcomed anyone to join him at his DX station or the ballpark for a game of dominoes. Dominoes and the inclination to tease were his trademarks.

Bick is survived by his wife, Anne, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and two stepsons.


Leola Mae Auxier

Leola Mae Auxier passed away on March 9, 1999, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Service were held on Friday, March 12, 1999 at Meierhoffer Fleeman Funeral Home in St. Joseph. Interment followed at the St. Joseph Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born Leola Mae Litton on February 28, 1919 in Agency, Missouri.

 

Cleda Goble Lawson

Cleda Goble Lawson, age 63, of Auxier, Kentucky, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at he Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Services were held on Saturday, March 6 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel with interment in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, Kentucky.

She was born Cleda E. Goble, at Auxier, Kentucky on July 4, 1935, the daughter of Fred C. Goble and Opal Goble. She was the granddaughter of James Sheridan Goble and Florence Wells, the great granddaughter of Isaac Goble and Emaline Francis Hannah and the 2nd great granddaughter of Samuel Hannah and Francis Amelia Auxier.

Cleda was a member of the Auxier United Methodist Church at Auxier, Kentucky. She was a former child care director of Cleda's Daycare Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Surviving are her mother, her husband Doug Lawson, one daughter and one son; two grandsons. Also surviving are a stepdaughter; a stepson; and six step-grandchildren;


Eldon Auxier

Lewis Eldon Auxier, age 64, died Friday, February 12, 1999 at his residence in Mason City, Illinois. Services were held on Monday, February 15, 1999 in the Mason City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Brown officiating. Interment was in the Mason City Cemetery.

Eldon was born May 31, 1934 in Mason City, Illinois, the son of Stanton Hoy Auxier and Louise List. He was the grandson of John Wesley Auxier and Celia Hall Canada, the great grandson of Kenzie M. Auxier and Sarah Ann Wiggins, and the great grandson of Daniel Auxier and Mary Virgin.

He attended Zack Monroe Barber College in Peoria, Illinois and was a self-employed barber in Mason City for many years. Eldon was a member of Mason City Methodist Church, where he served as president and treasurer. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow of Boy Scouts, Past Worthy Patron of the Madeline Chapter of the Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge 403, Mason City zoning board, precinct committeeman 2, treasurer of Mason County Republican Central Committee, charter member of the Pine Creek Golf Course and a former Jaycee. He was president of Big Grove Cemetery where his Auxier and Virgin ancestors who settled Mason County, Illinois are buried. Eldon was well known for his talent as a woodcarver and craftsman.

On September 4, 1954, he married Marian Lee Corbin. To this union were born three sons, Louis Lee Auxier, Leslie William Auxier and Michael Lynn Auxier and one daughter, Lynne Ann Auxier Feece.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents and his infant son, Michael Lynn. He is survived by his wife, Marian, three children, ten grandchildren, a step grandchild, five brothers, Leroy Auxier, John Auxier, Thomas Auxier, Albert Auxier and Douglas Auxier and one sister, Mary Joanne Whitman.


MALTA HILL CULBERTSON

Malta Doris Hill Culbertson, age 80, of Georgetown, Kentucky, died Saturday, January 2, 1999 at the ExtendaCare in Georgetown. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 5, 1999, in the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home in Paris, Kentucky, with Rev. Scott Cox officiating. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery. Her six sons served as pallbearers.

She was born December 2, 1918 in Floyd County, Kentucky the daughter of the late Judge Edward Prebble Hill and Adda Louellen Davis. She was the granddaughter of Austin Thomas Davis and Margaret Hester Ann Mayo Auxier and the great granddaughter of Samuel Auxier III and Rebecca Elizabeth Mayo.

Malta was a graduate of Westerville High School in Westerville, Ohio, a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of Quilter's Guild and a former co-owner of Glen's Drugstore.

She was preceded in death by her husband Glen A. Culbertson, who died November 15, 1985. She is survived by a daughter and six sons.