Obituaries published Sept. 21, 2017

Published 9:58 am Friday, September 22, 2017

Mary J. Jones (with photo)

March 30, 1933 – Sept. 13, 2017

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Mary Jean Jones, 84, of Nicholasville, Ky., formerly of Pinch, W. Va., passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept, 13, 2017. She was born March 30, 1933 in Webster County, W. Va. After graduating from high school, she moved to Washington D.C., where she worked for the federal government. In 1961, she moved to Gettysburg to work as a secretary to President Eisenhower for two years after he left the White House. Upon returning to Washington, she worked for the GSA for 10 years. She then moved back to W. Va. and worked as a legal secretary until her retirement in 1998. She loved reading about and keeping up with politics. She was a member and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Pinch, W. Va. One of her greatest joys in life was being ‘Maw Maw’ to her grandchildren. She loved playing with them and watching them grow. She will be truly missed by her family. The family would like to send a special thanks to Terry and Misty from Hospice of the Bluegrass for helping us care for her during her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Roy and Jessie Jones; brother, Bill Jones, and sister, Jessie Lee Bennett. Survivors include daughter Jessie Woolley of Nicholasville, Ky.; grandchildren Eric Woolley of Nicholasville and Kristin Woolley of Columbus, Ohio; sister Naomi Legg and her husband Jerry Legg of Pinch; nephews Jerry Legg, Jr., Michael Legg, Richard Bennett, George Bennett, and Fredrick Bennett; nieces Joan Hawkins, Debbie Wyatt, and Lisa Bennett. A private memorial gathering is planned. Memorial donations may be made to Bluegrass Hospice Care in Lexington, Ky. or Our Lady of the Hills Church in Pinch, W. Va.


Ruth R. L. Preston

Nov. 17, 1925 – Sept. 13, 2017

Ruth Rae Locker Preston, 91, widow of Paul Preston, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Ruth was born Nov. 17, 1925 in Jessamine County to the late Walter E. and Laura Burdine Locker. She was a lifelong resident of Jessamine county and a retired employee of Farmers Bank. Family survivors are a son, Danny (Linda) Preston; two grandsons, Danny Jr. (Betsy) and Marc (Beatrice) Preston; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher (Danielle), Whitney, and Timothy Preston, Amberly (Hunter) Brislin, Madison (Hayden) Keeton, Chloe, Macy and Marc-Allen Preston; one great-great-grandchild, Avery Grace Keeton; two sisters, Pansy Hurt and Pauline Hager; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Stern Conley, Bill and Paul Locker, and two sisters, Geneva Fain and Rena Carter. Funeral service was 7 p.m. Friday at Betts & West Funeral Home with Pastor Wally Rendel and Pastor Tommy Morrow officiating. Burial was 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Bearers were Heath, Troy, Mac and William A. Hager; Christopher, Timothy and Marc-Allen Preston. Honorary bearers were Eddie Dean Locker, Scott Paxson, Billy Riley, Louis Grall, Barbara Russell, Rosemary Flannery and Jimmy Welch. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Baptist Church. Online guestbook at


Earnest A. Dunaway

June 23, 1944 – Sept. 14, 2017

Earnest Anthony Dunaway, 73, husband of Dorthy, passed Thursday. Service was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Betts & West Funeral Home. Visitation was Tuesday.