Francine (Pam) Sexton was the youngest daughter of Dona Amburgey Ison who passed away only four
months prior to the death of Pam. As the postmaster for Letcher for more than 25 years, Pam knew practically
everyone in the area. She has been gone since September, 2003 but her absence still hurts as if it were
yesterday. Pam passed away, following her fight with pancreatic cancer, on her birthday, September 26. She
was only 57 years of age.
Pam and her husband, Lonnie, as was her mother, Dona were members of the Mt. Olivet Regular Baptist
Church in Blackey, Kentucky.
Aside from her husband, Lonnie, Pam was survived by two sisters, Betty Hunley of Letcher, and Sherelene
Tull of Jacksonville, Florida and three brothers, James Amburgey of Letcher, Bruce Bates of Helenwood,
Tennessee, and Donald Amburgey of Cleveland, Ohio.
In her more immediate family, Pam has been greatly missed by her three birth given children and three by
her marriage to Lonnie, along with their assortment of twelve grandchildren. They include Ron Brunty of
Letcher, Lonnie Sexton III of Mayking, Chuck Brunty of Pikeville, Mark Johnson of Knott County, Donna Dixon of
Leatherwood and Wykendia Sexton of Letcher.
As stated in the beginning of these brief few words, Pam has been missed terribly for the past year. Her
radiant smile from behind the postmaster counter was a welcome to anyone doing business at the Letcher post
office. She went beyond her obligated duties in helping her customers. The word honesty could be spelled in
three letters—Pam. To say you miss someone doesn’t always convey the deep feeling of grief which never
dies, it just lingers and fades with time. We will always love and remember Pam.