Obituaries – 8/27/12

Published 9:17am Monday, August 27, 2012

Atha Riffe

Atha Juanita Riffe, 88, formerly of Ironton, passed away Friday Aug. 24, 2012 in Johnson City, Tenn. The Kenova, W.Va. native was born July 1, 1924, the daughter of the late Alpha and Lorena Boggs Gillenwater. She was the widow of George Washington (Honeyboy) Riffe whom she married Aug. 28, 1955. Atha attended Ironton City Schools and was a homemaker.

She was a former volunteer at the Lawrence County Senior Citizen Center, of the Pentecostal faith and had lived in the Ironton area most of her life.In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Blain Franklin Gillenwater, Joseph Chester Gillenwater, Floyd Troy Gillenwater and Arnold Eugene Gillenwater; two sisters, Lora Ferrell and Virginia Ann Gillenwater; and one grandson. Atha is survived by three sons, George F. Riffe of Tucson, Ariz., Willard Earl Riffe of Johnson City, Tenn., and Patton Franklin Riffe of Melbourne, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nieces, Vickie Hastings and Melody Schultz both of Washington Court House and Ruth Ann Lewis of Xenia; and three nephews, Arnold Eugene Gillenwater Jr., Steve Gillenwater and Jeff Gillenwater all of Washington Court House.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Brother Charles Langdon officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit



Virgie Baldridge-Roark

Virgie Mae Baldridge-Roark, 89, of South Shore, Ky., formerly of Flatwoods, Ky., died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Kingsbrook Life Care Center in Ashland, Ky. Funeral services will be held at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods on Thursday at 11a.m. by Lloyd Bailey and Jeff Smith with burial to follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at



Kenneth Bramblett

Kenneth Michael Bramblett, 65, of Flatwoods, Ky., died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. Funeral will be held at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jim Stamper. Burial will follow in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup Co., Kentucky. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the VFW Post 8850 of Ironton. Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY. 41101.

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Deborah Spurlock

Deborah L. Spurlock, 56, of South Point, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Visitation will be form 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tri-State Baptist Temple. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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