Obituaries — 3/19/13

Published 9:26am Tuesday, March 19, 2013

John Delawder

John Lee Delawder, Sr., 87, of Ashland, Ky., formerly of Coal Grove, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. The Lawrence County native was born Jan. 27, 1926, the son of the late Leonard and Myrtle Stapleton Delawder. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maxine Cochran Delawder, who passed away May 10, 1993.

Mr. Delawder attended Coal Grove schools and Jeffersonville Missionary Baptist Church. He retired in 1976 after 33 years with North American Refractories and was also a former security guard for Ashland Oil and Arch Coal Company.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Delbert “Gene” Delawder and Frank Delawder; and two sisters, Ida Mae Langley and Avenell Pemberton.

He is survived by a son, John Delawder Jr. and his wife Sharon of Ashland; a daughter, Verna Mae Delawder of Ashland; eight grandchildren, Frank Delawder, John Scott Delawder, Mike Rogers, Jeff Delawder, Shanna Mullins, Michelle Carico, Ryan Kittle, and Stacy Wilson; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; six sisters: Udel Salyers of Catlettsburg, Ky., Edna Faye Dodrill of Ashland, Elizabeth Ann Russell of Catlettsburg, Addie Qualls of Summit, Ky., Stella Rose Young of Ashland and Mary Jane Collins of Coal Grove.

Funeral service will 3 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Pierce officiating. Burial will follow in Mamre Cemetery and visitation will be todayy from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Scott Delawder, Jeff Delawder, Michael Wilson, Andy Mullins, Mike Carico, and Frank Delawder. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


 Marie Walls

M. Marie Walls, 94, of Kitts Hill, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at her residence. The Lawrence County native was born Aug. 30, 1918, the daughter of the late Charles L. and Marquerette Schaffer Hart. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Woodrow W. Walls, Sr., who passed away Dec. 8, 1984.

Mrs. Walls attended Andis School and was a homemaker. She was the oldest living member of the Johnstown Baptist Church in Rock Camp.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by three sons, Woodrow W. Walls, Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Dahlonega, Ga., Larry R. Walls of Kitts Hill, and William D. Walls and his wife, Shelia of Ironton; a daughter, Joan E. Belcher and her husband, Rick of Kitts Hill; nine grandchildren, Dean (Barbara) Walls, Lee (Penny) Walls, Gabrielle (Dennis) Lininger, Melissa Walls, Kenna (Billy) McCallister, Jeanie (John) Scott, William Walls II, Kelli Marie Belcher, and Lorri (Matt) Smith; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Elder John Horn Jr. and Elder Tom Hysell officiating. Burial will follow in Mamre Cemetery and visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Billy Walls, John Scott, Matt Smith, Gary McGraw, Ottis Butch Jenkins, and Larry Walls. Honorary pallbearers will be Levi Avery Belcher, Dean Walls, Lee Walls, Hunter Scott, and Blake Dalton. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Danny Matthews

Danny Ray Matthews “Porkchop,” 55, of Oak Hill, went home to be with our Lord on Friday, March 15, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. Chops was an avid bass fisherman and an active member of the Lunker Hunters Bass Masters of Oak Hill. He was a member of the Trinity Wesleyan Church. He spent many years driving truck for himself and for PI&I and Grant Trucking. He spent some time traveling with the Cumberland Valley Shows working for Jim and Della Ryan as a driver and running the arcade, as well as time spent as a herdsman for Kenny and Sandra Gruenbaum. Danny spent four years in the United States Marine Corp and was a 1975 graduate of Fairbanks High School in Milford Center.

Danny was preceded in death by Clyde and Bertha Matthews, Freda Matthews (mother), Glen and Zona Cade (maternal grandparents), Joyce Ann Cade, Patty Jo Cade, Leila Schnoonover (mother-in-law) and special friends, Janie Hatfield and Maria Colvin.

Chops was survived by his wife of 33 years, Teresa Matthews; daughter, Mona (Kenny) Sexton of Kitts Hill; son, Levi Matthews of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Dakota Keeton, Kandice Moore, Kristen and Skyler Sexton; father, Clyde Matthews of Marysville; Bill Turvey (Linda Webb) of Oak Hill; Brother, Steve (Nina) Matthews of Pittsburgh, Pa., Bob (Katie) Matthews of Groveland, Fla., Mark (Sonok) Matthews of Avondale, Ariz., and Chris (Crystal) Matthews of Marysville; sisters, Brenda (Larry) Kelly of Milford Center, and Becky (Lee) Blankenship of Marysville; as well as a boatload of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Extended family includes, Janice Turvey, Lavena Barret, Alfred Turvey, Bert Keeton, Lee Turvey, Eph Turvey, Erma Willis, Lee Roy Cade, Trubby and Betty May as well as a host of aunts and uncles; special friends, Roger (Valorie) Miller, Brooklyn (Josh) Moore, Ronnie and Samantha Shephard, Brad and Josh Shephard, Connie and Wally Hatfield, Brandon Mustard, Dean and Donna Snyder, John and Tracy Carter, Jessie (Duckie) and Penny Sue Duckworth, Justin and Mitchell Duckworth, Dave and Terry Clevenger, Susan and Robert Ball, Terry Moore, Stewart and Leann Meiniger, Kenny Wilt, Doc Skinner, Dave Nida, Lisa and Michael Shepard and family, Claudia Howard, Tony Stiffler, Kendall Miller, Tony Waugh, Bob Miller, Jeff Dyer, Eddie Frye, Dennis Sherwood, Jeff and Sally Greer and many other friends he had met through the years.

