Obituaries — 2/16/12

Published 10:30 am Thursday, February 16, 2012

Irma Moffett

Shara Allen’s mother, Irma Moffett, 88, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at 2:35 p.m. following being a patient in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Ky., then being a resident at Jo Lin’s Health Center in Ironton. It was recently discovered that she had cancer of the bones among other medical conditions. The good news is she was a Christian and has passed on into glory and has the promise of a new body.

She made her home with Hoyt and Shara Allen for the past six plus years and has gone steadily downhill since she moved to Ironton, coming from Weirton, W.Va. Irma’s husband, Lester Moffett, preceded her in death in 1991. The Moffetts had migrated to Weirton from Tyler County, W.Va. Shara was their only child. Irma is survived by grandson, Denny and Kim Allen of Gainesville, Ga.; granddaughter, Syndi Coplin of Gainesville; great-great grandson, Kyle; great-great granddaughter, Sabrina of Altus, Okla; and several nieces and nephews in Ohio and West Virginia.

Irma left her body to the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. Her hope was for future generations to get some medical help due to her being a donor.

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Irma was a member at Central Christian Church in Ironton and there will be a memorial service for her at Central Christian Church in Ironton on Friday with visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. Willie Purdee, executive director with KYOWVA Evangelistic Association, and Randy Wickham, minister with First Church of Christ of Wheelersburg, are in charge of the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts be sent to the KYOWVA Evangelistic Association of Ironton, Central Christian Church or the American Cancer Society. We thank all who have been praying for Irma and have shown various acts of kindness — Hoyt and Shara Allen.


Ray Delawder

Ray E. Delawder Sr., 82, of Yellow Springs, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Greene Memorial Hospital. He was born the son of Noah and Eva Harper Delawder on Jan. 5, 1930, in Pedro. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Earl and Edward, and his sisters, Chloe, Audrey and Bessie. He is survived by his loving wife, Gertrude; a daughter, Diana (Marty) Bescoe of Fairborn; sons, Ray (Carla) Delawder of Eaton and Timothy Delawder of Yellow Springs; sister, Glenna Myers; brother, Donald (Gloria) Delawder; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Ray and his wife were avid travelers and he enjoyed fishing. Ray will be greatly missed by all who love him.

Friends may call at Fowler Church of Christ in Christian Union, 2805 Fowler road, Springfield Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. with services at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tim Dotson and Dr. Frankie Hunt officiating. Interment will follow at Bryon Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to


Charlotte Heiskell

Charlotte Caskey Heiskell, 96, of Parma, formerly of South Point, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home with Minister Earl Slack officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be from Noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, OH. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Charles Porter

Charles Edward Porter, 78, of Wurtland, Ky., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his residence. Funeral will be at 12 p.m. Saturday at Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle in Flatwoods, KY, with Rev. Eugene Haney officiating.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.  Online condolences may be sent to


Gerald Patrick

Gerald Dean Patrick, 73, of Flatwoods, Ky., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Funeral will be at 12 pm, Monday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, Ky. with Rev. George L. Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast in Greenup. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until 12 pm at the funeral home.  For online condolences and webcasting of the funeral, visit


Tony Sparks

Tony Dale Sparks, 39, of Chesapeake, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. He was the husband of Amanda Sparks, who survives. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home by Rev. Eddie Salmons. Burial will be in Spring Valley Memory Gardens. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


William Jeff Pennington

William Jeff Pennington, 60, of Flatwoods, Ky., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his residence following a brief illness. He was the husband of Cathy Odom-Pennington, who survives.

A celebration of a life will be held at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods on Friday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Effie McFann

Effie Mae McFann, 82, of Ironton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Ferguson (Wayne County), West Virginia native was born Sept. 11, 1929, the daughter of the late Lucien George and Mary Virgie Smith Gillispie. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Orville McFann, whom she married Jan. 15, 1947.

Mrs. McFann was a graduate of Decatur High School, received her bachelor of science degree from Ohio University in Athens and her master’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. She was a former teacher for the Ironton City School District, retiring in 1991 after 32 years of teaching. She was a member of Mamre Missionary Baptist Church in Kitts Hill, and a former President of the Co-Op Club in Ironton. She loved art but her greatest passion was for teaching. She devoted her life to helping not only children but adults with their needs. She stated many times, “she never dreaded going to work and loved her life of teaching.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Alice Ball, Narvie Gillispie, Doanie Gillispie and Clara Wilson; five brothers, Rev. Dewey Gillispie, Ira Gillispie, Ray Gillispie, Harvey Gillispie and George Gillispie.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Thelma F. and William “Keith” Hankins of Kitts Hill; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth R. and Marilyn McFann of Racine; eight grandchildren; and  11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday  at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Ryan McKee officiating. Burial will follow in Buckhorn Cemetery and visitation will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be sent to the Child Welfare Club, c/o Pat Wiseman, 1011 1/2 N. Third St., Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit