Obituaries – 7/18/12

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Colton Knotts

Colton Leo Wilson Knotts, 3 weeks old, passed away after a hard fought battle, Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.

The Cabell County, WV native was born June 24, 2012, the son of Luke E. Knotts of Pedro and Deanna E. Wilson of Kitts Hill. Colton was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Brian Wilson.

In addition to his parents Colton is survived by a sister, Riley Knotts; a brother, Kaidan Russell; a maternal grandmother, Violet Nance of Westmoreland, Tenn.; a paternal grandfather, John Thomas of Pedro; and a paternal grandmother, Yvonne Thomas of Pedro.

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Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Barboursville, W.Va., with the Rev. Leon Dalton officiating. There will be no visitation. Phillips Funeral Home, is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to Phillips Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Katheryn Neal

Katheryn (Bailey) Neal, 85, of London, Ohio, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012, in London, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born March 10, 1927, in Lawrence County to the late Clifford and Laura (McFann) Bailey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Neal; sisters, Helen Myers, and Pearl Jones; and a nephew, Jerry Jones.

She is survived by her sons, Mark (Adrah) Neal, of Rio Grande and Tim Neal, of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Leah (John) Dorsey, of London; grandchildren, Mark, Matt, Lorie and Lacie Neal; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, at the Lewis-Gillum Funeral Home in Oak Hill (formerly Kuhner-Lewis) with the Rev. Herman Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call noon until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to


Jerry Frecka

Jerry Clarke Frecka, 79, of Ironton, passed Monday, July 16, 2012, at his residence after an extended illness. The Ironton native was born April 20, 1933, the son of the late Raymond and Rose Ketter Frecka.

Mr. Frecka was a graduate of Ironton High School and the West Point Military Academy. He was a United States Army veteran and served in Korea. He was a former teacher at the Ironton Open Door School and treasurer for the Ironton Country Club for 22 years. Jerry was a member of the Ironton Elks 177 and an avid sports fan. He was a former Ohio High School Athletic Association official and kept statistics for both St. Joseph and Ironton High Schools.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Charles Lane of Ironton; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Barry Fetterolf of Johnson City, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Martha Frecka of Cincinnati; special friend, Gisela Markins of Ironton; nine nieces, nephews and many good friends.

At Jerry’s request there will be no visitation or services. Phillips Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To offer condolences, please visit


Lucas Scarberry

Lucas Hayden Scarberry, 27, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington. A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio. Interment will follow at Springhill Cemetery, Huntington. Visitation will be 6- 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


James Hall

James Robert “Bobby” Hall, 53, of Ironton, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at his residence.

The Ironton native was born Sept. 26, 1958, the son of the late Robert Burnes Hall and Laura Gail Rowe Hall.

He was also preceded in death by Lula Blackburn Hall, who passed away June 4, 2006. Mr. Hall was a former employee of Arricks Propane for 10 years, retiring in 2009.

He is survived by son, James Robert Hall II of Ironton; daughter, Carolyn Rose and Aaron Hall of Ironton; four sisters, Tammy and Anthony McKinney of Rush, Ky., Clara and Mark Childers of South Point, Carla Childers and Mark Swed of Ironton, and Tracy Rowe of Ashland, Ky.; five grandchildren; stepsons, Paul Martin and Joe Blackburn, both of Ironton; stepdaughter: Sheila Blankenship of Ironton; half brothers, James H. Hall of Cincinnati and Robert B. Hall, Jr. of Marion; half sisters: Levena Fairchild of Ironton and Katrina Collins of Cincinnati; stepbrothers, Harley Rowe, Clifton Rowe, David Rowe, Jimmy Rowe and Ronnie Rowe; stepsisters, Yvonne Hall, Lillian Harmon and Becky Goin; and girlfriend, Dolly Williams of Ironton.

Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until noon at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Dale Frazer

Dale Stanley Frazer, 72, of Wheelersburg, died Tuesday morning, July 17, 2012, at home in Wheelersburg.

Dale was born on Sept. 21, 1939, to Stanley E. and Mary A. (Bates) Frazer, the oldest of eight children.

