Obituaries — 4/4/13

Published 9:15am Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ronald Campbell

Ronald “Mark” Campbell, 52, of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., formerly of Ironton, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 28, 2013, after a short battle with cancer.

Mark was born April 17, 1960 to Barbara Ackerman and Ronald Campbell. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kendra and David Clark of Crown City, Meghan Campbell of Ironton and Ashlei and Aaron Harris of Greenup, Ky.; one son, Michael Layne Vaughn of Lake Panasoffkee; grandchildren, Teighlor Clark, Kara Clark, Andrew Clark and soon-to-be born, Hayden Harris; mother and stepfather, Barbara and John “Bill” Ackerman; father, Ronnie Campbell; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Patty Campbell of Bradenton, Fla., and John and Tawnya Ackerman of Pedro; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Michael Zahurak of Wadsworth and Angie and Butch Leport of Gallipolis; one dear friend/brother, Todd Bradley of Cincinnati; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service held at his mother’s home, Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or Hospice.



Marlene Holley

Marlene Holley, 73, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013 ,at Sunset Nursing Center in Coal Grove. The Lawrence County native was born Jan. 1, 1940, the daughter of the late Chester and Anna Brownstead Willis. She is survived by her husband, Ray Holley Jr. of Ironton.

Mrs. Holley attended Ironton High School. She was a former nurse’s assistant at the Sunset Nursing Center and a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Cleo Wikoff; and a brother, Dan Wikoff.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Marla Rae Depriest of Kitts Hill, Jenny and John Kuhn of Atlanta, Ga. and Amy Holley of Ironton; four sons, Rock A. and Donna Holley of South Carolina, Charles Holley, Stephen Holley and John Holley, all of Ironton; two brothers,Gary Lee and Laura Willis of Ironton and Jerry and Helen Willis of Baton Rouge, La.; 12 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be noon Friday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, with Brother Jack Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Her seven children are honored to serve as pallbearers for their mother’s funeral. The family would like to express a special thank you to employees of Sunset Nursing Center and Bellefonte Cancer Center for their loving care. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Anna Russell

Anna Marie Russell, 75, of Ironton, passed away, Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Feb. 23, 1938, the daughter of the late Charles C. and Sarah McGlone Fisher. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Edmund Russell who passed away Oct. 12, 1969.

Mrs. Russell attended Ironton High School, was a homemaker and a member of the Ironton City Mission Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles E. Fisher; and a sister, Mary Massie of Ironton.

She is survived by four sons, Charles R. Russell of Ironton, Lee Russell of Ironton, Gary Russell of Michigan, and Donald Hunt of Georgia; a daughter, Goldie Fisher of Ironton; six grandchildren,Charles (Davy) Fisher, Connie Fisher, Barbara Thacker, Samantha Russell, Stephanie Russell, and Charlie (Bubby) Russell; an aunt, Goldie Massie of Ironton; two uncles, Oscar Massie and William McGlone; and several nieces and nephews special friends: Lee McCormack and family and Charles McCombs.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hayes-Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery and visitation will be Friday after 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Helen Smith

Helen Jean Smith, 80, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her residence. The Lawrence County native was born Dec. 4, 1932, the daughter of the late Charles Elmer and Pauline McKnight Runyon. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Basil A. Smith.

Mrs. Smith attended Decatur schools, was of the Pentecostal faith and was employed with McDonalds for 22 years, retiring in 2012.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Ann McGlone two brothers, George William “Bill” Runyon and Charles “Paul” Runyon; a niece, Nancy Harmon; two aunts, Ella Henry and Nannie Williams; and great great niece, Jackie Sizemore.

She is survived by nieces and nephews that were raised in her home, Betty Eldridge and David Eldridge both of Ironton, Michelle Fritz and Jaycob Fritz, both of Minnesota, additional nieces and nephews, Anna Delawder, Linda Weston, Parnell McGlone, Jackie McGlone, John McGlone, Gary Runyon, Billy Runyon, Linda Waddle, Buddy Runyon and Carolyn Sue Knipp; great nieces and nephews, Charles Weston, Helen Corbin, Missy Bowman , Teresa Mollet, Kimmy Deborde, Jamie Ferguson, Chrissy Hardy, Frank Bailey, Matthew Bailey, Jennifer Newcomb, Chevelle Rockwell, Tiffany Litton, Frank McGlone, Melissa Sizemore, Bobby Lee Sizemore, John E. McGlone, Terry Delaney, Greg Ball, Wendy Long, Jonathan Harmon, Bryan Harmon, Ruth Ann Harmon, Ronald Harmon Jr. and Mark McGlone; and special caregiver, Sheena Sparks.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with Brother Jack Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery and visitation will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



James Gholson

James Thomas “JT” Gholson, 29, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Ironton, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his residence. The Ironton native was born Sept. 27, 1983, the son of James Harvey Gholson of Ironton and Vallery Ann Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C. He is also survived by his wife, Dana Renee Gholson.

JT was a 2003 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He was a former conductor for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad and a Carpenters apprentice in Port Charlotte. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by two brothers, Jeremiah J. McQuiston of Winston-Salem and Shane Ward of Ironton; three sisters,Erica Denise Pennington of Brampton, Cumbria, UK, Helen Spence of Crum, W.Va., and Jennifer Wright of Owingsville, Ky.; maternal grandparents, Betty and Harry Culley of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Day officiating. Burial will follow in Haverhill Cemetery and visitation will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Donna Davidson

Donna J. Davidson, 71, of South Point, wife of Robert Davidson, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point.



Helen Fannin

Helen Virginia Fannin, 97, of Ironton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

The Ironton native was born Oct. 26, 1915, the daughter of the late John Carl & Martha Slaughter Hoptry.

She was united in marriage in 1938 at Greenup, Ky., to Walden Richard Fannin of Ironton. During their married life Walden and Helen lived in Ironton, West Des Moines, Iowa and Lincoln, Neb.

Mrs. Fannin was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a homemaker and the oldest member of Central Christian Church in Ironton. She attended Ironton High School Class of 1934 and was formerly employed at the Henrites Corporation.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 31, 1968, her grandson, Richard Michael Fannin on March 7, 2011 and by four brothers and four sisters, John David Hoptry of Sunol, Calif., William Frederick Hoptry of Fair Oaks, Calif., Earl Leon “Dutch” Hoptry of Oakland, Calif., Harold Havard Hoptry of Ironton, Angel Hoptry, Emma Hoptry, Mary Elizabeth Barnett McKea of Jackson, Calif., Sadie Mae Duvendeck Lawson of Ironton and a half sister, Mrs. Alice Wisenberger.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Philip Michael and Carolyn Jean Roadcup Fannin, J Patric and Mary G. Kingery Fannin and by one daughter Joan Fannin, all of Ironton. There are also four surviving grandchildren, Deborah Jean (Mrs. Curtis) Cooke, Christi Lynn (Mrs. Aaron) Heighton, Jordan Patric Fannin, Christian Michael Fannin and one granddaughter-in-law, Amanda Hutchinson Fannin. There are five great grandchildren, Joshua Curtis Cooke, Mariah Jean Cooke, Madelyn Elaine Heighton, Matthew James Heighton and Mitchell Aaron Heighton. A half sister Edna (Mrs. Clive) Bundy and a half brother and his wife, Walter James & Fern Hoptry of Ironton also survive.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Woodland Cemetery, Section 8, with Minister Phil Lemaster officiating. There will be no public visitation. Pallbearers will be Jordan Fannin, Christian Fannin, Josh Cooke, Curt Cooke, Aaron Heighton, and Jim Heighton. Honorary Pallbearers are Matthew Heighton and Mitchell Heighton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Central Christian Church, Ironton, Ohio or Community Hospice Care Center of Ashland, Ky.

Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



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