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Obituaries — 9/20/12

Leona Pierce

Leona M. Pierce, born May 1, 1926, and who resided in Ironton, went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 18, 2012. Leona (Lonamae) was the daughter of the late Hughie and Mettie Wilson. Leona attended Kitts Hill Schools. She was a member of the Rock Camp United Methodist Church.

She was a retired caregiver. In addition to her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her first husband, Elbert Collins; her second husband, Leslie Pierce; nine brothers and sisters; one great grandson, Nicholas Easterling; and three step sons; Elbert O. Collins, Oliver Collins and Herb Collins.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Steve Collins of Ironton; two granddaughters, Stephanie (Bret) Barber of Jackson and Angela (Todd) Easterling of Franklin Furnace; two great-grandchildren, Chase Barber of Jackson and Cheyanne Jenkins of Franklin Furnace; a special friend, Cheryl Brown of Ironton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be noon Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, with Brother Jack Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.


 Jack Thomas Newman

Jack Thomas Newman, 62, of Ironton entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Sept. 15, 2012. Jack was born March 28, 1950, in Carter County, Ky. 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.

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 were 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. Sixth St., Ironton with Pastor Kenny Klaiber, Roger Lavender and Joey VanMeter officiating. Jack was laid to rest in Haverhill Cemetery. Visitation was Monday from 6 till 8 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.