Dennis J. Meade, “Doc”, 63

Dennis James Meade “Doc”, 63, of Minford, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born May 31, 1951, in Portsmouth, son of Alvin Meade of Minford and the late Oretta Chaffins Meade, he retired from Minford Local Schools in 2008, after 35 years, he served as Principal 3 years and then Superintendent. He was also a member of Minford Lions Club. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Diana Scott Meade; one daughter, Shawn Jordan of Wheelersburg; one son, Randolph (Carrie) Meade of Portsmouth; five grandchildren, Auston Oretta Jordan, Zachary Tracz Jordan, Lane Robert Jordan, Lily Rose Meade and Xavier Edison Meade, and one brother, Barry Meade of Waverly.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mark Bales officiating. Burial will be at Salisbury Cemetery near Stockdale. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or the Minford Legacy Scholarship UCANN Fund, c/o Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Lloyd E. Risner, 49

Lloyd Eugene Risner, 49, of Portsmouth, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born October 29, 1964 in Portsmouth, a son of Effie Smith Risner of Wheelersburg and the late Floyd Risner, he was a truck driver for Veach Trucking in Stockdale and attended Grace Baptist Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Pamela (Jarrell) Risner; one son, Christopher Risner of Lucasville; one daughter, Amanda Risner of Portsmouth; one granddaughter, Ashleigh Risner of Lucasville; four sisters, Linda Baker of Wheelersburg, Darlene Stiles of Wheelersburg, Brenda Risner of Wheelersburg, and Trina Deemer of Minford, and four brothers, Larry Risner of Betsy Lane, Kentucky, Harold Risner of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Leonard Risner of New Boston and Vernon Risner of Wheelersburg.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Minford with Jason Coriell officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Kerna Conley, Jr.

Kerna Conley, Jr., 85, of Wheelersburg, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born January 7, 1929 in Ashland, Kentucky, a son of the late Rev. Kerna Conley, Sr. and Effie Reffitt Conley, he was a member of Plumber & Pipefitter’s Union Local 577 and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Scarberry Conley; one daughter, Bertha “Pinky” (Ed) Boyer; one son, Darrell Conley; four grandchildren, Eric (Lisa) Bramblett, Seth (Ashley) Boyer, Alex (Tara) Boyer and Latoya Davis; eight great grandchildren, Jesse and Christopher Bramblett, Sophia Evans, Haylie Boyer, Trey and Drake Boyer, Tayian Davis and Ezeiel Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Cecil Conley.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 at Rubyville Community Church Cemetery in Rubyville with Pastor Brett McGraw, Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to Noon prior to the service. 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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Etta M. Lewis, 80

Etta Myrl Lewis, 80, of Wheelersburg, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at her residence. Born January 12, 1934 in Vanceburg, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Ory and Ida Opal Logan Osborne, she was a homemaker and a member of Sunshine Church of Christ. She is survived by three sons, William Terry Lewis, Herbert Michael Lewis, and Paul Herbert Lewis, Jr.; two daughters, Paula Kay Moore and Susan Letitia Hargis; six grandchildren, Jennifer Reena Watson, Ashley Marie Lewis, Holly Kay Moore, Heather Ann Moore, Donovan Kelley Hargis, and Rachel Pauletta Hargis; two great-great grandchildren, Aiden James Watson and Ashlyn Jade Watson, and one brother, Gilbert Lee Osborne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Herbert Lewis, Sr. on February 13, 1993; one grandson, James Lewis; one sister, Helen Louis Carpenter, and one brother, James Monroe Osborne.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Steve Miller, Minister officiating. Burial was at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Circleville. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Mary Ellen Kallner, 82

Mary Ellen Kallner, 82, of Minford, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born February 23, 1932 in Argillite, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Samuel E. and Nettie Chaffins Winters, she was a 1950 graduate of Portsmouth High School, a hairdresser, a member of Eastern Star #495 in Lucasville and attended Fairview Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, David Allen Kallner; one daughter, Barbara Ann (Patrick) Day of Minford; one sister, Bernice Jones of Columbus, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Samuel E. Winters; and two sisters, Mildred Eisenburg and Bertha Branham.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Andrew Day officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. 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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Aryn D. Reeves, 23

Aryn Donetta Reeves, 23, of Wheelersburg, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 after a long battle with lupus. Born September 25, 1991 in Portsmouth, a daughter of Arron Reeves, Crissy Davis Reeves, and Kyam Matthews, her step-father, she was a graduate of Minford High School Class of 2010, she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and attended Sciotoville Church of the Nazarene. In addition to her parents, she was survived by two brothers, Troy (Jenn) Parker and Brice Kearns; two sisters, Rykki Reeves and Tameka (Henry) Howard; grandparents, James and Robyn Potter Fuller, Rick and Sheryl Davis and Etta Reeves. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Donald Reeves and one uncle, Justin Prince.

Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Preacher Roy Bennett officiating. Burial will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Bill E. DeAtley,87

Bill E. DeAtley, 87, of Portsmouth, went to his eternal home Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born November 25, 1926 in Adams County, Ohio, a son of the late David N. and Nellie A. (Jones) DeAtley, he was a captain with the fire department at Goodyear Atomic, retiring in 1988 with a total of 30 years of service. He was a graduate of Stockdale High School in the class of 1945 and became a Christian as a teenager, and along with his wife, Darlene were servants of God for their entire lives. He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Trace) DeAtley, whom he married in 1948 in Scioto County; a brother, Franklin DeAtley of Minford; two sisters, Lovetta Reed of Portsmouth, Wilotta Bernard of Columbus; two sisters-in-law, Teena Wessel of Portsmouth and Delores Sue DeAtley of Minford, and several precious nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and many wonderful friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert DeAtley and three sisters, Alice Mae DeAtley in childhood, Dorothy Smith and Patty DeAtley.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Rev. Major Montgomery and Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will be in Scioto Cemetery near Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial be made to a church or charity of your own choice. Online condolences may sent to www.edafh.com

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Robert L. Adams, 82

Robert Lee Adams, 82, of Minford, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 at his residence. Born January 17, 1932 in New Boston, a son of the late William H. and Jessie Culp Adams, he was a former employee of Empire Detroit Steel, retired from Valley Local Schools and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Days Adams; one son, Trent (Carol) Adams of Lucasville; one daughter, Trina Adams of New Boston; one step-daughter, Sheryl (Butch) Buckle of Minford; five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jason Coriell officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. 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 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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Michael Davis, 42

