Mattie Lois Ferguson Coldiron passed away on February 3, 2021, due to complications of COVID-19. She was 87 years old. Mattie Lois was born March 2, 1933, on Main Street in Greenup, to the late Mary Lily McKee Ferguson and William Stephen Ferguson. She attended Greenup Independent Schools, and always a trailblazer, was the president of the senior class of 1951. Despite losing both of her parents early in life, she was able to achieve so much, including working briefly for the FBI in Washington D.C., before returning to her home on Main Street. On Christmas Eve in 1954, at the Greenup First United Methodist Church, Mattie Lois married the boy across the street, Frank "Did" Coldiron. Together, they had three wonderful children, Dr. Nancy Coldiron Preston (Judge Jeff Preston), Frank Stephen Coldiron (Leanne Riggs Coldiron), and Joe Edwin Coldiron (Kelly Smith Coldiron). Her beloved Did passed away in 1966, and Mattie began the task of raising three small children alone. Mattie greatly loved her small town of Greenup. She was the unofficial mayor and historian of Greenup throughout her life, and was a member of the Lioness Club, the Greenup Women's Club, and the Old Fashion Day Committee. She held court nearly daily on her front porch swing, where everyone knows the real decisions of city governance were made. She loved to do yard work and passed along her passion for gardening to her kids and grandkids. She grew the tallest flowers and the biggest pumpkins. She is survived by many friends, including Janet Shepherd, with whom she spoke daily and shared many Greenup County adventures. Mattie and her special spirit will always be at the heart of Greenup
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PETE KEE Peter L. Kee, 80, of Oldtown, KY went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2021 at his residence. Mr. Kee was born May 23, 1940 in Charlotte Furnace, KY a son of the late Charles Franklin and Hallie Blevins Kee. This distinguished gentleman began his career with Southern States in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he served as manager, before opening Kee’s Farm Service in Greenup, Kentucky, in 1972, and in Grayson Kentucky, in 1988. In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Kee is a lifelong farmer; has been a member of the Bellefonte Hospital Board, the Extension Board, the Southern States Insurance Exchange Board and the State Health Board in Frankfort; and has worked with the Greenup County Fair Board. He was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church and was a 1959 graduate of Wurtland High School. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Hannah Cox Kee.
VICKIE EVANS Vicki Lynn Evans 57 of Plum Grove in Greenup KY went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington KY. She was born in Ashland KY on June 11, 1963 a daughter of Paul Clifton and Tyrene Genevieve Conley Evans. She was the Genealogist for the Greenup County Public Library, a member of the Greenup County Genealogy Society, a member of the Greenup Old Fashion Days committee as well as the Plum Grove community watch. Vicki was a fiercely loyal and dedicated friend; her passion was her nieces and nephews as well as helping anyone research their family history.
JIMMY LYON, SR James W. Lyon, Sr., was born September 17, 1931, and went to eternal rest on April 10, 2021. His life was not defined by his disability, but by what he did in spite of it. Deemed a friend to the Russell Schools, he was inducted into the Russell High School Hall of Fame in 2012. Jim graduated as salutatorian from Raceland High School in 1949 and went on to the University of Kentucky to acquire his law degree in 1955. Upon graduation and successful completion of the bar exam, he started his law practice in Raceland. Upon moving his office to Greenup, a young lady from the office of the County Clerk, Jean, became his secretary. They later married in 1960. During the 23 years in his law practice, he was known for a quick courtroom wit and persuasive way of speaking. He loved the people he represented and the communities he served. Aside from his professional work, Jim enjoyed being active in many community organizations and causes.
MARY ELLEN HIENEMAN
Mary Ellen Earwood Hieneman,85, of Greenup, Kentucky, joined her husband, Bill, in Heaven on Monday, February 15, 2021 at KDMC due to complications of COVID-19. Mrs. Hieneman was born in Greenup a daughter of the late William Clyde and Inez Blankenship Earwood. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brother, James William “Jim Bill” Earwood. Mary Ellen was a lifelong member of the Greenup Christian Church. She loved to quilt, needlepoint, cross stitch, and crochet. All her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were benefactors of her beautiful handiwork. Mary Ellen loved to travel, and is now traveling in Heaven with her husband, Bill, and her precious friends, Bud and Happy Pauley and Bill and Jo Ann Adkins. She loved following her grandchildren to all their events: dance recitals, baseball games, golf matches, swim meets, and anything that involved them. She just loved being with them.
ERNIE WEST Ernest "Ernie" Edison West, 89, of Wurtland, Ky., took his last breath at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., on Saturday, May 1. West was born in Russell, Ky., on September 2, 1931. Orphaned at 5 years old, he grew up in The Methodist Home in Versailles, Ky. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army as a Private First Class in the 14th Infantry Regiment. He served from 1950-1953 and was awarded the military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his valor in the Korean War. West's platoon was ambushed near Sataeri, Korea and West ordered his men to retreat when their Commander, Captain George Gividen, was severely wounded. West carried Gividen out of direct combat while defending them from enemy attackers at close range, having his eye injured (and later removed). He then returned to the battlefield to rescue two more soldiers, leaving no men behind. President Eisenhower presented West with the Medal of Honor on January 29, 1954 at the White House, reportedly saying "please accept the admiration of an old soldier" as he placed the medal around West's neck. After returning to Wurtland, Ky., West met his beloved wife, Janie, and the two married in 1953 on The Bride and Groom Show in New York City. They had their only daughter, the apple of his eye, Amy (West) Hogsett in 1963. Ernie and Jane were married for 57 happy years and were known to do nearly everything together, considering one another lifelong best friends. They especially loved anything outdoors fishing, hunting, farming and lounging together watching Westerns. West worked and retired from CSX Railroad and coached football and basketball at Wurtland High School for many years. He was an active member in his community, remaining committed to serving others throughout his lifetime. To all who knew him, West was a fast friend who never missed a chance to make someone smile. He was modest, unassuming, and reliable always present and willing to help without question sharing a hearty laugh and his sharp tongue with anyone he met. He believed in a simple life with great friends and his doting family. West was larger than life a seemingly invincible man so many of us thought this day might never come. It is with heavy hearts and immense memories that we say goodbye to one of the greatest men this nation has known. Our Uncle Joey said it best, "God must've needed some soldiering done, so he called on the best."