Addie Stamper, age 84, of Mallie, Kentucky died on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at the Hazard Appalachian
Regional Medical Center in Hazard, Kentucky.
He was born in Knott County, Kentucky on March 20, 1922, the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Smith, and the
brother of J.R. (Marilyn) Smith and two sisters, Elna (Nick) Fields and Russell Sue Smith. Other survivors are
his wife, Voline; sisters-in-law, Geneva Smith, “P’Nut” Stacy, and Gail Cox; and brothers-in-law, Speedy
Young, Dean Young and Don Cox. Addie was preceded in death by his mother and father, a baby sister, Polly,
and his brother, Sam Smith.
Addie joined the United States Army on December 15, 1942, and served stateside during World War II. His
job was to oversee the loading of ships in New York City and New Orleans. He was awarded the American
Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct medal and the Victory Medal in World War II. He was discharged from
service at Camp Attabury, Indiana on February 7, 1946.
After returning from service in the army, he met Voline Young and they were married on December 11,
1948. They enjoyed 57 years and 5 months together. They loved gardening, traveling, attending church, caring
for and visiting family, and friends. But, most of all they loved each other.
Addie was a member of the United Mine Workers and he worked as a heavy equipment operator for 34
years. He loved this type of work and continued to express an interest in it.
Addie became ill in July, 2005 with colon cancer and had chemotherapy treatments for about six months.
Near the end of these treatments, he contracted pneumonia and was in and out of the hospital until his death.
During this time his loving wife, Voline, remained by his side. With some help from others, especially her sister,
P-Nut, and her brother, Speedy, she saw to all of his needs. She knew how much he loved her for he frequently
said, “Voline is so good to me.”
Addie was very blessed. He was loved by all who knew him, and he had a close relationship with his family,
friends and neighbors. But, most of all, he loved the Lord.
One of his special friends was Danny Amburgey, who visited him at home and in the hospital. He looked
forward to these visits and loved the prayers, the fellowship and the singing. He told Danny how he loved the
Lord better than anything, and that he was saved. His favorite song was “Ninety and Nine” which always
caused tears to flow from his eyes.
We feel that Addie is now resting around the throne of God waiting for his family and friends to join him there.
Now Addie understands Psalm 30:5. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”