John Davis Bentley
and Mary Elizabeth Mullins

John Davis J H Bentley b 2 Mar 1864 d 23 Nov 1940; s/o Solomon Davis Bentley and Mary Jane Bentley. John Davis Bentley m. 10 Jan 1884 to Mary Elizabeth Mullins b 10 Aug 1868 d 9 Dec 1945; d/o John L Mullins and Martha Patsy Potter. Children of John Davis J H Bentley and Mary Elizabeth Mullins;

1. Martha Jane Bentley b 3 Feb 1885 Letcher Co KY d about 1970; m. about 1904 to Floyd Potter b 11 Jan 1883 KY d 7 Dec 1960; s/o William Potter and Nancy Mullins.

2. Angeline Bentley b 10 Apr 1886 Jenkins, Letcher Co KY d 12 Aug 1950 Letcher Co KY; m. 19 Sept 1901 to James Martin Bentley b 12 Jun 1883/84 KY d 28 Mar 1958; s/o Alex Bentley.

3. Nicodemus Bentley b 22 Aug 1888 Letcher Co KY

4. William Henderson Bentley b 31 Jan 1891 Letcher Co KY d 5 Jan 1948 Letcher Co KY; m. 6 Oct 1910 to Virgie Ethel Whitaker b about 1895 Wise Co VA d 1990; d/o Isaac D Dike Whitaker and Mary L Bentley.

5. Annie Belle Bentley b 3 Apr 1893 Letcher Co KY d 26 Nov 1960 Pike Co KY; age 67 years, 7 months, 23 days; buried Belcher Cemetery, Blaze Branch, KY; m. 22 Jul 1909 to Jasper Belcher b 13 Sept 1891 Dorton, KY d 10 May 1979; age 87 years, 7 months, and 27 days; buried Belcher Cemetery, Blaze Branch, KY; s/o William Belcher and Sarah Sowards. Children of Jasper Belcher and Annie Belle Bentley;

i. Arland Prentice Belcher b 28 Nov 1914 Pike Co KY d 23 Mar 1975; buried Belcher Cemetery, Blaze Branch, KY; m. Female Potter

ii. Roy A Belcher b 7 Feb 1918 Letcher Co KY d 6 Dec 1992; buried Belcher Cemetery, Blaze Branch, KY; m. Gertrude Burns b 24 Jul 1918 d 15 Dec 2005. Children of Roy A Belcher and Gertrude Burns; i. Darrell Lee Belcher b 12 May 1939 d 24 Jun 1957; buried Belcher Cemetery, Blaze Branch, KY ii. Larry Ray Belcher b 22 Dec 1945 d 22 Dec 1945; buried Belcher Cemetery, Blaze Branch, KY

iii. Homer Belcher b about 1922 KY

iv. Maggie Belcher b 9 Feb 1924 Pike Co KY d Saturday, 25 Dec 2004 Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Pike Co KY; age 80 years; buried Belcher Cemetery, Dorton, KY; m. Estill Smith Bentley b 5 Mar 1918 KY d 25 Mar 2001; s/o Isaac Bentley and Cora Mullins. Children of Estill Smith Bentley and Maggie Belcher;

I. Carl Bentley

II. Clyde Bentley

III. Claude Bentley

IV. Kenny Bentley

v. Edward Ed Belcher b about 1926 KY

vi. Jonah Belcher b about 1929 KY

vii. Russell Belcher

viii. Frankie Belcher m. Male Lowe

ix. Elizabeth Lizzie Belcher b 18 Nov 1910 d 4 Oct 1940; age 29 years, 10 months, 14 days old; m. 2 Feb 1929 to Hassell Mullins b 9 Dec 1906 KY d Jul 1987.

x. Martha Jane Belcher b ? d before May 1979

6. John Davis Bentley b 6 Nov 1895; m. Roxie Unknown b 1894 KY. Children of John Davis Bentley and Roxie Unknown;

i. Nedly Bentley b 1918 KY

ii. Irene Bentley b 1919 KY

7. Rachel Bentley b 23 Feb 1898 Letcher Co KY; m. about 1915 to Fred Ludwick b about 1888 WV d 28 Jan 1927 Floyd Co KY. Children of Fred Ludwick and Rachel Bentley;

i. Icy Ludwick b 26 Jan 1916 Letcher Co KY d 7 Aug 1974 Pound, Wise Co VA; m. Chester C Stapleton b 13 Jan 1917 d 9 Jan 1956; buried Hubbard Cemetery, Birchfield, Wise Co VA

