Obituaries – 10/20/11

Published 10:36 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

John Brammer

SPRINGFIELD — John T. Brammer Sr., 79, of Springfield passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in the Forest Glen Health Campus.

He was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Leatherwood, the son of Averill and Geraldine (Waller) Brammer.

John was a graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served our country proudly during the Korean War and was also aboard the U.S.S. Bremerton out of San Francisco, Calif. He worked for the Local 224 as a sheet metal construction worker for 35- plus years. John was a very devoted and loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

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Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Blanche Geraldine (Porter) Brammer; one daughter, Stacy (Bill) Hays of Springfield; two sons, John T. Brammer Jr. of Beavercreek and Jeffrey Brammer of Dayton; two sisters, Jean (Homer) Hankins of Gallipolis and Emily (Bob) Little of Nashville, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Emily Brammer of Dayton, Andrew Brammer of New Carlisle, Tyler (Patty) Fout of Columbus, Lauren Fout of Columbus and Ryan Hays of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Wilma Sites and one brother, Gerald Brammer. Private services will be held at the convenience of family. The family is being served by the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the Salvation Army. You may express condolences to the family at

Donald Hall

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Donald Alan Hall, 52, of Boynton Beach, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at JKF Medical Center in Boynton Beach. He resided in Boynton Beach since 1999.

Don was born in Portsmouth May 2, 1959, to the late Archie and Margaret Hall, the youngest of seven children. He grew up in Portsmouth and was a 1977 graduate of Notre Dame High School. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history as well as a master’s degree in history. He then obtained his teaching certificate from Ohio University. Don was in his 27th year of teaching. Mostly recently he was an advanced placement/international baccalaureate American history teacher at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Fla., since 1991. He began his teaching career at St. Joseph High School.

Don is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carolyn (Gillespie) Hall; two stepchildren, Jennifer (Joe) Templin and Robert (Jennifer) Niesel; grandchildren, Conner and Owen Templin Jordan and Grace Niesel; his sisters, Diane (James) Kennedy, Jan (John) Schomburg and Carolyn Brammer; one brother, Phillips (Louise) Hall; and several nieces and nephews.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tom Hall and Jerry Hall; and a grandson, Maxwell R. Templin.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, West Portsmouth with the Rev. David Young officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Melcher Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. There will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Don to Notre Dame High School, 2220 Sunrise Ave., Portsmouth, OH 45662.

Ovie Bradley

PEDRO — Ovie F. Bradley 94, of Pedro, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at home with his family. He was born Sept. 24, 1917, in Carter County, Ky., to the late James H. and Susan Smith Bradley. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Parnie Miller Bradley, who passed away June 17, 1986.

Mr. Bradley attended Carter County schools. He served as a proud veteran in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European theater. He was a faithful member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a Kentucky colonel after completing his duty to our country he returned home and worked in the coal mines before settling on a farm at Waterloo. He drove a school bus for Symmes Valley School District for 19 years. He also worked for Symmes Township trustees.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers; and five sisters.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James (Buddy) and Susie Bradley of Pedro and Terry May of Patriot; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Homer Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 8850. Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. To offer condolences to the family or to view the video tribute, please visit

Dr. Timothy Brown

CINCINNATI — Dr. Timothy H. Brown, 58, passed away Oct. 18, 2011, at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was born Sept. 5, 1953, to Betty and Harold Brown of Ironton. He graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1979. He married Vivian (Pflanzer) Brown of Hamilton in 1979. He served the community for the past 30 years as a physician of internal medicine and infectious disease at Mercy Fairfield and Fort Hamilton hospitals. He was a member of Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a church board member and Sunday school teacher.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Ruth Pflanzer. He is survived by his parents; his wife; his brother, Richard Brown, his father-in-law, Lionel Pflanzer, and his four children, Stephanie (Brown) Stelzer and her husband Jon Stelzer, Christopher, Jessica, and Jason, and his grandson Caleb Stelzer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, 12190 East Miami River Road, Cincinnati. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N. W. Washington Blvd., Hamilton. Memorials may be made to The Fairfield Church of the Nazarene in his memory. Online condolences are available at

Edward Stapleton

Edward Stapleton, 82, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky.

The Ohio Furnace native was born March 21, 1929, the son of the late Charles and Nella Barker Stapleton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Markin Stapleton, who passed away Feb.11, 2008.

Mr. Stapleton attended Green Township School and was a retired inspector for AK Steel. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended the 10th Street Tabernacle in Ironton and was a member of the Elks Club.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Otworth, Mildred Blevins, and Clotine Lavender and two brothers: James Stapleton and Glen Stapleton.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, William Everett and Marcella Stapleton of Flatwoods; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Pauline Brown of Ironton, Helen and Jerry Gollihugh of Ohio Furnace, and Juanita Williams of Ironton and a special niece: Mary Blevins of Ironton.

Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Cemetery with Pastor Jim Pridemore officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m.- noon Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

Lucy Bradford

RACELAND, Ky. — Lucy S. Bradford, 96, of Raceland, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Trinity Station Retirement Community in Flatwoods. The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with the Rev. Don Young officiating and Pastor James Deal and Pastor Mark Wilson assisting. The interment will take place in Scott Family Cemetery in Oldtown, Ky. following the service. The family will receive friends from 11:30 am until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Jerry Pennington

FLATWOODS, Ky. — Jerry Lee Pennington, 59, of Flatwoods, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Funeral will be noon, Saturday at Bailey Family Funeral Home with the Revs. Lloyd L. Bailey and Mike Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Short White Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. For online condolences, directions, and web casting of the funeral, visit