Donald E. Conley, Jr.

Donald Eugene Conley, Jr., 59,of Minford, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016 at his residence. Born January 15, 1957 in Columbus, a son of the late Donald E. Conley, Sr. and Ruby (Clark) Conley, he was a member of the Iron Workers and attended Minford Church of the Nazarene. He is survived his wife, Teresa (Tackett) Conley; two sons, Dustin Conley, Nick Conley; four daughters, Amanda Phaunef, Cara Harvey, Amy Conley, Haleigh Conley; ten grandchildren; a brother, Terry (Marlene) Riley; a sister, Dorothy (Albert) Johnson, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald E. Conley III, and a brother, Danny Conley.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at White Cemetery in Minford. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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George R. Bennett, 91

George Russell Bennett, 91, of Minford, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Pleasant Hill Manor in Piketon. Born January 1, 1925 in Scioto County, a son of the late Marion and Elizabeth “Dutchie” (Henson) Bennett, he was a graduate of Minford High School Class of 1944, former owner and operator of Bennett’s Body Shop in Muletown and owner of Bennett’s Used Cars in Minford, and attended Rubyville Community Church. George was also a member of Minford Lions Club, Lucasville Masonic Lodge, Scioto Antique Car Club, Ashland El Hasa Shrine, and Knights of Pythias. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Doug Shultz of Lucasville; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Shellby and Rodney Vulgamore of Minford; a great granddaughter, Brylynn Chelsea Jones of Minford, a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Mary Lou Bennett of Orient; a sister-in-law, Mary Helen Bennett of Minford, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Blanch (Shoemaker) Bennett on January 25, 2015; a son, Dean E. Bennett; two brothers, Forest Edwin Bennett, Marion Bennett, Jr., and a sister, Violet McCaleb.
Funeral services will be conducted Noon Monday, September 12, 2016 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or Sierra’s Haven, 80 Easter Drive, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Miles W. Rayburn, 49

Miles William Rayburn, 49, of Portsmouth, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born June 17, 1967 in Portsmouth, Ohio a son of Norma (Gulley) Rayburn of Portsmouth and the late Webster William Rayburn, he was a graduate of Minford High School Class of 1985 and attended New Beginnings Outreach Ministries. He is survived by his fiancée, Karen Kessinger; two daughters, Courtney Skeens of Proctorville, OH, Whitney Rayburn of Portsmouth; three brothers, Tim Rayburn of Mesa, AZ, Stephen Todd Rayburn of Crittenden, Kentucky, David Rayburn of Waverly; Tammy Ruby of Minford, Faith Coriell of Portsmouth, and one grandchild, Adalyn Skeens. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by is wife, Belinda (Conley) Rayburn; a brother, Larry Rayburn, and a sister, Penny Bradshaw.
Funeral Services will be Noon Monday, September 12, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Barry Pelphry officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to Noon on Monday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Beginnings Outreach Ministries. Online condolences may be sent to www.eadfh.com.

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Clarence O. Lyons, 96

Clarence O. Lyons, 96, of Lucasville, died Sunday, September 04, 2016 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born July 14, 1920 in Scioto County, a son of the late Oscar and Isabelle (Ruby) Lyons, he was a graduate of Valley Local School District and was a retired operator for Goodyear Atomic Corporation. He had attended the former Long Run United Methodist Church in Rubyville and was a World War II Army Air Force Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Alberta (Gray) Witten Lyons; two granddaughters, Jamie (Jay) Brown of Portsmouth, Laura (Ty) Williams of Minford; four great grandchildren, Justin Lee Brown, Gabby Brown, Kirsten Nicole (Cody) Paynter, Joshua Logan Alley; one great-great grandson Abel Alexander Paynter; a nephew John Hill of West Portsmouth, and 7 nieces: Judy Worhlet of Idaho, Elaine Bolen of Texas, Sheila Hegenberger of Columbus, Sally Breaky of Columbus, Susan Harris of Columbus, Sharon Stagg of Oregon, and Pat Deemer of Texas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Avonelle (Childers) Lyons in 1972; a son, David Lyons in 1974; a brother, Wesley I. Lyons; two sisters, Ruth F. Metzger, Dorothy Deemer and one step-son, Christopher Witten.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mike Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the James Irwin Post No., 622 and William Baker Post No. 363. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to SOMC Hospice Center 2201-25th Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or The SOMC Cancer Center 1121 Kinney’s Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be made to www.edafh.com

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Eugene Rockwell, 89

Eugene Rockwell “Rocky”, 89, of Owl Creek Road passed away Friday, September 2, 2016 at SOMC Hospice. Born March 6, 1927 on Owl Creek in Lucasville, son of the late James Albert & Gladys Marie Brigner Rockwell and his birth parents, Will and Addie Grover Rockwell. He was employed by Detroit Steel, retired as a janitor at Eastern Local School District and attended Word Alive Fellowship. He is survived by three daughters, Candy (Walter) Thornsberry of Beaver, Teresa (David) Hickenbottom and Bonny (Keller) Rockwell both of Owl Creek; seven grandchildren, Ricky (Sheila) Thornsberry, Debbie (Kevin) Campbell, Joey (Mindy) Thornsberry; Angie (Joe) Wheeler, Joshua (Stephenie) Hickenbottom, Dr. Drew (Kelly) Keller, and Dr. Isaiah (Harmoni) Keller, and eleven great grandchildren, Hunter and Levi Thornsberry, Zach Hickenbottom, Mallie and Maddox Wheeler, Carly and Tayva Hickenbottom, Malachi, Elijah and Caidence Keller and Judah Keller, and special friends, Mary and Frank Lott of Owl Creek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruthie F. (Pollard) Rockwell on November 10, 2010 and siblings, Marie King, Leslie Rockwell, Harold Rockwell, Dorothy Sampson, and Alice Murray.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 5, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Richard Struckle officiating. Burial will be at Owl Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Joseph R. Stevens, 84

