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Billy Strange
and Opal Meade

Opal May Meade Strange
Opal May Meade Strange - 1926 - 1 July 2009
Billy Strange b 13 Nov 1918 Puncheon, Knott Co KY d 31 Jul 1993 Hemphill, Letcher Co KY; buried Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; s/o Robert Lee Strange and Winnie Mullins. Billy Strange m. 25 Aug 1941 to Opal Meade b 1 Jul 1926 Letcher Co KY d 4 Jul 2009 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; buried Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; d/o Robert "Robbie" Meade and Tiliatha Hall. Our condolences go out to this family for their loss of Opal Meade Strange. (See Obituary). Children of Billy Strange and Opal Meade;

1. Billie Joyce Strange b 9 May 1942 Hemphill, Letcher Co KY d 13 Nov 2017 Hazard, Perry Co KY; buried Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; m. Kenny Martin; Child of Kenny Martin and Billie Joyce Strange;

i. Colleen Martin

2. Judith Ann "Judy" Strange b 12 Jan 1944 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY d 22 May 2021 Hazard, Perry Co KY; buried Adams Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; m. Ray Adams b ? d 27 Dec 2003 - Child of Ray Adams and Judith Ann "Judy" Strange;

i. Christina Adams; child;

I. Austin Rayne Adams

3. Nancy Lynn Strange; m. Roger McDowell (deceased); Children of Roger McDowell and Nancy Lynn Strange;

1. Lynn McDowell

2. Laurie McDowell

3. Ross McDowell

Nancy Lynn Strange; m. (2) to Rulah Adams.

4. Sandra Faye Strange; m. Jackson "Jack" Banks; s/o James "Jim" Banks and Ida Stallard; Children of Jackson "Jack" Banks and Sandra Faye Strange;

i. Matt Banks

ii. John Banks

5. Robert Eugene "Robbie" Strange m. Judy Unknown; Children of Robert Eugene "Robbie" Strange and Judy Unknown;

i. Danny Strange

ii. Robert Strange

6. Tilitha Strange; m. Gary Sperger; Children of Gary Sperger and Tilitha Strange;

i. Billy Paul Sperger

ii. Von Sperger


Judith Strange Adams
12 Jan 1944 - 22 May 2021

Judith Strange Adams; January 12, 1944 - May 22, 2021. Judith Strange Adams, daughter of the late Billy and Opal Meade Strange was born at Whitesburg, Kentucky, January 12, 1944. She entered eternal life Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard, Kentucky being 77 years, 4 months and 10 days of age at the time of her passing.

Judith was married to the late Ray Adams. He passed away December 27, 2003. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all that knew her. Judith was an avid UK and Cincinnati Reds fan.

She is survived by a loving daughter, Kristie (Travis) Adams of Whitesburg, Kentucky. One brother, Robert (Judy) Strange of Michigan. Three sisters; Sandy Banks of Whitesburg, Kentucky, Nancy (Rulah) Adams of Isom, Kentucky and Tilitha (Gary) Sperger of UZ, Kentucky. Also surviving are grandchildren; Austin, McKinley, a host of other grandchildren, and other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Judy was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Martin. Burial in the Adams Cemetery, Pine Mountain, Ky.


Billie Joyce Strange Martin
May 9, 1942 - November 13, 2017

Billie Joyce Strange Martin, daughter of the late Billy and Opal Mae Strange was born at Hemphill, Kentucky May 9, 1942. She entered eternal life Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky being 75 years, 6 months and 4 days of age at the time of her passing.

Billie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all that knew her. She was a member of the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church at Millstone, Kentucky.

She is survived by a daughter, Colleen Garner of Sevierville, Tennessee. Four sisters; Nancy Adams of Isom, Kentucky, Judy Adams, Sandy Banks and Tilitha Sperger all of Whitesburg, Kentucky. One brother, Robert Strange of Macomb, Michigan. Also surviving are two grandchildren; Brandi Huskey and Josh Garner of Sevierville, Tennessee. Six great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Interment in the Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine, Ky.


Obituary: Billy Strange
13 Nov 1918 - 31 Jul 1993

Billy Strange, son of the late Robert and Winnie Mullins Strange was born at Puncheon, Kentucky on 13 November 1918; passed away unexpectedly at home on 31 July 1993 making his stay here on earth 74 years, 8 months and 18 days. Billy married Opal Meade Whitesburg, Kentucky on the 25th of August 1941. They had just celebrated their marriage of over 51 years by renewing their vows.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Ethel Fleming, Martha Potter, Lizzie and Julie Strange; brothers, Larry, Ellis Eugene and Merle Strange.

Billy was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army in Europe. He was a retired miner; retiring in 1974. He was a member of the UMWA for over 40 years. He was a member of the Whitesburg American Legion. He was proud to be known as a veteran, coal miner and Union member.

He is survived by his wife, Opal of Jackhorn, Kentucky; daughters, Billie Joyce Martin of Dixon Tennessee, Judy Adams, Sandy Banks, Tabitha Sperger all of Whitesburg, Kentucky; Nancy Adams of Isom, Kentucky; son, Robert Strange of Royal Oak Michigan; sisters, Myrtle Potter of Jackhorn, Kentucky, Ollie Ruszali of Lavonia Michigan, Mary Bailey of Carshocton, Ohio, Emma Miller of Jackson Ohio, Shelby Jean Belcher of Dorton, Kentucky; brothers, Lloyd Strange of Mesick Michigan and Robert Strange Jr of Letart, West Virginia; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

In charge of funeral arrangements, Banks Funeral Home, Fleming-Neon, Kentucky; burial Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky.


Obituary: Opal May Meade Strange
1926 - 4 Jul 2009

Opal May Meade Strange, 83, died July 1 (4) at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Tilitha Hall Meade, and the widow of Billy Strange. She was a member of the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading and crocheting. She was a sister of the late Fairy Mullins and Nancy Ford.

Surviving are five daughters, Billie Martin, Judy Adams, Sandy Banks and husband Jackson, and Tilitha Sperger and husband Gary, all of Whitesburg, and Nancy Adams and husband Rulah of Isom; a son, Robert Strange and wife Judy of Macomb, Mich.; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grand- children, and a great-greatgrandchild.

Funeral services were held July 6 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky.


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