Dale is survived by his son, Daniel S. and Jena H. (Chandler) Frazer of Lafayette, Ore.; their children (Dale’s grandchildren) Emma Nicole and Wyatt Gregory Frazer, of Lafayette, Ore.; and his daughter, Rebecca L. Frazer of Wheelersburg. He is survived by three brothers, Randy and Tanya Frazer, Terry and Sandi Frazer, all of Wheelersburg, and John and Kris Frazer of Virginia; three sisters, Vicki (Gallaher) and Bo Bailey, Jill Morrison, and Robin Frazer all of Wheelersburg; and special friends, Buck Ruth. Mike and Diane Moore, and Opal Tibbs.

He was preceded in death by both parents and one sister, Marilyn Sue Hurst. Dale was a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association of Friendship, Ind., and The Son of Liberty Muzzle Loading Club of Jackson.

A pot luck dinner and memorial service for friends and family of Dale Stanley Frazer will be conducted at the Crestview Mobile Home Park Office, 486 Hammerstein Rd, Lot 250, Wheelersburg, at noon Saturday. In keeping with his wishes of cremation, in lieu of flowers donation can be made to O’Keefe-Baker Funeral Home, c/o Dale S. Frazer Memorial, 1108 S. Sixth St. Ironton, OH.


Forrest Kerns

Forrest Eugene (Toney) Kerns Sr. of Ironton, left this earth Monday, July 16, 2012, from his home with his children and grandchildren singing him into Heaven as Jesus took his hand.

The Pedro native was born July 27, 1938, the son of the late Emory and Myrtle Marie Boggs Kerns.

Mr. Kerns retired in 1991 after 28 years with C.S.X. Railroad. He was a member of Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene and loved the Lord. Toney was a Kentucky Colonel and loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by (in addition to his parents) a sister, Barbara Hamilton; brother, John Kerns, and sister-in-law, Joyce Kerns.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruby Moore Kerns whom he married Aug. 12, 1956. He was the love of her life. He is also survived by a son and daughter in law, Forrest Jr. and Tina Kerns of Ironton; son and daughter in law, Delmer and Edith Kerns of Ironton; son and daughter in law, Bentley and Tammy Kerns of Ironton; son and daughter in law, Scott and Sara Kerns of Ironton; daughter and son in law, Loreena and John Sturgill of Ironton; daughter and son in law, Lena and John Darling of Ironton; 16 grandchildren, Chris Sturgill, Lori Sturgill, Toni (Bill) Spurlock, Forrest (Stacy) Kerns, Paul (Megan) Kerns, Jessica (B.J.) Massey, B.J.(Leslie) Kerns, Shane Kerns, Tess Kerns, Daniel Fisher, Laura Fisher, Ray (Tiffany) Kerns, Danielle Kerns, and Kara Kerns all of Ironton and Chris (Christi) Kerns of Hicksville; 16 great grandchildren, Brea, Chloe, Isabella, Trinity, Zaleigh, Lexie, Olivia, Madison, Lacey, Johnathan, Colin, Jeremy, Chaden, Bryson, Hunter, and Bridger; three brothers, Billy (Faye) Kerns and Emory Kerns of Ironton; and Earl (Debby) Kerns of Columbus; five sisters, Mary Lou (Michael) Back of Coal Grove, Faye (David) Crager of South Point, Susie Moore, Patty (Charles) Fry, and Kay Thornton all of Ironton; brother in law, Don Hamilton of Ironton, and one special nephew, Bill Back and so many other nieces, nephews and friends to numerous to mention. He is also survived by his wife’s side of the family, father-in-law, Richard Oney of Ironton; brother in law, Tom (Dottie) Moore of Ironton and Bill Conn of Coal Grove; four sisters in law, Betty (Bud) Browning of Wayne, W.Va., Jane (Jim) Blankenship of Ironton, Pauline Dickerson of Ashland, Ky., and Peggy Ison of Ironton.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Andy Ramey and Elder John Sturgill officiating. Burial will follow in Kerns Cemetery. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit