Obituaries – 12/11/11

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thomas Lawless

Thomas Edward Lawless, 74, of Ironton, passed away Dec. 9, 2011, in Cornerstone at St. Mary’s Hospital after a long illness. Born Oct. 5, 1937, he was a son of the late Bernard and Margaret Hogsten Lawless.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Robinson Lawless; three children, Debbie (Tom) Rudmann of Dayton, Lisa (Richard) Callihan of Flatwoods, Ky. and Tom (Susan) Lawless of Pleasant View, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Scott and Sarah Rudmann, Cortney Callihan, Casey (Brook) Callihan Williams, Carter and Shelby Lawless.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Richard Lawless and Lois Lawless Warren. He is survived by siblings, Wanda Lawless Allen and Robert (Bob) Lawless and several nieces and nephews.

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He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and retired from the Dayton Malleable and he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ironton, where he was an active member in the United Methodist Men’s group. Funeral will be at O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home Monday at noon with Rev. Wayne Young officiating. Visitation will be Monday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Firstt United Methodist Church Food Pantry 101 N. Fifth St., Ironton, OH 45638.


Earl Triplett

CHESAPEAKE — Earl Triplett, 82, of Chesapeake, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Monday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Strawn officiating. Private burial will be at a later date at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.

Earl was born June 15, 1929, in Decatur, a son of the late William and Dora Triplett. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ironton where he formerly served as a deacon, an insurance agent with AFLAC Insurance, and owner of Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Earl served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Earl Triplett; and nine siblings. Earl is survived by his wife, Barbara Lambert Triplett; his daughter, Donna Triplett; three grandchildren, Justin, Kayla, and Noah Triplett; two sisters, Mary Lou Rogers and Myrtle Smith; and his twin brother, Merrill Triplett. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be expressed at


Nellie Miller

Nellie Estell (Miller) Miller, 89, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at home. She was born in Glendale Springs, N. C. on March 12, 1922, the seventh of 12 children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Franklin and Hattie Ennis (Dancy) Miller; her husband of 59 years, William Glenn Miller; and her siblings, Elbert, Daisy, Vena Mae, Robert, Ernest, Ruthella, Ralph, Henry and Gladys. She is survived by one brother, Gaither of Crown City; her two daughters, Glenna Mae Miller of Westerville and Lori Lynn (Craig) Morton of Whitehall; grandsons, Joshua Scott (Erin) Miller and Christopher William (Cindy) Miller; five stepgrandchildren, Heather (Terry) McGrath, Phillip, Aaron, Ashley, and Stephen Morton; two great-grandchildren, Myah and Rachel Miller; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Megan and Kristen McGrath.

She enjoyed making a beautiful home for her family, baking pies and working puzzles. She was a lifetime member of the Whitehall Senior Center. She spent 35 years in retail, the majority of those years as a buyer at the Union Specialty Stores. During World War II she worked as “Rosie the Riveter” at Curtiss-Wright. She loved the church she was raised in, the McDaniels Crossroads Pentecostal Church, which her grandfather founded and built.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 E. Johnstown Road at Beecher Road, Gahanna. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McDaniels Crossroads Pentecostal Church, Patriot. Interment will be at Flag Springs Cemetery in Gallia County. Contributions in Nellie’s memory may be made to the hospice of your choice. Visit to share a favorite memory or send a condolence.


Ruth Ann Pickett

FLATWOODS, Ky. — Ruth Ann Willis Pickett of Flatwoods, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at her home. She was the wife of Dennis Pickett, who survives. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Apostolic Church, Flatwoods. Burial will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Greenup, Ky. Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church. There will be a service of memory today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church. Carman Funeral Home, Flatwoods, is in charge of arrangements.


Juanita Murrell

Juanita Murrell, 60, of Ironton, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at her home Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.


Ann Dye

PROCTORVILLE — Ann Dye, 75, of Proctorville, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home with Pastor Earnest Earl. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at