Obituaries – 1/27/13

Published 12:00am Sunday, January 27, 2013

Robert Payne

Aug. 15, 1931-Jan. 23, 2013


Robert Lee Payne, 81, of Ironton, formerly of Burlington, died Jan. 23, 2013, in Jo-Lin Heath Center in Ironton. He was born on Aug. 15, 1931, the son of the late Willard and Martha Payne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Payne.

He is survived by his two sisters, Emma Payne-Parker of Montclair, N.J. and Wanda Payne Mason of Parkersburg, W.Va.; his sister-in-law, Sharon Payne of Burlington; his close friends, Mr. and Mrs. William Kennedy; and a host of family and close friends. Bobby was an Army veteran of the Korean War serving two years from 1950 to 1952 where he received an honorable discharge. He grew up in Burlington where his first job was a newspaper route in the community. Bobby took pride in and always kept clean his late model Ford. As a young man, he would spend hours in the yard cleaning it. He enjoyed fishing on the Ohio River, where he came back with a string of fish. He always looked very proud of his catch. He also enjoyed playing the guitar and reading the Bible. He enjoyed gospel music and would pick up the guitar and tell Wanda and Emma to sing.

Bobby will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be noon Monday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home with Rev. Gary L. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Greenlawn Cemetery, Burlington. Pallbearers will be family members. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake. From Emma: I gave Bobby the greatest gift that I could give to a brother that was my time, my presence, and my smile.

The family expresses their appreciation to Dr. Carias, Bobby’s nurses Madonna and Sherry, and the staff at Jo-Lin Health Center. Also to Dr. Joseph and staff at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV for the care and friendship Bobby received. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Hurl Miller

Oct. 31, 1945-Jan. 24, 2013


Hurl Thomas “Tom” Miller, 67, of Waterloo, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Waterloo native was born Oct. 31, 1945, the son of the late Benjamin Thomas and Dorothy Taylor Miller. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Iris Wilson Miller of Waterloo. Tom was a graduate of Decatur Washington School and a combat engineer for the U.S. Army while serving in Germany during the Vietnam Era. He was a former laborer for Detroit Steele, Addington Brothers, Ironton Iron and Osco. He was a member of the St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church, an avid hunter, a member of the AmVets and the VFW Waterloo Post.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin Miller, Jr.; and a sister, Ella Mae Ryder.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Jerry Kidd of Franklin Furnace and Beth Ann and Eric Scott Darby of Dolan Springs, Ariz.; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas B.J. and Michelle Miller of Fort Knox, Ky.; three brothers, Forrest Miller and his wife, Merri of Mansfield, Donald Miller and his wife, Evelyn of Mansfield and Wilbert and Reggie Miller of Grayson, Ky.; a sister: Diana F. and John Henderson of Mansfield; grandchildren, Andrew Kidd, Austin Kidd, Kaleb Kidd, Savannah Robertson, Gabriel Robertson, Katie Darby, Brodrick Miller, Lakyn Miller and T.J. Miller; aunts and uncles, Audrey Malone of Decatur, OH, Jewell Malone of Waterloo and George and Patty Taylor of Waterloo; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his special hunting buddies and his dog, Jake.

Mass of Christian burial will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery and visitation will be Monday from 11a.m. until 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 4338 13th St., Ashland, KY 41101, Ironton Catholic Schools, 905 S. Sixth St., Ironton, OH 45638 or the Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Ralph Thompson

Aug. 12, 1935-Jan. 25, 2013


Ralph Gene (Ram) Thompson, 77, of Ironton died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Edgewood Manor in Lucasville. He was born Aug. 12, 1935, to the late Ralph and Margaret Thompson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Funeral will be at noon Monday at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home with Scott Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be Monday morning 9 a.m. to 12:00pm. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.



Helen McCormick-Gehringer

Helen Louise McCormick-Gehringer, 77, of Wurtland, Ky., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky.

There will be a private graveside service for the immediate family at McCormick Family Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ky. today. Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods has been entrusted by the Gehringer family to handle the final arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at



Jackie Reedy

Jackie L. Reedy, 82, of Proctorville, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at home. He was the husband of Dewanda King Reedy, who survives. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rome Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Gerald Riley

