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Ann B. Mullikin

Ann B. Mullikin, age 83, of Carlisle died on Sunday July 13, 2014 at Baptist Health in Lexington. A native of Piqua, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Gertrude Callahan Mullikin. She was a computer programmer, a nurse practitioner and a member of the Lexington Singers.

She is survived by three sons: Russell (Linda) Faulconer of Frankfort, Randell Allen Faulconer of Lexington, and Ronnie (Missy) Faulconer of Sadieville; three grandsons: Randy Faulconer, Jeffrey Faulconer, and Joey Faulconer; and two beloved pets: Eli and Ella.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters: Jan Hodges, Marjorie Montgomery, and Helen Overturf.

Graveside services were held on Friday, July 18, 2014 in Piqua Cemetery.

Clara Mae Herald Griffith

Clara Mae Herald Griffith, age 64, of Carlisle, wife of Troy Griffith passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Harrison Memorial Hospital. She was born in Breathitt on July 10, 1950 to the late Timothy and Cora Turner Herald. She was a homemaker and a member of the Carlisle United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Troy Griffith of Carlisle; two sisters: Polly (Jake) Neace of Campton, and Faye Sebastian of Talbert; and one brother, Ray (Myrtle) Herald of Talbert.

She was preceded in death by two sisters: Nancy Turner and Martha Herald; six brothers: John Herald, Brack Herald, Clyde Herald, Brack (Ellen) Herald, Virgil Herald, and Wilburn Herald.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson with the Rev. Jesse Turner and the Rev. Pat Turner officiating. Burial was in the Bill Combs Cemetery in Talbert. Deaton Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Sandra Louise Jones

Sandra Louise Jones, age 59, of Sharpsburg passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her home.

Survivors include one son, Klarans Jones of Louisville; two daughters: Sherronna Jones (John Daily), and Kasha Eliza Jones, both of Louisville; six brothers: Jerry and Edgar Jones of Sharpsburg; Frank, Ralph, and Timothy Jones of Wisconsin, and Buford Jones of Mt. Sterling; seven sisters: Carolyn Jones, Joetta Botts, Willie Mae Jones, Barbara Jones, Fannie (Ronnie) Mynhier of Sharpsburg, Thelma Jones of Owingsville, and Susan Jones of Winchester; and three grandchildren: Klarans Jones, Jr., Makaila Jones, and Eli Williams.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Taul Funeral Home.

Aaron Thomas Capps

Aaron Thomas Capps, 20, loving son of Greg and Angie Cox Capps and amazing friend and brother to Bradley Capps, departed this world on Saturday, July 19, 2014 to soar in heaven as an angel.

Aaron was a happy, fun-loving, young man. He had a smile that could light up a room. He loved to be with his family and friends. He never met a stranger and had many friends of all ages. He was a natural horseman and took great pride in his horses. He loved to trail ride and camp with his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting deer and turkey and just enjoying life.

Aaron was proud to be a member of the Nicholas County Volunteer Fire Department which he joined in Jan. 2013 and where he learned and trained and served under the best of people. He made many friends with the fire department and was proud to call them his family, Aaron was a 2012 graduate of Nicholas County High School and worked in the receiving department at Avantor in Paris.

Besides his parents and brother he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Linda Brown Capps; his maternal grandmother, Patsy Hughes Cox; his uncles: Keith (Delana) Cox of Cowan, and Greg Cox and Jeff Capps, both of Carlisle; his aunt Jo (Ralph) Hayes; his cousins: Renee Hughes Bourassa, Brandon Hughes, Justin and Andrew Cox, Amber, Stephanie, Megan and Brittany Abner, Samantha Abner Brown, Patrick and Alyssia Hayes, and Jerrod Capps; and many more counsins.

He has joined the angels in the sky with his loving grandfathers, Oliver “Tom” Capps and Douglas Cox; and his special aunt, Joyce Cox Adamson.