Michael Davis, 42, of Lucasville, died Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center after a long illness. Born September 28, 1972 in Portsmouth, a son of Fred Michael and Kimberly Dingess Davis, he was a 1992 graduate of Minford High School and was of the Pentecostal faith. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Cheyanne Davis; one granddaughter, Kensley Davis; one sister, Kelley Renia Alley; adopted sister, Theresa Lynn Reed; one nephew, John Dillon Alley, and his grandmother, Lucy Dingess. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Dingess and grandparents, Fred and Laura Davis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Betty Riley officiating. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 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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Eugene E. Adkins, 79

Eugene E. Adkins, 79, of Lucasville, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born October 14, 1934 in Portsmouth, a son of the late William and Bertha Lee Dyer Adkins, he attended Rubyville Community Church, was a member of Laborer’s Local 83 and was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Deamie Russell Adkins; one daughter, Luana Jean (James) Ship of Lucasville; three sons, Charles E. (Glenda) Adkins of West Portsmouth, William T. (Karen) Adkins of Lucasville, and Shawn Adkins of Portsmouth; twelve grandchildren, two grandsons he raised, William Ruby and Ben Adkins; fifteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters, Joyce Rodrigue of Portsmouth and Shirley Mullins of Portsmouth, and one brother, Denver Adkins of Lucasville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, who he raised, Nathan Adkins; three sisters, Luana Adkins, Bonnie Adkins, and Helen Adkins, and two brothers, Junior Adkins.

Funeral services will be conducted at Noon Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans officiating. Burial will be at Rubyville Community Church Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Dickey Post No. 23 American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Dusten A. McDaniel, 5 months

Dusten Allen “Little Rat” McDaniel, 5 months, of Bowdoin, Maine, passed away on September 15, 2014 at Central Maine Medical Center. Born April 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of Kristaen McDaniel and Joshua Doucette. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mckinze McDaniel; grandparents, Jeff Pittman, John McDaniel, Ronnasue Schaefer, Pauline Doucette and Kenneth Scribner Jr; six uncles, Nathen McDaniel, Chase Schaefer, Taylor Scribner, Dylan Scribner, Andrew Ames and Jason Ames; two aunts, Alaina Schaefer and Addy Schaefer, and cousins, Johnathen McDaniel and Khloe McDaniel. Great aunt and uncle Christie and Norman Scribner; Great grandparents, Pearl and Kenneth Sr. Scribner and Roger and Joanne Doucette; He was preceded in death by mamaw and papaw John & Sue McDaniel; mamaw, Norma Schaefer, and great grandfather, Charles F. Pittman.

Arrangements were under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Leonard R. Niner, 88

Leonard R. Niner, 88, of Minford, went to be with the Lord peacefully, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Best Care Convalescent Center in Wheelersburg  after an extended illness.  Best known as “Begin”, he was born September 8, 1926, in Scioto County, a son of the late Leonard Niner, Sr. and Katherine (Seibert) Niner. He was retired after 36 years from Goodyear Atomic/Martin Marietta Corporation.  He was a member of Berean Baptist Church, James Irwin Post No. 622 in Minford,  Veterans of Foreign War  in Sciotoville, and a former member of Minford Volunteer Fire Department. He was a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1944 and was a World War II Navy veteran.  He is survived by his wife, Alberta “Bert” (Shope) Niner, whom he married on March 27, 1948 in Huntington, West Virginia; a son, Ronald ( Linda) Niner of Minford; a daughter, Linda (Joe) Knapp of Wheelersburg; four grandchildren, Jill (Mike) Mercer of Columbus, Kristi (Bryan) Vallandingham of Sciotoville, Jenny (Nick) Glockner of Wheelersburg, Kevin Niner of Sciotoville; five great grandchildren, Kylie Vallandingham, Ethan Niner, Connor Glockner, Mark Glockner and Alex Mercer.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence Niner, Willard Niner, and his twin, “Tiny” Kennard Niner; sisters, Clara Shope, Gladys Gears, Margaret Craft, and Irma Turner.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastors Tim Goodwin and Kevin Gullion officiating.  Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace.  Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until 3:00 p.m. Saturday.  The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Best Care Nursing Home for the great care given to him.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Berean Baptist Church in Sciotoville Ohio.  Military graveside services will be conducted by the James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William Baker Post No.363.  Online condolence can be sent to www.edafh.com

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Betty R. Hall, 87

Betty Ruth Hall, 87, of Minford, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Best Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wheelersburg after a long illness. Born September 27, 1926 in Lyra, Scioto County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Golda (Estep) Jones, she grew up in New Boston and was a seamstress. She is survived by five children; Karen (Russ) Jordan, Paula (Gerald) Coyle, Rhonda (Doug) Bentley, Dale Hall, Gail (Brian) Fraley; 13 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren, and a brother, Robert Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. “Bob” Hall on November 7, 2013, whom she was married to for 54 years, and a sister, Doris Hilliard.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. 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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Edward Lewis, 70

Edward Lewis, 70, of Minford, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. He was born March 11, 1944 in Scioto County, a son of the late Luther Edward Lewis and Lona Frances (Parker) Lewis. He was a carpenter, and was the former owner and operator of Giovanni’s Pizza in Minford and attended Cook Road Baptist Church. He is survived by his children; Kathy Kammerer of Sciotoville; Karen (Justin) Brown of Wheelersburg, Kathi Richard of Mason , Ohio, Michael Lewis of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren, Kyle (Alex) Clark, Shelli Jordan, Stefani (Dan) Leming, Brandi Powell, Tanisha Brown, Matthew Brown, David Gerald, Kenneth Dunn, II, Justin Brown, Timothy Brown, Curtis Brown, Andrew Brown, Lee Ann Williamson; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Lewis, Jerry Lewis and a sister, Winnie Jacobs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Mason) Lewis, on July 2, 2009, whom he married on May 19, 1967; two sons, Donald Wayne Lewis on September 26, 2010, and Eddie Lewis in infancy; two brothers, Russell Lewis and Carl Lewis, and two sisters, Pauline Caseman and Betty Meadows.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Larry Parks officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery near Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 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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Elizabeth D. Romanello, 80

