Hobert E. Kelly, 87

Hobert E. Kelly, 87, of South Webster, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at SOMC Hospice. Born August 14, 1927 in Louisa, Kentucky, a son of the late Herbert A. Kelly and Sarah Ann Vanover Kelly Conley. He was retired from General Motors and was a U.S. World War II Army veteran. Hobert was an avid fisherman, hunter and a mechanic who could fix anything. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Barker Kelly; two sons, Leslie (Denise) Kelly of Charleston, Tennessee and Dwight (Eileen) Kelly of Lucasville; one daughter, Marlene (Jerry) Moore of South Webster; seven grandchildren, Shawn Kelly, Cheryl Gonzalez, Scott Kelly, Stephanie Morgan, Tiffany Kelly, Steven Kelly and Austin Mansfield; eight great grandchildren, Ember, River, Gavin, Camille, Arianna, Paul, Emily and Laura, and one brother, Homer Kelly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Carl J. Kelly and one sister, Shirley Ward Walter Parsons.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Rosemary F. Crabtree, 77

Rosemary F. Crabtree, 77 , of Minford, died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth. Born October 12, 1937 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Damon and Effie Mae (Shear) Downey, she was a graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1956 and had worked as a cook for DeMexican Pizzeria in Minford. She is survived by a son, Kevin Dale (Tracey) Crabtree of Emmitsburg, Maryland; a grandson, Kevin Scott (Chelsea) Crabtree of Minford; a granddaughter Samantha Crabtree of Maryland; a grandson, Zachary Ausherman; two great grandchildren, Kaylyn and Whitley Crabtree; a brother, Renice Downey of Columbus, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Crabtree, on May 14, 2014, and a brother, Darrell Downey.
Graveside services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Bennett Cemetery near Minford with Pastor Brett McGraw officiating. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Wanda Crabtree, 82

Wanda Jean Crabtree, 82, of Knoxville, Tennessee, a former Minford area resident, died Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was born June 23, 1933 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Roy and Della (Hickman) Beadle. She married Everett F. Crabtree on August 30, 1952. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1997. She was a member of West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville and Madison Missionary Baptist Church near Minford. A graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1951, her first “off the farm” job was for the former Powell Greenhouse in Minford. She ended her working years when she retired from Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Piketon. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Patty Crabtree of Knoxville; a daughter and son-in-law, Janette and George Thompson of Cheshire, Ohio; grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) Crabtree, Kendra Crabtree, Jessica Thompson, Sam Thompson; great-granddaughters, Della Crabtree and Serenity Russell; a brother, Raymond Beadle of Minford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernie and Betty Crabtree, Paul and Dorothy Ruth Boggs, Donna Joan Parsons, Wanda Cooper and many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Wilma (Beadle) Blackburn and Raymond Blackburn; sister-in-law, Norma Beadle and brother-in-law, Roger Cooper, and nephews David and Michael Beadle. Pallbearers who will carry her to rest will be grandsons Ryan Crabtree and Sam Thompson, and nephews Roy Beadle and Bob, Ronnie, Donnie, and Jimmy Blackburn.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Erwin- Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastors Donald Noel and Stephen W. Curry officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Cemetery near Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 until 8 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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Lovetta R. Reed, 82

Lovetta Ruth Reed, 82, of Portsmouth passed away at Southern Ohio Medical Center on July 5, 2015. Born September 21, 1932 in Adams County, the daughter of the late David N. and Nellie (Jones) DeAtley, she was a homemaker. Preceded by her husband, G. Clifford Reed whom she married October 29, 1948; a son, Lowell C. Reed; granddaughter, Rhonda Reed; brothers, Bill DeAtley, Robert De Atley; sisters, Alice Mae DeAtley, Dorothy Smith and Patty DeAtley. She is survived by two sons, Roger Reed of Leesburg, Fl, Mike (Becky) Reed of Columbus; three daughters, Helen Grant of Portsmouth, Donna (Tagg) DeVillez of Hamilton, and Mary (Tim) Brown of Wheelersburg; one sister, Willota Bernard of Columbus; one brother, Franklin DeAtley of Minford; sister-in-law, Darlene DeAtley of Portsmouth; eleven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Roy Chaffin officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 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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Johnathan L. “Rusty” Ratliff, 57

Johnathan Luther “Rusty” Ratliff, 57, of Minford, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his residence. Born May 28, 1958 in Dayton, Ohio, a son of the late Clifford Francis Ratliff and Letha Fay Greenhill Ratliff-Malott, he was a 1976 graduate of Minford High School and was a knife maker for Chicago Cutlery. He is survived by his stepfather, John (Betty Jo) Malott; one brother, David Leroy (Carol) Ratliff of Grayslake, IL; two sisters, Wendy Malott and Lori Malott both of Minford; two nephews, Tyler Malott and Clifford (Adrianne) Ratliff; a niece, Sarah Ratliff; two step-brothers, Jeff Puckett and Jerry Puckett, and two step-sisters, Kathy Crabtree and Penny Carver.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Gerald Penix officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Michael D. Pinson, 69

Michael David Pinson, 69, of Minford passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at SOMC. Born May 15, 1946 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Orville and Olive Bernice Wessel Pinson, he was a 1964 graduate of Minford High School and was retired from Shawnee State University as a Systems Network Manager. He was a 4-H Horse Advisor for 30+ years and past President of Minford Little League and Minford Athletic Boosters. He is survived by his wife Jill (Allen) Pinson; two sons, David (Amy) Pinson of Frankfort and Jeff (Lorenda) Pinson of Minford; four grandchildren, Braylee Alayne (Jason) Depugh, Caleb Allen Pinson, Jeri Elaine (Mike) Tye, and Mikayla Raychel Pinson; two great grandchildren, Briley Kirkbride, Ruby Elle Depugh; two brothers, Ronald (Barb) Pinson of Minford, Wayne (Ginny) Pinson of Wheelersburg, and one sister, Carolyn (Larry) Dever of Minford.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor 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. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Virginia Ruth Vest (Comer), 82

