Obituaries — 9/14/12

Published 9:10am Friday, September 14, 2012

John Sherman

On Sept. 8, 2012, John F. Sherman, 65 years old, from South Point, departed this life and went home to heaven to meet his Lord and Savior. He was born June 6, 1947, in Ironton.

He was the son of the late Don Sherman and Alma Jude Sherman who resides in South Point. He was the beloved husband for 44 years of his wonderful wife, Sue (Kouns) Sherman. He was the proud father of three children, Teresa (Curtis) Reichert, John Bruce (Lana) Sherman and Laura (George) Heins. He had three grandchildren, Mikayla Shae Reichert, Jack Ryan Sherman and Emma Grace Heins who adored him and he was a devoted Christian and supportive grandfather. He was loved by all in the community for his beliefs and principles.

He retired from the South Point school district after 30 years. He served three terms on the South Point Village Council and two terms on the South Point Board of Education. Visitation will begin at noon Saturday at the old South Point High School. Services will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Paul R. Farley officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. The family would like to give special thanks to St. Mary’s Medical Center and the staff that provided care.

Their care and professionalism was greatly appreciated. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at


Harold Arthur

Harold Dean Arthur, 55, of Ironton, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. He was born Dec. 18, 1956, the son of Marlene Cahal Arthur of South Point, and the late William A. Arthur. He was a supervisor for Fairfax Roofing and graduated from South Point High School. He was also a member of Tri-State Baptist Temple.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Paul Copley.

Dean is survived by his wife, Joy Ratliff Arthur; two daughters, Amber Akers and Beth Henry; a son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Leah Ratliff; two grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Donna Laurel Arthur of Ashland, Ky.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with Pastor Tim Jayne officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at


 Stanley Harmon

Stanley Ray Harmon, 83, of Coal Grove, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. He was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Ironton to the late Edward and Dora (Hilgenberg) Harmon.

Stanley graduated from Dawson-Bryant High School and was retired from AK Steel where he worked as a rigger. Stanley was also the clerk for Perry Township for 24 years and was a member of the Ironton Masonic Lodge 198. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed gardening and was known as the tomato king of Forestdale. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Harmon; four brothers, Homer Harmon, Eddie Harmon, Arthur (Chris) Harmon and Warren Harmon; and three sisters, Rosemary Beals, Margy Neville and Katherine Thacker.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda (Donnie) Wood of Coal Grove; two sons, Roger (Sheila) Harmon of Proctorville and Randy (Peggy) Harmon of Ironton; one brother, Tony J. Harmon of Ironton; one granddaughter, Amy Topping of Coal Grove; one grandson, James (Bubba) Wood of Coal Grove; one great-grandson, Eddie Russell of Coal Grove; and a very special thank you to his two angels, Karen Cox and Pam Kidd.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Beals officiating. Interment will follow the service at Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. by the Ironton Masonic Lodge 198. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Delores Pernestti

Delores Ann Pernestti, 67, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. The Ironton native was born Aug. 25, 1945, the daughter of the late Wilford and Louise Hutchinson French. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Pernestti, who passed away Jan. 24, 2007.

Mrs. Pernestti was a 1963 graduate of Rock Hill High School and Collins Career Center in the LPN program. She was a former LPN for Lawrence County General Hospital and Bryant Health Center for 19 years. She was also a homemaker and attended Sharon Baptist Church

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard E. French, Eugene French and Kenny French and a sister, Betty C. Miller.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Donna L. and Rodney Hayes of Ironton; a daughter and son-in-law, Fatina D. and Mike Lambert of Ironton; a sister, Stella Clark of Ironton; two sisters-in-law, Kathy French and Sally French both of Ironton; three grandchildren, Joseph Copley of Alabama, Joshua Copley and Bryson Hayes both of Ironton.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenny Jiles officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Furnace Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Delbert Long

Delbert A. “Deb” Long, Sr., 84, of South Point, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington W. Va. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woodland Cemetery with the Revs. Mike Long and Leon Dalton officiating. There will be no public visitation. The procession will form at Phillips Funeral Home, Monday at 10:30 a.m. and depart for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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