Obituaries – 1/24/13

Published 9:31am Thursday, January 24, 2013

Helen Gwinn


Helen Stratton Gwinn, 85, of South Point, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at home surrounded by her cherished family. Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Case and the Rev. William Stratton officiating. Following the service, the family invites you to join them for food and fellowship in the church fellowship hall.

Mrs. Gwinn attended Concord College in West Virginia before marrying her late husband, Charles L. Gwinn. Born in Auxier, Ky., in 1927, Helen was also preceded in death by her parents William N. Stratton and LeOla Pack Stratton. She is survived by her brother, the Rev. William Stratton (Ann) of Louisville, Ky.; her son, Charles Stephen Gwinn (Betty) of Chesapeake; and her daughters, Pamela Gwinn Montgomery (George) of South Point, and LauraLe Gwinn Heinz (Erich) of Bremerton, Wash. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tracy Gwinn Fernandez (Jose), Jessica Montgomery Carrico (Brian), Allison Montgomery Owens (David), Micah, Camille, Dietrich, Liesl, Corrie, Susannah, Leah, Christopher, and Erich Heinz II, Herb Rose III (Sheryl), Shelton Rose (Connie), Dwight Burk, Bryan Burk;, Sarah Burk Winberry (James D.),;and her great-grandchildren, Lauren, Andrew, Ellen, and Gwinn Carrico, Eden and Jagur Owens, Colton, OakLeigh, and Sophia Rose, Arthur and Abby Rose, and Kailey Winberry.

For many years, Mrs. Gwinn served patients in the front offices of Drs. Robert Jennings, Robert Wild, and Marc Wild in the orthodontic and dental professions. Mrs. Gwinn was a member of Chesapeake United Methodist Church where she was actively involved for over 45 years. “Granny,” as many knew her, faithfully shared Christ with family and friends through her love and service. Helen was a devoted wife, a caring mother, and a proud grandmother. The lives she influenced will reap eternal benefits. Helen will be sorely missed by the family she treasured, but “we sorrow not as others who have no hope” (I Thes. 4:13). Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



James Dyer

June 30, 1990 — Jan. 21, 2013


James Edmond (Eddie) Dyer, 22, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at UK Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after battling cancer. He was born June 30, 1990, in Huntington, W.Va., to James and Darlene Dyer.

He attended England Hill Free Will Baptist Church, Campbell Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, and Sunshine Free Will Baptist church regularly. He graduated from South Point High School where he was lettered in football and obtained a certification as heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Russell and Gladys May; his paternal grandfather, Fred Dyer; an uncle, Arnie May; and a cousin, Miles Paxton.

He is survived by his wife Debra Barney Dyer; two sisters and brother-in-law, Amanda and Andrew McCormick of Catlettsburg, Ky., and Alexis Dyer of South Point; three nephews, James Creighton Dyer, Richard Kelley Jr., Michael Kelley, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Emory and Cindy Barney of Ironton; grandmother and grandfather, Betty and Bill Morris; a special aunt, Florence May; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Eddie is also survived by two of his best friends, Shane and Shawn Frieze since childhood. He enjoyed many special times with Shane and Shawn and enjoyed their company.

During his battle with cancer, he stayed at the Hope Lodge in Lexington, Ky., where he met and befriended many. Also, during his battle with cancer he doctored with an amazing doctor, Dr. Dennie Jones at UK Markey Cancer Center. Eddie stayed strong throughout his battle with cancer and had a positive outlook on life through his Savior, Jesus Christ. Eddie knew through his faith in the Lord that he was a winner either way whether he went or whether he stayed.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at England Hill Freewill Baptist Church by Pastor Willie May. Burial will follow in May Family Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Church at 10201 Mayo Trail Road Catlettsburg, KY 41129. Contributions may be made to Hope Lodge 1500 College Way Lexington, KY 40502. Online condolences may be made to the family at Reger Funeral Home, Huntington is in charge of arrangements.


Michael Taylor


Michael E. Taylor, 51, of Ironton, went to meet the Lord at his home Tuesday after an extended illness. He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, a graduate of Saint Joseph High School Class of 1979 and the Lawrence County Vocational School. He was a carpenter by trade and a member of the VFW Post 8850, serving as chaplain.

He was the son of Agnes (Aggie) Taylor of Ironton and the late Frank (Dutch) Taylor. Survivors include one daughter, Maria Newman, and husband Billy; one son, Michael A. Taylor of Ironton; two grandchildren, Ivanna and Landan; one brother, Jim Taylor of Ashland, Ky., two sisters, Mary Ann Dufore (Kevin) Ironton, Jennifer Bok (Mathew) of Hilliard, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Carla Harman.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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