Virginia Ruth Vest (Comer), 82, of Minford, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born January 27, 1933 a daughter of the late Delbert W. and American Ann (Yates) Copas, she was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother and an inspiration to all that knew her. She attended Mt. Carmel Community Church near Minford. She is survived by a son, John (Pamela) Vest of Minford; 6 daughters, Virginia (Wayne) Blackburn of Portsmouth, Nannie (Kenneth) Parsons of Minford, Frances (Rocky) Williams of Minford, Vivian (Steve) Miller of Minford, Mona (Russell) Garrett of Minford, Regina Hodge of Portsmouth; 22 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; two sisters, Edith (Anuiel) Pitts of Minford, Martha Trockelman of New Vienna. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Vest; three sisters, Eileen King, Mary Jane Robinson, Agnes Hulbert; and two brothers, Bill Copas, Bob Copas, a son-in-law, Ronnie Hodge; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Jimmy Dummitt and Pastor Roy Chaffin 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. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Evangelistic Outreach, 299 Ohio Avenue, New Boston, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Bea K. Reasor, 84

Bea K. Reasor, 84, of Wheelersburg, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Lucasville at the home of a granddaughter. Born June 1, 1931 in Lawrence County, Ohio a daughter of the late John W. and Lillie M. (McClurg) Horner, she was an apartment manager of the Terrace Apartments in Portsmouth. She was a graduate of Wheelersburg High School, University of Dayton, and was member of Wheelersburg Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tiffany and Steve Lewis of South Portsmouth, Kentucky; 5grandchildren, Biance Lotspeich, Mareena Romanello, Michael Derek Lotspeich, Alexandra Lewis, Autumn Lewis; and 8 great grandchildren, Bryce Romanello, Haley Lotspeich, Zack Gahm Romanello, Rydan Romanello, Austin Lotspeich, Derek Lotspeich, Aubree Lotspeich, Abby Lotspeich, and one sister, Aulive Barker of Centerville, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Conley Neil Reasor; a daughter, Kimm Lotspeich, 9 brothers and sisters, Lloyd Horner, Estil Horner, Vivian Phipps, Virginia Horner, Violet Horner, Irene Boulander, Ruth Horner, James Horner and Lindy Horner.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Randy Fraley officiating. Burial will be in Collier Memorial Gardens in South Portsmouth, Kentucky. Friends may call at the funeral home 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolence may be sent to www.edafh.com

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George “Ray” Carter, Sr.

George “Ray” Carter, Sr. passed away to be with his Creator on Sunday, June 14, 2015. He was born December 11, 1939 to George Jay and Elsie Mae Smith Carter, who preceded him in death, along with a brother Henry Vernon “Hank” Carter. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Lois Hay Carter; two sisters, Rosa Fay Ross and Mae Sherrick; a son and daughter-in-law, George Jr. and Teresa Carter; two daughters, Joyce Carter and Linda Gillespie; seven grandchildren: Brian and Ashley Donnelly, Brittany and Briana Carter, Brendan, Ryan, and Claire Gillespie. He was also a Great Grandfather to a baby not yet born. He is also survived by a sister-in-law and two brother-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews, in addition to many friends and loved ones. Ray was a former Pastor and a retired employee from General Electric. He is a U.S. Army Veteran severing two terms from June 1957 to October 1960 and from November 1961 to August 1962. He will be honored with military graveside rites. All who knew him and had the honor of loving him will greatly miss his presence. He was a true inspiration and shared his deep faith of God with all. He will never be forgotten and his memories will never fade.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015 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 in Minford, Ohio from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church with a reception following 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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Mary L. Bobbs, 87

Mary Louise Bobbs, 87, of New Boston, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 at Best Care Nursing Home & Rehab Center in Wheelersburg. Born August 12, 1927 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Edward Odell and Geneva Carver Payne, she was a STNA and was a member of Twin Valley Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by two brothers, Ralph (Rosie) Payne of Florida and Robert (Loretta) Payne of Minford; one sister, Phyllis Carter of Florence, Kentucky, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bobbs; three brothers, Gaylord Payne, Willard Payne, Lloyd Payne, and three sisters, Violet Briggs, Edith Graley and Madeline Lutz.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Don Noel officiating. Burial will be at Universal Cemetery in Rubyville. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Sonja R. Brooks, 54

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Ps: 116: 15. Sonja Rae Ginn Brooks born July 8, 1960 passed from this life into the arms of Jesus Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. Her testimony will live on forever in the lives she touched. She expressed her love and trust for her Savior to everyone she met. Sonja is survived by her husband, John Brooks; a son, Matt (Courtney) Brooks; a daughter, Amy Napier; four precious grandchildren, Matthew Dylan Brooks, Kade Glockner, Sydney Napier and Presley Brooks; her parents, Ray Ginn, Jr. and Goldie Shumway Ginn; one sister, Anita Ayers and, two brothers, Thomas Ginn and Scott Ginn. Her one desire was to serve the Lord. Sonja was a member of Berean Baptist Church where she worked in the Children’s ministries, cooked for visiting missionaries and ran the AWANA store. Most important, she was a prayer warrior. One of her many favorite Bible passages was Is. 41:13. For I, the Lord thy God, will hold thy right hand saying unto thee. Fear not; I will help thee.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Berean Baptist Church in Sciotoville with Pastor Tim Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. 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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Edith M. Kelly, 79

Edith M. Kelly, 79, of South Webster passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at her residence. Born February 4, 1936 in Pike County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Dellmon “Dell” and Salie Reed Mullins, she was a Homemaker and attended Hamilton Glades Free Will Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons, Gary (Pamela) Kelly of Minford, Roger Kelly of South Webster, Joseph (Bobbie) Kelly of South Webster; one daughter, Melissa Taylor of Minford; eleven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; seven brothers, Floyd Mullins of Minford, Glenn Mullins of Wakeman, Ernest Mullins of Texas, Carl Mullins of Wheelersburg, Roy Mullins of Portsmouth, Randy Mullins of Minford, Ricky Mullins of Minford, and one sister, Marie Stephenson of Minford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jay Kelly on August 6, 2013 and one brother, Elmer Mullins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Mike Simpson officiating. Burial will be at Kelly Cemetery in 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.edfh.com.

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Judith D. Queen, 66

Judith Diane Queen, 66, of Minford, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at her residence. Born November 11, 1948 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Olen William and Cuba Howerton Burchett, she was retired from Heartland as a Cook and attended Word Alive Fellowship. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Frank Queen; two sons, Brian (Jennifer) Queen of Blairsville, Georgia and Stephen Queen of Norwalk, Ohio; one daughter, Jodi Gail Queen of Columbus; four grandchildren, Florence, Diane, Olen, and Brandon; two great grandchildren, Jayden and Michael; five brothers, Lowell Burchett, Gerald Burchett, Larry Burchett, Phil Burchett and David Burchett; two sisters, Joan Uhl and Doris Bentley, and longtime friend Frosty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Emory Burchett; one sister, Linda Hoffer and one brother, Jimmy in infancy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Word Alive Fellowship, 204 Commercial Blvd. in Piketon with Pastor Rick Struckel officiating. Burial will be at Honeysuckle Springs Cemetery on the family farm in Minford. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford 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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Holly Thacker, 61

Hollice (Holly) Lorraine (Walls) Thacker, 61, of Minford passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the University Hospital of Cincinnati due to an ongoing illness. She was born November 30, 1953 in Chillicothe, preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Evelyn Shoemaker Walls on July 12, 1969 and Emmitt Roy Walls on May 28, 1979. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Carol Ann (Walls) Southworth on June 30, 2012, and her former husband, Ronald Lee Thacker on February 26, 1999. Holly was a graduate of Eastern High School in 1971. She retired from Big Bear Company and managed the Deli Department eighteen years. Holly was an avid reader, who enjoyed all types of sports from racing to football. She took great pride in the education and knowledge of her children and grandchildren. Holly enjoyed watching her grandchildren at home and in sports. Holly is survived by a sister, Pamela (Richard) Vallery; one brother-in-law, Jack Southworth; two sons, Jonas (Kristie) Thacker and Colin (Heather) Thacker; five grandchildren, Hannah, Micah, Deagan, Cameron and Ava who all loved her very much, two nephews, Josh (Christy) Adams and Luke (Tara) Southworth, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Burial will be at Beaver Union Cemetery in Beaver. 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 please consider the needs of the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Jeannie F. Williams, 90

Jeannie F. Williams, 90, of Lucasville, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at SOMC. Born February 13, 1925 in San Diego, California, a daughter of the late Marrciso and Stephanie Gonzels Patron, she was aide for various military hospitals and attended Fairview Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest D. Williams on May 31, 2009 whom she married March 10, 1955.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Tim Palla officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Burial Park. 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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Burns “Bob” Cordle, 94

Burns “Bob” Cordle, 94, of Minford, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 9, 2015 peacefully in his sleep. Born April 25, 1920 in Paintsville, Kentucky, son of the late Wesley and Cora Lemaster Cordle, he lived in Beaver, Ohio during his youth. As an Army veteran of World War II, Burns served in North Africa. Following his military service, he settled in Tacoma, Washington where he enjoyed camping in their Airstream trailer and long walks with his family in nearby Point Defiance Park and across the Narrows Bridge. Burns career included 20 years of service with Western Washington State Hospital as a Boiler Engineer. Burns retired from the Hospital in 1982 when he and Rosie returned home to Ohio. Burns enjoyed attending Rubyville Community Church. He liked American History, steam engines and the architecture of what he called “Big Houses”. He enjoyed woodworking, including building several Grandfather Clocks. He had a great sense of humor and most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Rosie Wright Cordle, a loving union of 46 years; two sons, Michael (Katherine) Cordle and Patrick (Marsha) Cordle; three grandchildren, Rachel, Kyla and Ami; five great grandchildren; two step daughters and five step sons. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Tammi and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Rubyville Community Church in Rubyville with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be at Cordle Cemetery in Beaver, Ohio. Friends may call at the church from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion and William A. Baker Post No. 363. 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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Macie L. Shumway, 90

Macie Lee (Havens) Shumway, 90, of Minford, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her residence. Born July 25, 1924 in Pike County, Ohio, a daughter of the late James L. and Myrtle May (Vance) Havens, she was a graduate of Stockdale High School in the class of 1942 and a member of Sunshine Church of Christ. She is survived by two sons, David (Karen) Shumway of Cleveland, Dwight Shumway of Columbus; two daughters, Mary Lee Justice of New Boston, Debbie (Terry) Sullivan of Portsmouth; 8 grandchildren, Tim Justice, Judy Myers, Jennifer Young, Shelia Kropp, John Shumway, George Shumway, Stephanie Hamilton, Jessica Sullivan, and 16 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willis B. Shumway, on April 6, 2008, whom she married on October 24, 1942; 4 sisters, Helen Havens, Georgia Snyder, Grace Pelfrey, Inez Rockwell; two brothers, Clinton Havens and Edwin “Bud” Havens .

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Sunshine Church of Christ with Steve Miller minister officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, and at Sunshine Church of Christ one hour prior to the service. The family would like to thank everyone involved in caring for Macie, especially SOMC Hospice where donations can be made in lieu of flowers at SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street Portsmouth, OH 45662. Online condolence may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Earl Colley, 78

Earl Colley, 78, of Chillicothe, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at Traditions of Chillicothe. Born March 27, 1937 in Scioto County, a son of the late Alpha and Effie McKnight Colley, he was retired from the City of Chillicothe and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by two sons, Mark (Sue) Colley and Charles (Trisha) Colley all of Chillicothe; one grandchild; four sisters, Jacklyn (Kenny) Staggs, Caroline Shephard, Cammie (Jerry) Justice and Connie (Ron) Cook, and three brothers, Jerry (Elaine) Colley of Portsmouth, John (Vina) Colley of McDermott, and Richard (Shirley) Colley of Portsmouth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Constance Elaine (Fisher) Colley on November 5, 2001 whom he married May 28, 1960; a daughter, Constance Michele Colley; one brother, Gary Colley, one sister, Sandy Gray, and a daughter-in-law, Virginia Colley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Edgewood Abbey Mausoleum at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg with Tim Bennett 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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Carl W. Keller, Jr., 60

