Obituaries — 11/26/12

Published 9:21 am Monday, November 26, 2012

Marjorie H. Albrink

“Marge” Albrink, 90, died peacefully in her sleep in Tampa, Fla.,, early Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, 2012. The lifelong resident of Ironton save for the last 2 1/2 years was the oldest child of the late George G. Hunter, MD, and Henrietta Wagner Hunter. She was a 1940 graduate of Ironton High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1943. She later earned a master’sdegree from Ohio University. Mrs. Albrink’s career as an English teacher in the Ironton City School System spanned 37 years. She delighted in the privilege and joy she received from being a small part in the English instruction of so many of Ironton’s school children who have gone on to be such productive citizens today.

During her life she was associated with various organizations such as Junior Women in early life and several bridge clubs of 60 plus years’ duration. The love and affection she derived from her many friendships in Ironton over the years were a major blessing in her life. She received many professional accolades most notably being named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.

She married John B. Albrink, Jr. on Aug. 17, 1946, a union of 60 years’ duration.

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She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Hunter Spriggs, her parents, a son, James Steven Albrink, brothers George F. and James A. Hunter, and her husband, John, who died in 2006. She is survived by son Jay Albrink of Oklahoma City, son Michael H. Albrink, MD and his wife, Karen Wells, MD, of Tampa, grandchildren Steve (wife Sara) and Luke (wife Noelle) Albrink, Brad and Abby Albrink, and Kelly and Shannon Albrink as well as five great-grandchildren and many beloved nephews and nieces. She was known to her grandchildren as “Gorgeous.” While she chose this name somewhat tongue-in-cheek preferring not to be called grandma, it was perhaps more descriptive than even she realized.

Marge had a long, fruitful, productive and happy life filled with many close friends and loved ones that living in small-town Ironton affords. Hers was a life well-lived, and while there were “sweet sadness” sorrows along the way that life brings us all, would that we all should be so blessed as she. She wished to be cremated. Memorial plans at this time are pending. Memorials on her behalf should be made to “Ironton in Bloom” or the Ironton City Schools Foundation.


Rita Bazell

Rita Ann Bazell, 58, of Franklin Furnace, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at her residence in Franklin Furnace. She was born Jan. 30, 1954, in Ironton, to the late Sylvia “Wooten” Easterling. Rita worked as a production assistant for Wilson’s in Ironton. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Bazell; and her grandparents, Carl and Anna Wooten.

She is survived by two sons, Don (Tara) Davidson of Ironton and Tim (Wendy) Davidson of Ironton; one daughter:,Anna (Mike) DeBoard of Chesapeake; seven grandchildren, Brooke Davidson of Boyd County, Ky., Todd Davidson, Mia Davidson, Mason Davidson, Brigham Davidson, Bradley Bollinger, Brock Bollinger, all of Ironton; and a host of brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at noon Tuesday at Woodland Cemeterywith Pastor Tom Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on the day of the service at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Franklin Bloom

Franklin Forest “Porky” Bloom, 76, of Raceland, Ky., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center in Ashland, Ky. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Johnsey Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Visitation is from 6 until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Russell High School Baseball Boosters.

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Larry Chatfield

Larry Dale Chatfield, 69, of Marion, died Thursday Nov. 22, 2012. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Barnes officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Jack Wilson

Jack Harold Wilson, 76, of Proctorville, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Hospice House of Huntington. He was the husband of Jean Lezu Wilson, who survives. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


Johnny Meade

Johnny Weldon Meade, 42, of Branchland, W.Va., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home by Pastor Darrell Wooten. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at