Obituaries — 7/3/13

Published 9:10 am Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fay Smathers

Fay Maxine Smathers, 88, of Willow Wood, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at The Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley, Ironton. She was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Scottown, daughter of the late George and Marie Walls Shuff.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry G. Smathers, Jr.; her siblings, Albert Shuff, Elmo Shuff, Donald Shuff, Mary Callicoat and Audrey Shuff. Faye attended Linville United Baptist Church. She attended Windsor High School and retired from Corbins Ltd. She is survived by two sons, Roger (Nettie) Smathers and Paul “Danny” (Debbie) Smathers; two daughters Connie “Susie” (Drexel) Clark and Marsha (John) Kelley; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and siblings, Sam Shuff, Lowell “Joe” Shuff, Lloyd Shuff and Beulah Shuff.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at The Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville by Pastor Mike Triplett. Burial will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery, Willow Wood.

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Grady Runyon

Grady Runyon Sr., 74, of Ironton, went into the loving arms of Jesus after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease for the past 23 years on July 1, 2013, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Jan. 1, 1939, the son of the late Gleo Runyon Sr. and Virginia Osborne Runyon.

Grady was a member of Sheridan Freewill Baptist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran and worked at Dayton Malleable Iron Company for 35 years. His love for the Lord, faith, and assurance of one day being with loved ones in Heaven, made his journey through life and his illness a blessing and inspiration to all that loved and knew him.

He was preceded in death by his stepson, Brett Tilley, who loved him with admiration and called him his hero. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Violete Fraser and his brother, Leo Runyon Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda Jones Runyon whom he married Sept. 25, 1978; three children, Sandra (James) Mullis of Charlotte, N.C., Christi (David) Blankenbeckler of Mt. City, Tenn., and Grady (Becky) Runyon Jr. of Ironton. He was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren, Christopher Moore of Ironton, Whitney and Logan Blankenbeckler of Tennessee and Sarah Runyon of Ironton.

He is also survived by three sisters, Midge (Darrell) Williams, Lou (Albert) Carnes, all of South Point, and Connie (Kenny) Fulk of Port Charlotte, Fla., and four brothers, Lowell (Lucy) Runyon of Kitts Hill, Terry (Nancy) Runyon Gleo (Joyce) Runyon Jr. and Shane (Sherry) Runyon, all of South Point; sister-in-law, Anita (John) Strickler of Wichita, Kan., and a brother-in-law, Rick (Emily) Jones of Portsmouth, and many nieces, nephews who loved and admired him.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Sheridan Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens with military rites provided by the VFW Post 8850. In Grady’s memory, donations may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101.

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Donald Bowen

Donald Edward “Don” Bowen, 58, of Ironton died Tuesday, July1, 2013 at his home. He was born to the late Robert and Ruth Holtzapfel Bowen on July 19, 1954. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a self- employed carpenter. He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Jennifer and Kevin Lewis, and Madison Bowen. Grandchildren include Eli Fisher Lewis, Jonah Hunter Lewis, Bowen Thomas Gossett and Finn Mathew Gossett, all of Ironton; brothers, Robert L. Bowen Jr. of Savannah, Ga., and Tony and Patty Bowen of Ironton; sisters, Becky and James Huston of Lexington, Ky., Mariclare and Mike Waginger of Ironton and Susan and Richard Price of Ironton. Memorial service will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O’Keefe- Baker Funeral Home.



Glennis Haws

Mrs. Glennis Haws, 71, of South Point, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Huntington, W.Va. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Moss Service Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with interment in Livingston Tabernacle Cemetery. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point is in charge of local arrangements.