Obituaries – 12/21/11

Published 9:41 am Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Maxine Fairchild

Maxine H. Fairchild, 86, of Ironton, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Saint Joseph East Hospital, Lexington, Ky. The Sciotoville native was born March 4, 1925, a daughter to the late Daniel and Mae (Jenkins) Hoskins.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Glen Fairchild.

Maxine was a member of First Baptist Church Ironton.  She also was a member of the WPA Sunday school class and played both the organ and piano for the church.  Maxine was a piano teacher and a member of the Ironton Women’s Music Club for 32 years.  She was also a long-time employee of Allied Chemical, South Point.

Maxine is survived by two sons, Mark (Tamara) Fairchild of Lexington and Michael (Carol) Fairchild of Rochester, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Cindy Eldridge (John Thomas) of Cedar Park, Texas and Tyler and Brent Fairchild of Rochester; two great-grandchildren, Brody and Greenleigh Eldridge of Cedar Park; and three brothers, Ralph (Betty) Hoskins of Virginia Beach, Va., Howard (Bonnie) Hoskins of Canton and Daniel (Ginevra) Hoskins also of Canton, Ohio.

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Funeral services will be noon Friday at the Tracy Brammer – Monroe Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Strawn officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to First Baptist Church Ironton. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting


Janet Madden

GEORGETOWN, Texas — Janet Louise Haney Madden, of Georgetown, formerly of Ironton, Ohio, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.

Janet was born to William “Clarke” and Mary Louise Barron Haney in Ironton. She was the first daughter born after four sons, Sonny, Buddy, David and Louis who all preceded her in death. She was followed in birth by a younger sister, Carroll Lee and then another brother, Michael Paul who both survive her.

Janet was also preceded in death by her husband, Tom Madden, her son Brian Madden, her grandsons Michael and Nathan Madden,  her mother and father-in-law John and Lorena Madden, her sister- in-law Lee Haney, her brother-in-law, Bill Daniels and her nephew, Christopher Haney.

Janet gave birth, life and love to eight children. She is survived by her children and daughters-in-law, Shawn (and Cathy) Madden, Kevin (and Mamie) Madden, Tom (and Sherri) Madden, Mary Ann Madden-Green (and Mike) Green, Barbara (and Ernie) Shaver, Sheila (and David) Lehmann, Tim (and Judy) Madden, Amy Tremmell,  Kellie Barone and Kathy Madden.  She had 82 descendents, living and deceased which include her children, her son-in-laws, her daughter-in-laws, her 23 grandchildren and her 21 great grandchildren. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Janet was a graduate of St. Joseph High School, Ironton. In 1953, Janet graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, W. Va., earning a bachelor’s of science and the title of registered nurse. This degree was followed with many years of continuing education courses in the field of nursing. For nearly 30 years she gave her efforts of love and healing in the fields of neonatal intensive care, cardiac intensive care and then hemodialysis.

On Aug. 1, 1953, Janet married her child hood sweetheart Thomas Meyers “Sonny” Madden, now deceased. Janet and Tom shared love and life for 45 years until Tom’s death in 1998.

The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown, Texas. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a Recitation of the Rosary. Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, followed by committal rites in IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be sent to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN.  38105, or a charity of your choice.


Melva Drake

CHESAPEAKE — Melva Jean Drake, 60, of Chesapeake, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. She was the wife of Neal Drake Sr., who survives. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


Gloria Lester

SOUTH POINT — Gloria Jean Lester, 66, of South Point, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. With her husband and youngest daughter by her side, Gloria smiled sweetly and left this earth behind.

Gloria was born Jan. 4, 1945, in Huntington, W.Va. All who knew her were charmed by her engaging laughter and loving heart. She spent her life devoted to her husband, her parents, and her children, instilling in her daughters her sense of humor and leaving them with many treasured memories.

Gloria was a member of Lockdale Church of God, and enjoyed playing the piano, knitting, and crocheting.

She is lovingly survived by her husband, Bobby Lee Lester of South Point; her parents, Joseph L. and Margaret Louise Conner McKee, also of South Point; three daughters, Jill Lester Adams of Ashland, Ky., Melissa Lester (Steven) McCloud of Chesapeake, and Jennifer Lester Stapleton of South Point; one sister, Vicki Gail (David) Crook of South Point; six grandchildren, Anna, Abigail, and Adam VanDyke, Logan and Darby McCloud, and Trey Stapleton; and numerous friends and extended family. Gloria’s husband and children thank Dr. Gerald Oakley, the staff of Cabell Huntington Hospital, and the members of Emogene Doline Jones Hospice House of Huntington for the outstanding care they provided.

Family and friends will celebrate her life from 6 – 8 p.m. today at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, with Pastor Cecil Lester, Steven McCloud, and Dave Lester officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Gloria. Condolences may be expressed at


Dale Steltzner Sr.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Dale Alan Steltzner Sr., 65, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. A memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at


Jerry Edmonds

GLENWOOD, W.Va. — Jerry Keith Edmonds, 48, of Glenwood, died Sunday, Dec.18, 2011. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville, Ohio. Burial will follow in Pete Meadows Cemetery in Glenwood. Visitation will be now-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at


Neal Armstrong

Neal Armstrong, 78, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky.  The Ashland, Ky., native was born May 19, 1933, the son of the late Richard Armstrong and Anna Mae Neal Armstrong.

Mr. Armstrong was a simple and sweet man that will be missed. He was a graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School in Coal Grove and a United States Army veteran.  He retired in 1997 from Allied Signal Corp. and was a member of the 13th Street Baptist Church in Ashland.

In addition to his parent he was also preceded in death by an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce Nance Armstrong whom he married Jan. 3, 1958; son, Richard Armstrong of Jacksonville, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Colleen Armstrong of Deering; grandson, Michael Armstrong of Deering; and his loving pet and companion Angel.

Honoring his wishes he will be cremated and there will be no other services.  Donations can be made to the 13th Street Baptist Church, 1812 13th St., Ashland, KY. 41101.  Phillips Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and to offer condolences to the family, please visit


Ronald Fraser

Ronald K. Fraser, 77, of Petersburg, Va., formerly of South Point, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at the home he shared with his daughter, Gidget.  The Boston, Mass., native was born March 6, 1934, the son of the late Norman Fraser and Grace Carr Fraser Stewart. He was the widower of Violete Runyon Fraser who preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2006.

Mr. Fraser attended school in Boston and was of the Baptist Faith.  He was a United States Army veteran and served during the Korean War.  He was a retired steel inspector for Kentucky Electric Steel.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles Stewart, who raised him.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Charles Jones of Ironton; daughter and son-in-law, Gidget and Lewis Wilson of Petersburg; son and daughter-in-law; Keith and Laura Fraser of Greensboro, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Shanna Fraser of Schertz, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; a sister, Norma Fraser; and a brother, Melvin “Buddy” Fraser.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Dement officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point, with military graveside rites provided by VFW Post #8850.   Friends may call Friday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Ernestine Colegrove

Ernestine Mary Colegrove was born Oct. 22 1912, in Kitts Hill.

Ernestine was the only daughter of Edward and Rebecca Wilson Hartwig .

She was a graduate of Kitts Hill High School. She attended Ohio University, Athens, in the early 1930s where she was a member of the lady’s lacrosse team. Ernestine later graduated from the National School of Cosmeticians, Cincinnati in 1936.

Ernestine was the owner/operator of “The Ernestine” beauty shop, which became the Town & Country Beauty Salon on Center Street in Ironton.

In her later years, she was a resident of Morning Pointe Assisted Living in, Russell, Ky., where she received excellent care.

In addition to her parents, Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill Colegrove, and her three brothers Emil, Earl and Ernest Hartwig.

She is survived by nephews, Edward Hartwig of Destin, Fla., Bob Hartwig of Kitts Hill and Daniel Hartwig of Ironton; and nieces Eloise Smith of Pensacola, Fla., and Judy Hartwig of Pedro.

Memorials can be made to Community Hospice in her name at 1538 Central Ave. Ashland, KY 41101.

Private graveside services will be held in Woodland Cemetery at the convenience of the family with

Father David Huffman officiating. O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.