ii. Arthur Ludwick b 1917 KY

iii. Opal Ludwick b 1919 KY; m. Male Mullins

iv. Male Ludwick

v. Male Ludwick

8. Samuel Bentley b 22 Aug 1901 Letcher Co KY d 17 Dec 1978 Pike Co KY; m. 1919 to Maybelle May Brannan b about 1901 TN d 22 Jan 1977. Children of Samuel Bentley and Maybelle Brennan;

i. Samuel J Bentley b 1923 KY

ii. Manuel Bentley

iii. Charles Bentley b 1925 KY

iv. Theda Bentley b 1927 KY; m. Male Childers

v. Roy E Bentley 1930 KY

9. Jonah Bentley b 1905 KY

10. Lillie Bentley b 1908 KY

11. Palmer Bentley b 25 Jan 1909 KY d Oct 1970; m. about 1928 to Virginia Blevins b 1910 KY. Children of Palmer Bentley and Virginia Blevins;

i. Palmer Bentley Jr b about 1928 KY d Apr 2011; buried Payne Gap Cemetery, Payne Gap, KY

ii. 3 more children

12. Eliza Bentley b 13 Nov 1911 Letcher Co KY d Tuesday, 20 Dec 2005 KY; buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger, KY; m. about 1827 to Ledford Mahan b 11 Dec 1905 KY d 3 Jan 1977 Kenton Co KY (11 children).


Obituary of Eliza Bentley Mahan

FLORENCE - Eliza Mahan, 94, a homemaker, died Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Covington. She was a member of Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church. Her husband, Ledford Mahan, and a son and daughter, all died previously. Survivors include 11 children, 25 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Stith Funeral Home, Florence. A service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Program, 401 E. 20th St., Covington, KY 41014-9988


Obituary of J H Bentley

Bentley, J. H. It is with a sad and lonesome heart that I will try to write an obituary of my beloved grandfather, J. H. Bentley. He was born March 2, 1863 and died November 23, 1940, being 77 years old. He was married to Mary L. Mullins February 10, 1883 and to this union were born twelve children, six girls and six boys, one of whom died in infancy. He never joined the church but professed a hope on his death bed. He always put his faith in the Old Regular Baptist Church. He said he wanted them to preach over him. he called his wife, Mary to bedside on Tuesday before he died on Saturday and told her that the Lord had come and took all of his sins away. He said he didn't want to get well and that the Lord had nothing against him and that he was ready to go home. He told all the boys to be good and live better, he told Martin Bentley, his son-in-law that all he wanted was his loving Savior. He told his daughter, Anna Beel, that all he hated about dying was leaving his children. He told his daughter, Martha Jane, that all he needed was his loving Savior. Our home is sad and lonely, while grief will fill out hearts, we hope to meet dear father in Heaven and never part. Written by his granddaughter, Miss Maggie Belcher


Obituary of Sam Bentley

BENTLEY, SAM he was the son of JOHN H. and MARY BENTLEY, born August 2, 1901 and departed this life on Sunday, December 17, 1978. He married MAYBELLE BRENNAN in 1919 and to this marriage was born 5 children, he was proceeded in death by his wife who passed away on January 22, 1977, also he was proceeded in death by 3 sons, SAMUEL BENTLEY, MANUEL BENTLEY and CHARLES BENTLEY. He leaves 1 son, ROY E. BENTLEY and 1 daughter, THEDA BENTley CHILDERS, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grand children, 1 sister, ELIZA BENTLEY MAHAN.


Obituary of Lizzie Bentley Mullins

Mullins, Lizzie It is with a sad and aching heart I try to write an obituary of my daughter, Lizzie Mullins, daughter of Jasper and Anna Bell Belcher. She was born November 18, 1910 and departed this life October 4, 1940 being 29 years, 10 months and 14 days old. She was married to Hassell Mullins February 2, 1929 and to them were born five children, four girls and one boys. She leaves husband, five children, father, mother, six brothers and two sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church of Elkhorn. The day she joined the church whish was March 10, 1940 she came to her fathers home and asked for her father, I told her he was gone and asked her what she wanted with him. She said that she wanted him to join the church. Her aunt Sarah came in and we told her and she clapped her hands with joy. She was baptized on Easter Sunday, March 24, by Brother Richmond Stanley and Brother Dave L. Baker. She told us she wanted to hear Brother Ballard Baker pray again before she died. She was sick about two years before her death. We took her to the hospital and different doctors but they couldn't do anything for her. She said, Mama, I can do anything but go home, get on my knees and pray as long as I love. She was never able to go to church so we had church in our home to comfort her. A few days before she died, she said her suffering would soon be over. The morning she died she said, Mama, death has struck me. She asked us to go home with her. She said, If you can't go now, you all come. In seven weeks after her death her grandfather, J.H. Bentley followed her. Written by her mother Anna Bell Belcher


