Obituaries – 2/26/12

Published 4:11 pm Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jack Lewis

Jack E. Lewis, 72, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, and turned his face toward Heaven. He was born June 4, 1939, in Williamson, W.Va., son of Jack and Sylvia Adkins Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was reared and received his early education in West Virginia and graduated from Ironton High School in 1957. He attended the University of Wisconsin on an athletic scholarship, and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1970.

He served in the United States Army for 23 years, retiring in August of 1979 with the rank of major. Early enlisted service included Special Forces, Rangers, and with the 101st Airborne Division. As an officer, Jack served as an adviser to the South Vietnamese military and earned the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

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Jack’s tenure in the Army included two tours in Vietnam and several honors earned, including the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Combat Infantry Badge. After military retirement, Mr. Lewis worked for Halliburton Services for several years. He moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1987. Mr. Lewis attended the First Assembly of God in Pine Bluff. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those who will forever hold him in their hearts include his wife, Sherry Rice Lewis of Pine Bluff; son, Bradley Michael Lewis of Grand Chain, Ill.; daughter, Lisa Wayve Plunkett of Pine Bluff; three brothers, Ward “Sonny” Lewis (Barbara) of Columbus, James Lewis and Thomas Ray Lewis (Nancy), both of Ironton; sister, Sharon Goodwin (Edward) of Green Cove Springs, Fla; four grandchildren who were dear and precious to him, Katherine Elizabeth Heird, Alexzandra Elaine Heird, Madalyn Ashley Lewis and Jacob Bradley Lewis; a great-grandchild, Bentley Wade Kendall; a special daughter, Daphne Lynn Lewis, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services in Pine Bluff will be 10:30 a.m., Monday at the First Assembly of God with Reverend Gary Bell officiating. Visitation will be tonight from 3-5 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Funeral services in Karnak, Ill. will be 11a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Wilson Funeral Services.

Graveside services with military honors will follow in Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Central Arkansas, 2003 Fendley Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72115. Online register:


Stephen Payne

Stephen Dale Payne, 58, of Willow Wood, passed away Friday Feb. 24, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born March 2, 1953, the son of Floyd E. Payne and the late Norma Callicoat Payne. He is survived by his wife Dolly Pancake Payne whom he married Oct. 4, 1974. Steve was a 1972 graduate of Symmes Valley High School and was a member of the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. He retired in 2006 after 30 years with the Lawrence County Engineers as an equipment  operator. He was a member of the Lawrence County Draft Horse Club, Teamsters Local 22. His hobby was Horse Pulling and he turned the Cain Mill at Bob Evans Farm Festival for 38 years with his father Floyd.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by a son Stephen D. Payne Jr.

In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by son and daughter-in-law, John Brian and Nancy Pancake of Pedro; son and daughter-in-law, Shannon D. and Erin Payne of Willow Wood;

son and daughter-in-law, Keith David (K.D.) and Amy Payne of Kitts Hill; granddaughters, Ashley and Allie Pancake, Kaitlyn, Kailee and Abigail Payne; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Joyce Payne of Waterloo; sister and brother-in-law, Paula and John Wilson of Willow Wood;

sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Mark Wilson of Willow Wood; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Willie Fulks of Scottown; and as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastors Chris Johnson and Danny Pancake officiating. Burial will follow in Wilgus Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.. Donations may be made in Steve’s name to the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church 32 Twp. Rd. 75W, Willow Wood, OH 45696. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Darren Brown

Darren Brown, 25, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.


Charles Moore

Charles Moore, 63, of Marion, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Marion Community Health Center. Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.


Richard Harris

Richard Harris, 64, of Columbus, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Mt. Carmel St Anne’s Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.


Earl Schneider

Earl J. Schneider, 72, of Union went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, after a very courageous six and a half year battle with multiple myeloma.

Earl is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Mary (Wasson) Schneider; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Caroline Schneider; three grandchildren, Ashley, Joshua and his fiancée Gretchen Houston, Brandon and great-granddaughter Kylie, all of Union. He is also survived by his sister, Lillian and brother-in-law Charley Gates of Raceland, Ky.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Sue Schneider, Ronnie and Freda Schneider, all of Ashland, Ky.; three sisters-in-law Ruth Schneider of Ironton, Lovilla Schneider of Cynthiana, Ky., Gladys Zink of Fairborn; brother-in-law Jim  and sister-in-law Sandy Wasson of Batavia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends Chuck and Elaine VanBuren of Englewood and his card playing buddies, Jim Canterbury, Al Souleyrette, and Gary Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Alice (Murdock) Schneider; four brothers, Bill, Jack, Henry and Willard Schneider; and sister-in-law, Carol Gean Schneider.

Earl was a member of the Union United Methodist Church, had worked at Dayton Press (McCalls), and Federal Mogul (Brico).  He enjoyed relaxing in the sun, bowling, golfing, playing cards, watching NASCAR and many other sports.  His family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tobias Funeral Home Englewood Chapel, 675 West Wenger Road.

A celebration of Earl’s life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Union United Methodist Church, 222 Shaw Road, Union, OH 45322, with Pastor Jeffrey Blair presiding.  Burial will follow in Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions, if desired, may be made to Union United Methodist Church or Hospice of Dayton in memory of Earl.  Online condolences to his family may be made at:


Charles Kimble

Charles Herbert Kimble, 81, of South Point, passed away Friday Feb. 24, 2012, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Ky.

He was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Hamlin, W.Va., the son of the late Charles and Virgie Kimble.   He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Smith Kimble, son William Edward (Ed) Kimble, brother Arthur Kimble, and sister Doris Ann Kimble.  Charles is survived by son, Jack Kimble of South Point; sister Jane McClure of Anderson, S.C.; nephew Scott and  Middy McClure of Anderson, S.C., great niece Kinsey McClure of Anderson, S.C.,  great nephew Matthew and Ashley McClure of Anderson, S.C.,  brother, Paul Kimble of Inwood, W.Va.; daughter-in-law, Teresa Kimble of Chillicothe and three grandchildren, Kenny and Brittney Tennison of South Point, Tommy Tennison of Pedro, and Jessica Hatten of Franklin Furnace, and eight great grandchildren, Tanner, Caleigh, Katie, Robbie, Ricky, Destyni, Jade and Haley.

Charles served in the U.S. Air Force with 22 1/2 years of service, and was a Vietnam veteran; he then worked at Xerox Corporation and retired, and was last employed at Ashland Office Supply for approximately 20 years.  He graduated from Hamlin High School in 1948 and was a member of the South Point Baptist Church.

Grave side services will be 3 p.m. today at Lincoln Memorial Park in Hamlin, W.Va.  In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to a charity of your choice.  Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at