Carl Wayne “Skeet” Keller, Jr., 60, of Minford, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at his residence.  Born February 28, 1955 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Carl Wayne Keller, Sr. and Marvis Joy Swords Keller, he was a 1973 graduate of Clay High School and was involved in 4-H for 50+ years. He was a truck driver for 30 years and was currently employed with Portsmouth City Schools.  He is survived by his wife, Danielle Clausing Keller of Minford; one son, Carl Wayne “Skip” Keller, III and his wife, Lyndsey; two daughters, Candace Danielle Keller-Goody of Minford and Cassandra Jo Chain and her husband, Bryan of Philadelphia, PA; four grandchildren, Justus William Gage Keller-Adkins, Brady Thomas Keller, John William Keller and Kylie Alexandra Chain; one sister, Debarah (Gregg) Peed; his mother-in-law, Louise Clausing, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, William “Bill” Clausing.

Private family services were held Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Ohio State University 4-H Endowment Fund, 602 Seventh Street – Courthouse Room 7, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Richard Bobst, 73

William “Richard” Bobst, Jr., 73, of Minford, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at his residence. Born April 3, 1941 in Portsmouth, a son of the late William Richard and Helen Easter Bobst, he was a self-employed dairy farmer, was retired from Mills Pride in Waverly, and enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Wanda Kallner Bobst; four sons, Richard (Jennifer) Bobst, Aaron (Nakosha) Bobst, Wayne Bobst (Jessica Thomas), and Jimmy Bobst all of the Minford area; one daughter, Jeanie (Rich) Mullens; five grandchildren, Levi Mullens, Katherine Mullens, Reagan Lester, Kalyn Lester and Brianna Thomas, and one brother, Roger (Jan) Bobst of Lucasville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Mercer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Rob McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from Noon to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Tuesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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James S. Conley, 54

James Scott Conley, 54, of Lucasville, died March 21, 2015 at his residence. Born January 4, 1961 in East Chicago, Indiana, a son of Revery Whitt Conley and the late James D. Conley, he was employed by Bomex Corporation, was a former Deputy Sheriff and Painter. In addition to this mother, he is survived by one sister, Debra S. Conley of Lucasville; three sons, James Mitchell Conley of Middleport, Zachary Scott Conley of Peebles, and James Scott Conley, II of Lucasville; two grandchildren, Jade Elizabeth Conley and Timothy Ray Conley. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, James Briely Raymond Conley.

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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Velma Bradbury, 81

She was Mom and Mamaw, Sweetheart and Babe. Velma Bayes Bradbury spent her life nurturing, loving, and giving. Born December 1, 1933, near Minford, Ohio to John Douglas Bayes and Sarah Lilvia Ross Bayes, she was the youngest of four siblings. On September 21, 1952, Velma and Earl Dean Bradbury began their life together as husband and wife. Their 62 years of marriage produced seven children, twenty-two grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. It also created a loving, happy home full of adventure, learning, and music. She was a quilter, a gardener, and a traveler. She was of the Baptist faith, a graduate of Minford High School, and a retiree from AT&T/Lucent. Above all, Velma valued time with her family, and instilled that important and lasting trait in her children and grandchildren. Velma passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, with Dean at her side. In addition to her parents, Velma was preceded in death by her oldest sister, Geneva Bayes Shoemaker Rucker. She is survived by her sister Darlene Bayes Melvin Moore and her husband Bob Moore of Minford, her brother George Douglas Bayes and his wife Sally of Englewood, Florida, as well as her husband Dean, son Mark and his wife Paula (Spradlin) of Minford, son Kevin and his wife Barbara (Lapp) of Otway, son John and his wife Judy (Nichols) of Rock Spring, Georgia, daughter Sarah and her husband Sam Wilder of Cincinnati, daughter Cathy Mullins of Lucasville, daughter Lorie and her husband Henry Blevins of Webbville, Kentucky, and son Bryan and his wife Rachel Anne (Lane) of Seattle, Washington. In addition, Velma’s twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren live in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, California, Washington, and the Netherlands.
Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held Saturday May 23, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Madison Township Community Center, State Route 335, Minford, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations are made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 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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Paul E. Keller, 84

Paul Eugene Keller, 84, of Minford, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born May 1, 1930 in Scioto County, a son of the late Oren O. and Serena Parker Keller, he retired from Rockwell in Newark, Ohio with 42 years of service and attended Bethesda Baptist Church. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff & Kay Keller; two grandsons, Josh Keller of Columbus and Jacob Keller of Lucasville; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Jerod) Darnell of Russell, KY; great granddaughter, Piper Darnell; great grandson, Apollo Darnell; one brother, Marvin (Donna) Keller of Jackson, and one sister, Helen Creech of Minford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. Keller on June 5, 2013, and one brother, Carl Keller.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Dan King officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Sherry Montgomery, 47

Sherry Lynn Montgomery, 47, of Minford, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at her residence. Born February 9, 1968 in Portsmouth, a daughter of Gail (Boggs) Howland, of South Shore, Kentucky, and the late Jimmy Howland, she was a cashier at Aldi in Russell, Kentucky, and attended South Webster Baptist Church. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Michael Montgomery, whom she married on November 22, 1997; two daughters, Kelsie Combs of Minford, Brittany Jackson of Minford; four grandchildren, Tristan Jackson, Laikin Jackson, Ariyah Jackson, Nehemiah Combs; a brother, David Howland of South Shore, Kentucky; a sister, Lisa Howland of South Shore, Kentucky, and two nieces, Lynne Current and Alishia Sullivan, both of Alabama.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, with Lou Ashworth officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 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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David Seibert, 48

William David Seibert, 48, of Lucasville passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at SOMC Hospice. He was born October 16, 1966 in Lima, Ohio a son of the late Robert Randall and Barbara Wright Seibert and was a Carpenter for Rick Martin Construction for 28 years. He is survived by two sons, William David Seibert, Jr. and Kevin Michael Seibert; his former wife, Cherry Schall; three brothers, Randall Seibert, John Seibert and Paul Seibert; three sisters, Angela Radabaugh, Lisa Lacy and Linda Porter, and a granddaughter, Angelina Bridenstein. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jeromy Holsinger, and two brothers, Robert “Curly” Seibert and Joseph Seibert. A special thanks to Denver Adkins and Paul Loop.

Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Nicholas T. Colley, 18

Nicholas Todd Colley, 18, of Minford, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his residence. He was born September 26, 1996 in Scioto County, a son of Todd and Michelle Bishop Colley, and was a student at Scioto County Career Technical Center. He was a loving brother and a wonderful friend. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, James Colley of Lucasville; grandfathers, Jim Slusher and Doug Bishop; grandmother, Connie Bishop; great grandmother, Ruie Slusher, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Kevin Green officiating. Friends may call prior to the service on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Lucille Casteel, 81

Lucille Casteel, 81, of Minford, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Traditions at Bristol Village in Waverly. Born June 18, 1933 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Hobert and Diadema Wheeler Lyon, she was a homemaker and a member of Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness Portsmouth Congregation. She is survived by three sons, Michael (Marge) Casteel, Daniel Wade (Annette) Casteel and Jess Casteel all of Michigan; two daughters, Donna (John) Kinney of Vinton and Diane (Tony) Lafferty of Minford; eleven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Carl (Kay) Lyon of Lucasville and one sister, Ruth Bennett of Columbus. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Casteel on March 25, 2007 whom she married on May 15, 1951, and one brother, Walter Lyon.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with John Lewis officiating. Burial will be at White Gravel 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. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Yvonne “Bonnie” Boldman, 75

Yvonne “Bonnie” Boldman, 75, of Portsmouth, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at her daughter’s residence in Pensacola, Florida. She was born September 26, 1939 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Lawrence E. and Charlotte B. Adkins Sisler and she was a homemaker. She is survived by two sons, Brian Keith (Vickie) Boldman of South Vienna, Anthony Graham (Jennifer) Boldman of Maineville; three daughters, Delana Boldman of Portsmouth, Sonia (Dwane) Grubb of Pensacola, Florida, Andrea Nicoletta of Grove City; seventeen grandchildren, Shawn Boldman, Heather Miller, Brittany Moore, Laura Grubb, Andrew Grubb, Micah Grubb, Keifer Grubb, Jennifer Reeves, Cheyanna Boldman, Cameron Nicoletta, Dawson Nicoletta, Jacob Boldman, Elaina Boldman, Chase Boldman, Carly Boldman, Ava Boldman and Luke Boldman, and five great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Graham “Tucker” Boldman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Mick Gillette officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 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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David R. Conley, Jr., 82

David Conley, Jr. (June), 82, of Lucasville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, February 27, 2015 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born October 11, 1932 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late David, Sr. and Minnie Conley. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Homer, Cecil and Howard and one sister, Alberta. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gladys Griffith Conley; one son, Roger of Lucasville and one daughter, Kathy Conley-Craft of Wilmington; two brothers, Herschel (Tana) of Lucasville and Jack of West Alexandria and one sister, Eudora of West Alexandria; three grandsons, Matthew and Brent of Lucasville and Roger, Jr. of Georgia, and four great grandchildren. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Scioto County Engineers and Madison Township where he also served as committeeman. He was a member of Victory Chapel Church of Christ in Christian Union where he served as first elder for many years. He enjoyed his family, his church, hunting, fishing and his tractors. David touched many lives and will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Victory Chapel Church of Christ in Christian Union with Pastor Joe Ward officiating. Burial will be in Jacobs Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Gladys M. Stewart, 94

Gladys M. Aldridge Stewart, 94, of Portsmouth passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at her daughter’s home. She was born January 15, 1921 in Lawrence County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Arbaugh Stumbo. She is survived by two sons, Michael (Theda) Aldridge and Keith Stewart; two daughters, Linda Mart (Don) and Ginger Gaines; 23 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren, five daughters-in-law, Mary, Joann, Dolly, Sharon and Linda. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Calvin Aldridge and her 2nd husband, Delbert Stewart; four sons, Bob Aldridge, Earl Aldridge, John Aldridge and Don Aldridge; three brothers, Gene Stumbo, Johnny Stumbo and Clarence Stumbo; three sisters, Mary Ellen Phillips, Margaret Camp and Hazel Stumbo; two sons-in-law, James Mart and Gary Gaines, Sr., and two daughters-in-law, Geri Aldridge and Hazel Aldridge.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Jack Lore officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ironton. 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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Bobby Joe Conley, 77

Bobby Joe Conley, 77, of Portsmouth, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, February 16, 2015. He was born April 24, 1937 in Portsmouth, Ohio, to the late Dewey and Jessie Conley. He served in the United States Air Force, retired from Portsmouth Fire Department, and attended Bloom Free Will Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. After retiring, he enjoyed spending time at the flea markets, bringing smiles across many faces with his snow cones, and talking to anyone who came by. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He was and is loved by many; he would do anything for anyone. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Norma Kinker. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (Hayzlip) Conley whom he married on January 2, 1960. He is also survived by his children, Kim (John Fyffe) Conley, Dan (Zoni) Conley, and J.D. (Shannon) Conley; his grandchildren, Hannah (Scott), Amanda (Logan), Stephanie, and Shawn; his great grandchildren, Mikayla, Damien, Brady, Katie, Shawn, Jr., Adrianna and Beth; his sisters, Betty (Paul) Means, Anna Lou Caudill, and Donna Sue Wray; a special nieces, Cheryl Dryden, and many other in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to thank his VA nurses who made regular visits to the house to care for him and who showed their loving spirits, Jerri Treadway and Eric Hensley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Bloom Free Will Baptist Church in South Webster with Kenny Klaiber and Richard North officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Naomi R. Adams, 73

