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Jean Napier

July 12, 1939 — November 15, 2019

Jean Napier was born in Hyden, KY on July 12, 1939, the oldest child of the late John Henry Napier and Eniree Bray Napier. On Friday November 15, 2019 around 7:00AM at the Hazard ARH Medical Center in Hazard, KY, God decided it was best to bring her home with him to her Heavenly home. Jean lived a blessed life of 80 years, 4 months & 3 days.

Jean was a resident of Leslie County most of her life. She graduated from LCHS in 1959. Immediately after graduation, she joined the workforce. Her work history reflects the great pride she took in hard work throughout her life. First, she worked for three different businesses all owned by the late Johnnie Lewis. His restaurant in downtown Hyden, another restaurant known as the “Chuck Wagon”, and his well-known store Lewis’ Market. Later on, she worked for Dill and Gladys Asher at Asher’s IGA store in Hyden. After Dill’s passing, Gladys partnered with Edgar Matt Baker and later Damon Huff, renaming the store to “City Market”, where Jean worked also. Lastly, Jean was one of the first people hired at Food Fair when it opened in Hyden and she worked there several years. This was her last place of official employment.

Jean was a faithful and very dedicated member of the Rockhouse Pentecostal Church for many years.In her younger years, Jean enjoyed traveling and going places with her friends, playing cards with her family, and she loved going to Daytona Beach with her family. She loved planting and tending to her flowers and she enjoyed gardening. She took great pride in cooking for her brothers, nieces, and nephews on a regular weekly basis and she loved serving them and watching them eat. Jean’s ultimate passion was spending time with her family. Whether it was for holiday gatherings, cookouts or picnics, or just sitting with them on her front porch, she loved the time spent with her loved ones. Her greatest joy in her later years, was the moments she shared with her nieces and nephews whom she loved with her whole heart. They were her world, her life and she cherished every one of them.

Jean was preceded in death by her loving parents, John Henry & Eniree Bray Napier, four beloved brothers, Billy Cornett, Oscar Cornett, Hershel Cornett & Jimmy Napier, one sister, Caroline Cornett Hornsby, one brother-in-law, John Henry Sizemore & one nephew, John Conley Napier & one great nephew, Jon.

She is survived by two beloved brothers, Clarence Napier & wife, Anna Mae of Hyden, KY. & Lonnie Napier & wife, Teresa of Hyden, KY., three beloved sisters, Ethel Cornett Clark of Winter Park, FL., Helen Sizemore of Hyden, KY. & Shirley Baker & husband, Marvin of Hyden, KY., eleven treasured nieces & nephews, Vicky Sizemore, Renee Meader & husband, Dan, Dean Napier & wife, Sandra, Greg Napier & wife, Kim, Robin Boggs & husband, Rick, Mike Napier & wife, Donna, Pat Napier & wife, Melissa, Anthony Baker & wife, Cynthia, Brandon Baker & wife, Shelly, Jason Napier & wife, Amber & Whitney Napier & Jamie Sizemore, twenty-one treasured great nieces & nephews, Andrew Farmer & wife, Crystal, Olivia Farmer, Jordan Meader, Natalie Meader, Chandra Napier, Johnathon Napier, Dustin Napier & wife, Vanessa, Durand Napier & Andrea Callahan, Tori Boggs, Stacey Hubbard & husband, Brian, Brian Napier & wife, Emily, Ryleigh Napier, Haley Napier, Gage Napier, Alexis Baker, Braedon Baker, Rachel Baker, Iris Napier, Ava Napier, Trinity Brock & Hayden Sizemore, eight treasured great-great nieces & nephew, Lilly, Lala, Sawyer, Saylor, Emma, Ella, Elin & Iyla & one paternal aunt, Oultia Garrison of Essie, KY. Also a host of cousins, other relatives & friends survive. 

Funeral: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at the Rockhouse Pentecostal Church, Hyden, KY.

Ministers: Andrew Farmer, Teddy Couch, Brian Hubbard & Tyler Shields

Interment: Laurel Fork Cemetery, Hyden, KY.

Pallbearers: Dean Napier, Greg Napier, Pat Napier, Mike Napier, Anthony Baker, Brandon Baker, Jason Napier, Rick Boggs, Daniel Meader & Jamie Sizemore

Honorary Pallbearers: Andrew Farmer, Jordan Meader, Johnathon Napier, Dustin Napier, Durand Napier, Brian Taylor Napier, Brian Hubbard, Braedon Baker, Gage Napier & Sawyer Farmer

Visitation: Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 4:00 P.M. at the Rockhouse Pentecostal Church

Jean's family would like to extend a sincere expression of appreciation to the Hazard ARH Medical Center Surgery and ICU doctors, nurses and staff for the passionate, quality, and kind care you provided to our loved ones during her final days with us. 

In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to the:

Jean Napier Scholarship Fund

C/O Leslie Co. Board of Education, Robin Boggs

P.O. Box 949, Hyden, KY. 41749 

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