Obituaries — 10/15/13

Published 9:51am Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mary Mains

Mary “Sue” Curnutte Mains, of Ironton, went to her heavenly rest on Oct. 12, 2013. She was born July 16, 1932, in Louisa, Ky., to William Curnutte and Elsa Mae “Wokee” Curnutte. Sue was a homemaker and devoted to her nine children. In later years, she enjoyed world traveling and was as much at home floating on a gondola in the canals of Venice, Italy, as playing cards in the living room of her house on Sixth Street with the ladies of her card club.

She is predeceased by her husband, Daniel Ralph Mains Sr.; and her daughters, Patricia Ann Blalock and Karen Lynn Harrison. She is survived by seven children, Stephen Louis (Pamela) Mains, Ironton, Lawrence Joseph Mains, Worthington, Ky., Timothy Mark (Rae Ann) Mains, Ironton, Daniel Ralph Mains Jr., Ironton, Anita Sue (Nathan) Lewis, South Point, Mary Kathryne Mains (David) Lenox, Orlando, Fla., John Patrick Mains, Chesapeake; and her 16 grandchildren, Casey Henry, Martha Blalock, Drew Mains, Beth Ramey, Carrie Rowe, Leslie Byerley, Peyton Mains, Jade Mains, Amy Harrison, Catherine Saunders, Mark Mains, Andy Mains, Nikki Lewis, Nekka Kazee, Noel Payne and Reece Lenox; along with 21 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, one of Sue’s passions was donating to the children of poverty in West Virginia. “Able Families of West Virginia.” Website: Telephone: 304-393-4987. In keeping with her wishes, a committal service will be held for the convenience of the family at a later date. O’Keefe-Baker funeral home is in charge of arrangements.



Jean-Paul Lyons

Jean-Paul Thomas Lyons, 40, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. The Gallipolis native was born April 2, 1973, a son to Paul Thomas and Rebecca (Vencill) Lyons of Ironton. Jean-Paul was engaged to Mary Kincaid.

Mr. Lyons was a 1991 graduate of Ironton High School. Jean-Paul received eight years of college education at both Rio Grande and Shawnee State University. He also loved music, art and computer graphics.

In addition to his parents and fiancée, Jean-Paul is survived by a brother, Allexander Lyons of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several aunts and uncles, Betty Vencill, of Ironton; Joe and Dottie Vencill, of Scottown; Danny and Julia Vencill, of Catlettsburg, Ky.; Rita Sue Morrison, of South Point; Edythe and David Mays, of South Point; and Mary Lou Stubb of Reno, Nev.

Jean-Paul was preceded in death by grandparents, Ford and Nellie Vencill and Paul and Laura Lyons.

Condolences may be made to the Lyons family online by visiting



Leah Johnson

Leah Jane Johnson (nee Wilson) of Orange City, Fla., passed away Sept. 25, 2013. An accomplished singer and pianist, she is survived by her caregiver, son and friend, Brad Johnson, also of Orange City.

Born in Ironton, Leah was married to her lifetime lover, Earl Johnson (deceased), for 54 years and is a 1940 graduate of Ironton High School. Leah is also survived by her loving nieces, Peg Johnson (in-law), of Ashland, Ky., and Janine Pinkerman, of South Point; nephew (in-law) Charles Sturgill, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and second cousins, Phyllis Foster, of Tucson, Ariz., and Robert Knowles, of Sciotoville. She also left behind a daughter, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She is interred at Deland Memorial Gardens in Deland, Fla.



Susan Ankrim

Susan E. Ankrim, 63, of Chesapeake, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in River’s Bend Health Care. She was the wife of Mike Ankrim, who survives. Per Susan’s request, there will be a private memorial service. Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at



Marie Blankenship

Marie Blankenship, 78, of Barboursville, W.Va., died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.


Chuck Collins Jr.

Chuck Collins Jr., 62, of Huntington, W.Va., died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Annette Collins. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.


Leslee Blevins

Lesless Blevins, 61, of Chesapeake, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.


Lenora Whitley

Lenora Mae Whitley, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., died Monday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Mesa. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


 “Sue” Edna Ball

“Sue” Edna Pearl Roush Ball, 87, of Ironton, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. She is survived by her husband, William G. Ball. Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.

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