Robert G. Bush, 58

 

Robert Gordon Bush, 58, of Oak Hill, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at SOMC Hospital. Born June 5, 1955 in Scioto County, a son of Ella Parker-Madden of Minford and the late Robert E. Bush, he was a carpenter. In addition to his mother, he is survived by three daughters, Melissa (Leon) King of Oak Hill, Wendy (Jason) Ferguson of Lucasville and Emily Bush of Portsmouth; one son, Robert Gordon Bush, Jr. of Oak Hill; eight grandchildren, Kayla, Steven, Megan, Logan, Jordan, Mason, Wyatt, and Xavier; two brothers, Tim (Johanna) Bush of Lucasville and Donald (Anissa) Bush of Columbus, and two sisters, Kay (John) Howard of Minford and Shelly (Gene) Tabor of Rogers, Arkansas. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step father, Anthony Wayne Madden and his former wife, Rebecca Bush.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Stan Howard officiating. Burial will be at Jacobs Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Marilyn G. Scott, 83

Marilyn Gay Scott, 83, of Minford, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at SOMC. Born October 10, 1930 in Adams County, a daughter of the late Otto “Hop” and Lucille Daniels Lewis, she was a homemaker. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly & Scott McGlone of Minford; three grandchildren, Elisabeth (Shawn) Claxon, Sara (Clinton) Colley and Chad (Meagan) McGlone; four great grandchildren, Noah Widdig, Lexi Claxon, Parker McGlone and one on the way, Caden Claxon; one sister, Joy Altier of West Portsmouth, and four brothers, Donald Lewis of Florida, Jerry Lewis of Georgia, Darrel Lewis of Delaware, Ohio and Gene Lewis of McDermott. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Russell Lee Scott on October 19, 1993 whom she married February 25, 1951; one sister, Gloria Hanes and two brothers, Larry Lewis and Monty “Bo” Lewis.

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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Timothy L Harris, 50

Timothy Lee Harris, 50, of Minford, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born January 1, 1964 in Portsmouth, Ohio, he is a son of James Jackson “Jack” Harris of Lucasville and the late Carolyn Raymond Hardin. He was a 1982 graduate of Wheelersburg High School and retired from the U.S. Navy. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Vickie Sue Mullins Harris; a daughter, Hannah Nicole Harris of Portsmouth; a son, Seth Edward Harris of Athens; a step-daughter, Ashley (Alex) Procter of Culloden, WV; two step grandchildren, Kohen and Arianna Procter; one brother, Matthew J. (Amy) Harris of Sadieville, KY; two sisters, Jacqueline (Joey) Gipson of Murfreesboro, TN and Pam (Jim) Wilkinson of Colorado, and nine nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw and Pastor Jeff Chinn officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Monday 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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Sharon I. Combs, 69

Sharon I. Combs, 69, of New Boston, a former Minford area resident, died Monday, April 14, 2014 in the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. She was born March 11, 1945 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Leroy and Elizabeth (Spriggs) Toland. She is survived by a son, Roger A. Combs of Lucasville; two sisters Birdie Oliver of Lake Station, Indiana, Sandy Stokes of Portage, Indiana; two brothers, Jim Wyant of Perry, Ohio, Roy Toland of Minford; three grandsons, Tony Combs, Jamie Combs, Christopher Combs, and three great grandchildren, Eleasah Combs, Brynleigh Combs and Nehemiah Combs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Combs, on September 27, 1995, whom she married on February 8, 1962; a son, Rickey Lee Combs; a daughter, Tammy Elizabeth Combs; two sisters, Carol Doherty and Iva Smith, and a brother, Harry Roger Wyant.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Jimmy Dummitt officiating. Burial will be Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Thursday. Online condolences may be made to www.edafh.com

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Dolores E. Lowe, 80

Dolores Elaine Pyles Lowe, 80, of Lucasville, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. She was born October 13, 1933 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late John and Jewel Pyles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard “Bill” Lowe; three sisters; three brothers, and a great grandson, Michael Jacob Cline. She is survived by two sisters, Joan Wiley of Arizona and Jeanie Klein of Waverly; six children, Pamela (Richard) Warner of Pataskala, Sandra (Bill) Melvin of Lucasville, Judith (Kevin) Brisker of Wilton, Iowa, Brenda (Dallas) Bartram of Marengo, Tracie (Randy) Tong of Latham, and Thomas Lowe of Lucasville; five stepchildren; 13 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at Noon Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Eden Park with Pastor Kenneth Estep and Brother Bill Melvin. Burial will be at Jacobs Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Tuesday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made to a Hospice of your choice. 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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James A. Malott, 84

James A. Malott, 84, of Minford, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born March 11, 1930 in Scioto County, a son of the late Fred W. and Eva Penix Malott, he retired from GM in Columbus where he was a mechanic with 30 years of service and was an Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rolene B. Malott, and one son, James (Kathy) Malott of Columbus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Paul Malott, and one sister, Mary Louise Rigsby.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Bonnie W. Wells, 80

Bonnie W. Wells, 80, of Minford, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her residence. Born September 29, 1933 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Walter R. and Caroline Wright Bear, she was a graduate of Portsmouth East High School, a homemaker, and a waitress at American Restaurant. She was a charter member of American Legion 471 Ladies Auxiliary, Eagles in New Boston, and Portsmouth Moose Lodge. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Wells; one son, Randy Peirce of Portsmouth; one daughter, Anita Ramey of Wheelersburg; one step-son, Wayne Wells; six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one step-son, Anthony D. Wells and two brothers, Shannon Bear and Walter Ray Bear.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Bob Jones officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Stanley J. Peach, 96

