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Jay Flippin, 68, of Morehead, Ky., died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on October 16, 2014.
He recently retired as professor of music after teaching keyboards, jazz studies, theory, history of Rock 'n Roll, and music history for 45 years at Morehead State University. Following retirement, he served as an adjunct professor at Morehead State, Kentucky Christian University, and Marshall University.
He also served as accompanist/arranger for the Lexington Singers since 1976. He performed as soloist, accompanist, conductor, and ensemble player throughout the U.S., South and Central America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
He was a devout Christian and served as director of music for the First Baptist Church of Morehead for 40 years. He served on several Christian missions, including one to Kenya.
Flippin worked regularly with several jazz and commercial groups and averaged more than 200 performances a year. He performed with dozens of artists, including Clark Terry, James Moody, Chris Potter, the Count Basie Orchestra, Percy Sledge, Ray Charles, LeAnn Rimes, Wilson Pickett, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
He also was an accomplished composer and arranger of music, with more than 3,500 works for orchestra, jazz ensembles, and more. He wrote more than 300 jingles, scored more than 30 films and videos, and composed cues for television series and feature films. He won five Emmys for his scores for the documentaries Ashes to Glory, Hearts of Glass, Blenko Retro, Cam Henderson: A Coach's Story, and Steven Caras: See Them Dance. In 2001, he was nominated for an Emmy for best original song.
His recording credits include arranging, producing, and playing on more than 350 album/CD projects. He had six CD releases under his own name, including his most recent--Jay Flippin: Home for Christmas, released by Ballpark Records.
In February 2006, Flippin was chosen as the Kentucky Artist of the Year by the Governor's Council for the Arts. In April 2007, he was honored by his alma mater Mars Hill College as one of the 150 Outstanding Alumni of the 20th Century, and in October 2009, he was inducted into the Morehead State University Alumni Hall of Fame.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Nancy, as well as two daughters: Victoria Snyder (husband Brian) of Carmel, Ind., and Emily Maruna (husband Franz) of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren: Pannonica and Quinby Maruna, and Gavin Snyder; one brother, Richard Flippin; and a large number of cousins and dear friends.
Born Russel Jay Flippin on February 15, 1946, in Stuart, he was a son of the late Russel Jay and Lucy Rhodes Flippin.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Button Auditorium on the Morehead State University campus with Dr. Don Mantooth and the Rev. Curt Lowndes officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Jay Flippin Music Scholarship, care of Cate Mart of the Lexington Singers, P.O. Box 23002, Lexington, KY 40523, or the Legacy Fund of the First Baptist Church of Morehead, 123 E Main Street, Morehead, KY 40351.
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Juanita Combs Hawks, 76 of Cana, died at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
She was born in Carroll County to the late William Raleigh and Annie Mae Edwards Combs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Junior Harold Hawks; a sister, Mildred Carter; two brothers, Haywood and Morgan Combs and infant twin brother and sister, Joseph and Odessa Combs.
She was known for her kindness and compassion. She retired as cafeteria manager from St. Paul School, making sure all the children were fed and cared for, as if they were her own. She was a faithful member of Paul's Creek Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and encouraged her family's musical talents. Recently, she was recognized as one of the oldest surviving members of the church. She devoted her life to caring for her family; teaching them strong values seemed effortless for her.
Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Joey Marion of Mt. Airy, N.C., Sandy and Mike McMillian of Cana, Jeanie and Buddy Puckett of Ararat, and Christy and Chris Handy of Mt. Airy; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Hope Hawks of Cana and Joey and Robin Hawks Hawks of Ararat; grandchildren and spouses, Joey Marion Jr., Joshua and Elissa Marion, Jamie and Kasey Marion, Mannie Hawks, E.J. Dalton, Telia and Jesse Dalton, Zachery and Katelyn Rogers, Lakin Rogers Waycaster and Ryan, Isaiah Puckett, Jeremiah Puckett, Corey Hawks, Colter Hawks, Carrie Hawks, William Handy, Austin Handy, Trey Handy, Andrew Turney and Daniel Turney; great grandchildren, Bryson Marion, Jasmine Marion, Josiah Marion, Kustom Dalton, Lyla Dalton, Kenzley Dalton, Midori Waycaster, Olive Waycaster and Baby Dalton due in 2015; sisters and brothers-in-law, Burnette and Edward Brown and Lucy and Mike Beeson, all of East Bend, N.C., and Frankie and Tony D'Amico.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Paul's Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Justin McCreary. Burial was in the Edwards Family Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Edwards Family Cemetery, c/o Christy Handy, 150 Guiness Lane, Mt. Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made at
Steve Lynwood Johnson, 61, of Bassett, died Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Martinsville on November 12, 1952, and was a son of the late Elton Johnson and Ann Melchior Johnson of Bassett.
He was a graduate of Bassett High School and had worked for more than 14 years as the service manager for Gene's Auto Repair before becoming disabled. He was a member of Fort Trial Christian Church.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Lisa J. Thomas and husband Wendall of Stuart; one brother and sister-in-law, Randy Johnson and wife Teresa of Bassett; two special nephews, Nick Johnson and Sam Thomas; and a host of loving relatives here and in Germany.
Private services were held Thursday in Roselawn Burial Park with the Rev. Milford Witt officiating.
Arrangements were by Collins Funeral Home of Bassett.
Lloyd Gilbert Pack, age 72, of Claudville, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was a life-long resident of Patrick County, born May 3, 1942, to the late A.B. Pack and Emma Bowman Pack. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Carl Pack, Straud Pack, Leonard Pack and Ernest Pack, and one sister, Myrtle "Sis" Pack.
He was a retired truck driver.
Surviving are his children, Timothy G. Pack and wife Judy of Woolwine, Donna P. Noonkester of Claudville, and Dwane Pack of Martinsville; three sisters, Rowena Goins and husband Gray of Dobson, N.C., Ila Ardner and husband Richard of Ararat, and Barbara Dalton and husband Harold of Stuart; three grandchildren, Christopher Noonkester, Jennifer King, and Brittany Noonkester; one great-granddaughter. Alexandria King, as well as his former wife, life-time love, and best friend, Beatrice Pack Hughes.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday in the Norris Funeral Services Stuart Chapel with the Rev. J.R. Shelton officiating. Burial was in the Pack family cemetery on Ararat Highway in Claudville.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at