Obituaries – 11/8/12

Published 12:21pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kermit Clay

Kermit F. Clay, 86, of Groveland, Fla., passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born April 30, 1927, the son of the late Archie and Anne Grant Clay. He is survived by his wife, Doris Marie Raulerson Clay of Groveland.Mr. Clay attended school in Columbus and Neds Fork. He was a senior chief in the U.S. Navy for 43 years. After he served in the Navy, he was a citrus grower, merchant, and a landlord. He was a member of the Edge Memorial United Methodist Church in Groveland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Benson Clay; and two sisters, Louise Siedel and Lavetta Croy.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Gail England of Burnsville, N.C. and Kelly Stiefel of Little Rock, Calif.; three sons, Kim Clay of Lebanon, Mo., Kenny Todd and Kevin Todd of Groveland,; and five grandchildren, Mitchell, Kimberly, Stephanie, Danny, and Savanna. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. James Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Myrtle Ridge Cemetery and visitation will be Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Myrtle Kelley

Myrtle G.  Kelley, 84 of Ironton, passed away Nov. 5, 2012, Monday evening at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky., with her family at her side.  She was born Sept. 17, 1928, in Martin County, Ky.,, a daughter of the late Rush Staten and the late Hazel Cline Staten.

She was a homemaker, member of the Elks Lodge of Ironton and of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Kelley and five brothers, Wallace, Jimmy, Hansel, Harland and Fred. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Patty) Kelley of Ironton and Sherry Murphy and her husband Gary of Hollyspring, N.C.; two sisters, Gladys Jean Snell and Virginia Carrico, both of Ironton; three grandchildren, Julie Kelley, and Jeff Murphy; three great grandchildren, Taylor Delong, Versai Murphy, Niyal Williams; and a host of family and friends. She had four caregivers who took special care of her, Mickey Jean Rowe, Denise Rimmer, Linda Johnson and Debbie Bankston.

A celebration of life and memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel. Keeping with her wishes, she was cremated. Flowers may be sent or memorial donations can be made to the Hospice Care Center. Friends and family may share memories and condolences on the face book page for Brown Funeral Chapel. The family has entrusted her care to Brown Funeral Chapel.


Madge Steep

Madge Irene McCoy Stepp, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. She was born May 13, 1921, in Pike County, Ky., to the late Benjamin McCoy and the late Sarah Jude McCoy. She lived and raised her family in Hatfield, Ky. then resided in Ashland,Ky./ Ironton, Ohio area for many years before living in Prince George, Va. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ade Stepp, and two daughters and a son-in-law, Martha Carol Spencer and her husband Alvin of Westerville and Donna Sue Lambert of Ironton. She is survived by one son, Robert Charles Stepp of Gahanna; three daughters, Phyllis Ann Lowe and husband Edward of Jarrettsville, Md., Esther Frances Singer of Indianapolis, Ind., Anita Kathryn Fleming and husband Carl, of Prince George, Va. and her son-in-law David Lambert of Ironton. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

There will a viewing today at the Lazear Funeral Home, 632 Central Ave. Ashland, Ky. from 7 to 8 p.m. and there will be a graveside service Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Arrangments are under the direction of Lazear Funeral Home.


Joyce Hensley

Joyce Ann Hensley, 74, of Proctorville, formerly of Logan, W.Va., died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Community Chapel Church, State Route 775, Proctorville by Pastor Carl Black.  Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller.  Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at Community Chapel Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Gary Nelson

Gary Allen Nelson, 64, of Lexington, Ky., died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at his residence in Lexington Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Sparks officiating.  Burial will follow at Haverhill Cemetery in Haverhill with military rites conducted by the VFW Post #8850. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Condolences may be made online by visiting


Betty McCoy

Mrs. Betty Jo McCoy, 85, of Columbus, and formerly of Ironton, passed away on Tuesday, Nov, 6, 2012, at St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville, after a brief illness. She was born April 7, 1927, in Radford, Va., the daughter of the late Samuel and Cornelia Brim Smith. She was retired from Weyerhaeuser.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Frank D. McCoy in 1997.

She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Denise) McCoy of Fort Madison, Iowa, Randall McCoy of Quincy, Ill. and Christopher McCoy of Columbus; four grandsons, Shane (Terri) McCoy of Montrose, Iowa, Ryan (Jenny) McCoy of Sherman, Ill., Jason McCoy of LaBelle, Mo., and Jared (Ashlee) McCoy of LaBelle, Mo.; 10 great-grandchildren, Bailey McCoy and Madison McCoy of Montrose, Iowa, Jack McCoy, Sam McCoy, Ben McCoy and Luke McCoy of Sherman, Ill., Emma McCoy and Kyla McCoy of London, Ohio, and Jayden McCoy and Gavin McCoy of LaBelle, Mo.

Graveside rites will be 1 p.m. Friday in Section 9, Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, with the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


John McWhorter

John Bradley King McWhorter, 28, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The family has entrusted his care to Brown Funeral Chapel.


Dorothy Dillon

Dorothy “Dot” Dillon, 79, of Crown City, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at River’s Bend Health Care Center, South Point. Funeral will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville by Minister Bill Mead.  Burial will follow in Miller Memorial Gardens, Miller.  Visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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