Naomi R. Adams, 73, of Lucasville, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 at SOMC. She was born November 15, 1941 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Clifton O. and Minnie Elizabeth Pinson Kent and she owned and operated Naomi’s Beauty Salon for 49 years. She is survived by one son, John T. Adams, II of Lucasville; one daughter, Loresa (Kenneth) Cordle of South Bloomfield; three grandchildren, Noah Adams, April Cordle and Matthew Cordle; two great grandchildren; one brother, Lowell (Barbara) Kent of Jamestown, and one sister, Loreta Fields of Wheelersburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Adams on October 22, 2013 whom she married December 8, 1962 and one sister, Nancy Bennett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Evangelist David Frazie officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Bennett Cemetery on Piketon Road. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Mavis P. Cox, 81

Mavis P. Cox, 81, of Hempstead Manor went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at SOMC. Born October 31, 1933 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Richard and Ella Green Gray and attended Candy Run Wesleyan Tabernacle Church. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Mary Cox of Portsmouth and Darrell and Linda Cox of Lucasville; one daughter and son-in-law, Charotte and Merle Miller of Portsmouth; six grandchildren, Emily, Amy, Sarah, Jonathan, Ben and Cari; four great grandchildren, Lainey, Jack, Kylie and Joey-Kate, and one sister, Adrian Jahn of Grove City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Thomas R. Cox; three brothers, Ralph, Paul and Lowell Gray; four sisters, Letha Gray, Lucille Cremeans, Zelma Stropek, and Datha Morton, and one granddaughter, Kristen Cox. The family would like to extend special thanks to Hempstead Manor as well as SOMC Hospice and Southern Ohio Medical Center for their good care.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Andy Ramey officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in South Shore, Kentucky. 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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Jack Burchett, 85

Andrew Jackson (Jack) Burchett, 85, of Lucasville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, from injuries received in a January car accident. Born June 22, 1929, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, he was the fifth of ten children of Tom “Jumper” and Rebecca Burchett, who preceded him in death. Jack was a veteran of the United State Air Force, serving from 1948 to 1953, during which time he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He also owned and operated Jack’s Service Station, located in the same location where he eventually built the family home. In 1992, he retired from the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility as a Maintenance Foreman. On December 31, 1953, he was united in marriage to Sylvia A. Chaffins, who preceded him in death on June 22, 2006. In addition to being an Air Force Veteran, he was also an active member of First Baptist Church Beaver, Lucasville Masonic Lodge No 465, and a 32nd degree Mason. Survivors include three children: David (Lois) Burchett and Mark (Evelyn) Burchett, both of Lucasville, and Jackie (Tim) Jayne of Beaver; eight grandchildren, Amanda Mullins of Frankfort, Kentucky; Andrew Burchett, Nathanial Burchett, Elayna Burchett of Lucasville; Gwendolynn Jayne of Ashland, Tennessee; Tim Jayne of Vine Grove, Kentucky; Michael Jayne and Ksenia Jayne of Beaver; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters, Kenneth Ray Burchett, Jenny Burchett Wallace, and Tommy Jean Burchett Richardson, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde, Wade, Gayle and Bernard Burchett, and two sisters, Geraldine Burchett Cesco and Blanche Burchett Cox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Beaver, with Pastor Tim Hines and Pastor Gary Pack officiating. Burial will be in Salisbury Cemetery near Stockdale. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the James Irwin Post No 622 American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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James “Jack” Harris, 73

James Jackson “Jack” Harris, 73, of Clarktown, died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at his residence. Born November 3, 1941 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a son of the late Lewis Dee and Ada (Barnes) Harris, he was a retired electrician for Local No. 575. He was a truck driver, an Army veteran and was a Mason. He is survived by his wife, Dolores A. (Marshall) Harris; a son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Amy Harris of Sadieville, Kentucky; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jacqueline and Joey Gipson, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Pam and Jim Wilkinson of Nebraska; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-children, Vicki Cooper, Laura Schmidt of Portsmouth, Manuel Peterson of Springfield, Joey Ratcliff of Columbus, Buddy Harmison of Springfield; two sisters, Linda McGlone of Rubyville, Betty Landes of Sacramento, CA , and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Timothy L. Harris; two brothers, Lewis and John, and a sister Carol.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans officiating. Burial will be in Rosemount Cemetery. 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. Military rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 and William Baker Post No 363. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Charles Carter, 85

Charles Carter, 85 of Bucyrus went home to be with the Jesus on Friday Jan. 30, 2015 following an extended illness. Charles was born March 8, 1929 in Portsmouth, OH to the late Charles Albert and Opal (Porter) Carter. He was married Oct. 3, 1967 to Roseanna (Conkel) Carter who survives. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Ed, Paul, and Alan Carter, as well as one sister Charlotte Fletcher and brother in laws Ray and William Conkel, and Hank Rule. Charles is also survived by Martin Conkel, Donald Conkel, Dodie Conkel, Darla Sprague, and Melody Stratton, who considered him as their second Dad, brother and sister in laws Clarence and Sandy Conkel; Clara Rule; and Donna Conkel, all of Portsmouth; Mary Conkel of Bucyrus; numerous nieces and nephews and church friends who he loved very much. Charles moved to Bucyrus in 1966 and retired from Pacal. He attended Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed watching OSU Football and NASCAR. In addition, Charles liked to be around his friends and children as well as his pet dog “Coco”.