He had many special and close friends with his class of 2012, with his horse riding friends, and the NC fire dept and the community. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Nicholas County High School with Tony Smith and Kenton Holbrook officiating. Burial will be at the Carlisle Cemetery. Visitations will be on Friday from 5:00- 9:00 p.m. at the high school.

Pallbearers are Kenton Holbrook, Andy Whirles, Steven Minton, Seth Sadler, Doug French, and Nathan Matthews. Clark Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kyla Reneé Haire

Kyla Reneé Haire, 20, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, was a 2011 graduate of Nicholas County High School, attended the Gateway Christian Church, and was an employee at Cracker Barrel in Mt. Sterling.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Kim Willoughby Haire (John Shanks) of Carlisle; her father and step-mother, Clyde (Danielle) Blaylock of Florida; seven brothers and sisters: Allison Rose of Mt. Sterling, Kaylee Shanks and Keelan Shanks, both of Carlisle, and Brianna Martin, Kiersten Blaylock, Makenzie Blaylock, and Courtney Blaylock, all of Florida; her maternal grandmother, Yvonne Willoughby of Carlisle; her maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia Lutes of Camargo; her paternal great-grandmother, Juanita Hartman of Florida; her aunts and uncles: Christie (Michael) Martin of Mt. Sterling, Robin Willoughby of Carlisle, and Rick (Moriah) Blaylock of Florida; a special cousin, Devin Willoughby of Carlisle; several cousins; and numerous extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Jerry Willoughby and John Blaylock; and her grandmother, Colleen Blaylock.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home by the Pastor Jonathan Stidham. Burial will be in the Machpelah Cemetery in Mt. Sterling. Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Kyle Woosley, SPC. Matthew Cody Wise, Owen Hinton, Chris Johnson, Nathan Rainey, Seth Rainey, Nathan Kirby, and D.J. Burke. Honorary pallbearers will be Taylor Johnson, Katie Rainey, Tabitha Harmon, Kaylee Shanks, Allison Rose, and Hailey Rose. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home. The online guestbook is at www.Lusk-McFarland.com and a 24 hour funeral information line can be reached by calling 859-987-4387.

Whitney Marrie Morris

Whitney Marrie Morris, born on Oct. 20, 1992 the daughter of Rebecca and Leonard “Wally” Morris III, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

In addition to her parents, Whitney left behind her fiancé, Darryl “DJ” Burke; one sister, Leah Morris; one brother, AJ Morris; her grandfather, Julian Crawford; her grandparents Roberta and Moss Morris; her aunt and uncle, Trisha and Adam Morris and little cousin Raelyn Morris; her aunt Jennie Fredrick and her uncle Mikey Morris; and two special friends, Katie Rainey and Lotta Keski-Mäenpää; and many more family and friends.

She was proceeded in death by her grandmother, Nancy Crawford; and her aunt Cynthia Farrow.

Whitney touched so many people in her time here and we are so blessed to have had her in our lives. She will be truly missed. Pall bearers will be Darryl (DJ) Burke, Taylor Fryman, Nathan Kirby, Cody Hunt, Owen Hinton, Chris Johnson, Mathew Perkins and Cody Wise. Honorary pallbearers are the class of 2011.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Carlisle-Clark Funeral Home, with the funeral on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Caswell, with burial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

William "Bill" Linville

William "Bill" Linville, Age 73, of Henderson, Tennessee, formerly of Carlisle passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Tennessee. He was born in Nicholas County on Aug. 17, 1940 a son of the late Ernest C. and Nancy Price Linville, attended school in Nicholas County, worked for Johnson Controls in Georgetown, and also farmed.

Bill married Shirley Johnson Hopper in 1995. she preceded him in death in 2009. He was a member of the Stoney Creek Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters: Janet Allison of Carlisle, and Kristin Porter of Flemingsburg; three sons: Steve Linville of Carlisle, Aaron Linville of Orlando, Florida, and Jason Linville of Henderson, Tennessee; a brother, Jerry Linville of Carlisle; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Carlisle Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Jones officiating. Obituary information was provided courtesy of Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home.

Gone but not forgotten: A tribute to Aaron, Whitney, and Kyla

by Jessica Curran

The ill-timed death of three Nicholas County residents rippled through the community this past weekend. The victims who were involved in the fatal crash during the early morning hours on July19, were identified as Aaron Capps, 20, Whitney Morris, 21, and Kyla Haire, 20.

This unforeseen tragedy has shaken the close knit community of Carlisle, where the victims were well-known by many. In view of the recent events, the Carlisle Courier would like to honor those that were so suddenly taken this past weekend.

Aaron Capps

Aaron Capps graduated from Nicholas County High School where he was a member of the FFA and TSA. Lifelong friend, Josh Howard, recalls Aaron to be an avid outdoorsman.

“He really liked to hunt. He would hunt rabbits, deer, and turkey. He always spent his free time riding horses. He liked to go to tractor pulls and hang out with friends,” said Mr. Howard.

Aaron had been a member of the Nicholas Co. Fire Department for roughly a year and a half. According to friends, Aaron wanted to make a career as a firefighter.

“When he set his mind to something, he did it,” said Mr. Howard.

Aaron gained the respect of fellow firefighters with his outgoing and optimistic attitude.

“He really loved to fight fire,” said Kenton Holbrook.

Mr. Holbrook is a member Nicholas Co. Fire Department with Aaron, and also a longtime friend.

“Aaron was an exceptional young man, with a heart of gold. He was a positive influence on everybody and could easily bring moral up,” said Mr. Holbrook.

Aaron’s friends and family will always remember the smile that was a permanent fixture on his face and the cheerful attitude that he carried with him at all times.

Whitney Morris

Whitney attended Nicholas County High School where she was involved in Volleyball, FFA, Tennis, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Library Aide, Bluejacket Athletic Club, and even spent time as a Co-Op student at the Carlisle Courier.

Melanie Swartz was a Librarian at Nicholas County High School, and close acquaintance of Whitney.

“In the 10 years that I was the Yearbook Sponsor, I never had a student as dedicated to the yearbook as Whitney. Her passion and attitude about the class was contagious,” said Mrs. Swartz.

According to Mrs. Swartz, Whitney was persistently there trying to capture the perfect shots for the yearbook.

“She was so excited one night at the football game because she actually almost got hit by one of the football players while she was on the sideline. And believe me; she got the "action" shot that she wanted. She was so happy,” said Mrs. Swartz.

Classmate and friend Jason Simpson agreed that Whitney is best described as outgoing and up for anything.

“Whether it was just hanging out with all of us in town, or whatever, she was up for it. You couldn't ask for a better person to be there for you in a tough time, or someone to talk to. She was there for anybody no matter who they were,” said Mr. Simpson.

Kyla Haire

Kyla also attended Nicholas County High School, where she was involved with the Prom Committee, National Honor Society, Volleyball, Library Aide and Managing Editor of the Yearbook.

Former teachers remember Kyla to be an outstanding student and dependable person.

“Kyla was organized and dependable. She was well beyond her years and a role model for others,” said Mrs. Swartz, former Librarian at NCHS.

Kyla was first to volunteer in situations when she could help out and was able to effortlessly make other people have a good time. “We shared a lot of laughs whether it was in the library working on the yearbook or being at my house eating sugar cookies. Our friendship grew after they graduated. It was one of my greatest treasures,” said Mrs. Swartz.

The fond memories that are recalled when thinking of Kyla are ones that will never be forgotten.

“Whitney and Kyla were both loyal and there to make me laugh and provide a hug if I needed it. They will always hold a very special place in my heart,” said Mrs. Swartz.

Many people cherished having these three exceptional individuals in their lives. They will be missed by all that knew them. Our thoughts will continue to be with those who have been affected by the unexpected loss of Aaron, Whitney and Kyla.

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