Stanley Peach, age 96 of Portsmouth passed away April 6, 2014 at home. He was born January 15, 1918 near Minford, Ohio to the late William Alfred and Grace Mahaffey Peach. Stanley was a 1936 graduate of Minford High School, was a member of the Sciotoville Christian Church where he served for many years as an elder and Sunday School teacher and was also a member of the Shawnee Nature Club. Stanley was retired from the Portsmouth Daily Times where he worked as a district manager in the circulation department. He was a World War II Veteran, having earned a Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Maddy Peach in 2002 and daughter, Kay Peach Coriell in 2008. Also preceding him in death were a brother, Emerson and sisters, Verna, Florence, Lola, Garnet, Hazel and Phyllis. Surviving is a sister, Bette Edwards of Phoenix, AZ; sisters-in-law, Rita Hewitt and Monta Daulton; daughters, Polly (Bob) Warnock and Joan (Mike) Coriell both of Portsmouth; son-in-law, Steve Coriell of Portsmouth; three grandsons, Greg (Nikki) Coriell of Clarksville, OH, and Tim and Jay Coriell of Portsmouth, and one great grandson, Kieran Bauer.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Sciotoville Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stanley’s memory to the church camp, Howell’s Mill Christian Assembly, 99 Christian Camp Road, Ona, WV 25545. 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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Donna J. Jones, 75

Donna Joann Jones, 75, of Minford, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 6, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born August 30, 1938 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Robert and Hazel Ramey Brunton, she was a 1956 Minford High School Graduate, operated a Beauty Shop, was a former employee of William’s Shoe Factory and attended Dry Run Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Donald W. Jones; one son, Mark (Erica) Jones of Minford; two grandchildren, Eli Jones and Ava Jones; one brother, Grover (Betty) Brunton of Waynesville, and three nieces, Kim, Karen and Kristi.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mark Seavers officiating. Burial will be a Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. 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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Paul H. Culp, 83

Paul H. Culp, 83, of Portsmouth, died Friday, March 28, 2014 in the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born October 16, 1930 in Scioto County, a son of the late Charles and Prudence (Brown) Culp, he was retired from General Industries in Elyria, Ohio with 28 years of service, and was an Army veteran. He is survived by nieces and nephews, Judy Scott of Elyria, Peggy (David) Jackman of Burk, VA, Roger Harrison of Hemet, CA, and David (Karen) Warren of Minford; significant other for 20 years, Beulah Strehle of Portsmouth, and best friends and caregivers, Dan Strehle and Edwin Strehle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise (Perry) Culp, on December 28, 1992; two sisters, Erma Jean Warren and Mary Louise Harrison, niece, Nancy Harrison, and nephew, Paul W. Warren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Roy Chaffin officiating. Burial will at White Gravel Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Velma L. Ross, 64

Velma Louise Hay Ross age 64 of Grove City, Ohio, passed gently away at her residence surrounded by her loved ones and went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was born April 6, 1949, in Elliott County Kentucky, the 11th child of John Henry and Rilda Mae Kelly Hay. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, James Paul, Forest Raymond and Ralph D. Hay, and three sisters, Beulah Eileen Hay, Agnes Clotene Phillips and Mary Ella Kitchen. She is survived by two daughters, Joan Ross of South Webster, and Teresa (Don) Scott of Grove City; three grandchildren, Michael Hutton, Allie Scott and Dillone Scott all of Grove City; three great-grandchildren, Hayden James, Ely Donald and Jackson Thomas; five sisters also survive, Doris Holbrook of Grayson, Ky., Lois (Raymond) Carter of Portsmouth, Loretta Carter of Jackson, Alma Boyd of Springfield, and Beverly (Jim) Lewis of Sandy Hook, Ky.; beloved sisters-in-law, Linda Hay and Rosa Faye Ross, brothers-in-law, Jim and Larry Joe Ross, and numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Velma was a homemaker and also provided daycare for many children over the years who still look upon her with love and lots of fond memories.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, Ohio with Rev. George Raymond Carter officiating. Burial will be at Salisbury Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Pallbearers will be, Michael Hutton, Dillone Scott, Don Scott, John Hay, Ralph (Bill) Hay, and Gary Strickland. Burial will follow in Salisbury Cemetery, Stockdale, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Betty J. Blankenship, 65

Betty June Blankenship, 65, of Minford, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born April 25, 1948 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Noah W. and Edna Fannin Locher, she was a Nurse’s Aide at SOMC and Golden Years for many years and she was a member of Minford Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by one son, Todd (Dawn) Blankenship of Minford; daughter, Tami (Tom) Martin of Minford; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn Blankenship, Ashley Blankenship, Luke Blankenship, Hannah Martin and Noah Martin; one brother, David (Inga) Locher of Rubyville; one sister, Wilma (John) Relich of Westerville; special niece, Sheila Harmon, and special nephew, Jason Locher.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Minford Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Mark Bales officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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James F. Blair, 84

James Francis Blair, 84, of Lucasville, went to be with the Lord, Friday, March 14, 2014. He was born May 16, 1929 at Barnetts Creek, KY to the late Lacy and Lelia Baldwin Blair. He was preceded in death by two brothers Basil Blair and Tilmon Blair and one sister Naomi Burchett. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Faye LeMaster Blair whom he married March 13, 1954 in Flat Gap, KY; two daughters Donna (David) Bragdon of Lucasville, Debra Gray of Lucasville, and one son David (Debbie) Blair of New Boston, OH; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters Viola Jones, and Maola Burchett and one brother Norman Blair. Francis served the Lord as an ordained minister for many years. He was ordained February 24, 1954 in Oil Springs, KY. He was moderator for Candy Run United Baptist Church, Low Gap United Baptist Church, Morgan Fork United Baptist Church and Little Paint United Baptist Church. He was also blessed to labor in countless revivals and see many come to the Lord. He also served in the army from 1951 to 1956. He worked for over 25 years from the Labors Local 83 in Portsmouth, OH. He and his wife owned and operated the Valley Street Market from 1961 to 1968. He also worked at the Martin Marietta Energy System from 1975 to 1986.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Big Run United Baptist Church in Lucasville. Friends may call Monday, March 17th from 5 to 8 P.M at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Nathan Jackson, 32