Elizabeth Delores Clevenger Romanello, 80, died peacefully at her home with her children and family by her side on August 28, 2014. She was born in Sandy Hook, Kentucky on June 25th, 1934, the daughter of the late Beecher and Irene Adkins Clevenger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Romanello and her brother, Randall Clevenger. Delores is survived by her children – Beverly (Marvin) Pertuset, Greg (Karen) Romanello, Joe (Angel) Romanello, and Jill (Rick McCleese) Romanello. Grandchildren – Lori (Shane) Conover of Blanchester, OH; Seth (Philiss) Carkeek of Georgetown, OH; Marcus (Shawntae) Romanello of West Chester, OH; Matthew (Mareena) Romanello of Lucasville, OH; Michael (Natalie) Romanello of Unionville Center, OH; Dana Romanello of Nashville, TN; Wes (Chrissy) Romanello of Wheelersburg, OH; Amanda Merritt of Morgantown, WV. Great Grandchildren – Colt Conover; Isabelle & Layla Elliott; Halle Carkeek; Baylen, Beckham, Benjamin & Brahmston Romanello; Bryce Romanello; Zachary Romanello Gahm; Rydan Romanello; Finley & Felix Romanello. She is also survived by her sister Sabina Sue (Dennis) Hegarty; sister in law, Darlene Clevenger; brother in law, Robert (Betty) Romanello and many nieces and nephews. Delores began her 28 year nursing career at Mercy Hospital, retiring from Southern Ohio Medical Center. Delores was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved music, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. Her positive outlook on life influenced everyone she met. She will never be forgotten.

Friends and family are welcome to attend visitation at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, OH on Saturday August 30th, 2014 from 1pm-4pm. Funeral services will begin at 4pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th St., Portsmouth, OH 45662. The family also encourages you to visit musicandmemory.org. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Robert E. Alvis, 83

Robert Eugene Alvis, 83, of Wheelersburg, died August 17, 2014 at his home after a two year battle with cancer. He was born September 20, 1930 in Creston, West Virginia, the son of the late Iva B. Lowe Greathouse and Edward C. Alvis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Lou Alvis on August 24, 2010, an infant sister, Anna Lou Greathouse, his stepfather, Herman H. Greathouse, several Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Robert was an Air Force Veteran, having served our Country during the Korean War. He went on to become a security officer at the Goodyear Atomic Plant. In 1963 he became a Correctional Officer, and later, a Counselor, with the Federal Prison System. Robert was an avid gardener and former country store owner. Survivors include a son, Jack D. Alvis (Angelita) of Chillicothe, daughters Pamela K. Lane (Larry Wettstein) of Waverly and Joni L. Dixon (James) of Minford, Grandchildren Aaron Lane (Erin) of Maryland, Amanda Hannan (Tanvir) of New York and Michael Dixon (Tressa) of Wheelersburg, two foster Grandchildren, four Great-Grandchildren, three step Great-randchildren, Aunts, Uncles and cousins with whom he was raised with and considered them as siblings.

Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. There will be no visitation as per Robert’s request. Private burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford.

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Donald E. Allen, 94

Donald E. Allen, 94, of Shelby, Ohio, a former Stockdale area resident, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby. Born October 12, 1919 in Scioto County, a son of the late Clarence W. and Jennie Hosier Allen, he was retired from Portsmouth Redi Mix Concrete was a 40 year member of Stockdale Fire Department and a former member of Teamsters. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 622 and attended Stockdale and Coles Boulevard United Methodist Churches. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Joe Estepp of Shelby; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Jean Allen of Sparta Kentucky; three grandsons, Mike Allen, Joseph (Pat) Estepp, Jonathan (Lori) Estepp; three great grandchildren, Leigha Allen, Lindsey Allen, Eric Allen, and one great great granddaughter, Juleigha Mae Suggs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Julia M. Adams Allen on November 8, 2011 whom he married November 3, 1941; three brothers, Edgar Allen in infancy, William Herbert Allen and Harold Allen, and one sister, Dorothy Hickman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Major Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at Adams-Salisbury Cemetery near Stockdale. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. 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 can be made to Stockdale Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.edafh.com.

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Victor D. Knore, 91

Victor D. Knore, 91, a former Minford area resident, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Paris, Kentucky. Born November 21, 1922 in Scioto County, a son of the late Frank and Stella Mae (Schomburg) Knore, a lifetime farmer in Scioto County, he worked 10 years as a Chemical Operator at the Goodyear Atomic Energy Plant in Piketon, Ohio, and retired from Millwright Local 1519 in Ironton Ohio after 33 years of employment. He was a member of Sunshine Church of Christ, a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1940, and was a 4-H advisor for many years. He was a 32 degree Mason with The Valley of Columbus Scottish Rites, and member and Past Master in 1950 for the Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465. He is survived by his wife, Arlene (Sexton) Knore; two sons and daughters–in-law, Dennis and Kathy Knore of Mobile, Alabama, Don and Lisa Knore of Paris, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Ally Knore, Cole Knore (Don & Lisa), and Zachary Knore (Dennis & Kathy); and 31 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Knore in 1960; three brothers, Calvin W. Knore, Woodrow “Pete” Knore, Frank Harmon Knore; three sisters, Golden Hale, Stella Mae Knore and Garnet Shelton.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Sunshine Church of Christ with Steve Miller, Minister and Jamie Riley, Minister officiating. Burial will be in Batterson Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at Sunshine Church of Christ. A masonic service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday by the Lucasville Lodge. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: The Sunshine Church of Christ, 20 Barklow Road, Portsmouth, OH 45662 and the Scioto County 4-H Endowment Fund, OSU Extension Office, 602 Seventh Street – Courthouse Room 7, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Carol J. Burnheimer, 55

Carol Jean Burnheimer, 55, of Minford, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth.  Born October 4, 1958 in Lawton, Oklahoma, a daughter of Cebert and Marilyn (Niner) Newsome, of Minford, she was secretary at Southern Ohio Medical Center in the volunteer office. She was a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1976 and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Minford.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Frank Burnheimer, whom she married on November 16, 1979; a son, Ryan Burnheimer, of Minford; three grandchildren, Adam Burnheimer, Brooklyn Moore, Haley Blevins; a brother, Ed Newsome of Minford; a sister, Robin (Paul) Jones of Franklin Furnace and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Rob McKinney officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

In lieu of flowers the family has established a memorial fund for Carol at Southern Ohio Medical Center that will be used for a project at SOMC specific to the volunteer program at the hospital.  If you would like to contribute, please send contributions to the SOMC Development Foundation, Carol Burnheimer Memorial Fund: 2201 – 25th Street. Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

 

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Harold D. Spencer, 78

Harold D. Spencer, 78, of Wheelersburg, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at OSU Hospital in Columbus. Born October 4, 1935 in Hazard, Kentucky, a son of the late Sherman and Cappie Collins Spencer, he was a laborer and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irene Bevins Spencer; one daughter, Gwendolyn (Timothy) Beeler of Yuma, Arizona; one grandson, Sean (Laurie) Beeler of Washington, DC; one great granddaughter, Madelyn Beeler; one brother Sherman Spencer of London, Ohio, and one sister, Barbara Tuttle of Waverly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Spencer and Bobby Spencer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Lowell King officiating. Burial will be at Owl Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3:00 to 6:00 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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Danny C. Laxton, 65

Danny Carl Laxton, 65, of Lucasville, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Elbrooke Pavillion in Minford. Born February 24, 1949 in Matewan, WV a son of the late French Edward and Judy K. Hardy Laxton, he was a carpenter. He is survived by three brothers, Frankie Laxton, Virgil Laxton and Wayne Laxton, and four sisters, Linda Hirst, Melody Adkins, Kimberly Campbell and Shannon Fickey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Eddie Laxton.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery in Blue Creek, Adams County with Peter Michael officiating. Friends may call at the cemetery from Noon to 1:00 p.m. 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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Raymond E. Hancock, 68

 

Raymond Edward Hancock, 68, was born April 30, 1946 to the late Helen (Morris) Hancock and Charles Hancock. He is survived by 2 daughters, Marcie Hancock Besco of Portsmouth and Rae Lynn Hancock with life partner Karla Creel of Dayton; two grandsons, Tyler and Joshua Besco; two sisters, Dawn (Chaz) Arthur and Jean (Randy) Allen both of Portsmouth; two nieces, Angela (Buddy) Kitchen of Portsmouth and Barbie (Brandon) Murphy of Wheelersburg; two great nieces, Jordan Kitchen and Alyssa Murphy, and three great nephews, Brock Kitchen and Dane and Cameron Murphy. Ed was a devoted father and a loving brother and served proudly with the United States Air Force in the medical field. He was employed at U.S. Chemical for more than 20 years. Ed loved his sports and was a huge Cincinnati Reds fan and Ohio State Buckeye fan but his heart was and forever will be with his Portsmouth Trojans!! He loved and supported the students and athletics of PHS and was honored to receive an award from the 1992 Lady Trojan Basketball team as their #1 fan of all time.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jason Coreill officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to the service. 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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Pearl Tolliver, 72

Verna “Pearl” Tolliver, 72, of Stockdale, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at SOMC. Born May 31, 1942 in Greenup, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Nollie Loren and Myrl Ruth McFarland Hunt, she was a homemaker and a member of Stockdale Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ben R. Tolliver; four sons, Ben (Carol) Tolliver of Grove City, Sam (Denise) Tolliver of Asheville, Jim (Tisha) Tolliver of Stockdale, and Aaron Tolliver of Stockdale; three daughters, Ruth (James) Nowlin of Minford, Rhonda (Rich) Holloway of Stockdale, and Lora (Barry) Rose of Minford; 19 grandchildren, Matthew Tolliver, Abigail Tolliver, Natalie Tolliver, Sam Tolliver, Josh Tolliver, Jacob Tolliver, Katlyn Tolliver, Blake Vanderpool, Sarah Tolliver, Garrett Tolliver; Andrea Nowlin, Heather Nowlin, Seth Nowlin, Eric Holloway, Jason Holloway, Ryan Holloway, Casey Rose, Brigette Rose, and Daulton Rose, and one brother, Ralph Hunt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Mullins, Myrtle Bays, and Olive Clark; two brothers in infancy, Vernon Hunt and Oakley David Hunt, and three brothers, Ray Hunt, Denver Hunt and Dale Hunt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Stockdale Baptist Church in Stockdale with Pastor Rick Evans officiating. Burial will be at Tolliver Cemetery. Friend may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Lemoyne (Powell) King, 98

 

Hazel Lemoyne (Powell) King, 98, of Rubyville,(Rubyville’s oldest resident), died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth.  Born December 17, 1915 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late George Alva and Minnie Myrtle (Allison) Powell, she was a 1933 graduate of Minford High School and was the last surviving member of that class. She was a homemaker, attended Rubyville Community Church and was former member of the Minford Homemakers Club.  She is survived by a son, Ronald K. King of Naperville, Illinois; a daughter and son-in-law, Lena and Bob Rowe of Rubyville; four grandchildren, Eric and Gail Rowe, Debbie & Gary Souders, Kimberly Trichardt, Kenneth and Lee King; 8 great grandchildren, Ryan Souders, Daniel Souders, Tyler Rowe, Mackenzie Rowe, Marissa Trichardt, Maya Trichardt, Alex Trichardt, Chelsea Dunda, and three great-great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Leo King, on October 3, 1995, whom she married in 1941; a great granddaughter, Natalie King; a brother, Glenn L. Powell and a sister, Dorothy Huston.
Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Rubyville Community Church in Rubyville, with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home from 3:00 to7:00 p.m. Saturday, and one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church. Donations may be made to: Christ Brethren Church, 9776 State Route 139, Lucasville, OH 45648.  Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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M. Bruce Kongos, 65

Micheal “Bruce” Kongos, 65, of Kongos Road, Twin Valley, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 in the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born August 5, 1948 in New Boston, Ohio, a son of the late Nick and Anna Lee (Allen) Kongos, he worked for 15 years for Coca-Cola Bottling in Portsmouth, and for 15 years owned and operated Little Nick’s Hot Dogs in North Moreland. He was a graduate of Clay High School Class of 1967 and was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Shumway) Kongos; three sons and daughters-in-law; Lt Col Dwayne and Tricia Kongos of Omaha, Nebraska, Dustin and Belinda Kongos, of Lucasville, Nick and Miranda Kongos of West Portsmouth; six grandchildren; one sister, Betty Dalton of Wesley Chapel, Florida and one brother, John Kongos, of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Jean Carlene Kongos, Lena Iovino, Kay Miller and Margaret Earles.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Pastor Don Noel officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post # 622 and James Baker Post # 363. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Johnathon C. Short-Scaff, 13

Johnathon Jip Curtis Short-Scaff, 13, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at SOMC Emergency Room. Born September 6, 2000 in Columbus, Ohio, he was a son of Tina and John Short, and Randy and Trisha Scaff. He was a student at Minford Middle School and a member of Victory Baptist Church. Johnathon aka Egghead or Bub by his family, he loved all sports, fishing, and hunting. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Jip and Sandy Howard, Marvin and Dianna Short and Margaret and Randy Scaff; three sisters, Heaven Short (Scaff), Destinie Short (Scaff) and Destiny McKenzie, and one brother, Dylan “Pickle” Fitzgerald (Short), two aunts, Goldie Bowling and Fonda Sexton; three uncles, Tim Howard (Uncle Bubby), Jeff Short (Uncle Frog) and John Scaff, and several great aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Paul Gibson officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Burial Park in Rushtown. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 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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George E. “Woody” Rowe, Jr., 53

George E. “Woody” Rowe, Jr., 53, of McDermott, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Born September 28, 1960 in Portsmouth, a son of the late George E. and Wanda Lee Rowe, he was employed at Taylor Lumber Co. and was a 1979 graduate of Valley High School. He is survived by his wife, Sheryl (Adkins) Rowe; one son, Bryan (Amy) Rowe of Otway; one daughter, Miranda (Steve Scott) Rowe of Otway; five grandchildren, Zach Rowe, Garrett Rowe, Keanu Garetino, Skyler Scott and Wyatt Scott; three brothers, Mike Rowe, Doug (Anna) Rowe, and Tim Rowe; mother and father-in-law, Jeannie and Harold Davis; brother-in-law, David Davis, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Eric Rowe and one sister, Elberta Rowe.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Danny Powell officiating. Burial will be at Garvin Cemetery in McDermott. 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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Vicki L. Aeh, 72

Vicki Leah Aeh, 72, of Lucasville, went to be with Jesus and her loved ones, Friday, June 27, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born February 11, 1942 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Clyde Anderson and Norma Avanelle Nelson Stevenson, she was an Optometry Assistant and a 1999 Graduate of Shawnee State University. She is survived by one daughter, Wendy (Kevin) Yost of Lucasville; one son, Andy (Brenda) Aeh of South Shore, Kentucky; one son-in-law, Robert Ray of Portsmouth; five grandchildren, Jacob Darnell, Baleigh Aeh, Rachael Ray, Gavin Aeh and Ian Yost; one sister, Randy (Jerry) Easter of South Portsmouth, Kentucky; two brothers, Jerry (Cheri) Stevenson of Columbus and Greg (Darlene) Stevenson of Frankfort, Kentucky, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Jhan A. Aeh; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Ray, and one grandson, Gage Michael Stewart.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Tim Bennett officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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JoAnn Swaim, 82

JoAnn Swaim, 82, of Minford, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Concord Health & Rehabilitation Center in Wheelersburg. Born November 22, 1931 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Jesse T. and Genevieve Hoops Smith, she was a former employee of Williams Manufacturing, a homemaker and attended Harrison Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Floyd Swaim, Jr.; one son, Donald (Beverly) Swaim of Medina; one daughter, Beverly (Mel) Goetting of Minford; four grandchildren, Andy Goetting, Matt Goetting, Cheyenne Swaim and Shaina Swaim; two step-grandchildren, Jamie Farkas and Jarrod (Amy) Farkas; two step great grandchildren, Devin Farkas and Cash Farkas; two sisters, Linda Wright of Colorado, and Lucille Hutchinson of Minford, and one brother, Homer Smith of Pennsylvania. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Smith and Clarence Smith and four sisters, Christine Klein, Jane Mason, Virginia Steel, and Mary Karl.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mike Mounts officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

 

 

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William “Bill” E. Howell, 78

William “Bill” Eugene Howell, 78, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 22, 2014 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. He was born at home on May 12, 1936 to the late William O. and Marcella (Coriell) Howell. Bill was always a kind hearted man and a hard worker.  He always worked various jobs to provide for his daughters.  He wasn’t a church going man but did give his heart to the Lord. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Floyd Howell and Manuel Howell; two daughters, Shirley Violet Howell and Phyllis Teresa Howell; one grandson, Jerry Allen McKenzie, Jr., and his loving companion of 27 years, Juanita Martin. He is survived by one sister, Shirley Conklin Stapleton; two daughters, Mrs. Rosa (Perry) Blackburn and Mrs. JoAnn (Jeff) Andrews; four grandchildren, Tresera (David) Rhoton, Shane (Mindi) Blackburn, Robin Larson, and Michael Meadows, Jr.; 10 great grandchildren; Brooklyn, Elysia, Kirsten, Mikey, Mya, Brayden, Mason, Braden, Haleigh, Rowan, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at White Cemetery in Minford with Brother Rick Arthur officiating. 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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Colleen Lawhun, 77

Colleen Lawhun, 77, of Portsmouth, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 in Huntington, WV. Born February 18, 1937 in Letcher County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Arthur T. and Lula Hampton Stamper, she had worked at the CCC Camp in Friendship, a member of Slocum Garden Club and a member of Grace Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harold Lawhun; one son, Rick (Carla) Lawhun of Springfield; one daughter, Susan (Michael) Peach of Portsmouth; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Darrell Stamper and Douglas Stamper, and three sisters, Irene Stephenson, Joyce Medley and Shirley Bays. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother in infancy, Oral Stamper.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Rob McKinney officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 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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Loretta G. Zornes, 88

Loretta Geraldine Zornes, 88, of Lucasville, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born November 5, 1925 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Hasten and Genoa Farley Lemaster, she was a graduate of Clay High School, a Hostess of Cardinal Vending Service, and attended Christ Brethren Church. She is survived by two sisters, Laura (Edwin) Benner of Rubyville and Linnie (Tom) Riggs of Rubyville; two brothers, Billie (Betty) Lemaster of Columbus and Kenneth (Phyllis) Lemaster of Flatwoods, Kentucky, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Zornes on May 1, 1996 whom she married in 1948; two brothers, Paul Lemaster in infancy and Robert Lemaster, and two sisters, Lovel Sniff and Anna Williamson.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Universal Cemetery in Rubyville. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.