May 16, 1946-Jan. 25, 2013


Gerald Jerry Ray Riley, 66 of Franklin Furnace died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice in Portsmouth.  He was born May 16, 1946, in Ironton, to the late John Riley and Violet Rice Fetty.  He was a Vietnam War veteran in the U.S. Air Force.  He was a self-employed auto body painter; a member of the Moose Lodge in Ironton and a member of the Ironton Eagles. He was also a member of the South Shore American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Anita Wooten Riley whom he married May 8, 1985 in Wise, Va.  Also surviving are two sons, Gerald Jerry Ray Riley, Jr. and Justin Taylor Riley; three daughters, Jeannie Norris, Courtney Clinage and Leatha Nacole Riley; seven brothers, Rodney Holsinger, Clifford Riley, Joe Riley, John David Riley, Rick Riley, Ora Fetty and Charles Fetty, Jr.; seven sisters, Barbara Ann Delong, Sharon Pace, Linda Montgomery, Johnna Kay Stapleton, Gloria Fetty, Sandy Crawford and Teresa Fetty; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a Mom, Betty Riley; and mother and father-in-law, Mary and James Wooten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Bruce Riley, Richard Riley and Paul Fetty.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home with Pastor Ronnie Blevins officiating.  Burial will be in Buckeye Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Monday 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the services on Tuesday.  Military Graveside services will be conducted by James Dickey Post American Legion.



Wilma Doyle

Wilma Rosalie Doyle, 89, of Ironton, went to meet the Lord at her home Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

She was a member of the First Tabernacle Church, Ironton and the Rock Hill Garden Club.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Stephenson. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Raymond G. Doyle; and three daughters: Robin (Mike) Vanhorn, Lisa (Bill) Brown, and Kim (Randy) Quillen; four grandchildren: Jessica Rose Gillum, Justin Lee Gillum, Eric Doyle Brown, and Cody Lee Quillen; and one great grandson: Laylan Ray Gillum.

Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home. A small memorial service by Rev. Jimmy Cremeans was held at 5 p.m. during the visitation.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Community Hospice of Ironton, 2212 S. Ninth St., Ironton, OH. 45680.

To send online condolences to the family please visit



Imagene Templeton

Imagene S. Templeton, 86, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at home. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



George Morgan

George W. Morgan, 84, of Ironton, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Grove City. Arrangements are pending at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home.



Dorothy Tackett

Dorothy Marie Tackett, 60, of Catlettsburg, Ky., died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at her residence. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point.


Vollin Ensor

Vollin Ensor, 81, of Hilliard, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Most of his career he focused in sales and business. Survived by wife Mary Ann Ensor; children Scott (Barbara) Ensor and Christy (Randy) Edwards; sisters, Eloise Hendrix, Gaynel Raschen, Mary Hobson and Edna Warnock; grandchildren, Jeremy and Jason Dodgion, Justin, Jacob and Jessica Ensor, Joshua Barr, Jada Jessup, Jordan Kitchen and Miranda Edwards; and 12 great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him in the Hilliard, Ironton and South Shore communities. Family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. today at the Tidd Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard with a prayer service at 4 p.m. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Cemetery, South Shore, Ky. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.



Juanita Freeman

Juanita Freeman, 91, of Scottown, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital Columbus.  She was preceded in death by her husband Everett Freeman and four siblings, Wenona Brumfield, Mary Alice Graham, Wanda Mannon, and James L. Taylor.  She is survived by three children, Johnnie (Connie) Freeman, Sharon (Jack) Soma and Ted Freeman (Kevin); three grandchildren, Heath Freeman (Kellie), Heather (Cory) Hauer, and Ethan Ohlinger; three great grandchildren, Grayson Hauer, Keegan Hauer, and Meredith Taylor; and two sisters, Helen McCoy and Lois Freeman.  A graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday at Pomaria Cemetery Chesapeake.  There will be no visitation.  Hall Funeral Home Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Kyle Owens

May 31, 1943-Jan. 25, 2013


Kyle L. Owens, 69, of Ironton, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Columbus native was born May 31, 1943, the daughter of the late Leslie H. and Ledra Ruth Pruden Reed.. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Oscar Owens.

Kyle was a 1962 graduate of Rock Hill High School  and was of the Baptist faith. She was a former nurse’s aide and laundry supervisor at Bryant Health Center in Ironton for 32 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Lee Reed and Jack Kendal Reed.

In addition to her husband she is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Troy Mathew and Penny Owens of Ironton; son and his companion, Daniel Scott Owens and Sonja of Wheelersburg; daughter and son-in-law, Jennie Lynn and Todd Avery of Ironton; daughter, Amanda Sue Delong of Ironton; brother and sister-in-law, Leslie Keith and Pam Reed of Columbus; brother and sister-in-law, Jeffery Willard and Mary Reed of Oregon; brother and sister-in-law, Larry Dean and Brenda Reed of Pedro; brother and sister-in-law, Timothy Phillip  and Missy Reed of Ironton; sister and brother-in-law, Linda Kaye and Kenneth Joseph of Ironton; sister and brother-in-law, Sherita Jean and Dennis Hankins of Ironton; sister and brother-in-law, Teronda Gaye and Rod  Abrams of Pedro; nine grandchildren  and  seven great-grandchildren

Funeral services will be  11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Mamre Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m.  at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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