The family will receive friends at the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-6 pm where services will be held at 6:00 pm with Rev. Lyle Arnett officiating. Additional calling hours will be held at the Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford on Friday from 11:00 until 2:00 pm with services being held at 2:00 pm with Zack Conkel officiating, burial will follow in Harrison Twp. Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be left at munzpirnstill.com

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Blanch I. Bennett, 86

Blanch I. Bennett, 86, of Minford, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth with her girls by her side.
Born December 13, 1928 in Scioto County, a daughter of the late Alva and Chelsea I. (Dever) Shoemaker, she had worked for the former Marting’s Department Store in Portsmouth, and was a 1946 graduate of Minford High School. She attended Rubyville Community Church, and was a member of Minford Women’s Club, and Lucasville Eastern Star No. 495.  She is survived by her husband, George R. Bennett; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Doug Shultz of Lucasville; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Shellby and Rodney Vulgamore of Minford; a great granddaughter, who was the light of her life, Brylynn Chelsea Jones of Minford, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Mary Lou Bennett of Orient; a sister-in-law, Mary Helen Bennett of Minford, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dean E. Bennett, on January 9, 1971.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or Sierra’s Haven, 80 Easter Drive, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Leroy E. Toland, 62

Leroy E. Toland, 62, of Minford, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born September 30, 1952 in Scioto County, a son of the late Leroy and Elizabeth (Spriggs) Toland, he was a retired employee for N & S Railway, and attended Mt. Carmel Community Church. He is survived by his wife, Connie (Pitts) Toland; a son, Tom (Leslie) Toland of Minford; a daughter, Jessica (Brian) Mox of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Delaney Lynn Toland, Daniel Ryan Mox; two sisters, Birdie Oliver of Gary, Indiana, Sandra Stokes of Gary, Indiana; a brother, Jim Wyant of Perry, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Iva Jane Smith, Sharon Combs, Carol Doherty, and one brother, Harry Rodger.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Jim Dummitt and Roy Chaffin officiating. Burial will be in Mt Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday 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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Harry C. James, 85

Harry C. James, 85, of Minford, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at SOMC Hospice. Born September 28, 1929 in McDermott, a son of the late Handsford and Oakie Howard James, he was receiving manager for the former Harts Department Store in Rosemount. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465, and was a member of Berean Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Betty James; two daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Bourne of Ironton, Lawana (Paul) Whitt of Portsmouth; a special son, Brian (Barb) Setser of Minford; ten grandchildren, Angela Sturgill, Darrell Dixon, Kristen (Rich) Lewis, Tommy James, Mashell James, Jennifer James, David James, Brandi James, Phillip (Melanie) Setser, Allison Setser; two brothers, Harold James, William James; and four sisters, Norma Vaughn, Jackie Evans, Louise Joseph, and Debbie Maese.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Harold Thomas James and Orville David James; a brother, Wade James; and three sisters, Mary Ann Loper, Jenny James, and Patty Gabbard.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Tim Goodwin officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Masonic Services will be conducted by Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465 at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Graveside Military rites will be conducted by James Erwin Post 622 and William Baker Post 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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Geneva F. Miller, 91

Geneva Faye Miller, 91, of Portsmouth, Ohio went to be with her Lord Saturday, January 10, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Bristolville, Ohio, where she has resided for the past three years. She was born August 4, 1923, in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer; her parents, Alfred and Delia Lavender; one sister, Betty Shock; and three brothers, Jim, Dan, and Jerry. Geneva was a gentle-spirited, quiet woman whose Christianity showed through all her gentle ways. She was an active member in the Sunshine Church of Christ where she served as a Bible schoolteacher, a deacon’s wife, and a member of the Sunshine Singers. Geneva will always be remembered for her love of music. She loved to sing, compose songs, and teach piano. Geneva shared her deepest feelings in her book of poetry, a loving tribute to her sweet spirit. Geneva was a wonderful wife to Homer for 69 years and a beautiful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Judy (David) Hinze of Bristolville, Ohio; three grandchildren, Brian Hinze of Kent, Ohio, Jason Hinze of Warren, Ohio, and Aaron (Jessica) Hinze of Ashville, Ohio; and two great-granddaughters, Megan and Emily of Ashville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 16, at the Sunshine Church of Christ in Minford, Ohio, with Steve Miller and Jamie Riley officiating. Burial will be at Batterson Cemetery. Friends may call at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, and one hour prior to the service Friday, January 16, at the church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.edafh.com.

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Helen V. Zimmer, 79

Helen Veronica Zimmer, 79, of Wheelersburg, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Best Care Nursing & Rehab Center. Born August 11, 1935 in Manhattan, New York, a daughter of the late John and Mary Regan Sweeney, she was retired from Verizon Telephone and was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Manhattan, New York. She is survived by two sons, Jerry (Rhonda) Zimmer of Wheelersburg and William James (Cecelia) Zimmer of Long Beach, CA; one daughter, Catherine  (Hans) Finken of Manitoba, Canada; seven grandchildren, Brad Zimmer, Brian Zimmer, Brandon Zimmer, Tyler Holsinger, Zach Holsinger, David Zimmer and Christine Mello; one great granddaughter,  Samara Mello; one sister, Ann (Fred) Riley of Port Jefferson, NY, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Joseph Zimmer; six brothers and sisters, Agnes, Margie, John (Dottie), Catherine (Nicky), James and Maureen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church with Father Joe Yokum officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter 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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Roberta Larrick, 89

Roberta Evans Larrick, 89, of Portsmouth, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Hill View Retirement Center. Born July 20, 1925 in New Boston, a daughter of the late Clarence O. and Wilma H. Riegel Evans, she was a graduate of Wheelersburg High School in the class of 1943 and was active with the Wheelersburg Alumni Association for several years. She was employed by the Federal Civil Service Department of Defense at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, retiring with the highest civilian rank available. She is survived by two brothers, Bernard Evans and Wallace E. (Sylvia) Evans; two sisters, Lou (Roger) Nelson and Christine (Jesse) Cassada, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Larrick on April 27, 2004, and four brothers, T. Robert Evans, James O. Evans, Donald L. Evans, and Clarence E. Evans.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Rev. Dick North officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ricky J. Bentley, 55

Ricky Joe Bentley, 55, of Minford, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at his residence. Born January 19, 1959 in Portsmouth, a son of Louise Ross and the late James “Jim” Bentley and was retired from Pike County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Ryan (Sheryl) Bentley; one daughter, Erika Bentley; two grandchildren, Brooklyn Bentley and R.J. Bentley; one brother, Mikey (Louanne) Bentley; one nephew, Michael (Jessica) Bentley; one great-niece, Allie Bentley, and many other family and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jennifer Lynn (Burchett) Bentley on December 12, 2014.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Julie Evans and Pastor Dave Roosa officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Roy Dean Fetters, 81

