Obituaries — 1/14/12

Published 10:16 am Monday, January 14, 2013

John Neville


John A. Neville, of Lancaster, left this life with grace and peace on Jan. 10, 2013. Born June 28, 1943, in Ashland, Ky., the son of Frederick J. and Lavetta J. (Morgan) Neville, John is survived by his wife Pamela R. (Lyons) Neville and daughters Kelli A. Lester, wife of Christopher T. Lester, of Canal Winchester; Amy E. Antonucci of Lancaster; Melissa M. Neville of Ironton; and Dulcey A. Antonucci, wife of Fernando J. Martin, of Lancaster.

Grandchildren include Morgan Lester; Emily Bare; Jordan Lester; Haley Bland, wife of Cody Bland; Quinton Bare; Xandro Martin; Ansel Martin; and great-granddaughter Maci Bland. John is also survived by his beloved twin sister Judith A. Rice and his older brother Frederick J. Neville, Jr., husband of Lela, both of Ironton. He was predeceased by his parents and an older sister, M. Jane Witt.

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John graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, Ironton, in 1961; from The Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1967, and from the Stanford Executive Program in 1985. After graduating from Ohio State, John chose the RCA corporate financial trainee program and remained with the corporation, initially working for RK Smith, as it transmuted from RCA to GE, then to Thomson Multimedia, and Technicolor. He moved to RCA locations in New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, and New York, and in 1978 his career took him to Paris, France, as controller of Videocolor, SA, a joint venture between RCA and Thomson-Houston, an electronics firm in France. Returning to The States, he became Vice President of the North American Tube Division, and in 1985 his negotiations with Chinese government officials earned him their great respect for which he remains known today.

In 1992, as Executive VP of the Tubes and Display Group of Thomson Consumer Electronics, John again moved to Paris. Six months later, he was promoted to Executive Senior VP of Worldwide Operations overseeing approximately 30,000 workers in forty-six sites throughout Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, and North America. After his return in 1998 to Lancaster, he was cajoled back from retirement to oversee for several years the Patents and Licensing Group in Princeton, NJ. He was a member of the company’s Executive Committee and a Senior Advisor to the CEO prior to final retirement in September 2007.

John will be remembered and loved by his family and many friends as a man of integrity, courage, unequaled wit, and empathy. He never failed to support, care, and mentor his family and coworkers. A third generation descendant of County Cork, Ireland, he was proud of his heritage, but his heart belonged in Paris, France. He loved walking the boulevards of Paris, shopping at the open air market on Rue Cler, meditating on Sunday afternoons at his favorite corner cafe overlooking Place Ecole Militaire, and sharing weekday meals with Pam and colleagues at his favorite neighborhood “duck place” or bistro. He was a former member of Bent Creek Country Club and Lancaster Country Club and looked forward to many rounds of golf in his retirement. His favorite avocation, for which he was well-known, was cooking exquisite meals for family and friends — whether it be his mother’s fried chicken, sloppy joes, and hot dog sauce; his favorite pasta concoctions; or his sole meuniere and confit de canard. He remained a loyal Ohio State fan and enjoyed reviewing football games with Kelli, and verbal sparring with friends who are graduates of rival universities.

Family and friends are invited to attend John’s Memorial Service on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. A visitation will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers or as a memorial contribution in his name, family and friends are requested to consider a donation to St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools, 912 South 6th St., Ironton, OH 45638, ATTN: Fr. David Huffman; to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314,; or to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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Patricia Schultze

Patricia Ann Schultze, 81, of Athalia, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


Elizabeth Adkins

Elizabeth C. Adkins, 85, of Pedro, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Logan, W.Va., native was born March 6, 1927, the daughter of the late Ira Lon and Ora Salmons Hager-Massie. She is preceded in death by her husband Everett Adkins who passed away March 19, 1993.

Mrs. Adkins attended Proctorville schools and was a nurse’s aide for 18 years for the Lawrence County General Hospital. She was of the Pentecostal faith and a member of Souls Harbor Church in Raceland, Ky. Mrs. Adkins enjoyed sewing, gardening, watching soap operas, and donating her time to help people in need who lived in her community.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by brothers, Harvey Nathaniel Hager, Ruford Dalford Hager, Oscar Thurman Hager, William Kenneth Hager, Lloyd Edward Hager, James Earl Hager; two sisters, Lula Irene Hager Lucas, and Betty Lou Hager Abner; and three grandchildren, Terry Michael Adkins Jr., Spicie Renee Adkins, and Angel Dawn McGinnis.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Canzazy and Larry Edwards of West Hamlin, W.Va., Carol and Al Knotts of Ashland, Ky. and Linda and Doug Collins of Ironton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Everett and Sherri Adkins Jr. of Pedro, David and Regina Adkins of Kitts Hill, and Terry and Becky Adkins of South Point; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Addie Mae Hager Wheeler of Waycross, Ga., Rebecca Jean Hager Campbell of Florida, Mary Margaret Hager Wilson of Missouri, and Evelyn Ruth Hager Gannon of Ironton; and several special friends including Marsha Gail Adkins and Jerry Bayless.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home, with the Rev. Timothy Gillette officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. At the family’s request, donations can be made to the Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Barbara Conley

Barbara Ann Conley, 75, of South Point, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. The Portsmouth native was born Oct. 2, 1937, the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Brickey Lucas. She is survived by her husband J. C. Conley, whom she married March 11, 1966.

Mrs. Conley was a graduate of West Portsmouth High School and was a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in South Point. She was a member of the Sheridan Freewill Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Auxillary.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Roy E. Conley; a nephew, Robert Hopkins; and a sister, Kathleen Hileman.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Michelle Conley of South Point and Jimmy and Beverly Conley of Grayson; three grandchildren, J.J. Walden, Andrea Conley, and Andrew Conley; two brothers, Russell Lucas of Lucasville,and Roy Lucas of West Portsmouth; three sisters, Edith Hopkins of Rarden, Marjorie Kennedy of Minford, and Elizabeth Coldiron of West Portsmouth; a foster brother, Landon “Bud” Brickey of Otway; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sheridan Freewill Baptist Church in South Point with Pastor Randy Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Garden. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Mary Corder

Mary Elizabeth Corder, 83, of Proctorville, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. She is survived by her husband, Melvin J. Corder. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Burial will be in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


John Lewis

John Ray “John Boy” Lewis, 52, of Ironton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at his home on Eighth Street. He was born Nov. 22, 1960, a son of the late Frances Lucilla Brooks Lewis and the late Donald Ray Lewis Sr. He was of the Christian faith and a member of the New Jerusalem Church in Ironton.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Lawrence Lewis and Thomas Gregory Lewis; a twin sister, Janet Lynn Lewis; an aunt, Leatrice Cochran; three great-aunts, Augustine Smith, Gladys Henderson and Katherine England. He is survived by his son John Arthur D’Vante Spencer at home; seven brothers, Ervin Woodrow Lewis and his wife Kay of Michigan, Donald Ray Lewis Jr., Jeffrey Lee Lewis, Calvin J. Lewis, Joseph Lewis, all of Ironton, Kim Nathane Lewis and his wife Pauletta of Huntington, W.Va.; a special brother whom he thought of as his own, Dale Spencer and his wife Kayla of Ironton; four sisters, Karen Holroyd and her husband Bob, Donna Gail Spencer, Mary Keith and her husband Joe, all of Ironton, and Marilyn Swartz of Michigan; two special nieces, Kimberly Lewis of Huntington, and Shayden Jolie Fauve Brumfield of Waterloo; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Brown Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Edwards officiating. Keeping with his wishes he will be cremated after the services.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services at the chapel. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Chapel where friends can share memories or condolences on their facebook page.


Marcus Spradlin

Marcus Spradlin, 45, of Raceland, Ky., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. He is survived by his wife; Patricia. A celebration of life and memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Westwood Enterprise Baptist Church with Pastor Ralph Shaffer officiating. Keeping with his wishes he was cremated. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. at the church on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Chapel. Where friends and family may share memories and condolences on their facebook page.


Billy Parnell

Billy Jo Parnell, 49 of Huntington, W.Va. died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church of Christ, Huntington, W.Va. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Gary Priddy

Gary Lee Priddy, 71, of Kenova, W.Va., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center. There will be no services. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Mary Miller

Mary E. Miller, 68, of Chesapeake, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Chester H. Miller. Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.