Nathan Andrew Jackson, 32, of Waverly, formerly of Minford, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Pike Community Hospital. Born June 8, 1981 in Portsmouth, a son of Salem Jackson, Sr. and Cynthia Cadle Jackson, he was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and attended Chapel Hill Church in Waverly. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Salem (Bobbi Jo) Jackson, Jr. of Portsmouth and Sabe (Laura) Jackson of Wheelersburg; nieces and nephews, Dalton Jackson, Preston Jackson, Michael Skaggs, Collin Hanzel; niece, Marley Hanzel, and Elise Jackson; aunt & uncle; Bob & Linda Hamilton and Greg & Sherry Demyan, and five cousins, Natalie Hamilton, Lindsey Hamilton, Catherine Hamilton, Andrew Demyan and Lucas Demyan.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Tim Bennett 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. Saturday 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. Donations can be made to Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home.

 

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Theodore Kangelos, 59

Theodore Kangelos, 59, of Oak Hill, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Panama City Beach, Florida. Born December 3, 1954 in Chattanooga, TN, was a son of the late Ernest and Pauline Gaylor Kangelos and he attended Wilkesville Presbyterian Church. He is survived by three sisters, Nancy (Ronald) Call of Portsmouth, Gwyn (Roger) Barker of Minford and Vickie Blakeman of Oak Hill, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Bill Payne and one sister, Shirley Howard. Teddy never met a stranger, always had a smile, and was loved by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jim Snyder officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Richard D. Wells, 57

Richard Dean Wells, 57, of Lucasville, went home to be with Jesus, Friday, March 7, 2014 at OSU Hospital in Columbus. Born February 13, 1957 in Portsmouth, son of Richard M. Wells and Lola Tackett Wells, he had worked at Merrilatt in Jackson and Frowine Hardware in Minford for many years. He was a member of Minford Community Church, Ohio River Valley T’s, Southern Ohio Ford Club and was a Volunteer Fire Fighter in Stockdale for 20 years. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Pamela (Hatfield) Wells; one son, Steven (Jessica) Wells of Lucasville; three grandchildren, Calob, Kelly and Carter; two brothers, Michael (Andrea) Wells and Leroy (Teresa) Wells, and two sisters, Sharon (Dennis) Hardyman and Debbie Wells. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orville R. Wells and Hazel Ellen (Slone) Wells and Grady and Myrtle Tackett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Minford Community Church with Pastor Ed Cox and Pastor Major Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at Canter Wells Cemetery in Lucasville. Friends may call at the church from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. 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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Wayne R. Gilliland, 78

Wayne Randall Gilliland, 78, of Delaware, Ohio died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Born March 21, 1935 in Lucasville, a son of the late Marvin and Lula Mae (Montgomery) Gilliland Wright, he owned and operated Crawford & Gilliland HTG & CLG . He was a member of Community Masonic Lodge No. 684 in Columbus, he was a member of Shriner’s in Columbus and was a 32 degree Mason in the Valley of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Lois Gilliland; their children, Stephen (Debbie) Gilliland, Rickey (Emma) Gilliland, Sandra (Matt) Weckesser, Tammy Mobley, Scott Clevenger, Brian (Tiffany) Clevenger, Ginger (Gautham) Jayaraman, and Kristie (Nicholas) Piccin; 20 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren, and a sister, Loretta Gilliland Murray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step father, Curtis Wright and a brother, Larry Gilliland.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Elder Arvil Murray, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Harold F. Coon, 96

Harold Franklin Coon, 96, of Lucasville, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at VA Medical Center in Chillicothe. Born September 3, 1917 in Jackson County, Ohio, a son of the late Ella Florence Snodgrass Coon and was a World War II US Army Veteran. He is survived by one daughter, Haroldean Douglas; two grandsons, Louis Andrew Douglas of Lucasville and John Franklin Douglas of Waverly; one granddaughter, Ashley Veronica Douglas Hamilton of Lucasville; three great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Rick Ratliff officiating. Burial will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Justin D. Sherman

Justin David Sherman, 33, beloved son of Sherri (Larry) Fannin and Perry (Judi) Sherman, of Minford, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Harlingen, Texas. Justin was a loving father and son with a big heart who would light up any room with his big smile. Justin was a 1998 Graduate of Minford High School. He was employed as a laborer for the Wanzek Corp. in Rio Grande, Texas. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Hanna Vanhoose, and  his son, Austin Sherman of Minford; his brother, Brandon (Keri) Sherman of Minford; his sister, Lynzee Sherman of Minford; a step-brother, Nathan Payton of Portsmouth; his grandmother, Nora Powers of Minford, and very special nieces and nephews, Kourtney, Karleigh, Katelynn, Gage, Logan and Autumn. Justin is also survived by a special girlfriend, Melissa Beadle and many cousins and friends. Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Darrell and Rose Sherman, William Powers and a sister, Heidi Michelle Sherman. He will always be loved and always be missed. His smile will shine on in our memories.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Gilliland Family Cemetery in Minford with Pastor Kenny Estep officiating. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made at any area U.S. Bank in Justin’s name. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

 

