Published 10:18am Friday, December 6, 2013

Paul Destocki 

Paul Edward Destocki, 71, of Ironton, peacefully passed away in his sleep on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at home. He was born Ironton to the late Oscar A. “Pete” Destocki and Virginia Johnson Destocki on June 28, 1942.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving sister, Sonia Destocki Barron; daughter-in-law, Sherry L. (Hitchcock) Destocki, wife of Paul II; brother-in-law, Richard H. Mitchell; father-in-law, Gideon E. “Slick” Hampton; mother-in-law, Leona Belcher Hampton; aunt, Marietta Alban; aunt, Betty Sabo; uncle, Albert Destocki; aunt, Gertrude Adamkowski; aunt, Katherine Destocki; aunt, Joann Howeth; aunt, Eileen Turner; and uncle, Walter “Bill” Destocki.

On Dec. 27, 1969, Paul married the love of his life, Carol Jean Hampton. This union resulted in the birth of his beloved sons, Paul E. Destocki II, and Chris Hampton Destocki.

Paul attended Ironton City Schools, where he was on the scholarship teams and graduated salutatorian of the Class of 1960. He received a bachelor of science in ceramic engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) where he was a member of the Keramos Honor Society.

He furthered his education by receiving a master of business administration from Ohio University at Athens where he was awarded the Beta Sigma Phi in the National Honor Society in business administration. Paul also received his Juris Doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern kentucky University, where he was awarded membership in Phi Alpha Delta National Honor Law Society. Paul served as a ceramic engineer at Charles Taylor & Sons Co. of South Shore, Ky., and National Lead Co. at Fernald, Ohio. In addition thereto, Paul further worked as a C.P.A. and as a partner with his wife, Carol Jean Hampton, in the law firm of Hampton & Destocki Co. L.P.A.

Paul loved life and his friends and family. He was member and very active in the UCT for many, many years, as well as serving as assistant scoutmaster for many years. Paul also enjoyed camping, shooting, photography, travel, motorcycles and telling jokes. Being baptized in the Christian faith, Paul was raised in the E.U.B. Church of Ironton, as well as attending Central Christian Church with his wife and sons.

In addition to his beloved wife and sons, Paul is survived by Nathaniel DeLong, of South Point; his nephews, Jeff (Mary) Barron, of Hilliard, and Rick Mitchell, of South Point; his niece, Carolyn Ann (Todd) Bradley, of Cincinnati; his sisters-in-law, Rosemary Mitchell, of South Point, and Beverly (Carl) Nance of Ironton; close cousins, Rebecca Ratliff, of Portsmouth; Andrew (Debbie) Destocki of Lancaster; Jennifer Alban of Cincinnati,  Elaine Alban and Annette (Larry) Massie, both of Ironton; and lifelong friend, Thomas K. “Tom” Smith, of Ironton.

Visitation for family and friends shall be noon Saturday at Central Christian Church in Ironton with the funeral service by the Rev. Phil LeMaster at 2 p.m. Burial shall follow in section 10 of Woodland Cemetery.

Per the specific instructions of Paul, the Family has entrusted his care to Brown Funeral Chapel in Ironton.


Faye Clay

Faye Eloise Clay, 82, of Willow Wood, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at her residence. The Columbus native was born April 5, 1931, the daughter of the late Lawrence B. and Alice J. Darby Clay.

Miss Clay was a former employee for Tri-State Industries. She attended the East London United Methodist Church and the Rock Camp United Methodist Church and loved to sing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Hughes.

She is survived by a sister, Shirley Clay, of Columbus; a brother, Larry E. Clay, of Naples, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Tom Hughes, of Lancaster; five nieces and nephews, Nancy Bonhomme, Janet Hughes, Andrew Hughes, Tim Hughes and Pam Clericus; and several great nieces and nephews

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Woodland Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. Phillips Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Jerry Spaulding

Jerry E. Spaulding, 71, of Kenova, W.Va., died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at home. A memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Jerry Cooper

Jerry Tom Cooper, 79, of Proctorville, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.

Tosha Christian

Tosha Nicole Christian, 27, of Pedro, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. There will be a memorial at a later date. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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