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Obituaries — 7/23/13

Charles Pratt

Charles Franklin Pratt, 91, of Ironton, went home to be with the Lord Friday, July 19, 2013. He was born in Ironton and graduated from Ironton High and Marshall University. He served in the Pacific Theater for the U.S. Army in WWII.

After the war he returned to the Tri-State, supporting his family and farming peaches in the Ohio River Valley.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Norton Pratt — his bride of 20 years. In retirement they enjoyed traveling the world in his Model T and together they moved to Sun City, West Arizona, where Frank maintained a Model T garage and robust metal-working hobby.

His wishes were to be cremated and returned to the Ohio River; ever the Buckeye.

He is survived by many Pratt and Norton family members who will miss him and his larger-than-life spirit. Arrangements will be made to celebrate his life back home in Ohio later this year. For specifics on these arrangements please email FrankPrattMemorial@lauranorton.com so that we may keep you informed.



Robert Gannon

Robert Ray Gannon, 64, of East Liberty, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at 10:50 p.m. in the Milcrest Nursing Center, Marysville.

He was born on Feb. 20, 1949, in Ironton, to the late James and Arminta (Williams) Gannon.

Robert married the former Brenda G. Weisenberger in Marion on June 10, 1972 and she survives in East Liberty.

He truly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His spare time was focused on hot rods and motorcycles. Robert worked for Tecumseh Products until their closing and then worked for over 20 years as a production worker for Honda of America.

Surviving along with his wife, Brenda, are two sons, Drew Franklin Gannon of Marion, and Robert Ray Gannon Jr. of East Liberty; a sister, Edna Bailey of Ironton; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol Wilson; and a brother, James Gannon Jr.

Friends may call at the Boyd-Born Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

On line condolences may be sent to: www.boydbornfuneralhome.com



Joan Wylie

Joan (Marie) Wylie, 84, of Ironton, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at Jo-Lin Health Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Ironton, the daughter of the late Robert and Genevieve (Abel) Brownstead. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, James P. “Jay” Wylie, whom she married in 1948.

Joan was a 1941 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School, Ashland, Ky. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband in his business endeavors. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Ironton and she was very active with her beloved children, grandchildren and great-children.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Brownstead.

In addition to her husband Joan is survived by one daughter, Sharon (Wayne) Price of Ironton; three sons, J. Paul (Glenna) Wylie of Ashland, Robert G. (Connie) Wylie of Ironton and Scott (Teresa) Wylie of Ironton; ten grandchildren, J.D. Cyrus, Josh Bator, Chris Wylie, Ryan Wylie, Jeremy Williams, Cary Williams, Travis Wylie, Todd Wylie Rachael Maddy and Katie Bias; 13 great-grandchildren, Kia, Chandler, Brycen, Avah, Emma, Elli, Evan, Jase, Jonas, Kylie, Olivia, Jonathan and Mara; two brothers, Robert (Helene) Brownstead of Syracuse, N.Y., John Bill Brownstead of Barboursville, W.Va.; and one sister, Mary Jane (Jim) Bator of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home with pastors Steve Harvey and Eric Barnes officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons. Condolences may be made to the Wylie family online by visiting www.tracybrammerfh.com



Billy Pritchard

Billy Jack Pritchard, 29, of Ironton, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at his residence. The Ironton native was born June 11, 1984, the son of John Charles Pritchard of Ironton and Janice Aileen Corbin Pritchard, also of Ironton.

Billy Jack attended Dawson-Bryant High School in Coal Grove and was a former employee for Applied Cards in Huntington, W.Va. Billy loved fishing and was good with computers.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Edward Corbin; and paternal grandfather, Calvin Clifford Pritchard.

In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by a brother, John D. Pritchard of South Point; two sisters, Rebecca Ann Layton and Kayla Marie Hieronimus, both of Ironton; paternal grandmother, Kaye Ann Pritchard of Ironton; and maternal grandmother, Lola Corbin of Ironton

There will be a memorial gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family or watch the memorial video, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net


Ralph E. Carrico

Ralph E. Carrico, 82, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. The Willow Wood native was born April 14, 1931, the son of the late Clyde and Helen (Waller) Carrico. Ralph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Carrico. They were married in 1951.

Mr. Carrico was a 1948 graduate of Windsor High School (Symmes Valley High School). Ralph was a deacon and active member of First Baptist Church, Ironton. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 198, former member of the Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District and former board member of the Lawrence County DD.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by two sons, Mike (Kim) Carrico of Scottown, and Gary (Shelley) Carrico of Ironton, Ohio; one daughter, Teresa (David) Pemberton of Ironton; nine grandchildren, Mika Ross of Chesapeake, Aleshia Napier of Chesapeake, Jillian (Travis) Moore of Huntington, W.Va., Garrett Carrico of Ironton, Reid Carrico of Ironton, Justin Collins of Bridgeport, W.Va., Christopher Collins of Columbus, Shawn (Jackie) Corn of Willow Wood, and Adam (Bethany) Corn of Scottown; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Funeral services will be noon Thursday at the First Baptist Church, Ironton, with Pastor Eric Barnes officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Ralph’s honor to the First Baptist Church, Ironton Faith and Fitness Center, 304 S. Fifth St., Ironton.

Condolences may be made to the Carrico family online by visiting www.tracybrammerfh.com



Arthur Dillon

Arthur A. “Tony” Dillon, 67, of Piketon, passed away suddenly July 19, 2013.

He was born in Ironton, son of the Rev. Arthur “Tuck” and Alberta Dillon. He graduated from Dawson-Bryant High School, class of 1964 and received his B.A. from Ohio University in 1972.

On July 3, 1965, Tony married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Kelley, who survives. Added to this union were three children, Tammy Sue, Martina Michelle and Timothy Aaron, who were the pride and joy of his life.

Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Diana Garrison of Gary, Ind., and Mrs. Tom “Pat” Keller of Chelsea, Ala.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Jeremy “Kelli” Mays of Waterloo, and David E. Skaggs II of Coal Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

Tony accepted Christ as his savior in 1964 at Myrtle Ridge Church. He was an ordained minister and a member of Myrtle Ridge Baptist Church as well as Jeffersonville Baptist and he attended several local churches.

He was an employee of AK Steel Corporation and retired from Kitchen Collection Inc. as vice president of finance.

Following retirement, Tony derived immense enjoyment from the sport of archery, which led to the fulfillment of his dream, the establishment of TD Archery in Lucasville.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Beals and Pastor Tim Throckmorton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net.