Obituaries — 3/12/13

Published 9:21am Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Earl Hobstetter

Earl “Hoppie” Henry Hobstetter, 85, of Kitts Hill, passed away March 9, 2013, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born Nov. 3, 1927, the son of the late Henry and Flossie Kelley Hobstetter.

Earl was a graduate of Andis High School and a former bus driver for the Dawson-Bryant School District for more than 30 years. He was also an independent truck driver.

He is survived by a special cousin and caregivers with whom he resided, Trena and Paul Combs of Kitts Hill; cousins, Amber and Shawn Simpkins of Chesapeake; cousins, Jonathan Combs, Philip Combs, and Jamie Combs, all of Kitts Hill; cousin, Hailee Littlejohn, Brody Simpkins, and Adalyn Simpkins, all of Chesapeake; and a sister, Kathleen Hall of Ironton.

Graveside service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Myrtle Ridge Cemetery with Pastor Sammy Cooke officiating. Friends may call today from 6-9 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Paul Combs, Jonathan Combs, Wayne Kelley, Philip Combs, Matt Capper and Fergie Ferguson.

Donations may be made to the Hospice of Huntington, PO Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Janet Unger

Janet Marie Farmer Unger, 58, of Ironton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Jolin Health Center with her family by her side.

She was born Dec., 21, 1954, to the late Lloyd and Ida Lyons Farmer in Beckley, W.Va. Mrs. Unger enjoyed playing bingo, watching a good movie like “Medea,” and most of all spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.

Besides her parents she preceded in death by one brother, Lloyd Farmer Jr.; and one sister Nora Mae Bailey.

She leaves behind a loving family including her daughters, Tracy Farmer of Ironton, and Stacy (Chris) Farmer-Stapleton of Ironton; one brother, Larry Farmer of Ironton; two sisters, Linda Carter of Ironton, and Wanda Deatherage of Lexington, Ky.; and six grandchildren, Megan Heaberlin, Amber Farmer, Courtney Sparks, Emily Farmer, Brady Sparks and Caleb Farmer, all whom will miss her dearly.

A memorial service for Mrs. Unger will be by the Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 1305 S. Sixth St. Ironton, on Thursday at 1 p.m. with a one hour visitation prior to service time.

Online condolences may be expressed at



Minnie Kelley

Minnie Mae Kelley, 72, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the St. Mary’s Medical Center-Ironton Campus. The Lawrence County native was born Aug. 18, 1940, the daughter of the late Edward and Viola Vickers Koster. She is survived by her husband, Danny Kelley.

Mrs. Kelley was a graduate of Blackfork schools. She was a former homemaker and a STNA for Bryant Nursing Center for more than 39 years. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Kelly’s Bridge Independent Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Stamper; a brother, Rodney Koster; and two grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Chester Stamper Jr., Fred Stamper, Michael Stamper and Bryan Stamper; two stepchildren, Richard Kelley and Melissa Kelley; a brother, Eddie Koster; a sister, Cecelia Koster; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at in Lawrence Furnace Cemetery with Brother David Schug officiating.Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Kermit Crum

Kermit Crum, 81, of Ironton, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Ky. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, with Bill Chatterton officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery. He was the husband of Janice Crum, who survives. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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