Joseph Russell Stevens, 84, of Stockdale, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at his residence. Born October 4, 1931 in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late Henry C. and Maggie Slusher Stevens, he was a machinist and had work at Parker Hannifin in Waverly and was a custodian for East School in Waverly. He is survived by his wife, Verna Collins Stevens; two sons, Jeff (Denease) Stevens of Minford, Jim (Mary) Stevens of Stockdale; one daughter, Regina (Scott) Lewis of Minford; eight grandchildren, Gloria, Keri, Jimmy, Tim, Kevin, Jason, Josh and Justin; 15 great grandchildren; three brothers, William Stevens of Springfield, Henry Stevens, Jr. of Wheelersburg, Clyde Stevens of Peebles; one sister, Judy Wilson of Springfield; a brother & sister-in-law, Henry and Jeanetta Collins of Minford, and a brother-in-law, Joe Collins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dorsey Stevens and Don Stevens, and three sisters, Lillian Toppins, Opal Short and Linda Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Donnie Brown officiating. Burial will be at Beaver Union Cemetery in Beaver. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Steven R. Miller, 67

Steven Robert Miller

In the middle of “nowhere” southern Ohio, a humble country preacher laid down his sword and shield in victory. Steven Robert Miller, 67, of Minford, died peacefully on August 18, 2016, surrounded by his family at SOMC Hospice Portsmouth after a long illness.

Born July 29, 1949, Steve was the eldest son of Bob and Violet Ruth Miller of Minford, OH. He graduated from Minford High School in 1967 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tenn. During this time, he married Serena Bonzo. Steve continued his education at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., where he earned a Master’s of Religion in Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages. Upon graduation, Steve taught Bible at Michigan Christian College in Rochester Hills, Mich., and then served as administrator of Luckett Christian Academy in Detroit, Mich. Steve enjoyed serving as the pulpit minister for the Roseville Church of Christ in Roseville, Mich., as well as the Sunshine Church of Christ in Minford, where he has preached for the past 22 years.

Steve quietly served the neediest children of Scioto County as an official Ohio Parent Surrogate. A mission work in which he was involved was Hope for Haiti’s Children. A passionate vacation bible school coordinator, Steve was well loved by children of all ages for his enthusiastic rendition of “Big Green Frog.” He possessed a vast knowledge of the Word of God and a deep abiding faith that sustained him throughout his life. Steve devoted much of his spare time and energy to family and church members. He was widely known in the community by his favorite expression: God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good.

Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years, Serena Bonzo Miller; three sons: Derek (Julie), Caleb (Meaghan), and Jacob. He has three grandchildren: Hannah, Johnathan, and Clara Miller. Steve is also survived by his mother, Violet Ruth; two brothers, Loren (Deborah) and Brian (Valerie); and one sister, Rebecca. He was preceded in death by his father, Bob.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 1-3 p.m., at the Sunshine Church of Christ in Minford, followed by a funeral service at the church at 3 p.m. A private burial will follow the funeral service. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations/contributions may be sent to: Hope for Haiti’s Children, 12020 Southwick Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45241 http://www.hopeforhaitischildren.org/donate or Sunshine Church of Christ, Attn: Hope for Haiti’s Children (Steve Miller Memorial), 20 Barklow Road, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

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Verna B. Haddix, 87

Verna B. Haddix, 87, of Portsmouth, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Pristine Living Center in Portsmouth. Born December 8, 1928 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late M. B. Walters and Elizabeth (Justice) Walters, she attended Victory Chapel Church of Christ in Christian Union and was a Licensed Practical Nurse for the former Receiving Hospital. She is survived by a son, Dennis (Wanda) Fraley of Portsmouth; three daughters, Elizabeth (Doug) Days of Lucasville, Melany Fraley of London, Kentucky, Jennifer (Tracy) Craft of Cincinnati; 20 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Fraley; a son, William Fraley; a daughter, Amy Fraley; a sister, Irma Walters and a brother, Homer Walters. Special thanks to SOMC Hospice and Pristine Senior Living for their excellent care.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Joe Ward officiating. Burial will be in Fairview-Bennett Cemetery near Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Richard H. Leive, 85

Richard Harold “Sid” Leive, 85, of Rubyville, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at his residence. Born December 8, 1930 in South Webster, a son of the late Harold E. and Minnie Louise (Potts) Leive, he was a retired math and science teacher for Clay Local Schools. Following his retirement he substituted and finished his teaching career with a total of 51 years of service. He was also an Air Force Veteran during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol (Conkel) Leive on March 29, 2016.He is survived by two sons, Terry (Nancy) Conkel of Wheelersburg, Richard (Angie) Leive of Dayton; a daughter, Lisa (Neil) Rhodes of Chillicothe; two grandchildren, Morgan (Devin) Frost and Brady Rhodes.
Funeral services will be conducted 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Rob McKinney officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ralph H. Conkel

Ralph Harrison Conkel, 82, of Minford, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Ohio State University Hospital. Born December 22, 1933 in Scioto County, a son of the late Everett and Madge (Childers) Conkel, he was a new creature in Christ through the many prayers of the Minford Church of the Nazarene, was a switch engineer for Yellow Freight Company, and a member of the local Teamsters. He is survived by his wife, Judy (Henson) Conkel; two sons, Ralph (Bea) Conkel, Ted (Amy) Cregger; three step-daughters, Teena (Scott) Dawson, Tracy (David) Ansell, Missy (Billy) Bowles; two brothers, Jimmie R. Conkel, Leo Branson Conkel; four sisters, Helen Tomilson, Dorothy Doss, Geraldine McKenzie, Marilyn Adkins, and many grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Glen Conkel; a sister, Judy Chapman; two brothers, Michael Harvey Conkel and Freddie Everett Conkel.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Minford Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Mark Bales officiating. Friends may call at the church from Noon to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday.

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Beth Best, 47

Beth Best, 47, of Lucasville, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at OSU Medical Center. Born January 2, 1969 in Scioto County, a daughter of Wilma Jean Sowards Atkins and the late Dorsey Lee Roy Atkins, she was an LPN at Pleasant Hill Nursing Home. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, James Best; four sons, Ian (Andi) Watkins, Cody (Desi) Watkins, Joe Watkins, and Owen Watkins and four grandchildren, Aubrey Watkins, Konner Watkins, Levi Watkins, and Liam Watkins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2016 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be at Universal Cemetery in Rubyville. Friends may call at the church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Mary J. Dever, 78

Mary Jane Dever, 78, of Wheelersburg, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at SOMC Hospice Center in Portsmouth. Born December 19, 1937 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Elmer and Betsy Bushman Boggs, she was a homemaker, an aide at SOMC and attended Scioto Christian Church. She is survived by three sons, Carl L. (Kim) Dever, Jr. of Lucasville, Glenn C. Dever of Wheelersburg, and Brian (Melinda) Dever of Wheelersburg; one daughter, Sherri Hale of Sciotoville; nine grandchildren, Eric (Sharon) Smith, Christy Smith, Jordan Nicholle Dever, Nathan Carl Dever, Kala Dever, Errinn Jade Dever, Danielle Olivia Dever, Madison Alexandria Dever, and Breanna Kylee Dever; five great grandchildren, Adam Ball, Catelynn Ball, Jessee Ramey, Joey Ramey, and Bayah Barnett, and two sisters, Debra (Ken) Watson of Wheelersburg and Kathy Roush of Columbus. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl L. Dever, Sr. on November 29, 2003 whom she married August 1, 1954; one son, Bradley K. Dever; one grandson, Kyle Charles Dever; one brother, Elmer Boggs, and one sister, Patricia Carver.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Brian Enz officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Paul Wayne Roberts, 74

Paul Wayne Roberts, 74, of Stockdale, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born October 27, 1941 in South Shore, Kentucky, a son of the late Noah and Anna Aldridge Roberts, he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service out of Chillicothe for 20 years, attended Rubyville Community Church, was a member of Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465, and an U.S. Navy veteran.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon Frazier Roberts; six daughters, Cathy Alley, Paula Staker, Jodi Wheeler, Brookie Bevins, Vicky Strong, and April Davis; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren, and one brother, Carl Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ida Delores Collins Roberts.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be at Stockdale Cemetery in Stockdale. Friends may call Monday 5 to 8 p.m. at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

 

 

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Gary E. Price, 86

Gary Eugene Price, 86, of Lucasville, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Valley View Care Center. Born May 12, 1930 in Lawrence County, Ohio, a son of the late James and Bessie Bostick Price, he was head of the SCJVS Adult Education, a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church in Lucasville and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Carpenters Union Local, Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465, El Hasa Shrine in West Portsmouth and was a 32° Scottish Rite. He is survived by two sons, Gary R. Price and Michael (Jackie) Price, both of Lucasville; three grandchildren, Cheryl Marie Rosier of Wheelersburg, Brooklyn Price, of Lucasville, Allison Price, of Lucasville and two great grandchildren, Gavin and Conner Rosier of Wheelersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Wilson Price; six brothers, Gordon, George, Charles, Jim, Jack and Archie Price and four sisters, Dorlene Wonn, Lucille Savy, Leota Price and June Drummond.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating. Graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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James C. Ross, Jr., 72

James Chester Ross, Jr., 72, of Portsmouth, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at SOMC. Born November 28, 1943 in Portsmouth, a son of the late James Chester Ross, Sr. and Freda May Royal Ross, he was production inspector at Empire Detroit Steel Corp. and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by two daughters, Angel (Nathan) Augustin of Lucasville, Natalie Ross of Odessa, Texas; one son, Michael Ross of New Boston; two grandchildren, Addisyn Augustin and William Augustin, and two sisters, Angela (Ronald) Mercer and Patricia Ross. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Ross and one sister, Judy Rhoden.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 at Wheeler Cemetery in Lucasville. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Marie King, 94

Carrie “Marie” King, 94, of Lucasville, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at National Church Residences Bristol Village. Born July 26, 1921 on Owl Creek, a daughter of the late James Albert and Gladys Marie Brigner Rockwell, she was a graduate of Stockdale High School, homemaker and a member of Madison Free Will Baptist Church – Owl Creek.

She is survived by two sons, Lowell (Disa) King of Beaver; John (Mary) King of Lucasville; one brother, Eugene Rockwell of Lucasville; 16 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; brother-in-law, George King; sister-in-law, Louise King, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton A. “Jiggs” King, and one daughter, Phyllis Ann Neu.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Rodney Evans officiating. Burial will be at Owl Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Daniel L. Parker, 52

Daniel Leroy Parker, 52, of Minford, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus. Born April 26, 1964, in Portsmouth, a son of the late Thurman O. and Betty (Adkins) Parker, he was an auto mechanic, and attended Old Philly Tabernacle. He is survived by his wife Carla (Bevins) Parker; a son, Daniel Edward (Katie) Parker; a daughter, Amy Lynn (Matt) Blanton; two granddaughters, Skylar Danielle Parker, Braylynn Nevaeh Blanton; three brothers, Frank Parker, James Parker, Gary Parker, and four sisters, Karen Loschiavo, Bonnie Thomas, Linda Thomas, and Debbie Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bobbie Joe Parker.
Memorial Services will be conducted 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Gerald Penix officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Freddie S. Smith, 62

Freddie S. Smith, 62, of Minford, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016. Born December 29, 1953, a son of the late Marvin & Dollie Smith, he was an auto mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Annette Blackburn Smith; one son, Buster “Bucky” (Stacey) Smith; two daughters, Selena (Matthew) Lorts and Serena (Anthony) Johnson; nine grandchildren, and several siblings. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Smith and one brother.

Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Riverside Methodist Hospital, Cancer Care, 3535 Olentangy River, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Zepha M. Carter, 78

Zepha Mae Carter, 78, of Dutch Ridge Road, Portsmouth, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born January 6, 1938 in Pueblo, Colorado, a daughter of the late Hayden and Gladys (Osborn) Hunt, she belonged to the Cherokee Tribe in Albany, Georgia. She was a former employee for Doerr & Associates, Flannery Nursing Home and was a case manager for the Dept. of Human Services. She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Carter, whom she married on May 27, 1953 in Norwalk, Ohio; three sons, Robert H. Carter, John (Anita) Carter, Scott (Kelli) Carter; two daughters, Teri (Bill) Bowling, Sandy (David) Rader; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janie Bailey; three sisters, Betty Treadway, two other sisters in infancy and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 am Friday, July 15, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Dorothy K. Horner, 76