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Kate Canter, 83

Kate Canter, 83, of Lucasville, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Born July 14, 1930 in Pike County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Henry and Hattie (Scott) Ray, she was a homemaker, a devoted wife and mother and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her husband, Paul Michael Canter; a son, Jimmy (Connie) Pinson of Columbus; a daughter, Judy Heskett of Columbus; three step-sons, Paul M. (Cathy) Canter of North Carolina, Anthony Canter of Columbus, Roger Canter of Columbus; a step-daughter, Shiela Canter of Columbus; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Elmer (Sue) Ray of South Williamson, Kentucky, and two sisters, Merlina Mernard and Emma Hornsby, both of Lake Charles, Louisiana. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Billy Ray Pinson, and four brothers, Eugene Ray, Bob Ray, Howard Ray and Henry Ray, Jr.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Stephen Curry officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolence may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Lillian V. Knore, 95

Lillian Virginia Shelton Knore, of Minford, died peacefully at home at 95 years old on February 19, 2014. Lillian was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Woodrow “Pete” Knore in 1989; her parents, Lawrence and Geneva Hensley Shelton; a half brother, Paul E. Shelton and her paternal grandparents, Robert and Martha Shelton who provided her a home after the death of her parents. She is survived by her children, Dr. Edna Grace Claunch of Rochester, NY; Virginia Lee Thompson of Minford; Wendell “Bud” (Marsha) Knore of Kennewick, WA; and Martha Elaine (Ed) McLaughlin of Portsmouth; a special friend, Roger Ison who called her “mom”, and nine grandchildren, Julie (Chip) Nunley, Darcy Knore, Jennifer (Joedy) Summit, Doug (Salena) Jones, Kimberly (Todd) Anderson, Ingrid (Steve) Riley, Heidi (David) Carter, Eric (Kim) McLaughlin and Doug (Rachele) McLaughlin. In addition, she leaves 17 great grandchildren as well as one great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews who were very dear to her. Lillian was a long time member of the Sunshine Church of Christ where she taught the Cradle Roll Class for 15 years. She was devoted to her family and friends. Her additional interests were reading, writing, quilting, cooking, flower and vegetable gardening, and canning. The family extends appreciation to SOMC, SOMC Home Care, SOMC Hospice Care and Center, the Minford Emergency Ambulance Service as well as Dr. Ronald Arrick, Dr. Harry Driedger and Dr. Thomas Khoury for their wonderful care. Contributions in honor of her memory may be sent to The Scioto Foundation, Minford High School Scholarship in Memory of Lillian Knore, P.O. Bo 911, 303 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662; Minford Emergency Ambulance Service, 8466 State Route 335, Minford, Ohio 45653 or SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jason Coriell officiating. Burial will be at Batterson Cemetery in Minford. 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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Ronald G. Lyons, 69

Ronald Gene Lyons, 69, of Minford, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. Born February 27, 1944, in Portsmouth, a son of the late Vondon and Beatrice (McGraw) Lyons, he had retired from Western-Southern Life Insurance Company and was co-owner of Bakery Creations in New Boston. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ellen (Pennington) Lyons, whom he married on December 23, 1962; four daughters and son-in-laws; Sharilyn and Jay Miller, Mary and Bo Elliott, Cynthia and Ken Mingus, Jennifer and Hector Reffit; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Tammy Lyons; 25 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Danny Blevins officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Wanda L. Rowe, 72

Wanda Lee Rowe, 72, of Jackson, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at SOMC Hospice. Born July 23, 1941 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Elbert and Zella Fout Cyrus, she was a former employee of Willams Shoe Factory, was retired school bus driver for CAO Head Start and attended Givens Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by four sons, Woody Rowe of McDermott, Mike Rowe of Lucasville, Doug Rowe of Jackson and Tim Rowe of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and two sisters, Winnie and Juanita. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Rowe on February 29, 2011; one daughter, Alberta Rowe in infancy; one grandson, Eric Rowe, and one sister, Peggy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Charley Ross officiating. Burial will be at Lucasville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Nathan L. Adkins, 16

Nathan Lee Adkins, 16, of Lucasville died Friday, February 14, 2014 at SOMC ER. Born October 3, 1997 in Portsmouth, a son of Shawn Adkins and Melissa Lykins, he was a sophomore at Valley High School, he loved to hunt, fish, and play his guitar, Nathan enjoyed the outdoors. He attended Cedar Street Church of Christ in Christian Union, North Moreland Christian Baptist Church and Rubyville Community Church. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Gene and Deamie Adkins of Lucasville; one brother, Benjamin Adkins; two half-sisters, Jessica Adkins and Melissa Adkins; one half-brother, Timothy Hartley; two uncles, Charles (Glenda) Adkins and William T. (Karen) Adkins; one aunt, Jeannie (James) Adkins-Shipp; four aunts; one uncle; three nephews, one niece, and many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Rev. Cory Sullivan officiating. Burial will be at Rubyville Community Church Cemetery in Rubyville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the church on Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Kevin L. Prince, 41

Kevin Lee Prince, 41 of Lucasville, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Born August 19, 1972 in Columbus, a son of Lana Turner Prince and the late John Frederick “Fred” Prince, he was a graduate of Hilliard High School and a former employee of Ohio Bell. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one brother, Kelly Prince, and a sister-in-law, Donna Prince, both of Orlando, Florida, a nephew, Kyle Prince and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

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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Richard L. Shoemaker, 66

Richard Lee Shoemaker of Auburn Hills, Michigan; February 11, 2014; Age 66; born July 20, 1947 in Portsmouth, Ohio. Son of the late Clyde and Laura Shoemaker; husband of Dottie Shoemaker; father of Marie Shoemaker and the late Edward Shoemaker; step father of Soul Rowen, Cara Barker Yellott; brother of Judy Nixon (Jim) and Debra Burchett (Joe); beloved son-in-law of Allen Rowen and the late Rosemary; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law. Richard attended Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene. He was an avid sports fan and attended his daughters basketball and softball games.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Paul Hagen officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Minford, Ohio. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday 11:00 a.m. until time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Richard L. Bussa, 67

Faith turned to certainty Wednesday, January 29, 2014 with the passing of Richard Lawrence Bussa of Minford. Preceding Richard, the fifth child born to the late Chester and Minnie Welch Bussa of Friendship, were his son, Robb C. Bussa in 2004, and a brother, Chester Bussa. He was a member of Madison Missionary Baptist Church and was a sports writer for the Community Common. Richard was a Gideon and on the Board of the Ohio Bible Conference (Mt. Hope Bible Camp, Otway, Ohio), song leader and former Deacon of his church. Surviving Richard are his wife, Marjory (Lodwick) Bussa of Minford; two daughters, Evelyn (Bussa) Burchett and her husband Mark Burchett of Minford and Stephanie (Bussa) Loughman and her husband Cary Loughman of Newark; eight grandchildren, Alex, Danni, Jacob, Joseph, Sammy and Emily Loughman of Newark along with Nathanial and Elayna Burchett of Minford; one brother, Don and Geneva Bussa of Circleville; two sisters, Doris (Bussa) and Jack Born of Circleville and Patricia (Bussa) and Dale Humphrey of Circleville; a god-daughter, Tracy Ison of Minford; two god-grandchildren, Sean and Shelby Ison of Minford. A number of loved nieces and nephews also survive, along with a number of close friends and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014 at Madison Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Hagen and Pastor Stephen Curry officiating. Burial will be at Friendship Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Mt. Hope Bible Camp, 3162 Mt. Hope Road, Otway, Ohio 45657 or Gideons International or SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Marvaline V. Hobson, 83

Marvaline Virginia (Evans) Hobson, 83, of Minford, went peacefully to be with the Lord and her recently deceased beloved husband, Homer, on Monday, January 27, 2014 at her residence. Born October 9, 1930 in New Market, Alabama, a daughter of the late John W. and Ida Bell (Spray) Evans and was a homemaker. She is survived by two sons, James (Sharon) Hobson and David (Teri) Hobson; one daughter, Pamela (Constantine) Ungurean,; three grandsons, James Hobson, Christopher Hobson and Derik Hobson, three granddaughters, Karla (Kevin) King, Brynn (Ryan) Hanson, and Kristyn Hobson, and one great grandson, Braxton Hanson. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Hobson Nibert; five brothers, James L. Evans, Henry L. Evans, Lehman Evans, George L. Evans and Luther Evans, and one sister, Anna Myrtle (Evans) Roberts.

Family and friends will be welcomed at a gathering at the convenience of the family for a celebration of the lives of Marvaline and Homer Hobson. Please contact Karla King at ladylaz@mail.com for information. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association of America in honor of Homer. 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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Yuveda M.Demer, 62

Yuveda Mae Deemer, 62, of Minford, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, January 26, 2014 at SOMC. Born May 7, 1951 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Clifford L. and Hettie Slusher Deemer, she was a homemaker and attended Tick Ridge Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Trina Deemer of Minford and Angela (Jeremy) Woods of Minford; three grandchildren, Christopher Woods, Dakota Woods and Alexander Woods; one brother, Mike (Thelma) Slusher of Stockdale, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Donna Jean Deemer, Janet McGlone and Christine King.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Old Philadelphia Baptist Church with Maurice Pierce, Terry McBee and Rick Arthur officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the church Friday after 6:00 p.m. until the service on Saturday. 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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Alafair Shonkwiler, 102

Alafair Shonkwiler, 102, of Portsmouth, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at Best Care Nursing Home in Wheelersburg. Born August 24, 1911 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Henry and Linnie Alice Mason Whitley, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by two sons, Walter David Shonkwiler and Keith (Patty) Shonkwiler all of Sciotoville; two daughters, Willa Jean (Art) Marion and Linda Kay (Larry) Howard all of Sciotoville; eight grandchildren, Mike Marion, Bryan (Joan) Shonkwiler, Gary (Pam) Marion, Steve (Laurel) Marion, Mark (Sabrina) Shonkwiler, Lori (Dwayne) Donahoe, Angie (Alan) Reed and Darrin Howard; 17 great grandchildren, and 15 great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Shonkwiler on February 18, 1994 whom she married July 24, 1933; one grandson, David Wayne Shonkwiler; four brothers, Dan Whitley, Edgar Whitley, Roscoe “Ott” Whitley and Leonard “Moose” Whitley; two sisters, Mabel Gee and Myrtle Hughes, and one sister in infancy, Betty Jean Whitley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Simpson 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. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Homer J. Hobson, 92

Homer James Hobson, 92, of Minford, went home to be with the Lord peacefully, Friday, January 17, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. He was born July 11, 1921 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of the late Dewey and Chloe Hobson. He is survived by his wife, Marvaline Virginia (Evans) Hobson; one sister, Charlene (Robert) Ellis; two sons, James (Sharon) Hobson and David (Teri) Hobson; one daughter, Pamela (Constantine) Ungurean; three granddaughters, Karla (Kevin) King, Brynn (Ryan) Hanson, and Kristyn Hobson; three grandsons, James Hobson, Christopher Hobson and Derik Hobson, and one great grandson, Braxton Hanson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Hobson Nibert, and one brother, Jack Hobson.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimers Foundation of America. 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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E. Halcard Burchett, 81

