Obituaries — 6/9/13

Published 12:08am Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sandra Davis

Sandra Sue Sandy Davis, of Cardington and formerly of Prospect, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday evening, June 6, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family and friends, following a valiant six-year battle with cancer. She was 63 years old.

On Aug. 17, 1949, Sandy was born in Ironton, one of five children of the late Lester E. Reaper Sr. and Alberta (Pancake) Keaton. She was raised in Coal Grove, where she graduated from Coal Grove High School in the Class of 1969.

During her senior year of high school, a young veteran returned home after serving in the U. S. Army, David L. Davis, to find Sandy all grown up after he had been away. He proposed soon after returning, and they were married on June 20, 1969, at the Ice Creek Baptist Church in Deering, just weeks after her graduation. They have cherished their nearly 44 years together.

Shortly following their marriage, Dave and Sandy moved to Prospect, where they lived for 35 years, and where she worked at both the Union Store and Ulman’s Department Store. For the past eight years, they have lived in Cardington.

A woman of deep faith, Sandy was a faithful and active member of the Grace Baptist Church in Marion, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for their teens for 17 years and for their youth for many more. She also enjoyed singing in the choir for many years.

Very giving, Sandy volunteered her time and efforts for many causes over the years, such as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and for the Heart and Lung Association. She also volunteered with the Marion County Election Board helping with their polls.

Having a heart of gold, Sandy lived a life of devotion to her husband, children and church. An appropriate word to describe her would be angelic, as she was unconditionally loving, protective and forgiving.

She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband, David L. Davis of Cardington; adored daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Kenneth Winroth of Delaware; a brother, Lester (Cindy) Reaper Jr. of Columbus; a sister, Roberta Bobi Rideout of Ironton; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Sandy was preceded in death by her son, David Shawn Davis on Jan. 11, 1995; brother, Richard Ricky Reaper Jr.; and sister, Janet Reaper Waller.

The Davis family will greet friends from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating her life and giving glory to God will be Monday at 11 a.m., at the Grace Baptist Church, 1560 Marion-Marysville Rd. (SR 4), Marion, with Pastor Nick Warden officiating. Her family will again greet friends for an hour prior to her services. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Baptist Church (address above), and Marion General Hospital Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, OH 43302.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Sandy’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting



Jan Jordan

Jan Elizabeth Jordan, 66, of Huntington, W.Va., died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Heritage Center, Huntington. Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Community Church of Grace, Huntington. Visitation will be 5 to 6 p.m. at the church with a covered dish pot luck dinner following the service at the church. Arrangement are by Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Homer Dillon

Homer Edward Dillon, 78, of Proctorville, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at The Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by his wife, Trish Dillon. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, by Pastor Jeff Black. Burial will follow in Crown City Cemetery, Crown City. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Joyce Samons

Joyce Ann Samons, 72, of Ironton, formerly of South Point, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, at her residence. The Lawrence County native was born March 22, 1941, the daughter of the late Ernest and Verna Massie Shafer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roland J. Samons, Jr.

Mrs. Samons was a graduate of Ironton High School and Ohio University with a master’s degree in education. She was a former teacher for the South Point School District, retiring after 34 years of service with them. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by a son, Roland “James” Samons III and his wife, Teresa of South Point; a brother, Danny L. Shafer of Ironton; and two cats, Ashley and Samantha.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Highland Memorial Gardens with the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. There will be no public visitation. Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Medical Center, c/o David Frazer, 2900 First Ave. Huntington, WV 25701. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Lester Bates

Lester Clifford Bates, 93, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born May 31, 1920, the son of the late James G. and Essie Thomas Bates. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elnora “Peg” Smith Johnson Bates.

Mr. Bates was a graduate of Ironton High School, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a former diesel mechanic for Ashland Oil.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Bates.

He is survived by his caretaker, Vicki Freeman of Ironton; good friend, Ron Baldwin of Ironton; his loving companion, Molly, his dog; and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton, with the Rev. Leon Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850. Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Leland Keeney

Leland Everette Keeney, 73, of Scottown, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by his wife, Judy Mannon Keeney. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, by Pastor Don Irby. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Condolences to the family may be expressed at



Claude Riley

Claude Kelley Riley, 89, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Emogene Dolin Hospice House, Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by his wife, Mary Riley. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.



Jimmy Hawthorne

Jimmy L. Hawthorne, 66, of Crown City, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at home. Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.



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