Dorothy Kay Horner, 76, South Webster, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016. Born March 24, 1940 in Straight Creek, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Evert and Laurie Scott Adkins, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She loved flowers and loved to read. She is survived by three sons, Jesse Horner, Jr., Robert Horner and Ricky Horner, all of South Webster; two daughters, Stephanie Johnson of South Webster and Lisa Sheets of Wheelersburg; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers, her twin, Douglas Adkins and Donald Adkins, and one sister, Patricia Holbrook. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Horner; one son, Chris Horner; one daughter, Angela Horner; three brothers, Ronald Adkins, Billy Adkins, David Adkins, and two sisters, Betty Brown and Frances Brown.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Burial will be at South Webster Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Merrie C. Turner, 63

Merrie Christine Turner, 63, of Minford, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at SOMC Hospice. Born December 25, 1952 in Dayton, a daughter of Carolyn Louise McFarland Tolle of Peebles and the late John R. Badgett, she was a homemaker, an EMT for Clay Squad II, Minford Squad 3 and Life Ambulance. She was an assistant EMT instructor at Shawnee State University, was a Rubyville Volunteer Firefighter, and attended Minford Community Church. Merrie loved to hand quilt and cross-stitch. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jim Turner of Minford; one daughter, Stephanie (Vaughn) Walburn of Minford; one sister, Sarah Stout of Peebles, and nephews. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, James Badgett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Ed Cox officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service. Donations can be made to your favorite charity or SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ralph E. Mault, 81

Ralph E. Mault, 81, of South Webster, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at his residence. Born March 21, 1935 in South Webster, a son of the late Gertrude Mault Jaycox, he was an iron pourer for Dayton Walther and was a lifetime member of New Boston Eagles. He is survived by his daughter, Penny Gilliland of South Webster; a former son-in-law, Doug Gilliland, and two granddaughters, Jessica (Cody) Compton and Amy Gilliland. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma G. Mault; his grandparents, who raised him, Archie & Jessie Fulk Mault; one brother, Robert Jaycox, and a sister, Barb Jaycox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Harold Cox officiating. Burial will be at South Webster Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Violet V. Ferguson, 90

Violet Virginia Ferguson, 90, of Beaver passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Heartland of Jackson. Born July 2, 1926 in Portsmouth a daughter of the late Albert and Goldie Esham Wood, she was a librarian for Minford Middle School and attended Stockdale United Christian Church. She is survived by one son, Al (Sherry) Ferguson of Beaver; one daughter, Candy (Bill) Commeans of Stockdale; eight grandchildren, Lana (Jerry) Long, Lori (Dave) Moore, David Commeans, Tyler (Jennifer) Ferguson, Clayton Ferguson, Brian Rider, Ashley (Donnie) Byrd and Joey Rider; fourteen great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Curt Ferguson on January 17, 2005 whom she married February 14, 1951; one grandchild, Joshua Ferguson, and one great grandchild, Broc Rider. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends, and many loved ones.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Stockdale United Christian Church with Pastor Major Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at Stockdale Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Donations can be made to Heartland of Jackson Hospice, 8668 State Route 93, Jackson, Ohio 45640. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Gregory Alan Duckson, 39

Gregory Alan Duckson, 39, of Portsmouth, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016. Born August 24, 1976 in Portsmouth, a son of Pamela Duckson Klein of Florida, he was a correction’s officer at SOCF and was of the Christian faith. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Zackary Alan Duckson; four daughters, Coey Renee Duckson, Kennedy Michele Duckson, Allie Faye Duckson and Andie Del Duckson; former wife and best friend, Cathy Duckson and a half sister, Stephanie Thoroughman. He was preceded in death by his father, Gregory Dale Newman; step-father, Eddie Muck and his grandmother, Wilma Faye Duckson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Lonnie Gambill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Nancy P. Gumbert, 80

Nancy Pauline Gumbert, 80, of Lucasville passed away Monday, July 4, 2016. Born November 12, 1935 in Ashland, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Marion and Ella Fleming Hutchinson, she was a homemaker and attended Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her husband, Joe Gumbert; one son, Tom Gumbert and, one daughter, Debra Jo Raiser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, James Hutchinson, Norman Hutchinson, Procter Hutchinson, Charles Hutchinson, Ray Hutchinson, and four sisters, Bess Gehringer, Jule Blevins, Goldie Browning, and Sena Fairchild.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford.

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Brian K. Loop, 43

Brian Keith Loop, 43, of Lucasville, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at SOMC. Born October 17, 1972 in Portsmouth, a son of Frances R. Watters Loop of Lucasville and the late Paul E. Loop. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell and Mae Loop and Dorothy and Charles Watters. He was self-employed, worked for 8 years at PGT in Florida, was a graduate of Valley High School and Electrician Maintenance at SCJVS. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Lynsey Morgan Loop (Audrey Stiltner, mother); wife, Crystal Conley Loop of Florida; brother, Paul J. Loop of Clarktown; two nieces, Andrea Loop and Hope Loop; a nephew, Levi Loop; several step children; uncle & aunt, Albert & Jeanne Watters of Cincinnati; aunt, Sandra Distel; aunt & uncle, Sue & Raymond Stiles of South Webster; uncle, Leon Loop; cousins, Michelle Trapp Maines (Jim), Bobbie-Jo Graff-Bobst (Michael), David Loop, and Greg Loop. The family would like to thank SOMC ICU, Kevin RN and Adam RN.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Bob Davis officiating. Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery near South Webster. Friends may call at the funeral home from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Henry C. Mason, 64

Henry Conner Mason, 64, of Portsmouth passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016. Born May 13, 1952 in Portsmouth, a son of Esther Goodwin Mason Crisp of Wheelersburg and the late Robert Raymond Mason, he was a graduate of Shawnee State University and majored in English/Humanities, he was self-employed as a DJ and lead singer for the band Flint. Mr. Mason is a past Editor of The Shawnee State University Silhouette, an arts magazine published in Portsmouth, Ohio. Under his leadership, the magazine received a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association. Mr. Mason was published in many literary journals and collections worldwide and won the “Editor’s Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry”. He loved music and his family and was a member of Sunshine Church of Christ. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his step father, Eugene Crisp; two sons, Robert Lon Walters of Cleveland, Michael Baker of Flatwoods, Kentucky; three sisters, Kaye Mason (Tsuyoshi) Inoshita, Dianne Mason (Stephen) Clemens, Robin Mason (Randy) Wright; one step-brother, David Crisp, and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a step sister, Gina Crisp Anderson. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Inoshita and his staff at Portsmouth Care Associates, SOMC Hospice and Best Care Nursing & Rehab Center’s staff for their loving care.

Funeral services will be conducted at Noon Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jason Coriell officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Tuesday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Teena L. Wessel,

Teena L. Wessel, 81, of Portsmouth a former Clarktown resident, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at SOMC. Born August 5, 1934 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Russell Charles and Sylvia Carleeta Justice Trace, she was a homemaker, attended Valley High School, was a member of Trace Family Trio for many years and traveled extensively and recorded songs written by her mother. She attended Harrison Mills Church of Christ in Christian Union. She is survived by two daughters Rhonda Wessel of Kansas, Oklahoma, Kimberly Rae (Gary) Shaddox of Clarktown; four grandchildren, Jennifer Renee Sherman, Gary D. “Buddy” (Angela) Shaddox, Steven Michael Shaddox, Brianna Joy Shaddox; two great grandchildren, Brittany and Alison Porter; one sister, Darlene DeAtley of Portsmouth; a special “son”, John Sherman, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Wessel who she married July 4, 1953 and a brother-in-law, Bill DeAtley.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Harold Cox, minister officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Jack Cordle, 80

Jack Cordle, 80, of Minford passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born July 15, 1935 in Blaine, Kentucky to the late Selca and Susie Cordle. He was a dairy farmer for 50+ years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine on November 6, 2006; son, Jack Dewayne Cordle in 1959; four brothers, Paul, Norman, Dewey, Selca Junior and one sister, Minerva. He is survived by two sons, Mike Cordle of Minford and Brian (Tami) Cordle of Minford; three daughters, Belinda (Alan) Moore of Wheelersburg, Pam (Gary) Kelly and Susan (DeWayne) Snyder of Minford; five grandchildren, Alison (Jim) Snodgrass, Michael (Tara) Cordle, Katie (Greg) Shirey, Wes (Terah) Cordle, Derek (Erin) Snyder; nine great grandchildren, Kara Harris, Waylon, Wyatt, Chase and Gabriel Cordle, Henry and Lacey Shirey, Dylan Snodgrass and Oakley Snyder; four brothers, Bill, Floyd, Lace, and John, and three sisters, Linda, Janet and Mary. The family will like to give special thanks to Heartland of Portsmouth.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Roger C. Coriell, Sr., 82

Roger C. Coriell, Sr., 82, of Minford, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his residence. Born May 27, 1934 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of the late Raymond and Ethel (Turner) Coriell, he was a graduate of Minford High School Class of 1952, a masonry contractor, a member of St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church, and a U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by four sons, Roger (Cindy) Coriell, Jr. of Portsmouth, Raymond (Susan) Coriell of Minford, Randall (Jennifer) Coriell of Portsmouth, Robert (Jodi) Coriell of Portsmouth; twelve grandchildren, Jeb (Rachel) Coriell, Lyndsey (Joe) Saltsman, Lauren Coriell, Evan Coriell, Hunter Harrell, Cole Harrell, Daryhl (Brady) Pisano, Ciara Coriell, Casey Coriell, Brea Coriell, Tori Coriell, Miranda Call; five great grandchildren, Tate Coriell, Talen Coriell, Rylee Coriell, Reyse Saltsman, Emerson Pisano; four brothers, Richard Coriell, Steve Coriell, John Coriell, Kenneth Coriell, and four sisters, Carolyn Wilcox, Diane Walker, Connie Brisker, and Mona Rupp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife on March 11, 2009, Julia “Judy” (Miller) Coriell, whom he married on August 1, 1959; a brother, Ronald Coriell, and two sisters, Pat Laudermilk and Joyce Harper.
Mass and Christian burial will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church in Wheelersburg with Father Joe Yokum and Deacon Chris Varacalli officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ronald Boggs, 80

Ronald Boggs, 80, of Clarktown, passed Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at SOMC Hospice Center in Portsmouth. Born June 30, 1935 in Portsmouth, Ohio a son of the late Novle K. and Imogene Kelly (Doss) Boggs, he retired from OSCO in Portsmouth, and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred H. Boggs, David K. Boggs, Richard Boggs, Kenneth Boggs, and a very special friend Clarabelle Slack.
Graveside services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg with Harold Harness officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Lillian G. Hitchcock, 73

Lillian Gladys Creech Culwell Hitchcock, 73, of Waverly, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 at James Cancer Center in Columbus. Born July 2, 1942 in Letcher County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Fulton and Essie Garrett Creech, she was retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Jackson, was a homemaker and was of the Christian Faith.

She is survived by two sons, William Joseph (Billy Joe) Culwell and Robert Charles (Robby) Culwell both of Waverly; two brothers, Joseph “Meb (Linda) Creech of Tennessee, James Ebb (Faye) Creech of Lucasville; two sisters, Mae Mullins of Cumberland, Kentucky and Faye Roberts of Pound, Virginia; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Velma Creech.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death with two husbands, Bill Culwell and Marvin E. Hitchcock; daughter-in-law, Teresa Culwell; four brothers, Carol, Ray, Roy, Oakley “Buddy” Creech, and two sisters, Marie Turner and Ritter (Rita) Sturgill. Gladys will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Ronnie Hines officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Ridge Cemetery in Beaver. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Arlene Knore, 93

Elsie Arlene Knore, 93, of Paris, Kentucky, a former Minford area resident, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her residence. Born August 9, 1922 in Fullerton, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Floyd and Dillie Florence Boggs Sexton, she was a homemaker and was member Sunshine Church of Christ. She is survived by two sons and daughters–in-law, Dennis and Kathy Knore of Mobile, Alabama, Don and Lisa Knore of Paris, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Alina (Ally) Knore, Cole Knore (Don & Lisa), and Zachary Knore (Dennis & Kathy), and 31 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Victor D. Knore on August 9, 2014; one son in infancy, David Lee Knore, and eight brothers and sisters, Oscar Melvin Sexton, Lebern Tyree Sexton, Edward Orville Sexton, Dorothy Gertrude Alexander, Elmo Paul Sexton, Helen June Abney, Juanita Mae Clay, and Eugene Clifford Sexton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at Sunshine Church of Christ in Minford with Steve Miller, Minister and Jamie Riley, Minister officiating. Burial will be at Batterson Cemetery near Minford. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the Church. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to Sunshine Church of Christ, 20 Barklow Rd Portsmouth, OH 45662 or Hospice of the Bluegrss, 2312 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Wesley C. Gammon, 95