E. Halcard Burchett, 81, of Minford, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. Born July 9, 1932 in Carter County, Kentucky, a son of the late Robert Lee and Pearl (Logan) Burchett, he was a retired custodian and bus driver for Clay and Minford Local School Districts. He was a former member of the Grange and Conservation Clubs and a 4-H advisor for many years in the Tractor and Dairy Clubs. He is survived by his wife, Jannettia (Graham) Burchett, whom he married in 1954; a son, Stephen (Teresa) Burchett of Minford; a daughter, Lori (Steve) Seibert of Minford; 4 grandchildren, Seth (Kristyn) McLaughlin, April (Aaron) Burchett, Jared (Nikki) McLaughlin, Steven Robert Burchett; 7 great grandchildren, Hannah McLaughlin, Daniel Burchett, Mackenna McLaughlin, Braden Scott, Morgan Burchett, Bryson McLaughlin, Heighden McLaughlin; a brother, Raymond Lee Burchett of Minford; two sisters, Marilyn Jean Salyers of Canton, Donna Faye Venus of Cleveland; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Dee and Katie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sons, Randal Burchett, Matthew Burchett, Ralph Burchett; a daughter, Bethel Burchett, and a brother, Burley Burchett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mike Wyatt and Bud Mefford officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Louella M. Lykins, 92

Louella Mae Lykins, 92, of Grove City, Ohio, a former Minford area resident, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Kobacker House in Columbus. She was born October 10, 1921 in Garrett, Kentucky, daughter of the late Lewis and Mallie (Wicker) Jones. She was a long time member of the Candy Run United Baptist Church and in later years attended First Baptist Church of Grove City. She is survived by four sons, Leroy (Frances) Lykins of Spokane, Washington, Bill (Helen) Lykins of Jackson, Tom Lykins of West Portsmouth, and Philip Lykins of Lucasville; three daughters, Donna Brickey of Libby, Montana, Linda Holbrook of Chillicothe, and Carolyn (Roger) Wheeler of Orient; one sister, Genevieve Southerland of Greenfield, Indiana; 18 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lykins on December 7, 1996 whom she married June 11, 1936; one daughter, Judy Cole; three brothers; one sister; three grandsons, and one great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Dale Lykins officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Cemetery near Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kobaker House, 800 McConnel Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Angela R. (Hutchinson) Kelly, 49

Angela Renee (Hutchinson) Kelly, 49, of Minford, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on September 23, 1964 in Portsmouth, Ohio and was a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1982.
Angela is survived by one son, Aaron J. (Jenny) Kelly of Minford; two grandsons, Isaiah Kelly and Logan Roar; a step granddaughter, Emily Conn; her parents, Ralph and Lucille Hutchinson of Minford; four sisters, Karen (Dave) Warren of Minford, Pamela Hutchinson of Lucasville, Norma Shoemaker of Minford and Patti (Dave) Smith of Florida; one brother, Thomas Hutchinson of Maryland, along with nieces and nephews, Kimberlea, Kyle, David, Sarah, Jessica, Emma, Eli, Andy and Dakota.
Angela leaves behind numerous friends and family who have given her much love and support throughout her battle of ten years. She takes with her memories of love, laughter and tears. She will always be an inspiration to the ones she left behind.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Burial will be at Bennett 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. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Billy R. Long, 52

Billy Ray Long, 52, of Lucasville, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Born October 7, 1961 in Portsmouth, a son of the late John and Vada Musser Long, he was self-employed and attended Lucasville Christian Church of Christ in Christian Union. He is survived by one daughter, Laci Long of Lucasville; two step-sons, Matthew Owens of Michigan and Mark Owens-Nicholson of Wheelersburg; four grandchildren, Cooper Owens, Brenley Owens-Nicholson, Blaze Owens-Nicholson and Isabella Addington; three sisters, Betty Blevins, Bonnie Bair and Shirley Madden all of Lucasville, and two brothers, Wayne Long of Portsmouth and Douglas Long of Lucasville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Lillie Chamblin and one brother, Gene Long.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 at Lucasville Church of Christ in Christian Union with Rev. Robert Casey officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Burial Park in Rushtown. Friends may call at the church after 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 until time of the funeral Monday. 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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Randall P. Conley, 76

Randall Paul Conley, 76, of Lucasville, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at his residence. Born October 22, 1937 in East Chicago, Indiana, a son of the late Rev. Autie and Nancy Alice (Dottie) Ison Conley, he was chemical operator at the Piketon Uranium Enrichment Plant and attended Stockdale United Christian Church. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Elaine Hurn Conley; three sons, Paul Douglas (Yuli) Conley of Olathe, Kansas, Dennis Allen (Connie) Conley of South Shore, Kentucky, Steven Corey Conley of Seaford, Delaware; one daughter, Jennifer (Jim) Dummitt of Lucasville; 12 grandchildren, Lennis Clark, Rachel Cuzzone, Rudy Kurniawan, Wenny Grant, Emily Norman, Elizabeth Conley, Matthew Underwood, Jonathon Henderson, Randall Autie Conley, Katie Stewart, Jill Downing and Sarah Dummitt; five great grandchildren, Phoebe, Ayu, Shay, Sophie and Alden; one sister, Juanita Conley of Lucasville, and several other nieces, nephews, family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Eliza Hutchinson Conley; one brother, Boyd Conley and one brother in infancy, James Keith Conley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Stockdale United Christian Church in Stockdale with Pastor Major Montgomery and Pastor Lowell King officiating. Burial will be at Stockdale Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Winifred E. Staker, 89

Winifred Elizabeth Staker, 89, of Stockdale, died Friday, January 3, 2014 at her daughter’s residence. Born January 22, 1924 in Bristol, England, a daughter of the late Sidney and Elizabeth Cole Lovell, she was a homemaker, a member of English Club for War Brides and attended Stockdale United Christian Church. She was a member of Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, was the dispatcher for Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department and she was a Battle of Britain survivor during WWII. Mother enjoyed gardening, working around in her yard, as well as enjoyed every minute with her grandchildren. She is survived by three sons, Leslie S. (Mary Lynn) Staker of Stockdale, Paul W. (Martha) Staker of Georgetown, Kentucky, and John L. (Paula) Staker of Stockdale; two daughters, Josephine (Joe) Balch of Livermore, California and Jean A. Staker-Stockham of Stockdale; six grandchildren, Rachel Staker, Anna Staker, Cordell Holbrook, Sara Staker, Jessica Stockham and Jana Stockham; one sister, Joan Guest of Swansea, Wales; one brother-in-law, Nolan Staker of Stockdale, and one sister-in-law, Jeanette Staker of Stockdale. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester William Staker on July 17, 1986; one grandson, Riley Staker; two sisters-in-law, Mary K. Staker and Evelyn Staker, and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Stockdale United Christian Church with Pastor Major Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at Stockdale Cemetery in Stockdale. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Sherman D. Martin, 45