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Gwendolyn Norris, 90

Gwendolyn Norris, 90, of Portsmouth, a former Minford area resident, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Hillview Retirement Center. Born March 2, 1924 in Chesapeake, West Virginia, daughter of the late Frank and Elsie McVey Lavender, she was a homemaker. She was a member of Lucasville Eastern Star #495, a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and was of the Methodist faith. She is survived by one sister, Louise Douglas of Chesapeake, WV; two brothers, Bob Lavender of Chesapeake, WV and Jack Lavender of Beckley, WV; good friend, Pat Skaggs of Minford; many good friends at Hillview Retirement Center and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence E. Norris on April 5, 1990 whom she married March 11, 1943 and one sister, Hallie Douglas.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Chaplin Peter Michael officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday prior to the service. 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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Raymond J. Wheeler, 85

Raymond Jesse Wheeler, Sr., 85, of Otway, a former Minford resident, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born July 8, 1928 in Scioto County, a son of the late Dan and Madge Ross Wheeler and step-mother, Bertha Thompson Wheeler, he was a retired farmer. He is survived by his children, Karen (Ed) Smalley of Lucasville, Brenda Harris of Otway, Raymond, Jr. (Sue) Wheeler of Minford, Tim (Melissa) Wheeler of Minford, Larry (Danyelle) Wheeler of Minford, Danny (Tammy) Wheeler of South Bloomfield, Paul (Debbie) Wheeler of Peebles, Paulette Phillips of Wheelersburg, Robert (Suzanne) Wheeler of Peebles, Richard Wheeler of West Union, and Randal (Shona) Wheeler of Minford; 30 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, and two brothers, Clarence Wheeler of Minford and Nate Wheeler of Perry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Edgel Wheeler, Norman Wheeler, Eljay Wheeler and Marvin Wheeler; three sisters, Louise Holbrook, Emma Jean Triggs, and Lorraine Justice, and two step-brothers, Kermit Phillips and Rodney Phillips.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Rev. Charles Wiltshire officiating. Burial will be at Mault-Wheeler Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. 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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Geraldine F. Bender, 98

Geraldine F. Bender, 98, of Minford, a former Swauger Valley resident, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born July 27, 1915 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Reuben Arthur Shonkwiler and Eunice Lillian (Elliott) Shonkwiler, she was a lifetime resident of Scioto County. She was a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1933, and served on Minford Alumni Committee for several years. She was a former employee of Millhuff’s in Sciotoville, a cook at Swauger Valley Schools, and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy “Dottie” and Vernon Williams of Sciotoville and Diane and Dennis Bennett of Minford; 5 grandchildren, Beverly (Shawn) Pearl, Andy (Lisa) Bennett, Scott (Joy) Bennett, Wendy (Darren) Rawlins, and Lindsay (Marc) May; seven great grandchildren, Emily Nicole Runyon, Sarah Elizabeth Hamilton, Allison Wurts, Samuel Bennett, Anna Bennett, Luke Bennett and Nicholas Pearl; two great great grandchildren, Jacob Runyon and Sophia Hicks; two step great great grandchildren, Eli Runyon and Alyssa Runyon, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Bender on February 29, 1992 whom she married in 1936; a granddaughter, Valerie Hamilton; a great granddaughter, Elli Bennett; two brothers, Lindsey Walter “Pete” Shonkwiler and Eugene Shonkwiler, and two sisters, Elizabeth Carmichael and Pauline Shonkwiler in childhood.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Scott Bennett officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 to 6:00 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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Lorene Donahoe, 85

Lorene Rolfe Donahoe, 85, of Salem Road, Minford, Ohio, went to be with her heavenly father on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her loving children. Born July 3, 1928 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a daughter of the late Mr.& Mrs. Gearhart Rolfe, (Naomi Ruth Locher) and step-mother Goldie. She was a homemaker. A member of Harrison Free Will Baptist Church, Lucasville Eastern Star, she had attended New Boston and Minford Local Schools. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, of fifty plus years, William J. Donahoe, whom she married on August 2, 1953 in New Boston, Ohio. She is survived by two brothers, Leonard and Paul Rolfe, and her 10 children; seven sons, Michael (Naomi) Donahoe, of Utah, Dennis (Diana) Donahoe of Wheelersburg, Greg (Lisa) Donahoe of Lexington, Kentucky, Bob (Phyllis) Donahoe, Dwayne (Lori) Donahoe, Gary Donahoe, Jason (Brittani) Donahoe, all of Minford; three daughters, Pam ( Larry) Tieman of Lucasville, Patty (John) Lester of Minford, Paige (Brian) Missler of Wheelersburg; 20 grandchildren, Brian and Joseph Donahoe, Dana Fetters, Erica Shoemaker, Katie Lyon, Stacy, Christopher and Dylan Donahoe, Scott and Tasha Donahoe, Mandy Childers, Emily and Abby Donahoe, Luke and Levi Lester, Breanna and Jaiden Missler, Sagan Gampp, Colt and Caston Donahoe; 15 great grandchildren; Chanel, Chloe, BreAnna, Ciera, Shyanne, Stephanie, Summer, Jackson, Erin, Ali, Paxton, Cruz, Mason, Landon and Halle. In addition to her husband, parents and step-mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Hiram and four sisters, Alberta, Ailene, Margaret and Shelby.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Pastor Mike Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Minford. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the service on Friday. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Online condolence may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Charlotte L Lambert, 75

Charlotte Louise Whisman Lambert, 75, of Minford, went to Heaven on Saturday, June 7, 2014. She was born on August 10, 1938 in Twin Valley, Ohio and was a life long resident of Scioto County, Ohio. She was a 1957 Clay High School graduate. Charlotte was the daughter of the late Melford and Nellie Murphy Whisman. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She enjoyed working on genealogy, sharing family photos, and keeping in touch with family and friends on Facebook. She leaves behind a loving husband of 56 years, Donald Ray Lambert, Sr. They were married on her birthday, August 10, 1957. They have five children, Carol Lambert, Patty Lambert, and Donald (Sherri) Lambert, Jr. all of Minford; Rhonda (Mark) Burchett of Hilliard, and Melinda Lambert of Minford. She has five grandchildren that she was very proud of, Erica Lambert (Nathaniel Welch), Tiffany Lambert, Trent Burchett, Tanner Lambert and Brittney Burchett. She also is survived by one brother, Kenny (Patty) Whisman; sister-in-law, Harriet Whisman, and brother-in-law, Bill Bair. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Mabel (Calvin) Seagraves, Reda (Robert) Fannin, and Darlene Bair, and four brothers, Donald Whisman, Paul (Belva) Whisman, James (Dorothy) Whisman, and Dennis Whisman.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Elder Paul Matthews officiating. Burial will be at Salisbury Cemetery. 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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Frances Hamilton, 87

