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Obituaries – 8/14/12

Gloria Ferguson

Gloria Ann Ferguson (Green) passed away quietly on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Ironton.

Born on Oct. 2, 1939, at Ironton General Hospital, she was a lifelong resident of Ironton. After attending Kingsbury Elementary School and Ironton Junior High School, she graduated in 1957 from Ironton High School.

She was bonded in marriage with Alfred Ferguson for nearly 50 years. Together they raised a son, Mark, whom she loved with all of her heart. For her son, there was nothing that she would not do.

She was the highly-favored aunt of many nephews and nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, who loved her mightily. Over the past 40 years, she lived at the corner of South Ninth Street and Washington. Each and every time any of them arrived to Ironton to visit, as they crested that first hill, sloped down on South Ninth and saw her house – they KNEW they were HOME! They KNEW she would be there to greet them and make them WELCOME! Because of her, they always had a place to come home to. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, by her father Granville and her mother Laverne, by sisters Almeda and Betty Joe, and by her brothers Donald and Gary.

She leaves behind her only son, Mark, her brothers Calvin, Steve and Kenny, three beloved grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

She will be remembered for her small stature, her keen wit, and her quick smile. But most of all for her big, loving heart. She was, for all who knew her, what made Ironton, IRONTON.

Viewing will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home. Her funeral service will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Doug Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.



Dustin Spry

Dustin Lee Spry, 16, of Ironton, departed this life on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Ironton.

He was born July 6, 1996 in Huntington, W.Va., a son of Brian Spry of Whitman and Melissa Vance of Ironton, formerly of Harts.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Judith (Porter) Spry and his great-grandparents, Stella and Lee Vance and Noah and Dollie Spry.

Dustin enjoyed fishing, 4-wheeling, and hanging out with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his grandparents, Charles (Sue) Vance of Mill Creek, Phyllis Collins of Mud Fork and Roy Spry of Ranger; stepparents, Connie Spry, and Mike Sharp; his father figure, Tim Cade; four sisters, Julie Shay Spry, Candice Kelly, Destine Cade and London Cade; four brothers, Brian K Spry, Jr, Mike Sharp, Joe Sharp and Chris Jeffery; two aunts, Amy Pritchard and Becky Orme; three nieces, Chole Jenkins, Riley Stapelton, and Ella Kelly; two nephews, Chase and Coleton Jeffery; 14 cousins, Zack and Savannah Orme, Tyler Sperry, Josh Spry, Keith Thompson, Chris, Ted and Zack Rakes, Hannah and Kelsey Sperry, Mandy Spry, Bethany Rakes, and Emily Brooks; his stepchildren, Zachary Wicker and Lacey Arthur; and his girlfriend, Natayle Arthur.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, W.Va., with John Godby and Calvin S. Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Vance Cemetery, Dry Branch, Ranger, W.Va.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Julie Spry, Bryan Spry Junior, Charles Orme, Tyler Sperry and Zack Orme.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Sharp, Josh and Charlie Vance, Greg and Richie Pritchard, Tim Cade and Bud Spry.


Kaiiden Dodson

Kaiiden Edward William Lee Dodson, newborn son of Jake Lee Dodson and Patsy Kay Birchfield, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.

Kaiiden was preceded in death by grandmother, Donetta Dodson; great great grandmothers, Roberta Richendollar and Sarah Ruggles; great great grandfathers, Beaman “Chip” Richendollar and Robert Birchfield; and stepgrandfather, Edward “Eddie” Thibodaux.

In addition to his parents, Kaiiden is survived by grandmother and step grandfather, Bertha and David Fugett of Ironton; grandfather, Bill Dodson of Kitts Hill; great grandparents, Robert and Linda Birchfield of Ironton and Norma and Roger Dodson of Waterloo; great grandmother, Janet Lucas of Coal Grove; great grandfather, Donnie Russell of Ironton; aunt, Kathrine Fugett of Ironton; uncle, David Ray Fugett of Ironton; great aunts, Sarah (Joseph Taylor) Birchfield of Kitts Hill, Bobbie (Franklin) Thacker of West Portsmouth, Vanessa (James) Sparks of Ironton, Rebecca Russell of Coal Grove; great uncles, John Dodson and his wife, Kim of Kitts Hill and Tony Thibodaux; and step aunt, K.T. Thibodaux. He had many aunts, uncles and family who loved him very much.

Graveside services will be noon Thursday in Community Cemetery with Eastham Holmes officiating. There will be no public visitation. Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

To offer online condolences to the family you may visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.

Margery Robinson

Margery Pamela Macro Robinson, 83, of Franklin Furnace, formerly of Ashland, Ky., died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at her home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Neal Funeral Home, Center Street, Catlettsburg, Ky. Burial will be in Junior Furnace Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday.



Donald Hamilton

Donald Nelson Hamilton of Ironton, died Monday, Aug. 13. 2012, at the age 79. He was born Feb. 14, 1933, the son of the late Freeman and Edith Hamilton. He was the owner of Hamilton and Son Plumbing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hamilton and one daughter, Brenda Gee. He is survived by one son, Rick Hamilton of Ironton; three daughters, Donna Collins of Ironton, Linda Justice of Sugar Creek, and Debbie Eley of Ironton; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was a Korean War veteran and a member of the VFW Post 8850. In keeping with Donald wishes of cremation there will be no visitation or service. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at the convenience of the family. O’Keefe-Baker is in charge of the arrangements.