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Obituaries – 4/14/13

Bernard Freeman

April 15, 1923-April 10, 2013

Bernard Harrison Freeman, 89, formerly of South Point, passed from this life Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Odessa, Texas, with family by his side. Bernard was born April 15, 1923, in South Point, to Durward Neil and Elsie Gladys Kinder Freeman, who preceded him in death. He graduated from South Point Delta High School in 1939 (after being double promoted) with honors. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Boldman Freeman, who preceded him in death in 2009, after sharing over 68 years of marriage.

Bernard was a charter member of the South Point Church of Christ and was a Christian for 73 years. He was on the first Board of Directors of Ohio Valley Christian College.

He served in the Army Air Corps during the war and was stationed in San Angelo, Texas. When he returned to South Point, he opened Freeman Cleaners and then opened a hardware/feed/seed/construction supply store, General Sales and Supply, which he and his wife operated for 25 years. He started a construction business and built more than 300 houses in South Point along with many commercial buildings in the Tri-State area. After selling the hardware store, the Freemans bought a small ice cream shop, changed the name to “Snak Shak” and expanded by adding a dining room. Ruth continued to operate the restaurant while Bernard became a construction supervisor for Ashland Oil & Refining in Ashland, Ky. He worked for 12 years, supervising construction of service stations primarily in Ohio and West Virginia, prior to his retirement in 1981.

Bernard and Ruth were very involved with their church and their children’s activities. Their home was always open and they chauffeured and chaperoned many of their children’s and their friends’ adventures. After their children left home, they traveled extensively, following their grandchildren’s activities.

Bernard was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca Sue (6), his wife, Ruth, and his brothers, Milton and Wendell. He is survived by his daughter, Carole Lynn Bell and husband Dwane, of Odessa, Texas; son, John Neil Freeman and his wife, Terri, of South Point; grandson, Adam Bell (Karen) and great-grandson, Trent, of Midland, Texas, granddaughter, Erin Rebekah Bell Stevenson (Jeff) and great-grandchildren, Katie, Dalton, and Kara, of Spring, Texas and grandson, Nathan Bell (Aleasha), and great-granddaughters, Maci and Madison, of San Diego, Calif.

A memorial service honoring Bernard and Ruth will be held in Ohio at a later date. The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: The Hospice House Foundation, 903 N Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761 or the Sherwood Church of Christ, 4900 N Dixie Blvd., Odessa, TX 79762.



Viola Russell

Oct. 25, 1940 April 12, 2013

Viola Mae Russell, 72, of Ironton, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 12, 2013. Her death was unexpected. She was born Oct. 25, 1940, to the late A.C. and Alice Johnson. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two husbands, Frank Delawder and Robert Russell Sr.; maternal grandmother, Georgeanna Robinson, two brothers, Edward Johnson and Leonard Johnson.

Viola is survived by her eldest son Larry (Sue) Delawder of Flatwoods, Ky.; daughter, Brenda Terry of Ironton; son, Robert “Bobby” (Lisa) Russell of Wheelersburg; daughter, Sharon (Randy) Byrd of Ironton; son, Gary (Kathy) Russell of Ashland, Ky.; son, Steven Russell of Ironton; and son, Wayne (Amy) Russell of Wheelersburg. She is also survived by a “special son” (grandson) Tommy Russell of Ironton and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Monday at the First Apostolic Church, 1202 Lester St., Flatwoods, with Brother Harold McKenzie officiating. Burial will follow at the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Ironton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

To make online condolences to the family visit www.tracybrammerfh.com.


Sherry Hollin

Sherry L. Hollin, 52, of Otway, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Southern Ohio Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Brown Funeral Chapel.


Wynette Hayes

Wynette Waugh Hayes, 97, of Huntington, W.Va., died April 5, 2013. A private graveside service at the Waugh Family Cemetery is planned.  Hall Funeral Home and Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.


Andra Brown

Andra Sue Cremeens Brown, 65, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point.


Oscar Owens

June 28, 1939-April 12, 2013

Oscar Owens, 73, of Ironton, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born June 28, 1939, the son of the late Jarvey Baldwin Owens and Dove Leora Pancake Owens. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Kyle L. Reed Owens, who passed away Jan. 25, 2013.

Mr. Owens was a graduate of Rock Hill High School and attended Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He was a former employee for WW Mays Vault Company for 12 years.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Eugene Owens, Roscoe Owens, Vernon Paul Owens, Orlyn James Owens, Thurman Wayne Owens, and Odell Owens; and seven sisters, Audrey Thierry, Greta Joseph, Joyce Estep, Garnet Summers, Wanda Faye Owens, Barbara Irvin, and Jeanette Crabtree.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Troy Matthew and Penny Owens of Ironton; son, Daniel Scott Owens and Sonya Phillips of Wheelersburg; daughter and son-in-law, Jennie Lynn and Todd Avery of Ironton; daughter, Amanda Sue Delong of Ironton; a sister, Alynda Derifield and her husband, David of Ironton; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Homeo with Rev. Richard Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Mamre Cemetery and visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.