A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Fred Crabtree officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, as well as one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Danny’s honor to Adena Hospice Friends of Hospice, 111 E. Water St., Chillicothe, OH 45601 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718



Herald Smith

Herald “Butch” Leonydus III of Loveland, beloved husband of Neci Smith; cherished son of Constance Smith and the late Herald Leonydus Smith Jr.; loving father of Charlotte Charlene and Herald “Butchi” IV; devoted brother of Marva Duvall, Robert “Bobby” (Deborah) Smith, Jacalyn McAfee, Bertha Thomas, Bridget (Aaron) Johnson and Michael (Diane) Smith; proud uncle of numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; passed away March 13, 2013, at age 63.

Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 129 N Riverside Ave, Loveland. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Rd, Cincinnati. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Donations in memory of Butch may be directed to the American Heart Association.


Kenny Myers

C. Kenny “Radio” Myers, 74, of Kitts Hill, passed Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Jan. 14, 1939, the son of the late Gene and Ella Cable Myers.

Kenny was a 1957 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School in Coal Grove and a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2001 from the shipping department at AK Steel after 37 years of service. He was a member and former deacon of Central Christian Church in Ironton and was active in the men’s chorus, the food pantry and KYOVA. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and loved to hunt, fish, play golf and ginseng hunt. He loved to play the role of chief instigator and “stir the pot” laughing and having fun. Kenny was a kind man that would lend a helping hand to anyone and will be sadly missed by many.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Diane Rigsby Myers; son, Paul Lovely; sister, Wanda “Bootsie” Morrison; five brothers, Paul “Butch” Myers, Robert “Bob” Myers, Richard “Dickie” Myers, Bill “Grizzle” Myers and Gary “Perk” Myers; brother-in-law, Robert Pauley; and sister-in-law; Caroline Fuller.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Pauley Lovely Myers, whom he married Oct. 15, 1999. daughter and son in law, Margie “Maggie” and Dennis Hylton of Ashland, Ky.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles K. Myers Jr. and Dawn of Schaumburg, Ill.; son; Mark Lovely of Lewis Center; three grandchildren, Callie Hylton of Ashland, Ky., Tori Myers of South Bend, Ind. and Joshua Lovely of Mansfield; brother and sister-in-law, Terry Michael and Diane Myers of South Point; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and David Allen of South Point; sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Ken Fossen of Bellefonte, Ky.; sister-in-law, Marianne Myers of Deering; sister-in-law, Vivian Myers of Ironton; sister-in-law, Rhonda Myers of Texas; sister-in-law; Brenda Meyers of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Vicki Myers of South Point; sister-in-law, Betty Dickess of Ironton; his special big buddy, Booter the cat; and a host of special nieces, nephews and friends

Funeral service will be noon Thursday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Minister Phil LeMaster and Chaplin Mark Lovely officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with Minister Brent Baker offering the committal. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Military graveside rites will be provided by American Legion James Dickey Post #23.

Pallbearers for the service will be Jeff Dickess, Dennis Hylton, Todd Allen, Shawn Allen, David Allen and Shane Myers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Fred Diamond, Roy Long Sr., Roy Long Jr., Gene Clement and John Wilson. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

The family of Mr. Myers would also like to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Mary Edgecomb, Dr. Ondrej Choutka, Dr. Kurt Hofman, Dr. Lisa Barker and Community Hospice for all of the wonderful care and support.



Mae Brammer

Mae Brammer, 97, of South Point, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Heartland of Riverview, South Point. Services were Monday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Burial was in Rome Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Anthony Nagel

Anthony Scott Nagel, 66, of Barboursville, W.Va., died Monday, March 18, 2013 at River’s Bend Healthcare Center, South Point. There will be a memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Jonathan Copenhaver

Jonathan David Copenhaver, 50, of Ona, W.Va., died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Services will be at a later date. Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.



Kevin Oney

Kevin Oney, 45, of Ashland, Ky., died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Cornerstone Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. Arrangements are pending at Bailey Family Funeral Home.


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