Obituaries — 8/29/12

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Helen Church

Helen Louise Craft Church, 87, of Ashland, Ky., passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center with her two sons by her side. She was born Jan. 16, 1925, in Ashland to the late Clarence M. and Nola Wheeler Craft. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years Marvin Church in 1996. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Homer Craft and a sister Hazel Slone. She was a member of Garner Missionary Baptist Church and was a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her sons, James M. Church (Julia) and Duane A. Church both of Ashland; granddaughters, Noel (Jeff) Carter and Tessa Church; great grandchildren, Logan, Christian, Elizabeth and Ruthie; a sister, Estella Cunningham of Cincinnati, Ohio; and many precious nieces and nephews whom she loved like her own. She is also survived by a very special friend Danny Dickess and family. In addition, she has many friends that she has made over the years at her second home, Woodland Oaks.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel officiated by the Rev. Gary Arrington and Norman McKnight with burial to follow in Ashland Cemetery. Visitation will be on 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel.

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Friends may make contributions to Outreach Ministries, Garner Missionary Baptist Church, 19231 State Route #3, Rush, KY 41168. Online condolences may be made to

Marvin Marshall

Marvin Marshall, 51, of Gallipolis, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Brown Funeral Chapel.

George Adkins

George Alfred “Doe” Adkins, 87, of Ashland, Ky., died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Oakmont Manor. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East by the Rev. Harold Moore. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 93 of Kenova, W.Va. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.


Celia Dennison

Celia Dennison, 85, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Proctorville, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville.

Melvin Gilliland

Melvin Gilliland Jr., 85, of Coal Grove, passed away Monday Aug. 27, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton. The Charleston, W.Va., native was born Nov. 15, 1926, the son of the late Melvin Sr. and Sarah Gilliland. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Bodmer Gilliland whom he married April 9, 2008.

Melvin was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served 45 years in the Air Force Reserves. He was a retired engineer for the CSX Railroad.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister and a half sister.

In addition to his wife he is survived by son, David Gilliland of Tollesboro, Ky.; daughter, Melvina Webster of Xenia; stepchildren, Danny Bodmer of Apopka, Fla., Timothy Bodmer of Tipp City, Ronald Bodmer of Willowood, and Laura McComas of Scottown; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Aaron Fields officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery Veterans section with military graveside rites by VFW Post 8850. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit



Corrine Gillum

Corrine (Buskirk) Gillum, 83, of Ironton, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. She was born March 5, 1929, in Martin County, Ky., the daughter of the late Nathaniel T. and Ethel (Ray) Buskirk.

Corrine attended Martin County schools. She was retired from Bellevue Hospital where she worked as a housekeeper. She was a member of Woodland Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Gillum who died in 1968; five brothers, Homer Buskirk, Bill Jack Buskirk, Jim Tom Buskirk, John L. Buskirk, Warnie Buskirk and one sister, Edna Dieterle.

She is survived by one daughter, Karen (Jim) Featheringill of Willard, Ohio; three sons, Leland T. (Cathy) Spears of Ironton, James J. (Yong) Gillum of Anchorage, Alaska, and Dwayne E. Gillum of Ironton; four sisters, Monica Horn of Inez, Ky., Una-Faye (Gary) Chaney of Ironton, Phyllis Dean of Mansfield, Ruth (Henry) Zima of North Carolina; one brother, Robert (Christine) Buskirk of Louisa, Ky.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be noon Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at the Tracy Brammer – Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Schug officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on the day of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave. Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit