Obituaries — 9/13/12

Published 4:10pm Thursday, September 13, 2012

Virginia Akers

Virginia Sue Akers, 39, of Kitts Hill, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W. Va. The Portsmouth native was born May 5, 1973, the daughter of Franklin Dale Akers and Janet Sue Adkins Nieves.

Virginia graduated from Tuscola High School in North Carolina and Ohio University with a degree in Human Service Technology. She was a former child care worker for NECCO in Pedro.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Robert Phil Adkins and June Tolliver Adkins and her paternal grandparents, Frank Akers and Emma Wright Akers.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Janet Sue Nieves and Watt Johnson of Ironton; father and step-mother, Franklin Dale Akers and Brenda Akers of Ironton; her fiancé, Doug Farley of Kitts Hill; son and his fiancée, Lorenzo Akers and Jessica Williams of Ironton; son, Caleb Vazquez of Hendersonville, N. C.;sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Dan Gibbs of Ironton; sister and girlfriend, Chandra Akers and Jennifer Wilcoxon of Ironton and brother and sister in law, Jason and Marie Akers of Franklin Furnace. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers for the service will be Lorenzo Akers, Caleb Vazquez, Jason Akers, Doug Farley, Steven Diamond and Dan Gibbs. The family requests in lieu of flowers to make donations to the funeral home to help with expenses. To offer online condolences to the family, please visit


 Mary Kirk

Mary L. Kirk, 77, of Ashland K., died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Boyd Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral will be noon Friday at Carman Funeral Home- Flatwoods. Visitation will be two hours prior to service time at the funeral home. Words of comfort may be expressed at


 John Sherman

John F. Sherman, 65, of South Point, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. He was the husband of Sue (Kouns) Sherman, who survives. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the old South Point High School with Pastor Paul R. Farley officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be noon Saturday at the high school. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at


 David Smith

David Clay Smith, 59, of Ona, W.Va., died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. There will be no service. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.


 Gloria Taylor

Gloria Jean Taylor, 66, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at her residence. She was the wife of Albert Taylor Jr., who survives. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


 Harold Arthur

Harold Dean Arthur, 55, of Ironton, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. He was the husband of Joy Ratliff Arthur, who survives. Funeral will be noon Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point with Pastor Tim Jayne officiating. Visitation is 11 a.m. to time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at


 Emogene Sowards

Emogene Sowards, 76, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at home. She was the wife of Leon Sowards, who survives. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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