Obituaries – 1/3/13

Published 8:59am Thursday, January 3, 2013

Charles Dean

Charles Dean, 85, of Willow Wood, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Jo-Lin Health Center, Ironton. He was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Cabell County, W.Va., son of the late Allen and Bertha Ross Dean.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Dessie Dean Clagg; and two brothers Fred Dean and Clyde Dean. He was a WWII Army veteran. He retired from the Symmes Valley School District as a bus driver with 32 years of service. He is survived by his companion of 37 years, Betty L. Craig; one nephew Melvin (Barbara) Clagg of York, Pa.; and one niece, Lucille Chapman of Milton, W.Va.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the care provided by Jo-Lin Health Center. Visitation will be 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Burial will follow at Locust Grove Cemetery, Willow Wood. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Dianne Sparks

Dianne Gail Sparks went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Riverside Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 22, 1948, in Lawrence County, the daughter of the late William and Bessie Hutchinson Pruitt.

She was a member of Freedom Independent Baptist Church of Ironton. She resided in Oak Hill but lived in Marion for many years. She worked at Marion General Hospital and Community Nursing Home in Marion.

She is survived by her wonderful companion, Sammy Leffingwell, whom she loved dearly; one son, Jimmy Sparks; a grandson, Josh Sparks; a stepdaughter, Cathy Coleman; a stepson, David Leffingwell; five sisters, JoAnne and Harold Giles of Pedro, Betty and Joe Miller of Ironton, Edna Brown and Bob Watson of Ironton, Penny Jiles of Marion, and Sherry and Steve Jiles of Pedro; one brother, Troy Pruitt of Ironton; and several nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by son, Terry Wayne Sparks; two sisters, Mary Anson and Nancy Bowman; stepson Sammy Leffingwell; and son-in-law, Roger Coleman.

Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Bryon Carmon officiating. Burial will follow in CM Cemetery in Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Frances Tompert

Frances Tompert, 89, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky. She was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Ironton to the late John Franklin and Frances (Boggess) Vallance.

Frances graduated from Kitts Hill High School and was a retired administrative assistant for the City of Ironton Income Tax Office. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ironton. Frances enjoyed bowling, card playing and athletics.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Tompert; and two brothers, John Vallance and Walter Vallance.

She is survived by two daughters, Terri (Gary) Belcher of Ironton, and Sherri (Patrick) Davidson of Russell, Ky.; five grandchildren, Jamie Belcher of Columbus, Jodie Belcher of Portland, Ore., Jason (Stacy) Garrison of Sevierville, Tenn., SSgt. Jeremy (Danielle) Garrison of Grovetown, Ga., and Daniel Davidson of Russell, Ky.; and three great-grandchildren, Jillian Garrison of Sevierville, Tenn., Jacob Garrison of Grovetown, Ga., and Nathan Garrison of Grovetown, Ga.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, Ironton, with Dr. Wayne Young officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the First United Methodist Food Pantry, 101 N. Fifth St., Ironton, OH. 45638

To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Harry Balmer

Harry Allen Balmer, 78, of Franklin Furnace, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at his residence. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Hysell and Pastor Rex Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Union Hill Cemetery, Chesapeake. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


James Niece

James M. Niece, 81, of Proctorville, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by his wife Sylvia Rose Niece. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, by Pastor Jack Rankin. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Douglas Lindsey

Douglas Lindsey, 46, of Proctorville, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.  Graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday at Rome Cemetery, Proctorville, by Pastor Randy Thompson.  Proctorville VFW Post 6878 will conduct military graveside rites.  Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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