Obituaries—7/22/14Published 11:14am Tuesday, July 22, 2014
George Edward Rogers, 83, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born June 9, 1931, a son of the late Thomas and Sarah Stewart Rogers. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Richardson Rogers.
Mr. Rogers was a graduate of Decatur High School and a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 20 years.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Clifford Rogers; a daughter, Betsy McFann; two brothers, Ralph Rogers and Clifford Rogers; and three sisters, Thelma Gettys, Lucy Dickerson and Elizabeth Dunaway.
He is survived by a fiancée, Lynda Reaper Bridges, of Ironton; a son, Randall and Debbie Rogers, of Ironton; a sister, Anna Mae Rogers Hillman, of Ashland, Ky.; a daughter-in-law, Jackie Figgins, of Gallipolis; son-in-law, Rick McFann, of Jackson; five grandchildren, Mark (Bethany) McFann, Brad (Tara) McFann, both of Pedro, Amanda Rogers, of Ironton, Grace Rogers and Garrett Rogers, both of Gallipolis; five great-grandchildren, Sarah McFann, Jayson McFann, Laurin McFann, Bode McFann and Jude McFann, all of Pedro; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Vernon Furnace Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850 and with the Rev. Mac Shope officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Mildred Jean Madden Ferrell, 83, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at Best Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Wheelersburg on Oct. 29, 1931, to the late King David Madden and Mary Molly Horsley Madden. She was a homemaker, and of the Freewill Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Ferrell, whom she married March 21, 1973, in Greenup, Ky. Also surviving are Kelly McGlone, and her daughters, Alisha McGlone and Keisha McGlone, whom Mildred loved as a daughter and granddaughters; one brother, Russell Madden; and two sisters, Madge McCoy and Mertyl Jones. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Herb, Delbert and Chester; and three sisters, Flossie Messer, Dorothy Messer and Evelyn Rice.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour before the service on Thursday.
Wendell Williams, 82, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Southern Ohio Medical Center after a battle with cancer.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-20
Wendell is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Thelma, and survived by his daughter, Carol Windsor; stepson, Roger Rayburn; and his faithful dog, Charlie. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Christopher Carr and Cassandra Zahller; two stepgrandchildren, Craig and Ryan Rayburn; and two step great-grandchildren. Wendell is also preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford and Willard Williams; and sisters, Cloma Donnis and Naomi Belden. He is survived by sisters, Irma Donnis, Lois Winebrenner and Mary Sue Zempter; and brother, Jim Williams.
Wendell retired from the U.S. Corp of Engineers He served in the United States Army from February 1950 to January 1956 and served during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart for his activities in combat. His loyalty and selflessness went beyond his service in the war. Wendell continued to serve his family, friends and neighbors until his final breath. A special thank you to neighbors, the Brescias and the Fannins, for the endless love, support and friendship. Wendell will be remembered for his continual light, laughter and generosity.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday and services at noon at the Harrison-Pyle Funeral Home in Wheelersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and the Wounded Worrier Project.