Roy Dean Fetters, 81, of Lucasville died Monday, December 22, 2014. He was born November 20, 1933 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Morris Logan and Minerva Ann Caseman Fetters. He was a Corporal U.S. Army and Korean War veteran, a graduate of Valley High School, a former employee of Empire Detroit Steel Mill and retiree of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is survived by four children, Brenda (Andy) Gerlach, Melanie Evans, Stephanie (Kevin) Gillum all of Lucasville and Jeffrey Fetters of Knoxville, TN. Mr. Fetters had ten grandchildren, Amy (Craig) Conkel, Matthew Adkins, Andrea Gerlach, Christy (Nick) Savage, Ryan Evans, Jessica Gillum, Justin Gillum, Janet “JP” Fetters and Logan Fetters; seven great grandchildren, three sisters, Helen (Bruce) Payne of Wheelersburg, Janet (Eugene) Gahm of Lucasville, and Shirley Smith of Pleasanton, CA; two sisters-in-law, Faye Fetters of Dayton and Bonnie Fetters of Wheelersburg, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Fetters on October 20, 2001, and three brothers, Harold Fetters, Morris Fetters, Jr., and Roger Fetters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans officiating. Burial will be at Scioto Burial Park near Lucasville. 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. 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 or Sierra’s Haven, 80 Easter Drive, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Jennifer L. Bentley, 38

Jennifer Lynn Bentley, 38, of Minford, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at SOMC Hospice, after a brave battle with cervical cancer. She was born April 12, 1976 in Portsmouth and a daughter of Joseph Dwight and Debra Joy (Shoemaker) Burchett of Minford. She was a licensed Funeral Director, a Social Worker for Pike County Children’s Services, attended North Moreland Christian Baptist Church in New Boston and Grace United Methodist Church in Waverly. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Rick Bentley; two beloved step-children, Erika Bentley and Ryan (Cheryl) Bentley; two step-grandchildren, Brooklyn and R.J. Bentley; two brothers, Steven (Jennifer) Burchett of Jackson, Michigan and Kevin (Lori) Burchett of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, three nephews, Joseph and Nolan Burchett, Michael Bentley and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Julie Evans, Pastor Paul Hagen and Pastor Charlie Ross officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ceola C. Lykins, 89

Ceola C. (Smith) Lykins, 89, of Rubyville, died Thursday. December 11, 2014 at Heartland of Portsmouth. Born April 13, 1925 in Oak Hill, Ohio, a daughter of the late Bruce and Dorothy (Edinger) Smith. She was a nurse’s assistant at Scioto Memorial Hospital, and retired in 1987 with 15 years of service.  She is survived by a son, Max Miller of Rubyville, and a step granddaughter, Brenda Irelan of Rubyville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Dale Miller, William Homer Hamilton, Miles Lykins; two sisters, Lauaria Simmons, Georgie Tipton, and a brother, Bruce Smith Jr., and a daughter-in-law, Helen Miller.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Calvin Ray Evans and Pastor Brian Baer officiating. Burial will be in Universal Cemetery in Rubyville. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Monday. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.

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Ronald G. Deemer, 74

Ronald Guy Deemer, 74, of Minford, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at his residence. Born January 10, 1940 in Minford, a son of the late Raymond and Hazel L. (Culp) Deemer, he was a truck driver for Lovelace Motor Freight, was owner and operator of Minford Kwik Stop and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Linda (Davis) Deemer; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Deemer, Jr. and Dianna Deemer of Minford; two grandchildren, Adam Deemer of Dayton and Amy Deemer of Minford; one sister, Jean Landrum of Melbourne, Florida and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis Deemer, Vancil Deemer, and a nephew, Tony Spencer. A special thanks to Brent, Becky and Karen for their concern and excellent care.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Memorial Contributions 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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George E. Rase, 72

George Edward Rase, 72, of Minford, died Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Born February 8, 1942 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Henry Edward and Veatrice Anna (Knapp) Rase, he was a retired farmer, graduate of Minford High School in the class of 1962, and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Powellsville, Ohio. He is survived by two sisters, Mary (Dean) Conklin of Minford, Doris Buroker of West Liberty, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bill Buroker.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church in Powellsville with Pastor Carl Beck officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 5600 Junior Furnace Powellsville Road, Franklin Furnace, Ohio 45629. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com

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Daren H. Woods, Jr., 20

Daren Heath Woods, Jr., 20, of Lucasville, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014 at SOMC. He was born July 2, 1994 in Scioto County and a son of Daren and Rena Scott Woods. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Adrianna Woods; one brother, Wyatt Newsome, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Thelma Adkins and Mary Moore; cousin, Cameron Salisbury, and uncle, Harold Adkins, Jr.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lucasville with Paul King officiating. Friends may call at Back Run House of Prayer from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday. 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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Alvin Meade, 93

Alvin Meade, 93, of Lucasville, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Born March 28, 1921 in Van Lear, Kentucky, son of the late Alvin and Della Mormon Meade, he was a former employee of Ohio Asphalt and Piketon Atomic Plant. He was an avid UK fan, was a member of Lucasville Masonic Lodge #465 and was a U.S World War II Army veteran. He is survived by one son, Barry D. Meade of Waverly; daughter-in-law, Diana Meade of Minford; two grandchildren, Shawn Jordan of Wheelersburg and Randolph (Carrie) Meade of Portsmouth, and five great grandchildren, Auston Oretta Jordan, Zachary Tracz Jordan, Lane Robert Jordan, Lily Rose Meade and Xavier Edison Meade. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Oretta Chaffins Meade on January 11, 2013 whom he married September 13, 1944; one son, Dennis Meade and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m Friday, December 5, 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 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday prior to the service. Masonic services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday prior to the service by Lucasville Masonic Lodge #465. 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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