Obituaries – 9/17/12

Published 9:47 am Monday, September 17, 2012

Jack Thomas Newman

Jack Thomas Newman, 62, of Ironton entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on September 15, 2012. Jack was born March 28, 1950 in Carter County, Kentucky. Jack was the loving husband of Penny Whitt Newman the love of his life and his friend.

Jack was the father of two joys of his life, his daughters, Kristie Newman Johnson and Jackie Newman Edwards. They were his reason for living. He also had one granddaughter, Laikyn Grace Johnson. He was her “Pappy” and best friend and he always called her “Monkey”. He had two sons-in-law that he thought of as his sons, Scott Johnson, husband of Kristie Johnson and Gary Edwards husband of Jackie Edwards.

Jack was employed at Arch Coal for 25 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Jack was also a member of Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Green High School.

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Jack and Penny got married on March 20, 1971 and have been married for 41 years. Jack enjoyed many aspects of the Amusement Community . He was once the owner and operator of Withrow Amusements. Jack also enjoyed traveling the midwest with his good friend for life Stan craft searching for that next big ride. Jack was also a master of Carousel Ride Restoration. His passion was Carnival Ride Restorations, in which he was a Master Restorer.

Jack is also survived by two brothers; Sable and Bonnie Richmond of Marion, Indiana and Danny Richmond of Olive Hill, Ky.

He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Ronnie and Janie Davis of Ironton, Chuck and Joy Whitt of Ironton, Mick and Carla Briggs of Ashland, OH, Patsy Casey and Ron of Jacksonville, FL., Randy and Brenda Whitt of Ironton and David Whitt of Ironton.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lucille Richmond Withrow and father Leonard Newman and stepfather Bill Withrow.

Funeral Services will be 1P.M. Tuesday September 18, 2012 at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 South 6th Street, Ironton with Pastor Kenny Klaiber, Roger Lavender and Joey VanMeter officiating. Jack will be laid to rest in Haverhill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6 till 8P.M. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit



Hazel White

Hazel M. White, 98, went to be with her Lord Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, from Ironton. She lived all her life in Lawrence County. Hazel was a faithful member of Fox Fairview Church of Lecta. She was a graduate of Aid-Mason High School. Hazel enjoyed sewing and crafts.

She was born on June 27, 1914, in Lecta. She was the daughter of the late John E. and Effie M. Cremeens Saunders.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory E. White who died in 1995 and her brothers, Omar, Carl Vernard, Edward and Ray Saunders and two sisters, Mildred Green and Irene Robinson.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann and Landon Steed of Ironton; a granddaughter, Cindy and Mike Lewis of Ironton; a great-granddaughter, Michelle and Joseph Tedrick of Ironton; two great-great-grandkids, Kylie Jo and Parker Cole Tedrick of Ironton; brother, Charles and Helen Saunders of Ironton; sister, Betty Gilmore of Kitts Hill; sister-in-law, Doris Saunders of Lecta and many more nieces and nephews.

Hazel will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with her great-nephew Kyle Gilmore officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Jeffrey Elswick

Jeffery “J.D.” Elswick, 25, of Ironton, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. The Ironton native was born Sept. 11, 1987, the son of Cheryl Dufore Nolen of Peebles and the late Jeffrey Depriest.

J.D. attended Dawson-Bryant schools and was a former stockman for Walmart. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his grandfather; Roger Thompson.

He is survived by (in addition to his mother), step-father; Dale Nolen of Peebles; sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Trever Coffey of Flatwoods, Ky.; sister and brother-in-law, Jessica and Jason Plaster of Ironton; brother, Anthony Daniels of Ironton; brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Courtney Massie of Ironton; nephews, Michael Coffey of Flatwoods, Ky., Jason and Braiden Plaster of Ironton and Julian and A.J. Daniels of Ironton; nieces, Alexis and Taylor Plaster of Ironton and a grandmother, Lagathia Thompson of Ironton.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Diana Dyer

Diana Gail Dyer, 59, of Franklin Furnace, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, as a result of a motorcycle accident.  She was born Nov. 16, 1952, in Ashland, Ky., to Roy Sergent and the late Irene Thompson Sergent.  She was a phlebotomist for St. Mary’s Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Dyer whom she married May 19, 1971, in Wheelersburg.  Also surviving are two sons, Michael Dyer and David (Francie) Dyer, three daughters, Nikki (Rich) Emerson, Kim (Jeremy) Hall and Jessica (Dustin) Johnson, two brothers, Johnny Sergent and Keith Sergent and ten grandchildren: Corey, Warren, Allie, Aaron, Tyler, Adrian, Megan, Dawson, Nathan, Joseh and Rachael.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Butch Sargent.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg.  The family has requested in lieu of flowers that a donation may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Diana Dyer.