Obituaries — 1/2/13

Published 12:26 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Donna Kelley

Donna Lou Fortune Kelley, 79, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky. The Ironton native was born Feb. 3, 1933, the daughter of the late Clifford and Elizabeth Crance Fortune.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Emerson Kelley, who passed away December 1983. Mrs. Kelley attended Ironton City Schools. She was a clerk for several different grocery stores, which include, A&P, Kroger, and Schaffer Grocery Store. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Fortune and Frank Fortune. She is survived by sister-in-law, Clarabelle Beckett of Ironton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Lois Loper of Ironton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 12:30 p.m. Friday in Woodland Cemetery with Pastor Rob Hale officiating. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until noon at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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Ewell Stamper

Ewell Eugene “Blackie” Stamper, 61 of Pedro, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. The Ironton native was born Jan. 10, 1951, the son of the late Eugene and Eileen White Stamper. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Kay Koster Stamper, whom he married Dec. 3, 1971. Mr. Stamper was a 1968 graduate of Rock Hill High School and 1997 graduate of Shawnee State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in social science. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a former employee for AK Steel for 23 years. He was of the Methodist faith. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ewell Eugene Stamper II and his wife, Amy Jo of Pedro; a daughter, Angela Day of Pedro; two granddaughters, Sarah Day and Kierra Stamper; and a step grandson, James Queen. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence Furnace Cemetery with Rev. Jim Lee Cremeans officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Roger Coleman

Roger F. Coleman, 61, of Flatwoods, Ky., formerly of St. Charles, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at his residence. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday,at St. Mary’s Church in Utica, Ill.,, with Monsignor James Swaner officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery in LaSalle, Ill.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Ky., with Rev. Garrett Bugg and Rev. Jennifer Johnson officiating. Condolences for the family may be sent to Bailey


Genora Elliott

Genora “Genny” Elliott, 87 of Bartow, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at home.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, Ky., with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating. Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Frances Tompert

Frances Tompert, 89, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. Arrangements are pending at Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home.


Mary Ann Ellis

Mary Ann “Maw” Ellis, 71, of Chesapeake, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at home. She was the wife of Everett Ellis, who survives. Funeral will be at 8 p.m. today at Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Michael Adkins

Michael Dale “Mike” Adkins, Sr., 59, of Raceland, Ky., died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at his home. He was the husband of Ruth Lunsford, who survives. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home, Raceland by the Rev. Jack Edwards. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today.


Charles Edward

Charles Edward, 49, of Pedro, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are pending at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home.