Obituaries – 9/12/12

Published 9:31 am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Virgil McCarty

Virgil Burnice McCarty, 80 of Aid, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. He was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Virgil and Virgie (Osborne) McCarty.

Virgil was a member of Mt. Pleasant (Old Baptist) Church on Greasy Ridge since 1951, where he was ordained deacon in 1979, served as choir leader for 45 years and was a church and cemetery trustee. He sang with the Sacredaires Quartet for 18 years and Travelaires for approximately 15 years. He traveled to churches all over the Tri-State area. He was also a member of the Tri County Choir. Virgil was a member for 48 years and a past master of the Waterloo Masonic Lodge. Virgil retired from Allied Chemical Corp, in 1986 after 35 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Roach McCarty, whom he married Dec. 19, 1949; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robert and Linda Higgins of Willow Wood and Clarence and Debbie Short of Kitts Hill; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Anna Lee Roach and Carol (Bob) Wood of Ironton; five granddaughters, Missy (Chad) Johnson, Candace (Don) Newcomb, Vanessa (Dan) Honaker, Jennifer Cooper, and Lora Beth (Jason) Bocook; a grandson, Jonathan Short; eight great grandchildren, Austin Short, Abbi Wray, Ezekial and Gavin Honaker, Josh and Megan Johnson, David Cooper and Evan Newcomb; three step great grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Newcomb and Adam Honaker.

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Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Glen, Bill, Ken, Ed, and Jim McCarty and his sisters, Geneva Holder and Audrey Corn.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mt. Pleasant Old Baptist Church with Larry Casteel and Kelly Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Old Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home and the body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Gary McCarty, Chad Johnson, Josh Johnson, Austin Short, Mike Patterson, Chris Johnson, Billy Keith McCarty and Dan Honaker. Honorary pallbearer will be Jason Bocook. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Joe Stapleton

Joe Everman Stapleton, 88, of Grayson, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He was the husband of Norma Jean Stapleton, who survives. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Sparks Funeral Home with Lewis Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Everman Cemetery with military honors. Visitation is 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at


Robert Bittenbender

Robert Arden Bittenbender of Proctorville, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. He was the husband of Betty Bittenbender, who survives. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, Pa., by Minister Eddie Cope. Visitation is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Virginia Akers

Virginia Sue Akers, 39, of Kitts Hill, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. The Portsmouth native was born May 5, 1973, the daughter of Franklin Dale Akers and Janet Sue Adkins Nieves. Virginia graduated from Tuscola High School in North Carolina and Ohio University with a degree in human service technology. She was a former child care worker for NECCO in Pedro. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Robert Phil Adkins and June Tolliver Adkins; and paternal grandparents, Frank Akers and Emma Wright Akers.

She is survived by mother and stepfather, Janet Sue Nieves and Watt Johnson of Ironton; father and stepmother, Franklin Dale Akers and Brenda Akers of Ironton; her fiancé, Doug Farley of Kitts Hill; son and his fiancée, Lorenzo Akers and Jessica Williams of Ironton; son, Caleb Akers of Hendersonville, N.C.; a sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Stan Gibbs of Ironton; sister and girlfriend, Chandra Akers and Jennifer Wilcoxon of Ironton; brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Marie Akers of Franklin Furnace. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. James Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers for the service will be Lorenzo Akers, Caleb Akers, Jason Akers, Doug Farley, Steven Diamond and Stan Gibbs. The family requests in lieu of flowers to make donations to the funeral home to help with expenses. To offer online condolences to the family, please visit


Kathy Miller

Kathy Jo Miller, 49 of Ironton, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Feb. 14, 1963, the daughter of the late Walter E. and Rebecca Webb Miller. Mrs. Miller attended Rock Hill Schools and was a member of Freedom Enterprise Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by the father of her children, John Webb.

She is survived by her true love of 24 years, Gary Stapleton of Ironton; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Courtney Webb of Ironton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Kevin Edwards of Crown City, Karie and Nate Stidham of Ashland, and Kelli and James Beaumont of Ashland; five brothers and three sisters-in-law, Jerry and Pam Miller of Ironton, Keith Miller of Ironton, J.D. Vantassel of Ironton, Darrell and Dawn Miller of Ironton, and Allen and Kim Miller of Ironton; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Sandy and Jim Pruitt of Ironton, and Sharon and Craig Chambers of Raceland, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Matthew Edwards, Connor Webb, Ashton Stidham, Avery, Kyler, Carter, Audrey and Rilley Beaumont; and a special uncle and aunt, Joe and Betty Miller. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Miller and Joe Miller Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Hecla Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit