Obituaries – 6/18/12

Published 9:37 am Monday, June 18, 2012

William Siple

William David Siple Jr. 67 of Rush, Ky., passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Boyd County Nursing Home after a short battle with cancer. The Ironton native was born April 7, 1945, the son of the late William David Sr. and Ivis Rutledge Siple. He is preceded in death by his wife Madeline Wilson Siple.

Mr. Siple was a graduate of Ironton High School and was a United States Air Force Veteran. He was former truck driver and laborer for Ashland Chemical for more than 25 years of service, where he received multiple awards. He was a member of the Kilgore United Methodist Church in Rush, Ky. Also Mr. Siple was a member of the Norton Branch Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dancing and spending time with his family and loyal dog “Rusty.” In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Sam and Edith Siple; maternal grandparents, Leslie and Orpha Rutledge and two brothers-in-law, Grant Holley and P. D. Hazelbaker.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Melissa and Darrell Williams of Ashland, Ky., and Kimberly Newman of Huntington, W.Va.; a fiancée, Sue White of Franklin Furnace; two granddaughters, Emily Williams of Ashland, Ky. and Maddie Newman of Huntington; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Leslie Hazelbaker of Ironton and Theresa and Dan Berkshire of Louisville;

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two stepdaughters, April Pierson of Franklin Furnace and Tonya and Austin Young of Franklin Furnace; stepson, Larry Davis of Ashland; two stepgranddaughters, Tara Jones of Rush, Ky. and Cheyanne Hunt of Franklin Furnace; two stepgreat grand sons, Brogan and Degan Jones of Rush; and his loyal dog, Rusty.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Wiles officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. At the family’s request donations can be made to the Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Ronald Willis Parsons

Ronald Willis Parsons, 76, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. His family was by his side as he went to be with the Lord. He was born on Nov. 16, 1935, in Ironton,the son of the late John and Anita Mae Parsons.

He attended Ironton High School. Ron was a proud Marine and was stationed in Hawaii, Japan, and the Phillipines in the late 1950’s. On June 6, 1959 he married his true love, Judy Hamilton Parsons in Catlettsburg, Ky. He was co-owner of City Auto Parts for 33 years. He was a Baptist and loved the Lord and loved listening to the Gaithers. He was so loved by his family, a great inspiration and example to all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Parsons, Gayle Parsons, and Lyle Parsons.

Ron is survived by his loving wife Judy; daughter Cathy (Steve) Gipson; son David (Jenny) Parsons; son John (Jeanine) Parsons; daughter Angela (Dave) Mercedes; grandson, Blake (Kristen) Gipson; granddaughter, Miranda Gipson; grandsons, Kyle, Luke, and Benjamin Parsons; grandson, Sean Parsons; grandson, Joshua Mercedes; granddaughter, Allie Mercedes; grandson, Chris Mercedes; a brother, Frank (Janie) Parsons; sisters, Pat Roberts and Martha (Larry) Tyler; brother, Russell (Corliss) Parsons; and many nieces and nephews.

His family is going to miss his wonderful sense of humor, his kind and generous heart, and the laughter and joy he gave us. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at O’Keefe Baker Funeral Home in Ironton. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery with VFW Post 8850 conducting graveside military services.


Robert Valentine

Robert Edward Valentine, 75, of Ironton, died Friday, June 15, 2012, at his residence. He was the husband of Mary Lou Valentine, who survives. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Woodland Cemetery. Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Velsia Carrico

Velsia Virginia Carrico, 87, of South Point, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Heartland of Riverview.  Arrangements are pending at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake.


Gary Grim

Gary Gene Grim, 67, of Worthington, Ky., died Friday, June 15, 2012. He was the husband of Jackie Hamm Grim, who survives. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be at Lemaster Cemetery. Visitation is after 11 a.m. today.


Galen Cook

Galen Lee Cook, 66, of Huntington, W.Va., died Friday, June 15, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. There will be private family services. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.


Charles Jayne

Charles Jayne Jr. 80, of Kitts Hill, went to heaven Friday, June 15, 2012, from the Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky.  The Boyd County, Ky. native was born Aug. 17, 1931, the son of the late Charles U. Jayne and Alta Salyers Jayne. Charles was a United States Air Force Veteran and member of Freedom Baptist Church, Kitts Hill.    He attended Ohio University, Louisville Seminary and received his three-year degree in Biblical studies and his four-year degree in theology from Tri-State Bible College.  In 1994 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Marietta Bible College.  Charles was an instructor at the Tri-State Bible College in South Point from 1970-1972 and the Southland Bible Institute in Ashland, Ky. from 1992 until 2008, he was also a former employee of Allied Chemical.  He was the pastor of Mamre Baptist Church, Kitts Hill, OH from 1957-1961, First Baptist Church, South Point, OH from 1961-1965, associate pastor of Tri-State Baptist Temple, South Point, pastor of First Baptist Church, Oak Hill, 1972-1977, associate pastor of South Webster Baptist Church, South Webster from 1977-1979, pastor of Freedom Baptist Church, Kitts Hill from 1979-1990, Southside Baptist Church, Louisa, Ky. from 1991-1995, Wayside Baptist Church, Ashland, Ky. from 1998-2003.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Eloise Lee Duty, Ruth Salyers, Emma Gee Crager, Clara Sue Crisp; and two brothers, Raymond Jayne and Darrell Jayne. He is survived by wife, Garnet Hutchinson Jayne whom he married Dec. 24, 1953; daughter and son in law, Becky and Mike Thompson of Circleville; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Tonda Jayne of South Point; son and daughter in law, David and Susan Jayne of Salisbury, Md.; son and daughter in law, Paul and Cindy Jayne of Portsmouth, Va.; daughter and son in law, Leah and Mike Kessinger of Louisa, Ky; daughter and son in law, Mary Ann and Mickey Knipp of Bellevue, NE; daughter, Deborah (Dee Jay) Jayne of Kitts Hill; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister and brother in law, Nancy and Ray Zornes of Kitts Hill; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Dillon and Pastor Scott Jenkins officiating.  Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 p.m.. at the funeral home.  Military graveside rites will be provided by VFW Post #8850.  The family requests donations be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or the Hospice Care Center, 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland, KY. 41101.