Wesley Cheney Gammon, 95, of Lucasville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016. He was born March 29, 1921 in Scioto County to the late George and Elizabeth Jenkins Gammon, he was a mechanic for Houston Pontiac in Portsmouth, was retired chemical operator from Goodyear Atomic Corp. in Piketon, was a member of Living Waters Fellowship, and was a US Navy WWII veteran. He is survived by his children Linda Howard of Lancaster, Dean (Ginger) Gammon of Greenup, Diana (Bill) Alley of Lucasville, David (Sharon) Gammon of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Ilene Munn Gammon on December 8, 2015; one sister, Gail Slusher and one brother, Glenn Gammon.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Dicky L. Butts officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens near Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ella B. Madden, 81

Ella Bea Madden, 81, a former Scioto County resident, died Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Circle of Life, Earlene Howard Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. She was born September 21, 1934 in Lewis County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Mickle E. and Cassie (Howard) Parker. Ella is survived by two daughters, Kay (John) Howard of Minford, Shelley (Gene) Tabor of Rogers, Arkansas; one son Donnie (Anissa) Bush of Columbus; one daughter-in-law, Johnna Bush; 21 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Anthony Wayne Madden on September 2, 2012; two sons, Rob Bush and Tim Bush; 8 brothers, Lovell Parker, Orville Parker, Elza Parker, Ernest Parker, Calvin Parker, Thurman Parker, Frank Parker,  Herman Parker and 5 sisters, Dollie Lambert, Alma Jordan, Laura Davis, Dorothy Brown and Nellie Young.
Funeral services will be conducted Noon, Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Pastor Alan Rose officiating. Burial will be in Jacobs Cemetery near Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Mary F. “Dutch” Wilson, 92

Mary Frances “Dutch” Wilson, 92, of Minford, died Saturday, June 4, 2016 in the same house where she was born, March 22, 1924. She was a daughter of the late George Brenton McClellan Wilson and Grace E. (Snodgrass) Wilson. Dutch was a member of Minford United Methodist Church, a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1943, a member of the Lucasville Order of the Easter Star # 495, worked for William’s Shoe Manufacturing in Portsmouth for 33 years and retired in 1987 from Goodyear Atomic Corporation, with 10 years of service. She is survived by a sister, Carolyn Kay (David) Blackburn of Columbus, Ohio; nine nieces and nephews, Carolyn Cupp, David Wilson, Elva Busch, Mary Ellen Schatz, Dean Parks, George Parks, Diane Wallace, Daniel Murphy, Lisa Frieling; and fourteen great nieces and great nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert David Wilson and two sisters, Cynthia Ellen Murphy and Kathryn Joan Park.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Dennis Bell Officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service on Tuesday. The family would like to give a special thanks to all the nurses at Professional Case Management. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Minford United Methodist Church 510 East St., Minford, Oh 45653 or a charity of their choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Susan M. Sudbrook, 65

Susan Mae Sudbrook, 65, of Beaver, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Holzer Medical Center. Born May 19, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Lonza and Eliza (Frazier) Blevins, she was a homemaker. She is survived by one son, Carl Sudbrook (Sherry Edmonds); two daughters, Donna Hall (Jeremy Clarkson), Marsha Sudbrook; five grandchildren, Shawn Sudbrook, Adrianna Clarkson, Alex Sudbrook, Allen Sudbrook, Bradley Sudbrook, and four sisters, Betty Foster, Marie Wallen, Ruth Reynolds, and Judy Blevins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert Blevins, Lonzo Blevins, James Blevins; four sisters, Marybelle Hurt, Ella Blair, Lori Blevins, Bonnie Crabtree, and one grandson, Brandon Sudbrook.
Graveside services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Howard L. Riddlebarger, 92

Howard Lee Riddlebarger, “The Dozer Man”, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Howard fought a tough battle with Ithiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and never recovered from a very bad fall he had in his home on April 11, 2016. He was the son of the late Clarence and Biance Stratton Riddlebarger. Howard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Massie Staker Riddlebarger; his daughter, Jill (Jerry) Knight of Wheelersburg; two sons, Mark (Susie) Riddlebarger of Portsmouth and Edwin (Suzanne) Riddlebarger of Winchester, Kentucky; the mother of his children, Etta Wells Riddlebarger Skaggs; his grandchildren, Lindsey, Alyson, Cheyanne Riddlebarger, Amanda Knight and his only grandson, Colter Riddlebarger and the love of his life his great granddaughter, Gwendolyn Vera Riddlebarger. His lovingly extended family: Dr. Martin and Patty Staker of Wheelersburg, Dr. Todd & Elizabeth Staker of North Carolina, and Sheree Staker Arkyns of California, and grandchildren, Michael, Kate, Abby and Mimi Staker and James and Nick Arkyns. Also surviving are his beloved and most cherished sisters, Rosella (Albert) Bonzo of Franklin Furnace, Ruth Buchanan of Cincinnati, Thelma (Dick) Keyes of Ft. Meyers, FL., Donna (Dave) Dalton of Pasadena, Texas, and Jean (Jess) Sims of Ft. Meyers, FL. He was also a special and loved uncle to all the nieces and nephews of his sisters and will be missed so dearly. They all stayed in touch and were a very close family, with many visits with each other and lots of family dinners and Holidays at Libby & Howard’s house.

• Howard and Libby enjoyed Ballroom Dancing together and were members of the “52” Dance Club in Portsmouth.

• They enjoyed their passion for flying and flew many places. Howard was an avid pilot.

• Howard enjoyed his little green Mercedes and watching Lawrence Welk on TV every week.

• He knew every tree by name, he could identify any type of plane especially the World War II fighter planes. He knew them all.

• He loved church, his Bible that he had read over and over until the pages were worn. You can see how he loved to read it as Libby has placed it in his hands to be with him into eternity.

• Howard and Libby started dating in 1994 on October 26, 2003 they were married.

• Nash Car Club of America

• American Legion Post #23

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Arrick, Dr. Eli Saab and Dr. Jovanovich for their excellent care.

Pallbearers for the service will be Rick Martin, Eric Martin, Michael Staker, Jimmy Riddlebarger, Rodney Buchanan, Jeff Riddlebarger, Nick Arkyns, and David Scarbarough.

A Celebration of Howard’s life will be held at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with Steve Miller officiating. Visitation will be Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Resting place will be Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Dickey Post #23 American Legion. In lieu of flowers donations can be made through the Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 to the Steven Hunter Hope Fund or The Courtney Clifford Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ruth Walker, 92

Mary Ruth Walker, 92, of Clarktown, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at SOMC Hospice. Born January 12, 1924 in Fleming, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Marion W. and Lillian B. Gardner Turner and was a nurse at Southern Hills. She was a member of Willow Garden Club, a member of the Lucasville Order of the Eastern Star #495, and a member of Grace Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, Gary Walker of Hartland, MI; three grandsons; two granddaughters; three great grandsons; two great granddaughters; two brothers, Charles R. Turner of Cincinnati, Donald E. Turner of Cincinnati, and one sister, Alice Pfeffer of Urbana, IL. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Walker on September 17, 1997 whom she married August 9, 1945; one son, David Walker, and two brothers, William Turner and James C. Turner, and one sister, Jean White.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Duncan officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Garnet M. King, 92

Garnet Mae King, 92, of Minford, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born April 20, 1924 in Kentucky, a daughter of the late Alonzo and Laura (Prince) Perkins. She was a homemaker, owned and operated Bowen’s Grocery on St. Rt. 139 and attended Charity Freewill Baptist. She is survived by five sons, Ronald Eugene King, Earnest Elwood (Millie) King, Vernon Ray (Barbara) King, Alvin Lee (Mary) King, Jeffery Lane (Sheila) King; Twelve grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; twelve great-great grandchildren and two brothers William Sherman Perkins, and Ralph Edward Perkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Earnest E. King, Sr.; second husband, Hermie “Buddy” Bowen; one son Larry Allen King; one daughter, Ester Darlene Giles; two brothers, Michael Dean Perkns, James Clifford Perkins, and two sisters, Edna Eileen King and Delores Marie Perkins.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Dheel officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Michael L. Smith, 29

Michael Lonnie Smith, 29, of Minford passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born August 14, 1986 in Scioto County, a son of Freddie and Annette (Blackburn) Smith. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two children, Isaac Smith, Nevaeh Smith; long time girl friend, Jennifer Gillem; two sisters, Serena (Anthony) Johnson, Selena (Matthew) Lorts; one brother, Buster (Stacey) Smith, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Kevin Hay officiating. Burial will be at White Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Nora V. Adkins, 83

Nora Vick Adkins, 83, of Portsmouth, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born March 6, 1933 in Wayne County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Percie and Orpah Adkins, she retired as a display setter and manager at Kmart and a member of Lakeside Community Church. She is survived by a niece Susie (George) Salisbury; two great nieces, and four great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Adkins.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington, West Virginia with Pastor Gerald Penix officiating. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Gay Kirk, 78

Gay Kirk, 78, of Mary Esther, Florida, formerly of Minford, passed away November 10, 2015 after a sudden illness in Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Gay was born in Boyd County, Kentucky to the late Noble and Dovie (Borders) Kirk. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wife of 54 years, Betty Hickman Kirk, son Michael G. Kirk (Lynn), daughter Dawnell Kirk Claessen (Paul), granddaughter Laurilee Osorio, great-grandson Jackson Osorio all of Florida. Two brothers, Donald C. Kirk (Yvonne) and Andrew Kirk (Lois) of Ashland and Catlettsburg, Kentucky, also three nieces, three nephews, two step-grandsons and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Anna Lou Kirk May (William). Gay served in the Navy during the Korean War. Throughout his lifetime, he was a farmer, Deputy Sheriff, business owner, and Engineer on the Norfolk and Southern Railroad until his retirement in 1989, then he moved to Mary Esther, Florida. Gay was a long time member of James Irwin Post 662 American Legion of Minford, Ohio.

Memorial Services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Friends may call from noon-1:00 p.m. before the service Saturday. Burial will be at Wheeler Cemetery on Blue Run Road. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

 

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Paul Richard “Dick” Eckhart

Paul Richard “Dick” Eckhart, 84, of Portsmouth, a former Minford and Sciotoville resident, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Hillview Retirement Center. Born June 14, 1931 in Scioto County, a son of the late Marvin and Gayle Hadaway Eckhart, he was retired from New Boston Coke Plant, he was co-owner/operator of Dick’s Pizza in Sciotoville for 15 years, a member of American Legion, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by one daughter Sandy (Robert) Odell of Wheelersburg; two sons, Brian (Angela) Eckhart of Aiken, SC and Bradley Eckhart of New York, NY; nine grandchildren, Konard (Tina) Modschiedler, Ryan Evans, Eric Evans, Amy (Jeff) Ratcliff, Alissa McManus, Alexx (Daniel) Kitchings, Niki Eckhart, Levi (Angela) Odell, and Lindsay Odell; twenty great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Constance “Connie” Alice Gervais Eckhart on October 31, 2014; two brothers, Eugene Eckhart and Carl Eckhart, and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Eckhart.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace with Jason Coriell officiating. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund. http://www.somc.org/news/donations-page/donations/donate-hospice-caritas-fund/, or the Minford Athletic Boosters http://www.minfordfalcons.net/boosters.aspx. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

 

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Cebert E. Newsome

Cebert Edwin Newsome, 80, of Minford passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born January 5, 1936 a son of the late William and Rebecca (Amburgey) Newsome, he was a former employee of Empire Detroit Steel in Portsmouth, former owner of Newsome B.P. Station in Portsmouth, co-founder of Newsome Auto Parts and Auto Sales in Minford, and co-founder of Subway in Minford, Jackson, and Piketon. Cebert was also a U.S. Army Veteran, a board member of Tri-State Bible College in South Point, Ohio, and attended Temple Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Niner) Newsome; a son, Ed Newsome of Minford; a daughter, Robin (Paul) Jones of Franklin Furnace; four grandchildren, Ryan Burnheimer, Kyle Newsome, Kurt Newsome, Taylor Jones; a great-grandchild, Adam Burnheimer; a brother, Troy E. (Audrey) Newsome, and a niece, Toni Patrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Jean Burnheimer, and a sister, Thelma Jean Newsome.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Dr. Rod Niner officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tri-State Bible College, Attn: Bobby Mercer 506 Margaret Street South Point, Ohio 45680. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Wilma I. Lowder, 81

