Obituaries — 10/31/12
Rosemary Shafer Bowman, 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Rex Hospital, in Raleigh, N.C. She was born on Dec. 9, 1945, in Ironton, beloved daughter of the late Clarence William Shafer and Rachel Merica Dillon Shafer.
Rosemary graduated with honors from Ironton High School in 1963. She later attended Holzer Hospital School of Nursing in Gallipolis, and graduated the top of her class in 1966. Later that year, Rosemary married the love of her life, Michael Bowman, and moved to Columbus. During these years she was very active in her church as a pianist and member of the choir. She began working as a nurse at Mt. Carmel Hospital and later at Riverside Hospital, in the ICU.
Starting her family in 1971, her daughter Shannon Michelle was born and she changed to working in a doctor’s office. Rosemary and her family moved to Durham, N.C., in 1976 and shortly after the move, her second daughter, Erin Elizabeth, was born. Rosemary returned to nursing in 1982 and worked at Duke University Medical Center for the next eight years.
In 1990, they all came to Raleigh, calling it home. Once there, Rosemary joined her neighborhood Garden Club and later served as president. Rosemary also worked as an activist for the preservation of wild animals, most especially, the protection of wolves. She was a dedicated lady, devoted to her family and her church. Whether she was taking her daughters to dance lessons, to sporting events or simply helping on the school band boosters club, she was always kind and generous and always maintained a good sense of humor. She loved her church, being active with the Methodist Women’s Circle at Mt. Sylvan Church in Durham. In Raleigh, she and her family became members of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Rosemary loved traveling, reading and singing, but above all, simply being a loving wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 46 years, Dr. Michael Bowman and her dear daughters, Shannon M. Mayo and Erin E. Bowman, all of Raleigh. She will also be deeply missed by her brothers, John William Shafer and wife Phyllis and Harold Leon Shafer and wife Selba, all of Ironton, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and family from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, N.C. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Graveside service will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.
Condolences and fond memories can be shared at www.MitchellatRMP.com.
Sally T. Steinman, 58, of 1920 Victory Road, Marion, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Marion General Hospital. She was born Feb. 16, 1954, in Lawrence County, to the late Roy and Iva Nell (Gillenwater) Townsend. On March 23, 1996, in Marion, she married Fred E. Steinman and he survives.
Sally was employed as a cashier with the Community Market in Marion. She was a member of the Marion Moose Lodge where she was very active. Sally loved her flowers and gardening, and dearly loved all of her grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, a son and a stepson, Nora Lou Street of Marion, Gary Lee Henry, Jr. of Marion, and John (Betty) Steinman of Lima. Five grand and two great-grandchildren survive, as well as three step-grand and five step-great-grandchildren. Sally also leaves behind three brothers, Glen Roy (Gay) Townsend of Virginia, Jack (Janie) Townsend of Florida, and Cecil Ray (Rita) Townsend of Ironton.
Besides her parents, Sally was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Ann Henry; a sister, Peggy Ann Sprouse; and a brother, Clyde David Townsend.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Boyd-Born Funeral Home in Marion. Officiating the service will be Frank DooLittle. Burial will follow in the Grand Prairie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the donor’s choice. On line condolences to the family can be made at www.boydbornfuneralhome.com.
William “Bill” George Cox, 79, of Raceland, Ky., died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods, Ky., with Rev. Tom Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods with military honors conducted by the VFW Post 8850 of Ironton, Ohio.
Visitation for family and friends will be on today from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before service time at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.carmanfuneral.com.
Emma Mae Willis McComas, 84, of South Point, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at her residence. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point with Pastor Rock Dearfield officiating. Burial will follow at Myrtle Ridge Cemetery, Kitts Hill. Emma was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Fred Willis and Lorena Gossett Willis. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Willis; a brother, Freddy (Bud) Willis; grandson, Shawn Jameson; and great grandson, Paul Johnson. She is survived by her husband, James A. McComas; two daughters, Janice (Robert) Jameson of Kitts Hill and Candy (Rob) Evans of South Point; a sister, Doris Simmons of Haines City, Fla.; three grandchildren, Lorena Johnson and Jamie and Jeremy Rice; and five great-grandchildren, Desaree Johnson, Dylan Johnson, Ethan, Jeremiah and Nathaniel Rice. The family would like to thank Hospice of Huntington, Julie, Carolyn, Christy and Chaplain Zack for their kindness and care and a special thank you to Dr. Pinson and Emily for all their hugs. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.
Betty J. Lewis, 83, of Ashland Ky., died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. There will be no services at this time. Burial will take place at Bushnell Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla., at a later date. Online condolences maybe expressed at www.carmanfuneral.com.
Roy “Rick” Zeno Huff, 78, of Ironton, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Ky. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Pierce and Rev. Eddie Neel officiating.
Dennis Christian, 74 of South Point, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at River’s Bend Health Care. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point with Pastor Jack Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow at Linville Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to service time on Friday. Condolences may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.
James Evan Daniel Neal, 23, of Huntington, W.Va., died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.
Jean Faulkner, 89, of Ironton, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Wilgus native was born Nov. 17, 1922, the daughter of the late Thomas and Eliza Stumbo Steele. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell W. Faulkner, who passed away May 9, 1988. Mrs. Faulkner was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and of the Protestant faith.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean F. Steele and Clifford (Thomas) Steele.
She is survived by two sisters, Nora Groeber of Springfield and Geneva Mamone of Virginia; one brother, George (Bill) Steele of Springfield; two daughters, Mary K. Faulkner of Ironton and Jeanne (Dale) Stephens of Proctorville; one son, Charles R. (Charlie) Faulkner of South Point; two granddaughters, Rebecca Mayfield of Ironton, and Kelli Jean Faulkner of South Point; one grandson, Jonathan R. Faulkner of Nashville, Tenn.; mother of the grandchildren, Gloria Faulkner of South Point; two great grandsons, Nathan and Chase Mayfield of Ironton and their father Dan Mayfield of Chesapeake; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Aid Cemetery with Rev. Roger Colegrove officiating. Friends may call Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. Donations can be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY. 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net
Pamela Sue Shahzad, 48, of Ironton, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.
Donald “Rich” Neville, 68, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Phillips Funeral Home.