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Sharon Diane (Lee) Sears

1959 -- 2018


Sharon Diane (Lee) Sears, 59, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Central Florida Regional Hospital after a sudden illness.

Sharon was born March 27, 1959 in Ashland, KY to the late Tom and Johnnie Lee of Burnaugh, KY.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband John Sears of Sanford, FL; son Nicholas Sears of Pasco County, FL; sister Linda (Jack) Hammond of Louisa, KY; nephews Gerry (Myra) Hammond of Prichard, WV and Mark (Laci) Hammond of Ashland, KY; great nephews Tucker Hammond, Blake Hammond, James Ingles; special great niece Kyah Hammond; and many cousins and extended family.

Sharon graduated from Boyd County High School in 1977 and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky. She spent her adult life working in Public Relations, most recently as the Orlando Market Manager for Guidewell Emergency Doctors. Sharon also spent many other years at jobs in marketing and public relations, including a political consultant, Executive Director of Convention and Visitors Bureau, a professor for University of Dayton, Marketing and Public Relations Director for Dayton International Airport, Public Relations Manager for Port of Columbus International Airport, and Public Relations Director for the Greater Cincinnati March of Dimes.

Sharon was a very special person, who lived life to the fullest every day. She always wanted nothing more than to make a difference in people's lives. She was an avid University of Kentucky fan, serving on local, regional and national alumni boards. She was also an avid animal lover and always had her trusted Rottweilers Jenny and Calli by her side. Family was everything to Sharon (also known as Nana). She would move mountains for them. Even though she left Kentucky many years ago, it was always home. She would tell anyone that would listen about where she was from, the people she loved, and most importantly about her family.

Visitation for Sharon will be Friday, July 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Young Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM at the Young Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Danny Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in the Hammond Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Young Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Mrs. Sears.



Bettie Lewis

1942 -- 2018


Bettie Lewis, 75, of Kenova, WV died Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Community Hospice in Ashland, KY.

Betty was born October 7, 1942 in Huntington, WV to the late Raymond and Mary Turner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Rex Lewis and Robert Lewis and her brother Jack Turner.

Survivors include her children Joe Lewis, Della Newman and Christine Burton; grandchildren Rachel, Candace, Alexandra, Kathy, Brian, Sammy, Angel, Christopher, David, Jeffrey, and Matthew; 18 great grandchildren; and siblings JoAnne Turner, Barbara Smith, Judy Turner Marshall, Shirley Keller, Don Turner, Richard Turner and Debbie Brumfield.

Visitation for Ms. Lewis will be Saturday, July 21 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kenova Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM at Kenova Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Dock's Creek Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www,

Young Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Ms. Lewis.



Lawrence Edward (Ed) Austin

1956 -- 2018

On Friday, July 13, 2018, Lawrence Edward (Ed) Austin, age 61, passed from this world into his heavenly home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Bluefield, WV in October of 1956 to Dorothy Wimmer Austin and Rages Austin, Ed is survived by his beloved wife Joyce Boggs Austin, his parents Dorothy and Rages, his sister Barbara Austin Deem (John), sister in law LaDonna Maness Austin, nieces Kimberly Austin Chapman and Ashley Deem Merritt (Sean), nephews Russell Austin (Crystal) and Tyler Deem. He also leaves several great nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. He is predeceased by his older brother Randall Austin and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

As a young school aged boy Ed spent many years living in Williamson, WV where he excelled in sports and had countless friends. It was here that he began his professional work career in the mining field working with machine recovery. In 1977 he relocated to Lawrence county, KY to continue a successful career with the mining industry with the Martiki Coal Company. He mastered all challenges of the business and was a professional and personal mentor to many coworkers.

Upon the closure of the mine Ed returned to school and earned a degree in business. He changed professional directions and held several administrative positions with various medical facilities in the tri-state area.

Ed later earned his degree in Bible/Theology from Tri-State Bible College. He fulfilled his calling to go into ministry and was an Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Louisa and the Senior Pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Blaine. Ed's greatest desire was that everyone accept the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ. He ministered to people from the pulpit, through his many counseling sessions, and through his example of how to live a grateful servant's life. Ed was always ready to meet the needs and desires of others above his own in a truly selfless manner. He was born with a servants' heart and he lived his life for the glory of his blessed Lord. It was in teaching and sharing the gospel that he found his most fulfilled and satisfying work.

Throughout his life Ed participated in civic work as a member of the Scottish Rite, as the Grand Master of the Apperson 195 Masonic Lodge, served as a Kentucky Colonel and was active with the Gideon International Group. He was also employed by the Lawrence County Schools as a bus driver. He enjoyed being around kids of all ages and loved seeing "his kids" learning and succeeding in school and in life.

A servant heart, a joyful spirit, a protector, a mentor, a teacher, a coach, an encourager, a true Man of God who always believed that it was his honor to give "My Utmost For His Highest."

Services for Ed Austin are as follows:

Visitation will be Monday, July 16 from 6-9 p.m. at Wilson's Funeral Home;

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Louisa on Tuesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chuck Price officiating. Immediately following services burial will take place at the Greenlawn Cemetary in Louisa.

In lieu of flowers you may consider donations to the Gideon International, Lawrence County Camp, P.O. Box 355, Louisa, KY 41230.