Frances Hamilton, 87, of Minford died Saturday, June 07, 2014 in Huntington, West Virginia.  Born July 9, 1926 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Mark and Marie (Eckhart) Butcher, she was a civilian employee for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 29 years, and a 1944 graduate of Minford High School.  She is survived by a son, Rodney (Gina) Hamilton of Deltona, Florida; a brother, Bill (Alice) Butcher of Minford; a grandson, Bryan (Christy) Hamilton of Minford; two great grandchildren, Ty and Bryson Hamilton of Minford; eight nieces and nephews, Teresa (Rob) Harrell, Mike (Tomi) Butcher, Mark (Chris) Butcher, Terry (Mirian) West, Tracey West, Regina (Ned) Cox, Diane Kirby, Barbara (Terry) Vallano, and a special friend, Cheryl Wilcox.  In addition to her parent,s she was preceded in death by her husband, Paris Hamilton, on October 16, 1999, and a brother Maurice Butcher.
Funeral services will be conducted Noon Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Ed Cox officiating. Burial will be in Butcher Cemetery on White Gravel Road. Friends may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service on Tuesday.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:  Minford High School Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund, c/o Ruth Swords, 315 White Gravel Road, Minford, Ohio  45653.  Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Manuel A. Howell, 63

Manuel A. Howell, 63, of South Webster, died Friday, June 6, 2014 at his residence.
Born October 16, 1950 in Scioto County, a son of the late William O. and Marcella M. (Coriell) Howell, he was self-employed. He was not a man who attended church, but he had a very strong belief in God, and now he is in Heaven with no more sorrow or pain.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sue (Queen) Howell, whom he married in 1970; a daughter, Amy Howell of South Webster; a sister, Shriley Conklin Stapleton of Minford; a brother, William “Bill” Howell of Minford, and his four dogs he loved; JoeBrown, Fuzzy, Buddy and Dude.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy Amanda Howell, and a brother, Floyd Howell.
No calling hour or services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolence may be sent to www.edafh

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June Hamilton, 86

June Hamilton, 86, of Ashland, Ohio, a former West Portsmouth resident, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Brethren Care Village in Ashland, Ohio. Born June 23, 1927 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late John and Bessie Kaiser Oster, she was a graduate New Boston High School, a telephone operator for General Telephone and was of the Church of Christ faith. She is survived by two sons, Steve (Linda) Hamilton of Hillsboro and Brett (Jeanette) Hamilton of Franklin; one daughter, Cheryl (Bob) Clark of Ashland, Ohio, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Hamilton, Jr. on June 2, 1984, and two brothers, Donald Oster and Bill Oster. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. 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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John T. Minzelli, 77

John T. Minzelli, 77, of Minford, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born May 8, 1937 in Portsmouth, son of the late Gimmie and Fannie Marie Traylor Minzelli, he was retired from Chrysler Corp. and Ohio Department of Transportation, he was member of American Legion Post 23, 40 & 8, Sons of the American Legion, Lucasville Masonic Lodge, New Boston Eagles, Loyal Order of Moose #320 and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Wanda (Cantrell) Minzelli; two sons, Chuck (Debbie) Turner of Lucasville, Jim (Brenda) Minzelli of Minford; one daughter, Rhonda (Mick) Adkins of Lucasville; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and two sisters, Ann L. Bobanich of Lancaster and Betty (Luther) Burchett of Warren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Regina McClain and Katherine Walker.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Kenny Estep officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Dickey Post 23 American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Phyllis J. Eckhart, 77

Phyllis Jean Eckhart, 77, of Lucasville, died Monday, May 19, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Born October 9, 1936 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Harry Chandler and Laura M. Rice Chandler Long, she was a Dental Assistant for Dr. Angus Adams and attended Rubyville Community Church. She is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and David Harness of Lucasville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Connie Eckhart of Wheelersburg, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl N. Eckhart on August 16, 2007 whom she married February 24, 1956 and two brothers, William “Bill” Chandler and Robert “Bob” Chandler.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. 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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Harold D. Crabtree, 75

Harold Dale Crabtree, 75, of Minford, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born November 28, 1938 in Scioto County, a son of the late Weston Lehman and Grace Beatrice Deemer Crabtree, he was a former employee of Osco with 35 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Downey Crabtree; one son, Kevin Dale (Tracey) Crabtree of Fredrick, Maryland; one grandson, Kevin Scott Crabtree; one granddaughter, Samantha Crabtree; step-grandson, Zach Asherman; three sisters, Edna Allen, Faye McKenzie, and Nancy Lundy, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Crabtree, Russell Crabtree, Lowell Crabtree, and two sisters, Helen Roberts and Dorothy Jeffords.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bennett Cemetery in Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from Noon – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Boyd Warren, 88

Boyd Warren, 88, of Wellston, a former Minford area resident, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at his residence. Born May 2, 1926 in Scioto County, a son of the late Lee and Martha M. Garrett Warren, he was a former employee of the Ohio Department of Transportation and U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Mershon Warren; one son, David (Karen) Warren of Minford; seven grandchildren, Paul Warren, Jr., Patrick Warren, Steven Warren, Christopher Tackett, Ryan Warren, Kimberlea Warren and Kyle Warren; several great grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Castell of Minford, and Naomi Dever of Minford; step-son, Matthew Hardin of Chillicothe; step daughter, Tracey Robinson of Wellston, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Erma J. Culp Warren; one son, Paul W. Warren; one brother, Willis Warren and two sisters, Althea Parker and Mildred Thompson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Brother Roy Chaffin officiating. Burial will be at White Gravel Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 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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Teddy L. Munion, 50

