Obituaries – 12/24/12

Published 9:17am Monday, December 24, 2012

James Hardy

James David Hardy, 63 of Jeffersonville, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He is preceded in death by his father, James Hardy. He is survived by his mother, Geneva (Bob) Gray; son, Richard Hardy; daughter and son in-law, Regina and Kelly Mason; sisters, Brenda (Paul) Williams, Debbie (Daniel) Potts, Karen (Jeff) Skinner, Sandy (Jeff) Wheeler; grandchildren, Melinda Faulkner, Lacey Rader, Tayler Hardy, David Hardy, Stephanie Mason; great-grandchildren, Eli Faulkner, Logan Focht and Sophia Focht; beloved life-partner, Connie Webb and her children, Garry  and Kaye Spradlin; beloved companion, Oliver, and numerous other relatives and friends. He retired from the United States Navy. David never knew a stranger and was such a loving and caring person that he was willing to help anyone in need.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Tobias Funeral Home-Beavercreek Chapel, Beavercreek, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral services will be held at the Phillips Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday with the family greeting relatives and friends from 1:00 until the time of the service. Interment to follow in Haverhill Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Raymond Johnson

Raymond Eugene Johnson, 86, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his residence in Ironton. He was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Lawrence County to the late James and Carrie (Sherman) Johnson.

Raymond graduated from Kitts Hill High School and served his country in the Army as a combat engineer during WWII. He also worked as a boiler operator for the Ashland Oil Co. where he retired. Raymond was a member of Campbell Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Ironton.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers: Sherman Johnson and Milton Johnson; five sisters: Helen Johnson, Thelma Johnson, Goldie Johnson Bennett, Wanda Lee Johnson Kitts, and Vera Johnson and one grandson: Charles Eugene Barney.

He is survived by his wife Fern (Riggs) Johnson; one daughter, Cindy (Emory) Barney of Ironton; one son: Robert (Kristie) Johnson of Amanda; five grandchildren, Cassandra (Richard) Kelley of Ironton, Keely Barney of Ironton, Debra (James) Dyer of Ironton, Heather Johnson of Amanda and Logan Johnson of Amanda; and two great-grandchildren, Richard Kelley Jr. and Michael Kelley of Ironton.

Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Bevins officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Ironton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday.

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Sharon Bentley

Sharon Kay Bentley, 59, of Ironton, passed Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus after an extended illness. The Ironton native was born July 14, 1953, the daughter of J. Gordon Mason Jr. and Joan Rowe Mason of Ironton, who survive. Sharon was a 1971 graduate of Ironton High School. She received her associate’s degree in fine arts from Miami University and her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

She was a former customer service representative for the Kentucky Power Company and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ironton where she was active in the church choir. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Richard F. Bentley whom she married Aug. 9, 1975; her daughter and son-in-law, Mariah B. and Matthew M. Nierman of Columbus; her brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Gordon Mason III and Tracy of Cincinnati; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Beth Baker and Mark of Ironton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William H. and Mary Lou Bentley of Ironton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert W. and Jenny Bentley of Naples, Fla.; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jane Ann and Jerry Watson of Ironton.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Wayne Young officiating. In keeping with Sharon’s wishes, following the funeral cremation will take place and entombment will be in Highland Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at a later date. The family requests donations be made to the Cat Welfare Association, 741 Wetmore Road, Columbus, OH 43214. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Ralph Walters

Ralph T. Walters, 84, of Ironton died on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at home. Arrangements are pending at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home.

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