Wilma Imogene Lowder, 81, of Waverly, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at National Church Residences Bristol Village in Waverly. Born August 16, 1934 in Virgie, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Russell and Lille Jane Tackett Anderson and she was a homemaker. She is survived by one son, Dow (Denise) Lowder, Jr. of Waverly; two daughters, Brenda Lowder of Canal Winchester, Sharon Bartley of Columbus; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Lowder of Minford; 13 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren, and four sisters, Norene Blevins, Betty Euton, Freda K. Anderson, and Rita Ann Lehman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dow Lowder in 1976; two sons, Frank Lowder and Rick Lowder; four grandchildren; four brothers, Vadis Anderson, Russell Anderson, Jr., Morris Anderson, and Douglas Anderson, and one sister, Carol Proctor.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Bryan Davis officiating. Burial will be at Granny Thomas Cemetery in Kentucky. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service on Tuesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ida Mae Burchett, 96

Ida Mae Burchett, 96 of Minford passed away May 4, 2016 on her 96th birthday at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born May 4, 1920, a daughter of the late George Washington and Catherine Marie (Voorheis) Milar. She is survived by two sons, Denny Lee (Marilyn) Burchett, Michael L. (Teresa) Burchett; two daughters, Carolyn Mae Conklin, Dessie Deanna (Rick) Lipscomb; a daughter-in-law,Teresa Burchett; seven grandchildren, Lori Hull, Karen Vanco, Shannon Gill, Brandy Burchett, Brooklyn Lipscomb, John Carroll Burchett, Andrew Burchett; seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Carroll Burchett; a son Perry Burchett; four brothers, Albert L. Milar, Harold C. Milar, George Edward Milar, Leroy Milar, and five sisters, Rhelda Sheets, Patricia Saunders, Emogene Goode, Thelma Young, and Nora Alice Tackett.
Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mark Bales officiating. Burial will be at Rosemount Cemetery in Rosemount. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Leonard L. Rolfe, 92

Leonard Lester Rolfe, 92, of West Portsmouth, a former Minford area resident, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at his residence. Born June 3, 1923 in New Boston, a son of the late John Gearhart and Naomi Locher Rolfe and his step-mother, Goldie Rolfe, he was retired from Dayton-Walther, attended Salem United Methodist Church and was a cook in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He is survived by two sons, David (Marie) Rolfe of West Portsmouth and Dana (Anjelica) Rolfe of Philippines; eight grandchildren, Kayla Rolfe, Zach Rolfe, Dakota H. Rolfe, Hunter Rolfe, Tashina Rolfe, Joseph Rolfe, Shenandoah Rolfe, Bella Rolfe, Brianna Rolfe; two great grandchildren, Madalyn Donini and Aiden Rolfe, and one brother, Paul (Marti) Rolfe of Lucasville. In addition to his parents and step-mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine E. (Kronk) Rolfe; two brothers, Everett Rolfe, Hiram Rolfe, and five sisters, Alberta Powell, Ailene Rolfe, Loraine Donahoe, Margaret Lemaster, and Shelby Dugan.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Joe Ward officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Roy A. Young, Sr., 81

Roy A. Young, Sr., 81, of North Vernon, Indiana passed away at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus, Indiana. Born December 5, 1934 in Ruggels, Kentucky, Mr. Young was the son of Bruce Delbert and Gladys Jordan Young. He married Minnie Perkins on July 3, 1954 in Greenup, Kentucky; she survives. Mr. Young worked as general manager for Rock-Tenn in Columbus for 40 years retiring in 2003. He was a member of First Christian Church in North Vernon. Mr. Young enjoyed marbles, toys and cars. Survivors include his wife, Minnie Young of North Vernon, Indiana; sons, Troy (Jody) Young of Fayette City, Pennsylvania; Roy Young, Jr. of North Vernon and Mark Shockley of Hope, Indiana; daughters, Carol Caruso of Hanover, Indiana; Teresa (David) Shirley of Evansville, Indiana and Shirley (Raymond) Brisker of Wilton, Iowa; brothers, Albert (Marie) Young of Phoenix, Arizona and Art Young of Ohio; sisters, Hazel Cordle of Cleveland, Ohio, Ruth Haines of Indianapolis, Indiana, Carol Ann Slone and Donna Jean (Web) Conley both of Portsmouth, Ohio; fifteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Roberta Young; brother, Earl Young and sister, Marie Horvath.
A Funeral Service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, Indiana with Rev. Tony Garris officiating. Family and Friends may call at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.

A Funeral Service will also be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home, 6710 Swauger Valley Road, Minford, Ohio; Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service. Burial will be in the Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
Memorials may be made through the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services for Our Hospice of Jennings County.

 

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William E. Newman, 91

William Everett Newman, 91, of Wheelersburg, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his residence. Born October 15, 1924 a son of the late James Franklin and Martha Elizabeth (Risner) Newman, he was a electrical engineer for Empire-Detroit Steel in New Boston, a member of Western Son Masonic Lodge and Candy Run United Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Emogene (Phipps) Newman on October 6, 2004, whom he married on July 31, 1944, and a son William E. Newman, Jr. He is survived by three daughters, Terri (Glenn) Cunningham of Wheelersburg, Dr. Becky Ann (Edward) Thiel of Wheelersburg, Robyn G. (Danny) Thomas of Delaware; 12 grandchildren, Glenn L. (Lori) Cunningham, Jr., Kristen (Benjamin) Smith, Rae (Gary) Heimbach, David (Tricia) Newman, Tehra (Nathan) Clevenger, Matthew (Allison) Newman, Brittany (Nicholas) Altstaetter, Laura (Raghu) Varier, Trenton (Jill) Thomas, Caleb Thiel, Jordyn Thiel, and Noah Thiel, and 13 great-grandchildren, Alexandria Smith, Ellarie Newman, Charlie Newman, Kate Newman, William Newman, Rohan Varier, Avi Varier, Hannah Heimbach, Abraham Heimbach, Elizabeth Heimbach, Claire Clevenger, Benjamin Cunningham, and Sarah Cunningham.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Candy Run United Baptist Church with Junior Murray and Gary Heimbach officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. 4Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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