Teddy Lee Munion, 50, of Peebles passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at OSU Medical Center in Columbus. Born February 29, 1964 in Portsmouth, a son of Kay Cable Munion and the late Kenneth George Munion, he was a laborer. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Corey (Casey Jo) Munion of Portsmouth; one daughter, Harmony Munion of Peebles; his companion, Krista Leeth of Peebles; five sisters, Cheryl (Clifford) Kouns of Minford, Melissa (Richard) Stiltner of Portsmouth, Amy (Jeff) Moore of Lucasville, Letha Prince of Sciotoville, and Tammy Williams of Columbus, and one brother, David (Michele) Munion of Portsmouth. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Munion, and a daughter, Kimberly Wise.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. 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. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Jack V. Reinhardt, 86

Jack Vernon Reinhardt, 86, of Lucasville, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at SOMC. Born January 25, 1928, he lived in Portsmouth and Lucasville for the last 35 years. Preceded in death were his parents, John George, Sr. and Louisa Douba Reinhardt; his wife of 45 years, Mary Alice Childers Reinhardt on June 22, 1999; brothers, George, Jr., Harold, Richard and Donald Reinhardt, and niece, Clarice “Rusty” Shope. Surviving are sons, Steve (Evelyn) Reinhardt of Minford, Mark Reinhardt of Chesapeake, and Michael (Peggie) Reinhardt of Lucasville; grandchildren, Eric Reinhardt of Columbus, Jacob Hamm of Huntington, WV, and Jessie (James) Atkins of Greensburg, PA; two great grandchildren, Jackson & Tyler Atkins; sisters-in-law, Rose Reinhardt and Betty Childers, and brother-in-law, Robert Chamberlin. Also a special nephew, Forrest Reinhardt, and friends, Charlie and Rosanne Arthur, Edna Mullins and several nieces and nephews. Jack graduated from East High School in 1946. Served in the Army 1946-1947 in Korea as a surgical tech. He was a member of American Legion and V.F.W. in which he was active in the Honor Guard and was also a 32nd Degree Mason. He worked at McCall’s Printing in Dayton, Ohio, Williams Shoe Factory and GTE in Portsmouth where he retired 25 years ago. He loved sports, he coached Southern Division Little League, Del-Rice and for many years coached Portsmouth Pee Wee Bengals football team and followed Buckeyes, Valley High School and Portsmouth High School. He loved fishing with his son Mark and planted many a garden. He was a family man who taught us the value of honesty and hard work which we are very grateful. We will miss you very much.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Andy Ramey 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. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Masonic services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. 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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Thomas Mays, Jr., 92

Thomas Mays Jr., 92, of Minford, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. He was born September 24, 1921 in Elliott County, Kentucky, a son of the late John T. and Birchie Adkins Mays, and was a 1939 graduate of Valley High School. After retiring from Detroit Steel in the early 1970s with 30 years of service, he worked as a painter for Valley Local School District. A proud member of Grace Baptist Church, he was active there for over 40 years and served various roles, including Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. Tom, or Junior as some called him, was a kind, hard-working, and sincere gentleman who had a smile for everyone. Attending church, golfing with his buddies, and telling jokes were among his favorite activities, and even in his final days, he never lost his quick wit and sense of humor.

Tom was married to the late Wilma Jean Keplinger Mays for 35 years until she passed away on April 9, 1977. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Robert Millar of Lucasville; one granddaughter, Kristin Millar Preston and her husband, Justin Preston of Lucasville; and the love of his life, great-granddaughter, Brynley Preston. Also surviving are two brothers, Charley Mays of Chillicothe and Loren D. Mays of Frankfort, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean; four brothers: Esque, Asa, James, and Jesse Mays; and two sisters: Louise Helton and Fronnie Wolgamott.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 pm at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Scott Duncan and Tom Wright officiating. Friends and family may call prior to the service from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Online condolences can be sent to www.edafh.com.

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John A. Hartley, 61

John A. Hartley, 61, of Minford, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at SOMC. Born December 19, 1952 in Pike County, Ohio, a son of Delphia Faith Debo Hartley and the late Earl Edward “Sandy” Hartley and he was former Body Shop Manager at Vallery Ford in Waverly. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Deborah Diane Bowen Hartley; two sons, John (Carrie) Hartley of Mowrystown, Ohio and Jason Hartley and Cecily Wallace of West Portsmouth; nine grandchildren, Angelina Hartley, Trinity Hartley, Kaylee Hartley, Mason Hartley, Morgan Hartley, Shaina Wallace, Kera Wallace, Landon Hall, Reece Hall; one brother, Page (Karla) Hartley of Minford; one sister, Nettie Jane (Randy) White of Minford, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial open house will be Friday, May 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Madison Township Senior Community Center, 9656 St. Rt. 335 in Minford. There will be a covered dish dinner and the family would like for family and friend to bring any photos and share memories of John. 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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John E. Smith, 53

John E. Smith, 53, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Edgewood Manor of Lucasville.  He was born July 3, 1960 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of Ruth F. (Downey) Brown, of Commerce, Georgia, who survives, and the late John Junior Smith.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by four brothers, Jerry Lee Smith of Commerce, Georgia, Jeff (Jackie) Smith of Minford, Jim Smith of Nicholson, Georgia, Jessie Smith of Minford; three sisters, Betty (John) Craft of Commerce, Georgia, June Noell of Nicholson, Georgia, Samantha Cooper of Minford; six nieces and four nephews.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Smith; two nephews, Jerry Lee Smith and Mac David Porter, and his grandparents, Annie and Elige Smith, Ralph Downey and Leona F. Smith.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Larry Sanford officiating.  Burial was in Stockdale Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Jackie D. Ruby, 50

 

Jackie Dan Ruby, 50, of Minford, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at his residence.
Born August 12, 1963 in Scioto County, a son of the late Johnie L. and Helen L. (Shumway) Ruby, he was retired from The Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia. He loved baseball and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Tamara (Rayburn) Ruby, whom he married on August 12, 2003; a son, Josh (Emilie) Ruby of Minford; three grandchildren, Alexis Ruby, Gracie Ruby, Jaina Ruby; four brothers, Robert Ruby of McDermott, Johnie R. (Darlene) Ruby of Minford, Thomas (Joyce) Ruby of Minford, Frank (Janie) Ruby of McDermott; two sisters, Jonie Ann (Terry) Colley of Minford; Jeanie Miller of Wheelersburg, and several nieces and nephews
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacklyn Sue Ruby, and a brother, Fred Ruby.
A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Brother Terry Sullivan officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Saturday. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Sierra’s Haven 80 Easter Drive, Portsmouth, OH 45662 or SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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