Sherman Doran Martin, 45, of Rubyville, died Monday, December 30, 2013 at SOMC. Born July 28, 1968 in Scioto County, a son of Ella Breech Martin and the late Sherman Doran Martin, he was a self-employed carpenter and custom motorcycle builder. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Doran Martin and Tommy Martin; two brothers, Carl Martin and Tony Martin; three nieces, Katlyn Martin, Alexis Martin and Carly Martin; one nephew, Caden Martin, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a great niece, Aubree Marie Grace Madden.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Brother Bob Davis officiating. Burial will be at Universal Cemetery in Rubyville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 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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Bertha L. Adrian, 88

Bertha Louise Adrian, 88, of Ocala, Florida, a former local area resident, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Hospice of Marion County in Summerfield, Florida. Born February 9, 1925 in Chillicothe, Ohio, a daughter of the late Isaac Alan and Evelyn McFarland Jordan, she was a retired elementary school teacher and attended United Pentecostal Church in Ocala, Florida.  She is survived by two sons, Larry (Bertha) Adrian of Beaver and Roger Adrian of Pomeroy; three daughters, Joyce (Robert) Hollett of Ocala, Florida, Carolyn (Chris) Hartley of Enterprise, Alabama, and Patricia (H.R.) Kalfs of Ocala, Florida; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, and two sisters, Shirley Jesse of Minford and Rosella Payne of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Pamela Adrian; one son, Harvey Adrian, one sister, Delma Hinkle and her former husband, Lewis E. Adrian.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mike Simpson officiating. Burial will be at Stockdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Violet E. Bradley, 86

Violet Ellen Bradley, 86 of Portsmouth, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. She is a member of Milldale Church of Christ in Christian Union, and retired from the Williams Shoe Factory after 33 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Bradley; her father, John Smith; her mother, Geraldine Smith; two brothers, Leroy and Phillip Smith; three sisters, Doris Greene, Minnie Parker and Edna Henson. She is survived by two daughters, Janet (Earl) Toller and Brenda (Rick) Jenkins; two grandsons, Greg (Joyce) Craft and Rickey (Melissa) Jenkins, Jr., and one great granddaughter, Tiffany Craft and one great grandson, Rickey Jenkins, III.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, December, 27, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to SOMC Hospice, 2201- 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45562. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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John D. Castle, 63

John Dale Castle, 63, of Lucasville, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at SOMC. Born August 17, 1950 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Earl E. Castle and Ruth Marcella Thurman Castle Campbell, he was a school teacher and retired from Harvest Christian Academy. He attended Central Baptist Church. He is survived by two daughters, Cassie (Rick) Kennison and Cheyenne Pertuset both of Lucasville; one son, Aaron Castle of Mullens, West Virginia; seven grandchildren, John Aaron, Carleigh, Raegan, Riley, Reed, Jerrod and Zachary; two brothers, David (Marlea) Castle of Sunrise, Florida and Larry (Kim) Castle of Minford, and one sister, Marcia (James) Adams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Vernon Edward Castle in infancy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Brother Russ Pruitt officiating. Burial will be at Squire Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Wayne Brumfield, 66

Wayne Brumfield, 66, of Minford, died Friday, December 13, 2013 at his residence. Born September 1, 1947 in Scioto County, a son of the late Azle and Anna Parker Brumfield, he was a 1965 graduate of Minford High School and attended Ohio University. He was retired from GTE (Verizon) and attended Minford Bible Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Viola (Fyffe) Brumfield; children, Julie Brumfield (Chris) Downey, Randy Lewis and Jeff (Wendy) Lewis; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; his “babies” Molly and Gavin Downey, and two sisters, Wanda Carpenter and Berdie Maynard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Brumfield and Arzie Brumfield and two sisters, Maxine Viars and Janilee Carver.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 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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Kenneth R. Grimshaw, 73

Kenneth Robert Grimshaw, 73, of Lucasville, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Heartland in Portsmouth. Born December 31, 1939 in Scioto County, a son of the late Clinton E. and Mary Ellen (Smith) Grimshaw, he was co-owner–operator of MacMillam & Bloedel in Centerville. He is survived by a daughter, Rhonda (Steve) Van Tuyl of Champlin, MN; a son, Brian (Derinda) Grimshaw of Manhattan, MT; seven grandchildren, Garrett Van Tuyl, Mason Van Tuyl, Grant (Cory) Grimshaw, Briann Grimshaw, Brayden Grimshaw, Donnie (Jeanette) Branch, Nikki (Derrick) Townsend; two great grandchildren, Addison and DJ; a brother, Richard Grimshaw; five sisters, Annalee (Jordan) Abner, Lucy Ellen Brown, Marilyn Jane Grimshaw, Nettie Agidius, Faye Parmenter and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Krynzel; 6 brothers, Russell Grimshaw, Donald Grimshaw, Harry Grimshaw, Albert Grimshaw, Ralph Grimshaw, Charles Grimshaw, and 4 sisters, Marie Deemer, Lucille Grimshaw, Janet Durand, Jeannie Finch.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Tim Palla officiating. Burial will be in Lucasville 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 made to www.edfh.com.

