Obituaries – 9/5/12

Published 11:50am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jewell Hineman

Jewell Madelyn Ellcessor Hineman, 89, died at Holzer Medical Center on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, after a short illness. Jewell was born April 7, 1923, at Polkadotte. She has resided the past three years at Abbyshire Place Nursing and Rehab Center in Bidwell. She was a homemaker and nurse’s aide/caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlyn Hineman (1919-1971) and two sons, David Lynn Hineman (1947-1964) and Scott Morris Hineman (1965-1983). One son survives, Roddy Orlyn Hineman (Kay Berry) of Belpre.

Mrs. Hineman graduated as class valedictorian from Rome High School in 1941 and worked at Owens-Illinois, in Huntington, W.Va., during World War II. Married to Orlyn Hineman on Nov. 11, 1945, they operated a small farm on Greasy Ridge in Mason Township. In her later years, she moved to Bidwell where she resided for 31 years. She was a wonderful cook, gardener and devoted mother to her three boys. Jewell was a live-in caregiver for long-term chronically ill patients until she was 83. She joined the Perkins Ridge Baptist Church as a teen and honored and affirmed the Christian faith throughout her life.

Besides her son, she is survived by one sister, Lois Adkins Everhart of Lecanto, Fla., and one brother, Mack Ellcessor of Manitou Beach, Mich. She has two grandchildren, David Lynn Hineman, II of Belpre, and Kimberly Anne (Thomas) Weiner also of Belpre. Jewell had two great-grandsons, Timothy Allen Weiner and his twin brother, William Orlyn Weiner of Belpre. Her parents, Leroy and Chloe (Morris) Ellcessor preceded her in death, as did her sister Darlene Clark.

Willis Funeral Home in Gallipolis is handling arrangements. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Willis Funeral Home. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Dr. Jeffery S. Atwater will conduct the memorial service. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Hineman wish to thank the nurses, nurse’s aides and staff for the wonderful care given Jewell during her stay at Abbyshire Place. They also wish to thank the hospice staff of Holzer Medical Center for their kindness and care during Jewell’s last illness.

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Ronald Lunsford

Ronald Lee Lunsford, 68, of Ironton, passed Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton. The Lawrence County native was born March 8, 1944, the son of the late Marion Lunsford and Virginia Holston Lunsford.

Mr. Lunsford attended Ironton City Schools and was of the Baptist faith. He served several years in the Army National Guard and was a former guard at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bruce Lunsford whom he married Aug. 11, 1965; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Ted Mullins of Ironton; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald B. and Jennifer Lunsford of Coal Grove; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Ora Ted Fetty of Ironton; nine grandchildren, Randy Bailey, Nikki Bailey, Phillip Lee Bailey, Ricky Jenkins, Marissa Jenkins, Haley Fetty, Kaley Fetty, Justin Lunsford, and Dustin Lunsford; two great grandchildren, Brionna Heighton and Zhane Muncy; sister, Barbara Bini of Ironton; brother and sister in law, Richard and Virginia Lunsford of Ironton; sister, Judy Gullett of Ironton; sister, Diana Lunsford of Ironton; brother, Randy Lunsford of Ironton; two sisters-in-law, Janet Bowman of South Point and Carrie Blanton of Ironton; special friends, Steve and Pat Storms, John and Tomi Shope, and Dick and Barb Porter all of Ironton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marion “Maxine” Millhouse and Marilyn Yates and a brother, John “Bob” Lunsford.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Michael Booth

Michael Kiff Booth, 75, of Huntington, W.Va., died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by his wife Janet McIntire Booth. Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. today at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, by Pastor Brady Lipscomb. Entombment will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, W.Va. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Randy Osborne

Randy Nevin Osborne, 57, of Ashland, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.


John Murrell

John Murrell, of Ironton went home to be with the Lord on Sunday Sept. 2, 2012, while at home. He was of the Baptist faith. John had been sick many years and endured a lot of suffering, but now he’s free from all that and is in Heaven at last. John was born Feb. 16, 1941, to the late Jeptha (Judge) Murrell and Jaliah Barrett Murrell in Owsley County, Ky. (Booneville).

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Sarah McGlone Murrell whom he married in 1962 in Owsley County, Ky. She went home to be with the Lord July 26, 2011. They were married 49 years.

John was a retired coal miner and steelworker where he was foreman of Local 1410 in Dayton. He was also of the Army National Guard in Ironton and at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. John worked as a custodian at Rock Hill Schools and at the United Methodist Church in Ironton. He loved to hunt and fish also spend time with his family. He loved Bluegrass music. John was very proud of his family down home. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby Murrell of Ironton, Woodrow Murrell of Booneville, and Jr. Murrell of Booneville.; a sister, Beuleh Harris of Booneville; a niece, Rebecca Murrell Hall of Ironton.

John is survived by three sisters, Addie and Jessie Johnson of Booneville, Carmon McIntosh of Boonevillle, and Doris Burchfield of Dayton, Ky., and brothers, Freddie and Angila Herald of Harrisburg, Ky. and Kenneth Murrell of Booneville. He is also survived by sons, Roy and Eugenia Murrell of Pedro, John D. Murrell (Devin) of Ironton, Scott and Kathy Murrell of Pedro, and daughters, Lisa and Mark Sizemore of Pedro, and Johnda Murrell Rife of Ironton. John had 16 grandkids and 24 great-grandkids whom he loved very much and was the joy of his life. He had a lot of nieces and nephews and friends that he thought the world of. John was loved deeply and will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

There will be a public visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Hayes-Phillips Funeral Home. There will be no funeral service. John’s final resting place will be in Bowels Cemetery, Chestnut Gap, Owlsey County, Ky. To offer condolences to the family, please visit Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Karen Miller

Karen “Jayne” Miller, 67, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born June 28, 1945, the daughter of the late George H. Bishop and Bertha E. Jaynes Bishop.

Mrs. Miller was a 1963 graduate of Ironton High School and member of Woodland Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was a former employee for the Lawrence County Department of Human Services in Ironton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Miller who passed away Sept. 1, 1997, and her son, John Robert “Robbie” Miller II.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan L. Miller of Ironton; son and daughter in law, Michael L. and Marisa Miller of Ironton; four grandchildren, Abigail E. Bakies, Seth M. Miller, Ethan T. Miller and Camryn R. Miller and sister, Sharon “Sherry” Miller of Greenup, Ky.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with Brother Dave Schug officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Claude Atkins

Claude Burton Atkins, 62, of Russell, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Debby Turley-Atkins, of Russell.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Advance Memorial United Methodist Church, 1007 Bellefonte Road, Flatwoods, Ky., and officiated by Pastor Mark Wilson. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Carman Funeral Home, Flatwoods, Ky. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Ruth Goodall

Ruth M. Jones Goodall, 92, of Proctorville, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington, W.Va. She is the widow of Kenneth B. Goodall. Funeral service will be noon Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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