Obituaries – 6/10/12

Published 8:18pm Saturday, June 9, 2012

Donna Carpenter

Donna Kay Sisler Thompson Carpenter, 67, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Jo-Lin Health Center in Ironton. The Ironton native was born Jan. 26, 1945, the daughter of the late John D. and Alaphine Griffith Sisler.

She is survived by her husband, James V. Carpenter.Mrs. Carpenter was a graduate of Ironton High School. She was a former dietary coordinator for Jo-Lin Health Center for 34 years and a member of the Lorain Street Gospel Mission in Ironton. Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and devoted Christian. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a stepson, James L. Carpenter.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Lisa Thompson of Ironton; son and daughter-in-law, John and Brenda Thompson of Ironton; a stepson, Scott A Carpenter of South Point; sister, Sylvia Lawless of Ironton; three grandchildren, Brittany Thompson, Jack Thompson and Jacob Thompson, all of Ironton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home with Brother Jack Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow in Langdon Cemetery and visitation will be today from 5-7 the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


John Stapleton

John “Bear” Stapleton, 68, of Ironton, passed away Friday, June 8, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence native was born Jan. 21, 1944, the son of the late Ray and Ruth (Collins) Stapleton.

He is survived by his previous wife and lifelong companion of 40 years, Jean Stapleton. John was a graduate of Rock Hill High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country in Vietnam. He worked at the Ironton Dayton Malleable where he retired in 2000 after 33 years of service. He loved spending time with his friends and family and going fishing and was of the Freewill Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Tom, Roy, Ed, and Bill Stapleton; three sisters, Elsie Matney, Wanda Saylor and Shirley Ellis; and one great-granddaughter, Brayleigh Roberson. In addition to his previous wife and life long companion of 40 years he is also survived by one son Johnnie Ray Stapleton of Ironton; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Angie and Dennis Childers of Huntington, W.Va. and Cindy and Calvin Johnson of Ironton, Katiea Stapleton of Ironton, and Gale Stapleton of Ironton; one sister, Ruth Vanderhoof of Ironton; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his pet dog “Sisco.”

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Phillips Funeral Home with Brother Jimmy Kimble officiating. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery and visitation will be Monday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Martha Penix

Martha C. Penix, 88, formerly of Chesapeake, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at Solomans Nursing Center, in Solomans, Md. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home


Dennis Payne

Dennis Ray “Pops” Payne, 44, of Ashland, Ky., died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at home. He was the husband of Wanda Danner Payne, who survives. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Evans Funeral Home, Raceland, by Bishop Henry Montgomery. Burial will be in Caroline Cemetery, Raceland. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today.


Terry Anderson

Terry Lee Anderson, 57, of Huntington, W.Va., died Friday, June 8, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.   He is survived by his wife, Kathy Sloan Anderson.  Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.  Private family burial will be at a later date.  Visitation will be held 1 p.m.  to 2 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Kenneth Thackston

Kenneth Charles Thackston, 58, of Huntington, W.Va., died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. A memorial service will be at a later date in Jacksonville, N.C.  Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio, assisted the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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