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Dorsey L. Atkins, 65

Dorsey L. Atkins, 65, of Lucasville, passed after a long battle with lung disease on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at SOMC. Born April 20, 1948 in West Portsmouth, a son of the late Elmer and Margaret Brown Atkins, he was a supervisor for T.L. Blackburn Construction, he attended Rubyville Community Church and was involved in the construction of the new church. He is survived by his wife, Jean Atkins; one daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Atkins and fiancé, James Best; four grandchildren, Ian (Andi) Watkins, Cody (Desi) Watkins, Joseph Watkins, and Owen Atkins; three great grandchildren, Aubrey, Konner and Levi; one brother, Raymond Atkins, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at Noon Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastors Calvin Ray Evans and Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be at Universal Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. 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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Evelyn P. Kinker, 94

Evelyn Pauline (Shuter) Kinker, 94, of Lexington, Kentucky, a former Scioto County resident, died Friday, December 6, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Born November 16, 1919 in Minford, a daughter of the late Henry A. and Shirley A. (Erwin) Shuter, she was a 1937 graduate of Minford High School where she was class salutatorian. She had attended Berean Baptist Church and was a teacher’s assistant for Portsmouth Public School System. She is survived by her daughter and son-in –law, Kay Lee and Robert Thornsberry of Lexington, Kentucky; granddaughters, Kim (Ron) Coey and Miranda (Lachlan) Church; grandsons, Tim (Amy) Kinker and John Thornsberry; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Kinker on May 31, 1959, whom she married on November 16, 1942 in Newport, Kentucky; a son, Richard Allen Kinker, and three brothers, Glen Shuter, Paul Shuter and Carl Shuter.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Sam Peters officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Lucille Canter, 93

Lucille Canter, 93, of Portsmouth, a former Minford area resident, died Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Hillview Retirement Center in Portsmouth. Born May 6, 1920 in South Webster, a daughter of the late Charles and Wilhelminia (Trapp) Canter, she had attended Minford United Methodist Church. She was a former employee for Selby Shoe, Goodyear Atomic Corporation and retired from Dayton Walther Corp. in 1975. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Juanita Canter and James Carruthers of Pickerington; a niece, Rhonda Brigner; a nephew, Jeffrey Canter; three great nieces, Anna Canter, Grace Canter, Mallory Garrett, and a great nephew, Devon Garrett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Canter and Brian Canter, and two sisters, Bernice Jean Canter and Marjorie Morris.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 at South Webster Cemetery in South Webster. Burial will be at South Webster Cemetery. 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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Willie Rhoden, 86

Willie Rhoden, 86, of Riverbend House in Wheelersburg, formerly of Clarktown, died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. Born October 15, 1927 in Scioto County, a son of the late Elliott and Olive (Borders) Rhoden, he was retired from The Kroger Company. He was a World War II Army veteran, member of Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department, past fiscal officer for Jefferson Township, with 33 years of service and past secretary of Southern Ohio Fire Fighters Association. He is survived by sons, Randall Rhoden of Minford, Darwin (Nancy) Rhoden of Clarktown; daughter, Teena Rhoden of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Ryan (Anndrea) Rhoden of Minford, Mark (Mandy) Taylor of Rarden; three great grandchildren, Dalton and Dustin Taylor, Shelby Rhoden; a sister, Adelene Adams of McDermott, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey L. (Hensley) Rhoden, on August 29, 2004 whom he married on March 21, 1951; daughter-in-law, Judy Rhoden, brothers, Donald and Raymond Rhoden and a sister Wilma Greenhill.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Pastor Harold Cox officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. 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. 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 made to www.edah.com

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Dorothy L.Scott, 69

Dorothy Louise Scott, 69, of Wheelersburg, died Sunday, November 24, 2013 at SOMC. Born August 4, 1944 in Lucasville, a daughter of the late Arthur and Geneva Morgan Harness and retired from Ohio Power/AEP. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, David G. Scott; two sons, Chad (Laurie) Scott of Hampton, VA and Jay Scott of Hamilton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Katie, Thomas and Olivia Scott, and one sister, Virginia Harness of West Portsmouth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Adam Scott and Neal Scott; two brothers, Warner Harness and Carl Harness, and two sisters, Ida Harness and Helen Harness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jimmy Dummitt 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. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Rosemary Shumway, 84

Rosemary Shumway, 84, of Portsmouth, a former Clarktown resident, died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth.  Born August 18, 1929 in Blaine, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Samuel Thomas and Lula E. (Castle) Sparks Houck, she was a member of Union Free Will Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1947 and was the candy lady at Pfleger’s General Store in Minford for several years. She was a homemaker and loving mother and grandmother.  She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan E. and Bruce Kongos of Portsmouth; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark S. and Chris Shumway of Galion; 9 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Shumway on November 30, 2005, whom she married on March 21, 1946 in Greenup, Kentucky, and a brother, Elwood Sparks.
Funeral services will be Monday, November 18, 2013 at the convenience of the family with Pastor Don Noel officiating. Entombment will be in Edgewood Abbey at Memorial Burial Park. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Lucille Dever Coles, 98

Lucille Dever Coles, 98, of Wheelersburg, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at her residence. Born August 2, 1915 in Minford, a daughter of the late Walter M. and Alma Hickman Dever, she was a Minford High School graduate in the Class of 1934, after graduation she worked in the Scioto County Courthouse; was a member of Wheelersburg Over 55 Club and attended Berean Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Jim) Parker of Oak Hill; one granddaughter, Amy (Rick) Stowell; two great grandsons, Seth Stowell and Grant Stowell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Coles; one brother, Forrest Dever, and one sister, Vivian Cavill. The family would like to thank SOMC Hospice and Home Caregivers, Janet Shuff, Jane Bailey and Heather Kremin for their excellent care.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2013 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Tim Goodwin officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace. Friends may call at the funeral from 4:00 to 6:00 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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