Obituary of Annie Belle Bentley Belcher

BELCHER, ANNIE BELLE BENTLEY - I hope and pray that the Lord will be my guide as I try with a sad and lonesome heart to write an obituary of our dear mother, Annie Belle Bentley Belcher. She was born April 3, 1893, and departed this life November 26, 1960, at the age of 67 years 7 months and 23 days. She was born in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late John H. and Mary Elizabeth Mullins Bentley. She was married to Jasper Belcher July 22, 1909, who is left to mourn her passing. Also, six sons: Arland, Roy, Homer, Edward, Jonah, and Russell Belcher, and two daughters, Mrs. Maggie Bentley and Mrs. Frankie Lowe. Two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Mullins and Martha Jane Belcher preceded her in death. Mother leaves two brothers and four sisters, twenty one grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Mother joined the Old Regular Baptist Church the first Sunday in May. She took her membership to the Old Elkhorn Church and was baptized the fourth Sunday in May 1941 by the Reverend Boyd Smallwood and Reverend Noah Lucas and her hand to the Elder Bennett Adams and told a wonderful experience. She faithfully filled her seat in the church until death. She always prepared to feed her brethrens and sisters when they visited her. Mother took sick on Monday morning about 6:30. We rushed her to the Jenkins Hospital where we were told she has suffered a heart attack. She told the Dr. when she learned of her condition that, When the good Lord calls me I'm ready to go. We believed that Mother has just exchanged this old world of trouble to a home of peace and rest, but the loss of her is so hard to bear. She lived five days after taking sick before the Lord called her peacefully in her sleep. All of her children were blessed to be with her until death. She bore her sickness with patience and faith in God who had saved her and kept her to live a Christian life before her children and her friends. We believe Mother was warned of her death for a short while before her death. She told Inas Castle that she didn't believe she was going to live long and when she died she would die of a heart attack. She also told Reverend Sexton when she ate dinner at his home about a month before her death that she wanted him to preach in her funeral and give her children good counseling and tell them that Mother has gone to rest. The night before she took sick Daddy dreamed of her taking sick and dying and of them praying together. All of the dream was fulfilled. She told us as we were helping her out to the truck that morning that she didn't believe she was going to live. She loved the church and called it her home. Her seat is now vacant, her voice is still but the memory of her still lives in the minds of her brethrens and sisters. Mother had many trials and tribulations in this world but by the humble life she lived here we believe she is resting from all of her labor. I believe our loss is her eternal gain. Her prayers and desire were for her children to go to church and to love each other and be good to every body. We have lost a good Mother, the church a good sister, the community a good neighbor, but our loss is small compared to the glory she is resting in where she knows nothing of the troubles of this old world. The children thought when Mother died it would kill daddy, but by the Grace of God and the mind of the children they can all be reunited with Mother some sweet day where parting will be no more and all will be peace and love.


Obituary of Maggie Belcher Bentley

VIRGIE - Maggie Bentley, 80, of Blaze Branch, passed away Sat., Dec. 25, 2004 at the Pikeville Medical Center. Her survivors include four sons: Carl Bentley of Pikeville, Clyde Bentley of Shelby Gap, Claude Bentley of Mt. Sterling and Kenny Bentley of Dorton. Funeral services will be held Wed., Dec. 29, 2004 at 11 am at the Hall & Jones Funeral Home, Virgie, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Belcher Cemetery at Dorton. Visitation will be at the funeral home after 6 pm Mon. with services nightly at 7 pm. Guestbook at Legacy.com


Obituary of Lonnie Craft

Lonnie Craft, 69, dies in Maryland. 2011-01-26 / Obituaries: Payne Gap native Lonnie Craft, 69, died January 18, 2011 in Baltimore, Md. He was a son of the late Nelt and Pina Bentley Craft, and was a preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita and Mary Alice; two daughters, Sandra Craft and Sondra Dujardin; and two sons, Tommy Craft and Michael Craft. Craft was retired from General Motors and was a member of the United Auto Workers of America. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Craft, Baltimore; two sisters, Virgie Mullins, Baltimore, and Lorene Stidham, Deane; two brothers, Danny Craft Sr., Payne Gap, and Ronnie Craft, Baltimore; seven grandchildren and a greatgrandchild; and Diana Rogers, Baltimore. Funeral services were held January 4, 2011 at People’s Fundamental Baptist Church. Burial was in the Bentley Cemetery at Payne Gap, Kentucky


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