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Obituaries — 7/20/12

Forrest Kerns Sr.

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.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 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; son and daughter-in-law, Forrest and Tina Kerns Jr. 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, Chris (Christi) Kerns of Hicksville, and Mitchell (Allison) Kerns of Louisville, Ky.; 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- laws, 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. today at the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Andy Ramey and Elder John Sturgill officiating. Burial will follow in Kerns Cemetery. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Lillie McAfee

Lillie Mae McAfee, 80, of Kitts Hill, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at her granddaughter’s home.

The Lawrence County native was born July 7, 1932, the daughter of the late Ira Clonch and Ruth Short Robinson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence (Red) McAfee.

Mrs. McAfee attended Andis Schools, was a homemaker and a member of the City Mission Church in Ironton.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Willie “Bill” Clonch, and a great granddaughter, Sarah Marie Booth.

She is survived by a daughter, Alberta Ruth McAfee Skaggs and Scott of Ironton; granddaughters, Larissa R. Booth and Richard of South Point and Kayla M. Short and Eric of Ironton; great grandson, Bentley Short of Ironton; three sisters, Mable Kitchen of Grayson, Ky., Helen Fleming and Edith Sparks both of Kitts Hill; and a brother, Sam Clonch of Beaver Falls, Pa.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Perkins Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Phillips Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


Manuel Parker

Manuel Lee Parker, 80, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. He was the companion of Edna Childers, who survives. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville by the Rev. Eddie Salmons. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 -11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Frances Asberry

Frances Asberry, 77 of Ironton, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Brown Funeral Chapel.